UMaine goes to the dogs

“It’s hard not to smile when you’re around dogs,” said Katie Kiel, a junior art history major at the University of Maine. And smiles abounded at the university’s Fogler Library when the library hosted a week of visits by local therapy dogs. According to Gretchen Gfeller, Fogler Library public relations manager, the idea came, not […]

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How do you stay safe around dogs?

The roles of a responsible pet owner and dog-smart parents are to teach children some basic safety tips. Do not approach unfamiliar dogs. Do not surprise a dog by petting it. Allow them to sniff you first. If you’re approached by an unfamiliar dog, remain motionless like a tree. Do not look into the dog’s […]

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Prep the pets for baby

So you’ve just delivered a bouncing baby bundle and are ready to go home. You know that this is a whole new world for you! Have you prepared your pets for their new life too? Say what?! That’s right. Your pets will be impacted by this new being as much as you will be. However, […]

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Prevention through pawsitive attention

In 2011, seven-month-old Annabelle Mitchell was bit and killed by the family’s rottweiler while her mother was passed out on the couch of their Frankfort home. State officials noted at the time that the incident was the first dog bite-related fatality in Maine in 40 years. Cases as severe as Annabelle’s are rare in Maine, […]

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Learn to speak “Dog”

Paws Down Training Service, housed at For Dogs Boutique at 251 Main Road, Holden, will hold a Canine Body Language Seminar on Sat., May 4 from 10-11 a.m. at For Dogs. Jack and Diane Cunningham will teach adults about the cues canines give and how to understand what they’re saying. “We will give an overview […]

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Greyhounds abound

Last week I told you about a unique meet and greet opportunity when the Bangor Roller Derby Girls joined Maine Greyhound Placement Service at For Dogs Boutique in Holden. The girls helped raise $85 for the non-profit, but also raised awareness for the dogs and the organization. A meet and greet is an opportunity for […]

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Celebrating Animal Control Officers in April

When a pet becomes lost the first call an owner should make is to their local Animal Control Officer. That’s because these men and women are on the front line of keeping both animals and people healthy and happy. Sometimes the job requires picking up a stray or injured animal from the roadside and delivering […]

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Get ready to take a bite out of cancer in Portland!

Get ready to Bark for Life in Portland this May! Event Chair Kim Hansen contacted me recently to let me know that they’re going to barking and walking to bite cancer’s bum on Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The walk will kick off at Bug Light Park in South Portland. Following in the […]

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Do you speak doggie?

I came across this very cute video the other day and it struck a chord! It’s courtesy of www.thefamilydog.tv and you can access it by clicking HERE. Parents, if you have kids and dogs in the house, show them this video. If you don’t have dogs in the house, but you’re out and about where […]

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Celebrate pet caregivers!

At the tail end of National Pet Sitters Week (March 6-12), we wanted to recognize those caregivers who help pet parents by providing care for their furry loved ones. Choosing a caregiver for your furry loved one can be almost as taxing as finding a babysitter for your child. But just because it’s your pet, […]

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