Pets (76)

A Grab-Bag of Pet Activities

Can you name the breeds of the dogs in the ring at Westminster before the announcers say them? Do you know where to get cat toys that will actually be played with, without desperate urging on the owner’s part? Do your friends and family come to you for advice about their pets? Maybe it’s time you leave the amateur-pet-expert arena and start to go pro. Head out to the Volunteer Orientation at Coastal Humane Society…

How Do You Treat Animals?

We have always been pro-animal at The Portland Phoenix, and that isn’t likely to change. The enjoyment of our city’s arts and entertainment scene, all the fun things we and our readers do on a daily and weekly basis, comes with a responsibility. As adults, we must face the debt we owe to ourselves and each other, to be decent, hardworking people who love not only on the inside, but also externally, demonstrably. Whatever you…

An Old Soul On Four Legs

Do you know someone who insists that their dog is the reincarnation of another dog from their family history, or even claims that their pet is a deceased human relative in a new, animal body? Or, as a dog lover, are you the one in your family who holds such beliefs? Maybe it’s a look in your dog’s eye, or just the feeling of comfort they give you, that you know only one soul is…

"Okay, Spot, I'm gonna tie you to this thing..."

Anyone who has ever owned a larger dog has fantasized at one point or another about speeding along behind it on a dog sled, yelling, “Mush! Mush!” The word ‘Iditarod’ flashes through your mind as you imagine your dog at the head of the pack, striving forward against the weight of the sled and against the elements, until you sled victoriously past the finish line to the cheers of thousands.   Hey, why not try…

Who's the Best Kisser?

Everyone has had the kind of day that feels like a Monday after a three-day weekend, though the calendar says it’s a run-of-the-mill weekday. The boss was all over you. You spilled coffee on your shirt, right before a Skype call with a new client. That clicking you’ve been hearing in third gear turned into a solid clunk-clunk-clunk, and you barely made it into the driveway. Then, your grocery bag ripped open, right in the…

A Chance To Fight Rabies

Horror stories abound, about wild rabid animals biting or scratching house pets, causing sorrowful losses of beloved family animals. In reality, raccoons are the most common culprits of infecting domesticated animals in our region, and if your dog or cat isn’t vaccinated, the risk is real. The Centers for Disease Control recommends immediate euthanization for unvaccinated pets that are exposed to rabies. In 2014, the most recent year for which figures are available, the number…

A Nod to the Dog

They keep us humble, with the requirement to take care of their biological needs. When our character-judgment skills are lacking, they can tell us if someone is great for our family, or a wolf in sheep’s clothing. They introduce us to strangers, who sometimes become friends. They are our dogs. And they need to go out and do things too, besides a walk to take care of business, that is. Here are two dog-related events…

Start the Winter Off Right

The holidays are over. Portlanders are now faced with a good three or four months of cold, dark weather. Bundling up. Shoveling. Ordering heating oil. Having the yearly series of conversations about how useless Daylight Saving really is. And cabin fever. It takes a creative mind to overcome the winter doldrums. As a pet person, you can get a jump on staying active in the cold season (and maybe even meet one of your New…

A Bit of Fun and a Chance to Help Out

Animal lovers who are faithful Phoenix readers will be reading this in time to imagine what it’s like in their pets’ heads, as the Freeport Community Library (10 Library Dr, Freeport) holds a screening of The Secret Life of Pets. Admission is free; kids under 11 require adult accompaniment. With animated dogs voiced by Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart, and with a PG rating, you can be sure that no stone will remain unturned as…

So Your Kid Wants a Dog?

If you have kids, there comes a time when you are asked (or pestered) to add a dog to the family. “I’ll take care of it,” you hear. “I’ll walk it, I’ll feed it, I’ll brush it, you’ll see,” you hear, and you resist the urge to reply, “You gonna pay the vet bills?” But as animal lovers, many of us have been hoping for the day our children express a desire to be pet…
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