EDITION OF MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- A quick click on the internet’s Holiday Insights revealed that April 17 is Bat Appreciation Day and we certainly hope the Texas Rangers can celebrate!
Wait. Sorry. Wrong bats.
We also found that Waco’s Cameron Park Zoo is celebrating National Bat Day by giving free admission to anyone who shows up in an entire Batman costume -- here’s the LINK. You’ll also see that Cameron Park Zoo will celebrate “Bear Awareness Day” on the 22nd and that anyone who shows up bare will be admitted free. Wait, sorry, wrong word. Show up in a bear suit. Wait. Don’t do that. I just made that part up. But it really is Bear Awareness Day on the 22nd and by that they mean the wilderness bears, not the Baylorness bears.
Oh, one more bats note: Batworld.org has live cams of bats. Click HERE.
Reminder: Bats are a good reason to make sure your dogs, cats and other critters that may be outdoors for a while have rabies shots. Bless their little flying rat-like hearts, they are carriers. Check the state’s zoonosis stats.
That cat? Clearly A0988985 may have been named in honor of Yvonne Craig, TV's Batgirl who attended Sunset High School. Got the photo of the cat off dallasanimalservices.org if you're interested in adopting her. [LARRY ASIDE: It occurs to me that there might be four people reading this who remember seeing Batman before it hit reruns. WHAM! POW! PASSAGE OF TIME!]
FROM THE WILDERNESS
This is a “still” from a video of a rescue. As you can tell, you almost cannot tell that there is an animal hiding in this picture. Yes, it is another animal trying to survive in the southern sector of Dallas.
Marina Tarashevska posted this on her Facebook page. It is about a little dog named Oliver. The animal rights advocate and rescue activist wrote, “Tiny skinny pup boy was abandoned and made a drain pipe his home. He's a sweet little guy but he is so starved and covered in fleas. He has a marking on his neck from having a collar on too tight -- in this neighborhood dogs don't have good lives so maybe it's best that he was freed from being shackled up and forgotten about in a filthy yard. He's in desperate need of a foster and rescue to help him find a forever home worthy of having his love. Please let me know if anyone can help.” Then, she followed up with “Oliver is being rescued by DFW Pup Patrol Rescue." And here is the OLIVER VIDEO.
Here are some photos of Oliver as he was in recuperation. Clearly, he is a dog who knows how to appreciate comfort.
[LARRY ASIDE: If anyone recognizes Oliver and knows who dumped him, call the authorities. Animal abandonment happens to be a crime in the great State of Texas. Use the law. And, of course, we’re still working on getting an OK to merchandise the 2017 Non-slip Handle version of the Readlarrypowell.com Two-by-Four of Enlightenment. We see Dallas as a genuinely robust market.]
A REPORT FROM DENTON
We’re on the brink of a WAHOOOO report from Amy Poskey, our expressive tipster who monitors the goings-on at the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter. We mentioned both of these big dogs before and, mercifully, Amy is someone who does a follow-up on the dogs she’s trying to help.
Before we cite her latest report, we’ll note that Aiden is the mange-stricken Cattle Dog/Husky mix who wound up in the shelter. Casey is the larger dog in the two-dog photo, hanging out with her new pal, Muffin. Casey, a stray, had come into the shelter on March 27 and “shut down.” She’s getting a better experience now.
Amy reports, “I’m happy to report that Aiden has been adopted and one of our AWESOME shelter volunteers (Kim Gaffey) has taken Casey home for a while so that he can gain some confidence. Kim says Casey is still fearful but making strides every day. He doesn’t hide as often and will even approach Kim for some luvin’ at times. Casey loves her other pooches and she’s hoping they will teach him to trust. Look at this precious picture of Casey hangin’ out with Muffin!”
[LARRY ASIDE: And, Aiden being adopted and Casey cuddling with Muffin means that Denton is completely out of animals and will soon close the shelter -- wait. Sorry, that is an alternative fact. There real story is Denton still has plenty of dogs and cats to adopt and rescue. You can get involved with helping them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. She can fill you in on the how-to angles.]
CONTEMPLATIONS: What has been the greatest help to animal rescue? Email? Social media? Cellphone? Lottery winners? I’d like to win the lottery and experiment with rescue reaction. ... My funspouse Martha and I had to leave town Saturday -- one of those “let’s get out of this miserable traffic” moments. Dallas inspires those. Remember that slogan “Big Things Happen Here?” Big traffic jams, i.e. Anyway, we drove way out west and enjoyed Hoffbrau Steakhouse on University in Cowtown. (Great spinach, broccoli and other items for us vegetarians.) Used to be a Hoffbrau in the West End. Closed in December. ... That photograph? I was sitting in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at Polk and Kiest when I looked across busy Kiest toward Dr. Barbara Jordan Elementary School and saw a zebra looking back at me. When my funspouse Martha rejoined me, I said, “Look over there,” and she replied, “Looks like a zebra!” Of course, it wasn’t. Light of day and the cut on a tree trunk created the illusion. Besides, as all animal rescuers in Oak Cliff know. all zebras get dumped about three blocks away in Kiest Park. It’s Dallas. Anything can happen.
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