EDITION OF THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016 (PetPowellPress) -- Today is National Get a Grip Day. I made that up. But who among us doesn’t need to get a grip now and then.
We’re going to write about some animals. You know why? Because animals need help and, unlike humans, they can’t write for themselves. Except for some of them.
As I was typing this, the TV was turned to The Mysteries of Laura and Debra Messing delivered a line about a “needle in a haystack.”
When’s the last time you saw a haystack? Maybe the phrase should be a “needle in shag carpet.” Hmmm. That won’t work either. When’s the last time you saw any shag carpet? In 2014 there were stories that shag carpet was making a comeback -- of course, there were also stories that the Loch Ness Monster was around, Abominable Snowman was haunting the mountains and the legendary Fouke Monster was still roaming the woods and river bottoms from Jefferson, Tx., to Fouke, Ark. (That’s the poster from Charles Pierce’s 1972 film about the Monster.)
So, here’s today’s report.
SOME DOGS IN FORNEY
Does that dog look exactly like a Texas dog oughta look , or what! How ‘bout them boots!
We got the tip on these dogs from Karen Lee of Barkleyworld.com. She’s an advocate, a rescuer, a promoter of the Trinity Gap Rescue efforts, etc. And this is a note about animals from the Forney Animal Shelter on the east side of the metrosprawl.
Christi Whitfield sent the note and photos and wrote, “We have a couple babies in need of rescuing in Forney again and I could really use your help! Both are males. The black/tan male is approximately 6-7 months and the solid black with neck wound (not sure what caused that at this time) is around 12 weeks.”
Later she filed an update explaining that “as suspected, the wound on the black dog’s neck is from an embedded collar. He’s going to need some medical attention.”
Call the Forney shelter at 972-564-7397, Christi says. [LARRY ASIDE: Here you see the “good” photos of these dogs. But if you want to see the shameful wound on this little black dog’s neck, you can see it by clicking on this small version and making it grow big enough to gag you. Some of you may never have seen such a thing -- the damage that can be done when jerks put a collar on a dog and just leave it there. I don’t know what these idiots think, that the collar automatically expands as the puppy grows? Idiots. Sometimes it’s so bad that vets have to surgically remove the collars from WITHIN the flesh. You see, there really is a need for the Open Carry Two-by-Four of Enlightenment. Really.]
A SAVANNAH CAT?
This one was forwarded to us with the subject line “Savannah Male Cat Named Friday Needs a Good Home.”
We want the cat to get a good home. (Ask about adopting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. May be slow in responding.)
The cat note read, “This 6 year old Savannah male cat is looking for a new home. He is healthy, large in size, neutered, and isn't due for his shots until later this year. He does play aggressively and still has his front claws so if you have small children it is recommended that he be declawed. His name is Friday.”
Well, of course, readlarrypowell.com is official aghast at declawing and doesn’t recommend it. We’d suggest you (a) teach the kids not to tease the cat and (b) get protective gear for the kids -- all kids need a suit of armor.
The other thing is, readlarrypowell.com swears it should never try to guess a cat’s breed from online photographs.
Savannah Cats are mixes of domestic cats and Serval cats (wild cats from Africa) and they range in weight from around 7 pounds to 40 pounds, depending on genetics. They are pretty and they have distinct coating, but this one, rather than a Savannah Cat seems to be more like an Oak Cliff Cat. The collage is of Friday. The mugshot is of Oak Cliff Wanderup Cat Deputy Chief Kittie Leigh Johnson who I nudged awake in order to take this photo. She has never been to Savannah. That I know of.
A HANDSOME DOG, A DOG WITH NEEDS
You never know what’s going to show up in an animal shelter, for example this great looking stray currently in the are of Denton’s Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center. He becomes available on Saturday if his humans don’t show up and claim him.
He’s got a back leg issue (nobody’s sure what just yet -- vet sees him on Friday). And, he’s apparently vision-impaired.
As Amy Poskey’s note said, “We do know that this sweetie pie is very sweet , very friendly and a lover boy in every way.”
He’s called Naylor and is listed as a 5-8-year-old Australian Shepherd. Call the shelter at 940-349-7594 or email email@example.com.
CONTEMPLATIONS: This is not a political comment, it is a media comment. I heard a newsman refer to Donald Trump as a “populist” candidate -- it is tough for me to see how a multizillionaire with all those high-dollar contacts can be called a “populist.” FYI: Texas Congressman Wright Patman was a populist. Of course, he was a Democrat before the Reagan Revolution -- elected to Congress in 1928 (pre-Depression), took, office in early 1929 and served until he died on March 7, 1976. You should look him up and see what a populist does besides shoot off his mouth. Maybe, as you walk through a town where the only grocery/drug store just closed due to a change in corporate strategy, look at the way The Robinson-Patman Act of 1936 protected Mom ‘n’ Pop stores. Sorry. Went geezer on you -- I’m a person of the future, but I’m also a person of the past who believes humans are stupid enough to make the same mistakes over and over again. ... This is the wackiest presidential campaign ever. Not the most heartbreaking, though. That was in 1968. You know how the fate of a nation can turn on a dime? That’s what happened in the Ambassador Hotel just after midnight on June 5, 1968, when, a court found, Sirhan Sirhan assassinated a hope for a generation, Bobby Kennedy. The convicted murderer was denied parole again Wednesday. Claims he doesn’t remember a thing. There are some people who won’t get to spend enough time in jail. RFK died; RMNixon was elected. Watergate (even Populist Patman had a role in exploring that crime). ... I’ll try to finish this on the upbeat: The Dallas City Council voted 8-7 Wednesday to deny access to the city’s convention center to the Exxxotica expo. Wash your eyes out with this art work -- your Dallas City Council has never had to vote on the appropriateness of a pet exposition. Of course, the animals at these events are always properly clad. And they can’t even vote. Yet.
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