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March 2012 NHS Look Who's Sheltering Shelter Pets

Brandi Petersen and Brian Paul

Touch it. Experience it. Own it.

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Arlene Osterloh with Milo and Simon


Milo is the greeter at Arlene Osterloh’s home. He is also the shoe stealer, the occasional excavator and the big cuddler. Because Milo is 8 months old, Arlene expects puppy behaviors, and she is taking classes to refresh her memory on dealing with young dogs.

“It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a puppy, but it’s all coming back,” she laughs. Milo’s training didn’t start out well. In fact, he ended up at NHS injured, when his first owner disciplined him by smacking his head so hard it created brain swelling and seizures. Life has definitely improved with Arlene. “We’re redirecting him when he picks up something he shouldn’t, but it’s all positive reinforcement, and he’s getting the idea which toys are his.” He has a huge toy box, his own sunroom with dog door access to his own yard, and run of the house when mom is home. He also has a big brother, Simon, a 13 year old Springer Spaniel, and two cat sisters who are NHS alumni. “The cats think he’s a little too big and active to play with, but he tries to entice them. He has gotten Simon, who has some health issues, to walk longer and to move more.” Milo is a true shelter success story with an owner he adores. “He wants to know I’m here and he’ll check in every 5 minutes or so. He even keeps me in sight even when he’s outside– he peers through the window!”

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