Over the holiday weekend, I attended a couple of gatherings with family members. As with most families, the gatherings generally have a couple of outdoor games to go along with the food.
At a fish fry at my uncle's house, I played my cousin, about 10-years my junior, in a game of horseshoes. Before we began, I told him that I owed him for our last game, where he beat me 21-16.
We then proceeded to toss the horseshoes and when the dust settled...he beat me again. Not just beat. Obliterated. 21-4. Having nothing to prove, my cousin went to check on the food. My brother-in-law, who was visiting from Arkansas, then stepped up to play me.
Some more flying metal and dust and in the end...I lost again. I don't remember the score, but it was bad.
Following my second loss, it was time to go to a barbecue at my sister-in-law's house. Here, I again partook in several games of horseshoes, this time with partners.
Having a partner should help my chances right? Wrong. My poor partners suffered defeat after defeat due to my lack of equine accessory throwing skills.
Maybe I should try darts.
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As you may or may not be aware, the new Kennett Humane Department facility is facing some infrastructure issues and is currently closed due to a lack of air conditioning and sewer issues.
This setback forced Tena Petix, humane officer, to call in state animal officials to take the animals that were at the pound. Unfortunately, just because the pound is closed doesn't mean Tena's on break. She's still attending to the multiples of calls that come through the Kennett Police Department every day.
The issues at the pound have also affected my life, as my wife and I recently fostered one of Tena's four-legged friends for about a week.
The dog, who we named Josie, was officially spoiled over the past week, as my wife normally does to our dog-guests. She also took up very well with our family. So well, in fact, that she thought my side of the bed was hers and I had to move her every night before I could go to bed. Josie was adopted to a forever home yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. I'm sure I'll end up with another house guest before too long.
Anyone wishing to help Tena out with fostering or adopting animals can contact her through the Kennett Police Department at (573) 888-4622.
George Anderson is the managing editor of the Daily Dunklin Democrat.