A Dog's Life has been rehomed to Mainetoday's new pet seciton.
As you can imagine this is a big task, and there are many steps involved.
While we work on getting out all the new beta begs, you may not receive emails letting you know when the blog has been updated. We apologize and want you all to know that we are working in it!
Please visit the blog at it's new home page and thank you for your patience!
Click here to be taken to our new home page.
When my eyes popped open on Wednesday morning, I slipped immediately into total girl mode. On my very first day at the Windham Correctional Facility as dog trainer for the Paws in Stripes program, all I could think of was "what the hell am I going to wear?"
It was while I was trying to figure out what to wear, that I was hit with a wave of panic.
Let's all take a trip back to the absolutely scariest first day of school, or perhaps a grueling job interview. Remember that deep churning pit that used to be a stomach? Your palms that sweat ice? Well then you almost know how I felt Wednesday morning when my brain tried to wrap around the fact that I was going to jail. Instead of the usual Java Jolt, I opted for calming tea, and after much deliberation, I went with black jeans, a shirt that my mother gave me, and sneakers with no makeup.
I arrived promptly at 9:15 for orientation, and filled out a fair amount of paperwork while going over all the do's and don'ts with a staff member. Clothing was discussed and I was told that what I was wearing was "perfect" and that I should never wear jeans with a white or gray shirt, or I will look too much like an inmate. I should not wear any clothes with my dog training business logo and no jewelry. Here is the best part...
Revealing clothing and the showing of cleavage was not recommended.
I looked at her mananged a nervous laugh and gave her my best,
I was told to never share personal information, and to be beware of people who may try t
Meet Princess-a 12 year old Border Collie available for adoption from New England Border Collie Rescue. After yesterday's yummy give back day at Maples I thought it fitting that I feature one of the dogs that the wonderful fundraiser will help.
You may not have known that Border Collies come in sable color. BC's come in every color and you can see great examples of coat color on Carole Presberg's on line Border Collie Museum. Carole is the former president NEBCR and a friend of mine and I can tell you, Carole knows Border Collies! Check her museum out, it is a great click.
To see more pictures of Princess, fill out an adoption application , become a volunteer, see more dogs from NEBCR, or to become a much needed foster home, click here.
Ok, so she's 12 years old, but this big, bawdy, beautiful gal acts like a big, old goofy puppy. It's almost impossible to believe that she's 12 - she does not look or act 12 like she is 12 years old!
She is a purebred Border Collie, from Canadian farm stock, and is reminiscent of the traditional farm collies in her appearance and size. She's bigger boned than many of the Border Collies we see these days, and weighs in at a little over 50 pounds. She is very fit physically, has a beautiful soft sable coat, which is fairly short in length, and the most adorable ears you'll ever see!
Princess was owned by one family her entire life, and lived as an outdoor dog. She was raised with kids, and is extremely social and loving with people. Sadly, a move to a condo with no yard necessitated them giving up their much loved family pet.
Despite being tied out most of her life, She is extremely social, and loves people and attention - leaning or just sitting right on you. She really has no issues other than being very puppy-like in her behavior.
She is very bouncy and a bit mouthy in play, although extremely gentle about it. That along with her size, will not make her suitable for a home with young children, whom she will knock down in her exuberance.
At her age, we would really like to see Princess in a home where she has a safe place to run and play without needing to be leashed or tethered. Since she does not really have a reliable recall, a fenced yard is preferred.
Princess hasn't had much formal training until now, but you really CAN teach an old dog new tricks! She now comes to her name much of the time, will sit or lie down and stay with you, and walks beautifully on a regular harness! Her foster mom has started some clicker training with her and she learns very quickly and, in fact, enjoys it very much - she loves any interaction with her person.
Because of her past as an outdoor, and only dog, she will require some time and patience of her new family - which is actually typical of MOST rescue dogs. She would probably be best as an only dog or with a truly submissive dog. Princess definitely wants to be Queen when it comes to other dogs. We think this is because she has been used to fending for herself all her life.
She is overly interested in cats, but would likely be fine in a home with dog savvy cats that have somewhere they can escape to where Princess can't follow.
Princess is spayed and microchipped, and is up-to-date on her vaccines. This beautiful gal has a LOT of life and love left to give, and is looking for someone to love her. She is a total sweetheart and really, really needs a person of her own. She doesn't require a lot of exercise, but can still be plenty active to keep up on regular walks and play time. She currently walks two miles a day with no problem and that is at a brisk pace!
Princess loves to ride in the car and is a very content and quiet passenger. If you're looking for a happy, playful, loving companion, who's just looking for some attention and a comfy home for her retirement years, please consider Princess. Every bit of love you give her will be returned tenfold!
Princess is being fostered in northern New Jersey and is available under our Seniors for Seniors program.
You must have an approved application on file to be considered for any adoptable dog.
Disclaimer:This blog is happy to feature adoptable dogs for local rescues and shelters. I prefer to feature dogs that are having a hard time finding their forever families and are located in Maine, but his is not a hard fast rule.
Dogs are featured as a courtesy, and listings are written by the recues.