Second Chance: Letters From The Home Front



Last week Sonny authored the Pet Column. He wrote about how much we all dig adoptions here at Second Chance Humane Society, but he failed to mention the other thing that sets our spirits soaring – hearing about how happy our alums are doing, how they are adjusting to their new lives with their new families. We invite you all to send cards and letters with updates.

Our staff loves to hear about Hollywood happy endings and success stories. Those narratives give the rest of the shelter’s pets great hope. We have been receiving wonderful cards from a recent alum named Brutus who was adopted a few months back and seems to be in some kind of doggie nirvana.

Read on and fill your heart…

“Deer 2nd Chance Res.Q & H.S.,

Tanks sew much fer takin me in. Whyle I lik it ther bery much, my new hom bery nice tew…& more open (less kennell).

My new human feeds me and giv me hug, tickle & pats on de hed. He hikes me off leesh even. I explor mos deer & animal sents, but I always found him (he karry kibble in rite fron pocket…I fine him EZ-PZ).  

He also ride me w/bycycle. I’m getting in gud condishun, losin me puppy fat (he say he get me mussel shirt nex winner). I lyk de water. Him promis to learn me to swim (start w/dog paddle he say).

Seldom also say “wag more, bark less” my tail almose sore frum waggin so hard. I lub him.Big plus – I lyk de kar ryde too…who know’d?!

Licks & slobbers (bigger licks) to Lizbet, Riel, Leeahh, Loora & all gals hep me. Tanks for all the memories of kindness, treats (I lub pnut-buttr) & woof over my hed. I lub you all. Anudder woof & more lub!  Brutus.”

A big thanks to Brutus’ Dad for putting the stamp on the envelope for him, always the tricky part of mailing letters for us dogs. Those buggers just stick right to my tongue…

My name is Junebug, although I am such a good dancer my name could just as easily be Jitterbug. I am a nine month young Smooth Coated Australian ShepStafford (see last week’s Pet Column about the new unique breeds available for adoption at Second Chance!) with a big loving heart. Although for some reason someone in my earlier life decided, – without my permission – to crop my ears, I don’t let that bother me. I believe I am just as cute as ever. My tailored ears just add to my uniqueness.

I am what many consider the ideal happy disposition for a dog because I love to play and romp about with any dog I happen to meet; with humans, I am calm, quiet, and cuddly. I look forward to the day I get to write letters to Second Chance about my new fun life…

Hey my name is Ellwood. When I get to write my letter from my new home this is what it will say…



Dear Second Chance, I am so enjoying my new digs. It is the perfect place for a young kitten like me. Home offers me feline independence, but also loving people to be with to take the place of my brothers whom I left behind at Second Chance. My people like that I am very easy going, yet friendly and social. I am teaching them if they create a lap for me (by just sitting down), I will quickly come and  fill it…”

Editor’s note: It’s no secret. The Telluride region is dog heaven. Well, pet heaven. Unless you are one of our furry friends who gets caught in the maw of neglect and abuse. Then heaven is on hold until Second Chance Humane Society comes to the rescue. Second Chance is the region’s nonprofit dedicated to saving animals’ lives and promoting responsible pet parenting and human-animal bond. In her weekly blog, executive director Kelly Goodin profiles at least one, generally two of the many animals now living at the no-kill shelter, Angel Ridge Shelter, a dog and a cat, hoping to find them loving permanent homes. The column is sponsored by Ted Hoff of  Cottonwood Ranch & Kennel, who from time to time exercises his skills as a dog whisperer, partnering with Kelly and her staff to help train a particularly challenging animal.

By the by, there is no better place to park your pup than Cottonwood whenever you head out of town (for locals) or are heading to town and staying somewhere that does not allow pets. Consider joining Ted’s Very Important Dog (VID) Club for added benies. (Details on Ted’s website.)

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shop are both located in Ridgway, but service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View the shelter pets and services


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