Ramblings From The Ranch
By Linda Goodman
When Ivy and Zoey, two terrified Terriers, got to The Ranch they were handled like all other new arrivals with individual care. Once The Ranch determines there is enough space to accommodate another dog, it is treated for fleas and parasites and vaccinated for viruses and rabies. They also receive a bordatella shot. Because it can be a stressful time, dogs are not bathed until they’ve settled in. New arrivals get their own run so that staff can observe their behavior to determine who best to board together. Some dogs need quiet attention of petting and talking while others are anxious for a walk.
There’s an art to placing dogs together in one run. With the exception of puppies, two or three dogs usually share a run. Once a dog’s personality is observed careful choices are made for matches. The Ranch’s staff includes Martin, aka the Dog Whisperer, who has an uncanny ability to select and pair doggie roommates to everyone’s happiness.
Ivy and Zoey, were trembling and huddled together when they arrived. No volunteer could even approach them to give hugs or reassuring petting. Ivy and Zoey were put into a run of their own, but after a week with no signs of improvement, they were introduced to Buster, a three-legged Pit mix and a lover of human attention. Within only a few days the Terriers began to mimic Buster’s enthusiasm for people by running to their gate to meet volunteers.