Elden & Danica

June 22, 2012

Elden & Danica LOVE their new family!

We wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying Elden and Danica (aka Dani). They both love to play with our little boys’ cars and this of course delights the kids! Elden and Dani also play with each other, groom each other and snuggle up together. So getting two kittens was indeed a great idea! Both of them are wonderful, sweet and affectionate cats. Thanks for all the care you have given to them and for helping to bring them into our lives!


Elizabeth Stephenson


Update on Doodle

June 4, 2012

This is Doodle, here!  Remember me?  7-month old black short-hair?  I was adopted on May 16 and I’m just writing to tell you that I’m really settling in.

    I’ve been given the new name of “Zipper” because I can zip from one end of the house to the other, and that’s just what I do!  I grab a toy mouse, and I’m off. I’m a race cat!

    I have a cat tower in front of the kitchen window so I can watch the blue jays come to the bird bath or watch Dad mow the lawn.  I also have a big cat tower by the living room windows where I watch the “animal circus” come to the bird feeders: all kinds of birds, chipmunks, squirrels, even wild turkeys (Yike!).  I also have my own super-fuzzy blanket on Mom and Dad’s bed.  It’s a pretty amusing place.

   I went to the vet last week.  I liked my hard cat carrier – I like to play in it and sleep in it.  The car was fine, too.  The vet says I’m very healthy and sweet (but everybody already knew that.) I’ve got Mom and Dad pretty well trained, I think. They like to play and pet me.

    Thanks to all of you for taking such good care of me for the first 7 months of my life.  I’m sending along some pictures of myself so you don’t forget me!

    Love,…Zipper (formerly known as Doodle)  and my people, Lisa and Mark Lishner say “Thanks,” too.

The Family that Booker Rescued

June 4, 2012

Purebred Chessapeake Bay Retreivers had always been our dog of choice.  But in the summer of 2002, about a year after our last Chessie passed away, our daughter wanted my husband and me to meet a tan and white sharpei/pitbull mix that she had taken a shine to at the CRARL where she had been volunteering.  So we did, and after we had exhausted every excuse not to adopt him, Booker came home with us, joining our family of six.  

 During the first two weeks he chased our chickens, ripped clothing, pulled sheets and towels off the clothesline and charged full speed into each one of us, knocking us to the ground.  We thought we may have chosen a dog that was more than we could handle, and the day came when we were ready to return him to the shelter.  But the kids convinced us to give him another chance.  He may have had a few terrible habits, but he was also jaunty, loveable, handsome and smart as a whip.  So we kept him, and it wasn’t long before he stopped chasing the chickens and began protecting them instead, barking and chasing any fox, hawk or coyote away that came near them. 

 He also loved to learn and was easier to teach than any other dog we had known.  He learned the usual sit, stay, and lie down commands, and then some additional, more unusual tricks, such as to nudge with his nose, sneeze, yawn, growl, bow down, jump through a hula hoop, among others.  He was always eager to perform for anyone, filling the kitchen with applause and laughter.  A well-behaved passenger, he loved to join my husband in his truck, especially when he plowed the driveway, and would brace himself on the seat with perfect timing.  The love we gave him was returned twofold, and he would welcome the kids home from college with a tennis ball in his mouth and tail wagging doubletime.

 We were very sad when Booker passed away last month, and miss him so very much.  But we are also thankful we decided to give him a chance.  In his honor we would like to say that if you haven’t tried adopting a dog or other animal from the shelter, you may want to give it a try.  You just may find an unexpected, wonderful surprise like Booker.

Alley & Buttons

April 4, 2012

Both girls have adjusted beautifully and seem to be happy, especially wiggle Mcgee “Alley”.  Buttons will sleep with us at night but Alley seems to prefer her favorite chair and likes to sleep on a blanket.  A little love seems to go a long way with these two.  Thank you!                    ~Bob

Spoiled Rotten? No Way!

April 4, 2012

Sophie is doing well.  Other than being spoiled rotten.  She takes up the whole bed and insists on sleeping between me and my lady.  She has a cage but she knows it is “Her Room” and goes to it on command.  Next is to train her to come when called while her nose is on the ground.  She is totally part of the family.  Thank you all.         

~Jim & Krissy


April 4, 2012

We adopted Kyle almost a year ago – she is the most special little dog in the world and we love her to death!  Thank you for helping us bring this wonderful friend into our life!                           ~Candace

Christmas Belle

January 10, 2012

Belle is a wonderful, well-mannered dog who has filled a large void in our lives. She was the best Christmas present ever. We have been to the Belfast dog park several times where she is the “fastest” dog in the yard and gets along with all.  On the days we do not go to the park we go for a run of several miles. We have even had her down to the beach where she stays with us off leash. I think she somehow knows she has found her forever home.

Martin (Jonah) has a new sister!

October 31, 2011

Martin has a new little sister that we have named Mia.  Her name at the shelter was Katie.  They have spent the afternoon sizing one another up.  Martin already loves Mia, but she is not too sure about him at all.  So…round and round and round the house they go.  McCoy, the Border Collie, follows them as best he can is looks bewildered!  – Jan Gilley

Valerie and Mr. Pearson

September 8, 2011

My husband and I adopted two cats from you in February.  Pearson, or “Mr. Pearson” as we call him, is such a love and enjoys playing and cuddling.  Every night we have what I call “big kitty love time” and he sits on my lap for his own special attention.  He is truly one in a million.  Valerie tends to be on the shyer side, especially when we have company, but when it is just me and my husband she enjoys spending time with the family.  She is a very good hunter and likes to “hunt” socks out of the laundry and then calls me over quite loudly to see her most recent catch.  She is such a pleasure to have in our lives.  We are so pleased with how perfectly these two felines have fit into our little family.  Thank you!!!

A Sad Story with a Happy Ending

July 19, 2011

Lola was found wandering the streets with baling wire wound around her neck and very thin.  The shelter assumed she was a “puppy mill” Mom who somehow escaped.  Thankfully somebody found her and brought her to the shelter.  She must have had to fight for scraps all her life as she fought tooth and nail with other dogs in 3 other homes before we found her.  Lola was only 60 lbs. back then.  Knowing her background we brought our very large Chinook cross to meet Lola at the shelter and they played like puppies, but when we got home and I dropped a cookie I thought Lola was going to attack him!  It was very scary for a while, but we couldn’t send her back to the shelter again.  We worked with her and she learned that she would never miss a meal or be hungry again.  She is so loving we wouldn’t trade her for anything.  Now at 90+ lbs. she and our Chinook are inseperable – a match made in heaven!  We are so grateful to the folks at the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League for taking such wonderful care of her.     -Mary M.