EDITION OF TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- Let’s just dive right into things. Anybody miss the 2016 presidential campaign trail? Yeah, me neither. Has nothing to do with that dog's photo. More on Hurk later. Pay attention to the ears.
WHITEY & THE NEEDLE IN ARDMORE
Oh, for crying out loud. Whew! We’ve written about Whitey, an elderly but healthy girl dog whose human died and she wound up in the shelter in Ardmore, Okla. Our pal Bonnie Lovell knew Whitey’s human and Whitey and knew how much the lady loved her girl Whitey.
So, when Whitey wound up in the shelter instead of a loving home, Bonnie, a bit aghast at this development, began to look out for her, stopping to visit her at the shelter and give her a moment away from the horrible “terror shakes” she’d developed.
Then this happened Monday: “When I went by the shelter to visit Whitey today,” Bonnie writes, “I realized they were going to euthanize her today (which, of course, I was not supposed to know)...so I adopted her.”
Yes, Bonnie, who already has a few Ardmorite adoptees in her home, added, “And after all she's been through, I may just go ahead and keep her and not try to just be just a foster mom until I can find a permanent home... So far she and my dogs seem cool with each other and she didn't seem to even notice my cats nor they her. The fact that she relaxed enough to lounge around the living room with the two big dogs reassures me; I think the reason they marked her for euthanasia was that besides being 13, she had not stopped shaking the whole time she was at the shelter.”
There’s one more thing from Bonnie, “I decided that it may not actually be true that she doesn't like men...I think she ‘knew’ that one day in the future [so-and-so] was going to take her to the shelter and she was letting him know she was on to him the whole time. Who says dogs aren't clairvoyant?”
Now, just in case you know someone who needs an older dog they can love and enjoy, email email@example.com about Whitey. [LARRY ASIDE:The audition will be tough, but you’ll have a place in Heaven or wherever you think you’re going.]
A NOTE ABOUT TETHERING:
AN END TO THE HORROR?
Laura Donahue, Executive Director of the Texas Humane Legislation Network, sent out a note Monday afternoon that matters to people who love animals: “Our bill to help cruelly chained and tethered dogs in Texas is on the House floor and could be heard as early as Wednesday! Please make the call for House Bill 1156 / Senate Bill 1090 ASAP and ask your Representative to vote ‘YES WITHOUT AMENDMENTS’.” Go to thln.org to read about all this. [LARRY ASIDE: I don’t like posting photos of tethered dogs, so I’m just using the THLN logo for artwork. Rather post a photo of a formerly tethered go snoozing on a couch.]
Laura also wrote, “As a reminder, the Senate companion bill (SB 1090) was voted out of the Senate 28-3 so if our House bill passes without amendments the next stop is the Governor's desk! We are *so* close to helping thousands of dogs and they can't wait two more years being chained in blazing heat, freezing ice, or sleeting rain.”
THE FACES OF DENTON
or, FOUR TO GO ASAP
(HALF-PRICE ON THE FEE!)
Relentless monitor of Denton McNatt Animal Shelter Dogs Amy Poskey sent us a note with the faces of four dogs and we couldn’t resist them.
Two, Scarlett and Chocolate Chip, we’ve posted before. The new ones are Bunny and Hurk. All have been “fully vetted” and are ready to go. And, as you can see, the usual $60 adoption fee has been reduced by half. And below you'll see Bunny and Hurk -- looks different that that opening photo, but maybe your ears fall back when you hit the pillow at night, too.
Just FYI: Hurk, who is only about two, was doing just fine at his adoptive home until his energy got the best of him and he bumped over the toddler, also about two. The parents were upset about giving up Hurk, according to the shelter.
Here’s the rub: Hurk is also heartworm positive, but as Amy’s note reads, “Please don’t let that be a death sentence for such a sweet boy! How can you resist that ear thing goin’ on?”
Here are the Denton McNatt emails: firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone is 940-349-7594.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Ever hit the end of the line on a day at the office? Aren’t you glad there are doors? ... I’ve got a new briefcase. Lovely story. We have an old cat who hurls every now and then after dining. Lesson: Never leave your briefcase open near the family’s geriatric cat. Perhaps you can guess what happened. I’m not going to name her -- I love her. And if it helps her get through the day, I’ll buy several briefcases and line ‘em up for her. Oh, OK, I’ll name her: It’s Annabelle Bob, approaching 16 years of age. That's a recent photo. She’s a Zang Boulevard foundling. Martha was on her way home from work one afternoon and saw a kitten in the middle of a lane trying to get something to eat out of a discarded fastfood bag. Martha did a Starsky & Hutch-style slide to a halt, got out and chased the cat that would become known as Annabelle out of the road and into some shrubbery. Annabelle didn’t know she was up against The Cat Lady of Oak Cliff. She’s a great cat who, now and then, demonstrates some of the attitudes and moves of her namesake, Bob The Cat. She’s never bitten the underside of Martha’s nose to wake her -- that was Bob’s signature move. ... There are some books you remember from the time before you were middle-aged. Like, for example, the 1974 book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values. The author, Robert M. Pirsig died Monday. He was 88. Here are two quotes from the best-seller that more than 100 publishers turned it down. “The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.” And, “Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive.”
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