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Monday, February 17, 2014

Keebler Update.

On Saturday, our buddy Keebler found his forever home. I don't have a ton of details, but I do know that his new family includes two teenagers to give him love, and another dog to play with. His new home is also on a ranch, with lots of acres to run, and livestock for him to watch over. Sounds like a shelter dog's dream to me. Good luck to you Keebler, have a wonderful time with your new family.

As for the DNA contest, the results should be here in around a week. We already have 40 entries, so I think I will officially close the contest at end of business tomorrow. If you still wish to enter then send me an email by then.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Do Hawks Prey On Cats ( inquiring minds want to know )

Has Anyone Actually Seen a Red Tailed Hawk Carry Away a Cat?

Time and time again I've had people tell me their beloved pet probably got carried away by a hawk – but has anyone actually seen it happen? I really like hawks, and admire their beauty and skill at soaring so effortlessly through the air. I also really like cats, and enjoy giving my own cats the freedom to go outside and enjoy the sunshine and stimulation. I realize that the outdoors has many dangers for cats, so I’m curious are Red Tails one of those dangers…or just a myth?

According to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Red Tails can take prey up to 5 pounds, most adult cats are over 7 pounds. So it is possible they could pick up a kitten, but I want to know if anyone in the area has actually seen it happen.

p.s. I have heard of an owl swooping in a snatching a Chihuahua just outside of Durango – the woman who was in the yard with the dog, watched the entire thing and no way she made it up.

p.s.s. Just this morning, two separate people who were looking for their missing cats, thought that a hawk killed the cats.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Contest update

So far we have over 35 entries into the guess Keebler's breed contest. I think we will keep it open to entries for at least another week, so keep those guesses coming. The test results should be in around 2 weeks from now. Later this week, I will be posting more about his personality, in the hopes that we can get him adopted.

A few months back, when we first got the shelter dog DNA kits, I purchased one to try on one of my dogs. We have 5 dogs at my house, and 4 of them are mixed breeds. I never sent in the test, because I was having a hard time deciding which one to test. This past week we made the decision to finally test one of our dogs. Her name is Kele, and we found her in Kayenta, Arizona. We have always been curious about her breed, especially considering the wide variety of unaltered mixed breeds in the area she came from. When the results of her test are in, I will hold a second contest for a half price DNA kit for the one who guesses correctly.

Keep spreading the word about Keebler, and good luck in the contest.

Friday, February 7, 2014

More Keebler Clues

So far in 3 days we have around fifteen entries for the guess Keebler's breed contest. Some interesting

breeds have already been suggested. Someone did come in and look at Keebler yesterday, but decided to adopt a different dog instead. Fingers crossed he gets adopted this weekend.

Here are two extra clues to help you decide on your choice, that is if you haven't made one already.

Keebler is 20 inches tall at the shoulder.
Keebler is 42 inches from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.

Everyone send him some positive vibes, and lets get this guy adopted.

Remember to submit your answers to

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Keebler Clues

On yesterdays post, I started a contest to guess the various breeds of a mixed breed dog named Keebler. So far we have 7 entries into the contest. Today I thought I would give you a few clues that might help you win the contest.. Over the next week or so, I will be telling more of his story. Although this is a contest, and someone will win a free DNA kit to use on their own dog, its really about finding Keebler his forever home.

Here are today's clues.

Keebler weighs 52 pounds.
Keebler is approximately 1 year old.

Those are your clues for today, keep those entries coming, and remember they must be emailed  to me. Entries on Facebook  will not be counted. Send entries to

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What kind of dog is that: a conversation and a contest

What kind of dog is that? A question that comes up around here quite a bit. In fact, I would bet that it's asked multiple times a day. The answer to the question can change as fast as the weather here in Colorado.If you were to put the average stray dog in front of 5 different people who work, or volunteer here; I would guess you might get 5 different answers.

Here at the shelter, we receive around 1,700 or more dogs each year. Very few of the dogs are purebred, and none that I've ever seen come with an owners manual that tells us what breed they are. How we determine what mix a dog is, can many times determine how fast a dog is adopted. The truth is, in all but the most obvious cases, the breed is determined by an educated guess. This is especially true with puppies. Most times we don't know what breed  the parents were, and even when we know the mothers breed, that still is only half the equation.

I can't tell you the number of times we have guessed right or wrong. What I can tell you, is that sometimes a year or two after we have adopted a dog, the family will stop in and let us know we were wrong. This happened just this morning. A very nice lady stopped by to thank us for adopting a puppy to her around a year ago. We had guessed that the pup was a Jack Russel Terrier/Chihuahua mix. We had told her we thought the dog would be small as an adult, but that we can't guarantee it. A year later, and we sure were wrong. It seems that the pup just got off to a slow start at growth, and is now much larger than anticipated. The proud owner went on to say how great the dog was, and how much she loved her.

I'm happy to say that there is now a tool that can be used to help better determine what the breed of a dog is. That tool is a DNA testing kit. We are selling these here at the shelter, and if you are curious about what kind of mixed breed your dog is, you can stop by and purchase one. It's easy to use, and you just mail it in and get results in about 3 weeks. We have used it here on a couple of dogs, and its very interesting to get back the results.

Now, on to the contest. We have a dog here named Keebler. He has been with us for around 3 months, and
really needs a new home. He gets along with other dogs, and is great with people as well. He is an interesting looking fella, and we are calling him a heeler/husky mix. The truth is he doesn't look to much like either of those breeds, so here is where you come in.

We want you to guess the breed of Keebler. We are sending in a DNA test on him tomorrow, and for the next 3 weeks you can take a guess and win something for your efforts. First prize will be a DNA test of your own, to use on your dog. Second place will receive a free LPCHS t-shirt of your choice. Third place will get a LPCHS hat or beanie of your choice. A little hint for you is that most times these test results come back with 4 or 5 different breeds. This is due to the fact that most mixed breeds were born from mixed breed parents as well. My suggestion would be to list up to 5 breeds that you think might be in the mix.

Send your guess to and we will announce the winners as soon as we get the test results back. Good luck.