For this pre-Thanksgiving edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap we turn to some babies.
These have one thing in common--they’ve all in the Dallas Animal Services Shelter.
But, before we get to those still in need, consider this tale of tails: You remember, perhaps, the six pups found in a bag in Kiest Park. The yet-to-be-weaned babies were taken to DAS and Transfer Coordinator Danielle Fry issued an appeal for help.
Our pal Patty Sprong, the longtime rescuer and animal advocate, tipped us to the “what happened next” on the dogs. And, it involves teamwork by DAS, DFW Rescue Me and Mazie’s Mission. Oh, those puppies aren’t sleeping but the probably were right after this photo was taken. We’ve got more sleepers coming up. But first the Bag Puppy Story.
From the DFW Rescue Me Facebook site, here’s the story: “Mazie’s Mission posted on their Facebook page last week that they were on puppy watch. They had a Pit mix, heavy with pups. On Sunday they posted the sad news that two puppies were stillborn. An emergency c-section delivered two more pups that did not survive.
“Our FB Moderator shared the news with our Intake Coordinator. Yesterday, Dallas Animal Services sent out a plea for a litter of puppies that had been found in a plastic bag in a park. DFWRM tagged them and would bottle-feed them. And then the thought came. Maybe… just maybe… the momma dog that had lost all her babies would be willing to help. One of our volunteers transported the puppies to Mazie’s Mission. A few more pups came from another litter that was without a mom. It was so sweet to see this momma dog immediately begin to care for ‘her’ babies.”
Now, that’s a bag o’ pups being cared for in a most maternal way.
That brings us back to Danielle’s efforts to help dogs in the Dallas shelter. First up is A863521 and two puppies.
Danielle wrote, “This sweet momma adopted her two little babies. They came in with no mother, she came in with milk and no puppies…it was meant to be! These two pups are doing great and growing big! Momma is sweet as can be and loves getting attention. The second she sees you she is at the door begging for some love. She has been so generous by caring for pups that were not hers, please open your home so she can have a chance at being adopted!”
Then we turn to A866252 and six puppies. “This little girl is Polly. Polly is about 3 years old and weighs about 29.2 lbs. She is not big at all! Polly and her little family came to us as surrenders when the owner could not longer care for them. Polly is new to the shelter so can be a little barky but if you go in her kennel and give her attention she is sweet as can be. She will nuzzle you if you stop petting her…adorable! She is taking great care of her pups but needs out of the shelter to continue to do so.”
To offer to help these slumbering pups find a happy place to sleep for the rest of their grown up lives, email firstname.lastname@example.org. And to see more animals that Daniel is trying to help click HERE. It’s a great letter to scroll, especially if you want to help the dogs find a home.
ANIMALS BEFORE THANKSGIVING: Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter has a bunch, Arlington might have a few, Irving has some, The Colony’s got some, Carrollton, Fort Worth... Google “animal shelter Texas. You’ll see there are animals aplenty as Thanksgiving arrives. Holidays are sometimes rough times in shelters -- populations increase and foot traffic decreases. The odds are lousy for lots of great animals. I know anyone who has just read this passage probably already has a houseful of critters. But if you know someone who doesn’t, tip them to the opportunities to find good hearts to join them for the holidays and beyond! Only good hearts need apply. ‘
AND ONE MORE NOTE THIS WEEKEND: Earlier this week readlarrypowell.com made an appeal for photographs of animals in holiday costumes, situations or, let’s face it, holiday tinsel or twinkling lights. There are those of us who have such wonderful relationships with our animals that the dog simply loves to dress up for the holidays. You see here a photo from many years ago of our late dear pal Cosmo. He was a black dog with the body of a Lab, the ears of something else and the legs of, possibly, a Basset, though the ears would indicate otherwise. Ultimately, he was simply, perfectly Cosmo. He inspired Martha, my tunespouse, to write a song in his honor and perform it on the harp. It’s called Cosmo’s Smile and when you click HERE you can hear one of the early and, as Martha called it, “rough versions” of the song. You may not have written a song for your festooned dog, but you may have turned your dog or cat into a walking wagging or purring symbol of Christmas. Please send us a copy of the photos -- we’re hoping to help people smile by showing off your merry critters.
[PLEASE SEND SLUMBERING PHOTOS OR FESTIVE PHOTOS to email@example.com. Our theory is that if the insomniacs in our readership see puppies sleeping, they may find inspiration or at least some hope that if they find the right mother figure to cuddle, they’ll nod off fat and happy, too. And, by seeing your celebratory critter photos with the tinsel and twinkles, the insomniacs among us may be inspired to sleep and have dreams of sugar plums dancing in their heads. Or at least they’ll grin. Grin? There's a reason. That's off the Mazie's Mission Facebook page -- that's the recently adopted Paco. Click on his photo to make it larger and read the caption. Slumber envy arises.]
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