Thursday, October 1, 2015

This is a Lifestyle! And that is what makes Howling Hill Dog Boarding different.


Howling Hill Dog Boarding is a small capacity kennel that is family owned and operated right here in our yard.  Because of this, when you bring your dogs to stay at Howling Hill you know that they are going to become familiar with their caretaker and develop a relationship of trust with us.  Our visitors become familiar with the dog friendly surroundings and the routine, and are able to settle in pretty quickly upon arrival.  We live right here on the premises, so we are able to keep an ear and eye on them through the night.

Howling Hill is tucked away privately in the woods. Up on our hill, surrounded by pine trees and a brook, a quiet, peaceful, perfect Maine setting.  Howling Hill is different from other boarding programs in that we provide dog boarding with a full day of play and activities for your dog.  At Howling Hill the environment is designed to let a dog be a dog!  That means the pups are allowed to run, jump, play, dig, get dirty and wet, play with lots of toys and fun dog playground equipment...they really just get to let loose while you are away.  If you sign your dog up for leashed walks, they will be happy to explore the many trails through the woods, swim in the clean, cold brook, or even discover the thousands of jumping fish at our beautiful Fish Hatchery down the road.  We are lucky to live and run our kennel in a true doggie paradise!

Many people have asked- do you ever have a day off?  When do you get a vacation?  Well, we manage to squeeze in a lot during our down days.  And when we got our first couple of sled dogs 14 yrs ago, we were happy to commit everyday to living, thinking, and loving dogs!  This is truly Lifestyle choice, and we wouldn't have it any other way!

Hope to see you and your fuzzy buddy soon.  Love, Jessica

Monday, June 1, 2015

Howling Hill Dog Boarding's Great Lobster Giveaway 2015

Howling Hill Dog Boarding is very excited to host the 2015 Great Lobster Giveaway! You could be the lucky winner of (4) fresh from the trap Maine Lobsters. To play please visit our page on Facebook, SHARE the giveaway post pinned at the top of our page, LIKE the giveaway post and COMMENT the word Lobster below it. Entries are valid from June 1, 2015 until June 22, 2015 at 12 PM est. This giveaway is not limited to Howling Hill clients, anyone in the community local enough to pick up their fresh Lobster prize is eligible to participate. Thank you for playing, and Good Luck!!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thank Dog it's Friday Picture-rama!

We have tons of fun at Howling Hill Dog Boarding... Thanks for checking in- hope to see you and your pups soon!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Memorial Day 2015 is Almost Here!

The first of the Summertime holidays is coming up!  Memorial Day May 25, 2015.  Start Summer off right for you and your dog- make some exciting plans to get away and book your dog a stay at Howling Hill Dog Boarding!   Your pup is sure to have a great time pawtying with their friends this Summer!

 Give us a call soon!  207-272-7917

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pool Days Are Here at Howling Hill!

The pools are out at Howling Hill Dog Boarding!  This is what Summertime fun looks like for your pooch during their stay!

Have your dogs join us at Howling Hill this sunny season.  Give us a call to schedule a kennel tour or to reserve your dogs boarding reservations today.
Thank you! 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Howling Hill is Excited to Sponsor Fun Dog Day 2015!!

Howling Hill is proud to sponsor the 3rd annual Fun Dog Day on June 28, 2015!  It is held at the Oxford ME fairgrounds and is a great fundraising event for the animals waiting for homes at Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills.  This year there will be a lot of great vendors and events for the whole family- including or course, Fido!  Introducing the Walk Challenge!!  Participants are welcome to walk and raise funds with or without a dog!  Will you be taking the Fun Dog Day Walk Challenge?!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Breed of the Day- The Brittany Spaniel!

Howling Hill Dog Boarding has been lucky to host a very adorable and sweet hearted breed.  The Brittany Spaniel.  We just love the long wavy coat and bright orange spots our visitors have had- although we have fun referring to them as red hair and freckles!  Let me introduce you to Dottie and Errol.  They both first visited in the Summer of 2014 and made quite a lasting impression with their gentle affection to the humans and their feisty playfulness with their doggie pals!

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Brittany Spaniels!

The Brittany is a breed of gun dog bred primarily for bird hunting. Although it is often referred to as a Spaniel, the breed's working characteristics are more akin to those of a pointer or setter. Brittanys
were developed in the Brittany province of France between the 17th and 19th centuries, becoming officially recognized early in the 20th.


A Brittany is typically quite athletic, compact, energetic, and solidly built without being heavy. Their heads are of average size with floppy ears, expressions usually of intelligence, vigour, and alertness, and gait elastic, long, and free. The breed's coat color is varied: orange and white coat or liver and white are most common in the American Brittany; other colors include orange roan and liver roan, all of which are acceptable in the show ring. The American Brittany Standard specifies an acceptable tri-color of liver, orange, and white with very specific color placement. Some Brittany's are rarely born with naturally short tails ,and others with long tails which become docked to a length of 3–10 centimeters (1.2–3.9 in)


The Brittany was originally bred as a hunting dog and noted for being easy to train and sweet-natured.  Brittanys can become very shy if not thoroughly socialized at a young age, and even among well-socialized dogs there is significant variation in levels of friendliness.  When well socialized, Brittanys are all around sound dogs, excelling as companions, family pets, field dogs. Eager to please and friendly, they generally learn quickly and are loyal and attached to their owners. They are energetic dogs.

We will be happy to host these two sweeties again soon, and hopefully get to meet some other freckle  faced Brittanys in the future!  Hope you enjoyed reading about this wonderful breed!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Taking Boarding Reservations for May!

Is it really going to be May in a couple of days?! Will your fuzzie be staying at Howling Hill Dog Boarding & Daycare this coming month? I hope so! I've got friends on the calendar each week already! Call to add your pups name to our calendar or to schedule a kennel tour- 
207-272-7917 Thanks!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Spotlight on German Shorthaired Pointers

Howling Hill is lucky to have boarding guests of many different breeds and mixed breeds!  It truly is a huge benefit to running the kennel.  Meeting and getting familiar with lots of unique breeds, thinking about the typical characteristics and appearances and comparing it with what we learn about each visitor first hand!

Today let's learn a little about a beautiful, velvety breed that I have had the pleasure of hosting a whole bunch of times!  The German Shorthaired Pointer.  The pictures show our sweet guests Flint a male GSP, and Mya and Gigi both female GSPs.  These pups are keepers here at the kennel being able to play with other visitors of any temperament and size.


Here is some of the info that Wikipedia has to share about GSPs.

The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) is a medium to large sized breed of dog developed in the 19th century in Germany for hunting, and is a member of the Sporting Group. The precise origin of the German Shorthaired Pointer is unclear. According to the American Kennel Club,[3] it is likely that the GSP is descended from a breed known as the German Bird Dog, which itself is related to the old Spanish pointer introduced to Germany in the 17th century. It is also likely that various German hound and tracking dogs, as well as the English Pointer and the Arkwright Pointer also contributed to the development of the breed. However, as the first studbook was not created until 1870, it is impossible to identify all of the dogs that went into creating this breed. The breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930.

 The colouring of the GSP provides camouflage in the winter seasons.  The color can be a dark brown, correctly referred to in English as "liver", black (although any area of black is cause for disqualification in American Kennel Club sanctioned shows), or either liver and white or black and white.  Commonly the head is a solid or nearly solid color and the body is speckled or "ticked" with liver and white, sometimes with large patches of solid color called "saddles".  It has moderately long floppy ears set high on the head. The eyes are generally brown.  The tail is commonly docked.  Like all German pointers, GSP have webbed feet. They are known for going after water fowl in the water.
Since the German Shorthaired Pointer was developed to be a dog suited to family life as well as a versatile hunter, the correct temperament is that of an intelligent, bold, boisterous, eccentric, and characteristically affectionate dog that is cooperative and easily trained. Shyness, fearfulness, over submissiveness, aloofness, or aggression (especially toward humans) are all less common traits. The GSP is usually good with children, although care should be taken because the breed can be boisterous especially when young. These dogs love interaction with humans and are suitable pets for active families who will give them an outlet for their considerable energy.  Most German shorthaired pointers make excellent watchdogs. The breed generally gets along well with other dogs. A strong hunting instinct is correct for the breed, which is not always good for other small pets such as cats or rabbits. With training, however, the family dog should be able to discern what is prey and what is not, and they can live quite amicably with other family pets. 

The GSP is intelligent and bred for a certain amount of independence (e. g., when a dog is working out of sight or sound of its handler in the field). Along with its superb hunting ability and companionable personality, the intelligence and the obedience of the GSP make it one of the more popular large breeds.

I loved learning about this beautiful and endearing breed.  I am not sure I had ever even met one until we moved to New Gloucester!  Our neighbors had a few, and they also raised one precious litter of puppies yrs. ago.  And now I seem to meet people frequently who have made a GSP a member of their family!  And I can understand why!!

I hope you enjoyed reading about the German Shorthaired Pointer.  And I hope to see you and your favorite breed soon!!  Jessica

Monday, April 27, 2015

Stuffed Kong Toys for Naptime & Evening Enrichment

Howling Hill is happy to offer our boarders healthy and delicious stuffed Kong toys for quiet time enrichment!  We have been giving our own pups stuffed Kong toys regularly, and they love them more than any other toy or treat time, so I thought why not offer this option to the guest dogs as well.  They are offered at $2 each.

Some benefits of opting for a stuffed Kong during your dogs stay are to help with any anxiety or boredom they may experience during down time while you are away.  Not to mention that a stuffed Kong is an exciting and delicious treat.

We stuff the Kongs with yummy combinations of peanut butter, sweet potatoes, healthy biscuits or dry food, cheese, banana, carrots...etc.  Here is the recipe page from Kong's webpage.  Take a look and mix some up yourselves!  Your pup will love you for it!!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Ball Pit Fun at Howling Hill!

We got out the pool and made a ball pit for Howling Hill's boarders to play in this April Vacation.  Well, it's here to stay!  The pups loved it!!  I can't wait to share this activity with future guests through the seasons.  Enjoy these pictures and look for more on the Howling Hill Dog Boarding FB page.  See you soon!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friends Furever at Howling Hill Dog Boarding

Howling Hill has such sweet, fun-loving friends returning to board every season!  Here is a special then and now of Flint the German Shorthair Pointer, and his friend Daisy the Labrador Retriever February Vacation 2014 when they were precious lil puppies...

And meeting up for a ton of fun this April Vacation 2015!!
Friends Furever!! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Join Us for April Vacation 2015!

We are looking forward to a very sweet and playful group visiting throughout April Vacation week!  There is still room to book a stay for your pooches too!  Give us a call soon-  272-7917

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Breed Spotlight- The Boston Terrier

Howling Hill has had the pleasure of making new friends with Kipper!  He is a Boston Terrier.  We were delighted by his busy body, cute tongue, and sweet affection.  It was his first time boarding anywhere and his mum commented, it was Kipper's Big Adventure!

True to his his breed, Kipper was quiet and friendly, making a great impression on human visitors as well as new canine friends!  Here is more about the Boston Terrier taken from Wikipedia:

The Boston terrier breed originated around 1870, when Robert C. Hooper of Boston, purchased a dog Judge from Edward Burnett known later as Hooper's Judge, who was of a Bull and Terrier type lineage. Hooper's Judge is either directly related to the original Bull and Terrier breeds of the 19th and early 20th centuries, or Judge is the result of modern English Bulldogs being crossed into terriers created in the 1860s for show purposes, like the White English Terrier. The American Kennel Club cites Hooper's Judge as the ancestor of almost all true modern Boston Terriers.  While originally bred for fighting as well as hunting rats in garment factories, they were later down bred for companionship. They are not considered terriers by the American Kennel Club, however, but are part of the non-sporting group.

Boston Terriers are compactly built, well proportioned with erect ears, short tails, and a short muzzle that is generally free of wrinkles.  The Boston Terrier is characteristically marked with white in proportion to either black, brindle, seal, or a combination of the three.  According to international breed standard, the dog should weigh no fewer than 10 pounds and no more than 25 pounds. Boston Terriers usually stand 15-17 inches at the withers. The breed requires only a minimum amount of grooming.   

The Boston Terrier is a gentle breed that typically has a strong, happy-go-lucky, and friendly personality. Bostons are generally eager to please their owner and can be trained given a patient owner. Both females and males are generally quiet and bark only when necessary, though early training in this regard is essential. Their usually sensible attitude towards barking makes them excellent choices for apartment dwellers. They enjoy being around people, and, like most dogs, get along well with children, the elderly, other canines, and non-canine pets, if properly socialized.

Above:  Lily and Kipper want... a treat of course!

Look at that leap!  What a nice weekend we had with you Kipper!  Thank you for being such a great ambassador for Boston Terriers everywhere.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Raising Awareness for a Great Cause!

Since Howling Hill Dog Boarding cares for your pets while you are away on vacation, I thought it would be appropriate to let you know about a travel agency in Saco, ME that is donating some proceeds from the vacations that they help you plan to a little girl with a life threatening blood disorder.  I learned about this fund from the FB page Maine Real Dogs Real People.  The Agency is called Cruise One Saco Maine .  And the wonderful program they have benefits Hayley Desjardins of Southern Maine.  To learn more about Hayley click here: Hugs from Hayley    And from the Cruise One Saco website:

About Hayley

In 2008, Hayley Desjardins was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia.  After many treatments she overcame the disease and was in remission until just a few months ago.  Aplastic anemia occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells. Hayley is currently receiving treatment at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland and at Boston Children’s Hospital. However her best treatment option is a bone marrow transplant.

So if your going to go on Holiday... Go On Holiday For Hayley!
Cruise One is organizing a group cruise to benefit Hayley, as well as planning any other vacation getaway they can help you with and donating proceeds from those as well.  Just mention you want to "Go on Holiday for Hayley!"
Howling Hill is not affiliated with Maine Dogs Real People, Hugs From Hayley, or Cruise One Saco.  We are just fans of theirs.  I do happen to be trying to plan to Go on Holiday for Hayley in the Autumn with my son!  
Happy Vacation Planning! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Call for a Spring Kennel Tour!

Giving Kennel tours at Howling Hill today! 3/16/15. Call to get on the schedule!  207-272-7917

If today won't work out- give us a call for a future date that will work for you...

Friday, March 13, 2015

Howling Hill Will Feature Themed Days for April Vacation!

Howling Hill is looking forward to featuring daily themes while your pup stays with us over April Vacation! We are brainstorming all kinds of fun ideas to entertain the pooches and delight their parents.  I wanted to keep the ideas a surprise- but I don't know if I can!!  Maybe I will give details or hints as I firm up a plan-  SO EXCITED!  We are a small capacity boarding kennel, so you may want to get your reservation in sooner than later.  Get your happy pups in on the Spring Fever Buzz!  More info to come...!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Making Mud Season...Fun. Let's Play Barn Hunt!

With all of the melting going on this time of year, I am thinking lots of happy paws and lots of mud. One way I have tackled the mess is by putting down hay until everything dries out.  But I think maybe I can take it one fun step further and set up the play yard as a hay maze or a Barn Hunt.  Have you heard of this super fun dog sport?  Here is the run down about Barn Hunts!!

Taken from

Barn Hunt is a fun and exciting new dog sport. In Barn Hunt, dogs hunt for rats hidden in a straw bale maze. It's a timed event, with levels of difficulty from Novice to Master. There will be ribbons, placements, and titles. Fun tests are already being held across the country and there is tremendous interest.  Barn Hunt opens this fun sport  up to any dog, of any size, type, breed or mix that can fit through an 18″ wide through approximately 22″ high tunnel. 

Of course at Howling Hill we won't be using rules or RATS!  But I am sure we will have a ton of fun using our toys and imaginations with our doggie friends!  Wow, now I am actually excited for some mud, I think?! 

In the meantime, if you think a Barn Hunt is a dog sport that you might like to try with your pup, check out the link above.  They have a calendar and there may be something going on in our area in the future!