Downeast Dog News

Furry words

Nov 12, 2020

If you read this column monthly, thank you! It means you know that I’ve been living with only cats as pets for a few years now, and I’ve missed the companionship that comes from having a dog. My son is a freshman in high school and has been begging me to get one. He plays football, hockey, and baseball, and I feel like I spend a lot of my time shuttling him around or cheering him on. With some restrictions in place, he’s traveling less, and most of his activities are closer to home, which has been quite nice! I have also been on the road less for work and no longer have my office in North Conway. You know what that means? WE’RE GETTING A DOG!!!!

For the past month, I have searched all the rescues that I love and support. The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk, Lucky Pup Rescue, and Harvest Hills were all part my nightly queries. In case you didn’t know, when people were told to stay home in March, they started collecting dogs! Well, maybe not collecting, but there aren’t a whole lot available at the moment. Yes, I still have two cats, so a dog would have to be cat friendly. The dog needs to play well with others, and one that could quietly snooze or chill as I did phone readings because as much as I can think and talk over the sound of YOUR dog barking, if it were mine, I think I’d lose my mind. My son really had his sights set on a Golden Retriever, so my next line of inquiries included breeders I trusted, but they didn’t have any upcoming litters. After that, it was like Facebook was taunting me by flashing images of some of my friends welcoming their eight-week-old Labrador pups home. I asked each of them where they got their sweet babies, but none of the ones I researched clicked for me, so I assured my son when the time was right, the perfect dog would appear.

Two nights ago, I was chatting online with a friend I made through the dog show world. She breeds, trains, and shows Labrador Retrievers. She is an amazing person and seems to easily manage a house full of dogs. I swear she uses magic, but I’ll never really know. I will say that in my ten plus years as an animal communicator I have met shady breeders that are driven by greed and then I’ve met some wonderfully kind, gentle breeders whom I completely respect. I was doing a reading for one of her dogs that had been sent to live with someone but seemed to shut down over the course of two months. He had lost weight, looked and acted depressed and it was clear it wasn’t the right home for him. She had brought him back into her home and was just checking in to see if he was happier and knew that he was loved and safe. He answered yes to both questions, much to her relief!

Before I signed off, I told her that we were looking for a dog and to please let me know if she heard of any. She asked what kind, and I said that any happy, peaceful, gentle, loving, and healthy one would do! She asked if we’d be open to a chocolate lab. Sure. Maybe a five-year-old chocolate lab. Sure. Maybe the one she immediately sent me a picture of? Wait. What was happening?! Did the perfect dog just appear?! It sure did! I pick her up in five days, and I’ve spent my free time getting everything I need for her arrival. Dog crate, collar, and leash (matching the color she uses at my friend’s), a pretty collar and leash that maybe she’ll love once she settles in, dog food, treats, flexi lead with a flashlight and poop bag clip for the late night outs (I’m really not a flexi lead fan, but there is a time and place I guess), food bowl, water dish, car seat protector, and probably some other things I’m forgetting! Shoot! I have to get her a tag with my information on it, get her licensed, transfer her records to my vet, warn the cats, find a safe place for the cat litter, and get my legs ready for daily walks.

My heart is so happy, and I can’t wait to share this journey with you! Stay tuned for the update and how she does on her first month with us. Until then, be safe, be kind, and enjoy your Thanksgiving! Sara Moore currently offers long distance readings over the phone or FaceTime.

You can learn more at and follow her on Facebook at Sara Moore Enlightened Horizons. All information given in a reading is not a replacement for licensed veterinary care.