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Hot Dog News Maine Wienerfest Canceled! The Maine Wienerfest which was scheduled to be held in

Belfast on September 12th has once again been canceled this year out of an abundance of caution and for the safety for all involved and/or planning to attend. Wienerfest is typically held on the 2nd Sunday in September. You can stay informed about next year’s festival by visiting www.mainewienerfest.com or https://www.facebook.com/ MaineWienerfest.

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clinics Several times each year, Midcoast Humane holds low-cost vaccination for dogs and cats in our community. Clinics take place in different

locations throughout the forty communities we serve and are made possible by volunteers, including the veterinarians. Pricing is as follows: Rabies Vaccine: $15 Microchips: $25 Flea and Tick Treatment will be available for purchase. Due to COVID-19, we are currently performing *Curbside* Rabies Clinics. If your pet cannot be taken in to see the vet without you, this service is not your best option. Curbside Details: Volunteers will bring pets from their owner’s cars into the building for the vaccination and will deliver them back to the car when the vaccination is complete. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers. Please bring records

of your pets’ previous vaccinations if available. Due to its limited capacity, we can accept a maximum of three pets per client. ​ Make sure your animals are indeed due for vaccinations. Over-vaccinating can cause short- and long-term adverse side effects and has been linked to cancer and immune problems. Upcoming Clinics: Sunday, August 29, 10am – 12pm, Richmond Town Office, 26 Gardiner St., Richmond Sunday, September 12th, 10am – 12pm, Cumberland Town Office, 290 Tuttle Rd., Cumberland Dr. Menolly Cote of Freeport Veterinary Hospital is generously providing her services free of charge.

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From the Publisher Dear Dog News Readers, It is with much sadness that we say goodbye to Bammy, our dog columnist. Bammy’s human, Nancy (aka Boss to Bammy), has helped share his adventures and advice to fellow dogs in his “Ask Bammy” column each month. We want to thank both for their contribution to our paper. Bammy started writing for us shortly after I became publisher, and I will surely miss hearing from him each month. You can read Bammy’s final column on page 7. We hope you will join us in sending out healing thoughts and prayers to Nancy who is mourning her beloved friend. As it turns out, our center spread focuses on pet loss this month. We don’t mean for this to be a depressing issue, but it is an inevitable moment that all pet owners will face. It is not a topic I like to dwell on because it will certainly be one of the hardest days of my life when I say goodbye to my sweet Pepper, however, it is good to not only have a plan in mind for our pets’ aftercare but also what happens if we are the ones who pass first? Who will look after our furry friends then? You might expect that your family or friends will take them, but it is better to ask to be certain. So, give all of your pets an extra snuggle or treat, take more adventures and make more beautiful memories. If you’re like me, you probably have a ton of photos in your phone but you might also consider having some professional pet portraits done. There are a lot of talented artists out there who would love to help you. This summer has certainly been different. We saw some warm temps early on, lots of rain, really hot and humid days . . . I’m not quite sure what to expect from fall, but I plan to enjoy as much outdoor time as I can! 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 Ask Bammy............................ 7 Grieving Pets ............................. 7 Forever in Our Hearts ........... 8, 9 Performance Dog Training.... 10 Words, Woofs & Meows....... 11 Rescue of the Month.............12 Dogs for Adoption................ 13 Calendar............................... 14 Business Directory ............... 15

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How is it September? Do I say this

every year? Probably!  Well, go get your pumpkin spice latte and enjoy what some of the readers wanted to know about their pups.  When I put the call out for questions I need their name, what kind or color, if they’re living and what you’d like to know.  I’m an animal communicator who uses psychic insight to connect with them and anything medical I relay needs to be discussed with your veterinarian because I have no training in that field. Jacqueline B. asked about Jo-Jo, but didn’t have any specific questions.  When I tap into their energy, they have such a great side-eye look when they are disgusted with someone or when they’ve just gotten comfortable and then have to move.  This dog is loyal all day long and can easily be convinced to be loyal to anyone who feeds her.  If I ask if she’d like you to do anything differently, she says she doesn’t like being brushed if there are any tangles or anything that would make a brush catch on the hair.  You really only have one time where it snags, and she's done.  She prefers really bland treats like dehydrated white chicken breast.  What is hysterical is as I’m typing this my mouth is totally salivating!!! Binaca H. wants to know about Nala, an English Mastiff who was fawn colored and is now in heaven. She’d like to know how often she’s around energetically.  What a sweet girl she was!!!  WOW!  She has a mouth like a bird dog where she wouldn’t even leave marks on a hard ball, but it does look wet and covered in dirt!  She is around you as much as she possibly can be, but when you’re working, she doesn’t like to distract you and she “sleeps.’  She said she did the same when she was alive because when you’re on a creative streak if you get

Alternative Approaches to Illness Q. My best friend is plagued

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interrupted, you get all thrown off. How will you know she’s around?  My right ear just totally felt like I had a hair in it, and I tried to get it out, but that’s her messing with the energy around you.  Pay attention to that, and she likes it when you thank her for being there. Ashley S. wants to know why Zola, who is red with white markings, and gets grumpy with my other dog at times for just existing.  This question totally cracks me up because she is like a mother who just got all the kids fed, cleaned the sink, and then someone says, “I’m hungry.”  She loses her mind!  She likes routine, control, and when SHE’S done for the moment or the day, how dare anyone else have an agenda?!  She is so funny because it’s like she’s looking for things to be grumpy about.  I’m curious what your maternal grandmother was like, or if not her, your great grandmother.  I actually think great grandmother

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Chronic disease is a challenge no matter the modality used. Conventional medicine can bring relief and quality of life, but there can be drawbacks. Complementary, also called alternative, medicine gives the guardian more options to help a companion. Some, but not all, of the modalities available to our dogs in Maine are acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, Western herbal medicine, chiropractic, nutritional, different forms of energy medicine, and homeopathy. As in all forms of medicine each has its strengths and weaknesses. Many people think of acupuncture for treating pain. In veterinary medicine, people look for acupuncture for relief from arthritis. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and is much more. Chronic diseases

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and acute problems can be addressed by acupuncture. Many acupuncturists but not all are trained in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM uses complex formulas of herbs to bring your best friend into balance to relieve symptoms. Acupuncture and TCM go hand in hand. There are more than 20 veterinary acupuncturists in Maine. Chiropractic medicine is again thought to relieve a sore back. When your buddy’s joints are out of place, the dog can show symptoms in any place in the body. The nerves that travel through the spine go to organs

because your grandmother tried to over compensate and was always sweet as pie she says. Sometimes people are so afraid if they get too comfortable in a good space, it could be ripped away from them, and then it’s worse because they had allowed themselves to feel joy.  I honestly think Zola is trying to help you understand how your mom and grandmother came to have their individual and very different approaches to life.  This may sound crazy (trust me- I’ve said crazier), but sometimes it takes an animal to open our hearts and minds to a life lesson. Ann T. wants to know about Star, a brindle-color, small Australian Shepherd. Is she happy? YES!  I didn’t just get a subtle yes, she yelled it!  “She’s always anxious (She came to me that way) and I’d like to know if she likes her life, what can I do to add to the quality of her life, and what she doesn’t like/want.”  I honestly think you’re doing a phenomenal job with her.  She’s a soul with a lot of experience as pure energy, but it’s her first time in a physical form.  She picked you because you are a protector of souls and you are gentle.  You bend and sway with her versus in opposition to her.  I think her previous owners tried to dominate her to let her know her place in the pecking order, but that isn’t how she’ll shine.  If there’s thunder or a loud vehicle, you tell her what it is and she becomes more comfortable with it.  If you’re grumpy (which doesn’t happen often), you explain to her what happened, how it made you FEEL, and what you’re going to do to shed that emotion.  You are helping her understand humanity in such a way that if she chooses to come back as a human, she will be more effective at helping others find peace and love even in the moments and times of

darkness. WOW.  What an amazing connection you two have!  Ann also asked me to “Tell her I can be trusted and that I love her.”  Her answer to you is that she never questioned that at all, and she felt relieved when she found you.  You are her person. Andrea H. asked about Odin, her German Shepherd. “Why does he need to be so reactive, and how can I help him not be?”  Have you watched the Star Wars movies or Star Trek when the ship goes light speed and all you see are stars flying past the windshield?  That is how information comes in for him, and it’s completely overwhelming.  The way he’s showing it to me is new and fascinating for me, but I can also see why it’s too much all at once.  When I was pregnant, there were certain smells that seemed to be dialed up past a normal level.  That is how smells are for him.  Noises are sharp and sometimes painful, so he reacts physically to them.  And when there are people around he’s watching the world in fast forward.  How to fix it is the next question I asked him, and he said that he would love energy work done on him.  I do Reiki, but there are other options out there, too!  If he were a human, he would do great going to a spa with relaxing music, guided visualization, and cucumbers on his eyes.  He really wants to figure this out as much as you do! Thank you to all who asked about their pups, and I hope you enjoyed this month's mini readings!  Hard to believe in a month we’ll be looking straight into the colder months, so enjoy the warm autumn days when you can.  If you’d like to schedule your own, you can do so at www. enlightenedhorizons.com.  To have a chance to have your question answered, follow Sara on Facebook at Sara Moore Enlightened Horizons.

in the body, down limbs, and more. If there is a miss alignment, Fido could be experiencing symptoms unrelated to back pain. There are over 10 veterinary chiropractors in Maine. Homeopathy is another complex modality. It is over 200 years old and uses natural substances in very dilute amounts to bring about curing disease. Historically, Maine’s major form of medicine was homeopathy. It is easy to use for acute injuries and illnesses by pet parents. For chronic diseases like autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, homeopathy works well. Like acupuncture the scope of homeopathy to bring relief to your best friend is endless. There are 3 certified veterinary homeopaths in Maine. Cold laser therapy has become very popular in veterinary medicine. It is great to stimulate healing from injuries, surgery, ear infections, skin issues, and even urinary tract infections. I have used it in a case of bronchitis in an old dog to relieve his cough. There are many more possibilities for use of cold laser in our patients. Physical Therapy is common in human medicine. It is a must for any pup that has surgery, joint injuries, or has compromised mobility. There are many licensed veterinary physical therapists. You can ask your

veterinarian who they recommend. Other modalities that are used often in veterinary practices to relieve stress, pain, and other discomforts with less adverse side effects than conventional medicines include reiki, Western herbs, flower essences, massage, nutritional medicine, magnets, and others. To find a veterinarian in Maine who is trained in any of the above therapies you can go to the Maine Veterinary Medical Association and search for someone near you. Another excellent resource for pet parents is the online members' group called Holistic Actions! This subscription service has weekly lectures on all topics of companion pet health. It teaches the guardian how to assess the response his best friend is having from any treatment holistic or conventional. They have experts in every field talk about their work and answer questions. There is an online forum so people can discuss issues they are concerned about with other members and faculty. And there is much, much more! Check out www. holisticactions.com. Judith K. Herman, DVM, CVH Animal Wellness Center Augusta, Maine www.mainehomeopahticvet.com

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for EAAA, is proud of FFFB’s accomplishments. “I feel really passionate about our mission and what we do. We currently serve over 400 low-income seniors pet food and distribute over 13,000 pounds [of pet food] every month.” They couldn’t do this without community support or the help of their 40+ volunteers who pack, transport, and distribute pet food 27 times per month. Their program is invaluable. “FFFB’s number one mission is to keep seniors and their pets together. By offering monthly supplemental pet food to low-income seniors, the impact is much greater than just providing them with pet food.” Adams is referencing the fact that their efforts ease the shelter population - folks aren’t forced to relinquish their beloved animals due to financial constraints. “The pets provide support in the form of reducing the stress levels, helping to combat depression and loneliness, and improve the person's overall wellbeing by keeping them engaged and active.” Visit eaaa.org/category/foodprograms/ for info. Spectrum Generations' AniMeals is a partner program of Meals on Wheels – it began a dozen years ago when volunteer drivers realized clients were sharing their own delivered meals with pets. Through the support of local veterinarians and community residents, the program has grown into another resource for their clients. They not only offer AniMeals and the Meals on Wheels program, but the healthy Maine-ly Delivered Meals, Community Dining, the Commodities Supplemental Food Program, and We Sustain Maine – an initiative to give locally farm grown food to central Maine’s seniors. For more info and to view their service areas, spectrumgenerations.org/nutritionservices/animeals. Considering a Canine? Maybe you don’t have a dog but have decided it’d be nice to have that 24/7 friend to lean on and add comfort. If you live in your own home or in a complex where they’re allowed and have the means to adopt and care for one (or are budget savvy to cover his expenses), know that owning a pet has advantages. If your partner is out of the home frequently, a canine pal will soothe and create a sense of safety. If you

live alone, a dog is a huge source of companionship and conversation. (Yep, I talk to mine – they listen, too.) Caring for him can add satisfaction and a layer of purpose to your day – brushing his coat, running canine toothpaste over his teeth, treating him when he’s been good. And his closeness increases the hormone oxytocin, which will give you a sense of affection, unconditional love, and happiness. Taking him on a daily walk is not just good for him, it’s beneficial for you. Getting out in fresh air and walking together is a terrific boost. (This doesn’t need to be a long, fast jaunt, go at your own pace.) He’ll expand your world – he’ll draw animal buffs who want to meet your precious boy and hear everything about him. And if you crave road tripping but have hesitated, he can be a great partner on travels. Don Hanson, ACCBC, BFRAP, CDBC, CPDT-KA, and owner and president of Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, offered things to consider for potential senior adopters. He believes adoptions should be thought through; some animals are relinquished to shelters or rescues because the adopter acted impulsively or may have been unduly influenced into

taking a breed not best-suited for him. He’s heard of disastrous cases when older folks have rescued or purchased a puppy. (They’re a lot of work, I would never take one on again!) Instead, consider a seasoned dog – an older or senior one who can still be quite healthy, but well past that “wild and crazy” youngster. And the good news is with better quality food, medicines, and vet care, canines in general are living longer. Consider the size as well - those tiny or weaker should stay away from big breeds. (Think Great Danes, English Mastiffs, Shepherds, and Retrievers.) “In some cases, these dogs have too much size and energy for even non-seniors,” emphasized Hanson. “I even tell young people, if you cannot pick up the dog and carry it to your car without hurting yourself or the dog, think smaller. This is very important for those who hike with their dogs and may need to carry the dog for miles.” If you’ve concluded a canine will be good for you, turn to area shelters and rescues for a few reasons. They’ll introduce you to one who’s best suited to your age, strength, and activity level, but be honest with them, and yourself, about your limitations. Ask for a well-behaved

dog who’s already been in a home environment and has manners. And if you’re largely homebound, convey that you must have a small breed (or mixed version thereof) who doesn’t require much outdoor exercise. The staff and volunteers will ensure the match is good. Another plus, shelter and rescue adoption fees are reasonable, and most have older and senior pet rates as well. Your new friend will have had initial vetting, including shots and altering. And for future budget considerations, there are low-cost vet clinics that offer annual shots and monthly preventatives. Once you adopt a pooch you can manage easily, do not neglect to make provisions for him in case you face health issues. You can add a clause to your will or paperwork with your lawyer. We put a short line in our will that says, “In the event of our passing, please return Teddy and Banx to [specific name of original rescue organization] with a donation.” Or talk to a family member who may be interested in caring for your dog – but have a plan in place to ease your mind. Please see page 16 and our back cover for pet-friendly retirement communities.

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The Rule That Makes All the Difference Your Dog Will Thank You As a puppy, she enthusiastically

pulled on leash in her desire to get close to the people and dogs she saw. She was very friendly and social, at least initially when she was young. In addition, her owner allowed strange dogs and people to approach her for the same reason: because they were interested in interacting with her. As the pup matured, however, she became less and less friendly towards other dogs who approached. She sometimes growled or froze or showed her front teeth. She occasionally snapped or “snarked.” Eventually, she would even preemptively assume subtle defensive posturing at the mere sight of another dog. She was bracing herself emotionally for the inevitable: an uncomfortable situation over which she had little control. Her owner struggled with handling her dog in these situations. Like many dog owners, she had bought into the concept that dogs should be able to “say hi” to dogs they encountered. It was

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the polite thing to do, right? A significant oversight in this practice is the failure to consider how a dog feels about being forced to interact with others. It’s a slippery slope. A dog can quickly learn to employ offensive aggressive techniques as a default behavior to avoid having to interact. Full disclosure: the dog owner

described above was me, many moons ago. The dog was Dory, a Standard Poodle puppy, my first dog. I’d been soaking up all sorts of information about raising and training puppies, but nowhere was there a universally endorsed “best practices for handling your dog in public” manual. It should be required reading for all dog owners… I realized I needed to make changes in how I handled Dory so that she was happier, I was happier, and our relationship was better. I couldn’t expect her to change. It was up to me. But what could I do? Instead of continuing to go out and hope for the best, with unrealistic expectations for a spontaneous and magical transformation, I asked myself some specific questions. Q: What did I want when Dory was on leash? • I wanted our excursions to be in partnership, providing fun, shared experiences • I wanted Dory to feel safe and comfortable • I wanted our leash skills to improve so there was less pulling and more connection • I wanted “on leash” to mean “no interactions with other dogs.” Q: What didn’t I want? • I didn’t want Dory to enter other dogs’ personal spaces • I didn’t want other dogs to

enter her personal space The New Meet-Free Rule No dogs were allowed to come into Dory’s space when she was on-leash and she wasn’t permitted to enter other dogs' spaces when on-leash. What I did to implement this rule included: • Letting go of the ill-conceived idea that dogs should be allowed to “say hi” to any and every dog they encounter. It’s not in anyone’s best interest to embrace this concept. • Fitting Dory to an anti-pull harness • Learning techniques to mitigate pulling and strengthen attention skills. This included increasing the frequency of rewards, the value of those rewards, and keeping leash walking sessions short and successful. • Increasing my value to Dory through play and rewards. We took those games into a variety of environments. • Being vigilant about the presence of other dogs and managing Dory’s space so that there was no possibility of interactions. • Saying “no, thank you” when other dog owners suggested their dog “say hi” to Dory,

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I am a Carolina Dog, a breed that

owned Native American people a long time ago. We were designed by natural selection to be so intelligent and physically superior that we survived without human help. My great-grandfather was caught as a wild puppy. I offer advice based on the natural instincts and attributes of wild dogs. In addition, my adopted person and I 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 dogs with problem humans. If I can’t help, at least I offer sympathy, and we have some fun talking about our amazing humans. Please send any last letters to N. Holmes, 280 Pond Rd., Newcastle, ME 04553 or castlerock@tidewater.net

A long time ago, Boss stopped

going away every morning. She called it “retirement.” She still wasn’t much fun because she just played with the clickety thing that she named, “Computer.” But at least I could lie close beside her, so retirement was a good thing. When I was still a little puppy, Boss and I started playing a game called “Agility.” Every week, we drove to a place almost as big as outdoors where there were lots of fun things for play. Like a tunnel that I could run through. Boy, was that fun! I scampered through it as fast as I could right into Boss’s arms. There were high, high things to climb on. I loved looking out over everything. But Boss didn’t understand. She wanted me to run up and run right down the other side fast. We argued about that for years! Really! What’s the point of getting high up if you don’t stop to enjoy it? When I was grown up, we started going to agility places with lots of loud people and barking dogs. But it was exciting running with Boss at those events. I learned that when

Pets just like people can grieve the loss of a companion that has passed away. Some pets are tightly bonded whereas others are mainly affected by the change in routine, structure, and overall dynamics in the home that occurs. What are some signs to look for to indicate a grieving pet? • Change in appetite • Sleeping more or appearing lethargic • Increase in vocalizations (barking and whining) • Withdrawn behavior • Lack of interest in walks or interactions with people What can you do to help a grieving pet?

SEPTEMBER 2021

Ask Bammy An Advice Column for Dogs by a Dog

she sent me out to obstacles, she took shortcuts so I could run faster she being awfully slow. Sometimes people laughed and clapped, and Boss got all happy and gave me handfuls of treats. Sometimes I decided what obstacles to do instead of her deciding. Boss was never happy about that, but she was always nice to me and gave me treats. After years of that, I began to get tired of the long car rides, crowds of people, and noise, and Boss never letting me decide how we would play. So it was more fun to visit the judge and sniff around. Finally, she gave me a vacation. When we went back to one of those noisy places, it was just the same. Boring. So she gave me a looong vacation. We practiced at home once in a while, but even that wasn’t fun anymore. She took me to one more big, noisy event, but I just sat sadly at the start line, so she took me right home. Retired! She finally got it! Now don’t get me wrong, pups. I have loved writing about our lives, ‘specially life with our wonderful humans. But I have been doing it for a long time

thinking how to help with dog problems and what I should NOT write. It’s so hard to help without being too harsh with our wonderful humans. I’m an old dog. I love to sleep most of the day, then it’s my job to make Boss go for a walk. Frankly, that’s the best part of the day! I can still run pretty fast, and there’s nothing wrong with my nose. Turkey smell, deer, porcupines, coyotes and more. But I soon want to go home and sleep in our nice, safe den, where I just run to one of the sleep-travel places. Sometimes I wake myself up barking or howling with the coyotes. I just smile and go back to sleep. So all these words Boss is writing for me today are just to say that I am retiring again. No agility, no column. It has been SO much fun! I wagged at every letter you wonderful readers sent me. Thanks to Boss for typing for me and to Downeast Dog News for printing my column. Dear poochies, remember: we need our wonderful, silly humans, and they need us to keep showing them that the REALLY important things are fun and love and just enjoying life right now. Keep it wagging, Bammy

Boss (Nancy Holmes) writes: Just a few days after Bammy had me write this column, he died. We had a good walk the day before. I call him my miracle dog. I read a Smithsonian Magazine article about Carolina dogs and fell in love. Fourteen years later, I flew back from South Carolina with a little puppy under my airline seat, given to me by the naturalist who is rescuing and promoting this breed. I could not be more blessed: fourteen years with the best, most beautiful dog ever. Thank you, breeder, Dr. Lehr Brisbin with lots of help from Pat Watkins, owner of Bammy’s late parents, Star and Jessie, and his surviving littermate Tilly. Check it out on the internet: thecarolinadogsociety.com. The Ask Bammy column is intended for humor and entertainment. If your dog has behavioral issues please contact a veterinarian or professional trainer.

PhoTO “C’mon up, Boss!” Huge thanks to someone, but I couldn’t find out who took the picture!

Grieving Pets

• Keep your routine as consistent and predictable as possible. • Increase the amount of quality time you spend with your pet playing and exercising. • Place the collar of your deceased pet on your living pet. This helps to maintain the scent of the deceased pet and gives time for that scent to dissipate over time. • Do not invade your pet’s personal space. Make sure you are inviting them into your space rather than the other way around. • Reward calm and relaxed behavior.

What about adding another pet? It depends. Although your pet may have been comfortable with its companion, this does not necessarily mean they will accept other pets with open arms. Before bringing home a new companion, consider if your pet likes other animals? Is it social? Will you have time to spend with both pets? Are you ready to commit emotionally and financially to another pet at this time? Remember each pet is an individual and it will grieve in its own unique way. Over time, your pet’s behavior should improve, but if your pet’s behavior is concerning or continues over time, a checkup with your veterinarian is recommended.

Christine D. Calder, DVM, DACVB

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Forever in Our Hearts For so many of us our animals are our companions and beloved members of our family. They provide us with unconditional love, emotional support, and enjoyment during their far too short lives. While experiencing loss can be devastating, it is an inevitable part of owning a pet. Below you will find professionals that will provide you with compassionate care during your time of loss as well as some options to memorialize your loved one. Suggestion: If you have a younger dog you might consider having portraits taken during different stages of their life.

GRIEVING OUR BELOVED PETS As a pet loss and

bereavement counselor, I have worked with clients who have lost many different kinds of beloved animal companions and have seen firsthand that grief is as individual as our fingerprints. Our pets offer us a constant in life and see us through changing times and difficult life events. They are our confidants who love us unconditionally, just as we are. We care for them and watch over them their whole lives; we are their stewards. They bring us laughter and joy. When we have to say goodbye, we can feel as though we don’t know who we are without them, that we have lost our best friend, our child, or our purpose. It can be devastating. Sometimes others tell us how we should feel and don’t understand the magnitude of our feelings. We call this disenfranchised grief: grief that is not recognized by others. It’s important to honor the loss of your companion animal

on your own timetable, giving yourself the space to truly feel your feelings and experience your grief. Finding community that is important to you and rituals that help you connect with your beloved pet can help you to remember they are not forgotten. Our goal might be to remember our pets with more love than pain eventually. Be gentle and kind to yourself, take baby steps towards healing, and treat yourself like you would treat your best friend. We don’t get "over" losing an animal that we love; we somehow get through it. The five stages of grief are: shock, anger, guilt, sadness/ acceptance and resolution (coming to peace with what has happened). People do not go through these stages in a linear way, but often experience many of these feelings simultaneously. Perhaps the emotion I most often hear from people is that they feel guilty. This is natural because the more you care,

the more you wish you could have done for your beloved pet. They call this the "woulda, coulda, shoulda" phase whereby we go over and over what we might have done to keep them with us. All of a sudden, no matter what we do, we can’t save them. It’s so hard to let them go. The decision to help an animal ‘cross over’ as I say, to choose euthanasia, is probably one of the most difficult decisions of many people’s lives. Yet for your pet that no longer has control of its physical and mental assets that allows it to live free of pain, it is the final act of love. Euthanasia is a Greek word that means ‘good death.’ When it is to end suffering if your pet cannot recover health, it is the best, and hardest, decision. Choosing something to link you to your precious pet can help comfort you: a memorial in your home, lighting a candle in the evening, a plant in memory of it, jewelry with its name engraved on it, or tattoos. A teenager I counseled carries his dog’s collar on his backpack. For children, the loss of their family pet can be the first loss they experience. It’s important for adults to support their feelings and model ways we grieve. All loss brings about a

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transformation. If we can feel our feelings to heal, we can get through the loss of our treasured pet as better people, perhaps their parting gift to us. The loss of our pet can leave us with more knowledge about what’s important to us in life. Love and grief are inextricably intertwined – yet even though our beloved pets are no longer on this planet, we are still in relationship with them because…love is eternal. Those we love and lose become the fabric of our lives and become a part of us. It isn’t easy, but over time, we can learn to come to peace with our loss and love

again. Patricia Lee Rode, MA https://www.pet-losscounseling.com (Patricia is a pet loss and bereavement counselor living in Rockland, ME. She sees clients in person, via telephone or Zoom.)

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Training Your Performance Dog

Agility, Obedience, Tracking by Carolyn Fuhrer Reactive or Aggressive - What’s in a Name?

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ith more dogs being adopted and more dog events being offered, we need to look at our responsibility to our dog and to other dogs that we may come in contact with. One thing needs to be clear: it is not only rescue dogs who can fall into the reactive/ aggressive category. Many purebred dogs also have these issues.

If you purchased or adopted a dog, you have taken on a responsibility not only to the dog you have acquired, but also to other dogs and their owners with whom you may come into contact. I use the term reactive/

aggressive because, unfortunately, many people feel that by labeling their dog reactive it excuses its bad behavior. This is not true, nor is it fair to your dog or other dogs that certainly may perceive your dog’s behavior as aggressive. Your dog may not intend to be harmful, but rearing up, lunging, and vocalizing at another dog is very likely going to be perceived as aggression. A soft or more introverted dog can be terribly frightened by this behavior. Anyone with a well-behaved dog should be able to attend a dog event and walk through the area without feeling that their dog will be subject to this type of behavior. You should be able to walk past a row of crates without a dog lunging at the crate door just as you pass. You should be able to walk past a parked vehicle without dogs suddenly smashing up against a crate or the windows of the vehicle. In other words, a reasonably safe environment should be expected at a dog event. If your dog has issues, then perhaps it cannot be left unattended or it may not be ready for this type of event. This is not

to say that the problems can’t be worked upon and behaviors modified and improved, but this takes time and dedication. Simply exposing these dogs to more dogs and events will not solve the problem; in fact, it may deepen the problem. If your dog has these issues, it is not up to others to avoid your dog. It is up to you to take care of your dog and be considerate of others and not put your dog in a situation that it cannot handle. A reactive dog can appear aggressive to other people, especially children, and to other dogs. Some dogs will never be able to be in certain types of situations, and in reality, it is better for them to be home and safe rather than in a situation with stimuli that they cannot handle. Socialization alone will not solve your dog’s problems. The dedicated work of training and behavior modification is also necessary. You owe it to your dog and all the other dogs with whom you may come into contact.

Carolyn Fuhrer has earned over 125 AKC titles with her Golden Retrievers, including 2 Champion Tracker titles. She has recently become an AKC Tracking Judge. Carolyn is the owner of North Star Dog Training School in Somerville, Maine. She has been teaching people to understand their dogs for over 30 years. You can contact her with questions, suggestions and ideas for her column by e-mailing carolyn@dogsatnorthstar.com.

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Critical Factors to Consider Before Leaving Your Pet at a Boarding Facility or with a Pet Sitter Every year millions of dogs

and cats of various breeds, sizes, and ages are cared for by boarding facilities, pet sitters, friends, and family members. This could be for multiple reasons: traveling for business or vacation, extended work schedules, or a family emergency or illness. While many pets, dogs, in particular, find a stay at a boarding facility fun, despite the best efforts of pet care professionals, not all pets do well away from home. When this occurs, a pet care professional is responsible for informing you of this situation; pet care professionals want your pet to have a low stress and enjoyable stay and go home happy and healthy. While many factors require consideration prior to boarding your pet, temperament, health, and age top the list. Most boarding facilities provide more comprehensive care for their guests than the typical hotel does for humans. That is why the process of booking a reservation for your pet is not as easy as booking a hotel room for yourself online. A reputable boarding facility will ask questions about your pet's vaccinations, temperament, play style, health, food preferences, and medications. A boarding facility provides a place to rest and sleep but is also responsible for; meals, mental enrichment and play, housekeeping, physical handling, routine medication if needed, and sometimes grooming services. If a pet becomes unwell, those services may include transportation to the veterinarian. If you or your designated representative is not available, the boarding facility and their veterinarian may need to make medical decisions for your pet. Your Pet's Temperament Just as people have a wide range

Words, Woofs & Meows by Don Hanson ACCBC, BFRAP, CDBC, CPDT-KA

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of temperaments, so do pets. Some will be constantly happy and look forward to meeting every new, living thing they encounter. At the opposite extreme, some will dislike and even fear anything new and may never open up to other animals or people. Even a change in environment, such as moving from a familiar home to a boarding facility or home of a friend, whether filled with other critters and people or not, can be overwhelming for some pets. A fearful pet is not a bad pet; it is just an animal struggling in a difficult situation and requires patience and understanding. Unfortunately, a frequently anxious or fearful pet is unlikely to enjoy being cared for anywhere outside of its home. No matter who cares for your pet, he must be

able to handle it regardless of the pet's mood. While any animal can have a bad moment and bite, pets that are fear aggressive are more likely to pose a bite risk. Therefore, they are probably not good candidates for a boarding facility or a pet sitter. It is a pet parent's responsibility to disclose this information and to find a suitable alternative. A reputable professional may be able to work with you to help acclimate your pet to staying away from home. However, please be aware that this is a prolonged process and must start weeks, if not months, before leaving your pet. Your Pet's Health and Age Most pets are relatively healthy during their younger years, but underlying health issues may arise as they age. It is essential to do a mental and physical assessment of your pet every time you board it to ensure that it is in good health. If, at any time, you have concerns, or are made aware of health issues by your veterinarian, contact your boarding facility and have a conversation with them regarding these issues. Concerns can be anything from increased water consumption or decreased appetite, hints of dementia, increased stiffness in joints, or reactivity and aggression. The boarding facility may suggest or even require that you have your pet examined by a veterinarian before boarding, but that is a better alternative to receiving a phone call and having to consult and make decisions over the phone while you are hours away The boarding facility will need to be able to easily and quickly contact you at any time if something arises and emergency healthcare is necessary. If you will be unable to be reached while away, you need to have a friend, family member, or

veterinarian designated to act on your pet's behalf. That person must be available and able to be reached quickly and easily. While a caregiver for your pet may have you sign a contract giving them authority to act in your pet's best interest if you are unreachable, the preferred situation would always place you as the person in charge of any life-altering decisions regarding your pet. Illnesses can come on suddenly, and life and death decisions may need to be made quickly to prevent your pet from suffering. An alternative is to have your attorney draft a healthcare directive for your pet. If you choose this option, be sure that your pet's caregiver and veterinarian have a copy. While the boarding facility staff and pet sitters should be trained on a wide variety of topics; pet first aid, common health issues, nutrition, pet play dynamics, and basic pet behavior, they are not veterinarians. Therefore, if you or your veterinarian believe that your pet needs any of the following: continuous medical observation, the administration of an IV for medications or hydration, frequent temperature checks, physical assistance to relieve themselves, or wellness checks several times throughout the night, your pet will be best served by being at home in familiar surroundings or with your veterinarian or an individual with a similar level of knowledge and experience. The owners and employees of pet care facilities are in the profession for their love of animals. There is nothing more difficult for them than to watch a pet suffer either emotionally or physically while in their care. Please help both them and your pet by maintaining an open line of communication regarding the care of your pet while you are away.

Don Hanson is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop (greenacreskennel.com) in Bangor where he has been helping people with their pets since 1995. He also produces and co- hosts The Woof Meow Show heard on AM620 -WZON every Saturday at 9 AM. Podcasts of the show are available at www.woofmeowshow.com. Don also writes about pets at his blog: www.words-woofs-meows.com. He is committed to pet care and pet training that is free of pain, force, and fear. The opinions in this column are those of Don Hanson.

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Rescue

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Rescue of the Month: Underhound Railroad Rescues Homeless, Abused, & Neglected Dogs By Susan Spisak “Saving Lives, One Rescue at a Time” is Underhound Railroad’s motto, a nonprofit formed in 2009 in Connecticut. The original goal of the 501(c)(3) corporation was to pull and rehome innocent death row dogs in that state, but efforts expanded to include rescue and foster communities in Maine, North Carolina, and other states. They’re run by a Board of Directors, and today they’re all Mainers. Through their efforts, they’ve saved hundreds of dogs from undeserved deaths each year. They have a one hundred+ volunteer base with a strong representation in the South. Kate Zupan became involved with and helped grow Underhound’s North Carolina foster community years ago. Once her husband’s career brought the family back to their home state of Maine, she stepped into the role of

Director. Before each dog is placed into a loving foster home, they ensure that its medical, emotional, and behavioral needs are taken care of by veterinarians and trainers. They utilize professional boarding facilities as well, and to keep the dogs active, volunteers walk them on “pup dates.” Once the foster has a good handle on the dog’s personality and shares the specifics with the adoption team, they work hard to find the perfect home. Zupan agrees that fostering is essential to their group, and they’re happy to accept new Maine applicants. Not sure? There are regional foster Facebook community pages for questions, concerns, or to seek advice. You don’t need to be a long-term foster; you can get your feet wet with short-term hold or temporary placement fostering. They also need traditional fosters and

those for injury care, rehab, hospice, seniors, puppies, and pregnant moms. (underhoundrailroad.org/foster-info/.) Underhound’s social media pages are full of their “Happy Tails.” Zupan excitedly shared that recently Peppa, an Underhound pup who escaped on her way to her forever home, was recovered after twenty-five days on the lam. The tiny sweetheart was lured to safety using mac and cheese and chicken nuggets. “It was such a big boost for everyone.” Another favorite is Solomon, a heartworm positive boy pulled from a high-kill southern shelter. Once healthy, he was transported to Kittery, Maine where he was fostered until the skittish boy bolted from the house. Underhound volunteers and other groups searched extensively, yet he alluded all. Fast forward two years, he was spotted in Hull, Massachusetts living in an abandoned shed. Eventually

Murray, 4 mos., Lab-Collie

he placed his trust in a neighborhood family and stayed put. The adopters believe he walked from Maine to find them. His story is covered in Solomon: One Dog's Improbable, Two-Year, Thousand-Mile Journey to Find Home, written by Gail Gilmore, a volunteer with Missing Dogs Massachusetts. Zupan said it’s a beautiful book. These victories are why Underhound Railroad continues to chug along! To see their available dogs and adoption process, visit underhoundrailroad.org/, click on “adopt.” Monetary donations are welcome – they go towards vetting and emergency medical attention. For tangible donations, see their Maine and North Carolina Amazon Wish List at amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ ls/KJFRQ4GC9UVG?ref_=wl_fv_le. Check their website for info on their GoFundMe fundraiser to offset recent medical costs.

Olive, 1 year, American Bulldog

Murray is super sweet and silly. A southern vet and staff fostered and cared for this boy who was in critical condition, saving his life. He’s now in a Maine foster home and is thriving. With most of his young life spent in a hospital setting, he is now learning all about life – walking, running, and climbing stairs. He’s working on his basic manners. He knows his name and is very responsive when called. Murray is ready to join your home and be a fun and entertaining companion for life. His mom, Helena, a young Border Collie mix, is also in foster in Maine and is available for adoption.

Olive is a loving girl with humans of all ages but does need a little time to warm up so she knows you’re her friend. At the park she loves to run, play, and fetch tennis balls. She would love an active family that can keep up with her energy level and daily exercise needs. Leash training is coming along well, and she behaves pretty good while out for a walk. In her downtime, Olive loves to sunbathe and is very affectionate with her humans. She’d do best as the only pet in the home, and a fence would be great.

If you are interested in one of these sweet pups please send in your adoption application at www.underhoundrailroad.org

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Dogs for Adoption

View more available dogs on our website, downeastdognews.com. Most rescues are showing dogs by appointment only right now. Some rescues do not offer phone numbers and require you apply online. Please see the contact info. highlighted in yellow below each dog. Sky

Coco

Kingston

1 year old, German Shepherd Mix

3 years old, Pit Bull/Lab Mix

4 years old, Hound Mix

FMI: www.fetchinghope.com/adopt

FMI: www.fetchinghope.com/adopt

FMI: Kennebec Valley Humane Society, (207)626-3491

Good with other dogs and cats, but not children. Sky would thrive in a quiet and routine environment and would benefit from more practice on proper greetings. She is smart and motivated, plus she’s super sweet and silly.

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BOBBY

3 years old, Retriever Mix

A sweet loving boy that would love to cuddle up on your couch, go on hikes and maybe go for a swim. Gets along great with other dogs and does well with most cats. Prefer home without children under age 12 as they tend to make me very nervous.

FMI: Kennebec Valley Humane Society, (207)626-3491

She is from the south. Recovered from delivering a litter of stillborn puppies and heartworm treatment. This girl is ready for some love! Coco is a very sweet dog. She is friendly with other dogs, cats and is also good with kids!

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Roofus

Very sweet and calm. She has been through so much in her life and really deserves a home full of pampering and love! She currently has special needs due to a recent surgery. She enjoys a quieter home where she can sunbathe her days away.

FMI: newenglandlabrescue.com

Camden, Rockland, Belfast, Augusta, (207) 236-3689, greenenvysalon.com

Baker

3 years old, Catahoula Leopard Hound

11 months, Catahoula/ACD Mix

I love to play and cuddle. I don’t like to share my food or have others around me when I eat. I also don’t like shouting. I am well behaved, house broken, and kennel trained. Being a high energy boy, an active family would be ideal with a fenced yard.

A young, smart, striking dog who loves people and other dogs. He is crate trained and house trained. He knows all the basic commands. He will do best in a home with no kids, no cats, and freedom to run. He will also need some behavioral work as he can be very pushy with rules and training.

Email: sln2310@yahoo.com

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Lady Ashley

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5 years old, Lab Mix

I still have a lot of the manners of a pup! My friends at the shelter are working on this with me. The best home for me would be one with a calm, confident, active handler to help me self-regulate and build manners.

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LUKE

2.5 years old, Lab/Shepherd/ Malinois Mix

A handsome guy with beautiful eyes! Due to work/ moving circumstances, he is now looking for a forever home. Has spent most of the past year living with adults and no other pets. He does well with dogs on playdates but is a little nervous with them on leash. He would love a fenced yard! FMI: newenglandlabrescue.com

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Scout

10 months, Lab

He is affectionate, sweet and just beautiful! He has a good deal of energy and likes to play with other dogs but is still learning that not everyone wants to play super crazy. He has done well with children also. He would be a great candidate for training. ​Email: luckypuprescue@yahoo.com

Sponsored by: First National Bank 17 Branches from Wiscasset to Calais, 1-800-564-3195, thefirst.com

Rhodey

Beaux

18 months, Rhodesian Ridgeback

Pit Bull

Email: luckypuprescue@yahoo.com

FMI: www.pulledfromthepits.com/applications

A very good boy whose family has to leave the country for military service and he cannot go. He is looking for a new active and fun family. He loves doggy daycare and is great with other dogs. He has not been around cats. Does well with kids.

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He does ok with other dogs with proper introductions and reinforcement. He has always lived with other dogs and is currently living life with his fosters dog and doing well. He should not be with cats. He has lived with children and would make a great companion!

BELLA

2 years, Pit Bull

Bella does well with bigger dogs and is fine with kids. She wants to be a lap dog. She loves to cuddle and walks decently on leash

FMI: www.pulledfromthepits.com/applications

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September C lendar To submit or get more information on the events below, go online to downeastdognews.com

Newfie Fun Days

American Kennel Club ACT (Agility) Test

Saturday & Sunday, September 18-19 Eliot, 10AM – 4PM

Saturday, September 4 Somerville, 9AM

Benefiting the Newfoundland dog breed. Rt. 103 Piscataqua Boat Basin, 90 Hammond Lane. CGC testing, raffles, vendors, silent auction, Grand March of the Newfoundlands on Sunday and more. FMI: newfiefundays.com or email: info@ newfiefundays.com

AKC Agility Course Test (AKC) at North Star Dog Training, 252 Jones Rd., Somerville. Outdoors in North Star's beautiful field. Contact Kathy at (207)6912332 FMI on how to enter, where to get an entry form and fees to enter. Also: FEO (for exhibition only) runs will be offered.

Nail Trimming Clinic Sunday, September 19 Rockland, 12PM – 2PM

Nail Trimming Clinic Saturday, September 4 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.

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.

Nail Clipping Clinic Saturday, September 4 Waterville, 10AM – 12PM

Waterville Loyal Biscuit Co., 109 Main Street. For $10 per pet, you can have your pet's nails trimmed and all proceeds will be donated to Charley's Strays, Inc! No appointment necessary. In order to ensure a safe environment for all of our customers, please note: Nail trims will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Nail clipping customers will be asked to wait outside the back entrance of the store (off of Temple Street) for their turn. An employee will call you in! loyalbiscuit.com

Beginners and Beyond Beginners Tracking Workshop Saturday, September 11 Somerville, 9AM – 3PM

Tracking workshop with AKC Tracking Judge Carolyn Fuhrer at North Star Dog

BASIC from page 6 even if that meant the other owner considered me to be rude. • Learning some evasive maneuvers if the other dog’s owner pursued us. A Salient Shift It took very little time for our walks to feel very, very different. If Dory could talk, I know she would have thanked me. Gone was the dread of “greetings” gone wrong, gone was the posturing. In their place was a happier, more attentive dog. Imagine how many problems would be prevented if we all practiced this rule with our leashed dogs. There would be no dog bites, strangers wouldn’t get jumped on, there’d be less reactivity and barking, just to name a few. What does your dog focus on when you take her for an on-leash walk? How often do you offer her rewards? Where is her focus? Yours? Happy Training!

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In the Kitchen with Kevin Training, 252 Jones Rd., Somerville. If you want to learn how to track, this workshop is a must. What is tracking? Why track with your dog? Get the best start with the best instructor. This workshop fills quickly - call Kathy at (207)691-2332 FMI on how to register. All proceeds from this workshop go to On Track Agility Club of Maine to support tracking events in Maine.

Toenail Tuesday

Tuesday, September 14 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 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.

AKC Agility Trial

Saturday & Sunday, September 18-19 Somerville, 9AM

On Track Agility Club of Maine AKC Agility Trial - 2 days. AKC Agility Judge: Tom O'Brien. Outdoors at North Star Dog Training 252 Jones Rd., Somerville. FMI: Call Kathy Duhnoski at (207)691-2332 or email: kduhnoski@myfairpoint.net

Nail Clipping Clinic Saturday, September 18 Brewer, 10AM – 12PM

Brewer Loyal Biscuit Co., 421 Wilson Street. For $10 per pet, you can have your pet's nails trimmed and all proceeds will be donated to Old Dogs New Digs! No appointment necessary. In order to ensure a safe environment for all of our customers, please note: Nail trims will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Nail clipping customers will be asked to wait outside the front entrance of the store for their turn. An employee will call you in! loyalbiscuit.com

Sunday, September 26 Online, 7PM

The next Loyal Biscuit Facebook segment, “In the Kitchen with Kevin” will air on Sunday September 26th at 7pm. Heidi and Kevin(pug) will be creating their next yummy treat for your pups. Visit the website for upcoming dates/recipes as well as past recipes. https://www. loyalbiscuit.com/in-the-kitchen-withkevin

DO YOU HAVE AN UPCOMING EVENT?

Let us know about it! Send info to jenn@downeastdognews.com or add to our online calendar at downeastdognews.com/calendar.

CALL AHEAD!

Event schedules are subject to change. Contact individual event organizers to confirm times and locations. Downeast Dog News is not responsible for changes or errors.

More Hot Dog News

28th Annual Paws on Parade

Bangor Saturday, October 2nd, 9am – Husson University, 1 College Circle,

Paws on Parade is the Bangor Humane Society’s largest annual fundraising event. Each year, hundreds of people and dogs gather to participate in a group dog walk which benefits the animals of the BHS. This year’s theme will be “Woofstock”! Costumes are encouraged for both people and pets. Please visit their website for more information: https://donations.bangorhumane.org/event/paws-goes-to-woofstock/ e336617

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R O F g n I k LOO nsors

Dog Spo r e b o t c O for our g o D r e t l e h S a t p Ado Issue October is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog month and we include more dogs in this issue and print them all in color. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to one or more of the rescues which will be drawn at random. Last year we were able to donate to four!

If you are interested in sponsoring one or more of these dogs the cost is $60 per dog. Your sponsorship includes your name, address, phone and website. You may also remain anonymous if preferred. If you’d like to be a sponsor or if you have any questions please contact Jenn at (207)706-6765 or jenn@downeastdognews.com. The deadline to sign up is Friday, September 17th.

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Dogs for A doption View more avail able dogs on See a dog you like, our website, but don't have downeastdogne a computer? Call Jenn to help you ws.com. reach

PENN Y

2 yrs., Mixed Breed

Animal Welfare

9 yrs., Mixed Breed

29 First St., Scarboro ugh Animal Hospital ugh scarboroughanima • (207) 883-4412 lhospital.com

This lady is full of pep and energy! Best fi older kids 10+ and t for no cats, please! Dog-to-d visit will be needed og see if Jasmine may to be a match for any dogs. Jasmine is extremel y sweet and just wants your love!

Bangor Humane

Society, (207) 942-8902

Animal Welfare

Loves to hike, snuggle, plays well with other dogs and she is super smart. She is already house broken and knows basic command s. She will make a family very, very lucky.

Emma's Angels Rescue (207) 676-5599

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Bean Group 103 Brunswick Ave, Gardiner • (207) beangroup.com/ag 350-0022 ents/StacyColby-B arnes

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1.5 yrs., Retrieve r/ Hound

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Services St., Winterport • ridgerunnervet.com(207) 223-2596

CYLEN E

From Puerto Rico. Great on leash and very easy to handle. Big puppy at heart; just needs pa�ence and �me to help her blossom into the amazing adult dog that we know she can be. Very affec�onate and friendly.

Tasteful Things 8 Depot St., Bridgton • (207) tastefulthingsme.c 577-0782 om

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Great with other dogs. Older children and savvy cats are fi dog ne. will require another We young, large dog for companionship, and secure fenced yard a (minimum 5 feet). He has not been properly treated and is ini� ally shy with new people.

BRIND I

Ok with most other dogs and loves cats. Nervous un�l he trusts you then is very cuddly and and playful. Needs a home without children. Reac�ve to people come to the door who and requires an owner can work with him.who He loves to go out on hikes and walks.

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10 mos., Malamute/Husky

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KODIA K

Super sweet and house trained. Loves all people and will play with toys all day long! Great other dogs! Good with on a leash and does very well off leash. Grey is a car rider, couch potato and just loves being with her human.

3 yrs., Yorkie/ Chihuahua

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CYPRE SS

8 yrs., Pit Bull Terrier Mix

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GREY

Loves to run and play! He is very affec� onate, does well with other dogs both on and off leash. He LOVES food and is very food mo�vated. He does to dine alone and like really enjoys ea�ng in his crate by himself.

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Needs a special person to work with her on anxiety. She would her well with a female do home and a fencedonly in yard. She is so sweet, but unsure.

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DESER T

8.5 yrs., Mixed Breed

Loving and easy going gal. Loves car rides, walks, runs, and hikes. Has done well with children, prefers older to only pet. Always be eager to see, sniff, and do things in new places.new

PIPER

1-2 yrs., Terrier Whippet Mix

Hello Doggie Daycare 1311 Roosevelt , Tr., Raymond • hellodoggiedaycar (207) 655-6521 e.com

9 mos., Ca�le Dog Mix

Society, (207) 985-3244

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Mellow, laid back, easy going, mature I have fun and have dog. silly side but overall a a kick back on the I'm couch and watch TV kinda Prefers to be only gal. pet. Finds other animals overwhelming.

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LADY

Sweet young gal who loves being around people no ma�er her what the ac�vity; hiking, car rides, cuddling, she does it all with gusto. She is diabe�c which has affected her eyesight. Prefers to be only pet, no small children. Special diet and care required.

3 yrs., American Pit Bill Mix

Smart girl, she knows paw, and roll over...andsit, is eager to learn more! She will know she’s forever home when she has a yard to run and fetch balls in. Her absolute favorite is to be tucked into her bed with a comfy blanket. She's a goofy fun-loving girl!

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