Fifty Shades of Grey(hounds)

Fifty Shades of Grey(hounds)

CINCINNATI–Well, not really, not 50 outfits.   But these gorgeous Greyhound sisters are reputed to have numerous fashionable outfits to combat the chill on their walks with owners Jack and Mary-Bob Rubenstein. The Amberley Village couple, pictured in their matching Cincinnati Bengals caps, rescued Lucy and Annie, 8, from a racetrack in Birmingham, Ala., six years ago through Queen City Greyhounds.  When not walking his dogs, Mr. Rubenstein has been designated as a “Super Lawyer®” and is considered one of the top-rated criminal defense attorneys in Ohio.

“Breathe deeply,” pet a cat


A delightful “Cats & Mats” yoga class took place recently at the Sharonville SPCA with cats joining participants for deep stretches. For a donation of $10, participants enjoyed yoga, light refreshments and “fantastic SPCA Cincinnati felines to interact with after the yoga class comes to an end,” according to organizers. “Cats are great yogis and they love to practice their moves alongside others.” Pictured on stage, from left, are Jane Minges of West Chester; yoga instructor Marta Streit of Florence, Ky.; and Jake Fisher and Taylor Bolser, both of Hamilton.




Virginia might be for lovers.

But for pet lovers, Cincinnati is ranked #1 in the United States.

For the second year in a row, thank you very much.

Out of 100 of the nation’s largest cities.

So go give your pets some sugar, Cincinnatians.

The 2015 ranking is based “across 16 key metrics” by Wallet Hub, a financial website which describes itself as a “one-stop destination” to help consumers and small business owners make better money decisions.  In 2014, Cincinnati also came in first.

In WalletHub’s “2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Pet Lovers,”  Wallet Hub,  the website explained: “With current and aspiring pet parents in mind, Wallet Hub compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest U.S. cities across 16 key metrics.

About 79.7 million Americans own a pet, whose care costs between $235 to nearly $2,000 annually, according to the report.

“Our data set ranges from the minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to the number of pet businesses per capita,” according to the article.

My Furry Valentine, Cincinnati’s largest pet adoption event, is just one of the many volunteer activities that support animal welfare. At the event it was love at first sight for John Thomas of Batavia, left, who adopted 96-pound Samantha, 5, an American Bulldog. At right, Amanda Cantrell, director of the Humane Society of Adams County, had fostered Samantha for two months. The event featured rescue exhibits from various breeds, such as the pictured Buckeye Bulldog Rescue.

Cincinnati ranked #2 in the most-veterinarians-per-capita category.

Other metrics include average home square footage; number of animal shelters; pet-friendly trails; outdoor environment and amusement; and the number of pet businesses and caretakers.

WalletHub, launched in 2012, offers other lists, such as The Best and Worst Cities for Families; the Safest States to Live In; the Best and Worst Cities to Retire; and the Most and Least Educated Cities.”

In the top 10 of the best pet-loving cities for 2015, behind the illustrious Queen City, came St. Louis; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Tampa, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; Tulsa, Okla.; Las Vegas; Reno, Nev.; Boise City, Idaho; and Madison, Wis.

Ranking 91-98 as the worst cities for pet lovers are Philadelphia; Jacksonville, Fla.; Boston; Chicago; Jersey City, N.J.; Memphis, Tenn.; Detroit; and Santa Ana, Calif.