Is It the Name?

Is It the Name?

It’s one of those days Shelter employees dread.  Coming to work on a Sunday in the cold of a January morning and finding a dog left overnight.  There was the protection of a dog house and straw provided by the Shelter.  But she was left and someone drove off.  If it is tough on the Shelter employee – it must be tough on the dog.  However, it is better than being abandoned in a taped box in a potato cellar…

Chompers in Camo

Chompers in Camo

The 4-year old brindle pit bull was left at the Shelter on 1/20/2013.  This was not Chompers first stay at the Salmon Animal Shelter.  In 2011, Chompers called the Shelter home.  She was adopted and then recycled two years later.  She is part of the 30% recycle rate mentioned in the goofball dog’s story.  Since Salmon is a small town it was a known fact Chompers was passed from owner to owner.  Maybe she didn’t fit the stereotype of a TOUGH pit bull so she ended back at the Shelter?  Whatever the reason almost a year has passed and Chompers is still calling the Shelter home.

Many dogs cannot handle the stresses of Shelter life.  No person to call their own.  A Shelter dog for the most part is kenneled.  The Salmon Shelter dogs do have several bark parks to hang in plus get a delightful daily walk.

Chompers n Buddies

Chompers n Buddies

 

Chompers loves to go and gets along with all the newcomers.  During the rest of the day she hangs out with the ever revolving changing canine friends.  They come in and then they leave when they are so lucky as to find their families.

Fashionable Coat

Fashionable Coat

Chompers doesn’t appear too dismayed that no one has adopted her.  She gets along with the dogs, the staff, the volunteers and visitors.  She jumps in the van ready for a ride for her walk.  She runs from her bark park to the kennel in the late afternoon excitedly looking forward to her dinner – dog food,  rice and some sort of meat broth.  And then she spends the night quietly waiting for the next day to start.  Chompers has gone through the four seasons at the Shelter.  She arrived in the cold of January, 2013, and here it is January, 2014.

This is where I was left in Jan/2013 - w/o coat.

This is where I was left in Jan/2013 – w/o coat.

Does Chompers need a new name?  Is the name Chompers scaring off her potential family?   It is hard to say.  For now she patiently waits.

One Year Later!

One Year Later!

 

The now 5-year old brindle pit bull is a good natured dog.  Someone forgot to tell her she is TOUGH.  She is a lover – except when it comes to cats.

Looking for a Home!

Looking for a Home!

Perhaps we need to nominate Chompers as the Shelter Mascot.  The last dog that was going to be nominated for mascot (Nubis) was adopted.

Chompers – you are hereby nominated to be Shelter mascot!  You sure know how to have fun!

Silly Chompers

Silly Chompers