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Volume 12 • Issue 9 • September 2017

Dogs & Discs: For the Park & Beyond By Susan Spisak


isc dogs, Frisbee dogs, flying dogs. Whatever you want to call ‘em - it’s a fun sport for canines. The dog runs, leaps, some!mes adds a spin or twist and grabs - mid-air - a disc or Frisbee that’s thrown to him and returns it for another round. It is notches above the standard fetch. To learn more, I called Mike Piazza, a mul!ple world finalist and world record holder in canine Frisbee and the current number one professional canine Frisbee performer in the world (Piazza prefers to call the sport “canine Frisbee,” but many call it “disc dog” because “Frisbee” is a trademark name). Piazza, a Massachuse"s na!ve, has 25 years of experience and performs through his entertainment venture, The Flying High Dogs. This cool sport hasn’t exploded in Maine yet (the closest club is

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Hot Dog News No Bowl Empty Pet Food Pantry to Re-open As some of you may know No Bowl Empty Pet Food Pantry closed back in Feb so Nadine could connue her cancer treatments. She has since then moved to Hollis Center and is working on bringing the pantry back. She is nearing her goal to re-open, which will probably happen in mid-October, but can certainly use more donaons to fill the shelves and keep the pantry running. No Bowl Empty serves residents of Cumberland, York and Androscoggin Counes. If you would like to contribute you may go online to PayPal.Me/nobowlempty or checks may be sent to Nadine Malloy, 200 Cape Rd., Hollis Center, ME 04042. She is also looking for retail locaons that will allow her to setup a table once a week to help raise awareness and gain support for No Bowl Empty. FMI follow her on Facebook: www.facebook. com/nobowlemptypetpantry/

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From the Publisher Dear Dog News Readers, August was a bit more turbulent than July. If you read last month’s leer, I was excited about the purchase of my home. Of course, one of my fears was that as soon as it became mine, it would start to fall apart and cost me money. So far (knock on wood) the house is fine, but it is Miss Pepper who is having trouble. You wouldn’t know it to look at her most of the me. She is sll as full of energy as ever, but she was taking a long me to get her breathing back to normal aer running and playing, so I took her to the vet for a closer look. Now mind you, my previous lab Reilly died at the age of seven of liver failure, so when I found out Pepper’s liver levels were elevated, I began to panic. She is only three years old! I will spare you the really long story and just say that it has been several weeks, many tests, and a good amount of money trying to figure out what is wrong with the lile bugger, and the results of our most recent test just came back normal. So we sll have no idea. The next thing to test will be her heart which sll wouldn’t answer what is wrong with her liver. This is extremely frustrang to say the least. If that wasn’t draining enough, we also lost my grandmother this month nearly one year aer my grandfather. While sad for us, she was 92 and really ready to move on to her next journey. She will certainly be missed, but the memories are plenful. I can’t believe how quickly summer has gone by. We did get out to camp again this month, and despite whatever is going on with Pepper, she had the me of her life swimming up a storm. For some reason, swimming doesn’t leave her with the same breathing issue as running. Next on the agenda is going to the Union fair to see the Flying High Dogs, then to the Save a Stray Fesval at LL Bean; both will have passed by the me this paper is printed and then Wienerfest on Sept. 10th! Busy, busy, busy. Perhaps in October, I’ll get some rest! Happy soon to be Fall!

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I have started asking people what they’d like me to write about, and I love all of the topics that have been suggested. The two most common ones are dogs and processing the grief of losing them and if dogs see spirits or feel energy. I talk a lot about death because I think so many people have regrets or fears about it, and the dogs are really always all right with “going home.” As we head into Autumn, I’m going to share some stories about dogs that do see spirits or react to people because of the energy that’s surrounding them. If this stuff isn’t for you, that’s totally fine. I’m not here to convince or convert anyone, but I do hope you take a moment to see what the dogs have to say about it! The other day I read a dog who was a rescue from Puerto Rico. He was a total love bug, but sometimes he seemed anxious, and twice he had nipped at people for no apparent reason. When I asked him how he was feeling, he didn’t say anxious, but he did feel a little uncomfortable in his skin. He described the owner as always standing in her power. She knew what she was capable of, and he totally respected her for it. The problem was he was coming from a place of always needing someone to protect him, and they didn’t have the same energy. Let me back up. We’re all made of energy, so we all sort of vibrate. When we vibrate at the

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Reading about all these aacks by rabid animals scares me. Should I be vaccinang my dog more that every 3 years?


Last dog in Maine with rabies was in 2012 and before that 2003. There were 2 cats with rabies in 2016. Over the years, cats have many more numbers than dogs. Rabies in humans in the United States is rare. There are different strains of rabies around the world. Here in Maine we have bat, fox, and raccoon rabies. In other parts of the world, there are more virulent strains of rabies which are a major concern for pets and people. Your pet would acquire rabies if it were bitten, saliva entering wounds, or if the rabid animal is eaten. Conventionally, there is no treatment for rabies. Because of the lack of treatment for rabies, prevention is the best medicine. In the 1960’s, there was an epidemic


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same frequency as people around us, we feel fabulous! When we’re not in sync, it can feel really uncomfortable and sometimes downright irritating. The dog was here to remind the woman that she had spent her entire life somewhat isolated from people because she felt more at peace in her own little bubble. With all that is going on in the world today, people like her are being asked to light up and share that energy with the people around them. As soon as he told her this, she said it made total sense, and I could feel his body relaxing. This dog that she rescued was moving

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of rabies around the country. To stop this epidemic laws were written requiring all dogs to be vaccinated and licensed. It is mandated that all cats must be vaccinated too. After 2 doses of rabies vaccine, most dogs are protected. The manufacturers have tested their vaccines out to 3 years and have

her along in her own journey, and they both felt grateful for the new awareness. The second issue was that he had been nipping, and she couldn’t figure out a reason for it. He told me that he hated being around people who were energetically cluttered. Think of Peanuts and the character of Pigpen. He always has a cloud of gray dust around him, right? Now imagine that every negative thought you have, every worry, every concern floats out of your head and gunks up the space around you. This dog could actually FEEL and SEE that energy, and it drove him nuts! He also was protecting his owner from having to deal with these people, and his logic was by nipping at them (he swore it was more directed at the air around them than an effort to really bite) they would choose to go away. The challenge was that her lesson was to share the feeling of peace, light, and love and those people that he was scaring away might need it the most. I told her how to make an energetic bubble of light around both her and the dog so that when he encountered the Pigpens, their energy couldn’t affect them. She agreed to give it a shot, and I have a feeling there will be a lot more peace in their lives now. I do want to quickly address the question whether dogs see spirits. Just like people, some are

more open to it than others. If you had a dog or cat that passed, and your current dog comes around the corner, hits the breaks and slowly backs up to leave the room, there’s a good chance your old pet has come around to say hello. If your dog suddenly stops using its favorite bed, a spirit animal could be hanging out and taking up the space. I haven’t seen any pets from the other side be malicious. People can be obnoxious and disruptive, but pets seem to always be at peace with the other side and know they’ll see you again when it’s your time. Not all pets choose to come back to visit us in that way either. The next time your dog looks at you and then stares off at nothing, ask it who it is looking at! I smile as I write this because, to me, this is totally normal, and I get a thought or image of someone who has crossed over. That’s how I know who it is. You may also just feel that love in your heart that you felt when it was around. When this happens I hope you take joy in knowing that you have been blessed with a visit from heaven!

met the standard of protection acceptable by the FDA and the CDC. Because we don’t have data stating the vaccine lasts longer than 3 years, it is required by law for dogs to be vaccinated every 3 years after the initial 2 vaccines. So your dog does not need to be vaccinated more frequently than every 3 years for rabies unless he has been exposed to a rabid or suspected rabid animal. With new research published in January 2015, the Maine Rabies Management Guidelines (4th edition, 2017) have changed from the previous guidelines. The important changes are if a dog has been suspected or confirmed of exposure to rabies and has a current rabies vaccine, or if there is documentation of one or more rabies vaccines, these dogs are given a rabies vaccine and quarantined for 45 days in the owner’s home. When the exposed dog is unvaccinated or does not have a record of being vaccinated, these dogs are considered unvaccinated and are isolated for 4 months in a designated facility or euthanized.

For a guardian who thinks the dog was vaccinated but there isn’t any documentation, a rabies titer can be given and sent out before being vaccinated. If the titer comes back positive, then the dog can be quarantined in the owner’s home for 45 days, but a negative titer would indicate the dog has never been vaccinated and is treated as such. If you want to read the entire document, you can google Maine Rabies Management Guidelines. Research is continuing on the duration of rabies vaccines and the anti-viral level of protective antibodies for these vaccines. Once this information is published, we may see another change in our rabies guidelines. If you wish to support this research, contact the Rabies Challenge to make a donation. Their website is www.

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DISCS from page 1 the Granite State Disc Dog in New Hampshire), but here’s hoping area trainers will be inspired to offer disc dog classes here. Unl then, if you have a healthy dog who can easily run and jump, you can try this with him, providing an excing acvity for both of you.

Frisbee Sports Training You don’t have to get involved in this sport with the intent of compeng - try it for fun. All you need is a large grassy area and a few discs. It’s a great way to exercise your pooch, and it’s not the same old game. However, some park players find they enjoy it so much that it leads them to clubs and compeons. While Piazza prefers Border Collies, he said rescue dogs and mixes may be fine as well. An World Record Holder, Mike Piazza and Bullet athlec or high energy dog, a herding dog, a Retriever, Poodle, or Collie to name a few, could be over the field. For eight minutes, stunned fans - and the the right “team member,” but small breeds and very television audience -watched the dog run 35 mph and large dogs are not well-suited for disc sports. jump up nine feet high to snag discs, while legendary TV I asked Piazza what is the best training approach. announcer Joe Garagiola narrated the field acon (they “You have to find each dog’s strengths and weaknesses, halted the game temporarily). and you go from there…You find what they’re good at That naonal exposure fueled interest in the sport. and build on that.” He added short training sessions The next year Stein helped organize the first Frisbee Dog are best. Because this is an off-leash sport, excellent World Championship. In the early 1980s, the name was obedience skills are necessary. changed to the Ashley Whippet Invitaonal (AWI). The Start by rolling the disc to your dog unl he sport has grown exponenally and today there are disc understands to snag it with his mouth and bring it back dog training classes, clubs, and compeons worldwide. (you can employ the “trade” using a treat if necessary). Disc dog trainers offer classes to those interested in Advance to throwing the disc straight at him, at a learning the sport from a professional. The classes are short distance. Once he catches, you can throw the also great for people needing an addional outlet for disc longer, then higher, forcing him to run, jump, and their high energy dog. (hopefully) catch it. You’ll have to coordinate the disc Disc dog clubs have been established both toss to accommodate his speed. This takes pracce, naonally and internaonally for enthusiasts to share paence, treats, and praise. this sport, work on the skills together, and ensure their You can always start with a tennis ball – many dogs are performing maneuvers safely. Many clubs dogs understand this concept – but follow the disc host training clinics, seminars, leagues, and sanconed process (throw at a short distance, then longer and canine disc compeons. higher). Graduate to a so tennis-ball-like disc, then to There are several organizaons that run the a regular disc. Choose the right size and weight of disc sanconed Canine Disc Compeons. There’s the to accommodate your dog. (Don’t use the hard plasc well-known Skyhoundz Classic World Canine Disc ones found at pet stores. The official type of disc used Championship Series, US Disc Dog Naonals, and AWI, is a soer plasc. Look for types such as Wham-O as well as others. While their qualifiers, compeons, Fastback or Hyperflite K10.) point rankings, rules, and divisions vary, there are a few common events. Background, Disc Clubs & Compeons • Toss and Fetch. The handler has one minute In 1974, Ohio college student Alex Stein snuck his to make as many throws as possible at increasingly dog named “Ashley Whippet” (and she was a Whippet) longer distances to his teammate. Only one disc is used, into an LA Dodgers naonally broadcast baseball game. so the handler and dog must work quickly. Scoring is Stein’s intent was to show off his dog’s Frisbee skills, based on number of catches, distance ran, and the jump so between innings, they hopped the fence and took and landings.

• Freestyle. This is a popular and arsc event. The team has two minutes to perform tricks like superfast mulple throws and catches, and the dog adds drama with flips and vaults. Judging categories include athlecism, degree of difficulty, and showmanship. • Long Distance. This pits teams against other teams. The team scoring the least points is eliminated in each round, and so on, unl there is one winning team of a handler and his dog.

The Flying High Dogs Piazza became involved in this sport accidentally. He had just graduated from college and was rooming with three guys. His dog, a Lab-Whippet mix named Taylor, was “gated” in the kitchen via a five . tall box. When anyone came through the front door, she would jump vercally to see who was home. One roommate said her leap skills were a fit for disc sports. So Piazza and Taylor pracced unl they “got good.” He entered the Skyhoundz Compeve Canine Disc Sports compeon (this was the predecessor of the Skyhoundz Classic World Canine Disc Championship Series) and made it to the finals. He said “back then” only twelve dogs made it to the finals - and they achieved the highest score in the compeon. Once compeons and their categories grew, he decided to shi his focus to entertaining. He and his Flying High Dogs, all Border Collies, perform 150 shows annually. He chose Border Collies because they’re athlec, intelligent, and have a long nose, which makes catching a disc easier. They’re also a working breed with a strong toy drive. He now has five Border Collies: rered Sea Biscuit, puppy Mojo, and the show stars are Maui, Bullet, and Chaos. Piazza and his pack have performed at NFL, NBA, and Major and Minor League Baseball games and college sporng events. He’s been on TV shows and performs at pet expos, kids’ camps, corporate events, and fairs. He entertains with skits and compeons, ulizing audience members to get them involved in the show. He rotates his dogs, and they perform disc stunts and tricks. He said his dogs love it, “It’s more fun for them than it is for me, believe it or not…they go crazy for the Frisbee.” So if you want to see your canine “flying high,” Google “Disc Dog Training.” You’ll find advice and video demonstraons, so you can get out to the park and have fun, too.

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Does your dog think you're cool? "Relevance" is my favorite word “Relevance: pernence, connecon, importance, significance, usefulness.” This single word, "relevance," plays a huge role in our daily lives. If something isn’t relevant, why would it maer to us? “…dogs are always in search of meaning and relevance and clues to what is cool and what is not cool.” (Suzanne Clothier) Many moons ago, I was a 20-something tourist riding a public bus in Vienna, Austria. Among some people we picked up along the way was a brusque American woman who stepped up to the fare box, stopped, and awkwardly dropped some coins in the slot. The coins were rejected. She tried again with the same results, then spoke to the driver in English with increasing consternaon and volume. He was apologec – in broken English but said he couldn’t help her and politely instructed her to get off the bus. She was livid. The problem? She was trying to pay for the fare with US currency. I could hear her say, “Damn it, this is good American money! What’s wrong with you?!” The driver said he only took

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schillings, the Austrian currency at the me. She was dumbfounded

that the money so valuable to her was not valuable to him. It was clear she was incapable of understanding how unreasonable she was being. I grimaced and hid my head, embarrassed for represenng the same country as she. We frequently run into a similar conundrum with our dogs, expecng them to respond to cues that are irrelevant to them, offering them things they don’t value, currency they don’t recognize or expecng them to like things they don’t find “cool”. Years ago, I was working with a horse doing some clicker training in his stall. It was summerme and hot and a bit buggy, but I planned to keep the lesson short. I wanted Charlie to li his leg so that I could clean out his hoof more easily – it was really just a fun, simple training exercise more than anything else. I would click when I got a lile bit of effort, then feed him a treat to pay him for this effort. It was going okay, but there was a problem: the treats were not sufficiently relevant to Charlie for him to make much of an effort. He was bored. I asked myself, "What would Charlie like most, right now?" Instead of

feeding Charlie aer the click, I gave him a few seconds of curry comb scratching in his favorite place. WOW, did Charlie perk up! Once I changed the currency to one which he valued, he was IN the game, and within a few minutes, he was enthusiascally liing his hoof with just a small touch on his shoulder. If we aren’t successful during training, we need to ask the very important queson, “Is it relevant to my dog?” If we want our dogs to come when called, we need to make sure the dogs find it very relevant. If we want a dog who enjoys being handled, we need to add relevance to the process. It doesn’t maer what we ourselves might find relevant; relevance is determined by the dog. We can choose to be like the American woman in Vienna, or we can dive deep and figure out what drives our dogs, what they see as cool. Be creave in searching for your individual dog’s movators and use them strategically. With knowledge and skill, we can even expand what a dog finds movang by adding value to it. Once we understand the dog’s currency and are willing to pay him accordingly, the training process becomes a fabulous journey we can share together, full of “wow moments.”

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I am a Carolina Dog, a breed that long ago owned Nave American people. We were designed by natural selecon to be so intelligent and physically superior that we survived without human help. My great-grandfather was caught from the wild. I can offer advice based on the natural insncts and aributes of wild dogs. In addion, my adopve person and I have had lots of training classes and other experiences. Some humans call themselves Mom or Dad of their dog, but I refer to my human, tongue in cheek, as Boss. Much as I love her, I admit she has many of the same odd noons as most humans, so I can relate to other pet dogs with problem humans. If I can’t help, at least I can offer sympathy, and we can have some fun talking about our amazing humans. Please send your quesons! Bammy, 280 Pond Rd. Newcastle, ME 04553, or email: Dear Bammy, I thought my Dad and I had a prey good thing going, but I guess he didn’t think so because he takes me to what he calls “go-to-school.” There are other dogs and humans there and a woman who talks a lot. My Dad seems to be interested in her, but I want to meet the other dogs. Anyway, my problem is that

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the teacher wants Dad and me to do everything differently that we did before. Dad used to say, “Roxysit-Roxy-sit-Roxy-sit.” That makes sense to me. I have me to finish whatever I’m thinking about before I sit, but the teacher had him just say, “Roxy-sit” instead. Roxy-sit doesn’t mean anything special, so I just watch the other dogs. The teacher told him to sweep his hand up in front of my nose. Aer he did that a few mes, I got bored with watching his hand go up and

down, so I sat down to be more comfortable. He said, “Good dog,” and gave me a lile piece of cheese! We moved on to “Roxycome-Roxy-come-Roxy-come.” Same thing. “Roxy-come,” just doesn’t get my aenon. I go on sniffing around waing for him to say something important. I’m so confused! I love it when Dad praises me, but I just can’t figure this out! Roxy Boxer Dear Roxy, I hear your confusion! You and your human had a perfectly good communicaon system, but now it’s not working – for either of you! I think that might be called throwing the puppy out with the poop. When Boss really needs me to do something quickly, I know by her voice that I’d beer do it. But most of the me why can’t we just allow each other some flexibility? I wait while she finishes whatever she’s doing at the stove before she lets me out, and she could allow me to sniff out all the news on a hydrant before I come to her. Of course, I keep my eyes on her, so she knows I’m waing, and on a walk she watches me, so I know she’s waing. However, there are differences in what is urgent for each of us. I bet if you are

getting ready to jump up on a lady in a white dress, your dad would say “Roxy-sit” in a different voice than he does at go-to-school. You would know you’d better sit, or at least not jump on her, even if it’s not the right word and he doesn’t have any cheese. Likewise, when I give my sharp alarm bark and then run to Boss looking excited, she quickly obeys my command to go to the door. On the other paw, she doesn’t put her book down and run to the kitchen when I drop my empty dish on her toe! So what to do about it? I’m afraid this comes back to the ancient history of dog and human. When our ancestors, those Asian desert wolves (Carolina Dogs look somewhat like them, but Boxers?!)… When our ancestors lay down by the campfire, they had to give up some of their rights. If they didn’t cooperate, they were the first into the soup pot in mes of famine. You’re not going into the soup pot, Roxy. I bet you can get away with some dawdling. Happy sniffing, 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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n the spirit of Back to School we decided to hit the books and promote reading not only for the kids but for everyone with a feature on Maine dog books and authors. The cooler temps are on their way, and as we begin to spend a bit more me indoors, why not curl up with a good book? It is also a good me to start thinking ahead for Christmas gis!

CARYL MCINTIRE EDWARDS lives in Western Maine with her husband, Perry, and host of rescued animals, including Rosebud. She lived the experience about which she writes here and does not harbor any ill feelings towards coyotes and does not wish any harm to come to them as a result of her book. Caryl grew up on a farm in York, Maine where she learned to care about all animals. Aer college she went to Conneccut to teach. She remained there twenty years geng her Master’s Degree in special educaon. She later moved back to Maine where she completed her teaching career.

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This is the story of three black Labrador retrievers who helped shape and define my family’s very identity over the course of three decades. Included are pictures, stories and anecdotes—some amusing, others sad—chronicling the lives of these three exceptional pets as recalled from my memory and past personal experiences.

FLINT K-9 SEARCH AND RESCUE Haunting Maine mysteries for dog lovers from USA Today-bestselling author Jen Blood.

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JEN BLOOD is a freelance writer, regular blogger for Maine Crime Writers, and the USA Today-bestselling author of the Erin Solomon Mysteries, the Flint K-9 Search and Rescue Mysteries, and the rescue-friendly children's book Maya Picks a Puppy, illustrated by Thomas Block. Jen grew up in Midcoast Maine, and currently lives in Phippsburg with a mischievous cat named Magnus and a lovely bearded man named Ben. You can visit her website at to learn more.

Maggie Goes To Maine named best children’s book of 2014 by the Dog Writers Association of America. A beautifully illustrated story written in verse about Maggie’s adventures when she first visits the family cottage in Maine. To purchase a copy online or find a bookstore near you, go to Maggie’s web site:


A harrowing story of how an unloved, unwanted dog goes from nearly becoming a coyote meal to living in a home where she is adored.

The Boston Terrier Who Thought He Was A Loon is a wonderful Maine story about a silly puppy who befriends the loons who live with him on Thomas Pond in Raymond Maine.

CHRISTOPHER W. MORIN was born, raised, and currently resides in Portland, Maine. He received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maine at Orono. He is a history enthusiast and has enjoyed creave wring since penning his first short story back in second grade. “Three Labs a Lifeme” is appropriate for all ages and was wrien expressly for my mother. There are few things in life as special or as meaningful as dog ownership. They’re with us for such a short period of me, but what they give us in return is immeasurable—and meless—and is never forgoen.

The book can be purchased online at www.christophermorinauthor. com or on Amazon. It is also carried in several independent bookstores and gift shops throughout midcoast and southern Maine. The complete list of stores is also shown on

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MICHELLE PATCH is a mom, wife and school counselor. She was born in Maine and spent summers on Thomas Pond. There she learned the importance of family, friends, music, the magic of loons and the pond itself. Michelle currently lives on Thomas Pond with her husband Tim, son Cameron, daughter Nicole and Rollie’s lile brother and Boston Terrier Gus.

BETSEY ANDERSON of Dixfield, Maine, a Dana Hall School graduate, aended Bradford Junior College and Wheelock College. She and her husband John Anderson recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and live in Chapel Hill when they are not in Weld, Maine at the family summer coage. She was inspired to write the story for her grandchildren aer observing Maggie having many adventures with her new found freedom to explore.

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any of the books featured in this section were illustrated by Thomas Block who passed away on June 23rd so we wanted to share a little about the man who brought these stories to life. Thomas Block was an arst, author, musician, educator and illustrator. In July of this year he was named the Mid Coast Maine Arst of the Year. He was a man who did not just love the arts but lived them. He taught art for over 37 years inspiring students to look for art in all that they see around them, teaching about local Maine arsts such as Andrew Wyeth and Neil Welliver.

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As an illustrator, Thomas Block would research each book and take his me understanding the characters, especially his animals. He would sculpt with his paint brush or his charcoal pen each muscle, the size of the eyes; to the correct shape of the nose for each breed of dog to be sure they would be exact. The poster painted by Thomas Block for the 2017 Books in Boothbay: Maine’s Summer Book Fair, held on Saturday, July 8th, at the Boothbay Railway Village, was his last work and was painted while he was very ill. He was a huge fan of Books in Boothbay and was an integral part of the

event for the last several years. His painng was unsigned, but anyone who is a fan of Thomas’s work will recognize his unique style. The proceeds of the sale of the prints will be split between the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library and the Boothbay Railway Village. For informaon regarding the purchase of addional prints, or prints on watercolor paper, contact By: Kelly Brooks-Bay Maine Authors Publishing & Author of: The Rainbow Pants Sea Glass and the Lighthouse


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

Focus, Aenon, Engagement, Cooperaon Focus. Aenon. Engagement. Cooperaon. We hear these words all the me, but what does it all mean? How do we obtain it and how do we keep it? In the beginning stages of training, we use food or toys first as lures and eventually as rewards to pay our dogs for performing certain tasks. This approach works very well with most dogs. Problems arise if you want to progress beyond the venues where you can use food as a lure or carry food with you and reward with it. If your performance is based upon your dog believing

that food is present and will be forthcoming for certain behaviors, you will be limited as to how much you can achieve. Dogs must choose and want to give us aenon and focus and be willing to join us and cooperate with us because it is a good deal and an enjoyable experience. Focus and attention to you can be enhanced in every

day life with your dog. Every time your dog looks at you or chooses to engage with you, acknowledge his attention and enjoy him. Work on building your relationship with your dog wanting to give you attention, not your pursuing the dog to get his attention. Consider whether your dog is stressed, anxious, or fearful of the environment or is the stress coming from you? Or perhaps some of each. Is the environment overwhelming to your dog because your dog is extremely curious and has not developed the ability to concentrate on a single task but just flits from one environmental distraction to another. Your dog’s breed and temperament will influence whether he is stressed or wary of the environment or wants to engage with every smell, sight, or noise he encounters. Some dogs are more introverts where others are extroverts. You need to understand and work with the dog you have. Some dogs need quite a bit of emotional support, whereas others are quite independent. You need to understand your dog’s emotional make up when you plan a training session.

Somemes your dog’s inability to focus has nothing to do with the dog or environment. It has to do with poor training. Poor training and lack of clarity in training will cause a dog to be confused, anxious, frustrated, or just shut down or leave. Training when done correctly should strengthen your relaonship, and training should be an enjoyable, rewarding session for both dog and handler. The dog understands you will be fair and clear in your teaching, and therefore will be willing to try and solve problems and enjoy pung forth effort. The handler in turn will be paent, fair, and supporve of the dog’s efforts. The more you build your relaonship, the more your dog will focus on the tasks and engage with you because work is fun for both of you! Remember, every me you set up a training session, go to a class, a show, or a trial, you set an emoonal tone for the event. If these experiences are not pleasant and confidence-building for your dog and enhancing to your overall relaonship, you will be undermining the foundaon of trust you need to have with your dog. No amount of food can substute for poor training.

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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Does My Dog's Breed Maer? — Part 3 The Working Group and Mixed Breed Dogs WORDS, WOOFS & MEOWS

Tparthisseries is part three of a threeon the importance of

understanding your dog's breed, and what the dog was bred to do before selecng a dog. That understanding is crical to making sure you get the perfect dog that we all seek. In July, I discussed AKC Herding and Hound groups, and in August, l looked at the NonSporng, Sporng, Terrier, and Toy groups. This month I will address the AKC Working Group and Mixed Breed dogs. Working Group – “Dogs of the Working Group were bred to perform such jobs as guarding property, pulling sleds and performing water rescues. They have been invaluable assets to man throughout the ages. ‌Their considerable dimensions and strength alone, however, make many working dogs unsuitable as pets for average families. And again, by virtue of their size alone, these dogs must be properly trained. 1â€? FMI - hp:// ChoosingADogTrainer

If you look at the top 10 list for dogs in the U.S., you will ďŹ nd these breeds from the Working group; Roweiler (#8) and Boxer (#10). Other popular breeds in this group include the Siberian Husky (#12), Great Dane (#14), Doberman Pinscher (#15), Bernese Mountain Dog (#27),Newfoundland (#35), and others2. Like the Non-Sporting group, the breeds in the Working group are so diverse that discussing them as a group is not helpful. For that reason, I recommend that anyone considering a dog from this group talk to breeders as well as veterinarians, trainers, kennel and daycare owners about the particular breeds that interest you. Always make sure you seek advice from those with no financial gain in the breed that you choose. FMI – FindingTheRightDogForYou


an excellent choice if your lifestyle is compable with what they need to thrive. If you have other dogs in your life, you need to consider the dierence in size between the dogs. The play between a large dog from the Working group and a toy breed will need to be carefully supervised. FMI - hp:// ChoosingADogTrainer


The dogs in the Working group were bred for a wide variety of purposes. The livestock guarding dogs were historically bred in the ďŹ elds with the animals that they are supposed to protect. They are independent and naturally suspicious of all but the ock they guard and a few people. The Northern breeds in this group, Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, and Samoyed love the cold and snow and ďŹ nd the heat uncomfortable. Other factors to consider with the breeds in the Working group are their size and strength. Can you safely handle a dog this big? Are you physically able or do you have a plan to li them and carry them should the need arise? Are you commied to training the dog? A dog from the working group can be

We care for many dogs in the Working Group, primarily Boxers, Great Danes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and Mass. They all do well, and we enjoy seeing them; however, they each have very individual personalies, so it is important that we take the me to get to know them well. The most important consideraon when geng a dog is temperament and personality. While both vary in any breed, when choosing a pure-bred puppy or dog, you can look to the breed for a highly probable predictor of what you will get. The same cannot be said of mixed breeds. Mixed Breeds Fiy-percent of the dogs in the US are mixed breeds. I know from personal experience, with my own mixed breeds as well as the many that we care for at Green Acres, that mixed breeds can be marvelous companions. However, when geng a mixed breed, it can be problemac because you do not always know what you are geng. Knowing what breeds make up your mixed breed is diďŹƒcult at best

unless you make use of a reliable DNA test. Unless your mixed breed is a “designer breedâ€? like one of the many variees of Doodles, there was probably no witness to the breeding. That means that your mixed breed was labeled as being a “something/somethingâ€? by a person, based solely on their appearance or physical traits. Unfortunately, that is not a very accurate way to determine a mix of breeds. In 2012, a study3, 4 was iniated to â€œâ€Śdetermine the accuracy of visual breed idenďŹ caon compared to DNA breed proďŹ les.â€? The study looked at 100 shelter dogs. Photos of the dogs were reviewed by “Self-idenďŹ ed “dogexperts,â€? including breeders, exhibitors, trainers, groomers, behaviorists, rescuers, shelter sta, veterinarians, and veterinary technicians‌â€? Their idenďŹ caon of the breed mix of each dog in the photo was compared to a DNA test of that dog. The results indicated “Respondents correctly idenďŹ ed a prominent breed an average of 27% of the me. Each of the dogs had an average of 53 dierent predominant breeds selected. No one correctly idenďŹ ed a breed for 6% of the dogs, and 22% of the dogs had the correct breed chosen less than 1% of the me. Only 15% of the dogs were correctly idenďŹ ed more than 70% of the me. These results indicate

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LITTLE PAWS BIG HEARTS PEKINGESE RESCUE Saving "Pekes" from High-Kill Shelters By Susan Spisak

Lile Paws Big Hearts Pekingese Rescue was born out of two women’s affecon for Pekes—as well as their grief and devastaon aer they each lost one of their own. Friends Susan Gayle of Portland, Maine and Chrise Gourdoux of Vansant, Virginia met on a breed website--they were sharing not only their heartache but their love of this regal breed. In 2011, they decided to band together and embark on this rescue journey. Susan, a vet tech and the non-profit’s Northeast Coordinator, admied that they didn’t know what they were doing inially, yet they bolstered each other with this thought: “We can do this.” Their goal was, and sll is, to make a difference by saving Pekingese dogs from high kill shelters around the country. The dogs are fostered near the shelter they’re pulled from, and they aempt to find an adopve home in that area, if possible. They rely on their network of naonal fosters, volunteer transporters, local volunteers, and rescue friends. “We’re willing to do everything and anything to help these animals out,” said Susan. Since the onset, they’ve rescued 130 Pekes, including mixes thereof and a few random breeds (Susan said they won’t turn a needy dog away). At least half of those dogs are in new homes in the Maine area, and Susan and Chrise (who is the Southeast Coordinator) worked relessly to find wonderful adopters around the country for the rest.

FENWAY Senior, Schnauzer She is good with respecul kids. She is good with other dogs but can be a lile shy and nervous with big dogs---but she does well with slow introducon. This super sweet girl loves to go for walks. She wears a so harness to protect her trachea. Enjoys going for car rides. Fenway knows basic obedience training and is fully housetraining. Her foster mom says that she is praccally a perfect lile lady! Please email for an adopon applicaon--and check our website regularly for other rescued dogs.

Susan’s favorite rescue story is one of their first. There was a Peke in dire need of their help in an Illinois shelter—he had a ruptured eye among other issues. One of her local volunteers pulled the dog they named Frankie and had him veed (which included his eye removal). Once he was healthy enough to travel, Susan and her husband put some mileage on her lile yellow VW Beetle to meet the transporter, who also brought along an owner relinquished dog named Mushu. While she found a home for Mushu, she eventually decided to keep Frankie (she fell for him hook, line and sinker). When glaucoma stole the sight in his other eye, the smart guy adapted and figured out how to navigate. He passed away in 2016, and she said her heart broke. “I will never forget this brave boy who taught me so much about love, faith, bravery, and dignity.” This rescue relies on donaons as well as the profits from Susan’s handmade dog bandanas that are available in a variety of sizes and paerns. To see them, visit hp:// bandanas/shop. And if you are interested in fostering for or adopng from this rescue, visit hp:// for details. Not sure what a Peke is like? They’re affeconate and loyal to their master. As far as exercise, only a short walk or two a day with addional indoor playme is needed. They’re small—the average weight is 14 lbs. and their life expectancy is 14 to 16 years of age. They’re not recommended for a family with young children.

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HANSON from page 11 that, regardless of profession, visual idenficaon of the breeds of dogs with unknown heritage is poor.” [Emphasis added] In other words, mixed breed dogs in shelters or rescues are misidenfied more oen than not. FMI - hps:// files/2012/05/2012-Croy-MaddiesShelter-Medicine-ConfernceAbstract.pdf My dog Muppy was labeled as a Golden Retriever/Cocker Spaniel mix when we adopted her. She certainly looks like a Golden Retriever/Cocker Spaniel mix, and we love her just as she is, but we decided to do a DNA test just to learn more. The Mars Wisdom Panel reports that Muppy’s DNA indicates that she is 37%, Cocker Spaniel. The test was not able to idenfy other specific breeds in her lineage but does suggest that the next largest component comes from the Terrier group. Muppy has DNA from what the Mars Wisdom Panel defines as the Middle East and African group which contains breeds


such as the Afghan Hound, Basenji, Saluki, and Rhodesian Ridgeback. Lastly, according to the test, she contains some DNA from the Herding group. We decided to do a second test, this one by Embark, which many consider to be more definive. The Embark test reports that Muppy is: 44.7% Cocker Spaniel, 30.0% Rat Terrier, 12.2% Boston Terrier, and 13.1% SuperMu. The laer is a category where Embark lumps together other DNA evidence that suggests Muppy may have small amounts of DNA from other distant ancestors, in her case: the American Eskimo Dog, Bearded Collie, and Collie. FMI – Muppy’s Embark results No idenfiable DNA was found in Muppy that would suggest that she is part Golden Retriever, Both tests indicate she is predominantly Cocker Spaniel and terrier. I suspect the Golden Retriever came into play when she was in rescue. When Muppy was rescued, she was pregnant. I have seen photos of her puppies and photos of two of those

puppies as adults, and her offspring most definitely look like Golden Retrievers. It is quite possible that the father of Muppy’s pups was a Golden or a golden mix. However, the point is, judging by appearance only is highly inaccurate, and Muppy is a prime example of how looks can be deceiving. No one labeled her as part terrier based on her appearance, yet both tests suggest a significant amount of terrier DNA. From a behavioral perspecve, Muppy shows several traits from her Cocker Spaniel lineage; she is very into birds; she points, and she retrieves. She also knows how to use her nose, and does so more than any other dog I have owned. I do not know if that trait is because of her DNA or is a behavior that was learned in order to survive as a stray. Muppy has been very easy to train, which could be due to her Sporng Group genes or her Herding DNA, or both. I do not see any Terrier behavioral characteriscs. Some would argue that future behavior is all about the environment and the way a dog is raised. Environment certainly

plays a tremendous role in a dog’s temperament but so do genecs, and we cannot change genecs. If you want the best possible companion that meets your criteria of “the perfect dog,” then spend some me researching the breeds before you get your dog. References AKC website - hp://www.akc. org/public-educaon/resources/dogbreeds-sorted-groups/ 2 Most Popular Dog Breeds - Full Ranking List - http://www.akc. org/content/news/articles/mostpopular-dog-breeds-full-rankinglist/ 3 Dog Breed Idenficaon: What kind of dog is that? - hp:// library/research-studies/currentstudies/dog-breeds/ 4 What kind or dog is that? Accuracy of dog breed assessment by canine stakeholders - hps:// files/2012/05/2012-Croy-MaddiesShelter-Medicine-ConfernceAbstract.pdf 1

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Sweet and beauful but a lile nervous and somemes scared of men but warms up quickly. Currently on meds to calm her down. A thunder shirt also helps. Would love to ďŹ nd a home where she won’t be home alone for long. Would do great as a working dog since this lady is super smart!

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ROXY 1.5 yrs, Terrier Mix? She is a happy, sweet pup that gets along with other dogs, although can be inmidated by pushy, overly exuberant playmates. A bit shy at ďŹ rst with people, Roxy warms up quickly.

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BLUE Blue is good with some dogs but should live in a home without cats or young children.

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PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Saturday,September 2 Camden, 10 - 11 AM 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:;; 207-236-8702

CANDLELIGHT CELEBRATION Thursday, September 28 Camden-Rockport, 6 PM Together, Loyal Biscuit, PAWS Animal Adopon and Pope Memorial Humane Society will be hosng a candlelight celebraon at the Loyal Biscuit’s CamdenRockport locaon on US Rte. 1 in Camden to shine a light on all orphan pets waing for their chance at a forever home in shelters naon wide. Friendly dogs are welcome on leash. Please ensure any retractable leashes are locked at 6’ or shorter for the safety and comfort of everyone in aendance.; 207-660-9200 x6

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday,September 2 Camden/Rockport , 10 AM - 12 PM Rockland, 1 - 3 PM Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be at the Loyal Biscuit’s Camden/ Rockport locaon on US Rte 1 in Rockport from 10am – Noon and our Rockland locaon at 408 main St. from 1pm-3pm for our next nail clipping clinics! For just $10 you can have your pet's nails trimmed and all the proceeds will be donated to the Catahoula Rescue of New England. No appointment necessary, just stop by with your pup or cat.; 207660-9200 x6



Thursday, September 14 Union, 5 PM - 7 PM

Wednesday, September 6 Warren, 4 - 7 PM 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.

BARKS IN THE PARK Saturday, September 9 Gardiner, 10 AM - 2 PM 8th annual Gardiner Barks in the Park at Gardiner Waterfront Park. Rescue groups from around the region will be present to discuss their acvies along with local veterinarians presenng informaon on issues facing pets and pet owners. Demonstraons by specialty dog trainers will be present during the event. The focus of the event will be to have a great day in the park with the dogs and to raise money to build the Gardiner Dog Park and other dog amenies. hp://www.

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, September 9 Belfast, 10 AM - 12 PM Shannon from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be at our Belfast locaon on 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.; 207-660-9200 x6

STRUT YOUR MUTT Sunday, September 10 Kennebunk, 9 AM 23rd annual, at Mother’s Beach in Kennebunk. This is Animal Welfare Society’s largest fundraising event of the year. Fesvies begin at 9 am, and the walk starts at 11 am. Fesvies include a photo booth (NEW this year!!), a kids zone, agility zone, vendor booths, live music and dancing! FMI call 207-985-3244 or see hp://

WIENERFEST Sunday, September 10 Belfast, 11 AM - 3 PM Held at Steamboat Landing Park. A celebraon of dachshunds, those “lile dogs with big personalies” and the people who love them. Hot Dog Cook-Off, Wiener Dog Races, Costume Contest, Vendors and Grand Parade.


Mid Coast Kennel Club will present a seminar given by Carolyn Fuhrer of North Star Dog Training School - learn about the new AKC Rally Classes: Intermediate and Master and see a demonstration of all the new rally exercises! New AKC Rally classes and exercises are in effect November 1 - don't miss this important workshop. Held at the Thompson Community Center in Union. FMI 207-691-2332 $15 per person/$10 MCKC members. Workshop for handlers only - follow up workshop will be for handlers and their dogs to practice - details to come.

WHISKER WALK Saturday, September 16 Rockland , 10 AM - 2 PM Join dog lovers from all over Mid Coast Maine as they walk to support the Pope Memorial Humane Society. You do not need a dog to participate because this family event has something for everyone (two-legged and fourlegged): an agility course to try out, food to eat, music to enjoy, a doggy day spa to pamper, awesome pet vendors to browse, and children’s activities. whisker-walk/

NAIL CLIPPING CLINIC Saturday, September 16 Waterville , 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Melissa from Primp My Paws will be at our Waterville location on 109 Main St. for our next nail clipping clinic. The cost is $10 per pet and all proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society Waterville Area. No appointment necessary. Convenient parking off of Temple St. behind Lebanese Cuisine.; 207-660-9200 x6

NEWFIE FUN DAYS Saturday/Sunday, September 16 & 17 Eliot , 10 AM - 4 PM Calling all Newfs!! Join us for Newfie Fun Days 2017, rain or shine! The schedule is posted!! Piscataqua Boat Basin and Park, 90 Hammond Lane Eliot, Maine. As always, pets welcome! Please remember your leash! Now come and enjoy the show! All lectures are held under the tent. ACL & Hip Dysplasia Seminar, Agility & Nosework Demos, Reiki & Canine Massage, Food Trucks, Vendors and more.

PET LIFE ADOPTION EVENT Sunday, September 17 Portland, 11 AM - 2 PM Pixel Fund will be at the Portland Pet Life at 91 Auburn St., Portland. Come find your new best friend!

PET FAIR & FAMILY DAY Saturday, September 23 Ellsworth, 1 - 4 PM Held at the Woodlawn Museum. A day for pet friendly people and PETS! Representaves from non-profit rescue groups, a chance to meet some of the pets looking for forever homes at the SPCA of Hancock County, Live Music, Craers, Food, Sno-cones for the pups, Games & prizes for Children & DOGS, supported by Local Businesses…AND MORE!! RAIN OR SHINE! You can bring your well-behaved, leashed pet with you. www.spcahancockcounty. org/spca-events/

SOLDIERS PACE CANICROSS RACE & FAMILY FUN DAY Sunday, September 24 Westbrook , 9 AM - 12 PM 5k med race through sprawling Smiling Hills Farms, in Westbrook, just minutes from Portland. The race and all proceeds are to benefit “K9s on the Front Line,” a nonprofit organizaon that works to rescue shelter dogs by training them to be cerfied service dogs and thus fit to assist suffering PTSD/TBI military veterans. Pet and food vendors will be present, along with an obstacle course for kids by Maine Warrior Gym. The Downeast Sled Dog Club will also be demonstrang dry land racing events. maineveterinaryreferralcenter. com/second-annual-5k-canicrossrace--9-24-2017.html

DR. NICHOLAS DODMAN  THE WELL ADJUSTED DOG: A SEVEN STEP APPROACH Sunday, September 24 Portland, 9 AM - 5 PM Dr. Dodman is one of the world's most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists. He is a Faculty member of Tus University, the author of several acclaimed bestsellers and appears regularly on naonal radio and television shows. Dr. Dodman broke new ground with the profound recognion that humans and other animals share the same neurochemistry. His work emphasizes the similaries- rather than the differences- between animals and humans. Inspiring, somemes heartbreaking, and

RECURRING EVENTS FREE PUPPY PLAYSKOOL Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 Edgecomb, 5:30 PM A supervised, safe, socializaon opportunity for puppies less than 20 weeks of age at at Posively Best Friends, 280 Boothbay Rd, Edgecomb. Ongoing Thursdays. FMI: marcia@; 207-882-7297;

PLANET DOG ADOPTION DAYS Saturdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23 Sunday, September 10 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 funfilled aernoon to socialize with our vising Rescue Group and their pups and learn more about the process of fostering and/or adopng. Soul-y Maine Pet Rescue September 2nd, 12-2pm Maine Lab Rescue September 9th, 12-3pm Maine Search & Rescue September 10th, 1-3pm The Green Ark September 16th, 12-2pm Fetching Hope September 23rd, 12-2pm

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Seeking: The Right Home for Rufus Rufus is the true essence of rescue. Every rescue dog carries baggage; some recover quicker than others and adopt into new homes with ease, while others struggle to adjust and find their niche. Rufus is about five years of age, and has had at least five different homes that we know of since he has been alive. Why would this happen? When dogs are not given the appropriate foundation at a young age or are allowed to stay with their mothers and siblings until the right age, they falter later in life and can be harder to handle. These factors have given Rufus more zest for life and in turn made him less “readymade” and more work for people looking to adopt. As a rescue, we work with our dogs to help them relax and be dogs. We teach them basic life skills (crating, house training, etc.) and then, finally, we do some basic obedience. We do not focus on obedience, as this should be a bonding opportunity for the new adopters with their dog. We really would like Rufus to find that “fur-ever” home that is perfect for him. He has waited a long me, and we really would like to see him find it before he mentally starts to shut down. So, who is Rufus?

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Rufus is a very people-centric dog that wants and loves to please; in addition, he is very smart and energetic. He really likes other dogs, but some do not like him! Rufus likes to play, and to get others to play, he thinks he should bark in their faces. As you can imagine, not everyone likes this and some find it very scary! Rufus just wants to have a great time and tear around, and he does not get that it is bad etiquette. Rufus has great manners in terms of house training, his crate, and he even knows basic obedience/tricks! He is working on leash manners. He does have a fear of thunderstorms and fireworks and needs someone to help him during those mes. Rufus is going to do best in a very acve home (running, hiking, etc.). Rufus' downfall is that he is an escape arst; he can escape from just about any fence anywhere and will do best if he is kept on leash and very acve. Rufus is a smart dog that has a fabulous amount of untapped potenal; he just needs the right person to bond with and to bring that shine out! If Rufus sounds like the dog for you, please contact Shannon at Catahoula Rescue of New England at SLN2310@


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