Robyn Arouty

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): TV Pilot Edition

    Hair Balls was excited to learn that one of its favorite old TV shows, Hawaii 5-0, is returning to the air this fall. That show's success was attributable not just to the swaggering awesomeness of Jack Lord and his haircut, but because the show included a certain timeless element that appeals to peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Back To School Edition

    School's only been in session for two days, yet some teachers are already piling on the homework. This isn't a huge deal for home-schooled kids, who pretty just much have to memorize which animals God created on which day, but it can be a real pain in the neck for those in public school.The dogs in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    BARC Has A New Cat Building, And We Are Avoiding All Double-Entendres

    Photo by Robyn AroutyGo, or get the Cat Look of Death​Hey you -- yeah, you: You know what you need in your life? A cat. Or a kitten. Or several of each. And you know the best way to procure one? By going to the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care's grand opening for its new cat building Saturday, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): The Name Of This Blog Is I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat)

    Hair Balls was glad to learn that one of our musical heroes, David Byrne, is taking on The Man; namely, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, for using the Talking Heads song "Road to Nowhere" in his U.S. Senate campaign without permission. (Crist is running as an independent, but historically has belonge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Return Of The Haiku

    After several months of highlighting some of the adoptable critters at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, we thought we were used to all the sad stares these dogs and cats display while awaiting their fates. But somehow, our intrepid photographer, Robyn Arouty, managed to capture an espe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Overcrowding Crisis Hits BARC

    Photo by Robyn Arouty​The Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care is packed to an "unsustainable" level, so if you've been thinking about fostering or adopting, get thee to the shelter, stat.The facility "has experienced a drastic increase in the number of animals turned into the shelter in the previ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    April 1, 2010

    A Dog's Death

    Readers respond tp Keiko's dilemma at BARC.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Updates, Both Good And Bad

    Due to some technical difficulties having to do with the stimulus package, global warming, and the war on terror, Hair Balls isn't able to present a brand new batch of adoptable critters this week.Instead, we thought we'd tell you about some dogs who've been adopted, and some who are on death row. H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): This Edition Has A Cool Theme Song

    Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to alleviate the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care's crowded conditions while welcoming a loving, loyal, possibly slobber-ridden companion into your life. Attached are the photos of your primary targets. If you or any team member are caught or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Listen Up, Class

    Alright class, settle down. We have a lot of work to do, as we were all off last week. Today's vocabulary lesson only includes canine breeds available for adoption at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care -- we didn't want to blow anyone's mind the first day back. But you still need to pay a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): It Was A Dark And Stormy Night At BARC...

    Because Hair Balls has been busy shopping for a decent Halloween costume this week, we needed help in writing about this latest batch of lovelies available for adoption at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care. So we turned to members of our fantasy cricket league, which happens to include e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Fat Dogs, Happy Dogs, All-Knowing Cats

    "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe," Rutger Hauer says at the end of Blade Runner, a film which Hair Balls has never actually seen in its entirety, because we've fallen asleep during every attempt. But in looking through this week's batch of amazingly adoptable animals at the Bureau of An ... More >>