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Volume 15 • Issue 2 • February 2020

Winner of the t 2019 Downeas Dog News t Best of the Bes ing Daycare/Board Facility

Creative Canine Enrichment By Susan Spisak


t’s tough keeping dogs busy during this wintery weather. While it’s great to bundle up and go for a walk with your canine gal pal,


2 Hot Dog News

6 Basic

Training Tips

there are other ways to keep her physically and mentally enriched so she doesn’t become what I call “sour,” meaning lethargic, sad, and out of sorts. Sara Sokol, owner of Mr. Dog Training, passed on to Downeast Dog News that there’s a Canine


Shaggy to Chic Grooming Special

Enrichment Facebook page initiated by Shay Kelly, author of Canine Enrichment - The Book Your Dog Needs You To Read. Group members post and share info on their dogs actively engaged in positive activities.

See CREATIVE on page 5

12 & 13 Dogs for Adoption



Calendar of Events

Hot Dog News

GO! SOLUTIONS™ Now Available at Loyal Companion Stores Across New England It often goes un-recognized, but

many dogs and cats are living with challenges that could be related to their diet, including itchy skin, dull coat, digestion problems and even sensitivities to the actual ingredients in their food. Common behaviors like excessive licking, scratching, ear infections, vomiting and diarrhea could actually be signs of a dietaryrelated problem. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has highlighted that the number of pets in North American homes is increasing, and pet parents want solutions-based food to help their pets live happier and healthier lives. To help address this, in the Fall of 2019, Petcurean unveiled its new GO! SOLUTIONS™ collection of wet and dry recipes for dogs and cats, which feature functional ingredients that can help pets overcome many dietary challenges. Petcurean is excited to announce that they have now partnered with Loyal Companion to bring GO! SOLUTIONS pet food to Loyal Companion stores across

Maine, including the Scarborough, Windham, South Portland, Portland, Lewiston, and Topham locations. The recipes are also available at additional stores in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. "At Petcurean, we focus on being leaders in science-based nutrition, and we know that Loyal Companion shares that commitment in their mission to be a singular, knowledgeable destination for customers to find the best possible mix of products to suit the needs of each and every pet," said Anabel Immega, trade marketing manager at Petcurean. “We are also united on the values of kinship and community, and Petcurean looks forward to working with Loyal Companion retailers to support the causes that are important to them and their customers.� All GO! SOLUTIONS recipes are formulated under the leadership of Petcurean’s award-winning pet nutritionist Dr. Jennifer Adolphe, who holds a PhD in companion animal nutrition and is also a registered dietitian. The recipes deliver

solutions-based nutrition to support cats and dogs with unique dietary requirements, including those with food sensitivities that could benefit from a limited number of ingredients, those who prefer protein-rich diets with multiple drool-worthy animal ingredients, those that thrive on recipes with wholesome grains, and those who are just fussy about what they eat. With zero growth hormones, by-product meals, and artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, the complementary wet and dry recipes are formulated for easy combination feeding to add flavor variety, increased moisture, and a boost of nutrients to pets’ daily mealtimes. Packaged in sustainable Tetra Pak cartons, the GO! SOLUTIONS wet food recipes also offer a variety of textures, with shredded recipes for dogs and minced recipes for cats, in addition to new stews and pâtÊs. The recipe and texture selection provides additional options to promote palatability for cats and dogs that may have varying preferences due to age, breed size and other factors.

“We switched from cans to Tetra Pak cartons because they are a more sustainable packaging choice, in addition to being re-closable and BPA-free. They are also lighter and take up 40 per cent less shelf space than cans, making them highly convenient as well.� continued Immega “Inside the cartons, our nutrition team formulated the new GO! SOLUTIONS wet food recipes to align and integrate with our GO! SOLUTIONS dry recipes to support wet with dry combination feeding, which makes meal time more exciting and delivers additional nutritional benefits.� Petcurean’s GO! SOLUTIONS recipes for dogs are also complemented by a line of meal mixers, which feature freeze-dried single source proteins and functional ingredients to help address issues like skin and coat care, hip and joint support, digestive health and weight management. For more information about the GO! SOLUTIONS line, please visit www.petcurean.com.

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From the Publisher Dear Dog News Readers, Well it’s definitely winter! We got pretty lucky and things started out pretty mild, but we’ve had some pretty cold days. That hasn’t stopped Pepper from wanting to walk around our entire property once or twice before doing her business. She needs to go up in the field to smell the same patch of dirt. The poor thing has been cooped up though and is dying to be outside. Pepper had her surgery, and they removed her dewclaw on December 18th. This is a rough time of year to try and protect that area. There was either snow or in the beginning a lot of rain. With the help of a fleece sock and a dog bootie, we managed and she is basically healed aside from an area that is a little raw because I catch her licking it. She spent two weeks in a cone, so I’m trying to keep her out of that. I think she’s doing pretty well. The good news is she does not appear to have cancer, and it is likely she hurt the dewclaw and it formed the “tumor.” She has plans to swim at Water Bark Wellness once they reopen with their new, big pool. She is absolutely going to love that! I have also been using some enrichment tools such as a licky mat and a Kong toy that releases small treats to keep her occupied. I hope you are finding ways to keep your dogs happy and busy this winter. Stay warm! All the best, Jenn and Pepper

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


We are one month into 2020, and

I hope it’s going well for you and your pups! There is a lot of change happening for many of us, and we need to kind of lean into it and trust that in the end it will all be ok.  If it’s not ok, it’s not the end.  Our four legged friends offer us many ways to relax and get out of our heads, so when you’re done reading this paper, bundle up and go for a walk or snuggle up on the couch with them.  Give them so much love that you push out any negative or self defeating thoughts.  Not only is it great for you, but that light will spread into the world.  That being said, let’s get to some readings.  I’m a psychic for people and pets, but any medical insight that comes through should be discussed with a licensed veterinarian.  I do not treat, diagnose, or ever want to do their job! Susan P. has a chocolate Labrador Retriever named Claire. “Is she pregnant? And if not, why not? PS. Tell her I love her.”  I get a big yes that she is pregnant, and it feels like between 5 and 7 puppies.  I think it may start as seven but she may reabsorb two if that’s possible.  She loves being pregnant and is already requesting cottage cheese.  Not my favorite food, but because she’s answering, my mouth is watering!  She wants the one in the red and white container please.  I think she’s asking for whole milk, not lowfat.  She knows you love her because she catches you smiling at her, and she gets all excited when she does.  What a sweet girl!  This may be her only litter. Courtney A. wants to know why her little white poodle Paco barks at his food?  I have to say, I’m actually surprised at the answer I’m about to give you and it’s a first for

February is Veterinary Dental Month Q. I have a small dog I adopted

from the shelter. Her teeth are horrible. What are my options?

Furry Words

by Sara Moore


me. He’s checking for bugs.  I know that sounds nuts, but it’s what he said.  When I ask him how can we get him to stop I see you filling his bowl, lifting it off the floor, looking underneath it and telling him it’s ok.  His hearing isn’t super either.  As I’m typing this, my ears are kind of buzzing. Lisa O. has Snoopy, a miniature schnauzer. “Are you the one peeing in the house?”  YUP!  Sure am!  That is exactly what he says when I ask him, and he’s PROUD of it! He thinks he’s making sure everyone knows it’s your house.  If I ask him how to make him stop, he says he will if you set up a super structured routine for going out for potty breaks.  He looks disgusted that you’re not grateful for all his “efforts,” but I’m on your side with this one! He’s also horrified he just got called out in public on it so that may inspire him to stop as well.

Ask the Vet…

by Dr. Judith Herman


Any dog can have bad teeth. Certain breeds have more dental disease than others. What you are feeding, and if your dog is a chewer or not, will play a role in her dental hygiene. The first task you need to do with your pup is to have your veterinarian evaluate her mouth. Your veterinarian will be looking for signs of pain, infection, and periodontal disease. Unlike cats, who have cavities, dogs tend to have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes the gums to form pockets around the


teeth so food and debris can get stuck in there. As the pockets become inflamed and infected, the gums continue to recede and become inflamed. This receding will

Laura G. has Auggie, a 3.5 year old sheltie. “Is he enjoying his nursing home visits?”  I get a huge YES!!!  I don’t know if you’ve ever given him donut holes, but he wants them!  Honey glazed please.  Be careful because he will try to inhale it.  He is very sensitive, and if someone is angry or not nice, he will do his best to avoid that person’s room, and I would follow his lead on this. He comes home exhausted and needing to chug water, but it’s all worth it in the end.  He wants to add that you do an exceptionally good job helping people with mobility issues to pet him, and he says he’s very patient with them, and it makes him feel very connected to you. Kerri O. wants to know if her yellow lab Allie is happy they adopted her.  Holy smokes, this dog is acting like it won the lottery!!! I know we’re past Christmas season, but if you’ve ever watched the movie Elf, she feels as happy and joyful as Buddy is.  When she gets reprimanded, which she says is rare, she looks all guilty but can’t help but wiggle because even when she’s being scolded, she’s thrilled to be your dog!  I would love to see a picture of her because her personality is awesome! Maribeth S.’s doberman passed away right after her dad. “Is he ok ? I miss them both so much.”  Both your dog and your dad are doing great!  Your dad says he was a hard worker all his life and rarely caught a break, so his version of heaven is golfing (I don’t think he golfed when he was alive), mowing the lawn on a sit down mower (because he can and has the time to do it right), and waving at people as they pass by.  Your dog still comes to you as spirit and licks your toes when you are asleep. I see your feet sticking

out of your blanket, and it probably wakes you up because he is super gentle and it tickles! You have been honoring them both beautifully well, and they say thank you.  Your dad is waving the dog’s hand at you as he says goodbye. Jeannie F. asked what she can do for Jasper, a German shepherd mix, to make him feel safe in the car. He gets anxious and often throws up.  I’m laughing and wish I could see your face when you read his answer.  You tend to speed up, then have to brake, then speed up, then brake.  He wants you to move slow and steady (steady if nothing else) as you drive.  He likes to be able to see out the windows, and he’s asking to sit in the back seat on the passenger side.  He is sending you bubbly hearts like I would do on my phone! Lisa Marie B. wants to know why her pit bull Bella seems sad?  She worries that you read too deeply into how people respond to you.  She thinks you’re fantastic, and she wouldn’t have picked you if you weren’t.  She’s not here to suffer and neither are you!  She wants you to have more joy and less exhaustion.  She is asking you to budget your time more wisely and make some plans for your future that inspire you to make healthy changes.  She is funny.  She is trying to smile, but she really does have a hard time with it!  Her back end has a little wiggle, but she’s not very flexible.

expose the roots of the teeth. This opens the tooth to become infected or abscessed. Broken teeth can also lead to abscesses, where the face swells. These teeth are not healthy and are usually removed. If your dog is chewing on one side of her mouth, there is a problem. Sometimes we can’t see the problem just by looking at the teeth. Radiographs will give a detailed view of the roots of your dog’s teeth. Many veterinary clinics have dental X-rays. These radiographs are very helpful in giving the best knowledge of your dog’s tooth health. Just because the tooth is covered in tartar does not necessarily mean the tooth is bad and needs to be removed. Once the tartar is removed and the tooth looks healthy, you will have a good starting place for oral hygiene. There are several products on the market for dental health from enzymes in water, tooth paste to brush her teeth, gels and powders

to be applied to the teeth or added to food, and chew toys to keep the tartar off and strengthen her gums. If you are confused by all these choices, speak to your veterinarian or technician to help you out. Just like we go to the dentist every year, your dog needs her mouth evaluated every year too. It is best to be proactive in taking care of your pup’s teeth. Brushing or wiping the teeth a few seconds a day, dental treats, dental toys, and a good diet that is lower in carbohydrates and sugars are key to a healthy mouth. February is dental hygiene month for cats and dogs. The time is right to have your best friend’s mouth evaluated by your veterinarian.

Thank you for reading another edition of Furry Words! Sara Moore is a psychic for people and pets who offers private and group readings. Visit her website at www. enlightenedhorizons.com.

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

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CREATIVE from page 1 One picture/post that made me laugh out loud was a dog playing with a soft tree stump filled with squeaky squirrels. We have that tree stump (among Teddy’s 159 squeaky toys) and yes, it keeps him happily squeaking away - in my ear (that’s done purposely). Unfortunately, he digs the squirrels out at 8pm while we’re watching TV. The remote stays handy and the volume keeps going up. For more enrichment tips and info on Shay’s book, read or join facebook.com/groups/ canineenrichment/. Speaking of Sara, she acknowledged that Maine winters agitate “Bored Dog Syndrome” or BDS which creates a whole plethora of bad behaviors. While she offers traditional training, she has a variety of activities and drop-in classes such as Boredom Busters, Circus Dog, Noseworks, Tricks, and Intro to Agility to tame that BDS. Sara shared, “As a dog trainer, I help people every single day whose dogs are lacking enrichment. This lack of daily enrichment for our 4-legged friends leads to a frustrated human who has to deal  with the behavior fallout, such as excessive barking, chewing,  whining, stealing objects, etc., that comes when a dog is not getting its enrichment needs met. Enrichment is, plain and simple, the most essential thing that you can do to help your dog live the best life he/ she can.” Visit mrdogtraining.com/ index.html for class schedules and pricing. If you work or volunteer during the day and your budget and canine’s personality allows for it, consider doggie daycare a few days a week. Tour and then choose a well-rated facility with large areas for romping, allowing your girl a chance to smooze with like-sized new chums and burn off energy. On days that she’s home, she can relax and doze with thoughts of playtime dancing through her dreams. Aquatics is a terrific whole-body physical and mental exercise for your water loving pet – or a good way to introduce her to the sport.

Happy Waves! serves the Greater Portland area with a 13’ x 25’ indoor, heated pool for 20 minute “Fun Swims” that are guided and supervised by trained staff members. Initial consults are $50 which includes staffers evaluating your dog’s water and physical abilities. Swims after that are $35 per session or can be added in conjunction with their doggie daycare program. Happy Waves! has year-round hydrotherapy and rehab options for injured or geriatric dogs that’s led by Dr. Christine Fraser. “It’s a huge thing for older dogs who aren’t able to do things in the snow,” she said. Swimming is a preventative measure as well, “It builds strength. I get a lot of dogs who tend to lose ground over the winter, even healthy dogs.” Another premier swim facility is Water Bark Wellness at 4 Commercial Street in Rockport. Kate Griffin owns, operates, and oversees the dog’s private swim time at her business with the motto, “Fun. Fitness. Health.” Kate knows there are many benefits of the warm water exercise, including increased circulation, helping improve

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People may stop and chat, and that adds a layer of stimulation. Whenever I’m in the aisles of that local home store, and I see a dog coming my way, I always stop to say hello. Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB and esteemed animal behaviorist at Maine Veterinary Medical Center spoke on canine enrichment in our January feature, but it’s worth repeating. For mental stimulation, utilize your dog’s highest daily reward – meal and treat time. “We do this through the use of food dispensing and puzzle toys along with various other enrichment opportunities.” Kongs and Snuffle Mats will encourage your dog to explore her environment - especially important if she’s shy or fearful. They also reduce stress levels, manage chewing and/or nipping, and most importantly, exercise the brain. She added an important point, “Enrichment also benefits older animals and potentially slows down cognitive decline.” Consider adding one or more of these enrichment tools to your dog’s life this winter, so you can keep her not only happier but physically and mentally healthier.

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range of motion and weight loss (along with a proper diet), and is a fabulous, fun, full-body workout. She added, “I do feel swimming brings joy to most of my clients.... and that in and of itself brings me much joy.”    Kate just moved to this new location and hopes to open the facility in early February. She added, “The pool will be substantially bigger at 13 x 21 x 4. Toys, treats, and towels are provided.” First-time consult including swim session is $50 and subsequent sessions are $50. For more info and to schedule an appointment, waterbarkwellness.com/. If your dog’s a gentle soul with a soft spot for people, visit folks confined to nursing homes. Many facilities don’t require a pet therapy certification, but she’ll need to be up-to-date on shots. Call one in your neighborhood to see if you can come in. My dogs and I have done it in the past and the residents loved it…and so did they. They received plenty of attention and a car ride to boot. If classes and visits won’t fit into your day planner, pop your dog into your car and go to a welcoming pet or big-box home improvement store to give her legs a good stretch.

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dog’s usual training space, it’s harder for him to maintain the level of responsiveness that he does at home. If a dog rarely goes anywhere, he may appear to be untrained when he does, so different are the “environmental cues*” to act or respond in a certain way. It’s for this reason that we need to mix up locations when we train. Without this broad foundation of practicing the same thing in different places, our dogs will have a very limited understanding of the cues to which we want them to respond or the behaviors we'd like them to practice. The world is full of things that demand our dogs’ attention, but the more skills they have under their collars and the more we change their environmental picture, the stronger the skills. I was at our local farm supply store recently with our 9 month old pup “Skipper” to purchase a few things… but my primary mission was for him to practice his skills somewhere different. We use the long aisles to practice heeling. Distractions such as other people, dogs, toys, bins of chews, etc. mean that I will be more generous with rewards (this is a great strategy to help condition focus and prevent reactivity). When we got to the check-out

Basic Training Tips

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counter, there were fly swatters hanging from the front at Skipper’s nose level. He perked right up, knowing exactly what to do: he touched his nose to one with great emphasis. I realized what he was doing and rewarded him. Fly swatters make great target sticks (see my video on teaching targeting for more information) and Skipper recognized a familiar cue right there

at the counter. He repeated this so many times that I had to remove the fly swatters just so that I could complete my transaction, all the while apologizing and trying to explain my dog’s strange-to-them behavior to the two men behind the counter.“Why do you want him to touch a fly swatter? They are dirty!” sneered the cashier. The guy next to him scowled, agreeing. Crazy woman. OH MY. I’m not gifted at being able to quickly and successfully explain the pertinence of targeting, so vast are its applications. Similarly, I wasn’t able to convey to these two men that Skipper touching a fly swatter with his nose wasn’t the ultimate goal. It’s not a stand-alone skill out in a behavioral desert with no attachment to anything else. It is a building block for an infinite number of other behaviors. It’s like the letter “e.” Think of it like this: a kid has to learn her ABC’s before she can read. You might hear a 4-year old who has been studying the alphabet joyfully exclaim, “I see an ‘e’!” when out and about. She has become more observant of letters. Is the ultimate goal for her to know that that little squiggly line has a name, and it’s pronounced “eeee”? Heck no! That innocent little letter is part of something much, much larger than itself: it’s part of our language. Skipper responding to a target stick (the fly swatter) is like the girl noticing a familiar letter. Yay! we’re in a new

environment, but he is able to notice and respond to a familiar feature the way he would at home. Teaching our dogs skills helps form a common language between us. Practicing those skills in different places helps them become more fluent. Of course, the flip side is true, too: undesirable behaviors become more fluent the more they are practiced in different locations! To what environmental cues does your dog respond? *”Environmental Cues” are features present in a dog’s surroundings. These features can involve any of the senses, but we usually think about visual or auditory factors. A dog across the street, for instance, might be an environmental cue for your dog to lunge and bark. A clinical, sterile odor might be your dog’s cue to react fearfully. Because of how finely tuned our dogs are to their surroundings, we are frequently unaware of the environmental cues they notice. Check out my Facebook page to see a really interesting video example! ----------------------As an aside and because it’s interesting trivia, “the letter E appears in approximately 11% of all words in the common English vocabulary, about 6,000 more words than the runner-up letter, A. What’s more: E is the most commonly struck letter on your keyboard, and the second most popular key after the space bar.” source: Oxford English Dictionary

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I am a Carolina Dog, a breed

that long ago owned Native American people. We were designed by natural selection 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 instincts and attributes of wild dogs. In addition, my adoptive 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 notions 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 questions! N. Holmes, 280 Pond Rd., Newcastle, ME 04553, or email: askbammy@tidewater.net.

Dear Bammy,

I had the most awfulest

experience yesterday you can imagine. It has happened before

Ask Bammy An Advice Column for Dogs by a Dog

a few times, but always on a nice, hot sunny day. I should have seen it coming. Debbie took all the nice, mellow, doggy-smelling bedding out of my crate and stuffed it in that big white box thing that makes water noises and then shivers so hard the dishes rattle. After she got it all dried, she spread the cloths out flat in my bed again.


Hip dysplasia is the most common canine orthopedic condition. Despite the fact that is used as a “catchall” lameness phrase, it is a specific condition. It results in laxity (looseness) of the hip joint which consists of a ball (femoral head) and socket (acetabulum) joint. The femoral head can rub on the acetabulum which results in a shallow acetabulum and flattening of the femoral head. The sequela is pain, erosion of bone, loss of cartilage, swelling, and arthritis. It is most commonly found in large and giant breed dogs, though it can be seen in any breed. Just imagine the discomfort of “bone on bone” pain! Symptoms of hip dysplasia usually present in two groups. Young dogs may have significant hip laxity but not yet have arthritis. They present with lameness in the hind end, bunny hopping, reluctance to exercise or jump, and pain on palpation of the hips. Older dogs have developed secondary hip arthritis due to the hip dysplasia. They usually show pain secondary to joint remodeling, loss of range of motion and the pain of arthritis. They can have chronic lameness, stiffened hind end, trouble walking or jumping, muscle atrophy and do not resolve despite medications. Symptoms can be intermittent at first, and typically worsen after “weekend warrior” activities. Remember that our “best friends” hide pain very well, so be vigilant for even subtle symptoms. Hip dysplasia is diagnosed on physical exam and with radiographs. Commonly, affected dogs have

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a wide or narrow-based stance, “bunny hopping gait” and decreased muscle mass in the hind legs. They are painful manipulation of the hip joints and have decreased extension. An Ortolani is a physical test performed to examine for laxity of the joint. Radiographs (xrays) can confirm laxity, subluxation or luxation, arthritis, and muscle atrophy. Sedation is typically utilized to relax the patient and reduce pain so that the proper xray views can be evaluated. In breeds considered high risk, you may consider obtaining a survey xray hip when your dog is anesthetized for spay or neuter surgery. In a previous article, we have described medical management of hip dysplasia and arthritis. But did you know that total hip replacement (THR) is a surgical option for dogs? It involves the replacement of the diseased acetabulum and femoral head with implants just as is performed in humans. This eliminates the pain by making a normal functional hip joint with no “bone on bone” pain and improved motion. The implants are titanium and polyethylene and fixed in place with cement, metal bolts, or “pressfit” (bone ingrowth) methods. There are several types of total hip replacements performed in dogs but Biomedtrix with either cemented (CFX) press bit biologic (BFX) or hybrid (combination of the two) are the most commonly performed. The most common indication for a total hip replacement is osteoarthritis secondary to hip dysplasia in a

But that was just the beginning. While that was happening, she took me outside. She was carrying two buckets of water and a towel, so I tried to bolt, but she caught me and put on the leash. Then she poured warm water on me and rubbed me all over with a smelly thing. She scrubbed my hair the wrong way, poured on more water, rubbed more smelly stuff. I was just so disgusted and offended and miserable! I tried to get away, but she was standing on the leash. I was so upset I even thought of growling, but she read my mind and started cooing what a good dog I was, so I felt a little better. After she had rubbed and scrubbed and poured both buckets of water on me, she undid the leash, and I ran to the end of the yard. But it’s winter. I was cold! I ran back and jumped up on the door. She wrapped the towel around me, but I got away again. Finally, she let me in the house, but she kept chasing me with the towel, trying to rub my hair the wrong way. Even that wasn’t the end of it. She started playing with a little thing that made a loud humming. She wasn’t paying attention to me, but I was scared that it had to do

mature dog, or laxity/pain and lameness from hip dysplasia in a young dog. Other reasons for performing a total hip replacement 11 month old puppy with include a bilateral hip dysplasia hip luxation which could be traumatic or chronic, and certain femoral head fractures which may not be fixable. Total hip replacements are most often performed in medium, large, and giant breed dogs older than 9 months. However, they can be performed in all sizes of dogs and even cats. The outcome of a THR is excellent and restores dogs who have chronic lameness and pain to near-normal or normal function. THR dogs immediately bear weight postop on the surgical leg because they are in less pain. By two weeks postop, most dogs are to 90% of their normal function and studies have shown that dogs can return to improved activity as soon as 3 months postop. Radiographs to recheck healing are performed 6-12 weeks postoperatively. They are on leash only during that time and owners use a sling or harness when walking their pet to help prevent slipping/falling. If a pet needs both hips performed, the second side can be performed as soon as 6 weeks after the first. Clients are generally extremely pleased with their dog’s return to full life activities!

with me. Right! She kept bringing it closer until I could feel that it was blowing warm air. YIKES! She kept patting and talking and blowing that thing at me. After a while the warm air did feel sort of good, but the little machine was terrifying. Finally, finally she let me go. I ran to my crate and dove in. But, remember? She had my bedding all flattened out and smelling AWFUL! Like the worst flowers you can imagine. So not only did I have to dig and dig to make a nice, cozy hollow, but it didn’t smell like my bed anymore. Bammy, please help me keep this from happening ever again! Thanks, Scrubbed Dear Scrubbed, Good luck!


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Postop total hip replacement (surgeries staged 3 months apart)

All dogs with hip dysplasia should be kept at very lean bodyweight for life. This alone, greatly enhances their movement, function, and activity. A severely overweight patient may not be accepted for a THR surgery due to a potential increased complication rate or make for a more challenging recovery. It is preferable to have dogs (especially young ones) that are symptomatic from hip dysplasia evaluated in a timely manner if medical management has not been successful. A consultation with a surgical specialist can provide further information and options for long term treatment or THR surgery. Our goal with THR is to have our patients back to running, jumping, playing, and doing any physical exercise that they would like to do. Total hip replacement provides the most normal, pain free quality of life and best joint functionality of any of the treatments for hip dysplasia. Meghan Sullivan, DVM, DACVS Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care



As a fellow dog lover and owner, I want the absolute best for my pups. Therefore, choosing the right professional groomer is more than just a haircut, it is as important as finding a trusted veterinarian or trainer. My top goals as a Certified Master Groomer include building trust with your dog, making it look attractive, and safeguarding the dog’s physical and emotional well-being. So how do you find a groomer with similar aspirations? Researching the groomer’s education, salon cleanliness, and accommodations for elderly or special needs dogs are excellent ways to help you determine the best groomer for your dog. A quick search of the professional groomer’s website may help inform you of the groomer’s training, certifications, and accomplishments. Why is education important? Groomers certifying with the National Dog

Groomers Association of America, International Professional Groomers, or the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists are tested on specific guidelines regarding breed specific traits and grooming, proper equipment usage, sanitation, and animal handling. Groomers who have taken the initiative to become certified groomers or certified master groomers have a desire to continue learning and honing their craft. Being a member of one of these organizations means groomers adhere to a code of ethics and are expected to maintain a certain level of professionalism. Additionally, these organizations work with the Professional Pet Groomers & Stylists Alliance to develop safety and sanitation protocols that are incorporated into groomer education and training across the country. Grooming shops are often busy places, but they should always maintain a clean appearance. Be sure to inquire

about the best time to tour the grooming and animal holding areas of a salon before committing to leaving your dog. At a minimum, grooming tables should be sanitized in between pets, and floors, tubs, and kennels should be cleaned and sanitized daily. Let your nose be the judge; it should not smell. Additionally, well maintained and

properly sharpened grooming tools will help reduce the chances of grooming-related irritations and accidents. Remember to ask if the facility has liability insurance that covers pet-related grooming accidents. The key to a successful grooming experience is communication. Today, groomers see many dogs with anxiety,

inexperience with grooming, health issues, and age-related behavioral changes. If this is your pup, try searching for a groomer that specializes in challenging dogs or dogs of advanced age. These groomers may have some additional training such as CPR & First Aid, Fear Free, or Low Stress Handling Certifications. “It’s a good idea to interview your

groomer,” says fellow groomer Elissa Nally of Something to Wag About in Trenton, Maine. “I recommend asking questions like, ‘Do you do one-on-one appointments?’ ‘Will you call me if my pet becomes too stressed?’ and ‘How will you handle my nervous dog?’ ” It’s also a good idea to ask the groomer what type of equipment the groomer has to help make your special needs pet more comfortable, like slip-resistant mats on grooming surfaces, a grooming table near a wall for pets with stability issues, and grooming hammocks for pets with leg pain or arthritis. Finally, let your intuition help you make the final decision choosing a groomer. It may take your pooch a few visits to warm up to a new groomer, but your pet should always leave clean, confident, and happy.

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Agility for All


gility, if introduced and taught correctly, can be a wonderful experience for almost any dog. Agility can help build confidence by exposing dogs to different surfaces, textures, and shapes dictated by the nature of the equipment. It can also help build coordination and body awareness as well as increase strength. Agility is a wonderful way to engage the mind by presenting different problems for the dog to solve. Besides all these benefits for the dog, agility provides a great opportunity for the handler and dog to form a wonderful working relationship. The handler must be able to communicate

to the dog while the dog and handler are both moving and to direct the dog in a certain path throughout the course. Dogs need to have some basic obedience – “wait” and “come” and “with me” will help things go smoother, and because dogs will learn to focus on instructions to gain rewards (usually

food or toys) these basic obedience skills are easy to teach because the dogs want to do the work. They want to play agility because it is fun, and they can earn rewards. Agility can teach a handler a lot about how to motivate and focus the dog and how not to pressure it and to help it learn at its own pace. A safe progressive introduction to agility equipment is extremely important. Dogs should be taught so they want to do the work, not lured onto obstacles with trepidation. Correct introduction builds confidence and helps to ensure safe performance. A good instructor can modify a course for all skill levels for both dogs and handlers. Handlers learn to understand and work with the dog. Many handlers are surprised how much focus it takes from the handler to keep the dog engaged. Without clear communication from the handler, the dog is really on its own and the results may not be what you want. Handlers must take on the responsibility of communication and be willing to present information at a pace and in a format the dog can understand. Agility provides a medium for dogs to work on self-control skills such as start line stays, table performance, and

contacts. Dogs also learn to work in the company of other dogs and still be able to focus on their handler and the “job of agility”. Dogs learn self control by watching other dogs run the course and having to wait for their turn. If you are interested in agility, it is important that you find a place to introduce your dog to this wonderful sport safely and correctly. Because a friend of yours may do agility with a dog does not necessarily mean he or she can teach you and your dog to do agility. If you push the dog too far, too fast, and it becomes worried about certain experiences, your dog can have great setbacks in learning. There is no substitute for quality instruction from someone who not only knows how to play agility, but also knows how to teach it properly. Interested in getting started in the wonderful sport of agility with your dog? North Star is presenting a special workshop “Introduction to Dog Agility” on Saturday, February 15 from 10:00 am until Noon. $50 dog/handler team. No experience necessary. Safely explore the world of agility with your dog. Introduce your dog to many different obstacles and to work with you. Contact Kathy at North Star at 207-691-2332 to register.

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In Search of the “Perfect” Dog – Part 1 What Can Affect Our Dog’s Behavior? I am often asked, “How do I get

the perfect dog?” I always start by asking for clarification, “How do you define “perfect”? Typical responses are: I want a dog that will: have good manners, NEVER bite, NEVER growl, like ALL people, like ALL dogs, like ALL of our current pets, will NEVER chase cars, will ALWAYS stay in an unfenced yard, will NEVER jump on people, will ALWAYS alert me when someone “sketchy” is in the yard but will NEVER bark at people I like, will NEVER kill a squirrel, will ALWAYS be safe around ALL kids, will ALWAYS come when called and will stay close to me but will not hang around me when I don’t want it to, and so on. At its most extreme, that sounds like “I want a dog that will do anything I want, whenever I want, and will do nothing and be content if I don’t want it to do anything.” That is not a realistic expectation and is failing to meet some of our dog's most basic welfare requirements. I often wonder where people get their expectations of what constitutes a “perfect” dog. Unfortunately, not all but some of the people selling dogs such as breeders, shelters/rescues, pet shops, set us up to think the dog they want us to go home with is “perfect” because they know if we think otherwise, they may lose a sale. Selling a dog is not unlike most other things for sale. We typically want the best we can get. In some cases, those selling the dog even go so far as to use puppy temperament tests and shelter behavior

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assessments to convince us this is the right dog for us. Unfortunately, these tests may be misrepresented and presented to us as a predictor of future behavior. If we interpret that as a guarantee, they may or may not try to dissuade us from that impression. Temperament and shelter assessment tests are nothing more than a snapshot of a dog’s behavior in a specific scenario at a single moment in time. They are not predictive of nor are they

a guarantee of future “perfect” behavior. In some cases, our expectations of a “perfect” dog are the result of memories of dogs popularized through the mass media like Lassie or Air Bud. As endearing as those stories are, they are fictional accounts of dogs. Assumptions about certain breeds, usually based on an opinion that may not be supported by data, such as “Schnockelfensters are ALWAYS great with children!” can also bias our opinion inappropriately. I cannot tell you how many different individual dogs and breeds I have met over the past 25 years, but I do know I have seen extremes in behavior in all breeds. If we look at the list of the characteristics many want in a “perfect” dog, most of those characteristics focus on a dog’s behavior, what it will or will not do. Also I want to point out that people often use lots of absolutes with words like: ‘NEVER,’ ‘ALWAYS,’ and ‘ALL.’ The problem with using absolutes when discussing the behavior of a dog, or any animal, even human behavior, is that behavior can change and often does change and, like most of life, is seldom absolute. Many things can affect behavior. Genetics play a major role in future behavior. If either parent had certain genetic traits such as shyness, the puppies will probably also be shy. We have many different breeds of dogs because they were selectively bred for certain traits. Dogs come

preprogrammed with certain species-specific behavior motor patterns based on what they were bred to do. The dog is a predator, and as such has a motor pattern sequence to ORIENT > EYE > STALK > CHASE > GRAB-BITE > KILL-BITE > DISSECT > CONSUME prey. That does not mean every dog will be an efficient predator, but it may still have a strong instinct to go through all or part of this sequence. This pattern of behaviors is what makes retrievers retrieve and what allows herding breeds to move livestock successfully. Unfortunately, a working herding dog with strong instincts to stalk, chase, and grabbite is probably not a desirable trait for a dog that will be living with children. It is something we need to consider when searching for the “perfect” dog for our family today and what it will look like throughout the dog’s expected life. A herding breed may be a perfect companion for a young couple who likes to hike, but may not be the best choice if two years later they have twin infants. What happens during a puppy’s critical developmental period from birth to 16 weeks of age also has a great influence on behavior. If a puppy is a singleton, that puppy will not have an opportunity to experience social interactions with littermates unless it is placed in another litter where it can gain the social skills it will need to interact with other dogs successfully. Next month I will discuss other factors which can influence our dog's behavior.

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Rescue of the Month: Humane Society Waterville Area A Safe Haven for Animals in Need By Susan Spisak Since 1970, Humane Society Waterville Area, aka HSWA, has had the mission of sheltering animals until they find permanent homes, to educate the community about responsible pet ownership, and to advocate for the humane treatment of all animals. They serve over 20 communities and care for owner surrenders and strays brought in by the general public or animal control officers. Last spring, HSWA reached its shelter capital campaign of $250,000 to keep their doors open. Under the supervision of HSWA’s Executive Director Lisa Oakes and her staff, they expanded rescue efforts and programs, initiated and grew their volunteer program, collaborated with area nonprofits, and created a year-round fundraising schedule.

Lisa, who’s been at the helm for a little over a year, is thrilled with all their positive programs and efforts. She said they’ve ramped up their out-of-state rescue efforts due to a demand in the area for puppies and dogs – and to save more animals’ lives. “We don’t have a lot of local dogs coming in, which is a great problem to have,” she explained. So HSWA partnered with nonprofits such as Animal Rescue Front, Safe Haven Rescue and Wings of Rescue to pull pets from high-kill facilities in the south and beyond. In 2019, HSWA took in over 500 animals. They can care for 25 dogs at a time, more if necessary, by doubling up smaller dogs with a kennel divider. And their foster program has been instrumental in allowing them to take in more animals, “It’s been a lifesaver.” Foster homes are utilized as quarantines for their out-of-state

dogs or for those who will better thrive outside the shelter environment. Lisa shared that she and Animal Care Manager Mallory Chandler trekked to the Portland International Jetport and waited on the tarmac for their recent intakes of 10 dogs through Wings of Rescue. Over 120 animals were flown in and several shelters were there coordinating efforts. “That was quite incredible,” she said and added, “It was a well-oiled machine.” The plane landed at 2:40 pm and humane vans filled with animals drove off with their assigned charges by 3:15. Two HSWA staffers went to Virginia in January for professional training to expand their “Dog Daycare Trips.” Launched in 2019, this program allows approved short-term fosters to “check out” a dog from the shelter for an hour, afternoon, overnighter, or even a weekend. The goal is to further

socialize dogs, give them a break, and introduce them to new people, places, and things. Participants must attend their orientation and fill out their application and other paperwork. Lisa indicated they’d appreciate more shortterm fosters for the program. Check out more info and the application at hswa. org/doggy-day-trip-application/. HSWA has “Little Rescue Readers” for children 4 through 12. By reading to their adoptables, kids earn free books and have fun being with the animals. Visit hswa.org/little-rescue-readers/ for info on this heartwarming program. They continue to welcome donations to offset their costs and efforts including Monthly Giving, Sponsor a Cage, and Planned Giving. For volunteer openings, applications and hours, and all their adoptable dogs, visit www.hswa.org. HSWA is located at 100 Webb Road in Waterville.


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A handsome and healthy pup. Shiver loves his special person, and would like a home where the people will dote upon him. He needs to be the only pet, and he is also not keen on children.

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Very smart, loyal and has potential that is limitless. She has not had a lot of training, but has had a lot of exposure to a family with children. If you like to run, jog, hike, do agility, play flyball . . . then Sienna would like to chat with you! FMI: catahoularescuene@gmail.com

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I am an owner surrender because my humans had a baby and I want to be an only child. My dream home would be one with no other animals. I'm an older guy but don't let that fool you, I still have a lot of puppy energy!

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Intro to Dog Agility

Improve your dog’s start line and jumping performance. A great morning for all levels of agility experience! We'll work on grid jumps, pinwheels, spread jumps and distance work - this is for all levels of experience - we can work with you and your dog! North Star Dog Training School, 252 Jones Rd., Somerville. Call Kathy with questions and to register. $60 dog/handler team.

No Experience Necessary! SAFELY explore the world of agility with your dog. Introduce them to the many different obstacles and to working with you. Dogs should like food or toys for rewards. Learn how to get started in this wonderful dog sport! North Star Dog Training School, 252 Jones Rd., Somerville. Call Kathy with questions and to register. $50 dog/handler team. SPACE IS LIMITED. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY!!

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Nail Clipping Clinic

Danielle from the SPCA of Hancock County will be in our Loyal Biscuit Brewer location, 421 Wilson St. for their next nail clipping clinic. For just $10 you can have your pet's nails trimmed and all the proceeds will be donated to the SPCA of Hancock County! No appointment necessary. loyalbiscuit. com

Saturday, February 15 Waterville, 10:30AM – 12:30PM

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

Nail Trimming Clinic Saturday, February 1 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. Call ahead in case of snow!

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making a donation to one of the many local rescue organization within our community! loyalbiscuit.com

Nail Trimming Clinic Saturday, February 8 Camden, 10AM – 12PM

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

Coming in March . . . The Pittie Posse Rescue and Lady Luck Burlesque Presents: "Bad Reputation" Drinks - Live Show Dance - Real Fun Guest Performance by Sasha Lee's Boutique Performers Doors Open: 6:30 PM, Show Begins: 8 PM

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Toe Nail Tuesday

Tuesday, February 11 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. Call ahead in case of snow!

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Green Acres Kennel Shop Rated Among the Top 10 Best Kennels and Top 20 Best Dog Trainers in Best Businesses of America’s 20th annual Best of New England ratings for 2019

[Bangor]-Green Acres Kennel Shop has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Kennels and Top 20 Best Dog Trainers in Best Businesses of America’s 20th annual Best of New England ratings for 2019. The results of this rating survey are based on surveyed New England areas and their local survey company’s top-rated businesses in their local survey areas. This rating is based on Market Surveys of America’s survey in the Greater Bangor area. When Green Acres’ co-owner Don Hanson was asked for his reaction to this honor he responded; “We are fortunate to continue to be recognized for our commitment to quality pet care and training free of fear, force, and pain. It would not be possible without clients that insist that their dogs and cats be cared for with kindness. Thank you! Every one of our team members is here because they share our commitment and compassion for our furry clients and their people. It is a privilege to have them on the Green Acres team.”

February 2020

Loyal Biscuit Co. Celebrates 10 Years! Rockland, Maine - Loyal Biscuit Co. is celebrating 10 years of being Maine’s destination for the best in healthy pet supplies, toys, treats, collars and more. Loyal Biscuit Co. is an independently owned, community conscious, healthy pet supply store for dogs and cats with six locations throughout the state of Maine. Joel & Heidi Neal purchased the surviving, single-location store in downtown Rockland, Maine in January of 2010. Since then, they have added five additional locations and created a thriving business that employs 28 people. In addition, they have started three additional companies, Loyal Biscuit Tug ME Toy, a Maine-made tug toy; Fidelis Biscuit Co, an organic, mostly Maine-sourced treat available in three flavors; and Fennylicious, LCC, a real-estate holding company as they currently own two buildings of their six locations. “It’s been an incredible 10 years,” stated Heidi Neal, co-owner of Loyal Biscuit Co. “I still remember being the only employee in our smaller Rockland store in 2010, and now we have six locations throughout the state and 28 employees! Three of our locations have even expanded during those ten years. To say it’s been a wild ride would be an understatement.” The first thing LBC did to celebrate 10 years was create a charitable giving fund, Fenway Fund, in January of 2019. “The Fenway Fund, named after our beloved logo, Fenway, is our way of giving back to the many communities that we serve. Created in 2019, as we

entered our 10th year in business, Fenway Fund Grants are funded by proceeds of sales within our six retail locations,” stated Neal. “Fenway Fund Grants are awarded bi-annually to 501c3 Maine animal related organizations whose proposals are selected by a committee of Loyal Biscuit Co. team members. The Fund is a vital way for our Company to support animal welfare within our communities by providing seed money for projects in Maine. The Fenway Fund committee looks for projects which often fall below funding availability; projects that we believe will help better the lives of animals in the State of Maine. This fund is not for operational expenses - it is project driven.” During the last 10 years, Loyal Biscuit Co. has been recognized on a national, state, and local level, receiving many awards, including SBA Maine Small Business of the Year, Maine Retail Association Retailer of the Year, National Pet Specialty Multi-Location Retailer of the Year from Pet Business Monthly, Small Business of the Year from Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, and more. You can find their full list of awards at loyalbiscuit.com/about-us.

The Loyal Biscuit Co. is an award-winning pet supply store with locations at Reny’s Plaza, 1 Belmont Avenue, Belfast; Hannaford Shopping Plaza, 421 Wilson Street, Brewer; US Route 1, Camden-Rockport; 160 Water St, Hallowell; 408 Main Street, Rockland; and 109 Main Street, Waterville. You can find the LBC online at loyalbiscuit.com or facebook.com/loyalbiscuit.


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