EDITION OF MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 -- Surely winter is over and done with North Texas. For a long while on Saturday, as our Eastern Seaboard Bureau Chief Andy Fisher reported, it was 36 in Dallas and 36 at Indian Lake in Denville, N.J. And it was actually warmer in Portland, Maine -- 39 degrees.
That chilling summary gives us a warm opportunity to summarize today’s report: Siren (the hearing-impaired Mesquite dog on death row) is saved, the SPCA gets a matching deal from a donor, there’s a cat documentary on the big screen Wednesday and Legacy Boxer Rescue’s annual Roses For Rescue sale is coming up. That dog? An available Boxer. Read on:
SEVEN CATS IN ISTANBUL?
Yes, they are the leading characters in the celebrated documentary Kedi. It’s described as a “beautifully-shot documentary which tracks the stories of seven cats that live on Istanbul's streets...” and it is said to reveal the city’s “humanity, the unique relationship between humans and cats."
You can see it free on Wednesday thanks to the East Lake Cat Care Center and Dr. Karen Fling, the famed vet of East Lake Veterinary Hospital and the East Lake Pet Orphanage. The movie will be on the big screen at the Studio Movie Grill-Spring Valley, 13933 N. Central Expressway. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m. --yes, the theater has concessions! And there’ll be a post-screening panel of East Lake doctors discussing cats. TO RSVP for this HOT TICKET, click on the invitation HERE.
And, if you should find yourself in need of a cat, East Lake Pet Orphanage has plenty including this selection of black-and-white beauties. You can see these and other adoptables at elpo.org. These three are Sprinkles, Lollipop and Godiva.
BOXERS AND ROSES
The great Sharon Sleighter of Legacy Boxer Rescue reminds us that the annual Roses For Rescue sale is coming up Saturday, April 14 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) at NRH20 Family Waterpark, 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills. (Click on the artwork to make it grow.) The money goes to help Boxers who need medical care and homes and food and affection and whatever else one of these distinctly beautiful dogs might need. The note about the sale gives these items and prices: 2 Gallon Rose - $7; 1 Gallon 'Knock Out' Rose - $7; 2 Gallon 'Knock Out Rose - $10; 3 Gallon Patented Rose - $15; 10" Geranium - $12 and 10" Color Bowls - $12.
That’s not all. Sharon’s note reads, “And, as always, we will have additional blooming plants for sale -- yet to be determined.”
You have the opportunity to be able to say, “Yes, I got my wonderful roses from Legacy Boxer Rescue, and I got my astounding dog from Legacy, too.”
Among the adoptables are the white boxer Mason, 3, who is still working on basics with his foster family and Benstella, a 2-year-old with quite a smile and a training program underway. There is also Hercules, a year-and-a-half-old “Flashy Brindle” who gets along with everyone but is currently awaiting surgery for a torn ACL -- he’ll then have about 3 months of recovery and rehab.
See these dogs online at the Legacy Boxer Rescue site where the URL is the organization’s mission statement: savetheboxers.org.
SIREN AND HER FUTURE
We’ve written about Siren, this formerly stray young girl, described as a Plott Hound, was originally regarded as possibly deaf. She wound up on death row with just not much time at all. But something happened at Mesquite Animal Services -- as our tipster Judi Brown explained: There was a rescue of this dog. While she was waiting for her fate to work out, medication continued on her ear problem -- possibly the mites and infections were defeated and “her hearing seems to be returning.”
In the meantime, we’re told one rescue is fostering Siren until another can take over care of her. While Siren appears to be headed for a glorious post-shelter life, there are still animals in Mesquite who need a break. To offer to help any animals in the Mesquite shelter, call 972–216–6283 or email email@example.com and cite their shelter ID numbers.”
We’re mentioning just two of MANY. Lark, a 3-year-old, 11-pound Chihuahua, came in as a stray on April 3. She’s described as an “affectionate girl that loves laps and is generous with kisses. She dances for treats. She’s quite a character! She will keep you entertained with her antics. ... She loves treats and found a way to get my treat bag out of my pocket. She would be a great dog for an active family with children. She has a small patch of hair loss due to an old injury on her side, but it is healing. She recently has had a litter.” Her # is 38212510.
Then there’s Rex (38233055), an 8-month-old, 45-pound Lab/Pittie mix who was surrendered on April 5 because of “behaviorial issues.” Judi reports, “Apparently he had some issues with chewing objects he wasn’t supposed to. He’s a puppy! I can’t help but wondering if crate training may have solved the problem. Rex not only is a nice looking dog with a sleek black coat and soft kind eyes, but is one of the sweetest dogs you’ll ever meet. This little guy is so intimidated that he cowers, shivers, and slinks. Yet at the same time he’s desperate for affection. His tail never stopped wagging and he stuck by me like Velcro. He is extremely gentle. Once in a loving home where trust would be established he would definitely blossom into a fantastic dog”
[LARRY ASIDE: Rex’s story is one more reminder that the human has responsibilities that involve more than opening a can of dog food. You’re the dog’s companion as much as the dog is your’s. Show some love.]
TWO NEWSY NOTES FROM THE SPCA:
ONE IS FINANCIALLY UPBEAT;
THE OTHER IS ARRESTING
The SPCA of Texas reports that a “longtime donor is matching — dollar for dollar — every donation made this month, up to $50,000. That means your support is doubled to save twice as many lives.” The SPCA says gifts are matched online HERE. Why does a boost of money help the SPCA and its animals? Here’s the SPCA quote: “Each month, hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, horses and other animals are rescued from situations of neglect and cruelty. Just this year, the SPCA of Texas has rescued 250 pets from suspected puppy mills.”
That takes us to the THE ARRESTING SITUATION: As last week was drawing to a close, the SPCA reported that arrests have been made in a puppy mill case in Van Zandt County. You may remember this incident. The SPCA’s latest news release reports that “Darlene Broseh and Vicky Patrick were arrested on one charge of Class A Misdemeanor Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals regarding a case from March 14, 2018 and were booked into the Van Zandt County Jail. The warrants came after a Grand Jury Indictment. Broseh and Patrick were released on a Personal Recognizance Bond and a trial date is to be determined.” You may recall the report that in mid-March the SPCA, Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office and Van Zandt County Pct. 2 Constable seized “60 allegedly cruelly treated animals and 11 deceased animals from an alleged puppy mill--including 35 dogs and 25 puppies--from a property near Canton.” [See more SPCA photos HERE.] The people told investigators they “were selling the dogs for profit.”
The SPCA seized 60 live animals that day -- 11 dead animals were found -- and two puppies died after the raid, one from a birth defect and one from a “severe infestation of parasites.” Also, the SPCA “waived $16,814.50 in restitution for the cost of investigation, expert witnesses, housing and care for the animals from the time of the seizure to the hearing in accordance with Texas Health and Safety Code.” You can understand waiving that restitution -- it wasn’t going to be available anyway.
[LARRY ASIDE: More to come on this story, no doubt. In the meantime, the term “puppy mills” suggests there might just be a moral problem and probably a legal problem since Texas has laws about breeding for profit. Drop a dime or a bitcoin* on any suspected puppy mill. You’ll probably be saving lives. *That’s old street talk updated for “call the authorities and save some lives.”]
Over the weekend, as is the habit at Readlarrypowell.com, we were listening to the radio broadcast of the Texas Rangers. On Saturday night, the Hall of Fame Radio Voice of the Rangers Eric Nadel, a genuine dog fan, announced with a smile in his voice that the 13th annual Bark at the Park had drawn 740 dogs to Globe Life Park for the game. And he noted that the Husky in the crowd was apparently enjoying the temps in the 30s. Here’s a LINK to photos and text about the dogs from The Big Paper Downtown. [LARRY ASIDE: Having the dog night in the spring time makes more sense than having it in August -- until they build that new park with the air-conditioning, of course.] FYI: I looked up the weather history for April 7 and last year the high was 78 and the low was 44. Temp was in the 30s this year. In 2017, the Rangers beat Oakland 10-5 on the 7th. This year, the Rangers beat Toronto, 5-1, on Saturday night and, on Sunday afternoon, Toronto led that game 4-0 after a half-inning. It didn't get any better. Sheesh. No lucky dogs in the park Sunday, I guess. ... Paws in the City postponed its Pups & Pints event Saturday with an email notice that included this opening paragraph: “Holy pupsicle! There’s a difference between cold beer and cold brrrrr!!!” The event will be rescheduled for a warmer day. ... In case you missed this, CBS Sunday Morning had a some insight on dog hair and cloning from the humorous Luke Burbank. Here’s the LINK. Clone our dogs and cats? Not as long as we can adopt dogs and cats nobody else wants. Every one of them has a different personality and their own ambitions. The Senator, our wander-up cat, wants to find a good place to nap. Our wander-up dog Dudley is happy with a treat. My personal dog, Porche Noel? She just doesn’t want to be starved, injured and dumped again -- she’s quite happy to be my advisory companion. The White House need not inquire whether she’s available for a cabinet position. She’d take a kitchen position. Quickly.
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