Meet Dallas Voice’s new junior mascot, Henry

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A lot of people would probably recognize Joey, the mini-chihuahua carted around by our distribution manager, Linda Depriter, when she makes her rounds. Joey has long been our unofficial mascot here at Dallas Voice — he’s even appeared a lot in the Scene section.

Well, time for a new face to get used to: Joey’s new adoptive sibling, Henry, a placid, Buster Keaton-ish chihuahua mix who was abandoned by some turdling at the ilume, where management entrusted his 14-week-old self to the responsible, loving Linda. Joey, of course, is Margo Channing to Henry’s Eve Harrington (although he’s so young, his testes haven’t even dropped yet), so there’s some tension. But who can resist that face?

Welcome aboard, Henry. We already love you.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Calling all dog lovers: Here’s your shot at TV fame

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Chris Watts of Petropolitan

Everyone in the Metroplex knows that Chris Watts at Petropolitan is the go-to go for all things pet-related in North Texas. Turns out, folks outside this area know that too!

Chris called us Thursday afternoon and asked us to help spread the word that Blast! Films, a British television production company, is looking for a same-sex couple in the Dallas-Fort Worth area planning to add a new puppy to their family in the next couple of months, who would be willing to let the production company follow the process of acquiring the new pup, introducing it to the family, etc.

The footage would be included in “a brand new series for a major cable company, which is all about puppies and puppy owners,” the Blast! representative told Chris.

“The series we are producing follows families, couples and singles from around the U.S. who are about to become owners of puppies. It’s a light-hearted and entertaining look at some of the challenges and triumphs involved when training a puppy, whilst providing touching insights into the lives of the families [and] couples who will be embarking on such a memorable journey,” Blast! researcher Oscar Gregg told Chris. “For both new owner and puppy, it will be a journey of discovery, discipline, patience and love — a seismic shift in the family dynamic.”

Gregg said that the film crew will follow six puppy owners for 12 weeks, starting in February/March and filming through to May. The crew will spend a couple of days a week with each family in their home, tracking the progress of both owners and puppies over the first three months. The idea, Gregg said, is to “showcase to America the rewarding and touching relationships inhabited by dogs and their owners.”

Blast! is looking to show the wide-ranging diversity in dog breeds, of course. But the company also wants to show the vast diversity of “cultures, identities and geographies in America,” Gregg said, adding that the company is “very keen to feature an LGBT couple in our series.”

To participate, families/couples would have to be getting their puppy, aged 8-10 weeks, between February and mid March, and willing to be filmed a couple of days a week for about 12 weeks after. “Ideally they would be first-time dog owners — but we’re not ruling anyone out at this point,” Gregg said.

Anybody who is interested could contact Chris at 214-741-4100 or by email at info@ThePetropoiltanDallas.com. Or contact Blast! directly by email at Puppy@BlastFilms.co.uk or on Facebook.

—  Tammye Nash

Enough with the hate. Here are a bunch puppy photos

It’s Monday and I’ve spent the entire day writing about assholes.

Screw that. The day is over.

Here are a bunch of photos of puppies.

You’re welcome.

—  James Russell

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

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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

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 • 01.20.12

Jessica (and Jeffrey)

PetJessica, pictured, and Jeffrey are brother and sister and are about 8 months old. Although they look like lambs, they’re probably Shepherd mixes. They came from a neglected litter in a backyard in West Dallas. Apparently, these were the last two that were not stolen by neighbors. The owner was tired of Jeffrey and Jessica and decided to turn them out on the street on Christmas Eve. These adorable two are learning to walk on leash, but incredibly friendly with anyone who want to pet their furry heads. Jeffrey and Jessica can’t wait to run and play with their new family and friends.

Many other great dogs and cats are available for adoption from Operation Kindness, situated at 3201 Earhart Drive, one street south of Keller Springs and two blocks west of Midway Road, in Carrollton. The no-kill shelter is open six 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 for 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 January 20, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the Week • 01.13.12

Snow

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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 • 01.06.12

Oscar

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Oscar is an adorable 6-month-old purebred miniature poodle currently at Operation Kindness and looking for a family to call his own. He has a beautiful, shiny, apricot coat that he wears with pride. He enjoys sitting in your lap, and he loves to cuddle. He will steal your heart and make a great pet for any family. He has been neutered and is current on all his shots and is ready for adoption.

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.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the Week • 12.30.11

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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