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WHMP-Dakin Heavy Petting Pet of the Week
WHMP-Dakin Heavy Petting Pet of the Week

Odis

Hound mix

5 years old

Male

Tan colored

At the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society Springfield location

Odis was found as a stray in Northampton, so we don’t know what his previous lifestyle was like…whether he lived with kids, other dogs, cats, etc.  Based on how he’s been behaving since we admitted him a few days ago, here’s the rundown:  He’s recommended for a home with kids 7 years old and up, and his energy level is moderate-to-high.  We don’t think he’s had history with cats, but all the same, he’s friendly and could be an ideal dog for someone without experience in having a dog.  He enjoys aerobic walks and hiking as much as couch warming and snuggling, so you get the best of both worlds with this guy.

His new family should consider taking him to dog training classes to give him some basic commands.  It’s always a good experience and helps bond people with their new dogs.  Plus, if you adopt a dog from Dakin, you get a discount from Dakin’s 6-week dog training courses.

EVENTS, THINGS WORTH MENTIONING:

4th of July – Did you know that July 5th is always one of the busiest days of the year in animal shelters?  That’s because lots of dogs – incredibly afraid of fireworks and the loud noises that go with them – will bolt away from firework displays and their own family members because the noise is so upsetting.  They are then rounded up as stray dogs and taken to shelters.  True story!  Dakin always wants people to take special care of their dogs on and around the 4th of July.  Most dogs DO NOT like fireworks, which are way too loud and unsettling for their delicate hearing, so don’t bring them out to 4th of July firework events.  So if you’re going to go see the fireworks, leave the dogs at home, with the blinds down and the TV on to try to distract them from the sound of firecrackers and fireworks.

Dogs & Storks – On July 31 at 6pm, Dakin will present a Dogs & Storks Workshop at its Springfield location on Union Street.  Find out how to integrate a new baby into your home when you’ve got a family dog.  This national program offers positive, practical and fun solutions to  help families with dogs prepare for baby before and after baby arrives.  The cost is $25, which includes 1 guest and registration is available by going to our website – www.dpvhs.org.  Please do not bring babies or dogs to the class…it’s for people only!

 

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