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Once again, for the 12th year in a row, the winter issue is where you will find all of the canine contestants from our annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search including Loki, this year’s winning dog who graces the cover of this issue. Thanks to Loki and his fellow canine contestants, we raised thousands of dollars for local animal welfare organizations including Homeward Pet Adoption Center, Auburn Valley Humane Society and the Doney Memorial Animal Clinic—and had lots of fun while we were at it!

Welcome to the winter issue of CityDog Magazine. With the season upon us, you may be tempted to hibernate at home with your hound, but we’ve dug up some fun places to sit, stay and play with your pooch, including LIVING how and where to get fit with after life options BARK OF Fido (page 32) to shed some of THE TOWN LAST WOOF YEAR OF THE DOG dogs of those extra pounds put on over the + PET INSURANCE dharam holidays. To show off your new WELLNESS get fit physiques, we’ve also compiled a with fido SURVIVAL GUIDE list of upcoming events including FEATURING COOL STUFF FOR DOGS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM our own CityDog Puppy Love Puppy Muttmixer (page 36). That’s right, you and four-legged, furry Valentine are invited to join us at the super swanky W Hotel, Wednesday, February 21st, starting at 5 p.m. for an evening of some ‘heavy petting,’ a cocktail or two, swag bags loaded with goodies, and mixing and mingling with fellow dog lovers! And, who knows... with so much puppy love in the air you may just meet that special, two-legged someone to add to your pack! 200 COVER DOG CONTESTANTS starting on page 18



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Being the dog lovers that we are, we like to believe that every year is the year of the dog, right? I mean, everything revolves around our dogs, especially if dogs happen to be our “children” like they are for me. But when I learned that 2018 is the year of the dog according to Chinese astrology, I had something extra special to celebrate this year – now it truly was a year to celebrate my dogs—all three of them. The Chinese zodiac cycles through every 12 years and there is a different animal for each cycle. The animal designation also corresponds with an element. This year, the year of the dog aligns with the earth element. So, beginning on February 16th through February 4, 2019 is the year of the Earth Dog. Whether or not you follow astrology or believe in what it portends for your future, it’s always fun to read your horoscope. Even the remotest inkling or an explanation for how your world is shaping up can provide comfort or a good laugh. Wherever you fall on this spectrum, her are a few fun facts entering the Year of The Earth Dog, 2018.

My husband and I currently have three dogs, and I’m always vying for a fourth. Even though the Earth Dog is not my sign, nor that of either of my dogs, I do like to celebrate everything dogs. The lucky numbers this Chinese New Year are 3, 4, and 9. I think this is a sign for a fourth dog in my near future! There are also lucky colors, two of which are already in my dog family, red and green are the colors of two of my dogs’ jackets. Purple is the third color. Obviously, I need to go shopping for a new collar for my Alaskan Husky’s collar. Turquoise is not even close to the purple. There are also lucky flowers, rose, cymbidium, and orchids. And with every lucky, is an unlucky. Colors to stay away from are blue, white, and gold. And numbers to avoid are 1, 6, and 7.

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For people born in the year of the Earth Dog, your corresponding sign under western astrology is Aquarius. Your personality traits are going to be very much like our canine brethren. You will be loyal to the death, you will guard the ones you love almost to a fault, and you will defend first and ask questions later. As we know, dogs need their exercise, whether it’s a walk around the block or a full-on run or hike. Dog-humans will also benefit from their regular exercise to relieve stress and irrational fears that they are known for. Ecologically, the Dog will be cautious of the “paw print” they leave on Earth, preserving natural resources when possible and going to great measures to preserve its astrological element. This year gives greater meaning to, “it’s a dog’s life” whether you’re a Dog or not, it’s reason to celebrate our canine companions this Chinese New Year.

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How humans interact with dogs has changed. No longer seen as ‘just a pet,’ dogs are our companions, a part of our family. This is why humans place a high value on dogs, and why we strive to ensure the best for our pups. A strong bond greatly enriches our lives, making the relationship with our dogs priceless. However, pet care is not free. In fact, according to a study from the American Pet Products Association, the cost of routine and surgical veterinary care increased nearly 50 percent for dogs. Pet parents cumulatively spend $15 billion on veterinary visits per year. What has contributed to the growing cost of pet care? The increased importance pets hold in our lives creates a parallel demand for expedient, quality, and specialized, veterinary care. Veterinary schools, limited in number, have dramatically increased tuition costs upwards of $60 thousand a year. Which brings us to the prices veterinarians must charge. Between 1960’s and the 90’s veterinary fees lagged behind inflation, with a cost correction occurring in the 2000’s, likely to help repay the glut of student loans, as well as increasing facility and specialty equipment costs such as an MRI or CT scanner. While pet-related organizations, such as Mars, has taken over veterinary centers like Banfield, VCA, and Bluepearl, more costly and thus expensive freestanding vet clinics, offering highly skilled staff with specialty equipment and pharmaceutical services are preferred. It’s not hard to understand the rising costs associated with veterinary medicine.

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Fortunately, today’s pet parents are better informed about the importance of veterinary care. No longer a luxury item, pet health is seen as priority and pet owners collaborate with veterinarians to get the best for Fido. “I encourage my clients to self-advocate,” encourages Cherri Trusheim, DMV, owner of Urban Animal. “Owners need to feel comfortable asking for options or seek a veterinary practice that promotes option based treatments.” Dr. Trusheim recommends that pet owners understand what tests and diagnostics are medically indicated for their pet’s situation. “Pet insurance purchased when your dog is young does seem like a very good idea if owners can afford the monthly premiums. This can be invaluable for those unexpected expenses such as orthopedic injuries, surgeries, or severe illnesses, which can incur thousands of dollars in medical bills.”

The average veterinarian office visit cost is $200. Emergent or specialty care range in costs, with orthopedic and oncology treatments costing thousands of dollars. Creating a pet-health savings account that spans the life of your dog goes a long way to fund anticipated veterinary fees. Another option is pet health credit cards, however, be cognizant of compounding interest fees. Pet insurance may be a good choice for augmenting your pet savings account, as it can offer protection against the unplanned. According to Trupanion, a pet-based insurance company, the “most common injuries, and illnesses, like a knee ligament rupture, can cost almost $3,000 to repair.” Depending on the carrier and the policy you select, averaging $25 per pet per month, pet insurance may cover up to 90 percent of eligible costs associated with veterinary care, including hospitalization, for sick and injured pets. Exam fees, preventative care, and pre-existing conditions are typically not eligible while your dog’s illnesses and injuries, diagnostic tests, surgeries, hospital stays, medications, and prosthetic appliances are covered. Many carriers offer additional plans for alternative, and rehabilitative services such as acupuncture and cold laser therapy. While the best time to analyze the need for pet insurance is when a dog is a puppy or in its’ youth, policies are available for older dogs. Age should not be a deterrent. While pet healthcare costs are rising, price should not be the sole factor for selecting a veterinarian. Closely consider the veterinarian’s philosophy for treating animals, is it proactive or reactive, and does it align with how you want your dog’s care managed. Striving for a shared approach to your pet’s preventative care can thwart potential illness, and make all the difference in your dog’s life.


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Puppy Paper Dolls u Make play time every day with a paper doll portrait of you and your dog. Artist Jordan Grace Owens brings your pet’s special personality to life with these custom made, whimsical paper cut outs. Joyful and heartwarming, these little pieces of art can spice up any place. $40 at

Puffers for Pooches p Your pup will look fabulous in this puffer vest by fabdog. Perfect for the stylish yet low-maintenance pooch, it’s made with a waterproof 100% nylon shell to shield your pal from rain, wind and snow, with a poly fill to keep him comfy and warm. $40 at 12 • CityDog Magazine

Squeezably Irresistible q Check out ZooToys where creating handmade plush toys for dog lovers is their specialty. Each toy is given the right touch to highlight each breed’s specific traits. Made with easy to clean, squeezably soft felt, these colorful, custom created pieces make the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life $35 at

Pillow Pups u Turn your home into a delightful animal kingdom with creature comfort pillows from In The Seam. These custom throw pillows use a full body photo of Fido to create life-like doggy design pillows. Get one to snuggle up with, add one to your office to remind you of your special fuzz ball, and get one to take with you on trips when your pooch can’t join. $65+ at

Brews for Bowzer p Now saying ‘cheers’ can include your dog with these healthy and delicious Brew Biscuits. Made with spent grains from some of Portland’s famous breweries, these alcohol free biscuits crafted by the Portland Pet Food Company are a nutritious treat you can give your pup when snuggled up this winter, dreaming of sipping a cold one this summer.

No Moose-stake u Your pup’s inner animal will come alive in this super soft, hand knitted, wool moosey hoodie dog sweater by Chilly

Dog. One of the hottest selling sweaters, equipped with ears and antlers, can fit any dog from two to 120 pounds. $33+ at

Tag Team p Never fear, Cute Pet Tags has your dog’s number. Keep your dog safe with these cute, personalized pet tags made from glass and resin with your own personally selected graphic insert and space for your pup’s name and digits. $10 at Winter 2018 • 13

{COOL PRODUCTS} COOL STUFF FOR HOT DOGS t Colorful Canines Splashy color meets weather resistant materials meet up in these collars made by Sloppy Chop’s Company. If your dog digs exploring the wild outdoors with you, the waterproof, dirt resistant, colorful Denali collection collars are in your future. Easy to clean, easy to put on, and easy to love, get a color for every one of your pup’s moods. $25 at

Charmed, I’m Sure u Your pup is your BFF, we get it. Now show the world with this matching charm and semiprecious gemstone necklace set made for you and your special fuzzy one by Blue Lion Creations. Messages of love are hand stamped on a 14kt gold filled or sterling silver plated coin to create an elegant necklace and dog collar charm that you’ll be proud to add to your jewelry collection.


t Vintage Vavoom A throwback to vintage tattoo flash, this delightful doggie pattern pillow and mug from Miss Fluff adds just the right touch of sass to your home. The blue background gives just the right splash of color to highlight the nostalgic dog artwork. Machine and dishwasher safe, these fanciful dog lover must-haves are both rugged and divine.

Wrap It Up u Keep the weather’s chill at bay with a warm fleece blanket that showcases your pooch. The talented artists at Pet Canva can transform an image of your pup into a soft, cozy fleece blanket in sizes that fit any bed. When you feel the need for an extra bit of dog in your bed, turn to these well-crafted, colorful spreads for a quick fix. $37+ 14 • CityDog Magazine

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PRESENTED BY EVANGER’S PET FOOD Close to 200 dogs unleashed their inner super model at the 12th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search, raising $2,000 for animal welfare organizations. Congratulations to our five finalists...and to the winner Loki who grace’s this issue’s cover. And, be sure to enter your dog in this year’s model search!


















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DOGGY POPCORN Yaky Charms are made using techniques by the people of the Himalayas, derived from an ancient recipe to convert milk into a hard cheese. The

CRACK A COLD ONE These chew toys by Soda Pup are designed to be a fun and tantalizing puzzle for your pooch with openings to insert treats like kibble, canned dog food, peanut butter, or your favorite dog treat recipe to keep your dog entertained for hours. Made from a sustainable, non-toxic and biodegradable natural material.

same method is practiced at the company’s farm in Washinginton State to create ‘popcorn’ treats that are 100% natural. Simply microwave.

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David James opened Pioneer Pet in June 2012 in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, in the basement of a 129-year-old building. Shop cats Ivar and Vito greet guests purring and eager to be friendly, which according to David, “Describes me pretty well, too!

DECADENT DOG TREATS We can’t think of a yummier comfort dish than macaroni and cheese...made even more decadent with truffles. Your pup won’t have to go far to find these fungi, with Bocce’s Bakery’s Truffle Mac & Cheese wheat-free treats. Made with cheese and lean turkey bacon this dish is surely going to please even the pickiest pups.

He finds the best way to get serious about your pet’s health and diet is to have a lighthearted whimsical approach. “I really enjoy having product selections that pair well together and can create a fun theme. Seattle is known for wet weather, so these favorites are perfect for an indoor picnic for your pooch.

PETCHUP FOR YOUR PUP A condiment for your dog’s kibble, Petchup provides a flavor boost and nutritional supplement dogs love. Flavors also include Muttstard, Bark B-Q and Mutt-N-Aise. Yum!

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BING-WORTHY AND TAIL-WAGGING TOYS 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 cool milkshake. Sold separately. Winter 2018 • 25




Six-year-old Grayson Warner-McGee painted glitter on to a tree ornament that he had colored red and green. The colors were picked to match the colors of the soccer ball his late shih tzu, Stormy, loved. After the ornament dried, he added a favorite photo of Stormy who had passed away a few days ago at the animal hospital one floor below. Then it was all ready to be taken home and hung in a place of honor and remembrance for the holiday season. Enid Traisman, a self-taught artist leads monthly memorial art therapy workshops at Dove Lewis, an emergency animal hospital in Portland, where participants create fused glass pieces using their pet’s ashes or work on other rotating projects. She also holds art therapy workshops for the staff to combat compassion fatigue so they can go back on the floor and be refreshed. “With art therapy, it’s another layer of healing,” Traisman said. “Some people aren’t comfortable sharing their feelings in a group but they’re confident making art.” She initially studied neonatal grief but after reading a book about pet loss support, she found her calling. The animal lover realized she could do grief support while helping people who love animals. Now she uses her social work degree as the Director of Pet Loss Support Services at Dove Lewis. Grayson’s mom, Lori Warner-McGee worked at Dove Lewis and signed up for the December session after remembering how people had found the workshops helpful and to connect with others who understood her loss. “They understand how deep it hurts to lose a pet,” Warner-McGee said. “Because not everyone knows but you know the type of people who are here are with you on that.” Angela Paschall previously attended a workshop to commemorate her cat and returned to make a fused-glass memorial piece for her Lab-shepherd mix

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Keeping you together is what sets us apart. No one likes to be alone when sick or injured. Charlie. The shy and fearful dog who was rescued from a Walmart parking lot in Coos Bay became a Delta Society therapy dog who visited kids and seniors. “He was like my child,” Paschall said. “I find people are like it’s been a few days suck it up. It’s nice to be around people who don’t judge you and understand.” Nancy Whitmore brought her daughter, Lucy, and niece, Sawyer, to make ornaments after their long-haired Dachshund Willie passed away. She heard about the workshop from the hospital and thought it would be sweet to do something cathartic with the kids. “It was cool,” Lucy Sennett said. “I mean I wouldn’t have done this otherwise. So having the chance to make something I can have forever, it’s a cute little memory.” After the workshop is over, the glass projects are carefully transported to Traisman’s home. They’re fired in the kiln and the ashes are permanently fused between layers of glass. Participants can then pick up their art and take home a tangible memory of their beloved pet they can cherish. “Grief is a normal response to the loss of a loved one,” Traisman said. I see people grow after their loss a life ends. They may even change careers. It’s cool to see people heal.”

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When you add a dog to your family, you do so knowing that there is a very good chance that he or she will pass before you. Yet you still open your heart and welcome the little fuzz ball into your life. Pet owners know that by protecting ourselves from loving something we know we will lose, cheats us of having an enriching relationship filled with a lifetime of sweet memories. Grieving is a normal part of pet loss, and there is no right or wrong way to move through the pain. Despite the futuristic promise of immortality for our pets, setting aside the time now to consider the many ways available to memorialize and honor your pup can help bring you a little peace of mind later on down the road. Advances in technology and laws allow you to celebrate your pet’s life in new and novel ways. Still, many pet owners depend on traditional ceremonies to honor their pet. Once considered the only way to say goodbye, home burials remain the economical choice and offer complete control over your dog’s final resting place. While regulations vary from state-to-state, the general rule is backyard burials are allowed in most areas, and that pet graves should be at least three feet deep and in an area unlikely to be dug up or to erode over time. Selecting items to place alongside your furry family member can be a shared experience, involving all of the individuals your dog has touched throughout his lifetime. Creating a special spot in your yard, complete with a visiting area offers a sanctuary to recall good memories.

Top left: Ashes are artfully infused into a forever keepsake glass orb created by Artful Ashes. Top right: Pippin is lovingly prepared for his final celebration of life held at Resting Waters. Above: Glass holders display fur clippings and feathers from pets who have passed. 28 • CityDog Magazine

Environmentally friendly burial options are increasing in popularity for both humans and their pets. Paw Pods (, affordable internment pods created out of sustainable bamboo and rice husk, was created by Benn Riggen after an upsetting experience saying his final goodbyes to his Springer Spaniel. Ben, phased by the depersonalized manner in which his dog’s body was presented to him, developed the eco-friendly pet casket that disintegrates over time after being introduced to the earth. The pods come in a variety of sizes and can be personalized to match the personality of your dog. Did Bingo like blueberries? If so, use natural blue paint or dye to color the Paw Pod. More progressive in nature, pet cemeteries are beginning to welcome green pet burial options. Pet cemeteries have a long history, dating back to ancient times where humans and their animals were mummified and buried together. There are many companies and pet cemeteries that offer mortuary and pet burial services,

providing pet owners a specific place to honor their departed pet. Pet cemetery burial considerations should include the cost of internment, a casket, including biodegradable caskets, and a headstone. Depending on the selection, prices will vary from a few hundred dollars upwards into the thousands. The International Association of Pet Cemeteries ( is a good tool to find available resources in your state. People embrace their dogs as part of the family. Just as bonded humans desire to spend eternity together, pet owners often want to be buried with their pet. But, can you be buried with your pet? It depends on where you live, or more precisely where you die. Cemeteries must comply with strict regulations, however.there are a smattering of businesses throughout the United States that offer these services. New Jersey and New York allow humans to be buried with their deceased animal in pet cemeteries, and Pennsylvania has cemeteries sectioned by category of human, pet, and human and pet remains. Virginia recently passed legislation that allows companion animals to be buried in a casket next to their human, and a number of states allow human-animal burials in wildlife preserves, in tiered or adjacent cemetery lots, as well as certain pet cemeteries. Humans may also be cremated and have their ashes buried in a pet cemetery

with their pet. Green Pet Burial (greenpetburial. org) maintains an up-to-date list of available human-animal burials sites across the country. Cemeteries, veterinarians, and other businesses, like licensed in-home pet Clockwise from top: Urns come in a variety of materials, including euthanasia professionals, green options; cleansing Pippin’s paws one last time; a couple preparing to say their goodbyes to their 17 year old Poodle. offer cremation services. Cremation, a process of heat clay, minerals like salt, and even banana leaf and vaporization, is performed communally for pet owners with dogs that love the fruit. where a number of pets are cremated toPeople often display their pet’s urn in locagether, individually by animal, and privately tions formerly frequented by Fido, including where pet owners are offered the option to next to the fireplace or on a nightstand next participate and certify their pet’s process. to their bed. Costs vary widely depending on the type of Specialized business and a few pet service requested and where you live. Pet cemeteries offer bio-cremation, also known parents must decide what to do with their as aquamation, a non-burn process that dog’s ashes once returned, including urn seuses alkaline hydrolysis instead of fire and lection. Urns come in all shapes, sizes, colors, thus has a much-reduced carbon footprint. and materials including wood, metal, cloth, Aquamation mirrors the ecosystem’s process Winter 2018 • 29

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of liquefying organic matter, using water and potassium hydroxide continually mixed together at low temperatures for a long duration until what remains is your pet’s bones which are then dried, pressed into ash and returned to you. “With how we perform aquamation, a pet’s family is in control,” explains Darci Bressler of Resting Waters (, a Seattle-based pet funeral home specializing in aquamation. “We’re able to offer each family a unique experience,” continues Darci, “including a private memorial service with friends to express their love for their pet.” Darci is passionate as well as compassionate as she explains the process of aquamation, “we lovingly handle every animal in our care and we allow the owner to stay with their pet as long as they need, they can even place the body in the chamber.” Aquamation does not require removal of medical devices such as metal implants or screws, and because these are non-organic and won’t dissolve, the pet’s owner can keep these unique little keepsakes. As with the previously mentioned options, aquamation allows pet owners time to select souvenirs that give life to memories. “I keep my pet with me, in a little vial that holds his ashes,” Joe Kikukawa explains as he gently lifts the small oblong stainless steel container pendant that hangs around his neck. “When we were told, about 10 years ago, that we had about a week left with our boy, we were immobilized with grief. Fortunately, we were able to get a print of his paw, this necklace that holds a little bit of him, and some last minute professional images that we hung in our den.” The Pacific Northwest is home to several, talented pet photographers that offer beautiful images that can be turned into canvas art for your home. It’s this type of memorabilia that can help comfort a grieving pet parent. Today the choices are seemingly endless. In addition to urns and art, you can get a mold of your dog’s nose and have it turned into a necklace charm, earrings, or even a tattoo. Artful Ashes ( in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle use a teaspoon of your pet’s ashes to create a unique, handcrafted glass remembrance piece, such as a sculpture, pendant, or paperweight with your dog’s name etched on the bottom. Life Gem ( or Heart in Diamond ( can turn your pet’s fur or ashes into high-quality diamonds. For pet parents who really want to show the world how colorful their pet was, Heavenly Stars Fireworks ( insert your dog’s ashes into self-firing fireworks for you to light in a legally zoned area.

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Joslin Roth and Darci Bressler, owners of Resting Waters aquamation services, located in West Seattle.

Eternal Reefs ( is willing to cast a reef ball with your pet’s ashes included to become a part of an artificial reef that is restoring the ocean’s habitat. Celebrating your pet’s life is a personal thing, and only you can decide what feels right. Extravagance does not equate to love, and sometimes even the simplest of actions are the most powerful. Pet Perennials ( has an organic wildflower seed kit, complete with nutrient-rich soil, that you mix with your pet’s ashes to grow a beautiful garden. Planting a tree along with some of your dog’s ashes can give you a sense of rebirth as you tend to the sapling, ensuring its growth. Rooted Pet (rootedpet. com) out of Olympia offers state-of-the-art recomposition technology in a monitored environment intended to naturally return your pet to the earth in the land it’s turning into a tree farm. Relying on how your dog lived may just be the best way to honor your pet. Think about the activities that you and Rover did that brought you both joy, and somewhere in there is the key to how best to honor your pet’s memory. Remember to talk to people about the loss of your pet, and encourage family, friends, and coworkers to tell you their stories of how much their dog meant to them. In fact don’t wait until the time has come, if you know someone with a fuzzy one ask them to tell you what makes their pup special, today while their dog is still very much alive! Sharing our mutual love of dogs is what binds us dog lovers together.

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Gym memberships. Massage memberships. Regular acupuncture appointments. Hiking. Biking. Running. Court sports. The list goes on for the many ways in which we humans invest time and money in our own health. But what do we spend on our dogs to provide them with the same benefits? After all, they are our best friend, our soulmates, our spirit animals, our guiding forces. We owe it to them to ensure they live long, healthy, and enjoyable lives, too. With three dogs of my own, all larger breeds and considered seniors at age eight, I set out to find out how I can do for them what I do for myself—live a long and healthy active life. Initially, we might not think our dogs need any kind of exercise regimen beyond the usual walk in the neighborhood supplemented with the occasional off-leash park. But if we stop to consider how dogs are nearly identical to humans in their physical makeup—muscles, tendons, bones—as well as their physiological counterparts —heart, lungs, and other internal organs. And of course, their mental and physical health mimics ours, too. But where to start? Our lives are busy enough and we’re doing great if we get ourselves to the gym. Our pooch will need to suffice with the walk. However, investing in some very heartwarming time and maybe a little money depending on the activities you choose, you and your dog can be healthy together.

CARDIOVASCULAR STRENGTH TRAINING. Just like humans, dogs can benefit from having strong muscles in their legs, all four of them, core strength and stability, agility, balance, and cardiovascular health. If all you have time for is the walk in your neighborhood, try boosting the pace, adding hills to strengthen hip muscles and cardio, and vary the terrain on which you walk. These minor nuances will add just enough to enhance your walks for both you and your pups, and it will also add some mental stimulation to navigate the new route. If your pup has the green light from his vet, add some light jogging or even running to your routine. This will provide an added boost to strengthen his heart and lungs, and legs, lose any excess weight, especially if he has 32 • CityDog Magazine

become victim to the “winter five” and he will exert enough physical energy to help him have a stress-free day of hanging out alone if you need to go to the office. If you’re not a runner but you want your dog to have that opportunity, not to worry. There are plenty of off-leash parks both indoors and outdoors in Seattle and across the bridge to the eastside. Your dog can engage in cardio exercise on his own or with other dogs. However, not everyone is a runner, nor do you need to be for your dog to be able to run with the wind. Another option is to hire a dog-runner to take your dog out for you.

MUSCULAR STRENGTH TRAINING. Strength training is equally important to your pup as it is to us humans. Strong muscles help build strong bones, help to support ligaments and tendons, and help us to sustain the activities of daily living. According to FitPAWS ( adding strength training to your dog’s regular routine can increase balance, stamina, and increase range of motion in their joints. FitPAWS is a company that specializes in gym-like equipment for dogs. They have a variety of equipment to choose from based on whether your dog is a working dog, a show dog, or the family pet. You might be familiar with the Bosu ball used to increase strength, balance, and coordination. Believe it or not, there are Bosu balls for dogs, too. If you’ve never tried to use one but you’ve maybe seen someone use one, it’s not as easy as it looks, trust me. I’ve needed to use one many times after an injury. However, had I used one to strengthen my lower body and my core, I probably would not have been in the physical therapist’s office to begin with. The same goes for our dogs. FitPAWS has a variety of types of balancing balls for dogs of all sizes and types.

There is the half ball to balance using either their front legs or their back legs. Then there is the longer rubber balancing “balls” that are shaped more like a large bone. These are in various sizes depending on the size of the dog. They are meant for your dog to stand on it on all four legs. Talk about strengthening their core muscles! I don’t think I would even be able to do that. And then, there are individual balancing balls, one under each paw. Each of these items are beneficial for any dog but especially for those with a propensity for hip issues. Speaking from experience, a strong core helps to alleviate some of the stress on weaker areas of your body. There is also what is called stacking in physical training. Just like it sounds, you are adding on to each level of activity. For example, you might start your dog with one leg on a balance ball, then add the second leg. You might also try individual paw pads to help with strength, balance, and “limb awareness.” There is also a variety of agility equipment if you and your dog are so inclined. One of the great features of all the various types of equipment is that they don’t take up very much room and the prices are reasonable. Perhaps your dog is already at a stage whether due to age or injury or genetic makeup that weight bearing activities should be kept to a minimum. The perfect solution is swimming! Yes, even in winter. I recently had the opportunity to take my Great Dane/English Pointer to her first swimming lesson at K9 Aquatics ( on the Sammamish Plateau. Besides doing research for this article, I want to be proactive in her care now so we’re both familiar down the road should we need to be. Plus, it’s a fantastic exercise for her to enjoy now. The combination of the warm water and the non-weightWinter 2018 • 33

bearing resistance of the water acting as a massage help to assist with circulation, relieves stress and pressure on joints including hip dysplasia and arthritis, and helps to relieve emotional stress and build confidence. The owner and instructor, Sandy Fisher, offers hydrotherapy as well as play time in her pool specifically designed for canine water therapy. If you prefer, you can go in the pool with your dog for one-on-one swim time together. Before you choose a pool for your dog, be sure to do your homework. Find out what the temperature of the water is and check with your vet that the temperature will be fine for your dog. You also want to find out what kind of sanitation system is used and how often. And, most importantly, be sure the instructor is licensed as a hydrotherapy instructor, provides a life jacket for your pup, and knows CPR for dogs. Living in the Northwest does not allow for as many sunny dry days as we would sometimes like. And if you have a dog like Tsavo, my Rhodesian Ridgeback who will do anything and everything to avoid going out in the rain, then you need to get creative about exercising indoors. Healthy Paws Pet Insurance has come up with a short list of one-on-one activities you can add to your fitness routine (see sidebar to right).

MENTAL HEALTH. After all this physical activity, the thing I enjoy most is a massage. And yes, there are masseuses for dogs, too. Here again you want to find one that is licensed to work on small animals regardless of the dog’s size. A good masseuse is going to know the proper techniques to use on your dog’s body, where the pressure points are, and the variety of methods used in massage for dogs. For example, know when and how to use long, smooth strokes, short circular motions, tapping with her fingertips, and what the various pressure points are and the meridians to follow. Massage for your dog is a wonderful technique for you to learn. It can be a quick relief of tension after a walk or a strength training routine and will help to increase circulation to help remove toxins from their systems. I often massage my dogs even for as little as five minutes, maybe focusing on one area at a time, rather than their entire body. For example, after our morning walk, I’ll massage Sasha, my 8-year-old Alaskan Husky. When I use my fingertips on her hips, I can feel her muscles relax and melt into the floor. Massaging your dog is a beautiful way to really get to know your dog and bond with her. Plus, you get to know what their physical body feels like. This can come in handy should you notice something amiss sooner than later. With Abby and with Tsavo, my Rhodesian Ridgeback, I’ve found little lumps and bumps that have turned out to be nothing to worry about but now I know what is harmless and what might not be. All these ideas and suggestions can be for preventative measures as well as for treatment after an injury. If you have pet insurance, be sure to check your policy because often, these treatments are now covered. It’s never too late to get started on an exercise routine for you and for your dog and there’s no better time than now. 34 • CityDog Magazine

WALL SITS + FETCH Lean with your back against the wall with your feet shoulder width apart, then slowly slide down the wall until your knees are at a 90-degree angle (warning: not for the weak-kneed.) You should feel the burn in your upper thighs, not your knees. Then, throw a ball for your dog to retrieve! Stay in the wall sit position for 20 to 60 seconds—depending on your strength—throwing it as many times as needed. Rest for 30 seconds between sets of three.

CURTSY LUNGE + SHAKE Practice your pup’s manners with the curtsy lunge! Step your right foot back and behind your left hip, then repeat on the other side; left foot behind right hip. As you step back, offer your hand to your dog and say the “shake” command. This workout move targets the glutes and hip flexors! Provide positive reinforcement after each set of 10 lunges and a belly rub after all three sets.

PLANKS + WAIT Lying on your stomach, push yourself onto your toes and forearms. Focus on keeping your back flat and your head up, engaging your abdominal muscles for full benefits. Before you assume the position, place a treat on your dog’s paw or nose give the command “wait.” Don’t worry about your dog—planks are harder than they look! Last as long as you can in the plank position, then release your patient pup.

MINI HURDLES + HEEL Get your cardio in with some speed training exercises on mini hurdles. Jump, skip or hop through your preferred hurdle arrangement, having Fido run alongside or behind you. Larger dogs can get tangled up, so space out hurdles appropriately or make a dog-friendly obstacle course. At the end of the trial—run down and back at least three times—practice “heel” with your dog. For every successful sit give your dog a treat.

JUMP SQUATS With feet slightly more than shoulder width apart, squat down and come up into the air. Jump high enough that your legs are fully extended! Bring Fido into the equation with a treat in hand. Every time you jump, have your pup jump too. Depending on your activity level, do 10 to 20 jump squats per set, with three sets total.

RUSSIAN TWIST + TENNIS BALL Another ab-blaster, the Russian twist is even more agonizing when you add a dog. Balance on your bum and lift your feet and knees off the ground, with your back at a 45-degree angle to the ground. Rotate your torso left and right: that’s one rep. Traditionally the move is done with a balance ball or weight plate, but for a dog-friendly version you can use a tennis ball! Either play keep-away or fetch, doing 10 reps and three sets.

INTERVAL SPRINTS + MORAL SUPPORT A component of circuit training, sprint intervals get your heart pumping and are a great metabolism booster. Be sure to stretch and get your blood moving before engaging in such an intense exercise. This exercise may not be the best for flat-faced (brachycephalic) dogs, or those with heart and respiratory conditions. Mark your intervals at 40 to 50 feet from the starting point, then sprint for your chosen interval (typically 30 seconds) with your dog at your side. Rest for a period twice as long as the sprint – 60 seconds in this case. Repeat the sprint/rest combo five times, and get plenty of water for you and your pup afterwards.

WINTER SURVIVAL GUIDE Jack Frost is nipping at everyone’s nose this New Year, including pets’ as winter finally settles upon us in the Pacific Northwest. Here are a few tips to keep pets safe this season:

AVOID ITCHY SKIN Dry winter air can leave owners and pets alike with flaky skin. Keep your whole family comfortable by employing a humidifier in your home.

BUNDLE UP While many pets come with their own fur coats for the winter, sometimes they need a little extra help. For short-haired animals, provide a warm sweater or coat that covers them from neck to tail. For longhaired pets, avoid shaving or trimming fur too short.


PROTECT THEIR PAWS Shield pets’ feet from harsh chemicals and the cold by rubbing paws with petroleum jelly or covering them with booties. Also, regularly check footpads and between toes for cracks or irritation.

KEEP PETS INDOORS Whenever possible, keep pets inside during winter months. Pets left out in the cold can become disoriented, get lost or suffer from hypothermia. And be sure to provide a warm, dry and comfortable place for cats and dogs to sleep that is off the floor and away from drafts.

PROVIDE A LITTLE EXTRA FOOD AND WATER Pets actually burn more calories trying to keep warm in the winter, so owners should provide a bit more food during the cold-weather months. Ensuring pets are hydrated can also help prevent itchy, dry skin.

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After every frolic in the snow, wash and dry pets’ stomachs and paws to eliminate ice, salt and chemicals.


February Reading with Rover February 6 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Half Price Books, 7805 Leary Way February 10 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main February 18 • Covington, Wash. 1-2 p.m. at Covington Library, 27100 16th Ave SE February 20 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Half Price Books, 7805 Leary Way February 21 • Pacific, Wash. . 6-7 p.m. at Algona/Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Rd.

Diamond Collar Awards Luncheon

Walk n’ Wag

February 28 • Portland, Ore. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St. The Oregon Humane Society Heroes Luncheon presenting the Diamond Collar Hero Awards will honor and recognize the human and animal recipients of the awards in person. Animals who have made a major difference in the lives of humans, from saving lives to providing needed therapy and more; and humans who have helped animals in unique and outstanding ways. True heroes, animal and human, who have gone above and beyond for others. For more information, visit

March 18 • Issaquah, Wash. 10 a.m.-noon at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 NW Sammamish Rd. The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park is happy to announce the 3rd annual “Walk ‘n Wag” canine inspired walka-thon to raise funds for improving the park. Come meet other dog owners in the community, make new friends and have fun. Explore the 3K trail for dogs and walkers. Dog agility props will dot the trail. All dogs must be on a leash. First hundred registrants receive a special keepsake for their dog. Registration is $15 for children 15 and younger, $20 for adults, or $50 for a family of four. For more information visit

February 28 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lake Hills Library, 1550 Lake Hills Blvd.


Claws for Paws Crab Feed

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February 3 • Yakima, Wash. 5:30 -11 p.m. at Selah Civic Center. The Yakima Humane Society is hosting their annual Crab Feed! Delicious crab, baked potatoes, coleslaw and rolls are on the menu...and don’t forget the wine, beer and signature cocktails! Enjoy an evening full of great food, music and dancing while supporting the great programs at the shelter. Prizes in the Balloon Pop and delectable desserts in the Dessert Frenzy are also on the list of festivities.

March 6 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Half Price Books, 7805 Leary Way

Tassels & Tails

March 28 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lake Hills Library, 1550 Lake Hills Blvd.

February 10 • Portland, Ore. 12-3 p.m. at Hilton Portland Downtown. Noon reception and buffet luncheon ($125/person). 1:30 p.m. graduation ceremony (FREE and open to the public). The Guide Dogs for the Blind graduation is a public ceremony that commemorates the accomplishments of students and their new guide dogs during their past two weeks in class. Puppy raisers have the opportunity to formally present their graduating dogs, and the graduating class members bid farewell to return to their homes and families with new canine partners by their sides.

CityDog Puppy Love Muttmixer February 21 • Seattle, Wash. 5-8 p.m. at W Hotel, 1112 4th Avenue. CityDog Magazine and the W Hotel are hosting a Puppy Love Muttmixer, so join us for some ‘heavy petting,’ a cocktail or two, swag bags loaded with goodies, and mixing and mingling with fellow dog lovers!

March 10 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main March 18 • Covington, Wash. 1-2 p.m. at Covington Library, 27100 16th Ave SE March 20 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Half Price Books, 7805 Leary Way March 21 • Pacific, Wash. . 6-7 p.m. at Algona/Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Rd.

Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show March 10 & 11 • Seattle, Wash. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Come and be a part of one of the Northwest’s great traditions. The Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show is in its 77th year with over 2,000 dogs competing for Best in Show awards. Over 13,000 canine enthusiasts will attend this twoday event, pulling for their favorite breeds. More information at

Whiskers Wine & Dine March 10 • Lakewood, Wash. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Sharon McGavick Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW. Enjoy dinner, drinks, and amazing treasures in the silent and live auctions while helping to be part of the solution toward ending Washington’s animal overpopulation problem plus learn more about all the good work that the Northwest Spay & Neuter Center (NWSNC) does in the community.

Northwest Pet Expo March 24 • Spokane, Wash. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Spokane Fairgrounds. Do you love pets? Then this is a must see event for you. The Northwest Pet Expo is a one-day event all about pets and fun for the whole family. The expo features exhibits from a variety of local and national pet businesses. You will see a wide selection of pet retailers, rescue groups, fun & free activities, grooming contests, free samples and much more. In addition, many rescue and animal welfare groups will be on hand with their adorable pets for adoption. For more information visit

Easter B’egg Hunt March 31 • Duvall, Wash. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Every spring, Homeward Pet teams with Camp Charlie in Duvall to present one of the most fun and funniest dog events in the Northwest. The Easter B’egg Hunt invites all dogs to hunt the private off-leash park at Camp Charlie for colored eggs full of dog treats! Large dogs: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Small dogs: 12:30-2 p.m. Cost: $10 per dog onsite, no advance registration required. All proceeds from the event benefit Homeward Pet.

April Reading with Rover April 3 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Half Price Books, 7805 Leary Way April 14 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main April 15 • Covington, Wash. 1 p.m.-2 p.m. at Covington Library, 27100 16th Ave SE April 17 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Half Price Books, 7805 Leary Way

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April 18 • Pacific, Wash. . 6–7 p.m. at Algona/Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Rd. April 25 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lake Hills Library, 1550 Lake Hills Blvd.

PAWS Wild Night April 7 • Seattle, Wash. 6 p.m. cocktail hour and silent auction; 7:30 p.m. dinner and live auction at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th Street. Dazzling décor, silent and live auctions, delicious animal-friendly food, and outstanding wine combine in an unforgettable evening of friend-raising and fundraising for the animals. This is PAWS’ flagship fundraising event—a night that sees 500 animal champions come together to support the care and rehoming of homeless cats and dogs, and the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned wild animals. To purchase tickets, go to

Whistler Dog Fest April 15 • Whistler, B.C. Since 1998, Whistler doggies and their owners have turned out in droves to celebrate the doggone greatness of canines of all sizes and stripes. In aweinspiring outfits and with personalities galore, the hundreds-strong Dog Parade leads the way for the exhibitions, agility demonstrations and competitions to follow. DogFest is a kid-friendly, pet-friendly event. Visit

showing their support for homeless pets while enjoying the great outdoors. Bring your own furry friend(s) along, or walk one of the adoptable dogs. All levels of fitness and ability are welcome.

May Reading with Rover May 1 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Half Price Books, 7805 Leary Way May 5 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main May 15 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Half Price Books, 7805 Leary Way May 16 • Pacific, Wash. . 6-7 p.m. at Algona/ Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Rd. May 20 • Covington, Wash. 1-2 p.m. at Covington Library, 27100 16th Ave SE May 23 • Bellevue, Wash. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Lake Hills Library, 1550 Lake Hills Blvd.

Doggie Dash May 12 • Portland, Ore. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Help the Oregon Humane Society turn Tom McCall Waterfront Park into one big block party for dogs and people. You can sign up to run with or without your dog in this 2.5mile fun run/walk. After, enjoy live music, a pancake breakfast, contests, and more. For more information, visit

DoveLewis Wet Nose Soiree

Tuxes & Tails

April 20 • Portland, Ore. at Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, 1219 SW Park Ave. Raise a glass to support animals in need at DoveLewis’ biggest night! This oneof-a-kind party features exclusive auction items and special four-legged guests. Join a community of animal lovers for a party you would not want to miss. It’s a fun and unique opportunity for the animal-loving community to come together to support and show their love for Dove!

May 12 • Bellevue, Wash. 5 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center. The annual Tuxes & Tails Gala is the Seattle Humane Society’s premier fundraising event. Every year, more than 900 animal lovers gather to bid on amazing silent and live auction items in support of the animals in their care. Guests enjoy a gourmet dinner, delicious wine, auctions, raffles and find delight in the night’s celebrity and pet fashion show. For more information, visit

Reigning Cats and Dogs Auction

Pinot & Pups Wine Gala

April 27 • Spokane, Wash. 6 p.m. at the Red Lion, 303 W North River Drive. The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has become the regional animal protection agency for the Spokane area. This fun event will help raise money for over 11,000 animals that come to SCRAPS each year in need of shelter, food and care.

May 12 • Portland, Ore. 6-9:30 p.m at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 6 p.m. reception, fine wine tasting, silent auction, raffles and adorable puppies. 7 p.m. gourmet dinner with fine wines, keynote speech and live auction. Celebrate the magic of guide dogs and the extraordinary wines of the Pacific Northwest. Event proceeds will be used to offset the costs of training students who are blind with their new guide dogs at the Oregon campus.

See Spot Run: 5K Run & Doggie Dash April 29 • Yakima, Wash. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at Sherman Park next to the Yakima Humane Society. Join over 500 animal enthusiasts

Fore the Animals Golf Tournament May 18 • Port Orchard, Wash. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Kitsap Humane Society is hosting its Fore the Animals Golf Tournament at Trophy Lake Golf and Casting, 900 SW Lake Flora Rd. Gather your foursome, dust off your golf clubs and practice your swing! Your attendance directly benefits animals in need. The best part is you can bring your dog. Only one dog per foursome and it must be leashed. Or, just come for dinner and awards ceremony.

Homeward Pet Fur Ball Auction May 19 • Bellevue, Wash. 6 p.m. Reception & Silent Auction, 7 p.m. Dinner & Live Auction at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street. This is Homeward Pet’s largest annual fundraising event, bringing more than 500 animal lovers together to bid on amazing silent and live auction items in support of the homeless cats and dogs in their care. Guests enjoy a gourmet dinner and dessert, wine, raffles and much more!

Auburn’s Dog Trot & Petpalooza May 19 • Auburn, Wash. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Game Farm Park, 3030 R St SE. Petpalooza is a FREE event for pet lovers and a special day for your four-legged family member or other furry friend. This fun-filled event kicks off with a Dog Trot Fun Run. It also features an animal-related entertainment stage, flydog and agility demos, pony rides, an agility area, over 150 vendor booths, adoptions, low-cost animal services, giveaways and lots of activities to keep both humans and pets entertained including the CityDog Cover Dog Model Search! Unleash your dog’s inner super model for his chance to be on the cover of CityDog Magazine! $10 registration fee goes to Auburn Valley Humane Society. For more information about the model search, visit For more information about Petpalooza, visit

Oregon Humane Society Pug Crawl May 20 • Portland, Ore. 12-4 p.m. at Portland Brewing Company, 2730 Northwest 31st Ave. The highlight of the day is the Parade of Pugs at 2 p.m., where, if past tradition holds, almost 100 costumed pugs will walk the runway and compete. The winner will be chosen based on the creativity and originality of his or her costume. All dog breeds are welcome to attend (leashes required). Admission is $10 in advance; $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit the pets at Oregon Humane.

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The Dalai Lama wisely said, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” As a member of the press for the non-profit Technology Connection for Tibetan Nuns based in Baltimore, Maryland, I traveled to Dharamsala, India to take part in the 30th anniversary celebration of the Tibetan Nuns Project, headquartered in Seattle, Washington ( This enlightening trip included participation in four days of teachings by His Holiness. What struck me most during my trip was not the profound words I heard from the Buddhist leader of compassion but rather the profound presence and plight of countless homeless dogs in the area. The unpaved path getting from the airport to my hotel at the foot of the Himalaya Mountains was a winding drive through very narrow streets flanked by steep ditches. There was the constant sound of the multiple cab drivers’ high pitched horn honking along the road. “BEEP beep, BEEEP BEEP, BEEP!” The horn was not a form of road rage or an expression of anger so much as it was a warning: “Here comes a cab, get outta the way, hey move, Hey! These streets are barely wide enough for these cabs, you might get hit if you don’t get outta the way…!!” Unfortunately, many of the dogs wandering the streets don’t know the language of the horn—especially the young pups.

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As I became more familiar with the area I saw dogs at every turn. Among them, at the temple where the teachings were held, I met a royal old girl who has made the grounds of the temple her domain. “Tsu” according to the locals has been the unofficial greeter and loyal supporter roaming the lawns for several years. “Puppet” as he had been dubbed due to his mangled legs, appeared to be able to function only by an angel pulling his strings to enable him to walk the streets to forage for food and water. There are many more that go unnamed, starving for food and human attention. At the end of a meal, I would ask for a “doggy bag” to pack up my leftovers, not for a later snack, but for the street dogs. These dogs showed such gratitude to the smallest display of kindness. They licked my hand after their small meal. They walked by my side rubbing their ears against my leg. I would be reminded of their failing health by the coarse, cracked dry nose that scratched the palm of my hand in a gentle nudge

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Keeping your dog safe in the yard. asking for attention. These stray dogs ask for very little. Many of the dogs had a curious blue stripe on their head. I learned this is a mark earned after the dog had received a rabies vaccination usually given by the local rescue organization. It is a clearly visible sign that people need not fear being bit by this humble dog. In India, rabies is an extreme health issue—so extreme, that the World Health Organization has made it a priority to end rabies in Asia by 2020. Many people die each year due to rabies infection. Either through the bite of a rabid dog or from consuming a rabid animal. According to National Animal Interest Alliance, “The scope of the stray dog problem in many parts of the world is unimaginable by American standards. Street and village dogs have always been part of the developing world’s landscape, but exploding populations and spiraling rabies epidemics have transformed this issue from a third world problem to a global public health priority.” There are animal shelters and dog rescue groups springing up throughout Asia. One such shelter is the Dharamsala Animal Rescue ( that relies solely on donations. Many of these too young, too slow, too lame, too deaf, too old or even blind rescued pups are unintentional victims of hurried cab drivers or a community that is not well versed in the value of animal companionship. The Dogs of Dharamsala (DAR) have this small team of angels that have been making attempts to care for these amazing dogs that the majority of the locals have chosen to avoid or ignore.

DAR’s founder Deb Jarrett, went to India looking to fill a void and make a true contribution by volunteering at a preschool. However, she writes what truly got to her, “was seeing an injured and bloody dog lying in the temple where the school was held, apparently left to die. It broke my heart to watch the dog suffer—and to see how little the local people seemed to care about his condition.” She created DAR to raise awareness about the animals of Dharamsala. Puppies like “Rambo,” who was saved at the age of three months after being hit by a car and left to die. The accident gave him severe nerve damage in his front leg that an amputation was required for him to live pain free. The rescue also provides a full veterinary check, and ensures all of the dogs available for adoption are sterilized/neutered, receive rabies and basic vaccinations, as well as preventive treatments against worms, fleas and ticks (it costs $10 to vaccinate a dog or $100 to sponsor a dog in need for one year).

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According to the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the Year of the Dog, with the Dog a symbol for companion and guardian. Dogs are also a symbol of loyalty, faithfulness, and willingness to fight injustice. During this excursion to Dharamsala I came away believing I had an opportunity I could share with others to take a “paws” to truly understand and practice unconditional love, by being willing to join the fight against the injustice these innocent dogs endure while also contributing to the well-being of humankind. A reminder from Baltimore to Seattle, echoing that “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Winter 2018 • 39


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