The face of a real beaut of a lap dog -- that’s what we’re featuring in this edition of our traditional weekend feature Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap.
This is a bit of an amusing story. Back in March of 2013 I spotted the amazing face of a dog named Budgie on the Homeward Bound PetFinder site -- I was working on a story about another dog when I saw Budgie. So, needing some details, I wrote to the contact Angie Nott.
Angie responded -- a couple of weeks ago! And that is what launches this genuinely sweet story.
Angie wrote, “You’ll notice your email which I'm replying to is well over a year old, because it went into my Spam. :( That's the bad news, and the only bad news. The good news is: I am SO grateful that you, of all people, reached out to me regarding Budgie...and I thought I'd take a moment to thank you, and bring you up to date. I made some major life changes around the time you'd attempted to contact me, including finding the partner all we dog nuts pray for, and the combined pack in which Budgie could finally feel accepted, safe and secure. It's made all the difference in Budgie's life and mine, as it turns out.”
[LARRY ASIDE: I don’t mind telling you, Dear Readers, that Angie’s note makes the ol’ newshound’s eyes kind of mist up. An unwanted critter gets a loving home! Can you top that? The mission of Readlarrypowell.com is to write animals into the hearts of people who’ll love them. And, really, helping to make that heart-to-heart contact is the goal of everyone who works on behalf of animals. I’d turn a cartwheel over Budgie’s wonderful story if the seismographic reaction wouldn’t set off alarms on every fracking unit in North Texas.]
Angie sent these photos and said they are of “Budgie, AKA ‘Smoosh’, AKA ‘Mr. Yummy,’ as my better half calls him, proving I’ve met ‘The One.’ :) He's with a friendly pack, has his very own harem, and remains THE sweetest and most adorable guy around. He's found his forever home...right here with us. Thank you so very much for your interest and willingness to help him!”
Some explanations from Angie: “The two girls in that one pic with him are members of his harem: My deaf Pyr, Sasha (foster failure thru Collin County Humane Society), and Gigi, The Wonder Chiweenie. I adopted her from Arlington Animal Services when she was old enough to be adopted. I used to volunteer there, and she came into the shelter at 3 weeks old, having been dropped on her little noggin. She was in a coma and we had no idea what the long-term affects might be, but the shelter vet said, ‘Let's make her comfy, and wait & see.’ A day-and-a-half later she woke up, and a kindly ACO took her home to foster her. His wife didn't want another pet, so he reluctantly and tearfully brought her back when she was old enough to go into adoptions. By this point, everyone was attached to the little punkin, and I hate to see a grown man cry. She spent ONE DAY in Adoptions, with all kinds of kinds looking at her, and I was like, ‘Nope!’ Took her home that evening, carried her in a little doggie purse for months until we were SURE she'd have no seizures, etc (she never has!)...and 3 years later, she thinks she's 200 pounds of diva in a 10-pound package. And she adores Budgie.”
And what of Budgie’s magnificent countenance?
Angie says, “He's got a face only a mother - and Larry Powell could love...but what a guy! We love him so much!”
[Oh, dear readers, “We love him so much!” she wrote. Yeah, hand me the tissue to dab my ol’ eyes. You know, Readlarrypowell.com is proud to present Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Napbecause, through the years, we’ve determined that when dogs and cats are relaxed enough to doze off in someone’s arms or on someone’s couch or bed, then there is happiness in a household. Send photos of the animals you love as they’re snoozing to firstname.lastname@example.org. We think seeing them happily dozing in a loving home helps people realize the world is a better place than the daily news indicates. My fellow insomniacs and I always sleep better with a loving dog or cat nearby -- we may not sleep a lot, but what sleep we get will be happy.]
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