STREET LEVEL: The Dog Days of Summer in Georgetown
We are looking for a few good dogs (or volunteers)!
This Sunday when the rest of Georgetown was sleeping or scurrying for cover, our neighborhood was over-run by dogs!
And we mean the wonderful kind! On Sunday morning and afternoon, The Dog Shop was pleased to host "Lucky Dog", the all-volunteer dog adoption non-profit. Jane, owner of The Dog Shop, has hosted other adoption events and this was a raucous affair, despite the heat.
There were dogs attached to volunteers everywhere! It was like a "dog flea-market." To quote Dr. Seuss, "..there were big dogs and little dogs, fast dogs and slow dogs.." but every dog was lovable.
Happy Dog generally rescues dogs from rural shelters where resources are scarce and many dogs are euthanized because there is no other alternative. The dogs are fostered and evaluated by committed volunteers who then brave the seasons to match dog and owner at events like this Sundays.
Potential adoptors fill out an application that asks about their history with pets, their living conditions, other dogs in the household and children. They are then matched with the appropriate canine friend.
At the adoption event, each dog came with a biography that captured the tempermant and history of the animal. Some dogs were full grown but not partial to other dogs, some were puppies and would need a household that was ready to manage behavior.
Despite the best efforts of Lucky Dog, or because of their best efforts, dogs were gravitating to potential owners. Parents watched as their children pet the calm black mix, a youngster was already seated hugging a puppy. A well-dressed woman was crouching to tickle the chihuahua-terrier mix with the silly whiskers.
Everyone was hot, but no one was unhappy.