Austin, other Texas cities score high among cat-friendly places to rent

Russian blue cat, Anastasia, rests on a handheld device. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Russian blue cat, Anastasia, rests on a handheld device. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

In Austin, we love our dogs, but we also have room in our hearts (and our homes) for cats.

According to a recent study by Apartment List, renting an apartment with a cat is no problem in Austin, or Texas. The apartment indexing website used their data to calculate which pads would allow you to bring a feline friend along, based on each place’s listing details.

Out of 200 cities, Austin came in at No. 74, with half of the Texas capital’s apartments allowing cats to room with their humans.

According to Apartment List’s numbers, only 40 percent of apartments in the U.S. allow cats. Despite that low number, Texas came out on top in terms of feline friendliness.

Ten Texas cities made it into the list’s top 25 spots, including Houston, where 64 percent of apartments allowed cats, and Irving, where 74 percent of apartments welcomed them.

The coveted No. 1 spot went to the Woodlands, where one hundred percent off apartment complexes allowed cats.

Soon Austinites will have one more cat-friendly place in town – the feline-loving (and somewhat controversial) Blue Cat Cafe will be opening soon in East Austin.

Willie Nelson calls for look-alike dogs in time for National Dog Day

National Dog Day is August 26, and Austin’s own Willie Nelson has joined in on the celebration with a four-legged Nelson look-alike contest on his official Facebook page.

UPDATE Wednesday: And on the day itself, Willie posted some of his favorites!

Thousands of fans responded by uploading photos of their dogs (and other pets) that either bear a close resemblance to the country singer, or are named after him.







The resemblances are striking.

Dogs aren’t the only animals named after Nelson – in June, the Fort Worth Zoo welcomed a pair of baby giraffes named Waylon and Willie, named after the great Waylon Jennings and, you guessed it, Willie Nelson.

Couple takes adorable newborn photos…with their puppy

It's a puppy! One couple decided to stage a newborn photography session with their puppy, Humphry. Photo by Elisha Minnette.
It’s a puppy! One couple decided to stage a newborn photography session with their puppy, Humphry. Photo by Elisha Minnette.

Every couple deals with awkward questions from the in-laws about when they’ll finally get a grand-kid in different ways. For Matt and Abby Kay, humor was best.

Photo by Elisha Minnette.
Photo by Elisha Minnette.

In what appears to be a growing trend of sticking societal expectations to the man with unconventional photo shoots, the Australian couple recently decided to pose for a series of endearing newborn photos…with their fluffy puppy filling in as the “baby.”

According to Buzzfeed, Matt, Abby and their golden retriever-poodle mix, Humphry, collaborated with photographer Elisha Minnette to stage the shoot.

Minnette said that while the photos were meant to poke fun at typical newborn shoots, the mood was “light-hearted.”

“We did this shoot just for a little bit of humor between ourselves, as well as for those that share the same sense of humor as us,” Minnette told Buzzfeed.

Photo by Elisha Minnette.
Photo by Elisha Minnette.

The photos, which Minnette posted to her Facebook page, have been shared thousands of times.

The happy family isn’t the first to stage a professional photo shoot for a satirical cause – in August, a Missouri teenager staged a senior photo shoot to remember at her local Taco Bell. Earlier in the summer, a 28-year-old San Francisco man posed for beautiful engagement photos with the love of his life – a burrito.

5 videos of cute animals wearing clothes, from baby goats to sleepy pugs

Baby goats are taking over the internet. Photo via Sunflower Farm Creamery on YouTube.
Photo via Sunflower Farm Creamery on YouTube.

Baby goats are taking over the internet. Last week, it was a trio of baby goats in sweaters, this week it’s a pair of baby goats in pajamas. The frolicking duo are Winifred and Monty, three-week-old Nigerian dwarf goat siblings that currently live on Sunflower Farm in Maine, according to WCSH 6.

Desperate for more animals-in-clothing cuteness, we searched the internet for videos. Here are a few of the cutest:

Baby Goats in Sweaters 

The video that started the baby goat craze in the first place. The goat triplets, who live on Denmans Critters Farm, can be seen hanging out in style:

Sleepy Pug in Pajamas 

If animals in pajamas are all you crave, this video is for you. A sleepy pug named Doug, decked out in duckie pajamas, is filmed laying in bed with a pug plush and even nodding off at points. If that’s not enough cuteness for you, a lullaby also plays in the background to lull the pug to sleep.

Puppy Dressed as a Teddy Bear 

This puppy, who goes by “Munchkin the Teddy Bear” on YouTube, closely resembles an Ewok in his teddy bear costume. Here, he’s filmed getting in some oversize on a treadmill, but the plush pet has a whole channel of delightful videos to choose from.

Monkey in a Snowsuit

At first sight, this monkey dressed in a snowsuit looks like a bouncy, bundled-up toddler. It isn’t until his owner picks him up that we see he’s been dressed up for a snowy outing. The results are simply adorable.