By - 7/11/08 - 9:08 am

The Herald reports the Boston City Council voted (when?) to ban dog rentals in Boston - even as pet abandonments in the state rise threefold.

Ed. English-usage question: The Herald calls city councilors "solons." When did that happen? I thought only senators were "solons." And now I find myself wishing for a story involving solons and jakes.

By - 6/11/08 - 9:37 am

Fabulously Out There, who does not have air conditioning, came home last night to find her dog really, really hot:

... So I did what any normal person would do....I opened the freezer and made him stand in it.

Worked like a charm.

No, I did NOT close the door on him. He was standing right next to my ice cream and you could tell he was totally cooling down. All that was missing was steam coming off his fur. Once he felt sufficiently cool to the touch, I took him out and made him sleep in front of the fan. ...

By - 5/15/08 - 9:10 pm

Michael Pahre reports getting a robo-call from some company asking if he knew the whereabouts of some lost cat in his neighborhood:

... How much does this service cost? A lot! Prices range from $65 for 250 robo-calls (suitable for a low-density rural location) to $425 for 5000 robo-calls in a dense, urban environment.

Note that the organization's website claims that they are exempt from the National Do Not Call Registry, which would explain why their call went through to my house despite having registered my phone number with the list.

By - 5/1/08 - 7:09 pm

Roslindale's Pet Cabaret provides links for people who want to ban dog rentals in Massachusetts:

By - 4/15/08 - 8:21 pm

Ashley reports seeing a guy taking a pig for a walk through Boston Common this afternoon:

... This might not have fazed me if I had been in Cambridge, but I am more used to seeing horses or stockbrokers on this side of the Charles. ...

By - 2/16/08 - 6:28 pm

Carver Just Became a 3-Legged Dog tells the story of a Jamaica Plain dog who lost a leg to cancer.

By - 2/12/08 - 9:47 pm

Spatch posts the bulletin that Abbie the cat is back where he belongs tonight - and eating up a storm, but otherwise none the worse for wear.

Apparently, Abbie never went very far even as Spatch, his roommates and a whole lot of other people fanned out across greater Davis Square looking for him - he was holed up in the "bahn" of the house next door:

By - 2/12/08 - 4:50 pm

Another dog gets shocked, in South Boston, but lives.

By - 2/5/08 - 9:16 pm

Spatch reports he has not seen his cat, Abbie, since Sunday:

By - 12/17/07 - 5:34 pm

It's good to know that, even in the midst of rapidly declining readership, an endless series of staff buyouts and a fast-shrinking news hole, the Boston Globe has found one area in which it can beef up its coverage: Spotting the trends that matter to the Boston area's rich. Because Lord knows this is a group that has been sadly neglected in the past.

By - 12/15/07 - 9:33 pm

A couple of dogs playing at the Arboretum today.

By - 12/6/07 - 6:05 pm

Apparently, pushing babies in strollers is tres passe in both NoWa and SoWa. JD reports spotting somebody pushing a doggy stroller - yes, a stroller designed for a dog:

By - 11/5/07 - 3:23 pm

SnifBostonDogs reports on the neighborhood's new doggy park, which officially opened yesterday.

By - 10/29/07 - 10:37 pm

Dogs. Cats. Even giraffes. But apparently not hamsters.

Special bonus cuteness: Baby Sox fan.

By - 10/28/07 - 7:25 pm

The Missus posts photos from today's annual doggie Halloween parade on the Common.

By - 10/16/07 - 8:59 am

On the way to the Maroon 5 concert at the Garden, Susie comes upon a crowd of people by the escalators in North Station:

By - 10/15/07 - 9:50 am

Andrew Watson and family realized they could no longer provide Betsy, the hound they'd adopted more than four years ago, the attention she needed. He describes their last day together - before bringing her to the Angell Memorial adoption center: