EDITION OF THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016 (PetPowellPress) -- Let me get you started on a Contemplation for this edition. Nah, I’m too distracted by these dog situations to think clearly about Dallas' lousy traffic.
We’re first going to work on Marlie, a Lake Highlands stray, and then a Dallas dog struck by a car. Later we’ll explore a boatload of Ferris cats including The Rat Pack.
SOME STRAYS ARE DARLING
Kim Pierce, our longtime colleague at The Big Paper Downtown and a notorious cat fan, is trying to help a dog. So is her Lake Highlands neighborhood.
See that photo on the right? That is what we refer to as a “stray dog.” Yes, stray. Maybe dumped.
He has been “apprehended." He's currently in the care of Dallas Animal Services, the big city shelter that is slammed with hundreds of dogs and cats right now.
The story Kim posted on Facebook reads, “Help! Our neighborhood found this guy, then consigned him to DAS, where he now, but is out of time. He must be out by Friday at 4 p.m. We have a rescue group willing to pay vetting bills. We just need a foster. Another of my neighbors [Janet Freeman] has worked so hard to find one. She visits him daily, reads to him, after a scared start at DAS he is friendly, obviously house-broken and smart. PLEASE network this. ... His intake number is A937553. We also have some $ pledges, including mine, to help with vetting group.”
To help save this dog, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You see this pup’s photos.
You can see his video HERE. And if this guy being handfed through the shelter bars doesn't get to your heart, then a picture isn't worth a thousand words.
And you if you click on this smallish bit of artwork, you’ll see it expand large enough to read. It’s a tale of rescue and affection for a dog nobody knew. [LARRY ASIDE: In this heartfelt text, you'll read a reference to Marlie's reactions to people of a certain culture. This stuff is real in rescued dogs. I'm a big white guy with a beard and I have encountered dogs that go nuts when I approach them and their fosters have said, "He doesn't like men" or "She's afraid of men." On the other hand, I was once at a dog show in Fort Worth and a giant Mastiff fell in love with me and all I did was say, "Hey, buddy." You never know what has happened in a dog's past. But the solid truth about dogs is this: Most of the time their hearts are forgiving and they will realize that you are not the person who has terrified or harmed them in the past. It just takes patience. Some dogs don't like people in hats -- no matter what race or culture or size. Bless their hearts.]
Well, good grief, you hate to see those two words anywhere, but it’s got to be really tough for a dog. Danielle Fry, the Animal Transfer Coordinator at DAS, issued an appeal for help in the middle of the day Wednesday. As you can see, he's A940191.
So, if you get there and this guy A940191 has been claimed by someone else, don’t worry, DAS has plenty of animals for you to help.
The appeal for this poor baby reads:
“This precious boy came to us after being hit by a car. He had multiple wounds on his face and body that are healing up. We are worried because he is super painful on his hind end.
“Even through the pain, he tries to get up to seek attention. He cries as he stands up and then does not want to lay back down.
“He stole my heart and the condition he is in broke it.
“When he finally tried to lay down, he collapsed and cried out. He let me pet him and is such a sweet boy. Because he is so painful we are asking that he be pulled today. He is about 2 years old and heartworm positive. Our vets believe he might have a fractured pelvis but he needs x-rays to determine the extent of his injuries.
“They also thought he might have some instability in one of his front legs but he does appear to be walking on it. He is in so much pain, we are trying to not move him. We are managing the pain but he needs a transfer partner to step up and get him on the road to feeling better! Please let us know if you can help. Email DASrescue@dallascityhall.com to tag!”
The shelter is on the southeast corner of Westmoreland at I-30. Call 214-670-8298.
THE AMEWSING CAS IN FERRIS
Look at those photos. We have them because Laura Macias, a renowned shelter booster, is doing her best to create a pathway from the world to the Ferris Animal Shelter. It’s a small shelter, less than a half-hour south of Dallas on I-45. Not a lot of walk-in traffic, but Laura’s working on that. In the meantime, she’s trying to help ACO Chelcee Juricek publicize the animals.
The story on Lily is that she “is in desperate need of an adoption OR a rescue group (or even a foster) to step in and help as she has been with our shelter for quite some time now.”
Of course, all of us 20th Century hipsters recognize the inspiration for the names of this batch of kittens.
They are named after the Sinatra-led “Rat Pack.”
And, the word is they are “in desperate need of an adoption OR a rescue group to step in and help as we have had virtually no interest in these adorable babies! They are SO so baby sweet.
"(Appear to be about 8 weeks old: 4 boys and 1 girl).”
Cats, like Sinatra, are cool.
(To help with any of these animals, get in touch with Chelcee at email@example.com or call 972-877-4180. Adoptions are $40 and include vaccinations and a microchip -- and you can arrange to foster, too.)
CONTEMPLATIONS: I couldn’t find a video of a cat singing along with Sinatra, but there is one on YouTube HERE of a cat “dancing” to Sinatra. ... I was writing something that has nothing to do with anything here and I asked Martha to confirm that the current health threat is “Zika” and she replied, “Yes, the Zika Virus, as opposed to the Zima Virus.” Zima hasn’t been made in the U.S. since 2008 -- it was introduced in the early 1990s and, as I recall, people bought it in six-packs and kept five cans in the refrigerator for years. ... Does construction make rush hour -- or any hour -- on Dallas roads a nightmare that cannot be defeated? Wonder if insurance companies are keeping stats on car crashes during this unpleasant years-long period in Dallas’ history?
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