My convalescence from ACL surgery continues. Yeah that’s right I’m a dog and I’m using words like convalescence. The past few weeks I have been able to walk up small hills on a leash for a few minutes. The other day I even got to walk on the shore of Donner Lake once again tethered to a leash. My folks are worried that if they let me off a leash I’ll sneak off and chase a squirrel or something and blow my knee out again. What dog can resist chasing the odd squirrel or chipmunk? I know I can’t.

This October we are celebrating Adopt-a-Dog Month at my house. Please don’t send me any gifts. Instead stop by the Town of Truckee Animal Kennel to meet adoptable dogs. We have big dogs, small dogs, older dogs and puppies. The kennel is open for adoption days every Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m. Stop by or to make an appointment by calling 530-581-3199. Approximately 68 million dogs live in homes in the United States but only 20 percent of those friends come from shelters. I’d like to see that number increase. If you are looking for a new four-legged friend check us out first.

I stopped by the shelter the other day and saw some good looking dogs and cats. My friend Homer, last month’s featured friend, displayed some great manners he must have learned at the shelter. When I went back to the kennels to meet this month’s friend all the dogs got a little excited. There was barking and jumping up and down as the dogs did there best to say, ‘take me out.’ Homer sat quietly attempting to communicate only with his eyes. Homer is an athletic 6-year old Akita mix. It would make my month if he could find a home.


One new friend who is also looking for a home is Venus. Venus is a young pointer mix. I’m not really sure if she is a pointer mix but that is our best guess. She’s a medium sized girl weighing about 55 pounds. She has a tail that curls like an Akita or Basenji. I was hobbled so I sent my sister Olive to investigate the new girl on the block.

The nice thing about our shelter is that the Truckee River is right outside the door. Olive and Venus sniffed each other and seeming happy with the results headed down to the river. Venus walked well on a leash and was friendly with the dogs and people we met. When we got to the river she was happy to run and splash around. She loves to run but unfortunately Olive only likes being chased. She never is the chaser so after a while Venus got a little bored with her. Later she got her second wind and she and Olive had an extensive wrestling session. I like when Olive mixes it up a little bit with another dog. You know it was a good time when she comes away with a little matted fur and slobber all over her body.

Venus is just learning her name and knows how to sit. She’s fast, playful and full of energy. She comes to Truckee from Reno’s animal shelter and she is happy to be in the cooler wide open spaces of the Sierra.

Adopt a new friend this month. Stop by the shelter or check us out at

Have a great month.

Dog Days of Fall
October 18

Bring your four legged friends out to the pool for some splashin’ good fun. The Second Annual Dog Days of Fall will have activities for the dogs and great pet information for humans at Burnt Cedar Pool from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prizes awarded for best trick, fastest dog swimmer, and of course, the pet and owner costume contest. Sponsors and volunteers needed. 663 Lakeshore Boulevard, Incline Village., 775-832-1321.

Howlin’ Halloween Doggie Costume Contest

October 25
Tails by the Lake is sponsoring the HOWLoween costume contest. Bring your pets in costume to the village for some great fun. Sign up at Tails by the Lake by 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event. $8 entry fee per dog. Proceeds benefit the Truckee-Tahoe Humane Society. Funniest and most original costumes win. Booby-prize for the worst costume. High Noon at the Village at Squaw Valley Tails by the Lake Courtyard., 530-583-9247.

Adopt-a-Dog Month
The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT) celebrates Adopt-a-Dog Month, a national awareness campaign to highlight homeless dogs in need of safe homes. According to the American Humane Association, 68 million dogs live in American households, but only 20 percent of these dogs were adopted from animal shelters. HSTT encourages people to check with the Town of Truckee Animal Kennel first when looking for a new pet. HSTT’s Adoption Day is every Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. at the kennel, or call 530-581-3199 to schedule an appointment., 530-587-5948.

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