Pet First Aid


Before You Get to the Vet If an accident occurs that sickens or injures your dog, you might need to perform on-the-spot first aid to stabilize and console your pet, prior to visiting your veterinarian. Times like these can be scary and upsetting. Try to remain calm as you address the situation at hand. Here […]

Kids and Dogs


Thinking about getting a new dog or puppy? With kids in the mix, it can drastically change the dynamics of a newly created hybrid pack of two-legged and four-legged critters. Not to mention pushing a Mom’s patience to the limit. At first it seems so right to want to over-love and spoil your new puppy […]

Choosing Your Family Dog


Thinking about getting a new dog or puppy? Generally it’s better to plan an adoption from a shelter or the purchase of a pure bred dog. But, you never know when you will happen upon a stray that tugs on your heart strings. I was surprised once. I said I would never have a new […]

The Buzz about Petiquette


Jim Burwell is featured on KPRC’s “What’s the Buzz?” December 2006 Christmas comes and goes, but puppies are here for a lifetime. And Jim Burwell knows that all too well how quickly these adorable gifts can turn into a problematic pet. Even the most angelic puppy in the pet store or shelter can run wild […]

Barc News


Pet Regulator Adopts Enlightened Agenda Houston’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care has long been known as the enforcer of city ordinances. BARC is the local agency that enforces laws that require annual rabies vaccinations, dog licenses and the confinement of pets to yards or leashes. The organization is also the investigator of animal bites […]

Journey To A House Trained Dog (Part 2)


By: Michelle Mantor May 2007 In the April issue, I bared my shame to the world that Sake, my 3 lb. Yorkie mix, is not completely house trained by the age of two (a lot of readers admit they share the same fate). If you happened to miss the first article in this series, you […]

Journey To A House Trained Dog (Part 1)


By: Michelle Mantor April 2007 Recently, house soiling from my Maltese/Yorkie mix, otherwise known as the 3lb Wonder (her real name is Sake), has risen in importance in my household. One year ago, when she was just a year old, she was given a “pass” because she was still young and her “mistakes” were accepted […]

Cooper the three-legged dog finds a home

Cooper the homeless gets a best friend

To begin reading the heartwarming story of this little homeless dog’s journey into the hearts of Houston dog lovers – click here: Our story continues with Cooper finding a home: Homeless mutt  named Cooper was supposed to be adopted, but he won the hearts of his caretakers

The Scoop on Coop


Coop, formerly known as Three Legs, was an abandoned dog with medical problems, trust issues and an uncertain future…until Jim Burwell came along. With the help of BARC and Dr. Cooper at the Westbury Animal Hospital, Jim rescued Coop and is now working to train him and find him a home. To learn more about […]

Hound around town

Cooper the homeless pup gets this first bath

Our story continues with the homeless hound getting his first bath.  Click the link below to read on. Dog tale gets closer to a happy ending   Missed the start of this wonderful story?  Click here for the beginning of the tale.