SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - Meet Mass Appeal's pet of the week!
Breed: Australian Cattle Dog mix
Age: 1 year old
Se x: N eutered Male.
Color: Black and White
I am what you Northern folks call a Dixie dog. I made the long journey from Montgomery County, Texas to Dakin to have a chance at finding a great home. I have been here for a bit and the Dakin staff and volunteers have gotten to know me. I have heard them say that I like to play with toys and will keep myself entertained for quite a while. I sure do love my toys and love to play. I've also heard them say I like to smile a lot. Smiling makes me happy. I've even heard I am a love bug and a really nice boy! I do enjoy snuggling close for pets and some quiet time.
My new home would never stop giggling with me. And if they are busy, active folks then I might very well be the right dog for them. Because I've been waiting for a while to go home, I am considered a Lonely Heart. That's kind of sad for me that I've been waiting for a while to be adopted but it's great for you…my adoption is ½ off!
And, with every dog adoption at Dakin, there is a discount on training classes. I am the kind of dog who will love and excel at training. Agility and other sport-type classes will be a blast for me! Come meet me so we can get to know each other.
Fourth of July safety tips for Pets
Dakin Humane Society recommends the following precautions to make Fourth of July fireworks and celebrations safe, calm, and cool for our four-legged friends.
- During the holiday celebrations, keep animals away from the fireworks and in a cool, quiet room. The room should have secure doors and windows: some dogs will jump through screens to get away from the noise.
- If pets are outside, they should be on a leash and have proper identification.
- Be careful if taking your four-legged family member to the beach or on a picnic. Animals should always have access to shade, properly ventilated shelter, and fresh water as they can become dehydrated quickly. Hot sand can burn sensitive paws.
- Not all backyard chefs utilize the traditional barbeque. Pets can be badly burned in pit fires and camp fires. Do not allow your animal near any open flames.
- Foil, plastic wrap, and string may help chefs with food prep but can be dangerous if ingested. Keep out of pet's reach and dispose used items in tightly covered trash bin.
- Speak with guests about what your pet can and cannot eat. Several foods to avoid include fatty sausages (pancreatitis), chocolate from s'mores (chocolate toxicity), and mushrooms (mushroom toxicity can prove fatal to certain dog breeds).
- Securely place all trash in garbage bins to prevent your pet from eating tasty "leftovers" including corn cobs and bones which can become lodged in the esophagus or intestines potentially causing a blockage.
- NEVER leave animals in hot cars, even with windows partially rolled down. Within minutes, the internal temperature can exceed 100 degrees. It's often best when going on an outing to leave your pet safely and comfortably at home.
- If you notice heat stress symptoms such as severe panting or in extreme cases, staggering, weakness and collapse, gradually lower the animal's body temperature by hosing him down with cool water. Seek prompt veterinary attention.
If you're interested in adopting any of the pets seen on Msas Appeal, or want more information on any of the pets available at the Dakin Humane Society, you can call them at 781-4000 or visit DPVHS.org .