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owners, but they simply didn’t have the time to give. We think she was a bit more “work” than anticipated; she’s a stubborn girl! To give you a bit more insight, here is the triumph and tribulation of our experience in being foster parents to a sweet Pit, Shepherd, Chow mix.

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Love to Share and Room to Spare: What it takes to foster a 4 legged friend in need to let him or her out to do their business and feed them isn’t enough. Many of these animals in desperate need of foster families have “issues” that they need help over coming. These "issues" could stem from a past abusive owner or because the time was never taken to teach them proper manners. In our experience, Addie was loved by her previous

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PORTLAND — Almost Home Rescue, an all-volunteer dog rescue organization, is now selling tickets for their 2nd Annual Party for the Pups fundraiser. The event will be held on Saturday, March 30th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, ME. The cost to save a dog often greatly exceeds the adoption fee funds raised at the Second Annual Party for the Pups will be used to pay for Top of Form veterinary bills, transportation, food, flea & tick shampoo, medicine, and kennels for the dogs in Almost Home Rescue’s care. The family-friendly event features a silent auction, appetizers & dessert, a 50/50 raffle, music by DJ Carmen Cronin and dancing. Tickets are $10 each, $5 for children under 12. Children under 2 years old are free. The public and all doglovers are welcome. Tickets can be purchased online at http:// almosthomerescue.net/secondannual-party-for-the-pups/ Donations are also being

accepted for food and silent auction items. Deadline for auction item donations is March 22. Food donations must be made by March 15. For more information, contact Kiersten Scarpati (info below). Last year’s event raised over $2,000 and has allowed AHR to continue their mission of finding forever homes for dogs and puppies throughout New England. Almost Home Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit all-breed rescue organization dedicated to saving lives and finding forever homes for stray, abandoned and surrendered dogs in danger of euthanasia. AHR was founded in 2005 and has saved the lives of approximately 3000 dogs since its inception. To learn more about Almost Home Rescue and Party for the Pups please visit the website at www. almosthomerescue.net FMI: Kiersten Scarpati, development_ahr@yahoo.com www.almosthomerescue.net

Local Man Keeps Animals Company During Blizzard THOMASTON — The snowstorm that blanketed the New England area Feb. 8 and 9 brought out the best in many people. Neighbors helped neighbors dig out. Facebookers complimented public works departments for quick clean up. People checked in with seniors or those who are homebound. And Donny Barbour from Rockland did a humane thing for his four-legged friends. Barbour, a part-time shelter technician at Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County in Thomaston, created a bunker at the shelter where he hunkered down with dogs, cats, a pig, and several other animal species from Friday morning to Sunday noon. "He went above and beyond," said Shelter Manager Theresa Gargan.She said Barbour knew the forecast might prevent him from being able to tend to his duties after the storm's arrival, so he took some pallets and blankets and made a bed for himself. "He said he was nice and cozy," Gargan said. "He's a humble man," said Carlton Murphy, who works at Time Out Pub, one of Barbour's favorite restaurants in Rockland. Murphy said Barbour had been at the establishment Thursday afternoon and expressed concern about the approaching storm and the animals being left alone at the shelter. "I'm going to go ride the storm out with them," he reportedly told pub owner Jim Beaulieu. And that is precisely what he did. "It's rewarding working with the animals," Barbour said, adding he had plenty of food

Beth A. Birmingham Donny Barbour receives kisses from Jada, a 1-year-old pitbull, for his care during a recent blizzard. Barbour hunkered down at Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County in Thomaston to watch over the animals.

and company during his weekend adventure. "I'm no spring chicken," he said as he pointed out the make-shift bed he slept on. Not only did Barbour keep watch over the defenseless creatures, he fed them, played with them, shoveled and got everything set to have the doors open for business on Monday, the mark of a true humanitarian. Courier Publications reporter Beth Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com. Story by Beth Birmingham, Please credit reprint from The Courier-Gazette and The Village Soup

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SOMERVILLE — Carolyn Fuhrer, who has earned over 75 AKC titles including seven TDX titles and two Champion Tracker titles, will be offering a three-day Advanced Tracking Clinic beginning Monday, April 15th at North Star Farm in Somerville, Maine. Open to anyone with basic tracking skills, the camp focuses on advanced tracking theory and field work, giving students an unparalleled opportunity to make the leap from beginners TD to advanced tracking – TDX and VST. Participants will be outdoors with their dogs, either laying track or observing, or tracking with their own

dogs – rain or shine. There will be heated indoor space available to all dogs during breaks and lunch. Handlers will learn the components of advanced tracking and how to build upon them, handling skills, how to read your dog, maintaining motivation as complexity increases, making a training plan, recognizing and enjoying the subtleties of feedback as tracks become more complex, as well as recognizing problems and finding solutions. Carolyn will also teach track laying and map making in

which all attendees will participate. Camp will include morning coffee, tea and breakfast cake, a homemade lunch and snacks and bottled water throughout the day. Carolyn Fuhrer has presented workshops on all levels of tracking to the Bouvier Club of New England, Southern Berkshire Golden Retriever Club, Green Mountain Golden Retriever Club and the Tracking Club of Vermont, as well as presenting beginners and advanced TDX and VST workshops at North Star Dog Training School in Tinmouth, Vermont which she owned for over 20 years before moving to Maine in 2012. Carolyn has helped hundreds of students achieve success and their AKC titles including TD, TDX, VST and Champion Tracker. FMI: visit dogsatnorthstar.com or contact her by e-mail at carolyn@ dogsatnorthstar.com

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Letters to the Publisher Dear Publisher, My dog Gracie was killed by a wild animal on February 13 between 8 and 9 o'clock at night, and a second dog suffered a bite wound near her neck and scratch marks on her belly. Gracie may have saved her smaller sister when she suffered the brunt of the attack. She was bitten on the neck and chest and probably bled out instantly and died in our fenced in back yard about 3 feet from our deck. We believe that the animal was a fisher. Many people have said that they do not believe a fisher would be

in a city. We live in Bangor with a wooded area nearby and there have been sightings of a fisher. This is most likely a one of a kind, wrong place - wrong time freak occurrence. When it happens to my beloved pet it is very real. The message that I would like to convey is: do not take our pets for granted. Do not leave them fenced for long periods of time alone, day or night. Shut the dog doors at night and go out with them. Install lighting for nights such as motion lights. When my dogs go out at night I will be with

them. I will also have a motion light installed. The predators that are out there (fishers, coyotes, bobcat, fox, etc.) are looking for easy prey. Let's make it difficult for them to harm our pets . Please keep cats inside. After our incident we found out that there are at least two missing cats on the other side of our street. Gracie lived in the moment, was innocent, had a heart of gold and a personality that was unmatchable. Her tragic lost leaves us heartbroken. Gracie's family, the Morgan's

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On Saturday, January 19, Loyal Biscuit Co. in Rockland hosted a Micro Chips & Chocolate Chips fundraiser for the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County. More than 25 dogs and cats were chipped with a 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. In addition, many yummy goodies were donated for the bake sale portion of the fundraiser and in total, $811 was raised for the PMHSKC. Loyal Biscuit Co and The Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County will hold one more Micro Chips & Chocolate Chips event on March 23 from 10-1 at the Camden location of LBC. This micro-chipping clinic is $25, and all proceeds benefit PMHSKC.

There is no appointment necessary for the clinic, simply come between 10 a.m. and 1 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. The Loyal Biscuit Co. is located at 442 Main St., Rockland, Reny's Plaza, Belfast, and Knox Mill, Camden. You can find the LBC online at www. loyalbiscuit.com or www.f b.com/ loyalbiscuit.

Fostering — A Possible Solution by Lisa Perkins Most readers of Downeast Dog News are painfully aware of how dire the homeless pet population is throughout the country and even in the state of Maine. The ASPCA reports that among the 5 to 7 million companion animals who land in animal shelters nationwide every year, 60 percent of dogs are euthanized there. Many readers might feel helpless and sorrowful thinking about that reality — those who foster, however, have discovered the secret to converting those feelings to empowerment, pride, and joy. Dog lovers who provide a foster home for rescued dogs love the feeling of being able to do something to make a difference, even if it’s for only one dog at a time — the difference their help makes for that one dog is everything. Sadly, though, many dog lovers have never discovered that joy for themselves. They have no idea that fostering not only solves a problem for a dog and the shelter or rescue the

dog comes from — it can also solve problems that hold dog lovers back from adopting. Love dogs but can���t adopt because of work, school, or travel? Fostering is a perfect solution. It’s a short-term commitment that you can make around your plans for being home and away. Enjoy a canine houseguest for a few weeks or a few months when you know you’ll be home. Make sure you let the shelter or rescue work know how long or short you need the foster period to be, and they’ll find the right match for you based on that. Are you unsure if you, your family, your children are ready to commit to adopting a dog? Fostering is an opportunity for you to test-drive your household’s readiness to welcome a dog into the family. If the kids plead and promise to walk and feed the dog if you get one, start with fostering, and give them the opportunity to learn and demonstrate their commitment to the few responsibilities that come with having a dog. Do you think you’re ready to adopt

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a dog, but are unsure about what kind of dog might be right for you? Foster dogs come in all shapes, sizes, ages, breeds, and canine-alities. One of the best ways to learn about what kind of dog fits best with your household and lifestyle is to foster. The opportunity to “try before you buy” takes a huge amount of pressure off deciding on which dog is the right one for you. You’ll know when the perfect match comes along, and in the meantime, you will have helped a number of dogs in need bridge the gap between homelessness and happiness. Afraid you’ll get too attached? I can’t count the number of people who have told me they wouldn’t foster for this reason — including myself. When I finally stepped forward to foster for the first time, I had to shift my thinking. I went into it with the expectation and determination that this was a temporary arrangement intended to benefit a dog in need — and not my own needs. The dog would be a temporary houseguest,

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Sara Moore, Animal Communicator

Have you ever wondered why some of our pets live well beyond their life expectancy and why others leave us so quickly? Every single animal and person who comes into our lives is here to teach us something. This month I’m going to share with you an email my mother sent out the night before she died unexpectedly, eleven and a half years ago. Her birthday is March 17th, and every year I do something to honor her memory and celebrate her life. When we opened our email the morning of her death we were stunned to find this final message. It gives me peace and I hope that it resonates with people who foster animals, rescue them, raise them and love them. As you read it simply know that “People” refers to humans and four legged creatures, as well. “People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person. When someone is in your life for a REASON…it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may

seem like a godsend and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, and their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on. When people come into your life for a SEASON it is because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season. LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and the areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. Thank you for being a part of my life.” 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 www.enlightenedhorizons.com or contact Sara directly at furrywords@ downeastdognews.com.

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A. There is a lot of fact and fiction out there from folk-lore to photo shopped videos on Youtube. I would like to put some of this in perspective. There are some differences in the dangers for our companions from urban to rural life. Yet, with the sprawl of development into territory once ruled by nature, some of the rural dangers are moving into cities. There have been few reported cases of pets being carried off by large birds called raptors. These birds like Eagles and Great Horned Owls can weigh on an average of 10 and 6 pounds respectively. These birds can carry half their body weight in prey. So most pets would not be carried off, but an attempt to do so can happen. The result is Fifi being dropped, which can cause injury or death. The large talons (claws) of these birds can do a lot of damage. Most of the time if such a mishap occurs, the little dog is badly injured from the talon injuries or from being dropped. Like most hunters they are looking for an easy supper. If the pup is big or rambunctious, these birds would leave them alone. If Fifi is very old, small and inactive, the risk goes up. If you know these birds are around be wise and alert. Don’t leave little, and/ or debilitated pets out unattended. Another concern are wolves, coyotes, and foxes. There aren’t many wolves around and they are rather wary of humans. Coyotes are more prevalent and blamed for many things. They are opportunistic hunters and will eat anything from small rodents, fruits and vegetation, and carrion (dead animals). If food is scarce they can go after cats and small dogs. The later is usually in urban settings. In the winter they go where the food is, so farms may see more activity than in the warmer months. Another concern with coyotes is

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breeding with domestic dogs. The result are called coydogs. This is more of a problem out west, but can occur here as well. If your companion is in heat be sure to be with her always when outside. Any roaming dog or coyote could catch her. So be smart and chaperone her when outside. Fox are less of a concern because they are small, about the size of a cat. If you have a concern with any of these canids, there are a few things you can do. One is to have motion detector lighting outside. The lights will come on with any movement and this will startle the intruders. Make sure all trash cans, grain barrels, and the like are securely locked away in a shed or a closed part of the barn. Keep your yard and premises clean and neat. This will keep down the rodent population and accessible trash which attracts these folks. Don’t put food outside for cats, or wildlife. You will be attracting more than you bargain. If you are concerned when going on walks, keep your companion on leash and carry a small air horn and a stick. Flapping arms and loud noises, be it your voice or horn, can scare away the best of them. Another creature that is discussed mostly regarding cats rather than dogs, is the fisher. This medium sized mammal is from the weasel family. It is about 6 to 13 pounds and prefers to live in the woods. It is nocturnal and is quite vicious. It’s only natural predator is the human. If you hear the cry of a fisher you will never forget it. Don’t let your puppy or small dogs out after dusk or before dawn alone. Maine is a rural state. We love the beauty of nature. What accompanies this is the wildlife. We are in awe and fascinated with the creatures in our woods. This is why many of us live here. These creatures did not invite us into their backyards. Coexisting is the key to enjoying nature and being safe in her domain. Being cautious will prevent any ill fate to your beloved Fifi. Knowing you have “close neighbours”, take some of the precautions mentioned above. Call inland fisheries and wildlife and ask what else you can do to be safe and report suspicious With urban sprawl, our search for open space or our need to commune with nature, it is imperative we learn to live together with our human and nonhuman neighbours. Go and enjoy that walk with your best friend and just be smart.

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Who: Dr. Amy Ruksznis What: Topsham Veterinary Wellness Center “Keeping Pets Healthy Together” Where: 10 Monument Place, Topsham Fun fact: I took the opportunity two years ago to travel across the entire country with my two dogs and my girlfriend. We spent the summer in a pop-up camper and traveled over 17,000 miles as we went down to Florida and then all the way to Alaska and back. It was amazing to enjoy that much time with the dogs – and now they have a new job as the TVWC mascots, coming to work with me every day. Life is rough, eh? DDN: What sets you apart from other veterinary offices? TVWC: The laid back environment of the hospital feels more like a visit to a friend’s house than to a medical office. Pets are welcome to sniff out the premises (exam rooms, treatment area, hospital ward) in a way that decreases anxiety for most during their visit – often times, the door to the exam room can be left open – allowing curious pets to come and go and there is a bond made with the whole staff. Taking time to ensure the visit is a pleasant one for both pet and owner is a top priority. Checking out after a visit occurs in the exam room – this means there is no bottleneck at the front desk where people stand waiting for their medications, paperwork or invoices while they try and keep their pets under control. Once checked out, people and their pets just leave the room and walk out the door! DDN: Why do you call this business a Wellness Center? TVWC: We wanted to focus on preventative animal care in a whole health approach. The

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and my role was purely to help this dog get out of a bad situation and into a good one. My home was to be a bridge. Yes, handing off the dog to his forever home was emotional, because of course I’d fallen in love. But the emotion is all goodness — so much more joyful than sad — when I focused on the dog’s needs and interests rather than my own. Afraid you won’t let go? Many people are afraid they won’t be able to let go, and they’ll become hoarders. Let me assure you that you will know your limit, and you will let go. My own experience was that I became eager for dogs to find their forever homes so that I was free to help another one. Most people think they know how they’ll feel about fostering — but many surprise themselves with how capable they are of giving the gift of a safe haven when its needed and then letting go so they can give the gift of a forever home when the opportunity is there.

Worried about the costs involved with fostering? Most shelters and rescues will cover the costs of food and medical care that come with a foster dog. They’ll also greatly appreciate it if you cover those costs as a contribution. All contributions to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, even in the form of in-kind expenditures for food, medical care, poop bags, grooming, cleaning supplies, gas for transporting the pet to vet appointments, and any other expenses necessary for caring for a foster pet are tax deductible. Make sure you keep your receipts, and make a note on them to indicate their purpose. You may also want to report your expenditures to the organization, so they know what expenses were associated with that dog, and they can write a note of acknowledgement to include with your tax records. Wonder how to get started? Ask any shelter or rescue group about their foster program, and they’ll be more than happy to tell you about

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last 6 years. She not only has great experience thought is, that with every Comprehensive Wellness with pet care, laboratory diagnostics and nutrition, Assessment (aka “well-pet examination”), the we are fortunate that she is client receives the time familiar with our computer with a knowledgeable practice management system, veterinarian and trained too! veterinary technicians to Both technicians are also have a complete nose-toexcellent customer service tail examination followed representatives and they by a discussion of any field all phone calls and make abnormal findings or appointments for any pet visits. problems noted with the DDN: What types of pets do pet. We not only address you treat and what services do the pet with a physical you offer? examination, but we TVWC: We are a full service discuss nutrition, behavior and lifestyle as well. In Staff l to r, Alan, Katie Veterinary Technicians, Dr. Amy Rusznis veterinary hospital serving dogs and cats of all “makes and this way, we can educate with Roxie & Toby models” ☺ owners on how to keep Diagnostics - Digital radiography, dental their pets happy and healthy. It is a team approach assessment, laboratory testing, ophthalmology with the veterinary staff and the pet owner, hence testing, cytology, ECG Intervention - Surgery, medical “Keeping Pets Healthy Together” as our motto. management, nutrition, behavior counseling DDN: How long have you wanted to have your Prevention - Parasites (internal/external), dental own pet Wellness Center? prophylaxis, vaccinations, nutrition TVWC: The dream to reality took about 1.5 years End of Life Decisions/Support - We can provide to pull together. Before the cross-country trip, I you the comfort and information required to make never imagined starting a veterinary practice from difficult decisions when it comes to saying goodbye scratch. But, as much as I loved working in Portland, to your four-legged friend. We work with a fantastic I was tiring of the commute from Bowdoinham, and cremation service who leaves often-times distraught I was ready to build relationships with pet owners in owners with a pleasant way to remember their my own community. beloved pets. DDN: Who else works with you? Emergency & Urgent Care - We have a veterinarian TVWC: Alan is a veterinary technician hailing and personnel on duty 4.5 days a week who is originally from southern California. He moved to trained and equipped to handle many of the urgent Maine with his wife to start a family about five years care scenarios. Emergencies can be things such as a ago. He brought with him decades of veterinary hit by a car, other traumas and toxin ingestion. experience in every form imaginable: he has DDN: What is the one thing you’d like to get out worked in kennels, managed and owned veterinary to your new clients to educate them? practices, and performed as a veterinary technician TVWC: We want people to understand that our in private practices and under a boarded veterinary passion for veterinary medicine is exhibited by our surgeon. extended time taken during an exam to make sure Katie is a Lewiston native who was trained at that all of the client’s questions are answered. Lewiston Veterinary Hospital where she spent the

it and set you up with your first foster dog. Most have a foster manual that explains how their program works and gives you an idea of what to expect from the experience, what is needed from you, and how they will support you in the adventure. The bottom line. Fostering is the ultimate act of love and generosity. We do it because dogs’ lives depend on our doing it. We do it, even though we know we’ll feel emotion when it comes time to hand a dog off to their forever home. We do it because the ultimate generosity is when we help someone outside of

ourselves, our own kind, our own family, our own neighborhood, our own town, our own state, our own country, our own race — our own species. We do it because the only thing more joyful than “having” a dog is helping a dog. We do it because it’s not about “having” — it’s about helping. We do it because it’s not about us — it’s about them. We do it because we realize that everything is temporary; nothing is permanent, and we want to use our own time here well. Just do it — and discover how great a solution fostering can be.

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Mud Season

Prevention

Limit your dog's access to the rest of the house by closing doors, putting up barriers (such as an "exercise pen" stretched out) or baby gates.

About Face!

The price we pay for living in Maine! We try to be ready for it here at "Camp Logan." With multiple dogs in the house, it can be challenging to keep things clean when 8-20 dirty paws are coming through the door many times a day. Luckily, there are many options to help get us through this messy time of year.

If you don't want your muddy dog to race inside and plant his signature everywhere, train him to immediately turn towards the closed door as soon as he comes in. It's easy! Put him on leash outside, show him the yummy treats you have, then invite him to come inside. Hold tight! The instant he comes through the door, close it and feed him the treats with your hand held against the closed door. Repeat. [You can also Handling use this strategy with the car door to Positive handling is key. keep your dog from instantly bolting Cleaning off paws, or any part If you SUSPECT dog fighting away the moment you let him out.] of your dog's body, needn't be aanywhere struggle; itincan the USA there is Keep a leash attached to the door handle (you even be a special bonding time.a Simultaneously wonderful group of people in might have to loop it around the handle on the feed and handle your dog for veryAtlanta short sessions at help investigate who will other side of the door to keep it secure) to provide a time to get him happy about it. dog In the beginning, fighting for you. They provide a handy tethering point. With one particularly overhandle just a few seconds, pause and repeat.toI use a evidence convict for the police exuberant guest dog whose impulse refillable food tube filled with canned food They for for dog FREE. also offer adolescent a

control left a lot to be desired, I spread peanut butter on the inside of the door to keep her busy.

Games "Cookies in the Shower!" Our bathroom happens to be right inside the front door. We can send the dogs directly to the shower stall for cleaning. We play "cookies in the shower!" to ensure it's a wonderful place to be. I ask the dogs to stay, toss treats into the shower stall, then release them with "shower!" You can play a similar game with your dog - choose a convenient spot where you'd like him to be for cleaning off and name it something fun.

"Pedestal"

Train your pup to love to put his front feet up on a low stool or other similar object. This position is fantastic for cleaning off pups – the dog is stationary, nicely stretched out and it's easier to see and reach him.

The Right Brush

I use a small horse brush to remove dirt – it works much better than a towel which tends to move dirt around. Experiment with the above strategies now so those muddy paws can get a proper cleaning once the mud comes!

Diana Logan, CPDT-KA Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed Pet Connection Dog Training, North Yarmouth, Maine www.petconnectionmaine.com 207-252-9352

Big Fluffy Dog Rescue: Foster Situation Gone Adoption by Laura Szczepaniak We got this story in our inbox this morning. We deal with a lot, but it's stories like this that make it all worth it. Lesson learned: Sometimes when you take a chance, it all works out the way it's supposed to. Enjoy your new forever Ms. Holly! "Yesterday we picked up our first foster. She was not the dog we inquired about but she was in need and so we jumped in to start our long and illustrious foster career. When she arrived she was trembling, her ears were covered with pooh, and man did she stink! She fought my husband hard and would NOT get in the car. He ended up picking her up and sliding in with her. She is not a small girl and it took some effort. I pet her and spoke softly to her for the first half hour and she seemed to relax. We stopped at a friend's property to give her a break and she played hesitantly for a few minutes,

then jumped right in the car and slept the rest of the way home. When we introduced her to our dogs at home, it was an instant mess. She was growly and snapping and we thought we were in for a real problem. While they all played outside she walked in the house, l i c k e d the cat and jumped in the bathtub. My son coaxed her out and decided the best way for her to get to like the other dogs was to play with them. He took her out back and within 4 minutes they were all playing very happily. For the next two hours she and my samoyed played hard. Boy, does she love snow.

She spent the rest of the evening alternating between the four humans in the house for excessive belly scratches and cuddling sessions. When we all retired to bed she stood in the hall and cried because she couldn't figure out where she was supposed to go. She ended up sleeping in my daughters bed for the whole night. At 5:30 she woke me up to go outside. She had the most extreme case of waggy tail I have ever seen. She kissed all the dogs and went around and gathered the new toys we had purchased for her and just sat there wagging hard looking at me like "Is this real?" She was so happy. She

then jumped in my bed and woke my husband with slobbery kisses. He hugged her and she cuddled right in. I told him about her display of joy in the living room a few minutes before. He gave her a kiss and said "I guess she likes her new home, she isn't going anywhere". And so, 15 hours in we are complete and utter foster failures. We would like to adopt this sweet princess. It seems we aren't very good at fostering. We have decided to rename her Holly whose Celtic meaning is "ruling the winter with dignity and honor even in the midst of great challenge". Symbolic reminder that the energy of life is ever present. Please let us know how to proceed. We are smitten and from the photo below you can see that our son is just as smitten and whom Holly is equally attached to. She actually howled when he left for school this morning. Thank you for our wonderful blessing."

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Grooming 101 Preparing for Spring

Here in Maine we know spring by its other name - Mud Season! After going through Mother Nature's merry-go-round of weather this winter you may have noticed your dogs itching and scratching. Make sure to take a closer look! With the snow keeping coats damp for days your dog's skin is prime real estate for hot spots. They may appear to be a reddish area or a full blown oozing gooey yellow area. Regular bathing and brushing can help prevent the bacteria that causes hot spots. If you have a large double coated furbeast and bathing is a challenge then I recommend waterless bath spray. One of my favorites is made by Nature's Miracle. Simply spray liberally on the coat and brush thoroughly. This also helps remove dead coat which holds moisture close to the skin. If your dog does develop a hot spot, no worries. There are a plethora of treatments out there, one of my favorites is Zymox. They make a spray as well as a cream and it makes a great all purpose antimicrobial treatment for wounds and skin irritations. Also (if I haven't mentioned it enough) COCONUT OIL. In the food or on the irritated area. It's loaded with

omegas and is a natural anti-yeast, anti-fungal, and antibacterial. It's magic, I promise. Many of you have been waging the Flea War throughout the cold weather. Please don't feel like you are bad pet owners. Vanquishing fleas from your house can be an epic battle particularly when you have wall-to-wall carpeting. Keep on vacuuming, bathing, and combing. With consistency and vigilance you CAN beat them! For those of you lucky enough to not know the suffering caused by the Flea Menace, NOW is the time to build up your defenses. My favorite preventative regime involves internal and external treatments. Earth Animal makes a powder that you add into your dog's food that makes their blood taste bad to pests. It smells mostly of garlic and my dog Nate thinks he is getting a special treat. Sentry Natural Defense makes an external all natural spot application that has the benefit of making your pet smell great. The fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and flies however will disagree. The strong clove and cinnamon scent will keep them at bay. With the temperatures rising to bearable levels your dog, like mine, may be channeling their inner

In Memory of Gracie Gracie was born in Kentucky and lived outdoors for the first 14 months of her life. She was an owner surrender to American Brittany Rescue. Gracie arrived in Maine 1-2906. Gracie was a full tailed beautiful girl. She was a “cuddler”, “snuggler” and “talker”. She was innocent, had a heart of gold and a personality that was unmatchable, loyal, and lived in the moment. We are heartbroken to have lost our Gracie. She was adopted with love and gave love even in her last act of courage. Gracie leaves Buddy her constant companion English Springer Spaniel that met her on her arrival in Maine and with which she spent many a ‘doggone’ good time; Brittany sibling Logan, ‘the foster that came to stay’, and current foster sibling Emma. Gracie was killed on Feb13 by an animal attack in her fenced in yard. The animal is believed to be a fisher.

by Phoebe Mendes puppy. Running around the yard and investigating smells. However have caution! Spring means an end to many creatures hibernations and our friends the skunks are hungry and looking for food. Trust me, the last thing you want to have barreling into your house at 10pm is your dog fresh from an encounter of the black and white variety. If you have an outside faucet do an initial rinse. If you don't have a bathroom that allows bathing then you can use a washcloth and vinegar (any variety) to help staunch the stench. I don't suggest letting Fido spend the night in any room with carpeting or furniture, the smell will spread everywhere. After years of trying everything I find nothing beats the old solution of: Blue Dawn dish soap, baking soda, and peroxide (always avoid the face!). I like to cut the mixture with a little deodorizing shampoo to help it suds up and spread through the coat. The longer

Bark For Life prepares to take a second bite out of cancer

BANGOR- Canines and their owners will once again be gathering at the Hollywood Casino Raceway in Bangor for the 2nd Annual Greater Bangor Bark For Life fundraiser. That's where cancer survivors, supporters and their dogs meet to walk the track all in hopes of raising funds for the American Cancer Society. This year's event is slated to take place on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Bark For Life is a Relay For Life fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of canine caregivers. Hollywood Casino has generously agreed to donate the use of the track and its facilities to the cause again this year. In 2012, the event attracted more than 200 people, 100 dogs and raised over $20,000. The Greater Bangor Bark For Life committee is hoping for an

even bigger turnout in 2013, and has set a goal for $30,000.

The cost to participate is $10/cancer survivors and $25/ individuals and their furry friend. Each registrant will receive a T-shirt for themselves and a bandana for their canine companion. Folks are encouraged to form teams with co-workers, family, friends and join the Bark For Life committee to take a bite out of cancer this June. Event kickoff is at 5:30 p.m., walk begins at 7:30 p.m. Greaterbangorbark4life@gmail.com For more information: Lisa Eldridge, (207)9494637 Greaterbangorbark4life@gmail.com Or log onto the Greater Bangor Bark For Life Facebook page.

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you let it set and the dryer you can get your dog afterwards then the more stink you will remove. The smell may resurface whenever your dog gets wet for awhile. Apply some vinegar to those stinky areas when this happens. You can avoid this situation and much more dangerous encounters with other critters like porcupines and fishers by always keeping your dogs on-leash after dark. I'm a big fan of motion activated lights in the yard as well. There is nothing that makes you feel more helpless than seeing your dog with a head full of quills or locked in combat with a critter they have no chance of winning against. As a groomer and an owner of a dog who thinks everything is his friend I cannot express to you how much I value having taken a Pet First Aid course. I feel confident knowing that I'm prepared to tend to my dog's injuries until I can get him to a vet. A fantastic organization called The Maine POM Project offers this course in many locations with all proceeds going to providing Emergency Services across the state with pet oxygen masks! A class is being held at The Animal House in Damariscotta on March 24th from 3:30 - 7:30, call The Animal House to pre-register as class size is limited. Learn more by finding The Maine POM Project on Facebook!

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It was a bit of a process to find a dog that we would be a good fit for. Finally we met Addie. She was a sweet girl who was very fearful in the shelter environment. She also had separation anxiety, so she needed someone around all the time. It seemed for us, that the stars were aligned with Buddy Up and Addie. In grad school, Aaron was home throughout the day and I made sure to be home when he had to leave for class. We kept this schedule up for a month before slowly building her up to being alone. The great people at Camp Bow Wow also gave us the opportunity of having her go to day care a few days a week. This helped immensely with her dog and people socialization. We needed to build up her trust in people! At the end of our fostering duties she was able to stay home alone for up to 8 hours. However, that length of time was a rarity, if she didn’t go to daycare we had arranged for my Aunt to walk her during the day. We also needed to work on her manners. Shannan, from Finish Forward, was kind enough to assess her in our home and offer a basic 7 week training course. We worked on commands and her greetings with strangers. Throughout this course she became more relaxed and comfortable with being put in different situations, as well as being with us. At her

“graduation” Shannan mentioned how great it was to see how far she had come and the change in Addie from the shelter to now being in a home. She has a great temperament. She is very patient and loves to play. Aaron used to carry her like a baby around the house or just pick her up and twirl her around. They also played tag, running around the house after one another; it was like having two 8 year olds or a herd of elephants in the house sometimes. We had many applications and interest in our sweet girl, whom we affectionately called Pumpkin. We spoke with many couples and were very honest about what we were working on and what the ideal home could offer. There were a few we didn’t feel were very good fits and others we had high hopes for, but fell through. Among some of Addie’s “issues” is a sensitivity to certain types of food. We kept her on a strictly venison and vegetable diet. This was something that was a bit of a deal breaker for people, especially when there were other dogs or even children in the house. We were happy that couples were honest with us and themselves to admit they couldn’t take care of her the way she deserved to be. Until one day the stars aligned, once again and the perfect couple decided it was time for a second dog. When it fits, it fits and it really did!

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Tasha and Dave saw Addie’s poster on the wall at Bracket Street Veterinary Hospital, where they take their dog and who also treats Addie. They asked the vet about Addie’s background and decided to send in an application. After a great conversation with Tasha we decided to move forward with a meet and greet for them, and then their dog. Things couldn’t have gone better! Addie was adopted on January 21st, exactly 9 months to the day that she came in to our home. There is no set time limit on fostering. It may only take weeks for a perfect match to come through for one animal while months may go

by for others. One should plan for a longer term situation and then look at what your schedule will allow you to commit to. This is generally more of a time commitment rather than a financial one. Most organizations will offer to pay for the animals basic needs, supplying food and any medical attention. Some animals have chronic medical problems that will require ongoing treatment. Being a foster family means that you are signing up to be a “pack leader” to your new furry friend. You need to give them guidance, love, support and more importantly a safe place. You have to want what is best for the animal and put them in situations that allow them to thrive. You have to really get to know the animal so when a potential family shows interest you can tell them truthfully what to expect and know if it is a good fit for both parties.

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By Baxter

A Winter's Day

Most of the time I don’t think my humans really ‘get’ me. They chat me up as though I can understand them; they try to hush me when all I’m trying to do is protect them from outside noises. A few days ago my alpha human (Al) showed that he really understood me. A couple days earlier he had given me a big bone – big even for me. I worked on it for a while but eventually got distracted. Then a huge snowfall came along and snow was piled higher than Al’s head. The day was spectacular: sunny and warm (for a winter’s day in Maine). We had gone for a walk together in some snowshoe trails but when we returned I wasn’t ready to come in. When Al started in, I climbed one of the piles of snow overlooking our lower field and settled in. Al watched for a moment then started rummaging around in the snow. Next thing I knew he had found my bone and was bringing it to me. He gently set next to my paws and walked away. So there I was, a winter dog with a shepherd and husky coat – a coat that makes me miserable most of the summer – sitting atop a pile of snow on a glorious day, surveying the field below, the sun warming my coat and the snow cooling my belly, chewing on the biggest bone I’ve had in a long time. I spent almost a human hour (is that seven of my dog hours?) in absolute bliss. Does it get any better than that? I don’t think so. Yesterday I walked by the spot. The snow had started to melt but the scent of the bone was still there. I climbed up, looked out over the field and remembered what a wonderful day that I’m lucky after all to have Al for a human. Chow! Baxter

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Kala, 6mos, Shih Tzu/Schnauzer mix

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LUCKY ONES from page 8 The goal in fostering is to find the best match for the animal and the family so that everyone is happy. It is a very sad situation when animals are returned to shelters, as many animals are. When an animal has a returned history it is less likely to be adopted. You should also expect to “promote” the animal. Depending on the organization you foster through you may be asked to bring the animal to local adoption events. These are generally only for a few hours, but can make an impact on the interest generated. Social media is another great place to tell your foster’s story. In our situation we took a lot of pictures and video and sent updates to Buddy Up as to what was going well and what we were still working on. This allowed them to update her profile. Fostering isn’t for everyone. I hear a lot about how people wouldn’t be able to handle loving an animal and letting it go- and that is the hardest part. If you are never home and never spending quality time with your foster then you aren’t doing what you agreed to. It can be a difficult and somewhat heart breaking decision when you want to help but can’t in the capacity you would like to. With that said, there are many other ways

to help your local organization. It can be difficult as you make changes to your schedule or even give up some of the things you used to enjoy doing; date night for us meant taking Addie to training classes. I really do believe that, in Addie’s case, it was perfect timing. We were able to give her what she needed and we had an amazing support system that gave us what we needed to make this a happy ending. We didn’t know how long we would have her when we decided to go down this road and it is the longest a Buddy Up dog has been in foster care, but we were keeping her until we found the right family. Believe me I begged my husband to let me adopt her! It was very hard to say good bye and there were many tears. She had been with us for 9 significant months; we got engaged, married and even celebrated the holidays with her by our side! As we look at the pictures we get of her playing with her new sister or happily snuggling on their couch we realize that, emotionally, she is doing so much better than we are. The great thing about working with Buddy Up is that they want what’s best for the foster family and the animal looking for that much needed foster home.

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To Submit or get more information on the events below, go online to DowneastDogNews.com 75th Annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show

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Rockland Sat., March 9, 12pm Come visit with Catahoula Rescue of New England! Learn about the breed and meet our adoptable dogs! We will have our canine ambassadors on hand to greet you as well, as home made dog toys, treats and a raffle to support the rescue! FMI: sln2310@yahoo or call 273-1320. or on facebook, search CatahoulaNewEngland

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Damariscotta Sat., March 9th, 11-3 Come to The Animal House for a Demo about Stella & Chewy's bring your pup to sample some treats. FMI: Call The Animal House, 563-5595

Animal Communication Workshop & Readings

Saco Sun., March 10, 9:30am - 11am Join us for a workshop from where Sara Moore will teach you how to use your own senses and intuition to communicate with living and deceased animals. Cost is $35/pp. Immediately following the workshop you can sign up for an private reading for your pet with Sara Moore. Sessions are 10 minutes long and are being offered from 11:30 to 3pm for $15 each. 20% of all proceeds are being donated to the Pinetree Doberman Pincher club. FMI: Paw-zn-Around at (207)283-6642

Pet Nutrition Workshop

Belfast Wed, March 13, 6:30pm – 8:00pm Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Free workshop with Judith Herman, D.V.M. & Heidi Vanorse Neal of Loyal Biscuit. Learn how to successfully

Put the book down! "It's time for a walk!" This is what it's like when I try to read when my greyhound, Submitted by DDN Reader, Sara Shute Zoe, wants to go for a walk or play. April Showers… Send your Wet Dog photos to get your pup on the April Calendar? Noreen@DowneastDogNews.com navigate your way through any pet food aisle, and why to consider homemade raw diets. They'll discuss commercial pet food ingredients and how they may affect your pet's health. Topics covered will include whether too many grains are harmful, whether you should feed your pet "animal by-product" and table scraps, and how to prepare homemade raw diets. You'll learn what to look for and what to avoid to help keep your pet healthy for life. Sponsored by the Belfast Co-op. FMI call 207-930-8100

Benefit Brunch at The Craignair Inn

Spruce Head Sun., March 16, 11am Hope you'll join us for a scrumptious brunch to benefit the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County at the Craignair Inn. Please bring donations of dog or cat food, rawhide bones, bleach, and old clean blankets or towels. Please call 594.7644 to make reservations.

Micro Chips & Chocolate Chips Camden Sat. March 23, 10 am - 1 pm The Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County will hold a micro-chipping event and bake sale at the Loyal Biscuit Co. CAMDEN location. 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. The clinic is $25, and all proceeds benefit PMHSKC. 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. “It is so easy to have one’s pet micro-chipped and enrolled in a recovery database, it would be heartbreaking to let that be the one thing to keep a pet and its owner apart."

Pet First Aid/CPR Class

Damariscotta Sun., March 24, 3:30-7 First Aid/CPR Class, to benefit the Maine POM Project The class is limited to 12 participants. The cost is $60, half due at time of registration and the other half due on the day of the class. Bobby Silcott, Animal Control Officer for several towns in Western Maine and founder of The Maine POM Project, a non-profit organization, is the instructor and he will provide a book, DVD and an American Red Cross lifetime certificate, recognized nationwide. To Register stop in or all The Animal House at 563-5595. All proceeds benefit the POM Project.

Nature's Variety Demo

Damariscotta Sat., March 30, 11-2 Come to The Animal House for a Demo About Nature's Variety and enjoy samples FMI: Call The Animal House, 563-5595

Pet First Aid/CPR Class

Rockland Sat., April 13, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm We are partnering with Downeast Dog News to bring you this awesome event! The class is limited to 12 participants. Bobby Silcott, Animal Control Officer for several towns in Western Maine and founder of The Maine POM Project, a non-profit organization, is the instructor. FMI: Call 207-594-5269 or come into our Rockland location to sign up. All proceeds

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