Furry fun

Published 1:24 am Sunday, November 2, 2008

Every dog has a tail.

Some are shorter than others. Some are longer.

But there was no “tale” told at the 2008 Pike Animal Shelter Fur Fest Saturday that could equal that of Thelma and Louise.

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The mother and daughter shelter dogs were at Fur Fest and hopes were that they would be adopted. But chances were slim to none.

“Ken Andress, Troy animal control officer, found the abandoned dogs and took them to the shelter where they have been housed for several months,” said Susan Green, Pike Animal Shelter member. “It was doubtful that they would be adopted because they are older dogs and, too, they needed to go together.”

But along came a mother and daughter duo with hearts, and a place, as big as all outdoors.

“Thelma and Louise were adopted by Nicole Gant and Patricia Eiland, who live on Highway 29 south of Troy and have 22 acres,” Green said. “We all had wanted Thelma and Louise to find a home together and I’m ecstatic that they are together and roaming on a large tract of land. Everything that we did to get ready for today was worth it just to see Thelma and Louise find a home.”

Five of the eight dogs the Troy Animal Shelter offered for adoption at the 2008 Fur Fest were adopted.

“We still have a mother and daughter pair that we would like to see adopted together,” Green said. “And, we have Trixie, an adorable small dog that would make a wonderful pet. Hopefully, they’ll have a home soon.”

The 2008 Pike Animal Shelter Fur Fest was a tremendous success with more than 500 people in attendance and a whole lot of “best friends.”

Donna Schubert, Founder’s Society chair, said Fur Fest was a happy, happy place for furry friends and all.

“We had a great day,” Schubert said. “We had a lot of people and a lot of animals, mainly dogs, and we had no problems with the animals at all. They all got along and everyone had a good time. It was a good day for all of us.”

Other than being a fun day, the success of Fur Fest was measured by the community spirit it generated.

“Fur Fest was an opportunity for us to come together with our companion animals and see what these animals mean to so many,” Schubert said. “It also brought awareness to the need for an animal shelter. And, Fur Fest reaffirmed what I already knew. That our community cares about animals.”

Schubert thanked the many sponsors of the 2008 Fur Fest.

“This happened because of the many volunteers who recognize the need for a shelter and work so hard to make it a reality,” she said. “Pike Animal Shelter wants to thank everyone who worked to make Fur Fest a great success and all of those who participated.”

Schubert stopped just short of saying that the success of the 2008 Fur Fest guarantees that it will become an annual event.

However, if one is to believe the dogs on Bone Mountain, then Fur Fest was a howling success and will probably be around for a long time.