Pets

RAWL Dog: Paulie

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June 28
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I’m Paulie, and my breed, the Havanese, hails from Cuba and, in Spanish, is called Blanquito de Habana. Classy, huh? We’re an unbeatable combination of terribly sweet and quite intelligent, and are distinguished from all other breeds of dog by our walking “bop,” springing along as pretty as you please. We stick close to...
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RAWL Dogs: Penny

RAWL Dogs: Penny

I’m a “plump gal,” pretty as a Penny (which is my name) but on a strict exercise/diet program to lose some of the pounds I put on courtesy of my previous owner. I love retrieving but, until I get back to being normal-sized, only do it for short periods of time. I’m a copper-colored,...
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The Rapp for May 31

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Talent from "America's Got Talent" in Amissville, mutts and mingling at Flint Hill Public House, lots of art in Sperryville and bowling for seniors in Culpeper.
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RAWL Dogs: Lizzie

RAWL Dogs: Lizzie

Fun, fun, fun! Energy? Yep! I need a family whose people have some energy and like to play, retrieve (me, not them!), and hike (all of us). I like other dogs and try to get them into the exercise thing. Kids – love ‘em, but I’ll probably knock over any younger than 5. I’m...
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RAWL Dogs: Diesel

RAWL Dogs: Diesel

Turns out good things come in big packages, too. I’m a handsome dude called Diesel and I am 100 pounds of what’s-not-to-love. I’m an easygoing 2-year-old male Great Dane mix with good manners. I’m currently featured on the shelter’s Facebook page and have already had one comment: “Who’s that handsome bloke?” Anyway, I’m here at RAWL, a way...
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RAWL Dog: Wilbur

RAWL Dog: Wilbur

Before coming to RAWL, I’d been out wanderin’ the county for a while. My name’s Wilbur, my breed, Jack Russell – named after Rev. Jack Russell, a 19th-century Englishman. We were originally hunting dogs but gave that up a while ago – too much work. We remain smart, tenacious, tough, affectionate and loyal. Like...
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RAWL Dogs: Ozzie

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I’m a natty little British chap – Corgi, of course, like the Queen’s pets. And my attitude is no different from theirs. I love dogs who want to play but who don’t want to rule the world. That’s my job.
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RAWL Dogs: Kayla

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I am a sweet and pretty beagle/Plott hound cross named Kayla. I am 1 to 2 years old, mostly housebroken and more than happy to have other dogs be the boss. Around 1750, my ancestors were brought to America from Germany by Mr. Plott – fancy that! They’re the reason for my brindle-colored head....
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RAWL Dogs: Riddle

RAWL dog Riddle

I’m often called a devil-may-care sort of fellow. My breed is a “canine classic,” changing little since we appeared in the late 1700s. I’m a young, smooth-coated fox terrier, 12 pounds, easy to train, good on a leash and house-trained. Not surprisingly, I have a Napoleon complex and will challenge big dogs who are...
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The Rapp for March 22

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Community editorial meeting Friday, meet the Beatles, learn improv, get political, and/or see a movie! All happening this week in Rappahannock!
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Letter: RAWL still needs your support

As was reported in last week’s Rappahannock News, the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) recently received initial distribution of a substantial bequest from the estate of Paul and Patricia Baylor of Bealeton. The board of directors and staff of RAWL are very grateful for the generous act of this couple, and are also aware...
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RAWL Dogs: Ziggy

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Happy-go-lucky; all-around nice guy: dogs, cats, people, little people just fine with me; car/truck rides – I’m there; leash walks – cool; and I’m into amusement, mine and yours. I go by “Ziggy,” and am a border collie mix, 10 months old, 35 to 40 pounds and housebroken. I’m available to get together. When...
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Fauquier couple leaves $350K-plus to RAWL

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March 15
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A check for $350,000 was handed over to the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) last Thursday, a bequest from a Bealeton couple that neither RAWL board president Steve Carroll nor shelter director Patti Want say they had ever met.
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Editorial: Dog days

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March 15
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Republicans or Democrats: that’s probably not the way most Rappahannock residents would categorize themselves. Rather, we’re either “cat people” or “dog people.” And so-called political Independents, it could be said, like both cats and dogs equally. But whether dog or cat, Rappahannock is the place to be. Here we have articulate advocates and fine...
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RAWL Dogs: Pepper

RAWL dog Pepper

Easy-going – my middle name. Car rides – fantastic! Lying in the sun – one of my favorites! Hangin’ out – I’m there! You – right by your side! Walk with you on a leash – no problem! House-broken – most probably! I was wanderin’ around out there for a while, but I made...
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‘Cat murder’ case sent to grand jury

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March 8
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Following a preliminary hearing in Rappahannock County District Court on Tuesday (March 6), Judge J. Gregory Ashwell certified a felony animal cruelty charge against 26-year-old Anthony Robert Ahrens to the grand jury that meets next week.
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Valentines gone to the dogs

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Led by the 4-H Community Club, the 4-H Cloverbuds and Crafts with a Cause clubs last month made Valentine treats for the dogs at the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL). After a brief presentation on RAWL by community club president Shelby Burnett, many of the children asked questions and shared stories about their own...
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RAWL Dogs: Kirby

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A mellow, low-energy Jack Russell Terrier? It’s true. I’m Kirby: well-mannered, great with other dogs (can’t help but chase cats), crate-trained, housebroken, good on a leash – and a confirmed couch potato. No way am I the typically busy, about-my-business Jack Russell. I’d much rather follow you everywhere. Let’s get together and see if...
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RAWL Dogs: Curry

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My coat and matching eyes are the color of buttery toast, or Curry if you like, and my heart as warm as a day in May (or maybe February, the way the weather’s been!). Life is good! I love attention, good walks and my blanket and toys. I’m 10 months old and a pitbull...
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RAWL Dogs: Cooper

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Hey, I’m new to the shelter, having been given up by my owner. I am a member of the most popular crossbred dog breed, the puggle. I’m one and a half years old and quite smart. I’m a laugh-a-minute with my antics, and love obedience and retrieving (go figure!). I’m completely housebroken and would love...
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Sentence ends; puppies released 

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Six months after a rabid skunk attack at Mountain Green Farm in Washington left one puppy dead and landed her siblings in a high-security, double-fenced lockdown, eight purebred Brittany spaniel pups raced through a finally open gate and leapt into the arms of Ashleigh and Alex Sharp VII.
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Rabies cases on the rise

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Aug. 12, 2011
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While rabies cases involving animals have risen about 15 percent statewide in the first seven months of 2011 (compared to the same period in 2010), Rappahannock County authorities have reported just one case of confirmed rabies so far this summer. It was reported last week and involved a skunk. Although it is the only...
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The chihuahua vs. the hogs

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July 16, 2011
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I just posted something about this earlier today on Rappnet, Rappahannock County’s late-model (but still running) email list-serve, after I saw an urgent notice about a lost chihuahua in Sperryville Friday afternoon — and then another notice today that the dog had been found and reunited with its owners. Sometime after I posted it...
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Washington column for April 28

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April 28, 2011
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Good eggs (and egg-hunting) at WVFR's Easter weekend; another Hazel River Poet dispatch; Frantic the cat's incredible journey; special services at Trinity Episcopal Church.
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RAWL Dogs: Porter

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April 28, 2011
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What is the measure of time? How to gauge the depth of devotion? When loyalty is offered, how much of it is received? I am only seven months old; a mixture of elk hound and beagle, and only 40 pounds. But already I can see a future where we are together, bonded in our...
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