EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2018 [PetPowellPress] Let’s just declare that midweek is the time to relax. None of us will, but we can declare it anyway. I watched the noon news Tuesday and I’m fed up with violence. Again. Peace now and in our neigh- borhoods, too!
I do embrace the Peaceful Community. Even as this is being typed, a usually napping cat has inexplicably made her way from her usual Condo of Solitude to demand my attention. Give me a few minutes and I’ll be right back. ... OK, here I am, back at the keyboard.
Esme is her name -- she’s at least six or seven years old, arrived as a front porch feral kitten and stayed
though her brothers and sisters and mom (no idea about dad!) moved on into new homes. She may have stayed because she resembles our late beloved cat Benchley, named for the writer Robert Benchley by my literatespouse Martha. Esme is named in honor of a major character in the hilarious Chevy Chase/Goldie Hawn/Dudley Moore/Burgess Meredith/Billy Barty film from 1978, Foul Play. The phrase “Kojak! Bang! Bang!” will send some of you older movie fans reeling. FYI, the character of Esme was portrayed by Shirley Python.
Live with a cat and dog -- learn about laughter and love. Well, that rule also applies to life with my funspouse Martha. Anyway, the live with a dog an cat line is a hint to save some lives by adopting from shelters and rescue groups today, this week, this month -- before you’re too set in your ways to accept levity in your existence.
[LARRY ASIDE: Remember adopt for $10 at Dallas Animal Services through October 31. Don't take advantage of that if your either a villain or an idiot. You see above the photo of Luna, the 6-month-old Earhound (German Shepherd mix) and Canelo, just over a year old, a Lab/Basset mix. The cat with the highlighted mugshot is Kit Kat, about 5 month old, and the orange 2-year-old is Wero. See how to adopt them at dallasanimalservices.org where you can also read more about them. Two things: (1) Remind good and decent people that animals can be adopted for $10 at DAS and (2) remind the unpleasantly don’t-care people that every time a needle goes into a dog or cat they are responsible. Boy, if there were ever a time to legalize the Readlarrypowell.com Two-by-Four of Enlightenment, this is it.]
FOR OCTOBER FLIGHTS!
We periodically get notes from the great Tawana Couch about getting animals onto planes so they can fly out of Dallas and the Metrosprawl to safety in other states.
[LARRY ASIDE: When you think about it, it’s pretty close to shameful that in a region with more than 7.2 million people, rescuers would have to hustle money and devote lifetimes to a continuing airlift of Man’s Best Friend to safety across state lines. Am I thinking too much? Well, back to the mission at hand.] The Society For Companion Animals, the organization created and guided by veteran rescuer Tawana Couch, needs volunteers “to help 65 dogs find their forever homes.” The homes aren’t here. They’re at the end of a flight. Tawana’s appeal on Facebook reads, “DATES: Friday, October 12, the afternoon in Dallas boarding places to unload the dogs. Monday, October 15, overnight fosters of small dogs and puppies will be in crates then drop off October 16, Tuesday morning, at DFW airport at 4:15 AM. Get up early before work and help unload dozens of dogs at DFW airport Wednesday October 17 and 18 at 4:15 AM. Loading dogs also help needed on October 16 Tuesday and October 17 Wednesday afternoon at boarding places. PLEASE SHARE THIS POST. IF YOU CAN HELP EMAIL ME AT email@example.com.”
Tawana can help you schedule your time to participate in these life-saving endeavors. Get the story on SFCA and its success at it’s website.
LET’S TALK BARKING
That’s kind of a funny headline when you think about it.
Here’s Readlarrypowell.com’s official opinion: “Barking is a direct link to a personality and a heart. Debarking is pretty darned evil.”
Here’s the deal: We saw a Facebook post from Linda Ross about a petition to outlaw debarking everywhere. Here’s the LINK.
Linda told a personal story, “As an animal advocate who has long tried to be a voice for those who are forsaken I never once thought that I would have a dog who had no bark. We rescued Boco in July from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter after he was accepted into the New England Brittany Rescue. He was silent for the first weekend at our house and it was not until the Monday after when we took him to the vet for a check up that we discovered he had been debarked. He saw a cute little Yorkie that got him excited, but when he opened his mouth to bark the movements were there, but the sounds were not.” She added this emphatic note to her post: “PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION DEMANDING THAT DE-BARKING NOT BE ALLOWED. It is still legal in many states, including Texas. Thank you! And, in case you didn't know, we 'foster failed' and adopted Boco just a month after he arrived in our home and hearts!”
[LARRY ASIDE: I cannot imagine our wonderful dogs without their individual barks. The bark is vital. So is the tail wag. And the ear flop. So, yes, Readlarrypowell.com is also against docking. Once again, here’s that anti-de-barking petition link:
https://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clicktogive/ars/petition/debarking Pass it on.]
BIANCA IN MESQUITE
ONE OF MANY WAITING
The way things are going in Mesquite Animal Services’ shelter, this Earhound Bianca (39752332), a 3- or 4-month-old Lab/Pittie mix, could be on a “Code Red Deadline” by the time you finish reading this sentence. Judi Brown, the Mesquite biographical tipster, spent time with Bianca, who came in as a stray. Judi wrote, “If I had to come up with one word to describe her I would use ADORABLE! Her perky turned-over ears add to her appeal. If I had a choice of a second adjective I would use SWEET! She wags her tail a lot and appears happy but looking into her eyes you can see she is sad. That is probably because she’s too thin and needs groceries. She is hungry. Again in spite of this, she is energetic and fun loving.” Bianca weighs 25 pounds, Judi says, “but judging from her paws she has some growing to do to grow into them. She shares her kennel with another dog without a problem. She actually wagged her tail when meeting a cat but was not interested in meeting the others.” Ask about her by calling the shelter at 972-216-6283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
See Mesquite’s adorable adoptables HERE.
WEATHER, LOBSTERS AND UP THERE!
We’ve begun to wonder about winter. So I checked with The Old Farmer’s Almanac HERE and found that our part of the country is expected to have a “warm, dry” winter. I’ve been in Texas my entire life. Winters are usually warm and dry -- yeah, there’ll be storms you remember, cold spells that freeze their way into your brain. But we remember them because they were different -- not because they were common. ... Last week I mentioned a campaign to adopt lobsters and the whole Lobster Trek in my brain reminded me of Enid Breakstone, the founder of the Queenie Foundation. Enid created the organization in Dallas and named it after the beloved dog she found in downtown Dallas in 1995. Enid and the Foundation (here’s the FACEBOOK LINK relocated to Connecticut in 2005. First time I encountered Enid was in 1995. As I explained in either a newspaper column or a post more than a decade and a half ago, “she’d just saved a 12-pound lobster named Lucy from the display tank at the Wal-Mart in Decatur, Texas. She saved Lucy, bought her an airline ticket and flew her to Maine where she was set free. ... As I’m typing this, it occurs to me that the tallest structures in Arlington are devoted to fun while the tallest structures in Dallas and Fort Worth and most other towns are devoted to pressing the human accelerator in pursuit of profits. Not that Six Flags isn’t profit-oriented, of course. I just opened the sixflags.com page to see that a one-person, single-day ticket in 2018 goes for $81.99. I did some research online and found this passage: In 1961, when the park opened for business, “admission was $2.75 (or $23.00 in 2018) for adults.” Quite the jump in ticket value! No wonder I haven’t been there in 20-something years. (That's a photo from the early days, when Six Flags was a theme park and not a collection of thrill rides.) Here’s a song about money from those lads from Liverpool. CLICK HERE. If there's an ad before you can view the video, well, yeah, it's a profit-oriented society.
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