Friday, December 23, 2011

Win London Fog-like raincoat for your dog

The folks at and Joy Pet Products are giving away coat like the one pictured above. Assembly required. Dog and batteries not included.

Alert: Kitty lost near park at 45th and Bull Creek streets

Contact info: Perry Henderson 512-791-7462,

And all they want for Christmas is to play with the wrapping paper and the bows

Note from dog: another leash, oh, you shouldn't have... really.
Note from cat: just give me a paper bag.

How do our pets know it's Christmas? They get treats and toys and love and affection, every day of the year. But we do out-do ourselves this time of year, according to this
poll 91% of pet owners buy a present for their dog or cat.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Let's Talk Turkey: ASPCA Holiday Tips

What Every Pet Parent Should Know about Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones—human and animal alike. So it makes sense that we’re tempted to fix Fido a plate of all the scrumptious holiday food we’re eating, right? But wait! Put down the serving spoon. Are you sure that’s safe for your pet?

Ten Thanksgiving dangers. Some foods are totally off-limits to our furry pals (and there’s a full list of them at Ten of them are especially common around the holidays. Just say no to:


candy with xylitol
bread dough
batter with raw eggs
onions and garlic
macadamia nuts
raisins and grapes
rich or spicy foods

Let’s talk turkey.
Good news for Fido! ASPCA experts say a little bite of plain turkey is usually safe for pets. If you decide to share, remember: Only boneless, well-cooked turkey is OK.

The feeding of raw turkey or other uncooked meat could potentially cause problems for dogs, Calleen, especially if the meat is contaminated with harmful parasites or bacteria, such as certain strains of E. coli or Salmonella. If you would like to add additional meat or other protein to your dog's diet, we suggest talking with your regular veterinarian in order to determine the most appropriate nutritional program for your pet.

Giving your pet for chewing is not OK.

Don’t overdo it. Lots of us overindulge at the Thanksgiving table, but when our pets do, it can be a real problem. It’s best to keep pets on their normal diets during the holidays, but if you do decide to share your holiday spread, make it just a taste. Eating too much can give your dog diarrhea, upset stomach, or even pancreatitis.

Play it safe. If your dog or cat consumes any potentially harmful foods or products, please consult your veterinarian, or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or

For more tips, visit the ASPCA Thanksgiving safety page.

Happy Thanksgiving from

Thursday, November 3, 2011

An outbreak of Canine Influenza in South Texas has Vets in Austin speaking out

from: An outbreak of Canine Influenza in South Texas has Vet's in Austin speaking out -

Since September, there have been 30 confirmed cases of Canine influenza A also known as H3N8 in San Antonio and another 70 cases are suspected. Veterinarians here in Austin say it's a critical reminder of the importance of vaccination.

According the Center for Disease Control, the canine influenza virus can be spread by direct contact with infected dogs and by contact with contaminated objects.

Canines with an increase risk are those who frequent doggy daycares, parks and boarding facilities.
Susan Waggie who has been a veterinarian for almost 20 years says H3N8 is an airborne upper respiratory infection. Waggie says parks, doggy daycares and boarding facilities can expose your pet to dogs that have the infection.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

These "suits" can tell me what to do any day

The following interview with artist Heather Mattoon about her Cats in Clothes portraits is from:

Catster: So, cats in clothes. A good deal of people think these two things should be kept far apart from each other — what compels you to put them together?

Heather: I wanted to paint something that was interesting and made people smile and think. I have two cats and only once have I put something on the older one. It was a leg warmer of mine: I cut out two holes for her front legs and made her a little sweater. It was sad to see her become immobilized and disoriented!! But the imagery always stuck with me as hilarious.

Catster: Most of your cat paintings appear to have a backstory — is each cat based on a person you know, or do you concoct these histories yourself?

Heather: Once the cat comes together, I really just look at him/her and they tell me their story. It happens so fast and then I just stick with that, my first thoughts!

Catster: Do you use cats you know as a reference when you come up with faces/facial expressions?

Heather: I am often sent pictures of cats and come across photos online. I also live in a neighborhood that is ruled by kitties! So when I have a photo that captures the face just right for me, I use it.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

If this is Austin, there must be a dog costume contest and wiener dog race happening somewhere with local TV personality as MC

MC Jim Spencer of announces le grand entrance of contestant in last year's Dogtoberfest

Dogtoberfest is a popular one-day fund-raiser for just 8 of the best Austin-based dog rescue groups. More than approximately 2,500 people reportedly attended last year. Festivities include a silent auction, pet demos throughout the day and pet portrait photo booth, plus the Canine Costume Contest and wiener dog race.

10:00 am The Canine Center for Training & Behavior

11:00 am HyCaliber K9's

11:30 am McCormick & Schmick's (homemade dog treats)

12:00 pm Wiener Dog Races

1:00 pm Fit Dog Austin

1:30 pm Austin PD K9 team

2:30 pm Pet Parade

3:00 pm Canine Costume Contest

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Homeless country kitty sure could get used to life of luxury

Kind-hearted animal lover and Driftwood resident Theresa Jones, found this possible Morris look-alike. He was neutered Oct 3, had his initial shots, and was negative on FLV. He is probably about 1.5 years old. He has his claws. She provided the following personality profile and info on him:

He is doing great. He seems very content indoors. I think he could be an indoor cat. Right now he is living in my guest room but tomorrow I'm moving him to my studio and he'll probably be an outdoor cat in a few days. He watches out the window some but hasn't shown a great desire to get outside.

He's a handsome boy. He likes to sleep on the bed, especially with someone. He loves to cuddle and rub faces. I weighed him today and he's about 9 pounds. I've exposed him to our dog. The dog was pretty excited about the cat but the cat's pretty mellow about the dog. The cat's pretty mellow about everything except food and getting his chin scratched.

He is a country boy (Driftwood) and would like a home where he can still go outside some away far from traffic (since he has no idea what traffic is).

He has yet to show any aggressive behavior. I think he would be a great family pet. He hasn't shown big concern about other cats (it's the resident cats who are the problem). I hate to have to send him outside but the current situation (him living in the back of the house) is not sustainable.

He is available immediately for adoption to the right home.

Contact: Theresa

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The less you spend the more the cat likes to play with it

Upside down and loving every minute of it!

Barkitecture 2011 October 1

What's Barkitecture?
One architect's vision of a Second Street urban dog house your dog might really really "dig." Three Yorkies "sit pretty" to illustrate dog house's form and function.

Barkitecture is an architectural dog-centric fundraiser that takes place on 2nd Street and showcases doghouses created by some of Austin’s best and brightest architects, designers and builders. Attendees bid on these unique doghouses, play at the 'pup-stop', learn more about adoption opportunities from local area rescue groups, and enjoy a Howl-o-Ween Fashound Show.

austindogandcat faves from last year.

For more info click here.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The organization behind the 9/11 search dog heroes


On September 11th America witnessed the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history when the World Trade Center was destroyed and 2,819 people were killed. A call was sent out nationwide by the Federal Government for the most highly trained canine search teams to help at the disaster site.

SDF responded, providing 13 teams—a third of the FEMA advanced-certified canine search teams deployed at Ground Zero. The deployment posed the most challenging search environment our teams had yet faced, but their high-level training proved to be invaluable under the difficult conditions.There were reports of non-SDF dogs being injured during the search at Ground Zero with burned or cut paws. Not one of the Foundation's FEMA Certified dogs was injured. Why? Because of the SDF dogs’ arduous, ongoing field training. Our dogs' paws could withstand the irregular, shifting surface of the rubble pile because they work weekly on rubble, all year round, which prepares their paws for rough conditions. Also, the dogs and handlers knew how to avoid dangerous spots, because they'd done it all in training.

It is heartwarming to know that many of the SDF dogs that worked at the World Trade Center were themselves rescued. Professional training brought them to a high level of proficiency, so that they were prepared for this type of deployment.

Read an Interview with SDF Handler Rick Lee

If you watch one 9/11 rescue dog video ...

Austin Humane Society's Wish List to help dogandcats that survived Bastrop fire

Items Needed by AHS for Bastrop Crisis

We have been asked frequently what items we are in need of to help the animals of Bastrop. Here is a list!

  • Flexible vet wrap, 1-2” widths
  • Gauze bandages
  • Gauze pads, 2”x2”
  • Non-Stick, sterile pads, all sizes
  • EZ Cheese for medicating dogs (yes, what you get at the grocery store and generic is fine)
  • Disposable puppy pads
  • Stainless steel food bowls
  • Stainless steel litter pans (food grade steam trays)
  • Disposable litter pans
  • Yesterday's News cat litter (available online or in pet stores)
  • Organix dog and cat food (found online or pet stores)
  • Precise dog and cat food (found online or in pet stores)
  • Nature's Select dog and cat food (available online)
  • Nightlights (unscented)
  • Clavamox tabs (all sizes)
  • Clavamox liquid
  • Telfa or non-stick pads
  • Vetwrap
  • Cast padding
  • Elastikon tape
  • Silver sulfadiazine cream
  • Gift cards to: Petsmart, Petco, Tomlinsons and Sams Club
  • Monetary donations

Many of these items can be purchased at and mailed to us. We need these items as soon as possible, so if your purchase them, please send them quickly if you can. Our shipping address is:

ATTN: Animal Care Dept, 124 West Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78752

To drop items off, bring them to 124 West Andereson Lane, Austin, TX 78752. You can leave them under the sign on the wall saying "Donations" or leave them inside with administrative staff.