• Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Red Collar Dog Rescue Calls Out a Pair of Owners For Alleged Douchebaggery

    Hell hath no fury like an animal rescue scorned. Such groups are unfortunately used to dealing with dogs mistreated by a-hole owners, but Red Collar Rescue recently took the unusual step of Facebook-shaming a Houston couple it says abandoned a dog they adopted seven years ago. The couple, Gustaf an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Dog Contraception In The Name of Love

    Maybe you saw BARC's recent cry for help, or maybe it was the heartbreaking No One's Dog photographic exhibit at Diverse Works that finally convinced you to take on a furry roommate fresh off the streets. In any case, you now realize that you are the proud guardian of a teenager bent on propagating ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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

    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 >>

  • 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

    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
  • 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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 10, 2011
  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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

    ​The 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.

  • 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

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • News

    October 16, 2008

    Ike's Fuzzy Animals

    All kinds of cuties are showing up

  • News

    October 2, 2008
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    August 4, 2008

    Riot for Rover

    This photo, taken by Brett Koshkin at 7:35 p.m. at the Petco on Shepherd, is proof that 1) people love their pets or 2) the Dinty Moore pickings are getting mighty slim at local grocery stores. Let's hope for the former. -- Keith Plocek

  • 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
  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2007
  • 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

  • Calendar

    July 27, 2006
  • 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

    March 18, 2004

    Sit, Stay, Run!

    A race goes to the dogs

  • Calendar

    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

  • Calendar

    May 22, 1997
  • News

    November 21, 1996

    Dog's Best Friend?

    The inside story from dogfighter Bobby Hall

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