Holy pumpkin pie, pilgrim, we have reached the end of November, If the month had gone any faster we’d have had to wear astronaut suits and strap heat shields to our backsides.
Now, on this final Monday of the month, here’s our report:
MORE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY: You recall Rocky, perhaps. He was the dog confiscated in Frisco during a cruelty investigation. The story is he was being fed bacon grease and gunpowder to make him “meaner.” When police went to the door of his human’s home, Rocky ran out and hid behind Animal Control Officer Steve Lerner rather than “come” to the guy who “owned” him.
So, what is up with Rocky? And how did his story lead to saving another dog?
We get the explanation from Marsha Duncan-Fleming who with her daughter Ashley Duncan represents the rescue group Before the Bridge in Wylie.
When the rescuers showed up at the Collin County Animal Services Shelter in McKinney to pick up Rocky, they also spotted a pit girl named Dottie. And they took her, too.
Rocky, says Marsha, “is a great dog. Well-behaved. He knows how to shake hands, sit and is very quiet. He is still adjusting to being with so many dogs but he will be OK.”
Apparently people who meet Rocky love him at first sight,
Dottie was a stray picked up in Frisco near the Dallas North Tollway, says Marsha. “Her right, rear leg is injured somehow. Although there is no outward sign of injury – no wound or scar – she does not use the leg at all. Perhaps she was tapped by a car.”
A vet checkup is in her future.
“She is a sweet, wonderful dog but does bark quite a bit,” says Marsha. “She just wants to be with a person and now that she has adjusted to her new home, she is friendly with the other dogs. And such beautiful eyes. Sometimes they look green and sometimes blue.”
Before The Bridge’s goal now is to make sure both these dogs are totally at ease so that when they become available for adoption, they’ll be happy to go to a new home and become treasured family members. To offer to help with these dogs by fostering or donating or adopting, e-mail email@example.com.
IN PRAISE OF PETSITTERS: The phrase “’tis the season” really has meaning for petsitters – it’s that rush/rush time of year when people are gone and their pets are not. My funspouse Martha was a petsitter for several years – had her own business, PetPowell Petsitting. She vanished after Labor Day and didn’t show up again until February. Early morning visits, noontime visits, evening visits, late-night visits. Days at a time. These petsitters have fun with their jobs, but they also spend a lot of time frantically negotiating metropolitan traffic. If you happen to be in a freeway and see an economy car blazing past while the driver sips coffee and yells into a hands-free telephone, that is probably a dedicated petsitter trying to get to a house across town to meet the demands of a very punctual dog’s bladder.
What brought this up was I got a note forwarded via Sydney Busch and Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake. Someone in Gun Barrel City is willing to pay to have someone walk an older, 50-pound Aussie at noon on the weekends for about 30 minutes. You’ll make $10 for handling this “very gentle dog” who “walks well on a leash.”’
(To ask about this job, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 903-887-0692.)
Remember, after you walk the dog and all “business” is done, you get the chance to sit and talk and pet this dog and enjoy a few minutes of calm in the storm of the holidays
SPEAKING OF ‘TIS THE SEASON: Lots of animal groups are staging their Santa photos fundraisers between now and Christmas. Check with your favorite group or pet store. In the meantime, here’s a tip regarding Animal Allies of Texas,
Garnell McMichael of Animal Allies sent us the schedule and we’ll post it for your benefit and note that not only can you get a 4 x 6 photo for $5, you can get the photo on a T-shirt for $15. Here’s where to go and when: Nov. 28, 1 p.m.-5 p.m,, Metro Paws, 1910 Skillman St. in Dallas; Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Unleashed Indoor Dog Park, 5151 Samuell Blvd. in Dallas; Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Vhea’s Laundromutt, 718 N. Buckner 3211, Dallas.
And remember that you can see more Santa photo events in the current edition of Urban Animal Magazine, available at many places in North Texas.
THE BIG PARTY AT M: This event is called the “Fetching Fun Raiser” and it is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the M Cafe at 15757 Coit Road at Arapaho. The invitation to attend comes from North Dallas Dog Rescue and DASH Dog Rescue “in cooperation with A Different Breed Dog Rescue.” That covers a lot of dogs. There’ll be hors d’oeurves, desserts, raffle times, door prizes, a silent auction, dog trainers, dog supply vendors and pet service specialists. You can RSVP by going HERE.
BUNCH OF DOGS IN BURNS FLAT: Little Burns Flat, Okla., has big city animal problems. Dumped animals, mistreated animals, straying animals, a too-small shelter with a too-small budget. And in the middle of it is our tireless tipster and rescuer Terry Lynn Fisher who keeps working to keep the animals moving out of the shelter so euthanasia for the sake of making room won’t become a bad habit.
Here’s one of the dogs, Peanut, a purebred mini Doxie.Terry Lynn explains, “I actually tried to get her about 2 months ago, when I pulled several other dogs from the family. But they kept her and then gave her to the neighbors. Well, the neighbors moved and gave her back. She hurt the family’s kitten (not sure if playing ..., so they do not want her anymore, either.
“She is a total doll...there are several other dogs there and several big cats that she seems fine with.”
To help Terry Lynn with any Burns Flat critters call her at 580-330-1459 or e-mail email@example.com.
LOOKING FOR WHERE HE BELONGS: On Sunday we got a note from Maeleska Fletes with the Little Forest Hills Animals Alert www.lfhanimalalert.org near White Rock Lake. This German Shepherd was on Garland Road when it was struck by a car.
“He was wearing a choke chain with a leash attached. People chased him from the lake. He must belong to someone.”
If “someone” recognizes this dog and can help get him back home, contact the Little “Forest Hills Neighborhood Alert at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-930-5910.
The dog was taken to an emergency vet’s office and has an injured leg.
AT NOAH’S ARK: At the Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter in Gainesville, right up I-35 from Dallas, there is a cat named Morpheus who is waiting a home. The official report from the shelter is that he is “awesome – I mean really awesome.”
Morpheus is a big purrerrrr who likes to follow humans. “Kids can hug and squeeze him. You can cradle him like a baby.”
And, according to the shelter report, “The only thing you have to watch with him is if he is on the top of the cat condo he will jump onto your shoulders. He has scared a few people doing that.”
Morpheus is on the clock at the shelter. To ask about saving him, contact Noah’s Ark manager Debbie Lhotka at 940-665-9800 or e-mail email@example.com.
She writes, “You were kind enough this past spring to post two stray dogs I was feeding in my neighborhood. I couldn't get too close to them and so it was hard for me to get a rescue organization interested.
“Luckily the feral dog was placed at a sanctuary and my neighbors adopted the other. It was not an easy process to first win them over, catch them and then place them. Thank you for your assistance and "ear".
“It was also an unlucky time for a third dog that created a pack with those dogs. I found a refuge to take him. No one wanted him perhaps because I thought he was a Pit bull. When the refuge agreed I thought, ‘Wow, I am so fortunate.’
“Not so for the dog. It turns out he was being grossly neglected.”
Since then, as you can see, Ivan is in much better shape. And, Helen says, “I discovered the poor dog is actually an American Bulldog. He is beautiful with one blue eye and one brown. I fell for him the moment he begged for food on the street. I named him Ivan. He has seen a vet, been neutered and received all of his shots. Ivan now just needs exposure so he can find a loving home. He loves people follows everyone around and gets along well with other dogs.
“He is heartworm positive and is currently being treated. I'm boarding Ivan in Lewisville because I have a household full of pets. Ivan does not get along with cats. If someone is interested I could meet them with him or they can go directly to the boarding facility.”
To offer to adopt this handsome dog, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
HERCULES AND HIS FAMILY TREE: Rae Smith is looking for a home for this guy Hercules. She says he’s “a 7-month-old pointer/boxer mix ...He looks nothing like a boxer -- he is Pointer all the way. .... I recently had to move in with my son and his family due to financial reasons. Also due to lack of income, Hercules has only had his first round of shots and has not yet had his rabies vaccine. I brought Hercules with me but now my son’s landlord says that we must get rid of him because my son already has 2 dogs. Hercules is about 50 pounds and very playful. He gets along well with other animals and is very attached to me. He is house broken and will let you know when he needs to go outside. ... The one thing that I have not yet been able to break him of is jumping on people. Part of that comes from my grandson (10) who from the time Hercules was a small pup would jump and wrestle with the dog so he thinks that is part of playtime.
“It is very hard for me to have to surrender Hercules he is my best friend and a wonderful companion. I have been trying to find a home for him but have had no luck and am now faced with sending him to a shelter. I have only a very short time left to find a new family for him.”
To help Rae find a home for handsome Hercules, call 214-502-2709 or e-mail email@example.com.
A THANK YOU FROM ARKANSAS: We got this note from our tipster near Dardanelle, Ark., Molli Corbin. It’s a nice thing to read.
“In my busy life I spend a lot of time asking, pleading and begging for help. Sometimes I am working so hard on finding rescue that I forget to thank the ones who do come through and find room, time to post, plan transports, take care of funding for spay and neutering and tons of other helpful things. Here are some of the rescues that came through for the 52 [puppy mill] dogs that were [recently] taken into rescue:
Mill Dog Rescue, Co., Best Friends, Pets Are Not Products campaign, Scottie Rescue, Mo.; Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network, Hearts United, NE., NW ARK Pug Rescue, New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue and PAWS NE.
“And a very big thank you to you for bring attention to situations like these.”
Thanks, Molli, and the truth is Readlarrypowell.com is just a conduit for information, a place to read about the heroic efforts people in the trenches put into saving animals everywhere.
Some people think animal rescue is all sad stories. But, the truth is, it’s just about 99 percent happy endings because of hardworking people who are persistent and have big hearts.
ANOTHER GARLAND PROTEST: Overnight we got a note saying that the garland Citizens for Reform of the Animal Shelter (CRASH), will stage another protest Tuesday against the city’s policy of gassing some animals at the city facility. The protestors will gather between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Garlands downtown DART station (Walnut Street at Fourth and Fifth) for leafleting, then, at 6:30 p.m. walk to city hall for the evening council meeting. For more info call 972-407-9396 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAD ANNOUNCEMENT: For the next several days, you will not likely see updates on Readlarrypowell.com. The unthinkable has happened and my younger brother, Barry, has lost a ferocious battle with leukemia. This is a staggering development and it saddens me and our family more than we could have ever imagined. We did not expect him to lose this fight.
Barry and my angelic sister-in-law Shelley and their sons Aaron and Lewis made their home in Chicago. Their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Oliver was the first pup featured years ago in our weekend series “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap.”
As many of you know, there is a period of mourning and adjustment that follows such an awful thing – I can assure you that we will mourn but we will never adjust.
We hope to be posting on Readlarrypowell.com again by Friday.