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

Tulip, Old Dogs New Digs

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.

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.

Dakota, an adoptable Husky mix in Brunswick, Maine

Dakota Coastal Humane Society_0023 (6)bDakota is a sweet Husky mix girl with a lot of personality. Let’s share Dakota to get her a foreverhome of her very own. She’s currently at Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick, Maine.
Dakota Coastal Humane Society_0023 (3)Dakota LOVES toys and is very playful. She also is very communicative. When I was holding a toy that (she thought she) wanted, she kept talking to me in a variety of noises to let me know she wanted it. It was very cute.  Here she is letting me know that the toy should be hers.
Dakota Coastal Humane Society_0023 (4)Then when I did give it to her, she sniffed it and walked away. I guess it wasn’t as good as she thought it was going to be.
Dakota Coastal Humane Society_0023 (7)Dakota may be 5-1/2 years old, but she’s very active. She loves to chase balls and just plain run around. She does know sit, but didn’t want to sit still much during her photo session. Who can blame her, she sits around in her kennel most of the day so when she got to be outside she just wanted to play. She has been at the shelter for over 2 months.
You’ll see her frequently doing the play pose.
Dakota Coastal Humane Society_0023 (2)Did I mention she has a lot of personality?
Dakota Coastal Humane Society_0023 (8)Dakota is a smart, fun, active girl who loves people, including kids. And on top of it all she is beautiful!
She was very food motivated during our time together, and very toy motivated. The shelter says she should be an only pet.
Dakota Coastal Humane Society_0023 (5)Contact Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick for more info about Dakota. You’ll have to meet her in a play yard to fully appreciate her fun personality. The shelter’s number is 207-725-5051.

Jinx, an adoptable dog in Brunswick, Maine

  Maine Adoptable Dog Jinx006When I walked into the dog area at Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick, Maine, last week, the first dog I saw in the kennels was Jinx. His soulful eyes and fantastic ears jumped right out at me. He was quiet and calm in his kennel, hanging back a little bit but when I went up to him he put his head right next to the kennel door and was happy to get some head rubs. He had a very soft demeanor and my heart just melted.
Maine Adoptable Dog Jinx001A little later it was his turn for photos. Natalie from the shelter was helping me and she went in to get Jinx but came out with another dog. She said Jinx was too scared to come out of his kennel. He was shaking and didn’t want to come out. So we photographed the other dog and then she tried to get Jinx again. This time he came out and once he was in the fenced outdoor area he was fine, he didn’t really seem nervous at all. He seemed happy to be out and happy to be getting attention.  He’s a polite boy with a soft demeanor and he was very affectionate. He’s playful, too. And very food motivated.
Maine Adoptable Dog Jinx003And those ears! Wouldn’t it be awesome to wake up every day and see those ears and this face next to your bed?
Maine Adoptable Dog Jinx002Jinx almost always is biting his lip. Sometimes one side, sometimes the other side, sometimes both sides. You’ll often see him looking like this. It’s very endearing.
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Maine Adoptable Dog Jinx005In most of these photos where he’s not biting his lip, it’s because I stuck my hand out and fluffed his lips with my fingers before I took the photo. Over and over. He was quite agreeable to me doing that. He seems like a very easygoing, loveable guy with people.
Maine Adoptable Dog Jinx010The shelter says Jinx is a terrier/pointer mix. I say he’s 1/2 Adorable and 3/4 Awesome, topped with some very cool spots. He’s a little over 2 years old. He loves people and other dogs. When we were doing photos, he was being his awesome self and then all of a sudden he froze. I thought he was looking at something I was doing, then I realized there was a cat walking next to the trees outside the fence. He stood perfectly still and stared at it intently until it disappeared. I don’t know if they’ve tested him with cats at the shelter.
Maine Adoptable Dog Jinx009Jinx is a little afraid of new things and needs someone understanding who can help build his confidence and show him that new things don’t have to be scary. He just needs a little bit of help and encouragement. He let me put this foolish hat on him, though, and he wasn’t scared a bit. Embarrassed maybe, but not scared.
Coastal Humane Society_0020I apologize, Jinx, it was a poor fashion statement. You deserve better. Like a cow bandana.
Ted Coastal Humane Society_0021When it was time to go back in, Jinx didn’t want to go back in. I didn’t want him to go, either. I would have been happy hanging out all day with Jinx. If he was your dog, YOU could hang out all day with Jinx. He’d like that a lot. And so would you. Ted Coastal Humane Society_0022Contact Coastal Humane Society  at 207-725-5051 to learn more about Jinx.
Go hang out with him for a bit and you’ll be smitten, too.