Category Archives: Animal Love

Grapevine Apartment Community Goes to the Dogs

A new concept apartment community has come to Grapevine courtesy of Fidus Pet Concierge Communities. Fidus is the sole creator of Grapevine’s own “pet-centric” apartment homes, located at Cross Creek at Grapevine Ranch. They kicked off the summer with an adoption event on June 18.

This “Adoption Party Summer Bash” featured seven highly regarded animal shelters, including North Texas Australian Shepherd Rescue, Habitat 4 Paws, Bull Luv Able Rescue, Rescue Row, The Colony Animal Services, Dallas Dog RRR, and Mid-Cities Rescue. The party included over 30 dogs available for adoption, all of who varied in age, breed, and size.

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Flock of Sheep in the Midst of Town Draws Attention

“George” the ram/Stacey Doud

With it being Easter weekend, attention is widely turned to thoughts of rebirth and renewal. Even Mother Nature has these topics on her mind, as Spring starts yielding baby animals of all kinds.

Grapevine, TX is no exception. Bird nests with eggs are being discovered, bald eagles are back in their trees, bringing food to their offspring, Nash Farm is harvesting crops and dealing with baby animals, the Botanical Gardens are changing out lovely plants and flowers, and the Grapevine Shepherd’s herd is multiplying quickly.

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Cute Dogs and Belly Scratches Enhance Animal Services Ribbon Cutting

The Grapevine Animal Services and Adoption Center was torn down back in 2019. Fortunately, a new building had been funded by a 2017 bond election. In the meantime, while the shelter was closed, Grapevine was able to depend on Coppell’s Animal Services to help out so that abandoned, found and surrendered animals would have somewhere to go. THANK YOU, COPPELL!

I received an invitation to the official Ribbon Cutting that was going to take place on April 17.

On that day, I drove up to the new building and noticed how large it was! It is about four times larger than the old facility, measuring 13,500 square feet, compared to 2,600 for the old building. It contains new, up-to-date features such as sound-reducing panels, wall colors that are scientifically proven to have a calming effect on animals, solar lights, more windows for natural light, separate rooms for animals to meet their potential forever families, state-of-the-art veterinary tools and separate spaces for parties and educational programs.

The outside, which used to be very small and, honestly, kind of depressing, are now beautiful, covered, fenced-in courtyards and covered semi-open areas where dogs can get some much-needed exercise.

The Ribbon Cutting was attended by Grapevine Police Chief Mike Hamlin, Police Chaplain Dr. Terry Wilson, Sr., Mayor William D. Tate and Grapevine City Council members Paul Slechta, Sharron Rogers, Leon Leal, Darlene Freed, Chris Coy and Duff O’Dell.

Since Animal Services are under the umbrella of the police department, I spoke with Grapevine PD’s Chief Hamlin about his agency’s role in the project.

“As a police department, we were pretty heavily involved. Kristina Valentine, the supervisor over the shelter, was the ‘tip of the spear’ for us and this project,” Hamlin said. “But she and I spent a great deal of time talking. I have an internal team that was devoted to just kind of talking about [the project], whether it be design, workflows, brainstorming and that kind of thing.

During the planning stage, Valentine, Hamlin and members of City Council toured several local animal shelters to see what was going on in other places.

“I think the medical piece of this shelter is profound. So many [medical suites] that we visited, and I understand why, were converted closets, or they would identify a ‘dead space,’ in their building, and they would construct a little cut-out to be able to put a table in there with the necessary supplies for them to do surgeries,” Hamlin explained.

“I give a lot of credit to our councilmembers that toured with us. They saw [that issue], and they really understood first-hand the importance of if we were or were not going to move in that direction, and we had conversations about it. Ultimately, that was not the direction they wanted to go. They said that if we’re going to [have a medical suite], then let’s find a way to do it right,” Hamlin said.

I had such a good time meeting new people and petting their canine companions. One sweet dog decided that she wanted to say hello, and so I scratched her ears and her back, and she had me and her person laughing by rolling over for tummy scratches! I’m so glad that this City service is back up and running!

The new Grapevine Animal Services Building officially opened its doors on April 19 and holds the hours of Monday – Friday from 11:00am until 5:00pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

Wooden box sat at airport for a week, inside was something wicked

An unmarked wooden box with several crude holes arrived at an airport without proper labeling. The airport employees put the box aside and went about their business. Because it didn’t have proper tags, it would sit among other items with the same issue. The box was approximately 16 inches high and it only had a note that it was to be shipped to Syria.

With its improper labeling, the box sat in a holding room for an entire week. Finally, the airport employees received legal confirmation that they could open the box and inspect the contents. What they found nearly knocked them off their feet!

Inside the box were three Siberian tiger kittens. No one was sure how they were still alive. But all three clung onto life despite having no food or water for a week! “Nothing indicated that the box contained tigers or even live animals, and there were no details of a shipper or receiver,” the animal rights group Animals Lebanon wrote on Facebook.

The three male kittens had been on a flight from the Ukraine and were supposed to be sold to a zoo in Syria. Animals Lebanon insisted that the tigers be transferred to them. A judge agreed. “Their paw pads were raw and red from being covered in urine, and were their back legs and thighs,” Animals Lebanon added on Facebook.

The Siberian tigers were in horrible shape. The endangered species are highly sought after in the black market. People wanting to make money off their illegal sales may not take the animals’ well-being into account.

“They are improving – but they are still at risk! Big cats can be worth tens of thousands of dollars on the black market. The owner is fighting to get them back, and we are fighting for the tigers and rule of law,” Animals Lebanon explained on Facebook.

The zoo fought the rescue group for the tigers’ return. Thankfully a judge again ruled in the favor of the rescue group and all three tigers will remain with them. “Thank you for all the help to make this possible. So many people did more than enough to do the right thing and to prevent the tigers from ending up on the black market!” Animals Lebanon writes on Facebook.

The tigers are thriving in their new habitat. We are so grateful they were found in the nick of time! To see their rescue, click HERE.

Grapevine resident is a real shepherd on the side

SheepGrapevine resident Mohammed Benali lived in town for about 13 years before he decided that he wanted to do more with the grassy land he owned.

“Cows need a bigger space and more food. Same with horses,” Benali said.

So, he decided to raise sheep. He grazes them on a grassy parcel of land that he owns close to his home.

“The kids have been tending the sheep [since they have been out of school because of the pandemic]. But I look after them, too,” he said.

Right now, Benali has an adult sheep and a lamb for sale, which cost $185 for both.

Any interested parties can email him at

How much is that doggie in the window? And where’s the window?

By Stacey Doud

AnimalSvcsSite2For folks that are hoping to adopt a dog or cat from the Grapevine Animal Shelter, a surprise may be in store for them instead of a family pet.

Right now, only rubble occupies the lot at 500 Shady Brook Drive. The shelter was relocated to Coppell at the end of November 2019 so that the existing building could be demolished. A new, larger facility will take its place. This new building will be almost three times larger than the original.

The project is being paid for by a 2017 bond election.


Graphic Courtesy of the City of Grapevine

“We are very excited to provide a functional and beautiful building that will be meet best practices and provide health and safety for the animals, visitors, volunteers, and staff,” a representative of the shelter said.

“The thing that struck me about the building that used to be here was the size. I could see why they would want to increase the size of the new building and give it a lot more footage,” said Jim Goucher, Superintendent of Steele & Freeman, Inc. Construction Managers.

Animal Services Sign

“We have a Fall 2020 completion date, and the weather can play a big factor in that. Right now, we are tracking on target for that,” Goucher said. “We are getting beat on by the rainy weather, but we anticipate an on-time finish. Currently we are setting the foundation into place, along with the grade support beams, the plumbing and the slab. Once we get that done, it gives us something to go straight up with,” Goucher explained.

Goucher also said that several citizens have come to the site, either because they weren’t aware of the construction or had questions about where they can go to adopt a pet.

All adoptable Grapevine animals are still available at Coppell Animal Services, located at 821 S. Coppell Rd. Coppell, TX 75019. They are open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 5pm and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm. The phone number at the Coppell location is 972.304.3515.

Cats are available at the Southlake PetSmart store, located at 200 Village Center Drive. The phone number at PetSmart is 817.251.6848 and they are open Monday – Saturday from 9am until 9pm and Sunday from 10am until 7pm.

To reach Grapevine Animal Services, call 817.410.3370. They continue to provide field services, such as responding to animal concerns and loose/stray animals, deceased animal pickup, ordinance enforcement, and animal bite reporting.

To learn more about Grapevine Animal Services, visit\

Editor’s Corner – When unconditional love is suddenly gone: Coping with the loss of a beloved pet


Izzy Boo

I’m sure I don’t have to point out that there have been many publicized deaths in the United States lately. From mass shootings to one-on-one occurrences, they all seem senseless to me. It may seem odd for a journalist to say this, but I honestly have not willingly watched one single news program on TV (sometimes I’m trapped in a doctor’s office with the news on, but I try to ignore it) for over 25 years. This “news fast” has helped with my mood over the years, and if something really big happens, I’ll hear about it from family or friends.

The one thing that I could never prepare for was the death of my 15 year-old dog, Izzy Boo.

I swear – sometimes it’s easier to lose a person than a pet. Dogs (and cats, when they feel like it) give you unconditional love and are always excited to see you when you come home. Sure, they may need to be walked every few hours or wake you up in the middle of the night to be fed, but, in the grand scheme of things, having a pet delivers many benefits the human owner.

There’s even a branch of therapy called “pet therapy” in which trained professionals bring well-trained dogs, cats, pot-bellied pigs and other sweet creatures to visit people in the hospital or even in hospice. Petting a dog or cat has been scientifically shown to lower blood pressure, slow down heart rates that are too high, lower respiration rates and generally help the person feel calmer. And if you’ve ever owned a pet that you were well bonded with, you know that they know if you don’t feel well and generally follow you around because they have an instinct to help.

Izzy Boo was a Japanese Chin, which is not a well-known breed in the U.S. I remember picking him up from the Japanese Chin Rescue Society. The lady that had been fostering him started crying when I took him, and over the years, I found out why.

Izzy Boo had “never met a stranger.” He loved people, other dogs, cats and even my pet turtles. I don’t think he had a mean bone in his body. Sometimes I wish he had been a jerk because maybe his passing wouldn’t hurt so bad.

Izzy Boo came to us when he was about three years old. He was a smarty pants, and learned all kinds of tricks, like “high five,” sit, shake and he’d also run in circles on command (“Chin Spins”).

He was with me through my daughter growing up and moving out, my own divorce and moving away and he spent his last few years as a companion to my mother, who moved with me.

One Friday, we took him to the vet for what we thought was allergies. It turned out that he was dealing with massive heart failure, and so we had to make the difficult decision to send him to Sweet Dog Heaven. I couldn’t stay in the room, but my mom did.

When a person passes away, it can be sad, tragic or even expected, but it is never easy. Funerals are for the living, as we like to think that our person has gone to a better place. But when a pet dies, even though we take them in knowing that we’ll probably outlive them, it can make the world seem silent and empty.

I hope you’re chasing squirrels in Dog Heaven, Izzy Boo, and that you know that you were loved.

If you have recently lost a pet and are having trouble coping, click HERE for some tips and compassion.

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‘Clear the Shelters’ event at Grapevine Animal Shelter August 17

We are just one week away from the annual Clear the Shelters event at Grapevine Animal Shelter and Adoption Center on Saturday, August 17. Adoption fees will be waived for all available dogs and cats in Grapevine. Whether you’re looking for your first pet, or just want an addition to your family, come check out the animals we have ready and waiting for adoption.

Our shelter will be open 9:30-5:00 on Saturday, August 17 for Clear the Shelters. The address is: 500 Shady Brook Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051. Hope to see you there!


Southwest Airlines to allow miniature horses as service animals in new policy

By: FOX 10 Staff

Southwest Airlines Finds Five Planes In Its 737 Fleet In Need Of Repair

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

PHOENIX (KSAZ) — Come September 17, people will be able to carry miniature horses onboard Southwest flights as trained service animals, according to airline officials.

Officials announced the policy change, via a statement on its website on Tuesday. In the statement, officials name miniature horses, along with dogs and cats, as some of the most common service animals that will be accepted onboard. Passengers, however, will need to be able to provide credible verbal assurance that the animal is a trained service animal

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Grapevine Animal Shelter offers low-cost vaccinations


When: Saturday, September 8 & Saturday, November 3 from 10am – 12pm

Where: Grapevine Animal Shelter and Adoption Center: 500 Shady Brook Dr.


  • Rabies: $5 
  • DHPP: $10 
  • Bordetella: $10 
  • Heartworm Test: $20 
  • Heartworm Preventative: $25-$35 
  • Canine Influenza: $15 
  • Lepto $10
  • Lyme: $15


  • Rabies: $5
  • FVRCP: $10 
  • FelV: $10 
  • FelV/FIV Test: $20

Other Services:

  • General Dewormer Strongid-T $5.00 
  • Tick/Flea Prevention $12.00 
  • Tapeworm Dewormer Droncit $10.00 
  • Home Again Microchip $30.00 

No appointment necessary! Services provided by Texas Coalition for Animal Protection:

For more information, call (817) 410-3370 or visit