EDITION OF FRIDAY THE 13TH OF JULY, 2018 [PetPowellPress] This is my lucky dog Texas Earl the Cheeseman, found after being dumped in Kiest Park several years ago. I like lookin’ at his face, his big ol’ nose, his eyes -- I’ve been known to kiss his muzzle and hug his neck. He’s my good luck charmer on Friday the 13th. And every day.
And, as noted many times, I cannot explain why I named him Texas Earl the Cheeseman -- it just seems to work. Also, he was not abandoned with his identification papers or wallet. I think someone didn’t want him back. That was their poor decision.
We have some other happy notions regarding this particular Friday. According to the Holiday Insights people, this is also Barbershop Music Appreciation Day, Embrace Your Geekness Day, Fool’s Paradise Day, and National French Fries Day. If you want some good luck on Friday the 13th, readlarrypowell.com firmly believes the best french fries in town are served by Gonzalez Restaurant, 357 W. Jefferson Blvd, in downtown Oak Cliff. They’re worth the parking meter fee, the price and a hefty tip! I don’t know their nutritional values, but their emotional values are magnificent. They don’t come pre-sliced out of a bag delivered by truck. It’s almost like a Mom from the 1950s travels forward in time to take pity on people who eat overly processed food in the 21st century.
I mentioned this cat in yesterday’s report -- she is Monet, has a coat like an impressionist created it. She’s our foster cat who chews white-wired earphones that Larry doesn’t remember to put away. But, to my knowledge, lovely Monet has never chewed a french fry from Gonzalez -- mainly because I always finish my order at the restaurant.
A NOTE FROM HOUSTON
ABOUT A RESCUER
This comes from our longtime Houston tipster and animal advocate Alexandra Kelsey, who has a gentle touch on the writing keyboard. Here are her words: “No reason you would know Darlene. She’s been a quiet part of the Houston rescue community for years but for those she helped, she’s a solid gold resource. Sadly, Darlene has cancer and her personal cats are in dire need of help.
“KC and Millie need to sort themselves out asap. If you know of an adopter, or if you could foster for a group, contact Janis at firstname.lastname@example.org .
“KC is a six-year old and weighs about six pounds. She’s a darling white kitty, very sweet and loving. She is a real cuddlebug and when Darlene found her she had to have a large water tumor removed from her torso, she had a broken tooth causing a URI and then pneumonia. She is on antibiotics right now and needs a quiet environment while she recovers. Janis said a rescue group has offered to take her and cover her vet bills, if someone can foster KC.
“Millie is a dilute Calico with a sweet muffin face. She is 15 years old, and I don’t have many details on her. I can tell you, though, from personal experience that this is a great age for cats. They are in the part of life where they adore you and want to sit and sleep with you, but they have given up all the tear-up-the-curtains kind of stuff!
“Please consider these kitties and pass this on. It is sad enough to lose another person in rescue to cancer, but it is just awful to see animals orphaned.”
AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE
GOOD LUCK FOR SOME DOGS
Read on to learn about the Peanut Butter & Jelly Adoption Special at Mesquite.
Let’s set the stage: There is a constant drumbeat in North Texas about getting animals out of shelters -- you hear it in conversations, read about it on social media, get emails about the pressure and see blogs fighting to get attention for this gigantic rescue effort. Point to a city in North Texas and it’s loaded with unwanted animals -- dogs and cats and rabbits and “other.” We periodically focus on Wilmer and Red Oak because they have advocates who work on their behalf, sending emails to anyone who’ll try to help via the written word. Fort Worth, too. Dallas. And Denton. And Mesquite. That shelter has volunteer Judi Brown who does bios on dogs trying to beat the clock. As we enter the weekend, here are three of many Judi has been trying to help. Judi provides the info and the photos.
That first pup is Whiskey (39084698), a year-old, 42-pound retriever mix surrendered on the 10th. Judi wrote, “I am going to quote what Whiskey’s owner said about him on the owner surrender form: escape artist, charges unknown people, does not like most children, does not like other dogs.” Then she wrote, “Whiskey must have a split personality because neither I nor another shelter tech that spent time with him observed these behaviors. Frequently dogs that try to escape try to look over our wall. Whiskey was alert and watched people through the gate but made no attempt to get out. He was friendly with everyone he met. He encountered children in the lobby and allowed them to pet him. He loves to have his ears scratched. He’s well mannered and sat quietly while I put a scarf on him. He sits and offers his paw.” House-trained, walks well on a leash, no aggression toward other shelter dogs, wasn’t interested in approaching the shelter cats. And, yet, unwanted.
During July, if you donate either five jars of peanut butter or five jars of jelly to the shelter, the adoption fee is reduced to $50. Here are the contact points for all of these dogs: Call the shelter at 972-216-6283 or email rescues@cityof mesquite.com.
Samantha (39024131), is an under-3, 50-pound Pittie mix who arrived as a stray on July 3. “She has the body wiggle and tail wag going for her. She even gives kisses,” Judi writes. And she adds, “It’s obvious that in her few short years, she’s been over-bred. Now it’s HER time. She just wants to be the family pet and not a breeding machine.”
[LARRY ASIDE: Real baseball fans will recall the great big league hurler Vida Blue. And that brings us to this dog.]
Judi’s note begins, “Vida is a 3 to 4-year-old Blue Pitty that came into the shelter as a stray on 7/6.” Yep, Vida Blue (not a baseball number, but a shelter number: 39048953.) The 52-pound girl recently had puppies -- no idea where they might be. She’s motivated by treats, Judi tells us. Appears to be house-trained, wags her tail when meeting dogs, not interested in cats. And, Judi writes, “Judging from the fact that she wiggles all over, she appears to be happy!”
She’d be happier in a home.
Remember, 5 jars of peanut butter or jelly and Vida, Samantha or Whiskey can be yours for just 50 lousy dollars -- not much to swap for a companion that’s a loyal, loving friend. (Again, call the shelter at 972-216-6283 or email email@example.com. )
A HAPPY REPORT
ABOUT 2 LOCAL DOGS
Ann Pote sent a great email that has to do with Laura Macias, Leighann Hayden and the folks who work on behalf of the smaller Red Oak and Wilmer shelters south of Dallas. Ann wrote, “Here’s some good news. I was in touch with Laura Macias about a donation toward Ben and Roscoe, featured in your July 6 column. She texted today that they are both going to a rescue group in CO! So excited and happy for them. Thank you for featuring them and giving me a chance to help also. Thank you for the weather updates as I shiver in northern CA. I’ll send cool vibes your way.” [LARRY ASIDE: If you wondered why the Dallas temp dropped Thursday, well, let's all just cheer Ann's cool vibes!]
You may remember Ben, the dog in the cage. Leighann had explained, “Everyone calls him Gentle Ben because he is so sweet, already house-trained, and just a lovable gentle boy that would be great in any home.”
And the dog in the action shot -- no ball, then a tennis ball -- is Roscoe, a year-old Labster -- maybe a Lab, maybe a Lab mix -- who was an “owner release from someone unable to care for him - this is a GREAT dog...”
There are other dogs and many cats, too, awaiting adoption or rescue in Wilmer and Red Oak. Get in touch with Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or Leighann at email@example.com. They can send you some profiles.
You’ll be helping where help is rare -- low-traffic, small-town shelters with big ambitions to adopt animals.
CBS11'S STORIES; A FASTFOOD EXCHANGE & SCARY SUMMER WORDS!
KTVT, known marketingly as CBS11, (Shout out to Steve Pickett for his story about the electric scooters in downtown Big D), had three more interesting stories on the 6 p.m. news Thursday: (1) The destruction-by-development of North Oak Cliff’s historic allure; (2) Highland Park’s famous giant pecan tree, the Million Dollar Monarch, that has lit up many a Christmas-season smile, is endangered and (3) a fawn was found and rescued from a canal in Frisco -- who south of LBJ knew "rural Frisco" has canals or deer? I'm kidding! But I didn't. See CBS11 news stories HERE. CBS11 says the rescued fawn has been taken to a sanctuary where she’ll be raised until she’s able to live on her own. Speaking as a native Texan who doesn’t hunt, I hope she’s not “set free” at some place where she’ll become a target. ... Our longtime pal and dear family friend in Texarkana, the entertaining Norma Wyatt, posted an exchange she had at a fastfood restaurant this week: “ME: I think I’ll try the Chicken Taco Salad please. LADY: Do you want the beef or chicken? ME: Hmmmmm.” Yes, communication -- the key to business success. ... Some chilling words in the latest email I got from Barnes & Noble. This will scare still-vacationing kids and teachers still trying to unwind. The subject line read “BACK-TO-SCHOOL SEASON IS HERE!” Talk about wrecking your mood in the big middle of summer! It's so unsettling you can hardly focus enough to install your Christmas decorations.
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