EDITION OF TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 (PetPowellPress) Welcome to Fat Tuesday -- yeah, I always cringe and avoid mirrors and scales. It’s also known as “Shrove Tuesday” -- one means go crazy eating, drinking and partying and the other is religious meaning confess. Your interpretation may depend on location -- New Orleans, for example.
According to Holiday Insights, the online site that catalogs odd holidays, February 13 is also “Get a Different Name Day.” It was created by wellcat.com, quoting from the site “For the pity of millions of us who hate our birth names. On this day we may change our names to whatever we wish and have the right to expect colleagues, family and friends to so address us.” [LARRY FYI: That is a photo of me with Deputy Chief Kittie Leigh Johnson -- one of the two beings in this photo has never wished for a different name. Cats rarely protest the names they are given. That's a reminder to adopt a cat and find a whole new entertaining universe. Sincerely, Slats Sixpack.]
ALWAYS AN INSIDE DOG,
NOW, A HOMELESS SOUL?
This is a story of people and dogs and unexpected developments.
Our pal Karen Lee of Barkleyworld.com forwarded this appeal from the great West Side Animal League in Fort Worth. Here’s the way it reads: “We were contacted by someone who lost their home and is having to find a new home for their 11-year-old Pitbull mix.
“She has had him since he was a puppy. She is devastated and needs help. Her family is told that they will take him to the shelter tomorrow [Monday the 12th] if someone isn't found. He is currently in a house with two other Pits and three Chihuahuas. [LARRY ASIDE: We're gambling that he bought some time at the house and you can still help.]
“She said he's great with kids. This old guy does not deserve to have his life end at a shelter. He has always been an inside dog. He knows his commands and is house trained. “If anyone is willing to step up and foster we will bring him into the group. Please also share with any other rescues that may have room. Please contact WSAL at email@example.com (817) 565-8222.”
RED PUPPIES, REAL CHALLENGE
The bottom line is “two adorable red puppies, one girl, one boy, need homes NOW, please.” That was the note forwarded by Sydney Busch of Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake. The Friends, as you know, operate the world’s most successful spay/neuter clinic at Gun Barrel City, Texas. Now and then, a fertile pair of dogs avoids being detected by responsible people and that explains why Sydney got an appeal for help from Marti Tanner who lives near Mabank.
You see here a photo of a passel of pups and a photo of two, thanks to Marti who forwarded them with her request for help with these dogs.
Here’s the story from Marti: “About a 10 days ago someone dumped a litter of 7 puppies nearby. They ended up in our barn and just wouldn’t leave. I couldn’t just let them just starve so we’ve provided some shelter and have been feeding them. We have found a home for 3 of them but are still looking for a home for 2 others. We have a healthy boy and girl, both solid red, that are very friendly.
“There are 2 other boys that need either major medical intervention or need to be put down. I've been in touch with our local Humane Society but they still don't have room to take them. I'm still hoping that either them or another local rescue group can step forward to help.”
The sick boys have something awful going on inside. Maybe they can be saved -- vets are involved. To offer to audition to adopt or to rescue the two healthy dogs or to help all of them, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEANWHILE AT RED OAK:
ONE TOSSED FROM A TRUCK
The challenge of keeping the inventory happily moving out of the small Red Oak Animal Shelter continues. First, there are FIVE 4 1/2-month-old Lab mix puppies waiting for either adoption, rescue or the needle: The girls are Kacie, Kensie and Kaylie. The boys are Kyle and Kaden.
To help with them or these two dogs that follow or any of a number of other animals in the Red Oak shelter, email Laura Macias at email@example.com or call or test 214-949-2726.
Take a look at the blaze on Jake, a year and a half-old Lab and Boxer mix who “loves to play and adores children. Plays well with other dogs and doesn't seem to mind cats at all ... He actually is a sweet lovable stray that wandered into the Police Department and turned himself in, hoping to find a home!”
Then there’s Mike the Boxer and Hound mix -- young. How did he wind up in the shelter? His bio reads, “This little baby apparently was seen being tossed out of a truck. Which is beyond comprehension - this is the sweetest, the cutest, the most lovable baby ever. Big beautiful brown eyes! He adores children, other dogs, and loves to run and play."
CONTEMPLATIONS: Things I have not done lately include watching the Olympics from a nation that has dog on the menu. Also, I have not had a cup of coffee since December 24 -- green tea has replaced it. For now. I also have not driven a Corvette since 1966 (drove one entirely by accident that year and haven’t even been in one since then -- but, also, I haven’t been in a Plymouth Barracuda since 1966, either.) ... Got an email Monday morning that read, “I have an urgent 6 figure payment information to you that you must know about kindly reply 'YES’ for more info.” I didn’t reply. A six-figure payment won’t help me that much. Get back to me when you’ve got seven or eight. ... So, yeah, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Best of luck to all of you -- especially you poor mugs like me who have anniversary, Christmas and funspouse’s birthday lined up ahead of St. Valentine’s Day. It’s not the money, it’s the creativity that you deplete.
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