EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- Mid-week, but already beyond midway through February. But, calendar aside, here’s our daily report. And, yes, as is our tradition, we rooted for the Black English Cocker to win Westminster. Didn’t. Wait ‘til next year.
Oh, and remember this bird from yesterday’s report on the Twelve Hills Nature Center Beginner Bird Walk Sunday?
We couldn’t ID this bird, so we got in touch with Twelve Hills President Marcie Haley and guessed “Carefully Balanced Dallas Warbling Chirper.” “Close but wrong. It’s not that one,” Marcie wrote. “It’s the Eastern Phoebe.”
Who knew? Other than the Twelve Hills birdwatchers in Oak Cliff!
While dogs were being treated like royalty and adored at a big ol’ dog show in New York City, in Denton, Texas, there was an entire family waiting for some help.
Amy Poskey, who monitors the Denton McNatt Shelter, tipped us to a story that cries out for FIVE happy endings.
She wrote, “This ADORABLE little family somehow ended up at the shelter and we all know they should be in a loving home instead. Mildred (first pic) is a scruffy little 2-5 yr young Terrier mix and her four babies are just precious ! The puppies are only about 2-3 weeks young and momma is not doing well in the shelter environment. “Poor baby is very nervous but she hasn’t tried to bite anyone. Bless her heart, Mildred is just trying to take care of her little family but she needs to be in a loving home where she will feel safe.
“If anyone can make room for Mildred and her puppies, please let me, Gayla Nelsen (kennel supervisor), and/or Kim Gaffey know ASAP!”
Email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and/or firstname.lastname@example.org . The shelter’s number is 940-349-7594.
LARRY ASIDE: If there's anyone who still reads books, I posted Mildred's pups like this so you could print it out, paste it to a sturdy piece of thin cardboard and have a nice bookmark. Surely someone will step up and help this family.
Deborah Verner tipped us to this.
According to a post on the FIDO Oak Cliff Community Forum page on Facebook, this dog was seen near Polk at Kiest in Oak Cliff
We have no report that the dog has been saved. People tried to catch the pup but, in its terrified state with its head in some contraption, it just keeps running.
Posted just in case someone knows something about the dog. Or its humans.
A SWEETHEART OF AN EARHOUND IN HOUSTON
Our tipster Alexandra Kelsey spotted this baby on the BARC facebook page in Houston. BARC is the local shelter.
This is Piper (A1437739) “with the perfectly heart-shaped nose,” according to the BARCfolks.
Click HERE to read about her.
I think there may be some romantics in Houston. Why? Because this is what the BARCfolks posted about Piper: “She enjoys long walks on the beach, or where ever you'd like to take her. Her ideal date is a night of Netflix cuddled on the couch next to you. She also loves car rides and is totally up for a weekend getaway with you by her side! Please consider being her Valentine's Date today!”
Well, here’s the deal. Some cats think they’re feral until the right person picks them up. Then they realize they are domesticated or at least willing to adapt.
That may be the case with these two cats, the “poster critters” for a Feral Friends campaign. The organization included this note: “Many of our stray kittens and cats we bring into our adoption program need special care in addition to standard vetting. These two came from an unincorporated area of Denton County where residents live below the poverty level and often lack the means to care for the large number of stray cats and dogs in their neighborhood.” If you don’t have space for a cat, Feral Friends hopes you have space in your heart for a donation. There’s a giving page HERE.
Readlarrypowell.com endorses adopting cats, feeding ferals, opening your home to ferals and learning that ferals are like people -- they can change.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Some of you who’ve been in rescue a while will appreciate and share this sentiment from our Houston pal Alexandra Kelsey. She wrote a sweet note about one of the Great Texas Rescuers, Dianne Watson, who was dedicated to Chows. Alexandra wrote, “The rescue community has lost so many wonderful people in the last few years, and Dianne was beloved by many of us and is missed so much. She loved the Chows and whenever I see a Chow, I think immediately of Dianne. It’s hard to believe that it has been four years since her death on Feb. 12, 2013. I hope that she got to the Rainbow Bridge and had a magnificent welcoming committee there.” I’m no deacon, but I have the urge to say, “Amen.” ... We’re closing our contemplation with a note from our pal Tomi Ortiz who monitors things at the Lancaster Shelter via the Furbabies of Lancaster website. That’s where she saw the story about Betsy. “It makes me so MAD and SAD at the same time!” Tomi wrote, “How could someone be so heartless?” The story is Betsy, who came in as a stray, was the victim of an idiot. The story reads, “Some horrible person tried to crop her ears, more than likely with no anesthesia , and when she pulled, made a terrible mess of them. The wound bled into her ears, where bacteria grew, and she started to scratch, wounding her face around the ears.” A vet has cleaned up her injuries. The person who was working with her says, “Betsy is so docile, she allowed all that [medical work] with no fuss, had medicine put down her throat she she wasn’t eating (with no fuss) and laid with her head in my lap on the way home.” Where is Betsy going? She’s been tagged by Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter Rescue will soon be going to Oklahoma. ... Tomi had started her note about Betsy, “I need to borrow your two-by-four.” That’s a reference to our Readlarrypowell.com Two-by-Four of Enlightenment. And, yes, we understood Tomi’s emotions and desire to help someone understand how to treat animals by charitably giving them a thoroughly educational application of the Two-by-Four of Enlightenment. But, of course, we both know that would be so wrong, but, oh, so right!
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