EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018 (PetPowellPress) -- Animals are in the news and specifically we cite the expansion of the American Airlines list of banned emotional support animals on planes. First on the list? “Amphibians,” according to one news story.
Well, to quote a dear emotional support animal who has boosted so many of us for decades, “It’s not easy being green.” ... Now, we’ll move into the day's reports and eventually a Tom Wolfe moment in Contemplations.
TAILS FROM THE ROOFTOP
AT EAST LAKE PET ORPHANAGE
If I’d headlined this item “Tales” you might have been expecting some party stories. Nope, these are tails -- party animals, sort of.
This note came from East Lake Pet Orphanage -- and so did these photographs. (We’ll tell you about the auction at the end of this segment.)
The ELPO note began with a question: “What do these pets all have in common?”
And then came the answer: “While we were setting up for Wine on the Roof (on Saturday), they all came to East Lake Pet Orphanage for a second chance.
“Blondie was abandoned and tied to our event tables Saturday morning.
“Joan Jett was brought in as stray by a Good Samaritan.
“Rubix was brought in by a gentleman who was searching for his own lost dog. With eyes matted shut, he couldn't see, but his tail wagged knowing that he was in safe hands.
“The puppies in a box were rescued by a couple who found them behind a dumpster and thankfully brought them to us. Someone may have thrown them away, but it is our mission to help find them homes.
“The evening for Wine in the Roof may have been a success, but the greatest victory is helping pets like these get the second chance they deserve.”
You can see these animals at East Lake Pet Orphanage, 10101 E. Northwest Highway, in Dallas. Call 214-342-3100.
And, there are still some great items left from the Wine On The Roof auction. See them HERE.
REPORTS FROM DENTON:
ROMANO & HANSON
Well, Romano has a home. He was the last of 9 dogs on the short clock at Denton McNatt Animal Shelter and, our tipster Amy Poskey reports, all 9 have now been saved.
That’s him on the left.
Amy writes, “Somewhere along the way it was discovered that Romano is a real ladies man! Yep, we originally thought Romano was not dog friendly when he was out in the play yard with a large group of dogs; however, he was re-tested this weekend with a few submissive female dogs and he did great! Now Romano has a new sister, Lucy, who is a very proper lady! Thank you to EVERYONE who believed in ALL these URGENT pooches cuz it saved their lives!!!”
That brings us to Hanson and Amy’s report. She writes, “Folks, I just have to tell ya that Hanson is truly a diamond in the ruff and he is an incredible boy!!! This sweet angel had surgery yesterday (Monday) for entropion on both his eyes and is expected to heal perfectly! He is on antibiotics and pain meds and is sporting a soft cone for 10 days and then he will need to get the sutures out. Hanson is in a temporary foster home and his foster mom reports that Hanson is SO HAPPY to be in a home! Not only that, but he is housetrained and gets along with the resident dogs AND cat!!! What a wonderful boy!!!”
he’s a maybe 5- to may 8-year-old Shar Pei. He’s neutered already.
The contacts to claim Hanson as your household companion, email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, paul.o’firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. Call the shelter at 940-349-7594.
THE RED OAK SHELTER CHALLENGE
And the challenge is getting the animals adopted or rescued from a low-traffic, small, suburban shelter south of Dallas, Texas. Yep, Red Oak is the place, and these are some of the animals highlighted by Laura Macias and the people who work to help smaller shelters.
Laura is the contact FOR ALL THESE ANIMALS at email@example.com or CALL OR TEXT 214-949-2726.
The animals include Roy (left) and Mickey, a couple of buff fellow waiting to be adopted into a perfect cat home.
No idea how Roy came to be in the shelter -- he probably didn’t call Uber and ask to be delivered. Mickey, on the other hand, is described as “an owner release from someone who could no longer care for him.”
We’ve posted Batman, the young Bully/Staffy boy before. He’s a cruelty case dog, “left in a motel room with no food or water when someone skipped out on the bill.”
He was one of four dogs left in that fix -- they were left in their crates for nearly week with no food or water. Handsome, sweet Batman is the only one of the dogs who is still waiting for rescue. According to the note about him, Batman “is such a sweetie pie...save a dog that will be so grateful, so loving, that he will adore you forever.”
Then there’s Jackson, a Bully/Boxer mix who is a “very good boy who loves and adores everyone.” And, according to the shelter bio in the note, “We actually did locate the original owner, but sadly, we think that they could just no longer care for him. It's really sad because he is SUCH a good boy and he will make someone just the best dog ever. What we did learn is that his original name was Cash and he is about 2 years old. He is housetrained. Has been around a girl dog as a buddy in the past. The volunteers ADORE this dog. Please, if you want a great dog, look no further.” Please, save him ... he will love and adore you forever ....
TURNING TO MESQUITE
AND SOME OPPORTUNITIES
We’ve written about Dean (38292700). His deadline was Tuesday morning but somehow he got a break. Our tipster Judi Brown writes, “We have some empty kennels so he’s been given more time but this can’t keep going on. This is a good dog please please!!! He doesn’t know why he hasn’t been picked when the others have either been rescued or adopted. Not much time for a hero to step up but I have faith. The adoption price is 50% off. His life depends on you! If you can’t adopt or tag please network.”
Meanwhile, the shelter also has this guy Kokomo (38548422), a 43-pound, 6-month-old retriever mix surrendered on Saturday “due to the personal problems of the owner.”
Kokomo is described as an enthusiastic, energetic puppy who “wiggles all over when he thinks he’s going to get attention. He’s a happy guy with lots of love and kisses to share. He appears to love everyone. ... His previous owners stated that he’s good with children and other dogs. He jumped back when a cat hissed at him.”
For Kokomo or Dean call 972–216–6283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
AND DON’T FORGET JUNIOR, the 3-year-old Shar-Pei/Shepherd/Pit mix we wrote about last week. He was adopted and brought back. By this time, he was nearly starved when he returned. You may remember this photograph. As Judi wrote, “He came into the shelter dangerously thin, bowlegged with a wonky walk probably due to loss of muscle mass. He’s 38458697 at the shelter.
Mesquite also has Luna, a 9-year-old German Shepherd Mix surrendered “because she was no longer wanted.” She’s learning to trust, Judi’s note says.
And there’s also Sugar, this 71-pound Lab mix who came in as a stray on the 10th.
Clearly Sugar is a Jaunty Earhound (38525403). She’s described as “a gorgeous girl who lives up to her name. ... This gorgeous girl is very gentle and well mannered. She sits for treats.”
A REMINDER ABOUT
Dallas’ Dangerous Dogs Task Force meets at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the L1FN Conference Room at Dallas City Hall. This is a “public forum regarding the legal and safety issues of dangerous dogs in our community,” the announcement read on the Dallas Animal Services Facebook Page. To RSVP (so they’ll know how many people to expect), email ACC.email@example.com. You may also submit questions at that address.
Here’s the latest DAS Daily Report -- check the numbers of dogs euthanized in Dallas. Surely they were not all dangerous dogs. Surely.
Who will now write the things Tom Wolfe would have written? Is that branch of literature over with? I once met Tom Wolfe and helped him out. I entered the third floor elevator lobby going north as he entered going south. I guess because I looked like I knew the lay of the land in The Dallas Morning News, this tallish, thin man in his trademark white suit and an East Coast intellectual haircut, said, “Excuse me, can you tell me where I can find the men’s room?” “Sure,” I said, turning to point down the next hall. “First door on the right.” “Thank you,” he said. And that is how I helped one of the world’s great writers at a particular time of need. I’d have waited on him outside the men’s room, but I had a deadline and, besides, you shouldn’t be creepy with your heroes.” ... Here’s a great literary quote from Tom Wolfe, “My entire career, in fiction or nonfiction, I have reported and written about people who are not like me.” Read a little more about Tom Wolfe from NPR’s Jeffrey Toobin HERE. ... We’re ending this with a salute to the dog named Kokomo in hopes of inspiring someone to adopt him. For a great song from The Beach Boys’ catalog, click HERE.
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