Pet of the Week
Name: Pixie, as in Pixie dust, Pixie Sticks, the pixie haircut, and the alt-rock band The Pixies. Whew, this was a tough one. The thing is, Pixie is just this pup’s name at Citizens for Animal Protection. Since the dog was brought in as a stray, the shelter gave her the name Pixie.
If you adopt Pixie, you have the option of keeping her name. In fact, please change it.
Fun fact: when I adopted my dog on December 31, 2018, her shelter name was Pixie, too. Before we reached my car in the CAP parking lot, I changed her name to Sally, in honor of my long gone Aunt Sally Tiefenbacher in Clifton, New Jersey. When I was a kid, I went to Aunt Sally and Uncle Bill’s house for Thanksgiving — Aunt Sally made the world’s greatest mashed potatoes, which are still legendary in my family’s lore. Sally the dog is a wonderful buddy, and she just graduated from Believe In Dog Training’s intermediate course.
Birthdate: June 16, 2018, I just passed my first birthday, which technically makes me a full-on dog, but I’m really still a little puppy.
Ethnicity: I’m a short-coat Chihuahua and terrier mix girlie girl. When you adopt me, I’ll be spayed, groomed, checked out medically, and approved to go home with you.
Here’s my deal: I was picked up as a stray, so I’m very wary of people and other animals. I’m a scared little girl. You’ll have to have patience with me, it may take time for you and me to get comfortable with each other. Once I get to know you, good luck keeping me from snuggling with you on the couch and curling up with you at night. I will give you years and years of joy and unconditional love and devotion.
On a different subject, I’m undecided about dog parks. I took Sally to a dog park last week for the first time. She had fun running around, until some intact male dogs started acting like bullies and ruined the party for everybody. This week, Sally developed a bladder infection. I’m not saying that she caught the infection from the dog park, but I’m thinking it’s a better idea to arrange backyard play dates with neighbor dogs.
Come and get me: I'm available for adoption at 11 am Friday, June 28, at Citizens for Animal Protection (17555 Katy Freeway; 281-497-0591). Tell them, "Ken sent me."
Dog lover? Ken Hoffman introduces you to an adorable pup available for adoption in Houston every Thursday.