Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wear Your Love Like Heaven: Austin dog and cat art we like

As Donovan sang, "Wear Your Love Like Heaven."

Austin artist Beverly Guhl, author, artist and photographer, uses her inspiration of art and her love of dogs and cats to create these fun art classics of Van Gogh.

Friday, January 29, 2010

A dog and a paint brush: Petcasso 2010

Petcasso 2010 will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2010, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Dell Jewish Community Center. The event will include a lavish buffet style dinner, a silent and a live auction featuring paintings created by animal artists and their owners.

Petcasso is Animal Trustees of Austin's fourth annual animal art event which raises critical funding for our programs. Animal Trustees of Austin operates two veterinary clinics which provide quality and affordable health care for Austin's neediest animals, and free care for animals of the homeless.

See the art.

Local Spoiled Cavalier Consuelo's recommended reading list

Consuelo's doing her part to keep Austin Reading.

"Consuelo loves this blog -- and being a princess, she's quite discriminating," says her human Cyndi Hughes, the executive director of the Writers' League of Texas.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Kudos to People's Pharmacy

This just in from a People's e-newsletter:

One third of the prescriptions People's Pharmacy compounds are for patients of the four-legged or winged variety.

Austin is a hog heaven for animals! Not only for those who have found their forever home, but also for those in need. Austin has flocks of wonderful non-profit animal rescues, so for 2010 Peoples is ponying up with our new Pets Rx Program.

For every animal prescription we compound we will donate one dollar to one of three local animal organizations.

Donations from dog prescriptions will go to Texas Hearing & Service Dogs, cat prescription proceeds will go to Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary and exotic and other animal prescription revenue will go to the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary! The more we make, the more we donate!"

AKC says Lab was Top Dog in Austin 2009 again, Yorkies gained ground, Boxer lost it

The American Kennel Club (AKC) announced yesterday the "Top 5" most popular AKC-registered dog breeds in Austin for 2009. Once again, the Labrador Retriever took Austin's top spot.

"After Austin's top five remained static in 2007 and 2008, last year brought changes to the Live Music Capital of the World's list," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Dogs like the Yorkshire Terrier and Dachshund gained ground in the rankings – music to the ears of small dog enthusiasts in Austin."

The lab is also the top dog in the U.S.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Me and my valentine plan to be there

The details

Dog People vs. Cat People: As Rodney King said "Can't we all just get along?"

This cool cat has had enough of all this talk about dogs being more popular than felines.

Even though a local UT psychology prof's latest research says dog and cat people have different personalities, we still don't know how to keep cats and dogs from fighting like, well, cats and dogs.

Meet Hunter, a rescue Dog on the Job in Haiti

Hunter, a certified and trained Search and Rescue Dog, is a red and white border collie that was born on a horse farm on New Year's Eve in 2002. Although both his parents were black and white borders, he inherited his coloring from his grandfather, who was also red and white. As a puppy, Hunter lived with Patricia Baldwin, who loved him dearly in spite of his tendency to chew anything and everything in sight. Patricia would take Hunter to a dog park to give him additional exercise. When he grew larger, Hunter followed his ancestral instincts and began herding the other dogs at the park, showing them that he was "Chief Canine-in-Charge."

Unfortunately, Patricia had to find a new home for Hunter when he was seven months old.

More on how Hunter became a rescue dog

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Will Auditorium Shores redesign include a leash-free dog park? PARD unveils concept tonight

What makes Austin Austin? The short list would have to include Auditorium Shores and its view of the (ever-changing) Austin skyline.

Ch-ch-changes: The city's Parks and Recreation Department's redesign of Auditorium Shores may eliminate the leash-free dog park because of complaints about dog poop that owners did not dispose of properly.

The department will hold an Auditorium Shores Stakeholders Meeting at the Town Lake Center, 721 Barton Springs Road, tonight from 6 - 8 p.m. The public will be provided an opportunity to review the conceptual design.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Kudos Fox 7 News

AUSTIN, TX ( - Homeless people and their pets will now have a way to get into the city's emergency shelter. This comes after questions were raised by FOX 7 Wednesday night to the city.