EDITION OF TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017 (PetPowellPress) Rough weekend. We did our taxes. Signed the form, shoved it and a back-breaking, demoralizing check into an envelope and I got into the car to make the solitary, solemn drive to the post office to avoid the shared misery at home.
Doing the taxes will kill the happy mood on a three-day weekend. I tossed the envelope into the passenger seat, started the engine, hit the “on” button on my radio and the song that was playing was If I Were A Rich Man.
How’s that for irony. I still don’t know how the government pulled off that insult. OK, let’s do some animal work. Yeah, it’s free. I couldn’t afford it if I got paid to do this writing.
THE MOST ILL-AT-EASE SHELTER DOG IN DENTON?
Maybe. He’s been there a while.
We wrote about him last week after Amy Poskey, who monitors the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter, told us about him. He’s a young Shepherd-mix stray found somewhere in Denton County. Now he’s ID 67723 and waiting for what may be a lousy, fatal development in Denton.
Amy wrote, “Norman and I don’t understand why nobody has offered to take him home, cover him with love, make him feel safe, and spoil him rotten. Poor baby is still scared at the shelter and really needs to be in a home with someone who believes in him and will love him furever and always! I don’t think that’s too much to ask and Norman says you won’t regret it. PLEASE give Norman the chance he deserves and more!”
Email these addresses to save Norman: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Sad photo, isn’t it.
A NOTE ABOUT FAWSTER DAWG
FIRST RESPONDERS LAUNCH
Here’s the inspiration -- I got it from a paragraph Stephanie Timko sent me about the
Fawster DAWG First Responders Launch Party.
She wrote: “Our goal is 1,000 fosters in 2017. It’s a big goal but, when DAS is bringing in 111 dogs in a one day and we haven’t even hit puppy season yet----we need every single foster we can get.”
The “launch” is a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at The Tower Club. Info is on that artwork. Click on it to make it expand. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email questions to her. Maybe you’ll want to help this thing grow in order to help First Responders save some critter lives, too.
And, in case you’re wondering a dog to adopt or a dog who might wind up in foster or who might get the needle when neither happens, this is Spice (A0979424), a Chow mix.
I spotted Spice, and Kimberly Jones, the noted animal advocate spotted “Pit Bull Terrier” #A0980962.
A DAS volunteer reported, "Sad blue girl with the hair loss. She is camera shy and my camera scared her so I didn't take many pix of her. When I put it away, she showed herself to be a scared submissive in her kennel. The hair loss to me looks consistent with scratching at pesky fleas since its on her flank."
And what will happen to 3-year-old American Bulldog (?) Violet, A0981021? People who know her describe her as “adorable.”
[LARRY ASIDE: She looks terrified and uncertain to me. No animal should feel that way. Only humans can end that happily.]
If you go to dallasanimalservices.org and scroll through the animals -- five pages Monday night (including some cats and a rabbit) -- you’ll see a lot of big ol’ black dogs, brown dogs, white dogs with colorful accents, etc. These are what we used to call “mutts” before they became so unwanted in the world. They are a product of human stupidity -- people don’t spay and neuter their animals or control them, the animals breed and they produce litters and litters of animals born just to be killed.
So, hail to anyone who works to save these lives.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Something for your calendar and some Facebook notes -- and a little music, too.
We saw two very different notes on Facebook Monday, but, you know, they both deserve to have some public availability. They’ll make you think. Bless Cheri White. She posted: “I hate liars. This lady ran into me this morning in the pouring rain. I tried to be polite and move out of traffic. Lesson learned. I didn’t take pictures before we moved and she is claiming I hit her. I called the police and they were no help because there were no witnesses. People so suck!” Rotten. Double rotten. If a witness doesn’t come forward, perhaps karma will. ... Last fall we posted Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap profile of David Maldonado and his great dog Harley May Quinn, a dog who was “radiating happiness.” Yep, someone is becoming very influential, apparently. Over the weekend, David Facebooked, “I know I’m slowly converting my mom into an animal person when she gives me a bag of dog food for the strays I feed.” Thank you, Mom! You are an inspiration to us all. ... And, in case any of you are unfamiliar with Fiddler on the Roof, you can hear If I Were A Rich Man by clicking on this LINK to hear it performed by the great Dwight Yoakam -- wait, sorry, it’s by the great Topol.
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