Happy Tails: Priceless Poodle
After losing her Golden Retriever in 2006, Marianne Mitchell decided she wanted her next furry friend to be a Poodle. She contacted a breeder but was no longer interested in a bred Poodle puppy after realizing how much it would cost. Instead Marianne began checking Larimer Humane Society’s website regularly to see which dogs were available for adoption.
In late June of 2006 Marianne noticed a Standard Poodle on the adoption list and rushed to Larimer Humane Society to adopt Mystique, or Misty for short.
“Adopting Misty from a shelter was a good idea on so many levels,” Marianne said. “She had perfect manners, was people friendly, had all her shots and was spayed and micro-chipped. A Poodle puppy from the breeder would have cost ten times more and would have needed training.”
Misty’s smarts and loveable personality even landed her a job as a Pet Partner through the Delta Society in Marianne’s current hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Misty was trained to become a therapy dog, and now she and Marianne help children learn to read through the Read to a Dog program in Tucson. “She gets so excited when it’s time to head for a school or library to meet the kids,” Marianne said of Misty.
When she isn’t at work, Misty enjoys chasing lizards in the backyard and being groomed by Marianne. Misty is a friendly hostess, too, and will offer her favorite Teddy bear to visitors. She loves eating snow peas from the garden and Marianne’s homemade biscuits.
Marianne would like to thank Misty’s previous owner, who had to give Misty up due to health problems, for loving and caring for such a great dog. Every year on the day Misty was adopted, Marianne celebrates by offering a donation to the Larimer Humane Society.
“Misty is complete joy,” Marianne said. “She makes us laugh, gives us comfort and inspires us every day.” Misty even has her own blog, themystique-misty.blogspot.com, so kids from the Read to a Dog program can see what she’s up to.