EDITION OF FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018 [PetPowellPress] Thursday morning was soaking wet in our Oak Cliff neighborhood and it was great. Just before the downpour arrived, as I rolled our trash bin out to the curb, I saw that my pumpkin plants had blossomed and I looked down in my bleariness to make sure I knew what I was seeing and, yep, honeybees were visiting the yellow flowers. Then the rain came....The honeybees, hopefully, were safe and dry by then. [If you can expand this photo enough, you can see a couple of bees making a landing in the blossoms.]
In this edition, we’re looking at behavior -- human and animal. And we’ll address an international effort to help a puppy in Contemplations.
Sorry, I simply did not have a more articulate reaction Thursday morning to the news that our neighborhood’s city council representative, Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway was resigning and would plead guilty in federal court to, as the great Robert Wilonsky reported in The Dallas Morning News, “accepting $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks” in the Dallas County Schools bus scandal. [That's Dallas' leaning city hall. It was designed that way by I.M. Pei long before Mr. Caraway was on the council.]
The story adds that a plea agreement, if OK’d by the judge, will mean “Caraway will not receive more than seven years behind bars. He will also agree to pay a six-figure fine, as well as almost $69,000 owed to the Internal Revenue Service.”
[LARRY ASIDE: I’m not sure about the strength of Karma, but you may recall that in 2011, Caraway, also the “crime-fighting” mayor pro tem back then , gave the Key to the City of Dallas to then-Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who’d been convicted in 2007 of abusing and killing dogs and running a dog fighting ring. FYI: If you’re considering your TV viewing habits for the 2018 season, Vick is still a member of the cast of the pre-game Fox NFL Kickoff. He did 19 months in federal prison. Read Mr. Caraway’s city hall bio HERE if it hasn’t been removed. District 4’s seat on the Council will be open now -- I’d run, but I have too much Karma to overcome and I own only one suit.]
NALA IS MISSING IN EAST DALLAS
Monique Holden Cotton sent this appeal -- it’s for the whereabouts of her dog Nala. She’s put up flyers and “will put up large posters. I’ve reported this to Dallas Animal Services and surrounding shelters.”
Monique says “my baby Nala ...ran away from the sitter on July 27 in the East Dallas area of Junius Heights/Munger place, an area that is unfamiliar to her.”
Her name is pronounced “Naw-la”, as in “Princess Nala from the Lion King,” Monique says. And she adds, “She will come to us when called but may be skeptical if it is a stranger.”
The poster has the contact information. Click on it to make it larger.
STILL ON THE LOOSE
A few weeks ago we posted this “Garland street dog” that is being monitored by veteran rescuer Deborah Verner. Still no help with it and she reports, “This poor dog looks like it has been used as a bait dog, due having cuts and scratches on its legs. It will not let anyone close, and retreats to the brushy area. “The contact in that neighborhood has found a temporary foster for the dog.
“This poor dog deserves to know what it like to be loved!” If you can help get this dog to safety, contact Deborah at email@example.com.
THE EINSTEIN THEORY
When last we visited Einstein he appeared to be a little dog who had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. We’ve gotten word from Furbabies of Lancaster that when he was examined at the Cedar Valley College Vet School the wound turned out not to be a gunshot. A note from Furbabies reads, “He was attacked by a much larger dog and the wound abcessed and burst forming a crater that looked like an exit wound. He has been treated and given antibiotics. Poor little guy will get better, but I bet he’ll be afraid of big dogs for a long while!” Keep up with Lancaster’s animal efforts on Facebook HERE.
THE ESCAPE TRIO
WAITS IN MESQUITE
Somebody surrendered three dogs to Mesquite Animal Services because “they escape.” Yep, the humans have absolutely no responsbility in that situation -- blame it on the dogs.
We first learned of this unfortunate surrender into a full shelter because of a series of notes from the volunteer Mesquite shelter biographer Judi Brown. She told us about Lucy (left) and Dixie (right) and we ferreted out Foofy, who we think is the third dumped dog, based on family tree.
Lucy (39323369) is 2, weighs 31 pounds and is a “hound/Beagle” mix. She’s “cautiously friendly: but with trusts “walk well on a leash.”
Dixie (39323396), already spayed, is a “Chug” -- a “3 to 4-year-old ... with some terrier mixed in.” She’s one of the “Notorious Escapers of Mesquite, Texas.” Judi notes that “Dixie’s legs and feet...are turned like that of a hound. But whatever she is, she’s cute as a button.” She has a “spunky, alert personality and yet she is calm and gentle.” Likes to have her ears scratched.
Floofy’s (39323382) candidacy as the third Escaper is based on his arrival -- same day as the other two, August 6 -- and his place in the photo lineup at Mesquite -- right between Dixie and Lucy. And, there is his family tree -- He’s listed as a Chihuahua/Pug mix who is 3 years old.
You can see these dogs on Mesquite’s website HERE. To ask about these animals or any others in the shelter, call 972-216-6283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, in our continuing effort to make black and white cats the most popular “Zanycats” in North America, we offer up this photo of 39195801, a little back and white girl who is a month and 22 days old as of this typing. She came in on July 23, so the shelter has been her home for half her life. She’ll do entertainingly well in a human home -- these black and white cats always do. Ask around.
ARTISTS FOR ANIMALS AGAIN
CALENDARING FOR CRITTERS!
This has become a genuine tradition, the Artists For Animals Calendar. Noted pro photographer Teresa Berg and Erin Hannigan, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Oboist, are teaming again to create this fund-raiser benefiting animals in North Texas. Proceeds are distributed in the form of grants to non-profits focused on finding homes for animals.
We got the tip on this from Jo Trizila of TrizCom Public Relations & Pitch PR. FYI: You can vote on the animals you’d like to see on the 2019 Tiny Dog Calendar. The competition features 28 dogs -- the 13 that get the most votes/donations “secure a coveted spot in the 2019 Tiny Dog Calendar.” For each time you want to vote, you donate a dollar. Voting starts August 15 and runs through August 31. Read the news release HERE.
See more info on the Artists For Animals website HERE.
Oh, and how about some applause: Erin Hannigan, in June, received the Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras at the League’s 73rd National Conference in Chicago. The award honors “those in the orchestra field who employ music for the benefit of the greater community.”
THE GAS STATION DOG
GETS A BIG BREAK
The story of this handsome dog comes from our Houston tipster Alexandra Kelsey. She wrote, “I guess if you dump a dog at a gas station that has no shelter, you figure summer is better than winter. You know, all that nice sunny weather for sunbathing.
“At any rate, that’s what happened to this precious dog. Someone left him for trash at a gas station, and days went by before he was found July 3 by a rescuer -- the dog starving, terribly hot and limping. He clearly knows about car rides, because he got into a rescuer’s car willingly.
“This boy now has a name: Remus. His rescuer, Amanda, has had him fully vetted (vaccinations and neuter), and he is HW negative! She had X-rays done to check on the limp, but there was no issue revealed. The limp has resolved, now that he is off the hot pavement. Remus is about 3 years old and 60 lbs.
“Amanda is quite fond of this boy, but she had already planned before finding him to move in mid-August (and her new place is No-Pets). So, she urgently needs to get him into boarding and then into a rescue…or into a home! We have donors for this great dog. Amanda offered $100 and a kind donor has offered to cover one month of boarding. “Sharon Epstein is the point person, and she is working on a boarding/training option. Contact her at email@example.com if you would like to donate or are interested in this cute boy. And check out the darling video!"
[LARRY ASIDE: In that video you’ll see that he has a big waggy tail and needs a home where he’ll be loved so he can show off his happiness at being a dog! He couldn’t have demonstrated that while curled up in misery at a service station in July.]
A PUPPY AND AN INTERNATIONAL EFFORT
Dogs have no idea of "international boundaries" or even "city limits." And, when it comes to mercy and rescue, human hearts don't either.
Probably everyone reading this story has, at some point, seen a dog they’d like to help and probably did if the dog was willing to be helped. This story is a little bit different. We got it from our Houston tipster Alexandra Kelsey who got us in touch with the people involved in a puppy-saving effort in the Dominican Republic, the nation that, with Haiti, is on the island of Hispaniola about 2 hours south of Miami. The original note came from Karen Grillo, an animal rescuer/advocate who lives in New Jersey and works in Philadelphia -- she wrote to her friend Madeline Vanskiver who lives in Philadelphia and who got in touch with .... well, you know how networking works. Karen said that her 19-year-old daughter Claudia’s friend, Jarline Gonzalez, also 19, has been visiting the Dominican Republic and found this “puppy crawling along the streets in the city while on vacation. He is about 5 weeks or so, we’re guessing. His back legs are disabled; not sure if it’s fixable or a permanent spinal cord issue but the family is trying to raise money to bring him to the U.S.” Jarline and her family are leaving for home on the Saturday but, Karen says, “they have family members there that offered to take care of the pup...”
Karen is prepared, also, saying, “Once here, I’m going to help them with the care of the puppy with my vet and the care of a specialist at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinarian Hospital, if necessary.”
Jarline says the dog will be in the care of her relatives in the Dominican Republic when she leaves on Saturday. “My family is taking care of Jacob. That’s the dog’s name. We are feeding him and taking care of him so eventually we can take him to be vaccinated. The plan is to bring him to the U.S. when everything is going well. We are just currently trying to raise money. ... We are not sure if he will need a stroller to walk or if they can operate on him. Because he is able to move his hips and thighs. It’s just the lower part of his legs that are insufficient. When he comes to the U.S. my family will take care of him in New Jersey until we can find him another home.”
Here is the gofundme link for Jacob.
LARRY ASIDE: As a longtime observer of human behavior through the eyes of a journalist, I’m always happy to see humans using their hearts -- and don't think I didn’t press and press to make sure this wasn’t a new online scam. I asked Jarline if human hearts at work was the case in this puppy’s story. And she replied, “Yes! It’s a beautiful thing. Praise God. If only more people would believe in themselves and make a difference. This is a step in faith for me.”
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