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Milkshake: The Sweet Treat You’ve Been Waiting For

Milkshake: The Sweet Treat You’ve Been Waiting For
By Ashton Haga, Milkshake’s Foster Mom

IMG_3674Milkshake did not have an easy start in life. She came to me as an absolutely terrified 6-month-old kitten. She had a severe case of ringworm, and she had clearly had little interaction with humans previously (at least positive humans). With extensive vetting we were able to kick the ringworm and get Milkshake 100 percent healthy, but the idea of transforming her from a wild animal to a house cat was daunting.

 

We had to start slow and work our way up. From getting used to my voice, to getting used to my presence, and finally my touch, we took baby steps. With time, she was warming up and actually starting to show that she enjoyed my company.

 

Once Milkshake was introduced to the household, she found her saving grace: her kitty foster brother. She stuck with him 24/7 and started imitating the behaviors she saw! She picked up meal times, the best places to snooze in the sun during the day, and that being around humans was actually kind of fun!

 

Fast forward four months and it’s hard to believe that was how we started! Milkshake is absolutely thriving now. She has gone from scared kitten to confident cat, and she loves to play. She knows that one day she WILL catch that laser pointer!
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Milkshake is still a little skittish around excited puppies or unexpected movements, but she bounces back almost immediately. The thing is, she WANTS to be with you, and she’s willing to offer a little more trust to make that happen. She will happily follow you from room to room just to be near you. No matter what’s going on, she’s not too far off, and her favorite place to sleep at night is in bed next to you.

 

Now, just like her name, Milkshake is a truly sweet treat. She’s looking for a forever family that’s willing to give her a little adjustment time. She’s learning that humans are a good thing after all, and she’s ready for her perfect human (that’s you!) to come along. Just look at those fluffy cheeks… How can you resist?

 

Meet Max!

Meet Max!

Max
Labrador/Shepherd mix
Male
8 months
44 lbs. (and growing!)

Don’t let my looks deceive you. I know I appear to be a very strong and confident guy on the outside, but on the inside, I’m still working on it. I think I could definitely be that guy one day though! I just need a little bit of help getting there because right now, I’m more the shy and quiet type. Some might even say I’m timid, but wouldn’t you be too if you were just a young pup? I mean, who really likes loud noises anyways?

I’ve got a lot to learn still, it’s true, like where the best place for a potty break is and how to walk with that silly leash thing that everybody thinks is so great but with your help, I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

I mean, I already know how to play nicely with other dogs, and with toys, and I’ve even learned that cats can be pretty cool too. Lately though, I’ve realized that people are probably the coolest ever! I like to be sure though so just give me a minute to feel comfortable and then prepare yourself for sweet, sweet cuddle time!

The bottom line is that I have, what they call, “great dog potential”. I just need a kind-hearted person to help me out with a few more things and then, Viola!, Good Dog Max will become Great Dog Max!

If you think you are that person (and I think you are!) please reach out to PawsCo at adopt@pawscoadoptions.org and fill out the dog adoption application here: https://pawsco.org/adoptions/adoption-application/. Let’s get started! Great Dog Max awaits!

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Meet Bear!

Meet Bear!

Bear
Shepherd Mix
Male
3 years old
81 lbs.

Hey! I’m Bear. Want to hear my story?

I have a lot in common with another Bear: Baloo from “The Jungle Book.” I had kind of a rough start in life: I tried to escape from a basement where I spent most of my time locked away. When I did have visitors, things were chaotic and stressful. So now I’m trying to take a page from Baloo’s book:

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature’s recipes
With just the bare necessities of life

There have been so many recent changes to my life, and I’m learning to take them in stride. The greatest discovery I’ve made is how amazing it is to feel affection! I love having my head scratched and my belly rubbed. When I trust you, I’ll start by sitting nearby, but the next thing you know, my head will be in your lap.

I’ve also found relaxing in the sunshine to be a pure delight! I’m pretty calm most of the time, and I’m not destructive when I’m left alone. In fact, I’d be a couch potato if you let me! Oh—I can’t forget another of life’s little pleasures: getting brushed is absolute heaven! I love listening to people and taking walks. I’d never encountered a vegetable before, but it’s pretty fun to learn about this new snack while I trim down!

There’s still a lot I need to learn about. I like things to move slowly. That’s why it’s alarming when, say, a veterinarian tries to give me a shot, or a dog tries to wrestle with me. I will wrestle back—I play pretty rough! Nobody messes with a Bear, right? I don’t want to be teased by kids or cats or little dogs—just not my style. Chaos is not my friend! I’d do well in a home where someone patient and mellow could make me feel safe and help me overcome stressful things that make me feel threatened.

I’m worth it since essentially, I’m really a sweetheart, a big softie. I just need to find the right home that will make me feel safe and help me enjoy the bare necessities—the bare necessity, really: love!

Will you please offer me the chance I need? All you have to do is email adopt@pawscoadoptions.org or fill out an adoption application at https://pawsco.org/adopt/adoption-application/. The Bear necessity of life will come to you!

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Meet Lilly!

Meet Lilly!

Lilly
Calico, Domestic Short Hair
Female
1 year old
6.4 lbs.

So, I was having a chat with myself just yesterday and I asked myself, “Lilly, what would make you the happiest cat ever?” The more I thought about it, the more I decided to tell myself how much I would just love to be part of a cute little family. You know, one with maybe another cat or a calm dog. Maybe one with a couple of older kids that would pet me and love me and never chase me. Ooh! One with a kind and gentle soul that would look into my beautiful eyes and know, just know instantaneously, how much of a kind and gentle soul I am, too.

Then I asked myself, “But Lilly, that’s a pretty tall order! Are you sure you are worthy of such an awesome family?” Which was really a pretty silly question for such a confident cat as I am, because absolutely I am worthy of such an awesome family! I think I am the total cat package: friendly, funny, sweet, polite, and, might I add…beautiful! Okay, so maybe I’m a little shy at first, but I think that’s just part of my charm. I warm up super quickly and I am always nice to anyone who is nice to me.

I almost started to ask myself how I thought I could ever find such a great place to call home, but then I remembered that I am a PawsCo cat! PawsCo is going to hook me up! There is nothing in my way but an easy-peasy adoption application and a quick email to my PawsCo friends!

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