Dear Tabby, With winter finally here, I’m curious to know how much cold weather my dog can handle. She lives primarily in the backyard, but gets to come inside when the weather is particularly cold. What are some signs that my dog might be too cold outside? Winter weary in Woodland Heights Dear Winter weary, Contrary to popular belief, wearing a full-time fur coat doesn’t necessarily protect your pooch from cold weather. Dogs cannot tolerate being left outside in temperatures below freezing for more than a few minutes without causing damage to their bodies -- especially if they are sitting or standing on the cold, hard ground. Since dogs don’t wear shoes, heat escapes through their feet. And older, short-haired and smaller dogs have a higher risk of getting hypothermia and … [Read more...] about How cold is too cold for your pets to be outside?
The Garden Oaks Maintenance Organization is in hot water following a unanimous jury verdict that ruled the organization has selectively enforced deed restrictions. In post on the Garden Oaks Facebook page, Susan Ericksen Kostelecky, a homeowner in the community since 1984, said it was “both enlightening and disheartening” to witness the results of the trial Wednesday. Kostelecky said the attorney representing defendants Peter and Katherine Chang successfully argued that the GOMO had effectively played “whack-a-mole” with the deed restrictions by “selectively determining which violating homeowners they would or would not pursue to enforce the deed restrictions.” "One home repeatedly brought up during the trial, Kostelecky said, was a residence on Sue Barnett that features both a 2 car and … [Read more...] about Jury rules Garden Oaks Maintenance Organization selectively enforced deed restrictions
Three Memorial Hermann Health System hospitals as well as Memorial Hermann Life Flight® were recently honored at the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) Awards Banquet 2016. Memorial Hermann received awards in four of the top categories, including: Cardiac Award (hospital less than 250 beds): Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital Cardiac Award (hospital with more than 250 beds): Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital Pediatric System of Care Award: Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital EMS/Air Medical Partner of the Year Award: Memorial Hermann Life Flight In its inaugural awards ceremony, SETRAC honored hospitals and first responders who have exhibited outstanding performance in areas such as trauma care, stroke care, cardiac care, multi-agency teamwork, … [Read more...] about Memorial Hermann Greater Heights named among region’s most outstanding care providers
Three St. Pius X High School students were first-place winners in the 12th annual University of St. Thomas/Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Essay Contest. Senior Sophia Suico, junior Kathleen Blute and freshman Conor Neely earned top honors in their grade, and four additional St. Pius X students garnered awards at a Mass and awards ceremony on Jan. 11 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Blute wrote her third consecutive first-place essay for the contest. She also placed first as a freshman and a sophomore. Freshman Nina Martinez was awarded second place for her essay, while sophomore Audrey Murdock was a third-place winner. Senior Olivia Selby and freshman Lucy Bastell received honorable mention. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, celebrated Mass and shook … [Read more...] about Three SPX students earn first-place honors in UST/Archdiocesan Essay Contest
Among the 10 HISD schools approved for a new magnet program was Stevens elementary, which will become a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) magnet. Other area schools that have STEM programs include Harvard Elementary and Sinclair Elementary. “That’s what parents want,” said Stevens Principal Jennifer Barrientez, who served at one time as the Assistant Principal of HISD’s The Rusk School, also a STEM magnet. It was there that Barrientez started out as the science lab teacher. “I found I was really good instructionally,” she said. “I got a passion for hands on learning.” Stevens parents got the STEM bug from their Robotics club and from the popular yearly Science Night, which draws families to do projects together and also to view student work. Barrientez said the Robotics … [Read more...] about Stevens Elementary will be a STEM school next year