This Week…Animal Week in Houston

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This Week…Animal Week in Houston


What an interesting week it’s been!  I’m accustomed to seeing animals in our yards (a peahen laid eggs in our yard in FL).  But this has been a crazy week!


It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked. Haile Selassie


An emu was spotted running loose near the airport and it was eventually captured and returned to its owner. 



The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated
Mahatma Gandhi

Cows wandered into a neighborhood south of Houston and found shade under a tree in someone’s front yard. The resident saw this on her Ring doorbell. 


Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Fyodor Dostoyevsky



And just when we thought they were done for the season, one pair of bluebirds decided to try for brood #4!  We have another brood in another box and we are hoping that with temps in the 100s the eggs will survive. 



The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much. Thornton Wilder


Besides people watching, I love observing animal behavior!  You never know what either will do!!!




Have a wonderful weekend!

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Comments (29)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. not much nature in downtown Chicago. We do have a lot of steel cranes currently during the construction boom. Time for a drive in the country. Enjoy your day.

Jul 16, 2022 07:12 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

OMG..I love all of these animal sightings! I'm sure they are hoping to find water and shade from our brutal temperatures this summer! Thanks for sharing.

Jul 16, 2022 07:19 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

We see turkey running around in our neighborhood all the time and an occasional coyote, but an emu would be quite a shocker.  It would be fun to see.

I am hopeful your new broods make it too. 

Jul 16, 2022 07:28 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker I know how much you love them. Small rant...this week I've seen people walking their dogs. Some have water with them to give to the dogs but some don't. I saw a dog panting today while walking with its owners. I offered to pour some of my water in their hands for their dog but they were on their way back to their car. These poor dogs are hot and thirsty!

Jul 16, 2022 11:22 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

faye schubert so do I! Because bluebirds prefer to have a box in an open space, there no trees near the box for shade. 

Michael Jacobs I can remember our first home in Houston. One Friday afternoon my neighbor called to alert me to a cow in front of my house nibbling on my shrubs. 

Jul 16, 2022 11:24 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Brian England we're concerned about the heat which may be too much for the eggs. When we had eggs and chicks in our box in our yard, Larry put "siding" he designed to deflect the heat and also put a mister on the box. 

Roy Kelley when we lived in Leesburg, I remember planting caladiums in the front only to have the deer heat them the next day. 

Jul 16, 2022 11:30 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Joan Cox we know of someone who raised emus south of Houston. 

Bill Salvatore - East Valley Thank you and hope you have a fun weekend. 

Jul 16, 2022 11:31 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 ohhh I wish we had more robins!!!   We saw some in the spring but not that many 

Grant Schneider I've not seen on up close and personal!!

Jul 16, 2022 11:35 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin I'd say it's time for Grandpa to take the wee on to the zoo!!!

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  It looks like Austin and Houston will have 100+ temps next week too. 

Jul 16, 2022 11:37 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ray Henson haven't seen a turkey but do see armadillos and raccoons. Just as happy not to see a snake but it's only a matter of time. 

Jul 16, 2022 11:38 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

What  a fun busy animal week Kathy!  Love the videos!  We've got so many different birds at your nightly happy hour at the fountain right now and it's so fun to watch.  Last night a family of Quail flew in with the babies and enjoyed dinner in the yard for awhile.  Haven't seen that in a long while!  Our little oasis is just what the hot weather needed for all these creatures!

Jul 16, 2022 01:20 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I hope the eggs survive as well.  We might also the the 100's here next week.   😬

Jul 16, 2022 04:15 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

The story about the cows roaming the neighborhood is too funny, Kathy.  In my neighborhood it is only, raccoons, coyotes, possums, skunks, wild turkeys and an occasional peacock.

Jul 16, 2022 06:58 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

Well, that was some video!  You do not often see an emu, let alone one running around in a business park.  Maybe they were filming an Insurance commercial! haha

Jul 16, 2022 07:45 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Boomer and I are true believers when it comes to compassion and animals Kathy Streib 

Jul 16, 2022 10:04 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

An emu being chased by a police car! That's one thing I haven't seen here.

Jul 17, 2022 05:08 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Finding shade on a scorching day would be a good plan, Kathy. Getting out in the garden early morning to pick is best right now as well. Wishing you a fantastic Sunday!

Jul 17, 2022 10:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

At least they caught the emu before it caused problems. How do you catch something like that?

Love the animal quotes.


Jul 17, 2022 04:43 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Wow what an adventurous week. Love the quote choice.

Jul 18, 2022 04:15 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What a fun week, Kathy! Like you, my heart is with the animals more than people! LOL

I hope the eggs make it - please do keep us updated on the 4th brood!

And, the emu video - hilarious! I can totally see jokes about how many cops it takes to catch ONE EMU!! LOL

Jul 18, 2022 09:55 PM