You Can Now Adopt a Dog Through Free People

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He’s more prepared for Coachella than I am.

You read that title correctly: Bohemian brand Free People has collaborated with local no-kill shelter PAWS to launch its new FP Pet Project collection. So all those cute pups that will be modeling pet apparel, accessories (like this tipi), and toys will be available for adoption. Just click on the product page to find some info about the dog including its name and a link to PAWS to adopt it.

So, it looks like Blue the two-year-old beagle might be coming home with me. We’ll take the leash, too.

Hundreds of Cats Being Removed from North Philly Home

Fox 29 reports: “The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it’s investigating a hoarding case in North Philadelphia that involves hundreds of cats. Humane law enforcement officers are reported to be removing 260 felines from a property on the 1600 block of Filmore Street. According to PSPCA officials, a warrant was executed to remove the cats from what they’re calling ‘unsanitary confinement.’”

 

Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 10

Xmas10Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Each day this month, we’ll unveil our 25 top gifts to buy in Philly this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)

First things first: That bulldog isn’t for sale. And neither, sadly, is Duke, the caramel-colored English bulldog who’s the official mascot of Duke & Winston, the NoLibs-based clothing line known for its sharp polos and soft graphic tees. Naturally, you can’t have a pup mascot without creating a line that nods to him: Enter the Tophat hoodies, ridiculously cozy fleece “sweatshirts” that feature a kangaroo pocket (unnecessary, perhaps, but adorable) and an opening on the back for a leash. Score one online, at the NoLibs showroom, or at the D&W pop-up shop in Bryn Mawr (it’s open until January 8th). Your furry best friend will thank you. Or pee on your carpet. (With excitement.)

The Details: Tophat dog hoodie, $32 at Duke & Winston, Northern Liberties and Bryn Mawr.

Give To: Fido.

 

MISSED PREVIOUS GIFTS? SEE WHAT YOU MISSED HERE.

Day 1: A weekender for him.

Day 2: A geometric ring for her.

Day 3: A posh nail polish set for your teenager.

Day 4: A tabletop speaker for dad.

Day 5: A made-in-Philly skateboard for your little brother.

Day 6: A set of Narberth-made essential oils for mom.

Day 7: A bag of made-in-Philly gifts for out-of-town pals.

Day 8: A cool pair of diamond studs for your girlfriend.

Day 9: A metallic bag for your sister.

Philly Boston Terrier Ellie Chosen as Portlandia‘s Ultimate Underdog

Ellie the Portlandia underdogA local Boston Terrier named Ellie has won a walk-on role with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein during the upcoming season of Portlandia.

Quoth the press release:

“After a thorough search of thousands of pups – Portlandia’s underdog has been chosen… meet Ellie!  Ellie, the most memorable face of the litter, has won the grand prize of a walk on role during the new season of Portlandia.  Ellie the Boston Terrier hails from Philadelphia where she is currently being showered with TLC after a recent operation.

“Check out the  photo of Ellie and get prepared for her big break on Season 4!”

And now, some hot dog footage from Portlandia:

To Do: PAWS Mutt Strut at The Navy Yard

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Dogs are many things: cuddly, smart, cute, an adorable form of heat during the colder months … the list goes on and on. And, it turns out, they are also good for our health.

Studies show that when a person pets a dog, their body releases oxytocin, also known as “the cuddle hormone.” Seriously, I didn’t make that up. Oxytocin helps to reduce blood pressure and decreases cortisol levels. Some doctors even suggest that having a dog as a pet is a more effective anti-depressant than Prozac.

So, where can you get a fix of this totally natural happy-drug? The PAWS Mutt Strut, of course! Read more »

“Kevin Bacon” (Pig Edition) Still on the Run in Jersey

The Courier-Post reports on the pig who ran away from owner Shane Murray:

“Kevin Bacon” has been on the run since Sept. 2, after Murray, a senior at Kingsway Regional High School, and a group of friends traveled to Woods­town to purchase the pig for $50. He said it only took 15 minutes for the frightened pig to go AWOL after the group of students brought it back to Murray’s Swedesboro home.

“It jumped the fence and hasn’t been caught since. He has been seen other places, but we can’t get our hands on him,” Murray said Tuesday.

Multiple sightings of the pig have been posted on Facebook. The animal has shown up in backyards, and strangers have taken to feeding it.

And now the pig is a folk hero.

 

They Don’t Like Dog Poop in Passyunk

Fox 29 reports on the anti-poop crusade in Passyunk:

The problem’s gotten so bad that passyunkpost.com founder and editor Albert Stumm has decided to out bad pet owners on his website when people send in pictures and video.

I’m glad they do that. I’m going to do that too,” says a resident.

I’ll take a picture with my cell and send it in,” says another.

Already, video has surfaced of an offender allowing his pup to leave someone a present in their planter at Front and Siegel.

“This is an issue that I’ve decided to take up and I’m more than willing to shame people to change their behavior,” says Albert Stumm.

Perusing the Passyunk Post, it appears the “Dog Shit Crusade” has been under way since April. The Post even takes credit for the arrival of dog-waste receptacles in Queen Village. Use them, or you’ll end up recorded on video and shared with the world like this guy.

DOGTV Is Television for Stay-at-Home Dogs — No Joke

All hail the canine couch potato.

Thanks to DOGTV, a satellite channel that launched Aug. 1 on Direct TV, a new breed will soon be recognized by the American Kennel Club — the Narcotized Tube Hound.

DOGTV caters to the tail-wagging crowd with 24-hour programming to soothe, stimulate and habituate sensitive pups when their owners are not home. At $4.99 a month, it’s cheaper than Prozac. Read more »

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