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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!”

Nikita and Lulu


Nikita_and_Lulu_3Happy Tail: Two cats are better than one

In Late August 2009, Sally Sutton went to the Larimer Humane Society in search of a cat. She found a beautiful young Blue-Point Snowshoe named Snow. After seeing how much of a “people cat” Snow was, Sally had to adopt her.

After just one day of having Snow in her home, Sally realized her new cat was so social that she needed a cat companion. Two days after Snow’s adoption, Sally found a fluffy, 14-week-old tabby at Larimer Humane Society named Boots and brought her home.

Snow and Boots, who now go by Nikita and Lulu, have been inseparable since the day they were brought together. “They immediately became best friends who hang out together about 90 percent of the time,” Sally said of her adopted kitties. “They love to watch birds at the feeder and they play hide and seek all over the house.”

These best buds love to spend time with each other, but they also have their own respectful hobbies. Nikita is an avid shoe collector. She earned the nickname “Imelda” after Imelda Carlos, a First Lady of the Philippines who was estimated to have had around 3,000 pairs of shoes.

Lulu is more into birds than shoes. Like any true bird-watcher, Lulu loves to practice her bird calls. According to Sally, Lulu’s practice has paid off; she’s become a very talented chirper.

Nikita and Lulu’s fuzzy friendship keeps them busy all day. “They get into a lot of mischief,” Sally said, “but they are a delight to have around.”



juneauHappy Tail: Blue-Eyed Beauty

Emily Kretschmar and her husband went to Larimer Humane Society in July of 2011 to find a fuzzy companion. They began by visiting the dog room, where Emily took her time carefully looking into each kennel. As soon as Emily’s eyes met the bright blue gaze of a Husky named Juneau, she knew she’d found the pet for her.

“We have always loved Huskies, and she was this petite little blue-eyed thing that I felt instantly connected with,” Emily said. After visiting with Juneau, Emily admitted defeat to her well-mannered personality and adorable looks. “She had already snuck her way into my heart, and we hadn't even left the shelter!” Emily said.

Juneau’s name hasn’t changed since leaving the shelter, although Emily admits that she’ll respond to anything. True to her sled dog roots, Juneau can’t get enough snow. She begs to go outside the day the first flakes fall. She also enjoys going on walks as well as riding in the car with the windows rolled down and the wind in her fur.

Juneau has become a loving and affectionate part of Emily’s family. She snuggles with Emily and her husband each night and wakes them with a kiss each morning. Juneau is also great at cheering up her adoptive parents.

“When we are having a bad day, she knows just what kind of silly move to pull that will get us laughing,” Emily said. “We love her so much and are so thankful to Larimer Humane Society for helping us find her. I can't imagine our lives without her!”

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