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Hot Dog News Green Acres Kennel Shop is excited to welcome two new members to their pet care team; Nicole Crocker, Operations Manager, and Caitlin Christie, Certified Pet Groomer. Nicole joined Green Acres at the end of April and has been transitioning into becoming our new Operations Manager. She has come to Maine from California to reunite with family, and to join the Green Acres Kennel Shop team. Nicole has experience both as a pet store manager, responsible for supervising customer service associates, groomers, and dog trainers and as a dog trainer. She will be serving in all roles here at Green Acres. Caitlin joined the Green Acres team at the beginning of August. She has been a Certified Professional Pet Groomer since 2013. Caitlin attended the A+ Pet Grooming Academy in New Gloucester, Maine. Her experience ranges from working in a small grooming and self-service salon to a fullservice grooming and daycare facility. Caitlin has also worked for specialty pet supply stores with a focus on pet nutrition. Caitlin is available for appointments Tuesday thru Saturday.

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ast month’s cover story featured the World Champion Boatyard Dog Trials held at the Maine Boat & Home Show in Rockland. On August 11th the four-legged competors and their handlers competed in three events: Dockside Obstacle Course, Dinghy Hop and Freestyle. This year’s champion was Taoo a 4 year old Papillion from Waldoboro alongside his handler Lisa Lane. Congratulaons!


You have very likely seen the story in the news about the animals that were seized by the state from R-N-D Kennels in Solon. While the invesgaon connues these animals are NOT available for adopon however if you are looking for a way to help there are organizaons that are accepng donaons to aid with their care. While this list may not be complete here are a few. Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk is a partner shelter for the state's animal welfare division and is housing dozens of the dogs. If you'd like to assist by making a donaon to support the dogs in their care, please contact (207) 985-3244 ext. 200 or visit hps:// Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland is looking for fosters not only for some of these dogs but it is also peak season and they have puppies, kiens, cats and dogs who need temporary homes while they await Education • Rehabilitation • Guardianship • Adoption adopon. All it takes is a Dedicated 501(c)3 rescue working with shelters and dog owners of both short online applicaon Catahoula Leopard Dogs & Australian Cattle Dogs along the East Coast. and a 40-minute 30 Clements Point Rd, Warren, ME 04864 training with their foster 207.273.1320 | 207.975.2909 coordinator to join their foster team. Complete an applicaon and sign up

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for an orientaon at To donate: Many of the dogs taken into custody were Collies. The Collie Rescue League of New England is also accepng donaons ear marked for the Solon Collies. Collie Rescue League of New England, PO Box 3689, Cranston, RI 02910-0689. Please check our Downeast Dog News Facebook page for any updates that may occur aer we have gone to print with this issue.

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From the Publisher Dear Dog News Readers, As I write this it is nearly September. Where does the me go? Summer felt even shorter than usual this year. Poor Pepper received some bad news yesterday although she is not quite aware of it yet. She has some bacteria and yeast in her ear and is not allowed to swim for two weeks. What a way to end her summer my poor girl! Our previous visit to the vet showed slightly elevated liver levels so she was on a supplement for a month. We are now awaing the results of her blood test to see how we are we doing. At the moment she is enjoying being able to get up in the morning and eat her breakfast without me shoving a pill down her throat and having to wait an hour to eat. To be

honest I am happy with that as well. My ďŹ ngers are crossed. I haven’t noced any woodchucks out front lately. I have successfully relocated three! I’m quite sure there must be at least two more but perhaps they have relocated themselves once their family members disappeared. That would be ďŹ ne with me as long as they are no longer on my sepc system. Aer the ďŹ rst two were taken away I lost the tops of two of my sunower plants before they could blossom. We ďŹ gured it may have been retaliaon for the two woodchucks because one had been seen in that area. Later once the plants grew too tall for a woodchuck we lost the tops of the other two. I now have to suspect the

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August was a surreal month for me. I spent a week with my dad and my thirteen year old son in my childhood home and playing in the pool. I had no specific reason for the visit, other than I felt that it was important. Two days later, I got the call that my 73 year old father had a massive heart aack. His death was immediate, and since then, life has been a blur. I’m grateful for all of your support, words of encouragement, and the opportunity to tap into the heavens and connue to do readings but with a slightly modified schedule. Knowing that he reunited with his wife of 32 years and his beloved black lab, Lucy, gives me great comfort. I just felt the need to share that with you before I get to your readings! Remember that psychic insight is never a replacement for licensed veterinary care. Jen H. asked about Bailey, a rescue Chihuahua who is aggressive to anyone besides "the family". “Does this have to do with where he came from before us? How can we help him with his anxiety and aggression?” I get a huge yes that his behavior is from his past when he had to prove that he was tough enough to avoid geng picked on by the other dogs and people in the home. If he nipped at them, they’d leave him alone. He HATES being this way but knows nothing else. I think a good dog trainer would help tremendously! Lisa L. wants to know why Doe barks at her when she goes swimming. Oh my goodness! As soon as I read this, I think back to Lucy, my dad’s dog! Whenever my mom would swim, she’d run along the edge of the pool and even fell

Algae Blooms in Maine Q. I heard a lot this summer about algae blooms being toxic to dogs. Now that it is September, do I sll need to worry about my dog going swimming?

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in once or twice by accident. They both think that they’re being the lifeguards, and every me you put your face in, she thinks you’re drowning. When I asked how you can get her to stop, I see her swimming with a lifejacket on. That seems to help her understand buoyancy! Marcia W. has a rescue named Max. They’ve had him about 6 years, and he never shows affecon, but is just 'here' and seems to be ok with it. They wonder if they can help him before he passes over. He is very much ok with his role in this life. He’s an observer, but with no reacon or aachment to what’s going on around him. He does love you, but if he were a person, he would be the same exact way. Just before I went to move on to the next queson he said that you are “doing

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There has been a lot of warnings this year about algae blooms. When the weather becomes cooler, the risk of an algae bloom declines. So what is blue-green algae, why do blooms happen, and what makes our dogs sick? It has been discovered that bluegreen algae is really a photosynthec bacterium called cyanobacteria. This bacteria is part of the natural ecosystem of all lakes. When there is a high nutrient concentraon in a lake, especially when the weather is warm, an algae bloom occurs. The blooms have been called blue-green algae blooms because of the color of the water that turns blue-green, green, or brown green. Cyanobacteria can release toxins called cyanotoxins. These toxins


cause liver and nerve damage, gastrointestinal symptoms, and skin irritations. The World Health Organization has had concerns for these toxins since 1998. The Environmental Protection Agency developed guidelines for drinking water in 2015 and are developing guidelines for recreation. Maine

him well.” When I read a person similar to him, that person is usually geng his bearings and already planning for his next go round. By geng a lay of the land, so to speak, he can have a follow up life and be more effecve in making change or helping his soul evolve. Melissa B. wants to know where her yellow lab Sandy, who has passed, most liked to live. I see huge mountains! I have no idea if you ever lived in Colorado or a place like that, but that’s what I see. It’s beauful and the colors are all shades of violets, greens, and browns. Nicole C. asked Diana, who is deceased, if she was happy even though they lived in an abusive situaon. Her reply is that she’s happier now that you’re free of it. If you ever find yourself in one again, she is going to start making her energec presence known! I think you’re safely on the right track, but she’s wagging her finger at you telling you that she’s sll got her eyes on you. And yes, she’s thrilled to see you where you are today. Kelley R. asked if Buddy is feeling ok? He gives me a low headache, the kind I get when my eyes are red. I just realized mine are itchy as I type this. Feels like he’s affected by dusts or allergens. His legs are a bit red, but he feels good overall! Janine E. wants to know if her dog Jackson thinks she did the right thing. I get a huge yes, but he shows me that as a grinning yellow emoji. I also see lots of lile feathers, like the kind that fall off of chickens, all around you as signs that he’s ok. Brian G’s dog Daisy passed two years ago. “Is she doing okay?” As soon as I type this, my front le

shoulder is sore. She isn’t in pain now, but before she passed, I believe she was. That being said, she’s doing great! I get an image of a huge ball pit filled with yellow tennis balls which to her represents pure bliss. Abigail L. wants to know why her dog Robin is so protecve of her 8 month old. Your child has a lot of energy around!! All good, but your enre lineage of people who have crossed over are roong for this child. I don’t know if you had a tricky pregnancy, but they are making sure she gets all she needs and grows up healthy and strong. She will be a game changer of an adult! Bobbie C. asked about Dusty, deceased. “Does he think I did the right thing when I put him down?” If Dusty was a human, you’d see him with his hand on his hip, asking you what the heck you’re thinking because you really had no other choice. I don’t know if you ever saw the movie Moonstruck, but I believe it’s Cher who slaps Nicholas Cage on the cheek and says, “Snap out of it!” That’s to you from Dusty. LOL! If I didn’t answer your queson or you’d like to learn more about what was relayed, feel free to schedule a reading at www. on the Online Booking page. As always, I offer a discounted Rescue Readings for animals that have been rescued. The more you know about them the more you can help them adjust to being a part of your pack!

has been measuring cyanotoxin levels since 2008. Lucky for Mainers the toxin level in our lakes has been low, but the lakes that have annual blooms do produce cyanotoxins. You can identify an algae bloom by the color of the water that is a pea green, neon green, blue green, or reddish brown. The water is also opaque. You can’t see through the water to the bottom in 6 1/2 feet of water. It can also cause a bad smell, a scum along the shore and foam. It starts with blue green algae on top of the water that moves along to the shore. The water is clear at this time. You cannot drink this water and neither can your dog. The good news is that these blooms can dissipate in a couple of days. Not all blue green algae blooms are toxic. We really don’t know why, but many factors may play a role in the toxicity of the bloom. One that we do know is the density of the organisms found in the bloom. The reaction to the toxins is variable and depends on many factors, such as, how sensitive the dog or person is to the toxin,

the concentration of the toxin in the water, how much water is swallowed to name a few. Illness to humans have been rarely reported. However, there are many reports of severe illness and death to dogs, other pets, and livestock outside of Maine. To prevent exposure to your dog, first don’t let him swim in a lake that looks like there is blue green scum on the shore or on the lake. If he does go into the water, bathe him immediately with clean water and soap if possible. Don’t let him drink the water. Watch for signs of illness and take him to your veterinarian immediately. We are fortunate in Maine to have a low algae bloom problem. That doesn’t mean we don’t have any. Maine DEP has been monitoring and rang our lakes. Here is the website that has the list of Maine lakes and how they rate for algae blooms: hps:// dep/water/lakes/bloomrisk.html

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TIMES from page 1 Butler, MBA and Execuve Director of P.A.W.S., said the event is not only hilarious but that it’s grown by leaps and bounds – and so have the proceeds – last year P.A.W.S. need about $6k. It started as a small picnic in Diane Wood’s backyard – just a gathering for families who love the smart and vigilant Hound Group breed affeconately referred to as Doxies. Even aer Diane moved to FL, the fest connued – although she returned in 2017 for the event. Shelly said these days 700 to 800 humans aend with their dogs. “It’s just craziness,” she chuckled – meaning in a unique and wholesome way - about the Wienerfest that’s held at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast. Aendees come from all over the country and 40 states have been represented in the past, as well as several countries including Canada and Australia, “Some plan their vacaon around this fesval.” There are food and retail vendors, a Doxie Derby including “wannabee” races, the Canine Costume Contest (some are dressed in tandem with their owners), and the Grand Parade of Dachshunds. Shelly said the owners are very proud to line up their dogs known for their big personalies but added, “It takes them a while to get them going.” “We’ve placed about 15 wiener dogs in the last year, so we’re looking to see P.A.W.S. alumni at the event.” She explained that in addion to their intake sources, such as strays from the many local towns they contract with as well as owner relinquishments, they receive about 300 dogs annually from a rescue partner, SweetPups Rescue and Sanctuary in TX, including the smooth, wirehaired and longhaired Dachshunds. “We let [our contact] know that wiener dogs are popular and that we’ll take them. They’re assured to get a home.” Join the Doxie celebraon on Sunday, September 8 at Steamboat Landing on the Belfast Waterfront. The Maine Wienerfest hours are 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, rain or shine, and admission is $3, kids 12 and under and dogs are free. “It’s a funny, funny fesval. Everybody there has a good me.” For further info, visit www.

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NEWFIE FUN DAYS “You definitely get your Newfie Fix that weekend,” said Holly Pearson of the 24th Annual Newfie Fun Days scheduled for September 14th and 15th at the Piscataqua Boat Basin and Park in Eliot. She laughed and added that you’ll also get lots of their slobber, hair, and kisses. Holly knows what she’s talking about – as one of the original four founders of the event along with Mary Lou Graper (unfortunately the other two have passed away), she’s been to all of them – you’ll usually find her at the entrance meeng and greeng. She said her beloved Newfie Roman used to be by her side, but she lost him two years back. Initially, Newfie Fun Days was a small get together for those who love this Working Group breed – they had picnic fare and would swap stories of their devoted and sweet dogs with the soulful expressions. Today it’s a two-day event held rain or shine in September, and attendance – depending on the weather – can reach into the 300’s with folks coming from many other states and Canada. Holly said most

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water rescue demo at the beach. “Working in water is the hallmark of the breed,” she relayed. With their intelligence, easy trainability, webbed feet and ability to use their tails as a rudder, the big, strong dogs (their average weight is 120 to 150 pounds depending on gender), excel at water work trials and water rescue. This water rescue demo – their “signature” event - is intended to highlight not only what’s involved in water rescue and trials, but to demonstrate the participating Newfie’s abilities, and everyone stands along the beach by the Piscataqua River to watch. “It’s quite a sight to see all the Newfoundland’s lined up on the beach.” The Newfie Days are free of charge, but there will be donation jars to accept monetary gifts. They welcome them to aid their mission of benefiting the Newfoundland Club of New England Rescue, Atlantic Rescue, The Betty Trott Fund, as well as the Newfoundland Club of America Health Challenge which covers a variety of breed issues including cardiac and bone joint health. Join the Newfie crowd for two days of events, food, and good times on September 14th and 15th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Piscataqua Boat Basin and Park, 90 Hammond Lane, Route 103 in Eliot. Holly added to please mark your calendar for next year’s event – it’s their Silver Anniversary. They’ll be back for the 25th Annual Newfie Fun Days on September 19 and 20, 2020. For more info visit,


bring at least one Newfie but added, “Some people bring two or three if you can believe it. We have a lot of Newfies there.” Breed fur ranges from gray, brown, black, and blackand-white, making for a colorful sea of canines among the humans. Events scheduled include AKC CGC, rally and nose work demos, canine massage and reiki, a “carting” clinic, and the Blessing of the Newfies and Grand March with bagpiper Rob Haskell. Holly’s “hands down” favorite is a Saturday event that many attendees come for – the


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thought it was a lovely lile plant 10 years ago. It had stowed-away with a few perennials a friend gave me which I was eager to plant in my new garden. My knowledge of gardening and plants wasn’t, and sll isn’t, very extensive, but based on looks alone, this innocent lile plant was quite welcome to stay. It had a few lile friends with it, I noced, but what the heck, the more the merrier! Within a few years, the sweet lile plant had easily managed to cover the area between my perennials, and it was really prey. Its dark green/purplish leaves created a thick ground cover, filled empty spaces beaufully and there were lovely purple flowers that shot up above. Sure, there were a few sneaking out into our lawn on all sides of the garden, but how bad could it get? They just got mowed over anyway, and we aren’t fussy about what our lawn looks like. “…do not be lulled into a false sense of security by the sweet music it plays in the landscape!” [www.] Over the years, the plant established a robust mul-generaonal

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family that loved to travel, stretching out tendrils and sending down sturdy roots as fast as a Labrador Retriever can inhale her meal. It wasn’t such an issue in the garden, but the lawn was

definitely starng to get transformed. In a bad way. Last year: I finally realized that I had to do something about this now obviously invasive plant, but I made yet another fatal error: I thought it deserved a second chance. I moved it from one garden to another. This second garden bordered on woods, so I figured it would be okay if it traveled that way, and it was prey far from the lawn. This year: I finally came to the realizaon that this formerly-innocent plant had an ulterior move: to take over the world. Yes, it had liked moving into the woods, but the speed with which it not only did that but also invaded the enre garden and the adjoining lawn was awe-inspiring. Of course, it never really le the first garden, either. I decided that it had to go. Every bit of it. Ajuga is a formidable opponent. Not wanng to use harsh chemicals that could harm desirable plants or poison the earth, I set out to get rid of the stuff forever, by hand, no maer how long it would take me. I tackled each individual plant, trying to dig up every bit of every one I came across. There were thousands of them. I had let the stuff proliferate for so long that it’s going to be a lifelong pursuit to maintain control over it. No maer how many I remove, there are

inevitably some that I missed and they will eventually become problemac. “Life is like a piece of crumpled paper and every crease on that paper is a habit.” [Diana Logan] No maer how hard you try to break a habit, to smooth that crease and return it to its original state, a shadow of that habit will sll remain. It’s best to avoid creases we don’t want reemerging at some later date. The lesson I learned is that I should have consulted a knowledgeable person for advice. Had I done so, I would have saved myself years of work… and it would have resulted in a nicer garden, too. A professional would have been able to see the future, warn me against falling for the charm of this delighul plant and suggest alternaves. Sure, it’s a fine plant for some, in some situaons, but you have to know what you are doing. How does this pertain to dog training? Lots! As a professional dog trainer, I oen see what are considered cute lile behaviors being rewarded in some way; behaviors that are sure to grow into weeds that will be very difficult to extricate. What “seeds” might you be planng with your dog? Are they seeds for behaviors that will be useful in the future or might they fall into the not-so-desirable once they are well-established? Behavior is a garden. Nourish those you want to thrive.

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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:

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Dear Friends, I just wasn’t quite my usual athlec self. My mouth hurt, and when I licked Boss’s nose, she said, “Yuk! Buzzard breath!” The grass in my field was so tall I couldn’t run easily. It’s fun to do observaon leaps to see out over the top of the grass, but I wanted to run for ten minutes, just big circles, loping fast and easy. I wish I could get clear of the ground like the swallows, but I almost feel as if I’m flying. I sll raced Boss in the car on the farm road, but it was more of an effort. Is that what “old” feels like?

Then Boss took me to that house that smells like fear and dogs and cats and I don’t know whatall. We used to go to a different place like that, but very bad things happened there, so we come to this place now. There is a man who I would like somewhere else. He is calm and strong, but gentle, like Boss’s grown-up puppy. He gave me a ny prick in the hip and asked me to follow him out of the room. I looked at Boss and she smiled and said, “It’s okay. Go!” so I did. Prey soon I got very sleepy and lay down for a nap. When I woke up, I was sll sleepy and my legs

didn’t work right. When I could stand without pping over, the nice man came and took me for a walk. He took me to places where dogs had le messages, but I didn’t leave any. I was just looking for Boss. Finally, Boss came for me. By the time we got home, my mouth hurt a lot. Boss gave me a big blob of peanut butter with something hard in it. I didn’t care about the hard part. Probably just a peanut. Pretty soon I felt alright again, but my mouth tasted bloody, and there was a hole I could put my tongue in. Maybe Boss felt guilty – she gave me moose stew for supper! Wowsah, was that good! I wanted it all, but she ate the rest herself. Grrr. (Of course I would never really growl at her. I just eat things when her back is turned.) Now my mouth feels fine and Boss doesn’t complain when I kiss her. I still have those big carnassial molars that can cut a

leash in five chomps. My energy is back and … yip! yip! … the tall grass in the field is gone, so I can run like a bird again! There’s just one little problem. Once in a while, Boss used to stick a toothbrush in my mouth, and I cleverly bit it so she couldn’t move it around. Now she sticks it in my mouth every single day and holds my muzzle so I can’t bite it. She got a new toothbrush that tastes really good, and she gives me a treat afterwards. I still hate it. Don’t humans have the strangest ideas? My wild great-grandfather never had a toothbrush in his mouth! But then, he probably didn’t live to be 12. Put up with it, Pups! Bammy The Ask Bammy column is intended for humor and entertainment. If your dog has behavioral issues please contact a veterinarian or professional trainer.

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says that the program “has made reading ‘cool’ for students. Students who have disliked reading in the past are so excited about the presence of a dog that they are suddenly interested in reading a book. Because the dogs are popular, even the ‘popular’ kids with reading difficules are not ashamed of their parcipaon. Kids feel lucky to have the opportunity, so it is changing their atudes about reading being acceptable.” A greater enjoyment of reading is not the only benefit that the school is seeing however. Bagge reports, “there are clearly students who started the program in the fall, stumbling over words and uncomfortable with the reading process. Just the increase in reading aloud to a ‘safe’ audience has helped them with their reading fluency -- speed and accuracy combined”. Another benefit, according to Bagge,

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is that the program is popular with the students. “I constantly have students stop me in the hall asking if they can read to a dog, too! Students who struggle with academics oen feel excluded from academic events or special challenges. In this case, they are the lucky ones! (It's a special thing when more advanced students are jealous of lower performing readers),”says Bagge. In addion, the program has started producing posive change in the children’s classroom work. One thirdgrade teacher has noced that aer one student’s Woofs and Books reading session, he was “The happiest I had ever seen him. Although usually a reluctant reader and writer, he came back feeling happy and self-confident and produced the most work of the week aer his Woofs and Books session.” Another foundaon of this program is to build love, awareness, and respect for dogs and strengthen the animal/ human bond, both between the handler and their dog as well as between the dog and their child readers.

THAT IS THE POWER OF DOG. The Woofs and Books program is currently in Harpswell Community School, Williams Cone School in Topsham, Bowdoin Central School, and Bowdoinham Community School. All dogs in the program are registered therapy dogs. Please contact Sara Sokol at 207-798-1232 or for more information about this program, to have your dog or your children become a part of the Woofs and Books program, or if you would like Woofs and Books to be a part of your organization. Sara Sokol is the founder of the Woofs and Books program and owner of Mr. Dog Training in West Bath, a 20 0 0 square foot positive- reinforcement training center voted BEST in Maine by Downeast Dog News Voters 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 .

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VERNITA LEINS lives with her husband Robert and Josie, her service dog, on a pond in Maine. She and Josie enjoy wring together and having fun adventures! Josie’s Story … from rescue to service dog is Josie’s biography. Their second book, Fostering Marcel – the bond between human and animal, a true story about Josie and a cat, is a 2019 Next Generaon Indie Book Award Finalist winner in the Animal/ Pet category. A poron of all book proceeds is donated to shelters and rescue groups. Author available for book readings. Purchase books through local bookstores, Amazon, and

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

Rally – A Great Way to Start with Your Dog


ally has become a very popular dog sport. AKC Rally involves working with your dog and performing a series of different exercises at signs along the way. Like agility, handlers get a map before their class starts and are allowed to walk the actual course without their dogs before their class begins. There is a start and a finish sign and depending upon the level of performance, 10 to 20 signs

along the way. The novice and intermediate levels are performed with the dog on lead. In the advanced, excellent, and masters classes the dog works off lead. In all cases, the dog enters and exits the ring on lead and sets up

at the start sign. The judge will welcome the team into the ring and ask if there are any questions. Then, if they are “ready” ask if there are any questions and then give the command “forward” for the team to start. Once they start, the team is on their own to complete the exercise at each sign in numerical order and finish the course. Rally is a wonderful way to introduce yourself and your dog to dog sports. In the rally ring you are allowed to praise and encourage your dog. This helps build relaonships and confidence in both dog and handler. If you are going to consider trying rally, it is fun to join a class and learn with others. The exercises and rules are available on line at The signs range in difficulty from very simple ones like “sit”,“le turn”, “about turn”, “slow”, “normal”, etc. to quite complex command exercises in the higher levels. Novice and intermediate classes do not involve any jumps. Advanced, excellent, and masters do include jumps. Jump heights range from 4 inches to 16 inches depending upon the height of the

dog at the withers, with 16 inches being the highest jump. This allows for sound older dogs to parcipate for many years. One of the most common things I see at rally trials with inexperienced handlers is that while rally is a fun and somewhat more relaxed atmosphere than obedience (because the judge only starts you and then you are on your own), there is a lack of awareness that there sll are rules and requirements on proper performance of the exercises and basic ringside manners. It is important to know the rules and how each exercise is to be performed. You should check in early and be ready when it is your turn. You should make sure the judge invites you into the ring, your dog should always be under control, and you should always be considerate of others and show good sportsmanship. A good instructor should provide you with more than just rally skills. You should also learn how to enter a trial and what that commitment means. Rally is a great sport and it is worth the me to learn how to do it correctly.

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columnist, Kate Dutra, co-host of The Woof Meow Show and Green Acres Operaons Manager connues to discuss the wisdom of rotang your dog’s diet. This month she focuses on suggesons on how you can implement this beneďŹ cial and healthy feeding pracce. – Don Hanson Introducing Your Dog to Dietary Rotaon

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Last month [FMI – hp://bit. ly/DietRotaon1-30JUL19] we explored why dietary rotaon should be a regular part of your pet’s life. Understandably, you may be hesitant to make this change based on past experiences where you changed your dog’s diet. I have been there personally, and the inial consequence of diet change for one of my dogs was ten days of bloody diarrhea and a miserable pup. Oen, it only takes one bad experience to convince ourselves that we should never try again. My argument stands, however, that we should not succumb to this fear, but instead we need to work on slowly and methodically strengthening your dog’s gut so that it can handle dietary change with ease. The ďŹ rst step in introducing dietary rotaon is to consider your dog as a unique individual. Things to reect upon are your dog’s age, health issues, and how long it has been consuming a speciďŹ c diet. When dogs are young, it is usually easy to train their systems to handle a variety of diets by simply introducing an assortment of foods. Puppies typically are fed three to four mes a day, and there is no reason that each of those meals


cannot be something dierent. There is no queson that it is a lile more work and a bit more costly, but feeding a variety will have lifelong beneďŹ ts. For the older dogs that have been eang the same diet for months, if not years, it will most likely be necessary to move at a slower pace. A good starng point is to ďŹ rst determine if you want to use a dierent manufacturer or feed an alternate protein source from the same company. Many of the pet food companies have come to understand that people want

variety for their animals. To keep you as a loyal consumer, they have tried to make transioning your pet within their product line as easy as possible. There will oen be common ingredients in their diets, idencal vitamin and mineral packs, and similar probiocs and prebiocs. Usually, I recommend you start by changing the protein source to something new. Instead of feeding a chicken-based diet, choose one formulated with beef, salmon, turkey, anything but chicken. On the other hand, if you are looking to switch manufacturers (remember many manufacturers make several brands), it may be best to match the protein source to keep the ingredients somewhat similar. For example, if an animal has been eang a chicken product from Manufacturer A, look for a chicken-based product from Manufacturer B to start. The sourcing, nutrient availability, and formulaon will be dierent, so this keeps some things constant during that inial shi. Whether changing proteins or manufacturers, it is recommended to start with Âź of the new food and ž of the current diet and then increase by Âź every four days. Slowly altering the diet in this manner allows for 16 days to completely switch to the new diet. Once eang 100% of the new diet, the next step is to alternate back and forth between these two diets daily. One day you feed Brand A, the next you feed Brand B. As your dog begins to tolerate this easily, it is me to add another protein source or manufacturer unl you have a suďŹƒciently wide variety of choices for your pet. For the dog with a sensive gut, you may need to start by

introducing the new food as a treat, a few kibbles at a me. If your animal has underlying health concerns, these, of course, must be taken into account; however, this does not have to mean that some rotaon is not feasible. The second area of focus regarding dietary rotation is determining what you want to include in your pet’s diet. Are you considering kibble only or are you contemplating adding some canned, dehydrated, or commercial frozen or freezedried raw food? If you are adding canned food to your pet’s diet, it is easiest to add a small amount to the kibble as a topper. This can be a great way to increase your animal’s moisture intake and meat consumption. (Do remember, as with kibble, not all canned is created equal.) When introducing raw, it is easiest to start with a freeze-dried food, albeit not the least expensive way to go. Just sprinkle some freeze-dried food on the dry kibble and you are done. From the perspective of introducing frozen raw, giving two or three nuggets a day as a snack can be a great starting point. With all of these kibble alternatives, the key is to increase gradually and methodically until you can make a complete meal out of them. The end goal is for you to be able to rounely switch what you feed your pet and not be ďŹ xed only feeding them one, speciďŹ c diet. While this can be an undertaking at the onset, it pays o with a healthier gut. Remember, always be vigilant and avoid the potenal pialls of feeding one food and one brand forever.

Kate Dutra is the Operaons Manager at Green Acres Kennel Shop ( ) in Bangor, ME where she has been helping people with their pets since 1992. She is a CerďŹ ed Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and is commied to PPG’s Guiding Principles and the Pain-Free, Force-Free, and Fear-Free training, management, and care of all pets. Kate co-hosts a weekly radio show and podcast, The Woof Meow Show, that airs on Z62 Retro Radio WZON (AM620) and WKIT 103.3-HD3 and is streamed at hp:// every Saturday at 9 AM. Podcasts of the show are available at hp://, the Apple Podcast app, and at Don’s blog: The opinions in this post are those of Kate Dutra and Don Hanson.

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RESCUE OF THE MONTH: RESCUE CHARLIE’S FRIENDS DOG RESCUE Caring for Abandoned, Neglected, and Abused Dogs By Susan Spisak Janine Hague was volunteering for a Maine nonprofit when she fostered a frightened black Lab mix pup and his sister - both were rescued from a high kill southern shelter in 2011. The sister was adopted but the sweet puppy who was terrified of everything - fireworks, storms, and loud noises - soon knew he was in his forever home with Janine, her husband Lee, and their Shepherd mix. They called him Charlie and in early 2018 when she iniated this foster-based nonprofit, she named the rescue in his honor with the mission of saving his friends that were le behind. She and her volunteers have been busy - in 2018 they rescued 190 dogs, while they’ve taken in 130 dogs thus far in 2019 - most from southern high kill shelters. Their dogs are oen homeless due to fires, floods, hurricanes, or other disasters, while others are vicms of neglect, abuse, or abandonment. These shelters do their best to accommodate dogs, but they have limited space.

Rescue Charlie’s Friends aka RCF has a network of southern partners in Alabama - she has a group of “fantastic ladies” there, as well as Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. In many cases RCF has only 24 hours to commit to taking at-risk dogs. Then their southern volunteers quickly pick up the canines, have them vetted, and arrange for local foster care. RCF ulizes several methods of transport. RCF’s Alabama partner has their own van and drives the rescues to “Vacaonland” - the state nickname takes on a unique meaning for these dogs. Carolina dogs get their freedom rides via the “big guys,” aka professional transporters. Janine also calls on other Maine rescue contacts who are transporng north and arranges for a dog or two to hitch a ride. Once in state, they’re quaranned according to Maine laws, cared for by fosters, are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and provided with any necessary vaccinaons and medical aenon.



She is a sweet, smart, and loveable dog. She’s housebroken, loves kids, dogs and is fine with cats. Her foster says she loves car rides, walks, greets with tail wags and loves to play. She does have that fun puppylike atude that’ll delight but overall, she’s calm and obedient.

She is good with kids, adults and other dogs.She is sweet and playful. She came to Maine from a shelter in Alabama and is currently in foster care.

Recently they received 15 dogs from Alabama and 14 were spoken for before their transport. “I know it’s weird,” she said of adopting a dog by website pictures/posts only. In part, it’s because she doesn’t take in aggressive or difficult dogs, and she has reliable info on each dog’s personality that she shares with applicants. So they have a good idea if the pet will be a match for their lifestyle and home. Occasionally, an adopter may feel it’s not a good fit after meeting the canine, but that’s fine with Janine – she wants what’s best for all. “I’ve got so many apps for all dogs; I can just go to number 2 [approved adopter]. Janine admied RCF is a full-me job - even though she also owns her own online dog merchandise business - It’s ok that it’s me-consuming ‘cause she’s saving dogs. RCF needs foster, volunteers, fundraising ideas, dog supplies, and food, and welcomes monetary donaons. Visit

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Maers of the Heart Myxomatous mitral valve degeneraon (MMVD) is the most common acquired heart disease and cause of newly discovered murmurs in dogs. A heart murmur is a sound that can be heard with every beat which is caused by turbulent blood flow in the heart. MMVD is a manifestaon of a process that can affect all heart valves, but most commonly involves the mitral valve. MMVD most commonly affects small breeds of dogs, though it can occur in larger breeds. Some breeds such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can develop the disease earlier in life than most other breeds. The mitral valve is the one that is posioned between the le atrium and le ventricle. The le atrium is the chamber that receives oxygenated blood from the lungs. Blood then flows through the mitral valve into the le ventricle and is pumped out to the body. The mitral valve closes when the le ventricle contracts, prevenng blood from flowing


backward into the top le chamber. A normal mitral valve is thin, supple, and anchored in place by strands of fibrous ssue called chordae tendonae (CT). Myxomatous degeneraon is essenally valvular “wear and tear,” resulng in a thickened, sffer valve with small nodules on its edges. These changes prevent complete valve closure and allow blood to flow backwards into the le atrium. This is referred to as “mitral regurgitaon.” Over me, the atrium and ventricles compensate by enlarging. Though this process connues to worsen, the exact me course is highly variable among canine paents. The increasing volume of the leakage eventually leads to increased pressure within the le atrium. Less commonly, the pressure can increase suddenly if a chordae tendonae ruptures. The mitral valve, being parally untethered, is now an open flood gate. Referred to as mitral prolapse, the high pressures within the atrium are now transmied

upstream to the lungs with fluid exuding from the lung capillaries. This is what the term “pulmonary edema” refers to in both dogs and humans. The paent would now be considered in “congesve heart failure” (CHF), requiring immediate treatment. Spoiler alert, this is not necessarily where the story ends! Signs & Symptoms The onset of MMVD disease is usually discovered when your veterinarian detects a “new” heart murmur during your adult dog’s physical examinaon (though not every murmur means MMVD). From this point, symptoms of heart disease do not usually occur for three to four years. The first symptom is oen a worsening cough. Dogs with MMVD cough because the enlarged le atrium directly pushes on the airways and/or there may be lung congeson as described above. More studies show that rising breathing rates when the dog is sleeping are indicave for progressive heart disease.

Diagnosis The first stage in the diagnosis of MMVD is the detecon of a heart murmur during examinaon. Screening blood tests called BNP or NT-proBNP are available to detect levels of a hormone that is known to elevate when the heart becomes physically enlarged. They can be useful in determining progression and severity of the disease. Thoracic radiographs (chest xrays) are very helpful in determining heart size, the presence or absence of lung diseases and are the definive means for diagnosing congesve heart failure. Pulmonary edema is the hallmark of CHF and can usually be readily detected. An echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) can noninvasively disnguish between MMVD and other causes of heart murmurs. Actual heart chamber measurements can be obtained and used to track the paent’s disease and response to therapy. Veterinary cardiologists and ultrasonographers

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Sadie Mae lost her home when her family moved. Very sweet girl who loves to snuggle and watch TV. She would love an ACTIVE home where she can be with her people a lot. Loves the water, and does well with other dogs and cats.

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September C lendar To submit or get more informaon on the events below, go online to through sprawling Smiling Hills Farms, in Westbrook, Maine. All proceeds benefit “K9s on the Front Line,” a nonprofit organizaon that works to rescue shelter dogs by training them to be cerfied service dogs fit to assist suffering PTSD/ TBI military veterans. In addion to the 5k races, there will be pet acvies, a kid’s race, music, raffle prizes, pet and food vendors as well as photography. Register at!

GREATER BANGOR BARK FOR LIFE Friday, September 6 Bangor, 4PM – 7PM A noncompeve mini Relay for Life walking event at Hollywood Casino Raceway. Support those baling cancer, celebrate those who have beaten the odds, and honor those who have lost their fight. Carnival games, food trucks. FMI:


BARKS IN THE PARK Saturday, September 7 Gardiner, 10AM – 2PM Held at the Gardiner Waterfront, the day will be filled with events, demonstraons and vendors. Rescue groups, vendors, agility Central of Maine, and Fly Ball Dogz will all be in aendance at the event. The event is free. Dogs and their owners can parcipate in several contests - best dog kiss, best costume, and a lookalike contest!

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, September 7 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)6609200 x7

MORE RALLY SKILLS  FOLLOW UP WORKSHOP Saturday, September 7 Somerville, 9AM – 12PM By popular demand - a follow up workshop to our August 10th session! Carolyn will demonstrate and teach addional rally exercises to get you Ready for Rally. North Star Dog Training, 252 Jones Rd. Join us for this fast moving morning and pracce the exercises with your dog - call Kathy at 691-2332 to register.

WIENERFEST Sunday, September 8 Belfast, 11AM - 3PM Held at Steamboat Landing Park. A celebraon of dachshunds and the people who love them. Costume contest, parade,

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doxie derby, and more. The event benefits PAWS Animal Adopon Center. FMI:

NAIL TRIMMING CLINIC Saturday, September 14 Camden, 10AM – 11:30AM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them over to Taxes Plus located next to the Camden Dog Park in the old Camden/Rockport Animal Shelter at 146 Camden St., Camden and Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! We trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimmings and Ear Cleanings are available for $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for both. All funds raised go directly to the rescue.

NAIL TRIMMING CLINIC Saturday, September 14 Rockland, 12PM – 3PM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them down to Pet Quarters located at 235 Camden St, Rockland and Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! We trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimmings and Ear Cleanings are $10.00 each or a combo price of $12.00 for both. All funds raised go directly to the rescue.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Sunday, September 15 Brewer, 11AM – 4PM Loyal Biscuit in Brewer (421 Wilson St.) is teaming up with Spencer’s Ice Cream of Bradley, Maine to benefit the SPCA of Hancock County installaon of new garage doors for this Winter! Bring in

a donaon and receive a free goody bag*, featuring some fun swag from Downeast Toyota and the Loyal Biscuit! Buy a donaon in the store and receive a discount off the cost of the item! (*While supplies last) Each in-store purchase over $25 will receive a voucher good for a FREE ICE CREAM from the Spencer's truck! You can also help by buying an ice cream directly at the truck!; (207)660-9200 x7

BOOK SIGNING  JEN BLOOD Saturday, September 21 Rockland, 10AM – 2PM Join us at our Rockland Loyal Biscuit, 408 Main St., as we host Maine author Jen Blood with the release of her newest book: The Redempon Game. This is the 3rd book in Jen's Flint K-9 Search and Rescue Mystery series.; (207)660-9200 x7

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, September 21 Waterville, 10:30AM – 12:30PM Melissa from Primp My Paws will be at our Loyal Biscuit Waterville location on 109 Main St. for our next nail clipping clinic. Convenient parking off of Temple Street, behind Lebanese Cuisine! The cost is $10 per pet and all proceeds will be donated to Charley's Strays, a no-kill animal refuge in Clinton, Maine. No appointment necessary.; (207)660-9200 x7

5K CANICROSS AND TRAIL RACES Sunday, September 22 Westbrook, 8AM – 12PM Idexx presents the 4th Annual Paws to Honor Run for the Brave – 5k Canicross and Trail Races. Join hundreds of dog lovers for two med races

Tuesday, September 24 Rockland, 11AM – 1PM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them down to Pet Quarters located at 235 Camden St, Rockland and Shannon Nachajko from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimmings and Ear Cleanings are available for $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for both. All funds raised go directly to rescue.

PAWS ON PARADE Saturday, September 28 Bangor, 8AM – 12PM 26th year of Paws on Parade (Bark to the Future) and 150 years saving lives! The event features a variety of sponsors, vendors, and highlights such as a pet costume contest and shelter dog runway show. FMI or to pre-register: or call (207)942-8902.

K9 CARNIVAL Saturday, September 28 Rockland, 10AM – 4PM Held at Harbor Park in Rockland this family and dog friendly event will be filled with games for all ages and species! The Dog Lovers Day Lure Course will be coming down from Canada. Dogs of all ages, shapes, sizes and breeds will be able to run the course and will leave with a professional photo. FMI:

PVKC AKC FUN MATCH Sunday, September 29 Bangor, 10AM – 2:30PM The Penobscot Valley Kennel Club brings dog lovers their annual AKC Sanctioned Breed, Obedience and Rally-O Match. Bangor Waterfront - outdoors, rain or shine. Free admission. All experience levels are invited to enter. The PVKC match is fun for all ages and a great opportunity to practice your skills and training. FMI on the match and the PVKC visit or the PVKC Facebook Page.




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The potenal for a pet geng sick is also serious. No one wants to think about their pet being diagnosed with an illness like cancer, yet it’s a real possibility. More than 12 million dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer every year, and half of dogs over age 10 will develop it, according to the American Veterinary Medical Associaon. Without insurance, outof-pocket expenses can run up to $10,000 for medicaon, radiaon therapy, chemotherapy and surgery to remove tumors. Addional expenses like end-of-life services and palliave care for terminally ill pets have also become common. Other ailments like diabetes, gastrointesnal issues and kidney and heart disease might require thousands of dollars of treatment, while parasites, fungal and bacterial infecons also pose a costly threat. The strain of these expenses forces some to make a difficult decision: choosing between paying for the unaffordable health care their pet needs or risking them going untreated. This is a heartbreaking – and sometimes life-threatening – scenario. Unfortunately, it’s a reality. However, with a little financial planning and the right pet insurance plan, it’s a situation that can be avoided. Investing in pet

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2019 September Downeast Dog News  

2019 September Downeast Dog News