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Little Dogs with HUGE Personalities

Small Dogs With a Huge Personalities


Russ is my name folks and that may be stating the obvious since I am a Jack Russell Terrier, yet some human thought they were witty when naming me, so I’ll just humor them!  I’m right around a year of age and a little on the small side even for my particular breed.  While I may be tiny in stature, I do possess a St. Bernard-sized personality.

Indicative of my breed, I’m inquisitive, outgoing and super smart.  House training was no problem for little ol’ me and now I’m learning more & more in the obedience realm from my foster folks.  They think I’m pretty much one of the most awesome pooches they’ve ever encountered as I’m dog, cat & kid friendly.  I’m always cracking them up with my charismatic ways and playful antics.  People….so easily amused, aren’t they?

There’s another little guy lookin’ for love at the moment in the shelter’s adoption program.  Disco, a dainty Italian Greyhound puppy, got his name because of his not-so-smooth moves.  The poor 4-month old puppy is just all legs at this point in his life, so he’s named after the silly 1970’s era dance.  A smart and funny little chap, Disco is also house trained, knows some simple obedience and is a great indoor family member.  His foster family is also falling head over heels in love with him, so I’m here to help find an adoptive family for him so they can foster another dog in need of temporary housing!

Italian Greyhounds are very petite and dainty.  While I’m a shrimp, as a terrier I’m more sturdy, hardy and tenacious.  Disco is fragile and doesn’t do very well in extreme heat or cold due to his ultra short coat of fur.  Talk about buggy eyes!  Wait until you see Disco’s funny little face because it matches his fun-loving nature.

Smaller breeds often have bigger personalities that you’d expect, especially terriers, like me.  I’m bred to hunt small quarry, so I like to be occupied and absolutely thrive in an active household.  Each dog, regardless of their breed, possesses their own unique personality.  Get to know all of the fantastic personalities waiting for their adoption day to come at or find us on Facebook.




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  • Happy Ending

    Happy Ending 

    Ole is a 2-year old calico awaiting lasting love through the wonder of adoption. 

    She bore them all alone-
    No loving pats to ease her pain,
    No cozy house to shield her
    From the wind and driving rain

    No bowls of milk to give her
    Nourishment to feed
    Six hungry little kittens
    Who clung to her in need

    She knew she had to find a way
    To keep her babies alive
    She needed help from somewhere
    If they were to survive

    So when the night was over
    And the sun rose in the sky
    One by one she took them
    To a house that stood nearby

    Instinct must have guided her
    To choose a refuge where
    There lived a lonely widow
    With room enough to spare

    One without a child
    To brighten up her days
    One who wouldn’t turn away
    Poor homeless little strays

    The mother sat and waited
    Till the door was open wide
    And she and all six kittens
    Were allowed to come inside

    And that’s just where they are today
    A happy feline crew
    Purring with contentment
    But full of mischief too!

    And she who took them in
    And gave them tender loving care
    Has found her home a brighter place
    Because they’re living there!

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  • Puppy Training 101

    Woof there.  My name is Gator & I’d like to find a family sooner than later!  I’m around 5-months of age and I’m a black and white bundle of puppy love.  People say I’m a boxer mix and then take bets on what that other half of me is.  Some say pointer, others say border collie…all you need to know is that I’m adorable, fun-loving, friendly and eager to please.

    I entered the Emmet County Animal Shelter as a stray and I am living with a fantastic foster family.  The kids I live with are so much fun.  Not only do they  hug and kiss me, they also play fetch with me and are helping me learn how to retrieve.  Truth be told, I find it much more amusing to have them chase me around the yard, so I may hold off on that whole retrieving thing for a bit longer.

    Those great kids also like to take me on walks, yet even at my age I’m pretty strong and occasionally am the one walking them!  I’d make a fantastic running partner as I love to exercise.  My foster family also has another dog and a cat and I enjoy the company of them both. I am kennel trained, know a few obedience commands and am doing very, very well as far as house training. And speaking of training, I have a few tips for you:

    1. Timing is important!  If I’m tired, super excited or busy exploring, you’ll want to hold off training until I can give you my full attention. How productive are you while your favorite show is on?
    2. Feed your puppy a quality food on a schedule as your puppy will have more consistent toileting habits and a house trained pooch in no time!  If I eat and drink all day, I’m going to have to go, go, go all day.
    3. Be patient.  Like little kids my attention span is quite short, so work with your pet for short spans of time and work on 2-3 commands at a time and always offer praise and affection for a job well done.
    4. Reward good behavior and ignore bad.  Remember, I’m a dog so it is difficult for me to understand if you’re verbally scolding or praising me.  By rewarding the things that I do well, using the great outdoors as my toilet & sitting on command, before long all of the good will outweigh the bad!

    My name is Gator and I’m a fantastic young large breed pup who would love to find my forever family.  I’m cute, loving, loyal, intelligent and fun and there are more pictures of my on the shelter’s Facebook page. If you’d like to meet fantastic me, please contact the Emmet County Animal Shelter.

    Drooly Your’s,


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  • Don’t Litter!

    My name is Lily and along with my mother Lulu and my sister Lucy, we’re all looking for lasting love after our previous family surrendered us to the Emmet County Animal Shelter.  Right around 1-year of age, my sister Lucy and I are domestic short haired girls with exquisite brown tabby patches marking our white coats.  And if you want to talk about gorgeous, you should see our mother!  She has a fluffy coat of long black and white fur and is the super model of our little feline family.

    At 2-years of age, my mother is also a very young cat.  Cats can get pregnant as an adolescent, so that is why my dear human friends that you should listen to little ol’ me and help fix rather than be part of the pet overpopulation problem.  Two unaltered cats can quickly become 2,000.  How you ask?  Well, 2 healthy cats can produce 2 litters per year.  Statistics from Spay USA say that the average survival rate of feral cats is 2.8 kittens per litter.  Continued breeding will produce 12 cats the first year, 66 cats the second year and 2,201 cats by the third year.  With statistics like that, do you now understand just how important spaying and neutering is?

    Clearly, some of you require more persuasion!  Here goes.  Did you know that spaying and neutering also helps with noise control?  Sure does.  Have you heard cats fighting, yowling and shrieking outdoors?  If they were fixed (uh hum, and living INDOORS) you would not be hearing the call of the wild.  Not only will spaying and neutering help with noise pollution, it will also help eliminate bad behavior like spraying in male cats, male dogs hiking their legs and will make for a calmer, more peaceful pet.

    Fixing your pets not only prevents unwanted litters from crowding already overburdened animal shelters, it also prevents certain types of cancer that are much more common in intact animals.  If you could spare your 4-legged family member from cancer, wouldn’t you do the right thing?

    Let’s recap!  Fixing your pets helps cut down on the number of abused, neglected and homeless pets.  It also makes for a healthier, calmer, quieter and happier furry friend.  So, the question is WHY are you waiting?  Contact your local veterinarian and help prevent animals, like me, from ending up homeless.  I’d much rather be chasing imaginary mice or napping in a sun-filled window rather than lecturing you like I’m Bob Barker!

    Lily is my name and I’m a spunky and spirited little kitty bounding with playful energy and personality.  I enjoy attention and am great with people of all ages and other kitties.  I’m in the market for an indoor home where I can bird watch from the back of the sofa, impress you with my gymnastic abilities and plop down on your lap for some quality time each and every evening.  Litter box trained, vaccinated and SPAYED…I’m more than ready for my adoption dreams to come true.

    DON’T LITTER!  Let’s get your pets fixed. People!

    Meow for Now,


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  • Being Kind to Animals Is Contagious

    Being Kind to Animals is Contagious

    I’m truly not one to complain or swell on the negative, yet I think you should know my story.  Roni is my name and I happen to be a gentle, kind, demure and somewhat timid tabby.  Just over a year of age, I was discovered in a cardboard box covered with duct tape on the front steps of an area home.  Why would a human being do that?  Not only was it irresponsible and insensitive, it was just plain cruel.  Yet for that one terrible action, there have been many acts of generosity on my behalf.

    Fortunately for me, the cardboard prison that held me was left at the home of a very kind and compassionate family who did the right thing.  They contacted the Emmet County Animal Shelter and now I’m ready to find the loving family I so deserved from the start.

    At the moment I’m living with a foster family in a specially constructed “cattery” for me and the other kitties awaiting adoption.  While some of my feline roommates find it necessary to rough house, I will always be perched up high witnessing their crazy antics.

    When dinnertime rolls around I always mind my manners and wait for the other kitties to eat.  The same goes with attention, once everyone else has had their fill, I’ll slowly descend from my perch and accept all of the unconditional love and attention my foster family has to offer.  Love is something I lived without, so do I ever relish the time I have with those who adore me!

    My coat of short brown tabby fur feels like that of a velveteen rabbit.  As far as looks go, I’m above average.  I know, I should toot my own horn a bit more, yet remember that I live with other cats who meow nonstop about how smart they are, how much prettier they are than that Siamese living on N. 14th St.  I’m fine with being humble!

    The average life of an indoor cat is 12-14 years.  Think about it, people.  If I’m living the good life indoors I’m safe from predators, speeding vehicles and neighborhood pranksters.  What a grand life that will be.  Having my very own people and sunshine-filled window to look out of.  Life will be great one day for me thanks to adoption!

    While I was mistreated and left in a terrible situation, volunteers from the Emmet County Animal Shelter are working their hearts out to find the quiet, nurturing and committed family I long for.  Once I get to know you, you’ll have my friendship for life.  If you’d like to see if I’m your special someone, please give my friends at the shelter a call or drop them an email.

    Please be kind to animals!


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