A donation; a special price for special pooches

Thank you Sonoma! It is the season of giving thanks, so I’ll just start this column off with resounding gratitude for our Sonoma community. This is a remarkable place to live and it’s pretty inspiring how we take care of each other.

One example of that is “Big Al” Opisso who recently passed, but bequeathed Pets Lifeline part of his legacy. A good friend of the family, Dale Cecil and Big Al’s nephew, Wilson (Willie) Trood, and his grand-nephew, Nolan Trood, came by the shelter Saturday to personally hand me the check.

Dog lovers out there, we want to find all our dogs homes for the holidays. So for these special pooches mentioned below, we are offering a $100 adoption fee until the end of the year.

We have some incredible dogs who have spent far too much time in the shelter. Doc and Bessie are two beautiful littermate black labs that are about 1-1/2 years old and both are coming into their own. When they came to us, they had not been socialized at all and were strictly backyard dogs. We have been training them separately and both are very smart and attentive. They still need training and attention, but either one of these dogs would be a great adventure or family dog. Bessie does not do well with other dogs, but Doc would probably be OK given some time to get to know a new friend. Come check them out.

We also have Daisy and Maggie, two beautiful spaniel sisters who were also owner surrenders. A few weeks after they were left with us, we diagnosed them with heartworm. The two brave souls endured some very intensive treatment and now have totally clean bills of health. Daisy is a very outgoing and confident young girl and Maggie is still very shy. They could be adopted as a pair but would be fine individually as well, just like Bessie and Doc.

We give these dogs a lot of love, but it does not take the place of a real home and humans of their own. We don’t know why these spectacular animals are still here, but my guess is they are just waiting for their humans to find them. Is that you?

Not to shortchange the felines, we have a plethora of these little darlings as well. And just to show our dedication to finding them their forever homes, all cats and kittens over the age of 4 months are just $25 until the end of the year. Once you come and adopt your furry friend, you can join us at Santa Paws on Nov. 30, at the Sonoma Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The SCC is having the art sale on that day too so you get a big time “two-fer” in the shopping department. With any luck you could knock all your shopping off and Christmas cards in one day. Wouldn’t that be fabulous.

Please don’t miss our “Miracle on 8th Street” the following Sunday at the Lodge from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to the delightful melodies from Stephan Stubbins and Brooke Tansley of Transcendence Theatre’s Broadway Under the Stars, we are going to have a dog fashion show to knock your socks off. It’s going to be so much fun and it’s all to support your favorite (and only) animal shelter in Sonoma Valley. Can’t wait to see you there.

Peace, love and paws ...