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Wassamki: The Westminster of Maine

‘Rumor’ the German Shepherd took home Best In Show a couple of months ago, and deservedly so. If you’re like us, Westminster inspired dreams within you as a dog lover, of jogging around that show ring with your intelligent, loyal animal at your side, remaining serene under the spotlight, and finally standing next to your best friend, as the judge, with his or her arcane canine knowledge, pokes and prods. Will your purebred rise above…

Doggie Dental Care: What To Do

Everybody knows that feeling of disappointment that sets in when the dentist says, “Yup, you’ve got a cavity. We’ll schedule you for a filling.” You think, “Damn, I could have prevented that if I had flossed more.” Then you realize how much that new filling is going to cost, and by the time you’re back in your car, you’re already mentally cutting date night out of your budget for the next couple of weeks, wondering…

Dogs on the Catwalk?

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For every person on earth, there is a unique idea of what is pleasing to the eye, and to the heart. In America, the producers of mass media have been telling us for a long time that there’s a consensus, an ideal that we should all match our preferences to, or have to worry about how strange and different we are. That is changing.…

Are You a Believer?

Many pet owners go their whole lives without thinking about whether animals have souls or not. They don’t take part in the debate when it comes up, maybe don’t even have an opinion about their own immortality or lack thereof, and they go home, feed the pets in question, host the weekly poker game and set their minds on work the next day. But some of us animal lovers have seen something inside our furry…

The Planet Dog Foundation Kicks It Up a Notch

Many of our readers have advanced in their lives well past anything resembling small potatoes. They’re college graduates. They’ve worked hard to pay off their student loans, while maintaining mortgages, vehicle payments, and the cost of raising children. They succeed at their jobs, in their personal lives, and in their respective pursuits and recreational activities. The long and the short of it is, they’ve got money to spend. And they want to do it in…

What To Do with Your Descendant-of-a-Wolf

Everybody knows, especially this time of year, that dogs love to kick it up a notch and go forward with more speed than a leisurely walk. It keeps their bodies and temperaments healthy. But as dog people know, even if you jog with your pet, he or she still needs to get away from the leash and really tear around at top speed. The blood of ancient hunters really does flow through their shaggy bodies.…

Is Your Dog Ready for Spring?

The season is upon us, and for breeds of dogs that grow winter coats, spring is extra shedding time. This is because certain hormones in dogs’ blood will stimulate or delay hair growth, depending on the length of the day. So naturally, as the days grow longer, your black clothes get more unpresentable. What can you do to reduce the number of fur balls accumulating in your home? Here are a few ideas:   When…

A Shout-out to Cats and Kittens

Did you know that Maine has one of the highest rates of cat ownership in the country? We’re in the top three with Vermont and Massachusetts. That means more purrs, leg-rubbing and hazy sunshine naps. But it also means more cats that are homeless or in need. And that, in turn, means financial need on the part of organizations like the HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team) Adoption Center & Shelter for Cats (302 Range Rd,…

How Do You Think About Doing Your Part?

There seem to be two types of animal lovers: those who think on a large scale but choose to do their part on an individual basis, making sure that their own personal pets are cared for, healthy and happy; and those whose frame of mind is similarly global, but who choose to address the problem of animal homelessness and mistreatment with blanket financial support. Both types of animal affinity are needed, all over the country.…

Former Mainer Comes Back with Something to Show

Those of us who ever aspired to a career in writing have seen and heard it a hundred times: “Write what you know.” Well, successful author and former Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland volunteer, Amy Sutherland, knows shelter pets. And that’s what she’s written about, in her newest book, Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes. Go to her Book Talk and Author Meet &…
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