EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- Our theme today may be “curly hair.” And this: You never know who you’re going to run into, do you?
Maybe that’s what Friday said to Robinson Crusoe -- I can’t remember. It’s been a long time since I picked up Daniel Defoe’s novel -- though I think the ink was fresh when I read it. [LARRY ASIDE: I’m kidding. It was published in 1719. I think I read a second edition during Miss Crump’s fourth grade at Highland Park Elementary School in Texarkana. But I’m not comparing the city of my birth (the Texas side of town) to a desert island.]
There’s a strong community of animal rescuers in the Twin Cities. They may have inspired the Texarkana motto “Twice As Nice.” I’m kidding. But they have enhanced that marketing slogan. Part of the town is a Texas city and part of the town is an Arkansas city -- twice a nice, they say. The state line is the border between the cities.
Here’s why this comes up: I was at a Texarkana doctor’s office Monday watching a guy put a new cast on Mom’s broken lower left arm. She’s healing nicely. I congratulated her on being easier to doctor than our fractious heeler mix Annie. And the man putting the new cast on said something like, “Your mom’s a LOT easier than a dog. I’ve got one we have to sedate to trim his nails.” That dog is a rescued Vizsla mix who has found a way right into the rescue family heart of this medical worker. He and his wife do fostering and rescue for Passion for Pooches, a Texarkana-based rescue group. Read about the group on Facebook HERE.
That fuzzy dog, approximating a Dafoe Hair Style, is 6-month-old Standard Poodle Harlow, now in the care of Passion for Pooches. He’s “working on house-training” and is “very loving and typical of the breed’s personality.” Harlow is very adoptable because he is, of course, “twice as nice.”
WORD FROM DENTON:
THE NEEDLE IS ACTIVE
In the past few weeks we’ve been posting photos of dogs in the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter who are on the clock.Here are two we’ve cited before. That’s Cactus Jack (left) and Mrs. Doubtfire.
Here’s the report from our Denton volunteer tipster Amy Poskey: “Well, we lost two more angels, Mrs. Doubtfire and Cactus Jack. And now we have added four more sweet pooches to this list, so please take another look at these love sponges and consider saving them.”
I’ve chosen to just post two of the currently available adoptables -- two that we’ve not displayed here before.
The dog on the left is Rusty, a stray. He looks anxious -- and he probably has good reason. The dog on the right is Poppy, a “senior female German Shepherd who was surrendered because, her former owners said, she killed a Chihuahua.”
This makes Poppy a tough sell. There is a reason some dogs are listed as being best when they are the “only dogs.”
The new animals on "the list" at Denton’s McNatt Shelter can be adopted for just $30. Rescue groups can “pull for free”, Amy says. To offer to take one into rescue or to help, email the shelter at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or email@example.com. Email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call the shelter at 940-349-7594.
A HOUSTON NOTE
Not all the challenges in Houston have come from the weather. Our tipster Alexandra Kelsey sent a note Tuesday about an attempt to help a woman who was trying to save her cats. The story is that Jennifer Chapin “helped a woman who was the victim of terrible abuse,” AK’s note began. “When she fled her abuser, she put her two cats in a safe program until she could leave the city, and now she has relocated to another state. The kitties are in boarding in San Marcos ... and need to catch a flight out of San Antonio on Thursday, December 7. Jenn is trying to find transport from San Marcos to San Antonio for the two cats.” Volunteer and get details from email@example.com. [LARRY ASIDE: And bless those people who help the victims of abuse! Let’s hope there’s some time in a courtroom for the guilty party.]
THE SHELTER POPULATION
GROWS IN MINERAL WELLS
This appeal for some quick help was forwarded to us by Karen Lee of Barkleyworld.com. Karen’s always trying to help animals get a break. This time the animals that need a break are in the Mineral Wells shelter west of Fort Worth.
The note from Animal Shelter Coordinator Kim Marinaro reads, “In 4 days we have taken in 35 animals. Right now we have 37 dogs in our shelter and 9 cats. We have 3 dogs tagged (not listed in this group) so we need help.”
These are just three of the dogs on the clock in Mineral Wells.
To ask about helping them, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 940-328-7752. The shelter is at 101 FM 2256 in Mineral Wells -- about an hour west of Cowtown.
Look at the face on Chow/Lab mix Emma! Consider the tale of that momma heeler Farrah and, look at the fuzzy face on Foxy -- 3 months old and 11 pounds. All of ‘em are worth the trip -- helping the Mineral Wells animals may just help your heart!
CONTEMPLATIONS: How about that big snake found in DeSoto? Here’s the NBC5 STORY. A 15-foot albino python! Yes. And found dead. In 2009, Smithsonian Magazine published a story for Americans titled “Five Giant Snakes We Should Worry About.” [LARRY ASIDE: A lot of people will think this albino python was someone’s pet that had escaped. My theory is someone is trying to introduce the big snakes into the environment to control the feral hogs. Not that our area knuckleheads have a problem with clear thinking.] ... ONE MORE FAMILY NOTE: My sons, the twins Bret and Bart, were born in Texarkana, Texas, but not in the era of the Twice As Nice marketing campaign. They were born when the twin cities of Texarkana were marketed as “Double Dynamic.” Unexpected twins, you know. Lived up to the Texarkana marketing motto. ... Here's a project: Think about the first book you read in school and the last time you read it? Is it still in print? Do you still have a copy? Ah, reading -- one thing that is a key to knowledge and pleasure. And, of course, if you can read, you can pick up the smart TV handbook and figure out how to link it to your antiquated VCR/DVD recorder. Ah, a season of miracles, indeed.
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