Name: Chong, as in Tommy Chong, his daughter Rae Dawn Chong, and other children. Here’s the deal, please change this dog’s name. You’ll see why in a moment.
Birthday: March 1, 2018, I’m practically a newborn. Adopt me and you’re getting in on the ground floor.
Ethnicity: I’m a black-and-white Terrier mix fella. Now here’s how I got my name, and get out your hankies. Two weeks ago, my brother and I were roaming the streets, scrounging for food, abandoned with no one to take care of us. Just two puppies struggling to stay alive. We were picked up and brought to Citizens for Animal Protection. They named us Cheech and Chong, after the pot-smoking comedy act of the ’70s. (I guess they were funny for their time.)
Cheech and I were inseparable. Well, until Cheech was adopted. Since then, I’ve been alone here, waiting to find my forever home. Told you this would be sad. I’m cute as they come, frisky, lovable, a real sweet pup. I’m pretty much the perfect pet for a family with children, or an older couple who would love to love on me. So what are you waiting for?
Come and get me: I'm available for adoption at 11 am Friday, July 13 at Citizens for Animal Protection (17555 Katy Freeway; 281-497-0591). Tell them, "Ken sent me."
Chong’s chatter: It’s true, sad but true. Costco is saying goodbye to its $1.50 Polish sausage (including soda) in the snack bar. The regular hot dog, which is a much bigger seller than the Polish, stays. Costco’s brisket sandwich with slaw is underrated, and the pizza is a real fill’er-up. Coming soon — hamburgers. Not sure how successful burgers will be, since burgers need to be cooked-to-order to be any good. And Costco’s line is too long for cooked-to-order.
How’s this for an unexpected, pretty darn great food treat: brisket burritos at Freebirds World Burrito. Talk about your Tex and your Mex. Brisket burritos can go Tex with bbq sauce, ranch, pickled jalapenos and roasted corn, or lean Mex with guacamole, queso, and creamy jalapeno salsa. Or mix ‘n’ match as you please. It’s a free country. (Both of them.)
Dog show time
The Houston World Series of Dog Shows is set for July 18-22 at NRG Center. There will be 30 different breed competitions, as well as Houston Hound, Working Dog, and All-Terrier shows. There will be “Best in Show” (great movie, by the way) winners on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In all, more than 150 different breeds will be represented.
As always, Citizens for Animal Protection will be there with its “Doghouse Competition” and auction. For show information, tickets, times and events, visit the official site. Not for nothing … while there’s no event for strays, you won’t find a better dog than Chong at NRG Center.
Good riddance, Giles
My guess: Idiot relief pitcher Ken Giles will never wear an Astros uniform again. You can’t drop an F-bomb on the manager and stay in the Astros' happy clubhouse. Sending Giles down to AAA Fresno was just a way to get him out of town fast. Astros will try to trade him, or cut him. The team may have to eat his salary. Doesn’t matter, he’s got to go. The Astros have a No Jerks policy, and you can’t be jerkier than cursing out the manager in full view of everybody after wrecking Jason Verlander’s shutout in the 9th inning. Being a warrior is one thing, being a hothead dope is something else.
Don't miss Michael Rapaport
Actor, comedian, basketball troublemaker, and very, very funny Michael Rapaport is bringing his “I am Rapaport” podcast to Warehouse Live on August 18. Tickets are $28 in advance and $32 day of show, available online. Not for the timid. I’m a big fan.
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