DATELINE: Dallas Where the Sun Shines on Turkeys and Giblets Alike and Interpret That As You Wish, Texas (Nov. 21, PetPowellPress) -- Here we are on the last day -- maybe the last half-day -- that a lot of people will work before the Thanksgiving holiday celebration begins.
And by "Thanksgiving holiday celebration" I'm not suggesting that the Dallas Cowboys will win the traditional Thanksgiving Day game. They still have to face the New York Giants Sunday night.
There could be an exceptional reason to give thanks if someone can swiftly step up and offer to foster a special Dallas Animal Services dog and a bag of puppies. Yes, a bag of puppies -- more on that in a moment.
Now, for those of you who are taking time away from work, be careful on the streets and roads and in the shopping centers and malls and in the grocery stores and department stores -- that cover it? Remember, this may be Dallas' last Thanksgiving to get plastic bags at a grocery store! Another holiday tradition gone with the wind, so to speak.
Now, our report.
SEND ANIMAL PHOTOS: In the more than a decade of posting photographs of sleeping dogs, napping cats and (from last week) slumbering hootowls in our weekend feature, we may have used up every sleeping critter in town. We do still want to publish those snoozing photos but, starting this weekend we're going to expand our rules just for the holidays.
If you have a critter that looks like a turkey or is a turkey, if you've got a dog that looks like a reindeer or a cat that looks like an elf, or an animal that enjoys being festive and twinkly or festooned with tinsel, send those entertaining photos to email@example.com and we'll publish them. We'll MERRILY publish them!
THE INJURED/AILING DOG AT DAS NEEDS A BREAK
We mentioned this Husky mix fellow in yesterday's edition. He has something amiss with his main boy part. And he needs medical care.
We contacted Danielle Fry, the Dallas Animal Services Transfer Coordinator, and she's been trying to hustle a way out of the shelter for him in between working for other animals, such as a big litter of puppies found in a bag in Kiest Park.
There could be a break coming if Dallas Pets Alive can find a foster person. That's their only hold-up in rescuing his guy. Rescue Director Elina Kanevskaia of Dallas Pets Alive sent us this LINK to the foster application.
Any group that takes this dog is likely to have some medical expenses right away. You can read about Dallas Pets Alive at dallaspetsalive.org.
And, if you want to ask about the dog, email Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One more thing: Danielle reports that Chi Chi, who had an old leg injury but still romps happily, has been taken in by the Humane Society of Dallas County.
ONE RELATED NOTE: During the day Thursday Danielle was busy, also, trying to hustle a place for a special litter. She wrote, "These 6 little babies were found overnight in Kiest Park. A citizen was walking through the park when she noticed a plastic bag on the ground that was moving! She went to investigate and found 6 little puppies inside! These babies are only about 15 days old. They are super cute. We aren’t sure what breed they are but think that they might be Chihuahua/Terrier mixes. There are 3 boys and 3 girls in the group. They should still be with a mother so need someone who will bottle feed them!" Again, to help email email@example.com
[LARRY ASIDE: Kiest Park is my neighborhood park. It is a place where dogs have a chance at survival because good people walk and run there. But, from my heart, if I saw some jerk dropping off a bag of puppies like they were trash, I might not wait for my newly ordered Two-by-Four of Enlightenment before I attempted to influence someone’s thinking with my bare hands. But that would be wrong. You have to wonder what kind of heart beats in someone who would do this to puppies? Good Lord, I hope they don't have kids, too. And I hope that momma dog gets into a safe home, too. If anyone suspects who did this, call the police and turn them in. What they did is against the law.]
A PITBULL WARNING IN GARLAND
Our pal Tomi Ortiz usually contacts us about animals she’s found in trouble. She’s now worried about animals that vanished and are in trouble -- this is one awful tale if you’re a dog fan.
She writes, “I would like to send out a warning to Garland residents that own Pitbulls, especially younger ones! Last week my brother-in-law left his Pitbull (1yr old) in his fenced backyard to play, etc., and left to the corner store.
“When he returned his Pitbull ‘Red’ was gone!
“He went around the neighborhood looking for him, called the Garland Animal Shelter and also posted on the Lost pet website. He has had no luck!
"Then yesterday another man was walking around the neighborhood asking if anyone had seen his Pitbull puppy. He said he put him in the backyard to play and do his business. When he went to call him in he was gone! He was taking him this weekend to the Vetto get micro chipped but now it’s too late. I HATE to imagine what this thief or thieves are doing with these dogs! It just breaks my heart! So I wanted to tell people in the Garland area to PLEASE be very careful if they have Pitbulls!”
MEANWHILE IN IRVING.
Rescuers saved a bunch of Irving dogs but there were three that didn’t make it. Aries is the 2-year-old, 54-pound Heeler mix who was in the shelter because her owner surrendered her with the note that she “escapes.” Then, in the middle, is 45-pound healthy, firendly, 18-month-old stray Charles. And on the right there is Doc, a year old, 65-pound, healthy, friendly stray. Three young dogs who could not depend on humans to protect them from themselves. Well, some people will be comforted in knowing that these dogs are no longer available to roam the city. Read about them HERE. What do they have to do with these four?
These four could be next. They are, from left, Buddy, Deus, Harold and Rocky -- Harold and Rocky are on the list for Friday. Deus has the notation “escapes” on his card. Buddy is a victim of “owner moving” as is Rocky. Harold, a Chihuahua mix, is shy and shows “cage aggression.”
Russell Posch, the shelter-walker with the life-saving camera, sent us these photos and others. See Irving’s dogs HERE and Irving’s cats HERE. It’s a holiday week -- traditionally rough on shelters. More animals come in, fewer go out safely. People -- that’s the factor that is flawed. To ask about a dog during off-hours, call the rescue hotline at 972-72-3597. Email both Rescueapet@cityofirving.org and Adoptapet@cityofirving.org. The Irving Shelter’s business numbers are 972-721-2256 or 57.
CONTEMPLATIONS: That is Inky, the Cocker Laureate of the State of Texas and our readlarrypowell.com staff impersonator, giving us his impression of a hungry relative kicking through the front door of a dark house for a surprise visit shortly after midnight Thanksgiving morning and spotting a big steaming platter of Mom's Not For You Tofurkey Meatloaf , a pan of ready to heat brown 'n' serve rolls, a boiler of finely seasoned green beans and a big cake pan upon which sits the specialty of the holiday house, The Gobbler Meringue Coconut Cream Pie. ... A holiday appeal: Shop now for Thanksgiving Day so poor saps like me who get sent to the store on the night before won't have to spend hours waiting in line to buy one can of whipped cream, a package of paper towels and some antacids. ... Enjoy the weekend. Consider it a warmup for a great week.
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