EDITION OF MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018 [PetPowell Press] I was holding my cat,The Senator, on Sunday morning and enjoying -- kind of marveling, actually -- at the fact that he’ll sit in my lap, reach up and head-bonk my bearded chin. If I lift him up a little more, he’ll rub his forehead against mine.
I said to him, “Oh, Senator, thank you” and at that moment I added, “If I knew what your what your name was before I met you, I’d use it so you’d feel good about hearing it again.”
This may explain why so many “second-hand” dogs and cats give us that “You talkin’ to me?” look when we try to communicate with them. Kind of heartbreaking when you think about it. Someone, at some point, cuddled that kitten or puppy and give him or her a name and enticed the cat or dog to respond to the name.
And, then, one day, all of that love was out the window like a washbucket full of soap suds in a 1950s rural community where anybody who kept a dog or cat in the house was regarded as nuts. I’m happily nuts in any decade, fyi.
My guy, The Senator, is a housecat. Well, a cat of the Upper House, The Senator reminds me. I have no idea what he was known as in an earlier life, but maybe he’s become confident as The Senator. I do adore him. If you don’t have a dog or cat to adore, you should find one. In the era of uncertainty, dogs and cats are steady constituents.
What’s he doing in that final photo? He’s eating parmesan cheese. Turns out, his nose is attuned to it. I’m not kidding. Sprinkle some, shred some and he’s at your elbow like he’s your best friend at the bar. Combining languages, if you had to ask me what type of cat he is, I’d have to say “Parmchat.”
A BORDER COLLIE MIX IN A CRATE?
NOT TO JUDGE, BUT, SERIOUSLY....?
We got the tips on this one from our reliable source Sydney Busch, the mainstay at Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake, the 501c3 that operates the world’s most successful spay/neuter clinic at Gun Barrel City, Texas.
The story on this beautiful dog reads “This adorable 1-year old NEUTERED border collie/hound mix doggie needs a new family who will actually spend some time with him. He lives most of every day in a crate -- owner is willing to give him up (grrrr)."
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 214-505-7499 for more info.”
DALLAS ANIMAL SERVICES:
THE FACES IN THE SHELTER
Luna, Emmett, Logan. Do you recognize the look on these faces?
Emmett is the great American circus clown, Emmett Kelly, in character as Weary Willy. He had to apply makeup to get that face. Luna (left) and Logan don’t need makeup. They’re simply dogs in an animal shelter financed by a city’s taxpayers -- a place that buys euthanasia juice by the barrel. Way to go Dallas, Texas. Thank you “Don’t Care Residents.” Luna (1042589) is a spayed Boxer/Mastiff mix. She’s just over 2 years old and, the DAS website said Sunday, that she’d been there since September 6. The dog on the right is Logan (1043486), a neutered Lab who is about a year old and has been in the shelter since Sept. 14.
You can see hundreds of on-the-clock dogs and cats by going to dallasanimalservices.org. You see a strip of three available dogs. And that cat is Kitty (1040548), a spayed Domestic Shorthair who’s just over a year old and and has been at the shelter since October 1. To ask about the dogs in this report, go to www.dallasanimalservices.org or stop by the shelter at on the north side of I-30 at Westmoreland. You can’t miss it. As for Kitty, contact the PetSmart Everyday Adoption enter at 972-381-1588 ext. 5.
Below, you see the latest Daily Report Card posted on the DAS site -- it’s a tad out of date, but let me call your attention to the euthanasia count.
[LARRY ASIDE: Tell us, Dear Readers, do you think you could pick up the needle and kill 20 healthy dogs and some cats with it? Why would you want to pay someone else to do that job. Wouldn’t you rather save the animals and ask the don’t care humans who put the animals on death row to take their lousy attitude and find another place to live? OK, somebody help me off this soapbox before I crack the slats and set of Richter Scales again from here to Amarillo.]
THE DEMO CAT PROJECT
On Sunday morning, Nikki Williamson caught us up on the project aimed at saving scores of cats from a demolition project in North Dallas. (Click on the artwork to make it grow!)
She wrote, “Here’s what’s left of the demolition where our group of cat rescue volunteers have worked so hard for a year to save the cats. The cats were seeking shelter from the elements in those buildings and now they have almost nothing. Operation Save Cats from Demo is in need of physical help at the end of a long year and to complete this project in the next two weeks. Due to continual rain we were unable to trap. Now winter is on the way and it is an URGENT NEED.
"When the project started there were an estimated 100 cats. Jennifer Styers organized trapping groups, fosters and was able to save and relocate or find homes for a record number of these sweeties.
"We have successfully saved almost 75 cats and kittens with the help of amazing volunteers, rescue groups and caring people.
"There are about 15 cats left. We need to get them out in the next two weeks before being crushed.”
Regular feeding and monitoring continues. Nikki and the team remain optimistic though, she says, “the tragedy of what we see is horrific. cats and kittens have been crushed, insured, run over and are sick. There are horrible people around there that try to kill the cats by poison or shooting.”
[LARRY ASIDE: If such things are going on, is there a law enforcement group involved in investigating these accusations of animal cruelty? Not all animal cruelty involves hoarders, backyard breeders and dog-fighters, right?]
Nikki also wrote, “We are very thankful to Feral Friends Community Cat Alliance and the SPCA for the help we have received in efforts to reduce the overpopulation of cats and to Dallas Cat Lady, Catmatchers, Take Me Home Pet Rescue and many other amazing rescue groups that were able to provide medical needs and adoption of kittens that were saved.
“IT TAKES A VILLAGE AND WE NEED ASSISTANCE ASAP. Please if you can help with any time of transport, fostering kittens, backyard feeding of ferals or donating food to continue to feed we would appreciate your help.” To ask Nikki how you can help, call or text her at 469-363-1867 or email email@example.com. Visit her on FACEBOOK, too.
ONE MORE STATE FAIR 2018 NOTE
Looks like the State Fair of Texas, after maybe the soggiest run ever, finished with sunshine and smiles on Sunday. And FYI, the Fair’s PR Veep Karissa Condoianis sent out a note about what happens to unused food items after the run of the fair? “The State Fair of Texas invites its Fair concessionaires to donate unused food items for local Fair Park area food pantries and shelters to pick up at Fair Park the morning after the 2018 Fair closes.” For four years, the more than 70 concessionaires have been participating in this beneficial program. According to the fair, the food is distributed “quickly to children, adults, and seniors or other organizations in the South Dallas/Fair Park area.”
CHANGE, WEATHER & MUSIC
We’re undergoing a “period of adjustment” at readlarrypowell.com. Facebook changed some rule and we’re undergoing a “learning process” to figure out how to simultaneously post on our decades-old website and on Facebook. We also tweet, though not with the wide range of the current
American president -- probably because we’re trying to help, not trying to make a point. Follow us everywhere except in the grocery store -- we’ll just be in the vegetables and frozen food aisle. Not much of an adventure. .... That photo? That’s leaving Dallas on I-30 about 7 a.m. Saturday the 20th. The promise of a day of sunshine after so many days without. Did you ever begin to think, “What happens if I never see the sunshine again?” Yeah, I was getting cabin fever, too. Needs a better name in Texas, though. “Subdivision Fever?” ... NOTE TO TV ADVERTISERS: Enough with the Christmas music before Halloween. It’s jarring when you’re still trying to figure out a Halloween costume. Here’s a seasonally appropriate song in honor of a fascinating performer/songwriter. Click HERE. AHH-HOOOOOO.
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