EDITION OF THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- I just felt like having a good ol’ State Fair of Texas moment, so I posted that artwork from bigtex.com. I think “Celebrating Texans” is a great theme for the State Fair. We have a lot of Texans to celebrate. Be nice to celebrate the Texas Rangers this season. The State Fair runs Sept. 29-Oct. 22 and the World Series starts October 24. We can all have a great State Fair season then sit back and watch the Rangers win the World Series. Clearly that is in the cards. Of course, “Celebrating Texans” could mean the new quarterback of Houston’s NFL team, Tony Romo (he still in town?), is going to -- wait, not board-certified for crystal ball-gazing.
WAITING IN WINNSBORO
Our East Texas eyes Lisa Konkoly Buick spotted this situation. This dog has had a run of bad luck. Not her fault.
The story, according to the Winnsboro Animal Shelter is this: “She is very intelligent, picked up as a stray and was adopted but returned when she did not get along with adopters’ other female dog. She is the dominant female .
"Adopted again and due to adopters’ health issues she was returned . She will load up in a car loves to ride, walks with a leash, and is house trained although last adopter stated she had issues with that at his house but probably not taken out often enough.
"She loves stuffed animals, chew toys , and we believe (due to the scar on her stomach) has been spayed . Has been vaccinated and is very smart and can be stubborn. Not good with cats.”
The shelter is at 835 Hope Lane in Winnsboro. Call 903-342-3400.
A ST. PITTIE’S DAY SPECIAL
AT THE SPCA OF O'TEXAS
Here’s the note from the SPCA of Texas about the adoption special: “Pit Bull and Pit Bull mix dog adoptions on Friday, March 17. All puppy, adult, senior and VIP Pit Bull dog adoption fees are 50% off. Pricing will be $125 for Pit Bull puppies, $25 for VIP Pit Bulls (available for adoption 30 days or longer), $25 for senior Pit Bulls (age 7 years and older) and $62.50 for adult Pit Bull dogs (age 6 months and older.) The Saint Pittie's Day adoption special will be offered at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney.2-year-old, 51 pound black and white Pit Bull mix with a BIG personality!” Who are these animals? The black and white dog is Bigun. The dog with the wacky face is Chanel. The dog with the ear tufts and the cat-like face is a Maine Coon named Jake. And that other dog is a rooster named Jim. [LARRY ASIDE: They’re not all dogs, but in honor of St. Pat, er, St. Pittie’s Day, I was suddenly channeling the Blarney Stone.]
A DONKEY IN NEED
This one came from several sources and the subject line is “POOR DONKEY.” The original note reads, “I got a call about a donkey that was not being cared for properly in McKinney. I called the sheriff's department who took animal control out there and found out he was owned by an older man who could not care for him so he relinquished him to them. “He is 12 to 15 yrs old, overweight, needs a good brushing (looks like a shedding camel) and his feet are grown up like elf shoes. They took him to animal control in McKinney and then called me to see if we could do his feet and find him a home. Do you know anyone who would want this poor old fella and get his feet done? Or even donate towards his poor feet being tended to and a vet visit? They said he is sweet and they would deliver him anywhere in Collin County. I feel so bad for him. Please share. Thank you!” The contact point is email@example.com.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Here are two reasons to work harder for stronger animal cruelty laws. One is in Texarkana, Ark., just across the imaginary but statutorily solid state line from Texarkana, Texas. It's about dog-fighting. Sickeningly. My old paper, the Texarkana Gazette, makes a solid effort at covering these stories -- thank you, Les Minor, Executive Editor. Meanwhile in Irving, there is this disgusting story about a man who stabbed a dog to death. It is sometimes difficult to contemplate what goes through the minds of humans who harm dogs and other animals. What switch was turned off in their hearts? ... You know how Readlarrypowell.com adores books. The folks at Lucky Dog Books in Oak Cliff, do, too. The store sent out an appeal for support. You can read it HERE. Someone may correct me if I’m wrong, but it is possible that Lucky Dog Books is the only general interest book store from NorthPark to Cedar Hill (25 miles) and from Mesquite to Arlington (39 miles from Town East to The Parks Mall). You’d think a store that sold shiny new books could make a strong showing in a patch of land and people that big. ... OK, speaking of books, Harlan Coben is one of our envious site's favorite writers. Skillfull, exciting -- yes, the treasured “good read.” He’s also a dog guy. And he posted a short video for which he wrote this description. “When your friend wants to stay out and party but you are ready to call it a night. A short film starring my dogs.” Click HERE. A Coben tweet read, “The role of big bored dog is played by Jersey (bearded collie). The little annoying runner is Laszlo (Havenese). This film is not yet rated.” Nice when writers love their dogs. When I grabbed the photo from the film, I caught Laszlo in a sort of Upwardly Mobile Earhound Pose. He’s got some floppy ears!
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