A chance for pets to put their best paw forward



WINTER HARBOR — Dogs and cats are invited to this seaside village Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to immortalize their paw print for a good cause.

Artisans & Antiques on Main Street is staging the benefit for Hardy’s Friends, which provides food, services and sometimes shelter for needy pets and their owners.

Tile artist Kim Walker, an artisan who sells her tiles in the shop, will be making the pet paw tiles outside with Susan Burke, founder of Hardy’s Friends.

The shop also will be selling pet related items such as doggie soap, small dog jackets, Bella Boo’s Blue treats and felt cat toys with part of the proceeds going to Hardy’s Friends.

Walker said she will make two 4-inch-by-4-inch tiles for each pet. The cost is $32.

One tile will go to the customer and the other will go the Ark Shelter where the pet’s paw will be immortalized on the donor wall.

“I make a tile with wet clay and then they press their paw into the clay,” Walker said. “Then I let it dry and fire it twice and glaze it. It’s very durable.”

She said the pet’s name is etched with alphabet noodles, pressed into the clay and then burned into permanence in the kiln.

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]

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