As I type this, the sky has darkened and a thunderclap just blasted all of our dogs bolt upright out of deep Monday morning naps. Some have decided to seek cover. You wouldn't think you could get five uneasy dogs under a computer desk, but there they are -- dogs trying to sit on my feet simultaneously as if they were kids going for the last chair at a cakewalk.
Two of our little dogs are still under the bedcovers and the third little one, Glinda the Maltese, is simply paying no attention to the storm, preferring to remain sprawled out on her dog bed next to Martha's big harp.
Hammy, the big guy, is sitting on the couch and staring out the window. I think he's a gentle soul who enjoys a beautiful spring rain. Oops, there he goes. He just slid sleepily down the back of the couch and is out cold again. The cartoon balloon over his head reads, "Rain nice. Nap better."
Our cats? They think the conjured up the storm. You know how cats are.
URBAN ANIMAL REMINDER! This is as close to "shouting" as I hope to get today. Consider it a gentle reminder for you animal folks -- rescuers, shelters, show types, etc. -- to send me a note about your June and July events so we can post them in the June edition of Urban Animal. E-mail your event notices to email@example.com . Thanks for the help.
DONORS AND DANES: Sara Craven of Great Dane Rescue of North Texas says Saturday's garage sale in Lewisville raised more than $1,500 for the rescue group's emergency fund.
Being inexperienced in the garage sale field, I am, of course, unsure if that's a good result, but I know it'll help.
You may recall that a sudden influx of dogs with medical needs drained nearly $10,000 out of the rescue group's threadbare pockets. (If you go to www.danerescue.net you can see photos of these big ol' beauties that are benefiting from the hard work of these rescue folks.) If you want to give to the cause and didn't get a chance to go to the garage sale, send your donations to Great Dane Rescue of North Texas, P.O. Box 40425, Fort Worth, Texas, 76140. This is a non-profit outfit, so you'll get a tax write-off.
A SUBJECT LINE THAT'LL MAKE CAT FANS GO "YOU'RE KIDDING": I opened up my list of e-mails and there was one with this subject line from Dallas. It read, "Couple interested in adopting kitten about 6 weeks old."
I didn't know you had to hunt for kittens in Dallas.
Anybody who knows the general population of Dallas and its lack of enthusiasm for spay/neutering also knows that you almost can't help but find a six-week-old kitten around here 365 days a year. Every season is kitten season -- spring may be a little more intense, but, still...well, you know....I'm pretty sure these folks won't have a problem finding that six-week-old kitten.
Heck, Martha was walking into the Hyatt Regency two weeks ago and found a free kitten living in the shrubbery. We were at Operation Kindness over the weekend and there were cages and cages of kittens -- and a big cat room full of older cats. And the SPCA has it's share of kittens. And, of course, "Dog and Kitty City" didn't get its name just for marketing purposes.
You almost can't avoid kittens around here. And, in six months or so, those kittens will be old enough to make more kittens and more kittens and more kittens. Oh, my, I've crawled up onto my spay-neuter soapbox, haven't I?
Well, good luck to the couple looking for a kitten. Why do you need luck? Because finding just ONE will take some luck. Seriously, take two. At least. They're fun to watch and if you have two kittens, then each of you will have a cat to hold while you watch TV, someone to talk to when no one else is speaking to you.
Cats -- they're multipurpose.