Let’s just dive right into today’s collection of challenges, some of which are leftover challenges from earlier reports. Lots of critters, lots of people trying to help them.
OK, THE STORY ON THE OAK CLIFF DOGS: Throughout the weekend we received omigodwe’vegottohelpthesedogs notes from many concerned people who received and forwarded e-mails about the two dogs who were left behind in a North Oak Cliff home when the woman went to a shelter and the man moved away.
It wasn’t pretty and we don’t know the facts of the marital situation other than the people are not around to care for the dogs and haven’t been since May, when the original note began making the rounds.
What is happening with the dogs? Here is the answer straight from Lesley David who is a neighbor who hasn’t dealt with this sort of thing before and knows she needs help to help the dogs.
In an e-mail last evening, she gives us the update: “I have not had any offers for forever homes. I have 2 offers for foster placement after I get their shots and heartworm testing tomorrow [Thursday]....Is anyone contacting you considering being a forever home? OR is there a foster place you are familiar with who wants them and would keep them together? To be honest I have no idea how to tell who would be the best foster for them. I do know they need to be together and not in a crate. SO if you have a forever home option to keep them together or a foster you can say would be really good for them I would LOVE to hear about that! ...
“I have NEVER done anything like this and I am blown away with people's investment, concern and wisdom. ... A gal in HOUSTON is paying for their shots/testing ....”
Where are the dogs?
“The pups are in their backyard -- I live across the street from them. I go over 2 or 3 times a day to feed/water/check on. They have started to lick my fingers and only scurry away about 3 feet instead of 20 now!”
So, the dogs need help, still, and they need it from someone who knows how to help them and can help Lesley. To reach her e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-718-3211.
Still waiting for an adoption or a rescue is this big ol’ black dawg, Winston, a 1- or 2-year-old Lab who we mentioned a couple of weeks ago. It was thought at first that he had Parvo but it turns out he was simply having a bad reaction to whatever garbage he’d been forced to eat while wandering the streets.
Nowadays he’s healthy and loveable and on the clock.
The shelter report is that Winston – isn’t that a great face – is “a good boy, a little on the active side which is typical for young Labradors. He likes to play ball and to play with the other dogs too. ... Winston was held over last week and is really hoping a few extra days will give him the time he needs to find himself a home.”
Winston’s gastrointestinal issue, the shelter thinks was “in large part to the food we were feeding him and the stress of being in the shelter. We have put him on a blander diet food and this seems to have solved the issue.”
Among the cats awaiting help at the shelter is this girl, Kate (#22176), who has a maternal story.
She went into a handy garage and had a litter of five kittens. The person to whom the garage belonged called animal control to come get the whole family. How good a mom was she? The shelter had another kitten that needed a mom, so Kate just added her to the bunch.
The kittens are 3 weeks old. So Carrollton is making the whole group available now to rescue groups only. Usual contact Joe Skenesky is on vacation this week, so just call the shelter at 972-466-3420 to offer to get this mom and the kittens into a safe place and to save Winston’s life.
TWO LABS NEEDING ONE HOME: Eva Mackowski has been working with a Keller woman to help find a place for her two dogs, Daisy and Denver, a sister and brother who are bonded and, at 9 years old, have never been apart and aren’t candidates for separate homes.
“They follow each other around and are in urgent need of attention and some real TLC. The primary caregiver (the husband) has left them and the wife is not bonded to the dogs, and wants to re-home them immediately," says Eva. "They will have to go to a very special/caring home in that these two have been deprived of attention for a long time.”
So, the wait is on for these two. What will happen next? Depends on people.
Eva says, “A few weeks ago, we took up a collection at work and one of the girls took the Labs to the vet and got them updated on all their shots. However, when they tested them for heartworm, both dogs tested lighted heartworm positive. I feel certain that we will be able to take up another collection and get them the treatment they need.”
A TON OF LABS (AND OTHER DOGS AND CATS): The Collin County Animal Services shelter has a great number of animals awaiting either adoption through the SPCA of Texas in McKinney or rescue by a viable animal group or the needle. You can see their photos and read about the shelter’s “no public adoptions” policy HERE. The folks at the shelter work hard to find ways to save the animals. The load is almost always overwhelming. To offer to help the shelter folks save these animals, e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(I’m sensing a basketball theme here – Kobe Bryant of the Lakers and LeBron James of the ... wait, I guess we’ll find out about LeBron’s team later today.)
At any rate, Kobe The Dalmatian is a Top 10 Finalist in Pro Plan’s “Doing More for Pets Contest,” says Ann. “I would appreciate you asking your readers to click on the link and vote for Kobe. They can see the video and read his story.” That link is http://rallytorescue.org/doingmoreforpets/Vote.aspx. Feel free to copy it and make it viral and vote for Kobe.
Ann says, “This is not the best photo of the boys but it is cute. They were part of a cruelty case out of south Texas. Both boys only weighed 40 pounds, were full of worms, heartworms, not neutered. Kobe had been hit by a car and could not use his left hind leg. They have come a long way. In just the last 2 weeks, we have had a gentleman out of Austin want to adopt. He will be arriving here Saturday, July 10 to take them home. It has taken us some time to adopt them as they must stay together. This gentleman has had Dalmatians for 25 years and just lost one. He saw these wonderful boys and fell in love. They are the lucky ones.”
You can read about Dalmatian Rescue of North Texas and see adoptable “firehouse dogs” by clicking HERE.
Remember, Dalmatians aren’t for everyone, but the rescue group will help you decide if you are a good candidate for life with a breed whose most famous chore was to run alongside carriages.
AN IRVING FACE: I was looking for an Earhound in Irving shelter walker Russell Posch’s collection of “urgent” photos when I spotted this face. This may be the saddest dog face I’ve seen in some time – not that every dog photographed in a shelter isn’t a sad face.
But the story on Susie, a Lab, is this: She is 12 years old and was surrendered at the shelter because her human was moving.
So, there’s Susie, a dozen years old and not much prospect for any sort of a break after a long and noble life. She’s said to be sweet and good with other animals. And, probably, puzzled about why she’s in a noisy animal shelter and not spending her honorable years curled up on a rug or a couch or being petted all the time.
Susie is # 10897085. To ask about her, call the Irving Shelter at 972-721-2256 or 972-721-2257 or stop by the shelter at 4140 Valley View Lane on the north side of Irving.
CONTEMPLATIONS: I don’t know what gets to my heart most, puppies and kittens in public shelters or older animals that have been dumped in the shelters with odds against them. That picture of Susie gets to me. Of course, I can’t be driving to other cities to get animals because, thoughtfully, the City of Dallas manages to provide enough loose dogs on its streets to keep me well supplied. ... I’m wondering if I can drive my daily readership up by including hot topics in the text. Here goes: LeBron James, Lindsay Lohan, Tea Party, fell out of stands, oil spill, Dallas Cowboys. ... Pizza question: Am I alone in liking my pizza vegetables diced rather than sliced? Found a place in Waxahachie that dices the peppers and onions – Tuscan Slice. Only been open a few months. Yes, I am on a diet, but every now and then a craving is triumphant. And it always helps if the target of that craving is 25 miles away rather than 2 blocks. Yes, I lose more weight when I run 25 miles than when I call for delivery from 2 blocks away. OK, yeah, I’m not running 25 miles. But, seriously, to defeat a pizza craving I might.