Stockings for Shelter Animals

Want to bring purrs & woofs of joy to our local shelter animals? Team up with us & together we’ll deliver 90 Christmas stockings stuffed with toys, treats & chews to our local shelter kitties & pups.  For just $5, you can donate a stuffed kitty stocking, and for $10, you can donate a stuffed stocking for […]

Merry Madness: Portland & Now Boston

Portland’s been lubricating the local small business Christmas shopping experience for 13 years with Merry Madness, the one-night-a-year mass shopping and sipping party that keeps the shops open & serving tastes of wine or cocoa till 10pm.  It’s a great idea that for some indiscernible reason the Newbury Street League has passed on, but it’s a natural […]

TODAY! Christmas Photos to Benefit The Common Canine 2013

Some time slots are still available between 3:30 and 6 pm TODAY.  Call to reserve (857.753.4176).  Walk-ins accepted on first-come, first-serve basis. Looking for a great way to deck the halls with your favorite companion?  No we’re not talking about the tufts of dog hair decorating your baseboards! It’s time for our annual Holiday Photo […]

What Zip Thinks About Dressing Up

I’m a serious dog. In a previous life, I believe I probably was a cowboy, quietly squinting at very distant but important elements in my landscape, like fire hydrants and construction cones, as I wrangled herds of bacon and took naps under peanut butter bushes.  I like a little space around me…definitely not a lap […]

“My Dog (or Cat) Eats Better Than I Do”

We hear that all the time.  It’s not so far-fetched.  Especially if you feed a home-prepared or commercial raw diet, or a commercial freezed-dried or dehydrated diet, or canned supplemented with fresh vegetables. So how good is top-shelf, premium, all-natural, human grade ‘people food for pets’ anyway?  Is it as good as it looks?  And […]

Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Us

Every year, Boston A-List has a contest for Best of Boston shops, restaurants and so on.  Winners are chosen by number of votes cast.  Last year, we were super excited when we found out we won the #1 place for Best Pet Boutique! But, we know that winning last year doesn’t mean you should vote […]

Mothers Day: I’m A Good Dog, and Newborn Puppies Book Signings

We’re honored to host two celebrated authors this weekend in both stores (Portland and Boston):  Sat. 5/11 in Portland, and Sun. 5/12 in Boston.  Both signings are from 1-3 pm.  All proceeds will go to MSPCA and Lilly’s Fund (Boston) and Buddy Up Animal Society (Portland).  And we’ll have special guest Lilly the Hero Pit […]

Tick Talk with Back Bay Vet

In February, Zippy suddenly started walking very, very slowly & with obvious stiffness.  I took him right over to our friends at Back Bay Vet for tests, and it turns out he had Erhlichia, a tick-borne bacterial infection that can cause arthritis-like symptoms.  I was shocked; it had been a cold winter and there was snow […]