• Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Four Gourmet Dog Treats for National Dog Day

    National Dog Day is Tuesday, August 26, and that means you need to do something special for your pup. While you could just take them for a walk, give them a belly rub or play with them more than you normally do, you could also give them a special bakery treat. Yes, they're going to go bonkers over ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014
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    May 19, 2014

    Veterans and Pit Bulls, Workin' Hand-in-Paw

    We want to give a shout-out to Guardian Pit Bull Rescue and Club Canine for launching a therapy program that pairs pits with veterans. Operations Pits Healing Heroes "will rescue and train pit bull candidates to become service and companion dogs, and help veterans regain physical and emotional inde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    We Broke Up, But Now I Want Him Back. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I BROKE UP WITH HIM, NOW I WANT HIM BACK Dear Willie D: I just got out of a bad relationship ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    Top Ten Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Houston

    Recently, our music blog listed the top ten bars where your dog is welcome, and we thought, hey, why should the bars get all the canine love? Thanks to Paws on Patios, an organization started in 2010 that made it possible for Houston restaurants to get permitting from the city to allow dogs at outdo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    The Top 10 Bars Where Your Dog Will Be Welcome, Too

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    2013 Holiday Gift List: Top 10 Foodie Presents for the Discerning Canine and Feline

    The holidays are upon us, and that means it's time to show your buddies you care by buying them things they probably don't need. But there's no reason to shell out for an expensive ugly Christmas sweater that he'll never wear, or a tchotchke that will sit idly at the back of her closet, when you cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Down Boy: Texas Ranks Third in Most Dog Bites in the U.S.

    Being a mail carrier for the postal service must be a bitch, particularly in older neighborhoods where they have to walk up to houses instead of just driving by a mailbox. There's the heat and carrying a big pack full of mail. But, perhaps the worst part is the fear of being attacked by a dog. Any a ... 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

    January 10, 2013

    Man Shot Dead After Going Berserk and Trying to Choke Roommate's Dog

    Reading the police blotter is a daily adventure. From meth addicts to bank robbers to perverts and everything in between, there is always some strange story that's enough to make anyone shake his head in wonder. Today is yet another one of those days. According to police, a man is dead after being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Valley Man Caught Molesting Neighbor's Dog

    Last week a man in the Rio Grande Valley caught one of his neighbors trespassing in his kennel, diddling his dog. It happened last Tuesday in the town of San Juan. San Juan Police Department Sgt. Rudy Luna said Jose Angel Hernandez, 54, was spotted by the homeowner when he got up to feed his pooch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Reliant Bark: Flyball and Frisbee at the World Series of Dog Shows (w/ VIDEO)

    Check out our slideshow of the World Series of Dog Shows and our post on cute puppy memes. If you think dog shows are all about stuffy trainers walking poofy poodles before a table of judges, you're missing out on one of the most fun aspects of canine competition: the games and agility events. Here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Liberty County Prosecutor Joe Warren Charged With Threatening Family Over Pit Bull

    Joe Warren reportedly got in altercation over pit bull​A veteran Liberty County prosecutor has been charged with deadly conduct and making a terroristic threat for reportedly pulling a gun on a family whose pit bull had killed his dog. Joe Warren, who had been one of the attorneys handling th ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011
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    December 3, 2010

    Randy Jones: Throws Five Puppies Off Balcony, Killing Two (UPDATED)

    Not the dog in question​Updated with new puppy-tossing info from HPD. See end of item. A few months ago we had a guy throwing a puppy off a bridge because it kept getting into the garbage. Now we have a dude throwing a dog off a balcony, motivation unknown. Big difference: The bridge puppy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Oh, For A Muse Of Fire (Hydrants)

    Animals wind up at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care for all sorts of reasons. Regular readers know all too well of the existence of douchey owners who surrender cats and dogs for idiotic reasons. But today's dirty half-dozen are all stray. They've been out there in that cruel world all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Artist of the Week: Proud Member of the "Overeducated Underclass" The Cocker Spaniels

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to ​ The three coolest guys ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2010

    War Dogs of the Pacific

    Soldier's best friend

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    November 25, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Thanksgiving Edition

    We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving -- the Penguins traveling to the New World in the rickety Mayday; Squinty the Indian teaching the clueless newcomers how to grow potatoes (the Penguins had left Ireland because of a famine); George Washington marrying Pocahantas on Plymouth Mount.These ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    BARC Puppy Literally Washed Down The Drain

    ​A stray puppy at BARC was placed in the wrong cage and washed down the drain last Thursday night, Health and Human Services Spokeswoman Kathy Barton confirmed today. She would not give the name or position of the person who placed the puppy in the cage, but said the person has been susp ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2009

    Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows

    The best bow-wows in the world converge on Houston

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    June 25, 2009


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    December 18, 2008

    Holiday Pet Adoption

    Web exclusive!

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Santa Round-Up Part Three: At Least When You're Done Juggling Quadruplets, There's A Beer Waiting

    This and every Christmas season the most important person is the baby Jesus, with a bearded, white-haired toy factory owner coming in a close second. Every year we flock to the malls to sit in our kids down on Santa's lap. Sometimes they run off screaming, while others take to the old guy just like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    Fighting Over Dogfighting Dogs Continues

    We wrote Friday about how the Houston SPCA is killing all those dogs who were "rescued" when a major dogfighting ring was broken up recently.The local SPCA is clear that it does not adopt out pit bulls or fighting dogs because it thinks they are harmful. They made an exception of sorts after Hurrica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    A Mutt, Just Like Obama

    We’ve always wondered about the provenance of our one-and-a-half year old dog, Maggie. That she defines mutt there can be no doubt: my wife picked her out from a litter of Heights pups that were to the canine world what the UN is to humans. Now, thanks to a Tennessee company called Biopet, we kno ... More >>

  • News

    October 16, 2008

    Ike's Fuzzy Animals

    All kinds of cuties are showing up

  • Dining

    October 16, 2008
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    October 6, 2008

    Pit Bull Laundering By The Houston SPCA

    The Houston SPCA, in the form of Meera Nandlal, who’s in charge of public relations, got back to us finally today and made it clear there has absolutely been no change in policy by the SPCA about adopting out pit bulls. The Houston SPCA, as we've noted, makes a big point of saying they do not ado ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008
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    March 13, 2008

    A Boy and His Dog

    The end of the world as conceived by Harlan Ellison, the “most contentious person on earth”

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2007

    The Curious Incident of the Dog on the Internet

    So you’re sitting around, chewin’ on ways other than murder or kidnapping to get into Hell, when it hits you: Why not go onto a bunch of pet Web sites and advertise a cute little puppy you have no intention of delivering? Heck, the thing doesn’t even need to exist. You can just get some out-o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007

    Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: the Key Middle School Saga Continues...

    The Key Middle School situation has become a political football and then some. Yesterday, civic activist Quannel X reportedly urged students to skip school this Thursday, saying that the district had placed them in intolerable, overcrowded conditions by temporarily posting them at Fleming Middle Sch ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 28, 2006

    Pet Project

    It's cat versus dog at the MFAH

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2006

    A Buncha Bull

    Houston Humane Society The dogs had a choice of lying in a hot barrel or standing in flithy water. Lucky them. We've received a few terse e-mails about Monday's short post on the Chron's pit bull story. (Pit bulls are the spotlight on the paper's home page.) They all point out, correctly, that i ... More >>

  • News

    August 3, 2006

    Image of the Week

    Dog show Mohawk

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    July 27, 2006
  • Film

    July 28, 2005

    Puppy Love

    John Cusack is another endearing mutt in Must Love Dogs

  • News

    February 17, 2005
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    February 3, 2005

    The Fido Solution

    The ultimate answer to too many strays, cash-strapped budgets, animal shelter abuses and starving people

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • News

    May 6, 2004

    Hurtt So Good

    A real shake-up at HPD? We thought that was impossible

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2003

    The Breeders

    Pooches swarm Reliant Center

  • News

    March 20, 2003

    The Dogs of War

    Foster programs try to save departing soldiers' critters from becoming casualties

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Dog Whisperer

    Pete Stewart

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    Air Sic

    In cargo holds or plane cabins, critters are taking more than flights of fancy

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    Cloning for Cash

    A&M's pet project spawns a company to mix DNA with possible IPOs

  • Film

    March 2, 2000

    Dog Breath

    Adaptation of Willie Morris's childhood memoir has too many fleas

  • Calendar

    January 21, 1999
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    November 21, 1996

    Dog's Best Friend?

    The inside story from dogfighter Bobby Hall

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