EDITION OF FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018 (PetPowellPress) -- We’ve posted thousands and thousands of photos of adoptable and adored dogs and cats since the debut edition of Readlarrypowell.com many, many years ago.
Now and then, a photograph grabs us right in the part of the soul that makes us want to “get even” with somebody.
We first saw that photo of these two dogs on rescuer Marina Tsarashevska’s Facebook page. Can’t shake it from our hearts. What kind of creep would do this? The dog must have trusted this person because nobody carries a kennel loaded with two big dogs into a draining ditch -- you carry an empty kennel and then tell the dogs to get in. They probably thought they were on another romp. And if the villain had help, what kind of human heart beats in that scummy creep? We’re attempting to find out the fate of these dogs and, especially, the fate of any criminal investigation. You know, the dogs didn’t drag their cage into this flooding area and lock themselves in. Had to be some "malice aforethought" at work in this event.
The story on Marina’s page reports that a Mesquite Animal Services officer got a call about the dogs in the drain in McWhorter Park. They were “cold and scared, but very happy to see a friendly face. Both dogs are now safe and warm at the shelter.” To offer to help these or any Mesquite animals, email email@example.com.
[LARRY ASIDE: I’ve seen humans kill animals in many ways. Sometimes they dump them and let them starve. Sometimes they set them on fire. Sometimes they drown them in bags. Maybe throw them into trash bins and walk away. Shoot them. Tape their muzzles shut and watch them suffocate. And, sadly, humans even “euthanize” animals in shelters because there’s no more room -- shelters simply execute animals who have been abandoned by don’t-care people. What is the common factor in all of these animal tragedies? The don’t care, ignorant, mean and morally flawed humans. How about a two-step program to combat this behavior: (1) A persistent, constant, unrelenting publicity campaign that demands “RESPECT ANIMALS!” and (2) a special prison that has no exits. The person who put those dogs into a cage in a drainage ditch in wet weather doesn’t need to be walking free among the rest of us. Maybe the Texas Humane Legislation Network and supporting citizens can help convince the Texas Legislature to put these SOBs so far deep into a cell that scientists will want to study how they can live without sunlight. I don’t mind using my tax dollars to permanently house people who are cruel to animals.]
A DALLAS TIP VIA HOUSTON
Our pal and veteran Houston tipster Alexandra Kelsey sent this note about a dog theft in Dallas. The dog is Linus. He’s a Golden. As AK writes, “If you are able to spread the word, please do so. It doesn’t get worse than this….having someone horrible enough to break in your house and then to think of that person with your dog or that your dog is just lost. Linus’ house is near Love Field, close to Walnut Hill and Marsh Ln. Contact 281-636-5687.” Sophia, the dog’s loving human, posted this on Facebook: “On January 10, someone broke into my house and now the only thing I cared anything about in my house is missing. My beautiful dog Linus still hasn’t come home. Please spread the word cause I need help finding him.”
[LARRY ASIDE: Imagine the contrasting hearts in these first two stories: One heart is non-functioning and puts two dogs in a potentially fatal situation; one heart is broken because the companion she loves has been taken. What a range of emotions. God bless the people who love their animals and may the rest wise up quickly.]
A TERRY LYNN ADVENTURE:
THE DOG IN THE OKLAHOMA DITCH
We get this story from our longtime, resilient Burns Flat, Okla., tipster/rescuer Terry Lynn Fisher.
She wrote, “Last week, I got a call about a dog that had been laying in a ditch about 20 miles from me. I sent a friend over to check him out. A farmer stopped and informed [my friend] that he saw the dog get hit TWO DAYS BEFORE.” (At this point in the note, Terry Lynn wrote, “DO NOT GET ME STARTED ON THAT!”)... Now, continuing the story: “After being checked out real good, they honestly could not find anything going on, other than the dog being sore,” she writes. “I tried to find the owners -- with no luck.. He has been in boarding since... He is so sweet and loving. He begs to be loved on. He is about 2 and just needs out ASAP. Friendly and gets along with other dogs. If you have room, please let me know.” That means if you’re a rescuer or an adoptor, get in touch with Terry Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MR. MAGOO’S MOVIN’ ON!
We’re turning to Amy Poskey, the volunteer who monitors Denton’s McNatt Animal Shelter, to provide our introductory remarks. She wrote, “
Let me start by saying WOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOO and YEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWW!!! “
That’s her exclamation as she revealed that Mr. Magoo, the little guy born without eyes, and picked up (again) as a stray), is on his way to a much better life. She wrote that on Wednesday he “was bathed, dressed and heading out to his new life with Green Dogs Unleashed Rescue in Virginia!” He’s spending a few days in Burleson with a foster, then will move on to Virginia.
“And here’s the BEST part,” Amy wrote. “Mr. Magoo will be going to Therapy Dog School where he will be trained to work with blind and deaf children! Is that not the coolest thing???!!! WOW, what a journey Mr. Magoo has been through and to end up helping blind children just like him, as well as deaf children (even though Magoo is not deaf)! This is truly the stuff that makes my heart sing!!! I want to thank Erika Proctor with Green Dogs Unleashed Rescue, everyone who helped me network this angel, and everyone who offered to save Mr. Magoo!”
Appropriately, Amy writes, “Let me end by saying WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHOOOOOO and YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHWWWWWWWWWW!!!”
CONTEMPLATIONS: Enough winter, already. Spring training starts in about a month and the Texas Rangers need to warm up their arms. ... Judi Brown, who monitors the Mesquite Shelter population, sent a note about this young lop-eared, magnetic-eyed dog Harley. (He looks like he grew up wearing one of those Australian hats with one side pinned up!) Came into Mesquite as a stray just after Christmas. (He’s #37472401 when you call to ask at 972-216-6283 or email email@example.com. Judi says he’s a sweetheart and “He likes soft cloth toys and will retrieve them. He will chase hard plastic toys but doesn’t bring them back.” So, he’s a dog with standards in recreation. ... I felt the need to promote CWC -- Cohabitation With Cat. This is a photo of our household political veteran, The Senator, and some lobbyist for a weight control company. My artfulspouse Martha had a little fun with an app. Though, if you knew The Senator, you’d be green with envy that you don’t have him sharing an office with you. His main asset? A vibrant supporter of Freedom of Expression, he rarely lectures on the Constitutionality of Tweeting but will discuss the “Wisdom of Tweeting” at the drop of a hat. Though nobody in our house wears a hat.
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