We have some stories that may touch hearts today.
At least one of them should have touched hearts a week ago, but you never know what’s going on in the world.
It isn’t like there isn’t any pressure on rescuers and do-gooders. Still.... well, read on. We’ll get to it.
FIRST, A KITTEN: You’ve got to love the creeps North Texas turns out. They are legion and they are about as sorry as you can find on the planet.
You can’t beat ‘em. You might want to, but that would be wrong and, as we know, two wrongs don’t make a right. So, good people, grind your teeth as you read this report from the great animal-saver, Martha Hofmeister, the Dallas lawyer who created what her admirers call “the Marthanet” -- a surefire rescue network.
She began, “Hey, want to save a kitten’s life?”
Then she writes about Luann Hicks‘ latest Dallas animal adventure.
“Luann works for Meals on Wheels. When she was out delivering in a poor neighborhood about a week ago, she saw a methed-out guy throw this kitten away in a flower pot because he pooped in the house (not his exact words). She took the kitten to the vet to have him checked out and was warned by one of this guy's neighbors not to bring the kitten back as the ‘owner’ was abusive. Luann told the guy that the kitten is very sick and needs to stay at the vet's.
“He's about seven weeks old. Luann does not have an ideal living situation for him (she has five rescued dogs, and one 16-year-old rescued cat - none of whom tolerate the kitten).
“She said he purrs like a lawnmower when he's loved on. He's currently at Katy Trail Animal Hospital. To ask about this lively kitten email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-522-3035.
THE STORY WE’RE WAITING TO TELL: You’ve seen these dogs here before. Jess and Daisy. They are the loyal companions of Laura Patterson.
The story we are waiting to tell is the one that says Laura is experiencing tremendous emotional relief because her dogs have a place to go.
As you recall, Laura is in the grip of pancreatic cancer. She’s getting things in order for her wonderful senior dogs. Yes, they’re old. Yes, one of them has a medical condition that is controlled by meds. But both are good companions and their fates should be
Here’s what we reported back on June 11. “Jess is the 14-year-old male, 70-pound neutered brown and white mix and Daisy is the 45-pound, 13-year-old spayed Pointer mix. Laura says she got them when they were puppies. They’ve all lived together for all those years. Daisy is completely healthy, but Jess has Addison’s Disease and gets daily medication and a monthly injection.”
Yesterday, Laura sent us a note that read, “Starting to get some movement. My sister-in-law in Massachusetts belongs to an Addison's group (one of her dogs has it) and she put it out on the blog-o-sphere, which helped a lot. Still keeping paws crossed however. “
As you veteran rescuers know, “movement” can frequently be uncertain. It’s always good to have some solid situations. To help Laura, email email@example.com.
GABI, SAVED AND LOVED: We wrote about Gabi when our pal Della Wallace discovered the awful situation. She stepped in and rescued Gabi. And, now on our Prayers & Passages page, there is one more story about this former “throw-away dog.” Click on the Prayers & Passages button in the upper right corner of this page to read about Gabi. A heartbroken Della told us yesterday, “This is my Gabi! I am her Mum!”
The "before" photos of Gabi are pretty sad -- exactly what you'd expect to see if the words "neglected" and "starving" are in the description. It's better to remember Gabi as a little dog who was loved.
CARROLLTON’S CLOCK IS TICKING: We got a note from Carrollton in the afternoon that said there’d been no movement by anyone to get the many dogs off the Carrollton Animal Shelter’s death row before the Tuesday evening deadline.
Among those animals is this one -- Buddy, who we featured yesterday.
To offer to help any of the animals, call Carrollton Animal Rescue Enterprise (CARE) at 972-466-3420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see the death row animals by clicking on the Facebook link HERE.
TRYING TO HELP CHANCE: Krista Mc Anally, the director of the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake Shelter at Tool, Texas, is trying to keep a dog out of the facility.
Chance is his name and Krista says that “if Chance cannot find rescue or a foster, he will be bought to the shelter on Thursday or Friday.”
She doesn’t want him in the shelter; she wants him in a good home or a good rescue group.
Here’s the story: Chance is “a 6- to 8-year-old Pit Bull that was picked up by a Good Samaritan 2 weeks ago. Amy [the Good Samaritan] has taken him to the vet and gotten his shots and taken him into her home. But she cannot keep him.
“He is current on his shots, housebroken, good with other dogs and loves people. “Chance needs a loving home to live out the rest of his years with the care and affection that he has probably never known.”
To ask about helping Chance, email Krista at email@example.com or call 903-432-3422.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Does the new Superman movie make you miss phone booths? Beg pardon? What’s a phone booth? I don’t know of one in North Texas offhand, but my funspouse Martha and her funsister Donna found one a couple of months ago outside the Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadero, Calif. You walk into it, pick up a phone headset off a cradle, drop some change into the slot -- oh, I’ve lost you whippersnappers, haven’t I? Calls used to cost a nickel, then a dime, then a quarter, then everybody got cell phones and booths began to vanish. ... Favorite cheese? Havarti? Cheddar? Bleu? Asiago? Spray? ... How about those Texas Rangers? They won a game, beating the division-leading Oakland Athletics, ending a six-game losing streak. Two in a row? Is that possible? In honor of the Texas Rangers, we’re going to cite Dave Frishberg’s jazz hit from 1969. Click on Van Lingle Mungo and swing away.
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