EDITION OF THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017 (PetPowellPress) The world gets funnier and funnier, doesn’t it.
This won’t mean beans to half the people reading it but Major League Baseball is dumping the intentional walk -- four pitches outside the strike zone on purpose. A defensive maneuver that sometimes doesn’t work out as planned -- people have been known to stretch out from the plate and hit a bad bad pitch. The idea from the commissioner’s office is to make the game go faster. Stupid. Why? Because baseball could have turned it into a moneymaker. Why not sell the intentional walk to a shoe company. A chain of gyms. The U.S. Army Infantry. Maybe have a lawyer asking, “You’re charged with a crime. Did you do it intentionally? Let us make you safe at home.”
This is a bad decision. Next thing you know, the big leagues will cut back to two outs and two strikes and two bases. If President Trump ever does anything for the real good of the nation, it should be changing baseball commissioners and returning the game to its pastoral glory.
Please help me off this soapbox before I hang my spike in the slats.
As my baseballfanspouse Martha says about baseball, “I just don’t think they should change things.”
Wait, maybe all these stories about changes in baseball are just some of that fake news The Donald keeps talking about. Baseball. It’s sacred. Don’t mess with it.
Operation Kindness and Muenster Pet Foods are teaming today (yep, Thursday the 23rd) to celebrate National Dog Biscuit Day. Our tipster says “all dog adoptions at OK Feb 23-26 will include a complimentary bag of dog treats.”...
Terry Lynn Fisher, our tipster from Burns Flat, way out in western Oklahoma, has issued a warning in that area that people should be on the lookout for coyotes. Oddly enough, we got a tip earlier in the week that someone had spotted coyotes and a bobcat near an undeveloped area in southern Lewisville -- they were near an apartment complex. ...
A “Feline Spay Day Marathon?” Yep. Word is the Spay Neuter Network Crandall Clinic is “holding a marathon spay day for cats on February 28. We are double-staffed with vets and techs to safely spay or neuter 200 cats.” Click HERE to read about it and remember this: Cats won’t drive themselves to the clinic.
DOG STORIES THAT WRENCH THE HEART
Consider this photo.
And consider this photo (A0981832 and her nine newborns)
And consider this photo
That’s ID#A0981558. The animal advocate Kimberly Jones has been following her case at DAS and reports that she was spayed but, also, the puppies she was expecting were dealt with by the shelter and that doesn’t mean they were added to the adoptables list.
To try to help animals in Dallas Animal Services Shelter and Adoption Center, become a rescue partner, adopt some dogs, spay/neuter your pets. Go to dallasanimalservices.org to see how to help.
HELPING A DOG AND A HUMAN
For this edition, we turn to the manager of The Colony’s Animal Shelter, Mark Cooper, known to many in the animal community because of his stellar work with Dallas Animal Services, then Operation Kindness before taking his current position. He posted this great report on Facebook Wednesday and it’s inspirational for people who worry about animals. “Greatest story...that made my day!! On Thursday we received a call that a woman from Richardson who was driving through The Colony began having shortness of breath. She pulled off the toll and stopped at an Urgent Care Center. They determined she was having a heart attack and called for an ambulance.
"They then called us out because they were transporting her to Baylor Carrollton BUT she had her companion pet in the car with her. We took the dog into Protective Custody until we could reconnect with family or the owner herself. With no information I set on a little journey to locate the owner. I called two hospitals with little luck. No one can give out information due to HIPAA laws. After explaining my reason for searching I had ever hospital nurse in Carrollton helping me locate this owner.
"I finally found her yesterday and was able to speak with her. Thankfully she was released from the hospital today. I met her with 'Aussie,' the dog, to reunite them.
"Momma was so worried and Aussie was so depressed without momma. We never took her to the kennels. Instead we left her in the front office with the staff day and night, trying to make her feel more comfortable. In the process we all got very attached! It was obvious this was a couch dog who was used to having momma 24/7.
"It was a sweet reunion. Both were beyond excited!! Makes the heart happy to see these types of outcomes! My motto, treat everyone's beloved pet as I would want mine treated in a similar situation! "
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