EDITION OF TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017 (PetPowellPress) Here we are with summer upon us. Wait. Sorry, misread the calendar through sweat in my eyes...
Let’s talk animal challenges, then we’ll discuss a mall.
And if you think Puppy & Kitten Season is later this year, you don’t know beans about the birds and the bees. Remember this:
Dallas is forever fertile.
Hmm, that might look good on a bumper sticker. Read on. And look at the photos. Look at the photos WITH YOUR HEART. Make calls to other people. Send notes. Copy this and forward it. For crying out loud, do something to distance these moms and pups from the Dallas Animal Services way-too-frequently used Needle of Death.
MY GOODNESS, LOOK AT THE MOMS AND PUPS
These puppies are the offspring of some unknown guy and this purebred Black Lab. They are waiting for either rescue or the needle
The animal advocate Kimberly Jones, a veteran rescuer with a heart that genuinely aches when she sees these animals in a dire situation, sent a note and several photos, some of which we’re using here.
She wrote, “There are sooooo many moms with puppies at DAS. I wondered if you could make a post/plea in your article to rescues to help DAS out by saving some moms with pups. Some of the pups are growing up at the shelter.”
You know how to help these animals. Stop by the shelter -- I-30 at Westmoreland. Go to dallasanimalservices.org and see how to phone and email. You can navigate to available animals, too. Some of them, not all. That dog in the cage with pups is Red -- we’ve mentioned her before.
The other dog with the blue eye and the brown eye is the mom of this handsome collection of puppies.
How they all came to be sitting on death row at the Dallas animal shelter is beyond me, but I feel comfortable in pointing the finger at people who don’t give a damn. People who think a shelter will “take care of” the mom and the puppies. The definition of “take care of” in Dallas sometimes doesn’t mean “shelter,” but “get rid of” in an organized crime sort of way. No offense to organized crime.
Oh, that brown dog gave birth under a house. This is her getting to see one of her babies. This is from DAS: "A day in the life of our field team is never dull! This sweet mama dog decided to make a den for herself and her babies under the foundation of a house. After we got the mom to safety, we hunted down the babies, and our team crawled under the house to find each of the pups and reunite them with their mom. The family is happy to be back together and nesting with warm blankets instead of hiding out under a house."
And this mom below came in and dominoed with 10 puppies.
Remember, go to the shelter at I-30 and Westmoreland and eyeball these critters personally, or go to the shelter website dallasanimalservices.org and peruse the online inventory.
ONE MORE DAS NOTE
Why this wasn’t featured in the Super Bowl broadcast is beyond me. Getting any animal for $14 is a sweetheart of a deal. Though, of course, we’ve never had to pay for a dog or cat in Dallas -- they always just wander up or show up in neighborhood or park.
HERE’S MR. HANDSOME, IN TROUBLE
What a great-looking dog. If you had him around the house, you’d never be without a smile and you’d always have a great face to stare into. Beats what I see in the mirror every morning.
Patty Turner sent us an email with a chilling subject line: “TUCKER NEEDS RESCUE FROM GARLAND: COUGHING!”
Her email reads, “Tucker needs help! He is very sweet and is URGENT at Garland. My guess is he is 2-3 years old; been told he is coughing.”
To help Tucker by tagging for rescue, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The shelter is at 600 Tower St. in Garland, 75040.
CONTEMPLATIONS: On of the TV stories about last week's lockdown at Byron Nelson High School said the kid who faked the bomb threat wanted to get out of school early but wound up being kept in the lockdown into the evening. Darn, it’s too late to run him for Congress last year, but maybe he can move to Dallas and run for the city council. No offense to current council members who are all doing a really fine job and living up to Mayor R. L. Thornton’s advice, “Keep the dirt flyin’.” Nowadays the Mayor is known as a freeway, but read about “Mr. Dallas” and what he meant to the town on the Handbook of Texas site. He never once used his cellphone to call in a bomb threat at his own school. ... How about that Tom Brady. Watching his Super Bowl display kind of makes you feel nicer about the New England quarterback, doesn’t it? Go ahead and nod, fellow Dallas Cowboys fans. Next season is the Cowboys’ season or perhaps not. Brady may still be playing. ... Spotting a pet peeve in The Big Paper Downtown. The headline reads “Driver injured after crashing into Police car.” If you read that as written, it suggests that the driver crashed into a patrol car, suffered no injuries but AFTER he crashed into the car, he was injured. Words, they matter, wrote the man who lives in a glass horse. ... er, house.
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