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Riverton Trolley Park - Another Gem of the Portland Trails System!

Riverton Trolley Park - Another Gem of the Portland Trails System!

With the unseasonably warm temperatures urging me to get outside yesterday, I used my day off to explore yet another gem of the Portland Trails system with my two Labs.  A few of my customers have told me that they enjoy romping with their dogs at Riverton Trolley Park in Portland and now I can totally understand why!  What a nice place to relax, poke around and exercise the mutts!

This park is well-maintained by the Portland Trails folks and is part of the Sebago To Sea trail system as well.  Located off Route 302 as you head toward Westbrook, parking is located at the trailhead adjacent to a ball field on your left just after you take a right off 302 onto Riverside Drive at the traffic light just past Tortilla Flat and Riverton Housing Complex.  My dogs are obedient to voice commands off-leash, but I carried their leashes in case we encountered walkers who don't love dogs.

If Your Dog is Getting Bitten By Ticks, Your Preventive Measures are FAILING!

If Your Dog is Getting Bitten By Ticks, Your Preventive Measures are FAILING!

Since I’ve been taking groups of dogs out hiking in the woods, fields and mountains these last seven months, the issue of tick bite prevention has become an important topic of discussion with my customers.  This issue is far from “over” for the season as we’ve yet to have consistently low enough temperatures to put the critters into the deep freeze for a few months.  Yesterday, I had a chat with Dr. John Flood of Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic, who has taken care of my Labs for ten years, about the subject and am sharing some of his answers to my questions.

Frontline and Advantix are the two most common chemical tick protection products out there currently.  Packaging recommends application every four weeks from April through November in our area of the country.  Dr. Flood explains that ticks can’t see so they are attracted to your dog’s movement, body heat and carbon dioxide emitted as your dog runs through the woods, tall grass, etc.

COATS & TOYS FOR KIDS SEASON KICK-OFF

COATS & TOYS FOR KIDS SEASON KICK-OFF

 

For the 2nd consecutive year, Maine Eastern Railroad will team up with the News Center teams at WCSH-6 in Portland and WLBZ-2 in Bangor with a special train event to help draw attention to the annual Coats & Toys for Kids campaign.

With Togus the Cat as the star attraction, folks will be able to drop off their donations of new and lightly used coats, as well as new, unwrapped toys, at three train stops: Brunswick Station at 16 Station Avenue; Bath Station at 15 Commercial Street; and Rockland Station at

4 Union Street.

Collection boxes will be available at all three locations and Togus’ human, News Center reporter Don Carrigan, is expected to broadcast live from each location.

The visit with Togus does not include a train ride.

The Grand Monster Re-opening of the International Cryptozoology Museum

The Grand Monster Re-opening of the International Cryptozoology Museum

 

The Grand Monster Re-opening of the International Cryptozoology Museum™ will be from Noon to 6:00 PM on Sunday, October 30, 2011, at our new location, 11 Avon Street, Portland, Maine. Come celebrate Halloween early at the “World’s First and Only Cryptozoology Museum”™! All admissions are $2.00 for this one-time event.

 

The new, expanded, enlarged location will be opening through the side entrance at 11 Avon Street, Portland, Maine. This is just around the corner from our present Congress Street location, but we will be using “11 Avon Street, Portland, Maine” for GPS purposes. The museum will be closed for one week before the reopening for the massive move and re-curating of the 3000+ artifacts, including the full-sized art sculptures of the Crookston Bigfoot, Freaky Links’ pterodactyl, P.T.

Cupcakes, chocolate and cats

Cupcakes, chocolate and cats

National Feral Cat Day, Oct. 15, is making up a group of events netting Maine’s Friends of Feral Felines (FoFF) a national Trailblazer Award with a $500 donation.

Alley Cat Allies honored FoFF is the first organization to create a Feral Cat Day event in Maine.  Alley Cat Allies started National Feral Cat Day in 2010 to promote greater recognition of the plight of feral cats. They were also the first organization to introduce and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, particularly Trap-Neuter-Return, in the American animal protection community.