For pets around the house … their home too.
Kermit Eisenhut, the popular artist and all-around charitable guy, finds himself painting more and more adorable pets these days, frequently on commissions from people who want pictures of their pets to display in the house. As he often does, Eisenhut (“Have a Cow!” September 2001 OutSmart ) recently donated some of his animal paintings to Saving Animals Across Borders for an online fundraising auction. Details: 713/527-4490, www.savinganimals.org. Eisenhut’s whimsical images will also adorn holiday greeting cards sold by the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program to raise funds. Details: 713/862-3863, www.snapus.org.
Kermit Eisenhut • www.kermitart.com
WHEN NATURE CALLS
OK, sometimes you just don’t feel like taking the dog for a constitutional, especially if you live in a high-rise building or in a sketchy-at-night neighborhood. The Cosmopolitan Canine, a family-owned company in Montrose, has a novel solution: the Penthouse Dog Potty. Yes, you read that right. A 42-by-42-inch/11-inches-high wooden frame holds a square of artificial grass that the firm says is easy to clean. This facility can be used indoors or outdoors for Fido’s convenience (and yours). $429 plus $100 shipping.
The Cosmopolitan Canine • 713/523-4700 • www.cosmopolitancanine.com
The Montana-based West Paw Design offers delightful pet products and toys that are also environmentally friendly. Many items are made from a soft yet durable fabric or fiber made from recycled plastic bottles. To make your pet feel (or at least look) especially festive during the season, get some of these Holiday Eco Nap pillows in snowflake pattern covering. $27.90–$93.90.
West Paw Design • 800/443-5567 • www.westpawdesign.com
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Spike loves you, but sometimes he just may need to get away from you. Or maybe you need a safe, welcoming place for Spike to hang out while you and the spouse are at work. Or you are looking for a canine vacation home where you can board Spike while you two humans hit the road. Bed & Biscuits Pet Spa is the newest of a number of high-end pet care facilities — cat care is available, but dogs are the more frequent guests — that have recently opened in the Houston area. Services include a Doggie Day Care program, one-on-one interaction with your pet, massage therapy, even accommodations in specially decorated themed guest rooms (Out of Africa, Race Car, among them). Spike may never want to come home.
Bed & Biscuits Pet Spa • 1612 Waugh • 713/520-5535 • www.bedandbiscuitspetspa.com
Here are additional options for luxury pet accommodations and day care (fees vary):
• John Andrews Pet Salon & Spa • 3306 Mercer • 713/963-9595 • www.johnandrewspetsalon.com
• Molly’s Mutt House • 239 West Gray • 713/942-0688; 1726 W. 23rd St. • 713/426-6888 •
• Pets Are Inn • Spring • 281/651-PETS (7387) • www.petsareinn.com
• Urban Tails • 1618 Webster • 713/658-0900 • www.urbantails.cc