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Pet care potpourri

Many, many people love animals, and many of those people would benefit from the companionship and unconditional devotion of a dog or cat, but not all of those would be good pet owners. The job takes serious commitments in the areas time, energy and resources to properly provide for an animal and give it a healthy, fulfilling life. Luckily, this weekend, a few of our local pet organizations are here to make a few of…

Four great dog-friendly hikes in Maine

It’s a great feeling to be on a walk, with your eager dog trotting forward next to you, his tags jingling, his eyes bright, tongue visible in an expression of fresh-air joy. It’s even better if the ground beneath your six foot frame is unpaved, and your surroundings are not composed of cars and buildings but instead, the wild beauty of Maine. With the foliage season gradually reaching its peak, what better time to explore…

The tale of Ales for Tails

Shipyard. Banded Horn. Funky Bow. You’re milling about, running into people you know, trying to decide which brewery’s beer you want to taste next. You just won at cornhole, so you and your trusty canine are walking tall, and hey, there are the food trucks, right over there. It happens like that at Ales for Tails, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Thompson’s Point, although victory at lawn games is not…

You and your small dog are not alone

They’ve been called ankle-biters. Yap dogs. Even overgrown rats. But those of us who know, are acutely aware of just how much personality, vigor and ferocious loyalty small dogs really have. Their bond with their human parent, once established, is unbreakable. They get comfortable, and they like it, and they will certainly let you know if another human or some galumphing big dog is a threat to that comfort. In the meantime, they know exactly…

Doggie Pool Paw-ty at Sunset Ridge

Get your dog near water, and he’s likely to wear out your throwing arm, swimming in and out, again and again, after that tennis ball. We all know the joyful look of concentration on that canine face as they paddle, determined to reach their destination through the cool, clear water.   Portlanders who own dogs and would like to have a place for them to swim before the season is out, are welcome at the…

If you're deciding whether you want a pet, Petco can help

Pets do funny things. They see us at our worst, and when we’re at our best, they’re right there next to us. They give comfort, support and unconditional love. These are facts. So if you don’t have a furry friend, and you want to adopt one, now is your chance. Petco in South Portland (220 Maine Mall Rd) is having a Mega Adoption Event on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Save…

Run with your dog for a patriotic cause

Do you jog or run with your dog? Also, are you concerned that American veterans are coming home from their service only to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and the risk of suicide it carries? Join the 2016 Inaugural Soldier’s Pace Canicross Race on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m at Smiling Hill Farm (781 County Rd, Westbrook), and do something you love, for a worthy cause.   The Maine Veterinary…

In honor of our dogs

This Friday, Aug. 26, is National Dog Day. It is a chance to set aside some time to remember, celebrate, and most of all, honor all things canine. A great way to do that this week is to combat the primary misconception that we all have had about dog training. That is, the term itself is a misnomer. It is actually we humans that need to train ourselves when in a new relationship with a…

Are you afraid of needles?

How much do you love your pet? If you’re like most of us, you generally bring your dog out to do his business even in a horrible ice storm, or alert every person you know in a ten-mile radius when your indoor cat gets lost outside. But would you get a tattoo? That’s the idea behind the joint fundraiser sponsored by the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and Fianna Studio Tattoos (276 Woodford St.,…

Five off-leash dog areas in Portland

Everybody knows that dogs love and need to run. It keeps their bodies and their temperaments healthy. And if you’re a Portlander, you may have a favorite spot where you take your pet(s) to exercise and socialize with other dogs, without the confinement of a leash. But you may not be aware of all five of the following locations where such fun times are encouraged: Jack School Dog Run Location: 195 North St. (behind the…
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