EDITION OF TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018 [PetPowellPress] This is FLASH being written BLINK under the FLASH light of a BLINK malfunctioning LED floor lamp. FLASHBULB. You can’t FLASH change the “bulb” because it’s some kind of fancy BLINK integrated circuit.
Might have been BLINK FLASH BLINK manufactured in a pre-tariff factory or in a lab owned by ELSP Inc. (Experimental Lighting & Shameless Profit Inc.)
The critters are napping comfortably and isn’t that all that matters. OK, I turned the light off. DARKASNIGHT...
That’s our former front porch feral William Powell taking it easy on the back of the couch and ignoring the lamp crisis. He’s consistenty concerned about his personal food crisis, however. Our house is the closest thing in the neighborhood to a Stewpot Ministry for cats. (More light thoughts in Contemplations.)
THE CONTINUING PARADE?
Well, my goodness, the small shelter monitors are concerned about the animals in low-traffic Wilmer Animal Shelter. We learned of these new-to-the-shelter pups thanks to the mission of Laura Macias and Leighann Hayden.
“This tiny little shelter is over capacity -- way over capacity,” began the note that included photos of three of the dogs there.
The German Shepherd is Katrina, a young dog and who knows why she’s on death row in a city shelter? She’s ready for a home.
Then there’s JJ, a young Catahoula/Pittie mix who “needs someone,” the note reads, then explains that he “appears to be deaf and is possibly visually impaired. He is sweet and loving and just the best guy ever.” [LARRY ASIDE: Yes, he’s a Pittie mix, he’s deaf and he’s got eye problems -- what are the chances that he’ll make the cut when they start loading the death juice into the syringes? Sheesh.]
The last dog in this visual array is Ben, a Staffie who is under 2 and neutered. He is “very sweet and lovable....This is an awesome dog,” the bio reads.
For these dogs or any other animal at the Wilmer Shelter, here are the contact points: “Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 214-949-2726 -- You can also facebook Carrie Moody or Laura Macias.”
ANOTHER ODD REASON
A DOG IS IN A SHELTER
This is one of several “unwanted-for-now” dogs in the Mesquite Animal Shelter. But Candy’s face absolutely shows that she has an understanding of the situation. Is she not wearing the most apprehensive face in all of dogdom? The shelter’s volunteer biographer Judi Brown wrote, “Candy is a 5-year-old retriever mix that was surrendered on 8/4 along with two other dogs. The people that surrendered the dogs were given the three dogs and obviously didn’t particularly want them so they kept them tethered in the backyard. Candy was one of these dogs. It’s obvious that she hasn’t had much socialization and doesn’t quite trust humans. She is very skittish. Can you blame her? She is a work in progress. She is cautiously friendly and timid.”
To ask about Candy (39309633) call the shelter at 972-216-6283 or email email@example.com.
To see more Mesquite dogs and cats, go to the shelter’s website HERE.
The entire animal advocacy community preaches the protective gospels of spay/neuter and properly restraining dogs. Why? Not sure about everyone else’s reasons but here are the readlarrypowell.com reasons: We’re tired of the constant “euthanizing” of unwanted puppies and kittens and we’re anguished when someone’s unrestrained dog bites someone -- it’s generally not the dog’s human who pays dearly. There are laws in Dallas, however. And maybe things will change. Though, of course, Dallas is a town full of scofflaws. You don’t think so? Count speeders, redlight-runners and people who park in the handicapped spaces. Here’s the latest dog bite story from The Big Paper Downtown. As you may suspect, when humans don’t tend to business, the dogs will pay. Let's all work harder to make people brighter -- how's that for an impossible dream! [Somebody help me down off this soapbox -- you know, after I get a chorus of amens.]
PUMPKINS, TUXEDO & LIGHTING
Each year I plant what I hope will become a crop of pumpkins -- they’re in three different planting areas in the yard this year. Lots of greenery and a couple of possible blossoms on the way. I plant them because more than a quarter-century ago, while watching the Today Show on a Thanksgiving morning, I heard the great Martha Steward declare that anyone could grow Jack-Be-Little Pumpkins. I’ve steadfastly demonstrated otherwiser. The folks out in Floydada do not have to worry about one city lot on the southside of Dallas usurping the title “Pumpkin Capital of Texas.” Unless, of course, I get lucky this year with heat and rain and the pumpkin plants begin to produce like Dallas cats and dogs. ... While looking through the adorable adoptables on the Dog & Kitty City website, I ran across this possibly perfect tuxedo cat. Look at that fancy waitstaffer’s attire worn wonderfully by Daysha, a 2-year-old girl who arrived in the no-kill shelter with her kittens. They’ve been adopted and she’s ready. All dressed up and needs a place to go. Anyone else have experience with tuxedo cats -- do you, also, find them to be the zaniest of the cat categories? ... Back to the lamp project: One of the decisions I made Monday was to avoid buying a replacement floor lamp that used some kind of high-tech LED combo-bulb. Yep, give me a good ol’ incandescent every day of the week. We’ll discuss some of those newfangled bulbs by borrowing from Jimmy Stewart describing a lightbulb in Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation: “That’s not a light, it’s a dim.” And this morning it wasn’t a light, it was intermittent flashes separate by dark. Irritating. So, now, after a bit of shopping actually in a store and not online, I’ve got a lamp with a “bulb” and so far, it’s the right bright. Halogen, not traditional incandescent. Incandescent is going the way of VCRs. Disappearing into the darkness. Though my eyes always have found comfort in the incandescent illumination on a book. Of course, now I read on Kindle. No need for a light. Until I pick up one of my old favorite books -- of course. Reading for emotional comfort -- that’s when the light matters.
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