Feature: Giving A Dog Her Day
AFTER: Aleena, a 3-year-old black and white Pekingese female.
photography by Janet Warlick
The Humane Society of Pulaski County (HSPC) is the only no-kill shelter in Pulaski County that functions solely on donations. Each year they release a Day Planner featuring beautiful photographs of some of the state’s favorite dogs, cats and horses along with their loving and loyal people. The day planner is one of the shelter’s primary fundraisers; money raised helps them care for the more than 200 animals in their facility.
We treated one of these gentle canines to a day of pampering to show what a little love and tenderness can do to transform an animal’s appearance, disposition and chances for a better future.
Meet Aleena, a 3-year-old black and white Pekingese female. She was found wandering the streets of Little Rock with no ID or collar. She had been neglected and suffered from severe dry skin and dandruff, a condition that can be very stressful for an animal. Aleena was very timid when we arrived for her appointment at Doggie Do’s pet groomer in Little Rock, Arkansas. Owner and stylist Jennifer Sharp eased Aleena’s fears and quickly got to work transforming her into a doggie diva.
Sharp started by giving Aleena a medicated shampoo for relief from dry skin as well as a medicated moisturizer, and cut the hair close around her torso to let the skin breathe and heal. Aleena received a sassy “lion cut,” had her nails clipped, ears cleaned and rhinestone bows attached to her ears. She also received the new nickname “Smudge Muffin” during the process, which better suited her sassy new attitude displayed during her photo session.
If you are interested in adopting Aleena, contact the Humane Society of Pulaski County at (501) 227-6166. You may also tour their facility, and meet the other animals who need a little TLC.
Grooming provided by Doggie Do’s
14710 Cantrell Road, Suite A-9
Little Rock, AR 72223
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Mark Your Calendar...
… for the release of the HSPC’s 2013 Day Planner. This handy calendar and day planner features color photographs of local pets and their “people.” The day planner is the shelter’s biggest fundraiser. Planners cost $25 each, and beginning Nov. 1 will be available at more than 30 outlets throughout central Arkansas.
For a list of outlets, log onto warmhearts.org or call the shelter at (501) 227-6166.
from left to right: Chandler with Anne Marie Dillard; Cowshoals with Maggie
The Humane Society of the Ozarks produces a coffee table book, Tails of Love, which features more than 200 pages of endearing photographs of dogs, cats and horses. Proceeds support the shelter’s vital programs: low-cost spay and neuter; emergency vet care; community education; adoption awareness; animal cruelty prevention; and medical care for rescued animals. Tails of Love will be available Dec. 1 for $25 at several northwest Arkansas retailers including: So Inviting; Collier Drug Stores; French Quarter Antiques; and at the HSO office, 1020 S. One Mile Road in Fayetteville. Log onto the HSO’s website, hsozarks.org, for a complete list. HSO will host a preview party for Tails of Love, Fri., Nov. 30, at Fayetteville’s Pratt Place Inn. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door.