June goes to the animal shelter. Always a good idea.

In case you don’t read my comments, because you are a giant comment snob, I did not find Snowflake at the pound. Or Humane Society. Or animal shelter. Whatever the Sam Hill they call it here.

I called ahead of time and explained my dilemma, and they said if Snowflake and Goldilocks were healthy; not a Pit, Rottweiler or Chow; and had good dispositions, they would be put up for adoption after a 10-day rabies hold.

It has been a month since they bit the mailman, and they are adorable dogs, so I knew they’d be in the “adopt me” area.

Except they weren’t.

I went through the pens twice and then I snuck back to the hold area and looked at dogs till I got in trouble for it.

(You know it’s never good when you hear a snippy “Ma’am?”)

In the meantime, of course, I tortured all of us by taking pictures of cute animals.

  Pups yuu know you need new pupee, ant joon.

Pretty

i prettee colors. dis make me supeerior.

Blackcuteydog

i black. black dogs never get dopted.

Did you know that? Because it’s hard to see their faces, people walk right past black dogs when they’re looking to adopt. And look at that sweet face!

How am I not sitting here with 38484902 new pets today?

Sadi wish i at your howse, ant joon.

Sigh.

Anyway, I showed Snowflake’s picture to everyone at the place and only one person said, “Oh, she looks familiar.” They told me it was likely those two got adopted, because they’re so pretty.

I hope so. Am clinging to that belief.

Blackkitties
It was hard to photograph, but all the black cats are unadoptable until Halloween is over, so they were all hanging in a room together. It was the cutest thing.

Anyway. So now Snowflake. No Goldilocks.

Crap.

And finally, while I’m up with the camera…

Choo
Yay! My zoo sign is up! And yes, I do need a better outdoor table than that poor wooden thing. Sue me.

Anyway, thank you, Daniel Boone, for nailing stakes and digging holes and pounding signs into the ground.

When you’re as beautiful as me, men just do these things.

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Author: June

At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

95 thoughts on “June goes to the animal shelter. Always a good idea.”

  1. When you’re as beautiful as me, men just do these things.
    What can possibly be said to improve upon that?

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  2. I’m first comment because everybody else is sobbing over the dog pictures. Me? I’m just having chest pains and starting a stabbing headache.
    June, Patron Saint of Pets since a long time ago. Seriously.

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  3. I adore your zoo sign. If Edsel tries to eat it and you feel like it needs protection, just send it on over here. It’ll be safe in my backyard.
    Black dogs are my favorite. (hee hee just typed faborite and now like my new word!) I had one that looked almost exactly like the one in your picture up there. Border collie. She grew out of the puppy phase at age ten and finally became the dog we always wanted. Then she got sick. Sigh. She was a super high maintenance dog and we loved her to pieces. Seeing that picture made me smile. Thanks, June!

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  4. I’m glad they made those dogs adoptable. I never saw Goldie Locks, but Snowflake is certainly an adorable dog. I hope for the best for both of them. The sign looks great.

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  5. I always want to sign up to be a bog walker at the Humane, but Terra won’t let me. (It’s the only thing he puts his foot down about –trust me.) And I cave because I know we would have 9,487,942 dogs and cats.
    Okay, and rabbits, pigs, horses, cows, lizards, birds and whatever else wanders in there without a home that knows my name. I have no will power. My name is Furry Godmother and I am an animalaholic.

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  6. I didn’t realize black dogs don’t get adopted. Good for my neighbor who adopted a solid black dog earlier this year.
    As I said yesterday, Snowflake and Goldilocks are living the high life in their new homes. There is no way those two adorable dogs weren’t adopted.

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  7. I didn’t realize black dogs don’t get adopted. Good for my neighbor who adopted a solid black dog earlier this year.
    As I said yesterday, Snowflake and Goldilocks are living the high life in their new homes. There is no way those two adorable dogs weren’t adopted.

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  8. I didn’t realize black dogs don’t get adopted. Good for my neighbor who adopted a solid black dog earlier this year.
    As I said yesterday, Snowflake and Goldilocks are living the high life in their new homes. There is no way those two adorable dogs weren’t adopted.

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  9. Hey wouldn’t there be a RECORD of their(Snowflake and Goldilocks) adoption??? Something sounds hinky that they couldn’t remember or that they didn’t look it up.
    LOVE your zoo sign!

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  10. The zoo sign looks fabu in your yard. Daniel Boone, you’re a good man. Junie, you are quite the stunner. When your Wen arrives the boys will have to wear sunglasses just to be in your presence.

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  11. AWWW JUNE-
    You deserve a medal and huge hugs from us for what you did yesterday!
    Snowflake looks like such a sweet, happy, healthy dog and I imagine Goldie Locks was the same- I’m sure they both found good homes and are being spoiled rotten by their new parents-
    Lovin’ your zoo sign- hope Edsel doesn’t choo it-
    Also- you ARE that beautiful, and men SHOULD do these things!!

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  12. I told Daniel Boone I was getting Wen, and he was all excited because he thought it was some kind of sex toy. Anyway, when I explained what it really is, he said: I love your hair just the insane, abrasive, strangle-risk way it is.
    When is my Wen getting here???

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  13. I’m an animalholic as well. I would have goats and pigs if I could. I have the land for it- I love on fifteen acres but the land is also shared by other members of my family. A baby deer was hit on the road in front of my front pasture yesterday morning and I cried all the way to work.

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  14. Hola, Sandra!
    Habla usted espanola now?
    (Ha- had to use Google translate- fun!)
    Enjoy your new toy- hope you get the phone glitches sorted, pronto-
    Is your dog less skunky/stinky today?

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  15. Paula, speaking of Rosa Parks, when I saw all the cats in that room I was mesmerized, as you can imagine. There was a guy also looking in there and without looking at him I shouted, ALL BLACK! And yes. Of course the guy was a black guy. Who felt like an idiot?

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  16. Oh my gosh! Those faces. Now I’m in tears.
    If you are brave enough to ask (I’m not sure I would be) you can make an open records request if this facility is operated by the county. By law they have to furnish you copies of those document you request. We have local officials being investigated by the DA because they destroyed cell phone records requested by a citizen. So don’t take the BS that information is private, because it’s probably not.
    Love the zoo sign. Your neighbors probably think you are going to start a nursery school in your backyard.

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  17. Pal’s Mom- I was thinking the same thing-
    You are wily, June-
    With the doggie drama yesterday, you managed to avoid the burning question-
    HOW WAS YOUR DATE?

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  18. June (my fellow Pittie lover),
    My hubby and I do foster and rescue for Pits and we have had our foster dog Gina for 9 months. We didn’t realize when we rescued her that black dogs would be so hard to adopt out.
    How could anybody resist this face?
    http://tinyurl.com/3m9gjnr

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  19. My name is Pamela and I am Soul Sister #2 and my mother is my hero 'cause she adopted not one but two Black baby boys who are 19 now. says:

    I knew Black children were a challenge to find homes for but Black dogs too? Geez. Can’t catch a break.
    If my Black self were standing next to you in front of the Black cats, June, I would not have thought twice about your ALL BLACK shout. It’s just a fact…they were ALL BLACK!

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  20. Dr. Lindy Doolittle…don’t you mean you want a goat very baaaaaaaadly? BAH!!
    Oh those puppies in that first photo are right up my alley! LOVE!!!!

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  21. June I will make you feel better with a black story…
    My Mr. is brown. We say brown because he has West Indian, African-American, Caucasian and who knows what else in him. Actually we say Heinz 57 but people ‘see’ him as black. Understand?
    My former brother-in-law (unfortunately deceased) was THE most politically correct person you’d ever want to meet.
    Every time the two of them would go fishing and go through the Dunkin to get coffee, bil would order his coffee “no cream, no sugar” Finally my Mr. says, “Why don’t you just order your coffee black?”
    BIL turned bright red and said he didn’t want to offend anyone especially if the server happened to have non-white skin. So Mr. schooled him: it’s not using the word, it’s how you use it – always use it as an adjective rather than a noun.
    “May I have a black coffee please?” vs.
    “Get me a coffee, BLACK!”
    That was the story that brought the house down at his funeral… we miss him and his no cream, no sugar self.

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  22. Strudel update: The dog smells good again, thank you again for the advise.
    My car is speaking english to me again, still have some communication issues due to my accent, unfortunately I cannot switch it to German.
    Does anyone want to buy my old car? 2002 Buick Regal?

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  23. My name is Pamela and I am Soul Sister #2 and my mother is my hero 'cause she adopted not one but two Black baby boys who are 19 now. says:

    I like that story Helen. And I really do appreciate people who go out of their way NOT to offend. Just like your Mr., I try to put their mind at ease and let them know “it’s ok.”
    My beautiful, innocent 12 year-old Brown daughter had a so-called friend hurl the dreaded N-word to her face this summer. We save our energy for THOSE kinds of offenses.

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  24. These comments are so awesome. Nothing to add, although the “ground up and in the freezer” statement did make me pause a little…does the Fireman know that? Or is he out of the picture already? Or maybe in the freezer?

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  25. Those pound pictures! When I read the captions, I heard David Duchovny’s voice.
    I don’t have to go often, but always have a hard time when I have to visit our AC. You are a good woman.

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  26. Pamela-
    Your story is heartbreaking- for your daughter AND her “friend”,who’s being raised by bigots-
    People who are going to teach their children that shit shouldn’t be allowed to HAVE kids!
    Loved your story, Helen!

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  27. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Daniel Boone of the “I’m not dating him were just good friends” Boones hoped the Wen was a sex toy? Has DB been resorted into Friends with Benefits status?
    And I think if the Wen was a sex toy, it would the WenEver. Or the Wen and Where. Or the Wen Didn’t We.

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  28. Praise the little 7 lb. 8 oz. baby Jesus that I was not at the shelter with you. Because living with the 5 cats and 3 dogs I have already is hard enough. And yes, that teensy, precious little Mama Kitty is STILL here and still nameless. We have tried every name under the sun and nothing sticks.
    Pamela SS#2, my youngest brother is adopted and half African-American and looks it. Way back when he was just a little guy, he and our brother were best friends and played all the time with the 2 brothers that lived behind us. Little red-haired freckled Mikey and Billy, they were horrible kids. So one day, one of the red-heads pulls that N-word out of his back pocket and hurls it at my baby brother. He had never heard this word in his life but he knew the way it was being said that it was bad and meant as an insult. My brother went home crying to our dad who told him that it was a really bad word and not to ever use it.
    And you know where this is going. The next time my brothers got into an argument with the across-the-alley kids, of COURSE my brother throws the N-word right back at them. They were stunned.
    I think that’s when the racial discussion happened at our house.
    Heather, you are a saint and to be commended for being a foster dog mom! Three cheers for Heather~!!

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  29. I had no idea black dogs were hard to adopt. Years ago, we adopted the most wonderful black dog from the county shelter.
    I know Rotties are black and they are hard to adopt out. Unfortunately, I think that’s more a temperament and size issue.

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  30. Praise the little 7 lb. 8 oz. baby Jesus that I was not at the shelter with you. Because living with the 5 cats and 3 dogs I have already is hard enough. And yes, that teensy, precious little Mama Kitty is STILL here and still nameless. We have tried every name under the sun and nothing sticks.
    Pamela SS#2, my youngest brother is adopted and half African-American and looks it. Way back when he was just a little guy, he and our brother were best friends and played all the time with the 2 brothers that lived behind us. Little red-haired freckled Mikey and Billy, they were horrible kids. So one day, one of the red-heads pulls that N-word out of his back pocket and hurls it at my baby brother. He had never heard this word in his life but he knew the way it was being said that it was bad and meant as an insult. My brother went home crying to our dad who told him that it was a really bad word and not to ever use it.
    And you know where this is going. The next time my brothers got into an argument with the across-the-alley kids, of COURSE my brother throws the N-word right back at them. They were stunned.
    I think that’s when the racial discussion happened at our house.
    Heather, you are a saint and to be commended for being a foster dog mom! Three cheers for Heather~!!

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  31. Praise the little 7 lb. 8 oz. baby Jesus that I was not at the shelter with you. Because living with the 5 cats and 3 dogs I have already is hard enough. And yes, that teensy, precious little Mama Kitty is STILL here and still nameless. We have tried every name under the sun and nothing sticks.
    Pamela SS#2, my youngest brother is adopted and half African-American and looks it. Way back when he was just a little guy, he and our brother were best friends and played all the time with the 2 brothers that lived behind us. Little red-haired freckled Mikey and Billy, they were horrible kids. So one day, one of the red-heads pulls that N-word out of his back pocket and hurls it at my baby brother. He had never heard this word in his life but he knew the way it was being said that it was bad and meant as an insult. My brother went home crying to our dad who told him that it was a really bad word and not to ever use it.
    And you know where this is going. The next time my brothers got into an argument with the across-the-alley kids, of COURSE my brother throws the N-word right back at them. They were stunned.
    I think that’s when the racial discussion happened at our house.
    Heather, you are a saint and to be commended for being a foster dog mom! Three cheers for Heather~!!

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  32. My name is Pamela and I am Soul Sister #2 and I can still hear/remember the first time the word was hurled at me as a child... says:

    Oh Lisa Pie…it is so awful. And to think…these kids don’t even have a clue about the history of the word. They just know it is, like you said “bad and meant to insult.” Unfortunately, we had to explain to our daughter that this is the first time someone has used it to hurt her but perhaps not the last time and that she should toughen up for the times ahead.
    P.S. Yay for rain! We are getting a well-deserved stretch of sunshine here in NY/NJ.

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  33. My name is Pamela and I am Soul Sister #2 and I can still hear/remember the first time the word was hurled at me as a child... says:

    So sorry to hear, Funny. Thoughts and more prayers…
    Yes, Mary Lou…this happened in a summer camp setting and the counselor allowed the boy’s mom to approach my child the next day without me being present! She told my daughter that she had no idea where he got if from because they don’t speak like that in her house, but I am skeptical. Unless he is listening to some hard-core music, where else does someone so young hear it? I don’t know.

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  34. I found out abut ‘black dog syndrome’ when I volunteered at the local Humane Society. They also avoided adopting out black cats during October – apparently there are some people out there who…well, I don’t want to imagine what they do to a black cat on Halloween.
    Love the zoo sign!

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  35. Joooooon, what are your plans for the three-day weekend? Three dates? Oh! Is it First Friday? That’s a DW thing. The Booner tomorrow? And you didn’t answer my question earlier. To paraphrase, does the Booner have a boner now?

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  36. Monday is Columbus Day, a state holiday in Ny and NJ. I get a paid holiday and my kids are off from school. But I don’t think folks in private industry get the day!

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  37. Oh. Columbus Day isn’t a national holiday? Why the hell not?
    LisaPie, I think you should name mama kitty “Lowenstein” after the Barbra Streisand character in Prince of Tides.

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  38. LauraL (in addition to being breast cancer awareness month, October is also Down syndrome awareness month. So go forth and be aware!) says:

    Soul Sister & Lisa Pie, we have a similar reaction to “retard” and “retarded” in our house, since my son has Down syndrome. And since my husband teaches high school, you can only imagine how many times a day he hears it. Anyway, it makes me sick to my stomach to know that one day, M. is going to come home asking what that word means and why did so-and-so call him that. Whoever said “words can never hurt me” lied their fanny off.

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  39. Hee, Paula!
    Gospel remix for sex in the afterlife:
    Wen the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there.

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  40. New Orleans remix theme song:
    Wen the Saints go marching in.
    Pamela SS, when I asked my literal daughter which Isaih (current name of choice for elementary school boys, I think) she meant, she answered “the brown one”.
    Love the zoo sign.

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  41. My previous dog had the most beautiful black hair–but it’s true we have many photos of her in the role of Faceless Black Blob. Why doesn’t the pound just put a little makeup on those nice black dogs (and cats, after Halloween of course, and the goat if black)?
    I think Columbus Day stopped being a general holiday when Martin Luther King Day was proclaimed, because it would like trash the whole economy for regular people to get a whole EXTRA day off.
    But what I’d like to know is whether lots of families are stopping at June’s house now all excited about seeing the lambs and meerkats and things.

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  42. My first racial-incident memory is when (wen) I was maybe about 7 years old. I was walking home from school. We lived in Miami. A group of African-American boys who were probably about 13 surrounded me (I’m Caucasian…well, Jewish) and said “You a cracker!” They repeated this many times and finally let me finish walking home. I was utterly mystified. I had no idea why I appeared to strangers to be a Ritz or a Saltine or a Wheat Thin.
    Funny – Sorry for your loss.
    Pal from MA – Please go adopt some doggies from your local shelter! They need you.
    At shelters they call it BBDS: Big Black Dog Syndrome–that those are the ones who are rarely chosen. 😦

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  43. Down here the black mixed breed dogs are called Georgia Black Dogs. Oddly, here in hicksville (yes I fit in just fine), they seem to be almost as easily adopted as the other dogs. We do use the kerchief around the neck trick to make them more noticeable, and I see someone at June’s shelter (June’s shelter) did the same for the sweetie in her photo.
    Black is beautiful.

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  44. Joon, you did such a good thing in going to that pound/shelter/humane society/whatever. I was going to say you should be commended for your efforts, but that sounds so…stuffy. From what you say about Goldie and Snow, they certainly have been adopted.
    Love the zoo sign.
    And, Funny, I am also sorry for your loss.

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  45. Love the zoo sign. What do the letters at the bottom signify?
    Also, I can’t believe that you made out of the shelter without more creatures. They are all so sweet and heartbreaking!
    Funny, I’m so sorry about your MIL.

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  46. WEN! Now we’re percolatin’.
    Heather P., not positive, but I think the letters at the bottom of the sign are railroads.
    Barb from Mil., same reasons on the Chows as on the Pits and Rotties. They are ALL vicious. Hide yo kids, hide yo wife.

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  47. Chows are very family-oriented with THEIR family members, anyway. All those strangers, eh, not so much. This was my observation after owning a precious golden chow named Biscuit for fifteen years. She LOVED us.

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  48. “I like my coffee like I like my men–ground up and in the freezer.”
    Why aren’t you married, again?
    Juuuust kidding. I just wanted to comment from my iPhone because I just realized I could. And I figure this also pays a small tribute to Steve Jobs, as it is a monumental event for me & my iPhone.

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  49. I am sorry to say that my dog also has a thing about black dogs. It’s not like he doesn’t like them. It’s more like he hates them. As in “I WILL KILL YOU” hate. It’s very weird because he is the gentlest, sweetest dog and never has a problem with any other dog ever. Unless it’s a black dog. It can be rather embarrassing to admit at the dog park – “sorry! He’s racist!”

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  50. Very sorry for your loss, Funny.
    June, I admire you for going to the pound. I don’t think I could cope.

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  51. And Funny – sorry about your MIL.
    I am also sorry about mine – and she’s still alive. Ha!
    I am envious of anyone has a MIL that they can love. Loving mine would make me a Satan worshipper.

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