EDITION OF MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- Starting Monday with good news is nearly as good as picking the right six numbers in Saturday’s Lotto Texas drawing, though of course, I have no actual idea of how that feels, but wouldn’t I like to find out -- and soon.
Now, you see this dog’s photo? That is Mylo in his “shelter photo” and in a second we’re going to tell a bit of his story as the clock was ticking on his young soul. Keep reading and first we're talking a goal.
THE WILD PLAN
I was halfway paying attention when I read this line in a weekend e-mail: “Help us raise $30,000 for the wild ones!” Right away, I thought it was someone’s campaign for re-election to Congress. I’m kidding. As you know, the important $30,000 is being raised at Monday's bake sale from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. (or sell-out) by the supporters of In-Sync Exotics. As our Bake Sale Lady Corby Bryant (her description!) has told us, this annual Charity Bake sale is put together by the employees of Venable Royalty, LTD, in the first floor lobby of Premier Place, 5910 N. Central Expressway in Dallas. They’ve raised $191,000 for the non-profit sanctuary in the past nine bake sales. This year, the day’s sales will be matched by Venable Royalty. To help, show up and buy some gifts and some baked goods and if you want to just donate, email email@example.com. That lioness is Kitty, a 17-year-old rescue from a failed sanctuary -- she is a Panthera leo, i.e., an African lion from the dramatically exotic savannah of Buffalo, N.Y.
THE MYLO RESCUE REPORT
This was a dog who was at the center of an abuse case, Mylo. He was in the Denton McNatt Shelter, held after being rescued from a feces-filled cage he’d been kept in for quite some time in a local apartment.
Here’s the latest from our Denton volunteer tipster Amy Poskey and regular readers will know what her trademark expression means.
She wrote: “WOOOOOOOHHHHHOOOOOO!!!!”
The effort to save this dog lasted a couple of weeks -- not all animals have the luxury of that much time. And it raised $450 in donations -- something other animals can’t raise.
But Mylo was a special case. “I am beyond thrilled to report hat our Mylo is SAFE with Cody’s Friends Rescue in Dallas,” Amy wrote. “Mylo’s new foster family said he is doing great and they absolutely adore him! They have already started working on teaching him some new tricks, too! Thank you to EVERYONE who helped Mylo bust outta jail and into a loving foster.”
Here are a couple of short Mylo Movies. THIS ONE shows Mylo getting ready to ride away from the shelter. And THIS ONE SHOWS well-mannered Mylo riding shotgun and clearly not speaking to the driver while the vehicle is in motion.
DON’T FORGET WILMER
See this dog. His name is Gabriel and he’s one of several dogs on the dangerous clock in the small shelter operated by the City of Wilmer, Texas, just on the southern side of Dallas. The contact to save Gabriel and the others is Laura Macias who has developed a mission of getting people to pay attention to under-visited shelters.
To help with this important and significant mission in the protection of animals, email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or CALL or TEXT 214-949-2726.
AND CHARLIE BROWN IS WAITING?
Oh, Mesquite, how do you find such cute ones?
Yes, according to a weekend note from volunteer Judi Brown, this guy Charlie Brown, is an “an adorable, lovable 4-year-old American Bulldog that came in as a stray on 12/3. His muscular, stocky frame [55 pounds] almost touches the ground. Charlie Brown seems to love everyone judging by his happy greetings. His whole body wiggles with excitement. He’s affectionate and rolls over for belly rubs. He is also energetic and playful. He chases toys but needs a friend to teach him to bring them back.” (He’s 37301980.]
In this photo, Plum is the 3-year-old Chihuahua mix hunkered down in the back. She “was surrendered with two sisters(??) and her puppies (weaned). The white Chi named Sugar  is also available. Plum  is really cute and her underbite and huge bug like eyes make her even cuter! It appears that Plum has not been accustomed to a lot of human contact and probably was an outside dog. ... After spending time with her she allowed me to hold her and even gave me tentative kisses.”
To contact the shelter, call 972-216-6283 or email email@example.com.
CATS WAITING AT DAS
On Sunday afternoon, as the entire city was going ape after the Dallas Cowboys victory -- I’m kidding; I went to the grocery store at halftime and it was as busy as it is on a payday.
Back to these two cats.
I was wondering what cats might be adoptable at the big Dallas Animal Services Shelter and there are quite a few. I picked photos of two that are posted on the dallasanimalservices.org site. You can see how to adopt there and you can also see how to adopt by dropping by the shelter at I-30 and Westmoreland and meeting dogs and cats.
That very clear photo is of an older girl named Lucy -- no idea how such a beautiful cat could wind up in a city shelter that buys euthanasia juice in bulk.
And her twin right next to her is -- hang on a second. I’m sorry. That is not her twin. That is one of the many guinea pigs currently available at DAS. You could name him or her Kitty, however.
The cat whose appearance is obscured by the plastic safety tub is inexplicably named “Chaboiski.” No idea where either the name or the cat came from, but he is clearly Siamese. Said to be a young boy. [LARRY ASIDE: Everybody knows Dallas cats make the best companions. Chaboiski may be Polish for “Happy Cat” for all I know.]
CONTEMPLATIONS: I am posting this photograph because the subject matter is astounding to me. I am a Baby Boomer who has lived through the era of regular candy bars followed by the development of “king-size” candy bars and the introduction of “Fun Size” candy bars and “bite size” and “snack size” (memory fades as I line up the sizes and create a craving). Last Christmas, my SweetSpouse and I discovered -- at a hardware store -- the foot-long variety of candy bars. Last week, while stopping to buy $2.03.9 gasoline at a station next to I-20, I snapped this photo of YARD-LONG CANDY BARS. How can that be legal in the Era of Morbid Obesity? (Asked the fat man.) The price? I didn't ask because if I'd had enough cash on me at the time -- well, you know. ... Here’s a quote from American Clergyman Douglas Horton: “We are all serving a life sentence, and good behavior is our only hope for a pardon.” ... I sat in on a meeting last week that featured an early version of a video with dogs. The “presenter” wrote on a board that this was a “rough cut” and the spelling was changed when a clever woman, noting that the video was about dogs, successfully lobbied for changing the dog video from a “rough cut” to a “ruff cut.” We howled, so to speak.
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