By Kim Hogstrom For The Leader Friends for Life, a no kill animal shelter located in the Houston Heights, made history during Hurricane Harvey. The nonprofit organization teamed up with the American Red Cross to help shelter people with their pets in the George R. Brown Convention Center. It had never been tried before, but thanks to the fine work of Friends for Life, it will happen again. Hurricane Katrina taught us lessons. Many people in New Orleans refused to evacuate because pets were not welcome in shelters. There is no way to know how many people died as a result, but the Red Cross revised its sheltering model following; the agency now allows pets. With Harvey, the Red Cross was prepared to shelter people, but not animals. Then Friends For Life stepped up. “I sit on the … [Read more...] about Heights animal shelter rises to Harvey
Dear Tabby, We adopted a puppy over the summer and my kids enjoyed playing and taking care of her. Now that school is starting, I’m worried that the change in routine will upset the puppy. What can we do to ensure a smooth back-to-school season for our pooch? Bummed About Back To School in Brookesmith Dear Bummed, You’re right. While back to school can spell the return of structure and good habits for humans, it can be a lonely, confusing time for you pet--especially a pet who is new to a family with children. Instead of lazy mornings at home, spent with the pets, now the kids are rushing out the door before the sun is up and often aren’t home until the sun is setting. This spells long, boring days for a dog who has only known long walks, outside time and snuggling all … [Read more...] about Is your dog ready for Back-to-School?
The forecast may be doom and gloom, but Leader area residents kept it calm during their storm prep on Friday. While there was a short line at the Kroger gas pump on the corner of 43rd and Ella at noon, motorists were focused and friendly. One of them was Mike Lopez who came to fill up again because the station was out of the mid-grade gas on Thursday night. Fortuitously his family had stocked up on water before the forecast took a turn for the worse because of a sale on water. “This thing was supposed to blow away,” he said. “It’s my 95-year old mom in Corpus, that’s who I’m worried about.” At Oak Forest Veterinary Clinic Natalie Fawcett said they will have some animals with them through the storm and that an employee who lives nearby will be coming by regularly to check on … [Read more...] about Residents keep their cool during storm prep
Heights Mercantile, a development by Radom Capital LLC at 7th and Yale, has its first open tenant. Chubbies, the lifestyle apparel brand based in California that focuses on swimwear, shorts and casual clothing, wanted to get their store at Heights Mercantile open the week prior to the 4th of July, according to Steve Radom. Radom also said that although that date was a full month ahead of their earliest schedules, Evan Peterson and Barton Kelly of Radom Capital were able to get Chubbies’ space completed in time. The store had a grand opening launch on June 23 and despite no advance promotions except a mention on their Facebook page, there were over 200 people waiting in line for the opening. Radom said over 300 people showed up in the first two hours. “Chubbies loved the … [Read more...] about Chubbies has big opening at Heights Mercantile
TARGETING ALZHEIMER’S Belmont Village Senior Living The program “Targeting Alzheimers Disease: Groundbreaking Research and Care Insights will be from 6-8 p.m. June 1, at Belmont Village West University, 2929 W. Holcombe Blvd. The keynote speaker will be Jim Ray, PhD, Director, Neurodegeneration Consortium, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He will discuss the scientific challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, why existing drugs have failed and the strategies that have been developed to detect and slow or stop its progression. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Space is limited. RSVP required. Information: 713-592-9200. THREE DAYS OF RAIN Theatre Suburbia Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr., presents Richard Greenberg’s moving play of family secrets and division. Set in … [Read more...] about Calendar of Events – May 27