CityDog Magazine Fall 2011 Issue

Page 1

LIFE WITH DOG IN THE WEST | Seattle | Portland | San Francisco

CityDog FALL 2011

COOL STUFF for hot


WINTHROP weekend getaway

sit • stay • play


fido-friendly fairmont olympic | acclimating canines to a new casa | red dog diaries | calendar of events | and much more!


building confidence in your canine

SEATTLE green spaces US $4.95 CDN $5.95 DISPLAY UNTIL DEC ‘11

Check Out CityDog 2.0!


CityDog 2.0 is the go-to place to find all you need to know about living in the city you love with the four-legged love of your life; a place to discover doggone great getaways, seek advice on health and behavior, search for pet-related businesses and services, find local dog-centric events, meet fellow dog lovers and shop for unique products for pooches and people. So, join our online community today! Woofs & wags! CityDog Magazine




2:54 PM

Photo by J. Nichole Smith


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 green spaces Seattle has to offer (page 21), to enjoying the finer things in life at the luxurious Fairmont Olympic (page 18), to heading east in search of adventure in Winthrop, Washington, located in the heart of the Methow 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 22nd at Magnolia Manor Park. Money raised from Dog-O-Ween helps to support the Coalition for Off-Leash Areas. For more events this fall, check out the CityDog Social Calendar on page 34. Don’t miss FidoFEST on Sunday, September 25th at University Village in conjuction with the Seattle Humane Society’s Walk for the Animals. Or, Dogtoberfest at Fremont Oktoberfest, also on Sunday, September 25th in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. These events are your last opportunity of the year to enter your pooch in the CityDog Cover Dog Model Search. For more information, and to enter your dog, go to 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. And, speaking of fun stuff, be sure to check out the go-to place to find all you need to know about living in the city you love with the four-legged love of your life at With new cities being added all the time, it is a dog lover’s online community to discover great getaways, seek advice on health and behavior, search for pet-related businesses and services, find local dog-centric events, meet fellow dog lovers and shop for unique products for pooches and people. Woof! Brandie Ahlgren, Founder & Editor CityDog Magazine | P.S. Be sure to join the CityDog Pack. Follow us on Twitter {@citydogmagazine}, “like” us on Facebook and join the CityDog Social Club at!

4 • CityDog Magazine


Fr a n c is d | Sa n


g o D y Cit


tt le T | Se a TH E W ES O G IN W IT H D




CityDog magazine

q ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION $18.00 (five issues) q TWO YEAR SUBSCRIPTION $30.00 (10 issues) q

SIGN ME UP! I want to become a CityDog subscriber!


SIGN UP MY FRIEND for a CityDog gift subscription!

There’s no limit to the number of gift subscriptions. Simply enclose a separate list with your payment and we will take care of the rest!

building ce in d confi en nine your ca

for hot

• sit • stay

11 FA LL 20



ge weekend

n | Po rt la

FILL OUT, CLIP AND MAIL TO: CityDog Magazine, 6417 SW Fauntleroy Way, Ste D, Seattle, WA 98136


Make check payable to: CityDog Magazine

green US $4.95


w s to a ne ing canine h more! | acclimat uc t olympic of events | and m on irm fa ar dly s | calend fido-frien dog diarie casa | red


CDN $5.9

ww w.c

ityd og


ma ga zin


e.c om

Give the gift that has tails wagging! Or, TREAT yourself! CityDog Magazine is the only lifestyle magazine solely dedicated to life and living with dogs in the West. In each issue, you will find:















exp. mm/YY Cardholder’s billing address if different from address above

Great weekend getaways and dog-friendly places to stay throughout the West.

City State Zip

Doggy events and happenings in your area. CityDog Living, with ideas and tips on living with dog in the West. Expert advice, cool products, and much more!



Credit Card account number

The West’s dog-friendliest towns and neighborhoods.

Deluxe Digs; places where you and your pooch can lap up the luxury.


Cardholder’s signature



FALL 2011 (current issue)


HOLIDAY 2011 (next issue)

How did you hear about CityDog Magazine?


Received with adoption packet from a shelter


Purchased CityDog at my pet store


Purchased CityDog at a newsstand/book store


A friend told me about CityDog




Subscription Renewal

celebrating life with dog

CityDog magazine

FOUNDER & EDITOR Brandie Ahlgren EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Luna Azul Devin Dunivent Susan Henderson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Beth Henkes C.C. Howard Deborah Rosen CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Julie Austin Julie Clegg Jamie Pflughoeft Emily Rieman ADVERTISING SALES 206.762.0643 206.762.0643 6417 SW Fauntleroy Way, Suite D Seattle, WA 98136 LIFE WITH DOG IN THE WEST | Seattle | Portland | San Francisco

CityDog FALL 2011

COOL STUFF for hot


WINTHROP weekend getaway

sit • stay • play


fido-friendly fairmont olympic | acclimating canines to a new casa | red dog diaries | calendar of events | and much more!


building confidence in your canine


green spaces US $4.95 CDN $5.95 DISPLAY UNTIL DEC ‘11

CityDog Magazine Issue #29, Fall, September 2011. Published five times a year, 6417 SW Fauntleroy Way, Suite D, Seattle, WA 98136. Copyright 2011 CityDog Magazine. All rights reserved. SUBSCRIPTIONS are $18.00 per year within the United States. POSTMASTER: Please send change of address to CityDog Magazine, 6417 SW Fauntleroy Way, Suite D, Seattle, WA 98136. 6 • CityDog Magazine

Get the meat. Not the grain. Exactly as nature intended. Inspired by the ancestral diet of wolves, EVO® contains high levels of protein and fat with low levels of carbohydrates and starches to help your dog maintain a lean body. Caloric Distribution of a Wolf Diet of Deer *

Caloric Distribution of EVO Turkey & Chicken Formula Dog Food

47% Fat 4% Carb 49% Protein

50% Fat 11% Carb 39% Protein

EVO Turkey & Chicken Formula dog food is packed with calorically-dense, highly digestible ingredients so you can feed your dog less while providing the nutrition he needs.**

Available in dog, cat, & ferret formulas.

Available at independent pet specialty retailers E. S., Alcorn, H. L. & Jacobsen, K. L. (2002). Nutrient composition of whole vertebrate prey (excluding fish) fed in zoos. * Dierenfeld, Feed less with fewer cups per day based on 1143 kcal/day requirement for a 50 lb dog, vs Blue Buffalo-Wilderness Chicken Recipe, ** Orijen Adult, Wellness Core - Original Recipe, Before Grain - Chicken Meal, & Taste of the Wild - High Prairie Canine. “EVO” is a registered trademark and “The Ancestral Diet Meets Modern Nutrition” is a trademark of Natura Pet Products, Inc. ©2011 Natura Pet Products, Inc. NPP-11123


Fall {2011}

24 On our cover

Gracing this issue’s cover is fourmonth-old Dane puppy Parker, shot by Seattle pet photographer Julie Clegg. Parker was a trooper, hamming it up for the camera at The Stables in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. The Stables provided the perfect backdrop, originally used by The Meadows Racetrack in the very early 1900s, it features high ceilings, brick walls and beautiful wooden doors for a warm, rustic feel to the Fall cover. And, Parker was the perfect model, only requiring a few time outs for puppy playtime.


Win this P.L.A.Y. dog bed at!



14 COOL PRODUCTS 18 DELUXE DIGS Fairmont Olympic 21 DOG’S EYE VIEW Seattle Green Spaces




28 WELLNESS Pet Talk Round Up


30 BEHAVIOR Confident Canines


8 • CityDog Magazine

Pamper your pooch simply by joining us on, the go-to place to find all you need to know about living in the city you love with the four-legged love of your life! When you register, we will automatically enter you in our drawing to win an awesome dog bed from San Francisco’s own P.L.A.Y. (


On Westminster Adventure New York is going to the least Madison Square Garden is, where more than 25,000 dogs compete for Best in Show at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. And, in the company of CityDog, you can be there to witness it all. That’s right, CityDog is hosting a five-day/four-night excursion to see the greatest dog show in the world in the greatest city in the world, New York. Join us this February for the excitement as dogs and their handlers vie for the coveted Best in Show. For more details, visit

“Such a quality publication with unique and original content. Your effort really shows. We’re enjoying discovering more about CityDog. Keep up the good work.” 26 Bars & a Band

Do you like us?

Join us on Facebook and connect with fellow CityDog readers. Get regular updates on what’s happening at the magazine and other dog-centric news such as upcoming events, cool products and more.

“Steele loves CityDog! We race to the mailbox together. Thanks for the PetHub tag as well!” Chelsea Spring

“Lula loves CityDog Magazine!” Jamie Johnson

More in Travel + Living at

Pampered Pups. No

more Motel 6 for you and your mutt. We’ve dug up several of our favorite deluxe digs; places that go above and beyond for you and your four-legged, luxury loving travel companion.

Photo Galleries. From CityDog Muttmixers to the CityDog Cover Dog Model Search, check out hundreds of photos from past, present and future events. Or, post your own picture of your pooch!

Red Dog Diaries. Reader

favorite, Red Dog Diaries is now available on our website in its entirety. Follow Red from the beginning as she ruminates on everything from love for her human to growing old gracefully.

Post questions and share news, photos and story ideas for upcoming issues. Enjoy special giveaways and exclusive offers!



CANINES Moving to a new home or apartment can be exciting, but very stressful, especially when it comes to acclimating your pet to their new environment. The good news is the process for acclimating a dog to a new home is very similar to doing so with a new puppy. The benefit is that the dog already knows you and the family. Below are just a few tips to help your pooch become more comfortable in his or her new surroundings that will help minimize the impact if you are moving to a new home.

• First, create a dog-proofed room or area

in the house. If the dog is already crate trained, this is where his crate should be, along with some fun toys and chews. This is very important as this is where you will keep the dog (initially) when you cannot

10 • CityDog Magazine

keep an eye on him. He should also be confined to this dog-safe area when you are out of the house.

• Take your dog outside often so he learns

“where the bathroom is.” Dogs can be very particular about where they do their business, so be sure to give him a few extra bathroom trips each day as well as extra time during those trips. This will not only help him learn where “outside” is in this new environment, but will allow him time to sniff around to find his favorite spots.

• Pick feeding and sleeping areas and stick with them. Dogs are creatures of habit and routine. Creating familiarity with important resources such as food, water, and bedding is important.

dog should be in as well. When you are unable to physically manage the dog, he should be returned to his dog-proofed room/area with a nice stuffed Kong or other chew to keep him occupied.

• As the dog gets used to his surroundings

you may begin easing his restrictions— expand his dog-proofed area gradually, reduce the number of trips outside to a more normal amount, and leave him unsupervised for longer and longer periods.

• Most importantly, make your dog feel at

home in his new surroundings. An abrupt change in living arrangements can be stressful for people and animals alike. Your dog depends on you to make this new home as friendly and safe as his old one.

• Keep the dog with you around the

house. When the dog is out of his dogproofed room, be sure to monitor him. Things are likely to seem very new to him. He will be curious and may engage in unwanted behaviors such as chewing, etc. Whatever room you are in, the

Matthew Tuzzo, ABCDT, is president and head trainer of Jersey Shore Dogs, a positive, rewardbased dog training company that specializes in in-home training and behavioral consulting. Email or visit

LIFE WITH DOG IN THE WEST | Seattle | Portland | San Francisco

CityDog FALL 2011



building confidence in your canine

for hot



SEATTLE green spaces

weekend getaway

sit • stay • play


US $4.95 CDN $5.95 DISPLAY UNTIL DEC ‘11

fido-friendly fairmont olympic | acclimating canines to a new casa | red dog diaries | calendar of events | and much more!

Subscribe Today!

I’m Not the Biggest B*tch in This Relationship BY WADE ROUSE BOOKS WE LOVE Animal lovers and fans of clever, humorous writing will enjoy I’m Not the Biggest B*tch in this Relationship, a collection of 21 touching and hilarious original essays edited by critically acclaimed memoirist Wade Rouse ( Contributors include some of America’s most well-respected comics and hysterically funny authors including Jen Lancaster, Rita Mae Brown, W. Bruce Cameron, and many more. With a foreword by Chelsea Handler’s dog, Chunk, this anthology offers insightful and entertaining commentary on what it means to let a dog walk into your heart.

Sammy in The Sky BY BARBARA WALSH BOOKS WE LOVE From the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Barbara Walsh and illustrated by renowned American painter Jamie Wyeth, comes Sammy in the Sky, a story about love, loss and remembrance of a loyal hound named Sammy. Inspired by the writer’s first dog, Sam, this story explains the forever bond of a little girl and her dog. Celebrating a life cut short, this tail-wagging tale radiates what it truly means to have a canine companion.

HOLISTIC DOG GROOMING SYSTEMS for the healthiest skin and coat imaginable Fall 2011• 11


CityDog Muttmixer | Dog Day on Elliott Bay

It was a spectacular Summer Muttmixer, with close to 100 peeps and their pooches joining CityDog Magazine and Argosy Cruises for a canine-friendly 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. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors Natura Pet and PetHub! You can view all of the amazing photos at and be sure to sign up to receive special invitations to future CityDog Social Club events. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIE CLEGG


Fall 2011 • 13

{COOL PRODUCTS} WHAT’S COOL FOR HOT DOGS Celebrate the Fall season in style with these fabulous new finds for you and Fido. Wall of Wieners u Designing has gone to the dogs with Huset’s wiener-themed wallpaper from Swedish graphic artist Lisa Bengtsson. At first glance you may see medallion patterns, but look closer and you will see twelve different dachshund personalities. Each roll measures 20.8” wide by 393.7” in length; $145.00 at

t Learning About Fido is Fun My Dog! A Kid’s Guide To Keeping A Happy & Healthy Pet by Michael J. Rosen is a great go-to guide for kids and families. Geared towards kids, this book covers everything from tips for choosing the right puppy to grooming, feeding and keeping dog’s healthy. This step-by-step manual is colorful and interactive, making learning about dogs a rewarding experience for the whole family. $13.95;

q Shock Absorption On your next dogged adventure, be sure to bring EZ Steps dog leash by Bergan and protect your neck, shoulders and arms, with shock-absorbing properties to keep you and your pet comfortable. $19.62 at

p Light Up the Night The Pup Crawl Light-Up Leash is the first illuminated dog leash, that helps make dog and owner visible from a quarter of a mile away. This leash is not only for safety, but also a great cause; for every leash sold, $3 goes directly to an animal rescue organization. $25.00 at

14 • CityDog Magazine

{COOL PRODUCTS} WHAT’S COOL FOR HOT DOGS t Capturing Canine Memories Moleskine has created a Passions Dog Journal to make sure you don’t miss a bark. It is offered in black, with a hardcover and depictions of your favorite dogs. This journal allows every cute canine milestone to be captured and cherished for years to come. $14.56 at

Dining Dogs u Dinnertime with your dog has gotten a whole lot more personal with West Elm’s porcelain plates. This pack of four by artist Scott Lifshutz is a series of watercolors featuring a French bulldog, airedale, boxer and bull terrier. $24.00 at

t Attention Squirrel Chasers What dog doesn’t enjoy chasing squirrels? Now canines can wear them with a squirrel-themed collar from Up Country. This cute and playful design is perfect for any pooch’s favorite pastime...chasing squirrels. $21.00 at

Rock-a-bye Rover u Rover will be rocked, literally, with Pet Lounge Studios’ ecofriendly Bambu Pet Hammock. This one-of-a-kind bed is made of bamboo materials and can aid in relieving pressure points on your pet. Designed to support dogs under 30lbs, this bed is sure to inspire sweet doggie dreams. $169.99 at

Fall 2011 • 15

{COOL PRODUCTS} WHAT’S COOL FOR HOT DOGS Pooch-themed Pillows u Decorating your house with your favorite pooch is possible thanks to These designer cushions come in a variety of different styles and breeds such as bulldogs, mastiffs and terriers, to name a few. $57.00 at

t A Collar in Every Color The Tuscany Collection by Auburn Leathercrafters features supple, Italianleather collars, lined with Nubuck leather for strength and durability and nickel-plated hardware. Choose from ten vibrant colors or one of each to suit your dog’s every mood. Available at fine pet stores this fall.

Fresh Breath, Naturally u Zuke’s new Z-bones come in yummy flavors like apple crisp, cherry berry and carrot crunch. These tasty fresh breath treats are antioxidant-rich and come in sizes mini to giant. Be sure to also check out Zuke’s Mini Naturals new Wild Rabbit flavor, the perfect bite-size training treat. Prices vary at

Cold Weather Canine u Keep Fido warm this winter with Lux

Dog Design’s “horse-blanket” coat. Made with water- and snow-proof nylon with a faux shearling lining, this canine coat is perfect for cold weather protection. Available in cranberry, orange and black; $89.00 at 16 • CityDog Magazine

{COOL PRODUCTS} WHAT’S COOL FOR HOT DOGS Presents for Pooches u Personalize your presents with pooch-themed wrapping paper, greeting cards and gift tags by Papergirl

Designs. Your gifts will have that extra flair to touch any Fido-loving heart. Prices vary at

p Gas Busters to the Rescue Smelly odor coming from your pooch? Gas Busters

by Vets Best is here to the rescue. These tasty morsels are effective in treating bloating, gas and digestive upsets. With ingredients such as aloe vera and parsley, both known to soothe tummy aches, this product will have your pet feeling and smelling better in no time. $12.82 at

p Playtime for Pooches Let your canine cozy up to one of these Kong Cozies chew toys. This plush toy has a soft exterior, but provides an extra layer of material to increase strength. Available in ten adorable animal characters and perfect for any pup’s playtime. $8.99 at

t Comfortable Canines Wildebeest has come out with a comfy fleece portable bed that is perfect for your on-the-go dog. Made of 100% anti-pill fleece, it is durable, machine-washable and comes in purple, teal, grey and ivory. $79.00 at Fall 2011 • 17




The lovely and historic Fairmont Olympic is an impressive property, providing exceptional service for both pooches and people.


We would not be doing Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic justice if we didn’t first talk about its incredible history. In fact, a whole book has been written about it (The Olympic, the Story of Seattle’s Landmark Hotel by Alan J. Stein and the HistoryLink Staff). Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and widely regarded as one of the city’s most celebrated treasures, the Fairmont Olympic is a Seattle destination in itself. Built on what was originally the site of the first campus of the University of Washington, the Fairmont Olympic opened its doors to great fan fare on December 6, 1924. More than 2,000 Seattleites and guests attended the gala, with hundreds more lining the streets to glimpse the new hotel. Since then, this grand dame of hospitality has evolved into one of Seattle’s premier luxury hotels, playing hostess to the likes of Charles Lindbergh, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bob Hope, Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko of Japan, and the Rolling Stones, to name a few. Today, the hotel still reflects the same degree of elegance, never straying from its original Italian Renaissance architectural design despite several restorations and renovations. Walking through the lobby doors feels like stepping back in time to a bygone era. Upon arrival, we are greeted by the Fairmont’s doorman extraordinaire Kramer Nirider. Like all places with impeccable service, Kramer has been expecting photographer Jamie Pflughoeft and I plus all of our camera gear and of course, our canine model Chloe. He greets each of us by name, including Chloe—we are most definitely impressed.

Clockwise from top left: Chloe at the elegant Fairmont Olympic Hotel; luxurious amenities await; Chloe and the Fairmont’s friendly doorman; a smiling staff greets each guest upon arrival. Above: The Fairmont Olympic’s elegant spiral staircase. 18 • CityDog Magazine

All pleasantries aside, we are here on business and speaking of business (Chloe’s business to be exact), the Fairmont has the perfect grassy knoll for potty breaks located just outside the lobby doors. With our first order of business (literally) complete, we head to our room—or I should say, suite—all 1,250 square feet of it. Again, impressed. We are booked in one of the Fairmont’s newly renovated Corner Suites, which features a gigantic bedroom with a king-size bed, separate seating area and dressing room plus a large marble bathroom. The adjacent living

room includes two oversized chairs, a loveseat, Murphy bed, another large marble bathroom and a dining table that seats up to six guests. As we explore our posh surroundings, we discover a decent view of the city (we are in the heart of downtown, after all) and a peek-a-boo view of Elliott Bay. For our canine companion Chloe, there is a cushy dog bed, water and food bowls, Fiji water and tasty treats. I think she’s impressed.

romp and Mud Bay at 321 East Pine Street is chock full of Fido favorites including high end food, toys, treats and accessories.

As mentioned above, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Seattle, near the main financial and retail districts. The hotel is within walking distance to an array of places for dining, shopping and entertainment including Pike Place Market, Seattle’s waterfront, Westlake Center, Pioneer Square, the Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall (home to the Seattle Symphony), and Pacific Place, site of high-end retail shops and a movie theater. For the pooches, nearby Freeway Park off-leash area is good for a

With all of that entertainment within walking distance, you would think we’d opt for a night out on the town, but instead we decide to partake in some doggy decadence with Chloe and order room service. I order New York steak with garlic infused, black truffle whipped potatoes, wilted spinach and a lovely jus. Jamie decides on Dungeness crab bisque infused with cognac and tarragon, with a crispy crab cake and an asparagus salad with locally made goat’s cheese in truffle balsamic. Chloe, the four-legged member of our crew, has

Clockwise from top: Chloe sits in luxury in one of the Fairmont Olympic’s newlyrenovated Corner Suites; enjoying a dog’s eye view of downtown Seattle; when in a Suite, in-room dining is a decadent must, with such items on the menu as New York steak with garlic infused, black truffle whipped potatoes, wilted spinach and a lovely jus or Dungeness crab bisque infused with cognac and tarragon. Delicious! Fall 2011 • 19

pool, whirlpool and dry saunas in the men’s and women’s locker rooms plus state-of-the-art cardio and weight training equipment While we are certainly enjoying our Corner Suite, the hotel features 450 guest rooms in all, including 31 moderate rooms, 201 deluxe rooms, 167 Executive Suites, 28 Deluxe Executive Suites, 10 Corner Suites and two Presidential Suites. All of the rooms include 24-hour in-room dining, twicedaily housekeeping service and evening turndown service and complimentary high-speed Internet access, among other services and amenities. I know I said it before, but the Fairmont Olympic is an impressive property, providing exceptional service for both pooches and people. All three of us—two humans and one canine—are quite totally impressed.

More Information

Clockwise from above: Chloe on her comfy dog bed; the Fairmont Olympic’s beautiful lobby area; even pets have their own room service menu, featuring favorites such as chopped sirloin steak.

her own special pet menu, and indulges in the most expensive item on the menu, a pound of chopped sirloin steak with carrots, celery and a sprig of parsley (for fresh breath, of course) for a mere $35. After dinner, Jamie and I continue the gluttony by enjoying several incredibly delicious Sea Salt Caramels made by the hotel’s executive pastry chef Artis Kalsons. If you prefer dining out, Seattle is a Mecca for amazing restaurants and the Fairmont Olympic is home to two of them: The Georgian, an award-winning restaurant featuring Chef Gavin Stephenson’s Frenchinspired regional cuisine and world-class wine list, and Shuckers, Seattle’s preeminent downtown seafood restaurant featuring fresh and flavorful Northwest seafood and local artisan microbrews in a pub-style setting. The hotel also features the Terrace Lounge, an intimate piano bar adjacent to The Georgian offering award20 • CityDog Magazine

winning martinis and live music during cocktail hour. And, adding to the hotel’s level of service, if you don’t find anything you want on the room service menu, you can order items from either The Georgian and Shuckers menus to be delivered to your room. Did I mention impressed? If shopping is your weakness, the Fairmont features twelve in-hotel shops of national and international scope. The hotel also sits directly across the street from Rainier Square, with even more shops, and is only three blocks to major department stores such as Nordstrom, Macy’s and Barneys New York. If you need a lift, there is complimentary house car service for downtown Seattle featuring a brand new Jaguar, no less. If you prefer a workout of the body instead of the wallet, there is a complimentary Health Club on site with a

The Fairmont Olympic 411 University Street Seattle, Washington

Rates: Fairmont Room: $249 Deluxe Room: $269 Executive Suite: $299 Corner Suite: $875 These rates will fluctuate based on time of year and availability. For an additional fee of $40 per visit, pets are welcome and the hotel offers a variety of pet amenities including beds, water and food bowls, doggie bags, and pet friendly in-room dining options. Concierge can also provide you with additional information on walking routes, dog friendly shops and venues as well as arrange for pet-sitting and other pet services. Mud Bay 2119 First Avenue Seattle, Washington Freeway Park Off-leash Area 700 Seneca Street, Seattle, Washington

SEATTLE on the


Seattle area parks offer pooches plenty of places to play and here are a few of our favorite green spaces for Fido and friends.

Top left: Lily taking in the view at Fremont’s Gas Works Park. Top right: Porter posing at Queen Anne’s Kerry Park. Above: Meg and Missle take a stroll through Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park.


Seattle residents are fortunate to possess an extensive number of green spaces where we can take our canine companions to play the day away. The Dog’s Eye View column highlights these areas on a regular basis, and this fall we’d like to share some of our favorites from past issues, as well as a few updates and new discoveries. One of the most memorable places we’ve been is Kerry Park in Queen Anne. A “postage stamp” sized piece of land, this little park was donated to the city in 1927 and showcases a sculpture called “Changing Form.” It also boasts a panorama of Elliott Bay (and if you’re lucky, Mount Rainer) that is arguably one of the best views of Seattle we have ever seen. Dogs, residents, and tourists abound; your pooch is almost guaranteed to make a new friend here.

Photos this page by Emily Rieman


Only a few blocks down is Marshall Park, also the home of the Betty Bowen Viewpoint, offering a similar view to Kerry Park, but from a slightly different angle. If you want to get away from the cameras, this spot is a bit quieter. Across the street from Marshall Park is the tiny but delightful Parsons Gardens, the former family garden of Reginald H. Parsons, bequeathed to the city in 1956. Made complete by circuitous garden paths and a few hidden benches, it’s a secret place for canines and their humans to enjoy some peace and quiet. All of these little gems are gorgeous, regardless of season. In nearby Capitol Hill, we discovered the popular Volunteer Park, a nearly 50-acre haven that houses the Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle Asian Art Museum, fantastic downtown and mountain views, a showcase garden from the International Dahlia Society, and millions of blades of grass for sniffing and playing on-leash. Volunteer Park is beloved by residents and is always busy with parties, barbeques, and other gatherings. On a lucky Saturday in the summer you might happen upon Shakespeare in the Park, staged at the amphitheater in the afternoon. Be sure to approach from 15th Avenue to appreciate the majestic beauty of Capitol Hill’s “Millionaire’s Row,” where many historic homes rise above the green space. Another of Capitol Hill’s renowned recreational spots, Cal Anderson Park, is a good deal smaller than Volunteer Park at only eight acres. Its centerpiece is Fall 2011 • 21

Photos this page by Julie Austin

Clockwise from above: Relaxing in the peaceful setting of Wilmot Gateway Park; taking a pause on the Sammamish River Trail; strolling along Tolt Pipeline Park.

a large fountain, with texture and reflecting pools, creating a mellow backdrop for yoga classes on the lawn. Well-maintained pathways are littered with benches where one might sit for a bit of peaceful reading or rumination. Though on-leash, this park is quite dog-friendly, providing Mutt Mitts if you forget yours. Expect the popularity of this Zen-like location to grow, as the Cal Anderson Park Alliance, a group made up of citizens and park employees, is constantly dreaming up cool ideas for the space. If you’ve been to Seattle for more than a half hour, you’ve probably heard of Gas Works Park. Slightly more than 19 acres and acquired by the city in 1962, it was once a working natural gas plant. Parts of the machinery are still visible on site, and the vast lawn culminates in a hill that is favored for kite flying and dog walking. Winston zoomed right up to the sundial that graces 22 • CityDog Magazine

the summit, and discovered several canine friends taking advantage of the sun. From this vantage point one is afforded a gorgeous view of both downtown Seattle and the Ballard Locks; we can even see a few kayakers out enjoying the day at the waters’ edge. There are so many lovely places to run in Seattle proper, but some excellent spaces to cavort lurk just outside the city. We put a little adventure in our off-leash outing when we visited Marina Beach Park. It’s the only off-leash park in the Edmonds area, much beloved by dog owners far and wide. Plan to go when the tide is out, as the beach area nearly triples and the air is filled with captivating scents of the sea. While small dogs play in the sand, their owners are entertained by the big dog ball-fetching madness that takes place on a small island out in the sound at low tide. Naturally, it’s also the perfect swimming hole for canine Aquarians.

Meadowdale Beach Park, on the outskirts of Edmonds, was closed due to storm damage at the time of our review. We have visited since, and what a find. Take note that it’s a mile-long hike down a relatively steep trail to get to the beach and the only way back is up the same hill, but it’s worth the trek. (There are also a few handicapped parking spaces in the lot below.) At the base of the trail you’ll find a picnic shelter and plenty of grass for a game of fetch, but the real treat is through the tunnel and onto the beach. Once there, a nearly deserted wild vista awaits exploration and offers exquisite water views. Be aware that this park can be more challenging than some: The tunnel fills with a few inches of water at high tide and the beach is unprotected so it can be windy at times. Also, take note that Meadowdale is a fragile environment and is not an off-leash area; it’s a mustsee, but take care to respect the landscape as you enjoy with your buddy. Across the water, we noted the extreme dog friendliness of Kirkland. Heritage Park is located on the hill above the marina and offers spectacular water views in addition to a generous turf. Numerous benches line the sanded perimeter and there’s a short detour through a woody area for adventurous pooches. Though many residents use this area off-leash, know that legally this acreage is on-leash and therefore subject to ticketing. Dedicated to the city in 2006, these 10 acres are bookended by tennis courts and Heritage

Just outside Kirkland proper, in the newlyannexed Juanita neighborhood, Juanita Beach Park has been a destination for residents and their dogs for years. Closed in the fall of 2010 for extensive renovations, it re-opened in August to great fanfare. Though always popular, this beach-side haven is now even friendlier with more walkways, lawn space, a funky stone sculpture, myriad benches, and a small but tasteful amphitheater that promises fun activities for the summer of 2012. The space is so new that grass is growing and a wetland area is still in development, but already the scene is busy with curious visitors and neighborhood regulars who are thrilled to have their park back. Existing space is now more appealing and accessible; the boardwalk that wanders out into the sound remains, providing one of the better views of downtown from the Eastside. Woodinville, the home of vast opportunities for canine play, is just a few miles down the road. Here you’ll find several entrances to the Sammamish River Trail, a biking, running, and dog-walking haven. Choose to walk on-leash on the paved trail (be alert for bikes, rollerbladers and joggers), or side step to the grassy (sometimes muddy and uneven) horse trail that runs alongside. At about Milepost 7 the trail bisects Wilmot Gateway Park, named for one of Woodinville’s founding fathers, Jerry Wilmot. Nearly four acres, this serene space opens into a waterside lawn. The park can be crowded on nice days, as it provides ample picnic areas and bathrooms, but it’s especially pleasant in the early morning at any time of year. Dogs must be leashed (there is a high level of activity on the trail, and lots of waterfowl in the area), but shows its dog friendliness by providing “Mutt Mitts” and shady areas to take a break from that long walk. Now Winston and I hesitate, for we are about to share our best-kept secret, tucked

away in the Hollywood Hills of Woodinville. The Tolt Pipeline Trail is a dusty service road that runs many miles, connecting the Sammamish River Trail with Duvall and beyond. Lined with captivating equestrian estates, the trail is frequented mostly by locals, but also serves mountain bikers and equestrians far and wide. Legally, this is an on-leash area, but most let their wellbehaved canines roam; if you do, proceed with caution particularly in the company of horses, and be respectful of the residences and people nearby. The main trail is a hub for a number of woodland trails that shoot off from all directions and connect neighborhoods to each other; if you’re looking for a serene, natural place to bond with your dog, this is your spot. Seattle is especially scenic in the fall when the green contrasts the leaf colors. Take some time on these crisp, cool days to wander with your four-legged friend amongst the woodlands and green open spaces that grace our state and make our city a dog-lover’s paradise.

MORE INFORMATION Cal Anderson Park 1635 11th Avenue. Seattle Volunteer Park 1247 15th Avenue East, Seattle Kerry Park 211 West Highland Drive, Seattle

Photos this page by Emily Rieman

Hall, where you might be lucky enough to witness a wedding amongst the ample gardens; on one of our many visits, dachshund ears perked up at the sound of bagpipes welcoming a bride to the courtyard. Don’t forget to pause a moment at the viewfinder on the edge of the park to see what’s in the water beyond.

Top: Lily enjoying the colorful flowers at Volunteer Park. Above: Porter in the lush greenery at Parsons Gardens.

Gas Works Park 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle Marina Beach Park (Off-Leash) 498 Admiral Way South, Edmonds Meadowdale Beach Park 6026 156th Southwest, Edmonds Heritage Park 111 Waverly Way, Kirkland Juanita Beach Park 9703 NE Juanita Drive, Kirkland Sammamish River Trail Redmond (Marymoor Park) to Woodinville

Marshall Park/Betty Bowen Viewpoint 7th Ave. W. and W. Highland Dr., Seattle

Tolt Pipeline Trail Sammamish River Trail (Woodinville) to West Snoqualmie Valley Road (Duvall)

Parsons Gardens 7th Ave. W. and W. Highland Dr., Seattle

Wilmot Gateway Park 17301 131st Avenue NE, Woodinville Fall 2011 • 23


WINTHROP Washington Almost completely surrounded by wilderness, Winthrop and the Methow Valley beckons to adventurers of all kinds...canines included.


It’s a scenic drive along Highway 20, winding through the majestic peaks of the north Cascade Mountains on our way to the historic town of Winthrop, Washington, located in the heart of the Methow Valley. With over 1,000 square miles of mountain peaks, valleys, glaciers, and wilderness, the Methow Valley is a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and dog lovers alike. With year-round activities, the valley draws visitors looking for adventure from river rafting, hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking in the summer, to cross country skiing and snow-shoeing in the winter. And, no matter the time of year, dogs are of course always welcome in Winthrop. Settled in the late 1800s, Winthrop keeps its frontier past alive with its Old West theme—wooden boardwalks, old time storefronts and small town charm—all of which is back-dropped by mountain peaks, expansive farmland, horse ranches, rolling hills and a river running through it. Our destination in Winthrop is family-owned Spring Creek Ranch, located at the confluence of the Methow and Chewuch Rivers. The ranch was homesteaded in the late 1800s and sits on 60 acres of open meadow with riverfront and trail access. Upon our arrival, proprietor Sarah Berns and her daughters Maeve and Ayla are there to greet us and give us a tour of the property. It’s been a long, four-hour drive, so all of us, especially Scout and Ziggy, are ready to stretch our legs. We start with a stroll across an expansive field separating the main house from Spring Creek Cabin, where we are staying. A short distance from the main house is Spring Creek. The salmon are spawning and we spot several attempting to make their way back up the stream to spawn. A little further down the trail we end at the lovely Methow River, complete with a sitting area and hammock situated along the river’s edge.

Clockwise from top left: Scout perched on the river’s edge; relaxing at Spring Creek Cabin; Ayla taking in the scenery; the expansive meadow at Spring Creek Ranch provides the perfect playground for pooches. Above: Tasty treats at Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe. 24 • CityDog Magazine

Back up at the cabin, and after Scout and Ziggy have had a good run, we unload our gear and check out where we’ll be sleeping for the night. Spring Creek Cabin is roomy, with a fully stocked kitchen, bathroom, living area, gas fireplace, TV and DVD player plus a bedroom downstairs and another bedroom in the loft area. It’s super cozy with a big front porch and

Adirondack chairs to relax and take in the scenery. Do not be surprised if a deer or two stroll by, munching their way through the grassy meadow. We take only a moment at the cabin since we have much exploring to do. Our first order of business is to swing by the Winthrop Visitor Center, located at the four-way intersection as you enter town, to pick up maps and information about the area. A great resource is the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association, whose goal is to “establish the finest and most interesting year-round trail recreation area in the United States.” We are pleasantly surprised to discover dogs are welcome on 90% of MVSTA trails, all National Forest trails and designated Wilderness Areas in the Methow Valley, adding up to miles and miles of trails for dogged exploration. The only place dogs are not permitted is in the North Cascades National Park. The MVSTA website ( is home to a wealth of information including a page dedicated to dog friendly ski trails. Of the countless trails, we opt for Falls Creek, where a beautiful waterfall awaits. It’s a 15-minute drive from Winthrop to get

there, with a short, ¼ mile hike to a beautiful waterfall—there is also a campground nearby. For more extended hikes, locals recommend Big Valley, located right off of Highway 20. It features a flat, wooded trail along the river allowing for lots of opportunities to enjoy a swim. The Community Trail from the nearby town of Mazama offers a pleasant hike or bike ride. Be sure to stop at the Mazama Country Store for yummy baked goods. The store has a dog run in the gorgeous outdoor seating area. For the more ambitious, Goat Peak Lookout at 7,000 feet elevation is a great 2.5 mile hike to an old fire lookout, staffed today by “Lightning Bill.” Bill has two dogs and legend has it, he has the most amazing dog stories you will

Clockwise from top: Scout and Ayla explore the grounds at Spring Creek Ranch, which sits on 60 acres of open meadow with riverfront and trail access; taking in the majestic waterfall at Falls Creek trail; Spring Creek Cabin, one of two dogfriendly cabins at Spring Creek Ranch, sleeps two to four people and features a fully-stocked kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room on the main floor plus another bedroom in the loft area. Fall 2011 • 25

and a special Casey’s Beer Sauce. and Julie orders the Wrangler Burger with applesmoked bacon, grilled onions, cheddar cheese, and BBQ sauce. Delicious. More dining options include Arrowleaf Bistro and East 20 Pizza. Arrowleaf Bistro, named for the native wildflower that grows in the region, blends regional favorites and locally produced products with the tenets of classic bistro cooking including organic, pastureraised beef and chicken sourced from local ranches. For pizza lovers, East 20 Pizza is almost worth the entire four-hour drive to Winthrop for a little slice of heaven. After a peaceful night’s sleep back at the cabin, it’s up and at ‘em for another full day of exploring. The Methow Valley offers so many things to see, do, eat and drink that I recommend at least four days to squeeze it all in. Our first stop is Rocking Horse Bakery for coffee and a pastry. Rocking Horse Bakery offers freshly baked handcrafted goodies, including artisan breads and bagels, decadent pastries, mouthwatering scones and muffins, and specialty cakes, pies and cookies. Gourmet soups, sandwiches, salads and pizza are made from scratch daily and feature many local ingredients. Be sure to try their 100% organic, fair trade coffee Clockwise from top: It’s comfortable and cozy in the loft and espresso roasted area at Spring Creek Cabin; downtown Winthrop harkens locally in Winthrop by back to the pioneer days of the Old West; Scout enjoys a Backcountry Coffee scoop at Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe. Next page, clockwise from Roasters. top: Scout cooling off in the Methow River; Ziggy and the gang explore Spring Creek; one of several view points along Hwy 20 to Winthrop—well worth a stop or two.

ever hear. All of these trails can be found on the MVSTA map, so don’t forget to grab one at the visitor’s center before heading out with your four-legged hiking partner. Following our visit to Falls Creek, we heed the call to stop by Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe for a treat. As we walk though the doors, we spot shop owner Doug Mohre stirring a copper pot full of what will soon be caramel for a tray of Granny Smith apples sitting nearby. He points us to the expansive deck, with tables and a fresh water station for the dogs, a pee wee golf course, and best of all, an ice cream stand. I order up a scoop of raspberry cheesecake and a scoop of pralines and cream, Scout and Ziggy’s favorites. More treats include Milk Bones dipped in doggy-safe white chocolate for the pooches and a plethora of sweets for the peeps. After our ice cream we meander over to a nearby park situated at the edge of the Methow River to cool off and watch as paddle boarders and rafters float by. The park is located next to The Barn, a community center for meetings, dances and events. Starving, we head back into town to the Old Schoolhouse Brewery for a burger and a beer. There is a huge, riverside deck area and if you are lucky enough to grab a table near the outside perimeter, your dogs can be with you as long as they stay on the outside of the railing. Perusing the menu, the “No Cheese Left Behind Nachos” sound tempting, but I opt for Casey’s Classic Burger topped with grilled onions and mushrooms, Swiss cheese, 26 • CityDog Magazine

While in Winthrop, be sure to check out the Schafer Historical Museum for a glimpse into the region’s past. This popular Old West museum features a collection of pioneer nostalgia and historic buildings including “The Castle,” built in 1897 by Winthrop founder Guy Waring as a log home for he and his wife.

SUMMER FUN If visiting Winthrop during the summer, Pearrygin Lake State Park is a popular destination for cooling off, whether its swimming, jet skiing, kayaking, canoeing or fishing for rainbow trout. The park features a boat launch, dock, parking for RVs as well as tent sites, and a roped-off swimming area. July to October is also prime mountain biking season in the Methow Valley, with a

range of options for experts, beginners and everyone in between. Locals recommend Sun Mountain for beginners and experts alike, Buck Mountain for a bit more technical ride, and for riders looking for a challenge, Angels Staircase climbs to 8,200 feet for an all-day pedal over mountain passes. If you enjoy wine, Lost River Winery, a boutique family-owned winery, located at 26 Hwy 10 near Winthrop, produces wines like Cedarosa, Community Red, Nebbiolo, Pinot Gris and Massif that have received notable awards. The winery’s tasting room is open on Friday, Saturdays and Mondays year round from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and wellsocialized dogs are welcome. There is also a dog hitch and water bowls outside. We are in the Valley on a weekday so unfortunately we miss the Saturday Farmers Market in Twisp and the Sunday Farmers Market in Winthrop— however, we highly recommend them. The Twisp Farmers Market is considered one of the best in the state, offering everything from veggies and greens in the spring to pumpkins and potatoes in the fall—all for the past 30 years. Items have to be handmade and sold by the person who makes them, locally-grown and sold by the person who grows them, or items with added value such as jam made from fruit purchased by another grower. The market also features live music and kids’ activities such as the famous zucchini races. Also during summer months, the Methow Valley is home to a number of festivals including the Winthrop Wine Festival, Methow Arts Festival, Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival and the North Cascades Oldtime Fiddlers Contest.

walking, snowshoeing and skiing and no trail pass is needed), Big Valley Trail, with four and eight kilometer loops (multi-use and no trail pass is needed), and the Rendezvous System with 46.9 kilometers of trails (ski only, a trail pass is needed, and access the dog trail from Cub Creek). It’s no wonder the first words we overhear on arrival in Winthrop are, “I can’t believe how dog friendly this place is…it’s fabulous!” We could not agree more.



Although there is an incredible amount to see and do during the dog days of summer, we must not forget winter in Winthrop. The Methow Valley is a maze of backcountry trails for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. In fact, strap on your skis or snowshoes, grab the dog and head out right from Spring Creek Cabin to find groomed trails literally at your front door. The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association also recommends these dog friendly trails: Lunachick Trail, a 1.6 kilometer trail accessed at the Edelweiss camping area parking lot (multi-use for

From Seattle, take I-5 North to Burlington then Hwy 20 East to Winthrop. Take your time and stop at one or all of the scenic viewpoints along the way. The scenery is just about the best of any highway anywhere. During the winter months (usually November to April), Hwy 20 is closed, so take I-5 North to Hwy 2/Stevens Pass through Leavenworth or I-90 East/Snoqualmie Pass to Blewett Pass. Call 800.695. ROAD or for current conditions.

MORE INFORMATION Spring Creek Ranch 7 Johnson Lane Winthrop, Wash. 509.996.2495 Spring Creek Cabin, sleeps two to four people, rates from $150 to $220; Owl’s Nest Cabin, sleeps two people, rates from $100 to $150. Both are dog friendly with a pet fee of $20 per day. Winthrop Visitor Center At the corner of Hwy 20 and Riverside Ave. 888.463.8469; Methow Valley Sport Trails Association 509.996.3287; Fall 2011• 27



Prosthetics for Pups Prosthetic intervention has been used for many years in human rehabilitation to achieve mechanical and rehabilitative goals, that is, to stand up and walk again. The use of these prosthetic devices has been limited in veterinary medicine although published case reports have existed for over 40 years. “The use of prosthetic devices in veterinary medicine is in its infancy,” says Dr. Jacqueline Davidson, clinical professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Usually, most dogs and cats do really well with three legs and so, in the past, veterinarians just amputated the affected leg.” For most of these injuries, even those that require the amputation of more than one leg, there are other devices, such as wheeled carts that can do the job. “In the last ten years people have started to do more with prosthetics,” Davidson says. “Lately we are seeing more small animals with prosthetics.” This surgery is not a cheap one, and normally it is the owner who requests it.

Pet Talk Round Up Know the Nose A gentle nudge … an inquisitive sniff...your dog or cat’s nose can be used to communicate as well as inquire, but what other telltale signs can your pet’s nose convey? Dogs can lose pigment on their nose, explains Dr. Adam Patterson, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. This is not much of a concern as long as the surface of the nose retains its cobblestone appearance. If the nose begins to crack, scab or smooth over, then veterinary assistance should be sought. Nutritional disorders, autoimmune diseases and cancer cause these types of signs and often warrant a biopsy of the nose to make a diagnosis. “Cats and dogs are prone to sunburn and subsequent skin cancer on noses, ears and around the eyes,” notes Patterson. “Fair-skinned animals with light-colored coats are at the most risk. Your pet’s runny nose may indicate other medical conditions are lingering, states Patterson. Respiratory infections may manifest themselves as nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing and difficult breathing. Foreign bodies or tumors in the nasal passages may cause these same signs. If your pet exhibits any of these health problems, it should be seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible. “Remember that wet or dry noses are not a sign of illness per se,” explains Patterson. “Whether your pet’s nose is dry or wet is largely related to the temperature and humidity in their environment. Lethargy, little or no appetite, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea and inappropriate urination are some signs that better reflect illness.” So … know the nose of your pet … it can be a messenger as to the health of your cat or dog in addition to a wet and warm greeting. 28 • CityDog Magazine

“There are different types of surgeries that involve prosthetic limbs. One surgery involves fitting a prosthesis over the skin on the stump of the leg. The other surgery is more involved as the prosthesis is implanted into the bone,” Davidson says. According to Davidson, this kind of surgery, though promising, will still need some time to be more costeffective. “Right now, you have to work with a prosthetist and you have to order the materials specifically for each animal. It can be very expensive.” Just like humans do, pets that undergo this kind of surgery and get a prosthesis implanted need to go through a rehabilitation process. “Sometimes, getting the pet to adapt depends on the personality of the animal, on the circumstances, or their age. But after some time they start to adjust and live a fairly normal life,” Davidson says.

MIS for Mutts It is scary when pets have to face the inevitable surgery and go “under the knife.” Fear may be alleviated as veterinarians are now embracing a practice that has been around in human operations for years—one which may cause less harm and less stress for pets. This technique is called minimally invasive surgery (MIS), and it may be the best choice for those pets requiring surgery. MIS is a surgical technique that makes a small incision in the patient instead of making a large incision that opens the patient up like in open surgery. Using the minimally invasive technique, the surgeon initiates a small incision through the skin and into the body cavity. Then a scope and camera are used to both visualize and magnify the area being treated. Next, a small specialized instrument is used to perform the surgery within the patient.

There are many benefits to minimally invasive surgery that are not available in open surgery. The incision is not as large as in open surgery which will cause pets less pain. Pets will be able to go home sooner due to the smaller incision which has a faster healing process. In most cases pets can go home the same day or the next day because of the shortened recovery period.

PTSD in Pooches When most people think of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, veteran soldiers might come to mind or perhaps someone who has experienced a bad car accident or a natural disaster. The reality is that people are not the only ones capable of having this anxiety disorder; animals experience it as well. PTSD is an anxiety disorder or change in behavior following a stressful event; therefore, anything deemed stressful by an animal has the potential for creating a stress disorder. “A severe thunderstorm, a natural disaster, gunfire, war, bombings, abuse and attacks by other dogs are just a few known events that have caused PTSD in dogs,” said Dr. Dorothy Black, clinical assistant professor in emergency and critical care at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

start the healing process for your dog. These specialists can help create a plan and monitor the dog’s progress. They can help determine if your pet may benefit from medications along with behavior modification. When people feel stressed often times they just need a getaway for some private time, and the same applies for pets. Creating a kennel for the pet, if one does not already exist, could possibly help the pet feel safer. There are many approaches to this, but all involve slow, controlled, small doses of stressful events and reinforcement of improved behavior.

Canine PTSD is very similar to PTSD in humans and the recovery process is also similar in humans and dogs. The relationship between man and dog can play an integral role in this, as both respond positively to that unconditional bond. If your animal has been through something traumatic, do not assume that any odd behavior they might be displaying is permanent. Because they cannot tell us how they are feeling, it is important to take their mental health seriously and be patient with them so that hopefully the pet can regain a confident, happy, and healthy lifestyle.

people helping animals and vice versa At PAWS, we provide shelter, care and adoption for thousands of dogs and cats. But in spite of all we do, we can’t do it alone, so please donate or adopt.

Many people may come into contact with dogs that display symptoms of this disorder. The old saying “let sleeping dogs lie” should apply as more than just a saying when dealing with most any dog that one is unfamiliar with, but especially if the dog is experiencing PTSD. “The most common behavior changes seen are fear, shaking, shying away from people (including those they know), hiding, urinating when greeted, inappropriate elimination (in the house, on a bed, etc.), howling or barking, and/or aggressive behavior,” explains Black. It is important to remember that these animals have been wronged in some way whether intentionally or not and should not receive harsh punishment or harmful reactions from a person when the animal displays these unwanted or odd behaviors. And, it is possible, just as in humans, for dogs to recover and even eventually come out of this disorder. “Each dog behaves differently and each dog follows a different course, but time, patience, and consistency will all be key in restoring your dog’s confidence,” says Black. She recommends seeking the help of an animal behaviorist, trainer, or veterinarian to Fall 2011 • 29


Confident Canine


still, Butter remained quite fearful of strangers. We brought her to our daycare, and avoided eye contact and did not address her directly and before long, she started to accept strangers in a less fearful way.

Keep it Positive The process of building confidence in dogs may appear daunting to some, but there are many easy ways to help dogs feel better about the things they find scary. To help a timid dog to feel more confident, it is vitally important to use only positive reinforcement. This means using only positive responses (what the dog considers “good”) when he or she does something well, and it means trying very hard not to do anything the dog would view as negative—even if he misbehaves. To criticize or scold a timid dog is only going to produce more anxiety and fear. Working with scared or under-confident dogs takes both time and patience. It is more than likely that you will take small steps and make slow progress, especially at first. For dogs that are slow to meet and greet new people and other dogs, it will always help to use the following steps when a new person or dog comes around:

1. Have a very tasty soft treat ready. 2. The second the dog notices the new person/dog without doing anything you deem negative (bark, rear, growl, cower, etc.) deliver the treat.

How many times have you met a dog that pees when you say hello or cowers, shivers or backs away when approached? The ears go down, the tail curls underneath, the dog might roll over onto its back or it may look as if it’s done something wrong. It is likely that the dog suffers from a general lack of confidence – social or situational shyness. For these dogs, the glass is half empty. How do we work with dogs like this to help them see the glass as half full?

The World Can Be So Scary Some dogs, like certain people, can be more introverted and will not feel comfortable engaging with new people or novel dogs. There are also dogs that are easily startled by loud or unfamiliar sounds such as large trucks and buses, skateboards, bikes or other mechanical things like vacuum cleaners. Some dogs are this way due to a deficit of positive social interactions or lack of exposure to some of these things at an early enough age. Others may have become “sensitized” to these things or may have been traumatized by something that happened before you even met the dog. In other cases, social shyness seems to occur for no reason at all and these dogs may be somewhat timid forever. If the dog I’m describing resembles your dog or one you know of, he or she may need a course of confidence building to help the dog adjust to the things that provoke these negative responses. If done at an early age you may help the typical urban dwelling dog become more adjusted to a world filled with unpredictable sights, sounds and everyday occurrences—ones that are not necessarily instinctive to dogs. One of my favorite dogs named Butter (great name) is a prime example of a shy and fearful dog that simply arrived that way as a young puppy. Her owner did everything she could—brought her to puppy classes, did some private training and 30 • CityDog Magazine

3. Ask the person to look away from the dog and avoid making eye contact.

4. Keep the person at a safe distance, and ask the person not to say anything to the dog.

5. As the dog gets more comfortable, have the person/dog take a step closer. 6. As soon as the dog observes the person, deliver a treat and happily praise the dog.

7. Keep this up for a couple of minutes before you ask the person to look at the dog.

8. Ask the person to look directly at the dog. If the dog does well, praise him and deliver multiple treats.

9. After you’ve done this several times, place a treat in the person’s open hand and have her offer the dog a treat. Make sure the person has no fear. Fear from a human creates more fear from the dog.

10. Do this at least ten more times and repeat it with new people as often as possible. This process can also be done with moving vehicles, bikes, skateboards, the vacuum cleaner and so on. Basically, you are taking something that the dog views as a negative and making it a positive. If every time the dog sees a skateboard, she gets a treat, she’ll stop reacting badly to the skateboard in anticipation of a treat. The difficult thing is pre-

paredness and timing. If you always have treats ready and pay close attention to what is going on around you, chances are good the dog’s fear will dissipate over time.

Vacuums are Big Scary Monsters Just this week in puppy class, I brought in a vacuum cleaner. Several of the dogs in class had negative responses to it—like lunging and barking. One of the dogs would even try to attack the vacuum and he had to be put outside whenever the owner vacuumed at home. We started the process with the vacuum off and followed a procedure similar to the one described above. After about five minutes I started to turn on the vacuum for just a second and as soon as the dogs would observe it, the owner would interrupt the dog and deliver praise and a treat. Before very long, the dogs could tolerate having the vacuum on for a short time without reacting.

Submissive Urinating is Common Even extroverted dogs can express lack of confidence. Often, young puppies and sometime older dogs will “submissively urinate” when someone new or someone they really like greets them. The cause of this is typically due to our vocalizing—or becoming “too happy” and when we first see the dog. This causes the dog to become over stimulated and lose control of its bladder. The behavior, while extremely common, can be corrected by simply greeting the dog without saying anything to it for a time. Vocalizing in a very high-pitched voice, which we often do, especially when we see a cute little puppy, is generally the cause of submissive urinating. For a while, try ignoring the dog/puppy when you first see her (this is harder for us than it is for them) and C see if the problem goes away. M

There is really no reason to subject our Y pets to a lifetime of fear. Try not to get CM discouraged if your dog appears to take occasional steps back after making progress.MY Remember that learning for dogs is a slower CY process than it is for humans. By taking CMY very simple steps early on to build their confidence, it is very easy to help our furry K friends to see the glass as half full instead of half empty.

Deborah Rosen is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant in Western Washington. Her business, Good Citizen Dog Training, located in Fife, Wash. offers dog training, day training and day care services and specializes in puppy training and dog-to-dog aggression. For more information visit Fall 2011 • 31

{RED DOG DIARIES} English language. Words still fail me. I listen, I really do, all the time, but it’s so much wordiness coming out of the humans. Lots of words. I do pretty good (real well?) but I still try to put some of the words in the wrong place. ‘Vacation’ is my current problem. And it’s different than ‘vaccination’. So much alike, yet so different. I thought vacation was when you went away. A time when he didn’t spend all day staring at the screen on his desk, tap tap tap tap “ha ha ha!” tap tap tap. But last week he starts talking about someone’s vacation, and suddenly Jazzy and Murphy come to my house, and it means something else. It means a lot of work. Is this vacation mine? Maybe it’s Jazzy and Murphy’s vacation from their house. I was very excited to see them, at first. Chase! Growl! Sniff! Chase! Fun! Then after three minutes I went to take a nap, but they kept chasing and jumping on me. I lost my excitement. Vacation apparently means the same as baby sitting sometimes. I have to share everything. And they get to be on the couch, but I don’t. Why? What? Treats are a way too big deal to them. Murphy’s hormones go crazy at the mention of treats. Then he spins around like he’s got a cat stuck to his butt—around and around and around, knocking things over, running into me. It’s embarrassing, I think. (Still trying to figure out that word—I don’t know if I get embarrassed.) Then we all get treats and he calms down. So, vacation to me is that. Then it’s ridiculous walks around the neighborhood, where we all three go out and sniff everything and run into each other and make macramé out of the leashes and all jump up and down at the base of the tree when there’s a squirrel up it, and... Okay. Well that part’s fun. This time of vacation also means we go to the mountains and go off leash and run up trails and into the river and we wrestle and remember the deep down urges. We roll and run, stop and smell the air, think, then burst into another run toward the something out there. So that part’s kind of fun. 32 • CityDog Magazine


The car is no fun. There’s not much room back there for three. And Murphy is always pushing around, trying to get from window to window to window. Pick a window! I happily look out this one window, why can’t you? Yes, that’s a dog out there—relax! You don’t bark at trucks—relax! Sheesh. Kids. After all that, it is a very full day. Another awesome bowl of kibble down. And we all go out and lay next to each other around the humans on the deck, while they drink something (out of glasses, not bowls – they’re fancy), and they do more talking. And it’s a great moment, spooned up with Jazzy and Murphy, with the heat still in the boards under me. Mmmm… That’s pretty good part of vacation, too, I guess. Eventually it will come to an end. It seems like days and days they’ve been here. My whole world has been upset, and I think I will never have my house and my human to myself again. Many meals and sleeps, a few walks, one fight (Murphy always has to try me out at some point, but honestly… that’s about five seconds of nothing. I’m Top Dog—even at 13 human years), and it’s just been long. They can leave any time. My human says I’ll miss them. But how can I miss them if they won’t leave? So now they’ve left. It has been an hour or something. But who’s counting? I don’t miss them. But maybe we can go see them soon? Just for an evening? Or they might come back for just a little while? We could meet them in the mountains for a roll in the meadow—that’s a good idea. Someone needs to take a vacation soon. For now I’ll nap and dream on it for a while.

Craig Howard is a writer and artist who gets to hang out with the Red Dog and dog friends in West Seattle.

{CITYDOG SOCIAL CALENDAR} MAKE A DATE WITH YOUR DOG Reading with Rover September 17 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Avenue.

Zamzows Frisbee Festival September 17 • Boise, Idaho. 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 I.H.S. Registration/Check-in starts at 9:00 A.M.

Bark in the Park Adoption & Dog Fair September 17 • Yakima, Wash. 11 a.m.3 p.m. at Humane Society of Central Washington, 2405 W. Birchfield Rd. If you love dogs, or are simply looking for a reason to get outside this summer, come out to the Delorie-Johnson annual Bark in the Park Adoption & Dog Fair. There will be vendors, live music, great food, wine tasting, competitions, raffles and, of course, fantastic prizes! Don’t miss the fun. Bring your whole family, including Fido!

One Bond ~ One World: Framing the Connection Gala September 17 • Portland, Ore. 5-6 p.m. Reception, 6-11 p.m. Dinner, Auctions & Dancing at The Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison St. Delta Society presents its first annual fall gala. 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 go to

Fremont Oktoberfest | CityDog Cover Dog Model Search September 23, 24 & 25 • 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 sixth annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search, Sunday, September 25 at 3 p.m. for the chance for your dog to be on a future cover of CityDog Magazine. 34 • 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

Dogtoberfest September 24 • 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 2012 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.

Animal Krackers September 24 • 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.

Run for the Roof 5k Fun Run & Walk September 24 • Snohomish, Wash. 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park. Run for the Roof is a 5k Fun Run and Walk! Please dress yourself and Doggie and enter in a contest for a Kinect! Other prizes will be given as well! After the race there will be an agility course, Frisbee tossing and a photo booth. There will be other vendors as well. Come out and enjoy some fun for a good cause! Register at

FidoFEST & Walk for the Animals | CityDog Cover Dog Model Search September 25 • Seattle, Wash. 9 a.m.-4 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 sixth 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. Visit uvillage. com and for more information.

Canine Classic at Paws Up September 25 • Greenough, Mont. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Resort at Paws Up. You and your canine companions 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 and local micro-brewed beer. Prizes will be awarded to individuals collecting the most in pledge donations. Proceeds go to the Humane Society of Western Montana. For for more information please visit or

Vashon Sheepdog Classic Dog Trials September 30, October 1 & 2 • 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 wellbehaved, friendly, quiet, and vaccinated dog is welcome to attend. For more information:

See Spot Walk 2011 October 1 • Boise, Idaho. Festivities 9 a.m., Walk 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), of course, and you! There’s plenty of entertainment, food and a 1 mile walk for a great cause. For more information, visit

Wet Nose Soiree October 1 • Portland, Ore. 5 p.m. at the Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Avenue. The Wet Nose Soiree is where fellow pet lovers join together to honor their animals while supporting DoveLewis’ mission: to save lives. Represent your pet by bringing an item or wearing cocktail attire inspired by your Wet Nose. (Perhaps you could wear your cat’s collar on your wrist, or wear a gown the colors of your dog’s fur.) A cocktail reception and silent auction will be followed by a formal dinner and live auction.

{CITYDOG SOCIAL CALENDAR} MAKE A DATE WITH YOUR DOG Canine Heroes Wine Auction & Winemakers Dinner October 1 • Napa, Calif. 5 p.m. at the Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way. Guide Dogs for the Blind invites you to its 9th annual Canine Heroes Wine Auction. Proceeds from this event will go toward supporting the annual veterinary costs of $3 million 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: $300.

Dugan Foundation’s Fur Ball 2011 October 1 • Tacoma, Wash. 7-11 p.m. at the Tacoma Art Museum. Come out and enjoy an elegant fundraising event in the spirit of the Rat Pack Era. From the red carpet entry to elegant wines, gourmet food, signature cocktails, shopping, live auction and first class crooner, Arthur Alder. The Fur Ball will provide a night you’ll never forget. Black tie encouraged. For tickets and more information:

Seattle Walk for Hope

Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign to fund research for canine cancer early detection, effective treatments and ultimately a cure.

Halloween Howl October 15 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Off-Leash Area Edmonds (O.L.A.E.) 498 Admiral Way. This 7th annual event features reduced-fee micro-chipping, raffles and silent auction, pet-friendly vendor booths, and the ever popular Doggie Costume Contest.

Surfsand Dog Show on the Beach October 15 • 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, Cutest Puppy, Best Bark and Owner Lookalike. Join the Surfsand Resort for their 14th light-hearted dog show as they raise money for the Clatsop County Animal Shelter. For more information, visit or call 1-800-547-6100.

October 2 • Seattle, Wash. at Warren G. Magnuson Park , 7400 Sand Point Way NE. Join thousands of runners and walkers at this is fun, family oriented, pet-friendly event. This year’s Walk for Hope Seattle will feature an array of activities including sponsor giveaways, a survivors’ pavilion, a kids’ zone, pet zone, team photos and more. Event day registration opens at 8 a.m. The 5k run begins at 10 a.m. and the 5k walk begins at 10:05 a.m. Four-legged walkers (leashed of course!) are welcome. The post-Walk festival is also dog-friendly, so bring Fido along to keep you company. Don’t miss the healthy treats at the Pet Zone. Visit for more information and to register today.

Doggie Palooza

Reading with Rover

October 22 • Vancouver, Wash. 5 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver Hotel. The Humane Society for Southwest Washington invites you to join them at their 2011 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 $85 per person. Bring your friends—a table for 10 is $850.

October 8 • Lynnwood, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway. October 15 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Avenue

K9 Cancer Walk October 9 • Los Gatos, Calif. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Vasona Lake Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road. More than six million dogs die of cancer each year; it is the number one killer of adult dogs. Join this walk on the Los Gatos Trail and then listen to expert speakers in canine care and oncology. 100% of monies raised go to benefit

She gets a fashion upgrade.

You get peace of mind.

October 16 • 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 further information at

Visit us online

It’s a Wonderful Life Dinner & Auction

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs October 22 • Seattle, Wash. 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N. The newly formed Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation is hosting it’s

CityDog Readers receive

Simply use the coupon code CDSALE at checkout. expires 11/30/2011

Scan this to get started!

NO Signup Fee. NO Annual Fee. EVER. Fall 2011 • 35

first fund-raising auction. The event is a celebration of pet-friendly Seattle and will include silent and live auctions, a raffle, dinner, drinks and a heartwarming video presentation. Tickets are $75.

Dog-O-Ween October 22 • Seattle, Wash. 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Magnolia Manor Park, 3500 28th Avenue West. This is Cola’s (Citizens for off leash areas) 12th annual fundraising event. There will be fun, food, and fashion galore with prizes, raffles, and vendor booths catering to every pampered pet. The grand finale is a costume contest where all the most creatively dressed pooches strut their stuff for celebrity judges to win great prizes! For more information:

26th Annual Dawg Dash October 23 • 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. Each year, the 10K run and 5K run/walk through the scenic University of Washington campus raises at least $10,000 to support scholarships for UW students. For more information, visit


CAT Whisker Wonderland November 5 • Portland, Ore. at the downtown Hilton. Let’s not forget our feline friends! Plan to attend Cat Adoption Team’s 8th annual Whisker Wonderland silent/ live auctions. The event’s eclectic décor will provide a festive backdrop as you enjoy signature cocktails, munch hors d’oeuvres, and bid on silent and live auction items.

2 Million Dogs Puppy Up! Walk November 6 • Auburn, Wash. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Roegner Park, 601 Oravetz Rd. Sign up now for the 2nd Annual, 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up! Walk in your area… there will never be a better time like this to Puppy Up! against cancer. The 2 mile walk begins at 12 noon. There will also be vendors, food, entertainment, and a silent auction. Parking for the event is at the school parking lot and is free. Pre-registration online on or before November 3rd for the walk is $20. Day of registration is $25. Receive a bandana and 2 Million Dogs bracelet with entry fee. For more information, visit

October 29 • 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.

Reading with Rover

Bowser’s Boo Bash

November 18 • Portland, Ore. 6:30 – 10 p.m. at the Melody Ballroom, 625 SE Alder. The main events are silent and live auctions with all of the proceeds benefiting the dogs and youths of Project POOCH, which provides opportunities for incarcerated youths to learn patience, responsibility, and compassion for all life through working with shelter dogs. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

October 29 • 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 auction and dinner 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 4 • 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 36 • CityDog Magazine

and veterinary care for working guides and puppies in training. Tickets are $60. Please contact Debbie Hibbard at 503.668.2100 or e-mail

November 12 • Lynnwood, Wash. 11 a.m.12 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway November 19 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.12 p.m. Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave

POOCH in the Pub

Furr Ball Dinner, Dance & Auction November 19 • Spokane, Wash. 5 – 11 p.m. at the Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. The 4th annual Spokane Humane Society FurrBall dinner, dance, and auction is Spokane’s premier companion animal charity benefit raising funds for the unwanted, abused, and abandoned animals in the community. For ticket information, please contact Faythe Saxton at 509-467-5235 ext 12 or email





Headless bunny, duct-taped teddy bear, mangled monkey—all in the name of love.

With more than 130 delightful photographs, Chewed looks at the comically-twisted results of our pets’ desire to tear, shred, dismember and essentially, eviscerate their favorite toys into a slobber-coated, headless, eyeless and limbless creature. Each of these victims is presented in a simple yet irreverent style, showcasing the sheer enjoyment pets have for their chew toys. Interspersed among the photographs are short stories by a variety of animal-loving contributors who have been inspired by their favorite Chewed image, including author Augusten Burroughs; artists Roz Chast, Maira Kalman and William Wegman; designers Isaac Mizrahi and Todd Oldham; and food personality Andrew Zimmern, among others. Collaborators Arne Svenson and Ron Warren, creators of the popular book Sock Monkeys, have again taken overlooked, inanimate objects and through the art of photography, imbued them with intriguing, amusing and all-too-human characteristics.

38 • CityDog Magazine


Welcome to the CityDog Fall 2011 Directory.


AHIMSA DOG TRAINING Voted Seattle’s Top Trainer. Flexible classes and private lessons for puppy socialization, behavior problems, manners, and backyard sports. Check out Ahimsa’s new dog training store in Ballard!

Here you will find an assortment of dog-friendly products and services provided by these fine businesses. Please support our advertisers by calling or visiting their websites today. Ahimsa Dog Training


Ahimsa Dog Training............................... page 39 Bailey & Banjo Pet Photography 31 Bestfriend Photography............... 36 Cowbelly Pet Photography...................... page 4 EVO.............................................................. page 7 FidoFEST..................................................... page 33 Fremont Oktoberfest.............................. page 37 Good Citizen Canine............................... page 31 Hands to Paws Canine Massage.......... page 39 Innova.................................................... back cover Julie Austin Photography........................ page 31

HANDS TO PAWS MASSAGE Massage helps arthritic dogs/cats, aids healing after ACL & other surgeries. It relaxes muscles that have over-compensated for injuries, and calms the nervous system of hyper dogs/puppies. Call 206.938.8539 for a massage or Reiki session.

POOPER TROOPER We take the ick out of dog ownership! Weekly rates begin at $17.00 with prepay discounts available. Know that your dog’s doo can do some good as we donate over 5% of our profits to animal welfare agencies! 888-Dog-Waste or visit:

K9 Carry All............................................... page 11 Luna Azul Photography........................... page 32


PAWS.......................................................... page 31

Named “Best” by CityDog and Seattle Magazine! Training for the family dog. New! The “Pup’prentice” project with Becky Bishop in Seattle and Woodinville.

PetHub....................................................... page 35

Call 425.482.1057 or check it out at:

M&J Dog Essentials................................. page 11

PLAY............................................................. page 3 Pooper Trooper......................................... page 39


Puppy Manners........................................ page 39

Studio Fe makes custom signs, furniture, and art for your office, home, and garden.

Trupanion Pet Insurance.......................... page 6 For information about advertising in CityDog Magazine, call 206.762.0643 or email

Got a vision? Let’s make it real! Fall 2011 • 39

Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.