Lost, Found and Looking

Diesel needs a patient, dedicated dog lover to give him a happy home

Pope Memorial Humane Society
By Tracy Sala | Jan 15, 2020
Photo by: Pope Memorial Humane Society Diesel was previously abused before arriving at the shelter, needing special training to help overcome his trauma.

From the desk of PMHS Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly Gould,

I’m still having a hard time believing it is 2020! Hopefully everyone's resolutions included some thoughts for our homeless animals in the upcoming year. We hope this is the year you will adopt a shelter pet, send a generous donation, or perhaps become a shelter volunteer.

Our next volunteer orientation will be held here at the shelter Saturday, Feb. 1, at 11 p.m. We hope to see you there.

The advent of a new year makes me think of all the new beginnings and second chances I get to see here at PMHS. Many of our animals have had difficult or sad pasts, but every time one of them goes out our doors with a new adopter, it is a chance for a new and happier life.

No dog in the shelter deserves a second chance more than Diesel. Diesel spent the first few years of his life tied outside. According to the neighbor that brought Diesel to the shelter, he was regularly abused and used for pellet-gun target practice. When Diesel arrived at the shelter, he was predictably suspicious of people and wouldn’t let anyone near him.

Fortunately for Diesel, the staff at PMHS rarely give up on a dog, no matter how initially difficult. After a few weeks of kind words and lots of cookies, Diesel began to warm up to us and soon we realized that he was a lovely dog that would need our help if he was to find his place in the world.

Diesel’s prior life had been limited to the length of his chain so he had lots of new skills to learn. He’s a big strong boy at around 85 pounds and it initially took two dog walkers with two leashes to take him for his daily walk. Diesel is a fast learner, and soon we were working on his basic obedience commands.

He loved his training sessions, but his favorite time was after his training when we would sit together quietly and he would lean against me as I stroked his ears. As Diesel’s training increased, his world expanded to rides in the car and weekend hikes with one of the volunteers.

Thanks to the generosity of several donors, Diesel’s latest adventure was two weeks with professional trainer Kris Potter of Kompletely K9, who put the finishing touches on his training and who loved him as much as we do.

After eight months with us, Diesel is now on our adoption floor. We would like to see him go to a home with someone who will continue his training. Kris Potter has offered a complimentary training session to whoever adopts him.

Diesel would probably do best as an only dog, though he might be able to live with a socialized female canine companion. He has never seen a cat and would probably chase one if he did.

We will be featuring videos and pictures of Diesel on our Facebook page and on Instagram, so please send him some love. We are asking all dog lovers out there to share him on social media and help find him a forever home. Sometimes it takes a village to place a dog!

Wish List: latex gloves, Temptation cat treats, paper towels, garbage bags (13 & 33 gal.) gift certificates to Walmart, Staples and other local businesses.

Thank you for your support.

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