EDITION OF HANNAHDAY, 2015 (PetPowellPress) -- OK, let’s try to do something good for the animals. And something else good for Fair Park and the State Fair of Texas.
In a moment we’ll explain that great lookin’ dog in the photo.
And, in another item, we’ll discuss an incident reminiscent of “The Tale of the Brink Collie.”
Please read on.
AN ISSUE THAT NEEDS PUBLIC SUPPORT AND DISCUSSION
Say it ain’t so, Tex.
Dear Readers, you’ve probably already heard about this Fair Park issue. Readlarrypowell.com has a preference in a proposal that would reduce the physical size of the State Fair of Texas.
It's this: Don’t shrink the State Fair of Texas; make the Fair bigger. Protect Fair Park from “progress.” It’s a treasure; protect it from the entrepreneurial spirit. Let stability reign.
This town destroys enough things for the sake of progress. There are plenty of non-historic buildings in downtown Dallas that could be targeted. Or rehabilitate entire regions on the south side of the Trinity River that are crumbling. Save the Fair; save Fair Park. Save the south side of town. Pay attention to the difference between North Dallas and South Dallas. Heck, make both sides of town better.
We’ll now entertain discussions of why protecting a great historic park, a gem of Texas, by increasing it’s size is a worse idea than turning it into something that might or might not work, i.e., do you want to experiment with something as precious as this greatest collection of art deco buildings? Read State Fair President Mitchell Glieber’s sensitive message here.
A key passage: “The Fair currently operates in 277 acres. This proposal relegates the State Fair of Texas to one-third of that space in a corner of the park with no infrastructure for operations. This would discontinue use of the historic buildings, like the Centennial, the Automobile, the Pan-Am Arena, the Creative Arts Building, the Music Hall, the Embarcadero, the Women's Museum Building, the Esplanade, Marine Corps Square, the Tower Building and Big Tex Circle. This proposal would effectively end the 129-year tradition of the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.”
Readlarrypowell.com, a witness to this city’s behavior since the early 1970s, recalls that the geniuses downtown have already let the Dallas Cowboys move out of Dallas, passed up a chance to have a big league baseball team in the heart of the city and let the suburbs land some big companies and huge business complexes. The City of Dallas should concentrate on attracting substantial business while preserving Fair Park and the State Fair of Texas.
Again, feel free to discuss -- click on comments below this edition.
A CAT IN CAGE A879703
The veteran rescuer, cat fan and all-round swell human being Andy Allen sent a note about this cat, Fluffy, at Dallas Animal Services in Cage A879703, she reports.
Andy says her “friend Molly the Cat Whisperer says this one is very special. His name is Fluffy. His people surrendered him, and Molly can’t imagine why. Fluffy is very unsure about where he is. He needs a quiet patient home asap.”
You know the drill. Go to the big shelter at I-30 and Westmoreland and meet him. Go to dallasanimalservices.org to see how to adopt and, also, navigate to the list of cats and dogs at the shelter (though late Thursday, Fluffy did not appear on the list).
[LARRY ASIDE: Remember, Dallas Animal Services is the go-to place for dogs and cats if you don’t want to simply cruise Dowdy Ferry Road or the Red Bird area and just pick ‘em up as they’re dumped.]
Karen Lee, the animal advocate who keeps an eye on lots of shelters, forwarded a note about this “older girl” from a Mansfield Animal Care and Control Staffer. (Call 817-276-4799 to ask about the pup.)
The dog is a “senior, tiny, female, tri-colored sweetie Chi lap-warmer,” according to the explanation.
According to the staff at the shelter, “Have this older gal who was running around a parking lot when we picked her up. She is a pretty little thing who would sit on my lap all day long if I let her. She eats canned food, no issue. I gave her a Capstar but have done nothing else as she will not go into adoptions. She is a senior and a sweetie. Know anyone that can help her in her last years? Please let me know. Marilyn, Mansfield Animal Care and Control 817-276-4799.”
And if you go to the Mansfield website HERE you’ll see this line: “Free Fridays Each Friday pets are free to adopt!”
A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY
Way back in the 1970s, my late friend, the author Milton Hartsell, got his kids a puppy. It looked like a Border Collie puppy. He says his kids asked him, “Dad, is this a Border Collie?” and he told them, “No, he’s a Brink Collie -- he’s just right on the brink of being a Collie.”
And when I got a note from Tammy Baker of local Boston Terrier Rescue, it reminded me of Milt’s story.
Tammy said, “We took in what was said to be a 6 month old Boston Terrier and it is not Boston at all. It is a Terrier/Pit Bull mix, we think, and now we need another rescue for her.
“She is six months old and has not had any training. She will be getting completely vetted on Friday but we need a rescue and/or foster for her after that. She is very sweet and looks to be in good health. Just needs some guidance. Weighs about 30 pounds.”
You can adopt or rescue this beautiful lap dog -- she’d be a lap dog at our house!-- by emailing email@example.com. The website is texasbostons.com.
MEANWHILE IN IRVING
As the weekend arrives, I hate to tell you about the undeniably cute dog you missed and somebody else got. Look at that face, those ears, that coloring. That Scarlett is a dog with a future in the art world. Shelter walker Russell Posch included her photo among the “rescued, adopted and reclaimed by owner pictures in his daily report. That’s HERE .
And, as is his system, Russell included the urgent dogs at the Irving Animal Services shelter and there are two -- Vince and Sancho, left to right -- who have been THE ONLY TWO DOGS on the “could be next to the needle” list for a few days. You can read about them HERE.
Heck, read about the Irving cats HERE and try to save all the dogs and cats by calling the rescue hotline at 972-721-3597 and following up with an email to both of these addreses, Rescueapet@cityofirving.org and Adoptapet@cityofirving.org. The shelter’s business phone numbers are 972-721-2256 or 57.
Vince and Sancho are down on their luck. They're not as dynamically attractive as Scarlett, but they are dogs who have hearts and souls and who will give you love without having to be groomed much more than a bath now and then. Low-maintenance dogs, unless they have a contract demanding cable tv and chauffeurs.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Did I type “HANNAHDAY” in that opening dateline? Sorry, it’s March 27, 2015, the birthday of my palindromic granddaughter Hannah. She’s 14 -- full name Hannah Rose -- and a gifted musician and animalfan. Takes after her grandfather, except for the musician part. I do own a couple of guitars, but I can’t even play Happy Birthday on ‘em. If I could play Happy Birthday for Hannah Rose, I would wish that it could sound like THIS and have the same supporting cast as you'll see in the video. ... I remember when I was 14: I saw George Washington riding through our village in Bowie County. Perhaps I dreamed that after studying American History and Introduction to Fiction at the same time, then having a big glass of milk from Elsie the Cow. ... That is the beautiful Hannah Rose in a studious mode while her brother Connor, AKA Crash, enjoys balancing while reading. The person behind the tortilla mask is the artistic and beautiful middle child, the entertaining Emily Grace. They all love dogs and cats and inherited a sense of humor from everyone in their family tree. Kind of entertaining bunch of kids. And they all play golf. I see millions in grandfather's future.
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