EDITION OF MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017 (PetPowellPress) And baseball is here. Finally.
LT. DAN’S PROGRESS
When we first presented the story of this dog, shot in the leg at Godley, this was the picture you saw. That’s Lt. Dan after the amputation, flopped over and resting. But, you know, this other big photo is Lt. Dan, too.
Kelly Hilliard Lindstrom has been posting updates Lt. Dan and one of the latest over the weekend read, “Look who’s feeling 100% better this morning. He is jumping up and tried to get his food and medication before Kara Bradshaw (at The Pet Vet) could event get it ready.”
Then, later on Sunday afternoon, Kelly posted this: “Some more good news. Lt. Dan will be training to become a police/search and rescue K9. I will be his handler. He even gets his ‘in training’ vest soon.
“He cannot start full training for about 3-4 months until he's fully healed, but something great is in the horizon for a dog who ‘they’ thought was disposable.
“Lt. Dan and I (along with the Little Elm PD and the Allen PD) will make him an example for those idiots who think animals are disposable!”
Kelly also paid tribute to Lt. Dan’s caregivers. “I couldn't have done it alone,” she wrote. “The amazing staff at The Pet Vet did all the work!! I only gave him a home and the love and support he needed so that he knew he was going to be safe!” One of the notes about Lt. Dan carried this message: “It's AMAZING how loving and forgiving animals can be despite what horrible human beings do to them.
“He is so happy, always has his tail wagging and gives more kisses than any of us can handle but we let him give them to us regardless. There's nothing more special than an abused dog that forgives and loves to give kisses!”
HERE IS A MONDAY LIST
There may be some cynicism in this “listicle,” as the young people in journalism today describe what we ol’ editors and reporters and columnists used to call “a list.”
SIX WAYS TO GET A DOG OR CAT IN DALLAS
(1) Open your front door.
(2) Sit on your front lawn with a platter of sausages and fish.
(3) Drive down a street and keep your eyes open for hitchhiking dogs.
(4) Walk in a public park -- you may find yourself being followed by a dog or a pack, all in violation of the City Code that forbids them to be walking without a leash!
(5) Stand in your backyard and pretend to be a tree with a chirping bird in it. Beyond dogs who love trees or cats who hunt birds, this may also net you a free songbird looking for love (depends on your ability to duplicate a bird’s song). You may also get a free squirrel or raptor, i.e., hawk looking for an easy free meal. Wear bug repellent.
Or, (6) you could just go to a county or municipal shelter or rescue group. So many dogs and cats, so little time.
That is Deputy Chief Kittie Leigh Johnson -- I opened our front door and she walked in about three years ago. Decided to stay. Free cat. The old guy in the background? Wandered into the house, too. FYI: That cat below is The Senator, also a wander-up cat. First one we've ever had wander up in Dallas who was already neutered. Here he is practicing his dance moves.
CONTEMPLATION: I’m still contemplating the announcement last week about the new spay/neuter campaign in Dallas. What is this, the dozenth announcement of a big campaign to spay/neuter animals in Dallas? I hope some of the money is dedicated to more than just surgery. Will it fund the education of the don’t care people? Will it fund a marketing campaign on how people can avoid litters? Importantly, will it step up prosecution of people who let their unfixed animals run free in Dallas. What? Punish people? You won’t have to punished but five or six in a neighborhood and they’ll stop the wandering by getting rid of the animals. There are too many variables to successfully outsmart the stupidity of humans. ... Rescuers and shelter personnel: How many times have you heard people say, “I told her not to get out there and get pregnant. I told her to stay away from those boy dogs.” Or “We wanted out children to see the miracle of birth.” Make those people stop by the shelter a few times a week and watch the other side of that. ... And, fyi, Readlarrypowell.com really, really wants that spay/neuter campaign to work.
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