UMaine Goes to The Dogs

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

How do you stay safe around dogs?

The roles of a responsible pet owner and dog-smart parents are to teach children to stay safe around dogs. 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 […]

Prep The Pets for Baby

You just delivered a bouncing baby bundle. Now, you’re 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 are impacted by this new being as much as you are. However, they may not know […]

Prevention Through Pawsitive Attention

In 2011, seven-month-old Annabelle Mitchell was bit and killed by the family’s Rottweiler while her mother 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. However, the likelihood of […]

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 Saturday, May 4 from 10-11 a.m. at For Dogs. Jack and Diane Cunningham teach adults about cues canines give and how to understand what they’re saying. “We give an overview of canine body […]

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. They raised $85 for the non-profit, but also awareness for the greyhounds and organization. A meet and greet is an opportunity for the public to meet […]

Celebrating Animal Control Officers in April

When a pet becomes lost the first call an owner should make is to their local Animal Control Officers. That’s because these people are on the front lines 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 it for […]

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 kicks off at Bug Light Park in South Portland. Following in the pawprints of […]

Do You Speak Doggie?

I came across this very cute video, “Do You Speak Doggie?” the other day, and it struck a chord! It’s courtesy of 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 […]

Celebrate Pet Caregivers!

At the tail end of National Pet Sitters Week (March 6-12), we wanted to recognize pet 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. Just because it’s your pet, doesn’t […]

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