EDITION OF THURSDAY, APRIL 20. 22017 (PetPowellPress) -- Looking around the room, is it sleepy in here? As I begin to type this, everybody has nodded off but the bipeds. [Reminder: Send us photos of your sleeping critters for the weekend feature Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap. Email email@example.com] That is the former Dallas street dog, Porche Noel. Arrived on our front porch at Christmas and had never been “fixed.” Guess what she got for Christmas. Read on.
LET’S GO TO LANCASTER
Tomi Ortiz, who monitors animal issues and availability in the southern suburb of Lancaster, spotted these four faces on the Furbabies of Lancaster Facebook site. They all need a home. Some of them have pledges to help open the door to a rescue or a home.
But it’s the faces that make you think about the fate of these dogs. Nobody claims ‘em and those faces are lost to us forever.
According to the info Tomi sent, there has been “literally no interest” in these dogs either from a rescue or an adopter. Cleo, Smokey, Mary an diamond -- all at the Lancaster Animal Shelter at 690 E. Main St. Cleo is said to be Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. Mary is a Pittie/Boxer mix. Smokey is a Lab/Pitster. And Diamond is a “female Tiger-stripe bringle Pit/Staffie mix. who is “housebroken, chatty, sweet and active.”
Here’s the Furbabies Facebook LINK.
How did they wind up on the clock in a suburban animal shelter? Picked up in a UFO and deposited on the town square? No. Nobody from outer space betrayed them -- it was human failure on earth that is to blame.
This SPCA of Texas news release arrived on Wednesday: The SPCA of Texas is excited to announce that it has received more than $120,000 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to implement a key element of the Community Pet Program’s South Dallas Pet Initiative in 2017. This generous grant will help fund 1,500 spay/neuter surgeries (1,000 dogs and 500 cats), post-surgical pain medication and rabies vaccines to pets of people living in eleven Southern Dallas zip codes. Zip codes include: 75203, 75208, 75210, 75211, 75215, 75216, 75217, 75223, 75224, 75227 and 75241.”
[LARRY ASIDE: You’d think 1,500 surgeries would make a big dent in the animal productive stats. But how many fertile animals are there in those Zip Codes? People, people, people -- there is the challenge.]
PARVO VICTIMS IN DENTON
Amy Poskey’s note about a Denton crisis was to the point: “OK y’all, we need to find rescue for these two angels ASAP!!! The shelter is calling them Spartacus 1 and 2 because they weren’t expecting them to be there long. Personally, I think they both deserve their very own name regardless of how long they would be at the shelter! Anyway, Kim Gaffey (shelter volunteer) took them to the off-site vet today where they are currently being treated. We think the Parvo was caught early cuz they are both pretty active. They are both 6-8 wk young male Chocolate Lab mixes and, as you can see, they are ADORABLE!!!
“PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE LITTLE SOULS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED BACK AT THE SHELTER. PERIOD. THEREFORE, THEY NEED RESCUE! THEY ARE AT ANIMAL HOSPITAL ON TEASLEY, DENTON, TX 76210; PHONE 940-382-6939.” Want more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Quick: Name a book you read for a school assignment that you actually liked and would read again. Green Eggs and Ham? Not The Scarlet Letter. OK, most books I read were not classwork. Some of you can grok that. (Hint: Robert A. Heinlein, 1961, Stranger In a Strange Land. -- Not on anybody’s lesson plan.) ... Quick, name a novel you love that was written after 2000. “Hmm,” replied my literatespouse Martha, a niche reader, “There’ve been a lot of murder mysteries.” Here’s a BBC list and it even includes a novel that mentions the Dallas Cowboys, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, a Dallas writer. Click HERE for the list. ... How important is a good night’s sleep? Very. Tell it to the Mockingbird who starts his singing about 3:30 a.m. in our front yard shrubbery. I guess we’re lucky the shrubs don't attract ducks.
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