Pretinha’s Dreams for 2015: A Family


Each year, thousands of Long Island families consider adding a dog to their household.   Animal shelters and rescues have fantastic opportunities for families to rescue their pet.  I’d like you to meet a magnificent dog currently living in the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. Her name is PRETINHA.

pretina2“Happy New Year!  Something tells me that 2015 will be the year I find a family. My name is Pretinha! I am a Shepard/Labrador mix with the most beautiful (and unusual) blond, brindle coat. Long walks and chasing tennis balls are two activities I enjoy.  My dream is to live in a household with a family who loves and understands me. In return, I promise to provide my family with years of love, laughter, kisses and loyalty.

Romy, my human “buddy” at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, teaches me new tricks and keeps me company.  Romy and my other human friends prepared me to make a great family pet.  Now, the only thing I need is you.

Please share my story with everyone you know. This way, if they are looking for a fabulous dog, their search will be over when they meet me.  I’ve packed my tennis balls and am waiting eagerly for you to rescue me.”

More about Pretinha:  Four-year-old Pretinha is a sweet dog who loves people, tennis pretina3balls and running around the yard.  She walks well on a harness and is friendly with dogs she passes on the street; even so, she would prefer to be the only dog in the household.  This goofy girl is sprayed, up-to-date on her vaccinations and is our only remaining 2012 dog.  Pretinha has spent half of her life in a shelter, please help her dreams of a family come true. Consider adding this charming girl to your family. She would do best in households with children over the age of ten. She can live with cats.

Learn more about Pretinha by calling the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter at 516-785-5220. The shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh, New York.

A Dog’s View: Tip 8 – Impulse Control

jax3Hi, my name is Jax. I have waited a long time for an opportunity to blog and am excited to share my story.  For starters, my human friends at the shelter tell me that I have the cutest ears.  Everyone at the shelter is super nice.  They constantly praise me for learning quickly and for my ability to get along with other animals.

I love when people stop by my cage to offer a treat.  I politely take the treat and often flash a goofy grin their way.  One day I hope the grin and the ears warm someone’s heart.  I’m tired of waiting for my forever family to rescue me.  I would make a wonderful family pet. For some reason, I am constantly overlooked — probably because there are so many cats and dogs waiting for a family.

jax4I sure wish loving arms would replace the bars and walls that surround me.  Please share my story and help me settle into a home in time for the holidays.  I don’t want to spend another holiday season alone.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story.  In return, I’d like to share a dog tip.  My trainer, Laura Garber, teaches me new things every day.  Enjoy the information.


Tip #8: Impulse Control

Instilling impulse control means teaching your dog that he gets the things he wants for polite behavior, not for demanding behavior.  If your dog wants to go for a walk, dancing around when he sees the leash is going to make the leash go back on the hook; sitting quietly to be leashed up is a successful way of saying please and will get the desired result.  While waiting for his meal to be prepared, barking and whining will mean that the dinner bowl goes back on the shelf out of reach; sitting calmly and waiting to be released to his bowl will earn his meal.

Ideally, with impulse control exercises, you don’t want to tell your pooch what to do explicitly. That would be solving his problem for him.  Instead, wait for polite behavior to be offered.  This way your pooch is learning how to be a polite dog every moment of the day, not just the moments that he’s receiving direct instruction from you.

jax1About the Author:  Jax is a two-year old Terrier-American Pit Bull mix.  He is playful, smart and tolerant of other dogs.  Jax enjoys playing with toys and is a great companion. He is up-to-date with his vaccinations and neutered. Visit the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh.  The telephone number is 516-785-5220.

A Dog’s View – Tip 7 – Don’t Punish a Warning



Hello, my name is Miss Gray. I am a genteel lady who shares food, toys and treats with others. I get along well with dogs, but crave human contact. Regardless of the outstanding treatment I’ve received at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, this life does not suit me. The stress of living in a shelter caused me to lose a great deal of weight.

If you’d like to share your life with a fabulous running mate or a fun walking buddy, come by the shelter to meet me. We can play fetch and I’ll even show you how I catch a ball in midair. Afterward, I’d like to snuggle on your lap and feel loving arms wrapped around me. If you aren’t in the market for a best friend, kindly share my photo with other dog lovers. I want nothing more than to live the rest of my life with a family who loves me.


Perhaps you can also share Tip 7 with your friends. My trainer Laura is a smart cookie. I recommend everyone follow her advice.

Tip #7: Don’t Punish a Warning

Did you know… that growling is one way that dogs communicate their discomfort to other dogs and to people?  Growling is a dog’s inhibited way of saying, “Hey, I don’t like it when you do that!”  The problem is that, if you punish your dog for growling, then you are leaving him no choice but to escalate his behavior, even biting perhaps, to get his message across.  So, instead of punishing your dog for growling, thank your lucky stars that he chose to communicate in this way instead of resorting to something more drastic.  Of course, now you need to train him to be more comfortable when situations like this arise again!


About the Author: Miss Gray is four years old. She loves walks, spending time outdoors, swimming, playing fetch and snuggling. She is vet checked, spayed and up-to-date on all of her vaccinations. Visit Miss Gray at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh, New York. For more information, please call 516-785-5220.