Off Leash Adventures: Peters Brook and Penny’s Preserve

  The Blue Hill Heritage Trust now has a new property next to Peter's Brook called Penny's Preserve. (The Bangor Daily News reported the opening of Penny's Preserve on August 3, 2018.) The preserve features 3.25 miles of trails and dogs are allowed off leash within the boundaries of the preserve. We visited Penny's Preserve to give you a dog lover's perspective of the trails. Parking is available in two locations: next to Peter's Cove (near the entrance of the Peter's Brook Trail), and at the entrance…

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Kuranda Bed Upgrade Needed

Have you seen the Kuranda beds in the dog kennels at the shelter? They look like this: These beds are great because they are easy to clean, they last a long time, and they are comfortable for the dogs. It used to be that the frames of Kuranda beds were all made with PVC plastic - which is pretty tough stuff. Nonetheless, it suffers over time from ambitious chewers, and eventually there are so many teeth marks that a bed becomes hard to clean, and…

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First Week Panic – It’s going to be ok!

Step one: See cute animal. Step two: Bring home cute animal.  Step three: Suddenly realize that you’re responsible for the life of a whole other living creature, and PANIC! Sound familiar? Even if you’re sure that you’re ready to bring home a new pet, it’s very common to have a moment (or more) of panic or self-doubt in the first week or two. After all, it’s a big decision! Here’s what we at the SPCA would like for you to know, if you’re currently feeling this…

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Clicker Rules: Guest Writer Jane Young

Curious how to use a clicker to train your pet? You might want to check out our previous article about the clicker, What exactly is the clicker, anyway? The article you’re currently reading is the next step: rules to follow that will help you succeed with the clicker. At the most basic level, clicker training is very simple. When you see your pet doing something you like, click! And when you click, always give a treat. (Even if you clicked for something you didn’t mean to…

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What exactly is the clicker, anyway? Guest Writer: Jane Young

Did you just bring home a new dog from the SPCA for your two week foster-to-adopt period? Looking for some resources to help your (hopeful!) new family member settle in successfully? This article is the first in our ongoing series to help you through this process. We know adopting a new dog can be overwhelming at first, and we hope that providing you with these online resources will help you find answers to your questions easily from home. Please keep in mind that if you…

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