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{FROM THE EDITOR} Welcome to the spring issue of CityDog Magazine featuring the best of the Pacific Northwest as it pertains to all things dog! This issue is also our special Health+Wellness issue and the topics are seemingly endless when it comes to caring for our canines, from energy healing (page 26) to hospice and palliative care (page 34) to recipes you can prepare at home if your dog has been diagnosed with cancer (page 30). Health and wellness also encompasses the human part of the equation, so this issue also features a program in Huslia, Alaska that has helped a community heal through dogs (page 22). Closer to home, Thya, Ziggy and I visit Salish Lodge & Spa (page 18) for some rest, relaxation and rejuvination—all in the name of research, of course! In this issue, we also explore new trends in design to make visiting the vet less stressful for you and your pooch (page 24) plus a new cat lounge in Portland, Ore. where you can cuddle with the kitties available for adoption (page 8). When it comes to the topic of health and wellness for our canine companions, the information is seemingly endless, so we continue the subject on our website at Simply click on Wellness and you will find

a whole host of helpful information from oral hygiene for your hound, to fighting and preventing fleas (‘tis the season) to pet first aid, to herbal remedies, and much more! And, speaking of our website, in addition to health and wellness, it’s the go-to place to find all you need to know about living in the city you love with the four-legged love of your life, from dog-friendly getaways, to local dog-centric events, to unique products for pooches and people, to our favorite places to sit, stay and play in the Pacific Northwest. Lastly, if you are curious about this issue’s cover, it features our 10th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search winner, Riley! Last year, Riley competed with close to 300 fellow canine contestants for the coveted spot on the cover, each helping to raise money for animal welfare. This year, we are excited to kick off the 11th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search in May at Auburn’s Petpalooza. You can find this event and more in our calendar of events on page 36. Woofs & wags! Brandie Ahlgren, Founder & Editor CityDog Magazine | P.S. I am excited to announce a new opportunity to start your own CityDog Magazine in your city! If you live outside of the Puget Sound region and you want to launch your own magazine about life and living in the city you love with the four-legged love of your life, now you can—just like I did 10 years ago! For more information, please visit our website at

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Calling all treat lovers! Get yourself and your dog gourmet snacks on the go, with a visit to The Seattle Barkery. The first food truck of its kind, owners Dawn and Ben Ford officially started The Seattle Barkery in 2015, and are fast approaching their one-year anniversary. And what a fun year it has been. Ford started out making treats for their three dogs and dog-walking clients, and had always had a dream to start a doggy ice cream truck. In the summer of 2014, Ford and her husband took a leap of faith. “We found our adorable truck on Craigslist, had it renovated and painted, and then we hit the road,” she said. “Our first official day was at the Muddy Mutt event last May, and it was so well received. It was just the push we needed to know that we weren’t completely crazy.” Since then, they’ve been a welcome site at farmer’s markets, dog parks, dog events, outdoor movies, and other dog-friendly joints around Seattle. Best-sellers on the canine treat menu include beefy stix, bacon cupcakes, and mini cheesy donuts—all handmade by Ford. Her husband also makes chicken feet and duck necks, which are basted in coconut oil and air dried. Their dog treats are a total hit—with picky and non-picky dogs alike. “My favorite part of the Barkery is meeting someone that says, ‘My dog is really picky and doesn’t like any treats.’ I always say, let me try,” Ford said. “I’ve had a 100% success rate so far for finding something they will like.”

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Gracing this issue’s cover is two-year-old, redbone coonhound-rottweiler-mix Riley, and winner of the 10th annual CityDog Cover dog Model Search. According to his mom Kim, “I knew as soon as I saw Riley at the Kitsap Humane Society, we would be friends forever.” Riley is very outgoing and loves the outdoors, especially the beach, and is a great hiking companion. He loves learning new tricks and welcoming new foster dogs into his home. Photo by Don Norris. Spring 2016 • 7

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side of cat with your coffee?

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Most cafés serve the usual: coffee, tea, some pastries, and maybe the occasional beer or wine. But what if you could enjoy all that—and some feline company to boot? At Purrington’s Cat Lounge in Portland, now you can. Open since January 2014, owner Kristin Castillo received inspiration for this idea while watching a video of a cat café in Paris in October 2013. “I really hated my corporate job at the time, and after viewing this one little video, I had an epiphany,” she said. And out of that epiphany, Purrington’s Cat Lounge was born! Described as a cat adoption site where you can get a glass of wine and a housemade snack, this café is truly a haven for cat lovers. Two areas to the café—one for the food, and one for the cats—ensure a hygienic and clean environment. Customers can travel between the two areas, which are separated by a small hallway and two doors to prevent escapes. Purrington’s partners with Cat Adoption Team to select cats that will be a good fit for the lounge environment. Usually between eight and 10 cats are available for adoption at a time. Weekly events, like yoga and monthly movie nights, encourage people to come on down and share some pets and purrs with the kitties. They even have cat-themed merchandise, perfect as a souvenir of your visit or for the cat lover in your life. “Whether you’re visiting Portland, are wanting to adopt a cat, or just want a fun experience, Purrington’s is the place to go,” she said. If you want to visit on the weekends, reservations are recommended to ensure a spot in the cat lounge, as they have a 15-person limit per hour. It’s $8 an hour, or $5 for 30 minutes, to play with the cats. Children over eight years old are welcome in the cat lounge, but only until 5 p.m.: adults-only time is from 5 to 8 p.m. every day. And anyone can visit the café area and watch the cats through a large window facing the cat lounge. So whether you’re looking for your next furry friend, want to watch a movie with a feline companion, or just want to check out some cool cat art, Purrington’s is your place. “We want people to think of us as a place where you can get a nice glass of wine, pair it with a cheese plate, and go sit and enjoy time with some friendly kitties,” Castillo said. “It’s the place to come and get your cat on.”

Top, left to right: Bradley relaxes at Purrington’s Cat Lounge; owner Kristin Castillo and Bradley. Above: These signs say it all; visitors are encouraged to express their creativity at the cat lounge. 8 • CityDog Magazine

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DIY for Your Dog By rachelle blondel books we love For those whose favorite things are crafting and their pets comes a new book sure to please—DIY for Your Dog. Suitable for all breeds of dog from the pocket-sized Chihuahua to the mighty mastiff, the easy-to-make projects include something for all of our furry friends including treats, toys, beds, and more. Four sections—Eat, Nest, Play and Wear—include projects both practical and cute. There’s a cozy traveling bed, a sweet knitted blanket, fancy flower collar and loads of treats including Doggie Pops. Another our website, you will find all of the instructions to make your own Chuck-it Fabric Ball!

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Chow By rick woodford books we love Chow is a new approach to feeding your best friend better. These simple recipes show you how to make simple, nutritious meals and snacks for your dog—by using scraps from your own meals and healthy but inexpensive ingredients from your kitchen, like eggs, oats, sweet potatoes, and other vegetables. Some recipes, like a refreshing Mango Lassi or crispy Sweet Potato Chips, are even designed for you and your dog to enjoy together! For more healthy recipes, particularly for canines with cancer, turn to page 30.

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{cool products} what’s cool for hot dogs t Boots and Arrow Texas-based Boots and Arrow creates high quality collars and leashes using the genuine leather of upcycled cowboy boots and feature hand stitching, laser etching, edge painting and solid brass hardware. What’s more, $5 from every collar and leash purchase goes toward helping rescue pups in need.

t More Wine, Less Bark Tote+Able’s canvas canteens are a cheers to dogand wine-lovers alike. Each one holds a full 25 oz bottle of wine or favorite beverage, are USA made using rugged cotton canvas construction, and with a nod toward utility, features rivets, grommets, and an aluminum carabiner to attach it to your belt, backpack, bike or purse.

Happy Soap by Happy Goats u Serenity Acres Farm’s soap is lovingly crafted with fresh goat’s milk in every bar. The gentle and known benefits of nutrient-rich goat’s milk, simply mixed with premium essential oils will leave your dog’s skin and coat feeling clean and soft. Shop for happy soap and meet the happy goats at

t Ewegurrrrrrt There is nothing like snuggling with your fur baby after a bath with Ewegurt’s sheep’s milk yogurt based shampoo soap bar. This gentle refreshing scented shampoo cleans your fur kid with all natural ingredients, including coconut oil and pure olive oil. Is your dog thunder phobic, scared of loud noises or get nervous around new situations? If so, sheep’s milk acts as a natural relaxant and Ewegurt’s Freeze Dried Treats helps your pet chill out naturally. 10 • CityDog Magazine

t Make a Splash Artist Lisa Whitehouse loves watercolors, wildlife and dogs, and she never shies away from color. In her own “splashy” style, she will capture your canine’s likeness in an original watercolor painted on fine paper in a size of your choice. Check out samples of her work at

p Put a Cork In It These pretty collars by Pelcor are animal and environmentally friendly. Why? Because, each collar is sourced from cork skin, a sustainable material harvested from Portuguese cork oak forests. Available in four colors, with silver hardware and a decorative CORKY tag—plus, as in nature, no two pieces are exactly alike.

Chews Happiness u Chews Happiness offers unique, handcrafted creations made from rare, exquisite yak down—one of the warmest, softest, natural fibers on the planet. Sold as a set or as separate pieces, the Doggie Happiness Hugs sweater and matching Ladies’ Happiness Hugs tunic are luxuriously soft and warmer than cashmere. Better yet, each doggie sweater is handmade by artisans in Bhutan, the Land of Happiness!

{cool products} what’s cool for hot dogs House Broken Clothing u House Broken Clothing’s love and adoration for animals is apparent in their all-original designs featuring top quality, super soft vintage style t-shirts, tank tops and long sleeve tees. In his spare time, Julio (pictured on the left), plays guitar in a badass Mariachi band, saves Mexican orphans from burning houses, and can hear a burrito hitting the floor from six blocks away.

t Zee.Dog Does it Differently Zee.Dog does it differently, creating products with innovative design and a fundamental understanding of what dog lovers want. Gone are boring, basic collars and leashes. In are products of expression. Products that showcase the personality of your pooch—each made with durable hardware and fabrics for safey and longevity

The Aliens Have Landed u Zee.Dog was founded with one major purpose: to connect dogs and people. Now they are connecting dogs and aliens with their limited edition AlienFlex plush toys, each with their own story to tell. Pictured here are Bubu and Stixx—Bubu is part of an Alien species known as the Galaxy Enforcers and Stixx is one of the few survivors from the barren desert planet, Sahura. You can find Bubu, Stixx and more Fidofriendly alien toys at

t Charmed, I’m Sure Customize your own charm bracelet by San Diego-based Blackberry Designs Jewelry. Choose from a variety of charms that include your choice of dog breed, a photo charm of your pooch, inspirational phrase, and hand-stamped charm with your dog’s name.

t No More Cone of Shame If your dog has ever had to wear the dreaded “cone of shame,” then he will appreciate this ingenuous alternative created by Warm Heart Company (WHCY). The T-Piece, designed by “ready to wear” fashion designer Yachiyo Nishio, and founder of WHCY, is a comfortable alternative to bulky, plastic veterinary cones. Its design helps your pooch heal in comfort from surgery, wounds or skin conditions, without interfering with daily activities.

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I’d Rather Be With My Dog u Who wouldn’t, right? Now you can express your feelings on a plethora of products, from super soft, cotton hoodies, to travel mugs, beanies, tank tops and more. In addition to stating how you really feel, you’ll also be helping to find a cure for canine cancer as well as rescuing animals—I’d Rather Be With My Dog donates a portion of its proceeds to canine cancer research and animal rescue organizations.

Pendleton for Pooches u Known for their beautiful wool blankets inspired by Native American designs, Oregon’s own Pendleton now makes products for your pooch, from beds to travel bowls, to stylish coats, collars and leashes.

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Great made in the USA gifts available at Red Door Gifts. These mugs with spoons make a great gift for every one on your list. Variety of animals and more! Color choices are yellow, green, blue and coral. Set of four $65 or $18 each. 625 S. 1st, La Conner, Wash. Phone: 360.466.2000.

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welcome Spring back into any pet lover’s home. And fragrances such as Rolling in Grass, Wet Dog, Big Stick and Lazy Days will have any dog lover longing for a long hike or swim with their best friend. Priced at $25.00, you can find them at

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Sometimes our meals get boring, so we use condiments! Now, you may think it’s crazy to put Ketchup and Mustard on a bowl of dry kibble. Well, we thought so too! Introducing Petchup Nutritional Condiments, flavors dogs love and nutrition dogs need: BEEF, SALMON, PORK and TURKEY.

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Table Scraps, Meet Your Competition Because Pets Are Family, Feed Them Like Family Take a bag of dog treats and smell them. If you are adventurous, taste them. Does it taste like anything you would enjoy? Finest Fetch offers flavor with high drool factors for dogs and wonderful, familiar tastes aromas for their owners. Our treats include Chicken with Blue Cheese, Tacos and PB&J. Sure, there are plenty of treats that keep dogs healthy. Then there’s Finest Fetch, dog treats with flavors chock full of the best quality, human-grade ingredients, vitamins and minerals recommended to keep our pets strong, activeand happy. We’ve gone the extra mile to give you extraordinary flavors dogs and owners love.

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Located just 30 miles from Seattle, Salish Lodge & Spa sits perched above the spectacular, 268 feet high Snoqualmie Falls. It’s a special place—a place for relaxation and rejuvination—a place of pampering for human and canine alike. It’s been a few years since my last visit to Salish and this is one of those rare occasions when I hope nothing has changed. Upon arrival, I am once again struck by the lodge’s cozy and inviting lobby, complete with over-stuffed leather chairs and wood burning fireplace. As we wait to check-in, Thya and Ziggy soak in their share of attention from fellow guests, some with dogs of their own. Once at our room, I feel the relaxation and rejuvination setting in as the dogs find their own terry cloth bathrobes, a blanket, food and water bowls, signature Salish bone-shaped tag, and freshly baked Salish biscuits, which are devoured immediately, of course! I find my own super soft, terry cloth bathrobe and a wood burning fireplace, so instead of racing off to see the falls, I elect instead to enjoy a fire and sink back into the luxurious featherbed—complete with 320 thread count linens and seven varieties of pillows to choose from: synthetic, memory foam, buckwheat, pregnancy, lavender buckwheat, body and regular goose down.. When hunger strikes, I head to the lodge’s Attic Lounge. Casual and comfortable, it features a stone hearth pizza oven, furniture and fireplace to kick-back and relax, plus completely updated bar offerings including Pike Hive Five Hopped Honey Ale produced by The Pike Brewing Company, Salish Honey flavored vodka and private label wines. Okay, sometimes change is good. The menu features hand crafted pizzas and sandwiches fired in the artisan pizza oven. Whether you’re looking for a light snack, a glass of wine from the lounge’s wideranging selection, or a place to enjoy a favorite cocktail, the Attic is the perfect place to sit back and take in the breathtaking views of Snoqualmie Valley.

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For a bit more formal fare, the Salish Lodge is famous for its cuisine and executive chef Steven Snook does not disappoint. I start my meal with a delicious red blend, paired with a kale and baby gem lettuce salad, with apples, pecans, goat cheese and pomegranate vinaigrette. This is followed by roasted scallops with chestnuts and porcini mushrooms. My main course: crispy roasted duck leg, with braised red cabbage, smoked bacon, dates and Salish honey port jus. Yum!

Speaking of honey, another new surprise is the lodge’s own honeybee apiary, which apparently produces over 2,400 pounds of honey per year. Inspired by the need to provide the bees a sustainable environment in which to thrive, the lodge also planted a hillside of wildflowers that lead up to the apiary and gardens, along with blueberry and huckleberry plants. Look for the Salish bee to guide you to items featuring the lodge’s honey, from cuisine like my roasted duck, to honey-based treatments in The Spa, to Salish Honey Ale, to honey-infused vodka and even honey truffles! While you imbibe, your furry friend can also indulge with selections from the Canine Cuisine In-Room Dining Menu. Prepared in-house by the lodge’s own culinary staff, menu items include gourmet specialties such as “Hens Fit for a Hound,” made with organic chicken breast, baby carrots, green beans, chicken jelly and Arborio rice ($8), “Pescetarian Pooch,” with wild salmon, sugar pumpkin, red garnet yams, Salish garden kale and cranberries ($8), and “Eggsellent Entrée” of scrambled eggs, Beecher’s cheddar cheese, honeycrisp apple, oatmeal and yogurt ($8). For dessert, the “Pawfect Finish” features an oatmeal cupcake, made with bananas and peanut butter ($3). Tomorrow, the dogs and I will work off our indulgences on a hike, but tonight it’s

time for a little more induglence—each room features its own wood burning fireplace, oversized whirlpool tub, luxurious, lavenderscented bath soaps, and big, soft, terry cloth bathrobes. Pour a glass of wine from the honor bar and enjoy a soak in the tub, while listening to the crackling fire—it does not get much more Top: Enjoying the view of Salish Lodge and Snoqualmie Falls. indulgent than that! Above: Pausing to appreciate the little touches along the trail. As a new day dawns, it is definitely time to hit the trails. Nestled at the foot of the Cascade Mountains, Salish Lodge is set in the perfect playground for any outdoor enthusiast. I opt to take Thya and Ziggy to Twin Falls State Park in nearby North Bend. The trail extends 1.25 miles to Twin Falls. Just before the first footbridge, steps descend to a breathtaking viewpoint of the lower falls and just past the footbridge is another viewpoint of the upper falls. The trail continues one more mile beyond the falls to connect with the old Milwaukee Railroad trail in Iron Horse State Park.

Another popular hike is traversing the switchbacks to reach Rattlesnake Ledge. The 1700’ vertical climb is over two miles and will certainly raise the heart rate, human and canine alike. Once you reach the top, be extremely careful, as the ledge is 400 to 500 feet down on three sides. The Three Forks Natural Area has more than 200 acres of open space situated at the confluence of the south fork, north fork and middle fork of the Snoqualmie River, with an astounding up-close view of Mount Si. Adjacent to the natural area is the Three Forks Off-Leash Dog Park, the only designated off-leash park in the upper Spring 2016 • 19

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An in-room snack of Beecher’s cheese, dates and nuts also includes a sample of Salish honey.

valley. It features eight acres of open space for off-leash fun including water access. As I mentioned, we enjoy a hike at Twin Falls near North Bend. Also nearby in North Bend, is Piccola Cellars, a dogfriendly wine bar located inside an old fire station, featuring roll up garage doors and a custom-made bar made from reclaimed timber. With eight wines on tap, you can enjoy a glass, get a growler to go or purchase a wine tote filled with your favorite blend to enjoy on your outdoor adventure. Speaking of adventure, replenish your pet supplies at Pet Place Market, from toys and accessories to wholesome food and treats. While there, take advantage of the convenient self-wash stations to get your soggy dog looking and smelling great again. Located across from Snoqualmie’s Northwest Railway Museum, The Bindlestick Coffeehouse and Bar is another local hangout that welcomes dogs. On weekends, the Bindlestick becomes a popular venue for live music, fire-spinners, impromptu grill outs, and other fun events—the outdoor firepit is the perfect place to enjoy a cold one with your canine companion. Back at the lodge, Thya, Ziggy and I take a stroll along the heather-lined path to take in the stunning view of 268-feet high Snoqualmie Falls (100 feet higher than Niagra Falls). We check out the observation platform—owned and maintained by Puget Sound Energy—then explore the two-acre park with an enjoyable half-mile (one mile round-trip) hike along the River Trail, through trees and open slopes, ending with a beautiful view of the falls. 20 • CityDog Magazine

More Information Salish Lodge & Spa 6501 Railroad Avenue SE Snoqualmie, Washington 98065 Toll-free: 800.2.SALISH (800.272.5474) Rates start at $274 for the Pampered Paws package Pampered Paws Fee: $65 Piccola Cellars 112 West 2nd Street North Bend, Wash. 425.486.9463;

After our stroll, it’s time for me to check out The Spa, which features a eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna and therapeutic soaking pools—and the menu of treatments is seemingly endless: there are several different massages to choose from including the Salish Signature Heated River Rock Massage, a variety of facials, and something called “Rain Drop Therapy,” which features “a combination of aromatherapy essential oils that are dispensed like rain drops along

the spine and gently dispersed to stimulate nerves using techniques that will bring balance to your body from head to toe.” I’m in! Between the friendly staff, delicious food, full-service spa, in-room amenities, Snoqualmie Falls, and so much more, the three of us leave Salish Lodge with our mission accomplished: relaxed and rejuvinated! Relax with 320-count linens and seven varieties of pillows to choose from.

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{live well} sound advice for a hound’s life

huslia alaska

written by rebecca sanchez Photography by julie austin

Deep in the remote Yukon area of Alaska, you’ll find the small, beautiful, yet somewhat isolated, town of Huslia, which less than 300 people call home. There are few ways in or out of Huslia, and today most travel is managed by airplane. It wasn’t always that way in Huslia. Known as one of the premiere sled dog meccas, Huslia is home to the Frank Attla Youth and Sled Dog Care Program, where the tradition of mushing has revived a whole new generation, a town, and in the process, the health of a community. There’s a rich and storied history of Huslia’s sled dogs, with many mushing legends, human, and dog alike, hailing from the area. George Attla, a Sports Hall of Fame dog racing legend originated from Huslia, where, prior to his passing in 2015, he dedicated his life to raising championship mushers. Attla recognized that the dogs also played a significant role in Huslia’s livelihood, not only as a means of transportation, but also for warmth and companionship, and they gave purpose to those racing and caring for the animals. The citizens of Huslia understood that the dogs were central to their lifestyle, and had a meaningful, symbiotic relationship where each cared for one another and contributed to the other’s survival and self-worth. Hunting and fishing weren’t just for sport, the dogs and the Huslians had their role and depended on one another to succeed in order for both to eat and make a living. Dogs helped to create the structure of Huslia. But along the way, something changed in this small town. As the years rolled by Attla took notice of how the ancestral traditions, once passed down from parent to child, began to take a back seat to modern ingenuity. The way of life for this small community, where everyone and everything had a purpose, was altered by the arrival of gas-powered transportation. Snow machines and airplanes replaced the dogs, lessening their contributions in a community where luxuries were minimal. No longer a core member of Huslia, dogs became less necessary and as a result, the community suffered.

Top, from left: Sports Hall of Fame dog racing legend George Attla; one of the program’s trainees. Above: Dog mushing is once again a favorite activity among Huslia’s youth, reconnecting the entire community. 22 • CityDog Magazine

The younger citizens became less and less reliant on the dogs for transportation, and with that went the give-and-take relationship that was borne out of caring for an animal. Leaders were unable to pass down their knowledge of how the dogs played a vital role in the village society, and that the dogs were

math and basic sciences and has the youth catch fish to feed the dogs, practice animal husbandry skills, repair and maintain sled dog equipment and learn how to operate a business. Participating students can even earn Veterinary Science credit through the University of Alaska. The program has helped return Huslia to a thriving and connected community, where the youth expand their knowledge through real life experiences caring for dogs. Huslia’s depression, violence, teen pregnancy and suicide rates have all decreased since the implementation of the program. Dr. Arleigh Reynolds, Associate Professor of Veterinary Nutrition, and Associate Dean, Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Alaska, has worked with the Frank Attla Youth and Sled Dog Care Program. As a champion musher, Dr. Reynolds grew to know George Attla Huslia’s youth expand their knowledge through through dog racing and has lent his real life experiences caring for future sled dogs. expertise in evaluating the impact of nutrition on performance in sled dogs to not just a means of getting to and from a the Attla program. Dr. Reynolds shared his destination. The divide between generations heartfelt commitment to the program in a grew, and the importance of cultural tradirecent interview, “Visiting Huslia and seeing tions lessened. The fabric of the community everybody being so supportive of this probecame frayed. gram, and to see the positive changes that For the youth, already living in an area dogs have brought back to the community, where options are limited and access to it reinforced everything in a real reresources scarce, finding opportunities to ally was struggling and now is doing really make meaningful contributions, like the well,” (Group Theory, 2015). Dr. Reynolds ones formerly made through connecting continues to keep George’s dream alive by with the dogs, became more difficult. Days working with the Huslia townspeople to previously filled with caretaking activities expand the Attla program throughout the became less structured, and the youth beAlaska native villages. came idle and eventually disconnected. DeThe health of an entire town was pression, violence, unplanned pregnancies improved due to the resurgence of incorand suicide rates rose in Huslia. Knowing porating dogs back into the community. that the working dogs had instilled a sense Elders and youth alike now benefit from of pride in him, in 2012 Attla created the the positive reinforcement and connectivity Frank Attla Youth and Sled Dog Care Prothat comes through the Frank Attla Youth gram. Named after George Attla’s late son, and Sled Dog Care Program. Today, Huslia the program operates out of the local middle has emerged as a role model for the entire and high schools and teaches Huslia’s youth state of Alaska. All nine schools in the how to care for and race the dogs. IncorpoYukon-Koyukuk school district, along with rating community elders who own sled dogs five other school districts in the interior and was essential for the success of the program along the western coast of the state, want to as it reunited all generations of the formerly start a similar program. It’s easy to underfragmented Huslia village. stand the desire to expand this program, as The students are paired with elders who it only took four months to reap the benefits teach them practical applications through in a small town where now the graduation hands-on experience with the dogs. Over rates are on the rise and many towns’ kids time, bonds began to build between the are beginning to attend college. As devoted youth and the dogs, and slowly self-esteem, animal lovers, we look forward to watching self-worth, and self-confidence began to this dog-based program expand, and we emerge. The program’s curriculum also celebrate the growing health and emotional incorporated general canine care along with wellness of the Alaskan people. Spring 2016 • 23

{design well} calm and comfortable canines


animal Top, clockwise from left: Urban Animal, located in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle, is a walk-in-only clinic; Frenchie-Boston mix Luna waits patiently for her appointment; shiba inu Kaz loves his visits to the vet; while waiting, cavalier king charles spaniel Murphy gets her picture taken in the photo booth. Above: Whimsical sketches of past and present pets adorn the wall at Urban Bet. Next page: Dr. Trusheim examines Kaz in a calming environment. 24 • CityDog Magazine

written by rebecca sanchez Photography by julie austin

There’s a movement taking place at veterinary clinics geared at making you and your dog much more comfortable with office visits. It makes sense, the more calm your dog is when visiting a veterinarian, the better the experience. Just like humans paying a call to their doctor’s office, dogs benefit from an environment that is designed with comfort in mind. This shift couldn’t come at a more opportune time as 26% of dog owners say that just thinking about going to the vet is stressful and 38% of dog owners say their animal hates going to the vet (Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study, 2011). Creating a stress-free veterinarian visit starts with you and your dog at home. Establishing a practice where trips to the vet’s office, with pleasant exchanges with the staff, help reinforce positive behaviors. In the Pacific Northwest, we are fortunate to have many neighborhood vet clinics. When you are out and about with your dog simply stop into your regular vet, say hello to clinic staff and give your pet a treat. By doing this you help lessen your dog’s fears of going to the vet’s office, and you become more comfortable with managing clinic visits. When a dog’s human caretaker feels stress, it’s highly likely that the dog will also feel anxious. “Stay calm,” recommends Cherri Trusheim, DVM and owner and designer of Urban Animal in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. Like many other area vets, Urban Animal is focused on you and your dog’s comfort. Dr. Trusheim believes that creating a calm environment is a combination of atmosphere and practice philosophy, “I tried to create a place that is inviting and relaxing, someplace you’d like to just sit for a while. When the dog’s owner is calm the dog will be relaxed.” The office walls are lined with whimsical animal-themed wallpaper and art, and there are cozy, kitschy seats that help bring a sense of play and comfort. There’s even a photo booth available should you want to take a picture of you and your pup. In this patient-centered clinic, the focus is on hiring people who not only love animals, but who also really enjoy people, “we provide pet owners with verbal information versus lining our walls with products or brochures, and we listen,” offered Dr. Trusheim.

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Some changes that you’ll start to notice in vet clinics is the use of soft, pastel color paint, as well as scrubs and lab coats. Also, since animals have higher sensitivity to noise, many vet offices are removing fluorescent lights as they exude an unnatural buzz. Many vets are even practicing floorlevel exams instead of lifting animals up onto a cold exam table. A clinic visit can be just as nerve racking for your dog as it is for you when you go to the doctor. So follow Dr. Trusheim’s advice to, “relax, be positive, show confidence that you are doing everything possible for your dog,” the next time you take your animal to see a veterinarian and hopefully you’ll both experience a stress-free vet visit.

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{heal well} energy healing for the holistic hound

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I had the pleasure of meeting animal communicator, Joan Ranquet, at her farm in Carnation, Washington. As I walked up the path and stone steps that lead the way to her front door I could hear the welcoming greetings from her three dogs, Delilah, Olivia, and Isabela. Their faces and waggy tails were alight when they saw me. Immediately I was greeted with open paws and puppy licks as we settled in for our time together. Joan is a nationally recognized animal communicator, author and speaker. Her credits include Animal Planet, Good Morning America, and Dateline to name a few. She is also the author of Energy Healing for Animals of which I have had the pleasure to read and chat about in great detail with Joan. Energy Healing for Animals has a plethora of information for the layperson and professional alike. Joan provides background to her healing modalities and she talks you through hands-on practices so you can get started right away with your animal companion.

Why Energy Healing?

Pictured above: Animal communicator and author Joan Ranquet with her four-legged family (from left to right) Olivia, Buster Keaton, Francesca and Isabella. 26 • CityDog Magazine

Energy healing encompasses many invisible sources of energy all within our physical bodies. And because humans and animals both have these sources of energy you can benefit right alongside your animal companion. In her book Joan talks about the seven chakras that run from head to toe, the meridians some of which connect directly to organs in the body, neural pathways in our brain, nerves, cellular memory, and muscle memory. Joan believes that all individuals have an energy signature that is “imprinted in their soul.” For example, Joan’s horse, Rollie, had specific and unique traits that filled Joan’s heart. Whereas someone else might see those same traits as being naughty or acting like a bully. Joan’s energy was imprinted in Rollie’s soul and vice-versa. Rollie has recently left this life but he left behind his energy signature and left an imprint on Joan’s. In other words, an emotional signature states that they mattered in this world. The energy signature plays a very important role when living within a multispecies household. An example Joan gives is of a couple who’s aggressive dog, Annie, started to attack their daughter’s dog, Buddy. The adult daughter had moved back home and was suffering from her own

personal “The work you are about to emotional embark on is very beneficial upheavals. to you and to your animal.“ Consequently, the two dogs felt the tension and neglect in the household created by their owners. This led to Annie taking out her frustration on Buddy; the energy was chaotic and therefore the behaviors followed suit. Joan was asked to talk to Annie and through communication and energy healing the household was once again balanced. Just like environmental toxins are harmful to living beings, so are the toxins of emotions, attitudes and thoughts. Clearing these clears the energy in your aura, and therefore within yourself so that healing may begin.

pet? For example, when I work with one of the dogs at the animal shelter I consciously visualize leaving the luggage that is my life in my car. By doing so, I have “intentionally” set the space for healing because “… intention becomes a power source of its own.” By stating my intention I have opened up that channel for energy healing to begin. When you set your intention then setting your morphic resonance follows. According to biochemist, Rupert Sheldrake, morphic

Getting Started In order to maximize your time and energy the first step is to begin with yourself by setting your intention for your time with your pet. This might be as simple and quick as saying to yourself, “I am going to devote five minutes to healing with my dog.” If you’re having “one of those days” where you feel you are swimming upstream alongside sharks and you are questioning whether or not you have any extra energy to spend with your animal companion, then this is the perfect opportunity to reap the benefits of energy healing time with your pet—for both your sakes. Begin with a short walk around the block, a shower, or even a cool glass of water and say to yourself out loud that you deserve the time and so does your pet. This alone can change the energy within yourself and in the air around you and then you can state your intention. Next, ask yourself what you hope to accomplish in the time you have with your

Energetic Systems Joan starts with one of the systems that is perhaps the most commonly known—the chakras. Each chakra correlates to locations in the physical body and each is also associated with a specific color. When we have a feeling of being ‘off’ or “out or sorts” then the chakras can lose their strength and the consequences can lead to illness. In addition, the chakras are also associated with behavioral issues. The upside is that by clearing the chakras you allow healing and wellness and positive behavioral changes to take pace. As a way to whet your appetite for energy healing using the chakras, I will only focus on the location of the chakras as they pertain to a dog. First chakra—red. The tail. Body work in the hindquarters is good for “enhancing feelings of safety, relieving aches and pains. Second chakra—orange. Top near lower back/hips/sacrum. This is the “power center for the human-animal connection. Gentle massage in this area is all that is needed to reap some benefits from stress, age, and emotional health.

resonance is a “collective pattern of ‘behavior’ based on the pattern of a specific group’s field.” Humans and animals have a morphic resonance. And when both are in harmony with each other within the same household, then the morphic resonances are in sync. However, if there is discord between you and your animal companions or between animal companions in the same household, as Joan says, not all is lost. It’s simply a matter of resetting the energy. Once again, the process begins with you as the emotional leader.

Third chakra—yellow. Top of back at center of spine. The stomach, liver, kidney, pancreas, spleen, adrenals, digestion, filtering organs, glands, emotions, and self-esteem. Fourth chakra—green. Top of the back above the shoulders. This is the nurturing center and corresponds to the heart and lungs. As a dog ages and his hips weaken, the fourth chakra overcompensates for that weakness and taxes this chakra even more. Fifth chakra—blue. Front of the neck and throat area. This is where the thyroid, teeth, gum, and neck concerns reside. Animals house their creative expression in this area. Spring 2016 • 27

Sixth chakra—indigo. The forehead including ears, nose, eyes, brain, nervous system, and pineal gland.

Chiropractic. Although best left to a trained professional, palpating and stretching are two techniques you can do at home.

Seventh chakra—violet. Top of the head. The center of connection to the Divine and is where an animal’s faith resides.

Water Therapy. A swim in a lake or swimming pool is all you need. The non-weight bearing exercise is very therapeutic for injuries. However, keep in mind that not all dogs enjoy the water.

The chakras and their associations are very similar if not identical to a human’s chakras. Therefore, another reason why beginning with healing yourself can further benefit your animal companion. Joan talks about using a pendulum to get a baseline of information about your dog. Take any small object and suspend it from a string to make a pendulum. Hold it over the palm of your hand and let it dangle until it either rotates in either direction or moves from side to side. Then ask an objective question. For example I asked, “Is my name Kathleen?” My pendulum changed from rotating clockwise to a vertical motion. Then I asked, “Do I have a dog named Abby?” Again, the pendulum moved vertically. Now I know that vertical represents my “yes” and I can go to the next step. I asked, “Is my name Robin?” The pendulum changed to a side-to-side motion. “Is my dog’s name Rex?” Again, the pendulum moved from side-to-side. Now I know which direction represents my “no.” Before you begin any energy healing on your dog, dangle the pendulum or your dog’s chakras or an injury and observe how the pendulum swings. Be sure to document your observations. After an energy healing session, retest the pendulum and note any changes. They will truly be amazing! Other energetic systems Joan talks about in greater detail are from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which includes the elements fire, earth, metal, water, wood, yin and yang, the meridian system, an organ profile and climate.

Healing Through Bodywork At Home There are many modalities for connecting with your dog through touch. And the benefits for both of you are exponential. Bodywork provides “… relaxation, increase of circulation and oxygen in the blood, [and] eases chronic pain,” and it is a lovely way to deepen the bond you already have with your dog. Plus, as you become more familiar with the finer nuances of his body you are more likely to notice changes that can be tended to more readily and proactively. I have listed a few of the key modalities for bodywork to get you started at home. There are others as referenced in more detail in Joan’s book. 28 • CityDog Magazine

The Bladder Meridian. This runs along both sides of the spine from the head to the tail and holds “association points” that correspond to each organ in the body. A good place to begin your practice is with a “bladder sweep.” With a sweeping motion run your hand along the meridian from your dog’s head, along his back, down his left hind leg to his foot. On the second sweep, do the same but this time go down his right leg to his foot. The third sweep will begin at the head but will follow the spine to the tip of his tail. Acupressure. Apply gentle pressure along the meridian points that correspond to “… organs, energy systems, and emotions.” Joan suggests having a chart handy depicting the pressure points along the meridians. You will know you have located a pressure point when you are able to press in a little further than say right next to that point. Then press with very light pressure, “less is more” in this practice. While you are treating your pet, be sure to breathe and to connect your breaths with your dog’s. Soon, you should feel your dog’s heartbeat with your touch. However, Joan says that even if you don’t feel a heartbeat at that point, a pulse is still the goal. Animal Massage. The same as massage for people, benefits range from improved circulation, range of motion, relaxation, and emotional healing. For your dog a mini ribcage massage is an ideal place to start. Start with your hand flat on and just next to his spine and along the rib cage. Starting at the shoulder gently move your hand to his hind quarter. Repeat this process about an inch lower. Then move your hand to his rib cage. This can be done with your dog standing or lying down. Jing Points. Located along the meridian, jing points are associated with the immune system, and aiding circulation. For dogs, their jing points are at the bottoms of their feet. For our animal companions, a paw massage is greatly beneficial. Personally, I’ve seen a dog I work with at Seattle Humane go from anxiously panting to a droopy tongue, calm, and a relaxed body simply by massaging her paw pads. It is so lovely to witness the transformation and I couldn’t help relaxing even further myself.

Cranial Sacral Therapy. This therapy allows your dog to naturally heal himself by way of light touch on his head. Visualization is especially important during this therapy because you are “seeing” how energy is blocked and then shifting the energy to allow it to flow along the path it is intended for. There is such a subtle shift that you might not feel you are providing any benefit. But you are. Healing Touch for Animals. Provides a feel of more energy in your dog which can be especially healing after surgery, injury, or other trauma, physical or emotional. At home you can focus on vibrational touch. Simply use a grooming tool, brush your dog’s hair from his head to the tip of his tail. Except, rather than simply brush, visualize that you are removing “debris or congestion” your dog is harboring in his system. This is where setting your intention for your session is especially beneficial. TTouch. TTouch is a very subtle form of touch designed by Linda Tellington-Jones that uses circular motions. TTouch resets patterns in cells that are perhaps suffering from illness, pain, and even phobias. To begin, place one hand on your dog’s body. With your other hand, using your index

finger and middle finger together begin to make a circular motion starting at 6 o’clock, move clockwise past 6 o’clock to 8 o’clock. When you have completed one cycle, shift your fingers to a new position near the first one. The idea is to not make a pattern with where you make the circles. Again, less pressure is better. Now you have a few simple techniques to try at home to create healing and a deeper bond with your animal companion. In her book, Joan also provides information regarding nutrition, homeopathy, essential oils, flower essences, herbs, crystals and gemstones, and many more. She even gives you a checklist for what you need in order to prepare yourself before you begin your energy healing and what to have in your toolbox for various situations. For example, what you will need to welcome home your new pet companion. Or, perhaps your dog has behavioral issues. Joan tells you what to have in that toolbox. With all the knowledge and experience Joan has for healing, she also knows that even the best intentions and practices cannot prolong our animal companion’s life longer than what nature has planned. But, by practicing everything you have learned

about energy healing you can make the journey of crossing over more welcoming for your pet. As one who has had to help her pets cross over, I second guessed myself multiple times about whether or not the time was right. I wish I knew then what I know now after reading Joan’s book. That “[N]o animal can die a minute before or after they are absolutely supposed to leave.” Years later I find solace in knowing this now. And, it is also a nice grounding reminder that “animals don’t believe or disbelieve in any of the energetic technologies.” Knowing and believing this right away begins to clear a path for energy healing.

Kathleen A. Hunter, MS is a freelance writer with regular feature articles as well as her own column, “Bowser Barks A Lot,” published in FETCH Magazine. She is currently working on her first young adult novel. When she’s not writing Kathleen enjoys spending time with her husband, Troy, their two dogs, Tsavo, a Rhodesian Ridgeback and Abby, a Great Dane/English Pointer mix, and volunteering at Seattle Humane in Bellevue where she trains and socializes dogs so they are ready for adoption. Read more about Kathleen at


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{eat well} canine cancer cuisine

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There are no ten commandments or easy-to-follow plans for feeding an animal with cancer. One diet does not fit all, and what works well today may not be tolerated tomorrow. Tastes change and regular feeding schedules can be turned upside down. The guidance of a veterinarian or nutritionist can give a better idea of what to expect, but here are a few important points to get you started. First, the most critical thing is ensuring your canine cancer patient eats. This can be the most difficult job of all. The old adage, “If they go hungry long enough, they’ll eat anything,” does not hold true for cancer, despite what anyone tells you. Second, pets with cancer lose weight, not only because they reduce their regular food intake, but also because of the tremendous metabolic impact of the disease. Dogs with cancer have an altered carbohydrate metabolism, so a diet lower in carbohydrates, while containing high quality proteins and fish oil as the primary fat source is best. Grains should account for no more than 10% of the diet. This leaves us with 30% to 50% meat, along with 30% to 40% fruits and vegetables. A calcium source and vitamin/mineral supplement complete the foundation of the diet. Third, try to use organic products, and always use distilled, filtered, or spring water. Using a crockpot is one of the easiest ways to prepare a nutritious meal for your cancer patient, and its aroma may be just the thing to entice your companion to eat. Fourth, knowing the percentage of protein, fats, and carbohydrates you are working towards makes it easier to choose ingredients for your cancer cooking challenge. Consider chicken, beef, turkey, or a novel protein like ostrich, emu or buffalo, along with liver and heart, eggs, carrots, broccoli, celery, cabbage, bok choy, turnip greens, spinach, and summer squash, enhanced by antioxidant-rich turmeric. Canned wild salmon, sardines and other fish can top off a meal of whole brown rice or whole oats and sweet potato or for a change, try protein-rich pseudo-grains, like quinoa and teff.

Pictured top, left to right: Executive chef Jenny Izaguirre of Bell + Whete with Hadi and executive chef Stew Navarre of Local 360 with Finn. Above: Simple, healthy ingredients for Carrot Flan. 30 • CityDog Magazine

So, with the help of executive chefs Jenny Izaguirre of Bell + Whete and Stew Navarre of Local 360 (pictured above), we’ve cooked up some recipes to keep your dog drooling, with four-year-old Hadi (Maltese-poodle-mix) and six-year-old Finn (basenji-mix) as our four-legged test testers.

Fresh and Friendly Frittata 3/4 cup artichoke hearts, finely chopped (choose artichokes canned in water) 1 clove garlic, finely minced 3 free range eggs 2 tablespoons cold pressed extra virgin olive oil (butter can also be used) 1/4 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1 tablespoon fresh oregano or 1½ teaspoons dried 1 cup grated goat cheese 1/4 cup whole grain oat flour or artisan whole grain bread crumbs 1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. 2. In oven-to-table cookware, whisk eggs and goat cheese together, then add remaining ingredients, making sure to mix thoroughly. 3. Sprinkle with extra dried oregano just before placing in the oven. 4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until the centre of the frittata is set and the top is lightly golden. 5. Cool to room temperature, and just before serving, sprinkle with fresh wheat grass and/or parsley. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

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water until soft. Drain and cut into small pieces, enough to fill 1/2 cup. 2. Combine honey with filtered water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, add kombu, and continue to gently cook until liquid has evaporated. This takes about an hour. 3. Spread ground nuts on a parchment-covered cookie sheet and coat the kombu pieces in ground nuts. 4. Bake in preheated 300ºF oven for 30 minutes. Cool before feeding.

A Cocktail for Cancer 8 ounces raw chopped liver (beef, bison or chicken) 4 ounces grated carrots 1/2 ounce ground Brazil nuts (the richest source of natural selenium)

Combine and serve. This recipe can easily be pureéd in a food processor or blender, and served as a complete meal or a topping for other meals. Dr. John Carter, a British veterinary surgeon and research scientist, created this recipe after losing his own dog to cancer. Chef Stew prepares Kombu Candy and Fresh and Friendly Frittata for Finn. Spring 2016 • 31


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Tempting Treats Making special treats for our sick animals is one very important way we can support them. There are times, indeed, when all they will eat are treats. Here is a recipe that can be easily adapted to meet the changing tastes of your companion. 4 cups chickpea flour 1 cup apple sauce 2 teaspoons Saigon cinnamon 2 teaspoons carob powder 1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. 2. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper. 3. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. 4.

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead well. 5. Cut into desired shapes and place on cookie sheet, or place dough in middle of cookie sheet, roll out to the corners, and lightly score with a knife or pizza cutter. 6. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn oven down to 175ºF and allow to bake for 40 more minutes. 7. Allow treats to cool in the oven. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

Stock that rocks 24 cups filtered water 3 pounds chicken backs and necks 2 carrots, in pieces 2 celery stalks, in pieces 3 Shitake mushrooms, dried or fresh 2 garlic cloves 1 piece fresh ginger 12 white peppercorns 1 to 2 tablespoons Kosher salt, to taste Handful fresh parsley, Italian or curly Other fresh herbs to taste (thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary) 1. Put all ingredients in a large stockpot. 2.

Bring to a rolling boil, skim off the foam, turn the heat down to simmer, and leave the pot to sit and stew all day. 3. Refrigerate overnight. 4. Next morning, skim off the fat, remove the meat and vegetables, strain the stock into storage containers and freeze. This will give you a nutrient-dense broth to add to any recipe or as a topper for regular meals.

Carrot Flan 2 cups finely grated raw carrot 6 raw egg yolks 6 tablespoons filtered water or stock (recipe above) 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. 2. Lightly grease a Pyrex or cake pan. 3. Whisk egg yolks with water or stock, and add sea salt. Add grated carrot and mix thoroughly. 4. Bake for 30 minutes. 5. Cool, cut into strips, and serve. This recipe can be topped with goat yogurt. In place of

carrots, try sweet potatoes, and season with cinnamon. This recipe originated in England. The original comes from a wonderful book called Nature’s Children by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. Above: Chef Jenny serves up Carrot Flan. Carrots help support the immune system, aid digestion in dogs and act as a glandular tonic. Next page: Chef Jenny and Hadi. 32 • CityDog Magazine

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{wellness} sound advice for a hound’s life

written by Michelle Nichols, MS with Elizabeth Allen, AHELP Project

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What does hospice look like? The field of animal hospice and palliative care has answered the call by addressing our biggest concern: “we just want our dog to be comfortable.” So it follows that the cornerstone to animal hospice and palliative care is that home-based physical comfort of the animal patient is paramount. To accomplish this, veterinarians who can do housecalls are at the core of the multitalented, interdisciplinary care team. Best practices speak to the need for emotional and spiritual “care for the caregiver” and families benefit from mental health professionals, chaplains, and spiritual counselors. Pet sitters skilled in senior care are logistically important for the family to carry on in their life routines. Ideally, home care assistance can be sought by sitters with nursing skills or veterinary technicians who come to the home. As our animals’ life energy diminishes, the gentler, alternative therapies are ideally suited in preserving quality of life. Other team members’ services that can contribute to comfort for both the animal and the family are: massage and bodywork, aromatherapy, homeopathy, energy work, acupressure, flower essences and music therapy.

when end of life is near If you could picture the end of life for your dog how would it look? What guidance do you and your family seek as you prepare for their transition? Truth is, we will mostly outlive our beloved animal companions and within that realization and honest observation lies an opportunity for us as pet parents to make some of the most difficult decisions for them and ultimately for us too. Some of us might even have a belief system that supports us, some of us may not—either way, the passage is one we will all take and our questions and concerns have much in common along the way. Imagine that your animal friend passes peacefully in a journey shared with people who understand what you are going through. You have a support team to assist with the many aspects of end of life care—emotional, medical, physical, even spiritual—for the entire family. Your canine companion is happy and in your loving home until the last moment. This can happen. This can be your memory and theirs.

Enter animal hospice and palliative care. In the human hospice experience, families are well-supported and empowered to make the best decisions in the comfort of home. Most of us know what hospice care is about, but since palliative care is newer and not yet in the mainstream, it bears explanation. Palliative care is a philosophical approach that can be adopted at any point in time, when your goal shifts from cure to comfort. Hospice is a type of palliative care specifically applied in the end of life. Both employ an interdisciplinary team of providers who offer comprehensive care on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels. In the human world, families are supported and empowered to care for their loved ones until their “good death.” There is no reason why we cannot do the same for our animals.

Why animal hospice and palliative care? In both the human world and the animal healthcare worlds, most families describe transformative benefits to hospice caregiving, giving their animal friend a “gift” to live out their full life in the way they’d all enjoyed. Through the guidance of the hospice care team, families can also gain confidence in their caregiving skills, whereby they can enjoy a heightened quality of life, which can in turn, allow their dog to be here longer and be more comfortable in the process. Families have more time to fulfill their friend’s bucket list and they adapt to their new normals, all the while preparing on many levels for their pet’s departure. Looking back upon this tender time, they realize they followed a “path of least regrets” and in this way, healing often comes naturally and more completely. 34 • CityDog Magazine

What you can do now. The best time to begin planning for the end of life is much before it will come. Many will say, “when it’s time, you will know it/they will tell you.” This is not always the case and though we wish they would pass in their sleep, this is rarely what truly happens. We’ve found that the highly charged emotions that come with this time may stand in the way of caregivers trusting their instincts and/or deciphering wishful thinking from logical decision making. Developing reasonable expectations of what the journey will be like, and what it will not be like, builds the confidence that allows much of it to unfold more smoothly. Share your wishes to employ a hospice and palliative care approach with your veterinarian and ask how he or she feels about it. There are practice guidelines for the field through the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (, and in March 2016, through the American Animal Hospital Association

In the greater Seattle area, consider reaching out to our nonprofit organization, AHELP Project, whose community members want the same comfort and care for your animal family member as you do. AHELP offers comprehensive care home visits, referrals to trusted local service providers, and email and phone consultations. You can find animal hospice professionals of all backgrounds and geographic locations on the Service Providers page. Because our field is so new, we rely upon stories and anecdotes to teach the lessons of animal hospice. Here is mine. Though the spark of inspiration for my interest in the field goes back to 2009 with my boxer Brodie’s death, my girl Sora was the fuel to my fire. After our surprise at her sudden collapse, we rushed her to the hospital and found out that Sora had a rare cancer. They told us she wouldn’t be in pain, but instead would need 24/7 care to manage her symptoms of blurred vision and disorientation from low blood sugar levels. I was fortunate enough to be able to buy some time with a surgery but we would have just a couple of months before her symptoms became too difficult to manage. No one could tell me what the end would look like because in essence, nobody truly knows exactly how it is going to play out. From what I’d learned to this point I knew that ultimately, it would be up to medicine, our devoted home care, and our Sora’s fierce spirit and with her family hospice team prepared, I felt empowered enough to walk with her all the way to the end. Stressing the importance of quality of life and enjoying each day to the fullest, the hospice caregivers’ mantra is, “be present.” But I did not have the benefit of really appreciating what that meant. In retrospect, I realize that my opportunity to be a ‘human BEing’ lost out to a ‘human DOing.’ The days were full and went by so quickly. I learned a lot about hospice caregiving, to be sure.

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(, whose accreditation ensures excellence in the profession. It’s reasonable to seek a second opinion at any point if you aren’t satisfied with your veterinarian’s ideas.

Although we tried our best, we are a small family on our own and over time, became physically and emotionally fatigued. In my determination to do it all, I realized only after Sora left our world that I had missed out on so many precious moments with her while in hospice. Now I support families with my lessons and those of so many others who have invited us on their journeys. With each lesson, I say a honored “thank you” to each beloved animal friend and to their families, too. Maya Angelou said, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

about the authors In 2010, Michelle co-founded the grassroots organization, AHELP Project, or the Animal Hospice, End of Life and Palliative Care Project. As AHELP’s Executive Director, Michelle’s passion is to empower families through tools, resources, counseling, and team leadership. Michelle realizes that people want the same care for their animal family members as they saw benefit through human hospice, and AHELP’s goal is to meet their needs through their non-profit programs. Learn more and join the AHELP community at Elizabeth has worked in the field of holistic vet medicine, the pet food industry, and animal hospice for the past ten years. She is author of three books on her life with animals and strives to assist and enrich animal caregivers on the endof-life journey with their companion animals. Elizabeth has been a volunteer with AHELP’s Caregiver Support Program since 2013. Previous page: Sora’s last trip to her favorite beach, with her favorite (soggy) toy. Above: After five months by her family in hospice care, Michelle gets her “last kiss” from Sora the day before she passed away in 2012. Spring 2016 • 35

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Whistler DogFest

April 2 • Kirkland, Wash. 3–6 p.m. at Northwest Cellars, 11909 124th Avenue, NE. CityDog Magazine will be taking over the tasting room at Northwest Cellars to sample award-winning wines, while unveiling our own private label. With each purchase, Northwest Cellars will donate $5 to our friends at Homeward Pet Adoption Center! So, join us to mix and mingle with fellow dog lovers, while sampling delicious wine. More information at

April 16 • Whistler, B.C. Noon–3:30 p.m. at Village Common. It’s a dog’s world. In Whistler, this rings especially true! Since 1998, Whistler dogs and their owners have turned out in droves to celebrate the doggone greatness of canines of all sizes and stripes. In awe-inspiring outfits and with personalities galore, the hundreds-strong Dog Parade leads the way for the following exhibitions, agility demonstrations and competitions. DogFest is a kid-friendly, petfriendly event. For more information, visit

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NW Pet & Companion Fair

April 2 • Snohomish, Wash 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Snohomish Library , 311 Maple Avenue.

April 9 & 23 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main.

April 23-24 • Portland, Ore. Saturday 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Portland Expo Center, Hall E, 2060 N Marine Drive. Includes a pet fashion show, flyball relay races, wine tasting and more. This is a free event and pets are welcome.

April 9 • Lake Stevens, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Lake Stevens Library, 1804 Main.

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April 5 & 19 • Redmond, Wash. . 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240.

April 11 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Aegis Living Marymoor, 4585 W Lake Sammamish Parkway. April 12 & 26 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th Street. April 16 • Tukwila, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 300 Andover Park West. April 16 • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Avenue West. April 23 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Monroe Public Library, 1070 Village Way.

PAWS Wild Night April 9 • Seattle, Wash. 6 p.m., cocktail hour and silent auction; 7:30 p.m., dinner, program and live auction at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th Street. Join 500 of Seattle’s most compassionate community leaders for a fun night of saving animals’ lives. Featuring an elegant cocktail hour, a gourmet, animal-friendly dinner and exciting live and silent auctions, this is one wild night you won’t want to miss. To purchase tickets, go to

April 22 • Spokane, Wash. 5:30 p.m. at the Red Lion, 303 W. North River Drive. The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has become the regional animal protection agency for the Spokane area. This fun event will help raise money for the over 11,000 animals that come to SCRAPS each year in need of shelter, food and care.

May Red Square Charity Car Show May 1 • Seattle, Wash. Noon–4 p.m. at University of Washington, NE 45th St. & 17th Ave NE. Cars, cars and more cars! Featuring a broad spectrum of high-end exotics, imports, tuners, classics and muscle. Your participation helps PAWS care for thousands of cats, dogs and wildlife each year.

Reading With Rover May 3 & 17 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240. May 7 & 21 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main. May 7 • Snohomish, Wash 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Snohomish Library , 311 Maple Avenue.

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May 9 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Aegis Living Marymoor, 4585 W Lake Sammamish Parkway. May 10 & 24 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th Street. May 14 • Lake Stevens, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Lake Stevens Library, 1804 Main. May 21 • Tukwila, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 300 Andover Park West. May 21 • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Avenue West. May 28 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Monroe Public Library, 1070 Village Way.

Canine and Wine May 7 • Zillah, Wash. 11 a.m. -6 p.m. at Cultura Wine, 3601 Highland Drive. Come meet adoptable dogs and find your perfect pairing! Already have a canine companion? Then bring your paws and taste for a cause, with delicious wine and gourmet hot dogs. Music, fun & games, doggie treats, and cooling pools! All tasting fees plus a portion of wine and lunch sales will go to Yakima Valley Pet Rescue.

Walk/Run for the Animals May 7 • Vancouver, Wash. 7:30-11 a.m. at Esther Short Park, 301 W. 8th St. It’s only three miles of walking and running but think of how much fun you will have with 1,000 other walkers/runners and 600 dogs, a pony and a turtle. After the walk/ run, enjoy the Party in the Park with booth after booth of vendors showcasing their business and organization. All proceeds go to

Tuxes & Tails May 7 • Bellevue, Wash. 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The annual Tuxes & Tails Gala is the Seattle Humane Society’s premier fundraising event. Every year, more than 900 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.

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Dog Days at Maryhill Winery

4th Annual K9 9K

May 14 & 15 • Goldendale, Wash. Noon4p.m. at 9774 HWY 14. Bring your best fourlegged friend to Maryhill Winery and receive a complimentary tasting. Throw a frisbee for Fido and romp and play. Top off the day with a glass of wine on the beautiful terrace. Donations will be accepted to support Home at Last and Dogs of the Gorge. For more information and additional dates in June and September, visit

May 21 • Bozeman, Mont. Bogert Park, just two blocks from Historic Downtown Main Street. There will be a 9K run and 9K walk as well as a one mile event. After the event, there will be a festival full of fun dog company vendors, canine demonstrations, raffles, prizes, food and more. facebook. com/bozemancanineclassic

Doggie Dash 2016 May 14 • Portland, Ore. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Come help the Oregon Humane Society turn Tom McCall Waterfront Park into one big block party for dogs and people for the Doggie Dash 2016. You can sign up to run with or without your dog in this 2.5-mile fun run/walk. Afterwards, enjoy live music, a pancake breakfast, contests, and more.

Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest May 20 & 21 • Newport, Ore. This dogfriendly 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 Rin-Tin-Tin, Lassie, Benjy and of course, festival namesake Brewer, Rogue’s resident black Lab who passed away in 2006. Proceeds from the event benefit the Oregon Coast Therapy Animals and the Central Coast Humane Society.

Fore the Animals Golf Tournament May 20 • Port Orchard, Wash. Kitsap Humane Society is hosting its third Fore the Animals Golf Tournament at Trophy Lake Golf and Casting. This popular event sold out last year, so purchase your tickets early. Your attendance directly benefits animals in need. The best part is you can bring your dog. Only one dog per foursome and it must be leashed. Or, just come for dinner and awards ceremony.

See Spot Run: 5K Run & Doggie Dash May 21 • Yakima, Wash. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Sherman Park next to the Yakima Humane Society. Join over 500 animal enthusiasts showing their support for homeless pets while enjoying the great outdoors — not to mention a bit of healthy fun. Bring your own furry friend(s) along, or walk one of our adoptable dogs. All levels of fitness and ability are welcome.

CityDog Cover Dog Model Search at Auburn’s Dog Trot & Petpalooza May 21 • Auburn, Wash. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at Game Farm Park, 3030 R St. SE. It’s a fun-filled day for pet lovers and their furry friends. The event kicks off with a Dog Trot 3K/5K Fun Run. The course is flat, easy and enjoyable for all ages. Petpalooza features an animal-related entertainment stage, Skyhoundz Disc Dog Championships, pony rides, pet contests, agility areas, a noon pet parade, over 150 vendor booths, giveaways and lots of activities to keep both humans and pets entertained. And, for the first time ever at Petpalooza, unleash your dog’s inner super model at the 11th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search. $10 registration fee goes to Auburn Valley Humane Society. For more information, visit

16th Annual OHS Pug Crawl May 22 • Portland, Ore. 1–4 p.m. at Portland Brewing Company Taproom, 2730 Northwest 31st Avenue. The highlight of the day is the Parade of Pugs, where, if past tradition holds, almost 100 costumed pugs will walk the runway and compete. The winner will be chosen based on the creativity and originality of his or her costume. You may come with or without a dog. All dog breeds are welcome to attend (leashes required). A $10 donation to the Oregon Humane Society is requested for admission.

June Reading With Rover June 4 • Snohomish, Wash 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Snohomish Library , 311 Maple Avenue. June 7 & 21 • Redmond, Wash. . 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240. June 11 & 25 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main. June 25 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Monroe Public Library, 1070 Village Way. For more dates, visit Spring 2016 • 37

Vashon Sheepdog Classic June 9 -12 • Vashon Island, Wash. Vashon Sheepdog Classice attracts people from all over the Northwest and the world who are inspired by the bucolic and beautiful setting, local fiber and fare, and the amazing world of the working sheepdog. It’s an undeniably magical event that steadily grows as a Puget Sound must-do for people drawn to food, travel and unique experiences. Thousands of dog lovers come to picnic on the hills of the Misty Isle Farms’ meadow and watch the dogs work over the fourday event. Attend for the day or stay the entire weekend. For more information, visit

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Seattle Amazing Pet Expo June 4 & 5 • Seattle, Wash. Seattle Pet Expo is 10 a.m.–6 p.m. at the Washington State Convention Center. Watch live demonstrations in agility, obedience training, pet care, and activism. Enjoy great giveaways and prizes, plus amazing discounts on your favorite pet products. And, if you’re looking to add a new pet to your family, a mega-adoption event will have more than 300 pets available for adoption. Free admission and pets are welcome, so bring your pooch and unleash their inner super model at the 11th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search. $10 registration fee goes to Old Dog Haven.

Furry 5K Fun Run & Walk June 12 • Seattle, Wash. 10 a.m. at Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd South. 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 come run or walk to help raise money to save animal lives.

9th Annual Pinot & Pups Wine Gala

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June 18 • Portland, Ore. at the Portland Art Museum. 5:30 p.m., reception, fine wine tasting, silent auction, raffles and adorable puppies. 7 p.m., gourmet dinner with fine wines, keynote speech and live auction. Celebrate the magic of guide dogs and the extraordinary wines of the Pacific Northwest. Event proceeds will be used to offset the costs of training students who are blind with their new guide dogs at the Oregon campus.

1st Annual Tofino Woof-fit MiniTriathlon for Dogs and Their People June 19 • Tofino, BC at Chesterman Beach. To support The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund, join up to 50 dog/human teams to walk, run, swim, wade, paddle and “yoga” your way in a mini-triathlon course, with up to 5 km of pure fun, plus food and frolic for all, including a special “Kids Zone!” More information at

July Marysville Poochapalooza July 9 • Marysville, Wash. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Strawberry Fields Athletic Park, 6100 152nd St. NE. Poochapalooza is Snohomish County’s largest dog event–it’s like a county fair for dogs, showcasing pooches at their best and brightest. Enjoy dozens of pet vendors, demonstrators contests, the fashions and rescues runway show, flyball, Running of the Wieners wiener dog races, dog dessert dash (new!) hosted by Pupcakes LLC, plus food, music and much more! $5+ suggested donation gets a goodie bag for the first 400 visitors; donations support M-DOG, the volunteer group that maintains Marysville’s Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-Leash Park.

Fancy Dog: Stylin’ Pups & Tasty Dogs July 11 • Seattle, Wash. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Olympic Sculpture Garden. Enjoy gourmet “fancy dogs” plus veggie and vegan eats, bow-wow photo booth, live music, adoptions from Seattle Humane’s MaxMobile, prizes for fanciest dog, goodie bags, and so much more! Proceeds benefit Seattle Humane.

Kirkland Uncorked and CityDog Cover Dog Model Search July 17 • Kirkland, Wash. Unleash your dog’s inner super model at the 11th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search. $10 registration fee goes to Homeward Pet Adoption Center. Make a day of it! After the model search, enjoy wine tasting in the dog-friendly wine garden plus tasty bites from the food trucks and cool products and services at the vendor booths. For more information about the CityDog Cover Dog Model Search, visit For information about Kirkland Uncorked, visit Be sure to check out, where you will find the most comprehensive calendar of canine events in the West!

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CityDog Magazine Spring 2016  

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

CityDog Magazine Spring 2016  

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