Pets (105)

Have We Evolved?

Back in the day, it was rumored, when a farming family had a barn cat who got pregnant and gave everybody the gift of six or seven mewling blind ones, the farmer had to balance his cat food budget with his harvest income, and the result was quite often a burlap sack tied with twine, full of said younglings (and a brick), all in the nearest river.   These days, we are a little more…

Pups at the Point

Don’t you feel a little older when an annual event you remember like it happened yesterday rolls around again? The odd part about it, as the seasons roll past, is not the number of yearly events you recall, but the speed at which the cycle comes around to begin again. Time does fly, at about Mach 5. The happening in question this time is one of the most fun Portland has to offer to animal…

Got a favorite dog breed?

If we had to choose the quintessential American dog, it would have to be the Labrador retriever. With their patience for children, gentle demeanor, solid large size, and enthusiasm for jumping in the car and going to play, they’re the all-around Everyone’s Dog. But above all, it’s their loyalty that is the key. We’ve all heard the stories of a lab skittering out onto thin ice to drag a child out of a wintry life-threatening…

Get Your Butt to Strut Your Mutt

RJ is a gentle, fun-loving mutt who, not so long ago, was found wandering alone down in North Carolina. A partner group to Kennebunk’s Animal Welfare Society took him in. During the ensuing physical, it was discovered that the poor dog had a major diaphragmatic hernia, causing his internal organs to be disjointed and allowing his colon to encroach upon his heart. It didn’t look good. AWS’s partners didn’t have the resources for the requisite…

Paws in the Park and a Show to the South

If you’re a dog owner, there aren’t too many things that are more fun and relaxing than taking your fur-partner to the park for a little R&R. Throw a little ball, romp a little romp, discover a new ridiculous thing your dog wants to do to make you laugh. What could be better? How about 5,000 people like you and dogs like yours, all groovin’ to some live local bands, at the 7th Annual Pet…

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…
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