• Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Controversial Pet Law Wins Approval

    If you've been procrastinating getting your pet chipped or licensed, now's the time to hop to it. The Houston city council today approved an amendment that eliminates a 30-day hold for prior pet owners before the city can get ownership of your pet. Life and death decisions on pets held at BARC An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    City Council to Vote Wednesday on Controversial Pet Law

    The Houston City Council is scheduled to vote tomorrow on an ordinance dictating when the city may take possession of animals that wind up in the city pound. Currently, the law provides a 30-day period for a prior owner to reclaim a pet, even if it's been adopted. Many in the rescue community, as ... 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 10, 2013

    Get Your Dude-Dog Neutered While Letting Him Keep His Cojones

    Montgomery County residents on public assistance can have their male dogs non-surgically neutered for free December 22, thanks to a partnership among Montgomery County Spay Neuter Project, Texas Litter Control, Ark Charities, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ed Rinehart. That's right -- thanks to a drug ... More >>

  • News

    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.

  • 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

    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

    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 17, 2012

    The Rocks Off Interview: Country Legend and Animal Lover Ray Price

    Ray Price is a Texas music legend and a former roommate of Hank Williams. Rocks Off reached him by phone on his tour bus somewhere between Wisconsin and Nashville to talk about satellite radio, his love of stray dogs, and his show this Tuesday at Conroe's Crighton Theater. Rocks Off: How's the tour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Tavarius Williams: Is Alleged Dog-Flipper Up to Old Tricks?

    It appears that our old friend, alleged dog-flipper Tavarius Williams, is back to his old (alleged) ways: Craigslist and other online classifieds are littered with Williams's ads selling puppies of indeterminate origin, and it has some in the animal welfare community aghast. When we first wrote abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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

    March 20, 2012

    Check out the Plans for BARC's Bitchen Adoption Center

    Mayor Annise Parker joined other officials in unveiling designs for a planned $12 million adoption center for the historically troubled Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care Tuesday. Scheduled to break ground in October, the initial phase of the center will be funded by $4.1 million in capital impro ... More >>

  • Music

    July 7, 2011
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    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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 10, 2011
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    January 25, 2011

    Aggie Frat Member Shot and Killed a Pet Goat, For Some Frat-Related Reason

    Aggie frat is a different kind of animal house​Late last year, Texas A&M ordered a weeklong stoppage of all fraternity social activities in order to reinforce rules governing the groups. The university didn't lay out any specifics for what sparked their action, but the Bryan-College Station E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Chihuahua Invasion: Brace Yourself For Cuteness, Houston

    I, Chihuahua​The Houston SPCA is about to get hit with an airlift of 30 homeless Chihuahuas from Los Angeles. Officials are unsure if the city can handle the sudden influx of cuteness, but apparently have determined it is worth the risk. Chihuahuas are as common in LA as independent movie pro ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2010

    War Dogs of the Pacific

    Soldier's best friend

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Recreational Bones and the BARF Diet

    ​If you've been looking for somewhere to buy recreational bones, look no further than Wabash Feed Store on Washington. Wabash sells the exclusive Primal Pet Foods Inc.line of canine culinary products. Primal Pet Foods makes pet food for customers who believe that dogs and cats should eat raw m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Survey Of Top Pop Culture Dogs Proves Aggies Have Skewed Priorities

    ‚ÄčThe American Kennel Club is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, as you no doubt are well aware. (We're still discussing how best to celebrate this momentous event; "ignoring it entirely" is the current leading option.)No such anniversary can be reached without marking it by some sill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    October 22, 2009

    Cap'n Kittens and Friends

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

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2009

    Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows

    The best bow-wows in the world converge on Houston

  • 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 >>

  • News

    January 29, 2009

    BARC Sucks

    The city's animal shelter just can't get its act together

  • 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 >>

  • News

    October 2, 2008
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    August 4, 2008
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    July 17, 2008

    Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows

    Man’s (and woman’s) best friend gets a workout

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2008

    Big Death and Little Death

    The UH School of Theatre & Dance joins Catastrophic Theatre to present the Houston premiere of this dark comedy

  • Calendar

    March 13, 2008

    A Boy and His Dog

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

  • News

    February 21, 2008
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    November 20, 2007
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    February 12, 2007
  • Culture

    December 28, 2006

    Pet Project

    It's cat versus dog at the MFAH

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2006
  • News

    August 3, 2006

    Image of the Week

    Dog show Mohawk

  • Calendar

    July 27, 2006
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    December 2, 2004

    Tree's Company

    The tannenbaum gets a makeover at Buffalo Bayou ArtPark

  • News

    May 6, 2004

    Hurtt So Good

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

  • Calendar

    March 18, 2004

    Sit, Stay, Run!

    A race goes to the dogs

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2003
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    July 17, 2003

    The Breeders

    Pooches swarm Reliant Center

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Whistle-Blower

    Sam Levingston

  • News

    June 27, 2002

    Poodle Pact

    Warring gays, straights and Hispanics snarl street-festival plans

  • 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

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