Second Chance: Casper & Arvin

Ok I will admit it. I was amazing. For those who missed the first ever Furry Flicks & Fashion last weekend in Ridgway – a great success by the way! – you missed out on me leading the shelter dog line in the dog fashion show.  And I nailed it. Being deaf really gave me an advantage for a change. I could feel the music, but it didn’t bother me one bit. It was a super fun night, I rocked it as I said – but I still need a home so please  keep reading…


Here is the bio that was shown before my Furry Flicks debut:

Casper is our nine-month-young Bull mix sweetheart. He is a loving and lovable boy who adores people, particularly kids, and loves to play with other dogs as well. Casper was born deaf, however he is super smart and is quickly learning hand signals and good manners.

Casper has participated in our Pets Turning Pages Program and has been helping the students at Ridgway Elementary School with building confidence and enjoyment in reading out loud. 

Casper would love a family of his own – but until then he is looking for a sponsor…

That information was presented right before I came out for the event’s live auction where I was the featured “sponsor a pet.” I raised $400 towards my own care here at Second Chance. 

And that was before I became the star of the Furry Fashion Show.

So yes, I can now list “Famous Super Model” to my resume on top of “mentor for young new readers.” But somehow I have still not been hired to be someone’s lifelong companion and mood booster. 

Please come interview me today at Second Chance.

Furry felines more your thing? Well the other special-needs pet featured during the live auction was Arvin. 


Here is his bio:

Arvin has been waiting for over two years (half of his life) for his forever home…longer than any other current Second Chance pet. This is far too long for any pet to have to wait for a new family. 

Arvin had a rough start to life resulting in arthritis. He has good and bad days. On bad days he finds that CBD oil and pain meds make him feel much better…Arvin just needs a nice quiet, cozy home and a person or two to cuddle with. Until we can find that for him he is looking for a sponsor…

Call Second Chance today to learn more about sponsoring a shelter pet and to learn more about adopting either me or Arvin. 

Please don’t waste another day without the love of your lives…


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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