DATELINE: DALLAS Where the Thanksgiving Countdown Is On (Nov. 23, PetPowellPress) -- Run, turkeys! Run for the hills! You ham-carrying porkers need to get a move on, too.
The preceding passage brought to you by the CVSR (Confirmed Vegetarian Side of Readlarrypowell.com). More later. Now, for some animals we just don’t think about eating I hope.
ANOTHER APPEAL FOR BAILEY
Readlarrypowell.com has written about this dog since nearly the day our pal Deborah Lynn Verner got involved with her when she was dumped with her pregnant mom, Sadie. That was in July 2010 and Deborah Lynn has consistently worked to find a place for this dog. No dice. No home. And she has continued to work to save this dog.
But things have changed.
In a note she sent to Readlarrypowell on Sunday, she wrote, “I had medical issues affect me yesterday that make it imperative that I rehome her NOW!! Either a good home or a rescue.
“Bailey has been waiting for her forever home for over 4 years now. In July 2010, Bailey was rescued from a desolate back road outside Seagoville, at what’s called the Tree Farm. She was dumped with her pregnant Mom, Sadie, out in the middle of nowhere with no food, water, or shelter of any kind.
“Bailey is approximately 5 1/2 years old, petite Pitbull/Boston Terrier mix female. She has high energy, plays fetch, loves squeak toys, and loves to snuggle. She is very sweet, and is a ball of endless energy. Bailey gives high fives with her right paw, and shakes with her left paw. She gets long with other dogs, and cats, with the only exception being a slight food aggression with other dogs (but, not people). She is heartworm negative, spayed, up to date on shots, microchipped, on heartworm preventative, and weighs 46 pounds. She needs a yard with at least a 6 ft. fence, due to a prior incident where she climbed out. Also, it needs to be a home with no more than one other dog, preferably a smaller dog.
To offer to help Deborah Lynn with this email DTrevino60@aol.com or call 214-546-2772.
MEANWHILE AT DALLAS ANIMAL SERVICES
Some dogs were saved after an appeal by Dallas Animal Services Transfer Coordinator Danielle Fry as we entered the weekend. Now, as the weekend has ended and we’re entering a holiday period, there is a new appeal. Click on the art to make it larger and try not to tear-up when you read about that sad-faced Hannah.
Danielle wrote, “Thanks to the groups who did step up to help the few who will be in a home this Thanksgiving! Dallas Animal Services would like to wish everyone an early Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for all of our amazing transfer partners, volunteers, networkers, and supporters! We couldn’t do all we do without you. If you are still in town for the holiday please consider helping one of the sweet dogs.
"All of these dogs are urgent. The shelter will be closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday. This means that any stray animals that are picked up next week will need to be held an extra two days to give owners a chance to find their lost pets. We need the space to hold these animals for this extra time which means the dogs below need somewhere to go. We would love to see ALL of them walk out the doors and be in a home for the holiday!”
The best thing that could happen would be if they all could be pulled by the end of business Monday. These are just a few of the faces. Click HERE to see the rest. It’s long so scroll and read. To help these animals email DASrescue@dallascityhall.com. Remind your friends and neighbors that if they don’t join the effort to save the animals, the animals will not be saved.
A CORSICANA NOTE
We got this from Sydney Busch of the Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake which operates the world’s most successful spay/neuter clinic at Gun Barrel City, Texas. She’s always getting tips on dogs in a fix, though this one has not been fixed.
The note reads, “This big beautiful white Lab just became too big for the owner who was in poor health. She was taken to the Corsicana Animal Shelter this week - this is a high kill facility and the dog is a big, intact Lab - not much chance for finding a home.”
Oh, and Sydney added some editorial comment: “Grrrrrrr,” she wrote emphatically.
The shelter is at 617 S. 12th in Corsicana -- that’s an hour south of Dallas on I-45 and almost an our southwest of Gun Barrel City on the eastern shore of Cedar Creek Lake. Call the shelter at 903-654-4928. If you need some help navigating things at Corsicana. Get in touch with the Humane Society of Navarro County at www.thehsnc.org. [LARRY ASIDE: On that website you’ll see a photo of a dog named Gauge who came into the care of the shelter with a bullet lodged in his shoulder. Gotta love those Texas dog snipers. Real geniuses.]
A COUPLE OF DOGS ON THE CLOCK IN IRVING AND A ‘THROWAWAY’ CAT
Adoptions and rescues cut down the number of “urgents” at the Irving Animal Shelter over the weekend -- only one was euthanized and that was a Border Collie with a deteriorating heart, the vet said, according to our report from the shelter walker/photographer Russell Posch.
The dog on the left is Deus (24222366), and American Bulldog mix who, at 18 months and 60 healthy pounds, is in the shelter because he “escapes” too much. Makes you wonder about the people he’s running from, doesn’t it?
The black dog with the grin is Rock, a year-old, 50-pound Pit boy who “shows cage aggression” and that make him “rescue only.” Why is he in the shelter? Owner surrender because of “moving.”
And, regular visitors to Readlarrypowell.com know we celebrate these black and white cats because we believe they have entertaining personalities (oh, heck most cats do when you give ‘em a chance). But here’s a really great back-story for people who have a cat and need some ice-breaking stories for office parties.
The story from the Irving shelter cat site: “This beauty was thrown out of a car in the Irving Animal Services parking lot. IAS took him in and made sure he was well and now he is ready for his purr-fect home where he will be loved fur-ever! Monkey is one of those delightful kitties that is so happy to see you, and rewards you with instant purrs. His hair is very silky and soft, and he seems to know that he is gorgeous! He is a very loving kitty and would be a great addition to any family.’
Russell provides THIS LINK to the Irving inventory of dogs and THIS LINK to the Irving cat supply.
The shelter is closed on Monday, so use the rescue hotline to help an animal -- 972-721-3597. The shelter’s business phones are 972-721-2256 or 57.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Don't forget to send firstname.lastname@example.org photos of your Christmassy animals -- with a tree, in the tree, pulling down the tree, in a Santa suit, etc -- so we can feature them in our weekend combined edition: Let Holiday Animals Be Festive or Let Sleeping Dogs Sleep and Napping Cats Nap. We want to be festive as an elf riding a reindeer through the aisles at Neiman Marcus! That's our late pal Cosmo who never rode a reindeer but did enjoy shopping for ties at Neimans. ... After years and years and years of being a vegetarian, I am tempted by only TWO items from my carnivorous past: the double-meat and cheese Whataburger with a jalapeno pepper on the side and the holiday turkey. My temptation to backslide is generally doused by the fact that I believe animals are not here to be eaten. It sounds almost tree-huggerish, but, really I am ashamed that I have eaten cows and turkeys-- and as a Northeast Texas Southern Baptist Boy, there’s no telling what kind of dent I made in the chicken and fish population of Texas. I enjoy greens and vegetables and they don’t have to have their heads lopped off -- well, except for lettuce -- to make humans happy. And, of course, I list my favorite vegetable as the apple fritter. You might wonder about that pig. I photographed him -- I believe he is a Dark Barrow -- as he was romping free on the grounds of the State Fair of Texas. He was being moved from the Swine Barn to the display area for champions. He’s a champion. He might have slipped his leash. He simply made his way from one spot at the Fair to the place he was planning on going to pig out, so to speak -- just like a human looking for a corny dog or a serving of fried cheesecake. This pig was headed for two bales of hay. Now, I am not enough of a farm boy to know why his ear has been worked over with pinking shears. And I don’t know if it’s already too late to keep his championship ham from winding up on a holiday table, but I sure hope he has a long and comfortable life. Those camouflaged individuals? They are Texas turkey hunters, according to the web images page from which I cribbed the photo. As you know, turkeys are incredibly smart animals and if a hunter is not camouflaged, the turkeys will spot them and make sport of
them for failing to blend in. This hurts the hunters' feelings and makes them unsure about their efforts to control the turkey population and keep the savage fowl from storming suburbs and taking over privacy fences and low-hanging limbs and perching on cellphone towers and disturbing worldwide communications. That’s what I heard, anyway. The birds blend in, the camo-clad hunters blend in. Now, if the turkeys and hunters both had some paintball pistols, I’d say that was more fun than either expected to have. Enjoy your vegetables on Thursday.
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