EDITION OF MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- Welcome to Monday and on with the report. That photo?
Shot it from my car window Sunday morning in a drizzle. That is our wisteria -- if it is indicative of the coming crop of spring blossoms, this is going to be one dim springtime.
Poor vine. Not much color. Not much at all. But, we must remember, bluebonnets are coming.
In the meantime, may all wisterias enjoy a colorful rally.
WHAT’S ON THAT DOG’S CHEST?
Dinesha Schmidt of A Different Breed Animal Rescue is always forwarding notes about needy animals to many people, included our pal Karen Lee, the barkleyworld.com animal advocate who, like me, was astonished to see a big ol’ dog with a naturally-occurring tribute to white-clad, caped Elvis in Las Vegas on his chest.
How about that!
This dog is 10 months old, might have some Great Dane in her Lab family tree.
Most of all, she needs a home. She’s in Parker. Call 972-322-6716 to ask about adopting this baby.
Thank yuh, thank yuh very much.
And I don’t know why you couldn’t name this girl dog Elvis.
OLD DOG, BUTCHERED EARS
The tip on A0983142 came from Kimberly Jones. The subject line of the email read, “SUPER SAD ELDERBULL WITH BUTCHERED EARS AT DAS DALLAS TX ... LOOK AT HIS EARS!!! 8 yrs old.”
He came into the shelter on March2 and his review day is Monday the 6th. Might be readying the needle for him even as you read this. He has hair loss and, of course, in some city shelters, that’s an automatic death sentence.
You want to help this dog? If you’re a rescuer, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to adopt, call 214-671-0249 or stop by the shelter at I-30 and Westmoreland.
At the Readlarrypowell.com Home for Old Dogs, 8 years old is barely middle-aged. This guy may be and may have had a rough life, but he’s still a good dog needing a home.
[LARRY ASIDE: I could not find this dog with the mained ears on the availables list at DAS, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still in the shelter. And if he’s not, then say a prayer for him, and rescue another dog. Surely the City of Dallas can declare a moratorium on death at some point.]
Left-behind? That momma. Puppies were adopted. She's 2 years old, 48.6 pounds, in the shelter since February 18. Ask about A0981799 at Dallas Animal Services.
DONATIONS OF SILENT AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED
TO GET ANIMALS ON PLANES BOUND FOR SAFETY
The Society for Companion Animal’s annual Flying Pets Fundraiser is set for Sunday, April 9. As you can see from the artwork, the organizers are still looking for donations for the silent auction. If you have something to offer, email email@example.com. [LARRY ASIDE: FYI, the venue is the Greenville Avenue mainstay, the Ozona Grill, one of Readlarrypowell.com’s favorite places in Dallas. It’s so good, it could be in Fort Worth.]
CONTEMPLATIONS: That photo? That’s The Editor Cat, aka The Senator, helping with the formation of a sentence. This is just one more reason a household needs a housecat. Keep in mind, The Senator is a wander-up cat who showed up on the front porch with the ferals, but then auditioned to come inside. Lately, we’ve both been kept awake by loud racket in the flat over ours. The neighbors upstairs turn out to be a couple of really fluffy raccoons about twice as big as any of the front porch feral cats whose food I caught them eating Saturday morning. If cats and raccoons can work things out, you’d think humans would be able to, right? ... The great Miriam Colon died Friday at 80. Lots of people recognizer her as the mom of the Al Pacino character in Scarface. But, those of us who love Director John Sayles’s 1996 film Lone Star, honor her as the character “Tejana restaurateur Mercedes Cruz” who was the mother of the character played by the late, great Elizabeth Pena (1959-20140. Such a wonderful film with such a great final, absolutely Texas scene. Senora Colon was such a great actress -- she played a Cuban mom and a Texas mom and all along she was a native of Puerto Rico who was a stellar actress in New York and Hollywood. Acting -- it is in the heart. ... All of us public school-educated Texans from the 1960s know what happened on March 6, 1836, of course. The heroes of the Alamo fell to Santa Anna. Among the dead defenders were William B. Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. We’re all Texas in our family. My sons went to Travis Elementary School in Grand Prairie, my brothers and I grew up in Bowie County and had our photos made in front of the big Jim Bowie statue at the Texarkana Public Library in the 1950s. And we all, also, watched the Davy Crockett adventures on Walt Disney Presents -- some of us caught it in first-run in the mid-‘50s. (FYI, that Davy, played by Texan Fess Parker, wore a coonskin cap -- he didn’t in real life, historians say.) Check back with us on April 21, i.e., San Jacinto Day, to see how that little ol’ Texas fight with Mexico turned out. [LARRY ASIDE: You’ve heard lately of proud comparisons of a certain president to Andrew Jackson, the American president 1829-37. Andrew Jackson is the politician who despicably pushed the Indian Removal Act through Congress. Congressman Crockett of Tennessee opposed Jackson’s political philosophies, especially, his attitude toward Native Americans. When Crockett lost his 1835 re-election attempt, he is said to have announced, “You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.” You can get variations of that quote on posters and T-shirts nowadays. [And you can go HERE to read about the “Trail of Tears.” ] When Davy Crockett died at the Alamo, he and the other “Texicans” with him weren’t fighting for the State of Texas, they were fighting for the Republic of Texas, the nation that declared its independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836. Just for old time sake, here's a LINK to The Ballad of Davy Crockett.
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