Our pet pick of the week is Walker, a 1-year-old black lab, hound mix. For the last several weeks Walker has been participating in our K-9 Corrections Program, a collaboration between HSKC and the Bolduc Correctional Facility teaching at-risk prisoners and at-risk homeless dogs the skills to become safe members of society.

Professional dog trainer Marie Finnegan of K-9 Solutions Dog Training oversees the training, teaching the inmates training techniques; they in turn teach the dogs house manners, obedience, and some tricks.

So, who better to describe Walker than dog trainer Marie Finnegan? Here’s what she had to say about Walker.

Walker is a great, goofy young dog that loves attention. He is also a fabulous playmate with other dogs. He changes his play style based on the other dog’s style which is great. Unfortunately, he isn’t a fan of sharing his food so he will need some work on that if he finds a home with another dog in residence. (Marie is happy to help set up a behavior modification plan for the new home in that case). This is very normal behavior since many dogs resource guard things they value. He does not show this tendency toward people. He is very smart and learns things very quickly. He would do best in a home with another dog to play with or an owner that likes to go for long walks and enjoys the outdoors. He loves to swim and would probably make a fabulous Dock Dog with some jump training. He knows all the basics like sit, stay, down, and come (and extras like roll over). He is also house trained and crate trained. Walker has bounced through a few homes due to his energy level, so we are committed to finding just the right match for him. When he started the program he was a little rough around the edges but has blossomed into quite the diamond. If you are interested in learning more about Walker please call us at 594-2200. You can follow Walker and the program on Facebook at www.facebook.com/K9Corrections.

We’d like to thank Yankee Clipper in Rockport for helping us out when we have shelter animals, like Butters, in need of a professional grooming. Butters came in to the shelter with so many mats we couldn’t take care of it ourselves. Yankee Clipper was kind enough to groom him and free him from his very uncomfortable mats. Thank You.

Our 13th annual Fur ‘n’ Foliage Dog Walk is just around the corner on Saturday, Sept. 25. Registration starts at 10 a.m.; the walk starts at 10:30 followed by plenty of fun and activities after the walk. We hope you are out there collecting pledge money to help us help the animals. There’s still plenty of time. We have fabulous prizes for the top three adult pledge collectors and a special prize for the top youth pledge collector aged 12 years or younger. You can download a pledge sheet at our Web site www.hskcME.org or stop by the shelter to pick one up. Ask friends, relatives, co-workers and businesses to sponsor you as you walk for a great cause, helping the homeless animals in our community. Our dog walk is being sponsored by Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, Rockland Animal Hospital, Loyal Biscuit Co., Sargent Lock & Safe, Sea Street Graphics, Safe Harbor Confections, PDQ, Myrtle Street Tavern, All Creatures Veterinary Hospital, Dominos Pizza, Pet Quarters, Brooks Trap Mill and Coastal Pet Sitting, There are still more sponsorship opportunities available. For more information contact Tracy at humane@midcoast.com.

Wish List: 6-inch paper plates, garbage bags, clay cat litter (non-clumping), raw hide bones/chews, dog and cat collars, leashes, toys, canned dog food.

We are located at 17 Buttermilk Lane off Route 1 in Thomaston. Contact us at 594-2200. P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841. We’re open Mondays to Saturdays from 11 a.m- 5 p.m, closed Sundays.