Learn how to beat mesquite - Laredo Morning Times

Laredo Morning Times
Sunday, June 6, 1999
Local News
Animal Corner
Kindness is the important thing
Animal Shelter director
Paw Imprints: A well known
comedian from the “Grand Ol’
Opera” stage wore a trademark �Sunday Bonnet’ with the
price tag prominently displayed. Her
name was
M i n n i e
Pearl. Her
w i s d o m
disp e n s e d
guise of a
country girl
with sheer
Isabel Mendez
sense. The
following statement made by
this warm-hearted lady has
lived on, long after her death.
“So often, when you start
talking about kindness to animals ... someone comments
that starving and mistreated
children should come first. The
issue cannot be divided like
that. It isn’t a choice between
animals and children. It is our
duty to care for both. Kindness
is the important thing. Kids and
animals are our responsibility.”
The need to be caring,
responsible, and loving parents cannot stop with your
Because children learn from
your actions, too. Your words
and actions will pack as much
of an impact on your children’s
attitude and reaction as any
lesson you may try to teach
with words.
The �Golden Rule’ must apply
to all creatures ... or else the
horrors that are occurring
throughout the United States
schools can only escalate.
Some Laredoans may have a
few memories of tragedies that
made a turning point in their
lives. Everytime we try to
teach children the right way to
care for themselves, their family or their pets, they learn
more than a lesson, they learn
a way of life.
Feline Fine: When a pet dies,
you may feel: * Guilty. * Angry.
* Surprised. * Empty. * Very,
very sad. * Unable to feel anything - just numb. * Lonely. *
Relieved (the pain is over for
the pet). * Scared.
Any and all of these feelings
may surface. We know animal
have shorter lives than we do.
They can not live as long as
humans can. It might make
you feel better to write a letter
about your pet, your feelings,
and to say goodbye.
Too often, friends try to dis
miss your sorrow, your
anguish, by saying, “get another.” This may not be a solution
for you. But it is okay to get a
new pet when you are ready.
The new friend cannot
�replace’ the other.
You will develop a different
relationship that will help you
to remember your good friend
with fondness and a smile.
Pet Helpline: Q.: I know there
may be different opinions
about why a dog acts a certain
way, But what are the signs of
a dominant dog or a submissive dog?
A.: Dogs are very sociable
animals. They seek each other
out for comfort. A dog �learns’
to signal his need to lead by
various behaviors.
He can also signal friendliness, tolerance, and lack of
aggression. A pup may display
his maximum size, growl, bark,
or show his teeth ... even as a
little one, he will let the other
littermates know he is in
charge. It could chase, pounce
or ambush the other puppies.
He could mount (with or without pelvic thrusts), or by actually attacking and biting.
These actions could indicate a
dominant dog.
But dogs and puppies are
good company for anyone
because they are really �pack’
members. They need togetherness and seek each other to
sleep together, feed, walk, run,
sit or lie down together.
The puppies learn from each
PET OF THE WEEK: These two young ladies have been
friends since middle school and now are juniors in high
school. Isabel Huacuja goes to Alexander High School, and
Ceara Byrne attends St. Augustine High School. They love
the puppies and kittens like “Calito” and “Calico”, both five
weeks old and hungry for attention. Adoption is only $50 for
dogs and $30 for cats. That fee covers the cost of (1) rabies
vaccination, (2) Parvo-distemper vaccinations, (3) De-worming medication, (4) A bath and dip (for fleas and ticks) and (5)
the spay/neuter surgery.
other by studying their smells
and actions, they may also
groom each other. The sniffing, pawing and licking of each
other is part of their pack good
conduct. This would be the
best indication for you to look
for in the pup of your future.
Tail-wagging News: With summer weather and summer outings come different activities.
Some young people have
decided that the animal shelter
is a great place to spend hours
doing what feel good. St.
Augustine High School, John
B. Alexander High School,
Martin High School and United
High School representatives
have been coming through our
doors at 2500 Gonzalez to do
just what feels good .... a random act of kindness.
Whenever possible, the
young people spend a few
hours, or a full day giving the
animals much needed attention and a cooling bath. The
cats get brushing and stroking,
and the cages for the cats are
cleaned, the litter boxes
replaced. The older dogs need
exercise. Everybody gets food
and clean water.
These are chores that give
back a great deal of satisfaction ... to everyone.
Paws & Claws: The Laredo
Animal Protective Society has
an overload of puppies and kit-
tens right now. The shelter
receives approximately 50 animals each day. Dogs, puppies,
cats, kittens, turtles, rabbits,
snakes, gerbils, roosters,
geese, and even a pot-bellied
pig are our most recent
arrivals. The greater majority
of these animals have been
�disowned’ - that means the
owner no longer wished, or is
unable to keep these pets.
Too many are disowned
because they have health
problems that the owner is
unable to take care of financially. Whether a pet is turned
over to the Animal Control
Officers, or brought personally
by the owner, there is always a
feeling of sadness and resignation.
Too often, there are simply
too many in a litter that cannot
be placed in other homes. Yet,
we see in the daily want ads
that there are �pure breeds’ of
all kinds that are for sale.
Those hundreds of dollars that
are paid to acquire a puppy
seems to be the death sentence for the ones at the animal shelter. For every one sold
from the back of a pick-up
truck, from a backyard, from a
pet shop, that is one less that
will be adopted at the shelter.
Father, son team up for guard
A father and son combination
have taken oaths re-enlisting in
the Texas Army National Guard
after completing a total of 40
years of military service.
First Sgt. Adolfo Gonzalez of
CO. D, 3rd BN. 141st INF and
Spc. 4 Adolfo Gonzalez Jr. of
the 449th chemical unit took
oaths extending their military
–obligation by two and three
years respectively. First Sgt.
Gonzalez completes 31 years
of military service on May 25.
Spec. 4 Gonzalez completes
nine years of military duty on
June 19.
The senior Gonzalez is an 18year member of the teaching
profession at United High
School of UISD and the junior
Gonzalez is the present county
commissioner for Precinct 3 of
Zapata county and manages
the family business in Zapata.
Both men are career soldiers
who enrolled after taking a year
of college. Adolfo (Popo)
Gonzalez joined the Texas
Army National Guard on May
25, 1968, after graduation from
J.W. Nixon High School in
1967 and attending classes at
Laredo Junior College. Adolfo
(Pope) Gonzalez Jr. joined on
June 19, 1990 after graduating
from Zapata High School in
1989 and attending classes at
Laredo Junior College.
The Gonzalezes have gone
up in rank with the first
sergeant holding various positions within the local unit as
dining facility manager and
motor pool sergeant before
getting promoted to first
sergeant in November of 1994.
The junior Gonzalez has gone
Adolfo (Pepe) Gonzalez Jr. and Adolfo Gonzalez
from Pvt. E-1 to Spc. 4 as an
NBC specialist with the 449th
chemical unit. First sergeant
Gonzalez is the administrator
for the 109 member infantry
unit preparing to go to annual
training June 19 – July 3 at Fort
Hood, Texas. His son is scheduled to attend summer training
also at Fort Hood, June 12-26.
The Zapata County commissioner is one of the youngest to
be named as county commissioner in the state of Texas
being named Precinct 3 commissioner in 1993 and being
elected to the same post in
1996. He will run for re-election
in the year 2000.
“It is a gratifying experience
serving your country at the
same time that you are doing
something with your life in the
civilian world,” said the senior
Texas Army National Guard
members completing 20 years
of military service are eligible to
receive retirement at age 60.
According to Gonzalez, young
men and women can enlist and
get college tuition money
besides other benefits. This
retirement payment is more
than a pension since a 20-year
member also gets medical
benefits and PX (Post
Exchange) privileges.
“The new students enlisting
enjoy the discipline established
by the military and the Texas
Army National Guard,” said
First Sgt. Gonzalez is married
to the former Juana Maria
Lopez Gonzalez. They have
daughter, Annette Marie and a
son Alejandro Jose. The first
sergeant also has three sons,
Adolfo, Alberto and Ricardo
who live in Zapata.
Texas Agricultural Extension Service
Learn how to beat mesquite
County Extension Agent
This is a follow up article to
last weeks where we discussed rangeland brush management strategies. We are
currently in the peak season
of the year for ranchers to
consider leaf spray or steam
spray application methods for
controlling mixed brush on
fence lines, improved buffelgrass strips on pastures or
unimproved native South
Texas brush species.
The mesquite tree is one of
the toughest, most invasive
species of brush in the world.
It thrives across the western
two-thirds of Texas, both in
rural pastures and or urban
lots. It is the number one
invader brush species in
Webb County and most of
South Texas. There is a threestep way to control mesquite
that’s easy, inexpensive, environmentally responsible, and
effective. Using the Brush
involved spraying a small but
concentration potent concentration of herbicide directly on
each plant, you”ll be able to
keep the mesquites and others shrubs and trees you want
and get rid of those you don’t.
Just keep in mind that controlling mesquite is not a onetime job . Livestock and
Wildlife do an excellent job
spreading seeds, so you’ll
need to go over your land regularly to get rid of unwanted
seedlings. Professionals with
Experiment Station and the
Texas Agricultural Extension
Service, both agencies of the
System, have developed and
approved these three-step
Brush Buster methods of
mesquite control. Your results
may vary with weather and
other conditions, but you
should be able to knock out
more than 7 of 10 mesquites
treated. Brush Buster recommends two ways to control
mesquite, depending upon
tree shape. If most of your
mesquites have a few welldefined stems or trunks coming out of the ground, you will
find the steam Spray Methods
works best for you. If your
mesquites are bushy, have
many steams at ground level,
and are less than six to eight
feet tall , try the Leaf Method.
Whichever may you choose,
with these simple directions,
you will find you can successfully control your mesquites
the 1-2-3- Brush Buster way.
Small pump-up garden
sprayers, backpack sprayers,
cattle sprayers or mounted on
4-wheel all-terrain vehicles
(ATV) work well. Garden
sprayers are best for small
acreages. Backpack sprayers
are usually the most efficient
in dense mesquite, while ATV
sprayers become more efficient in large acreages or as
the distance between plants
increases. Make sure your
sprayer has an ajustable nozzle capable of delivering a
coarse spray (large droplets)
to the tap of an 8-foot tree.
You can achieve 76% to
100% rootkill by spraying with
a mixture of the herbicides
Reclaim and Remedy. To prepare the spray mix, add
Remedy and Reclaim at concentrations of 1/2% each of
water. To ensure a thorough
coating of the foliage, add
either liquid dishwashing
detergent, a surfactant, or
diesel to the spray mix. If
diesel is used, add an emulsifier such as Triton X-100 to
make the diesel and water
mix. It may be helpful to add a
dye, such as HiLite Blue Dye,
to mark plants that have been
For further information on
Brush Busters, contact your
County Agricultural Agent at
721-2626, e-mail [email protected] or access the
The 3rd Annual South Texas
Environmental Camp is slated
for June 22 and 23 At Camp
Vergara Youth Center in
Laredo, Texas. The objective
of this camp is to better
acquaint the youth of South
Texas with the wildlife in this
area, and to instill and an
appreciation of the importance
of managing wildlife and the
environment to ensure an
abundance of quality wildlife
for future generations. The
camp features presentation
from experts in the field as
well as hands-on learning.
The camp is limited to 150
participants plus chaperones
and parents. Participants can
be any youth with an interest
in wildlife, their habitat, conservation, and having fun. The
cost of the camp is $30.00.
This fee covers meals and a
Depending on preference,
participants may camp out,
bed down in the pavilion (on
the floor), or stay in a hotel.
We ask that each group[ bring
their own equipment and
chaperones. Showers are
available at the camp , but you
will need to bring your own
Registration deadline is June
14, 1999. For registration
forms and more information,
contact Kathryn R. Menke or
George L. Gonzales, County
County, 7209 E. SaundersSuite 5, Laredo (956)7212626.
Gardener Association
The Webb County Master
Gardeners Association will be
meeting on Tuesday, June8,
1999 at 6:30 p.m. At the
Hillside Recreation Center
located at 320 Wyoming,
Laredo,Tx. All local Master
Gardeners and interested
home owners who want to
learn more about urban horticulture are encouraged and
invited to attend. Contact the
Webb County Extension
Office at 721-2626 for more