Road Trip For Good: The 7 Greatest Things To Do With Your Dog In Maine

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

August 1, 2016

This article is part of our Road Trip for Good series with the incredible humans behind the popular 2 Traveling Dogs! Each week they will share their adventure in a new state, and their pups, Peanut Butter Brickle and Digby Pancake, will pick their favorite “Marked Territories.”  Each state will highlight one special rescue organization that is doing fantastic work to help the dog community.  For more detailed coverage, be sure to visit!”


With over 3,000 miles of coastline, unique farms, food, and welcoming people, you and your dog will want to plan a trip to Maine now! Geographically, Maine is bigger than the other five New England States combined, and it has a personality to match.  Stop on the side of the road and pick wild blueberries, gaze up at a lighthouse or head to Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the United States east coast.  Maine will leave you wanting more, and it will be a place you visit over and over again with your best friend.  Before hitting the trails and grabbing a blueberry pie, head to the SPCA Of Hancock County in Trenton, Maine to find a local, barking travel partner!

Brickle and Digby’s Paw-Picked Maine Rescue: SPCA Of Hancock County


Many animal rescuers and shelters in our country have an overwhelming job. From balancing their own community’s rescue efforts with a bigger picture of saving animals in other states, we get stressed out just thinking about their jobs! Every one of these shelter employees and volunteers has a life outside of the shelter and many times, more than one job to make ends meet.  Part of the reason we are showcasing a rescue, shelter or organization in each state we visit is that we think the folks who keep the show running deserve recognition, and for others to know all of the good they are doing! The SPCA of Hancock County is a shelter that does it all, and the people there are happy to do it. Hopefully, their people, their region of the country and their animals will inspire you to do good as well. In this world of ours, we need people like those at the SPCA here in Maine.


The core beliefs that the SPCA Of Hancock County shared with us are simple: Firstly, all animals deserve respectful, loving and humane treatment. Secondly, animals enrich people’s lives and create life long bonds.  They take these beliefs and run their shelter accordingly in a structured yet fun way.  We felt the love when we were greeted by the shelter’s director, Diana de los Santos.  She greeted us with open arms, a smile, and a welcoming spirit as soon as we pulled in the parking lot.

We were given a full tour of their facility, and then met the wonderful dogs there, many like Jimmy who has been at the shelter for months.


Have they given up on Jimmy finding his forever family, even though he has been overlooked due to breed stereotypes?  Of course not! We met John who calls Jimmy his special project.  You can see Jimmy’s many tricks and incredibly sweet personality in our latest episode of “Stop Hounding Me”.  We know you will feel the love among all of the people and dogs like Jimmy they have helped. Is Jimmy your new, Maine travel buddy? We hope so!

You may see a shelter or rescue organization and admire them for the work they do.  But have you ever thought about the daily issues that go into what they do?  Diana told us the story of a dog who found himself brought to the SPCA of Hancock County by his owner. Even though he was a playfully mischievous, happy dog, his owner still surrendered him, describing him as an “idiot.”  Why was this story important?  It’s important because in hearing tales like these, we realize again and again that shelter workers and rescues do miracles, and can remain calm in the face of so much injustice towards animals like this.

Every anecdote like this affect our hearts in some way when we do these visits. We know this happens all across the country, but seeing it in person, and meeting the people who deal with this on a daily basis, like the SPCA of Hancock County, we KNOW that we must let others know about them!


This truly special group works together in Trenton, Maine under the guidance of its amazing director, Diana. Diana explained to us how the community rescues, shelters and animal control work together to help animals. They may all have different approaches, but their end goal is the same:  to have every animal in a safe, happy and loving home. Until that time comes, the SPCA of Hancock County is doing everything that they can, which is very expensive. some of the ways they raise funds in order to keep doing what they do is through events and recycling at the shelter. Maine is an incredibly beautiful state and the SPCA Of Hancock County only adds to its beauty.


No one may see their daily struggles and the volunteers who come here regularly, but we took notice, and hope that they continue what they do for the fortunate animals in their care and community.  See their animals for adoption,find out how you can volunteer how you can donate and other ways you can help!


We thank the SPCA of Hancock County for allowing us to visit, for showing us around and inspiring us to keep going on this Road Trip For Good!

After you have adopted a dog like Jimmy, prepare for one of the best vacations ever with Brickle and Digby’s recommended Maine travel destinations!

1. Hike To See The Sunrise At Maine’s Highest Point


Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is worth getting out of bed early.  Touted to be the best sunrise spot in all of Maine, there are multiple trails leading to the top.  If you or your dog is not in top physical condition, you can also drive to a parking area and see the beauty from the highest point on the East Coast.

2.Stay At A Bed And Breakfast With Your Dog


In a 1860’s farmhouse, the Paws Inn located near Bethel is casual hospitality at its finest!  With a friendly owner, delicious breakfasts and mountain views, you will never want to leave Maine.  They even offer dog daycare, nearby ski resorts and uniquely themed guest rooms.

3.  Sail On A Mailboat


Departing out of Portland, the Mailboat Cruise is a great afternoon activity for relaxation and sightseeing.  Your dog is welcome to cruise with you on a true working boat, carrying passengers, mail and freight to the islands of Casco Bay.  As the longest operating service of its kind, this is a great way to see Maine! Check their website for updated departure times.

4.  Hike Across The Ocean At Low Tide


You may think your dog walks on water, but now you both can at this unique trail to Bar Island with the trailhead located in Bar Harbor.  At low tide, the island becomes accessible by foot across a natural gravel land bridge.  Before going, check for the local times of low tide and allow yourself and your dog plenty of  time so that you will not get stuck on the island! Be prepared for one of the most unique hikes you will ever go on with your best friend.

5.  Enjoy Maine’s Short Summer With Popovers


After all your sightseeing and trail blazing, you will want to take a break. Head to Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park. Jordan Pond House has been serving popovers and tea since the 1890s!  Dining on the lawn has been an uninterrupted summer tradition since this time. Afternoon tea with popovers remains a popular, not-to-be-missed tradition on a visit to Acadia. Your leashed, well-behaved dog is welcome to sit at your feet outside and enjoy Maine’s beautiful summer weather while you enjoy some delicious, local, often organic food.  Make sure to call for reservations as this is a very pupular place!  With views and food like this, you will see why.

6.  Watch The Sunset At A Working Lighthouse


Located in Trenton, Bass Harbor Head Light will take you to a different place.  To watch the sunset while listening to the buoy bells in the ocean is an experience you and your dog will not soon forget.  With short hikes to beautiful vistas, take a camera, but watch your footing.  At night, when the lighthouse illuminates its beauty into the expansive ocean scenery, you will stop and wonder where Maine has been all of your life.

7.  Make Your Dog The Best Blueberry Pie Ever


You probably think of a few foods when you think of Maine and New England. Lobster and seafood are plentiful, but so are wild, fresh, delicious blueberries! When you’re in Maine, you can find wild blueberries everywhere!  Over 90% of the country’s blueberries come from Maine, and you will taste why.  Pick a few, or a lot, and head to the kitchen to make a simple sugar-free pie that you and your dog can share.

Be sure to check 2 Traveling Dog’s pupcoming schedule to see if Brickle and Digby will be in your neighborhood!

Next stop…Vermont!

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

August 1, 2016