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.
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.
Update: Due to the expected rainstorm the 15th Annual JP Dog Parade, Costume and Fashion Show has been moved to Sunday. Same time and same place. Governor Charlie Barker, Anderson Pooper and Ruth Bader Ginsbark. Will they show up at this Sunday's 15th Annual JP Dog Parade, Costume and Fashion Show? Interested in having your costumed pup strut their stuff?
The 2018 Jamaica Plain Boston Pride Block Party is on Sunday and it will feature the 6th Annual Divas, Dogs & Drag Show and a whole lot of dancing! Before we get into the fun stuff. Please note that from Centre Street to South Huntington Avenue will be closed to traffic from 6 am to 11 pm. And there will be Tow Zone in effect on Perkins Street from South Huntington Avenue to Centre Street. Now for the party!
With almost 70,000 animals treated each year, the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center is one of the busiest 24-7 emergency and specialty veterinary hospitals in the world—and springtime in New England is one of the busiest seasons. “After a long winter we’re arriving at what feels like spring, and the longer days, sunshine and warming temperatures are encouraging us to spend as much time outside as possible,” said Dr. Kiko Bracker of Angell’s Emergency & Critical Care Unit. “But we must remember that our pets have spent the last six months mostly inside and disaster—in the form of heat stroke or death—can strike if they’re suddenly forced to engage in strenuous outdoor activity without time to acclimate.”
Warm Temperatures Demand Caution
Dr. Bracker urges caution to ensure the transition from the lazy winter slumber to springtime excess goes smoothly for pets. Topping the list of veterinarians’ concerns: heat. “Most people think the intense late summer heat waves are the most dangerous period for pets—but in reality we see far more cases of heat stroke in the early spring,” said Dr. Bracker.