TexasEscapes.com Texas Escapes Online Magazine: Travel and History
Columns: History, Humor, Topical and Opinion
Over 1600 Texas Towns & Ghost Towns
NEW : : TEXAS TOWNS : : GHOST TOWNS : : FEATURES : : COLUMNS : : ARCHITECTURE : : IMAGES : : SITE MAP
HOME
SEARCH SITE
ARCHIVES
RESERVATIONS
Texas Hotels
Hotels
Cars
Air
Cruises
 
  Texas : Features : Columns : N. Ray Maxie :

"Shadow's In the Moonlight"

by N. Ray Maxie
N. Ray Maxie
Living in a city with strictly enforced animal control laws is really hard on some of our "best friends", our pets. Now please don't get me wrong, I strongly support a good and enforceable animal control ordinance. Our dog law does need to be vigorously enforced upon some of the most unruly, vicious and dangerous dogs that often roam our streets. Sometimes they are habitual strays or maybe an animal the owner just doesn't care for, doesn't want or can't control. Some dog breeds like the pit bulldogs or bull terriers are simply hard for even strong adults to control and they can be killers.

It's just that my heart bleeds for all our friendly, loveable, fuzzy little canines that have to be contained in a small area or kept on a leash. These most often are adorable family pets for small children to love and bond with. Breeds like, for example, Pomeranians, Chihuahuas, Poodles, Pekinese, Shelties and maybe Beagles, Dachshunds or Collies, to name a few. There are probable many others that don't immediately come to mind.

My point here is, it is not normal and is very un-natural for an animal to be contained in a small area and not allowed to roam free, coming and going as it pleases. Freedom was given to animals by nature from the beginning of time. But today we've become totally consumed with our modern lifestyles of rush, rush, work, work, family and play. In the interest of public safety and convenience, officials have had to take control where others become negligent or fail to exert proper control. Dangerous animals have to be caged and those that have become a nuisance, removed from society.


Several years ago, I constructed for our family pet, a dog pen about twelve feet square. That gives him room to romp and play when he has to be closely confined, generally at night. Later, I strung a long one/quarter inch steel cable for about 150 to 200 feet between two trees. The cable is about ten feet above the ground with a pulley and dog chain attached to it. Our pet can run up and down the full length of the cable at will. His days are spent with a great amount of freedom attached to that long run of cable. We are blessed to have the space in the city to do that. Additionally, we will frequently take him out in the evening with a leash for a long walk on the street.

"Shadow" is his name; jumping and playing is his game, forever asking someone to play ball with him. He is a Pomeranian / Sheltie cross breed and a wonderful little pet he is. He is very playful and a super fun little dog. When we first got him, I would never have imagined he would become so much fun. Now sadly, just recently the vet says "poor little Shadow" has heartworms. We are vigorously treating his condition and hopefully recovery will be successful and complete.

He was eight weeks of age when my grandson Zachary, then age four and I picked "Shadow" up at the breeder's place. Zachary immediately named his little doggie "Shadow". The name comes from the wise old Golden Retriever in the video "Homeward Bound - The incredible Journey", by Walt Disney pictures, which Zachary had enjoyed watching time and time again. So "Shadow" became the name of choice and a good one.

Many months later on a beautiful moonlight night about bedtime my wife and I, with Zachary were looking out the dinning room window toward the dog pen. The pen is way out past the driveway, but we could clearly see the doggie moving around in the bright moonlight. Zachary said, "Look, Shadow's in the moonlight!"

Isn't that a popular song by singer Anne Murray?
N. Ray Maxie
piddlinacres@consolidated.net
"Ramblin' Ray"
January 1, 2006


More Texas Animals
DVD
Homeward Bound - The incredible Journey
 
TEXAS TOWN LIST | TEXAS GHOST TOWNS | TEXAS COUNTIES
Texas Hill Country | East Texas | Central Texas North | Central Texas South |
West Texas | Texas Panhandle | South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast
TRIPS | STATES PARKS | RIVERS | LAKES | DRIVES | MAPS

TEXAS FEATURES
Ghosts | People | Historic Trees | Cemeteries | Small Town Sagas | WWII |
History | Black History | Rooms with a Past | Music | Animals | Books | MEXICO
COLUMNS : History, Humor, Topical and Opinion

TEXAS ARCHITECTURE | IMAGES
Courthouses | Jails | Churches | Gas Stations | Schoolhouses | Bridges | Theaters |
Monuments/Statues | Depots | Water Towers | Post Offices | Grain Elevators |
Lodges | Museums | Stores | Banks | Gargoyles | Corner Stones | Pitted Dates |
Drive-by Architecture | Old Neon | Murals | Signs | Ghost Signs | Then and Now
Vintage Photos

TRAVEL RESERVATIONS | USA

Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Recommend Us
Contributors | Staff | Contact TE
TEXAS ESCAPES ONLINE MAGAZINE
Website Content Copyright 1998-2007. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. All Rights Reserved
This page last modified: January 1, 2007