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Welcome to the fall issue of CityDog Magazine featuring the best of the West as it pertains to all things dog! This issue also features our special Home+Living Guide, where you will find some doggone great ideas for décor including furniture, flooring, bedding, textiles, toys, and much more for you, your home and your hound—because, as all dog lovers know, a house is not a home without a four-legged friend (see page 13)!

This also rings true when it comes to your home-away-fromhome and we are pleased to say we found yet another swanky place that welcomes pets—the Motif Hotel—located in the heart of downtown Seattle (see page 32). With the dog days of summer behind us, it’s time to break out those Halloween costumes and get ready to party with your pooch at the fourth annual CityDog Howl-at-the-Moon Muttmixer, Thursday, October 29th at the lovely Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland. There will be a costume contest with awesome prizes and of course, tricks for treats!

For more details about the Howl-at-the-Moon Muttmixer and a bunch more fun events, check out the CityDog Social Calendar starting on page 35. You definitely don’t want to miss our Holiday Muttmixer: Yappy Howlidays on the Lake, when it’s all paws on deck, Sunday, December 6th to enjoy an exclusive, canine-friendly holiday cruise on Lake Washington (see page 37)! And, speaking of holidays, it’s never too early to start your shopping, and this issue is packed with some great gift ideas in our Cool Products section on page 16 as well as our special CityDog Showcase on page 20. There’s a little something for you and your fellow dog lovers as well as 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 It’s 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 in the CityDog Shop. Woofs & wags! Brandie Ahlgren, Founder & Editor CityDog Magazine | P.S. Be sure to join the CityDog Pack and follow us on Twitter and Instagram {citydogmagazine} and “like” us on Facebook !

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leave no dog behind ten years after katrina

written by Tami Seegrist McMinn Photos courtesy of pasado’s safe haven

This August marked the ten year anniversary of one of the deadliest natural disasters in the history of the United States. Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana on August 29, 2005, wreaking havoc and leaving an unimaginable path of destruction in its wake. At least 1,800 people died in the hurricane or subsequent floods but the city’s human residents weren’t the only ones trying to cope with the disaster. More than 250,000 pets were left stranded and struggling to survive. Many owners had left provisions for their pets, expecting to return to their homes after a few days. But due to the extreme damage wrought by the storm, days turned into weeks, and pets were forced to struggle to survive alone without food or water for extended periods of time, often weak and in pain from injuries, starvation and severe dehydration. Within days of the hurricane making landfall, responders from Pasado’s Safe Haven flew to the scene to help, to provide search and rescue, veterinary care and support measures. They were one of the first animal organizations allowed into the disaster zone. Staff and volunteers from Pasado’s Safe Haven met with other rescue groups daily to map out the search areas, and every day the rescue teams ventured into polluted floodwaters to search abandoned homes and look for animals. Dogs and cats were trapped in houses, starving and injured; dogs were chained to fences, and sickly animals wandered the streets, often in packs, looking for food and help. The sheer number of animals being rescued was unlike anything the organization had ever seen and the first joint shelter filled up within just a few weeks. Pasado’s Safe Haven set up a stand-alone emergency facility so they could continue their work of saving animals.

Top left and right: A rescuer from Pasado’s Safe Haven offers food to a hungry dog; a confused dog found hungry and afraid inside a residence in New Orleans. Above: Exhausted but now safe, a basset hound that was rescued from the aftermath of the hurricane. 8 • CityDog Magazine

At this make-shift shelter, they cared for the animals and helped reunite families with lost pets. At each house where an animal was rescued the team from Pasado’s Safe Haven left instructions and information with the location of their rescued pets. Because of this system, the majority of the animals they rescued were eventually reunited with their families.

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Above, clockwise: This lucky pup was among many that traveled to Seattle to find new homes; Pasado’s Safe Haven rescuers assist a dog stranded in the floodwaters; stacks of crates are ready for the thousands of rescued cats and dogs.

There were moments that caused the responders hearts to sink and others that fueled them for the emotionally exhausting work ahead. During one supply run at a local Walmart the National Guard moved the team to the front of the line—in front of hundreds of people who had survived the storm but had lost everything and were barely surviving. The team was initially unsure how their placement at the front of the line would be received but to the relief and surprise of everyone the crowd cheered and local residents in line began running to the crew with handwritten messages with their addresses and names of the pets they had to leave behind. “It was a wonderful reception by these people who had lost everything—they were happy to see us there, helping their animals,” says volunteer rescuer, Amber Ek. Adopter Cammie Owen says she feels like the “lucky one” after adopting Mo, a chow mix who was rescued on October 1, 2005, more than a month after the deadly

hurricane made landfall. Mo was found wandering the streets, nearly bald from the severe skin infection that ravaged his body, likely caused by wading through the contaminated flood waters for several weeks. Mo, along with others, was brought to the organization’s sanctuary outside Seattle to heal his physical and mental wounds, and was later adopted by Owen. He is now happy and healthy and lives in West Seattle with his human and canine family. In the days and weeks that followed the hurricane and subsequent flood recovery, Pasado’s Safe Haven rescued nearly 1,200 animals. “We are honored to have been a part of helping the innocent animals caught in Katrina’s path a decade ago,” says Tami McMinn, communications manager. “And we are grateful to our supporters for making our lifesaving work possible—then and now,” she concludes. You can find Pasado’s Safe Haven on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on the web at Fall 2015 • 9

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25 Years & 25,000 Adoptions By terri inglis, Executive Director, homeward pet adoption center

While preparing a raw diet for your dog may take some getting used to, you will find that the effort you make is well worth it when you begin to see how happy and energetic your dog becomes after eating the raw diet for a few weeks. To help you get started, the following recipes give you four days of meals that offer variety, a blend of nutrients, and different textures. These sample recipes create a balanced diet for a fifty-pound dog.

Lionel the rat terrier is safely snuggled at home with his new dad, Michael Zacharias. Lionel doesn’t know he’s special, but as Homeward Pet’s 25,000th adoption, his happy family is the culmination of 25 years of hard work, passion and a whole lot of love. On May 9, 2015 adoption counselors presented Lionel’s dad with gifts from sponsors Doggy Haven Resort, VCA Sno-Wood Hospital, Therapeutic Paws Massage, Pet Pros and BooBoo Barkery & Boutique. As Michael and Lionel walked out the door, the lobby was filled with smiles and well-wishes from the many people who made Lionel’s adoption possible.

Day One Morning Meal: 8 oz (¾ cup) beef heart 2 oz (¼ cup) beef kidney 1 egg Evening Meal: 12 oz (1 to 1½ cups) chicken necks or backs Day Two

Homeward Pet is a leading Washington state non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. 350 volunteers show up each week, rain or shine, to walk 30-plus dogs, clean kennels, socialize 35-plus cats and kittens, scoop litter boxes, welcome adopters and keep the shelter safe and clean. They find CityDog Magazine’s own Ziggy Stardust was homes for more than 1,600 dogs and adopted from Homeward Pet Adoption Center cats each year. approximately nine years ago. Today, he enjoys

the perks of visiting places like Copalis Beach on the Washington coast as “research” for CityDog.

The Homeward Pet Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic provides affordable surgeries for the pets of reduced income families. The Food Bank partners with 25 local retailers and close to 20 area food banks and outreach programs to distribute pet food and supplies to families in need. This broad community impact is especially significant when you understand the meager beginnings. Originally called Hooterville Pet Safehaus, the shelter opened in 1990 by founder Peggy Barnish as a halfway house for cats and dogs. The original shelter was located across from the railroad tracks along Woodinville Drive. Space was limited, forcing the placement of the cat kennels on top of dog kennels. The shelter depended on a local veterinary clinic for vaccinations and basic medical care. There was one onsite, makeshift clinic in which a school teacher treated fleas and ear mites on a part-time, volunteer basis. Hooterville Pet Safehaus survived many lean years of operation. As Peggy Barnish would say, “it happened on a prayer and a paw.” With the tireless efforts of volunteers and the generous support of donors, four years ago Homeward Pet moved into a facility capable of housing more than 35 cats and 30 dogs. Twenty five years of service built to the 25,000th adoption and ensured little Lionel’s opportunity for his loving new home.

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Is Your Dog Ready for a Raw Diet?

Morning Meal: 8 oz (¾ cup) ground beef 2 oz (¼ cup) cottage cheese 2 oz (¼ cup) ground/pulverized broccoli Evening Meal: 12 oz (1 to 1½ cup) pork ribs Day Three Morning Meal: 8 oz (¾ cup) pork chunks or ground pork 2 oz (¼ cup) pork liver 2 oz (¼ cup) plain yogurt Evening Meal: 12 oz (1 to 1½ cup) turkey necks cut into three to four sections Day Four Morning Meal: 8 oz (¾ cup) green tripe (unbleached) 4 oz (½ cup) beef kidney Evening Meal: 12 oz (1 to 1½ cup) chicken wings Feeding a raw diet to your dog not only offers the best bioavailable protein and nutrients, it also gives you complete control over the quality of the ingredients used in your dog’s diet. This can be very satisfying, especially when you witness the health transformation in your dog. Courtesy of Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs by Lew Olson, PhD (see next page).

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We have two exciting events to finish out the year that you won’t want to miss! Howl-at-the-Moon Muttmixer There will be a costume contest with prizes and of course, tricks for treats! When: Thurs. October 29th, 6 to 8 p.m. Where: Woodmark Hotel, Kirkland

Second Chances for 8,800 Dogs written By kate hudson

Ginger’s Pet Rescue, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization, works with what the founder, Ginger Luke, affectionately refers to as “death row dogs.” Founded in 2006, the rescue operation is entirely run by volunteers who manage the adoptions, foster homes, transportation and medical care for hundreds of dogs in need of forever families. The animals served by Ginger’s Pet Rescue come from other shelters, owner surrenders and sometimes sting operations at puppy mills. The rescue saves an average of 12-15 per week, including many dogs from California and Taiwan that are flown in from high-kill shelters and adopted by Washington pet parents. In almost a decade, Ginger’s Pet Rescue has placed 8,800 dogs into permanent homes.

Yappy Howlidays on the Lake It’s all paws on deck in December to enjoy an exclusive, canine-friendly holiday cruise on Lake Washington! When: Sunday, December 6th Where: Depart Leschi Marina at 4:50 p.m.; return to Leschi Marina at 7 p.m. For more information about these fun events, check out the CityDog Social Calendar on page 35.

“We’re all about second chances,” shares Ginger. “It is easy to find homes for adorable puppies or popular breeds that are known to be great family dogs. Here, we love the challenge of placing dogs into loving homes that no one else could. Whether a dog is old, requires medical care or has a disability, Ginger’s Pet Rescue will work tirelessly to find the perfect home for each dog that we take into our care regardless of size, breed or background.” To learn more about Ginger’s Pet Rescue, visit


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Tails of Triumph By Terri Steuben books we love For the first time, you can read the pets’ perspective and their stories of triumph—thanks to Terri Steuben, a gifted animal communicator and trained disaster responder. In her book, Tails of Triumph, Terri shares what the animals told her about Hurricane Katrina and “the day the water came” as she and other responders with The Humane Society of the United States found and rescued animals in the muddy rubble of New Orleans. Dogs, cats, horses and other creatures talked to her about their despair, confusion, determination and, ultimately, freedom.

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What Can You Expect When You Are Expecting a Puppy by michael schaier books we love This inviting, humorous and easy to follow guide prepares you for the challenges that lie ahead and the joy a new puppy can bring. Starting from the planning stage before the puppy arrives straight through to adolescence, What Can You Expect When You Are Expecting A Puppy prepares you for everything you’ll need to know in order to raise a happy, well-centered dog using positive reinforcement training methods.

Do Unto Animals By tracey stewart books we love Do Unto Animals by Tracey Stewart is a charming guide to better understanding and living with animals. Paired with original illustrations, Stewart incorporates personal anecdotes (“Stewart Family Traditions”) with fun, pet-pleasing DIY crafts (“Catnip Sea Creatures”) and practical advice (how to help an injured animal; what to pack for bird watching) to create an accessible guide on how to live in harmony alongside our animal friends.

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books we love While many people know a healthy diet means steering clear of overly processed foods, they often forget that their four-legged family members can also benefit from a raw and natural diet. In Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs, Lew Olson, PhD provides readers the information they need to give their dogs the nutrition they deserve. Featuring detailed recipes, Olson helps dog owners take their pets’ nutrition into their own hands with step-by-step instructions to make preparation easy.

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{cool products} what’s cool for hot dogs Chillin’ Like a Villain u With fall here, it’s time to pull out the sweaters and hoodies the same goes for Fido. The Grace Hoodie by Max-Bone is super soft and stretchy for chillin’ like a villain on these chilly Northwest nights. $45, with more colors and styles to choose from at

t Dogtails Dog Shampoo If you love clean, especially a clean dog, then Dogtails is the ticket. Luxurious and environmentally conscious, Dogtails fuses the best of all things pure— sustainable packaging, PET recyclable bottles, and not a trace of dyes, artificial fragrances or parabens— just simple ingredients like sunflower seed oil packed with vitamin E, rosemary oil to stimulate and moisturize fur, grapefruit oil to uplift and invigorate and lime oil, a natural antiseptic and bacteria fighter. $16 at

p Messy Mutts No More Messy Mutts makes cleaning up after Bowzer a breeze, with everything you can think of necessary to keep the dirty business of owning a dog to a minimum—from chenille drying mats and towels to non-slip, silicone feeders to pet waste dispensers to a whole lot more—all of which can be found on their website at

t Monkey Business Perfect for a special event or just a day in the park, this handsome necktie collar in sock monkey print arrives wrapped in tissue paper with a ribbon and You Had

Me at Woof tag, ready to open or give as a gift. Plus be happy knowing that a portion of every purchase goes to dog rescue organizations. $36 at 16 • CityDog Magazine

t Thirst Quenchers Travel in safety, sustainability and style with the PawNosh travel bowl made with genuine retired fire hose salvaged from US fire departments by California’s Oxgut Hose Co. Each bowl is super durable, collapsible, compact and most importantly, easy to clean. $34 at

Beauty Has Gone to the Dogs u Give Fido or Fifi a good old-fashioned scrub down with doggystyle, a grooming bar that promises to pamper your pooch, naturally. Each bar is free of parabens, gluten, phthalates, mineral oils, petrolatum, synthetic dyes, preservatives, artificial fragrance and coloring. $5 at

p Tag, You’re It! Twigo Tags is on a mission to help ensure all pets wear an ID tag and have created a fun, simple, and unique way to do so. Tags require no engraving and can be instantly personalized with a ballpoint pen— simply write, boil and wear. Available at Healthy Pets Northwest stores in Portland, Ore. and

The Dog Park on Your Wall u Hygge & West commissioned this “dog park” wall paper by artist and fellow dog lover Julia Rothman. We love the playful pattern, but we especially love that 100% of the profits will be donated to Copper’s Dream Animal Rescue in San Francisco and Midwest Animal Rescue in Minneapolis. $140 per roll (27” x 30’) at Fall 2015 • 17

{cool products} what’s cool for hot dogs t Microfiber for Fido Drying your dog just got easier with the super soft and absorbent Pocket Cape Towel by Tall Tails. It’s expertly designed with side hand pockets and an attachment at the collar area to secure the towel in place, keeping you in control of your soggy dog. Made with super absorbant microfiber that is 50% more absorbent than cotton. $13.99 at

Sleep On It u Cuddle up with your pup wearing a pair of Dog is Good cozy, 100% cotton pajama pants. Choose from three patterns: Chase Your Dreams, No Bed Too Small (both pictured here) and D Bolo G. Also features a draw-chord waste. $29.99 at

p Moroccan Mutts The intricate pattern on P.L.A.Y.’s new Moroccan Lounge Bed creates an exotic sanctuary for your four-legged friend and a modern statement for your home. Available in four colors and four sizes, each bed is filled with eco-friendly PlanetFill made from 100% post-consumer certified-safe recycled plastic bottles. Also new, the Bugging Out Plush Toy Collection (pictured on the next page) will wiggle their way into your pup’s heart while helping animals—2% of all proceeds will benefit the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). 18 • CityDog Magazine

A Coat for Crazy Weather u Don’t let a little wind and rain get in the way of your next adventure. The North Country Coat by Kurgo is made from a durable material that stands up tough on the trail and effortlessly sheds water, wind and snow. Inside, it’s lined with a soft fleece to keep your furry friend warm and comfortable through any conditions. So let the weather do its worst, because your pooch will be sporting the best. $45 at

t Looks, Strength, Durability and Comfort The leash for looks, strength, durability and comfort, Tall Tails’ Rope Leash is made with braided nylon for a better grip, with no rough edges and is non-slip when wet. They also feature break strength rated hardware and swivel clasp that easily attaches to your dog’s collar and reduces potential twisting and tangling. $19.99 - $21.99 at

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t Highlands Sleeping Bag On your next camping adventure, be sure to pack a sleeping bag for your pooch. The Ruffwear Highlands Sleeping Bag provides warmth, comfort and insulation when your hound hits the hay, with lightweight synthetic insulation for warmth and protection from hard, cold surfaces. An integrated sleeve accommodates the Landing Pad (sold separately) for additional insulation in extreme cold. $99.95 at Fall 2015 • 19

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Elevate your dogs food and water bowls in our Personalized Feeding Stations. Our bowls are 100% hand crafted in the USA and come in over 35 stand colors and over 15 name color options. Several styles to choose from. Stainless steel bowls included. $40 and up at

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Get “the Power to Stand, the Power to Stop, and the Power to Go!” with Power Paws—a unique indoor/outdoor solution for traction and fashion, plus heat/snow and allergies. Cotton and elastic ensure comfort and adaptability. Eight regular sizes + 5 harefooted sizes ensure a good fit. From 19.99 at

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YOUR DOG IS THE STAR ON ITS OWN COOKIE JAR! Unique and fun, each one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted treat jar incorporates a sculpture, capturing the look and character of YOUR DOG! A GREAT GIFT for dog lovers and a JOY to OWN. Starting at $140 at

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NelliDesigns all natural soy candles are perfect for that whimsical touch in any home. And with fragrances such as Rolling in Grass, Big Stick and Wet Dog, your home will smell much better than Rover. Priced at $28.00, you can find them at

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{citydog living} celebrating life with dogs


Home Décor

written by kate hudson photography by emily rieman

Dogs are awful roommates. They don’t clean up after themselves, they never give you privacy and they are demanding. Yet, the ASPCA estimates that up to 47 percent of U.S. households have a dog. And, we wouldn’t have it any other way! However, sharing your home with a canine companion does not have to be synonymous with dirt, clutter and lingering odors. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Melanie Carroll, a Seattlebased interior designer and owner of the Fido-N-Scratch ( pet boutique in Seattle’s Mt. Baker neighborhood, to snag home organization and décor advice for dog owners. Having spent the last two decades designing home interiors and her experiences sharing her home with Cutter, a golden retriever, and Lincoln, a long haired dachshund, Melanie understands the unique challenge of maintaining a beautiful home while having pets. With these ideas and products, you can not only pamper your pooch, but also reclaim your home with easy fixes such as pretty storage solutions and multipurpose furniture, to flooring and textiles that can take the wear and tear of dogs. But to start, here are a few golden rules for the house as a whole. When selecting wall paint, choose a semi-gloss. Smudges and stains easily wash off semi-gloss paint due to the durable finish. Likewise, easy cleaning is an important consideration in flooring. Hardwood floors make housework with pets less demanding and Virginia-based Hardwoof makes beautiful wood flooring with technology specifically engineered for dogs. The natural warmth and beauty of real wood, combined with the durability of acrylic, is how they create floors that can withstand the daily traffic of dogs that is 300% more dent resistant than standard wood flooring. Plus, there are 12 gorgeous finishes to choose from and you can order up to three samples for free at

Clockwise from top: Lincoln sports a sweater by Chilly Dog while lounging on a bed by Bowsers; a leash holder by ORE Originals marks the entryway; Lincoln wipes his muddy paws on a Soggy Doggy doormat; candles by NelliDesigns adorn the living room mantle. Above: Rope leash by Tall Tails (more info on page 19). 24 • CityDog Magazine

If you prefer carpet over wood, pick one with synthetic short fibers that clean well. Natural fibers like wool carpet hold dirt and odors and beware of the loop weave of Berber carpet because it is prone to catch on nails. Lastly, opt for a rubber carpet pad. The moisture barrier prevents the absorption of pet messes for better extraction when cleaning and speaking of cleaning, Skout’s Honor Urine Destroyer breaks down urine stains and eliminates odors at the molecular level.

u Tip from a Pro: Melanie jokes that dog owners with carpet should have a professional steam cleaner on speed dial.

u The Entryway. The entryway of a house is the first place that greets guests and welcomes you home every day—well, other than your pooch. It is important for this room to be ascetically pleasing while also functional as the place where you enter and exit with Fido. For instance, leash hooks don’t just don’t have to be utilitarian. They can complement your home or purposely designate that it is for the dog like a bone shaped hook. For a whimsical look, check out High Camp Home’s Rustic Red Dog Leash Hook ($45) or peruse the handmade leash hangers by Happy Trails Thrift Shop that benefit animals (available on Also important for entryways are doormats. Melanie recommends looking for doormats that absorb dirt and debris without blocking the floor’s breathability. Doormats by Soggy Doggy are well-designed and pretty like the cranberry with oatmeal bone ($39.99) design pictured on the previous page.

u The Kitchen. It always seems like the party ends up in the kitchen. For our canine companions, the kitchen is the venue for water, food and treats. Keeping those items organized and tidy, is not always easy.

While water and food bowls serve a practical purpose, that doesn’t mean they have to be no-frills. Harry Barker’s line of bowls such as its stainless steel bowls (from $12) to their decorative dog toile bowl (from $18) are functional and charming. Petware by Bauer Pottery is handmade in California and features lovely glazing and color like the Ringware Treat Jar and Dog Bowl (from $32). For contemporary kitchens, the Bowsers raised Meshidai double feeder (from $49.99) is an elegant addition to any kitchen and one Cutter clearly enjoys (as can be seen in the photo on the following page). To protect the floor, Melanie suggests snagging a few placemats for under the bowls that can be rotated for cleaning. Placemats built for absorption or those with a lip to hold spills are ideal. The Dexas Grippmat ($12.99) is available in five bright colors. It’s also non-slip and includes a raised edge to trap crumbs and spills. Little Yellow Nest offers handmade personalized Clockwise from top: Floors by Hardwoof are 300% more scratch resistant than standard wood floors; Lincoln takes a nap snuggled up on a blanket by Tall tails; Skout’s Honor will sponsor a day’s worth of food for a shelter with every purchase. Fall 2015 • 25

quatrefoil placements ($16.95, or be eco-friendly with Bowsers placemats made from recycled tires (from $24.99). Treat jars and food storage bins can be a decorative fixture in your kitchen, especially with O.R.E’s Melrose Milk pet treat ($21.95) and storage bins ($34.95) with nostalgic graphics on galvanized steel that are reminiscent of the milkman of the 1950s. For a modern look, the Harry Barker classic treat tin ($12) in white or silver is iconic (see page 29 for more information). For kitchens without a good nook to tuck away bowls and food storage bins, Melanie suggests built-ins with pull-out drawers as a trendy solution. These custom options can be integrated into any kitchen design and are stylish yet a compact way to organize bowls and store kibble.

u Tip from a Pro: Consider yourself a chef? Take a look at P.L.A.Y.’s Home Cooking for Your Dog cookbook ($17.95) pictured to the right and available at u The Living Room. The living room is often the heart of a home as a gathering point for relaxing, socializing and entertainment. Integral to the design of a living room is its furniture. Melanie advises that furniture be undemanding for cleaning when vacuuming or wiping it down like leather or microfiber. 26 • CityDog Magazine

From chairs, sofas and ottomans, Livable Home features furniture that is contemporary and pet-friendly with stain and soil resistant fabrics. Throw blankets are also a great option to safeguard furniture from pet hair and scratches. The corded fleece blanket by Tall Tails (from $24.99) is perfect for the home, crate or car. The super soft, yet durable fabric pampers your pooch, is completely machine washable and dryable, and keeps your couch free of dog hair and drool. All good things! While most of us welcome our pups on the couch, if you prefer they stay off the furniture explore P.L.A.Y.’s matching dog beds and throw pillows for a consistent living room style (photo on next page). Also, their wine barrel pet bed is

From top: Lincoln relaxes on a Big Sky Blanket by West Paw; perusing the recipes in Home Cooking for Your Dog by P.L.A.Y. (measuring cups by ORE); Cutter enjoys a snack (custom artwork by Chaz McFarland, sold exclusively at Fido-N-Scratch).

Left: P.L.A.Y.’s Kalahari lounge bed and matching pillows provide a soft place for Lincoln to lay. Right: Custom portraits by Artwork by Angie provide a pop of color.

a beautiful yet practical conversation piece as they’re made from oak barrels previously used to age California wines (see page 29 for more information). Melanie loves multipurpose furniture that provides dogs with a special place to feel safe and out of the way. Nooks under the stairs or a window seat with built in dog beds are a perfect way to customize a living space for individual dogs sizes and needs. Sauder’s coffee table ($329.99) that doubles as a pet bed gives dogs a spot to lay right in the middle of the action with a lovely espresso finish. And, Soft Surroundings features an ottomon that doubles as a dog crate (see page 29).

u Tip from a Pro: Stash pet toys in a low drawer like the coffee table or entertainment center for easy pick-up. Toys kept in a drawer or double-duty furniture like a bench or ottoman with storage space, as opposed to a basket on the floor that is always accessible, enables a rotation of toys that keeps them feeling new and stimulating for your dog. u The Bedroom. We all want to wake up on the right side of the bed—especially if we share it with a dog. It’s been proven that bedtime snuggles is good for your health, because touch lowers blood pressure and heart rate for animals and humans alike. When your pooch cuddles on the bed, ensure linens are easily washable and invest in a throw to safeguard bedding. Big Sky Blankets ($29), made by West Paw Designs in Montana, are a soft solution for saving

the bed from dog hair. Pair it with a Big Sky Teddy (see page 29) and it will be sweet dreams for Fido. For small breeds or senior dogs, pet stairs to access the bed can elevate quality of life and protect against injuries like slipped discs. The Companion Ramp ($195) by Animal Matters in caramel, chocolate or charcoal suede offer a gradual incline and scalloped tread to guarantee stable footing and an easy climb for old joints. Alternatively, crate training is great because the den-like environment helps dogs distinguish when it is bedtime. While crates can be unsightly, decorative covers offer millions of fabric choices to blend with any bedroom environment. Bow Wow Beds have over 100 designer crate cover fabrics from zig zag chevron and ikat to geometric prints (from $53.95; Another one of our favorites is Molly Mutt’s line of crate covers that come in a variety of cool colors and fun patterns (from $45; Odor neutralizing candles are an attractive way to beat pet smells that can get trapped in the bedroom when the door is closed (or any room for that matter). Candles by NelliDesigns are made with eco-soy wax, an all natural vegetable wax without any additives, so they burn clean. It also offers the best scent throw so you can enjoy your candles’ fragrance to the fullest. Pictured above are candles featuring original art by WACSO (Walkin’ Around Checkin’ Stuff Out). Fall 2015 • 27

Above: This sign by Bainbridge Farm Goods marks the “happy home of a rescue dog.”

u Tip from a Pro: For a DIY project for the bedroom, do an online search for how to turn an old dresser into a nightstand with a builtin dog bed. We found some really cool ones! From the entryway through to the bedroom, Melanie’s design ideas and product solutions alleviate the challenges of sharing a home with our hounds, whether swapping out textiles or investing in new flooring. In her experience, a tired dog is a wellmannered dog when regularly exercised and stimulated. Before you head out shopping with this fresh inspiration, workout your pup at the park. On your way home, don’t forget to pick-up some interactive toys that will keep the pooch engaged and playing for hours. And, speaking of playtime, here are some tips on keeping the yard clean, safe and fun for Fido.

u The Yard. First, a secure fence is priority number one. The Motoral WirelessFence25 is a great way to let your dog outdoors and trust that are safely within the boundaries you have set. It is also portable, so you can take it with you on camping trips, a day at the beach or a friend’s house. As the saying goes, cleanliness is next to dogliness (er, wait...) and a clean backyard is more enjoyable by all including Bowzer. Not only that, it’s important for the environment. Studies have shown (through isolating the bacteria in waterways) that 60% of wastewater runoff is contaminated with dog waste. Studies have also shown, that a single gram 28 • CityDog Magazine

of dog waste can contain up to 23 million fecal coli form bacteria. This bacterium not only endangers the health of marine life, it also creates oxygen in waterways that increases the growth of waterweeds destroying salmon spawning habitats. In other words, scoop the poop. If you prefer leaving the dirty business to the professionals, then Pooper Trooper is the ticket. They will come to your house and pick up after your pooch at a reasonable price ( For some serious fetch time, GoDogGo’s G4 Fetch Machine ($145; is an automatic ball launcher and your dog’s new best friend. Three settings allow for variable launch distance, ranging from approximately 12 feet to 45, depending on the ball type and size. For some serious rest time, P.L.A.Y’s outdoor beds are great or stuff one of Molly Mutt’s outdoor dog duvets with old towels and blankets and kill two birds with one stone—helping the planet and your pooch! Whether indoor or out, the options for providing a happy home for our hounds is seemingly endless and as the pooch population continues to grow in US households, so will the demand for products and services. Of course, CityDog will be on the scent, keeping you and your pooch up-to-date on the latest and greatest as it pertains to all things dog! And, be sure to check out FidoN-Scratch, where you can find most of the products mentioned in this article.

{home products} what’s hot for dogs in the home Huggable Ruggable u The Ruggable two-piece rug system is perfect for pet owners. The top layer attaches to a rug pad, allowing it to be removed and washed whenever you want. The rug pad is easy to wipe off with its water-resistant surface, and is non-slip so there is no need for an additional rug pad. As simple as bed sheets on a mattress, the Ruggable is designed to be repeatedly removed, washed and reapplied. Brilliant! Available in a variety of different designs, colors and sizes; pricing starts at $79.99 at

p Store It In Style Harry Barker treat tins will keep dog biscuits fresh while looking stylish on your counter. Match it with the company’s classic dog food storage canister and your kitchen will be complete. Treat tin, $7; food canister prices from $52 and includes a scoop.

p May I Have Some Whine, Please? Our friends at P.L.A.Y. have partnered with a fellow California company, Wine Barrel Concepts to create a series of customized beds that are specially outfitted from wine barrels. Indulge your pup with a sophisticated snooze on this artistically recycled piece of furniture for your home. $299 at

t Kick Up Your Feet With Your Canine The Maggie by Soft Surroundings works triple-time as a comfy ottoman, end table and seriously stylish dog house. The solid birch frame is upholstered in textural viscose/linen, with a tightly padded top, oversized nailhead trim and a comfortably upholstered interior. It’s pet approved! Available in two sizes and colors, with prices starting at $229 at Fall 2015 • 29

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big dogs

small spaces

written by lora shinn photography by nichole sears

Mixing mutts with small-home living isn’t always easy. After all, cooped-up pooches can bark up a storm, alienating apartment neighbors. Out of boredom, they’ll turn your Italian leather loveseat into a chew toy. And a furry friend can really spread messes around your 450-square-foot condo. So we’ve asked several experts to provide tips on sharing a modest domicile with your dog, without driving each other howling mad.

u Exercise, Exercise, Exercise. “If you have any dog cooped up in a tiny condo all day, it will be unhappy and likely develop behavioral issues,” says Nadja Wiese, owner of the dog-walking service Rain City Pets in Seattle, Wash. Prevent doggie meltdowns by ensuring adequate exercise daily. u Breed Needs. Breed—not size—determines energy requirements. Political fundraiser McKenna Hartman lives in a 513 square foot Belltown condo with her 150-lb Labrador/mastiff mix, BlueState. “He’s a lotta man,” Hartman says, laughing, but he generally only needs one big walk per day. Alternately, if you have a high-energy dog, keep him on the go with multiple walks after work, or look into a dog-sitting, dog-walking or daycare service. u Pooch Play. “Interactive play with owners is the best,” says Mary Lee Nitschke, an animal behaviorist in Portland, Ore. She suggests playing fetch on townhouse stairs, if it’s too nasty to go outside. “A few stair runs do wonders for a dog’s disposition, health, and demeanor,” says Nitschke. u Canine Calmers. Turn on classical music or NPR, providing your furry friend with mellow company while you’re out. You can also try a soothing pheromone plug-in, says Grisha Stewart, founder of Empowered Animals in Alaska.

This page: Nadja Wiese has a full house with husband Kerry, son Markus, and dogs Zack and Zoe—Opposite page: 150-lb Lab/mastiff mix BlueState is perfectly at home in his 513 square foot condo in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. 30 • CityDog Magazine

u Clever Kibble. Fido can’t operate the TiVo, so keep his mind busy with delicious problems to solve. “A KONG with the days’ kibble supply inside provides a stimulating and challenging way for the dog to procure his daily ration of food,” Nitschke suggests. Wiese proposes hiding treats before leaving in the morning—your dog can seek them while you’re out. u Polite Pottying. For dog owners living in condos and apartments, Condo Pet Pals makes small-space living a little easier. They provide you with an all weather,

sealed pod/tray that holds real, live and 100% natural grass. If you live within their service area, they come to your home and remove the soiled sod and replace it with fresh new grass on a regularly scheduled basis.

u Stop Scraps. When riding elevators, “it’s hard for dogs to be in this box, with another dog in their space,” says Stewart. If constantly having run-ins with another dog down in 201, Stewart says to get them acquainted under different conditions -- playing at a local dog park or hitting up a hydrant together. u Halt Howling. Barking is a big problem for city-dwellers, so Stewart recommends desensitizing dogs to noise as puppies. When your pup hears a noise, hand out treats at nose-level, and then move to putting treats in her crate. “Delay the treat further and further,” Stewart says, after establishing the positive connection between strange sounds, treats, and her crate. u Quiet Rewards. Calm yowling through a “quiet command,” suggests Stewart, using a treat or clicker to provide instant reward if she doesn’t bark. If she does bark, use a timeout moment in her crate and give positive reinforcement when the fussing stops. “It’s important to do both,” Stewart says. When dogs woof all day and don’t eat, Stewart says it’s time to call in an expert – they’re probably facing separation anxiety.

u Crate Train. If your anxious dog keeps barking or chewing, try daytime crate training, like Seattle tenant Renee Somerset. Her Lab/greyhound dog Boomer’s destructive habits stopped when she addressed his daytime needs. “He ran in there the minute I set that crate up,” says Somerset. “No treats were involved. It’s his space. Some dogs need coaxing, but not this one.” u Living the High Life. According to Stewart, it may well be in a dog’s best interest to live in that 7th floor high-rise or three-story townhouse. “They get much more socialized, and don’t face the situation where people aren’t walking them for weeks,” Stewart says. Renee Somerset agrees, considering dogs in small spaces no big deal. “It’s way easier than people make it out to be,” she says, adding that she’s planning on adopting a second dog soon. “A dog in an apartment is fine, and I would recommend it.” 150-lb Lab/mastiff mix BlueState is perfectly at home in his 513 square foot condo in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Fall 2015 • 31

{deluxe digs} lap up the luxury

motif hotel

written by brandie ahlgren photography by amelia soper

Located smack in the heart of downtown Seattle, the modern and stylish Motif has joined the pack of pet-friendly hotels in our fair city. Formerly the Red Lion, the newly renovated Motif is colorful, literally and figuratively, with bright pops of color to complement the energy of Fifth Avenue located just outside its doors. Speaking of Fifth Avenue, some of Seattle’s most popular attractions—Pioneer Square, Olympic Sculpture Park and the Space Needle, to name just a few—are all within walking distance for you and your pooch. Or, if you don’t feel like taking a stroll, hop on the Monorail with your mutt and head to Seattle Center. Dogs are allowed on the Monorail as long as they are well-behaved and on a leash. If you prefer to stay closer to home, the Motif has many amenities for two- and four-legged alike. The property’s 319 rooms feature sweeping views of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains and the plush pillow top king bed, high-speed wireless Internet access, Pure eco-friendly bath amenities, stocked refrigerator, ergonomic work desk and chair, iPod docking station, Keurig coffee machine and plush robes make it easy to kick back in the comfort of your room. And, speaking of comfort—creature comforts to be exact—your canine companion will receive more than just a no-fuss check-in and scratch behind the ear. The Motif has it covered to keep your pooch equally pampered, with his own plush bed, food and water bowls and complimentary welcome snacks. Looking for a bite to eat without leaving the premises? The Motif is home to Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, located on the fifth floor. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, start the day with a Dungeness Crab Poach (crab cakes, poached eggs, spinach and hollandaise sauce) or for lunch, the Dungeness Mac N Cheese is to drool for, with fontina cheese and cayene bread crumbs. Equally drool-worthy is the Wild Pacific Salmon with lentils, crème fraiche, bacon and squash crisp. And of course, no meal is complete without dessert and the Triple Chocolate Brownie will not disappoint, with bruleed banana, peanut butter powder and vanilla ice cream.

Clockwise from top: Charlie checks out the hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue, Frolik serves up craft cocktails and tasty bites; Charlie hangs out in the hotel’s vibrant and inviting lobby; pops of color is a recurring theme at the Motif. 32 • CityDog Magazine

Frolik also offers happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. and the spacious outdoor patio is the place to be—not only is it pooch friendly, but it also features two fireplaces, comfortable seating plus shuffleboard and ping pong (although ping pong might be difficult with a ball obsessed dog as we found out for ourselves with Charlie!

If you have a hankering to get out on the town, the Motif could not be better located. Surrounded by Seattle’s food, art and culture scene, finding something to do with Fido is not difficult. While not all venues are dog friendly, we found plenty of places to explore with your four-legged friend including the aforementioned Olympic Sculpture Park, situated at the southern end of Myrtle Edwards Park. Enjoy a stroll along the paved 1.25 mile path at Myrtle Edwards then wag on over to the sculpture park (admission is free!), where you will find both permanent and visiting art installations. Formerly an industrial site, the park is now nine acres of open and vibrant green space, perfect for art and dog lovers alike. While enjoying stunning views and amazing sculptures is a bit more sophisticated, nestled in the cobblestone underbelly of Pike Place Market is one of Seattle’s more quirky attractions, the Wall of Gum. Resembling a spray of petrified confetti, it’s worth a look and the brilliant colors and varying textures present the perfect photo backdrop for you and Fido. Further south you will find Pioneer Square, Seattle’s original downtown neighborhood rich in history and culture. Take a stroll through Pioneer Place Park and enjoy some shade under the iron Pergola built in 1909 or head over 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 waterfall makes it an oasis for city folk and canines alike. Another gem, Pioneer Pet Feed & Seed, has everything you need to keep your canine companion happy. The store is stocked with a variety of local, Northwest Top: Charlie kicks back while we catch up on some reading. products and your pooch will go wild for Above: The spacious outdoor deck is the perfect hangout spot. the “Singles Snack Bar”—old-fashioned, trict. Every day it’s bustling with people, but apothecary-type glass jars filled with tasty if you happen to be here in December, it’s treats such as sweet potato slices, freezeespecially hopping, with a spectacular disdried cheddar cheese bits and hemp banana play of holiday lights including the famous treats. Yum! 161-foot high, 3,600-bulb Macy’s Holiday Closer to the hotel, if you are looking for some off-leash fun, Plymouth Pillars Park features approximately .2 acres of fenced space with scenic views of Seattle—perfect for potty breaks and a little play time. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the Motif, up Pike Street to Boren Avenue.

Star. There is also an old-fashioned carousel for the kids (of the two-legged kind). Again, Westlake is a bustling city park, so if your four-legged friend doesn’t do well in crowds, it’s probably best to avoid this area. However, if they do fine, it’s a festive place to be in the Emerald City during the holidays!

On your way back to the Motif, cruise through Westlake Center, located in the heart of Seattle’s downtown shopping dis-

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More Information Motif Seattle 1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle 206.971.8000; Olympic Sculpture Park 2901 Western Avenue, Seattle

Above: Charlie makes himself at home on the plush, pillow top bed. Above right: In addition to all of his other amenities, Charlie enjoys his very own cushy dog bed.

of your life, the Motif is the perfect escape for you and your pooch. Speaking of “motif,” just for fun, we decided to look up the definition and found it’s “a recurring subject, theme or idea, especially in a literary, artistic or musical work.” We are happy to say that another recurring theme at the Motif, is dog friendliness! In addition to all of the in-room amenities to keep Fido pampered, we especially like their affordable pet fee of $20 per stay. Woof!

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Pioneer Place Park First Avenue and James Street, Seattle Waterfall Garden Park 219 2nd Avenue South, Seattle Pioneer Pet Feed & Supply 87 1/2 South Washington Street, Seattle Plymouth Pillars Park 1050 Pike Street, Seattle

{social calendar} make a date with your dog

October Reading with Rover October 3 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Public Library, 311 Maple Ave. and Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. October 6 & 20 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave NE. October 10 •Lake Stevens, Wash. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Public Library, 1804 Main St. October 13 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St. October 17 • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave W. and Tukwila, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Tukwila Barnes and Noble, 300 Andover Park W. October 24 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.. at the Monroe Public Library. October 27 • Seattle, Wash. 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Therapy Dog Visit at the Northaven Assisted Living II, 531 NE 112th Street. October 31 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St.

DoveLewis Wet Nose Soiree October 9 • Portland, Ore. 5:30 p.m. at the Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave. Join fellow animal lovers for a live and silent auction, gourmet dinner, pet and person fashion show and glamourous after-party, with signature cocktails and dancing. Register online at

Portland Pet Expo October 10 • Portland, Ore. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Portland Expo Center. Bring your pet to the Portland Pet Expo and enjoy hundreds of vendors, live entertainment, obedience demonstrations, discounted vaccinations and free nail trims plus a megaadoption area.

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs October 10 • Seattle, Wash. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way. Hosted by the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, it’s a celebration of pet-friendly Seattle and includes silent and live auctions, buffet dinner, and beautifully crafted desserts.

Surfsand Resort Dog Show October 17 • Cannon Beach, Ore. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on the resort’s seaside back yard. Pooches from all 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. This light-hearted dog show benefits the Clatsop County Animal Shelter. For more information, visit

Dugan Foundation’s Fur Ball October 17 • Tacoma, Wash. 6:30 p.m. at Foss Hall in the Dome District of downtown Tacoma. Dugan Foundation’s Fur Ball Speakeasy is a fully theatrical speakeasy event, featuring some of the Northwest’s most spectacular local spirits and beer. You’ll also enjoy elegant service, great food, 1920’s music and dancing. To purchase tickets, visit

Pug-o-Ween October 17 • Lynnwood, Wash. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Four Paws Sports Center, 6426 212th St. SW #100. Trick or Treat! Time for your pug to come up with their best costume idea and compete for treats in a costume contest. There will also be a pumpkin carving contest (pumpkins must be brought to the event already carved), a raffle/silent auction, several vendors, and a hot dog stand. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and seniors.

Walk for the Animals October 18 • Seattle, Wash. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Green Lake. The Seattle Humane Society is hosting its annual Walk for the Animals at a new location, Green Lake. The event features adoptable pets, a 2.8-mile dog walk, vendor booths, dog contests and more.

30th Annual Dawg Dash October 18 • Seattle, Wash. 9 a.m. at Red Square on the University of Washington campus. The dog-friendly Dawg Dash is more than just good for your body; it’s good for the UW student body. A UW tradition 30 years and running, Dawg Dash has become a coast-to-coast celebration of Husky community and spirit. Thousands of students, alumni, faculty, community members and friends have participated in Dawg Dash, helping to make strides in the advancement of academic scholarships and higher education. Fall 2015 • 35

Halloween Howl

Reading with Rover

October 24 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.2 p.m. at the Off-Leash Area Edmonds (O.L.A.E), 498 Admiral Way. This annual event features reduced-fee micro-chipping, raffles and silent auction, vendor booths, and the ever-popular Doggie Costume Contest (judging at 1 p.m.).

November 3 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. at the Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave NE.

Bowser’s Boo Bash October 24 • Salem, Ore. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. SE. This highly anticipated costume party fundraiser for the Willamette Humane Society includes silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner, hosted wine and beer, and live entertainment.

Pet First Aid Class Octoboer 25 • Seattle, Wash. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at Paws4Training, 4015 Stone Way N. Hosted by Metro Dog, this is one of the most complete pet first aid courses available, with certified instructors and a day of fun and learning. Classes are intended for pet care professionals, dog and cat owners, rescue workers, groomers and shelters and completion offers continuing education credits for IAABC, CBCC-KA and CPDT-KA members. You will work with live animals in class. For more information, e-mail or visit

Howl-at-the-Moon Muttmixer October 29 • Kirkland, Wash. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Point. CityDog Magazine and the Woodmark are hosting a Howl-at-the-Moon Muttmixer with a costume contest with awesome prizes and of course, tricks for treats! Costume categories include: Best Pack (group), Best Dog + Owner Pair, Funniest, Most Original and of course, Scariest. Costumes not required, but strongly encouraged, because it’s fun! Please RSVP with the number of peeps and pooches attending in your pawty to For more information, visit

November Fundraiser for the Maranda Fund November 1 • Kirkland, Wash. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at NW Cellars, 11909 124th Ave. NE. Taste wine and help raise money for Old Dog Haven’s Maranda Fund; money set aside specifically to pay for major medical procedures to give senior dogs a chance for at happy retirement.

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November 7 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Public Library, 311 Maple Ave. November 10 & 24 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St.. November 14 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. and Lake Stevens, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Public Library, 1804 Main St. November 17 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. at the Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave NE. November 21 • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave W. and Tukwila, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Tukwila Barnes and Noble, 300 Andover Park W. November 28 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. and Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.. at the Monroe Public Library.

16th Annual Oregon Fall Luncheon November 6 • Portland, Ore. 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. at the Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison. This annual fundraising event to benefit Guide Dogs for the Blind opens with a wine tasting reception and raffle. The luncheon includes special guest speaker Trevor Thomas and his guide dog Tennille. Individual tickets are $75.

Furr Ball Dinner, Dance & Auction November 21 • Spokane, Wash. 6 p.m. at the Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. The Spokane Humane Society Furr Ball Dinner, Dance & Auction is Spokane’s premier companion animal charity benefit, raising funds for the unwanted, abused and abandoned animals. The evening starts with a reception, silent auction and cocktail hour and finishes, after dinner, with a live auction of eight beautifully decorated themed Christmas trees and live music by Jazz Northwest. For ticket information, call 509.467.5235, ext. 211.

Pet First Aid Class November 15 • Redmond, Wash. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, 16715 Cleveland St. Hosted by Metro Dog, this is one of the most complete pet first aid courses available, with certified instructors and a day of fun and learning. Classes are

intended for pet care professionals, dog and cat owners, rescue workers, groomers and shelters and completion offers continuing education credits for IAABC, CBCC-KA and CPDT-KA members. You will work with live animals in class. For more information, e-mail or visit

Homeward Pet Adoption Center

December Reading with Rover

December 8 & 22 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St. December 12 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. and Lake Stevens, Wash. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Public Library, 1804 Main St. December 19 • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave W. and Tukwila, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Tukwila Barnes and Noble, 300 Andover Park W. December 26 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Monroe Public Library, 1070 Village Way. and Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.12 p.m. at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main. December 29 • Seattle, Wash. 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Therapy Dog Visit at the Northaven Assisted Living II, 531 NE 112th Street.

Yappy Howlidays on the Lake December 6 • Seattle, Wash. Boarding begins at 4:10 p.m. at the Leschi Marina, 320 Lake Washington Blvd E. Depart at 4:50 p.m. and return at 7 p.m. This exclusive, canine-friendly cruise, hosted by CityDog Magazine, is aboard the m/v Goodtime II on Lake Washington happens just once a year as part of the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival. Carolers sing holiday songs aboard the lead Christmas Ship as the parade of boats follows in its wake. And, Santa Paws himself will be onboard to pose with your pooch for holiday photos. Tickets are $59 per person plus tax (dogs ride free). Be sure to check out, where you will find the most comprehensive calendar of canine events in the West!

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{HEALTH + WELLNESS}health tips for the whole dog

While endless treats and belly rubs are some people’s idea of the perfect life for Fido, a more important factor plays into the quality of life your pet will have: its health. Allowing vaccines to be a part of your pet’s health care routine can protect them from some of the most common companion animal diseases. Rabies, distemper, hepatitis, Bordetella and parvovirus are a few of the illnesses that your pet can be protected against through vaccines. “In developing immunity, vaccines work by mimicking the infection. The infection usually does not cause illness (sometimes minor symptoms of the disease), but will allow the immune system to make antibodies and lymphocytes,” says Dr. Brad Bennett, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Even if your pet is considered an “inside dog” or does not come into contact with other animals, Bennett still recommends having your animal vaccinated. “We know that when widespread vaccination is performed, we can reduce the prevalence of serious disease caused by highly pathogenic organisms. With this knowledge, we recommend most owners to vaccinate their pets,” he says. Though vaccinations are meant to prevent harm to your animal, they are not always risk-free. Before making the decision to vaccinate your pet, talk with your veterinarian about the potential risks and benefits of vaccination. “While vaccinating can be valuable, it is not always harmless,” Bennett said. “A discussion should take place between the veterinarian and the owner as to the probability of exposure, severity of the disease being vaccinated for, and risk of adverse events.” Owners should also discuss how often their pet should be vaccinated to effectively prevent disease, as this varies with age. So what kind of negative side effects from vaccines should owners look out for? According to Bennett, swelling of the face, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, pruritus and hives are common allergic reactions to vaccines in pets. More serious reactions can even include shock and sudden death (anaphylaxis). Though there are some reported reactions lasting weeks, most reactions occur immediately after injection or up to 48-72 hours later. If owners observe any of these side effects after their pet receives a vaccination, Bennett encourages them to seek immediate veterinary attention. While veterinarians like Bennett encourage pet owners to vaccinate their pet as needed, some animal care specialists have argued that we are over-vaccinating our pets, causing more harm than good. “My opinion is that I do not believe we are over-vaccinating our pets. Every day, I see diseases in pets that could be avoided by vaccinating,” said Bennett. As owners, we want our pets to live a happy life. With the help of regular check-ups and vaccinations against common pet diseases, your animal’s quality of life may be improved. Although vaccines are meant to protect your pet’s health, owners should be aware of the potential side effects that come with vaccinating your pet. Discuss your concerns with your veterinarian so they can determine the best vaccine plan to ensure a long and healthy life. 38 • CityDog Magazine

Finding home

shelter dogs and their stories

Almost 10 years after her first book, Shelter Dogs, photographer Traer Scott introduces us once again to a new set of shelter dogs in Finding Home: Shelter Dogs and Their Stories. We meet Molly, a sweet and affectionate senior golden retriever. “It’s always particularly heartbreaking to see senior dogs in shelters; they seem so bewildered and lost. Fortunately, Molly was able to find a loving home.” We meet Cody, a two-year-old greyhound who competed in 21 races, only to be transferred to a shelter just weeks after his retirement. We meet Gypsy, a beautiful Siberian husky, surrendered to the shelter because her family’s housing did not allowed dogs. We meet Nanook, a stunning pitbull mix who was found as a stray, untrained and badly behaved. Shelter staff committed several months to training him and he was later adopted into a wonderful home. We meet many, many more—most, but not all, with happy endings. Finding Home is an eloquent plea for the adoption and welfare of our animal companions, and is a remarkable tribute to dogs in all their individuality.

Photos by Traer Scott, published by Princeton Architectural Press 2015

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CityDog Magazine Fall 2015  

Smart, city-savvy and fun, CityDog Magazine brings the joys of life with our four-legged friends to dog lovers throughout the West — Seattle...

CityDog Magazine Fall 2015  

Smart, city-savvy and fun, CityDog Magazine brings the joys of life with our four-legged friends to dog lovers throughout the West — Seattle...