EDITION OF FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 -- You know what would be good today? A suspension of time so we can all catch up with the things we’ve been intending to do since Thanksgiving. In the meantime, here are some animal challenges that can only be helped by humans. And, for the Yultide, we're going to feature the great -- and I mean GREAT -- Lisa Layne. Turn your speakers up and read on.
FIRST UP: LANCASTER
The town of Lancaster, just south of I-20 on the southwest side of Dallas, has a very vibrant bunch of rescuers -- the Furbabies of Lancaster. Check ‘em out on Facebook.. There’s also a very active monitor of Lancaster’s challenges, our longtime tipster Tomi Ortiz. She reminds us that Oliver and Maya (the cutie in the bottom photos) are STILL waiting for a home. And, also, she asks, “Can someone use a little ‘Cash’ at Christmas?” So there are three that are ready to go. And when I looked at the Facebook site, I found this very available Lancaster cat -- he’s currently called James Bond. As in “Bond. James Bond.”
You can make contact for any of these by going to the Facebook site HERE.
ONCE AGAIN: MYLO
How can this guy be such a hard sell? He was the center of attention in an abused animal rescue case after it was found that he’d been locked up in a kennel that was filled with two things: dog poop and him. He’s a young Shepherd/Husky mix (68872) who is making the transition into somebody’s companion if the needle doesn’t get him first.
Our tipster Amy Poskey, who monitors the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter says, “I can’t believe nobody has stepped up for this wonderful boy. ... We have $200 in donations to the reputable 501c3 that saves this sweet boy.” He is “rescue only,” by the way.
Stacey the Stylist, known more formally as Stacey Carney, our longtime west-of-Fort-Worth tipster, sent this note Thursday. “Please help me share this sweet boy. I really don’t want him to get into the wrong hands!”
Jake, she says, is in Weatherford. He’s a “full-blood Blue Pit, about 2 yrs old, neutered, up to date on vaccinations, good with kids and other dogs but plays a little rough for smaller dogs. Loves to play and go on walks, rides good in a vehicle. Somewhat house/crate broken.” The contact is Danielle at 817-901-9633.
[LARRY ASIDE: I think you may know what is meant by “don’t want him to get into the wrong hands.” People who fight dogs are always looking for “bait dogs.” I like it better when these creeps are looking for a lawyer, a nice suit to wear to court and something appropriate to say when they’re sentenced to the maximum time in the big house.]
MEANWHILE, IN BURNS FLAT
As the sun was setting on western Oklahoma Thursday, the temp in the small town of Burns Flat and its open-air animal shelter was 25 degrees. It’s bad enough that weather can be rough on animals, but when people are rough on them, it’s just not right.
Our rescue tipster Terry Lynn Fisher, currently recovering from a broken ankle and wreck ligaments, sent a load of animals that need a bit of help from humans.
The two opening dogs are “urgent,” she says. That first one is 10 months old.
“We got his mom and her newborns last month... The people DO NOT take care of the poor things at all.. this makes the 4th time we have gotten their dogs. He is a shep/lab mix... such a sweet and friendly little guy. He was skin and bones and is slowly putting on weight.”
Second up is a 3-year-old Pyr or Pyr mix. Terry Lynn says, “A Deputy Sheriff bought a home and the dog was left with it.” The deputy has been feeding the dog, but doesn’t have time to tend to a dog so, Terry Lynn says, “He reached out and asked me to find a place. The dog is friendly and good with other dogs. He is about 80 pounds and very laid back.”
Moving along, the dog in the exposed enclosure is a year-old possible Kelpie mix who has been in the shelter for a few months. She weighs 45 pounds and is good with kids. “Her family tried to dump her in another town but they didn't have room, so she ended up dumped here. ... She has been here way too long and has no chance at adoption.”
The white dog in this pair arrived with the other dog -- both were covered with ticks, Terry Lynn says. “They came from a very nasty house...The owners didn't want to pay the impound fee. This was 3rd time they were picked up, so they were left in jail.
“Ash, the white one, has issues.She is not really aggressive, just not social with people she doesn't know. She is scared of people. She finally came around with me and gets excited and runs to me when I am there.She is good with my grandkids. Doesn't seem to have issues with other dogs. Just very "stand offish,” at least at first. My sons have been helping me with the pound and she is OK with them as long as they do not try to grab her. ... She is beautiful.. and somewhere, there is a great dog in there.” To offer to help, email Terry Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 580-330-1459.
TWO CUTIES AT MESQUITE
Volunteer Mesquite shelter monitor Judi Brown spotted this pair of adorables. Precious is the 5-year-old terrier on the left and Princess is the 8-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix -- may be the mom of Precious. They were dumped at the Mesquite shelter because the humans “could no longer afford them.” We don’t know the back story, but they don’t look that expensive. Princess is 37321612 and Precious is 37321603 -- Judi says use those ID numbers when you call the shelter at 972-216-6283 or email email@example.com. These are not the only animals that need human help at the Mesquite shelter. Make an effort and you may find a friend or two that’ll add to the household comfort of life.
As this photo indicates, it’s a merry time of year so, of course, there’ll be a Kurt Kleinmann play in “Living Black & White” at the Eisemann Center -- it’s the premier of A Minor Case of Murder. (The Eisemann ticket office is 972-744-4650 and you can reach Pegasus Theatre at 214-821-6004. There discounts. Previews are Dec. 29 and 30. Then the play opens New Years Eve and runs Thursdays through Sundays until January 28. Get details at pegasustheatre.org. In the meantime, here’s the plot: “It’s New Year’s Eve, 1933! Our trio (world-famous detective and aspiring actor Harry Hunsacker, his paid-by-the-hour assistant Nigel Grouse, and Lt. Foster of the real police) are celebrating at a swanky nightclub, The Black Diamond. When a fatal shot is fired, Harry faces one of his most puzzling cases ever! Will good win the day, or will the forces of evil triumph?” Beats the heck out of watching the news out of Washington. ... Speaking of shows, here’s a historical note: On Thursday, December 9, 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on CBS. ABC got the rights at the turn of the century and now shows it a couple of times during the Christmas season, according to our research. I didn’t know it was in color until years after it premiered. I was working nights in 1965, the newsroom didn’t have a TV and we didn’t have a color TV until about 5 years after the debut! We’re loaded with color TVs now. Bring it on, Charlie Brown. ... And now, it’s time to hear one of our favorite Christmas songs, performed by an Oak Cliff girl, the great Lisa Layne. She recorded this with Vince Vance and the Valiants. It may be one of the greatest performances of all time -- beyond Christmas. Click HERE and get a chill for Christmas.
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