This weekend’s edition of Readlarrypowell.com’s long-running series Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap presents a photo called “My, What a Big Smile, Sleeping Dewey!”
You know what he has has in common with the rest of the dogs in this edition? He was born and has no place to go. Two locations to note: Wilmer and Dowdy Ferry. Lots of dogs. It is up to humans to help them all. (LARRY ASIDE: We have a CONTEMPLATION that gets to the point. But keep reading here to help these dogs.)
It is also up to humans to spay and neuter so that there won’t be puppies that are born just to be killed in shelters or die on the side of Dowdy Ferry Road or any of a hundred other dumping areas in North Texas.
I’m sure if you’re reading this you’ve heard of spay/neuter.
This edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap is dedicated to the animals nobody wants. And we’re also dedicating it to the rescuers and rescue groups that have worked so hard for decades to preach the gospel of spay/neuter in North Texas.
HOW WE GOT DEWEY’S SLEEPING PHOTO is because Erin Warren took these photos of Minnie on the brink of going to sleep and sent a note read, “Sleeping puppy. Well kinda.....I thought these were too cute not to share with you!”
And they are, aren’t they? If you want to see about adopting Dewey or Minnie or any others, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Thanks to Erin for taking some time out of a trip to a wedding to make sure we had the story on Dewey and his gang.)
Erin wrote, “I always think about your sleeping segment when I see cute puppy pix. I have a crazy one of Dewey sleeping.”
He’s got a great face, doesn’t he, awake or asleep!
Erin explains that “seven puppies [were] dumped on Dowdy Ferry Rd two weekends ago. They were about 8 weeks old at the time. A rescuer went to pick them up right before the rain storm hit and sat with them in her car for 3 hours waiting for help. Every Life Matters Animal Rescue was able to take three puppies into their program, Minnie, Daisy & Dewey, and the other four went to Scooby-Doo Rescue. Every Life Matters is a new group based on the north side of town in the Mckinney area. If you would like to foster, volunteer or adopt please visit our website elmanimalrescue.org and like us on Facebook!” [Click on that artwork to make it larger.]
That's how the opening line read to possibly the most Facebooked post I’ve seen since the political conventions picked nominees. But that’s just the presidency, this is actually a serious situation that is life or death for animals.
And we’ve got an update from Laura Macias, who we’ve cited many times as a moving force for getting publicity and attention for smaller low-foot-traffic southern Dallas County shelters. This astounding situation is in Wilmer. That’s the little town on I-45, just south of the Dallas City Limits and Hutchins.
As she explained, the shelter reached out for help because the Animal Control people didn’t want to have to kill these dogs.
In short, “A lady has 7 pups that are about 4 or 5 months old. Daddy is a purebred German Shepherd and Mommy is a Lab/Boxer mix.” Clearly, they are sizeable dogs. Laura’s note explained, “They are starting to get out of the fence and she is getting tickets from animal control. If she brings them to the animal shelter they would be euthanized immediately due to this being a very small shelter with very limited kennel space.”
Possessing a sharp investigative mind that got me through a 40-year career in newspapers and another 10 at the great Bob Walton's award-winning Urban Animal Magazine, I asked Laura this question: The woman wouldn’t happen to also be the human who has the unfixed mother and father, would she?” OF COURSE SHE IS!!!
“Yes,” Laura answered kindly, “You are understanding right, and we are getting the momma fixed ... and daddy just recently got fixed. So these are the last puppies this woman will have! “I am taking care of the momma to make sure she is fixed. I am even willing to help with shots and vacs for the others! Just need them to get out to a rescue even one at a time is fine! Help her whittle them down!”
That's one and two on the left, then three, four and five on the right and six on the far left and seven with the blue, festive look. These are really too big to be called "puppies," aren't they? But, I suspect the combination of the number of dogs with the lack of attention might have them still at "puppy" level. Young dogs are fun dogs. [LARRY ASIDE: And so are old dogs, wrote the old dog.]
Call 214-949-2726 or email email@example.com to give these dogs the break they deserve. You'll love them, they'll love you. It's a happy deal for everybody.
CONTEMPLATIONS: SPAY/NEUTER, POLITICS
& THE ANIMALS OF DALLAS
I’m still shaking my head at Dallas City Hall being agog when the outside dog-counting experts told them what the rest of us around here have known for decades (YES, DECADES!): (1) Spay/neuter will cut down on unwanted dogs and (2) stray dogs are a problem in certain Zip Codes in Dallas. Big Fix for Big D was announced on June 7, 2012, as a $5 million program focusing on 18 Zip Codes south of I-30 in Dallas. I’m almost certain the City of Dallas knew what inspired the program. Seems like there were memos.
And, heck Big Fix for Big D keeps on going. So do other spay/neuter initiatives -- anybody at the Texas Coalition for Animals, the SPCA of Texas, etc. want to chime in? Any of you rescue groups doing any spay 'n' neutering? Surely all of these noble efforts were not unnoticed by elected officials, surely.
Some of the comments made with the latest announcement make me think everybody at City Hall thought rescue groups and shelter personnel were making this stuff up just for grins.
And did they think there is no one in a region with six or seven universities capable of counting stray dogs, counting the intake of puppies/kittens at shelters and counting the number of spay/neuter programs already established because of the friggin’ need?
Heck, I possess an Honorary AA in Journalism but I can count dogs. Wait. Calm down. Ommmmmm. Think City Hall saw all those spay/neuter, adoption efforts through the years and said, "Oh, isn't that sweet. The little ol' ladies and nice people are helping the puppies and kittens."
[LARRY ASIDE: Remember, nobody did a damned thing about the way Dallas Animal Services was being run until Dallas got bad publicity because a cat escaped inside the giant, new shelter, crawled into the space between sheets of drywall and was allowed to die from starvation and dehydration. The trial -- animals shelter manager accused of animal cruelty -- made all the papers and embarrassed Dallas and suddenly politicians were concerned.]
Oh, Dear Readers, you can Google the print and broadcast stories about the consultants and the Dallas dog population and proposed solutions and the mayor’s reaction. What’s the big motivation? Can’t improve Southern Dallas until you improve the Southern Dallas dog situation, Mayor Mike Rawlings says. Another way of putting that is “Nobody can come in and make money until we clean the area up.” Well, no kidding. Good thing someone wants to make money, or those dogs would never get any reproductive help.
Sometimes I think the barricade was this: Before, City Hall thought all this spay/neuter/stray animals stuff was just a bunch of animal nuts doing their usual whining about dogs and cats, but now it’s really serious because a death has made it a political situation. Is that cynical?
And before you jump on me, at Readlarrypowell.com the term “animal nut” is applied with honor, respect and understanding. Readlarrypowell.com is the animal nuttiest. We reserve the term “nut” for other participants in this story.
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