Puppy love: You had me at bark

It’s rare that pup­pies ever go up for adop­tion; hu­mane so­ci­ety jammed with ap­pli­cants

The Peterborough Examiner - - Front Page - JES­SICA NYZNIK Ex­am­iner Staff Writer jes­[email protected]­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

Har­riet is on her way home – but she may have a new name when she gets there.

The eight-week golden Labrador puppy was the first of nine pups to leave the Peterborough Hu­mane So­ci­ety (PHS) for its new home Thurs­day.

She was adopted by Tracey Mor­ri­son and Paul Brown.

They live West Guil­ford (north of Hal­ibur­ton) and drove to Peterborough to pick up their new pooch.

It was Mor­ri­son’s sec­ond road trip to Peterborough this week. She drove to the city Mon­day to fill out the ap­pli­ca­tion for a pup.

Brown and Mor­ri­son lost two dogs this year, leav­ing them with just their seven-year-old bea­gle, Remi.

About a month ago, they started kick­ing around the idea of get­ting an­other dog and had been look­ing on­line.

On Mon­day, Brown sent Mor­ri­son the on­line link to the Ex­am­iner photo of the pups, which said they were ready for adop­tion.

“So, I drove down af­ter work, and filled out an ap­pli­ca­tion and drove back home,” said Mor­ri­son (it’s about a two-hour drive).

PHS was jammed with peo­ple fil­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for the pups, she said, and no one got to see them that day.

There’d been a buzz around the pup­pies for weeks, af­ter a heart-warm­ing photo of wee ones was taken by the Ex­am­iner when they were four-months old.

The six fe­males and three males were born to two moms that were res­cued af­ter their Col­borne-based owner was charged with an­i­mal cru­elty.

The two preg­nant dogs were among 20 the PHS re­ceived. The adult dogs were adopted from the so­ci­ety within a day, said Su­san Dunk­ley, PHS man­ager of devel­op­ment and out­reach said.

In the past, PHS was in short sup­ply of dogs for adop­tion, but that’s been chang­ing. Through the so­ci­ety’s part­ner­ships with the OSPCA, Toronto Hu­mane So­ci­ety and Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional, PHS staff have been work­ing to bring in more dogs.

But pup­pies up for adop­tion is rare, Dunk­ley said.

“So, it’s a bit of a cel­e­bra­tion. They’re a lot of work for our staff. Hav­ing said that, they bring a lot of joy with their care­free ways,” Dunk­ley said.

Af­ter the pups were born, vol­un­teers stepped up to foster the pups and they were later fixed, mi­crochipped and vac­ci­nated. The pub­lic helped with giv­ing them names start­ing with H.

PHS re­ceived 75 ap­pli­ca­tions for the lit­tle labs on Mon­day, all of whom went through an in­ter­view process as well.

A team of staff vet­ted the ap­pli­ca­tions af­ter­ward and chose the best fit for the pup, as­sign­ing it to an adopter.

Mor­ri­son re­ceived the call that they’d been ac­cepted on Tues­day. The cou­ple didn’t have a say in what pup they took home, but they didn’t care.

“She has the most gen­tle eyes,” Mor­ri­son said, while hold­ing Har­riet on Thurs­day.

Since the cou­ple didn’t think they’d be get­ting their new ad­di­tion un­til next week, a name for her is still in the works.

Chloe or Maddy is in the run­ning, for now.

“We wanted to meet her to­day and find out what we wanted to name her,” Mor­ri­son said.

The rest of the pups will be in their new homes by the end of next week.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Own­ers Paul Brown and Tracey Mor­ri­son play with their eight-week-old fe­male adopted puppy at the Peterborough Hu­mane So­ci­ety on Thurs­day.

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