EDITION OF WEDNESDAY JUNE 13, 2018 (PetPowellPress) -- Pardon me if my thoughts wander during this opening. Tuesday was the day our former front-yard feral William set an example for the other randy feline fellows in the neighborhood. He’s a little bit lighter now than he was earlier in the day. I'm betting he's not the last fertile tabby in North Texas.
This is William in my lap about a month ago. Once he realized the humans in our house were the people with the free cat food, we had him. We have a “Feral Hotel” in our patio room. He has the Movie Star Suite. After all, he is “William Powell.” He’s still uneasy around other cats and dogs, but we’re working on that. I’ve coated William and the others with liquified catnip. I’m kidding but don’t think I haven’t considered it. Any cat congeniality tips would be appreciated (send them to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Back to spaying and neutering: In honor of William The Newly Neutered Cat, Readlarrypowell.com urges the entire State of Texas to spay and neuter dogs and cats. Especially in our zip code, 75224. We’ve pretty much run out of people who are interested in adopting a formerly feral kitten or cat. Without any customers, we have to shut off production. It’s a chore: This is Dallas, the most fertile city in the western hemisphere.
ONCE UPON A TIME
AT THE HARDWARE STORE
I only had to walk out onto the porch to find William. Some people have to go all the way to a hardware store to find cats. Keep reading.
It should be no surprise to regular visitors to Readlarrypowell.com that we are once again making a pitch for the small Red Oak city shelter south of Dallas. To quote the “small shelter specialist” Laura Macias, “This shelter is urgently full. ... This is not a big shelter. They get some great cats and dogs -- please help save one.”
These cats are Reese, described as a “young female pastel Tortie,” and three kittens -- KitKat (the gray), Fudge (the black kitten) and Snickers (the orange kitten).”
According to the note, “This adorable family was born down at the local Ace Hardware and momma is young and very loving. The babies are all completely adorable. Please, won't you save one? Available together or individually - this little family needs some TLC and they need someone to love them. Please help save one!”
Dogs in Red Oak? Heck, yeah, and these are some of the critical dogs. Sparkles, the Golden Retriever mix was “an owner release from someone who said they were headed out of town and could not afford to board her while gone. They were told that this shelter is space based and any dog or cat here is at risk of euthanasia and they left her anyway. SO sad - she is such a fluffy sweetie pie. The previous owner said she was spayed.”
Then there is a very appropriately named stray Border Collie. The shelter has named him “Chase.” [LARRY ASIDE: I’ve seen Border Collies do a lot of chasing -- our childhood dog Queenie could catch three kids and herd them into an orderly formation quicker than Mom could yell us into behaving.] Border Collies need a person -- they need a boss. They are extraordinarily attentive and loyal. And there’s Matt, a Belgian Malinois who is described as an “absolutely wonderful dog -- intelligent, sweet, loving, and just a great dog in every way. Around 5, so he has so much love to still give and he is such a great boy - he's over all the puppy stuff and very well behaved.” He came in as a stray and has demonstrated that he’s house-trained.
Tanner? He’s a puppy. A little Collie/Shepherd mix just waiting to either grow up and be loved in a home -- or the needle.
FYI: “All dogs at this shelter are heartworm tested and all dogs and cats are given first set of shots upon arrival. If you adopt they are also microchipped.”
To ask about these adorable adoptables, email Laura Macias at email@example.com or call or text 214-949-2726.
HUMAN CHOSE NOT RECLAIM HIM!
This obvious Earhound is Zane, a 7- or 8-year-old Blue Gray Chihuahua who arrived at the Mesquite Animal Shelter on June 6 as a stray. Our tipster Judi Brown has the rest of this heartbreaking story when she writes, “He had been adopted from the shelter in 2015 and the owner chose not to reclaim him. This is puzzling as Zane is an absolute sweetheart! ... He’s a cute little guy that has amazing ears. He’s calm and well mannered. He’s very loving. He gives kisses and loves to snuggle. If you put them down the first thing he does is come to you. He walks well on a leash. He shares his kennel with another dog without a problem. He was not interested in meeting the cats. He weighs 15 pounds. Bonus: he’s fixed and ready to go to his new FOREVER home.”
Zane’s shelter number (this time) is 29293971 -- use it when you call the shelter at 972-216-6283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to tag or adopt this Lapdog/Earhound/Heartbroken little guy. Judi says he's clearly depressed by his circumstances.
TWO JUNE EVENTS,
ONE FOR DADS
Joyce Connelley at Marshall Grain Company in Grapevine keeps us in the loop on animal-related events at the longtime business.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday (June 16, the day before Father’s Day!), Joyce says the company wil host a “free Father’s Day paw-painting class.” The staffers will help “turn your dog’s pawprint into a beautiful father’s day gift Dad will love.” The water color creation will also get “some special touches that turn your print into a unique memory.”
Then, on Sunday, June 24, Marshal Grain has a photo special. With any purchase of $50 or more in dog or cat supplies, you get a free “glamour portrait” of your pet. The pro photographer will be there from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. More details and info at https://www.marshallgrain.com.
Oh, and Joyce’s news release included this key sentence: “Dogs on a leash are always welcome inside Marshall Grain.”
Back to spay/neuter. We take our spay/neuter patients to our vet’s office. We like to visit the vet and the staff at Love Freeway Animal Hospital and it helps our animals establish a relationship with the doc and staff for times that aren’t so “easy.” Besides, we love the animals and want them to be healthy -- they should all have more than just a spay/neuter vet visit in their medical records. About “fixing” animals: Dallas has many free and low-cost spay-neuter opportunities. See a lot of those opportunities at the Let‘s Fix This site https://www.lets-fix-this.org ... Here’s a thought I’ll let you contemplate on your own: I’ve had puppies, kittens and twin baby boys -- which was more difficult to housebreak? I’m kidding my sons, of course. But none of the dogs wore diapers for a year. ... We need some music for the day. Holiday Insights says June 13 is both National Weed Your Garden Day and Sewing Machine Day. What song goes with that? Perhaps this oldie but an oddie will leave you in stitches. CLICK HERE FOR A BLOOMING STRANGE TIME.
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