EDITION OF THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017 (PetPowellPress) Power failure. The two worst words in politics or the computer age.
When the big storm swept through our part of Oak Cliff Wednesday morning, it knocked out the power.
I found our three flashlights. Two of them used D cell batteries and in our “battery drawer” we had 8 C-cells, 4 AAs and 27 AAAs. Prepared for disaster, we are.
In the aftermath of a wretched night for an insomniac, here are some thoughts:
FIVE REASONS TO HAVE AN ANIMAL AROUND
DURING A STORM-INDUCED 3 A.M. POWER FAILURE
(1) The dogs want to continue to sleep and will make room on the couch.
(2) If you drop a cookie in the dark, someone will help you find it.
(3) If you need someone to keep you awake, a cat will sit on your torso and loudly groom himself and when his vigorous licking initiates an unexpected slide, he will quickly use his claws to grip the human fat to maintain balance. If it happens while you are asleep, you will dream of Wolverine.
(4) A snoring dog is great comfort in a dark house. That window-rattling sound tells you that Mother Nature isn’t just the storm outside.
(5) A cat can lead you to safety in a darkened home if you don’t mind crawling under a bed, over the back of the couch, between the dining room chairs and whining at the door until someone opens it.
SMALL SHELTER ALERT?
Yeah, why can these small shelters get some traffic? For example, this dog is Sadie and she is current among several unwanted dogs being ignored in the Wilmer Animal Shelter. Lady Sadie of Wilmer -- darned near sounds British. Wilmer is 14 miles south of downtown Dallas. Laura Macias, who has a passion for helping smaller shelters, sent the note appeals for help for a number of animals waiting in Wilmer -- “Waiting in Wilmer,” I am led to believe, was the original name of “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart.” I might have made that up.
Anyway, Sadie is about 3, loves the volunteers and the volunteers love her. Here is the heart-ripping part: “She was picked up as a stray but is in great shape. Clearly has either gotten away from someone, was stolen or was dumped possibly.” To ask about her or any of the unwanted Wilmer dogs, call or text 214-949-2726 or email Laura at Cat_girl_71@yahoo.com
A NOTE ABOUT PIT BULL OPPORTUNITIES
The SPCA’s latest news release carried this headline:
Don't Be a Fool, Adopt a Pit Bull! SPCA of Texas Offers 50% Off Pit Bull Adoptions April 1-2 Only
The dog chosen by readlarrypowell.com to emphasize the adorableness of Pitties is Estella. She’s been in the SPCA’s safe shelter for some time. And you can still see last Christmas’ appearance of Estella on TV with one of our favorite personalities, the SPCA President James Bias. Click HERE.
When you adopt a Pittie in this special you also get “a free Dickie's dog bed to help all newly adopted four-legged best friends settle in at home. Adoption fees 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).
What? Is that a Pit Bully? No, that is a Pit Billy. Crash, the Billy Goat. He’s also in the care of the SPCA. Estellas at the Rees-Jones facility and Crash is at the Perry facility.
[LARRY ASIDE: Why did I post the goat’s photo? His name is “Crash.” Same as my grandson. Isn’t it good when a goat can remind you of your grandson? OK, I think Connor “Crash” Powell will appreciate the comic comparison. Almost certain.]
CONTEMPLATIONS: I’m still thinking about movies. You’ll get into that mood when the power at your house is off from about 2:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. and you’re an insomniac who would rather watch movies than read because you can fall asleep during a film but in a book all you can do is read on out of respect for the work the author put into it. I respect film work, too, but those people get paid more than authors. ... So, what’s a good movie about film people and authors? How about Hearts of the West with Jeff Bridges and Andy Griffith. ... A good movie about the Wild West and movies? How about Sunset with Bruce Willis as real life Tom Mix and James Garner as real life lawman Wyatt Earp? Sounds like fiction. Yeah, well, kind of -- when Earp died, after spending time as a movie consult on Tom Mix and William S. Hart films, both the stars were among Earp’s pallbearers. Honest. ... Oh, and here’s an enjoyable film about a writer: Shakespeare in Love. And as you think about the great dialogue in that entertaining motion picture, think about this sentence from the director of the great western, High Noon, Oscar-winner Fred Zinnemann: “Dialogue is a necessary evil.” I hope to get some sleep.
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