Meet Madison – Christine’s Pet of the Week!
Madison is a 3-year-old male Retriever/American Stafford Terrier who was recently transferred to the Humane Society of West Michigan from Little Rock, AR.
If I was able to have a dog I would adopt Madison because he's like a gentle giant. He loves to have fun and be active but also loves to cuddle... and don't forget to give him lots of pets ;-) Madison will do well in a number of homes including with kids or without. However, he's a fly solo kinda guy so it's best if you don't have another dog.
I don't anticipate Madison will be in the shelter for long so get to the Humane Society and meet him as soon as you can!
Next week is Dog Bite Prevention Week, which focuses on how we (as humans) should interact with dogs before approaching them.
- Always Ask - Always Ask the Owner if it’s okay to approach and meet their dog. Dogs have boundaries too, just like humans. Some dogs need their space or don't want to interact: and this is okay! This Campaign is to respect the dog's need, not our own.
- Avoid eye contact - for humans eye contact gains trust but in a dog's world, that can signal aggression.
- Side up to the dog if the owner says it's okay. This is better than facing the animal - side by side mimics dogs behavior with one another. That will make the dog feel safer with you.
- Don't crouch over the dog - that's threatening to them. Squat, or stand up straight. Let the dog come to you. Walking straight toward a dog can look like an attack on them.
- Don't pat the dog's head or back end. If the dog is open to touching, touch the dog with your open hand on his shoulder, neck or chest.
- Stop when the dog wants to stop. The dog will let you know by changing his position.
These are all very useful tips to keep in mind at all times you come in contact with a dog.
& make sure to mark your calendar for April 12th all 5 Chipotle locations in the Grand Rapids area will donate 50% of sales when customers mention 'Humane Society of West Michigan.' It really is that easy! Keep in mind it benefits the animals and your belly ;-)