Pets (100)

If You're Gonna Have One Anyway...

If a couple of friends of yours got together and started dating, loved it, eventually shacked up and kept going until everybody just expected to see one where the other one was, and they were still together after five years, wouldn’t it be cause for a little celebration or a party? They’d be solid. A regular institution. Now take that concept and extrapolate to think of an in-town yearly event as that young couple, going…

Adoption — The Most Rewarding Sacrifice

Well, you can't say that all corporate network executives are heartless savages, because we imagine that what’s going on across the nation on Saturday, August 19 had to cross some CEO's desk and meet with a signature. It’s the 2017 “Clear the Shelters” nationwide pet adoption event, sponsored and/or subsidized by NBC. Animal shelters in the U.S. and Mexico (we presume, since Telemundo is also at the top of the umbrella) are working to match…

Movers and Shakers (of Paws)

Imagine a Two Men and a Truck pickup, filled to the brim with high-quality pet food, toys and supplies, all donated by you and other animal-friendly folk, pulling out of the parking lot from Maine Indoor Karting (23 Washington Ave, Scarborough) and getting on the road to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland to unload and distribute all the goodies to the shelter pets. But you’re still parked at Maine Indoor Karting. Well, it…

Something To Ease Your Worry

People make mistakes. New mothers are afraid that they’ll ‘ruin’ their babies with their lack of experience in parenting. Divorced men may neglect the upkeep of their houses until they’ve got the one and only peeling, sagging home on their street. Students will procrastinate just a little too long and get a D in chemistry, besmirching an otherwise respectable academic record. And all of us have our own ideas about what and how to train…

The Dog Days Are Here

Parks and Rec. No, not everybody’s favorite binge watch, as much as we love Poehler and Offerman, but Wells Parks and Recreation, right down the road. There is a park with a pavilion on their property at 412 Branch Road in Wells (Rte 9A), and they are holding “The Dog Days of Summer” there on Friday, July 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. As you’ve already guessed, the dogs in question are not figurative; it…

What's In a Name?

Dog people: Turn off your Hootsuite, tout de suite. The Phoenix is telling you about this one early, because it’s one of those things where you hit your peeps up for pledges, do the thing, and it amounts to writing a big fat check to an org you really love.   Up to now, it has been called the Paws for a Cause 5K and Festival, to raise money for Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln…

What the Good Guys Are Doing — Maine Org Helps to Rescue Dogs from International Meat Farms

Many of us are guilty of joking about it. But we may be forgiven, since our friends know that to make light of something abhorrent is sometimes the only way to emotionally process it. “My dog destroyed another chair, that little chewer. I’m giving him to the Chinese restaurant.” Such a joking comment is surely ignorant, and may be construed as a little racist by the hypervigilant. But the seed of it, whether one finds…

The Dock Dogs Are Back!

So you like your dog. You’re keen on him. If it came down to it, he could go all Chuck Norris on somebody that was bothering your family. And athletically? The canine is prime and on time. Runs like Bolt. Maybe faster. And don’t worry, nobody is alone in their parental belief that their child (read: dog) really is destined to be some kind of wunderkind. It’s a common syndrome.   Well, you can deny…

Maybe Donald's Allergic?

Our illustrious President does not have a dog. They say he’s the first in about 130 years not to own one. Why is that something he catches flak over? Because the family dog is a part of the American Dream, as quintessential as the family home or the family car. Americans have an affinity for canines because we understand that these loyal animals give an incredible amount of emotional currency to us, in return for…

The Party of the Year?

The venue Aura, formerly Asylum, has hosted some pretty impressive headlining acts since their reopening. That’s good for their pocketbook, which is important enough after the expense of a complete remodeling and multi-floor addition. It looks like they are recouping quite well. If you shook your magic eight ball after asking, “Will Aura be a smashing success?” it would probably come up, “All signs point to cha-ching!” So, out of some sense of kindness, honor,…
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