MASON COUNTY — Last month when the two “runaway boys” were taken away from their home in Glenwood after an alleged meth lab was found at their residence, so were their animals, proving drugs affect two and four-legged creatures alike.
Taken from the home were three dogs, according to Mason County Animal Shelter Manager Betty Neville. Neville said given the boys’ new living situation, they could only take one dog which meant they were forced to leave behind two others - Skipple and Pup.
Skipple and Pup have been living at the shelter since the boys were taken into custody by the Department of Health and Human Resources last month. This means the dogs are nearing the time limit they can be kept at the shelter and are in desperate need of a home. They both have an “urgent” adoption status at this point.
Stories like that of Skipple and Pup highlight the far-reaching effects drugs have, from the user, to family members, to neighbors, on down to the family pets - pets like Skipple and Pup who were caught up in circumstances beyond their control and are now homeless.
Though Skipple and Pup are kept in different kennels at the shelter due to their sizes (Skipple is full grown, Pup is still a pup), they certainly know the other is there and remember their bond. A few days ago when both were brought together for a reunion in the shelter’s hallway, there was a burst of excitement displayed in happy tails wagging at lightening speed followed by immediate playtime. Of course playtime always has to end and as Skipple was taken back to her kennel first, Pup tried to chase after her until she realized she couldn’t follow. This is when Pup became still and quiet, watching her partner’s every move until Skipple was out of sight but once out of sight, Pup began to panic to try to get to her again, to play and be back in their routine - and as any dog owner knows, routine is everything for a dog, especially for dogs like Pup and Skipple who have seen their routines obliterated.
Neville said both dogs are good natured, sweet and very adoptable. Skipple is about a year old with a coat of white and tan fuzzy fur. Skipple loves to play but also enjoys laying down to snuggle. Pup is about three-four months old and is nonstop happy and ready to have fun, though she’ll gladly slow down for a pat on the head. Pup’s got short, tan hair and is a hound mix. Both are ready for a good home, either separately or together.
The cost to adopt dogs at the shelter is $25. Adoptions take place from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday or call for more details 304-675-6458. Skipple and Pup, along with many others, may also be viewed on Petfinder.com.