One of the goals of Readlarrypowell.com is to make sure people have the opportunity to share the joy of living with a happy animal.
We have happy animals at our house. Other people do, too, and we spotlight them each weekend in our long-running feature, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap.
This weekend, we look toward some sleeping dogs that need homes -- so, Dear Readers, copy this and forward it to people who have empty couches or who don’t know what it’s like to be nudged out of their favorite spot in the bed in the middle of the night. Show of hands, please, from those who have gotten up, walked around the bed and crawled in on the other side because that’s where the room is now!
These photos came from the websites of two local rescue groups with a history of placing sleepers and nappers in happy homes. First up is Ted the Greyhound, then we get to Jiffy the LabraHound.
As you can see from these photos, Ted knows how to overflow a bed and he knows how to approach one to get maximum use of the manufactured product. I went to the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas website because, years ago, I ran across an adoption event with these magnificent dogs and a guy described them as “couch potatoes.”
Yes, they are not always racing dogs -- sometimes they know how to relax which, quite possibly, is their natural state. The GALT story on Ted is he “had a rough start to life and needs some help finding a special forever home. After Ted was hit by a car in 2016, his owner turned him into Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society (APHS) to be euthanized. Ted had several fractures in his right rear hock and road rash. As his injuries appeared survivable, APHS called GALT and we got him the medical care he needed. During his recovery, Ted suffered a couple of seizures that recurred a few months later. He will likely need seizure meds for the rest of his life but has now gone 8 months without a single seizure!” [His meds make him thirsty, so a loving family will make sure he gets his “breaks” outdoors and plenty of understanding.]
That's a photo copied from a GALT video of Ted. Picture is worth a thousand tears, isn't it -- injured and skinny, he was. When Ted, now 8, first arrived at GALT, “he was shut down and disengaged.” Know what happened? GALT TLC happened -- “he blossomed and now loves affection and attention. He is not a big tail-wagger and is quite calm. ... He saunters on his walks taking in all the sights with no need to get anywhere quickly. He gets along fine with other Greyhounds, but is not cat tolerant at this time.” Here’s a funny line from his bio: “Ted is also more of a watch-dog than some Greyhounds, barking when someone comes to the door and when his foster family returns home. ... He likes to be in the same room as his people, and if all the dog beds are spoken for, he'll plop down on the floor instead of seeking out a bed in another room.” (Go to galtx.org to see how to adopt Ted.)
NOW WE COME TO JIFFY, a former shelter dog who is a genuine sleeper. He’s around 3 -- the guess is his birthday may be November 20, 2015.
He’s been in the care of Take Me Home Pet Rescue. He’s a Lab and Hound mix.
His bio reads, “This loving, sweet and gentle boy may just be ‘the perfect dog.’ This boy came to TMHPR from a very small rural shelter that receives no foot traffic. We took a look at those big eyes and couldn't say ‘no.’
"Jiffy has never looked back and everyone who has met him, falls in love.
“Jiffy is a good 60-pound dog who is a gentle soul. It must be something in the hound mix that means they are a lover at heart.
“If there are humans in the room, Jiffy is not far away. He has learned to play from his foster brother, Charlie. And boy do they love a good game of chase and wrestle.Jiffy will need a canine buddy in his home. He has some anxiety when his humans leave the house, if his foster brothers are not home. However, with his buddies there with him, all is fine. He knows he is not alone and the humans will return for all of them.
“We are looking for a home for Jiffy where someone is home more than not. Kids would be fabulous as he has been in a foster home with teens and pre-teens. We are looking for good humans who are looking for a fabulous boy to call their own. Forever.”
Ask about Jiffy by going to the Take Me Home Pet Rescue site at tmhpr.org.
And there you have it, Dear Readers, two dogs who need a place to comfortably demonstrate their sleeping skills while enchanting a household. If you’ve never been enchanted by a dog, you’re missing out. Some of them even snore. They’re so human.
[SEND US YOUR PHOTOS of your SLEEPING DOGS AND NAPPING CATS -- the address is firstname.lastname@example.org and when we get the pictures and the info, we’ll package it and present it in our weekend edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie and Napping Cats Nap. We believe in that philosophy. We also believe that seeing a dog or cat enjoying a calm life in a home encourages people to open their hearts to animals in rescue groups, on the streets and in city shelters. Our theory, also, is that some of these photos encourage insomniacs to believe that they, too, can get some sleep if they can just find the right bed at the pet shop.]
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