Pets (96)

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…

Dog Booties: Yea or Nay?

(Reprinted, with edits, from 10.22.15)   As winter snows approach, so does the inevitable question for dog owners: What is the right way to winterize a pet’s paws?   Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic’s certified vet techs say booties are a viable option, with one important caveat: Don’t leave your dog’s feet covered for extended periods. Like a pair of sweaty socks on a person, booties that have been on too long keep a dog’s footpads…

The Coolest Cats in Portland

It was a very civilized contest. There was no hissing, no scratching, not a raised hackle to be seen. The Coolest Cats in Portland had to demonstrate to us lowly humans that a fierce competition could be a refined affair.   Besides, it was pure democracy, where the winner of the popular vote was actually the winner. Feline creatures seem to have that figured out, too.   Now for the results: 3rd Place The second…

Your Choice of Holiday Open Houses

There’s something about getting a puppy or a kitten for Christmas, or any gift-giving winter holiday. Faces light up, distribution of responsibilities is settled, food bowls and other accouterments are acquired, and all of a sudden, there’s a new family member ready to make your home a happier place. Well, if it’s about time for you to make that happen, you can get it done, and see and do a whole lot more, at one…

Animal Welfare Society Helps Out with the Holidays

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and it’s your turn to host this year. You have multiple recipes to prep, last-minute attendance details to iron out, another trip to the grocery store that you can only hope will be the last, cleaning still left to do, and who knows how many other things that will require your attention. All that is difficult enough, and when you have a house full of kids at the same time,…

Begin A New Chapter In Your Life

You love animals. Their loyalty, unique personalities, loving nature, and sometimes funny behavior all combine to make you a fan and proponent. Some animal lovers don’t stop there. They go into careers where it’s their job to protect and defend our furry friends, who, although we know have their own ways of communicating, cannot form the words to tell us, “We want our rights!” And what is the most basic right? To retain one’s life,…

Dressed-Up Dogs in Bayside

The Halloween Costume Contest is a tradition at the Planet Dog Company Store (211 Marginal Way). This year's contest (the 10th annual) featured about 20 dogs, including a black lab pup in sheep's clothing, a mixed breed in a pink tutu, a Great Dane dressed as a pug, and a dog dressed as a horse pulling a wagon containing a puppy pretending to be a bear. The winner was Lori Sirois, her son Lucas, and…

Dog Lovers Weekend gives artistic outlet

Dog Lovers Weekend at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport on Oct. 28 and 29 features an artist who can capture a pet's likeness and commit it to canvas. Deemed one of the 50 most historic hotels in America by Country Living, the Colony Hotel welcomes Meredith Reynells of Cape Neddick, who boasts more than five years of painting pet portraits. "Stop by my booth in the Ballroom on Saturday for a chance to win $50…

Calling Cool Cats

Is your cat so cool that you want his or her praises sung far and wide? Now is your chance.   The Portland Phoenix has partnered with The Cat Doctor (183 Brighton Ave, 207-874-2287) to bring you the Coolest Cat in Portland Photo Contest. Here’s how it works: Find your favorite feline photo and upload it at http://portlandphoenix.secondstreetapp.com/Coolest-Cat-in-Portland/gallery before 1:00 p.m. on the 27th. Then, during the two-week voting period, tell your friends, family and…
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