EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018 (PetPowellPress) -- Ah, Texas -- land of the rollercoaster temperatures. Freezing one morning, perspiration the next.
Except from about June through September, of course -- it's all hot all the time.
Our topics today including two annual events: the Society for Companion Animals fundraiser for flying pets and Euless Trinity’s GAP Club walk-a-thon for animals. These are two organizations that have a place in the heart of Readlarrypowell.com and the hearts of many of you, too.
They are vital to the regional mission of saving animals. Read on. "
WEATHER AND WALKING
AND A DOG WHO IS AN 'ACE'
We checked an accuweather.com forecast for Saturday, April 28, in the D/FW area. You and your well-behaved, leashed dogs and children (relax--I’m kidding the kids) should be able to comfortably, happily participate in that morning's annual Euless Trinity High School GAP Club’s Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser and Adoption event.
It benefits “the homeless dogs and cats from the Euless Animal Shelter.” And, as is tradition, it takes place at the high school. The 2018 theme is “No Pet Left Behind!” -- and the goal is to raise $15,000 to help support those strayed, dumped and (temporarily!) unwanted Euless shelter animals, according to the note we got from our tipster, Karen Lee of Barkleyworld.com.
Karen is a longtime booster of the GAP Club (Girls’ Awareness Program) efforts to inspire responsibility while helping the Euless shelter place and foster its dogs and cats.
The event is from 10 a.m. to noon on the 28th. Entry fee for the walk-a-thon is $5. There are raffles, a bake sale and a garage sale. See more details about GAP events and waiting animals at https://trinitygaprescue.org. Super Value Pharmacy in Euless is again the Walk-a-Thon Sponsor and Great Dane Rescue of North Texas is providing $20 microchipping.
SO, WHAT'S THE STORY ON ACE, this dog who has become, clearly an Earhound. The note we got from Karen says he’s a year-old “happy-go-lucky GAP dog” who had an infected ear when he first arrived at the Euless shelter. Vet treatment cleared up the ear and Ace went into the care of GAP Foster Janay. Since then, Ace’s ear has been a problem -- treatment wasn’t working on a permanent basis. There was a complication. Karen’s note explained, “It appears that Ace’s ear was injured long ago and it went untreated for too long ... The injured ear canal swelled and calcified so now the damage is permanent and without surgery to remove all the calcification he will have a life of constant ear infections and pain.”
GAP is now raising money to pay for this corrective surgery. His foster, Janay, has formed Team Ace and you can join with a $5 donation toward his surgery -- $2,500 is needed. Online donations can be made HERE or on the GAP site’s “contributions: tab HERE. ]
BEFORE WE MOVE ON, HERE ARE SOME OTHER AVAILABLES from the Euless Shelter that are being supported by the GAP Rescue members. That pup is Remi, described as “a very active and intelligent golden brindle Whippet/terrier mix who is one year old and weighs around 40 pounds.” Her family heritage makes her very athletic and probably a great agility dog. She’s a big jumper and loves to run. In addition to all that, she’s “extremely loving and enjoys cuddling a lot.” GAP says, “If you are looking for a smart, loyal, active and loving dog, who is also kennel- and potty-trained, then Remi may be the dog for you.” Ask abut Remi at Steffeniegaprescue@gmail.com.
And there’s that great cat, Oden (18023), a big purr kitty who is healthy, neutered and a cuddler. He’s a former stray who loves being the recipient of affection. His bio rads, “Oden is almost 11 pounds on tall legs and a big body, so there’s no mistaking him for anything but a big ol’ boy.” He’s at the Euless shelter, 1617 Westpark Way. You can read about the available adoptables on the GAP site at https://trinitygaprrescue.org.
TICKET AVAILABLE FOR SUNDAY’S
FLYING PETS FUNDRAISER AT OZONA GRILL
Pardon me for not recalling the exact number of years the Society for Companion Animals has been flying North Texas dogs to safety in distant states -- a blanket description would be “for many years.”
Tawana Couch, the veteran animal advocate and rescuer, put this organization together and now she and her volunteers manage to move 500 unwanted Texas dogs to places where they’re wanted. You can read more about the organization and get involved at societyforcompanionanimals.org. Sunday’s fundraiser will help support this noble, life-saving effort It’s from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ozona Grill, 4615 Greenville Ave., in Dallas. Click on that artwork to make it grow. To get tickets, click on this PayPal LINK.
The mission statement on the SFCA page reads “Rescuing Stray and ‘Death Row’ Dogs from Municipal Shelters and Relocating Them to Responsible Owners.”
STILL WAITING IN RED OAK AND WILMER
The mission of helping smaller shelters get bigger traffic continues thanks to Laura Macias and Leighann Hayden. For animals in either the Red Oak or the Wilmer shelter, the contact point is Laura at email@example.com or you can call or text her at 214-949-2726.
We’ve mentioned these before, but does it really hurt to remind people of good dogs moving closer and closer to the needle? From Wilmer we’re spotlighting the Bulldog/Staffie mix, a fellow named Bryson (left)
And Red Oak’s many waiting animals include this handsome guy Gunner and the colorfully-coated girl Daisy. [LARRY ASIDE: If the shelters in Dallas County ever decided to go no-kill, the Mortality Juice Manufacturing Company would go bankrupt. Can’t happen soon enough, can it?]
DUSTY IN MESQUITE
This is one of several Mesquite Animal Shelter dogs cited by our volunteer tipster Judi Brown. Dusty is a 2-year-old Retriever mix, she says. He was “surrendered on 4/1 because his owners could no longer afford him.”
[LARRY ASIDE: Doesn’t look all that expensive, does he?]
He’s a “sweetheart of a dog,” his bio reads. And he’s a kisser, too. Only weighs 35 pounds. His shelter number is 38202300. Use it when you call 972-216-6283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remembering MLK Jr.
On April 4, 1968, I was a young reporter in the newsroom of the Texarkana Gazette. Not long after 6 p.m. that day, the “urgent bells” rang on the AP and UPI wire machines lining the wall behind the news desk. In Memphis, on the other side of Arkansas from Texarkana, someone had shot and killed Martin Luther King Jr. It seems impossible now that this man with all the drive and influence and inspiration was only 39. I was 19 and learning how to put a news story together. I was also learning that my own home town had different worlds for people of different colors. Different water fountains, different theater entrances, different waiting rooms at the railroad station -- and appallingly, different schools for the children of our part of the nation. We sat in the newsroom that night working on “local angles” and waiting for someone to report that an officer somewhere had arrested the killer of Martin Luther King Jr. Police alerts were out all over the area -- the drive time from Memphis to Texarkana is barely over 4 hours. Nobody was arrested until June 8 and that was in London. Now, in 2018, consider this: Some stories are told in one edition of a newspaper, or on one evening broadcast. But the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his mission is not a one-edition story. It is still being written and reported. In the words of a news editor’s advisory, “This story is developing.” We see changes all the time. The movement for people and rights -- all our rights, for we are all equal -- is not over in the United States of America. And that is the beauty of our democracy. We can keep working on making it better.
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