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 our pets.
Readers who fear that their family dogs may be in danger of settling into bad habits, especially in areas where kids are, and want a little insurance against doggie disaster, are welcome to attend a talk called Safe Dogs/Safe Kids, followed by an outdoor screening of The Secret Life of Pets at the Veterinary and Rehabilitation Center of Cape Elizabeth (207 Ocean House Rd) on Monday, July 31 at 7 p.m.
Nancy Freedman-Smith of Gooddogz Training will speak on strategies to help your dog “be the ideal family member.” The emphasis will be on interactions between canines and children. Admission is free, and well-behaved pets are allowed at the movie screening, but not the presentation before it. Refreshments will be served, including, it’s rumored, wine for the adults. The movie is a fun romp featuring the voice of Louis C.K. — sort of like a “What Women Want” for dog people.
Dog lovers and Cape Elizabethans may also want to have a meal at the Bird Dog Roadhouse (517 Ocean House Rd) on Monday, August 7 between 3 and 9 p.m. During that time, to benefit the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, the restaurant will donate $2 for every ten-inch pizza and $4 for every fourteen-inch pizza sold. Members of the ARLGP staff will be on site with useful information, and maybe even a four-legged friend wondering, “What smells so good!?”