EDITION OF FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 (PetPowellPress) -- Holy smoke. Last day of September and here comes the first day of the State Fair of Texas and its Military Appreciation Day at the fair -- read about it at bigtex.com. Oh, and Halloween is coming. But before you put on your masks and costumes, read about these animals and how you can help them.
IS THIS NOT A HANDSOME DOG
Looks aren’t everything. There’s a desperate story here. We got it from our longtime tipster and big-time animal fan Dawna Carabajal, president of the Friends of Rowlett Animals. This is a “rescue only” situation, she says.
“I am begging for help here. ... Howdy has found himself on the dreaded list. He needs a rescue group to save him! Howdy is a volunteer favorite. We have taken him to many adoption events and he has always been on his very best behavior. Unfortunately Howdy has been adopted twice and returned twice.
“The first time he was doing very well with his new family, including the family toddler. However, one day another toddler was visiting and they were not being supervised. Something occurred where Howdy nipped the other toddler's finger, so Howdy was returned to the shelter. “The 2nd adoption only lasted a few hours. He got a bath at his new home and was trying to settle in. Not sure exactly what occurred next; I was told the adopter was trying to shove something in his face, and he bit the adopter. So once again he was returned.
“Unfortunately since he broke the skin and caused it to bleed he has gone into 10-day quarantine. The shelter is now forced to list Howdy as Rescue Only. He will be in quarantine until the 7th and has until October 8 at 5p.m.to be rescued or he will be euthanized.
“Howdy is a sweet and playful boy. He likes other dogs. He is a 4-year-old Corgi and Heeler mix. It is so unfair that the behavior of his adopters may cost him his life. It does NOT have to be a local rescue. We are willing to put in the work to help figure out how to get him to wherever the rescue group is located.” Howdy’s at the Rowlett Animal Shelter. To tag him, email Shelter Manager Maria Martinez at email@example.com. The shelter’s at 4402 Industrial Street, Rowlett, TX 75088. Call 972-412-6219. Out-of-the-area rescues should contact Dawna at Sadieand9pups@hotmail.com to line up transport.
[LARRY NOTE: Now, dammit, somebody save Howdy. Our house is full or we’d get him and learn about his life and his thoughts on whether the Cowboys belong to Dak or Tony. Howdy looks like a huggable dog -- you just have to know how to treat him -- and by treat him we mean charm him with an educational treat! Mutual trust -- it’s possible between humans and dogs; maybe not between humans, of course, but why bring politics into this.]
A MONTH OLD AND IN A SHELTER?
That’s the story of A957576 from Erica Vega at Dallas Animal Services. She sent this message Thursday afternoon.
“This cute little baby came in to the shelter with no mommy and is need of transfer. Cute little baby is about a week old, we have someone who can take over night but would need someone to pull by COB tomorrow. Please email Dasrescue@dallascityhall.com if able to take. Thanks. Erica Vega.”
[LARRY ASIDE: As you may know, Dallas Animal Services & Adoption Center is at 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30 in West Dallas. Easy off the freeway, easy on. Lots of parking and they’re happy to have visitors. Plenty of inventory for now.]
We’ve mentioned Buddy before, but Amy Poskey, our reliable tipster regarding matters at the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter, is newly concerned. She writes, “I’m getting very worried about our Buddy cuz nobody has offered to foster this sweet boy. I would like to emphasize that Buddy is simply misunderstood and is NOT an aggressive pooch.
“Initially, this angel was completely shut down and terrified after being dumped by his family. He would just lay in his kennel and shake and didn’t even want to look at you.
“Then, as time passed, Buddy became protective of his kennel and he appears to be aggressive but he’s not. Unfortunately, that also means he doesn’t show well to potential adopters. However, several people other than the staff and volunteers at the shelter have made it a point to post their positive experience with Buddy and what a sweet, well-behaved boy he is!”
And there’s this aspect to Buddy from Amy: “In addition to everything I’ve shared in this email thread, I would like to add a little more info on Buddy: “Buddy loves toys and loves to play with someone pulling the toy. With regard to a ball, he will chase after a ball and grab it into his mouth, and just run around with it. If you throw another ball, he gets that one too, but he wants to keep it. He is as smart as a whip and could learn to bring it back with a bit of coaching. He also walks well on a leash. That being said, please give Buddy a chance before it’s too late. The clock is ticking on this boy and we are all trying so hard to save him. He deserves to be loved FOREVER!!!”
Call the shelter’s Gayla Nelson at 940-349-7594 or email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plenty of volunteer opportunities with A Different Breed at its sanctuary in Desert, according to our tipster Dinesha Schmidt who sees the needs every day. You’ll help keep the sanctuary running and the dogs happy. Pass it on. Call or text Dinesha at 972-896-6313. The sanctuary is north-northeast of Dallas out in the “country.” Might be a nice drive and if you stop to volunteer, you won’t be tempted to cross the Red River and leave all your money in Oklahoma.
Dinesha says the need for volunteers is urgent these days because of the off-site adoptions. Takes people to move the animals and equipment.
BECKETT -- GREAT DOG NAME
Karen Lee, the animal advocate with Barkleyworld.com, forwarded this appeal from Janis Lee about a beautiful dog. This one. In this photo. Janis wrote that Beckett needs a new home.“She is a 3-year-old Golden Mix who loves the great outdoors but likes being cuddly and lazy, too! She loves to go outside and run. She has been on canoe trips and loves to visit lakes and streams and any trails you would want to hike.
"She used to go everywhere with the family but circumstances have changed and she now needs a new home. She loves kids and gets along with other dogs. She is spayed and up-to-date on vaccinations. If you know an individual, couple, or family who could give her a good new home please contact Janis at email@example.com.”
CONTEMPLATIONS: A week ago, I was mowing our front lawn and began my usual circle routine beneath our magnolia tree. As I sped up, looking down to make sure I missed no blades of grass or, especially, weeds, I walked top-of-the-head-first into a low-hanging limb the size of a fireplace log. No ill effects, perhaps. I walked top-of-the-head-first into a low-hanging limb the size of a fireplace log. No ill effects, perhaps. I walked top-of-the-head first -- hang on. Maybe I need to undergo NFL concussion protocol. I took a good lick. No blood, just stars. I should be able to start Sunday. Where's my playbook. ... That’s me and Wendy in a casual moment earlier this year. As I write this, my zanyspouse Martha is in the kitchen washing ditches and singing a song she is writing, “Pretty Pretty Wendy Girl” to, of course, Wendy, i.e., Wednesday Louise Wagstaff Arden. Now, as I listen, Martha is talking in a high-pitched voice to Wendy. Wendy is accustomed to this behavior although initially she would come to me now and then and ask if there might be a need for special medication for the “performance artist.” Now, after all these years, Wendy sees the singing as a tribute and is convinced I am the one in need of medication. I think she saw me ram the magnolia tree with my head. ... Wendy and those Martha has sung to before and will sing to in the future are the reasons Readlarrypowell.com knows there are angels among the “roaming dogs of Dallas.” Wendy was a roaming dog. That is why saving them is important. They add a needed goodness to the human spirit.
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