SAWYER FINALLY SEES
A HELPING HAND...
EDITION OF TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017 (PetPowellPress) I hate to start Tuesday with such a risky story, but that beats the string of epithets I was going to start this report with after I read our Houston tipster Alexandra Kelsey’s touching interpretation of Sawyer The Dog’s situation. Normally we don't post first-person animal stories, but this one works at getting to the point: Help this deserving dog.
The story from Houston reads: “I can’t tell you where I’ve been, and even if I could, there’s no point in both of us being horrified about that place. You can look at me and know enough. A puppy can’t grow up being loved and suddenly end up severely emaciated, unable to stand, with fractures to the pelvis, foreign masses in the colon, bullet wounds, shell casings internally, massive dehydration. Well, really, there is no point in listing it all. I survived that place, and I hope that my brave heart that carried me through will help me now.
“Red Collar Rescue took me from BARC (Houston’s animal control) yesterday to a wonderful vet, Vergi, and they are doing so many things to try to save me.
“The vets have been pretty blunt, though. It may not be enough. For now, I am so happy to be clean and loved. I am not sure I ever even imagined how wonderful that could be. It’s hard to have a frame of reference when you live with people who are capable of such cruelty.
“You never know what you’ll be grateful for in life, and sometimes the oddest things turn out to be blessings. Who knows…if I hadn’t smelled so, so bad and had so many flies on me, maybe those people wouldn’t have moved me to the place where I was found.
“Today, I am happy. Don’t ever underestimate how important that can feel. Red Collar wants me to have so many more happy days. They tell me I am beyond worth it, and they have reached into their wallet with both hands to shove money at the vet, asking them to save me.
“Please say a little doggie prayer for me, and if you can help with my medical bills, contact Charlotte at Red Collar Rescue: email@example.com. Love, Sawyer.”
This letter came with a long, long list of medical challenges this dog is facing. I cannot bring myself to run all of them here.
But the note read, “Sawyer is a ‘train wreck’ as stated by his ER vets. At this point, they are still trying to discover everything that is wrong with him.”
[LARRY ASIDE: Alexandra says attempts are still being made to find “who dumped him.” Not that I speak for the animal advocacy community, but, I would be willing to spend some time alone having an un-prosecutable discussion with the person who did this to Sawyer. But, of course, that would be wrong. So, let’s just hope that the Harris County DA’s office is able to make a case. And hope, too, that the Texas prison system has room -- but not comfortable room -- for one more inmate. Want to help with animal cruelty laws -- get involved with the Texas Humane Legislation Network -- thln.org.]
Just to emphasize how much somebody needs to do some hard time, a few from the “symptoms list”: “Emaciated and dehydrated to the point of near death; Numerous fractures to his pelvis...healing very badly; Foreign mass in his colon; Bullet wound on the left side of his abdominal wall.”
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN
Dinisha Schmidt of A Different Breed Rescue sent this note from James and Grace Beck about a dog named Maggie. Maybe you can help. They've been helping Maggie.
James’ note reads: “We found Maggie as a stray about a month and a half ago. We've put up flyers, contacted various lost pet websites and checked for a microchip but have not been able to find her owner. Up until now we've been doing our best to foster her and give her a home until a forever home can be found for her. We've also been taking her to adoption events and working with various local rescues to try and place her. However, we are moving at the end of April and we signed our lease before we found Maggie. We contacted the apartments about adding her onto our lease but they informed us that since she was not in the contract we signed we would be evicted if we brought her. We already have two pets and she would put us over the limit if we keep her. It's been suggested we surrender her to the shelter but all the shelters in our area are kill shelters and, for surrendered dogs, have a three-day euthanizing policy. She's a sweet dog and deserves a good home and we are determined to find one for her. If you can't help we understand. There are a lot of stray dogs in Texas and we fully understand that most shelters and rescues are full to capacity. We would greatly appreciate it though if you could refer us to anyone who may be able to help!” The story on Maggie is she’s around 9 months old, is a sweet dog, unsure around other dogs, submissive, has been spayed and is up to date on shots and now microchipped.
That’s how you take care of a dog that isn’t yours. You help the dog.
To offer to help the people who helped dog, email Dinisha at firstname.lastname@example.org and the Becks at email@example.com.
MEANWHILE IN DENTON
Amy Poskey, the animal advocate who monitors Denton’s Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center, has sent photos of five dogs who need homes. “Jaxon, Scarlett, and Winny are STILL waiting,” she says, “And now we’ve added Chocolate Chip and Max to this group of love sponges waiting for a place to call home. Poor Jaxon has been waiting a VERY long time to find love and I don’t know how much longer he has. They have all been at the shelter way too long so their adoption fees have been reduced to just $30; however, 501c3 rescues can pull for free! These angels are fully vetted and ready to go!!!...
“Come on y’all, just because these furry angels might be HW positive and/or prefer to be the one-and-only pooch doesn’t mean they can’t be the best dawg in the world!!! Just like people, they have different personalities and medical needs so PLEASE consider giving them a chance!!!”
Here are the contact points: the shelter at 3717 N. Elm in Denton, phone 940-349-7594. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TESTICLE, TESTICLE, TESTICLE
Thought I’d type something sure to get someone’s attention. We wrote about Lucky in Monday’s edition -- he’s the 7-year-old guy who was surrendered to the Garland Animal Services shelter because, allegedly, his family said, they were moving to a place where they can’t have pets. They surrendered his bed with him. Nobody’s tagged him yet, our tipster Patty Turner told us Monday evening. Here’s the problem: Lucky has what has been described as a “swollen testicle.” Could be cancer. Could be a cyst. Could be any of a dozen things -- most cured by surgery he should have had about 6 years and 10 months ago.
To tag Lucky, email email@example.com. Call the shelter at 972-205-3570. [LARRY ASIDE: Testicle, testicle, testicle? Spay/neuter, spay/neuter, spay/neuter.]
CONTEMPLATIONS: This is why I could not type with my left hand for five or six minutes Monday evening. My cat, The Senator, crawled up in my lap and while my hand was posed over the keyboard -- no doubt on the brink of typing something so monumental that publishing houses would mortgage their souls to bid on it -- the Gentleman of the Senate nodded off. Kind of a comfort to have a cat who thinks you are a good place to purr. ... The Texas Rangers are starting a nine-game West Coast road trip. May they return home undefeated and so far ahead in the division that other teams voluntarily resort to soccer. ... Not a chance for the Dallas Cowboys in 2017. Not only will they be without Tony Romo (unless minds change again), but they’re opening the TV season at the Hall of Fame Game in Canton. Big spotlight, something bad is bound to happen. “Now stop that, you sound like a veteran observer of the Dallas Cowboys and their fall-flat moments,” typed the loyal cat who just woke up and moved on.”
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