Welcome to a pre-Christmas edition of our regular weekend feature Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap. You’ll find some hollyjollyness (that a word?) in this edition. In fact, you’ll learn how cats view homonyms.
How long have we been doing this snoozer feature? Nine and a half years for this weekend feature. (The mothership Readlarrypowell.com was born earlier, in 2002.) That’s a lot of sleeping dogs and cats (some other beasties, too).
One thing is certain -- the people who snap the photos are always nuts about the animals. And so are the people who see the photos! You’re probably already smiling at the dogs slumbering on that human leg and the fluffballs waiting for
Here is the explanation from Patty Boren of Terrell Animal Alliance about the hounds Lilly and Sam, the smaller of the two pups. (We posted them back in August as the “Walker Hound Bookend” -- a photo of the dogs sleeping in adjoining chairs!)
Here’s some more of their charming story from Patty -- and it demonstrates how much people can embrace their adopted rescues. Patty writes, “We receive ‘sleeping’ pictures occasionally of these two rescues as it's a thing of beauty to both their adopter and us, as the rescue, since they started out living together by wanting to ‘kill’ each other! Great adopters + wonderful dogs = happy rescue. We're always searching for a ‘recliner lap’ for all of our homeless animals.“
Patty adds, “God Bless you this Christmas Season for all you do for all the rescues and individuals trying to beat the needle to save dogs.” [LARRY ASIDE: Thank you so much for the sentiment and I’d like to say that such blessings should be on the hearts of those of you, such as Patty, who do the hard work in placing animals. Outside off the few I run across now and then, my mission is to write about the animals -- you daring, adventurous, dedicated, hard-working, tough-hearted people are the real heroes of animal rescue.]
You can get in touch with Terrell Animal Alliance HERE or stop by the Rockwall Petco on Saturday and visit the adoptables.
[LARRY ASIDE: A person who has two dogs who’ll nap on the legs and offer comfort is a fortunate person. To be watching TV or reading a book and absent-mindedly reach down and stroke the head of a snoozing critter is a blessing that teaches the value of life, the importance of friends and the joy of being loved and trusted.]
NOW WE GET to Amelia and Beauregard. These are a couple of, as their “Aunt Beverly” Fyfe describes them, Chicago dogs who are “sweet sleepers and hardy beings safe and loved in front of the Christmas tree.”
Aunt Beverly is one of our dearest rescue pals -- a resolute rescuer who works hard to help critters in Dallas. She’s been doing this for years. And she knows good dogs when she sees them -- like true rescuers, she’s never seen a dog that wold be a good dog if it had half a chance.
These dogs are Coton de Tulears. They have cotton-like fur and rarely shed. And, according to research, they are the national dog of Madagascar, their ancestors arriving possibly in the 16th century aboard pirate ships. No, in this photo they don’t look like pirate dogs. They look like little fluffballs dreaming of sugar plums and waiting for Santa.
But these two have a rescue story. And those of you who have been involved in rescues at “bad breeder” facilities may find your heart aching for them.
Aunt Beverly explains: “For ten years, they lived in a cage together, breeding stock used to churn out babies for the puppy miller that owned them. Who knows how many litters they produced? This particular puppy mill was in Michigan and a rescue group there tried for a very long time to get it shut down. They eventually prevailed and Amelia and Beauregard went into a foster situation for a few months.
“When my niece adopted them, there were major health issues as would be expected. Little Amelia has had three mastectomies since arriving at her new home, both had whip worms and serious ear infections. Beauregard's teeth were falling out and he now has none. Amelia has six teeth left. These dogs are now 11 and 12 and each weighs approximately 12 pounds. They are tightly bonded and usually touching paws at least. Neither is a fan of new people of a change in their environment - easy to understand.
“One happy ending - tiny little sleepers that survived the puppy mill and landed very softly in a great home in Chicago.”
[TO NOMINATE your sleeping critters for the weekend feature Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap, send photos and info to email@example.com. We publish these photos to help insomniacs find inspiration to sleep and, perhaps, with these dogs going from rescue to loving homes, that is a good reason to relax and nod off. For a little while. Until the next rescue effort begins. Hey, a five-minute nap is a five-minute nap!]
A CHANCE TO RESCUE AN ADOPTION RETURN
These opportunities to save animals exist in every city with a shelter. This dog just happens to be in Dallas. We got the note Friday from Reshunda Hightower of Dallas Animal Services. “We have this sweet little Bonnie (A846624). She is a Collie Smooth and she is 7 months old. She is an adoption return, the reason for her return was because she was being a little bullied but their other dogs. She is in adoption but she is not doing to good in adoption kennels. She can be barky but it’s all for attention. For a potential adopter [she may not show too well] ... but she sweet and submissive and need out just to be given another chance to be placed in a home. She is heartworm negative, micro-chipped, spayed and vaccinated.”
And she’s ready at Dallas Animal Services. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the big shelter at I-30 and Westmoreland. Meet her firstpaw and see if you’re a match. Probably anybody with a heart is a good match for this pup.
If someone beats you to her, keep looking. I’ve been writing about animals for decades in this town and DAS has NEVER run out of adoptable dogs and cats.
NOT JUST THE BIG CITY HAS SPARE CATS
Sydney Busch, the resolute spokesperson for Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake, sent us this note about three young cats all ready to go. She got the info from Marsha Bourne in the area near the lake, a place where some people like to dump animals with a “good luck” and not even a look back.
Marsha wrote, “These 3 little kittens were abandoned at my home by their Mom.” [LARRY ASIDE: Who knows how the Mom came to be wandering about with three kittens. Doesn’t seem like an altogether natural occurrence, does it? Probably had some human help.]
Back to the kittens. Martha writes, “They are about 4 months old and are in dire need of a forever home before the cold winter sets in. Unfortunately, I have kitties from 4 previously abandoned litters in my home already. All of these little ones are too adorable and love cuddling.”
Marsha says, also, “I will pay for spay/neuter and shots.”
To help Marsha find a home for these beautiful cats, call her at 903-880-3722 or email email@example.com.
[FYI: Adopt one or more of these kittens and you might just find that you are so enamored of them that you insist they’ll be on the Cat Page of the 2016 Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake Pampered Pets Calendar! You can buy copies of the 2015 calendar at the Friends’ spay/neuter clinic in Gun Barrel City and at assorted sites in the area. It’s a $10 calendar worth a billion bucks! That’s how good it is and the proceeds all go to helping animals. Every dime. See friendsoftheanimals.org or email Sydney@friendsoftheanimals.org.]
CONTEMPLATIONS AND CHRISTMAS
Before we get to our weekend Christmas Facet, a potentially non-fact factoid about the holiday, we present this household photograph, snapped Friday afternoon in the international headquarters of Readlarrypowell.com.
You may see right away that there is a flocked Christmas tree, brightly lit -- decorated by my hollyjollyspouse Martha, the Queen of Christmas. She’s among Santa’s best helpers.
She insisted that, this year, we have a flocked tree.
The cat on the lower left is Annabelle Bob, an older cat Martha picked up as a kitten -- she saw the kitten standing in the middle of busy Zang Boulevard in Oak Cliff, brought her car to a screeching Starsky & Hutch halt, jumped out, chased the kitten across a yard and under some shrubbery and nabbed her. Named her after the famous Bob the Cat, and, sometimes, she seems to channel the big rascal.
That other cat is Deputy Chief Kittie Leigh Johnson, who arrived on our front porch as a semi-wild little cross-eyed kitten and has grown up to be my personal adorable cat. We frequently collaborate on naps and cuddle parties.
However, I think this photograph demonstrates the power of a homonym -- that’s a word that has two meanings. I fear Annabelle Bob and Kittie Leigh are staring into this tree because they have misinterpreted the word “flock.” And they are waiting.
Now, our Christmas facet: For a brief time in the mid-1950s, before the explosion of toy prices, Santa Claus worked to make ends meet as a “before” model on the black-and-white Jack LaLanne Show. He exhibited a distinct inability to lose weight -- a condition traced to a long-dormant metabolism and a love for Christmas cookies. [Some or all of the preceding may be a yuletide facet that is factually vacant -- except for the part of about the cookies. Enjoy some cookies this weekend. Exercise on Monday.]
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