My technoartspouse Martha sent me an email labeled “The Boys” and when I opened the attachment I discovered that she’s found some gadget that captured the many colorful moods of Dudley the Angel and Texas Earl the Cheeseman.
Dudley is a wander-up dog and he’s clearly out like a light and that explains how he’s the spotlight critter for our weekend feature “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap.” He sleeps in the living room, unless he chooses to sleep in the bedroom.
Earl is a Rottie someone dumped in Kiest Park and I took him home after watching him check out car after car as it arrived -- he was hoping to see that his human had driven it into the lot near the soccer fields and come back for him.
It broke my heart to watch this dog’s faith at work. He just knew his human was coming back to get him. We have tried to give him confidence that he is home. And, yes, after five or six years, he barks as if he knows he’s supposed to guard his home. He sleeps in our bed and the way he stretches out, you get the feeling that, yes, he is home.
[SEND your photos and explanations of your sleeping critters -- dogs, cats, gerbils, cousins, whatever, to email@example.com so we can post them in our long-running weekend feature, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap. We love to promote homes that are so comfortable dogs can sleep through a photo session. And, yes. I do spend time hugging the necks of these dogs. I can’t resist them. I don’t know how the people who had them before could resist them -- but I keep looking for the story about people who can live without hearts.]
SOME WEEKEND NOTES
ABOUT DOGS NEEDING HELP
Bonnie Lovell, my dear friend and former colleague at The Formerly Big Paper Downtown, is trying to help this dog find a home.
“A 90-something friend of my mother's dropped dead just days after first starting to feel unwell. She left a 13-year-old (possibly 12-year-old) white, mid-sized dog (someone said she looks like a white German shepherd, but I don't know about that) named Whitey. She's a spayed female.” The dog doesn’t like men so she can’t go to the lady’s sons’ homes. Bonnie says the theory is Whitey “had unfortunate experiences with men in the days before she showed up unannounced at Lucille's house...” [LARRY ASIDE: You never know. Dogs don’t carry cellphones to record incidents on airliners or anywhere else.]
Bonnie says Whitey has been “a much-loved, pampered indoor dog -- well, she had a backyard, but she slept inside on a bed next to Lucille’s.” This dog has been loved -- regular grooming sessions and special food bought and cooked by Lucille.
As it turns out, the survivors took Whitey to the Ardmore Animal Shelter Thursday. Bonnie’s trying to get the dog to safety.
“I have friends who will be happy to pick her up at the shelter and drive her to a new home (as far as Dallas area), if necessary. (Obviously, the less transferring to people the better for Whitey.) She needs someone who would be happy with an older dog. I don't know how Whitey would do with other animals. They will at least test how she does with other dogs at the shelter. She is a little shy at first but then warms up to new people (well, females for sure). My mother, who is not a dog person, loves Whitey and Whitey loves her. Maybe Whitey prefers senior females like Lucille and Dixie? Do you know anyone locally who specializes in senior rescues?
“If anyone is interested, they can email me. The Ardmore Animal Shelter is open 10-4 Monday-Saturday if anyone is interested and wants to see and talk to Whitey in person.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org
[LARRY ASIDE: So why doesn’t Bonnie take Whitey? Because Bonnie is one of those angels that the rest of us admire. She writes, “If I hadn't adopted Zoey (that crazy little Aussie I rescued a few months ago), I'd try to keep her (if she'd get along with my dogs and cats)...but I am at my mental, physical, financial and legal limit! I think she'd do well with an older woman...maybe one who lost her own dog not long ago and was finally ready for a new companion.” That’s my friend Bonnie Lovell -- a role model for people with big hearts.]
You know the story on this dog Sawyer: Abused, neglected, shot, starved, tortured and dumped on a parking lot because he was too sick to run away. He’s been in veterinary ICU for many, many days, thanks to Red Collar Rescue in Houston. Our Houston tipster Alexandra Kelsey got an update Friday from Red Collar’s Charlotte Liberda who reports “that they are at a standstill with Sawyer. The huge calcified mass in his colon is not dissolving as hoped. He needs surgery, but is still too weak to survive the surgery. Charlotte visits Sawyer daily and is, of course, so worried.
“Please keep this sweet dog and Charlotte in your thoughts and prayers. This boy started life being treated worse than recyclable trash, and he deserves to survive and thrive in a loving home.” (Go to redcollar.org and you’ll see how to donate to help pay off the bill Sawyer is running up as his friends attempt to save his life.)
ONE MORE NOTE
Readlarrypowell.com loves writing happy stories about animals. That’s why we started Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap on May 14, 2005. After decades of writing sometimes-ugly animal stories, we just need a weekly break that demonstrated how much people love their animals. We also find out how much animals love their people. Right now I’ve got a cat, The Senator, on my mousepad and an ancient dog, Annie, on the floor next to my chair. The cat is sleeping, The dog is waiting for me to hand her a cookie. We have an agreement. We’ll love each other while both of us eat cookies. When I'm out of cookies, she'll go find Martha and see what snack is handy. I can't criticize. I've been known to do the same thing. Remember to send email@example.com photos of the animals you love and the animals who love you. Catch ‘em nodded off. These photos inspire insomniacs to believe that they, too, can eat enough cookies to nod off while someone is typing.
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