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

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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

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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 / Shutterstock.com

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 / Shutterstock.com

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 »

Philly: Stop Tying Your Dog Up Outside Already

I’m one of those women – let’s call them insufferable women – who brings her little dog everywhere.

Murph comes to work with me, goes shopping with me, and occasionally hits up yoga with me. He’s a regular at my laundromat, and as soon as the weather warms up, he’ll reclaim his usual seat on the deck at Bridget Foy’s.

To the absolute horror of my mother, wedding invitations are frequently addressed to “Ms. Monica Weymouth and Murph.” (A joke, perhaps, but it’s not easy to find a plus-one when you own a stroller for your shih tzu.)

I do not, however, walk him over to Super Fresh or CVS, as these places don’t allow dogs — something about health codes and common sense or whatever — and the alternative is leaving him outside. Read more »

What Is Going On at the Chester County SPCA?

Illustration by Danny Hellman; photograph by Christopher Leaman

Illustration by Danny Hellman; photograph by Christopher Leaman

The allegations were shocking: mass killings of dogs, sadists abusing innocent creatures, maimed and ill animals suffering in squalor. They surfaced repeatedly on Facebook, on websites with names like Justice for Chester County Animals, and in mainstream publications like the Inquirer and the Delaware County Daily Times.

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The Shoppist Gift List, Day 20: Barbour Tartan Dog Coat

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Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ll unveil our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

Because you can’t overlook your canine friend—and because there are only so many bones one dog can have—there’s this: Barbour’s dapper tartan coat. It’s made of insulated nylon and has a corduroy collar and an adjustable strap that fastens around the body so pups stay toasty and comfortable. Prepare to have the best-dressed pooch in town.

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