OK, folks, we worked outside yesterday and our typing fingers are sore. I had one mishap -- cut right through the power cord with my electric hedgeclippers. Quite a startling thing. Zzzt. Now, let's get on with today's report, then I can repair the equipment damage.
We'll have more later, no doubt, but for now, here's the story from Angel:
"Wiggle's owner just called and is all upset and crying. He was taken out of her yard. She is bringing me vet info on him. ... I am still on the phone with her right now. She is so excited about finding him." (That's the update as of 10:54 a.m.)
A MALLOY BRIDGE PROBLEM: Deborah Trevino, one of the people who monitors things at the by-now infamous Malloy Bridge Road "dumping ground," says that "Charlie," the shepherd-Rottie mix, "appears to have been bitten or shot in the face. His left eye is all red, with swelling down his face.... He has to be sedated to be caught, but I have the sedatives. We need a foster for him until he is well from his injuries."
To offer to help Charlie, e-mail email@example.com .
She also says a new male Lab/shepherd mix has joined Charlie and a female called "Gretchen" on the property. "He ignores hot dogs" as a lure for socializing, she says, and "was only interested in Gretchen" who's in heat. Isn't that great news.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT: Elaine Munch, noted rescuer and president of Metroplex Animal Coalition, has issued an alert for this dog, Fox. He has been on the lam for weeks and has been seen in North Dallas near Hockaday School in the Inwood at Forest Lane area. The dog was also seen near Marsh Lane at Merrell Road and again at Clover and Midway, but has since vanished into the heavily populated neighborhood.
The college-student woman who adopted the dog has moved on with her life, but the people who originally helped the dog are in quite a state of frustration over this. Elaine says, "For two weeks we've worked the area, set traps, caught feral cats (and fixed them) but no sign of Fox." To add insult, recent storms washed away the signs they'd put up.
Fox's rescue story began more than a year ago -- the then-feral dog "was found on a highway in Kaufman and kept for about a year until the foster Mom had to move to Florida and adopted a couple of her fosters out believing they deserved more attention and a forever home."
Elaine says rescuers are contemplating a live search party in the area, but right now she's distributed an "electronic search party" note to make people aware of Fox's plight.
The dog was wearing a collar, but the young owner had never put the tag on it, Elaine says. Shelters have been alerted to be on the lookout, also.
Elaine asks that if you've seen the dog or know its whereabouts, call either 214-629-7993 or 214-223-8754 and report the location.
SHANNON IS SAFE: For a couple of weeks we've reported that Shannon, a Sheltie, had vanished in what her human Karen West calls "the middle of nowhere" down around LaGrange and Schulenberg and that area of Texas. Last night we got a note from Karen reporting that Shannon has been found and is safely back home. She's promised to send photos and we'll give you this basic kernel of info about the rescue. Karen writes, "We got a call from a man who said he thought Shannon had been in his house ... He’d slept with the sliding door open and found a dog that looked like Shannon sitting in his living room with his dogs. She ran out but seemed friendly with one of his dogs, and she had apparently eaten some of their food and spent at least a little time indoors. He and his wife remembered the flyers and the automated calls, and hunted down our number."
More as we get it. And, maybe, to help dogs we all ought to sleep with the sliding door open.
Well, I reckon! Look at those ears! That dog ought to be able to hear a treat dropping to carpet from any room in the house.
Lexus was dropped at a kill shelter last month -- Nancy says "the people just didn't want the responsibility of a pet anymore."
Now, she's living in a foster home with people who adore her and a playmate named Cooper.
She also knows sit, shake, down, and "stay (most of the time)."
The foster mom says, "At night she sleeps in her bed at the foot of our bed, but sometimes likes to sneak a snuggle or two right before my husband and I go to bed."
To ask about adopting Lexus, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Nancy says, "There is another dog in boarding, waiting to take Lexus' foster spot, so, seriously, the faster we can make this happen, all the better!"
TRANSPORT AND AN UPDATE ABOUT FIFI AND TYSON: We got a note last night from Jay Hellerich at Smiling Dog Farms -- he's trying to arrange a transport for a dog from Lufkin to Houston and asks that volunteers e-mail him at email@example.com or call 979-559-1062.
Now, Jay has a hand in the story of Tyson and Fifi, two dogs that Killeen Animal Control Officer Shirley Alvarez worked hard to save. She got the attention for the dogs and things came together to save them --the dogs are lifelong pals and the little poodle Fifi helps Tyson, who is blind from a rare disease, negotiate life.
We got this note from Nancy Underwood -- yes, this is the story I promised earlier in today's report.
Nancy, who lives in Austin, writes, "My husband I drove to Killeen on Saturday and pulled them [Tyson and Fifi] from the shelter, then met Jay from Smiling Dog Farms in La Grange for the hand-off (they were going with him to Houston to pick up another dog and then back to Wharton). We were a bit early, so we stopped at Sonic and got Tyson and Fifi each their own hot dog and went to the park to wait for Jay. ...
"They are the most amazing pair -- Fifi is hilarious and so spunky, and Tyson is the most incredible lovebug. I was not sure how he would react to strangers with his impaired sight and all that he has been through. When the volunteer brought him out from the back of the shelter, I squatted down in front of him and spoke to him, without reaching towards him -- Tyson came right up to me, put his paw on my knee, and gave me kisses! They are really a very easy, calm pair, and they take care of each other. They did great in the car, great on leashes, and would, I believe, be very easy and good pets! It is amazing to watch them together, honestly you would be inspired.
"These two can still be adopted, as long as they are adopted out together. Please refer anyone who might be interested to the Smiling Dog Farm website, or they can email me directly with questions." (E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Nancy also makes a pitch for supporting Smiling Dog Farms. She says it costs the sanctuary $867 to build the kennel to house Fifi and Tyson and about $60 a month per dog. She writes "If you are interested in supporting the amazing work that Smiling Dog Farms does, or the more than 30 dogs they took in last week alone (almost all from the Arlington Animal Services shelter), please visit www.smilingdogfarms.org, and click on 'donations' on the right side of the page. ....Tyson and Fifi and I all thank you!"
ONE FOUND, ONE LOST: We got these notes via Sydney Busch at Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake.
The first note was a "Lost" announcement for a "yellow buck-skinned bulldog, 4-6 months old" named Elvis. He has a white cord collar with electrical tape on it, green eyes with a black muzzle and was last seen near FM 1256 in Eustace. (Call 870-262-7258.)
The second note Sydney forwarded began, "I found an adult male yellow bulldog starved and lost on 175 in Eustace, TX (This is not the same dog as the puppy yellow bulldog missing off FM1256. This is a different dog).
Jetta Featherston reports she's spent two months looking for the owners of this dog and is giving it one more try -- or, maybe, you can adopt this big fellow. That's him in the photo. E-mail email@example.com or call 903-887-7244 or 972-571-7164.
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP: Yesterday, Siobhan Dickerson of the pit rescue group Cheyenne Rescue & Sanctuary sent out a note about a pit/pointer mix named McKinsey who was becoming an owner-surrender because the "owner's son-in-law and family moved in and that she isn't handling the stress and all the new people and kids."
This morning Siobhan sent out this note, " I got a call from my vet this morning and the owner of McKinsey decided to kick her son-in-law out and get McKinsey back."
CONTEMPLATIONS: About that yard work I did yesterday. Last year, when I attempted this sort of work, I fell flat on the ground and popped some ribs, a shoulder, an arm and, apparently, a fault line though surely my fall had nothing to do with this year's earthquakes in Cleburne, south of Fort Worth. ... All this stuff lately about North and South Korea reminds me that until I left Bowie County in East Texas back in the 1960s, I though the countries were "KOH-rea" not "Kor-ee-ah." ... Watching one of those Hollywood insider TV shows last night, Martha and I came to a similar conclusion. Parts of this world -- particularly TV shows with jittery music in the background -- are just too much racket.
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