EDITION OF TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018 [PetPowellPress] -- Before we get into celebrating Texas' vigorous rescue community -- we have an Angel update, the story of Siamese Johnny and more -- we need to note that, according to Holiday Insights, the online calendar collection, April 17 is Bat Appreciation Day. And it occurs during National Poetry Month. We’re beginning to appreciate the Texas Rangers’ bats, but that’s a different species. Back to the only mammals who can actually fly without a pat-down at the airport.
This is a cat who is demonstrating how bats fold their wings and catch some sleep. I’m kidding. He's our hand-raised cat Simon. We’re using his photo to simultaneously celebrate Bat Day and Poetry Month. Here’s the commemorative poem.
Bats, Cats & Poetry
This is our kitten named Simon,
He’s one of our younger cats
He’s frequently busy,
But here he is sleepy
And blissfully unfamiliar with bats.
-- From the upcoming book “Channeling Inky, The Cocker Laureate of the State of Texas.”
CATCHING UP WITH COWBOY
In Monday’s report we noted that two successful “last-minute” saves in Mesquite. Rose was adopted and Cowboy, went to rescue. Which rescue? Our volunteer Mesquite Shelter tipster Judi Brown tells us that “Cowboy went to Habitat 4 Paws!” You can donate to the organization’s work and volunteer to help and see how to adopt at habitat4paws.org. If you want to get directly involved in adopting Cowboy or helping this group email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
As our tipster Judi wrote, “Thanks for following up on things like this. We can use all the help we can get to get our homeless pets homes.”
[LARRY ASIDE: A note to Habitat 4 Paws. Thanks for saving this wonderful dog (and aren’t they all wonderful!). All shelter animals have a story. Most of the time a human is involved in their misfortune. It’s always uplifting when humans are involved in their rescue. Everybody needs to celebrate the rescuers every day.]
CAR-CRASH CAT, SIAMESE JOHNNY
This beautiful Siamese fellow had an encounter with a car in Houston and we learned about it through our reliable tipster Alexandra Kelsey who monitors such challenges in the Bayou City rescue community.
The cat’s sort of picked up the name “Siamese Johnny” in email subject lines. How’s he doing? Recovering. It wasn’t just a simple “fix the broken bone” event. Here is Barbara Louis’ early note, forwarded to us by AKelsey. It reads, “Johnny was found on the side of the road after being hit by a car. He is a very pretty male, Siamese mix and is about one year old. He was immediately rushed to a vet where it was discovered Johnny’s pelvis is fractured. The fractured pelvic bones will need a plate to reconnect them. In the picture, you can see how swollen his leg and thigh are.
“However, the IMMEDIATE repair that has to be made is to Johnny’s kidney. The trauma of being hit by the car damaged one of Johnny’s kidneys and it is now non-functioning. He will have surgery TODAY [Thursday] to remove the dead kidney.”
This challenge was discovered as Johnny was being examined by Dr. Mark Rieger at Fairbanks Animal Hospital. Trauma had damaged one kidney beyond repair. So, what happened? Good fortune for a good kitty. The report that afternoon was, “Johnny came through the surgery very well. He is in recovery and is already eating and they have him on IV fluids just to make sure he stays hydrated and that the remaining kidney is working properly. Everything looks good!!!!”
His next challenge is the surgery to put in a plate that reunites the “parts of his pelvis,” Barbara explained to us Monday.
All of this is costly, Barbara says. In fact, she adds, “We figure getting Johnny back up and running (literally) will be at least $3,000, probably more. If someone wants to make a donation, they can go to lovingarmspetplacement.com or send a check to LAPP at P.O. Box 940877, Houston, Texas 77094." Cat adoption forms are on the website.
[LARRY ASIDE: You know how you sometimes buy a “refurbished” computer that works perfectly forever? That’s sort of what you’ll be getting when you adopt Johnny. He needs someone to make sure he has a good, long, loved life.]
TWO SWEET PUPS AVAILABLE
BECAUSE RESCUER SAVED THEM
We got the tip on this beautiful pair of pups from the reliable animalfan Sydney Busch of Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake, the organization that operates, so to speak, the world’s most successful spay/neuter clinic at Gun Barrel City, Texas! These dogs and the clinic are about to have an encounter.
The black one with the white chest accessory is the boy; the female is the smaller one. “Both are sweet dogs,” says their finder, Robert Draper of Mabank. How’d he find them? It happened when he saw them “on the side of a 2-lane highway in a 70-mph zone on the way home from church 3 weeks ago.” He’s been trying to find a home, a no-kill shelter to get them into the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake Shelter at Tool, Texas. But, he says, all the shelters are full. He and his wife already have all the dogs they can handle. So, on Tuesday, the day the clinic does it’s spay/neuter business, Robert will bring them to the the clinic “to get their shots in order to help them get adopted. .... I’m not sure of their age, but I plan on having them spayed/neutered as soon as they are old enough.”
To get in touch with Robert to adopt these dogs, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-228-2278.
Get in touch with the Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake online by emailing Sydney@friendsoftheanimals.org or call 903-451-4701. Visit www.friendsoftheanimals.org.
And, don’t forget that the big gala fundraiser WHISKERS AND WAGS for Friends and the Humane Society is coming up on Saturday -- go to whiskersandwags2018.org.
AN ANGEL UPDATE AND OTHER NOTES
We told the story in Monday’s edition of how Melissa Bitting managed to save an apparently lifeless dog who’d been struck by a car at I-20 and Main Street in Duncanville. Ugly tale but a beautiful rescue demonstrating the heart of a diligent rescuer. That first photo is what the dog Angel looked like Saturday when she was in the early stages of healing medical treatment. How good did things turn out thanks to Dr. Donna Fuller at Pet Medical Center in Duncanville and the staff at Tri-City Animal Shelter, located in Cedar Hill and serving that city, Duncanville and DeSoto? The second photo is Angel on Monday. Melissa sent it and wrote, “Angel, looking much better.” Then during the noon hour she reported, “She is up, eating and walking!!!!” That is a big step, so to speak, for a dog who 48 hour earlier had been mistaken for dead -- until she moved when being lifted off the ground. We don’t know how Angel came to be running loose on a busy highway, but we do know how she came to be saved: a human with a good heart stopped to give aid. Bless the goodhearts of this world. ... Back to our opening paragraph and poem. We mentioned that this is Bat Appreciation Day. Holiday Insights, our online source, says there’s an official recipe for the day -- it’s for Bats Eyes. Here’s the LINK and I don’t think it’ll make you queasy. Pretty sure, anyway. ... Oh, and April 17 is also National Cheeseball Day -- which I believe is a pitch favored until recently by the Texas Rangers bullpen. I’m kidding. I’m kidding. Planning ahead, April 18 is listed as International Juggler’s Day which “also applies to multi-tasking office workers” and it's also “Newspaper Columnists Day” though opportunities to celebrate have been diminished dramatically lately by The Big Paper Downtown -- exit Jacquielynn Floyd and James Ragland. So, celebrate Robert Wilonsky, still at The Big Paper in Dallas, and Bud Kennedy at The Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- Bud’s a former colleague at The Beloved and The Now Long-gone Fort Worth Press (unpublishing since 1975) and The Formerly Great Big Paper in Downtown Dallas. Newspapers -- The Shrinking Profession.
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