EDITION OF TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018 (PetPowellPress) -- Anybody recognize this pattern:
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Some of you knew the answer right away. You quickly ID’d it as the inexplicable gibberish that appears when a cat takes one step onto your keyboard and pauses to be petted.
That’s just one way you know that someone is an animal person.
An animal person allows the cat to tap dance on literature-in-progress. Well, maybe not literature, but at least a halfway-written sentence. Besides, there is scientific evidence that a cat can improve one’s writing, usually by hitting the delete button or encouraging the author to hit the delete button. That’s The Senator, author of the gibberish, taking it easy atop my Mac Mini.
Most of the time he just flops onto the mousepad and dares the mouse to move -- and if it doesn't, he'll take a swat at the guy trying to move the mouse.
Just as you can tell that this is a beloved cat, you may also be able to discern the mission of the animal-people in this well-publicized story of the SPCA of Texas’ latest rescue actions in Fannin County. Save the darned animals in spite of humans! Read on:
IN FANNIN COUNTY:
A PUPPY MILL AND A CHALLENGE
The Fannin Count Sheriff’s Office and the Honey Grove Police Department seized a bunch of animals and the SPCA of Texas has custody right now of “140 allegedly cruelly treated animals from an alleged puppy mill,” the SPCA reports. There were 117 dogs, 21 puppies and two cats taken into safety in a weekend "event." [The custody hearing is at 4 p.m. Friday in the court of Precinct 1 Peace Justice Royce W. Smithey, 210 S. Main St. in Bonham.]
The SPCA says the people who were operating this place told authorities they were selling the animals -- that may mean that they were in violation of the “Texas puppy mill bill,” now known as the “Large-Scale Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Law,” in effect since September 1, 2012. The lawl is designed to protect the animals by setting standards for “commercial” operations. Why? We’ll let’s consider this instance:
According to the SPCA’s news release, “The entire structure was coated in feces and drenched in urine, and the stench of feces and urine was so strong that it caused investigators to gag and could be smelled from well outside the structure. The animals appear to be suffering from various health issues, including matted fur, fur loss, fleas, dental issues, long nails, ear issues, tumors and more.”
[LARRY ASIDE: As is the case with most animal law missions, the greedy or don’t care human factor is always the villain who inspires creation of the statute. We’re betting these rescued critters win the court case and wind up in the care of the SPCA. If the operators couldn’t afford state-required care for their “property,” they probably can’t afford expensive lawyerin’, either, and will sign over the animals. That’s the way it usually works.] The SPCA’s rescue account always needs replenishment because of the drain caused by unfortunate humans. The key is loving humans donating to help pay for food, medical care and staffing. Go to spca.org to see how to donate or how to help. And you can see more photographs of this unpleasant “seizure” in Honey Grove by going HERE.
Readlarrypowell.com decided to focus on just three illustrations -- the stacked dogs photograph and, our lead picture, the German Shepherd-type dog with the eye ailment, the lop-earred look and a face that needs to be loved by a human ever day throughout eternity. And that moment between a rescuer and a rescued dog. [LARRY ASIDE: Not sure who snapped that photo, but the lens caught the love it takes to do this rescue job. Any of you rescuers who have ever picked up a frightened or injured animal or have rushed an animal to a vet or to a safe place know that feeling in your heart. It is a sensation that, if more humans had the capacity to share it, would make a vast difference in the state of animals on earth.]
RECOLLECTING THE HIGHLIGHT OF AUGUST
Remember all the pride back on August 19 -- not even SIX MONTHS AGO -- when Clear the Shelters Day almost emptied almost every city and county taxpayer-supported, euthanizing animal shelter in the whole of North Texas? Almost, almost, almost. On Monday, the Dallas Animal Services Facebook page posted this (keep reading)
The answer to your question may be “Yes!” And your question may be this: “Can the City of Dallas’ residents actually refill the city’s massive, taxpayer-supported shelter in less than six months in the era of relentless spay/neuter events and lectures about restricting the movements of the domestic animals in this city?” OK, long question, but you get the drift. Dallas’ animal problem does not start on the shelter property at I-30 and Westmoreland, it starts in the hearts and homes throughout sprawling Big D. We have more free-roaming village idiots than we have free-roaming animals. What is the solution? Not so fast -- spay/neuter is restricted to domesticated animals.
OK, quick, someone fund a consistent, persistent, un-ignorable and eternal campaign promoting respect for Dallas animals. REspecting animals isn't like promoting get your flu shots. It has to be constant. Billboards, buses, Uber bumper stickers, skywriting, TV crawls, messages on STOP signs. [LARRY ASIDE: Still a little early to introduce the Texas Make Sense Bill which allows do-good citizens to implement firm usage of the 2018 model of the Readlarrypowell.com Two-by-Four of Enlightenment. It would probably be at least as effective as the puppy mill law in rural counties. Remember our motto: “WHAP! NOW YOU SEE THE LIGHT.”]
DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW
Because I am connected to a lot of Twitter people I don’t know, I get a lot of funny Twitter notes -- now and then they are repeatable. This one came from a guy in Boston, Jay Moschella, described as “Curator of Rare Books at the Boston Public Library, banjo maker, bicycle commuter, scrabble addict, greyhound aficionado (opinions and typos are my own).” So, you see, he’s an animal lover and a book lover and how can that be anything but good? You see here a photo of something he built during the recent unpleasant weather in his neck of the Colonial woods. It got a lot of attention, so he wrote, “The online response this has garnered suggests that it's time for me to stop posting about rare and culturally significant books and start posting about dogs running in snow.” If all goes right technically, Dear Readers, you should be able to click on this LINK
or THIS LINK
https://twitter.com/Jay_Moschella/status/949426446681993216 and watch one of Jay’s Greyhounds running the wintry course. The other Moschella Grey would not go out into the cold.
Don't try to click the arrow in this illustration -- I don't have the skills to make it work. That's why I listed the links.