EDITION OF MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018 [PetPowellPress] You see this poster? Rocky the Dog. The poster suddenly appeared over the weekend on trees and benches and any place you could make it stick in Kiest Park.
I’ve never met the dog. Don’t know the humans involved. But it strikes me that Rocky the Dog is loved and missed.
At our house, we’ve always had dogs that arrived in an "unwanted" state. Wander-ups, strays, foster fails or captured after months of trying. I don’t know what I’d feel like if one of our dear dogs had ever “gone missing.” Be in need of serious sedatives, I suspect.
I hope Rocky finds his way back home. I hope someone has Rocky and is trying to help him find his home again. That would be a happy solution. If anyone happens to be at Dallas Animal Services, keep an eye out for Rocky. I looked online over the weekend -- didn't see him. He’s been missing a little over a month.
There’s still a possibility that Rocky will return. Keeping the faith is hard to do sometime. But the sudden appearance of those posters may suggest that the faith is being kept and deserves to be honored.
A THANKS FROM BURNS FLAT’S
RESILIENT ANIMAL ADVOCATE
This arrived over the weekend from Terry Lynn Fisher in Burns Flat, Okla., way out in the western part of the state. FYI, this is our favorite “exit photo” from Terry Lynn’s weekend report about trying to get unwanted animals to safe places.
“What a week this has been,” she wrote. “I am not sure WHO sent emails out that reached different people, but I have been transporting for a week straight. I have been to Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas this past week. I am tired but SO VERY HAPPY.”
She managed to get more than a half-dozen dogs to safety and says, “I have a place for three more, so will be raising money for them and hope to take to Denver Friday. Thank goodness for emails, cross posters and sponsors. I thank all of you for helping me keep this pound NO KILL.”
To offer to help Terry Lynn and ask what she needs email firstname.lastname@example.org. While helping the animals is the primary goal, we have a list of needs we got from Terry Lynn: Water buckets, food bowls, blankets, fly traps (bags, not strips), leashes, collars and, she wrote, “as always, any dog and cat food and treats.” [LARRY ASIDE: Being taken to safety and a new home is the best treat of all.]
TWO OF MANY
WAITING IN MESQUITE
The parade through the “IN” doors continues at shelters and rescue groups all over the sizzling Metrosprawl. Here are two adorable adoptables from Mesquite Animal Services. The little guy with the lop ear and the curly tails is 3-year-old Chihuahua/Pug mix -- a Chug? Really? -- named Max. He was surrendered to the shelter on August 4 “because the owner was working long hours and didn’t feel it was fair to Max to be left alone for such long periods.” So, the fully socialized, house-trained, happy little guy needs a home -- 17 pounds and he’s fixed. He’s 39311279 at the shelter.
And check out the exclamation points on the eyes of Winnie, a year-old and 38 pounds, a Boxer mix who came into the Mesquite shelter as a stray on August 1. “Mellow personality,” the shelter says. She’s #39286537. To ask about either of these dogs or any other animal in the Mesquite shelter, email email@example.com or call the shelter at 972-216-6283.
WHEN THE HEAT IS ON, WHY
DUMP LUCY AT THE BUS STOP?
Our Houston observer Alexandra Kelsey found out about this girl Lucy Lou and wrote, “In Houston, it gets so hot in the summer that asphalt streets get melty and your shoes want to stick to them. You could fry an egg on the sidewalk, most likely. A dog surely shouldn’t be dumped out in this weather. But, this poor old girl was…She was dumped at a bus stop. She’s 11 and almost blind in one eye. Thankfully, a rescuer picked her up and is trying to get her the care she needs. You know the recipe…..one of the ingredients is always money.”
The original appeal was formed by Celestine Khuong at firstname.lastname@example.org. She wrote, “A friend of mine was on his way to a meeting when he saw her and he thought someone just walked a way for a minute. On his way back to the office he passed by the bus stop and Lucy Lou was still there. We all know how hot it has been so he pulled over and picked up Lucy Lou and called me.”
She was taken to the vet where, in addition to age-associated issues and being almost blind, “she has arthritis and we found out her kidneys are not functioning at 100%. Anyone who knows me,” Celestine wrote, “will tell you I do not give up on any dog unless there is no hope for that dog. I can't afford to have her hospitalized so I have a friend who helps me and drops her off at the vet so she can get her IV fluid for the day then picks Lucy Lou up in the afternoon. This is the best that I can do right now.”
The vet is Vital Vet Eastex in Humble, Texas, at 281-446-7148 -- donations can be made directly to Lucy Lou’s account. Contact Celestine at Angels Four Paws via email@example.com.
Twins, Shelter Animals & Hatch
Peppers con Music
I missed celebrating National Twins Day on Friday with my busy all-growed-up twins, Bret and Bart. So in honor of them and their births on Super Sunday in 1971(the day the Dallas Cowboys played in their first Super Bowl game and lost), I thought I’d tell an adventure story from their teenage years -- hang on. Oh, I’ve just been handed a restraining order. Well, any of you who have twin boys whose teenage years lasted two decades can relate. For those of you who have only recently had twins, let me just say it’s an honor to have them and it’s more fun than you can imagine. Put aside extra money -- you’ll need it. .... Who are these dogs? Sarah and Freddy, currently awaiting adoption at Dallas Animal Services -- Clear the Shelter Day is August 18 and who knows many animals will be euthanized between now and then to make room for more animals on the clock? Freddy (A103837), a Schnauzer mix, has been in the shelter since July 27. He arrived the day after this girl with the great face, American Bulldog mix Sarah (A1038214). There are cats on the clock, too: That “spayed, Bluepoint Siamese” (as the shelter describes her, is Little Girl (A1033540), a shelter resident since July 28. And, one more time, we’re posting the mugshot of Beaux (A1038264), an 11-week-old boy who has been on the clock at the shelter since July 26 and who has the best, “What the heck is going on here” look. Go to dallasanimalservices.org to see many of the shelter’s animals and remember there is a great adoption special -- read about it on the DAS Facebook page. ... My former colleague at The Formerly Big Paper Downtown, the great multi-talented Nancy Moore, posted this photo’s video on her Facebook page on August 3 and wrote, “This is my favorite day of the year. Not because I like Hatch chili peppers!!!! But because when these things appear on the porch of Whole Foods, it means that we're on the downhill side of summer! Fall ... it's coming!!!! It's not here, yet. But it's coming!!!!” Nancy has another identify, too. She’s the legendary Shaggy of KNON (89.3 FM) and lately can be heard co-hosting a 10 p.m.-to-midnight show on Tuesday nights with, “a lot of punk music,” she says. She knows a little bit about music as you’ll hear when you click HERE to reach youtube’s collection of tracks by Nancy Moore & Her Light Sweet Crude Band. You might enjoy both the sweet Molly, Slow Down and a clever song about dating titled The Sweetest Onion.
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