Eco-Friendly Fashion Design Competition Eschews Fur

How does an eco-conscious fashionista reconcile her love of clothes with her love for the planet? Is it reeeeally necessary to eschew conspicuous consumption and strip old tires for shoe leather, darn your old Carhatts with used dental floss? Summer Rayne Oakes, model, advocate for sustainability, and host of the Discovery Channel's Planet Green, doesn't think so. And look at her (see photo above). ...   More
Saturday, March 7, 2009 Adrienne So

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

Corrected: Mr. Smith Goes to Salem, Carries Bestiality Bill

Updated April 1 at 10:14: In an email responding to request for comment on the post below, Rep. Smith points out that the bill he carried to the floor was amended on March 25, eliminating the provision the would have required those convicted of bestiality to register as sex offenders (as indicated by the brackets at the top of the "engrossed" version.) The final version of the bill deals with ...   More
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Senate Votes to Ban Exotic Pets

Get your gibbons while you can. The state Senate this morning voted 28-2 to ban wild and exotic animals as pets. That means lions, tigers, bears and monkeys will be off-limits if the House and Gov. Ted Kulongoski agree with the ban. “The owners of these animals are playing roulette with people's lives,” Nicole G. Paquette, senior vice president and general counsel for Born Free ...   More
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Boutiques Unleashed: Painfully Cute and Totally Bitchin'

Friday night, March 13, was Dove Lewis' fourth annual Boutiques Unleashed, a pets-n-human fashion show. As in, Portland personalities walk the runway with their pets, showing off doggie style (and cat style and goat style—you read right. Goat style.) and people style at the same time. It's not as silly as it sounds. The fashion show benefits Dove Lewis' pet loss support program. Think about ...   More
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Laura Shinn

The Iditarod is Tweet!

Rachael Scdoris of Alfalfa, Ore., is 24, legally blind, and at this exact moment, commanding a team of sled dogs across Alaska's icy Iditarod Trail in the famous 1,161-mile race. She's currently in day 12 of a race that took her 12 days, 10 hours, and 42 minutes to successfully complete her first time in 2006, the first legally blind musher to do so. Yesterday, she crossed the Eagle Island ...   More
Friday, March 13, 2009 Megan Brescini

A True Fish Story

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 HANK STERN

Pixie Project Puts the Spotlight on Pets

Hey everyone, it's puppies! Cute, cute, puppies! Anthropomorphized, sweater-wearing, smack-talking, puppies, filmed and voiced by local Portland talent! What, you want a good cause too? You got it! The Pixie Project is a non-profit animal adoption center and pet supply store (and a 2008 Give!Guide-certified donation-worthy outfit). They've teamed up with local filmmaker Karl Lind of In The ...   More
Monday, April 27, 2009 Megan Brescini

JUICY SUITS: Jasper the 'Vicious' Dalmatian

A Northeast Portland woman is suing after her neighbor's Dalmatian allegedly attacked at a party last summer. According to a lawsuit filed last Thursday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Melinda Piche was invited to a party July 29, 2008, on Northeast 32nd Avenue that was being held at the home of Tracy Taylor. Also attending the party was Jasper, Taylor's Dalmatian. The lawsuit does not ...   More
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 JAMES PITKIN


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