EDITION OF WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2018 (PetPowellPress) -- We’re at midweek, the market has stolen all the thunder from the Super Bowl and politics is back to being its usually ugly self.
Anybody know of a good, funny, quiet romantic movie to watch in lieu of the news? Time out. OK, I got lucky. I just had simultaneous visits to say hello from the cat Deputy Chief Kittie Leigh Johnson and the possible Boxer-Bird Dog mix Wendy, aka Wednesday Louise Wagstaff Arden. That’s Wendy snoozing -- yeah, play guess the breed -- and she serves a reminder that Readlarrypowell.com would love to publish photos of your slumbering dogs and cats and other critters in our weekend edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap. Email photos and info to email@example.com and we’ll let the world see how much your dog or cat loves sleeping at your house! Insomniacs draw blessed hope from these photos of slumber. All it takes is figuring out how to drape the human body properly over a chair.
UPBEAT REPORT FROM DENTON
This info from tipster Amy Poskey touches on two situations. You may remember seeing that "shelter arrival" photo last week.
First, she writes, “I’m so happy to report that Diamond and her 7 puppies have arrived safely in Colorado and Joe [Messano] says they are doing great!!! Archie, their driver, said Diamond is the sweetest girl and got along great with his Pittie! ... [Pictures] were taken on their road trip and, as you can see, Diamond decided to take over and help with the driving while her babies napped! The last picture is Diamond with her pups all snuggled up in their foster home in Colorado! Cuteness overload!!!”
Amy also included this note to The Animal Interest League and Sanctuary in Delta, Colo., “Thank you again, Joe Messano, for saving this sweet little family who would not have made it out alive without your help.”
Then, do you remember the story from a previous edition about the dog that was running loose on the campus of Texas Woman’s University? Amy reports, “This big ‘ol handsome love sponge has been adopted!!! YAY!!! I hope Hunter found an awesome, loving home!”
[LARRY ASIDE: So, that’s -- let me count ‘em -- 9 dogs saved. And, amazingly, Denton’s McNatt Animal Shelter hasn’t run out of cats and dogs yet.]
FORT WORTH’S CROWD
Karen Lee, the guiding light of Barkleyworld.com, forwarded an appeal for a Baker’s Dozen of dogs on the clock at the Fort Worth animal shelter for assorted reasons. They are the taggable type dogs -- so the email address to use is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re focusing on just two though you can see more on FW’s animal shelter website. These two represent some of the more irritating reasons an animal winds up on death row.
The distinctly marked Sasha (A36792284) is a 65-pound, 8-year-old Pittie mix. Her owner surrendered her for “personal problems,” the shelter report says. “Personal problems.” Sad.
Then there’s Marshmellow (A31181681), a 48-pound, 2 1/2-year-old Pittie mix who was -- get this -- “surrendered for escaping.” Yep, blame the dog and make the dog pay. Happens all the time.
REMEMBER THESE TWO DOGS?
About a month ago, someone put these two dogs and their kennels in a watery drainage ditch in a Mesquite park and walked away. Mercifully someone with a heart got them.
They went into the Mesquite Animal Shelter where, early reports were, they were being tended to and kept safe and warm. Late Monday we got word that Jill, the grayer of the two, was on THE LIST for noon Tuesday at the shelter. Yep, rescued just to be killed. But what about Jack?
We searched around and discovered that the determined rescuer and animal advocate Marina Tarashevska has been monitoring this situation. She reported Tuesday that Jill had been “confirmed SAFE and out of the building.” She also had details of the story on her Facebook post. The story, posted the day before, starts with Jill. Marina writes, “First she was dumped in a drainage ditch locked up in a kennel with another dog. Her male companion was chipped and his owners came to reclaim him saying that they re-homed him to a relative few months back and would like to get him back now that the new owners dumped him. They also adopted Jill, the female dog but dumped her at a rural shelter the same day they got her from Mesquite.
“Needless to say poor Jill has had more than her fair share of being let down by heartless ***holes and now the poor girl is on tomorrow’s urgent list and needs to be out of the shelter by noon or she will get euthanized for space. Please share to help her find a worthy deserving adopter or a foster/rescue to save her life- she deserves to know that there is still a little bit of humanity left in the human race.”
[LARRY ASIDE: We’d like to repeat the last part of that final sentence. Marina really issued a challenge to all people who come in contact with an “unwanted” animal when she wrote that Jill “deserves to know that there is still a little bit of humanity left in the human race.” A little bit, but now and then we see something that makes us think human hearts might be growing.]
Someone surely will be facing charges in this murder case in Nairobi, Kenya. The victim is Esmond Bradley-Martin, 75, the American investigator of ivory and rhino horn poaching and sales and is credited with getting China to back off of the business, Here’s the Reuters story. That story also says, “He is the second prominent conservationist to die in East Africa in the past year. South African Wayne Lotter, whose work targeted ivory smuggling from Africa to Asia, was shot dead in Tanzania in August.” The New York Times wrote about the murder of the 51-year-old “crusader who saved elephants.” Humans -- we have some bad apples around the planet. And some us waste time asking, “What in the world is wrong with these murderers?” We’ll never know if nobody’s ever charged. So far, no dice on either of those cases. ... At the Defenders of Wildlife page HERE you can read this summary: “At the turn of the 20th century, there were a few million African elephants and about 100,000 Asian elephants. Today, there are an estimated 450,000 - 700,000 African elephants and between 35,000 - 40,000 wild Asian elephants.” Save the Rhino has an equally dismal report on its favorite beasts HERE. ... Through the years we’ve seen stories about American Bison maintaining a tentative presence where they once lived in gigantic herds. We’ve seen annual reports on the against-great-odds survival of Whooping Cranes. And we’ve seen report after report of hopeful but never proven sightings of the probably extinct Ivory Billed Woodpecker. Viruses, varmints and bad guys -- they seem to survive. Especially the bad guys.
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