EDITION OF THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING, MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- Well, isn’t this something. Spring. If you’re reading this on Sunday evening, spring arrives at 5:29 a.m. Monday, Texas time. If you’re reading this after sunrise (7:31 a.m. Monday), spring arrived at 5:29 a.m. Monday. Doesn’t matter what you do, spring gets here when it’s supposed to. No groundhogs. No Act of Congress needed. No instant replay to see if anything crossed a line. Spring is here.
That is a picture from our front yard shrubbery of a Mockingbird, the Texas State Bird, who was so loud in 2009 that I snapped this photo and hoped to get the “megaphonic Mockingbird” shamed into silence. Didn’t work. This year, however, possibly this bird (lifespan is about 8 or 9 years) and offspring, cousins, etc., are happily filling our yard with the raucous roar of songbirds. The old “curse and a blessing” situation. You know they’re loud when you walk outside and the feral cats on the porch are wearing big yellow earplugs. FYI: Mockingbirds and Bluejays can keep feral cats on the porch.
FOLLOWING UP ON MAGOO:
A FAMILIAR RESCUE TALE
If you’ve been involved in rescue since Hector was a pup (to borrow an old saying*), you’ve run into these situations where you bust your asparagus to save an animal only to discover you’ve been betrayed by the person who sought help in the first place.
This is sort of the story of this dog, Mr. Magoo, a Chihuahua fellow born without eyes and clearly needing a safe place to live.
Amy Poskey, who monitors things in the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter and tries to help those animal and others find good homes, sent the first appeal to us.
Then, on Friday, she sent a followup: “Well, folks, I don’t even know where to begin cuz this turned into a HUGE MESS, so I’ll provide an abbreviated version. We literally had an army of angels working on this little guy and trying to get him to safety only to be told this morning that Mr. Magoo was given away. Mr. Magoo’s original owner is living in a motel that doesn’t allow dogs so her son, who is also homeless, is living in a tent with Mr. Magoo. “Sadly, a couple of other homeless people stole Mr. Magoo and gave him away. As you probably know, dealing with homeless people can be extremely difficult because they don’t trust anybody and most of them are mentally unstable; therefore, we don’t even know if this story is accurate or true. The Denton Animal Shelter is fully aware of what’s going on and will contact us if Mr. Magoo ends up in the shelter again. “I want to thank EVERYONE for jumping all over this and offering to get this little angel to safety! I will definitely let y’all know if anything changes. In the meantime, please pray for Mr. Magoo’s safety. Thank you! Amy.” If you know Mr. Magoo’s whereabouts, email Amy at email@example.com . Nobody ever stops caring about these animals that “slip away” -- years later Mr. Magoo will be a reminder of the one that people betrayed. [LARRY ASIDE: It’s possible that something good has happened -- not likely, but possible. Get Mr. Magoo into the right hands and something good WILL happen.]
MAKE SOMETHING GOOD HAPPEN?
IN DALLAS? IS THAT POSSIBLE?
This mom, Pitura (A0983693) and her shelter-born pups have been at Dallas Animal Services since early March. Is that pup asking, “Mom, what do I do when they bring my needle?” DAS killed 10 dogs on Friday. The report card is HERE.
Last Sunday, the card said the shelter killed 24 dogs. At the DAS site, you can add up the city-slain animals in March. This is horrible.
Blame idiot people in our community who disrespect animals; blame a city that follows the old Texas theory of animal management: “Got an animal problem? Let’s kill it.”
Look at that mom and those pups and tell yourself it’s OK to kill them all because you need to make room for the next batch that you’ll have to kill.
That’s the thought process. Rescues and other shelters can work only so hard, can take in only so many animals. Where is the heart of Dallas when you need it?
THREE FACES OF CATS
These cats are all viewable on the website of Dog ‘n’ Kitty City, the no-kill shelter operated by the Humane Society of Dallas County. How’s this for a variety? Who are these cats? The shelter’s descriptions: The magazine-cover quality gray? “Gorgeous Cici was found living on the streets. She is a sweetheart who enjoys lap time.” That multifaceted cat? “Pretty Dylan was found by one of our volunteers. She is gorgeous ... and we suspect she knows it.” How about that black-and-white model? I picked his picture before I saw his description. Honest. “Handsome Larry is the epitome of cute, from the tips of his ears to the tip of his tail (including generous white bib, tummy, and mittens that complement his otherwise black coat).” Want one of these cats? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 214-350-7387. Stop by the shelter at 2719 Manor Way in Dallas. It’s closed on Tuesdays, but that still gives you six days a week to pick a dog or cat or both.
CONTEMPLATIONS: If you’ve driven down a stretch of Texas road in the past 72 hours, you may have seen an outbreak of Bluebonnets, the State Flower of Texas. Beautiful. And, we spotted this photo and caption in a Facebook post from the great Kathleen Ryan of the great Tolbert’s Restaurant & Chili Parlor in Greatvine, er Grapevine. Usually you see Bluebonnets blanketing a pasture or a hillside. But this is The Lone Bluebonnet. Sounds like a country song, doesn’t it. There is an official Texas Bluebonnet song -- we can link you to the lyrics but I couldn’t find a recording. Enjoy the beauty of the Bluebonnets without anyone attempting to sing. ... On the first day of spring, a tip for the summer: Expect a curiosity for the Summer season: It arrives at 12:24 a.m., Wednesday, June 21, in the Eastern time zone -- 11:24 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, in the Dallas time zone. Like twins born on different days. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, you understand all this from a different perspective. Right? ... *In the second item today, we mentioned the old phrase “Since Hector was a pup.” One site called it “unused” these days. But in case you wondered, WorldWideWords has an explanation HERE. And, yes, some of the people reading this understand “Since Hector was a pup” as quickly as others understand “meh.” Not to go commercial, but look at that land! Everything's better with a bluebonnet on it.
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