For Better or for Worse

Although I enjoyed your article on “Best and Worst” in the January issue, I take strenuous exception to your recommendation of Canine Country Club as the best pet resort. We boarded our dog there for several years, and found the standards of care going steadily downhill as the kennel became more well-known and thus more crowde

Our last (and we do mean last!) experience with Canine Country Club this summer was a nightmare. Our dog was returned to us sick and infested with fleas and ticks. It was a month of anxiety, expense and frustration before our pet regained her health. It took longer than that for her hair to grow back: they shaved her to the skin in a crude attempt to groom her.

I have since done considerable research on boarding pets, and along the way have found a number of people who shared similar experiences with this particular kennel. Most of all, I found that choosing a kennel is as personal as choosing a family physician. You can’t presume to tacitly guarantee good care for a pet at any kennel any more than you could guarantee a cure for someone else’s ills from your favorite physician.

Mrs. Don G. Lockhart


Texas Monthly called Half Price Books the best paperback store in Texas (July 1976). D Magazine called us the worst ( January 1977). It all depends on who’s doing the looking. A couple of D Magazine contributing writers are regular customers. Wick Allison, D Magazine publisher and editor-in-chief, shops at our McKinney Avenue store and we’ve sold him a book or two.

Your chances of finding an interesting book in our store depend on what you call interesting. The oldest book we have is dated 1581. The most recent I’ve noticed is dated January 1977. In between there we have about 15,000 different titles in paperback and 4,535 running feet of hardcover books. The man who bought a limited edition of D.H. Lawrence’s Reflections on a Porcupine probably thought he found an interesting book. The person who stole a snake-skin bound of Dobie’s Vaqueros of the Brush Country evidently found that interesting.

We are pleased to be known as “a time-honored institution” after four years in business, and at least you spelled our name right.

Pat Brady, Co-owner

Half Price Books


Your enlightening article in January on the “Best and Worst” for shopping in Dallas rated Totino’s Pizza as the worst frozen food buy in the area. I don’t know how your staff arrived at that decision; however, let’s hope not too much time and money was utilized in the analysis. Frozen pizza sales in the metro area is one of the fastest growing major categories in frozen foods; and, according to reputable marketing sources, Totino leads this growth with the largest share of market in sales and consumer repeat business.

Well, perhaps your epicure just doesn’t like Totino’s TV jingle, “Nobody tops a pizza like Totino’s” . . . and I’ve always been told it pays to advertise! Gosh, fellows, thanks for watching our commercials anyway.

Ken Pond

Southwest Regional Sales Manager


I found your article “Best and Worst” very interesting, informing, and amusing. There is one point, however, that I would like to disput.

I have been fairly closely associated with St. Mark’s School of Texas for three years, and I am absolutely certain that they have no drill team. But the article tapped the supposed team the worst in Dallas. Unless, of course, you were referring to the fourteen Hockaday seniors who, in the fall of ’75, performed a beautifully choreographed gag drill team routine at a St. Mark’s pep rally. If this is the case, I would like to say on behalf of the other thirteen Lionnettes that we are very flattered to be included in the survey and appreciate the publicity, however belated.

Day Pritchartt

Hockaday ’76


Pro Profiles

Thank you and Ellen Stone so much for the touching article on Vernon O’Neal and the pet cemetery. I found it to be one of the few articles I have ever seen on such a subject that was treated with dignity, instead of a haughty, sneering, silly approach intended to poke fun.

I for one am tired of newspaper features on Tom Landry, or the Cowboy of his choice. There are a lot of sensitive, sincere, contributing people in this town from whom we could all learn more.

Thank you for featuring them in “Profiles.” Especially Mr. O’Neal.

Elaine McLendon


Critical Commentary

Three cheers for the “Season’s Readings: Stocking Stuffers” in your December issue. Mary Ward has done a real service for parents wanting to find just the right book for a child’s gift. Would that there were more columns during the year recommending juvenile books and children’s records.

Merry Boykin



The underground tennis courts and swimming pools are impressive additions to the old Lloyd estate (December). However, for years one small sign at the Preston Road entrance must have been the envy of every social climber in Dallas. It said, “Service Entrance 4101 Beverly Dr.”

Ron Rothmeyer


Hanging by Our Thumbs

Thirteen lashes with an aluminum whip for your “Thumbs Off comment on the new Coors press tab opening.

Granted, the press tab is more difficult to open than the pull tab, at least until one gets used to it. But it does help solve our litter problem, remove an ecological threat to fish and wildlife, and reduce the environmental imbalance by recycling more aluminum than the pull tab.

If you’ve ever seen fish attack and choke on a discarded ring pull, or if you yourself have dropped one into the can only to drink it later, you’ll grow to appreciate the Coors solutio

Lee RogersFort Worth

In regards to your December issue “Thumb Awards” exclaiming that the sport of hockey beats the hell out of the 700 Club, because I am a Christian, I will not reward you with a nose thumbing. However, I do definitely feel that your staff should know that the reason for the 700 Club is to help hockey pucks like you beat hel

Patricia McCallumSeagoville


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