DATELINE: DALLAS The Town That’s a Variety Pack of Multiplicities, Texas (August 1, PetPowellPress) -- On the first day of August, this is going to be a sweeping presentation. There’ll be heroic stories, attempts to save animals, reports on animals we’ve mentioned, Howlin’ Hounds Hoedown, fried food at the State Fair of Texas and other topics.
By the time I finish this, my typing fingers will be shortened by a knucklesworth. Ah, yes, my elementary school sweetheart, Honeysuckle Knucklesworth. Now, having made up a name, I’ll remind you that you may comment by clicking on the line at the end of the report. (That is Inky, my writing companion, giving me a look after I typed in Honeysuckle Knucklesworth.) We move on:
TALES OF TWO JUSTICES
One of our favorite tipsters who enjoys a happy ending gave us the heads up on a development at DFW Rescue Me. One Justice led to another.
The first is Beau Justice and the second is Indy Justice.
Jim Wenger, the president of DFW Rescue Me, explains that the names are linked to the little dog Justice who was burned to death by four men subsequently found by courts to be felons. You probably remember the Justice story.
Jim says that any dogs the group takes in “that are critically injured are given the last name Justice in his honor.”
That first happy collection of photos is of Beau Justice with his new family from Oklahoma. (Go to the DFW Rescue Me Facebook page to see the report -- and many other stories.)
Jim says, “Beau Justice was the stabbing victim ... The stabber claimed self defense and he was the only witness. No charges were ever filed.
The [Rowlett] shelter put out an email asking for help for him and we went and got him.”
You see here photos of Beau Justice and his stab wounds, Indy Justice on the fence and a Dallas Firefighter/Rescuer named Joe -- he’s the guy who carried Indy a quarter-mile from the fence to transportation to safety. (Thank those heroes by writing to Station House #46, “A” Shift, 331 E. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas, Texas, 75241.)
Indy Justice was the dog rescued after dangling on a fence in western Dallas for a couple of days -- the story is no Dallas personnel responded until a persistent lady called the Fire and Rescue folks and those heroes actually showed up and saved Indy. The dog may still lose his foot, but he is recovering and in loving hands.
A CHALLENGE AT GREENVILLE
Kathy Wilkinson is appealing for help from anyone who can take some little dogs.
She writes, “These dogs belonged to my mother and she recently passed away. I have been laid off from my job and have to move out of the place I live by August 8th. My guess is that these dogs are between 1-5 yrs old. ... On my own I have rehomed several dogs. I am going to keep working on it but time is running out quickly. There are also full-blood female Min Pins that I do not have photos of. I can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or cell phone at 903-513-6369. ... I really don't want to send any to the pound. I know there are a lot of them and it is overwhelming. But, if they could be dispersed throughout the rescues maybe it wouldn't be so bad. I don't have money at this moment but I am willing to donate after August 8th monthly and give my time helping to rehome any animals.”
RIVER THE DOG
Craig Dormire has been working to find a home for River, a Mastiff mix about a year and a half old and about 40 pounds. She’d recently had pups. No idea of where the pups are, but River was found running loose on the streets.
Craig reports that “River has gotten a ton of interest, made a lot of friends and raised enough donations to fully cover all of her vet needs so far, but to date has not found the perfect home. she is currently staying with Salty Dog Rescue in Fort Worth awaiting the arrival of her forever family.”
SCRUFFY COCONUT AND SUMMER
A couple of weeks ago we wrote about a couple of dogs enjoying a nice stay at the Preston Royal Animal Clinic.
Scruffy Coconut, a little Cairn Terrier mix, had been left in a crate at the end of a driveway in Preston Hollow North. Summer, a yellow Labster, had been found in Garland.
The news? Amanda of the Clinic says Scruffy Coconut has been adopted. “By an individual or a family?” I asked, and a happy Amanda replied, “Family of two kids and a German Shepherd!” (That's Amanda holding Scruffy.)
So, that leaves Summer -- that’s her with her Dallas Summer Tongue look -- waiting for a home at Preston Royal Animal Clinic. To audition to adopt the great, sweet, energetic, loving /Summer, call the Clinic at 214-369-7364.
WAITING IN IRVING
You know the routine. Someone takes animals to the Irving Animal Shelter. Shelter-walkin’, photo-shootin’ good guy Russell Posch takes their pictures and gets their stories and distributes the whole shebang in an attempt to get some life-saving attention for these wonderful “unwanted.”
Some of them are “urgent,” as in “most likely to be next on the euthanasia list.” And there are scores of them just waiting to move up on the lists.
I’ve decided to feature one from each list today. You can see all the urgents HERE and take a look at the whole bunch of “temporary residents” HERE. These collections were updated Thursday.
The dog who obviously doesn’t know he’s “urgent” is Tiny, a 48-pound, 3--year-old boy Pit listed as “emaciated, skin issues” and he’s shy. Why is he there? “owner surrender -- aggressive to animals.” [LARRY ASIDE: Got to be a place for this guy other than a body bag.]
The other dog is Firecracker, a year-old, 45-pound Retriever/Australian Cattle Dog mix. Friendly and healthy, how does she wind up waiting on the needle? “Owner surrender -- found, cannot keep.”
Call the rescue hotline at 972-721-3597 and email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. The shelter business numbers are 972-721-2256 or 57.
AS EXPECTED, THE SPCA GETS THE ANIMALS
Yep, all 222 animals seized from the Frank Barchard Memorial Shelter at Wolfe City have been awarded to the SPCA of Texas because the judge found the animals were kept in cruel conditions. That’s 166 dogs, 43 cats, 14 kittens and 13 puppies. And many need medical care and all need food. So the judge also ordered the people who had the animals to pay the SPCA $61,876.60 for care and upkeep. The SPCA news release says the organization “does not expect to receive any of this money to help offset costs.” To see how to help the SPCA with these costs go to the spca.org website -- you may also see some animals you’d want to adopt. That Poodle is among the dogs. Get a glimpse of others on the July 23 “raid day” HERE.
MEANWHILE IN CARROLLTON
The Carrollton Animal Rescue Enterprise folks who run the city shelter have posted the latest “urgents” list HERE . If you want to help any of these animals beat the Grim Reaper, call CARE at 972-466-3420 or email email@example.com.
As you can see, that beauty is Jade. Came in as a stray.
And because she’s a bully breed, she’s got to go to a non-profit so potential adoptors can get a good examination before they get to take her. CARE has other non-restricted animals, too. They all need a break.
A BUSY SUNDAY FOR THE FUNSPOUSE
My critters&choralspouse Martha will be busy on Sunday -- her sweet heart is caught up in some non-profit action. (“Non-profit” is the them of our marriage -- you can ask the IRS.)
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. she’ll be involved with her official presidential duties for Paws In The City helping some hard-working volunteers and officers put on the Howlin’ Hounds Hoedown at Eddie Deen’s in downtown Dallas. The whole event is a fundraiser for Paws In The City and a fun-raiser for people and their dogs. Human tickets are $50 and dog tickets are $5 -- go to pawsinthecity.org or buy ‘em at the door.
As Martha told Scott Murray on his KLIF (570 AM) radio show last week, “We haven’t figured out how to design an event where you bring your cat, so we’re just sticking with dogs for the moment!” [LARRY ASIDE: The woman once referred to by a neighbor as “The Cat Lady of Oak Cliff” will work on that challenge!] This event is indoors and air-conditioned, so that’s a plus for August in Texas. There’s great food, a bar (drinks included in ticket price!), music, playtime with the dogs, shopping, photos, a “butt sketch artist” -- yes, for dogs or humans or dogs and humans.
Can’t wait to see some of those.
Oh, and there’s a “Two-and-Four-Steppin’ Pet/Owner Dance.”
When Martha leaves there, she’ll head to rehearsal for her other non-profit activity, Resounding Harmony, the non-profit chorale that lends its 100 voices (men and women!) to raising money for other non-profits. This time they’re rehearsing for an August 9 concert that will raise money to cover the expenses it takes to put on Resounding Harmony concerts (hall rental, stage work, etc.).
The August 9 concert will feature staged versions of the best songs the group has performed to raise $200,000 in their six-year history -- two concerts a year for such non-profits as North Texas Food Bank, Wounded Warriors, American Heart Association, Fine Arts Chamber Players, etc.
The Simply The Best concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, at Dallas City Performance Hall in the Arts District -- a great venue. Go to www.resoundingharmony.org for tickets.
Martha’s a falsetto when dealing with animals and an alto when singing with Resounding Harmony. I am a typist in both situations.
CONTEMPLATIONS: The State Fair of Texas has a new tasty tasting feature for 2014 and it happens BEFORE the Fair opens! For $100 you can buy an opportunity to attend the 10th Annual Big Tex Choice Awards -- where they pick the top Midway foods! -- at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 1. Proceeds go to the State Fair of Texas Scholarship Fund benefitting students from 5 high schools in the Fair Park area. Seating is limited for this new event. The Fair runs Sept. 25-Oct. 19. You can read all about it at bigtex.com and you get the tasty, tasting tickets HERE. Can you expect tasty food? As you may recall the theme for the 2014 fair is Deep in the Heart of Texas, not Deep in the Heartburn of Texas. ... There’s a bit of a fake British cooking show on KERA now and then called Posh Nosh. Greatest line from the show so far? Something like “People who don’t like dogs don’t deserve to eat.” Anybody catch that?... The dog photo? That’s Inky, the official impersonator for Readlarrypowell.com and the Cocker Laureate of the State of Texas, giving us his impression of a Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman running into the Hut Hut Lounge and spotting a big steaming platter of Mom’s Drop Kick Meatloaf with a ladle of False Start Gravy and side of Jerry’s Fair Catch Arkansas Catfish ‘n’ Collards Fried Pie. Dessert? How ‘Bout Them Apples Pie a la Ate ‘n’ Ate, if there’s any luck at all.
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