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The Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County will hold a microchipping event and bake sale at the Loyal Biscuit Co. Rockland location from 10-2 on January 19, 2013. Trained shelter staff will implant the tiny, rice-sized I.D., which is encoded with a unique number and implanted just under the skin in the scruff of the neck. The process is simple and only takes a few seconds. The ‘chip’ can later be detected and read by a scanner used by shelters, veterinarians and other agencies. Losing a pet can be a devastating and traumatic experience. Micro-chipping your pet can help link your pet with a 24/7 recovery network. This will greatly increase the chance that your pet will be returned to you, if ever lost or stolen. This micro-chipping clinic, taking place at Loyal Biscuit, 442 Main St., Rockland, is $25, and all proceeds benefit PMHSKC. There is no appointment necessary for the clinic, simply come between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition to the micro-chipping clinic, there will be fresh, homemade Chocolate Chip cookies and other goodies available for a donation to the PMHSKC. “We want to make sure every pet that is separated from its owner can be reunited with their family,” said Heidi Neal, co-owner of Loyal Biscuit Co.

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had an overweight, stubborn Lab named Joe. When he developed hot spots our vet prescribed meds, but Joe refused to swallow them.

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January 2013 is here! This will be my 7th year with the Downeast Dog News! I had no idea when I started 7 years ago that I’d be at the helm of Maine’s only canine newspaper. As the publisher this past year, I’ve learned what it takes to run a paper and I am still learning. I’ve met some great people and have had some fun at all the events I got to attend. I look forward to meeting more dog loving people this year! As we embark on 2013 we will continue to support the dog community, rescues, shelters and businesses. Some of the subjects we'll be featuring this year : dogs who help us find cures for cancer, therapy dogs, service dogs, life with multiple dogs, life improvement

Rex & I Hiking Beech Hill, Rockport through animals, emergency measures for our pets and more. I’d love to here suggestions from Downeast Dog News

readers about what you'd like to see in the paper in 2013. With winter here and the beautiful snowfalls we've had great fun! Rex loves the snow! And I’m so happy that he does! He challenges me every morning to get out and go for a walk with him. The minute I let him out he is jumping, rolling and having a ball in it. We are fortunate that we live near a walking path where he can be off leash and the trails go back into the woods. I think Rex could have been a good sled dog! He just goes thru it like it’s not even there. Now that we have established a trail, xc skiing is next. Maybe then I can keep up with him! I wish you all the best in 2013!

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Letter to the Publisher: Winter Etiquette for visiting friends and family with our Dogs… This is the time of year when we want to see our loved ones from far and near. It is a time for cultivating and renewing our bonds that make us who we are. Our dogs are invariable part of this bonding, yet we must be mindful of their feelings as well as

those we visit, particularly in winter. Yes we want our furry friends with us, but one must think about them being stuck in the car, a room and or outdoors. Are they really feeling welcome when they have wet paws and wet fur frolicking around our dear ones' homes. For some visitees it may be difficult to ask their friends not to bring their wet

furry friends...better to visit them in their own homes. So perhaps dog owners should ask before they arrive and be prepared to have their furry loved ones stay home or in separate quarters. I sure wouldn't want to be dragged around only to be left alone in a strange place. Angie Inwood Fairfield

Letter to the Publisher: A big thank you to all who made the P.A.W.S. Auction for the Animals fundraiser on November 29 at High Mountain Hall a big success. Thank you to; all of our staff, including our Administrator Lisa Dresse; our Shelter Manager Laura Stupca; our Board of Trustees ; our volunteers; auctioneer Kaja Vielleux who donated his time; Todd and Sarah Anderson of French and Brawn including their staff who

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the auction. Thanks to volunteers Georganne Bendall, Rene Hutchinson, Charlotte Simon, Barbara Cizmazjia, Fred Reinke, Lynn Schoen, Jean Silva, Eveline Henner, Judith DeMott, Tim Dresser and to Board member Lisa Sojka for her famous Prism Restaurant tomato soup. Our four-foot friends at the shelter thank you for your ongoing support. Jean Freedman-White, President Board of Trustees P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center


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To outsmart him, I’d sneak the pill in a tiny Hostess Twinkie bite. He became obsessed with the spongy cake, and if he ever heard the word “Twinkie,” he’d turn his head almost horizontally sending his ears askew. This laughable tilt let us know he understood the tasty word and that he was yearning for one. I love that insurance commercial where the worried dog boards a bus, deposits his bone into a bank safety box, only to go back the next day and withdraw it. Yet dogs that live in the real world (and don’t have

the wherewithal to take the bus to a bank), merely buries their bone. This habit is instinctive; prior to domestication dogs survived in the wild by gathering their own food source and leftovers were buried for later consumption. So, even though the dog is well fed it relies on the age old practice of burying bones because it’s genetic. When we come home, one of our dogs howls. When he first started this we swore he was squealing on the others. Now we respond with “Really?” or “What else did he do today?” We understand he’s

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Table of Contents Why Do Dogs Do That ................... 2 Furry Words ....................................... 4 Ask the Vet........................................... 4 Border Collie Bash ........................... 5 Book Review, Dogs of Courage ....... 6 Grooming 101.................................. 7 Basic Training Tips ........................... 7 Baxter ................................................... 8 Dogs for Adoption .......................... 9 Calendar of Events...........................10 Business Directory .........................11

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Furry Words Sara Moore, Animal Communicator

A new year is always exciting for me! In 2012 I have travelled all over New England doing animal and people readings, teaching others how to connect with both living and deceased animals and really just enjoying life. The most feedback I received was regarding articles that helped people find peace when they’d lost a beloved pet. It may sound like a morbid topic, but I see it a bit differently. I’d like to share a story with you about love and loss that I found absolutely beautiful and will hopefully give you some hope for 2013. A woman named Denise had asked me to do a reading on her black lab, Jasmine, who had died two weeks prior. She was so distressed that she was choking on her words as she asked if I could help her process the intense grief she was feeling. The less information I have before a reading the easier it is for me to remain unfiltered, so I said sure and we set a date for a phone session. When I called her I asked for the dogs name, color and if it was living or deceased. Immediately I saw this beautiful old Lab with kids in a school. I saw her so excited to be in the car arriving at school, and saying how much she loved her “job.” I saw Denise standing in front of her students, crying, and leading a discussion on death. What do the kids think happens when you die? It was a conversation that wasn’t guided by religious beliefs, it just allowed them to process the loss they and their community was feeling. I could see the students doing an art project, where they drew dragonfly wings and sent the dog up to the heavens, whatever that meant for them. Jasmine also

wanted them to add messages as they sent her off. The impact she had on them was huge. She was more than just having a therapy dog in a school. She was real. She was alive and then she was gone. And they wanted to discuss it. A week after I spoke with Denise the shooting happened in CT. And you know what? All of the students in Jasmine’s school had already had a conversation about what happens when someone dies. Do you think she’s over there smiling that her therapy work is leaving a legacy of healing? You bet. Do you think she provided therapy for those souls as they arrived? Absolutely. Here is the response I got from Denise a few days after we spoke: “I cannot thank you enough for the priceless gift of peace in my soul that you have provided me. I feel as though a weight has lifted, and I feel physically lighter, brighter, and healing. Jasmine and I share an ineffable love. I miss her physical presence. And yes, my worry for her is gone. Know that Jasmine lives on - she is a gift of Light. Thank you for your Gift of Light, and in sharing it with others that we may heal and find peace.” Why am I talking about death when we’re starting a new year? Because it’s really just a reminder that every ending is a new beginning. This year, begin by giving thanks and sending love to those you miss. Look forward to what is yet to come, and have peace in your heart knowing that dogs like Jasmine have come along to help enrich your journey and their impact is often much broader than we realize. Sara Moore is a Reiki Master, Hypnotist, Psychic, and Animal Communicator. She is available for long distance readings, parties, and fundraising. More information and a full calendar of events can be found at or contact Sara directly at furrywords@

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Chillin’ out in winter: Well, winter has finally arrived here in Maine, and we need to take steps to make sure our furry friends stay safe and healthy this season. Simple common sense – applied to current standards of living - is a good place to start, but what if you still are unsure? Keep reading for a few basic pointers as the mercury falls. Apply the “what-if-it-was-a-kid” rule. For example: • The outside temperature is 200F, with winds out of the northwest at 20 mph, and gusts to 35 mph. ­— Would you send your four year old (human) outside to play for hours? — If he were sitting on the back porch asking to come in, would you tell him to “toughen up,” because after all, he is wearing a coat? • It’s 00F, a beautiful night, no wind, clear and starry — Would you tell your 10 year old (human) that she’ll be just fine in the shed with some straw, “just stay inside, and curl up” since her breath will help keep her warm? — Would you leave your infant bundled up in the backseat of the car in the driveway all night? After all, it’s out of the elements….. • The sun is shining, fresh snow has fallen, and you want to go crosscountry skiing. The outside temp is 300F with light winds — Would you take your 4 year old (human) out for a 10 mile trek? And ask him to run to keep up with you? (remember, you’re on skis) — After all, he’ll stay warm because he’ll be moving, right? And he must love it, since he continues to run behind you...(I’m sure it’s not because he thinks youI’ll leave him behind…) OK, these may seem like silly comparisons, but think about how many times we (or others we know) leave the dog outside for hours because he seems “just fine” curled up in a tight little ball out there. Or we leave the cat outside because “she’ll find a place to tuck in for the night”? An excellent resource for determining environmental safety for your pet is the Tuft’s Animal Care & Condition scale (Search Tufts Animal Care and Condition on the web for the link). TACC provides a “weather safety scale” that shows you how to calculate a risk score

Dr. Sarah Sweet based on parameters such as body condition, age, size, and general breed types. A word of warning: the chart is dense and complex, but with some patience, it is an excellent tool. Here are few good rules of thumb gleaned from the scale: • Age is a factor. Just like us, the very old and the very young are more sensitive to temperature extremes. Your 2 year old malamute may love to snowshoe for an hour with you, but your 12 year old lab probably shouldn’t. He may love it, but you still need to be the voice of reason. Great-Grandma is likely more fragile than your teenaged son, but you wouldn’t dream of making her shovel the driveway, would you? • Body size and coat are factors. Your Pomeranian may have a thick, warm coat, but her surface area is so small that she will become cold much faster than your Labrador. The same goes for your Maine Coon cat. • 400F is a reasonable lower limit for cold threshold. Wind and moisture exacerbate already low temperatures. • Shelter from the elements is critical. Wet snow, rain and wind can drop body temperature quickly, even for the heavy coated breeds. Wet ground or bedding also wicks heat and should be avoided. Finally, all the tools in the world can’t replace good old common sense. Use your head, be practical, and get out there and enjoy our beautiful Maine winter. After all, it’s only here once a year! Dr. Sweet co-owns Atlantic Veterinary Care with Dr. Karin Tichy. AVC is the newest small animal practice on the mid-coast, located in the Coastal Marketplace in Damariscotta. Drs. Sweet and Tichy offer appointments Monday through Saturday, as well as 24/7 emergency services for established clients of AVC. Call 563-8387 (563-VETS) for an appointment.

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2nd Annual Border Collie Bash Dog lovers gather for worthy cause and to celebrate dog sports

Portland, ME – From a five-pound Papillion named Haiku to a fifty-pound rescued deaf Border Collie named Denali dogs of all sizes and breeds will have the opportunity to display their skills at this year's Border Collie Bash! The Bash is for all dog lovers and will include the following activities: Agility Rock Stars, Flyball MAINEiacs performance, Disc Dog exhibition, headto-head agility races, demonstrations, vendors, food and games. Well-behaved dogs are welcome (registered in advance). Who can attend? Anyone with a dog who wants to participate in these activities can do so by purchasing tickets in advance ($5) per person. Spectators without dogs are highly encouraged to come and watch to learn about a dog sport and shop for goodies with our participating vendors. Spectators without dogs may purchase tickets in advance ($5) or at the door ($10). We are proud to donate a portion of proceeds from this event to New England Border Collie Rescue. Our friends from NEBCR will be on hand to help educate the public about this amazing breed and to give information on living with a Border Collie, adopting and helping the many BC’s currently in need of forever homes.

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Dogs of Courage, by Lisa Rogak

Dogs of Courage by Lisa Rogak, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2012) compiles an abundance of information and dozens of stories about canines working to help humans do our jobs, take care of our health, find missing loved ones, sniff out the source of a fire and perform many other tasks. Rogak begins by quoting statistics documenting the huge increase in dog ownership around the world, then loosely defines the term "dogs of courage:" "While every canine has the ability to touch a human life ... a Dog of Courage works hard to help people in a wide variety of ways ... there are thousands of dogs being trained to perform tasks to directly benefit the humans around them...." Rigorously documented with endnotes, Dogs of Courage works to prove the author's basic thesis: that all dogs are working dogs, and depending on the type of work they do, they can be thought of as Dogs of Courage. Here are the categories of services that "employ" the dogs Rogak talks about: Police, Fire, Search-and-Rescue, Guide, Service and Assistance Dogs, Therapy, Prison, Medical -Detection, Wildlife-Detection and Conservation, Civilian Dogs and Celebrity dogs. Each chapter gives a history or

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background of the type of service, then fleshes that out with examples and stories about particular dogs that excel at those type of tasks. Color photos of some of the dogs jazz up the book and melt the heart. Ms. Rogak has also provided the reader with a lengthy "Resources" chapter at the end with many websites of organizations of the type that train these working dogs. In addition, books, magazine and newspaper articles and other sources are listed. It's a great source of information that can take a curious reader further in their search for more. There are a few quibbles I have with Ms. Rogak's style: she quotes people often, but if you check the source of the quote, it is usually from another writer's work, a newspaper article or book. This gives the appearance of her work being a primary source, when it is a secondary one, and this detracts from the immediacy. There is nothing morally or technically wrong with this. I would have used the article or book, but tried to contact the person quoted to get my own interview and quote from there. Another point: Despite all her documentation from the outside sources she uses, Rogak neglects to substantiate some of her own ideas/ opinions. The following struck me,

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since they came at the beginning of the book: "Especially in today's society where most people choose a pet primarily for companionship [here she should give a statistic supporting "most people"], some dog lovers think it's cruel for a dog to herd sheep, help a police officer do her job, or work in a war zone. [She does not say who "some dog lovers" are]. "Indeed, even respected animal experts have expressed ambivalence about the issue." [No names here, either. Which "respected animal experts"?] And the kicker: "While a cardcarrying member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals would probably think it was heartless or dangerous for a dog to be out herding cattle or heading into an abandoned building to pursue a suspect...." (p. 24). I have trouble with the use of "would probably think," and "heartless and dangerous." I happen to be a card-carrying member of PETA, and think working dogs are great, I don't object to their doing work at all. Ms. Rogak would proffer a much more convincing book if she documented these assumptions. And a quick perusal of the PETA website, or a phone call to one of PETA's officers, would most

likely have given her a definitive fact, rather than loose-cannon opinions. Rogak also uses the term "Dogs of Courage," complete with capital letters, so frequently, it's as if she is afraid her reader will forget the title of the book. I didn't need such reminding. This is a well-put-together book with plenty of information and resources. It reads like a magazine, which for many people will be just fine. The dogs, of course, are the standouts, demonstrating day after day their loyalty and desire to work to benefit all of us. Kate Cone is a freelance writer who lives in Waterville, Maine. She is the founder of LIT: Readings and Libations, a fiction reading series held regularly in Portland, Maine. Contact her at

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Here in New England our winters can get, shall we say, a little intense? With our heavy snow months just around the corner there are a few things you can do to make sure your furry family members are prepared to endure the cold weather. A lot of people operate under the fallacy that you shouldn’t wash your dog in the winter. Not true! Between the falling snow, freezing rain, and below zero temperatures it is so SO important to make sure your dog’s coat is in its best condition to shield them from the elements. Bathing on a regular basis helps to remove the dead undercoat and frequent brushing will prevent the top coat from matting. You know the extra funky wet dog smell that seems to be your dog’s permanent companion in the winter months? It’s caused by fungus and bacteria that love to grow in coats that stay chronically damp and damp coats are a breeding ground for hot spots! If you are having your dog professionally groomed chances are that your groomer will dry them

completely after their bath but just to make sure you can always request it. If you are using one of the many fabulous self serve dog washes in our area check to be sure that the facility has a force dryer that you can use. If your dog isn’t keen on a big noisy dryer I suggest bringing extra towels and make sure your car is nice warm for the ride home. If doing a full bath is too stressful for you and your pup then I recommend using a waterless bath spray weekly. You can pick them up at most pet supply retailers. Simply spray and work into your dog’s coat and brush thoroughly till dry! A great practice to get in the habit of is checking the pads of your dogs feet. Ice and hard packed snow can lead to sore and cracked paws. My friends over at Mutt Nose Best make a fabulous Healing Balm which can be applied to soften your pups pads or nose! A good way to prevent those pesky snow balls between the toes is to keep the hair on your dogs feet trimmed. While you are having their nails clipped ask your groomer if they can trim up their feet as well! Whilst we are talking about

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by Phoebe Mendes feet please be sure to use a pet safe snow melt product in your driveway and don’t let your dog dally in your neighbors driveways when you both have your evening constitutional! With wood stoves burning and furnaces pumping hot air into your house you may notice your pets itching and scratching more. If you have checked to make sure that they don’t have fleas (I’m not kidding folks, they are still around. Be vigilant!) then the culprit may be dry skin. You can do a few things to help soothe dry skin, as usual I refer to my two step plan: instant relief with topical products and long term relief with diet and supplements! Earth Bath makes a moisturizing itch relief spray that I simply LOVE, it contains vitamin E and tea tree oil. It smells great and makes my dogs coat soft and glossy. As an added bonus fleas

aggressive? You probably would! For your next elevator ride, you might stand by the control panel and angrily by Diana Logan bark out warnings for strangers to stay away from you… or you may avoid Too Close for Comfort elevators completely. I entered the empty elevator in the That event never happened to me, high rise and pressed the button for but it frequently happens to our dogs the top floor. I was in a strange city at in the form of personal space invasion, night. The elevator was old and slow, especially on leash, with strange dogs I f promising a long journey to my vertical (sometimes humans) or in confined o u destination, so I leaned against theyback spaces. We see it all the time on wall of the metal cage to wait. A large sidewalks, in dog-friendly stores, at man got on a few floors up. Silently, he dog events – anywhere dogs can get SUSPECT walked straight up to me then turned arounddog andfighting closeanywhere to each other – or even so much as look at in the USA with there iseach a wonderful faced the door. I was instantly uncomfortable other! The leash is the elevator confining of people Atlantalimiting who their choices. The approaching this approach - his body was a group mere foot away, in them, dog fighting between me and the only exit. will Thenhelp he investigate turned dog is the stranger refusing to respond to polite for NOT you. okay. They He providecommunication. evidence to Unfortunately, the uncomfortable to face me. I was rattled. This was convict for the police FREE. did not respond to my polite requests to give me dogforwhose personal space is being invaded often They also offer a $5,000 reward for for his appropriate communication more space. I tried to move away, move toward the gets punished information leading (which to an arrest! emergency button, but he blocked me each time. generally begins as very subtle signals but Last year they went to speak to Are you worried about what happened next? which can escalate to an all out “snark” or worse) rescue groups and law enforcement. Can you relate to a situation where you can't get and the person who owns the “greeter” dog often tough, former away, all escape routes have beenVery blocked and you getsMARINE miffed that her dog, who “is friendly” and “just heads it.What callare1-877.215.2250 or got “attacked” by your dog who feel physically or emotionally threatened? wants to play,” web:Scream? your choices? What would you do? Get

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really hate it! If you can’t find Earth Bath products near you then look for one that has ingredients like tea tree oil, colloidal oatmeal, vitamin E, shea butter, aloe, coconut oil, witch hazel, neem oil, glycerine, chamomile, or calendula. Those magical Omegas fatty acids can be found in both topical products as well as foods. Most fish based kibbles have a healthy dose of them but you can also find Salmon oil just about everywhere these days. Remember that not all Salmon oils are made the same. Look for the words ‘virgin’ or ‘first pressing’ on the label. I also see much better results using straight oil as apposed to fish oil pills. If you are looking for a fish based treat then Honest Kitchen makes my dog’s all time favorite chew : Beams, pure Icelandic dehydrated catfish skins! However if you can’t abide the fishy breathe then use coconut oil! Smells much better and has the added benefit of being a natural anti-yeast, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal! If you follow me on my Facebook page ( AsktheGroomer.PhoebeMendes) then you have heard me rave about the powers of coconut oil. If you want to learn other neat tips on grooming or ask me questions then come find me!

simply wanted to definitively say “stop!” in the only language he knows. It’s perfectly normal for a dog to express his discontent when he thinks his safe zone, his personal space, is threatened. What can you do to prevent undesirable dog-dog interactions? Gimme Space! Maintain sufficient distance from other dogs and reward your dog for paying attention to you. Preemptively aggressing towards other dogs can become a habit that’s hard to break. Re-Orient – if you see another dog looking right at your dog or if your dog gives another dog direct eye contact, happily redirect him to something else. The “Look” often leads to The Lock which in turn may result in The Lunge. If you practice these things, you may discover that your dog starts to relax more, pay more attention to you and be more tolerant of the presence of other dogs. Of course, contact a positive trainer if you need help! You are your dog’s advocate. Diana Logan, CPDT-KA Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed Pet Connection Dog Training, North Yarmouth, Maine 207-252-9352

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out what is causing cancer and how we can prevent it” said Morgan. Dr. Tiffany Leach, a veterinary oncologist who works at Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, IL said there are cancers that behave the same in humans and dogs, and there are also treatments that work on both human and dog cancers. For example, sarcomas behave the same in children as they do in dogs, and there are medicines that can be used to treat both, Leach said. "Vet oncology is so important to us because we can take a lot of the human cancers and get information to use for dog cancers” she said. It's also been proved that pediatric osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, displays the same behaviors in children and dogs. And doctors are able to use the same treatments as veterinarians in treating it. "We are facing nature's perfect enemy," Robinson said. "No man, woman, child or companion animal is spared its killing field." Those interested in forming a walk, volunteering or donating can find additional information at or by calling 901-619-2286.

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owners will participate in walks to raise awareness and money to fund research to eradicate cancer from pets and people. Humans share no direct genetic link with dogs, yet each dies from the same types of cancers in astronomical numbers, he said. Sadly, Murphy was diagnosed with nasal cancer less than a month after arriving in Boston. He died a year and three days later. Losing Murphy further strengthened Robinson’s resolve. "I think dogs are the canary in the coal mine," he said. "I think that they hold the answer. They drink the same water we do, are exposed to the same air, environmental toxins. I can't help to think since we don't share a genetic link, there must be something in the environment. "All the cancers we get, they are getting too," he said. "And that is strange. … Humans share no direct genetic link with dogs, yet each dies from the same types of cancers in

astronomical numbers, he said. Since 2010, through events called Puppy-Up walks, 2 Million Dogs has raised funds for comparative oncology research and raised awareness of canine cancer, said Ginger Morgan, a dog lover and Executive Director of the organization. About a third of the money goes to research, with the rest going toward education and awareness. "For me, just letting people know that our companion animals really do get cancer is a huge step in the right direction," said Morgan, who has lost two of her own dogs to cancer. In the last two years the organization has given $80,000 in grants to Princeton University to fund the school's study of canine mammary tumor development and progression. "Mammary tumors are the most common tumors in intact female dogs," she said. "In humans, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Mammary tumors in dogs and breast cancer in women have

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many similarities, both in terms of risk factors and biology." In 2012 the organization presented the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard with a grant of $20,000 to study Osteosarcoma a form of cancer that both dogs and humans get. Interest in the mission has grown. In 2010 there were Puppy-Up walks in 12 cities across the United States. In 2011, there were walks in 27 cities, and in 2012 there were 32. "When we hit 2 million dogs, we will still continue walking. We'll walk until we find a cure, until we can find

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I resolve: …to stop chasing the mailman – that is if he ever returns …to not snarl at the vet when she does that thing she does with the thermometer …to not roll in those white soupy puddles – or as I call them, manna from Heaven …to ask before I drag a cake onto the floor– at least I’ll ask if I’m caught …to start treating the cat better – and stop eating his food …to stay away from those black and white cats with the pointy nose …to stay off my humans’ bed – well, at least to stop pulling the covers back …to start picking up my toys and putting them away in their box – HA! …to not come inside the house with muddy feet …to not pee on my human’s flowers …to not beg at the table – at least not until they put down their forks …to not eat anything that’s been dead for more than two moons …to come when called – if I’m not too busy doing something else …and I resolve that next year I’ll probably have the same resolutions. Happy New Year! Baxter

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Portland Sat., Jan. 5th, Sat., 10:30 am - 11:30 am Join the Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk 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 from. Meet some great animals and learn about Pet Care and Handling. FMI: call 207-828-1234 or call AWS (www. 985-3244 x 117.

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Object Guarding Seminar

Portland Sun., Jan., 6th at 4:30 Happy Tails, 119 Bishop Street Buddy Up Animal Society has invited trainer Judy Moore of Canine Behavior Counseling to hold a seminar focused on how to work with dogs who have guarding issues. This will be a great opportunity to learn something, to support our new non-profit animal rescue group and to meet a few of our great dogs! RSVP: Please email:, if you would like to attend Suggested Donation: $10 which would go directly to our Buddy Up animals

Downeast Dog Scouts Troop 159 Down East Sunrise Trail Walk

Ellsworth Sun., Jan., 6th, 11:00 a.m. The Downeast Dog Scouts will meet for a 4 mile Down East Sunrise Trail Walk in Ellsworth. Walkers will meet at the Washington Junction Trail head. The parking area is on Railroad Siding Road off of Washington Junction Road. If there is inclement weather, the walk will be cancelled. Check the Downeast Dog Scouts Facebook page for information.

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Sun., Jan. 20, 12pm - 3pm, Bangor Pet Quarters Wed., Jan. 23 12pm - 6pm, Windham Pet Quarters Thurs., Jan. 24 Bath, Dawgtopia For more time & locations, www. Wellness Clinics provide low-cost, convenient care for healthy cats and dogs, including vaccinations, heartworm/ lyme tests, feline leukemia/FIV tests, microchipping, and parasite control. FMI: www. The growing demand for vaccination clinic services has led to large turnouts and long lines at some of our monthly clinics.

Jan. 13, 2013, 1pm to 2:30pm The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society will be begin sponsoring a Nail Trimming Clinic the second Sunday of each month. The Clinic will be held at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society on 55 Strawberry Avenue in Lewiston from 1pm-2:30pm. The cost for the Clinic with dog trainer Marie Gagnon is $5 and is open to the public for all dogs and cats. The money raised will be used to fund the Humane Society's Community Spay Neuter Program., 207-783-2311

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Sanford Sun. Jan. 13th 11:00am -3:00pm The Jobs for Maine Graduate Club (JMG) from Sanford High and the AWS Mobile Adoption Team are teaming up for a PitBull Advocacy Event at PetLife on 1364 Main Street in Sanford from. FMI: 207-490-2412 or or call Animal Welfare Society (www. at 985-3244.

Rockland Jan.. 19, 10 am to 2pm The Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County will hold a micro-chipping event and bake sale at the Loyal Biscuit Co., 442 Main St., Rockland Trained shelter staff will implant the tiny, rice-sized I.D., The process is simple and only takes a few seconds. This microchipping clinic,$25, and all proceeds

2nd Annual Border Collie Bash!

Portland Sat., Jan.. 26th, 1:00pm to 5:00pm Happy Tails, 119 Bishop St. Dog lovers gather for worthy cause and to celebrate dog sports The Bash is for all dog lovers and will include the following activities: Agility Rock Stars, Flyball MAINEiacs performance, Disc Dog exhibition, headto-head agility races, demonstrations, vendors, food and games. Well-behaved dogs are welcome (registered in advance). FMI: Valerie Markgren, (207) 699-7178

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