Pets (105)

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…

Wassamki: The Westminster of Maine

‘Rumor’ the German Shepherd took home Best In Show a couple of months ago, and deservedly so. If you’re like us, Westminster inspired dreams within you as a dog lover, of jogging around that show ring with your intelligent, loyal animal at your side, remaining serene under the spotlight, and finally standing next to your best friend, as the judge, with his or her arcane canine knowledge, pokes and prods. Will your purebred rise above…

Doggie Dental Care: What To Do

Everybody knows that feeling of disappointment that sets in when the dentist says, “Yup, you’ve got a cavity. We’ll schedule you for a filling.” You think, “Damn, I could have prevented that if I had flossed more.” Then you realize how much that new filling is going to cost, and by the time you’re back in your car, you’re already mentally cutting date night out of your budget for the next couple of weeks, wondering…

Dogs on the Catwalk?

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For every person on earth, there is a unique idea of what is pleasing to the eye, and to the heart. In America, the producers of mass media have been telling us for a long time that there’s a consensus, an ideal that we should all match our preferences to, or have to worry about how strange and different we are. That is changing.…

Are You a Believer?

Many pet owners go their whole lives without thinking about whether animals have souls or not. They don’t take part in the debate when it comes up, maybe don’t even have an opinion about their own immortality or lack thereof, and they go home, feed the pets in question, host the weekly poker game and set their minds on work the next day. But some of us animal lovers have seen something inside our furry…

The Planet Dog Foundation Kicks It Up a Notch

Many of our readers have advanced in their lives well past anything resembling small potatoes. They’re college graduates. They’ve worked hard to pay off their student loans, while maintaining mortgages, vehicle payments, and the cost of raising children. They succeed at their jobs, in their personal lives, and in their respective pursuits and recreational activities. The long and the short of it is, they’ve got money to spend. And they want to do it in…
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