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Featured Cat of the Week: K.C.

I was walking and looking and running and searching and I still couldn't find my family. Finally somebody happened upon me, and even though they were strangers, they gave me food and shelter and a little bit of loving. But of course they couldn't keep me because I was a stray. Their efforts to find my original family were as unsuccessful as mine, so here I am ready to find a new forever home. I was given the name of KC, which is kinda cool, and they figured I was about a year and a half old, and that I have a very handsome tiger coat. I'm an extremely friendly guy and would do well in any home that wants to give me the care and love that I deserve. Meanwhile, I'm taking it easy and resting these weary paws until you come adopt me.


Marty dog
Featured Dog of the Week: Marty

Hello, I'm Marty and I'm a young Beagle/Terrier mix that was rescued along with some other pals of mine. I'm a friendly little guy and would like a forever home with a family that loves little characters like me. I have a sweet personality and I can't wait to share it with you. I like other dogs, but if you could bring in your furry friend to meet me first, that would be great. Cats are on my "to do" list, I still need to meet up with one to let you know how I feel about them. Okay, so I was able to check one more thing off my list and that's cats. I'm a little bit shy around them. And children would be okay too as long as they don't mind kisses, I love to lick faces. If a Beagle mix is what's on your mind, then I hope you'll come see me soon.

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society has developed the following list of new adoption tips to make life with your new four-legged family member a rewarding, successful experience for the whole family.

  1. True_LoveGo slow with your new dog. It takes time for a dog to adjust to a new environment and bond with his/her new family.
  2. Keep your new dog on leash at all times until he/she gets used to his/her new environment and family. This is especially true if your dog is extremely shy. You can also tether your new dog to yourself with a leash for a few days to get used to you being the pack leader.
  3. Use a crate to contain your new dog to provide a safe place as he/she adjusts to your home and family. Place the crate in an area where the family is congregated so that your dog will feel part of the family.
  4. Always use the crate in a positive way. Use treats to entice your dog into the crate and reward your dog with praise when he/she goes in.
  5. If you are expecting company or there's a lot of activity in your home, put your dog in the crate or confined in an unused room. This will help prevent an unwanted escape.
  6. Inform guests to ignore your new dog, especially if he/she is shy. Tell them to let your dog smell their hand and to scratch him/her under the chin or on the chest. Let them know that they should not pet your dog on top of the head or hug him/her around the neck.
  7. If your dog is fearful of new people, do not force him/her to approach. Redirect your dog’s attention and let him/her approach when ready. Treats also can be used to reinforce the positive effects of meeting new people.
  8. Keep your new dog off of furniture and beds. Should you want your dog on furniture, be sure he/she earns the privilege by using the "okay" command to get up.
  9. If your dog has an accident in the house, be sure not to punish him/her. Instead, remove the mess and take it outdoors to the area that you want your dog to use. Show your dog where you placed it and be sure to always take him/her to that area to go to the bathroom.
  10. If your new dog is in a fenced in area, keep him/her on a leash and walk the perimeter to become acquainted with the boundary of the new area. Keep the leash on when you let your dog loose until you know that he/she cannot escape.
  11. Play with your dog as much as possible! Play helps to build confidence. Be sure not to wrestle, chase, or mouth play with your dog as this could encourage unwanted behavior.
  12. If you decide to play tug of war with your new dog, always be sure you are in control. Do not let your dog win or take the toy from you. Make him/her release it. If your dog should touch you in any way with his/her teeth, be sure to end the game immediately and put the toy away. Never play this game with an aggressive dog or dogs of bully breeds. Children should not play tug of war with dogs.
  13. Be sure to give your new dog plenty of exercise like walking or hiking. Always make sure his/her collar is secure and that you have a tight hold on the leash - this is especially necessary with extremely shy dogs.
  14. For a successful relationship with your new dog, establish yourself as the pack leader. A dog needs a daily routine, boundaries and limitations. Ignore all demands made by your dog for attention. Make him/her work for attention and treats, and even meals. Even a simple “sit” will do.


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