EDITION OF FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- Let’s talk events.
Here are the key acronyms:
GAP and GALTx.
You ever think about how difficult it is to “put on” an an animal-related event? Volunteers are needed: Planning volunteers, Lifting volunteers, Carrying volunteers, Placing volunteers, Driving volunteers, Money-taking volunteers...you get the idea. Someone to go get liniment and aspirin after the event.
So, here we are praising people who volunteer. And, coincidentally, here are some things that involve volunteering. Oh, and don’t forget to read about Astro in Contemplations. Here goes:
TRINITY GAP WALK-A-THON:
SATURDAY WEATHER CHALLENGE!
We’re going to start with the opening challenge in the note we got from one of our favorite all-time volunteers, Karen Lee, an original Euless Trinity GAP Club Rescue supporter and developer of barkleyworld.com. Here’s the challenge: “Saturday is THE WALK-A-THON!! RAIN OR SHINE....” That’s as far as I got before I began wondering if the walk-a-thon is going to need a volunteer booth selling umbrellas, raincoats and galoshes. But, here’s the deal: Rain or shine that walk-a-thon is going on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. until “High Noon,” Karen wrote. It’s on the track at Euless Trinity High School, 500 N. Industrial Blvd., just about the length of 15 or 20 Dachshunds north of the Airport Freeway.
The 2017 theme is cowboy/western: “Dog-Gone Round Up the Mutts and Circle the Track!”
This is for people and their well-behaved, leashed dogs -- $5 donation entry fee. The Super Value Pharmacy in Euless is sponsoring the walk and the T-shirts. Great Dane Rescue of North Texas, in support of the Walk-a-Thon, is providing $20 microchipping. Also supporting GAP is Don’t Forget To Feed Me -- so you can donate dog and cat food to the organization.
The goal of the Walk-a-Thon, Karen says, is to raise $15,000 to help pets that need vet services. [HEADS UP: THAT’S AN ASTRO HINT FOR CONTEMPLATIONS] You can walk and donate, or go on line to these two sites: https://www.youcaring.com/trinitygaprescuepets-771410
The event also includes a bake sales, adoption event, and raffle items. Raffle tickets are a buck apiece and will sold by -- could this have played into my volunteer opening any easier? -- volunteer GAP Girls and other volunteers.
I would be remiss if I did not volunteer to run photos of animals on the GAP “adorable adoptables” list. That dog who knows how a dog rides in a car is Rosey Rojo. The dog with the big nose and the variety eyes is Spencer and that most fabulously Calicoed Cat -- yes, that cat Shelly is so fabulously Calico that she is “Calicoed.” All are at trinitygaprescue.org.
[LARRY ASIDE: Plenty of parking, you know. And the weather.com forecast for Euless, Texas, for Saturday is partly cloudy with temps ranging from 69 degrees to 49 and a 10 percent chance of rain. So, looks to me, based my lifetime experience in Texas, that everything will be absolutely Texas. And even if it rains, Euless has paved all the roads, so don’t worry about getting stuck in the mud. Just trying to help you big city folk feel at ease.]
GALT IS SWEET SIXTEEN
You know, of course, that Greyhounds can also be Earhounds. Look at those three on the right! The Greyhound Adoption League of Texas is celebrating its 16th birthday on April 29 at Double Tree Ranch in Highland Village. Sixteen years. How many rescue groups make it 16 years? Groups with steady volunteers! Congratulations to you all! According to the organizers of the party, “Bring the family, dogs, chairs and blankets for a relaxing afternoon. Planned activities include off-leash Greyhound play area, GreytStore, Reiki, nail trims, pet portraits by Shagly Pet Photography, charcoal drawings by Mary Beth Gibson, GALT family vendors, raffle, BBQ lunch, birthday cake for humans, hounds and more! Purchase a commemorative GALT beer glass and enjoy beverages provided ($10).” To attend the party and lunch the cost is $20 for adults and $10 for kids 10 and under. Buy tickets at www.galtx.org or call 972-503-GALT by midnight April 28 or get them at the door.
The organizers say this is a “Greyhound/SightHound only event.” On the 23rd, from 1 pm. to 3 p.m., GALT is hosting a volunteer reception at Hound House Kennels, 4928 Dozier Road. If you’re interested in volunteering, email email@example.com. We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out some of the spectacular dogs that have been in the are of GALT. As you’ll note, Ghost and those others (what they’ve been treated for is under their photo) are without a doubt GreyEarhounds.
That big guy is Grover and he is a stray from Tulia that GALT took in -- he just happens to be a Greyhound-Husky mix.
Here’s the official organization paragraph: “For 16 years, (GALT) has been the organization of choice for retired Greyhounds requiring adoption services as well as the adoption organization of last resort for many injured, abused, and neglected Greyhounds. GALT has assisted more than 2,800 Greyhounds and sight hounds in finding their forever homes and depends solely on donations for its operational budget which exceeds $330,000 per year.”
Here’s a bit about Ghost from his GALT Greytfoster: “He does not typically get on the furniture unless he is not feeling well and needs closer/longer snuggles. He has very good manners in the house, unless he smells bread! Ghost is not much of a counter surfer unless you have bread up there. He LOVES bread and will pull down a wire fruit bowl at the back of the counter to get the bread you put there and mistakenly thought was safe. He is by far the most vocal greyhounds we've fostered. He barks in the backyard at the other dogs getting walked and sometimes he'll bark in the house too. He also likes to sing along with sirens that go by.” In Greyhound lingo, the foster says, “He has a Greyt roo!” Rooo. Roooooo. I assume.
CATCHING UP WITH SAWYER
Thanks to our Houston tipster Alexandra Kelsey we’ve been able to keep up with Sawyer, the emaciated, nearly dead dog Red Collar Rescue took in. Here’s the update from Thursday: “Sawyer is still in ICU, as the staff continues to try to gently break up the mass in his colon, with several enemas each day. It is most certainly not his favorite part of the day. He is otherwise eating and getting rest. We are hopeful that the mass breaks up soon so that his little body can start absorbing nutrients and putting on some much needed weight.
“We appreciate all the thoughts and support for this special pup. We are hopeful he turns a corner soon, and will not let him down. Please share! His expenses are stacking up quickly!” Here’s the donation LINK on youcaring.com.
CONTEMPLATIONS: If you’ve been around rescue for a while you think you’ve seen just about every way a dog or cat can get injured or wind up sick. You may think that. But, yep, here’s another one, thanks to Karen Lee and the GAP gang.
The note about Astor the dog reads: “Astro is just one of many reasons why we walk: Astro is one very special puppy. He is trained to eat in a special chair customized just for him. He has a condition called Megaesophagus, also known as ME, which makes it difficult for food to pass from the esophagus to the stomach. Therefore, Astro has to eat sitting up in his high-chair and drink from an elevated drinking bowl. Otherwise, he is a perfectly healthy puppy who acts like any other young dog. He loves to play with other dogs and is extremely social with everyone. He has great dog manners, and loves to please. Did we mention how cute he was??
“We think Astro is a Lab/Black Mouth Cur mix who was surrendered to the shelter as a young puppy. We think he is now about 8 months old. After he went into foster care, we noticed he could not keep food down. After many tests, our amazing vet diagnosed his condition, and Trinity GAP ordered his customized eating chair. The chair will go with Astro, and is made to adjust to his weight and size. “Astro has an amazing personality and is very smart. He quickly learned what the chair was for, and now at feeding time, he will run, wait to be placed in his chair, eat, and then sit quietly for ten minutes chewing on his bully stick while his food goes down. It is amazing to watch, and a testament to what an tremendous dog he is. He is still a little underweight, but is working hard on gaining weight. We think he will be around 50 pounds when fully grown. Currently in boarding at Mutt Shack and hoping for a forever home!! Contact us!” He’s just one of many animals GAP has helped thanks to the wonderful support of people who love animals and respect the work of GAP Rescue.
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