EDITION OF TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018 [PetPowellPress] -- The writing for this edition began during a cold snap -- temp was 74 in Dallas at a very Monday noonish moment. So we should report on two cool things: (1) A magnificent milestone at the Friends of the Animals Spay/Neuter Clinic and (2) an Oklahoma dog’s rescue at a particularly prickly moment. Other things, today, too. Anybody north of the Hill Country remember Hemisfair '68? Keep reading.
HIS NAME IS STEVE
As you may guess, this dog has encountered a Being from Another Planet. Or a porcupine. We got the word of this from the resilient rescuer in Burns Flat, Okla., Terry Lynn Fisher.
The dog is a Mastiff named Steve. We don’t know the porcupine’s name -- Sir Lance-a-lot, maybe. Terry Lynn explains, “Yesterday, I got a call about a dog in urgent need. I guess it found a porcupine and got curious. Well, it did not end well for the poor dog. This was out at the lake about 15 miles from me. Not knowing if it was dumped or a stray, my son and I went right out there. One of the neighbors said it belonged to the people at the end of the road, but the lady had been flown to Oklahoma City the day before for an emergency C section... We searched for the dog and finally found him. He was in bad shape. He was very near to having a heatstroke.This poor baby had so many quills it was heartbreaking. Inside his mouth was just as full. He was hot and dehydrated. Jason poured some water in his mouth for he was unable to drink at all.
“He was not wanting to go with us so we had to actually carry this big boy. I am so glad my son was with me. This dog weighed in at 198.7 pounds. ... He is honestly the biggest Mastiff I have ever seen.
“Once we got him to the vet, we were informed he was very near to losing his life to the heat alone. So they immediately went to work on him.
“He was sedated and the two girls and my son laid on the floor and went to work removing the many quills. It took almost 2 hours to finish.
“He is now resting at the vet a couple days and will heal. I just am thankful we went when we did and were able to find him and get him loaded.
“I love these mastiffs. My son had two of them and they are the sweetest dogs ever.”
If you’ve followed Terry Lynn’s work with desperate and damaged animals all these years, then you will really appreciate the way she closed her note about Steve, now doing fine at the vet’s.
Terry Lynn wrote, “I just wanted to share this story, for it had a very happy ending.” [LARRY ASIDE: May there be many, many more from Burns Flat and Terry Lynn.]
MEANWHILE, OUT AT THE LAKE
THERE’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT
This is one great note from Sydney Busch, our longtime tipster for the enduring organ- ization, Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake.
The paragraph, accompanied by these photographs of the hero vet and the important patient, has the info: “Hailey, loved Catahoula of Elizabeth Paul of Gun Barrel City, was the 40,000th animal to be spayed/neutered by Friends of the Animals. Dr. Glen Campbell has been the surgical veterinarian since Friends opened the doors in July 2002.”
This is why, as we’ve often noted at Readlarrypowell.com, the Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake operate the world’s most successful spay/neuter clinic at Gun Barrel City, Texas. [LARRY ASIDE: Forty-thousand spay/neuter operations on dogs and cats in 16 years. You’d think it would be pretty difficult to get pregnant or to get someone pregnant around Cedar Creek Lake. I think people drive from Dallas, the most fertile city in North America, to dump their “intact” and “expectant” dogs and cats around the Greater Laketroplex. Just a theory.]
You can read about Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake HERE -- donate there, too -- and you can follow the organization on Facebook here.
WAITING IN PLANO
FOR A HOME AND A HEART
How about this guy Nigel! Clearly, the 3-year-old, neutered cat has made himself at home in this photo -- only it’s not the home he needs. He’s at Plano Animal Services and waiting.
Our former colleague at The Once Upon a Time Big Paper Downtown, Annette Bernhard Nevins, reports the story, “Friends please adopt Nigel. He started hanging out on my patio after one of my neighbors moved. He is lost and needs a home. He is at the Plano Animal Shelter. Nigel is very handsome and aristocratic looking! He is a friendly boy who seems to be litter box-trained. ... He was lost and never found by his owner.”
Contact the shelter via email@example.com or call 972-769-4360. Use Nigel’s ID number: A151879. And HERE IS HIS SHELTER LINK.
TWO GREYHOUND REMINDERS
The Havana Nights poster is so cute that I am moved to post reminders of the upcoming weekend’s events for the Greyhound Adoptin League of Texas. The Havana Nights Summer Gala is Saturday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., at Magnolia Terrace in Frisco.
And The Great Global Greyhound Walk is Sunday -- gather at 9:30 a.m. at Heritage Park Pavilia in the Botanical Gardens in Grapevine.
More details area available at galtx.org. And you can see available Greyhounds online there, too.
AS LONG AS WE'RE
REMINDING ABOUT THINGS
The two Big City Animal Shelters -- Dallas and Fort Worth -- are still trying to safely get animals out via rescue and adoption. Google them and you can see what’s available. Also, the Red Oak Animal Shelter, reopened after some recent maintenance work, has another load of unwanted animals. Mesquite has a bunch. Garland has plenty. Denton is enjoying a sizeable population.
You get the drift: Shelters are full, someone save the animals. Bottom line: Shelters around here hold firm to the sad long-time Texas theory of animal management: “Got an animal problem? Let’s kill it.”
In case you wondered, here's the latest daily report from Dallas Animal Services.
THE DOG OF WAR
Looking through overlooked notes from the weekend, I ran across a Memorial Day Instagram Post from Operation Kindness, the no-kill shelter in Carrollton. It reads, “operation kindness Remem- bering all humans and furry friends who have served. Happy #MemorialDay!" And it cited Sergeant Stubby, the first dog to reach that rank in the U.S. Army. Happened 100 years ago in World War I.
As you can see from this old photo Operation Kindness posed, Sgt. Stubby is what I’d call a “genuine Service Dog.”
Much has been written about Sgt. Stubby, including his World War I service and saving his regiment from a “surprise mustard gas attack.”
Where did such a brave dog come from? He was a stray adopted by a soldier while the 102nd Infantry was training at Yale University. He’s the subject of a just-released animated film, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero. (Look for it on cable or online -- the movie was less resilient than the real Sgt. Stubby.) There are several books about him. What kind of dog was Sergeant Stubby -- he was the kind that would be banned in lots of places today. Sgt. Stubby was a probable descendant of a Bull Terrier, the breed that was at the core of the development of the then-relatively new breed, the Boston Terrier, according to author Ann Bausum. She has written two books about this dog: Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and and His Best Friend Helped win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation and Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog.
Curious about the dog and cat? Ah, yes, neither of those is a Dog of War. But they could be a Companion for Peace. Both are available at Operation Kindness. Dash (38699095) is a Chinuahua, about 2 months old and six huge pounds. He came from another shelter and is an active little guy.
That cat is Cassidy, a Siamese (38010228) who must be a student of Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars because, clearly, Cassidy knows you have an advantage when you attack from highter ground. [LARRY ASIDE: Yes, I studied Caesar’s Gallic conquests in Latin II, shortly after the emperor wrote the diaries.] Cassidy, a six-pounder who’s about 3, came into OK with 5 kittens. The whole family is ready for new homes. Go to operationkindness.org to see how to adopt.
THE TEMP, THE PAST AND THE DIRT
Because the temp in Dallas dropped into the mid-70s on Monday morning, our air-conditioner was freezing us out until it shut down just as designed. Our great hope is, of course, that it will turn back on and freeze us out again as mercury begins to nudge 100 again. ... Here’s a question out of nowhere: Remember when a World’s Fair was really something? Hasn’t been one in the United state since 1984’s New Orleans World’s Fair. Before that? Knoxville, 1982; San Antonio (remember Hemisfair!), 1968 and New York, 1964-65. Oh, and Seattle (1962), venue for the Elvis movie It Happened at the World’s Fair. Of course, the State Fair of Texas (Sept. 28-Oct. 21) is darned near a World’s Fair. That first photo is the Unisphere from NY’s fair in 1964-65 (and, of course, Men In Black with Texan Tommy Lee Jones in 1997). The second is of the Tower of the Americas and the monorail in San Antonio at Hemisfair ’68. ... A diet story: I wrote an email note to myself last Thursday night about midnight and immediately forgot about. On Friday I woke to find, in the stack of email, my note, my puzzling note -- no text, just two words in the subject line: “june dirt.” I didn’t know if that was a reference to an old acquaintance or a newspaper story I’d left undone in the early 2000s. So, I thought, I’ll have a nice breakfast -- maybe even put a liberal pat of butter on my oatmeal and with that very thought I realized I’d sent myself a typographical error. “June dirt” is really “June diet.” FYI: June 1 was National Donut Day. How mean is fate! I didn’t celebrate. But I thought about it and put on two pounds.
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