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I often get asked how I came about starting CityDog Magazine and the answer is simple: I got a dog. Or, to be more precise, I got Scout. Scout was my first dog...Ever. I didn’t grow up with dogs, but my entire life I’d heard stories about Pudgy, the family boxer, and how my mom and her siblings would joke that grandma loved Pudgy more than them. So, it’s no surprise I ended up with an eight-week-old boxer puppy, Scout, that became the love of my life and the inspiration behind CityDog. Scout turns nine in May. Nine. That means, she’s past middle age and heading into her senior years. Which has me thinking about our journey together; about the few occasions I thought I might strangle my own dog as she refused to leave the dog park for over an hour, evading me and everyone else trying to catch her. Or, jumping up as I was bending down, catching her sharp puppy tooth on my nostril— oooooh, the pain! But we survived puppy-hood and I can honestly say, I’ve never loved anything the way I love Scout. As a fellow dog lover, you know what I mean. Dogs make us laugh. Every. Single. Day. Dogs bring out the best in us. Dogs inspire us. Dogs make us be better humans. It breaks my heart to watch Scout age, but of course it’s also a blessing. She’s still the inspiration behind CityDog and I hope that’s reflected on every page, in every issue. Has your dog inspired you or changed your life in some way? If you have a story you would like to share, please email it to us at and we’ll post it on the CityDog Blog at Woof! Brandie Ahlgren, Founder & Editor CityDog Magazine | P.S. Be sure to join the CityDog Pack! Follow us on Twitter (@citydogmagazine) and Facebook. {Pictured to the right: Scout at eight-weeks-old.}

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Gracing this issue’s cover is the ever-handsome Jonus, a six-year-old pitbull terrier mix, shot by Seattle pet photographer Julie Clegg of Bailey & Banjo pet photography. According to his mom Cate, “Jonus is the laziest dog ever. He’s a lover, an old soul and loves to cuddle and snuggle, but he’s not much into playing or going for walks.” Instead, Jonus’ favorite acitivities are laying in bed, inching his way to the top until he is on Cate’s pillow, and eating anything... anything that is, except carrots.


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POOCH Nothing is certain but death and taxes,

or so the saying goes. While it may be true, the proper arrangements could help lessen the blow of both on your family, including the four-legged members. First, consider leaving a legacy of your compassion for animals in the form of a bequest for your favorite non-profit animal shelter or organization. A charitable bequest, arranged through your will, can be a specific sum, a percentage of your estate, or the remainder of your estate after expenses and other gifts. Any such bequest should be deductible as a charitable contribution, reducing your estate taxes. While most of us may expect to outlive our pets, it’s important to arrange care for them as you would for the rest

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of your family. The ideal situation is to identify a trusted and willing friend or family member that your pet already knows, but this isn’t always an option. Fortunately, there are programs available to arrange for your loyal companion’s long-term care. Several organizations, including Homeward Pet Adoption Center, will see that your pet is well cared for while they find the best and most appropriate new home.

traits. This will be important information to find the best possible new home for your pet. • Inform your executor of these arrangements and make sure they know where to find your pet’s information. For more information or guidance in arranging care for your pets, visit Homeward Pet Adoption Center’s website at

The following are some helpful considerations when preparing your will for your companion animals: • Many long-term care programs request a donation along with the bequest of your pet, be sure to allow for this in your plans. • Contact your lawyer or estate planner to designate the legal guardian of your companion animals. Provide a copy of the relevant portion of your will to the organization you’ve selected. • Prepare and safely store a document for each pet detailing their name, medical history, lifestyle, preferences and behavioral

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Ami Ami Dogs BY MITSUKI HOSHI BOOKS WE LOVE Dog lovers, crafty folks, and people who just love cute stuff can rejoice: Ami Ami Dogs: Seriously Cute Crochet! is dedicated entirely to dog-inspired crochet projects. With clear, step-by-step instructions and patterns, and whimsical photos of finished crocheted dogs, Ami Ami Dogs introduces readers to Amigurumi, the popular Japanese art of crocheting stuffed animals. It will intrigue the most expert crafters while beckoning newcomers to try their hand at creating these adorable toys.

For the Love of Dogs BY ALLISON WEISS ENTREKIN BOOKS WE LOVE Illustrated by Mark Anderson, For the Love of Dogs: An A-to-Z Primer for Dog Lovers of All Ages expresses the passion we feel for our pets. The book uses all 26 letters of the alphabet accompanied by rhymes, colorful illustrations and informative text. The result is a tribute to dogs that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. From barking beagles to dashing dachsunds, many favorite breeds are featured on the colorful pages. And because “I” is for “Instincts” and “O” is for “Obedience,” readers will learn about some of the traits that make dogs such fascinating friends.

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DOGS DONATING BLOOD Dogs need and receive blood transfusions just like humans. Seattle pet photographer Julie Clegg shares her experience with dogs Banjo and Bailey to find out if they are eligible to become donors. A couple of weeks ago, I went up to Seattle Veterinary Specialists with my dogs, Bailey and Banjo, to see if they were eligible to become blood donors. It was a short drive up to Kirkland, Wash. where SVS is located. Bailey went first, which did not please Banjo being left alone in the car, but thankfully he didn’t eat anything. They both had a quick blood draw for some initial blood typing. This initial test checks the blood to see if it is DEA 1.1 negative. I don’t know a whole lot about the specifics, but I do know they both passed this test, which is the first step in becoming a universal blood donor. I am told this is like being Type O in people. Now that they passed the first test, the blood has been shipped down to UC Davis for more extensive tests. We still don’t know the results yet, but if they do pass, then a full health panel is done on the blood which checks for things like heart worm, Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases, as well as many other general health tests. It would be great to have all the tests come back good and to be able to have both Bailey and Banjo in the program. If they are found to be universal donors, their blood would be donated every couple of months. This blood is used for immune mediated diseases, blood transfusions, anemia and many other things. It can be used for any dog, which makes this type of donor so valuable. What is also wonderful about this program is that there is no charge to you to have any of the tests done. You get an in-depth look at your dog’s overall health while possibly helping numerous other dogs that might be in an accident or have health issues. If your dog is a universal blood donor, when you go to have the blood drawn your dog receives a physical examination, another check on the blood to test for things that might not be showing symptoms yet (what a lifesaver that could be), a $50 credit to Seattle Veterinary Services, and lots of treats and kisses for your dog. 12 • CityDog Magazine

Bailey and Banjo didn’t have any problem with the blood draw, and there were lots of wagging tails and smiling faces. They did wonderful and I can’t wait to hear the results. I also learned that greyhounds, pitbulls and German shepherds are breeds that generally have a high rate of success for universal blood. If you’re interested in having your dog tested for this program or want to find out more information, you can set up an appointment with Erin Kelly, LVT at 425.823.9111 or send an email to her at Seattle Veterinary Specialists is a full-service veterinary hospital and 24-hour emergency care facility servicing the greater Puget Sound community. All major veterinary specialties are represented including internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, neurology, neurosurgery, radiology and emergency/critical care. To learn more about Seattle Veterinary Specialists, visit their website at

I Thought You Were Dead BY PETE NELSON BOOKS WE LOVE For Paul Gustavson, life is a succession of obstacles, a minefield of mistakes to stumble through. His wife left him, his father has suffered a stroke, his girlfriend is dating another man, and he has a wee bit of a drinking problem. Paul also has Stella. Beautiful, blonde, long-legged Stella, who always has a witty retort or brilliant piece of advice, and she only wets herself every once in awhile. Stella is Paul’s aging Labrador and the best friend he’s ever had. She listens with compassion and gives him better counsel than any human could. I Thought You Were Dead is a funny and deeply moving story about a man trying to fix his past in order save his future.


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BOOKS WE LOVE Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They Have Loved and Lost is a compilation of stories from writers sharing what it’s like to love an animal in all its joy, frustration, craziness, humor, grief and gratitude. Cherished includes essays by some of our favorite writers: Anne Lamott, Jane Smiley, Jacqueline Winspear, Carolyn See, Mark Doty and many others. Their stories will make you laugh and cry as well as provide comfort if you’ve recently lost a pet.


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{COOL PRODUCTS} WHAT’S COOL FOR HOT DOGS Spring is here and with it, much cheer for two- and four-legged alike. From wedding wear to leg warmers, we’ve found some great products to make tails wag. Wedding Wear u Up Country offers the perfect accessories for your special day…that is, for your special, four-legged wedding attendant. These unique handcrafted pieces combine special fabrics, flowers and trims for an exquisite look as your “mutt of honor” walks down the aisle. $25-$60 at

t Wedding Whimsy Theodore Roosevelt’s quote “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” is the mantra for full time artists Heather and Jeremy at Star House, creators of these whimsical wedding toppers, which are made to order, in your (and your pet’s) own likeness. Really. You send them photos of you, your bride or groom to be, your pets, your wedding attire… and they take care of the rest. Each piece is hand cut from poplar, painted with non-toxic watercolor paint, and finished with homemade bees’ wax and organic jojoba oil. The process takes about six weeks from start to finish, so allow enough time…these are worth the wait! Prices vary, but are in the $150-$200 range.

Silly Dog Magnets u Young entrepreneur Brianna Lennox puts pen to paper to create these Silly Dog Magnets. By her side is four-legged business partner and dachsund Billie Bumbler. Together they create magnets in bright, bold colors in a variety of breeds including the boxers, bulldogs and Chihuahuas pictured here. Each image is hand drawn by Brianna with love. $8.99 online at 14 • CityDog Magazine

Muttles Takes Best In Show u Muttles is a new line of mini collectible puppies—plush puppies, that is— based on mixed breeds with fun names like Chiweenie, Snorkie and Gollie. Each set includes an adorable mini-plush pooch, two trading cards, a tattoo set, and an adoption certificate with a unique registration code assigned to each Muttle to build a puppy profile online and partake in “social petworking.” Ages 5 and up; $3.99 at Target or

t Calm Canines Canine Calm is a spray made with pure essential oils of bergamot, tangerine, lavender, geranium, ylang ylang and marjoram to sooth your dog during thunderstorms, fireworks, training, travel, bath time, vet visits, and other unsettling times. Simply spray onto your hands and massage your dog’s outer ears or abdomen and it works within minutes. $11.98 at earthheartinc. com.

Paper Pugs u Created by Whitney Coleman, African Grey Designs features a whimsical line of paper goods including cards, paper dolls and custom portraits. Each one is hand-drawn, scored and trimmed, and made with environmentally friendly paper and envelopes. Prices start at $5.50 at

{COOL PRODUCTS} WHAT’S COOL FOR HOT DOGS Dog Day on the Bay u A refreshing departure from pink ruffles and rhinestones, the Rover Classics Collection evokes memories of cool mornings on the dock and lazy afternoons by the sea. Designed for the very small to the very big, these tailored jackets, fitted shirts, flirty dresses, and sophisticated accessories are the perfect additions to a wellgroomed wardrobe.

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t Switch it Up These stylish light switch plate covers by Creo Concrete are perfect for any dog lover. Made from laser cut steel and painted with a durable, powder coat finish, these switch plates are easy to install and a great way to personalize your home for the dog lover in your life. Available in brown or black, and a variety of breeds. $18 at

Skipper Peacoat q Puzzimals These beautifully detailed wooden puzzles come in a variety of breeds. Order your favorite breed or customize it with your pet’s name. Each puzzle is free standing and measures approximately 7 1/2 inches long and 6 1/2 inches tall and is 3/4 of an inch thick. $12 at

t Singin’ in the Rain Splash Doggie trench coat by Tootlewear will keep dogs dry while singing in the rain. Made of high quality water resistant nylon, the coat has a front flap that comes between front legs to protect body from foot splash, puddle jumping, mud and dirt, and is lined with coordinating flannel and accented with buttons, pockets and shoulder amulets. $38 at 16 • CityDog Magazine

t Flash Dance for Fido What?! Leg warmers are back? For your furry fashionista they are! The Hydrant has created a line of leg warmers for dogs to get through these last days vestiges of spring. These fabulous, 100% cotton yarn leg warmers are a practical addition to any lucky dog’s wardrobe. Pair them with a Cat in the Hat martingale collar and your pooch will be the talk of the town. Leg warmers, $35; collar, $30 at

Organic Treats for Dogs u Max & Ruffy’s irresistible dog treats are made with 100% organic human-grade ingredients and packaged using 100% ecofriendly materials. Tantalize your dog’s taste buds with sweet potato & alfalfa, butternut squash & kelp, pumpkin & quinoa, blueberry & ginger, molasses and pizza. $6.50 - $9.50.

t In the Dog House This doghouse vinyl wall decal by Graphic Spaces is personalized with your dog’s name and looks adorable above the food/water dish in the kitchen, next to the dog bed or wherever your pup has a favorite spot to hang out. You can choose from a variety of color combinations to complement your canine and home decor. $30 at graphicspaces.

Simply Soothed u M&J Dog Essential’s soothing, hand-made herbal rinse contains the potent flowers of lavender, calendula and chamomile, along with the healing leaves of plantain and peppermint. Once infused in water, this rinse will work wonders, relieving your dog’s itchy, dry skin while helping to replenish its protective layers. Try it as a footbath for sore, weatherbeaten paws. $13 at

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lHotel Murano Located in the heart of Tacoma, Wash., Hotel Murano is an eclectic mash-up of color, style, culture and form, with jawdropping displays of art including an allglass wallscape by Danish artist Janusz Walentynowicz and suspended from the ceiling, glass viking ships by Dutch artist Vebeke. The hotel’s restaurant, Bite, will delight the senses with wall-to-wall windows and mouth-watering menu items. But the Murano isn’t just for art lovers and foodies—it’s an oasis for dog lovers too. While you relax in high thread-count comfort on your king size bed, your canine will enjoy his/her own bed, plush toy and treats courtesy of The Murano.


No more Motel 6 for you and your mutt. We’ve dug up a few of our favorite deluxe digs; places that go above and beyond for you and your four-legged travel companion.

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Maxwell Hotel photo by Jamie Pflughoeft. All other images by J. Nichole Smith.


lHotel Max Seattle’s Hotel Max has artistic flare to spare. From vibrant modern art to classic black and white photography, from retro furniture to comtemporary, it’s a mix of mediums to delight your senses. The in-room dog beds, bowls, treats and squeaky toys, will please your dog’s senses too.

kWickininnish Inn Tucked away on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, perched on the Pacific, the “Wick” is truly a special place. Listen to the crashing surf from your room as you cozy up with your canine in front of the fire after a day spent at the beach. Your pooch will appreciate the plush dog bed and basket of goodies with bowls, bags and biscuits.

kMaxwell Hotel The Maxwell Hotel is quintessential Seattle— fun, funky and totally fido friendly. Located at the base of Queen Anne, north of downtown, its proximity to Myrtle Edwards Park, the Olympic Sculpture Garden, and Seattle landmarks like the Space Needle and Seattle Center, the Maxwell is perfect for twoand four-legged travel hounds.

lHotel deLuxe

The Hotel deLuxe, located near Portland’s popular Pearl District, is all about comfort—they have a pillow menu, afterall. And, plenty of comforts for pooches too including a room service menu with tasty treats.

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lSorrento Hotel Seattle’s iconic Sorrento Hotel evokes a sense of old world charm, when men wore top hats and women wore evening gowns. This 100-yearold boutique hotel is an elegant gateway to a bygone era and the royal treatment extends to furry guests too, with in-room amenities that include an orthopedic foam dog bed, treats, and water and food bowls.

Hotel Murano 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, Wash. 866.986.8083 Rates start at $159 Pet Fee: $45/night

Hotel Max 620 Stewart Street Seattle, Wash. 866.833.6299 Rates from $149 - $269 Pet Fee: $40

Wickaninnish Inn 500 Osprey Lane Tofino, British Columbia 1.800.333.4604 Rates start at $300 Pet Fee: $40/night

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Hotel deLuxe 729 SW 15th Avenue Portland, Oregon 866.986.8085 Rates start at $149 Pet Fee: $45

The W is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of downtown Seattle just outside its doors. The comforts extend to canines with a plush dog bed, ceramic bowl, baggies, toys, two bottles of Fiji water, and a signature W dog treat of peanut buttery goodness, made by the W’s own executive chef Adam Stevenson.

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lHotel Lucia “Stay here. Be calm.” is the motto at Hotel Lucia, located in Portland, Ore. and that goes for pooches too. To aid in this endeavor is a plush dog bed, water and food bowls, kibble, rawhide, scoopers and bottled water waiting for your pooch upon check-in.

300 Roy Street Seattle, Wash. 1.877.298.9728 Rates start at $159

Sorrento Hotel 900 Madison Street Seattle, Wash. 800.426.1265 Rates start at $155 Pet Fee: $60

W Hotel 1112 4th Ave., Seattle 206.264.6000 Rates start at $159 Pet Fee: $25/night

Hotel Lucia 400 SW Broadway Portland, Oregon 1.877.255.1717 Rates start at $159 Pet Fee: $45 20 • CityDog Magazine


DOG’S DAY OUT WEST SEATTLE As Seattle’s largest and oldest neighborhood, West Seattle offers a plethora of places to sit, stay and play for both people and pooches.


It was a typcial spring morning in Seattle: a little rain, a little sun, a little mixed rain and sun. But, like any dog loving Seattleite, a little rain wasn’t stopping us from exploring one of our city’s largest, and most dog friendliest neighborhoods. Seattle is said to be a city of neighborhoods and West Seattle could be called a neighborhood of neighborhoods. A quick search online lists 24 neighborhoods within West Seattle. From Alki on the north end to White Center on the south end, West Seattle is a dog lover’s dream. On a sunny day in Seattle, the hot spot is Alki, a long strip of beach that extends from Alki Point to the Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay. It’s the perfect place for a stroll any time of year, but especially in the spring and summer, it draws joggers, roller bladers, volleyball players, beachcombers, sunbathers, bicyclists and of course, dog lovers. We get lucky. Today is one of the first sunny days after a long, wet winter and Alki is hopping with two- and four-legged alike. Our first pit stop (no pun intended), with pit bull Nelson and his buddies Gus and Ransom, is Slices, where we find an outdoor table on the spacious deck. We order a bucket of beer and pizza by the slice, while taking in the plethora of people and pooches walking by on “The Ave.” For a little pick-me-up post pizza, we hop over to Pioneer Coffee, located right next door. The interior is tiny, but the outside seating area is spacious and we meet a bunch of new four-legged friends as their humans enjoy a cup of joe. We grab a latte and mingle for a bit before meandering north on Alki Avenue for a stop at the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the Boy Scouts of America in 1952 and popular gathering place.

Top, clockwise from left: Modeling a favorite pair of Fluevogs at Clementine Shoes; Hotwire Online Coffee House is fido friendly; one of Pioneer Coffee’s patrons; order a bucket of beer with your pizza at Slices. Above: A basket of tennis balls at Mud Bay.

Unfortunately, like most beaches in Washington, the sandy beach area at Alki is off limits to dogs, but the main path that runs 2.5 miles along the water is perfect for dog walking—or like Brad and Nelson, dog skateboarding. With so much to see and do, we hop in our car for the short jaunt up to Admiral Way and California Avenue for a stop at Mud Bay. Mud Bay is a locally owned business, with 20 pet stores throughout the Puget Sound area. In addition to more than 500 formulas of cat and dog food, Mud Bay carries a wide assortment of treats, toys and accessories as well as features local artists and Spring 2011 • 21

Linda Walsh opened her shoe and accessories boutique in 2006 to share her passion for beautiful shoes, unique style and well-made finds. Speaking of, we find a pair of funky, blue Fluevogs to drool over while Gus is plied with treats for his patience. Located across the street from Clementine, is Hotwire Online Coffeehouse— part coffee bar, part Internet café. Grab a cappuccino with your canine, and enjoy free wireless on your laptop or hop on one of their computers—to peruse Petfinder of course! The purchase of a tasty beverage grants you 15 minutes of Internet access on their machines. In a hurry? Hotwire is totally connected—you can text your order to them and what time you’ll be there and your coffee will be waiting for you upon arrival! Side note: Not that you’ll need them on a dog’s day out in West Seattle—or we hope not anyway—but we thought it worth mentioning nearby Greentree Animal Hospital, where CityDog top dogs Scout and Ziggy are long time patients of Dr. McKim’s.

Clockwise from top: Nelson, a pit bull rescue, and Brad are geared up for skate boarding Alki’s 2.5 mile waterfront path; one of the irrestible pairs of footwear at Clementine Shoes in the Junction; Brenda, Ransom and Gus wait in line for a latte at Pioneer Coffee.

photographers. As of this printing, swing by and you will see photographer Julie Clegg’s dog photos on display. Around the corner from Mud Bay on Admiral Way is Muttley Crew Cuts. Owner Kelly Rothenbuhler greets us, along with Louie, a springer spaniel rescue residing at the doggy daycare and boarding facility until he is placed with a foster family. Kelly works closely with rescue groups such as Dogs Deserve Better and Springer Spaniel Rescue Group. She says Louie was rescued along with three other springer spaniels from awful conditions. He and the others came to Muttley with matted, filthy fur, but luckily with grooming services on site, they were cleaned up in a jiffy. 22 • CityDog Magazine

Further south on California Avenue, is one of West Seattle’s most bustling neighborhoods, the Alaska Junction—or “the Junction” as locals call it. Here, you will find the infamous Easy Street Records, clothing boutiques, used bookstores and most notably, Next to Nature. This locally- and independently-owned pet store has been around since 1995, offering only the healthiest, all-natural foods and treats for your pets as well as a wide array of toys, collars, leashes and other accessories for discerning dogs. They also have adoptable cats onsite, so if you’re looking for a feline friend, be sure to pay them a visit. One spot in the Junction we can’t resist is Clementine Shoes. Clementine owner

Coffeed up, we head south on California Avenue to Fauntleroy Way, where we take a right and follow it to Lincoln Park. One of Seattle’s best parks in my opinion, Lincoln includes 4.6 miles of walking paths, 3.9 miles of bike trails, five picnic shelters, acres of playfields, and an outdoor heated saltwater pool and bathhouse. Dogs aren’t allowed in the pool, but there are plenty of places to explore including a forested area at the top with miles of trails and a mile long walkway along the waterfront. As the day closes, it’s time for happy hour, so we head back on Fauntleroy Way to the Morgan Junction. The Morgan Junction is not as bustling as the Alaska Junction, with as many shops and restaurants, but it is home to one place not to be missed—the Beveridge Place Pub. The Beveridge is a dog friendly oasis, with 25 beers on draught and over 100 bottled selections as well as wine, sparklers and ciders. After a long day exploring West Seattle, Nelson, Gus and Ransom are ready for a nap as their humans sip cider ensconced in the Beveridge’s cozy, English-pub environment. Also located in the Morgan Junction is the Wash Dog, a do-it-yourself or they-cando-it-for-you bathhouse and spa for your

dog, complete with all the ingredients to make your pooch sparkle. Further south on California Avenue is Stella Ruffington’s doggy playcare and kennel free boarding for your pooch to stay while you are away. And, be sure to swing by Pet Elements for high quality food and treats plus toys and other pet accessories. Also worth a mention is White Center, located on the very south end of West Seattle. Once considered a sketchy part of town, White Center, and adjacent Westwood, have evolved into a funky, familyand dog-friendly neighborhood. Thirsty? Swing by the Triangle Tavern, where dogs are welcome. Does Fido need some training first? There’s Puppy Perfecters located right down the street. In need of some food and treats? Head to

Pet Pros in Westwood Village. Also located near White Center, is Westcrest Off Leash Area. Westcrest is a mixture of developed park and second growth forest covering 80-plus acres, and is adjacent to portions of the Duwamish greenbelt offering plenty of exploring opportunities. The park offers many on-leash trails and the off-leash area features a large fenced play area plus a small dog/shy dog play area. If all of this “dog-friendliness” has you itching to move to West Seattle then the newlybuilt Link Apartments and sister property, Mural Apartments, have you covered. Both are pet friendly and located within walking distance to the Alaska Way Junction.

Clockwise from top: Gus dozes off while his peeps enjoy a refreshing cider at the Beveridge Place Pub; some ball chewing time in the doggy play area at Muttley Crew Cuts; Gus perched on a piece of drift wood at Lincoln Park.

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PORTLAND No reason to leave your dog at home when you head to the city of roses. Portland has plenty to keep you and your canine happy.


The ideal day in the city for Ethan Albers and his four-year-old boxer/ English springer spaniel mix, Chief Surgeon Dr. Franklestein, begins with a workout at Wallace Park (NW 25th Ave & Raleigh St). The five-acre city park has an off-leash area that Dr. Franklestein just loves, says Albers. The Portland native is the valet manager at the pet-friendly, upscale Hotel Fifty (50 SW Morrison St), and like most here, enthusiastically offers advice on things to do with your dog in the city. “Portland is far-more dog-friendly than kid-friendly,” he admits unapologetically. A quick scan of the City of Portland’s list of parks with off-leash areas reveals 32 of them. After a frolic at the park, the two head over to Kornblatts—“the best authentic Jewish deli on the West Coast,” according to Albers—for a hot Reuben on the patio. Kornblatts is located in one of Portland’s funky neighborhoods— the Hillside-Northwest District. “It’s a great one-two punch,” says Albers of the back-to-back outings. Later, they might meet up with friends on Nob Hill at the “insanely petfriendly” Lucky Labrador Brew Pub. The outdoor seating areas at all four of the pub’s locations are packed with people and their dogs on most weekend nights, but it’s the original Hawthorne location (915 SE Hawthorne Blvd) that draws canine crowds with their owners to the huge, covered patio. Founded in 1994, the Lucky Labrador’s owners Gary Geist and Alex Stiles chose the pub’s name figuring they’d be lucky dogs to pull off opening a successful brewing company in the city. It was an instant hit and has become a landmark in Portland.

Top, clockwise from left: Bob and Frank out for a stroll in the pooch friendly Pearl District; the Hotel Fifty beckons; iconic theater sign in downtown Portland; the sign on the window at Lexi Dog says it all. Above: one of Portland’s 32 off leash areas. 24 • CityDog Magazine

“On a nice warm day, the place is packed,” says Geist. The pub hosts several fundraisers each year to benefit the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, including Dogtoberfest, during which they close off the street out front and wash between 400 and 600 dogs, raising $10,000 for the non-profit animal hospital.

Photo by J. Nichole Smith

“There are tents and beer in the parking lot. It’s a crazy event,” said Geist.

“Dogs seem to feel very at home here,” says owner Josephine Cetta. “This is definitely a dog’s place. There’s not one place they’re not allowed here.” While Portland has plenty of dog-friendly hotels—Hotel Fifty and The Nines (525 SW Morrison) being two top picks—there is a new option just for dogs, the posh Sniff Dog Hotel (1828 NW Raleigh St). You can

rest easy knowing your dog is relishing a sparkling clean, climate-controlled room with floor to ceiling windows, natural light, elevated bed with fleece bedding, flat-paneled TV, and soft padded floor. (Sorry, no rooms for owners!) Located just north of the popular Pearl District, Sniff is also a great place for dog owners to meet up with others. Dogs can play for free during happy hour (5-7 p.m., Mon.-Sat.), while owners socialize and enjoy beer and wine specials. “We’ve really embraced the Portland culture,” says owner Corey Murry, who opened Sniff last May with siblings Jamie Mollas and Casey Murry. That unique culture unquestionably embraces dogs, making Portland a perfect getaway for people and their pets.

Photo by Daimian Lix

If you’re in Portland on a rainy day, which is not unlikely, there’s a new option for dogs and their owners to get some exercise and have fun—Fido’s Indoor Dog Park (4949 SE 25th Ave). Visitors can buy a day pass and use the 13,000 square-foot “grass” area (turf made from recycled material with anti-microbial properties), and—get this—an indoor swimming pool for dogs. The 98% chemical-free, ozonated and naturally filtered pool has life vests and even a lifeguard on duty, so your pup can swim safely and have a blast. Owners can enjoy a cup of tea or soda and a snack in the café while their dog plays, roams the park, or rests on one of the many sofas around the facility.

Clockwise from top: Portland makes great use of its parks, designating offleash hours in specific areas of 30 city parks. Look for the “Exercising Your Pet Off-Leash signs and note, most areas are not fenced. Nietzche gives a paw shake in the Pearl District. Hotel Fifty, located in downtown Portland, offers a place for you and your pooch to rest your weary heads. Spring 2011 • 25

Above: The Pearl District’s Jamison Square. Right: Nietzche, a noble great Dane hangs out in the Pearl.

Pet-friendly Portland at a Glance WHERE TO STAY Hotel Fifty Located across the street from Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Hotel Fifty offers an upscale, urban feel and scenic river views. Check out

The Nines Breath-taking modern décor and a lively downtown location draw many to The Nines. Check out Photos by Daimian Lix

Sniff Dog Hotel (dogs only) Staying with friends in Portland? Let your pet hunker down at Sniff—a brand new hotel just for dogs, beautifully designed with dogs in mind.

DOG PARKS Many of Portland’s city parks have off-leash areas, and/or off-leash hours.


Visit for a complete list, locations and times.

928 Southeast 9th Ave. A popular Portland hangout with outdoor, pet-friendly seating.

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SE 60th & Salmon St. This dormant cinder-cone volcano features 190 acres of space, off-leash areas, extensive trails, and views of the city.

Wallace Park NW 25th Ave & Raleigh St. A perfect city park with grassy off-leash space for Rover to run.

Green Dragon Bistro & Pub

Kornblatt’s Deli 628 NW 23rd Ave. Authentic, New York-style delicatessen with outdoor seating.

Lucky Labrador Multiple locations. Pet-friendly patio seating at all locations.

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CityDog Puppy Love Muttmixer | W Hotel On February 9th, dog lovers spent the evening sipping muttinis and mixing and mingling at the swanky and super dog-friendly W Hotel Seattle. There was a DJ spinning, tails wagging and of course much puppy love at CityDog’s annual soiree. We packed the house with party animals, two- and four-legged alike, from big bull mastiffs to tiny teacup Chihuahuas. Here are a few photos from the party with lots more on the website. And, be sure to sign up to receive special invitations to future CityDog Social Club events at PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIE CLEGG

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Previous page, clockwise from top left: Proof that dogs come in all shapes and sizes; Downtown Dog Lounge owner Elise Vincentini, CityDog Magazine founder Brandie Ahlgren, West Side Yoga & Doga co-founder Brenda Bryan and Remi Vincentini; Dane + Dane Studios’ Nichole Smith and friend Pam Craig; all decked out in doggy duds; happy muttmixers. This entire page: More happy muttmixers including past holiday issue cover dog Finnegan and her mom Carol (middle image to the right).



ground up veggies, sardines or canned salmon—to a healthy kibble. “From the fish, they get Vitamins A and D along with really good proteins, and from the veggies, their vital nutrients. I also add probiotics, digestive enzymes, and fatty acids from animal sources.” According to Taylor, rotating kibble brands also minimizes the amount of toxins one or more of the available brands might contain. “Sometimes your dog won’t eat because his food is bad. I mean actually bad food. If it is bad, then who would eat it?” This is another reason she recommends grainfree foods. “They just don’t have the same spoilage avenues. And those toxic grains can kill slowly, or they can kill fast.” For variety and balanced nutrition, Dr. Bessent agrees with Taylor and recommends changing kibble brands from time to time. “You want to make sure he’s getting different vitamins and minerals from different types of food,” she explains. “The true scavenger carnivore isn’t going to come across a dead rabbit every day. In reality, he’s scavenging and finding whatever he can—a bird, a mouse, a rabbit. Because dogs are scavengers, they are survivors, and they’re meant to exist on whatever they can find. But that’s existing, not thriving.”

Picky Pooches Is your dog finicky about his food—sometimes loving it, but other times refusing to eat? Before labeling him a picky eater, you should assess what’s going on and what may be affecting his appetite. According to Dr. Chris Bessent, a holistic veterinarian in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, many reasons can explain a dog’s picky eating habits. “If your dog has been eating well and abruptly stops eating, that’s a medical issue, and you need to seek veterinarian care. If the dog’s been eating fine, stops abruptly and has gurgly gut, vomiting, diarrhea, or acts lethargic, there may be medical issues that need veterinarian attention.” Dr. Bessent also warns against waiting it out for your dog to eventually get hungry and eat because that’s hard on his liver. However, if your dog is happy, playful, looks great, yet some days he’s just not interested in food, he could simply be a picky eater. If you’re one of the lucky people who found the perfect food for your dog, the one he loves to eat every time you offer it, then you probably won’t appreciate the following advice: you need to change up that diet now and again. Yes, like humans, dogs prefer and need variety. It gives them a balance of nutrients and a healthy interest in their meals.

As odd as it may seem, overfeeding can also cause picky eating. “As a scavenger carnivore in the wild, a canine eats a big meal and is satisfied for awhile,” explains Dr. Bessent. “For a day, or maybe longer, they won’t actively seek out food because they’re not hungry. So overfeeding can decrease your dog’s appetite because he’s so full.” If you’re feeding your dog too much, Dr. Bessent recommends gradually decreasing the amount until his system gets used to having fewer calories. Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) Jan Blue agrees. She sees overfeeding as the most common cause of picky eating habits. “They’re eating all the time, and they are not really hungry,” she says. For healthy dogs, Blue suggests offering a one-serving portion of food in the morning, and if the dog hasn’t eaten after 15 minutes, pick the food up and don’t offer it again until evening. At that time, again allow only 15 minutes before picking it up.

“A varied diet also gives their digestive system some exercise and keeps it fit,” according to Beth Taylor, Pet Food Consultant and part owner of Natural Pet Productions. “Dogs should be able to eat different things every day.”

“By the end of the second day, unless the dog is sick, he will have eaten whatever he needed 90-95% of the time,” says Blue. “If any is left, it was probably too much to begin with.”

Taylor recommends a variety of no-grain kibble with mid-range amounts of vegetables and protein. Kibble with higher amounts of veggies and protein require water from the dog’s body to process, and that will stress his kidneys. “This is not natural. Those kibbles are good for part of a rotation, but not the best for everyday feeding,” advises Taylor. She recommends adding 15% fresh food—lean meat,

Blue also suggests giving your dog a “weight test.” Stand facing your dog’s side and look for a “scoop” from the chest up toward the back. It should be there. Then looking down from the top you should see a waist just before the hips, and

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Consider a change in diet. Talk to your veterinarian about a diet pet food that has lower calories and fat, and special ingredients to help burn fat and maintain lean muscle mass. A prescription diet may be a big part of any weight-loss plan. In addition, large pet retailers have picked up on the fact that pet parents often need guidance on proper pet nutrition. PETCO recently launched PETCO Certified Nutrition, which means all store associates receive extensive pet nutrition training so they are able to guide you through the complicated food selection process. They also smartly assess a pet’s nutritional needs based on a variety of factors including age, breed, weight, activity level, skin and coat issues. Hopefully you rarely have a need to visit your vet’s office, so when you do have nutrition questions, resources are easily accessible. Maintain portion control. Labrador retrievers put on a controlled diet safely lost two percent of their body weight each week. A similar group of Labradors put on a diet at home lost less than one-quarter that amount because the food at home was “guesstimated,” seemingly on the high side. Invest in a measuring cup, and feed exactly the amount recommended by your veterinarian.

Killing with Kindness As I drove down our one-mile lane in heavy snow, a neighbor stuck his head out of the door and waved me over to his home. After a warm hello, he pointed to Misty, his obese Bichon Frise, and asked, “Is she overweight?” Before I could answer, he added, “We think she’s just got a lot of hair!” What “big-boned” is to big people, “fluffy” is to big pets. In surveys about pet body types (ideal, overweight, obese), about half of pet lovers with obese pets said their pets were at an ideal body weight. Because we equate food with love, we’re killing our pets with kindness. We are putting too much food in our pets’ mouths and too few miles on their feet. Working dogs, once born to herd, guard or retrieve, are now born retired. The end result? About half of American pets are overweight or obese. This pet-health epidemic increases the risk of diabetes, heart and joint problems, and cancer and skin problems. Losing just 20 percent of excess weight results in 50 percent improvement in pet health. One long-term study showed pets at their ideal body weight living 15 percent longer, an average of two years. To reverse health problems and tap into the furry fountain of youth, help your dog lose weight with these simple tips.

Walk away the weight. Famed human-obesity expert Dr. Robert Kushner, working with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Hill’s Nutrition, did a landmark study called “People and Pets Exercising Together,” which found that overweight people and their pets not only lost weight but also kept the weight off by dieting and exercising together. I teamed with Dr. Kushner and wrote “Fitness Unleashed: A Dog and Owner’s Guide to Losing Weight and Gaining Health Together” (Three Rivers Press), which details a proven, personalized and progressive program for losing weight and getting healthier. 32 • CityDog Magazine

Split portions. Your dog may feel more satiated if you split his total daily allotment into three equal feedings. If your dog doesn’t eat right away, don’t worry. In the wild, it would be normal to skip a meal now and again. One cause of obesity is owners “doctoring up” food to be more tasty when dogs walk away from a meal. Healthy snacking. Everybody, even veterinarians, enjoy giving pets treats. Try healthier choices such as whole baby carrots, apple slices, green beans and so on. Play the slots. In Las Vegas, you don’t expect to win on every pull, hand or cast. It’s the anticipation that keeps you going. Instead of constantly handing treats to your dog, give intermittent treats to amp up the expectation of winning for your dog. Offer pieces of dog kibble as treats, with occasional “jackpot items” such as freeze-dried meat or fresh cooked poultry meat, skin removed. Use food puzzles. Today, dogs mindlessly chow down what’s been put in their bowls, leaving them bored, overweight and acting out with behavioral problems. By using food puzzles such a stuffed Kong or the Busy Buddy toys from Premier, you allow the dog to work for his food and feel more satisfied, both physically and emotionally. Food puzzles are available through pet-supply stores and online pet-supply retailers. Stop making excuses for your “fluffy” pet. Take a few simple steps, and your pet will be healthier and happier.

Dr. Marty Becker is the regular veterinarian for “Good Morning America” and a member of Core Team Oz for “The Dr. Oz Show.” His new book, “Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Dog” is in bookstores now.



here are a lot of things in this world. Most of them are not mine. But I think my human must own many of the rest of them. I am not complaining. I wonder. But it doesn’t matter to me much. The things I think of as mine are: him. My downstairs bed. My upstairs bed. My food bowl. There are a few things buried in the back yard that I really don’t want any other dogs to go near, so they’re probably mine. Although they used to belong to a cow. I think that’s it. There are the collars and the leashes and stuff on the back of the door, but they’re more like gifts I didn’t really want that he keeps putting on me, like he thinks they’re mine, but they’re really his. He, on the other hand, has so much stuff. It keeps coming through the door. All the time. As far as I can tell it never leaves. Where can it possibly fit? First, is all the stuff he wraps his body in—all the clothes. Piles of it. Teeny rooms filled with it all in rows. Lines of shoes he puts on his feet—different ones for different clothes. It’s hard to imagine a need for the variety. He has big, loud machines downstairs to clean it all. Other machines that flatten it. There’s all the stuff he brings through the door from somewhere—food, food, and more food. I have kibble. I love kibble. I love him for not eating my kibble. (Maybe that’s mine, too.) But he has so many different foods there’s no keeping track. When he comes home with the bags and bags of stuff for the kitchen, I go and watch for a moment, hoping that a treat might come out. But I get exhausted watching all the unpacking and placing of different food in different places. I have to lay down to watch. Then I fall asleep right there on the cold kitchen floor it’s so exhausting. This is just the beginning. He brings some things home that aren’t food. Boxes and bags, things on wheels, things that light up, others that make noise. What does it all mean?


And even more than this—and this part is crazy but I know it means he’s a pretty important human—there are other humans who bring things to HIM. Usually it’s the guy in the Big Brown Truck. Sometimes he comes a lot. And I hear the truck and I look out the window, and he’s carrying boxes to the front door and leaving them right there. He doesn’t get anything in return. He just brings things. When my guy comes home (with all the stuff he normally carries), he opens the door and brings in all these new things that the brown truck guy left. He says, “Amazon!” and he brings this new stuff in. All I know is that he likes a lot of Amazon. He cuts the boxes and pulls out plastic and paper and throws it all away except for some small thing inside. He’s usually smiling, as if to say, “Yeah! Another thing that will light up or make noise or go in the clothes room or keep me from walking Red for another hour!” I’m happy he seems happy. But is it strange to need so much? I know him really well. And he has all of this, and he is always moving, moving, moving around, and out and up, and down. But I know happy when I see it. He is so calm and happy when we are sitting quietly and he’s rubbing all my abundant loose skin. He’s happiest when we are out and away, walking a trail, or sitting at a lake. There are almost none of his things there. No shiny things. No item with its tail plugged into a wall, making noise and light, distracting him. Just us out in the world. It’s a very good place for us both. He says spring is in the air, and I know that’s when we spend a lot more time in our happy place. I’m going to go curl up and save a little energy for it.

Craig Howard is a writer and artist who gets to hang out with the Red Dog and her “stuff” in West Seattle. Spring 2011 • 33


Learn to Talk Dog


a “sit” and not getting one) your dog learns that the word “sit” means nothing at all. So what do we do? Stop talking so much! Seriously, we should stop talking and start using hand signals or non-verbal cues to train our dogs. What? Stop Talking? First of all, let’s recognize what dogs hear when we speak. Typically, it sounds something like “blah, blah, blah!” Our language, or the use of the spoken word is generally something our dogs tune out. Though we spend a great deal of time each day talking or listening to others talk, most of this “talk” is usually not directed at the dog, so he learns early on that it has nothing to do with him and, instead, gets busy with something else that is far more interesting to him. “Gee, see that squirrel out there? It sure would be fun to chase that squirrel.” As a result, the words Max hears are rendered inconsequential—the equivalent of “white noise.” Dogs are actually much better visual than oral learners, and, so they learn more quickly and effectively with non-verbal cues. This is why many good training programs include hand signals along with verbal commands. The verbal commands are more for the humans. We enjoy talking to our dogs and often feel compelled to do so. The hand signals are what actually “speak” volumes to our dogs. Hand signals, if used correctly, will lure a dog in the direction you want it to go. For example, I like to use the index finger motioning in the downward direction over the dog’s head to request a “sit” from a standing position. For the “down position” I use a flat hand (turned face down) and motioning “downward.” These hand signals, if done consistently, will start making sense to your dog.

You Talking to ME? “Max, sit! Will you sit? Max, please, sit. Max, #@&%, SIT!” Sound familiar? If I had a nickel for every time I heard a client repeat a command during one of our group classes, I’d be rolling in dough by now. Each time you repeat yourself without the dog following through you have wasted your breath and lost an opportunity to have a well-behaved dog. “Dogs behave based on their past history of reinforcement,” says Jean Donaldson, author of The Culture Class and other wonderful books on dog training and canine behavior. She told me this little fact the first day of the training program I attended to become a dog trainer and thankfully, I never forgot it. What this means is that each time you use a command without enforcing it (asking for 34 • CityDog Magazine

I imagine it’s like the dog version of a light bulb going on. The visual cues, if done correctly, are clear and specific to the dog. Initially, you will only use them when you are standing directly in front of the dog and each time he or she is successful, you follow up with a tasty treat and praise. No one on the radio or television is going to give your dog a hand signal, so there is nothing to tune out or be confused about. If you want some additional hand cues, try pointing to the dog when you are out for a walk to “go right” or “go left.” It has been discovered that dogs are one of the few species of animals

Photo by Julie Clegg

As you start working with your dog using hand signals, think for a minute how it might actually feel to understand what your owner is trying to say.

that understand and respond to a “point.” If you have a stay command, strengthen it by putting up your flat hand, making it as large as you can at the same time that you say “stay” and see if the resulting behavior is improved through the use of the hand signal. In a recent basic obedience class for older puppies we tried not speaking, using hand signals to get the puppies to behave. The folks in class were amazed at how quickly their puppy responded and how the rate of learning appeared to accelerate as a result. The room was quiet, the puppies were more focused and the owners were pleased.

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To Speak or Not to Speak So, if we choose to speak to the dog we must first make sure that the dog is focused on us and actually hears what’s being said. The first step is to make the dog’s name meaningful. That way, the next time you call him, you have a better chance of knowing he actually heard you. To do this, first say his or her name, and as soon as the dog looks your way follow up with a treat and high praise. “Great job!” Do this over and over until the dog really knows his name and pays attention to it when you call. Lastly, when you ask your dog to do something use your words sparingly. Dogs will typically remember the last thing that is said to them. So, if you want your dog to sit, just say “sit” and nothing more. And, even more importantly, do not repeat yourself. Say a command only once. If you ask for something and the dog does not C comply, either get up and walk away or try to get the dog to follow through using Ma hand signal. Y Dogs behave based on their past his-CM tory of reinforcement. Remember this MY and you’ll be pleased with the results. CY Learn to communicate effectively using hand signals and you and your dog willCMY be even happier! K

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

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Explore Volunteering with Your Pet

May 14 • Federal Way, Wash. 12 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Borders Bookstore, Commons Mall

May 14 • Bellevue, Wash. 2 – 3:30 p.m. at Delta Society, 875 124th Ave NE. Learn about Delta Society and its Pet Partners Program. Come meet some pet partners teams, listen to their stories and experiences and gain an understanding of what it takes to become a Pet Partners team. Email Shari Roberts at or 425.679.5503 to learn more.

May 14 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Snohomish Public Library, 311 Maple Ave. May 17 • Redmond, Wash. . 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Borders, Redmond Town Center May 18 • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mountlake Terrace Library May 19 • Lake Forest Park, Wash. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park Towne Center For more dates, visit

K9 Walk to Cure Canine Cancer May 7 • Elk Grove, Calif. 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at Elk Grove Regional Park. More than six million dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year, now you can be part of the cure by joining this walk to help raise money for a worthy cause. One hundred percent goes directly to support Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign to fund research for canine cancer, early detection methods, effective treatments and ultimately a cure! There are two walks, a short 3K lake walk and a 6K park perimeter trail walk. They even have a virtual walk for those who can’t attend, but wish to support this great cause. For more info:

20th Annual Walk for the Animals May 7 • Vancouver, Wash. Join the fun and support the animals in southwest Washington. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., 5k Fun Run begins at 8:45 a.m. and Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. Don’t miss out on over 40 local vendors in Esther Short Park. All proceeds go towards helping the animals at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. For more info:

Tuxes & Tails May 7 • Bellevue, Wash. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The annual Tuxes & Tails Gala is the Seattle Humane Society’s premier fundraising event. Every year, more than 600 animal lovers gather to bid on amazing silent and live auction items in support of the animals in their care. Guests enjoy a gourmet dinner, delicious wine, auctions, raffles, and find delight in the night’s celebrity and pet fashion show! For more info: 36 • CityDog Magazine

24th Annual Doggie Dash May 14 • Portland, Ore. Registration: 7:30 a.m. Dash: 9 a.m. Come help the Oregon Humane Society turn Tom McCall Waterfront Park into one big block party for dogs and people for the 24th Annual Doggie Dash. You can sign up to run with or without your dog in this 2-mile fun run/walk. Afterwards, enjoy live music, a pancake breakfast, contests and more. For more info:

Pinot and Pups May 14 • Portland, Ore. 5:30 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum Kridel Grand Ballroom. Reception, fine wine tasting, silent auction and lots of adorable puppies! Entertainment by Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra conductor Dr. Robin DeVour and his Guide Dog Artie. Gourmet dinner prepared by Salvador Molly’s Vibrant Table. Enjoy fine wines and a presentation by Bob Sonnenberg and his Guide Dog Niño, and a spirited live auction with auctioneer David Reynolds. Tickets are $150 per person, table sponsorships are $1,500. For reservations, contact Debbie Hibbard at 503.668.2123 or

Archstone Adoption Event May 15 • Seattle, Wash. 12 – 3 p.m. at Archstone Apartments, 500 Wall Street in Belltown. Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens of all different shapes, sizes, ages and breeds from various animal rescue organizations across Washington state will be onsite and available for adoption. Experienced shelter staff, volunteers and trainers will be on hand to help you find the right pet for your household.

Redmond Pet Fair & Adoption Event May 21 • Redmond, Wash. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Avenue Northeast. Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens of all different shapes, sizes, ages and breeds from various animal rescue

organizations across Washington state will be onsite and available for adoption. Experienced shelter staff, volunteers and trainers will be on hand to help you find the right pet for your household.

2011 Fur Ball May 21 • Yakima, Wash. 5:30 p.m. at Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive. Gala benefit for the Humane Society of Central Washington. It includes a lovely dinner, drinks, entertainment and auction. Cost: $50. Semi-formal attire. Age 21 and older. For more info:

Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest May 20-22 • Newport, Ore Fri: 4-10 p.m. Sat: 12-10 p.m. Sun: 12-4 p.m. This fifth annual dog-friendly brew festival is held inside the Rogue Ales Brewery and includes 50+ Microbreweries, Live Music, Doggy Musical Chairs, Dog Wash, Dog Dancing and Celebrity dog look-alikes, such as RinTin-Tin, Lassie, Benjy and of course, festival namesake Brewer, Rogue’s resident black lab who passed away in 2006. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Oregon Coast Therapy Animals and the Central Coast Humane Society. For more details:

Mutt Masters Dog Show & Olympics May 21 • Lincoln City, Ore. Regsitration: 11:00 a.m. Show begins: Noon. Location: 1545 SE 50th St. Friendly dogs of all ages and sizes are welcome to participate in the show. Handlers of all experience levels too! Come out and enjoy fantastic prizes, caricatures, doggie vendors, demonstrations and more. All proceeds will go to support Lincoln County Animal Shelter.

Auburn’s Dog Trot & Petapalooza May 21 • Auburn, Wash. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Game Farm Park, 3030 R St. SE. This funfilled event kicks off with a Dog Trot 3K/5K Fun Run. The course is flat, easy and enjoyable for all ages. Petapalooza features an animal-related entertainment stage, Skyhoundz Disc Dog Championships, a petting area and pony rides, the ‘Unleashed’ pet contests, agility areas, a noon pet parade, over 150 vendor booths, giveaways and lots of activities to keep both humans and pets entertained. For more info: 253.931.3043 or


Run for the Love of Dove

May 21 • Bremerton, Wash. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Kitsap County Fairgrounds. PetsWALK is an annual community event that promotes good health and good fun while bringing people and their pets together to raise money for the animals of Kitsap Humane Society. Come participate in the year’s biggest Pet Celebration! For more info:

June 12 • Portland, Ore. 9 a.m. at Lucky Lab Beer Hall, 1945 NW Quimby. Lace up those running shoes and get prepared to pound the pavement in support of DoveLewis. The beloved Run for the Love of Dove returns this year as a timed 5K run/ walk. Runners, both human and canine, at all experience levels are invited to join the fun. There will even be a 1/2K puppy run for the kids! Lucky Lab in Northwest Portland will serve as both the start and finish line. Post-race festivities include food, drink, entertainment and a silly pet tricks contest!

The Dog Ball June 3 • Bozeman, Mont. 6 p.m. at Riverside Country Club. This is a real Montana celebration that has taken root as one of the best parties in the Gallatin and Madison valleys combined! Tickets are $150 per person. Invitations are sent to HOV members, volunteers, donors and friends, and all are welcome. Guests enjoy a fully hosted cocktail hour and indoor-outdoor silent auction, followed by a seated dinner, live auction, and a night of dancing and fun! For reservations, call 406.388.9399 ext. 112.

Parade of Paws June 11 • Spokane, Wash. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Spokane Humane Society, 6607 North Havana Street. The Parade of Paws is the Spokane Humane Society’s 8th annual pledgedriven dog walk. Choose a 2 or 4 mile route that begins and ends at the Spokane Humane Society. This event is so much fun for both 2 and 4 legged walkers! For more information, email :

Mutt March June 11 • Seattle, Wash. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at McCollum Park, just off I-5 on 128th St. SE. Come out and join this 5k fun run and walk to benefit the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Pennies for Pups program and the Chase Away Canine Cancer organization. In addition to two walking courses, there will be a scavenger hunt, prizes, exhibitions, fun contests and a fashion show.

Furry 5K Fun Run & Walk June 12 • Seattle, Wash. 10 a.m. Seward Park. This 12th anniversary of the Furry 5K benefits Seattle Animal Shelter’s Help the Animals Fund, which provides veterinary care for the thousands of sick, injured and abused animals that the Seattle Animal Shelter helps every year. Please join in the run or walk to help raise money to save animals’ lives!

9th Annual Dachshunds on Parade June 18 • Ellensburg, Wash. Festivities start at 8:30 a.m. on 4th and Main. Once again downtown Ellensburg will be turned into the center of Dachshund paradise as Dachshunds and their owners come together to celebrate and enjoy the Parade and other Festivities. There will be a “Short” Parade, Dachshund Races, Stupid Pet Tricks, Costume Contest and even a Dachshund “Agility Dog” display. Come early and enjoy Breakfast with the Dogs Pancake Feed sponsored by the Rodeo City Kiwanis Club. For more info:

proceeds going to support the new off-leash dog park.

PAWS WagFest 2011 June 26 • Bainbridge Island, Wash. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Battlepoint Park. This event raises funds for PAWS Bainbridge’s pet retention programs (pet food bank and veterinary financial assistance fund), as well as the Hartstone spay/neuter fund. Fundraising teams compete for the coveted WagFest Cup and other excellent prizes. Trophies and prizes are also up for grabs in a variety of contests throughout the day— costume, talent, look-alike, and tail wagging.

Marysville Poochapalooza July 9 • Marysville, Wash. 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Strawberry Fields for Rover OffLeash Park, 6100 152nd St. NE It’s like a county fair for dogs! An annual outdoor dog event showcasing pooches at their best and brightest in competitions, “best in show” contests, exhibitions, dog dancing, and even a pooch pie eating contest. New this year is the Fashions & Rescues Runway Show featuring adoptable dogs modeling the latest in doggy wear. For more info:

Pugmania: Seattle Pug Gala

Dog Days of Summer Benefit

June 18 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Pavilion at Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave SE

July 15 • Sun Valley, Ida. 5:30 p.m. at Trail Creek Pavilion. Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley Benefit Dinner, Auction and Raffle. Enjoy music, cocktails, entertainment and dinner under the tent. For more information: or call the Shelter at 208.788.4351.

Pugs from across the Northwest will be gathering to party and celebrate all things pug. Don’t have a pug? It’s an awesome place to go and get a major pug fix. This year, the venue is bigger and better than ever—it will be at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Wash. There will be a parade of rescue pugs, pug races, pug merchandise, pug costume contest, raffle, silent auction, pug talent show and more!

Bark in the Park June 25 • Bonney Lake, Wash. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Allen Yorke Park, 7203 W. Tapps Hwy. The festival will feature exhibits, dog products, adoptable dogs and prize drawings. Microchipping will be offered by Metro Animal Service at a discounted rate of $25. The event also will feature the inaugural Doggie Olympic Games at a cost of $5 per event or $20 for four or more with all

Kirkland Uncorked July 17 • Kirkland, Wash. Kirkland Uncorked is a regional showcase of art, food and wine on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington at Marina Park. Benefiting the Hope Heart Institute, this event features artist showrooms, a boat show, and a Tasting Garden. Unleash your dog’s inner super model at the 6th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search on the promenade at 12 noon. Your pooch will take a turn on the “dogwalk” and compete for the chance to be a CityDog cover dog model, all while raising money for a great cause. For more info on the festival visit kirklanduncorked. com and visit for registration info for the cover dog event. Spring 2011 • 37


Graffiti Dogs Back in the summer of 2008, in the peak of her busiest season yet, photographing dogs for clients in Seattle and around the country, Seattle photographer Jamie Pflughoeft thought, “It’s time to do something just for for me.” She had an idea to combine two of her greatest loves, graffiti and dogs, into one personal photography project. Hence, the Cowbelly Pet Photography “Graffiti Dogs Project” was born. Armed with only a loose creative vision, a camera, some willing and cooperative dogs and an unending supply of dog treats, Pflughoeft set out to photograph Seattle’s coolest pooches in front of Seattle’s coolest graffiti walls. Having done several handfuls of Graffiti Dogs shoots to date, Pflughoeft has no specific plans for the images, but believes that something great will come of them. You can learn more about Jamie Pflughoeft and Cowbelly Pet Photography on her website at and her blog at cowbellyblog. com, where you’ll find an entire category for the Graffiti Dogs Project. And, the next time you drive by a colorful graffiti wall, don’t hesitate to drop Jamie a line at to let her know where it is. She’ll take her graffiti inspiration anywhere she can find it. 38 • CityDog Magazine


Welcome to the CityDog Spring 2011 Directory.


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CityDog Magazine Spring 2011  

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

CityDog Magazine Spring 2011  

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