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{FROM THE EDITOR} Welcome to the fall issue of CityDog Magazine. Although the dog days of summer may be over, the fun isn’t and to prove it, we’ve found some fabulous ways for you to enjoy the season with your four-legged friend—from sniffing out the best, doggone pet-friendly places in Pioneer Square (page 23), to enjoying the finer things in life at the luxurious Alexis Hotel (page 20), to heading east to the horse- and hound-friendly Yakima Valley (page 24). With fall, also comes my favorite “howliday,” Halloween, and what better way to celebrate your furry ghouls and goblins than partaking in the outrageous and always hilarious costume contest at Dog-O-Ween, Saturday, October 20th at Denny Park. Money raised from Dog-O-Ween helps to support the Coalition for OffLeash Areas. For more events this fall, check out the CityDog Social Calendar on page 34. If you have a hankering for shopping, we’ve also packed this issue with some great items for fall in our Cool Products section on page 14—we always try to find a little something for you and of course, pack it full of fun stuff for Fido.

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FOUNDER & EDITOR Brandie Ahlgren EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS Devin Dunivent Susan Henderson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Brandie Ahlgren Deanna Duff Deborah Rosen CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Julie Clegg Thomas Ferguson Tushna Lehman ADVERTISING SALES Betsy Moyer 206.762.0643 206.762.0643 P.O. Box 47145 Seattle, WA 98146

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We asked, and you answered. Read what a few of our Facebook followers have to say... CityDog Magazine How do you feel about a mandatory spay/neuter law in your city/county/state? Think it can/ should be done? Nicki Walters Yes please.

Megan Coughlin It wouldn’t matter. It’s like gun control. The irresponsible people will continue to be irresponsible. A law won’t change that.

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René Lambie I agree. The reputable breeders are careful about who adopts and in many cases will help find a new home if it does not work out. Anastasia Lang They have it in Germany and apparently it works tremendously well there. They have so few unwanted pets there, they often look to other countries to adopt. It works very well financially because taxes aren’t spent euthanizing millions of dogs and cats. CityDog Magazine What would you do if you saw a pet locked in a hot car? Karen Dressel-Nolan I would call 911 and wait by the car. It would be hard not to want to break a window though. There just is no reason people should be taking their dogs out in the car during the hot summer months unless the dog is coming with you once you reach your destination. Henry Yamamoto Call 911. Get my iPhone out and shoot video of the dog in the car, clearly showing the license number of the car. Walk over to my own car and show the interior temp from my dashboard. Show police when they show up. Post to YouTube and Facebook. In that order. Follow the conversations on our Facebook page: Visit us at and click the Facebook icon to find us (and then like us!).

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Fremont Oktoberfest, Sunday, September 23, 2012 in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. CityDog cover dog model search kicks off with dogs and their humans walking the catwalk starting at 3 p.m. (please arrive at least a half hour prior to register your dog). $10.00 per dog; benefits Reading With Rover. FidoFEST, Sunday, September 23, 2012. FidoFEST is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at U Village; CityDog cover dog model search kicks off with dogs and their humans walking the catwalk starting at 1:30 p.m. (please arrive at least a half hour prior to register your dog). $10.00 per dog; benefits the Seattle Humane Society. Be sure to register your furry super model today at!

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{BARK OF THE TOWN} NEWS YOU CAN CHEW ON Executive Chef Maria Hines and Woodford at Tilth.

Little Boy Blue By kim kavin

Organic has gone to the dogs Executive chef and owner Maria Hines eats organic. She serves her customers at Tilth allorganic. 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.

books we love Little Boy Blue is the true story of one puppy’s journey of survival. It’s also a shocking exposé that describes a brutal ongoing reality inside some of this country’s taxpayer-funded shelters. But Little Boy Blue also tells an inspiring story of the grass-roots rescue network that has exploded across the nation in recent years. You will come to kow and love a very special dog who now brings smiles to the faces of everyone he meets.

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Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know By hy conrad + jeff johnson

Drool with us on Go to to browse our boards, from Doggone Getaways, to Deluxe Digs to Picks of the Litter. Pin your favorites (like our Winthrop weekend getaway) to make your own personal, pooch-centric inspiration board. 10 • CityDog Magazine

Like their human books we love counterparts, dogs have unusual habits and quirks. As canines continue to become fullfledged family members, the time for their “tell-all” book has come. Eleven courageous canines have come forward to dispel myths and disclose long-held canine secrets in their new book, Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know. It’s a collection of short essays that reveal the truth behind some of the most baffling canine behavior, their hopes and dreams, their grudges and pleasures, and what they really think about us humans.

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Dog Is My Copilot By patrick regan books we love In 2008, longtime animal rescuer Debi Boies and private pilot Jon Wehrenberg combined forces to save one dog’s life. Nearly four years later, the result of their collaboration, known as Pilots N Paws, has transported tens of thousands of shelter animals from certain death to safety. Patrick Regan recounts these tales of inspiration and salvation in Dog Is My Copilot, with 24 real-life rescue stories collected from pilots and their animal rescue counterparts.

Dog Dogs Dream? By stanley coren books we love In his newest book, Do Dogs Dream?, behavioral scientist Stanley Coren combines scientific detail with a playful sense of humor to give dog owners an expert’s insight into their furry companions. In this Q&A style book, Coren covers questions ranging from basic biology (do dogs see colors?) to dog emotions, communication, and intelligence (can dogs suffer from depression?). Coren also provides practical advice to dog owners, with methods of training.

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and persistent fatigue. Problems such as chronic skin or ear infections may also be a sign of hypothyroidism. “Owners often mistake the signs of hypothyroidism with the aging process,” Cook says. “However, these changes can be reversed with effective management. Many dogs get a new lease on life when their hypothyroidism is treated.” Veterinarians can diagnose the disease with simple blood tests. These usually include measurement of total thyroxine levels (often called total T4), unbound hormone levels (‘free’ T4), and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) concentrations. As with people, dogs with hypothyroidism can take daily oral medication to replace the missing hormone. Once medication for this problem begins, it is continued throughout the pet’s life. Sometimes, the dosage has to be adjusted to get the hormone levels correct. If the thyroxine levels are too high, dogs can lose excessive amounts of weight and appear agitated. “We do recommend periodic checks on thyroid levels to make sure the dose is on-target, and these tests are simple and inexpensive. Your veterinarian will tell you when to bring your dog in for a recheck,” Cook says.

Pet Talk Round Up Hypothyroidism Isn’t Just for Humans. Hypothyroidism is not limited to people; it is common in dogs as well. This problem occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroxine, a hormone with numerous functions such as regulating the body’s metabolic rate. This disease is often seen in dogs that are four to six years old. Any breed may develop this disorder, but some breeds such as Labrador retrievers, Doberman pinschers, golden retrievers, dachshunds, cocker spaniels, and greyhounds appear to be predisposed. Since the body’s metabolic rate determines the way energy is handled, hypothryroidism often leads to progressive weight gain without an increase in food intake, explains Dr. Audrey Cook, clinical associate professor at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Although many dogs tend to gain pounds as they age, an unexplained increase in body weight can be a sign of a low functioning thyroid,” Cook says.

Fortunately, once the disease is diagnosed and the dog is given the proper medication, the pet should feel better within a few weeks. It can take a little while for the hair coat to improve, but Cook says energy levels and body condition tend to improve quickly.

Human Treats, Poison to Pets. There are a number of things around your house that can be deadly to your cats and dogs, some you may know, and some may be surprising. Some are even in your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator. Dr. Dorothy Black, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVM), shares some enlightening information about common food items that may be toxic to your pet. According to Dr. Black, the following foods can be particularly dangerous to cats and dogs. “These foods may not necessarily cause toxic reactions in every case of ingestion, but it’s just a good ‘rule of thumb’ to keep these items off your kitchen counters and under no circumstances feed these foods to your pet,” Black says.

“One of the classic signs of canine hypothyroidism is the so-called ‘rat tail,’ in which the hair is lost from the last few inches of the tail,” Cook adds.

Grapes and raisins possess an unknown toxic substance that can lead to renal failure by an unknown mechanism. Toxic doses have been reported after ingesting just one to two grapes or raisins. Not all animals suffer kidney failure after grape/raisin ingestion and it appears to be an idiosyncratic reaction. Nevertheless, it is best to avoid this food for your dogs and cats. There is no known antidote, only supportive care and renal dialysis to support kidney recovery.

In addition to the dog’s over all appearance, hypothyroidism can affect the pet’s mental state, resulting in depression and apathy. Other signs of the disease include sensitivity to the cold, muscle weakness, problems with nerve function

“Grapes can be particularly tricky for dogs, because many actually like to eat grapes, so you have to be especially aware,” Black says. “Our pets are amazing creatures, but

Thyroxine is also important for maintenance of the skin and hair coat. Often, the hair of a dog with hypothyroidism will grow slowly and may change to a lighter color. The hair may appear thin all over, particularly on the tail. Another result of the disease is flaky skin and pigmentation in the non-haired areas.

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“It is important to remember that if you cook or use xylitol in your foods, that those foods should not be fed to pets,” Black says. “It is still toxic if used in cooking or baking.” Onions, garlic and chives are also toxic to pets. They contain the toxin allicin, which is released upon crushing or chewing the plant. Allicin damages the hemoglobin in red blood cells leading to anemia (such as Heinz body anemia and methemoglobinemia). Cats are especially susceptible to this toxin. There is no antidote, however, supportive care is typically successful.

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Chocolate is commonly known to be bad for pets. It contains two ingredients known to be toxic to dogs and cats, caffeine and theobromine. Dark chocolate is particularly harmful because it has a higher concentration of toxic metabolites than milk or white chocolate. Clinical signs of distress seen after chocolate ingestion include: anxiety/anxiousness, hyperactivity, urination, elevated body temperature, seizures, and irregular heart rhythms. There is no antidote, but supportive care is usually successful for recovery.

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While cats are particularly affected by onions and garlic, dogs are especially susceptible to macadamia nut toxicity. An unknown toxin in the nut leads to difficulty walking, high body temperatures, depression and vomiting within one to two hours after ingestion. While no deaths have been reported to date, supportive care in the hospital is often required. “Supportive care, which is the usual treatment for food toxicity, often works to recover pets who ingest these foods,” Black says. “But these supportive treatments to get pets back on their feet are often very costly for the owner, and difficult for the patient. In cases that require dialysis, pets have a difficult road to recovery.” The foods mentioned here should be kept off countertops and out of reach of pets, and under no circumstances fed to dogs and cats. Preventing your pet from ingesting these items is the best way to keep them safe. But if they do ingest these foods, Dr. Black recommends contacting your veterinarian immediately.

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{cool products} what’s cool for hot dogs Goggles for Dogs u Doggles don’t just look cool, they are practical, too, Doggles (goggles for dogs) protect your dog’s eyes from the elements (foreign objects, wind, UV rays), with snug-fitting frames, foam padding for comfort, 100% UV protection, polycarbonate (shatterproof) and anti-fog lenses, and adjustable elastic head and chin straps. $19.90 at

t A Cold One for Canines Knock back a cold one with your canine, with a six-pack of Bowser Beer. This non-alcoholic beverage is made with USDA-grade beef and chicken, malt barley and glucosamine for joint health. You can also customize your label with your canine. Cheers! $20 at

Through the Woods u Now your pooch can be stylish inside and out, with Molly Mutt’s new duvets made especially for the great outdoors: water-resistant, durable and fully gusseted for extra comfort. Add a stuff sack to repurpose your old blankets, towels, pillows and clothes to stuff inside the duvet. $25 to $50 at and

t Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) has a new line of deliciously soft plush toys, made from the same furniture grade fabrics and eco-friendly filler as its award winning pet beds. The new Garden Fresh line features six tasty styles in vegetable and fruit shapes, and includes a yummy dog treat recipe with each toy. $6.90-$13.50 each or as a set for $39.90 at and 14 • CityDog Magazine

{cool products} what’s cool for hot dogs Pillow Talk u Decorate your dog-centric house with pillows featuring your favorite four-legged friends. These pillows by Yveborg Design are completely customizable and perfect for any pooch lover. Pick your favorite breed and color or provide a photo of your own pooch. Each pillow is printed on a 16x16” cotton/linen pillow case. $39 at

t More Pillow Talk Dog lovers will drool over these whimsical designs by

Ecarlate Boutique, featuring a Boston terrier or French bulldog wearing a crown (or customize with your favorite breed). Each throw pillow cover is constructed of ivory and black ticking fabric, fabric ink and taupe-colored cotton backing. Accomodates a 14” x 14” pillow insert. $27 at

t Chew on This Like all P.L.A.Y. products, these chew toys are made with top quality materials such as velvet and micro-suede paired with hand-made craftsmanship, a double layer exterior, and a doublestitched edge. Also, eco-friendly, each toy is filled with 100% postconsumer recycled plastic bottles. Available in five different colors. $8.90 for small or $10.90 for medium at

Snooze in Style u The DoggySnooze by Dutch Dog Design is an elevated, orthopedic, and chew-resistant dog sofa that allows your pooch to lounge in luxury. $119 to $175 at

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{cool products} what’s cool for hot dogs t Come Sail Away Ahoy matey! It’s all paws on deck with these nautical-themed dog collars by Chloe’s Collars, featuring anchors, life rafts, sailboats, flags and a ship’s wheel. The collar is backed with red nylon webbing and the bow tie is attached with an elastic loop that can easily be removed; leashes to match are also available, or check out the website for many more styles and patterns. $38 at

Anchors Away u Safety and style come together with these personalized pet identification tags by Sofa City Sweethearts. Choose from a bunch of themes including Nautical, (seen here), Hello My Name Is and Confetti. There will be no introductions needed with these cool tags. $9.99 at

t Booties for Bowser Protect your pup’s paws with a pair of “dog boots” by Pawz. Booties come in packs of 12 and are disposable, reusable and waterproof. Like a sock, Pawz moves with your dog, allowing full paw motion and maximum comfort on a walk or hike, and is made with 100% biodegradable rubber. $12.00 at

More Pillow Talk p The exclusive designs created by artists from around the country for P.L.A.Y.’s awardwinning line of pet beds can now be found on P.L.A.Y. Pillows. The 18” x 18” pillows come in nine different patterns including Dog’s Life (seen here) for a style to match every personality. $34.90 at and 16 • CityDog Magazine

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Go Long with GoDogGo p The G3 Fetch Machine by GoDogGo makes playing fetch with Fido a whole new ball game. This fetching machine is remote controlled and launches tennis balls 45+ feet at 7- or 15-second intervals. $138 at Fall 2012 • 17

{citydog scene} pics from the puparazzi

CityDog Muttmixer | Dog Day on Elliott Bay It was a spectacular Summer Muttmixer, with over 100 peeps and their pooches joining CityDog Magazine and Argosy Cruises for a caninefriendly cruise to Blake Island, a 475-acre state park located just a hop, skip and boat ride away from downtown Seattle. The sun was shining and the tails were wagging as two- and four-legged alike enjoyed a fabulous, fun-filled Dog Day on Elliott Bay. You can view all of the amazing photos at and be sure to sign up to receive special invitations to future CityDog events. photography by julie clegg

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alexis hotel Located in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square, the Alexis Hotel wins high praises from people and pooches alike.

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The Alexis Hotel welcomes all guests as personal friends—a warm smile, a kind word and maybe even a wet nose and wagging tail. In the lobby, a colorful, chalkboard sign greets canine guests by name, “Welcome Bear! Welcome Bella!” and don’t be surprised to receive a welcome “woof” at the front desk. “We treat our dogs just like we treat our guests,” says Jenne Neptune, Alexis’ general manager. “We want all dogs to feel welcome, comfortable and have fun just like we hope their owners do.” In the lobby, you’ll often see two- and four-legged guests mingling. Staff members are frequently accompanied by their canine companions, and the furry friends sometimes lend a paw and help register guests at reception. Upon arrival, visiting pooches are provided with treats and leopard-print dog beds which match the Alexis’ signature bath robes. Such pampering is why famous faces—such as pop star Rihanna and her toy poodle—have chosen the Alexis. The Alexis, a Kimpton hotel, is located on the edge of Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle. Built in 1901, the building was a hub for Klondike Gold Rush business. The current hotel underwent an extensive renovation in 2007, updating its 121 guest rooms and creating a cool, cosmopolitan vibe. The DNA of the building, however, remains apparent thanks to original, exposed brick walls and arched windows. Remnants of the city’s 19th-century storefronts— part of “Underground Seattle”—are visible via the hotel’s underground parking garage.

Clockwise from top left: Our model Harrison poses with a painting, one of many throughout the hotel; the Alexis welcomes two- and four-legged alike; bicycles are available for exploring; it’s all in the details. Above: The Alexis is a popular destination for authors, who often autograph their editions. 20 • CityDog Magazine

“There are architectural details that you don’t see in a lot of the modern hotels. It makes the building really unique and beautiful,” says Neptune. Minus one dog-free guest floor, canine visitors of all sizes are welcome throughout the hotel. “My parents have a Leonberger named Caliber,” says Neptune. “He’s about as big as they come, around 150 pounds, and loves visiting.” With nine types of rooms, accommodations are spacious and include amenities ranging from wood-burning fireplaces to hand-crafted, four-poster beds. Rooms are animated with pops of color—apple-red lamps, neon flower vases, a rainbow of pillows. Many spaces showcase breathtaking views of Elliott Bay and the downtown landscape.

The hotel is dedicated to “the art of living” and the philosophy is evident throughout. The “Gallery Art Walk” features permanent and rotating art collections spotlighting Northwest artists. Individual rooms are decorated with special attention to the arts—visual, literary, music and more. “Several of our executive suites are dedicated to local art entities such as Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB), Experience Music Project (EMP), Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and KMTT (radio station). The organizations provided items and helped decorate,” says Neptune. The one-of-a-kind suites reflect Seattle’s diverse arts communities. The PNB suite boasts oversized artwork of dancers defying gravity and autographed pointe shoes. KMTT’s room features guitars signed by bands such as Coldplay and the BoDeans, and EMP’s suite, new as of 2012, includes

vintage concert posters and a hallway-long mural of graffiti art. For SAM, a museum curator selects artwork which changes quarterly. Additional options include the Seattle Symphony and Canlis Glass suites. Thanks to the décor, visitors can obtain a sense of Seattle without ever leaving the hotel. However, the Alexis also offers options for hands-on exploration. If you’re inspired by the artwork, expand your horizons with a free day pass to SAM. It’s within walking distance or take one of the Alexis’ complimentary bicycles for a spin. Available in the lobby, the vintage-style

Clockwise from top: Harrison relaxes in the hotel’s signature Author’s Suite, where you can curl up with a good book next to a toasty fire; a chalkboard sign welcomes each four-legged guest; enjoy a game of checkers and a glass of wine in the hotel’s inviting lobby area.

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The Library Bistro has an old-world, supper club charm thanks to high-backed booths, warm woods and leather throughout. Both the Library Bistro and Bookstore Bar are aptly named courtesy of towering bookshelves which line the walls. The Alexis is overflowing with thousands of books ranging from historical medical anthologies to Henry James novels. Visitors are encouraged to browse and read or buy any book for $5. For serious bibliophiles, the Author Suite is hardcover heaven. The Alexis is a popular destination for renowned authors who autograph their editions, which are included in the suite’s permanent library.

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Another popular, fresh-air activity are the twice-weekly runs guided by hotel employees. Offered on Wednesdays and Fridays, the 3.5-5 mile excursions trace the waterfront. Dogs are welcome and Harrison, the four-legged friend of an Alexis staff member, often joins. For a leashed, selfguided stroll, nearby Occidental Park is filled with activity and fun.

“The bacon is to die for. I love it!” says Neptune of the house-made bacon, good on its own or as the divine inspiration behind the Library Bistro’s bacon cinnamon rolls.

If canine companions feel more like lounging than exercising, the Alexis can arrange for in-room dog-sitting. However, “Probably 90% of the time guests just bring dogs to the lobby and we watch them behind the front desk,” says Neptune. After working up an appetite from sightseeing, the Library Bistro and Bookstore Bar offer something for every taste. Seattle native Chef David Hatfield arrived at the 22 • CityDog Magazine

Chef Hatfield’s talent for taste is also informed by a dedication to sustainability. He uses locally-sourced food whenever possible. As of spring 2012, many ingredients are only an elevator ride away. The Alexis’ rooftop garden supplies herbs and vegetables such as zucchini, tomatoes, chives, tarragon and more. Chef Hatfield also partners with the Pike Brewing Company and utilizes their spent beer grains to make the Library Bistro’s breakfast granola. Mixed with oats, a variety of nuts, honey and more, it is the all-time tastiest and healthiest start to your day.

At the Bookstore Bar, patrons can nosh on the signature Wild Boar or Lamb Burgers—meats are hand ground—and sample one of the 150 available whiskeys. Monthly whiskey tastings are held every third Monday. After a flight of whiskeys, grab one of the many available board games—Pictionary, Clue or Jenga—for a particularly “spirited” game! “We understand what our values are at the Alexis. Whether it’s sustainability with our rooftop garden, being eco-friendly or encouraging a general sense of wellness by welcoming pets, these are the things we’re passionate about,” says Neptune. From literary tales to wagging tails, a visit to the Alexis is an occasion to celebrate.

More Information The Alexis Hotel 1007 1st Avenue South Seattle, Wash. 98104 206.624.4844 Clockwise from above: Friendly staff greet each guest, two- and four-legged alike; Harrison chills out next to a woodburning fireplace in the Author’s Suite; sample one of 150 whiskeys available in the Bookstore Bar.

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pup-friendly pioneer Square Pioneer Square lays claim to many things: birthplace of Seattle for one. But, did you know it can now claim canine-friendliness? Yes, indeed!

written by deanna duff photography by tushna lehman

Pioneer Square is Seattle’s original downtown neighborhood and is rich in both

people and pet history. The mix of old Seattle architecture, contemporary shops and an abundance of good eats and activities make it a must-see for locals and visitors alike—and, of course, doggie day trippers! Historical In and Outs, Down and Under. Settlers arrived in 1852, but Pioneer Square truly hit its stride after being rebuilt following Seattle’s Great Fire of 1889. Rather than rebuilding in the marshy tide flats, the area was filled, raised and brick and stone buildings were built atop the charred remains. Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour (free-$16 admission) provides a glimpse of the original city via subterranean passages. Colorful, all-ages commentary about plumbing problems and prostitutes not only educates, but entertains!

After the tour, take a stroll in Pioneer Place Park and enjoy some shade under the iron Pergola built in 1909. Built the same year, the nearby bronze bust of Chief Seattle honors the Native-American leader’s local legacy. For canine history buffs, it also originally marked a water fountain used by dogs and horses. During the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s, the area became a bustling business district, and newspapers wrote about the prospectors and their “teams of trained dogs, trotting about” town. At the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park/Visitor Center, learn about the era, pan for gold or join one of the free, daily 2:00 p.m. ranger-led walking tours of Pioneer Square. Tours end at the Smith Tower and participants receive discounted Tower admission. Built in 1914, it was one of the world’s first skyscrapers. Ride the original brass and copper elevators—the last West Coast building still employing elevator operators—to visit the 35th-floor, open-air observation deck.

Top, clockwise from left: Dogs will drool for the newly-opened Pioneer Pet Feed & Supply; the Central Saloon is a permanent fixture in Pioneer Square; a Seattle favorite, Salumi; the “Snack Bar” at Pioneer Pet. Above: Candied apples at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

The Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum and Last Resort Fire Department Museum depict life in uniform from the 1800s to present. For law enforcement enthusiasts, the Police Museum (admission $3-$5) showcases weaponry, artifacts and even a historic jail cell. Opened in 2008, the Fire Museum (free admission) showcases historical vehicles—such as an 1834 hand-pumper—older than Washington State itself. In addition to learning about Seattle’s Great Fire, Fall 2012 • 23

salivate over their salamis! They serve monster sandwiches and house-made soups and pastas to the lunchtime crowd. Lines snake around the block, but canine companions often ease the wait (and sometimes sneak free meat samples!). A bonus, if Salumi’s indoor seating is filled (almost inevitable!), head to the Waterfall Garden Park. This hidden gem has plenty of outdoor seating—covered and not—surrounded by azaleas, rhododendrons and geraniums. The 22-foot gushing waterfall makes it an oasis for city folk and canines alike.

ask about Smokey—the fire house’s former, resident Dalmatian. Follow up with a meal at McCoy’s Firehouse—details below. Savories, Sweets and Doggie Treats. To sat-

isfy your puppy’s palate, head to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, which offers “chocolate”-dipped dog bones ($3.95/$6.95) packaged in paw-print cellophane bags. Not true chocolate, they’re scrumptious and safe for canine consumption. For the human sweet tooth, cases are filled with truffles, locally-made Full Tilt ice cream, giant caramel apples and everything from chocolatedipped Oreos to Twinkies. Dog-lovers will especially love Rocky Mountain’s “Bark” candy in various flavors. 24 • CityDog Magazine

McCoy’s Firehouse and The Central Saloon are both famous for furry faces. Per city rules, restaurants cannot admit pets, but these eateries remain dog devotees at heart. McCoy’s is especially perfect following a Fire Museum visit. Housed in an 1898 brick building and packed with fire memorabilia, visitors feel like they’re ready to gear up themselves. The Central Saloon, opened in 1892, has served everyone Clockwise from top: Mike Hill and Harrison enjoy Waterfall from Gold Rush miners to Garden Park; outside seating at Zeitgeist Coffee provides Boeing engineers. In ada place to chill with a capuccino and your canine; all dition to food and drinks, signs point to Pioneer Pet Feed & Supply. it hosts live music. Many legendary Seattle bands—including Nirvana It wouldn’t be a proper day in Seattle and Pearl Jam—have rocked the Central. without a cup of coffee. Cherry Street Coffee House is a great spot following the UnderShop, Drop and Roll. Pioneer Pet Feed Supground Tour. Located in a historic building, ply is destined to become Pioneer Square’s there is underground seating and the shop’s doggie hotspot. Another underground gem, offices are located in an antique bank vault. owner David Bovard opened the shop in For those with artistic inclinations, Zeitgeist June 2012 partially to honor his dog Irko—a Coffee has a European flair and is home to tattoo on Bovard’s bicep memorializes the rotating art exhibits. Grab some reading to precious pup. The shop exudes old-world accompany your cup of joe at the in-house charm thanks to original, rounded doornewsstand with everything from The New ways, stained-glass lamps and antique, York Times to Financial Times. The selfpet-themed postcards decorating the proclaimed “dog-crazy” baristas welcome counter. The store stocks a variety of local, visiting pooches to lounge in the covered, Northwest products, such as Mukilteo’s outdoor entrance. Himalayan Dog Chews, and is dedicated Pioneer Square is filled with some of to healthy, affordable options. “We want Seattle’s favorite and historic lunch haunts. to do business with companies that have Salumi Artisan Cured Meats is worldthe animals’ best interests in mind,” says renowned for its artisan-cured meats—you’ll Bovard. Dogs will especially go wild for the

“Singles Snack Bar”—oldfashioned, apothecary-type glass jars filled with tasty treats such as sweet potato slices, freeze-dried cheddar cheese bits and hemp banana treats. For a novel experience, drop by the Globe Bookstore. 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, Sam Day Studio & Gallery, and his gorgeous and gregarious dog, Ruby. To commemorate a day exploring Pioneer Square—either pictorially or permanently—consider a trip to Klondike Penny’s Old Time Portrait Studio or Shotgun Ceremonies. At Klondike Penny’s, take a photo dressed in clothes from yesteryear—a society lady, brothel madame or pistolpackin’ outlaw. Dogs are welcome with or without costumes. If your Pioneer Square outing inspires you to create a more enduring, to-have-and-hold-forever bond, you can get married at Shotgun Ceremonies. Decor is a mix of candy-colored angel wings and pink shotguns, but the best part is your best man can also be man’s best friend—dogs are welcome to attend!

Top: Mike Hill and Harrison enjoy a stroll through Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park. Above: Harrison is happy among the plethora of books at Globe Bookstore. Cherry Street Coffee House

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horses+hounds The Yakima Valley is the perfect hub for horse and hound lovers alike. And, if you also love wine, then you have found Nirvana.

written by brandie ahlgren Photography by julie clegg

Nirvana is a strong word, but I love dogs, I love horses and I love wine. When I have all three...Nirvana. And, at Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn, located in the heart of the Yakima Valley’s wine country, you have all three. You also have luxury teepees. Have I blown your mind? Cherry Wood’s claim to fame is its luxury, and totally dog-friendly teepees and there’s no, roughing it here. Each 20-square-foot teepee is outfitted in classic Western fare, with a queen-size, cushy bed, piled high with Pendleton wool blankets and down pillows. However, don’t let the luxury fool you. Cherry Wood is also a working farm, home to 33 horses (28 of which are rescues). It’s also home to owners Pepper and Terry Fewel and their three rescue dogs, Stuka, Peewee and Jessie. Their main enterprise is farming, with acres of apple and cherry orchards surrounding the property—but, not to worry—they won’t put you to work. You (and your pooch) are there to be pampered. Photographer Julie Clegg and I have made the three-hour drive from Seattle to attend the annual Canine & Wine Walk, which kicks off at Cherry Wood (I will get to that later). Upon arrival in Yakima, we are met by the Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau’s director of tourism Katie Heaverlo and her dog Cooper, our four-legged model for the next two days. Katie whisks us to lunch at Second Street Grill, located in downtown Yakima, where we nosh on BLTs and cobb salads piled high with chicken, avacado, tomatoes, egg, bleu cheese and more bacon. Yum! With bellies full (Cooper included), we decide it’s a good idea to work off some of that bacon and opt for a hike at the Chowiche Creek Conservancy. Located, six miles northwest of downtown Yakima, Cowiche Creek winds between the towering cliffs of Cowiche Canyon. The former railroad line is now an unpaved trail, framed with basalt and andesite rock as it winds to make nine crossings of Cowiche Creek. From its high point located atop Cowiche Knoll, you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the valley and surrounding hilltops. Feeling less ambitious, we decide to enjoy the view (and wine) at Wilridge Vineyard, with 85 acres of vineyards, orchards and sageland bluffs.

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The Fido-friendly, 1900s era farmhouse at Wilridge hosts a branch of Seattle’s Pike Place Market’s popular Wines of Washington Tasting Rooms, and of course features the winery’s entire lineup of fine varietals. Cooper enjoys a dog treat, while we enjoy a sampling of reds: the Tasting Room is a cooperative of Washington wineries and features dozens of other local wines in addition to Wilridge’s. Next, we visit Naches Heights Vineyard. The vibe here is spa-like, with a tasting room featuring an indoor/outdoor fireplace and comfy leather sofas. Outside, the grounds are beautiful, with seating areas on the patio, next to a waterfall or under a pergola near the vineyard. We enjoy a bottle of Chardonnay while Cooper enjoys a nap in the afternoon sun. Done with wine tasting for the day, we head to Russillo’s Pizza, an authentic New York style pizzeria, featuring Washington wines, a full bar, classic and gourmet pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, salads and what we’ve come for...homemade gelato! With cones in hand (including one for Cooper), we take a stroll along the boardwalk of Track 29,

located in the historic section of downtown Yakima. Track 29 is lined with refurbished train cars transformed into unique shops. It’s been a long day of exploration and I am ready to head to Cherry Wood for some rest and relaxation before dinner. Cherry Wood is located near Zillah, a quaint town of approximately 2,700 residents which lies just on the outskirts of the Rattlesnake Hills American Viticultural Area. On our drive, I can’t help but admire the surrounding landscape. Yakima is situated in the Yakima Valley, an area noted for apple, wine and hop production. In fact, the Yakima Valley produces 75% of all hops grown in the United States and is one of the most important hop growing regions in the world.

Previous page, clockwise from top: One of the Fewel’s rescues, Peewee; a little girl and her dog at Wilridge Vineyard; a vintage gas station in Zillah; one of Cherry Wood’s rescued horses. This page, clockwise from top: Cooper checks out the teepee at Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn; this outdoor wash stand at Cherry Wood is right out of the Old West; Pepper Fewel with her rescue dogs (from left), Jessie (sherpherd mix), Peewee (terrier mix) and Stuka (German shepherd). Fall 2012 • 27

with a dog-friendly patio area, where you can enjoy one of many fine microbrews, while sampling baked brie with roasted garlic, Caesar salad, pork tenderloin medallions with apple Dijon sauce, or a New York steak with caramelized onions. For more casual dining, you can also enjoy wood fired pizzas and gourmet burgers. We go with burgers and beers, while attempting to save room for s’mores later by the fire. Back at Cherry Wood, we find a stack of wood next to the firepit and all of the fixin’s for s’mores, so we settle in and take in the stars blanketing the sky and the quiet countryside surrounding us. The next morning, the farm is bustling with activity, but first things first... breakfast. Included in your stay at Cherry Wood is a gourmet breakfast. Today we are served Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, scrambled eggs, thick cut bacon (yes, more bacon), fresh squeezed orange juice and of course, coffee. All of this is served with white linens on the patio overlooking the farm. After breakfast, we join Pepper and Tiffany at the horse corall where it’s This page, clockwise from top: Cooper enjoys the teebustling with activity. Today, pee’s queen size bed piled high with Pendleton wool a farrier is there to fit each blankets and pillows; taking in expansive views from the horse with new shoes. With two-person (or, one person, one dog) swing at Cherry 33 horses, including Shetland Wood; signs point the way to horses and teepees. Next page, clockwise from top: Teepees illuminate the night; pony Wild Bill, it’s a big job! wine tasting at Naches Heights Vineyard; enjoying a stroll along 10 miles of paved pathway through the Greenway, also known as the “Jewel of Yakima.”

It is also home to almost half of the wineries in Washington state, many of which are dog friendly, which we will discover more about at tomorrow’s Canine & Wine Walk. As we approach Cherry Wood, we can see the teepees dotting the horizon—which I have to admit, is not something I see every day living in Seattle. We follow the signs pointing to “Teepees” (see above) and are warmly greeted by Tiffany Fewel, owners Pepper and Terry’s daughter, and Stuka, the Fewels’ rescued German shepherd. Stuka leads the way, while we get a quick tour 28 • CityDog Magazine

of the property. Julie and I each have our own teepee, with a queen size bed, compact refrigerator, and separate super-clean and private “water closet.” Rounding out the amenities is an outside seating area and firepit, barbecue, private open-air showers, and outdoor claw foot tubs for a soak under the stars. Paradise. After our tour, we hop in the car with Katie and Cooper and head to Snipes Mountain Brewery, a family restaurant and brewery located in Sunnyside, Washington. The brewery has a lodge-like atmosphere,

Although Cherry Wood once raised all of its own horses, Pepper and Tiffany now focus on rehabilitating abandoned and neglected horses. When these horses are again happy and healthy they are evaluated for use on the wine rides. Most are senior citizens who seem to thoroughly enjoy semiretirement at Cherry Wood, where they are well fed, well cared for and get lots of apples and attention from guests. Guests can enjoy a leisurely ride through the countryside with stops for wine tasting along the way. However, today we are wine tasting on foot with our canine companions. Cherry Wood is the starting point to the Canine & Wine

Walk, an annual event to raise money for Yakima Valley Pet Rescue. At 11 a.m., people and their pooches show up at the farm to stroll through the vineyards to nearby wineries for dog-friendly tastings. Our first winery is Cultura, located adjacent to the Cherry Wood orchards and owned by Tad and Sarah Fewel (yes, it’s a family affair—Tad is Pepper and Terry’s son). The tasting room at Cultura is lovely and the wine is superb. I can’t help but purchase a bottle of their flagship wine, Kairos, a delicious blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Cultura is the hub for the Canine & Wine Walk, and it is hopping, with hot dogs grilling on the barbecue and cool, adoptable dogs hoping to find their forever home. Next, we move on to Paradisos del Sol, a wine estate that is family, dog, bicycle, and horse friendly. In Spanish, “paradisos del sol” means “gardens of the sun,” and this little slice of paradise is perfect for wine tasting with your pooch. Up the road, we stop in at Silverlake Winery, which features dramatic views from their “Viniferanda,” overlooking the vineyard and Valley. Cooper enjoys a spot in the shade, while we enjoy Silverlake’s awardwinning wines. Next, we head to Toppenish, a community of approximately 9,000 people located entirely within the bounds of the Yakama Indian Nation, about 20 miles southeast of Yakima. The town’s pride and joy are its 73 painted outdoor, historical murals, which cover almost every available outdoor wall space and lends to its Old West charm. Each mural tells a story of early development of Toppenish, and its rich history and cultural diversity. And, bonus: Toppenish’s average of 300 days of sunshine makes it a great place to visit with your pooch! Speaking of weather, we are there in May and the daytime temperature is a steady high of 80 degrees, which is perfect. During peak summer months, temperatures can soar into the 90s and even 100s, but

it’s also high desert country, so night time temperatures can be in the 50s to 60s. Dress for heat during the day and bring layers for cool evenings (I even made use of the electric blanket provided by the folks at Cherry Wood to keep me warm and cozy in my teepee). It is also worth noting that the climate is dry, so bring plenty of water for you and your travel hound. After Toppenish, we head to Wapato, located about 10 miles southwest of Yakima. Here, we visit Imperial’s Garden, named after the Imperial family, and a fixture in the community for the past 22 years. Imperial’s Garden does a robust business from its first offering, asparagus, in mid-April, to its last pumpkin in late October. Depending on the season, you can also find snap peas, beets, onions, garlic, squash, beans, cucumbers, corn, and Wapato sweet onions—either by perusing the produce stands or picking your own! Again, we are there in May, so I am going home with some beautiful asparagus.

On our way out of town, we make a must-visit to the Yakima Greenway, fondly known as “The Jewel of Yakima.” The Greenway features ten miles of paved pathway, three parks, two fishing lakes, four river access landings along with protected and natural areas, and a fully-fenced, off-leash area for your furry friend. It’s the perfect place to spend the day with your dog, whether you enjoy walking, bird watching, fishing, running, biking, skating, picnicking or simple solitude. Nirvana. For more information about each of the places we visited, please turn to the next page. Fall 2012 • 29

Russillo’s Pizza and Gelato 1 W. Yakima Ave., Suite 4, Yakima, Wash. 509.453.0295; Snipes Mountain Brewery & Restaurant 905 Yakima Valley Hwy., Sunnyside, Wash. 509.837.2739; Cultura Winery 3601 Highland Drive, Zillah, Wash. 509.829.0204; Paradisos del Sol Winery 3230 Highland Drive, Zillah, Wash. 509.829.9000; Dineen Vineyards 2980 Gilbert Road, Zillah, Wash. 509.829.6897;

Cooper enjoys a scoop of gelato from Russillo’s Pizza on the boardwalk at Track 29.

More Information Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn 3271 Roza Drive, Zillah, Wash. 509.829.3500; Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center 101 N. Fair Avenue, Yakima, Wash. 509.573.3388;

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Second Street Grill 28 N. 2nd Street, Yakima, Wash. 509.469.1486; The Tasting Room at Wilridge Vineyard 250 Ehler Road, Yakima, Wash. 509.966.0686; Naches Heights Vineyard 2410 Naches Heights Rd., Yakima, Wash. 509.945.4062;

Silverlake Winery 1500 Vintage Road, Zillah, Wash. 509.829.6235; Toppenish Chamber of Commerce 504 South Elm, Toppenish, Wash. 509.865.3262; Imperial’s Garden 4817 Lateral A Road, Wapato, Wash. 509.877.2766 Yakima Greenway 111 S. 18th Street, Yakima, Wash. 509.453.8280;

{citydog living} celebrating life with dog

written by deborah rosen PHotography by Thomas Ferguson

p Rex talks about his life goals.

A modern love story

sible Bronx accent. It must have worked because 30 minutes later I had this orange ball of fire pulling me cartoon-style down the street.

I was 32, living in San Francisco in a house with two roommates. I had just ended a relationship with a woman (my first) for whom I had ended my marriage to a man two years earlier. It was a difficult and confusing time—and it was time, I decided, to not be in a relationship with anyone. Clearly, I had a lot to learn about myself and about how to be in a successful adult relationship. But, how would I learn anything by being by myself?

I brought him home and introduced him to one of my housemates and her dog, an Old English sheepdog named Tuxedo. Oliver ran up to the dog, put his “arms” around her and smiled. (Yes, Oliver smiled!) My roommate looked at me with a similar smile and remarked, “Okay, he can stay.” Right away Oliver taught me to withhold judgment upon meeting new people and to greet them with open arms.

I know I’m pushing the limits of modern love when I tell you that my first real love was Oliver Twist, the dog. He was a husky terrier mix, adopted from San Francisco Animal Care and Control (aka the “pound”) when he was seven months old. Like his famous namesake, he had a sad and forlorn expression on his face—his big expressive brown eyes begging for “more soup, Sir.” He was orange with a white husky mask— odd looking, to say the least. It was love at first sight.

Being alone felt scary, at best, and I thought it would help to have some companionship. A dog, perhaps, would be something I could have a relationship with and not screw up. I had a cat, but a dog would offer more affection and that was something I did need. Maybe I’d even learn a few things about how to care for someone selflessly. Because he was a stray, I had to wait three days to make sure his owner didn’t claim him. I barely slept for three nights and could hardly concentrate at work. I went to see him every day—I had it bad! Already he was teaching me the virtues of patience—good things come to those who wait. The day he became “available” was a workday. I feigned sickness, ducked out of an important meeting, and arrived just as a young couple was about to adopt him. “There’s no way in hell you’re taking this dog,” was all I could muster, in my best pos-

Adopting Oliver opened up and set in motion the rest of my life. You might think some hyperbole is mixed into that statement, but this is simply not so. My life lessons, courtesy of Oliver, began immediately!

Before long, he discovered the garden, which he proceeded to dissect one plant at a time, until he found the spiny cactus. With it latched onto his nose, and in obvious pain, he spun around several times like a discus thrower and flung it into the air. With an ear-to-ear smile, he pranced proudly around the yard having conquered the yard monster from hell. Oliver proved that pain and adversity could, in fact, be overcome with conviction and a smile on your face. Fall 2012 • 31

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Oliver became a natural part of the household, learning quickly what parts of the house were off-limits to him. My bedroom, occupied by the aging and dog-fearing cat, was sadly not accessible to him. He would lie down right at the threshold of the room and never cross that unmarked barrier. He understood and taught me the importance of boundaries in relationship to others. It was a lesson I really needed to learn. We would walk the trails above San Francisco’s Ocean Beach and as a treat I would take off his leash and let him run on the beach. On one such occasion he found a dead seal and rubbed himself all over its foul smelling, decaying body. He was forever after nicknamed “tuna head” for the smell that permeated from him and the car driving home to bathe him. Speaking of baths, this was not a favorite activity for Oliver, and because of that it became unpleasant for me as well. The mere mention of the word was enough to send him into a deep depression. He also did not like being referred to as a “bad dog.” This too sent him into a funk. In my human relationships, I’d always been accused of being oversensitive. Now I had an ultrasensitive dog. He helped me to appreciate how troublesome I must have been for my past partners.

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The other thing that would cause Oliver pain was being left for long periods, during vacations or work trips. Since Oliver was such a lovely guy, I never had a problem finding a friend to care for him in my absence. Once, after a weeklong absence, I went to collect him at a good friend’s house and he literally turned and walked away

from me. It was clear that I wasn’t the only one with abandonment issues. I quickly came to realize how privileged I was to be in the company of such a wonderful spirit. He would keep me company in the kitchen when I prepared meals and on one occasion, as I was cleaning and chopping vegetables, he stared up at me in a different way. I couldn’t quite figure out what he wanted until I thought to toss him some broccoli stalks. He gobbled them down like they were a T-Bone. Shocked, I tried some raw asparagus, carrots and cabbage. All went down just as quickly. So, to live a long and healthy life we need a balanced diet with lots of fresh veggies. The life lessons continued. After being together for about five years, Oliver and I met my current partner, Suzanne. At the time, she was not a fan of dogs. It didn’t take long for Oliver to win her over. About a year later we moved 800 miles north to Washington State and things were stressful between us, and, as a result, for Oliver. The new house was a larger space than we’d had before and he became very anxious, pacing from room to room, panting and unable to eat. A short bout of separation anxiety followed as he struggled to adjust to our new living situation. I’m sure the tension between us spilled over onto him. Change may be a good thing, but stress can be a “buzz-kill,” even for the happiest of critters. Oliver rebounded and learned to love his new home and new friends; however, once when I went back home to New York, Oliver decided to go MIA. Huskies are known for wanderlust and Oliver was no different. He made his way across many busy streets to the campus of the university where Suzanne teaches. Having been there many times to visit, he parked himself in front of her build-

ing. After frantically searching everywhere, she found him there waiting patiently. That day Oliver taught us both an important lesson—be attentive to those you love or they’ll walk away! When he turned 12, I decided to make a career change—Oliver’s many great lessons could be put to good use. I decided to become a dog trainer. He was at an age when most dogs would be retired, but he became my first canine assistant. He’d hang out during puppy classes and tolerate the little ones biting and licking him and would calmly pick up a paw to restrain their enthusiasm, demonstrating a ridiculous amount of patience—the kind I would need to be successful in my new career. I followed his lead again. I often introduced him to aggressive dogs to de-sensitize them. He endured many tests of patience and courage. Although he was still in relatively good health, I decided to retire him from work after he turned 13. He was still in great health and didn’t seem to be slowing down much. I deceived myself into thinking he might live forever. I guess I still had more to learn.

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By age 15 he’d become quite deaf and would startle easily. His ability to get around had been compromised—his back leg muscles started to degenerate and he’d slip on the slick faux-wood kitchen floor. He’d developed arthritis in his spine and he got a narcotic to relieve the pain. Because of this and other internal issues, he became incontinent. This is a dog that would never soil inside the house. Although I never got upset when he had an accident, I could see it upset him. He was losing some of the wonderful natural dignity that was so endemic to him. In the process of aging, and now, dying, Oliver was teaching me the hardest and the most important lesson of all—when to let go. In my relationships with people, this was always my greatest challenge. Letting go was just something I didn’t do well. It was time to learn this lesson and Oliver was the one, of course, to teach it to me. Suzanne and I are still together and we have two dogs we both love and an adult relationship we work on almost daily. Teachers and great loves come in all forms. Mine was a four-legged mutt with a mask and a fluffy tail.

Deborah Rosen is a dog trainer in Tacoma, Wash. She writes and publishes articles and is an ongoing contributor to CityDog Magazine on dog training and behavior. Fall 2012 • 33

{citydog social calendar} make a date with your dog Reading With Rover September 1 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Public Library, 311 Maple Avenue. September 22 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Public Library, 1070 Village Way. September 22 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Public Library, 650 Main Street.

Westie Walk September 8 • Portland, Ore. Registration begins at 9 a.m., walk begins 10 a.m. at Wallace Park, NW 25th & Raleigh. Hundreds of Westies take their owners to Northwest Portland for a 1½ mile walk and lots of attention. Dogs who are friends of Westies are welcome to join the fun. $20 per dog.

PAWSwalk/CityDog Cover Dog Model Search at Marymoor Park September 8 • Seattle, Wash. Join the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) at Redmond’s Marymoor Park for a 5k walk (with or without your dog), animal-friendly shopping, free samples, canine agility course, a kids zone, and the seventh annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search. That’s right, we’re looking for our next dog to grace the cover of CityDog Magazine and raising money for PAWS while we’re at it! Space is limited, so register early for the noon cover dog event. Register for the Model Search at and the 5k walk at

Woofstock! Pets, Love, Happiness September 8 • Bozeman, Mont. Noon-5 p.m. at Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, 1549 E. Cameron Bridge Road. The biggest pet event of the summer. Fun for the whole family. Free admission. Donations appreciated. Raffles for fabulous prizes.

Bow Wow Brunch at Sorrento Hotel September 9 • Seattle, Wash. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 900 Madison St. Enjoy a brunch event at the pet-friendly Sorrento Hotel in Seattle for all pet owners and their dogs. The brunch will take place outside in the piazza (circular driveway) and will feature live music and a full menu of food and beverages for both people and dogs—proceeds from the dog food and beverage sales will benefit Seattle Humane.

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Arts for the Animals Theatre Fundraiser: Sylvia September 9 • Tacoma, Wash. Doors open 6 p.m., curtain at 7:30 p.m. at Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 North I Street. Come out for a special benefit performance of “Sylvia,” a very funny play about a man, wife and his dog—the eternal love triangle. Refreshments available. Tickets $30 in advance or $40 for a limited number of “bring your dog too” tickets. All proceeds benefit Coalition Humane Spay & Neuter Clinic.

Tour de Lab September 9 • Portland, Ore. Check in at 9 a.m. at Lucky Lab Beer Hall, 1945 NW Quimby. Get all dogged up and head out on a bicycle tour of all three Lucky Lab brew pubs on Tour de Lab, a benefit for DoveLewis. Two routes: The Puppy (18 miles) or The Big Dog (35 miles). Enjoy human treats along the way as you make your way to the finish line festival with a make-your-own hot dog extravaganza. Free pint glasses, dog ears and funny dog noses, for all riders. For more information and to register online, visit

4th Annual Bone Appetit September 9 • Santa Rosa, Calif. 1-6 p.m. at the Jean and Charles Schulz Campus, 2965 Dutton Avenue. Enjoy food and wine pairings, training demonstrations, silent and live auctions, and hear from people with disabilities about the benefits of having a Canine Companions assistance dog. This fundraising event enables Canine Companions to continue to provide highlytrained assistance dogs free of charge to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. For more information:

Vashon Sheepdog Classic Dog Trials September 14, 15 & 16 • Vashon Island, Wash. Dawn to dusk at Misty Isle Farms. Entrance to the field is on Old Mill Road. Bring a picnic or enjoy the offerings at the trial site. Admission to the trial is $5.00. Children under 12 years of age are free. Sheepdogs from across the US will have an opportunity to show their grit as they take control of the willful and wise Eastern Washington sheep used for this year’s herding competition. Your well-behaved, friendly, quiet, and vaccinated dog is welcome to attend. For more information:

Reading with Rover September 15 • Lake Forest Park, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE. September 17 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.12 p.m. Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave.

Zamzows Frisbee Festival September 15 • Boise, Ida. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ann Morrison Park. Enter your Frisbeecatching pooch in the competition or come to watch the other talented participants as they soar through the air and leap to incredible heights for the love of the game. Enter your dog in advance at any Zamzows location. All concession sales will benefit the Idaho Humane Society. Registration/Check-in starts at 9:00 a.m.

One Bond ~ One World Fall Gala September 15 • Portland, Ore. 6-11 p.m. Delta Society presents its 2nd annual fall gala with a reception, dinner, auctions and dancing at The Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison Street. This distinctive evening will highlight the extraordinary effects of the bond between humans and animals. Everyone is invited to bring their wellbehaved dogs on leash, but space is limited for four-legged attendees so reserve your space early. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

PAWS Wagfest 2012 September 16 • Bainbridge Island, Wash. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Battle Point Park. Fundraising teams compete for the coveted WagFest Cup and other excellent prizes. Trophies and prizes are also up for grabs in a variety of contests throughout the day—costume, talent, look-alike and tail wagging. Proceeds from WagFest 2012 benefit the PAWS community programs, which include the PAWS Pet Food Bank, veterinary financial assistance, low cost spay/neuter, Kitsap Lost Pets and more.

Ride for the Paws September 16 • Portland, Ore. Start point and time: Cycle Specialties, 5701- NE 105th Ave., Suite D. Doors open at 7 a.m. Last bike out at 9:30 a.m. Join this half-day motorcycle ride though spectacular Northwest scenery. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, barbecue lunch and afternoon ice cream. Last bike in at 2:30 p.m. at the Oregon Humane Society, 1067 NE Columbia Blvd. where you can enjoy ice

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{citydog social calendar} make a date with your dog cream, refreshments and a raffle drawing. All proceeds from the ride benefit the animals at the Oregon Humane Society. For more information, visit

Springer Fun Day September 16 • San Francisco, Calif. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Pine Lake Park, Sloat Blvd. & Yale Ave. Springer spaniel rescue reunion and all around fun day. Doggie games, springer grooming demonstration, potluck BBQ (hamburgers and hotdogs provided), raffle to benefit the rescue. Please RSVP with the number of guests if possible for meal planning to 510.908.1140.

Dogtoberfest September 22 • Portland, Ore. 11 a.m.5 p.m. at Lucky Lab Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne. Pack up the pooches and head on down to the Lucky Lab for Portland’s biggest dog wash. For a suggested donation of $10 per dog, DoveLewis volunteers will scrub up and dry off your dog. In addition to awesome live music, they’ll also unveil the 2013 DoveLewis calendar. Inside the brew pub you’ll find great beer and plenty of good food plus have an opportunity to visit with several pet related vendors at the street fair. All proceeds benefit the DoveLewis Blood Bank.

ACCESS Community Workshop: Pet First Aid & CPR September 22 • Kent, Wash. 2:30-4 p.m. at Family Dog Training Center, 1515 Central Ave South. This free community workshop offers pet owners an overview on canine and feline first aid and CPR. Course topics include basic anatomy, how to obtain vital signs, types and signs of shock, orthopedic injuries and basic bandaging. The seconds, minutes and hours following an emergency can be critical in determining the outcome, so learn how to help save your pet’s life. Please RSVP to

Fremont Oktoberfest/CityDog Cover Dog Model Search September 21, 22 & 23 • Seattle, Wash. Long-standing Fremont Oktoberfest favorites will be returning: Live music, the Stranger Microbrew Garden, the dogfriendly Brew-Ha-Ha 5k Fun Run and Dog Day Afternoon (Sunday only) plus a wide assortment of local arts and crafts. For fun and a good cause, enter your dog in the seventh annual CityDog Cover Dog 36 • CityDog Magazine

Model Search, Sunday, September 23 at 3 p.m. for the chance for your dog to be on a future cover of CityDog Magazine. $10 per dog with all proceeds going to Reading with Rover. Register for the Model Search at and learn more about the Fremont Oktoberfest at

FidoFest & Walk for the Animals/ CityDog Cover Dog Model Search September 23 • Seattle, Wash. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at University Village. Come celebrate all things dog. First, Walk for the Animals to benefit the Seattle Humane Society, then celebrate back at U Village with demonstrations and contests including the seventh annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Contest, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m. for the chance for your dog to be on a future cover of CityDog Magazine. $10 per dog, with all proceeds to benefit Seattle Humane Society. More information at and

Canine Classic at Paws Up September 23 • Greenough, Mont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Resort at Paws Up. You and your canine companion are invited to hike or run the beautiful trails on the grounds of the Resort at Paws Up. After the hike, enjoy a gourmet lunch (including local micro-brewed beer). Amazing prizes will be awarded to individuals collecting the most in pledge donations. Proceeds go to support the Humane Society of Western Montana. To register or for more information, visit or

Wine Tasting at NW Cellars September 25 • Kirkland, Wash. 1-5 p.m. at 11909 124th Avenue NE. Enjoy a fun afternoon to raise money for Seattle Humane Society (SHS). There will be great wines for you, treats for your dog, and they will be selling Tail Waggin Red and Whiskers White wines, and donating 40% to SHS. 100% of your Admission Fee of $20 is also donated to SHS, and includes your wine tasting.

PupCrawl 2012 September 29 • Corvallis, Ore. 3-8 p.m. Enjoy the best of drinks and foods at some of the premier pubs in town. PupCrawl will kick off at 3:00 p.m. at Jack Okole’s, then you will visit 101, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Downward Dog and Cloud & Kelly’s, Flat

Tail, and finish the night off at the Peacock at around 8:00 p.m. Your evening will end with prizes and raffles. Bring your friends to ensure a blast. 21+ only, please. Sorry, but pets are not allowed. Registration is $25. All proceeds from this event benefit Heartland Humane Society.

Animal Krackers September 29 • Bremerton, Wash. 5 p.m. at the Kitsap Conference Center, 100 Washington Avenue. Animal Krackers is an annual gala hosted by the Kitsap Humane Society. It includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, dessert and live auction. For more information, visit

Strutt for a Mutt September 29 • Tacoma, Wash. 8 p.m. in Opera Alley, Court C. If a night full of sparkling fashion and adorable adoptable pups sounds good then London Couture’s Strutt for a Mutt fashion show is an event you will not want to miss. They are teaming up with the Tacoma Humane Society to feature a night of adoptable dogs walking down the runway along with fabulous London Couture vintage styles. Enjoy live entertainment and raffle drawings throughout the evening. For more information, visit

San Francisco SPCA & Walt Disney Family Museum Adopt-a-Thon September 29 • San Francisco, Calif. 12-3 p.m. at the Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St. The WDFM has gone to the dogs during the month of September and is hosting its first Doggie Adopt-a-Thon in partnership with the SFSPCA and other local rescue groups. Join in the fun on the front lawn and participate in animal education and help our furry, four-legged friends find new homes. It’s going to be a howling good time!

Silicon Valley K9 Cancer Walk September 30 • San Jose, Calif. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way. More than six million dogs die of cancer each year; it is the number one killer of adult dogs. Join this walk and then listen to expert speakers in canine care and oncology. 100% of monies raised go to benefit Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign to fund research for canine cancer early detection, effective treatments and ultimately a cure.

{citydog social calendar} make a date with your dog Reading With Rover October 6 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Public Library, 311 Maple Avenue. October 6 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Edmonds Library, 650 Main Street. October 20 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Edmonds Library, 650 Main Street.

Make a Difference Dinner & Auction October 6 • Vancouver, Wash. 5 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver Hotel. The Humane Society for Southwest Washington invites you to join them at their 2012 primary fundraising event. Proceeds from this event will help provide more care and innovative programs for the thousands of animals that come through their doors each year. Tickets are $100 per person.

See Spot Walk 2012 October 6 • Boise, Idaho. Festivities begin at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m. Julia Davis Park is going to the dogs, See Spot Walk style! What could be more fun than spending a day with your best canine friend? How about spending the day with your best friend and several thousand other dog lovers and their dogs? And, what if you could join a fun canine parade through downtown Boise? Bring your friends, your kids, your dog(s) and of course, you! There’s plenty of entertainment, food and a one-mile walk for a great cause. For more information, visit

Canine Heroes Wine Auction & Winemakers Dinner October 6 • Napa, Calif. 5-10 p.m. at the Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way. Guide Dogs for the Blind invites you to its tenth annual Canine Heroes Wine Auction. Proceeds from this event will go toward supporting the annual veterinary costs for 4,200 program dogs and puppies. Festivities include a silent auction, reception (featuring multiple Napa Valley chefs and wineries), live auction and four-course gourmet dinner. Tickets are $300 at

Surfsand Resort Annual Dog Show on the Beach October 20 • Cannon Beach, Ore. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on the resort’s seaside backyard. Pooches from around the Northwest and beyond will compete for top honors in various categories including Oldest Looking Dog, Best Frisbee Catch, 38 • CityDog Magazine

Cutest Puppy, Best Bark and Owner Lookalike. Join the Surfsand Resort for their 15th light-hearted dog show as they raise money for the Clatsop County Animal Shelter. For more information, visit or call 1-800-547-6100.

Halloween Howl October 20 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Off-Leash Area Edmonds (O.L.A.E.) 498 Admiral Way. This 8th annual event features reduced-fee micro-chipping, raffles and silent auction, pet-friendly vendor booths, and the ever popular Doggie Costume Contest.

Doggie Palooza October 14 • Portland, Ore. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at World Forestry Center Campus, 4033 SW Canyon Rd. Attend this special one-day pet fair where you and your (well-behaved) pooch can howl in delight, sniff out new toys and treats, and learn from a variety of presentations and demonstrations. Just like last year, for one day only, dogs will be allowed to visit inside the Discovery Museum and the adjoining buildings on campus with all the retail and non profit vendors. Admission and more information at

Dog-O-Ween October 20 • Seattle, Wash. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Denny Park, 100 Dexter N (corner of Denny and Dexter). This is COLA’s (Citizens for Off Leash Areas) 13th annual fundraising event. There will be costumes, prizes, a silent auction and raffles. This year there will be separate competitions for many of the prize categories. They also expect to have a hot dog vendor on site. Come one, come all, have a good time and support your off leash areas! For more information, visit

27th Annual Dawg Dash October 21 • Seattle, Wash. 9:30 a.m. Starts at Husky Stadium. The dog-friendly Dawg Dash is more than just good for your body; it’s good for the UW student body. With an updated course route for both the 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk along with the new start and finish line located near Red Square, this year’s Dawg Dash will provide a completely new experience for all who attend. Register today for this fun-filled event! For more information, visit

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs October 27 • Seattle, Wash. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N. The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation is hosting this fund-raising auction. The event is a celebration of petfriendly Seattle and will include silent and live auctions, a raffle, dinner, drinks and a heartwarming video presentation. Tickets are $75.

Pug-o-Ween October 27 • Seattle, Wash. 1-3 p.m. at Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave N. Trick or treat! Time for your pug to come up with his or her best costume idea and compete for treats in a costume contest. There will also be fun events like pug races as well as pug-friendly vendors.

Bowser’s Boo Bash October 27 • Salem, Ore. 5 p.m. silent auction, 7 p.m. live auction and dinner at Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. SE. This highly anticipated fundraiser for the Willamette Humane Society includes a gourmet dinner, live entertainment, and silent and live auctions. To purchase tickets or for more information, go to

Guide Dogs for the Blind Luncheon November 2 • Portland, Ore. 11:30 a.m. at the Oregon Zoo Cascade Crest Banquet Center. Guide Dogs for the Blind invites you to the annual Oregon Fall Luncheon. Lunch will be served and guests will be entertained with heartwarming stories, slide presentations, and of course dogs and puppies. Proceeds from this event will support programs at GDB’s Oregon campus, including training for dogs and students and veterinary care for working guides and puppies in training. Tickets are $65. Please contact Debbie Hibbard at 503.668.2100 or e-mail

Furr Ball Dinner, Dance & Auction November 17 • Spokane, Wash. 6-11 p.m. at the Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. The 5th annual Spokane Humane Society Furr Ball dinner, dance and auction is Spokane’s premier companion animal charity benefit raising funds for the unwanted, abused, and abandoned animals. For ticket information, please contact Janna Juday at 509.467.5235, ext 12.

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