Rosie, an adorable adoptable in Maine

Coastal_Humane_Society_Rosie010Beautiful, athletic, energetic, powerful, loving. These words all describe Rosie.
Rosie has been at the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick since mid-March, but before that she was in a shelter in Florida.
Shelter living is taking a toll on this girl. She is desperate for a home of her own.

Coastal_Humane_Society_Rosie003Rosie is a Boxer/Terrier mix, less than a year and a half old, and full of energy.

Coastal_Humane_Society_Rosie012Rosie has an adorable, quirky behavior that I haven’t seen anything quite like before — when she’s not sure what you want her to do, she does a bizarre somersault/twirl/roll move. It really needs to be caught on video.
This is not the move, but when the move is over she rolls around on her back.

Coastal_Humane_Society_Rosie001Rosie has something she’d like to get off her chest. Yes, she did happen to be in the New England Patriots locker room on January 18th. And yes, her nickname might be The Deflator.

Coastal_Humane_Society_Rosie004But she doesn’t see what the big deal is. She’s happy to deflate balls for any team. She finds them much easier to play with that way. She would have helped the Colts out if they had just asked her.

Coastal_Humane_Society_Rosie006She loves, loves, LOVES to play ball. I didn’t try her with a Frisbee, but I can picture her making spectacular leaps and dives.


Coastal_Humane_Society_Rosie005Rosie cannot live with cats. And she’s selective with dogs. She wants to be the top dog. She does best with calm, submissive dogs.
She loves kids, though! She was raised in a home with 2 children under 8.

Coastal_Humane_Society_Rosie013 Rosie would make an awesome running or hiking partner, but she is not the type of dog you can hike off leash with.

Coastal_Humane_Society_Rosie002Rosie is super-athletic, but she’s also a lady. Like most girls, she enjoys a tutu and a crown every now and then.
(She also likes to play ball in a tutu and roll in the dirt in a tutu).

Coastal_Humane_Society_Rosie008Being cooped up in the shelter is making Rosie more anxious as the days go by. She really needs a place to call home.
Could your home be her home? Wouldn’t you love to see this face every day?

Coastal_Humane_Society_Rosie009Rosie was part of the “Paws and Stripes” program in Florida where she learned some basic obedience.
It’s a program that teams up jail inmates with shelter dogs and they teach and socialize the dogs.
She could use a refresher course, but  mostly she just needs to be tired out and loved. A tired dog is a happy dog. Rosie is also housetrained!Coastal_Humane_Society_Rosie015If you would love an energetic, fun dog, and you have an active lifestyle that can include her, you should go meet Rosie. Spend some time outside with her at the shelter and you’re sure to fall in love with her. You can reach the shelter at (207) 725-5051.
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Honey and Romac

I recently had the pleasure of reacquainting myself with some dogs I haven’t seen for awhile.
Honey (her full name is Honey Bear but she’s also affectionately known as Sybil) is a Rottweiler and Romac is a silly Labby guy (though he’s looking pretty serious here).
maine_dog_photography009Their mom, Kim, is a longtime volunteer with North East Rottweiler Rescue and Referral, and Honey was a foster dog that moved in several years ago and was either too good or too crazy to part with, I’m not sure which.
Sometimes the crazy ones are the most endearing.
maine_dog_photography008She’s got some gray in her black hair now, and she’s calmed down a bit (just a bit!). She used to have quite an obsession with the tv, among other things. I remember hearing stories about her intent tv fixation/ OCD behavior. It sounds funny but she really could have done some damage to the televisions and to herself. It was quite a long ordeal to work through it.
Now she’s matured into a lovely older gal. She turned 10 in December.
maine_dog_photography007Honey gave everyone quite a scare a few months ago when a grapefruit-sized tumor was found in her spleen. She came through surgery like a champ, and I couldn’t believe how playful and spry she is. She acts and looks younger than 10.
maine_dog_photography006Romac (named after a family member’s nickname) is your typical laid-back, goofy Lab. He was adopted through Almost Home Rescue when he was 6 months old in 2007. Kim fell for his picture on the Almost Home website because he looked so sad. Their previous Rottweiler was quite selective as to which dogs she would share her home with, but she accepted puppy Romac into the family. It doesn’t seem possible that 8 years has passed so quickly.
maine_dog_photography002He, too, now has some flecks of white in his face.
maine_dog_photography003He loooooves his ball. And he gladly would let you throw it for him all day long.
maine_dog_photography001He was kind enough to stop a few times and humor me with some handsome poses, though.
maine_dog_photography005Honey and Romac make a good team. Honey tries to act like the boss and can be a little pushy (though deep down she’s a scaredy cat), and Romac is chill enough that he is okay with letting Honey think she’s the boss.
maine_dog_photography010Kim is glad to have these photos of her furkids.  They are fast movers and she has never been able to get great photos of them herself. (Which is good, because if everyone could take great pics of their pets there would be no need for me).
I hope these two keep moving fast for a long, long time.

Sadie, an adoptable dog who will win your heart



Sadie has been at Harvest Hills Animal Shelter in Fryeburg for a long, long time.
For the most part, since 2012 (!), although she was adopted and returned at some point during that time.
I met her last week and I can’t understand why this sweet girl is still waiting for her foreverhome.
Maine_Adoptable_Dog_Sadie_008aMy husband went with me to help with the photos, and we waited in the lobby while Sadie was brought out from her kennel.
She was immediately happy to see us and willingly accepted attention from both of us.
She was glad to be out and about and was ready for whatever was happening next.
Maine_Adoptable_Dog_Sadie_004aAs animal shelters go, Harvest Hills is a really nice place. They have many large, fenced yards with grass and trees, so volunteers can take the dogs out to play and enjoy the outdoors. We went into one of the yards with Sadie and we were told how well she listens and that she wouldn’t give us any trouble. And, how she would do anything for a treat. And that was all very true!
Maine_Adoptable_Dog_Sadie_006a Sadie was a wonderful subject and fun to be around. And she seemed to know basic obedience commands.
She’s VERY treat motivated. Here she is waiting patiently for a treat.

Maine_Adoptable_Dog_Sadie_010aI should mention that she cannot be around cats. No kitties! She is selective about dogs, so that would be on a case by case basis.
Maine_Adoptable_Dog_Sadie_007aShe was willing to do anything for us. Such a pretty girl. 
Maine_Adoptable_Dog_Sadie_009The shelter has her listed as a Pit Bull/ Lab mix. Her bio lists her at 8 years old, but we were told she was around 6,
so I’m not sure which is more accurate but she has a youthful vibe.
She’s got a playful energy, but she’s not going to need a ton of activity to be happy.
Maine_Adoptable_Dog_Sadie_014aShe’d be happy with a walk and a few ball tosses every day. Mostly she just wants some people and a home to call her own.
Maine_Adoptable_Dog_Sadie_002aHow can you look in these eyes and not fall in love?
Maine_Adoptable_Dog_Sadie_003aSadie loves toys, though I don’t think squeakers last very long around her.
Maine_Adoptable_Dog_Sadie_011She had some bursts of energy and running around after toys. It’s really fun to watch her run and play.
Maine_Adoptable_Dog_Sadie_013aIt was a very warm day and after about 45 minutes of posing interspersed with running and playing, she was ready to rest.
Maine_Adoptable_Dog_Sadie_015aIf you have a spot in your heart and home for a best friend like Sadie, she’d love to meet you.
Please contact Harvest Hills, (their phone number is 207-935-4358) and they can tell you more about this sweetie
and help figure out if she’s the right girl for you.
Maine_Adoptable_Dog_Sadie_016aPlease share this post to help Sadie finally find her forever family.

She’s been waiting an awfully long time.

Rufus, an adoptable hound dog

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Rufus really needs a hero. Could that be you?

I met Rufus last week at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Edgecomb, Maine.  He is the longest resident there, living there for over a year now. Can you imagine? All the dogs he has seen come and go in that time, each one going off to a home
while Rufus gets overlooked time and time again.
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Why hasn’t Rufus been adopted yet? Well, the shelter folks say he doesn’t make a great first impression in his cage.
People walk right past him and don’t give him a chance. They say he’s also aloof with strangers, so people
don’t feel a bond with him during a quick encounter.

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 I asked a friend who lives near the shelter to help me with Rufus on photo day. My plan was to first take Rufus for a walk, without any cameras, just to get him used to us a little bit. They had warned me that he hates cameras. When one of the shelter staff first brought him out to me, I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to hold onto him, since they had warned me how strong he was. I took the leash and was pleasantly surprised, he didn’t pull nearly as bad as I expected. Now, I am used to Rottweilers and Bullmastiffs pulling me, but I’m also fairly small and weak, and I never felt overwhelmed. He does need some work/training, but for a dog who has been cooped up for over a year I think he has the potential to become a great walking partner.

Maine Adoptable Dog Rufus_0012a He walked down the road eagerly until he reached a certain point, then he put on the brakes and wanted to go back.
We went back and I gave him a few treats. He didn’t seem aloof at that point and he actually licked my face.
He seemed to enjoy some rubs and scratches. This poor guy just needs a buddy.

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Then, I handed him over to Kim and I got out my camera. Wow, they were not kidding when they said he hates cameras! It was like a switch was flipped when he saw me take that ‘thing’ out of my bag. He no longer wanted ANYTHING to do with me.
He tried to keep his back to me for the next 90+ minutes. He was very good at it! This was the view I had 95% of the time.

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I love his ears in this one –

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If I was lucky I got a profile —

Maine Adoptable Dog Rufus_0007 So 95% of the pictures you see in this blog post were taken with me hiding behind a car or a building!
Maine Adoptable Dog Rufus_0010a I’d hide behind an object, get 1 or 2 shots before he realized where I was, and then he’d turn his back to me again.
Kim had her hands full trying to keep up with him.
(We had him on a leash and/or long line the whole time…they have just been photoshopped out to make a prettier picture.)
After photographing Rufus, I now know I could start up a surveillance photography business, following around potentially cheating spouses. Yes, Rufus figured out where I was each time after a few seconds,
but Rufus is way smarter than a cheating spouse. And cuter, too.
Maine Adoptable Dog Rufus_0008a If I remember correctly, Rufus was a stray. He is approximately 5 years old. He’s quite tall, in good shape, athletic,
and he was sweet to me within a couple of minutes (until the camera came out).
Even when he was clearly stressed by the camera, he was never irritable.
He seems like a really good dog who would become your best pal with a little love and patience.
He does have a little stubborn streak, but I really like that in a dog and I find it very endearing.
Maine Adoptable Dog Rufus_0011a Rufus is looking for a home with no small children (because he can be quite rambunctious and could knock a child over) and no other pets.
You can view his shelter profile here. If you think you could be Rufus’s hero, please contact the Lincoln County Animal Shelter
and go spend a little time with him so you can see what everyone else is missing.
If you can’t be Rufus’s hero, please share this post to give this sweet fella as much exposure as possible.
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My Fara Lady

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_001 Well, she’s not really mine, but I wish she were mine. Fara has a teddy bear face and the temperament to match.
She was adopted last year by her foster dad, Harry, from North East Rottweiler Rescue and Referral. Harry has fostered a ton of Rotties in his time, and he just couldn’t say goodbye to this cutie pie when she crossed his doorstep.

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_002 Harry has adopted a lot of rescued Rotties in the 11 years that I have known him, and over time he has brought
each of them for studio portrait sessions. He orders a classic, framed 11×14 of each dog, and he now has a whole wall
of framed Rottie portraits, all in matching frames.

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_004Fara is an easygoing, wiggly, happy girl. She was a very easy photo subject.
A lot of women look mad when they try to do a serious face for the camera, but not Fara. She can pull it off.

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_003 Fara has some other supermodel expressions, too.

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_006 I just want to smoosh her face. It is as soft as it looks. Partway through the session she said,
‘I like that chair, I would look good sitting in that.’ Why, yes, you would, Fara.

I love the look of black dogs on a black background, so she trusted me when I told her she’d look AH-MAZ-ING.

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_007 And all girls like a little sparkle, especially a mod little Rottie girl.

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_008 This is the pose and frame that is now hanging on her Dad’s wall with her Rottie ‘siblings’ past and present.
This frame is so perfect for Rotties, I call it the Rottweiler frame.

rottweiler frame Looking good, Fara! A beautiful girl, inside and out.



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