We’ll get to that rarest of Dallas dogs, the Pit Bull, in a moment. Also we’ll mention the big adoption push at DAS and the big Halloween event at Mazie’s Mission. It’s a busy weekend and we’ve got to make time for some shuteye, too. Here’s our traditional weekend report -- enjoy it, then keep looking.
THE SLUMBERING LITERARY CAT
Our long-running weekend feature, Let Sleeping Dog’s Lie & Napping Cats Nap focuses on a photograph taken around 5:30 a.m. Friday in the international headquarters of Readlarrypowell.com in Oak Cliff, Texas.
Inky the Cocker Spaniel slept in and didn’t bark me out of bed until later than usual, but he did, indeed, bark me awake.
(Martha, bless her heart, sleeps so soundly that to wake her, sweet Bob, her first cat, had to cock his head to bite the underside of her nose -- she brought Bob into the marriage and the first time I heard him wake her up, I came running from the kitchen because, from the scream, I thought Jack the Ripper was in the bedroom! Never got used to that scream. Bob’s gone on -- he’s probably continuing to wake angels, then purr lovingly.)
Adorable Annabelle is more like Martha than Bob -- she likes to sleep quietly. Usually, overnight, she’s curled up in the desk chair with Kittie Leigh, but this time she’d curled up on my keyboard, resting part of her right side on a pack of unopened AA batteries. (Now that she’s awake and moving, I’m afraid to move the batteries -- I don’t want to upset her.)
My theory is she went to sleep while writing. I’ve gone to sleep while writing -- one of my docs had changed my blood pressure medicine and when the first morning pill kicked in, I sort of gently collapsed face-first onto the keyboard. I woke up about a half-hour later with “RTYUI” on my forehead and a space bar imprint on my nose.)
Annabelle doesn’t take meds, except for annual allergies, so the logical conclusion is she was writing when she grew weary and curled up to rest.
Well, now that I think about it, there is one other conclusion. She’d clicked open some of my fiction and it put her out like a light. I prefer to think she was writing rather than reading.
But I’m going to take the hint and spend the weekend trying to catch up on sleep. One weekend ought to do it if I can just figure out a way to curl up on the edge of the keyboard without falling off the desk. Lord knows what that would register on the Richter Scale.
[SEE YOUR DOG OR CAT SLEEPING IN AN ODD POSITION OR SPOT? Catch a deadbeat in-law sleeping while leaning against your open refrigerator door, one hand stretched out toward the last beer in a six-pack? Snap the photo of the critter or the animal and send it to email@example.com. We’ll highlight it in our internationally read weekend feature Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap. These photos are therapeutic and encouraging for my fellow insomniacs. They give the sleepless hope that there is a way to nod off and rest.]
Longtime tipster Tomi Jasso sent Readlarrypowell.com a note about a special pit bull program Saturday and I wised off, “Pit Bulls -- they’re rare in Dallas, right?”
Of course they’re not. And Tomi was tipping us to the North Texas Pit Bull Alliance event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Main Street Garden, 1902 Main, in Downtown Dallas.
You see the poster here. Ah, but in case you would like to have one of these special dogs, there are places to find them. For example, you can go to Dallas Animal Services Shelter & Adoption Center, I-30 at Westmoreland, and -- guess what -- they have a few just waiting for a home. One of them is this dog Lucky, thought to be about two years old and a swell guy. He’s already neutered. You can see him on the adoptables pages at www.dallasanimalservices.org.
This event at Main Street Garden is designed to change public perception of Pit Bull-types. It’s an uphill battle, but, many people will tell you how they live with the sweetest, most adorable dog they’ve ever known, their Pitty baby. Lucky is A852041 at DAS.
SPEAKING OF DAS ADOPTABLES:
Here’s a note from the DAS Facebook page -- the shelter is lagging on its ambition adoption rate for October. Lucky is available. So are scores and scores of other dogs and cats. Get them out of the shelter and save money on syringes and the euthanasia solution Dallas buys in bulk.
AND DON’T FORGET THE MAZIE’S MISSION HALLOWEEN EVENT
Here’s the poster. Click on it to make it larger.
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