EDITION OF THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2017 (PetPowellPress) Readlarrypowell.com has returned to Oak Cliff from Texarkana where, on the way out of town Wednesday afternoon, I saw a Dachshund roaming free on Olive Street and a Chihuahua walking around on 52nd street.
The rub? Neither would come to me. The reddish, chubby little Dachshund ran half a block and dashed down an alley into a fenced backyard. The beige Chihuahua with an “I’ll toy with the fat man” attitude baited me with a false approach a few times, then trotted off like it was his neighborhood and he knew I didn’t belong there. When last seen, he was happily crossing a driveway en route to his destination.
I have no photos -- my phone was full. (And that’s a sentence I never thought I’d write when I started my career in the Kodak Instamatic era.)
UPDATE FROM DENTON
The folks at the Denton McNatt Animal shelter work to save animals. Amy Poskey, the volunteer who monitors shelter animal needs, works hard at publicizing these animals that are on the clock.
Here you see a reminder of what can happen at any moment. That dog with the two looks on the left is Cactus Jack. The dog with the neckerchief is Mrs. Doubtfire. Amy says those two are urgent “because they only have until Friday, 12/1.”
See that happy dog sitting and smiling on the wooden deck? That is Meadow. That is probably what Meadow looked like -- happy to see you, tail wagging, happy to see what was going to happen next with the human -- yes, that may well be what that girl looked like just before someone slipped the needle into her hide and stopped her heart and her smile and her tail and her possibility for a good life with a human. Humans could save her; humans didn’t.
[LARRY ASIDE: Every now and then we ought to see the faces of the dogs and cats who didn't "make it" out of the shelter. They had lives that mattered. The bad aspect of this is the people who
care about them will feel bad about their deaths but the people who dumped them, let them run free or had a hand in their winding up in a shelter, just won't give a damn. It is their hearts that must change to keep animals from being killed in taxpayer supported shelters.]
Here are the other most urgent dogs on the list at Denton: Franklin is the black dog with the blaze happily posing on the deck, Max is the Border Collie mix checking out the toy on the turf and Gracie is the girl with the toy in her mouth. They’re all just $30. Here are the contact points: firstname.lastname@example.org, paul.o’email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or email@example.com. You may also email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call the shelter at 940-349-7594.
FROM TERRY LYNN IN BURNS FLAT
You recall this dog, perhaps.
Here’s the report from the renowned rescuer Terry Lynn Fisher in Burns Flat, out in windy and cold western Oklahoma: “WONDERFUL UPDATE ON OLD GIRL FOUND IN FIELD.”
Terry Lynn writes, “Sweet Annie, the old girl we got in a field has finally left the vet and gone to a forever home... Thank you to everyone that cared about this sweet old soul... We don't know how long she has left, but what we do know is when she does pass, it will be knowing love and warmth, not freezing to death in a field....This warms my heart and makes me so happy. Here are a pictures of her checking out her new home...You are loved Anne.”
The ol’ girl has an outstanding bill at Elk Creek Clinic in Elk City, Okla. (1301 Airport Industrial, Elk City OK 73644). You can call the clinic at 580-225-4863. This clinic has worked with Terry Lynn’s rescue efforts for years.
The last photo shows Annie at the hearth. It's kind of nice to think that she's gone from waiting for death in a windswept field to waiting for a treat, a nice warm bit of petting and a kind voice in a home where she can feel secure and loved.
AND A CAT WONDERS...
We saw this photo on the Dog ‘n‘ Kitty City website and there was no doubt that this cat was asking, “Do I blend in with this plaid? Really. do i look OK?” This is a Dilute Tortoiseshell, the Human Society of Dallas County shelter folks say. Her name is Cammie. The story is she “was found on the streets. She loves to play with toys and is not a big fan of treats. She would love to be the only cat so she can get all of the love. Come and meet Ms. Cammie and fall in love.” Get adoption details at dognkittycity.org.
CONTEMPLATIONS: When I got back from Texarkana last night, I arrived during a more fluid late evening rush than usual. I only came to a dead halt on an interstate highway three or four times and only briefly. It was a triumph over recent balky traffic experiences in the downtown Dallas canyons -- someone needs to re-think the locations of those traffic info signs ... maybe give more warning so that drivers won’t be tempted to make sudden right turns across three lanes to get to the I-35 north/south exit. ... I have two words that may explain why TV personalities who have lost their jobs will have no problem getting new jobs on TV: Michael Vick.
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