Yes, that is a couch, waiting curbside for a city sanitation crew to pick it up from the North Dallas home where it has lived for who knows how long.
I discovered that scene as I drove toward a favorite restaurant Friday morning for lunch with a
few high school kids I know. [LARRY ASIDE: They appear much older now but some of them might still get called down by the lunchroom monitor!] I cut through a neighborhood and, on a North Dallas residential street much wider than streets in my adored Oak Cliff, I spotted that couch.
It looks as if it might have a story. The family dog developed separation anxiety? Anybody else see that in the damage? Bless that dog’s heart.
Our experience has been that the animals have a way of knowing when its time to change the furniture -- it’s an innate gift in the world of couch potatoes.
My funspouse Martha, former petsitter, longtime animal advocate, theorizes a dog, just before he went off to nap on the bed, taped this explanation to the couch: “I looked very hard for you in your usual seat and you were not there.”
OK, read on about separation anxiety. It is something from which we need to save animals.
And I'd much rather see a couch discarded than the dog.
LAKE IN DENTON--SEPARATION ANXIETY CASE
As far as we know, this dog Lake has nothing to do with the couch in the above photo -- except she needs some help.
She’s #67061 in the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter. And she’s in a bit of a desperate spot, according to our tipster Amy Poskey who monitors things at the Denton shelter. She writes that Lake is “the sweetest, most loving pooch you will ever meet but she has separation anxiety so she needs our help. Perhaps she just needs another pooch pal to play with in her furever home cuz she LOVES all her pooch pals at the shelter! If given the chance, Lake would be happy playing with her poochie friends all day long!
"Lake is an absolute dream when her people are home with her but she just doesn’t like being left alone. Can ya blame her for loving her family so much?! We think Lake would make a GREAT service dog, too, cuz she is very focused. She walks wonderfully on a leash, she knows sit, down, stay, and wait, and she loves to cuddle up next to you and put her head in your lap! You couldn’t ask for a more loyal, loving companion!!!”
She’s a young Aussie Cattle Dog/Shepherd mix -- those are breeds that need a job, they need a companion who needs a companion. This pup weighs 47 pounds -- perfect size, but aren’t they all.
Amy says there’s “a wonderful shelter volunteer who is also a dog trainer and she has offered to work with a rescue/foster to connect them with helpful resources for separation anxiety.”
To ask about helping this dog, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy at email@example.com. The shelter is at 3717 N. Elm St. in Denton. Call 940-349-7594.
[LARRY ASIDE: Remember, separation anxiety is rough on the dog, so don’t make things worse. Love the dog. Separation anxiety shouldn’t be a death sentence.]
AN OKLAHOMA KITTEN IN A FIX
Usually, the resilient Burns Flat, Oklahoma, rescuer Terry Lynn Fisher is seeking help for throwaway dogs or injured canines hit by cars, shot by idiots.
This time a little kitten needs some help. Terry Lynn learned about her in a text message. “The ‘finder‘ said she found it in a park and didn't know what to do with it. It was in a town east of me and I was out of town, so I had a friend there go pick it up. She told me the girl was telling her different stories and she got the feeling it really belonged to her -- not being able to prove anything, we just wanted it safe.
"When my friend sent me the pictures, I was sickened. This poor baby has to be in so much pain. This is an old injury and my friend said you can actually smell the infection. I am going to pick it up at noon [Sunday] and take it to my vet as an emergency call. I am praying this baby survives. My friend said it ate and drank a little this morning.”
Terry Lynn needs a good soul to foster this cat and, as you may expect, some financial help at Elk Creek Clinic for the work they do on her rescued animals. The Elk Creek Clinic is at 1301 Airport Industrial, Elk City, OK 73644. If you want to talk to the clinic about helping Terry Lynn, call 580-225-4863. Email Terry Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 580-330-1459. Her mailing address is P.O. Box 578, Burns Flat, OK, 73624.
TWO TO GO AT DAS
The animalfan Kimberly Jones sent a photo of the brown dog and described the obvious Earhound as “a favorite.” The dog also got this treatment in the email: “VOLUNTEER FAVORITE - SUPER FRIENDLY.”
She’s #A0982390. She’s no puppy. She’s about 7, DAS says. And she’s been at the shelter since February 23.
(I couldn’t find her on the adoptables page at dallasanimalservices.org, but that could just mean I wasn’t looking in the right place.)
In the meantime, however, I did spot a photo of a dog who is an also an Earhound.
While sweet A0982390 (she probably knows her name but nobody else does except the jerk who didn’t tend to her) is an authentic “Floppus Cutus Earhound”, the dog Akela (A0980894) is clearly a Dramaticus Earhoundus.
[LARRY ASIDE: If you adopt Akela, please rename her Paggi, short for Pagliacci, and then spend your life making her happily wag her tail because you love her.]
NOW PAY ATTENTION: YOU CAN ADOPT EITHER OF THESE DOGS FOR FOURTEEN LOUSY BUCKS AT DALLAS ANIMALS SERVICES THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH. Yes, $14. That’s all it takes to save these lives. Email email@example.com or call 214-671-0249. Or just stop by at 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30.
Lots of parking, plenty of dogs and cats. Use you heart to save a life or two.
CONTEMPLATIONS: That’s a screenshot of the Associated Press breaking news alert about the death of the great Bill Paxton. For crying out loud, this is rotten news. Only 61. Fort Worth kid. Actor and a half. Maybe you remember him from Twister, from his role as the creepy car salesman in the Arnold Schwarz-
enegger film True Lies or maybe as the crooked CIA guy fantastically facing off with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in Two Guns. He was in a lot of stuff. Titanic, Apollo 13, the current CBS TV series Training Day. Just watched him Saturday night in a rerun of Tombstone -- he was Morgan Earp, Wyatt’s brother. This is one of those times I wish I’d written a fan letter to an actor. Bless his family and all who loved him. ... The Texas Legislature is in session. Reminder: the Texas Humane Legislation Network is working for animals -- check ‘em out at thln.org. ... On one animal lover’s Facebook page over the weekend: “Note to self..NEVER call a new client on the only day I take off. It will just piss me off!!!!” Bless that workin’ person’s heart. Here’s an appropriate song.
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