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    December 12, 2013

    Good Deeds: Show You Care This Holiday Season by Volunteering Time and Food

    Most of the year we use this blog to tell you about all the great food there is in Houston. We tell you what gifts to buy for the food-lovers on your list, where to eat a nice meal out and which hot restaurants are opening. But this time of year, we want to remind you that for many, these words ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Declawing Cats, Banned in Many Countries, Is Thriving in the United States

    So your cat just slashed your prized Australian aborigine drum set. Or maybe that cute as a button kitten you got just a few weeks ago took out the wall paper in your den. No problem: just have your cat declawed and all that goes away. You'll never have to worry about home destruction or battling wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    BARC Is Overflowing with Cats, Y'all!

    If you've been sitting around your pad, thinking to yourself, "Gee, I really should adopt a cat, but I should probably wait until the shelter is freaking overloaded with like a gazillion of 'em," then you're in luck! Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care took in 82 cats Tuesday -- 29 of wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    It'll Be Raining Cats and Dogs at Abandoned Animal Rescue's May Fundraiser

    If you're trying to figure out what to do between the hours of 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 4, fret no more: You oughta go to The Village at Gleannloch Farms' pet adoption and fundraiser shindig, benefiting Tomball's all-volunteer Abandoned Animal Rescue group. In addition to tons of cute critters you can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Habitat for Cat-Manity: Help Build "Houses" To Keep Feral Cats Warm in Winter!

    In case you hadn't noticed, it was freaking cold last night. Friends for Life, an animal rescue group, knows that feral cats surely noticed the dips in temperature over the last month, so they launched Project WARM in order to help out the critters on cold nights. The group is seeking donations to ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2012
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    November 14, 2012

    Ruh Roh! Ten of the Weirdest Gifts for Your Pet This Christmas

    Black Friday is nearly upon us, people, and while all those other fools will be out buying flat screen TVs, computers and trampling each other for a $5 DVD player, we pet lovers will be searching for the best possible gifts for our furry little friends. For now, we'll stick with fur because I'm not ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    April 11, 2012

    Treat Them Fancy Ingredients With Some Respect, Okay?

    There's a saying in my family: "Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it doesn't make 'em biscuits." Roughly translated: You're more than just the product of your environment; there are inherent qualities about yourself that can't be changed, ever. But the phrase also applies to another dilemm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    10 Bizarre (And Surprisingly Expensive) Ways to Hide a Cat Litter Box

    What are you looking at, bitch?​I have cats. Yes, I'm a 40-something man with cats. You got a problem? What I have learned over the years is that the biggest pain in the ass when dealing with cats is the litter box. Hair is annoying. Vet bills can be expensive. But the foul ammonia smell of ca ... More >>

  • Music

    July 7, 2011
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    June 10, 2011

    Controversial Ex-BARC Vet Accused Of Botching Surgeries (With Graphic Photos)

    Sad kitten is sad​A veterinarian who left the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care after he was caught dispensing controlled substances without proper registration is now accused of botching routine surgeries on four kittens last week at his new job at a low-cost clinic. Marie Melancon told H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Comment of the Day: That Is One Hideous Real Estate Listing

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Cover Story: In the Gay Nightlife Scene, Charles Armstrong Is the Real Mayor of Montrose

    ​Deep in the heart of Montrose, gossip flows as freely as the liquor. Throw club owner Charles Armstrong's name into the mix and you'll get more than an earful, no matter which gay bar you're in. Everybody knows about the feral cats, for instance. Cats run freely around Montrose like they do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Friday Night: Acro-Cats At Super Happy Fun Land

    Photos by Allison Wagoner​Acro-Cats Super Happy Fun Land February 25, 2011 When Aftermath initially saw the event invitation for the "Cat Circus" at Super Happy Fun Land on Friday, we didn't know how to react. We thought to ourselves, "This could be an actualization of one of our reoccurring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Kevin Shumate: Bow & Arrow Practice With Pussycats As Targets

    Even The Nuge don't bow-and-arrow no pussycats​Generally, when dudes are described in police reports as "shirtless white male wearing blue jeans, cowboy boots and a cowboy hat" the next words usually aren't "was stopped by officers and given the key to the city for being a distinguished, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Recipe: Edible Kitty Litter

    ​Ever had the sudden urge to grab a handful of your dirty cat litter and eat it? Me neither, but when Halloween rolls around, it seems that the nastier the presentation, the more acceptably awesome the dessert. With that criteria, this should come in at a "10" in the disgusting department. Imp ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 22, 2010

    David Sedaris

    Humorist reads from his latest creature comforts

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    December 3, 2009

    The Sound of Music

    TUTS sings, "Do, re, mi too"

  • Music

    October 22, 2009

    Cap'n Kittens and Friends

    Whatever its name, Avant Garden is a cornerstone of bohemian Houston.

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    A Little Couple? A Little Booooorring.

    ​Oh my God, Miss Pop Rocks, now you're going to pick on little people? HAVE YOU NO SHAME, WOMAN?  Truth is, I don't. But hear me out. I am not picking on TLC's latest reality stars -- Houston's very own Jen Arnold and Bill Klein -- because they are small. I am picking on them because the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Townes Van Zandt and the Demise of Moe the Rooster

    Wood NewtonSo over the weekend I reconnected with my stepfather Chip Phillips. As a good friend of the late Townes Van Zandt and a decades-long friend (and former long-time roadie for) Steve Earle, Chip's got plenty of good tales from the old days, such as this one from about 1978... Back the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    The Kindest Cut: Meow-ouch!

    The Houston Humane Society on Almeda Road was in full swing this morning in the very special way it honors the St. Valentine's Day season. On Fix Felix For Free Day, the HHS pledges to neuter 500 male cats for free. No females allowed. There was a limit of five cats per household and appointments we ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Holiday Pet Adoption

    Web exclusive!

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    Tales Of The Rare And Skittish Utility Truck

    If you’re one of the unlucky ones still without power, the sight of an electric company truck in your neighborhood feels like Christmas morning and prom night put together. And given the tales of crews working 16-hour days to help get Houston back online, one would think such trucks would be ubiqu ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2008

    Zine Fest Houston

    Underground, independent and DIY writers and artists — the mother ship is calling you

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2007

    Radio Houstoned: Laurie Perry and Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair

    Click the LISTEN button below for Houston Press Editor Margaret Downing’s interview with author Laurie Perry. Laurie Perry, author of Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split (which has to be one of the greatest titl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007

    Morris the Cat, Back in Action

    Recognizing “star quality” when they saw it, Nine Lives rescued Morris the Cat in 1968 and put him in their commercials. That was almost 40 years ago. And would you believe it? The orange tabby is visiting Houston this weekend. Nine Lives, indeed. The celebrity cat is using his name for a good ... More >>

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    August 23, 2007



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    December 28, 2006

    Pet Project

    It's cat versus dog at the MFAH

  • News

    November 2, 2006

    Country Time

    Horsing around at a feed store happy hour

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2006

    Puff, Puff, Pass

    Welcome to HouStoned, or as we like to call it, HouStoned. It's the official Houston Press blog, and it's way overdue. We're planning on daily content that will be updated, as our name implies, you know... whenever. Wanna send us a news item, some dish, or some love? E-mail us. More questions? We ... More >>

  • Music

    May 11, 2006

    Lee Rocker, with Back Porch Mary and Romeo Dogs

    Monday, May 15, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717

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    April 27, 2006


    Thursday, April 27, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717

  • Calendar

    January 5, 2006
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    February 3, 2005

    Cats: That Other White Meat

    Dogs aren't the problem in retaking control of Catville

  • Calendar

    December 2, 2004

    Tree's Company

    The tannenbaum gets a makeover at Buffalo Bayou ArtPark

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    November 18, 2004

    Book of the Month

    Learn to pen your own novel with a 30-day guarantee

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    November 20, 2003
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    July 3, 2003
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    June 19, 2003


    The fur flies with the fuzz when feral felines keep getting fed

  • Music

    July 18, 2002


    Sunday, July 21

  • Dining

    September 27, 2001

    Chain for Fools

    Houston versus Dallas: We're family-run; they're chained up.

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    September 21, 2000
  • News

    August 24, 2000

    Room to Crow

    A developer ruffles his feathers over the venerable Wabash Feed Store

  • Music

    August 17, 2000

    Dude Raunch

    All-girl quartet Kittie has more balls than the rest of Ozzfest 2000

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    October 14, 1999
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