EDITION OF MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017 (PetPowellPress) Good Monday morning, or whenever you are reading this. We’re going to touch on a happy cat note, two deaf dogs, a Vicktory Dog and assorted other items including National Siblings Day. But let's talk the immediate challenge for humans.
Three reasons an adult with a good soul should despise Mondays:
(1) You didn’t diet all weekend like you promised on Friday.
(2) You didn’t finish the book you were reading (some people still read books).
(3) You are not at home enjoying the company of your dogs and cats.
The third one is tough to live with. We find something that gives us joy and a feeling of goodness and we swap it for money. Of course, a committee of dogs will be happy to explain to you the relationship between employment and dog food.
That picture? That’s Wendy, one of our rescued dogs who came to us hungry and even when artistically enhanced, her eyes always look like she’s concerned about her next meal. Or hug. The artwork is by my compusavvyspouse Martha who saved Wendy from an unpleasant situation and the two of them instantly created a mutual admiration society bonded by treats, hugs, pets and beautiful brown eyes.
‘GOOD MEWS UPDATE!’
Karen Lee of Barkleyworld.com sent that message with the happy report that Maxx, on the brink of being surrendered to a shelter because his human has been stricken ill, has dodged that situation. We’ve written about Maxx a couple of times -- he reminds me of The Senator, my own personal litigator cat. Bless Maxx! Karen reports to her many contacts, “Maxx found a new home!! Thank you ALL for caring and sharing!! It paid off!” [LARRY ASIDE: Helping a cat is the work of angels. So is helping a dog. Ergo, angels are at work every day in the animal community. Lots of halos out there.]
SPARKLE, RESCUED; LUCKY’S TESTICLE...
You probably never expected to see that combination of words when you clicked on readlarrypowell.com. But, this is reality.
Sparkle, born with one eye and deaf, was rescued, our Garland tipster Patty Turner tells us.
In the meantime, Lucky and his “Swollen Testicle” wait for help.
The note that came with his photo reds, “Lucky is a sweet boy! He is 7 years old and was surrendered because they moved to a place and can't have pets! They even surrendered him with his bed :-( He has an enlarged testicle and the vet at Garland suspects testicular cancer....They have no diagnostic tools at the shelter to know for sure! He is on the urgent list and can be euthanized at anytime!” Tag for rescue at email@example.com or call 972-205-3570.
[LARRY ASIDE: I’m not a veterinarian, but I have played a doctor on stage and I can tell you that if a 7-year-old dog is neutered at the right time, he will never develop testicular cancer. So, first, somebody save Lucky, then, second, remind everyone you know to spay and neuter their pets. It’ll save lives and avoid heartbreak.]
A VICKTORY DOG'S LIFE
This dog and her fellow victims first got your attention when NFL Quarterback Michael Vick wound up in custody for killing animals with his bare hands at his dog-fighting facility. After they were set free and he wasn’t, they became known as “Vicktory Dogs.”
Becky Dodge, the noted animal advocate, sent us this note about Little Red.
“Saw this today and thought I'd forward it on. Another of the Vicktory dogs is gone. Little Red lost her life on Apr 2 after a short illness. She spent her last day at home with her adoptive mom and the other 4 dogs in her pack. She died in her sleep at about 10 p.m. There is a link in the article to Little Red's Facebook page to see what her life for the six years since her adoption has been like.”
This LINK takes you to a wonderfully written feature story by Laura Goldman. It’s a farewell, really. And some of it will get to you. Keep a tissue handy.
ROSES FOR RESCUE ARRIVING!
Yep, on Saturday, April 15. Hmmm, that date sure sounds familiar. Oh, yeah, the IRS already cashed my check for this year. Good luck to the rest of you -- I think the deadline is the 18th, right? But in the meantime, you can make life a little rosier for Legacy Boxer Rescue by going to the NRH2O Family Water Park in North Richland Hills (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) and buying roses and other plants. A note from the great Sharon Sleighter, the Legacy mainstay, describes Roses for Rescue as “the most anticipate event of the Spring season.” What can you get? 2-gallon rose, $7; one gallon ”Knock Out” Rose, $7 ; 2-gallon “Knock Out” Rose, $10; 3 Gallon Patented Rose, $15; 10" Geranium, $12; 10" Color Bowls, $12, and 12" Boston Fern Baskets, $20.
You might even fall in love with a Boxer. Go to savetheboxers.com to see some. There will be Boxers with traditional coats and markings, but there are also white Boxers, too, such as this guy Nate. He’s a deaf fellow but is working on his hand commands. These are photos by The Boxer Gang Photography. They caught Nate reacting to two jokes, apparently. One amusing and the other one face-crinklingly funny.
CONTEMPLATIONS: This is National Siblings Day. Enjoy your siblings while you can. Mine can no longer get insulting emails, birthday cards that make them moan or a hug from the guy who was their big brother for their entire lives. I thought the three of us would be wisecracking about our upbringing forever but, now, I’m left with unsaid jokes, un-expressed quips, unrecognized raising of an eyebrow at a family gathering. Call your sister or your brother and tell them you love them. Hear a voice you’ll want to remember. Maybe they’ll want to remember your voice, too.
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