EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018 [PetPowellPress] The summer of 2018 is no where near over. Autumn is still six weeks away -- arriving at 8:54 p.m. Dallas time on Saturday, September 22.
By then, kids will have been back in school long enough to have routines -- and so will their parents. The State Fair of Texas will be ready for its September 28 opening. The Dallas Cowboys season will be well under way and the Texas Rangers will all have planned their off-season vacations.
And, all the while, throughout the area, dogs and cats will have been in and out of homes and shelters. Many things are seasonal, but dogs and cats and the challenges to rescuers and advocates are as constant as the universe. The variations in the theme -- triumph or tragedy -- are dependent entirely on human hearts. How's that for a truckload of responsibility.
And, just as a reminder that it’s summer, enjoy that photo of a happy dog -- that’s Zulu (A1035465) and that’s the photo displayed on the Dallas Animal Services website for adorable adoptables -- dogs, cats and others. [LARRY ASIDE: The 2-year-old Pittie mix has been at the shelter since July 2 and continues to miss the needle -- perhaps she’s survived because she is destined to be YOUR dog!] She sure looks happy.
Oh, and in our continuing promotion of Tuxedo Sweeties, we spotted Whiskers (A1038258) on the DAS adoptable cats pages. Whiskers is about 2, neutered and has been in the shelter since July 26. [LARRY ASIDE: Feel free to send firstname.lastname@example.org your opinion of this declaration: Black and white cats are zanier than any other cats on the planet.]
DON’T FORGET: Clear the Shelter Day with its FREE ADOPTIONS is August 18, but what are the odds of these two making it another 10 days in a crowded shelter? Don’t forget that DAS is currently joining with Community Partners of Dallas on a Back To School Supply Drive that let’s you adopt a dog or cat for $10 if you donate school supplies. Check it out on the DAS Facebook site. Help a kid learn and adopt an animal at the same time -- you’re Heaven-bound after a deal like that! Surely.
THE DOG APPEARS
TO HAVE BEEN SHOT
Tomi Ortiz, who monitors Lancaster animal issues and challenges, tipped us to this dog, currently called Einstein, who appears to have been shot. The wound is on his chest -- a round hole. The Furbabies of Lancaster are trying to help him get a vet visit -- they need some money to do this. (The organization has a PayPal account and says all you have to do to donate is go to PayPal and “type in our email address: Furbabiesoflancastertx@gmail.com."
The Furbabies post says, “He’s a young pup ‘lowrider’ about a year old -- came in with a wound. We’re keeping it clean but it looks to be a gunshot. He needs to see a vet.” [LARRY ASIDE: Go to Furbabies’ Facebook page HERE and you can see the hole in the dog’s chest. There appears to be no exit wound, so if it was a bullet, it is in that little guy’s body somewhere. Lord knows what other damage may have been done.]
WEST NILE VIRUS
CLAIMS LIFE IN DALLAS
We’ve mentioned the presence of West Nile virus in Dallas before this year -- but now, Dallas County Health and Human Services reports the virus has killed its first person in Dallas this year. The department’s news release says the victim “was a resident of the 75229 Zip Code.” That’s in Northwest Dallas in an area stretches from the Dallas North Tollway on the east to Irving on the west and is sandwiched between (roughly) Forest Lane on the north and Walnut Hill on the south. We mention this because there are people who walk their dogs in prime mosquito time in North Texas and nobody deserves this sort of awful challenge. The department has a page dedicated to strategy for fighting mosquitos HERE. And there’s this sentence from the news release: There is no vaccine or specific treatment for WNV.”
There are two other cases of WNV currently. The DCHHS also says, “This season, mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV in the cities of Addison, Balch Springs, Coppell, Dallas, Desoto, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett, and University Park.’
FROM THE MIDDLE
Our central Oklahoma contact, known as Brighter Star, sent a note about this available dog with the fantastic nose pattern and the sore paw. Her name is Que Ball. You can see her posing -- maybe a treat’s about to be delivered. (LARRY ASIDE: That’s the picture we’re calling “DOG WITH TWO FEET.” It’s an artistic thing.) The other photo shows Que Ball posing with her injured paw displayed next to a human paw. Que Ball is about a year-and-a-half and weighs 55 pounds. And, according to the note from his foster, Diane Wise, Que Ball is heartworm negative and taking antibiotics for the wound on her paw. She is spayed and up to date on shots. Also, Diane wrote, “Que Ball has a very sweet personality and loves meeting new people and children. She is good with other dogs. No cats. She is house-broken. I don’t know if crate-trained since at my house she doesn't stay in a crate. She is precious!”
To ask about adopting Que Ball across state lines or if you’re in Oklahoma and want a home-grown darling dog, call Diane at 918-313-1736.
[LARRY ASIDE: I’d have spelled the dog’s name “Cue Ball’ but I’ve never shot pool in Oklahoma, so pool hall rules may differ from those of Texas. Pretty sure Que Ball doesn’t answer to “Kay ball,” but she’d still love you.]
OUT AT THE LAKE SATURDAY
A LOW-COST SHOT ‘N‘ CHIP CLINIC
My shorthand headline makes that sounds like golf instructions, so I’ll quickly clear it up -- this is the Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Vaccina- tion/Microchip Cli- nic from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. It’ll be at the Friends of the Animal of Cedar Creek Lake Spay/Neuter Clinic sit on the southeast corner of Highways 198 and 334 in Gun Barrel City. (Further explanation: “In the red brick office strip just behind and east of the Huddle House.)
As you know, the Friends operate the world’s most successful spay/neuter clinic in Gun Barrel City. This info comes from our reliable Friends tipster Sydney Busch. For this shots ‘n‘ chips clinic, you don’t need an appointment. But dogs have to be on leases and cats in carriers. A rabies shot is $14; parvo/distemper, etc. shot for dogs/cats is $17. Feline leukemia vaccination is $17. Microchipping is $25. And there’ll be assorted anti-flea products available.
There’s a surcharge If your dog or cat isn’t spayed or neutered, but there’s a way to get that surcharge refunded, too. Get an appointment with the Friends clinic for spaying or neutering. The price ranges from $30 for a boy cat to $80 for large female dog. Learn more at friendsoftheanimals.org. Got questions about getting involved as a volunteer or user of the services of this non-profit organization, call 903-887-PETS.
MEANWHILE IN WILMER
We mentioned the Wilmer Animal Shelter’s gang of adoptables in Tuesday’s edition. The development is several of the dogs are scheduled to be sent to Connecticut, according to the note we got from the Laura Macias/Leighann Hayden small shelter spotlight team. The next revelation in the note from the team is that “sweet Beau and Vin can only be saved if we can get enough money together to get them into boarding now -- just until a transport leaves for Connecticut where they have a rescue group interested.” Call or text Laura at 214-949-2726 or email email@example.com.
[LARRY ASIDE: Of course, if you were to adopt them in Texas, then room would be made at the shelter and maybe two more dogs would get a ride to the northeast -- just a thought.]
These dogs are Katrina (featured Tuesday, but no interest from anyone for this young German Shepherd); Astro, an already-fixed Staffie boy who is “very sweet and loveable”; Beau, the Lab/Pyr mix who is “a very good boy” and Vin, the Catahoula or Cattledog mix who was found on a walkabout and hasn’t been claimed.
Help one of these dogs and you’re helping others, too.
THE LAWN, THE FERAL, THE HUMANS...
I haven’t had to mow my front lawn for more than a month -- there is very little green in it and the last time I ran a mower over it, I felt like I was caught up in a West Texas dust storm. I had little Dust Devils trailing me across the brown expanse of “yard.” For July, my across the street neighbor won Yard of the Month -- his yard is slightly higher than ours and really beautiful -- he also dedicates himself to keeping it from looking like the sand dunes in Monahans. I’m a bad neighbor, but my pumpkin plans are robust. The grass and weeds understand, I’m sure. ... Still being challenged by William Powell, the former front porch feral. He’s sedate most of the time, but every now and then he gets riled up over the existence of another cat on the planet. He does, however, enjoy being held by me and cuddled like a baby and spoken to softly: “William, William, be nice, be nice.” That seems to work for an hour or so. He is an adorable guy, though the vote in the house is not quite unanimous. ... When I was a young reporter, I really wanted to help people. The more I got to know people who made news, well, the more I liked dogs and cats. I’m sure that’s just my lousy attitude taking hold today. I’ll work on it. Though, frankly, I don't think I'm alone in the animal community.
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