Here we go with a report for Thursday that will include situations and opportunities and other notes (and, of course, our consistent wish that a couple of our dogs could embrace the concept of “sleeping late”).
AN UPDATE ON EMILY: When first we wrote about Emily, our Burns Flat, Okla., tipster Terry Lynn Fisher was telling us the horrible story of how the dog had been mutilated after being dumped and after having tried to go back to her “home” to get her puppies. (We have before and after photos here.)
Terry Lynn got the dog out of a bad spot in Oklahoma and into the care of August Dog Rescue in Texas.
Here’s the update and a little background from Nancy Underwood Pollard of August Dog Rescue:
Emily, “was never vetted or spayed and wandered a lot, and she still bears the scars of a former bullet shot and many BB gun attacks. Emily had a litter of puppies and her former family didn't mind the puppies but no longer wanted to keep her.
“So, the owners dropped Emily at the local shelter while keeping her puppies -- this is awful for a new mother of any species! Emily managed to evade the shelter worker putting her in the outdoor run that first day and ran 'home' to get her puppies.
“Unfortunately, it took Emily a week to make it there and when she arrived she'd been shot in the face - she was missing the lower half of her jaw. The family didn't want the blood in their house and refused to keep her or even foster her so she could get medical care. They kept her puppies and dumped her at the shelter again.”
That’s when Terry Lynn entered the picture and got word out about Emily. Nancy reports that Emily is now “in foster care in Dallas and embarking on a whole new life!”
Her mouth has healed, she’s healthy (though a little thin) and scheduled to be spayed.
Nancy writes, “Emily is house-trained, crate-trained and leash-trained, adores people and kids and other dogs (hasn't met any cats yet). She is very clingy and craves human affection -- which we all agree she certainly deserves to have some of!“
Her foster mom says, “She really, really wants to be the center of human attention. I am amazed that my dogs let her push right past them to sleep, literally, spooning with me. She snores like a wild beast. Her mouth looks better every day. She loves to give kisses.”
And, she’s available for adoption. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR STEVIE: This is Stevie and he’s missing in the Quorum/Keller Springs area of Addison/Dallas. He is not a Texas cat but came here under family circumstances as we hear from Rebecca Poling, longtime rescuer and president of Companions For Life.
“When we moved my mother into a nursing home in Kansas last year, we brought her cats here to Texas and found new homes for them,” says Rebecca. “We adopted the last one out in January to one of [husband] Rich’s co-workers. But he bolted from his new home on Sunday and hasn’t been seen since. The adopter is heartbroken and so am I.
“I learned how to recover lost cats from the best there is – the folks at Missing Pet Partnership -- so I have flyers up and traps out, but I would greatly appreciate if your readers in the Quorum/Keller Springs area of town would keep an eye out for him – and the shelter workers in the area, too, just in case.
“His name is Stevie and he’s a solid black cat with gold eyes and he’s a bit shy. Anyone who sees him can call me at 972-822-6840 or email email@example.com. “
BIG PRIZE FOR THE GAP CLUB: We’ve mentioned the Girls Awareness Program from Euless Trinity High School frequently here – these students have partnered with the Euless Animal Shelter to help save more than 200 animals in the past year.
This week they were presented with the City of Euless Volunteer of the Year Award for 2009 for their work with the shelter. The GAP sponsors are teachers Steffenie Vela, Stephanie Cronk and Linda Munz.
An email we were forwarded from Ms. Cronk reads, “I can't tell you how proud I am of the girls and their work! I was brought to tears ... as they spoke about the fact that through our work we've helped save over 200 animals over the past year and that their [shelter] put-down rate has decreased by 80%. That really does make it all worth it!”
Maybe we ought to get a GAP club to adopt every city shelter.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR: Coming up March 26 at Union Station, “Spotlight Humane/Dallas First Annual Gala.” (Not sure how the organizers decided that title – heck, this is Dallas. We’ve been having galas around here since before the Trinity River had a bridge. Maybe it’s the first HSUS gala?) Anyway, the tasty news is the event is being catered by Wolfgang Puck. Proceeds from the evening go to the Humane Society of the United States’ Stop Puppy Mills campaign. Details of the gala are HERE
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He says, “She is a very well behaved animal that is friendly around adults and children alike. She is mostly an outside dog, but she has no problems being inside either. I don't have the time to commit with her that she deserves and hope someone else may. She does not dig, destroy, or bark all night. She is current with all shots and is heart worm negative. “
A RESCUE NAMED TRUB: We got this colorfully told story from a third- or fourth-generation e-mail, but we checked with Pete Wann about the voracity and he confirmed it and a dog needs a home, so we’ll repeat the e-mail and see if we can find help for the pup named Trub.
The e-mail, written by “Victoria,” reads: “My friend Pete saved this beautiful ... pit bull puppy from the yard behind his. The dog has been living chained to a post for MONTHS. Even in the bad weather. Pete had enough of it and went over there last night to confront the owner. After halfheartedly saying that they would bring the dog inside at night, as Pete was walking away the man yelled, ‘Hey, my son never takes care of it. You want it?’
“Don't you just LOVE IT when IDIOTS get dogs and leave them ALONE in the back yard? Really, REALLY ticks me off. Hats off to Pete for having the guts to finally confront the man.
“The puppy is free to anyone who will take him (to anyone who obviously wants him as a pet). Pete and Jenna already have two dogs. They are guessing that he's around three to four months old.”
To ask about giving this dog a home, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Let’s just think tranquil things today. Gentle spring rain on pretty blossoms. ... The sound of a car starting after you get a new battery. ... Opening an unexpected greeting card. ... Finding a filling station selling gas at a dime lower than the local average. ... Finding something to watch on television against great odds. ... Picking up a book you’ve always intended to read and discovering that it’s your new favorite book. ... Finding a couple of "guest dogs" sacked out on the couch while the household human types madly only a few feet away. ... Watching automobile executives testify before Congress (Did that for a couple of hours yesterday; it was a lot like watching the baseball players testify about steroids. At the end, nothing had changed.) ... Daydreaming about hearing that someone who deserves it bought a runaway Toyota. ... Ah, tranquility – you are so evasive.