Don’t forget our car and dog wash Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to noon at Key Bank in the Hannaford shopping plaza. You all know by now that we give great wash whether you come in on four legs or four wheels, so don’t miss it. We’ve had a few personal words with the Weather Person—yes, the same one who behaved so badly the last time we tried—and have been assured that WP will try harder this time to trot out the sun and not the rain. ’Nuff said.

Windjammer Weekend Sea Dog Show is coming right up — on Sunday, Sept. 4, to be exact, in Harbor Park on Atlantic Avenue in Camden. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the show starts at 11 a.m., and you can sign up right on our website at If you haven’t been to a Sea Dog show before you don’t know what you’re missing. The highlight of the event is the agility course—which sometimes appears to be the disagility course, though we won’t name names—and you haven’t laughed until you’ve watched a handler trying to talk her or his entry over a bridge or through a hoop. Whoever said dogs live to please people hasn’t seen some of our Sea Dog dogs. Dogs live to please dogs, and if someone with two legs slips onto the list from time to time, that’s fine. And don’t get us started with cats. You know why there are so few cat agility courses? Just watch a cat for a few minutes. These amazing creatures are never less than agile and graceful, but they’d as soon show off on an agility course as come when you call them.

The other great part of the Sea Dog doings is the Superlative Contest: biggest, loudest, longest, prettiest—get the picture? As we recall, there is no prize for Most Agile, which seems like an oversight that should be remedied.

While you’re on our website take a gander at videos of our weekly cable TV show, “Reigning Cats and Dogs.” It’s a great way to find out what’s going at the shelter and who’s available for adoption, and to meet some of the grand people who make the shelter run like a bandit.

Our sweeties LOVE Kuranda Beds! Some very special people have donated several dog beds, but our cats are still waiting for beds and towers. If you’d like to lend us a hand but are not quite sure what we need, go right this instant to and put in an order for one or two. Your gift will be shipped directly to the shelter and be put to use instantly. These are truly wonderful items — frankly, we wish they made them big enough for us and our big dogs, which they probably do — and the cats will love them. For more information, check the Many Ways to Donate tab on our website, and make a cat grateful. When pigs have wings, we say Ginger is ready for a home of her own. She is a universal favorite — she has a great personality, loves attention and would much rather be in a home than the shelter. We’d rather she be in a home too.

Gracie is another of our great cats. (Full disclosure: We think all our cats are great!) She loves to find the smallest possible space to squeeze in to take her cat naps, and she thinks that she may sometimes be overlooked because there are so many cats in her room. We agree, so please ask to see her the next time you come by the shelter.

We are looking to add people to our list of foster parents. If you’re interested in fostering a pregnant cat, a mama cat and her kittens or maybe just kittens, give us a call. We provide food, litter, toys, a cat cage and towels and blankets. You provide a warm, loving home for the kittens until they are old enough to come back to the shelter. We’ve said it before and we don’t mind saying it again: Socializing kittens is probably the most important part of their growing-up, and if you haven’t been part of this process you haven’t had the utter joy and delight of watching kittens grow. We call it a miracle.

On our wish list: paper towels, volunteers, paper plates, towels, bleach, volunteers, dry cat food and canned food for dogs and cats. And volunteers. Thank you for thinking of us!

Stop in and see us and all our ravishing residents at 146 Camden St. in Rockport. We’re open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and our website at is never closed! And thank you, as always, for your caring and support.