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Third Time’s a Charm

Just under two weeks ago, FAPL brought up five dogs from the Richland County Dog Shelter. One of the most personable of the group, Hank, has received his fair share of attention since that van ride up 71.  The second time Hank was mentioned was for an event in Avon recently at Landmark Garden & Supply.  He had a number of admirers, but October 15th just wasn’t Hank’s day to find a home.  Enter this writer’s third coverage of the delightful retriever mix.

October 22nd saw two pit bull-mix pups, two kittens, two adult cats and our beloved Hank pay a visit to Petitti Garden Center in Avon.  After about an hour into our promotional event on the chilly Saturday afternoon, one excited and determined woman arrived seeking the whereabouts of Hank.  The beautiful dog peeked around the legs of a few volunteers and soon found his human match.  The pair were happy as can be, and with that, we bid farewell to Hank as he settles into his forever home.  We’ll miss you buddy, but we know this transition will be a great one.


Hank finds his forever home!


However, the good news doesn’t end there. Remember those pit bull pups I mentioned?  Of the brother/sister pair, the sister, approximately 8 weeks old, was the target of one family’s affection as they were immediately drawn to the wee lass once they approached the FAPL tent.  After several smiles and a lot of time shared with the pup, she was also on her way home as well, meet and greet pending of course.  Believe it or not, like any game show announcer would exclaim, “There’s more!”  The two kittens got adopted together so ‘inseparable’ will still be part of their vocabulary.


Pit bull pups…how can you deny these little pooches?!


While the remaining pup and two adult cats didn’t get to their homes today, surely their moment is just on the horizon. To see these fine furry friends and many others, please stop by the shelter to see who could be a great match for you.

Friendship APL of Lorain County

The Road to Berlin

It was only a handful of days ago that another call came in from the East Holmes Veterinary Clinic in Berlin, Ohio. The good people there don’t ring us to say hi though.  A call from them is an opportunity to rescue more animals, and this situation was no different.  FAPL staffer Brianna and I took the van, loaded it up with half a dozen travel cages and made the hour-and-a-half journey to Mennonite country.

 Over the twisting country roads and rolling green hills of farm land, we arrived to pick up six dogs of varying size and age. The first pair to exit the clinic were a male/female chocolate lab couple, each at a year and a half old (Snickers and Hershey Kiss).  Surprisingly, both were, for the most part, eager to hop into their travel cages.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and say pure bred dogs like these won’t take long to get adopted…just a hunch.


Hershey Kiss – female Chocolate Lab


Snickers – male Chocolate Lab

The next pair were also of matching breeds; two female English bulldogs (Lollipop and Candy Corn). The expressions on their faces will make your heart melt, though their frightened uncertainty of the situation at hand was quite evident.  If I could ever see a pair of dogs do their best impression of the proverbial stubborn mule, this was it.  I could’ve hire a competitor from the world strongman competition to take a leash, but it wouldn’t have mattered.  These dogs were simply not moving.


Candy Corn – female Old English Bulldog

While I do make it a point to go to the gym regularly, I quickly learned I’m either not lifting enough or these dogs were no lightweights. I’ll go with the latter…okay, maybe a little of both.  With walking them not an option, we carried them to the van to which they were rather stubborn subjects of travel.  Almost mimicking a Bugs Bunny cartoon, both dogs outstretched their legs to avoid fitting into their travel cages.  Want a challenge?  Hold 50+ lbs. of unwilling weight that does its best impression of square peg/round hole.  With a little gentle maneuvering, we finally managed to get both girls in their crates.


Lolli Pop – female Old English Bulldog

Finally, there was the youngest pair of the bunch at both pups clocking in at an estimated ten weeks old. First was a Doberman who recently underwent corrective surgery.  While the English bulldogs wanted nothing to do with a car ride, this little gal was more than happy to be a part of the journey.  Her youthful counterpart, however, was not.  Dot is a cute yellow lab mix who is currently recovering from scabies, a parasitic skin disorder that she will soon make a full recovery from.  She’s got a little bit of hair to grow back and some traveling to get accustomed to, but you can bet she will light up someone’s life as soon as she becomes adoptable.  After all, she is already painting smiles on FAPL workers.


Milky Way – Doberman pup under 10 weeks old


Dot – Yellow Lab pup under 10 weeks old

Still, our story doesn’t end there. Sure, these dogs still need to find good homes, but after a quick vet check-up, that will come to fruition.  The rest of the story has to do with the human star of this story, Brianna.  Unfortunately, the spunky, hard-working employee moved on from FAPL as of October 22nd.  While she approaches her new endeavor that we all wish her the best with, it is her undeniable work ethic, knowledge and her care for the animals that will be missed greatly.  She sets quite the admirable standard in what it takes to succeed at Friendship APL.  Good luck, Brianna!

Friendship APL of Lorain County

A Landmark Event

On October 15th, the good folks at Landmark Lawn & Garden Supply in Avon, Ohio provided space for FAPL staff and volunteers to set up shop on the warm and sunny Saturday afternoon.  Complete with a hay maze and pumpkin painting for kids, pet adoption was also on the list for grown-ups and children alike.  Accompanied by five residents of the Friendship APL, the human crew brought in three cats and two dogs to show off to the public.  One of the canines that was with us that day found her forever home after only a few hours.  Wilma the Chihuahua quickly found comfort in the arms of her new companion as it seemed to be a match that was destined to be made.


Help this beautiful feline find her forever home!

While other staff answered questions and educated the Landmark customers on the animals that were present, I was distracted with the second dog, Hank. Hank is a retriever/terrier mix that we picked up from the Richland County Dog Shelter not a week prior to the day’s event.  Instead of being the example of pet promotion excellence, I was the victim of tail-wagging affection.  Yeah, I fell for it.  Guilty as charged.  Nevertheless, Hank had his fair share of admirers throughout the day with several inquiries made about the bronze beau.


FAPL sets up shop at Landmark Lawn & Garden in Avon.

He loves to play, enjoys the outdoors and makes for a great watchdog. The latter was proven when a nearby bystander had accidentally tripped their own car alarm to which Hank promptly responded, his eyes fixed on the source of the audible abnormality.  Hopefully luck is right around the corner form him.  With that being said, let’s hope the same is true for the three cats on hand that day.  With personalities diverse as any human’s, the three people-loving felines are hoping that, like Wilma, they too capture the eyes of the next companion-seeking person that passes by their cage.


Sir Meowsalot – super playful, loves other cats

Three’s Company, Five’s a Blessing

At first glance, the Richland County Dog Shelter (RCDS) is a small labyrinth of hallways lined with cage after cage, augmented with a symphony of begging barks from its residents. There is a well-established relationship between the RCDS and Friendship APL, which is what led to a recent call from Richland to Friendship.  Just like every person, every business or establishment has its own strengths and weaknesses.  While the RCDS can house several more dogs than Friendship, it’s Friendship that truly excels at finding quality forever-homes for animals.  It is through teamwork like this that becomes a matchmaker for the four-legged variety.

Soon after the call came in, Friendship’s Intake Supervisor, Stephanie, headed out with a van full of travel cages while I tagged along. Upon arriving at our Richland destination, the wide stone-block building looked rather vacant.  There was a lone car in the parking lot and it proved to provide a quiet scene.  After signing in, however, we made our way to the dogs and the barking began.  Some were so scared their canine calls were those of duress or begging.  Others remained so silent, but spoke with their wide eyes, following our actions as we studied them, hoping to be the next dog to escape the confines of their cage for even a few minutes.

There is a method to the choosing of the dogs that would come with us. In an overall sense, they need to be adoptable.  While a number of things can sum up to meet that requirement, the basics of it are a friendly demeanor and an interest in their human counterpart(s).  Thus, the process is certainly not random in nature and carries a degree of heavy-heartedness just the same.  While there is the emotional peak knowing we are putting five souls on the focused path to loving homes, there is also the valley knowing that over ten times that many must be left behind.


Sassy (recently reunited with her owner)

As Stephanie paced the shelter floor and examined each dog in detail, I made mental notes of her decision-making process. I soon realized this was a daunting yet time-sensitive task.  A list was made of five dogs, which we took to the front desk.  As we declared the names of those we intended to take with us, two were immediately nixed as there were already applications in process in Richland for their adoption.  One of these was Cobalt, a short-legged, long-bodied dog with black fur and blue-gray spots, looking like something along the lines of a Dachshund and a Scottie.  His body was a unique mixture of breeds to be sure, though his affectionate attitude stood out the most.  The other was Olivia, a dog that I made a quick connection with and the one that Stephanie gave me the duty of picking.  To put it plainly, it was a bummer that we weren’t able to include these dogs in the care and home-seeking talent of Friendship.  However, the flipside to that coin is that they are being adopted so they are on their way to a new and permanent home.


Ridley (adopted)

Stephanie and I headed back and toured the facility once more, claiming two more dogs to fulfill our max five-capacity for the trip back. It wasn’t long before we made our tally.  First was a Cupcake, a female Corgi-mix that is a little ball of love. Next was Ridley, a male Shepherd mix who has a face to die for.  Then there was Hank, a male retriever mix whose wiry, nimble frame was never suited for cage life (but then again, what dog is).  Last but not least were our late additions, Sassy and Birdie.  Sassy is a female Boxer-mix and Birdie is one beautiful coon hound.  After our journey, all five dogs got to take turns running in Friendship’s outdoor caged areas.  The dogs were intrigued by one another, but even more so by their outdoor surroundings where they got to stretch their legs, run around and just act like a dog.

Cupcake -Friendship APL

Cupcake – Corgi mix (adopted)

In all honesty, all five were very sweet dogs. They were of varying energy levels with Hank, Ridley and Sassy covering the most ground.  Cupcake is in heaven just being close to someone showing her affection, and Birdie, oh Birdie, if I could adopt her I would.  She would gallop, then stop, then exclaim the day’s goings-on in her world to a neighboring canine (in this case Cupcake).  When I called out to her, she would make this almost apologetic walk toward me where she need to be at my side, her face next to mine as she bore an expression of devotion and trust.  She is a prize of a dog, no doubt about it, but then again, aren’t they all?


Hank – retriever/terrier mix (adopted)

The next step for the newest residents of the Friendship APL is to get any additional shots and vaccinations not administered during their stay in Richland. There is also all-important spaying and neutering that will take place as well.  Shortly thereafter, these five loveable souls will be ready for adoption and a new life filled with the care and love of someone’s home.  The story doesn’t end there, however.


Birdie – Coon Hound

For every Cupcake, Ridley, Hank, Sassy and Birdie, there are thousands of more dogs out there who roam the streets or are confined to months of the stressful confines of overflowing shelters. I didn’t adopt a dog today.  I’m in no position at this time, but I did assist in getting five of them out of an unfavorable situation and into a better one.  They are now one step away from their personal paradise and it’s results like those that are simply not achievable without the aid of volunteers.  It’s something to consider if nothing else.  We may not be able to open our homes to every cat or dog, but we can find every cat or dog a home.

It’s Emma, My Dear

It was only recently when the Friendship Animal Protective League received a call from the East Holmes Veterinary Clinic that they had someone we may be interested in helping. A young female Rottweiler had been effectively discarded by her human companion, used simply for the purposes of breeding and selling the pups for cash.  The story begins as an unfortunate one as it is often the all-too-common tale that some female dogs go through.  They are treated solely as a product instead of the life-loving canine that they really are.  Rest assured, this four-legged lass was not about to be cast into a pooch purgatory where she would have to fend for herself.  Friendship veteran staff member Allysa and day 1 volunteer, yours truly, hopped in the car and headed down to Mennonite country in Berlin, Ohio.

The 90-minute journey to our destination was painted with numerous family farms and dotted with the occasional horse and buggy, a peaceful and scenic trip to be sure. Upon reaching our destination of the East Holmes Veterinary Clinic, we were promptly greeted by Bob, one of the clinic staff.  While he’s certainly not the tallest employee there, he was one of the most ambitious, but this lively trait is quite common for Yorkies such as Bob (who was later labeled as Robert when he wouldn’t return to the lobby from outside).  In a rather yin-yang of dog breeds, a Great Dane named Moose soon entered the scene, almost apologetically tardy as he followed Bob out to make our acquaintance as well.  The tandem had an uncanny chemistry in their greeting duties, combining their smile-inducing powers that were nothing short of irresistible.  Nevertheless, while Bob and Moose were great souls to spend time with, Allysa and myself were on a mission as it was the Rotti we sought.

moose and bob

Moose (left), Bob (right)…or ‘Robert’ when he doesn’t listen 😉

Within a few minutes, one of the East Holmes humans brought out our pooch of interest. At roughly just over a year old, we laid our eyes on one beautiful Rottweiler, though it was safe to say she was a bit bewildered by all the commotion.  Upon kneeling down to connect with her, it was noticeable that she was a bit under-nourished and in need of some TLC and a little chow.  Though apprehensive to enter our vehicle, she eventually made her way inside and was quite the quiet passenger.  Now the trick was what to name her.  Of course her forever home may change it once she gets adopted, but for now, she needed an identity, even if it is only temporary.  Allysa proposed the question to me, to which my immediate response was a rather uncreative “I don’t know.”  Allysa coaxed my thought process by presenting the question once more.  This time the name “Emma” came out.  I figured we were at East Holmes, triggering the thought of Sherlock Holmes whose partner was Watson.  However, Watson was a male and our dog of the day was a female.  That’s when the actress Emma Watson popped in my brain.  Emma it is!


It’s Emma, my dear!

Once the return trip was complete, Emma had second thoughts about exiting the confines of her travel cage. After a minute or so, she made the leap and it was to the grass we were headed.  It’s been quite some time since I had seen a dog so entranced by its new surroundings.  There was an excitement in Emma’s demeanor as she took in the sights, sounds and smells of it all.  The calls of sparrows drew her attention to the left, while a wind-induced rustling of the weeds perked her ears to the right.  Call me crazy but it was almost as if she was exhibiting an appreciation for this unfamiliar yet open environment.  Soon after, Emma made her way to her cage to which she promptly feasted on bowls of food and water that were ready and waiting for her.  Though she wasn’t familiar of where she was or what the future holds, Emma definitely had a level of excitement that peeked through the curtains of uncertainty.

Maysie’s Story



My boyfriend and I adopted Diamond, now Maysie. We love her so much and couldn’t be happier! Just wanted go let you know she’s in a good home.

– Maysie’s New Friend, Katherine Kuncel

Dooper’s Story



We named him Dooper, he’s learning some basic commands and doing great with potty training.

– Dooper’s New Friend, Melissa Wyrick-Klena

Sadie’s Story



No matter how nice the shelter, how incredible the staff, how caring the volunteers – a cage will never be a home. Meet Sadie – a 3 year-old Pitbull mix that has trouble trusting men at first (sadly most abuse is at the hands of men). But once she warms up to you, you will never find a sweeter or more gentle dog. Adopt a shelter or rescue pet!

Scarecrow’s Story



Isn’t Scarecrow a neat looking cat? He is very friendly and really nice. Scarecrow is 2 years old and was a stray so his story is unknown. It would be so nice for this great cat to be adopted into a good home. Scarecrow is at Friendship Animal Protective League waiting for his adoption day.