Downeast Dog News

December Letter from the Publisher

By Jenn Rich | Dec 01, 2021

Dear Dog News Readers,

It’s still the middle of November as I am writing this and so far, I can look out my window and see green grass. I still have flowers that haven’t given up outside and last weekend I picked one last piece of broccoli from the garden and fed it to Pepper. It’s crazy! Personally, I am not upset to postpone the snow, but it always makes you wonder what is in store for this winter season.

This past weekend we went for a couple of walks in Camden. The weather on Saturday was so nice! We have a 3-mile loop that we like to do in the shoulder seasons. As I have mentioned, Pepper is fearful of other dogs and is reactive towards them when walking on her leash. We have started some counter conditioning. I received instructions from Sara Sokol of Mr. Dog Training. I bring a bag of sliced up hotdogs with us and when we see dogs, I start feeding them to her before she reacts. She could care less about the dogs. She thinks beef hotdogs are fabulous! She doesn’t get anything like this normally. I highly recommend getting some advice from a trainer if you also struggle with your dog on walks. There are more details involved than what I am mentioning here. When you try it and it works, it relieves so much anxiety!

I am sad to report that our family recently had a loss of one of our fur babies. My brother and his girlfriend had adopted an older lab named Cooper and it was time for him to join our other pets at the Rainbow Bridge. Cooper was a sweet a boy and they gave him the best life for his remaining years. We are all very sad but were blessed for our time with him. We love you Mr. Cooper!

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." (From a headstone in Ireland – Source:

We wish you a December full of doggie cuddles and happy holiday season!

All the best,

Jenn and Pepper