Is that not the funniest, most adorable makes-me-want-to-hug-a-dog photo!
Dear readers, we were not the only people who reacted with an awwlaugh (That a word? it's an emotion!) when we saw this photo of Jacob Marley. He is a genuine snoozer who is in the spotlight of this Labor Day Weekend edition of our long-running Readlarrypowell.com feature Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap.
When Caryn Anderson posted him on her Facebook page, her line under the photo read, “Better check the liquor cabinet.” Kathy Henry responded, “Or the licker cabinet!”
Marley is, of course, a Greyhound. And Caryn is Social Media Coordinator of the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, Inc. -- galtx.org. They live in San Diego -- the one in California. Caryn says, “I was familiar with GALT from the Fort Worth Animal Care & Control 28 years back. When I was working, my biggest client was in Dallas and we talked dogs a lot. I used to use GALT's info, website, dogs, etc., as good examples to talk about. When I retired in 2014, I had some time on my hands and offered to help Rita Wulke with GALT's social media. She moved on to helping in other ways last fall and I took on her coordinator role at that time.”
Caryn and hubby Richard Chin met Marley when they were volunteers at the Greyhound Adoption Center (GAC) in San Diego. “We helped with the open houses they have at their kennel and I got to know Marley well enough to fall in love during his long stay there.”
But, they already had a houseful of Greyhounds. “Then our boy Mally was diagnosed with cancer....Six months later when we lost Mally, Marley was still there,” Caryn says. They wasted no time and adopted him at Christmas in 2011. “When we got him home, we discovered he is a littermate to our Libby that we had adopted 2 years prior. She is the dark brindle .... They are both 8 right now. We adopted Carter, the red brindle, a year ago and discovered he is a half-brother.”
For such fast dogs, things can sometimes move slowly. Caryn says, “Marley waited nearly 2 years for a forever home because he was shy with perspective adopters and is missing an ear. He is not shy any more but the ear never grew back.
"After we adopted him, he started losing weight. It took many vet visits to determine he has EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, see www.epi4dogs.com for more info...). With supplemental enzymes, he has gained sufficient weight and is now a Fatty McFatty. As it is a rare condition and difficult to get diagnosed, we started Marley's EPI Awareness page on Facebook to help other dogs get help.
Now, the healthy “Marley loves his toys, upside down naps, digging holes and chasing his sister.”
She says hubby Chris “picked the name Marley. I'm not really sure why, but I said I was OK with it only if it was short for Jacob Marley [from A Christmas Carol] because of the season and I like ghost stories.”
The other dogs? “Libby is short for Liberty and Carter is short for President Jimmy Carter.”
Caryn also says, "We don't know how Marley lost the ear. He came to GAC around 18 months so maybe a farm accident. He also has a big scar running down the front of his left shoulder. The scar had to have been a huge open gash and it appears that someone at the farm cared enough to at least stitch it closed. That's all we know. In addition to the EPI, he has an arrhythmia for which he takes meds twice daily, deteriorating irises (his vision seems ok), and corns. The poor baby really needed us.”
[LARRY NOTE: Oh, my, don't a lot of animals need some good-hearted humans! REMEMBER, SEND photos and info about your slumbering critter to readlarrypowell.com’s Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap feature at firstname.lastname@example.org. We post these photos to encourage people to give safe homes to animals. Oh, and we also post them to inspire insomniacs to believe that they, too, can get some sleep if they can just figure out a sleepy way to drop their noses to the floor next to the couch.]
DO YOU NEED A GREYHOUND
THAT NEEDS TO BE NEEDED?
(WARNING: A TENDER VIDEO; YOU MAY MIST UP!)
As luck would have it, while Caryn was helping us put putting this edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap together, we got a note from Amity Thomas of GALT about the Mobile 30, the dogs GALT rescued in mid-August when Mobile Greyhound Racing Park closed. All 30 (16 males, 14 females) are Texas-bred and are “currently receiving medical processing, such as spay/neuter surgical procedures."
What’s that going to cost?," the announcement asked. "Medical care is more than $13,000. Boarding is about $2,100 a week until the dogs can go into GALT foster homes -- those homes are “currently at maximum capacity.” So, GALT needs donations and fosters and volunteers to walk the dogs and, especially, people who’ll give these dogs great homes.
Donate at galtx.org and volunteer or get more details at email@example.com.
GALT has been doing this sort of rescue for 16 years. That’s a ton of dogs. Let me rephrase: That’s a ton of “couch potatoes.”
[LARRY ASIDE: Yep, word from some of the people I’ve met who work on behalf of Greyhounds is the dogs generally transition from athletes to couch companions pretty easily. They’re so human!]
Those photos? The formal photo of the pointy-eared Greyhound was shot by Shagly Pet Photography. That is Mobile 30 Greyhound Esau, aka Atascocita Esau, a 2-year-old boy, Amity tells us.
The candid shots of the flopped over ex-racer and the dog who, clearly, was accustomed to winning by a nose came from a video of the arrival of the dogs in North Texas. You can watch it HERE but I must warn you that I am as hard-hearted as a gasoline company after a hurricane, but when I got to the animals being helped out of the transport and then being bathed, I was in dire need of some eye-dabbing.
The GALT team didn’t need to turn the lights on -- they could work by the glow of the GALT Halos.
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