Alrighty then, I am very happy to report that Appalachian Animal Rescue Center is back open for business after having some state-mandated improvements done to the facility last week. Today I walked this big young boy named Copper. Copper is a lab mix, a little under a year old, and was surrendered by his owner who stated she is not allowed to have dogs.

I must be honest … it was not the best outing I’ve had but not the worst either. Perhaps it was doomed from the start when we all thought Copper was already neutered. I apparently didn’t get a close enough look, and the staff … well, they already had him hooked up before realizing he in fact is not. I was there before operating hours, so there was nobody in the office to put a halt to the walk, and we all figured eh … what could go wrong?!

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In hindsight, it wasn’t THAT bad. Copper was really good in the car. He was excited so moved around a lot, but he stayed in the backseat and made no effort to climb up front. Unfortunately, once we hit the Greenway, he was having some bathroom issues. He also was overly aroused (if you catch my drift), which made walking a challenge. When we did actually walk, Copper showed his inner puppy by pulling quite a bit on the leash. He liked people and other dogs and really wanted to play … he actually tried to join a couple joggers.

Copper really enjoyed sniffing around and had his nose to the ground much of the time so rather than walking a great distance, we hung around close to the parking lot and I let him sniff to his snout’s content. It was quite hot so I decided to take him back to the shelter, but he decided he wasn’t going to get into my vehicle. The latter two photos above were taken while I was trying to lure him into the backseat. I actually got him in on the floor of the back by offering him treats, but he managed to jump back out before I could close the door. At that point, it became more difficult as any attempt to get him close to the door would result in Copper trying to pull out of his harness. 

After 20 or 30 minutes, a super nice retired couple offered to help me. It got a little hairy because Copper tried to walk around the lady and I was afraid she’d get caught up and possibly fall so I reluctantly let go of the leash. Copper ran off but not too far, thankfully, and I was able to grab his leash fairly quickly. Due to the heat, Copper was very thirsty so that’s how we got him. I went to the other side of my car and placed a bowl of water on the backseat while the gentleman coaxed the big doggy in for a tall cool one. Ok … just a short wet one but it worked … crisis averted!

Copper is a beautiful boy in need of some basic training who just wants a good home. He obviously does not care for shelter life … some dogs do better than others under those circumstances, but some simply need furever homes STAT, and Copper is one of those. He’s sweet and gentle and I never felt in danger; I simply did not want to wrestle him and force him into my car against his will. If you are looking for a furry companion, cat or dog, please make AARC your first stop. There are several amazing animals who simply need a chance … and your love … and they will love you back ten-fold!

As a side note, for personal reasons I will not be doing the shelter dog struts in the foreseeable future but hope to resume them again at some point. If you are searching for just the right dog for your home and family, I implore you to take any pooch you might be interested in off the AARC grounds and spend some time with him or her. Each dog acts completely different away from the shelter and after some “chill” time than they act in the cages at the shelter. Thanks!

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