EDITION OF VALENTINE’S DAY, TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- Oh, my, St. Valentine’s Day.
A Heartfelt Valentine’s Poem Demonstrating the Limits of Love:
Roses are red
violets may vary
My girl likes tulips
They cost more money than you expect this time of year.
That’s A0979926, an unwanted mix named Pongo who’s been on the clock at Dallas Animal Services since showing up there about a week ago. I don’t know how the dog came to be a ward of the city, but it probably wasn’t voluntary. Some sweetheart of a human let the dog down.
The dog was not at Westminster last night but that doesn’t mean he’s not distinguished. He’s said to be a Bluetick Coonhound Mix.
FAMILIES AT THE SHELTER
If you’re getting a sense of DAS Deja Vu, your perception is precise. We HAVE mentioned these two dogs and their 12 puppies before. Here’s the deal. A0979176, about 2 and nearly 50 pounds, had nine puppies. That doesn't account for the tilted nature of her photograph or for her beautiful eyes. Her pups are growing quickly, but so is the pressure to find a home or a rescue group for Mom and the gang. (TIME OUT! THIS JUST IN from our reliable tipster Kimberly Jones. “This family was rescued today [Monday]." So that dog with one blue eye, one brown eye and a full set of weary spigots is on her way to a home. And so are her pups. OK, so now concentrate on this brown baby and her trio.)
That brown dog with the pointy ears is A0972779. She is about 3 and had her three puppies under a house.
You know how to help these animals -- get in touch with Dallas Animal Services. It’s in a really big, animal-filled building at I-30 and Westmoreland in West Dallas. Visit dallasanimalservices.org to see how to adopt.
THE BEGINNERS’ BIRDWALK
We got a note from Marcie Haley, president of Twelve Hills Nature Center, about the “Beginner Bird Walk” on Sunday the 19th. It’s from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
They’ll teach you how to walk like a bird -- hang on. I misinterpreted.
The truth is Master Birder Shannon Love -- great name on Valentine’s Day -- is going to teach people how to quietly negotiate the nature center and spot birds.
Marcie’s note reads, “Expect to see Dallas resident birds such as Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Carolina Chickadees, perhaps Eastern Phoebes and more, plus birds that spend the winter here such as Yellow-rumped Warblers, American Goldfinches and Ruby-Crowned Kinglets. Almost 90 bird species have been recorded stopping by Twelve Hills so let’s see what we can find!”
You should RSVP because space is limited -- email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is that bird in the photo? That is a Carefully Balanced Dallas Warbling Twig Chirper. OK, I have no idea. Could be a Whooping Chickadee or a Fluffy-headed Webfree Treeduck for all I know.
FYI: Why should you support Twelve Hills Nature Center? Because it’s an example of what can happen when decent people take a drug-tortured apartment complex away from the bad guys and turn it into something good for the community. Here’s the HISTORY.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Did you watch the Grammys? Did you watch Westminster? Did you binge-watch something online? Ah, America, a place with lots of things to watch. Some worth seeing. ... Know who sang the Star-Spangled Banner to open the Westminster TV broadcast Monday night? The Broadway cast of In Transit. No lip sync. Did it acapella. Yep, sang it in Latin. Oh, I’m kidding. Publicus kiddus yallus. Here’s the LINK TO IN TRANSIT. ... You know what this day means to me -- aside from the luckiest move of my life -- it means the circles on the calendar are over. Anniversary Dec. 15, Christmas on the 25th, birthday on the Jan. 21 and Valentines Day, Feb 14. Worth every dime, of course. That’s Martha’s latest photo below. She creates this artwork on the computer. Yep, my sweetheart loves my dogs and cats. And I love her dogs and cats. Plus she plays the harp. Sings. Writes. Has dimples. A great laugh. A glare. And is so patient that it astounds me. I’m patient, too -- I wait until she tells me I can speak.