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The following lists contain information that has been sent in by the sponsors of events or other people who are aware of the event. We do not verify all information on these pages. Please call the sponsors or go to the sponsors website to verify all information.

Maine Greyhoud Placement Service Open House and Reunion
June 18, 2011
249 Old Belgrade Road
Augusta, ME 04330
Comments:Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19th (Rain or Shine) Lure Coursing at 3:30 P.M. Weather permitting.This is MGPS's major fundraiser and is a greyt way to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones, check in on what's new at MGPS, and have some fun!Fun Things to DO:*Bring a photo of your hound for Animal Communicator Patty Pepin to use to talk to your rainbow bridge baby.*Art on the River Studios owner Linda K. Evans will teach an art class on Sunday at 11 A.M. on how to draw a greyhound. The class is 2.5 hours and cost $35. Pre-registration is required because there is limited seating.*Get your hound ready to play some Greyhound Games ( no reindeer allowed)*IceCream Social for the dogs on Sunday*Bid in the Silent Auction and Buy Raffle Tickets for some greyt prizes.*Indulge in some Greyt Food!*Get your greyhound ready for the runway in MGPS first Best Doggie Hat Parade and Contest. There will be prizes for the most original the funniest and some surprise categories.*Visit the Wall of Remembrance and bring your photo to add.*Witness the Return of Nigel Buggers and his two leggers~ Facebook's most famous Greyhound

Bar Harbor
Pet Haloween Party
October 28, 2006

Acadia Veterinary Hospital, 21 Federal Street, Bar Harbor ME
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Comments:When was the last time you had a really good reason to dress up your pet?

Acadia Veterinary Hospital is holding its 7th annual Halloween Party.
Refreshments served, photo?s taken, and prizes awarded for best pet costume

Saturday, October 29TH at 1:00-2:30 pm.
Come celebrate with us at 21 Federal Street, Bar Harbor, call 288-5733 for details.

Canine Carnival
September 20, 2008
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Woodlawn Museum 19 Black House Drive
Ellsworth, ME 04609
Phone:207 422-3764
Comments:The Coastal Crescent Kennel Club and the Downeast Dog Scouts Troop # 159 will host a Canine Carnival to celebrate AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day.
Canine Carnival activities include: breed rescue groups, animal shelters, educational booths, canine sports demonstrations, Meet the Breeds, Canine Good Citizen testing, dog games and activities, crafts and activities for children, vendors, a canine photo contest and the kick off for the Downeast Dog Scouts Fall Walkathon.

Ellsworth, Maine 04605
Canine Carnival
October 4, 2009
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Woodlawn Museum 19 Black House Drive
Ellsworth, Maine 04605, ME 04605
Phone:207 422-3764
Comments:The Coastal Crescent Kennel Club and the Downeast Dog Scouts Troop 159 will host a Canine Carnival to celebrate AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day.Canine Carnival activities include: Meet the Breeds, breed rescue groups, animal shelters, educational booths, canine sports demonstrations, working dog demonstrations, Canine Good Citizen testing, dog games and activities, crafts and activities for children, vendors, a canine photo contest and a Children's Dog Show.The event will be held in conjunction with the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce Autumn Gold Days, Friday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 4th. Representatives from pet food pantries in Hancock County will be available to accept donations.

2nd Annual Presents for pups
December 16, 2007
12 - 5pm
251 Main Rd
Holden, ME 04429
Comments:Photos with Santa or a winter scene. Come by and have your family photo taken with your dog. $5 donation to Presents for Pups suggested. Presents for Pups raises money and toys for the dogs in our local animal shelters including the Hancock County SPCA and the Bangor Humane Society. Prints will be available to purchase with all the profits donated back to Presents for Pups. Santa will be at the For Dogs building at 251 Main Rd (rt. 1A) in Holden from noon to 5 on December 16th.

Service Dog Graduation
March 4, 2007
My Wonderful Dog
Portand, ME
Comments:On Sunday March 4th, My Wonderful Dog will hold a graduation ceremony to celebrate the placement of two new service dog teams. The free event is open to the public and will include raffles, training demos and giveaways. Well behaved dogs are welcome.

My Wonderful Dog is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing professionally trained and highly skilled service dogs.

Black Tie & Tails
November 3, 2005
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Eastland Park Hotel
Portland, ME 04101
Comments:Black Tie & Tails--A Benefit for My Wonderful Dog

My Wonderful Dog, a Portland-based non profit that provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities, is hosting "Black Tie & Tails," Portland?s first formal dining experience for well-behaved dogs and their people. The fundraising gala will be Thursday, November 3, 7-10pm, at the Eastland Park Hotel in Portland. Tickets are $50, includes dinner, a string quartet and formal attire is encouraged (but not required) for both dogs and people. The evening includes live and silent auctions (don?t forget your checkbooks) and awards for most elegantly dressed canine king and queen. To order tickets, call My Wonderful Dog at (207)780-9792 or e-mail Seating is limited, so get your tix early, and start picking out your pooch's party clothes!

2nd Annual Community Dog Show
April 26, 2009
3 o'clock
257 Canco Road
Portland, ME 04103
Phone:207 879 2531
Comments:The residents and staff of The Woods at Canco- a Holiday Retirement Community- will host their 2nd annual Community Dog Show. This fun, carefree event is a way to put your dog on parade- be proud! This is a FREE event- donations will be accepted on behalf of our friends at the Animal Refuge League. Snacks will be available for both people and pups. Please join us! Call 879-2531 to register your dog.

ATTS Temperament Test
October 10, 2009
9AM - 4PM
119 Bishop Street
Portland, ME 04103
Comments:Happy Tails will be hosting an ATTS Temperament Test on Saturday, October 10th from 9AM to 4PM at our Bishop Street location. Pre-registration is highly recommended. The ATTS Temperament Test provides breeders a means for evaluating temperament and gives pet owners insight into their dog?s behavior. It can have an impact on breeding programs and in educating owners about their dog?s behavioral strengths and weaknesses as well as providing a positive influence on dog legislation. Visit for more on temperament and the Test.

ATTS Temperament Test
October 10, 2009

Portland, ME 04103
Comments:Calling All Dog Owners, Breed Enthusiasts, Rescue Groups & Breeders: The American Temperament Testing Society is offering an All-Breed & Mixed Breed Temperament Test at Happy Tails! Join us for this very rare opportunity and have your dog temperament tested on October 10th! The ATTS Temperament Test provides breeders a means for evaluating temperament and gives pet owners insight into their dog?s behavior. It can have an impact on breeding programs and in educating owners about their dog?s behavioral strengths and weaknesses as well as providing a positive influence on dog legislation. If your breed is being impacted by BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION, this is your chance to take a proactive approach!The ATTS test focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog?s instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat. The test is designed for the betterment of all breeds of dogs and takes into consideration each breed?s inherent tendencies. The test simulates a casual walk through the park or neighborhood where everyday life situations are encountered. During this walk, the dog experiences visual, auditory and tactile stimuli. Neutral, friendly and threatening situations are encountered, calling into play the dog?s ability to distinguish between non-threatening situations and those calling for watchful and protective reactions. To learn more about The American Temperament Testing Society, Test items, and their position on the importance of temperament evaluations, please visit www.ATTS.orgPre-registration is highly recommended.

"Play with Me!" The Good, the Bad, the Ugly? with Pia Silvani
April 7, 2013
Happy Tails Inc., 119 Bishop St
Portland, ME 04103
Comments:Animal professionals can spend hours observing puppies and dogs playing with one another. Once you have an understanding of canine body language and social behavior, play can look like a ballet. Animal studies reveal that reward-linked neurotransmitters in the dog?s brain suggest that dogs like to play. Dogs learn a lot in the litter through play interactions. They can negotiate dominance and subordinance, they learn about strength, speed, agility and more. Play is a valuable, important aspect of dog behavior and much more comprehensive than is generally acknowledged. Puppies offer many agonistic and appeasement behaviors which they learn very early on when they are playing with their littermates. These behaviors serve as an important rule in the dog?s ability to have well-rounded social interactions with others. Playful interactions continue as a result of trust, tolerances and understanding boundaries, rules and the ability to exhibit inhibition with their mouths. Incorporated within play are fun, attention, affection, combative skills, emotional control and risks.

BOW WOW BOOGIE Canine Freestyle Fundraiser
November 18, 2006
Saco Community Center
Saco, ME 04072
Comments:Combine obedience, music and dance and you have the joyous dog sport, Canine Freestyle. Come have fun and make a difference at the same time! This is a fundraiser to place service dog Logan with Suzan Morris, a young woman with MS.

COST ? $95 per day for working teams, $45 per day for auditors. Includes lunch. Working spots are limited to 20 teams so sign up today!

HOW ? go to for more info and to register or contact sdmorris(at) (replace (at) with @ symbol

DogFest Film Festival
July 20, 2006
Camp Ketcha
Scarborough, ME 04074
Comments:DogFest Film Festival
Join us as My Wonderful Dog hosts the first annual DogFest Film Festival: an outdoor film festival for dogs and their people (and people without dogs too).
Festivities begin at 6:00pm, 10 short films with dogs, for dogs and about dogs start at dusk.
There will be a host of activities including a chicken BBQ catered by Southern Maine Catering (complete with roll, corn on the cob and baked beans for $10.00), flyball demos, a police dog demo and service dog demos.
Come watch the Animal Welfare Society´s drill team and take advantage of the "Ask the Vet" table sponsored by Pine Point Animal Hospital in Scarborough. The Puppy Kissing booth is sure to be popular and kids will have fun having their faces painted and watching our balloon artist.
Bring your comfy chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of fun for the whole family!
Adults-$15.00 / Day of event-$20.00
Children under 10-$5.00
Tickets are on sale at our 54 Cove Street facility and the Planet Dog store on Marginal Way, both in Portland. You may also purchase them online at
All proceeds to benefit My Wonderful Dog, Assistance Dogs for People with Disabilities.
Hope to see you there, it´s sure to be a howling good time!

Spring Stroll 2007- A Walk for Rescue
May 19, 2007
Camp Ketcha
Scarborough, ME 04074

This is an all-breed walk for rescue event, including food, canine demonstrations, contests and activities. Numerous rescues and vendors in attendance. Silent auction, raffle, CGC testing. Live radio broadcast.

South Portland
Bark For Life of Greater Portland, Maine
May 19, 2013
Bug Light Park
South Portland, ME 04106
Comments:On Sunday, May 19th, dogs and their owners will gather at Bug Light Park in South Portland for the first annual American Cancer Society Bark for Life of Greater Portland, a unique event to remember and honor both dogs and people touched by cancer. Funds raised through Bark For Life support local programs and services offered by the American Cancer Society, as well as educational initiatives, and life-saving research in Maine, New England and beyond. The event which will run from 11:00am to 4:00pm starting with a non-competitive walk which will feature a special lap for survivors, both canine and human, followed by demonstrations, contests and games. The day will include appearances by Gayle Hickok of Pawsitive Results K-9 Rehabilitation, Bobby Silcott of the Maine POM Project and Judy Moore of Canine Behavior Counseling and demonstrations by Jill Simmons of Poetic Gold Farms and several other organizations. There will be fun activities for children, adults and dogs alike. Anyone can participate so bring your best canine friend and join the fun on May 19th. Registration is $20 per dog and owner and $40 for those with multiple dogs. Participants are encouraged to form teams made up of 2 to 15 people and their canines to share in the fight against cancer by working together to raise money in support of the American Cancer Society. You can find them on Facebook at Bark For Life of Greater Portland or visit the event web page at For more information, contact the event chair, Kim Hansen, at or by calling (207) 318-5253 or American Cancer Society staff person Dawn Emery at (207) 691-1094.

Wilmington, MA 01887
September 20, 2014
99 Fordham Rd Wilmington, MA 01887
Wilmington, MA 01887, ME 01887
Comments:Saturday, Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, INDOORS at Shriners Auditorium in Wilimington with FREE Admission and FREE Parking!Special appearance by SHORTY ROSSI (and his pit bull, Hercules), star of ?PIT BOSS? on Animal Planet, 165+ PET-FRIENDLY EXHIBITORS and RESCUE GROUPS, live demonstrations in AGILITY, OBEDIENCE TRAINING, PET CARE & ACTIVISM, great giveaways and PRIZES, amazing DISCOUNTS on your favorite pet products, talent and COSTUME CONTEST, fabulous RETAILERS and much more FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! MEGA-ADOPTION event sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospitals will have more than 300 pets available for adoption.For more information, visit us at or join us on Facebook (, shoot us an email at or give us a call at 800-977-3609. View our website for directions, vaccination pricing, exhibitor list, entertainment schedules and more. FREE Admission and FREE Parking. See you there!

Pet Expo 2008
October 4, 2008
Nichols Expo Center
Wilton, ME 04938
Comments:A fun-filled day of events, speakers, dozens of pet related business and non-profit organizaions such as dog clubs, rescues and animal shelters. Food court. Looking for vendors/demonstrations as well.

Yiu can walk anywhere
Downeast Dog Scouts Troop #159 Fall Walkathon
September 20, 2008
You can walk any time.

Yiu can walk anywhere, ME
Phone:207 266-5807
Comments:Downeast Dog Scouts Troop #159Fall WalkathonSeptember 20, 2008 - November 1, 2008Contact Information: or 207 266-5807Join us in promoting physical fitness for you and your dog! Log your minutes anywhere you walk. The goal is 1000 minutes. 30 minutes a day for 35 days is 1050 minutes.The Walkathon Kick Off will be Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 1:00 pm. at the Canine Carnival at the Woodlawn Museum Ellsworth, Maine. The Canine Carnival will be from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.Gift Certificates will be awarded to the participants who walk the most minutes and to a person chosen from a drawing from all the participants who complete 1000 minutes. There is a $10.00 registration fee. All proceeds from the Walkathon will go towards the Downeast Dog Scouts Community Service Projects and Community Education Programs Everyone can participate in walking with or without a dog. Encourage family, neighbors, children, friends and co-workers to get involved by registering for the Walkathon. The Walkathon will allow the Scouts to expand their projects, so get walking to help out the Scouts!The Downeast Dog Scouts will sponsor a Clean Up Day as a Finish Celebration on Saturday, November 1, 2008, Take Pride in Acadia Day. Participants will be cleaning up after less responsible dog guardians at Little Long Pond, Seal Harbor, Maine from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon or organize a clean up dayin your neighborhood on November 1, 2008. For Additional Information, Registration Forms and Log Sheets:downeastdogscouts@yahoo.comDowneast Dog Scouts Troop #159PO Box 73 Salisbury Cove, ME 04672207 266-5807





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