Second Chance: Bring On Your Questions

I was asked to be in charge of the Second Chance Pet Column today. And I was like, “Cool, does it taste good?”  Then I learned that sadly you don’t eat a column, you have to punch little keys with your paws to make words… Sigh. But  in the end, I gave in and decided to dig in to find the Column’s reason for being – which had to be sketchy since you can’t eat it or play with it.

Eva Peron

Eva Peron

Here is what I learned…

Each week, adoptable pets like me here at Second Chance get to write on a topic close to their hearts and share opinions on a plethora of fascinating topics related to the well-being of animals and humanity. And the best part is that shelter pets fortunate enough to become a published pet columnist then get to bask in the glory of celebrity, which results in finding our new forever homes.

Ba-Da-Bing, the Column saves lives, at the same time it convinces people to become more compassionate and kind by connecting connecting with animals. I have to say it is pretty cool. In my research, I also learned that the Second Chance Pet Column started out back in 2006 as a true “column,” with pet parents writing in with their questions and concerns.

I would like to see the Column dabble a bit in that old format. So In am inviting you to send in your inquiries about pet parenting, training, nutrition, health, bonding, etc. to Kelly, one of our staffers at: Kelly will make sure next week’s columnist receives your question. And no question is too big or too small and all are relevant – particularly if it relates to food or playing.

Moving on to the important stuff, my name is Eva Peron because of my big, compassionate heart. I am only one-year-young and an Argentine Dogo mixed with Border Collie (otherwise known as an Argen-Bocodogo). I am delightfully well-behaved and just love all people and dogs. To best describe my personality, the staff here has taken about a dozen pictures and in reach one, I have the biggest smile.

As an Eva namesake should, I feel strongly we all need our chance at a good life in a loving home. So come meet me today. Or if you prefer purrs to wags, you should meet Rock Hudson, one of the Hollywood kittens here at Second Chance. At only eight-months-old, he is a well-socialized and fun kitty – and although he does not have my political reach, he is pretty famous in his own mind…


Thank you and keep reading, sending in your questions and comments to the Pet Column –  and keep those tails wagging!

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 &  Magnificent 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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