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Lonely nights on Dump Road

Anita Kornoff

"Why oh, why doesn't anybody choose me? I've been living in the animal shelter for more than 10 months watching other dogs and cats come and go. Yet here I sit. I once had humans who loved me. But when circumstances changed, I ended up here — my new reality. Sure, the DAWG volunteers walk me and spend time each day saying 'hi' and giving me some petting, but still, I spend all my nights alone. It makes me feel abandoned and stressed. No master to be a companion to nor a home to protect."

Missy is a 7-year-old female, pint-sized Pit mix (although she acts more like she's four.) She loves human companionship from the oldest folks right down to the wee ones. A relatively low energy gal, she is content to sit beside you on the couch, loves belly rubs, and is small enough to fit on your lap.

According to Leslie Morefield, one of the star volunteers at the animal shelter, "This girl rocks it on the leash. Most of the time you don't even know she is walking with you. Missy is one good cuddler — although she would be OK in a household that didn't provide her with a lot of activity, she can go either way in a more active family. She has the softest fur and is just the right size for a fellow couch potato. Binge TV watching? She's game. Missy has been at the shelter since early February and really deserves a home for Christmas."

Workers at the shelter site a couple of possible reasons for Missy's being passed over. One is because she is part of a most discriminated against group — pit bulls. They've gotten a very bad wrap; some rental leases even specify not allowing this breed. The facts are that pit bulls are known as aggressive mostly because of the human dog fighters who made the breed look bad. However, studies show that they are no more aggressive than many other dog breeds people have at home. According to the American Temperament Test Society, pit bulls have a temperament passing rate of 86.7 percent. Another reason may be that Missy can be dog selective, but is in training courses to work on this. For now, she would do best as the "only pet" in the house (especially no cats). She also tends to do a lot of stress-related barking at the shelter, however, once she is removed from that environment she calms down.

Please open your heart this holiday season, come and meet this overlooked loving companion, and consider bringing her home as a Christmas present to both her and yourself. She will shower you with gratitude in the years to come. Call Douglas County Animal Services 782-9061 for more info on Missy.

Contact Anita Kornoff at museummatters1@gmail.com.