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August 26, 2020

Greetings Pet Parents!
In this edition, you will find:

  • Man Reunites with Pet While Looking for New Pet in Maine Animal Shelter - Awww, this is a feel good Article
  • Lost and Found Pet Resources AND Rescue Resources - Little Friends Links
  • Rainy Day Activities for your Cat and Dog - Little Friends Blog
  • Did you know - How early can you spay/neuter kittens?

Let us know if we can help you with pet care this Labor Day and beyond. It takes a village.

Happy reading,
Terry Richardson
What a great story!
Man Reunites With Lost Cat While Looking for a New Pet in Maine Animal Shelter
Morgan Smith, People via Yahoo Lifestyle
Here’s a story with a pawsitive ending.
A Maine animal shelter reunited an owner with his lost cat Saturday when the man stopped in looking for a new pet to help him cope with the disappearance of his feline Cutie Pie.
Theron visited the Bangor Humane Society’s facilities over the weekend looking to adopt a cat "to heal his heart" because his own kitty, Cutie Pie, went missing about a week ago, the shelter wrote on Facebook.

"As he perused the kennels, he stopped to examine one of our friends a little more closely and when the cat turned to face him, Theron erupted with joy. THIS WAS HIS CUTIE PIE!!" the post continued. "Theron's camera roll was full of pictures of Cutie Pie, leaving no question that this reunion was the real deal!"

A photo shared by the shelter shows Theron hugging the fluffy grey-and-white cat.
"Cutie Pie found his way *back* to his forever home tonight," the post read. "(Let me just say I've honestly never seen a cat so eager to be in a cat carrier! He was SO ready to go home!)"

According to American Humane, about 10 million pets are lost in the United States every year, with millions ending up in animal shelters throughout the country. Only 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats without ID tags or microchips find their way back to their owners.

"This is the good stuff," the Bangor Humane Society’s post concluded. "We want to reunite as many animals as possible with their owners, and it's an honor to keep them safe until that can happen."
Check website for our growing list of resources to help locate your lost pet OR find a new one
Rainy Day Activities for Your Cat and Dog
Little Friends Blog 8/24/2020
Rainy days mean no fun and wet dog smell, right? Wrong! The rain may keep you and your pup inside, but there are plenty of fun activities to keep the both of you entertained while staying dry indoors. 
Here is the ultimate rainy day activity guide for you and your furry friend!
 
1. Treat Hunting
Give your dog their own delicious version of a treasure hunt! All you have to do is hide some of their favorite treats all around the house. Put a few in some more obvious places so they can get the gist of the game, then challenge them with some harder to find spots. Join the fun and around with them, give them a little help when they need it.
If your pup struggles with anxiety during bad weather, put on some music and grab those treats! This game can help to keep their mind off of the thunder and help them to relax. The storm will be over before they know it.
 
2. Learn New Tricks
The extra time spent inside is the perfect opportunity to teach your dog some new tricks! Start with what they know to build some confidence, then pick an easy trick to begin with. The point of this activity is to have fun! So even if your dog doesn’t quite understand that new rolling over thing, just tell them to “Be cute!” and give them a treat for being the cutest pup in the world. 
This activity will require A LOT of treats, which is why dogs love it! Make sure you use smaller treats meant for training or treats that can be easily broken apart to avoid overfeeding.
 
3. Doggy Spa Day
If it’s been a while since you’ve pampered your pup with a bath, brushing, or nail trim, now is the time! This may not be your dog’s favorite activity in the world, but those zoomies after they get out of the bath will make it all worth it! For those long-haired poodles and doodles, matting can be a big issue. Give your groomer a break at your next appointment and spend a little time combing through those matted areas.
If you have a dog that is sensitive to nail trims, with this extra time on your hands, you can go at whatever pace they’re comfortable with. Trim a couple nails, give them a break, then a couple more and soon enough your doggy manicure will be complete without the usual stress.
Did you know?
Kittens should ideally be spayed or neutered between 8 weeks and 5 months of age
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