EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017 (PetPowellPress) Wednesday is International Women’s Day -- it was created to celebrate the strength of women. Anyone who has been around animal rescue for 10 minutes knows that without women, animal rescue would be a failure. Women lead organizations. They form organizations. They fund organizations. They are the volunteers who fuel the organizations. Now and then you’ll find a guy who is in the trenches and in a leadership role, but he is always, always surrounded by the Strong Women of Rescue. So on International Women’s Day, some applause for all these dedicated people.
That hashtag is the theme for this year’s IWD, but that other photo is my fave -- from 2011.
OK, enough from a guy in the crowd. Just FYI: My mother’s a woman, my funspouse Martha is a woman, my daughter-in-law Erinn is a woman, my granddaughters Hannah Rose and Emily Grace are women. My grandson Connor, the baby brother of two big sisters, thus, knows the power of women.
Now, let’s look at some animal stories.
SOMETHING THAT SHOULDN’T HAPPEN
A local woman who is a championship animal advocate, Kimberly Jones, sent this photo and the note that says, “9 week old puppy with HORRIBLE CASE OF DEMODEX AT DAS.” Yep, at Dallas Animal Services Shelter and Adoption Center. Run by women, you know. The dog’s ID is A0983510.
Mange is the most needless condition in an animal’s life. This boy is believed to be a “brindle and white Pit Bull Terrier” who is “about 9 weeks old.”
There are two kinds of mange: Sarcoptic and Demodectic. There are assorted treatments and a veterinarian can help you heal your critter.
Probably, hopefully, a rescue will get this dog. But just in case you’re an individual who wants to do a good deed, the shelter is at I-30 and Westmoreland, west of downtown Dallas. Easy off the freeway, easy back on.
Not sure about the closest place to the facility to buy a lotto ticket, but if you get an animal from DAS, you’re already the luckiest person around.
DECLAWED SOPHIE ON THE CLOCK;
BLAME THE GRANDKIDS? REALLY?
Amy Poskey, our reliable Denton McNatt Animal Shelter tipster, told us about this cat Sophie (57953) in an email with the subject line: “URGENT!! Declawed Senior Cat Needs Rescue - Denton Animal Shelter.” She got the info from Dallas Newell who sent this note: “URGENT!!! Only a few days left at the shelter. She is on the euth list. Sophie is a declawed 13-year-old senior kitty living at the Denton shelter. She is not happy at the shelter. The owner turned her in because the grandchildren were scaring her and Sophie did not like the children.
“She needs to live out her life in a quiet home without children. She maybe best even in a home being the only cat. As you try to pet her, she will swat at you. Can you blame her after being chased (and who knows what else) by the children? She has been bounced around and just does not like how her life has changed.
“PLEASE help rescue her. Perhaps your home could even be a safe place for Sophie. Give her a chance. She has been completely vetted with microchip. Thank you for helping place this sweetheart.”
To rescue Sophie from her second lousy situation in a row, contact Dallas by calling or texting 940-390-0555.
MEANWHILE IN BURNS FLAT
Speaking of strong women, we got this note Tuesday from Terry Lynn Fisher, the resilient rescuer and pound monitor in Burns Flat, Okla. Yes, I typed “pound” -- that’s what Terry Lynn calls it. Here’s her plea. “Spring is almost here. With it comes the warmer weather and with that come the ticks. I am already seeing some. I am dreading the summer, when they will probably be out in full force. I am putting a plea out for some much needed items for the pound dogs.... As most of you know, I totally run the one here in Burns Flat, but I have also taken over the ones in the two small towns south of me.”
Here’s the wish list: Tick and flea spray. PVC pipe (“to make water misters,” Terry Lynn says. Water hoses and plastic water buckets. She says the facilities are “always in need of medium-sized plastic rates, collars and leads.”
Also, “dog food, in urgent need of small kibble for the little dogs we have.”
She’s also hoping to get wooden fence panels -- 16 of them to create a fence to protect the shelter animals from passersby on the nearby road. Help with vet bills from saving injured animals. Gasoline for transport.
She writes, “Please know I appreciate any help I can get with these items... It has been crazy his past year... I am so alone out here in this part of Oklahoma. Thank you for caring... please share so we can get the things we so desperately need.”
Email Terry Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Write to her at P.O. Box 578, Burns Flat, OK 73624. Call her at 580-330-1459.
[LARRY ASIDE: That's a picture from online of Burns Flat, home of an official commercial spaceport. I'm not kidding. You can see how flat the area is. Reminds me of the old line that "It's so flat you can see your dog running away from home for a week." In case you wondered, and I can’t believe you don’t know this already: Burns Flat is way out in western Oklahoma, about 2 1/2 hours north of Wichita Falls, Texas. If you’re in Dallas/Fort Worth and you take I-35 north to I-40 at Norman, then west to Burns Flat, you will have driving nearly 300 miles -- and when you figure in the I-35 Road Construction Delays, a fact on that highway since Ike was president, you might get there by July 4.]
CONTEMPLATIONS: How about that Dirk Nowitzki! More than 30,000 points in an NBA career and it’s not over yet. Who’ll play Dirk in the movie? Who’ll play Mark Cuban? Who’ll put up the money for the film? Nobody reading this, I suspect. ... Funny line on a Johnny Carson re-run taped before the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and before the Soviet Union dissolved. He said that the “Soviet Union has finally decided to participate in the LA Olympics. The holdup was the Soviets were uncomfortable going into another country without their tanks.” Some Cold War people are still howling at that joke. ... Have you stopped shopping in stores that sell new books? Do you miss a book store? (I always miss Maxwell Books in DeSoto. It had smart employees who were literate and literary.) From where we live in Oak Cliff, the nearest new book store is 15 miles, at least. Kindle wins. And a Kindle is easier to store than the dozens of boxes of books my literatespouse Martha and I have collected through the years. But, you know, we do treasure the books.
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