Kate is a stray with a penchant for play

By Josette Keelor

BERRYVILLE — Kate has the eyes, ears and jaw of a pit bull, but doesn’t seem to know it.

According to Jenny Wright, shelter manager at Clarke County Animal Shelter, 225 Ramsburg Lane in Berryville, the 5- to 7-month-old puppy would jump for a family atmosphere.

“If she does have pit in her, she doesn’t even know it,” Wright said. “She acts nothing like a pit. … She thinks she’s a little Chihuahua, that’s what she thinks she is.”

Found as a stray in a county subdivision, the puppy does well with other dogs and people of all ages. Wright said she hasn’t seen Kate interact with cats yet, but everyone she meets raves about her, and volunteers return from walking her at the adjoining Chet Hobert Park saying, “Oh, my gosh, she is so sweet.”

“She knows everybody, or thinks she knows everybody,” Wright said.

Kate was named by the mother and daughter who found her in early August.

“She was running for two weeks, and nobody picked her up and brought her in,” Wright said. Everyone seemed to think she had a home, but no one claimed her when the mother and daughter knocked on doors trying to find the dog’s family.

The shelter waited the required seven days for someone to claim her before beginning the process of putting her up for adoption. The mother called back asking if they would name her for her daughter, Katie.

“So we went with Kate. It’s more grown up, because she’s a grown-up girl,” Wright said.

“When we first got her, she was more black,” the manager said. “The blond is really coming out and she’s just getting lighter and lighter every day.”

Kate is house trained, spayed and up-to-date on her shots. She will need to be tested for heartworm and Lyme Disease when she’s older.

Expected to grow a little more and put on weight now that she’s been spayed, she won’t need a big yard but will need someone to love and play with her.

She is “just a super, duper little girl,” Wright said.

“I mean, even kids can walk her. She doesn’t pull, she doesn’t tug,” Wright said.

And “Oh my gosh, does she love to play with toys. She’ll need a whole toy box.”

Contact Clarke County Animal Shelter at 540-955-5104.

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com