EDITION OF MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017 -- DATELINE: TEXARKANA, TEXAS (PetPowellPress) -- We’re on the road right now, enjoying some time with Mom in Texarkana. No dogs in the room. No cats in the room. It is a strange world when you can reach to the side of your computer and not either grab a cat or be grabbed by a cat.
And how about when you can sit in a chair without looking to see if a dog beat you to it? Well, that is also an unfamiliar existence. My funspouse Martha has called me a couple of times so I could hear one of our cats mewing while she pets the rascal. The dogs are more interested in getting a treat than in getting a phone call. Oh, that cat -- the one who sort of looks like she’s been seasonally flocked? That is “large, senior female” Hermione, currently awaiting rescue or adoption at Dallas Animal Services -- see her online at dallasanimalservices.org and in person at the big shelter at I-30 and Westmoreland where her official number is A101428. No telling how she wound up in the shelter, but, honestly, could there possibly be a good reason in a town with an airport named Love? She needs a red and green collar, don't you think?
THE WELL-DRESSED GREYHOUND
OK, I’m a softie. I’m running this photo for two reasons. (1) It allows me to mention the seasonal thanks given by Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (galtx.org). (2) It allows me to show people unfamiliar with Greyhounds that they frequently have a “play along with you” sense of humor. Here’s the GALTX note: “We hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and have survived Black Friday! Please let us take a moment to tell you how grateful we are for each one of you in whatever capacity you support GALT and the GALT hounds. The recent months have stretched our emotional, physical and monetary resources with the two significant intakes from the closing of the Mobile Greyhound Park and the Pet Blood Bank in Cherokee, Texas, as well as the passing of Cactus, who we tried so hard to save, and the opening of a new branch in New Mexico!
“We could not continue to achieve our mission of ‘No Grey Turned Away’ through times like these without your support!” [LARRY ASIDE: If I ever win Lotto Texas, I’m going to start an annual dinner honoring the supporters of animal rescue organizations. I hear AT&T Stadium holds a lot of people. Might get more of a crowd than the Cowboys if things keep going the way they’re going on the gridiron.]
RAGTAG RESCUE’S ROMPERS
We saw the “crowd shot” of some puppies rescued off an East Texas road by Ragtag Rescue. We suspect a human let them down. More humans stepped up on their behalf. And there’s more to the story.
On Sunday, we found the photos of one of the little dogs --- the white speckled one who barely shows up in the group shot. Here’s the deal, according to Ragtag’s Facebook explanation: “Her name is Wobbles. She is the runt of the litter we rescued from a Henderson County road a week ago. She has Cerebellar Hypoplasia which means - she wobbles. After her last set of shots and spay surgery, she will be going to live with a wonderful family in Lindale!” [LARRY ASIDE: Congratulations to the “wonderful family in Lindale” for giving a girl a chance.]
THREE TO GO IN MESQUITE
Autumn is the first dog we’ll mention from the Mesquite Animal Services shelter. She’s a 6-month-old mixed breed with “piercing hazel eyes that seem to be rimmed with eyeliner,” according to our Mesquite tipster Judi Brown. Loving, likes to romp and appears to be house-trained. Weights 34 pounds but is till growing. She’s 37193850.
Roxy is the 3-year-old “strikingly handsome black and white terrier pit mix.The white circle around her nose sets her apart,” Judi says. She adds that Roxy is “a frisky, energetic girl with a zest for life.” (Ask about 37162485.)
Ava, 5 years old and 39 pounds, is described as a “Plott Hound/Retriever mix who has been in the shelter since 10/31” and, Judi says, “She is probably getting overlooked because she is shy and doesn’t project herself. She’s 37039339.
To ask about any of these overlooked dogs, call the shelter at 972-216-6283 or email email@example.com. Mention the dog’s number.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Thanks to Jeff Crilley, founder and guiding light of Real News PR, I learned that Sunday was National Cake Day. I learned it entirely too late to have cake, so I had a banana, some melon cubes and pineapple instead. If this diet works, I’ll celebrate Cake Day in 2018. If it doesn’t, I’ll still celebrate Cake Day in 2018. Cake is too important to ignore it. .... We’ve been monitoring this guy Rowdy ever since Joyce Conley rescued him in East Texas. The latest report, as Joyce posted on Facebook, was “Rowdy loves to eat ‘stuff’ outside he should NOT EAT! Mulch (not chocolate), leaves, grass, anything plant life!!!! How can I let him in the yard and keep him from eating his stuff? He has gotten sick a couple of times and thrown up what he ate and his food. What to do?!?” Earlier, a DNA test said Rowdy is “62.5% Chihuahua. 25% Rat Terrier. 12.5% Mixed Breed Groups including (in order of test strength) Sporting Group, Sighthound Group, Herding Group.” After the “eat anything and heave it” episode, Joyce wrote, “I think his DNA test was faulty as it did NOT say he was any % goat!!!!!” ...Speaking of saying things, my funspouse Martha and I were talking in a husband/wife conversation and she suggested that my comments are frequently “inane.” I replied, “If I don’t say inane things, I won’t have anything to say” and exiting the room, she shook her head and replied, “And the penny drops.”
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