The Pet Issue

The handsome young guy on the cover is Drake, a friendly and playful Lab mix who was found as a stray in the Kilbride area. We met him at the SPCA shelter, and after sniffing us and dancing around for a few minutes he just…

Your pet stories

Thanks to all of our readers who submitted photos and stories of their animal companions! Winners of the pet photo and story contests will be announced online by this weekend. An online photo gallery will be up by later today (Thursday.) one day last july…

Devonshire Pet Memorial Services

When our cat Pearl died, the ground was frozen. So down she went into the deep freeze, nestled between the blueberries and the old plum puddings. When the ground thawed, Mom ceremoniously dug a small grave in the back yard and, while our other cats…

Vermi-love

Shalon Butt on the joy and danger of garbage-eating worms. As low-maintenance pets go, worms are the best. They may not be cute or fluffy, but they do an amazing trick: they eat. A lot. And they’re not very picky. I have pet worms. I…

Magessa O’Reilly

Owner of talented cats Age: 51 ½ Occupation: Head of the French and Spanish departments at MUN. Teaches courses in Québec Culture and Literature. Hometown: Maniwaki, Québec (near Ottawa) Musical preferences: Likes pop, jazz, classical, world beat, but not country and opera. Last book read:…

Walkin’ the dog

Erin McKee investigates the popular social lubricant known as “walkies.” If you’re looking for an excuse to chat with strangers about something other than the weather, try walking a dog. Social cues seem to change when there are animals about: passers-by may smile or strike…

Stuart McLean

Host of the CBC radio’s Vinyl Café answers nine questions. What is your current obsession? Cooking. Having spent 187 days away from home on various Vinyl Café tours last year I have been seized by an unfamiliar spasm of domesticity. I have been cooking up…

Cooking for your pet

Andreae Prozesky is part feline. Once, I lived with a handsome cat friend named Vincent, on whom I doted as though he were my own human boyfriend. For breakfast I would fetch him bowls of thick Balkan yogurt. For dinner I would sauté chicken livers…

I scream, you scream

Craig Francis Power on art blogs and blogging pains. insufferable. completely insufferable, this. die screaming, you pig borne trollops. The above quote isn’t from the manifesto of some militant Marxist revolutionary group. It isn’t from the videotaped rantings of a Jihadist suicide bomber before he…

Tea and Coleslaw

Diana Daly whistles for local business news. TEA OFF Kelly Jones, God love ‘er, former manager of the local bookstore Bennington Gate, is flying out on her own and opening St. John’s first international tea Shop! Opening this May, Britannia Teas and Gifts is located…

Young Triffie

A merciful God invented the Black Death for reviewers like Jonathan Adams Before I had the chance to see Mary Walsh’s Young Triffie, I read the review by The Globe and Mail’s Film Critic, Liam Lacey, who hated the movie and could find nothing good…

Reel Paddling

We all drink it, some bathe in it, and a handful of brave souls paddle on it. This one-night roundup of new paddling films is bound to whet some whistles as the camera follows individuals pushing themselves to physical and emotional extremes on the world’s…

Yuri’s Night

Time to dust off those moonshoes, Barbarella. April 12 is Yuri’s Night all over this beautiful, crazy world, and the good people of The Last Drop and the St. John’s Yuri’s Night Committee have decided to bring St. John’s to the party.

Earth Day Celebration

When’s the last time you told your mother earth you loved her? Well, now’s your chance. Local environmental and arts organizations are getting together for an Eco-Stewardship Fair. They’ve planned a day long, family-friendly event to help promote healthy foods and lifestyles, protection of nature,…