EDITION OF MONDAY -- GOOD GRIEF ALREADY?! -- OCTOBER 1, 2018 -- Angels and reindeer are already elbowing hobgoblins and pumpkins off the shelves in stores.
The Texas Rangers’ baseball season is already (mercifully) over and -- as is tradition of Rangers’ fans -- the long off-season begins as we wait ‘til next year. [FYI: This pleasant Arrival of October, far-from-artsy photograph shows our formerly abandoned, bottle-fed, still-growing flamepoint baby Simon sacked out with his pal, our wander-up dog Porche Noel snoozing together during a game on my pillow under my autumnal-influenced comforter. Symbolic of the current goal: Get some sleep.]
UPDATING A RESCUE ATTEMPT
AT A DEMOLITION PROJECT
We began telling Nikki Williamson’s story of a feral cat colony rescue week before last. It’s a project that has been going on for some time at site at LBJ and Abrams in North Dallas. Nearly 100 cats and or kittens have been saved, but others have avoided capture. And now there is a poignant reference to kids helping save animals at peril. Bless their giant hearts!
Over the weekend, Nikki passed along this story after a particularly discouraging day. The property has been bulldozed and the building pushed into a pile, while the fence still surrounds the property and feral cats wander the grounds.
Nikki wrote, “Diana is 11 and Abraham is 9. These are children helping the cats.
“Why can’t anyone in rescue step up???
“These children have scooped up several kittens from demo to save from deaths.
These are the cats they saved in last two days.
“Unfortunately [the onsite rescuer] had to call DAS to come get a cat that was scooting around in pain because its back had been crushed. Not a good thing for a child to see and, of course, not for the Cat. Why can’t someone come help????
“If you are in rescue have a trap and can get cats to SPCA contact me. This is not good and cats are hurt or dying every day. The buildings came down and there are only two left to demo with 10-15 cats still left.”
To ask how to help or how to adopt or foster, call or text Nikki at 469-363-1867 or email nikkiwilliamson email@example.com. Reach her on Facebook HERE.
[LARRY ASIDE: Once again, how about a city ordinance that says “no living beings can be left at a demolition site before the tear-down begins.” Is that so wrong? Surely protecting ALL life is Dallas is a good idea that expresses the philosophy of a city that wants to be world-class. Are the people who own demolition companies exempt from actions that cruelly injure or kill non-livestock animals? Dallas: Get smarter, get kinder, get decent.]
QUICK NOTE FROM DAS
ABOUT SPAY NEUTER NETWORK
It clearly will come as a surprise to a great many people in North Texas that there is a need for spaying and neutering. A great many people in North Texas are among the dimmest bulbs since the invention of incandesent lighting. Combine don’t care ignorance with the fact that Dallas is the most fertile city on the continent and, well, there’s why you need the Spay Neuter Network.
Dallas Animal services reports that beginnng October 1 -- yes, this very Monday -- Spay Neuter Network’s clinic will open “an additional day to increase the number of adoptable DAS pets they can spay/neuter.” See spayneuternet.org. Check with DAS.
That big dog is, indeed, Biggie (ID#A1018169), an already-neutered 5-year-old Pittie mix with a happy tail and a big grin. He’s been at the shelter -- dodging the needle -- since September 5. Call the shelter at 214-670-6800 or go to the shelter at I-30 and Westmoreland. You can’t miss it and also, it’s where you can get that cat Kevin (ID#A0861445) -- a neutered black and white 4-year-old at the shelter since September 21. For him, call the PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center at 971-1588, ext. 5.
TWO LITTLE DOGS ARRIVE
IN MESQUITE & WAIT!
Taz (39790382) and Chico (39790373) are a couple of 5- or 6-year-old, 12-pound Chiweenies who, according to Mesquite’s volunteer biographer Judi Brown, were surrendered on the 28th by people who “said they found them and could not keep them.” Both were loaded with fleas, both appear to be happy when they’re together, i.e., they’re bonded so, for crying out loud, find ONE GOOD HOME.
Surely that would be easier than finding two good homes.
Call the shelter at 972–216-6283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chico, by the way, is protective of Taz.
They’re probably brothers.
HEADS UP, BOY DOGS!
LOSE A LITTLE WEIGHT!
Here’s an October bargain. You can get the boy fixed for $20 this month. All you have to do to qualify is get the “full set of vaccines for $25 or a microchip for $20 anywhere TCAP (Texas Coalition for Animal Protection works during the month of October.” The boy dogs have to be no younger than 10 weeks, weigh between 2 and 80 pounds and have no “pre-existing health conditions.”
Get all the info at texasforthem.org.
[LARRY ASIDE: Most enlightened people reading this know why spaying and neutering is important. It’s the people who aren’t reading it who can’t quite connect the failure to fix with the need for animal shelters to buy euthanasia chemicals in bulk.]
STATE FAIR, SEASONS AND THE SENATE
The great Nancy Moore, Shaggy on KNON 89.9 FM and my former colleague at The Big Paper Downtown, posted this great video from the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition, noting that her mom, Frances, was an 11 year old and among the people who “went to the Texas Centennial Exposition at Fair Park every day in 1936.” Nancy wrote, “I am amazed at how many buildings that were built for the exposision still exist, and how many buildings, and or attractions don't. I'd give just about anything to step back in time, to this event, for one day!!!! Wouldn't you?” SEE THE VIDEO HERE. ... Autumn is the best season -- beats baseball season by longshot this year and I wish Zeke Elliott would knock off that “feed me” routine. Sorry. Old school Cowboys fan, you know. ... In a culture of seasons -- from sports to astronomical -- the 2016 Political Season continues into 2018 vibrantly, rowdily across the nation. Democracy -- it’s ugly but it’s beautiful. And it’s ours. I’ll close this with a quote from the great Will Rogers. He must have been some kind of clairvoyant because, sometime prior to his death way back in 1935, the Oklahoma philosopher said, “About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation.”
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