Every Friday, The Citizen features a pet available for adoption from the Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York.
This week, we spotlight Roman.
Q: Who is your best friend?
A: That would be my friend Rogue. We are about the same age. That's where the similarities end. Rogue is a big and beautiful young lady dog who came here just about the same time I did. We have a lot in common in that we lost our homes, through no fault of our own, and we are now looking for love in some new places. If I am not to your liking, please check out my sweetheart Rogue. You will love her!
Q: What has been your worst experience?
A: My worst experience was being really scared when I first arrived here. I have never been scared in my life. But when I got here, there were a lot of pups that were barking and trying to communicate with me. I think they were trying to tell me that everything was going to be OK. I didn't believe them at first, but now I'm good. Not that I'm not anxious to find my new family, but I'm not scared any more.
Q: If you could describe yourself, what would you say?
A: Well, the Jack Russell part of me hunts dogs by nature, so we enjoy running and chasing. As a result, we are high energy and require a lot of exercise and stimulation. I am a perfect example of this description. I am also very smart and, overall, a really happy dog. As with all dogs (and all animals), I will thrive when I am loved and respected. If you can do that, I'm your boy!
Q: If you could have a job what would that be?
A: Ummm ... did you say "job"? Not sure I am suited for gainful employment. I believe that we Jack Russells might have attention span issues, so I don't think I could do the same thing for eight hours a day, five days a week. Give me a bunch of new things to do every day and I'll be really happy. And if I'm happy, my human will be happy. It's that simple.
Q: Do you have an interesting fact to share?
A: I have a couple of interesting facts for you. We Jack Russells have been bred primarily for fox hunting since the first half of the 19th century, and we are still recognized as a working breed. This classification means that we are not eligible as contestants in dog shows because there are no rigorous standards that must be upheld for us to be considered a pedigree breed. Well, that's OK with me. I am who I am, and that's all that I am. Done!
Q: Please tell us what your dream family looks like.
A: I am looking for a human or humans who will love me unconditionally! A human or humans who will take the good with the bad — not that there is any bad, of course! A family who will give me whatever it takes to make me the best fur-friend ever. I would love a couple of respectful kids to play with. They must respect my personal space. Oh — didn't you know that we canines have "personal space" too? I would love a walking partner(s) who might take me to the parks and socialize with me. I'm really not asking for much — just what every canine deserves.
Q: Do you have any advice for our good Citizen readers?
A: I do! Heads up, good Citizen readers! My shelter people and the nice people at the Cayuga County Health Department will be holding a free rabies clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, right here at my shelter home on York Street! That's right! All dogs, cats and ferrets are welcome. Dogs must be leashed (and muzzled if necessary) and cats and ferrets must be in proper carriers. That means no pillowcases, puh-leeze! If you will be requesting a three-year certificate, please bring prior vaccination records. Ferrets receive only one-year certificates. Protect your pets and the public — rabies vaccinate! Please and thank you. Love, Roman and friends.