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Last fall a tragic dog story began to unfold as two healthy Golden Retrievers left their yard for a romp in the woods and didn’t return home. The dogs’ family looked for them in the neighborhood, created a FaceBook page for the lost dogs, and checked with town animal shelters. They thought the dogs had been lost forever. In actuality, the dogs, lacking identification tags, had been picked up by animal control in another town, brought to that town’s shelter for six days, then placed in the care of an animal clinic for ten days, picked up

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Hot Dog News Chihuahua Airlift Scheduled Operation “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” Will Send Rescued Dogs From Southern California Shelters To New Homes In Maine On May 30, 16 adoptable Chihuahuas will be arriving at the Humane Society of Knox County in Thomaston, Maine after a cross country flight that will take them from the Los Angeles County Shelter at Baldwin Park to new families in Knox County. The airlift is part of Operation “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” a collaboration between animal lovers, shelters and nonprofit organizations on both coasts. This airlift marks the fourth transport of Chihuahuas to the Humane Society of Knox County (HSKC), the first of which was in 2010 under the “Many Happy Returns” program which relocated 13 Chihuahuas from Los Angeles to Thomaston. Not only were all 13 dogs adopted, there was a waiting list for more. Since then, two additional cross-country transports have been carried out, saving 45 Chihuahuas to date. For “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” HSKC has once again partnered with Marge Fithian, who is helping to coordinate the effort. Fithian is a

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Philadelphia native who was inspired by a news report showing the plight of the West Coast Chihuahuas and the welcome reception they received at East Coast shelters and homes. “It’s frustrating to know that these dogs are being euthanized when there are other people out here who want them,” Fithian said. “I had to do something about it.” This time Fithian and HSKC also collaborated with The Kris Kelly Foundation, an L.A. nonprofit (501c3) organization dedicated to rescuing animals and finding them new homes. According to Kris Kelly, “Chi’s are one of Los Angeles’s most over bred dogs. The area shelters are full of them. Many people adopted Chihuahuas after seeing them in movies, only to realize that an animal companion is a lifelong commitment. That’s why I decided to name this program after the movie ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua.’” All parties are prioritizing the safety of the Chihuahuas. They will fly on American Airlines from L.A. to Boston, where they will be met by shelter staff and volunteers from HSKC. They will then drive the Chihuahuas to Maine where they are evaluated. After the requisite holding period and adequate time to settle in, they will be available for adoption. The fee for adopting one of these Chihuahuas is $325, an increase over the regular dog adoption fee, with the extra funds going towards the next transport so more Chihuahuas can get their wings. “Each Chihuahua adopted through this program results in two lives being saved”, said Tracy Sala, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Knox County. “The life of the Chihuahua that is adopted and the life of the Chihuahua waiting in a California shelter who gets a plane ticket and a second chance because of the adoption.” For information on how to adopt one of these Chihuahuas or those on future transports visit the Humane Society of Knox County website at or contact the shelter at 207 594-2200.

Buddy Up, Up and Running Buddy Up Animal Society is proud to announce that it is now officially a public charity with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Contributions donated to Buddy Up Animal Society are fully taxdeductible. Buddy Up is also now eligible to apply for government and foundation grants, making many more resources available for the organization to find more time and options for last-chance shelter animals. Buddy Up Animal Society organized last September to find creative solutions for connecting at-risk animals with resources beyond shelter walls that give them a chance at a good life. Shelters can be highly stressful environments for animals, and stress often manifests in behavioral or health issues. Animals that present behavior or health challenges are often euthanized when shelters don’t have resources to manage those challenges for any length of time. Animal welfare workers and volunteers came together with a shared belief that if animals who run out of options in shelters could get out to relieve their stress, get behavioral guidance, and find homes that meet their needs, they stand a much better chance at not only surviving but thriving — often for the first time — as beloved family pets. In a few months’ time, Buddy Up established a board of directors; developed a mission, policies, and

procedures; acquired insurance; applied for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization tax status; engaged participating resources; created a website, Facebook page, and Petfinder page through which to give rescue animals exposure; and began to identify at-risk animals, assess their needs, and put the word out for them. To date, Buddy Up has placed 6 dogs and 8 cats who did poorly in the shelter but are now thriving in permanent homes. In March the group held a launch party to introduce itself to the community and raise funds to support the medical, boarding, administrative, and materials expenses that mount up with animal rescue efforts. Short-term goals include developing humane education programs that promote spay/neuter as a critical solution to the homeless pet population and that expand the network of foster homes by promoting the concept of fostering to animal lovers who have never considered it. Long-term plans include organizing a capital campaign to raise funds for a physical sanctuary, so that it can offer immediate and long-term shelter to animals in need.

The Fur Ball Benefit

DAMARISCOTTA—The Animal House in Damariscotta is proud to announce a new event: “The Fur Ball- An Evening to Benefit the Lincoln County Animal Shelter”. “The Fur Ball” will feature the Mr. & Mrs. Maine Mutt Pageant, with categories in eveningwear, swimwear, and talent. The pageant is open to all breeds and is limited to 12 participants, which need to be pre-registered through The Animal House. Prizes will be offered for the winner. The evening also includes a live and silent auction and food catered by King Eider’s Pub. The signature drink for the evening will be the “Muttini”. “The Fur Ball” is scheduled for Saturday, June 16th from 5-8pm at the Darrow’s Barn at RoundTop Farm on Business Route 1 in Damariscotta. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple and available for purchase at The Animal House, the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, and King Eider’s Pub. There are a limited amount of tickets, and this event is expected to sell out, so advance

purchase is strongly recommended. All proceeds will be donated to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Edgecomb. To learn more about the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, please visit their website: www.lcas. me. The Animal House, located at 15 Coastal Marketplace in Damariscotta, specializes in healthy food and supplies for dogs, cats, and other companion animals. This award-winning business presents several shelter and rescue fundraising events throughout the year, including Woofstock and 12 Woofs of Christmas. For more information about The Animal House, please visit their website: www. or contact: 207.563.5595. “The Fur Ball” is presented by The Animal House and sponsored by: Natura, Merrick Pet Care, Stella & Chewy’s, and King Eider’s Pub.


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From the Publisher Wow, another month has gone by, It seems that things are really getting going for the sunmmer. It was a busy month with many events to attend. My son and I along with my some other family members rode in the Boston Brain Tumor Ride, a fund raiser for the National Brain Tumor Society. We all had a good time and raised about $5,000. It was nice to get together for my sister Cheryl who has a brain tumor.

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In the beginning of May I went to the Maine Pet Expo in Lewsiton. I met so many great people and vendors. The two highlighted nonprofits were Maine POM project (pet oxygen mask) and the Pixel Foudation along with so many other amazing animal loving

What is Safe to Chew? by Leah Haney

When I was a kid, our family dog, a big happy Labrador named Randy, chewed anything. He spent hours gnawing on ham bones and would shred tennis balls into a hundred little pieces. We just tossed them to him and walked away, never thinking anything of it. It was not until I began working at Bridgton Veterinary Hospital that I learned that not everything is safe for a dog to chew. Those fuzzy green tennis balls that are a staple in most retriever homes are actually quite abrasive and capable of wearing the enamel off a dog’s teeth leaving them more prone to dental disease. Rubber balls are the preferred recommendation of veterinary dentists, but care should

be taken when purchasing those as well. Look for balls that are solid all the way through, not hollow in the middle. The hollow ones may be too easily split apart, and therefore more easily chewed and swallowed. This raises the risk of a foreign body obstruction in the intestinal tract which requires surgery. There are entire isles of rawhide chews in pet stores offering flat, rolled, and pressed styles. One of the most popular choices are the rawhide “bones” where the rawhide is rolled into large knots at the ends. These knots are usually large enough that they do not soften quickly in the dog’s saliva like the flat versions do. They remain hard enough that aggressive chewers can actually crack their teeth on them. Broken teeth can cause your dog great discomfort and leave those

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teeth open to infection. Now we all know a dog or two that has chewed bones or played with rocks forever and never had an issue with it, but if you ask around you’ll also find someone who knows a dog that had surgery to remove a bone or toy from its intestine, or who got an infection caused by a stick getting stuck across the roof of its mouth. Thinking back, I can even remember having to take Randy to the veterinarian with his face swollen from a wooden splinter stuck in his cheek after chewing on sticks. Learn the safety risks. Use caution when selecting toys and chews, then monitor your dogs while they are using the items you have provided. Keep it safe and fun. Leah Haney is a vet assistant at Bridgton Veterinary Hospital.

Table of Contents Hot Dog News........................... 2 & 12 Furry Words .......................................4 Ask the Vet...........................................4 Physical Exams ..................................5 Safety for All.......................................5 Summer is Here ................................ 7 Eat for Pete’s Sake ........................... 9 Baxter ...................................................10 Pooch Pantry ....................................10 Basic Training Tips............................ 11 Dogs for Adoption .......................... 13 Calendar of Events........................... 14 Business Directory ......................... 15


Ask the Vet . . .

Dr. Judith Herman


I will be going on vacation this summer with my dog for the first time. Should I be aware of anything special? Summer is a great time to spend time with your best friend but you want to have a safe time. Here are a few tips to make your vacation enjoyable and safe. 1. Make sure your dog doesn’t eat something he shouldn’t, like chocolate. If he does, force him to ingest enough hydrogen peroxide to make him vomit. 2. Always bring fresh water with you. If your dog drinks salt water he will have diarrhea and likely vomit. 3. When playing fetch in the water be careful not to over do it. While your dog may be willing to go on forever, he could become exhausted. Also, if he takes in water with each fetch, he could develop water toxicity! (See previous issue of Downeast Dog News for details.) 4. If you go boating make sure your partner has a life jacket too, unless you are in a non-motorized boat near shore, such as a canoe. 5. If you have a convertible or your car windows down, make sure you have a seatbelt for your 4 legged friend. You don’t want to lose him on a curve. And with regard to pickup trucks, Maine law requires that dogs be safely tethered when in the back. They may be crated but the crate must be secure. 6. Hiking, biking, and running with your dog is fun but be sure


you are aware of your dog’s condition. Dogs don’t sweat like we do. They cool down by panting, drinking and standing in water or shade. Be smart. Avoid running in the middle of the day when the sun is hottest. Don’t go for extended treks unless you carry water for your dog. 7. When going for car rides this summer with your dog, leave the windows open and bring water. You may want to acquire safety latches and reflective drapes to give shade while allowing air to pass through. You can buy these on line at dog gear sites. 8. If you plan to enjoy a fireworks show, leave your dog at home. If you are watching the fireworks you are not watching your dog. Too much can happen in a crowd when you are not paying attention. Additionally, the noise can hurt dogs ears and frighten them. Noise phobia is difficult to treat. 9. Fireworks are now legal in Maine so will undoubtedly be more prevalent. If you are around where they are being used, restrain your dog. Dogs will often try to bite at or pick up lit fireworks. 10. If you are at a public event with your dog be aware of the people around you, especially children. Some children love dogs and fearlessly go up to hug them. It is up to you, not the child or his parent to watch what is going on. No matter what transpires the dog is always blamed. 11. Picnics and barbecues are great for family and friends. When you bring your dog, keep an eye on him and don’t let people feed him their left overs. Cooked bones are very dangerous for dogs. If you can’t watch and protect your friend, leave him at home. To have a great time with your best friend, be smart, be prepared, and stay safe. Judith K. Herman DVM, CVH

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Furry Words Sara Moore, Animal Communicator

Last month I had the opportunity to offer to animal readings at a Dockdogs event hosted by Go Team 21, which raises funds for Down’s Syndrome research. If you’ve never heard of Dockdogs, I encourage you to check them out! Dogs launch themselves for height, distance and speed off a forty foot dock and into a pool of the same length. The record for height is 8’3” and distance is 29’3”. The speed retrieve record is 4.82 seconds from the time the dogs hear “go” until they grab a bumper at the end of the pool. It’s impressive to watch these dogs in action and how well they interact with their owners. There are three groups of people who ask me to chat with their animals. The first are the believers, who’ve typically been to me before or have had success with a previous animal communicator. The second are the skeptics, who make up the majority of first time visits. And the third are the people who think its so ridiculous that they stop by out of curiosity or to prove that I must be just making this stuff up. This event was no exception. The questions were geared to finding out how to help the dogs improve and what kind of rewards would motivate them. Abby is a thinly built black and white lab pointer mix who had previously been twelfth in the world for the big air discipline, which is the distance jump. She used to jump 24’-25’ but had stopped competing altogether when I met her at an event in August, when she was slowly being reintroduced to jumping. Her owners wanted to know what had happened to make her stop. They thought she was refusing to jump simply because the water was too cold. I’m not a vet or a trainer; I only relay what the animal has shown or told me. This can be shared with the medical team to help them make a decision on which course of action to take. Abby told me that her butt hurt and the back of her left leg hurt and the water temperature had nothing to do with it. They asked why she was still okay going for height and she said she used different muscles; that only distance hurt. Once they realized she really was injured and not just mentally “not in the game”, they looked up chiropractic, acupuncture and water therapy, which eventually achieved the most success.

At this Go Team 21 Event, Abby reached 21’ for distance and 6’8” for height, a remarkable improvement over the 16’ she had reached even after her treatment was complete. It was a time to celebrate! Abby was coming back healthy, strong, happy and confident. Her originally skeptical owners believe that if they had not sought my opinion, Abby’s jumping days would have been over. These events have a festival feel and I encourage you to watch or participate. There is a Seacoast Dockdogs group that can be reached at www. They will be participating in the national event in front of Pet Life at the Cabela’s plaza in Scarborough, June 22 - 24. Even kids can be handlers when they are at least 7 years old. So this summer, when you’re watching your dog jump off your dock, boat or pool deck, think about signing him or her up for Dockdogs. I’ve seen family dogs show up and take the ribbons from some of the well known dogs. Abby was adopted from Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and they had no idea they’d be raising a world class jumper! Sara Moore is an animal communicator, Reiki Master, psychic and hypnotist. For more information on her schedule of events go to www.

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Physical Exams By Dr. Christine Welch

Why does your pet need a physical exam every year? Detecting disease early is key to helping our pet’s live a longer, healthier and more comfortable life. The health of your pet can change rapidly as he/she ages. Changes often go unnoticed. A pet that visits the veterinarian once a year is comparable to a person who sees their doctor once every 7 years. That is why the American Veterinary Medical Association promotes twice a year physical exams for dogs and cats. What happens during a physical exam? Pets under the age of 6 years should have a physical exam at least once a year to detect any changes that may indicate disease. During a pets’ physical exam the doctor will ask questions about your pet’s physical and mental behavior. A physical exam consists of an examination of your pets’ eyes, ears, nose, mouth and teeth, and skin and rectal area. The veterinarian will listen to your pets’ heart and lungs and feel the abdomen for tumors or organ enlargement, as well as lumps and bumps on the body. Your pet is weighed and his or her temperature is taken. A stool sample test is also part of the yearly check-up so be sure to bring a sample with you at the time of your visit. The information gained from the physical exam and your answers to the veterinarian’s questions can determine whether your pet has early signs of a disease or other problem. Lab tests may be recommended to further evaluate the health of your pet. When problems are detected early, lifestyle adjustments can often be made to slow the process of and/or prevent disease.

Senior Pets

For pets that are considered “senior”, twice a year physical exams are recommended since pets age much faster than we do. Most dogs and cats reach their senior years around 8 years of age. When seemingly

healthy older pets are brought in for routine check-ups, twenty percent of blood tests reveal medical conditions that otherwise would have gone undetected. Many symptoms that pet owners think are normal signs of ageing, such as stiffness from arthritis, can be treated to keep your pet comfortable.

Safety for All

A Word About Cats

By population cats out number dogs in U.S. households, yet dogs get more veterinary care. Common myths about cats may be partly to blame. Cats are not naturally healthier and more problem free than dogs. Feline health problems do not come just from the “outside” and do affect “indoor” cats. Cats do not display visible signs of illness in the same way dogs do. Cats need regular veterinary care, including physical exams and vaccinations, just like dogs do. And because cats are naturally adept at hiding signs of illness, yearly exams are especially important for early diagnosis of health problems. Any pet should be checked by your veterinarian if you notice any change in weight, water consumption, appetite, activity level, breathing, hair coat, elimination habits or general behavior.

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Home Again, Home Again by a breed rescue, and eventually adopted. The original owners of the dogs accused the animal welfare community of not investigating thoroughly to find the actual owners of the dogs. The goldens will stay at their new adoptive home. The original owners are devastated, of course, and offered up the issue for public debate through newspapers and social media. With regard to this sad story, Bobby Silcott, the Animal Control Officer (ACO) of Baldwin said, “It’s tragic, but it does happen occasionally.” Because he is also a member of the Cumberland County Animal Rescue Team, I asked him what the structure and inter-organizational protocol was for the animal welfare community regarding the intake of strays. First, there is a Maine State “dog at large” law that states that pets do not need a collar or identification tags when they are on the dog owner’s property. The dog becomes the state’s responsibility, however, if he or she leaves the owner’s property and is not under reasonable control. The ACO must take custody of the animal. The next order of business for the ACO is to try to find the dog’s owner, which is a simple task when dogs have i.d. on them. Tags are the least expensive way to i.d. your pet. One quick call to the town office or local veterinarian and you are on your way to retrieving your lost pet. If the jingle of the tags annoys you, Silcott suggests you use masking tape to secure them flat. Custom tags are also a great way to ensure the return of your pet. With your name and phone number right on the tag, it’s likely that someone will find your dog and just give you a call. Microchipping your pet is inexpensive, about $25, and also protects against theft. If your dog manages to lose his collar during his romp, shelters will scan the dog for an i.d. Microchips are especially helpful if you plan on traveling with your pet. In a new environment, or visiting unfamiliar places, “Dogs

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are perpetual toddlers,” says Silcott. “They never quite grow up.” There are so many dangers out there for dogs. If the pet doesn’t have tags or a microchip, says Silcott, “the deal ends quick.” When a pet without an i.d. is collected by the ACO, the officer delivers the animal to the shelter that has jurisdiction over that location. The shelters are far enough apart to assume that the dog should not be reported in the neighboring towns. But pets sometimes cross city boundaries, complicating the search. I asked him if there was any formal way that the animal welfare community can share data about lost and captured animals unclaimed by owners during the mandatory 6 day holding time. Unfortunately, there is no pet 911; no one place to call. author Alan Grosbard writes in his article How to Find Your Lost Dog, “I am hopeful that at some point

in time, government-run shelters will all put their information into a common database, so that registering a lost pet in one shelter will give you a registration throughout the country.” Wouldn’t it be easier if the state of Maine had one place to post notices of our lost pets? An area in California uses software to do just that, share data and photos to reunite owners and lost animals. “The software at the new facility

newspapers, shelters and local notice boards. A website for the Granite State Dog Recovery has a Lost Dog Action Plan that lists websites for owners looking for lost pets and a long list of instructions. It recommends that you use social media sites to get the word out, record sightings, and provide updates. The plan includes instructions to search around the home, where to put up fliers, even to turn your car into a billboard. The plan tells owners to visit the shelters three times a week. Pet owners can also consider hiring an email and telephone alert service. It contacts your neighbors and people in your community and spreads the word that your dog is lost, conveying a description, photos, and contact information. One pet owner commented “I should have a hard copy file set up, and in it have pictures of identifying marks of my pets, and very identifiable pictures of my dogs from all angles, even though they are chipped. It would take me days to contact and drive to all the shelters around here and I wouldn’t have time to put together a campaign and print things Photos courtesy of Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue up.” The ASPCA encourages Return to Owner (RTO) connects animal lovers with 20 programming through their different shelters. The pet gallery professional development webinars. includes photos snapped as animals On the ASPCA website they suggest go through their health checkups at that staff cross reference new intakes the shelter,” writes Steve Moore for with lost ads and other postings, “Why wait for the families of lost The members of the animal welfare pets to come to you?“ They remind community are already doing their staff that owners who have lost their part by capturing, transporting, pets may not know how to begin to evaluating, housing and providing search and help find their own pet. medical care for stray pets. It is up to “Even if pet parents know what they the pet owner to constantly monitor should do, they may panic and not the found lists of many websites, do any of it... or they may find the whole process intimidating. They are looking to you to help them make use of the resources available.” If you lose a pet in Maine, start your search immediately and get experienced help from these available resources. Maine Animal Control Officers: aw/ACOs.shtml Maine Federation of Humane Societies, which lists the shelters and rescues in Maine: http://www.mefed. com/ Maine Lost Pet Recovery h t t p s : // w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / MaineLostPetRecovery For the Lost Dog Action Plan visit http://www.granitestatedogrecovery. com/Lost-Dog-Quick-Action-Plan. html

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Summer is Here

by Donna Pierson, Manager Pet Life store, Wiscasset

It’s that time of year. Summer is fast approaching. The weather is warming, and the days are getting longer. Summer in Maine is short and sweet, and while there is no time to lose, our canine family members need our attention while having some fun in the sun. Fun in the sun means heat. Heat means a need to keep cool. In dogs, a normal and commonly observed thermo-regulatory behavior is panting. Dogs pant to cool off. Increased salivation and breath rate increase the amount of air passing over the moist surface of the tongue. This results in evaporative cooling and is comparative in function to sweat glands in humans. Dogs, like humans, are susceptible to heat stroke and heat exhaustion, forms of temperature induced physiological distress that occur when a dog’s internal temperature rises at a faster rate than its available thermo-regulatory mechanisms can respond. Signs that your dog may be suffering from heat distress include rapid panting, wide eyes and red gums. Vomiting and diarrhea may or may not occur. Heat distress in dogs often occurs

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I have always considered myself a cat person. I view cats as noble and smart creatures, with a very large independent streak, much like a wise elderly person. My cat Sleeves is very low maintenance. She decides when she wants attention, or not. Sleeves has free reign over the house, and her food bowl. I can leave the cat for a nine hour work day without a second thought about her welfare. I know she will find a sunbeam to stretch out in, and sleep the day away. I look at dogs as if I had a perpetual toddler in my home. Dogs need more attention and constant care. If you need to leave the house for more than four hours, precautions must be taken to keep the dog happy and safe. Rooms need to be closed off with baby gates to keep the dog from ruining a rug and outside the baby gate a piddle pad is placed, diapers for dogs. You can’t even go to the grocery store after work; the first thought is to go home and take the dog for a walk. If I knew what my future would be, I would have seen that I would soon become a dog person, whether I wanted to be or not. Hermon came into our lives on a cold and breezy Sunday afternoon in February. My son and I were taking a walk down our street for some fresh air and exercise. As we meandered down the sidewalk, my

son spied the orange tabby cat he had become friends with. As Quinn was introducing me to Fat Orange, a huge commotion erupted from the cedar hedge beside me. From the bush popped out what I thought was a smaller cat, but instead I was looking at a very little dog, smaller than the cat he was trying to play with. Thus our grand adventure with Hermon began. I quickly realized the little dog was separated from his owner. My son tried to catch the dog, but the canine was swift and eluded capture. Quinn and Hermon proceeded to race around the neighbor’s house, the dog always in the lead. Watching my son chase the dog around the house was like watching Coyote chase Road Runner in a Loony Tunes cartoon. When the pup ran off into Wayfarer’s parking lot, my heart crashed to the pavement. I thought we had lost the dog among the stacks of boat floats on the dock. I stood on the sidewalk, shattered that I had lost a dog in less than five minutes. While in a daze, I did not notice my neighbor walking up the street. She woke me from my daze by telling me she just witnessed a little dog swimming in Camden Harbor. With my spirits flying high, we ran down to the shore to find the dog fishing himself out of the icy ocean water. He no longer felt the need to play the chase game, and very willingly allowed himself to be captured inside my warm winter jacket. After getting the dog into our apartment, I gave him a warm bath

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say, “You two kind of look alike.” I say with a grin, “It’s the hair.” Edward Hoagland said, “In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.” No, I am not fond of the 5am wake up calls from Hermon to go outside for a pee. It brings back memories of when my son Quinn would wake up in those twilight hours for a diaper change. This five pound dog requires more necessities than an infant. Hermon needs jackets for when it is cold and jackets for when it is raining. He even wears a baby onesie when there is a nip in the air. Hermon has two dog beds, special food because he has no teeth, and chiropractic visits for his spine and hip. This dog I found in a cedar shrub has cost me a small fortune. In the past I may have always considered myself a cat person, but Hermon has changed my heart. Yes, caring for Hermon makes me feel like I have another child and he may drive me nuts like a child can. When I am tired and just want to rest, Hermon needs to be cared for. When Hermon looks up at me with his foggy eyes and toothless smile, I forget how hard my day has been. When I pat those floppy ears, my heart melts into a red ball of wax. I fashion the tuft of hair on his forehead into a mohawk and take him outside for a walk, proud to be a dog owner.

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The local Idita-Read reading incentive program sponsored by the Downeast Dog Scouts has been a great success from all accounts by readers, parents, teachers and librarians. From March 3rd through April 20th, children from the Blue Hill Library and Tremont School logged a total of 105,788 reading minutes or 1,763 hours, working toward their individual goals of 1,112 reading minutes, correlating to the Iditarod mileage on the Northern Route. The Idita-Read is an incentive reading project for school age readers offered through the nonprofit World Wide Idea’s Read-ARoute Program. Mirroring Alaska’s annual sled dog race, the Idita-Readers relied on reading minutes to travel the distance along the Iditarod trail from Anchorage to Nome, with one minute of reading equal to one mile on the Iditarod trail. Based on the 2012 Iditarod Race Schedule, readers took up to 55 days to complete the race. Pat Horton, Blue Hill Library Youth Services Librarian, organized the library’s project and nine children for the Blue Hill Library’s Extreme Readers team read 2,572

minutes or 43 hours, along the trail. Mrs. Horton noted, “Feedback from parents was very positive. Kids were inspired to read and very eager to report their progress. It was a great experience for all who participated.” Dog Scouts Bri and Gracie were team mascots for the Blue Hill Extreme Readers and small stuffed huskies were available for the IditaReaders to take home as reading companions. The Blue Hill Extreme Readers and their families enjoyed an Idita-Read Finish Line Celebration at the library, and the readers were rewarded with books, certificates and Idita-Read cake. Gracie and Pier Carros are at the Blue Hill Library each week for readers during the school year. The Tremont School Idita-Read Project was organized by Tremont School Librarian Crystal Dow and she stated, “It was amazing and by far the most motivational reading program I’ve ever done.” The four reading teams at Tremont School were the Crazy Canines, Turbo Dogs, MDI Mushers and Rocking Readers. The Tremont School

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Weekends Traveling with my humans is hard work. Take last weekend, for example. (I know about weekends. Those are days when managing to wake my humans is all that stands between relief and a puddle on the floor.) Last weekend my alpha male (the one I call ‘Al’) took me for a ride. I love going for rides with him but we ended up at an unfamiliar house. Woods surrounded it and that’s nice but it was just Al and me and I had to spend the whole weekend keeping track of him. When we are home, no worries – he does what he does. I sleep. But here, I worried constantly that he would go off and leave me in this strange place. So every time he got up, I had to get up. He would walk into the kitchen, I’d have to walk into the kitchen – which is not such a bad place to be but all I wanted to do was sleep. Every time he went out I had to go out; when he turned to go back in I had to catch up so I wouldn’t get left out. When we were inside I would lie down, always within a few feet of him - just in case. I would just fall asleep and he would move and once again I had to get up to make sure he wasn’t about to slip out. By the second day I was exhausted. Couldn’t sleep, had to jump up every time he slid his chair back. By the time we got home all I wanted to do was have dinner and go to sleep in the comfort of my own bed in our home with all the familiar sounds and smells. Now I know what Toto meant when he put those famous words into Dorothy’s mouth: There’s no place like home! There’s no place like home! Chow! Baxter

Do you wonder if the dog food you are feeding is really good for your canine? Do you worry about all the scares regarding dog food in the news? In the next few columns we will explore the ins and outs of dog food. To start lets assess your d o g ’ s health. Take a sheet of paper and make a list with two columns: one for health problems, and one for health assets. In the health assets column, list all the health characteristics that your dog has in his/her favor, such as fresh breath, clean teeth, bright eyes, clean ears, a lack of itching, a glossy coat, problem-free elimination, a normal appetite and energy level, and a good attitude. In the health problems column, list any conditions for which your dog receives veterinary care or medications. Other conditions that should be listed here include bad breath, teeth that are prone to tartar buildup, chronically goopy eyes, infection-prone or stinky ears, a smelly, greasy, flaky, or thinning coat, itchy paws, excessive gas, recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or incontinence, repeated infestations of worms or fleas, low or excessive energy level, and a sudden onset of antisocial or aggressive behavior. If there are more assets on your list than problems, and the problems are minor, you already found a diet that works well for your dog. But if your list reveals more problems than assets, your dog is a good candidate for a change of diet. Now have a look at the food you are currently feeding your dog. Note the food’s ingredients, as well as its protein and fat levels, and its caloric content. Write all of this down. In our next column we will find out what a premium dog food should have as ingredients. In the meantime, here is a recipe for a healthy meal:

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Shoulda, woulda, coulda… but didn’t A philosophical musing… My husband and I recently enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends. I served myself a second helping of the tasty main dish. Then dessert – a huge serving of strawberry shortcake. I ate it all. Way too much. I know better than that. I was riding my bicycle through local Podunk recently and came to a 4-way stop. Nobody was around. I went through without stopping. I know better than that. I regularly exceed the posted speed limit when driving. Not by much, but still…. I know better than that. I do these things anyway (and worse), despite being very cognizant of “knowing better.” I could go on about all the “thats” I know better than, but I’m sure you can relate. I’m not the only one who does these things — I see other humans behaving

similarly everywhere I go. How many times do we hear ourselves say, “he knows better than that” when talking about our dogs? I hear it often, and it always drives home the fact that we hold our dogs to a much higher standard than we, as individuals, can attain for ourselves. Our dogs have the added disadvantage of relying on us, with all our imperfections and inconsistencies, to help them learn the “knowing” part of the picture. When they don’t live up to our expectations, we often blame them for misbehaving, but are they “misbehaving” or just plain “behaving” the only way they know how, at that given moment? Without our careful input, without training and effective communication, a dog has no choice but to act the only way his canine brain compels him to act. “Knowing better” requires some sense of morality: a very complex concept to expect our dogs to grasp. Heck, we humans struggle with it. Our lives are inundated every day with stories of people who “knew better.” Just listen to the news! Attaching a “knowing better” ability to our dogs releases us from the responsibility of training them to act differently. We, their owners, are responsible for taking the time to actively and intelligently train them to learn and practice desirable behaviors and habits. We need to let go

of the myths that elevate and reinforce our “holier than thou” attitudes that are not only counterproductive to what we want to accomplish but detrimental to the emotional and physical well being of our canine friends. They are companion animals who live side-by-side with us. Companions. Not serfs. Not slaves. Not minions trying to undermine our dictatorships. What to do? Identify a behavior that bothers you about your dog. Decide what you’d like him to do instead, then give him a compelling, positive reason why he should desire to do it. Pulling on leash is a good example. Sticking by your side might be much more desirable if that’s where dinner is served, if it’s the only place where moving forward is possible, if that’s where good things happen. If pulling you around is made impossible through the use of an anti-pull harness or head collar, that pulling habit will start to weaken. The next time you are about to say, “you know better than that” to your dog, pause and think how often you could say it about your own actions. Then set out to help him learn what you’d like him to learn. By the way, I welcome you to visit my booth at the upcoming “Bark for the Park” Fido Festival at Topsham Fairgrounds on June 2 from 10-4.

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Planet Dog Sponsors Adventure Dog Workshops Portland, ME– Planet Dog is heading to Colorado in June along with elite pro athletes, adventure innovators and outdoor enthusiasts to take part in Outside in Aspen. The socially responsible pet industry leader is sponsoring the Adventure Dog Workshop taking place on June 8th and 9th during the ultimate adventure weekend. While in Colorado, the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog’s non-profit grant making organization, will award a $7,500 grant to Freedom Service Dogs based in Colorado. Outside in Aspen is a joint project of Outside Magazine and Aspen Chamber Resort Association that is being presented by Good N Natural. Outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will hone their skills or learn a new sport with pro-athlete led clinics and outdoor adventures in kayaking, climbing, stand-up paddling, road and mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, trail running, fly-fishing, rafting, photography and the Adventure Dog Workshop sponsored by Planet Dog. The weekend event also features the Outside in Aspen Triathlon, the Adventure Saves the World Symposium with elite athletes and Outside editors and the Great Gear Giveaway. The Adventure Dog Workshop, led by professional dog trainer Mike Stewart, will focus on honing a dog’s skills for adventure activities including specific training and techniques for enjoying the following activities with a canine companion: hiking and jogging; mountain biking; watercraft; campsite manners at fireside during meals and trail assistance. In addition there will be instruction on obedience, steadiness, and all the elements necessary for trail manners, and a few tips on canine first aid, nutrition, health care, and extended overland travel. There will also be a presentation on the Adventure Dog Certification

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students logged 103,216 minutes or 1,720 hours of reading. “That’s impressive! Especially since most of the reading took place outside of school,” commented Mrs. Dow. On May 4th, a fun filled IditaRead Finish Line Celebration was held in the Tremont School gymnasium. Rob Liebow, Superintendent of the Mount Desert Regional School System, joined in the festivities to congratulate the readers. One hundred ten students from all grade levels participated in the reading program and seventy three students completed the reading goal of 1,112 minutes to cross the Idita-Read Finish Line. These readers proudly wore their paw print medals presented to them by the Downeast Dog Scouts. All of the Idita-Readers received Certificates of Accomplishment and special reward books while everyone in attendance enjoyed IditaRead cake and ice cream. The Downeast Dog Scouts had joined the students at the Tremont School for their kick off assembly in the school gymnasium. Six dogs attended as team mascots encouraging the Crazy Canines, Turbo Dogs, MDI Mushers and Rocking Readers to read the most minutes for their teams. A few weeks after the IditaRead project began, the Dog Scouts surprised the readers with notes of encouragement featuring colorful paw prints and photos of their team mascots. Rissa, Timber, Jillian and Cirra visited the Tremont School to read with the top six readers of each team as inspiration to keep up the

good reading! Brooksville Elementary School teacher, Nada Lepper, gave fantastic presentations on her visit to the Iditarod at the Blue Hill Library and Tremont School. She also shared her experiences with students from the Brooksville Elementary School. For years, Lepper has used the Iditarod as a unit of study in her classes. The idea for the Iditarod class trip came when a visiting Alaskan woman heard about the class’ study of the race and invited Lepper’s class to go to Alaska. Downeast Dog Scouts Troop 159 is an affiliate of the Dog Scouts of America that promotes responsible dog ownership, bringing people and dogs together to learn, socialize and help in the community.

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Pretty Petunia weighs around 30 pounds. She is sweet, a tall, lanky girl who is rather laid back. She is also great on the leash. We feel she would do best in a quieter setting as she is somewhat overwhelmed with city noises. She would love to have another dog to play with in her adoptive home, and also adores children. She has met cats and has done very well with them, just wanting to play. To apply to adopt Petunia, please contact us via e-mail at

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Cherie, 18 months, Great Pyrenees

She is so friendly, happy and sweet and just loves playing with other dogs. She is so fun to watch! Cherie will give you a hug and lay her head on your chest loving the attention. She walks great on a leash and sleeps in a crate at her foster mom’s house. She is an outgoing girl always interested in new things and new places - she enjoys everyone she meets along the way. Cheri will need 6’ fencing to keep her safe. FMI: National Great Pyrenees Rescue, Union, ME 877-739-3582

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Delilah, Saint Bernard

Delilah needs a country home. MUST be fenced in. No small dogs or cats or children under the age 12. Not a typical house dog because she has never been indoors. She has lots of potential but no manners. Not house broken. She is current on all of her shots and is spayed. She will need someone with alot of patience and willing to spend alot of time with her. Her adoption fee is $150.00 because she is spayed. Houlton Humane Society, Houlton, ME Sponsored by 207-532-2862

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Maine Dog Clubs Central Maine Kennel Club

Next meeting, June 10, 12 - 2 in Sidney, Maine. FMI/directions contact Ann Davis at 207-547-4250 or email

Collie Club of Maine

June 9 Member meeting and Annual Cookout at 12:30 in Buxton. Finalize agility trial details.

Central Maine Brittany Club CMBC Specialty Show: Saturday June 23, 2012 Cumberland, Maine FMI: Contact Donna Pride

Dog Tracking Club of Maine Sunday June 17th at 1:00 pm Timberridge Farm 221 Simpson Rd., Saco, ME FMI:

If you’d like your Dog Club Announcement here, please send me your info by the 20th of each month. It’s free to list here!


June C lendar

For more information on the events below, go online to Bark for the Park

Life on a Island

Saturday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m Topsham Fairgrounds Bark for the Park features a fundraising Wag & Walk and showcases vets, trainers, races, clinics, pet products, services and community organizations. With live music, food concessions, balloon dogs, and non-stop action there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Chaco - is a Chinook and he lives on Monhegan Island. He’s just hanging out on a sunny day enjoying family and the sun!

Nail Trim Clinic

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Saturdays, 10am to 1pm June 2— Tractor Supply in Augusta­ June 16—Pet Quarters in Waterville

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AWS Art Auction

Maine Greyhound Rescue

Sat, June 9th 11:00 am, to 1:00pm Augusta Adoptable Dogs at Pet Life Shaw’s Plaza 152 Western Ave. Maine Greyhound Rescue is a non-profit organization that rescues and places retired racing greyhounds in loving homes.

Adoptable Dogs

Sat, June 9th 11:00 am, to 1:00pm South Portland Join the Animal Welfare Society Mobile Adoption Team and visit with some adoptable canines at the Pet Life at Mill Creek, 50 Market St., South Portland from 11 - 1. For more information, call Animal Welfare Society at 985-3244 (www. or the Pet Life at 207-799-7282 (

Read more: Downeast Dog News - adoptable dogs in south portland

SOMEPit Meet the Breed: The Pit Bull Terrier

Sun., June 24, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lewiston Learn more about this often misunderstood breed from SOMEPit!, pit bull advocates of Southern Maine. Take a quiz and win some prizes! It’s Free.

AWS Carnival

Leslie Main from Canines & Cats in Oakland will hold nail trim clinics Cost is $5.00 per pet. Dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets welcome. All proceeds will go to Save Our Strays. Sun., June 3, 3pm Live auction at 5pm The Annual AWS Art Auction at the Nonantum Resort, Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport. Support the shelter and expand your collection. More than 50 local artists are contributing. Viewing and Artist Reception begins at 3pm. Spend time talking with the artists who have donated their work. Tickets include two complimentary glasses of wine & hot and cold appetizers and are available in advance for $20. at the door for $25. FMI: Animal Welfare Society (www. at 985-3244.

prior to the event or you can, also, register on-site the day of the event. There will be Pet Adoption Groups, Vendor Showcases, Refreshments and Lots More! FMI: Pet Life, 883-3674, see ad on page 7.

Greater Bangor Bark For Life

allowed. The event will be held rain or shine. Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit the shelter. FMI: Maine Greyhound Placement Service at 207-626-2893.

Saturday, June 9, 5:00 pm - 9:48 pm Bangor Hollywood Casino Raceway-Formerlly known as Bass Park Raceway, Registrations starts at 4pm, with the opening ceremony taking place at 5pm. There will be contests, food, games, information, vendors and lots more! FMI: visit or check us out on facebook!

New Life Boxer Rescue Dog/Car Wash

Sat, June 16th (rain date 17th) 10am to 3pm Scarborough Pet Quarters, (Next to Christmas Tree Shop) Dog or Car Wash: $5.00 donation Nail clipping - additional $5.00 donation Stop by to learn about the breed - to meet a Boxer is to love one! Adopt

Join the Revolution Monday, June 11th

Spay or Neuter your Pets

The Humane Society of Knox County is now a pick up/drop off site for the Community Spay Neuter Clinic in Freeport. The next scheduled van transport to the. Spaces are limited. To learn more or to reserve a spot for your pet on the transport please call the shelter at 594-2200.

Maine Greyhound Placement Service Open House

Augusta Sat. & Sun. June 16 & 17, 10 am to 3 pm Maine Greyhound Placement Service Adoption Center, 231 Old Belgrade Road. Vendors include Truman Collars, Deb Bell Photography, artist Linda Evans, and the Tally Ho Shop. Enjoy great food, treat your pup at the Doggy Spa, and take a tour of our new facility. Try your luck at a game or raffle! All well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. No retractable leashes

AWS at the Portland Children’s Museum

Sat., June 16, 10:30 -11:30 Portland Join the AWS Humane Educator and a shelter pet at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine on Free Street for a hands-on program about animal care and handling. Meet some great animals and learn about Pet Care and Handling. FMI: call Animal Welfare Society (www. at 985-3244 x 117. Or The Children’s Museum, 207-828-1234

Dock Dogs

June 22, 23 &24, 9am to 8pm Scarborough See the high flying dock jumping and diving canine performances competition or enter your dog! You may pre-register on up until a few days

Sat., June 30, 12pm to 4 pm West Kennebunk The staff of the Animal Welfare Society is excited about our first Carnival! Enjoy games, carnival treats, face-painting, a bounce house and more. This carnival will be fun for grown-ups and children alike with many prizes to win, including discounts on adoption!! Come play with us on the AWS grounds at the end of Holland Road (weather permitting). FMI: Animal Welfare Society (www. at 985-3244 x 117.

Weekly Summer Workshops for Children in July and August Monday - Thursday, 9am - 3pm. Junior Workshops (7 - 9 years old) begin Monday, July 9, July 16, and July 23. Senior Workshops (10 -13 years old) begin Monday, July 30, August 6, and August 13. Workshop includes an AWS t-shirt, field trips, certificate of completion, a photo with an animal and a lesson in compassion. Be sure to sign up early because spaces always fill quickly. FMI: call 985-3244 x 109.

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