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

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.

Lola

Maine_pet_photographer005Most of the dogs I get to photograph are medium to large, so photographing Lola was a nice change of pace.
She was a perfect, little model.
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Lola, a Yorkshire Terrier, is 8 years old and lives in Westbrook.
And yes, her tongue never goes completely in. I had to take a close up of it.
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Lola’s mom wanted a photo for herself and also to give her mom and grandmother as a surprise for Christmas. Maine_pet_photographer004We started photos outside here on a somewhat dreary, chilly day.
We didn’t want Lola to get cold so we went inside for some studio photos.
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Maine_pet_photographer007Lola is a real sweetie. She did everything I asked of her and didn’t complain a bit.
Maine_pet_photographer008Her mom put her hair back at the end of the session, to give us full access to those beautiful brown eyes.
This is Lola’s own blankie.
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Maine_pet_photographer010And I love her on the white background, too… she really stands out and looks very girlie here.
Yorkie_LolaLola doesn’t have a lot of variety in expression. Lucky for her, her constant expression is super cute!

Sammy’s ‘A Dog’s Life’ Session

Sammy Lynn is a 6 year old German Shepherd mix. She shares a home with Laura and Tim in Hollis Center, Maine. Laura is a vet tech and Sammy gets to go to work with her most days. Sammy has some health problems, and Laura and Tim wanted some photos that captured Sammy’s life while she is still feeling energetic and playful. They especially wanted some of her playing fetch at her favorite place — Ferry Beach in Saco.
From life at home to fun at the beach, here is Sammy living life to the fullest.

Otis, an adoptable Redbone Coonhound in Maine

Harvest Hills_Otis (4)In my experience, any dog named Otis has got to be a cool dog. And this Otis is no exception.
Harvest Hills_Otis (1)A 6 year old Redbone Coonhound, Otis has been waiting at Harvest Hills in Fryeburg, Maine,  for months and months.
He hasn’t given up hope, though he’s probably close.
When we met him he was immediately friendly and ready for action. He’s a happy guy who would make a great buddy.
He would love to play ball with you, or really do anything with you!
Harvest Hills_Otis (5) He loves to do things outside, so if you need an excuse to get your butt off the couch, Otis is your guy.
Otis_Harvest Hills (1)If you like to go out and sniff things, Otis would love to do that with you and he could definitely give you some pointers.
Harvest Hills_Otis (2)Otis knows basic commands, is house trained and is very food motivated if you want to teach him some new things.
Otis Harvest HillsOtis likes to chase cats and he may pick and choose the dogs he wants to be friendly with.
But he would love to be your best pal, your car buddy and your hiking, ball-playing and sniffing partner.
Harvest Hills_Otis (3)If you’d like to meet Otis, the folks at Harvest Hills would love to hear from you. Give them a call at 207-935-4358.
Otis has waited too long for his happy ending.
If you can’t adopt, please share!

Boomer, a handsome hound at Harvest Hills

Boomer_Harvest Hills_001On my most recent trip to Harvest Hills in Fryeburg, I met Boomer, a handsome gent who was very easy to work with. Of the four dogs I photographed that day, Boomer was the most easygoing and interested in what I was doing. He’s a very amiable guy.
Boomer_Harvest Hills_002 A Red Tick hound, he’s goofy one second, handsome the next.
Boomer_Harvest Hills_003He’s willing to do whatever you want to do. Boomer_Harvest Hills_004Boomer is 10 years old and seemed quite active, very happy to be outside and enjoyed exploring the play yard. And he’s a hound, so his nose led the way.
Boomer_Harvest Hills_005This is one powerful sniffer.
Boomer_Harvest Hills_006Boomer liked attention from me and my husband, too. He was sweet and calm when he was interacting with us. Boomer won’t be placed in a home with young children, because he does get protective of his food. But he has lived with a dog before.
Boomer_Harvest Hills_010The dogs were really hot that day, so I didn’t try to get them to do too much, but Boomer had no problem when I asked him to play Superman.
Boomer_Harvest Hills_008How can you resist this face?
Boomer_Harvest Hills_009Boomer seemed like he would be a wonderful companion. He’d love to go for walks with you and just hang out with you. Please share to give Boomer a chance at finding his new, special person. This boy deserves it. Boomer_Harvest Hills_011If you are interested in meeting Boomer, give Harvest Hills in Fryeburg a call at 207-935-4358.