Great Facts You May Not Know:
Did you know that the Houston SPCA provided services to over 100,000 animals last year? That is a whole lot. I know the city is large, but their staff and funds are small. Also, the Houston SPCA microchips dogs for only $25. I've seen it as high as $40 other places. The shelter also offers training classes (levels 1 and 2) for $85 each if you adopted your animal from them and $100 if you don't own one of their dogs. You could definitely see if this helped along with purchasing dog training technique books. Trainers are known to cost thousands and you still have to put in work yourself.
**The Houston SPCA is offering a kid "critter camp" where they get to interact with dogs and cats. This is wonderful if you are considering adopting or would if your kids are big animal lovers! It could be a great change if your child is normally in day care the entire day. The operation hours are 8:45am till 3pm and the cost is $295 per week. Several different camp dates are offered.**
A new establishment opened in Houston called The Boneyard Drinkery. It's a bar that allows you to bring your dog (attended to only of course). The bar isn't just for drinking alcohol either. There are several coffee drinks to choose from as well. It holds pet adoptions monthly and is open Monday through Friday from 4pm to 12am and Sat through Sunday 12pm to 12am.
I ran across an article that stated about 50% of Houston hotels offer "pet stay" packages. That's great, I say!
Although I couldn't find specifics for Houston, about 40% of homes in America own a dog. I say that number is great and needs to grow! Dogs help protect your property and are great companions! Oh- and as far as Houston goes, I think the percentage is higher because there tends to be more homes with yards here than other places- especially when you get out into the suburbs.