Volume 7 • Issue 8 • August 2012
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See HELLO NATURE on page 5
discovered Rangeley as a teenager and who has spent summers there for over thirty years. The exhibit includes, according to the college, over one hundred pieces of art – photographs, drawings, paintings
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Hot Dog News New Board Members at AWS
WEST KENNEBUNK—The Animal Welfare Society (AWS), a companion animal shelter, announced that Vernon L. Moore, M.S.S.W., Ed.D., and Susan Higgins have been unanimously approved to become members of the shelter’s Board of Directors. Their appointments will run for two consecutive three-year terms. Moore is a professor at the University of New England with expertise in not-for-prof it organizational development and leadership. He currently serves on the board of Counseling Services, Inc. and Maine Mental Health Partners. “I support the mission of AWS and think it is a well-run organization that meets a community need. I want
to help AWS continue to develop and fulfill its mission,” said Moore. Moore lives in Kennebunkport with his wife and two cats, littermates adopted from AWS. Susan Higgins is the owner of Coastal Organizing Solut ion s af ter spending much of her career in human resources specializing in per for ma nce m a n a g e m e n t , employee relations, and organizational development. She continues to consult in human resources to small businesses. She currently serves as a member of the Maine Labor Relations Board. Higgins resides in Kennebunk with her dog, adopted from AWS.
CRARL Changes to PAWS Camden-Rockport Animal Shelter Expands Current Facility And Changes Name to Better Reflect What Its Mission Is
ROCKPORT—P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center (formerly known as the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League) is embarking on a capital campaign to raise money to build an addition to the existing shelter on Camden Street and a dog park adjacent to the shelter facility. For more than 35 years, the CamdenRockport Animal Rescue League, a no kill animal shelter, has been a refuge
dog socialization room, isolation area, laundry, and a laboratory. A connecting wing will contain the lobby, administrative offices, and a public restroom. Below this area will be a staff/multipurpose room, kitchenette, and bathroom. The current 3,000 square foot building will be conver ted into individual spaces for 76 cats, contain a meet/ greet and socialization cat room, an isolation
AWS also announced new officers to the Board: President - John Cavaretta, Ogunquit Vice President – John Rhoades, Ogunquit Treasurer – Sam Bishop, Kennebunk Secretary – Cindy Talbot, Wells At Large – Stan Barwise, Kennebunkport
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for stray, lost, or abandoned dogs and cats waiting to be adopted in the Midcoast area. We now serve eight communities - Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Islesboro, Searsmont, Northport, Liberty, and the City of Belfast. The name change to P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center better reflects our mission, finding adoptive homes for our animals and is area generic. We believe Pets Are Worth Saving hence P.A.W.S. in our new name,” Jean Freedman-White Board President explained. The organization had adopted a new logo designed by P.A.W.S board member Joe Ryan of Adventure Advertising. We are embarking on a $ 1,000,000 capital campaign to raise money to build an addition to the shelter, to renovate our current building, and to develop a dog park. We recently purchased two acres of land adjacent to our facility to accommodate the dog park and new building. The dog park, which will have separate areas for small and large dogs, will be open to the public free of charge from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week,” Freedman-White noted. “The addition and redesigned building will allow us to improve how we take care of the animals through better design and adequate space,” Freedman-White said. Camden architect Joseph Russillo, working with one of the shelter’s vice presidents, architect John Scholz, created the design for the new building and renovation of the existing facility. The 4,000-square-foot addition will encompass a wing containing 16 dog kennels, a meet/ greet and
area, laboratory, laundry, and kitchenette facilities. The new design of the cat area will enable staff to clean the facility throughout the day rather than between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. before the shelter opens. In addition, shelter personnel will have more one on one contact with the cats which are now housed about a dozen or so to a room. The new construction and renovations will also provide badly needed storage space which will enable the organization to save money by purchasing food, cleaning, and office supplies in bulk. “We plan to institute various on-site educational programs focusing on animal care, training, and obedience .We also will have space for holding health clinics in the new building,” P.A.W.S.’s Administrative Director Lisa Dresser explained. “Some of the giving opportunities will include contributing to the cost of the individual buildings, administrative offices, kitchenettes, laundry rooms, kennels, cat cages, furnishings, gardens, or dog park fencing,” she added. “We are going to set up a program where donors can donate toward the cost of a section of chain link fence in the dog park.” P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center operates with a staff of two salaried, one full time, and five part-time employees, a fourteen member board representing the towns it serves and is funded through private donations and municipal fees. P.A.W.S. also
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From the Publisher Wow! It's already August! Summer is here and in full swing. Inspiration! Dogs inspire people everyday to do many things such as art, cooking, finding lost dogs, helping people in countless ways, they are truly man's best friend! This month, I've come across many people who are inspired by dogs. I met Beth Carlson who has been inspired to paint dogs, and who doesn't know about William Wegman and his serene Weimaraners who have
inspired him for years. Then we have the Boat Yard Dog Trials in Rockland that has inspired people to make fools of themselves for their dogs' sake. It's a dog event you don't want to miss! The picture of Rex & I was taken by my son, Andy, at the top of Beech Hill. It's truly a magical place. The view is the same and it's constantly changing. It's always a great place to see the changing seasons! Okay I just got side tracked by nature. What a great thing to be side tracked by!
Rex & I Beech Hill, Rockport That brings me back to the exhibit at Bowdoin College this month, "Hello Nature. I can't wait to see it! Have a great August!
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Dear Editor, Since our blind dog, a Springer Spaniel mix, named Sage was last tracked to Sennebec Lake 4 weeks ago, about 6 miles from home, we, along with our fantastic volunteers, have been busy searching the lake area and fielding calls about possible sightings. Most of them turn out to be a neighborhood dog, but one is a possible Sage sighting. Thursday night, 7/19, we got a call reporting a sighting "a week and a half to two weeks ago" in Burkettville near the grange. The report was that at 6:30 A.M. a spaniel was seen with the same coloring eating garbage by the road. This is nearly 4 miles from where Sage was last tracked. She seems to be traveling about .20-.25 miles per day. We spent the next day confirming that it was not some neighborhood dog, putting up posters, and talking to anyone we came across. We
then emailed our amazing "Rapid Response Team" (kudos!) and had 5 teams of people putting up posters in a 5 mile radius around Burkettville that weekend. There are still a few holes to fill in and a big batch of new posters coming in soon. (Thanks to Adventure Advertising!). A truly incredible journey: This dog is on the move and overcoming obstacles no one could have believed she would. Dogs can survive wilderness better than we may believe. Many may assume she's succumbed
to the elements or being outdoors for so long. There is nothing to indicate this has happened to Sage, especially with the confirmations we've had. We've heard many incredible survival stories, so there is no reason to give up. She would be easy to get hold of being blind, hard of hearing, friendly, and hungry. If you see her, please stop and get her, AND if you are interested in helping in any way, call 785-6144 or email ribeck@midcoast. com, subject: "Sage list" (hotline for contacting us if you find Sage or know of her whereabouts: 390-0078) Thank you! The support of our amazing team of volunteers and of all the wonderful animal lovers who stop to show their concern when they see us out in our "Sage Mobile" help us keep hoping and working to bring Sage home. With thanks from the bottom of our hearts, Gail & Fred
Woofstock 2012 New Location
DAMARISCOTTA—Woofstock, which attracts thousands of pet lovers to the midcoast area, is changing venues this year. Woofstock 2012, this year on Saturday, September 8th, will be held at the Damariscotta River Assocation on Belvedere Road, the site of the Damariscotta Farmers' Market. Woofstock Coordinator and co-owner of The Animal House, Aubrey Martin, said the reason for the change was due to the ice rink installed last year on the previous site. "Unfortunately, we are unable to use the previous site, as it currently doesn't meet our needs.
We are so grateful to Steve Hufnagel and the DRA for coming up with an alternate site, which will be perfect for Woofstock. It’s a beautiful venue with plenty of parking, and we're thrilled to be there." Woofstock is a family festival for pet lovers, now in its 8th year. This year, fourteen rescues and shelters have been invited to attend. This year's activities will include agility demonstrations and run-throughs with Positively Best Friends, a flyball demonstration with Flyball MAINEiacs, Canine Good Citizen testing, plus vendors, samples, services, and pet games. King Eider's
is serving up the food this year. All proceeds from Woofstock go to the shelters and rescues in attendance. Admission is $10 per person and kids under 12 are free. Woofstock 2012 is presented by The Animal House and sponsored by: Nature's Variety, Merrick Canidae, Earthborn Holistic, Stella & Chewy's, King Eider's, and Downeast Dog News. For information about Woofstock, or to receive a Vendor Application, please email info@theanimalhouse. net or visit the Facebook page: h t t p : // w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / WoofstockMaine.
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My dog has dirty ears all the time. They are worse after swimming, and I can’t keep him out of the water. What can I use to clean his ears and how do I do it safely? Dogs can have dirty ears for many reasons. It can be excessive wax build up, like some people. It can be a yeast and / or a bacterial infection. Occasionally, but not as frequent as cats, it can be mites. If your friend has painful, red, and maybe hot ears, it is best to go to your veterinarian before trying to clean his ears. You don’t want to make things worse by injuring the delicate and sore tissue in the ear or by pushing the discharge deeper in the canal. On the other hand, if the ears are not red, hot, or painful, then cleaning his ears is not that difficult. The ear canal in a dog is long and has a turn that goes inward, so it forms an “L” shaped tube. At the end of the tube is the eardrum. Things you can use to clean the ears are cotton swabs, cotton balls, or tissues. Safe cleaners are green tea and olive oil. To use green tea, brew a cup of tea and let it steep for 20 minutes. Then let it cool. Dip a cotton ball into the cup of tea and clean all the debris you can see out of the ear. It is okay if some of the tea goes down into the canal. The tea is a mild astringent which maybe helpful. Also, he will shake the excess out. If you use cotton swabs, still clean out what you can see. Don’t go deeper because you can hurt your friend when you hit the place the canal turns. To use olive oil, put a small amount, about one to two tablespoons, in a dish. Using a cotton ball, swab, or tissue, dip it into the olive oil and clean the ear the same way as described with the green tea. Olive oil is very soothing and will decrease any irritation created from cleaning out the debris. If you find the ear to
be sensitive, irritated, or red after cleaning, you can add vitamin E to the olive oil and use the mixture either to clean the ear or after they are cleaned to sooth the irritation. The proportions are 400 IU of vitamin E to 1 tablespoon of olive oil. You can use almond oil instead of olive oil if you wish. They work the same way. Another recipe for a soothing ear cleaner, especially for dogs with recurrent infections or sensitive ears is to mix together in equal parts: aloe vera juice or gel, vinegar (cider or white), and witch hazel. Witch hazel is not as irritating as rubbing alcohol. If your dog gets recurrent ear infections that appear after swimming, you may be able to prevent them with a swimmer’s ear preparation. After a day of swimming, you can have an already made up dropper bottle of vinegar and water or witch hazel. You fill a dropper bottle half with white or cider vinegar, then fill the second half with either water or witch hazel. At the end of swimming, put anywhere from a few drops to a dropper full of the liquid in both ears. It is said that dogs with floppy ears are more prone to ear infections because of the lack of air flow to the ear canal. That is not true. Any shaped dog ear can get an infection or worse chronic infections. Dirty ears are not normal for dogs. Wax build up, smelly ears, or discharge of any kind is not normal for anyone. If your dog plays in the mud and dirt, that is one thing, but if he is not wrestling in the mud than there is something wrong. Even a dog that loves to swim is not doomed to chronic ear aches if he has healthy ears from the start. Ear infections, especially those that are recurrent, may be caused by allergies, food or environmental, a poor immune system, and poor quality diet. The most important thing to remember is that if the ears are periodically dirty or mildly waxy, you have some simple safe tools to clean the ears. If the ears are infected, go to your veterinarian and have them cleaned professionally and treated. If your companion has recurrent ear infections, now is the time to find out why and to remedy it. Judith K. Herman DVM, CVH Animal Wellness Center, Augusta firstname.lastname@example.org www.mainehomeopathicvet.com
Sara Moore, Animal Communicator
One surprising part of my job is when dogs bring up business ideas to the owners. The first time it happened the owner was saying he might not be able to afford to continue training classes and shows if the dog didn’t enjoy it and start placing. The dog got nervous because he loved all of the attention he got there, so he came up with a way for him to cover the cost. All of a sudden I saw an image of crystals uniquely woven into a collar. It was an idea the owner had been thinking about but hadn’t put into a tangible product yet. The dog was very excited to share some ways he could make the product affordably and even some ways to market it. If he could make a little extra money the owner said, he’d definitely keep up with training and traveling for events which thrilled the dog! I have a wonderful client who is a vegetarian, and when she has to feed her dog slippery meat treats, it completely grosses her out. Her dog suggested she take broccoli stems and hollow them out. Then she asked her to fill them with a puree of apples, broccoli, and some other ingredient that escapes my mind now and then freeze the veggie “log.” When she sliced them into little one inch sections, they’d look like the marrow bones the dog loved, and the owner wouldn’t have to handle meat. We were both blown away by the suggestion, and she later reported that now her freezer is always stocked with the special meat free treat. My favorite is still a little pug that I met at Pet Life in Scarborough. The husband and wife were wearing their motorcycle gear, and the dog wanted a black leather harness to match. He then started describing this little metal box and how if he had a harness that was short but sturdy
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and attached he’d be safer. Then he went into elaborate detail about how they should cover the box with a bullet proof mesh material so he wouldn’t fall out. He came up with some design so if they ever crashed, the rescuers would know there was a dog safely secured in the little compartment. They laughed and said the pug travels in a little sidecar with them, but they worried that there must be a safer option. The dog designed it for them! I always tell owners that your pet can ask for anything, but it doesn’t mean you have to get it for him. I do, however, love it when the animal uses his creativity to help the owner come up with new ways to do business! If you are struggling with work, sometimes asking your pet what he thinks can be a surprising way to gain a new perspective. Your pet knows you better than anyone, and his spirit is here to help you succeed in your own journey. So ask him! Be open to what he says and thank him for his suggestions. 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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Deciding what kind of dog to get is as important as deciding whether to get a dog in the first place. The AKC recognizes over 160 different breeds of dog, and each of these breeds has its own unique temperament, appearance, activity level, and set of needs. You should do some serious and careful research to determine which breed of dog is right for you and your family. Here are some things to consider: Temperament You're going to be living with this dog for a long time, so you need to make sure he has a personality you can live with. Do you want a dog that is active or subdued? A dog that is easily trained or strong-willed? A dog that is friendly to everyone he meets or one that is loyal to family but aloof toward strangers? A dog that needs a lot of attention from family members and lots of activity to prevent him from becoming bored and destructive or a dog that is content to be left alone for periods of time during the day? Size All little puppies are adorable, of course, but they grow quickly-and some of them grow a lot. Find out how large-in height and weight-that cute puppy will become before you bring him home. Remember that larger dogs require more food and space-is your yard or living room big enough to meet his needs? Keep in mind that some little dogs still need lots of room to run around and burn off energy.
and video – all of which were produced in or inspired by Maine. And it includes the artist’s ubiquitous and beloved Weimaraners. In a recent interview with Maine Public Radio’s Keith Shortall, Mr. Wegman said he uses the Weimaraners in his art, because “I love how they look outside…they love it here in Maine and they love to work.” And discussing how the dogs react to the poses he asks of them, “…they have their own subplot to my master plan.” The exhibit itself deals
Coat/Grooming Needs All dogs need to be groomed regularly to stay healthy and clean; most dogs will shed, but some dogs shed profusely all year round; some shed in clumps for a few weeks; some dogs shed only a little bit. Longcoated dogs are beautiful to look at, but require a lot of effort to stay that way. Short-coated dogs are easier to care for, but may still shed, and they may require protection in cold or wet weather. Dogs with fancy trims may need professional grooming. Decide how much dog hair you're willing to put up with and how much time and energy you can afford when you're deciding which breed is right for you. Male or Female In general, there is no significant difference in temperament between male and female dogs. If you are getting a dog for a pet, you will want to have your dog spayed or neutered, which will eliminate most minor differences anyway. If you plan to show or breed your dog, you must be vigilant about preventing unwanted breedings by keeping your intact male safely confined to your house or yard and by keeping your intact female away from other dogs when she comes into heat twice yearly. Puppy or Adult The advantage of getting a puppyaside from its irresistible cuteness-is that you can raise it by yourself from the beginning and participate in its training and socialization every step of the way. The disadvantage is that training a puppy requires a great deal of time and patience. Busy families
should keep in mind that puppies cannot be left alone for more than a few hours at a time. They need plenty of trips outside, frequent meals, and lots of interaction with people. Adult dogswhether purchased directly from a breeder or adopted from a rescue group-can be ideal for people who want a dog with fewer needs. Mature dogs tend to be calmer; some are already house-trained and know some basic obedience. Health Some breeds may be prone to hereditary diseases or conditions. Many breeds can be screened for certain conditions, such as hip or eye problems; this certification should be available to you when you go to look at a puppy. Being educated about the health considerations of your chosen breed can help you to avoid or alleviate future problems. Pet Health Insurance Being a responsible owner means considering your dog's lifelong health care needs, whether for preventive care or for unexpected accidents, injuries, and illnesses that could happen at any time, however well you look after your dog. It is sensible to consider planning for these. As a special registration benefit, the AKC has arranged a Complimentary 60-Day Trial AKC Pet Healthcare Plan* for newly registered puppies. Details about this special complimentary benefit will be sent to you shortly after registration.
* The 60-Day Trial Plan is provided by the master policy issued to the Association of American Pet Owners. Activation required. Administered by PetPartners, Inc. Underwritten by Markel Insurance Company, 4600 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060. Not available in all states and only available to US residents. Eligibility restrictions apply. Contact PetPartners, Inc. for terms and conditions. Must be activated within 28 days of AKC Certificate Issued date. Visit www. akcphp.com/trial or call toll free at 1-866-725-2747. Start Your Search Have you made a checklist of the characteristics you're looking for? Go to our Alphabetical List of Breeds to start your search for the right dog for you! You may also consider visiting an All-Breed Dog Show. This will give you an opportunity to view firsthand virtually every breed recognized by the American Kennel Club. In addition to seeing a variety of dogs, you will have a chance to talk with dedicated breeders, people concerned with the welfare and advancement of their chosen breed. You can learn a lot from these knowledgeable and dedicated folks, who can also lead you to breeders of the particular breed in the area. Go to our Event Search to find an upcoming event in your area.
continued from Pg.1 with “clashing concepts of nature,” as the artist puts it, parodying the inclination of humans to domesticate nature, as humans domesticated dogs thousands of years ago. It’s a double jest, then, to see the dogs posed as moose, covered with and camouflaged by autumn leaves, as well as dressed as humans and posed like their own versions of the iconic painting American Gothic. A highlight of the exhibit is a short film made in Rangeley in 1994. Based on his boyhood love
of the Hardy Boys mystery novels, Wegman filmed, “The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold,” starring dogs Battina and Crooky as “Hardly boys, because they’re dogs and girls, Fay Ray and Chundo as the mom and dad., complete with costumes and human hands. The premise is this: the Hardly family vacations in Rangeley every summer at The Hardly Inn. Mr. Hardley spends his days in hip wader boots fly fishing. Mrs. Hardly plays solo golf, reciting the mantra, “Competition, meditation,
crystallization.” No amount of chanting, however, can help her golf technique. Each shot veers off course, which is hilarious every time. Fay Ray and Chundo are busy acting as the parents, in full costumes and a wig for the Mrs., (make up not necessary for these sleek, gorgeous hounds). Battina and Crooky play the “boys,” Batty and Crooky, who are drawn into the intrigue of the
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HELLO NATURE summer: where is Gladiola Mason, their neighbor and summer friend? She has invited them over to visit, but when their canoe finally glides into Sunset Point (“Is it a cove or a point?” the “boys” ask repeatedly), they are greeted by a mean caretaker who sends them away with the human-like command, “No, no, no. Go away,” like the crotchedy old man neighbor shooing your runaway dog from his front lawn. Except this mean “man” is one of the dogs. There is the nurse, who administers “nerve manna” to the tied-up Mrs. Mason and Chip her nephew, who exhorts Batty and Crooky to find out his aunt’s whereabouts. This is a must-see. Commenting on the exhibit for The Bowdoin Daily Sun, Art Museum Curator Joachim Homann said, “It’s a show for everybody. The Weimaraners are pop icons. But the exhibition shows how the Weimaraners as a concept fits into the larger body of work Wegman has created over the past 30 years…. People will come away with a much deeper understanding of this strategy of humanizing dogs in work that unsettles all sort of categories.”
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Lauded for his ability to work with great speed, fearlessness and endurance when on the hunt, the Weimaraner is also known for being an easily trainable, friendly and obedient member of the family. This s a breed that loves children and enjoys being part of his family’s “pack.” Grooming maintenance is low due to his short coat. Credit to the American Kennel Club at www.akc.com NOTE: Go deeper into the American Kennel Club’s website to get an honest idea of what it will take to raise a Weimaraner. The site mentions that good sense goes out the window when many people choose a puppy, especially if the family has children. Do your family and the prospective puppy a favor and take ten deep breaths before taking in a puppy you can’t realistically care for.
or lobster roll, or a fine dining and shopping experience. Log on to the Brunswick Downtown Association’s website for more information about what’s out there. The museum is free of charge, so if all you can invest is the gas in your car, pack a cooler and enjoy the gorgeous Bowdoin College quadrangle. Spread a blanket and bask in the history with spirits of alumni such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne. If you plan well, you can fit in other stops, like a trip to the Civil War hero and former Bowdoin president Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s house, just across Maine Street. FMI: 725 4439 or www.brunswickdowntown.com
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Often referred to as the “grey ghost,” because of the distinctive color of its short, sleek coat, the Weimaraner is a graceful dog with aristocratic features. Bred for speed, good scenting ability, courage and
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A Look Back
Originally known as the Weimer Pointer (derived from the court that sponsored the breed), the Weimaraner is a product of selective German breeding and comes from the same general stock as other German hunting breeds. It is believed to be a descendant of the Bloodhound and was originally used to hunt wolves, deer and bear. Over the years because of the rarity of bigger game in his surroundings, the Weimaraner adapted to become a bird dog and personal hunting companion.
So many puppies, so many dogs needing rescue. Not to throw a damper on the Weimaraner fun, but take a look at RescueMe.Org for a wake up call for prospective adoptive families. Here is what RescueMe.Org says about Weimaraners: Weimaraner Dogs can make good pets in Maine if they match your lifestyle. The Weimaraner is a graceful gray gun dog. Weimaraners are rowdy, happy dogs. Weimaraners need discipline and strong leadership from the very beginning. This is not a breed for an inexperienced owner. Weimaraners are very territorial. A Weimaraner needs to be with people. Weimaraners are excellent with children, but should be supervised around little ones because of the energy and size of the dogs. A Weimaraner can live in an apartment if it has plenty of exercise. (I assume the “it” here is the dog.) Taken from www.weimaraner. rescueme.org/Maine
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Pet Owner Turns Pet Detective by Lindsay Tise, Lewiston Sun Journal
Lisa Nazarenko is, she believes, the state's only pet detective. And, so far, she and her highly trained four-dog team have been a rousing success. "It's rewarding. Definitely rewarding. I said even if I just bring home one dog ... that will be worth everything. Now we've helped bring home a lot more," said Nazarenko, who's located 18 out of 20 missing pets in the past three months. "I was good with one. Now I'll just keep going." Nazarenko's decision to become a pet tracker started last year with her own lost yellow Lab, 12-year-old Cappuccino. For two months she conducted a massive search, putting ads in local papers, buying banners for turnpike ramps, and offering her 2007 Buell motorcycle, valued at $13,000, as a reward. She hired a professional dog tracker from Maryland â€” the closest to Maine she could find â€” and begged the woman to come back time after time to search the deep woods around her home. But no matter what Nazarenko did, it seemed, she couldn't locate Cappuccino. She felt helpless, and she didn't want any other pet owner to have to feel that way. She would find her beloved dog, she vowed. And once she did, she would help other Mainers find their animals, too. It's a vow she's kept.
This summer, a year after volunteer searchers found Cappuccino's body less than a mile from her Bowdoin home, Nazarenko formed Lost Pet
Mason is one of Lisa Nazarenko's four trained dogs that she uses to track lost cats and dogs. Mason is a boxer/ hound mix.
Tracking Dogs. She spends part of her day as a cardiac nurse at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She spends the other part of her day with black Lab Bella, Belgian malinois Dante, bloodhound Vita and boxer-hound mix Mason, scouring woods, mountains and rocky terrain in search of missing cats and dogs. "They're harder cases and nobody really wants to take on the tough cases," she said. "It's nice if you
live in a little neighborhood with all fenced in yards. Yeah, that'd be real easy. But I think the reason why we don't have anybody up here is because of that (rough terrain)." Nazarenko trained for six months
Dante is a scent specific K9 that Lisa has trained to help locate lost pets. â€”Photos by Daryn Slover Sun Journal
with a professional dog tracker from Nebraska. She immediately began working with Bella and Dante as puppies. She adopted and trained Vita after the bloodhound had been abandoned and shuttled among five different shelters. She bought Mason, pretrained, from the professional tracker she was training with. In order to track, the dogs sniff an item covered with the missing animal's scent on it, such as a collar. After that, each dog has his or her own style. Mason is good at scenting in the air. High-energy Dante has the biggest range for running and tracking. Vita is focused, always staying right on the mark. Bella has some combination of them all. Nazarenko and her dogs got their first case before they even got back to Maine from training. Molly, a beagle, was missing in Connecticut. The team tracked her to a condo, where a resident refused to let them in. The next day, someone dropped off Molly
at home. Since then they've had 19 other cases, both missing cats and dogs. The team has helped find nearly all of them, sometimes tracking the missing pet to a spot in the woods where it could be drawn out with bait. "You know what dogs love? Cat food," Nazarenko said. Some searches have been harder than others. Although there have been sightings and the tracking team has scented her, Nazarenko's dogs haven't been able to locate Moxie, a Pownal golden retriever-Irish setter mix missing since June. "You don't know how many golden retrievers there are until you're looking for one (in particular)," Nazarenko said. For the moment, Nazarenko still works nights as a nurse. She kept her job when she started Lost Pet Tracking Dogs, unsure how popular it would be or how many people could afford her fee, which is a minimum of $150 and varies based on location, travel and search hours. She originally thought she might get one case a month. Instead she's gotten two a day at times. "It's taken off like crazy," she said. "I don't even have time to go grocery shopping. There's a lost dog out there." When there's a case she doesn't have time to take right away, she advises pet owners about what they can do on their own, like peppering the area with fliers so people in the area will know there's a pet missing. When she started the business, friends and family called her crazy. Now Nazarenko may, eventually, become a pet detective full time. "The only people who really get it are the people who have dogs. They don't think it's crazy at all," she said.
The “dos” of Safe, Pet Friendly Boating your pet to get on and off the boat. This not only includes from the dock to the boat but also from the water to the boat. Pets weigh much more wet than dry and it can be very difficult
some dogs). Even if your pet is a good swimmer, getting tossed overboard can put any animal into a panic. In addition, your pet could suffer from exhaustion or hypothermia. Many
your pet get used to the PFD by first practicing at home for short periods of time. Start by putting the PFD on With boating season in high gear your pet and let them walk around it’s a good time for a little refresher with it on. The next step is to let your on pet friendly boating to ensure pet swim with it on for a your little one is safe. Before short period. It’s a new hitting the high seas with your pet experience for your pet so it’s important to plan ahead and it’s important for them to always keep the best interests of get used to it before the your four-legged friend in mind. boat trip. Boating with your pet can be a • Proper Hydration & wonderful and bonding experience Staying Cool: Pets do not or a not so pleasant one. It’s all sweat, so keep an eye out function of proper planning and for heavy panting or drool preparation. and a rapid heart beat. Be sure to take these necessary Protect pets from heat by provisions to ensure that your providing some shade on pet’s boat cruise is a happy and the boat, providing plenty safe one. of water and keeping • Identification Tag: Make sure the deck cool to protect your pet has a collar with an paw pads. Bring along identification tag. Include contact a travel water bowl and information, marina address and fresh water. It is critical slip number. to hydrate pets before • Familiarization with the Boat: they get into the water. It is best to gradually introduce Otherwise, they will drink your pet to your boat and the the natural water and may water. Let your pet explore the get sick. boat while it is docked before • Going Potty: A big going out on the water. Turn on challenge of boating the engine and let them get used to with your pet is making its sound, smell, and feel while the provisions so that they boat is docked. Then, take your pet can go to the bathroom. out on small cruises and gradually This is Perry, she is doing the right thing by wearing her life jacket. —Photo by her person Cheryl Bringing along your cat’s build up to longer cruises. litter box and securing it • Safe & Easy Boat Access: inside the cabin is a good Provide a special pet ramp for to lift them back into your boat after pets also fall into the water from the solution for your feline friends. Dogs, a swim. dock or while trying to get from the however, are a bigger challenge. If • Flotation Device: A personal dock to the boat. Having your pet your boat trip does not allow for flotation device (a.k.a. life jacket) can equipped with a flotation device with regular land stops for your dog to also ensure safety while on the water. a lifting handle makes retrieving do their business, then provisions Not all pets can swim (including your pet much easier and safer. Help must be made so that they can relieve themselves on the boat. A portable dog potty that simulates grass is an Beth Carlson’s Studio Open House excellent solution. We recommend August 11th, 4-8pm the Pup-Head Portable Dog Potty. Animal Portraiture by Beth Carlson and Wildlife Sculptures by Charles Ellithorpe, D.V.M. • Health Records: If your boating Come and enjoy refreshments, bring friends destination is a marina or place that Guest Pets Now have their Own Beds, and experience the art & converted barn that has now you’re not familiar with, be sure to Treats from Barkwheats become a much talked about artist’s midcoast studio bring along a copy of vaccination (all natural, locally produced) and health records. Some places may and their own towels for paw wiping, require proof of immunization before waiting for them before arrival. letting pets explore on land. Oh, and the Guest Amenities 613 Foster Point Road are Very Nice Too! • Call Ahead: While most marinas West Bath For pet updates, become a fan on Facebook and parks welcome pets, there are 207/443-5262 and Follow us on Twitter! some that aren’t pet friendly. Be sure www.bethcarlsonportraits.com 8 Country Inn Way, Rockport, Maine email@example.com to call ahead before arriving on (207) 236-2725 shore. by TripsWithPets.com
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Portuguese Water Dog Portuguese Water Dogs are high energy dogs with a lot of enthusiasm. They are outgoing, curious, friendly, and highly intelligent. There’s a lot of dog inside that moderately sized, curl-covered body. Porties love to play in water and will take all the exercise you can give them.
Working Height: 17 to 23 inches at the shoulder Weight: 35 to 60 pounds Life Span: 10 to 14 years
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The Portuguese Water Dog used to be a fisherman’s best friend, helping to drive fish into nets, retrieve items that fell into the water, and swim messages from boat to boat. When the First Family welcomed Bo, the Portuguese Water Dog, to the White House, they put the spotlight on this rare breed of water-loving canine. Fortunately, the Portie likes attention almost as much as he likes playing with children and swimming. An important consideration before diving in to ownership of a Portuguese Water Dog: If you don’t want a dog who prefers to be wet, this isn’t the dog for you. Caveats aside, this curly mop of good natured canine could be just the ticket for your family. The breed was developed in Portugal, where the breed served as the fisherman’s equivalent of a farmer’s right-hand man. They retrieved nets, delivered messages, and pretty much did anything that
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was asked of them with enthusiasm and style. Few people need that kind of water-logged helper anymore, so the Portie’s smarts and enthusiasm have been put to other uses. One of the most notable: When San Francisco opened its new bayside ballpark for the Giants, a team of Porties went to work retrieving home run balls out of the water. The dogs, known as the Baseball Aquatic Retrieval Korps, or BARK, quickly became an attraction on their own. But the Portie doesn’t need paid work; he’ll happily do most anything you want. The dogs do very well at obedience, agility, and other canine sports, as well as more people-based activities such as boating, hiking, and helping the kids chase a soccer ball. The problem won’t be finding things for your dog to do, but rather finding time and energy to keep your dog busy. Don’t bring a Portie into your family unless you have plenty of both to spare. What about allergies? The jury’s still out. The Portie, like many dogs with coats like the Poodle, may be better tolerated by people with allergies, especially mild ones. Do understand, though, that there’s truly no such thing as a dog that will not cause any allergies. Expect to brush the dog thoroughly at least weekly and have him professionally clipped every other month. The Portie is a wonderful family dog and typically great with children, although all child-pet interaction should be supervised by adults. Also, because the dog can be rambunctious and some fall under the “big dog” category, they may be too much for toddlers. Give your Portie plenty of exercise and he’ll be happy in an apartment, a small suburban home, or a vast country estate. Just don’t expect him to handle being alone in the backyard. If you get a Portuguese Water Dog, make him a member of your family, not an outdoor dog.
The History of the Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog has been a coastal retriever in fishing-mad Portugal for centuries. Portuguese
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fishermen ranged far out from their homeland, all the way to the Grand Banks cod fishery off the coast of Newfoundland, and their waterloving dogs went with them. They were important members of the crew, helping to pull in nets and deliver items between boats. The Poodle and the PWD may have a common ancestor, and the PWD may have played a role in the development of the Irish Water Spaniel. The breed’s importance in the fishing industry declined over the years, and the dogs became quite rare. The first members of the breed were brought to the United States in 1958, but it wasn’t until 1972 that the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America was formed. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1984. Today the PWD ranks 55th among the breeds registered by the AKC, up from 60th in 2009. No doubt the breed’s popularity received a boost from the presence of Bo Obama in the White House.
Temperament and Personality
There are two outstanding characteristics of the Portuguese Water Dog: energy and intelligence. The Portie is an agile breed that thrives on any activity that challenges him physically and mentally. In addition, the Portie is a friendly family dog that enjoys looking after his human pack. In fact, the Portie needs to be with a family. He doesn’t do well if left in a kennel or left alone at home for long periods of time. He thrives in the midst of an active family. Vigorous exercise is a must for the Portie, such as daily romps, canine sports (agility and obedience), and swimming. The Portie has a special affinity for swimming due to his heritage as a working water dog, and
swimming is a great way for him to burn off some energy. The Portie is a good companion for children, but don’t be surprised if he outplays the kids. His natural exuberance may cause him to play a little too rough, so he must be taught early on to play nicely and keep his mouth to himself. Training should begin right away for the Portie puppy. Even at 8 weeks old, he is capable of learning good manners. Never wait until he is 6 months old to begin training. If possible, get him into puppy kindergarten class by the time he is 10 to 12 weeks old, and socialize, socialize, socialize. However, be aware that many puppy training classes require certain vaccines (like kennel cough) to be up to date, and many veterinarians recommend limited exposure to other dogs and public places until puppy vaccines (including rabies, distemper and parvovirus) have been completed. In lieu of formal training, you can begin training your puppy at home and socializing him among family and friends until puppy vaccines are completed. These experiences as a young dog will help him grow into a sensible adult dog. Talk with a reputable, experienced Portuguese Water Dog breeder. Describe exactly what you’re looking for in a canine companion, and ask for assistance in selecting a puppy. Breeders see the puppies daily and can make uncannily accurate recommendations once they know something about your lifestyle and personality. Choose a puppy whose parents have nice personalities and who has been well socialized by the breeder from birth. Find more about Portugese Water Dogs and other Breeds on VetStreet. com
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The Best Day Ever Yesterday was just the best day. As all of us with permanent fur coats know, it’s been a miserable, hot summer. I’ve been spending my days lying on the cool floor of my human’s shower. Yesterday, one of the hottest days so far, my alpha humans opened the door to their crate and took me and my ‘brother’ to the beach. I know he’s not my real brother and he doesn’t even live with us any more, but when he visits, we have the best time together. We still play together like we did when we were both young. I’ve never seen so many dogs having so much fun: dogs on leashes, dogs off leashes; dogs chasing sticks into the water, digging in the sand, peeing on sand castles; dogs sniffing other dogs, rolling in dead things, stealing food from their humans, and running down the beach. I met a real huskie (I’m only part huskie) with beautiful gray eyes. No butt sniffing. We just nuzzled each other while our humans talked. Oh, gee. And the water! Cool and refreshing and so much of it. My humans threw sticks into the water and I chased after them over and over. I’m not crazy about sticks like a lab, but I sure did enjoy it. My human brother played keep-away with me with a big stick. We went round and round until the stick broke, and he flew backwards into the sand. When I got tired, I just lay down in the water and let it swirl around me. The walk back was slow: nothing new to sniff, nothing left to mark. I just padded along, dog tired, feeling so good to be walking with my family, knowing we were headed home. Chow! Baxter
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RO C K L A N D — M a i n e Boats, Homes & Harbors Show organizers are pleased to announce that the finalists have been chosen to compete in the World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials. The trials will take place on Sunday, August 12, during the tenth annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, which runs August 10-12, 2012, at Harbor Park in Rockland. Tickets are $12/day; those under 12 get in free. A perennial crowd favorite (who doesn’t love watching people act silly with their pets?), the trials are a zany paw-to-paw “competition” among the cream of Maine’s canine corps. The field of competing dogs is pre-selected; the organizers emphasize that for liability reasons ONLY those dogs will be allowed onto show grounds. Please leave all other pets at home to avoid disappointment. The kick-off parade will be at 10:15 a.m. plus there will be a flyover of antique biplanes from Owls Head Transportation Museum. The trials themselves will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the inner harbor. The trials consist of three events: the “Dockside Obstacle Course,” in which dog and handler negotiate a maze of funky dockside paraphernalia; the “Dinghy Hop,” in which dog and handler scramble in and out of a very tippy dinghy; and a “Freestyle” segment, during which each dog shows off any special talents…. No holds are barred for this segment, but a hula hoop MUST be included in the performance and there is a time limit of eight minutes per entrant.
The Field of Competitors: Duff
Originally from the Deep South, Duff, who was rescued by the collective powers of Facebook, is extremely happy to now have a home in Maine. This self-described “black mutt” probably has some Lab ancestry, but even with water dog in his genes, Duff’s biggest Boatyard Dog Trials challenge will be overcoming his inborn fear of getting wet. As he said, “Hey, you would be afraid too if you had lived in Alabama where there are gators, snakes, crawfish, and even swamp monsters!” Duff has been working hard to overcome his aquaphobia in time for the competition, but wishes the trials were in the winter because he’d rather play ice hockey with his mom.
Born on St. Patrick’s Day, Greta Maye says that she is trustworthy, steadfast, and mute by choice. This helps make her an excellent crewmember of the *Mimi Rose, a 32' wooden cutter that hails from Brooklin, Maine. Who wouldn’t like a crewmember that never talked back? Her duties on board include eating all the dog food and protecting
her people from dragonflies. At a mere 20 pounds, she is a sleek and athletic specimen of the Boston terrier breed. In fact, her motto is: Small. Is. Great. Look out, all you big dogs!
Julio (Down by the School Yard) weighs all of five pounds soaking wet, but reportedly acts just like a BIG dog. Julio assures us that he is a born and raised Mainah' and has lived on the coast of Maine all of his life (thus far). Julio is determined to win a trophy so he can keep up with his big sister, previous Boatyard Dog Trials competitor Gracie O’Malley (the Pirate Queen). Julio plans to combine sheer determination with a love of cheating to bring home the bacon… err... the title of World Champion.
Otter has a secret talent to go along with the expected duties at which all championship quality canines must excel. She is a poet. We excerpt a few lines she pawed for us here, and expect a lyrical entry from this bundle of energy on the big day. “When we caught wind of the dog trials to be held, we were very excited by what we smelled. If you like a good game of fetch the stick, or enjoy the show of a swim oh-so-quick, hold on to your paddles ladies and gents, we’ve got a crowd pleaser for your event!”
Since we saw her at last year’s trials, Pixel has been hard at work as CEO of her own non-profit corporation, saving lives and advocating for her fellow shelter pets, but she hasn’t forgotten how to have fun. She has been perfecting a new routine to awe and amaze the crowd and to make the other competitors tuck tail and run. Ms. P is a hardworking, down-to-earth gal who is very much a devoted family member and advocate. She is planning a nationwide initiative next year to attack shelters and her efforts at the show will be designed to bring attention to the issues and to raise funds for her programs. She is also actively working to achieve world peace.
Truffle & Puff
Or is it Puffle and Truff? Either way, this pair of Portuguese water dogs was born in Bowdoinham. They are proud to point out that “ boat sense” is in their DNA. They learned almost immediately to respond appropriately to the Captain’s commands: Aboard! Ashore! Cockpit! Below! Most useful, perhaps, is Foredeck! which is the area they use as their…err… shall we just say “facilities?” when confined to the boat. Win or lose, they wish the following for each of their fellow competitors, “May all of your car rides feature open windows.”
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Basic Training Tips: by Diana Logan
Prevention: The Best, and Most Under-Rated Training Tool! Baby gates, cribs, bouncy chairs, playpens, safety latches, car seats, outlet covers, kid-safe containers…. these are just a few of the many ubiquitous items used to keep our young children safe; some even required by law. We accept the fact that 2 year old Tommy doesn’t “know better” than to explore the cabinet under the sink, so we are proactive in installing safety knobs to keep him - and the items inside - safe. A lone toddler in a non-child-proofed room spells disaster. Likewise, we don’t allow toddlers to investigate their surroundings unsupervised. We frequently fail to apply the same strategies with our dogs: animals who are developmentally perpetually stuck in “toddler phase.” There are many parallels to raising human and canine “children” – the psychology is even the same! Canine versions of kidraising gear are widely available. Crates,
The 2012 World Champion will be featured in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, since the popular Boatyard Dog® column is where all this silly fun got its start. The champ also keeps the cherished revolving “Pup Cup” trophy for one year. Custom Float Services of Portland is the lead sponsor. The Bark magazine is the media sponsor. Supporting sponsors Sea Bags, of Portland; The Loyal Biscuit Co., of Rockland; and Planet Dog of Portland will provide goody bags to all contestants. We would also like to acknowledge Crypton for providing gifts for both the overall winner and the People’s Choice winner. Judges will be Dale Dyer of Custom Float Services; Lucinda Lang of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International in Camden; Dr. Bjorn Lee of Pen Bay Veterinary Associates in Rockport; and Gretchen Piston Ogden, Managing Editor of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. The trials will again be spiced up by the verbal antics of emcees Mike Joyce and Alan Sprague, the co-hosts of WERUFM’s call-in show “Boattalk” (89.9 FM and weru.org). The “People’s Choice” Wagon on show grounds will once again allow show attendees a chance to “vote” with money for their favorite canine contender. All proceeds will benefit local animal shelters, and the winning dog will get “People’s Choice” barking rights. NO PETS allowed on show grounds (except the pre-qualified Boatyard Dog entrants on Sunday morning). FMI: visit www. maineboats.com.
pens, barriers and gates are a few things that the Logan household cannot be without. I was recently reminded of how handy it is to have confinementhappy pooches. A rousing game of croquet was about to begin at a family gathering and I knew I couldn’t sufficiently supervise our dogs and keep them from wandering towards the road… or prevent them from interfering with our game. Out came the pen and they were in it before it got set up, eager to find out what wonderful things were going to happen inside. “Oh no, they’re getting punished!” said someone. We don’t hear this sentiment expressed when a young child is placed in his playpen.. why on earth should we think differently of dogs in a pen? A crate is simply a playpen with a roof. We need to dispel the myth that using crates is cruel. Au contraire! I argue that allowing dogs to learn bad habits which ultimately affect their quality of life (and that of their humans) or allowing them to put themselves or others in danger is cruel. Dogs who get sufficient regular physical exercise and mental stimulation can most certainly be happy in confinement. Crating, penning, gating, using barriers and supervised tethering are all excellent options. Just as a child learns confinement is a normal part of life, so, too, should our
dogs. We provide kids with problem-solving and physically engaging games and toys to keep them busy and learning, even when we aren’t directly supervising them. We know these things are crucial to their development and well-being. Our dogs are no different. Appropriate use of Confinement is the Key to Prevention As a professional dog trainer, many of my cases involve dogs with habits that would not have seen the light of day had simple preventive measures been in place from the beginning. Those habits include jumping on people, mouthing, counter-surfing, object “stealing,” poor house-training, cat or kid chasing, trash raiding….. and so many more. Many of them were incorrectly labeled as “puppy behaviors” that the puppy would ultimately “grow out of.” Unfortunately, growing into them is more likely. I have never met any dog owner who regrets having crate-trained her dog, but I’ve met plenty who regretted not doing so. Whether we use the term “alpha,” “pack leader,” “pet parent,” “owner,” “guardian,” or something in between, our job is the same: to keep our dogs physically and emotionally safe and provide them with the things they need in order to thrive under our care.
Diana Logan, CPDT-KA Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed Pet Connection Dog Training, North Yarmouth, Maine http://www.petconnectionmaine.com 207-252-9352
Maine's Best Beginning By Ann M. Ward The inspiration for developing Training Liver Chews (TLC) came from my beloved Great Dane, Venus. Venus was a rescue dog who came into my life in1996. Sadly, she passed away in 2007. Like many rescue dogs, Venus came from inauspicious circumstances. She had been isolated and never socialized. Venus suffered from significant fear aggression. I took her to dog trainers who taught me how to give collar corrections and other adverse dog training techniques that felt unnatural to me. I remember one day being very frustrated with Venus. I started yelling at her. She looked up at me with sadness, as if to say, “What do you want from me? I just want to know.” That moment changed both our lives. I knew there had to be a better way to train and communicate with my dog. I discovered the world of positive training (reward based) which is focused on training the trainer as much as the trainee. In 2000, I received a certificate in positive training techniques and became a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, an organization that fosters more humane training techniques through education. Using food treats in training is very motivating for most dogs. If the treat is irresistible, soft in texture and small, the dog can be reinforced frequently when first learning a new behavior or confronting scary situations, such as vet and groomer visits. Venus blossomed with positive training. Our Great Dane, Amos, (whose likeness is our company’s logo) loves TLC and training. He has excelled in positive dog training
classes and has even won several Agility ribbons. My 10 year-old son uses TLC to positively train his rescued terrier mix, Lola. Using the positive training methods has allowed Lola to shine and is teaching my son compassion and understanding. I created TLC because I wanted a healthy treat that my dog and all the other dogs out there would love that didn’t have all of the fillers, additives, and preservatives that most manufacturers use. I use only organic ingredients, and I purchase as many local products as possible. 5% of all profits go back to animal welfare and wildlife preservation. I knew I had a marketable product, when many of the dogs that I came into contact with would smell my treat bag and instantly sit. Then more and more colleagues, friends, and family asked for samples because their dogs would sit in front of the
refrigerator begging for TLC. I believe that every company has a social responsibility to reduce its impact on the environment and to add to the local economy .To that end, Maine’s Best is making every effort to minimize our packaging and purchase as many locally available products as possible. We purchase our main ingredient, organic beef liver, from Caldwell Farms, just a stone's throw from my home. They are a MOFGA certified organic farm that supplies organic beef products to many of Maine’s finest restaurants and retailers. Our company logo, product label, and website were designed by Lauren Mier, at Brightredbicycle Design in Hallowell. Over the next months, we will also be testing solar ovens to cook TLC. If that is successful, it will significantly reduce our carbon footprint.
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BATH—Beth Carlson and Charles Ellithorpe DVM will be exhibiting their wildlife and animal art at Beth Carlson’s studio on 613 Foster Point Road in West Bath 4-8pm on August 11th. Bring a few friends, have a few refreshments and a bite to eat while enjoying the art and converted barn that has now become a much talked about artist’s studio. Beth Carlson’s ability to constantly capture an individual animal’s personality and physical characteristics can be directly attributed to her far-reaching knowledge pertaining to animals in general. Because of these talents, she is well known for her commissioned portraiture. Her artwork has been published on two book covers as well as numerous national and international magazine covers. Two of her paintings are in permanent possession of The National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee and three bequeathed to the American Kennel Club Museum in St. Louis, Mo. Many featured articles have been written about her art in numerous national and international sporting
magazines. She has had seven consecutive one- woman shows in Charleston, South Carolina at Dog & Horse Fine Art Gallery. Her collectors cover the globe, from Egypt to some very prominent American families’ private collections. She is also an associated member of the Oil Painters of America and Women Artists of the West. Dr. Ellithorpe is an awardwinning sculptor and wood-carver who creates beautiful wildlife art and is also a practicing small animal veterinarian in Brunswick, Maine. Charles' appreciation for wildlife and wild places spans his lifetime as an outdoorsman who has travelled all over the US and Canada. "My desire is to create art in memory of all the wild experiences I have had, including being charged by a grizzly in Alaska and a nose to nose stare down with a rutting bull moose in British Columbia. I credit my training in anatomy for the realism of my bronze sculptures, but it is the experience of being out there that provides the passion. I hope there is something in my art that stirs that passion in others." See ad on page 8.
ARL Opens Registration
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland has opened registration for its 15th annual dog walk, Paws in the Park, to be held October 7, 2012. Patsy Murphy, Executive Director remarked “We are excited to be celebrating the walk’s 15th year and look forward to the event being bigger and better than ever! “ Past Mc’s and Canine Contest judges have been WMTW’s Shannon Moss & Erin Ovalle, and WGAN’s Mike Violette and Ken Altshuler. Last year marked the first time Paws in the Park was held at Payson Park, where it will be held again this year.
ARL Community Relations Manager Lynne McGhee explains “This is one of our most important fundraising initiatives, and the community’s support continues to be the reason for its success. By opening registration early, we hope to create an opportunity for even more involvement.” This is the first year students will be able to register at a discount price as individual walkers or as a member of a team. To register, visit the ARL website at www.arlgp.org and click on the paws in the park registration link. For more information, contact Lynne McGhee at 887-7215 ext 3.
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We had an excellent afternoon at Bridgton Veterinary Hospital on Sunday, July 15th, for our 4th Annual Pet Community Event. The raffle of the cat print quilt donated by Rhonda Bibeau and the silent auction raised over $750 for The Rusty Fund. Our Best In Show winners were Heisman, the Dalmatian, and Harley, the long haired cat. The hunting dog demonstrations by Tailfeathers Upland Store were very interesting to watch, however, the most popular thing to watch seemed to be the dogs cooling off in the kiddie pool once they finished working! There was a great camaraderie with all of our exhibitors for the day, including the dogs! Rosie, the search and rescue Bloodhound,
Dudley the Pekingese Rescue representative, the Cocker Spaniel puppy that Cocker Rescue brought with them could all be found most of the day hanging out with Tory, the Cocker Spaniel whose owner was running the Jessiebears Dog Biscuits’ table! Coincidence?.... We don't think so! A huge thank you to all our exhibitors for helping make this event such a great success! We greatly enjoy putting on this event and creating a venue for people to learn about all the great organizations for animals in the Lake Region! We are already looking forward to next year! Leah Haney, Community Outreach Bridgton Veterinary Hospital
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holds several fund raising events throughout the year including a winter dance, a Mutt Walk, Car & Dog Wash, and an annual Christmas season auction. More than a dozen volunteers walk dogs every week and take kittens to area banks to meet the public. During the spring, summer, and fall, shelter volunteers solicit donations in front of French & Brawn. P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, located at 146 Camden St., in Rockport is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information
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Paws 'N' Pals 4-H Dog Club Raffle to Attend the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Windham Wed, July 25 - Mon, July 30 The Paws 'N' Pals 4-H Dog Club is raising money to attend the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. We have three themed baskets to raffle off; Dog, Horse, & Outdoor Living with each basket valued at $50.00 or more! Tickets can be purchased from Club Members or at the following retail stores; Thayer's Store on River Road in Windham and Dirty Paw Dog Wash in North Windham. For questions or to donate to the club please contact club leader Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Addie Jean, our 5 month old English Setter. She loves to go "hauling" and to islands in Muscongus Bay for picnics and to explore what Mother Nature has provided. She looked chilly on our way home so we provided her with a "little too big" life jacket. Photo submitted by Ida and Gary Clarke Cushing, Me
Large Breed Puppy Play Group
Augusta Sun, July 29 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm This event meets weekly Pet Life, Shaw's Plaza Class provides your large breed puppy with supervised playtime with other large breeds. No sign-up needed. It's FREE!
Nail Trim Clinic
Waterville Sat, August 4 & Sat, September 8 Tractor Supply, JFK Plaza KMD Leslie Main from Canines & Cats in Oakland will be doing a nail trim clinic at Tractor Supply in Waterville from 3-5pm. Cost is $5.00 per pet. Dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets welcome. All proceeds will go to Save Our Strays. www.saveourstraysinmaine.org 888-772-3162 Email:email@example.com
Summer Youth Workshop Series
West Kennebunk Mon, July 30, Aug 6, and Aug13 The Animal Welfare Society on Holland Road in encourages parents to sign children 10-13 up for the summer youth workshop series. The four day, hands-on workshop allows the opportunity to feed, groom, socialize and exercise resident animals. Weekly Summer Workshops for Children in July and August Monday Thursday, 9am - 3pm. Senior Workshops (kids 10 -13 years old) The cost of the workshop is $240.00 and includes an AWS t-shirt, field trips, certificate of completion, a photo with an animal and a lesson in compassion. Be sure to sign up early because spaces always fill quickly. Snacks are provided, but bring a lunch. Space is limited. Registration forms are available online at www. animalwelfaresociety.org or by calling 207-985-3244 x 109.
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Sara Moore, Animal Communicator
Bangor Sat, July 28, 9:30 am - 11:00 am Sea Dog Banquet & Conference Center, 20 Front Street Learn to better communicate with animals in this 1.5 hour workshop. You will learn techniques to open the channels of communication, which questions to ask, how to receive answers with time given to practice doing a reading. Bring a picture of an animal (living or deceased) that you are familiar with. Please email Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up in advance. Or you may leave a message with Save Our Strays at 1-888-772-3162, and we will contact Sara for you. Sara is generously donating 20% of all proceeds to Save Our Strays
Open House Beth Carlson’s studio
West Bath August 11, 4-8pm 613 Foster Point Road Beth Carlson and Charles Ellithorpe DVM will be exhibiting their wildlife and animal art. Bring a few friends.
Boatyard Dog® Trials
Rockland Sun, August 12, 10:30am Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, August 10-12, 2012, at Harbor Park Tickets are $12/day; under 12 get in free.
NO PETS allowed on show grounds (except the pre-qualified Boatyard Dog entrants on Sunday morning). FMI: visit www.maineboats.com
"Paws for a Cause" Dog Walk
Freeport Sat, August 25, 9:30 am- 11:59 pm L.L.Bean Discovery Park The “Paws for a Cause” Dog Walk is the Coastal Humane Society's largest annual fundraising event. In partnership with L.L.Bean's Dog Days of August. There will be a walk for dogs, their owners and friends to benefit the Coastal Humane Society in addition to special events including an awards ceremony, canine contests, and dog obedience demonstrations. Participants are invited to register themselves, form a team, or join an existing team by visiting www.coastalhumanesociety.org. Phone:207-751-5051 Email:email@example.com
Craft Fair "On the Green"
Kennebunkport Sat, August 25 10am to 4pm Society of Southern Maine Craftsman Craft Fair on the Green in Congdon's Donut or a Shield's hamburger at the AWS table, buy a raffle ticket or some AWS logo wear. All proceeds from the table benefit the shelter. Rain date Sunday, August 26.FMI: call Animal Welfare Society (www. animalwelfaresociety.org) at 985-3244
Strut Your Mutt
Kennebunk Sun, September 9, 10:00am 18th Annual Strut Your Mutt Walk at Mother’s Beach it 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. Registration begins at 10:00am and the walk starts at 11:00am. For more information, call Animal Welfare Society (www.animalwelfaresociety.org) at 985-3244 .
Saturday, September 8th, will be held at the Damariscotta River Assocation on Belvedere Road, the site of the Damariscotta Farmers' Market. Woofstock 2012 is presented by The Animal House and sponsored by: Nature's Variety, Merrick Canidae, Earthborn Holistic, Stella & Chewy's, King Eider's, and Downeast Dog News. For information about Woofstock, or to receive a Vendor Application, please email info@theanimalhouse.
The Maine Wienerfest
Belfast Sun, September 9, 11am Steamboat Landing Part, on the waterfront in Belfast Parade… Races … Contests Lots of Food… A Ton of Fun! FMI: 338-2160 or FriendsofBelfastParks.org
Whisker Walk and Family Fun Day Harbor Park, Rockland Saturday, September 15, 9:30am The Humane Society of Knox County You may walk your well- behaved family dog on a leash or arrange to walk a shelter dog from HSKC. To walk a shelter dog, please make arrangements in advance by calling 594-2200.
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