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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Use Resources

on November 9, 2017 - 6:25am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Do you know about Petfinder.com? It is like eHarmony or Tinder, only it matches a human up with a pet. The website includes fish, reptiles, barnyard animals, and rodents as well as cats and dogs. I am a dog person so when I browse the website I look at the dogs.

In my head I match up my friends and family with their next ideal dog-love. Sometimes I will send an email with an enticing photo of the lonely pup.

So far, no one has actually taken advantage of the leads I offer. Most of my friends and family live in houses already brimming with various rescued animals, but I keep trying.

The website is great because you can check off certain criteria that are essential for your next pet. For example, if you live in an apartment and your lease stipulates a pet size limit of 25 pounds, you can search by size. If you are sensitive to animal fur, you can search for dogs that require regular grooming (they shed less hair). I did search for a 35 pound dog that doesn’t shed, only barks at threatening strangers, won’t stare at me longingly every time I eat something, and obeys every command. Nothing came up. But like I said, I keep trying.

I had not looked at Petfinder.com in a long time because my three dogs kept me very busy. But last month Pal, our Portuguese Water Dog, passed away and there has been a hole in my heart ever since. I don’t think another dog will fill it though. We have two more dogs at home and they seem to have increased their demand for love and attention since Pal passed.

Over the years of dealing with rescue pets I have deciphered some of the code words they use to make a homeless pet more appealing. I am sharing this list with you now so you can use it as a reference guide the next time you are looking for a pet:

  • Devoted: always underfoot
  • Affectionate: relentlessly demanding
  • Independent: won’t obey, stubborn
  • Mischievous: prone to criminal behavior
  • Charming: spoiled
  • Active: runs away
  • Needs exercise: will eat your stuff
  • Protective: bites
  • Intelligent: waits until you are gone or asleep to cause trouble

In spite of the definitions, having a pet at home is worth the trouble. At least it is for me. They help provide the rhythm of my life. They nudge me out of bed in the morning, nudge me to keep a meal schedule, and they nudge me to keep my house neat and tidy, lest some forgotten magazine, Kleenix box, or shoe will be found in shreds across the floor.

Whether you browse Petfinder, or Tinder, please feel free to use the above list. I think it will come in handy.


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