One of the great pleasures of an animal writer’s life is to be able to point out a happy story.
It’s important that it is happy for the animal, but it is also exceedingly important that it is happy for the people who made it happen. That makes it inspirational. It leads to the saving of other animals.
And that brings us to the spotlighted dog for this edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap, the wonderful Maggie Mae who was rescued by the Terrell Animal Alliance.
Patty Boren proudly send us these photos, one I used to introduce Maggie Mae, and the collection below. I did some research and found this Facebook post from the Alliance, an “update from Maggie Mae’s Mom and Dad.”
[LARRY ASIDE: God bless them for telling everyone how the adoption was going -- warms your heart, doesn’t it! Heck, that lower photo even shows you that Maggie Mae had a merry Christmas -- in antlers!]
That update Facebook post read: “Last time we talked to them, Mae was 4 paws on the floor and wouldn't join them on the couch. Now it seems when she needs a rest or goes night night, she has discovered the couch, the bed, the craft room daybed or her soft blankie....”
Patty’s followup email, a great accounting of Maggie Mae’s past, shows how much affection there is for this girl and -- this is important -- how much love it takes to rescue animals. You have to be positive that you have enough love in your heart to press on with the mission.
Patty opened with, “Yes - we are still rescuing homeless dogs in East TX - imagine that! We received this update from a recent adoption and immediately thought of you. Maggie Mae was abandoned in a house with her puppies and they all went to the city shelter. Of course, the puppies were adopted and poor shut-down and almost feral Mae remained.
“We pulled this sweet girl and, with tips from a trainer, we were able to gain some of her trust.
“We noticed a limp and upon x-rays discovered her right rear quarter was filled with gun shot. Of course she didn't trust people! A marvelous, patient couple fell in love with her and adopted her into their home. |
“She was pretty much 4 paws on the floor at first, but as you can see, has discovered the couch, the bed, the craft room daybed and her soft blankie are wonderful places for napping and retiring for the night. Mae's parents say she sleeps like a baby. Probably the first rest she's ever gotten in her less than stellar life. The sleep of a dog who knows she's safe and loved. Just looking at the pictures makes us want to nod off.
“Thank you for all you continue to do for the homeless animals as well as the support you give rescues as we fight the good fight.” [LARRY ASIDE: That thank-you may have been sent to me, but I think it really applies to all of you who share the theme of Terrell Animal Alliance’s mission: “Formed to rescue animaIs in the East Texas area to decrease euthanasia and increase adoption rates of City sheIter animaI populations.”]
We would be remiss if we did not mention that Maggie Mae is not the last animal in the care of Terrell Animal Alliane. There are more. You can adopt animals from the Alliance and we’re introducing you to Nyah whose bio reads that her name mean “purpose” and her “purpose is to learn that humans are OK and find a wonderful home to grow up in.”
This dog was born under a house and lived there until she went to a city shelter. She was so shy, nobody wanted her. She’s a Lab/Border Collie mix who will warm up and, we hope, be our spotlight sleeping dog some day soon.
After all, Nyah is clearly a member of our favorite breed of dog: The Texas Earhound. To ask about adopting Nyah, go HERE or HERE or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMING UP IN OUR SLEEPER/NAPPER FEATURE: We have scheduled a couple of entertainng tails about Lori Teutsch’s cats and a winged visitor and another story about Dawn Labosco’s sleeping duo, her actor son Justin and the Mastiff Big Mac. Click to readlarrypowell.com every weekend to see this slumber feature and the rest of the time click there to see animals that need the help of your loving and determined heart!
REMEMBER: Nominate your slumbering critters, loved ones and relatives who won’t leave after a holiday for the spotlight of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap by emailing photos and info to email@example.com. We never turn anybody down! And we use this long-running weekend feature at readlarrypowell.com to celebrate safe homes for animals and to inspire our world’s most beleaguered individuals, the insomniacs, that they, too, can nod off if they’ll just find the right couch, floor, lap or bookshelf upon which to relax. Please, feel free to nominate Readlarrypowell.com for the Nobel Prize for Sleep. We understand the Nobel judges aren’t all “Easy Sleepers.]
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