So, there I was scrolling along when I ran across this photo and this caption on Facebook and it led to two slumbering pups -- Baron Von Puppy and Minnie -- to highlight our long-running weekend feature, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap.
"Highlight” is the word because these are upbeat stories!
And what do the dogs have in common besides the ability to doze? They are linked by the Trinity GAP Rescue, the devoted animal fans from Euless Trinity High School’s Girls Awareness Program.
We’ve been writing about GAP’s work since ... well, a long time in dog years. I suspect that some of the original GAP rescuers are already well into their post-education careers. Wouldn’t surprise me to find that some are working in the animal medicine professions, shelters or non-profit people-helping organizations. I think they might have become a GAP Rescuer to help animals and discovered along the way just big their own hearts really are.
Steffenie Vela, an original teacher sponsor of Euless Trinity’s GAP Club, posted that sleeping photo on her Scout Ann Vela Facebook site with this paragraph,
“Is this the sweetest photo ever? Baron, the former Rufe Snow puppy who was saved from euthanasia by Trinity GAP, is one pampered puppy after his recent surgery to remove his mangled leg. Thank you to everyone who helped including Dr. Riley and Keli! Sweet dreams Puppy Von Baron!”
We checked with Karen Lee, the Barkleyworld.com animal advocate, who had the inside story. It reads, “Baron von Puppy is the name and title now bestowed upon ‘Rufe Snow,’ AKA Yukon, who was rescued from the Urgent List at Fort Worth Animal Care & Control by Trinity GAP Rescue.”
Why did he need to be rescued? This dog -- clearly an Earhound -- “had Parvo and a broken leg.” The break was so old that the bones in his leg had grown “back together at a complete right angle and there was some nerve deficit in the leg.”
GAP got two opinions and the specialist and the GAP vet agreed that amputation was the best route. Baron’s leg was amputated on April 25th and “he is doing great.” He’s about six months old and weighs in at 35 pounds though will get larger. Might be a Shepherd mix. There’s an occupation therapy video HERE. You'll enjoy it, but come right back and read the rest of this edition!
Now, in looking for Baron von Puppy info we stumbled across this photograph of Minnie. Clearly, Minnie is a championship sleeper.
Is there a connection? Not one. Two.
Minnie’s a GAP dog and Stacey Johnson Wade, who adores Minnie, is the sister of, yep, Steffenie Vela. This proves, of course, that there is an animal rescue gene. Rampant in some families.
Stacey’s caption reads, “This is Minnie. We rescued her almost 9 years ago from the Euless Animal Shelter through the Trinity Gap Club. She used to go to school with me and read to the kids, she loved that! ... She doesn't much care what we are doing as long as she can sleep on one of her beds! Such a sweet, sweet girl! Love her!”
Just in case you want to support the work of the Trinity GAP rescuers, you can visit the Facebook site HERE.
See adoptables and read about GAP Rescue at trinitygaprescue.org.
The GAPsters’ partnership with the Euless Animal Shelter that has proven to be a magnificent benefit to animals. Here’s the official explanation: “One of their community service projects is volunteering with the Euless Animal Shelter and sponsoring as many animals as their funds allow to provide spay/neuter, shots, and other vetting costs for the pets. Adoption fees collected from sponsored pets recycle back into their program so they can continue to vet as many pets as possible.” And every now and then the GAPsters sponsor a special event that raises money to keep the program working.
Why does GAP need to keep working?
Because dogs such as Suki, Tanner and Crackles need homes. That’s the trio playing at the Euless Animal Shelter, 1517 Westpark Way, Euless. Call 817-685-1594. And, as you can see, Suki is clearly an Earhound.
[Nominate your sleeping dogs, napping cats or homeless slumberers for the spotlight of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap by emailing photos and inphos, er, info, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, we post these slumbering animals to give inspiration to the nation’s insomniacs. We give hope to those who cannot nod off. All they have to find is the right position, the right bed, the right couch, the right blankie... Good snoozing, everybody!]