Look, I don’t know where to start today. Oh, wait, that’s the way it is most days.
Let’s forge ahead. We’ve got the weekend coming up and there’ll be rescue groups with adoptions scattered all over North Texas – pick a group, Google it and you’ll find the schedule.
And, we’ve got city shelters with more dogs and cats than city shelters ought to have. Pick a city, Google it and you’ll see the inventory.
Remember, rescuers already know about the overloads of available animals – it’s key to get the word out to people who are blissfully unaware of the crises facing city shelters.
And we’re in a post-winter-weather, early spring rainy day situation, so, deal with it appropriately – though probably you’re wishing you’d gone back to bed. Having set off that daydream, let’s move on:
STRAYDOG PROJECT: Two dogs need homes. It’s a story of “gotta give up the dogs” because of surgery and other complications. We get the story from Straydog Inc.’s Erin Arnold Johnson who says that the playful pup Decker (left) was adopted from the East Texas sanctuary and became a family pet with Pepper, also a big ol’ dawg.
The family decided they need to find a better home for the dogs and enlisted Straydog’s help.
So, Erin sends descriptions of the pups:
“Decker is a great dog who loves his toys and food. He's a big boy, weighing about 80 lbs! He was adopted 3 years ago, when he was about 2 years old and the family now is having trouble caring for him because of family issues. Decker has a 3 year old lab mix friend who lives with him now, named Pepper. Both dogs are sweet, loving, crate-trained, and like kids. They are okay with cats too. They may need other obedience training, as they never had the opportunity for training lessons. These fellas need a home soon, as the family says they cannot keep their dogs. The two dogs have been friends for 3 years. Please open your hearts to Decker, and Pepper too, if you have room! They will reward you with their love and friendship!”
The Lab-Border Collie mix is “very safe and doing well,” says April Prohaska, owner of The Pooch Patio where Trey “socializes in day are 10 hours a day and sleeps on a fleece bed in one of our lounge-hound suites at night!” She also says, “If I didn't have 4 dogs, 2 cats and a 4 month old, I would take him in a heartbeat!”
So, there’s your personal testimony on behalf of this foundling.
He’s probably 5 years old, weighs about 50 pounds and was “fixed” last week.
His front left leg is missing – only his original owners may know why and only they know who they are at this point.
April says he was found “standing in a busy 6-lane road late one evening” about six months ago. And he “eagerly came to us and allowed me to load him into my vehicle. He had no tags and appeared to have been homeless for a while.”
He’s mannerly, agile and affectionate. And available – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 469-855-7297.
TWO DOGS IN TROUBLE: On the theory that dogs in a city shelter need to be out of a city shelter, we’re presenting this story. Loretta Luchini is trying to help two dogs she was “watching” on behalf of a family member who never came back to get them. Over the weekend, the brothers Rick (left) and Duke, a couple of pit/Husky mixes, broke through a fence while in pursuit of a stray in heat behind their temporary home.
Loretta says she’s trying to figure out a way to get the dogs out of the shelter, perhaps engaging a non-profit group to pull them on her behalf (and on the behalf of the dogs). Just before the dogs went off on their costly journey, Loretta had spent $300 at a vet’s, she says, to treat an infected leg injury on one of these dogs.
Yes, this falls squarely within the parameters of “No good deed goes unpunished.”
It’s clear now that the dogs’ original owner doesn’t want them. But Loretta wants to make sure they don’t just die because of human situations, i.e., their original owner’s rejection and the lure of the “in-heat” dog whose owner allows her to stray. .
E-mail email@example.com or call 214-363-7646 (office hours) ... 214-299-9159..
A DANE IN TOOL: We’ve mentioned before that the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake has a fundraising campaign underway with the goal of building a new and improved shelter to replace the current quarters in Tool, Texas.
What sort of dogs are in this shelter? Ah, glad you asked. Here’s one. This young Great Dane – probably under 3 years old – is currently awaiting a new home. And, says Shelter Manager Krista Mc Anally, it’ll have to have “a special yard with at least a 6-foot wood privacy fence as she is the expert at escape...”
To ask about her, call the shelter at 903-432-3422 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The shelter is currently involved in its Raising the Woof campaign. The project is divided into three phases: Phase One is tear down and reconstruction of the current building at $120,000; Phase Tow is erect a new insulated steel building with kennels and space for storage and food prep, $80,000; and Phase Three, refurbish the quarantine runs, $20,000.
Krista reports, “There are plans to have a fundraiser every month. Next month, the Raising the Woof Dinner and Auction will be held on March 19th in Kaufman. There is a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament in the planning...We also have a dinner party being planned in the lake area. The Lakeway Bowling Complex is working with us to have a fundraiser in the near future.” (To offer to help or to donate, contact Krista at email@example.com .)
HOOCH & POOCH: Our reliable tipster at Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake, Sydney Busch, reports that the group’s Hooch & Pooch Two-Step Fundraiser is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at the Ranch House Restaurant in Gun Barrel City.
Seriously, can there be two more inviting things than hooches and pooches? Anybody know if “hooches” is a legit plural construction?
Anyway, the event features country music, wine, hors d’oeuvres and, of course, conversation.
Tickets are $20 – in advance only. Make reservations by sending checks to Friends, P.O. Box 5455, Mabank, Texas, 75147. For more info call 903-451-4701.
Proceeds go to the operations of the Friends of the Animals Spay/Neuter Clinic, the world’s most successful spay/neuter clinic in Gun Barrel City, Texas.
(And for those who are not aware of Texas customs, “Two-Step” is a dance that is based on an ol’ cowboy’s barefoot waltz across a cold bunkhouse floor when the dog is yipping to be let out. That may be historically inaccurate.)
You’ll note that there are two dogs’ pictures in this item. That’s because one needs a home and Jacque is extremely proud of the other one.
The dog needing the home is Valentina (right), a Boxer/Boston Terrier mix. As Jacque wrote, “How about those ears!”
Yes, indeed, from this photo you can tell that six-month-old Valentina has such a great set of ears that they cast a dramatic shadow! To ask about adopting Valentina, you can go to the ABR website HERE.
She writes, “Ginger is my ear hound. I adopted her from Austin Boxer Rescue last year and she's been so much fun that I got another one in October. Both dogs are Boxer mixed with something else, maybe lab. Both dogs, although not related were born in August 2006. I haven't seen an ear hound in several days so I thought I'd share my girl.”
And that, folks, is someone who is very proud of her pups. Good to know, isn’t it, that there are people who embrace their critters as “family” and not just a burden on the household budget.
MORE SPCA SEIZURES: After dogs and horses earlier this week, the SPCA of Texas is involved in a cattle seizure today. The SPCA and the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s office, as this is being typed (just after 9 a.m.), are taking custody of 40 Longhorn cattle from a rural Van Zandt County property.
Authorities found 50 dead Longhorns there yesterday when deputies were serving an “unrelated search warrant.”
It’s the usual story: no food, no water. See www.spca.org to see how to adopt animals or to donate to the rescue cause.
CONTEMPLATIONS: How about that photo? Looks like Dallas, doesn’t it? Nope. We got that photo this morning from our Eastern Seaboard Correspondent Andy Fisher, formerly of NBC and currently a periodic college lecturer, writer and wintertime shut-in. He lives in Denville, N.J., and this is a scene at Andy’s house today. He says, “For the first time I can remember, I am snowed in. There hasn't been a plow truck down my street all night. And it's still snowing!” He got sage medical advice from his doctor regarding shoveling snow this week. The doc said not to do it, adding “It’s New Jersey. It’ll melt.” ... Let’s pick a song for the day. And we’ll dedicate it to the folks in New Jersey. How about Sly & The Family Stone’s Hot Fun in the Summertime. ... Best John Wayne movie for lazy afternoon viewing? Rio Bravo or The Angel and the Badman? Not that anybody ever has a lazy afternoon these days.