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

Roger, an adoptable senior in Freeport, Maine

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After spending half an hour with Roger, I couldn’t imagine why he has been waiting for a home for so long. Yes, he’s 10 years old but he’s very active and has loads of personality. He gets along with other dogs would fit right into family life. I hear he’s fine with cats, too.

sweet adoptable senior dog with his toys

Roger is a Lab/Hound mix, tall and long. He loves his toys and he enjoys being part of the pack with the resident dogs in his foster home. The younger Labs in the house are very playful, and for the most part when I was there he kept up with running around with them and being involved in playtime. Roger surprised me more than once by jumping into the air to try to catch a snowball, many times leaping right up out of the frame of my camera. He was not the most accurate catcher, but he had fun trying and repeatedly surprised me with his athleticism. He did not seem 10 years old!

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adoptable dog Roger having fun in the snow

senior dog frolicking in the Maine woods

In the house he was happy to chillax on a cushy dog bed with his toys, just happy to be near his foster family. If folks are overlooking him because of his age, they are really missing out because this guy seems like an easygoing and fun dog to have around. He enjoys outdoor activity with dogs and people, and loves going for walks in the woods but doesn’t need a crazy amount of exercise. He loves to be around people and easygoing dogs.

handsome Roger outside

Roger deserves a forever home of his own! To find out more about Roger, contact Old Dogs New Digs.

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.

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.

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.

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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