Dog Love ~ Adopt SCAMP
I am a volunteer at the Santa Barbara County Animal Services. I walk, train, and bring home dogs that I believe are adoptable, but for whatever reason have been passed over for adoption. I bring them into my home to observe what kind of adoption match would be right for them. Then I set about photographing them, and creating a bio which I post on social media and craigslist. SCAMP is the dog I'm highlighting, and here is my little story about him.
On the drive home from the shelter I was thinking I didn't like the name SCAMP. I was also thinking that I hope SCAMP and my pit bull Shrek get along because SCAMP desperately needed some time away from the shelter. He's been there a very long time. He's such a good dog surely it must be that awful name. Then my mind wandered some more and I was thinking about what to have for lunch...
I'm happy to report Shrek was welcoming to SCAMP. Over the last few days I got to witness who SCAMP is outside of shelter living. SCAMP did not disappoint. He had excellent house and garden manners. He was calm and quiet. Very well trained with common commands like sit, come, go, and down. He is crate trained and slept through the night. Walks beautifully on leash.
But the thing that made me the happiest was his joy of play. SCAMP is a playboy! I filled a kiddie pool with water and he would fetch a ball, dunk it in the pool, and then proudly bring the ball back to me. He also loves tug of war. But would only release if I gave up tension on my end. Can't blame him for wanting to be the winner.
Before I took him back to the shelter today I looked up the word SCAMP. It turns out his name is perfect because according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary scamp means "An impish or playful young person." Switch "person" with "dog" and you've got SCAMP.
SCAMP is available, hoping and waiting to be adopted from the Santa Barbara County Animal Services 5473 Overpass Rd. Goleta CA 805-681-4369