Second Chance 2.0: George Clooney Is Drooling Again

Dogs given celebrity names at shelters in the hopes of attracting adopters include, clockwise from top left: Connie Britton, Eddie Vedder, Taylor Swift, Bill Murray, Cat Deeley, Rod Stewart, Diane Sawyer and James Earl Jones. (From The New York Times article by Allen Salkin)

Dogs given celebrity names at shelters in the hopes of attracting adopters include, clockwise from top left: Connie Britton, Eddie Vedder, Taylor Swift, Bill Murray, Cat Deeley, Rod Stewart, Diane Sawyer and James Earl Jones. (From The New York Times article by Allen Salkin)

Kelly Goodin, executive director of Second Chance is taking a well-deserved time out for the Holly Daze. However her column is so popular, we felt her fans, gonzo dog and cat lovers, would miss their weekly fix. Hope this blog about furry friends from the Sunday New York Times brings a breakfast cereal smile to everyone’s face – and perhaps opens hearts like steamed clams to the prospect of owning, well, George Clooney – the soft, cuddly version. The one that drools. And not just at gorgeous women.

When Heather Allard, an entrepreneur from Pawtucket, R.I., saw the dog with the red bow tie on the Internet, she had to have him. It was partly the mixed boxer’s commanding jaw and the steadiness of his eyes, but it was mostly his name: James Earl Jones
 “My first dog was named Simba, and I thought it was a sign that James Earl Jones played Simba’s father in ‘The Lion King,’ ” said Ms. Allard, 44. Soon the dog, formerly an unnamed stray from Alabama, was living with her.

Credit for the name goes to Sara Cross, the founder of Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, which started naming its adoptable dogs after celebrities three years ago. The dogs have included Dakota Fanning (a dachshund mix), Janeane Garofalo (pit bull) and Colin Firth (hound/terrier).

A spate of upstart pet agencies have followed suit, as a way of creating an instant bond between homeless dogs and potential adopters.    

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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 & Kennelwho 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 online:www.adoptmountainpets.org

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