Your pet and the holidays

Photo by Jesse Schwarcz of Schwarcz Photography

The holidays hold special meaning for the Bell household. We adopted our greyhound Laura on Dec. 27, 2008 (the day before my birthday) from Maine Greyhound Placement Service (MGPS) in Augusta, Maine.

We did a lot of research before adopting her, but none of it was as beneficial as talking with staff members from MGPS. I think we talked Mary’s ear off (1 hour+ conversations) before actually going out to meet the hounds.

One of the ways I give back is by volunteering with MGPS as a photographer and graphic designer. I edit the newsletter and the annual calendar. However, there are lots of other volunteers who do far more than I and with the move into the new kennel, they’ve been busy bees transferring the hounds from the old kennel to the new kennel and getting it ready for December 3.

Why December 3? Because that’s when the first Holidays with the Hounds event will be happening! From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the adoption center will be open, the Tally Ho Shop (a shop for greyhound goodies), and myriad other vendors will be offering holiday shopping fun to the people of Maine. And I’ll be there too doing Holiday Hound Portraits to help benefit MGPS.

Speaking of getting ready for the kennel, volunteers are needed to help with the final parts of the transition this weekend. For more information, contact Sharon Eugley via Facebook or the staff at MGPS at (207) 626-2893.

What events are happening in your area?

Here are some things that are coming up:

Beast In Show: An Art Show and Sale to Benefit Our Furry Friends
November 18, 5:30-9 p.m., Monkitree
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Monkitree invites you to “Beast in Show” an art show and sale to benefit The Kennebec Valley Humane Society and The Maine Greyhound Placement Service. Join Monkitee and like-minded artists and animal lovers for a fun-filled art show and sale featuring whimsical art by Susan Mathias and unique images by Nancy McGinnis. A percentage of the proceeds throughout the show will benefit the animal organizations chosen by the artists. When you support KVHS and Maine Greyhound Placement Service at the opening you will have a chance to win artwork donated by the artist, items donated by the organizations and gift certificates donated by Gardiner businesses. Monkitree will donate 10% of the total sales the night of the opening to KVHS giving animal lovers an opportunity to support local animals, local artists and a local business all while getting Christmas shopping done!

Holiday Pug Party
Saturday, December 10, Noon-2 p.m., Carden Kennel, 880 Ohio St., Bangor
There will be a Holiday Party for pugs and their people at Carden Kennels. Raffles, best holiday costume contest, potluck, and easy to eat snacks. Pictures with Santa, pug items for sale, raffles. For more information, check out our facebook page (Bangor Area Pug Society) or call 356-8672.

Happy Howlidays from my home to yours!