Pets (109)

Lost but always found — The benefits of microchipping your pet

Did you know the term ‘debug,’ as in to correct the mistakes in computer code, comes from back when the simplest computer filled an entire room? The machines got hot when they were running, which necessitated leaving windows open, and moths and other insects would occasionally flutter in and get stuck in the small moving parts of the computer, impeding its calculations. A technician would have to stop what he or she was doing, go…

Ever Seen a Distance Tongue Snack Attack?

What’s on your gift list this year? If there’s a video game console, a bigger TV, a bottle of designer perfume, or all of the above about to take chunks out of your bank account, you may already be thinking of making a trip to tax-free New Hampshire to do your holiday shopping. Our next-door neighbors over there make it a point to live free or die, and when it comes to refusing to pay…

How the Converse Is True

For the past couple of years, when we have spoken to you on this page about the importance of adopting shelter animals to save their lives and enhance your own, it’s been in the context of how many animals die each year, pulling on readers’ heart-strings to compel them to prevent that horrible loss, one new pet owner at a time. This time, we’d like to put the whole idea of shelter pet adoption in…

A Secret of Animal Husbandry

City dogs can have a tough time of it if their pet-parents aren’t home a lot of the time. Our animals crave socialization and demonstrativeness, and the lack of those things can lead to bad behaviors, physical symptoms of stress, even depression. But if you work full-time, what can you do? You know you’re not going to get rid of your best friend. What else is there? Animal breeders and technicians have been using a…

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…
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