EDITION OF THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018 [PetPowellPress] August 9 is listed as “Book Lovers Day” by the folks at Holiday Insights and they also note that some websites list Book Lover Day as the first Saturday in November. This is America -- read whatever you want whenever you want and celebrate being able to do so.
Favorite book for reading on a summer day? Hmmm. Jaws by Peter Benchley (1974) -- I couldn't find a cute shark photo so I went with this SPCA pig, Chip. Back to summer reading: The Godfather (1969). What? You didn’t know they were books first? How old are you, anyway?
As I’m typing this I have The Big Chill on in the background -- can you believe that film was released in 1983 -- 35 years ago? And in all that time, you know what’s been constant? Dogs and cats. My funspouse Martha. My ongoing diet. And, of course, an admiration for pigs who will sit for a portrait. This is Chip, available at the SPCA -- he’s a housepet and you can see the photos and his story HERE. We also visit the SPCA adoptables to continue our promotion of black and white cats as interesting and zany. This girl is Pepper, about 2, who suggests that a cat mugshot is every bit as interesting as a pig’s.
THE GARLAND SITUATION
This distemper outbreak in the Garland Animal Shelter has been covered by lots of media outlets. Channel 8 (WFAA) did a story on rescue group involvement in trying to save un-infected dogs. See it HERE.
POETRY ABOUT KEVIN,
THE OLDER GREYHOUND
This is Kevin, a healthy and adoptable 11 1/2 years old, and, according to the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, “He was part of the population from the blood bank facility located in Cherokee, Texas, that closed in November 2017.”
Here’s the poetic part of GALT’s description: “When Kevin walks, he looks like a big cat moving through his territory - sinuous and unhurried. If he had a slogan, it would be, why hurry? When Kevin first came to his foster home, he protected his space and bed. Over time, he learned to live with other dogs and no longer reacts to them stepping around him. He might need a similar ‘warming up’ period in his new forever home.”
He’s also a loyal dog. Consider this: “Kevin is especially attached to his foster fur sister and waits for her at the door. When she arrives, he escorts her around the yard. Kevin's ideal home should be equally unhurried and comfortable with a routine. A yard to roam and a canine friend would be sublime.” Read the GALT newsletter HERE.
MEANWHILE IN BURNS FLAT
We’re continuing to monitor Terry Lynn Fisher’s efforts to keep the Burns Flat Animal Shelter no-kill. She does this by keeping the animals moving -- if you’ll help, she’ll transfer. Abbey and Rizzo are still in boarding and that’s expensive, so Terry Lynn is looking for a rescue to take them. Abbey, at 3 months old, is “a doll, well-mannered and crate-trained.” She was picked up in a town west of Burns Flat but it has no pound and euthanizes after 3 days. Terry Lynn saved Abbey.
Rizzo was the dog found flopped over in the median of I-40 and was battered and scraped and covered with ticks -- her ears were full. “She has healed up nicely and is now ready to go,” Terry Lynn says, describing her as “the sweetest love bug ever.”
And that puppy is one of a litter being given away at a local Wal-Mart. Terry Lynn got called on this and of the 5 puppies, 3 had been given away already. “Within 15 minutes, one was already brought back to them. They planned to take them to the pound, which we are not set up for babies. Remember, they were FOUR WEEKS OLD at that time. I had them drop the three little ones at my vet to be checked out and board. Then, the NEXT DAY, I got a call from another person in Elk. They had got one of the babies the day before and was already dumping this poor thing. So, I had it taken to my vet too.”
The family tree? “Mom is a Shepherd and Dad is a Black Lab,” Terry Lynn says. To offer to help Terry Lynn, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUMPKINS, KITTENS AND MUSING...
For Wednesday’s edition (written Tuesday) I wrote about the potential blossoms on my pumpkin plants and, sure enough, Wednesday morning there they were. The minute I saw them I thought I felt an autumn breeze and got a whiff of pumpkin pie blowing in from 3 months away. Yeah, I’m an autumnal romantic. ... The Big Paper Downtown carried this story about 5 kittens being rescued from a Denton County drain pipe and being reunited with their momma. That’s nice, but Readlarrypowell.com has FOUR kittens rescued from the front porch and we’d reunite them with their feral momma but she’s hiding out in our patio room and still enjoying the free Feral Cat Buffet that we moved off the front porch. “Moms” is not congenial but her kittens are fantastically adorable. Quick, too. Picking ‘em up is like tried to field a ground ball between our ankles. "Amewsing,"let’s say. Not sure which one that is -- you have to see either the stripes on the back or the "equipment" to know whether that's Ivy Dianne or her brothers Qwerty or Alfie -- Dragon's got enthusiastic striping. They all have a nice "M" and are all approaching adoption age for Purebred Oak Cliff KittyChats. ... Reading the crime headlines and watching the TV crime stories, I don’t know why I’m surprised when humans treat animals poorly. Look how badly humans treat each other. Has it been this bad before? Remember our opening paragraph about Jaws? Here’s a quote from Peter Benchley's Jaws: “The past always seems better when you look back on it than it did at the time. And the present never looks as good as it will in the future.”
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