Echo, an adoptable dog in Fryeburg, Maine

Echo is adoptable at Harvest Hills Animal Shelter

Sweet Echo has been at Harvest Hills Animal Shelter for over a year. She’s an older gal (the shelter says 10-11), but she acted like a much younger dog when I met her. She was excited to be outside and have the opportunity to get attention from people.  She loves attention and was quite exuberant at the prospect of getting some. But she was able to pose for a few photos.

Echo, and adoptable senior in Maine

Echo’s life hasn’t been the easiest till now, and this special gal deserves to live out her golden years in a home that will give her the love that she craves and deserves.

Echo’s spring picnic

Echo rolling on her back.

After doing some photos where she had to stay in place — which is hard for a girl who wants to have fun and get as much attention as she can — we let her run around. And boy, did she run! She got the zoomies several times and was super cute to watch. These pictures were after she slowed down a little bit. I thought I had gotten her ears up in the posed pictures, but once she was free to run around they REALLY stood up in the air.
How adorable are those ears?!

Echo loves to run and play

Or sometimes, only one stood up.

Echo is awaiting her forever home

AND, Echo’s adoption comes with a 6 week training class (I assume that’s if you live in that area).

Echo is smart, loving, and just wants to have a home of her own where she gets as much love as she gives.

Echo needs to be an only pet in an adult home. That’s probably the reason she is still at the shelter, but when the right person comes along she will make someone very happy.
Are you that person?
And if you’re not, please share to spread the word and help Echo find her perfect home.

To find out more about Echo, call Harvest Hills Animal Shelter in Fryeburg at 935-4358

Roger, an adoptable senior in Freeport, Maine

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After spending half an hour with Roger, I couldn’t imagine why he has been waiting for a home for so long. Yes, he’s 10 years old but he’s very active and has loads of personality. He gets along with other dogs would fit right into family life. I hear he’s fine with cats, too.

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Roger is a Lab/Hound mix, tall and long. He loves his toys and he enjoys being part of the pack with the resident dogs in his foster home. The younger Labs in the house are very playful, and for the most part when I was there he kept up with running around with them and being involved in playtime. Roger surprised me more than once by jumping into the air to try to catch a snowball, many times leaping right up out of the frame of my camera. He was not the most accurate catcher, but he had fun trying and repeatedly surprised me with his athleticism. He did not seem 10 years old!

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adoptable dog Roger having fun in the snow

senior dog frolicking in the Maine woods

In the house he was happy to chillax on a cushy dog bed with his toys, just happy to be near his foster family. If folks are overlooking him because of his age, they are really missing out because this guy seems like an easygoing and fun dog to have around. He enjoys outdoor activity with dogs and people, and loves going for walks in the woods but doesn’t need a crazy amount of exercise. He loves to be around people and easygoing dogs.

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Roger deserves a forever home of his own! To find out more about Roger, contact Old Dogs New Digs.

Dexter: A sweet and silly adoptable in Portland, Maine

I met Dexter last Sunday and within minutes, I was smitten. This guy has a wonderful personality. After 5 months in a shelter, Dexter was lucky to be placed into a foster home by Old Dogs New Digs. There he has really blossomed and shown his true personality.
Other than the gray on his face, I would have never guessed that this guy is 9 years old. He is a real sweetie, a clown, a cuddler, and I can tell he has a mischievous streak, too.
Dexter is my kind of dog — easy to have around, loves to nap with you or just be with you, and is prone to bursts of silliness. I was struck by the great attention he showed to his foster mom. Even with distractions his eyes were glued to her for direction. If you do training with your dogs, it’s that look that you long to see.
He’s very food motivated. Here he is sneaking off with my container of dehydrated liver treats.
And as a bonus, he can do your landscaping for you. Here he is cleaning up a branch that had fallen into the fence, then removing it from the area and manually chipping it up.
Dexter was overlooked in the shelter for 5 long months before making it into a foster home. It must have been so hard on this sweet, social guy. I heard he has arthritis in his hips, but I wouldn’t have guessed it as he was very spry while I was with him.  He loves people and gets along with dogs and cats.
Due to his arthritis, dog companions should be mellow and children should be older.
For more information on Dexter, contact Old Dogs New Digs. You won’t regret it.

 

Tulip: a sweet, adoptable gal in Portland, Maine

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Tulip has come a long way since last winter. In February, she found herself in a shelter as a stray. She was obese and unable to walk. Between her age, her weight and bad knees, her future at the shelter was dim.
Thankfully, the shelter contacted Old Dogs New Digs.

Old Dogs New Digs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue dedicated to getting senior dogs out of Maine shelters and into loving foster and forever homes. In March, through Old Dogs New Digs, Tulip went to a foster home where she started getting the help she needed. A new diet, thyroid medication, and aqua therapy have all helped Tulip to become much more mobile.

When I met her last Sunday, she was not the old, immobile dog I was expecting. After a 20 pound weight loss and the strength building benefits of the water therapy, Tulip was walking all around the yard happily, albeit slowly. She was engaged and enjoying life. Though she’s so much stronger and fitter, her knees are still bad (torn ACLs) and she’ll need surgery to help increase her mobility further and decrease pain. You can see in these photos how her structure is off and how she compensates when walking.

Tulip is a real sweetie and loves people. She likes dogs and I hear she is fine with cats, too. She is guessed to be over 10 years old, but she still wants her best years to be ahead of her.
Tulip is scheduled for her knee surgery on July 21st and a GoFundMe account has been set up to raise funds for this life-improving surgery. Surgery is expensive and most shelters will not provide dogs anything but basic care. Old Dogs New Digs relies on donations to be able to provide medical care to improve the lives of the dogs in their program. And of course old dogs need more medical help than most.
If you can spare a few dollars to help Tulip take this next, important step in her recovery
and ease the knee pain that she feels every day, please click the link and donate.
https://www.gofundme.com/odnd-tulip
Let’s help this older girl live a pain-free life!
Thanks from Tulip and all the volunteers who love her!

Cosmo, an adoptable hound dog in Fryeburg, Maine

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Meet Cosmo. Part dog, part clown, part seal.
Cosmo is a hound dog that will keep you entertained. He loves to play, and will often make his own fun,
though he likes to have someone there to watch his antics.
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Maine Pet Photographer_0108He likes to talk, and makes a noise that sounds just like a seal. Being a hound, he can talk a lot.
Maine Pet Photographer_0104Maine Pet Photographer_0112And being a hound, he likes to sniff.
Maine Pet Photographer_0103Maine Pet Photographer_0106He’s got a great personality and great looks…
Maine Pet Photographer_0113And did I mention he likes to play?
Maine Pet Photographer_0110As a bonus, Cosmo comes with this set of ears, that you can gaze at, laugh at as they fly in the wind, and softly stroke.
Maine Pet Photographer_0114Maine Pet Photographer_0111Cosmo came to the shelter as a stray. He will need to go to a home with a fenced yard. He would probably be okay with another dog; cats are unknown. Because he’s so rambunctious, older children would be best.

Maine Pet Photographer_0107Cosmo is smart, too. When it was time to bring him inside again, he knew that meant the fun was over and he got a little sad. I felt really bad bringing him back to his kennel and we left the red toy; I hope he had some fun with it in his kennel. This active and friendly boy needs a home and family of his own and a place to play.
Maine Pet Photographer_0109If  you want a big personality in your life, come meet this young and playful guy at Harvest Hills in Fryeburg.
Call them at 207-935-4358, take Cosmo into the play yard with a toy, and you will fall in love with his personality and his antics.

 

Mac, an adoptable dog in Fryeburg, Maine

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This is Mac. My husband and I visited Harvest Hills last week to meet and photograph a few dogs, and when it was time to meet Mac they told us he was outside in one of the exercise pens. We headed out and Mac was super excited to see us. He was happy and bouncy and when he found out we had treats he was just over the moon. He was loving the attention but he did do a sit for us.
HH- Mac_0001He was very treat motivated.
HH- Mac_0002And he showed off his rugged good looks.
HH- Mac_0003The pen he was in was relatively small and didn’t have any grass in it so we decided to move to a larger pen nearby. It was raining that day, but I hoped to get some action shots of him playing. Once we were in the big pen, my husband and I weren’t nearly as interesting any more. There was much more to smell and look at, and other dogs in other pens to look for. HH- Mac_0004
HH- Mac_0006He did chase a ball a few times in between sniffing stuff and he seems like he would be an eager playmate if he had a yard
of his own. He was very distracted by all the shelter smells.
This boy has a very athletic build and if you think he looks strong, you are right.
HH- Mac_0007Mac does pull on leash, especially if he sees another dog, so he needs some training and guidance to help him live up to his potential. And there was a small critter in the woods on the other side of the fence that he would have loved to have chased after,
so I suspect he would not be friends with cats. Or at least with cats that move.
HH- Mac_0005But Mac loves people. He loves attention, and getting rubs and scratches, and would love people of his own to do stuff with.
I’ll bet Mac was a pretty happy boy in his home until his owner passed away. He seems like a happy, silly guy in general.
He’s trying to make the most of it in the shelter but it’s just not the same.
HH- Mac_0009There aren’t a lot of dogs that would let a stranger put a hat on them.
HH- Mac_0012Have you noticed that he’s missing one of his little front teeth? I wonder how he lost it, but I think it gives him character.
Mac, a handsome Lab mix available for adoption. Actually, he IS a character. Exuberant and sweet and full of life. He’s been overlooked at the shelter for awhile. Shelters across the country are full of middle-aged, big, black dogs, and unfortunately they are often the last to be adopted.
Please share this post to help Mac beat the odds and find his forever family! For more information about Mac or to meet this handsome and eager companion yourself, contact Harvest Hills Animal Shelter at 207-935-4358.

 

Natasha and Boris, adoptable dogs in Fryeburg, Maine

On Wednesday this week I went to Harvest Hills in Fryeburg to photograph an adorable pair of adoptables, Natasha and Boris.
(And thanks to my husband who went with me to help).
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Natasha and Boris are mother and son, and have been together their whole lives. The good folks at Harvest Hills don’t want to split them up now, so they are looking for a home together. They’ve been waiting quite a while.
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adoptable husky mixes maine005When Natasha and Boris were brought out of their kennels to us, they were both excited for a new adventure. They both ran right up to us and were happy to be doing something. It was raining when we got there, so we took N & B into the new downstairs livingroom at the shelter. The livingroom was made possible by a Christmas fundraising effort and is a space where volunteers can take a dog or two (or cat or two) to relax and watch tv (or read or nap) in a home-like setting.
The dogs get to relax and have time out of their kennels.adoptable husky mixes maine002Wouldn’t these two look great relaxing on your couch?
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Harvest Hills adoptable dogs006Natasha is 13 years old and her son, Boris, is 8. They are thought to be part Husky, but what they are mixed with is unknown. Something is giving them those beautiful, brindle coats.
Harvest Hills adoptable dogs009Natasha was happy to be in the livingroom and jumped right up on the couch with my husband. Once I got my camera out, though, she got a little wary of us. Boris, however, continued to be Mr. Personality and was eager for attention.
They are both VERY treat motivated.
Harvest Hills adoptable dogs008Natasha retreated under the table for a bit so she could keep a watchful eye on us.
adoptable husky mixes maine003After a little while in the livingroom, we decided to brave the rain and go outside. N&B got very excited again, and even more excited when they realized we were going outside. Natasha forgot about any concerns she had had.
adoptable dogs fryeburg maine013The rain didn’t deter them too much and they both did some exploring. Even though they were excited,
they managed to show us a ‘down’ or two (with treats as motivation).
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adoptable dogs fryeburg maine015Boris really is a ton of fun, and super handsome to boot. I could look at this guy’s face all day.
dog photographer maine017Natasha isn’t quite so gregarious and has a little bit quieter personality, but she would also be very easy to fall in love with.
That sweet face and THOSE EARS!!
dog photographer maine018While Boris had his mind on the treats and attention, Natasha let me take some more photos of her.
Harvest Hills adoptable dogs010The shelter says both dogs are good with kids and cats and are crate trained.  dog photographer maine019As you can see, Natasha did get a little bored with the photo taking.
dog photographer maine016Please share these sweet dogs in hope of finding that special family that will welcome them into their home. Bonded pairs often have a hard time and a long wait in finding a home, there just aren’t that many people whose circumstances allow them to adopt two dogs at once. Add in the fact that they are older and that makes even more people pass over them.
If you think you could be the family that Boris and Natasha are looking for,
contact Harvest Hills at 207-935-4358 and meet this sweet and deserving pair.

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

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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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