A blog by the friendly folks at Midland Humane Coalition
A blog by the friendly folks at Midland Humane Coalition
At MHC, we make it a point to get to know our rescued pets so that we can determine what the best path is for them and set up our adoptions for success!
Take Quincy & Polk -- these two kittens seemed to lean on each other for support more so than the rest of their group. It became clear to us that they would do best and thrive in a home together.
And so, even as the other kittens in the group got adopted one by one, we held out and waited to find for the purr-fect home that will take this dynamic duo in!
This is QUINCY & POLK'S story and how these perfectly bonded best friends got to stay together in a forever home.
This account was shared by Quincy & Polk's adopter, Shafiyah Giddins.
Thank you, Shafiyah, for sharing and for adopting Quincy & Polk (now known as Opal & Marcy)!
Hello, my name is Shafiyah and my partner Mykelti and I decided almost a year ago we wanted a cat.
About 6 to 7 months after making that decision, we started actively looking. That is when we stumbled upon Polk and Quincy at the Midland Humane Coalition Adoption Center.
We originally only wanted one cat because we already had three dogs at the time and did not want to bite off more than we could chew. While looking at one of the two kittens, Polk and Quincy, we soon learned how bonded they were.
With that information provided to us by the Adoption Center, we could not with a sound mind separate the two. So, we decided to adopt both of them!
The day we got the both of them it was so nerve-wracking because we didn’t fully know what to do with one cat, let alone two. We were definitely in for a bumpy ride, but one that has brought us so much joy and we would not trade it for anything in this world.
Once home, we had to slowly introduce them to our three dogs. It was so emotionally tiring but I knew that everything would work out in our favor if we just stayed patient and consistent.
My favorite thing about Quincy and Polk (who are now named Opal and Marcy) is how outgoing they can be. They aren’t really afraid of anything and I love seeing them grow. I also love seeing them play chase with our dogs -- and believe it or not they are the ones who do the chasing!
So needless to say, they get along perfectly fine with their puppy brothers. They are always demanding kisses from them and cuddles as well, it really is a sight to see.
There you have it, folks. Another happy cat tale! :)
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Accommodations: From my days as a travel agent, I recall contacting the manager of Houston’s Shamrock Hilton to see if my Scottie could accompany me on a business trip. Surprisingly, he said “yes,” but it was not necessarily the norm at that time. LaQunita and Motel 6 were innovators in dog friendly accommodations but now many chains from budget inns to luxury hotels welcome dogs. Some, like Marriott, even present the guest with a special gift upon arrival.
“Call ahead” cannot be emphasized enough! There may be size restrictions and extra fees or deposits for pets.
Rest stops and truck stops along the highway: I travel frequently alone with my dog, and I have never been stopped or questioned when she accompanied me into the restroom at places like Love’s, etc., but you will have to evaluate each stop to determine which one’s welcome dogs, do not allow them or simply turn their heads. With several people traveling together, it is easy, you simply take turns standing outside with your dog, but never leave him or her in the car even for a minute in the summer. Many stops provide a fenced area for your dog to exercise and take care of business. But please travel with poop bags to clean up after your pet.
Meal stops: You may have to pack a sack lunch and picnic at a roadside park (which can be a fun experience) or rely on drive-thru when on the road with your pet, but again, never leave him or her in the car even for a minute in the summer.
Air Travel with your Pet
Air Travel requires a bit more planning as you must be aware of and follow the restrictions set forth by the carrier.
As far as flying on-board the aircraft, only fully documented service dogs and those breeds small enough to be accommodated in a crate that will fit under the seat are allowed. Others are transported in the cargo section of the airplane.
Contact the airline for restrictions. If you are leaving the United States, you must have documentation required by the destination. Again, contact the airline to make sure that you are properly prepared.
Dog-Friendly Places to visit
Many National Parks and amusement parks have joined the band and are realizing that canine travelers are a vital part of tourism today.
The Grand Canyon is one of the top bucket-list destinations in the United States. And Fido is welcome! Grand Canyon National Park is dog friendly, especially the South Rim, even allowing dogs to hike along with you on some of the trails.
Is your faithful friend allowed at Old Faithful? Yep! Yellowstone National Park is pet friendly.
Carlsbad Caverns Trading Company operates a kennel service where you may leave your pet in a temperature- controlled environment while you tour the cavern. The kennel is for day use only—no overnight stays.
SeaWorld San Antonio does offer kennels outside the park, and they are free. However, they are outdoors, covered, but open air and unattended. I love Sea World, but would personally not include a visit when traveling with my dog unless I boarded my pet at a local vet.
Although pets are not allowed inside Dollywood Park (except for service animals) some cabins are pet friendly and “Doggywood” (Dolly’s doggie day care) is located adjacent to guest services at the front gate. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Please book your kennel or cottage in advance.
While only service dogs are allowed in the theme parks, water parks, restaurants and on- board park transportation, Walt Disney World Resort offers Best Friends Pet Care to give peace of mind to Walt Disney World guests traveling with pets.
Wherever you plan to visit, always visit the park’s website and call to find out about restrictions, reservation requirements, etc., so that you have no surprises upon arrival.
Just as you would never travel internationally without required documentation for yourself, never leave home without your dog’s health and inoculation records. These may be obtained from your vet. All vaccines must be current, and Bordetella is necessary to protect your animal from kennel cough when in close contact with other animals.
Do be considerate and keep your dog on a short leash (leave the retractable at home or better yet, at the pet store) so that he or she does not, even though friendly, become a nuisance to other visitors. This thoughtfulness helps ensure that our pets continue to be welcomed at destinations.
Have fun and take plenty of pictures of Fido’s adventures whether playing fetch on the beach, hiking the great outdoors or just curled up on the sofa watching TV. You will want photos of your special time together.
Lost pet services like “Home Again” and “Pet Key” report that more animals end up lost over the July 4th holiday than any other time of the year.
While you are enjoying the beautiful burst of colors from Skyrockets and Roman Candles, your dog is terrified, and to escape the threat, he or she may get out of the yard even if you think it is secure.
Do not leave your pets outside to deal with fireworks alone.
In fact, pet owners may consider celebrating from home so that your dog is not left alone, even inside the house, especially if you live in an area that produces a lot of noise from fireworks
If your pet does become lost, the best chance of being reunited with him is to make sure that he or she is microchipped. This is a simple procedure done by your veterinarian.
If your dog is already microchipped, remember to keep your information updated with the company that you have chosen for pet registration. Should your address, phone numbers or place of employment change, let the service know.
Enjoy a safe 4th of July for all your family members!
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4206 West Loop 250 N
Midland, TX 79707
PO BOX 53213
Midland, TX 79710
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Adoption Center: 432-557-3405