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.

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.