EDITION OF TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016 (PetPowellPress) Here we are on Fat Tuesday. And tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the day Protestants traditionally tell Catholics they have a smudge on their forehead. Religion aside, let's get into the Gospels of Dogs and Cats. Amen. We’ll mention the Happy Tales heroes later today in addition to a bunch of animals that need help.
THE FELINE CHALLENGE
Over the weekend in the traditional readlarrypowell.com feature Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap, we attempted to promote the Valentine’s Day Cat Adoption Special at the SPCA of Texas -- from now through the 14th you can adopt a cat that’s a year old or older for just $14.
For some reason, the coding in the story was being blocked by our magic website system. Inexplicably. So, we’re going to try it again today because cats need to always triumph over technology.
Because they were appearing on the weekend, we looked on the SPCA site for cats that looked sleepy. We found these two. J.C. and Jonathan, the orange cat. They look as if they’re bitter that the paparazzi nudged them awake for a photo.
Guess what. They’ve been adopted.
So we went back to the SPCA site and found two more who just look like fun cats to have around the house. They may not even qualify for the special -- but they do qualify for being adopted and they are certified cats.
The orange one is named Whopper -- how can anyone resist an undersized cat named “Whopper”?
The one that is not orange is named Davinci. I picked his photo because (a) I am enamored of black and white cats and (b) in this photo his facial decorations make him appear to be trying to get a good look at a moth that has landed on his nose.
There are a bunch more adoptables at spca.org.
As Dudley the Angel, our gentleman dog, will tell you, a home is more interesting if there is a bargain cat in it-- and all cats are bargains.
If a cat is comfortable enough to nod off in your home, another angel gets his wings. Wait. I may be mixing up something I saw in a movie. Truth is, cats are pretty good listeners. They’ll let you know when the conversation is over. They walk off or they nod off. They’re almost human..
PATCHES, LOOKING FOR A HOME
Yeah, it’s kind of amazing that a dog like this turns up without a home. But, sure enough, that’s the story forwarded to us by the reliable Sydney Busch of Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake. Sharon Coker, veteran animal rescuer and advocate, provided the details, “Patches is a very sweet Pit Bull looking for a forever home. She is 3 years old, current on rabies vaccine and will be spayed before she is adopted. She is around 60 pounds and very energetic when first meeting new people. She needs someone to walk her and give her the exercise she needs.
“Patches currently lives with 3 Chihuahuas, 1 Dachshund, and a Shih Tzu and she is great with them even at dinner time. I don't think she is good with cats but not certain. She is an indoor dog and loves to cuddle with her person. Her owner had to go into the hospital and has not been able to take care of her since he has been released.”
To ask about Patches, call Sharon at 903-654-2472 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLEARING THE DOGS FOR TAKEOFF
Here’s the artwork that’s making the pitch to help the Society for Companion Animals (SFCA) keep the pups flying. As you probably know, founder and longtime animal advocate Tawana Couch has been helping unwanted animals find places they are wanted. They’re flown to other towns, other states and maybe even other nations. Depending on the kennel situation, they may even get to join the Earth Colony on Mars. (It could happen...maybe.). Click HERE for your auction donation form.
HEADS UP FOR HELPING TALES
We’ve been fans of the Helping Tales team of author James S. Martinez and Timothy T. Civick ever since they muscled up their courage and stepped out onto the tightwire of publishing! They’ve done good for young readers and older readers, too. Go to helpingtales.com to see what all they’ve done.
I asked the author where readers might run into him and get an autograph and he has two answers this weekend.
“I will be at Fan Days Comic-Con [in Dallas --click on the art to make it grow] selling and autographing books 2/13 & 2/14 and also participating as a vendor at Artists for Animals event and auction. I've also attached a picture that we took from our new book and Tim made it all pretty for them to auction off with a set of books and a Helping Tales t-shirt and the money will go to Operation Kindness.”
Information about the Artists for Animal event is HERE . It’s at 7 p.m. Saturday at Level Two, 1250 Slocum St. in Dallas’ Design District. And that’s a photo of Tim Civic’s “all pretty” for the auction work. Click on it to make it larger, too!
CONTEMPLATIONS: So many in need at Denton, indeed. Amy Poskey gets up everyday and sends out an email hoping to get help for animals waiting in Denton’s Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center. (For people not from the area: The shelter is named in honor of the wife of former Denton car dealer Jim McNatt who made a $500,000 donation to the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation in honor of her in 2010 -- on their 32nd wedding anniversary.) So that brings us to Amy’s note on Monday which reflect that there were 11 long-term dogs waiting for homes in the shelter. One of them is this nearly year-old fellow Zip, #61300. He’s an owner-surrender and doesn’t he look, in this photo, like he’s expecting the person who dumped him weeks ago to be on the other side of that door. Bless his heart. You can visit him at the McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center, 3717 N. Elm. Call 940-349-7594. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Having been around dogs all my life, the photo struck me a portrait of a dog just before disappointment. People who surrender dogs need to know that there are hearts involved in these actions even if the human hearts need to thaw in order to beat. ... If your team didn’t win the Super Bowl Sunday, you can take on the Dallas Cowboys’ attitude that started in the 20th century and stretches on deep into the 21st century: “Wait ‘till next year.” ... During the Super Bowl late Sunday afternoon I was busy working on something when I realized my footballfanspouse Martha was stretched out on the couch in front of the television. “You taking a nap?” I asked and she replied, “Last chance to sleep through football until next season.”
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