Downeast Dog News

May Letter from the Publisher

By Jenn Rich | Apr 30, 2021

Dear Dog News Readers,

It is starting to feel like spring except for that Nor’easter that we just got but this is Maine. It did not come as a complete surprise, but it was a little disappointing after the sun and warmer temps. My lawn is mostly green now and, in some places, it could already use a mow!

It is certainly time to watch out for ticks. I had been seeing several reports of tick sightings as the temps warmed up but we only had OUR first the other day. Both Pepper and I each had a tick climbing on us. Mine was a little black tick and hers was brown which is a lot easier to see on a black dog! It was time for her to have a bath so that just ensured it happened immediately. This sets off the paranoia for the season. Every time I feel a tickle, especially after being outside, I’ll be checking myself and every little speck that I see on the dog.

Pepper celebrated her 7th birthday in April. Since she enjoys her veggies so much and stands by every time we make a salad, I gave her a little salad of her own (dog approved veggies) and cut up a chicken burger for her. She looked at me a couple of times so I’m not sure how she felt about it. She ate it all but I kind of think she prefers to be hand fed her veggies. It might have been confusing. She also had a pre-birthday swim at Water Bark Wellness. Kate had a party hat ready for her! We both our visits at “the pool.”

We hope you and your pups are excited for the warmer weather as well. If you are looking for a staycation or weekend away, this month we are featuring several pet-friendly lodging options here in Maine. Take care and protect yourselves and your pets from the ticks and other pests that will soon be emerge as well such as the black flies and mosquitos.

All the best,

Jenn and Pepper