EDITION OF FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017 (PetPowellPress) Honestly, even with a Tuesday holiday, Friday didn’t get here quickly enough. On the whole, life is good. We need a good quote about the good life right now.
How about something from the legendary Groucho Marx? “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
That's Groucho on the left. The dog is one of our rescued Oak Cliff dogs, the adorable Wednesday Louise Wagstaff Arden, aka Wendy, who has just heard Groucho’s line about “Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read” and is sincerely reminding me that she is filled with an inner glow that lifts the spirits of all around her, just like a good book only better.
A MYSTERY IN HOUSTON:
WHY DID SOMEONE KILL THE DOG?
Alexandra Kelsey, who has tipped us on many Houston stories through the years, sent this note and the reason it was written will make you angry and heartsick.
It came from Claudia Garnica, a Houston Realtor and animal fan, who, justifiably, is upset by what has happened. She cites the story of Angus, writing, “Angus the innocent rescue dog was shot and killed point blank in his fenced in front yard by some crazy person walking down the street at 2 a.m. Tuesday night in the Heights. The owner happens to be a Houston firefighter and has two kids who are now mourning his loss. I’d like to see if you would like to contribute towards offering a reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest of the person who did this terrible crime. Below is the news story in case you missed it. I’d like to contribute $500 and if others are interested maybe we can reach $1000?”
To offer support for Claudia’s idea, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The KHOU story is HERE and the Houston Press story is HERE.
MEANWHILE IN DENTON
You may recall this dog’s photo from a recent edition of our critter news site. Amy Poskey, the volunteer monitor of Denton’s McNatt Animal Services, has been trying to save Bunny and a dozen other dogs in the overcrowded shelter. On Thursday, she sent this note, “We lost sweet Bunny on Wednesday and my heart is broken. She paid the ultimate price because a heartless woman made a big stink about Bunny attacking her cat even though the cat was in Bunny’s yard. Makes me sick. As a side note, one of our WONDERFUL shelter volunteers, Kim Gaffey, took Bunny out to the shelter play yard to enjoy the sunshine and play for a while and then gave her a nice big bowl of canned dog food (instead of the usual dry kibble) before she was put down. I’m crying as I type this but wanted to share that with y’all cuz Kim wanted Bunny to feel loved until the very end. THANK YOU, KIM! Be free sweet angel, we’ll see you at the Bridge…Amy.”
There are many animals needing an escape route in Denton. They’re not being shot at 2 in the morning in Houston, but they wind up just as dead. Don’t-care humans are the reason they are “euthanized.” It’s not the shelter’s fault; it is the fault of people who don’t care, people who can’t be bothered and people who drop off animals like they were tossing a bag of trash toward a filling station bin between the pumps.
There is good news. Dobby, the Dobie Amy told us about Tuesday, is being reclaimed. That’s Dobie in his cage. To help any animals in Denton, email Dale.AmyPoskey@verizon.net. Or stop by the shelter at 3717 N. Elm St. in Denton. Call the shelter at 940-349-7594. Email these people: email@example.com, paul.o’firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
That other dog? That is Bella. In Denton, in need of a home, if it’s not too late.
A BURNS FLAT DOG
From Terry Lynn Fisher in Burns Flat, Okla., we get this photo and this note: “This sweetheart was found wandering the streets. She is in bad shape. I will be getting her to my vet as soon as possible. She will need help...If anyone has room or can help sponsor her vetting, let me know.
On one day, I saw two posters that might make a difference to dogs and humans.
The missing dog poster (click on it to make it larger) was recently added to the billboard at our vet’s Vet Stop office on Colorado in Oak Cliff. The dog Walter has been missing a while, but the human has faith. Perhaps someone in our readership recognizes this dog and knows that the right thing to do is get Walter back to his home.
In the meantime, I stopped by the world’s greatest drug store, the Ben Franklin Apothecary in Duncanville, to pick up some life-improving medicine and spotted this poster for Tri-City. Animal Shelter. It’s a good and proper funding effort for a good and proper shelter.
The headline on this story reads “Dog elected mayor of Kentucky town for a fourth term.” The story reports, “Brynneth Pawltro, a 3-year-old pit bull, has won the title of mayor for the fourth time. She beat a cat, the chicken, a donkey and a little boy.” You might enjoy the Rabbit Hash, Ky., CityBeat story HERE as you contemplate the possibility of running someone on the Pittie for Big D campaign. That's the Mayor wearing a look very similar to our own Wendy -- potential candidate for Mayor of Dallas. ... An “oops” from television. We were watching the 5 p.m. Channel 8 news when the anchors excitedly announced that Elvis Andrus had been voted onto the American League All-Star team. Not so fast. Minutes later one of the broadcasters explained, “Miscommunication.” Elvis will be staying home taking care of the new baby who arrived Thursday. The Channel 8 team retracted the announcement about 5:20 p.m. You’ll never catch a print journalist making a mistake like that --OH, WAIT! Sorry, just heard rocks sailing through the walls of my glass house. ... Our Lubbock-area writer pal Sarah Hayes sent us a “good news” note about a cat that has been rescued by the Voorhees Animal Orphanage in Camden, N.J., after 15 homeless years. Click on that photo to make it grow. Yes, that’s Barnaby the Cat and his story is HERE. Cats -- they’ve got spirit. Now and then we ought to copy them.
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