We’ll be dog-goned—not! And our dogs too! We all want to know why they still don’t have homes. These are darling dogs, delightful dogs, downright derrific (we’ll spell it any way we want to) dogs. These are not designer dogs, not doubtful dogs and definitely not (un)-distinguished dogs. They have personality, charm and intelligence, and a lot of hope and love that they’d like very much to share with you. So let’s make this week the Gone-Home Dogs Week.

Dixie is a darling. (Yes, we already used that word, but she is!) She’s a sweet, smart, athletic 3-year-old Walker hound who, like any number of other discerning people (not including us), definitely does not delight in cats. She loves to hike and would prefer to sleep in a queen-size bed. She gets along with all of the people and most of the dogs she’s met, but she hasn’t had a chance to meet many of the latter. You can see from her photo that she’s been here since there was snow on the ground, and it’s high time someone helped her get a life. We all love her to bits, and that’s why we wish so much that she will find a forever home soon.

Bessie is beautiful, and this 2-year-old Bluetick hound has a bubbly personality to match. Her favorite pastimes are hiking, playing with other dogs and visiting the wonderful stores in downtown Camden—and if you’ve ever wanted a friend with soft ears, she’s the girl for you, with the softest ears ever! She is wonderfully affectionate, and if you can’t see that sweet face resting on a pair of knees instead of a table, you don’t deserve her. What she desperately wants to be is a loving companion, and don’t tell us you couldn’t use one of those!

Chester is our cheeky little charmer—and talk about a fluffball! He’d love a place where his people were home all day so that he could go for rides in the car and take nice long-ish walks. He would prefer to be the only “little guy” in the house, and small children are not on his wish list. The list does include lap-sitting, standing up on his hind legs and dancing. And if you’re very good, he’ll exchange a high five with you.

So there they are. Not a loser in the lot. Please stop in and see them. If you don’t lose your heart, you just might not have one.

In this terrifically hot weather we’ve been having, please remember not to leave your cat or dog or child or anything living that you love in your car while you shop or have your teeth cleaned. Heat is a killer, even with car windows cracked open. If you love your little creatures the way we love ours, you’ll leave them at home in this weather. It’s hot enough for them there.

And don’t forget too that if you have to leave your dog outside for any period of time, make sure she or he has plenty of water and shade. Ask a neighbor to check in on them—remember, they’re counting on you to look after them.

We had a great time at the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland this past weekend and want to thank all of you who stopped by to see us. Good times were had by all!

We still need families to foster kittens and puppies. If you are interested, please call us at 236-8702. We provide you with all of the supplies, and you get the kittens or puppies and all the fun that goes with them. And as we’ve said before, if you’ve never helped an infant animal get socialized, you have missed one of the great joys life holds. Don’t wait any longer.

Calling all volunteers! We need dog walkers, cat cage cleaners and all kinds of other helpful help. Please call 236-8702 if you have some time to spare and love animals.

On our wish list: paper towels, paper plates, towels, bleach, dry cat food and canned food for dogs and cats. Thank you for thinking of us!

Stop in and see us and all our splendid soulmates at 146 Camden St. in Rockport. We’re open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and our website at crarl.org is never closed! And thank you, as always, for your caring and support.