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!  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Howling Hill Loves Instagram

Did you guys know Howling Hill is on Instagram?!  It was quite a long time before I actually checked Instagram out, but I really like it.  If you have an account- come on and follow ours!  Here is the link:

Monday, March 2, 2015

Our Featured Friend Cooper, the Wheaten Terrier

Aren't you just fascinated by dog breeds?!  I sure am.  And that is one thing that makes taking care of your pooches all the more enjoyable.  Please meet our sweet friend Cooper the Wheaten Terrier.  He is one of our very first boarding guests- and one of our most recent visitors this past week.  His teddy bear looks and his adorable woof n' hop will capture anyone's heart.

Here is a little about the breed taken from Wikipedia.

The Wheaten was bred in Ireland for over 200 years to be an all-purpose farm dog whose duties included herding, watching and guarding livestock, and vermin hunting and killing.  The Wheaten Terrier is an energetic and playful dog. It requires patience and consistent positive training.  Wheatens can get along well with other dogs if properly socialised. They are extremely friendly and loving pets. Wheatens are very protective of their families and, although they may bark an alert at strangers, they rarely get aggressive. Many Wheaten owners thus say they make great watch dogs, but poor guard dogs. Wheatens are a great dog for kids and are generally friendly towards them.  The Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized dog, which ranges on average from 17 to 19 inches (43 to 48 cm)in height and about 30 to 45 pounds (14 to 20 kg) in weight. The breed has a square structure and is well built. Its hair does not shed like most dogs; like human hair and Poodle hair, it keeps growing; they do need trimming and should be brushed and combed once a day to avoid mats. They are very smart dogs, and are easy to train. They love people, and they rarely have 
aggression issues.

Cooper- thank you for being a shining ambassador for Wheaten Terriers everywhere!