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Welcome to the summer issue of CityDog Magazine. This issue marks our third annual Travel+Adventure Guide featuring the best places to sit, stay and play with your pooch in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, we’ve explored hundreds of dog-friendly destinations, COOL from British Columbia to the STUFF Oregon Coast and pretty much SPECIAL for hot DOGS every where in between—hitting TRAVEL the road and logging countless ADVENTURE GUIDE miles to dig up the best places BEST DOG-FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS, HOTELS + MORE FOR YOU AND YOUR TRAVEL HOUND! to enjoy with our four-legged friends! For your adventure, starting on page 16, we’ve put together everything you need for a road trip with Rover, from our favorite kibble carrier to the best travel beds, car seat covers, toys, treats, and more! And, you can win it all simply by entering our Doggone Travel+Adventure Giveaway (turn to page 21 to learn more). SPECIAL TRAVEL+ADVENTURE GUIDE INSIDE

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rustic,” then you will enjoy the vintage vibe at this trailer park by the Pacific. That’s right, the Sou’ Wester is home to a variety of vintage Airstreams and trailers and most are dog friendly! Heading east, contributing writer Rebecca Sanchez explores the Methow Valley, starting with a visit to the dog-friendly Freestone Inn (page 25). South, April Choi visits the Oregon wine country and discovers some of her favorite dog-friendly tasting rooms (page 28). When it comes to the topic of travel, the information is endless and this issue only scratches the surface, so we continue the subject on our website at Simply click on Travel+Living and you will find a whole host of information including our Top 10 favorite beaches, canine-friendly campgrounds, luxury resorts, weekend getaways and much more.

Now that you have all of your gear, it’s time to hit the road and we’ve dug up some pretty awesome places, starting with the Sou’ Wester in Seaview, Wash (page 22). If you enjoy “unique, quaint and


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Ten-year-old, “tri-pawed” Gussy graces the cover (and models for us on page 19)! Gussy is the furry companion to our very own contributing photographer Julie Austin. In 2009, after witnessing Gussy be hit by a car near Monroe, Wash., Julie whisked her to the emergency vet. After tracking down the owners, they declined to have her treated, so Gussy became Julie’s forever friend. The accident caused some nerve damage to one of her legs, but she was still able to use it—however, after several years she began having complications with it, so now she’s a tripod. According to Julie, “She’s adjusted extremely well and is a super happy camper!”








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t The Odd Dog Co. A perfect combination between lightweight and durable, this collapsible travel bowl by The Odd Dog Co. will fit in a pocket with a snap closure or attach to a pack with a loop designed for a carabiner. $15.99 at etsy. com/shop/TheOddDogCo.

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Bust a Move q Whether it’s a Great Dane that pulls like a Mack truck or tiny Chihuahua who needs a lightweight harness, BUSTER has a collar, leash or harness with a design that lets them step out in style while maintaining their safety and security. The leash is constructed from heavy-duty polyester rope webbing with reflective stitching for better visibility on night time walks.

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Run with Rover p This running belt by Kurgo is perfect for hitting the trails with your hound. It comes equipped with two sliding leash clips for hands-free convenience, a zippered pouch with a small portal for poop bag or headphone access, and a water bottle for hydration. $35 at

Binge-Worthy and Tail-Wagging Toys u The American Classic plush toy collection by P.L.A.Y. is for the four-legged foodie in your life! Indulge your pup with a good ol’ juicy burger, drumstick, and hot dog with a side of fries. Wash all that greasy goodness down with a milkshake! Sold individually or as a set for $49.90 at

Tee Time u This unisex tee by James Paige Creations expresses what most dog lovers feel, “I just want to hang with my dog.”100% cotton and available in more colors. $18.99 at

Patriotic Pooches p Stylish, 100% waterproof and forever odor-free, Muck Dog Collars by Kurgo are the perfect solution for dogs who love to explore. The special flexible coating allows your dog to swim, roll and romp through the great outdoors, but doesn’t allow any of that outdoor dirt to get inside the collar and stink it up. When you’re done for the day, just run water over the collar and it comes clean in seconds. Available in three sizes for $15 at


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Customized Deluxe Click-n-Play Pack! u This Click & Play Package has everything you need to train your pet at any age! You can personalize with your pets name. The Click-n-Play Pack includes: 1 Rapid Rewards Pouch, 1 Flying Treat Tug Frisbee, 1 Banana, 2 Collapsible Bowls, 3 styles of Clickers, and 3 Wrist Coils. Includes gift wrapping or a Drawstring Backpack. $50.00 - Get $5 off YOUR Personalized Pack using coupon code: CITYDOG5 at or 12 • CityDog Magazine

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With so many places to explore in the Pacific Northwest, planning your road trip takes careful consideration. And, if you’re planning to hit the road with Rover, figuring out the best places to sit, stay and play as well as what to pack for your pooch can be a challenge. Well, have no fear, CityDog is here, with some product recommendations to make your trip not only fun with Fido, but also safe. And, speaking of fun, we are joined by Liz Dueweke and Adam Mertz from Seattle’s Q13 Fox News and their two pomeranians, Wolfie and Diggy, who help us and a few of our other four-legged friends, test some our favorite travel items. SAFETY FIRST. Whether your canine travel companion is 10 pounds or 100 pounds, buckling up is a must. For petite pooches, we recommend the Skybox Rear Booster Seat from Kurgo. It’s padded with low walls so it’s comfy, cozy and gives just enough of a boost for little ones to peek into the front seat or see out the window. The seat folds out in seconds, with a place to attach to your car’s seatbelt and a tether to attach to your dog’s harness. Speaking of harnesses, the Tru-Fit Smart Harness by Kurgo is crash-tested and designed as a dog safety harness, not a converted walking harness, so while the all-steel buckle system may seem complicated at first, it’s based on the engineering for harnesses used by rock climbers. There’s even a carabiner to attach the harness to your car’s seatbelt. Furthermore, the chest pad reduces stress on the trachea and sternum while dispersing kinetic energy across the chest of the dog—this is important during those rare, but dangerous impact crashes.

Top left: Wolfie enjoys West Paw’s Montana Nap Dog Mat. Top right: Liz Dueweke and Adam Mertz hit the road with their two pomeranians, Wolfie and Diggy. Above: The Orvis Dog Traveler’s Kit is packed with the essentials including Addiction’s Grain-Free Meaty Bites, Insect Shield’s insect repelling blanket and Tall Tails’ Fish Squeaker Toy. 16 • CityDog Magazine

PACK YOUR BAGS. We are in love with Orvis’ new Dog Traveler’s Kit (pictured on the left and next page) that features a rugged nylon canvas bag designed to pack all of your pooch’s essentials. The smart design features three polypropylenelined compartments and comes with a separate bag to store kibble such as Addiction’s Viva La Venison as well as travel food and water bowls. Pockets in the lid are perfect for treats plus leashes, small towels, or other travel accessories and the mesh side pocket is a great place to stash a water bottle—we particularly like the Canine Canteen (also by Orvis). It features a patented twist-top lid with a large-capacity drinking trough built right in to quickly quench your dog’s thirst. We also love the Dog on the Go travel kit that is pre-packed with everything you need for a day out with your dog including a collar, leash, scented bags with

SLEEP ON IT. For a peaceful slumber, Harry Barker’s Toile Print Bedroll (pictured above) combines style and comfort and comes with a matching strap for easy travel and storage. Diggy, who is a bit of a nervous Nellie, appreciates P.L.A.Y.’s Snuggle Bed (pictured on page 19). With dirt-resistant canvas on one side and luxurious faux fur on the other, this convertible burrow bed can be molded into a variety of shapes to match your dog’s need for security and comfort, especially when away from home. Wolfie, on the other hand, prefers West Paw’s Montana Nap Dog Mat (pictured on previous page). It’s light-weight so it travels easily, fitting perfectly in crates and the back seats of cars to keep upholstery clean and your pooch comfortable. For more rugged lounging, Ruffwear’s Highlands Bed (pictured on the right) is a packable, durable dog bed designed for comfort and insulation. Its lightweight synthetic insulation provides warmth and protection from hard, cold surfaces and compresses into a nifty stuff sack to attach

to your backpack for hikes into the backcountry with Fido. And, speaking of backpacks—dog backpacks, to be exact—the Baxter Pack by Kurgo is perfect for everyday use or backpacking adventures. Built strong to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, it has eight different adjustment Top: Hattie is ready to hit the road. Above: Adam and Diggy take points for a proper a break to peruse Best Hikes With Dogs: Western Washington. fit and includes a the flap pocket to reward your dog for good rear-mounted leash hook that works like a behavior, attach your Chuck-It to the builtharness for pups that need to be on a leash in strap for easy transport, store a water while on the trail. The ergonomic padded bottle in the side mesh pocket and a toy in spine support contours to your dog’s back the other—and best of all, quickly access a for a comfortable fit and provides weight baggy from the built-in poop bag dispenser. distribution for the two saddlebags to store all of your canine’s travel essentials. If your little one prefers to be carried If your furry friend prefers you do all of the heavy lifting, the On the Fly Jasper Swag Bag (see photo on next page) is one of the most convenient and unique dog walking bags we’ve seen in a long time. With lots of easy access pockets, you can stash your phone and keys in the front pocket for easy access, slide some treats in

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dispenser, treats, tennis ball, brush, lint rollers, water bowl, water bottle, wipes, hand sanitizer, microfiber cloth and mini containers for treats and/or medications. The layered travel bag keeps all of your canine’s accoutrements clean and organized.

or has difficulty walking, the hands-free, vet-approved carrier by K9 Sport Sack is easy to use and comfortable for both you and your little buddy. It can carry any pup up to 23 inches long and under 30 pounds. The forward-facing dog backpack features adjustable straps for the perfect fit, whether on a long hike or simply running errands. Summer 2017 • 17

Left: Pearl takes a drink from Ruffwear’s collapsible Bivy Bowl while relaxing on an Insect Shield travel blanket. Above: Liz wears Insect Shield’s Zip-Up Hoodie and Buff.

BUZZ OFF. Keep warm and repel insects at the same time with Insect Shield’s Zip-Up Hoodie and Buff (pictured above). Insect Shield technology converts clothing and gear into effective, long-lasting protection from mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies and chiggers—including those that can carry dangerous diseases such as Lyme, malaria, Zika and heartworm. Your pooch will appreciate the same protection from pesky bugs with Insect Shield’s Doggie Bandana (worn by Hattie on the next page) as well as the company’s super soft blankets, dog beds, car seat covers, and more. COVER UP. Protect your cargo area from dirt and dog hair with Orvis’ new Quilted Microfiber Cargo Protector (pictured on previous page). A non-slip backing keeps the protector in place, even as your dog jumps in and out of the vehicle. Streamlined handles wedge into the base of the folddown backseat to ensure an even more secure fit.

Top: Walks are made easier with an On the Fly Jasper Swag Bag. Above: Rinse your dog’s muddy Paws with Kurgo’s Mud Dog Travel Shower. 18 • CityDog Magazine

The Ruffwear Dirtbag Seat Cover (pictured on next page) is a durable, waterproof cover that shields vehicle seats from the remnants of dog adventures. The convertible design can be installed in a traditional or hammock configuration and maintains access to seatbelts. Secure attachments keep the cover in place, and non-slip fabric keeps dogs stable during the ride. It’s easy to fit and remove, cleans

with a shake, or is machine washable. The 55-inch width fits the backseat of most passenger vehicles. CLEAN UP CREW. After a summer of travel, your car will no doubt look like it’s traveled a thousand miles, whether you’ve made a hundred trips to the dog park or trekked cross-country and back. No worries, there is a product to give your wheels that “new car” look and smell. Kurgo’s Car Care Upholstery Cleaner (pictured on the next page) will wipe away the dirt, scuffs, and muddy paw prints. Combine that with Kurgo’s Car Care Odor Eliminator and remove stinky pet odors quickly and easily. Simply spray the air, rugs and upholstery around your pet and instantly enjoy the fresh scent of cucumber—best of all, both products are toxic free. Speaking of muddy paws, turn any plastic soda bottle into a portable shower! The Mud Dog Travel Shower by Kurgo (pictured on the left) simply screws onto most plastic bottles to create a quick, convenient shower to clean off a playful puppy or muddy gear after a romp on the trail. It fits standard soda bottles from 16 ounces to two liters. PLAY TIME. West Paw’s Zogoflex dog toys are designed for dogs with an intense play drive and love to be active on land, in the water, chasing, and fetching. They fly, bounce,

Left: Hattie sports an Insect Shield Dog Bandana while resting on Ruffwear’s Dirtbag Seat Cover. Right: Gussy cools off in Ruffwear’s Jet Stream cooling vest.

For a softer chew toy, we love Tall Tails’ Fish Squeaker Toy (pictured on page 16). Constructed of a plush-ribbed-polyester fabric, it will keep your best friend occupied, while the soft yet durable fabric stands up to hours and hours of playtime. TREAT TIME. For a tasty treat, Addiction’s Grain-Free Meaty Bites (pictured on page 16) come in four delicious flavors: free-range New Zealand beef, venison, brushtail or chicken and are ideal for training or just pampering your furry friend. STAY COOL. On hot, summer days, Ruffwear’s Jet Stream Cooling Vest (pictured on the right above) efficiently cools dogs through shading and evaporative cooling. The vest’s lightweight spandex provides shade over the back, while the three-layer evaporative cooling chest panel disperses heat from the dog’s core. To activate, simply soak the vest in water, wring it out, then zip on your dog, and go! And, speaking of water, keep your dog hydrated with Ruffwear’s collapsible Bivy Bowl (pictured on previous page). It’s ultra-light, with single-wall construction to keep the bowl simple and clean. Whether out for the day or on a crosscountry adventure with Rover, packing the right gear goes a long way to ensuring your journey together is as smooth as possible.

PRODUCT INFORMATION ADDICTION ( Viva la Venison; Grain-Free Meaty Bites KURGO ( Skybox Rear Booster Seat; Tru-Fit Smart Harness; Baxter Pack; Mud Dog Travel Shower; Car Care Upholstery Cleaner and Odor Eliminator

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float—and best of all recycle back into a new Zogoflex with West Paw’s recycling program.

RUFFWEAR ( Highlands Bed; Dirtbag Seat Cover; Jet Stream Cooling Vest; Bivy Bowl ORVIS ( Dog Traveler’s Kit; Quilted Microfiber Cargo Protector; Canine Canteen; Fish Squeaker Dog Toy WEST PAW ( Montana Nap Dog Mat Zogoflex Dog Toys P.L.A.Y. ( Snuggle Bed HARRY BARKER ( Toile Print Bedroll INSECT SHIELD ( Zip-Up Hoodie and Buff; Travel Blanket; Dog Bandana; Cargo Cover DOG ON THE GO ( JASPER SWAG BAG ( K9 SPORT PACK (

Top: Diggy finds comfort in a P.L.A.Y Snuggle Bed. Above: Keep your car clean with Kurgo’s Upholstery Cleaner. Summer 2017 • 19

7 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRIP VISIT THE VET. Pay a visit to your vet prior to any upcoming travel plans. You’ll want to do your best to prevent your pet from getting sick while in a different city, or even worse, a foreign country. Therefore, you’ll need to make sure your dog is healthy enough to travel with you before you leave to ensure that there will be no surprises while you are on the road with limited access to certain medical resources. Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date to guarantee it will be a safe and fun trip for both you and your furry friend. A healthy pet makes for the best travel buddy! DO YOUR RESEARCH. Look up the specific rules in each state you plan to visit prior to entering with your pet. It is important to come prepared, as each state has different rules and regulations. Some states require proof of vaccines and those vaccines may be different based on the state, while others have breed or size restrictions. IDENTIFICATION. Your dog should have an ID on them the entire time they are traveling, even if just hanging out in the car. When visiting your vet, make sure to have them scan your dog’s microchip and double check that your information is up to date. TEACH “WAIT.” The “wait” or “stay” command is a wonderful tool for getting out of the car. These commands can prevent your dog from bolting as soon as you open the car door. Simply tell your dog to “wait” and release them when you are ready. TEACH “TOUCH.” Every dog owner’s nightmare is when the dog takes off. I’m sure we can all admit that we have let our dogs off the hook a few times when they didn’t obey the “come” command. However, it’s important to make sure to always have your dog under control, while traveling. Try teaching him the “touch” command instead. This will teach him to touch your hand on cue in order to reset his recall. Therefore, if your dog tries to run off and you say “touch,” he is more likely to turn around and come back toward you. LEASH UP. No matter how well behaved or trained your dog is, use a leash! You are in a new environment that your dog is unfamiliar with and he might not listen to you as well as he usually does. You must also remember that you don’t know the other dogs or people in the area to trust your dog off-leash around them. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. Go on mini trips with your dog, such as trips to the store, a park or just on drives around town. This will not only help them adapt to the car environment, but it will also make them more comfortable with staying there for longer periods of time. Additionally, it will give you an idea of how your dog will act in that setting, allowing you to 20 • CityDog Magazine


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So, what is “glamping,” exactly? Urban Dictionary defines it as “Glamorous camping that satisfies your craving for the outdoors, but serves your penchant for a good meal, nice glass of wine, and a comfortable bed.” We like the sounds of that and wouldn’t you know, there is a whole website dedicated entirely to glamping—Glamping with Pets to be exact. We couldn’t resist a look around their website and after a quick search discovered the Sou’wester in Seaview, Wash. The Sou’wester isn’t as much glamorous, as it is quaint, with a hodgepodge of cute, little cabins, vintage travel trailers, a lodge built in 1892, and about 20 campsites and RV hook-ups. Rolling into the parking lot after the three-hour drive from Seattle, it feels like stepping back in time—the time of my childhood. As we stroll into the lodge to check-in, Cat Stevens is playing on the record player (it’s all vinyl at the Sou’wester). There’s not a TV in sight or phones ringing off the hook; there’s no hustle, no bustle—just a laid back vibe. Dare I say, “Groovy?” After a quick run-down of the facilities (we’ll get to that in a bit), the friendly receptionist points us toward our home-away-from-home for the night—the socalled Spartan Mansion. In trailer terms, I suppose it is a mansion, with a kitchen, private bedroom with a double bed, tiny bathroom, living room plus a “second bedroom” (a.k.a. two single bunk beds). It’s cozy with two adults and two dogs, but totally comfortable and the décor is a mix of 1950s kitch. There’s even another record player—this one with Hank Williams on the turntable.

Top left and right: Ziggy enjoys some off-leash time at the beach; Thya finds herself right at home in one of the Sou’wester’s vintage trailers. Above: Enjoy a game of Scrabble on the giant Scrabble board at Westport Winery. 22 • CityDog Magazine

Once situated, we head out to explore the grounds. Our first stop is at the Thrifty—a vintage camper with a tiny thrift store inside. Everything is on the honor system, so after we find a few items to purchase, we head back to the lodge to pay for what we owe ($5 for a Patagonia, pullover jacket and two pairs of earings). At the lodge, there is small general store, with various sundries such as locally-made soaps and essential oils, handcrafted jewelry and artwork plus snacks, sodas, beer and wine. The store is also on the honor system, so once you’re ready to pay, write down what you purchased on piece of paper, slip it an your cash in the provided envelope and deposit it through the mail slot. Back out to explore, we wander past the Mamook Spa, located in a renovated 1954 Boles Aero camper. Services include therapeutic massage and bodywork

plus guests can participate in meditation, community gatherings, wellness workshops, and more in the adjacent Pavilion. Also located nearby is the Finnish Sauna and Garden Spa. The dry sauna is built out of clear western cedar, with hand-milled Port Orford Cedar benches. The garden spa features a gorgeous changing and showering room plus an outdoor clawfoot tub for cooling off. Even though we are here in early spring after one of the wettest winters in history, the grounds are beautiful and lucky for us, it’s not raining—so, what do we do? We grab one of the Sou’wester’s vintage bikes and head to the beach! It’s only about a block away, so we enjoy a short ride, while the dogs trot alongside. Once at the Pacific, the waves are crashing and the dogs are in heaven, frolicking in the surf and racing as fast as they can along the wide open beach that stretches for miles. It’s worth noting that leash laws are not typically enforced on the beach, provided dogs are controlled and well-behaved.

Following our frolic at the beach, our bellies are grumbling, so we head to the Pickled Fish, located on the top floor of the Adrift Hotel in nearby Long Beach. Overlooking the ocean. the ambience is cool, with candles in mason jars to light the tables, a chalkboard wall highlighting the week’s live music, and a menu that is divine. From crab mac ‘n cheese to wood fired pizzas, there is a little something for everyone. I go for the PF Burger, made with local grass fed natural beef, applewood smoked bacon, Tillamook white cheddar, dill pickles, mayonnaise and shredded iceberg, with a side of organic fries. If you’re thirsty, be sure to ask about their Cocktail for a Cause, with 50% of the proceeds going to a local cause.

Clockwise from top: The Sou’wester features a fleet of vintage travel trailers available for nightly rentals; it’s all vintage including the music at the Sou’wester; the Spartan Mansion features a kitchen, bathroom with tub and shower, bedroom with double bed, second “bedroom” with two single bunk beds and a living room, with seating area. Summer 2017 • 23

the Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals. The winery also features a lovely restaurant and small general store where you can pick up locally-made cheeses and crackers to pair with your purchase. If, after reading this, you are inspired to try this thing crazy thing called “glamping,” then visit the Glamping With Pets website, where you can search by type (tree house, yurt, tent, camper, and more) and destination, with locations throughout Washington and Oregon—actually, the country, for that matter—so get started on your glamping adventure today at

MORE INFORMATION After dinner, we head back to the Sou’wester for a glass of wine and a campfire in the provided firepit outside our trailer (be sure to bring your own firewood). The next day, as we head back to Seattle, we take the scenic route on Hwy 105 and swing into Westport Winery, Washington’s only, coastal winery. Dogs are not just welcome here, they are encouraged. There’s even an off-leash, fully-fenced play area. Humans can play too, with a giant Scrabble board and chessboard (see above), horse

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shoe pit and miniature golf. We sample a few wines in the lovely outdoor seating area and garden. The winery is open daily to sample over thirty wines and hard ciders including classic reds, elegant whites, popular fruit blends, tantalizing sparklers, and decadent dessert wines, which have earned over 300 medals in international wine competitions. My favorite is the Jetty Cat Red, a blend of cab franc, cab Sauv, syrah, merlot and malbec. Each purchase of the $28 bottle benefits

Sou’wester Lodge 3728 J Place, Seaview, Wash. 360.642.2542; Trailer rates range from $83 to $193/night. Pickled Fish 409 Sid Snyder Drive, Long Beach, Wash. 360.642.2344; Westport Winery 1 South Arbor Road, Aberdeen, Wash. 360.648-2224; Play a game of chess on the giant chessboard at Westport Winery.





Follow highway 20 east through Washington state’s North Cascades mountain range, and you’ll descend a scenic and winding road that courses through the Methow Valley. Truly, with it’s breath taking natural beauty, unlike any place you’ve ever seen. Statuesque pine trees follow the route made by the mighty Methow River, and the 200 kilometer long trail system awaits your summer time biking, horseback riding, hiking, rock-climbing and fishing adventures. Make sure to pack your gear and everything you’ll need for your pup, as this place is dog friendly—really dog friendly. Decline through the rocky, jutted mountains and you’ll settle into the lush valley where you’ll find yourself in a little town called Mazama. Blink and you’ll miss it. So try not to blink or you’ll drive past the majestic, timber-framed lodge known as Freestone Inn. The main building at Freestone houses luxury suites, and there are 15 rustic, yet stylish cabins scattered throughout the lodge’s pine tree lined roads. Leash up Fido and meander one of the trails to the main lodge where you and your pup can enjoy award winning food al fresco style. Dogs are welcome at the lodge’s Sandy Butte Bistro & Bar’s spacious outdoor patio with its magnificent and sweeping view of mountains. Don’t forget a towel for your pup, who will most definitely want to take a dip in the one-acre lake just steps away from restaurant. “Dogs love to swim in our lake,” says Jojo Howard of Freestone Inn, “that, and chase the squirrels!”

Top left and right: Hanging out on the porch of the Freestone Inn; a selection of sweets at Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe in Winthrop. Above: Downtown Winthrop harkens back to the pioneer days of the Old West.

Research the area before you take the drive over to the Methow Valley, where there are a number of dog-friendly hotels and cabins available for rent. Freestone Inn is a favorite due to how they welcome pups as a part of the family, with fresh water bowls and special order pup meals available, the staff warmly encourages guests and their dogs to join in exploring the grounds, trails, and many of the lodge’s amenities together. Wherever you decide to rest your head at night, make sure to get a good night’s sleep because big morning adventure awaits you in this jewel of a small mountain town. Wake rested, leash up your pooch and head out on a hike on one of the many dog-friendly routes on the Methow Trails. Made up of connected landscapes, the trails run the gamut from flat, leisurely strolls to multi-day hike-in and hike-out Summer 2017 • 25

Just make sure the river is calm and you and your dog wear floatation devices. If fishing is your thing, know the rules of the river, cast away and soon you and your pup will be dining on some of the best catch in the Pacific Northwest. Whatever your outdoor pleasure, the Methow Valley has it in spades, including photography. You certainly don’t Top: One of several view points along Hwy 20 to Winthrop. Above: Play time at the lake on the Freestone Inn property. want to miss all of the fun selfie moments with you and your fuzzy options and everything in-between. Many best friend. routes are wheel-chair accessible, and often times you’ll pass mountain bike riders, horseback riders, and birders trying to get a glimpse of the hundred of species of birds who frequent the area. Make sure to bring water and treats for both you and your dog, and if you forgot them, never fear just swing in to the dogfriendly Mazama Store, where you can get ‘a little bit of everything good.’ If you’d rather take your pup for a river rafting ride, you can do that too, there are a number of rafting companies in the area. 26 • CityDog Magazine

When you get hungry and need a little break, drive east toward the cowboythemed town of Winthrop. A relatively new restaurant addition to the area, the Methow Valley Ciderhouse is waiting to serve you and your pup. The Methow Valley Ciderhouse has room for 50 people on their dog-friendly deck and will add seating for another 100 this summer, as well as an outdoor dance floor, a bocce ball court and other outdoor games. “We cater to families and offer local artisan sausages, a kid friendly menu, with vegan and gluten

free options,” says Lynne Wasson, owner of the Methow Valley Ciderhouse. “We have seven ciders on tap, plus five beers and offer wine, and free dog training advice since I am one of two resident dog trainers in the Methow Valley.” While in Winthrop, walk the old wooden boardwalks and window shop—you can find everything from Western memorabilia, colorful textiles, pottery, wood and blown glass, to fashionable attire and sporting goods. You and your pup can even take a themed photo at Miss Kitty’s Old Time Photo Parlor. Be sure to stop into Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe join fellow dog peeps on the expansive outdoor deck, with tables and a fresh water station for the dogs, a pee wee golf course, and best of all, an ice cream stand. Order up a scoop of your favorite ice cream and be sure to buy one Sheri’s Milk Bone treats dipped in doggy-safe white chocolate for your pooch. After your treats, meander over to the nearby park situated at the edge of the Methow River to cool off and watch as paddle boarders and rafters float by. The park is located next to The Barn, a community center for meetings, dances and events. If you feel like heading a little further on Highway 20 you can drive the 20 minutes to Twisp, where you can visit the dog-friendly

Taking in the majestic waterfall at Falls Creek Trail, 15 minutes from Winthrop.

TwispWorks campus and experience a lovely incubation of local artisans, craftspeople and producers creating Methow made goods. When you are out in nature, taking in all of its glory like the kind the Methow Valley area offers, it doesn’t really matter what the day holds in store for you. All that really counts is that you have your fuzzy best friend by your side. So go out and explore the beauty of the area, and when you have had your fill and need a cool dip, spread a blanket out on a shady spot along the river bank, and make time for you and your pup to enjoy a refreshing dip in the crisp, clear Methow River. Your dog will love it!

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MORE INFORMATION Freestone Inn 31 Early Winters Drive, Mazama. 509.996.3906; The Mazama Store 50 Lost River Road, Mazama 509.996.2855; Methow Valley Ciderhouse 28 State Hwy 20, Winthrop 509.341.4354; Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe 207 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop 509.996.3834; TwispWorks 502 South Glover Street, Twisp, Wash. 509.997.3300; Methow Valley Sport Trails Association 509.996.3287;

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Oregon is known for its wine and love of dogs, so what could be more natural than taking your dog on a three-day road trip to dog-friendly wineries? Your pup can’t be your designated driver, but you’ll still enjoy sipping a glass of wine gazing out at the exquisite landscape with them at your side. So with yorkie/maltese pup Nandi, we set off to explore Oregon wine country. Known for its pinot noir, the Willamette Valley was named 2016 Wine Region of the Year award by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Over two-thirds of Oregon’s wineries and vineyards are in this region, totaling nearly 500. Other cool-climate varietals grown here include pinot gris, pinot blanc, chardonnay, riesling and gewürztraminer. We spend the night at the Best Western Plus Rivershore Hotel in Oregon City, so as not to battle Portland’s rush hour traffic, and breakfast at its Rivershore Restaurant, which looks out on fishing boats floating by on the Willamette River. We go for a quick walk on the riverfront path behind the hotel to burn off some energy before the day’s activities. Then it’s a short hop to our next destination: the nearby marina for an morning kayak trip.

Top from left: Sam Drevo of eNRG Kayaking leads a kayaking tour with his dog, Mojo; Whiskey Hill Winery’s 15 Rosé is made entirely with grapes from their farm. Above: Dogs are welcome at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.

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After a quick safety and paddling lesson from Sam Drevo of eNRG Kayaking, we’re off in a tandem kayak on our guided tour of Willamette Falls and other river landmarks. Human gear is provided, but don’t forget to bring a life jacket for the dog. It’s Nandi’s first time kayaking and he has some serious doubts about embarking on this watery adventure. Mainly, he doesn’t want to get wet. By the end of the journey, he’s confident enough to perch on the bow of the kayak and tell off the barking sea lions on the dock. Drevo’s golden mix, Mojo, who’s joined us for the trip, has seen it all before and barely lifts his head up from resting on the kayak. As Drevo dispenses historical tidbits about the river, Oregon City and the paper mill, we catch glimpses of sturgeon jumping out of the water and ospreys circling overhead. Drevo recommends kayaking only for small and medium-sized dogs. Bigger dogs run the risk of tipping the kayak over. After the 90-minute tour, we head to the dog-friendly covered patio at McMenamins Old Church & Pub in Wilsonville for lunch. They serve Northweststyle pub fare with locally and regionally-sourced ingredients. Their Cajun tots come highly recommended.

Next, we drive out to family-run Whiskey Hill Winery in Canby and try the white pinot noir for which they’re known. The winery has its origins in a land-use technicality. Their farm couldn’t get a permit to host events—but a winery with 15 acres of pinot noir grapes could. Winemaker Chris Helbling’s background is in exercise science, but he’s delved into the art of wine making. Dogs aren’t allowed in the tasting room but are welcome at the covered, outdoor patio. We next arrive at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, barely ahead of a rainstorm. We’ve caught the end of the tulip season, but there are still plenty of blooms. After strolling the tulip fields and admiring the bright spots of color, we make our way to the tasting room. Despite having made several prior visits to the farm, I had never noticed it. Admission to the tulip festival held here each spring includes two free tastes of wine. Their sparkling blush moscato has won awards, but it’s the Marechal Foch that tasting room worker Gina introduces to visitors as her “tall, dark and handsome” boyfriend. The farm also offers tours on a wine wagon that dogs can join. Leashed dogs are welcome in the indoor tasting room as well as the tulip

fields. The farm occasionally hosts fundraisers and other events for dog rescues, as well. When we pull into the Willamette Valley Vineyards parking lot later in the afternoon, it’s still drizzling in Turner, but that doesn’t detract from the stunning views from their pinot deck. On a sunnier day, their lush lawn would make the perfect place for a picnic with your pup. Gourmet Nandi approves of the tiny bites of Anderson Ranch lamb loin chop he is awarded for sitting patiently through dinner. We end the meal with rich creamy vanilla crème brûlée in mason jars. Once we’re checked in at the Phoenix Inn and Suites in Albany for the night, Nandi takes full advantage of the suite accommodations by scattering his toys across the floor. First on the next day’s agenda is McDowell Creek Falls County Park in Lebanon. The Falls Loop hike is an easy outing offering an array of waterfalls. It’s

still early enough in the season that the falls are a steady column of water instead of a trickle. At one point, we had to find another route due to a downed tree, but we still managed to view all the waterfalls. Once we’re at Springhill Cellars in Albany, we gather on the patio to eat box lunches and discuss winery life and Top: Lucy, a lab-mix, by the covered bridge at the Harris Bridge Vineyard. Above: Nandi can’t wait to try the lamb chop at Willamette Valley Vineyards. Summer 2017 • 29

Nathan Warren and Amanda Sever own Harris Bridge Vineyard in Philomath, which specializes in dessert wines, aperitifs and vermouth made with pinot gris and pinot noir grapes. Drinks made for the end of a long day. Their wine club is called Ivy’s Axe, so named after a town prohibitionist in the 1900s who chopped up illicit moonshine barrels with her axe. Some of the bottles come with short stories written by the former resident vineyard writer. The vineyard dog, Cork, a twoyear-old Chihuahua, accompanies us on a leisurely stroll around the vineyard that takes you over the covered bridge, past the river and summer swimming hole and to a place to picnic under the oak trees. It’s a gathering spot for the community, and neighbors were coming over later to play soccer on the grass. Dogs are allowed on the covered, outdoor patio as well as the indoor tasting room.

production with Conner McLain, vice president of operations and sales. The family-run winery’s best-seller is their Mer Vin pinot noir, named after McLain’s grandfather. On a tour of the grounds, we visit with the chickens in their newly-built coop with Nandi at a safe distance. We’re shown around the tasting room, event space and see where the wine is made. We’re offered samples straight from the barrel, which is a novel experience. The indoor tasting room at Springhill Cellars is dog-friendly, as is the patio. The winery has won numerous awards for its pinot noir, which we tasted, and puts a premium on being eco-friendly and sustainable by dry farming (not using an irrigation system) and planting cover crops. Top: Royal Terrace Falls is a 119-foot waterfall in McDowell Creek Falls County Park. Above: Nandi fits in the wooden shoes with room to spare at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. 30 • CityDog Magazine

On a sunny weekday night at Block 15 Brewery and Tap Room in Corvallis, tables are packed and menu items are rapidly crossed off as the kitchen runs out. The chipotle tri-tip sandwich I’ve chosen is still a safe option, but the pulled pork is not. Block 15 offers a variety of craft styles including ale, lagers, stouts, and wilds and sours. After a day of wine tasting, most of our table sticks to house-made root beer. Dogs are allowed on the patio. Afterward, we watch the sunset from the riverfront walking path behind the Holiday Inn Express and help ourselves to freshly baked cookies and milk set out daily for people with late night snack cravings. In the morning, a walk on the riverfront leads us to Tried & True Coffee in downtown Corvallis. They serve coffee from their sibling company, Bespoken Coffee Roasters, and lattes here are artfully poured. Dogs are allowed on the outdoor patio if you can find a spot, but there are only three small tables. Returning to the nearby riverwalk offers more seating options. The next stop is Peavy Arboretum, which is operated by Oregon State University and free to the public. Dogs are allowed to be off leash if under voice control. It’s a shared forest, so watch out for logging trucks, cyclists, horses and wildlife. The shade is welcome on one of the first truly hot days of the year, and Nandi thoroughly enjoys inspecting all the smells.

Above: Lucy at the Harris Bridge Vineyard, which specializes in dessert wines, aperitifs and vermouth. Left: Be sure to visit the chickens in their newly-built coop at Springhill Cellars in Albany.

If you’re looking for a special meal, Gathering Together Farm’s Farmstand in Philomath is a cozy farm-to-table restaurant focused on highlighting its produce. The 50-acre farm grows over 50 different types of vegetables. Featuring Italian peasant cuisine, the seasonal menu changes often. Dogs are not allowed indoors or in the patio, so find a reliable pet sitter if you wish to partake. This day is too warm for their otherwise tempting fresh-out-of-the-oven pizza, so I shared a crisp salad and duck confit and then hustled back to the pup. On the three-day whirlwind tour of Oregon wine country, we met many winemakers ardent about their craft and sampled their wares. We wouldn’t run into them elsewhere, as many of the small wineries only sell out of their tasting room. Along the way, we had some outdoor adventures and visited local attractions. Nandi found bliss in rolling in the grass several times in each vineyard and winery we visited. If you’re thinking about planning a dog-friendly winery trip in Oregon wine country with your pup, don’t hesitate. To see more photos from our Oregon wine country adventure, visit

More Information Best Western Plus Rivershore Hotel 1900 Clackamette Drive, Oregon City 503.655.7141; Up to two dogs in a room; size limit for a dog is 80 pounds. Pet rate is $10 per day, with a $100 per week maximum. eNRG Kayaking 1701 Clackamette Drive, Oregon City 503.772.1122; Wilsonville Old Church & Pub 30340 S.W. Boones Ferry Road, Wilsonville 503.427.2500; Whiskey Hill Winery 29510 S Barlow Rod, Canby 503.974.7143; Wooden Shoe Vineyards 33814 S Meridian Road; Woodburn 503.634.2243; Willamette Valley Vineyards 8800 Enchanted Way SE, Turner 503.588.9463; Phoenix Inn and Suites 3410 Spicer Drive SE, Albany 541.926.5696;

McDowell Creek County Park 43170 McDowell Creek Drive, Lebanon Springhill Cellars 2920 NW Scenic Drive, Albany 541.928.1009; Cardwell Hill Winery 24241 Cardwell Hill Drive, Philomath 541.929.9463; Harris Bridge Vineyard 22937 Harris Road, Philomath 541.929.3053; Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room 3415 SW Deschutes Street, Corvallis 541-752.BEER; Holiday Inn Express On the River 781 NE 2nd Street, Corvallis 800.340.4291; Dogs are allowed in designated first-floor rooms for $25 per night, plus tax. Tried & True Coffee 160 SW Madison Avenue, Corvallis 503.510.7010; Gathering Together Farm 25159 Grange Hall Road, Philomath 541.929.4270; Summer 2017 • 31





You’ve been home for less than ten minutes and he’s already managed to pee on the carpet, knock over the garbage, destroy your favorite pair of shoes and now he’s looking for another belly rub! Your new furry friend comes with a lot of responsibility and commitment that you didn’t necessarily think about amidst the excitement at the shelter. When I first brought my puppy home from the shelter, all I wanted to do was curl up in bed and snuggle with him. He was scared and confused in this new and unfamiliar environment and my number one priority was to comfort him. I knew that the first week, even the first day, was a crucial time for our relationship and in order for us to have a successful life, we had to start off on the right paw.

BEFORE YOU BRING HIM HOME Pet-proof your house. Make sure you’re ready for your new dog by petproofing your house. Dogs can be very curious and oftentimes get themselves into things they shouldn’t. Put your shoes away, keep the garbage out of reach and hide anything that you think your new dog might want to chew on; for example, wires, wrappers, kid’s toys, etc. It’s important that you are extra cautious until your dog is comfortable in his or her new home. Be the boss. Establish rules on day one and make sure everyone in the house is on board with them. It can be extremely helpful to write down these “doggy rules” so your family members don’t forget. Some rules to take into consideration are whether or not the dog is allowed on the furniture, in your beds, who will feed the dog, how often and who is responsible for taking the dog out to potty, go on walks, etc.

Top: Gypsy, a purebred Siberian husky was adopted to into her forever home. Above: After 21 races, Cody was transferred to a shelter and fortunately adopted. 32 • CityDog Magazine

Educate yourself. Before you bring your dog home, start doing research on behaviors to expect and perhaps hiring a trainer. You don’t want to get yourself into a situation and not know what to do – you want to be prepared. Especially for first-time pet owners, there will be tons of questions and concerns. It’s important to know you can go somewhere to ask unlimited

Photos by Traer Scott, published by Princeton Architectural Press 2015

questions and learn some helpful training tips and techniques on dog behavior every step of the way. Visit, a video-driven website devoted to delivering bite-sized tips and techniques that aim to provide insight for aspiring pet owners.

in an upset tummy or diarrhea. Sometimes potty training will regress and accidents can take place more frequently. It’s important to remember not to get upset. Start from square one by making sure to let him out and praise him when he is going outside.


Do not force it. As tough as it is to keep from snuggling your new pup, make sure you don’t force him. Remember you’re still a stranger to him. Instead, wait until he is comfortable to come to you. Prepare a cozy bed next to you or pat the sofa to encourage him to join you (only if you’re allowing him on the furniture). Try using high pitched voices and tons of treats to help make your dog feel happy and comfortable.

Your furry friend is coming into your home with a history there’s a good chance you don’t know every detail of it. Whether he was a stray, or left at the shelter by his previous family, your dog has grown accustomed to the shelter routine. Wrapping his head around being in a new environment with strangers can be extremely overwhelming for him. Some dogs might take a couple of days to adjust to their new home, while others can take months to truly come out of their shell. Expect to wait about 6 months until your dog is fully comfortable and is ready to show you his true personality. Don’t be discouraged. Your new furry family member might not adore you as much as you adore him right away. He might even hide or try to avoid interactions with you. Give him space if he needs it and be there for him when he is ready to interact. Be patient. When you first bring your fur child home, he might be stressed by the amount of change taking place, resulting

Positive reinforcements. Carry a treat bag with you around the house. Since you don’t know what your dog is afraid of just yet, be prepared to treat and praise him when a noisy garbage truck rolls by or when the vacuum comes out.

GETTING USED TO A NEW HOME Feeding time. Before leaving the shelter, find out what your new fur baby is being fed, how much and how often. You want to continue to carry out this routine when you go home so that your dog will not have an upset tummy. If you’re looking to switch to a different brand, slowly switch the

food over after the first week. Talk to your veterinarian about the proper way to do so. Routines. The first week is going to determine your routine for the rest of your dog’s life. If you are allowing your dog to wake you up in the morning with crying or licking, he will continue doing that. If you allow him up on the furniture one time, get ready to allow it every time. This also goes for begging and eating off your plate. Be consistent with your dog, encourage the right behavior and reward him each time he does it. Training. Do not focus on teaching your dog to sit, lay down or learn any fancy tricks right away. Your biggest focus needs to be on setting and maintaining good habits. Focus primarily on teaching your dog the rules of the house. You can teach tricks at any age at any time. However, if you miss a habit or a rule, that can be very hard to undo later. Alone time. Do not leave your dog unsupervised until he learns exactly what is off limits in your home. You do not want him to develop unwanted habits while you are not paying attention, such as chewing on your shoes, jumping on the counters or scratching the furniture. Above from left: Molly, a senior, found a loving home with people who adore her; the handsome and stoic Nanook, adopted to a wonderful home. Summer 2017 • 33

environment and the changes taking place, so it’s important to try to make the transition as smooth as possible. When you do bring the dog home, have everyone meet him outside and go for a walk. It’s crucial to avoid hugging, loud noises and too much excitement. When bringing him inside the house for the first time, let him wander around to take in his surroundings without following him so he doesn’t feel too overwhelmed. Explain to your children that there is an adjustment period when bringing home a new dog, therefore they might be scared and not ready to play right away. Encourage them to be a part of this by being patient. Socialization. The first week is not a good time to have your dog meet your extended family or your entire circle of friends. Wait until the following weeks and do it slowly. Some dogs can become alarmed and overwhelmed when meeting too many strangers, especially in a very new and unfamiliar environment. Enforce schedules. Follow a strict schedule for feeding, potty training and play/exercise. Dogs love routines and rules. In fact, it can help them adjust faster if they know what to expect and when to expect it. The past. Odds are your dog has experienced something in his past that has made him nervous around new people and different objects. During the first week, move a little slower. If he was hit in the past, a quickly raised hand can scare him and make him react. Give him a lot of treats and praise to help make him feel more comfortable.

PREPPING THE KIDS Your furry friend will already be anxious and uncomfortable with the new

Make sure your children are aware of the rules you want to set for your new pup and that they are ready to follow them on day one. Do not leave your children alone with your new dog for the first six months. This is a critical time and you want to avoid anything happening between your dog and your children that could potentially form a negative association. Remember, accidents do happen and you want to be there in the event that they do. Set up a safe place for your dog that is off limits to your children. This can give him the proper alone time he needs if and when he is ever feeling overwhelmed.

OTHER FURRY FAMILY MEMBERS Remember, not only will your new pet be going through an adjustment period, but your current pets will be going through a transition as well. It can be hard for them to share your attention and love with a new dog. Keep your new dog in a crate and let your other animals sniff him through it. It’s important to wait to introduce them to each


shelter dogs and their stories

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other until all of your pets are relaxed and in a comfortable setting. Put your new dog on a leash when he leaves the crate for the first time. Keep all introductions short with plenty of rewards for both pets, as to not overwhelm them. Do not change the resident pet’s daily routine. It’s important to show them that adding a new furry family member will not change everything. Do not leave the pets alone together for about two to three months. Listen to your pets and learn how to read their body language. It’s crucial to be able to recognize when one of them is becoming frightened or uncomfortable and needs space from the other dog. Continue to show your current dog that they are still loved with tons of treats, cuddles and attention. Introduce your resident pup to your new one before you bring him home. Many shelters and rescues will have you bring your current dog(s) in so that they can help you have a proper meet and greet. This way, you can see how the dogs interact with each other before their living situations change. Give them space inside your living space to figure out their own thing. Do not force them to be together. Feed them both by hand next to each other if you can. One kibble at a time to each dog with lots of praise. You can also do this with treats.

WHAT IF IT IS NOT WORKING OUT? If things are just not working out, do not consider it a failure. Reach out to the shelter or rescue to see if they have any suggestions to help you with training, behavior or adjustment. Adopting a dog is a great experience and it’s important to remember that it’s a process that involves a lot of responsibility and commitment. Take your time, stick to the rules and you will be successful. Top left: Flynn, a large, playful pit bull/ Lab mix, was found as a stray and after a few months at the shelter, was adopted.

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July Reading with Rover July 1 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Snohomish Library , 311 Maple Avenue July 2 • Mill Creek, Wash. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at University Bookstore, 15311 Main St July 4 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 July 8 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main. July 8 • Lake Stevens, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Lake Stevens Library, 1804 Main. July 9 • Bothell, Wash. 1:30-2:30 at Bothell Public Library, 18215 98th Ave NE July 13 • Sammamish, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave SE July 18 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 July 19 • Pacific, Wash. 6 p.m.–7 p.m. at Algona/Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Rd. July 22 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main. July 22 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Monroe Public Library, 1070 Village Way.

Amica Insurance Outdoor Movies July 6 - August 24 • Seattle, Wash. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. and movies start at dusk. Amica Movies at Magnuson Park has a blockbuster line-up of films and activities presented by Seattle Children’s Hospital, starting with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on July 6 and ending with The Princess Bride on August 24. Movies are shown on a 40-foot inflatable movie screen. All events are “bring your own seating,” dog friendly and smoke free. Event entry is $5 per person, five and under is free. Free parking.

Marysville Poochapalooza July 8 • Marysville, Wash. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Asbery Field at Totem Middle School, 4th & Alder, 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, Running of the Wieners wiener dog races, pie eating contest hosted by Dining Dog Café and Bakery, plus food, music and much more! $5+ suggested donation gets a goodie bag for the first 400 visitors; donations support 36 • CityDog Magazine

M-DOG, the volunteer group that maintains Marysville’s Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-Leash Park.

Roslyn Canine Festival July 7-9 • Roslyn, Wash. at Runje Field. This year’s event features dock-diving, a beer garden, vendor fair and other activities. Visit for more info.

Mill Creek Festival July 8-9 • Mill Creek, Wash. 11 a.m.– p.m. at Mill Creek Blvd. and 164th St. This is a free two-day festival featuring Commercial Booths, Local Art Booths, 3 stages of Live Entertainment, Food Court, Beer and Wine Garden, Kids’ Rides, Kid’s Plaza and Pet Plaza!

PetsWALK July 15 • Poulsbo, Wash. 7 a.m.–1 p.m. This 5K charity walk/run to raise money for PAWS starts at 9 a.m. with a bustling vendor fair, talent contest and costume contest to follow. There is also a kid’s dash and agility course to try with your canine friends. Register early and start fundraising.

Kirkland Uncorked July 16 • Kirkland, Wash. Unleash your dog’s inner super model at the 12th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search. Register your furry, four-legged super model at the CityDog booth; dogs “walk the catwalk” promptly at 1 p.m. $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.

Bow Wow Meow Luau July 16 • Redmond, Wash. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at Marymoor Park. Looking for for fun, food and furry friends? Look no further! This huge adoption event will have all that and more! Join Pawsitive Alliance and several animal rescue groups from all around Washington at Denny’s Pet World, where you will find dogs and cats of all ages, sizes, colors and personalities. All animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations and looking to be your permanent “plusone” in your life! Raffles and giveaways, refreshments and good times to be had by all!

Dog-a-Thon July 22 • Lakewood, Wash. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Join more than 1,000 other animal advocates and their four-legged friends for Washington’s biggest dog walk—the 25th annual Dog-A-Thon! Held at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, this fun, family event has something for everyone: one-mile stroll or a four-mile hike, dozens of pet-related booths, demonstrations, contests, entertainment, a barbeque, and much more! Best of all, the walk benefits homeless animals at the Humane Society.

Tail Wag: The OHS Summer Soiree July 22 • Portland, Ore. Beginning at 6 p.m. at Lewis and Clark College Estate Gardens. Guests are invited to enjoy a gourmet threecourse dinner, signature cocktails, live music by Designband, lawn games, puppy love and kitten cuddles. Well behaved dogs are welcome to attend with their owners. More information at

Old Dog Haven’s Walk for Old Dogs July 23 • Shoreline, Wash. 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave N. 6th Annual Old Dog Haven Walk for Old Dogs and Old Dog Pageant. Old dogs, young dogs and people of all ages welcome. The Walk is not a race but a 1/3 mile promenade around the park to celebrate senior dogs. The Walk is followed by the Old Dog Pageant with competitions for Best Costume, Best Trick and Best Dance. All proceeds benefit Old Dog Haven. More information at

Oregon Corgi Beach Day July 29 • Cannon Beach, Ore. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on the beach between 1st Street and Ecola Creek. Let’s pack up our gear, picnic lunch and of course our Corgis and head out to Cannon Beach for the day! Nothing says Summer Fun like a mob of Corgis enjoying the Sun, Sand and the Ocean Breeze, while raising money for the Oregon Humane Society! All Corgi owners and lovers will be welcome to join us at the event.

August Reading with Rover August 1 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 August 5 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main St.

August 5 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Snohomish Library , 311 Maple Ave. August 6 • Mill Creek, Wash. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at University Bookstore, 15311 Main S August 10 • Sammamish, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave SE August 12 • Lake Stevens, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Lake Stevens Library, 1804 Main August 13 • Bothell, Wash. 1:30–2:30 p.m. at Bothell Public Library, 18215 98th Ave NE August 15 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 August 16 • Pacific, Wash. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at Algona/Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Rd. August 19 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main August 26 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Monroe Public Library, 1070 Village Way

Wine & Woofs: Canines Uncorked August 5 • Willamette Valley, Ore. The seventh annual Canines Uncorked wine tour highlights 17 North Willamette Valley wineries where dogs are counted among the guests of honor. A “License to Taste” passport includes free wine tastings and dog activities at each participating winery. This event is a benefit for the shelter animals. Passport Cost: The “License to Taste” passport is $40 in advance (passports will be available for purchase in June) and $50 day of, with 100% of the passport proceeds benefiting pets in need.

Dog Days of Summer Beer Fest August 11-12 • Newport, Ore. 5–10 p.m. at Rogue Brewers on the Bay & Brewery, 2320 SE OSU Drive. Join the fun for two days of dogs, Oregon Coast-brewed beer, live music and more. Dog Days of Summer is the new incarnation of what was once known as Brewer’s Memorial Festival. We’re keeping the best parts (dogs, beer and live music) and making a few other changes. This year, we’ll be inviting Oregon Coast breweries to join us with their own brew selections. Kids, dogs, and adults are all welcome! For more information, visit

Mutt Strut August 12 • Everett, Wash. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Langus Riverfront Park. Show off your pup’s bark, style, smarts, discipline and athleticism and your dog may win a prize! Join Save-A-Mutt, other great rescue groups, and pet based businesses for a community dog walk; canine competitions and prizes.

Hounds on the Hill August 19 • Puyallup, Wash. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at Bradley Lake Park. Family members will have a great time letting their dogs romp around South Hill (on leashes of course). The two-mile walk will head out at 9:30 a.m. from the picnic area at Puyallup’s Bradley Lake Park, continue around the park, and wrap back twice to the picnic area. Then spend the day watching (and playing in) fun dog activities and visiting vendors. More info at

Run Like a Dog August 19 • Olympia, Wash. 9 a.m. at South Bay Veterinary Hospital, 3600 South Bay Rd NE. 9th. The annual Run Like Dog event benefits the Thurston County Humane Society. The event includes a 5K race/walk with your dog. Many runners bring their dogs, many leave them at home, and whichever you decide to do is up to you. Either way it’s really a wonderful opportunity to be a part of your community and raise money for dogs.

Corgi Walk in the Pearl August 19 • Portland, Ore. Onsite Registration 9 a.m.; Walk 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Pearl District, NW Everett & Park Ave. The Corgi Walk in the Pearl began 10 years ago by dog fancier Lynde Paule, who wished to create a venue to raise money to care for injured, abused, abandoned, or neglected dogs, specifically Corgis.The annual Walk, held on the third Saturday of each August, raises money for both Oregon Humane Society and Corgi Rescue. More information at

Pit Bulls on Parade August 19 • Lakewood, Wash. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at Fort Steilacoom Park. BullsEye Dog Rescue’s annual celebration of the Pit Bull. Come out and see all the cool things you can do with your pit bull companion. Demonstrations in agility, weight pull, fly ball and more. Adoptable pit bulls will be there looking for their forever homes. More information at

DoveLewis Westie & Friends Walk August 26 • Portland, Ore. Check in at 9 a.m.; walk at 10 a.m. at Wallace Park, 1600 NW 25th. More than 100 Westies and their friends gather at this annual event to enjoy a 1.5 mile walk in Northwest Portland and raise money for a great cause! Join us for snacks, a photo booth, costume contest, prizes and more. All friends of Westies are invited—humans and dogs! Proceeds Summer 2017 • 37

from the walk benefit the Velvet Assistance Fund, which provides financial assistance for qualifying low-income families at DoveLewis. More info at

PAWSwalk August 26 • Redmond, Wash. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Join the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) at Marymoor Park for a 5K walk (with or without your dog), animal-friendly shopping, free samples, canine agility course and a kids zone.

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August 26 • Auburn, Wash. 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Roegner Park, 601 Oravetz Road SE. Join Auburn Valley Humane Society at Barkfest & Rover Romp, an annual family and pet friendly event featuring a 3K and 5K run/walk with the family dog. The event includes dog costume contests, Muttsical chairs, demonstrations, kidszone, specialty vendors, plus entertainment, raffles and pet licensing.

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Sept 2 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Avenue Sept 3 • Mill Creek, Wash. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at University Bookstore, 15311 Main S Sept 5 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 Sept 9 • Lake Stevens, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Lake Stevens Library, 1804 Main Sept 10 • Bothell, Wash. 1:30–2:30 at Bothell Public Library, 18215 98th Ave NE Sept 14 • Sammamish, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave SE Sept 19 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 Sept 20 • Woodinville, Wash. 3 p.m.–4 p.m., Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd NE Sept 20 • Pacific, Wash. 6 p.m.–7 p.m. at Algona/Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Rd Sept 23 • Monroe, Wash. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Monroe Public Library, 1070 Village Way

Dogtoberfest September 16 • Portland, Ore. 11 a.m. –5 p.m. at Lucky Lab Brew Pub, 915 Hawthorne. After a summer of play, your dog will be in need of a good cleaning. Why not give them a refreshing bath while supporting the DoveLewis Blood Bank? Bring your family and furry friends to the

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23nd annual Dogtoberfest—Portland’s biggest dog wash! Enjoy live music, food, beer (including the special brew Dogwash Pale Ale), and a variety of vendors, all while your pup receives a wash and nail trim. Donations and proceeds from the event go toward our Blood Bank, which provides dogs and cats with nearly 600 lifesaving blood transfusions each year.

Happy Tails Wine Walk September 17 • Woodinville, Wash. 1 p.m. –5 p.m. in the Woodinville Hollywood Wine District. Tails will wag once again at the annual Happy Tails Wine Walk. Bring your canine and human pals to sip wine from 15+ Woodinville wineries, all in support of Homeward Pet. Details and tickets available at

Animal Krackers September 23 • Suquamish, Wash. Kitsap Humane Society’s premier event kicks off at 5:00 pm at Clearwater Casino Resort with a cocktail hour and silent auction, followed by a plated dinner, dinner auction, live auction and entertainment. All proceeds go to supporting the operations of their shelter and the success of their life-saving programs. More info at

Fremont Oktoberfest September 24 • Seattle, Wash. Longstanding Fremont Oktoberfest favorites will include live music, Microbrew Garden, the dog-friendly Brew-Ha-Ha 5k Fun Run and Dog Day Afternoon (Sunday only) featuring the annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search Register your furry, four-legged super model at the CityDog booth before 2:30 p.m.; dogs “walk the catwalk” promptly at 3 p.m. $10 per dog to benefit animal welfare.

Mutt Ado About Nothing September 28 • Seattle Wash. 6 p.m. at the Georgetown Ballroom. Join Frankie’s Friends for an evening of sumptuous fare, delicious desserts and live and silent auction must haves; all to be enjoyed alongside others who are committed to saving the lives of pets in our region. Visit frankiesfriends. org/Washington for more information.

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