Name: Sammy, as in Sosa, Hagar, Snead, Watkins, and Davis Jr.
Birthdate: Jan. 2, 2013. I'm in the prime of my life, with a long way to go. (I do not qualify for a reverse mortgage on my dog house.)
Ethnicity: I'm a Schnauzer and Miniature Old English Sheepdog combo platter. I'm "fixed," housebroken, and ready to roll.
Here's the deal with me: I need to be an indoor dog or supervised when I'm in the backyard because — and this is going to sound like bragging — I can jump a 6-foot fence. I do the Fosbury Flop, the whole thing.
I'm very friendly and sweet, good with children and other animals. I have fun playing games and fetching things. I know "sit" and "come here" commands. I've got a lot of energy and I'm a hugger. So shove over and make room for me on your couch. Everybody loves me around the shelter, but between you and me, I want out of here.
Come and get me: I'm available for adoption at 11 am Friday, February 9 at Citizens for Animal Protection (17555 Katy Freeway; 281-497-0591). Tell them, "Ken sent me."
What makes Sammy run: Our World Series Champion Houston Astros have made a huge scheduling switch for 2018. This season, "Dollar Dog Nights" will be on Tuesdays. The discount dog promotion had previously been held on Wednesday nights.
The night shift is a good deal for ravenous fans, who have been known to buy multiple franks and stick them in coat pockets and purses for takeout. That's weird. There are 12 Tuesday night home games this season. There are the same number of games on Wednesday, but four of them start at 1:10 pm — and everybody knows that "Dollar Dog Nights" don't apply to day games.
Your Arkansas Rockets?
Another thing: It looks like somebody is asleep at the switch at AT&T SportsNet Southwest, TV home of the Houston Rockets. For the past two months, the telecasts have run a commercial asking fans in Arkansas to enter a contest that closed last December. Don't they watch their own channel?
Dog lover? Ken Hoffman introduces you to an adorable pup available for adoption in Houston, every Thursday.