Mama Trinity and her pups need a helping hand, and you can get beautiful art!

Trinity

Mama Trinity and her babies

I think it is safe to say that the LGBT community as a whole — at least the LGBT community here in North Texas — is very-very-very pet friendly. We love our fur babies, and we have a big ol’ soft spot for animals in general.

So meet Trinity, a mama dog rescued by Woofstock 2nd Chance Camp, a dog rescue and adoption organization, along with her five newborn puppies. Soon after, however, the folks at Woofstock discovered that Trinity had a shattered leg AND a fractured pelvis. (And yes, this poor dog gave birth to FIVE puppies in a shelter with the shattered leg and fractured pelvis!)

Sadly, one of the puppies has died, leaving only four — two girls and two boys, named Faith, Hope, David and Goliath. Trinity is unable to nurse the babies herself, so a volunteer is bottle-feeding them around the clock.

The vet told Woofstock folks that Trinity’s pelvis will likely heal on its own, given time. But the leg is in bad shape and needs to be amputated. She is in the hospital now receiving platelets to get her healthy enough to undergo the surgery. And the organization needs help raising the money to pay for her care, and for the puppies.

This is where you come in.

Now, I am not asking you to just send money to Woofstock — although you can certainly do that if you want. What I want is for you to go to Woofstock’s “Saving Trinity Online Art Auction” and bid on one of the wonderful pieces of art that have been donated. Several of the artworks are there now, and more will be added.

Bidding is open now and will continue through March 21. Go now and place your bids, then check back often to see what new pieces have been added to the auction.

All of the art being auctioned off has been donated by the artists, and by the way, if any of you other artists out there want to donate, please get in touch with Gail Bennison by email at gail@woofstockcamp.org.

Come on folks. Let’s help out Trinity. I mean, here’s a chance to help a beautiful dog AND get yourself some beautiful new art! Oh, and one more thing, if you are looking to adopt a dog of our own, Woofstock can help with that, too!

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Faith, Hope, David and Goliath

—  Tammye Nash

Why dogs are better than … well, everything

I realize this is just middle-class spam, but I enjoyed this email from my mom called “Why some men have dogs and not wives.” It could almost refer to gay men and boyfriends (except, maybe, for Nos. 7 and 11), but I really appreciate it as the proud papa to three canines.

Here’s the list:

1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.

2. Don’t don’t notice if you call them by the wrong name.

3. Dogs don’t mind if you leave a lot of things on the floor.

4. A dog’s parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across sometimes.

6. You never have to wait for a dog to “get ready” — they are rarin’ to go 24/7.

7. Dogs find you amusing when you’re drunk.

8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.

9. A dog will not wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “If I died, would you get another dog?”

10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.

11. A dog will let you know put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.

12. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don’t get mad — they just find it interesting.

13. Dogs like to ride around in the back of a pickup truck.

14. If a dog leaves, it won’t take half your stuff.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Pet of the week • 02.10.12

Gloria

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Gloria

Gloria is a precious 5-month-old black kitten with a most unusual marking — a white band around her middle, which gives her a distinct and unique look. Gloria has other great attributes, too. She’s super-friendly, playful and full of fun. This cutie will make a great addition to any family.

Gloria and many other dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon-5 p.m. The regular adoption cost is $85 for dogs and $55 for cats, but discounts are offered for older animals and those in the shelter longer than 45 days and to senior citizens and those who adopt two animals at the same time. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV. For more information, visit www.DallasAnimalServices.org, or call 214-671-0249

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 10, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the week • 01.27.12

Stewie

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Stewie

Stewie is a sweet brindle terrier mix who, despite the name, is a girl dog. She’s 11⁄2 years old and full grown at 42 pounds. Stewie is gentle, affectionate and eager to please. And because she’s been at Dallas Animal Services for more than 45 days, her adoption cost is just $42.50.

Stewie and many other dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The regular adoption cost is $85 for dogs and $55 for cats, but discounts are offered for older animals and those in the shelter longer than 45 days, and to senior citizens and those who adopt two animals at the same time. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV.  For more information, visit www.DallasAnimalServices.org, or call 214-671-0249.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 27, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the Week • 01.13.12

Snow

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Snow

Snow is one of the happiest, friendliest dogs you’ll ever meet. She’s 10 months old and full grown at 46 pounds. Snow loves people and should do fine with other dogs. With her sunny personality and great demeanor, Snow will make a faithful canine companion.

Snow and many other dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of Downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. The regular adoption cost is $85 for dogs and $55 for cats, but discounts are offered for older animals and those in the shelter longer than 45 days and to senior citizens and those who adopt two animals at the same time. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV. For more information, visit DallasAnimalServices.org, or call 214-671-0249.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 13, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the Week • 12.30.11

Pet-HappyHappy

Happy is an aptly named love bug. She’s a 7-month-old terrier-beagle mix who currently weighs about 28 pounds but, like many of us this time of the year, could stand to lose a few. She’s eager to please, full of energy and loving.  Happy is a friendly girl who’s hoping for a forever home for the New Year.

Happy and many other dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of Downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon-5 p.m. This weekend, the shelter will close at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and be closed on New Year’s Day. The regular adoption cost is $85 for dogs and $55 for cats, but discounts are offered for animals in the shelter longer than 45 days, to senior citizens and to those who adopt two animals at the same time. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV.  For more information, visit www.DallasAnimalServices.org, or call 214-671-0249.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the Week • 12.16.11

Angel

Pet-AngeleAngel is an angelic brown tabby with white markings and enormous gold-green eyes.

She’s just 8 months old and weighs a mere 4 pounds. Angel is sweet, calm, laidback and loving. Why not adopt an Angel of your own this holiday season?

Angel and many other cats, dogs, puppies and kittens are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of Downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. The regular adoption cost is $85 for dogs and $55 for cats, but discounts are offered for animals in the shelter longer than 45 days, to senior citizens and to those who adopt two animals at the same time. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV.  For more information, visit DallasAnimalServices.org or call 214-671-0249.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 16, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the Week • 12.02.11

Mark

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Mark is an adorable, medium-haired blue tabby with pretty green eyes. He’s very friendly, great with other cats, curious and playful. Mark is 6 months old and just about purrfect in every way!

Mark and many other cats, kitten, puppies and dogs are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of Downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. Adoption discounts are also offered to senior citizens and those who adopt two animals at the same time. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV.  For more information, visit DallasAnimalServices.org or call
214-671-0249.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 2, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the Week • 11.18.11

Lava

Lava is an adorable chocolate-and-red merle heeler mix. He’s 5 months old and currently weighs about 20 pounds, so he won’t be too big when full grown. Lava is super-friendly, affectionate and full of energy. He’s good with other dogs and loves everyone he meets.

Lava and many other dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of Downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. Since Lava has been at the shelter for more than 45 days, his adoption cost is just $47 (half the usual fee) and includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip and more. Adoption discounts are also offered to senior citizens and those who adopt two animals at the same time. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV.  For more information, visit DallasAnimalServices.org or call 214-671-0249.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the week • 10.28.11

Pet-Bambi

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Bambi

Meet Bambi! She is a very sweet 7-year-old Lhasa Apso Mix that enjoys playing with her toys and cuddling up in your lap. She was brought to Operation Kindness after she was found wondering the streets of Fort Worth. When she arrived, she was extremely matted and dirty after being on the streets for so long. We had her groomed and she has not stopped smiling! She enjoys people and will make a wonderful addition to any family. Please come to Operation Kindness to meet this beautiful blonde lady and consider opening up your heart and giving her a home.

Many other great dogs and cats are available for adoption from Operation Kindness, located at 3201 Earhart Drive, 1 street south of Keller Springs and 2 blocks west of Midway Road, in Carrollton. The no-kill shelter is open 6 days a week: Monday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Tuesday; Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The cost is $110 for cats, $135 for kittens, $150 dogs over 1 year, and $175 for puppies. The adoption cost includes the spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations, heartworm test for dogs, leukemia and FIV test for cats, and more. Those who adopt two pets at the same time receive a $20 discount. For more information, call 972-418-PAWS, or visit OperationKindness.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 28, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas