Some dogs act like puppies, even after they're full grown. They like to chew on your fingers, and they easily get distracted. Boris is one of those overgrown pups; at around a year old, he's still discovering the world and is a trifle fuzzy on the matter of right versus wrong. We're working on that, and he's a fast learner. Already he has some basic commands down pat, and we can see that with the right owner — someone who's willing to continue his training — he'll make a perfect dog. Boris loves everyone he meets, and although we haven't tested him around cats, he even seems cordial around other dogs. But if you're thinking about adopting Boris (or any dog, really) and you already have a dog, please ask us about setting up a "first date" on neutral turf to see how the two get along.

Cat Sadie is also still feeling her way around the civilized world. No longer a kitten, she spent her first two years in a barn, surrounded by other barn kitties, and her main purpose in life seemed to be having kittens. Finally, the owner of the barn trapped and neutered all of the cats except Sadie and the three babies she had at the time. Sadie was sent to live in an actual house, and for a barn cat, she did surprisingly well. The one thing she could not get used to, however, was the other cat in the house. She decided she was the boss and kept chasing her roommate away. That's why she's now with us, and hoping to find a home where she can be the one and only feline.

P.A.W.S.' annual Auction for the Animals isn't our one-and-only fundraiser, but it is the biggest. This year's event, on Thursday, Dec. 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Samoset in Rockland, will be an evening filled with fun and laughter, great snacks, and of course, great items to bid on. Tickets are on sale now; for details, please go to our website,, and click on the News and Events tab. Or you can call us at 236-8702, or stop by our location on 123 John St. in Camden. We can't wait to tell you all about it!