Our pet pick of the week is King. King is a very handsome six-year-old, neutered German Shepherd. He is good with adults, kids and most dogs, but he is not trustworthy around cats. He loves car rides and playing with his toys, especially squeaky ones. He’s a smart dog, learning things quickly. He knows some commands and will thrive with additional training. King has been known to climb over a few fences so he’ll have to be supervised while in the yard or leash walked. He’d love to join you when you are out and about, enjoying great weather and all the interesting sights and smells along the way. King is currently being treated for Lyme disease, an infectious tick borne disease caused by bacteria. The common deer tick is the primary carrier. Lyme disease is becoming increasingly more common both in humans and dogs. You can’t catch it from your dog. But, your dog can bring in ticks from the outside. It is important to safeguard your pets against ticks by using proper preventative tick and flea medications. To learn more about Lyme disease and the best treatment and prevention for your pet, contact your veterinarian. King is almost done with his antibiotics and would love to go home. Do you have room in your heart and home for this very sweet, big boy?

Thanks to the generosity of Lyman Pope Jr. of the Lyman Pope Jr. Foundation, we are able to purchase enough of the new IDEXX 4DX tests to test all the dogs we get into the shelter for an entire year. This new tests includes Lyme disease, heartworm, anaplasmosis, and ehrlichiosis. We make every effort to adopt out healthy animals. This test will aid us in this endeavor.

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 a.m. 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 or supporting a walker with a pledge. 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. We received word from the North Pole that Santa will be on hand to take holiday photos with your pets and family members. We’ll have an agility course, sponsored by Marie Finnegan of K-9 Solutions Dog Training, where your dog can try their luck. All skill levels are welcome from first timers to the elite. 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, Coastal Pet Sitting, Harbor Square Gallery, Camden National Bank, Lonza, and Lucky Dog Gallery. For more information contact Tracy at humane@midcoast.com.

Wish List: 6-inch paper plates, toilet paper, 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 every day from 11a.m to 5 p.m, closed Sundays.