I went to Neimans for a story and left with a puppy

(Houston Chronicle 2013) It’s one of Houston’s most cherished holiday traditions: the Houston SPCA pet adoptions at Neiman Marcus Galleria. But I was oblivious to the 25-year tradition when I visited Neiman Marcus on Monday to interview fashion designer Roland Mouret. As I was leaving the store, headed to the office, an SPCA volunteer crossed my path walking the most beautiful female boxer I had ever seen. I commented on the dog’s beauty and friendliness. The volunteer quickly said the pup was available for adoption. An hour later, I had a 10-month-old boxer named Foxy. (Inow call her Ava.) Yes, a Christmas wish realized since I had spent the previous weekend in San Antonio with friends trolling animal shelters looking for a female boxer. That’s the magic of this holiday tradition. The SPCA pet adoptions (dogs and cats) are being held on the first floor of Neiman Marcus Galleria, 2600 Post Oak, in festive holiday windows designed by Neiman Marcus’ visual merchandiser/stylist Robyn Sieverding and pet photos by Gittings Photography. Adoptions are noon-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 am.-9 pm. Saturday and will continue through Dec. 23. So how much was my doggy in the window? Mine was $195 for the adoption, though fees can vary. The adoption package, valued at more than $400, includes a health evaluation, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, deworming, heartworm testing and microchipping with free lifetime registration.  Every adopted dog receives a toy or treat courtesy of PetSafe and a gift courtesy of Hill’s Science Diet. In addition, VCA Animal Hospitals will provide a complimentary overall wellness examination (restrictions apply). I had Ava’s first wellness exam today. The vet gave me $150 worth of meds for Ava’s tummy issues, which are typical with adopted dogs, that were covered by the exam. This isn’t your average ShopGirl deal, but it’s a great one for pet lovers. For information, visit the SPCA’s Windows of Life page.

(Houston Chronicle 2013)

It’s one of Houston’s most cherished holiday traditions: the Houston SPCA pet adoptions at Neiman Marcus Galleria.

But I was oblivious to the 25-year tradition when I visited Neiman Marcus on Monday to interview fashion designer Roland Mouret. As I was leaving the store, headed to the office, an SPCA volunteer crossed my path walking the most beautiful female boxer I had ever seen. I commented on the dog’s beauty and friendliness. The volunteer quickly said the pup was available for adoption.

An hour later, I had a 10-month-old boxer named Foxy. (Inow call her Ava.) Yes, a Christmas wish realized since I had spent the previous weekend in San Antonio with friends trolling animal shelters looking for a female boxer.

That’s the magic of this holiday tradition.

The SPCA pet adoptions (dogs and cats) are being held on the first floor of Neiman Marcus Galleria, 2600 Post Oak, in festive holiday windows designed by Neiman Marcus’ visual merchandiser/stylist Robyn Sieverding and pet photos by Gittings Photography. Adoptions are noon-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 am.-9 pm. Saturday and will continue through Dec. 23.

So how much was my doggy in the window?

Mine was $195 for the adoption, though fees can vary. The adoption package, valued at more than $400, includes a health evaluation, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, deworming, heartworm testing and microchipping with free lifetime registration.  Every adopted dog receives a toy or treat courtesy of PetSafe and a gift courtesy of Hill’s Science Diet. In addition, VCA Animal Hospitals will provide a complimentary overall wellness examination (restrictions apply).

I had Ava’s first wellness exam today. The vet gave me $150 worth of meds for Ava’s tummy issues, which are typical with adopted dogs, that were covered by the exam.

This isn’t your average ShopGirl deal, but it’s a great one for pet lovers. For information, visit the SPCA’s Windows of Life page.