EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017 [PetPowellPress] I don’t know about life sometimes. It’s the Christmas season. Hanukkah is under way. Diplomats are working for peace and good will around the planet and there’s a Star Wars movie revving up to fill the theaters.
Can we just suggest for a moment that instead of lining up animals for euthanasia, humans decide to borrow a theme from the 1934 Frederick March movie, Death Takes a Holiday. Honestly, how tough would that be?
HOW DESPERATE ARE THINGS IN DALLAS?
ADOPT SHELTER DOGS FOR JUST 20 BUCKS!
On Tuesday afternoon, Dallas Animal Services posted this note. It will have an echo of familiarity for people who have been watching this shelter struggle with the don’t-care people of Dallas for decades.
The note reads: “We had so many adoptions over Thanksgiving weekend, our kennels were looking nearly empty! But since then, our capacity has been creeping up every day, and we are 90% full with dogs. We have more than 100 amazing dogs waiting to be adopted and their adoption fees are just $20 for the month! Watch the video to see all the adoptable dogs at our Westmoreland location! (Click HERE)
[LARRY TIP: You can also go to dallasanimalservices.org and scroll through the available and adorable dogs and cats. The cat with the championship whiskers and eyebrows is Grahm, a domestic shorthair -- the website doesn’t give any background but he must have been a stray -- who’d dump a cat that handsome? And that dog is Sadie who looks as if she has just been given the odds on getting out of the city shelter if no humans stop by to help. I don’t know -- maybe she read that announcement on the DAS Facebook page. Dogs are smarter than some people think and they can sense when the chips are down.]
A BIG TRANSFER AND HELP NEEDED
You may have seen the appeals for help moving animals from the Palm Valley Animal Center in Edinburg in South Texas to a staging area in Dallas at Boykin Kennels. Rescue tagging of the animals is needed -- the contacts are two great animal helpers, Tawana Couch of the Society For Companion Animals (firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 214-336-9729) and Laura Macias at email@example.com or call or text her at 214-949-2726.
That Earhound is Walter, one of many dogs involved in this attempt to save lives. Contact Laura to get an email with photos of the many dogs.
IS THAT THE DOVE OF PEACE
ON THAT BIG DOG’S CHEST?
Before we get to Dusty the Cat, let’s talk about Blitzen the 70-pound 2-year-old Weimaraner and Lab mix who was stray in Mesquite and has been in the city’s shelter since December 5, according to our tipster, the shelter monitor Judi Brown.
[LARRY ASIDE: Check out the little dove-shaped blaze on Blitzen’s chest. How about that! A conversation starter at parties when you bring Blitzen into your home.]
Judi says he’s handsome, friendly and “loves to play. He sought out toys in the yard and brought them to me to throw for him. He doesn’t seem to tire of the game of fetch. if you have a big yard and a strong throwing arm, Blitzen is a dog for you.” He knows “sit” and likes to be indoors, too.
While looking at the available animals in the Mesquite shelter, I ran across the photo of this appropriately named cat. We’re dry as a bone in Dallas County and if you race across a brown lawn, you might just kick up some grit. So, naming this cat Dusty is absolutely appropriate. Dusty of Mesquite. Blitzen’s number is 37322128. Dusty’s is 37157703. And You can mention those numbers when you call the shelter at 972-216-6283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See the available adorables at this LINK.
People are celebrating. Yoplait has announced it will be selling yogurt in Girl Scout Cookie flavors. Not so fast my fellow vegetarians and you ardent, noble vegans. Yoplait yogurt uses gelatin -- and we all know the origin of gelatin. Bless the animals who are mangled, boiled and mashed to help yogurt ingredients bond. None for me, thanks. ... I was watching all the campaigning for the senate seat in Alabama and I thought, “Will that 2016 presidential election campaign ever come to a quiet end?” .... We read the Big Paper Dowtown's Robert Wilonsky report on the controversial death penalty assessed the street dog Lamb of God. It’s HERE.. But the question is, in the forward-thinking city of Dallas, where the airport is named Love and where kindness toward others has long been a goal, why do we have to kill a dog who has bitten people? There are PEOPLE in the state prison who have KILLED OTHER PEOPLE and all they got was a human kennel, three hots and a cot. Of course, the City of Dallas constantly is killing dogs and cats that haven’t bitten anybody -- check those stats at DAS.
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