Pet of the Week: Minnie, the perfect dog for everyone

Kennel Director Marcy Gallo sits with Minnie at the Warren County Animal Shelter in Front Royal. Kevin Green/Daily

FRONT ROYAL — Marcy Gallo, kennel director at the Warren County Animal Shelter in Front Royal, said that it is not often that they house an animal that could be adopted by anyone.

However, that is exactly what Gallo and the shelter has in Minnie, a young “pit mix” that the shelter believes is less than a year old and weighs around 60 pounds.

Minnie has only been at the shelter for about a week, but according to shelter staff, one of Minnie’s previous owners said she would be an A-plus as a pet.

After being donated from the original owner — whose reason was “no time, new job” — on April 24, Minnie was then picked up the next day by a couple that runs a local foster home.

However, Crump said the family returned Minnie to the shelter after the husband discovered that he is allergic to dogs.

Gallo estimated that, out of the 900 dogs the shelters takes in every year, only about 25 percent are animals they can safely say are “good with everything.”

Shelter attendant Liz Crump described Minnie in a way that might leave an impression of perfection.

For example, Crump said that Minnie is house- and crate-trained, good on a leash, loves to play with prototypical dog accessories and is apparently on her best behavior around people of any age.

Crump noted that the foster parents had six kids all around the ages of “infant to 5 years [old]” and reported that Minnie was great and “very friendly around children.”

“She’s not very rough, either,” Crump added. “A lot of bigger dogs push kids down, but I don’t think she would.”

With exercise, Crump said Minnie will probably need a couple of hours a day to release some of her youthful energy by playing with a tennis ball or rope and a game of tug-of-war.

The only downside to Minnie, Crump noted, is that she is not spayed and has not spent enough time around cats for the kennel to gauge how she might behave.

“We can cat test them, just to give us an idea of how focused they would be,” Crump said. “Really, with dogs, it depends on the family and how close the cats are going to be to the animal.”

For cat testing, shelter staff will use Larry, which Crump said is the office cat, and “put the cat in a crate and keep the dog on a leash, to let the dog sniff around.”

If the interaction goes smoothly, Crump said that staff will “let the cat out, still keeping the dog on the leash” and will simply “go from there.”

Although Crump noted that “some dogs don’t do very well” with the test, she indicated that she believes Minnie would respond well to it.

Gallo noted that the shelter usually does not have to do much advertising for dogs like Minnie, since they do not stay at the shelter very long.

“Because they are so adaptable … there’ll be a family that comes in looking for them fairly quickly,” Gallo said.

Adoption updates

Squawker Lee, a black and white 10-year-old cat and Luna, a 1-year-old pit bull mix, are still available for adoption at the Frederick County Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter,

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com