Work Hard, Play Hard

If you’ve been following either on the blog or on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed I talk a lot about playgroups at the Tallahassee shelter. I love them and they are a blast, not to mention a nice throwback to my days working at a dog daycare.

Cookie and Domino playingDingo and Bella Playgroups make life more bearable for shelter dogs. Even if just for 30 minutes a day, they get to escape the confines of their small kennels and stretch their legs. They make friends, exhaust themselves, and work their brains. And when it’s all said and done and they’ve joined a family of their own, they’re more socially adept than they would have been without play time. This is a huge deal, even if it just means walking by another dog on leash is easier for the new owner.

Domino, Cookie, and Peaches playing

Domino the goofiestShelters around the country are implementing playgroups. I’m sure the same people who taught us are responsible for a good number of the other shelters, too. I’d like to thank Dogs Playing For Life! for taking the time to demonstrate to the staff and volunteers at our local shelter how to lead safe, efficient playgroups to benefit our pups. (In fact, last week was their second year presenting in Tallahassee, so many people were soaking up their advice again.) They are great at what they do and have helped so many shelters provide enrichment without tons of added costs.

Dingo, Venus, Steve-o, and Thumper playingCookie and Domino having a blastI highly recommend checking out their website if you’re interested in learning more! They have many helpful and entertaining resources. Want to help them provide shelters in need with no-cost training seminars? They are a 501(c)3 non-profit and always appreciate donations. (Not at all a sponsored post y’all, I truly believe they do wonders for shelter dogs!)

Thumper and Venus

Thumper, Dingo, and Steve-oWant to see more photos of the Tallahassee shelter dogs playing? Because I sorely need practice in fast moving photography, I’ve created a ‘Playgroup’ Facebook album on our official fanpage. Feel free to peruse, maybe you’ll even fall in love with a dog you see!

Phoebe, Pumpernickel, & Sheba

PhoebeOur first model for today’s Shelter Sunday was Phoebe, an adoptable Treeing Hound mix. She’s sweet and can be, and is a regular in Sunday playgroups.

PhoebeShe isn’t too rough or too dainty, and she is 100% goof. I adore her!

PhoebeWho wouldn’t love to go adopt Phoebe?

PhoebeBut as cute as she is, we didn’t spend ALL afternoon with her. Another playgroup regular wanted some extra attention, too!

PumpernickelPumpernickel is a Catahoula Leopard Hound mix. She’s a little more rowdy than Phoebe, and would benefit from a someone who will exercise her.

PumpernickelSure, she LOOKS lazy, but this girl is a bundle of energy. She loves to run, chase, tackle, fetch, and of course to sit in her pool.

PumpernickelShe does know “sit” and I’m sure she’d be happy to learn any other tasks for a special family. I would say because she can be rough, she may not be best for families with small children, but she’s a great dog nonetheless.
PumpernickelFinally, today we managed to get a few shots of a slightly more dainty girl. Meet Sheba:

ShebaSheba is believed to be a Shiba Inu mix. And she does have those IRRESISTIBLE ears like I’d expect a Shiba to sport. And I simply cannot get enough of them.

ShebaShe also gets along well with dogs, though today she had to miss playgroup because she was recently spayed.

ShebaNo worries, I think she still got to have some fun.

FREE adoption eventIf you think you’re interested in any of the dogs at the shelter, go see them now! They are still open and currently for dogs, adoption fees are waived!

Starsky, Phteven, & Odette

Great news! Last week’s featured dog, Finn, as well as Darlene from our Facebook cover photo were both adopted this week!

Today, three more lovely dogs got to play model for this week’s Shelter Sunday. I always love doing the photography part of the blog. I roll around on the ground, soak my clothes in what I hope is mud, and get sticky with dog slobber, among other liquids. Today’s adoptables were especially fun, both because they were all so good looking and because they wanted to PLAY PLAY PLAY!

Starsky is one hunky Husky mix. He is a rough and tumble kind of guy, and would do very well in an active home. He loves to play and run and I have no doubts the working dog in him just needs a job or hobby. If you’re looking for a 24/7 couch potato, he may not be the best fit, but if you’re more of an outdoorsy person, he’s ready to meet you!

Starsky, adoptable Husky mixAnd just so we are 100% clear, there was no touching up done in the above photo. NONE. HIS EYES REALLY ARE THAT STUNNING!

Starsky, adoptable Husky mixStarsky participates in the shelter playgroups, and loves fetch and kiddie pools to splash around in.

Starsky, adoptable Husky mixStarsky, adoptable Husky mixOur second dog of the day has one very obvious thing in common with Starsky: those beautiful blue eyes. Meet Phteven!

Phteven, an adoptable bulldog in Tallahassee, FLPhteven is also a playgroup regular at the shelter. Unsurprisingly, he too enjoys a good dip in the kiddie pool and chasing tennis balls.

Phteven, an adoptable bulldog in Tallahassee, FLPhteven, an adoptable bulldog in Tallahassee, FLAbout half of the photo session was spent trotting in circles around Mike & me trying to give us as many kisses as possible!

Phteven, an adoptable bulldog in Tallahassee, FLAfter editing and watermarking a bunch of photos, I checked online to see Odette’s age. Since she is not listed on the website (and she is obviously an amazing little puppy!) I think she may have been adopted this afternoon! However, just in case it was a system error or she was transferred to a foster home, I’ll share the photos of her as well.

Odette, an adoptable hound mix in TallahasseeLook at those wrinkles! Odette, an adoptable hound mix in TallahasseeSweet Miss Odette is just a puppy, too!

Odette, an adoptable hound mix in TallahasseeShe’s a little shy but responds well to treats and praise. In no time, she warms right up and loves you like she’s always known you.

Odette is an adoptable Hound mix in TallahasseeThanks for reading, and please don’t forget to share to help these dogs find their forever families!

Finn the Wonder Hound

Finn is an adoptable Hound at the Tallahassee Animal Shelter, and he is currently Mike’s favorite dog there. (Shh! Don’t tell the others!)

Shelter Sunday - Finn Shelter Sunday - FinnNow, Finn’s a great guy. He’s friendly, walks politely on leash, and is a proud member of the ‘dainty’ play group, so he’s great with other dogs. But for reasons beyond my comprehension, he has been a resident at the shelter since mid-July. That is unacceptable! So Mike had an idea, let’s do a photo shoot and make Finn a star!

Finn gets a photo shoot!Okay, so I’ll admit, we timed it terribly. Poor Finn knew something we didn’t. It was lunch time! But he stuck with us long enough to get a few good pictures.

Finn sitting prettyOur only guess for why he maybe hasn’t found the right family is that he gets a tad bit excited in his kennel. This boy is all legs, so it’s understandably cramped in there for him. The moment he’s free of his kennel he is well behaved. You just have to look beneath the beneath.

Finn is such a cute boyIf there is one thing I have learned from volunteering at the shelter, it’s that you cannot judge a book by its cover. My favorite dogs have consistently been dogs I wouldn’t have normally picked based on a quick stroll through the kennels. I would have likely walked right by Finn, and many people already have. But maybe, just maybe, by showing off his beauty and personality in photos, he’ll catch the right person’s eye.

Finn gets artsyFinn asked me to tell the world he has a plan. He’s willing to offer a deal to the person who comes to adopt him. If you promise to love him forever, he will do the same. He asks that you provide a nice dog bed, food, and water. And in return, he’ll be your guardian, your partner in crime (or crime-fighting!), your hiking friend, your road trip buddy, and he’ll always be up for a night of Netflix and popcorn. Especially if you drop a piece here and there.

Finn the wonder houndSo, what do you say? Do we have a deal? Just let Finn know. You can find him at 1125 Easterwood Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32311 Kennel Number 24. You can also find him online here, or by calling (850) 891-2950 and asking about Finn, ID#A155534.

Shelter Sunday – June 7th

This weekend was a busy weekend for the Tallahassee Animal Service Center!

Saturday began with a blood drive, where donors received a “Golden Ticket” for a FREE ADOPTION! Since it had been 4 years since I donated, I decided it was time. So now I have a ticket for an animal I have no business adopting. But you never know, there are some incredibly cute dogs….

Adoptable Heeler puppies

It’s so hard to understand why people buy dogs when gems like these puppies wind up at shelters.

At the same time there was also at yard sale a the shelter. Unfortunately, even though I was literally right there, I didn’t make it. It seems my body thinks I need all my blood, and pitches a fit when I disagree. How selfish!

Saturday evening the Animal Shelter Foundation hosted an event called Pints for Paws. What’s not to love?! Beer, adoptable dogs, and the proceeds go towards the city shelter. I was there for a couple of hours with Michael. We wished we could have stayed a little longer, but I did my best. I just couldn’t handle the summer heat after giving blood in the morning. My apologies to the friends I insisted go and then didn’t even last long enough to see. At least y’all got beer!

At Pints for PawsAnd today of course I got to help with the shelter’s play groups again. I met a few more dogs one on one, though I was too tired to tote around my good camera.

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Shelter Sunday (From May 31st)

Hey all! Yesterday our playgroups lasted a little longer than normal at the shelter, which threw off my schedule more that it should have. Unfortunately, we barely got the dogs inside before the rain (and thunder and lightning) began, so I didn’t get any ‘fancy pictures’ on my nice camera. So, please join me in pretending that my cell phone does half as well as my camera.

Bubba - Adoptable 4 year old American Staffordshire mix at the City of Tallahassee Animal Services Center

Bubba, an adoptable 4 year old American Staffordshire mix showed me he loved to sit for treats. Just not while posing for the camera!

Unfortunately, this also means I only got photos of a few dogs – the last dogs in the play groups. But even if they were in the calmer play group, that doesn’t mean they didn’t have fun!

Dogs at the Tallahassee Animal Services Center enjoy play groups several days a week.Again, please forgive the aiming. I was keeping an eye on the dogs while wildly hitting the camera button hoping I wasn’t taking an intense photo shoot of the very lovely red dirt.

Dogs at the Tallahassee Animal Service Center enjoying Sunday playgroups!

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