RED BANK: FUR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT’S HOLEY

Red Bank wrapped up its first monthly Dog Days series of canine confabs with a Halloween party for the hounds on Monmouth Street Tuesday night. Check out the slobbering silliness. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: GOING TO THE DOGS, MONTHLY

Monmouth Street between Broad Street and Drummond Place will be closed to automobile traffic one night a month from July through October for ‘Dog Days of Summer.’ (Click to enlarge)

A stretch of Red Bank’s Monmouth Street will become a pedestrian mall for four-legged visitors and their leash-holders on select nights starting in July, Mayor Pasquale Menna announced Wednesday night.

Following through on plans hinted at last month, Menna said an event dubbed ‘Dog Days of Summer’ would begin Tuesday, July 30 and repeat on the final Tuesday nights of August, September and October, concluding with a Halloween party of sorts for domesticated critters.

“This is a special themed event for pets that includes humans,” said Menna, owner of an 11-year-old white Labrador retriever named Bella.

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RED BANK: THE DOG NIGHTS OF SUMMER?

Dogs at last month’s Red Bank Street Fair. Mayor Pasquale Menna says he’s working on a recurring dog-friendly event for this summer.  (Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Red Bank’s elected officials had canines on the brain Wednesday night, as dog-related issues came up several times during the course of the bimonthly council meeting.

Mayor Pasquale Menna said that he and Councilwoman Sharon Lee had recently attended a meeting at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital to plan an event he referred to as the “Dog Days of Summer in Red Bank,” a creative endeavor looking to pair downtown nightlife and dog-friendly activities.

“I consider it a very cool, progressive idea, based somewhat off the European model of including pets in life,” Menna said.

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RED BANK: SNIFF THIS, LITTLE DOGGIE

SNIFF Pet Candles: made for dogs, but enjoyed by owners, too. (Photo by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

In this week’s edition of Window Shopping the Green, we follow our nose over to the Galleria Red Bank and Megan Prenderville’s Paws for a Cause pet accessory kiosk.

The kiosk features SNIFF Pet Candles – aromatherapy candles for dogs, created by Jennifer Mohr, who claims to develop scents to improve the quality of life for man’s best friend.

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DOGS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN

Butt-sniffing and friendly licking: all the cool pups are doing it. (Video by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

By STACIE FANELLI

Reservations for the ritziest, most exclusive party in Little Silver fill up quickly at the Dog Spaw. Catered with the finest selection of liver biscuits and grain-free kibble, Yappy Hour regularly draws about 20 local puppies and small-breed dogs.

The grooming, dog-walking, pet-sitting and canine holistic health food store had also been known by the name Paw Palace before it relocated from Red Bank last month. The move sent its boutique-style leashes, collars and fashion apparel to the Internet so the shop could focus on patrons’ nutrition and glamour.

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SPRING SO CLOSE YOU CAN SMELL IT

dogsJoan and Bill Zacher of Middletown take Arden, left, and Zadar on a walk through downtown Red Bank Saturday. Arden is a Seeing Eye trainee who this week goes back to the program after spending a year and a half with the Zachers; Zadar is a Seeing Eye flunk-out. (Click to enlarge)

A warm and sunny taste of spring over the weekend yields to rain and relatively warm temperatures  as we close out February today.

The National Weather Service says the temperature will reach as high as 60 degrees in the Red Bank area, though opportunities to enjoy it will be limited by heavy rain, thunderstorms and maybe even some hail.

Sunny skies return for a few days beginning Tuesday, but temps will fluctuate quite a bit over the next few days as winter and spring begin their tug-of-war.

Here’s the forecast:

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MEET JACK, FROM LOUISIANA

jackLinda McCaffery, of Waverly Place, adopted Jack, a mixed terrier rescued from the Gulf Coast, last week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Walking to Linda McCaffery’s doorstep this week, on one of those uncomfortable, steamy afternoons, it didn’t take long to notice her porch was the warmest spot on the block.

It had nothing to do with the heat or humidity, but the radiant smile McCaffery flashed when introducing her new companion.

“This is Jack, from Louisiana,” she said while rubbing her hand along the black scruff of a wide-eyed three-year-old mixed terrier.

Life, she says, can’t be better now that she found her new friend.

It’s a serendipitous relationship McCaffery, of Waverly Place, has with Jack.

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A NEW WRINKLE

office-dogLauren Goldfarb of Newport Capital in Red Bank and the firm’s “office dog,” Romeo, a seven-month old English bulldog, take in yesterday’s warm weather on Broad Street. (Click to enlarge)

Spring arrives — at long last — at 1:32p Saturday after a short but welcome prequel of warm, sunny weather in the last few days.

The debut looks to be pleasant, with lots of sunshine and temps in the low- to mid-60s.

Here’s the National Weather Service outlook:

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SAVE A PUP

pups

Among those looking for homes are, from left, Olivia, Dell and Java. (Click to enlarge)

They’re rescued from “high-kill” animal shelters and placed with foster families until permanent homes can be found.

They’re the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens rescued by Mutts-N-More, an organization that has no physical facilities but relies on a network of volunteers to house animals.

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