We could start this edition of “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap” by saying that it’s very clear that we have the makings of a scent hound in this picture.
In fact, Susan Oviatt, wife of Gary, whose paw, er, foot is the pillow, suggested in one e-mail exchange that, well, maybe it is the smell of the ol’ footwear.
And, as you can clearly see, what started as one-dog snoozing developed into two pups not just “at the master’s feet” but “on the master’s feet.” Sandals or sneakers, these dogs are game for a spell of slumbering on the shoes.
Willy started it. He’s the lone sleeper in the first photo. Then Jack joined the synchronized sleeping.
Susan kids, “Willy was one of those dogs so loved by his former owners that they dropped him off out in the country so that he could experience nature and of course, a better life.”
Well, he did get a better life – that part is true. And he also experienced nature.
Willy was a “Denton County dumpee,” Susan says. “God knows how long he struggled to survive there with his girlfriend/likely litter mate who took pretty good care of him. He was un-neutered, heartworm positive but a cuddling sweetheart from the onset.
”We think maybe Willy was a breeder's reject since he had a single testicle and eyelid problems. “He was due to be euthanized the next morning but was obviously spared.
”He spent most of 5 months in vet boarding hoping and waiting his turn for an opening here or anywhere.
”He and Gary -- or at least he and Gary's foot -- obviously bonded during that long 5 months.
"Even our dog family has embraced Willy so it looks like he's safe.”
And, she says, “Perhaps it’s from the long attempt to provide for himself, but his appetite is insatiable “
Then, of course, Susan couldn’t resist adding, “Something about Gary's feet. Now Jack hangs out (literally) there, too.”
[To nominate your foot snoozer, back sleeper, chair dozer, couch slumberer (or, in the case of felines the “anywhere I feel like it —get lost, chump” cats), e-mail photos and info to [email protected]. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap is proud to demonstrate that members of the animal kingdom can rise above the affliction of insomnia, even if they do need an additive such as, well, the comfort of an old shoe.]
ONE MORE WEEKEND NOTE: Readlarrypowell.com is proud to announce that it has pinpointed the last unwanted black cat in Dallas County.
Wait a second.
Oh, we may have overstated the situation. We understand there are many other black cats in area shelters and rescue groups. OK, so we’ll just focus on this one, Spooks The Cat, a sweetheart with a history.
On Friday, Readlarrypowell.com got a request from some folks with Garland Pawsibilities to help find a home for the special feline, Spooks the Cat.
Now, in these photos Spooks isn’t napping, but she’s working on it.
We got the first request from help from Maria Llano who put us in touch with Adrianne Erwin who is monitoring Spooks’ progress. They're with Garland Pawsibilities.
Spooks was in the Garland Animal Services shelter when, in October, Pawsibilities pulled her and placed her at the organization’s Firehouse Adoption Center (Yep, used to be a fire station.) “Due to her shy nature,” Adrianne says, “She was not the most adoptable little girl. We originally thought she would be a barn cat but she is too shy for that and obviously has already been bullied!
”We were working to place her in a Petco pet condo and were getting her paperwork together when it was discovered that she had not been tested for FeLV/FIV [Feline Leukemia Virus/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus] as previously thought.”
It turns out she’s positive.
Adrianne says, “She was not infected at the shelter but current theory is that she was bitten right before being brought to the shelter due to the presence of the fresh abscess by her eye. She had been spayed previously by someone but must not have received the FeLV vaccine before coming to the shelter.”
So, that means Spooks will need to be adopted by someone who just wants one cat or into a home that has only cats who already have these conditions. To ask about giving Spooks a good home e-mail [email protected] or call 469-774-6124.
Spooks currently lives at the Garland Pawsibilities’ Fire House, indeed, a former city fire station converted to help the rescue group shelter animals.
Adrieanne says the Fire House “doesn't have anyone there full time. So volunteers go to the fire house and feed/water her everyday.”
This attention has helped, Adrieanne says. “She has really come out of her shell and purrs like crazy doing back rolls when she gets comfortable. It's a shame her life may be a little shorter due to her rough start in life.”
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