Chill factor? It’s as low in Dallas as that feeling you got when the ref ruled Dez didn’t make a game-winning catch in the playoffs. That’s cold.
These first two are photos of sunrise. The majestic photo with the American flag as the lone colorful spot in a white and black landscape is by our Northeast Bureau Chief Andy Fisher. That is sunrise Thursday over Indian Lake at Denville, N.J.
As Andy said, “You know it's a big storm when Dallas and Denville are getting slugged at the same time!”
The photo of Martha’s Crimson Avenger was snapped this morning as the sun -- the blessed sun! -- began to appear over our neighborhood in Oak Cliff.
Those dogs? The famous Bixby and his Basset pal Buford were photographed romping this morning in their Fort Worth backyard. My teenage son Bart, who turned turned 44 in January, texted me that he’s taking the kids Hannah Rose, Emily Grace and their brother Crash to a nearby park for a sledding expedition. Buford and Bixby chose to stay in the ski lodge and enjoy some hot buttered kibble. “I’m no Husky,” Buford bayed.
That cat? That’s Peaches, who, with Bella the Dog, manages the Fisher home in Denville. The ol’ newshound Andy sent this report Thursday morning: “News item: New Jersey cat endures snowstorm in her (formerly her human's) expensive living-room easy chair...” Yep, we all sacrifice for the comfort of our guiding animals.
NOW, FOR SOME QUICK NOTES ABOUT ANIMALS THAT MAY NOT BE AS FORTUNATE AS THOSE WHO OWN THEIR HUMANS
DUMPED IN EULESS -- This note bounced into the Readlarrypowell.com inbox from several sources. The story is the dog was found out running free in Euless and taken in out of yesterday’s miserable weather. Looks like a “she.” One of the emails read, “Another heeler dumped needs out of weather.”
And this is that dog. To offer to help the dog, call 817-718-3630.
DUMPED IN GRAND PRAIRIE -- Then, there is this obvious Earhound. According too the multi-forwarded note, this “dog was dumped in a Grand Prairie neighborhood.” [LARRY ASIDE: Grand Prairie stretches from just south of DFW Airport to south of Interstate 20 and Joe Pool Lake, so, who know which neighborhood? Doesn’t matter unless someone is looking for the dog and then they might want to
know.] To help the dog, call 214-215-9229.
MEANWHILE IN BURNS FLAT
Terry Lynn Fisher, the relentless but not invulnerable rescuer in Burns Flat, Okla., has been ailing at her outpost in the western edge of Oklahoma -- she’s about 100 miles due north of Wichita Falls, Texas.
She sent an email with a plea for help with a bunch of puppies (those are some samples of her current wards) and some parents -- that Earhound is a daddy of some pups.
Terry Lynn writes, “Due to being ill, I have let these babies get into the URGENT status. I now face loosing them... and yes, I am taking total blame...
“The first set of 6 are about 8 weeks old [and with the family that “owns” them].... The blonde dog (not pictured) Is the momma and the dark one is daddy... I am trying to help get parents spayed and neutered but we need a safe place for babies ASAP... The landlord is threatening to evict them over these dogs... They do not want to take to pound but are getting desperate... I had a rescue offer to take, but they backed out.
“The second set of 5 will be 6 weeks this weekend ... family found momma in country and, shortly after, she had babies.... They want to keep mom and are getting her fixed, but asked for help with babies.”
To help Terry Lynn keeps all these dogs off death row, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILLIE AND WAYLON
I have no idea which is which -- the photos came in separate emails that explained simply that Beagle-mix brothers Willie and Waylon need to be OUT of the Sabine Humane Society in Many, La. Yep, two dogs with Texas names currently held in small shelter in Louisiana. Many is about 90 minutes south of Shreveport. From Dallas you got east on I-20, then turn right at Shreveport.
And, because I am a veteran intrepid reporter, I was able to, through keen investigation, go to the Sabine Humane Society’s website and look at the photos and determine that Waylon is the one who looks less like a Beagle. Both are said to be sweet and wonderful boys. (To help them, go to www.sabinehumanesociety.com or call the shelter’s Ellie Abington at 318-4471-6910.]
[LARRY ASIDE: Probably they should be adopted into one home -- that way they can work on their Beaglesque version of Luchenbach Texas. Get a couple of good ol’ boys like these dogs and you’ll be gettin’ back to the basics of love. Heck, ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain.]
FYI RE: TCAP: How’s that for a collection of letters that says a lot? Might go without saying, but all the TCAP (Texas Coalition for Animal Protection) spay/neuter and vaccination clinics are closed because of the weather today. Check with www.texasforthem.com to follow schedules, make contact regarding surgeries.
A NOTE OF CAUTION BEFORE WE SIGN OFF FOR THE DAY
Readlarrypowell.com has been around animal rescuers for a while. Wind chills in the teens and ankle-deep snow and ice on the roads are no barricades to a lot of animal rescuers -- you people who risk your lives to feed feral cats, get dogs off of weed lots and out of lousy backyards and you angels who stop to grab a lost dog off the side of a road. You folks are valuable and no lecture will keep you from going out today to try to help an animal, but, for crying out loud, be careful. The animals can’t afford to lose you.
A CONTEMPLATION: Many of us are still upset by the incident in Hunt County in which the guy shot two dogs that wandered onto his property. News stories continue to identify the accused person as a firefighter and, yesterday, Readlarrypowell.com suggested that calling whoever did this a firefighter was an insult to real firefighters. Our pal Tomi Ortiz, the rescuer, sent a note about another animal story. Her subject line was “This is what real firefighters do!” and the video shows these heroes rescuing a dog that had become stuck between two walls. Click HERE (and after the advertisement) you’ll see and her firefighters working hard to do what they’re trained to do -- save lives. Kind makes me misty-eyed here on a winter day. Bless the beasts and the firefighters.
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