Second Chance: How To Make It Snow

Second Chance: How To Make It Snow

I know this is a touchy subject. I hesitate to even broach it, but here goes: Snow. 

I know many of people in Telluride depend on those white flakes for their livelihood. Those lovely crystals are their reason for being in this region. They help everyone feel awake and alive during the short days and long dark nights of winter. 


Truth be told I am writing this Pet Column today in hopes of offering a distraction – or perhaps with the idea that my words will motivate Ullr to get going with the snowing.

My name is Tilly. As a five-month-young, beautiful long hair Calico, I have yet to fully experience the pleasure of snow, and so I stand with you, my eyes directed to the endless clear blue space above, and implore: “Where art thou?”

Here at the Second Chance shelter, in addition to the myth of snow, we hear of other magical things beyond these walls, things like loving homes and forever families. Where art thou? Can we find homes for me and my homeless friends here at the shelter AND make it snow? Is that asking too much?

I know for sure we can count our blessings, fight global warming, and bring love into our  lives instead of hate. Personally I will start by being grateful there is a place like Second Chance for homeless pets like me. And that people like you support places like this.

As for fighting global warming – well you know what to do there. Just do it and don’t sit back and wait for someone else to go first. 

The thing I can best help with is bringing more love into your life.  I am love and by adopting me I will remind you of the importance of that word every day.

Although I am shy, I am growing in confidence everyday and I know that a safe and cozy home with loved ones is all I need to thrive and blossom. I like treats; they help me to be brave around people. Now that I am at Second Chance, I am learning that people are kind and gentle and that gives me great hope.

For dog people out there I would recommend you come and meet Rosie. 


Rosie is a beautiful two-year-young vizsla mix with a sweet and gentle personality and she is seeking human interaction. Rosie also enjoys going on long walks and plenty of yard time with her dog friends. She gets along great with other dogs and enjoys playing fetch. Her favorite thing though is being with her human friends.

Rest assured, if I could make it snow I would – but I do promise to see what strings I can pull with Santa Paws. For now though, I offer you love, light and happiness through cuddles, purrs, wags.

Oh and my staff asked me to give a big thanks to all who participated in Telluride Gives this year. What a wonderfully supportive region we get to live in.


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 with Cabella & Wilbur

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.

Michelle & Wallowby

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