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.

 

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.

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!

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.

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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My Fara Lady

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_001 Well, she’s not really mine, but I wish she were mine. Fara has a teddy bear face and the temperament to match.
She was adopted last year by her foster dad, Harry, from North East Rottweiler Rescue and Referral. Harry has fostered a ton of Rotties in his time, and he just couldn’t say goodbye to this cutie pie when she crossed his doorstep.

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_002 Harry has adopted a lot of rescued Rotties in the 11 years that I have known him, and over time he has brought
each of them for studio portrait sessions. He orders a classic, framed 11×14 of each dog, and he now has a whole wall
of framed Rottie portraits, all in matching frames.

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_004Fara is an easygoing, wiggly, happy girl. She was a very easy photo subject.
A lot of women look mad when they try to do a serious face for the camera, but not Fara. She can pull it off.

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_003 Fara has some other supermodel expressions, too.

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_006 I just want to smoosh her face. It is as soft as it looks. Partway through the session she said,
‘I like that chair, I would look good sitting in that.’ Why, yes, you would, Fara.

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I love the look of black dogs on a black background, so she trusted me when I told her she’d look AH-MAZ-ING.

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_007 And all girls like a little sparkle, especially a mod little Rottie girl.

rottweiler_portrait_furry_kids_maine_008 This is the pose and frame that is now hanging on her Dad’s wall with her Rottie ‘siblings’ past and present.
This frame is so perfect for Rotties, I call it the Rottweiler frame.

rottweiler frame Looking good, Fara! A beautiful girl, inside and out.