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{FROM THE EDITOR} A new page has turned at CityDog Magazine (no pun intended) as we welcome the newest member to our pack. After the passing of my 11-year-old boxer and best friend, Scout, it felt like a huge void in our home. I felt it and I know Ziggy felt it, too. So, after a period of grieving (for both Ziggy and I), it was time to start anew, and bring that boxer energy back into our life. And, energy we did... in the form of 3 ½-year-old Thya (pronounced thee-ya), whom I adopted through Northwest Boxer Rescue Group in August! She is a petite, little brindle boxer, full of energy, spunk and of course, love. And, just last week, she went on her first CityDog assignment with Ziggy and I to check out Long Beach, Wash. (pictured above) and Cannon Beach, Ore., which will both be featured in the next issue. Speaking of issues, this issue is our best! By “best” I mean the best of the West as it pertains to all things dog—and that’s exactly what you will find starting on page 26. We’ve picked our favorites for 2013, from the best winter cabin retreat to the best place to grab a pint with your pooch. Looking for the best place to say “I do?” We have that, too and more! However the best of West is not just limited

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to pages 26 through 29. This entire issue is filled with nothing but the best. Turn to page 22 and you will learn about our recent visit to Lake Chelan, which boasts 300 days of sunshine for year-round doggie fun. Or page 19, where Deanna Duff writes about her visit to the Kennedy School, an incredibly unique and dog-friendly hotel in Portland, Ore. Another favorite of mine, also written by Ms. Duff, is this issue’s Unleashed, which features the amazingly talented dancers—and of course their dogs—of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. As in every issue of CityDog, this issue also features a plethora of cool products (many of them made in the West) that we know you and your pooch will dig (page 10) and a calendar of events, packed with the best places to go and things to do with your dog in Seattle, Portland and beyond (page 36). As you can see, we have a mission at CityDog Magazine, and that is to bring you nothing but the best as it pertains to life and living with your dog in the West! Brandie Ahlgren, Founder & Editor CityDog Magazine |

{about the cover} Gracing this issue’s cover is English bulldog Beni. Sadly, shortly before her cover shoot, Beni was diagnosed with stage 5 lymphoma and passed away on Sept. 23rd in the comfort of her home, surrounded by loved ones. We feel blessed to have met Beni and thank her mom, Michelle Rutledge, for sharing her with us.

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{favorite recipes} give your dog a bone

Pumpkin Pie Biscuits Yields 30 biscuits These biscuits are perfect for the holidays and smell just like pumpkin pie. Use a tree or bone-shaped cookie cutter for added fun. 1½ cups unbleached flour 1 cup rolled oats 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger 2 tablespoons canola oil ½ cup pumpkin purée ¼ cup natural unsalted peanut butter ¼ cup filtered water 1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. 2. Measure the flour, rolled oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and ginger into a mixing bowl. Whisk till combined. 3. Make a well in the flour and add the canola oil. Mix on medium speed using a paddle attachment till crumbly. Add the pumpkin and peanut butter, and stir till combined. 4. Add the water all at once and mix until dough forms and all the ingredients are combined. 5. Turn the dough out onto a slightly floured surface and gently knead until dough is smooth and soft. Roll the dough ¼-inch thick, and cut the biscuits into desired shapes with cookie cutters. 6. Place the biscuits on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake 12–15 minutes until they are dry and firm to the touch. Turn the oven off and leave the biscuits in another 20–30 minutes. Remove them from the oven, cool them on a baking rack, and store them in a cookie tin. Courtesy of The Everything Cooking For Dogs Book: 150 Quick Recipes Your Dog Will Love! By Lisa Fortunato (Adams Media, $12.95)

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Devoted By rebecca ascher-walsh books we love As pet lovers know, the bond between owner and dog can be incredibly powerful. In Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life with Dogs, author Rebecca AscherWalsh celebrates the special connection between hound and human and shares heartwarming, true stories of dogs who have enriched and often saved lives, from calming children who have experienced trauma, to detecting cancer to inspiring their owners to find new purpose in life.

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All-Organic Executive chef and owner Maria Hines eats organic. She serves her customers at Tilth all-organic. So, why wouldn’t her six-month-old great Dane Woodford (pictured here) and her three-year-old viszla Cedar eat organic, too? Chef Maria, winner of the 2009 James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest and owner of Tilth restaurant in Wallingford, shares one of her favorite, all-organic recipes to feed her four-legged family members. Photo by Julie Clegg

Woodford’s Organic Turkey Burger (please use all organic ingredients) 8 oz. ½ ⅛ c. ⅛ c.

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Method: Mix all ingredients together and form two burger patties. In a non-stick pan heat up the olive oil and place patties in pan. Cook for 4-6 minutes on each side.

Unlikely Loves By jennifer s. holland books we love Unlikely Friendships, by Jennifer S. Holland, won the hearts of readers around the world, and now, filled with even more unbelievably cute photos, Unlikely Loves: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom, explores animal attachments that, in human terms, can only be called love. Packed with aww-inspiring, full-color photography, the 43 brand-new stories in Unlikely Loves are insightful tales about love and commitment between the oddest of couples in the animal kingdom.

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{cool products} what’s cool for hot dogs Fall is here and with it, much cheer for two- and fourlegged alike. From cozy blankets to toasty beds, we found the cool products you and your pooch will dig. Lean. Lickable. Love. u Convenient and innovative, leanlix is a lickable and low calorie dog treat delivery system, perfect for training. Each leanlix flavor has been carefully crafted by the personal experiences of Seattle resident and leanlix founder Sharon DaDalto. With names like Cupcake on the Counter, One and Only Strawberry, Run-a-way Frank, we dog lovers can relate.

t Zee is for Dog New York-based Zee.Dog has dedicated its design efforts to create the coolest looking pet products in the world, with equal efforts dedicated to functionality and comfort—and this definitely comes across in their collars and leashes. With countless colors and patterns to choose from, your dog will definitely be the coolest cat in town!

Pictured below: Romy + Jacob Pet Lover Clutch (for more cool products by Romy + Jacob, see page 12).

Snuggle Up Butter Cup u Is it a sleeping bag? Is it a mat? Or is it a bolster bed? How about all of the above. San Francisco-based P.L.A.Y. has introduced a new Snuggle Bed that gives finicky fur kids the ultimate versatility and comfort in a plush bed. The Snuggle Bed is available in four luxurious colors at or 10 • CityDog Magazine

Sweet Dreams for Fido u Sweet dreams start with the perfect bed and the Nature Nap pet bed by West Paw Design is where doggie dreams begin. The custom designed fabric has a poly-knit backing, with an extra layer of padding to create a raised edge for added support and comfort. Earth tone colors make these mats the perfect companion for your canine companion, with matching toys to boot! $25 to $79 at or

t Love Thy Beast Feel the love in every stitch that goes into a Love Thy Beast product, from the company’s canvas collars and leashes to a handy color-blocked canvas pouch for all of your pooch necessities. The company also makes a cool canvas tote to carry your littlest loved ones. Prices vary at

Zip It With a ProZip u The ProZip track jacket by West Paw Design is perfect for dogs on the run, or for those who prefer super stylish strolls through the park. Available in four Fall colors, each features a contrasting zipper that opens from the back for easy-on, easy-off. $60 at or

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{cool products} what’s cool for hot dogs If You Lie Down with Dogs, You Get Up with Fleas u We forgive our founding father Benjamin Franklin for this warning about the company you keep, because, well...there is no other company we would rather keep than the company of dogs and that includes where we sleep. You might even say, we are dog codependent. For dog addicts everywhere, the Dog. Codependent sleepshirt by Dog is Good says it all. $29.99 at

p Tangarine Dream The Whisper Fleece pullover hoodie and blanket in tangerine by Romy + Jacob are what dreams are made of... both get fluffier and softer with each wash. And, combined with an “I Heart Dogs” pillow, it’s sweet dreams for you and Fido. If tangerine is not your thing, all three come in a variety of vibrant colors including neon pink, aqua and chocolate (see more blanket colors below). The company also makes accessories for people. Prices vary at

p Scruffy Chops With ingredients like dead sea minerals, aloe vera, oatmeal, vitamin E, pro vitamin B5, shea butter and jojoba seed oil, ScruffyChops shampoos and conditioners take a bite out of itchy skin. And, with mouth-watering allergen free fragrances like Rhubarb & Custard, bath time is sure to be a blast.

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p Cool Cats and Mod Dogs We dig the mid-century designs of ModPet’s doggie day beds and feeders. Perfect for small dogs (and cats, too), each bed is hand crafted using furniture grade materials including faux leather and micro-suede upholstery fabrics, available in a variety of colors. Feeders come in two sizes and feature four color choices. For mod dogs and cool cats, these beds are the bomb. Prices vary at

t Romy + Jacob Pet Lover Canvas tote (for more cool stuff by Romy + Jacob, see previous page).

p Dog. Codependent Dog is Good does it again with another comfy tee, this time in a beautiful teal color. Like the Dog. Codependent sleepshirt on the previous page, this tee is the perfect gift for dog addicts everywhere. $23.99 at

Play Time for Your Pooch u This new line of deliciously soft plush toys is made by our friends at P.L.A.Y. Each toy features the same furniture grade fabric for durability and filler made with 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles for eco-friendliness. The Under the Sea Collection consists of five plush toys: a Crab, Giant Clam, Giant Squid, Green Sea Turtle and Starfish and can be purchased individually or as a set. Best of the West 2013 • 13

{cool products} what’s cool for hot dogs The City You Love...u Our mantra is enjoy the city you love with the four-legged love of your life and now your city dog can do just that while sporting a Seattle Skyline collar. Each collar is hand made with love by Lodi and Lewi, located in Port Ludlow, Wash. You can find these and many more styles at BI Barkery on Bainbridge Island or

t Toasty Pup Tart With this bed, your little pup tart will be nice and toasty and comfy...and cute...all at the same time. Each bed is handmade to order by The Toasty Bed Company in Toronto, Canada, using cozy sherpa fabric on top and super durable fabric on the sides and bottom. The filling is solid foam that can be removed for washings. Perfect for small and medium-sized dogs (and cats, too). $98 at

We Love Wearable Art u Wearable art is where it’s at, especially when it features your favorite hound. These bangle bracelets by EFK Wearable Art can be worn together or separately and come in four pooch patterns: Dachshund, Basset Hound, Greyhound and Beagle. $22 each, with more styles available at

t A Glass Act These pet food bowls by PawNosh are not only beautiful, they are eco-friendly. Made with 100% post-consumer recycled glass, PawNosh has made it its mission to make safe, sustainable and responsibly-produced products for your four-legged friend, resulting in bowls that are non-toxic and free of chemicals that can leach into your pet’s food and water. $55 at

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Tag your love, love your tag! You love your dog, but do you love their tag? Sophia Maxim Design presents exclusive fine jewelry tags and coordinated signature collars and leashes. Sophia Maxim Design is dedicated to the sophisticated dog and their fashion-forward owners. This is just the beginning for the welldressed dog!

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For those that want to keep their furry loved ones seen and safe on dark winter mornings and nights, the German-engineered Glowdoggie™ LED collar provides the ultimate, quality solution. 100% waterproof, extremely durable and guaranteed for two years. From $49.99, exclusively at

Fresh Dog® is a new line of innovative products designed to keep best friends smelling as fresh as they feel. The signature product is a 100% natural deodorizing powder. Featuring a refreshing scent of lavender and rosembary, it instantly freshens your dog—the ultimate fast fix for dirty fur! Is your dog a FRESH dog?® For more information, visit Fresh Dog® at Best of the West 2013 • 15

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cave b estate winery resort & spa

Perched 900 feet above the Columbia River, Cave B Inn is a one-of-a-kind destination that celebrates wine, food and of course, dogs.

Top from left: Rusty relaxes outside the “Cave” at Cave B Inn; the dog-friendly Desert Yurts sit under a blanket of stars. Above: In the Tasting Room, one of Cave B’s signature wines, Caveman Red. 16 • CityDog Magazine

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Located in the heart of Washington State and Columbia River Wine Country, with the Gorge Amphitheater on one side and panoramic views on the other, Cave B Estate Winery & Resort is one of our all-time favorite places to visit with our pooch. In fact, this is our second visit to Cave B, but the first since they added yurts to their repetoire—dog friendly yurts! On our last visit, we stayed in one of the resort’s gorgeous and dog friendly Cliffehouses, which feature floor to ceiling windows, separate seating area and bedroom, with a two-sided gas fireplace in between, high curved ceilings and wood floors, soaking tub and separate Italian granite shower, luxurious king-size bed, and French doors that open to an outdoor patio area, where you can enjoy the spectacular sunset over the Columbia River. Pure heaven, especially with a glass of Caveman Red in your hand and a hound by your side. Equally divine, but a bit more rustic, are the resort’s recently added Desert Yurts. There are 25 yurts in all, perched on a hillside overlooking the property with sweeping views of the Gorge and surrounding vineyard. And, just because they are more rustic than say, a Cliffehouse, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort. Each yurt features a private bathroom, with walk-in shower, sofa, table and chairs, mini-fridge, teapot, and Ipod docking station. The décor is minimalist, but hey, it’s a yurt. Really, all the décor you need is the cool skydome, perfect for stargazing while relaxing with Rover in the comfort of your king sized bed. Once we drop off our gear at the yurts, Julie and I venture over to Cave B ’s Tasting Room, with our new pal and model for the day, golden retriever Rusty. Winemaker Alfredo “Freddy” Arredondo is there to greet us and get us started with tasting the inn’s amazing range of varietals, all grown on the estate. Today, Freddy has picked six wines for us to sample, out of the 20-plus wines available. We start with a 2011 Semillon, followed by my favorite, a 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. Next we try a 2012 Saignée, followed by another one of my favorites, a 2010 Cabernet Franc. The deliciousness continues with a 2010 Tempranillo and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Yum! While the Tasting Room itself is not dog friendly, Rusty joins us on the patio, where we kick back, sip awardwinning wine and enjoy the view. Life is good.

But, life is about to get even better. Following our tasting, it’s time to head to Tendrils, Cave B’s gourmet restaurant, headed by executive chef Adam Johnson. Tonight’s menu is prix fixe, starting with pan seared, melt-in-your-mouth scallops. To cleanse our pallet between appetizer and entrée, we are treated to a chilled watermelon soup. The coup de grace is a perfectly prepared duck breast, served over risotto, topped with a tart, but savory Clockwise from top: A sweeping view of the Columbia cherry glaze. Wow! However, River Gorge from Cave B; executive chef Adam Johnson; estate cherries adorn a perfectly prepared duck breast. no meal is complete without dessert, so...twist our arm...we enjoy chocoWay! Being out of the city definitely has its late lava cake, topped with bourbon carmel perks and the perks continue as we head and candied walnuts. Chef Johnson’s menu into the new day! is amazing, with items like crispy braised After a relaxing morning at the yurt, we Carlton Farms pork belly, served with tiger head back to Tendrils for brunch, this time prawns and creamy grits or sage roasted enjoying the expansive outdoor patio, where Oregon pheasant, with grilled spring onions, dogs are welcome. Brunch selections include new potatoes and estate cherries. It is worth brioche French toast with orange marmalade noting that a wide variety of organic fruits, and build-your-own omelets. Order a side vegetables and herbs are grown in the Chef’s of smoked pepper bacon or chicken apple Garden, located near Cave B’s main Inn, and sausage and your brunch is complete! used in many of Tendrils’ dishes. Following brunch, the next order of Post-dinner, we take the 10 minute walk business to work off some calories with a back to the yurt and the sky above us is a hike on the Columbia River Trail. Taking blanket of stars—we can even see the Milky

you off the plateau and down into the gorge, the trail consists of both flat and moderately steep terrain along a marked trail. As the trail finishes its western descent to the gorge floor, it opens to the Columbia River, where you will find a rocky beach, with Bird Island just to the South—a popular landing area for migrating birds. For a longer hike, take the Waterfall Loop Trail, which takes you even deeper into the gorge to Fitzpatrick WaterBest of the West 2013 • 17

fall. Combined with the Columbia River Trail, the hike takes about three hours, so bring plenty of water to keep you and your canine companion hydrated. Back at the resort, a post-hike visit to the Spa at Cave B Inn is a must. The Spa offers a wide range of services including Swedish, hot stone and deep tissue massage plus body treatments that include a lavender sea salt exfoliation wrap and “vinotherapy,” from a signature Cave B wine facial to Pinot Noir body polish. This is a winery, afterall! Another feature of Cave B Inn’s (among its many), is its proximity to the Gorge Amphitheater—right next door, as a matter of fact! As you probably know, between May 18 • CityDog Magazine

and October, the Gorge hosts a star-studded lineup of performers like Dave Matthews, Tom Petty, John Mayer and many others. However, book early, because—not surprisingly, Cave B sells out. For a schedule of concerts at the Gorge, visit Whether you visit for a concert, or simply to get away from the city (it’s only a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle), Cave B Estate Winery & Resort will not disappoint, especially while in the company of your dog. The food is amazing, the wine is divine, the yurts are comfy and cozy, the scenery is spectacular— and most importantly, your canine travel companion is treated like the VIP he is—a Very Important Pet, that is!

More Information Cave B Estate Winery & Resort 344 Silica Road, NW, Quincy Wash. Phone: 888.785.2283; Rates for a Desert Yurt range from $169 to $379 (available April-Oct.); rates for a Cliffehouse start at $219 (available yearround). Rate does not include $30 pet fee. To see more photos from our visit to Cave B Inn, please visit Clockwise from top: Rusty and his mom Kathy take a stroll through the vineyard to the main Inn, Rusty relaxes on the yurt’s king-sized bed; each dog-friendly Desert Yurt enjoys sweeping views of the vineyard and Columbia River Gorge.

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school Northeast Portland’s McMenamins Kennedy School is a hotel where both dogs and guests are welcome to stay long after the bell rings.

written by deanna duff Photos courtesy of the kennedy school

The Kennedy School has been the heart of Portland’s Alberta neighborhood since 1915 and was open as an elementary school until 1975. After years of neglect, the principal’s bell rang again in 1997 celebrating the school’s rebirth as a hotel. The longstanding, front flagpole now greets guests—both furry and not. “Everyone loves what we’ve done to the place,” says Daniel Barton, sales manager at McMenamins. “It’s so much fun to sleep in a former classroom or drink a beer in the cafeteria.” On a late summer day, a family checks in at reception, the same front desk that welcomed thousands of students. Old-fashioned room keys are distributed. The parents grab the luggage and the children begin to skip down the wide, wooden-floor hallways. A shaggy, golden retriever’s tail disappears around the corner after them. A stay at the Kennedy School is an education in fun. The property offers 57 rooms. The one-story layout is the same as when the school was built. Original classrooms were divided in half to form 35 guest rooms where pets are welcome to stay. They are creatively named after favorite teachers and subjects—Recess Room, Music Room, Mrs. Palmer’s Room. Accommodations are 450-500 square feet and spacious enough to accommodate pets and rollaway beds for additional guests such as children (the twolegged kind). Rooms are outfitted with retro-modern furnishings. Many light fixtures are custom-made by Portland’s Rejuvenation and Hippo Hardware to resemble schoolhouse originals. “The rooms have beautiful, high ceilings,” says Barton. “They’re all outward facing with oversize windows that let in lots of natural light.” The windows overlook landscaped gardens and courtyards. Much of the original woodwork was preserved as were the cloakrooms and built-in cabinets. Bookshelves come pre-stocked with reading material. Most rooms contain the original chalkboards. Guests are greeted with personalized messages from the staff or leave artwork of their own.

Top from left: Kennedy’s canine ambassador Archie; the“Maypole Mural” captures an annual tradition. Above: Custom features create a cool atmosphere.

Dogs of all sizes are welcome. Locally-sourced dog treats are provided as well as food and water bowls. If your family includes more than dogs, other pets are invited, too. Guests have checked in with parrots and even pet monkeys! Best of the West 2013 • 19

The brand-new English wing opened in December 2012. The expansion added 22 rooms. Each boasts a literary theme ranging from Henry Miller’s Tropic of Capricorn to longtime Portland resident Beverly Cleary and her Ramona series, a children’s classic. Rooms include customdesigned artwork—paintings of the author’s characters, oversized passages of text and unique headboards. The EngClockwise from top: A guest room at Kennedy School; lish Wing’s more intimatelysized rooms are not available Archie makes himself at home in one of the school’s dog-friendly rooms; an outdoor, private swimming pool. to canine companions. Portland is a food destination. However, guests of the Kennedy School don’t need to leave the grounds for a culinary adventure. There are five restaurants and bars onsite with something for everyone.

The restaurant overlooks a lush courtyard, which previously served as a recess area. Inside, a firmament of light fixtures adorn the ceiling—Chinese lanterns, tilecovered globes and vintage glass pieces.

The Courtyard Restaurant is a family favorite and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It occupies the original cafeteria where thousands of school children traded lunches. The modern menu, however, ensures everyone gets what they want. Most ingredients are locally sourced and McMenamins roasts their own coffee nearby. Look for Scooby Snacks on the kid’s menu—mini corn dogs—which are a perennial favorite.

All beer served at the Kennedy School is made at the onsite Concordia Brewery. Formerly the girls bathroom, little boys used to dare one another to run through it. Now it produces an array of beer standards and specials. The Concordia Barrel Series brews whiskey for those in need of stronger libations. The Cypress Room attracts visitors on its own merits. The former classroom was transformed into a reggae-themed bar.

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Family-friendly until 10 p.m., with food and drinks available. Live reggae music is played on Thursdays. A local radio expert curates the playlist the rest of the week. The music is played on original, vinyl-pressed records for the best sound. Ticket stubs, posters and concert handbills adorn the walls. It’s easy to enjoy oneself and feel like time has stopped at the Cypress Room. It almost literally does. One of the remaining school clocks hangs on the wall. It is forever frozen at 6:02, the moment the school was officially closed.

For an adults-only repast, the Boiler Room is housed in the former custodian’s den. It sports an industrial feel thanks to the rusty-red brick walls and recycled radiators turned into handrails. To blow off steam, so to speak, the two-story space also offers pool tables and shuffleboard. There are no schoolteachers, so guests must grade their own behavior when choosing between the Honors or Detention Bars. Give yourself a gold star at the Honors Bar where top-shelf spirits are served and opera music plays in the background. For the mischief-inclined, indulge in scotch, whiskey and cigars at the Detention Bar. With sports playing on the television, it’s better than being sent to the principal’s office. In addition to travelers, canine friends from the community also drop by to visit. Archie, a teddy-bear faced poodle, became the hotel’s honorary ambassador and poster dog. The gray-and-white pooch was saved by Portland’s Dog LoCo, a local organization that finds “Pawcific” Northwest homes for dogs in needs. The neighborhood is generally dogfriendly. A morning walk yields many happy hellos and tail wags. A favorite spot is Fernhill Park, which is only blocks away. If Portland plans include an outing where dogs aren’t allowed, such as the Oregon Zoo, the Stay Pet Hotel is a minute’s

drive from the Kennedy School. The boutique dog hotel offers dog sitting and play sessions in the 12,000 square-foot indoor and outdoor recreation areas. For the pampered pooch, doggie spa services include blowouts, massages and treat platters. The Kennedy School also hosts activities for those wanting to stay in. The 200-seat movie theater is located in the former auditorium and screens recent-run films. It’s a living-room style experience with couches and armchairs. Everything from popcorn to burgers, is delivered to your seat. Dogs have to sit out the movie theater experience, but portable DVD players are available for in-room watching. Whether you need to stretch two or four legs, enjoy an art and history walk around the school itself. A team of 14 artists create original pieces ranging from wall-sized murals to historic photographs and handblown, glass tile work. Highlights include the “Maypole Mural” capturing the school’s annual tradition, which continues even now. Framed by ironwork saved from the historical Portland Hotel (now demolished), it creates an optical illusion depending on viewpoint. Children particularly love Myrna Yoder’s work. A former Kennedy School student, she used her elementary school homework in various murals and collages.

Another favorite is the “Alphabet” painting series depicting whimsical creations: Q is for Queen, R is for Rabbit. Maps are available at the front desk detailing the extensive artwork. “A lot of guests, particularly families, come because of the schoolhouse theme,” says Barton. “We’re not your average, Holiday Inn. The Kennedy School is a whole different experience. It’s fun to incorporate some history, artwork and generally more fun into your stay.”

More Information McMenamins Kennedy School 5736 NE 33rd Avenue Portland, OR 97211 888.249.3983; Dog Loco Rescue Stay Pet Hotel 3606 NE Columbia Blvd. 503.288.7829; Fernhill Park 4050 NE Holman Street Portland, OR 97211 Since 1915, this historic elementary school has been a beloved fixture of Northeast Portland. Renovated in 1997, this once-abandoned gem is now one of the city’s most unique places to stay with your pooch. Best of the West 2013 • 21

{weekend getaway} sit, stay and play


playground Lake Chelan promises four seasons worth of fun with Fido, with 300 days of sunshine and a plethora of poochfriendly places to sit, stay and play.

written by brandie ahlgren Photography by julie clegg

There is a first time for everything and this time, it’s my first visit to Lake Chelan. For years, I’d heard about Lake Chelan, especially from people who grew up in the Seattle area—friends who spent their summer vacations at the lake. And, now I know why. There is so much to see and do here, from dining at fine restaurants to partaking in water sports, to hiking, wine tasting, and so much more. Lake Chelan is truly Washington’s playground. And, what better way to enjoy a playground, than with your pooch? And, that’s exactly what we do; upon arrival at Lakeside Lodge and Suites (our home away from home for the next two days), we meet up with Chelan-local, Jessica, and her nine-year-old boxer Harley. After the three hour drive from Seattle, we are ready to stretch our legs, so the first thing we do is head to the lake. Lakeside Lodge (hence, its name) is literally steps away from the lake (100 yards to be exact), with a huge, grassy park at the water’s edge. While Harley dips her toes in the water, we take in the breathtaking beauty of Lake Chelan. The name “Chelan” comes from the Indian word, “Salish,” which means “deep water,” which is appropriate considering Lake Chelan is the third deepest lake in the country, boasting 1,486 feet at its deepest point. The 50.5-mile lake is fed year round from streams that originate deep in the Cascade Mountains, and its crystal clear water makes it ideal for all sorts of activities—today, during the dog days of summer, we see people of all ages swimming, water skiing, wind surfing, sun bathing (even someone doing yoga)—Lake Chelan is a playground indeed!

Clockwise from top: A birdhouse adorns the property at Rio Vista Wines; enjoying a refreshing glass of white wine at Fromaggio Bistro; Harley checks out the scenery from our suite at Lakeside Lodge; a sign points the way to Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards. Above: Harley is tuckered after a full day of wine tasting. 22 • CityDog Magazine

As the sun starts to set, we set off ourselves, and head to nearby Manson, located on the north shore of Lake Chelan. Our destination is Orchard Wood Ovens, where we are greeted by owners and fellow dog lovers, Tom Addison and Nathalie Ascher. I mention they are dog lovers, because Tom and Nathalie recently lost their pug Dash, and have set up a sweet little shrine at the restaurant in his honor (see photo on next page). Of course, the outdoor patio at Orchard Wood Ovens is dog friendly and that is where we settle in (Harley included) to enjoy a medley of traditional wood fired pizzas, accompanied

by a 2011 Viognier from local estate winery, Benson Vineyards. After a delicious dinner (the goat cheese, caramelized onion, and balsamic reduction pizza is amazing), we head back to the lodge for a good night’s sleep, because the next day is going to be a busy one! In the morning, we are greeted by our driver and tour guide for the day, Russ, Clockwise from top: Jessica takes a stroll with Harley; the with Lakeside Limousine. specials menu at Orchard Wood Ovens; a shrine to Dash. He holds the door while Jessica, Harley, Julie and I pile winery’s 11 labels, Wacky White. While Harin the back, excited for our first wine tasting ley and Rocky venture down to the river, we excursion of the day at Rio Vista Wines. head to the tasting room, where we are met While we head there by limo, there is also by winery owners John and Jan Little. The the option of arriving by seaplane (no joke). couple grows seven varieties of grapes on Situated on the banks of the Columbia River, the property, from pinot gris to gewurztraRio Vista Wines is the only waterfront winminer (try saying that three times!) and all ery in the region and Chelan Seaplanes will of them are delicious. Both Julie and I buy whisk you there, with a 10-minute, scenic a bottle of Wacky White before embarking flight from Lake Chelan. Pretty cool! on our next wine tasting adventure at Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards. The sweeping property at Rio Vista is gorgeous—and better yet, totally dog friendly. Harley is allowed to explore offleash with her new pal, Rocky, the estate’s resident Lab and face that graces one of the

First, a bit about the name “Hard Row to Hoe.” Apparently, the monicker celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of a man who ran a row boat taxi service on Lake Chelan in

the 1930’s, ferrying miners by rowboat to a brothel located at Point Lovely. It’s quite a cheeky name for a seriously delicious wine, but pairs perfectly with the ambiance of the place, which embodies fun! The tasting room is a bit on the saucy side (be sure to go in for a closer look at the wall paper), with feather boas, velvet chaise lounges, and wines featuring names like “Nauti Buoy,” “Double Dip” and “Seduction Red.” It’s hot Best of the West 2013 • 23

though, come to think of it, it is summer, after all. Things definitely slow down in fall and winter, but Mike Steele, executive director of the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce assures us, there is no shortage of things to do. Cooler fall temperatures make for more enjoyable hiking and the Reach 1 Trail offers you and Fido a 3-mile-plus roundtrip walk that overlooks the Chelan Dam, Lake Chelan and the Chelan River. The trail takes you from the Riverwalk Loop Trail in downtown Chelan to Reach 1 of the Chelan River—the uppermost section of the river that joins the Columbia River at Chelan Falls. Another trail favorite among locals is Chelan Butte. There is an old road crossing the face of the Butte that is perfect for running or hiking with your hound and offers some great views of Chelan and the lake.

Clockwise from top: Jessica and Harley cool off from the hot summer sun; Harley makes herself at home at Lakeside Lodge and Suites; John Little shares Rio Vista’s Wacky White, featuring yellow Lab Rocky on the label.

area adjacent to the tasting room, where your four-legged friend can play off-leash, while you and your two-legged friends enjoy a tasting flight that includes two of the winery’s whites and two of their reds—all four of them amazing, I might add. (no pun intended), so we opt for a glass of chilled rosé and head outside to join Harley on the lovely patio. After Hard Row to Hoe, it’s off to the Blending Room, located back in Manson! Every Thursday during the summer, the Blending Room hosts a dog-friendly Yappy Hour to help raise money for the Humane Society of Wenatchee (HSW). With a $5 donation to HSW, you get 10% off your wine by the glass plus the enjoyment of having your pooch with you. There is even a fenced 24 • CityDog Magazine

Following wine tasting, we take a break for lunch, and enjoy delicious sandwiches from Village Market & Deli in Manson. More than a market and a deli, there is also a bar, where you can taste beer from Lake Chelan Brewery, located right next door and owned by the same family. After lunch, Julie and I set out on our own to do some exploring. This is the first visit to Chelan for both of us (Julie has since been back with her family), and we are amazed at how bustling it is—al-

If visiting Chelan in January (January 10-12 and 17-19, 2014, to be exact), then you will be there for the annual Lake Chelan Winterfest Festival. The town is transformed into a winter paradise, with an outdoor gallery of ice sculptures plus live music all weekend long, a beach bonfire, polar bear splash and the hugely popular, Winterfest Wine Walk.

Alas, Julie and I are here in July and the temperatures are toasty. We cool off back at the lodge by the outdoor swimming pool, before venturing back out for dinner. Tonight we dine at Fromaggio Bistro, seated outside at one of the colorful picnic tables. Harley is tuckered after a day of wine tasting, so after a few attempts at begging, she decides to rest her head on the cool brick patio. It’s our last night in Chelan, so we go all out, starting with the antipasto plate, with artichokes, olives, peppers, pickled asparagus and green beans, fresh caper berries, cheese and Italian meats, accompanied with a house white wine, served over ice with a slice of lime. Very refreshing! As the name implies (“fromaggio” means “cheese” in Italian), and there is entire section of the menu dedicated

to cheese: Cheese Fondue, Fromaggio Mac-n-Cheese, and 3-Cheese Ravioli, to name a few. While I love cheese, the Beef Medallions in a Port Mushroom Sauce sounds too good to pass up! For dessert, we each order a different flavor of homemade gelato and share tastes. With flavors like Salted Caramel, Tiramisu, Pistachio, Lemon Curd, Chocolate Habanero, Green Tea White Chocolate, Fig Custard, it’s tough to choose just one! The next day is our last day in Chelan, but before heading back to Seattle, a must-do is breakfast at Blueberry Hills Farms. Getting there is tricky, so set your GPS before you go. Luckily, we have Mike and Jessica to guide us, so we follow them through neighborhoods and back country roads to our destination. As we pull into the gravel parking lot, I cannot believe how many people are already here! But, don’t let the line out the door deter you. It moves quickly and before you know it, you and your pooch are comfortably seated on the outdoor patio Clockwise from top: Jessica enjoys a chilled glass of overlooking the farm’s “urosé at Hard Row to Hoe, while Harley enjoys the shade; the Blending Room serves up Yappy Hour every Thursday pick” blueberry fields. And, no matter the wait, with items during summer; Harley enjoys a nibble at Fromaggio. like Kari’s Blintz (one large More Information sweet crepe filled with a blend of ricotta and Lakeside Lodge and Suites cream cheeses, topped with your choice of 2312 W Woodin Avenue, Chelan, Wash. warm pie filling: blueberry, peach, or both, 509.682.4396; and a dollop of whipped cream), it’s worth it. After breakfast, if you feel so inclined, Amenities include king or double queen grab a bucket from the counter outside, and suites, with lake views, heated indoor pool, pick blueberries in the nearby field to take kitchens and complimentary breakfast. home with you—blueberries are $2 a pound Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce when you “u-pick.” 102 East Johnson Avenue, Chelan, Wash. Alas, another one of our CityDog ad509.682.3503; ventures has come to a close and it’s time to Orchard Wood Ovens Pizza head back to the real world. However, this 70 Wapato Way, Manson, Wash. isn’t my last visit to Lake Chelan (and as I 509.687.3707; mentioned before, it wasn’t Julie’s). Whether Rio Vista Wines it’s during the dog days of summer, or 24415 Highway #97, Chelan, Wash. when it’s a winter wonderland, there is no 509.682.9713; shortage of things to see and do, from water sports to wine tasting, swimming to skiing, Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards Lake Chelan offers year-round fun for you 300 Ivan Morse Road, Manson, Wash. 509.687.3000; and Fido.

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west p best place to dig for clams

Copalis Beach, Washington

The Pacific razor clam is one of the most sought after shellfish in the state of Washington and depending on the time of year, Copalis Beach, located in Grays Harbor County, is razor clam country. Not only is the razor clam prolific here, but Copalis Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Washington coast, even in winter. In fact, winter storm watching at Copalis Beach is a perfect retreat for you and your pooch. Information about razor clams—from updates on digs to how-to advice on digging and cooking—is available at the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s website at /shellfish/razorclams. 26 • CityDog Magazine

Copalis Beach and Iron Springs photos by Julie Clegg

Here are CityDog Magazine’s picks for this year’s best of the West as it pertains to all things dog— the top people, places and things that make life and living with dogs in the West so wonderful.

t best doggone winery

Mutt Lynch Winery

Sonoma County, California winery Mutt Lynch is one of our favorites because it is proud to support a variety of dog-related charities each year, including Washington’s own Wenatchee Humane Society. If you are in the area, call ahead to arrange a tasting. Try the Merlot Over and Play Dead—owner Brenda Lynch claims this wine “is not a wimpy merlot.” Mutt Lynch will even host special events for your canine and her furry friends—birthday parties, puppy showers and “bark” mitzvahs! And, every August, Mutt Lynch hosts the Dog Days of Summer, a dog-friendly fundraising, wine tasting, hot dog eating event to support the Healdsburg Animal Shelter.

p best splurge on a suite

t best winter cabin retreat

Iron Springs Resort

Combine your clam dig with a stay at Iron Springs Resort, located at Copalis Beach (3707 Highway 109; Iron Springs has all of the gear you need to dig (shovel, clam tube, mesh bag) plus a covered, cleaning station, with a nearby fireplace and bench to warm your toes in winter. And, speaking of fireplaces, each cozy cabin has its own wood burning stove or fireplace. Curl up with your canine, while your catch of the day simmers in the cabin’s recently renovated kitchen.

If you are looking for the perfect place to pamper yourself and your pooch, then the Pan Pacific is your ticket. Be sure to book yourself and Bowzer in one of the hotel’s Space Needle Suites, featuring 825-square-feet of luxury, with a separate dining area for up to six people and an exquisite sofa lounge area from which to enjoy the spectacular views of the Space Needle. You and your pooch will appreciate all of the amenities the Pan Pacific manages to pack into one place, from two (count ‘em, two) plasma screen TVs, to the king-size bed fitted with luxurious, 360-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens.

t best tasting room with rover

Cultura Wine, Zillah

The tasting room at Cultura, located in Zillah, Wash. is lovely and the wine is superb. Cultura is also the hub for the Canine & Wine Walk, an annual event in May to support Yakima Valley Pet Rescue. It’s a great time to visit, sipping wine while meeting cool, adoptable dogs looking for their forever home.

Cultura Wine photo by Julie Clegg; Pan Pacific photo by Jamie Pflughoeft

Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

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t best place to ride a bike

Westport, Washington

Okay, so there is way more to do in Westport than ride a bike, but this is our excuse to share one of our favorite destinations on the Washington coast. We have visited here several times and never run out of things to see and do with our dogs including peddling (or walking) along the two-mile, wind-swept path between the lighthouse, located near Vacations by the Sea, and Westport. Speaking of Vacations by the Sea, this is a great place to stay with your pooch, with one- and twobedroom condominiums available to rent—44 in all that are dog friendly. Bike rentals are available here as well, along with a whole host of other activities for you and your hound.

best place for a scoop of gelato


Russillo’s Pizza, Yakima, Wash.


• Closer to home, check out Gelatiamo, located in the heart of downtown Seattle at Third and Union. They have a small outdoor seating area to enjoy a scoop with your pooch!

best place for a bucket of beer


Slices, West Seattle, Wash.

On a sunny day in Seattle, the hot spot is Alki Beach. It’s the perfect place for a stroll any time of year, but especially in the spring and summer, when joggers, roller bladers, volleyball players, beachcombers, sunbathers, bicyclists and of course, dog lovers are out to play. If in need to quench your thirst, stop by Slices, where you will find a spacious deck, with an outdoor, dog-friendly seating area. It’s the perfect place to order a bucket of beer and pizza by the slice, while taking in the plethora of people and pooches walking by on “The Ave.” If you prefer a cup of coffee over a bottle of beer, then Pioneer Coffee (located next door to Slices at 2536 Alki Avenue SW) has what you need including a dog-friendly, outdoor seating area. 28 • CityDog Magazine

Photos of Russillo’s and Slices by Julie Clegg; Westport photo by Luna Azul

Summer in Eastern Washington spells warm temperatures and what better way to cool off than with a scoop of gelato? On a recent visit to Yakima, we had the pleasure of stopping at Russillo’s Pizza, an authentic New York style pizzeria, featuring Washington wines, a full bar, classic and gourmet pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, salads and of course, homemade gelato. With cone in hand (don’t forget one for your hound), stroll the nearby boardwalk at Track 29, located in the historic section of downtown Yakima, and lined with refurbished train cars transformed into unique shops. Need a place to stay overnight? Then, we recommend Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn, located in nearby Zillah, where you and your four-legged travel companion can sleep in a luxury, and totally dog-friendly teepee! and

best place to buy used books


Globe Bookstore

For a novel experience, drop by the Globe Bookstore, located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square. An antique edition of Rin Tin Tin graces the display window hinting at the store’s doggie devotion. Owner John Siscoe invites bibliophiles and their dogs to explore the stacks of books blanketing every wall, nook and cranny. Like a treasure hunt, patrons will find an unexpected gem with each visit. Globe is a community hub with daily visitors such as Pioneer Square-based artist Sam Day and his gorgeous and gregarious dog, Ruby.


• Elliott Bay Book Co., located at 1521 10th Avenue, Seattle, is also super dog friendly, complete with cookies for your canine companion. Shotgun Ceremonies photo by Julie Cliegg; Globe Bookstore photo by Tushna Lehman

t best book Puppyhood

An oversized coffee table book filled with pint-sized puppies—it doesn’t get any better than that! Puppyhood features life-size portraits of six-week-old puppies doing what puppies do best: sleeping, playing and exploring their brand new world. Photographer J. Nichole Smith captures each breed (25 in all), showcasing all of the details that make puppies so irresistible. best place to say “I do” vegas style


Shotgun Ceremonies, Seattle, Wash.

Did you know Seattle has a dog-friendly, Vegas style wedding chapel? Well, it does, located in the heart of Pioneer Square. Owners, and ordained ministers Bronwen Stevenson and Sara Qureshi, came up with the concept for Shotgun Ceremonies as a result of Bronwen’s own personal experience—a shotgun wedding in Vegas. The chapel provides couples an alternative to a traditional wedding and best of all, dogs are welcome.

t best place to grab a pint with your pooch

Photo by Julie Clegg

Beveridge Place Pub & Norm’s Eatery & Ale House

We are big fans of both of these places, because dogs are welcome inside and out! In other words, unlike most establishments, where dogs are relegated to outdoor patios only, your pooch is welcome to join you inside the Beveridge Place Pub and Norm’s Ale House for a beverage and bite to eat. While the Beveridge Place Pub (located in West Seattle; doesn’t have a kitchen (you can order food to be delivered from nearby restaurants), Norm’s Ale House (located in Fremont) features a full menu of burgers and other such deliciousness. Both host ongoing events like trivia night at “The Bev” (as the locals call it). Best of the West 2013 • 29

{citydog unleashed} celebrating life with dog


& dogs

written by deanna duff Photography by tushna lehman

On a sunny Saturday, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s dance studios are overflowing with some of the company’s favorite characters. Stretching and warmups are happening throughout the hallways. The athleticism is spectacular to watch. It’s a blur of spinning and jumping. Everyone is out of breath and panting. Limber legs are running everywhere—four times more than normal— and very furry. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s (PNB) canine community participated in a photo event celebrating the connection between dogs and dancers. From PNB’s artistic and executive directors to the dancers, staff and ballet master, many PNBers have canine family members. In fact, some of the company’s biggest fans are four-legged. “Our jobs can be very emotional sometimes. Your body hurts, you’re physically and mentally tired. Sometimes you just sit on the floor exhausted and Bella will come up and lick the tears away. It’s the sweetest thing,” says Carla Körbes, PNB principal dancer. Bella, nicknamed Bella-rina, is Körbes’ 4.5 pound toy fox terrier. Dogs have an established history as backstage, ballet helpers. New York City’s renowned American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet have long allowed dogs to visit practices and rehearsals. Peter Boal, PNB’s artistic director, was a principal dancer at New York City Ballet during the tenure of choreographer Jerome Robbins. While acclaimed for work such as West Side Story, he was legendary for being a difficult personality. “Robbins could be a nightmare, but he went to putty if a dog came into the room. We had a conspiracy going that if he was being really nasty, we’d go find a dog and send it into the studio to bring him back to a good mood,” chuckles Boal.

Top: 10-month-old Meeka poses with her parents; principal dancer James Moore and Bodhi. Above: Scout looks on as Leah Merchant poses en pointe. 30 • CityDog Magazine

Boal grew up with dogs and his family now includes Stanly, a 100-pound, incredibly good-natured golden doodle. The dog takes after Boal and his wife, Kelly—also a former ballet dancer. Stanly stands on his hind legs and likes to conga-line dance with the couple and their three children. Dogs aren’t formerly invited to PNB’s studios due to the onsite children’s classes. However, they are occasional visitors and permanent inspirations.

PNB’s costume shop designed a tutu and tiara costume for Bella. She wears it when performing pirouettes—five in a row is her record. Onstage, the annual “Nutty Nut” Nutcracker—a single-performance, zany, comedic version of the holiday classic—often features a doggie cameo. Stella, the dearly-departed French bulldog, and her successor, Brigitte, always bring the house down. Commemorative buttons bearing their canine Clockwise from top: PNBers and their pooches; Price mugs are sometimes sold as a and Emma Suddarth, with their dogs OP and Zuzu; Carla Körbes and Brittany Reid, with Bailey and Bella. fundraiser. “A dog changes the atmosphere of a rehearsal room for the better,” says Kelly Boal, herself a part-time PNB School faculty member. “They just immediately lift everyone’s moods.”

The Fashion Hounds Meeka stretches out in the hallway, paws in the air and demanding a tummy rub from William Lin-Yee and Carli Samuelson, both members of PNB’s corps de ballet. She’s a 40-pound Samoyed—a Siberian breed—and arrestingly cute thanks to a teddy-bear face framed by snow-white fur. Meeka possesses star quality. Although only a 10-month-old puppy, she is already a fan of her parent’s work.

“She loves coming here (to PNB),” says Samuelson. “Every time I bring her she can’t stop woofing. She starts before she’s even at the door!” PNB dogs are far from just bystanders. They have their own sense of community and interests. Some, like Bella and Stanly, hone their dance moves. Others delve into areas such as fashion.

energy and nudges nearby hands for a quick pet. He maintains a play hard, work hard philosophy and carries his own weight around the household.

“He sometimes eats my pointe shoes or just plays with them. We don’t have to buy him toys,” laughs Carrie Imler, PNB principal dancer, and companion to Cody Miller, a 63-pound Labrador retriever.

“One of his favorite things is getting the newspaper every morning from the driveway. We just open the door and out he goes. It’s the one thing he’s responsible for,” says Imler.

At six-years-old, Cody maintains his youthful, puppy spirit. He vibrates with

Scout—family to Leah Merchant, PNB corps de ballet—also has a foot fashion Best of the West 2013 • 31

Pictured here: Maria Chapman and Skipper. Below: Cody looks up to Carrie Imler. Next page: Jonathan Porretta and Angelo.

loved Lola, so Roxanne and Spencer were gifts to us. They truly have ballet lineage.”

fetish. A mischievous mutt, he plays with pointe shoes and leverages socks for playtime. “He baits us with socks,” says Merchant. “He doesn’t eat them. He just grabs them and lures us into the room to play with him.” The 70-pound rescue dog loves visiting PNB’s costume shop, which made Merchant’s 2013 wedding dress. Scout approved of the results . He happily attended the wedding dressed in his own, doggie bow tie.

Ballet Pedigree Some dogs were born for the ballet. David Brown, PNB’s executive director, and his wife, Elaine Bauer, former PNB School instructor, worked at Boston Ballet where dachshund siblings Roxanne and Spencer came into their lives. “One of the company dancers bred Lola, her dachshund,” says Bauer. “We 32 • CityDog Magazine

In 2013, Spencer celebrated his 18th birthday, surviving his sister by two years. Between squirrel chasing and playing with his 40+ toy collection, Spencer accompanies Brown on the occasional, weekend office visit. He is 14 pounds of laid-back, ballet bloodline. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Lily is a 160-pound commanding presence. The Newfoundland resembles a small bear, but her personality is more teddy than grizzly. She is a renowned PNB ambassador. “She absolutely loves kids,” says Otto Neubert, PNB’s ballet master. “She’s the most beautiful, gentle creature. With that face, she looks like somebody who’s read too many romance novels that had sad endings.” She is beloved by the younger students and her good looks and personality landed her a spot in a PNB promotional video. Social outreach and media relations have become her specialities. She sometimes engulfs friends’ hands in her massive paw as if in greeting. She’s a big dog working to create even bigger PNB fans.

Pooches and Pirouettes Ballet is an outstanding blend of art, aesthetics and athleticism. Dancers are professional athletes who hone their abilities through years of discipline. With a little doggie discipline, some PNB canines may have the potential to follow in their parent’s paw-prints. Jonathan Porretta, PNB principal dancer, adopted Angelo Stroupe Porretta—a feisty, 15-pound Italian “greyhuahua”—from a shelter. They are two peas in a pod. Just like Porretta, Angelo is full of personality and able to captivate an audience. “He can jump into my arms straight from the floor. He has an amazing jump,” says Porretta, PNB principal dancer. “Next we’re working on pirouettes.” Skipper, a Lab short-haired pointer mix, is in active training. His diet includes cucumbers and carrots and his exercise routine involves hiking in Magnuson Park and swimming in Lake Washington. “He’s visited PNB a few times,” says Maria Chapman, PNB principal dancer. “If he sees me do a jump, he’ll chase after me. I don’t know if he wants to watch me dance, but he does think he’s part of it, like playtime.” If PNB opens its stages to doggie dancers, Bonnie, a six-year-old chocolate Lab, will be hard to beat. She loves an

audience and wiggles and wags her way into everyone’s hearts. Bonnie’s leaps rival Baryshnikov and her focus is unwavering.

When Bailey hosts, he’s quite the romantic. His favorite activities are strolls around Green Lake and brunch at Ballard’s Kiss Café.

“She can jump amazingly high,” says Laura Tisserand, PNB soloist. “She was actually banned from the local dog lounge because she figured out how to jump up and open the door latch with her head. She did it five times and let all the other dogs out!”

Emma Love-Suddarth and Price Suddarth are a PNB love story themselves. The two corps de ballet members married in August 2013. Their union brought together Zuzu, an Italian greyhound-terrier mix, and OP, a puggle. The inseparable canine pals bond over movies. Zuzu is named for the character in It’s a Wonderful Life and OP is short for Optimus Prime in the Transformers movies. Their doggie date nights include popcorn, OP’s preferred snack.

A Fetching Romance Audiences love watching fairy-tale romances unfold from Romeo and Juliet’s tragic love to Cinderella’s happy ending. An equal number of romances start after the curtain falls. In summer 2013, six PNB dancers were married. Four of them were “PNB pairs,” both the bride and groom being dancers who met through PNB. A few canine love affairs have also developed. Bailey, a long-haired chihuahua, found a soulmate in Bella, Carla Körbes’ petite toy terrier. “He and Bella hang out a lot,” says Brittany Reid, PNB corps de ballet. “I say that Bailey is Bella’s boyfriend. They really like each other and are well matched since they’re both on the smaller side.” When Reid and Körbes have different rehearsal hours, they take turns dog sitting.

“They pick up each other’s habits, both good and bad,” laughs Love-Suddarth. “Their relationship is unbelievably cute.”

Dog Years Ahead PNB celebrated its 40th anniversary during the 2012-2013 season. In the intervening decades, it has become a national powerhouse of dance. The community—dancers, staff, audiences and even canine friends—makes it a special place. The talent of the past blazes the way for the future. Principal dancer James Moore and PNB Pilates instructor Kristen Rusnak introduced PNB to their puppy, Bodhi, at the celebratory photo shoot. They adopted

the little golden retriever the night before. Moore cradled and kissed him for the cameras as Bodhi good-naturedly lapped up the love. “He’s definitely going to grow up at PNB with everybody around him,” says Rusnak. “There is such a wonderful dog community here.” Welcome to the new generation of Paw-cific Northwest Ballet!

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When There is No Cure When Helen Anne Gately first set eyes on Aisha, she was immediately drawn in by her wise, knowing eyes. The 13-year-old pit bull was severely abused and neglected by her previous owner, and had not been expected to survive when she was rescued three months earlier. Animal Rescue Families in Bremerton found her thirty pounds underweight, with an open gash wound on her head, along with numerous other lacerations. Unable to lift her head to eat, she required hand feeding. She was rehabilitated for three months by local rescue group Collar of Hope, and renamed Aisha, which translates as “She who lives.”

Adopted by Helen Anne in November of 2011, Aisha settled into her Lake City home, and thrived in her new environment. Lounging in the sunny backyard with Helen Anne’s three doting chickens became her new favorite activity. It seemed the perfect happy ending for Aisha, who remains a friendly, loving dog, despite her traumatic past. Sadly, in April 2013, Aisha was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a cancer originating in Aisha’s left hind leg. It was determined that Aisha would not be able to withstand surgery to amputate the leg. Helen Anne struggled with the news, but with the support of her veterinarian, she was able to accept that there would be no curing Aisha, only maintaining her quality of life. Aware of hospice care (also referred to as “palliative” or “comfort” care), but lost as to what this entailed, Helen Anne sought the assistance of greater Seattle-based organization, The AHELP Project (Animal Hospice End of Life Palliative Care Project; Through referrals from AHELP’s professional networks, she was able to find in-home hospice care services for Aisha. The therapies a dog receives as part of hospice care aren’t intended to be curative. Rather, they aim to reduce pain and stress and contribute to a comfortable, loving environment. Helen Anne says this takes a team. Hers includes a hospice-focused house call veterinarian, whose services include acupuncture. When pet sitting services are needed, animal massage therapist Lori Theis stays with Aisha in Helen Anne’s home. Fully committed to Aisha’s care, Helen Anne also provides Aisha with a fine tuned balance of medication and supplements, such as salmon oil and herbs, which have produced positive results. It’s common for pet owners to be unprepared initially for the decisions they face with a pet’s terminal illness, says Michelle Nichols, a co-founder and Executive Director of AHELP. Unaware that palliative care options exist, many families are under the mistaken belief that 34 • CityDog Magazine

when curative treatments don’t succeed, euthanasia must soon follow. Michelle recommends being up front about your wishes for your dog with your vet, service providers, and family, because it’s still rare to find people well versed in animal hospice practices. Families providing hospice care for their dog may encounter roadblocks along the way. “Sometimes the struggle is that they run out of funds, or the caregiver’s busy

pain or not. If you’re in a cancer situation, I recommend a hospice toolkit. Have a variety of medications that you know how to administer along with tools such as massage. This will help you manage your dog’s condition in the event that it’s a weekend or the middle of the night, and your vet isn’t available.” Lola recommends learning the symptoms commonly observed throughout the stages of the natural dying process, which she covers in her book.

Lola Ball, author of When Your Dog Has Cancer: Making the Right Decisions for You and Your Dog, was blindsided when her 9-year-old chocolate lab, Porter, was diagnosed with cancer in January, 2008. Because the cancer had metastasized, Lola’s vet advised against aggressive treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy, which would only reduce Porter’s quality of life. Lola turned to hospice care instead. “My number one goal was that he would never be in pain, that he had a good life, and that he was happy. His tail still wagged, and he loved to go for walks even if they were really, really short. He just loved being with us at home and I knew that as long as those things were happening, that everything was okay,” says Lola. On March 4, 2008, Porter died peacefully at home, with Lola beside him. Lola recommends having a contingency plan in place if your dog’s health declines further and your veterinarian feels that death is very near. “It’s really about being observant and in tune with your dog. That is how you’ll recognize whether they’re in

People are often curious as to why Helen Anne considered adopting a senior dog, with the high risk of health complications. When asked, her response is simple. “If I was old, neglected, and had no home, I would want someone to take care of me.” Senior dogs possess a certain wisdom, she says, and her time with Aisha has taught her about resilience, forgiveness, and living in the present.


schedules prevent them from being home to care for their pet. Other times, caregivers simply need respite. That whole quality of life quandary for both the pet and their person is all encompassing,” says Michelle. AHELP provides counseling and support as families wade through their options and find the solutions that resonate with them.

If hospice caregivers feel they can no longer manage their dog’s pain, or otherwise maintain quality of life, they may decide to turn to euthanasia, whether it’s in-home or at their vet’s office. It’s important to find a practitioner well in advance, says Lola, and ensure that he or she will be available on short notice. If you choose in-home euthanasia, discuss contact information and travel time in advance so that when the time comes, your dog will not be left waiting in distress. Lola emphasizes that the decisions regarding a pet’s death are deeply personal. “I don’t think we can have judgment on anyone who is dealing with canine cancer because every situation is unique, and as long as you’re keeping the best interests of your dog and your family at the forefront, you will be making the right decision.”


There was much anxiety wrapped up in trying to find a cure, and finally letting go of that freed her to focus on making Aisha happy. “Whether you’re talking about animals or humans, sometimes there is only so much you can do. When the prognosis is that things are never going to get any better, you can decide to take whatever time you have, and make it great,” says Helen Anne. “Aisha doesn’t show any signs of pain or discomfort. Her ears still perk up when I come home, she wags her tail, and she gets excited when there are treats. I think if you can give that gift to a dog in her final days, it’s a beautiful thing.” Best of the West 2013 • 35

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December Reading with Rover December 3 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 December 7 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main St December 7 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.noon at Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave December 10 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St December 17 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30.-7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 December 21 • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Mountlake Terrace Library December 21 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.noon at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main St December 28 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Monroe Public Library, 1070 Village Way For more info, visit

Santa Paws Pics with St Nick at Rex December 7 & 8 • Seattle, Wash. Saturday at 1 p.m.; Sunday at 4 p.m. at Rex, 1402 12th Ave. Make this year’s holiday card one to remember—get a pet photo with Santa and your pet at Rex Seattle. Pet photo packages benefit Seattle Humane.

Service of Remembrance December 9 • Portland, Ore. Doors open at 6 p.m.; service 7-8 p.m. at The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Dignified Pet Services presents in partnership with the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program, a Service of Remembrance. Please join in celebration of the invisible yet undeniable bond between humans and our beloved companion animals. Together, surrounded by others who understand this bond, we will light candles in memory of those who are no longer here. This is a free event. Service animals permitted.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Luncheon December 11 • San Francisco, Calif. Reception at 11 a.m.; luncheon at noon. Guide Dogs for the Blind invites you to attend their annual Holiday Luncheon at the Westin St. Francis for lunch, uplifting stories and of course, plenty of dogs and puppies! Tickets are $125, with table and sponsorship levels available. 36 • CityDog Magazine

Waggy Hour

AKC Winter All Breed Dog Show

December 11 • Portland, Ore. 6-8 p.m at LexiDog Social Club & Boutique, 6100 SW Macadam Ave. Join the best happy hour in Portland! Held on the second Wednesday of every month, Waggy Hour features offerings from new wineries, fabulous food, and fun for your dog. Bring your pooch along and they can play with other canine friends in doggie daycare—for free! You can also meet Oregon Humane Society dogs available for adoption. A portion of food and beverage sales benefit the animals at OHS.

January 11-13 • Puyallup, Wash. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Western Washington Fairgrounds, 110 9th Ave SW. Started in 1979, this free event features 3,000 dogs per day, exhibits and prizes by various vendors in the Show Plex, Pavilion and Centennial Building.

Pasado’s Holiday Tour December 14 • Sultan, Wash. 1-4 p.m. at Pasado’s Sanctuary. Come join the staff and animals at Pasado’s Safe Haven Sanctuary for an afternoon of fun on their annual public holiday tour. You will tour the sanctuary, get introduced to some very special animals, discuss some issues that affect animals every day, and have a great time! (We’re sorry, but children under 12 are not permitted.)

Home for the Holidays Event December 14 • Bellevue, Wash. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at 13121 SE Eastgate Way. Bring the whole family down to Seattle Humane for Home for the Holidays festivities, holiday treats, and hundreds of adoptable pets. Adoption fees waived for cats one-year and up and all critters. Kitten adoptions will be $50. Make this year’s holidays card one to remember—get a pet photo with Santa and your pet between 11 a.m and 2 p.m. You get a digital photo for a $20 suggested donation to Seattle Humane.

January Reading with Rover January 4 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave January 7 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30.-7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 January 14 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th Street January 21 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30.-7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 January 28 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St. For more:

Rose City Classic Dog Shows January 15-19 • Portland, Ore. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Portland Exposition Center. The Rose City Classic is one of the premier events for dogs in the US, hosting conformation shows, obedience and agility trials and a Canine Good Citizen Test. This is a fun event for the whole family. Plan to come early and stay all day. Each year, the RCC offers a student art contest featuring a theme about dogs. In addition to the events and contests, RCC attracts a huge number of top dog product vendors from all over the US featuring dog photography and dog bedding to jewelry, fine art toys and more.

Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show January 25-26 • San Francisco, Calif. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Cow Palace Arena, 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City. With 136 breeds featured, this is the perfect place to decide on your next dog.

February Reading with Rover February 1 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.noon at Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave February 4 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30.-7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 February 11 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St February 18 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30.-7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 February 25 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St

Wine & Whiskers 2014 Carnival February 8 • Corvallis, Ore. 5:30 p.m. at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Come out for an evening of fun and excitement to support the animals of Benton County! This 9th Annual Wine & Whiskers features both live and silent auctions, appetizers, dinner and wine. All funds benefit Heartland

Humane Society. Tickets available online December 3rd. For more information, visit

World Spay Day February 25 • Worldwide. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats and a proven way to reduce the vast numbers of animals who are born only to die prematurely and without a family who loves them. Get your pet spayed or neutered today. For low-cost spay/neuter resources contact your local shelter.

March Reading With Rover March 1 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Snohomish Public Library, 311 Maple Ave March 4 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 March 11 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St March 18 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 March 25 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St For more info, visit

DoveBowl March 2 • Portland, Ore. 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Grand Central Bowl, SE 8th & Morrison. Join a fun, family-friendly bowling fundraiser benefiting DoveLewis! Bowling, raffles, food and drinks! $20 per person via online pre-registration (includes bowling from 2:30 - 5:30 and shoe rental). $25 per person at the door (space permitting). For more information, visit

Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show March 8-9 • Seattle, Wash. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Come and be a part of one of the Northwest’s great traditions. The Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show is in its 75th year with over 2,000 dogs competing for Best in Show awards. Over 13,000 canine enthusiasts will attend this two-day event, pulling for their favorite breeds.

Whiskers Wine & Dine March 22 • Lakewood, Wash. 5-9 p.m. at the Sharon McGavick Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW. Enjoy dinner, drinks, and amazing treasures in the silent and

live auctions while helping to be part of the solution toward ending Washington’s animal overpopulation problem. Learn more about all the good work that the Northwest Spay & Neuter Center (NWSNC) does in the community and hear about exciting plans for the future of their new location. For more information, visit

April Amazing Pet Expo April 26 • Seattle, Wash. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Seattle Center. You and your pet are welcome to the Amazing Pet Expo (with pet’s proof of current age-appropriate immunizations and non-retractable lead). Check out a special appearance by Shorty Rossi (and his pit bull, Hercules), star of Pit Boss on Animal Planet. There will be 165+ pet-friendly exhibitors and rescue groups. Watch live demonstrations in agility, obedience training, pet care and activism. Enjoy great giveaways and prizes, plus amazing discounts on your favorite pet products. Enter or watch a talent contest and costume contest. Fabulous pet retailers on hand and much fun for the whole family! If you’re looking to add a new pet to your family, a mega-adoption event sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospitals will have more than 300 pets available for adoption. The event will be offering low-cost immunizations and microchipping for the furry friends that need them. For more information, visit

Reading With Rover April 1 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 April 5 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Snohomish Public Library, 311 Maple Ave April 8 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St April 15 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 April 19 • Tukwila, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Barnes & Noble, 300 Andover Park W April 22 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St April 26 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Monroe Public Library, 1070 Village Way For more info, visit Be sure to check out, where you will find the most comprehensive calendar of canine events in the West! Best of the West 2013 • 37

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Our dogs are our best friends. They are always happy to see us. They comfort us in our times of need. They also eat our shoes, stain our carpets, and embarrass us in front of our friends. Dog owners everywhere have found their outlet with the wildly popular, where they can confess their dogs’ biggest (and often grossest) sins, complete with snapshots of ridiculously cute but shamed pups who don’t seem capable of humping humans, pooping on pillows, or snagging steak straight from the grill. Now, there’s a book chock full of never-seen-before photos—hundreds of them, with canines confessing their most shameful moments, from eating cat poop to peeing in inappropriate places. Pictured here are a few of our favorites, but there are plenty more in the pages of Dog Shaming—which you can win a copy of simply by sharing your dog’s most shameful moment. Email it by December 31, 2013 to! Who knows, we might even share it on our Facebook page! 38 • CityDog Magazine

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