Applying for a Service Dog
By Susan Spisak
eptember is National Service Dog Month, a time to not only create awareness for these companions
who assist their humans, but to honor their efforts and devotion to them. If you could benefit from a service dog, there are organizations who can help you train your own canine or provide a dog or custom bred pup if you qualify. Here are groups who may be able to aid you,
qualifications for a service dog, and how to apply for one.
If you have an eligible physical or mental disability, you will qualify for a service dog under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and
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A Message From Our Friends at Fetching Hope Rescue
After 11 years of advocating for rescue dogs, caring for dogs in need and finding homes for nearly one thousand dogs, we have decided it’s time to close the rescue. In the most recent years, it has been incredibly challenging in all aspects of operations and we strongly feel it’s time for respite. Our volunteers have dedicated countless unpaid hours and many sleepless nights over the years to support our southern shelter and rescue partners to save dogs’ lives. We are forever grateful to those incredible humans who sacrificed so much for such a worthy cause. We are very proud of our small but mighty team for making such a positive impact on animal welfare.
Many thanks to our amazing adopters who trusted us to make lifelong matches. Your happy adoption stories are what kept us going for so many years. To our supportive community, thank you. We could not have done this hard work without your encouragement, enthusiasm and generosity that helped so many dogs in need. We hope our absence encourages you to seek out other local nonprofit rescues to support and please continue to advocate for shelter and rescue animals.
Generous Donation Ensures the Future of The Ark
Cherryfield- The Ark Animal Shelter is extremely honored to announce that the shelter has received a generous donation from Lyman Pope, Jr. Part of this contribution is intended to complete The Ark's new building, improve some surrounding areas, increase staff, and improve wages of current employees. These allocations will ensure that The Ark organization is a safe and comfortable facility for resident animals, staff, and the public. The remaining funds are restricted and will be held as an investment for the future. In honor of this donation, The Ark Animal Shelter will now be known as The Ark Pope Memorial Animal Shelter of Cherryfield, Maine.
Lyman Pope Jr. is a self-made millionaire with a passion for animals. In the nineties he began visiting animal shelters in New England and wanted to help improve the conditions in which shelter animals were living. With this goal in mind, he started the Lyman B. Pope, Jr. Foundation. Through that foundation, Lyman has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to many shelters in New England, most of which have signs honoring him. There are four other shelters in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont which carry the Pope name in recognition of larger gifts from the Foundation. Lyman also has incredible knowledge of shelter designs that help serve the animals and the people taking care of them, because to him, that’s what matters the most.
The Ark Animal Shelter has been in operation since 1984. What started as a small building in Harrington, grew into a farmhouse and modular made from retired classrooms, in Cherryfield. Located in one of the poorest counties in Maine, The Ark has a long history of defying the odds and doing its best for animals in need. Not only does the shelter take in owner surrenders and assist law enforcement with animals taken from severe abuse and neglect, but The Ark also serves the community with its low-cost spay and neuter program and emergency veterinary fund.
The Ark’s new facility has been a dream for years and desperately needed. Though the old buildings have served their time well, it became too expensive to maintain them and the wear and tear of sheltering animals. Not only does Lyman’s gift make this dream possible, but it will help the shelter continue the work it does for years to come. This partnership means so much not just because of the funding, but because it came from someone who has such integrity and passion for advocacy of homeless animals. The Ark is proud to share a name with a great man like Lyman Pope and will strive to live up to the legacy to which he has dedicated his life.
Stay tuned for the grand opening of The Ark Pope Memorial Animal Shelter this winter. Date TBD.
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Dear Dog News Readers, We’ve reached that time of year where summer is winding down (what summer we did have) but there are still some fun events to come! Check out our calendar on page 14 and you can always visit our online calendar as well to see if anything has been added after we have gone to print.
S eptember offers amusement with festivals for dogs both large and small. I’ll be assisting P.A.W.S. once again at Wienerfest on the 10th. If you have the date available, it is worth the trip to Belfast to witness this adorable event and support P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center.
Mid-month and further south, Newfie Fun Days will be happening in Eliot. This will be the 26th year for this large breed event which is scheduled for September 16th and 17th. have not spent nearly enough time outside this summer due to the weather so I am hoping we will have a great fall season. Next month is our big Adopt-a-dog issue with additional dog profiles from shelters and rescues
Dog of the Month!
Toast was rescued from a southern California rescue less than an hour before he was to be put down. The shelter named him "Marshmallow" and I said "well, maybe a toasted marshmallow" and the rest, as they say, is history. I have never known a small dog to enjoy chasing and playing with a tennis ball so much. Fortunately, they make them in his size. He is the smartest and funniest dog who has ever been a part of my family.
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“Having a dog will bless you with many of the happiest days of your life, and one of the worst.” ― unknown
Hello my friends! How is the summer coming to a close already? Do I say this every year? Probably! My summer has been productive but with far fewer beach days and a garden that produced as much mold as veggies due to all the rain. The flip side is I still have eaten plenty of tomato and cucumber sandwiches without living in the kitchen processing food for the winter. Remind me in January that I felt relief in September while I’m craving fresh garden sauce.
When I started this career as a psychic for people and pets, I was not thinking of the trauma some animals endure, which was in my face as a result of Hurricane Katrina having just happened. This reading pulled at my heartstrings but also had a profound message for the owner. Once again, I want to remind you that a reading is not a replacement for licensed veterinary care, but information that can be used to complement it.
I got a frantic message from a client I read years ago asking for help with her dog that had suddenly attacked her after three years of being a mush. She was in her yard with a friend and with the dog lazing in the grass beside her. He suddenly gave her “the look” where his eyes went vacant, his body posture was threatening, and he started stalking
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The Adult Dog
Q. Is there anything I should know about my adult dog?
A. You have made it through puppyhood and adolescence. All the work you have put into training, exercising, and socializing has paid off, but you don’t stop now. Young adulthood starts about 2 to 3 years of age. He is calmer, listens better, stops growing, and meshes with family life. This doesn’t mean you stop training and socializing. Instead, life is easier. Fido goes with you to safe events, walks, and hikes. Emotionally he is predictable, calmer, and more comfortable in the day-to-day life experiences.
He is now going to the veterinarian for yearly checkups and routine tests for intestinal parasites, tick, and Heartworm diseases. The yearly visit is important because there are subtle changes you may miss that your veterinarian can pick up. He will need fewer calories to
toward her. She said that when she first got him, he’d react aggressively out of fear around big men, but never to her and not in years. That day he attacked her so severely she ended up in the hospital. She called me because she needed to know what had happened and what she should do moving forward. He was in a ten-day quarantine, and she was struggling with giving him one more chance at life or having him euthanized before the quarantine was over. If he attacked again, his
Ask the Vet…
by Dr. Judith Herman
maintain his weight. If you neutered or spayed your dog, weight gain is expected, so monitoring his weight is important. His doctor will help you find the right diet to support a long healthy life. Your pup will get a thorough physical; all your questions and concerns will be answered.
Dental care will become more important. Just like us, tartar can
brain would have to be submitted for a rabies test, which is not a pretty process.
I tapped into his energy, and he was so apologetic for his behavior but he also said there was something wrong with the wiring in his brain and he had 100% tried to kill her. She was sobbing and said that she fully believed that if he had gotten her to the ground before her friend saved her, he wouldn’t have stopped. I agreed. She wanted to keep him and others safe, and if it was his time to go, she wanted to give him a day of bliss before sending him on his way over the rainbow bridge. That option meant finishing quarantine and then being released to her custody. He told her he couldn’t safely have that day and asked to be released from his body. My heart ached for her. My psychic brain knew he was being honest and clear, but it just didn’t seem fair.
I asked him to describe what was going on in his brain so she could consult with a vet for a final piece of input before making a decision. He showed me a part of his brain that looked like an octopus with its arms spread out but very short. In the middle there was what looked like a blood blister that had been growing, and it was pressing on part of his brain and causing his mental breakdown. I’m not a veterinarian so I can only relay what I see, but
it made sense. She went in to say goodbye a few days later. I asked what the lesson was in this, and the response resonated with her. She’s spent her whole life fighting for her right to be here. To be loved, worthy, heard, respected, etc. This dog did love her, but when his brain short circuited, she needed to ensure both of their safety. He got her through some challenging times, and this was being presented as a situation that validated her strength and integrity.
I was surprised to tell her that if this had happened seven years ago, she would have happily left this world, but she had busted her butt and so much good (other than this situation) was surrounding her. She was told to celebrate every second she is here and to find balance by enjoying the life she has created. Not an easy lesson for sure, but hopefully giving him a voice allowed her some peace with a brutal decision. These are the calls that stick with me after and are usually nestled between calls about new puppies and silliness.
Sara Moore is a psychic medium in Conway, NH who offers long distance sessions internationally. Her website is www.enlightenedhorizons.com, and you can follow her on Facebook at Sara Moore Enlightened Horizons. She is available for parties, events, and fundraisers as well.
build up and cause periodontal disease. Tartar can get under the edge of his gums and cause infections. You would see this as plaque on the teeth and redness of the gums. To prevent this, you can teach your dog to allow brushing. Soft bones, like rib bones and dental chew toys can remove built up tartar if the teeth are not painful. Don’t use hard shank bones or steamed bones from the pet shop. These will break his teeth. If Fido isn’t a chewer, there are products you can put in the water to prevent tartar build up. There are many dental products you can choose from for Fido. Even though he isn’t a puppy, having safe chew toys to keep him occupied is still important. When he has his yearly checkup, your veterinarian will examine his teeth and discuss what care he needs.
E xercise is still important. As dogs mature physically, we need to keep our best friends fit mentally and physically. Sniff walks are a daily need. Swimming and a romp through the back 40 are good ways to stay fit. Adding a
joint supplement, if you haven’t already, should be started. This will help keep arthritis and stiffness at bay. Any medication can compromise Fido’s gut microbiome, supplementing with pre and probiotics can help. Adding omega 3 will reduce inflammation, help his coat, and immune system. Vitamin D is important for your dog’s immune system and protects against other diseases. You may ask your veterinarian to check his vitamin D level. Many dogs are deficient, and we don’t know it. Have the level checked first. Do not just give him vitamin D. Too much can make him very sick.
T his is the time of your dog’s life which is enjoyable. You know each other. He is your best friend and is always there for you.
Judith K. Herman, DVM, CVH Animal Wellness Center Augusta, Maine www.mainehomeopahticvet.com
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Maine’s Human Rights Act. These governing bodies allow qualifying persons to bring their certified service animal tasked and trained to compensate for their eligible disability into all public places, and landlords, businesses, and airlines cannot charge pet fees. (Think visual impairment, hearing loss, limited mobility for physical disabilities. PTSD, anxiety, and depression are examples of mental disabilities, and these require a medical professional’s letter attesting to the condition.)
There are many types of service dogs, some not usually considered, like Dolly Pawton in Naples, Maine, who is a Cardiac Alert Dog. Dolly is trained to alert her owner, Amy Sherwood, when her blood pressure drops, or heart rate rises to an unsafe level. Amy has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, and is also wheelchair bound, so Dolly provides multiple tasks. (Dolly won the American Humane Hero Dog Award in the Service and Guide category in 2020, and nationwide fans love her. So much so, when Amy and her dogs were facing eviction, followers raised enough money to help her buy the home.)
A Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB) guide dog will help sight-impaired gain independence, confidence, and freedom. Their custom bred pups are raised and trained by fosters, and GEB prides itself on their accurate matches. GEB offers on-campus (Yorktown, NY), home, or specialized training such as multiple disabilities. They also have trained running guides–dogs who enable their handlers the freedom to run/jog safely.
To qualify, you must be 16 years old, walk regularly with a white cane, and prove you can be a responsible dog owner. A completed application includes the signed release, medical and vision report, references, home interview, and any other supporting documents and materials. Once they receive your completed application, the Admissions Committee reviews it and advises of approval or denial with reasons. Appeals accepted. (guidingeyes.org/.)
Maine Paws for Veterans, aka MPfV, was originally established as Embrace A Vet in 2012. Their motto is “Serving Veterans with Invisible Wounds” and they only train dogs to ease service-connected PTSD. This program matches dogs with vets at no
cost to them.
This 501(c)(3) has three canine options. They purchase pups for their “Raise to Train” Program. They’re nurtured by volunteers until they’re old enough to be paired with Veterans, and then as a team, they’ll continue the twenty-six-week training. They also rely on shelter partners to provide hand-picked dogs as needed. (These canines are SAFER tested and evaluated with Behavioral Assessment Tools.) Lastly, there’s the Veteran’s Companion Dog option, whereby MPfV can transition their pet–if they meet the criteria–to become their service dog.
Their application process is several stages which includes the online app, copy of DD214, therapist referral letter, authorization to release confidential information, and landlord, employer, veterinarian release. Expect a background and mental check/ evaluation, an interview and home visit. If you’re utilizing your own dog, there’s a canine health evaluation. There’s mandatory orientation, organizational, and independent training.
Tracy A. Shaw, Executive Director for MPfV, explains why they are so passionate about their mission: “There is no cure for post-traumatic stress (PTS). A Psychiatric Service Dog with continuing mental health treatments can resolve most PTS symptoms, and developing positive coping skills can alleviate the stress of military trauma. Maine Paws for Veterans is honored and passionate in our role of improving the quality of life of Maine Veterans and their support network.” (mainepawsforveterans.org/.)
Mission Working Dogs (MWD) trains Mobility Assistance and PTSD Service Dogs. Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Christy Gardner, who utilizes a service dog herself, is Founder and President of MWD. She wanted to make a distinction when asked about the application process. “It’s helpful if people know and understand the difference between service dogs and therapy dogs. A lot of people apply for a therapy dog for themselves, but therapy dogs are meant for the mental health of community groups and don’t have public access rights like service dogs.”
Your own dog will be considered provided your veterinarian and MWD’s veterinarian agree that the dog is a valid candidate for this training. The dog must pass a health check, temperament testing, undergo a minimum of 250 hours of training, and pass skills assessment and public
access test. As a candidate, you must fundraise $4,000 on your own or by attending MWD fundraising events. If you qualify for a service dog and would prefer to apply for one of their canines, there is an interview stage. All the above requirements hold true in this instance as well.
Christy indicated while approval processes are a little different for the programs, her best advice is to make sure the application is complete before it’s submitted. “You’d be shocked how many people forget attachments, or the letter from the doctor prescribing the dog doesn’t contain the required information. That usually results in long delays while we try to get ahold of the person’s doctor and get a release of information to talk the doctor, or to get a new letter with all the questions answered.” (missionworkingdogs.org/.)
Here are a few more groups who offer service dogs. Check their sites for specific application processes and all info.
The non-profit Pets for Vets, Inc. provides training only to the animals they have specifically selected for Veterans in their program. The Portland Chapter is headed up by Director Marianne Quinn. They strive to create the feelings of immediate recognition, comfort, and security, also known as the “Super Bond.” (petsforvets.com/portland-me.)
K9s on The Front Line is a Mainebased 501(c)(3) nonprofit that
provides certified, trained service dogs to military Veterans who are affected by PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries, at no cost. Their motto is “Unleashing Hope, One Dog at a Time.” They only rescue dogs facing euthanization from shelters to pair and train with Vets, allowing both rewarding lives. (k9sonthefrontline. org/.)
Training offered by the College for Pets in New Hampshire is open to Maine residents. They have a variety of programs/classes geared towards training canines for mobility, psychiatric, and stress/anxiety support, PTSD, seizure response (not alert), reading assistance, diabetic alerting, and hearing disability. Programs are for owners with a qualified adult dog or puppy. (collegeforpets.com/service-dogtraining/.)
Simone Emmons is the Army Vet who founded Service Dog Strong or SDS, Maine’s only 501(c) (3) nonprofit with the purpose of saving shelter canines, raising monies to have them professionally trained and certified as service or emotional support dogs, and pairing them with women and men with traumatic, sexually- and/or rape-related PTSD at no cost to them. (facebook.com/ServiceDogStrong for app info.)
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The Being Alone Skill
(Note: this article does not contain advice on how to treat clinical “separation anxiety,” but rather tips on how to help your pup learn how to cope with being confined or separated from you)
"She follows me everywhere. It’s so endearing!”
It is indeed endearing when a dog, especially a little puppy, practically attaches herself to our heels as we walk from room to room. “I need you!” she seems to be saying. It’s very reinforcing to our self-worth, makes us feel relevant and needed… and who doesn’t want to feel relevant?
We need to build a strong bond with our dogs that’s based on mutual trust, kindness, and understanding. We also need to help them feel safe in all situations, which means practice being alone. It’s unhealthy for a dog to feel like she needs open access to you.
Confinement skills may, in fact, be THE most important things we need to teach our dogs. It should be at the very top of the list of skills to teach. Yes, it’s a “skill” and not something that we can expect to come naturally. This means that we have to intentionally train it.
A tethered dog who settles to
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family at the dinner table. You won’t have to withstand a barking frenzy because your dog is upset you aren’t paying attention to him. It’s a winwin-win-win-win.
The effort it takes to teach confinement skills is worth it. Totally worth it.
“Oh, he doesn’t need his crate anymore. He’s completely house trained.” Please don’t throw the crate out when your puppy is housetrained. It has value way beyond house training. Besides, you now have an adolescent, and you’re going to need it even more! What are the benefits of teaching separation?
Out of curiosity, I did a bit of googling to see what parallels there are between raising kids and raising dogs when it comes to this subject. JACKPOT! You may as well replace “child” and “kid” with “dog” here because the following from www. childpsych.co.za is SPOT ON. My notes are in italics.
Reasons why kids should play alone
It promotes problem-solving skills
It encourages creativity
Playing alone helps to develop creativity and imagination. During solitary play, kids set the scene and have to figure out a way to entertain themselves. This can also help to avoid boredom in the future.
It develops social independence
Solo play develops a strong sense of independence in kids. They don’t have to be around other people at all times. As they grow up, this social independence will help them feel more comfortable in any situation. It boosts independence
Solo play develops the powers of persistence and completion. Being solely in charge of situations means kids think things through and follow through on decisions independently.
How to encourage independent play
Create a safe and comfortable space for your child to play alone away from any distractions. [for dogs, this can be on supervised tether, in a crate, in a separate room, a pen, etc. Make it comfy and attractive for your dog.]
Offer a variety of toys
watch the action from on a bed nearby, a pup who happily chews on a project in her crate while her family eats, a dog who works diligently on a puzzle toy in the gate area nearby…. these are dogs who are easy to live with, experience less stress, and are more adaptable to change. They are less likely to learn how to jump on the kids, chase the cat or harass the
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Kids determine their own course and develop important problemsolving abilities. For example, if part of a toy gets stuck somewhere, kids have to find a way to get it unstuck on their own.
It builds confidence
By solving problems on their own and developing a sense of mastery and control, kids gain confidence.
It ’s no secret that kids can get bored quickly. So, it’s important to make a variety of different toys available for your kid. [a wide variety of food-dispensing toys can be made at home or purchased. Natural chews are excellent projects. We want your pup to think of being confined as the
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Understanding, Diagnosing and Managing Compulsive Behaviors in Dogs
By Christine D. Calder, DVM, DACVB Calder Veterinary Behavior Services, www.caldervbs.com
Compulsive behaviors in dogs can be challenging for both the dog and their owners. These behaviors, characterized by repetitive, exaggerated, and often ritualistic actions, can significantly impact a dog's quality of life. It is essential to understand the potential medical and behavioral causes of compulsive behaviors, as well as the available treatment options to effectively manage and improve the well-being of affected dogs.
Types of Compulsive Behaviors:
Compulsive behaviors in dogs can manifest in various forms. Some common types of compulsive behaviors include:
• Tail Chasing: Dogs may chase their tails excessively, to the point of causing injury or selfmutilation.
• Paw Licking or Chewing: Dogs may excessively lick or chew their paws, leading to irritation and possible infection.
• Shadow or Light Chasing: Dogs may fixate on shadows
or lights, repeatedly chasing and attempting to catch them.
• Fly or Mosquito Biting/ Snapping: Dogs may snap at flies or mosquitoes, even when there are none present.
• Object or Toy Fixation: Dogs may obsessively focus on a specific object or toy, repetitively licking, chewing, or pawing at it.
• Repetitive Barking or Vocalization: Dogs may engage in incessant barking or vocalization without an apparent reason or trigger.
• Compulsive Grooming: Dogs may excessively groom themselves or other objects, resulting in hair loss or skin irritation.
When faced with compulsive behaviors in dogs, it is crucial to rule out any underlying medical conditions that could be contributing to or causing the behavior. Conditions such as allergies, skin irritations, pain, neurological disorders, and endocrine imbalances can all manifest as compulsive behaviors. A thorough examination by a veterinarian, along with appropriate diagnostic tests, will help identify any potential medical differentials that may require
Behavioral Differentials: Compulsive behaviors in dogs can also stem from underlying behavioral factors. Dogs that are anxious, stressed, or lacking mental stimulation may engage in repetitive behaviors as a way to cope. Identifying and addressing the root cause of these behavioral differentials is crucial in developing an effective treatment plan.
Management: Managing compulsive behaviors involves creating an environment that minimizes triggers and promotes relaxation. Providing regular exercise, mental stimulation, and enrichment
activities can help redirect the dog's focus and reduce the frequency and intensity of compulsive behaviors. Regular exercise should aim to meet the basic physical and mental needs of the dog, rather than pushing them to become marathon runners. It is important to consider the specific needs of the dog's breed, age, and health when determining the appropriate level of exercise.
Enrichment: Enrichment activities are essential for dogs with compulsive behaviors. Engage your dog's senses and provide mental stimulation through activities such as puzzle toys, treat-dispensing toys, interactive feeding games, and scent work. These activities keep the dog's mind occupied, teach problem solving skills, and provide alternative outlets for their energy.
Compulsive behaviors in dogs can have a significant impact on their wellbeing and the bond with their owners. Understanding the potential medical and behavioral causes of compulsive behaviors is essential in developing an effective treatment plan.
Check back in October for “Treatment of Compulsive Behaviors in Dogs”.
SEPTEMBER 2023 7 All proceeds from ice cream and mini golf benefit our dog rescue grammyrose.org (844) 364-5433 wickyralph.com 1542 Route 109, Acton
Preparing for the Loss of a Pet
T he topic of losing our pets can be a painful one to discuss, however it is an inevitable part of being a pet parent. For most, our animals are our companions and beloved members of our family. They provide us with unconditional love, emotional support, and enjoyment. Experiencing their loss can be devastating and cause us much grief. Being prepared for this sad day may help us cope when it is time for us to say goodbye.
Euthanasia and Aftercare
Making the decision to euthanize a pet is one of the most difficult choices you will have to make even when it may be the kindest option. Something you can do to help you decide is to look at their quality of life. Is your pet in pain? Are they eating and drinking? Are they still able to go for walks or engage in activities they normally enjoy? You could keep a daily log to determine if the “bad” days outnumber the “good.”
S omething you should consider in advance is if you would prefer to take your pet to the veterinarian or have someone come perform an at-home euthanasia. Choosing to do it at home would provide another level of
privacy for both you and your pet. No matter the location, you can provide them with comfort by having them lay on their favorite bed or blanket surrounded by their favorite toy(s).
Another thing to think about is what you would like to do with your pet’s remains. Weighing out your options and knowing what they are ahead of time would be easier with a clear head than when the moment arrives and you are feeling distressed or emotional. Should you choose cremation you have the option to select who performs that service even if your pet is euthanized at the vet. You can make arrangements for the crematorium to pick up your pet at your vet’s office or your home, or you may also prefer to drop them off yourself. Do you prefer a flame-based cremation or aquamation? For those unfamiliar with the term, aquamation or water cremation is a process that uses a gentle warm water flow and alkalinity to accelerate natural decomposition. It is energy efficient and environmentally safe.
It is not unusual to feel great sorrow. The grief process is an individual path for us all and while some may not
or the bond you had with your pet, you should not feel ashamed or alone. You may find comfort in speaking with a loved one or someone you know who has previously lost
a pet. There are also books that may help guide you through the process as well as pet loss support groups, hotlines and counseling.
You may choose to prepare
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a memorial to honor your pet. Portraits and other types of commemoratives can provide some comfort as you grieve and remind you of the fun and love that you shared. If a photograph is your preference, there are skilled photographers out there who have experience working with pets who can help you create a professional tribute. You may also wish to have multiple sessions that celebrate different stages in your lives together. (Please see our enclosed supplement which showcases some of Maine’s talented pet photographers and artists.)
If your pet was cremated, there are now a number of beautiful urns and even jewelry that can hold small
bits of your pet’s ashes. You might also wish to scatter some in a place that was special for you both.
T hink things through and plan ahead; many of these decisions can be made in advance, so you aren’t left feeling that you wish you had done something differently. Our pets mean the world to us, and they deserve the best we can offer them in life and once they must leave us.
The Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
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Training Your Performance Dog
by Carolyn Fuhrer
How many times have you heard, or maybe been told:
• Your dog’s not having enough fun
• You need to motivate your dog more
• You need better treats
• YOU need to be more fun
To understand training and become better trainers we need to understand what part we play in motivation and must be willing to “listen” to our dogs. We need to be
willing to modify and even abandon our immediate goals. Persevering may get the job done, but at what cost if no one is enjoying the work?
In order to be successful in motivating your dog, you first must be willing to let your dog define the motivation, and you must rank your
motivators in a high to low value order.
Motivations should strengthen and focus behavior.
Some dogs can learn to love things they may not have originally felt were motivators. Dogs can learn to love play, with or without toys. Dogs can learn to love their dumbbell. Dogs can learn to love touch and praise. All these and more can be motivational to the dog, but it is up to the dog to decide.
Our relationship with our dog, how we nourish and develop it and build upon it, is a powerful motivator to our dog. We must work to provide motivation and include our relationship as part of the motivation process. A shy or insecure dog may interpret silence or being neutral when an error is made as disapproval by the handler and will not try to solve the problem and, therefore, become even more stressed because the dog sees no solution. The dog knows he is not being praised or rewarded, but he does not know what to do next.
It is extremely important to design your training session to ensure as much success as possible. Just trying an exercise over and over again will not solve the problem. Starting out
with a hard exercise to “see if your dog can do it” and then having to make it easier because your dog failed, actually teaches dogs to fail. When starting a training session, start out with an exercise you are almost 100% sure your dog can do. This gives you the opportunity to praise and reward and build confidence and gradually increase the difficulty of the exercise. Smart trainers are not looking to “test” their dog, they are looking to build relationship and confidence through thoughtful training.
We all know that in competition we cannot use food or toys as motivators in the ring. This is why we need to create a relationship where the dog can enthusiastically work for intermittent small praise and touch-based reward. This is why weaving your relationship into the reinforcement that you use in training is critical when the expected motivation is not immediately present. This is where verbal interaction as a familiar and valuable part of your reward system can build mental stamina and help your dog stay engaged under pressure.
Put yourself into the reward; don’t let the food or toy do all the work. Happy training.
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Carolyn Fuhrer has earned over 130 AKC titles with her Golden Retrievers, including 4 Champion Tracker titles. 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. She is also an AKC Tracking Judge. You can contact her with questions, suggestions, and ideas for her column by e-mailing email@example.com.
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Ensuring Our Dog’s Mental Health & Well-Being Does Your Dog Enjoy Public Events, or Would They Rather Stay Home?
Last month I discussed how each dog has its own need for personal space and that the size of the space can vary depending on the environment and many other factors [Respecting Personal Space & How to Interact with a Dog, DEDN AUG2023]. I also explained that people, through ignorance or arrogance, will often violate a dog's space, causing our dog to become afraid, angry, or hyperexcited. The more strangers in your dog’s environment, the greater chance this could happen.
Now it’s September—that time of year for various walks to benefit one non-profit cause or another. Several of you will undoubtedly participate, running or walking and doing your part to help others. Thank you!
Some of you with dogs will even bring your dogs to this mass gathering of humanity and semi-organized chaos. Based on my many years of experience at these events, many of your dogs will proclaim in various ways, “Why didn’t you let me stay home!”
Please recognize that all the people, the frenetic activity, and the tight
WORDS, WOOFS & MEOWS
by Don Hanson ACCBC, BFRAP, CDBC, CPDT-KA
spaces may be just as stressful to your dog as a thunderstorm or fireworks. If your dog easily gets anxious or is typically shy, please, for the dog’s sake, let it stay home. I had one dog that loved these events and another that immediately made it clear she wanted to go home. In that case, we immediately returned home. Sadly, I have seen so many unhappy dogs at these walks that I no longer enjoy participating in the event. I chose to support the organization by just mailing them my donation.
Dogs enjoying these events will let you know with their body language. If their body is loose and wiggly, their ears are in a neutral position, and their tongue is lolling out of their mouth, they are happy to be there. You can see some examples of relaxed and comfortable dogs in this graphic.
However, understand that the behavior of any individual organism can be affected by every other organism in the environment. At these events, there may be the potential for your dog to be exposed to hundreds of people and hundreds of other dogs. Thus, the happy, content dog can
become upset very quickly. If your dog exhibits “Stay Away” signals, as shown in the graphic, please consider taking your dog home.
Dogs under extreme stress will typically be very reactive, lunging, barking, and growling to keep a threat away. These dogs should not be brought to public events as they threaten public safety and have a higher probability of biting due to their high level of arousal. These dogs are experiencing severe emotional trauma and keeping them home for their mental health is equally important.
People often think their dog is “ok” or “fine” because it is not offering any behavior. These dogs are so terrified they appear as if they are frozen. They are motionless, avoiding eye contact and interaction with everyone and everything. If you see your dog frozen like this, please take it home.
If your dog frequently shows signs of extreme stress, I encourage you to speak to your veterinarian as soon as possible. You may also want to consult a veterinary behaviorist or an accredited Professional Canine Behavior Consultant.
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.
Wherever you live, even in the Northeast United States, it is worth asking your veterinarian whether your dog should get an annual vaccination against Leptospirosis. The topic may not come up during wellness exams since it is not considered a core vaccine by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Remember to ask!
If your veterinarian thinks a Lepto shot for your dog is a good idea, strongly consider it!!!
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Rescue of the Month
RESCUE OF THE MONTH: GRAMMY ROSE RESCUE & SANCTUARY
By Susan Spisak
Grammy Rose Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. in Acton has a mission to rescue adoptable dogs from euthanasia and provide them with quality care in a unique, homelike setting as they work to match them with forever families. It boasts a large campus that features an adoption center and six residential canine cabins for their rescues awaiting adoption. Each cabin, with individual living spaces for several dogs, is outfitted so visitors and canine caregivers are comfortable. An added, important plus—these surroundings help dogs quickly adapt to real home environments.
Grammy Rose Rescue & Sanctuary has an interesting backstory. The rescue’s namesake, Grammy Rose, aka Rose Kessler Wentworth, had a zest for life and loved all animals, especially dogs. She spoiled her own dogs so much she even cooked them
scrambled eggs weekly. A descendant of Grammy’s and her husband, also pet lovers, became aware of a sanctuary with cabins for dogs called Our Companions. They shared all info on that successful undertaking with the Acton group, and they in turn tweaked the model to fit their needs. This Maine endeavor was privately funded by a member of the family that stewarded the land upon which Grammy Rose Rescue sits. There are 63 acres of surrounding land with trails and play areas. And to honor Grammy Rose’s ice-cream loving husband, Ralph Wentworth, they named their on-campus ice cream parlor and 18 hole mini-golf course Wicky Ralph’s. They knew Ralph deserved this honor—besides being a real “character,” he was a Veteran with the Army National Guard, volunteered to go to France
during WWI, was wounded twice, and was awarded two Purple Hearts.
The Grammy Rose Rescue and Sanctuary had their First Annual Acton Open in May to kick off Wicky Ralph’s season, and it was well-attended. A number of local businesses and groups fielded teams, they had trophies and t-shirts. The ice cream parlor and mini golf have been very popular this season—the season continues through Labor Day and beyond that on weekends if weather permits. (Visit it at 1542 Maine Highway 109, Acton. Hours, wickyralph.com/.)
Cindy Norwood, Dog Care Manager, (and also a Vet ER Nurse), oversees the rescue operations, the full/ part time staff and 200 volunteers. She searches for dogs from shelters nationally (they have several partners in a handful of states as of now) and
matches them to their forever family when ready for adoption. They have saved and adopted out about 350 dogs since July of 2021, which is a big milestone. There’s a Campus Manager as well, Larissa Day, and she oversees campus operations including the ice cream parlor and Wicky Ralph’s.
Ongoing rescue operations are funded in part by proceeds from the mini-golf and ice cream shop, and the balance is private donations, which are always welcome, and fundraising. For more info including all adoptable dogs and their Amazon. com and Chewy.com wish lists, grammyrose.org/. Check out their adoption successes, upcoming events, and more info on available dogs on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ grammyrosedogrescue/.
MOLLY, 5 MONTHS JAKE, PLOTT HOUND MIX
If you’re looking for a fun, energetic and spirited young puppy, Molly could be your girl. She’s a sweet, energetic 5-month-old who came to us via our good friends at Freedom Street Rescue in Texas. Molly loves the outdoors, loves to play, gets along with other dogs, and is very friendly with people as well. She is hoping for a family who likes an active dog, and we think she would benefit from a fenced-in yard. Like most pups her age, she is eager to learn, and a little training will help her settle in and become the loving family member we know she wants to be.
Jake reminds us of those old oil paintings of fox hunts, with hounds and horses jumping over a ravine in the woods, hot on the trail. Jake is a particularly handsome plott hound with a kind and gentle disposition. He walks like a dream on a leash, loves to sniff all the daily “news”, then when he’s all caught up, he comes back to check in with the humans and beg for head scratches. Jake would prefer a home without cats, and dog friends he would like to be around his size. He is house- and kennel-trained but does well left out as well. His previous caretakers say he is a spoiled house dog but also enjoys sunbathing and dipping his paws in the kiddie pool – though he is not a fan of baths! Jake walks well on a leash and is just an overall joy to be with.
If you’re interested in meeting one of these dogs, please call Grammy Rose Rescue & Sanctuary at 844-DOG-LIFE (844-364-5433) to make an appointment.
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Dogs for Adoption
Some rescues do not offer phone numbers and require you apply online. Please see the contact info. highlighted in yellow below each dog.
4.5 years old, Terrier Mix
She loves treats and will happily sit for a snack. She is looking for a home with dogsavvy kids and maybe even another pup, ideally a male dog. She wants room to run and play. The lucky family that adopts Honey will be rewarded with a loving and affectionate pup ready for adventure!
Sponsored by: Bagel Café 25 Mechanic St., Camden, (207)236-2661, bagelcafemaine.com
ABBEY & SUSIE
10 years old, Abbey and Susie are a bonded pair in need of a new home. They are calm, relaxed seniors who are smart, anxious to please and love treats. Their strongest motivation is really just to love their people/person and be loved back. The girls love to ride in the car and are quiet passengers.
Sponsored by: York Bark & Play 915 US Route 1, York, (207)361-4758, yorkbarkandplay.com
1 year old, Catahoula and Plott Hound Mix
I’m a very affectionate gal and I LOVE to cuddle. But don’t leave me alone for too long, because when I start to miss my humans, I get antsy. I’m a very active and smart girl and like my exercise. I prefer dogs if they have easy going attitudes.
FMI: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by: Mason’s Brewing Company 15 Hardy St., Brewer, (207)989-6300, masonsbrewingcompany.com
2 years old, Dalmation Mix
Ollie is a sweet and loving boy who happens to be deaf. He is looking for an adult home with no pets. Ollie rides well in a car, and walks beautifully on a leash – often with a charming prance!
5 years old, Hound
This gal is new to Maine and loves the weather. She loves treats and rolling around in the grass. Other dogs? Yes! Cats, probably not. Kids? If they are dog-savvy and can handle an energetic hound, sure! Ariat is ready to live the good life in Maine but may need some guidance getting through the snowy Maine winter!
Sponsored by: Water Bark Wellness 4 Commercial St., Rockport, (207)230-8455, waterbarkwellness.com
10 years old, Terrier Mix
A terrier through and through with a pinch of chihuahua for good measure. She is not shy about expressing herself – be it the need to go out or the desire to play. She likes to run free in a fenced in space, go for long hikes or walks on the beach. No other pets.
9 months old, Catahoula Leopard Mix
Very lovable, playful and loyal. He is extremely playful with the other dogs and cats in the home. He would do best without senior animals as he is extremely playful. He knows “sit” and how to walk on a leash. He would definitely make a great jogging partner. Loves car rides and playing in the yard.
Sponsored by: Rising Tide Co-op 323 Main St., Damariscotta, (207)563-5556, risingtide.coop
2 years old,
Ready to hit the beaches in style! He is a pit mix, approximately 2 years old. He does better with kids over 10, because he’s a bit of a goof and tends to bump into littles in his exuberance. He is good with other dogs, but no cats for this guy, they look like too much fun to chase! Located here in Maine.
Sponsored by: First National Bank 18 Branches from Wiscasset to Calais, 1-800-564-3195, thefirst.com
play yard and comes when you call him back!
Sweet, curious pup. She loves cuddling and makes a great companion. She enjoys playing (rough) with larger dogs and walking or running. She is active and engaged with people, and is very social. Hazel has no health concerns. She likes to aggressively chase squirrels, cats and small dogs. This doesn’t make her a bad girl, she’s just a DOG dog!
more available dogs on our website, downeastdognews.com.
September 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
FIRST CHOICE PET FAIR
Saturday, September 9
Windam, 11AM - 5PM
First Choice Animal Care are hosting their 2nd annual Pet Fair at 5 Storm Dr. Windham. This event will consist of small business vendors, crafters, pet-related businesses, educational booths, veterinary professionals, music, food, and raffles. We hope to include and educate the community as well as provide resources for your pet's needs.
First Choice Animal Care and Surgery Center will be hosting raffles and selling merchandise to raise money for a local non-profit as well. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for event updates and features! Phone: (207) 893-8134
SATURDAY NAIL TRIM CLINICS
Saturday, September 9 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 Nachajko from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail 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.
Sunday, September 10 Belfast, 11AM – 3PM
Steamboat Landing Park, Belfast Waterfront. Rain or Shine. A celebration of dachshunds and the people who love them. The event benefits PAWS Adoption Center, a non-profit animal shelter. $5 admission fee, dogs and children under 12 are Free. FMI: www.mainewienerfest.com
BARK IN THE PARK
Wednesday, September 13 Portland, 6PM
Bring your dog to a Sea Dogs game 6PM – start the game with a parade around the ball field led by Slugger, then enjoy the game in the left field grandstand. Tickets are available at seadogs.com, or by calling 207-879-9500. Only 300 tickets available. www.milb.com
AKC AGILITY TRIAL
Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17 Somerville, 8AM
On Track Agility Club of Maine (OTAC) is holding an AKC Agility Trial at North StarDog Training School, 252 Jones Rd., in Somerville on Saturday, and Sunday, 9/16 and 9/17. Judging begins at 8:00. This will be held outdoors. Call Kathy at (207)691-2332 FMI or e-mail: email@example.com.
NEWFIE FUN DAYS
Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17 Eliot, 10AM – 4PM 26th annual event! Celebrating the Newfoundland Dog Breed. RT. 103 Piscataqua Boat Basin, 90 Hammond Ln., Eliot. There will be vendors, games, raffles, speakers, photographers, CGC Testing, demonstrations and workshops. FMI and to view the schedule visit us at: https://www.newfclubne.org/newfevents/ and follow us on Facebook.
TOE NAIL TUESDAY
Tuesday, September 19 Rockland, 11AM – 1PM Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them down to Pet Quarters located at 235 Camden St, Rockland and Shannon Nachajko from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00
your dog isn’t looking. We want her to think they are just growing from the floor!]
for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue.
Saturday, September 23
Augusta, 9AM - Noon
Meet at Park & Ride, Piggery Rd. and Hospital St. Tracking workshop with AKC Tracking Judge Carolyn Fuhrer. This workshop will be tailored to the individual needs of participants. Call Kathy at (207)691-2332 FMI or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration required. $75 dog/handler teams. $40 audit
TSC SATURDAY MED’S AND PEDI’S
Saturday, September 23 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.
GREAT GLOBAL GREYHOUND WALK
Sunday, September 24 Poland, 10AM Starts at 10AM at Range Pond State Park. For more info visit https://www. facebook.com/GGGWTeamMaine This year's theme is FLAGS.
LAZY DAY NAIL TRIM CLINICS
Sunday, September 24 Rockland, 12PM - 2PM
Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them down to Pet Quarters located at 235 Camden St, Rockland and Shannon Nachajko from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail 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.
PAWS ON PARADE’S 30TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!
Saturday, September 30 Bangor, 9AM - 12PM Paws on Parade, 30th anniversary of this event held at Husson University. The event features a variety of sponsors, vendors, and highlights such as pet costume contest and shelter dog runway show. FMI or to pre-register: bangorhumane.org or call 207-942-8902
opportunity to settle down and read her favorite book. Cardboard boxes filled with paper and treats are great projects].
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You may be tempted to look over your child’s shoulder from time to time. But independent play should be completely free of any involvement or distractions. [Exactly! This is why object projects, whether food-dispensing toys or chews are excellent. If you are using treats, toss them into the confinement area when
If you have a pup who already has some good alone-time skills, keep up the good work! If you have a pup who doesn’t have any, start slow, in short sessions. Make departures and arrivals neutral but blend them into your life. If your pup has “panic attack” like behavior or is self-harming, contact a professional. Solitude may at first cause a pup frustration and annoyance, but it should not be scary.
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Experience the best of Midcoast Maine at Wiggleswick Cottage in Georgetown! Waterfront log home • 3 bed 2 bath sleeps 6 200 square foot dock sits on deep water Dog friendly • No pet fee Family friendly • Sits on 2.5 acres and very private Huge wrap around deck Free Wifi Voted Best Maine Pet-friendly Lodging in 2021 & 2022! PETMAINE.COM DOWNEASTDOGNEWS.COM Dog Parks Trails Daycares Kennels Pet-friendly Lodging Dining Activities more! GUIDE TO YOUR PETS! Do you have a pet-friendly business? Reserve your space today in the 2024 petMAINE guide! “The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Maine with Your Pets” Contact Jenn Rich, email@example.com or (207)706-6765 • Reach pet owners in and out-of-state • Great resource for travelers and locals • Up to 50k printed copies • Posted online as an interactive e-guide • Web proﬁles available on petmaine.com • Guide includes pet-friendly lodging, dining, retailers, dog parks, beaches and trails, veterinarians, daycares, kennels and more!
and we include additional dog proﬁles in this issue. 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!
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Communicate with your pets, living or deceased with Sara Moore. Long distance sessions available! Sara Moore www.enlightenedhorizons.com As heard on 94.9 and Magic 104.5 Psychic for People & Pets
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Downeast Dog News 12 Help us find a forever home! Dogs for Adoption View more available dogs on our website, downeastdognews.com. See you like, but have computer? Call Jenn to reach the (207) 706-6765 PENNY yrs., Mixed gal loves what ac�vity; she does with gusto. her eyesight. Prefers children. Special Society, Mixed Breed back, going, but TV kinda Prefers overwhelming. Animal Society, (207) Mixed Loving rides, runs, older children, prefers only eager and things olddogsnewdigs.com/pe�inder.html Hagge� Dodge Rd., 882-6709 hillkennel.com Sponsored Androscoggin Hospital Rd., androscogginanimalhospital.com729-4678 Sponsored Scarborough Hospital First St., (207) scarboroughanimalhospital.com 10 American Bull lady for cats, neededDog-to-dog see any dogs. Jasmine wants love! Bangor Humane (207) 942-8902 PIPER 1-2 Whippet special would well with She Emma's 676-5599 CYPRESS 5 mos., Retriever snuggle, plays well super smart. She knows commands. will very, fetchinghope.com/adopt Sponsored Colby Barnes Associate Group 103 Gardiner beangroup.com/agents/StacyColby-Barnes Sponsored by: Debbie Red's (207) redseatsmaine.com Sponsored Doggie Tr., Raymond 655-6521 hellodoggiedaycare.com DESERT mos., Ca� play! very both on very and enjoys himself. fetchinghope.com/adopt GREY yrs., Pit Bull house Loves and Great other very leash. potato and loves being fetchinghope.com/adopt KODIAK Malamute/Husky Great children and savvy another young, large and (minimumfenced been properly treated people. journeyanimalrescue.org Debbie Eats Rt. 1, redseatsmaine.com882-6128 Sponsored Ridgerunner Services Mainridgerunnervet.com(207) Sponsored by: Flagship Suites Townsend Boothbay 660-5094 boothbaylodging.com ChihuahuaYorkie/ with Nervous he trusts homeplayful. people owner on hikes journeyanimalrescue.org 1.5 Retriever/ Hound Puerto easy handle. Big at and me help adult onate friendly. Midcoast (207) 449-1366 CYLENE 3 yrs., Mix she paw, learn has a favorite tucked blanket. goofy Midcoast 449-1366 Sponsored Dogs Pet Boothbay 633-7387 twosaltydogs.com Sponsored Coastal Dog 144 Edgecomb Sponsored Tasteful St., Bridgton tastefulthingsme.com577-0782 LOOKING FOR DOG SPONSORS FOR OUR OCTOBER Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Issue OCTOBER IS Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to sign up is Friday, September 15th September is National Pet Insurance Month!
207 667 1345 • 130 High Street, Ellsworth ME 04605 • www.ellsworthcomfortinn.com Are you planning to visit some of Maine’s greatest natural treasures like Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, and Schoodic Peninsula? Whether it is a hike in the park, dinner in Bar Harbor, or a sunset cruise, the Gold Award Winning Comfort Inn® in Ellsworth is located within minutes of your daily excursion. Completely renovated in May 2018, we offer the perfect place to rest, relax, and rejuvenate for your next adventure. HOTEL AMENITIES • Pet-friendly (additional pet fee) • 100% Smoke Free • Free Coffee • Business Center • Free Hot Breakfast • Free Wireless • Wake-Up Service • Exercise Room • Guest Laundry • Direct access to the Sunrise Trail travel best with your PETS WELCOME Compassionate Care and Expertise 24/7/365 COMPASSIONATE CARE. 24 HOURS A DAY. 7 DAYS A WEEK. 207 878 3121 739 Warren Ave. Portland pvesc.com Untitled-1 1 10/6/22 1:42 PM Maine’s Most Unique Pet Gift & Supply Store Monday - Friday 10am – 6pm Saturday 10am – 5pm Sunday 10am – 4pm Find us on Facebook! PET PANTRY 177 Lower Main St., Freeport 207-865-6484 Our doors are open or call ahead for curbside pickup Free delivery for orders $50+ within 15 miles 3 floors of fun! Voted #1 Pet Store in Maine by Down East Magazine