This week's Pethouse Pet of the Week has a lot to say about the Houston Astros, the closing of Nathan's Famous hot dog stand at Memorial City Mall, and CultureMap's first Pethouse Pet of the Week celebrity adoption.
Pethouse Pet of the Week
Name: Cupcake, as in Hostess, TastyKake, MMA fighter Miesha Tate, and the best player in the NBA today, Kevin Durant. Ask LeBron how much of a cupcake Durant is.
Birthdate: October 18, 2016, just a pup. I weigh a lean, trim 17 pounds. I should put on maybe five more by the time my birthday rolls around. But I’m going to be petite when all is said and eaten.
Ethnicity: “I’m a cream Italian greyhound girlie-girl with a spritz of terrier to slow me down. I’m a hugger and a cuddler. Even better, I’m housebroken. I’m good with children and other animals.
Come and get it (great song by Paul McCartney): I’m available for adoption at Citizens for Animal Protection (17755 Katy Freeway; 281-497-0591) beginning Friday at 11 am.
Here’s something kind of strange about the Houston Astros – on top of not pulling off a big trade this week. The Astros seem to downplay or underestimate injuries. Remember when Dallas Keuchel had a minor pinched nerve in his neck and might miss one start? He was out almost two months. Then George Springer tweaked a muscle in his leg July 24, and was considered "day to day." It looks like day to day is turning into weeks. Springer went on the disabled list and probably won't return Friday night as hoped.
In downright depressing sausage news, it looks like Nathan's Famous hot dog stand at Memorial City Mall has called it quits. The franks 'n' fries emporium out of Coney Island opened here in 2013.
But let's end on a happy note
We have our first celebrity adoption since the Pethouse Pet moved to CultureMap. Sadie, the apricot poodle from last week, is now a tail-waggin’ member of KAGS-TV anchor Vanessa Croix’s family. That’s big news around here.
“I adopted a poodle from Citizens for Animal Protection forever ago,” Croix said. “Her name was Abby and I had her for 17 years. I lost her in December. When I saw Sadie in your column, she looked just like Abby. I just had a feeling she’d be a perfect fit. They look alike and have the same personality. Things happen for a reason.”
Just like the John Lennon song, instant karma.
Croix grew up in Tomball. She’s a University of Houston grad and taught English at Northbrook High School in Spring Branch ISD before switching gears to a career in TV news. She interned at Channel 2 in Houston and now does a little (a lot) of everything for KAGS-TV in Bryan-College Station.
“My title is anchor and multi-skilled journalist, meaning I shoot, edit, and write stories as much as possible, but every day I’m the assignment desk, producer, anchor, and sometimes web producer," she said.
And how’s it going with Sadie?
“She’s fabulous! She loves to have her belly rubbed and is just the sweetest dog ever!”