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Recent Happy Tails


Sharing a picture of Lily just before we went for a walk.  She is the snuggliest dog I have ever known!  Last night she wiggled under the covers and slept with her head resting on my ankles. She makes me laugh out loud several times a day – her snore is especially hilarious!!!  She is super sweet and super smart.  My Lucas is a very tolerant big brother and shares my bed with her.  He sets a very good example for her when we go on walks.  Lily is already adored by my next door neighbors and has successfully met (and played with!) a few male dogs.  We’ve not done any interacting with females yet as I don’t want her to have any setbacks.  All has been SO positive, and there is no need to rush introductions of the neighborhood female tailwaggers!  Lily spent the entire day in her new crate while I was at work yesterday – no messes whatsoever, not even pee!  No chewing up the bedding or stuffed toys I put in the crate for her.  Amazing!

copperI adopted Copper over 2 1/2 years ago from SWCHS. She is a very loving, snuggling, needing to be part of the action kind of dog and such a happy addition to my life! I am so thankful I went to SWCHS that day and we found one another! Posted 11/8

bogart-homeMy wife and I wanted to adopt a dog, and found one on the website we were interested in. When we got there, we found that another couple had already put an application on him. We went back to the kennels to see the other dogs. And there we saw him. Sitting patiently at his gate, quietly looking up at us was Bogart. We took him out for a test walk and quickly became smitten. He was energetic, inquisitive, and couldn’t stop jumping up to lick Tara and I with excitement. We immediately adopted him. Ever since, I’ve come home from work to his tail furiously wagging and happy face. We’ve had so many quiet nights at home on the couch watching a hockey game. He’s made our family complete! Posted 11/8

We adopted Gavin in 2010 at the age of 5. He has been the best addition to our lives so far. He’s the biggest ham, the naughtiest hound dog, and loves to be in on all the action. He demands walks and food and has more personality than any dog I’ve met yet. Our favorite is when he snorts at us as if laughing-it happens way too often to be coincidence. For being an old man, he acts like such a puppy. We are so happy we were able to adopt him. Posted 11/9

macWe adopted Jager in 2012 to be a brother to our other hound Gavin. He’s shy and timid around people he doesn’t know, but isn’t afraid to use his voice when he’s excited. He’s the biggest snuggler and craves our attention and cuddles all the time. He loves”hunting” rabbit and deer and taking long walks in the woods. Posted 11/9

maxMax came into our life and changed it completely. We have another dog, Zoe, a beagle, (14) who we adopted from SWCHS as well, and our cat, Coco, (10) another SWCHS alumni. Max is about 6-7 years old, but he acts like a puppy. He got along tremendously with Zoe and Coco, and loves to play with them. But what he loves most of all is cuddling. Max believes he is a smaller dog than he is, and will jump on your lap like a 50 pound surprise! He loves to be pet and be cuddled and falls asleep very easily. Unlike many dogs, Max loves to be hugged and is a huge attention hog. (luckily he and Zoe get a lot of attention from us) Max is like a big, snoring angel that came into our lives when we needed him most. Posted 11/9

abbeyWhen we started our journey to add a dog to our family, we knew we wanted to adopt from a shelter/humane society. When we walked into SWCHS, the staff was so helpful. They asked what we were looking for in a dog but, they stressed – “Always keep your heart open, as the dog will pick you”. We’re so glad that we listened to that advice as Abbey sure picked us. We like to say she filled a hole in our hearts that we didn’t even realize we had. She is truly a part of our family and even though we’ve only had her for a couple of years – we can’t remember what our life was like before her and we can’t imagine what life would be like without her. Thank you so much SWCHS! Posted 11/9

black-labI went to SWCHS to adopt a dog I saw on the website. She had already been adopted. I looked at the other dogs and saw Apollo. I immediately fell in love with her scrunchy face and curly tail. I took her out in the run area where she was a blur as she ran around. She was scared when I first got her home. She wouldn’t go up the stairs. That was 12 years ago. Apollo is such a sweet, silly and super smart girl. So blessed to have adopted my BFF (Best Furry Friend)! Posted 11/9

texAdopted Tex in 2014 He is a Chihuahua Pomeranian mix(white) and 6 years old. We also have a pug poodle terrier mix (white) and in May we adopted a Dachshund Pomeranian mix (brown). Tex had Glaucoma and is blind in one eye but gets around fine. They all get along fine. Posted 11/10

autumnI fostered Autumn while the floors were being redone at SWCHS. She was so shy and withdrawn that I didn’t know if she would ever come out of her shell. Well, it took a while but eventually she warmed up to my Gabbie and Graycie, so needless to say, I had to keep her. Then within days of adopting Autumn, I coaxed a beautiful white stray kitten out of a wood pile. Of course, she also needed a loving home and Autumn took to her immediately. They are inseparable and I couldn’t be happier for them. Posted 11/10

miloMilo was surrendered to the SWCHS twice in less than one year of his life. He started out with some heavy separation anxiety. A full year later he is the best dog and just a ball of energy. Milo is such a sweetie and very intelligent. He has a knack for turning a bad day around. I love that little guy! Posted 11/15

sirWe were looking for another kitty to keep our Watson (reddish kitty) some company while we were both at work. We fostered Sir Bufferton (blondish one) and decided that his wildness and love of play would be a good fit. Now Sherlock doesn’t let Watson out of his sights. They love to play but most of the time they are cuddling! Where one goes, the other follows. Posted 11/15

Whenever I visit to bring in donations I visit the cat room. Twice I was “chosen” when I was not even looking to bring home a new furry friend. Grandpa and Phoenix are both seniors. Phoenix was near death when the Angels at SWCHS took her in. They have both been wonderful additions to the family and I love them to pieces. Senior cats are wonderful and I am so happy they chose me to be their friend. Posted 11/15