EDITION OF TUESDAY THE 31ST, THE LAST DAY OF JULY 2018 [PetPowellPress] Heck yeah, I’m tired. The heat, the constant stories of animals in need, the relentless dieting, the apparently eternal road construction in North Texas.
Holiday Insights says July began with National Build A Scarecrow Day and is ending with Mutt’s Day. I don’t have a scarecrow, but....oh, my the mutts!
Where does “mutt” come from? Ah, the online Oxford Living Dictionaries site says “mutt” originated in the “late 19th century: abbreviation of muttonhead.” Our mutts aren’t muttonheads, but we live in Dallas and there is no shortage of either mutts or muttonheads.
Oh, one more thing: the Sunday Daily Report from Dallas Animal Services says the current shelter population levels are at 105 percent for dogs and 102 percent for cats. Hint, hint: Clear the Shelter Day is August 18 and, given the euthanasia practice at the city, they’re not all going to make it to that day, are they?
That mutt in the photo? That is no mutt, that is Jake (A1034678) at Dallas Animal Services. Clearly an Earhound, Jake with the great eyes is 5 months old and has been in the care of DAS since July 16. Ask about him by calling the PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center at 972-381-1588 ext. 5, according to the shelter website. Go to dallasanimalservices.org and check out part of the massive inventory. Go to the shelter and see more.
A HUMANE TOMORROW?
YOU CAN MAKE SOME FUTURES TODAY
So, one recent day, for some reason, I was checking out things on assorted animal rescue websites and clicked my way to the Humane Tomorrow site at www.fmhs.org. (Yep, formerly named Flower Mound Humane Society but a growing and going concern since 1997.)
On the site I found three remarkable Earhounds, my favorite NOKC breed. (Oh? No Kennel Club.)
Grace is that 9-month-old Rat Terrier with the dynamite ears -- the deal is she has no back feet. Humane Tomorrow says that she seems “largely unaware she has a disability. She gets around on all four legs, and when that tires her out, she just uses her front two legs to get around! Humane Tomorrow very graciously purchased a wheelchair for Grace to use so that we can help keep her spine aligned.” When she’s fully grown, Humane Tomorrow is getting prosthetics for her -- more than $3,000 in case you want to donate. Oh, and in case you want to adopt, Grace romps well with other dogs and loves to “cuddle and give kisses.”
The dog with the extraordinarily long ears is Ruby, a 3-year-old, 54-pound Red Basset. Beat a tick-borne disease while in the care of Humane Tomorrow and a her foster mom. Laid back and healthy now, “she does love and look forward to her evening strolls around the neighborhood.”
The dog with the multi-directional ears is Stitch. She’s a 5-month-old, 25 pound Black Mouth Cur mix. Her bio says her tan coat has “beautiful grayish markings that look like and feel like velvet!” She also loves to play. and she loves to chase tennis balls. “The fosters shoot the balls with a nerf gun, so she runs far and fast to retrieve them!”
There are cats in the care of Humane Tomorrow, too. This beauty is Natalie, a year-old “Gold and Brown Torbie” -- she was evacuated from Houston after a storm, her bio says.
To ask about any of these or any of the other animals in the care of Humane Tomorrow, go to www.fmhs.org.
NEEDS A HAPPY ENDING
This is a Sunday email from volunteer Gayla Geist of CLASP (Cowtown Loves Animal Shelter Pets). It reads that “somehow” a young man got “this 5-month-old Shepherd Akita mix named Honey. He was keeping her behind a grocery store by a dumpster because his parents do not want a dog.
“A neighbor, Carl, has taken her in temporarily. Honey was born on Christmas 2017. She has had some vaccinations. She is house-trained and sits on command. She is great with kids. Not sure she has been tested with cats or dogs. The Facebook post has a video of her in the comments sitting for a treat. She is noted as being very sweet.” To ask about helping the dog, call Carl at 817-808-7512. Here’s the Facebook LINK
Get in touch with CLASP at www.cowtownpets.org.
The Jackpot, Austin & Marching Along
I have a new favorite piece of email. This one was tricked up to look as if it came from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It has a few grammar problems. Here’s how it reads: “Atten: Beneficiary, The Federal Reserve Bank hereby contact you in regards to the ongoing transaction of $22.5m allocated to you from the United Nations as part of there yearly developmetal program. We have informed you that its important you get the Transfer documents before the funds $22.5m can be processed and released to you but till this moment never heard from you.” Ah, tempting a relatively poor person with the promise of $22.5 million -- that’s just plain mean. Besides, $22.5 million isn’t nearly enough. Get back to me with a better offer. ... The idea of renaming Austin falls within the theory of Austin: “Keep Austin Weird.” ... How about a musical finish? First click on THIS PRESENTATION by The President’s Own U.S. Marine Band and then contemplate whether you thought first of John Philip Sousa or Monty Python. Here’s the Python version of The Liberty Bell March.
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