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).
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. When 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.Wouldn’t these two look great relaxing on your couch? Natasha 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. Natasha 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. Natasha retreated under the table for a bit so she could keep a watchful eye on us. After 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. The 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). Boris really is a ton of fun, and super handsome to boot. I could look at this guy’s face all day. Natasha 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!! While Boris had his mind on the treats and attention, Natasha let me take some more photos of her. The shelter says both dogs are good with kids and cats and are crate trained. As you can see, Natasha did get a little bored with the photo taking. Please 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.
Most 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.
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.
Lola’s mom wanted a photo for herself and also to give her mom and grandmother as a surprise for Christmas. We 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.
Lola is a real sweetie. She did everything I asked of her and didn’t complain a bit.
Her 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.
And I love her on the white background, too… she really stands out and looks very girlie here.
Lola doesn’t have a lot of variety in expression. Lucky for her, her constant expression is super cute!
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.
In my experience, any dog named Otis has got to be a cool dog. And this Otis is no exception. 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! He loves to do things outside, so if you need an excuse to get your butt off the couch, Otis is your guy. 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. Otis knows basic commands, is house trained and is very food motivated if you want to teach him some new things. Otis 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. 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!
On 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. A Red Tick hound, he’s goofy one second, handsome the next. He’s willing to do whatever you want to do.Boomer 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. This is one powerful sniffer. Boomer 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. The 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. How can you resist this face? Boomer 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. If you are interested in meeting Boomer, give Harvest Hills in Fryeburg a call at 207-935-4358.
Meet Seger, a handsome, physically fit, playful fella who has been waiting at Harvest Hills for quite a while. Seger is 11 years old. A shelter is no place for an 11 year old dog, and he is there through no fault of his own. His previous owner was moving and didn’t take Seger along. Seger is listed as a Lab/Boxer mix. He’s slim and in very good shape.
I would never have guessed he is 11. He seems like a much younger dog. When the shelter staff went to get Seger from his kennel, they warned me that he had an ongoing feud with Oreo the cat. Seger can’t live with cats, but this one cat in particular seems to really set set him off. Sure enough, Seger walked along the aisle of kennels and when he got to Oreo’s spot Oreo started hissing at him and Seger had a similar, though dog-like, response. No cats for Seger. (And I don’t think Oreo enjoys dogs much, either). The shelter thinks Seger should be an only pet. When Seger met me and my husband, he was immediately friendly and enjoyed attention. He was happy to be out in the play yard, and spent some time running around and exploring. He is very food motivated. He would sit easily for a treat, but he also likes to talk to you when he wants
the treat and you aren’t giving it to him yet.
Speaking of food, Seger needs a special food due to allergies to chicken and lamb. Please don’t let that stop you from considering him as a family member. It was really, really hot that day. Hence the tongues out in most of the photos. Mine was out, too.
When I got out some prop that I wanted him to wear, I can’t remember what it was, he took one look at it and went in the other direction. He said “I’ll just stay over here till you get rid of that thing.” I don’t blame him. I told him never mind and I put it away. Then he came back.
He loves to roll… And he loves to get belly rubs…especially at the end of a hot photo session. Please share to help Seger find the perfect home for his retirement years! The shelter environment is very stressful for him.
For more information about Seger, contact Harvest Hills Animal Shelter in Fryeburg, Maine. 207-935-4358
It’s hard to believe that two years ago today we lost our beloved Zeus, one of the best Rottie boys ever, to bone cancer.
We fought hard for a year before that. In honor of Zeus, I’m sharing a story that I originally shared in the North East Rottweiler Rescue email groups.
A lot of people found it entertaining back then, and I hope you do, too.
Zeus and Rock, a love story
Zeus met Rock last week. He got him out of the stream with his own paws and with some difficulty. It was love at first sight. This isn’t his first Rock, but they seemed to have a special attachment. I know he was hoping this would be a long term relationship.
They played and played for days. Zeus knows to keep Rock away from his teeth.
Rock is the only playmate who doesn’t get upset when Zeus opens his mouth as wide as he can and barks at him.
While Zeus’ sisters can’t handle his rough play, Rock could take all Zeus could dish out.
Sadly, their relationship came to an abrupt end this morning when Zeus rolled Rock 10 feet to the edge of the pond and Rock fell in and sunk to the bottom. Zeus looked for him for quite awhile, and again this afternoon. We’re trying to take his mind off it.
He’ll probably find a rebound Rock tomorrow.
Dakota 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 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. 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 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. Did I mention she has a lot of personality? 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. 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.
When 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. A 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. And those ears! Wouldn’t it be awesome to wake up every day and see those ears and this face next to your bed? Jinx 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. In 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. The 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. Jinx 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. I apologize, Jinx, it was a poor fashion statement. You deserve better. Like a cow bandana. When 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. Contact 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.
This 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. The 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.Once 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. I 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. He 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. And after 15 minutes or so you could see he had run a lot of his energy off and he was noticeably calmer. The 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. Contact Coastal Humane Society at 207-725-5051 for more information about Ted!