Second Chance: The Luna Storm
I am Luna, which means moon. I am not sure why I got named after that celestial body, but I really like my handle. Once I met a dog named Booger; I am certainly glad I did not get his name.
Anyway, I am a dog, but this week’s column is actually about a cat named Storm, who has been looking for a home for over a year. My hope is to convince just one of you devoted Pet Column readers why Storm should be your girl.
Storm is definitely no ordinary cat. I guess that is why it is taking her so long to find her soul-person. For example, Storm can burp to the tune of “Uptown Funk.” Although she doesn’t own a television, she is also a documentary film enthusiast. Additionally, Storm has a passion for warm, soft nooks and crannies and prefers short walks to long drives. She even has a favorite car: the Prius. Storm’s favorite YouTube video is the one in which two twin babies make each other laugh explosively just from the sound of the other’s glee.
Storm likes to knit potholders and prefers listening to vinyl over discs. Although she has never worked, she has taken a few improv courses. She is also very serious about her personal hygiene and does not skimp on her hair products. Storm had a boyfriend, but kicked him out when he became lazy and apathetic.
Storm is a creature of habit and expects her tea and treats at 2 p.m. sharp. She enjoys fantasy and is on the sixth book in the Harry Potter series. Hermione is her favorite character because the little witch reminds her of herself.
I think Storm gets overlooked at the shelter because she doesn’t “storm” into your awareness. Instead, she subtly creeps into your heart and suddenly you realize how lovely she is. You just need to spend a little time with Storm is all…
As for me, the moon dog, I am a female Blue Heeler who is just over one year old. I arrived at the shelter along with my nine pups, who quickly all found loving homes.
Now it’s mama’s turn.
It took a couple of weeks here at Second Chance after weaning my young ones before I really felt myself again, but it’s been great to meet some new friends and run and play and start a new routine. I love fetch and the tennis ball is my toy of choice, but I’ll chase and jump around with just about anything.
Since arriving here, I’ve also been learning a lot. I didn’t have any any basic obedience skills, but I’ve been picking things up very quickly and can already sit and wait at doors. Even when I’m out playing with my friends in the yard I’m learning: the other day I did a couple of hurdle jumps, impressing everyone.
I love other dogs and even co-house with my friend Sandy the Red Heeler, who is a great girl. I can be a little shy when first meeting people, but warm up fast and will soon be trying to crawl into your lap or give you a kiss if given the chance.
Stop by and visit Storm and me. If you decide to adopt one of us, it will be ok if you give us new names – as long as one of them is not Booger.
Editor’s note: It’s no secret. The Telluride region is dog heaven. Well, pet heaven. Unless you are one of our furry friends who gets caught in the maw of neglect and abuse. Then heaven is on hold until Second Chance Humane Society comes to the rescue. Second Chance is the region’s nonprofit dedicated to saving animals’ lives and promoting responsible pet parenting and human-animal bond. In her weekly blog, executive director Kelly Goodin profiles at least one, generally two of the many animals now living at the no-kill shelter, Angel Ridge Shelter, a dog and a cat, hoping to find them loving permanent homes. The column is sponsored by Ted Hoff of Cottonwood Ranch & Kennel, who from time to time exercises his skills as a dog whisperer, partnering with Kelly and her staff to help train a particularly challenging animal.
By the by, there is no better place to park your pup or get your pup (or adult dog) trained than Cottonwood whenever you head out of town (for locals) or are heading to town and staying somewhere that does not allow pets. Consider joining Ted’s Very Important Dog (VID) Club for added benies. (Details on Ted’s website.)
Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shop are both located in Ridgway, but service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View the shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org
Vetting the Vet: Dr. Michelle Dally, DVM, J.D. is Medical Director of Second Chance Humane Society. She also has a private practice, Dally Veterinary Medicine, 333 S. Elizabeth Street, Ridgway, Colorado. Her service area is San Miguel Mesas, Placerville, Ridgway, Ouray, and Montrose. For more on Dr. Dally, go here.
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