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MilesHappy Tails: Making a House a Home

Lauren Seidl and her boyfriend Ryan Haunfelder went to Larimer Humane Society in September of 2011 in search of a companion to help make their family complete. The couple had moved to Colorado from Wisconsin just a month before, and they wanted a feline friend to help them feel more at home.

After having already visited with two kittens and feeling unsure, Ryan suggested looking at one of the three kittens in the lobby. When Lauren went to choose her last kitten to visit with for the day, the only one left sleeping in the cage was a deep gray tabby named Tic-Tac.

“As soon as we had her in the room I knew she was the kitten for us,” Lauren said. “She started purring when I picked her up and I immediately felt a connection.”

Now Tic-Tac goes by the name of Miles, and she’s the center of Lauren and Ryan’s make-shift family. Miles always has to be in the middle of all the action, even if that means perching on Lauren or Ryan’s shoulders to see what’s happening.

When she isn’t cuddling or sleeping, Miles loves to play. Her favorite game, surprisingly, is fetch. She lets Lauren or Ryan know she wants to play by bringing one of them her toy mouse and anxiously waiting for it to be tossed. “I’ve never had a cat that played fetch,” Lauren said. “She’ll retrieve anything from a paper ball to a twisty tie. It’s hilarious to watch her prance up to me with a toy in her mouth.”

Lauren and Ryan are thankful to have found such an affectionate and playful kitten. “Our lives wouldn’t be the same without Miles,” Lauren said. “She really turned our house into a home.”



MacGyver2Happy Tail: Action, Adventure and a Whole lot of Love

Bryony Fuller and Jon Wardell went to Larimer Humane Society in April of 2010 in search of a pet that could keep up with their active lifestyle. They found an athletic-looking litter of Cattle Dog-Labrador mix puppies and knew that was the breed for them. Rather than picking the strongest pup of the litter, Bryony and Jon chose the sweet-heart of the bunch, Vlad, who now goes by MacGyver.

“MacGyver was playful, smart and very sweet,” Bryony said, “All he wanted to do was play and cuddle, and when we looked at him we just knew he was our dog.”

Over a year later, MacGyver is still a happy-go-lucky dog who loves to snuggle. “Even though he is 55 pounds, he will find a way to curl up in your lap if you let him,” Bryony said. This loving dog even helps with the dishes; he enjoys licking them clean as they’re loaded into the dishwasher. MacGyver knows his manners, too, and will thank Bryony and Jon for feeding him by giving them a loving nudge or lick after he eats.

When he’s not out hiking or chasing rabbits, MacGyver enjoys showing off his tricks. His favorite is “stick ‘em up,” in which he stands on his hind legs and holds his front paws high above his head.

Bryony and Jon are incredibly happy to have made MacGyver part of their lives. “MacGyver is our ‘K-9 unit,’” Bryony said. “He is a true part of our family, and his kind heart and eagerness to please makes everyone happier just to be around him. He is also our running buddy, hunting partner and campsite scout.”



LeilaHappy Tail: One Cuddly Companion

When Elizabeth McMullin visited the Larimer Humane Society in early October 2011, she didn’t expect to leave with a soft-hearted Pit Bull named Raspberry. Despite the dog’s calm demeanor, Liz wanted to continue looking for the perfect companion before setting up a visitation. But her boyfriend, Lucas Pickering, insisted they give the dog a chance. Liz and Lucas instantly fell in love with Raspberry’s relaxed yet playful personality, and the rest is history.

Today Raspberry goes by the name of Leila, and she is still just as sweet as when Liz and Lucas first met her. When it’s bed time, Leila likes to sleep on the bed with her head nuzzled into the crook of Liz’s neck. She also enjoys chewing on whatever she can find, which Liz finds amusing at times.

Leila’s favorite game is tug of war, but she also likes to pretend she’s a cat. While Leila doesn’t quite have the dexterity of her feline friends, she still loves to test her skills by walking on top of everything.

Liz is glad she took a chance on Leila and brought her into her home. “Leila has connected my boyfriend and I in a way we didn’t have before,” she said. “We love to take care of her; she brings us absolute joy.”


doveHappy Tail: Sounds like a Perfect Match

Last year Jennifer Ernst visited Larimer Humane Society in hopes of adopting a pet that could bring music into her home. She left with two Ringneck Doves, knowing that she would enjoy their personalities and variety of songs.

Today Jennifer and her family are still enjoying the sounds of the doves, especially the laughing sounds they make when they’re active. The member of Jennifer’s family who enjoys the lively noises most is their kitten, Stubby, who was born without eyes.

“Stubby is attracted to the sound and activity of the doves and will sit by their cage, just listening,” Jennifer said. Rather than fearing the curious kitten, the doves seem to enjoy Stubby’s attention. Whenever Stubby sticks her arm into the cage, Jennifer said the doves playfully peck at her paw.

While she never meant to breed the doves, Jennifer’s musical pets began to lay eggs shortly after they were adopted. So far the doves have hatched six baby birds, five of which Jennifer helped find new homes. The latest addition to the dove family has yet to leave the nest.

“Birds give me so much pleasure throughout the day with their songs and activities,” Jennifer said. “The doves have such a peaceful song and laughter that when I am having a rough day I can get peace from their sounds.”



Buddy_005Happy Tail: Buddy

In late February of 2008, Ann and Dick Clark came to the Larimer Humane Society and left with Jinx, a dog that quickly nuzzled his way into the heart of their family.

Jinx was a three-year-old ebony bi Aussie who had been picked up as a stray in Northern Colorado. Ann and Dick already had an Aussie at home and wanted another, so they adopted Jinx and brought him to live with them in the countryside.

Jinx was renamed Buddy because of his desire to constantly be around his new family. Buddy especially enjoys playing with Ann’s seven-year-old granddaughter.  “He loves wearing costumes, so he is the perfect tea party buddy for my granddaughter,” Ann said. Buddy’s favorite costumes involve some sort of headwear, anything from tiaras to reindeer antlers.

When he isn’t being a gracious tea party guest, Buddy is out running. He loves to race around the yard with his Aussie friend, Mini-Moose, but he enjoys running with Ann as well. Together, the two have raced in over thirty 5K events.

“He loves the 5K runs, especially the Fire Hydrant 5. He loves the excitement and is friendly with all the dogs, kids and runners,” Anne said. Buddy often gives barks of encouragement before each race, and if there’s food at the end, he puts on his most adorable face in hopes of receiving a snack.

Buddy was classified by Larimer Humane Society as a “Busy Bee” in the shelter’s Meet Your Match program, and his personality hasn’t changed. He is a handy assistant to Dick when he does chores on the land, is a trusty protector and playmate to Anne and Dick’s granddaughter, and is a snuggly companion to Ann when she takes time to relax.

“My family is so appreciative of what Larimer Humane Society does to pair the perfect pet with the perfect family,” Ann said, “In our case it truly was a perfect match!”

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