You have a decent career job, friends who are good enough to throw back a few beers with on the weekends, and a nice home in a state you love. You may or may not be single, but it’s fine either way because there’s always Tinder. Yet, despite your apparent success, there’s something missing. Ah! Yes, a dog. We’ve done our due diligence and found the perfect rescue dog for residents of all 50 states. This week, we’re taking a tip from native Mainiac Stephen King.
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The culinary world knows Maine best for its lobster, and tourists best know it for Acadia National Park, with its rocky beaches and lovely peaks. But avid readers and horror junkies know Maine best for the the fictional town of Castle Rock, which was terrorized by the fictional Saint Bernard in Stephen King’s novel Cujo. Though Cujo’s fate took a turn for the terrifying, it’s important to note that he was a wonderful family dog before getting bitten by a rabid bat. Stephen King is a Maine resident and dog owner himself, and his instinct to write a Saint Bernard as an originally idyllic Maine dog was right on. They would make a great Maine pet—remember Cujo was, after all, completely fiction.
Originally bred in the Swiss Alps to rescue lost or injured travelers, beautiful and mighty Saint Bernards have a history of human service. They are made for the cold mountain air and will not be intimidated by Maine’s frigid, snowy winters. In fact, Saint Bernards will wilt in hot weather. Many residents in Maine live in areas that are rather remote, the nearest neighbor a car drive away. If it is loneliness in Maine you fear, a Saint Bernard would be a great companion. They are incredibly friendly, loving, patient, and affectionate dogs, and are fantastic gentle giants for those of you raising children.
If you’re ready to open your Maine home to a Saint Bernard rescue, here are some great resources to help in your adoption process.