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ctober is designated as Adopta-Dog Month® by the American Humane organizaon, and you’re on board--you’d like to give a homeless dog a second chance at a good life. Before you head to your local shelter or contact a rescue, please consider looking for an older dog like our prey cover girl, Tulip, a one-me stray who was riddled with serious medical issues. This sweet black Lab mix has had her health restored, and she’s living the dream because she hit the adopon jackpot with mom, Cori Myers

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ould you like to learn more about your dog, and help support The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield? Then you should aend DOGSENSE, an Ark fundraising event to be held Saturday, October 28th at 9am at the Machias Savings Bank Community Room in Brewer. Don Hanson and Kate Dutra of Green Acres Kennel Shop and The Woof Meow Show will be presenng their seminar Understanding Dog Behavior, Communicaon, and Learning. They will present the many facts and myths about canine behavior as well as teaching you how dogs communicate so you have a beer understanding of what your dog is trying to tell you. How dogs learn and the most effecve ways to teach them will also be addressed. Aer the seminar, enjoy a light lunch and a free screening of the documentary, Pet Fooled. Aer lunch, Kate and Don will be available for quesons. For $50 you can spend part of your day with other dog lovers as you learn more about your best friend, all the while supporng the work of The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield. It’s called DOGSENSE, and you can register online at or call The Ark at 546-3484 for more informaon.

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Dedicated To Rescuers (in honor of Patchie) By Arlene Pace Once I was a lonely dog, Just looking for a home. I had no place to go, No one to call my own. I wandered up and down the streets, in rain in heat and snow. Ate whatever I could find, I was always on the go. My skin would itch, my feet were sore, My body ached with pain. And no one stopped to give a pat, Or to gently say my name. I never saw a loving glance, I was always on the run. For people thought that hurng me was really lots of fun. And then one day I heard a voice, So gentle, kind and sweet, And arms so so reached down to me, And took me off my feet. "No one again will hurt you, Was whispered in my ear." "You'll have a home to call your own, where you will know no fear." "You will be dry, you will be warm, you'll have enough to eat." "And rest assured that when you sleep, your dreams will all be sweet." I was afraid I must admit, I've lived so long in fear. I can't remember when I let, A human come so near. And as she tended to my wounds, And bathed and brushed my fur She told me about the rescue group, And what it meant to her. She said, "We are a circle, A line that never ends." "And in the center there is you protected by new friends." "And all around you are the ones that check the pounds, And those that share their home aer you've been found." "And all the other folk are searching near and far. "To find the perfect home for you, where you can be a star." She said, "There is a family, that's waing paently, and prey soon we'll find them, just you wait and see." "And then they'll join our circle, they'll help to make it grow, so there'll be room for more like you, who have no place to go." I waited very paently, The days they came and went. Today's the day I thought, my family will be sent. Then just when I began to think, It wasn't meant to be, there were people standing there just gazing down at me. I knew them in a heartbeat, I could tell they felt it too. They said, "We have been waing for a special dog like you." Now every night I say a prayer to all the gods that be. "Thank you for the life I live and all you've given me. But most of all protect the dogs in the pound and on the street. And send a rescue person to li them off their feet." Source:

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Dear Dog News Readers, This is my favorite issue of the year where we get to showcase extra dogs and have displayed them all in color to make them look their very best! I will keep this short in order to make room for a poem I found online. I warn you it’s a tear jerker!! Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a dog in this issue. Part of the proceeds will be donated to two of the rescues which will be drawn at random. Also thank you to everyone who works tirelessly at the rescues and shelters to help our furry friends find their forever homes and to anyone who has rescued a homeless animal, you are amazing! If you have been following my letters we still don’t have any answers about what is wrong with Pepper’s liver but we now know her heart is good! She is still acting pretty normal so stay tuned. . . Congratulations once again to Royan and Neal Bartley from the Rockport Fire Department for winning the Wienerfest hotdog cook-off for the second year in a row! Have a great October everyone! Jenn and Pepper

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Table of Contents Hot Dog News ...................... 2 Furry Words ......................... 4 Ask the Vet ............................ 4 Basic Training Tips ................ 6 Ask Bammy ............................ 7 Please Rescue Me! ............. 8,9 Performance Dog Training ....10 Words, Woofs & Meows ..... 11 Dogs for Adoption ................12 Dogs for Adoption ............... 13 Calendar of Events .............. 14 Business Directory .............. 15


I have been loving the readings that I have been doing for people and their pets! Recently, I’ve helped a lot of people who have just had a pet die. I am always grateful to help them connect with the animal on the other side, but in order to do so, I have to turn off my emoons and simply be a conduit. This can be awkward at mes because they may be sobbing away, but if I let myself feel their pain, there’s no way I could ever keep doing psychic readings. Here are two readings that stand out that will give you a lile insight into what quesons the owners ask and how the dogs answer. One couple had two dogs die five months apart. They had no idea what had happened medically to one, and the other passed under anesthesia during a cat-scan or x ray. These dogs were just wonderful and had two very disnct personalies. The girl, who had gone first, was a total diva. She said if she was as human, she would have always worn a fur shawl and would’ve looked like the woman in The Devil Wears Prada or a very nice version of Cruella Deville. She knew that she was simply here to be adored by her loving fans and owners and took pride in knowing how to strut her stuff and then strategically pause for the paparazzi. If you offered her something, she knew that it would have been of the highest quality because that was obviously what she was worthy of. Her brother was happy go lucky and so grateful for everything they did for him. They put food in his bowl, and it was the BEST food

Assistance Dog Versus Service Dog Q. I have an emoonal assistance dog. When I went into a restaurant the other day, I was asked to leave my dog outside! I le and ate somewhere else. Were they wrong?

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ever! They took him for a walk, and it was the BEST walk ever! Treats? He LOVED them! It’s Monday? He LOVED Mondays! Whatever they gave him, he was excited and enjoyed it all while it lasted. He wasn’t here for ego at all and lived by the credo,“If it feels good, do it.” The owners were sll grieving and trying to digest the loss of both of their beloved dogs, but they did say that I had described them each perfectly. They wanted to know why the dog had died under the care of what they had considered the best veterinary care, but that’s not what the dog wanted to discuss. Instead, they were told (by the dog) that he loved every single

Ask the Vet… by Dr. Judith Herman


There is a lot of confusion involving dogs and where they can and can’t go. A lot has to do with what the dog’s purpose is. I hope to clear up some of the confusion. There are different designaons related to their jobs as defined by different organizaons involving our companions. Service dog (or miniature horse), as defined by the Americans with Disabilies Act, is: “Any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” Assistance animal, as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is: “An animal that works, provides assistance, or reforms tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emoonal support that alleviates one or more idenfied symptoms or effects of a person’s disability.” Emoonal Support Animal, as described by the Fair Housing Act


and Air Carrier Access Act, is: “An emoonal support animal may be an animal of any species, the use of which is supported by a qualified physician, psychiatrist, or other mental health professional on the basis of a disability-related need. Emoonal support animals may be permied as reasonable accommodaons for persons with disabilies under the FHA. The Air Carrier Access Act provides specific allowances for emoonal support animals traveling on airlines, though documentaon may need to be provided. Therapy animals, as defined by AVMA policy “Animal-Assisted Intervenons: Definions,”is: A therapy animal that parcipates in animal-

minute of his me with them, and he also knew that they would never have been able to let him suffer and would have done whatever it took to prolong his life. They immediately said they would have done whatever it took to keep him comfortable, which is lovely, but not what he wanted. He reassured them that he was ready to go and that he loved them so much he took the decision for end of life care out of their hands. He was looking back and forth at both of the owners and asked me why they were so upset? He thought he was doing them a favor by gently slipping into heaven and that he was loving it there much as he had loved it here. He said that he would see them soon (me doesn’t maer over there) and reminded them they should really spend more energy celebrang how awesome his life was instead of mourning his loss. I had to explain to him that yes, he was at peace, and we were all thrilled for him, but the people “stuck” over here sll have to deal with lots of emoons and sadness. I asked him if he wanted to be memorialized anyway, and he said no. They should just talk about him and remember what a great dog he was. His sister, however, jumped at the chance to talk about ways to honor her life! She described an elaborate piece of jewelry, and aer making me try to explain it to the owners in great detail, the wife said her husband had given it to her already. It contained some of the dogs’ hair, and she wore it all the me as a way to keep her close to her heart.

The last story I want to share with you is about another reading I did that day for a dog who had passed away not even a week prior. I helped the owner communicate with her sweet boxer and answered all of the quesons she had for her. Before we hung up, the dog wanted her to know that she was totally fine with her geng another dog and encouraged her to get it ASAP. She said she couldn’t do it yet, mostly because she didn’t want the dog in heaven to think she was being disrespecul. I pointed out that her dog put in the request for a new dog and then it got a lile frustrated. She explained to her owner that if we all play the loery, we all have the same exact odds of winning. The dog had felt exceponally loved and pointed out that no maer how much she ended up loving another dog, it would never diminish the experience they had enjoyed together. Aer saying this, the dog kind of rolled her eyes at me as if to say, “Wow. These humans don’t get that concept, do they?’ I had to chuckle because no, most people don’t seem to understand that. We sll need the me to heal, and I always encourage people to take as much me as they need. You will know when it is me for you to get another dog!

assisted therapy or an “intervenon in which an animal meeng specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process…. Animal assisted therapy is provided in a variety of sengs, and may be group or individual in nature.” Service dogs are allowed to go anywhere the general public is allowed with a few excepons. For example, the service dog is allowed into a restaurant but not allowed in the kitchen. The business can ask if the dog is a service animal and what tasks he has been trained to perform. If these quesons are not adequately answered, the dog can be denied entry, but not the person. Remember: it is the handler who has the rights, not the dog. There are other possible exclusions. For clarificaon, contact the U.S. Department of Jusce's ADA Informaon Line at 800 - 514 - 0301 (voice) or 800 - 514 - 0383 (TTY) Assistance animals are animals that work, assist and/or perform tasks and services for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provide emoonal support that improves the symptoms of a disability. Assistance animals do not have to be trained while service animals are categorized as animals trained to do a specific task for their owners. The emoonal and/ or physical benefits from the animal living in the home are what qualify the animal as an assistance animal. A leer from a medical doctor or therapist is all that is needed to classify the animal as an assistance animal. These animals are allowed in housing, but not in restaurants and other places service

dogs, who are trained for service, are allowed to go. For more informaon, see hps:// documents/huddoc?id=servanimals_ ntceo2013-01.pdf Emoonal support animals fall under the same rules as the Assistance animals. These rules allow the emoonal support or assistance animal to be allowed to live where regular pets are not. They also have access to fly in the cabin with their owners. See above for more informaon and limitaons. Therapy dogs, defined as above, are not allowed to go into restaurants, housing, and other areas restricted from dogs unless invited for an event or purpose. There are different organizaons that cerfy these dogs. These dogs are trained and tested based on the organizaon which cerfies them. Informaon for therapy dog cerficaon can be found at your local shelter or trainer. It is important to understand the excepons and limitaons in each designaon. Except for therapy dogs, these animals are not pets but tools to live normal lives. Currently, it is easy to get false documentaon for your pet. These false documentaons, especially in ill trained and ill behaved pets, are being widely discussed in legislave bodies around the country. New rules which could be more restricve are on the horizon.

Sara Moore is a psychic for people and pets, has an office in North Conway, NH but is also available for phone readings and private events. FMI go to, email or call (603)662-2046.

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

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SENIOR from page 1 Senior dogs are often overlooked, and while it’s true that adopting an older dog can be rewarding, many potential adopters don’t always see it that way. They romanticize an easy and fun life with pups or younger dogs. Truth be told, those adorable puppies and youngsters need tons of work--training, guidance, monitoring, and plenty of exercise. Case in point- my husband and I recently took in a rescued 75 lb., 8-month-old “puppy” in a foster-to-adopt situation. After countless miles walked, two tornup dog beds, a chewed-on hutch, a shredded area rug, loud plastic toy noises throughout the night (realistic pig and chicken squeals), water bowls toppled daily (he liked to soak his paws), not to mention the real issue--our resident 15-year-old dog had the “deer in headlights” look whenever the pup frolicked nearby, we sadly said goodbye to the boisterous boy. He went to another animal-lover in a successful foster-to-adopt situation--she also happens to be a professional dog trainer. Ok, so maybe you’re not thinking puppy, but you’re not ready to commit to an “old dog.” Depending on size and breed, what’s considered an older dog may really be between 5 and 10 years of age, well past that “wild and crazy” youngster stage, but probably not what you think of as senior--as in geriatric or unhealthy, and the good news is that with the advanced veterinary care, medicines and supplements available, as well as high quality food options, dogs, in general, are living longer. Many senior and older dogs may still be quite healthy and spunky but don’t need vigorous exercise. You can enjoy many activities with them--regular walks, treks along the beach,

Photo of Tulip by Furry Kids Pet Photography

nice games of catch, and shared travels. Older dogs bring a quiet and gentle companionship, unconditional love, are often low maintenance, and can blend into a home and family seamlessly. They’re usually housebroken and may be crate trained, too. Mandy Fisher, President of Old Dogs New Digs rescue organization, says older dogs and seniors give back so much. They appreciate the fact that they’re out of a shelter and in a home again. That’s why her organization partners with those facilities and provides foster homes for older dogs in need. She believes older and medically challenged dogs are stressed in shelters, thus they don’t “show” well. Once they are in a loving foster home or are adopted, they bloom. She adds another reason to adopt an older dog, “It feels really good to help a senior dog.”

Tulip is a great example of how age is just a number and how it feels great for an adopter to take in a dog in need. She came in as a stray in very bad physical shape to Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick. They reached out to Old Dogs New Digs, and the non-profit found a foster home for this obese dog (caused by hypothyroidism) who had a hard time even walking. Topsham Veterinary Wellness Center provided an exam and X-rays that revealed torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs) in her knees. Specialist Dr. Mark House recommended a weight-loss program and aqua-therapy so this beautiful Lab could slim down enough to be eligible for a bilateral tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, or TPLO surgery. Tulip lost the weight and was a champ at her aqua therapy, and last July, she had the surgery (a gofundme page was

established to raise the money). Cori was Tulip’s second foster home, and she couldn’t part with the “sassy” Lab. She jokes that she was “duped” into fostering the dog that she was told was 10. She says the Lab has shed years as her health turned around-her vet believes she’s about 7. That’s thanks to excellent vet intervention, medicines, attention, and lots of love. Cori didn’t just rescue and help with the rehabilitation of Tulip. The gentle black Lab rescued her right back, showing up when Cori needed a real boost. “Tulip joined my life a few days after I was diagnosed with postconcussion syndrome and could barely function, so I figure if she can get me through that, I can get her through knee surgery and whatever else comes her way because she deserves it.” Tulip is a happy ending adoption story, for sure. She’s two months post-op and her personality continues to shine. She can be seen jumping off the dock into Lake Sebago, taking ocean swims, and fetching large rocks on the beach. She piles them up and barks at Cori to throw them in the water so she can retrieve (no tennis balls for this quirky gal). She accompanies Cori to work from time to time--she’s a social worker--and she says Tulip’s a “social butterfly.” If a new pet is in your future, please consider rescuing an older or senior dog like Tulip. Perhaps Cori sums it up best about adopting an older dog and giving one a second chance. “The thing about Tulip is I will never know what her past is or what happened to her, but I can promise to spoil her and make sure she lives the best life possible…For me, I got a well-mannered, ready to go dog. For her, it gave her a shot to really enjoy her life.”

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Fear : A Story Behind "Fight or Flight" P

ersonal safety is a necessity underlying everything in our lives. Feeling safe is an emoonal state to which we don’t pay much conscious aenon. Do you remember the last me your safety was in jeopardy? We have experienced this at some point in our lives, but most of the me we don’t really think about it.

Fight... or flight? We have a few opons available to us if we find ourselves in a predicament where there is a perceived harmful event: we can leave (therefore adding distance between the source of our fear and our locaon) or we can resist or aggress. You’ve heard of the "fight or flight response”; it’s a part of all of us, human and canine alike. It’s a genecally-programmed, primal response designed to protect us from harm. It’s so well programmed, in fact, that once acvated, it affects our enre body and can hijack our sense of logic and reason in order to operate efficiently.

What's happening? “When our fight or flight response is acvated, sequences of nerve cell firing occur and chemicals like adrenaline, noradrenaline and corsol are released into our bloodstream. Our respiratory

Basic Training Tips by Diana Logan

rate increases. Blood is shunted away from our digesve tract and directed into our muscles and limbs, which require extra energy and fuel for running and fighng. Our pupils dilate. Our awareness intensifies. Our sight sharpens. Our impulses

quicken. Our percepon of pain diminishes. “… we tend to perceive everything in our environment as a possible threat to our survival. By its very nature, the fight or flight system moves us into "aack" mode. We see everything through the filter of possible danger.” [Dr. Neil, MD, “The Body Soul Connecon”]

"The UPS driver is surely going to murder me!" Hmm… sound familiar? If you have a dog who tends to be fearful, you most certainly said “yes.” Dogs and humans share the very same physiological makeup when it comes to hyperarousal (fight or flight). The difference is that we tend not to share or understand our dogs’ ideas for what potenal threats might be. In our eyes, it’s just the mailman delivering a package: to our dogs, this same person might be considered dangerous. Add to the mix the frequent impossibility of fleeing (due to a leash or a fence or to confined quarters such as a home or vehicle) and you have a dog who is ready to act defensively or even to fight. Our dogs find themselves in emoonally precarious situaons on a very regular basis. The effects can be long-term and far-reaching. If our dog has a whole arsenal of pracced aggressive displays, it doesn’t take much to get to the next step: fear aggression. Fear

aggression can lead to injuries which can eventually lead to euthanasia for the dog. It happens too oen and, unfortunately, when the signs are recognized, it’s oen too late.

“We can't learn how to swim in a stormy ocean.” [Dr. Neil, MD] I love this descriptor as it captures the fulity of trying to train our dog when he’s in a state of fear. It just can’t happen. We need to be able to help our dog learn new paerns whereby the sources of his fears are turned into sources of good things. To achieve this, our dog has to be relaxed enough to be able to value his favorite rewards; only then can we hope to “rewire” the connecons and prevent those stress hormones from taking over. Do you have a dog who is fearful in specific situaons? If so, tell me a bit about it (through the contact form on my website) and I may use your scenario in next month’s arcle. Specifically, • What is the trigger? (the source of your dog’s fear) • What is your dog’s behavior when he perceives the presence of the trigger? • How do you respond? • What happens aer the trigger is no longer present? • How long does it take for your dog to return to normal?

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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: My e-mail pal Eddie and I wrote about our summer adventures.

Dear Eddie, Did you come to Maine? Isn’t it awfully hot in New York City? It’s finally geng cooler here. You’d think as a southern gentledog I wouldn’t mind heat, but we wild dogs take good care of ourselves. It’s so nice in our den! Shady and no bugs. I like to be near Boss, so I stay outside with her as long as I can

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stand it. When it rains I bark at her to come, in case it thunders. I’ve rered from agility. It took me a year to persuade Boss that I’m really red of it! It’s been ten years! I used to love it, but we just do the same old stuff. We have a new game I love. I weave between her legs, walk on my hind legs, leap into the air and come down facing the other way. It’s really fun—and lots of treats. I’d love to hear what you are up to.

Nose licks, Bammy

Dear Bammy, I only got to Maine for a month, but I sure enjoyed it. I hunted the wood bees, frogs, and snakes in our yard. I chased red squirrels all over the place. I shriek at them when they run up the trees, but they never come down where I can get them. Now I’m back in Queens, chasing wood bees in the backyard and going for long walks where I can check my pee-mail. Of course my humans play with me, but not enough. Somemes I do what they call “scissor-paws.” When they get red of throwing my toys before I get red of chasing them, I wrap my paws around their legs to tell them to stay and play with me. One night my sister and I had to protect the neighborhood from a horrid, screaming creature that was hiding between the fences in our yard. The humans said it was a raccoon.

Best, Eddie

Dear Eddie, I’ve never met a raccoon. I hear something by the brook at night that sets my hair on end, and Boss says that word. At night with the window open, I smell all sorts of things I’ve never seen. It’s funny about “scissor-paws.” I saw my packmate do that to Boss at her first agility trial. Boss had to go into the ring without her and

walk around the course. When Boss came back the poor dog was so scared she wrapped her arms around Boss’s leg to keep Boss from abandoning her again. Boss tried to pry her off, but she was really strong and really scared. So they hopped into the ring like that, Kie aached to Boss’s leg. When Kie heard people laughing and she saw the course, she was ready to play. She won the blue ribbon in her very first show! You like to chase bees, too! I get so excited jumping for them that I bark! My friend and I used to leap around for them together, like crazed ballet dancers. Boss laughed so hard she had to sit down. I suppose you’ve had them bite you. Yelps! I just snap my teeth to scare them or nip and shake so they can’t get me. Yesterday I snapped one onto the ground, but I let it fly away. Somemes when one is in a flower I almost touch it with my nose to feel the buzzing before I snap at it. Well, that’s all my news, Eddie. Write me soon.

Keep those raccoons away, Bammy The Ask Bammy column is intended for humor and entertainment. If your dog has behavioral issues please contact a veterinarian or professional trainer. Big tail wags to Susan Roberts who helps Eddie write!

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

Hello Downeast Dog News, We thought you may like to hear about our successful adopon of Gracie. We ďŹ rst met Gracie through her bio in Downeast Dog News but let's back track a bit. Earlier this year my sister and I lost our sweet Garfunkel to a mean cancer. His passing le a giant hole in our hearts and his brother Simon without a singing partner and playmate. We were grieving and not yet looking for another dog but our mom suggested we look at Gracie in Downeast Dog News as she was 8 1/2 years old, in need of a home, and looked like Simon's brother. At ďŹ rst we were resistant even tried to get a friend to adopt her but alas Gracie kept sneaking into our thoughts. We knew we could not get 7 1/2 year old Simon a puppy because geez that would be like giving grandpa a toddler to play with! So aer a great deal of thought and lisng out the pros & cons, we looked into Simon's sad eyes and decided to meet Gracie. We hit it o and Gracie came home. All lived happily ever aer...well not just yet. The ďŹ rst days were tense at mes with Gracie pushing some boundaries. We knew that that we needed to give this a trial period of at least a full three weeks, aer all if you do not push the boundaries, how do you know where the boundaries are! Gracie and Simon took some me to warm up and play. It was not a reality unl day 14. Wow, what a feeling of joy it was to see that! That was a very healing day for us all

and there was a clarity that sweet Garfunkel had sent Gracie to us. We knew in that moment that Gracie had found her forever home. Gracie Mae, yes she now has a middle name and new polka doed bling, has captured our hearts and what loves she gives back! The thought of adopng an older dog had never Gracie and Simon really crossed our minds but now we highly recommend it! Thank you Downeast Dog News and Laurie & Chris at for helping to bring us Gracie.


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Very loyal, well trained dog. He's sweet and somemes shy, but will quickly become your best friend. House trained and crate trained, needs a quiet home where he is the only dog.

Lucy is a ball of energy. She loves to run and play, and does the cutest wiggle dance when she's excited. She's a stray who's ready to ďŹ nally learn the meaning of home.

Good with cats & dogs and is house trained. She would love a yard to run in and a human to play with daily. She's a lovebug, can be a bit shy, but will warm up to you.

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Very sweet guy who loves meeng new people. Had a scary experience with children, so would prefer older kids. Does great with other dogs and has lived with a cat too. Loves car rides and walks.

I love to be held and be with my humans. It is awesome to play with my foster kids and I have some big foster buddies who are teaching me to play with toys. I also have the soest ears that I love to have rubbed!

You will not ďŹ nd a more loving dog than Gracie. She loves to be loved and cuddled and kissed. Gets along with other dogs, but will not tolerate being bullied. She doesn't really play with other dogs - she is more about being with her person.




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

Dogs Will Be Dogs – But It’s Our Job to Teach Them Proper Behavior


ecently, I was at an event where a dog who was walking with its owner was subject to a blindsided aack by another dog. Luckily, the owner saw it coming and pulled her dog away and luckily, too, the other dog was on a leash and the owner managed to hold onto it, so no physical harm occurred. But what about the feelings of the dog who was aacked? No apology was offered, and the excuse was “dogs will be dogs”, and “he was

just snarking”. If you own and exhibit dogs at any level or just want to walk in the park, this type of behavior and atude by the owner is not acceptable. Since when are owners not responsible for the behavior of their dogs? Dogs do what we allow them to do, and if we are aware that

owners who are not responsible. Each year, we lose more places that dogs are allowed because of incidents of aggression or threatening behavior towards humans or other dogs. For the AKC Canine Good Cizen Test, a dog must accept peng from a friendly stranger and must exhibit polite behavior when meeng a person with another dog. Having these skills allows you to take your dog out in public and should be part of every dog’s educaon. Dogs do what we allow them to do, and we want them to trust us. Our dogs should not be subjected to dogs who are allowed to lunge at them or dogs who aggressively lunge when you pass by a crate or a car at a respectable distance, just as we should not feel unsafe waking down a street. Dogs have the right to feel secure when traveling with you under control. Dogs who lunge aggressively are not acng appropriately, and it is me we address these behaviors and take responsibility for our dog’s behavior. If your dog is not ready for a smulang environment, you need to do more work – for your dog’s sake and out of respect for your fellow dog owners.

our dogs have issues with certain situaons, we, as responsible owners, should not put them in this situaon. If we must move through an area where our dog cannot handle the environment, we must find a way to manage the situaon and keep our dog under control, such as a head halter, no pull harness, etc. Dogs who lunge and go aer other dogs should not be afforded opportunies for this kind of behavior, and certainly owners should not excuse this behavior. If your dog is reacve, realize that you have a problem and get some help. A dog in this state of mind is not a happy dog. The greatest gi you can give your dog is the ability to be calm and exhibit self control and confidence in stressful situaons, and if you are going to take your dog to public situaons where there are other dogs, YOU are responsible for your dog’s behavior. Do not make excuses – “oh, he’s a rescue.” “He was abused.” “He doesn’t like black dogs”, etc., etc. You are responsible to help your dog negoate difficult situaons by teaching your dog what behaviors are acceptable. Lunging aer other dogs is not acceptable. We, as responsible dog owners, must start to speak out about

Carolyn Fuhrer has earned over 90 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 25 years. You can contact her with quesons, suggesons and ideas for her column by e-mailing

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Is Your Dog Your Best Friend or a Family Member? If Yes, Then Please Join Me and Take the Pledge Dogs were first referred to as “Man’s best friend” in 1789 by Frederick, King of Prussia. Today it is not uncommon for a people to say that they consider their dogs to not only be their friends, but to be a member of their family. That is how I view both my dog and cats. In spite of this apparent devoon to dogs, it is my opinion, as well as that of animal health and behavior experts such as the American Animal Hospital Associaon (AAHA) and the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) that there are sll too many people in this country that rounely use electronic shock collars to subject their dogs to shock on a regular basis, all in the name of training and containment. This is “opinion” backed by sound science. When a dog receives an electric shock from a shock collar, the shock is meant to be sufficiently aversive to change the dog’s behavior. An aversive typically causes either physical or emoonal pain or both. If the dog does not find the shock aversive, the shock will not stop the behavior. That is basic psychology. Rewarding a dog for a behavior causes that behavior to increase, and punishing a dog or adding an aversive, causes a behavior to decrease. Those that insist the shock does not hurt the dog and that it is merely a “sm” or “ckle” are either misleading people or do not understand the fundamentals of psychology and learning theory. What makes the use of electric shock on animals even more distressing than the fact that we are intenonally hurng our pets, is that science has demonstrated that the use of punishment is unnecessary to train or manage a pet. In fact, we know with certainty, that the use of shock and other aversives can be extremely detrimental. The use of aversives can damage the bond we have with our pets, impair our pets’ ability to learn, and oen cause fear and aggression. Considering that shock is unnecessary, I do not understand why anyone intenonally uses such an inhumane device on his best friend or a family member.

Experts agree that shock collars should NEVER be used to train, manage, or care for pets. Since its beginnings in 2012, The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has advocated against the use of aversives in the training and management of pets. This posion is indicated by Secon One of the PPG Guiding Principles which states, “To be in any way affiliated with the Pet Professional Guild all members must adhere to a strict code of conduct. Pet Professional Guild Members Understand Force-Free to mean: No shock, No pain, No



choke, No fear, No physical force, No compulsion based methods are employed to train or care for a pet.” In 2015, the American Animal Hospital Associaon (AAHA), an accreditaon body for veterinary pracces and hospitals, issued their Behavior Management Guidelines. The guidelines clearly state: “Aversive techniques include prong (pinch) or choke collars, cale prods, alpha rolls, dominance downs, electronic shock collars, lunge whips, starving or withholding food, entrapment, and beang. None of those tools and methods should be used to either teach or alter behavior.” [Emphasis added]. The experts on our pet’s health, behavior, and training agree; shock should NEVER be used. Whether the use of electric shock is intenonal, due to casual disregard because “it is just a dog,” or due to ignorance, I and many others believe it is me for this inhumane treatment of our best friends and family members to stop. On September 25th the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) launched the Shock-Free Coalion ( hp:// ) “… an iniave that aims to build an internaonal movement commied to eliminang shock devices once and for all in the care, training and management of pets.” This noble cause is long overdue and one that I support without hesitaon. I hope that you will join me in

this movement to educate and advocate for the abolishment of the use of shock devices for the management and training of our best friends and family members. Please take the first step and join me by taking the pledge at hp:// Sign-The-Pledge.

What else can you do to support the Shock-Free Coalion? • Dog Parents - Ask any and every pet care provider who parcipates in the care of your dog (animal shelters, boarding kennels, breeders, daycares, dog walkers, groomers, humane sociees, petrelated media, pet siers, places you buy pet food and supplies, rescues, veterinarians, etc.) if they are aware of the Shock-Free Coalion and if they have taken the pledge. Encourage them to do so. If they chose not to take the pledge, ask them why. Suggest that they do some research and reconsider. You might even provide them with a copy of this column. If they are sll unwilling to take the pledge, remember, you can choose who gets your pet-related business. Somemes money speaks louder than words. • Pet Care Professionals Take the pledge and make your support known to your employees, customers, and clients. Tell them about the pledge and ask them to take it as well. Show your support for the Shock-Free Coalion with signs in your facility, arcles in your newsleer, informaon on your website, and with posts on social media. I know that pet parents care about this issue, and they want to know that you care too!

• Dog Parents and Pet Care Professionals in Maine - It is my goal to place an ad in the November issue of Downeast Dog News lisng everyone one in the state of Maine who has taken the pledge. We need to help educate those who use, recommend, and sell shock collars that they are unnecessary and that dog lovers in Maine are commied to ending this unnecessary and therefore inhumane treatment of our family members and best friends. To make that ad happen, I need your help and some donaons. Learn how to add your name to the list for the November ad and to make a donaon at hp://

To learn more about the problems with shock collars, visit these resources: The Unintended Consequences of Shock Collar – hp:// ShockCollars PPG Shock-Free Coalion – hp:// Shock-Free Maine Informaon and Donaon page – hp:// Shock-FreeME PPG Guiding Principles – hps:// PPGs-Guiding-Principles Green Acres Kennel Shop Posion Statement on Pet-Friendly, Force-Free Pet Care – hp:// blog/2006/02/01/no-pain-no-forceno-fear-green-acres-kennel-shopposion-statement-on-pet-friendlyforce-free-pet-care/ AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines – hps:// resources/behavior_management_ guidelines.aspx

Don Hanson is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop ( in Bangor. He is a Bach Foundaon Registered Animal Praconer (BFRAP), Cerfied Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), Associate Cerfied Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC) and a Cerfied Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). He produces and co- hosts a weekly radio show and podcast, The Woof Meow Show heard on The Pulse AM620 WZON and streamed at hp:// every Saturday at 9 AM. A list of upcoming shows and podcasts of past shows can be found at Don also writes about pets at his blog:

October 2017


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5 mos., Shepherd/ Lab/Aussie Mix

5 mos., Shepherd/ Lab/Aussie Mix

Very loving and full of energy! Up to date on vaccines and fixed.

Very loving and full of energy! Up to date on vaccines and fixed.

2 yrs., Redbone Coonhound

Available at Animal Rescue of Kennebec, contact: ambercreswell.ark@

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Sweet as can be! Loves children and other dogs. Needs a strong leader and a family willing to work with his protecve behavior. Loves walks and car rides. For more informaon:

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6 yrs., Brindle Lab Mix

8 yrs., Beagle/ Dachshund Mix

A gentle giant, sweet and friendly to everyone. Loves aenon, cuddles and play me!

Family is moving. Smart, trainable, sweet dog, can be reacve to other dogs while on leash. Best in home without small children. Well house-trained.

Recent graduate of our K-9 Correcons Program. While there, this adorable youngster learned basic manners, a few tricks and some much-needed confidence. Now she is ready to go home. Available at Pope Memorial Humane Society (207)594-2200

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6 yrs., Beagle/ Hound Mix

Big boy, when Prince goes on a walk and gets bored, he will grab you by your arms. Needs a home without children and an owner who will be paent and train him. Smart boy, is currently working with a dog trainer.

He was abused at a young age, so is a lile shy around new people. Very sweet boy who loves to play with other dogs. Looking for a quiet family with no children, but another dog he could play with would be perfect.

Was in rough shape, but has been to the vet to get her skin, digeson and overall health improved. On special food that keeps everything in check, is a lile more expensive, but 100% worth it. Wonderful personality, gets along with other animals.

Available at PAWS in Camden (207)236-8702

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9 yrs., Weimaraner/ Bloodhound

10 yrs., Beagle

8 years, American Shelter Dog

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Sweet and loving guy who wants nothing more than to find his forever family. Great with people and other animals. Would do best with someone who is home a lot. For more informaon:


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Spunky and handsome. Ideal home would be one where he can go on long walks and then come home and relax. He is feeling a bit frustrated as his life has been turned upside down... needs paent, loving owners. Available at Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk (207) 985-3244

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6 yrs., Brussels Griffon

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Funny, lovable snuggler. He lives with other dogs, but prefers people. Biko has tested posive some some allergies, including dust and storage mites.

A lile nervous, but a good walker and loves geng aenon from people. Available at Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk (207) 985-3244

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10 yrs., Treeing Walker Hound

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7 yrs., Greyhound

Wonderful old dog who has more energy than you'd think! Loves playing and being around people. He could live with another dog, but no cats for him.

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Gets along well with other dogs and older children. Crate trained and house trained.

This cute and affeconate guy loves to play! Proud graduate of our K-9 Correcons program, has the basic good behaviors down.

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October C lendar To submit or get more informaon on the events below, go online to ALES FOR TAILS Wednesday, October 4 Warren, 4PM – 7PM Join us for a pint or two at Simplicity Brewing, 2473 Camden Rd. (Rte. 90) next to Frantz Furniture and help PAWS raise some $$ too! Well behaved dogs welcome. hps:// simplicitybrewingco/

SPEAKING DOG  DOG BODY LANGUAGE Thursday, October 5 Gardiner, 6PM – 8PM Your dog is talking to you all the me. Find out what they are saying and how you can communicate beer with your pup. Learning your dog’s language will help you know when your dog is becoming stressed or excited, nervous, or just bored. Understanding your dog will help strengthen the bond between you and your best friend! Gardiner Area High School, 40 West Hill Rd., Gardiner. Registraon fee is $15. To register, go to: www.msad11.

PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Saturday, October 7 Camden, 10 AM – 11 AM When a beloved pet dies it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the intensity of your sorrow. Unfortunately, friends and family may not get how important your pet was in your life. Join others who share your feelings and understand your loss. Every first Saturday of the month, Ginny Ford will hold a Pet Loss Group in the P.A.W.S. Community Room at PAWS Animal Adopon Center, 123 John St., Camden. Feel free to bring along a picture, leash, poem, or other items that remind you of your pet. FMI:; info@pawsadopon. org; 207-236-8702

OPEN HOUSE Saturday, October 7 Gray, 1PM – 3PM Gray New Gloucester Animal Hospital’s 2nd Open House! Come join us for a behind the scenes tour of our clinic, Cumberland County emergency management presentaon, kids acvies, k9 demo, raffle baskets and much more! All profits from this event


are donated to H.A.R.T a local non-kill cat shelter. We look forward to seeing you! 226 Lewiston Rd., Gray.

PINTS FOR PAWS Sunday, October 8 Portland, 11AM – 2PM Adoptable pups from The Pixel Fund will be hanging out with us from 11-2pm on the pao at The Lile Tap House, 106 High St. Ausn Street Brewery will be sponsoring the event with a special release of Florens Double Dry Hopped IPA. All proceeds from the brew will go to The Pixel Fund. As always, anyone who adopts during a Pints for Paws event gets a $50 gi cerficate to Lile Tap House! hp://

BASIC DOG OBEDIENCE Tuesday, October 10 W. Gardiner, 6PM – 8PM Do you somemes feel like your dog is the master? Do you think that your pet doesn't understand when you speak? Not to worry we will work on teaching your dog to walk without pulling on a leash, heel, sit, down, stay, and come, in a friendly and relaxed way. John Palange has trained dogs professionally at K-9 Training Center for over 35 years. He specializes in obedience and problem behavior. This class runs on Tuesday nights for six weeks from October 10-November 14. West Gardiner Rod & Gun Club, 297 Collins Mills Rd., W. Gardiner. Registraon fee is $99. FMI and to register, go to: www.msad11.

INTERMEDIATE DOG OBEDIENCE Tuesday, October 10 W. Gardiner, 8PM – 9PM Advanced dog obedience classes focus on strengthening basic obedience skills and introducing more complex exercises. Refining of previously learned commands, such as increasing the duraon of the “stay” or moving out of sight during a “down” exercise are also included. Trick training is another facet of intermediate obedience. John Palange has trained dogs professionally at K-9 Training Center for over 35 years. He specializes in obedience and problem behavior. The class runs for six weeks from October 10-November 14. West Gardiner Rod & Gun Club, 297 Collins Mills Rd., W. Gardiner. Registraon fee is $79. FMI and to register, go to: www.

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Saturday, October 14 Camden-Rockport, 10AM – 12PM Rockland, 1PM – 3PM Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be at our Camden-Rockport locaon on US Rte 1 in Camden from

10am – Noon and our Rockland locaon at 408 Main St. from 1pm – 3pm for our next nail clipping clinics. The cost is $10 per pet and all proceeds will be donated to Catahoula Rescue of New England. No appointment necessary.; 207-660-9200 x6

1 Belmont Ave. for our next nail clipping clinic. The cost is $10 per pet and all proceeds will be donated to Catahoula Rescue of New England. No appointment necessary.; 207-6609200 x6


Saturday, October 28 Brunswick, 7PM Fort Andross, 14 Maine Street Brunswick. The Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln County Animal Shelter are holding a fabulous Halloween bash, with all proceeds going to our shelters. Join us for a wicked good me; it would be a grave mistake to miss it! Boos, booze (cash bar), and light fare, plus the drawing of our $10,000 Cash Prize Raffle. Fesve dress encouraged! $60 single cket, $50 each for two or more ckets. Tickets can be purchased by phone at: (207)449-1366.

BLACK CAT BALL Thursday, October 19 Gardiner, 6PM – 8:30PM Come join the authors of the book, A Good Man with a Dog: A Game Warden’s 25 Years in the Maine Woods, by Roger Guay and Kate Clark Flora. They will be talking about the book that is a fascinang look at a game warden’s life. Kate Clark Flora will also talk about the fascinang world of true crime that led her into doing research for the Joe Burgess police ficon series she connues to write. Gardiner Area High School, 40 West Hill Rd., Gardiner. Registraon fee is $10. FMI and to register, go to: www.msad11.

FEISTY FIDO Thursday, October 19 Gardiner, 6PM – 8PM Do you avoid walking your dogs or taking them out in public because they bark and lunge at other people and dogs? This type of behavior can be embarrassing but it can also be quite dangerous. If your dog doesn’t exactly get along with others, this class will help you understand why and what you can do about it. We’ll discuss leash reacvity, aggressive behaviors and how to handle fear triggers (ex. the vacuum cleaner). Although it is not required, we highly recommend you also enroll in the Dog Body Language class on Thursday, October 5. Gardiner Area High School, 40 West Hill Rd., Gardiner. Registraon fee is $15. To register for both of these classes, go to

ZOMBIE 5K & HALLOWEEN BALL Saturday, October 21 Lyman, 12PM – 7PM Held at Funky Bow Brewery, 21 Ledgewood Ln, Lyman, ME, the Zombie 5k will be from 12pm-3pm and the Halloween Ball will follow from 3pm-7pm. Dogs and kids are welcome. For more details or to register for the event go to: www.

DOGSENSE Saturday, October 28 Brewer, 9AM Would you like to learn more about your dog, and help support The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield? Then you should aend DOGSENSE, an Ark fundraising event to be held at the Machias Savings Bank Community Room in Brewer. Don Hanson and Kate Dutra of Green Acres Kennel Shop and The Woof Meow Show will be presenng their seminar Understanding Dog Behavior, Communicaon, and Learning. FMI: See Hot Dog News on pg. 2.

MEET THE BREED Saturday, October 28 Thomaston, 10AM – 1PM Familiar with the Catahoula Breed? Ever meet a Cale Dog before? Come on down and meet them both! Tractor Supply, 38 Thomaston Commons Way. We will have breed ambassadors on hand for you to learn about the breed and hopefully adoptable dogs as well!

RECURRING EVENTS FREE PUPPY PLAYSKOOL! Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26 Edgecomb, 5:30 PM A supervised, safe, socializaon opportunity for puppies less than 20 weeks of age at Posively Best Friends, 280 Boothbay Rd, Edgecomb. Ongoing Thursdays. FMI: marcia@; 207-882-7297;

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, October 21 Belfast, 10AM – 12PM Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be at our Belfast locaon on

Hounding Around Town Dog Walking & Pet Care Bonded • Insured • Reliable • Caring Serving Bangor & Surrounding towns (Orono to Dixmont). 978-290-1815 cell • 207-234-3154

PLANET DOG ADOPTION DAYS Saturdays, October 7 & 21 Planet Dog Company Store at 211 Marginal Way in Portland hosts adopon days for those looking to add a new member to the family. So come join us for a fun-filled aernoon to socialize with our vising Rescue Group and their pups and learn more about the process of fostering and/or adopng. www. The Green Ark October 7th, 12-2pm Maine Lab Rescue October 21st, 12-3pm

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it is impossible for the shelters and rescues to house them all. Oen mes dogs are being rescued from shelters where they are in danger of being euthanized due to a lack of space so bringing them into your home would literally be saving their life. Foster homes are also great for older dogs and dogs with special needs where they can be in a more peaceful environment while they await adopon. Due to the recent hurricanes in the south many dogs have been displaced and are being shipped north therefore the need for fosters is even greater. If you are not looking to adopt a dog yourself perhaps you might consider becoming a foster. Before you apply, please do some research and talk to a rescue about what is involved and what type of commitment you will be making and requirements you will need to meet. This can be a very rewarding experience for both you and the dog however you should be very clear on what to expect. You can find several arcles on about fostering pets. You can also do a search on their site to find a rescue near you.

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October 2017 Downeast Dog News  

Maine newspaper all about dogs! This month is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog month and we have featured many adoptable dogs.