Wednesday, October 9, 2002
Mouse has a house.
Every dog must have his day, and the eight-month-old Labrador mix finally got his, thanks to Susan Kent of Odell. Kent adopted Mouse from Promoting Responsible Ownership of Dogs, the Mid-Columbia-based pet adoption organization.
Mouse, who was born with neurological damage, had been a regular at PROD’s station at Saturday Market, where he made plenty of friends. But he suffers from tremors and has extremely limited ability to learn.
Despite his sweet disposition he proved hard for PROD to place in a home. He was the subject of a special appeal by PROD a few months ago, but there were no takers; the folks at PROD were the first to say that Mouse, as a special needs dog, needed a special home.
Kent, a PROD volunteer who first took Mouse in on a foster basis, saw the the paw-sitive in the pup, and decided last month to give Mouse a home.
Mouse has fit in well on Kent’s Lipmann Road farm with her alpacas, rabbits, and two dogs.
“He brings out the best in people and animals,” Kent said. Her dogs Mollie and Pilgrim have both responded well to Mouse.
“Mollie mothers him and Pilgrim has taken a liking to him. Mouse kind of looks to Pilgrim for direction,” Kent said. “It’s worked out well. I think he knew he was home,” Kent said.
If you need financial help to spay or neuter your pet, or if you have a pet that needs a new home, call PROD at 354-2119 for information.