Month: December 2013

Why We Prefer Older Dogs

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Our 3 dogs – Mr Budro (Buddy), Rudi Roo (Rudi), and Miss Millie Mouse (Millie) are aged 11, 4 and 5 respectively.

Actually, we don’t really know how old Millie is… she was adopted via Maine Lab Rescue from a high kill shelter in Georgia and the various vets (4 of them – the one in Georgia, the one in Maine who spayed her, our original vet, and the new one we’ve started using) all thought she was probably between 4-5 years old when she came to us a year ago, which would make her 5-6 years old now.

So our dogs are all grown up, and we know what to expect from each of them.

Puppies are cute… wicked cute.  We both love the fat, fuzzy little critters, with their awkward gaits and sparkly eyes.  There’s nothing more fun than a pile of round little pups climbing all over you, sticking their puppy faces in yours.  And the smell of puppies… pure heaven.  I could smoosh my nose up against a puppy for hours, just breathing in that baby dog scent.


But puppies rarely stop moving.  They’re into everything – non-stop – until they suddenly just plop down and fall asleep.  In the meantime, however, you’d better stay on your toes because you never know where you’ll find them.

And puppies pee and poop.  A lot.  Indiscriminately.  On anything that happens to be on the floor when they have to go.  It’s surprising how many things get left on the floor that one doesn’t even think about.  Shoes.  Books.  Grocery bags (sometimes with groceries still in them).  Tools.  Dirty laundry.  Clean laundry in baskets.  The list is surprisingly endless.

And puppies chew.  A lot.  Indiscriminately.  On anything that happens to be on or touching the floor.  At an average of $60 a pair, I lost literally a thousand dollars or more worth of shoes to Rudi when he was a pup.  My fault of course, but still…

Shoes, while apparently the preferred chew toy for puppies, aren’t the only things in one’s home that the little chew-monsters will target.   We have pillow cases that are now rags because one foster puppy ate holes in them.  Plants have been decimated.  Stuffed animals have given up their lives to puppies.  Two decades ago, my daughter’s border collie/black lab mix Buster practically ate through the legs of both a dining room chair AND the dining room table.  In one afternoon.

More recently, a foster pup chewed the floor (huh? how did he do that?) in the man cave, and the bottom of the newell post in our front hall.  We’ve heard horror stories of leather couches being decimated.  The upholstery in a friend’s truck was destroyed by her Westhighland White Terrier when she left him alone for a few minutes.

To enable them to chew so very well, puppies have amazingly sharp little teeth.  Sharp like needles, they HURT!   When Rudi was a pup, he would jump up and sink his teeth into our hands, completely without warning sometimes.  Yes indeed, we were quite pleased when we were finally able to get him to quit pulling that stunt (or maybe he just outgrew it).

So puppies, despite their complete, totally lovable plumpness, are not our preference.

We love love love adult dogs.  And we love older dogs.  We love their eyes, so full of wisdom and gratitude.

We love their sense of dignity, their rituals and habits, their desire to snooze and cuddle for hours on end.

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We love them for their defined personalities, and who they’ve grown into as beings.   We love them… and are so grateful for the way they love us.

Adopt an adult dog, an older dog, a senior dog.  You’ll get back far more than you give.

For more reasons why adult dogs are the best, check out this blog:   10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt an Elderly Animal

Tommy’s Feral Felines – Bake Sale Fundraiser, Dec 14 & 15

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Tommy's - December 14 & 15 2013 Bake Sale

From Tommy’s Facebook post:

On Saturday and Sunday, December 14th and 15th, Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends will be hosting its annual Christmas bake sale at Big Lots in Auburn.

If you would like to bake we surely would appreciate it. If you don’t have time to bake then come over and purchase some of the best baked goods in New England.

All of these proceeds will help the many animals in our care who desperately need medical care and surgeries. It has been an extremely tough year for these animals. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to send a donation you could send it to Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends;P.O.Box 274,Greene,Maine 04236.

If you need more information please contact or 207-650-8374.

I’ve been doing this for over 35 years and my partner and I have never seen so many animals in need of our help. Any small act of kindness could help save their lives.

Thanks, Norm.


Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends is the Designated Non Profit for the 2014 Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo to be held Friday & Saturday, September 26 & 27 at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue in Lewiston, Maine.

For more information about Tommy’s, check out their page on Facebook at or visit their website at

They do the work of angels, and on a shoestring budget, in the freezing cold, in the rain, and in the sweltering heat.  Unlike most shelters and rescues that work mostly from indoors, Tommy’s volunteer staff work outdoors in the elements, because that’s where the feral cats live.

Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.

Adopt a Kitty! From the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.

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From the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.

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Meet some of our new arrivals this Saturday. We will have new dogs, puppies, kittens and cats available for adoption!! Stop by and see them, and maybe take a new friend home for the Holidays!!

You can find them on Facebook at: or check out their website at

I’ve been involved with the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in some fashion or another for decades, mostly by adopting our cats and dogs from them.  They’ve always been amazing, and clearly work very hard on behalf of the animals.  And their adoption numbers are huge!  People line up for hours in advance some days, just to be the first people in line to adopt.

Support… volunteer… donate!

Fosters Needed for Craigslist Puppies – Maine Lab Rescue

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Maine Lab Rescue - Fosters Needed for Craigslist Puppies

From Maine Lab Rescue’s Facebook page.  (We love Maine Lab Rescue; we’ve fostered for them many times, and our own Millie is a “Foster Failure”… I couldn’t bear to let her go once she came to stay with us!)

We’ll try to post updates from other rescues here, too.



Many of our regular followers will remember the litter of pups we took that were listed as “Free on Craig’s List” in early November.

Honey Lynn, one of our regular fosters in Macon, was ready for her next foster when we found these pups.  Immediately she went over and took one pup; it looked like that might be all we could get of the eight.

Coincidentally, while chatting with another foster, Teresa, about the pups she was sending up that same week, she asked what we had for her next.  We sent her the link, which said free pups listed on CL.

Her immediate response was “I’ll take them. I hate to think what could happen to them.”

Our goals were to make sure they were kept out of the shelter system, and out of the clutches of anyone considering them for bait dogs. Hunter (not shown here), Honey Lynn’s foster, arrived last weekend and is already adoption pending.

This weekend his siblings arrive, they are in need of foster homes.

Please email if you can help.

Event: Maine Lab Rescue Adoption Event, Saturday, December 14

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Maine Lab Rescue - 12 14 13 Adoption Day


PLEASE SHARE: Join them on Saturday, December 14th at Pet Quarters, 486 Payne Rd, Scarborough, ME for an adoption event.

They’ll be on site from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Meet the Maine Lab Rescue volunteers, learn more about fostering and meet their available pets!


My husband and I have fostered through Maine Lab Rescue, and are what’s known as “foster failures”… we adopted one of the foster pups!  (She’s absolutely the best dog I’ve ever lived with!)

We can’t say enough good things about Maine Lab Rescue!

FMI: and

Maine Lab Rescue is not for labs only… and they rescue cats, too!

Franklin County (ME) Animal Shelter Challenge

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Franklin County Shelter

Help them get to 5,000 likes on Facebook… when they do, every Facebook fan get get $15 off any adoption in the shelter!

As of 5:00 am, Tuesday, December 10, 2103 they’re at 4,771 likes… not all that many left to go!

From their website:

The purpose of Franklin County Animal Shelter is to provide temporary care and shelter to stray, homeless and abandoned companion animals.

Medical treatment including vaccinations and sterilization is provide to all animals prior to adoption.

FCAS serves the community as an adoption facility where loving families and pets needing homes come together.

The Shelter strives to educate the public in the proper care of pets including increasing public awareness of the companion animal overpopulation issue.

Paw_sDid you know that the adoption fee only covers 25% of what each animal costs the shelter?