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Welcome to the Winter issue of CityDog Magazine. What’s special about this least I think it features our winning cover dog contestant Oso. Oso is a rescue from Afghanistan, with a very special story (see page 8), who entered the 2011 CityDog Cover Dog Model Search at Bark in Marymoor Park to benefit Pasado’s Safe Haven. In addition to this event, we held six more Seattle-area cover dog model searches, with hundreds of canine contestants helping to raise thousands of dollars for animals in need. To see all of their smiling faces, turn to page 28. Also in this issue, but for the first time, we venture all the way down to southern California to the sun, sand and surf of San Diego (page 20). Read about Abbie, a canine surfing star, who set the first Guinness world record for “longest wave surfed by a dog in open water.” Closer to home, we discover Cedarbrook Lodge, an urban oasis situated on 18 acres of natural wetlands, just south of Seattle (page 24)...perfect for a “staycation.” I’m also digging the cool products in this issue (page 14). We dug up everything from colorful collars to fleece coats to a cola-inspired vintage dog bed. And, speaking of cool products, I am delighted to introduce our new online store at! It’s a destination for dog lovers to find fabulous items for people and pooches. Each item is handpicked by the editors of CityDog Magazine for uniqueness, quality and because we love it (and most importantly, our dogs love it too). We work hard to source the best in dog design, from beds to bowls, clothing to collars—each capturing the essence of life and living with our canine companions. And, you will probably recognize some of the products since most have been featured in the pages of CityDog Magazine! And lastly, it is with great sadness I share with you that a member of the CityDog family has passed away. Red, who was the “author” of Red Dog Diaries for the past seven years (page 38), has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Red ruminated on everything from wretched kitties to evil postmen to her unwavering love for her human Craig. She will be sorely missed. Woof! Brandie Ahlgren, Founder & Editor CityDog Magazine |

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Phil’s wife Lena was determined not to let this happen. She discovered Nowzad Dogs, a United Kingdom nonprofit charity founded by Pen Farthing, a British Royal Marine who had come face to face with this same situation while he was based in Afghanistan. With the help of Nowzad, donations from respondents on Facebook and the charity, Animal Rescue Families of Bremerton, Lena was able to raise the $3,500 needed to arrange Oso’s 55 hour transport of over 9,000 miles to come to the United States. And, here she is, gracing the cover of CityDog Magazine! If you would like to donate to Nowzad and help their efforts to save stray and abandoned animals in Afghanistan, go to


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Seattle Rep Goes to the Dogs WRITTEN BY DEANNA DUFF

Sylvia (the dog) loved actress Linda K. Morris’ performance in the show. Photo by Keri Kellerman.

Tuxes weren’t required for the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s “Dog Night Out” events on November 13 and December 11, but tails were welcome. Seattle residents made a date with their dogs to attend one of two performances of Sylvia, an A.R Gurney play told partially from a dog’s perspective. The box office held tickets on a first-name basis—such as Titan and Lulu—and over 100 dogs attended each performance. “Look at all these dogs! The only thing better would be for everyone to be off-leash!” laughed Rep season subscriber Connie Anderson. It was a model canine crowd. A 135-pound Leonberger lounged in the aisle as Sophie the lab watched from her seat. When Sylvia, played by Linda K. Morris, ran across stage, the four-legged audience woofed in approval. “Pets are members of the family. Any time it’s possible to do something with them is wonderful,” says celebrity host Herb Weisbaum, a longtime Seattle Rep subscriber and 20-year volunteer with the Seattle Humane Society. The event also collected food for the Humane Society’s pet food bank.

Following Atticus BY TOM RYAN BOOKS WE LOVE An unlikely, yet inspiring pair, Tom and his pup Atticus set out to find the true meaning of life after a close friend dies of cancer. As a tribute to their friend and to raise money for chairty, the two attempt to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four thousand-foot peaks. Little did they know that this remarkable journey would lead them to finding love and the everlasting bond of friendship.

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Soldier Dogs is a BOOKS WE LOVE riveting true story about America’s furry heroes, military working dogs. Told by well-known dog blogger Maria Goodavage, this book is a series of heartwarming stories of the dangerous missions these amazing animals face and the trust that is built between handler and dog. This remarkable tale displays the extraordinary training these brave pups endure and the lasting impact made on those who work with them.

Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog BY EMMA PEARSE BOOKS WE LOVE Sophie is an incredible true story of a dog and human, who were separated by the tides of the sea. After being swept overboard in shark-infested waters and then stranded on a remote island for five months, Sophie an Australian cattle dog shows us the true meaning of loyalty, love and companionship. Sophie is the amazing story of the resilience of an animal’s spirit and validation for all dog lovers: our dogs love us, remember us, and if separated, fight to return to us.

Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic BY MÔNICA CARNESI BOOKS WE LOVE On a cold winter day, a curious dog wandered onto a frozen river, and before he knew it he was traveling fast on a sheet of ice. Many people tried to help, but the dog could not be reached. Finally, after two nights and seventy-five miles, the little dog was saved by a ship out in the Baltic Sea. The gallant rescue of the little dog nicknamed Baltic made international news. Mônica Carnesi’s simple text and charming watercolor illustrations convey all the drama of Baltic’s journey and happy outcome.

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A veterinarian should treat any infections that arise. Gordon advises against administering any human pain relievers or other medications to an animal unless directed by a veterinarian because many human drugs are not safe for animals and can lead to severe complications such as ulcers, liver failure or even death. While exploring the great outdoors, be wary of snakes. If an owner suspects a pet has been bitten by a venomous snake, examine the animal closely and try to identify the location of the bite, and if possible, the type of snake (take a picture with your phone if possible). This information is extremely helpful to the veterinarian when deciding how to care for the pet. Face and neck bites are by far the most serious, and require immediate veterinary care because severe swelling in this area can cause difficulty breathing.

Pet Talk Round Up Know what to do in case of emergency. Minutes can mean the difference between life and death when an emergency arises, and a walk around the block or a hike through the woods may be dangerous or even prove fatal if you lack the right knowledge to care for a pet in an emergency situation. Dr. Sonya Gordon, associate professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences gives pet owners some helpful tips on taking care of an animal when time is limited. There are many every day activities that can be hazardous for pets if the right action is not quickly taken. One of the most common emergency situations is when an animal is involved in a car accident. Any time an animal collides with a motorized vehicle, it should be taken immediately to a veterinarian, even for what appears to be minor bumps and bruises. “Dogs and cats do not have the ability to tell us where it hurts and there may be internal problems that cannot be noticed by the owner,” says Gordon. When the damage caused by an accident leaves the pet immobile, Gordon suggests using a large towel or heavy blanket held tightly to simulate a stretcher to carry the animal. Never pick up an injured animal and hold it unless it is very small and can be sufficiently restrained. It is important to be careful when working around injured animals that are in pain because they may accidentally bite or become aggressive even toward their owner. Remember to keep your pet warm and use clean fabric like a towel, a bandage, or a T-shirt to cover any open wounds. This will help keep the wound clean and allow the blood to clot to help limit bleeding. If there is profuse bleeding from a wound, firmly apply a clean towel or some other fabric to the area and apply continuous pressure. “It is best not to use a tourniquet, but if one is applied, release it every ten minutes,” Gordon adds. Danger can also occur on routine hiking and camping trips and immediate veterinary care may not be available. If your dog receives an open wound during the journey, use clean tepid water to cleanse the area. Dishwashing liquid, detergents, astringents and alcohol are too abrasive for use on open wounds and can actually cause additional damage to the tissue. 12 • CityDog Magazine

“Ice packs will help control the swelling and blood vessel dilation that allows the venom to spread,” says Gordon. Lakes and the ocean can present problems if a pet falls in and is not a strong swimmer. It is best to purchase a lifejacket for your animal to wear when participating in water activities such as boating. “Most lifejackets come with a handle on the back allowing the owner to pick up the animal safely and easily from the water if it falls in,” Gordon notes. If traveling to a natural setting, especially during the summer months, it is best to bring a lot of water as well as a leash even if the pet is well trained to verbal commands. “Pets and humans both require a lot of water and leashes provide important restraint in case an owner needs to control their pet in a dangerous situation,” says Gordon. Gordon explains that dangerous situations can arise outdoors but also inside a house. Hazardous chemicals and all medications should be kept out of reach at all times. “Pets are like young children and the same precautions should be taken with both,” advises Gordon. Being aware of potential dangerous situations and keeping man’s best friend in mind when emergency strikes is an important part of being a pet owner, and a special way of reciprocating the love that they provide every day.

Pain management for your pooch. Imagine feeling ill and not being able to properly express it. The language barrier causes many pets to feel this way toward their owners. It is important to know the signs indicative of pain in your pet so that you can help them with their treatment, even if they can’t help identify their pain.

There is a lot of variation when it comes to pets and showing pain, and the signs of pain are not always obvious. “Some common signs of pain are less energetic greetings and refusing to eat or drink,” Stickney says. “Some animals may pace or pant if they are in pain or they may growl or snap if the sore spot is touched.” Your pets may show you all of these signs while some may show you almost none, Stickney adds. “Cats are the classic example. They can be in large amounts of discomfort and still hide their pain.” “What it boils down to is owners know their pets best,” Stickney says. “If you think your animal is uncomfortable and not behaving normally, you should call your veterinarian for an evaluation.” Stickney notes that the causes of pain can come from various sources. “We see several types of injuries like those caused by cars or other animals,” says Stickney. “Pain can also occur as pets get older from diseases such as arthritis.”

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“All pets show pain differently,” says Stickney. “Cats are prone to hide when they are uncomfortable while dogs tend to show pain more outwardly than their feline friends.”

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According to Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, knowing if pets are in pain can be tricky.

The most common treatment for pain in dogs is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, says Stickney. “These products will reduce inflammation and make the animals feel better. They usually come in flavored preparations disguised as treats.” If you suspect your pet is in pain and a veterinarian cannot be reached, human pain medication should never be an option. “Animals metabolize drugs differently than we do,” Stickney says. “Human medication will usually cause more harm than good and could damage organs like the kidneys or liver.” But there are things you can do at home to make your pet feel more comfortable. “Try to make arrangements so your pet does not have to move as much,” says Stickney. “Keep him or her confined in a small room or crate.” Stickney also suggests moving food and water bowls closer to the animal. It is up to you, as the owner, to recognize behavioral changes that might indicate pain. “The veterinary profession has come a long way in recognizing pain in animals,” says Stickney. “If you think your pet is in pain, contact your veterinarian since there are numerous options to make your pet feel more comfortable.” Winter 2012 • 13

{COOL PRODUCTS} WHAT’S COOL FOR HOT DOGS Winter does not mean leaving your canine out in the cold when it comes to cool products—for pooches and people too! Wags and Wiggles u Wags and Wiggles offers adorable, handmade dog toys in a variety of whimsical shapes and sizes including eggplant, turnip and carrot to name a few. Made of high-quality home decorator fabric, they are durable too. $5 to $14 at

t Sleepy Time These dog duvets by

BowWowBeds give your pup a comfy place to lay its head, while allowing you to recycle old clothes, towels and blankets to be used as stuffing. Each duvet is personalized with your dog’s name and handmade using durable duck canvas. $30 to $58 at

Sweat Shop u Wrap your Rover in a reversible, fleece coat by

Annie’s Sweat Shop. The “sweat” is a cultivation of Annie’s do-it-yourself passion, environmental ethic, and super-woman sewing skills. Each is custom made with earth-friendly Polar fleece derived from recycled plastic. $45 to $67 at anniessweatshop.

p Hold the Phone Woof from the roof top with a smart phone cover by The

Twisted Cow. Each case is custom designed with your choice of breed, color scheme and font. Phone cases are limited to a few popular brands...iPhone, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy and Blackberry. $25 at 14 • CityDog Magazine

{COOL PRODUCTS} WHAT’S COOL FOR HOT DOGS t Doggie DNA Capture your canine’s inner beauty, literally, with an image of his/her DNA by Signature DNA Unleashed. This one-of-a-kind piece of art features your pup’s photo and DNA map, mounted in an acrylic frame (pictured here) or select from a variety of other styles and frames. $199 at

Humor for Hounds u If you only had a few words to describe your favorite breed, what would they be? Former Seattleite and now Park City, Utah resident Kari Egan with Outsidepeg does just that with humorous prints and magnets capturing each breed’s unique and funny characteristics, from “Somebody Farted” for a Frenchie to a Corgie’s “Life is Short and So are My Legs.” $16 and up at shop/OutsidePeg.

t A Charmed Life Rustic Hound dog collars feature shoe charms (ala Crocs) that are interchangeable to suit your dog’s mood. Choose from sports teams, hobbies, flowers, cartoon characters, seasons, holidays and much more. Each collar can be as unique as your canine. $25 and up at

Something to Bark About u Treat your canine companion to a monthly delivery of high quality, hand-selected goodies and essentials, while helping dogs in need. When you sign up for

BarkBox, every month you receive a package in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog—anything from bones and treats to shampoos, leashes and innovative new gadgets. Plus, 10% of the proceeds goes to a local shelter or rescue. $17 a month at Winter 2012 • 15

{COOL PRODUCTS} WHAT’S COOL FOR HOT DOGS Pop Culture u Give your pup some vintage pop with a bed by Charlie Hearts Diesel. Made from an old soda pop carton, this unique bed is made with a memory foam pad, giving your four-legged pal the best in cola-inspired comfort. $210 and up at

t Cozy Up Chase away winter’s chill with a cozy cowl scarf for your canine, hand knit by the folks at Charlie Hearts Diesel. Each scarf is custom fit for your four-legged friend, making it the perfect piece for any dog’s closet. $18 to $36 at CharlieHeartsDiesel.

Fancy Feast u Personalize your pooch’s culinary experince with a crab-inspired feeder by The Polka Dot Dog

Company. These whimsical wooden feeders are available in small, medium and large. $120 and up at

t Canines for Veterans Harry Barker is proud to support Canines for Veterans, a ‘Triple Win’ national program. First, Canines for Veterans saves dogs’ lives, rescuing them from shelters. Next, they teach military inmates how to train these dogs to serve wounded veterans. Finally, the trained dogs are paired with wounded veterans, assisting them with everyday tasks and enriching their lives...a triple win! Choose from treats, balls, a collar and leash plus a cute gift bucket. $10 and up at 16 • CityDog Magazine

{COOL PRODUCTS} WHAT’S COOL FOR HOT DOGS Hanging Around u These one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted leash hangers by Dogonnit are a fun, decorative accent for your home. Each original piece is printed and decoupaged onto a wooden plaque, sealed with several coats of varnish and finished off with two satin nickel knobs. $24 at

t Collaring All Canines These riboon collars by Stinky and Sweet Pea are perfect for all pooches, whether they are stinky or sweet. Choose from a variety of styles like Lil’ Stinker as well as Cutie Patootie, Makin’ Mischief, Honey Badger and many more. $15 to $17.50 at

Walk on the Wild Side u Take your dog for a walk on the wild side with one of these skull-embellished or solid-color scarves by Courtanai. Each scarf is hand knit from high quality acrylic yarn, making it super soft and comfy for your canine, yet durable for every day doggie wear. Available in a variety of colors and styles, from $22 to $40 at

p Playtime for Pooches p Time for a Treat Your dog will be drooling for this unique treat jar by Symmetrical Pottery. Each is individually wheel thrown by potter Scott Reed and decorated and glazed by Angi Pogue-Reed. Hand painted in an awesome gloss orange and gun metal black glaze. Interior is a clear glaze for easy cleaning.$55 at

A Leash Hanger by Dogonnit is a one-of-a-kind decorative doggie piece that coordinates with the decor of your dog house. Custom made to accent your home or a great gift for any dog lover. $24 to $28 at

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CityDog Muttmixer | Yappy Howlidays It was a celebration of the season, with close to 100 peeps and their pooches joining CityDog Magazine and Downtown Dog Lounge for our annual Yappy Howlidays Muttmixer. We packed the house with party animals, two- and four-legged alike, and here are some pics from the puparazzi to prove it! Many thanks to our Presenting Sponsor PetHub ( and to all of our swag bag sponsors! You can view the full photo gallery from the Muttmixer at and while you’re there, be sure to sign up to receive special invitations to future CityDog Social Club events. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIE CLEGG

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San Diego California’s southernmost city is a muttfriendly Mecca for sun, sand and surf.


With San Diego being the eighth largest city in the US as well as arguably one of the most dog-friendly places anywhere, the list of reasons to visit is as long as the iconic coastline. That means it’s certainly impossible to see, taste, sniff and sample everything available to you in this eclectic, friendly city in one weekend. Luckily, with weather that averages a balmy 70.5 degrees all year long, no matter where you and Fido find yourselves, you’ll likely be soaking in the sun, amidst palm trees and sea breezes. Of course the first step in planning any weekend adventure with dog, is selecting where to stay. San Diego is home to all of the big, fancy, pet-friendly chain hotels (Westin, Hilton, Marriot, and W to name a few) and they’re all quite lovely. The Bayfront Hilton is especially noteworthy, where you’ll find a remarkably helpful staff, patio dining where dog is welcome and an unbeatable grassy expanse out front, perfect for a little mid-day fetch. Best of all, as the name suggests, the Bayfront Hilton is located directly on the water. San Diego also boasts a few wonderful boutique hotels. Our favorites turned out to be the Sofia Hotel and the Hotel Solamar. The Solamar has all the perks and flair of a Kimpton—no pet fee, fun little receptions—can you say gourmet hot cocoa bar in the morning and hosted wine hour in the evening? Plus you’ll find that Kimpton’s signature “Very Important Pet” program always includes trusted referrals for snazzy pet services like massage and doggy spas. The roof top pool is gorgeous, sun-drenched most of the day, and comes complete with private cabanas and rooftop bar, but sadly, it’s off limits to pooches.

Clockwise from top left: Charlie enjoys a snooze at the Hotel Solamar; surf dog Abbie gives Petri a ride on her board; Charlie and Olivia hang outside Starbucks; grab a towel and head to the Solamer’s roof top pool for a dip. Above: Kimpton’s signature gold fish. 20 • CityDog Magazine

The Sofia Hotel is a rare gem. The staff sweetens your stay with a personalized baggie of dog treats upon check-in. The hotel and its amenities are bursting with thoughtful details like the reversible “ruff” and “meow” door tags to alert visitors that you have a pet in your room. The rooms are a bit on the small side and, like most places in the city it’s a bit of a walk to find a grassy spot for doggy relief. But the heated patio at “Currant,” the hotel’s comfortably swank restaurant and bar, is the perfect place for you and your companions, human and canine alike, to collapse after a long day and enjoy a lemon drop (or two).

Once you’re settled, it’s time to put paws to pavement to take in “America’s Finest City.” Historically San Diego has been best known for it’s connection to the U.S. Navy, but more modern times have graced this beachcentric city with a doglier claim to fame: surf dogs. That’s right, dogs with life jackets, on surf boards, riding waves. There’s no better spokesdog for this new, wildly fascinating sport, than Abbie Girl. Abbie is an Australian Kelpie, who in a few short years has gone from abandoned shelter dog to high-flying, wave-riding phenomenon. Last fall Abbie set dog surfing’s first Guinness world record for “longest wave surfed by a dog in open water” and that’s just one notable notch on this daring dog’s small collar. Abbie’s human Michael is a pretty impressive athlete himself, and together the two can be found all over San Diego county and beyond, surfing, biking, hiking, running marathons and even paragliding.

Here are a few favorites from San Diego’s own surf dog, Abbie Girl and her surfing buddy Michael (pictured above at Del Ray Dog Beach):

Dog-friendly swells. “Beginners listen up…the easiest, longest swells are in Ocean Beach. But, for some rad rides, we have to say Dog Beach Del Mar.” Dog-friendly dining. “Shimbashi Japanese Bar and Grille in Del Mar...the staff loves dogs and dog surfing. When you go, you can even order a tuna roll for your dog. They serve some of the best sushi and their patio has a view of the ocean. It’s a great place to go after surfing for lunch, or even at night to watch the sun set. Heck, sometimes

Clockwise from top: It’s a busy day at the Del Mar Dog Beach; Petri makes a new friend; surf dog Abbie and her fellow surfer Michael enjoy riding the waves.

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Favorite place to take in the view. “Top of Iron Mountain in Poway, Calif.—the best view in San Diego county! Second best is Potato Chip rock near the top of Mount Woodson, also in Poway.” Want to get your surf on or see if your pup craves the waves? Head to Del Mar Dog Beach, stop in to Rusty to outfit yourself with a wet suit Clockwise from top: It’s a beautiful day to catch some sun and a board (only $15/ and surf at the Del Mar Dog Beach; many stores in Del Mar hour for both) and hit the are fido friendly including Julie’s Beach Wear, where shop waves. Make sure your dogs welcome visitors two- and four-legged alike (another pup is properly outfitted must-visit in Del Mar is Dexter’s Deli, a pet shop and doggie in a life jacket and start bakery); the roof top pool at Hotel Solamar. out slow… the staff at we surf in the morning, and then have lunch, and chat with the staff and stay for dinner. On Rusty or the concierge at your hotel can even weekends, they have happy hour from noon to 6 p.m. point you in the direction of some lessons if Favorite patch of grass. “The take off and landing area of the Torrey Pines Gliderport, your dog is digging it. 320 feet atop the sea cliffs overlooking Black’s Beach has a great view of the ocean, La Jolla Want to dine and shop? Make a beeline cove, Torrey Pines, and it is hopping with gophers and ground squirrels for chasing.” for the Gaslamp Quarter where you’ll Favorite place to grab a pint. “The Urge in north county San Diego has the best find block after block of big brands and selection—over 60 craft beers on tap and even more bottled. But if it’s after an awesome day tiny boutiques. You can shop till you drop of surfing, we head north to Encinitas Ale House.” between 4th and 5th Avenues and then choose one of dozens of restaurants lining Favorite place to stay overnight. “Absolutely the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington the street, featuring cuisine, entertainment Beach, but in San Diego, it would be a toss-up between Hotel Indigo, a classy, downtown and décor from literally all over the globe. boutique hotel that is totally dog friendly, and the Loews Coronado Resort (home of the You’ll notice most of these businesses Loews Surf Dog competition), a nice resort close to the beach and bay.” 22 • CityDog Magazine

have patio dining as well as hosts and hostesses standing out front, enticing you into their establishment. You should have no problem finding the perfect place to suit your appetite and accommodate your friend on a leash. Sadly, not all of San Diego’s most famous sites are dog friendly, but since I can’t imagine Olivia or Charlie behaving themselves in the presence of Flamingos at the San Diego zoo, in this case, these rules seem somewhat reasonable. The good news is if you had your heart set on seeing some of these no-dog sights, there are some great options for canines while you’re away. Just a few block walk from the Solamar Hotel is Furry Tales Doggy Daycare. When we arrived at their 1672 Main Street location, Lena (the human) and Packer (the dog) greeted us warmly amidst a racket of dogs of all pitches and sizes barking hello. All we had to do was fill out a bit of paperwork and provide vaccination records (luckily like good little travelers, we had packed them along). The half day and full day rates were very reasonable and they offer web cams so you can check in on your pup at play. Plus, it’s nice to know there is a veterinarian located just next door. Best of all, when we picked the kids up at the end of the day, they were all wags and tongues and ready for a quick dinner and lots of bedtime. And after our day exploring beautiful San Diego, so were we.


Clockwise from top: Kick off your boots and sink your paws into the sand at Del Mar Dog Beach; the Sofia caters to canines, with treats upon check-in and a “ruff” door tag to alert visitors you have a pet in your room; while at the Solamar be sure to visit the hotel’s complimentary cocoa bar among its many amenities.

150 West Broadway, San Diego 619.234.9200;

Sally’s Seafood on the Water

Sofia Hotel

Hotel Solamar 35 6th Avenue, San Diego 619.819.9500;

Hotel Indigo 509 9th Avenue San Diego 619.727.4000;

Hilton San Diego Bayfront 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego 619.564.3333;


Fred’s Mexican Café 527 5th Avenue, San Diego 619.232.8226; Free doggie dinners on Monday after 6pm with purchase of entrée.

One Market Place, San Diego 619.358.6740; Offers Yappy Hour on Thursdays.

Shimbashi Japanese Tapas & Sake Bar

Del Mar Dog Beach Loews Surf Dog Competition

San Diego Zoo

1555 Camino Del Mar, No. 201, Del Mar 858.523.0479;


En Fuego Cantina and Grill

201 15th Street, Del Mar 858.259.3200;

342 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar 858.792.6551;


San Diego Dog Parks Nate’s Point, Balboa Park Morley Field Dog Park, Balboa Park Embarcadero Marina Park (leashed only) Grape Street Dog Park, South Park Dusty Rhodes Park, Ocean Beach

Rusty Del Mar Surf Shop

Dexter’s Deli 1229 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar 858.792.3707; Pet store and doggie bakery with cakes, cupcakes and treats for your pooch.

Julie’s Beach Wear 1414 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar 858.792.1359 Winter 2012 • 23


URBAN OASIS CEDARBROOK Situated on eighteen lush acres of natural wetlands, Cedarbrook Lodge provides an urban oasis with the ambiance of a discreet hideaway.


Cedarbrook is a dog-friendly urban oasis in SeaTac, Washington, situated on 18 acres, ten of which are restored wetlands. With its lush grounds, walking trails and on-site gardens which supply the award-winning Copperleaf restaurant, it is a sanctuary for busy travelers and their canine companions. “We’re all really big dog people here,” says Roy Breiman, Cedarbrook’s culinary director. Breiman’s own family includes a golden retriever who is often included in vacations. Breiman understands firsthand that dogs are an essential part of the family. Guests traveling with dogs can expect an enthusiastic welcome from the minute they arrive. Parking valets warmly greet fellow dog lovers and share local pet picks. “I had a Labradoodle and loved taking her for walks around Green Lake,” offers one attendant before zipping away to park. Cedarbrook is located less than a five-minute drive from SeaTac Airport and is convenient for both layover stays and extended visits. Formerly a lavish training center for the Washington Mutual company, the Wright Hotel Company purchased the property and opened Cedarbrook to the public in September 2009. Even though the hustle and bustle of International Boulevard is only a few blocks away, Cedarbrook is serene. It is situated near residential neighborhoods and numerous parks, Bow Lake (5040 S. 178th St.) and Angle Lake (19408 International Blvd), which are within walking distance and ideal for a dog’s day out. For particularly free-spirited dogs, Grandview Off-Leash Dog Park is an easy, 10-minute drive from Cedarbrook (3600 S. 228th St.).

Clockwise from top left: Fergie enjoys a romp in the snow; Cedarbrook is a quintessentially Northwest getaway; Fergie checks out the view from the room’s expansive windows; snowy paws on a winter’s day. Above: Fergie leaves her mark. 24 • CityDog Magazine

Guests enter and are embraced by the naturalness of the architecture. The lobby overlooks the Copperleaf restaurant, which is anchored by magnificent, vaulted ceilings. Exposed wood creates an earthy elegance, and floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to pour through the building. Cedarbrook feels as though it is lit from within. “The building itself really has a story and I think everybody feels a sense of that when they arrive,” says Breiman. “It’s a beautiful entry area that imparts

a sense of wellness, calm and comfort.” Cedarbrook has 104 guest rooms split between two buildings, the Dogwood and Spruce. The rooms all have scenic views and, on a clear day, the mountaintops frame the skyline thanks to the signature, oversized windows. Room decor is a blend of crisp, white modernism combined with warm, wood accents and recessed lighting. The parlor areas, located in each guest building, are a concept unique to Cedarbrook. These cozy common rooms are furnished with plush chairs and fireplaces, which make them idyllic for reading. The most enticing feature, however, is the fully-stocked kitchen. The refrigerator overflows with snacks such as fresh fruit, cheeses, soda and, best of all, an assortment of Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Perfect for late-night munching, the food is complimentary for guests. “There is a sense

of exclusivity at Cedarbrook, but yet there is such a grounding sense of the quintessential Northwest, too. You don’t feel uptight when you stay here,” says Breiman. Furry friends also feel at home the minute they walk through the doors. Dogs receive their own check-in amenities, which include toys, treats, food bowls and more. “We want dogs to think, ‘I want to go back there,’” says Breiman. It is easy to nestle into the comfort of a guest room, but there is plenty else to experience at Cedarbrook. For working vacations, Cedarbrook has 18,000 square feet of meeting/convention space equipped

Clockwise from top: Fergie, backdropped by Cedarbrook’s main lodge, enjoys a rare, snowy day in Seattle; relaxing next to the fireplace with a glass of wine in hand and a pooch by your side is a perfect way to enjoy a cold, winter’s day; Cedarbrook’s architecturally-stunning main lodge features the renowned Copperleaf restaurant as well as vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows for a relaxed Northwest feel. Winter 2012 • 25

menus are planned by the seasons and, in addition to cultivating some of their own vegetables and herbs, almost all other ingredients are sourced from within 150-200 miles. “We want the best to serve to our guests. We feel the best way to do that is to find it locally and search out people who’ve mastered their craft whether it’s a farmer, fisherman or rancher,” says Breiman. “It’s important to us to protect our sustainable food systems.” Guests can look forward to a 2012 expansion of Copperleaf to accommodate more diners. Impressively, the same level of detail is applied when catering to canines. Cedarbrook offers the Puppy’s Pantry menu, which can be ordered as room service. Dogs can select from dishes such as pasture-finished chicken with rice pilaf and summer vegetables, locally grown Carlton Farm roast pork shoulder with potatoes and Clockwise from above: Fergie enjoys an in-room treat; Copperleaf restaurant features an expansive spinach or hand-formed, wine list with mostly Washington wines; even dogs enjoy fine dining with the “Puppy’s Pantry” menu. kitchen-made pasta with garden vegetables and with up-to-the-minute technology. Fitnessa quarter of an acre and are home to everrabbit livers. Lucky dogs, indeed! minded guests can enjoy the 1,200 squarerotating crops of organic vegetables, fruits The attention to detail for all guests is the foot, state-of-the-art workout area equipped and herbs. hallmark of Cedarbrook’s hospitality. Part with cardio and weight machines. “It’s a great part of what we do. of that is by welcoming the entire family— The lodge also hosts regular events Everyone enjoys working on it and the all ages, interests and with or without wet such as TomatoFare West, a harvest festival team learns a lot about where food comes noses and tails. featuring heirloom tomatoes. The first from. It’s an important commitment for us,” “There is a sense of familiarity and comannual event was in 2010 and featured explains Breiman. fort that comes with having your animals entertainment, agricultural education Depending on the season, guests might with you,” says Breiman. “It creates a sense and local growers and chefs who created see carrots, beets, English peas, lettuce, of ease. Animals are truly blessings.” gourmet dishes. TomatoFare West is tomatoes, mint, strawberries or a variety scheduled again for August 2012 and of other fresh goodies. A mushroom promises to be a juicy time. Cedarbrook is More Information inoculation site is also nearby. Everything also planning to launch a summer jazz series grown on location is used by Copperleaf Cedarbrook Lodge in July 2012. restaurant. 18525 36th Avenue South The grounds are always open for both Seattle, Wash. 98188 Copperleaf is Cedarbrook’s crown jewel. two- and four-legged guests to enjoy. An Headed by Executive Chef Mark Bodinet, Telephone: 206.901.9628 outdoor patio overlooks a pond and richlyformerly of the famed French Laundry Toll-free reservations: 877.515.2176 verdant lawn. Trails traverse the property, in California’s Napa Valley, Copperleaf which dogs and their companions can has consistently won national acclaim explore. Garden beds occupy approximately for its regionally inspired cuisine. Their 26 • CityDog Magazine



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So many pups entered our sixth annual charity cover shoot contest that we devoted six whole pages to their smiling faces! We held eight model searches in all: one online to benefit the ASPCA and seven in the Seattle area to benefit the Doney Memorial Clinic, PAWS, Reading With Rover, Seattle Humane Society, Missing Pet Partnership, Dugan Foundation and Pasado’s Safe Haven. Nearly 300 dogs turned out, and from your generous donations, we were able to raise almost $3,000 for these great causes.


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teaching them to look at me when I eat and expect to be rewarded. It doesn’t help that the food I eat is often tastier than what dogs are used to enjoying. Remember, it is fine to give dogs human treats when training, but it is better not to feed dogs when you are eating. It teaches them to beg.

Resolution #3: Be consistent. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that dogs, like children, need clear and consistent messages: up on the furniture or not, allowed in the kitchen or not, sit when the leash is put on, etc. One helpful hint is to have a family meeting at which you all agree on the “house rules” for acceptable behavior. Once you get general agreement from the family members on what is expected behaviorally, it will be easier to assert these rules with the dog, and to achieve consistent results.

Resolution #4: Training is a lifestyle—do it every day.

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It’s the start of a new year and while we are always full of resolve for how we would like to improve ourselves, our dogs are often left out of the picture. So, let’s rectify that and get our four-legged friends into the act to help improve their behavior for the coming year. Here are my top-ten canine New Year’s resolutions for making life with our canine friends better than ever.

Resolution #1: No jumping on people who come to the door. Often, the thing we love about our dogs is also the thing that gets us (and them) into the most trouble. Friendly dogs are always exceedingly happy to see their favorite people, and some are just as happy when they meet strangers. The problem is when they jump up, or even pounce on someone who arrives on the scene. From now on, be resolved to “redirect” the jumping up behavior into a “sit” instead. Be ready with a treat and tell the visitor/greeter to pet the dog only if he or she maintains a “sit” position. Dogs need to be desensitized to the things that excite them the most. Keep tasty treats by the door and always be ready to deliver one when the dog does the right thing. If, after a while the dog actually sits on her own without being asked, it’s time for a jackpot or a small handful of little treats. After receiving a jackpot for a job well done, the dog is more apt to behave in a similar way the next time someone comes to the door.

Resolution #2: No begging for food. This should be easy, right? No, in fact, it is not! It is extremely hard. I find myself making popcorn for myself and without thinking twice it becomes a game of tossing my dogs some as well. In doing so, I am 34 • CityDog Magazine

Set aside two to three minutes, two-to-three times a day for training. Even dogs that are well trained will regress without ongoing attention. With only a small amount of time and effort, you can encourage good behavior in your favorite canine. Pick a different skill each time you work with the dog and only reward him if he performs well. A random treat for performing well when distracted or excited, or a verbal praise when he behaves well unexpectedly will help your dog maintain his skills. Remember, the treat and praise put you in a position of power. You get to decide when and if a reward is warranted. Do not give these things out unless there is a good reason.

Resolution #5: No pulling on leash—use the right tools. Retire the “extender” type of leashes (I call those “permission to pull”) and get a solid leather leash and a good front clip harness. Like any other discipline, training your dog will be SO much easier with the right tools. A leather leash has more power and will give you more control with less effort on your part. A well-designed front clip harness (I prefer the Sensation) properly fit and worn snugly will encourage the dog to walk alongside you without pulling. A well-trained “leash managed” dog will pay close attention to you and go where you go. If your dog is a chronic puller, try abruptly changing direction successively (“let’s go left, go right, turn around,” and so on). Before long, she will start paying much more attention to you, give up much of the pulling and agree to walk nicely at your side.

Resolution #6: Take a walk with your dog. Walking your dog is an extremely healthy activity, not only because it’s good exercise for both of you, but also because it gives you a chance to spend meaningful time together. During a structured walk you are actually giving your dog a job to do. His job is to pay attention to you, follow your lead, respond to commands and be a good companion for you during your outing. At least two healthy walks a day will help to reinforce behaviors you enjoy from your furry friend. This will also tire him out, satisfy his need for attention and exercise and keep him fit.

Resolution #7: Stick to a routine. Dogs prefer a life that is predictable. They respond best when they understand the routine. Keep their feeding schedules the same, especially when training young puppies. It will be easier to potty train puppies when you always feed them, take them out and put them to bed at the same time every day. If you slip

and take your dog off her routine, expect her behavior to slip as well. Stick to the routine as well as you are able and your dog’s behavior will benefit.

Resolution #8: Resolve chewing problems. Many of my clients complain about their dogs chewing on all the wrong things like shoes, computer cords and plugs, expensive furniture and rugs. First of all, let’s remember to pick up and put away things that we value that may also put our dog in the emergency vet clinic. In the mind of a dog, if something is lying around, it’s a chew toy. It’s best not to ask for trouble. Then, make sure your dog gets a good chew every day on something that belongs in his mouth like a healthy bully stick or a beef marrowbone that I like to freeze raw and give to the dog straight from the freezer. If something that belongs to you finds its way into your dog’s mouth, don’t get angry. Instead, just replace it with something that belongs there.

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Resolution #9: Stop saying “No.” The word “no” has probably been used so much in your dog’s short life, without consequences, that I’ll bet the word has very little if any meaning at all. It’s better to replace that word with a sound and a facial expression to match. Dogs are visual learners, and understand facial expressions and body language more than they do verbal language. A good “uh-uh” with a grimace will get you a great deal more than the word “no” used over and over to no effect.

Resolution #10: Get your dog’s attention. Play games with the dog that help her to focus on you. Hold a treat in front of your nose. The second the dog looks into your eyes make a sound (I like a beep) that means, “You’re going to get a treat.” Hold her attention for three seconds and then deliver the treat. Once the dog understands that the sound means “treat” you will be able to keep her attention for longer periods of time. Dogs love this game and it helps to have a dog with extended attention and focus. Dogs don’t make New Year’s resolutions…they don’t have to. Without trying they make our lives so much better. They make us laugh and smile every day. They are always happy to see us and greet us each time with a wag, a wiggle and a lick. It’s up to you to be resolved. Make a promise to integrate training into your dog’s daily life. By doing so, you will find yourself having more fun with your dog and enjoying improved behavior as well in the New Year and beyond. Deborah Rosen is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant in Western Washington. For more information visit Winter 2012 • 35



February 18 • Marcos, Calif. 9 a.m. at Walnut Grove Park, 1750 Sycamore Drive. Morris Animal Foundation launched the Canine Cancer Campaign to fund research that will develop prevention strategies, test new treatments, establish tools for cancer researchers and train new scientists specializing in cancer research. Participating in this walk is a great way to memorialize a beloved dog lost to cancer and create a brighter tomorrow for your current companion. By supporting the walk, volunteers and participants help their best friends live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit

February 25 • Yakima, Wash. 4-8 p.m. at Yakima Armory, 26th & Ahtanum. This much anticipated fundraising event for the Yakima Valley Pet Rescue & Adoption Center is in its ninth year and draws over 500 enthusiastic attendees each year. $15 for all you can eat. Kids under five years old eat for free. Yum! For more information, call 509.248.3113 or visit

Are Dogs Just “Designer Wolves”? February 22 • Portland, Ore. 7-9 p.m. at the Lucky Lab Beer Hall, 1945 Quimby. With only a 0.2% difference in their mitochondrial DNA, are dogs really just “designer wolves?” Why do some people want to possess a bit of the wild? Why are there more wolves and wolf-dog hybrids in captivity than there are wild wolves in all of North America? Come find out at the Lucky Lab in Northwest Portland. Ceiridwen Terrill will discuss her book Part Wild and give a slideshow about the similarities and differences between wolves and dogs. This presentation is free and open to the public.

OHS Heroes Awards Luncheon February 23 • Portland, Ore. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Governor Hotel, 614 Southwest 11th Avenue. The Oregon Humane Society will present the Diamond Collar Awards at this luncheon. The awards, hosted by KGW’s Matt Zaffino, honors heroic pets and people who have acted to save a human or animal life in peril, who have performed services within the community with undying loyalty, or who have overcome incredible odds to survive. For information or tickets, go to

Pet First Aid Community Workshop February 23 • Portland, Ore. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the DoveLewis Community Room, 1945 NW Pettygrove. Learn the basics of pet first aid so you’ll always be prepared in an emergency. All DoveLewis Community Workshops are free to the community, but donations are always welcome. Pets welcome in spirit only. For more information, visit 36 • CityDog Magazine

Spay Day USA February 28 • Nationwide. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats and a proven way to reduce the vast numbers of animals who are born only to die prematurely and without a family to love them. Get your pet spayed or neutered today. For low-cost spay/neuter resources contact your local shelter.

Reading With Rover March 3, 17 & 31 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main Street March 3 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Snohomish Public Library, 311 Maple Ave. March 6 & 20 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240 March 10 • Lynnwood, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Barnes & Noble March 18 • Tukwila, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 300 Andover Park West March 21 • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. 6:307:30 p.m. Mountlake Terrace Library

Howlin’ at the Moon Snowshoe Shuffle March 3 • Bozeman, Mont. 5:30 p.m. at Moonlight Basin. Join Heart of the Valley Humane at Moonlight Basin for a howlin’ good time. Snowshoe a lit two mile course with your dog and then enjoy a chili feed, raffle and live music. Proceeds will benefit Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. For more info., visit

Third Annual Pug-N-Brew March 17 • Seattle, Wash. 1-4 p.m. at Pyramid Ale House, 1201 First Avenue S. Come have a Happy St. Puggy’s Day at the 3rd Annual Pug-N-Brew. There will be a pug fashion show and parade. This event features a beer garden for the 21 and up

{CITYDOG SOCIAL CALENDAR} MAKE A DATE WITH YOUR DOG set (pugs welcome). There’s also a no-beer all-ages area. The concession stand sells hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and other fare that goes great with beer and is loved by pugs. More information at

Whiskers Wine & Dine March 24 • Lakewood, Wash. 5-9 p.m. at the Sharon McGavick Center. A fun evening of fine wine and delicious dining, this year’s annual fundraising event’s funds will go toward Coalition Humane’s capital campaign as they look toward purchasing their own building to house a larger spay and neuter center.

Pawsitive Futures March 24 • Seattle, Wash. 5-8 p.m. at 415 Westlake Avenue N. Join Pawsitive Alliance for a fun night out on the town to help animals in need. Enjoy food, wine and chocolate while you check out the silent auction. Tickets $30 until March 1st, after increases to $40. Casual yet festive attire is suggested; appropriate for 21 and over. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Rock Out for the Animals March 24 • Seattle, Wash. 10:30 a.m. at Mount Baker Community Clubhouse, 2811 Mt. Rainier Drive S. Join the Seattle Humane Society as the featured non-profit of rock band Recess Monkey’s performance. Come join the fun dance party at the only kids’ rock series in Seattle, featuring the bands of Kindiependent.

Labs Live at Andrei’s March 24 • Irvine, Calif. 1-3 p.m. at Andrei’s Restaurant, 2607 Main Street. The Orange County Friends Committee of Guide Dogs for the Blind invites you to participate in its annual fundraiser. The Keynote speaker will be Theresa Duncan with her guide dog Dario. Come for a wonderful afternoon of adorable puppies, raffle items and more. Proceeds from the luncheon will help support program and veterinary care costs of Guide Dogs and puppies-in-training in the Orange County area. Tickets are $100.

Reading With Rover April 3 • Redmond, Wash. . 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Redmond Town Center, Unit C-240

April 7 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Snohomish Public Library, 311 Maple Ave. April 14 • Lynnwood, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Barnes & Noble April 14 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main St. For more dates, visit

PAWS Wild Night 2012 April 14 • Seattle, Wash. at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th Street. 5:30 p.m. cocktail hour and silent auction. 7 p.m. dinner, program and live auction. By attending PAWS Wild Night Gala and Auction you will give thousands of animals a second chance. Your participation will help rehabilitate wildlife and give shelter for cats and dogs in need before they find their new, forever homes. To purchase tickets, go to

Whistler DogFest April 21 • Whistler, B.C. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nowhere is Whistler’s “Power to the Pooches” conviction more in evidence than at the annual Whistler DogFest, a celebration of four-legged friends. In aweinspiring outfits and personalities galore, the hundreds-strong Dog Parade leads the way for the following exhibitions, agility demonstrations and competitions. Proceeds support Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), a Whistler-based no-kill animal shelter. DogFest is a kid-friendly, dog-friendly event. For more information, visit event/whistler-dogfest.

Pinot and Pups April 28 • Portland, Ore. 5:30 p.m. at the Atrium at Montgomery Park. Reception, wine tasting and silent auction. Gourmet dinner prepared by Food in Bloom. Enjoy fine wines and a presentation by Michael Hingson and his guide dog Africa. Michael is the best selling author of Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero. A live auction will follow with specially-selected items along with an opportunity to raise your paddle for veterinary care for our canine heroes. Tickets are $150 per person, table sponsorships are $1,500. Corporate sponsorships are also available. For reservations, contact Debbie Hibbard at 503.668.2123 or For more information, visit

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I sat on the floor teary eyed and shattered, Red patiently watching me. I held her head to comfort myself, and it was unmistakable what she was thinking: “How can I make you feel better?” And my only thought, suddenly uttered aloud, was, “Don’t die.” But she couldn’t do that. The dog who was too tough for a doghating farmer to kill in her first three years—beaten, starved, left to die with three puppies. Too charming even in her most wretched state not to hook a sucker like me on Day Nine (dog pound speak for Eve of Euthanasia). No, this girl was all survival, all loyalty, all love, all grace in adversity. But a cancer of the old-dog kind surprised us the morning of Friday the 13th, and seven hours later a kind woman helped Red on her journey right there in the warm comfort of our home. 14 years, with 11 covering me in all the ways a dog can ever do, communicating with me so very clearly all the way to the end. Red didn’t achieve all the goals of her life. She never caught a horse, but by god I always knew when we were driving by one. She never consummated her love for Bluto, but that may have been the truest demonstration of their passion. Red didn’t get to ride in the UPS truck, though Ian always let her in the cab for a treat. She didn’t get to vanquish the postman (who never would just give the dog a bone as a peace offering). And she never got to turn the tables and take the veterinarian’s temperature. Red’s clear mission in life, however, was served again and again. She was there for me in my very hardest hours of loss. Regardless of how wicked the turns of life came to me, Red always knew the mood of the moment for me, sometimes over hours, days, weeks, and months. Her barometer was infallible—I could see in her when my mood was poor even when I was unaware. And when the times were good, there was no more enthusiastic partner in adventure. 38 • CityDog Magazine


Her broader mission, to all the pack, was carried out with such enthusiastic, carefree, sloppy love that she was offered stays and sleepovers and actual homes (“If she ever needs a new home for some reason…”), that I would occasionally worry for our fidelity. But for no reason the girl was utterly true to me. I tried to bring a new dog into the house a few years ago to keep her company. But after a couple of weeks it was clear company was not what Red wanted to keep. It was to be a one-dog household. It’s all she wanted, and she had that job covered. Red had some alpha issues, but every posse needs a boss. As long as everyone knew who was in charge, well, everything was fine. Because of this I know that wherever it is that awesome dogs go when it’s over here, it’s a more orderly, loving place now. Red’s on the scene romping at the right times, calming at the others, and schooling puppies on when enough is enough. I’ve met way more bad people than bad dogs, and I know if you pay attention to their ways that dogs just make anyone better. There’re a bunch of us who are better people for having known dogs, and I have to say, especially for knowing Red. Red was with some, though not all, of her closest friends at the final moments. She cared for the four of us through her very own passing, teaching us yet another remarkable dog lesson. I just don’t quite know how I’m going to live without that kind of presence in my midst. She told her life through CityDog Magazine for over five years— thank you all for reading.

Craig Howard is a writer and artist who got to enjoy 11 fantastic years living with Red in West Seattle.


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CityDog Magazine Winter 2012  

CityDog Magazine is the definitive dog lover’s magazine about life and living with dogs in the West -- Seattle, Portland, San Francisco -- a...

CityDog Magazine Winter 2012  

CityDog Magazine is the definitive dog lover’s magazine about life and living with dogs in the West -- Seattle, Portland, San Francisco -- a...