Monday, May 17, 2010

More than 50 people interested in adopting seized Round Rock Chihuahuas after KXAN story runs

Seized RR Chihuahuas find homes
Austin Humane Society nurses dogs back to health

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Ten of the 13 Chihuahuas seized from a Round Rock home last week were adopted over the weekend, authorities said.

When the Austin Humane Society opened up on Saturday, some 50 people were waiting in line to rescue them after seeing coverage of the story on KXAN, said Amanda Ryan-Smith, director of development and marketing at AHS. says Austin no. 3 dog-friendly U.S. city

PLACERVILLE, California — May 17, 2010 — ( released its 2010 list of the Top 10 dog-friendly destination cities in the United States. The rankings are based on the quality of dog-friendly accommodations, transportation, beaches, parks, attractions, stores, dining and other things to do with your dog.

1. San Diego – The best dog beaches anywhere. Boutique hotels. Many trails and parks to hike and great weather year-round for outdoor dining.
2. Portland (OR)- Enjoy the famous rose gardens and the parks. Have food and drink at the Lucky Lab. This town is dog-friendly inside and out.
3. Austin – Dine in outdoor cafes. Visit the Zilker Botanical Gardens and take a walking or carriage tour. Enjoy many off-leash parks.

You want no kill? Be part of the solution: Town Lake shelter urgently needs toys toys toys

Toys are desperately needed right now-there are so many kittens, puppies coming in and TLAC is out of toys for these little ones.

from: Kathryn Sharp TLAC Rescue Office 512-972-6064

Best kinds of toys are small washable non-catnip filled toys for the kitties.

Same goes for the puppies, and since we get ALL sizes of puppies, all sizes are welcome-but they must be washable.

And of course we're always in need of tennis balls, and safe chew toys for the adult dogs.

Please share this with your co-workers, family, friends, HOA, etc!!!

Thanks for all you do for the homeless animals!

Lost Austin dog looking for owner on

Male Rhodesian Ridgeback/Labrador Retriever found in zip: 78737. Call 512-829-4325

Mass outpouring of love and memory for Mannix: Kinky calls him 'the kind of guy who has opened the gates of heaven wider'

Lee Mannix (1969-2010) | Visit Guest Book

Sporting Wrangler jeans, cracked boots and a weathered T-shirt, a plug of Copenhagen tobacco puffing out one cheek, Lee Mannix was a Texas good ol' boy with a distinctly outdoorsy gift: He could talk to the animals.

Mannix, an internationally respected dog behaviorist whose clients included musician Jimmie Dale Gilmore and author Kinky Friedman, made his name with the Lee Mannix Center for Canine Behavior in South Austin, which he founded in 2002. Dogs adored him; their often harried masters, many of whom regarded Mannix a miracle worker, revered him.

Mannix, 40, was killed in a single-vehicle accident Sunday in Hays County. His brother Kevin was in the vehicle and was treated at University Medical Center Brackenridge. He was expected to be released Monday night.

"There are very few people who have the touch, and Lee certainly had it," said Friedman, who co-founded the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch. "His ability to relate to animals was second to none. He could take a dog that everybody's having trouble with and thinks is ferocious and untameable, and two or three weeks later it's a totally different dog. Lee came in as an equal, and the dogs just loved him."

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We will miss you, Lee, especially Lily. Thanks to you, she's now known as the best-behaved dog in the neighborhood!

Aggie on has question about cat

This has nothing to do with the rivalry between UT and Aggies.
Not a thing.
Don't even think about it.

Question: Cat policy at texas a&m dorms?
would like to adopt a cat but i live in the dorms at a&m? is this allowed of ignored? anyone tried it?
12 hours ago - 4 days left to answer.

Answer: I can only assume by your typing, (grammatically speaking) that you are attending said school via a sports scholarship.

Just tell them that if you can't have your cat with you, you will play football some where else.

Or, try asking your adviser. I'm sure he/she would know this and other answers to questions you may have about going to school there.

Hope this helps,
12 hours ago

Another response: Don't adopt a cat, What happens to the poor thing when you go away? get married? have kids?
It's a 20 year responsibility and you are not ready
11 hours ago

Still time for you to add to this lively discussion.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Tips for flying with Fluffy in the cabin with you!!


1. Practice pettiquette

If you're planning on traveling with a pet, you're not just representing yourself-but every pet loving person who wants to travel with their pet! Looking for a rundown of rules of the road-or sky-to follow? JetBlue's "PettiquetteTM" policy gives travelers with pets some convenient guidelines to help them act as considerate pet ambassadors when at the airport or on the plane.

2. Accidents happen

Be sure to bring along wet wipes, paper towels and pet waste bags in case your travel partner has an "oops" at the airport or while flying.

3. Skip the sedation

While you might think you're doing your pet a favor by slipping him a little something before the flight, you could be potentially endangering your pet's health and safety. At altitude, pets can have adverse reactions to sedation that they might not normally have at sea level. To help with your pet's anxiety, bring toys and treats that he can play with while flying and don't forget the importance of crate training. You can also try aromatherapy options like Earth Heart's Canine Calm or for cats the popular anti-stress product Feliway.

4. Head for the back row

If you're flying coach, be prepared to be booked in one of the last rows of the aircraft so that you won't disrupt other travelers. Don't forget that you'll need to book your flight early.

5. Check the carrier

Purchase the largest size carrier for your pet's travel to give him extra leg room for your flight. But buyer beware: you'll want to make sure it will still fit under the seat in front of you, or it won't be allowed on the flight. JetBlue offers a custom-made JetPawsTM pet carrier (see photo below) designed by Cindy Adams from Jazzy Park Avenue Dog products guaranteed to fit under their aircraft seats.

Bartender: Make mine a dogmopolitan

Tickets on sale for Fetching Art!fundraiser June 24 at 7 p.m. for ADA’s enrichment program for children with autism. Enjoy cocktails: the dogmopolitan, furtini, rex on the beach, cape dog, sea bernese, and more!Featuring local artists and dog-themed art, silent auction of gift packages, gourmet appetizers, live music and live art demonstrations.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day to all those dogmoms out there

You know you are a dog person when...

When you read blogs written by other dog people...


You have a kiddie wading pool in the yard, but no small children.

You have baby gates permanently installed at strategic places around the house, but no babies.

You refer to yourselves as Mommy and Daddy.

Your dog sleeps with you.

You can't see out the passenger side of the windshield because there are nose-prints all over the inside.

You have 32 different names for your dog. Most make no sense, but she understands.

Your dog eats cat poop, but you still let her kiss you.

You like people who like your dog. You despise people who don't.

You talk about your dog the way other people talk about their kid.

You sign and send birthday/anniversary/Christmas cards from your dog.

You put an extra blanket on the bed so your dog can be comfortable.

You'd rather stay home on Saturday night and cuddle your dog than go to the movies with your sweetie.

You go to the pet supply store every Saturday because it's one of the very few places that lets you bring your dog inside, and your dog loves to go with you.

You get an extra-long hose on your shower-massage just so you can use it to wash your dog in the tub, without making the dog sit hip-deep in water.

You and the dog come down with something like flu on the same day.

Your dog sees the vet while you settle for an over-the-counter remedy from the drugstore.

Your dog is getting old and arthritic, so you go buy lumber and build her a small staircase so she can climb onto the bed by herself.

Your license plate or license plate frame mentions your dog.

You don't think it's the least bit strange to stand in the back yard yelling "Meg, pee!" over and over again, while Meg tends to play and forget what she's out there for (but what your neighbors think of your behavior is yet another story).

You match your furniture/carpet/clothes to your dog.

You have your dog's picture on your office desk (but no one else's).

You lecture people on responsible dog ownership every chance you get.

You skip breakfast so you can walk your dog in the morning before work.

You don't go to happy hours with co-workers any more because you need to go home and see your dog.

Your weekend activities are planned around taking your dog for a hike.

You keep an extra water dish in your second-floor bedroom, in case your dog gets thirsty at night (after all, her other dish is way down on the first floor...).

You never completely finish a piece of steak or chicken (so your dog gets a taste, too).

You shovel a zigzag path in the back yard snow so your dog can reach all her favorite spots.

You avoid vacuuming the house as long as possible because your dog is afraid of the vacuum cleaner.

You keep eating even after finding a dog hair in your pasta.

You make popcorn just to play catch with your dog.

You carry pictures of your dog in your wallet instead of pictures of your parents, siblings, significant other, or anyone else remotely human.

Your parents refer to your pet as their granddog.

You hang around the dog section of your local bookstore.

Your house isn't carpeted--the fuzzy furballs under your feet are soft enough...

You don't give a second thought to using the brush you just used on your dog to give a quick run through on your own hair.

You show up at the car dealers with a ruler, to measure and see if your big dog crate will fit. Before the actual purchase you make the dealer cringe by insisting that you load both crates and dog into the shinny, new vehicle to make sure it works!

Your create a website dedicated to dogs.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Beyond downward dog: Doga class starts May 16 at Southpaws

Southpaws Playschool is proud to host Marilyn Zwick of Blue Moon Doga starting Sunday, May 16th. All are welcome. Space is limited, please reserve a spot early by calling 512-440-7529.

Date--Sunday, May 16th at 11 am (more times will be added if necessary)
Location--Southpaws Playschool, 2324B South Lamar, Austin 78704
Cost--$20 for a 30 minute session
What to bring--a yoga mat, your dog (on a non-retractable leash) and yummy treats.
Be sure to dress comfortably!

Blue Moon Doga was created by Marilyn Swick, using the founding principles that she has utilized for over 30 years working and competing with horses and dogs at the highest levels. She has incorporated basic yoga poses for the dog and the owner, which result in a high quality bonding session for you and your dog. Any size or age dog and any size or age human can do Doga.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Help Ceclia find Precious and Shadow a furever home

From Cecelia Nasti on Facebook:

Please help me find homes for two adult cats that lost their owner to cancer.

The Outreach Director of Cancer Connection, namned Iris, reached out to me this week to see if I can help two kitties who lost their owner to cancer find a new forever home.

Iris took the kitties into her home to remove them from the craziness of repairs currently underway at the deceased's house by her adult children. The family members cannot take the cats as they already have pets of their own. Iris canot keep the animals, and asked me to help.

Before losing their owner, the cats were friendly, playful and social. Right now they are scared, shy and confused, but with time and a lot of TLC, they will come around again. The kitties are a white, 10-year-old, long-haired female named Precious, and a black, 8-year-old, short-haired male, namned Shadow. They are healthy, well-behaved, up to date on their shots, spayed and nutered.

Ideally, someone would be willing to adopt both kitties. But we understand that's not always possible. Please pass this along to your animal loving family, friends, and co-wrokers, and let's see if we can get these lovely, deserving animals a new forever home.

Dear Labby explains it all to 'ya

Dear Labby,

How do I refer to myself in relation to my dog? I usually say I'm Toto's owner, but is that un-PC in this day and age?


Dog Owner Guilty For Allowing Terminology to Hastily Explain Relationship

Ah, you pose an interesting and potentially controversial question, D.O.G.F.A.T.H.E.R.

"Guardian" is the most politically correct, implying that one's pet is a living, breathing individual who requires care and protection. Outside of San Francisco, however, it sort of makes people want to beat you up when they hear it. If you can stand the quizzical looks and derisive "you're what?"s, go for it.

"Owner" is fine by me, but many folks do find it offensive. They feel it relegates the animal to the status of mere property without recognizing that the dog has rights, thoughts, and feelings of his own. (See above paragraph for defense of "guardian.")

"Mom" or "Dad" is too cutesy for my taste, but no one will accuse you of being un-PC for using the terms. And unless you're auditioning for the role of Little Lord Faunterloy, avoid "master" at all costs. It gives me the shivers.

Me, I like "human" or "person." As in, "Oh, you're Pesto's person? Nice to meet you - I belong to Shazbot." Admittedly, the term felt a little awkward when I first started using it. But no worse than explaining to my non-dog loving friends why my home has a four to one dogbed-to-dog ratio.

Got a petiquette question for Dear Labby? Email

Avec la dog hair? Might help clean up Gulf oil spill

Dog hair can help clean up Gulf oil spill
Scroll down to YouTubevideo (Turn it up: Nice song in French with subtitles.)

Enough about dogs and yoga -- doga! Austin yoga teachers proves cats can get in the act too

Yoga cat? Yo-cat?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Lee Mannix: 'Dogfather' in Austin dog training circles is gone but his heart and his cause go on

Lee Mannix, owner of the Lee Mannix Center for Canine Behavior (LMCCB), tragically passed away yesterday evening from injuries sustained from a car accident. His brother Kevin Mannix who was also in the vehicle is in stable condition.

LMCCB released this info today:
"We are all in shock and disbelief at this loss," said Shari Elkins, spokesperson for LMCCB. "Lee was an exceptional trainer with an amazing heart." Mannix, 40, was a pack behaviorist who consulted on dog behavior and specialized in aggression issues. He was dedicated to a teaching philosophy based on improving relationships between people and their pets. He was widely regarded as the last stop for many dogs with aggression and other severe behavior problems, and over the year Lee touched the lives of thousands of dogs and their humans.

Mannix was known for his incredible talent, his easy smile, and his deep generosity. The training center will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 4th. The trainers and staff, led by Shari Elkins CPDT-KA, are continuing Lee's mission to help dogs. Memorial donations in Lee's honor can be made to the Schrodi Training Fund. Service information to be announced.

Grieving fans are remembering Lee on his facebook page.