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William Wegman – The Hardly Boys

Photographer William Wegman is well known for the photos of his Weimaraners.  A show called William Wegman:  Hello Nature at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine which runs until October 21, 2012  shows the side of Wegman that isn’t so focused on his dogs but rather his attachment to Maine.

The exhibit will include an airing of Wegman’s documentary The Hardly Boys, which features his dogs but was also filmed in Maine.  The film is a spoof of the detective novels featuring The Hardy Boys.  Courtesy of YouTube, here’s an excerpt from that documentary (complete with subtitles).

Sea burials for your pet

New England Burials at Sea offers a special service for pet burials at sea along the US coastline from Maine to Miami.

The most common service is for scattering of cremation ash, although the company also offers organic cotton shrouds for full body burials by enquiry.

The company was founded by Brad White, a self-confessed dog lover and owner of Schipperkes who understands that pets are part of the family.

Ceremonies start at $95.0o.  A poem is usually read after the ashes are scattered, followed by flowers or wreaths that are placed on the water.  Owners can email a photo of their pet to Captain Brad before their charter so a photo of their pet is included on the sea burial certificate.   The burial certificate records the date, time, and latitude and longitude (location) where the ashes were scattered.  Many charters are unattended by the pet’s family, but in one case Captain Brad says that over 40 people attended a pet farewell ceremony on his boat.

Read more about the pet burial service here.

A quick Google search shows that there are several other firms offering pet burials at sea.  They are:

San Diego Burial at Sea

Newport Landing Burial at Sea (Los Angeles area)

A Burial at Sea Maritime Funeral Services (Rhode Island)

Amazing Gracie’s Pet Burials at Sea (San Diego area)

The Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Among a growing number of dog-friendly accommodation options in the US, the Inn by the Sea sets itself apart by offering dog-friendly accommodation combined with support of locally made dog products.

When you book their Inncredible Pets package you and your dog receive:

  • a minimum of 2 nights in a single bedroom suite
  • a dog toy that is made in Maine
  • a personalised LL Bean dog bed (these beds are known for their quality and durability and LL Bean is a flagship retailer in Maine)
  • a 30-minute in-room dog massage to help your dog work out the kinks of the trip
  • a nightly entree from the Inn’s pet menu
  • a nightly pet turndown service that rewards you dog with a locally made dog treat

This package currently starts at US$472.21 per night for a garden suite (higher rates for a spa suite or at peak times).

The Inn is located on popular Crescent Beach which does not allow dogs in the summer months of April – October.  Inn staff can advise you on beaches that allow dogs during these times.

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand