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

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

Feeding Your Obsession With Pork, One Pig Roast At A Time

With the amount of pigs being slaughtered for consumption over the next few weeks, one might think that swine are falling from the sky. (Although, it is better than snow falling from the sky because then the city shuts down and electricity goes out.) Below are the events where everyone, except strict Jews and Muslims, can get their fill of the other white meat. Gracie's at Hotel deLuxe is ...   More
Thursday, February 19, 2009 Samantha Herman

Keep Your Chickens In A Row: Tour De Coop Call for Hosts

The cock has crowed: Growing Gardens has just sent out the call for hosts for the 2009 Tour de Coops, where you can let other excited Portlanders pick (ha!) your brain about urban chicken coop design and other fowl play (ha ha!). Terrible puns aside...given the DIY aesthetic of this town, I am excited to see whatever magnificent castles Portlanders have put up for their urban-friendly fowl. ...   More
Friday, February 20, 2009 Adrienne So

PETA's Got A Thought on Oregon's Beer Tax

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Monday, February 23, 2009 HANK STERN

Congress Goes Ape for Blumenauer's Monkey-Business Bill

Perhaps aping his many animal-loving constituents, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is leading the troop in Congress to throw a monkey wrench into the primate trade. Following last week's attack by a pet chimpanzee in Connecticut, the House today passed a bill sponsored by Blumenauer that prohibits transport of primates across state lines. The bill is aimed at stopping monkeys being used in ...   More
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

A Not-so-Ruff Run: Registration for 2009 Doggie Dash Now Open

Strengthen your dog-to-dog support network and sign yourself and your pup up for the Oregon Humane Society's 2009 Doggie Dash on Saturday, May 9. Neither you nor Poopsie has to be in top racing condition for the 1.5-mile course along Naito Parkway (cars will be blocked, of course). Waterfront Park will be transformed into a "barking lot" (their words, not mine!) for an estimated 5,000 people and ...   More
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 Adrienne So

For Grandpa Only: PIFF Audience Awards Released, Taste Kind of Horrible

So I'm well aware that nothing annoys the NW Film Center more than the facile, tired accusation that its Portland International Film Festival caters to the elderly and middlebrow. Their frustration is valid: Every year PIFF screens provocative, violent films like The Chaser and Hunger, and my experience has been that the crowd at these showings is diverse and engaged. But the Film Center does ...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 AARON MESH

Llamarama: Nigel the Pack Llama Ventures into Portland

Nigel the Llama, this is everyone. Everyone, meet Nigel, a friendly pack llama from Wallowa Llamas, undoubtedly the most melodic company name that I've ever heard. Nigel will be greeting visitors to the Portland REI (1405 NW Johnson St) on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 pm, as part of a presentation that Wallowa Llamas are producing about llama packing. Llama packing is an exceptional way to tour ...   More
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 Adrienne So


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