The Tall and Short of It

Autumn is here. The holiday season is fast approaching and as I walked to the shelter yesterday, I once again realized how lucky I am to live near the coast of Southern California.

We are experiencing a very toasty autumn, but as I looked out towards the ocean and saw the palm trees swaying in the breeze, I felt the warmth of the day made more bearable by the delightful coolness of ocean air.

The coastline was clear and the water reflected little diamonds of sparkling current.

My Mondays are special because I have the opportunity to spend time with some of my favorite friends.


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Typically over the weekend there are more adoptions. And although that means some of my dogs are now in their very own homes, instead of missing them, I am grateful to the people who opened their hearts to an often confused and depressed little animal; an innocent victim of the variables of life.

Divorce, a change of residence, so many factors lead to that sad state but with the same end result. A once adored member of the family now without all of the familiar things that were depended upon and are no longer there.

Usually a resident is only at the shelter for a short while, but sometimes what should have at most been a month or so, the confinement seems to go on forever.

I tell myself that it is because “just the right” owner hasn’t come along yet–because it hurts me to see a life not fully lived and a beautiful soul left behind.

In the case of Hitch, his reality has been a life behind bars, in a pen, for most of his few years.

It is so incomprehensible to me that this amazingly sweet dog, who is so eager to please that he just shines when one of the volunteers praises him, has been languishing in his pen and is now our oldest resident. He has been in the shelter the longest of any dog in residence.

Hitch is a young guy and has so many more years to enjoy time with a “copilot.” He is simply a delightful, big-hearted dog; a beautiful, enchanting guy who truly wants to please you and is a gentle larger dog. Hitch has a great smile and a personality that doesn’t allow him to mope. He is joyful about being alive, even though most of his life has been at the shelter.

This beautiful boy would love for someone to give him a chance. He will prove to you that every second is precious and would love to share his positive attitude with you.



…And just as Hitch is the big and tall of it, Mrs. Appleton is the small and short of it!

Mrs. Appleton

This charming little girl has become a volunteer favorite. She is simply the sweetest, most lovable dog imaginable.

She walks beautifully on a leash and is very ladylike–no raucous barking, no impolite behavior. Mrs. Appleton would do well with a senior or someone who wants a well-mannered and totally lovable little companion.

When I look at her I can see a very interesting combination. Now, I am no expert, but I would bet that Mrs. Appleton is a cross between an Italian Greyhound and a Chihuahua.

I can see traces of my own sweet Italian Greyhound, Star, in her and I have to share with you that for the almost 16 years that wonderful little guy shared my home and my life, there was not one day that I didn’t marvel at his gentlemanly attitude.

Italian Greyhounds are wonderful dogs with hearts much bigger than their small stature.

Mrs. Appleton has the most interesting ears as well, large enough to hear every single well-deserved compliment. big-eared-cartoon-dog-1


Please visit her at the OC Humane Society and take this sweet little lady for a walk. She would make a lovely addition to your home and is waiting to hear from you!

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