Pets (105)

Animal Welfare Society Helps Out with the Holidays

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and it’s your turn to host this year. You have multiple recipes to prep, last-minute attendance details to iron out, another trip to the grocery store that you can only hope will be the last, cleaning still left to do, and who knows how many other things that will require your attention. All that is difficult enough, and when you have a house full of kids at the same time,…

Begin A New Chapter In Your Life

You love animals. Their loyalty, unique personalities, loving nature, and sometimes funny behavior all combine to make you a fan and proponent. Some animal lovers don’t stop there. They go into careers where it’s their job to protect and defend our furry friends, who, although we know have their own ways of communicating, cannot form the words to tell us, “We want our rights!” And what is the most basic right? To retain one’s life,…

Dressed-Up Dogs in Bayside

The Halloween Costume Contest is a tradition at the Planet Dog Company Store (211 Marginal Way). This year's contest (the 10th annual) featured about 20 dogs, including a black lab pup in sheep's clothing, a mixed breed in a pink tutu, a Great Dane dressed as a pug, and a dog dressed as a horse pulling a wagon containing a puppy pretending to be a bear. The winner was Lori Sirois, her son Lucas, and…

Dog Lovers Weekend gives artistic outlet

Dog Lovers Weekend at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport on Oct. 28 and 29 features an artist who can capture a pet's likeness and commit it to canvas. Deemed one of the 50 most historic hotels in America by Country Living, the Colony Hotel welcomes Meredith Reynells of Cape Neddick, who boasts more than five years of painting pet portraits. "Stop by my booth in the Ballroom on Saturday for a chance to win $50…

Calling Cool Cats

Is your cat so cool that you want his or her praises sung far and wide? Now is your chance.   The Portland Phoenix has partnered with The Cat Doctor (183 Brighton Ave, 207-874-2287) to bring you the Coolest Cat in Portland Photo Contest. Here’s how it works: Find your favorite feline photo and upload it at http://portlandphoenix.secondstreetapp.com/Coolest-Cat-in-Portland/gallery before 1:00 p.m. on the 27th. Then, during the two-week voting period, tell your friends, family and…

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…
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