Back toward the end of February I got a note from Karen Lee, the BarkleyWorld animal advocate, that included a bunch of photos of a dog and the story of a dog named Madison. Madison was in a spot.
The note had originally gone to Steffenie Vela, the veteran sponsor of the Euless Trinity High School Girls Awareness Program, the GAP Club, which has long been affiliated with the Euless Animal Shelter.
So, you see, this dog was being networked by people who know animal people. People who know how to help dogs. People who care about animals they’ve never met. We all ought to be like that.
As you can see from the photos, this dog Madison is absolutely worthy of the spotlight of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap.
Madison, loved by three kids and a mom, was 11 and she needed a home because the ex-husband who was going to take her ... well, it’s kind of one of those personal jumbles where the dog needs a place to go and the people have assorted challenges and the dog is flat out of luck.
Look at how that dog can sleep. And, you see that bed photo? Madison isn’t asleep, but, veterans of living with dogs know what Madison is doing: waiting for a tummy rub. My second theory, noticing that Texas Rangers pillow on the back of the bed, is that Madison is a Rangers fan and has gone into a bit of a swoon on the bed after thinking about the challenge of the pitching staff this season.
So, anyway, I put these sleeping photos aside to use just in case we got an opportunity to pitch Madison as a good sleeper via this weekend presentation.
Friday I checked sent notes to Karen and Steffenie asking if Madison still needed help finding a home and both immediately fired back the happy news. Yes, indeed! Madison has been adopted and is in a loving home. And, as Karen, one of the nicest people in the world, pointed out “I thought I sent you a note” and, you know what, she did and I missed it! And it was a good note to find.
You like to think that Madison the Dog has been breaking in a new chair or two and is being hugged and lounging on a coach and being adored.
If we do not adore animals, then how blind is our soul?
[To nominate your slumbering dog or cat or gecko or canary or deadbeat in-law -- any ol’ animal -- for the spotlight of our internationally-read weekend feature Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap, send photo or photos and inpho or inphos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, we publish these photos of sleeping animals so that insomniacs have hope. No sense laying awake all night worrying about hope.]
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