Second Chance: The Night before Dog-mas

Second Chance: The Night before Dog-mas

Greetings readers, my name is Bullet (because I will steal your heart as fast as a speeding bullet) and I am looking for a home for the Holidays.



To help make this happen faster, Second Chance is offering half-priced adoptions now through the end of the year.

And last night I had a wonderful dream, which I wrote down to share with all of you.

`Twas the night before Dog-mas,

when all through the shelter

the dogs were all sleeping,

and not a single yelper;

Our leashes were hung 

by our kennels with care,

in hopes that St. Bernard 

would soon find us there;

When outside the Dog Den

there arose such a clatter,

my ears perked right up

to hear what was the matter.

When, what with my puppy-dog

eyes did I see,

But a splendid dog-sled,

led by doggies like me,

With a regal furred driver

commanding, not stern.

I barked to the others,

“That must be St. Bern!”

As I pulled in my nose,

and was turning around, 

Through the door St. Bernard

came in with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, 

from his head to his tail,

his wood cask adorned 

with an icing of hail;

A bag of chew-toys he had 

brought in with him, 

and his mouth was turned up in 

what looked like a grin.

A wink of his eye and 

a wag of his tail;

we knew right away

we’d have homes without fail.

He howled not a howl, but

went straight to his deed,

and took down our leashes 

that soon we would need.

He threw open the door,

and families stood there,

with children, all smiling,

and much love to spare.

He lept to his sled,

to his team gave a call,

and away they all flew

as if chasing a ball.

But I heard him exclaim

as he chewed on a bone:

“Happy Dog-mas to all

and to all a Good Home!”

Thanks for reading and I hope you will consider giving yourself the gift of love, adoration, loyalty, and sloppy kisses this holiday season, all wrapped in a bow with a wagging tail!

And my name is Elsa. I am a gorgeous, petite and cuddly cat and enjoy other dogs and cats, even though they all envy my inner and outer beauty. I am hoping to have a great Cat-Mas by going home for the Holidays!



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.

Ted Hoff & Mae

Ted Hoff & Mae


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:

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