Sumo on the Small Screen!

Click the photo to see the video!

Click to watch the video!

Sumo was featured on Channel 10’s Pet Connection last night!

Sumo is a a Pomeranian up for adoption here at BHS.  Of course, he hammed it up for everyone at the station.  Backstage, he strutted his stuff and showed them his current repertoire of sit, down, and fetch!

Click his photo to see the video on Channel 10’s website!


3 Responses to Sumo on the Small Screen!

  1. angel says:

    just to let ya know, sumo was wanted by a very nice family in the area. They were told he could go home with them until the worker met their other dog. The worker told them that their is a law going into affect but not yet established about not allowing adoptive pets going to a home with an un neutered/spayed dog. the family was crushed.

  2. bhsdogblog says:

    Hi Angel,
    It sounds like there is some confusion over spay/neuter legislation as well as the reasons Sumo was not sent home with this potential family. Hopefully we can help clarify!

    Currently, Massachusetts is updating many of its laws regarding animals. Among the many being considered is one that would require residents to spay and neuter their dogs unless they acquire a special license. Right now, it is just being considered, and is in no way in effect.

    Berkshire Humane Society strongly believes in the spaying and neutering of companion animals. These operations ensure that pets can not add to the current pet overpopulation. They also have many, many benefits that can improve an animal’s health and behavior. Altered animals are more apt to get along with each other. Their tendency to roam and fight is greatly reduced. They are also much less likely to develop certain types of cancers.

    The job of an adoption counselor is to ensure a good match between not only the adoptable animal and the family, but the family’s dog(s) as well. While the dogs don’t have to be the best of friends, we try to ensure they have a stable start so that the adoptable dog has the best chance of staying in their new home. Placing a dog in a home when there are significant inter-dog issues to start with is often a recipe for a return later on. Returned adoptions are not only stressful for the dog, but emotionally difficult for the family.

    Sumo’s non-placement with the family was due to the adoption counselor’s belief that this would have been a very stressful match for both dogs as well as the family. The family’s dog had a very high and lasting level of arousal in response to Sumo and his behaviors directed at Sumo were fairly intense. He was not deterred by the family’s constant reprimands. In this instance, the counselor believed that the placement would have caused both dogs as well as the family a significant amount of stress, and that starting off with such challenges would be very difficult to work through. This doesn’t mean that the family’s dog couldn’t have a great relationship with a different dog, as dogs can behave very differently with different individuals.

    Adoption counseling is both a rewarding and challenging job. Berkshire Humane Society’s adoption counselors strive to make decisions with everyone’s best interest in mind, in hopes of a happy, lasting placement.

  3. That is such an adorable dog! Oh and nice site by the way!


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