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Hot Dog News Animal Welfare Society Celebrates Staff Milestones

Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln County Animal Shelter Adopt New Name

he Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln The Animal Welfare Society (AWS) is proud to announce the 20th anniversaries TCounty Animal Shelter announced the of staff members Bobbi Adkins, Shelter Manager, and Kim VanSickle, Lead Canine Training Instructor. Bobbi has had a lifelong love of all animals and, aer working in several other arenas, she found the right fit at the Animal Welfare Society. Bobbi began her career at AWS as an animal care technician on September 8, 1998. Today Bobbi serves as Shelter Manager, overseeing all facets of Animal Shelter and Adopon Center operaons. Kim VanSickle, Cerfied Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) started the AWS behavior and training department when she came on board on September 11, 1998. She has since built the program to include five cerfied trainers, over a dozen opons for weekly group classes, behavior workshops, social hours and so much more. “AWS has come a long way over the past two decades,” says Abigail Smith, Execuve Director. “Our growth and success in service to our community is in large part to the compassion and commitment of our longest serving staff, Kim and Bobbi. We are grateful for every extra mile each of them has gone for the animals we aim to help, and for the experse and thoughulness they bring to us every day.” To commemorate their longevity, Kim (le in aached photo) and Bobbi (right) received personalized engraved pavers, which will be placed in prime locaons in the entryway of the AWS Adopon Center.

change of their name to Midcoast Humane. The name change is the final integrave step between Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick and Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Edgecomb, that officially merged in 2016. “This change comes aer months of careful listening and collaboraon with our supporters, adopters, our volunteers, and many passionate animal advocates of our community – and there are a lot of them,” said Trendy Stanchfield, Execuve Director of Midcoast Humane. Midcoast Humane made a conscious decision to drop the word “Society” from their new name. “We haven’t been a membership Director, Trendy Stanchfield organizaon for some me, and we feel that sheltering isn’t exclusive; animals are for everyone, and anyone can make a difference in the lives of shelter pets,” noted Stanchfield. The organizaon’s new logo features a dog and cat in the state of Maine. Midcoast Humane also has new social media handles (@midcoasthumane) and a new tagline: “Compassion. Connecon. Community.” Another development on the horizon: the shelter states that it is closely examining the limitaons of their current outdated facilies at Range Road and Pleasant Street in Brunswick, and Atlanc Highway in Edgecomb, and considering ways to beer serve the public and the animals of Midcoast Maine. Midcoast Humane invites all to learn more about their plans, which will be shared at its first annual Shelter-braon on November 8. For details about Shelter-braon, visit, or to learn more, contact Trendy Stanchfield at or call 449-1366.

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I can’t believe it’s October! I do love the cooler nights, colorful leaves, and I can’t wait to go apple picking! I wrapped up the summer with a lot of readings and am always amazed by what your pups have to say. If you’re new to the column, I’m a psychic for people and pets. I can hear what your pet is thinking, feel what its body feels like and help you negoate behaviors. The informaon I relay is not a replacement for licensed veterinary care or that of a dog trainer. The new format of this column seems to be geng posive feedback so I hope you enjoy some of the quesons I received on my Sara Moore Enlightened Horizon Facebook page. Enjoy! Lynn S. asked about Jackson, a male black Labrador. “What is he trying to tell me when he just stares at me?” Actually, I think that he’s waing for you to talk! When I do a reading, I can feel what the animal is feeling and then it’s like I have a conversaon in my head with him. First be open to any thoughts that flow through your head when he’s staring at you. Then talk to him in your head and see what his reacon is. If that doesn’t work, try thinking of a toy or an object when he stares at you, and then ask him to go get it without talking out loud. If you’re relaxed and open to the dialog, he should get it on the first try! He loves that you’re his and that you give him space when he needs it, and you ask him for love and cuddles when you need it. Jean V. asked if Max, a husky shepherd mix, was abused before they got him. I hear a huge yes. I see him ed up to a truck, tree, or object and then “catching hell.” It wasn’t for anything he did, but the man who abused him would take out all of his anger and frustraon on Max. He

Finding the right dog Q. I am ready to get a dog but not sure how to go about it. I want to do it right. Any suggesons?

A. Buying a pup is at least a decade commitment, so making the right decision for you and your family is paramount. Whether you purchase a pup from a shelter, rescue, Craig’s list, or a breeder, do your homework first. Start with your schedule and where you live. Can you take your dog to work with you? Do you work at home? Are there others in the household who can take some of the responsibility in raising a dog? If we start with where you live, an apartment or condo has restricons that a private home may not have. Many high rise pups are small, and paper or lier trained. Some of the larger dogs can be apartment dogs, if they are quiet and their exercise needs are minimal. They also need to be healthy enough to manage stairs. Next, what is your life style? If you are sedentary, a dog with lower exercise requirements is indicated. Note that I said lower, not no exercise requirements. If you are acve or your family is acve, a more energec dog would fit. This doesn’t mean your schedule is filled with kids’ sports, drama club, etc. I mean you do family acvies and a fur ball


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sll feels like he has some PTSD, and he wants to tell you (and the readers) that not all wounds are physical. Somemes the emoonal trauma someone goes through is equally bad if not worse. You are doing a good job of giving him the opportunity to come out of his shell on his own terms. Sheila A. asked about Montana, her husky. “How is he? He was the first dog I got, and I now have a dozen rescues in his honor. I got a new pup this last week, Tala. She is also white and feels like an old soul to me. Any insight on her?” This is a two part queson. First, Montana showed you how resilient you are and also provided security and protecon. Ulmately, you were in charge, and aer he alerted you to a noise, it was up to you to decide how to approach the situaon. He trusted you 100%. He is at peace and is a spirit animal for you now. Tala is like

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would add to the joy of camping, hiking, walking the neighborhood, and other acvies. Another consideraon is your desire to do dog sports with your new companion. Do you have the finances to have a dog? People forget or don’t know what it costs to take care of a dog. Call the veterinary hospital you plan taking your new companion for care and ask what an annual visit, vaccinaons, and roune tests will cost. Then go to your local pet shop and ask about recommended food, treats, and toys. Don’t forget the new kid needs to go to school to learn manners, and you learn how to communicate

Montana but with more freedom and playfulness in her soul. She is going to test you! Let her spread her wings a bit, but keep her in check and remember that YOU are the alpha dog. She needs you to be, because she likes boundaries and rules when it is all said and done. Michelle D. wants to know why Mason, a black lab, licks everyone constantly. This totally relates to your youngest daughter. She’s an empath who feels everything. Both she and Mason can feel people’s energy, and it’s not always comfortable. Mason is licking everyone to kind of get a feel for who he is. You and I use our eyes, ears, and dialog to do this. Your daughter just gets a feeling about someone without being able to put that reacon into words, and the dog licks the air around him and his skin to taste/feel the person.. This sounds funny, and I’m not an animal behaviorist, but when he thinks someone has too much energec cluer around him, he tries to lick it off. I’m curious who he tends to lick the most and who he completely avoids! Jess D. wants to know about Noel, a lab terrier retriever mix. “She’s a very picky eater and not eang too much lately, so I would like to know what she likes to eat.” I love these quesons! First thing I get is McDonald’s cheeseburgers, the second thing, hot dogs, and the third, yogurt in a container with a lot le in it. When I tell her she can ask for everything she wants but may only get what’s good for her, her answers include scrambled eggs or white rice and hamburger with steamed diced carrots. I’m trying to get her to name a dog food, but she’s being a bit stubborn! Kristy P. asks about Freddie (aka Fredricka) a blonde/tan Pomeranian. “How did she pass, and is she with my mom and her new puppy? Does she approve? My poor mom was heart

broken when Freddie passed.” When I ask how she passed, I get pain in the right temple area of my head. My insides actually feel ok. I think it was sudden and unexpected. That makes me smile because she is so proud that she never had to suffer. She never could have! She was too delicate for that! She does approve of the new puppy, but she’s asking your mom to allow herself to love her with all her heart. She will never feel neglected or jealous; she was here to give your mom uncondional love. It’s now me for your mom to feel joy and peace. Heather S. said that her dachshund Odie has been all over her now that she’s pregnant. Does he know about the baby and will he accept her? Oh my goodness I LOVE this! YES! He is so excited for the baby, but once she’s born he’ll leave you alone. Babies are the closest thing to heaven you can be around, and he’s absorbing all that beauful, pure energy through your belly. Once she comes out and cries, he’ll be all set for a bit. LOL! I love these quesons and am so happy to have a chance to answer them. Autumn is a great me to get out with your pups and not get distracted swang mosquitos, black flies, or wiping sweat from your brows. When you go for a walk, turn off your phone and actually BE in the moment with them. They’re prey thrilled to have some me with you, and it’s a great opportunity for you to clear your mind as well. I’m looking forward to next month although that means snow isn’t far away. Did anyone else get excited at that?

effecvely. Depending on the dog, plan on at least a year in training. Now take all this informaon and figure out a budget. You may want to explore pet insurance too. Now you have collected all this informaon, where do you go from here? You may want to have a second hand dog. When you go online, talk to a local rescue, or a shelter, be sure to ask some very important quesons before looking at the many pups waing to go home with you. Do you have a need for a dog that minimally sheds, doesn’t bark, a certain size? Remember there are no genecally hypoallergenic dogs. The coat type and grooming needs will determine the allergic reacvity of that pup. What is the return policy if this turns into a bad match? Will they help you with behavior concerns when they arise? Will they help you financially with behavior and/ or medical issues when discovered? What is the me frame in which they would help you? Once you feel comfortable with the organizaon, go shopping with a member of the facility. Ask quesons about personality, fears, and any other concerns that come to mind. If you are looking at puppies, ask if they know the mother and if you can meet her. Most breeders have the mother and somemes the father available. Breeders also have a contract that covers what

they guarantee and what me frame they cover. There is a lemon law in Maine; be sure you know your rights. What if you want to do dog sports? This adds another area to explore before purchasing your best friend. Be knowledgeable of the mental and physical requirements for the sports you are interested in. The most popular and demanding sport is agility. If you are playing already, have your instructor involved in your choice. Early spay/ neuter will change the angles of joints, and new research suggests there is an effect on behavior, such as fears and reacvity. There is speculaon that puppies shipped north from the south are more reacve toward people. These changes may impact your choice from geng a puppy from a place that does early spay/ neuter or a place that allows the pup to grow appropriately before surgery. Discuss these issues with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will do a physical and will point out any concerns that may impact the sport you want to do. They may be able to offer suggesons to strengthen the puppy or dog, so injury would be less likely. There are many wonderful dogs and puppies looking for a home for the first or a second me. Do your homework so the pup you buy is going into a forever home.

Sara Moore is a psychic for people and pets who lives in Conway, NH. She is available for long distance readings or in her North Conway office. FMI or to book a reading go to

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ADOPT from page 1 League of Greater Portland (ARLGP) in May of 2016. The five were part of a massive rescue of 250 dogs from the horrific dog meat trade in South Korea by the Humane Society Internaonal (HSI) as ARLGP is an emergency placement partner of the Humane Society of the United States. (ARLGP notes that while they’re dedicated to helping animals rescued from inhumane condions, their top priority is to homeless and displaced pets in Greater Portland and Maine.) The path each of the 5 dogs took was quite different. It took Victor almost a year before being moved to ARLGP’s adopon floor. He, like the other four rescues, didn’t know how to walk because he'd had been kept in a ny crate and needed training, enrichment, and socializaon to understand his new surroundings and environment. His personality charmed the staff and Jeana Roth, Director of Community Engagement at ARLGP, said he developed quite the fan club from visitors who frequented ARLGP just to say “hi” to him. Among those were Kim Getchell and her partner Brad Currie of Standish--they’d read his story on ARLGP’s website and were drawn to him. They’d lost a dog last year and wanted another pet to chum with their miniature Border Collie, Chloe. “I just fell in love with him,” said Kim on meeng Victor. Since Victor was cauous of people, the couple decided they’d do everything to make him comfortable with them. They stopped by ARLGP daily to interact with the Jindo. Kim also brought the meat-movated dog homemade dehydrated chicken. One day, she popped a piece in her mouth and offered it to him and to their surprise he accepted it. The couple believed he sensed their feelings--he began shadowing Kim around the play yard and allowed them to sit in his run and pet him. Kim knew that while they wanted to adopt

Victor during his stay at ARLGP

him because they loved him, “I think honestly he picked us.” The clincher was that he liked Chloe--they brought her in a few mes for a meet and greet. He went home with them early this year and while he’s going on 4, he’s sll learning dog basics (the lile alpha fluall, Chloe, is helping on that front). And Victor, also nicknamed Bubba, is experiencing joy daily. When Kim and Brad come home from work--she’s in commercial banking and he works for the Small Business Administraon—they romp around the fenced-in-yard playing “monster”--chasing the dogs (much to both canine’s delight), channg, “We’re going to get you.”

Victor has also had a ball this summer--Kim and Brad take their fur kids along when they travel or have fun day trips. Victor loves boang with his new family on Lake Sebago and Long Lake. He’s also been camping to Campobello Island in Canada, where he warmed up to humans on the beaches and leaned in for human pats. They did have a frightening experience recently when their pest control rep le the fence gate open and Victor toured the neighborhood for an hour. The couple searched for him and upon arriving home, their boy was sing on the front porch. “I guess he likes us,” said Kim with a laugh. “He knows his home.”

Kim and Brad are happy to be offering Victor a beer life. He’s connuing to open up to them, and even though it’s been a slow process, Kim knows it’s worth it for her “majesc” Victor--as it is for all rescue or shelter animals. “Every being deserves a second chance. I think pets, or animals, don’t have a voice. To me, it’s beer to rescue a dog. They need love just as much as anything and I think somemes you build a beer bond with a rescue pet.” Follow Victor’s adventures on his FB page at facebook. com/Victor-Bubba-GetchellCurrie-1980696651951303/.

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potato, Mr. Potato risks geng harassed by the Energizer Bunny, and trouble can erupt. We need to keep them safe from each other… and themselves! This means diligent supervision, recognizing potenal problems before they happen and frequent separaon (crang, penning, gang, tethering). And training!

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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: Dear Bammy, There are the strangest things going on. I’m a West Highland Terrier, so I’m really brave; but I hardly dare go outdoors. First the hugest truck backed into my yard. It wasn’t just huge the long way, it grew upwards aer it was parked. Way up into the trees. Then a man climbed up it and chain-sawed off branches that came crashing down. I hid behind Mom! A smaller truck came, too, and lots of strange men

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walked around in my yard. That truck sat there for hours rumbling and barooming and clanking, and once in a while, it let off a hiss that made me spin away as if I’d been hit in the face. I wanted to hide indoors, but Mom wanted to sit on the steps and watch, and of course, I had to stay to take care of her. When it was really loud, she held her hands over my ears. That made the men laugh. Not funny! When they were done with the big truck, they made a sort of fire hydrant, but not red, on the lawn. A hose

came out of it and made water like a brook run down the lawn. What in the world?? Thank goodness, they all went away before night. A few days later another truck came and brought a different machine that dug a huge long hole from the hydrant thing to my house. More strange men. Then one of the men went up and down my cellar stairs a lot carrying things and making noises where I couldn’t see. I’m really friendly, but that made my hair stand up, and I growled. As if that wasn’t enough, Dad got the longest green snake I ever saw. I wanted to smell it, but every me Dad moved it, I jumped back. Dad and Mom thought I was really funny, but I didn’t. The last thing – can you believe this?? Dad put a thing on the end of the snake in the garden. Of course I had to sniff what it was; and it blasted water in my face! I’m thinking about running away. Do you think I should? Wet Wese Dear Wese, No, Wese. Running away would be so lonely and scary. They must care about you, or they would have just shut you in the house by yourself. I hope your Dad didn’t make the snake spit in your face on purpose. But don’t humans do the weirdest things?! They play with things that are not quite animals, but they move and make noise. I

don’t think I’ve ever seen a truck like the one at your house. That must have been terrifying. Boss has quite a few toys that make noise and move. One of the worst makes a lot of noise while she pushes a sort of snake thing aached to it around on the floor. She goes all over the house with it, so there’s no place for me to hide. I’ve never seen one of their toys dig a big hole. Do you think they were trying to dig out a woodchuck? I bet you are a really good digger, Wese. Don’t you wish you could dig such a big hole? When you are being cauous about something like that snake, I recommend pretending that you are just playing. Jump around and bark. They are laughing anyway, so they might as well laugh with you as at you. Boss has a long green snake, too, and she puts things on the end of it that make rain. So far, it hasn’t made thunder. Somemes it hisses and spits before it rains, so I just stay out of the way when she plays with it. I hope they didn’t make it squirt in your face on purpose. But even if they did, don’t run away. I bet your humans love you, and It could be a lot worse somewhere else. Keep your tail up, Wese! Bammy The Ask Bammy column is intended for humor and entertainment. If your dog has behavioral issues please contact a veterinarian or professional trainer.

Does my pet need an eye doctor? One common queson veterinarians hear from owners is: “How can I tell if my pet is having an eye problem?” Dr. Cory Mosunic, a veterinary ophthalmologist at Portland Veterinary Specialists, says she is oen asked this queson. Many of the people that ask this queson are shocked to know that animals suffer from many of the same ocular ailments that people do, such as glaucoma, cataracts, corneal ulcers, and renal disease. One concern of pet owners is that they may miss signs that their pet can’t see or their pet may have ocular discomfort that they cannot recognize. Typically, owners are very in tune to their pet and oen the signs are noted because their pet’s behavior and acvity changes. Here are some other signs that your pet may need to see a board cerfied ophthalmologist. • Is your pet hesitant to walk up and down stairs or jump on furniture? • Does your pet bump into objects or startle easily? • Is your pet more hesitant to navigate in dimly lit condions? • Does your pet avoid bright light or squint? • Is there drainage or discharge from the eyes? • Does your pet rub or squint its eyes? • Is there any swelling of the eyelids?

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• Does your pet’s eye have a cloudy or bulging appearance? • Is there redness on the surface or the white of the eye? Change in appearance or color of the eye could be a sign that the eye needs to be evaluated and should not be overlooked. Typically, the sooner the eye is evaluated, the beer chance to preserve vision and your pet’s overall health. Eye health can also be an indicaon of your pet’s overall

systemic health. Some diseases that affect the whole body will first present with symptoms in the eye before showing symptoms in other areas of the body. The eye is very sensive and can react far earlier than the rest of the body. Diseases such as infecon, ck borne disease (Lyme disease), and cancers in the body can first present with inflammaon inside the eye. This is called uveis. The eye typically has increased discharge, squinng, redness, or a cloudy appearance. In cases of

uveis, not only does your pet require a complete ophthalmic examinaon and ocular treatment, but oen requires other diagnosc tests, such as blood work, to idenfy an underlying disease. If your pet seems to be having difficulty seeing, it could be due to a variety of reasons. Many ocular diseases that affect your pet’s vision are due to breed related genec diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or rena disease. Many of these diseases are able to be treated with either medicaons or surgery to restore vision. Even though your pet can’t read an eye chart, an ophthalmic examinaon can be performed to determine how well your pet can see. Sophiscated instrumentaon has been developed to be used on animals in order to perform a complete ophthalmic examinaon just as you would receive at your ophthalmologist. Similar to human ophthalmologists, Dr. Mosunic is able to surgically remove cataracts and perform laser renal reaachment surgery. As your pet’s caregiver, you know your pet best. If you are nong a change to your pet’s eyes or changes in its behavior, have its eyes examined by an ophthalmologist. Your quick acon could save your pet’s vision or even its life. As the old adage goes, “The eyes are truly the windows to the soul.” Dr. Cory Mosunic, Portland Veterinary Specialists


Please Rescue Me! October is Adopt-A-Dog Month The Downeast Dog News, with the help of amazing sponsors and animal rescues, have filled this issue with many dogs just waing to find their forever homes. Perhaps your next furry family member is within these pages. Be sure and read through the enre issue. Please also go to our website to view more available dogs:

Is Adopng A Rescue Dog Right for You? By Susan Spisak


o you think you’d like to find your own “Victor”? There are dogs in rescues and shelters who need a home, but before you rush into the process, consider a few things, especially if this is your first dog. (The worse thing is if you adopt and realize dog ownership isn’t right for you. What then? He’ll go back to that organizaon…a terrible, damaging cycle for any dog.) Owning a dog is a financial commitment. Inial costs include the adopon fee, collar, leash, ID tag, bowls, a crate or bed, and training if necessary. Ongoing costs include food, monthly heartworm/flea preventaves and regular grooming, unless you can do it yourself. And don’t forget veng--annual check-ups, vaccinaons, and medical emergencies. There’s

state licensing--if your pet has been altered, the Maine fee is $6 per year. (Shelters and rescues provide inial vaccines and spay or neutering before adopon.) To give you a rough idea of totals, according to an arcle on, basic annual expenses can exceed $1,500 for dogs (vetstreet. com/our-pet-experts/what-it-really-costs-toown-a-pet). Average veterinary care accounts for several hundred dollars of this, but you can find discount vaccinaon clinics across the state-some offer free wellness checks. And many vets will sell flea/ck and heartworm preventaves on a monthly basis. Ok, so you’re certain you have the me, energy, and extra dollars for a dog. When you find an organizaon or a specific dog that piques your interest, set aside a me to either visit the facility and/or fill out an applicaon. Detail your

residence and outdoor area, job or rerement situaon, immediate family and other live-ins, and any other companion animals you have. All these factors guide the adopon team in finding the best match for you. Even though you’ve outlined what you’re looking for on your applicaon, be flexible. Don’t fall in love with a dog by its breed or picture on the Internet. An in-person meeng may change percepons. You may be a burly macho guy determined to adopt that black Lab you’ve seen online, but you may change your mind once you click with that heart-stealing ny white fluff ball. Be choosy when looking for a furry companion. By honestly evaluang your personality, family and lifestyle, you’ll not only find the right dog that perfectly blends in and brings you happiness but gives him that second chance at a wonderful, safe life in a loving home.

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4 yrs., American Bulldog Mix

3-4 yrs., Lab/ Shepherd Mix

6 mos., Lab/ Shepherd Mix

Would do best in a home that likes to goof around. Loving companion who loves nothing more than chasing a tennis ball! Just loves to play! Would make a wonderful hiking companion or jogging partner. Has done well with kids in the past, but needs to be the only animal in her home. Animal Refuge League, (207)854-9771

Sweet, gentle dog. Does well with other dogs and people, loves children but would do best with children 10+ as she appreciates the quiet. She has great manners & loves spending me with her people.

She is an adventurous and social pup that would make any family complete! If you're looking for a camping companion that also loves hiking and snuggling, then Lyner just may be your new best friend!


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5 mos.

2 yrs., Hound Mix

He gets along well with other puppies and likes to play but is not over the top acve. Not sure of Cargo’s mix but he sure is cute! Really no way to tell Cargo's adult size, but we figure he will be in the 25-35 pound range as an adult.

A sweet, shy, energec, and happy dog. She likes dogs her size or a bit bigger and is okay with cats. Once she warms up to you, she will lay on the couch and take nap with you. Honey just needs a lile extra love and maybe a doggie friend to help her with her confidence. Honey is fostered in CT.

11 mos., Australian Shepherd/Beagle Mix



Loves walks and would be a great running partner. He is house trained and a wonderful, young playful dog. Good with dogs, no cats, older children due to energy level and size.





8 mos., Schnauzer// Cairn Terrier Mix

9 yrs., Pitbull Mix

4 yrs., Catahoula Bulldog Mix

Bonded paid that came from Puerto Rico. Must find a new home together. Very shy and will need lots of me and paence. Good with dogs, no children. They don't trust people enough to be touched yet, but will come around.

Loves to be with his humans, and would absolutely adore a home where his family is home more oen than not. He is energec during playme but loves to sele down for a good snuggle too. Kane's new family should have some experience with strong dogs on leash. Not much history around other animals or children in a home environment.

Tall Tails Beagle Rescue, Freeport (207) 797-5392

Bangor Humane Society, (207)942-8902


Sweetest and most low maintenance dog his foster has had the pleasure of knowing. Content with a walk in the park or just cuddling on the couch. More mid around males. However, once he warms up to you he will follow you everywhere. Abe is simply an amazing dog! Email:

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

Pet Dog / Performance Dog - What’s The Difference?

Some people are disappointed when they call us asking for pet classes, and we explain that’s not what we do; we train performance dogs. While a pet dog can be a performance dog and a performance dog should be a good pet dog, the real difference lies in what the owner wants. Most pet owners want a well mannered dog – no jumping, no barking, no pulling. Well behaved, but not creave. They do not want a dog who figures out how to open

the crate latch or how to climb out of an x-pen, or how to get the cookies you le on the counter. They do not want a dog who offers a lot of behaviors or who is a problem-solving dog. Pet owners want a dog that is easily trainable and, understandably, will fit into the family/household rounes.

Performance dog owners want a dog that is confident and focused enough to work alone and at a distance from the handler; a dog that is “in the game” and will channel its energy into focus and be able to maintain focus through distracons. We want to tap into drives such as prey drive (chase and tug) to enhance retrieving or tracking or agility. We also want to create more pack drive where the dog is willing to work with us towards a goal and is not aloof or independent. In enhancing drives, we also want to develop impulse control and engagement with us. While we want to develop these natural drives that a dog has, we must also make sure the drives and behaviors are under control so that jumping up, barking, and chasing are on cue and not just obnoxious behaviors offered at random. Just because a dog exhibits certain behaviors that a person might consider drive (prey drive, chase, wild tugging, barking, jumping, and spinning), it does not make the dog a potenal good performance dog. The dog must also have the temperament that will enable the dog to learn how to use these basic drives. This is when the importance of training

and handler/dog relaonship comes in. Training a performance dog takes a great deal of paence, dedicaon, and understanding and a sense of humor is a real plus. Along with health, temperament is one of the most important factors that breeders should consider. Your day to day life and what you are planning on doing with your dog should be discussed thoroughly when purchasing a puppy from a breeder. The temperament of the parents and the grandparents should be carefully considered, and ulmately, the breeder should be paramount in selecng a puppy that will fit into your life. When rescuing a dog, you don’t have the opportunity to see generaons of temperament, so careful observaon under a variety of condions is very important. A trial stay in your home is also very helpful. While behaviors can be changed, basic temperament cannot. It takes a great deal of me and work and dedicaon to change behaviors. A dog with the wrong temperament in the wrong home essenally ends up just being managed. Selecng a dog is a commitment to its lifeme, so make sure you are clear about what you want.

Carolyn Fuhrer has earned over 100 AKC tles with her Golden Retrievers, including 2 Champion Tracker tles. 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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Barking - How Do I Get My Dog to Stop? Barking is very normal behavior for any dog, and to expect a dog to be silent is an unrealistic expectation. It is one of many forms of vocalization used by dogs to communicate with one another as well as with us and other living things. Barking is a complex behavior, meaning there are several reasons that your dog may bark. He may be barking to alert you that something or someone is approaching, to solicit a treat or attention, or to tell you that he needs to go to the bathroom. Sadly, many dogs bark because they have been left alone and are frustrated, bored, or anxious. Like any behavior, a dog barks because he finds the result of his barking to be rewarding. For example, your dog may repeatedly bark if he gets anxious or upset when strangers enter his territory; like the postal carrier delivering the daily mail. The dog barks, “Intruder!!!” “Go away!!!”, and eventually the postal carrier leaves, not because of your dog’s barking, but because he has completed his task. However, your dog does not realize that and may be celebrating because he has just driven away the invaders violating his territory. That is a huge reward! If this happens 5 to 6 times a week, as it could in the above example, your dog’s barking becomes a learned behavior, and it becomes even stronger and more likely to occur again. Behavior that works is repeated. Do NOT get into a barking contest with your dog. All too often we inadvertently contribute to our dog’s barking by yelling back at him. If your dog does not stop barking and



you shout louder, your dog gets more excited and will likely bark even more. This will rapidly become a vicious circle. Also, please understand that the phrase, “No Bark”, means nothing to your dog unless you have trained him to respond to a cue and then have rewarded him for his response. Punishing your dog for barking; yelling at him, throwing something at him, using a shake can or an anti-barking collar, or anything else that the dog may perceive as aversive, typically will not resolve the barking and will often make it worse. Aversives cause fear and anxiety, which are a common

to keep a chart of your dog’s barking so that you can better determine the cause. Things you will need to record are: the date, the time barking starts, the time barking stops, a description of what the bark sounds like, where your dog is located when the barking occurs, what the dog is doing (are they in motion?, what are they looking at?, what does their body language tell you?), and what you believe has triggered the dog’s barking. An entry might look like this:

cause of excessive barking in dogs. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), all strongly recommend against the use of aversives for training or behavior modification. (FMI – http://bit. ly/RewardVSAversive). The US Food and Drug Administration is concerned enough about the use of shock collars for barking that they have issued the following policy statement: “ Dog collars which are activated by the noise of barking to produce an electric shock are considered as hazardous to the health of the animal.” (USFDA-Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations-CPG Sec. 655.300 Barking Dog Collar, issued 10/1/80, revised 8/2/87) [Emphasis added] As behaviorist Turid Rugaas so aptly noted above, before we can deal with a dog’s barking, we first need to understand why he is barking. In her book Barking: The Sound of A Language (FMI –, she recommends that the first step in getting your dog’s barking under control is

4/6/18 - 6:55 AM to 7:10 AM, Woof, quiet, woof, then escalates to continuous barking, Rex is at the front window and the front door. He is racing from the window to the door barking. His body posture is forward and stiff. He started barking as soon as the postal carrier’s vehicle stopped by my mailbox. He stopped as soon as the vehicle pulled away. Many people find it helpful to work with a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) in developing a behavior modification plan to reduce excessive barking. Barking is usually the result of an emotional response, so training the dog a new behavior will seldom be sufficient to resolve the barking unless we also help the dog to have a positive emotional response. Barking is complex and having a thorough understanding of normal and abnormal canine behaviors is often necessary to determine why the barking is reinforcing to the dog. (FMI – WhatIsPetBhxConsulting)

Barking is the way dogs express an emotion of some kind. In order to be able to reduce it, we need to know why the dog is barking. – Turid Rugaas, Barking: The Sound of a Language

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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8 yrs., American Shelter Dog

4 yrs., German Wirehaired Pointer

14 yrs., Chocolate Lab

She came to AWS as a stray needing lots of love and TLC. She was covered in fleas and had lost most of her hair. She’s received medical care and lots of loving from the staff and is now ready to find a new family of her own. She’d like to be the only dog in her home.

Wants an acve home that will keep him physically and mentally challenged. Loves swimming in the summer and skijoring in the winter. He enjoys playing fetch, and loves to hunt birds. While Max loves all the people he has ever met, he needs to be the ONLY pet in the home.

Animal Welfare Society, (207) 985-3244

Animal Welfare Society, (207) 985-3244

Sweet and friendly senior girl who is in good health. Comes with the calm maturity of an older dog. Unable to climb several stairs due to sffness in her hips. Needs to be allowed out every few hours to poy. Has lived with children, others dogs and cats. She enjoys a nice walk, rides in the car, playing fetch and belly rubs! FMI:

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12 yrs., Shepherd Mix

Senior, Bullmasff/ Lab

2 yrs., Shepherd Mix?

Paws is very bright and spunky for her age. She loves people and gets along with other dogs. She knows basic commands, loves aenon and loves to play!

100 lbs. of mellow. He prefers a laid back lifestyle but musters up some energy somemes to play a lile tug of war, chew a treat, and wade in the water to look for fish. Needs a cat free home but happy to share space with another dog. Toby is a snuggler.

45 lbs. Gorgeous stand-up ears and energy to spare! Well-mannered house guest. Loves other dogs and every human she has met. Will chase cats but has not been harmful to them. Loves belly rubs and going exploring on a long walk; we think she would be a great hiking buddy and possibly excel at doggy sports!



FMI: or email:

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Sponsored by: Kompletely K-9 Dog Training and Rehab.

Sponsored by: Hello Doggie Daycare,

248 Choate Rd., Montville, (207) 322-5111

248 Choate Rd., Montville, (207) 322-5111

1311 Roosevelt Tr., Raymond, (207) 655-6521,




3 yrs., Beagle

4 yrs., Hound/ Shepherd Mix

5 mos., Mixed Breed

Sweet, very shy girl. Needs a home where she will get lots of paence and love. Ideal home would have another dog to boost her confidence & to play with, and a way to keep her secure when outside. Seems to get along with cats but young children might be too scary for her.

He is currently fostering in a home with many cats and was with other dogs before. He’d love a forever home with many toys and room to run around.


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Pete lile lady weighing about 30 lbs. Loves everyone she meets. Outgoing, fun and so well-behaved. Will chase outdoor criers and cats. Wonderful with other dogs. Doesn't bark or howl just to hear herself, but will join in if other dogs do. Doesn't mind flopping down for a long nap in the sun. FMI: or email:

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220 Warrenton St., Rockport, (207) 594-2511 or (800) 341-1650




2 yrs., Golden Retriever

8 yrs., Golden Retriever

3 yrs., Golden-At-Heart

Young, wiggly boy from Turkey. I’m a charmer, and you will fall in love with me as soon as you meet me! Friendliest boy you’ll ever meet, full of energy and happiness. I sll have some manners to learn, but I’m working on it! I did really well with other dogs here, I’m a very tolerant good boy.

Rescued from Turkey. I am a very smart boy. Small case of doggie A.D.D. when it comes to tennis balls! Can’t wait to play fetch with my new family all the me! I do think I want to be the only dog in my new home. I just love my toys so much and I don’t really want to share with any pesky siblings!

Tennis balls are my favorite thing in the world! I’d be a good hiking buddy and I love to swim. Super smart! I know a few basic commands. I’ve been playful with the dogs I’ve met here. Not sure about cats yet.




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6 yrs.,Lab/ Retriever Mix

10 mos., Beagle/Jack Russell Mix

2 yrs., Lab Mix

Quiet and snuggly companion who likes outdoor adventures and other 4-legged pals. Kali has spent most of her life in the shelter, it's me she ďŹ nd a forever home!

A silly happy pup! Loves snuggling and going for walks. Great on the leash, loves to see the sights, and is always checking to make sure his foster mom is right beside him. Henry has lots of energy, and he loves to exercise! He loves LOVES other dogs he's met.

I’ve been through a lot in my short life. I’m sll learning that the world isn’t a scary place so I like meeng new people and dogs slowly. Looking for a paent, loving family. I love to play and am very aeconate. Given my large size and general excitement, I might not be the best for young children.

Submit applicaon at:


P.A.W.S. Animal Adopon, (207) 236-8702

Sponsored by: The Coastal Dog

Sponsored by: Boothbay Railway Village

Sponsored by: Bagel CafĂŠ

144 Middle Rd., Edgecomb, (207) 882-6700

586 Wiscasset Rd., Boothbay, (207) 633-4727

25 Mechanic St., Camden, (207) 236-2661




2 yrs., Lab Mix

4 yrs., Mixed Breed

Happy and playful and fantasc with both kids and other dogs. She is a friendly licker and wants nothing more than to be your loyal companion. Playing with a tennis ball or Frisbee is one of her favorite past mes but she also enjoys lounging on the couch and watching some TV.

He is back with us, due to no fault of his own, nor his very dedicated adopter. We have learned a lot during his me in a home (and so has he)! He IS able to live and get along with some dogs. He sll needs a home with adults and possibly no kies.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Mix

P.A.W.S. Animal Adopon, (207) 236-8702

Kennebec Valley H.S., (207) 626-3491

Has an aďŹƒnity for people and a love of dogs! Fantasc personality; I'm outgoing, super sweet, and very loyal! I would make an excellent addion to just about any household willing to have me. Spayed, current on vaccinaons, 4DX tested, and come with a free vet visit! Kennebec Valley H.S., (207) 626-3491

Sponsored by: Loyal Biscuit Co.

Sponsored by: Hello Doggie Daycare

Sponsored by: Hello Doggie Daycare

Bangor/Brewer (NEW), Belfast, Camden/Rockport, Rockland, & Waterville, (207) 594-5269,

1311 Roosevelt Tr., Raymond, (207) 655-6521,

1311 Roosevelt Tr., Raymond, (207) 655-6521,




10 yrs., American Pitbull Terrier Mix

2 yrs., Lab/Great Pyrenees Mix

13 yrs., Beagle

Waing on a loving family to take me home. I would do best in a home with older children (no kids under ten). I would also like to be the only pet in the home. Good on a leash, love treats, toys and playing games like Tag! My human friends say I am silly and goofy.

He is good with other dogs. Loves the water & walks well on a leash. Excellent listener and eager to please.

I have had a few homes in my life, but my current parents can no longer care for me. I am a bit over weight, but am starng to work on that. I love my people and get along with other pets as long as they do not pester me.

Kennebec Valley H.S., (207) 626-3491


Tall Tails Beagle Rescue, (207)797-5392

Sponsored by: Maine Summer Dog

Sponsored by: The Narrows Tavern

Sponsored by: Sunray Animal Clinic

156 Payson Rd., Union, (207) 785-2090

15 Friendship St., Waldoboro, (207) 832-2210

73 Admiral Fitch Ave., Brunswick, (207) 725-6398




2 yrs., Catahoula Mix

2 yrs., Lab Mix

Bonds quickly with her humans. Likes to hang out with other people and dogs, but no cats. High energy outside and super lazy in the house. Very polite pup in almost every sense.

Relavely small package of cuteness, a real sweetheart of a dog. Fine with other dogs and children, perhaps no toddlers. He does have some issues with his hind legs, we don’t know if it’s congenital or the result of an accident. It doesn’t seem to slow him down.

Adult, Boxer/Shepherd Mix


Pope Memorial H.S., (207) 594-2200

Hoping for an acve family to call her own. She can be a bit fearful of men at ďŹ rst. She sits and shakes paws, loves squeaky toys and car rides, and is very playful. Would do best in a home without cats, but she does get along with some other dogs.

Pope Memorial H.S., (207) 594-2200

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October C lendar To submit or get more informaon on the events below, go online to Lebanese Cuisine! The cost is $10 per pet and all proceeds will be donated to the Somerset Humane Society. No appointment necessary. loyalbiscuit. com; (207)660-9200

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, October 6 Brewer, 10AM – 12PM Danielle from the SPCA of Hancock County will be at our Loyal Biscuit Brewer locaon at 421 Wilson St. from 10am – 12pm for our next nail clipping clinic. The cost is $10 per pet and all proceeds will be donated to SPCA of Hancock County. No appointment necessary.; (207)907-2323

TEACUP AGILITY FUN RUNS Sunday, October 21 Lincolnville, 10AM – 12PM Join us for 2 hours of fun runs! Real Teacup Agility courses (small dogs only) will be set up. 2 minutes per run, train in components or run the enre course, your choice. Typically 4 runs per team. Wag It Training Center, 55 Calderwood Ln.; Gina (207)293-4784 Register online:

USING ESSENTIAL OILS Saturday, October 6 Bangor, 1PM FREE Seminar - Using Essenal Oils with Pets – Rachael Pelleer and Don Hanson will teach aendees how to use pure essenal oils to support their pet’s health and wellness. This class has been developed by a veterinarian and includes handouts on how to use oils safely with pets. Pre-registraon required: hps:// GreenAcresKennelShop/events/

GROOMING SEMINAR Saturday, October 6, 10AM Tuesday, October 9, 6PM Bangor FREE Seminar - Grooming at Home - Keeping Your Pet at Their Best In Between Visits to the Spa – Taylor Bean, our Professional Pet Stylist, will review what you can do at home to keep your dog looking and feeling their best. She will discuss selecng the best grooming tools and how to use them. She will also address the importance of helping your dog enjoy the grooming process. Pre-registraon required: hps:// GreenAcresKennelShop/events/

PET ADOPTION EVENT/FUNDRAISER October 8-13 Bangor Join the Bangor Humane Society for an event made possible by the ASPCA and Subaru Loves Pets. Oct 8th-13th, M-F, 12PM - 6PM, Sat. 10AM – 6PM. Discounted adopon fees on ALL available pets ALL week long! All pets spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped and more. Fill the Forrester Shelter Donaon Drive at Quirk Subaru - Oct 2-13th.

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AKC TD/TDX TRACKING TEST Drop off items at the Bangor Quirk Subaru locaon. Visit bangorhumane. org or for more event details.

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Friday, October 12 Somerville, 9AM Mid Coast Kennel Club announces an AKC ACT Test at North Star Dog Training, 252 Jones Rd., Somerville. ACT 1 and ACT 2 tests will be offered for those who wish to compete for this AKC beginner level agility tle. Interested in entering or learning more about ACT? FMI: Call Kathy at (207)691-2332.

Saturday, October 13 Camden, 10AM – 11:30AM Kate Griffin, owner and cerfied swim coach of Waterbark Wellness in Camden, will be joining us at PAWS Animal Adopon Center, 123 John St., to talk about the benefits of canine aquac fitness! Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. (207)236-8702


Sunday, October 14 York, 8AM – 11AM Anne Andrle Agility World Team Medalist Returns! Your body language, especially your feet, do the bulk of communicang to your dog in course navigaon. Lack of awareness of what your feet are saying to your dog creates mistakes like off course runs and confusion of the team. You and your dog will have the chance to pracce all the right moves! It’s a Dog’s World, 3 White Birch Ln. FMI:; (207)363-0099

FOOTLOOSE! Saturday, October 13 Bangor, 1PM FREE Seminar - Geng the purffect photo without stressing your pet –Deb Bell from Bell's Furry Friends Photography will lead this discussion to share her pro ps for helping your pet focus on you and make creang images fun and stress-free. This seminar will briefly touch on pet body language as well. Parcipants will be rewarded with a special gi. Pre-registraon required: hps:// GreenAcresKennelShop/events/

OCEAN COMMOTION 5K Saturday, October 13 Phippsburg, 8:15AM Marine Mammals of Maine’s 5k walk/Run. Locaon: Hermit Island. Check-in 8:15AM to 9:40AM. All proceeds from this event benefit marine mammal response and care. Dog-friendly event! FMI:

PVKC AKC MATCH Saturday, October 13 Bangor, 8AM – 4PM The Penobscot Valley Kennel Club Match will be held at the Bangor Waterfront. Off street parking is available nearby. $8 for first entry, $5 for addional entry of the same dog. Junior showman, as addional entry, is free. Registraons are taken day of the event or download the registraon form and bring it the day of the event. For each dog entered, a separate form is required. This is an event where dog

BOX DRILLS: CROSSES & DISTANCE WORK Sunday, October 14 York, 12PM – 3PM Seminar with Anne Ardrle. Using obstacles with pre-set spacing helps handlers pracce front and rear crosses without having to run long distances. Box drills teach mulple handling techniques within similar layouts of equipment. Improve your handling skills by aending this working seminar that has a focus on jumps and tunnels within a mul-box configuraon. It’s a Dog’s World, 3 White Birch Ln. FMI: itsadogsworld. me; (207)363-0099

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, October 20 Waterville, 10:30AM – 12:30PM Melissa from Primp My Paws will be at our Loyal Biscuit Waterville locaon on 109 Main St. for our next nail clipping clinic. Convenient parking off of Temple Street, behind

Sunday, October 21 Somerville, 7:30AM Mid Coast Kennel Club of Maine is holding a TD/TDX Tracking Test with headquarters at North Star Dog Training, 252 Jones Rd., Somerville. If you are interested in learning about the excing sport of tracking with your dog, come and watch these dog/handler teams try for the ACK Tracking tles of TD and TDX. FMI: Call Kathy at (207)691-2332.

HOLIDAY PET PORTRAITS Saturday, October 27 Brewer, 10AM – 2PM Becky Lowe Photography will be in our Brewer Loyal Biscuit at 421 Wilson St. taking Holiday themed photos of your pups! These photos are for animals only. If you would like a shoot that includes family members, please contact beckylowephotography@ to schedule your own personal session. The cost is $35 per pet. A poron of all sing fees donated to our annual Holiday fundraiser. To make an appointment, email: Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated as best as possible! (207)907-2323

OPEN HOUSE & S”POO”TACULAR EVENT Saturday, October 27 Auburn, 10AM – 2PM Open house, costume contest, goodie bags, prizes, candy - come and check us out and stop in and say hi! More details to come as me draws near!!! Taylor Brook Animal Hospital, 33 Mille Drive.

UPCOMING . . . HOLIDAY PET PORTRAITS Sunday, November 4 Bangor, 9AM – 3PM Sign up soon, fills up quickly! Holiday Pet Portraits with Debra Bell from Bell’s Furry Friends Photography – Get a jump start on the holidays by bringing your best pet friend in for their holiday photographs! Every 20-minute session costs $65 and includes a 5x7 gi print of your choice as well as a $10 donaon to the Furry Friends Food Bank. Come for a stressfree session, leave with a smile on your face. FMI: contact Deb Bell at (207)3562353 or

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2018 October Downeast Dog News  
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