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.
A couple of dogs playing at the Arboretum today.
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:
SnifBostonDogs reports on the neighborhood's new doggy park, which officially opened yesterday.
The Missus posts photos from today's annual doggie Halloween parade on the Common.
On the way to the Maroon 5 concert at the Garden, Susie comes upon a crowd of people by the escalators in North Station:
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:
Mountain lion or tabby in desperate need of some diet Iams?
Ah, what would we do without LiveJournal? Taxine posts a query on B0st0n LiveJournal:
Okay, so does anyone know where(or if) I can buy a formalin (formaldehyde) solution locally? I'm not a funeral director, scientist, or student, I'm just interested in preserving a pet frog who died of old age.
Naturally, helpful LJers suggest alternatives to the powerful chemical, including brandy and freezing - although Morbidqua advises against the latter, because of the possibility of power outages or changes of address:
Talonvaki takes Gun-Hee on a ride 'neath the streets of Boston (and Cambridge):
Lis Riba has a sick kittie who now only seems to consume liquidy stuff, like the water tuna comes packed in and the liquid that is not the gelatinous gloop that makes members of my nuclear family gag whenever I open a jar of gefilte fish (they're not so fond of the gefiltes themselves, either). So she asks if Boston-area folks could save the liquids, then contact her to arrange pickup.
Steve Garfield posts a photo of a lost-dog poster at Jamaica Pond.
There's less chance the dog will be carried off by a coyote. Police report that's what happened early this morning to a terrier running off leash in woods off River Street in Mattapan:
... The coyote and the terrier were not located.
Big fight over whether dog owners should be allowed any time to let their dogs off leash at Winthrop Park. The Park and Recreation Commission is involved. So is the Brookline Green Dog Committee (What, no Blue Dog Committee?). Even Brookline's relations with neighboring communities are at stake: Are Boston and Newton dogs sneaking in? And if so, should Brookline dog owners be forced to pay for leash stickers to prove residence?
DogBoston is aghast at the possibility the state might require dogs to be leashed at all times in state parks. Instead, the group wants certain areas in parks set aside so dogs can
form killer packs socialize and frolic.
Jenn Martinelli vows to take on the bitchy Phillips Street lady who has complained to the city enough about dogs in the Phillips Street park that the city is now sending an animal-control officer down there:
... I hear you have been writing lots of letters. Really? I don't think you've seen lots of letters yet bi-atch. I have plenty of capacity to write letters, and emails, and so do plenty of other people.
Jenn Martinelli and dog are at the park on Phillips Street around 10:30 last night (park is open until 11). They begin to leave; the dog barks at another dog. Crazy lady opens her window and yells at Jenn to get her dog out of the park before she calls the police. Lady doesn't know you don't mess with Jenn:
Oh, I don't think so bitch.
"What are you going to call the police about?" I yell back.
She says, "There's a lot of barking and it's very late!"