EDITION OF WED/THUR JANUARY 10-11, 2018 (PetPowellPress) -- Call off the alert. I’ve found the TV remote. This is important because of TV news from the State Fair of Texas that we’ll address today -- read on. (That’s an “art shot” of The Sun, Big Tex and me from 2014. Never too early to mention the State Fair, is it?)
I don’t know why I can’t train a dog or a cat to retrieve the TV remote -- now that would be a genuine “service animal.”
That training challenge aside, I spent several hours looking for the key electronic device in our home -- got some divine help and found it. After all, the TV remote is essential to a civilized existence. It is the key that opens the door to the outside world. Without the remote, how would I learn about any uplifting development in today’s world? In lieu of TV, what have I been doing? Hint: Aleksa, play Bob Dylan. Anybody whose first thought was “Everybody Must Get Stoned” should re-think your reaction. This ain’t the ‘60s, babe. But I will quote from 1967’s The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest. Dylan wrote, “So when you see your neighbor carryin’ somethin’/Help him with his load/And don’t go mistaking Paradise/For that home across the road.”
THE CONTINUING STORY:
DENTON’S MR. MAGOO
Readlarrypowell.com hopes that by the time you’re reading this, Mr. Magoo has a proper home and a solid future. He’s had a bit of an odd and dangerous life, according to our tipster, the dedicated Denton Animal Shelter monitor Amy Poskey. In a note she sent Tuesday, she wrote, “Y’all probably remember this adorable little stud muffin but, if not, here’s an abbreviated version of Mr. MaGoo’s story:
“Mr. MaGoo belongs to a homeless man and has been in and out of the shelter several times in the past. Poor baby has been shuffled around, stolen, and shifted around again and again within the homeless community.
"Mr. MaGoo’s ‘daddy’ is very attached to him, but apparently the dog was found wandering around unattended again so a Good Samaritan brought him to the shelter AGAIN.
"Unfortunately, the shelter staff has not been able to reach the homeless man.
“Then, the ex-wife of the homeless guy called about him last week and said she wanted to reclaim him, but that didn’t happen. It’s a sad situation but it looks like it’s time to try and find him a better environment with a loving, reliable family.”
He is, thus, “RESCUE ONLY.”
Amy’s bio reads, “Mr. Magoo is a senior Chihuahua who was born with no eyes and is a total love bug and quite the corker (as you can see in his pics)! He is fully vetted, heartworm negative, dog-friendly, 11 pounds and seems to be house-trained cuz his kennel stays clean.” He’s in the custody of Denton’s Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center, 3717 N. Elm St. in Denton.
Here are the contact points: firstname.lastname@example.org, paul.o’email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or email@example.com. Call the shelter at 940-349-7594.
[LARRY ASIDE: Just another example of how a perfectly loving and trusting dog can wind up in a bit of a spot because of human frailties. See the next example from Mesquite.]
CHICKY, THE MAMA DOG
We got the story of Mesquite Shelter Dog Chicky(37447734) from Judi Brown, the determined monitor of the facility’s canine population. Here’s what she wrote about Chicky, a year-old German Shepherd mix “with a pretty face and expressive eyes”
“Chicky was surrendered with four of her puppies. Her puppies have already been adopted, and she’s wondering when her turn will come. If you look into her expressive eyes she seems to be imploring you to love her. That’s easy to do because she is very sweet!
"Besides that, she is calm, gentle, and well-mannered. She is very loving. She explores and is alert but prefers to stay close for attention. She likes to have her ears scratched. She walks well on a leash. She didn’t pay much attention to the other dogs in the bay but didn’t show any aggression, either. She has temporarily lost her girlish figure but will be back in shape in no time. Chicky weighs 48 pounds.” Call the shelter at 972-216-6283. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to tag Chicky.
IN HONOR OF SHELTERED CATS
WHO ARE AVAILABLE
Readlarrypowell.com has never met an animal it didn’t like. One of the more ridiculous expressions in the English language is this: “I don’t like cats.” Oh, for crying out loud. One of our favorite phrases is this: “Cats like me.” How’s that for a tribute. A cat likes you! Cats can be very selective in their choice of a human companion.
How do you get a cat? Look around.
You can find them anywhere: They are in taxpayer supported shelters, in alleys, under shrubbery, in bedrooms, in living rooms, in offices, in businesses, etc. I found these two online at Dallas Animal Services which has a relatively low cat population these days. That won't last long. May I hasten to point out that the Most Fertile City in America, our beloved Dallas, is approaching the mythical “puppy and kitten season.” I call it “mythical” because in Dallas, there is no off-switch on cat productivity. If we could harness that energy, every Texan could drive a free Tesla.
So here are two of the cats at dallasanimalservices.org. And here is my theory: KitKat looks like the author’s photo on a book jacket. She’s a young, medium-sized female wearing an author’s pose. She was told “Look firmly into the camera” and she did.
Her likely topic is that white cat (A1018424, no name yet) who demonstrates that, as a large, young female, she may have the leading roll in KitKat’s latest book, The Adventure Cat Conquers Dallas. You know how to help these two? Adopt them. Rescue them. They’re at the city’s big shelter and adoption center at I-30 and Westmoreland. It’s open to the public. Visit, email email@example.com or call 214-671-0249.
Sample from KitKat’s book: “The nimble white feline surveyed her surroundings -- she had a Lotto Texas ticket and she was in the arms of a devoted employee. Luck was on her side and it was going to be a good day with extra cash.” [LARRY ASIDE: Sounds like pure Hollywood cinema.]
BIG TEX TRAVEL CHANNEL NEWS
Karissa Condoianis, the Vice President of Public Relation at the State Fair, sent a note this morning that had a explanation about a "mystery visit" last fall. She wrote to journalists on Big Tex’s mailing list: “I’m excited to share some GIANT news from the Travel Channel! Many of you asked me why actor and comedian Tom Green and a film crew were here when Big Tex was being installed for the 2017 State Fair of Texas, and at the time I couldn’t share much information. Well, now I can officially tell you about Giant America. Be sure to set your DVR for the premiere episode of Giant America, featuring our very own Big Tex, on Monday, January 15 at 8:30 p.m. CT.” (The episode will be repeated on Jan. 27 and 29 -- check your local listings.)
CONTEMPLATIONS: You’ve probably seen the story of the Granbury woman -- a considerably pregnant mom -- who was surprised by a knife-wielding intruder at her home. The guy, with a paring knife, did some damage to her, but she slammed him with a vase and sent him running and she also yelled for help. Specifically she yelled for Rowdy, the hero dog, who chased the guy and bit him on the upper thigh. [LARRY ASIDE: The villain got away but that doesn’t keep readlarrypowell.com from hoping the bite damaged some naughty bits.]
So, here’s our note: Dear Rowdy, thank you for being a protective dog. Readlarrypowell.com is very happy you were not hurt and very proud that you sprang into action to protect your family. Not every dog will get the chance to stand up for the family, but we are glad you did and demonstrated the legendary loyalty of the “family dog.” We salute your heroic effort.
So, what we hope now is that someone will connect the authorities to this creep with the leg bite and the felonious mindset. So, Dear Readers, if you know someone who suddenly has a thigh-high dog bite and no dog, make a call to the people with badges. If we don’t get this guy out of circulation, he’ll become a better criminal through experience -- maybe even a meaner and murderous criminal.
We don’t need that. We need ineffective criminals.
And, we need more people with the loving, protective heart of a good dog. So, Dear Rowdy, we offer to you the two greatest words a dog can hear: “GOOD DOG.” Yes, good dog, Rowdy. (To read and see the Fox4 story, click HERE. If you know the villain or think you have evidence that will help prosecute him, contact the Hood County Sheriff’s Department.)
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