Second Chance: Merry Dogmas

Second Chance: Merry Dogmas

My name is Benny and I believe dreams can come true. Last night I had a wonderful dream, which I wrote down to share with everyone,




“Twas the night before Dogmas,

when all through the shelter

not a puppy was yelping,

our minds did not chatter;

Our leashes were hung 

by our kennels with care,

in hopes that St. Bernard 

would soon find us there;

When outside the room

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 yelped 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!”

So you can find me here at Second Chance Humane Society, where I wait for my family that is looking for a mellow little lap dog who is sweeter than sugar plums and candy canes. Give yourself the gift of love, adoration, loyalty, and sloppy kisses this holiday season – all wrapped in a bow with a wagging tail.

And for those that prefer holiday purrs – Arvin is making nice with Santa Claws. A three-year-old brown tabby, Arvin has been at the shelter for about a year now, and although he does get along with most other cats his favorite things to do our lounge around eating treats.



I hope you will consider helping us less fortunate felines out. Most of all we just want to fulfill their purpose in life, to love and be loved…

As I sit here and think that every day more spent at the shelter is one day less spent with my true family…

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 or get your pup (or adult dog) trained 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:

Vetting the Vet: Dr. Michelle Dally, DVM, J.D. is Medical Director of Second Chance Humane Society. She also has a private practice, Dally Veterinary Medicine, 333 S. Elizabeth Street, Ridgway, Colorado. Her service area is  San Miguel Mesas, Placerville, Ridgway, Ouray, and Montrose. For more on Dr. Dally, go here.

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