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Welcome to the spring issue of CityDog Magazine. This issue is our special Health+Happiness issue, because a happy dog is a healthy dog and a healthy dog is a happy dog! Health and THE happiness go hand in hand, so ECT DOG AGING PROJ FOUNTAIN OF in addtion to health tips for your YOUTH FOR TRAVEL WELL FIDO hotel rose hound (check out our tips for portland, oregon canine dental care on page 36), PLAY WELL cool products we’ve included a feature on the for hot dogs SPECIAL LIVE WELL tiny home movement and tips tiny homes, big hearts for downsizing with your dog. HAPPINESS Hint...it’s easier than you might SOUND ADVICE ISSUE FOR A HOUND’S LIFE think (see page 22)! Simplifying is one key to happiness, so we found an easy, do-it-yourself dog bed project to get you started (page 10). And, speaking of simple, simply turn to page 14, where you will find cool stuff for you and your hot dog including matching Hawaiian shirts, monkey-print PJs, an allover massage roller for Rover, and much more!

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What is the one thing you would wish for when it comes to your canine? If you are like me, then it’s that they could live much longer lives. I spent 11 wonderful years with my dog Scout, but it wasn’t enough and I would give anything to have had 11 more. That’s why I am happy to learn about the University of Washington’s Dog Aging Project and the very real potential of being able to slow down the aging process in dogs (see page 30).

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When it comes to health and happiness, the topics are endless, so be sure to check out more on our website. It’s packed with helpful information, from health and wellness tips to travel, living and entertaining. And, speaking of travel, I am super excited to announce that after 13 years of digging up the best places to sit, stay and play with your pooch, we are putting it all in one place—the Doggone Travel+Adventure Guide—a 200-page, full-color, glossy guidebook! Available in June, it will be your go-to guide to hit the road with Rover, from wine tasting in Walla Walla, to exploring the Olympic Peninsula, to kicking it with your canine on the Oregon Coast, and much more. Be sure to pre-order your copy today at citydogmagazine.com before it sells out. Also in June, kick off summer with us at our Dog Days of Summer Muttmixer, Thursday, June 21 at the W Hotel Seattle. Enjoy a cocktail or two, mix and mingle with fellow dog lovers and take home a swag bag loaded with goodies. You can learn more about this event as well as other upcoming events—including our 13th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search—starting on page 38. Woofs & Wags! Brandie Ahlgren, Founder & Editor CityDog Magazine | citydogmagazine.com P.S. If you live outside of the Puget Sound region and you want to launch your own magazine about life and living in the city you love with the four-legged love of your life—in other words, your very own CityDog Magazine, please visit our website (click on Start Your Own Magazine) or email me at info@citydogmagazine.com.


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Table of Contents 10 BARK OF THE TOWN : DIY 12 THE SCOOP : JUST SWELL 14 COOL PRODUCTS : SHOWCASE 21 SHOP LOCAL : NEXT TO NATURE 22 CITYDOG LIVING : TINY HOMES 28 DELUXE DIGS : HOTEL ROSE 30 HEALTH : DOG AGING PROJECT 34 UNLEASHED : COMMUNICATION 36 WELLNESS : DENTAL HYGIENE 38 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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About the Cover This issue’s cover features, Ziggie, a 10-year-old rescue Italian Greyhound/Border Collie mix that had a rough start in life. By the time her humans got her she was afraid of all people. After a lot of love (and treats!) she is now a very happy dog that among other things excels in cuddling and agility—even winning the North American Dog Agility Championships!

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{BARK OF THE TOWN} THINGS TO CHEW ON

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It can be challenging to pamper your pet while saving a dime. For pet owners who want the best for their pooch or kitty without spending a fortune, the DIY movement is the answer. Armelle Rau, creator of the chic decorating blog Mocassin Headband, wanted to create functional and fashionable furniture for her furry friends. A pet lover, she put her two passions together and created DIY Projects for Cats and Dogs: 20 Easy-to-Build Creations for Your Best Friend. Here’s a sneak peek at one of the DIY projects that will fit in perfectly with pretty much any décor.

Skandinavian-Style Bed Materials 4 beveled bed legs 4 nuts and bolts (5⁄16 in/8 mm in diameter) 1 board, 24 x 15 in (60 cm x 40 cm) 2 boards, 15 x 6 in (40 x 15 cm) 1 board, 24 x 6 in (60 x 15 cm) About 10 screws

Cutting the Boards

You can have the boards cut at a home improvement store to avoid making a mess at home and to be sure you’ll have perfect cuts. However, typically this service is not free. 1. Cut the boards to the desired lengths and according to the size of your pet. In our measurements, we planned 10 • CityDog Magazine

Tools Power drill/screwdriver Jigsaw 5⁄16 in (8 mm) ratcheting wrench


to leave a little edge protruding at the front, but you can eliminate this edge if you want by adding the thickness of the board to your measurements. (See photo on previous page, top right, for how the pieces fit together.)

Assembling the Bed 2. Next, assemble the boards without screwing them together. This will help you see what the volume of the piece will be and allow you to check that the measurements are correct. 3. Once you are happy with the fit of the bed, screw the boards together, starting by screwing the two sides to the base of the bed, then screwing the back piece on.

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Finishing 4. Turn the piece upside down and mark reference points for the legs that are at equal distances from the four corners. We chose to position the legs 1½ in (4 cm) from the edges. Drill holes at these points and position the legs. 5. Screw the bolt to each leg, and the bed is done! In the end, this piece of furniture will have cost less than $25!

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Everyone loves a frozen treat on a hot day: ice cream, sorbet, and especially gelato. But what about our dogs: do they feel the same? For Debbie Hendrickx, her quest for the answer led to her most favorite business endeavor. When an 18-year corporate retail career came to an end in 2016, Hendrickx was entertaining the idea of opening an old fashioned ice cream parlor. “I just wanted to be part of a happy business, and for me ice cream and smiles go hand in hand,” she said. While this was much encouraged by her ice-cream-loving boyfriend, something still felt off. In the back of her mind there was a little voice that reminded her that as long as she could remember, she’s always wanted to work with dogs. On a sleepless Seattle night, the two ideas merged. “It was instant,” says Hendrickx. “Once the concept popped in my head I knew it was right and Swell, gelato for dogs was born.” She wanted to create a dessert for dogs that was rich, creamy and full of flavor, yet made of only dog-friendly ingredients. “When thinking of indulging in a frozen dessert, we don’t crave skinny, sugar free or watered down versions: we want that full sensory experience that only quality gelato or ice cream brings. Life has taught me that usually the best way to go is to keep things simple. Use great ingredients, follow a good recipe and a tasty treat will follow,” Henrickx said. “So I researched, experimented with recipes, and eventually narrowed it down to a handful of flavorful, dog-friendly, and quality ingredients while following a traditional gelato making process.” Tasting everything along the way with her two dogs, Hendrickx knew she had come up with something good. Even her boyfriend, who originally wanted a human ice cream parlor, is sold. “Both my boyfriend and I taste test every batch right out of the gelato machine. Since they really are quite delicious he now thinks the whole thing is

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“I got really funny looks at first when I rolled in with my cart, and I’m pretty sure a few people thought I was crazy, but they were intrigued,” she said. “Once they realized how much their dogs liked it, the dog park visitors got excited and came back every week for more. It was basically the happiest business environment one can imagine and I was surrounded by dogs!” Fast forward to today, and Swell dog gelatos are sold in many local pet and human stores, including All The Best Pet Care and Metropolitan Market. “The NW is truly the best place to live. People genuinely embrace local businesses, there is a real appreciation for high quality food and dogs are such a part of our family that the whole concept fits right in,” Hendrickx said. “I am so grateful for this community, and really the best part hasn’t changed from my dog park days: watching that joy on the owners face when they give their pup a Swell gelato, while at the same time seeing the dog’s delight as they are enjoying their treat.” Swell, gelato for dogs are available in three flavors (Banana-Peanut Butter, Pumpkin-Cheddar, and Sweet Potato-Molasses). Visit www.swellgelato.com for locations to purchase or to see where Hendrickx’s gelato cart will be next! Spring 2018 • 13


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t Delicious Design ZippyPaws’ deliciously creative burrow toys are meant to engage your dog’s brain and treat-seeking tendencies. Available in six mouth-watering designs—drumstick (pictured here), milk and cookies, bucket of popcorn, donuts and coffee, strawberry shortcake and blueberry pancakes. Made with soft and squishy materials, your pooch will be begging for one in each design. $13.99 at zippypaws.com.

t Chic, Le Freak

A dog bowl is simply not just a dog bowl, but also the gateway to your dog’s dental and gut health. This is why we highly recommend a superior product like Le Bols dog bowls. Made in the same fashion as high-end French cookware, these stainless steel bowls are extremely durable, sanitary and have a strong, ceramic styled interior finish. lovingpetproducts.com

Frogs for Dogs u

Hallelujah, your search for a BPA-free, rubber dog toy is over. This adorable chew toy by Lucas b is 100% natural, made from the sap of Hevea Brasiliensis trees, making it free of harmful chemicals. Handmade in Morocco and colored with all natural food dyes, this nontoxic dog toy is big on charm, while placing a priority on your dog’s longevity and health. Possibly one of the safest dog toy currently available on the market, we mark these as a must-have dog toy. $10.99 at lucasbdogtoys.com.

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Cue the Hawaii 5-0 theme song, break out the surf board, and get ready to hang 16...er, 10! Summer is almost here and what screams “summer” more than surf, sand and a Hawaiian print shirt? How about matching Hawaiian print shirts for you and your dog? Whether your thing is riding the waves or like us, simply hanging with friends for a backyard barbecue, do it in style with Dog Threads’ matching shirts for dogs, men, women and kids. Available in a variety colorful prints, the whole family will be howling for a Hawaiian print shirt. $36-$68 at shopdogthreads.com. 14 • CityDog Magazine


CityDog of Roses u

At CityDog Magazine, our mantra is “enjoy the city you love with the four-legged love of your life.” More specifically, if you love Portland and you love your pooch, then you will love these City of Roses collars by Lodi and Lewi. The colorful pattern features everything that makes Portland cool, so it’s perfect for your cool canine. But, have no fear Seattle area dog lovers—there is a collar for you, too—check out the Evergreen pattern in the CityDog Shop at citydogmagazine.com. $28 and up.

Day of the Dog u

This is the toy for your dog’s inner artist—think, Frida Kahlo meets Frida Fido. Inspired by the traditional sugar skulls of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), goDog’s Sugar Skulls are colorful and fun, but more importantly, super durable. Made with a super tough chew-resistant lining and reinforced seams and a built-in, puncture-proof squeaker inside, it can stand up to Rover’s rough play. Prices vary at chewy.com.

No More Muddy Paws p

For a dog, running in mud is akin to eating ice cream for a human...pure joy. But unlike humans, a dog can’t clean their own paws. Complain all we want, mud season is a paw-busting time of year and your dog will not have it any other way. So, just give in and keep your dog’s paws clean the easiest way possible…with a Mudbuster by Dexas! Paw in, paw out, rinse and repeat and your dog’s feet come clean with minimal effort. $14.99 at dexas.com.

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p High Fashion Hound

Who would have imagined that plastic bottles could be recycled into stylish pet bags? A Pet with Paws did and has designed a collection of training pouches and travel carriers for the well-heeled dog. The Bentley and Madison collections are affordable, yet stylish, high-quality, and safety tested, so go ahead...begin your globe-trotting adventures. $49 to $179 at apetwithpaws.com.

If you are looking for a splash of fun and functionality, you’ll want to check out this adorable hooded raincoat with a happy whale embroidered on the back. Made by Klippo, it also features a soft cotton lining accented with white polka dots, velcro strips around each sleeve to prevent rain from splashing into the sleeves, and an attached D-ring for easy leash attachment. For more information and where to purchase, visit klippopet.com.


{COOL PRODUCTS} COOL STUFF FOR HOT DOGS Mutt Hatter u

Watch your pup have endless fun as they uncover all of the hidden squeaks and crinkles inside these whimsical hat-themed toys by P.L.A.Y. The toy collection includes a sheriff hat, a pirate hat, a leprechaun hat, a viking hat and a gladiator hat. For added enjoyment, there are two built-in loops so you can secure each hat with a strap and turn your pet’s favorite toy into the perfect photo-op. Buy each toy individually ($9.50 and up), or the entire collection for $47.90 at petplay.com.

Shock and Awe p

Functionality and style combine to bring you the best in dog safety. This shock absorber leash by EzyDog drastically reduces strain, improving control through tension-sensing materials, while allowing enough give to reduce tugging. While safety and comfort are paramount, these leashes are also stylish and rugged. $30 at ezydog.com.

t Brunchies for Bowzer

Sunday brunch makes for a happy time for you and your pooch, especially with Brunchies by Aussie Naturals. Designed to reflect our love for all things delicious (eggs, bacon, burgers and pizza), these durable chew toys are made with natural leather, jute and coconut fiber filling for long lasting joy—just like an eggcellent Sunday brunch. For more information and store locations, visit aussienaturals.com.

t Snugglebugs

Does Fido need a relaxing place to chill? If so, then Bellinghambased FurHaven has your pup covered. With a variety of styles and colors, Furhaven dog beds are ergonomically designed for dogs, providing neck, back and body support. We especially love the microvelvet Snuggery Burrow Bed (pictured here)— perfect for furry snugglebugs of all shapes and sizes. Snuggerys are constructed to let your dog burrow and snuggle into the bed, with the top part of the bed functioning as a soft, shapeable, blanket. The soft hood feature can be used with or without the flexible plastic hoop to best suit your pet’s sleep style and burrow habits. $30.99 at furhaven.com.

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Sweet Memories p Your pup, your life. That’s what makes this Makin a Memory kit so special—the uniqueness of your pet can be easily captured forever in this beautiful memory frame. But, don’t wait until your pup passes—create a keepsake to enjoy today using items like a paw impressions and other special trinkets to showcase your four-legged loved one. $37.99 at makinamemory.com.

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All-Over Massage Roller for Rover u The PetWell All-Over Massage Roller allows for a totalbody massage for small and large pets. The smooth rolling motion stimulates blood flow to muscles and joints, helping decrease pain and inflammation. The massaging effect of the roller helps release endorphins, which enhances pet-to-owner bonding. $14.98 at lovepetwell.com.

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When it’s bed time for Bowzer, he will love these adorable and ultra soft furry pajamas by Klippo. Made with stretchable minky fabric, with brown, green and blue monkey prints all over and accented with stretchable collar and cuffs. A small D-ring attached near the neck area, allows you to add on a Klippo charm or custom ID tag (each outfit comes with its own Klippo logo charm). For more information and where to purchase, visit klippopet.com.

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The best way to travel with your dog! If you’re tired of spending hours cleaning your car after taking your furry friend for a ride, check out 4Knines Car Seat Covers and Cargo Liners! Spring is here, take your pup for an adventure while protecting the inside of your car. www.4Knines.com

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Cleaning up the messes in your yard that your dog left behind is a nasty job but you don’t have to do it. Let Sergeant Scooper handle it; starting as low as $13.00 per visit for one dog. We come, clean up and take away all the mess. Call 770-739-2769 or visit www.sgtscooper.com for more information.

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AT NEXT TO NATURE, IT’S ALL ABOUT HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND A LITTLE ZEN.

DOG IS MY ZEN If downward dog is your thing, than Dog Is Good is for you. Whether your passion

is yoga, running, or lounging on the sofa, you’ll want to wrap yourself in this cozy yoga hoodie, snuggle up with your dog and sip from this refreshing water bottle.

Your pet’s health food store, Next to Nature was founded in 1995 with the single purpose of offering the healthiest, all-natural foods and treats for Fido (with a few fun things for you, too)! Today, there are three locations—West Seattle, Edmonds and Tacoma—each offering an array of healthy food and treats, eco-friendly toys, and accessories for humans and canines alike. Pictured above, owner Beya Mark and rescue pup, Indigo.

WHIMISICAL WHIMZIES Made from all-natural, gluten free vegetarian ingredients, Whimzies come in a variety of animal and food shapes and are free of artificial stuff, GMOs, gluten and meat, while also being high in fiber and low in calories.

All of these items can be purchased at Next to Nature’s three locations: 4543 California Avenue SW, Seattle; 550 Main Street, Edmonds; and 1624 Tacoma Avenue S, Tacoma.

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TINY HOME

BIG HEART

The American dream of homeownership is going through a massive transformation. People from a variety of backgrounds and experiences are rejecting the notion of the McMansion-era lifestyle, and instead embracing a simpler existence that values experiences over material things. Tiny homes, whether on wheels or stationary, have become a valuable tool for individuals desiring a less complicated life. Creative minds have come together to transform small places into artistic, unique, and in some cases, luxurious small homes. A tiny house dweller can convert unused space into clever storage and functional furniture. Granted, moving into a smaller space may require creative thinking, but with a little forethought and a good design, there is plenty of room for a pup in a tiny house. Dogs are natural pack animals and want to be with people regardless of the size of home they occupy with their human. Traveling the countryside with your dog in a tiny home can make for a great adventure. All you need is a little planning and a little house. “One of our dreams is to own property someday so we can have a farm,” shared Kara Stacy, who, with her husband Mark, is a proud owner of a tiny home. “In order to work toward this dream we needed some drastic changes to happen in the financial area of our lives. So, we decided to think outside the box and look at going tiny!” Kara and Mark customized all 380 square feet of their tiny house. “Our lives revolve around food. Growing, cooking, and eating. So the main focal

Top: Mark and Kara Stacy, and their dog Persie live a grand life in their 380 square foot tiny house. Above: Persie gets a good sniff of Mark’s delicious meal. Spring 2018 • 23


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point of our home is a gorgeous 12’ long kitchen with full-size appliances and custom cabinetry.” Prosciutto, Kara’s rescue pup who goes by the nickname of Persie, couldn’t be happier in their tiny home. Persie, a 35-pound mix-breed love bug, has been with Kara and Mark since she was a puppy. Born the runt of the litter, Kara cared for Persie and helped her grow into a beautiful, thriving dog who feels secure and happy in her tiny home-based life. Nestled on a beautiful piece of leased farmland outside of Seattle, the couple’s tiny home is surrounded by pasture and beautiful wetlands, and is quite comfortable. A surprisingly large, full-sized bathtub fits into the tiny home, as well as a large sleeping loft and a smaller second loft used as a multi-functional space. The main floor of their tiny home has tall ceilings, and the walls are filled with windows that allow for lots of natural light and bring the outside into their living space, helping it to give a feeling of openness. Persie’s raw food diet was also taken into account with the addition of a full-size refrigerator. “We opted for stairs to the sleeping loft versus a ladder since we knew we wanted Persie to be able to access our main loft on her own.” Kara added that their “stairs have storage cubbies that we were able to dedicate a couple to our dog’s harness, leash, and toys. We knew we needed some space on the main level for her to hang out in while we are away during the day. We also have lots of windows that she can access easily for looking outside which have been great for her, as she loves watching the critters outside and sniffing the breeze as it wafts in the windows.” Much like Kara, Kate Porter and her husband share a home with their dog, but much, much larger. “For the first year or so that we lived in our tiny house, we had two large dogs, our Chocolate Lab, Riley who has since passed, and our Great Dane Molly.”

Left page: Persie uses the stairs to maintain eye contact. Above, clockwise from left: The loft area is Persie’s ideal sleeping spot; bed time makes for a happy dog; a bright yellow chair is one of Persie’s favorite snuggling spots.

Molly and her family live in a 350 square foot stylish abode on wheels. Decked out with Silestone counters, Pergo floors, a dishwasher, along with a washer and dryer, a composting toilet, tile backsplash and tile bathroom floor as well as a custom metal fabricated tub, Kate and her family truly have everything they need, “We wanted to go tiny for a few key reasons. To be able to travel and see family, friends, and roam around the country while working from home. When we started our tiny house build we were living in Seattle, with family on both the east coast and Midwest, and we rarely got to see them. After having our son, it became particularly Spring 2018 • 25


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important to get more time with family…and we wanted more financial freedom, having less stuff in our life and more opportunity to spend time together.” While Kate and her family are able to park their tiny house anywhere and call it home, currently they reside in a picturesque wooded location in Maryland, along a rambling river. Molly’s size is no barrier to living in a small space the way Kate sees it, “Molly essentially has the couch all to herself, or a dog bed that pulls out from under if we are all home together, though we’ve been known to fit all four of us on that couch!” Also, Kate shared a few special modifications to help Molly feel right at home, “Redesigning the trash/recycling area to add a third compartment to store the 50-pound bag of dog food required for a dog this size, and a locking drawer for her medications.” If you want to experience a more pared down, and in some cases, nomadic, lifestyle, tiny house living may be just what the doctor ordered. Small in size, large in style, a tiny house has humongous potential for living a more carefree life with your pup, just make sure to consider your dog’s needs. Younger dogs are likely to feel more readily at ease with the incline of tiny house stairs, which tend to be steep due to the need to expand upward while retaining a small footprint. Also, take into consideration the amount of outside space your dog will require as it becomes even more important when living in smaller environments. Every nook and cranny is precious when occupying a small house. But even in a tiny home, you will always have space for a dog…or two! Left, top: Kate Porter, her husband Sean, and their dog Molly’s tiny home on wheels. Left, bottom: Molly makes herself at home; a fenced area provides safe sanctuary. Above, from top: Molly is ready to hit the road; a tiny space made into a glorious home. Spring 2018 • 27


{DELUXE DIGS} LAP UP THE LUXURY

FUNKY HOTEL AND FIDO

ROSE FRIENDLY

WRITTEN BY BRANDIE AHLGREN PHOTOGRAPHY BY LINDSAY BACA

It’s a perfect match: a city that likes to think of itself as weird and a hotel that likes to think of itself as funky; both priding themselves on being super dog friendly. We like weird. We like funky. And, we love dog friendly!

SLEEP. Hotel Rose, with its wildly colorful interiors and eclectic furnishings, can definitely be described as funky—in a good way. The rooms are large, bright, and have all the modern amenities you need for a comfortable stay, like flat-screen TVs and Keurig coffeemakers. The bathrooms are modern and spacious, with an oversized shower and rainfall showerhead as well as amenities like Tommy Bahama bath products and a plush bathrobe and matching slippers, no less. The beds are super comfy—for you and your pooch. Yes, as part of the Pineapple Pup Package, four-legged guests get their own dog bed plus a water bowl, treats, and baggy dispenser. And, speaking of baggies, Hotel Rose is located directly across from Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River, making potty breaks convenient and scenic.

EAT. If you’re an early riser, ready to explore what keeps Portland weird, grab your caffeine fix and a quick bite at the Pineapple espresso bar on your way out the door. Or, if you prefer to stay in bed all day (no judgment), the inroom menu has delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you would rather sit down for a full meal, Bottle + Kitchen serves up globally-inspired, locally-refined comfort food and craft cocktails. Start with a Kick Ass Cocktail (yes, that’s what they’re called) such as the Minty Mule, made with Oregon Vodka, mint, ginger puree and lime. Follow that with market oysters topped with a habanero cocktail sauce. Then what dog lover can resist a menu item called Lady and the Tramp? It’s spaghetti and meatballs for two, with house made pork and beef meatballs, chunky marinara, parmesan, garlic bread and a house salad. Bellissimo! Top, left and right: When only the best for Fido will do, the Suite of Roses features designer décor, luxury furnishings, a dining table for four, two HDTVs and much more. Above: Enjoying a signature Kick Ass Coctail and yummy bite to eat at Bottle + Kitchen. 28 • CityDog Magazine

PLAY. If you’re ready to work off last night’s meatballs, then consider a hike at Tryon Creek State Park. Located about 15 minutes from downtown Portland, Tryon is Oregon’s only state park within a major metropolitan area. With 670 acres of forest and a 2.7 mile loop trail, it’s perfect for an afternoon hike with your pooch—but, because it’s a state park, dogs must remain on leash.


Above, from left: Louie relaxes on his super comfy dog bed; the hotel’s mascot, Dash, is not just a toy...he is also a good cause.

For some off-leash fun, Portland is the place, with 33 off-leash areas—from fenced dog parks that are leash-free during park hours to unfenced areas that are open to off-leash dogs during designated hours. We recommend Chimney Park, a full-time, 16acre dog park, located just four miles from downtown. For a full list of off-leash areas, visit portlandoregon.gov.

Hotel Rose prides itself on not just being dog friendly, but also dog obsessed. Beyond the amenities already mentioned, the hotel’s parent company, Pineapple Hospitality, supports numerous animal welfare organizations and if you purchase the company’s plush hotel mascot, Dash (found in each room), you can give to a good cause too, with part of the proceeds going to support

animals in need (and, your dog goes home with a new chew toy)...a win, win, win!

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{CITYDOG LIVING} CELEBRATING LIFE WITH DOGS

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH FOR FIDO

At almost 12 years of age, Rascal, who is still happy and healthy, was one of the participants in the first phase of the Dog Aging Project. 30 • CityDog Magazine

WRITTEN BY REBECCA SANCHEZ PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIE AUSTIN

Sometimes it feels like your dog can go from pup to senior in a blink of an eye. Watching your dog age is often an emotional and turbulent experience for both you and your dog. It’s not a stretch to think that every pet parent would love to unlock the secret to slowing down their dog’s aging process. If two clinical trial researchers at the University of Washington have anything to say about it, dog lovers may not have to wait too much longer. Matt Kaeberlein, a professor in the university’s department of pathology, along with his colleague Daniel Promislow, are conducting The Dog Aging Project and it has the very real potential of being the tipping point for ensuring a healthier, more elongated life for canines. “There are two well-researched and accepted methods of slowing down the aging process,” Kaeberlein explained, “calorie restriction and rapamycin.” What do these two methods have in common? Metabolic magic. Well, to be clear, it’s science and not really magic. The Dog Aging Project is studying the effects of rapamycin on dog aging, or more plainly stated—not aging. Rapamycin, a biological agent free of patents making it more easily available for research projects, takes its name from where it was originally discovered on Easter Island, is most notably used for organ acceptance in transplant patients by suppressing the immune system and thus the rejection, as well as used in high-doses for fighting cancer. Studies have shown that the drug, when given in low doses, slows aging and increases the lifespan of flies, worms, and mice by a fairly sizable amount. A passionate dog owner himself, Kaeberlein’s focus was on ensuring the health and well-being of the dogs participating in the Project, “We knew we did not want to do laboratory testing, we wanted the dogs to be in their homes.” Kaeberlein, performing scientific research focused on the biology of aging since graduate school, was committed to ensuring that prior to testing on dogs, all ethical concerns had to be addressed. The goals of the Project and how the dogs were cared for throughout the duration of the research comes, in part, from how Kaeberlein relates to his own dogs, a German Shepherd named Dobby, a Keeshond named Chloe, and his newest addition, Betty, whom he adopted from Old Dog Haven, “Dogs have an accelerated aging rate, and who wouldn’t want to have more time with their dog?”


Recently numerous Seattle area dogs, attended to by Dr. Phil Bergman, director of clinical studies at VCA, successfully completed phase one, a 10-week, first of its kind, component of The Dog Aging Project, that showed statistically compelling heart function improvement without significant side effects, similar to what was reported in the earlier mice studies. “We saw evidence of the improved cardiac function,” added Kaeberlein, “which was encouraging and certainly provided an incentive to move forward with phase two.” The later phase of the Project has a longer duration of one-year, with the hope to further evidence that supports rapamycin’s use to help result in a longer and healthier life for dogs. For perspective on the magnitude of this research take a peek at Rascal, a phase one participant. “Rascal will be 12 in a few months,” his human Rose Bigham, a big Dog Aging Project proponent, offered, “and while he has some osteoarthritis now, he’s otherwise happy and healthy. I am incredibly grateful to the Dog Aging Project for the extra time they’ve brought me with Rascal and I look forward to the rest of the world learning about how they can enjoy more healthy years with their dogs too!” Rose is one of the many pet parents who want, “more healthy, robust years with our furry family members.” “The most common reason for participating (in phase one) was that these are people who love dogs and want to participate in research that might help all dogs live longer healthier lives,” added Kaeberlein, “Overall, my biggest impression was how much these owners loved their dogs. Many shared why their dog was so important to them, how hard it was watching them get old, and how they dread someday losing him or her.” This is what, in part, keeps Kaeberlein dedicated to his work at The Dog

Aging Project. While phase two is right around the corner, the Project and Dr. Kaeberlein’s goal is to “reach full funding of a phase three rapamycin interventional trial and the first five-years of the (full) study.” The full study will enroll 10,000 or more dogs into a Foundation Cohort where “owners will complete an initial survey about their dog’s lifestyle and home environment and provide annual veterinary records,” explained Kaeberlein, “we will obtain a blood sample from the first veterinary visit for genotyping and give the owners a report on their dog’s genetic makeup.” As a result of the findings, Kaeberlein will Top of Page: Rascal, and his dog sibling Reilly, join their human Rose Bigham for a walk around the park on a cool spring day. Rose acknowledges the Dog Aging Project for helping Rascal have extra quality time with their family. Above: Reilly is happy to lead the way through any kind of weather, and is there to offer Rascal a helping paw if needed. Spring 2018 • 31


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then enroll about 1,000 dogs into a ‘Precision Cohort,’ and undergo a much more thorough annual testing and tracking that will also include an activity tracker fitting, akin to a ‘Fitbit’ for dogs, that will record cognitive assessments through gameplay with their humans. Dr. Kaeberlein encourages involvement in The Dog Aging Project, “With minor exceptions, all personnel on the Project at the University of Washington are working as volunteers while holding down full-time, or more than full-time, jobs. My wife Tammi (a research scientist who is also actively working on the Project) and I are doing 95% of the outreach and social media ourselves. If folks have ideas for fundraising, we’d love to hear from them.” One technical advancement the Project would like to make as they progress to phase two and three of the study is an app that can help record and report participant information, “for example scanning the barcode of dog food each dog is eating.” For right now though, Kaeberlein, his colleagues, and numerous dogs and their owners are feeling positive about the results of the phase one portion of The Dog Aging Project. Based on studies to date, the Project team expects a 25% increase in lifespan and a correspondingly greater increase in healthspan, which they define as the period

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Top of Page: To help Rascal manage the effects aging has on his joints, Rose takes Rascal to hour-long physical therapy at Heavenly Spa in Fall City, Washington. Above: To ensure that Rascal will always be by her side, Rose commissioned a tattoo made in his image and positioned on her exactly at Rascal’s height.


of life free from significant disease or disability, as a result from low-dose rapamycin. According to Dr. Kaeberlein, this means that “for a typical mid-size mixed-breed dog that might equal three-to-four years.” To a human, having their dog experience a longer and healthier life is invaluable. Just ask Rose, “The study was quite easy to participate in and the payoff for us was huge! The one thing we dog owners cannot control, beyond high-quality food, proper exercise, and good veterinary care, is how much time we get to spend with our dogs. And the one thing all dog owners consistently want is more healthy time with their dog.” This is the focus of The Dog Aging Project. While findings may translate to other projects focused on humans, Kaeberlein and his colleagues are solely dedicated to making a life-changing, healthy difference for dogs.

Pukka’s Promise BY TED KERASOTE

Not one to be left out, Reilly enjoys a good time at Heavenly Spa that should also help to delay the aches of aging.

While we wait for the final results of The Dog Aging Project, what can we as responsible dog parents do to help fend of chronic disease, and potentially unhealthy aging, in our dogs? We can commit to fending off canine obesity by feeding our pups nutritious food in proper proportions and ensuring they get exercise on a daily basis.

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{UNLEASHED} PEOPLE AND POOCHES OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

HEALING

TOUCH

WRITTEN BY STEPHANIE OLSON

Every pet owner wonders what their pets are thinking. You might be struggling with adding another pet, and don’t know how your dog or cat may feel about it. Or, you may be wondering what’s the next step in your pet’s life. Now you don’t have to wonder anymore, thanks to animal communicators. Also known as “pet psychics,” they are gifted with the ability to read animal psyches in a way that can answer common owner questions, help with ailments, and much more. Rose De Dan, of Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing in Seattle, Wash., has been an animal communicator, Reiki and shamanic energy healer for over 20 years. She got her start in animal communication after taking a class on Reiki energy healing. “I registered for the class because I was at a point in my life where I felt my life lacked meaning and purpose, and this was one thing that called to my heart even though I really did not know why I was taking the class or what I would do with what I learned,” De Dan said. “While experiencing the Reiki energy I had a profound moment of clarity. All of a sudden I knew—to the core of my being—that all my life I had wanted to be a healer, and that I would work with animals. For me it was like coming home and receiving a gift I had never thought possible.” De Dan sees many different animals in her practice. Her main clients are dogs and cats, but, “because the animals recognize the healing energy I carry, I have been approached by many different species while walking around in the world or when in ceremony with zoo animal ambassadors and rescued wildlife such as butterflies, birds, geese, horses, wolves, mountain lions, etc.,” she said.

Top, left and top, next page: As part of her practice, Rose has worked with animals at New Moon Farm Goat Rescue in Arlington, Wash. Since 1998, New Moon Farm has taken in, rehabilitated and found homes for over 1,500 animals. Top right: One of Rose’s clients, Emma. Above: Viggo, a 21-year-old barn cat now in spirit, enjoying some personal healing. 34 • CityDog Magazine

Her advice to people who may be skeptical of her abilities? Be openminded. “You have to be willing to consider that the world may be more than what you can touch, and I cannot convince anyone of that by telling them it is so. Most people need to have a personal experience to make that shift.” Most of De Dan’s clients come to her due to aging issues, chronic illnesses, integrating new animals, litter box issues, etc. She even helps owners with palliative, end-of-life care.


Over her career, Rose has communicated with all kinds of creatures, large and small.

“Over the years I have come to specialize in energetic support for end stages of life, which can often mean more quality of life for longer than had been expected,” she said. While some people and animals are able to come to her for one or two sessions and get the answers and clarity they need, others take a little more time. “Senior animals or those with chronic illness gain the most quality of life when energy healing is offered on some sort of maintenance basis,” De Dan said. “Having gone through hospice care for my own animals, I know how important it can be to feel that you have someone to offer insights and support as you try to make the best decisions possible for your animal companion.” Along with her abilities to listen and communicate with animals here on earth, De Dan can also communicate with her client’s animals who have passed on. “I usually only do communication sessions for animals in spirit who have been ongoing clients, and the focus often shifts to helping those left behind (animal and human) who are grieving the loss of their loved one,” she said. “To my awareness,

the actual communication with the animal in spirit is only different in that they are no longer weighed down by the physical issues that they struggled with at the end of their lives. There is a sense of freedom that was lacking before.” As a whole, De Dan feels blessed to be able to do what she does—for both the people and animals she helps.

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“I did not exactly plan my life or career, I sort of followed the breadcrumbs of guidance from the animals and the energy!” One thing she really wants readers to know? We can all communicate with animals. “We did it as young children. However, over the years, we move out of our hearts as we are told that what we feel/ perceive to be true is not real, and as our culture teaches us to experience/analyze the world from our heads. The animals know a wild way to heal, and they want to share that knowledge with us. They are so excited when we make the attempt to communicate and connect with them—they want us to walk in this world together.” To contact Rose about an appointment, call her at 206.933.7877 or visit her website at reikishamanic.com.

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{HEALTH+WELLNESS} HEALTH TIPS FOR THE WHOLE DOG

WRITTEN BY STEPHANIE OLSEN

DENTAL

CARE FOR DOGS

AS HUMANS, ORAL HEALTH IS VERY IMPORTANT. WE BRUSH OUR TEETH TWICE DAILY, FLOSS, USE MOUTHWASH, AND VISIT THE DENTIST TWICE A YEAR FOR CLEANINGS AND EXAMS. BUT WHAT ABOUT OUR PETS? Sadly, the majority of dog owners don’t look at their pet’s oral health with the same importance: most dogs over the age of 3-5 have some degree of periodontal disease, with some dogs such as toy breeds begin accumulating tartar and dental disease as early as one year old. February was National Pet Dental Health month—but shouldn’t every month be dental health month for our pets? Cherri Trusheim, DVM, owner and veterinarian at Urban Animal in Seattle, definitely thinks so. “Ideally, dogs teeth are brushed daily by their owners: brushing or some form of mechanical (wipes, etc.) to inhibit the formation of plaque and tartar,” she said. “The majority of dog owners do NOT brush teeth for obvious reasons. Getting dogs used to having their mouths handled at a young age is key.” Trusheim started practicing veterinary medicine in 1999, after finishing vet school and starting an internship. She opened Urban Animal five years ago, with a mission to provide affordable veterinary care provided by highly skilled/trained veterinarians and medical staff. Her clinic tends to be less strict when it comes to recommending traditional teeth cleanings, where patients are put under general anesthesia for a deep cleaning of each tooth and under the gum line. “Many veterinarians recommend routine dental cleanings—every six to twelve months—under anesthesia. Urban Animal tends to be a bit more conservative based on the concerns for repeated general anesthetic events during a dog’s life,” Trusheim said. “There are no studies to understand the long term effects of repeated general anesthesia events. For this reason, we try to balance the benefit 36 • CityDog Magazine

versus the potential down sides that include stress to the dog.” Alternatives to traditional anesthesia teeth cleanings are non-anesthesia teeth cleanings. Your dog is not asleep during this procedure, but is instead physically restrained, while the technician performing the cleaning removes the top layer of visible plaque from the tooth. Also called a tooth scaling, Trusheim isn’t a fan, as it really only removes what’s visible to the naked eye and can be traumatic for some dogs. “Not all dogs are candidates for non-anesthetic dentistry. It can also be stressful for some dogs. It is important that pet owners know the qualifications of the individual performing the procedure, too,” she said. In terms of dental chews or bones, Trusheim recommends looking for chews that aren’t too hard, but that are enticing enough for your pet to want to chew them. “The simple mechanical action of chewing on something like rawhide can be beneficial. Then there are treated rawhide strips that combine the mechanical action with enzymatic or chemical reaction to help


keep tartar and plaque from forming. Owners should be aware of very hard chew toys that can cause tooth fractures in powerful chewers.”

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Bottom line, though: daily maintenance and regular check-ups with your vet are the best way to prevent periodontal disease. “At the end of the day, everyone would agree it would be best for dogs to have teeth that are pearly white and tartar free. What are the lengths owners are willing to go to in order to make this happen? If they are doing the maintenance at home, that is best,” Trusheim said. “If tartar is allowed to build up, at what point should dentistry be performed? This is somewhat of a personal and philosophical conversation. There will come a time in most dog’s lives when the benefit of dental work will outweigh any potential downsides.”

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TIPS+TRICKS Follow these suggestions by Bethany Wright, licensed veterinary technician with Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s dentistry and oral surgery, to get your dog started on the right tooth for daily oral care. u Make daily teeth maintenance easy and fun for all. u Start by gently petting the muzzle of your pet and praise them for accepting. u Once your pet is comfortable with this, can vary from a few days to a week, lift the lip to start rubbing your finger along the gums. Feel free to use the toothpaste or peanut butter, whatever is their favorite, to encourage acceptance. u Work up to the toothbrush, with or without the toothpaste, and brush just the outsides of the teeth facing the lips and cheeks using a circular motion to also include the gums for a minimum of 60 seconds daily. u Choose a time in your schedule that works best for you and your pet. A common one is when you brush your own teeth, do theirs before or after. This scheduled time allows everyone to succeed. u Finally, congratulate yourself on a job well done and don’t forget to praise your furry friend too!

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{SOCIAL CALENDAR} MAKE A DATE WITH YOUR DOG

May Reading with Rover May 1 & 15 • 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 5 • Federal Way, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Federal Way Library, 848 S 320th Street May 5 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Avenue May 6 • Mill Creek, Wash. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at University Bookstore, 15311 Main St. May 8 • Renton, Wash. 6-7 p.m. at Renton Library, 100 Mill Avenue South May 9 • Woodinville, Wash. 3-4 p.m. at Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd NE May 10 • Kirkland, Wash. 5:30-7 p.m. at Rosehill Elementary, 8044 128th Avenue NE May 10 • Sammamish, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Sammamish Library, 825 228th Avenue SE May 12 • Lake Stevens, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Lake Stevens Library, 1804 Maine Street For more Reading With Rover dates, visit their website at readingwithrover.com.

Walk/Run for the Animals May 5 • Vancouver, Wash. 7:30 a.m.-noon at Esther Short Park, 301 W. 8th Street. Join 2,000 people and 1,000 dogs for the largest gathering of people passionate about pets. Choose from two dog-friendly courses, a three-mile walk along the Columbia River or a 5k timed run through Ft. Vancouver with finishers’ medals, awards for top finishers and top runners per age bracket. After your walk or run, head back to Esther Short Park for the Party in the Park with dozens of petfriendly vendors, dog agility demos, awards and fun for you and your dog. For more information, visit southwesthumane.org.

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

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Tuxes & Tails May 12 • Bellevue, Wash. 5 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center. The annual Tuxes & Tails Gala is Seattle Humane’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 seattlehumane.org.

Pinot & Pups Wine Gala May 12 • Portland, Ore. 6-9:30 p.m at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Reception, silent auction, raffles and adorable puppies, followed by a 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. For more information, visit guidedogs.com.

2nd Annual Dog Fest May 17 • Seattle, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Van Vorst Plaza, 426 Terry Avenue N. Downtown Dog Lounge invites you and your pooch to Dog Fest, featuring a Fido fashion show full of dressed up pooches and high end couture plus a live performance by Star Anna, vendors and swag. More information at downtowndoglounge.com.

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 Road. 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. kitsap-humane.org

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, delicious wine, raffles and much more! homewardpet.org.

Auburn’s Dog Trot & Petpalooza May 19 • Auburn, Wash. 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. at Game Farm Park, 3030 R Street, 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, Mud Bay’s Northwest Pet Contest, 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 citydogmagazine.com. For more information about Auburn’s Petpalooza, visit auburnwa.gov/petpalooza.

Oregon Humane Society Pug Crawl May 20 • Portland, Ore. 12–4 p.m. at Portland Brewing Company Taproom, 2730 Northwest 31st Avenue. 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. You may come with or without a dog. All dog breeds are welcome to attend (leashes required). Admission: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit the pets at Oregon Humane. For more information, visit oregonhumane.org.

June Reading With Rover June 2 • Federal Way, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Federal way 320th Library, 848 S 320th Street June 2 • Snohomish, Wash 11 a.m.-noon at Snohomish Library , 311 Maple Avenue June 3 • Mill Creek, Wash 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at University Bookstore, 15311 Main St. June 5 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Half Price Books, 7805 Leary Way


June 9 • Lake Stevens, Wash. 11 a.m.-noon at Lake Stevens Library, 1804 Main Street June 10 • Bothell, Wash. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Bothell Public Library, 18215 98th Avenue NE June 12 • Renton, Wash. 6-7 p.m. at Renton Library, 100 Mill Avenue South June 13 • Woodinville, Wash. 3-4 p.m. at Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd NE For more Reading With Rover dates, visit their website at readingwithrover.com.

Seattle Tacoma Pet Con June 2 & 3 • Puyallup, Wash. Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at Washington State Fair Events Center. Watch live demonstrations in agility, obedience training, pet care, and activism. Enjoy great giveaways and prizes, plus amazing discounts on your favorite pet products. And, if you’re looking to add a new pet to your family, a mega-adoption event will have more than 300 pets available for adoption. Free admission and pets are welcome. Visit seatacpetcon.com.

Vashon Sheepdog Classic June 7-10 • Vashon Island, Wash. at Misty Isle Farms. Join people from all over the world who flock to Vashon to enjoy the fascinating world of the working sheepdog. The Vashon Sheepdog Classic is the most attended herding event on the West Coast and is held on the breathtaking rolling meadows of Misty Isle Farms. Come and enjoy local fare, fiber arts, and other artisan crafts while you experience this highly regarded national competition. Proceeds from the event go to island nonprofit organizations that focus on the enrichment of education and health for Vashon youth. vashonsheepdogclassic.com

Furry 5K Fun Run & Walk June 10 • Seattle, Wash. Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. at Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd South. The Furry 5K benefits Seattle Animal Shelter’s Help the Animals Fund, which provides veterinary care for the thousands of sick, injured and abused animals at the Seattle Animal Shelter. Please come run or walk to help raise money to save lives. furry5k.com

Dog Days of Summer Muttmixer June 21 • Seattle, Wash. 5-8 p.m. at 1112 4th Ave. Join CityDog Magazine and the W Hotel to celebrate summer solstice. Enjoy a cocktail or two, mix and mingle with fellow dog lovers and take home a swag bag loaded with goodies. Dogs welcome. For more information, visit citydogmagazine.com.

Roslyn Canine Festival June 23-24 • Roslyn, Wash. at Runje Field. New this year, the UpDog Challenge will be testing your dog’s skills with a Frisbee in five fabulously fun events, 4WayPlay, ThrowNGo, Frizgility, Spaced Out, and Time Warp. First timers as well as experienced teams are encouraged to register for this event with their Frisbee loving dogs. To learn more visit upchallenge.com. This year’s event also features dock-diving, a beer garden, vendor fair and other activities. Visit roslyncaninefestival.com.

July Marysville Poochapalooza July 7 • Marysville, Wash. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Asbery Field, 4th & Alder, downtown Marysville. Poochapalooza is Snohomish County’s largest dog event–it’s like a county fair for dogs, showcasing pooches at their best and brightest. Enjoy dozens of pet vendors, demonstrators, contests, fashions and rescues runway show, flyball, wiener dog races, dog dessert dash hosted by Pupcakes LLC, plus food, music and much more! $5+ suggested donation gets a goodie bag for the first 400 visitors; donations support M-DOG, the volunteer group that maintains Marysville’s Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-Leash Park. poochapalooza.org

Kirkland Uncorked July 15 • Kirkland, Wash. Unleash your dog’s inner super model at the 13th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search at Kirkland Uncorked. $10 registration fee goes to Homeward Pet Adoption Center. Make a day of it! After the model search, enjoy wine tasting in the dog-friendly wine garden plus tasty bites from the food trucks and cool products and services at the vendor booths. For more information about the CityDog Cover Dog Model Search, visit citydogmagazine.com. For more information about Kirkland Uncorked, visit kirklanduncorked.com.

Mill Creek Festival & Street Fair July 14-15 • Mill Creek, Wash. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. at Mill Creek Blvd. and 164th St. This is a free two-day festival featuring commercial booths, local art booths, three stages of live entertainment, food court, beer and wine garden, kids’ rides, kid’s plaza and pet plaza! Visit millcreekfestival.com.

PetsWALK July 21 • Poulsbo, Wash. 9 a.m. in downtown Poulsbo. This 5K charity walk/

run (with a one-mile option) starts with a bustling vendor fair, talent contest and costume contest to follow. They also have a kid’s dash and an agility course to try with your canine friends. Register early and start fundraising. Visit kitsap-humane.org.

Tail Wag: the OHS Summer Soiree July 21 • Portland, Ore. Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Oregon Humane Society. Guests are invited to enjoy a gourmet three-course dinner, signature cocktails, puppy love and kitten cuddles. Well behaved dogs are welcome to attend with their owners. For more information, visit oregonhumane.org.

Old Dog Haven Walk for Old Dogs July 22 • Shoreline, Wash. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Avenue North. At the 7th annual Walk for Old Dogs, enjoy the Pageant, visit the generous sponsors who make it possible, check out the vendors, and pet a lot of dogs. Registration is $25 per person (dogs are free, and wellbehaved, dogs are welcome). All registered walkers receive a Walk for Old Dogs canvas tote. Sign up as an individual or join a team. All proceeds benefit Old Dog Haven. For more information, visit olddoghaven.org.

Dog-A-Thon 2018 July 28 • Lakewood, Wash. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Join more than 1,000 other animal advocates and their four-legged friends for Washington’s biggest dog walk—DogA-Thon. Held at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, this fun, family-friendly event has something for everyone—one-mile stroll or a four-mile hike, dozens of petrelated booths, demonstrations, contests, entertainment, a barbeque, and much more. Best of all, the walk benefits homeless animals at the Humane Society. For more information, visit thehumanesociety.org.

Oregon Corgi Beach Day July 28 • Cannon Beach, Ore. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the beach between 1st Street and Ecola Creek. Pack up your gear, your picnic lunch and of course, your Corgis and head out to Cannon Beach for the day! Nothing says summer fun like a mob of Corgis enjoying the sun, sand and ocean breeze, while raising money for Oregon Humane. All Corgi owners and lovers will be welcome to join us at the event. portlandcorgi.com/Corgi-Beach-Day Be sure to check out citydogmagazine.com, where you will find the most comprehensive calendar of canine events in the Northwest! Spring 2018 • 39


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