EDITION OF FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017 (PetPowellPress) --We’ll get to the Texas Independence Day “Behar” note from Norma’s Cafe in a little bit. Let’s do some critter stuff first. We’re going to go into crime, rescue and contemplations.
VILLAIN PLEADS GUILTY, GETS TWO TO DO, NO PROBATION
I’m not going to use this guy’s name because the animals we write about on this page are too good to be associated with him. We got the update on his case Thursday from the good folks at the SPCA of Texas.
The villain, 22, fatally beat a little dog named Roberto -- age 3, 15 pounds, the girlfriend’s dog, on May 20, 1916, in Allen. He was suppose to go to trial on one charge of felony animal cruelty in late February, but, the SPCA of Texas reports, he agreed to a plea bargain a week before the trial was scheduled. The judge sentenced him to 2 years in state jail -- the maximum for this offense. [LARRY ASIDE: Not to judge, but that’s a 2-year maximum on earth. Might be a tad more in the Hereafter.]
The SPCA of Texas Chief Investigator and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Special Investigator teamed to prep the case for prosecutors. SPCA President James Bias' statement reads, "The SPCA of Texas is proud to partner with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office's Animal Cruelty Unit to bring individuals who commit crimes against animals to justice. Additionally, there is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and human violence. Bringing these individuals to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse."
To report suspected animal cruelty or abuse,call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org/abuse.
ANOTHER UPLIFTING EXPRESSION FROM AMY POSKEY
This one is longer than the usual WOOOHOOOO.
You may remember seeing this dog’s photo a couple of weeks ago when we told about him being on the clock and terrified in the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter. Here’s what she wrote: Our precious Norman will be busting outta jail on Saturday!!!
After catching her typing breath, Amy continued, “The AWESOME Bill Duncan will be pulling Norman for Snow Capped Shepherd Rescue in Colorado to temp foster him until he makes the road trip Colorado! Snow Capped Shepherd Rescue is a 501c3 foster-based rescue specializing in white German Shepherds so Norman will be in good hands!
“THANK YOU SNOW CAPPED SHEPHERD RESCUE AND THANK YOU BILL DUNCAN FOR ALWAYS GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR THESE FURRY ANGELS!!!”
Snow Capped is taking donations toward Norman’s care -- here’s the LINK.
Remember, Norman isn’t the last dog or cat in Denton who needs a home. Visit the shelter in person or online and help an animal.
GREYHOUNDS AT THE IRISH FESTIVAL
We got word from the folks at Greyhound Animal League of Texas that, quoting from the release, “GALT’s Clan Greyhound will be at the North Texas Irish Festival” Saturday and Sunday -- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fair Park.
GALT will be in the cultural area of Centennial Hall in the Park.
The release also read, “Please join us to welcome the new Irish Chieftains of Clan Greyhound! That's right - two Irish greyhounds, Ned and Rolo, just joined GALT this week after a long trip from A Grey's Home in Belgium! Click here to see photos of them before their journey to Texas and here to see video of their arrival!”
GALT reports, that in honor of the dogs, "we will display the history of Irish Greyhounds, prominently featuring gorgeous framed portraits of GALT Greyhounds by Shagly Pet Photography! For you to take home as souvenirs, we are selling notecards with these amazing images (six for only $10, including envelope) as well as Clan Greyhound t-shirts, hats and collars. All the proceeds, of course, benefit the GALT clan.”
Greyhounds, perfect for the couch, fitting for the soul. They’re available at galtx.org.
You know Chris Watts, of course. Member of the Dallas Animal Commission. Animal advocate. He posted this from San Francisco. It’s worth the read.
And, to dress up the presentation, we’ve included some animals from DAS because we know Chris would want to inspire individuals and rescue groups to help these animals and every other animal in the shelter. These are, from the top, Larry the Dog, Big Mama (Her pups have already been adopted) and Ronnie the Cat. Here are Chris’ thoughts:
“What I have learned from being away from Dallas for a month about animal welfare. “Not all groups will agree, and many times they are adults about their differences. “When it's an us against them mentality, animals die. Why? Because ego is the priority. ‘We're all drawn from the same cloth....do what we can to save lives.
“The way I see it, when we keep ‘splintering off’ to be right - we continue the divide.
“It's so much easier to realize we're all trying to save animals lives, agree to disagree on issues.
“Learn that, in Dallas, media is not a friend of animals -- rather, politics.
“And learn from each other. Explore and get help from passionate people around the world to help us. We need it.
“No ego, no attitude.
“The world we're in is larger than any one of us. We need to be collective, but not by others demanding it, but though our work and input to the solutions.” [LARRY ASIDE: Thanks, Chris, for the perspective and the voice of experience.]
A QUICK TEXAS NOTE
First, Norma’s Cafe in Oak Cliff is a great place for the kind of cooking that you don’t get anywhere else except, maybe, mom’s house, now and then.
The coffee is the best.
So, someone tipped me to the big Texas Menu spread Norma’s was featuring Thursday in honor of Texas Independence Day. Read the photo's signs, then pick up the text after the picture.
As I read along, I spotted what I think is a bit of a spelling issue. I think the folks in Muhaya will recognize right away that the Behar special is probably the Bexar special. Muhaya is south of Dallas and east of Waco. If you have trouble finding it on the map, borrow the “x” from Bexar County and spell it Mexia.
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