EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- This dog - ID#A0981557 in the Dallas Animal Services Shelter -- is an example of a rule of thumb in learning how to appreciate animals. No, let’s call it a “rule of heart” -- you see a dog like this and the feeling settles on your heart that you have to do something to keep the clock from ticking down on him.
Once upon a time, he was someone’s wonderful puppy. Now he’s 8 years old and in shelter that buys euthanasia juice in bulk. And uses it.
He’s been at the shelter since February 16 and his “review date” is this very first day of March. At 8 years old, the odds are lousy.
Want to rescue him? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to adopt? Go to the shelter at I-30 and Westmoreland or call 214-672-0249.
I look at the dog’s face and I see a friend. And, I kind of see a symbol of cats, too, in that white blaze that runs across the pretty face -- a stylized cat stretching to be petted.
Sometimes, I guess, I just see things when I look at dogs and cats. I see potential, I see love. I see a life that needs to continue -- a life that will wonderfully affect other lives.
This isn’t politics. This is morality. Humans have a moral obligation to treasure and protect these lives.
TWO BELOVED CATS NEED
ONE LOVING HOME
These cats have been loved for all of their nearly two years by a guy who has punishing allergies, two years of allergy doctor bills and wants to make sure he is handing these babies off to a good and loving home. He took them in when their original human fell into crisis and had to find a place quickly. It was a heroic gesture. And, now, though he loves these cats, he knows it is time to move them to another home. Scrappy is the lady in gray and Django is the fellow in the fluffy attire.
Both have been “fixed.”
The bottom line is the guy who loves these cats is “looking for suitable humans to love them and care for them. It would be nice if they could stay together.” To ask about helping these cats by adopting them or by tipping their human on a potential adoptor, email email@example.com.
Oh, and there's one more thing: The cat toys go with the cats. Call it a starter-kit for a cat home. As you can see, the cat's had a place next to the desk chair. That means they have usually be within reach for petting and purring.
[LARRY ASIDE: I personally know these angels who are working to place these cats. They are thoughtful, good and decent people whose love for animals is a family trait. That’s why they’ve teamed up to try to help Scrappy and Django land in a loving home.]
THE HEROIN PUPPY
Remember that 5-pound puppy who ate the heroin and was near death when Carrolton Police officers found him while responding to a theft call at a Home Depot? These officers immediately rushed into action, got Carrolton Animal Services involved and the dog was swiftly in an emergency vet clinic.
Because of the officer’s quick work and concern, PETA has sent its “Compassionate Police Department Award” to the Carrollton Police Department, according to Megan Wiltsie of PETA. She reports that the dog is recovering and will be up for adoption soon.
And she also answers a question we asked when news of the puppy’s challenge was revealed: Yes, the little guy is neutered -- happened after he was brought to Carrollton Animal Services, not while he was in the custody of the alleged heroin-carrying thieves.
[LARRY ASIDE: I don’t care what you do for a living, spay and neuter your animals. Of course, I do actually care what you do for a living. But I’m wondering which I’m more likely to do, persuade you to stop dealing drugs or convince you to spay and neuter your animals.]
CONTEMPLATIONS: Let’s talk movies -- I’m inspired to do this by the Oscars. In the peculiar aftermath of the Academy Awards, we have some movie questions: Is your favorite movie also the best movie you’ve ever seen? For example, I love The Godfather, but my current favorite film is The Other Guys with Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg who issues the immortal line, “I’m a peacock --you gotta let me fly.” Best movie I’ve ever seen? I’ll have to get back to you. Could be Johnny Tremain or Old Yeller or either version of The In-laws (“Serpentine! Serpentine!” or “Fat Cobra”?). Bladerunner? Moonstruck? All the President’s Men? Tootsie? Best movie I ever saw in Texarkana? Legend of Boggy Creek? Or Papa’s Delicate Condition? Two with Texarkana ties -- one about a river bottom monster and one about the father of silent film star Corinne Griffith, “The Orchid Lady of the Screen,” and a native of Texarkana. So many factors. So, how do you decide “the best”? What are the scoring points: cinematography, script, acting, popcorn consumption during screening? Sorry I brought up popcorn -- it just really ticks me off to think about the price of a small Coke and a box of popcorn these days. You need a co-signer on the loan if you want the traditional treat. Someone ought to be embarrassed when they think how much they mark-up the concessions at a movie house. Good thing we can get movies on our handheld devices -- heck, I watch movies on my Kindle. I miss theaters. I can have microwave popcorn for a lot less than five bucks a bag.
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