As far as I'm concerned, these folks are taking up valuable oxygen here. Shame on these lowlifes for being so irresponsible and selfish. May they suffer one day for their actions.

Rosemary Gossage

Full coarse meal: As a lifelong dog lover, I was much appalled and want to howl about your recent story on recipes for serving them as food.

While the dishes you suggest sound tempting, you missed several of my favorites: spaghetti and muttballs, poached poodle, blackened beagle, buffalo weimaraner wild wings, terrier tetrazzini and my all-time top of the hydrant, chicken-fried chow.

For dessert, don't forget the Pomeranian pie à la mode. If these suggestions leave you panting and you'd like the complete recipes, just hike your leg and let me know.

Gary "Junkyard Q. Dogg" Taylor

The wrong grill: I had to check the date at the top of the issue to make sure that your article was not another one of your April Fools' stories.

Hooking up a pug to the electric chair not only would ruin the flavor but also would cause a stench of burning fur that would send the air-pollution monitors off the charts. To properly cook a hound, it should be given a good whack, gutted, skinned and placed directly on the grill, with a healthy basting of barbecue sauce.

Name withheld by request

Tsunami solution: Personally, I think you should be taken out in back of the woodshed and shot, not the poor, starving animal fighting for its existence because of cruel, heartless and thoughtless people such as yourself.

Why not write a follow-up article offending everyone by saying you have a solution for all those orphaned children in the tsunami-stricken countries?

I plan to contact the various companies who advertise in your "paper" and make them aware that you have offended hundreds of thousands of Houstonians who do care, who do make a difference, who get out in their community and try to help.

Edna Taylor

Neuter the writers: I was horrified by the articles these idiots wrote -- talk about needing to be spayed or neutered! God forbid these people are able to reproduce.

Most people would not think these were amusing or helpful in the least; I'm sure I will not be the only animal activist who disapproves!

Lisa Ossey

Compassionate outrage: I am totally appalled at this article. I love animals (and I have a sense of humor), but any human being who has an ounce of compassion for things other than himself will be outraged.

Unfortunately, dogs and cats cannot get up in the morning and keep themselves clean with a nice hot bath and loofah sponge. They cannot get to the grocery store to buy food or medicine. It's humanity's negligence that allows them to procreate like mad. Unfortunately, this story discourages spaying and neutering and hints that it is ineffective.

I hope you find an opposing viewpoint that gives accurate accounts of the good work done by adoption and rescue groups (including SNAP).

Judy Kwon

BARC problems: Your article is going to get more people upset about BARC, and rightfully so! Your lighthearted approach to this serious problem hopefully will get more exposure for BARC and how they still haven't changed their ways after claiming that they will.

Animals at BARC live in less-than-desirable conditions, and it seems like a few staff members are clueless. It also sounds like BARC could use some tips from Harris County if they operate on a smaller budget and do things more efficiently.

Besides doing more spaying and neutering, BARC also needs to realize that all dogs should be scanned for microchips. The simple solution is education, mainly about spaying and neutering.

Amy Losh
Recycled Canines Dalmatian Rescue
League City

Improving the pound: Have you ever been to BARC? Do you actually do any animal adoptions or rescues? Did you talk to anyone at BARC, or anyone volunteering there? Many people are involved in trying to improve things there.

I go to BARC and take animals to the offsite adoptions (which wasn't even mentioned in your article) at PETsMART on three Saturdays a month.

A column on the good that can be found at BARC would have been much more appropriate than the BB gunner, the "Canine Cuisine" and the Neuticles.

Mike Kinsella

Alpo option: While I agree that something needs to be done about the strays and the Houston pound, to suggest that "roving SWAT teams" go through the city killing certain categories of dogs, and all cats they see, is nothing less than inhuman, abhorrent and barbaric!

Then, to suggest that the remains of these animals be used as food for the poor and homeless shows a degree of idiocy that I do not believe I have ever seen before. Perhaps we should have a roving SWAT team locate Richard Connelly, "put him down" and feed him to the stray dogs and cats of our fair city.

Elizabeth Conway

Eating her up: Hey kiddos, great ideas in that article!

I got more. How about let's go back to cannibalism. I'm sure humans have more meat than animals, and especially if we have humans just using our air -- you know, like homeless people or maybe the elderly who no one seems to care for.

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