EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017 (PetPowellPress) Happy Boy Scout Day to all my former fellow members of Troop 22, First United Methodist Church, and Cub Scout Den 4 of Pack 27 at Highland Park Elementary School, all in Texarkana, Texas in the late '50s, early '60s.
Remember the Scout Motto: Be prepared. Turns out that was practical advice in life and politics.
Also, I’m not sure that motto prepared anybody for what they’d face in the unwanted animal situation in Dallas -- full shelter now, we hear.
That illustration is what my first Boy Scout Handbook looked like back in the ‘50s. Got it second hand from a cousin who’d been a Scout. I don’t remember what the Great Spirit means on the cover except that I know Scouts were always taught to respect all cultures. I’m betting an explanation could be found at the National Scouting Museum in Irving -- I’ll have to look quickly. The Scouts are packing up to move the museum to Philmont Scout Ranch in Northern New Mexico.
LET’S TALK DOGS
The reputation of Dallas Animal Services is widespread -- sometimes with good reason. Sometimes, maybe, not so good a reason. But that’s not our concern today.
Our tipster in Houston, Alexandra Kelsey, sent a note about this dog Valentina who is NOT in a Bayou City shelter but is in the Big Shelter in Big D. That’s right, the big, crowded, political hot potato Dallas Animal Services Shelter & Adoption Center. The A. Kelsey E. mail subject line read “VALENTINA DREAMS OF BUTTERFLIES AND SUNSHINE: FOSTER NEEDED! DALLAS.”
[LARRY GOOD MORNING STARSHINE ASIDE: Whoa, doesn’t that subject line take you back to the late ‘60s/early ‘70s quicker than the laid back vocalist Oliver on vinyl! More on him in Contemplations]
This problem may have been solved already, but just in case, Valentina has a rescue interested but the rescue needs a foster to host the 2-year-old dog. The contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you find that Valentina is already moved out of the shelter, rest assured she was not the last dog in town. Here are two with great faces from the DAS availables HERE.
That great face on the left, with the sincere eyes, is that of Franny (A0971599) a Lab mix. The dog with the wonderful eyeliner is Niko (A0961064), an Anatolian Shepherd mix.
They’re both waiting at DAS, I-30 at Westmoreland. No idea how they came to be in a shelter that buys death juice in bulk, but you can bet humans let them down somewhere along the way. Up to humans to save them.
LET’S TALK CAT
To the right you see the official listing of Colin on the Take Me Home Pet Rescue website.
I’m no biology major, but I would have guessed “cat” without needing a hint.
On, the other hand, look at this guy Colin! Is that not a majestic, handsome fellow? Species could have been "Matinee Idol."
Bless Take Me Home Pet Rescue for trying to help this amazing cat find a home for life.
This cat, according to the TMHPR descriptionm is “a gorgeous long-haired Tuxedo boy.” He did NOT turn himself in to the rescue group. He had help. He “was found by a kind rescuer when he was wandering in a neighborhood looking for a safe place to be. He made it to TMHPR and spent five months at our adoption center before moving to a foster home. ... Colin's true personality was exposed once in a home environment. He is a sweet, playful, loving boy that is quite the attention hog. He loves to be held and loves to be brushed, but most of all he just wants his human around.” See him and how to adopt him at takemehomepetrescue.com. And got to the rescue’s Facebook site HERE to learn about Paint Your Pet Night on Feb. 26 -- no, silly, you paint a portrait of your pet.
CONTEMPLATION: We love it when people are excited about good news. We’ve frequently noted that Denton Animal Shelter tipster Amy Poskey celebrates a happy adoption with an exclamation of “yahoooooo” or something akin. In Monday’s edition we posted the story of this dog and how she’d come into the shelter with a puppy but the pup had been adopted and puzzled, lonely mom was left behind. Our tipster Kimberly Jones, the dedicated animal advocate, sent an update Tuesday evening: “Mamma was RESCUED WOO HOO.” Can we get a chorus of Woo Hoo Amens. .... A MAJOR CONTEMPLATIVE APPEAL: Will you all swear to tell other people about the other moms and pups currently on the clock at Dallas Animal Services? This dumped and abandoned animal family situation in Dallas is horrifyingly unreasonable in a sane world. But, of course, this is Dallas. ... And now, a tribute to the singer of radio hit Good Morning, Starshine, the underappreciated solo artist Oliver. To borrow an inspirational phrase from the lyrics of this song from the rock musical Hair, “Gliddy glub gloopy Nibby nabby noopy.” There’s a Dallas connection -- Oliver’s buried in Laurel Land Cemetery in Oak Cliff. If Starshine doesn’t trip your ol’ hippie trigger, try this one from Eric Burdon and War. Spill the wine? Please. We’re traveling through time in this contemplation.
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