Operation Kindness puts pets on sale

Don’t torture me, Operation Kindness.

I am widely known for being a soft touch when it comes to rescue animals. I currently have four in my house, all adopted from shelters, and all, in their way, “special needs,” like my one-eyed Chihuahua Popeye and my mentally infirm pit bull mix, Huckleberry, pictured. Most weeks, I’m not even allowed to look at the “Pet of the Week” in the Voice, for fear of breaking down and adding to my brood.

But Operation Kindness is making it very difficult.

From Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, the no-kill shelter is having its own Labor Day sale — $25 off all pet adoptions. That’s as much as a 20 percent discount on normal adoption fees. And so many doggies and kittycats need homes, I’m sure even I can’t adopt all of them. (My cat Banjo will probably have something to say about that, anyway.)

So please, save me from myself. If everybody adopts one, then maybe there won’t be any left for me to bankrupt myself adopting.

Get more details here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Palomar hires new director of pet relations

The Hotel Palomar has announced another major staffing change. No, Graham Dodd is still the exec chef at Central 214. The new employe goes by a single name: Higgins, director of pet relations.

The position of pet relations is a demanding one, as the Kimpton property is proudly pet- (and gay-) friendly, with food and water bowls and hotel I.D. and “wag bags” provided for four-legged guests.

You can welcome Higgins, a beagle mix, to his new job at a fundraiser for Paws in the City on Thursday at a meet-and-greet, with wine and cocktails, food, pet adoptions and a pet costume contest all covered by the $20 donation. Plus, you can get 25 percent off the pet-friendly rate, which would more than rebate the donation.

I’m well-known as a sucker for dogs, and Higgins is a cute one! I adopted one of my dogs from Paws i the City. It’s a good cause.

The event takes place tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Best bets • 11.25.11

Saturday 11.26

Raise your paws up
Dogs and furniture sometimes don’t mix, but they do at Art is Art. The consignment shop teams up with Paws in the City for a pet adoption event that can also help with your holiday shopping. The consignment shop will donate 10 percent of sales of its local art, modern furniture, jewelry, candles and more to help out Paws’ cause. And the dogs will be quite thankful for your help.

DEETS: Art is Art, 2811 N. Henderson Ave. 11 a.m. PawsInTheCity.org.

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Saturday 11.26

Partying down with St. Nick
WaterTower Theatre brings back it’s holiday spectacular Rockin’ Christmas Party with a whole lot of shakin’ going on. Sure we love our dramatic, slow carols, but WaterTower spikes up the eggnog with this fun show of rock and soul. With the talents of Gary Floyd, Amy Stevenson, Marcus Lloyd and more, we’ll figure on being well into the holiday spirit.

DEETS: Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road. Through Dec. 18. $30–$40. WaterTowerTheatre.org.

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Thursday 12.01

Wreaths on the runway
DIFFA knows how to turn the volume up on the mundane. We know what they can do for denim jackets. Now holiday wreaths go designer at Turn Up the Cheer!, the 2011 Wreath Collection party. Trust, these aren’t your grandma’s wreaths.

DEETS: Design Within Reach, 4524 McKinney Ave.; Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 4519 McKinney Ave.; Nest, 4524 McKinney Ave.7 p.m. $60. DIFFADallas.org/events.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 25, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

PET OF THE WEEK: Doc

Doc is a 3-month-old black-and-white tuxedo kitty. He has a distinctive little half-mustache that makes him a real standout. Doc is all kitten — playful, curious and full of fun. He’s very friendly and good with most other cats.

Doc and many other dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. The cost to adopt is $85 for dogs and $55 for cats and includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip and more. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV.  For more information, visit  DallasAnimalServices.org  or call 214-671-0249.

—  John Wright