EDITION OF MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017 (PetPowellPress) Hello, Monday. Here we go with some fun stuff. You probably noticed that interesting perspective of a Pittie. Got my attention. Read more later today. In the meantime, hooray for critters.
WHAT? A GREYHOUND
TAKIN' IT EASY?
This picture of Reba was “Photo of the Week” in a recent edition of the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas newsletter. For years and years, readlarrypowell.com has been telling people that Greyhounds are Couch Potatoes. Here’s proof that they are nearly human.
“Dancin’ Reba,” as she was known, is 9 (born July 4, 2006) and she has 96 races on record at Wheeling Downs in West Virginia. She raced 2008-2010, then retired and, GALT reports, “went on to whelp a litter of puppies in January 13. She’s just one of many racing Greyhounds who have found a haven with GALT.
And, in case you wondered if there are Earhounds among the Greyhounds, here are some photos that offer confirmation that Earhounds abide. Go to galtx.org to see how to adopt, foster or donate to the nation’s premier Greyhound rescue organization.
GOOD NEWS FOR MR. BUBBLES
Well, Mr. Bubbles is this Mastiff and we mentioned him before. He’s the big ol’ dawg who’d been dumped in a rural area of Denton County and was found sitting and waiting for his “human” (I use the term loosely) to come back and get him. He wound up in the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter and thanks to the shelter monitor Amy Poskey, we learned about him and his tragic dumping.
Amy got busy hustling to get him out.
Over the weekend she wrote, “I am absolutely beyond thrilled to report that MR. BUBBLES HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!!! Friends of Rescued Mastiffs just pulled this big ‘ol love sponge and he will be in a wonderful foster home!!!”
Amy then added one of her wonderful expressions of joy:
She also says, “Thank you to everyone who made this possible” and adds, “Please honor donation offers by clicking on www.mastiffrescue.org.”
You can also see how to help the group and adopt. It’s a national organization with regional Mastiff caretakers.
A SWEET CAT NEEDS A HOME:
HE HAS A DISTINCT MEOW!
We got the tip on this guy Maxx from the great animal advocate Karen Lee of barkleyworld.com. The story is that due to human health issues, Maxx needs a place to live. He’s neutered, vaccinated and 8 years old -- barely out of his teenage
years for a well-cared for and beloved cat. He lives in the Arlington-Grand Prairie area right now.
Maxx is litter box trained and he comes with a litter box and collar -- there’s a $20 rehoming fee to encourage responses from responsible people.
He is “INDOORS ONLY,” his caregivers say. “He has always been an indoor cat and lived with 2 other cats. He has never been exposed to dogs or children. He is very affectionate and loving. He's pretty mellow and likes to be a big lap kitty, even at his size. ... He weighs between 15-20 lbs. He does love chasing laser lights, so with diet and exercise he'll probably slim down.
“He has a quiet meow, almost like a squeaky mouse. He was the runt of the litter.”
Here are the contact points: email@example.com or 972-513-6120.
WHICH WAY IS UP?
Remember the opening photo of the upside down dog? That was how the shot was taken. So we turned it around and this is what the pup looked liked from the opposite angle. We got the photo of this sweet, friendly dog in a note from the great Sydney Busch of Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake which operates, so to speak, the world’s most successful spay/neuter clinic at Gun Barrel City, Texas. It’s right there on the shores of Cedar Creek Lake. Centrally located for anyone in the Laketroplex.
But, back to this dog. Carie Goodrich sent the note to Sydney. It reads, “I found this sweet little girl Tuesday running in the streets at Mabank. She was held at the pound there until Friday when I went and picked her up and brought her home want to see if you'll put this out there to see if we can find her home. She has puppies somewhere anything you can do to help would be great. If no one claims her, she does have a permanent home.” If you recognize this fabulous face, email firstname.lastname@example.org, but be prepared for an arduous audition to prove the dog is your dog.
[LARRY ASIDE: If she is your dog, why isn’t she spayed and why was she running loose? Readlarrypowell.com is prepared to wager that some jerk dumped her and kept the pups to sell at a nearby flea market. But, why let cynicism based on reality enter the picture, right?]
TO BENEFIT FLYING DOGS!
Tawana Couch and her team of volunteers and animal fans at the Society for Companion Animals are saving at least 500 animals a year with their “get ‘em out of Dodge” theory of saving lives. Here’s a passage from the website: “How does a local non-profit save so many? We have amazing volunteers and rescue partners. We accept animals from Texas shelters and we rescue strays from the streets.”
It takes money to run this organization and this big fundraiser helps a lot. Right now, Tawana and the Team are seeking donations for the silent auction at the big party.
To donate merchandise or money or ask how else you can help, email email@example.com. Read all about the society at Societyforcompanionanimals.org.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Our first grandbaby is six months old today -- hang on, let me check that calendar. Sorry. She’s SIXTEEN! How can that be? How can the fabulous Hannah Rose be 16 already. Hannah Rose is an interesting person. She plays bass clarinet AND the ukelele. And, as this photo of two mysterious golfers indicates, she and her dad have played a round or two on the local links. (She took five bucks from me in a putting contest -- cool as an old west lawman, she was, and smiled when her putt rolled in and broke my heart and took my money.) She can actually have conversations. I’ve seen it. If we’d gotten some other kid for the first grandchild, I’m not sure we’d have been so enamored. Sure, we’d have adjusted. Pretty sure. But Hannah Rose, well, she’s the first and she created a warm, warm place in our hearts. Could be the smile, could be the eyes, could be the wisecracks she aims at sis Emily Grace and bro Connor, i.e. “Crash.” Both would have made excellent first grandchildren, but, of course, we already had one when they arrived. Yes, our sweet 16 grandbaby is a big sister, too. Awesome responsibility handled well. Happy birthday, Hannah Rose, you kid. ... What you could do on your birthday would be try to break the free-throw record set by the late (March 18) Dr. Tom Amberry of Long Beach, Calif., -- he made 2,750 consecutive free throws in 1993. Shot for 12 hours. We all had more free time in those days. ... The curious online site Holiday Insights says March 27 is “National Joe Day” when it is “perfectly OK to have everyone call you Joe.” So, "Happy Birthday!", Hannah Joe.
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