At readlarrypowell.com, we celebrate the Fosters of the world. Fostering critters or fostering kids, you’re doing the work of angels.
For this edition of Readlarrypowell.com’s long-running weekend feature, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap, we’re focusing on the latest effort of the veteran foster Stacey McCool.
You’ll note that there’s a sleeping dog in this report. That is Brinston (named in honor of a Dallas artist). On December 6, Stacey explained the dog's presence: “Two years ago today, I said goodbye to my sweet Coco. To honor her memory, I picked up a puppy named Brinston today. He is a 6-month-old retriever mix who suffered some kind of wound to his mouth.
“Medical notes say possible gunshot and vet said B.B. fragment. Mobile vet said there was a loud boom and they found Brinston laying in a back yard bleeding from the mouth. He can’t talk so who knows...”
And what happens to this dog? Here’s Stacey’s explanation: “The McCool Health and Wellness Center will be providing his care and rehabilitation. Thank you Paws in the City for letting me bring him in.”
Can you tell how this is working out? That one sleeping photo of that precious face came with this caption: “Asleep in my arms. O my. Sweet as he can be.”
And that sleeping photo shot from above was explained this way: “Brinston worked on his leash skills, potty training, sit and then crashed. I don’t think he is feeling 100% - I am hand feeding him and he is bonding quickly. He is super smart.”
And there you have it. Part of the joy of fostering -- seeing a puzzled and probably terrified animal find a place to flop down and sleep, confident that no bad guy is going to wake him and make him terrified all over again.
LARRY ASIDE: I’d write more, but I’m going to go hug my dogs and cats on behalf of all the dogs and cats who need a place to live, who need good fosters who love them enough to invest their hearts.
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WILMER HITS A CRITICAL POINT:
THREE DOGS ON THE QUICK LIST
Laura Macias, who serves as the go between for the public and animals at the small Wilmer Animal Shelter, lately having water problems, reported late Friday evening that “Wilmer went over capacity today. There are 8 dogs -- they can only hold 6, the 3 listed below are at the top of the euthanasia list. Speak up now before they start dying ... WE WILL DELIVER ANY DOG TO A RESCUE INSIDE OF TEXAS!! PLEASE PLEASE SAVE THESE GUYS BEFORE THEY DIE WITHOUT WATER AND BARELY ANY HEAT!!!!”
To help immediately, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 214-949-2726.
Gabriel is a sweet “Blue Bully,” Christopher is an affectionate Shepherd/hound mix (as you can see in the photo) and that third dog is Truffles who, according to the note Laura sent, “‘knows where he is and he is scared! - This baby did not even want to go back in the building he knows he is in hell!”
[LARRY ASIDE: People work so hard to save animals from unpleasant humans, then they have to work so hard, also, to save animals from an unpleasant system where they wind up on the clock. Got to be a better way.] -
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UPDATE ON THE SPCA PROJECT
Earlier in the week, we reported on the effort by the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office and the SPCA of Texas to save the lives of hundreds of cattle who were allegedly being “cruelly treated” and “starving.”
On Monday the thought was the round-up of the animals across six properties (2,700 acres) might be done by Wednesday. They finished up on Friday. Lots of cattle -- 605 from the county just about 90 minutes northeast of Dallas/Fort Worth. I’ve included a close-up of some cows, an “action photo” of the cowboys trying to defeat the Texas brush and round up cattle and an “action photo” of Hopkins County authorities wrangling the arrested owner toward the deputy’s sweet ride.
See the SPCA photos HERE and go to SPCA.org to see how to help the animals and, also, how to donate to the cruelty investigation unit. Bless those folks. [LARRY ASIDE: AND KEEP THOSE COWBOYS IN THE SADDLE --it's a long way down from the back of a horse to the dirt in East Texas. That is the voice of experience speaking.]
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