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Pethouse Pet of the Week

Pepe dishes the dirt on Joe Biden, KPFT interviews, Doe-Nuts, McDonald's, and more

Pepe dishes the dirt on Joe Biden, fast food, Ken's journalism chops

Pepe dog
Meet Pepe, like Le Pew, but not as annoying. Courtesy photo

Pethouse Pet of the Week

Name: Pepe, as in Le Pew, the cartoon skunk, and Santos, power hitting DH for the 2016 D3 national baseball champion Trinity University.

Birthdate: Nov. 8, 2016. I'm barely out of my puppy year. I'm still getting carded at bars.

Ethnicity: "I'm a spunky li'l Terrier dude, spruced up, "fixed," and a real smarty pants. I'm 15 pounds and that'll be my peak weight. Citizens for Animal Protection is having its annual "Home for the Holidays" Open House this weekend. How's this for a deal? Adoption fees will be waived Saturday, courtesy of the pet-friendly folks at West Houston Suburu.

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."

Pulitzer? Pancakes? The state of journalism...

Pepe's pearls: My inept agent Bernie Shelley has done it again. His latest genius move: booking me to join Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg for pre-recorded interviews that will air Christmas and New Year's Day on KPFT Pacifica Radio (90.1 FM).

Now I know how it feels to be the side dish in a combo meal. Here's a sample of how the interview went down:

Host to Lisa Falkenberg: "You've won a Pulitzer Prize. Tell us what you think about the future of journalism. Take all the time you need for your thoughtful answer."

Host to me: "Real quick, what's the Flavor of the Month at Baskin-Robbins?"

Host to Lisa Falkenberg: "You're the best columnist in Houston by far. What will be the long-term effect of the current Texas Legislature?"

Host to me: "What time does the Burger King on Westheimer close?"

Fun fact about Lisa: she doesn't watch television. That means we average six hours of watching TV a day.

Just an average Joe

Tickets are still available for former Vice-President Joe Biden's "American Promise Tour," tonight at Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land. Journalist Maria Shriver will lead the conversation with Biden. Guessing the first question: "Are you running for president in 2020?" Sounds more than a Casey Kasem song request  than a question.

Tickets, which include a copy of Biden's new book, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose, are $49.50 to $119.50, available at Ticketmaster locations. The yakking starts at 8 pm.

Bargain burritos. Snickerdoodle Bagels at Einstein Bros.? Blasphemy!

McDonald's is bringing back - and expanding - its "Dollar Menu" to include $2 and $3 tiers.

For a buck: Sausage Burrito, McChicken, Cheeseburger and all sizes of fountain drinks.

For $2: Sausage McGriddles, 2-piece Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, Bacon McDouble (best bargain going), and small McCafe drinks.

For $3: Classic Chicken Sandwich (new), Sausage McMuffin with Egg, Triple Cheeseburger and Happy Meals.

Dosey Doe, the sweet-sounding concert barn on I-45 in The Woodlands, has opened a separate Dosey Doe Breakfast & BBQ restaurant, 2626 Research Forest Blvd. in The Woodlands. This place has a full-service menu like a phone book, including the concert hall's famed chicken-fried steak. It's big. Of particular interest, Gourmet Doe-Nuts, handcrafted with alluring flavors like German Chocolate Cake, Pecan Pie, Maple Bacon, Lemon Poppyseed and PB&J.

Click on here for a complete concert schedule, but I'm can't-waiting for Don McLean on Feb. 17. The Box Tops are coming June 16.