EDITION OF MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2018 [PetPowellPress] We’re going to introduce “The Max Situation” by praising Wendy. One of the great privileges of having a home office is “The Sweet Dog Visit.”
On Sunday, as I was reading about Paula Colby’s efforts to help a dog named Max, our sweet girl Wendy -- maybe a Boxer/Bird Dog mix, maybe not -- quietly walked up beside me and put her beautiful muzzle down on my right leg and waited to be petted. She did not have to wait long. That’s her, my hand, the current edition of The New Yorker (Wendy likes the cartoons and movie reviews) and my old coffee cup with the “Made in China” label and the destination “Houstong, Tx.”
Wendy is a joy -- my rescuespouse Martha picked her up off busy Polk Street years ago when she was an unattended, unwanted free-roaming Dallas dog chasing a couple of teenagers along the busy roadway. They didn’t want her. Martha took her. Wendy hasn’t been unwanted for a number of years, now. Martha has even elongated her name to be Wednesday “Wendy” Louise Wagstaff Arden. That’s an indicator of how adored this baby is. And the word “privilege,” referred to above, is precisely the description of life with Wendy. She’s loving. Gets along with others. Adores her humans. And we adore her.
When I read Paula’s appeal for Max, I was reminded of how many dogs never feel the admiring bond with a human. And I was moved by what Paula wrote. Perhaps you know someone who will become the person who fits this dog perfectly. Maybe you’re that person. You’ll have to adopt Max -- we’ve already claimed Wendy and she has claimed us. Max needs the home. Read on:
THE APPEAL FOR MAX,
A DOG WITH A STORY
Let me preface this with a note that Max is a good dog. We have that on authority of veteran rescuer Paula Colby. He’s human, though -- he has his moments when his behavior reflects a “learned behavior.”
It is one of those moments Paula wrote about that got to readlarrypowell. com. There’s a whole long story to this dog Max. I’ll shorthand it by saying he was once in despair and now he’s in repair. Paula Colby (many of you may have seen this already on Facebook) wrote a touching story about Max, rescued from an out-of-of-business boarding/grooming facility as he and 7 other dogs were threatened with surrender to a kill shelter. You can read the whole story HERE.
But I’m absolutely touched by this portion. Why? Because it reflects needless behavior in humans. After outlining his assorted health problems -- all now under control -- Paula wrote this: “It also came to light, very recently and quite innocently, that he was hit. To what degree I do not know. I was taking a bag of trash out to put in the bin and turned and grabbed for the door quickly to close it behind me. He closed his eyes and turned his head, flinching like an animal that has suffered physical abuse. This simply broke my heart.”
He reacted with a flinch. Not with violence. He was a victim. Now he is loved. He needs to be loved completely for the rest of his sweet life. It’ll take a patient, determined person to make sure Max never flinches again. To ask about auditioning to adopt this guy, Facebook message Paula. That’s what she prefers though if you don’t do Facebook, email PaulaC0876@yahoo.com. Paula’s already built a foundation of love for Max. Someone else will have the privilege of making that love last for Max the dog.
TWO MORE BARGAINS
AT DALLAS ANIMAL SERVICES
Just another Public Service Announcement that the Dallas Animal Services’ $10 adoptions special continues through the end of this month. We spotted some to consider -- the shelter is full of animals.
First up is Cookie (#A1041534), a 9-month-old black and white Earhound described as a Queensland Heeler on the DAS listing. She’s only been in the shelter since Saturday. [LARRY ASIDE: If I read the material correctly, a Queensland Heeler is an Australian Cattle Dog whose lineage originated in Queensland, Australia -- the other line was bred in New South Wales. This was back in the ‘40s and now “Australian Cattle Dog” represents both lines. That’s what Wikipedia says. Who am I to argue? Besides, Cookie could be anything in Dallas where the canine family trees have many branches.]
And how about the face on that guy Jack (A1009144), a neutered tabby with an exquisite face. Been in the shelter since September 12 -- only about 14 months old.
The rabbit is listed as Rabbit (A10044344) and said to be about 8 months old and in the shelter since September 22.
Meanwhile, you see in this photo, the Tricolor Guinea Pig Thelma (#1045382) as she goes about business in the office she’s set up at the DAS. Almost two-and-a-half years old, Thelma has been at
the shelter since October 3. To ask about any of these animals, stop by the Dallas Animal Services Shelter & Adoption Center (I-30 at Westmoreland), or call 214-670-6800. Visit dallasanimalservices.org to see many more animals that would fit perfectly in the home of a good human.
TWO READY FOR ADOPTION
IN THE MESQUITE SHELTER
Judi Brown, the volunteer who writes the bios for Mesquite Animal Services shelter animals, hit many facets when she wrote about this girl Grace (39854043), the year-old, 39-pound cream-colored Pit/Retriever Mix.
First, Grace was “surrendered because her owner developed back problems and couldn’t handle an energetic puppy,” Judi wrote. Then she added this evidence of adoptability, “The ACO officer that brought her in raved about her and when I brought her up to the front desk today the staff commented on what a good dog she was! She is a real sweetheart! She’s very lovable, affectionate and lavishes you with kisses...She is energetic but not overly so. She stays close looking up at you with her captivating eyes. It’s obvious she wants to please.”
Also waiting at Mesquite is Pumpkin, a 10-month-old Shepherd mix (maybe a little Black Mouth Cur, too) who came in on October 2 as a stray. Judi wrote, “This is one prize-winning dog! Run, don’t walk, to meet this dog. She won’t be here long once people meet her. She is extremely soft and cuddly. She is also very lovable and affectionate! She is frisky energetic but not overly so. She is obedient and wants to please. She sits for treats. She’s also very alert, and I suspect very intelligent.” And, Judi says, 28-pound Pumpkin was really excited when “some children came to pet her through the gate. She would make a wonderful family dog.”
To ask about these two, call the shelter at 972-216-6283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the Mesquite shelter available adorables, go to this website: https://www.cityofmesquite.com/1239/Animals-in-the-Shelter
THOUGHTS ON A MONDAY HOLIDAY
Yep, Columbus Day, or in some places it’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Whatever it’s called banks are closed and the post office takes the day off. ... Just for leisure purposes. Name a movie you’d like to see again as if you’d never seen it before. How about these? The Sting. Godfather. Dead Again. The Usual Suspects. Hudson Hawk. First Monday -- probably shouldn’t have mentioned that one yet. OK, that’s enough daydreaming about the big screen. ... Some music for a Columbus Day Monday? We turn to The Marvelettes. Please, please Mr. Postman, enjoy the day off, U.S. Postal Service Letter Carriers and Supporting Cast! If the Dallas Cowboys could deliver with your efficiency.
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