Playful former stray Dozer seeks to play ball with new family

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Dear Winston, 

Hi! My name is Dozer. I am a 1-year-3-month-old pit mix canine who was brought into the shelter as a stay at the end of December. I love to play with any type of ball, but no plush toys (because I can get a little carried away with those)!

I am dog selective and somewhat particular about which dogs I spend time with. I am definitely not a fan of cats and would also not want to be adopted into a home with small children. I am a real sweetheart though and would make a wonderful addition to someone‟s home.

By the way I have gorgeous tan and white coloring which you really can‟t tell from my photo. I am still a very young boy and have a lot of energy to burn off so I would need someone to make sure I am kept busy and active.

Thank you!

Best wishes, Dozer 

Dear Dozer:

It was delightful to hear from you – thank you so much for writing! I hope that this chance in the spotlight works wonders for you and that you will soon receive an in-house meet and greet from that special someone or family.

Good luck to you!

Sincerely, Winston 

Winston says:  

Here are some great ideas to keep your dog active indoors when it’s just too cold to go outside for a walk! 

Experiment with Inside Games 

Vary the games you play and regularly rotate toys to keep your dog interested. Tug can be an excellent game for teaching self-control when played with the proper rules. Fetch can be done inside using soft toys. Increase the fetch challenge by tossing the toy up stairs with carpeting or runners to prevent slipping.

For dogs that like to chase, attach a stuffed animal to the end of a rope to simulate a predatory chase. More rambunctious or large dogs can be exercised safely in open areas, such as a basement or garage with the car pulled out. 

Encourage Scavenging 

Dogs are scavengers by nature, meaning they are programmed to spend many of their waking hours in search of food. Use this to your advantage by getting your dog hunting for his meals with a few inventive practices. Instead of a food bowl, feed your dog kibble out of a food puzzle (a hollow toy with openings for kibble to fall out). For a long-lasting challenge, stuff a hollow toy, like a Kong, with canned dog food and freeze. Exercise your dog by tossing a treat piece by piece across the room and telling him to “find it,” so he can chase after it and hunt it out with his nose. 

Carve Out Some Quality Time 

Rather than having your dog cooped up all winter, take him on outings with you during the week. A date with your canine can be as easy as taking him to a dog-friendly pet store to choose a chew or toy.

Pooch-friendly coffee shops welcome dogs with treats. Give the treat to your canine while he is secured in the backseat of your car with a seatbelt or inside a crate. Drop by your veterinary office for a social visit and have the receptionist give your dog a cookie.

Arrange a visit to a friend’s front door for a treat, or invite friends to your home to interact with your dog. Consider having a dog walker come exercise your pooch if you can’t safely do it yourself. Most dogs can comfortably be walked outside for short periods when the right precautions are made, such as wiping paws off after walks. 

Schedule Play Dates 

Dog-friendly canines benefit from play dates. Consider arranging play dates with your dog’s favorite friends, which can be done right in your backyard or at pet-friendly parks. Even when the weather outside is frightful, dog park loyalists are still braving the cold. Dog parks can give your dog both off-leash exercise and interaction with other canines. Doggy day cares are another way to give your dog interaction while you’re away from home or when you just need a break. 

Create an Indoor Agility Course 

Never underestimate the power of the homemade agility course. Create obstacles for your dog to navigate, much like he would on an agility course. Use chairs as weave poles for your dog to navigate around. Line other chairs up and toss a blanket over the top to create a makeshift tunnel for your dog to run under.

A broomstick fixed over a couple of buckets or a hula hoop held in your hands can serve as a jump. Teach your dog to propel through obstacles using a hand target, and reward with plenty of praise and treats. Take short breaks between obstacles to do obedience work, such as puppy push-ups. The obedience work will keep your dog listening to you and give him a mini workout. As an added bonus, hand targeting allows for additional exercise by getting your dog moving between people for a reward.

Adoption Updates:

Cats Kobie, Shilo, Rum and Kay have all found their forever homes. Dogs Thunder and Sugar Pie have also been adopted.

Upcoming events:

March 6 — Dining for the Dogs, Franklin Hotel, 301 S. James St., 4 to 7 p.m.  

March 24 — ‘Pictures With The Easter Bunny”  at the shelter, 6247 Lamphear Road, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cats, dogs and two-legged children welcome! Please keep dogs on a leash and cats in carriers. Only $10 per photo!

Wish List
Items currently needed: Snowblower!Winter is here!

Caring for our animals requires a lot of time, love, money, and supplies.

Donating wish list items helps us with the day-to-day care of our animals and supports our operational needs.

Items can be dropped off during the humane society hours of operation.

Remember, even used items can help our animals. We only ask that they are in good condition. If you have a question about a wish list item, please contact the shelter directly.

Remember all donations are tax deductible! 

Cat Items 

  • Medium- and large-size kitten hammocks (they are found in pet stores in the ferret section) 
  • Medium covered litter boxes 
  • Small litter boxes – kitten size 
  • Small plush cat beds – kitten size 
  • Friskies or 9 Lives pate canned food 
  • Ceramic crocks for food and water – small and large 
  • Scoopable litter* 
  • Toys (especially toys that make noise, and small mice) 

Dogs Items 

  • Nylabone Dog Chew Bones for all size dogs 
  • Toys – variety 
  • Grain Free treats 
  • Raw Hide treats – all sizes 
  • Soft Treats – such as Bacon Strips, Pupperoni 

General Shelter Supplies 

  • Garbage bags* – 13-gallon tall kitchen drawstring bags 
  • Garbage bags* – 39-gallon drawstring bags 
  • Bleach* 
  • Legal, letter, and small notepads 
  • Telephone message pads – 2-part carbonless 
  • Stamps 
  • Blank address labels – 1 X 2 5/8 and 2 X 4
  • Manila 3-tab folders – letter size 
  • 25-gallon plastic tubs with lids 

Seasonal Items 

  • Funding needed for a heavy duty snow blower 
  • New dehumidifiers – for cat room 
  • Dog-friendly ice melt 

Always Welcome 

Gift certificates or gift cards to area merchants to purchase supplies as needed. 

*We can never have enough of these items. 

Shelter hours:

The Humane Society of Rome animal shelter is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to
5 p.m. The shelter is also open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information, call 315-336-7070 or stop by the shelter, 6247 Lamphear Road.

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