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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Postponed to Sunday: Calling All Dogs! 15th Annual Jamaica Plain Dog Parade, Costume & Fashion Show

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?

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Traffic Advisory: Celebrate Boston Pride at Jamaica Plain Block Party on Sunday!

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!

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Springtime Temperature Rise Brings Concerns for Dog Safety

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.

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Homeless Dog in Beirut Survives Gun Blast to the Face, Undergoes Reconstructive Surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center

A stray dog from Beirut, Lebanon is lucky to be alive after he was shot in the face at close range and rescued from the streets by volunteers from Animals Lebanon before being flown to the U.S. on Jan. 31, where he was taken in by Sweet Paws Rescue in Groveland, Mass. The Sweet Paws Rescue team sought advice from area veterinarians about how best to repair the extensive damage to the two-year-old dog’s face and ultimately sought out Dr. Mike Pavletic, head of surgery at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center. “Luke,” as he’s since been named, was evaluated last week by Dr. Pavletic and his team. “It appears he was shot at close range with ammunition similar to buckshot because there was so much damage to his skull and face—I’m astounded that he even survived,” said Dr. Pavletic, who noted that Luke has been breathing through a hole in his snout because his nasal passages were seared closed by the blast.

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