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{FROM THE EDITOR} Welcome to the fall issue of CityDog Magazine. We’ve packed this issue with the people, places and things that make living in the Pacific Northwest with your pooch so great. This issue also features our Home+Living Guide (page 22), where you will find some of our favorite finds including furniture, flooring, 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. 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 sixth annual CityDog Howl-at-the-Moon Muttmixer, Thursday, October 26th at the lovely Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland. There will be a costume contest with awesome prizes and of course, tricks for treats! Then, if you’re feeling festive, join us on Saturday, December 2nd at the Maxwell Hotel for our CityDog Howliday Muttmixer. Enjoy a cocktail, take home a swag bag loaded with goodies, and mix and mingle with fellow dog lovers. Learn more about these and other upcoming events in our CityDog Social Calendar starting on page 38.

And, speaking of the 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 14 as well as our special CityDog Showcase on page 18. There’s a little something for you and your fellow dog lovers as well as fun stuff for Fido! If your shopping plans include hitting the streets of Seattle, make a weekend out of it by booking a room for you and Rover at the pet-friendly Palladian Hotel, located in the heart of Belltown. You and your dog will not be disappointed, especially with the Palladian’s Honor Bar{k} Menu, with items like YumYum Chicken Bites, Barkbrew Dog Beer and Fetch Me Noir Wine for Dogs (nonalcoholic, of course). Learn more about the Palladian on page 30. Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean the fun has to be over, too. In addition to the magazine, our website is packed with places to go, things to do, and adventures to be had—all in the company of your canine companion! Visit! Woofs & wags! Brandie Ahlgren, Founder & Editor CityDog Magazine | P.S. Not too long ago, we announced a new opportunity to start your own CityDog Magazine in your city and we are pleased to say we have two new additions to our pack—CityDog Baltimore and CityDog Philly! If you want to launch your own CityDog Magazine, please visit our website at to learn more.

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About the Cover Earlier this year, we donated a cover to Seattle Humane to auction off at their annual Tuxes & Tails fundraising event. Always a popular item, the cover sold for $10,000, raising money for a fantastic organization. The lucky winners, Missy and Max not only grace this issue’s cover, but they are also our “models” for our Home+Living Guide on page 22. Thank you to their mom, Daryl Russinovich, for bidding on the cover and helping us raise money for a great cause.

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We’ve always been told to eat our greens. They provide our bodies with healthy nutrients and will help us live longer. But did you know the same things that are healthy for us are good for our dogs, too? Kelley Marian sure does. She’s the founder and creator of Green Juju (, a whole foods supplement for dogs. With dark leafy greens, bone broth, turmeric, coconut oil, and many other healthy ingredients, Green Juju promises to boost your dog’s overall health and well-being, while also helping with ailments like allergies, arthritis, and skin issues. It all started in 2013, when Marian’s beloved yellow lab, Bailey, was diagnosed with a rare joint tumor. With chemo and radiation being ineffective for this type of cancer, amputation was her only option—and Bailey was in no shape to safely endure surgery. “She had been struggling with health issues for years (food allergies, digestive issues, etc.) and the biopsy they did to diagnose the cancer brought on a cascade of issues—an ear infection, bladder infection and a yeast infection—in the three weeks following,” Marian said. “I wanted to help support her body to fight the cancer and become strong enough for the eventual amputation she would need to become cancer free.” Marian herself had been working through some health issues of her own at the time, and noticed how much better she felt when she added fresh, whole foods to her diet, specifically through juicing. “I had begun to learn the different properties of vegetables, such as their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, and had the realization that Bailey could benefit from the same support that I needed,” she said. “She needed some life in her bowl!” And so Green Juju was born. It started out basic enough: Marian put together a list of ingredients she thought Bailey needed to be at her healthiest: turmeric, bison bone broth, and dark leafy greens for joint support, ginger and bison bone broth for digestion, dandelion greens for detoxification, and dark leafy greens for antioxidants. From there, she consulted with a local canine nutritionist to finetune quantities and to make sure they were safe for daily feeding. She began cooking up Green Juju in her condo on Queen Anne, but it only took a couple times of her cooking bone broth in the kitchen for her husband

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to relocate her operation to a 200 squarefoot space in Ballard. “I spent almost three years in those 200 square feet,” Marian said, “slowly upgrading equipment to commercial sized juicers and walk-in freezers.” At the beginning, it was definitely a grassroots campaign. Most of Marian’s first clients were also her dog walking clients. “In the beginning, I knew everyone who showed up, mostly dog walking clients who were kind enough to support me, but I remember when a few people I didn’t know came, I hardly knew what to do with myself,” she said. A few months later, the owner of Petapoluza in Fremont contacted her, wanting to sell Green Juju in her store. At first, Marian was hesitant, mostly because she felt her packaging wasn’t up to snuff, and she wasn’t ready for the public eye. “I made her promise it was just for her own use,” she said. “When I followed up a week later she confessed she had chickens, not dogs, but loved the product and convinced me to let her sell it in her store.”

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And sell she did: Petapoluza sold through dozens of containers each week and eventually word spread. Green Juju is now available in pet stores like Mud Bay, All The Best Pet Care, and more across all of Washington, and is even in Oregon and California. Marian creates seasonal blends as well, made with fresh, seasonal produce, along with her original blend. What started as a goal to get Bailey healthy enough to fight cancer has now evolved into a mission to provide an easy, convenient way to add fresh food to any dog’s diet. Today, Bailey is a happy, healthy, cancer-free tripod, who has many healthy years ahead of her. And it’s all thanks to Marian’s dedication to her creation: Green Juju. “I have been very pleasantly surprised at how many people recognize the power of real food for us and our pups,” she said. “Feeding organic greens and bone broth to a dog definitely sounds crazy, until you try it.”

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BOOKS WE LOVE Dog owners are flocking to natural homemade food for their pups. Now you can spoil (and nourish) your pampered pooch with only the best ingredients. In the new book Doggy Desserts: 125 Homemade Treats for Happy, Healthy Dogs by Cheryl Gianfrancesco, dog owners can rest easy knowing they are providing their pooch with a snack made with healthy ingredients. This beautiful book presents easy-to-do, fun recipes divided into six categories: cookies, bars, drop cookies, cakes, muffins, and frozen treats. Here are a few of our favorites.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients 1 1⁄2 cups unbleached white flour 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 3⁄4 cups quick-cooking oats, uncooked 1⁄4 cup unsalted walnuts, chopped 1 cup all-natural applesauce, no sugar added

1⁄2 tsp baking soda
 1⁄4 tsp ground nutmeg 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
 3 bananas, mashed
 1⁄4 cup honey

1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients. 2. With a teaspoon, drop spoonfuls of dough on a baking sheet, about 11⁄2 inches apart. 3. Bake at 350 degrees or 10 to 15 minutes. 4. When done, the cookies should be firm to the touch. 5. Turn the oven off, and leave the cookies in for 1 to 2 hours to harden.

Liver and Garlic Strips Ingredients 1⁄2 lb liver
 2 eggs
 1⁄2 cup water
 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 tsp garlic powder 1. In a blender, mix the liver, eggs, and water. 2. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix well. 3. Pour into a 9-
by 12- by 2-inch baking pan, and spread the mixture evenly in the pan. 4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. 5. When done, the mixture should be dry on top and firm to the touch. 6. Cool the mixture in the pan, and then cut it into 1- by 2-inch strips.
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Strawberry Frost Ingredients 2 3⁄4 cups frozen strawberries 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 1⁄4 cup honey
 1⁄2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, cover, and blend until smooth. 2. If you are not going to serve the strawberry frost immediately, pour the mixture into a freezer- safe container and freeze until firm. 3. Remove the container from the freezer, and allow the frost to soften before serving.

Raspberry Dog Sherbet Ingredients 2 cups low-fat plain yogurt 1⁄4 cup honey
 12 oz frozen raspberries 1⁄4 cup water 1. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, cover, and blend until smooth. 2. Pour the mixture into a freezersafe container, and freeze until firm. 3. Remove the container from the freezer, and allow the sherbet to soften before serving.

Oatmeal and Cheese Bones Ingredients 1 cup quick-cooking oats, uncooked 4 Tbsp vegetable oil
 11⁄3 cups water
 1⁄2 cup powdered skim milk 1⁄2 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded 1 egg
 1 cup cornmeal
 1⁄2 cup wheat germ
 3 1⁄2 cups whole wheat flour 1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients. Knead the dough on a floured surface. 2. Roll out the dough to 1⁄2-inch thickness, and cut out shapes with a dog bone cookie cutter. 3. Put the cookies on a baking sheet, 1⁄2 inch apart. Bake at 300 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes. 4. When done, the cookies should be firm to the touch. 5. Turn oven off and leave the cookies in for one to two hours to harden.

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While Nicole Georges, then a fellow at The Center for Cartoon Studies at Vermont, was escorting well-known cartoonist Chris Ware from the airport, their chit-chat landed on the topic of Nicole’s dog Beija, who had died earlier that year. Beija came to her as a surprise at a young age, “like the baby I had in high school,” she jokes. Ware replied that it sounded like a good line for a graphic novel, and over the next four years, it became the basis for Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home. “The comic gods have come down and touched me and told me this project is good,” Nicole says. Her 328-page graphic memoir is a coming-of-age-story and a tribute to Beija, a fear-aggressive Shar Pei-corgi mix, whom Georges felt she hadn’t properly memorialized in the months after her death. “Beija was never a ‘good dog,’ but she was the best dog,” Nicole says. “It took me having her her whole life for me to honor that.” Beija was initially meant as a present for her boyfriend, but his stepfather refused to accept the dog. The teen couple moved out into their own apartment shortly afterwards. The apartment didn’t allow pets and the landlord insisted that the dog leave. Beija was re-homed unsuccessfully several times before Nicole decided to keep her. Nicole and Beija stayed together throughout a series of relationships, break-ups, and moves. Having an emotionally fragile dog meant Nicole had to make a lot of adaptations for Beija both in terms of her living environment and the people around her. It also meant growing up faster. “I learned about boundaries,” Nicole says. “I had to be super responsible right out of the gate. I was already going to be a selfmotivated, make-your-own-path person. With this dog, I had no option but to do that.” Even before she started the novel, Nicole had been drawing and sharing comics of Beija. But Nicole didn’t realize the impact her work had made until Beija was desperately in need of surgery that Nicole couldn’t afford. She posted an appeal on her blog, and the money came rolling in from fans, readers and friends. 12 • CityDog Magazine

“I felt like it wasn’t all for nothing,” Nicole says. “With writing, it feels like yelling into the void sometimes. It’s hard to know if your work is making an impact. People really showed up to save my best friend’s life. It showed me art can really form bonds and build community.” While Nicole wouldn’t trade her life with Beija for anything, looking back, she thinks she should have taken up her sister’s offer to take Beija so the dog would have had a more stable life. Nicole, meanwhile, would take in a difficult dog again, but only if her life circumstances suited the dog. She adopted her current dog, Ponyo, from the Oregon Humane Society four years ago. The Chihuahua thrives under Nicole’s nomadic lifestyle, which involves frequent travel and staying in other people’s houses. After initially considering another dog, she adopted Ponyo based on the advice of a shelter volunteer. “I think the best way to adopt a dog is to listen to the people who work at the shelter. Don’t be swayed by a cute dog or a sad story. And see if that matches up with your needs and what you have to offer. Ask them who the best dog is. They’ll tell you.”

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{COOL PRODUCTS} WHAT’S COOL THIS FALL FOR HOT DOGS t Gemini Studio Art Founded in 2008, Gemini Studio Art features the work of Stephen Fowler. Inspired by dogs, his collection boasts over 1000 designs, from dogs in bath tubs (see page 24) to dogs on beer labels (pictured here: Catahoula Brewing Company). Choose from dozens of designs and breeds.

Cuppa Joe p Decorated with embossed dog face and “I Heart My Dog,” this mug by Ore’ Originals celebrates your furbaby. It includes a twine-tied tag that doubles as a gift tag, making it gift-ready for a friend, co-worker or fellow Fido lover. Pair with a set of paw-shaped coasters, made in the USA of recycled rubber. Mug: $9.95; coasters: $7.95 at

t Spirit Animal Unleash your dog’s inner spirit animal with a super soft knit sweater by fabdog. Available in a variety of designs (pictured here: Fox, Squirrel and Stag). 100% acrylic and machine washable; $45 at

K9 Honey for Your Honey u K9 Honey is a delicious raw honey treat for your dog designed by Nature. Raw honey naturally contains bits of pollens that benefit dogs in a number of ways including allergies, digestive issues and weakened immune systems. Use as a food topper and your dogs will swarm to it to honey. $7.99 to $18.99 at 14 • CityDog Magazine

A Parka for Your Pooch u The weather outside may be frightful, but this cozy parka by fabdog is delightful. Features: 100% nylon shell with poly fill, fleece lining for added warmth, removable zip-off faux fur hood, snap pockets, harness hole, and full belly coverage with velcro closure. Water-resistant and machine washable. $65-$70 at

Music to Your Ears p The perfect stocking stuffer for music and animal lovers alike, My Audio Pets Duets are tiny, wireless speakers for any smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device. Though not much bigger than a golf ball, the sound quality is crystal-clear and when paired together, in stereo. Choose from Power Pup and Classical Cat (pictured here) or any of the nearly dozen others, including Ice Ice Baby Penguin and GoGo Bananas Monkey. $29.99 each;

A Scooper for Spot u Serve your pet up in style with this classic black and white melamine pet food scoop from Ore’ Originals. Playfully paw shaped and featuring an ergonomic handle with a hole for hanging. The small scoop holds a half cup of dry pet food, perfect for small dogs and cats. The large scoop holds one cup of dry pet food, perfect for medium to larger sized dogs. $10.95 to $13.95 at

t Octopus Maximus This octopus family from fabdog is just too cute to get mangled in the jaws of your dog. But nature requires sacrifices, so collect ‘em all, and let your dog have at ‘em. The eight, 16 or 24 arms (or legs) of this octopus family provide plenty of gnawing, gripping and thrashing opportunities. Available in two sizes; $12-$14 at Fall 2017 • 15

{COOL PRODUCTS} WHAT’S COOL THIS FALL FOR HOT DOGS t Furniture for Felines and Fido Whether it’s a home for your pet, or the perfect piece to make your pet at home, Sauder Pet Home offers fun, funky and functional furniture, from a coffee table that also functions as a stylish dog bed to a side table with built-in cat scratcher, storage baskets and bed. Pictured here is the Natural Sphere Cat Tower; $234.99 at

Hemp Oil for Your Hound p True Leaf Pet combines the power of hemp with scientifically proven ingredients to create True Hemp supplements for dogs in three varieties: Calming, Hip+Joint and Immune+Heart Support. Active ingredients include green lipped mussel, turmeric root, pomegranate extract, and other plant-based extracts. $29.99; learn more about the benefits of hemp at

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A tough coat for tough winters, the Muttluks Belted Coat, features three layers of warmth: a nylon exterior, lofty inner core and faux fur Sherpa interior. Pair it with Snow Mushers booties and hit the slopes with your hound. Coat: $50; boots: $44 at

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It’s a Charmed Life u Bella & Beau offers over 200 dazzling beads to choose from to capture your fondest memories with Fido and Fifi in a beautiful collar and matching bracelet. As memories are made, your collection grows by adding a bead for each special occasion. Collar: $59; bracelet: $39; beads starting at $24 at

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Globe Trotting Rover p With P.L.A.Y.’s Globetrotter Toy Collection, discover new sniffs and countless adventures as your pup explores the world with his Pupster Passport. After Fido is all stamped out, he can grab a quick bite on-the-go with the Pack and Snack Suitcase, chill out for a little rest and relaxation with a chew on Pucci’s Sandal or turn up the squeaks on his Howling Hound Headphones featuring dual-squeakers—capture all the fun with the Lens Licker Camera! Entire set: $43; individual toys starting at $7.50 at Fall 2017 • 17


Keep an eye on your pets with a PetCam u

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NEW adorable PetCam. SEE, HEAR and TALK to your pets from anywhere using your Smartphone, iPad and tablet. Rotates 360 degrees. Wireless connection in your home or use a portable hotspot. Records with motion detection. Free app. Have peace of mind that your pets are safe. Special $99. Go to

Get your paws on our sparkle! We offer fine jewelry in 31 unique dog-lover designs, handmade in Los Angeles using premium materials. “Dogs have the power to make everyone around them radiate, and that’s exactly what I hope my debut line of necklaces will do—make people shine.” – Carrie Cramer. To see the full collection, visit

Porter PocketsTM u

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Locally made in the Pacific Northwest, Porter PocketsTM makes responsible dog ownership easier with our patent pending design that includes a rigid, removeable interior for used dog waste bags or other items. With its city-to-woods good looks, Porter PocketsTM makes walking the neighborhood, beach,

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Custom Coasters u Custom Coasters are a fun way to show off your Best Friend(s). Simply upload your full color photos and we print them on our high quality Stone Coasters. A perfect gift or a beautiful way to Memorialize a pet that has passed over the Rainbow Bridge! Visit our website

On the Road Pet u SAFE TRAVELS & ADVENTURES! On the Road Pet has all the essentials for whatever life throws at you. Includes a veterinarian designed First Aid kit, 5 year shelf life water, bowl, food, DIY ID, leash collar combo & lots more. Grab and go, or keep in your closet or car. We’ve thought of everything!

It’s Not Just for Pie. … Pumpkin. u Einstein Pets signature natural and organic dog treat is back! The incredible taste of pure natural pumpkin, and fresh apples, sweet honey, a pinch of cinnamon, splash of vanilla and all infused together with Chia Seed. Makes a festive and flavorful treat for your pooch! Low-Calorie treats for your pooch with allergies or trying to lose a few pounds. $10.95 at

KONA’S CHIPS Crazy Good Chicken Jerky Made in the USA! u Since 2007 KONA’S CHIPS has made a solid commitment to dogs everywhere for outstanding quality, a safe and reliable product, and enjoyable eating. Give your dog the best there is….. give your dog a bag of Kona’s Chips! From $11.89 at REFRESH, REPLENISH, RESTORE. Fall 2017 • 19


A Bath Tub of Their Own u

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With Ridalco, you can choose from one of our pre-designed dog sink models, customize our dog sink base models with small modifications, or work with our experts to design a completely new dog sink to suit your needs. All of our dog grooming sinks are constructed with heavy-duty stainless steel and will withstand rigorous indoor or outdoor use. Visit us online at for more information.

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Up Country Aspen Puffer Coats u

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Up Country Aspen Puffer Coats are the perfect way to stay warm on the slopes or anywhere there’s a chill in the air! Cozy channel quilting and faux fur collar for added warmth and comfort. 100% polyester, Velcro® closures, and harness patch. Comes in gold, silver, or black. From $44 at

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ingredients; organic whole chicken and organic sweet potatoes. Hand crafted and sourced locally in USA. Great chew treats and super food nutritious. CSPI ranked the sweet potato number one in nutrition of all vegetables. Your dog will not only love this super treat but will THRIVE.

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the beautiful American Traditions ribbon collars with leather detailing! Up Country, the originator of the ribbon collar, and Auburn Leathercrafters, known for their talent designing leather dog collars and leashes, have joined forces to come up with “American Traditions” line of dog collars and leashes. Auburn Leathercrafters’ high quality full grain leather is soft and durable. Together, these make a beautiful collar and leash that is sure to become a classic. $35.00 to $40.00 Available at fine retailers and

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Taking your dog on the water? Protect him with a Watercollar™ life preserver for dogs. A lightweight flotation collar that when threaded onto your dog’s own collar will keep his head above water, even if unconscious. Comfortable enough to wear for hours. Priceless peace of mind. $43 to $48 at

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Whether indoor or out, the options for providing a happy home for our hounds are seemingly endless, from furniture and flooring to textiles, toys and more. Here are a few of our favorite finds featuring cover dog models Missy and Max at their home in Hight Point, located on the shores of Lake Washington. SLEEP ON IT. With P.L.A.Y.’s luxe throw (pictured on the cover), save your couch from dog hair, slobber and stains. Made of heavy weight fabric that’s doublesided and water-resistant, it drapes beautifully across you and your dog’s favorite lounging pad. Speaking of lounging pads, P.L.A.Y. also makes a wide selection of comfy and high-quality dog beds. For more dog bed options, see page 28. Soft enough to use as a bed or blanket and rugged enough to line a crate or the back of your SUV, Tall Tails’ super soft, fleece blanket adds a layer of comfort to any surface and a pop of color to any home (pictured above in red). Toss in the washer and dryer for easy maintenance and care. ANIMAL MAGNETISM. We love the new line of animal prints and soft chew toys from Harry Barker. Tame toy clutter with their stylish and structured leopard-print toy bin, made from 100% recycled materials. Fill it to the brim with toys, starting with a playful giraffe chew toy, available in two sizes for pup explorers big and small. Speaking of toys, your dog with drool over the adorable slipper chew toy with leopard print “lining.” It’s stuffed with an eco-friendly filling made from recycled plastic bottles and backed with soft fleece.

Top left: Missy relaxes while we set up for the photo shoot; Max mugs for the camera while his mom Daryl Russinovich sips on a cup of Hounds & Grounds coffee. Above: The Russinovich home is filled with whimsical touches like this dogadorned pillow and armchair. 22 • CityDog Magazine

But wait, there’s more. Walk on the wild side with Harry Barker’s leopard print dog collar made from recycled plastic bottles. The sustainable and stylish dog collar (and matching leash) is lightweight, machine washable and quick-drying. Tame boring kitchen décor with leopard print ceramic dog bowls for a pop of personality and style. Made of high-fired stoneware, these restaurant-quality ceramic dog dishes are dishwasher and microwave safe. The rich color and design of tortoise shell adorns their treat tin, filled with classic cheese flavored treats. CLEAN UP CREW. We also love Harry Barker’s line of grooming products for dogs, starting with their dual-sided bamboo pet brush. One side features gentle massag-

ing pins to detangle effortlessly. The other side uses natural boar bristles to smooth and shine. Speaking of shine, the company’s oatmeal shampoo and conditioner will keep your pup looking and smelling great. Both are excellent for moisturizing and cleansing, gently hydrating coats and soothing dry, itchy and sensitive skin. Added chamomile and aloe vera restore natural oils, leaving coats silky, shiny and tangle-free. Finish bath time with Harry Barker’s Good Dog towel, made from 100% sustainable cotton terry. It’s super thick and absorbent, perfect for drying your pup after time in the tub, a day at the beach or a walk in the rain. THROW IN THE TOWEL. Speaking of towels, drying your dog just got easier with the super soft and absorbent Pocket Cape Towel by Tall Tails. Expertly designed with side hand pockets and an attachment at the collar area to secure the towel in place, this smart drying solution keeps your dog calm and puts you in control. For humans, we love the new line of tea towels by House & Hound, a division of Jax & Bones. The high quality, absorbent, 100% cotton tea towels feature fun and colorful designs including their Top Dogs collection pictured on page 20. EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY. Sip on a cup of coffee while doing good—California-based

Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. is committed to using the sale of their fair trade organic, specialty coffees to support the no kill rescue community by donating 20% of their proceeds. Choose from blends like Sit & Stay, “developed to serve as a reminder that life can wait 15 minutes while you exhale, sip your coffee, and sneak in a Top: Tall Tails’ plush Duck Toy and super absorbant Pocket Cape few more belly rubs Towel. Above: Grounds & Hounds coffee and mug. with your four-legged less than 30 minutes, you’ll have homemade, best friend” or their Alpha Blend, a big and nutritious treats made with love. Choose bold coffee designed for dark roast lovers. from Apple & Cinnamon, Herb & Cheese When embibing later in the day (and in and Honey & Oats dog treat mixes. Each keeping with the doggone theme), we recblend contains brewers yeast for healthy comend a glass of Sleeping Dog Wines. Our skin, nails coat and digestion. favorite is their 2012 Montelpuciano, but the Store your freshly baked treats in a cool, Yakima Valley winery creates many awardceramic dog treat jar by Waggo. Choose from winning wines including their 2009 Tail four colors: Rust (pictured on page 19), Rose, Wagger that won gold at the 2017 Capital Dolphin and Midnight to add a pop of color Food & Wine Festival. to your kitchen or living room. While you sip, your dog can snack on PLAY TIME. Retro in design, the Lucas b. treats made with your very own hands. collection features brightly colored squeaky Whisk & Wag makes it easy—just add a bit animals, shapes and balls textured to of water and oil to the dog treat mix and in Fall 2017 • 23

stimulate sensorial development in dogs. Better yet, made with 100% all-natural rubber to avoid any harmful chemicals, Lucas b. complies with the safety standards set for children’s toys. We also love Peluches (pictured on left), a new plush toy with an elastic bungee cord that clips right to your dog’s collar so it never leaves their side. That way they can play with their bouncy BFF even when they’re all by themselves. Tall Tails also creates a fun line of toys that are soft, durable, and gentle on teeth and gums, including their duck chew toy with squeaker (pictured on previous page), antler and rope toy (pictured on left). SIT ON IT. In a home with pets, furniture needs to be tough enough to stand up to snags, scratches, clingy fur, spills and dirt, yet gentle enough for hours of lounging with your loved ones. From chairs, sofas and ottomans, The Livable Home features furniture that is contemporary and pet-friendly with stain and soil resistant fabrics. Another favorite, Joybird, offers a wide range of pet and kid-friendly fabrics that won’t sacrifice color or style. Choose from a wide array of upholsteries from woven to microfiber to leather in a variety of vibrant colors—then pick your favorite piece in the style you want. With their 365-day home trial, you’ll be able to get the full experience of how you and Fido will like your new furniture. Speaking of furniture, we love multipurpose furniture that provides dogs with a special place to feel safe and out of the way. Sauder’s coffee table that doubles as a pet bed gives dogs a spot to lay right in the middle of the action with a lovely espresso finish.

Top, from left: It’s bath time for Missy in her own walk-in shower; Max and Missy greet guests with a welcome mat by Grandinroad. Above: A variety of toys fill Harry Barker’s leopard-print toy bin. Harry Barker grooming products. 24 • CityDog Magazine

SUCK IT UP. Rarely, do we get excited about a home appliance, but the Electrolux Ergorapido PetCare vacuum is pretty cool. First, its cordless, with a longer run time thanks to an 18V Lithium TurboPower battery. Second, it’s lightweight, helping you quickly and effortlessly suck up fur, dirt and debris. Third, it’s a 2-in-1 upright and handheld

vacuum; simply press the button to remove the hand vacuum. Fourth, the patented self-cleaning brushroll removes undesirable tangles from the brushroll with the touch of a button. And lastly, the special PetCare Upholstery Nozzle effortlessly picks up pet hair and dirt from upholstery. Regardless of the perfect vacuum, 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 (I recently installed these in my home and love them.) WELCOME HOME. Announce that your home is dog-friendly with a welcome mat from Grandinroad. The rugged indoor/outdoor mat (pictured on previous page) are hand-tufted and looped and can handle heavy traffic from creatures with two legs or four. Once inside, make sure your guests are greeted to a smelly-free home. Odor neutralizing candles like NelliDesigns are a good alternative to sprays and are made with eco-soy wax, an all natural vegetable wax without any additives, so they burn clean. Candles come in a variety of scents including Puppy Love (lavendar/vanilla) and Home (Frasier fir). One Fur All candles are specially made to freshen pet-loving homes, with delicious scents for the fall season like Apple Cider, with just the right blend of apple juice, cloves and cinnamon. Or, Pumpkin Spice, a blend of pumpkin, cinnamon sugar, maple butter and vanilla bean. HOME IS WHERE THE DOG IS. They say our home is our castle, but really it’s just one big dog house and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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As the temperatures cool down, all you and your dog want is a warm place to snuggle up and get cozy. Thankfully, we’ve taken the guesswork out of finding your pooch the coziest bed, with our picks of what will keep them the warmest and most content. Charley Chau Snuggle Bed u Say hello to the ultimate in cozy luxury. These uber-soft Charley Chau beds hail from the UK and come complete with a stitched-in blanket top lined with cozy faux fur fleece. If your dog loves to burrow, this is the bed for them. Choose from multiple colors, patterns, and fabric types. The best part: they’re 100% washable. Available in sizes S, M, and L. Starting at $70 at

t P.L.A.Y. Snuggle Bed Part sleeping bag, part mat, and part bolster bed, one thing’s for sure: P.L.A.Y.’s Snuggle Bed will provide all kinds of cozy for your dog. One side is a durable canvas; the other, a luxuriously soft faux fur. It gives the ultimate in versatility not only in fabric, but also in bed type: roll it up for a cozy bolster bed, lay it flat for a portable mat, or turn it into a burrower’s dream as a sleeping bag. Comes in three colors and in sizes S, L, and XL. Starting at $55 at

West Paw Montana Nap u If you’re looking for a comfortable bed you can take on the road, look no further. The Montana Nap by West Paw comes complete with an enhanced cushion, soft fabric choices, and is perfect for nap time on the road. Made with IntelliLoft fiber and fill derived from recycled plastic, it’s even good for the environment. Pair it with the Big Sky blanket for an extra dose of luxury and comfort. Available in 12 colors and in sizes XS-XL. Starting at $39 at

t Bowsers Piazza Bed Let your dog experience the softness of faux chinchilla fur with this outstanding bed by Bowsers. The quality is top-notch, and this bed does not disappoint. It comes standard with plush, overstuffed bolsters, and a deep, cushioned inner tufted pillow. A convenient carry handle makes moving the bed super easy, and the cover is removable and washable. If faux fur isn’t your thing, you’ve got over 20 other colors and fabrics to choose from. Available in sizes M, L, and XL. Starting at $129.99 at 28 • CityDog Magazine

Jax and Bones Napper u Here’s a bed fit for royalty. The Napper bed from Jax and Bones features a wraparound bolster, perfect for resting chins, and a lower front, making it easier for older dogs to get in and out. Overstuffed and super soft, it’s like laying on a cloud, and is completely washable. With over 12 colors and patterns available, you’re sure to find the perfect combination for your home’s aesthetic. Available in sizes S-XL. Starting at $95 at

t Pottery Barn Faux Fur Pet Bed This pillow-style bed from Pottery Barn will fit in seamlessly with any room decor and provide hours of napping pleasure for your pooch. While it’s basic in style, it’s easy to wash, is super cozy, and can be tucked into a corner or moved out in the open easily, too. Add a blanket and your dog can dig to create the perfect nest. Available in three colors and in sizes M and L. Starting at $89 for the cover only (insert not included) at

Waggo Snuggler Bed u Perfect for all-day naps and lounging, this snuggler bed from Waggo lets your pet nest and relax in total comfort. The circular shape and all-encompassing bolster gives the ultimate in cozy, and all fabrics and colors are easily washable. Plus, it looks great! Available in multiple colors and patterns, and in sizes S, M, and L. Starting at $88 at

t Messy Mutts Loft Bolster Being a dog is messy business. Thankfully, our friends at Messy Mutts have created a line of dog beds with EVERFRESH®—not only are these beds super comfy, but they will be stink-free, using EVERFRESH® technology that breaks down and eliminates odors with naturally occurring microbes. Featured here is the Loft Bolster, perfect for the dog that likes to curl up and nap. Available in light gray and three different sizes: S, M and L. Starting at $59.99 at Fall 2017 • 29





Sleep with David Bowie. Wake up with Leonardo DiCaprio. Strike a pose with Jimi Hendrix. From the star-studded pillows in the pet-friendly rooms, to whimsical portraits of some of Seattle’s most notable icons, you and your pooch will feel like puparazzi at the Palladian Hotel. Not only that, but Rover will feel like the rock star he is with his very own in-room Honor Bar{k} Menu, with items like YumYum Chicken Bites, Barkbrew Dog Beer and Fetch Me Noir Wine for Dogs (non-alcoholic, of course). Once sated, he can relax on the comfy dog bed provided by the Palladian or curl up with you on the king size bed, complete with crisp white bedding and signature throw pillows featuring regally-garbed celebrities that beg to be posted on your pup’s own Instagram page. The room also features terry cloth robes, a yoga mat, WiFi and ample outlets for charging devices. The quintessential boutique hotel offers a mash up of vintage and modern décor, with two social salons: Shaker + Spear, a chic seafood restaurant, and Pennyroyal, a corner bar with a focus on classic cocktails and local spirits. Belly up to the bar with Bowzer and order one of Pennyroyal’s signature libations like the Foul Mouthed Hula Master, featuring a house rum blend, Giffard’s Banane de Bresil, lime, mint and Scrappy’s grapefruit bitters. Small bites include Dungeness crab toast and avocado, Rainier beer steamed clams, and spicy fried squid with red aioli. In the restaurant (sorry, no four-legged friends allowed), the menu features Pacific Northwest favorites like alderwood smoked salmon with Caesar salad and rock fish and rock shrimp with squid ink potato gnocchi and Walla Walla onions. Yum!

Top, from left: Belly up to the bar to enjoy a signature cocktail at Pennyroyal; Avey strikes a pose with Jimi Hendrix. Above: A special treat at the Palladian is the Honor Bar{k} Menu, packed with a wide selection of items especially for your pooch. 30 • CityDog Magazine

Located in the heart of Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, locals may remember the Palladian as the former Calhoun Hotel. Although the building had fallen into disrepair since it was opened in 1910, it still had all of the makings for a second life—most notably the namesake Palladian windows that add to the hotel’s charm. Today, the Palladian is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and throughout the reinvented, edgy space, you’ll find nods to Seattle’s history: the raw wood harkens back to the timber industry, the shimmering accents are a reminder of the gold rush, nautical knot art recalls the all-important ports, and the paintings that hang in the

Above, from left: Built during the Prohibition, the Palladian’s Pennyroyal has a speakeasy vibe; Avey poses with her celebrity friends.

lobby feature some of Seattle’s more famous faces (like Bill Gates, Kelsey Grammer, Dave Matthews and Jimi Hendrix) reimagined as Napoleon-era heroes. The grandeur of the old—like original terrazzo flooring in the lobby—mixed with the new creates the kind of atmosphere that travelers, two- and fourlegged alike, will find irresistible.

Also irresistible, is the hotel’s proximity to Seattle landmarks like Pike Place Market, the waterfront and Moore Theatre. The hotel is also just steps away from Regrade Park, located at 3rd and Bell. This 0.3-acre off-leash park may be small, but it provides plenty of space for your pooch to mingle with fellow city-savvy dogs.

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It started with a ring made out of dog hair. Knowing Lindsay Baca is obsessed with their dog, Aaron Baca cut a lock out of three-year-old Labradoodle Louie’s curly tail and fashioned a ring. Last July on her birthday, he proposed to her with the ring. She said yes, and animals were at the forefront of her mind as she planned the wedding. “People think about what’s my dress going to be like and what decorations should we put on tables and I was like how can we get a litter of puppies there,” Baca said. (The puppies didn’t work out for logistical reasons.) As a pet photographer, Lindsay’s life revolves around animals so it was only natural that she wanted her wedding to include them. Animals made an appearance in almost every facet, including the guests, entertainment, décor and location. Guests could probably guess that the wedding involved animals when they received a wedding invitation that asked for an RSVP, a dinner preference and their favorite animal. “We started planning about eight months before and it was never a question to me if I wanted to involve animals,” Baca said, “because everything that’s most fun in my life involves animals.” The wedding took place on May 28 at Horning’s Hideout in Oregon. The couple chose the private park because they wanted a camping wedding with room for their guests and also partially because of the approximately seventyfive colorful and leucistic (white colored) peacocks roaming the grounds.

Top: LIndsay poses with her beloved Labradoodle Louie. Above: Each table featured an animal theme.

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“You can hear peacocks all day,” Baca said. “They were too shy to come down to the ceremony area, but during the ceremony, you can hear them calling out.”

Accordingly Baca wore a peacock robe while getting ready for the ceremony. She also told her guests to wear fun, colorful clothing—and all the better if it had animals on it. A number of them took her up on her offer. Her stepmother also wore peacocks, a friend showed up with cat ears and another guest came festooned in a Care Bears outfit. The animal guests didn’t wear animalthemed clothing, but they brightened up the wedding all the same. Several guests brought their dogs to the ceremony. Baca’s dog made an appearance for photos, wearing a debonair bow-tie but made a prescheduled departure before the ceremony because the peacocks posed a distraction. The guest tables all had different animal themes—fox, deer, donkey, kitty, hound, tiger, penguin, elephant, bear and squirrel— but the dogs weren’t all clustered together at the hound table. The couple seated various people at the different tables based on what they thought their animal persona would be. Animals also took over the photo booth. Most of the handmade photo props featured animals in some fashion. Party Cat, the Portland-based company that provided the photo booth, makes customized props and backdrops for weddings, fairs and parties.

Guests posed with paper horns, antlers, animal masks and a flamingo. Almost all of the décor was handcrafted by Baca and her friends. Twenty-five-hundred poms poms made out of yarn dangled merrily. Hundreds of glass ornaments were scattered across the tables alongside elephant napkins. Art installations could be spotted around the grounds with a flamingo

Top: Aaron and Lindsay pose with the other stars of the day, Rojo, a llama (on the left) and Napolean, an alpaca (on the right), both dressed in wedding attire. Above: Lindsay and friend Evangeline LaRoque pose with their handmade props by Party Cat Photobooth.

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grove, and glow-in-the-dark jellyfish lanterns lighting up “Jelly Alley,” the pathway that led to the campgrounds. One of Baca’s favorite memories of the wedding was the appearance of Rojo, a llama, and Napoleon, an alpaca, dressed specially for the occasion in a bride and groom costume. The two normally work as therapy animals in schools and hospitals, but they also work special events. The proceeds from working events goes towards funding Mtn Above: Lindsay and Aaron surrounded by hundreds of colorful, handmade pom pom. Above: One of the Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas’ many peacocks at Horning’s Hideout. therapy and education program. Baca hired them for the wedding and the them,” Baca said. “And you can put a carrot animals surprised the guests on the lawn in your mouth and they’re so gentle. The when they came out for cocktail hour. kids totally love them and are a little afraid “I wanted them there because I wanted of them at the same time. It’s hilarious. They to share the delight that animals bring me were a huge hit. I was so happy I couldn’t with everyone,” Baca said. “It’s hard to deny contain myself.” how hilarious and adorable they are once The couple strove to have their wedyou see them dressed as a bride and groom. ding be as entertaining as possible and their I have a strong taste for the whimsical and efforts paid off according to their guests. they definitely fit in with that theme and Crying peacocks, jellyfish lanterns floating feeling and it’s totally unexpected. Although in the air and llama kisses all added to the totally expected if they know me.” festive atmosphere. Baca met the duo at The NW Pet Fair “Everyone loved it,” Baca said. “We and fell in love with them on sight. Once she heard so many times that it was the best found out that they did weddings, she had wedding that they had ever been to. Honto have them. The timing was fortuitous as estly, I think a lot of it was because the focus they went viral with an article on BuzzFeed was on fun and it wasn’t necessarily just all after she booked them for the wedding and about us. We were trying to delight them their schedule rapidly filled up. as much as possible. And yes, that included “Guests can come up and get their feeding them totally amazing tacos, basking photos taken with them and they can ‘kiss’ in colors, and petting all the animals.”



Similar to decisions and discussions around children, the heart and soul of pet custody comes down to quality of life. Both the couple and the court attempt to provide an outcome that will serve to the benefit of the pet. Attorneys look at a variety of factors to determine the placement of each pet including: PET ACQUISITION In relationships where the pet was acquired by one partner before the couple married, the pet is often awarded to the original owner. ATTACHMENT If the pet was adopted together, amicable parties are often able to acknowledge the “alpha,” or the person to whom the pet is more attached. In cases with multiple pets, each pet’s well-being will be looked at independent of the other(s) as the “alpha” can be different for each individual pet. PRIMARY CAREGIVER Similar to determining the “alpha” with regards to the pet’s attachment, amicable parties can usually recognize which partner takes on the majority of the responsibility when it comes to caring for the pet and who has the time to give the pet the attention it needs. In most cases, the pet’s attachment is often tied to the primary caregiver. Unfortunately, in situations where a pet parent desires pet custody that is not awarded to him/her, the person will only receive monetary compensation for the pet being awarded to the other person—and some couples are spending a lot on mediation to iron this out. Are pets legally considered property? In 2011, a court decision indicated that our pets may be more than that. The woman responsible for the lawsuit lost her pet dog during a walk through the city, after the dog stepped on a metal plate connected to a lamp post and was fatally electrocuted. The woman protested her situation to the city and they offered her a check to reimburse her for the monetary value of her dog and her out-ofpocket expenses. Unhappy with what she felt was an insensitive response, the woman sued the city, arguing that the dog was so much more to her than just personal property—she considered the dog part of her family and pleaded her strong bond with her pet to the court. Eventually, the city acknowledged her dog was more than just property and she received a higher settlement. Just like the woman in this story, many of us consider our pets to be part of the family. When pet owners divorce, however, they soon find that their furry loved ones are legally classified as property. More and more, however, a desire to treat cherished pet relationships with greater significance has affected the issue of pet ownership in divorce proceedings. Rather than property, pets are being treated in many cases as something more closely resembling a dependent child. In the last few years, pets have become a frequent topic of discussion in divorce settlements, with couples spending more time and attention—and ultimately more money—determining custody and care for their pets. Thanks to cases like the above that have paved the way to a larger discussion in the courts, as time passes, the law has begun to recognize the emotional connection and attachment people have with their pets.

THE CASE FOR PET CUSTODY The issue of pet custody continues to increase in divorce cases. Since there is no established case law to guide the discussion, couples are often left to navigate the unclear waters as best they can. Though with the increasing frequency of these types of negotiations, common outcomes are beginning to emerge.

WHAT ABOUT PET VISITATION? Beyond just pet custody, another popular request during the discussion around division of assets is pet visitation rights. In certain cases, people are splitting time with a pet as they would with a child, their divorce order mimicking a parenting plan. In recent years, many couples have spent significant time in mediation putting together these plans for pets of all kinds, from dogs and cats to less common pets like horses, goats and chickens. It has yet to be determined if such a visitation schedule is enforceable in court, but people are using it as a way to share time with a pet that was adopted during the marriage. This type of plan allows parties to acknowledge the pet as something more than a possession and remove the decision from the court, which still views pets as property.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? With the way things have been trending and with a growing number of attorneys making arguments regarding pets that closely resemble arguments made for child custody, it is likely we will continue to see a rise in discussions around pet custody and visitations during divorce proceedings. As a result, case law that helps provide guidelines and sets a standard may emerge, allowing couples a bit more clarity in their mediations in the future. Brent Bohan is an attorney with McKinley Irvin Family Law in Seattle, where he represents clients in divorce, custody, and other family law matters. For more information, visit Fall 2017 • 35


TAKE THE ACHE OUT OF ARTHRITIS Have you ever noticed your dog limping, acting stiff, or unable to jump to and from their favorite couch spot? Chances are, they’re dealing with achy joints or arthritis. As dogs age and become less active, the chances of them developing aches and pains increases.

Thankfully, just like for humans, there are treatments and remedies to combat arthritis and keep your dog happy and healthy for years to come. Julie Nealey, who owns Stella and Floyd’s Pet Services in Edmonds, has been around her own dogs and client’s dogs for decades, and says that of her 422 active clients, one third of those actively deal with joint pain and arthritis. “The majority of the pets that I care for are on a Glucosamine supplement, in addition to a prescribed pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, she said. “I find that the majority of pets I care for see fluctuating levels of relief, if any, as there are risks to higher or prolonged Rimadyl or Tramadol therapy.” In Nealey’s experience, Glucosamine has very little if any effect, with Rimadyl and Tramadol (both prescribed anti-inflammatories) helping for a only a short time--and carrying too many risks. “I believe they are best used for acute and short-term relief from the pain. These are a temporary fix, but do little to eliminate the cause, or repair what has been damaged,” she said. Instead, Nealey recommends more unconventional and overlooked therapies: body and joint massage, water therapy, dietary supplements like bone broth, omega 3, and turmeric powder, and acupuncture and CBD supplements. “Definitely try acupuncture, as I have seen marked relief with ongoing care,” she said. “When the acupuncture is paired with a daily high quality Omega 3 supplement, gelatin and bone broth supplementation at each meal, I have seen a significant increase in mobility and decrease in pain.” Dr. Cynthia Glover, DVM, of LunarPoodle Veterinary Services, shares this same philosophy. After earning her veterinary degree in 1997, Glover went on to work at small animal clinics in Washington and Alaska. In 2013, she began studying animal acupuncture at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, while working on starting her own house call practice. After finishing her certification in 2014, she incorporated acupuncture into her house call practice full time. 36 • CityDog Magazine


“The seeds of my interest in alternative therapies started while I was working in a conventional practice and noticed that some of our clients were interested in giving herbs for their pets. Since we didn’t offer these, some struck off on their own and sometimes ran into trouble,” Glover said. “I realized I would need to learn more about herbs and other therapies to help guide these clients. As I dove in trying to learn more, I became fascinated by Chinese medicine and realized I really wanted to learn acupuncture and apply it for my own patients.” According to Glover, acupuncture is helpful in treating arthritis and stiff joints in dogs because it helps to restore the normal flow of “Qi” (energy or life-force) throughout the body. “From a more familiar Western standpoint, acupuncture helps to relax muscles that are knotted around those sore joints, releases endorphins, and increases blood flow in the damaged areas,” she said. In additional to traditional acupuncture, Glover also sometimes uses electro-acupuncture, which works like a TENS unit and does a great job of getting muscles to relax, providing amazing relief to the pets that receive it. Her favorite part of acupuncture: no negative side effects. “I love the fact that there are no negative side effects as there are with conventional drugs. I also like the fact that Chinese medi-

cine is very “accepting” of new technologies so it is perfect for an integrative approach with conventional Western medicine, or along with treatments like Adequate or laser,” she said. Acupuncture also allows her to tailor her treatments to each individual patient, depending on whether her patients are sore after exercise or are stiff after getting up, sensitive to hot or cold, or any combination. “I’m always excited to hear a client tell me that their pet is able to climb the stairs more easily, play in the yard, and has more energy. Providing a good quality of life is important to me and knowing that acupuncture increases a pet’s comfort really keeps me going,” she said. “And while I can’t change the underlying structure of an arthritic joint, I’m working more to address the underlying cause of the pain than to simply mask it with a drug.” If you’re looking to try a supplement, both Nealey and Glover recommend CBD (cannabidoil). CBD contains no THC, so is non-toxic for pets, and can have amazing results. “I think the best part of CBD effectiveness is that it acts on the ‘receiving’ end of nerve cells rather than the ‘transmission’ end. Most conventional drugs work on the transmission side, and adding more drugs there is essentially working along the same pathway. By using CBDs we can treat the pain using another and widely effective pathway,” Glover said. Ultimately, a solid arthritis treatment plan includes a combination of therapies, a well-balanced diet, and exercise. “I see the best results from clients that have their dogs swim (great non-weight bearing exercise and keeping range of motion) or walk, massage, and stretching as well as acupuncture, and lesser results with dogs that only get acupuncture and then sit for the rest of the week,” Glover said. “A good quality diet and appropriate herbs or supplements are also very important, not only for arthritis but for the entire well-being of the pet.” Being in-tune with your dog’s needs is equally important, too. Nealey wants all pet owners to keep this in mind. “Dogs in particular will remain stubbornly stoic to please you, stay active with you, and love you. It is your responsibility to see beyond your desires and proactively care for your pet in a way that best fits their needs,” she said. “Always feed whole foods, grain free and the highest quality food you can afford.” To learn more about acupuncture or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Glover, visit For more information about Julie Nealey’s pet-sitting business, please visit

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October Reading with Rover October 14 • Lake Stevens, Wash. 10 a.m.11 a.m. at the Public Library, 1804 Main St. October 15 • Covington, Wash. 1 p.m.-2 p.m. at Covington Library, 27100 16th Ave SE October 18 • Pacific, Wash. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at Algona/Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Rd. October 28 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Monroe Public Library

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs October 14 • 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 the annual gala fund raising auction; an evening of fantastic food and sparkling conversation.

Portland Pet Expo October 14 & 15 • Portland, Ore. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 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 mega-adoption area.

Surfsand Resort Dog Show October 21 • Cannon Beach, Ore. Rain or shine at The Surfsand Resort, 148 W. Gower. Registration starts at 9 a.m. on the resort’s seaside back yard. Events from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pedigree is not the point, it’s a fun day on the beach with your pooch. Join the fun for prizes, a raffle, a hot dog roast and over 20 canine categories. Proceeds benefit the Clatsop County Animal Shelter. For more information, visit

Pasado’s Shindig & Sanctuary Tour October 21 • Sultan, Wash. 12 p.m.-2:30 p.m. at Pasado’s Safe Haven. Get into the fall spirit and have your face painted like your favorite animal and head out to treat and meet our charming residents as you tour the sanctuary. Festive vegan bites from our community partner Field Roast and hot cider to warm you up after your afternoon outside on the Sanctuary taking in all its autumn beauty and love for the animals. All contributions go towards supporting the animals and programs of Pasado’s Safe Haven.

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Old Dog Haven 2018 Calendar Release Party October 21 • Kirkland, Wash. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at NW Cellars, 11909 124th Ave. NE. You and your dog(s) are invited to a fun filled afternoon sipping great wine, visiting with Old Dog Haven dogs and their “parents” and celebrating the release of their 2018 calendar. The Seattle Barkery will be there with tasty treats for your furry friends! (ODH will have snacks for their humans as well.) Special Old Dog Haven labeled wine will be available for purchase (aged to perfection), as well as other fun Old Dog Haven merchandise. All money raised at the wine event will be used to help over 300 Old Dog Haven dogs in permanent foster care. Ticket price includes a 2018 ODH Calendar. Admission $35 until Oct. 18 and $45 after Oct. 18.

Island of Chi’waii October 21 • Portland, Ore. 12 p.m.-3 p.m. at Dog Days, 2215 SE Division Street. Come sail away to the Island of Chi’waii. Chihuahuas and other small-breed dogs are invited to join in for this tropical-themed event featuring an indoor play area for dogs to socialize off-leash, pet-related vendors to meet, tropical cocktails, food, a photo booth and fun activities for people and their pups. Contests start at 1:30 p.m. and include doggie limbo, best costume and island hop. All small breeds of dogs and all humans (5 years and up) are welcome to attend. $10 online in advance includes one drink ticket. Day of tickets are $15.

Dawg Dash October 22 • 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. Gear up, and return to campus for a Husky classic! Hit all the campus landmarks before crossing the finish line in the Quad. There’s a Husky Pups Run for the littlest Dawgs, and all four-footed friends are welcome. At the Post-Dash Bash, you’ll enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a family-fun zone. Sign up for a team and run with your Dawg Pack (and don’t forget to wear purple)!

Howl-at-the-Moon Muttmixer October 26 • 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

Pug-o-Ween October 28 • Monroe, Wash. 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is Game of Pugs featuring the Pugs of Westeros. Start shopping for your queen and king costumes! There will also be a raffle/silent auction, and several vendors. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors & children under 12. Pugs & children under 6 are free. Only Pugs and Pug Rescues allowed due to insurance restrictions. For more information, visit

Barktoberfest October 31 • Seattle, Wash. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Van Vorst Courtyard, South Lake Union. Hosted by Downtown Dog Lounge; enjoy live music, vendor booths and a doggie Halloween costume contest. More information at

November Reading with Rover November 4 & 18 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Edmonds Library, 650 Main St November 4 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Public Library, 311 Maple Ave. November 5 • Mill Creek, Wash. 11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. at University Bookstore, 15311 Main St. November 7 & 21 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave NE November 8 • Woodinville, Wash. 3 p.m.-4 p.m. at Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd NE November 9 • Sammamish, Wash. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave SE November 11 • Lake Stevens, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Lake Stevens Library, 1804 Main St. November 12 • Bothell, Wash. 1:30 p.m.2:30 p.m. at Bothell Public Library, 18215 98th Ave NE

November 14 • Renton, Wash. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at Renton Library, 100 Mills Ave. S.

themed Christmas trees and live music.

November 15 • Pacific, Wash. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at Algona/Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Rd.


November 19 • Covington, Wash. 1 p.m.-2 p.m. at Covington Library, 27100 16th Ave SE

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November 25 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.. at the Monroe Public Library

Pawsitive Futures November 4 • Seattle, Wash. 5 p.m. -9 p.m. at the Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S. Get your tickets now for this annual gala to support programs to help cats and dogs in need across Washington. Attendees will enjoy dinner and beverages, activities, live and silent auction items and more. Everyone can participate in the rush and excitement of the Dessert Dash, the hysterical Heads or Tails, and the opportunity to “Raise Your Paw” to support animals.

Whisker Wonderland November 11 • Portland, Ore. The Cat Adoption Team’s 14th annual Whisker Wonderland benefit auction and gala will be held at The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland. This elegant event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow cat lovers and show your support for CAT’s programs and services to help homeless cats and kittens. You’ll enjoy live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary wine, bidding games, and a plated dinner.

Santa Paws Pet Photos November 12 & 13 • Portland, Ore. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at various Fred Meyer garden center locations in the Portland area to benefit Oregon Humane Society. All pets are welcome and need to be brought in a carrier or on a leash and harness. You may want to bring toys and treats to keep your pet calm and entertained while waiting in line for photos. For $20, you get two prints of a professional 5 x 7 portrait and a digital copy of your photo. All family members are welcome in the photo.

FurrBall Dinner & Auction November 18 • Spokane, Wash. 6 p.m. at the Davenport Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. The Spokane Humane Society FurrBall 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

December 2 & 16 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. December 2 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Public Library, 311 Maple Ave. December 3 • Mill Creek, Wash. 11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. at University Bookstore, 15311 Main St. December 5 & 19 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave NE December 9 • Lake Stevens, Wash. 10 a.m.11 a.m. at the Public Library, 1804 Main St. December 10 • Bothell, Wash. 1:30 p.m.2:30 p.m. at Bothell Public Library, 18215 98th Ave NE December 12 • Renton, Wash. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at Renton Library, 100 Mills Ave. S December 13 • Woodinville, Wash. 3 p.m.-4 p.m. at Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd NE December 14 • Sammamish, Wash. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave SE December 17 • Covington, Wash. 1 p.m.-2 p.m. at Covington Library, 27100 16th Ave SE December 20 • Pacific, Wash. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at Algona/Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Rd. December 23 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Monroe Public Library, 1070 Village Way

Howliday Muttmixer December 2 • Seattle, Wash. 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at Maxwell Hotel, 300 Roy Street. Deck the halls with bowls of dog treats, fa la la la la la la la. CityDog Magazine and the Maxwell Hotel invite you and your pooch for some holiday cheer and mixing and mingling. Free to attend plus light hors d’oeuvres for humans provided by Maxwell Hotel. Please RSVP with number of peeps and pooches in your party to More information at

Snuggle Express December 13 & 14 • Portland, Ore. Santa’s sleigh may take a back seat this holiday season to the popular Oregon Humane Society’s Snuggle Express. A fleet of Snuggle Express vehicles provided by Oregon City Suburu will bring a cargo of cuddly kittens

and precious puppies to select businesses in the Portland metro area during the height of the December holiday season . Requests for visits and payment must be made online no later than Nov. 29.

Service of Remembrance December 17 • Portland, Ore. Doors open 6 p.m. Service at 7 p.m. at The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Dignified Pet Services and DoveLewis present a Service of Remembrance. Every December we join in celebration of the invisible yet undeniable bond between humans and our beloved companion animals. Together, surrounded by others who understand this bond, we will light candles in memory of those who are no longer here. This is a FREE event. Service animals permitted. For questions, please contact Jim Gabrio at or call 971.255.5932.

Cold Noses Tour December 17 • Sultan, Wash. 12 p.m. -2:30 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit and join Pasado’s Safe Haven for their Cold Noses Sanctuary Tour. You’ll want to bundle up before you head outside for a self-guided visit with the animal residents and caretakers. Hot chocolate and a warm fireplace will be ready for you when you return to Pasado’s House to enjoy tasty vegan eats from Field House and more! For you last minute shoppers, the gift shop will be open, too. All contributions go towards supporting the animals and programs at Pasado’s Safe Haven.

January Rose City Classic Dog Shows January 17-21 • Portland, Ore. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Portland Exposition Center. The Rose City Classic is one of the premier events for dogs in the US, hosting conformation shows, obedience and agility trials and a Canine Good Citizen Test. This is a fun event for the whole family. Plan to come early and stay all day. Each year, the RCC offers a student art contest featuring a theme about dogs.

Reading with Rover January 21 • Covington, Wash. 1 p.m.-2 p.m. at Covington Library, 27100 16th Ave SE Be sure to check out, where you will find the most comprehensive calendar of canine events in the West!

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