EDITION OF FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017 (PetPowellPress) When I saw this photo, I knew it was going to lead our St. Patrick’s Day edition. Why? Because it makes me smile.
It came on a St. Patrick's Day card lovingly customized by a dear friend of ours.
That's why I know this handsome guy. His human is our longtime pal Diane Combs. She has a “gift” for taking photos of her critters.
She also has a gift for helping animals. Larry’s one of her adopted rescue dogs.
And Larry is perhaps the friendliest Dachshund who has ever paced the planet. I’ve seen him work a dog park like a politician working a union hall. Only Larry’s sincere.
And, of course, I’m very proud that he was named Larry. Yep. Diane named him for me. I have a difficult time living up to Larry’s standards!
And in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and to reflect Larry’s devotion to the holiday, I am typing this while attired as a leprechaun. It was a challenge to the tailor and the shoes pinch my toes.
THERE, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD,
THE DUMPED MASTIFF, MR. BUBBLES
This note arrived from our reliable Denton tipster Amy Poskey. She titled the letter, VERY SPECIAL PLEA FOR A VERY SPECIAL POOCH. The story reads: “Mr. Bubbles has a sad tale. … He was found dumped out in the country at least 5 miles from the nearest house and was sitting in the middle of the road just waiting for his family to come back to get him. They never did and he was picked up by animal control where he was still sitting in the road.”
[LARRY O'POWELL ASIDE: Oh, for crying out loud. It really is time to get the Texas Legislature to approve use -- in animal betrayal programs -- of the extraordinarily educational Readlarrypowell.com Two-by-Four of Enlightenment. I hope the people who did this to Mr. Bubbles find themselves enduring a chronic and very serious case of painful itch where no ointment can reach and neither will a doctor. I think you know what I mean.]
The Mr. Bubbles note continues: “He was very scared and somewhat cantankerous when he was brought in. A few volunteers and staff have been working with him to help soothe him but the shelter environment is not the best for some dogs; therefore, we are seeking a rescue for this big guy so he won't be adopted out to someone who doesn't have a clue on how to handle this breed. We need this big boy out of the shelter ASAP!” He’s under 5, weighs 170 pounds and is heartworm positive -- yeah he was in the care of some swell humans, wasn’t he. He doesn’t like a kennel -- it makes him aggressive. He settles down once he’s out. A typical Mastiff, the note says, “he needs a strong” human.
Here are the contact points: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 940-349-7594.
ONE MORE FROM DENTON:
AN EXTRAORDINARY CASE
Amy also sent the note about this guy -- a little rascal born without eyes. “This adorable little guy is Mr. MaGoo and he is looking for new digs cuz his current human says he can’t keep him anymore (see attached pic). It’s actually a sad situation cuz Mr. MaGoo ended up in the Denton shelter twice and his human couldn’t afford to pay the fee to pull him so the shelter just let him reclaim both times without any fee.
"It was obvious the guy took good care of Mr. MaGoo and they both love each other very much but now he says he just can’t keep him. I feel sad for both of them.
"Unfortunately, he has posted Mr. MaGoo on public sites offering to give him away for free. NOT GOOD!!! One of the shelter volunteers contacted him and asked if he would be willing to give us time to find rescue for him and he said yes. So, that being said, we need to move quickly before he changes his mind.”
Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DON’T FORGET THE SPCA’S CELEBRATION
They’re calling it St. Pittie’s Day and there are bargain adoptions for pitsters, including this one! Got spca.org.
This dog (151660) is Reba. She has the look of a dog who needs a human. And the dog, Henry (152291) has a face that needs a place where it’ll be appreciated -- he’s very seriously waiting to hear the next smart thing a human says.
Have you ever seen a countenance like this dog Ashley? We can’t tell if A0983035 is a boy or a girl on the DAS website. We suspect the cat, A0983583, is a boy. Our clue is his DAS name is “Mr. Cat.”
Go to dallasanimalservices.org to see how to adopt an animal in the region’s largest, most needle-prone shelter. On Wednesday, DAS euthanized 12 dogs. You can see the daily report card on the website. The March 15 report is HERE if I hooked up the technology right. You can go to the DAS site and click on report card to see the latest stats.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re posting a link to a charming 1948 film with Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter and the great Cecil Kellaway, The Luck of the Irish. Here’s a great quote from the film: “Irish paths are whimsical -- like the Irish character.” And here is the youtube LINK. Happy St. Paddy’s Day.
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