EDITION OF AUGUST 1, 2018 [PetPowellPress] Let’s try to do some positive thinking for this edition. Save some animals today. The odds are dramatically long and the attitude of rescuers is surely worn down by this summer’s constant barrage of unwanted animals and unwanting people. More in CONTEMPLATIONS, but, first, our First Day of August 2018 report.
FÜR ELISE -- FOR ELISE!
That "FÜR ELISE"was the headline on the item in the latest Greyhound Adoption League of Texas newsletter.
It begins, “Beethoven's classical piece immediately came to mind when when our beauti- ful cow dog E- lise arrived.”
[LARRY TIME OUT: Enhance your reading by setting your speakers at a pleasant level and clicking on this version of Für Elise. Now, read on.] GALT says, “This sweet girl had a rough life before she came to GALT and is ready to enjoy all the comforts of a foster home! Elise is borderline heart worm positive and will be tested again in a few weeks to determine if she needs to undergo treatment. She walks well on a leash, loves a good snuggle and will even sit! If you have a place in your heart and home for a grey waiting to start their journey to find a forever family, please submit an online foster application and we'll get the process started. You'll be glad you did!”
Elise’s background? She’s 2 1/2 years old and an owner-surrender in Kansas. Why? The heroic human “acquired her from a coyote hunter in the area several months ago. Elise was kept chained in a pen on the farm due to her chasing chickens.”
Eight racing Greyhounds were also brought in recently from Kansas. Four girls, four boys. See them and how to adopt at galtx.org. GALT says, “Standard intakes cost an average of nearly $700 per dog, so we anticipate incurring over $5,000 to prepare this group for adoption, if no one needs anything extra.” Donate/adopt/love -- three ingredients every rescued dog needs. And read the latest GALT newsletter HERE.
MOSS AND SKEETER
AND A LARGER DOG, TOO!
Moss (39238018) is 4-month-old, 7-pound dog (an Earhound!) and Skeeter (39238004) is the year-old 11-pounder. Their Mesquite Animal Services bio reads, “Reason given for the surrender was simply that the dogs were not wanted.” They’re bonded and the shelter hopes they’ll be adopted together. Both are lap dogs and unhappy in the shelter environment. Call the shelter at 972–216–6283 or email email@example.com.
But, let’s say you want a larger lap dog.
Maybe you’d want to consider Bruce, described as a 77-pound, 3-year-old Pittie mix though, based on his paws and his facial coloring, you might just see some Border Collie in that mix. (Only a DNA tester would know, right?) Bruce is described as “a very energetic, frisky guy who likes to chase balls, play with toy and is “not aware of his own size and strength.” So, clearly, he’s destined to be a lap dog -- for the right, patient, understanding lap.
DAS SHELTER REMINDER
Lots of cats and dogs at DAS. You can see this loving girl London in action in this VIDEO
or you can go to the big Dallas Animal Services Shelter and Adoption Center at I-30 and Westmoreland and meet her in person. Plenty of other dogs and cats, too, and that’s why we’re posting this DAS-created reminder about Clear the Shelters on August 18. (Click on it to make it grow like a Great Dane puppy.)
Go to dallasanimalservices.org to see some of the dogs and cats and “others” on the shelter’s website. There are more unposted animals available. (In Contemplations, we're featuring some of the posted animals.)
FROM PUP SQUAD
We got an appeal regarding the need for fosters (and adoptors) from the noted Houston rescue organization, Pup Squad.
Among the dogs that caught our eye was this Pittie/Lab mix Maya, nearly 4 1/2 years old. She was rescued from a local shelter with her 8 puppies. [LARRY ASIDE: Oh, Dallas, oh, my, Houston has fertility challenges, too!] While Maya was OK as a mom, she’s going to do better as an only dog without chickens. Yes, chickens. The story is the final straw was Maya becoming interested in the neighbor's chickens.
Pup Squad is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in 2018. Why was it formed by four volunteers from BARC, Houston’s animal control? Here’s the official reason from the Pup Squad site: “One of the most distressing things about volunteering at BARC was seeing the plight of the puppies and mother dogs.”
Yes, it’s apparently a Texas-wide problem, don’t you think? To offer to foster at Pup Squad, email Stephanie Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit THIS SITE.
HOW DO YOU DEFEAT
THE UGLY SIDE OF HUMAN NATURE?
Probably everybody reading this has a solid sense of the value of an animal’s life. Not just a “house pet,” but a living being with emotions and the ability to make decisions. They think. Sure, they’re not building a new social media site or planning a tourism space flight to Mars, but they are existing with thoughts and moods and their purpose for existence is to be a partner -- maybe even a guiding light -- in giving the human a moment of comfort or some space to think about things we should appreciate. They exist, also, to teach us humans to be calm. They teach by example -- sometimes. I’ve lived with dogs and cats who taught me to be alert -- don’t leave the pizza box open. That sort of thing.
Each edition of Readlarrypowell.com we celebrate the people who are working to save the lives of these dogs and cats that have done nothing except exist and enjoy human companionship -- right up until the moment they’re dumped at a shelter, or a gate is “oops, left open by accident” or -- the excuses are myriad.
Honestly, I’m losing a grip on my longtime newsroom neutrality -- many of you will doubt it, but in my era of journalism, reporters and editors worked hard to not have opinions in news stories. (Nowadays, as a guy who writes for an animal site, I celebrate freedom of expression -- yeah, I’ve got opinions. You can see them -- they’re not hidden but this is not a newspaper format, this is a biased-for-animals news site.)
PERSONAL NOTE: Sometimes, in my newsroom career, the newsroom stifle-the-opinion attitude reached into my personal life. In my case, this suppression would make the opinion emerge as personal anger or maybe a stretch of unpleasant personality (years long, some of my loved ones might say).
Nowadays, I seem to be vulnerable to human and animal plights. If I spot someone doing something good for a human or an animal, I might even tear up a little bit over the amount of human heart that is being applied. It’s puzzling to reach this point in life -- geez, I have a heart? Who knew? There was an old rule in the newsroom: you tell both sides of a story. I once read a quote from the great newspaper columnist and author Jim Bishop who said, “Some stories just have one side.” And, that is the case in animal stories most of the time. We told a story today of two Chihuahuas dumped at a shelter becaude they were just not wanted any more. That’s a story with just one side. What the heck did the dogs do that a human couldn’t cope with?
A pack of dogs terrorize a neighborhood -- that’s a story with just one side. They were let down by a human at some point. What would be the other side? Couldn’t think of one.
Humans can be responsible. Haven’t we seen it? But being responsible is a challenge for so many members of our species. Mercifully, the humans who are reading this see being responsible as a lifestyle, a mission, a goal. God bless your rescuers and advocates and loving adoptors.
Oh, goodness, the “other people.” How do we get those other people to care? How do we open their hearts? How do we get them to stop thinking, “It’s only a dog” or “It’s just a cat”?
Is the challenge of don’t-care humans too much for do-gooders -- do they just wear us out? Now and then some of us might snap and unload on a don’t-care human. Does that do any good? Not a bit -- feels good, but that’s about it. Let me know if you spot a don't-care human reading this.
How difficult it is to simply accept the fact that some people have no place in their hearts for doing the right thing. Those people, we might be able to ignore. When we can’t ignore them is when they graduate to caring so little that the misery or death of other beings means nothing to them -- that’s when they become a plague on the rest of us. And I just don’t know how we can repair them. It just seems so easy to follow the Golden Rule: Do unto others -- humans, dogs, cats, all the beasts and children -- as you’d have them do unto you.
OK, I’ll shut up now. But, please, continue to be kind to animals and each other. And, every now and then, lecture somebody -- you can tell 'em I sent you.
[THE DALLAS ANIMAL SERVICES ADOPTABLES ARE, IN ORDER OF DISPLAY (AS YOU WONDER WHY SO MANY ARE THERE AND SO FEW PEOPLE CARE):
DOGS: GUCCI MAN - ID#A1021274 PIt Dalmation; OREO - ID#A1032708 Lab mix; MORADA - ID#A1033142 German Shepherd mix; REBEL - ID#A1035750 Pittie; LOGAN A1035883 Alaskan Husky mix; QUEEN - ID#A1036150 German Shepherd; KING - ID#A1036436 Chihuahua; ALICE - ID#A1037230 Lab mix; SUMO - ID#A1037375 Akita; ABUELO - ID#A1038491Chihuahua and YOLANDA - ID#A1038628 Blue Merle Aussie.
CATS: DAKOTA - ID#A1028879; NINO - ID#A1036693; BEAUX - ID#A1038264 and BEAU - ID#A1037570. Not pictured? Twenty-one Guinea Pigs, Hamsters and Rabbits and the majority of the 220 dogs and 56 cats displayed at 3 p.m. Tuesday (possibly more than half but less than two-thirds of the animals awaiting rescue or adoption in the Dallas Animal Services Shelter.
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