This week's Pethouse Pet of the Week dishes on Larry King, Ringo Starr, Chick-fil-A's foray into Spicy Chicken Tenders, and rescuing a pig named Astro.
Name: Freckles, but feel free to rename him “Astro.” I’ve got a feeling there’s going to be a lot of babies named Jose and George and Carlos and Justin in Houston now.
Birthdate: February 2, 2017. I’m legally still a minor, with a lot of puppy in me.
Ethnicity: I’m a boxer-pointer mix, and obviously I got the best of both breeds. Not to brag, but I am one handsome devil. I’m “fixed” (like I was broken?) and housebroken (again broken?) and I know a few tricks. I am a terrific pet waiting to happen.
Come and get me: I'm available for adoption at 11 am Friday at Citizens for Animal Protection (17555 Katy Freeway; 281-497-0591). Tell them, "Ken sent me."
Freckles is feelin’ it
Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band performs tonight (November 2)at Smart Financial Centre in Houston. It’s a good show with Ringo and his band taking turns performing their golden oldie hits. Here’s the thing - I sort of pride myself on being a rock ‘n’ roll trivia know-it-all. My specialty: naming the B-sides of singles. But the other night, someone asked, “Ringo Starr is a solo artist now, but he once played drums in a British band back in the ‘60s … can you name the band.” I’m embarrassed to say, I was stumped. Must have been an obscure, unsuccessful group.
Larry King sunk so low in his seat at Dodger Stadium during Game 7 that they had to call in the company that rescued the Chilean coal miners. I’ve seen Arctic crab fishermen less bundled up than King — it was 69 degrees in Los Angeles.
Funniest Series moment
Funniest moment of Game 7: the ceremonial first ball was delivered to the mound by J.B. Smoove, who plays Leon on the greatest show in TV history, Curb Your Enthusiasm. It was one of those … “What’s he doing there?” moments.
Yes, it’s true that Chick-fil-A is test-marketing Spicy Chicken Tenders, and I’m excited, too. Readers are getting on me because I haven’t mentioned this. It’s because they’re not being offered in Houston yet. When they do, I’ll be all over them. Spicy Chicken Tenders will be my go-to order at Chick-fil-A, in fact.
Save a pig
Everybody loves a shaggy dog story, even when it’s a pig. Rescued Pets Movement is a Houston organization that makes like Superman, or the governor, and saves death row animals in the nick of time. Then they find homes for them throughout the U.S. and Canada
The group normally deals with dogs and cats, but today they’re saving a pig named, you guessed it, Astro. He’s about 1 year old, weighs a tidy 200 pounds and is as cute as can be. Well, as cute as a pig can be.
Astro is being driven to Colorado in a special van and will be placed with a hobby farm by Douglas County Canine Rescue. I guess they’re relaxing the “canine” rule for Astro. I asked, what is a hobby farm? They said it’s a farm that is run for fun or a hobby. Just to make sure, I asked, they’re not going to eat Astro, are they? They said, “Absolutely not! Astro is a pet!” Okay, then.
Get a look at Astro here:
Skeletons in the attic
Last week, I called my air conditioner guy to check the gas heater in the attic. Before Willie went up there, I did my usual apology. “I’m sorry my attic is such a mess.” My attic looks like one of those abandoned self-storage units on TV’s Storage Wars – a lot of boxes and old suitcases and jun
Willie said, “Your attic is nothing, you should see some of the attics I work in. Sometimes it’s hard to even find the gas heater.”
I’m always interested in people’s jobs. I asked him, “What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen in an attic?"
He said, “Not the craziest thing, but the worst thing is when I see a dead animal up there. Some attics have animal traps, and the owners don’t check them. Sometimes you can’t even tell what kind of animal it was, all I see is a skeleton. I see all kinds of animals, like raccoons, possums, lots of squirrels, and birds. I don’t mind if it’s been dead a long time, but if I see an animal that just died, and it still smells, I tell the house owner to call somebody else.”