The Pet Issue: Animals Working It

Here around our office, we've got a certain staff member with better work habits than most of us – Chrondog Hank, who unflaggingly keeps tabs on the squirrels in our atrium, greets visitors with a warm wag, and never complains about a case of the Mondays or the crummy state of media.

For our second annual Pet Issue, and inspired by Hank, we're paying tribute to working pets, from an 800-pound spotted pig and a (comparatively petite) funeral therapy dog to our cover subject, Sid the Regal Beagle, whose viral video not eating a slice of pizza launched owner Alex Hopes' second career as a dog photographer with a loyal following on his Instagram account, @ZilkerBark. Thanks to Hopes for shooting our cover this week, and to Sid, Austin's dog mayor, for working the camera like a pro. – Kimberley Jones

Five Things to Know If You're Thinking About Getting a Pet Rabbit
Five Things to Know If You're Thinking About Getting a Pet Rabbit
Bunny 101

Feb. 19, 2018

Five Pet Cats in Modern Fiction
Five Pet Cats in Modern Fiction
And you won’t believe what happens to the third one

Feb. 15, 2018

25 Dog-Friendly Bars & Restaurants in Austin
25 Dog-Friendly Bars & Restaurants in Austin
Because nothing pairs better with coffee or beer than your own doggo

Feb. 15, 2018

Meet Social Media Star Sid, the Regal Beagle, the Inspiration Behind Zilker Bark
Meet Sid, the Regal Beagle
Man's best friend, and life coach

Feb. 15, 2018

Four-Legged Insta-Famous Locals and Grammable Up-and-Comers
Four-Legged Insta-Famous Locals
We round up some of our favorite animal Instagram accounts

Feb. 15, 2018

Kermit the Therapy Dog Wants to Talk About Your Funeral
Kermit the Therapy Dog
This grief counselor wears a collar

Feb. 15, 2018

Inside Austin Police's Mounted Unit
Inside Austin Police's Mounted Unit
Horseplay? Only after they've clocked out.

Feb. 15, 2018

Grocery Pup Creates Gourmet Dog Food Good Enough for Humans
Grocery Pup Creates Gourmet Dog Food
Austin couple offers an all-natural way to feed your pup

Feb. 15, 2018

Does This Relationship Have a Future?
Does This Relationship Have a Future?
If dogs aren’t welcome on the Starship, I’m not going either

Feb. 15, 2018

Austin’s MVP Farmhands (Just No Opposable Thumbs)
Austin’s MVP Farmhands
From an 800-pound pig to cuddly baby goats, these farm animals are earning their keep

Feb. 15, 2018

<i>Chronicle</i> Recommends: Films About Pets
Films About Pets
Sit! Stay! Good movie!

Feb. 15, 2018

PHOTOS: The Chronicle's Staff Pet Portraits
Photos by David Brendan Hall

Thu., Feb. 15, 2018

Pet Issue 2017
Pet Issue 2017
Meet Austin’s Most Eligible Dogs

February 10, 2017

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