EDITION OF THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018 [PetPowellPress] I love dogs and cats and I frequently love sarcasm though it’s rarely connected to a dog or cat. Right?
I’m late announcing this, but according to a number of online sites, October is National Sarcasm Awareness Month. Yeah, like we need to an announcement for that.
So, in honor of the month, I will offer a quote from folklorist/educator Alan Dundes that I suspect my witspouse Martha will apply to me: “Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.”
That cat? Simon. Our baby. I woke him when the Chicago Cubs coughed up a Wild Card hairball early Wednesday morning Dallas time. He sat on my chest and glared at me sarcastically in this action shot. It’s his first baseball season. Like the Texas Rangers' front office. Dang, there I go again, celebrating sarcasm.
SOMEONE HANDS OFF
THEIR DEVOTED CHIHUAHUAS
We learned about this development in a note from Sydney Busch of Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake. She told us about a couple of Chihuahuas in the care of animal advocate and rescuer Judy Hall. They’re available. Molly (left) and Cinnamon, are a couple 3- to 5-year-old, tiny, bonded girls -- adopted from a breeder -- who were handed off because their humans have decided to travel and the dogs no longer fit in. That happens, it just never happened to Molly and Cinnamon before and they were a bit staggered by the loss of their humans. But, Judy says, the dogs are adorable and loving and easy to love. They just need a good home now. To ask about them call or text 972-672-5579. And, yes, they’ll need to be spayed -- and Molly will need repair for a small abdominal hernia. Other than that, they’re perfect dogs. “The sweetest little things,” Judy says. She works with the Henderson County Humane Society in Athens.
[LARRY FYI: It’s in Near East Texas but all the roads are paved so no reason not to drive over -- it’s less than 90 minutes southwest of Dallas on Highway 175.]
The Society has such a deal on spay/neuter: For $20 you get a voucher to get either done within a month and your animal will “even get a rabies shot if they need it,” Judy says. Here’s the LINK to the Society’s Facebook page.
THIS ONE IS GOING
TO BREAK YOUR HEART
Dear Readers: I just couldn’t start this edition with such a sad story. This paragraph got to me. It’s from the account of this incident by Sharon Epstein of Red Collar Rescue in Houston. She wrote of the arrival at the emergency vet’s: “They were expecting a very distressed dog. He greeted them with a tail wag and gladly got transferred from my arms to the tech - like ‘oh great, a hug from another person’."
The dog had been named “Archer” when things were hopeful. He was found on Sunday with an arrow that penetrated part of his school and pierced his torso. Our pal Alexandra Kelsey of Houston summarized the situation: “This is the short story: A cute, 24-lb. one-year old dog was found in a neighborhood with an arrow sticking out of his neck. Animal Control got the dog and a fabulous local rescue, Red Collar stepped in. The dog got amazing vet care, including at Texas A&M, but despite heroic efforts, he didn’t survive. This sweet puppy was named Archer. He was a darling, loveable pup, even with an arrow lodged in his body.
“Local law enforcement is keen to find the perpetrator, and there is now a $7,500 reward. However, Red Collar is out of pocket about $10,000 for the care Archer got. They didn’t spare any effort to save this dog. “I know Red Collar and all of Archer’s doctors are so upset. If you could help defray the cost of trying to save Archer, here is a link to donate: https://redcollar.org/donate/.”
Call Crimestoppers at 713-222-TIPS to report info about the villain who killed Archer.
As you can see from the X-ray, that arrow did horrible damage. He faced such a challenge in this long, long medical attempt to save his life. Ultimately, according to one of Sharon Epstein’s notes, “Archer's chest kept filling up with air so the surgery team stayed late and went back in for another surgery. Archer went into cardiac arrest. CPR was given but not successful. It was all just too much for his body. It is all just so sad. At least he got hugs and loves and had tender care, and did not die a horrible, painful death alone on the streets.”
[LARRY ASIDE: Dear Readers, I’m a pretty peaceful guy -- just not in this case. Not in this case at all. But I'm lawful. So I hope the folks from Texas Humane Legislation Network can use the story of Archer to wring some harder time for these villains out of the Texas Legislature. I want to cry. And I may. I am darned sure going to hug my rescued dogs and vow to support thorough prosecution of the evil person who killed this dog.]
ONE MORE FROM WILMER:
PART OF A CRUELTY CASE
This girl Ashlee is said to be a Beagle mix. Our contacts in the efforts to help the Wilmer Animal Shelter keep the inventory safe, Laura Macias and Leighann Hayden, report that the “precious pup ... was confiscated as part of a cruelty case but then had to be returned to owner due to not enough evidence. Fortunately, the owner released her back to the shelter after the ACO found her out and about, not being cared for.
"She is precious and lovable, and just as sweet as can be,” the bio reads.
To ask about this 8-month-old girl (and the dogs cited in our Wednesday morning edition-- Zachary, Maria, Olivia and Zeke) email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 214-949-2726. Facebook Carrie Moody or Laura Macias.
HOW DOES A DOG LIKE THIS
WIND UP ON DEATH ROW?
Consequences of human behavior, that’s the answer. Layla (39758147) is a 2- or 3-year-old, 58-pound Lab mix stray who arrived at the Mesquite Animal Shelter on September 25 and on October 3 she was revealed to be a Code Red dog who’d earned a reprieve on death row -- for a little while. Humans will still have to race the Grim Reaper to save her. Mesquite’s volunteer animal biographer Judi Brown visited Layla and reports, “Since she took some time to decompress, she didn’t present herself well for the first few days. Now she has decided that humans are her friends if they will just take time to be gentle with her. She is timid. She is really sweet and stays close by because she likes to be petted. ... She sat for treats. She may be house trained! She went nose to nose with several dogs. She even went nose to nose with one cat but jumped back when it snarled at her.” To ask about adopting or rescuing Layla, call the shelter at 972–216- 6283 or email email@example.com.
FAKE ALERT, CLASSROOM HISTORY, MUSIC
So, yeah, I was sitting in a quiet room typing about 1:18 p.m. Wednesday when that “fake alarm” from President Trump went off on my cell phone. Startling. (That’s my literary partner, The Senator, startled into a sitting position by the “fake alert.”) I’d been startled earlier because at noon the nearby City of Dallas civil alarm siren gave off its “fake alarm.” As if, for National Sarcasm Awareness Month I was not alarmed enough already. ... I got an email Wednesday from the Legacy of Texas folks about a little bit of history, “cattle trailing,” they called it. The Rawhide generation (that’s a TV reference) calls it “cattle drives,” maybe. Anyway, it reminds me that I really hope the people who plot the progress of education in Texas don’t decide to dump Texas History as a vital class to all students. That basic foundation of history helps build a curiosity in humans so they’ll continue to learn about their state and it’s connections long after they “escape” the classroom. Here’s a link to the Legacy “cattle trailing” note. Legacy of Texas reminds, “All proceeds support the Texas history education efforts of TSHA (Texas State Historical Assciation).” .... We’re going to close with music. First, in France, the great Charles Aznavour died Monday. You may recall the English translation of his biggest American hit, a version by the country singer Roy Clark, translated as Yesterday When I Was Young. Here’s Aznavour performing his version Hier Encore in French. And, back in America, Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham of Lubbock also died Monday. She’s the “Peggy Sue” who inspired the great ‘50s hit by treasured Texas rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Buddy Holly. Here’s an old TV video of Buddy Holly and The Crickets performing Peggy Sue and here’s a better recording with assorted photos. And FYI, any Texas History course that doesn’t mention Buddy Holly is clearly “fake history.”
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