Albert Payson Terhune was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1872 and died in 1942, also in New Jersey. After being schooled in Europe, he graduated from Columbia University in 1893. He joined the staff of The New York Evening World in 1894, and before he left in 1916, had written more than twelve books. He is perhaps best known for his books about dogs, the first of which was published in 1919. Between 1919 and his death he wrote twenty-five books, most of which were novels in which dogs played important roles. He is also remembered for raising and breeding prize collies.
In this short essay taken from Better Homes and Gardens from the early 1940’s, he offers a little insight into why, in some instances, our dogs might be smarter than we are.
"Perhaps it was Noah, contemplating the Ark’s two dogs, who coined the axiom, “To train a dog, you must know more than he does.”
It has come down through the years by reason of its truth. It might well be extended by, “And the best teacher can learn more than he can teach.”
Few of us have the faintest idea how much we can learn from our dogs. Far more, in a way, than they can hope to learn from us. For instance: Left to himself, your dog will eat only when he is hungry; drink only when he is thirsty. How many of us have mastered that supreme wisdom? How many of us have tried to? Yet there stands our living example. Instead of profiting by what he could teach us, we concentrate on teaching him far less important things.
Another instance: You go for a long hike with your dog; a strength straining hike. In the course of it you meet an acquaintance and stop to chat with him. As soon as Rover finds you are not going to move on for a few minutes, he lies down, relaxing every muscle and sinew, storing up new energy.
Meanwhile, though you are far more tired than he, you continue to stand. He is renewing waste tissue. You are not. Your tired body is still erect and tense. You resume the hike, more or less fatigued. Your dog resumes it, built up afresh from his short rest. He knows how and when to relax. You don’t.
Again: On a hot day, too often, you and I take needless exertion under the glare of the sun. We eat too much, and we gulp so-called cooling drinks. Our dogs are saner. If we call on them for no service, they seek the least torrid and dimmest spot they can find. There they snooze away the hot hours; coming gaily to life again in the cool of the sunset or dusk. We are worn out. They have eaten lightly, if at all, and lapped a little water now and then. We have been speeding up the heat’s ill-effects by swigging chilled liquids and by needless motion.
Your dentist bill is rather a stiff item in your budget. Chiefly by reason of the food you eat and lack of dental care. Your dog, in his natural state, will choose the foods best suited to his teeth. By bone-gnawing, etc., he will keep his teeth and gums and jaws in prime condition. At sixty, as a rule, your dental system is a mess. At nine or ten (which corresponds roughly with the human age of sixty), your dog’s teeth are still finely serviceable unless you have forced on him a diet as foolish as your own.
I have touched only on physical matters – and on but a handful of those – in which your dog excels you and wherein you could learn from him. There are a score of less tangible and perhaps more important traits he could teach you.
When your dog is sick – and in normal conditions his illnesses are incredibly few – he keeps his woes to himself and does his best to be alone and to trouble nobody. When death is nearing, he tries to go away somewhere in solitude; so saving those he loves the burdens of bother and expense which crowd upon human deathbeds.
Here are some of the more intangibles; Rejection of needless worry, Common sense, Patience, Gay loyalty, A calmly perfect philosophy that takes life as it comes and asks no unanswerable questions, A shining quality of forgiveness, A ninety percent inability to brood or to sulk or nurse useless grudges, A genius for reading human moods.
Yes, we could all learn much from our dogs, all of us. But the chances are that we won’t. It is so much easier to teach than to learn."
Sugar is the mascot for this page. She is on constant alert and says it is a safe place for all critters to gather and feel safe and most of all loved. Sugar was rescued from the streets near Poolville.
But this page will be much more than a hangout for furbabies. It will share some inspiration and sometimes cute videos of animals being their most wonderful and compassionate selves. It will share links to adoption sites and shelters, and it will share stories of animal wisdom such as the one below by Albert Payson Terhune.
“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
We are a group of dedicated volunteers with the common goal of helping Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter pets. We are NOT shelter employees. Our opinions and comments are based on our observations. Our goal is to find owners, adopters or rescues. We do our best to make the animals’ stay at the shelter comfortable by socializing them with walks, cuddles, treats or sometimes just sitting in their kennel with them. We take photos and videos to share. We take them to offsite events so they can be seen away from the shelter. We post new intakes to give owners a better chance to find their lost pets. We have an amazing group of volunteers who work hard to find homes for the animals.
To find out more, click the purple logo above to be taken to the Weatherford.tx.gov website for volunteers.
This page is also a safe place for owls to perch.
This page will be ever evolving with the addition of more rescue organizations, some near and some not so near. They appear here mostly by chance as I happen to find them. As the list grows, keep in mind that it is never comprehensive or complete. The Poolville Post does not endorse any of the rescue organizations on this page. The sole intent is to get people to realize that there are alternatives to euthanasia and purchasing an animal through a for-profit business.
Click the button or the photo to be taken to the rescue page.
Yep. Donkeys Too Need A Place
Click The Photo Below To Be Taken To The Peaceful Donkey Rescue Website.
The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection is a recognized nonprofit, 501c3 organization that provides compassionate solutions to pet overpopulation and community animal welfare. TCAP accomplishes this goal by making affordable, high quality preventative services available to Texas pet owners.
Click The Logo To Go To The Texas For Them Website
Barn homes are found all around North Texas. They contact us – we do not solicit for homes for our cats. The barn owner agrees to continue to care for the cats (food, water, medical care, etc.) for the remainder of the cat’s lives. There is no charge to the barn owner to receive a cat. We do ask for a donation but that is a voluntary amount. Cats have been placed in big barns, small barns, sheds with a cat door, riding and boarding stables, garages, offices, plant nurseries, and guest houses.
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Any entity above displaying the paw print enclosed in a heart is a company with which I have had personal experience. In each case the experience has been completely positive. The "Close To Home" logo means just that - the organization is located close to home - home being Poolville.
Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental preservation through public education and the conservation of birds of prey and wildlife in their natural habitat.
Named after the tallgrass prairie that once covered more than 23,500 square miles of Texas from the Red River to San Antonio, Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is a rehabilitation and conservation education organization, specializing in fostering better public understanding of the relationship between birds of prey and healthy ecosystems.
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ARFhouse is a sanctuary for abandoned and abused dogs; we are their advocates, and if space is available, we accept any dog who doesn't have a home. At any time, we house and care for 350 dogs, which is what space allows. We spay or neuter all the dogs who arrive, and provide them with medical attention they need. The next step is re-homing the dogs, which takes time and effort. Many dogs will stay at ARFhouse for life, but we want those who can find love and care in a home environment to have the best chance to do so.
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They are located in Sherman, Texas.
Mission: To care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior.
Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas
Since our founding in 1976 Operation Kindness has saved the lives of nearly 100,000 homeless animals. We never turn an animal away because of the cost for medical care, and we take pride in our ability to treat and rehabilitate any dog or cat and give them the opportunity to experience a good quality of life.
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They are located in Carrollton, Texas.
The Denison Animal Welfare Group is a collection of volunteers dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of pets in need, education, and access to low-cost spay/neuter / vaccination programs.
Mission: To develop a successful adoption program for the abused, neglected, abandoned, or unwanted animals within the city of Denison, Texas. To eliminate the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals. To develop a network of partners and businesses to fund this endeavor, and to create an organization that oversees animal welfare within the city of Denison. To raise funds to pay for veterinary care and fees associated with animal rescue.
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They are located in Dennison, Texas.
Our mission is to improve the lives of equines by educating and helping owners, assisting law enforcement agencies, rehabilitating abused and neglected equines, and placing them into safe, permanent homes.
BEHS was formed in March 2005 by a group of horse enthusiasts who felt there was a need for a new rescue to help horses and other equines throughout Texas and Arkansas. The new organization was publicly announced on March 12th by President Jennifer Williams as an introduction to her talk entitled “How Rescues Help Unwanted Horses” at the American Quarter Horse Association’s annual convention in St. Louis, MO.
Click The Logo To Go To The Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society Website.
They are located in College Station, Texas.
Humanity for Horses is a 501C3 non-profit organization, Tax ID:27-4116043. It was birthed in 2012 when a law was passed, allowing horses to be slaughtered in the USA. The reason for this name is obvious – humanity must speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Fortunately, after much hard work, in January 2014, the U.S. Government effectively revoked horse slaughter.
Though our goal is to rescue and save as many horses as possible, we also extend our hearts and hands to other breeds who desperately need a home. On-site we presently have 437 horses who live with 14 sheep, 23 mules, 27 donkeys, 35 alpacas, 46 goats, 27 llamas, 26 chickens, 7 guinea hens, 2 geese and 3 cats. Off-site we house 43 rabbits, 64 cats, 30 dogs, 5 chinchillas, 22 birds, 1 rooster and a few guinea pigs.
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They are located in Mount Shasta, California
TGPR is a 501.c.3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and rescue of Great Pyrenees in Texas and surrounding areas.
TGPR helps Great Pyrenees that are considered at-risk for physical/mental injury, cruelty and abandonment and that may be subject to euthanasia and inhumane treatment.
TGPR is a not for profit rescue group that is run by volunteers. We do not have a facility, all of our dogs are fostered in volunteers' homes.
Some of our dogs have suffered from abuse and neglect, and they need to learn to trust humans again, and know that they are safe and loved. Others are given up due to death, divorce, or financial concerns.
Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue will pay for all supplies and medical care the dogs need, including but not limited to neutering/spaying, routine shots, and other possible surgeries.
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Our primary mission is to spread awareness about opossums' many attributes, including the fact they kill ticks and mice that carry Lyme and other infectious diseases, and in doing so to improve the public's regard and treatment of this very undervalued marsupial.
Our secondary mission is to improve the treatment of opossums; whether this be through spreading awareness and information or supporting opossum rehabbers and rescuers who work legally in their states or provinces.
We also seek to support other other awareness and advocacy efforts that complement opossum welfare, including but not limited to, improving the awareness and treatment of all wildlife within the USA and Canada, and the awareness and amelioration of Lyme Disease.
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Weatherford Whiskers is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue group. We rescue high risk cats for our local shelters and help people in our community that need help re-homing their pets. Once rescued, we place the pet in experienced foster homes where they receive love, are socialized for family life and given top notch vet care including vaccinations and are spayed/neutered, before being placed up for adoption in to a furever home. In addition, our highly trained volunteers can also assist with Trap/Neuter/Return of feral cats to their colonies.
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“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”
― Mark Twain
These are three of the wolf-dogs that were onsite when I visited in late June, 2019. They were rescued from another facility in California. They are beautiful dogs, but they are not for everyone due to their wild nature and manners. Rehabilitation is a long process for these dogs, and some of them may never achieve adoption status, but they will never be put down. Pets Return Home is a no-kill facility.
Click on the paw print to the left to go to the Pets Return Home website.