Life on dogs? You betcha! Your dog may be a veritable parasite magnet, home to a mixed population of devilish little creatures about whom we would prefer not to think right now — except to say that from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at P.A.W.S.' future home at 123 John St . in Camden, you can learn all about “Parasite Prevention for You and Your Pets.” This educational forum on heartworms, ticks and Lyme disease will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Stacey Contakos, D.V.M., of the Camden Hospital for Animals, and pesticides toxicologist Lebelle Hicks, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., from the Board of Pesticides Control of  the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

These are not only quality-of-life issues — parasite-free dogs are happy dogs — but virtually life issues, as many diseases caused by parasites, if left untreated, can make your dog gravely ill, or worse. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about parasites and how to protect your dog, and you, from them.

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? That topic has been discussed endlessly over the years, in serious scholarly works and anecdotal sessions, to say nothing of dreadful jokes. And the answer is always the same: It depends on the dog. And it just happens that we have two dogs looking for new homes (tricks need not apply) where they can enjoy being elder citizens with not much more to do than offer unqualified affection and easy companionship.

Pepper is a 9-year-old Lab mix who’d like a retirement home where he could lounge around all day and vary his routine with an occasional stroll through the neighborhood.  He’d like a quiet home where there’s not a lot of activity going on, and of course “quiet” means no small children. Pepper is part of our Senior Adoption Program: Because he is 9, his adoption fee is waived if his new owner is more than 50 years old.

Hunter is a playful 8-year-old poodle mix who still likes to take walks and play.  He doesn’t like to be hugged, however, so he, too, would prefer a home without small children.

To meet more of our blissful bunch needing a home, visit our website at for more adoptable animals.

We are desperately — and that is not a word we take lightly — in need of large cans of cat food and paper plates and paper towels. Thank you in advance for your kind generosity.

Treat yourself — take some time to drop by and see us and all our captivating creatures at 146 Camden St. in Rockport. We’re open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, our phone number is 236-8702 and our website at is never closed! And thank you, as always, for your caring and support.