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PORTLAND’S

ORIGINAL PET SUPPLY STORE

195 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 | 207.773.5450 217 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 | 857.753.4176 | thefishandbone.com

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We opened as Fetch in 2000, and we’re still the same independent, seriously playful pet supply store with the same original ownership, but we’ve got a new name & a whole new look. Come see! And watch for our estore coming soon.


Stay with

Lafayette Hotels Pet-Friendly

at one of our Accommodations throughout Maine.

Walking Path at the Best Western White House Inn

Lafayette the Wonder Moose Wonder View Inn

Bar Harbor Wonder View Inn Orono - Black Bear Inn Bangor - Best Western White House Inn & Fireside Inn & Suites Belfast - Comfort Inn Ocean’s Edge Waterville - Fireside Inn & Suites Augusta - Senator Inn & Spa Auburn - Fireside Inn & Suites Boothbay Harbor - Boothbay Harbor Inn, Tugboat Inn & Fisherman’s Wharf Inn Portland - Best Western Merry Manor Inn & Fireside Inn & Suites Old Orchard Beach - Sea View Inn & Waves Oceanfront Resort (w/ seasonal restrictions)

Boothbay Harbor Inn

Belfast, Maine

Black Bear Inn

Our Office Mascots Mason (l) & Rocky (r)

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Pet Travel Tips

We’re all feeling the crunch...with the economy slugging along and high gas prices (and by all counts - going to get much higher). We all begin evaluating where we can save money while limiting the effects on our lifestyle...and our pets. Even the most extravagant pet parents are looking to save a buck where they can. And with the summer fast approaching, taking that much needed vacation or getaway with our pet is something we don’t want to sacrifice. There are some very simple ways to save. They may all seem to be pretty much common sense, and perhaps trite...but they will save you A LOT of money. The common thread is preparation! Here are the top five tips: Make a List and Pack Early: Prepare a list of all the items to pack for your pet and pack them early! Discovering that you left behind your pets medication, favorite toy, dog food, or leash will cost you. Buying these things while on the road will cost you more in money, time, and gas. It certainly pays to be prepared. Find Hotels Where Pets Stay for Free: You’ll save a big chunk of change if you stay at hotels that have no pet fees. The following hotel chains do not charge for pet guests: Motel 6, La Quinta, Red Roof Inn, and Kimpton Hotels. How is that for pet friendly?! Book Hotels Early: Determine where and when you’ll need pet friendly accommodations before you start your trip. Booking before you leave will allow you to shop around for the best rates and find a deal on pet friendly

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hotels & accommodations. It’s very difficult to compare hotels rates while on the road. Early preparation will reduce the chance of unexpected expenses. Take Care of Hotel Room: Even if you’re staying at a pet friendly hotel where pets stay free, if Fido or Fluffy do any damage you are responsbile to pay for damages. The most well-behaved pets can act out when in a strange environment. It is recommended that you do not leave your pet unattended in a hotel room. If you must, don’t be gone long, be sure that your pet is crated and perhaps turn on the TV for some comfort sound. If the hotel does not allow you to leave your pet unattended in your room, don’t do it. Economical Pet Car Safety: This one is HUGE. Please, in your desire to save money, don’t skimp on the safety of your pet. While your pet is traveling in your vehicle, they must be secured. There are many options out there...pet travel carriers, pet car seats, vehicle pet barriers, and pet seat belts. The prices for these are all over the board. An excellent option is the Pet Auto Safety Restraint for under $10. It’s a pet seat belt that comes in two adjustable sizes and it attaches right into your seat belt buckle in the back seat (be sure to use a pet harness with this). Take the time to properly prepare and plan your “pet” road trip...it will indeed save you some money! Safe pet travels. —by TripsWithPets.com

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Portland Veterinary Specialists (207) 780-0271 www.portlandvetspecialists.com When your pet is in need of advanced diagnostics and treatments in a caring and professional environment, the team at Portland Veterinary Specialists will go the extra mile to provide the best care possible for you and your pet.

Cancer Care ¤ Internal Medicine ¤ Surgery ¤ Cardiology Ophthalmology ¤ Endoscopy ¤ Ultrasound ¤ Dermatology Acupuncture ¤ Radioactive Iodine Therapy for Hyperthyroid Cats Gail D. Mason, MA, DVM, DACVIM

Sarah J. Noble, DVM, DACVIM

Jeffrey Philibert DVM, DACVIM Board Certified Oncologist

Kristen Berdan, DVM, DABVP Board Certified Companion Animal

John MacGregor, DVM, DACVIM Board Certified Cardiologist

Rachel Mathes, DVM, MS, DACVO Board Certified Ophthalmologist

April Guille, DVM, DACVS

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Board Certified Internal Medicine

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Gary Stuer, DVM, CVA Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine

Board Certified Internal Medicine

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Klaus Earl Loft, DVM Practice limited to Dermatology

Mark Mason, DVM, MS Ultrasonography

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guide to emergency vet care If your pet is showing any of these signs of physical trouble, get to or call one of the following emergency veterinarian care centers for help.

No pet owner ever wants to experience an animal medical emergency, especially while on vacation and away from the family vet. If that should happen however, there are scores of on-call veterinarians throughout Maine available to come to the rescue.

Abdominal pain, bloating, It’s important first to know what constitutes an or enlargement actual emergency since it’s not always obvious when Repeated vomiting or gagging a pet needs immediate medical attention. Here’s a Persistent diarrhea list of the more serious signs of trouble: Pale mucous membranes or gum color Rapid or difficult breathing Maine Veterinary Animal Emergency Straining to urinate or bloody urine Referral Center Clinic of Mid-Maine Seizures, convulsions, or trembling 1500 Technology Way 37 Strawberry Avenue Loss of consciousness Scarborough, ME 04074 Lewiston, ME 04240 Dizziness, imbalance or circling 207-777-1110 207-885-1290 Sudden paralysis or severe lameness Eastern Maine Bleeding or open wounds Animal Emergency Veterinary Emergency Clinic News Tissue swelling or bruising Down East Dog Clinic Vocalizing as if in pain or distress 739 Warren Ave. 15 Dirigo Drive Portland, ME 04103 Weakness, disorientation or collapse Brewer, ME 04412 207-878-3121 Poison exposure or ingestion 207-989-6267 Persistent cough

We treat all pet Put Nemergencies ew text in ?? 24/7 MaineVeterinary Referral Center in Scarborough,Maine Open 24 hours a day, every day, all year including weekends and holidays

MVRC is also a Referral Hospital with Board Certified Specialists in Surgery, Internal Medicine and NeurologyNeurosurgery.To be prepared, enter the info below into your mobile device. MAINE VETERINARY REFERRAL CENTER

Emergency and Specialty Hospital

207.885.1290

1500 Technology Way • Scarborough 04070 maineveterinaryreferralcenter.com

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ALTERNATIVE VETERINARIAN MEDICINE “I’m the type of vet who wants to keep the medical-surgical options, while working with a patient’s primary veterinarian to help animals heal more efficiently,” says Dr. Lynda Bond, a new convert to practicing alternative veterinary medicine exclusively. Bond came to her focus on practices such as acupuncture, homeopathy and quantum energy work with animals after spending 32 years in “traditional” veterinary medicine at such prestigious institutions as Angell Animal Medical Center (formerly known as Angell Memorial Animal Hospital) in Boston. Today, she and a growing number of Maine veterinarians are incorporating the best of both western and eastern healing disciplines into their services. As a result, anyone traveling here with a pet should have no trouble finding a wide variety of approaches to whatever problems their animal companions might develop. Bond says she came to a focus on alternative veterinary medicine only—leaving her traditional practice in Cape Elizabeth and opening Energetic Veterinary Health Care—after seeing the amazing results possible with acupuncture and homeopathy. “I took some acupuncture courses and realized I was seeing some wonderful results,” says Bond, “so I took more courses and became fully certified. That opened the door for alterative care.” She says acupuncture is the most requested service for her patients. “Probably because it’s a well-known option … people are often doing it for themselves,” she says. “Other people have gone on to get acupuncture for themselves after they’ve seen the results on their pets.” Bond also uses homeopathy in her treatments, although it requires “a lot of homework,” she says. “It’s like the onion. We have to peel away until you get to the root of the problem.” Herbal remedies and flower essences are also among Bond’s tools.

Reiki, chiropractic medicine, kinesiology and therapeutic massage are used with patients by other Maine veterinarians who practice alternative medicine, and Bond would like to network with more of these animal healers. “There are so many good ones in the state,” she says. The following Maine veterinarians focus on holistic treatments: Augusta

Dr. Judith Herman, Animal Wellness Center, 207-623-1177.

Belfast

Dr. Lee Herzig, Full Circle Holistic Veterinary Clinic, 207-388-6700

Bethel

Dr. Gary Stuer, Bethel Animal Hospital, 207-824-2212

Norway

Dr. Suzanne Best, WellPoint Veterinary Services, 207-743-6441

Palermo

Dr. Pamela Page, Holistic Veterinary Services, 207-993-2500

Portland*

Dr. Lynda Bond, Energetic Veterinary Health Care, 207-408-9500

Portland**

Dr. Kate Steinhacker, Integrative Veterinary Medicine at Home, 207-712-8134

Windham

Dr. Douglas Griffin, Lake Region Animal Hospital, 207-892-7575

Yarmouth

Dr. Ruth Dalto, Holisitc Healing for Animals, 207-846-6634

*Dr. Bond leases space at the Animal Emergency Clinic, but also sees animals at facilities in Kennebunk and Rockport and at Sugarloaf (Carrabassett Valley). **Dr. Kate’s Housecalls for Dogs & Cats is a house call-only practice serving Greater Portland.

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TRAVELING WITH A CAT Ask the animal experts and they’ll tell you how they recoil whenever they see a cat traveling footloose inside a car. This prompts their first suggestion—use a carrier!—if you are planning to take Fluffy with you on vacation. Actually, veterinarians might say the first thing you should do is talk to them. Tell your vet your destination, and ask if there is anything you should know about going to that location with a cat. Are there vaccinations the animal might need? Will the weather there be a major adjustment? Will you need proof of rabies immunization? Other key points to ponder before you set out: • Prepare your kitty beforehand, by placing his or her carrier somewhere in the house where they can check it out. Familiarity will help your pet feel more secure. • And while we’re talking about carriers, make sure the animal’s temporary digs are big enough for them to spread out (stand, sit, lie down and turn around), and airy enough to allow for good ventilation. If you are taking your cat on a plane, the carrier will need to be one that the USDA has approved for this purpose. • Make sure the cat’s carrier is secure inside the car. (On an airplane, it will have to fit under the seat.) Some experts recommend putting a seat belt around it, to ensure it doesn’t shift or slide during stops and starts.

• Make sure the cat’s carrier is secure inside the car. (On an airplane, it will have to fit under the seat.) Some experts recommend putting a seat belt around it, to ensure it doesn’t shift or slide during stops and starts.• Put an I.D. tag on your cat, with complete and clear contact information should he or she become lost. Consider having an I.D. microchip implanted, if the cat doesn’t already have one. • Make sure you know where you will be lodging, if your trip involves an overnight stay. Not all motels/hotels allow pets. • When you pack for your cat, include favorite toys, food, treats, bowls for food and water, his or her litter with scooper and disposal bags, preferred sleeping towel or blanket, and leash. • Take information with you about emergency veterinary care options en route, and copies of any medical records that might be needed in a pinch. • Feed Fluffy a few hours ahead of departure time to give him or her time to digest and to prevent vomiting. • Crack the windows if you leave the cat in the car, but don’t leave any animal in a parked car for more than a few minutes. • Never, ever let your cat ride with his or her head out the window. • Give your cat breaks as often as you take them.

Drs. Bjorn Lee, Kate Pierce and our staff will treat your pet like one of their own. • Full medical and surgical services including digital X-rays and ultrasound • Dental disease prevention and treatment • In-House laboratory and pharmacy • Prescription food, flea & tick prevention, skin care products and much more

599 Commercial Street (Rt. 1), Rockport

www.penbayvets.com 207.594.8300

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Pet-FRIENDLY restaurants Southern Maine: Bob’s Clam Hut

315 US Route 1, Kittery Point

Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier 16 Chauncey Creek Rd, Kittery

Wildcat Pizza

Costello’s 278 Mills Rd., Kennebunkport

Huots Seafood Restaurant 29 Eern Ave, Saco

Greater Portland: Bad Dog Deli

449 RR 1, York

680 US Route 1, Scarborough

Rollover Cafe

Lobster Shack

358 Mile Rd., Wells

225 Two Lights Rd, Cape Elizabeth

Cape Pier Chowder House

Beals Old Fashioned Ice Cream

84 Pier Rd, Cape Porpoise

Charlie Bennett 200 Sea Rd, Kennebunk

Bartley’s Restaurant Dockside by the Bridge, Kennebunkport

12 Moulton Street, Portland

El Rayo Taqueria 101 York St, Portland

Gilbert’s Chowder House 92 Commercial Street, Portland

Gritty McDuff’s 396 Fore St, Portland

Mims Brasserie 205 Commercial St, Portland

Novare Res Bier Cafe 4 Canal Plaza, Suite 1, Portland

Portland Lobster Company 180 Commercial St, Portland

Sebago Brewpub 164 Middle Street, Portland

Standard Baking Co. 75 Commercial St, Portland

The Farmer’s Table

205 Commercial Street, Portland

The Flatbread Company 72 Commercial Street, Portland

O’Naturals 240 US Route 1 Falmouth

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Pet-FRIENDLY restaurants Cottage Street Bakery & Deli

GREATER PORTLAND CONT.

Johnny Rockets

59 Cottage St, Bar Harbor

1 Freeport Village, Freeport

Fish House Grill

Linda Bean’s

1 West Street Bar Harbor

88 Main St., Freeport

George’s Restaurant 7 Stephens Ln, Bar Harbor

Midcoast:

Fat Boys Drive In

Jack Russell’s Steakhouse & Brewery

111 Bath Rd, Brunswick

102 Eden St, Bar Harbor

Red’s Eats

Jordon Pond House Restaurant

41 Main St, Wiscasset

Park Loop Rd., Bar Harbor

Davis Island Grill

Mainly Meat Barbeque

318 Eddy Rd, Edgecomb

369 Hghwy 3, Bar Harbor

Boothbay Lobster Wharf

Mama DiMatteo’s

97 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay

34 Kennebec Place, Bar Harbor

Mama D’s Mercantile

McKays Public House

50 Union St, Boothbay Harbor

Coveside Marina & Restaurant 105 Coveside Rd, South Bristol

Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf

231 Main Street, Bar Harbor

Parkside Restaurant 185 Main Street, Bar Harbor

Pier Restaurant

Route 32, New Harbor

55 W St, Bar Harbor

The Lobster Dock 49 Atlantic Ave, Boothbay Harbor

Paolina’s Way

Rupununi 119 Main St, Bar Harbor

Siam Orchid

10 Bayview Landing, Camden

Bay Leaf Cottages & Bistro

30 Rodick Street, Bar Harbor

2372 US Rt. 1, Lincolnville Beach

Stewman’s Lobster Pound at the Bar Harbor Regency

Bangor/Acadia/Downeast:

123 Eden Street, Bar Harbor

China Joy Restaurant

The Dog and Pony Tavern

195 Main St, Bar Harbor

4 Roderick Place, Bar Harbor

Cafe Milagro

Quiet Side Café & Ice Cream Shop

37 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor

360 Main St, Southwest Harbor, ME

Cafe This Way

Western Maine:

14 1/2 Mt Desert Street, Bar Harbor

River Restaurant

Chowdah’s

297 Main Street, Bar Harbor

Rt. 26, West Paris

The Gingerbread House 55 Carry Road, Oquossoc

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Pet-FRIENDLY Lodging statewide:

Lafayette Properties Statewide, see ad on page: 3

Bangor/Acadia Downeast: Acadia Sunrise Motel

Trenton, see ad on page: 16

Southern Maine: Alouette Beach Resort

Old Orchard Beach, see ad on page: 13

Hounds Tooth Inn Kennebunk, see ad below

Llangolan Inn & Cottages Bar Harbor, see ad on page: 15

Oakland House Cottages Brooksville, see ad on page: 16

Winter Harbor Inn

Greater Portland:

Winter Harbor, see ad on page: 5

Freeport, see ad on page: 13

Bald Mountain Camps & Resort

Best Western Plus Freeport Inn

Western Maine:

Captain Briggs House B&B

Oquossoc, see ad on page: 16

Freeport, see ad on page: 13

Pleasant Mountain Inn

Falmouth Inn Falmouth, see ad on page: 13

Bridgton, see ad on page: 16

Poland Spring Resort Poland Spring, see ad on page: 16

Midcoast:

Bay Leaf Cottages Lincolnville Beach, see ad on page: 14

Boothbay Cottages Boothbay Harbor, see ad on page: 14

Camden Riverhouse Inn Camden, see ad on page: 15

Country Inn at Camden/Rockport Rockport, see ad on page: 14

Flagship Inn Boothbay, see ad on page: 14

Glen Cove Inn & Suites Rockport, see ad on page: 14

Old Granite Inn Rockport, see ad on page: 15

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Don’t leave your best friend at home!

FALMOUTH INN

PET-FRIENDLY

Open YeaR ROUnd 209 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, Maine

(207) 781-2120 • 1-800-499-2120 www.FalmouthInn.net Conveniently located between Portland and Freeport Close to shopping, beaches, golf, boating and tennis Phones • Wifi Available • Cable TV • A/C Laundry on premises Free local phone calls Pet-friendly rooms available

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31 U.S. Route One, Freeport, ME 04032 207-865-3106• 1-800-998-2583 www.freeportinn.com

91 East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach Local Phone: 934-4151 Toll-Free: 1-800-565-4151 Oceanfront Accommodations Indoor & Outdoor Heated Pools Ask about pet friendly rooms and cottages!

www.alouettebeachresort.com

GO WI LD... You’re on Vacation! A Family Friendly Inn that welcomes everyone in your family from a babe in arms to grandpa, grandma, and the (well-behaved!) family dog. 1-888-217-2477 • www.captainbriggs.net info@captainbriggs.net

Alouette Beach Café serving breakfast daily 7-11 am

91 East Grand Avenue Old Orchard Beach, Maine

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Bay Leaf Cottages & Bistro Lincolnville Beach, ME Call: 207-505-0458 www.bayleafcottages.com Dog-friendly Cottages & Motel

Boothbay Cottages Spring & Fall Specials

Up to 40% off summer rates

Open April 1 to October 31 • Pet Friendly • Ocean & lake views • Walk to town • WiFi • Trails, swimming & kayaking • Fully-equipped 1-3 bedrooms

www.boothbaycottages.com 207-633-4328

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Visit our website & enter promo code pet1 for discounted rates. Outdoor Pool & Hot Tub in Season www.BoothbayLodging.com • 1.800.660.5094 200 Townsend Ave. Rt 27 • Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

8 Country Inn Way (off Rt 1) Rockport, ME 04856 www.countryinnmaine.com Tel: 207-236-2725 Reservations: 888-707-3945

GLEN COVE Inn & Suites www.GlenCoveInn.com

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WE’RE Dog FRiEnDly!

Stay. In the Heart of Camden • Heated Indoor Pool • Onsite Parking • Free Wireless • Free Breakfast • Extended Stay • Walk to Restaurants, Shops, Hiking Trails, Harbor and Community Dog Park.

1.800.755.7483 • camden maine .c om RELAX IN SIMPLE ELEGANCE AND LUXURIOUS COMFORT. well behaved pets welcomed

Housekeeping cottages with kitchenettes. Inn has five guest rooms with continental breakfast. Short walk to the ocean. Away from the crowds, but near enough to enjoy the activities. Only seven miles to town and Acadia Park. Pet Friendly. 865 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

207-288-3016

www.llangolaninn.com • stay@llangolaninn.com

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Distinctive, Authentic! Since 1889

We look forward to meeting you.

435 435 Herrick Herrick Rd., Rd., Brooksville Brooksville Birches Cottage! Perfect for a dog and its humans!

207-359-8521

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ACADIA SUNRISE MOTEL Family owned and operated, offering the best of Downeast hospitality at a great price. The Acadia Sunrise Motel offers our guests & their pets beautiful views of Acadia National Park.Conveniently located close to Bar Harbor, Acadia, Mount Desert Island, Ellsworth and Downeast Maine.

952 Bar Harbor Road Trenton, ME • 207-667-8452 • acadiasunrisemotel.com

Pleasant Mountain Inn Country Style Rooms on Beaver Pond Motel * Restaurant * Lounge

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Queen Size Beds Gourmet Coffee Mini-Refrigerators Fireplaces & Decks Handicapped Access

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View of Pleasant Mtn. Kitchenette Units On-Site Restaurant Open Year Round Just off trail ITS 89

656 North High St. Pet Friendly Bridgton 800-932-4505 * 207-647-4505 www.pleasantMountainInn.com

Oquossoc, Maine (207)864-3671

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Poland Spring Resort

Maine’s Best Vacation Value

$99

a night w breakfast

Golf Course Pool Tennis Hiking & Much More! Near

Oxford Casino

Ask about our pet friendly rooms! Call toll-free 1(866) 998-4356 visit www.polandspringresort.com

Ideally located on the shore of Mooselookmeguntic lake, our resort is a amazing place to bring your pet, and relax. Enjoy everything from swimming, boating, hiking, long peaceful walks, or just relaxing on the dock or by the fire with your pets!

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MAINE PET STORES AND PRODUCTS Velvet collars. Sterling silver and gemstone tags. Botanically-based skin-care products. Grainfree biscuits. Custom-made raincoats. Hand-carved furniture. Let it never be said that Maine lacks for ingenuity, dedication and innovation when it comes to the products its artisans, bakers, crafters and manufacturers make for pets. Many of these one-of-a-kind delights are sold at annual craft fairs across the state. Others line the shelves of dozens of independently-owned and operated pet stores.

One of the only-in-Maine big sellers at Planet Dog’s company store in Portland, according to store manager Jim Williams, is the moose antler dog chew. The “chews” are gathered from the woods by Jerrold Mason of West Paris. He, his family and their antler sniffing go hunting for the antlers (shed seasonally by deer, elk, moose and caribou) once a year. Mason then cleans and cuts the antlers to size before packaging them for sale. continued on next page

Let Us Outfit Your Pet for A Maine Adventure! • Food • Treats 22 McKown Street • Pet Gear & More… Boothbay Harbor • 207-633-PETS • www.TwoSaltyDogs.net

BEST MAINE PET STORE 2010 - 2011 - 2012! Your Midcoast Maine destination for the best in dog and cat nutrition, toys, treats, collars, and more, plus the best Self-Serve Dog Wash facility around! THREE LOCATIONS!

442 Main Street ~ Rockland ~ 207-594-5269 39 Mechanic St., Knox Mill ~ Camden ~ 207-236-3354 1 Belmont Ave, Reny’s Plaza ~ Belfast ~ 207-930-8100 www.loyalbiscuit.com ~ www.facebook.com/loyalbiscuit

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MAINE PET STORES AND PRODUCTS continued FROM PAGE 17 Clearly all-natural, the antlers are fat-free, odorless, nearly indestructible and a great source of calcium and other minerals. “They are probably the most durable product for chewing or gnawing,” says Williams. Other hot-selling Maine-made pet products found at Fish & Bone in Portland and other stores are dietary supplements containing sea cucumber, chondroitin and glucosamine “for hip and joint support,” made by Coastside Bio Resources of Stonington; tightly braided fleece tugs made by A Pet’s Picnic (“They’re tied so tight they last a long time,” Williams says.); jackets, raingear and other outerwear made by Hot Dogs and also by Doggie Safe ’n’ Dry; and Mainely Poultry’s frozen, raw food “pet patties” made from chicken, bones, fruits and vegetables. This last item is one that Williams says some customers come in to purchase “religiously, every week.” One final item on Williams’ best-sellers shopping list is his own—greeting cards featuring his hand-painted portraits of Labs and retrievers. “I’m a painter as well as a store manager,” says the creator of Mainely Labs Studios. (Williams’

work is on display at a gallery adjacent to the State Theater on Congress Street in Portland.) Of course whether shopping online (try www. fetchportland.com for some great ideas) or in person, before you buy anything you’ll first have to get yourself to stop chuckling at some of the clever names Maine’s entrepreneurs have assigned to their businesses. Among them we have Arf and Running, makers of lightweight, portable agility training tubes, furniture and toys; the Growlin’ Gourmet, bakers of organic, eco-friendly dog biscuits and treats; Maine Lobster Leashes, a lobsterman who repurposes old boating ropes by weaving them into leashes (for the dogs, not the lobsters); Equessories, sellers of customized apparel and accessories for horse lovers; Barkwheats, another eco-friendly dog biscuit company that uses almost 100 percent Maine ingredients; and Calling All Cats, handcrafters of catnip-filled cat toys, sacks and bedding.

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JENNIFER SKIFF: THE DIVINITY OF DOGS

Fourteen Maine dog owners have helped Jennifer Skiff, part-time resident of Mount Desert Island and full-time author and animal welfare advocate, hit the bestseller list. Her 2012 book, The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend, consists of more than 70 inspiring true narratives. Skiff collected these lovely tales of people being rescued by, communicated to, moved by, or in some other way touched deeply, in a way that can only be called miraculous, by their four-legged companions. Her own accounts of divinely-inspired encounters with dogs are woven into each chapter. Speaking from her winter home in Perth, Australia, the Hebron (Maine) Academy graduate says there’s a good reason why Mainers such as herself have a special connection with dogs. “Those of us who come from Maine, or come to Maine, come for the freedom of it,” she said. “We believe in being free and we all love nature.” The award-winning former TV producer has been on a book tour for much of this year. Already in Maine she has spoken at Bar Harbor, Damariscotta, Bucksport and Camden. Upcoming appearances include Brewer (July 9, 11:30 a.m., Sea Dog Banquet & Conference Center) and Ellsworth (July 16, 2 p.m., Ellsworth Public Library). On July 10, Skiff will serve as MC of The Fur Ball, a benefit to support the SPCA of Hancock County scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Club.

When she reads from her book, Skiff often shares two of the stories that came from Maine dog owners: one about a cancer-detecting Chihuahua, the other a golden retriever who “transformed” a boy with autism. A third Maine-based story came from an animal control officer who helped heal an abandoned Chihuahua mix. Presumably a puppy mill sire that had outlived his usefulness, the aging dog was left, half-dead and full of infection, along the side of a road. The dog’s rescuer said the animal had taught her “cruelty can destroy the body but not the soul,” and “if I just keep wagging my tail, everything will be all right.” Skiff is also the author of God Stories: Inspiring Encounters with the Divine, which served as a precursor for The Divinity of Dogs. Both are published by Simon & Schuster. “All of my books have an inspirational ending,” she said. Due to the nature of her writing, she says she receives hundreds of emails a day from animal lovers, and not just from dog owners. “When you write a book about dogs,” she laughs, “people think you don’t like cats. Nothing could be further from the truth. I care about the welfare of all animals, including humans.”

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CANINE KENNELING If you’ve come to Maine with your dog, but you want to take a day trip or a hike somewhere that doesn’t allow Fido to come along, what do you do? Especially if your outing will keep you away overnight, you may need to find a boarding kennel. According to one expert, kennel designer Kay Key, who is creator and co-owner of the website www.BoardingKennels.org, there are other issues to consider when selecting a boarding kennel. She suggests you ask the following questions. Does the kennel smell? • Is the kennel constantly noisy? • If the kennel accepts dogs that are not neutered or spayed, are they kept sepa-

rate? • Can you see where your dog will be staying? • Is the kennel in good repair? • Are there newspapers, paper shavings or gravel on the floor? • Is there bedding in both the sleeping area and the run? • Is proof of vaccination required? • Is the kennel heated and/or air-conditioned? And, if boarding, don’t forget to label what you leave with indelible ink, including bedding (nothing that can be shred), toys, food if your dog has a special diet, medications, proof of vaccinations, and contact information, including how to reach your veterinarian in case of emergency.

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MAINE, A HAVEN FOR RESCUE DOGS Maine’s reputation as a haven for rescue dogs began with a hurricane and a lot of dog lovers with heart. “After Hurricane Katrina, people affected by the floods just could not handle the volume [of homeless animals],” says Christine Fraser, who works for the State of Maine as the chief veterinarian for animal welfare. Many of those abandoned pets were shipped to Maine and other northern states. “In the process,” she adds, “people became aware of the high number of kill shelters in the South” and wanted to do something to help prevent the unnecessary euthanasia of animals. Now, thousands of unwanted dogs from places like Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee make their way to the Pine Tree State, where they are adopted by people willing to give them new homes. Exactly why the rescue road seems only to go one way—South to North—is somewhat of a mystery. But there is no doubt there is an overpopulation of dogs below the Mason-Dixon line. According to one source, it might be because it’s common in some of these states for owners “not to spay or neuter their pets, which encourages an epidemic” of unwanted dogs and cats. In Maine as in other nearby states, free clinics for spaying and neutering as well as effective public information campaigns to encourage the practices make a real difference. “Maine is certainly one of the bigger states for receiving rescue dogs,” says Fraser. “Animals here tend to get more medical care … the pet population is treated well.” She notes that some spay/ neuter programs are subsidized with State funds as well as the sale of specialty license plates that bear the words “respect. love. adopt.” next to silhouettes of animals. Fraser continues, “There also are more large scale breeding facilities in the South, so a higher volume of dogs is produced.” Some of that volume winds up in Maine. “We are dog-friendly,” she adds. “Most people here want to adopt, if they can.” There are benefits to the person adopting a rescue dog, as well as to the dog itself, which may help explain why so many Mainers are willing to open their homes to these animals. First, there is the cost. A purebred dog might cost thousands, while a shelter or transported dog usually can be had for a few hundred dollars, and often comes complete with vaccinations, neutering or spaying and sometimes even an embedded microchip. Buy from a breeder and you’ll have to pay for all

of those goodies yourself. Second, purebred dogs are notorious for genetic health issues because they come from limited gene pools. Rescue “mutts” are often less susceptible to these. That said there is always the risk of communicable diseases among transported dogs. “There will always be some problems,” Fraser says, even though she reports that the incidences of these (e.g. distemper, parvovirus, kennel cough) has diminished among rescue populations recently. “It’s like daycare. Kids will always get sick and pass things along.” Dogs, especially those under six months, do the same.

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UNDERHOUND RAILROAD

Thanks to the work of more than 50 dedicated animal lovers in Maine, some 350 rescue dogs a year find new homes via an organization called the Underhound Railroad, Inc. Essentially a transport service, the group is the brainchild of Hope Cruser, her friends and family. She founded the Underhound Railroad in Connecticut before relocating to Edgecomb, a small town in Midcoast Maine. Cruser says she came east after a stint in Colorado working for Best Friends Animal Society, the nation’s largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. Underhound is her avocation; she manages to serve as the group’s director while also working full-time as a paralegal. “After I moved to the East, I wanted to stay active in helping animals,” Cruser said, “so I asked what was the best thing I could do.” When she learned that many northern shelters didn’t have enough dogs, especially puppies, to meet the demand—and that many southern shelters had a surplus—she decided to help as a kind of canine matchmaker. “I also realized that Maine had one of the best adoption rates in the country,” she added. The Underhound organization works with about 20 foster homes, where animals shipped to Maine must first stay for five days before they can safely be turned over to adoptive owners. Cruser said Underhound operations are “very 22

careful” on two critical fronts. First, they will only work with USDA-approved transport companies. Second, they will only take animals from shelters that are doing their part to cut down on unwanted animals. “Our transporters have to have permits (to move animals across state lines),” she said, “and we only work with shelters down South who have spay and neuter programs themselves.” She also noted that Underhound goes out of its way “not to save dogs like the ones sitting in our own local shelters … We won’t bring in dogs that people could get here.” The owner of six rescue dogs herself—“I have a boyfriend, no children and a big house, it’s a decent setup”—Cruser said Underhound reaches out to help animals other than dogs. “We help rabbits and cats, too,” she said. “We try as hard as possible to help as many animals as possible.” Underhound volunteers are clearly not in it for the money. “It costs $225 for vetting (medical services) and $125 for transport. That’s what we charge,” Cruser said. There are real non-monetary benefits, however. One of those is a sense of satisfaction, and optimism. “I do think the South is going to catch up to us,” Cruser said. “I would love the day when I could stop doing this.”

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MAINE’S PET COMMUNICATORS Maine has two of its very own pet whisperers, but they keep a fairly low profile. Both followed their intuition in relocating to the Pine Treat State, both believe firmly in trusting just that type of instinct, and both use their talent for listening to help animals and the humans who love them. Teri Scherer moved to Waterville from New York, where she first made a name for herself as a pet communicator. Her skill has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, magazines such as New Woman, and on a variety of television programs. “All my life I’ve been psychic,” she says. “I started out [as an animal communicator] by picking up on what was going on with my friends’ animals.” Then in 1997, she read about a cat that had saved a family’s life by warning it of a house fire. When she saw a picture of Misty, the heroic cat, the animal looked ill. “I called to see if I could visit her and when I did she told me she needed sunshine,” says Scherer. Despite their skepticism, her handlers put Misty in a sunny spot, and voilà, she got better. As with other animal communicators, Scherer says the trick is to listen to what they have to say, and then work with them and their owners to fix any problems. She credits Domino, a black and white cat who came to her from a veterinary school, with teaching her the ropes. “He taught me how to understand their language,” she says. He used his body language—until she got the message—to tell her what he wanted. “He was my furry professor.” Scherer notes examples of successes she has had as a communicator: a boy whose father had a habit that was annoying the family dog, a cat who was marking inappropriately because another cat in the house was ill, and a dog who spilled the beans on someone who had once kicked it down a staircase. Judy Garbow, who lives in Cumberland and has her own website devoted to all things holistic and natural, has been working as an animal com-

municator for 16 years. She moved to Maine from Connecticut. “I was getting a massage one day,” she says, “and my massage therapist was talking about a course she took [about animal communication].” Intrigued, because her dog at the time had cancer, she took the course too and found that her “intuitive skills just opened up.” Now, Garbow says, she serves as a conduit, for clues that can lead to problem-solving. “I use my mouth,” she says. “I don’t think. I just let the information come through.” She says she has “a million stories” to tell about her work, and especially likes to tell the ones about helping to find lost pets. She also is fond of recalling the time she was called in to communicate with an ailing horse whose owners were told it was dying. “It wasn’t dying,” she says. “It just needed a lot of attention.” Garbow says too many people forget that animals have feelings. Scherer would agree. “Animals have the same life force as we do, just in different bodies,” says Scherer. “We should never do anything or say anything to an animal that we wouldn’t want done or said to us.”

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DOG DOINGS DOCK DOGS

Scarborough July 19-21, 2013 Pet Life will again host the high flying action of DockDogs® the independent governing and sanctioning body for dock jumping and dock diving canine performance sports. The exciting and crowd drawing action will be taking place at Pet Life in Scarborough (at the corner of Payne Rd and Haigis Pkwy). FMI: Visit www.petlifestores. com

Boatyard Dog trials Rockland August 11, 2013

Annual event during Maine magazine’s Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, August 10-12 at the Harbor and Buoy Parks (Park Drive). Pre-selected dogs compete in just-for-fun events that include obstacle courses, boat boarding trials and more! Interested canines must apply by June 30, 2013. Visit www.maineboats.com/boatshow. for more information byd@ maineboats.com

L.L. Bean’s Dog Days of August Freeport August 24, 2013

Bring your best friend to this late summer celebration featuring fun activities, canine contests and more. You’ll also get the chance to attend presentations by expert dog handlers and participate in a dog walk for a good cause. FMI: www.llbean.com

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Damariscotta August 24, 2013

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WINDJAMMER FESTIVAL SEA DOG SHOW Camden September 1, 2013

Well-behaved dogs are welcome to this event, a popular addition to the Windjammer Festival organized by the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce. Registration ($5 per dog) at 9 a.m. at Camden Harbor Park. Prizes for tallest, smallest and heaviest dog, longest fur/hair, prettiest eyes, longest tail, obstacle challenge. To register, go to www. crarl.org or telephone 207-236-8702.

Weinerfest

Belfast September 8, 2013

Celebrating those dogs that universally inspire a smile — dachshunds. $2 admission fee (children under 10 and dogs are admitted for free) FMI: Visit www.friendsofbelfastparks.org

STRUT YOUR MUTT

Kennebunk September 8, 2013

Benefit event that consists of a two-mile scenic seaside stroll with your favorite canine along Mother’s Beach (Beach Avenue). Contests, prizes, raffle items and more. Proceeds go to the Animal Welfare Society’s Sadie Fund, which helps pay for medical treatment for homeless animals. For more information visit www. animalwelfaresociety.org or call 207-985-3244.

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Rockland September 14, 2013

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BARKS IN THE PARK Gardiner September 14, 2013

Four-legged friends and their owners celebrate with special demonstrations and events. FMI: Visit www.gardinermainstreet.org or call 207.582.3100

WOOFMINSTER AMATEUR DOG SHOW & COVER CHALLENGE Scarborough September 28, 2013

This fund-raiser for the Planet Dog Foundation is also a fun-raiser, as dogs compete for top honors in events that include a Limbo Party, a Doggie Derby, Musical Chairs and the Cover Challenge, with categories for top kissers, best beggars, etc. To be held at Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road. Visit www. planetdogfoundation.org or call 207-761-1515 for more information or to register.

BANGOR HUMANE SOCIETY’S PAWS ON PARADE Bangor October 5, 2013

This year’s event will be held at the redeveloped Bangor waterfront (Railroad and Front Streets). A great opportunity to meet other dog lovers, show off your canine friends and support the homeless animals of the Bangor Humane Society. Dogs must be registered prior to the Parade. For information or to register, go to www. bangorhumane.org or call 207942-8902, Ext. 110.

DOGTOBER

Ogunquit October 5-6, 2013

Friends of the newly opened dog park plan events for dogs and their owners that include a beach walk, agility demonstrations, a fashion show and more! www.ogunquitdogpark.com

ANIMAL REFUGE LEAGUE’S PAWS IN THE PARK Portland October 6, 2013

Annual gathering moves this year to Portland’s Payson Park (Baxter Boulevard). Canine competitions include a first-time road race and other events. For more information, visit www.arlgp.org or call 207-854-9771.

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Now that so many hotels and motels offer petfriendly lodging to Maine visitors, guests will want to know what they can do with their animals once they’re here. Fear not—you won’t have to leave Fido tied to the bedpost. There are dozens of dogfriendly tours, historical sites, beaches, events, restaurants, campgrounds and even stores, in every corner of the state. Dogs today are allowed in places large (Tractor Supply Company, TD Bank) and small (On the Run convenience stores, where you can often get a free dog biscuit). Research the options for things to do while touring Maine with your pet and you’ll find everything from art galleries to estuaries. Here are a few: Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street—Twohour, narrated nature cruises of Frenchman Bay.

Bar Harbor

Downeast Windjammer Cruises, Bar Harbor Pier— Boat tours and ferry rides. Margaret Todd Windjammer Cruises, 27 Main Street— Schooner cruises among islands of Frenchman Bay.

Belfast

Water Walker Sea Kayaks, 152 Lincolnville Avenue— Custom tours, kayaking rentals and lessons.

Bethel

Nordic Ski Center, 786 Intervale Road—Cross-country skiing, beautiful mountain views, walking trails.

Boothbay

Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Road— Antique railroad vehicles, steam engines, lovely gardens.

Boothbay Harbor

The Creative Turtle, 11 Granary Way—Fine art gallery with gift store selling ecofriendly pet products.

Falmouth

Mackworth Island, Andrews Avenue (causeway)—Bird/ animal sanctuary, 1 ¼ walking trail along island perimeter.

Freeport

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road—Hayrides, sustainable living classes, activities for children.

Kennebunkport

Gallery on Chase Hill, 10 Chase Road—Sculpture gardens open during the summer.

PET-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES Milbridge

Robertson Sea Tours and Adventures, Milbridge Marina—Sea tours, cruises lasting up to 2 ½ hours.

Northeast Harbor

Beal and Bunker Mail Boat Ferry, Harbor Drive—Yearround trips to Great Cranberry, Little Cranberry and Sutton’s Islands.

Ogunquit

Finestkind Lobstering, 70 Perkins Cove—Ocean tours along shoreline, lobstermen as guides, explanations of lobstering.

Old Town

University of Maine Woods, Stillwater and College Avenues—Popular wooded trails, lilac gardens on campus.

Phippsburg

Fort Popham State Historic Site, 10 Perkins Farm Lane—Historic fort, ocean views, picnic areas, walking trails. Greater Portland Landmarks Walking Tours, 165 State Street—Self-guided walking tours of historic

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neighborhoods. Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum, 58 Fore Street—Antique rail car rides through historic areas, working waterfront.

Rockland

Southwest Harbor

Captain Jack Lobster Boat Adventure, 1 Park Drive— Seventy-five minute tours aboard traditional working lobster boat Masako Queen Fishing Company, Beal’s Wharf— Water excursions on a fishing boat, five-hour deep sea fishing trips.

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Stonington Farmers Market, School Street—Open midMay to mid-October, fresh produce, food vendors, crafts. Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, 321 Port Road—Habitats include forested uplands, estuaries, coastal meadows, tidal salt marshes. World Within Sea Kayaking, 746 Ocean Avenue—Kayak rentals for exploring the tidal Ogunquit River.


GOLFING WITH YOUR DOG

You’ve heard of dances with wolves. How about golfing with dogs? It might sound like a bit of an oxymoron—especially if your pet likes to chase balls—but not to the couple that manages the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club. Several years ago, Kyle and Margie Evans instituted a policy of allowing canines on their course and as a result, they’ve gained national notoriety and a loyal following. Kyle Evans told a WCSH-TV news team last summer, “It’s part of making the experience more pleasant for our players. We started doing this informally and it attracted a lot of attention.” Golf Magazine listed Belgrade Lakes among the top 100 public courses shortly after it opened, and Golf Digest gave the course a five-star rating. How did the Belgrade golfers come up with the idea of allowing dogs to trail along with players? “One time we found a dog left in a car in the parking lot,” said Margie, “and I said, ‘Oh, no, get me the car keys, bring that dog into the pro shop.’ After that we realized that some people [visiting Maine] wanted to play golf, but didn’t want to leave their animals at their hotels.” While her own pet Duncan, a Bernese mountain dog, woofed in the background, she continued, “Being pet-friendly has been a very positive experience. We’ve never had 26

a complaint. That may be because most of our golfers are traveling, and they would not have brought their dogs if they weren’t well behaved.” While the Evanses report having had no problems with their pet policy, they do require that all dogs be under voice command and that they stay off the fairways. When scheduling tee times, the course managers say they also make sure to put lots of space between those with and those without dogs. And of course, pet owners have to clean up after their canine companions. The only requirement put on the dogs is that they have to have enough stamina to go the four miles it takes to play 18 holes. “A tired dog is better behaved,” Margie said. There are no particular breeds that take better than others do to the Belgrade links. The Evanses say they have seen every type, from little pugs to German shepherds, Labradors and great Danes. Some animals opt to sit out the game in a golf cart, while others like to run and even swim in the ponds. Ball chasers are not much of an issue, says Margie, since most owners of hyperactive dogs know to leave them at home. “Our guests are really respectful,” she says. Most will know right away whether their canine should be on the course. “If it’s not working, they’ll go home after two holes,” she said.

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PORTLAND TRAILS “Helping to build a bridge across a stream that runs its merry way through a wooded area not 10 minutes from downtown Portland has rewards that become apparent only after you have pounded nails and strung ropes and someday walked your dog across that stream,” Cliff Gallant writes in the Portland Daily Sun. Gallant’s sentiment appeared recently in a piece he authored in praise of Portland Trails, one of the best networks of dog-walking paths in the U.S. The trail system, 31 interconnected pathways winding in and around Maine’s largest city, was begun 20 years ago. The desire among its champions was to carve out 50 miles of trails in Greater Portland. Today, Portland Trails is a nonprofit land trust that serves as steward to more than 70 miles of public footpaths—many of which are superb for dog walking. Actually, all but four of the trails bear the “dogs welcome” icon when you consult maps published online or for sale by the Trails organization. (The group also sells logo-bearing T-shirts, tote bags, posters and trail mix in order to raise funds to support its efforts. Portland Trails has a reputation, in fact, for creative fund-raising. One of its favorite offerings is its participation in Dine & Donate, a program through which you purchase certificates for discounts at some of Portland’s best restaurants. A percentage of your tab is donated to Trails and other worthy nonprofits.) Jamie Parker, trails manager for the organization, recommends that dog owners check before walking any of the trails with their animals, and that they obey all city ordinances. “There are lots of off-leash areas, where voice command is OK,” he says, “but be responsible. For example, be sure to clean up after your dog.” Five favorites among the most popular Portland Trails: • Back Cove, 3.5 miles—Beautiful, mostly flat loop around gorgeous tidal pool. Great views of Portland skyline. Benches, water fountains (seasonal), portable toilets in parking areas. Facebook comments: “Well maintained,” “awesome place to walk your dog.” • Baxter Woods, .75 miles—Thirty-acre

nature preserve, tall pines, quiet, shaded trails. Connects to Evergreen Cemetery across Stevens Avenue. TripAdvisor comment: “Easy, urban hike.” • Eastern Prom, 2.1 miles—Built along an old railroad corridor, great harbor views. Benches, picnic tables. Beach area for swimming, public boat launch, rental racks for kayaks, canoes. Public toilets. Dogs allowed on beach off season. TripAdvisor comments: “Great view, friendly dogs,” “nice dog paths.” • Peaks Island Loop, 4 miles—Take 20-minute ferry ride to the island through beautiful Casco Bay. Perimeter trail road paved, mostly flat. Benches, minimal traffic. Bicycles available for rent. Blogger comment: “Dogs rule on Peaks Island!” • Riverton Trolley Park, 2 miles—Remains of outstanding park, built in 1896 to amuse travelers getting away from the city. Once included outdoor amphitheater, croquet court, trout pond. Only trails remain. WCSHTV comment: “My two adult Labs had great fun … water-loving dogs can swim in the river.”

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PET-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES PORTLAND “Dog-friendly,” when applied to a town or city, is a subjective term. Experts base their rankings either on the quality of dog-friendly accommodations, parks, beaches, etc., or on the quantity of those same amenities. In Maine—where we care about “how life should be” not just for us but also for our dogs—we consider both. Although residents regard the state overall as an exceptionally dog-friendly place, four areas truly stand out on the dog-o-meter: Portland, Rockland, Bar Harbor and Rangeley. In Portland, a woman walks into a convenience store to buy a cup of coffee and the clerk offers free dog biscuits for her German shepherd. Pet owners desperate to find their lost dogs tack posters on city telephone poles. A shopper in a mall parking lot calls the police to report that someone has left two dogs in a hot car. These are normal occurrences in dog-friendly Portland, which FidoFriendly Magazine has selected as one of the “50 Best of the Best in the Dog World.” Ask dog walkers at any of the city’s plentiful dog parks and you’ll find out why this coastal city more than deserves the honor: There are lots of dogs in Portland. By one calculation (developed by the American Veterinary Medical Association) the city’s dog census is close to 17,000. Portland area shelters are welcoming destinations for thousands of rescue dogs coming to Maine from other states, including Alabama, Georgia and Indiana. Annual dog events abound in Greater Portland and draw hundreds of attendees and animals. These include the Woofminster Amateur Dog Show & Cover Challenge and Paws in the Park, which this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Animal Refuge League— more evidence in itself of Portland’s dog-friendliness. One of the country’s first-ever self-serve dog washes opened in Portland seven years ahead of the curve. CNN and YouTube have both featured it. So, whether you’re vacationing in Portland or moving here, you’ll find it to be one of Maine’s (and New England’s) most welcoming cities for you AND your pets!

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Acadia National Park scores high marks for dog friendliness. Dogs are allowed on most of the 120 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage trails, as long as they are on a leash not more than six-feet long. Dogs are not allowed on sand beaches, in public buildings or on park ranger tours. Specific trails where dogs are not allowed for safety reasons include the Ladder Trail, the Precipice, Beehive, South Bubble Ridge, Jordan Cliffs and

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CAMDEN - ROCKLAND According to Heidi Vanorse of the Loyal Biscuit pet supply store (with locations in Rockland, Camden and Belfast), this coastal area is a great place for visitors with dogs. “There are lots of places along the coast to run and swim,” she says, “and although it’s not an official dog park, you can always find a playmate for your pooch at Snow Marine Park in the South End (and the great ocean view is a plus).” Just a stone’s throw from Rockland are plenty of dog-friendly places to hike in neighboring communities such as Thomaston, Camden, Hope and Lincolnville. “Many local hotels and even a few restaurants allow dogs,” Vanorse adds, “and Harbor Hounds is a doggie day care where you can leave your pet for the day if you plan on visiting the local museums and attractions. Then, if Fido gets dirty while you’re off playing tourist, you can always bring him to our self-serve dog wash.”

Rangeley Lakes

As a self-proclaimed “enthusiastic dog walker,” golden retriever owner and executive director of the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Judy Morton wants the world to know just how dog-friendly her neck of the Maine woods really is. “We have so many trails where you can take your dog off leash,” she says. “Leashes are not required on any of the hiking trails.” Dogs must behave well, of course, but Morton doesn’t worry. “If people are going to travel with their dogs,” she adds, “they must be good dogs.” Many of the trails Morton likes best are part of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to preserving the area’s natural beauty while maintaining public access to the land for recreation, education and scientific study. Most Heritage Trust trails have irresistible names such as Hatchery Brook Preserve, Bonney Point and Forest Legacy.

Beech Cliffs Ladder Trail. One exception to Acadia’s leash rule is a privately owned section of the park near Seal Harbor, called Little Long Pond, where dogs can run and play off-leash, as well as swim in the pond. A dog owner’s gem and tail-wagging favorite, local canine fanatics call Little Long Pond the dog park of Acadia. FMI, go online to www.acadia.national-park.com or call (207) 288-3338 or (800) 358-8550.

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© 2013 Tom Burns

THE BOOTHBAY HARBOR REGION IS

The Boothbay Harbor Region is ready to welcome you and your four-legged family members!

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e proudly stand behind the fact that we truly are one of the most pet friendly coastal communities in Maine. Many of our downtown merchants welcome your pets by putting out fresh water bowls (many of which are art pieces!). Whether you are looking to stay in a cottage, a bed-and-breakfast, or at a full-service resort, there is the perfect place waiting to welcome you and your furry companion. Many of our boat captains will welcome well-behaved animals on board, as long as they are on a leash.

Speciality stores and even massage services are here to cater to your pet’s every need. As if all of that wasn’t enough excitement for one pet on vacation, there are also thirty miles of wooded hiking trails, parks, beaches, lakes, and rivers to explore. One thing is for certain: the pet whose owner chooses the Boothbay Harbor Region for their next family vacation is one ‘lucky dog’, so to speak!

For a complete list of pet friendly establishments visit www.boothbayharbor.com or call the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce at 207.633.2353. We look forward to welcoming you and your furry friends! © 2013 W. Jason Sheckley

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Dog Park Etiquette the site or go for a walk. Never let your dog out of your sight. He is your responsibility. Follow social cues – no humping, predatory chasing, such as nipping another dog’s back or legs, or uneven play, such as one dog trying to get away because of fear and the others persistently chasing, or one dog constantly being rolled over. ­—By Liz Langham

use GuidElines Maine is a very dog-friendly state. Please help keep it that way by observing these simple guidelines

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Always pick up and carry out all dog waste and other trash. You and your dog are ambassadors for all dogs. Please help keep these areas dog-friendly.

2 The following list of dog park etiquette is in addition to any rules posted at the site you visit – always read and obey local signs. If you forget your poop bags, stop at the local dispenser and grab two. Exercise and excitement elicit elimination. Be prepared to pick up your dog’s poop or offer a bag to a park user who may have missed their dog’s elimination. You should be able to call your dog away from any potential distraction. If your dog is not reliable, tie a 50-foot line to his collar so you can step on the cord if you need to get his attention or reel him in. If you see an approaching do on-leash, put your dog on his leash. It is safe to assume that if a dog is on-leash it is not ready to engage with another dog running up to it. Keep the onleash dog safe and your dog, too. Always come prepared with a leash and collar – with tags. Your dog should get along well with other dogs if she is to be off-leash at any park. A park is no place for her to practice aggression or other anti-social behaviors. If he has aggression issues, find another outlet for off-leash energy release, such as swimming, running through the woods or fetching. If dog on dog engagement makes you feel uneasy, trust your intuition – break it up. Give the dogs about a minute of time out and then let them play again. If they become too rowdy again, it is time to separate the animals. Leave 30

Dogs should be on-leash at all times. Maine state law requires that all dogs be leashed or under voice command at all times. Local ordinances and private land rules may be more stringent than state law.

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Many trails cross private or privately-used land. Always leave gates the way you find them and respect the local user. Land ownership and use rules are subject to change. Look for signs and read all notices carefully.

Dogs and their handlers should wear blaze orange and dogs should be on-leash during hunting season. For hunting season dates and information, go online to www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting_trapping/hunting/.

“Voice command” means that the dog returns im-

mediately to and remains by the side of the owner or keeper in response to the owner or keeper’s verbal command, whistle or hand signal.

“On-leash” means that the dog is connected to a rope or lead which is held by the dog’s owner or keeper. Dogs connected to a lead that is not being held is not considered on-leash.

State Park Rules: Please observe the following rules when on state-controlled land such as the state parks. Pets must be on a leash not exceeding four feet in length and must not be left unattended. No pets are allowed on beaches.

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Pet owners must immediately clean up fecal deposits left by their pets. No pets are allowed in Sebago Lake State Park Campground or Baxter State Park. For more information, go online to www.maine. gov/doc/parks/programs.


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Massabesic Experimental Forest: BC Jordan Trail Ida Jim Road On- and off-leash. No vehicles past gates. Open for hunting in fall. USDA Forestry Service nrs.fs.fed.us/ef/locations/me/ massabesic/ (603) 868-7632

BIDDEFORD

Biddeford Pool On-leash. No dogs allowed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 25 through September 15. City of Biddeford www.biddefordmaine.org (207) 284-9307

Biddeford Dog Park Rotary Park, 550 Main St. Fenced areas for small and large dogs. Recreations Department Town of Biddeford www.biddefordmaine.org (207) 283-0841

www.capelandtrust.org 207-787-6054

KITTERY

KENNEBUNK

On leash. No dogs allowed 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 15 through September 10. Kittery Town Hall (207) 439-0452

Gooch’s and Kennebunk Beaches Ocean Avenue On-leash. No dogs allowed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15 through September 15. Kennebunk Town Office 207 985-3675

Kennebunk Beaches Beach Avenue, off Routes 9 and 35 On-leash. A 1-1/2 mile stretch of beaches that includes Gooch’s, Middle and Mother’s Beach. No dogs allowed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15 through the day after Labor Day. $250 fine for uncontrolled dog. Owner must keep a hold of leash at all times. Kennebunk Town Office www.kennebunkmaine.org (207) 985-3675

Kennebunk Dog Park

Clifford Park Pool Street On-leash. City of Biddeford www.biddefordmaine.org (207) 284-9307

Fortune Rocks Beach On-leash. No dogs allowed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 25 through September 15. City of Biddeford www.biddefordmaine.org (207) 284-9307

36 Sea Road Off-leash. Fenced dog park. Open to the public dawn to dusk. Dogs must be sociable, current on all vaccinations and licenses and leashed when not in designated off-leash areas. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. Animal Welfare Society www.animalwelfaresociety.org/ srv_dogpark (207) 985-3244

KENNEBUNKPORT Colony Beach

Hills Beach On-leash. No dogs allowed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 25 through September 15. City of Biddeford www.biddefordmaine.org (207) 284-9307

Dyke Street On-leash. No dogs allowed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15 through September 15. Town of Kennebunkport www.kennebunkport.com (207) 967-4243 ext. 110

Cape Elizabeth

Goose Rocks Beach

Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

Spurwink Ave. Several trails, not fenced. Dogs welcome on all listed properties except as restricted on State Park Lands, off-leash in “ungroomed” areas, on-leash elsewhere or if prone to chasing wildlife.

Dyke Street On-leash. No dogs allowed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15 through September 15. Town of Kennebunkport www.kennebunkport.com (207) 967-4243 ext. 110

Crescent Beach

Fort Foster Park

On-leash. Pooper scooper rules apply Town of Kittery (207) 439-0452

Fort McClary State Historic Site From U.S. State Route 1, take State Route 103 east for two miles. The fort is on the right. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 439-2845

Sea Point Beach On leash. No dogs allowed 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 15 through September 10. Kittery Town Hall (207) 439-0452

OGUNQUIT

Dogs are not allowed on Ogunquit beaches from April 1 through September 30 to protect the nesting of Piping Plover birds. For more information, go online to townofogunquit.org or call (207) 646-5139.

Ogunquit Dog Park Spring Hill Rd. off Berwick Rd., one mile west of Village, near the Transfer Station. Open 7 a.m. to dusk. Opened January 2011, separate fenced areas for small dogs. Wood chips, benches, lights, and trees. No water available. www.ogunquitdogpark.com.

Foot Bridge Beach

Littlefield Park, Ledge Road Marginal Way Moody Beach Ogunquit Beach

OLD ORCHARD BEACH Old Orchard Beach City Beach

On-leash. No dogs allowed 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round. Town of Old Orchard Beach

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Old Orchard Beach Dog Park Memorial Park at First Street Off-leash. A fenced dog park located in Memorial Park. Open dawn to dusk. Dogs may be off-leash inside the fence. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. Town of Old Orchard Beach www.oobmaine.com (207) 934-5714 ext. 224

Kinney Shores Beach

Mousam Way Trail

On-leash. Read posted signs on beaches. Town of Saco eisweb.woodardcurran.com/saco (207) 284-6641

Accessible from Gowen and Holdsworth Parks. On-leash. Open sunrise to 9 p.m. Carry out all waste Town of Sanford www.sanfordmaine.org (207) 324-9130

Log Cabin Trail Lincoln Road On-leash. Open dawn to dusk. 4-ft. maximum leash length. Town of Saco eisweb.woodardcurran.com/saco (207) 284-4655

Rail Trail

SACO

Sylvan Trail

Urban Walks

Note that some Saco beaches are privately owned and others are public. Generally, beaches are open to public use, but dog owners should read all signs and be respectful of landowner’s wishes. Saco has a pooper-scooper law.

Flag Pond Road On-leash. Open dawn to dusk. 4-ft. maximum leash length. Town of Saco eisweb.woodardcurran.com/saco (207) 284-4655

On-leash. Open sunrise to 9 p.m. Sanford Trail Development Committee www.sanfordmaine.org (207) 490-7547

Bayview Beach

The Atlantic Way, Plymouth and Vines Trails

Recreational/Ballfield Walkway

On-leash. Read posted signs on beaches. Town of Saco eisweb.woodardcurran.com/saco (207) 284-6641

Camp Ellis Beach On-leash. Read posted signs on beaches. Town of Saco eisweb.woodardcurran.com/saco (207) 284-6641

Eastern Trail Kitttery to Casco Bay On-leash. The Eastern Trail www.easterntrail.org (207) 284-9260

Ferry Beach State Park On-leash. Park is open 9 a.m. to sunset. See State Park rules on page 5. Town of Saco eisweb.woodardcurran.com/saco (207) 284-6641

Ferry Landing Trail Ferry Road, near Camp Ellis On-leash. Dawn through dusk. 4-ft. maximum leash length. Town of Saco eisweb.woodardcurran.com/saco (207) 284-6641

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Village of Springvale On-leash. Open sunrise to 9 p.m. Sanford Trail Development Committee www.sanfordmaine.org (207) 490-7547

SHAPLEIGH

On-leash. Open dawn to dusk. 4-ft. maximum leash length. Town of Saco eisweb.woodardcurran.com/saco (207) 284-4655

Route 11 by sports fields On-leash. Shapleigh Recreational Committee www.shapleigh.net (207) 636-2844 x 415

Ted Wells Memorial Trail

Shapleigh Conservation Trail

Royal Street On-leash. Open dawn to dusk. 4-ft. maximum leash length. Town of Saco eisweb.woodardcurran.com/saco (207) 284-6641

Park on Square Pond Road off Route 11. Off-leash. Leash required if dog has the potential to run deer. Dog must be under voice control when off-leash. www.shapleigh.net (207) 636-2844 x 415

SANFORD

Gowen Park and Number One Pond

SOUTH BERWICK

Vaughan Woods State Park

Main Street (State Route 109) in the center of town On-leash. Open sunrise to 9 p.m. Carry out all waste. Sanford Trail Development Committee www.sanfordmaine.org (207) 490-7547

Brattle Street On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 384-5160

Holdsworth Park

On-leash. No dogs allowed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15 through September 15. Town of Wells. (207) 646-9354

Main Street (State Route 109) in Springvale Village On-leash. Open sunrise to 9 p.m. Carry out all waste. Sanford Trail Development Committee www.sanfordmaine.org (207) 490-7547

WELLS

Drake’s Island Beach

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge 321 Port Road. On-leash. Open dawn to dusk. Headquarters

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greater Portland CAPE ELIZABETH

open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. (207) 646-9226

Crescent Beach State Park

Bowery Beach Road On- and off-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Dogs may be off-leash on your campsite, if well behaved and under voice control. Parking is available. Open dawn to dusk or 6:30 p.m. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 779-5871

Wells Harbor Community Park Harbor Road. On-leash. No dogs allowed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15 through September 15. Town of Wells. (207) 646-9354

Wells Recreation Park Route 9A On-leash. Be aware that children and adults use the park and trails. Town of Wells (207) 646-9354

Fort Williams Park

YORK

No dogs allowed on York beaches from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 20 through September 20. Dogs may be off-leash from sunrise to 8 a.m. if the dog is under voice control. Owner must carry leash in hand. For more information, go online to www.yorkmaine.org or call (207) 363-1000.

Cape Neddick Beach Harbor Beach Long Sands Beach Short Sands Beach Wiggley Bridge/Steadman Woods Beach

Mount Agamenticus Agamenticus Road On- and off-leash. 15-foot maximum leash length. Dogs may be off-leash if under voice control. Owner must carry leash in hand. Do not leave dogs unattended. Town of York. (207) 361-1102

Sophier Park

Nubble Road On-leash. Town of York (207) 363-1040

From State Route 77 in South Portland, take Cottage Road east onto Shore Road and Cape Elizabeth. The park is on the left. On-leash. Open dawn to dusk. Town of Cape Elizabeth capeelizabeth.com/tFort.html (207) 799-2661

Cape Elizabeth Land Trust Spurwink Ave. Several trails, not fenced. Dogs welcome on all listed properties except as restricted on State Park Lands, off-leash in “ungroomed” areas, on-leash elsewhere or if prone to chasing wildlife. www. capelandtrust.org, 207-787-6054.

Portland Head Light Park (Bug Light) & Breakwater 1000 Shore Road On-leash. No dogs allowed in buildings. Town of Cape Elizabeth www.portlandheadlight.com (207) 799-2661

Two Lights State Park 7 Tower Drive C On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 799-5871

FREEPORT

Winslow Memorial Park

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park 426 Wolfe’s Neck Road. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 865-4465

PEAKS ISLAND

Peaks Island Land Preserve Peaks Island. On-leash. More than 140 acres of land for recreation. Carry out all waste. www.preservepeaks.org

PORTLAND Baxter Pines

Route 25 (Brighton Avenue) to Route 9 north (Stevens Avenue). Park and parking at the New Street intersection. On-leash. 25-ft. maximum leash length. Portland Trails www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Bayside Park On-leash. 25-ft. maximum leash length. Portland Trails www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Capisic Brook Street (off Capisic Street). On-leash. Portland Trails trails.org/map_files/capisic_page_ description.html (207) 775-2411

Capisic Pond Park Capisic Street Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. City of Portland Parks and Recreation. www.ci.portland.me.us/ voter/doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Staples Point Road. On-leash. Town of Freeport. www.freeportmaine.com (207) 865-4743

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Dog Parks, Beaches, & Trails Deering Oaks Park

Hall School Woods

Route 1 and Route 25 On-leash. 25-ft. maximum leash length. No dogs allowed on ball fields, playgrounds, or in duck pond. Portland Trails www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

23 Orono Road Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. City of Portland Parks and Recreation www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Dougherty Field Route 25 to Douglas St.On-leash. 25-ft. maximum leash length. Portland Parks and Recreation www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

East End Beach Cutter Street On- and off-leash. Dogs must be on-leash sunrise through 5 p.m. Must be under voice control when off-leash. No dogs allowed Memorial day through Labor Day. City of Portland Parks and Recreation www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Eastern Promenade Park Cutter Street On- and off-leash. Dogs allowed off-leash 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 15 through October 15, and 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. October 16 through April 14 within the perimeter bounded by the Portland House property, the water side of the Eastern Prom, and Cutter Street following around the curve of the parking lot (excluding Fort Allen Park). City of Portland Parks and Recreation www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Evergreen Cemetery Northwest of northwestern Avenue. Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. City of Portland Parks and Recreation www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

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Harbor Walk Cutter Street. On-leash. Portland Trails, trails.org/map_files/harborwalk_page_description.html (207) 775-2411

Jack Path North Street and Washington Avenue (behind Jack School) Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. City of Portland Parks and Recreation www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Longfellow Park On-leash. 25-ft. maximum leash length. City of Portland Parks and Recreation www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Old Orchard Cutter Street Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. No dogs allowed between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Portland Trails www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Payson Park Baxter Boulevard. On-leash. No dogs allowed on ball fields. Portland Trails www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Pine Grove Park Harpswell Road Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. City of Portland Parks and Recreation

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Portland Arts & Technology School Dog Run 196 Allen Avenue Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. City of Portland Parks and Recreation www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Presumpscot River Preserve Overset Road. On-leash. Portland Trails. trails.org/map_files/presump-rivertrail_description.html (207) 775-2411

Quaker Park

On-leash. 25-ft. maximum leash length. City of Portland Parks and Recreation www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Quarry Run Dog Park 1026 Ocean Avenue Off-leash. Eight acres at site of old landfill. Open dawn to dusk. A separate area is available for small dogs. City of Portland Parks and Recreation www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Riverton Park Riverside Street Off-leash. Dogs may be off leash if under voice control. Portland Trails www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Spring Point Shoreway Rules under reconsideration.

Please check www.sopodog.com for updated information about this location. Portland Trails www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

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greater Portland Stroudwater River Trail Route 9 (Stevens Street) to Congress past Westbrook Street and Stroudwater River bridge. Right on gravel road. On-leash. Portland Trails www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 775-2411

University Park

Harvard Street Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. City of Portland Parks and Recreation www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

Town of Scarborough www.scarborough.me.us (207) 730-4000

Greenbelt Walkway

Higgins Beach On- and off-leash. No dogs allowed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 15 through September 15. Dogs may be off-leash and owner must have voice control and carry leash from sunrise to 9 a.m. Town of Scarborough www.scarborough.me.us (207) 730-4000

Pine Point Beach

Valley Street Park Valley Street Off-leash. Fenced dog park. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. City of Portland Parks and Recreation www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

POWNAL

Bradbury Mountain State Park 528 Hallowell Road/H9 On- and off-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Dogs may be offleash on campsite, if well behaved and under voice control. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 688-4712

Western Promenade From Congress Street (near U.S. Route 1) to Danforth Street. On-leash. 25-ft. maximum leash length. Portland Trails www.ci.portland.me.us/voter/ doggie.asp (207) 874-8793

On- and off-leash. No dogs allowed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 15 through September 15. Dogs may be offleash and owner must have voice control and carry leash sunrise to 9 a.m. Town of Scarborough www.scarborough.me.us (207) 730-4000

On-leash. No dogs allowed on beach April 1 through October 31. Carry out waste. Black Point Resource Mgt. LLC scarboroughbeachstatepark.com (207) 883-2416

SOUTH FREEPORT

On- and off-leash. No dogs allowed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 15 through September 15. Dogs may be offleash and owner must have voice control and carry leash sunrise to 9 a.m.

Hinckley Park Highland Avenue and Scamman Street Off-leash. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., year-round. Forty acre park with two ponds in a wooded setting. The park does not have physical boundaries. Keep dog in sight at all times. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. City of South Portland www.southportland.org (207) 767-7601

Between C Street, Waterman Drive and E Street Off-leash. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., year-round. A large field ideal for playing Frisbee or ball. Dogs must be under voice control when offleash. City of South Portland www.southportland.org (207) 767-7601

Bliss Woods

Mill Creek Park

South Street Off-leash. Must be under voice control. Open dawn to dusk. Working forests where timber operations may occur. New England Forestry Foundation www.newenglandforestry.org (978) 952-6856

Between C Street, Waterman Drive and E Street Off-leash. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., year-round. This 10 acre park does not have physical boundaries. Keep dog in sight at all times. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. City of South Portland www.southportland.org (207) 767-7601

Clark’s Pond Trail

Ferry Beach

Access at Bug Light Park On-leash. Owners will be fined for dogs not on leash. City of South Portland www.southportland.org (207) 767-7601

Legere Park

Scarborough Beach State Park

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SCARBOROUGH

www.splandtrust.org/cptrail.htm (207) 767-7601

Intersection of Clark’s Pond Parkway and Westbrook Street (Route 9). Enter through far end of Home Depot parking lot. Off-leash. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., year-round. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. Morning hours are quiet times. Trail follows along side a pond for 1.2 miles one way, but it is not a loop. South Portland Land Trust

Portland Breakwater Light (Bug Light Park) Terminus of Breakwater Drive Off-leash. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., year-round. Dogs must be leashed on the Greenbelt Walkway which runs through this park. City of South Portland www.southportland.org (207) 767-7601

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Dog Parks, Beaches, & Trails Thomas Knight Park Intersection of Waterman Drive and Ocean Street Off-leash. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., year-round. The park does not have physical boundaries. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. City of South Portland www.southportland.org (207) 767-7601

Wilkinson Park

End of New York Avenue Off-leash. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., year-round. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. No dogs allowed on playing fields. City of South Portland www.southportland.org (207) 767-7601

Willard Beach and Fisherman’s Point Willow Street parking lot Off-leash. Dogs are allowed on the beach 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., May 1 through September 30. and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., October 1 through April 30. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. Rules for this area are under discussion in local government. Please read posted signs. City of South Portland www.southportland.org (207) 767-7601

WESTBROOK

Animal Refuge League Nature Trail Stroudwater Street On-leash. Open dusk to dawn. Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland www.arlgp.org (207) 854-9771

Westbrook River Walk Main Street. On-leash. Carry out all waste. City of Westbrook www.westbrookmaine.com (207) 854-0676

YARMOUTH

Pratt Brook Park North Road, just south of Elm Street Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash and leash must be carried in owner’s

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hand. No dogs allowed on crosscountry ski trails in winter. Town of Yarmouth www.yarmouth.me.us (207) 846-2406

Royal River Park Route 1 to Main Street west. Right on Elm Street On- and off-leash. Dogs must be on-leash 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 15 through November 15, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 16 through April 14. Dogs must be on-leash at all times on paved pathway and during any concert, race or posted special/public event. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. Town of Yarmouth. (207) 846-2406

MIDCOAST MAINE BELFAST

Belfast City Park Northport Avenue (High Street) On-leash. Dogs must be leashed and under control at all times. Open 8 a.m. to dusk for cars and until 10 p.m. for foot traffic. City of Belfast www.cityofbelfast.org/parks.shtm (207) 338-3370 ext. 27

Belfast Dog Park Walsh Field, near Routes 1 and 52.

Off-leash. Fenced park on 1.4 acres. Separate area for small dogs. Friends of Belfast Parks www.fobp.org (207) 338-1704

CAMDEN Camden Harbor Park Hill overlooking harbor across from library. On-leash. Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Town of Camden town.camden.me.us (207) 236-3353

Camden Hills State Park 280 Belfast Road. On- and off-leash. See State Park Rules on page 5. Dogs may be off-leash on your campsite, if well behaved and under voice control. Check with ranger. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 236-3109

Maiden Cliff Part of Camden Hills State Park On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Steep trails may not be suitable for some dogs. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail. asp?trailid=MTU068-029

Merryspring Park Conway Road On- and off-leash. Dogs may be off-leash in North Meadow only. On-leash on trails and in parking lot. Only service dogs permitted in the gardens or formal lawns. Carry out all waste. Merryspring Nature Park www.merryspring.org (207) 236-2239

Ragged Mountain Trail-Georges River Highland Path Access points in Camden, Union, and Rockport. On-leash. Carry out all waste. Georges River Land Trust www.grlt.org/trails.html (207) 594-5166

Village Green Route 1. On-leash. Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Town of Camden town.camden.me.us (207) 236-3353

JEFFERSON

Damariscotta Lake State Park Center of town off of State Routes 32 and 126. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 549-7600

KNOX/MONTVILLE

Lieutenant Clair Hall Thurston,Jr. Memorial Forest Route 220 south of Knox Corner Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control. Open dawn to dusk. Working forests where timber operations may occur. New England Forestry Foundation www.newenglandforestry.org (978) 952-6856

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OWLS HEAD

ROCKPORT

From State Route 220, take State Route 3 west for one mile. The park is on both sides. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 941-4014

Dublin Road to Ballyhac Road. Entrance on left. On-leash. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 941-4014

Between Mechanic Street and Calderwood Lane. On-leash. Town road high above rocky shore. Carry out all waste.Town of Rockport www.town.rockport.me.us (207) 236-0806

Lake Saint George State Park

Birch Point Beach State Park

LINCOLNVILLE

Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center

Owls Head Light State Park North Shore Drive to Main Street to Lighthouse Road. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.lighthouse.cc/owls

From Route 1, left on Ducktrap Road to Tanglewood Road On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. www.umaine.edu/umext/Tanglewood4H/ (207) 789-5868

Owls Head Transportation Museum Trails

MONHEGAN ISLAND Monhegan Island

Take Mohegan Boat Line from Port Clyde (southern end of Route 131). Fare charged for dogs. On-leash. For the safety of wildlife, it may be best to leave your dog at home visiting this unique island community. www.monheganwelcome.com (207) 596-0376

MONTVILLE

Frye Mountain Loop-Georges River Highland Path From Route 3 take Route 220 north to Walker Ridge Road. On-leash. Carry out all waste. Georges River Land Trust www.grlt.org/trails.html (207) 594-5166

M-N-Ocie Memorial Forest North Ridge Road, Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control. Open dawn to dusk. Working forests where timber operations may occur. New England Forestry Foundation www.newenglandforestry.org (978) 952-6856

Two miles south of Rockland on Route 73 On-leash. No dogs allowed in museum or on event grounds. Owls Head Transportation Museum www.ohtm.org (207) 594-4418

PALERMO

Palermo Preserve Gore Road. On- and off-leash. Must be under voice control when offleash. Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association www.sheepscot.org. (207) 586-5616

ROCKLAND

Rockland Boardwalk From Harbor Park to Sand Beach On-leash. Rules posted at entrances. Rockland Harbor Park Center. www.ci.rockland.me.us (207) 236-2478

Rockland Breakwater/Marie Reed Park Samoset Road. On-leash. 1-mile walk on granite breakwater. Watch for crevasses. Not be appropriate for all dogs.www.lighthouse.cc/ rocklandbreakwater

Rockland Walking Trails Rockland District High School, 400 Broadway. On-leash. City of Rockland. www.msad5.org (207) 596-6620

Beauchamp Point

Union Street Pathway Union Street. On-leash. Town of Rockport. town.rockport.me.us (207) 236-6971

SEARSMONT

Gibson Trails-Georges River Highland Path Route 173 west to Ripley Corner Road. On-leash. Carry out all waste. Georges River Land Trust www.grlt.org/trails.html (207) 594-5166

SEARSPORT

Moose Point State Park U.S. Route 1, 1.5 miles south of the center of town. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 548-2882

Mosman Memorial Park Water Street. On-leash. Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Searsport has pooperscooper law.Town of Searsport (207) 548-6372

Sears Island Island Road. Walk from gate. On-leash. 4-ft. maximum leash length. Carry out all waste. Maine Department of Transportation www.state.me.us/doc/initiatives/ SearsIsland/SearsIsland.shtml (207) 624-8200

STOCKTON SPRINGS Fort Point State Historic Site

Route 1 in Stockton Springs On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands. www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 567-3356

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Dog Parks, Beaches, & Trails THOMASTON

Agamont Park

Thomaston Town Forest, Baker Woods and Oyster River Bog sections-Georges River Highland Path

On waterfront between Main and West Streets and Newport Drive On-leash. Town of Bar Harbor (207) 288-4098

On-leash. Carry out all waste. Georges River Land Trust www.grlt.org/trails.html (207) 594-5166

Bar Harbor Woodlands

WARREN

Payson Park Route 90 On-leash. Town of Warren maine.gov/local/knox/warren (207) 273-2622

WALDOBORO

Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary Dutch Neck Road. On-leash. Pemaquid Watershed Association www.pemaquidwatershed.org (207) 563-2196

136 County Road. On-leash. Bags provided for waste. An off-leash dog park is planned for Summer 2008. Private campground www.barharborkoa.com (207) 288-3520

Hadley Point Beach Highway 3. On-leash. Town of Bar Harbor. (207) 288 4098

Shore Path Main Street from Agamont Park On-leash. Town of Bar Harbor (207) 288-5103

Village Green in Downtown Bar Harbor On-leash. Town of Bar Barbor (207) 288-4098

BANGOR/ACADIA/ DOWNEAST Acadia

Little Long Pond Leash-Free Area Near Seal Harbor Off-leash. Private land allows dogs off-leash. 6-ft. maximum leash length when on the Acadia National Park property while accessing the leash-free area. Friends of Acadia/U.S. National Park Service. www.friendsofacadia.org (207) 288-3338

Bangor

Bangor Dog Park 12 watchmaker st www.bangordogpark.org

BAR HARBOR

www.ci.bar-harbor.me.us

Village Green Main and Park Streets. On-leash. Town of Bar Harbor

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BARING

Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge Charlotte Road. On-leash. Dogs must remain on the trails at all times. www.fws.gov/northeast/ moosehorn. (207) 454-7161

BROOKSVILLE

Maude E. and Eugene Snow Natural Area Young’s Point Road. Do not park on road. On- and off-leash. Forty acres with shorefront on the Bagaduce River. No dogs allowed on Nab Island. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. (207) 326-9711 The Brooksville trails listed below are part of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. See state park rules on page 5. FMI, go online to www.state.me.us/doc/parks/programs or call (207) 326-4012.

Aaron Trail

Cape Rosier Road

Beaver Flowage Trail Lawrence Hill Road

Fresh Pond Trail

Lawrence Hill Road, Cape Rosier Road, and Otis Gray Road. Goose Falls Trail Lawrence Hill Road

Holbrook Island Sanctuary Lawrence Hill Road

BUCKSPORT

Riverfront Walk Main Street. On-leash. Carry out all waste. City of Bucksport www.bucksportbayhealth.org (207) 469-7951

Bucksport School Trails Miles Lane. On-leash. Carry out all waste. City of Bucksport www.bucksportbayhealth.org (207) 469-7951

CALAIS

Calais Waterfront Walkway Pike’s Park. On-leash. Town of Calais. www.visitmaine.com/region/ town_calais.php. (207) 454-2211

CASTINE

Dyce’s Head Lighthouse Battle Avenue. On-leash. Courtesy requested. Carry out all waste. Castine Town Office (207) 326-4502

Fort George Battle Avenue. On-leash. Courtesy requested. Carry out all waste. Castine Town Office www.castine.me.us (207) 326-4502

Hatch Cove Preserve Route 166, just north of the British Canal. On- and off-leash. Ten acres of fields on the east side of road and 20 acres on the west side. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. The Conservation Trust www.theconservationtrust.net (207) 326-9711

Cape Rosier Road

Backshore Trail

Indian Barr Road

Bakeman Farm Trail

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online to www.islandheritagetrust. com or call (207) 348-2455. Carry out waste.

Battle Avenue. On-leash. Courtesy requested. Carry out all waste. Castine Town Office www.castine.me.us (207) 326-4502

Causeway Beach

Rene Henderson Natural Area

Edgar M. Tennis Preserve

East side of Route 166A. On and off-leash. Eagle Trail and Garden Club Trail. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. The Conservation Trust (207) 326-9711

Sunshine Road. On-leash.

Mariners Park Route 15 to Sunshine Road. Park on right. On- and off-leash. Must be under voice control when off-leash.

Wadsworth Cove Beach Wadsworth Cove Road. On-leash. Courtesy requested. Carry out all waste. Town of Castine www.castine.me.us (207) 326-4502

EASTPORT

Shackford Head State Park

CUTLER

Cutler Reserve Land UnitBold Coast Trail Route 191 through Cutler Village On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 827-1818

DEDHAM

Bald Mountain Trail Route 46 to Johnson Road. Four miles on Dedham Road to Fire Road 62. Park on ledges. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 287-2209

DEER ISLE

The Deer-Isle locations listed below are part of the Island Heritage Trust. For more information, go

Route 15 over Causeway Bridge to Oceanville Road. On-leash.

Greenlaw District Road. On-leash.

Battle Avenue. On-leash. Courtesy requested. Carry out all waste. Maine Coast Heritage Trust www.mcht.org (207) 244-5100

Route 191, 4 miles east of Cutler village. On-leash. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 259-3693

Settlement Quarry

Shore Acres Preserve

Witherle Woods Preserve

Western Head Trail

Route 15, over Causeway Bridge on right. On- and off-leash. Must be under voice control when offleash. Carry out all waste.

State Route 190, west of downtown. On- and off-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Dogs may be off-leash on your campsite, if well behaved and under voice control. www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 941-4014

ELLSWORTH Birdsacre

Lamoine State Park

23 State Park Road. On- and off-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Dogs may be off-leash on your campsite, if well behaved and under voice control. www.state. me.us/doc/parks (207) 667-4778

FRANKFORT

Swan Lake State Park Route 141 in Swanville to Frankfort Road. On- and off-leash. Dogs may be off-leash on your campsite, if well behaved and under voice control.www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 525-4404

LUBEC

East Stream Trail Commissary Point Road. On- and off-leash. Must be under voice control when off-leash. Carry out all waste. Cobscook Community Learning Center www.thecclc.org (207) 733-2233

Horan Head Straight Bay Road. On- and off leash. Must be under voice control when off-leash. www.state.me.us/ ifw (207) 434-5927

Morong Cove Thompson Road. On- and off-leash. Must be under voice control when off-leash. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife www.state.me.us/ifw (207) 434-5927

Quoddy Head State Park

High Street. On- and off-leash 200 acres of land with trails. On-leash near entrance and complex. Offleash under voice control on trails. Carry out all waste. Stanwoood Wildlife Sanctuary www.birdsacre.com (207) 782-5238

973 N. Lubec Road. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5.Dogs may be off-leash on your campsite, if well behaved and under voice control. www.state.me.us/doc/ parks (207) 733-0911

Black Mansion Trails/ Woodlawn Museum

On-leash. No dogs allowed in any buildings. Roosevelt Campobello International Park. www.fdr.net/ englishii/22park_walking_trails. html (506) 752-2922

Rt. 172 towards Blue Hill to Black House Drive. On-leash. Fields, orchards, gardens and two miles of wooded trails on grounds of museum estate. Woodlawn Museum www.woodlawnmuseum.com (207) 667-8671

Roosevelt Campobello International Park

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Dog Parks, Beaches, & Trails NORTH BROOKSVILLE

Maude E. and Eugene Snow Natural Area Young’s Point Road. On-leash. The Conservation Trust. www. theconservationtrust.net (207) 326-9711

NORTHEAST HARBOR Northeast Loop

12 Summit Road. On-leash. Twomile loop. Carry out all waste. Town Trotters. (207) 276-5184

ORLAND

Craig Brook Fish Hatchery/ Great Pond Mountain Hatchery Road. On-leash. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. fws.gov/ northeast/mainefisheries (207) 469-2803

ORONO

The Black Bear Route University of Maine. On- and offleash. Dogs must be under voice control when off leash.

Town of Orono. www.orono.org (207) 866-5065

PERRY

State Park rules on page 5. themaineshop.com/parks/fortpt (207) 941-4014

Sipayik Trail

Sandy Point Beach

Treatment Plant Road. On-leash. Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point www.wabanaki.com (207) 853-2600

Steamboat Wharf Road On-leash. 4-ft. maximum leash length. Carry out all waste. Town of Stockton Springs (207) 567-3404

PROSPECT

WEST BROOKSVILLE

Fort Knox State Historic Site Route 174. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. www.state. me.us/doc/parks. (207) 469-7719

ROQUE BLUFFS

Roque Bluffs State Park Roque Bluffs Road. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 255-3475.

STOCKTON SPRINGS Fort Point State Park

Fort Point Road. On-leash. See

Ferry Landing Natural Area

Jones Point Road On-leash. The Conservation Trust www.theconservationtrust.net/ wst_page3.html (207) 326-9711

WHITING

Commissary Point Commissary Point Road. On- and off-leash. Must be under voice control when off-leash. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. www.state.me.us/ifw (207) 434-5927

Greater Bangor Bark For Life JUNE 2014

Hollywood Casino Raceway, Bangor For more information visit relayforlife.org/barkbangor

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western maine AUBURN

FARMINGTON

Alexander Harkins Preserve

Troll Valley Hiking & Mt. Bike Trail System

19th Street, On-leash. Management plan under development. Androscoggin Land Trust www.androscogginlandtrust.org (207) 782-2302

Rt. 2, at the lodge at Troll Valley On-leash. Only one dog per site. Some breeds not allowed. Privately owned by Troll Valley Campground. www.thecommunityconnector. org/directory/printl/1458 (207) 778-3656

Auburn Land Lab Trails & Holly Cooney Wellness Circuit Holbrook Road. On-leash. 1.2 mile loop on public and private land. Open dawn to dusk. Leave no trace Auburn Land Lab - School landlab.auburnschl.edu (207) 783-4563

Barker Mill Loop Main Street. On-leash. City of Auburn, www.auburnmaine.org/html/ park_rec.htm. (207) 784-0191

Mount Apatite Recreation Area

FARMINGTON, JAY and WILTON

Jay-Farmington Rail Trail Oak Street. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 287-4956

FRYEBURG

Jockey Cap Trail State Route 5 to Route 302 east Off-leash. Carry out all waste. Private and town ownership. www.fryeburgmaine.org/new_visit (207) 935-2306

Garfield Road. On-leash. Open dawn to dusk. No dogs on the ball fields. City of Auburn www.auburnmaine.org (207) 784-0191

Mount Tom

Spring Road Circuit

Old Mountain Road/Menotomy On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. (207) 287-3821

Holbrook Road. On-leash. Public and private land. Open dawn to dusk. Leave no trace. Auburn Land Lab - Auburn School Department landlab.auburnschl.edu (207) 783-4563

GRAFTON

Mahoosuc Maine Public Reserve Land

BETHEL

Mount Will Route 2 East. On-leash. Open sunrise to sunset. Bethel Chamber of Commerce www.bethelmaine.com/recreationactivities. (207) 824-2282

Success Pond Road. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 778-8231

GUILFORD

HIRAM

Mount Cutler Trail Mountain View Road. Off-leash. Open sunrise to sunset. Town of Hiram maine.gov/local/oxford/hiram (207) 625-4663

LEEDS

Monument Hill Trail North Road. Off-leash. Must be under voice control when off-leash. Great views of Mt. Washington from a fairly easy trail. Roadside parking is available. Open dawn to dusk. Leeds Historical Society (207) 524-2324

LEWISTON

Kennedy Park Park and Pine Streets. On-leash. 16-ft. maximum leash length unless otherwise posted. Dogs not allowed in playground. City of Lewiston www.ci.lewiston.me.us/administration/kennedypark (207) 513-3000

Railroad Park End of Beach Street off Lincoln Street. On-leash. No dogs allowed 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dogs must be kept in area farthest from planned playground and closest to river. City of Lewiston (207) 513-3000

Robin’s Garden & Dog Park 55 Strawberry Ave. Opened July 2010. Fenced, separate small dog area, gazebo, chairs, trees. No water, open sunrise to sunset. www. gahumane.org, 207-783-2311.

BRIDGTON

Guilford Memorial River Walk

LISBON

State Route 107 south On- and off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. 480-acre preserve. Maps on web site. Pick up all waste. Loon Echo Land www.loonecholandtrust.org (207) 647-4352

Route 23 to Route 15. Parking near Guilford/Sangerville Bridge. On- and off-leash. Private land. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. Town of Guilford www.guilfordmaine.org (207) 876-2202

Cotton Road. On-leash. Dogs only allowed on road and hiking trails, not in the picnic areas or beaches. Open dawn to dusk. Day-use fee of $1 for residents, $3 for nonresidents. Town of Lisbon www.lisbonme.org (207) 353-9075

Bald Pate Mountain

Beaver Park

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37 Cotton Road On-leash. Town of Lisbon www.lisbonme.org/parkdept.htm (207) 353-3000

Ricker Farm Trail

Mill Street. On-leash. Lisbon Trails www.lisbon.org. (207) 353-3000

LIMINGTON

Jagolinzer Preserve Off Route 25 at the western edge of Limington (near Cornish town line) On-leash. Watch for bear and coyote. Carry out all waste. Francis Small Heritage Trust, Inc. www.FSHT.org (207) 637-3510

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NEWRY

Grafton Notch State Park 1941 Bear River Road. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 824-2912

NORWAY

Railroad Trail Danforth Street. On-leash. Read rules posted. Trail under construction. 1-1/4 mile loop already in place. Healthy Oxford Hills, Stephens Memorial Hospital (207) 743-5933 ext. 776

Sawyer Mountain Highlands 2.5 miles south of junction of Routes 25 and 117 On-leash. Watch for bear and coyote. Carry out all waste. Francis Small Heritage Trust, Inc. www.FSHT.org (207) 637-3510

LOVELL

The reserves listed for Lovell are part of the Greater Lovell Land Trust. Please observe all posted rules. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. For more information, including directions, go online to www.gllt.org or call (207) 925-1056.

Bishop’s Cardinal Reserve Chip Stockford Reserve Heald & Bradley Reserve Kezar River Reserve Sabattus Mountain Sucker Brook Outlet Reserve Wilson Wing Moose Pond Bog Preserve

MECHANIC FALLS

True Farm Living Forest Abandoned road across from Edwards Road. Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control. Open dawn to dusk. Working forests where timber operations may occur. New England Forestry Foundation

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OXFORD

Page Family Community Forest Paine Road. Off-leash. Must be under voice control. Open dawn to dusk. Working forests where timber operations may occur. New England Forestry Foundation www.newenglandforestry.org (978) 952-6856

POLAND

Range Ponds State Park Empire Road. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 998-4104

POLAND SPRING Preservation Park Recreational Trails

115 Preservation Way On-leash. Open dawn to dusk. Poland Spring Bottling Company (207) 240-0078

RANGELeY

Orgonon Hiking Trails Dodge Pond Road. On- or off-leash. Must be under voice control when off-leash. www.wilhelmreichmuseum.org (207) 864-3443

Rangeley Lake State Park South Shore Road. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 864-3858

Rangeley Lakes Trails Center Saddleback Mountain Road On-leash. Check posted signs for specified trails. Privately owned. rangeleymaine.com/hiking.shtml (877) 864-3881

RANGELEY AREA

The trails listed for the Rangeley area are on-leash unless marked otherwise. Check posted signs for specified trails. For detailed information, including directions to trails, go online to www.rangeleymaine.com/hiking.shtml or call (877) 864-3881.

Angel Falls 17.6 miles south of Oquossoc.

Aziscoos Mountain Enter trail on Route 16, 17.7 miles west of Rangeley.

Bald Mountain Trail Bald Mountain Road. Follow marked trail to top of mountain.

Bemis Stream Trail Start from Route 17, 5.2 miles south of South Shore Drive intersection.

Cascade Stream George Trail Route 4 south of Rangeley.

East Kennebago Mountain Ten miles east of Rangeley on Route 16.

Bald Mountain

Forest Legacy Trail

Bald Mountain Road. On-leash. Appalachian Trail recommends that dogs be leashed at all times as a matter of courtesy to other hikers and to minimize stress to wildlife. Appalachian Trail www.appalachiantrail.org (207) 778-4111

Access by water across from Haines Landing or Route 16. 10.1 miles from Route 4 and Route 16 intersection in Oquossoc.

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Sebago Lake State Park State Rt. 35 & 302 on the Casco town line. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. No dogs allowed in campground. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 693-6613

Enter on west side of Route 4 at the foot of Dodge Pond Hill between Rangeley and Oquossoc.

Mountain Pond Enter trail from Edelheid Road at utility pole # 13.

TURNER/HEBRON/LEEDS

Piazza Rock

Androscoggin River Trails

Enter Appalachian Trail where it crosses Route 4 approximately 9 miles south of the center of Rangeley.

Round Top Trail Trailhead is 2 miles on Dodge Pond Road from Route 4.

Smalls’ Falls

From State Route 121, take Route 11 south. Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 287-3061

Keene-Whitman Memorial Forest

12 miles south of Rangeley on Route 4.

Spencer Pond Follow Route 17, 12.7 miles from the intersection of Routes 4 and 17 in Oquossoc (9.1 miles from State Park Road).

West Kennebago Mountain Take Route 16 west from Oquossoc.

SALEM TOWNSHIP Mount Abraham Rapid Stream. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.maine.gov/doc/parks (207) 287-2631

Appalachian Trail The intersection of the Appalachian Trail and Route 4.On-leash. www.appalachiantrail.org (304) 535-6331

Dennett Memorial Forest Intersection of the Dyke Mountain Road and Hanson Road Off-leash. Must be under voice control. Open dawn to dusk. Working forests where timber operations may occur. New England Forestry Foundation www.newenglandforestry.org (978) 952-6856

Capitol Park Between Capitol and Union Streets On- and off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. City of Augusta www.ci.augusta.me.us (207) 626-2352

Pine Tree State Arboretum Hospital Street, On-leash. Carry out all waste. Open dawn to dusk. Pine Tree State Arboretum www.pinetreestatearboretum.org (207) 621-0031

Waterfront Park

Center Bridge

Kennebec River Rail Trail

Arsenal Street. On-leash. City of Augusta. www.ci.augusta.me.us (207) 626-2352

AUGUSTA, GARDINER and HALLOWELL

Route 117 from Turner. Off-leash. Recreation area just before river with trails along the river. Dogs must be under voice control when off-leash. Roadside parking is available. Open dawn to dusk. Leeds Historical Society (207) 524-2324

Water Street. On-leash. Off-road bicycle and pedestrian walkway that connects neighborhoods within the Gardiner, Farmingdale, Hallowell and Augusta corridor. www.krrt.org

WATERFORD

Benton Riverfront Park Walk

Mill Hill. On-leash. Open sunrise to sunset. Carry out all waste. Town of Waterford www.waterfordme.org (207) 583-4403

Junction of State Routes 139 & 100 On- and off-leash. (207) 453-7191

Mount Tire’m

SEBAGO

AUGUSTA

East Hebron Road. Off-leash. Must be under voice control. Open dawn to dusk. Working forests where timber operations may occur. New England Forestry Foundation www.newenglandforestry.org (978) 952-6856

Hawk Mountain

SANDY RIVER PLANTATION

KENNEBEC & MOOSE RIVER VALLEY

Plummer Hill Road. On-leash. Open sunrise to sunset. Carry out all waste. Town of Waterford www.waterfordme.org (207) 583-4403

WELD

Mount Blue State Park 299 Center Hill Road. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 585-2347

BENTON

FAIRFIELD

Mill Island Park Island Street. On-leash. Riverfront walk. Maps available at Fairfield Town Office. www.fairfieldme.com (207) 453-7911

HINCKLEY

Good Will-Hinckley Walking and Mountain Bike Trails Route 201. On-leash. 2500 acre campus. Trail map available at museum and guided programs available. Trails include Dartmouth Trail, Colby Trail, Good Will Trail, Continental Trail, Bowdoin Trail Good Will Home Association www.gwh.org (207) 238-4250

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Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest Scribner Hill Road. Off-leash. Dogs must be under voice control. Open dawn to dusk. Working forests where timber operations may occur. New England Forestry Foundation www.newenglandforestry.org (978) 952-6856

NORRIDGEWOCK Oosoola park

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 778-8231 (978) 952-6856

MAINE HIGHLANDS BOWDOIN COLLEGE GRANT WEST Elephant Mountain

Prong Pond Road. On-leash. $7 fee at toll gate. Open 24 hours. www.moosehead.net/hiking

Ferry Road. On-leash. Dogs are allowed, but children are the priority. DOVER-FOXCROFT Carry out all waste. Peaks-Kenny State Park Town of Norridgewock Park Road. On-leash. See State Park www.townofnorridgewock.com rules on page 5. (207) 634-2252 Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks Norway (207) 564-2003

MATTAWAMKEAG

Mattawamkeag Wilderness Park 1513 Wilderness Park Road On-leash. $3 per person day. Town of Mattawumkeag www.mwpark.com (207) 736-4881

MONSON

Nahmakanta Maine Public Reserve Land Golden Road. On- and off-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands/ Appalachian Trail www.state.me.us/doc/parks (304) 535-6331

AROOSTOOK

Roberts Farm Preserve

Roberts Road. Managed by Western Foothills Land Trust. Dunham & GREENVILLE Noyes Trails are for dog walkers, on-leash. www.wfltmaine.org, 207- Lily Bay 13 Myrtles Way. On-leash. See State 739-2124. Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands READFIELD www.state.me.us/doc/parks Luce Memorial Forest (207) 695-2700 Dan Luce Road. Off-leash. Must be under voice control. Open dawn to dusk. Working forests where timber LITTLE MOOSE TOWNSHIP Little Moose (formerly Little operations may occur. New England Forestry Foundation Squaw) www.newenglandforestry.org State Rt 6 & 15 north for 3 miles (978) 952-6856 On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands WYMAN www.state.me.us/doc/parks Bigelow Preserve (207) 778-8231 Northern intersection of State Routes 16 and 27. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5.

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BOWDOIN COLLEGE GRANT EAST Gulf Hagas KI Road. On-leash. $7 fee at toll gate. Open 24 hours. www.northmainewoods.org/ki-jo (207) 435-6213

PRESQUE ISLE

Aroostook State Park 5 miles south of Presque Isle Center on U.S. Route 1. On-leash. See State Park rules on page 5. Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands www.state.me.us/doc/parks (207) 768-8341

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INDEX Business

Region

Page

Business

Dog Daycare / Boarding Kennels Bear Brook Kennels Canine Inn Pleasant Hill Kennels Zeke’s Dog Retreat

Flagship Inn & Suites Glen Cove Inn & Suites Granite Inn Hounds Tooth Inn Lafayette Properties Llangolan Inn & Cottages Oakland House Cottages Pine Grove Cottages Pleasant Mountain Inn Poland Spring Resort Sea View Inn Senator Inn & Spa The Country Inn Tugboat Inn Waves Oceanfront Resort Winter Harbor Inn Wonder View Inn

Brewer 20 Northport 48 Freeport 20 Swanville 20

Veterinarians Blake Vet Camden Hospital for Animals Maine Veterinary Referral Center PenBay Veterinary Assoc. Portland Veterinary Specialists

Northport 48 Camden 23 Scarborough 7 Rockport 9 Portland 6

Dog-Friendly Lodging Acadia Sunrise Motel Trenton 16 13 Alouette Beach Resort Old Orchard Bald Mountain Resort Oquossoc 16 Bay Leaf Cottages Lincolnville Beach 14 Best Western Merry Manor Inn Portland 3 Best Western Plus Freeport 13 Best Western White House Inn Bangor 3 Blackbear Inn Orono 3 Boothbay Cottages Boothbay Harbor 14 Boothbay Harbor Inn Boothbay Harbor 3 Camden Riverhouse Inn Camden 15 Captain Briggs House Freeport 13 Comfort Inn Augusta 48 Comfort Inn South Portland 20 Comfort Inn Ocean’s Edge Belfast 3 Falmouth Inn Falmouth 13 Fireside Inn & Suites Auburn 3 Fireside Inn & Suites Bangor 3 Fireside Inn & Suites Portland 3 Fireside Inn & Suites Waterville 3 Fisherman’s Wharf Inn Boothbay Harbor 3

Region

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Boothbay Harbor 14 Rockport 14 Rockland 15 Kennebunk 12 Statewide 3 Bar Harbor 15 Brooksville 16 Lincolnville 31 Bridgton 16 Poland Spring 16 Old Orchard 3 Augusta 3 Rockport 14 Boothbay Harbor 3 Old Orchard 3 Winter Harbor 5 Bar Harbor 3

Pet Product Retailers Bark Harbor Fish & Bone Loyal Biscuit Naturally Maine Planet Dog Two Salty Dogs

Bar Harbor 17 Portland 2 Rockland 17 Statewide 18 Portland 47 Boothbay Harbor 17

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Scarborough Bangor Bangor

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Boothbay Harbor 29 Online 18 Winter Harbor 5 Statewide 21 New Harbor 10

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