June 18, 2016 |
There are plenty of places for dog owners to socialize. From a casual conversation sparked by two curious pups meeting on the street to a playdate arranged at one of Philadelphia's many doggie day cares, the canine social scene is bustling. But what is one to do if one is a dog lover but not a dog haver? There are plenty of ways to get in some quality time with an energetic pup or a full-grown hound. Pet-sitting, volunteering at the ASPCA and PAWS, or even strategically inviting yourself over to the homes of friends with furry companions are all valid options.
May 18, 2016 |
A life celebration will be held this month for Belle Parmet, 97, of Center City, a longtime social worker, who died in her sleep Saturday, April 30, at VNA Hospice of Philadelphia. She had lived in her apartment at the Philadelphian until several days before her death, visiting with friends and family, participating in book clubs in the building, and attending a family seder. She continued to read two daily newspapers - finishing the crossword puzzles over breakfast - watched current events on TV, and looked for ways to stay involved in local politics.
April 25, 2016 |
A new breed of dog parks is popping up in grassy meadows, on unused sections of parks, and on condominium rooftops across the region, reflecting a national trend. Off-leash dog parks are increasing more than any other type of park in America's largest cities, according to the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit that promotes land conservation. The organization issued a report last year that said off-leash dog parks grew 20 percent in the last five years. Last week, Lumberton Township established a 2-acre dog park on the former Burlington County Farm Fairgrounds.
March 14, 2016 |
When Dan McElwee decided to buy a condo in Fishtown, his Realtor thought his wish list seemed unrealistic: parking; privacy; city views; outdoor space; and a pet-friendly building. The sought-after neighborhood, known for brick rowhouses and understated, stylish eateries, has been gentrifying. Yet even McElwee now concedes that all those must-haves wrapped up in one package were a difficult find. Nevertheless, within a couple weeks, he found his match in a two-bedroom condominium under construction at the Icehouse complex.
November 9, 2015 |
BOODA, the female dachshund mix, and Bud, the male Lab mix, chased each other around Port Richmond's new and only dog park yesterday, mock-growling, attacking each other's floppy ears, kicking up the mulch, stopping only to nibble a piece of the shredded bark and catch their breath. Booda and Bud arrived as strangers at Monk's Dog Run, on Allegheny Avenue near Bath Street, and left as friends, pink tongues hanging over open jaws, tan tails wagging, eyeing each other with pure canine joy. Matt Pizzola, who owns Booda, 3, told Megan Polkus, who owns Bud, 6 months, that he led the drive to create Monk's Dog Run so pooches like theirs could play for hours, safe from the dangers of an urban park.
April 30, 2015 |
WHEN IT comes to canines, Dr. Alexandra Horowitz does more than just whisper. The Barnard College professor, who has a doctorate in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego, is a renowned animal behaviorist and New York Times best-selling author with a Fido-centric focus. Born in Philadelphia but raised elsewhere, Horowitz returned to complete her undergraduate studies at Penn. She'll visit the Academy of Natural Sciences on Sunday to present "From a Dog's Point of Nose," a talk highlighting her lab's latest findings in the fascinating but underexplored field of dog behavior.
March 24, 2014
In a caption in Saturday's Inquirer, Ann Northrup was misidentified as a supporter of a proposed dog park in the city's Spring Garden section. Northrup opposes the park.
March 23, 2014 |
As Ann Northrup stood in the middle of an empty, blighted, pothole-filled lot in Spring Garden nestled between a church and school, Ann Corcoran, who lives nearby, shouted at her from a sidewalk. "Stop spreading lies, Ann!" said Corcoran, her miniature schnauzer, Clooney, in tow. For the next few minutes, the two went at each other over the future of the decades-vacant lot on the 1800 block of Green Street. The clash was another skirmish in a long-simmering squabble that has pitted residents against each other over the future of the property.
March 10, 2014 |
YOU MIGHT think greening a long-vacant, potholed, weedy lot would win unwavering support from neighbors disgusted with the decay. But not in Spring Garden, where the green will be artificial and occasionally drenched in dog pee. A plan to put a dog park on a fenced lot on Green Street near 19th has created a bitter divide between supporters who say it'll beat blight and create a neighborhood amenity and critics who worry about odors, noise and...
December 27, 2013 |
Lara Kelly's Christmas tree is still beautiful, still cheery with the decorations that her 8-year-old daughter, Harper Leary, carefully selected and hung. But not for long. Next weekend, it will be transformed into a pile of chips and spread in a community park near Kelly's Northern Liberties home, starting a new life as mulch. It's just one part of a grassroots effort that Kelly started - and that has spread quickly - to deal sustainably with the post-Christmas glut of dying, needle-dropping trees.