Welcome to the January 13 weekend edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap.
Everybody take a moment -- a pause in your animal-rescue thought process.
All week long and on weekends, too, our inboxes are filled with desperate stories of animals in and out of shelters.
It’s constant. It’s disheartening. It’s depressing. But, now and then, we find sweet relief in an e-mail. We hear a story of a happy ending, we learn of dogs and cats who have found homes that make a difference in their lives. Good people. Good hearts. Good homes. Goodness.
Yes, “goodness.” A tough commodity to find some days. Except in animal rescue and loving homes of animals.
In that arena, we find goodness. It lives in the hearts of people who pick up dogs off the side of the road, who take in a pregnant momma cat and help her through delivery and raising the kittens. People who stop buy a shelter and make an immediate connection. You get the idea. Goodness means people give parts of themselves to animals in a fix.
And that brings us to the people and the dogs featured in this weekend’s Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap. We’ve written about our pal Dianne Hall and her hubby Mike before. They have the good hearts that we’d like to see in the rest of the world. These are their dogs. And when you read Dianne’s explanation, you’ll see how close these dogs exist to her heart.
She writes: “The first one is of Abby (13) in her Christmas collar and napping on the couch. She really doesn't do much other than eat and sleep and she wanted NO part of the Christmas festivities.
"She's always been an old soul, but she has a great appetite and LOVES treats of any kind.
“The second one is of Dice...just because she is cute, not sleeping. The next two of her are sleeping...She loves to sleep under the covers between me and Mike and she will roll up in the covers when possible.
“Lil' Bit still loves to sleep in my lap any time she can. I just can't imagine not having them in my life.”
Isn’t that a wonderful expression of love?
Our longtime Dear Readers may recall Lil’ Bit’s story from way back in spring and summer of 2011. Somebody dumped four little dogs between the campus of Mountain View College (where Dianne worked) and the Dallas National Golf Course in southwest Dallas. Three were captured by Dianne and rescue colleague Sara Beth Higgins. Rescuer Stephen Plyler managed to get them adopted.
But Lil’ Bit (look at that snoozing baby!) was different. She was caught in a trap but managed to bolt and, as Dianne explained, refused to have anything else to do with the trap. The dog, now without her three canine companions, continued to live on the golf course property and Dianne continued to visit and monitor her. Eventually there became a “Team Lil’ Bit” of people helping to tend to her and try to bring her to safety.
Lil‘ Bit managed to dodge the snakes, bobcats,coyotes, foxes and skunks and other perils. And, one morning, Dianne told us back then, “All of my and Sarah Beth's patience, love and dedication paid off! While Lil’ Bit was so happy to see me, she was nipping at my fingers playing and I just made the grab and held on. As soon as I had her in my arms I burst out crying, as did Sarah Beth. We got her into the kennel that I've been carrying in my car for weeks and brought her home.”
Yes, “brought her home.” That’s the operative phrase in any human/animal relationship.
And, that is one of the early photos of Lil’ Bit at her new home with Dianne.
The affection and trust are why we can post photographs of sleeping animals -- they have a home where they can sleep because it is where they belong and their people have helped them understand that they are safe.
[CELEBRATE your beloved family dogs and cats and any other sleeping critters by sending their photos and stories to email@example.com. We’ll post them in our weekend edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap -- your “success stories” may have a hand in convincing someone to open their heart and home to a dog or cat that needs a place to live and love. And, of course, you’ll also be encouraging insomniacs to have faith that they, too, can get some sleep if they can just find the right couch, carpet or sheets to roll up in. You’ll be helping the entire world if you can take a step toward curing insomnia!]
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