EDITION OF TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (PetPowellPress) Good morning, Dear Readers. Let’s get right into the heart of the matter. And, yes, it is the heart that matters.
Here are our stories, including one that did not go the way anyone wanted.
THE CHABLIS STORY
Last Wednesday we wrote of the heroic efforts Red Collar Rescue and its founder Charlotte Liberda to help a dog named Chablis recover from distemper.
Under vet care and also being tended to by Charlotte personally, this dog was getting every chance to survive this awful illness. Sadly, distemper had destroyed more of her body than anyone could tell at the outset -- necessary functions shut down. [LARRY ASIDE: I’m using this photo of Chablis when she was being cared for -- it demonstrates the love for the dog and it also the fact that Chablis knew she had good human hearts on her side.]
Our Houston pal Alexandra Kelsey, who first tipped us to the story, wrote, “Please keep Charlotte in your thoughts. Despite all possible efforts, Chablis, rescued from BARC (Houston’s animal shelter), lost her battle with distemper Sunday. It is emotionally and financially draining to care for a dog this ill and I know Charlotte is heartbroken at Chablis’ death. But, Charlotte being Charlotte, in Chablis’ honor she has taken on another severe medical case.”
The story was included in a letter Steven Halpert of Friends of BARC wrote about the loss of Chablis. He wrote, “Despite her heartache, Charlotte received a call this afternoon (Sunday) from BARC about a desperate animal that needed emergency care, and she agreed to take the dog under Red Collar’s wing, to honor Chablis’ spirit. In that vein, she named this new RCR dog Spirit.
“Devoted Pets met Charlotte at VERGI [the vet office] and graciously and respectfully carried Chablis out to their facility, to be returned as ashes for Charlotte to hold on to forever,” Steven wrote, then added, “Something about this dog just grabbed a hold of you and wouldn’t let go. She will never be forgotten. Good night, sweet Chablis. God bless you for reminding us how to love.”
That photo of Spirit is edited to not show the horrific injury. Send Charlotte a note of support at email@example.com. Go to https://redcollar.org/donate to help with these hard-to-endure cases. Go to the Red Collar Facebook page to learn about Spirit.
[LARRY NOTE: I warn you out of kindness that the video of Spirit is going to be tough for you to take if you haven’t been involved in emergency room work or hands-on rescue. “Graphic” isn’t powerful enough to describe the image.]
Last week we had a brief exchange of emails with Michael Justice of Golden Retriever Rescue Alliance Inc. And after it was over, I thought, “Wonder what all they’ve got up for adoption?” (That’s my native Texan syntax, y’all.) They have a number of dogs. One of them caught my eye right off because she’s clearly wearing an accessory that will pick up space signals.
That is Dottie (#691), a 9-year-old who narrowly missed the needle. Why? Because of an alert vet tech.
The GRRALL (that’s the acronym for the Alliance) bio for Dottie reads, “GRRALL was contacted by a vet tech about a sweet senior Golden whose owner decided to have her euthanized because she could not afford the allergy testing and care her dog so badly needed. Thankfully, the amazing vet tech worked with the owner to surrender the dog so Dottie could receive care and have a second chance. Our dedicated volunteers dropped everything and sprang into action immediately to bring Dottie to GRRALL.
"Dottie ...has endured so much pain and discomfort from lack of care; terrible skin condition and inflammation; massive ear infections caused by untreated allergies, used for breeding, and is heartworm positive. The heartworm condition is especially sad as preventable with a simple prescription injection or monthly pill. We are heartbroken for Dottie as she now has to endure months of heartworm treatment in addition to all her other medical treatments.
“Dottie has a long road ahead of her. She has already started treatment; drugs, medicated baths, and prescription food to begin the healing process.”
Naturally, the Alliance is pledge to help her with every facet of her recovery. Once she gets to the right point, she’ll be available for fostering and adoption.
She even has a “wishlist,” or as the Alliance bio reads, “Dottie needs your help to feel like the queen that she is.” That wishlist is HERE.
And that’s a royal photo -- the background? Ah, it is the enhancement of the Royal Elizabethan Collar.
To apply to adopt one of the Alliance’s dogs, go HERE . To ask about helping by fostering or becoming an Alliance member, etc., email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEANWHILE, IN WILMER
Oh, my, the little Wilmer shelter has ready-to-go animals and we’re highlighting three of them thanks to the Laura Macias team that works with small taxpayer-supported shelters.
I’m putting the guy Connor first because, well, he has a look that fixates the vulnerable heart.
[LARRY ASIDE: Also, my grandson is named Connor and I sometimes stare at him, too. He’s as entertaining as a puppy, sometimes. Heh, heh. Yeah, I'm a grandfather!] OK, back to Connor the Catahoula Mix -- he’s just under 10 months old and, the bio reads, he has “some of the most stunning, beautiful blue eyes we have ever seen.” He’s also sweet and loving and “has a short-docked type tail.” Nobody knows why -- well, someone does, but they aren’t with him at the shelter.
The other dogs?
Brogan (right), the Mastiff/Lab mix we’ve mentioned before, is a stray picked up south of Wilmer. Handsome and in good shape for a stray.
Logan is a Pyrenees/Lab mix, or maybe even a full Pyr. He didn’t have any papers on him when he showed up as a stray. He may be about 5.
To ask about these Wilmer dogs or the animals in the Red Oak shelter, too, email Laura at email@example.com or call or text 214-949-2726.
CARMEN IN COWTOWN,
TWO CATS IN DALLAS AND THE EUTHSTATS AT DAS
Just before we finished this report, we checked with Ginger Leach at Fort Worth Animal Care and Control about Carmen, the Pittie girl who was brought in with a broken leg. Still nobody tagging her or showing any interest in saving her life. To ask about helping Carmen, email email firstname.lastname@example.org. ... As long as we’re mentioning the noble efforts of Fort Worth to save the dog Carmen, I thought I’d pay tribute to a couple of cats (out of many dogs and cats) in the care of Dallas Animal Services. The cat who apparently enjoys a good cuddle is Samson (A1031179), about 5, in the shelter since the last week of May, and Stu (A10302970), a 2-year-old “Blue Domestic Shorthair’ who has been at the shelter since mid-May. (To ask about these two go to dallasanimalservices.org or call the Petsmart Everyday Adoption Center at 972-381-1588, ext #5.) Why is it important to know how long these cats have been at the crowded City of Dallas Animal Shelter and Adoption Center? Here’s why: Look at the euthanasia numbers for Sunday’s Daily Report Cart from DAS.
Twenty-eight cats. Holy smoke. Dallas really does follow the ol’ theory of animal management: “Got an animal problem? Let’s kill it.”
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