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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.

Seger, an adoptable senior at Harvest Hills

Seger_Harvest Hills_Fryeburg_001Meet Seger, a handsome, physically fit, playful fella who has been waiting at Harvest Hills for quite a while.
Seger_Harvest Hills_Fryeburg_006Seger 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.
Seger_Harvest Hills_Fryeburg_007When 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.
Seger_Harvest Hills_Fryeburg_010When 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.
Seger_Harvest Hills_Fryeburg_004He 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. Seger_Harvest Hills_Fryeburg_002

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.
Seger_Harvest Hills_Fryeburg_008It 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.
Seger_Harvest Hills_Fryeburg_005I told him never mind and I put it away. Then he came back.
He loves to roll…
Ted Coastal Humane Society_0096And he loves to get belly rubs…especially at the end of a hot photo session. Seger_Harvest Hills_Fryeburg_003Please 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

Remembering Zeus: Zeus and Rock, a love story

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.
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They played and played for days. Zeus knows to keep Rock away from his teeth.
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Rock is the only playmate who doesn’t get upset when Zeus opens his mouth as wide as he can and barks at him.
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While Zeus’ sisters can’t handle his rough play, Rock could take all Zeus could dish out.
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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.

The end.
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I miss you with all my heart, Boo.

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.

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.
Ted Coastal Humane Society_0006Contact Coastal Humane Society at 207-725-5051 for more information about Ted!

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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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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