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    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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    September 12, 2013

    The Cruelest Cut: How Cat Declawing Became the Next Battleground for Animal Rights

    Critics say the common cat surgery is painful and can lead to other problems.

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    May 23, 2013

    PetSmart Charities Names Houston One of the Most Adoption-Friendly Cities

    PetSmart Charities has named Houston one of the top ten pet adoption-friendly cities in the country. Houston nabbed the honor after rescue groups here, in conjunction with PetSmart stores, helped find homes for 111 critters over National Adoption Weekend (May 3-5).

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    April 19, 2013

    BARC's Cat of the Week Dares You to Adopt It

    Friday brings another pair of allegedly adoptable pets from BARC and Mayor Annise Parker. And if you think you're bored with the routine, you've got nothing on today's Cat of the Week, Mason. What could his expression here be saying? a) "What're you looking at, loser?" b) "Forget it -- she's mine." ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012
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    May 23, 2011

    Ray Lewis Predicts Crime-ageddon If There's No NFL

    This is what society looks like without the NFL.​"Do this research if we don't have a season -- watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game." -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio Well, that's a new one. I've ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    NFL Playoff Best Bets (and a Tiger Woods Wagering Lesson)

    Angry Birds: As good a playoff-picking method as any​Every Friday (Thursday some weeks) when I go to fish the lines for that weekend's football games off the Internet, I go to the same site. (Point of non-disclosure: I will not reveal the name of the site which I use to wager go to. Easily t ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Ohmygod, We Have A Guest Blogger!!!

    Our guest blogger for the week, taking time off from reality shows​As you are almost certainly aware, Houston's biggest story of the week is about socialite/reality-TV personality Erica Rose's dog giving birth to three pups.As Culturemap explains, the births were the miraculous result of a serendi ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

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

    With the Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to nix a law criminalizing the production and sale of dog-fighting and crush videos, Hair Balls is nervously waiting to see if there's going to be a big local boom in the Houston market. After all, Harris County prosecutors are remarkably soft on dog-fi ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): One For You, Nineteen For Me

    Ah, April 14 -- the last day before taxes are due. If you listen closely, you can hear the frantic panic of folks who waited until the last minute to file. And this tax season was especially rough, what with the Obama administration's new mandate that even domestic animals have to pay taxes. Does th ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Valentine's Day Personals

    Valentine's Day is swiftly approaching, and love is in the air. Or maybe that's just pollen. Whatever it is, it's making us a bit woozy in the head, if not the heart. Plus, we're a bit anxious, what with hoping our mail-order bride gets here by the 14th. (We paid the extra $15 for express delivery, ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 27, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): The Mad Libs Edition

    Hair Balls was cleaning out our closet the other day and, right there next to our old Little League uniform and a fossilized finger-bone of Jimmy Hoffa, was a stack of old Mad Libs books. It unleashed a flood of memories -- staying up past bedtime with friends, laughing like fools as we co ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (or Cat): Resolution Time

    New year. New decade. New mayor. New director of the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care. But same old problem: Too many awesome dogs and cats stuck behind bars, the clock ticking as they wait for a good home. Hair Balls is hoping that, along with the traditional new year's resolutions of goin ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Last-Chance Specials

    Photos by Robyn Arouty​An open letter from some long-time Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care dogs to Mr. S. Claus, Esq. The dogs, lovingly photographed by Robyn Arouty, would like to remind everyone that the first six Hair Balls animals to be adopted come with a PetSmart giftcard. Dear Santa, W ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Hail Satan!!

    On Friday, Jews all over the world will light the first of eight nights' worth of candles in honor of Hanukkah, a holiday no one (including The Chosen People) knows how to spell. Two weeks later, the goyim will whoop it up over the birth of God's son in a stinky barn. The day after that, some f ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Singing This Song For You

    Hair Balls was talking the other day with an acquaintance who has incredible luck with the ladies. Scratch that -- it's not luck, really, because "luck" suggests that a dude who looks like Quasimodo could get lucky some day and hook up with Heidi Klum.No, this dude's situation is based more on confi ... More >>

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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 >>

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    November 18, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): 5-7-5 And Gift Certificates!

    Whenever there's a seasonal change (or what passes for a seasonal change in Houston) Hair Balls tends to get a bit wistful. With the holidays approaching and the weather cooling a bit this week, we couldn't help but turn inward and examine our own soul, even as we try to help the animals at the ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    Wild Rides

    Between serious safety and environmental concerns, the Toyota Prius isn't the angel that everyone thinks it is.

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    June 20, 2008
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    February 17, 2005
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    June 19, 2003

    A Prickly Pair of Problems

    Cactus Music and Video battles to keep its marquee and to get the Eagles on its shelves

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    July 12, 2001


    Cats & Dogs is all bark and no bite

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    October 14, 1999

    Pet Net

    Max's uncertain plan: Matching you with that cute mutt in Maine