Ok, so I came in smelling like a small furry black animal with a
stripe down its back. I think that is
why they called me Flower Child. It was
not because I had on love beads and a tie died bandana. No, it was because I smelled of skunk. I am happy they did not name me after said
animal. I do like the name Flower far
Well, to be totally honest, I like EVERYTHING. Did I say that loud enough? Not that I am loud, not at all. I am just, well, enthusiastic. When I get taken on a walk by my foster mother I am happy to greet every dog and person I meet. Ok, not skunks, I did learn that lesson. I am a smart dog after all. Isn’t that the perfect combination? Smart, friendly, oh, and yellow.
Did I mention I am a yellow lab? Isn’t that just perfect? And I love you. How do I know? Well, because I am a lab and I love everyone.
Since I am repeating myself, can I tell you a story about me? This pet of the week column is about me after all. Well, I recently arrived at my foster house, and I already love this family. I especially adore my foster mother. She is very nice. But she goes to work every day. The first day she went off to work was a little hard for me because I love, love, love being with her. I stay close to her, sit with her wherever she is in the house. I even lay down with her when she gets on the sofa. And I have jumped on the bed at night to be closer to her. They have another dog and I have to say, that bed is crowded. They think I can learn to sleep on the floor. Well, we shall see.
But my funny story is that, the second day when she left, I decided I needed to watch where she was going. So I jumped up on the kitchen table to look out the nearest window! Everyone was so shocked, including my foster family’s dog. I really did not see what the fuss was, but they did put all the chairs against the table so I could not do it again. Darn it. These people might be smarter than I am.
So you see that I am friendly and have a good heart and the makings of a faithful loving companion. There has been some discussion I have overheard that I might need some doggie school because I do not even know the most basic commands. My fosters have started teaching me and it seems like fun, so I am game for that. Maybe we can even learn some tricks. I will do anything for a bit of love and a treat.
Even though I am not so well educated, I am easy on the leash. That is because, I have some early arthritis. The vets are working with me to see if some meds would help. It may be as simple as the fact that, in my previous life, I did not get much exercise. Whatever. It does not bother me much and it should not bother you. After all, I can still jump on the bed or the table (I promise not to do that again) and I will climb stairs. The good thing is that, unlike most other young labs, I am pretty low-key and mellow. Just a gentle, easy going gal: that’s me!
What am I looking for in a home? LOVE. Oh, and it would not hurt if you were around a lot since I really enjoy being with people. I am also fine with other dogs and I think kids would be fun if they do not make me run around too, too much. And most of all, I need your commitment that we can be together for a long time to come because I am a young girl and I want to adopt a family just once in my life. This looking for a human companion/family is tiring and stressful. I want to find you now, so please, please, call. Oh, and could you bring a treat?
To learn more about Flower Child or any of our other adoptable cats, kittens, or dogs, contact PAWS at (781) 246-6111 or PAWSwakefield@yahoo.com. You can also meet many of our available pets at our weekly adoption hours: Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at VCA Wakefield Animal Hospital or at the Danvers PetSmart every Thursday and Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Last, but not least, we hold adoption hours at the PETCO in Woburn the first Saturday of every month from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Don’t Forget to buy your tickets for the Sept. 27th Kowloon Concert by Shirley Alston Reeves of “The Shirelles”. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit PAWS. Reserved seats are $30.00 and $60.00 tickets include a preconcert reception and front row seating. Call 781-233-0077 to reserve and charge seats. Seats sold out quickly last year so do not wait to make your reservations.
PAWS is an all-volunteer animal welfare organization. Founded by the late Esther Nowell in 1982, PAWS responds to animal-related needs in many communities north of Boston. Our top service areas include Wakefield, Lynnfield, Reading, North Reading, Saugus, Stoneham, Woburn, Winchester, and Malden. Our mission is to promote and protect the rights and well-being of all domestic animals and wildlife, and foster a greater understanding of animal welfare and animal rights through education. PAWS receives no local, state or federal funding. Our budget is completely funded by our membership dues, adoption services, annual fundraising efforts, and kind donations from friends and members.