EDITION OF MONDAY, APRIL 16 2018 -- How do animals wind up in such tough fixes? Sorry, rhetorical question. Sometimes I think “rhetorical” can be defined as “don’t ask some of those humans, they clearly don’t have a clue.” We’re presenting a story of this Mama Dog, a cat with a cute name, a Mesquite dog waiting and two others saved and a contemplation about a determined rescue on a busy roadway. Read on:
THAN ANYBODY EXPECTED?
Unless you were busy trying to finish a difficult tax return, I guarantee that nobody reading this had as busy a weekend as a dog who had Grapevine Animal Services as a temporary address.
This Mama dog -- we posted her extraordinarily pregnant photo late last week -- began having puppies late Saturday night and delivered the Young Number 13 on Sunday morning. She’s now in the care of a Trinity GAP Rescue foster mom. We got the delivery story from GAP supporter Karen Lee of Barkleyworld.com who describe the event as “GAP pulled this VERY pregnant pup in the nick of time.”
You can make donations to help this pup by going through trinitygap- rescue.org -- and here’s why, in addition to the multiple births expenses, donations will be helpful. As Karen wrote, “This is the LAST litter this mama dog will have and GAP will ensure all puppies are fixed before heading out on their own journeys. This mama’s previous litter is 9 months old and was surrendered to the Grapevine Shelter -- along with two male dogs that were in the household. The cycle stops HERE for this family -- totally ridiculous!”
To see about adopting the boy dogs or the older pups, visit animalservices.grapevinetexas.gov.
DON’T FORGET the Trinity GAP Club Rescue Annual Walkathon on April 28 at Euless Trinity High School. Info is HERE. You can donate to help GAP rescue and get vet help for more animals.
SYMBOL OF PUPPY AND KITTEN SEASON?
Well, of course, there’s no better example of the puppy side of the season than the Mama dog in the opening item.
This cat is our symbol of the kitten side. Thisl little girl was spotted on the Dallas Pets Alive website. Her name is -- and you’ll now see why she’s got the spotlight -- “Orange Julia!” Yes. it’s a name you’d be tempted to keep after you adopt her, isn’t it! She’s A1017015 and you can ask about adopting her and many other kittens and cats by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit dallaspetsalive.org to see more adorable availables.
SAVE THIS DOG?
SAVE THIS DOG!
We’ve been writing about this dog Gunner for a couple of weeks. He keeps dodging the Red Oak needle for a reason. Maybe that reason is he needs to be your dog or the canine companion of someone you know.
His story is simple: He was adopted from Dallas Animal Services, then wound up a stray, his adoptor refused to reclaim him and he's now on death row in the Red Oak Animal Shelter. Gunner is healthy, sweet and available.
Laura Macias, the small shelter advocate, has been trying to help him find a home. On Sunday afternoon I checked with her and she messaged, “Gunner still at shelter -- been there so long. Dreading hearing the news soon that he will be put to sleep.” To offer to save him by adoption or rescuing, contact Laura at email@example.com or call or text 214-949-2726
TWO MESQUITE STORIES:
CHARLIE AND COWBOY & ROSE?
This first Mesquite story was forwarded via Jamie Dodson. The focus is Charlie (#38271707) who needs a rescue before 4 p.m. Tuesday. Why? Because he needs some help in several areas.
He’s not the kind of a dog that is going to get an immediate adoption or rescue, but he’s the kind of dog who may immediately touch your heart. T
he bio with the note reads that Charlie is 8 or 9 years old and weighs 75 pounds. As you read this next passage, you’ll see why I used this somewhat handsome photo of older, sweet Charlie, victim of apparent neglect.
“He is a very sweet guy and enjoys investigating the shelter yard. However he has a testicular tumor the size of a grapefruit, another tumor on his left knee, one on the side left ribcage and both elbows seem to have hanging skin tags. He has an flea allergy on his back and the base of his tail is enlarged. He has been an outside dog and due his condition and possible arthritis he drags his left leg a bit. He also is incontinent.
"He enjoys being petted, but this boy has not at a good life. He has until Tuesday, 4/17 at 4p.m. to be rescued.” You know the Mesquite drill: Use his ID number when you email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the shelter at 972-216-6283.
YOU MAY RECALL that last week we were typing repeatedly the stories of Cowboy and Rose, two dogs on the immediate clock at Mesquite Animal Services. The volunteer tipster Judi Brown tells us that there is good news. Rose has been adopted. And Cowboy, the fellow who happily watched other dogs leaving the shelter and wanted to go, too, has been claimed by a rescue group. We’re attempting to determine which group so someone, Dear Readers, can give Cowboy a good home.
MELISSA BITTING’S SATURDAY RESCUE
Melissa Bitting has provided the Blessing of the Animals many times in Dallas/Fort Worth -- we’ve written about them. This time we’ve got a genuine, hands-on “Bless of the Animal” by the Rev. Melissa! It happened Saturday morning. She wrote about it on Facebook. Here’s the story with some followups.
Melissa began, “Ok, I have had a busy morning. On my way home from getting my hair done in Duncanville, there was a dog running across I-20. I pulled over my car and was trying to see if I could get the dog but the dog ran across the highway so I exited and went down the service road of the freeway and came back to see if I could get the dog.
“I almost started crying when I saw the little dog's body on the Main Street entrance onto I-20. By the time I saw it, I was too far past to stop and pick the little body up.
“So again I went around and came back and then went to look for the dog. At this time the dog had moved. I thought someone had just picked her body up and moved it. But I had decided I was going to go ahead and pick the body up and take it to the shelter. I just didn't want to see this little dog lay there and be squashed on the road.
“So when I parked my car safely off the road and got out to get the little dog, she moved as I was picking her up. So now I knew she was still alive. So the little dog and I went to Tri-Cities Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, one of the best shelters in this part of the world!
“They made arrangements for her to be seen by Dr. [Donna] Fuller at the Pet Medical Center in Duncanville. Dr Fuller did a wonderful job with her. Dr. Fuller even stayed late to see her.
“I volunteered to take her to the vet for the animal shelter staff. After the vet checked her out and medicated, gave IV fluids, steroids, and stapled a cut over her eye, she went back to the shelter to be cared for.
“I am calling this little girl , Angel! Please say a little prayer for her that she will get well and do fine over the weekend!”
This is the only photo we have right now. Angel hasn’t been in a position to take a cheery picture yet. But there are promising notes from shelter staffers.
Melissa sent these: “Tammie, one of the wonderful, long-term Tri-Cities Animal Shelter and Adoption Center employees, drove up to the shelter last night (even though she was off) to check on Angel and give her the meds that she needed. Angel threw up the Tramadol that she was given for pain. She is wanting to sleep a lot, so I am worried about a brain injury. PLEASE continue to pray for this fiercely brave little girl!”
Then, just after noon on Sunday, Shelter worker Sharon had this report: “Angel got up herself to gobble the second round of rotisserie chicken, then crawled into my lap while her IV dripped. I’ll give her more chicken before I leave.”
And, so, because of the determined animal-saving nature of Melissa Bitting, we have this story of the rescue of a dog who should never have been running loose around a freeway.
Contemplate the good heart that helped Angel beat the odds. And, of course, she’ll probably need a home where she can be loved and protected.
A dog to be treasured -- but aren’t they all!
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