Second Chance: Head of Household?

Second Chance: Head of Household?

Hello, my name is Serenity and I am a six-10 year young (I lost track really – but the important thing is that I have a lot of living left to do) tri-colored Australian Shepherd.



As my name suggests, I am very calm and quiet and love everyone (person or dog) I meet. Before I was rescued, I had no one to care for me: my hair became terribly matted and my existence had been reduced to eating rocks. I am so happy to be warm and fed real food. Now I am planning my adoption…

In my adoption research, I have come across some fairytales that suggest dogs are treated like royalty. I don’t necessarily need that adoration, although I wouldn’t refuse it, but as an example of what I am talking about,  we excerpted this article entitled “21 Signs Your Dog is the Head of the Household” from the Huff Post.

I am not sure all this could really be true, but so many readers responded that yes indeed, these facts line up.

1. There is a dog bed or blanket in almost every room.

2. Your personal home scent is a mix of Febreze and wet dog.

3. No matter how often you Windex, glass surfaces always have a permanent nose or tongue print.

4. Your best sofa doubles as your dog’s favorite lounger.

5. Your toilet bowls don’t really have that much water in them. (Slurp, slurp.)

6. Your schedule depends on the time a four-legged animal needs to go to the bathroom.

7. Every framed photo in your home contains a picture of your dog.

8. You spend as much money on dog food as you do people food.

9. You’ll wear black, but don’t bother with the lint roller at this point.

10 When you have people over, someone is bound to trip over a squeak toy.

11. Your bed has two sides: You and your significant other’s side and the pooch’s side.

12. You don’t immediately clean up when you accidentally drop food off your plate…someone will get it.

13. You often find your socks and underwear scattered in random places of the house.

14. Every year there is at least one bone-shaped item underneath the Christmas tree.

15. There are plastic poop bags in the pockets of every coat you own.

16. After a long day, nothing feels better than coming home and being greeted by your best bud.

And reader’s responses:

Oh boy, nailed it. I have lint rollers at both doors, in my purse and in my car. I also took out a row of seats in my van and covered the floor with carpet for their comfort.

Yep, they rule the roost and I would not have it any other way.

Our dog Max sits in the front passenger side of the car. No one sits there for if you do he will sit on top of you and you will have to move to the back seat.  He only eats out of my white glass mixing bowl and if I put his food in his dog bowl or any other container he will not eat. He gets my keys and my hat and gloves and hides them under his bed because he knows on Mondays I have to go to work. He does this Friday nite it never fails…lol

Ok, so now I am more eager than ever for my happily ever after ending. I promise to never be as demanding as Max: I will let you sit in the front seat of the car. I am just asking for a loving home, a rock-free diet, and some regular brushing…

I will be the Prince to your charming.

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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