EDITION OF FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- We’ll talk calories and homemade bread in Contemplations. First we’re discussing the real sweets of any season: Dogs and cats and the people who help them.
SAVING DALLAS CRITTERS
As you probably know from watching TV news in DFW, Dallas Animal Services has a free adoption special running. On Thursday, DAS posted these faces on its Facebook page and this note: “Thank you to everyone who has shared our posts and spread the word about our free adoptions! Thanks to you, yesterday (Wednesday), while 128 animals came in, 132 went out through rescue, RTO or adoption! Still - more animals are coming in every day, and right now, we need everyone to keep it up! We're hoping to see lots of potential adopters in the shelter this weekend!”
Which animals are free? DAS says the free adoptions are for animals already spayed or neutered; animals that are six or older; and dogs that weigh 30 pounds or more.
[LARRY ASIDE: That cat is Bobby -- a lot of hair on Bobby. There appear to be no 30-pound cats in the shelter. At this time. It’s Dallas. You never know what’s going to happen.]
CRISIS IN WILMER
The report on the Wilmer municipal shelter from Laura Macias and Leighann Hayden reads, “EMERGENCY - ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL!!!!! Dogs in this shelter are an emergency. Only 6 kennels (with only 4 functional right now - city is trying to get them fixed) and this is a really old shelter where we don't want any dog to be there. If you saw it you would understand. Please, we need your help.”
Email Laura at email@example.com or CALL or TEXT 214-949-2726 to help these animals.
These three are labeled, but in case you can read the names, there’s Kimber, Kevin and Tripp.
What kind of dogs are they? Dogs in a fix, that’s what kind.
THE ROCKY CHALLENGE
When the human health fails, sometimes the dog is at peril.
That’s the case of Rocky, according to our Mesquite shelter volunteer tipster Judi Brown. Rocky, a 7-year-old, 60-pound retriever mix, came in on the 15th “due to the health of his owner.”
Judi says that “when he was in his kennel, he was lethargic and obviously depressed. Once we got into the yard and he received attention, he seemed to feel better.” Rocky is #37169022. To offer to give him a rescue home or a real home, call 972-216-6283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
[LARRY ASIDE: We have dogs that have grown older with us. They are very dear. Rocky will be someone’s very dear dog if that someone will simply step up.]
TIMEOUT! A FOLLOWUP ON THE DAS SPECIAL:
In the Channel 4 story (here’s the LINK) we find this passage from the city employee now running Dallas Animal Services. “We are reaching out to the community to help us find homes for the many deserving animals waiting to be adopted,” said DAS Director Ed Jamison. “Even if people can’t adopt, we’re asking them to encourage their friends who are looking to add a pet to their family to come visit us. We have more dogs coming in every day and need the support of animal lovers, rescues, and all citizens.”
The story included this astounding note: “DAS said about 200 animals are ready to adopt right now, with more available for pre-adoption. Nearly 3,000 animals arrived at DAS within the last month.”
[LARRY ASIDE: The online stats at dallasanimalservices.org don’t seem to indicate such a huge intake, but I’m probably reading them wrong. Based on experience in Dallas, with many households at the city’s limit and with most rescue groups and rescue shelters at their limits, where are the thousands of animals going to go? Oh, yeah. Sorry to bring up the needle -- now I remember that the progressive City of Dallas politicians stick to the ol’ Texas theory of animal management: Got an animal problem? Let’s kill it.”]
A STORY THAT WILL TICK YOU OFF
As I was looking at the Fox 4 website, I ran across the story of two dogs being stabbed to death in North Fort Worth.
I’m citing it here because we have readers in Fort Worth and maybe they can help find the villain who did this. I’m not sure how much hard time this person can get in Texas, but I do know this murderer deserves the rest of a very hot eternity.
CONTEMPLATIONS: SEASONAL AND BREAD
Less than a week to Thanksgiving, the national holiday where so many of us sit at a table and try to inflate like a Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade balloon. For those who aren’t participating in that, we sincerely wish you “Happy Holidays Dieting.” It’s an American holiday; an American challenge to keep yourself in good shape. And that brings us to the Holiday Insights citation that November 17 is National Homemade Bread Day. Holiday Insights wrote, “From our research, it appears that this special day is sponsored by the Homemade Bread Day Committee of Montague, Mi. We did not find their website.” Readlarrypowell.com took a shot at the search and found -- more interestingly -- an organization called the Dull Men's Club. It celebrates Homemade Bread Day HERE. ... And, our kitten, Simon Mycroft Holmes, continues to advance -- he’s up to 2 pounds at six weeks of age. And when we delivered him to his vet exam Thursday, everybody exclaimed “Flamepoint! Flamepoint!” That’s either his CIA codename or his feline style. That first photo is the look on his face when he had just learned that he wasn’t a girl -- I believe he was stunned to discover his gender. The latest photo shows his blue eyes and soft underbelly as he happily charmed the room. I do know know how he feels about homemade bread or the Dull Mens Club, though he certainly doesn’t qualify.
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