Breed rescue groups save unwanted pets


DEAR SUN SPOTS: Does anyone have a male cocker spaniel that they can no longer care for? We are looking for a white cocker with buff ears and buff patches. He must be neutered, under the age of 5, healthy, playful and friendly with other dogs. We have a large fenced-in yard and can give him a good life.

We lost our cocker spaniel of 14 years in February and would dearly love to have another white and buff cocker. If anyone knows of one that needs a new home with lots of love and attention, please give me a call at 674-2334. Thank you. — Dianne, West Paris

ANSWER: Many breeds have groups that specialize in rescue and rehabilitation of unwanted or maltreated pets. For cocker spaniels, you can contact Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England, P.O. Box 162, Greenfield, NH 03047, 603-547-3363, [email protected] If you have online access, you can visit the website at and see pictures of some of the dogs available for adoption.

These groups do terrific and much-needed work, saving dogs from puppy mills and neglectful and abusive homes. It sounds like you could offer a wonderful home to one of these cocker spaniels.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Governor’s Restaurant, 1185 Lisbon St., has finished up its second annual April campaign to support the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society at 55 Strawberry Ave. During the month of April, we raised $1,300, which included 10 percent of the total sales from April 19, staff donations, cash donations by our guests and T-shirt and sweatshirt sales for the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.

That total doesn’t count another $200 plus in donation of supplies, including at least 50 pounds of food and 30 pounds of litter that the GAHS can use for its mission. We would like to thank all of you who helped us in support of them.

The winner of the $25 Governor’s gift card drawing for donation of supplies or purchases of T-shirts was Denise Blanchette. Thanks again, and we hope that next April we will see you all again for another successful campaign. — Matthew Agren

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have an older model Bolens snow blower that runs fine except for one issue. No matter how long I use it, the engine keeps revving up and down even when the choke is wide open. I think it may be an adjustment problem, but I know nothing about small engine repair work.

I am hoping one of your readers would be willing to help me out with it. I have been unemployed for almost two years now and cannot afford to take it to a shop, nor do I have a pickup truck.

I am willing to pay someone but cannot give what a shop would get. It really is a good a machine but just need the help to get it going the way it should. I can be reached at 786-3750 or [email protected] Thank you very much. — Joe Mailey, Auburn

ANSWER: Sun Spots has received several letters from readers who are looking for — and have been unable to find — someone to snow blow their driveways. Perhaps one of your neighbors would be willing to trade some work on your snow blower in return for your clearing their driveway next winter?

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have a Seth Thomas windup steeple clock that needs repair. Do you or anyone in the area know of someone who might help me? I do not know the age of the clock.? It acts like it might be wound too tight. Thank you. — No Name, Turner

ANSWER: Harry Hepburn III says he has fixed hundreds of clocks like yours. You can call him at 583-2821 to arrange to drop off your clock.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Is there any greenhouse that has Oxheart tomato plants for sale? If any reader has two or three plants they could spare, please call or write: 213 Titcomb Hill Road No. A2, Farmington, ME 04938, 779-1978, [email protected] Thank you. — Milton Weeks

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