How many dogs and cats are there in Dallas? It's a hard, maybe impossible figure to nail down with any certainty, but extrapolating from the Humane Society's U.S. pet-ownership statistics, the number is just north of 600,000. The American Veterinary Medical Association's pet-ownership calculator giv ... More >>
It's kind of crazy that Oak Cliff doesn't have a permanent dog park. There are more than enough hipsters there to support one, what with their dual love of rescue dogs and community gathering spots. Way more, certainly, than Far North Dallas, which boasts Dallas' two newest dog parks. That's about ... More >>
Cooking meals for your dog is nothing new. Before dog food, everyone cooked for their dogs because they had to. Now a growing number of dog lovers are returning to these pet care roots. Jeffrey Steingarten detailed his foray into canine cuisine in an essay called The Man Who Cooked For His Dog, me ... More >>
Yesterday, the Dallas City Council green-lighted a long-delayed, million-dollar renovation of the dog park at White Rock Lake. Built for a song a dozen years ago, it is crowded, muddy and in bad need of an overhaul. City Councilman Dwaine Caraway agrees. He, like the rest of his colleagues, voted f ... More >>
A common surgery for pets becomes the next battleground for animal rights.
It's not hard to find pit bull puppies for sale on Craigslist. The tricky part is finding a seller, like 38-year-old Bryant Everett, willing to make the trip from his home in Fort Worth with three of the pups in a crate in the back in hopes of getting $150 for each one. The request for home deliver ... More >>
Remember Finn? I introduced you to her two years ago when I first moved to Dallas and committed to a life of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and low-grade fatness. She's 16 now, and sleeps a lot more than she used to, but she still eats with the intense enthusiasm that has aggravated me since ... More >>
You can always tell when a dog owner has no kids. They always seems to have the spare time and disposable income to hang out at the dog park, buy organic kibble and artisan chew toys, and lounge with their pets on their favorite restaurant patio. These are the people who look exasperated parents in ... More >>
Remember my old buddy Finn? She rode down to Texas with me from D.C. after I let her know I wanted to take a job with the Observer. I feel like kind of a jerk -- I haven't really given her all the doggy bags I promised her that would come with my new position -- but that's all about to change. Finn' ... More >>
Irma Grazdan and her two dogs, Binky the chihuahua and Boomer the Jack Russell terrier, checked into the Warwick Melrose the day before Thanksgiving. She was in town from Houston to visit family and had decided to stay at the Oak Lawn hotel in part because of its pet-friendliness. Fox 4 recounts wh ... More >>
Not much sleep last night. Wide awake at 4 a.m., hiding beneath the sheets. A pretty sad state of affairs when a fellow of my years has to hide under his own bedding to avoid being bitten in the face by a dog. But there you have it. Rescue dogs. Two of them. It's how my wife and I handle things. I ... More >>
Photo by Mark GrahamIn the early days of the mayoral race, former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle quietly proclaimed on his website that he wanted Dallas to become "No-Kill City," meaning: With significant tweaks to its policies and procedures, Dallas Animal Services should be able to stop eutha ... More >>
Animal psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick hears voices, the dog and cat kind.
With the cash-strapped city of Dallas ready to shell out more than $750,000 to build a new dog park and spruce up an old one, there's also news concerning changes at the city's privately owned indoor dog park. At Unleashed Indoor Dog Park, size no longer matters: Instead of dividing up dogs by weigh ... More >>
TICA is back with its tail swishing
Shortly after noon at City Hall, the Dallas city council's Quality of Life and Government Services Committee will discuss Proposed Ordinances for Animal Control. Among the suggestions to be considered: new guidelines for dealing with "dangerous dogs" and mandatory spaying and neutering for all dogs ... More >>
Plus, if you want to bequeath your savings to Sparky she'll help you set up a pet trust
At least Chihuahuas are too small to jump fences
A place for birds to live, as long as they don't breath the polluted air. A year ago this month, before the brouhaha surrounding TXU's coal-fired power plans peaked last month in a buyout of the company, the utility made more environmentally friendly headlines. In one of the stories, an animal advo ... More >>
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White Rock Lake Dog Park
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Animal Adoption Center
Plus: Sack of Kittens
Many Dallas restaurants welcome dogs--at considerable risk
Susan Blatz uses a kinder, gentler method to train dogs and the people who own them. Or is that the other way around?
September 11 creates a bull market for dogs with a nose for explosives
Christopher Guest frolics with a pack of neurotics and their dogs in Best in Show
East Dallas Veterinary Clinic
What's new pussy cat? (meow, meow, meow)
What drove veterinarian LISSALUCAS to allegedly starve dozens of animals and repeatedly butcher routine surgeries?
In the competitive world of pigeon racers, it takes one fast bird to deliver the coo de grace