Miracle Cat Survives Nine Story Plunge and a Frigid Night Outside

A beloved pet cat is lucky to be alive after falling from a nine story balcony on Halloween and landing on a concrete patio, shattering his jaw and two of his legs and suffering a host of other serious injuries, according to Jamaica Plain's Angell Animal Medical Center. Simba, who lives with the Jardus family in Brookline, was enjoying a typical quiet Halloween evening with his family when things suddenly took a turn. “My mother was visiting and she inadvertently left him outside on the balcony where, at some point, he fell all the way down to the patio below,” said Victoria Jardus. Critically injured, Simba laid by the side of the building, enduring overnight temperatures that fell into the twenties before he was found the next afternoon. Victoria rushed him to Angell, where doctors worked feverishly to stabilize him.

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Sign Up for Holiday Photo Pet Sessions in JP, Help Boston Animal Shelter

Do you ever wonder whether the people keep the holiday cards you send? You may never know the answer. But you will get an awwwwwww if you send them a holiday photo with your dog, kitty or other creature (well, maybe not all creatures). Our friends at Sacred Harbor Photography are offering holiday pet photo sessions during the next two weeks and 50 percent of the proceeds will go to Boston's Animal Shelter. The upcoming photo sessions are on Dec.

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Bow Wow! Dog Park Site Chosen for Southwest Corridor

After years of Jamaica Plain residents battling to get a dog park in the neighborhood, it looks like that dream will come to fruition -- and it's going to be an impressively big one, too! The dog park will eventually be built by Oakdale Street near the train tracks. and an initial proposal was for a 60,000 sq. ft. site.

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Photos: Ruth Barker Ginsberg, Puppy ‘It’ and 50 Shades of Grey(hound) at JP Dog Costume Show

Jamaica Plain's dogs showed off their creative side on Sunday at the 15th Annual JP Dog Parade, Costume & Fashion Show. There were two Supreme Court Justices, nurses, turtles, superheroes, dinosaurs, skunks, rainbows and more! Participants met at the First Baptist Church and then paraded down Centre Street to the Loring-Greenough House for the fashion show. A fun-loving crowd laughed, cheered, oooohed and ahhhhhed as adorable pups (and their owners) strutted up and down the red carpet. All proceeds for the event benefited the City of Boston's Animal Shelter. All photos courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography.

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