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imone Emmons is on a mission. This disabled Army vet founded Service Dog Strong or SDS, Maine’s only 501(c) (3) nonprofit with the purpose of saving shelter canines, raising monies to have them professionally trained and cerfied as service or emoonal support dogs, and pairing them with women and men with traumac, sexually- and/ or rape-related PTSD (Post Traumac Stress Disorder) at no cost to them. She’s just beginning the journey of growing this nonprofit that is available to state residents - not just veterans - whose lives have been torn apart by these hurul acts. Stascs back the problem. According to the Maine Coalion Against Sexual Assault, one in five adult Mainers will experience sexual assault in their lifeme. Addionally, 48.6% of adult Maine sexual assault survivors report that they’ve been diagnosed as depressed while 38.3% of adult Maine sexual assault survivors have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

See STRONG on page 5


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Basic Training Tips

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7,10 & 11 16 & 17 18 Dogs for Adoption Best of the Best Results!


Calendar of Events

Hot Dog News Furry Kids Pet Photography Bronze Medal Jill Piper of Furry Kids Pet Photography was awarded a bronze medal for her 4 entries in this year’s International Photographic Competition hosted by the Professional Photographers of America. One of her images, “The Water Dog Brigade”, is also a finalist in the Grand Imaging Awards. The Grand Imaging Award finalists have been judged to be the very best of the 2019 PPA International Photographic Competition (IPC) and were selected from 5,249 entries judged by a panel of 36 jurors. Winners will be announced in January during an award ceremony in Nashville, TN. Piper, based in Minot, Maine, is the owner of Furry Kids Pet Photography and Lasting Image Photography. “The Water Dog Brigade” is a studio image of one litter of 14 puppies belonging to Christine and Steve Dostie of DownEast Portuguese Water Dogs in Bowdoinham, Maine.

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Table of Contents Hot Dog News ...................... 2 Furry Words ......................... 4 Ask the Vet ............................ 4 Basic Training Tips ................ 6 Best of Best ............ 7, 10 & 11 Performance Dog Training .... 8 Ask Bammy ........................... 9 Words, Woofs & Meows ...... 13 Pet Pantries ..........................14 Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome ............... 15 Rescue of the Month ............16 Dogs for Adoption ............... 17 Calendar of Events .............. 18 Business Directory .............. 19


Welcome to November! Summer isn’t too far in the rearview mirror, and I’m sll trying to wrap my head around the cooler months ahead. I have so much to be thankful for and have been reminded how many of you have become friends over the past ten years. My father passed away at the end of July, and the outpouring of support and love has been surreal. Thank you all! It has been a bit strange being the one going through the grieving process; I’m usually the one helping others through it and it’s been humbling. That being said, life is slowly returning to normal, and I’m grateful to have a job that I love. Here are as many of your quesons as I could answer in this column. Enjoy! Amy R. asked what Bernie thinks of his new life in Maine and if he previously lived with kids? This dog is in heaven! He LOVES Maine! Oh my goodness, wait unl he gets to play in snow! The word fabulous really may have been created to describe how he feels about himself and his life. I do think he lived with kids, which is why if you’re hustling around, he knows to get out of the way. He got in trouble for being underfoot and does his best to avoid that to this day. Bambi S. asked if Bub was in pain and if he was comfortable. The first thing I get is my right shoulder is sore. I have no idea if this image is going to make sense to you, but I see a giant boar or pig, who loves being lazy and loves being loved without having to earn any of it. He also jokes that he doesn’t want to overdo, which jusfies his laziness but isn’t helping his health. At least he owns it?!

Can My Dog Get EEE? Q. I was in Massachuses recently and there was an announcement over the highway from the CDC about EEE. What is it, and can my dog get it?

Furry Words by Sara Moore

Diane H.’s dog Roxie has passed, and she wants to know if it is really her that visits us? Oh my goodness I’m absolutely covered in goose bumps, and I see Roxie bouncing all around to get your attention! As soon as she has it, she trots away, looking for a treat. I love her energy, and she’s so proud to have been able to get your attention. Yes, she is visiting and kudos to you for being open to it! Jeri M. had Ellie, who is now deceased. “Did she know we were going to come back and loved her?” Yes, she did know that, and you have never held back any love to a person or animal, regardless of the situation you found them in. I also hear that you’ve rescued animals from some pretty horrific situations, but you have never

Ask the Vet… by Dr. Judith Herman


Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a virus that is carried by birds and is spread by mosquitoes. People, horses, llamas, and alpacas are at greater risk of getting sick than dogs. Dogs usually have mild symptoms and recover from this disease. EEE is a disease seen mostly in the southeastern United States, but it is being diagnosed all along the East. A few cases of very young dogs housed outside in the South have been reported. So what are the symptoms of EEE? The virus will cause an inflammation of the brain called encephalitis. Because of the inflammation, the symptoms can include fever, weakness, depression, loss of appetite,


uncoordinated movements, convulsions, circling, head pressing, irritability, blindness, and coma. If the symptoms are severe, the animal could die. Though these are the symptoms seen in humans and other mammals, dogs are fortunate to not have the severity of symptoms. Most commonly,

judged the person who may have neglected them, because you are fully aware that each of us has our own struggles. Ellie has a wise sense of peace about her, and she’s looking forward to being reunited with you when your time comes. You are both familiar to each other. Michelle P. had Jazzy and she asked if she forgives them. Jazzy wants to give you an earful! Forgiving you was not anything on her radar because she said you did nothing wrong. I’m hearing Billy Joel’s song with the lyrics, “I’m just a victim of circumstance….” I think it’s the song My Life, but I’m not sure. Jazzy’s response is, “Are you serious? For all you’ve been through and all that is still yet to come, THIS is the worry that you allow to rattle around in your brain? You were always fair, honest, and just with me, and you know as well as I do that life played out as it was meant to. Take the worry surrounding this situation and put it into making your life even better for you and those you love.” Jazzy is fully at peace and hopes that you can be as well. Lisa O. wants to know if her dog Cisco is comfortable now and if there’s more that she can do? I feel sleepy but comfortable. When he shows me going from sleeping to standing, it’s like watching a large horse slowly get up, but once he gets his balance and bearings, he’s good to go. I get a no, there is nothing more you can do for him, and he greatly appreciates you being his person and advocate. Lisa R.’s dog Hadley is deceased, and she wants to know if she’s still here with her and to let her know she misses her. I hear a huge YES,

she is still around you, but I also have a smile that spreads across my face as I answer you. Hadley did not like being woken up at all! She can curl herself in a ball just like a cat would, and when I tapped in to her, she was laying on her side, did a stretch that made her look like a sideways horseshoe, and yawned. She never fully opened her eyes and went right back to snoozing. Sheila A. has a dog named Karma. “Does she understand when I talk to her? Is she Montana reincarnated?” Oh she understands you, but sometimes you say things that make no sense! She does better when you talk to her like she’s an adult versus a small child. I don’t think she’s Montana, but Montana’s energy is always around you, so that’s why you feel her. When I say that, it’s not just when you’re at home. Montana is and will forever be your protector no matter where you are. Just a reminder that a psychic reading is not a replacement for licensed veterinary care. If I didn’t answer your question or you’d like to learn more about what was relayed, feel free to schedule a reading at www. on the Online Booking page. As always, I offer a discounted Rescue Readings for animals that have been rescued. The more you know about them, the more you can help them adjust to being a part of your pack!

they may exhibit flu-like symptoms. When other animals exhibit these symptoms, other diseases must be ruled out, such as rabies. If this disease is suspected and it is mosquito season, the veterinarian submits blood or tissue to a lab to confirm. Testing is rarely required in dogs. Birds like emus, ostriches, and other game birds can acquire EEE but they develop blooding gastrointestinal tracks and can die suddenly. EEE is not spread from animal to animal. It is spread by an infected mosquito; however, if your dog is exposed to the feces or blood of a diseased bird with EEE, he could get it by direct contact. Animals that get sick are treated with supportive care like fluids, medicines to control the signs of illness, and reduce the severity of the symptoms. Massachusetts has seen a number of cases this year, so the CDC is trying to alert people about the risk. In Maine last August, one horse was diagnosed with EEE in York County.

Here is how you can reduce your risk and that of your dog getting this disease. Use a reputable insect repellent. Remove any stagnant water that can be used as a mosquito breeding ground. This includes run off from your house that pools, old tires, water in flower pots or caught in leaf debris and bird baths, anything that can collect water. Avoid letting Fido out at the most active mosquito times (dawn and dusk). Fix any screens that have holes. Don’t leave lights on outside overnight. Mosquitos are attracted to the light. Remove piles of garden debris, such as leaves, lawn clippings, and manure. There is no vaccination for dogs. At this time EEE is a low risk virus in Maine. With the change in climate, we may see more cases. By being proactive and taking common sense precautions, this disease will stay at low risk.

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Judith K. Herman, DVM, CVH Animal Wellness Center Augusta, Maine

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STRONG from page 1 To help those in need, Emmons has armed her nonprofit with not only a board of directors and volunteers but will work in conjuncon with a local animal rescue and professional training group. This wife, homemaker, and mother of two toddlers with a third baby on the way said she has the me and desire to make a difference. “It’ll be a huge blessing to rescue a dog and rescue a person with PTSD,” said Emmons, whose past hardships led her to this undertaking. In 2006 she was an excited and opmisc 20-year-old American ready to serve her country. She enlisted in the Army and began stateside training, but things soon crumbled. “I was violently raped by another soldier.” She said it was so forceful and intense that she suffered from migraines and didn’t realize that she’d sustained a traumac brain injury (TBI). She spoke to her commander as she had issues being near the aacker. “Back 10 to 12 years ago, things like that were pushed under the rug.” (Emmons acknowledged that the Army now has programs in place such as Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevenon aka SHARP to avoid or address incidents and advocate for vicms.) To make maers worse, some soldiers bullied her and told her it was her fault. Eventually she was given an uncharacterized discharge in 2007. Severe depression and anxiety plagued her days. “I didn’t know I had PTSD,” she said which led to selfmedicang. Eventually she tackled a 12-step program and it took, but she was uneasy with public places and facing authority figures, and she sll believed the event was her fault. Emmons sought counseling at the US Veterans Center in Portland. Over me her counselor helped her understand the violent act was her aacker’s responsibility. She guided Emmons through the process of appealing her discharge, and it was upgraded to an honorable status. The counselor also recommended that she apply for a service dog through

Portland’s K9s on The Front Line, a non-profit that was co-founded by Dr. Hagen Blaszyk and Linda Murray. She did just that and between counseling and her confidencebuilding Black Mouth Cur service dog named Gunner, it’s been lifesaving. “It’s been a huge freeing experience.” During her months-long training at K9s on The Front Line with the now 4-year-old Gunner, Emmons learned that she was the last individual to receive a service dog from that group to address PTSD/ TBI from military sexual assault. (They now concentrate on military combat veterans suffering from PTSD and/or TBI.) She had many conversations with Dr. Blaszyk – he suggested she initiate SDS and she realized, “My whole life has been impacted by this. Instead of wallowing in grief, now I’m strong enough to do something.” Dr. Blaszyk has remained supportive and continues to be her mentor. She also has support in the form of Kristen Stacy. She met her while ice fishing with friends – but Emmons wasn’t aware that she was a rape vicm who had emoonal support dogs, Riggs and Oakley, unl aer the chance meeng. Stacy was quick to jump on the board and Emmons refers to her as SDS’s co-founder. SDS aligned with The Green Ark, a foster-based 501(c)(3) dog rescue that was founded by Athena Carriere.

specific eligibility requirements, including having been medically diagnosed with sexual assault and/or rape-related PTSD, open their home to an SDS visit to ensure the dog will be in a safe environment, and must be able to provide ongoing vet care, including monthly preventaves, annual exams, shots, and any unforeseen medical needs for their new sidekick. “The dog will be with them for many years,” Emmons explained. They’re grateful for donaons so SDS can aid survivors and their families as well. Emmons put it in a nutshell as to why their nonprofit is important. “You have the power to help li someone out of a dark hole and put him/her on the path to a beer life, and help a four-legged friend as well. It is a win-win.” For more informaon, visit

(For more on Green Ark, see page 16.) “She’s the dog whisperer,” Emmons said, adding that she has terrific insncts on animals. Carriere will recommend rescued dogs, and they’ll be evaluated by Chrisan Sckney, owner and chief trainer of North Edge K9 in Westbrook. That group has also commied to training SDS survivors and their canine partners through an 18-week course designed to address individuals’ needs. Upon passing the final exam, canines earn their service dog tle and will comfort and guide their survivors/handlers, so they can take control of their lives. They’re raising $21k for the first class of six survivors which includes the adopon cost of the rescued dogs, spay/neuter, inial shots, and training fees. Once funding is secure, SDS will begin the applicaon process. All applicants must meet

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The Party Animal (?) Pares and Dogs don’t Always Mix


ere we are, at the tail end of 2019 with 2020 looming close. It’s hard to believe another year is about to disappear behind us. With the ringing out of one year, the welcoming in of the next and holidays in between come many fesvies and gatherings. We humans may revel in this revelry, but our beloved pooches may not be quite as enthusiasc. The Perfect Party Dog Do you have a dog who loves to be in the thick of acvies, who greets strangers and friends like old pals, who has good manners and needs very lile management to ensure everything is copacec? If you answered “yes,” consider yourself very lucky! This arcle may not be for you if you have the Perfect Party Dog, but your next dog may benefit from careful management and some training to make those gatherings more pleasurable for all species aending. Dog Duty When we are hosng a party, the last thing we tend to think about is what to do with the dog, but it’s a good idea to factor him into the picture just as we would the kids. Delegate someone to Dog Duty. It is this person’s responsibility to make sure the dog feels safe and comfortable and that

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guests are safe and comfortable, too. The Dog Duty person needs to have plenty of treats to reward the dog for making good choices and needs to have a plan in place in case good choices are deficient. Where would your dog feel most comfortable? Pares aren’t for Scaredy Dogs.

If your pup tends to be fearful or wary of strangers, it’s best to relegate him to a quiet place away from the acon or even have him stay somewhere else for the duraon of the party. Kudos to you if you have maintained your dog’s crate training because this is the perfect me for the fearful dog to enjoy his sanctuary. The over-the-top social dog lacking the skills for proper intermingling with guests is also an excellent candidate for crang. Most dogs haven’t read the Miss Canine Manners columns and need intenonal training to build these skills, so unless you have trained them, don’t expect your dog to suddenly know what he’s supposed to do. What would you like your dog to do when guests arrive? Set your dog up for success. Keep your dog from greeng people at the door in order to give him some space to enter. Dog greengs can be done in another space. Be mindful of how your guests feel about geng dog aenon. Some people would rather not have their personal space invaded by a dog and some feel awkward around dogs. Call your dog away so as to respect that person’s preferences. The flip side: Are any of your guests unwingly (or wingly) sabotaging your dog’s training? Be watchful for interacons that might contribute to undesirable behaviors. What would you like your dog to do while the party is going on?

Decide ahead of me, and then plan how you can help your dog want to do those things. For instance, if you’d like your dog to enjoy an acvity in a specific area, add value to that area by feeding him there or offering him a treat dispensing toy on a regular basis. He will gravitate towards that area if he finds it potenally rewarding. A scavenger hunt (toss treats or kibble on the floor) will keep him busy for a while, too. Don’t expect perfect manners if you haven’t taken the me to train them. If you find yourself saying, “you know beer than that!” your pup has not been trained to the level needed for that parcular situaon. It’s not his fault - he just needs more help from you to master the skills necessary. A party is a very excing situaon, and oenmes even a simple “sit” doesn’t work. Food, food, food!! Your dog may have good manners when the daily roune is followed, but when there’s food aplenty, he may not be able to resist temptaon. Keep an eye on him - you don't want him to get addicted to table surfing for ever aer! Leash him up Keeping your dog on leash at least part of the me will limit his movement and choices and also give him a break from feeling compelled to get in on everything, and it’s the simplest management tool around! Take care of your dog, and then go have fun and party hearly!

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Training Your Performance Dog Agility, Obedience, Tracking by Carolyn Fuhrer

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ometimes it is good to take a step back and look at our role in the training process. It is important to remember that when you are training your dog in a performance sport, your dog is totally dependent upon you. Dogs don’t know what you are trying to teach. They have no idea of the rules or how any of the necessary skills need to be performed. Your dog is a reflection of you and your training.

In the beginning of teaching a skill, your dog should be open and trusting and wanting to engage with you. If not, you need to abandon your training plans and go back and work on creating

a dog that wants to engage in learning. A defensive dog is not open to learning. To start, you must have a dog who wants to engage and who is not afraid to try a behavior to see if it works. Your dog should be confident that the right behavior will be praised and rewarded and the wrong behavior will either not be rewarded (try again) or guided into what is acceptable and then released. Your dog should understand that effort in the right direction will be supported and may be rewarded. This encourages a dog to work and try to solve problems. Handlers who insist on the finished product without rewarding effort will soon lose the dog’s trust. You, as a trainer, need to have a clear idea of what you are trying to teach and what are the progressive steps leading up to the skill you wish the dog to learn. As soon as you see confusion, you must be careful not to put too much pressure on the dog. When confused, some dogs will act out and bark, get the zoomies, or offer other known behaviors. Others

will shut down and do nothing and others will try to leave. A good trainer should recognize confusion and help the dog be right, then praise and release, reward and play. Rethink what you were asking for and make the problem a lile easier so the dog can be successful. When successful, praise, reward, release and play and end on this success. The dog always needs to feel that it can trust you to make the outcome posive. All training sessions should begin and end with play, and you should intersperse play throughout the session. Work should be fun and problems should be fun to solve. If you don’t have a dog who willingly wants to play with you, it is time you spend some time enhancing that part of your relationship. Play should be fun for both of you and something the dog wants to initiate. Play is a great reward for work. Learning how to successfully play with your dog will teach you a great deal about your dog and yourself. A good trainer can always keep his dog’s interest without food. Try playing – it works!

Carolyn Fuhrer has earned over 100 AKC tles with her Golden Retrievers, including 2 Champion Tracker tles. She has recently become an AKC Tracking Judge. Carolyn is the owner of North Star Dog Training School in Somerville, Maine. She has been teaching people to understand their dogs for over 30 years. You can contact her with quesons, suggesons and ideas for her column by e-mailing

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I am a Carolina Dog, a breed that long ago owned Nave American people. We were designed by natural selecon to be so intelligent and physically superior that we survived without human help. My great-grandfather was caught from the wild. I can offer advice based on the natural insncts and aributes of wild dogs. In addion, my adopve person and I have had lots of training classes and other experiences. Some humans call themselves Mom or Dad of their dog, but I refer to my human, tongue in cheek, as Boss. Much as I love her, I admit she has many of the same odd noons as most humans, so I can relate to other pet dogs with problem humans. If I can’t help, at least I can offer sympathy, and we can have some fun talking about our amazing humans. Please send your quesons! Bammy, 280 Pond Rd., Newcastle, ME 04553, or email:

About My Best Friend I knew something was wrong when my old best friend, Pookah, suddenly lay down while we were going for a walk. Boss and I ran to her and sat beside her. Her humans came and sat there, too. They looked so sad, I gave them each a slurp on the nose. Prey soon Pook wasn’t there anymore. I mean, her big, black furry body was there, but she was gone. So I went back to see if I could get a

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chipmunk out of the stone wall. But it wasn’t much fun – I kept thinking about Pookah. Her humans wrapped the empty body in a sheet and loaded it onto the tractor. We were all sad, so I walked back to the house close to them instead of hunng. Somemes I look out the window at her house, but I know she isn’t there. I whine a lile and go looking for something new to chew on. I was so lile when Boss came for me, I don’t remember much. I missed my mother and the other puppies, so when I met Pookah,

I was all licks and wiggles. She lived in a den close by and oen came to play with me. We always wagged a lot and licked each other’s noses. She wasn’t that swi at barking to come in, so I barked and ran around like crazy when I knew she was here. Somemes her humans went away, and she stayed with us for a long me. When I was lile, I looked out the window at her den and howled when she went home. Somemes she brought me a toy, and we played tug. We ran in huge circles in the hayfield, taking turns chasing and being chased. Aer a while I could run faster than she could, and I’d jump over her at top speed while she ducked. Even when I knocked her over or snatched her toys right out of her mouth, she never, ever growled at me. Even so, I didn’t try to eat from her bowl, and she didn’t look at mine. Somemes Pookah visits me when I’m asleep, and we do things together. We used to love to sing when one of those howling machines went by on the road. When she got old, she couldn’t hear very well, so Boss would say, “Hear siren?” and we would all have a good sing.

We loved to have Boss join in even though she couldn’t howl right. It’s confusing, now, when I howl in my sleep and wake up in my bed and no Pookah. Boss calls it “dream” when Pookah and I play while I’m asleep. I growl and twitch when we play tug. She is such a good tugger! When Boss and I walk in the woods, it sometimes seems as if Pookah is there, running beside me. Maybe she is. Who knows? Bammy The Ask Bammy column is intended for humor and entertainment. If your dog has behavioral issues please contact a veterinarian or professional trainer.

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he Androscoggin Animal Hospital (AAH) is located on the Foreside Road in Topsham Maine. It has been locally owned and operated at the same locaon since 1985. AAH has been an American Animal Hospital cerfied pracce since 2003 and has consistently exceeded the guidelines for cerficaon. We are a Fear Free and Feline Friendly pracce employing an amazing team of 5 Veterinarians and 23 dedicated support staff. The hospital is commied to providing an exceponal experience that is compassionate, convenient, comfortable, professional, and affordable. We use the latest technology (including a therapeuc and surgical laser, diagnosc ultrasound, complete in house diagnosc equipment, and digital radiography) to provide complete surgical, dental, and medical care. We love supporng the community that has graciously connued to support us. Visit us on Facebook and Instagram, text us, call us, email us, visit our website, and download our app for your smartphone. Thank you to all of our dedicated clients, paents, friends, staff, and colleagues. We are honored to have been selected by the community as the Best of the Best in the Downeast Dog News.


lsebeth DeBiase, owner & stylist at Coastal Creaons Pet Salon, is an award winning IPG Cerfied Master Groomer with 18 years of experience in the pet industry. As a graduate of the University of Maine, Department of Animal Sciences, she has an understanding of the animal industry that encompasses farm, veterinary, and pet industries alike. In 2011, Elsebeth opened Coastal Creaons Pet Salon in Bucksport with the goal of providing individualized services to her four- legged clients while ulizing state of the art equipment, compassionate handling methods and modern styling techniques. As a result, pursuing various forms of condioning educaon has become a passion for her and in 2019 Elsebeth became the first Fear Free Cerfied Groomer in Maine. Her speciales include small dogs, cats and geriatric pets. Recent grooming accomplishments consist of 1st place in the New England Groom Olympics 2016, 2nd place in the Ulmate Grooming Compeon 2018 and 2nd place in the Whole Pet Academy Grooming Compeon intermediate class 2019. It’s an honor to receive Best of the Best Groomer 2016 & 2019. Thank you!




began making dog cookies for my Swissys in 2015 because I wanted to know what was going into each cookie and treat they ate. Aer experimenng with several recipe variaons I landed on our signature peanut buer, pumpkin and cinnamon recipe that dogs go nuts for. With amazing feedback from friends and dogs alike Mountain Dog Cookie Co was established. We have now been in business for 4 years, making hundreds of cookies in small batches each month in over 175 different sizes and shapes. Each cookie is baked and decorated with love and care and in the hopes from my 4 Swissys that it may become a reject they will get to share. I firmly believe that just because it is a dog cookie doesn’t mean it can’t be fun to look at! Which is why homemade decorated dog treats made at Mountain Dog Cookie Co. are so special. To see and order our amazing cookies find us on Facebook or email us at com. Thank you for all who have helped us become the Best Pet Product for the 3rd year in a row.

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Best Trainer Sara Sokol, Mr. Dog Training ara Sokol is owner at Mr. Dog Training; a posive reinforcement based training center with a 2000 square foot facility located in West Bath Maine and has been voted BEST dog trainer in the state of Maine by Downeast Dog News readers for FIVE years in a row now! Mr. Dog Training offers a number of group classes ranging from a free Puppy Pre-School through Advanced Obedience as well as a variety of fun Activity classes including Noseworks, Tricks, Intro to Agility, and Ninja Dog. In addition Mr. Dog Training offers a variety of downloadable dog training videos available for purchase with more videos coming soon! Sara feels that the key to any good relaonship, including the one between a person and their dog, is clear communicaon. Her training style is to teach people set their dogs up to make “good” choices, and then reinforce those choices; the more that you reinforce a behavior, the more you’ll see that behavior! In addion, Sara believes that training should be fun for both human and dog and takes pride in being able to make the classroom an enjoyable and safe place to learn. She is grateful to have a job that allows her to work closely with the community and one that helps her strengthen the human/animal bond.

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wo Salty Dogs Pet Ouiers in Boothbay Harbor is for people who truly love their pets. Don and Liana Kingsbury stock their lile shop with pure dynamite. High-quality dog and cat foods, locally made treats and toys, Maine-made collars and leashes. Large bags of food are stored in the shed out back, and they are more than willing to run a load out to a car. The Kingsburys are known as shop owners that always go the extra mile for their customers, which is one reason people who visit come back again and again. Don and Liana got the idea to open a shop when their Black Lab “Max” began talking to them in barely audible tones, saying “ me a shop and stock it with all kinds of tasty things for me to eat...” That complete, Max's orders became more direct-- “Build me a Dog Army of hungry Labs that I might conquer the earth and impose my will upon all living creatures...” So Don & Liana acquired Auggie and Buddy -- Max's friendly Black Lab Lieutenants. These days, the shop is ruthlessly run by Max and his two hench-dogs whilst Liana and Don obey Max's every order, however ridiculous.

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idcoast Humane is one of the biggest shelters in the state of Maine, operang in Brunswick and Edgecomb. We provide care and second chances to 3,500 animals every year, and assist thousands more through our programming. But we’re not just about the animals – Midcoast Humane is about the people, too. We dropped “Society” from our tle, because we’re not a membership organizaon, and we are not exclusive. Animal companions are for everyone, and all can make a difference in the lives of animals. We hold municipal contracts with 41 towns along Maine’s Midcoast from Falmouth to Washington, but our adopters come from across the state and New England. Every animal that comes through our door receives excellent medical care, spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines, care and comfort while they’re with us. We believe that every life is worth saving. Midcoast Humane is extremely grateful to the Downeast Dog News readers, our adopters, supporters, and community partners for naming Midcoast Humane the Best Animal Shelter of 2019. We could not do our life-saving work without the support of our community. Thank you all for believing in our mission and for all of your support. Learn more about our life-saving work at

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he Salty Dog Maine LLC currently owns and operates 6 locaons on the Midcoast in Maine (Camden, Union, Damariscoa, Hallowell, Wiscasset, Belfast), with over 30 years in the business!!! The Union locaon offers boarding, grooming and daycare for both cats and dogs set on almost 13 beauful wooded acres. This locaon was established 13 years ago and purchased by The Salty Dog family in November of 2018. The kennel offers the largest accommodaons for your pet on the mid coast which consist of 2 indoor suites ( sleeping quarters and feeding/ exercise) and an outdoor individual play yard. In addion, there are 2 very large fully fenced in play yards to assure your pets are geng their play/ exercise me! The facility is climate controlled and has radiant heat within the floors. Full service Grooming is offered by professional , cerfied , pet stylists to complete the full spa package for your fur baby. The Salty Dog family would like to thank everyone who voted for us and wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!!!

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ogs Days at Maine’s luxurious Inn by the Sea include in room amenies and over the top pampering for both traveling pets and humans. One of the first luxury hotels to accept pets, the Inn has welcomed man’s best friend for over 25 years with complimentary stays, water bowls, beach towels, cozy L.L Bean dog blankets, and handmade turndown treats. Gourmet pet menus, dog walking and doggie day care is all available for doggie divas. Dogs are welcome to join their humans for meals al fresco on the seaside deck or in the fireplace lounge. Located on the coast on sandy Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth the Inn is a beauful spot to relax with ocean views, but just 7 miles from Portland’s urban chic small port city. Fetching fall days include the pool going to the dogs- mid October the pool is closed to people and open for pets to enjoy aer a relaxing walk on the beach. Meet the Inn house dog! The Inn fosters dogs from Animal Refuge of Greater Portland unl a ‘forever’ home is found. This program supports pet adopon, connecng guests to dogs who need homes. 153 dogs have been adopted from the Inn to date.


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ogs do not come with wrien instrucons, and whether you have an 8-week old puppy, a sixyear-old rescue dog, or anything in between having a relaonship with a professional and accredited dog training or behavior expert can be your greatest asset. Dog trainers typically teach you how to train your dog to be a great companion. They will address housetraining, bite inhibion, jumping, and socializaon with puppies and skills like teaching sit, down, stay, come, heel, leave it, and aenon. Dog training is not a licensed profession, so you need to do your research carefully before making a selecon. You can learn more at these links:


• What Is Dog Training? – hp:// • How to Choose a Dog Trainer – hp:// HowToChooseADogTrainer • Maine Dog Trainers That I Recommend – hp:// MEDogTrnrs If you have a dog with anxiety, fear, or aggression issues, you may need more than an accredited, professional dog trainer. In fact if you are experiencing any of these issues, you should start with a visit to your veterinarian as there are medical issues that could be contribung to your dog's undesired behavior. Any medical issue causing pain or discomfort can contribute to aggression. Other


medical problems that can aect behavior include endocrine and neurological disorders and even ck-borne diseases. Aggressive behavior is oen an emoonal response (anger or fear), and training alone may not be helpful. For example, a dog who has been trained in a wide variety of scenarios may well be able to sit on a single visual or verbal cue, but when under stress it may not respond to the cues you give. For example, you may be able to recite Shakespeare or solve dierenal

equaons, but your ability to do so when stressed may make doing those tasks very diďŹƒcult. We need to recognize and accept that a reacve dog is stressed and uncomfortable. If your veterinarian rules out a medical reason for your dog’s behavior, you will want to seek the assistance of a professional credenaled to work with behavior cases. There are three levels of professionals to consider. At the top of the list is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. This is a veterinarian that has completed addional training in behavior and is entled to use the term “Veterinary Behaviorist’ and use the inials DACVB aer his name. He will be experienced in training, behavior modiďŹ caon, and in the use of pharmaceucals to aid in treang behavioral issues. As of last month, Maine has its ďŹ rst Veterinary Behaviorist in the state, Chrisne D. Calder DVM DACVB, who is praccing at the Maine Veterinary Medical Center in Scarborough. Next on the list are individuals who are credentialed by the Animal Behavior Society. They usually have a doctorate or master's degree in animal behavior and have passed an exam that then allows them to use the title Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (CAAB or ACAAB). You can find a list of these individuals at http://www. applied-behavior-caab-directory. php. I am not aware of any currently practicing in Maine.

At the next er are those like myself that are credenaled as Behavior Consultants. Although people occasionally refer to me as a behaviorist, I am not. The only people who should be using the tle “behavioristâ€? are those that are credenaled by the Animal Behavior Society or the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. There are three independent accreding bodies for credenal people like myself doing behavioral work listed below: • Pet Professional Accreditaon Board (PPAB) – hps://www. • Internaonal Associaon of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) – hps:// • CerďŹ caon Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) – hps://www.ccpdt. org/ Like dog training, behavior consulng is not a licensed profession, so please verify the credenals of whomever you select to help your dog. If they recommend the use of any type of aversive (shock collar, choke collar, prong collar, spray bole, dominance downs), anything meant to punish, look for someone else. Punishing your dog is only likely to make its aggression worse and more dangerous. Lastly, you might want to review a past column of mine at the link below. Help! My Dog is Aggressive, Reacve, Fearful, Anxious, etc. – What do I do? – hp:// HelpDogAggx

Don Hanson is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop ( in Bangor where he has been helping people with their pets since 1995. He also produces and co- hosts The Woof Meow Show heard on AM620 -WZON every Saturday at 9 AM. Podcasts of the show are available at Don also writes about pets at his blog: He is commied to pet care and pet training that is free of pain, force, and fear. The opinions in this column are those of Don Hanson.

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Maine Pet Pantries If you find yourself in tough mes and struggling to feed your pets there are people out there that can help you! The following is a list of some of the pet food pantries available in Maine. Each pantry may provide different products and/or services. Please check with the individual pantries for more info. and to confirm their hours/requirements. We have done our best to provide an up to date list but somemes things change. If you run a pet food pantry and would like to be added to our list for the future please contact: AniMeals for Seniors Spectrum Generaons runs an AniMeal program in conjuncon with the Meals on Wheels program for seniors. Bath, Belfast, Brunswick, Muskie Center in Waterville, Skowhegan, Hallowell and Damariscoa. FMI: Lynda Johnson, 207-626-7777 or ljohnson@  ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY  Greater Androscoggin Humane Society 55 Strawberry Ave, Lewiston 783-2311 Every Tuesday, 9 - 11 a.m.  AROOSTOOK COUNTY  Houlton Humane Society 263 Callaghan Road, Houlton 532-2862 Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call ahead for pet pantry assistance. Southern Aroostook Food Pantry 434 Callaghan Road, Houlton 538-6404 Every other week, Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Camp Bow Wow 49 Blueberry Road, Portland 207-541-9247 Mon. - Fri., 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sat., 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sun., 7:30 - 10 a.m. and 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Call to check supply levels No Bowl Empty Pet Food Pantry 238 Old Alfred Rd, E. Waterboro 233-2793 By appointment. Please call ahead. Town of Standish Animal Control (Town Hall) 175 Northeast Rd, Standish 642-4343 Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call to check supply levels Steep Falls Library 1128 Pequawket Trl, Steep Falls 675-3132 Mon. & Tues. 9:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m. Midcoast Humane 30 Range Road, Brunswick 725-5051 Sun., Mon., Tues. & Thurs., 12 - 4 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 12 - 6 p.m. Call to check supply levels

Hardy’s Friends Non-profit organizaon, helps pet owners in need in the towns of Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor. Provides dog and cat food, lier, basic flea and ck protecon and veterinary assistance. FMI: 963-7444 or Deer Isle-Island Food Pantry Island Community Center (Lower Level) 6 Memorial Lane, Stonington Kathy 348-6181 Thurs. (with the excepon of the occasional fih Thurs.), 5:30 - 7 p.m. SPCA Hancock County 141 Bar Harbor Rd., Trenton 667-8088 Thurs. - Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call to check supply levels  KENNEBEC COUNTY  Amy Buxton Pet Pantry South Parish UCC 9 Church St, Augusta 622-0552 2nd and 4th Sat. of each month 8 - 9 a.m. Apr. – Sept., 9 - 10 a.m. Oct. – Mar.


 CUMBERLAND COUNTY  Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland 217 Landing Road, Westbrook 854-9771 Tues., 1 - 3 p.m. and Sun., 1 - 4 p.m.


Bar Harbor Food Pantry 36 Mount Desert St. in the YMCA basement. 288-3375 Tues., 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & Thurs., 4 - 6 p.m. Call to check supply levels

Penobscot Pet Pantry American Legion Corner of John & Pearl, Camden 763-4291 First Thurs. of the month 1 p.m. Applicaon form required.

 LINCOLN COUNTY  Midcoast Humane 27 Atlanc Highway, Edgecomb 882-9677 Every day except Wed. & Sun. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Call ahead for pet food pantry assistance.  PENOBSCOT COUNTY  Furry Friends Food Bank Available through the Eastern Area Agency on Aging in Washington, Penobscot, Hancock and Piscataquis Counes. Services for low income seniors and their companion animals. People must be enrolled with EAAA. Call 941-2865 or 800-432-7812. Bangor Humane Society 693 Mount Hope Ave, Bangor 942-8902 Mon. - Fri., 12 - 6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mostly dog and cat food/lier; supplies vary, call first.  WALDO COUNTY  Waldo County Pet Food Panty VFW 34 Field Street, Belfast 3rd Sat. of every month, open at 12:30 p.m. In case of emergency 322-3237 YORK COUNTY The Corner Cupboard Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church 5 Lebanon St., Sanford 324-3191 Open the third Sat. of every month, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome Brachycephalic airway syndrome is a common syndrome which is found in breeds who have been purposely bred to have shortened skulls. French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pugs, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are some of the most common breeds with this condion. The shape of their head results in redundant so ssues in the airway which causes impaired breathing and somemes obstrucve breathing. Brachycephalic airway syndrome consists of stenoc (narrowed) nostrils, elongated so palate, and a severely narrowed trachea. Clinical signs of brachycephalic airway syndrome includes exercise intolerance, stertorous (noisy) breathing, and snoring. Some pets will gag or retch especially while swallowing. Pets with stenoc nares have secondary increase in airflow resistance and therefore increased negave inspiratory pressure. This

pressure results in the redundant upper airway ssues geng sucked in and causing progressive collapse of the airway including everted laryngeal saccules, laryngeal and pharyngeal, and lower airway collapse. If you can imagine sucking air from a deflated balloon, you can understand how the airway collapses. Diagnosis of brachycephalic airway syndrome is two-fold. Examinaon of the pet awake will reveal a narrowed (stenoc) nares. A sedated oral examinaon is required for further evaluaon of elongated so palate and collapse of the larynx. Surgical correcon with a cerfied specialty surgeon is recommended for any brachycephalic breed with clinical signs of airway issues. These paents have an increased risk of anesthec complicaons and the surgery and aercare must be precisely planned. The nostrils are widened surgically so that they can pass air more

readily. The so palate is trimmed to the correct length so that it does not get sucked into the airway. If the laryngeal saccules are everted those are removed at the same me. Surgery is very quick and roune and carries an excellent prognosis. Brachycephalic airway syndrome is a progressive condion with age and also worsens with obesity. The ideal me to have the airway evaluated and surgically corrected is at the same me as spay or neuter. Paents who undergo surgery at a young age have a fantasc prognosis and tend to recover very well from anesthesia and surgery. As paents age and the negave pressure causes worsening of the airway, the surgical recovery and anesthesia recovery can become more challenging and risky. A very small percentage of paents require a temporary tracheostomy if they have significant swelling post-op for a day or two to help with their recovery.

If laryngeal collapse is too far advanced as the pet has aged, then the prognosis is poor, and only rarely a permanent tracheostomy tube may be recommended. It is recommended for one overnight stay postoperavely and then paents have a short rest period for about a week at home to recover from surgery. Performing the brachycephalic airway surgery on young pets when they are neutered/ spayed is helpful to prevent them from requiring separate anesthesia episodes. Most owners noce marked improvement in their pet’s quality of life including beer ability to exercise, less noisy breathing, less gagging/ choking on food or water, and less progression of breathing difficulty.

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RESCUE OF THE MONTH: THE GREEN ARK Saving Dogs from High Kill Shelters to cut the carbon footprint. She and her group also promote the use of natural cleaners for washing crates and dogs and purchasing recycled products. All their rescues are brought up-to-date on shots and are spayed or neutered. Then they’ll spend me on Athena’s 30-acre farm in Hollis for assessment. The reason? She believes their personality may be guarded in a shelter, but once they’re in a familystyle seng receiving plenty of exercise, guidance, and love, they’ll likely blossom. Over the years Athena and her dedicated crew have found new homes for upwards of 2,000 dogs. Lately they’ve slowed their intake. She’s a busy single mom to 3-year-old Dylan and 4-year-old Delphine, both major priories. Once the children are a bit older and more self-reliant, the group, also comprised of other moms, will ramp up the intake beyond a handful at a me. Eventually she plans to expand the nonprofit into an animal refuge – aer all she already is a caretaker to a few rescued sheep. “I hope for it to be an Ark for all animals, mulple species.” She laughed and added, “Not exoc animals, but you get the picture.” This one-me chef turned entrepreneur has

By Susan Spisak Athena Carriere’s life changed with a Facebook crosspost. It outlined the imminent euthanizaon of a pregnant southern shelter dog. “I had no idea about rescue,” she admied. “I couldn’t sleep that night.” She spent hours sending pleas for help to over 50 nonprofit animal organizaons. The few responses that she received were polite but firm declines, with one excepon. A Maine southern sister shelter agreed to rescue the momma, saving her life and pups. That experience led Athena to explore rescue, and she began fostering. She failed with her first (and not last), a “very challenging” heartwormposive female German Shepherd named Andy. “I had been circling the rescue world. [I thought] I’m going to start my own here in Maine. It’s been a wild world ever since.” She iniated the foster-based 501(c) (3) Green Ark in February of 2013 with an eco-friendly edge. Since she pulls most of her dogs from Georgia – she works with two groups there – she subscribes to the “carpool” method, ulizing professional transporters

chickens and ducks and sells their eggs, and she hosts a “Hipcamp” on her land, an Airbnb of sorts for tent buffs. She lends her talent to two Portland nonprofits, K9s on The Front Line and Service Dog Strong, finding and matching rescued dogs to vets with combat PTSD (the former) and individuals with traumac, sexually- and/or rape-related PTSD (the laer) who would benefit from a service or emoonal canine. For Green Ark, their mission is simple: “Adopt a pet, Save a life.” To that end, senior dog adopon fees are reduced, and there’s also a discounted Senior for Senior program. Green Ark recognizes those who serve their local communies, so there’s a credit for police officers, military, firefighters, first responders, teachers, and coaches. For the adopon applicaon, all rates and info, visit faq.html. They always need fosters as well as applicaon and social media volunteers. Experienced or willingto-learn grant writers are welcomed. Monetary and physical donaons such as new and gently used crates, bowls, leashes, and kibble are appreciated. Message Athena at



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34 yrs., Collie

10 mos., Bloodhound

A sweet & loving senior. He is great with people of all ages. His best dog buddy has died, and he would love another canine companion in his new home. Favorite acvity: going on sniďŹƒng walks or hikes.

Rose was part of a state cruelty seizure. She was not socialized and is fearful of most new situaons. Must be leashed and supervised when outside. Needs a child-free, paent and careful family with at least one other dog.

Orion is wonderful with kids, but he can get excited, so may be a bit much for young children. House broken and loves car rides. Very handsome and since he is sll a puppy, he’s got lots of pep!

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Pope Memorial Humane Society, (207) 594-2200

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Current Status: K-9 Correcons Program.

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16 Branches from Wiscasset to Calais 1-800-564-3195 • theďŹ

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JACK, 12 Yrs., & TY, 10 yrs., Jack Russell Terriers

MILA 10 mos., Shepherd/Basenji MIx

Jack and Ty are a bonded pair meaning they are looking for their forever home together! Jack and Ty were brought in due to the health of the owner. The two would prefer to be in a home that has no other animals. Home with children 10 years and up. Jack is a senior boy who has some senior health needs, so he is looking for a home who has a vet relaonship as well as Ty.

I'm a naturally playful, curious, and trusng canine. Take me for a big walk every day; give me something to do. Aer my job's done, I'll curl up in front of the ďŹ re with you in the evenings.

Bangor Humane Society, (207) 942-8902

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Hello Doggie Daycare 1311 Roosevelt Trail, Raymond • (207) 655-6521

PAWS Animal Adopon Center, (207) 236-8702



TACY, 10 yrs., Treeing Walker Hound

10 yrs., Catahoula Leopard Mix

3 yrs., Cale Dog Mix

A sweet, calm, and kind boy. He is a perfect balance of relaxaon and exploring. Walks prey well on a leash but needs guidance to not pull; he is just so happy to go on walks! James knows basic commands (sit, wait, come, gentle {for treats}) but he needs consistency to reinforce his knowledge. FMI:

Brushing, head/ ear rubs, body massages are his favorite thing. He would do well as an only dog or with a conďŹ dent female. Due to his size, not recommended for small children. He will need a strong proacve and conďŹ dent leader who ulizes posive reinforcement training. FMI:

Very sweet senior hound mix who was surrendered to the shelter as her owner had health issues. She pulls on the leash a bit. She loves other dogs and is very playful with them. Any dog housemates would need to come meet her to ensure it is a good match. No cats.



Senior, Boston Terrier/Pit Bull Mix

10 yrs., Hound Mix

BECK, 5 yrs., Retriever Mix

Midcoast Humane, (207) 449-1366

Sweet, smart, gentle girl. Loves to cuddle & give kisses. Serenity lost an eye to glaucoma and is on medicaons for Cushings disease. She can be bossy with other dogs, but seems to do beer with male dogs. She ignores cats & adores humans.

A real snuggle Buddy! This loving dog is good with kids & great with other mellow dogs & cats. Buddy is full of energy for walks. He’s a gentle guy who likes to be tucked in with a blanket at night.

Looking for an adult only home or one with kids 13yrs + who are dog savvy and know not to push him past his comfort zone. He needs a family who will work with him on his impulse control and oversmulaon. Beck would do best in a home without a lot of foot traďŹƒc.

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Midcoast Humane, (207) 449-1366

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November 2019


November C lendar To submit or get more informaon on the events below, go online to

Purchases made during the following times will receive the following discounts!7:00am - 8:00am - 30% off*, 8:00am - 9:00am - 25% off*, 9:00am 10:00am - 20% off* What a great opportunity to save on winter jackets, treats, toys (holiday toys will be out!), shampoos, supplements, kennels, beds and more! Self-Serve Dog Wash will be closed during the Early Bird Sale. *Discount does not apply towards food or the self-serve dog wash.

NAIL TRIMMING CLINIC Saturday, November 2 Rockland, 12PM – 3PM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them down to Pet Quarters located at 235 Camden St, Rockland and Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! We trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimmings and Ear Cleanings are $10.00 each or a combo price of $12.00 for both. All funds raised go directly to the rescue.

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC TD/TDX TRACKING WORKSHOP Saturday, November 2 Augusta, 9AM - 3PM A comprehensive workshop with Carolyn Fuhrer with lots of hands on work in the field. Held behind Viles Arboretum off Hospital Street. Line handling, arcle indicaon, keeping your dog movated. Call for more informaon. Kathy (207) 691-2332. $95 dog/handler team. $50 Audit. Space Limited - please register early.

St. for their next nail clipping clinic. For just $10 you can have your pet's nails trimmed and all the proceeds will be donated to the SPCA of Hancock County! No appointment necessary.



Saturday, November 2 Boothbay, 10AM – 2PM An adopon event for the whole family to find their new furry family member in me to share a Thanksgiving dinner with them. Held at Boothbay Canine Daycare & Boarding, 653 Wiscasset Rd.; 449-1366 x303

Sunday, November 3 Brewer, 10AM – 2PM Belfast, 10AM – 2PM SMACK Photography will be in our Brewer locaon, 421 Wilson St. and Chris_In_Focus Photography will be in our Belfast locaon, 1 Belmont Ave. to take Holiday themed photos of your pups! To make an appointment, please email chelsie@ Appointment mes book up fast and are preferred. Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated as best as possible! For more details and pricing see our Facebook page: hps://www.

EARLY BIRD SALE Saturday, November 2 Belfast, 6AM – 10AM Early Bird Savings at the Belfast Loyal Biscuit at 1 Belmont Ave. Purchases made during the following mes will receive the following savings: 6:00am - 7:00am - 30% off*, 7:00am 8:00am - 25% off*, 8:00am - 10:00am - 20% off* What a great opportunity to SAVE on winter jackets, treats, toys (holiday toys will be out!), shampoos, supplements, kennels, beds and more! Self-Serve Dog Wash will be closed during the Early Bird Sale. *Discount does not apply towards food or the self-serve dog wash.

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, November 2 Brewer, 10AM – 12PM Danielle from the SPCA of Hancock County will be in our Loyal Biscuit Brewer locaon, 421 Wilson

SHELTERBRATION Thursday, November 7 Bath, 6PM – 9PM Join us for a fun-filled evening of friends, food, drinks, and acvies— all to support Midcoast Humane and the animals that depend on our team for a new beginning. Held at Maine Marime Museum, 243 Washington St. $40/person or $75 for 2 ckets. Your favorite acvies are back again this year: The Wine Toss, The Beer Pull and The Mystery Prize Board. Cost of acvies range from $15 – $100. Purchase your ckets online.

NAIL TRIMMING CLINIC Saturday, November 9 Camden, 10AM – 12PM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them over to Taxes Plus located next to the Camden Dog Park in the old Camden/ Rockport Animal Shelter at 146 Camden St., Camden and Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! We trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimmings and Ear Cleanings are available for $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for both. All funds raised go directly to the rescue.

TOE NAIL TUESDAY Tuesday, November 12 Rockland, 11AM – 1PM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them down to Pet Quarters located at 235 Camden St, Rockland and Shannon Nachajko from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimmings and Ear Cleanings are available for $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for both. All funds raised go directly to rescue.

EARLY BIRD SALE Saturday, November 16 Rockland, 7AM-10AM Early Bird savings at Rockland Loyal Biscuit, 408 Main St.

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Saturday, November 16 Waterville, 10:30AM – 12:30PM Melissa from Primp My Paws will be in our Waterville location, 109 Main St. for our next nail clipping clinic! For just $10 you can have your pet's nails trimmed and all the proceeds will be donated to Charley's Strays, a no-kill animal refuge in Clinton, Maine. No appointment necessary. Convenient parking off of Temple Street, behind Lebanese Cuisine!

HOLIDAY PET PORTRAITS Sunday, November 17 Waterville, 10AM – 2PM Rockland, 10AM – 2PM Iris Bloom Photography will be in our Waterville location, 109 Main St. and Chris_In_Focus Photography will be in our Rockland location, 408 Main St. to take Holiday themed photos of your pups! To make an appointment, please email chelsie@loyalbiscuit. com. Appointment times book up fast and are preferred. Walkins are welcome and will be accommodated as best as possible! For more details and pricing see our Facebook page: https://www.

EARLY BIRD SALE Saturday, November 23 Boothbay Harbor, 12AM – 4PM Two Salty Dogs, 22 McKown St. This is our biggest sale of the year. Get up early or stay up late to get these great deals on almost all of our stuff. At the shop or on our website. EXCLUDES FOOD, DOG HOUSES, AND ITEMS ALREADY ON SALE. See our ad on page 2 for the discount breakdown.

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Fundraising Campaign for Biddeford Dog Park The Biddeford Dog Park is a 1 acre volunteer supported dog park located at 550 Main St in Biddeford. The park is completely maintained by volunteers, and funded by both business and individual donaons. Since its incepon in 2009, it has become one of the most popular parks in the area, and very well aended all year long. It is located within Rotary Park which includes a boat launch, youth football ďŹ elds, soccer ďŹ elds, soball ďŹ elds, teen center, disc golf course, picnic area, swimming beach, walking trails, skate park, sledding hill and mulple playgrounds. Rotary Park is a very heavily traďŹƒcked area, with the dog park located in the most visible corner along the entryway. We are now launching a campaign to add lighng to the park, so that it may be used year round unl 8pm. Currently, the park closes at dusk, making it unusable to many who work unl aer dark during the winter hours. To this point, we have received in kind contribuons from Camille's Electric and Biddeford Public works to dig and run power to the park. The last phase will include digging a trench, installaon of a telephone pole, 3 lighng ďŹ xtures

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Opon 1) $250. We oer a yearly sponsorship to the park which includes a 3x5 foot banner hung on the fence facing the main road into Rotary park. These banners stay up for an enre calendar year, and not just one parcular season

and a mer for those lights. The cost for these items will be $3,000. There are 3 opons to help support this project. All donaons are 501c3 deducble through our ďŹ scal sponsor, The Animal Welfare Society. Thank you so much for your consideraon of this project. Please feel free to reach out with any quesons. We hope to have your support! E-mail Joe at joe@

Opon 2) $1,000. This opon will include a 5 year banner sponsorship of the park, giving you an addional year at no cost Opon 3) $3,000. This opon will include the above banner sponsorship, as well as a plaque located on the light pole indicang the project was made possible by your donaon.


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2019 November Downeast Dog News  

2019 November Downeast Dog News