EDITION OF THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016 (PetPowellPress) -- Every now and then someone sends us a photo that offers a view of something that is no less than remarkable. And not by less than a whisker, either.
Our catfanpal Cathie Desell -- she’s loves domestic cats and the rescued big cats at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd -- has this daughter, Kim, who lives in Houston and -- surprise, surprise! -- Kim inherited Cathie’s resolute determination to help animals.
So, Kim sent this photo and wrote, “OMG, this kitty (at the Houston Humane Society) has the longest whiskers I have ever seen! He is really cute!”
We went to the long, long list of available cats at the Houston Humane Society and matched his photo up with this listing: Havoc is the name and 31919722 is the number. Yep, that is a championship set of whiskers. If you adopted Havoc, you could keep his mugshot on your cellphone and never be at a lost for conversation at a party.
SIBLINGS AT THE SANCTUARY
We got the routine note from Dinesha Schmidt of A Different Breed rescue about the need for volunteers for some of the chores at the ADB sanctuary in Desert in northeast Collin County. Walking dogs, cleaning crates, tending to the facility, feeding animals and the always interesting “and much more.” And there are adoption drives, too. Potential volunteers should call or text Dinesha at 972-896-6313.
As we were preparing this volunteer appeal, we thought, “Wonder what ADB has up for adoption these days.”
These dogs are two who fit the answer to "What's available? “Lots of adorable and cute dogs!”
Tiny puppies, they are siblings, born about March 11. ADB says one parent was a Chihuahua and one was a a Shih Tzu. Are they ChiTzuTzus? Or Shihuahuas?
And can’t you see both in these tiny dogs! The solid pup is a girl and the other one isn’t. (Surely you can guess what he is.)
Get in touch with Dinesha at that 972-896- 6313 number or email email@example.com.
See the other adoptables by going to adifferentbreed.org and navigate to the dogs or go to the Facebook site listed on the web page.
YOU WANT CUTE? EARHOUND!!!
Yep, this guy Pal is a 3-month-old Earhound. And while he clearly is a purebred Earhound, the note we got from animal advocate Karen Lee of Barkleyworld.com reads that his vet theorized Pal is a “Shepherd mix and not sure what else.”
His paws, it said, “suggest a medium-sized dog.”
His ears? We’ll see.
The story from his foster is that he likes lounging with humans. Has some puppy traits and should got to an extremely patient home that will treat him sweetly with understanding and help him learn to be a real good boy.
To ask about auditioning to adopt this guy, email his foster mom at Jlruf@sbcglobal.net.
His foster said, “He’s an early riser, so coffee this morning was at 5:45 a.m.”
Clearly, Pal is an Earhoundus Alarmus Clockus variety.
MEANWHILE IN DENTON
Oh, for crying out loud, how can someone not want that dog? But someone didn’t. And this dog Franky is among what Denton Animal Shelter promoter Amy Poskey describes as “19 broken hearts still waiting and hoping today will be the day you fall in love with them and take them home forever.”
What’s the story on Franky? He’s a maybe 2-year-old “Cattle Dawg/Bully mix who was adopted from the shelter awhile back and has been returned, but I don’t know why,” Amy’s note read.
“He is a gentle boy with a loving nature! ... I can’t emphasize enough how sweet and loving Franky is and he shouldn’t be in a shelter when he has so much to give. Can’t you just see the love and yearning in those beautiful eyes?! I also see a bit of sadness in his eyes, most likely because he thought he found love but ended up back in jail through no fault of his own.”
And that majestic dog on the left?
That is Jess, also under 2, a “female Rhodesian Ridgeback/Australian Cattle Dog mix who just wants to love and be loved! You can see the love in her eyes and a happy attitude, too! Jess will be waiting for you to scoop her up and take her home!”
You’ll be making a “big scoop” -- sitting there she’s 11 bricks tall!
Standing, she’s just one wonderfully, huggable dog.
Oh, and don’t forget Princess, who we have mentioned before -- puzzled because she was driving to the shelter and surrendered.
She’s charmed people. She’s caught the eye of passersby.
And, yet, she moves closer and closer to the needle that will render her one brown eye and one blue eye cold and dead.
It’s going to take a human to save her. Denton’s McNatt Shelter is at 3717 N. Elm St. Call 940-349-7594.
Email any of these addresses to begin saving the lives of these dogs and the rest: firstname.lastname@example.org, Cynthia.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or email@example.com.
And if you email Amy Poskey at firstname.lastname@example.org, she can tell you how to streamline the rescue or adoption process.
A MISSING DOG NAMED ELVIS
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Here’s the story from Erica Tamez. “My dog Elvis ran away from the dog sitters while we are of the country. We are doing everything we can to locate our furbaby. Would you please post this missing dog’s poster in your column. Your help with this matter would be greatly appreciated.”
This is another of those tough situations and we’re hoping that by posting Elvis’ photo here, extra eyes will spot the missing dog and get him back to his home. Anybody knows Elvis’ whereabouts, make the call.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Are North Texas roads and freeways suddenly becoming more accident-prone than ever? Goodness, what horrible collisions in the past few days. To borrow and old Texas highway sign’s message: Drive friendly. And note, of course, that the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has added to that message and it now reads, “Drive Friendly. Drive Safe.” Though, perhaps grammarians will agree with me that it should read “Drive Safely.” I'm a veteran of Dallas' freeways -- how about "Drive Sanely"? ... See that dog. We rescued him (someone dumped him and two smaller dogs in our neighborhood at Christmas a few years ago) and Martha named him Dudley after Dudley the Angel, the Cary Grant character in The Bishop’s Wife. Last week she announce she was enhancing his name. She now calls him “Bo Dudley.” Cracks me up. ... I save this for last because it’s a great thing -- it’s the link to Texas Monthly and the great Skip Hollandsworth’s profile of the fabulous Texas writer Larry McMurtry. (FYI: Skip, a genuine gentleman, is no stranger to Dallas readers. The thing people should realize is how tough it is to write clearly, precisely about such a cultural hero as McMurtry. Skip really did a magnificent job.) Click HERE. This is your opportunity to declare your favorite Larry McMurtry book: I’m going with The Last Picture Show and All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers. Some of you will pick Lonesome Dove. Maybe Terms of Endearment. Good grief, what a joy it has always been to bury yourself in a Larry McMurtry novel. Turn the TV off and pick up a novel.
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