This weekend we’re looking inside a Fort Worth family home to find a snoozer to spotlight in readlarrypowell.com’s weekly, long-running feature Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap.
Here’s the confession: That is our granddog Bixby and his boy -- what’s his name? Let me check. Oh, yeah, Connor, known in the family as “Crash.” Bixby is, my son Bart tells me, a Chocolate Lab/Weimeraner mix.
You could call this opening before-and-after sequence of photos “A Boy and His Dog,” but, really it’s closer to “A Dog and His Boy.”
Our daughter-in-law Erinn says the mutual admiration society is a marvel to behold. This collection of photographs demonstrates that Bixby is a “Family Dog.” What an honorable title! I’m surprised Queen Elizabeth hasn’t figured out a way to honor Sir or Lady Family Dogs. Bixby would surely be flying to London for his Sir Family Dog of The Colonies installation.
There’s also a travel photo with a good close-up of Bixby and, in the background, one of our two delightful granddaughters. That one is the tennis star Emily Grace, who also is, depending on whether you are in England or the U.S., a flautist or flutist. The young lady in the photo with Bixby starring over the backseat into the camera is big sis/musician Hannah Rose, the family’s only bass clarinetist and ukelele player.
Connor? Plays trombone and piano.
They’re all musicians -- and Bixby conducts with his tail and his expressions. I’m kidding.
My son Bart (guitar, piano, pinball machine) helped the kids find Bixby. He was in the custody of Fort Worth Animal Care and Control at a facility at 6708 S. Hulen in Fort Worth. It has since evolved into Animal Hope Adoptions and Bart wants to give the place a plug because it works to help animals find homes.
As you consider how you got your dog or cat and how you might get a dog or cat, here’s the story on Bixby. Bart says Bixby was from Forney but somehow wound up in the Fort Worth facility. He also was chipped, but when the shelter folks called the number on his chip, “the folks in Forney said, ‘We don’t want him back’,” Bart said and added happily, “So WE GOT HIM!”
Family dog. Everybody in the family loves him. He loves everybody. Even the grandparents.
Looking at these family photos of Bixby, I see a bit of a Norman Rockwell tone to the artwork. I think that might be because, to me, the first thing you see when you look at them is heart.
In fact, that’s been a constant factor through the years since we debuted Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap on May 14, 2005. Someone with heart takes a photo of a member of the family with heart. All the animals deserve to live with some human whose heart is desperately trying to match the power of that animal’s loving heart.
Today is a good day to hug a Bixby. A litter of kittens. A handful of Chihuahuas. An armload of whatever we have laying around the house waiting for staff to summon them for a snack or a meal.
Because we don’t want to miss an opportunity to promote adoptions, we’re citing one of the Animal Hope cats, that’s Chloe, and a litter of Chihuahuas. Click on this LINK to see those Chihuahuas considering their breakfast -- some stayed home in their bed rather than travel the 4 feet to the food dish. Check out Animal Hope Adoptions both on a website and on a Facebook page.
[Please send us your slumbering dog or napping cat photos for inclusion in our weekend feature, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap. We’ll post photos of any critter -- canine, feline, equine, bovine, in-lawine -- that might have nodded off in the safety of a home, barn or pasture, maybe on a telephone line, a tree branch, a bench in a city park. Send the photos and info to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re especially interested in helping the planet’s insomniacs understand that they, too, can sleep. Bless their hearts and if someone can snap a photo of a sleeping insomniac, we’ll proudly post that, too. What ARE the odds!]
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