PHOTOS: Le Cat Café is Finally Open — We Checked it Out

Le Cat Café | By Mariam Dembele

Le Cat Café. Photo | Mariam Dembele

Are you a cat lover? Do their little paws and furry tails overload your cuteness receptors? Do you secretly follow multiple cat blogs on Instagram — and find yourself liking every pic? If so Le Cat Café at 2713 W. Girard Ave. is the spot for you. By now you’ve probably heard the spiel: cats and cappuccinos. But were you wondering what it’s like to be surrounded by eight of the furry felines? We were, too, so we stopped by Wednesday last week on their first day of appointments (the grand opening was Sunday, March 6th) to check it out. We were not disappointed.

As Philly Mag’s Sandy Hingston had previously hypothesized, this is not the right place to compose a formal email or leisurely drink a glass of water — in fact I would strike getting any work done from your agenda. However, I would argue that it’s a pretty enjoyable place. We stopped by last Wednesday around 2 p.m. — after the cats were tired out from playing and were in the mood to snooze — making it the perfect spot for cat cuddles and photo ops. Read more »

It’s Cold. Make Sure Your Pets Are Warm.

Here’s a reminder as the Philadelphia region waits to be pummeled by a blizzard: Your pets want to stay warm, too.

That lesson has been learned the hard way in Atlantic County, where CBS3 reports that a puppy was found this week, frozen to death. A second dog found at the same location died later, after being taken to the vet. Both dogs’ water bowls had been filled with ice. Charges may be brought against the owner, several outlets reported.

“Please bring your animals indoors,” Atlantic County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agent Kate Warden told NBC10. “There is no excuse to have more animals dying in this extreme cold weather.” Read more »

Where to Get Your Pet’s Photo Taken With Santa


This Christmas, even your furry babies can visit with Saint Nick. The annual Santa Paws event returns to Palomar Hotel on December 12th, for pets to meet Santa Claus and bring him their holiday wish lists. Your little one will get his or her picture taken and receive a bag of treats from local pet boutique Doggie Style. Next-door eatery Square 1682 will also provide holiday refreshments, like cookies and hot cocoa for both humans and their companions.

Donations will be accepted for Saved Me, an adoption center that rescues dogs and cats from shelter euthanasia to find them loving homes. Representatives and some of the animals from the center in need of holiday homes will also be at the event if you’re looking for a new addition to the family.

For that perfect final touch to your holiday card this year, you can visit the hotel living room on December 12th from 1 to 4 pm for a photo.

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Love in the Time of Dog DNA Testing

Birdie. Photograph by Claudia Gavin

Birdie. Photograph by Claudia Gavin

This is my third Chihuahua. That’s what I used to say about my dog, Birdie, until this summer, when I got her DNA tested. That’s right — I paid nearly a hundred dollars to ship some glorified Q-tips to a laboratory in Lincoln, Nebraska, so that Science could tell me who my dog really is, deep down in her soul. I wouldn’t have done it 10 years ago, but then, no one did. In 2015, though, this is where we are: Dog DNA testing is so common, its popularity was spoofed in a Funny or Die video in which a dog owner is peer-pressured into the test. Some people do the test for pragmatic reasons — pertaining to health or behavior — and some people do it for fun, as a novelty. Me? I did it for love. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let me start at the beginning. Read more »

We Have a Halloween Pet Costume Problem

Right on cue, I woke up yesterday wondering if I might have a problem. Yes, the signs have been there day in and day out, week after week, month to month. But every year, it’s Halloween that really makes me look around my living room — at the cardboard and spray paint and hot glue guns and industrial-size tub of glitter — and think, “Hm.”

I devoted Sunday to drawing up plans for Murphy’s Halloween costume, and I’ll spend every night this week putting the finishing touches on his top-secret get-up. I’ve set aside one evening for tailoring, one for mobility troubleshooting, and another for rebuilding the portions that Murphy will inevitably maul during his many fit sessions.

Murphy, you see, is a dog. Murphy, unlike myself, has very little interest in what he’s being for Halloween this year or who wins the office costume contest. Read more »

Even Philly’s Pets Are Prepared for Pope Francis

The excitement surrounding Pope Francis’s historic visit to Philadelphia isn’t just limited to humans. Abby Brunner sent us this picture of her pup, Pope Penny, posed in front of the Dirty Frank’s Mural. Penny is wearing a miter and mozzetta from Doggie Style in Rittenhouse.

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New Dog-Walking Areas Debut at Dilworth Park


Courtesy of Dilworth Park

There are few more-satisfying ways to shake off a long work day than heading to your favorite watering hole at closing time for a drink or three. Unless, of course, you’re a dog and you have to wait that much longer for your owner to get home to fill your bowl with kibble. Starting tonight, you can both enjoy the happy hour experience at Dilworth Park in a new weekly series called “Yappy Hour.”

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Treat Your Pooch to the Dog Days of Summer Festival in Chestnut Hill


Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Philadelphia

Our canine companions have shed their winter coats and are so eager to get out; they may just paw down the front door. Take them to the Dog Days of Summer festival! Chestnut Hill celebrates mans’ best friend with a day-long event that offers an abundance of activities catered to dogs and dog lovers, alike.

Look forward to caricaturists, music, and a photo booth. If the pooch just can’t seem to get that whole, “sit, stay, and roll over,” bit, professional instructors will be on-hand to help him figure it out. Once Sparky tires of obedience training, take him over to the pet psychic booth to get his paw read. Then head to one of the Chestnut Hill restaurants for “Yappy Hour” specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Conshohocken Police Shoot Dog Belonging to Terrence Howard’s Brother

Left: Antonio Howard, depicted in a 2011 Times Herald video, being taken into police custody following charges that he threatened police with his large dog. He later pleaded guilty to the charges. Right: Terrence Howard at the FOX TV "Empire" Premiere Event on January 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California | Joe Seer /

Left: Antonio Howard, depicted in a 2011 Times Herald video, being taken into police custody following charges that he threatened police with his large dog. He later pleaded guilty to the charges. Right: Terrence Howard at the FOX TV “Empire” Premiere Event on January 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California | Joe Seer /

Back in 2011, Conshohocken resident Antonio Howard — also known as the brother of actor Terrence Howard — pleaded guilty to threatening Conshohocken police with his large dog when police responded to a domestic disturbance at Howard’s home. And now Conshohocken police tell us that they shot and killed that same dog, which was on the loose in Howard’s neighborhood near the 900 block of Wood Street. Read more »

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