Here we are at the middle of the week and, astonishingly, on the final day of January 2007.
Can that be? Can a 31-day month move fast as a fortnight?
As you contemplate that, let's move on with the day's activities. Some of it isn't pretty, but some of it has the potential to be beautiful. Depends on the hearts that come to the rescue.
FROM HOUSTON: Our cat tipster Edna Taylor was justifiably sickened and irate by what she'd seen on Fox 26 TV in Houston. The story comes from Angleton, south of Houston -- the city's motto is "Where the Heart Is." The video shows a guy with a big dog on a sturdy lead urging the dog to attack a cat cowering behind a trash bin .
It gets uglier. So ugly, in fact, that the guy involved in this is facing animal cruelty charges. How did anyone find out about this? Someone posted the video on Myspace.com, the story notes. (You can see the Fox 26 story by clicking HERE.
Don't click it if you're easily upset. Edna has also forwarded the link to the Houston Chronicle story about this. Click HERE.)
Edna thinks a polite letter-writing campaign may help emphasize to the district attorney how serious citizens are about pursuing animal cruelty cases. And she has included that DA's address: Jeri Yenne, Criminal District Attorney, 111 East Locust, Room 408A, Angleton, Texas, 77515.
Edna, who also is with the Houston branch of Texas Siamese Rescue, says, "This [event] further solidifies my argument that cats do not belong outside. Had this cat been kept inside, his life would have been spared."
This case, and others, will be monitored by animal lovers across the country. Word needs about the consequences of such actions needs to get around -- it's not the animal lovers we need to reach.
A CAT WHO CAN BE HELPED: We got this tip from our pal Cary Birdwell at Adopt a Dallas Pet. This cat is Boo, found "under a car in the parking lot at an apartment complex. A good Samaritan picked him up and turned him in to our rescue group. He was about six weeks old at the time and a very bold little guy."
He's obviously matured since he was found. He's described as "a beautiful long-haired male cat with a silver undercoat that shows up in the photos really well. He is great with other cats and OK with dogs. He is usually too busy to be picked up and loved on, but does ask to be petted when he is ready." (Boo's guardians want to make sure he goes to someone in the Greater Dallas area. To ask about him, e-mail email@example.com)
TWO FROM THE COLONY: Our reliable tipster Patricia Barrington, Animal Control Division Manager for The Colony Police Department, e-mailed us about Smokey and Beefcake. The appropriateness of the names will become obvious.
Beefcake is the Basset. Look at that "beefcake on parade." He's described as "such a ham. He's never still -- all of his photos are action shots -- but he doesn't move too quickly. ...And, yes, his ears really do drag the ground." He's a 3-year old who is "an appreciative boy and is absolutely loyal to anyone who will offer him attention."
The dog with the distinct coat is Smokey, an owner surrender. The report is "he's spent his life primarily on a tether outside, but he still has a rose-colored view of the world. He is very friendly and submissive and loves to play ball." According to Patricia, "Smokey, I'm guessing, is Basset hound and Australian Shepherd mix. He is a long, low-rider with medium-length merle coat and a partially pointy snout....He's a good boy who hasn't known the good life, but deserves it."
Both are available for adoption now. And they are in a municipal shelter, so they're "on the clock." The shelter is at 4720 E. Lake Highlands in The Colony. Call 972-370- 9250 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LITTLE DOGS NEEDING HOMES: This comes to us from the hard-working folks at HART of Texas. HART is Humane Animal Rescue Team.
Tush is the Pom mix puppy in the collar. The story from HART is that "he was turned into an animal shelter after his owner took him to a vet and they realized he was 'anatomically incorrect.' The poor guy wasn't able to poop in the first 8 weeks of his life. He required reconstructive surgery, which HART was able to provide. Amazingly, he was a happy little puppy even before the surgery and now is well on his way to a full recovery." That surgery cost $1,100.
Willy, a 2-year-old Pom was hit by a car and picked up by an animal control unit. HART found him in the shelter and took him to a vet. The dog's pelvis was broken in three places -- this required "emergency surgery to put him back together with a plate and six screws." That was about $2,000, HART reports.
But, wait! That's not all. Willy is, as is traditional with strays in North Texas, heartworm positive. Thus, HART's emergency medical fund was dramatically reduced by saving just two small animals.
And the animals will eventually be available for adoption. If you'd like to audition to adopt or if you'd just like to help HART balance the budget again, go to www.hartoftexas.org or send donations to HART of Texas, Box 153293, Irving, Texas, 75015-3293.
ANNIE AWAITS A HOME: This soulful pup, Annie, was among several dogs scheduled for euthanasia last week at Tri City Animal Shelter, but, as Gail Whelan of the Companion Animal Network says, "We just could not let her down."
The 18-month old dog had been dumped at the shelter with all of her puppies. "The puppies were adopted out and her time was up."
She's currently in a foster home with kids (it's a lovefest, they say), but the family can keep her no longer and CAN is looking for a home for this potential "family dog."
LAKESIDE LADY: From the folks at Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake, we get a note about this black Labrador Retriever, year-and-a-half old Lady. The story is "she is a very sweet and loving girl. She loves to lick and be with people." (Seriously, isn't that a Lab trait?) Anyway, she's healthy and up-to-date on shots. And, her foster says, would make a great dog for a family without "small children" because she's pretty excited about running and jumping and playing. (To ask about Lady, e-mail email@example.com or call 903-641-2183.)
TWO LOOSE DOG SITUATIONS: Perhaps a veteran animal rescuer can help in these situations.
The Townview Dogs: The first comes from Jennifer Moreno who is concerned about a couple of dogs that are roaming in the neighborhood of Townview Magnet Center at 1201 E. 8th (just east of I-35) in Dallas, just across the Trinity River from downtown.
Jennifer says, "One of the dogs, a black lab, was pregnant and now has two puppies also black labs. The other seems to be a male mixed German shepherd. I first saw both dogs near my
school. The black lab seems to have a collar but has no identification on her and is living by an empty abandoned house, while the other dog seems to have no tag or collar. I am in desperate
need to find a home for both dogs especially the lab since she has her puppies. Please Help!!!" To help Jennifer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-350-0259.
She says the Lab and her pups tend to stay in front of "a house that was boarded up and the German shepherd mix is really skinny and you can almost see his ribs."
The North Dallas Roamers: This comes to us from Nicole Kopec. She writes that she is wondering who to call about stray dogs in her Dallas neighborhood. "They have been roaming around for months and I see them running around quite often. There are 3 of them, but sometimes I only see 2. Two of them look as if they just had a litter of puppies. None of them are wearing collars and they all seem pretty raggedy so I am assuming someone dumped them or something. They won’t come to me when I’ve tried to call them or feed them. They just run away from me. I have tried several times to get them to come to me to no avail. I’ve also called Dallas Animal Control so maybe they’d be picked up and at least have a chance for some warmth and food and just maybe adoption. But, it doesn’t look like Animal Control has come or anyone else has stepped up to help these poor pups. I just don’t know what to do about them and I worry that they might get hit by a car. I live near Alpha Road between Hillcrest and Coit and that is where they roam. Can you ask your readers for help?"
So, readers, if you have a way to help with these pups, e-mail email@example.com.
SUPER BOWL QUOTE OF THE DAY: As a public service, Readlarrypowell.com has been presenting daily quotes as we approach the big game. This is star Indianapolis Colt noseguard Luther "Nostril" Malloy, who has a few words for Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman. At Media Day in Miami, Nostril rammed his face into the camera and snarled, "Mister Grossman, you'd better get used to this view. It's all your gonna see on Sunday -- my big nose being shoved past your faceguard as I plant you so far into the turf they'll have to call John Deere to pull you out."
The NFL Super Bowl, which is getting virtually no publicity this year without the Dallas Cowboys, is scheduled Sunday -- kickoff shortly after 5 p.m. Dallas time. Our well-reasoned prediction is coming Friday.
No, I'm not sure why Luther Malloy is called "Nostril" but he does seem to have just one -- from this point of view.