EDITION OF MAY 24, 2016 (PetPowellPress) -- Walked in Kiest Park Monday afternoon -- remarkable thing? Not that I could complete my journey without the assistance of medical personnel, but that every dog I saw was on a leash and being walked by a smiling owner. Might have seen about a dozen, mostly small, few mid-range size. None barking and going nuts. Just happy little dogs. Perhaps Dallas is evolving from a “dump ‘em in the park” city. That’s one step.
THE LATEST POPULATION COUNT AT DAS
Look at that. Spotted it on the Dallas Animal Services Facebook site Monday when I got back from the park without any new dogs. Still, we don’t have room for a DAS adoptee because we already picked up our city limit on wandering critters. Years ago. So, I’m afraid someone else is going to have to do some adopting to get these dogs into a safe place.
What’s the bargain rate? Twenty-five lousy bucks. That’s right $25. It’s the spring special at DAS. So what? Well, according to the Dallas Animal Services site HERE, that adoption fee include spaying or neutering (LARRY ASIDE: Whichever is appropriate and if you don’t know which is appropriate, maybe you shouldn’t adopt an animal -- you should go back to school and take a biology class). The fee also includes a microchip, current vaccinations and 30-days of pet health insurance.
Experience taught me that you can’t pick up a free dog for $25 in this town. Picking up a free dog is a good deed that may go unpunished and it may produce the greatest reward of your adult life, but it isn’t going to be cheaper than $25.
The shelter hasn’t had this many available dogs in a while -- it is, after all, puppy and kitten season. Also, we’ve had a lot of lousy weather around here and dogs left in backyards tend to run for cover in thunderstorms. If the backyard doesn’t have cover, the dog will make a hole under a fence or even through a fence. And, of course, vacation season is coming and people dump family dogs so they can go off and spend money.
[LARRY ASIDE: It’s kind of disheartening to think that a guy has been writing about animals in Dallas for three decades, maybe more, I lose count, and the same darned problems keep popping up. Doesn’t anyone teach children any more? Are parents depending on some kind of “Get Smart You Dumbass App?” Pardon my entirely accurate French.]
LITERATURE IN THE WORKS
Prize-winning author James Martinez, who, with artist Timothy T. Civic, has produced some wonderful books for the younger set -- all of them featuring animals such as this one with the Pibble! James has tipped us to his next endeavor, a story about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Titled The Word Thief, it involves “Grammy” and her grandchild Drew. We’ll have more on this as it goes along. No reason why youngsters shouldn’t learn about this awful impairment and how it affects lives and how to help other people cope. Helping Tales Publisher has the Martinez/Civic catalog HERE.
YOU KNOW THIS MESQUITE STORY BY NOW
Animals need help. They needed it before they ever got to the shelter, but now they REALLY need it. Humans have, so far, let them down. To respond, email
RESCUES@CITYOFMESQUITE.COM. See the Code Red Facebook listing HERE
KRISTA McANALLY, our longtime tipster, is working as the fund-raising coordinator with The Love Pit Rescue these days and has a report about a fundraiser coming up on June 2. It involves both the “foster-based bully rescue” and HIWAY FOR HEALTH, described as “a local non-profit agency targeting childhood obesity and bullying.”
According to Krista’s report, The Love Pit and HIWAY FOR HEALTH are partnering on June 2 for a silent auction and fundraiser at Sunnyland Outdoor Furniture in Dallas.
The goal? “Gain awareness and support to further serve our community.”
Starts at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, and there’ll be an open bar and appetizers and an auction, too. Catch up with The Love Pit on Facebook HERE. And remember, the best bully is a good dog.
THIS MAY TAKE THE CAKE Operation Kindness is trying to celebrate its 40th anniversary with the “world’s largest dog birthday cake.” This (and all the usual attractions) will occur at the annual Dog Day Afternoon, a free event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Flag Pole Hill north of White Rock Lake. You can’t miss it -- it’s the only hill with a flagpole on that side of the lake. Operation Kindness, the original and largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas, created Dog Day Afternoon years ago -- I forget how many, but it was a bunch -- to recognize dog supporters, adopters and advocates. And, yes, the Afternoon is mostly in the morning to avoid the traditional Texas heat.
This year’s Dog Day Goal? Setting a world record for the world’s largest dog cake. Organizers want to break the current record, set in April 2011 in London. That 68.45 kilogram cake -- What’s that? In American? Oh, 150.91 pounds -- was baked in honor the Royal Wedding of Wills and Kate, er, Prince William, AKA the Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine “Kate” Middleton. It had a Corgi theme -- as you know, Queen Elizabeth is a big Corgi fan. According to the folks at OK, the organization is “working with Catering by Larry to bake a dog friendly cake.” [Trust me, it’s not catering by the Larry writing this sentence.]
Continuing, “More than 600 canine guests will receive a complimentary piece of cake, with the first 100 dogs receiving their cake in a commemorative Blue Buffalo dog bowl.”
That’ll be a big draw, but, honestly, how can it possibly beat the “Puppy Kissing Booth” for attention? Go to operationkindness.org for more info.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Thanks to those of you who responded to and echoed our editorial about the City of Dallas and its needs and challenges. We know there are people who love this town because it’s more than a place to make a buck and then move to a mountain or beachside resort. Heck, this is Texas. Stick around and make it better. ... Summer reading? Anybody think of a summer hit since the year Peter Benchley released Jaws (1974)? Or Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park in 1990? Is there a book that is going to excite the Summer of 2016? ... Things you see on a neighborhood help page. “Hello, I am looking for a reasonable house painter to paint my house inside and out.” The last one must have been unreasonable -- probably didn’t agree with the color selection.
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