Congratulations to the Labrador retriever who is America’s most popular canine for the 24th consecutive year. Labradors are people friendly, easy to train and sociable. I have had four Labs and loved them dearly. Watson, a recent graduate of CAPS, is a chocolate Lab who is as sweet as a Hershey bar.
The second most popular dog is the German shepherd. They are energetic, loyal and fun loving. Rin-Tin-Tin is a perfect example of this breed. The third most popular dog is the golden retriever. This guy loves to play fetch. You may have noticed that many guide dogs are golden retrievers and for good reason: They are smart, empathic and perceptive.
The fourth most popular dog is the bulldog. Bulldogs are excellent watch dogs, and who can resist that adorable squashed face? Bulldogs are the mascot of several college teams. Gooney, the star of our Murder Mystery Dinner is the poster boy for bulldogs.
The fifth most popular pup is the beagle. They have a keen sense of smell and are employed by U.S. Customs to inspect luggage for contraband. Their sweet puppy eyes and talkative nature make them a great choice for a pet.
No matter what a dog’s breed is, they have worked their way into our hearts and homes. In the United States, 62 percent of homes have dogs. They have become our pals, protectors’ and guides. As my friend Roland says, “You almost can’t trust a man who doesn’t like dogs.” Doggone right!
WHO’S WHO AT CAPS?
How about you? CAPS is always ready and willing to have volunteers help. If you have time and would love to share your talents we can certainly use your help. There are many different duties that need to be taken care of on a daily basis. If you don’t have time to help, you can always donate needed items. Here is a list of some of the items CAPS needs: dog treats, toys, blankets, brushes and water bowls. CAPS is a community effort and we appreciate all of the support our community gives us.
WHO’S NEW AT THE CAPS ZOO?
Jackie, a beautiful red Queensland heeler, is an older dog. She is 11 years old but has the heart and spirit of a young pup. Jackie belonged to an older couple but recently came to CAPS because her dad passed away. Unfortunately, her mom was unable to take care of her. Jackie is a favorite with residents and staff at CAPS. Please come out and meet her because she is waiting to make someone happy.
We also have frisky kitties and puppies. CAPS’ policy, however, prohibits adopting out puppies or kittens under the age of six months to a home with children under five years of age. This is to protect both the children and the animal.
CAPS NEWS AND EVENTS
Our sincere apologies to anyone who came to Walmart last Saturday to see Ki. We were rained out. Catch us next month on June 13 with Ki and our Kissin’ Booth. Ki has a regular fan club and he loves his fans. Don’t disappoint Ki, so come on by and join Ki’s fan club. We have new designs for our shirts, and caps, so please stop by and check them out before or after greeting Ki.
Flower Tree Nursery is raffling a 15-gallon tree of your choice. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets. Be sure to get your tickets soon. The drawing date will be June 30, and the winner doesn’t have to be present to win.
CAPS always needs pet food. We would love your donation of cat or dog food. Please feel free to bring the food to CAPS or send an email, and I will pick it up.
CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89406. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnv.org) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likable.
Do you have questions, comments or a great story? Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathleen Williams-Miller, a CAPS volunteer, contributed this week’s column.