50 Shelters / 50 States: Hawaii

Aloha, everyone!  It's the MP here ... and I know Tucker would want me to apologize to all of you for
basically being MIA for an entire week!  There were a lot of things going on last week, and we were also out of town for the Easter weekend, so did not have much opportunity to blog.  I imagine Tucker will be back tomorrow to fill everyone in on what he and the gang have been up to, but meanwhile, I wanted to get back on track with the 50/50:

Quick aside:  I pretty much love all dogs.  Some more than others, of course.  I've tried not to let my preferences show insofar as the 50/50 goes, and in fact, most of the dogs I've featured in this blog series are not those that I would probably choose for myself, mainly because of size.  I've never talked about this before on the blog, (I don't think?) but I grew up with lots of dogs.  Mine is a very "doggy" family in general - on both my mother's and father's side.  And probably because my personal view of things (which I recognize is inherently flawed and possibly discriminatory, but who cares?) is that I don't really so much like or trust or want to be around people who don't love animals, I've naturally been around a lot of dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and temperaments.  Almost without exception, I've found something to love about all of them.  And whether it was the dogs I grew up with or those I've lived with as an adult, a great many of them have been large dogs ... Malamutes, German Shepherds, Labs, Goldens, Bullmastiffs, Dobes, Great Danes, etc. 

Over the last few years, though, I've lived exclusively with small dogs, and although I still love big dogs, I've discovered that my current lifestyle is much more suited to smaller dogs.  I like to travel, for example, and I don't like to leave my dogs home, even though I have an awesome pet sitter who stays at the house and who the dogs absolutely adore.  Smaller dogs are more portable.  Tucker & Phoebe are both under the weight limit (Tucker just barely) to travel in-cabin on planes, but they are also super easy to travel with in cars, stay with in hotels (and are small enough to sneak in if absolutely necessary), and as they are also non-shedding and well-behaved, are welcome at the homes of any family or friends I care to visit.  They are also welcome at my office, which is not only nice for me, it also is really fun for them.  And no matter how well-behaved they were, I probably would not be able to bring a Giant Schnauzer, German Shepherd, Briard, Bouvier des Flandres, Irish Wolfhound, Greyhound, or Scottish Deerhound (all large or giant breeds I would really love to have the opportunity to live with at some point) to work with me as I can Tucker & Phoebe.  So in the event I was to get a third dog (which I think about constantly but probably will not ever actually do), it would almost certainly be a smaller one.   

Like Patches, for example! 

Is he a doll or what?  On his writeup from the Maui Humane Society it says that he is a Jack Russell mix, but I'm not really seeing it.  I see more Sheltie.  What do you guys think? 

Either way, he's cute as a bug, and were I in the market for another dog, I'd definitely be giving this sixteen month old, seventeen pound, neutered male cutie a good look!  I think he's just precious! 

If interested in Patches, please contact the Maui Humane Society at 808-877-3680, extension 23, or email them at adoptions@mauihumanesociety.org

And now, meet Clark! 

He's a stunning adult neutered male domestic medium hair and I think he looks rather festive in his lei, don't you?  Like Patches, he's also residing at the Maui Humane Society, so if you want to meet Clark, give them a call or an email at the same contact information above.

Aloha until next time! 


Sagira said...

How cute. I sure hope they can find great furever homes of their own SOON!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I DO see Jack Russell and I DO see Sheltie...both of these babies are precious...I just tweeted them. I have a deep love for Hawaii and if I lived there I would adopt them right now!

Jeanne @The Noodle Factory said...

All of our pets have come from shelters, including our current crew, Andy the cat and Cooper the dog. I couldn't do it any other way.
Check out my blog for more dog and cat related posts, musings, and art.

Two Pitties in the City said...

What a cute fluffy Jack Russel. And how appropriate that Clark is wearing a lei.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

We hope these two adorable furkids find great homes soon! But Clark? That ruffle thing's gotta go--it's a look that is just not workin' for you ;-)

Jeanne @The Noodle Factory said...

Thanks for following and posting on my blog!
I'll be showing my work at an upcoming Pet Adoptathon being held here in Medina, Ohio and raffling off a free pet portrait for those who adopt that day. I've never done something like this but I'm excited about it. I just hope I can spend all day around all those adoptable pets and not come home with a carfull!
And Tucker's picture at the top of your page makes me smile every time.

Anonymous said...

I understand what you mean. I have always been a hard-core large dog person. It doesn't mean I don't like small dogs; I just naturally gravitate towards the big ones. The bigger the better. Unfortunately due to spacing issues, this inclination doesn't always work. Smaller dogs are much more portable. If we ever flew, we would have to leave our dog behind as there is no way I could put her through the stress of flying in cargo.

Patches definitely looks more sheltie. Maybe a cross between that and JRT? Totally adorable!