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Breeds of the Emerald Isle By Susan Spisak

St. Patrick’s Day, honoring Ireland’s most famous patron saint, is observed on March 17th. While it started as his Feast Day in the

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1600’s, over time it has become a celebration of Irish culture with parades, leprechauns, and all things green. In following with this observation in a “dog” way, let’s explore these special breeds of Ireland. Irish Setters, developed in the 1700s for hunting and field work,


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From the Publisher Dear Dog News Readers, It is March and nearly Spring! I imagine after this fairly mild winter we are in for it with the ticks. Don’t forget that when temps reach around 45 degrees and upward those buggers will become active. I saw a post from a friend that she saw one in Feb. so remain mindful of this on the warmer days and check your furry friends when they come inside. We took advantage of the springlike weather and headed to a spot where I can walk Pepper and have a great chance of avoiding other dogs this time of year. She was thrilled to get out and sniff someplace other than our yard and she was exhausted that afternoon/evening. We were also accompanied by her Auntie Mandi which made it that much more special. Speaking of which, it is time to wish Pepper’s cousin Phoebe a happy 6th birthday this month and a belated happy 4th birthday to Sully our Downeast Dog News Assistant/Designer’s dog! This month’s center spread theme is veterinary care. This profession can be both rewarding and stressful. If you have a vet that you love, be sure and show them some appreciation. If you are on the lookout for a new pet doc you may find one in this issue. Be well! All the best, Jenn and Pepper

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Table of Contents Hot Dog News ....................... 2 Furry Words .......................... 4 Ask the Vet............................. 4 Basic Training Tips ................. 6 The ABC’s of Behavior ............7 Healthy Pets, Happy Pets... 8 & 9 Performance Dog Training ... 10 Words, Woofs & Meows........11 Dogs for Adoption..... 12, 13, 15 Calendar............................... 14 Business Directory ............... 16


Welcome to the warmer days

of March! Get your mud boots and towels ready because if your dog is anything like mine, she would paint the floor in mud if given the chance. For the newbies, I’m a psychic for people and pets with an office in Conway, NH, but I do readings internationally over the phone and Zoom. I put out the call for your questions and once again I had more than I could use! Just a reminder that a reading is never a replacement for licensed veterinary care. Janet S. asked about Abby, a Beagle/Cattle Dog. “I’d like to know if her back legs are okay or if there’s any pain.” I can physically feel what they are feeling, and as soon as I started typing, my left hip started aching. The right one feels fine to me though, which is good! When I “watch” her in the house, it seems like she’s deciding if something is worth getting up and moving for. If you hand her a treat and she’s sitting down, she will reach her neck out as far as she can before committing to standing up. She is such a well-loved dog and be ready to support your son when she passes. He may take it harder than the rest of the family

Acid Reflux in Dogs Q.

What is acid reflux, and what does it look like in a dog?

A. Acid reflux is also known

as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is caused by stomach juices, which are acids, moving up into the esophagus causing inflammation. Normally a sphincter, the muscle between the stomach and the esophagus, closes so this couldn’t happen. It is more common in puppies and brachiocephalic breeds but can happen to anyone. On rare occasions a pup is born with a hernia in his diaphragm, called a hiatal hernia, causing this to happen. GERD can also develop after surgery, when coming out of anesthesia. If your pup gets into something caustic, such as cleaning fluids or medications, esophageal damage can occur. The irritating acids from the stomach move into the esophagus


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because she is also one of his best friends. Kendralee D. asked about Buddy, an 18-month-old Bernedoodle. She wants to understand him better since they adopted him 5 months ago and he’s a love but also a lot! This dog is looking for direction and a job. He would be a great service

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causing inflammation and pain. The symptoms normally seen with this problem are regurgitation, exhibiting signs of pain like whining, lack of appetite, coughing, pacing and restlessness, lip licking, difficulty swallowing, weight loss, and a change in the tone of his bark.

dog, even if you only taught him the skills for fun. I can’t see you (or me) having fun in a puppy class, so see if someone teaches the skills online. He is slightly bored mentally, but you’re on point with his physical activity levels! He is also quite dignified, according to him. He would totally wear a necktie but prefers not to wear bandanas. I used to do readings at a fun event in Kittery called Newfie Fundays, and I became friends with the owners of Uncommon Paws in Portland. He’s showing me a necktie in the style they make and sell. Julie H. wants to know how Loretta’s legs and hips feel. I actually feel really great when I tap into her energy and the joints feel freshly lubricated! I would love to know if she’s on a supplement for it because if she is, it’s amazing! If you brush her, she’d rather you do it when she’s up and about instead of trying to sleep. She is giving me a look like, “You know what I’m talking about!” Catilin F. has Tony, a Miniature Pinscher mix. “He’s such an anxious boy, and I’d like to know why he gets scared in the car.” Oh my, I’m so glad you’re not sitting in front of me. You drive like a friend of mine, and I get

car sick because she speeds up, then brakes, then speeds up, and brakes. You’re a safe driver but not the smoothest one I’ve met. I’m totally laughing out loud typing this to you!!! How can we help him with his anxiety? Consistency and give him a heads up if you’re going to be home for a while, when you’re going out, when you’re coming back, etc. even if you set alarms so he can be off the clock without the fear he’s going to be forgotten. He is a sweetheart! Finally, Claudia asked about Storm, a silver lab. “Are there any issues bothering him?” The first place I’m drawn are his teeth. I’m seeing an image of impacted wisdom teeth, and my cheeks feel full, especially in the back. I’m not a vet, but if he’s not eating normally or seems reluctant, that’s where I’d start! Thank you all for your questions! If you’d like a longer reading or to host an event for you and your friends, go to www.enlightenedhorizons. com for more information and follow along on Facebook at Sara Moore Enlightened Horizons to have a shot at an upcoming column.

Your veterinarian will diagnose GERD by doing a thorough examination, looking for any abnormalities which can cause these symptoms. The vet may need to do blood tests and examine a poop sample to look for parasites. Sometimes x-rays and ultra-sound is needed to rule out swallowed foreign objects, looking for tumors, and other anatomical abnormalities. Ultimately, your best friend may need an endoscopic exam. This procedure is done under general anesthesia so a tube with a camera can be passed down the mouth, then the esophagus, and into the stomach. This test allows the veterinarian to see exactly what the structures look like. It can show inflammation, ulcers, tumors, abnormalities, and foreign material. Depending on the cause, treatment is done at home. It may start with a diet change with a lowfat diet. Fat can stimulate stomach acid production. Feeding multiple small meals can also reduce the symptoms. Your veterinarian may prescribe antacids that are sold over the counter. Reflux can still occur,

but it is less painful and causes less damage. Sometimes medication to strengthen the muscles to prevent the back flow of stomach juices into the esophagus will be prescribed. In some cases, a medication to coat the esophagus is needed to allow it to heal. In rare occasions, surgery may be needed to correct a hernia. Holistically feeding an appropriate diet, using herbs like slippery elm, may help reduce the symptoms and protect the esophagus. A properly selected homeopathic remedy or traditional Chinese medicine formula can help solve the problem. Taking Fido to a certified veterinary practitioner may be indicated. Most dogs respond quickly to treatment. Monitoring your pup’s symptoms will be important to determine if long term medication is needed. Judith K. Herman, DVM, CVH Animal Wellness Center Augusta, Maine www.mainehomeopahticvet.com

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BREEDS from page 1 the movie Funny Farm. The main character wanted a slower life and moved to the country with his wife. They adopted a Setter who when brought home, immediately took off and ran, ran, ran across their acreage. The Setter was returned for a lazy yellow Lab.) Judith K. Herman DVM explained that Irish Setters are beautiful, playful, and have a friendly, family-oriented personality. “They are easy to handle at the vet office. They do suffer from separation anxiety more so than some other breeds. This would need to be addressed as a pup to avoid problems as they age.” She added that as far as grooming, their coat is easier to deal with but does need standard grooming. Irish Setters require plenty of supervised exercise and can burn energy playing with other canines in dog parks. Setters enjoy walking, hiking, agility, hunting, and jogging with their owners. Compared to their cousins, the Red and White Setters are slightly shorter and stockier. Their personality traits are similar, and they’re great family dogs, too. A job is a necessity for them, and they love daily walks. They shouldn’t be left alone outside—they can become bored, destructive, and a loud nuisance to neighbors. Although developed in Ireland in the 1700’s, they weren’t recognized by the AKC until 2009. The tallest of the AKC Giant breeds are the kind, double-coated Irish Wolfhounds. Their undercoats are soft

while the topcoats are harsh and wiry, which require weekly brushing. Their colors are white, gray, brindle, red, black, and fawn. Dr. Herman said that Irish Wolfhounds have a reputation of being short-lived with a high incidence of bone cancer and heart disease. “Otherwise, they are easy to live with.” Sara Sokol, Owner & Trainer at Mr. Dog Training, lost her beloved, “wicked funny” Wolfhound named Westin two years ago. She shared that her “magic creature” was the easiest, most gentle, low energy, and kind dog she ever had the privilege of living with. “I never had to teach him not to jump up, he never pulled on a leash, he was always just a super easy dog.” People may be fearful of owning Giant breeds due to their size. “The truth is Giant breeds are so much easier than a large or small breed dog and as a dog trainer, I wish more people had them,” said Sara. She simply provided plenty of exercise and mental stimulation for Westin, as she has done with all her dogs. “Other than that, he was pretty much asleep or just laying around resting and relaxing.” Wolfhounds are sweet souls and are extraordinarily devoted, and if one is thinking of adopting one, be prepared to be stopped frequently as they receive positive attention. The liver-colored Irish Water Spaniels are exceptional swimmers, excellent field workers, and are good in the home. Also in the Sporting Group, they have a curly coat with a unique “rat” like tail which doesn’t require much brushing. Elsebeth DeBiase, BAminSC, ICMG,



FFCP, LSHC-S and owner of Coastal Creations Pet Salon, said this breed, (as well as the Kerry Blue Terrier) is one of the most suitable breeds for people with allergies because they are low-shedding and release less dander. But their skin and coat can be problematic for them—they may develop chronic allergies that can lead to hot spots. Irish Water Spaniel owners know their brave, smart, hardworking dogs are off the charts as far as playfulness, well past their puppy years. They were extremely popular in the Victorian era, so much so that they were one of the nine original charter dogs introduced by the AKC in 1878. The Soft Coated Wheaten, one of four Irish Terriers, are wheat-colored vigilant watch dogs and are loving with their family and young children. Dr. Herman said Wheatens may be high maintenance because they need exercise and supervision. For those considering adopting one, “All the Terriers from the Irish clan have come from farm dogs with the tough Terrier personality and tenacity. Anyone looking for a Terrier needs to do their homework.” Dr. Herman shared Wheaten Terrier coats shed less. As far as styling those coats to look sharp, Elsebeth added, “The soft-coated Wheaten Terrier (as well as the Kerry Blue Terrier) will require the most professional grooming to keep them looking nice, on average every 4 to 6 weeks for breed standard trimming. However,

they can be trimmed shorter for pet styles.” The intelligence, loyalty, and bravery were evident of Irish Terriers in WWI as they were used to transport messages between troops on the front lines. They’re willing to please and are good family dogs. Irish Terriers thrive with swimming and other outdoor activities. A plus is that their short coat which doesn’t shed much, is easier to maintain. Kerry Blue Terriers aka Irish Blue Terriers, first recognized by the AKC in 1922, are all-around hardworking land and water hunters who were once used to guard homes and farms. They were expected to kill rodents and this breed became general working dogs to herd sheep and cattle. Kerry Blues thrive in homes and are also considered great apartment companions. The spirited, friendly Glen of Imaal Terriers aka Glens, have gentle dispositions and do not bark much. These cute, small dogs were bred to rid the home and farm of pests. They’re double coated, but due to their wiry coat, they’re lower on the shed level. For more on the Irish breeds, including detailed grooming and temperament info, historical details, and life expectancies, go to akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeds/ irish-dog-breeds/.

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wasn’t the slightest bit interested in entering the AKC Rally competition nearby, but several friends and the instructor of my course encouraged me to jump in. It was a sport about which they were sincerely passionate, and I commend them for this. Astro and I had likely sufficiently mastered the requisite skills, but I’d have to put some effort into studying the rules. Some of the terminology conflicted with that of Rally-FrEe, the sport in which I was already competing and found more fun and interesting than Rally. This would be a bit confusing. I decided to enter. By the time the competition date arrived, Astro and I felt ready to give it a try. I was confident about my grasp of the rules. I was even somewhat excited about it, I reluctantly admitted! When we were called to walk the novice course, I realized I needed clarification on something, so I approached the judge with a simple question. Mad Judge* She openly berated me. She was condescending and accusatory, roaring that the answer was in the rule book I should have read, and “shame on me” for not knowing. She refused

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to respond, instead huffing away in contempt and derision. I was aghast. Aren’t you, too, just reading this? Was talking to the judge verboten? If so, she could have kindly told me this (and what a weird rule that would be anyway). Luckily, one of the other exhibitors answered my question (surreptitiously whispering it to me, out of sight of the judge as if we were involved in some duplicitous drug deal). This was supposed to be a fun hobby to do with our dogs and other

teams with similar passions, not some military exercise where pulling rank fills one’s fragile ego. How do you think I felt as Astro and I ran the course with Mad Judge closely watching us? We hadn’t even started, and it was already tainted by negativity. There was no joy in it whatsoever for me. I was thrilled just to be done with it. Tied for first. She called the two first place finishers to the table, openly disappointed that we did as well as we did. She was still angry. Her anger sprouted, she admitted, from her disdain for positive reinforcement trainers like the two of us “Cookie Pushers.” I wear the “Cookie Pusher” badge with pride even though it’s tossed around as a derisive term. I love cookies. (note: no treats are allowed in the ring, yet we still excelled). She decided to give my competitor first and me second, but she was clearly still unhappy about life. Her rant deepened into a longwinded diatribe about the state of the wider world, how spoiled children are these days, etc. She carried on for so long that I high-tailed it while she was still in full rage, so eager was I to flee the scene and never, ever return. “Punishment”: a consequence which reduces the likelihood of a behavior happening again. First Impressions are Powerful; we don’t get a second chance. What if, instead of the above (factual) scenario, I’d been welcomed by a kind and supportive judge, if I’d

had many prior, positive experiences to help buffer this one bad one? It would likely be very different. The team who tied with me went on to compete many times and loved it. I stuck with Rally-FrEe! What’s not to love about a bow as the last behavior on every course? This isn’t just about me, in case you were wondering… The above applies to our interactions with our dogs and the choices we make in how to train them. The rules of psychology recognize no species borders. A dog who plays a rousing game of joyful tug when he first enters the vet’s office will have a very different first impression than a dog who comes in and is reprimanded for being fearful. When we are having training sessions focused on punishing our dogs for not knowing what they don’t know (that happened to me) rather than supporting them through the learning process, we will likely have an unhappy learner. What experiences have you had where you were punished for something you didn’t do, where the punishment far outweighed the “crime”, or where your dog had a bad - or great - first impression that endured? Please share! Happy training! *This is a true story, but it does not reflect the typical experience of a Rally trial. I got the wrong judge, but the damage was done. The use of punishment risks causing long-term fall-out.

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The Three Term Contingency: The ABC’s of Behavior By Christine D. Calder, DVM, DACVB Calder Veterinary Behavior Services, www.caldervbs.com


nderstanding your pet's behavior can be simplified into three main parts known as the ABC model: the Antecedent (what happens before a behavior), the Behavior (what your pet does), and the Consequence (what happens after the behavior). This method, based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), helps you understand, predict, and modify your pet's actions to improve communication and solve behavior problems. The Trigger: Antecedent The antecedent is the event or situation that occurs right before your pet's behavior. It is like a trigger that sets off a specific reaction from your pet. This could be anything from you picking up a leash, indicating it is time for a walk, to external factors like another animal nearby or a sudden noise. Recognizing these triggers helps predict and better understand your pet's actions. The Action: Behavior Behavior refers to what your pet does in response to the antecedent. It is the actual action you can see, such as sitting, jumping, or barking. Behaviors can be desirable (like sitting when asked) or undesirable (like jumping on the counter). The key is that behaviors are observable and measurable, giving insight into your pet's needs and motivations. The Result: Consequence Consequences are the results that follow your pet's actions. They shape behaviors by either increasing

or decreasing their frequency. These outcomes help your pet learn what behaviors are beneficial and which are not. This influence can make a behavior more or less likely to occur again. • Positive vs. Negative: In this context, “positive” means adding something (like treats or playtime) to encourage a behavior. “Negative” means taking something away (like ignoring them) to discourage a behavior. It is important to note that “positive” and “negative” do not necessarily mean good or bad here. • Reinforcement and Punishment: These are the tools to change behavior. Reinforcement makes a behavior more likely to happen again, while punishment does the opposite. Adding something (positive reinforcement) or taking it away (negative reinforcement) can encourage a behavior. Adding a consequence to stop a behavior is positive punishment, and taking something away is negative punishment. • It is All About Perspective: What counts as reinforcement or punishment depends on how your pet feels about it, not what you might think. Each pet is unique, and what motivates one might not affect another the same way. Applying the ABCs of Behavior Example 1: Barking at the Doorbell 1. Identify Antecedents: The doorbell ringing serves as the trigger that sets off your dog's barking. 2. Modify Behavior: Teach your

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KC Fetch titles were created as another activity in which owners could have fun with their dogs in the AKC Family Dog program. Earning AKC Fetch titles provides opportunities for both physical and mental exercise. AKC Fetch is designed for all breeds. AKC Fetch is a pass-fail noncompetitive test. The four levels of titles (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Retriever) assess the ability of the dog to retrieve. In the Advanced and Retriever levels, the dog must respond correctly to signals. There is also a memory component in Advanced and Retriever because a retrieving bumper or ball is dropped (or thrown) behind a blind where it

cannot be seen. For each of the four titles, the dog must pass the test twice under two different approved AKC Fetch judges. In the Novice Fetch test (FTN), the handler will throw an object—a ball, bumper, or toy, and the dog will retrieve from at least 30-ft. The object will be thrown 3 times for 3 single retrieves. • The handler/dog will walk up to the start line with the dog on leash. The leash will be removed before the handler throws the

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Pet Obesity, part 3

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daily, most of us also give our dogs treats. Treats are typically used for training because research indicates treats are the best reward for a dog. Sometimes, we also give dogs treats to satisfy their need to chew and or to keep them busy so we can get stuff done. Lastly, I expect every dog to receive treats for being cute, sweet, and wonderful. I am not opposed to anyone treating their dogs for any of the reasons above; however, they must understand that those treats contain calories. If your dog is overweight or obese and you want him to live a long life, you need to cut back on the treats. As I noted in the first part of this series, dogs fed less than 25% of the manufacturer's recommended amounts did not starve to death; they lived longer and healthier lives. To give an obese dog a treat is potentially killing him with kindness. I recommend you consider the following when evaluating any treat for your dog: • Determine the calories per treat from the package or a Google search before giving it to your pet. • If the caloric content per treat is high, the treats must be soft so you can easily break them up into pea-sized pieces. • The ingredients panel must not contain any artificial ingredients or colors. • If you give a treat equivalent to 10% or more of your dog's recommended daily calories, reduce what you feed him that day. Here are my thoughts on various treats. • Training treats – In a 30-minute training session with a dog, you could easily go through 60 treats. One of my favorite training treats is five calories per treat, so if I went through

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60, it would account for 300 calories. That exceeds the recommended daily calories for a 20-pound dog. However, because that treat is soft, I can break a single treat into eight pea-sized pieces. Sixty of those tiny pieces only amount to 37.5 calories. • Dental treats – These treats help keep your dog’s teeth clean. They are made for those who are not good at brushing the dog's teeth at least thrice weekly. Unfortunately, dental treats are often high in calories and have less than desirable ingredients. The large size of one dental treat is 139 calories, 13.6% of the caloric requirement for a 70lb dog! Other alternatives have better

ingredients and fewer calories to keep your dog's teeth clean. • Chewable & Consumable Treats – This category of treats is meant to be chewed and will often keep a dog busy for a few minutes or maybe more than an hour. Many treats, such as freeze-dried chicken necks and cod skins, have nutritional value. Because many of the treats are not man-made, their size and, thus, caloric content may vary. • Bully Stick, 6in, 88 calories on average. • No-Hide, large, 301 calories. • Turkey Neck, freeze-dried, 133 calories, on average. • Dog biscuits – Dog biscuits are the universal dog treat. The large size of a famous brand accounts for 125 calories, 12.8% of the caloric needs of a 70lb dog. The ingredient lists for most treats in this category are filled with carbohydrates and other things we would classify as junk food. In other words, there’s nothing good here, especially for an overweight dog. Exercise Matters Typically, weight loss requires more than a change in diet. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention states that dogs need a minimum of 20-30 minutes of daily aerobic activity or exercise. If you suspect your dog is overweight or obese, I encourage you to have your veterinarian give your dog a complete physical evaluation before beginning an exercise program. FMI – https://www.petobesityprevention. org/weight-loss-dogs In Memory of ‘B’ In 2000, a client brought his mother’s dog, ‘B,’ to us for boarding. His mom was having surgery and would then be spending a couple of months in rehab, and ‘B’ needed a place to stay.

We were immediately taken with ‘B’s sweet nature but were very concerned about his weight. A normal weight for his breed would have been 15 to 20 lbs. ‘B’ weighed over twice that. His legs bowed outward, and he waddled when he walked, which was clearly a struggle. There was no smile on this poor dog's face as he was suffering. We asked for and were granted permission to see if we could slowly get him to a healthier weight. I still vividly recall the day I saw ‘B’ running to greet me, his tongue lolling out of his mouth and his ability to jump up on my legs. It was a beautiful sight.

Don Hanson lives in Bangor, Maine, where he isthe co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop (greenacreskennel.com) and the founder of ForceFreePets.com, an online educational resource for people with dogs and cats. He is a Professional Canine Behavior Consultant (PCBC-A) accredited by the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB)and a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner (BFRAP). Don is a member of thePet Professional Guild (PPG), where he serves on the Board of Directors and Steering Committee and chairs the Advocacy Committee. He is also a founding director of Pet Advocacy International (PIAI). In addition, Don produces and co-hosts The Woof Meow Showpodcast,available at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts/,the Apple Podcast app, and Don's blog: www.words-woofs-meows.com.The opinions in this post are those of Don Hanson.

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Rescue of the Month RESCUE OF THE MONTH: HUMANE SOCIETY WATERVILLE AREA Providing 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 twenty communities and care for upwards of 2,000 strays and owners’ surrenders brought in by the general public or animal control officers annually. They are a high-adoption, openadmission facility, and they won’t euthanize animals due to lack of space. The same holds true for sick animals--they care for them and bring in specialists to heal them as they can. They’re proud that they go the extra distance for every animal in their

care, and as such they have a high placement rate. In 2019, HSWA reached its shelter capital campaign of $250,000 to keep their doors open. They were thrilled with the results and ramped up their out-of-state rescue efforts due to a demand for pups and dogs. Tiffany Lowe, Community Engagement Coordinator, said they hope to facilitate another transport soon. HSWA has unique programs, “They’re all wonderful,” Tiffany shared. There’s the Doggy Day Trips which launched in 2019 after two staffers attended professional curriculum training. It allows approved shortterm fosters to “check out” dogs for an afternoon or evening. Imagine the joy shelter dogs feel when treated to outings such as hikes, beach walks, and/or nights with loving fosters. Time

away from the shelter relaxes, helps build socialization skills, and introduces them to new things. All these factors help staffers see their personalities grow and can make better matches with adopters. A similar program is Slumber Pups which allows approved folks to take dogs on sleepovers, but its goal is to learn more about how fostering programs affect dogs. It gives dogs a break from the shelter and allows them to enjoy home environments. (Both programs require the Doggy Day Trips/Slumber Pups orientation, and filling out the application, waiver, and activities summary.) HSWA has “Little Rescue Readers” for children four through twelve. By reading to adoptables, kids sharpen their skills while snuggling with cozy pets, which in turn is beneficial to the

animals. Once kids get four “punches” on their reading cards, they can choose a free book. Tiffany said the reading hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 am until noon. (Visit hswa.org/ little-rescue-readers/ for info on this heartwarming program.) They do need assistance in caring for their pets: “I feel like we, like all agencies, will always need more fosters and volunteers,” she said. As far as events, Tiffany said to save July 20th for their 3rd Annual Woofstock Music Festival at 100 Webb Rd in Waterville. They’ll have live music and a beer tent at the family- and dog-friendly event. For all info on fostering, volunteering, adopting, and making cash or tangible donations, see hswa.org/. Please be sure to see their adoptable dogs there but also check out three of their special dogs below.




I'm Mack, your future best friend! I'm ready for a fresh start after being here for a year. I'm a one-dog show, no room for other pets or kids, I'm afraid. I love a comfy bed and peanut putter filled Kongs. I'm playful, loyal, and independent. I am slower to trust, but as I've shown with the staff, I do get attached and give all my heart. I'm good on a leash and would adore plenty of exercise. I promise to fill your life with laughter and endless love.

An independent soul, bursting with tons of playful energy. This Hound mix has a strong will that is evident in every tail wag and playful jump, but don't let that fool you. Kai is a quick learner, already showing great progress in his daily training with Maximillion Dog Training. He's not just looking for a home, he's looking for a partner in life, someone to share his boundless energy and love with.

I'm full of energy--a real spitfire--and love activities, but I also cherish snuggle time. I need to be the only pet in the home, I need all the attention! Kids under the age of ten aren't a good fit for me. I've been here at the shelter for a while and am just waiting for that special someone to come and see what I have to offer.

For information on adopting visit www.hswa.org

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Some rescues do not offer phone numbers and require you apply online. Please see the contact info. highlighted in yellow below each dog. CLARK


1 year old, Hound Mix

Clark is an energetic, playful young pup in search of a new home! He’s very interested in exploring the world around and loves participating in positive reinforcement training to learn what is expected of him. He could live with other dogs given a successful meet and greet, and would do best in a home without cats. FMI: midcoasthumane.org

Tank is a happy guy who loves to hang out with his people and go on adventures. He may be able to live with another dog friend pending a successful meet and greet, but would do great as the only pet in the home. He is bouncy, vocal, loving, playful and his affection will win your heart. FMI: midcoasthumane.org

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58lbs and growing. Ben is great with other dogs and a big lovebug!

FMI: www.luckypuprescue.org


3.5 years old, Australian Cattle Dog

Handsome, healthy, extremely intelligent and full of energy! Excellent recall, knows basic commands, loves playing fetch with his frisbee, “helping” with any outdoor chores. Folks who work from home, have flexible schedules, or a full time stay at home adult would suit him best. Kids 5+ FMI: Email: sln2310@yahoo.com

A sweet bonded pair of seniors who are looking for a forever home together. Wonderful old guys, and are a bit on the shyer side. But with love and patience they will warm up and bring their new family so much joy. Bodie has some vision and hearing loss, so a mature household would be best. FMI: olddogsnewdigs.com

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1 year old, Catahoula Leopard Hound Mix

The sweetest girl, she will be your absolute best friend, always by your side. Amber is very food motivated and she will lure you in for more treats with her puppy dog eyes. She loves to play with other dogs and is good with kids 7+ due to her excitement and jumping. FMI: Email: sln2310@yahoo.com

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9 years old, Terrier Mix

10.5 years old, Mixed

FMI: olddogsnewdigs.com

FMI: olddogsnewdigs.com

Spunky and affectionate, 50 lbs. of pure quirky love looking for a big couch to lay on and someone’s heart and home to fill. Loves her stuffies. Walks well on a leash. LOVES belly rubs. Lily can be selective with other dogs, but is non-reactive on a leash with dogs outside of the home.

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FMI: www.luckypuprescue.org

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65lbs and growing! Boone is SUPER sweet and good with other dogs..

457 Foreside Rd., Topsham, (207)729-4678, androscogginanimalhospital.com

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

13 year old, Terrier Mix & 10 year old, Boxer Mix

10 months old, Great Pyrenees Mix

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11 months old, Great Pyrenees Mix


4 years old, Rottweiler


This affectionate, smart and loyal pup walks well on a leash & does well on car rides. He can be shy at first, but warms up with treats! He can be very snuggly. Jasper has some specific requests for his new home, including that he’d like to be the only animal in an adult home.

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2 years old, American Pit Bull Terrier

7 months old, Mixed Breed

His personality is as vibrant as a rainbow. His intelligence is unmistakable; he’s potty trained and quick to pick up new tricks. His energy and curiosity make every day an adventure. Luthor’s friendly nature makes him a hit with everyone he meets. He’s brave and loyal.

With a zest for life that’s as contagious as his goofiness. He’s the embodiment of sweetness and bravery, with an independent streak that’s balanced by his love for cuddles. His playful nature is sure to brighten your day, and his intelligence will impress you, as he learns new things at lightning speed.

1 year old, Hound

FMI: www.pawscares.org

FMI: www.pawscares.org

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Trixie is smart and energetic with a knack for comedic mischief. She’s friendly, curious, loyal, brave, and oh-so-sweet. Her cuddly nature is only outshone by her vivacious spirit. She’s great with people and dogs, and will surely make a loyal companion.


March C lendar

To submit or get more information on the events below, go online to downeastdognews.com These events are currently scheduled as of our production date however please check with the event organizers to ensure they are still taking place on these dates. CAN-AM CROWN INTERNATIONAL SLED DOG RACE

your dog. How to motivate different temperament types, including the shy and sensitive dog, the over-zealous and anticipating dog, the pushy and reactive dog, the distracted dog, or one that seems to have a poor work ethic. $75 FMI and to register: Call Kathy at (207)691-2332 or e-mail kduhnoski@ myfairpoint.net.

Begins March 2 Fort Kent, 8AM - 11AM All three Can-Am Crown races (the 250, 100, and 30 mile races) have highly accessible starts on Fort Kent’s Main Street. There are no fees to view the races. Bring your camera! Finish Line: Fort Kent (All 3 races finish at Lonesome Pines Ski Lodge) Estimated Finishes: CanAm 30 – Saturday, noon – 4PM, Can-Am 100 – Saturday, 9PM – 2AM, Can-Am 250 – Monday, 8AM – Tuesday 10AM. The purse this year is $52,000. Visit website for race checkpoints and for more info. can-am-crown.net



Saturday, March 2 Windham, 10AM – 1PM LET’S TALK TRACKING! With AKC Tracking Judge Carolyn Fuhrer (Fundraiser for OTAC) Location: Pawsitive Canine Care & Training, Windham. Get ready for a new tracking season by discussing and learning some great foundation work with your dog. Beginners can get a head start on understanding the sport and have a good foundation for their first outdoor workshop. More experienced trackers will learn to problem solve and build your confidence on the track. Dog and handler teams will work on article indication, start line routines, and effective lead handling. Also: learn the importance of article placement and how it can help you at a test – very important!! This is an indoor workshop, but you should bring your dog. $75 Dog Handler Team (OTAC MEMBERS $65) Auditors: $40 FMI and to register: Call Kathy at (207)691-2332 or e-mail kduhnoski@myfairpoint.net.


Saturday, March 2 Thomaston, 12PM – 3PM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them over to Tractor Supply in Thomaston and Shannon Nachajko, Director of 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 Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue. Weather permitting - Call ahead in case of snow!

Thomaston and Shannon Nachajko, Director of 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 Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue. Weather permitting - Call ahead in case of snow!

Saturday, March 23 Somerville, 10AM – 1PM PLAY, FOCUS & ENGAGEMENT – Part 2 at North Star Dog Training School, Somerville. All the cookies in the world can’t replace training through understanding. Do you feel like you are “stuck”? Is your dog great in training but when you get in the ring it all falls apart? Learn to recognize the change in attitude and what you can do to help your dog to regain focus so they can continue to enjoy the sport. $75 FMI and to register: Call Kathy at (207)691-2332 or e-mail kduhnoski@ myfairpoint.net.


Tuesday, March 12 Thomaston, 11AM – 1PM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them over to Tractor Supply in

Saturday, March 16 Somerville, 10AM - 1PM PLAY, FOCUS & ENGAGEMENT – Part 1 at North Star Dog Training School, Somerville. Everything you need for a basis for ANY performance dog sport (obedience, rally, agility, tracking). How to create a willing partner without begging and bribing or trying to fool

Sunday, March 24 Thomaston, 12PM – 2PM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them over to Tractor Supply in Thomaston and Shannon Nachajko, Director of 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 Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue. Weather permitting - Call ahead in case of snow!

diets are a great option, especially for pets that are prone to dental disease, or for those animals that will not tolerate their teeth being brushed. After brushing and dental chews or diets, water and food additives can also be helpful in reducing plaque and tartar in your pet’s mouth. Again, we stick with products recommended by the VOHC and our favorite is Healthy Mouth because it is approved for both cats and dogs and even horses! Healthy Mouth is an all-natural water additive and can be added to your pet’s food if they will not drink it in the water. It comes in a few flavors as well, so most pets find it to be palatable. While daily dental homecare is a huge part of preventive dentistry and keeping your pet’s mouth healthy, it does not replace the need for regular oral exams and cleanings with a veterinarian. It can, however, increase the time between cleanings for some animals. One monumental difference between pets and people is that pets cannot tell us when something is bothering them in their mouth and animals are much more stoic than

we are. We often find significant changes in an animal’s mouth once it is under anesthesia either on oral exam or dental x-rays. Even on the best animal, we cannot do a thorough oral exam while it is awake, and we definitely cannot take dental x-rays. If we wait to do assessments and cleanings on our pets until we can see a problem on an awake exam, there are often significant problems at this point that cannot be reversed without extracting teeth. This is why

it is recommended to have your pet’s teeth assessed under anesthesia on an annual basis by your veterinarian. Many of these homecare products can be found online, at a pet store, or from your veterinarian. If you have not talked to your veterinarian about your pet’s oral health and what you can do at home, we highly recommend it. We also carry many of these products at our clinic. Schedule your pet’s oral health assessment and consultation today!



CAT AND DOG from page 9 remove micro abrasions caused by scaling after. This cannot be properly done on any animal while it is awake and, therefore, should be avoided. We realize that brushing is not possible for some people and pets. It takes time and patience to train your pet and brushing can be easy to forget. Thankfully, there are a few other options. The next best option is a daily dental chew or dental diet. Some people give their pets antlers and marrow bones to chew on. We do not recommend this. While hard objects do remove tartar, they also remove enamel (the protective layer of the tooth) and often cause fractured teeth. Instead, we recommend dental chews certified by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). You can check out their website at VOHC.org to see the full list of approved products. Our favorite chew is Oravet as it has a waxy substance that helps coat the teeth to prevent plaque from sticking. We also use Oravet sealant on all our patients’ teeth after they are cleaned. Besides daily chews, there are also complete dental diets. These dental specific


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5 years old, Coonhound Mix

1 year old, Coonhound Mix

3 years old, Lab Mix

FMI: pethavenlane.org

FMI: pethavenlane.org

FMI: pethavenlane.org

I’m a big, snuggly hound. I love sniffing the sniffs, but I also love getting in your lap. I have lived with young children, dogs, and cats. KVHS, however, is suggesting that I go to a home without cats as I have acted like they are not my friends here at the shelter. I prefer a quieter home.


She thinks she’s a track star; she loves to run and follow her nose! Baying? Also one of her favorite things! Luna is your typical hound dog; she’s sweet, slobbery, obnoxiously cute, and has previously lived with children of all ages and did well! She’s full of funny antics sure to keep you on your toes.


This goofy goober loves to play and run, he’s on the higher energy side, although at night he LOVES cuddling up with his people! His ideal home would be someone who enjoys training and creating that bond, loves to go for walks, and just looking for a little shadow! Home with older kids.


3-4 years old, Mixed Breed

2 years old, Black German shepherd

3 years old, Mixed Breed

FMI: blessedbethebullies.com

FMI: blessedbethebullies.com

FMI: blessedbethebullies.com

He is known to be good to everyone and is such a love!! Not to mention absolutely stunning! Earl would love a family, bonus if there are kids! Who wouldn’t want to add this gem to their family?!

Loves to go on walks and play but will also lounge on the couch to nap or chew on a bone. She lives for treats and pets and will lean into you for belly rubs. NO FISH PRODUCTS for Kali - will cause an upset stomach! no kids under 12.

Amazing dog for lack of better words because there is no word to describe his level of awesome! He is SUPER beefy, but SUCH a baby! Unless you are a cat or small animal, then he is not so nice. I truly feel he would make the best side-kick, your ride-or-die, partner in crime!

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