DATELINE: DALLAS Where Calendars Are Quick, Texas (Nov uh, hang on -- DECEMBER 1, PetPowellPress) You’ve heard of Black Friday and, of course, this is allegedly Cyber Monday, but in reality it is Moaning Monday as you discover via the ol’ waistband stress test just how much you put on starting last Wednesday when the food began to show up. Now, our Moaning Monday report:
A DOG IN A SIDEWALK FIX
We’ve written many stories through the years about Tomi Ortiz and her rescue efforts and adventures. Here’s one more. It came in on the last day of November. The first photo is of the dog as he was found. The others are “after.”
Tomi writes, “We were driving down the road here in Irving and saw a dog laying on the sidewalk not moving. Frank, my husband, pulled over and we got out to check on him. Another couple who lived across the street came over to help to. I took him to the Euless Animal Hospital and he was not microchipped and didn't appear to have any serious injuries! Thank God! I wish he could tell me his story! He looks healthy but is not neutered. Of course my dogs won't hear of another dog so I'm hoping to find a foster until I have time to put up flyers etc.”
(If you can serve as a responsible foster for this rescued dog, email TJasso@darlingii.com.
A PERSONAL NOTE ABOUT A TOUGH RESCUER
One of our longtime tipsters and a person we’ve admired for her diligence and devotion hit a rough spot during the Thanksgiving weekend.
Sharon Hoffman wrote to us to tell us that on Friday evening “my sister, veteran animal rescuer Deborah Verner ... was in a car accident last night. She was taken to hospital in an ambulance. She was actually on her way to pick up her son from work, but she didn't show up. No one could make contact with her. Her son turned in a Missing Person report to the police.
“She was ‘missing’ for about 7 hours before police informed him that she had been located. She has a big bump on her head and a big headache.
“Thank God, she has no broken bones. ... She's shaken and still with some memory loss.”
Those of you who know Deborah know she goes about her animal rescue while using a crutch -- Sharon says, “Her cell phone and glasses are either in the car with one shoe and her crutch, or they're in the street!”
What Deborah needs is a load of “bless you and get well” wishes sent to email@example.com.
[UPDATE -- We got in touch with Deborah Sunday evening and she is home. She wrote, "I spent Friday night in the Critical Care Unit, then moved to a reg room last night after telling them that I needed to get home."
What can be done to help Deborah as she goes through continuing medical checks after the car accident? "I need homes for Bailey, and probably some more after her. I'm in need of dry dog food, Purina One Blend Lamb and Rice, is what most of mine eat. That is what I am in need of." We've mentioned Bailey several times over the past 4 years since she was rescued from a dumping area in southeast Dallas. She was with her mom who was pregnant. Deborah took Bailey. Dawna Carabajal took Sadie who delivered 9 pups. Deborah has been trying to rehome this fun, active little dog ever since. She needs help now more than ever.]
THE IRVING INVENTORY
You can read about each of them by clicking HERE. You can see the urgents HERE . See the Irving cats HERE. The Irving shelter is closed on Mondays, but recognizing the reality that animals live in a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week world, the shelter has a rescue hotline: 972-721-3597. Call it, then email the staff at Rescueapet@cityofirving.org and Adoptapet@cityofirving.org. The shelter’s business hour calls go to 972-721-2256 or 57.
TODAY’S CHRISTMAS FACET
For this holiday season we’re introducing a presentation of holiday facets. As a lifelong fan of Christmas and the joy and goodness of the season,Readlarrypowell.com has collected many facts about this great holiday.
On the other hand, not everything about Christmas has to be true. It could justd be a "facet." Here’s one of our favorite Christmas Facets:
Holiday warbler Gene Autry rode a reindeer in his first three singing cowboy westerns, The Sioux City Elf Wrangler Rebellion, Saving Saint Nick’s Dude Ranch and Hot Spurs On The Snowman. The Hollywood Reindeer Strike of 1935 opened the door for Champion the Wonder Horse, shown here in a publicity still. (Can’t find these rare gems these on NetFlix.)
CONTEMPLATIONS: Real Christmas trees. Vanishing species? My hollyjollyspouse Martha’s on the lookout for a nice inexpensive flocked fresh-cut tree. We haven’t have “real” tree for years and now we have what can only be described as “needle shock.” Good grief, the price of a tree today would pay for a whole forest last time we bought a real tree. Anybody hear of a bargain, email firstname.lastname@example.org and try not to use the term “season’s credit card greetings.” ... We had a great Thanksgiving and came back to work though the temptation to remain idle was soundly defeated by the list of chores we’d have had to face had we stayed home. ... Speaking of soundly defeated--oh, why bring up the Thanksgiving Day Cowboys game. Now, it’s on to the Great Shopping Expedition of 2014. Life’s good, isn’t it, when you have a solid game plan.
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