EDITION OF MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016 (PetPowellPress) -- Happy birthday to Louise Brown! And, of course, this is the anniversary of the dawning of a new age of folk music. If you know either of those references, you are as smart as anybody. Or you have a memory as good as anybody’s. We do not have a definitive identification of “anybody.”
Now, let’s get into today’s report and we’ll clear things up later -- for some it will be electrifying. For others, just light the candles.
A DOG NEEDING A HOME
Clearly this dog was not in a shelter on Saturday or he’d have been adopted already.
His name is Chevy and we learned about him thanks to Dinesha Schmidt of A Different Breed Rescue. People appeal to her frequently for help with non-shelter, non-rescue group animals. Here’s the story: “Neutered housebroken up to date on shots about 8 yrs
“Owner too sick to take care of him anymore
“Absolute cutie looks like applehead a little longer haired
“Sweet quiet boy Owner will foster until a home is found.”
Call or text Dinesha at 972-896-6313. [LARRY ASIDE: Clearly Chevy is at home around anyone who can pull off the relaxed look of a white t-shirt and red-checked pants!]
IN BURNS FLAT, A ‘DEAD DOG’ LIVES
Another Terry Lynn Fisher rescue adventure from Burns Flat, Okla. “While on a transport [Friday], I received a call about a puppy that was in urgent need of help. A lady's 6-year-old grandson was riding his bike and rode up in the carport across the street from her house. He started screaming about a dead dog, so she ran over. THIS is what she found. She thought he was dead, but when she touched him, his eyes opened.
“I had someone go there and call me. The way they described it, I knew it was a heatstroke. I had them wet him down and get out of the heat. She rushed him to my vet, where his temp was over 104. He was totally lethargic. THANK GOODNESS we got to him in time. This morning [Saturday] he is responding well, but still being watched.”
You’d think that would be enough for one address on one street in little Burns Flat, but, no, there’s MORE:
“The house he came from had another dog tied up out back,” Terry Lynn reports. “I had the ACO go when he got into town and that dog had no water. He went to give it some and learned they didn't even have service. So he took that dog as well and he is in doggie jail.” This is both an appeal for adoption or tagging for two dogs and a note about the need to help finance the veterinary care for this dog. Terry Lynn says she is grateful for people who donate to her work and she adds, “I also need a safe place for this little Lab boy to go. I refuse to give him back to these awful people.” Get in touch with her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RELOCATING HUMAN NEEDS TO RELOCATE CATS
Amanda Mattle is starting a new life as a teacher, she says, and to do this she is hoping to go to South Korea at the end of August. She has four older cats she can’t bring along -- and there’s an extra one that has wandered up, too.
All of her cats have had “regular vet care all their lives,” she says. “For Winkin, who likes to go outside on a leash and harness... Also, Meeko's driftwood scratchy can go with her, and Sweet Pea's favorite sitting stool can go with her. There's a cushion (it's actually a dog bed) that Nod sleeps on often that can go with him, and maybe his favorite shoelace. While they have always been around other cats, they are not fond of 'stranger cats,' so I'm not sure if they would get along with other animals; it would be great if they could be adopted in pairs.”
The cats are:
Meeko, 11-year-old, short-hair, mostly black, spayed brindle. She “loves to scratch her driftwood scratchy, sit in high places, and play with toys (she will get them out and play on her own, but likes to play with human friends and her adopted sister Sweet Pea also). She does have slightly diminished kidney function but it hasn't affected her behavior or energy levels. She takes a half-pill every day to manage this, which she is very good about, and should eat lower-protein moist food as often as possible. Meeko is a very gentle and affectionate cat who loves to be petted. She has a very sad-sounding meow but is a very happy cat with rabbit-soft fur.”
Sweet Pea, the mom of Winkin and Nod', is an 11-year-old spayed gray long-hair. Found as a baby in the bushes, Sweet Pea lived with her human and other cats ever since. She likes to play with toys and is fond of sitting in baskets and boxes. She also has a favorite small stool she frequently uses as a perch. She has tiny ears, an Aretha Franklin voice, a Jay Leno chin, ballerina feet, and extra-furry toes. She doesn't really like to be held, but LOVES to be brushed, so keeping her long hair neat is more of a pleasure than a challenge. Sweet Pea enjoys occasional small bites of roasted seaweed.
“Winkin: Nod's brother, Sweet Pea's son; 10-year-old, short-hair brown and black neutered tabby. Winkin likes to play with toys, LOVES catnip, and likes to sleep under the covers. He has a very sweet singing voice and likes shoulder and neck scratches. He doesn't really like to be held, but will cuddle on the couch. He loves putting on a leash and harness because it means he gets to go outside! Though he's lived with other cats all his life, he would likely make a good only cat or feline sibling to a calm dog.
“Nod: Winkin's brother, Sweet Pea's son; 10-year-old, short-hair brown & black neutered tabby. Nod likes to sleep under the covers and in sunny windows, play chase through the house with his brother (often while yelling like a little kid), and likes to play with string (a sturdy shoelace is nice). Like his brother, he doesn't like to be held, but will cuddle on the couch. He gets nervous during storms, but is okay if he has calming treats (such as Pet Naturals). He looks like Eddie Munster and is fond of sitting in boxes. He is very gentle and gives affectionate head-bonks.”
The extra cat -- no photo -- is a “lovely solid black cat started hanging around our house. Of course, it's a girl, and, of course, my mother is feeding her. She seemed a little skittish at first, but since she figured out that we're not going to hurt her, she seems mostly at ease now. ... She is fairly talkative and lets us pet her, and even lets my mother pick her up. My mother has plans to take her somewhere else, but if that doesn't work out...”
So, dear readers, this is a “just in case things don’t work out” mention. “I'm fairly certain she isn't spayed and worry about her staying outside too long where she can get pregnant,” Amanda says.
To ask about helping any or all of these senior cats, email email@example.com. [LARRY ASIDE: Amanda’s decision to change her life is one of ambition, she tells Readlarrypowell.com. Teaching is a great ambition to fulfill. As is sharing life with a cat. Both are learning experiences.]
CONTEMPLATIONS: You know how stories get started on social media, become dire, excite people to a breathless state and, then, the truth comes out and things aren’t as bad as you might have thought? Happened in Texarkana last week. Rumors of mass euthanization at the Texarkana Animal Care and Adoption Center were inspired by Shelter Director Charles Lokey’s decision to close an area of the shelter that was crumbling and not good for animals, according to reporter Ashley Gardner’s well-done story in my old paper, The Texarkana Gazette. Read it HERE and not only will see what Lokey and the animals face, but you’ll see an amusing “relativity” between the Mayor of Texarkana, Ark., and a City Councilman for Texarkana, Texas. Mom’s the mayor of the Arkansas side of town and her son is a council member on the Texas side town. Turned out to be a beneficial thing for Twin City Animals. Now and then, I love my hometown. Now and then. ... About the big city I love in spite of itself: Dallas Animal Services adopted out 264 animals on Clear the Shelters Day. So, (a) let’s hope the new owners never fall out of love with their adoptees and (b) we’ll wonder how long it takes the don’t-care, no-spay, no-neuter crowd in Dallas to fill up those cages again. Anybody got 5 p.m. Wednesday in the pool? HOLY SMOKE. The cyberink was not dry on that passage when Danielle Fry, the DAS Transfer Coordinator sent the photos of these puppies and revealed that these month-old little ones had been found Saturday night in a shed behind an abandoned house. A DAS staffer took them home overnight “because they needed some special attention after being rescued out of the hot shed....Our officers tried to locate momma dog but where unsuccessful.” Two boys, two girls, “super cute and adorable and immediately in need of a Rescue group taking them to make sure they thrive. (That's them enjoying puppy food at DAS.) Email DASrescue@dallascityhall.com. Ask about A949266, A949267, A949268 and A949269. That cat? The only cat that wasn’t adopted from the shelter’s PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center on Clear the Shelters Day, according to DAS’ Facebook page. This cat is Mississippi. Why? Because she was the only cat who could spell it, maybe. ... And, now, our opening explanation: It’s happy birthday for Louise Brown, the world’s first “test-tube baby, born in 1978. And it’s an electrifying day because it’s the anniversary of the 1965 Newport Folk Festival at which the poet for a generation, Bob Dylan, put down the acoustic and picked up an electric, stunning the folkfans and creating a new pathway to hearts and minds. Enjoy this performance of Maggie’s Farm. Things were changing in 1965. Heck, Dylan warned us all in 1964.
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