By Meaghan Menzel
Copy Editor
Ghost is a one year old, male Staffordshire Terrier mix who came to the Kent County Humane Society on Jan. 21. His owners had owned him for eight months and had to surrender him when they moved.
“A majority of the time when someone does [surrender their pet] is when they are moving and they can’t take their animal with them,” said Kennel Technician Shawna Stutton.
Ghost currently weighs 54 pounds and still has some growing to do. Stutton said, “He’s gorgeous. He is mainly white, but he’s got a few spots on him.” He gets along great with people, and he even does pretty well with cats.
“He gets excited around other dogs,” Stutton said. “He’s still trying to learn his manners around them. It also depends on the other dog, but there are quite a few that he plays with good here.”
According to Stutton, Ghost is an energetic, active, and playful dog, and his owners had said the same thing about him. “He loves attention, and he loves going on long walks… He loves car rides too, actually.”
“His best quality is he’s ready to learn… He just came out of that puppy stage… [so] right now is the time to train him, and we have been working with him,” Stutton said.

Ghost

Ghost

According to Kennel Technician Mary Johnston, Ghost “needed a lot of training” but “he’s smart.” He currently knows how to sit, roll over, and even army crawl, and he is pretty awesome on a leash.
Johnston is currently Ghost’s sponsor. An animal’s sponsor, according to Stutton, “give[s] [the animal] extra love and attention and tries to help them become more adoptable and get them out of here.”
Johnston and Ghost have become buddies. “If I didn’t already have three [dogs], I’d take him. I would in a heartbeat,” she said. “He loves his cheeseburgers and Slim Jims… I take him every Friday for a lunch date.” She even has pictures of Ghost eating a Slim Jim out of the pack and a cheeseburger. He loves his treats.
Ghost is a very healthy and fit dog. He has had his shots and just needs to be neutered. According to Stutton, he simply would need someone who is willing to put a lot of work into him and be there for him. She said, “It seems like because of the kennel, all of his energy is just being held in, and so when we take him for walks, it all comes out. He gets so excited. He’s really a good dog, though.”
“Kids are not out of the question, but it would probably be best if they weren’t too young because he’s very enthusiastic and may get excited and jump, and he’s a big dog… His ideal match is, ‘I’m looking for someone who will have time for long walks and lots of puppy love.’”
If there is anyone out there in the Chestertown community, any faculty or staff at Washington College, or students with families looking for a playful pooch, Ghost is the type of pup who will give back even more than he receives. You can contact the Humane Society at 410-778-3648 or info@kenthumane.org.

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