Frequently dogs are relinquished to Payson Humane Society because their owners describe them as "too rambunctious, too active, or too hyper" for their lifestyle. A mature couple sees a cute puppy, adopts it and later they realize that the puppy has grown into something they can't handle. A busy, working family with children adopts a young dog, then finds they have little time to spend with it. The real problem is not with the dog; it is with people who misjudge matching their own needs with those of the dog.
Certain breeds of dogs as well as young dogs may be considered to be "high energy" dogs. High energy equates to high metabolic rate. These dogs process nutrients into energy very efficiently. Regular, strenuous exercise is a must for them. The owner of a high energy dog must be willing to take the dog on a minimum of twice daily walks, or longer hikes, or to the dog park to run with other dogs. Before going to the dog park, it is a good idea to walk a dog beforehand, so it is not too excited with other dogs. Some folks let their dogs run alongside the ATV, bicycle or jeep for a while. One man in Pine reportedly hitches his huskies up to an old ATV and has them pull him sled dog style through the forest!
Mental stimulation is essential for all dogs to prevent boredom. Active dogs love to learn tricks, fetch balls, or run an agility course. They like to have a job, whether it be announcing the presence of strangers, herding sheep, or riding shotgun in the truck. Like kids, they can get into trouble without structure in their lives.
Among high energy breeds that used to have real jobs to do are: Dalmatian (carriage dog), Border Collie (sheep herding), Retriever (hunting), Terrier (rat, rabbit and fox catchers), Husky (sled dog) and Vizsla (hunting).
In a nutshell, if your dog is acting nutty, raisin' Cain, or Miss Behavin', the problem is probably lack of exercise and mental stimulation. Lock yourself in the bathroom all day with nuttin' to do and see if you don't act nutty, too!
And now we present a few of our adoptable pets of the week:
CHARLIE and BARNIE
Charlie and Barnie are bright-eyed, 5-month-old, neutered male black Lab mix pups.
They are almost exactly alike with glossy black coats, a splash of white on their chests and gangly puppy legs.
Charlie is the easy-going brother and Barnie is a bit of a goofy clown.
They both have happy faces and lots of potential to bring joy into your life. They enjoy romping and playing together and would make a great twosome.
Lily is a wonderful 2-year-old spayed female yellow Lab mix. She has long, lanky legs, heart-melting brown eyes and a soft, creamy yellow coat. Lily knows some basic commands and is a pleasure to walk on leash.
She came to us as a stray, so we don't know if she's housebroken, but she would learn quickly, if you're willing to work with her. She is a real people-pleaser and, like a typical Lab, she wants to be near her people as much as possible.
Lily would love to be home for Christmas. She'd prefer a family that has time to take her for twice-daily walks or play with her and show her a good time at the park. She is a very special loveable dog who will make a great family pet.
Callie is a plush, 8-year-old, spayed female Tortie cat. She has an incredibly rich-colored, glistening coat and big, inquisitive yellow eyes.
She is very healthy except for her teeth, which are all gone -- "no more purrly whites, just lots of purrs." She therefore needs to be fed canned cat food or dry food that has been moistened with water or broth.
Callie loves to be held and petted, for she is very affectionate. Love is all she needs.
Orbit is a cosmic little 9-month-old, spayed female brown mackerel tabby kitten. This brilliant little starlet gravitates to the other felinoids in her kennel and to the humanoids who come visit her.
Clustered in her constellation are salmon kitty treats, warm laps and fishing pole/feather toys.
Orbit would love to become the center of your universe!
Meet these and other wonderful pets available for adoption at the Payson Humane Society animal shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Rd., just south of Main Street. For more information, call 474-5590.