EDITION OF MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 (PetPowellPress) Flu? Terror? Terrorflu. Heck, stylize it for marketing: Terror!FLU Mean enough to be one word. Not interested in it. Hope the sniffles I have are a result of weather change. Now, pure white hanky at hand, we’ll proceed. What keeps me going? Same thing that keeps you going. We have to get up each morning and feed the dogs and cats. Good luck to everybody at Westminster as it opens Monday evening -- our dogs are still looking for their papers, clearly misplaced by someone at the registration office. Now, on with today’s report, including a very special Contemplation about some particularly close-to-my-heart people.
FIRST, A DALLAS NOTE
Do you ever think, “I’m sick of seeing all these animals in the Dallas shelter.” There are ways to get them out of the shelter. Adopt, rescue, reclaim, euthanize. On Sunday, this report from the 8th was the latest daily report card posted on the DAS website. That’s a big euthanasia count for a Thursday, I think. In recent times, Sunday’s report has born the burden of the needle. (Click on that chart to make it grow.)
On Sunday the 4th, DAS euthanized 22 dogs and one cat. On the 5th, 7 dogs, 3 cats; on the 6th, 6 dogs, one cat; and on the 7th, 17 dogs. Adds up in a hurry doesn’t it: a dog or cat that, probably, once had a family is nothing but a statistic. Why is that? It’s a combination of don’t care people and the traditional Texas theory of animal management: Got an animal problem? Let’s kill it.
There is still time, probably, to adopt animals from the Dallas Animal Services Shelter at I-30 and Westmoreland. These -- look at those dog faces! -- are Big Red the Pittie and Traviesa the Female German Shepherd.
The cats, demonstra- ting two different styles of Black Cats, are the amusingly named boycat Jazzpurr and the cat with the very distinct appearance, a young girl named Violet. [LARRY ASIDE: That was my sweet Mom-in-law’s name so I know this is a sweet cat who probably is a Texas Rangers fan!]
Adopt them and nobody has to load a needle for them. Again, take a look at the online inventory at dallasanimalservices.org.
MOVING ALONG WITH MESQUITE
Judi Brown, the volunteer promoter for animals in the Mesquite Animal Shelter, sends photos of dogs that are almost irresistible -- though, clearly, they have been resisted to the point that they are on “the list” and the needle is being prepared.
Consider this distinctly designed 4-year-old girl Zinga -- Judi describes her as a 4-year-old Doxie/Chihuahua mix and adds, “As far as what she’s mixed with that would be anybody’s guess.” That’s the upbeat part of the story. Here’s the ugly part: “Zinga was owned by a young lady that encountered personal problems and had to leave her residence. She asked her grandma to care for Zinga. Instead her grandma surrendered her to the shelter!” This already altered, 32-pound dog is #37751956.
Romeo (37705615) is an 8-month-old, 44-pound gray and white Pittie mix who was a stray -- he is a dog with angles, as you can tel from his ears, his tail and the “heart-shaped nose.” Judi describes him as “a delightful, exuberant fellow with a zest for life!”
And Dylan (37685190) is a Pittie mix who came in as a stray -- he’s pushing a year in age and weighs 60 pounds. Judi says, “Because he has scars on his face and minor hair loss on his back, he probably wouldn’t be considered one of our most attractive dogs. This may account for the fact that he is been at the shelter for two weeks now. It’s obvious that he has had a hard life. Loud noises scare him. Just shaking my treat bag made him slink away. He may not be extremely handsome, but he makes up for his looks with his loving, affectionate personality."
For these dogs or any other animal in the Mesquite shelter, call 972-216-628 or email email@example.com.
SOME RELIEF IN DENTON
Coco and her kids have a place to go. When last we addressed their plight (last week), Amy Poskey, the volunteer animal advocate at the Denton McNatt Shelter, was trying to hustle a place for Coco and her 8 pups -- 4 girls, 4 boys. You may recall she gave birth in the shelter because she was in bite quarantine. This pregnant girl got into a dust-up with another pregnant girl at her household and bit the person trying to separate them. Amy has good news. She sent this note over the weekend: “I’m so happy to report that this little family is being pulled today by Cindy Uber, a former ACO of the Denton Shelter!!! Coco and her babies will be staying with Cindy until momma gets over her kennel cough and the pups are weaned. Then they will be adopted through the Lake Dallas Animal Shelter where Cindy works now. THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH, CINDY!!! YOU ROCK!!!!”
There you go folks. Networking the babies.
ANYTHING ON APRIL’S CALENDAR YET?
Tawana Couch, the founder of the Society for Companion Animals, the organization that flies critters to safe places outside of the North Texas Neglect & Needle Zone, has a fundraiser scheduled for April 8. Go to the SFCA online site https://www.societyforcompanionanimals.org to read about the organization, to see how you can help and to buy tickets to this annual fundraiser.
OUR PEACE OFFICERS
This is inspired by the fact that I’m sick of people shooting other people and people shooting law-enforcement officers. This is a nation of peaceful people afflicted by some really unpleasant and malformed souls.
At Readlarrypowell.com, we value “peace officers” -- the people with badges who stand between us and the bad actors. I developed my appreciation for sworn peace officers and their mission when I was a young police beat reporter witnessing them at work -- police, deputies, constables, Texas Rangers, FBI, etc. Sometimes they were helping people in an unexpected fix and sometimes they were putting evil or misguided jerks deep into the slammer. The variety of human moods and values dictates that peace officers must have many skills.
These sworn officers are not just “somebody with a badge.” They’ve got families, friends, dogs, cats, the monthly bills and expenses, ambitions and with all of that they have sworn to perform one of the most challenging jobs in the world: uphold the law. They uphold what so many people disrespect these days. Then, one night in Texas -- could have been a July in Dallas or a February in Richardson -- the badge that has protected the rest of us is not enough to protect them. It is appropriate to weep for these victims of crime.
God bless every one who has sworn to uphold the law. Protect all of you. And when something happens, bless your spirit and bless the people who know you and love you. Bless the badges and the loved ones left behind. Yes, bring peace to the peace officers. Honor their resolve to stand up for the law. They’re not just writing tickets, they work to remove the people who execute bad intentions out of our law-abiding society. These determined, educated, trained and field-tested people are important to a nation that needs law and order to survive. They are important to an entire nation and they are also important to our neighborhoods. To our kids, our families, our faith in the nation of laws.
Protect them while they serve.
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