EDITION OF FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017 (PetPowellPress) First, happy 26th anniversary to my funspouse Martha. When we first got married and I was bringing home dogs at a rapid pace, Martha had a few hundred business cards printed for me. Each card read, “My name is Larry Powell. Please do not give me a dog.”
She’s brought home a few dogs and cats on her own. We agree wholeheartedly on two things: Dallas animals need lots of help and I forget what the other point of agreement was. I’m sure she’ll tell me. Oh, wait: One of us needs to win Lotto Texas. Yeah, that’s it.
Neither one of us has brought home a dog in a few years -- but there is that kitten, however, our latest joint project, Simon Mycroft Holmes, the curious consulting cat, photographed as he became curious about The New Yorker I was holding -- he's just learning that cats are obligated to interrupt reading by jostling arms and pages. ma More on marriage in contemplations.
A NOTE ABOUT EAST LAKE PET ORPHANAGE
We’ve been writing about the great work and folks at East Lake Pet Orphanage since the guiding light Dr. Karen Fling opened the doors. The latest video from ELPO really grabbed my heart. Probably it’s because we’ve run into dogs and cats who needed a break -- sometimes we were able to give them that break (i.e., nice couch, cable TV, free food, cuddling -- you get the idea). This video shows a genuine bit of love working to help a sweet dog who has no idea what the heck is going on. Fortunately, she was delivered to good people by a caring person -- and they ALL knew the score and knew how to help Ginger. Click HERE to watch, then come back because we have other stories to tell.
FROM PALM VALLEY
We’ve been monitoring the attempts to save a ton of dogs at the Palm Valley Animal Center in Edinburg in South Texas -- latest report as of late Thursday afternoon is that “8 dogs -- immediate euth pending” is the current status. That means more than that many have gotten sponsors for transfer on Saturday to Boykin Kennels in Dallas. This guy, a 34-pound Beagle named Mack (A372546890), is among the animals needing help. To ask how you can help, these are the contact points for Tawana Couch of Society for Companion Animals and Laura Macias, the advocate who usually focuses on small-town shelters in the Dallas area. Here’s the email and textable phones: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 214-336-9729 (Tawana) and/or 214-949-2726 (Laura).
TIED TO THE DOOR;
NOW ON DEATH ROW?
This relaxed dog is Tahoma, a young Female Lab mix “who was found tied to the shelter door,” reports our volunteer tipster Amy Poskey who monitors needs in the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter. She sent photos of six dogs and reported, “These babies are all in isolation for kennel cough and need out cuz the shelter is full and they have already started euthanizing for space. PLEASE HELP ME SAVE THEM!!!”
Here are the key email addresses at the shelter: email@example.com,
Contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The shelter number is 940-349-7594.
[LARRY ASIDE: The worst words in shelters: “euthanize for space.” To immoral to contemplate, but it happens every day across the nation. Maybe people who dump their animals at city shelters without caring are just too stupid to have an animal in the first place. Anybody think they’re smart enough to argue that? I've tried to de-underline this passage but I'm not smart enough to beat the system.]
CATCHING UP WITH
AN OL’ PAL’S DOG
When Jeff Weiss, the longtime Dallas Morning News writer, was reaching the end of his very public battle with cancer, he sent me a message about finding a place that would help his dog Bro make the transition to a new home.
Fans of Jeff, one of the sweetest guys who ever walked the planet, will be relieved to know that his dog Bro, renamed Brody, is being cared for and loved in the heart of the Dallas-based rescue organi- zation Paws In The City. He's going through re-socialization -- his entire life has changed -- this will help him be someone other than "Jeff's dog." He was loyal to our pal Jeff and Jeff was loyal to him and that is why Brody is in a good place looking for an even better one. The great Mark Verma, president of Paws In The City, has worked hard to make the organi- zation a household name in Dallas. He is monitoring Brody’s progress. That means that Jeff's dog friend is safe in the world of people whose mission is to make sure he's safe and knows that he's loved. That's a photo of the 3-year-old pup on a rescue ride to the next step in his life, which we hope will be long, loved and happy.
Mark told me this week that “Brody is a truly awesome dog and was a hit at his first adoption event. He loves everyone. He is currently staying with one of our boarding partners who keeps telling me how great of a dog he is. Hoping to have him in a new home soon!”
[See how to help Jeff's dog at pawsinthecity.org.]
CONTEMPLATIONS: Back to celebrating the astounding patience of my WeddedBlissSpouse Martha. When we got married the groom’s table had a chocolate cake with pink-winged pigs circling on tiny invisible wires -- the inscription on the cake was a quote from Martha. “We’ll get married when pigs fly." We’ve never fostered a pig, but we’ve had dogs and cats that ate like feral hogs in a harvest-ripe cornfield. I can’t tell you how much Martha has meant to this ol’ newshound. She’s, like, uh, invaluable? Plus, she’s literate and funny -- and, of course, forgiving of her husband. Before we married, my own mother confided to her, “Larry was a moody child.” I’ve nearly grown out of it. Honest. ... Spotted these headlines on the Drudge Report that indicate how the planet is likely to survive in spite of human beings: (a) “Ancient LIVING shark born in 1500s discovered in Atlantic”; (b) “Giant penguin size of fully grown MAN baffles experts”; and “Scientists can create dinosaurs from blood-filled tick inside amber.” The clincher that mankind is doomed came from this headline: “Biting Jetblue passenger forces plane to turn around.” I wasn’t on the plane, but I’d kind of hope they drop him off on an ice floe occupied by a flock of man-sized penguins. ... That photo on the left is one of my favorites -- it shows my funspouse looking for something to read while relaxing with a dog in her lap under under the Christmas tree and, on the wall, a portrait Martha painted of our late adored, eternally in my heart friend Inky, the Cocker Laureate of the State of Texas. I’m not sure what we’re going to do for our anniversary -- we’ve got this, Christmas and Martha’s birthday all in a row. I desperately need to win Lotto Texas. In the meantime, here's Martha's favorite song and it features the great voice of Don Henley, whose band The Four Speeds played at my high school senior prom the year before Martha started school. I heard he played with another band later.
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