Pets (96)

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,…

Your Cat's Distant Relatives

Has a stray cat ever followed you home? If so, you know how the incident flatters you and makes you wonder why the animal chose you over others. You feel obliged, if not to take it in, then at least to see that a neighbor or a shelter does. If you feed the feline, you may have to resort to a can of tuna if you don’t already have cats, and if you do, it…

A Dog's Favorite Season

Like us humans, dogs love summertime. If anything, there are at least a lot more interesting things to smell, the walks are longer, and more new friends can be met because they’re coming out of wintertime hiding too. Sometimes, your human doesn’t even see that other human they obviously need to meet, and it’s easier to pull them over there when there’s no snow and ice on the ground. And the dog parks!   If…

Dog Food Wisdom from Above

Many thanks to local veterinarian Nadia F. Conti, DVM, who wrote in to point out that I had unknowingly helped to perpetuate at least one misconception about canine dental care. We think it is worth it to print her letter in its entirety, and we are very happy to have been corrected by someone who knows. Dr. Conti writes:   Love your column — any article that supports the wellbeing of our pets is great.…

A Mobile Meal for Mutts

One could say that the presence of regularly appearing food trucks in a city is an indication of its having arrived on the national scene in terms of culinary offerings. Our town, even setting aside Portland’s darling status as a foodie city for its traditional restaurants, has certainly met that mark. From Mami to El Corazon, even Love Kupcakes with their truck, if you’re walking near downtown, you can probably find something to eat without…
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