EDITION OF THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018 -- Honestly, every time I type 2018 I feel like I’m writing a science fiction novel in the 1950s. Is Ike still president? I’m kidding. But, discouragingly, some of the things I write about have been around for centuries -- only the names/ID numbers of the dogs/cats have changed.
So many humans are still happily enjoying the enduring Era of I Don’t Care.
Keep reading and those of you who believe in spay/neuter will see that while you are righteous, there are people who need a fertility adjustment. Their dogs and cats are multiplying but their brain cells aren’t. I saw this T-shirt online -- I agree with the opening, I’m reluctant to change my weird friends and I’m iffy on some relatives -- they’re too old to breed now, anyway. In the meantime, google “spay neuter dallas fort worth” and you’ll encounter a panoply of ways to get dogs and cats fixed. Also, I’m betting nobody in Dallas has a dog or cat named Panoply. That cat? Not named Panoply. That’s Al, currently on the cat list at Dallas Animal Services though, clearly, he is in rehearsal for the lead role in the local all-cat production of The Phantom Feline of the Opera. Go to dallasanimalservice.org to see how to adopt this pre-fixed cat.
THE REVOLVING DELIVERY DOOR
IS SPINNING IN DENTON, TEXAS
Whoa. Just hours ago we were celebrating the fact that a rescue group in Colorado had taken in Diamond and her seven pups. On Wednesday morning we got a note from Amy Poskey about the Denton shelter’s new arrivals: “Hey, everybody, we have another momma and her 8 newborn babies who need our help.” She forwarded the info from Gayla Nelsen of the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter who began her note, “It just never stops!”
The story of Coco (right), a maybe 2-year-old Weimaraner mix, is she came to the shelter because, when her human was trying to separate Coco from another quarreling and also pregnant dog, Coco bit the human. That sent Coco into a 10-day quarantine at the shelter. And while there, she gave birth to the 4 boys and 4 girls.
“To add to the problem,” Gayle explained, “She began coughing [Monday], so she has been put in isolation with her babies. And to make it even WORSE, she tested VERY positive for heartworms. Coco weighs only 35 pounds, even though her picture makes her look much larger.”
Most of the time, except when she’s pregnant and stressed, she appears to be good with kids and people, but not cats.
“So far she has been a precious mother,” Gayla wrote. “She is sweet with the staff and lets them walk her and handle the teeny babies.” (That's Coco giving an unexpected neck nuzzle!)
Call the shelter at 940-349-7594. Here are the key email addresses: email@example.com, paul.o’firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
[LARRY ASIDE: There was probably a good reason someone would have two pregnant dogs in one household -- might have been a rescuer trying to do what’s right. Might not have been a rescuer. We’ll take the high ground on this but we’ll also reserve the right to ask, “What the hell were you thinking?”]
TIED TO THE SHELTER DOOR?
BETTER THAN JUST DUMPED...
And we’ve got another PREGNANT DOG story, too. But, first, there's his guy Fido -- what a beauty.
Here’s the story from Judi Brown who monitors the animals in the Mesquite Shelter. She describes 35-pound Fido (37753702) as “a photogenic 2-year-old Blue Heeler/Shepherd mix that was found tied to the shelter door when employees arrived to work. He has now become a shelter favorite! That’s because he such an all-around great dog. He’s friendly and affectionate. He’s obedient. He sits for treats and runs to be by you if you sit down. He’s happy judging by his tail wags. He’s also frisky and playful but not overly so. He appears to be house-trained. He didn’t have a problem meeting the other dogs in the bay.”
For any of the animals in Mesquite, call the shelter at 972–216–6283 or email email@example.com.
Here are some more Mesquite dogs -- the place is loaded with animals that are adorable and adoptable -- but what shelter or rescue group isn’t, right? Effie (37722637) is a 62-pound Golden Retriever mix, a former stray, who is friendly and affectionate. “She rolls over for belly rubs,” Judi says. House-trained, walks on a leash and gives kisses. Now here’s this family situation that Judi ran across:
Blanca (37537608) is a year-old terrier mix who was surrendered with Rufus (37537532).
Why were they surrendered? “Because they kept escaping,” Judi reports, then adds, “The owners would not surrender Blanca’s puppies!” Yeah, you saw her condition right away -- “painfully thin,” Judi wrote and “probably missing her poppies.
The theory is Rufus is probably Blanca’s brother AND the father of her recent litter -- to borrow from a Jack Nicholson movie, “Forget it, Jake...” Of course, these dogs will need (a) spaying and neutering and (b) a yard that is escape-proof.
And spaying and neutering are sometimes excellent additional implements to the effectivness of a tall fence -- no dog has a reason to leave the yard if “doing what comes naturally” is being defined as “take a nap.”
[LARRY ASIDE: Yes, there are spay/neuter programs in Mesquite -- and there are very nice highways and roads that lead to spay/neuter programs both in the city and out of the city. Bargain rates. Do-the-right-thing-rates. No Knucklehead rate.]
TO HELP RED OAK ADOPTIONS
Our latest note from the Laura Macias/Leighanne Hayden small shelter assistance team focuses on the ticking clock at the Red Oak Animal Shelter just south of Big D on I-35. The latest note begins, “Tonka is [going to be] the first one to be euthanized.” He’s a 10-month-old boy who “is already house-trained and is such a big lovable clown,” his bio reads. He also loves to play fetch. Just needs someone to play it with.
For all of these animals, email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 214-949-2726. If your a 501c3 rescue, transportation can be arranged.
Then there’s this handsome boy Fly, a Border Collie who came into the shelter as a stray -- like most Border Collies, he’s playful, loves to run and play and is “super sweet.”
Nelly -- what a wonderful face framed by great Earhound ears -- is a Lab-Basset mix who is housetrained and available immediately.
Jamie is a mix -- here’s the guess: Shepherd-Retriever-St. Barnard. Yep, that’s an impressive family tree. In addition to that mix of heroic canines, his bio includes this note: “This is a big, sweet lovable lug of a dog who is cuddly and wonderful.”
And then there’s Bruno, a young Boxer mix who “appears to be house-trained” and isn’t that a hopeful description. He came in as a stray and “loves to run and jump and play.”
All of these are on the clock.
Best way to save their lives right now is to get in touch with Laura -- in case you don’t want to scroll up, here’s that contact info: email@example.com or call or text 214-949-2726.
CONTEMPLATIONS: THE BEATLES
This entire contemplation, with the exception of a mention of a beloved pasta dish, is dedicated to The Beatles and everyone who loves them. Pasta? Yeah, Wednesday was National Fettuccine Alfredo Day (we learned this and the Beatles timely note from the King of Information, our pal Jeff Crilley, president of Real News PR in Dallas). Continuing, The Beatles first arrived in the U.S. on February 7, 1964. The nation, still reeling from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 21/2 months earlier and for young people whose faith in the future had been shot down in Dallas, the Fab Four were blessed relief. Here’s a newsreel -- you kids have someone explain that to you -- of The Beatles arriving: CLICK HERE, YEAH YEAH YEAH. The Beatles were on the famous Ed Sullivan Show on February 9. And America’s teenage boys began combing their hair down on their foreheads and teenage girls began swooning for their favorite Beatles and parents, who’d been through World War II, began to ask, “What in the world is happening to us now?” My recollection is that the arrival of The Beatles and their famed hairstyle quickly led to young male students being sent home from school to get a haircut because their hair was reaching the tops of their ears. Of course, the girls didn’t have to go get haircuts just because their hair went past their ears. Life is full of double standards and they make memories which brings us to this special lyric from one of the songs on The Beatles’ Rubber Soul album, In My Life. Here’s the opening: “There are places I remember, all my life, though some have changed, some for ever, not for better.”
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