Pets

Togus w/ Miss Kitty from Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Saturday August 6, 2011

Togus w/ Miss Kitty from Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Saturday August 6, 2011

Togus at South Portland Public Library, Sat. Aug 6 2011

Togus at South Portland Public Library, Sat. Aug 6 2011

TOPSHAM FAIR August 9th-August 14th

TOPSHAM FAIR August 9th-August 14th

http://www.topshamfair.net/

 
• One of the oldest Agricultural Fairs in Maine, established in 1854.
• New dates this year (used to run Sunday through Saturday) this year moving to
Tuesday August 9th through Sunday 14th.
• Free admission harness racing only days Sunday August 7th and Monday August
8th.
• New rates this year $10 admission for everyone includes limitless rides.
• Rides by Rockwell Amusements
• Senior Day is Tuesday August 9th, 63 and over admission is $3.00
• Agricultural events: Draft horse pulling, Ox and steer pulling, harness racing, pig
scrambles for 5, 6, 7, and 8 yr olds- everyone gets a chance to chase a pig.
• Big Entertainment: AWA Wrestling Tues. night. Demolition Derby Weds. night,
Twyce Shy Thurs. night, Redneck Truck Pull Friday night, Demolition Derby Sat.
night followed by fireworks, Imperial Stunt Drivers Sun.

Photograph Your Dog Like A Pro!

Photograph Your Dog Like A Pro!

 

Chances are good that your pooch is simply adorable.  Capturing with your camera that “something special” that is the essence of your dog’s personality CAN happen.  Dogs are wiggly, squirmy, distracted little beings and it’s true that getting a good photo can drive a human bonkers.  There ARE, however, a few tricks I’ve learned in my five years of photographing the pups and dogs in my school that can up the odds that you’ll be successful.

SHOOT OUTDOORS.  The light is much easier to work with and your photos will look more natural and less “staged” than those taken indoors.  Shoot in indirect light rather than bright sunlight.  I’ve found that the early morning and late afternoon light is softer and makes for better photos.

DON’T DIRECT:  Let your dog simply go about his/her business and try to capture your photos at times when your dog isn’t paying much/any attention to YOU.

The Weather's Cool...How About a Mountain Hike with your Dog?

The Weather's Cool...How About a Mountain Hike with your Dog?

Here's an idea for Saturday or Sunday with your canine companion(s):  Head over to Scratch Bakery in Willard Square in South Portland really early and grab a couple of fresh, hot-from-the-oven bagels and maybe a homemade dog biscuit or two for your buddies and then hit the road!  Your destination couldn't be sweeter, and the early morning drive down Route 302 from Portland to Fryeburg will be smooth sailing at that time of day.  Pleasant Mountain via the Fire Warden's Trail will become a regular hiking route after just one try, I promise you!  This hike has everything you could hope for -- clean, cold water bubbling into gorgeous stone pools at the base of some lovely waterfalls; a mix of logging roads, gravel trails and rocky terrain as you head toward the summit; delightful flora and wildlife and the songs of a variety of birds on the breeze; and best of all, amazing views of the Sebago Lake Region and White Mountain National Forest at the summit.

Pratt's Brook Park - A Gem in Yarmouth

Pratt's Brook Park - A Gem in Yarmouth

 

Last week, my team of canine hikers scouted out yet another fantastic locale for woods walking, stream swimming and generalized off-leash adventure!  They give “two paws way UP” to Pratt’s Brook Park in Yarmouth!

 

Located off North Road as you head away from Route One towards Cumberland, this 220-acre tract of preserved land offers over seven miles of walking trails.  The routes are well-marked and there are trail maps and a kiosk with information at the trail head.  The parking area is located well off the main road and has plenty of parking for up to 30 cars.  On the Friday afternoon that we enjoyed the park, we were the only car in the lot.

Mountain Division Trail - Worth the Trip!

Mountain Division Trail - Worth the Trip!

*This is the second in a series of blogs highlighting cool places to romp with your dog.

      Are you willing to drive about 20 minutes from Portland to take your dog for a cooling swim on a hot summer afternoon?  Heck, you could probably hop in with him or her and cool off yourself!  Take River Road from Westbrook to Windham.  Cross 202 at the light and then look for Gambo Road on your left.  Take Gambo Road and look for signs marking the trail head and parking area for the Mountain Division Trail.  Adventure awaits!

     The Mountain Division Trail is an amazing network of trails that eventually will connect Portland to Fryeburg via 52 miles of superbly-maintained paths, most of which are tarred and meander alongside defunct railroad tracks.  Ample parking, portable toilets and a kiosk with trail maps greets you at the trailhead in Windham, on mile 12 of the trail system.