EDITION OF THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 (PetPowellPress) If you’re reading this, we can assume neither of us won Lotto Texas Wednesday night. So, never mind. This is North Texas Giving Day and you’ve probably heard about it and know how to go to the website.
We have a number of stories to address today, from “Stray Kitty Floyd” to Big Tex and, in between, Wilmer’s canine population, fostering in Dallas and another Burns Flat dog in trouble. Read on:
STRAY KITTY FLOYD’S
This is one of those deals that falls into the age-old category of “No good deed goes unpunished.” Two animal-rescuing people pick up a stray and almost immediately their car broke down. We get the story from our Houston tipster Alexandra Kelsey who is in touch with the rescue’s helper, Estelle Mack. The people who picked up the cat -- “Jason and his wife” -- haven’t won the lotto lately, either. They did hit the jackpot with this cat. Kind of bonded with the sweet boy, in fact.
As Estelle’s note reads, “Jason [Bergman] and his wife have never turned their backs on a stray in need. They came across this beautiful stray boy meowing his head off and knew they had to help him. Unfortunately, this gorgeous big boy has become less vocal recently and they knew something was off when they felt a mass near his abdomen. Although they are facing a very difficult time financially right now, they did not hesitate to rush Floyd to the vet, although they have no idea how they will pay the bill considering their car also broke down the same day.”
The bottom line is Stray Kitty Floyd needs $900 worth of surgery to fix his blocked urethra. It can be done, but it can’t be done cheaply. So, there’s a gofundme page HERE. As our pal Alexandra says, “Cat people will know how deadly this kind of situation is. I hope too-cute Floyd makes it!”
MEANWHILE IN WILMER
There’s a puppy outbreak at Wilmer -- what’s that? You thought puppy and kitten season was in the spring? Not in the most fertile region of Texas? This place is like a science experiment for fertility. Spay and neuter, geez!
Here are two puppies who’ve shown up at the Wilmer Animal Shelter and added to the population in the already crowded small town shelter south of Dallas.
This report came from Leighann Hayden and Laura Macias and focused on Lyssa (left) and Landon. They are believed to be Pointer/Border Collie mixes -- Lyssa’s the girl and Landon isn’t. |
The report is, “These cute pups were found out and about by the county officer. They are so very sweet. Poor little Landon has had his face really scratched up and he has some missing fur, poor baby. They are SO VERY DESERVING.”
Then there’s Eli, the boy Chihuahua praised as “the cutest little guy ever -- and we are serious,” read his bio. “Loves everyone and everything. Playful and super cutes.”
And, of course, we’ve already mentioned the Beagle Mix Emmie and the dazzling Kyle, the green-eyed Shepherd mix. 918kyle 928emmie
And, as is the routine, to help these animals or any other animals in the Wilmer shelter, get in touch with Laura Macias by calling or texting Laura at 214-949-2726 or by emailing email@example.com.
ARMFULS OF DOGS
FOR PAWS IN THE CITY
Our pal Mark Verma is a hustling rescuer -- he’s the president of Paws In The City, the longtime rescue in Dallas and North Texas. This is Mark at Dallas Animal Services with two dogs Paws pulled a couple of days ago and, Mark explains, “headed to partner vets which is always the first stop for our new Paws In The City additions.
“These two have upper respiratory infections so they needed out of the shelter ASAP. Easily treated with antibiotics; they will be feeling much better quickly. We take care of any medical issues, vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip before the dogs move to foster homes. [Note: We are always looking for additional fosters."
See about fostering for Paws In The City HERE and remember the opening line, “We need extraordinary people to foster our dogs and cats.” When you foster, you keep rescue organizations from having to pay for boarding and that helps save lives. And you give a previously unwanted dog the feeling of being loved. Heck, you’re a hero. Not kidding.
WHEN THE NEED FOR HELP ARRIVES,
SO DOES THE LOCAL RESCUER
This is another Burns Flat, Okla., story. Our longtime tipster, the resilient Terry Lynn Fisher, has been enduring an unusual stretch of rescuing. Odd stuff, like this one. She writes, I know, I have no business taking in another dog, with all I am already dealing with and begging people for help with. But I do not know how to look the other way -- to ignore an injured animal in need. Last night (Tuesday), I received a text from someone about 15 miles from me. They have a small piece of land there and a little dog showed up there last week. It looks like a chunk of her little leg is missing. It is so badly infected you can smell the rot. She can not walk on it and you can tell she is in pain. I asked where they were and the location is in the middle of nowhere. No houses around. Coyotes are HORRIBLE there and I honestly do not know how she survived being there all this time. I actually told the woman I was so overwhelmed I couldn't help at this time. Then, I sat there and cried my eyes out. So, guess what. Yes. She is now at my vet.
“I am not sure what all is wrong.. I know she is very skinny and full of fleas. That leg really bothers me. So... here I am... once again... begging for help.”
Email Terry Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her vet is Elk Creek Clinic, 1301 Airport Industrial, Elk City, OK 73644. (Call 580-225-4863 -- yes, they know Terry Lynn!)
BIG TEX, FAIR FOOD, BIG SYMBOL
You really know it’s time for the State Fair of Texas when Senior Vice President for Public Relations Karissa Condoianis sends out the annual release announcing the folks at the Fair are about to erect Big Tex, the Midway Cowboy, in his familiar place, Big Tex Circle. He’ll be rising in his new duds on Friday -- “open and free to the public” starting at 10 a.m. Now this isn’t the 66-year-old Big Tex you’ll see this year -- that’s the photo I took of the 2013 Big Tex, the year he made his return after being wrecked by a fire at the 2012 State Fair of Texas. I took this photo while making the rounds of the 127th annual State Fair -- the theme was, appropriately, “The One and Only.” I snapped the photo after joining Martha and the Creative Arts Department for the annual cookie baking contests. Oh, my. Never had a bad cookie in those contests and I still dream about the that had an ice cream filling. And the one that had --- wait, don’t get me started. Let's just say only Texas' top cookie bakers take on this challenge. Yep, the best. Oh, yeah, that’s second photo is of Big Tex from the early 1980s -- you can see how much his face has changed and, more importantly, he had some real cowboy boots back then -- the boots he has worn recently look like something you’d buy at a Canadian ski resort. Feel free to disagree -- it’s Texas and about all we can agree on is “God Bless Texas and don’t put beans in the chili unless you have a good reason.” ... This year, as Karissa announced earlier in the week, many of the also-rans in the annual Big Tex Choice Awards are going to be available from concession stands at the Fair. I couldn’t post photos of all of them, but that’s a picture of the Fruity Dessert Nachos. And, at the State Fair, it’s always time for dessert! If Big Tex were up and moving right now, I’d get a big “Howdy, Amen!” on that desert philosophy. Here’s the news release about these new foods.... So, talk about a BIG SYMBOL! Yes, the story’s been told a zillion times about Big Texas starting life as Santa Claus in Kerens, Texas, in 1949 and then being bought for $750 by the State Fair so he could get rid of the red suit and beard and dress like a proper State Fair Cowboy starting in 1952. Just for fun we’re including the chart that Karissa sent out for the media. You’ll be fascinated with the difference in Big Tex’s waistline, etc. (If it's too small to read, click on it.)
The ol' cowboy may have been using "Big Tex Privilege" to sample the assorted treats that it’ll take more than 24 days on foot at the fair to walk that weight off!
Bottom line? At readlarrypowell.com, we love the State Fair of Texas. It’s a good thing to have in Dallas, Texas, where “Big” really means something. Fair Park and the State Fair -- two Dallas traditions that really need to be treasured. Otherwise, Dallas is just a city that’s constantly under construction and annoying drivers.
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