EDITION OF TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018 [PetPowellPress] You can tell a lot by an animal’s face. Take for example this guy Jake, currently in the care of the SPCA of Texas. This might have been the look on his face as Brett Maher’s field goal attempt clanked off the goalpost against Washington on Sunday. Has anybody mentioned “Curse of the Blue Jerseys”? We’ll have more on Jake in a minute. We’ll also have young faces in Wilmer, a dog who’s face has changed a lot and our Contemplation reaching into the State Fair of Texas’ 2018 successful soggy run. Now, our report:
NOBODY WANTED THIS DOG?
PEOPLE -- AGAIN THEY DISAPPOINT!
Some face on this kid. His name is Blue. He’s currently in Burns Flat, Okla., but he can travel. All you have to do is email Terry Lynn Fisher at remembering_ email@example.com and volunteer to help him.
Terry Lynn emailed, “I was so shocked nobody came for this sweet boy... Look at that face.... He is so beautiful... And he is a great boy...I later learned his family moved away and just left him here... How does someone do that? I would rather see them turn them in to a pound than just leave them to fend for themselves.”
Blue needs to be fixed. He’s a Shepherd mix and he’s “very friendly and playful and loves kids,” Terry Lynn says. Then she adds, “He doesn't understand why he is in jail. When I leave, his cries haunt me. They are so deep. So sad. So heartbreaking.”
THE STORY ON JAKE,
THE GREAT SPCA FACE
We spotted Jake’s face on the SPCA’s adoptables list at www.spca.org. and then we found his autobiography, as ghost-written by “Ashlie, SPCA of Texas volunteer.” Here’s how it read: “Well hello there! My name is Jake and I am a year and a half old domestic shorthair mix. I'm a pretty bashful guy and can be pretty shy, hesitant, and quiet, as it takes me a minute to warm up. Once I do warm up though, I LOVE head scratches and attention, as long as it's on my terms. I like other cats as long as they aren't too crazy. I am not a huge fan of being picked up and really dislike belly rubs, but I do really, really love my head and face rubbed and scratched on. I also have an under bite, so I always look like I am smiling. My ideal home would be one that is adults only and quiet with low foot traffic. I would also love to have somewhere where I can be up high, so that I can look around.”
Nice job, Author Ashlie, particularly the smile sentence. To ask about adopting Jake (166862) go to the spca.org site. Jake’s in the SPCA’s Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney. But, he’s willing to travel for loving home.
THE ANIMALS IN WILMER:
A GROWING POPULATION
The small Wilmer Animal Shelter, in the town just minutes south of Dallas on I-45, continues to draw animals but not enough people to keep things safely moving. So, Laura Macias, Leighann Hayden and their compadres soldier on, trying to find homes for otherwise doomed, dumped and discarded dogs. These are some of the animals that need help as you are reading this. [That's Emory on the right.] To offer to help, call or text 214-949-2726 or email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, many of the animals that come to the Wilmer Shelter are foundlings that have been dumped in the Dowdy Ferry Road area. Rescued from death to face death anew. [That's Preston left and Peyton.]
The shelter info:
EMORY, a “baby” Shepherd/Lab mix described as cute an “baby sweet” and brought in by the Dallas County officer, according to the report. Then there are a pair of pups found together.
PRESTON is the boy Chihuahua/Hound mix and PEYTON is the girl. Naturally, at this age, they are “adorable and sweet and everything a puppy should be - they adore everyone and everything. These babies were brought into the shelter just in time - they clearly were starving, poor little sweetie pies.”
MICHA is a female Lab, maybe a mix, who has “big, brown puppy dog eyes and white fur and she is precious.”
BRADEN, a boy Pittie mix, was “found in a known dumping location (Malloy Bridge) by the Dallas County animal control officer. He seems to adore all people and really likes other dogs.
A DIFFERENT BREED WORKS
TO HELP MERCY SEE HER WORLD
A Different Breed Rescue has a different kind of fundraiser under way. It’s not just a general event, but a pinpoint event to help Mercy the Dog. a Schnauzer girl who was saved from death row.
On Thursday, the 25th, ADB will benefit from a fundraiser at the chili’s in McKinney. A portion of the proceeds from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. will go to the organization’s efforts to help Mercy see again. (Click on the poster to make it grow!) When you eat at Chili’s at 7576 S. Custer Road in McKinney, that day, ADB says, “be sure to mention Mercy at checkout.” There’s also a Gofundme site for the dog HERE. It is from that site that we learned the history of Mercy. According to ADB Rescue, Mercy was found “at a high kill city shelter in a cage shaking and trembling. The poor thing was just terrified! She had good reason to be. She was considered a ‘Senior’ at 5+ years old and blind. This sweet girl tugged at our heart immediately; how could we leave her behind when she was so, so scared. She was pulled and brought back to our sanctuary.
“She has since been groomed and shaved down and her hair is growing back nicely. She has been spayed and updated on shots, and the vet thinks she is only 5-6 years old! Her eyes are cloudy from cataracts ,which can be corrected with surgery.” That’s about $2,500-$3000 per eye, the gofundme site says.
And, the dog that beat the Grim Reaper is described as having “a happy go lucky personality, always wanting to be held, petted and loved on. She is a talker!! And even though she cannot see well, she is very active and running around with the other dogs.
Mercy has a lot of years left to live and we want them to be the amazing years she deserves! We are looking to raise enough money for surgery on at least one eye so she can see again.”
STATE FAIR CROWD, PHOTOS AND 2019
At Readlarrypowell.com we adore the State Fair of Texas -- counting my newspaper career, I must have written about 200,000 paragraphs about it. Not to bring up the Cowboys’ despair or the Texas Rangers’ traditionally long off-seasons, but the State Fair is that lone dependable highlight of autumn. How about that rain? We got a note from Karissa Condoianis, the PR Veep at the State Fair, that revealed “that, despite 11 rainy days, Big Tex welcomed more than 2 million folks to the 2018 State Fair of Texas.” In the meantime, Karissa also sent a link to a fabulous collection of 2018 State Fair photos by David Brown. I’m sharing that link with you so you can see the various events and attractions and even Big Tex’s fancy Lucchese cowboy boots. The link is HERE. I picked a couple of photos to highlight. One that enchanted me is the little girl on dad’s shoulders waving the American flag. The other is a bit of a traditional photo that is a celebration of Texas and has Big Tex in the background. And that brings us to the traditional State Fair question: When is next year’s fair? Glad you asked. Sept. 27-October 20. Sorry to set off those cravings this early.
That may have been a photo of the Twilight Parade one dry evening at the Fair. No doubt that it's a parade at the State Fair of Texas -- Big Tex is photobombing 'em in the background. Just like photogenic Jake of the SPCA slipped his mugshot into this closing paragraph as reminder that he's still waiting for a home.
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