UPDATE: PUPPIES ARE AWAKE! Electing the First Puppy (PLUS Addictive Puppy-Cam)

[Scroll to the bottom for live puppy-cam action!] Amid the host of historic statements made during President-elect Barack Obama's acceptance speech last night, one sentence rang out above the rest: "I love you both more than you can imagine," Obama told his daughters, Sasha and Malia. "You have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House." Which, of ...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2008 KELLY CLARKE

Pity the Poor Rooster: The Atlantic Monthly Examines Portland's Urban Chickens

About three months ago, my housemates purchased three chickens, and placed them in an elaborately constructed coop in our backyard. This has had absolutely no discernible effect on my life, because these chickens are lady chickens, and thus prone to clucking quietly and (as of this week) laying small, greenish eggs. If they had been dude chickens, it would have been a different story. If they ...   More
Thursday, December 4, 2008 AARON MESH

As Bob Barker Would Say...

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 Dan Green

PETA: Using Fake Blood to Make You Feel Awkward Since 1980

Members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals descended upon Portland city streets today to demonstrate against wearing fur. Using PETA's trademark fake blood (keeping a gallon jug full of the stuff nearby) and other press grabbers from its arsenal, two ladies dressed in fur coats laid on top of other coats while keeping their high-heeled feet near a giant steel animal trap. (In ...   More
Friday, January 9, 2009 Sarah Jennings

Get Your Broke Ass to the Zoo!

Being broke sucks. However, it does give one more impetus for seeking out free stuff. Our most recent find for the financially challenged is free admission to the Oregon Zoo on Monday, Jan. 19, in honor of MLK Day. Just when you were wondering what to do with the kids on their day off, take ‘em to see the baby elephant and swear that you will throw them in the lion exhibit if they misbehave. ...   More
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 Samantha Herman

Just When You Might Be Respecting PETA...

...they go and do something like this. As a vegan, I feel I have ample room to consider what's fair —and unfair— criticism of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' tactics to spotlight animal abuses and atrocities. Naked chicks wearing lettuce, for example: who can argue that doesn't give eating salad a whole new meaning? But seriously, PETA, it's when you treat meat-eating ...   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 Sarah Jennings

City and County Want to "Re-brand" Pet Licenses to Raise Money for Animal Care

Portland and Multnomah County share an "Animal Services Taskforce," and on Wednesday it's issuing a report (PDF) to the Portland City Council on possible ways to revamp animal care in the area — certainly a topic that people care about. Fun Fact No. 1: Apparently there are more than 450,000 dogs and cats in the county. Who knew? But, according to the report, "compliance with pet licensing ...   More
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Press Release of the Day: "Wildlife Courting Riturals"

Put this one in the category of mailing lists I didn't know I was on: The National Wildlife Federation's animal pickup-line listserv, the source of today's Press Release of the Day. We've received a lot of strange Valentine's Day-related pitches, but this one, titled "Nat'l Wildlife Fed presents Wildlife Courting Riturals [sic] for Valentines Day" is the most enjoyable read yet. A few excerpts: --Some ...   More
Thursday, February 5, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Catching up with the fur fighters.

Passers-by can't help but slow down as they walk by the downtown Nordstrom entrance on Sundays. At the intersection of Yamhill and Broadway, a television seated on a little red wagon takes up residence 12 feet from Nordstrom's glass doors. With the screen depicting animals chewing off their own limbs and dying slow deaths from dehydration as the centerpiece, half a dozen people with leaflets and ...   More
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 Samantha Herman


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