EDITION OF TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2018 [PetPowellPress] Welcome to the day after Columbus Day. According to Holiday Insights, our online source, October 9 has been Leif Erikson Day since Congress OK’d it in 1964. The 9th is also National Fire Prevention Day -- this is Fire Prevention Week, so that makes sense.
But the 9th also is listed as National Curious Events Day and National Moldy Cheese Day. Neither of those citations is explained. We will address them in Contemplations today. Now, some animal tales:
A FREE-ROAMING DOG
WAITS IN GARLAND
We got the note on this dog from the veteran rescuer Deborah Verner who has been encountering dogs-in-need for years. She wrote, “There is what looks to be another dumped dog that needs rescue here in Garland. She appears injured and in pain. She desperately needs rescue.
(To offer to help this dog, email Debora at email@example.com.)
The dog is in a “neighborhood near Marion Drive and melody Lane,” Deborah writes, then adds, “She has no collar and is not chipped. She does let one resident touch her, and she hangs out on his porch.
A YOUNG DOG FALLS VICTIM
TO DYI EAR-CROPPING
Terry Lynn Fisher, the rescue angel in Burns Flat, Okla.,. got a message Monday about an ailing dog and she quickly dashed 25 miles to do the rescue.
Later in the afternoon, she wrote, “I am honestly in tears over this girl. The [the people who had her] said she is a year or younger. At some point, someone cropped her tail and ears and did a very bad job of it.
“One ear is almost gone; the other almost just as bad. The cuts have healed, but she has infections inside both.
“She is a skeleton, a few wounds -- God only knows what she has been through.
“The other thing she has is LOVE FOR PEOPLE and THE WILL TO LIVE.
“We will fight to help her beat the odds and live. I know three actual rescues said they didn't have room; they couldn't help her. I do not even know what it means to ‘have room’ -- I never have room, but how could I look the other way on this innocent creature?”
Terry Lynn also wrote that she’d been “feeling a little sorry for myself..Then I am hit with this and realize life is not that bad. I am here for a reason and SHE is one of them.
"I appreciate any help towards her vetting, and then she will need a safe place to go when able.” To offer to help this dog and this rescuer, email remembering_oddball @yahoo.com. Terry Lynn’s go-to vet help is the Elk Creek Clinic, 1301 Airport Industrial, Elk City, Okla. 73655 (call 508-225-4863).
THE CLOCK KEEPS TICKING
ON DOGS IN THE WILMER SHELTER
Laura Macias and Leighann Hayden, two of the peope spearheading efforts to get attention on smaller shelters, are concerned about the fate of three dogs in Wilmer’s small city shelter on I-45 just minutes south of I-20, on the brink of the Dallas City Limits. Many of the dogs at Wilmer are there because they were found in the Dowdy Ferry Road dumping area. Zachary, Olivia (right) and Zeke are likely to be the next to die in the current overcrowding brought on by the arrival of more animals, Laura says. You’ve seen them before on Readlarrypowell.com. Zachary is the 35- pound, year-old Jack Russell/ Border Collie mix. Olivia and Zeke are a couple of young Staffordshire Terriers. Both are “very short and super cute.” Someone abandoned them and they were picked up in the Dowdy Ferry Road area.
Nobody has asked about any of these dogs, Laura says.
To save them, email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 214-949-2726. Facebook Carrie Moody or Laura Macias.
COLUMBUS, LEIF AND VIKINGS:
Curious Events, Moldy Cheese & You
It is often at this time of year that people in America ask, “Who got here first?” And we have no real answer, but we can contemplate things just for the lightweight intellectual exercise. So, please, put on your smart helmets and proceed. For example, we noted that, in addition to Columbus Day and Fire Prevention Day, October 9 is both National Curious Events Day (The Dallas Cowboys celebrated a day earlier, didn’t they!) and National Moldy Cheese Day. But don’t let that make your brown eyes bleu. While Curious Events Day may refer to politics, Moldy Cheese Day may refer to the supplies aboard the vessels guided by Columbus and Leif Eriksen.
FYI, that’s the 1968, six-cent stamp honoring Leif Erikson -- it shows him standing on the bow of his Viking vessel as he pulled it into the Commerce Street Dock in Downtown Dallas, hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus sailed the Santa Maria up the Trinity and would have docked at Commerce Street but the mast on the ship was too tall to go under the Zang Viaduct so Columbus parked there and walked up to Dallas City Hall. Trust me, that load of fiction is about as accurate as any of the Columbus history stories .
The ol’ question has always been “Who discovered America?” and the poem goes “In 14-hundred 92 Columbus sailed the ocean blue” but the reality is where ever both guys landed somebody else was already there. FYI: Since President George W. Bush signed the law in 2008, Native American Heritage Day has been the day after Thanksgiving. We’ll close with this celebration of Vikings, i.e., The Del Vikings and their hit which could have been inspired by Leif Erikson’s speech to potential sailors invited to join him on the big adventure, “Come and Go With Me.”
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