Hey, let it be known that we here at The Squawker are all about good causes. Throw in a few excellent musical acts and we’re really all about lending a helping hand.

What’s that, you say? One of the performers is a talented singer-songwriter that we were just wow’d by at SXSW last weekend? Come again? The benefit show is at what is possibly Dallas’ grandest, most historic halls of music?

OK, we’re in, then. Arm, consider yourself lightly twisted.

The Dallas-based Wandering Chicken Wire Show will be hosting the North Texas Music Makers Showcase, benefiting the SPCA, this Sunday at Sons of Hermann Hall. Music, puppies in need of some love and old-timey Dallas: that’s a great combo for a Sunday agenda, folks.

Yes, the line-up is solid to begin with, especially given that Greg Reichel will be throwing down. But, it’s a late addition to the schedule that really has us excited. Bonnie Whitmore, who you may remember from my SXSW Saturday notes, will also be playing on that fine day. In fact, that’ll be her second show at “Sons” within a 48 hour period (she’s playing with Adam Carroll and Scott Nolan there on Friday night).

While the name is funny, the Wandering Chicken Wire Show’s cause is nothing less than noble. Each month, the organization of musicians picks a worthy charity to support, thus ensuring that the love is indeed spread.

So, there. Add love to the already heady mix of great music, good causes and great venues. By going, it’ll almost be like you’re not actually making much effort, because it’ll be so much fun, but never fear, the fun will go to a great cause and will be appreciated by the animals of North Texas for some time to come.

FunnyFur.com, a Houston luxury pet boutique specializing in couture wear, fashionable pet carriers, designer dog accessories, collars, harnesses, handmade pet jewelry, novelty dog toys, pet furniture and an array of breast cancer awareness pet accessories, are hosting their annual non-profit Howl-O-Ween pet costume contests. There will be an in-store Howl-O-Ween costume contest at the Funny Fur pet boutique in Houston, as well as an online contest available to pet owners everywhere.

Forget the dog, I want this in a people sweater

The in-store contest will be held on October 29, 2010 at 6 p.m. and will feature a Halloween costume contest for dogs, as well as other pet-themed activities including a scary-costume fashion show, dog nail painting, a raffle and more. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served throughout the event. Donations are accepted for participation in the festivities with all proceeds benefiting the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The grand-prize costume contest winner will be judged by local business owners and volunteers. Winner will be announced at the end of the evening and awarded a $200 gift card to FunnyFur.com.

The online contest is open to any pet owners who wish to send in a picture of their dog in their favorite costume. Submissions will be judged by customers and the winner will be announced online on November 1 and awarded a $100 gift card to FunnyFur.com. For contest eligibility, contestants must purchase a costume from the company’s website – enter TREAT at checkout to snag 15% OFF – . This year’s must have costumes include the Calypso Queen dog costume, a colorful carnival dress inspired by Carmen Miranda and the Prince Charming dog costume, a charming getup for male dogs. All photo entries should be submitted to events@funnyfur.com.

Costumed, rapscallion rescue dogs will be performing tricks for treats at a pet adoption event from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, on October 23, at Urban Bicycle Gallery.

Lucky Dog Rescue and Lone Star Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso of Texas will be showcasing dogs in need of loving homes at 4814 Nett Street with the support of inner City businesses in the Washington Corridor area.

“Urban Bicycle Gallery will be hosting a registration and packet pick up site for the 38th Annual Bike Houston Moonlight Ramble that Saturday. We expect our dogs up for adoption to charm the outdoor enthusiasts and find loving homes,” says Lisa Cari, event organizer.

“Last year, more than two thousand cyclists participated, and this year, BikeHouston has added a 10-mile course which will attract new participants. Participants will be coming by the shop that Saturday which is the perfect opportunity to reach potential adopters, says Tom Wurth, founder of Urban Bicycle Gallery and board member of BikeHouston, a nonprofit bicycle advocacy organization.

“To get the cyclists into the spirit to dress up in their Halloween best for the Moonlight Ramble, we are having a pet costume contest with prizes which will be awarded at 1:30 PM,” says Teresa Osborn, founder of Lone Star Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso of Texas. Osborn encourages owners to wear costumes; however, she jests that owners not come dressed as felines, Team Edward, or in Lady Gaga meat dresses.

“We will have refreshments from Saint Arnold Brewery and doggy ‘treat’ bags from Visible Changes featuring John Paul Pet products and wholesome, premium treats from Natural Pawz Heights,” says Cari.

For more information regarding adoption, volunteering, or sponsoring, please send inquiries to: Lisa@adoptapethouston.org.

Maybe I’m lucky, maybe I just know good folks with Pit Bulls that bring out the best of the breed…but I’ve got to tell you guys, I’ve never met a Pit Bull that wasn’t a slobbering, eager to please, sucker for a tennis ball bundle of squiggly love. The absolute worst thing that’s ever happened to me was an unfortunate event that involved a young Pit that decided it was a good idea to ‘mark’ me at a neighborhood BBQ…

That’s why I’m overjoyed to see that Operation Kindness is sponsoring a kick ass party for Pits and the people who love them!

Yay! Yay, but dang, wish I’d known about this sooner…

American pit bull terrier (named Tuttle) seated.
Image via Wikipedia

This awesome party, hosted by the largest & oldest no-kill shelter in the DFW area, is for all animal rescue enthusiasts and those who love the tragically misunderstood Pit Bull!

All kinds of pooches are encouraged to attend this awesome party on the deck at Duke’s Original Roadhouse.

Receive 20% of your entire food order and enter one of our dozens of raffles for really cool prizes.

Visit with the lovely ladies of Pinups for Pitbulls!

Give a dog a bad name, and hang him. The virtues of the dog are his own,
his vices, those of his master
— old English proverb.

View videos about Pinups for Pitbulls on Discovery News and NBC News.

Location: 4180 Belt Line Rd, Addison 75001. Phone: (972) 503-2337
Date: Thursday, September 30th
Time: 5pm – 7pm.
Parking: Free.
Website: www.dukesoriginalroadhouse.com

Urban Paws will be hosting the first of two birthday parties on Sunday September 25th from 2-6 PM.

This is a come-as-you-are-and-leave-as-you’d-like-to-be party for your dogs (although everyone is invited, dog or no dog).  Take a good whiff of your mutt and if he or she doesn’t smell like apple blossoms, bring him by Urban Paws for a “day of beauty and fun”.

Volunteers will meticulously clean and pamper your pooch and then let him loose in Urban Paws’ state of the art facility for some recreation.

As you wait, They’ll be providing snacks and liquid refreshments to make your afternoon fruitful as well.  People, however, we’ll be in charge of bathing themselves.

Here’s the details:

Cost: $20
Urban Paws
2526 Elm St., Dallas 75226
2 – 6 PM

Doggie Treats
Beer, soft drinks, snacks
All dogs eligible for door prizes
Bring a friend to learn more about fostering
Paws dogs available on site for adoption or fostering

In honor of Greyhound Awareness Month, The Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT) and The Deep Ellum Foundation pair up for the Deep Ellum Pup Crawl and Poker Run on Saturday, October 16th from noon to 7pm. Registration begins at 12:30 pm at The Greyhound Planet Celebration at Bark Park Central (southwestern corner of the intersection of Good-Latimer Expressway and Commerce Streets, underneath the elevated portion of US75) in Deep Ellum.

Cost is $25 per person and includes poker, event t-shirt, drink specials, quesadilla buffet at July Alley and GALT goody bag. Pup crawl stops include St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin, Santiago’s, July Alley and Reno’s Chop Shop. All breeds are welcome. Proceeds benefit The Greyhound Adoption League of Texas.

For the Poker Run, Pup Crawlers receive a playing card at each stop. At the final destination, prizes will be awarded to the highest hands.

The Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT) celebrates Greyhound Awareness Month with various events and fundraisers throughout October. For a list of all events and to purchase tickets at the Deep Ellum Pup Crawl and Poker Run, go to www.galtx.org or call 972-503-GALT.

Rain date is October 23.

Greyhound Awareness Month is a time chosen each year to honor the Greyhound and its relatives throughout the world. The purpose of this international event is to raise the public’s awareness of the wonder and magic of Greyhounds as pets, and educate others on the current status of Greyhounds around the world.

The Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour will be visiting San Antonio, Texas, on September 17. Dog owners can take advantage of free heart health examinations for their furry friends at McAllister Dog Park. Heart exams will be conducted by certified vet cardiologists between 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dr. Katie Meier, a veterinarian with the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour, says the importance of diagnosing doggy heart disease as early as possible is important, “Early diagnosis and treatment of heart disease can significantly prolong and improve the quality of a dog’s life. By emphasizing the importance of annual veterinary examinations and early diagnosis of heart disease, we hope to help more dogs live longer and better lives.”

For doggies in Austin, the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour will hit up the 8th annual Barktoberfest festival and 3K Pledge Walk for Homeless Pets, hosted by The Central Texas SPCA on Sptember 18th at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park. Heart exams will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Barktoberfest will also feature music, food, costume contests and more, all benefiting the Central Texas SPCA’s adoption program.

Guardian Pet Hospital

The doctors and staff at Guardian Pet Hospital in Denton really love animals and treat them with the utmost kindness.

My puppy had a urinary tract infection and Dr. Dyal did very thorough work in getting to the bottom of it. After a round of antibiotics and he was back to himself in a week. After our follow-up appointment, the infection had disappeared and we were out playing fetch that afternoon. While we were there, I took advantage of their low-cost microchipping services, too.