Our thanks this week go to Samantha, from Belfast, who visited the shelter and brought with her an arm load of donations. Everyone here, on two legs and four, says thank you too!

The Sea Dog Show at the Camden Windjammer Festival is coming right up — this Sunday, Sept. 5, to be exact. The event, hosted by CRARL and the Wag It Training Center in Lincolnville, begins at 10 a.m., and the $5 fee for registering participants will benefit CRARL. Download a registration form at www.camdenwindjammerfestival.com or pick one up at your vet’s office. If you’d like to preregister, drop your form off at the shelter or the Chamber building on the public landing on Saturday, Sept. 4.

Events include a drill team performance, set to music, presented by Wag It Training Center. The Sea Dogs Obstacle Challenge will feature teams of dogs and their human companions who will navigate a course that includes a lobster-trap maze, pirate plank, tunnel, jump and hoops. Teams will be judged on teamwork and enthusiasm, as well as their ability to perform each of the obstacles in a timely fashion.

At 9:15 a.m. registered participants can do a practice run for the competition, which begins at 10 a.m. There will also be contests to determine the tallest dog, smallest dog, heaviest dog, longest fur/hair, prettiest eyes and longest tail. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category.

We are expecting a heavy turnout, including many of the shelter graduates who have found a home of their own.

We’re partnering on this occasion with Wag It, which offers training services, seminars and competitions at its 4,000-square-foot facility in Lincolnville, including an agility field. Sumac, who founded and owns Wag It, has been working with dogs for more than 35 years and earlier this year was named the Maine Dog Trainer of the Year by Down East magazine.

Save the date of Saturday, Sept. 11, when CRARL holds its second Canine ’n’ Car Wash of the summer. We’ll be bathing both from 9 a.m. to noon in the Key Bank barking lot (thank you, Mark Masterson, for that dreadful pun—and you can forget about woofer!) at the Hannaford center. CRARL is famous for the great cleaning jobs  it does on four-wheeled and four-footed items, and the wash is also a great place to see your friends and your friends’ dogs, to say nothing of your dog’s friends.

We told you about the first CRARL Community Calendar last week, and all indications are that it is not just a home run but a grand slam! The privileged very few who have seen Pat McLean’s photos of the people who fill the offices of the towns we serve, especially police and fire people, have been blown away! In fact, we are going to preview one of the photos very soon, and we’d advise you to reserve as many calendars as you think you’ll need, as they are sure to go like beefcakes. Did we say that? We mean hotcakes! Look here for a list of stores that will carry the calendar when it debuts early in October.

Our loyal friend Loyal Biscuit will hold a nail-clipping clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept, 18, with all proceeds going to CRARL Thank you, Heidi Vanorse, for putting this together. Sometimes we think people don’t understand how really important it is to keep a dog’s nails clipped, not just for our benefit but for the dog’s sake. Nails should be clipped and filed once a month, and waiting too long can create serious health issues, including painful ingrown nails and elongated nails. Often a dog can’t put his or her full body weight on long, unclipped nails, so they develop sore feet, legs and hips and discomfort in general, making walking an unpleasant experience for dog and walker. And since many dogs don’t particularly like having their nails clipped, never mind that they are so much happier afterward, it can be a very stressful procedure. Professionals know how to handle and hold a dog for nail-clipping. It doesn’t hurt the dog at all, and you can watch from a safe distance.

CRARL executive director Sarah Shepherd and Molly were with Kaja Veilleux at the Thomaston Place Auction Galleries last Sunday to see the lovely little Old Town tender donated to the shelter by board member Hilary Harwood auctioned off.  The boat brought $2,500, and Molly, our beautiful black Lab, was almost as big a hit in her orange “Adopt Me” vest. By the way, our eye-catching vests are also embroidered with “CRARL,” and if we had a dollar for everyone who has asked why all our dogs are named CARL, we’d be laughing (which we are anyway, dollar or not).

Our darling Betty needs a home of her very own. Betty is probably about 8 years old — someone, and we’d rather not think about who, left her in our foyer one night — so we don’t know much about this sweet girl except that she is declawed. She is quiet and affectionate and would make a lovely black-and-white addition to any home.

On our wish list: paper towels, dry cat food and dry dog food, garbage bags, bleach and laundry soap. And don’t forget to tell Hannaford’s wonderful Bob Josselyn how much you appreciate his generosity in letting us share a donation box with the food pantry — and then make sure you leave something in both bins. Thank you.

Please visit us at the shelter at 146 Camden St. in Rockport from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. And our Web site at www.crarl.org is never closed! Thank you!