EDITION OF THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2018 [PetPowellPress] For anyone who is planning ahead, Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 4, when, suddenly, by an Act of Congress, it’s 1 a.m. Time travel. Should be cooler by then for longer than three or four days at a stretch. Now, we present today’s far-reaching, multi-directional report discussing rescues, adoptions, the art of cat-spoiling, office equipment and a Contemplation. Here goes. Oh, those kittens? They’re both available at the East Lake Pet Orphanage. The very serious kitten -- possibly the most serious kitten photo I’ve ever seen -- is Lemony. Count Olaf is the kitten with the expression. I think he’d just winked at the vet.
THE WAY THINGS
ARE STACKING UP &
HELPING MR. BLACK
Ever try to stack something in a broken cabinet? Our longtime reliable tipster Sydney Busch of Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake, reports “We need a new cabinet at the clinic. Looking for an open front cabinet: Approx 30" wide by 12" deep and 72" tall...The one we have now is falling apart. (You buy cheap, you get cheap!). Anyone have one we can use please and thank you?"
She also says, “Those dimensions are pretty rigid as the room is not that big and it's full of stuff!” To arrange a cabinet donation, email firstname.lastname@example.org. [LARRY ASIDE: If you wanted to donate a larger cabinet, you could also donate enough money to build a new clinic with larger dimensions. Just a thought. After all, Friends of the Animals operates the world’s most successful spay/neuter clinic at Gun Barrel City, Texas.]
In the meantime, while we wait for cabinet delivery, here’s an opportunity to deliver a dog to a good home. We learned about this guy Mr. Black from Sydney.” The subject line on the email read, “abandoned, now neutered, house-trained fabulous young dog ready for his new family please.” (Email email@example.com to ask about Mr. Black.) The story from is rescuer is the 18-month old had a home but “his owner did not take him when they moved so we took him in and he is now ready for a forever home -- Mr. Black is crate-trained, does good on a leash and loves to go on walks.” He’s all vetted, neutered, likes other dogs and kids and is house-trained. He knows the ol’ basic commands, but he also “has an emergency word he will come back to. He also likes to ride in the car.”
NOW, ABOUT THE NEWS
AT EAST LAKE CAT CENTER
See this photograph of two cats in a very luxurious room? That’s at the East Lake Cat Center -- and when Vicki Young of The Young Company sent me the note about the Center and this photo, I looked at it and replied, “This is a lot nicer than the place Martha and I spent our honeymoon.” Here’s the deal, according to the news release: “Dr. Karen Fling, visionary behind East Lake Veterinary Hospital, announced the Hospital’s East Lake Cat Care Center is hosting an Open House for friends and neighbors on Saturday, August 11th 6PM – 9PM. This event is created to bring the Dallas community of cat lovers together and to allow visitors to experience the unique services and features the Cat Care Center offers Dallas.” The center is at 10040 Shoreview Road. Call 214-383-8300. The website is eastlakecatcarecenter.com.
The center is “designed to cater to the most discriminating cat lovers and their feline family members.” That includes “medical, surgical, luxury lodging, nutrition, salon, and adoption services designed exclusively for cats...With its peaceful atmosphere for cats, whether for a veterinary visit, or to enjoy overnight accommodations, the team of skilled, dedicated cat people make the Cat Care Center a one-of-a-kind place for cats and the people who love them.” (FYI: Dr. Fling and the team of vets at the center “are certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) which has recognized the East Lake Cat Care Center as an approved and certified Gold Status Cat Friendly Practice.)
At the open house, you’ll see how it works, meet the vets, “speak with a cat behaviorist, nutrition experts, meet adoptable cats and kittens, and enjoy refreshments by Lakewood Smokehouse and Nothing Bundt Cakes –local supporters of East Lake Pet Orphanage. Wine and beverages will also be served.”
[LARRY ASIDE: Geez, you’d think a cultured housecat designed the event!]
Oh, one more thing: Vicki says Lana Rich, the Catsultant, will be at the open house. She’s hosting the East Lake Cat Chat Podcast, soon to be available on iTunes and other podcast platforms.
MEANWHILE IN BURNS FLAT:
TRANSPORTATION AND TRIUMPH
We’ve been writing about the triumphs and challenges of Terry Lynn Fisher in Burns Flat , Okla., for years. Years! She just keeps going. She sent out a number of emails this week and then sent this one: “I apologize for all the emails. I have been busy transporting many to different states and just getting a chance to get on here.
“Sunday, I emptied the pound. The FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS. Monday morning they filled it up again. Seriously. I felt sick. To top it all off, I had call after call about animals people ‘found’ or were dumping. I do have a place for several. I have five going to New Mexico that I am hoping to raise enough money to take Saturday.”
We’re featuring a few of the animals she needs help with -- we’ve mentioned some of them before.
You may remember that cat Trooper. “I have NO PLACE FOR CATS,” Terry Lynn says -- she means, of course, no place but her heart. “I could not turn this baby away,” she wrote. “He was hit by a car about 35 miles from me, left laying in the middle of the highway -- cars drove over him (ugh)! He was feral, but the vet workers have tamed him. He still is a little wobbly, but doing great. He is ready to go.”
Sheena, the brown dog, was “picked up after her owners moved and left her. We put her in boarding during an ice storm. She was so depressed there, one of the workers took her home. She is a great dog and so wonderful with kids and other dogs.”
You’d remember Rizzo if you saw her with ticks filling her ears. “This is the tick-infested dog that was found injured in the median on Interstate 40. She had thousands of ticks. She is now better and ready to go. About 7 to 8 months old -- sweet and loving girl.”
That Shepherd with the big smile is Momma Girl. Her son has already been adopted. “Her owner got 7 years in prison and they [mom and son] were left in the yard. She is a great dog,” Terry Lynn says. Healthy, too.
And that puppy -- one of a four puppies belonging to a potentially rescued dog named Shiloh. “This made me so mad,” Terry Lynn wrote. “I got a message someone was handing out puppies in the next town at WalMart. They were from Burns Flat and had given away 2 already. These babies are just under FIVE WEEKS OLD. I called them (the people) and they said they were bringing mom and the babies to the pound here. WE ARE NOT SET UP FOR BABIES OF THIS AGE. I had them drop the three babies off at my vet and they agreed to take mom home for a week to give me a chance to find rescue. The NEXT DAY, I got a message that a man that got a puppy at WalMart the day before was dumping it. Yes, it was a littermate, so I had it dropped off at my vet as well. UGH! People make me so mad.”
So, that’s the story on Terry Lynn’s empty shelter filling up. She needs some help finding homes and transporting them to homes. Burns Flat is in Western, Okla., and, if you were going from the Metrosprawl to New Mexico or Colorado, you could swing by and help deliver some dogs. Get in touch with Terry Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 580-330-1459.
The Echo of Los Tiempos
On Wednesday morning I attended the memorial service for one of my longtime colleagues at The Dallas Morning News, the extraordinary Mercedes Olivera. The loss of Mercedes is another demonstration of why the attempts to completely defeat cancer are not developing quickly enough. She and I started work at The DMN about the same time in the mid-70s. She wrote -- for decades -- a column named Los Tiempos -- it focused on issues and people. I was her editor for a little while. Mercedes left a wonderful, sensitive mark on the city and the newspaper and its readers. As memorial moderator J.D. Gonzales said, Mercedes’ reach was well beyond the Dallas, the city of her birth. For this memorial, Dallas singer Johnna Rocha wonderfully performed, in beautiful Spanish, one of the classic songs by the Chilean writer/musician Violeta Parra. I’m just going to quote a little bit of Thanks To Life (Gracias a la Vida). Dear Readers, these lines might just fit us all on a day when we’re discouraged about the way a rescue is going or when we’ve heard about the way an animal has been treated. Or maybe even in the course of our daily existence. Here’s the brief passage:
“Thanks to Life, which has given me so much.
It gave me a heart, that causes my frame to shudder
When I see the fruit of the human brain,
When I see good so far from bad.”
Yes, keeping “good so far from bad” -- that’s the challenge and the triumph. Gracias, Mercedes.
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