Lyons Paws: Pandemic Pups

With so much more time being spent at home due to the pandemic, it’s been a great time to add a pet to the family. These two adorable puppies recently found homes right here in Lyons, so be sure to say hello if you see them at the dog park or around town!

For their participating in this issue of Lyons Paws, our two featured pups will be entered to win a handmade matching leash and collar set from none other than Lyons own Tie-Dyed Turtle Natural Living. Your pet can enter too (even cats!) click here for a chance to add some stylish accessories to your pet’s wardrobe.

Oreo

The Brighton family added to their family with the adoption of a sweet black-and-white pup named Oreo. We asked them a few questions about their newest family member:

When did you adopt your puppy?
We adopted Oreo on July 9th from the Longmont Humane Society.

How old is she?
She was born on April 20, 2020—an Earth Day puppy—which makes her about 3 months.

What’s her breed(s)?
I call her breed “New Mexican Salsa”—she was brought up from New Mexico for adoption, with no information about her parents. If I had to guess, I would say Chihuahua/Lab/Shepherd

How did you choose her name?
We made an agreement that I would choose the dog, and my husband would choose the name. After the children and I brought her home, we batted names around for a bit, and “Oreo” rose to the top. A simple and cute name for the children that describes her appearance just right

Does she have a favorite toy or treat?
Oreo likes the tug of war rope, and is already learning to fetch with a mini tennis ball. Otherwise, she’s doing a number on our carpet, which we moved to the crawl space until she’s a bit older.

What’s special about your puppy?
This pup is friendly, loving and has the sweetest inky black eyes.

How much does she weigh now? How big do you guess she will get?
She is only 6 pounds. I think she’ll grow to about 15, but we have no idea.

Anything else you’d like to share?
Please be aware that gum and marijuana are very dangerous for dogs, and especially little puppies. We brought Oreo to Bohn park and she became so sick, I thought she was dying! She became extremely lethargic, and nearly rigid. The vet guessed she ate gum, or marijuana. Apparently, a tiny amount can have a drastic impact on a dog. Since then, Oreo has found a surprising amount of chewed gum at our parks. It’s gross, and dangerous for doggies!

Ed Note: Many brands of sugar-free gum contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. It also can be found in certain peanut butters, toothpaste, and breath mints. Symptoms of xylitol poisoning in dogs include vomiting, lack of coordination, difficulty walking or standing, weakness, tremors, collapse and seizures. If you suspect xylitol poisoning in your pup, contact you veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) right away.

Rosie

New to the Smith crew is a mixed breed pup named Rosie. They shared some details on their sweet little ball of fluff:

When did you adopt your puppy?
We adopted our puppy on Saturday, July 25th.

How old is she?
She is almost 11 weeks old.

What’s her breed(s)?
She is an Australian Shepherd mix, she may have some Rottweiler as well.

How did you choose her name?
We chose Rosie since it seemed like a sweet name and she’s just a sweet dog. Her given name at the Boulder Humane Society was Chanel (pronounced like “Shenelle”). So now her full name is Rosalynne Chanel Smith, and we call her Rosie for short.

Does she have a favorite toy or treat?
She really enjoys playing with a long rope we have. She likes chasing it and biting it and playing tug of war with it.

What’s special about your puppy?
What’s special about Rosie is that she is sweet and super soft, like a teddy bear.

How much does she weigh now? How big do you guess she will get?
She weighed 13 pounds when we got her. Her paws are pretty big, so she may grow up to be quite large, but we aren’t quite sure. She was a stray in New Mexico before she came to Boulder we don’t have any information on her parents. So, who knows how big she will actually get?

The Smith family and their new puppy, Rosie