Dear Tabby, What is a microchip and does my pet really need one? Confused about Microchips in Oak Forest Dear Confused about Microchips, With growing technology in the veterinary field, new measures of protection for companion animals are now available to owners at a low cost. Microchipping, one of the newest ways to locate and identify lost animals, is growing in popularity and efficiency. What's a microchip? A microchip is a glass-encased device that bears an identification number unique to every marked animal. Once the microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin (which is a painless procedure and can be done at your annual vet checkup), and registered with the device’s company, the microchip can be activated with a scanner at a veterinarian’s office or local animal shelter. … [Read more...] about Does your pet really need to be microchipped?
JoAnne Poncio awoke to a loud thumping noise on the morning of March 29. She immediately called out for her husband, who had already gotten out of bed and gone into the bathroom, but he did not respond. A few seconds later, she found Frank Poncio unconscious on the bathroom floor. “He wasn’t breathing. He didn’t have a pulse,” she recalled. “I thought he was gone.” On Friday morning, the Poncios shared an embrace while standing together at Houston Fire Department Station 31 near Garden Oaks. They also smiled, laughed and expressed their gratitude to a group of strangers who helped Frank survive cardiac arrest nearly six months beforehand. Mark Williams, a 911 operator who was stationed on North Shepherd Drive near Tidwell Road, took JoAnne’s call and talked her through … [Read more...] about Area firefighters reunite with man they helped save
Dear Tabby, We’re hoping you can solve a mystery for us: why does our dog kick her leg when we scratch her back and belly? Is she ticklish? Does she enjoy it? Curious About Kicking in The Heights Dear Curious About Kicking, Anyone who has spent any time around a dog has probably witnessed this bizarre behavior. Picture it: you’re scratching your dog’s back and all of the sudden, one (or sometimes both) of her legs start frantically kicking. So weird, right? This is actually a mystery that I hadn’t ever even considered, so I’m happy that you’ve given me this opportunity to dive deep and find out why dogs do this. It’s Called the “Scratch Reflex” As it turns out, dogs have what is called a, “scratch reflex,” which is an involuntary reaction to being petted or scratched in certain … [Read more...] about Why does my dog kick when having belly scratched?
The Arts Matthew Sweet Friday, Sept. 13 6 p.m. The Heights Theater – 339 W. 19th St. Matthew Sweet is performing at The Heights Theater. Al Di Meola Sunday, Sept. 15 7 p.m. The Heights Theater – 339 W. 19th St. Al Di Meola is performing at The Heights Theater. Chris Knight Thursday, Sept. 19 8 p.m. The Heights Theater – 339 W. 19th St. Chris Knight is performing at The Heights Theater. Tunes in the Tap Room Tuesday, Sept. 17 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Harold’s Restaurant & Tap Room – 350 W. 19th St. Enjoy live music in Harold’s Tap Room every Tuesday night. Mdou Moctar Friday, Sept. 13 7 p.m. White Oak Music Hall – 2915 N. Main St. Mdou Moctar is performing at White Oak Music Hall with Boogarins. Tinariwen Friday, Sept. 13 8 p.m. White Oak Music Hall – 2915 … [Read more...] about Things To Do (Sept. 14 Edition)
I am thrilled to introduce you to Doris Aguilar, our neighbor in Pinemont Plaza and Waltrip High School’s new Parent Engagement Representative. Doris is married to Raul Aguilar and they have three daughters: Karla, 16, a junior at Waltrip; Katelynn, 11, and Kamila, 6, both of whom attend Katherine Smith Elementary. The family enjoys volunteering in their community and with their church family. After getting to know Waltrip last school year during her daughter Karla’s sophomore year, Doris was interested in becoming more involved at the school. She applied for the Parent Engagement Representative position and was hired by Houston ISD. The main focus of the Parent Engagement Representative is to act as a liaison between the parent-teacher association (PTA), parents, community and … [Read more...] about Neighbors: Aguilar relishing new role at Waltrip