Puppies Need Patience, Understanding












This week’s article is once again about puppies. The puppies featured are from two different litters that were brought in from the reservation in the last month.

The physical similarities in these two litters are amazing. They seem to have come from the same bloodline. Most likely it was the same dad and different mothers; we don’t know for sure. Or perhaps just a common bloodline that has gone on for generations.

Whisper, Abby and Rainy are a sad puppy story. They were with a litter of five puppies brought in by someone who said they had been left in a very sick woman’s yard. They had no food, shelter or water. If we would not accept them, the young couple who brought them in said they would go back to those same conditions. We have no idea where the mother of these puppies ended up. Of course we took them in.

These five little guys had not been handled much by people, and have only just begun to know and trust people since they arrived at the shelter. Therefore, of the four that were adopted out, three have been returned because the folks who took them home wanted puppies that were immediately attached to and comfortable with their families.

We understand this, and have encouraged them to look at other puppies we have as replacements. We believe in puppies — even sad little scared puppies — and know that sooner or later the right patient, loving people will come along and, with kind and gentle words of praise and love, bring these sweet little creatures around to live long and happy lives. 

On the flip side of this coin are Brows and Patches. They are the last two puppies left of the other litter of four. Theirs is a happy puppy story. They were born into a household where they were nurtured and loved. They were well fed and lovingly handled every day of their lives. They were given names and somewhat house trained. They eventually ended up at the shelter because the family didn’t have enough room or money to support them all. But they are playful and outgoing and love to be handled. And, yes, we know that their mother was spayed, and no more litters will be coming from that household.

The bottom line is there are just too many unwanted animals for this community to support. And no matter what part of town you live in, it’s vitally important that you have your animals fixed. This is the only answer. If you have questions about programs to help you or someone you know have their animals spayed or neutered, please call the shelter at (928) 474-5590.

If you are interesting in adopting a pet, just stop by and see us and all the wonderful animals available at 812 S. McLane Road.


Abby is a 5-month-old pup. She was adopted and returned because her owner had to move. She is great with kids and loves to play with other dogs. She LOVES the water and has learned to walk on a leash and ride in a car. She gets along great with everyone and is a true sweetheart. She can be somewhat shy at times, but only because she is still getting used to interacting with people. She needs a patient and understanding family.


Rainy is a 5-month-old spayed pup. She was adopted and returned because the family felt she didn’t interact with them enough. She can be somewhat shy, but you have to understand why. Rainy and her four sisters were brought in to us from the reservation. These puppies had lived outside their entire lives and never had any human interaction. They just recently started to interact and feel comfort with us, and that’s why it’s important that whoever comes to adopt them be patient and understanding.


Whisper is a young pup with a big heart. She is fun, playful and so adorable. She gets along with other dogs and kids just fine. Like her sisters, she can be shy and timid at times. Not having human interaction until recently does play a part in her shyness. She is easygoing and such a doll. Please come meet her today.


Brows is a 5-month-old Shepherd mix. She also came in from the reservation, but was fortunate enough to receive lots of tender love and care. She is sociable, friendly and gets along with kids, cats and dogs. She is outgoing and ready to find her forever home.


Patches is Brows’ litter mate. She is a Shepherd mix, with a soft, black coat. She is super sweet and very affectionate. She is the independent type, who loves to play. She, too, gets along with everyone and would make an excellent family dog.


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