ANIMAL UPDATE “YAPPYTALK” Support from businesses, community needed
The holiday season is the perfect time to sit back, reflect and count our blessings – and what we have done to help others during the year – whether they be people or pets. In the animal world of “giving back,” I am constantly amazed at the number of animal lovers who have found their niche and are working hard to help the vast number of animals in need. One of these programs is Dallas’ own “No-Kill any Adoptable Animal” project, which has hel...
YAPPYTALK Give the gift of a home this season
All weekend I was anxious for Black Friday’s shopping results, since I chose to hide from the crowds, doing my own holiday shopping online from the safety of my own home.
I was secure and happy with my four-legged family – Hattie, Libby, Ross, Elphaba and a numerous assortment of foster cats and kittens – content to be residing at Spencerville until their forever families are found. Even with my decision to avoid the frantic rush and beginnin...
YAPPY TALK Matchmaking websites can help pets, too
“Wanted: Young debonair (furry) gentleman in search of his own permanent lap and warm body for daily snuggles and forever affection. Purrs loudly at the drop of a hat (or a rat). A handsome man with luscious silky caramel hair and luminous golden bedroom eyes – both will melt your heart. Don’t contact if loud, constant purring annoys you or if a tendency for four paws following you everywhere sets you on edge. Cashew-Charlie is seeking his sou...
YAPPY TALK Pets can pack on pounds, too!
Friends have remarked that I wear my food well. Whether that refers to outside appearances, fun new outfits, or from the inside, I sometimes overindulge. My adoration of food and celebrations is the major cause of my wardrobe constantly shifting around in my closet, depending on which size I am at that particular period of my life. Thin clothes up front and heavier ones in the back, or vice-versa, depending on the number of celebrations I have...
YAPPY TALK Pet's power to predict inspires
Last weekend I celebrated the birthday of a dear friend, who chose my lake house to celebrate her 50th with her long-time furniture friends. We all met back in the ’80s after connecting within the contract furniture industry. Through these 25 years, our friendships, which began at a time when we were young, impressionable, fearless and full of ourselves, have remained close. Not only were we furniture sisters, but we all shared a mutual passio...
“YAPPYTALK” Remembering our four-legged 9/11 heroes
Animal heroes exist within every species. The fact that an animal will quickly give his life to save yours continues to intrigue and amaze me, especially with the many heart-breaking stories of humans who not only let animals down, but who are responsible for the neglect and abuse of many.
Next Tuesday will mark the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, a moment in time that left our world a different place and each of...
YAPPYTALK Animal amputees adapt better than humans
Affectionately called “tripods,” dogs and cats usually manage just fine with only three legs. Unlike humans, they don’t seem to suffer the same pain from imaginary limbs after surgery or the social stigma associated with amputees. After amputation surgery, the recovery period is much quicker for animals than for people, and the relearning and adjustment of walking or running can happen within a few days. At least that has been the case with my...
Yappytalk Pet deposits shouldn't break up families
Last week I received one of my many animal-related e-mails that not only touched my heart. but also the hearts of several others at Dallas Animal Services (DAS) and thousands of Dallas animal lovers as well. Blasted across the rescue community, this plea for help was sent from a DAS Rescue Coordinator who happened to be checking in the many discarded and stray animals as they were turned in that particular day at Dallas’ already over-full anim...
“YAPPYTALK” Estate planning should include pets
As much as we all love our pets and consider them members of our family, how many pet lovers have actually considered what will happen to our loving creatures when we die?
Hopefully you have a will in place and a plan, possibly a relative or friend who will take your pets and treat them as they are accustomed. However, this becomes harder the more pets one has. If no plan is in place, and the decision is left to others, you should know that ...
Yappy Talk: Pool dangers lurk for pets, too
When I first moved into my historic 1926 Lakewood home back in ’94, my first project was to add a pool. Even though the house itself was in severe need of a major renovation, the pool came first. Throughout the years, I have often worried that one of my many pets could easily fall in and drown, and I consider myself blessed that horrific experience has never happened.
Having fostered several hundred puppies and dogs throughout my Lakewood era...