Cheers and Jeers: Dead, dying dogs pull at our heartstrings

By From page C2 | August 08, 2014

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week:

JEERS to the grim discovery of three dead, decomposing dogs and 11 starving and dehydrated canines found last week in the kennels at Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue in rural West Davis. The property owner, Elaine Greenberg, is under investigation and evidence will be forwarded to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, which is expected to review it and determine what type of charges, if any, should be filed.

Greenberg maintains that she’s done nothing wrong and says she wants her dogs back. They’re being cared for temporarily by Renee Lancaster and volunteers at Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue, where they’re gaining weight, Lancaster says, and getting their strength back.

She says her organization has been “overwhelmed” with calls and emails from the Yolo County community and beyond with offers to provide foster homes for the surviving dogs or to donate toward their care. What will happen with them depends upon the course of the investigation, Lancaster adds.

CHEERS to Karen Joy Fowler, a longtime former Davis resident and one of the first American authors ever nominated for the prestigious British Man Booker prize for her novel, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.”

The book’s international acclaim is exciting, but for residents of Davis, the local flavor in Fowler’s story is a walk down the streets — and down Memory Lane — of our fair town.

Quotes the novel, “We walked downtown, past Sweet Briar Books and the big tomato sculpture at the food co-op, past the Jack in the Box and Sweet Valley Wine on the corner opposite the train station where the Paragon Bar was.” She even gives a little shout-out to The Davis Enterprise.

CHEERS to theatergoers who showed so much support for Barnyard Theatre’s “Pinky” that the local production company put on an extra performance of its sold-out staged reading. It is not necessary to drive to Sacramento or San Francisco to see quality theater when Davis’ theater companies have a long-standing tradition of putting together top-notch productions year-round.

And who can beat the ambience of watching a play in an authentic rural setting like an old barn?

CHEERS to longevity as locals celebrate hitting the century mark. Alice Magill and Fay Libet both turned 100 years old this year, while Margaret Henryson marked her 103rd trip around the sun. The women celebrated their milestone with friends, family and shared stories of how much the world has changed in the past 100 years.

With advancements in health care, it’s likely that more and more people will reach 100 years, and The Enterprise will be there to celebrate with them.

CHEERS to the start of football practice on the UC Davis campus. While it hasn’t been a crazy hot summer, the donning of helmets and morning workouts signals that fall is just around the corner, along with cooler temperatures and tailgate parties.

The Aggies face a daunting schedule — starting with a game at No. 11 Stanford on Saturday, Aug. 30 — and heading into a rugged Big Sky Conference slate that features five of the most highly regarded schools in the Football Championship Subdivision.

But coach Ron Gould has his athletes and assistant coaches firing on all cylinders, working their tails off at up-tempo practices this week at Aggie Stadium.

It’s not too early to get your tickets — season and single-game tickets may be purchased by calling 530-752-2471 or visiting www.ucdavisaggies.com.

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