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his summer, the University of Maine at Machias (UMM) ran a unique program to help individuals with disabilities train their pet dogs to be service animals. The program, made possible through a grant from the Maine Charity Fund which is administered by the Maine Community Foundation, provided training in obedience, public access, and specific tasks for ten dogs and their owners. The trainings prepared these canines to assist their owners with various disabilities in navigating everyday life. Participants in the program are grateful for the training opportunity and the renewed relationships with their freshly trained companions. Claire, whose 8-year-old dog, Georgia, says “I think that
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Hot Dog News 18th Annual Strut Your Mutt Whisker Walk, Family Fun Day
WEST KENNEBUNK, Maine — Strut Your Mutt, now in its 18th year, is the single largest fundraiser for the Animal Welfare Society. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, September 9th at 11 am on Mother’s Beach in Kennebunk. The event covers a two-mile walk along the beach and is attended by more than 250 people and their four-footed companions. Walkers are encouraged to collect pledges from friends, family, and co-workers. Again underwritten by Kennebunk Savings Insurance, the event raises much needed funds for the shelter’s animal medical care budget, known as the Sadie Fund. The Fund, named for a Shih Tzu surrendered to the shelter with too many medical problems to list, is a symbol of the more than $150,000 spent each year on treating ill, injured, and aged animals at the Animal Welfare Society. “Some medical ailments seem so simple – a urinary tract infection or an upper respiratory infection – and yet, the treatment can be quite expensive. Without this fund, we wouldn’t be able to get these animals on the road to recovery so quickly,”
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said Bobbi Allen, shelter manager. “Other medical ailments, like broken bones or heartworm treatment cost even more. The Sadie Fund literally means a second chance for so many animals.” Other headlining sponsors of this year’s event include: Barnacle Billy’s, Ogunquit; Fetch ‘N Fun Doggie Day Care, Wells; H.M. Payson & Co., Portland; Harbor Consulting IP Services, Portsmouth; Planet Dog, Portland; Sagepoint Financial, Ogunquit, and the Village Food Market, Ogunquit. Further support has been provided by: Amica Insurance, Kennebunk Veterinary Hospital and Patriot Subaru of Saco. For more information or to get involved, visit the Animal Welfare Society’s web site at www. animalwelfaresociety.org. Walkers can even create their own fundraising web pages. Registration fees are $20 for individuals, $65 for teams (4-9 walkers), and $160 for squads (10 -20 walkers). Can’t make the event? You can still make a donation to the shelter’s Sadie Fund by calling 207985-3244 x123. About The Animal Welfare Society The Animal Welfare Society exists to provide humane shelter and care to animals temporarily in need of housing and to further the cause of responsible animal adoption and ownership through education and public awareness. The society actively promotes kindness, the elimination of cruelty and neglect to all animals, and the lifelong commitment of people to their pets. For more information, please visit www.animalwelfaresociety.org.
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ROCKLAND, ME—It's time to lace up those sneakers, grab a leash and your canine companion, and walk for a cause. The Humane Society of Knox County (HSKC) is gearing up for its annual Whisker Walk and Family Fun Day, formerly Fur n Foliage Dog Walk, on September 15th, by calling on all animal lovers to walk as individuals or to form "packs" and raise funds in suppor t of providing medical care and finding homes for homeless pets in our community. To join, simply register online at www.firstgiving. com/hskcme and create your own fundraising page, or pick up a pledge sheet at the shelter and start asking friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to support you in making a difference. Everyone is welcome. Walkers may walk with or without their canine companions (or in honor of pets). Registrants will receive a
commemorative 2012 Whisker Walk t-shirt and prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising individuals (adult and youth) and top pack. The event kicks off with a walk from the new event location, Harbor Park in Rockland, through downtown including a leisurely stroll on the scenic boardwalk ending at the pet festival where there is something for everyone. The event is much more than a dog walk. This year's festival will include an agility course and demonstration, a variety of vendors, informational booths and crafters, Ask the Trainer sponsored by K-9 Solutions Training, Doggy Day Spa and micro-chipping, a pet communicator, local rescue groups, raffles, and fun pet contests. There will also be live music throughout the day from the Rusty Hinges and Sam Grinnell and food and beverages
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Selectmen OK Proposed Bethel Dog Park by Alison Aloisio, Bethel Citizen
Bethel selectmen last week gave their blessing to a proposed location for a new dog park. An informal committee has been researching options for such a park over the past few months, and recommends using an acre of land behind the Shell Station on Route 2. The site is located on the Pathway’s town land. Central Maine Power, which has a right-of-way over the land, would have to provide an easement, according to committee member Steve Wight, who made the presentation to the board. The plan calls for a five-foot high chain link fence to be placed around the parcel. It would be divided into two
sections, for use by smaller and larger dogs, respectively. As for financing, said Wight, “It would be done as a town project, but we would provide the funds necessary to build it.” He estimated a cost of $16,000, coming from private donations and grant funds. The site would have to be leveled, and some wet areas possibly filled in, with permission from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The town Planning Board would also have to approve the overall project. If approved, the town would do general maintenance on the park under an arrangement similar to Davis and the Skate parks, but dog owners
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Check out the hat I'm wearing in the photo! It's the “new" Downeast Dog News hat. You too can have one; see the ad on page 16 for details. I had a great time this past month at the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbor Show and at my sister’s camp in Embden, ME. What a relaxing get away! I met some great people at the show and had lots of fun! One of the vendors that I got to know better was Gudren from Uncommon Paws. She has some beautiful collars and leashes. While we were at the show that weekend, Uncommon Paws reached its 3000 Likes on Facebook. Congratulations! I also got to meet the owner of Two Salty Dogs, a fun pet store in Boothbay. They were so much fun to have as my neighbors at the show! Thanks for all the laughs, girls! On the other side was The Humane Society of Knox County. They had bags made out of (Taste of the Wild) dog food bags -very sturdy and fashionable! So donate your empty or full dog and cat food bags to the shelter in Thomaston, so they can make and sell the bags to help the animals. Across the way was Planet Dog with all their awesome toys. You can check them out in their store in Portland. I also got to know Janet Williams founder of the Pixel Fund. Go to www.thepixelfund.org or her ad on page 1 to learn more about how you can help Pixel. Janet and I really had some fun in the Stand-up Paddleboard Jousting
Rex & I Upta Camp Tournament. Her jousting name was Lady Jousting Janet the Justly Jubilant, and my name was Lady Capsizeya. See our photo and more on the tournament on page 9. Oh by the way, I won best costume in the SUP Jousting Tournament. I also have to thank Karen Twombly of Silver Paw Pet Tags; she gave Rex a beautiful new tag. We love it! -And a thank you to Ellen from Classic Hounds, fashion for hounds; she helped create the headband I wore as part of my costume. Good thing for me she brings her sewing machine to shows! There were many more venders as well: The POM Project and P.A.W.S. adoption center of Camden, formerly known as Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League. I also want to thank Leila Murphy, MBHH Show manager, her staff, and all the volunteers! They were so helpful and did an awesome job putting on a great show! Back to school- I have mixed feelings about this subject. I’m
Henry's Empty Nest
by Kate Cone
I sit on the deck, yellow coffee mug in hand, rocking in my wobbly white wooden porch rocker. It’s early, and there are signs of summer’s passing: dry leaves blown off the maples that populate our heavily wooded lot, cicada awake and singing that sweet autumn-is-coming lullaby. A baby woodpecker peeps like a hungry chick, and dives at the bird feeder, having a good old time and a good old breakfast of sunflower seeds. My handsome Golden Retriever, named Henry David Thoreau, lies at my feet, taking it all in with me. These images seem plucked out of a Norman Rockwell painting, and I’m okay with that. What I’m not quite okay with, even
after four years, is that when in a week or so my morning quiet is punctuated by the low rumble of the approaching school bus, I won’t have a child to put on it. I’ll watch the bus roar by, no longer waiting with my kids, who are now young adults. I’ll have no one to whom to wave goodbye. There are no more quick kisses on the cheek or wishes of “Have a great day.” Four
years since I dropped my “baby” off at college and I still miss the early morning scramble to make lunches, find homework, grab backpacks and race for the bus. I often wonder what goes on in Henry’s dog-mind about this empty nest syndrome. According to Marian Brown, editor of Holistic Health News, back-to-school can provoke a host of behaviors in dogs that indicate he or she is feeling stressed out or depressed, including “chewing, soiling in the house and excessive barking.” Dogs can present with a variety of physical ailments, too. But at least the kids come back on the afternoon bus, which disgorges them,
See EMPTY NEST on page 7
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looking forward to the regularity of our fall schedule; summer is always so busy. It will be nice to have that schedule back. That being said, I’m also not looking forward to mornings and getting Andy up! He’s just like me, a night owl, and also “where’s my homework”, “we ran out of milk last night” and getting Andy to school on time. Then the after school homework! I wrote about this, and then I read Kate Cone’s article (below) “Henry’s Empty Nest.” It gave me a fresh look on the school mornings! Kate and many others are not just putting their kids on the bus, they are sending them off to college. I do not look forward to that. Thank goodness I have years to go before Andy is off to college. I’m going to figure out how to embrace the challenges of our school mornings and be grateful I still have many more to come! As for Rex, he misses Andy when he goes to school, but he works (not really) with me everyday all day! So he is okay with school. I actually got him to write something; look on page 5 to see what Rex has to say. One more thing: this month Wendi, Downeast Dog News President, wrote a great article on the centerfold page about where to stay on your last vacation of the summer. We have many wonderful advertisements on where to stay, board your dog, and where to get the best toys and goodies for them. Enjoy! And have a great September! .
Downeast Dog Scouts Celebrate Five Years
BA R H A R BOR— Si nce September 2007 the Downeast Dog Scouts, Troop 159 of the Dog Scouts of America, have served the Hancock County community through numerous projects and educational events. Troop members work locally to fulfill the Dog Scouts of America mission - to improve the lives of dogs, their owners, and society through humane education, positive training, and community involvement. The Downeast Dog Scouts come together on a regular basis to learn new things, socialize, and help in the community with their dogs. Commitment to community and education is the cornerstone of the troop. In 2008 and 2009, Troop 159 co-sponsored the fun and educational Canine Carnival event with the Coastal Crescent Kennel Club. In 2010, the innovative Island Dog Creative Writing Project was made possible with a Hattie A. and Freddie C. Lynam Trust grant. Young readers and writers in island schools and libraries expressed their creativity and imagination creating their own stories inspired by the picture book Island Do. In 2011, Troop 159 donated full sets of the positive and fun “Take a Bow Wow” dog training DVDs to libraries so that training resources would be readily available to the community. Most recently
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in 2012, the Downeast Dog Scouts sponsored Idita-Read projects at Blue Hill Library and the Tremont School. The Idita-Read is an incentive reading project for school age readers mirroring Alaska's biggest annual sled dog race. The Idita-Readers relied on reading minutes to travel the distance along the Iditarod trail from Anchorage to Nome. One minute of reading equaled one mile on the Iditarod trail. The project was a huge success, encouraging over 122,000 minutes of reading! Health and safety education projects have been a focus of the Scouts as well. During the summer of 2009, the Scouts delivered 26 sets of Pet Recovery Oxygen Masks to fire and rescue units across Hancock County that needed them. In 2010, to aid in the safety of rescue efforts, the Downeast Dog Scouts helped purchase lithium batteries for radios of the Hancock County members of the Maine Search and Rescue Dogs organization. The Downeast Dog Scouts have consistently offered information about the prevention of dog bites at informational booth events, programs, and educational appearances. Scout meeting presentations have included canine
vaccination and nutrition, disaster preparedness for pets, travel safety, canine rehabilitation, and service dog training programs. Troop dogs have earned Carriage Road Hiking Certificates, Dog Scout titles, Pack Dog and Pack Dog Excellent titles, as well as Dog Scouts of America Badges for Letterboxing, Community Service, Cleanup, Therapy Dog, Backpacking, and Temperament Test. Several of the troop dogs are also therapy dogs who visit patients in hospitals and residents in retirement communities. Six dogs are Reading Education Assistance Dogs who volunteer to listen to young readers in Children Reading to Dogs Programs at libraries and schools in Hancock County. Current canine members include the Italian Greyhounds, Bri and Gracie; Labrador Retrievers, Rissa, Timber, and Jillian; Golden Retrievers, Raya and Rebel; Alaskan Malamute, Bruno and Great Pyrenees, Cirra. The dogs have enjoyed hiking, swimming, boating, games, rally obedience, holiday parades, walkathons, picnics,and Carriage Road walks and lunches on the lawn at Jordan Pond House. The Downeast Dog Scouts are
a small dedicated troop that has earned the Dog Scouts of America’s “Top Dog” Troop award from 2008 to 2011 in recognition of the troop’s outstanding commitment to community service and education. Troop members contributed over 3,000 hours of community service over five years. For the past four years, the troop has earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award at the Silver and Gold levels. In addition, individual troop members have received Bronze and Silver President’s Volunteer Service Awards. The Dog Scouts of America also awarded the 2007 "Good Scout" Award to Robyn Douglas, Troop Leader of the Downeast Dog Scouts. The "Good Scout" Award is given annually to people who help promote humane education on a regular and ongoing basis. Robyn Douglas became a Dog Scouts of America Scoutmaster in 2009, enabling her to evaluate dogs for their Dog Scout title. The Downeast Dog Scouts became a 501c3 non-profit subgroup of the Dog Scouts of America organization in 2008. The Scouts are grateful for the fantastic support from the Hancock County community that has made troop activities, special projects, and fundraisers so successful. With this support, the Downeast Dog Scouts continue to work toward a community where everyone takes responsibility for socializing, training, containing, and caring for dogs. For information about the Downeast Dog Scouts contact Robyn Douglas at 207-2665807 or downeastdogscouts@yahoo. com. The Dog Scouts of America is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about responsible dog ownership, the important role of the human/canine bond and to challenge people and dogs to learn how to better serve each other. Visit the Dog Scouts of America website at www.dogscouts. org for a host of information for you and your dog!
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How I Spent My Summer Vacation We can all tell when our humans are up to something. They bustle. They move things around. They make many trips out to their crates with their arms full of …stuff. Usually it means my humans will be leaving – and I will be spending the day alone. But one day this summer, the bustle had a different tone. Al, my alpha human would look at me now and then and smile and say, ‘just you wait!’ I waited and just when all seemed lost, they opened the door and said, ‘Come on, you’re going too!’ And I did. We drove and drove for two, three, four naps before they stopped the crate and climbed out. They hung bags on their shoulders and off we went into a new and different wood. I was in heaven: animal scents I’d only heard of, new plants growing everywhere, each with its own special scent. I was marking things so often I ran out before we barely got going. Then we started to climb and climb and climb some more. I was traveling twice the distance, running ahead and then back to make sure my people were with me. We climbed forever and just as I was getting exhausted and very thirsty, we found a wonderful waterfall. I immediately laid down right in the stream. Water rushed by cooling my belly. Taking a drink was as easy as turning my head to the side. I could have stayed right there for the rest of the day and met up with my humans on their way down, but no we continued to climb for what seemed like hours, but now I made sure to lie down in every stream we found. And that’s how I spent one day of my summer vacation. The rest of the days I slept. Chow! Baxter
Pooch Pantry Banana Carob Chip Dog Birthday Cake 2 cups water 2 ripe bananas 1/8 tsp vanilla 3 cups whole wheat flour
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Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) In a mixing bowl combine water, bananas, vanilla, egg and honey. Add whole wheat flour and baking powder. Mix well. Pour mixture into an 8-inch cake pan sprayed with a nonstick spray. Sprinkle carob chips on top. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Decorating suggestion: Make both the Cinnamon and Carob frostings (below), then ice the cake with one, and use the other as a decorative trim. Cinnamon Frosting: Combine the following ingredients and blend thoroughly: 12 ounces nonfat cream cheese (room temperature) 3 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp honey Carob Frosting: Combine the following ingredients and blend thoroughly: 12 ounces nonfat cream cheese (room temperature) 3 tsp carob 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp honey Makes One 8-inch cake.
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Christine Welch DVM 593-3934 On August 2, 2012, Oyster left us to join his comrade Mo, his pal Cindy and all who have gone before us. He was a loyal dog who hailed from Oyster VA and lucked out on not being call Cotton. For fifteen years he has been surrounded by his family who were with him until the end. He is greatly missed.
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I am getting a puppy and have been told to crate train him. When I was on the internet, I read an article telling how awful crates are for puppies. Now I don’t know what to do. Can you help me? I want to do right by my puppy. Congratulations on your new buddy! Having a puppy can bring great fun and joy to your life. They are babies and as such can get into trouble without even trying. Our job as puppy parents is to make them happy, well socialized, and safe. To help in keeping puppies safe and out of trouble crates are a valuable tool. With any tool there is a right way and a wrong way to use them. Because of the number of folks who get pups and then don’t have the time to train and socialize them properly, these pups end up in crates for extended periods of time. When this happens, the puppy suffers physically, mentally, and socially. Puppies are not toys to be taken out of a box when you feel like playing with them. Crates are not used as punishment either. When a pup is properly introduced and trained to a crate, it takes on the value of a safe place the pup can go to rest without being disturbed. The crate allows you to take the pup with you to more places such as friend’s homes, vacations, and hotels. When you travel with your companion, the crate is a familiar safe place he finds comforting. If you go to canine events, having a pup safely in a crate when you can’t be right there with him will give you peace of mind that he is okay. Here are some guidelines to keep your puppy safe when he can’t be with you. Most quality breeders crate train the pups before they go to their new home. However, if you are not that fortunate to have the training done for you, there are some simple things you can do. 1. Feed the pup in the crate.
2. Play games with treats and the crate. This makes being in the crate rewarding. Once the pup goes in freely, then close the door without latching it. Open the door and call the pup out. Repeat this game once he is comfortable with this move to latching the door. Repeat this exercise with variable time the pup is in the crate. There is a wonderful DVD you can get from either Clean Run or Dogwise.com called “Crate Games” by Susan Garrett. 3. Stuff a rubber Kong or similar toy with food, cheese, and peanutbutter and put it in the freezer. At night when the pup goes to bed in the crate give him the frozen stuffed Kong. 4. Have the crate close enough to you at night that you can hear him fussing. When he is fussing, take him out of the crate and outside to relieve himself. You don’t want the pup to mess in the crate. Dogs don’t like to mess where they sleep, but they can learn to do this if you are not alert. 5. If you are going to be away for longer than an hour of two, then you need to set up a system for the pup to leave the crate. a. Have a neighbor or friend come over and take the pup outside. In some areas, there are people who have a pet service that can do this. b. Get an exercise pen that is 3 times longer than the crate. Hook the crate at one end and papers or pee pads at the farthest end. Leave water for your friend. Give him a stuffed Kong to work on when you leave. This allows your friend to be comfortable, safe, and occupied while gone. You can also block off a hallway with the crate in it if you can’t use an exercise pen. 6. If you can’t use a crate for some reason, you can use a playpen, exercise pen, or a safe small room. The most important thing to remember is that the crate is a safe and happy place for your companion. If you have company and your buddy wants to get away from the crowd, this is his “room,” so no one bothers him when he is in there. It can be used for time out if his behavior needs to settle down. Time out is only for a few minutes. Good luck with your new best friend. Judith K. Herman DVM, CVH Animal Wellness Center, Augusta, ME email@example.com
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I meet a lot of fascinating people as I travel around offering fundraisers, parties, private readings and working with rescues to help find the perfect homes for their animals. When I start a reading, I close my eyes and tap into the animal’s energy. Instantly, images start to flow in my mind, and often I have very chatty dogs who talk to me (in my head) quite like we’re having a normal conversation. One such dog was Roosevelt. Roosevelt arrived at my booth at the Lucky Pup Paws Walk last year zipping around with his wheeled “rig” supporting his front end. Due to a birth defect, his front paws are malformed and without his cart he can move around but without much success. Let me tell you he likes to zip around! This year when he came to chat he said that the wheels were a different size and whoever designed it did a poor job. His owner said he had just been fitted for a new one, and he didn’t seem to like it as much. Then he offered a way to redesign it. Anyone who knows me will verify that my mind doesn’t think like that, and it was clearly coming from him! To end the session, he said he should be interviewed on NBC by Matt Lauer, and the owner laughed when she told me he was on it a few years ago. Another dog who showed up had a similar set up, but for his back end because he had been hit by a car. He liked having the ability to move around but started by saying he hated being treated differently because of his situation. He didn’t want to be the spokesman (or spokesdog?) for living with a disability, and he just wanted to live his life in peace and quiet with his owners. He asked for an ice massage on the good leg because his muscles were sore but other than that, he was good to go. The dog also explained how he is here
to mirror his owner and validate that it’s ok for her to feel the way she does. She showed me a huge scar on her leg where she had also been hit by a car. Finally, I’d love to tell you about Oxford. He was a rescue dog, and he was so old when surrendered they really were just looking for a
long term foster for him. He was a dignified old beagle taken in by a loving, compassionate woman named Deb. I met them at a workshop in Wells over a year ago, and although he was old and at first glance close to going, he had a fire in his eyes that was far from dimming. I chatted with him, and he was grateful to Deb for taking him in for his final years and loving life. Two months ago, she carried him in to my office. His eyes were quiet. He was ready. When she asked if it was a reaction to medicine they had given him, he said no, it was his time, that day, actually. He said thank you again, but please, please, please, let him go. He wasn’t angry or upset or afraid, he was grateful and ready. We both cried and she knew, but what a difficult decision to have to make. Oxford started the second chapter of his life a few days later, and because of Deb, he was a dignified old man to the end. 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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Ensure the balance is a positive one Relationships are like bank accounts, full of deposits and withdrawals. The “balance” of the relationship with our dogs is always clearly expressed through his body language and behavior – it’s easy to see how he is feeling at any given moment if we tune in. “Trust” needs to be at the core of our relationships, but we sometimes let our egos, emotions, and expectations get in the way of our dog’s reality: this is when trust can break down. We need to be able to see the positives and negatives from our dog’s perspective and when we “pay” them, it’s in a currency they value. A positive relationship is resilient and can withstand the occasional unavoidable withdrawal; it has “emotional overdraft protection.” We have a lot more control than we realize over how our dogs feel about things. Generous deposits, right from the get-go, will ensure a positive balance over time. At
the same time, it reinforces the trust vital to our relationship. Our dogs can be cooperative partners in many tasks we assume are difficult. This is why I start off simultaneously feeding and handling the puppies I work with. They learn right away that it’s a great thing to be touched – and they don’t get “mouthy” because their mouths are busy licking a treat! How about nail clipping, that oft-dreaded task? If the “account” wasn’t securely in the black prior to the clipping process, a dog might react with avoidance (“I don’t trust you when you come towards me like that!”). “It’s okay” and a pat over the head for assurance are not going to be enough for most dogs. However, if the experience of getting nails clipped has been accompanied by sufficient “funds”, the process will be smooth and easy. “Good stuff” may come in the form of food, games, toys… whatever your dog values at that given moment. Adding negative to something that’s already negative just makes it more negative… this is pretty logical, right? If we regularly have to “manhandle” a dog in order to, say, look at his paws, it’s going to take much more effort to bring that
balance into the black. Each subsequent negative (more manhandling) piled on top sends that balance lower…. I was working with a family who had a young dog who was starting to lift his lips when anyone came near his food. The family, following advice from a popular television show, tried to “be more alpha” with the young dog (whatever that means). Confrontation equals a HUGE withdrawal from the dog’s perspective. The result? Continued lip lifting and increased aggressive posturing. They had added negative to what was already negative. The solution? Add GOOD stuff. My clients learned to offer their dog something positive, something extra super yummy, each time they walked by him while he was eating. He soon started to eagerly anticipate their approach… and everyone was safer. Watch your dog; observe him carefully. Does he avoid you or stiffen in certain situations? Does he resist handling or coming when called? Does he pull on leash? Add some positives… you will be amazed at the changes you can make!
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Saco Addresses Dogs on Beach By Marc Filippino Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier SACO – City councilors unanimously approved the first reading of a city ordinance that would regulate dogs on city beaches and set a date for a public hearing to deliberate the proposed change. During the city council meeting on Monday, Aug. 6, more than 75 people listened at Saco City Hall as councilors addressed complaints from members of the Baywood Condominium Owner’s Association who have had problems with dogs on the beach. Particularly noted by the association
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feet flying for the front door and a waiting dog. Barring getting Henry to tell me in words, I can attest to how he dealt with the “big back-to-school in the sky,” when his last kid pal, Megan, trundled off to college in 2008. He missed their thrice daily ball games. Without all that exercise, Henry showed his anxiety by chewing the coffee table and stealing clothes, pens, books or any other object he could fit between his teeth, if it was not put up chest-high on a shelf. My husband and I found these behaviors annoying and challenging to deal with. But once we changed our thinking from, “He’s out to get us,” to “He’s stressed out and needs more exercise,” we were all happier. We took turns taking him for long walks, finding that the increase in exercise helped all of us. Last winter, I bundled up and layered so I could do a walk/jog with Henry even in two degree weather. I take him with me when I snowshoe across the abutting hay field, marveling at what a
were an alleged increase of dog feces and aggressive dog activity over the past few years as a result of stricter dog ordinances in surrounding towns such as Scarborough. The letters insinuate that people from other towns bring their dogs to Saco since rules are stricter in surrounding areas In response, councilors asked Saco Police Chief Bradley Paul to come up with a new ordinance which is based on the town of Scarborough’s ordinance. Under the new ordinance, dogs would be banned from Saco’s beaches between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from June 15 through Sept. 15. During the three-month span, dogs
beautiful creature he is, dark red fur bounding against the early morning light on brilliant white snow. Does Henry remember the kids? There is no doubt he’s got the memory of an elephant. When I know my son is coming home, I’ll say, “Burke’s coming to see you.” Henry tilts his head, then runs to the one window from which he can survey the driveway. He goes crazy when he arrives, dashing to get his bright orange ball with the blue stripe, dropping it at his feet, jumping and barking until he takes him outside. The empty nest is one of those inevitable losses all parents have to experience. But changing your relationship with your dog, who is going through it with you, makes it all much more bearable. Kate Cone is a freelance writer and co-founder of LIT: Readings and Libations, a fiction-reading series in Portland. She lives with her husband and Handsome Henry in Waterville, Maine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
would be allowed offleash, but must be kept under voice control by their owners between sunrise and 9 a.m. Additionally, the owner must have a leash in hand in case the dog must be restrained. The current ordinance allows dogs to be on the beach on a leash or “at heel beside a competent person and obedient to that person’s commands.” A dog may also be kept in a vehicle as long as its owner is nearby. The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at City Hall. The council allowed for limited public comment to address the issue, which is usually not allowed during the first reading of a proposed ordinance according to the city charter. Several residents said they were
opposed to a change and questioned how the city would enforce the new ordinance. Several cited the recent change in Saco’s fireworks’ ordinance to demonstrate the difficulty in enforcing new rules in a city. Other citizens do not see the dogs as a problem. Those who spoke out against the ordinance change said there isn’t a big enough dog feces problem to make the ordinance worthwhile. Most dog owners who spoke indicated they pick up after their dogs and attested that other dog owners are willing to pick up after their pets. “My dog poops on the beach, my neighbors’ dogs poop on the beach, but we all clean up after them,” said Saco
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Midcoast's largest festival for pets, Woofstock 2012, has changed venues this year, and will be hosted at the Damariscotta River Association at 110 Belvedere Road in Damariscotta, on Saturday, September 8th from 10am-4pm. Now in its 8th year, Woofstock has been held at the Lincoln Home and at the Round Top Farm in previous years, but due to space constraints and the evergrowing size of the event, the DRA site was selected this year. Located on the scenic Great Salt Bay, the DRA offers beautiful views, ample parking, and plenty of room for people and pets to gather. Woofstock 2012 opens at 10:00am with a Parade of Breeds, followed by a Flyball demonstration by Flyball MAINEiacs at 10:30am, an Agility Demonstration at 11:00am with Positively Best Friends, Agility Run-Throughs (open to Woofstock attendees) from 11:30-12:30, Rally Obedience with Right on the Mark Dog Training at 12:30pm, Canine Good Citizen Testing at 1:00pm and Disc Dog at 2:00pm. Canine Good Citizen testing will also be offered throughout the day at the table for Kennebec Valley Shetland Sheepdog Rescue. From 12-2pm, the Holy Mackerels will be playing live music, a first for Woofstock. "Its such a fun event, and the Holy Mackerels came highly recommended by [Woofstock sponsor} King Eider's Pub, so we thought it would be a great match." said Animal House co-owner and Woofstock Coordinator Aubrey Martin. Holy Mackerel vocalist and guitarist Mark Stover says he is a huge pet lover and supporter of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, which prompted them to accept the gig. The scheduled lineup for the The Holy Mackerels includes Mark Stover, Arthur Webster, Gabe Tonon, and Ronny Arsenault. King Eider's will be serving up the food for Woofstock attendees. Known for their wide selection of dishes, Eider's created a Woofstock menu which includes vegetarian and vegan options, and gelato for dessert. Also new this year at Woofstock is
the option for childcare at the Kids' Craft Tent. For a small donation, caregivers will watch children from age 6 weeks to 10 years, while parents
make their way around the festival. The tent will have fencing and a security feature to ensure safety for the children. The tent is also open to parents who opt to stay, and includes animal-related crafts and games, including "Make Your Own Pet Rock", which is back by popular demand. Woofstock vendor and rescue spaces were reserved at a record pace this year, reports Martin. "We have over forty pet-related vendors this year, including a whole area on tick prevention and Lyme disease (and other tick-related illnesses). There will be fourteen rescues and shelters in attendance, all offering services such as microchipping, face painting, a dunk tank, and pet games. This will absolutely be the biggest year yet. All proceeds from Woofstock are split between the fourteen rescues and shelters, and the individual organizations also keep the profit they make at their own tables from the services they offer, the items they sell and donations, so it can add up to be a very important day for them. Plus, they get an opportunity to meet with people interested in adoption, volunteering and fostering, which is really beneficial." The rescues and shelters scheduled to attend include: Lincoln County
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As a native “Mainer”, I often boast that Maine is the most perfect state in which to live or vacation. It offers four very distinct and naturally beautiful seasons, landscape that encompasses everything from majestic mountains to sandy beaches, miles of rocky coastline and hundreds of pristine lakes, awestriking vistas and the quintessential small towns offering Main Streets lined with unique businesses, where you can still ﬁnd the owner in the shop on most days offering Maine-made products. Maine is also perhaps the most pet-friendly state. Though “pet-friendly” is a subjective term, experts base their rankings either on quality or quantity of amenities catering to furry friends. No matter what time of year or area of the state you plan to visit, you’ll ﬁnd more than 300 dog parks, beaches and trails, and hundreds of hotels, motels, inns, B&B’s, restaurants, and stores that welcome you and your dogs! Maine is the perfect pet-friendly vacation or staycation destination with several communities catering to our four-legged friends! Four-legged friends are usually forbidden from the beautiful beaches in southern Maine, but don’t let that stop you from vacationing there! There are a variety of lodging facilities that welcome your furry family members with open arms and numerous pet stores, doggie d a y c a r e s ,
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hiking trails, parks, beaches, lakes, rivers, pet shops, pet massage, pet grooming, pet sitting, pet agility, and obedience training. One thing is for certain, the pet whose owner chooses the Boothbay Harbor region for his next family vacation is one “lucky dog!” Heading north on Route One you’ll ﬁnd yet another region catering to our four legged friends. Here’s what Heidi Vanorse, owner of three pet stores in this region, has to say about the Rockland region: “There
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College Dogs having people with disabilities train their own pets as service dogs is an excellent idea. Georgia is making amazing progress. She is more attentive, obedient, and confident. The lessons I have learned will also help me in selecting and training my next dog when Georgia has to retire, but for now having Georgia as a service dog helps me stay independent.” “I’m so thankful for this program,” said Vickie, whose dog, Star, is learning to assist her. “I knew a service dog would be helpful and this has made it possible and affordable for those of us with low incomes.” “Living with multiple sclerosis, service dog training provides an opportunity to teach Mickey to retrieve dropped items that I have difficulty picking up myself,” explains Maureen, whose toy Lhasa-poo was the smallest in the group. “Mickey has learned to calmly meet other dogs and people and is well behaved as he accompanies me to physical therapy appointments and shopping at places like WalMart.” Many people immediately think of guide dogs when they hear the words service dog, but there are many varieties of disabilities that a service dog can help with. They include guide dogs, hearing ear dogs, mobility
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other trauma related conditions, and a new category is Alzheimer’s dogs. A major benefit of owner training programs like this one is the increased selfesteem enjoyed by the participants. Some of the handlers have expressed a deep sense of joy in their new found freedom and the satisfaction that they were able
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to achieve this through their own efforts. “This is an awesome program,” exclaims Joan. “We are learning to achieve more independence with our best friends.” Service dogs can be trained by an agency, a private individual, or the disabled handler themselves. Agency-trained dogs generally are valued at $20,000 and many agencies ask the disabled recipient to cover part or all of this cost. It may take between 18 months and 2 years to fully train a service dog and because of this there is often a waiting period of 1 to 3 years to receive an agency-trained dog. Typically, an owner trained service dog can cost between $2000 to $5000 to acquire, care for, and train, plus doing veterinary screenings for soundness, and purchasing the necessary adaptive equipment. While the costs of a service dog including training, equipment, food and veterinary care may be deducted from income taxes, all these costs must initially be covered up front by the individual with the disability and are often not covered by disability services. Because of the increasing demand for service dogs, the high cost, and the lengthy waiting period associated with
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BELFAST—Dachshunds from every corner of Maine and beyond will be strutting their stuff in Belfast on Sunday, September 9 at Maine Wienerfest 2012. Hundreds of wieners of every kind—smoothcoated, long-haired, wire-haired, standards, minis, and mixes—will gather on the waterfront at Steamboat Landing from 11 a.m. til 3 p.m. for a celebration of everything wonderful about these little dogs who think big.
Leading off the event at noon will be a Grand Parade of Dachshunds, a spectacle like none other in the Pine Tree State. Afternoon activities include the Long Dog Derby races (to find out who is the fastest wiener dog in Maine—and who can run in a straight line) and a fabulous doxie costume contest. New this year are Earthdog demonstrations, showcasing the AKC competition that tests the original purpose of
The Animal House Expands Pet Supply Service
The Animal House has recently expanded its local delivery service to include Owl's Head, Spruce Head, Thomaston, and Harpswell due to client demand, reports Animal House co-owner, Aubrey Martin. The delivery service now covers four zones: Damariscotta Region (Damariscotta, Newcastle, Bristol, S. Bristol, Pemaquid, Jefferson, Waldoboro,and Nobleboro), the Southern Run (Wiscasset, Westport, Edgecomb, Bath, Brunswick, Georgetown, Harpswell, Edgecomb, and Woolwich), the Peninsula (Boothbay Region and the islands),and the Northern Run (Thomaston, Rockland, Warren, Spruce Head, and Owl's Head). There is no delivery charge, but each region has a minimum order. Deliveries are now offered four days a week, with each route having its own day. Deliveries must be scheduled twenty four hours in advance unless
the delivery is a standing weekly order. "The delivery service was created initially because we had several clients who had a hard time getting heavier items into their homeslitter, pet food, crates, etc. There is definitely a need in the community for those folks who may have trouble getting out and about- whether it’s due to health, time restrictions, or weather," says Martin. This award-winning business specializes in healthy pet food and supplies for companion animals and features an Adoption Center (courtesy of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter) and full and selfservice grooming. The Animal House inventory may be also viewed at its website: www.theanimalhouse. net. For more information about The Animal House delivery service, please call: 563-5595 and ask for Trina Napolitan, Operations Manager.
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themselves, backed up by a committee, would make sure dog waste is cleaned up. A town committee would be appointed to oversee the park, said Wight, in order to make the project “sustainable.” Town Manager Jim Doar said the town’s insurance company is comfortable with the park concept, as long as established rules are followed and adult supervision is provided for all dogs.
Wight said the committee has studied layouts and rules for dog parks in other communities. He anticipates the park would remain open in the winter as long as the snow doesn’t get too deep. After asking a number of questions to clarify the town’s role, the selectmen unanimously approved the location and gave permission to start the Planning Board application process.
these dogs—to pursue badgers into tunnels. Add in an array of delicious picnic food, including gourmet hot dogs and Maine-made ice cream, and Wienerfest 2012 will be a memorable, inexpensive afternoon for the whole family and several hundred of the most endearing dogs in the state.
M a i n e Weinerfest 2012 will take place, rain or shine, at Steamboat Landing, on the waterfront in Belfast. Admission is $2 (free for children under 10), and proceeds will benefit the Belfast Dog Park. The general public, including well-behaved dogs of other breeds, is welcome to come enjoy the fun. For a schedule of the event, sponsored by Friends of Belfast Parks, visit friendsofbelfastparks.org. Note: Absolutely no puppy or dog sales are permitted at this fun-filled family event.
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from Matt and Reena's Italian Street Food Cart, 4M Productions, and Sweet Treats. Bring the kids because there will be plenty of games and activities including a bouncy house and balloon animals from Just Jump'n, face painting, arts & crafts, photos with Santa and much more. Join HSKC on September 15th for an exciting day filled with fun and games while raising money and awareness for the thousand plus animals that HSKC cares for each year. Registration opens at 9:30, and the walk starts at 10:30 and the festivities run until 2:00 p.m. For more information, visit www. hskcme.org or call 594-2200. This year’s top sponsors are Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, Rockland Animal Hospital, and Machias Savings Bank. Supporting sponsors are Loyal Biscuit Co., Huston Tuttle, Lonza, pdqphoto, All Creatures Veterinary Hospital, Sargent Lock & Safe, George C. Hall & Sons, Maritime Energy, Rockland Savings Bank, and Dowling Walsh Gallery. The Humane Society of Knox
County was founded in 1989 to provide care, protection, and loving homes for abandoned and homeless companion animals in the Midcoast Maine area. The Society supports activities advocating responsible pet ownership and the prevention of abuse and cruelty, and it sponsors events and activities that promote the health and welfare of animals and demonstrate the benefits of the human-animal bond. Since 1991, the Society has operated a shelter located on Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston. The Shelter is open between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays. HSKC provides animal support services to the towns of: Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville, Tenants Harbor, S. Thomaston, Spruce Head, Hope, Union, Appleton, Montville, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, and Morrill. For more information, contact: 594-2200.
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Boarding Your Dog
Raymond—Boarding your dog(s) for an extended period of time raises many emotions. You want them to have an experience that they will enjoy so that YOU can enjoy your time away. There’s no place like home, but here at The Maine Dog Lodge we share amenities and comforts of home with your dog(s). We offer a climate controlled atmosphere with group supervised play throughout the day and comfortable, raised beds in a bungalow setting. Depending on the individual dog, some prefer to sleep in a cage free area where other dogs prefer the comfort of a kennel or “den”. The Maine Dog Lodge offers activity depending on the personality of each individual dog. Some dogs
College Dogs many agency-trained dogs, providing owner training programs has become an essential need, especially in a rural and economically challenged state like Maine. Agency-trained dogs are often viewed by the public as better trained or more legitimate. Unlike agency-trained dogs, some ownertrained dogs and handlers may lack important training and knowledge of their responsibilities as service dog users. The training program at UMM insures that both the dogs and handlers have the training and knowledge needed to work as exemplary service dog partners with training matching that provided by an agency. Amber knows first hand the difficulties of getting a service dog for her son. “I looked at the possibility of getting an agency-trained trained dog, but the cost of the dog even with my family helping with fundraising seemed out of my reach. There was also the requirement to go for training out of state and with my son's fragile health that would be impossible. Cooper, his service dog, is helping in ways I had only dreamed were possible. Cooper is an invaluable member of our family and this training program means the world to me”. There are three essential parts of training that every service dog needs to know; strong obedience skill, public access training, and specific task training that assists the disabled handler with their disability. The handler also needs to understand service dog etiquette and their rights and responsibilities as a service dog user. Service dogs generally possess a calm unobtrusive presence and are responsive to their handler’s commands. Typically a disabled handler with a service dog responds to questions from an educational perspective. This grant program prepared these service dog teams to work effectively and allowed the canine partners to be service dog ambassadors.
have hours of energy to expel, and others just prefer to meet new canine friends quickly and then retire to their own quiet space. The dogs receive a routine day of play time, nap time, and meal times. The day is free and unstructured but at the same time it is structured enough to allow appropriate rest ensuring the safety of dogs becoming over tired and proper digestive process to be sure there is not any strenuous play just before or after meal time. We are Dog/Cat CPR and first aid certified. A unique service that The Maine Dog Lodge offers is 24 hour attended overnight care upon request for those pets who have separation anxiety and need to have human companionship
24/7. Here at The Maine Dog Lodge, we know that some dogs and their owners are rarely separated, and this service allows the dog(s) the opportunity to have a stress free experience for those few times per year that they may not be able to be together with their family. The Maine Dog Lodge also offers daycare services for people in the local area who work all day and do not want to come home to a dog who has been bored all day, waiting and chewing, barking and pacing, and perhaps as soon as you walk through the door…… an accident to clean up!! Oh, and before you sit down….. your pup needs a walk, a run or to play ball! Bring them to us while you work all day, and we will greet you with a tired, polite, loveable best friend to go home with! The Maine Dog Lodge has limited
space and is now booking for the holiday and winter vacations that you have planned. Remember, it is “The way a dog’s life should be” The Maine Dog Lodge is located in the heart of the Lakes Region, Raymond, Maine. The Maine Dog Lodge offers overnight boarding with the comforts of home. “The way a dog’s life should be”.
instructor and is a graduate student in social work at the University of Maine. As someone who lives with disabilities and uses a service dog herself, Hecht knows first hand just how valuable a service dog can be. She has trained service animals for more than twenty years. “I started training service dogs when my Dad lost his vision to a degenerative eye disease,” said Hecht. “He was so unprepared for the challenges he was facing and so uncomfortable with having a disability that he would walk around town with his white cane folded up in his pocket. My Mom was so afraid that my Dad would be hit by a car, so I retired one of my show dogs and retrained the dog to work as a service dog. This was a gift of pure love for the man would do anything in his power to help me, and it remains one of my most treasured accomplishments.” As word of mouth grew, Hecht was asked to train other service dogs. She now has animals trained and working in several states across the nation. She has also assisted her clients and the public with service dog education and advocacy assistance. Hecht will teach a unique class for UMM in the fall semester called
Animal Behavior and Service Dog Selection, which is available via interactive television (ITV) for remote viewing at sites across the state and also offers hands-on lab classes at several campuses. The course is designed to teach students about the expanding roles of service dogs, the regulations regarding their usage, and how to support and advocate for individuals who use service dogs, as well as how to find and train an ideal canine candidate best suited to assist with specific disabilities. Many of the recent program’s owner and service dog duos (and others from across the state) will be partnering with the students in the lab classes to work on training dogs for specific tasks. This course would be of value to students majoring in animal science, special education, psychology, and social work, as well as any individual who is interested in service dog usage either from support or advocate position or for someone who may wish to learn to select and train a service dog for themselves. For more information on service dog training or the Animal Behavior and Service Dog Selection course that will be taught at UMM this fall, please contact Kathy Hecht at 207323-4460.
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continued from Pg.13 To be included in this training program people who were interested in the service dog training attended information sessions last spring at UMM. The owners’ dogs were then temperament tested to insure they were appropriate for service dog and public access work. Once selected, basic training began on campus and the dogs were prepared to take the Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) test. This test is comprised of ten categories which include basic obedience skills such as walking on a loose leash, sitting, staying, coming when called, interacting with a friendly stranger, reactions to another dog and distractions. As long as the dog obtained their CGC, the training progressed with public access training and specialized task training to assist their owners. Public access training includes: equipment handling, car travel, approaching and entering buildings, moving through a store with distractions, and behaving in restaurants and bathrooms. “These dogs will now be able to assist their owner in maintaining their independence while helping them to deal with the challenges that are part of living with disabilities”, said Kathy Hecht, the program’s trainer. Hecht also serves as a UMM
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BOATYARD DOGS & MORE of Kapow (MBH&H’s own Stacey Palmer) in the ladies’ final, then won a final “battle of the sexes” versus the Lord of the Board (Tom Chester). The Grand Champion returned to her day job at the Portland Press Herald with a rococo jousting trophy, a Tahoe SUP paddle from Thorfinn Expeditions, and a subscription to Standup Journal magazine. The award for Best Splash went to Freelance A Lot’s Ex Wife (Kay Stevens) and Lady Capsizeya (Noreen Mullaney of Downeast Dog News) claimed Best Costume. The event was emceed by Terry Bregy, and produced in partnership with Thorfinn Expeditions. Then on Sunday morning, the canine kookiness kicked in with the ever-popular World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials. A parade of pre-chosen competing dogs and their handlers plus Shriners in go-karts, puffins from Project Puffin, dogs from local shelters, and the newly crowned Maine Sea Goddess Alexandra Dienesch-Calamari and Crown Princess Emma Mason, both of Owls Head, was led to the waterfront by pied piper Chris Pinchbeck who played his bagpipes in full regalia. Under drizzly skies, the 2011 World Champion, Fenway, and her handler Officer Joel Neal of the Rockland Police Department, did a double somersault into the water to
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kick things off, and Bill Page of Buoy Bat tantalized all the competing canines by hitting balls far out into the water. Each team of competitors then successfully completed the required parts of the competition— the Dockside Obstacle Course and the Dinghy Hop—and performed their freestyle routines under the watchful gaze of the four judges. The emcees, Alan Sprague and Mike Joyce, of WERU’s BoatTalk fame, kept things lively, and when the fur, hula hoops, margarita mixes, cooked lobster and donut bribes, and sombreros were done flying, there was a clear winner: a fine specimen of the black Lab-ish kind named Otter and her young handlers Phoebe and Jane. Of the six competing teams of dogs, Otter was the only one to willingly go in the water. In fact, the challenge was to convince her to stop swimming long enough to perform her dockside tricks. Otter has a new pep in her step after Sunday's victory and true to her humble way, she gives all the credit to her cute little girls, Jane and Phoebe. Otter, the winner, joined the Greenaway family clan when she was just a pup and Jane was a newborn baby. Jane (10) and Phoebe (8) quite literally cannot remember a time when Otter was not part of their world. But Otter has more than just these two sisters to look after, there's also Asa (12) and little Natalie (3) to keep track of as well. Jane says, "Otter turns into a watch dog the instant the family hits the beach", and Phoebe adds that, "Otter jumps into the waves with us to be sure we are all safe". This certainly is true for Otter's four Greenaway children, but this radar for safety also extends
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to cousins and family friends as well. Any Greenaway will tell you that Otter is perhaps one of the most fetch obsessed dogs you will ever meet, always patiently sitting before you with a stick or ball in her mouth. Always. Otter has another talent as well! She also faithfully serves as one Classic Hound's most valuable collar tester of all time as all that jumping in and out of salty water really puts collars to the test! Otter is also a stellar dog model and has been doing so since 2007, but really, this is not surprising at all when you take into account how attractive she is even at her ripe old age of 10. Ultimately, every dog is a “winner” at the trials (there were goody bags for all competitors). And as 2012 World Champion, Otter will receive global fame when she is featured in the popular Boatyard Dog® column in the Winter issue of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine (where all this silly fun got its start). She will also keep the cherished revolving “Pup Cup” trophy for one year, and has the option to come back and defend her title in 2013. Otter is a poet, and plans to use her win as a stepping stone to further her pawblishing endeavors. The Boatyard Dog “People’s Choice” award—in which show-goers vote for their favorite competing dog with their dollars—went to Duff by a nose (well, by $1.25, since the $500 in Monopoly money that was found in Duff’s ballot box was disallowed). Despite being aquaphobic, Duff, a rescue dog from Alabama, jumped into a kayak during the trials, and bravely helped rescue three toy kittens from the drink. Second place went to last year’s People’s Choice, Pixel, whose work on behalf of shelter animals has grown into a nonprofit corporation (The Pixel Fund). The
voting public contributed $308.66, which will be split and donated equally to the Humane Society of Knox County and the PAWS Animal Adoption Center in Camden. Special thanks to the sponsors of the trials: lead sponsor Custom Float Services of Portland, media sponsor The Bark magazine, and supporting sponsors Sea Bags, of Portland; The Loyal Biscuit Co., of Rockland; and Planet Dog of Portland, who provided goody bags to all contestants. Crypton and Planet Dog provided gifts for both the overall winner and the People’s Choice winner. Additional canine goodies were provided by Buoy Sports, Kurgo, PAWW, Petproject, Popware, Ruffwear, Tropiclean, and Zuke’s Performance Bars. The Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show was founded in 2003 by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. Held annually during the second weekend of August on the waterfront in Rockland, Maine, the show attracts thousands of attendees from all over the country and world. For more information about the show, which will be held on August 9-11, 2013, visit www. maineboats.com. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, “The Magazine of the Coast,” is celebrating its 25th year. Noted for eclectic award-winning coverage of all aspects of coastal living, the magazine covers everything from maritime matters and natural history to boats, homes, fine art, and food. The magazine has loyal subscribers around the world and more than 100,000 total readers. An awardwinning online edition at maineboats. com is filled with original content, photo galleries, tide charts for Maine and New Hampshire, guides to products and services, and Local Knowledge™ to help visitors enjoy the Maine coast.
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resident Donald Henson. “I have a problem because what happens to people who work from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and want to bring their dogs to the beach between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.” Saco resident Ellen McCauleyGross was one of the few who spoke in favor of the ordinance, saying dogs do not belong on the beach citing aggressive dogs and the problems that stem from dog feces. “I love dogs … but I don’t think they belong on the beach when everybody else is on the beach,” said McCauley-Gross, who lives off Shore Avenue. “My cousin was bitten by a dog, and it wasn’t even an unleashed dog.”
“There are many who are good about picking up their dog’s feces on the beach, but there are many who are not,” continued McCauleyGross. Members from the Baywood Condominium Owner’s Association did not speak at the meeting. Councilors David Tripp and Eric Cote said they were not in favor of the ordinance change. “How far are we going to reach with this kind of ordinance?” Tripp asked. “We talk about discussion about horses out on the Eastern Trail, and there are dogs already allowed there. Do we start limiting the hours on the Eastern Trail now too? Enough is enough.”
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September C lendar For more information on the events below, go online to DowneastDogNews.com
Sat., Sept. 8th 10am-4pm Damariscotta River Association 110 Belvedere Road FMI: See page 8
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Sat., Sept. 8 Sanford Join the Animal Welfare Society and visit with some adoptable canines at the Pet Life, 1364 Main Street, Sanford in Sanford from 11-1. For more information, call Pet Life (207) 490-2412www.petlifestores.com or call Animal Welfare Society 985-3244 www.animalwelfaresociety.org
Maine Weinerfest 2012
Sun., Sept. 9, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m Belfast Hundreds of wieners of every kind— smooth-coated, long-haired, wire-haired, standards, minis, and mixes—will gather on the waterfront at Steamboat Landing. FMI: See ad on pg1
Strut Your Mutt
Sun., Sept. 9 10:00am Kennebunk 18th Annual Strut Your Mutt Walk at Mother's Beach. Mother’s Beach is at the west end of Beach Avenue off routes 9 and 35. Walkers Wanted! This scenic walk on the three Kennebunk Beaches raises money for the AWS Sadie Fund, a medical fund for animals in need. FMI: Animal Welfare Society (www. animalwelfaresociety.org) 985-3244 .
Pints For Paws
Camden Wed., Sept.19 5:00pm - 8:00pm Public Event · By Loyal Biscuit Co. Join us for our 1st Pints for Paws event in Camden at Smokestack Grill to benefit P.A.W.S. (formally the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League)! Paddy Mills will be the featured entertainment! Live music, raffles, good times and great friends all for a fabulous cause! We hope to see you all there! Co-sponsored by the Loyal Biscuit Co. and Smokestack Grill. FMI: or to donate a raffle prize, please contact Heidi at 691-1340 or heidi@ loyalbiscuit.com.
and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. Donate and/or join the Downeast Dog Scouts team at: www.relayforlife.org/barkhancockme Hadley Point Campground 33 Hadley Point Road FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org or 207 266-5807
Dry Dogs on a dock in Damrascotta Lake
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Hope Elephants Rocktoberfest
Camden Sat., Sept. 22, 4-10 p.m A celebration of music, beer and good food, headlined by Creatures of Habit and benefiting Hope Elephants. Camden Snow Bowl, rain or shine. Adults $15. Kids under 12, $10. E-mail us: email@example.com Call us: 207-619-4801
Fundraiser Night for Maine Friends of Animals
Portland Tues., Sept. 18, 5 to 9 p.m. Raffle, door prizes and lots of great food. Please join us, and bring your friends along, too! at Flatbread Pizza in the Old Port 72 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine
Animal Rescue Festival - ARF!"
Newburyport, MA , Cashman Park Sunday, September 23, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. We are offering free admission, lots of vendors, animals up for adoption, contests, free animal makeovers, professionals offering holistic medical treatments for animals, live DJ, food and refreshments. This is a celebration and thank you to everyone who has adopted animals from shelters. All are welcome dogs too, on leashes please. (see attached advertisement pg16) FMI: www.graciesmission.org
The Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show
Cumberland Fairgrounds Fri., Sept., 28th at 3:30 p.m. Classes will include Showmanship, Obedience, & a fun Obstacle Course. All 4-H members ages 9 - 18 and their dogs are encouraged to participate in this fun and educational show. Please contact Show Coordinator Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sat., Sept. 29th Scarborough 7th Annual Planet Dog Foundation Amateur Dog Show & Cover Dog Challenge that is taking place on Camp Ketcha in Scarborough, Maine. Planet Friendly PR email@example.com
Bark For Life
Sat., Sept. 29, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm Bar Harbor Meet the Downeast Dog Scouts at the Bark For Life event in Hancock County. The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a community event that will honor the caregiving qualities of our canine friends. It is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds
OCT. 6 & 7 Ogunquit On the beach and other locations Bring your dog to Ogunquit for a day or a weekend of fun events! Starts with a Beach Walk on Saturday If you have any suggestions and / or would like to volunteer, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.ogunquitdogpark.com
Tommys Feral Feline Friends Annual Yard Sale
October 5th and 6th Greene Please donate yard sale items, baked goods, or volunteer We certainly would appreciate it. Will be hosting a barbecue with delicious baked goodies. These precious babies need your help. The sale will take place next to Ferris Equipment on Route 202 in Greene on FMI: Call Norm a call @650-8374
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Send me the info and I’ll add it to this page. Non-Profits are Free, Business $15 per month, or Free with ad running in present month. noreen@DowneastDogNews.com
CALL AHEAD! Event schedules are subject to change. Contact individual event organizers to confirm times and locations. Downeast Dog News is not responsible for changes or errors.
MAINE TV 85 Watch Going Places with Charlie & Penny Crockett
on Maine TV Channel 85 in Time Warner Cable The show airs on Mon., Tues., and Thurs. through Sat for the regular show, and on Sun. and Wed., "Going Places" takes you to Thomaston Place Auction Galleries for an exciting auction with auctioneer Kaja Veilleux. Every Day at 9 AM - 7 PM - 3 AM. Upcoming shows: Tour of the USS San Antonio - Coronation of the Maine Wild Blueberry Queen - a Demolition Derby - a Truck Pull - and much more.
In late October, Going Places Goes to the Dogs as we runs a series of shows dedicated to our furry friends. 18
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H aggett H ill K ennels BOARDING AND GROOMING FOR DOGS AND CATS Debbie Sandmaier (207) 882-6709 Fax: (207) 882-6747
Come home to a Clean House and Happy Pets
93 Dodge Road Edgecomb, ME 04556 Lic. #F344
Little Dove Farm Private & Group Lessons Fun Days Clinics
Herding Instinct Tests
• Insured • Loving pet caregiver in your home in Mid-coast and Central Maine • Professional housekeeper
207-845-2888 email@example.com www.littledovekatahdins.com Appleton, Maine
Fran Kinney, Vet Tech 832-4037 / 557-2202 (cell)
• New & Refurbished Computers • 24/7 Technical Support, PC & Mac • On-site Support for Home & Business
Daily dog walks available! Washington, ME 603-534-6718 TrueColorsFarm@Fairpoint.net
Helping People help their dogs Robin E. Willebeek-LeMair Certified Dog Trainer Positive Reinforcement Training Group classes and private sessions
For More Info Call 443-4337
True Colors Farm
Brenda Buja, Herding Insturctor • Monthly Focus Clinics • Private Lessons • Beginner Evaluations • All Levels Welcome
The Good Leader
www.ArchangelComputer.com 103 Main St. Belfast | 207.249.8054 23 Elm St. Camden | 207.236.7400
v reasonable rates Wiscasset and v excellent references surrounding areas
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Southern MAine Country K-9 & Cats Bed/Bath
Personal Touch Pet Grooming &
Pet Sitting Services 2938 Western Avenue Newburgh, Maine 207-234-7298
Dog & Cat Boarding & Grooming Certified Groomer Daily Walks In-floor Heat & A/C Fenced-in Play Area 538 Abbott Rd. Winslow
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Mon.–Sat. 7-6 Sun. 7-9 a.m. 5-8 p.m.
Supervised playgroups Individualized attention Overnight attendant Large outdoor play yard
www.DogPawsInn.com 373 Gorham Rd. (Rt. 114) Scarborough, Maine
Lic. # F662
The Pet Nanny
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• AKC Golden Retriever Puppies for Sale • Sire-Dam Have Health Clearances • Puppies Raised in Our Home • Socialized Daily • Pups Able to be Service Dogs • Stud Service Available
www.goldenridgekennels.com email@example.com 1381 Kennebec Rd, Hampden, ME 207-862-5078 Lic #: F1001
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Bring your dog to check out our great supply of pet foods and toys!
Back to School for the dogs, Read about how dogs are going to the University of Maine at Machias to learn how to be service dogs.