EDITION OF FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016 (PetPowellPress) -- The U.S. National Parks turned 100 on Thursday. Quick! Name your favorite. Big Bend? Guadalupe Mountains? Hot Springs, Ark.?
For some of your more sophisticated Baby Boomers, I believe it to be Jellystone Park. Please agree if you are smarter than the average bear. (Who doesn't love Yogi Bear?)
Now, we'll report on some other animals with needs, feline management and the Mutt Shack transforming into the Cat Shack. It’s Friday, you know, and I’m almost out of participles and consonants and my ellipses are down by a third .. I'm not kidding.
CAN YOU HERD CATS?
Well, of course, you can. And you can also spread your tiny wings and fly circles around the Big Green Building in Downtown Dallas.
However, if you think you are able to coordinate cats, there may be a position for you. It’s in rescue, so don’t expect sudden unexpected tax problems created by a surge in personal income. In fact, this is a position of honor, i.e., you'd be a volunteer.
The folks at Paws In The City, the Dallas-based rescue group, need a “cat coordinator.” The note we got read, “We are looking for a cat coordinator. Do you have a few hours a week to help cats in need? Most of the tasks can be done remotely from your desk.” (Email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about volunteering.)
We haven’t visited the inventory at Paws In The City for a while, so we decided to check out the cats and dogs. Sunny, that orange cat, was the featured cat on the coordinator appeal. But, see that cat Sabrina? She is featured in a video that shows you how bubbles can coordinate cat movements. Click HERE and grin.
Oh, and there’s a really cute dog there, too. In fact, there are a lot of cute dogs (and cats) in the care of Paws In The City. You can see them at pawsinthecity.org.
And one of them is this dog Biscuit. The dog’s front legs are “customized” -- not like you’d expect to see on an 11-pound dog, but the report on this pup is he just “bounces” when he runs.” He’s a loving pup, sits for treats, is mannerly and available. (To set up an audition to adopt Biscuit, text or call 214-263-2100.)
THE EULESSTROPLEX REPORT
Of course we’re turning to the great Karen Lee for this info -- who else knows the turf this splendidly? She’s not only an animal advocate but she’s a big-time supporter of Trinity GAP Rescue the successful rescue group that grew out of the Euless Trinity High School Girls Awareness Program.
THE MUTT SHACK IS THE CATS’ MEOWS -- On Saturday -- that’s the 27th -- the Mutt Shack becomes the “Cat Shack” as GAP rescue hosts a cats-only adoption event.”
What? Only cats can attend? No, no, no. People attend and they adopt cats such as this stretching kitten, Waylon.
There are many, many more cats and you can see them AND the available dogs by going to trinitygaprescue.org. At this event, you can adopt two kittens for one adoption fee. You can also buy $1 raffle tickets for a hand-made, cat-themed quilt. The event is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Mutt Shack at 8415 Davis Blvd., #313, in North Richland Hills.
And there’s a “GAP Family” element to the Mutt Shack, a new pet daycare/boarding facility. It’s owned and operated by the Vela family: Steffenie, hubby Bobby and daughter Shauntell. Steffenie, as many will recall, was an original GAPster -- yep, the teacher/sponsor way back in 2003 when the organization was formed and the GAPsters got involved in animal work with the Euless Animal Shelter.
That dog? Oh, in case you’re all full up with cats and you need a dog around the house, that dapper fellow is Napoleon, a Corgi/MinPin mix who is healthy, charming and weighs in at 25 pounds. Email his foster at email@example.com.
And click on that quilt photo to make it grow big enough to see the cats on the quilt. Buck a chance and you'll win it at the Cat Shack at the Mutt Shack.
AND THEN THERE ARE THESE TWO GUTTER CATS: Yep, Karen got the note that read, “I found these two kittens living in the gutter and they are quickly growing up. They are about 13 weeks old now and in need of loving homes.”
They are Simon and Chloe and, word is “they have quickly adapted to the luxury of indoor living and human contact.” Simon is the gray tabby with green eyes and Chloe is a “blended Calico Tabby.” To ask about adopting them, contact Mary at 469-531-1560 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They’re both “fixed,” have had all their shots and passed all their tests. Time to promote them from “Gutter Kittens” to “Housecats.”
CONTEMPLATIONS: One of the fun things to do is to open a happy email from Amy Poskey, the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter monitor and see how many Os she puts into a WooHoo expression. This time she managed this: “WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!” Why? Because Renee Lundgren with Muttley Farms Rescue picked up a little dog we mentioned yesterday. Amy wrote, “Our precious little angel, Darcy, has left the building (see attached freedom pic right)! YAY!!! We found out that Darcy has very bad teeth and a heart murmur so I know Renee w/Muttley Farms Rescue would be grateful for any donations for her care. No amount is too small. Thank you! :) Amy.” See this Facebook site HERE to learn about Muttley Farms Rescue. ... The great State Fair of Texas has scheduled its Big Tex® Choice Awards ceremony from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Tower Building at Fair Park. This is the 12th Annual Big Tex Choice Awards -- its presented by the Dallas Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. One of the judges is hall-of-fame bullrider Don Gay -- this ain’t his first rodeo. You can see an entertaining video about the 8 finalists on the Big Tex website HERE. Money raised by this event goes to the State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Program which, in its 24 years, has presented scholarships worth $8.7 million to more than 1,800 students, the Big Tex folks say. ... My sportsfanspouse Martha, watching Cowboys QB Tony Romo in a familiar pose on the turf after a pretty normal tackle said, “I’ve seen babies put to bed rougher than that.” She’s kidding, of course, but she may have a future in the broadcast booth.
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