Before we touch on a lost Lab in Dallas, let's mention something else that also is important.
We've reached Veterans Day -- it was known as Armistice Day after World War I. then we up and had us a big ol' World War II. The holiday that once celebrated the end of the "War to End All Wars" has evolved into Veterans Day. (Note the patriotic collar on Hambone Jack as he watches TV while Annie maintains vigilence through the living room window.)
Hard not to be grateful to all those American men and women in uniform who, through the years, have made sure any of us Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Droopy Pants Bunch, etc., can sit in a comfy home office and type without fear of being jailed for what we've written.
That's why I feel free today to type this sentence: You jerks who are draining the life savings out of my 401K ought to screw your heads back on right and start doing what's good for America and not what's good for your corporate escape clause. Twits. Pinheads. Vacuum-headed sorry S O---hang on there. Just because you have a right to say something doesn't mean you ought to say it. Now, let's calmly move on.
She belongs to Gus Richardson and they live in an apartment in that area. According to Gus' mom, Becky McClintock, Gus and Bailey had recently moved into an apartment in the area and when Gus returned home yesterday, there was a note from a maintenance man that his dog had "gotten out."
Gus is busy putting up posters in the area today. Mom is sending out e-mails, making contacts, etc. Shelters are being checked. Everything right is being done to find Bailey.
If you know the whereabouts of this big Lab, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 903-244-7886 or 936-522-1120.
Becky says that while Bailey is devoted to "her boy," she is skittish around strangers.
Becky writes that "I'm just praying that if she can't come back, that a kind soul is taking good care of her. Gus is devastated, as we all are. She is absolutely the sweetest dog ever!! And very smart and well trained. Gus and my daughter drove around and walked around for hours looking for her last night. My husband and I have made contact with animal control and shelters in Addison, Carrollton, and Dallas....She is very obedient and will follow commands with her name. Maybe not if she is terrified. but once she calms, I am sure she would obey."
As always, it is our hope at Readlarrypowell.com that by the time we post this notice of an emergency, the situation has been happily resolved. We'll let you know.
SPOTLIGHTING A SHELTER: Today we're going to mention the Carrollton Animal Services shelter where efforts are always underway to save dogs and cats on the clock. Carrollton has its share of strays and turn-ins -- maybe more than its share.
Here are a couple:
The dog is Max, #18648. He is a neutered Rottweiller mix who tips the scales at more than 90 pounds. He's 8 years old and is an owner-surrender. According to the shelter folks, "This poor boy was released to the shelter because he became 'too big' for his people to handle. He is a bit overweight and he had a serious flea issue when he came in. With a couple of Capstar and some Adams Flea spray we were able to help him out with his flea issue...He is a very sweet boy, who appears to be housetrained, and knows a bit of obedience as well. He reportedly gets along well with other dogs (although he has never lived with another dog) and children, though small children may have issues with his size."
The cat's name cracks me up: Chip. Chip the Cat. And check out the tufts on Chip's ears. Chip is #18638. According to the shelter, "A very unscrupulous person crept quietly up to our front door one night and dumped a box with five kittens in it and this little guy [is] the one left now. He is very sweet and cannot wait to go to a home where he will not be dumped anywhere but have the good life every cat deserves."
To ask about saving any of these animals call Carrollton Animal Services at 972-466-3420 or e-mail Joe.Skenesky@cityofcarrollton.com.
CONTEMPLATION: Even with the shaky market and other distractions, this is one swell nation. Instead of worrying about somebody like Hitler marching across Europe, we modern Americans have the privilege of fretting over whether the Dallas Cowboys have a prayer against Washington. The enjoyable things in America and even things (and people) that are annoying are still around because of the determination of America's military personnel. This is the land of the free because it is also the home of the brave.
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