Pet of the Week – Acertijo – Adopted!
This week our featured pet is Acertijo, which translates to “Riddle”. This handsome pup is a small, white, male, poodle – mix. He is about a year and a half old. Acertijo was abandoned – tied to the window frame outside the shelter door. We know nothing about his background. He was not well cared for before his arrival. Acertijo was covered with ticks and had parasites. He also had a urinary tract infection, which required medical treatment.
Acertijo is very calm. He walks well on leash. Acertijo gets along well with other dogs and is not interested in or bothered by the cats. This week, after Acertijo finishes his course of treatment for his urinary tract infection, he will be neutered. Acertijo will be available for adoption and will make a wonderful pet for some loving family.
Adoptions – One Dog and Three Puppies – Dominga, Russo, Jack and Moly
This was another good week for adoptions – one dog and three of our puppies found their Forever Homes.
Dominga has been at the shelter since January – much longer than we would like. She is a pretty tan and white doggy – about two and a half years old. She was abandoned at the door of the shelter, so nothing is known about her history. After being featured on our Facebook page, this week Dominga was adopted by a local teacher, who has older children. This family wanted to provide a home to an older rescue dog and they chose Dominga – a good match for this doggy who still has a lot of playful energy.
Our featured pet from last week, Maya, was dropped at the shelter several weeks ago, along with her four puppies. This week three of Maya’s four puppies – Russo, Jack and Moly – found their Forever Homes. Only Baxter remains at the shelter from this litter of pups.
Russo, a coal-black bundle of energy was adopted by a local family with children.
Jack, who is also coal-black, was adopted by a young woman who wanted a companion animal at home. She spent some time visiting the dogs and finally chose Jack as her new buddy.
Moly is female. Unlike her brothers, she is tan with darker highlights in her fur. Moly was adopted by a young couple, who know they will have to spend a lot of time educating and socializing Moly to become a good pet.
Capitán Returned to the Shelter
After his adoption last week, unfortunately Capitán was returned to the shelter. He is a four-year-old, black lab mix – a real gentle giant – who had been at the shelter for 15 months. Capitán was returned to the shelter because he was not accepted by the family’s current pet – an aggressive dachshund. We hope that Capitán finds another placement soon.
This week we received two large collapsible cat cages from a couple in our international community. These cages are very useful – especially when there are so many kittens that need space to exercise and grow.
How Old Is My Doggy?? – Dog Years Compared to Human Years
An easy and pretty standard calculation of a dog’s age compared to a human’s age has always been to take one dog year and multiply it by 7. This approximation is based on the premise that dogs live to about 10 years and humans live to about 70 years of age – broad assumptions all around that aren’t really accurate.
In its early years, a dog “ages” much more quickly than a human. During its first year of life, a puppy goes from being completely helpless, barely able to move with eyes shut tight, to being an energetic, full-speed-ahead adolescent, fully capable of reproducing. This is comparable to a human baby going from being a newborn to being a fifteen-year-old teenager.
A dog’s size and breed play key roles in how quickly it ages. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs. They mature more quickly in their early years. A tiny pup or toy breed might not be considered a “senior” dog until about age 10. An extra-large breed – Great Dane, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard, etc. – might be considered middle-aged at about 5. Of course, there are many other factors that influence how well a dog ages, including level of nutrition, health care and exercise and the animal’s living conditions.
When a dog arrives at the animal shelter without any background information, we attempt to determine its age as accurately as possible by examining its teeth and assessing its overall physical condition – methods that can be pretty subjective.
By the time a pup is 8 weeks old, all of its baby teeth should be in. Can you say – Let’s chew up a shoe or couch or pillow?? By 7 months, baby teeth are gone, permanent teeth have grown in, clean and shiny white. During years 1 to 2, a dog’s teeth are less white and the back teeth may show some yellowing. During years 3 to 5, all teeth will have some tartar build-up, some yellowing and will be slightly worn down. From years 5 to 10, quite a wide range of time, the teeth will show more wear, yellowing and there may be signs of gum disease. From ages 10 – 15, another wide range of time, the teeth will be quite worn with heavy tartar build-up. The doggy may have lost some teeth at this point in its life. A lot of this will depend on the dog’s diet and the level of dental care it has had during its lifetime. Also, as a dog ages there will be physical changes in its body. A “senior” dog’s eyes might become cloudy. You will notice gray hair – beginning around the muzzle and then spreading to other parts of its face and body. Your dog’s skin will become looser and its joints will stiffen – just like with us humans.
If you are interested in getting a better estimate of your dog’s age, do an on-line search for “How Old is My Dog in Human Years??”. Look for a chart that differentiates between small, medium and large sizes to get a more accurate answer. But regardless of the ages of our pets, we care for and love them for as long as we can and miss them terribly once they are gone.
Thank you for supporting Amigos de los Animales animal shelter.
Please contact the animal shelter during business hours:
Amigos de los Animales
Monday – Friday – 11 am-2 pm and 4-7 pm
Saturday – 11 am-2 pm
Bicentenario Juarez #3
Colonia Francisco Villa (Colonia Pancho Villa)
Mazatlán, MX 82190