EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017 (PetPowellPress) The sun’s morning glare off the windshield of the old pickup made the front porch cats wince and look away. Suddenly, a politician with pants a size too small and a handful of flyers stepped onto the front walk and life was never the same again for the cats or the human sleeping late inside.
“What politician is up before breakfast?” asked the big, round-faced gray cat with the broad, sweeping whiskers, the suddenly twitchy tail and too fresh a memory of his recent neutering.
“Relax,” said the tabby as she stretched out on a welcome mat. “We’re safe. He’s running for dogcatcher.”
Then, the gray cat with thin black stripes and a degree in pre-millennial literature from a university Back East reached across the keyboard with one paw, typed “The End” and, with a fluid gesture, pressed the off button on the laptop. “And now, today’s report,” she whispered and walked off toward a shrub that held an ultra vocal Mockingbird with a loudspeaker and an uncertain future.
TWO NOTES FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE:
Well, they’re notes from somewhere else unless you are in Bethlehem near Gilmer or Houston, and then they’re from “right here.”
Both come from our reliable Bayou Citytroplex tipster Alexandra Kelsey.
FIRST: SWEET, STRAY, SNAKEBIT
The Tuesday evening note begins, “Sweet, Stray, Snakebit: Four dogs in East Texas, (Bethlehem, TX-near Gilmer)” and continues, “One of my cat contacts moved from Houston to the Tyler area, and she knows about a man named Curtis trying to help four sweet female dogs living in ditches and fields. One of the dogs has been bitten by a snake and has a swollen face.
“The dogs are all very sweet, and some little old lady is feeding them. She cannot afford food for the dogs, and Curtis said that food has so far been donated. However, that arrangement is coming to an end. The dogs likely are not spayed, so Curtis is concerned about puppies, as well as about having food to drop. “I haven’t worked with Curtis before, but one of my trusted cat rescue friends connected us. If you can help with any funds for donations of food or spay surgery, or if you know of a rescue for the dogs, contact Curtis at email@example.com.”
UPDATE ON PRECIOUS SAWYER
Alexandra’s update reads, “Sawyer didn’t have a great night last night [Monday]. His red blood count dropped and the vets were talking about transfusions. I know many are keeping this precious little dog in their best thoughts and prayers, and if there is any justice in the world, Sawyer will live to enjoy many more great days.
“Red Collar made a heroic effort recently to save a darling dog named Bodhi, and they had staggering medical bills for him. And, now Sawyer…but they didn’t flinch and took sweet Sawyer on.
“If you would like to donate, you can make a donation on-line at www.redcollar.org under the ‘donation tab’ or mail a check to Red Collar Rescue, 945 McKinney Street, #424, Houston, TX 77002.”
LET’S TALK CATS AND A HOME
Karen Lee, the steadfast animal advocate with barkleyworld.com, forwarded a note from Gloria Wallace. That note read, “Please share this information so this pretty mama and her cute kitty can get adopted.”
The original note explains that the lone cat sitting is the Mama Kitty. The lone cat reflected in the mirror is a six-month-old kitten. The note explains that the little girl kitten on the bathroom sink was “found in a wall when she was 4 weeks old in October.” Mama Kitty, the note says, “adopted her and is teaching her manners. Mama was telling her to ‘get off the sink’ whole time she was up there.
“They have a good home now but really need people who can spend quality time with them. “Both very sweet good cats and [we] would like to have them adopted together but little kitty really needs more attention.” Also, the cats have been spayed and are up to date on shots.
Letter-writer Dale asks “contact me if interested and I’ll forward you interest to the owner.” That contact point is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to see something that’s simultaneously encouraging and a thing to be envied? Take a look at the SPCA of Texas’ annual report for 2016. It was released Tuesday by the SPCA and includes stats about rescue and adoption and cruelty cases. Read it HERE. Also, congrats to the designer. It's a nice looking package of info and photos. ... I’ve spent more than 50 years in journalism -- print, online, magazines -- and until Tuesday I’d never seen this headline in print: QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PRINCE PHILIP FEED AN ELEPHANT. Yeah, Google it and see how many variations on a theme turn up. Elephant’s name is Donna. I mention this to help you people who fly passenger jets find something to think about other than being dragged off a United Airlines flight ... OK, here’s one more reason I need to pay attention to the health of my soul. I thought I’d write a prayer for Sawyer, the abused dog, and any other animal who get mistreated by a nitwit human. The Sawyer version read, “Now a time for prayer. Pray that the dog gets what he deserves and pray that the human gets what HE deserves.” You see? It starts out a good and innocent prayer, then sort of goes off the track of goodness when I think about the creeps who hurt animals. So, let's try this: Bless the animals and enlighten those who need it. Amen. Oh, and yes, we're still working on franchising sales outlets for the Readlarrypowell.com Two-by-Four of Enlightenment.
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