Saturday, August 19!👗👗👗💄
Noon to 9 p.m. – WORCESTER COMMON PLAZA!❤
FREE TO ALL!👠
Local talent, local artists, food, fun, salsa under the stars…
And her Peggy Sue!:
Two Awesome Dogs that Need Homes to Call Their Own … and a Little Summertime Advice for Pet Owners
Text and photos by Dorrie Maynard
The first pup is called “Pinky Pie,” named after the pink horse from “My Little Pony.” Worcester Animal Rescue League staffers gave her that name because when she came in to the animal shelter on Holden Street, she was pink with very little fur. That’s because Pinky Pie has food allergies and probably seasonal allergies as well, which makes her skin pinkish looking – even though most of her “hair” has grown in!
Pinky Pie came into WARL as an owner-surrender. I imagine her owners couldn’t deal with her allergies. Pinky has been at WARL since October of 2016! She came in as a puppy and is now two years old! I am sure the reason why she has been at WARL so long is because of her allergies: she needs special food and medication, which can be expensive. And Pinky needs to be in a home where she is the only animal.
Both factors work against her adoption. She is a very good girl and small for a pit but strong as an ox. She can be around children, although she does have some issues with food and toys. She loves car rides, long walks and lots of play time. She is very high energy. A home with a really sturdy fence would be ideal.
The other dog I would like you to meet is “Mister.” He also needs to be in a home where he is the only animal. He came to WARL in October of 2016 as well, and came in as a stray.
Mister’s head is tilted, and the WARL staffers believe that is because of some sort of head trauma. WARL staffers think he is about 5 years old. They also believe that whatever happened to his head kind of left him in a “puppy state of mind.” He is a big lug that likes to lounge around and loves to play.
Both of these dogs have been at WARL for a very long time, and being in a shelter environment is not good for their spirit or well being. If you have room in your heart and can provide a home for either one of these dogs, WARL would be most grateful, Pinky and Mister would be most ecstatic, and I would be most happy.🌸
If you would like more information on either Pinky Pie or Mister, you can find their bio’s on the WARL website, and you can visit them at WARL noon – 5 p.m., 7 days a week. WARL is located on Holden Street in Worcester.
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone who has pets: Please do not leave them unattended in a car. Even though you may think having the windows cracked or rolled down, and your car may be in the shade, the inside of your car becomes like an oven in no time.
Last year I was in the Walmart parking lot and saw a dog panting in a parked car. I saw no water and the car was parked in the hot sun. I went into Walmart and got a police officer who was on duty and he sort of laughed and said, “What do you want me to do about it?” I quickly said: “Make an announcement or break the window! The dog is in distress!” He followed me to the car, then sent the teen who was with him to get something to unlock the car door. I looked over before leaving – he had the dog in his arms. So I knew the dog would be fine. I am not so sure he would have been willing to make the effort if the dog had not been a small dog…??? If you see a dog in a parked car this summer, please call the police and report it – you could save his or her life!
I think signs should be posted in ALL parking lots telling people to NOT leave their dogs in cars. (I have seen them in Vermont) We have signs posted that tell you not to feed seagulls. How about saving a dog’s life, instead of worrying about people feeding the seagulls?
I also think that if a dog is left in a car and the police are notified, the owner should be fined or ticketed. I know in some states it is legal to break the windows out of a car if you see a dog in distress … not sure if that pertains in MA… I for one, would not hesitate to smash a car window and suffer the consequences, if necessary. I do carry a small hammer-type tool that is designed to break glass in my car…Please, don’t make me use it!!!
By Ron O’Clair
It was with profound sadness that I discovered that the news item I had seen concerning a man found dead in a burning home off Greenwood Street was actually someone I had interacted with through the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous: David Carlson. I myself am a recovering alcoholic. I have been in recovery for 35 years!
When I first met David, he was high to the point that he tripped and fell down the third floor stairs of a mutual friend whom we both were helping to move from a third floor apartment to a fourth floor (!!) apartment! During the move, in one of the many treks up and down those wooden stairs, he lost his footing, slid down to the next level, taking out one of the balustrades in the bannister on his way down. With the luck that seemed to belong to David during falls, he was not seriously injured and insisted in continuing with the job at hand, which I am here to tell you, Rose, I do NOT plan on repeating any time in the future!
As I have been associated with the various recovery programs for multiple years – AA, NA, AL ANON – I try my best to reach out a hand to those who could benefit from the simple AA program of recovery and perhaps help them to deal with their own problems with addiction to one substance or another. Hopefully, to get better ONE DAY AT A TIME as the A.A. motto goes. David was one of the people I met along my own journey to sobriety, and I recognized right away he could benefit from the program.
We became friends during Rose’s brutal move, and I began taking David along with me to AA meetings soon afterwards. David had a very long and distinguished career of trying to quit drinking and using; he had even gone to many expensive treatment centers, trying to get to a point that he could put down the stimulants for good. For whatever reason, David could not remain alcohol- and drug-free for any substantial length of time.
I did what I could to try to get David to stay away from that first drink or drug, offered to take him to AA meetings, offered to take him to anywhere he thought he needed to go to get better, One Day At A Time. I spent hours in discussions with David, and during those discussions learned a lot about him.
David was well educated, intelligent, effusive and very likeable – the “life” of the party you might say. It was generally a pleasure to have his company! He was one of the rare ones who are able to remain civil and jovial, even when intoxicated, which was generally his condition most days of our acquaintance. Sure, he could be petulant and moody like anyone else, but I had never seen him become aggressive or violent either under the influence or sober. For me to read how David was brutally killed was shocking. I couldn’t quite grasp how David Carlson could have been a victim of such a horrible demise.
My first thought upon reading the Worcester Police Facebook Page account of the crime, without realizing that they were talking about David Carlson, was that it was some type of gay lovers’ spat that spiraled out of control, ending in the 54-year-old person’s death. That is what I got from what I read posted on Facebook. Then I found out from Rose that it was David Carlson who had been killed, apparently just the way I had surmised by reading between the lines of the WPD post.
David was a perpetual victim of those who preyed upon his generosity.
This observation is based upon my own observances and knowledge acquired during the course of our friendship. David had been victimized repeatedly by those on the fringes of our society whom he tried to “help.” He was often robbed, assaulted … What transpired still came as a shock to me, though in reflection, I suppose it was inevitable, due to his inability to achieve and maintain lengthy sobriety from alcohol and drugs.
The people he associated with while under the influence did not truly care about David Carlson as a person. They cared about what he could do for them or, more to the point, what they could manage to deprive him of through theft and deception, to enable them to get drunk or high at David’s expense.
It is an endemic problem in our society of late. There are many David Carlson’s out there, trying to “help” addicts and alcoholics, while at the same time battling their own addictions. There are many scams, thefts and lies that are perpetrated upon people like David in the quest for money to buy either booze or drugs in order to maintain a “high.” David had been a victim repeatedly, and he got dragged back into the life that killed him at the hands of these “friends” whom he himself was trying to “help” into recovery. People he sincerely liked.
But if you surround yourself with people who want to get drunk and high, your chances are not good of maintaining a healthy friendship – or your own state of sobriety. If you surround yourself with people who don’t drink and drug, your chances are greater that you will succeed in your sobriety. Unfortunately for David Carlson, he was perhaps not able to tell who his friends were in reality. True friends don’t continue to enable someone to fall into alcoholism and drug abuse and all the pitfalls that kind of existence comes with. True friends try to help someone get better one day at a time without being judgmental. I considered David Carlson a friend, one who will be missed but not forgotten.
Perhaps David’s death will make someone else who is battling the demons of alcoholism and drug addiction take a moment to reflect on their own choices and make a change in their own life before it’s too late.
“I am responsible, whenever anyone anywhere reaches out a hand for help, I want the hand of A.A. to be there, and for that, I am responsible”
Rest in peace, my friend David Carlson …
Your friend, Ronald O’Clair…
For Davey, from Rose💙:
TODAY! … Sale! … Vintage, industrial, bookcases, tableware, records (lps, 45s and 78s), CDs, guitars, antiques, neon signs, jewelry, collectibles, vintage toys, signs, prints, toy trucks and cars, comic books, lighting …
Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St., Worcester!
Open Mon. – Sat., 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(and some Sundays)
pics: Rose T.
They sell an abundance of 💚: Vintage, industrial, bookcases, tableware, records (lps, 45s and 78s), CDs, guitars, antiques, neon signs, jewelry, collectibles, vintage toys, signs, prints, toy trucks and cars, comic books, lighting …
Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St., Worcester
Open Mon. – Sat., 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(and some Sundays)
pics: Rose T.
By Teresa Chagrin
He was deaf, blind, elderly and emaciated. His fur was matted, his teeth were rotten and he was riddled with maggots inside and out,— even in both eye sockets. And yet, somehow, he was still alive — and in extreme distress. Last month, a good Samaritan found this dog, named Spunik, tethered to a utility trailer in the rain. His owners said that they left him outside “to die a natural death” because they didn’t have enough money to pay for euthanasia. His misery finally ended when police took him to a veterinarian.
Please don’t think that Spunik’s case is an isolated incident. Countless other animals have suffered and died slowly and in anguish when people who couldn’t — or wouldn’t — pay to have them euthanized took matters into their own hands. PETA’s own emergency response crew has helped provide innumerable animals with end-of-life dignity and relief when their guardians could not afford the cost of euthanasia.
This is one reason why open-admission shelters accept all animals — not just the ones who are adoptable and will help make their “saved” rates look good. After all, don’t all dogs and cats deserve to receive that final act of kindness?
Just before last Christmas, a South Carolina man reportedly held down and stabbed his sick cat because he couldn’t afford to pay for veterinary care. When the cat started kicking, he began slashing at the animal’s other side. In Wisconsin, a woman reportedly beat her dog over the head with a hammer multiple times in an attempt to kill her because she couldn’t afford the $50 fee to have her euthanized.
A Nebraska woman pleaded no contest to killing her 20-year-old dog by sealing the animal in a plastic storage bag. She had also attempted to remove a cyst by tying a guitar string around it and trying to cut it off — because she couldn’t afford to take the dog to a veterinarian.
Who is to blame in these cases? The owners, certainly — there is no excuse for letting sick or injured animals suffer or for cruelly killing them, and all animal guardians should be prepared to cover the cost of veterinary emergencies and euthanasia. Ensuring a good life and a painless death are obligations that come with caring for an animal.
But animal shelters are also to blame when they turn away animals in desperate need, refusing to provide those who are terminally ill, injured or geriatric with free euthanasia. Why do they do this? Because nowadays, they are under extreme pressure from people and groups clamoring for “life at any cost” policies. This pressure can also motivate them to charge fees to surrender unwanted animals, require people to get on a waiting list and make them feel guilty at the thought of dropping animals off at the shelter.
The demonization of open-admission shelters has become so intense that some people now won’t even consider taking an animal to one: Just last month, a Florida man allegedly used a kitchen knife to stab his 3-year-old pit bull to death because he “could not bring himself” to take the dog to the pound.
Every community needs to thank its lucky stars for the existence of any open-admission shelter that welcomes all animals regardless of health, age, temperament or any other factor, without restrictions. And people who care about animals shouldn’t be criticizing these caring, decent shelters but instead supporting them for helping animals who would otherwise face terrible suffering.
Caring veterinarians can help, too. Like the animal shelters, they didn’t cause this crisis, and some of the burden falls to them when shelters dodge their responsibilities. But just as human doctors roll up their sleeves to help during crises, veterinarians, too, should be ready to alleviate pain when there’s a need. Offering end-of-life relief at a nominal fee or pro bono and allowing guardians to set up payment plans could spare many animals untold misery.
No dog or cat should have to linger in agony like Spunik did. Guardians, shelters, veterinarians and anyone who cares about animals should work together to ensure that all animals have access to the care they need, including a painless end to their suffering when the time comes.
And just because I’m remembering …
Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St. – drive past the Webster Sq. Shaws Plaza, the shop💙 is on the corner of Main and Henshaw streets …
Open Mon – Sat, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. (some Sundays)
Pics: Rose T.
Unique Finds sells lamps, candelabra, candle holders, neon signs, chandeliers, cool lighting … Back at Rose’s shack: a cute pink Unique Finds lamp on her too busy bedstand by the bookcase…UF also sells bookcases, vintage wood crates, shelving…
Pics+text: Rose T.
Yesterday they gave me this cool gift – my Christmas purse:
Elvis, on the cusp of his drugs/donuts phase, but still sexy as hell! I can’t wait to sashay through lower Vernon Hill and Quinsig Village with this color pop during the holidays!
Thank you, my sweet friends!
Here are some other UNIQUE FINDS I photographed yesterday at …
Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St., Worcester – Webster Square
Open Mon. – Sat., 2 – 8 p.m. (and some Sundays)