Ted, an adoptable dog at Coastal Humane Society

Calling all peeps involved in dog sports!

Have I got a dog for you!

Ted Coastal Humane Society_0002This is Ted. Ted is an athlete. He could be a superstar. He just needs a coach.

Full disclosure: I’m in love with Ted. I’ve been thinking about him since I met him 5 days ago. This is surprising, since I’m usually especially drawn to older and probably larger dogs. I see so much potential in Ted. Ted is just over 2 years old and he’s not very big. What he lacks in size he makes up for in attitude, drive and fun.
Ted Coastal Humane Society_0003The shelter lists him as a Miniature Pinscher mix. I think he’s got to have some Jack Russell in him. He’s the size of a Jack Russell and to me he acts like a Jack Russell.Ted Coastal Humane Society_0001Once out of his kennel and into the fenced play yard, Ted was a wild man for a few minutes. Playing tug with his leash (even when it wasn’t attached to him), running around playing with balls and toys, jumping through the air. He jumped on a squeaky ball and got the zoomies, running laps around the perimeter of the fence.

Ted has speed, energy and a ton of toy drive. I can totally see agility or flyball — here he is showing how much he likes tennis balls — in his future.
Ted Coastal Humane Society_0007I can also see how he was probably too much for his previous family, if they didn’t give him an outlet for his energy.

He also gets bonus points for letting me put a foolish cape on him that was way too big.
Ted Coastal Humane Society_0008He let me do some nice pictures of him in between bursts of energy, though Natalie, my helper from the shelter had her hands full. He was affectionate when he’d take a break from mayhem, too.
Ted Coastal Humane Society_0004And after 15 minutes or so you could see he had run a lot of his energy off and he was noticeably calmer.
Ted Coastal Humane Society_0005The shelter says Ted likes other dogs, though he can be bossy at times. He may be too much for small children. If you are looking for your next dog sport superstar, or if you love to play and be active with your dog, give Ted a chance. He’s packed and ready to go.
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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.

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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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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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