DATELINE: DALLAS The Town So Nice They Named It Once, Texas (October 21, PetPowellPress) -- We’ve got some upbeat stories today and even one that shows Operation Kindness has a population explosion thanks to Euless! Read on and don’t forget to step outside and enjoy the world today. You never know how long before someone figures out a way to charge a "household exit tax.”
THE RECOVERY OF MURRAY
We posted the story of Murray’s disappearance back on October 10 -- a storm had blown open the gate of the home where he was staying as a guest back on October 2 on Winchester Road in Bastrop. He’s a former Dallas tethered dog -- adopted and loved. That's a photo of the tethered situation above and the beloved situation below.
Deborah Lynn Verner, whose dog Charlie is Murray’s brother, had gone to the area to search for Murray and, on Monday happily told Readlarrypowell.com that Murray had been found! Safe!
“As you know, several of us networked Murray on several sites (shelters, rescues, Craigslist, Lost Dogs of Tx sites, etc),” she wrote.
“Murray traveled a quarter mile (driving it was over 3 miles) through the woods and ended up at a property on a nearby road. (The one road that I didn't drive down, but intended to when I went out there). He had been hanging around for about 2 weeks, and the neighbor saw him thinking they had a new dog. And, he wouldn't come to anyone, being that he was scared, and, like my Charlie, he's wary of strangers. As soon as she found out he wasn't theirs, she checked Craigslist, where I had posted an ad in the Lost and Found Section in the Austin area, contacted me and Tiffany (Murray’s human Jane's daughter), through the two emails listed late Friday night. Tiffany saw her email first, and contacted her Mom, who went and got Murray Saturday morning. He appeared healthy, despite being lost for 18 days.”
SPECIAL DELIVERY AT OPERATION KINDNESS
You may recall that we recently posted the story of a Euless Animal Shelter dog Autumn who as pregnant and out of time at the boarding place. Karen Lee the animal advocate at BarkleyWorld http://www.barkleyworld.com had alerted Readlarrypowellcom to this situation. A little while later she sent word that Operation Kindness had agreed to pick the dog up on Monday and, my goodness, on Monday afternoon, Karen sent this note: “She has delivered 15 puppies so far. OMG do we owe Operation Kindness BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And their foster mom!! What an angel!! She’s been in touch with me all day. We thought Autumn was through with 10 about noon----but oh noooooo---gosh I hope this is it.”
We have the before photo of Autumn and you can’t say this is the “after” photo of Autumn because this was only at the 10-puppy delivery point. We expect to get more photos. And if you want to help other animals like this in the future, get in touch with the Trinity GAP Club Rescue folks who have adopted the Euless Animal Shelter and work to save animal lives there -- email firstname.lastname@example.org. And, of course, to donate to Autumn’s care at Operation Kindness, go to www.operationkindness.org.
Yep, Autumn, the Lab/Hound mix, is producer of the month.
THE ROAMING DOGS OF WATAUGA
The animal advocate Karen Lee sent a note about two dogs that need some help. Claudette Howard, who was instrumental in saving them from a busy street, explains what happened on Friday morning.
She reports, “I picked them up running down Chapman Rd. in Watauga. After making phone calls according to the info on their tags I got in touch with the owners.”
How easy was it to catch the dogs? Claudette said, “I opened my car door and they both jumped right in so I took them home with me. I called the Humane Society because their rabies ID tags are from there. I called the owners and left a message. After two hours I went to the address that was given to me. The lady answering the door had a stroke about a month ago. She said that one of the dogs keeps digging out of the yard and then the next one follows. They are going to return the digger to the Humane Society. I asked her to please let me work on finding a home for him (the dog with the beige coat.)”
She described him as “absolutely the friendliest dog I have ever met. She said that he is 3 years old. Neutered and current on shots. Housebroken and crate trained. Looks to be a Chi-Weinie about 12 pounds. ... I believe that they would also give up the female (black, Daisy Mae). They said she is about 6 months old. Spayed and current on shots. Very sweet also.
“I just don't want either to go back to the Humane Society."
The people with the dogs are at 817-281-9057 or 817-673-8425. To ask Claudette for advice in your rescue approach, email email@example.com.
A REMINDER ABOUT MAX
Last week we wrote about Max, the Weatherford Chihuahua who had been abandoned without food and water inside a foreclosed home. He has no one. Still. Just people trying to save his life.
Stacey Carney, AKA Stacey The Stylist, is one of those trying to hustle up a home for him before Wednesday. If he doesn’t have one by then, he’s going to the Fort Worth Animal Shelter where, as a senior, he’ll probably be on a quick clock.
Some of you may relate to him. “He is very sweet but doesn’t like small children much and needs somewhere to live out his remaining years.” To offer to help him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANOTHER PRESTON HOLLOW FOUNDLING
Here is an interesting note about a dog found in Preston Hollow and moved into Dallas Animal Services.
According to the note from the Preston Hollow Neighborhood Association, a great organization with an animal rescue element, read, “This dog with no tags or identification was found late last night [Friday] at Stichter and Edgemere. It did not have a microchip when checked at the Animal Emergency Clinic. The dog was then given to the patrol officer in our neighborhood. At 3:02 a.m. Dallas Animal Patrol picked up the dog. For information at Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland Road (Hwy 30 and NE corner of Westmoreland), please call 214-670-1965--the lost and found information line. Or call 214-671-0315 or 214-671-0248. You can look for your dog at www.dallasanimalservices.org. Click on ‘Lost Pets’.”
[LARRY ASIDE: I clicked around looking for this dog. Couldn’t find it. Maybe it’s been rescued. Maybe not. Anybody know anything at all about this dog or how to effectively search for it on the DAS site? And does anyone know if a 3 a.m. pickup by animal control is uncommon? Probably because nobody calls animal control at 3 a.m. in Dallas.]
TWO UGLY ANIMAL NOTES: AN OFFICER SHOOTS A DOG AND PETA MENTIONS A LOCAL COMPANY
-- That body camera video footage of a Cleburne police officer coaxing a dog over and shooting the dog to death has made headlines in the Big Apple. Read the New York Daily News story HERE. [LARRY ASIDE: There’s a video on that site and you can watch it, but I could not after I read the description.] The city is investigating the shooting.
--In animal issues, nothing is ever settled and nothing points that out better than this release from PETA. Next time you dab on some makeup, think about THIS STORY.
CONTEMPLATIONS: We mentioned the success of the 2014 State Fair of Texas in yesterday’s contemplations. Late Monday we got the update from the Fair declaring that it “generated an off-the-charts turnout with $42,004,540 in coupon sales for food and rides. The previous record of $37.3 million was set in 2010.” It’s just a matter of time until the State Fair of Texas becomes an independent nation! The clock on www.bigtex.com has already started the countdown to the 2015 Fair -- September 25-October 18. For 2015, think somebody on the Midway will come up with Deep Fried Coupons? ... Quick: List people who got the shaft in the latest Texas Rangers personnel changes. Tim Bogar, the guy who stepped in as manager and turned the team around, isn’t going to be on the big league staff but he is getting an offer for a position within the organization. He should wait until Ron Washington takes over at Houston and join that staff. Look at that -- a baseball comment about the Texas Rangers in October -- before the World Series starts. ... Point of discussion: James Spader. Better actor as years go by? Or better projects? Though the scenes with him and Viveca Lindfors in Stargate (1994) are classic and, also in '94, he was great as a weasel in Wolf.
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