EDITION OF FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015 (PetPowellPress) -- We’ve got a happy kitten story for this edition, an odd contemplation about two missing Cattle Dog sisters (Star in Dallas and Dallas in Grapeland) and we’re going to also celebrate the Third of July.
Everybody Ok with celebrating the Fourth of July on the Third AND the Fourth. Heck, yeah. It’s what Ben Franklin would have wanted, right? Must have been an exciting time in 1776 -- don’t you know the cellphones were ringing wildly in that Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
What? No cellphones? Next thing you gonna tell me is no internet. What? No electricity? Not for another 100 years -- makes you wonder if lantern light encouraged freedom! After all, who can escape the bond of electronics these days? That book cover is from the Disney adaption of the great Robert Lawson book from 1939 that outlined the help Amos the Mouse gave the inventive Franklin.
That photo? Yes, it is Inky, our readlarrypowell.com staff impersonator and the Cocker Laureate of Texas for many years. It turns out that Porche Noel, a former street dog, is psychic. [That is her, sacked out on the couch with my napspouse Martha after exhausting herself at a "reading" with a conflicted tomcat who had just been neutered. Martha just nodded off -- it is her way.]
Porche has been channeling the great Inky from the Hereafter (he is in a top management advisory position -- no surprise to me). Porche, wearing her favorite swami hat and big pearl necklace, reports that he has sent her this impression. She says, “This is Inky giving us his impression of a Founding Father taking a break, walking into the Do-Right Patriot Lounge and spotting on the candlelit buffet line a big steaming platter of Mom’s Martha Washington Meatloaf with side dishes of Boston Baked Beans, Philadelphia Cream Cheese on English Muffins and John Paul Jones Navy Gravy. Drink of choice? Samuel Adams, of course. Dessert? Apple pie -- what else in America? “Common sense,” declared delegate Thomas Paine.
THE RECOVERY IN DESERT
Did you know Desert, Texas, was named after Desert Creek? That’s what the Handbook of Texas says. Why do we bring up Desert, that tiny spot in northeast Collin County?
Because that’s where A Different Breed Rescue runs its shelter and keeps getting battered by lousy weather. A couple of weeks ago, mean storms knocked a tree down on top of the dog room at the sanctuary. Then, earlier this week, it happened again. Dinesha Schmidt, our go-to person at the sanctuary, says the latest storm knocked a second tree over, removing precious shade from the courtyard and kennel areas. Things are becoming difficult.
As the long July 4 weekend approached on Thursday afternoon, Dinesha issued this plea: “Due to the recent storms, we are in desperate need of help at the Sanctuary - both financially and with clean-up. This weekend is our big demo weekend at the shelter for anyone who is able to help! We also need donations and help building new awnings and shady areas, since the natural shade we once had from the trees is now gone.”
There’s a GoFundMe link HERE to help with the financial angle. (Contact Dinesha at 972-896-6313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Petland Plano, 1301 Custer Road, once the target of marches and pickets because it was selling puppies, now cooperates with rescue groups and, indeed, is, Dinesha reports, “generously boarding many of our dogs at the storefront location, but they need with walking/cleaning EVERY DAY of the week.” Ask Dinesha about helping with that volunteer opportunity and others.
That dog? From the ADB website -- she’s obviously an Earhound with the perfect name for such a beauty, Bella.
DUMPED? A HANDSOME DOG LIKE THIS DUMPED?
Yes, indeed. Sharon Coker, veteran animal rescuer, sent Readlarrypowell.com an appeal for help placing the pretty fellow. She reports from Corsicana that he was “dumped a few days ago and he's very scared and also appears to be young, probably under a year old. He is hanging around my house and across the road. He seems to love the dogs around here. My Boomer was having a fit barking and jumping up on the fence and he just put his nose through the pickets trying to touch Boomers nose. But he will not let us get any closer than about 4 or 5 feet.
“Time is not on his side as he will have to go to the shelter as soon as we can get him to come to us. It really kills me but we are about to be gone for for quite some time and there isn't anyone else around here to even care what happens to these poor babies. I know I'm asking for a miracle but I'm just reaching out anywhere I can.”
Anybody who sees a dog who’ll be a lifelong friend and a benefit to the household and who wants to give a dumped dog a decent place to live should email Sharon at email@example.com.
[LARRY ASIDE: And if anyone recognizes the dog and knows who might have dumped him, call the authorities. Animal abandonment is against the law in the Great State of Texas. And, for now, so is vigorous application of the Readlarrypowell.com Two-by-Four of Enlightenment, but I have faith in the Legislature that things will change some day. Not that using the instrument of instruction would be right, of course.]
THE HAPPY CAT STORY
Look at that kitten. Quite the beauty, isn’t she? Early Thursday she was in a fix, but veteran animal fan Tanja Pattist took up her cause.
Her first note read, “A friend found a few weeks old kitten. My friend already has 7 animals and is looking for a new home for this little girl. Please forward this e-mail on to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, church members, gym mates etc. Maybe someone knows someone looking to adopt a kitten.”
If the stock market could turn around like this kitten’s prospects, we’d all be happy!
Later in the afternoon Tanja updated us: “It's the funniest thing. I had two takers for the kitten....Besides being pretty, the kitten is smart. She walked right into my friend's husband's company. She was infested with fleas, which her rescuer rid her of. Her rescuer, Nili, is a local animal advocate, and interestingly, her adopter, Helene, an attorney up in Lewisville, is also an animal advocate. The kitten was named Mina. Interestingly, I had a kitten long ago named Mina, after my great aunt in Germany named Wilhelmina. Small world.”
[LARRY ASIDE: Small world. Small cat. Big break. This is what happens when a kitten or puppy gets found by the right people. But the right people can’t be everywhere. How do we expand the population of right people in North Texas? Any ideas?]
BIG DOG WAITING
I got one of those notes that says someone had mentioned me on Facebook, so I tracked it and this dog is what I found.
Heather Joyce Harris wrote the story on her Facebook page.
It reads, “OY VEY!!!! Anyone know this dog? Found this AM at Peavy and Garland Road in the street. No collar un-neutered male. Not sure on chip.. He is safe in my backyard for the day my lawn guy is there to keep an eye on him. Will have to take to shelter after work as my inn is full! Anyone know of a Pyrenees rescue?”
Then a few hours later the next note read, “Anyone have a LARGE crate I could borrow for a few days until I can get this big guy settled? Have someone willing to foster starting Monday if a rescue group will step up!! — feeling hopeful.”
[LARRY ASIDE: Why would a big ol Pyr be loose in Dallas? Someone not paying attention when they put the dog out one morning? Dumped by someone who doesn’t want this dog? Wandered in from Oklahoma after losing his life-savings at Winstar? Let’s hope someone returns him to a dignified permanent lifestyle soon.]
MEANWHILE IN BURNS FLAT
Kind of interesting to think that the little city of Burns Flat, Okla., way out on the western edge of the Sooner State, would run into the same kind of situations you find in big ol’ Dallas “Big Things Happen Here” Texas.
Here’s one big difference -- the current live release rate in Burns Flat...well, here’s what Terry Lynn Fisher, the city’s most vigorous rescuer wrote in an appeal for several dogs in the shelter. “Help me keep this pound 0%kill. Next week will be nine years that I took it from being 99% kill to 0. I am praying to keep it that way but need places for [the current residents] to go.”
There are a number, including a couple of little dogs that will thrill Urban Cowboy fans, Bubba and Sissy. But we’re focusing on Raven -- that big dog in the photo.
Terry Lynn says, “This girl was being tossed out of a car at the edge of town... She was terrified.... aL lady took her into her shop and this big girl climbed up on her lap, crying and trembling. She is a beautiful Shep/Lab mix... LOVES kids.... is great with other dogs.... she is a big baby.... maybe 2 or less... her time is WAY past due on getting out.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help Terry Lynn save these animals.
A CONTEMPLATION FOR A COUPLE OF MISSING CANINE SISTERS, ONE FROM GRAPELAND, ONE FROM DALLAS
Ingrid Gunn-Otero, described as “Dallas and Star’s advocate,” sent us the story and the links about a couple of formerly together dogs who, oddly, have gone missing in the cities to which they were sent after being rescued in Houston. There’s a Facebook site that explains it all HERE and you can see a video HERE.
Ingrid writes, “I don't know if you have ever lost a dog and I never had till this craziness happened but I would not wish it upon my worst enemy. It is a heart wrenching process (imagine how the poor dogs must feel lost out there ) and I have no idea how people manage it when they have missing children. You tend to lose hope after the long haul and the people start to fade away. So, if you can roust up any supporters in the Dallas area that would be great. I am in Houston so I am a bit of a distance from either place. In light of the fact that we can’t put up any posters and have not had a sighting in awhile we are kind of left with an issue - what can we do and where do we do it? Anyone that lives in Dallas and can put a sign up in a local vet’s office, PetSmart, grooming shop, coffee shop..anything helps! I’ll print them and send them out. [Email email@example.com.] Just need some boots on the ground so to speak.”
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