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Old 12-30-2007, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Hi there. Wow - DH and I are actually coming up to the Bangor area for an interview. So a move (to MAINE) may really be within reach!

As always my dogs are my #1 concern. We will be far away from family should we move, so we will have to fly out for at least a couple of weeks a year and for any family emergencies... leaving the dogs in their new home state when we travel.

We kennel our dogs here when nessesary, but they come back SO stressed. We have a trusting young girl come stay with them when her schedule allows. Kennels are so convenient though.

Also, we will be renting for at least the first 1 to 4 years there. Have your experiences been good finding homes allowing dogs. We prefer to rent a house for the privacy of our neighbors. We live in the middle of 5 acres now and there are not many disterbances that call for barking. We (dogs and humans) will need to make some adjustments.

What about winter dog walking? Yesterday here it was high 30s and dry, walking the pups caused no discomfort. I don't like to take them walking on salted roads for their paws sake. We are Dog Wisperer fans, and are trying to exercise them more. Summer was great to take them before work, but now it is dark and evening walks are weather permitting. If we move Jan-Feb, will my dogs be able to adjust?

Sorry - Crazy Doggie Mommy!!!

Please give me your thoughts and experiences Thanks!
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Good luck with the interviews. That's exciting!

You can buy booties for the dogs' feet. If they'll leave them on (mine would think they were toys) they're good protection from salt. I'm not familiar with any kennels in Bangor anymore.

Exercising the dogs in winter should be easy. I have high energy working dogs that can wear themselves out playing in the snow. By the time they've chased each other, chased the squirrels, crammed their heads into the soft snow to look for mice and done their own thing they're ready to crash in front of the fire.

We had a tenant from Florida move into our rental in February with two dachshunds. Other than having to shovel a place for them to pee because the poor little guys were shorter than the snow was deep, they were ok.
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Thanks MaineW. We are very excited! I have seen the booties - my dogs are medium mutts. They really are unidentifiable in breed They should be OK, but they have gotten cold feet (paws) playing in the snow in very cold temps. I am relaly hoping to find a place the right place to rent by-word-of-mouth like many on the forum have suggested.

Our dogs are hyper, but non distructive. They are our "kids" so they best behave for us in a rental They do so here in our own house. We crate them while we are at work & at night, which they seem to really like. Some nights, they retire to thier crates before we go to bed

I do not like to have to kennel them, but we will have no choice when we fly home annually or more.
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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quelly you may find that once you get here you'll find friends willing to help with the doggies. There are a few kennels in Bangor that I've heard of, but that's been through advertising more than reputation or word of mouth. I think too that there are a few doggie day cares in the Bangor area, and perhaps they do boarding as well. When you come up you'll be able to visit these places and make decisions based on your experiences so that will help too, plus you'll be able to get the word of mouth info I don't know what the normal percentage of dog ownership is per state, and I don't know what Maine's percentage of dog ownership is, but it's got to be high!
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:52 AM
 
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Once you get here, contact the Brewer Veterinary Clinic. They are excellent and will know of good kennels to use.
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Old 12-30-2007, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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When my family first came to Maine I got an apartment in Bradley, where they allowed our German Shepherd. We recently had to put down our German Shepherd.

Though we still have a medium size puppy; a Great Pyrenees X Australian shepherd mix, blond about one year old and 95 pounds. Her previous owners only let her run on pavement, so she became accustomed to running on pavement. They moved to the 'French Island' section of Old Town they could no longer support her need to run, so we have taken her. She does have fun in our forest and chasing our chickens and goats; but she really prefers to jog on the center-line of the road way. What fun! She likes to be both indoor and outdoor. Curls up on the snow bank and goes right to sleep. When big fluffy flakes are falling she thinks that someone is playing with her, she wants to catch them all.

What kind of dogs do you have? How big? House trained? Indoor/outdoor? Could we possibly make do with a 100' run, or would chasing chickens be enough?
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Old 12-30-2007, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Wow - my morning typing stinks!!! I may have finally got the forum spell check to work

My pups are 2 and 3 yr olds. Spoiled indoor dogs and always leashed outside, but very well behaved in both circumstances.

I feel your pain in putting your Shepherd dog down. We put a beagle to sleep almost a year ago. It still hurts to think of her - she was 13.

But my springy young dogs keep us going. They are both about 30 lbs, one is brown and looks like a Shepherd/greyhound (such a cute pup). The other, our girl is part Border - part Terrier. I have tried to attach a picture of the boy!

Thanks Alison and Molly for the tips!
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Old 12-30-2007, 04:33 PM
 
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Forest, Forest, Forest... your girl is Anatolian mixed w/ Pyrenees silly man. She's a gorgeous girl!!! Sometimes I wish she'd find her way to my house, trade ya for the fluffy cat!!!! lol

Quelly, the only kennel that I've heard is good here is Green Acres on Outer Union street in Bangor. I know several people who use them, and they all love it there! We were going to use them last year, but didn't take our trip. We are very particular about our dogs, they are leash-only, so I find trusting people w/them hard. One is a pitbull mix who pulls and is VERY strong. I was comfortable w/leaving them at Green Acres... says alot for them. From what I have seen, they just put in a new excersise yard. Nice high chain link, and an inner entrance area so dogs can't get out. In other words, you first enter a small 10 X 10 area or so, then open the door to the yard, and let the dog in. Then going out, that's repeated. As long as the other door is shut, you have no fear of escaped dogs. That was important to us. Each dog has it's own indoor and outdoor section, fairly large as far as kennels go, and optional excersise yard time. They will let two dogs be together in a kennel, and were very willing to feed the food we would bring for them. Had no issues w/ us bringing their own blankets and toys like other kennels did. Seemed very nice, and easy to get along with. We liked it there, and will kennel there if the need ever arises.

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Old 12-30-2007, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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KAF-
Woman, I knew it was an "A"-word shepherd mixed with Pyrenees so hush you.

She is a big fluffy ball of energy and bounce.
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Old 12-30-2007, 05:48 PM
 
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KAF-
Woman, I knew it was an "A"-word shepherd mixed with Pyrenees so hush you.

She is a big fluffy ball of energy and bounce.
I find myself hushed now. She is indeed a big fluffy ball of energy and bounce, and not to mention tail. If she'd only been raised as a livestock guardian dog. I need to find a cheap one.
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