OK, folks, the dilithium crystals I bought second-hand from a former Star Trek tech are running low, so we’re going to make this quick today. And, oh, yeah, this dog family dumped near Terrell still needs to be rescued. We have the report later in this presentation. First, though, a serendipitous action.
THE RESCUE OF NALA AND MALIBU: As we have noted before, the Society for Companion Animals takes dogs from Dallas Animal Services and spirits them to safe havens in other states.
You may recognize Nala (left) and her Earhound sister Malibu from a report on Readlarrypowell.com earlier in the week.
Socieity for Companion Animals founder Tawana Couch has a rescue system that works. Sometimes it works better than expected. Here’s the story from Tawana:
“Tom Thomas and his wife, Judy, offered to volunteer to pick some dogs up at the shelter to transport to fly out today [Wednesday]. Little did they know they would be taking a dog home for themselves.
“They had driven from Carrollton to Dallas with the idea that they would foster 2 dogs overnight and fly them out for Society for Companion Animals [the next] morning. This was there first time to be at the Dallas shelter. It was a lot to take in.
“Nala and Malibu were sisters who ended up at the shelter when they were 3 months old. Since February they had been at the shelter and sitting in adoption they had grown up half their lives inside the Dallas shelter. For these two girls, their time was running out fast. They were on the VSP list where their time had ran out yesterday [Wednesday] and they were supposed to be put down.
“Fate had it that they were given an extension time till this Friday. Society for Companion Animals had a place for Nala but Malibu had nowhere to go and time was running out fast.
“I briefly told Tom and Judy that Malibu’s time was running out. Judy had a look on her face that I knew she was thinking hard. She looked at Tom and said this dog looked like a dog that they had that had died 3 years earlier. It did not take them long to decide Malibu was coming with them and that they would give her a home.
“I have rescued lots of dogs but what really touched me was when Malibu was leaving out the front door she kept looking behind her at the shelter entrance. She started barking and wanting to go back in the shelter. It occurred to me that the shelter was the only home that she knew and she did not want to leave her home. It was really touching to see this.
“Good news is she is going to have a real home with great family. YAY.”
So, Malibu is here, Nala gets to go to another home and, Tawana says, the flight also spirited Blue to safety.
You can see more Dallas shelter animals by going to www.dallasanimalservices.org. Read more about Tawana’s system and how to get involved HERE.
STILL MISSING, BUT THERE MAY BE A CLUE: Last week we told the story of Kelli, the 26-pound Beagle mix who had bolted out the door of a home near Hillcrest and Walnut Hill. (Last week, she was Kellie, this week they’re spelling it “Kelli” – I suspect it doesn’t matter to the dog.)
The latest twist comes from Metroplex Mutts via Trish Todd who says the dog may have been picked up at NorthPark by an older woman with dark hair. She was driving a gray Cadillac and this possible pickup of Kelli was done last Friday morning, suggesting to some that the Good Samaritan was a mallwalker.
(Occasional sightings had indicated the dog was heading toward the shopping center.)
The dog, formerly a resident of the Seagoville Animal Shelter, is microchipped and registered to Metroplex Mutts.
Trish says, “We think the woman is just a Good Samaritan and may be trying to find Kelli’s owners but doesn’t know how.”
If you’ve seen the dog or know the dog’s whereabouts, contact Trish at 972-978-2362 or call the microchip registry at 1-888-466-3242.
ABOUT THE MOMMA AND KIDS: You recall the story from earlier in the week. Linda Templos in Terrell saved a momma dog and her pups who had been dumped on a semi-rural road on the Dallas side (natch) of Terrell.
Efforts to find a rescue group or a shelter to take the animals have failed. But Linda told me this morning she may have foster homes for a couple of the dogs. And, yes, she is continuing to look for a “good” way to place the mom and the pups. And, yes, she is afraid that she may wind up with them on the parking lot of the local Wal-Mart – but she feels that gives the dogs more of a chance than the certain death at the local shelter.
I’ve suggested a couple of places to check and I’ve published this story twice. (If you can help Linda with this situation, call 972- 670-7868 or e-mail email@example.com.) You may also contact someone who is trying to help her at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Linda would love to get some help neutering the two boys and spaying mom and the four girls, too. Anybody up for that? Your rescue group got a place? A way to help?
A SOAPBOX MOMENT: Linda has, of course, become the target of nasty e-mails from people who are aghast that she would consider trying to find a home for the animals on the Wal-Mart parking lot.
The question is: If no rescue groups come forth, if nobody is going to help someone who picked up a mom and six puppies off the side of a highway, and if she (a veteran rescuer herself) already has a number of dogs, what is she supposed to do? These days, who has the money to take on seven extra dogs?
So, to those of you who may have let your emotions type your unpleasant, accusatory e-mails to Linda, give us all a break and try get with your rescue pals and put together a rescue package instead of delivering a bloody sermon.
You may feel better if you spew some venom, but you’re not helping the dogs by lecturing the people. Wise up. We’ll all under stress – too many dogs and cats, too many animal-dumping cads in the world. Why don’t I take them? Thanks to the dumpers of Dallas, we’re already at the limit at our house, and so is just about everybody we know. OK, so, seriously, my dear e-mailers, just try to be nice to people who have been nice to animals. And, if the dogs aren’t sitting on your front porch waiting to be fed, knock off the attitude. Feel free to comment by clicking below and remember that kindness is more important than lecturing someone who is in a fix. You want to help? Drive to Terrell and see if you qualify to foster a puppy.
CONTEMPLATION: Last night I dreamed I was working on a photojournalism story about dogs and cats that live in Kiest Park, where I’ve picked up many, many animals over the years. In this dream, everywhere I looked I saw litters of dogs and cats and I even saw a momma cat tending to a litter of Rottweiler puppies. I was snapping away with my digital camera and when I downloaded the photos, all I got was hundreds of blank frames. There were more facets to the dream, including trying to catch a dog that looked like my late big dog Hammy, who came from that park and, in real life, did not have to be caught – he came up and introduced himself and went home with me. I’m not sure what this dream means, but I think it’s telling me that I need either intense therapy or time off, perhaps a place where I can “rest” while the doctors discuss how to unravel a brain that looks like a ball of twine that belongs to housecats and was re-rolled by a cocker spaniel with no sense of direction, Dr. Inky The Psychiatric Spaniel, also dumped in Kiest Park when he was a mange-stricken puppy with no hair except on one ear. Naked boy. Whew, I’m tired of all these relentless animal crises – and I haven’t been doing this as long as some of you admirable souls. I’m going to go take some aspirin. Maybe a nap. To sleep, perchance to dream of lotto winnings.
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