If you have been in the animal sheltering field for a while, you know all too well what a Florida Brown Dog is.
Every shelter across our fine, sunshiny state has them. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Different hair coats, different temperaments, even their feet or chest may be a shade different in color.
Florida Brown Dogs are everywhere. They are so well-known they even have their own specific ticks named after them.
So, what is a Florida Brown Dog? A Florida Brown Dog is what you know it isn't, if that makes sense.
A Malinois Shepherd, a boxer, maybe a Rhodesian Ridgeback? How about a Doberman Pinscher, even a Pug? Maybe even a mix of all or some of each of something?
If you would not even venture to guess what kind of dog you have, fact be known that you have the most popular unknown, but known, Florida Brown Dog. A Florida Brown Dog is accustomed to the Florida weather, including the heat and rain. A Florida Brown Dog has more than likely been around the block a time or two as well, some being a bit smarter than others.
Every Florida Brown Dog deserves a second chance. Not that they have done anything wrong, they just need that chance to prove they can fit right into your family.
We all see the purebred dogs, or those with very distinctive breed features, be the first to get adopted without hesitation.
Meanwhile, our Florida Brown Dogs hang their heads at yet another kennelmate being picked by their humans to get out of the shelter and into a new home.
When you are out looking for a new pet, don't turn an eye to the Florida Brown Dog. Watch the excitement they show when humans are around, jumping up, smiling, licking, doing all they can to get their attention to get picked.
Give a Florida Brown Dog a chance.
Well, to sum up what a Florida Brown Dog is, it's a Florida Brown Dog, plain and simple. It's labeled as such because we just don't know what it is. Instead of the could be, should be or may be, it's a Florida Brown Dog.
As for the cats I have not seen or heard of a Florida Brown Cat. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, though. The same holds true for Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster or even a chupacabra.
If you never have to look into the eyes of a dog or cat and make a choice, you are lucky. One day, we all would like to be lucky too.
Adopt your new family member from Manatee County Animal Services today. Don't forget about our May adoption special.
We are commemorating Educator Appreciation Month. Adoption prices have fallen to only $20 for cats and $25 for dogs; fee includes current license certificate/tag, health check, microchip, and current vaccinations.
Specials are available to everyone who is or has ever taught another person or animal as we appreciate the knowledge you have shared.
For free and low cost spay and neuter programs, call our information line at 941-749-3067.
Kris Weiskopf, chief of Manatee County Animal Services, writes this weekly column for the Bradenton Herald.