EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2917 (PetPowellPress) OK, at first glance I thought this dog was wearing a set of cowboy chaps on its head -- but, nope, Alexandra Kelsey, our reliable Houston Earhound Scout, spotted this baby in a shelter. More on the Earhound later. This is being written as a wind gusts play a tune on our front porch chimes. At least the morning Mockingbird isn’t trying to sing along. Here’s our midweek report :
SPCA RUNS A GUINEA PIG SPECIAL
These animals pictured here are not guinea pigs, though Pinky the Smiling Dog assures me that she is absolutely capable of impersonating a Guinea Pig. Possibly you nave noticed that we have not reproduced a photo of an available SPCA guinea pig. My fault, probably. I couldn’t get the guinea pig pictures to emerge on the SPCA of Texas website. But we’ll go ahead because this special is set for March 31 only -- that is (checking the calendar) Friday. Visit the SPCA of Texas parking lot from noon to 7 p.m. at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal care Center, 2400 Lone Star Drive, in Dallas, and get a guinea pig and a starter kit for $74.99.
If you already have Guinea Pig supplies, you can adopt a Guinea Pig for $5 -- FIVE LOUSY BUCKS and you’ve got a new friend!
The starter kid includes “a small mammal cage, bedding, a water bottle and food.”
[LARRY ASIDE: Ask about the SPCA IRA Guinea Pig Investment Program. I’m kidding but I like to imagine my pal the SPCA President James Bias gasping at the thought!]
The SPCA says a Guinea Pig is a good investment for apartment living and classrooms. They are small and easy to care for -- good for kids and adults. And the reminder, “When you adopt a shelter pet, you’ll save a life by giving your knew pet a home plus opening up space for another pet at the SPCA of Texas.”
THE BAY CITY EARHOUND
Alexandra Kelsey, longtime reliable Houston and vicinity tipster, sent the email with this subject line: Ear alert FW: Ima in the Bay City Impound.
“What a cute set of ears she has)” wrote our tipster.
And the folks with the Bay City Animal Impound reporter, “Her name is Ima, meaning "now". In hopes that she will be leaving the impound now. She is a gentle soul, loves to play with other dogs her size. “Ima is smart, too; she knows where the treat bucket is and goes right in her kennel after potty time. This girl weighs 43 pounds and is about 2- 2 1/2 years old. She likes it here and we like her too but she can't stay here. If you can help her out or know of a reusable rescue who can please contact us ASAP.” The note came from Mick White at firstname.lastname@example.org and DeLana Blalock at Dblalock@cityofbaycity.org. Call 979-323-1706.
TWO UNPLEASANT STORIES ABOUT DOGS
The first is about a jerk who taped a dog’s mouth shut. Click here. I’ve written several stories about such awful things. Usually ends horribly for the dog. Too bad it can’t end horribly for the SOB with the tape. ... Then there’s this story about a Houston man who shot a couple of old dogs and beat ‘em with a broomstick. Click HERE. Tell me there’s a good reason to not lock these guys up and keep them in prison until the return of Haley’s Comet in 2061 or longer. Longer works better for me. You can bet the College of Cardinals doesn't have 'em on the draft list for the next saints.
How about this, Texas? Let’s make those animal cruelty laws the toughest in the nation. (Go to the Texas Humane Legislation Network and sign up to work for the safety of animals and the punishment of our Lone Star SOBs, a consistently prime crop in the annals of despicable humanity.)
CONTEMPLATIONS: Let’s talk motion pictures. Haven’t seen one in a theater in months. Been too busy. Sorry I missed Rogue One. First Star Wars movie I ever missed. Could be that I missed it because I was being punished for having spent money on The Pirate Movie or Hudson Hawk. ... Is the price of popcorn at movie concession stands a moral affront? I would hate to be a theater owner at the Pearly Gates trying to explain to St. Peter why the popcorn cost more than the movie ticket. For crying out loud, it’s popcorn, not chewable diamonds. ... Some people remain unhappy with Woody Allen. I understand that. But lately I have decided that I will confess publicly that I have been enjoying two of his film on my Kindle, which I acquired for the reading of books but now use it to watch movies during my insomnia. I have become a fan of The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), a fun mystery with a hypnotist, Voltan the Great, played by David Ogden Stiers. And I am especially fond of Midnight in Paris (2011) starring Dallas’s own Owen Wilson as a writer whose adventure includes accidentally time-traveling back to the era of Ernest Hemingway’s hanging out with the ex-pats in France. Corey Stoll is majestic in the comic expression of Hemingway’s character -- spews dialogue in Hemingway’s writing style. And Tom Hiddleston, who recently portrayed country singer Hank Williams in I Saw the Light and won hearts as the star of The Night Manager mini-series, portrays American literary legend F. Scott Fitzgerald. Brits make great Americans and sometimes the casting makes the movie. Sometimes the director/writer makes the movie. And sometimes you’re just in a mood to disappear into nothing serious and enjoy life.
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