Pets (108)

Is Your Dog Ready for Spring?

The season is upon us, and for breeds of dogs that grow winter coats, spring is extra shedding time. This is because certain hormones in dogs’ blood will stimulate or delay hair growth, depending on the length of the day. So naturally, as the days grow longer, your black clothes get more unpresentable. What can you do to reduce the number of fur balls accumulating in your home? Here are a few ideas:   When…

A Shout-out to Cats and Kittens

Did you know that Maine has one of the highest rates of cat ownership in the country? We’re in the top three with Vermont and Massachusetts. That means more purrs, leg-rubbing and hazy sunshine naps. But it also means more cats that are homeless or in need. And that, in turn, means financial need on the part of organizations like the HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team) Adoption Center & Shelter for Cats (302 Range Rd,…

How Do You Think About Doing Your Part?

There seem to be two types of animal lovers: those who think on a large scale but choose to do their part on an individual basis, making sure that their own personal pets are cared for, healthy and happy; and those whose frame of mind is similarly global, but who choose to address the problem of animal homelessness and mistreatment with blanket financial support. Both types of animal affinity are needed, all over the country.…

Former Mainer Comes Back with Something to Show

Those of us who ever aspired to a career in writing have seen and heard it a hundred times: “Write what you know.” Well, successful author and former Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland volunteer, Amy Sutherland, knows shelter pets. And that’s what she’s written about, in her newest book, Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes. Go to her Book Talk and Author Meet &…

A Grab-Bag of Pet Activities

Can you name the breeds of the dogs in the ring at Westminster before the announcers say them? Do you know where to get cat toys that will actually be played with, without desperate urging on the owner’s part? Do your friends and family come to you for advice about their pets? Maybe it’s time you leave the amateur-pet-expert arena and start to go pro. Head out to the Volunteer Orientation at Coastal Humane Society…

How Do You Treat Animals?

We have always been pro-animal at The Portland Phoenix, and that isn’t likely to change. The enjoyment of our city’s arts and entertainment scene, all the fun things we and our readers do on a daily and weekly basis, comes with a responsibility. As adults, we must face the debt we owe to ourselves and each other, to be decent, hardworking people who love not only on the inside, but also externally, demonstrably. Whatever you…

An Old Soul On Four Legs

Do you know someone who insists that their dog is the reincarnation of another dog from their family history, or even claims that their pet is a deceased human relative in a new, animal body? Or, as a dog lover, are you the one in your family who holds such beliefs? Maybe it’s a look in your dog’s eye, or just the feeling of comfort they give you, that you know only one soul is…

"Okay, Spot, I'm gonna tie you to this thing..."

Anyone who has ever owned a larger dog has fantasized at one point or another about speeding along behind it on a dog sled, yelling, “Mush! Mush!” The word ‘Iditarod’ flashes through your mind as you imagine your dog at the head of the pack, striving forward against the weight of the sled and against the elements, until you sled victoriously past the finish line to the cheers of thousands.   Hey, why not try…

Who's the Best Kisser?

Everyone has had the kind of day that feels like a Monday after a three-day weekend, though the calendar says it’s a run-of-the-mill weekday. The boss was all over you. You spilled coffee on your shirt, right before a Skype call with a new client. That clicking you’ve been hearing in third gear turned into a solid clunk-clunk-clunk, and you barely made it into the driveway. Then, your grocery bag ripped open, right in the…

A Chance To Fight Rabies

Horror stories abound, about wild rabid animals biting or scratching house pets, causing sorrowful losses of beloved family animals. In reality, raccoons are the most common culprits of infecting domesticated animals in our region, and if your dog or cat isn’t vaccinated, the risk is real. The Centers for Disease Control recommends immediate euthanization for unvaccinated pets that are exposed to rabies. In 2014, the most recent year for which figures are available, the number…
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