EDITION OF TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2018 (PetPowellPress) Just a reminder as we try to stay warm in the chilly Oak Cliff section of Dallas: The blame for this weather falls squarely on Fort Worth, Texas. (We’ll address the weather at the Friends of the Animal Clinic in Gun Barrel City in a moment. Oh, and Linus has been found -- keep reading!)
Yes, we are enduring the traditional “Stock Show Weather.” First learned of it in the early ‘70s when I was a reporter at The Fort Worth Press. A courthouse telephone operator told me that when the stock show came to town, you could expect bad weather to interrupt the good weather. Sure enough, it does. The show runs through Feb. 3 this year -- keep your snow boots, rain hats, sunbonnets, sweaters, t-shirts and flip flops handy. You never know.
[LARRY FYI: From 1901 to 1987 this beloved exhibition was known as the “Fat Stock Show.” Don’t think I didn’t feel self-conscious waddling through the gate in the ‘70s. I sometimes wonder if “Fat Stock Show” was dropped to encourage concession sales. More on all this in today’s CONTEMPLATIONS. First some animal notes. Oh, that cat photo? That is 37559340, call name “Spaghetti,” a 3 1/2-year-old spayed girl available via Fort Worth Animal Care & Control. Irony? Spaghetti was under the impression that she’d entered the Fort Worth Cat Stock Show & Rodeo competition.]
MEANWHILE, IN GUN BARREL CITY
A WEATHER TIME-OUT AND A DREAM
TV reports showed a nice layer of snow in the early morning hours at Gun Barrel City, home of the Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake’s famed spay/neuter clinic. Though Tuesday is usually an intense spaying and neutering day at the clinic, the weather knocked the schedule aside this week. (To re-sked at the clinic, call Debbie at 903-880-7450.) The weather time-out offered us an opportunity to check with the organization’s spokesperson Sydney Busch to ask what might be needed at the world’s must successful spay/neuter clinic in Gun Barrel City. Naturally, the usual supplies are always needed (paper towels, bleach, etc.). But there are high hopes developing for a technological advancement. Sydney says the Friends are “looking at the no-oxygen-tank necessary anesthesia machine. They're expensive (several thousand) but it's something down the line.” To get involved in this mission, email Sydney@friendsoftheanimals.org. You can read more about the organization at friendsoftheanimals.org and also on Facebook HERE. I’m taking this opportunity to run one of my favorite photos from the Clinic. This one is labeled “Burrito Dogs” and it’s a photo of the “recovery area” after surgery. As the clinic explains, “When they wake up, they go back to their kennels to wait for the doggie-moms and doggie-dads to pick them up...lots of love and care from volunteers and staff for all these critters.”
THE DENTON TREND
Our latest email from Amy Poskey, the volunteer who monitors the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter, is full of photos of animals that have been adopted and returned or adopted and found again as a stray.
Daxxie (72550) was an owner surrender -- a youngish female Golden Retriever and Sharpei mix. She’s healthy and friendly and here’s the great note Amy attached: “DAXXIE had the opportunity to experience life outside the shelter last weekend when a wonderful shelter volunteer took her for an outing! She enjoyed a double-meat burger at Whattaburger, a car ride to Petco where she browsed toys and took a treat back to the shelter to enjoy! She was SO happy to get out!! Please consider adopting this sweet, beautiful girl!”
Then there’s Chance, a young Bull terrier mix “who was adopted and recently found as a stray. His previous owner had a difficult time keeping him contained so it would be best for him to go to a home where he will be an inside dog with supervised outside time. He is very sweet and enjoys going on walks or playing in the yard, but he prefers to be king of his domain without any other dogs or cats in his home.”
The Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center is at 3717 N. Elm Street in Denton. To ask about any of these animals email firstname.lastname@example.org, paul.o’email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or email@example.com. Call 940-349-7594.
SMALL SHELTERS, RELATIVELY
BIG ANIMAL POPULATIONS
Yeah, too many animals and too little space in two smaller shelters on the southern side of Dallas, Wilmer and Red Oak. We get this info from the rescue team of Laura Macias and Leighann Hayden who are constantly working to draw attention to the animals at smaller shelters where there’s low foot traffic and no budget for advertising!
The dog reaching up on the kennel fence is Kody, a male Retriever and Boxer mix who weighs about 50 pounds and is among animals awaiting rescue or adoption in Wilmer.
Red Oak’s shelter has several animals waiting for a human to step in and save their lives. Among those are Piper Puppie, a 5-month-old Aussie mix.
And the big dog is Robbie, an adult German Shepherd mix who came into the shelter when his college-age human surrendered him (and his buddy Kevin) because he didn’t have time for them. [LARRY ASIDE: Sheesh. Save the dog from human folly.]
The rock-solid contact for either of these shelters is Laura at cat_girl_71@
yahoo.com or CALL or TEXT 214-949-2726.
If you can’t help because you're already overloaded with other discarded animals, maybe you know someone who can -- send a note, make a call, drive someone to a shelter and introduce them to a new friend.
So, who’s older, the State Fair of Texas or the Fort Worth Stock Show? Our research reveals The State Fair of Texas tracks its steps to 1886 and it has had Big Tex since 1952. But it doesn’t have Stock Show Weather. The Stock Show’s bootprints begin in 1896, probably in the spring mud of that March. Another difference: The footprints left at the State Fair are not predominately ranch and farm boots or boots worn more than once or twice a year. Dallas was, after all, referred to as the “Sixth Burrough” when all those New York companies began to move their headquarters to town. Fort Worth, the town that won my heart at The Fort Worth Press (rest its soul), enjoys authentic Texas bootprints -- they don’t call it “Cowtown” for nothin’, you know. ... Adam Rogers. Danica Patrick. Wow, a merger of sports. What’s Dallas got? Quarterback Dak Prescott is being seen with Oikos yogurt. ... Now we get to the Linus story -- you may recall that our Houston tipster Alexandra Kelsey told us about the burglary in Dallas that resulted in the disappearance of Linus the Golden on the 12th. Linus’ human Sophia Cline had gotten busy on social media and any other way to hunt for a missing dog. Here’s the result and there’s a photo from Sophia’s Facebook page over the weekend: “Words can’t express the absolute joy I have to be reunited with my living, breathing angel. Thank you to everyone who helped me look/shared my post/spread the news about Linus because I know that is the only reason we are reunited right now. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!! I am forever indebted to each and every one of you. Linus and I couldn’t be more elated.... Linus was 1.6 miles away from my house in a car repair warehouse trying to escape the cold. The girlfriend of the owner of the warehouse had seen Linus because one of her Facebook friends shared my post about him. They called me the night of the 12th to tell me the wonderful news that he was safe! It’s only because of social media and all of you helping me by sharing that he was lost that I now have him home. You are all amazing and I can’t thank you enough for bringing my baby home!” |
--- To comment, grip your HappyAboutLinusMouse and click below. ---