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With your help, we’ve raised thousands of dollars for animal welfare. Events like the CityDog Cover Dog Model Search support organziations like the Doney Memorial Animal Clinic, who donate vet care to the homeless and poor, and PAWS, dedicated to sheltering homeless animals and rehabilitating orphaned wildlife. It’s imperative to us to help animals in our community and we couldn’t do it without you and your four-legged friends. Be sure to check out ALL of the canine contestants from this year’s Cover Dog Model Search on page 24! To our subscribers: thank you! As it was for many, 2009 was a ruff, er, rough year, and we appreciate every one of you. CityDog is a small outfit—no fluff, no glam, just down-to-earth content about life and living with dogs in the West. With your continued loyalty, we will strive to bring you great photography and stories about dogs

and people in your communities—places like lovely La Conner (read more on page 30) or dog-friendly Gig Harbor, this issue’s featured weekend getaway (see page 21). 2010 marks a milestone for us: our fifth anniversary. Over the years, I’ve been privileged to meet thousands of dogs. Like Minnow, who has entered our Cover Dog Model Search not once, not twice, but four times! Or Stella, the itsy bitsy Chihuahua who comes to every CityDog Muttmixer. Dogs like goofy Snickers, sweetie Dahlia, and Nacho, Petunia, Phoebe Buffet, Xavier, Siegfried, Tater, Clover... every dog I meet along the way makes me love my job! You can meet new friends, too, at the 72nd annual Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show, March 13 and 14 at the Qwest Event Center. We’ll have a booth, along with hundreds of other vendors, so stop on by! Again, thank you, fellow dog lovers! Thank you for subscribing to CityDog, for coming to our events, for entering your dogs in the Cover Dog Model Search, and for your continued support. Woofs & wags! Brandie Ahlgren, Founder & Editor CityDog Magazine | P.S. Watch for changes coming soon to the CityDog website, keep up on all things dog at the CityDog Blog, and be sure to follow us on Twitter (citydogmagazine) and Facebook!

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The hidden eyes have it! Meet Murphy, a one-year-old soft-coated wheaten terrier and winner of our 2009 CityDog Cover Dog Model Search; photographer J. Nichole Smith of Dane + Dane Studios captures his winning personality. Seattle resident Murphy specializes in fullbody wriggling to greet new people and loves car rides with the wind in his hair. Thanks, Murphy, for helping us raise $5,000 for animals. See all of our Cover Dog contestants on page 24.


7 BARK OF THE TOWN 12 COOL PRODUCTS 18 DELUXE DIGS Four paws at the Four Seasons. By Mary Sheely 21 WEEKEND GETAWAY Gig Harbor in all its dog-friendly glory. By Brandie Ahlgren 24 CITYDOG COVER MODEL SEARCH Check out ALL of the dogs from our cover dog model search—close to 500 in all! 30 DOG’S EYE VIEW Lovely La Conner. By Elizabeth Henkes 4 • CityDog Magazine


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{BARK OF THE TOWN} NEWS YOU CAN CHEW ON BOOKS WE LOVE Cute Dogs and Cute Pups—you can’t have one without the other. And with these two books, you can make your own. Written and photographed by Chie Hayano, Cute Dogs and Cute Pups include easy-to-follow instructions for hand-sewing your own palmsized pets. Even for those who like cute but are less than crafty, Hayano’s photos and the amusing stories that accompany them make these books worth a look. (Vertical, Inc., $14.95) 51 Puppy Tricks will no doubt provoke your “Puppy!!!” response— puppy photos on every single page! But those photos will inspire a lot more than “awww.” Photos by Nick Saglimberi perfectly augment author Kyra Sundance’s step-bystep instructions on puppy tricks that are anything but stupid. You can have fun with “roll over” and “shake,” but, more importantly, teach your puppy (up to two years) to enter a crate, “come,” walk on a loose lead, and much more. (Quarry Books, $18.99) This newly revised edition of The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook by Betsy Brevitz, D.V.M., is indeed comprehensive. Those new to canine companions and those who are old hands will find much useful advice in its pages, from indicators of serious illness to answers to questions like “Why is my dog scooting on the carpet?” Chapters, broken down by age, parts of the body, and mental and physical health, are easy to scan, making answers easy to find. (Workman Publishing, $18.95) Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond is a fascinating look at what really makes us “dog people” and viceversa. Meg Daly Olmert explores the nature of oxytocin, a hormone that may have helped initially tame the savage beast and could explain why we still connect with animals today, from beloved pets at home to beneficial interactions in therapeutical settings. But far from being a dry treatise, Olmert’s book is engaging and even uplifting. (De Capo Press, $26) 8 • CityDog Magazine

Go to BAT for your dog Why does your dog pull on the leash? Why does he bark at strangers? Why does he jump up on you? There’s a simple explanation for all of it: the dog trainer’s mantra of “Dogs do what works.” If a dog is getting the feedback he wants for bad behavior, he’ll continue the bad behavior. But as it turns out, “Dogs do what works” can be the solution, too, according to Seattle dog trainer Grisha Stewart. Stewart developed Behavior Adjustment Training, or BAT, as an extension of the “Dogs do what works” concept. For instance, she uses BAT to teach a dog that growls and lunges at other dogs on walks to “turn the other cheek” or even be social and friendly. She has used the technique to turn her own fearful, “barky” dog into one who now serves as a therapy dog for an assisted living facility. Stewart now gives seminars on BAT to dog trainers around the country, and plans to pursue more research into the subject for her second Master’s degree. “BAT isn’t about removing all control and punishing the dog for being wrong,” Stewart says. “It sets them up to make good choices, and helps them learn that they can control their lives more, by using socially appropriate behaviors.” She explains a typical BAT session, where a dog with leash aggression is helped to adjust his behavior toward other dogs. An assistant introduces a new dog to the dog in training, but very slowly, and initially from far away. “If your dog saw a dog from 500 feet away, that would probably not trigger a reaction,” Stewart says. “But ten feet away probably would. So first there’s some distance.” Rather than receive a treat for not reacting to a new dog, the dog in training is actually rewarded for staying calm by being allowed to leave the stressful situation. “We say, ‘Yes!’ then, ‘Let’s go,’ and run away,” Stewart says. “We take them just to the edge of freaking out—not over it—and the reward is an increase in distance from the scary thing. That’s what they were trying to get out of their bad behavior.” But what if the dog in training first reacts with bad behavior? “We might say his name, tap him on the butt, something that helps him turn around, and then get him out of there,” she says. “We’re not letting him just sit there and freak out, but we’re also not punishing him. Then we would do the next trial further away.” Though there are still proponents of using “alpha dog” principles to curb dog aggression—the theory being that dogs are aggressive because they are trying to dominate the family, so all they need is a firmer human hand—the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior now recommends against this model, which they consider outmoded. Stewart agrees with that recommendation. “The trick is control of their behaviors that we Once Stewart’s BAT training, she are surprised to their dogs will to deal with situations. In happy to

to give dogs more lives when they use like,” Stewart says. clients experience says that many see how readily learn peaceful ways scary or frustrating other words, they’re do what works.


Recipe to drool over Here’s a chicken salad that you and your dog can both enjoy. The recipe comes from Lucy Postins, companion animal nutritionist and founder and president of The Honest Kitchen, whose new cookbook Made out of Love ($14, is based on her principles of holistic, human-grade pet food.

Fruity Chicken Salad Ingredients: 2 cups chicken, cooked and cut into cubes 3/4 cup celery, sliced 3/4 cup melon, cubed 3/4 cup fresh peaches, peeled and cubed 1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream 1 tbsp pineapple juice Seasoning salt to taste (for your serving only) What to do: 1. Toss the chicken, celery, melon and peaches together gently. 2. Mix the yogurt or sour cream and other liquids together and pour them over the salad. 3. Mix gently and serve right away, or refrigerate until ready to use. 4. Serve your dog’s portion poured over his regular food. Don’t be tempted to include grapes or raisins in your dog’s portion—they have the potential to cause kidney failure in dogs.

Five Favorite Dogs on Display The memorial to beloved Dirty Biter in La Conner, Wash. (pg. 28) got us thinking about weird and wonderful dog art all over the West. Here are five of our favorites:

Patrick Amiot Dog Sculpture, Sebastopol, Calif. Artist Amiot turned a classic Airstream

Photo by Dane + Dane Studios, Amelia Soper

trailer on its side to make this adorable shiny pooch who guards the entrance to the Humane Society of Sonoma County. 5345 Sebastopol Rd. (

I-80 Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge, West Berkeley, Calif. In addition to the large sculptures on top of the bridge ( artist Scott Donahue added tongue-in-cheek medallions of dogs doing all manner of dog things like, well, pooping. And more.

Grave of Bobbie the Wonder Dog, Silverton, Oregon. A collie who made his way 2800

miles home after being lost in Indiana is memorialized with a replica dog house and statue in the pet cemetery of the Oregon Humane Society (

Waiting for the Interurban, Seattle, Wash.

Good Dogs Seattle dog lovers take note: it’s almost time for the 72nd Seattle Kennel Club dog show, March 13 and 14 at Qwest Field Event Center. The 2,000 dogs competing in agility, conformity, rally and obedience are no doubt the stars of the show, but there’s plenty to do outside of the ring, as well, from educational booths on specific breeds to performances by canine dancing and herding groups. You can also learn more about the Seattle Police Department K-9 Units. For ticketing information, visit

The dog that peers out from behind this group of travelers in the Fremont neighborhood has a human face. Sculptor Richard Beyer added the face of Armen Stepanian, a fellow member of the 1970s Fremont Arts Council, as payback for a dispute between the two.

Snoopy Labyrinth, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, Calif. Walk this

surprisingly serene maze of rocks and grasses laid out in the shape of Snoopy’s head. ( Winter 2010 • 9



What to do when disaster strikes Hurricanes, earthquakes, lightning, wildfires, floods -- such events can turn lives upside down not just for us, but for our dogs as well. Every year, thousands of pets are separated from their owners in the face of disaster. While it is impossible to know when disaster will strike, it is possible to increase the odds that your furry friends will stay safe.


ake the seemingly miraculous story of Bella and Dieter, a pair of dachshund mixes who experienced the most horrific disaster in recent memory, the earthquake in Haiti.

According to Jordan Crump, spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States, “A day after the earthquake struck, we received an urgent plea for help from an American couple living in Port-au-Prince. They’d been forced to evacuate very quickly and were not able to bring along their two dogs. We explained that we were working to get responders into Haiti as soon as possible, and pledged that we would do everything we could to help once our team hit the ground. “Here’s the remarkable news,” Crump continues. “Our team has located the dogs. They are in good health and now in our safe keeping.” What makes this story even more remarkable? Bella and Dieter not only lived through a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake, they previously survived a Category 4 hurricane—the pair were found roaming the streets of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Animals can and do survive and thrive following a disaster. But planning for your pets requires some advance preparation. Following the steps below can greatly minimize the amount of on-the-spot planning you may have to do. Step 1: Be ready In the event that you need to kennel your dogs or bring them into a shelter, they will need to be up to date on their vaccines. Make sure you keep a record of these, along with any medical problems your pet may have—this information will help the person responsible for their care. In case of separation, make sure your pet is wearing ID tags with an up-to-date phone number AND address or has a microchip with current registration. 10 • CityDog Magazine

Above, from left: The Humane Society helps animals like this one affected by Haiti’s earthquake; Bella (with Dave Pauli) was flown home to Florida.

In case of an emergency in your absence, a door or window decal can alert rescuers that animals are in the home. It is also a good idea to have a trusted neighbor briefed on how to care for your dog in your absence (feeding instructions, medications and special needs). Step 2: Assemble a disaster kit for each of your pets Experts say to pack enough food and water for five days. If that includes canned food, be sure to pack a can opener. Check the kit every few months and replace stale food and water. Don’t forget to include prescription and over-the-counter medications. In addition to food and water, the Humane Society of the United States recommends packing these items: 

Sturdy leash and collar/harness with ID tags

First aid supplies like gauze, bandages, hydrogen peroxide and antiseptic ointment

Pet waste disposal bags

Muzzle (even well behaved dogs can get scared)

Medical/vaccine records

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Step 3: Research If you are forced to be out of your home for more than a day, it is helpful to know where you can go with your dog, as most emergency shelters do not allow animals due to public health concerns. Keep a list of pet-friendly hotels and boarding facilities handy—check for a list of hotels sorted by city. It is also helpful to know the potential for disaster in your area—be it an earthquake, flooding, mudslide etc. Then be ready with an escape route. Even with all the planning in the world, when an emergency hits, how you respond will make all the difference in the well-being of your pet. Remember that what is stressful and an inconvenience for you is probably turning your dog’s world upside down! Even calm and happy dogs can become disoriented, scared or even aggressive. Be sure to make constant assessments of your dog’s mental and physical well-being. If you evacuate, FEMA recommends taking your pets with you, even if it means getting them to a boarding facility. During an evacuation, keep your dog on a leash and separated from other dogs or animals. In a hotel or shelter setting, walks and bathroom breaks should take place with direct supervision and control. If your dog is injured, cuts or scrapes should be cleaned until veterinary care can be found, and more severe bleeding should be treated with direct pressure (at

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In the unfortunate event that you and your dog become separated, check local shelters on a daily basis, and make sure area pet stores and veterinary offices are made aware—a “lost dog” flier with a current picture can really make a difference. When the danger has passed and you are able to return home, take a few moments to assess any damage—broken glass, downed power lines, sinkholes and debris can be very dangerous. Make sure the coast is clear and fencing is secure before letting your dog out unattended. And to every Bella and Dieter, a happy ending. Puget Sound-area native Cary Waterhouse, DVM, is the founder of Lake Union Veterinary Clinic, focusing on comprehensive veterinary care for dogs and cats. His goal is prevention of disease, wellness and routine exams, laboratory diagnostics and imaging, and complete and compassionate treatment for sick or injured animals.

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Beat the winter blahs with colorful creations to satisfy the most stylish of dogs...and their humans. BY MARY SHEELY Celebrity Friend, Cruelty Foe  Not only do House of Dog collars and leads look glamorous—the large Signature Nameplate Collar is adorned with 225 handset crystals, while the leash has a trademark crystal bone-shaped lock—the brand boasts celebrity friends like Cindy Crawford and Neil Patrick Harris. But House of Dog goes deeper than looks with 100% cruelty free creations. Leashes start at $78, collars at $58 at

 Enduring Styles for Enduring Love If you love dogs and vintage style, these accessories will have you on Cloud K9. The St. Louis-based store specializes in metal jewelry and office products cast from vintage designs and embellished with 75 dog breeds or a paw print, some hand-painted. Locket necklace, $39.95, cuff bracelet, $49.95 and business card case, $29.95 at

School of Bark  Go to the head of the class or anywhere else with Prep School duffles and totes from Redhound Pets.. Made from 12 oz. waxed canvas in classic “preppy” shapes and colors, totes carry dogs up to 16 lbs, comply with most carry-on requirements, and coordinate with collars and leads. Muffy-friendly, airline-approved! $20-100 at the Redhound Pets store in Oakland, Calif., FC’s Pawprints in Gig Harbor, Wash., and stores in LA, San Francisco and Portland.

 Waterproof and Worry-free Nothing comes between happy humans and pets like accidents on the furniture. Well, now something does: Mambe Pet Blankets are 100% waterproof, with nylon-lined Polartec fleece to protect furniture from urine, odor, dirt, scratches and hair. They’re also machinewashable and guaranteed for life. $49-199 at 12 • CityDog Magazine

Retro Style  The Wheaten Cupcake Co., Dachshund Records—these fab businesses are from the mind of Stephen Fowler, whose Gemini Studio Art makes favorite breeds from bulldogs to yorkies the stars of collaged, vintage-style faux advertisements on canvas. Each signed and numbered piece can include your choice of colors or feature your favorite dog. Starting at $75 at

 Save the Planet (and your nose) Aroma Paws All Natural Soy Candle Tins were designed by pet grooming specialists to “ward off the occasional eau de pooch” with soy wax, an unbleached cotton wick and scents derived from essential oils and botanical extracts. $12.95 at

 Security Blanket BlanketID tags are not only modern and colorful, but each can be registered online with contact information and pet details. First-year membership is included in the tag purchase price, with memberships up to ten years available. $24.99-69.99 at

 Look, Ma: Organic Snacks It’s okay to cater to your pet. Ma Snax Superior Treats are made by professional chefs inspired to bake a better biscuit. Try organic flavors like Sweet Potato & Ginger Snaps, Peanut Butter & Honey and Double Pumpkin Happiness, or get a monthly Treat Club membership. Biscuits start at $8.95 at

Hands-Free Fashion  If you’ve ever tried to juggle groceries, a briefcase or a coffee cup on a walk, you’ll appreciate the hands-free wrist cuff, collar and leash from The Shabby Dog. The look is anything but shabby with patent leather in eye-popping colors and a contrasting suede lining. Attach the leash to the cuff, unclip to convert to a regular leash, or wear the cuff as its own fashion statement. $36-88 at Winter 2010 • 13

{COOL PRODUCTS} PURCHASES WITH PUPPY POWER Better, Stronger, More Chewable  Soft toys from HuggleHounds are strong enough for aggressive chewers. The secret is Tuffut Technology, a patented process that delivers toys that withstand more than 100 lbs of pull. Plus there are no external seams to easily rip open. And, each toy is put through a metal detector to prevent stray needles. That’s plenty for you and your dog to chew on. $10-30 at retailers on

 Can Knit Be Any Cuter? We thought our dogs couldn’t get any cuter until we saw the sweaters at Boutique of Paws. Most in cotton or a cotton blend, the sweaters are handmade to order in a ridiculous array of styles: sassy cherries on pink, sweet bugs and bumblebees, even an elephant ballerina with her own tulle skirt. $45 at

Super Skulls  We are against using dog as accessories, but definitely for accessorizing your dog. These skull tags from Lauren Mojica are a perfect example: sterling silver, hand cut to order, in a variety of sizes for dogs or humans. Each one is a little bit edgy and a little bit sweet. $16-20 at

Fur Man Choo  A dog in a jacket is a commonplace sight. So shake (and shine) things up a bit with a Blooming Ume

 Dachshund on the Move

jacket from shopKCQ. Each evokes a Chinese garden with

This is one doxie that gets around. Persnickety Pelican’s dashing dachshund

plum blossoms on silk noil and

can be spotted, ears flying, appliquéd on decorative pillows and potholders,

a mandarin collar, but with a

printed on colorful notecards, and ready to clean up on Whimsical Woolies

layer of polyfiber for warmth.

felted soaps. $2.80-24 at

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Naturally Good  Snook’s Pet Products are “tested on humans,” and that’s more than a slogan. The Oregon company makes products like Jarrah Bee Pollen and Sweet Potato Dog Chews and Chips from human-grade, organic and natural ingredients. Devotees swear by the bee pollen supplement to promote hip and joint health, and even Rachael Ray praises Snook’s sweet potato treats. $8-50 at

 Wooden Dogs Like Wings? Whether you consider your dog an angel or not, we think you’ll love these carved Creations by Debbie Blair. Each captures the nature of pups like beagles and boxers with carved wood, paint and charmingly rusty scarves and wings. $38-58 at

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Blanket and it will feel good to you,

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{COOL PRODUCTS} PURCHASES WITH PUPPY POWER  Whistles While You Play Where’d the ball go? The Bird Ball Whistling Fetch Toy will eliminate that doggone confusion. When the Bird Ball’s in flight, 12 wind-powered whistles chirp, so your dog knows exactly where to run. $8.99 at

 Collar Habit Prone to addictions? Aroo Studio might turn you into a “collarholic.” Eco-friendly, handcrafted collars like this one from the Corduroy Collection are available

 Walk Toward the Light Walk your dog in the dark without

in a variety of tempting designs. But the denim bone (see previous page) will help offset your addiction—it’s made from repurposed blue jeans. $14-36 at

sacrificing safety. LumiLeash is a retractable, 12-foot-long leash of reflective tape with an ergonomic handle that has a light built right in. It illuminates up to 15 feet, making nighttime walks safer—and making it easier to pick up after your dog in the dark, too. Recommended for dogs 25 lbs and under. $25.50 at

Vested Interest  Whether Fido wants to hit the slopes or prefers to rest his paws in front of the fire, the Peace Pooch Reversible Doggie Ski Vest will have him covered. It’s two vests in one, each sporting a peace sign, made from water-resistant nylon to ward off snowy chills. $32.95 at shop.

Quite a Dish  Every dog has individual style, and a Pampered Pet Dog Bowl can capture yours perfectly. Handmade by The Head’s Creation, each ceramic bowl is painted with a food-safe glaze in your choice of colors and styles. Bowls for large, medium, and small dogs are $22.99-36.99 at 16 • CityDog Magazine

Stole Our Hearts  A stole from Stella and Stevie is equal parts plush and posh for your pooch. Some sport big polka dots in modern colors, others pay homage to film and fashion icons with houndstooth check and vintage buttons. All are available for dogs XXS to XXL. $27 at

 Irish Hound This handcast silver jewelry from Seattle artist ByNicola is based on art from the Book of Kells, the illuminated manuscript transcribed by Celtic monks in the year 800. The art itself is an animorph which is sometimes interpreted as a dog and sometimes as a cat. $54 at

 Grain-free, Help-full Barkwheats dog biscuits are tasty treats that help solve common pooch problems like bad breath, gas and anxiety. Each organic, grain-free biscuit is made with buckwheat flour and baked in a dedicated bakery, so no chance that grains will get in the mix. But good stuff like parsley, sea vegetables and pumpkin will. $8.49-39.50 at

Modern Dogs With an assortment of dog sculptures from artist Gary Steinborn, Venice Clay captures dogs’ playfulness with simple lines and muted colors. Most are tabletop size, but serious collectors can go for the Big Dog Sculpture, 28” long and 26” high. $20-2000 at

Smells Like Love  Get the point across with a card from gemmabear that celebrates dogs’ no-nonsense approach to getting to know each other. If you love that, you’ll probably also like her original paintings of winsome French bulldogs or bags and tee shirts with the slogan “Pugs Not Drugs.” $3.50-75 at Winter 2010 • 17



Yes, this was meant to be. Any Four Seasons Hotel is going to

have its share of style, and the Seattle location, newly opened in 2009 after a five-year hiatus, is no exception. With amenities like a fourthfloor patio that includes a fire pit, infinity pool and stunning views of Elliott Bay, the Four Seasons is a true getaway as well as a place of lodging. But if you’re visiting with a furry friend, rest assured that the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is more earthy-modern and relaxed than it is hoity-toity—much like Seattle itself. Enter the lobby and you’ll be struck by the silence and serenity. With walls tiled in rectangles of volcanic basalt, furniture in muted tones, and carpeting in undulating deep oranges and grays, the space is meant to invoke the feel of a riverbank—a very modern riverbank. The far end boasts sleek yet comfortable couches by a fireplace with flames that jet up between layers of polished glass pebbles. Dogs of all sizes are welcome at the Four Seasons, and each is greeted with personal care. Mention you’re bringing a furry friend when you make your reservation, and the Four Seasons staff will welcome you at check-in with amenities specially chosen to reflect your dog’s size and style—you might receive a small toy for a small chewer or a plastic food mat for a large drooler. Of course, any dog might drool for the treats that are included, like biscuits from Seattle’s Scraps Dog Bakery. You and your dog may stay in any one of the Four Seasons’ 147 rooms. Bay-View rooms look out onto Elliott Bay, while CityView rooms look out onto the Seattle Art Museum and its famous Hammering Man sculpture. Whichever you choose, floor-to-ceiling windows will make the most of the view. 18 • CityDog Magazine


The most luxe lodging is, of course, the 2,480 sq. ft. Presidential Suite, with its own living room, dining space for ten, and sweeping tenth-floor views of Puget Sound and Elliott Bay. In fact, we personally enjoyed our stay in this suite on our visit. Okay, okay— we were actually there just long enough to shoot photographs of Murphy, the winner of the CityDog Cover Dog Model Search. In any case, at 5,000 bones a night, the Presidential Suite might be a little too steep for most budgets. Not to worry—there’s really no such thing as an “average” room here. The smallest room at the Four Seasons is a spacious 470 sq. feet, starting at $275 nightly. All are soothingly appointed with ergonomically designed chairs and tasteful blond wood furniture, plus amenities like large-screen plasma TVs. But the real “wow” factor is the bathroom, with a TV built right into the mirror, a delicious, deep soaking tub, and a glass-enclosed rain shower large enough to, dare we say, bathe a good-sized dog. But why do that when the Four Seasons staff can arrange it for you? Anything you or your dog might bark for, the 24-hour Concierge will be happy to provide. Need a different bed or an extra doggie dish? Coming right up. Want to stretch all six legs? She’ll help you plan a pet-friendly hike. If Bowser needs a bath after that outing, you can even arrange for dog grooming. Top, clockwise from left: Down duvets and pillows make the lounging easy in the Four Seasons’ bright, contemporary rooms; dogs are welcomed with dishes and treats chosen to fit their size and style; cushy doggie beds are also part of the package; the stunning view from the fourth-floor patio, captured by photographer Peter Bitale. Middle: “Overhead,” 2008, oil on canvas by Jared Rue, in the Presidential Suite.

Clockwise from top: Cover Dog Murphy gets comfortable in the Presidential Suite; dogs and humans alike relax by the fireplace in the lobby; rooms feature art from Pacific Northwest artists; lunch at ART is just as beautiful.

The Four Seasons Seattle limits dogs to individual rooms and the hotel’s lobby— sorry, no pooches on the patio. So if you want to get away for some people time, the concierge can arrange dog-sitting services for as long as you require, whether you want to take in a symphony performance at nearby Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., or simply linger over dinner. Ah, dinner. Food at the Four Seasons is an art—or, rather, ART. The name of the hotel’s restaurant was inspired by the collection of works by Northwest artists that decorate nearly every room. Spanning the entire northern length of the hotel, ART specializes in Pacific Northwest cuisine prepared from fresh, local ingredients and, of course, more amazing views. Guests can enjoy a nightly tapas menu for $14, an allyou-can-eat cheese table for $12, or combine the two for $20. You can choose from more than 100 wines to accent your meal. During the warmer months, enjoy a bite on the breathtaking fourth-floor patio, where you can settle in next to the fire pit and watch ferries and pleasure craft traverse Elliott Bay. A full menu is available during the spring and summer, but even during Seattle’s cooler weather, Room Service will

be happy to deliver hot chocolate or a cup of tea for you to enjoy by the fire. If you really want to warm up, the patio Jacuzzi is steaming year-round. Completing the scene is a mesmerizing infinity pool, as much a work of art as a place to take a dip, which is heated to 80 degrees, and just off the patio is a well stocked exercise room. If you’d rather sweat a little more passively, visit the Four Seasons Spa, where softer lights, muted voices and the scent of essential oils immediately infuse you with calm. Guests can enjoy the spa’s steam room or showers free of charge, or schedule a treatment ranging from a manicure or pedicure to an 80-minute Northwest Passage treatment with a sea salt scrub, lavender oil bath and seaweed wrap. A couples’ treatment room includes a soaking tub with water views. But you can’t stay inside all day—you’re less than a stone’s throw from some of Seattle’s most appealing attractions! Leash up and take a short jaunt down the outdoor steps just off the Four Seasons lobby to Alaskan Way for a morning stroll or run along the water (the hotel provides a map). In just a mile, you’ll find yourself in

the Olympic Sculpture Park, where leashed dogs are welcome and fanciful and dramatic oversized sculptures compete with sound and mountain views. For local color of a different sort, head one block north on 1st Avenue to Pike Place Market. With stalls and walk-up restaurants indoors and out, you’ll find several dogcentric market vendors depending on the day you visit. Just across from the famous fish-throwers at Pike Place Fish is the Adventure Dog Treats booth, where Melody J. Price sells all-natural, wheat-, corn- and preservative-free treats that are taste-tested on McKinley, her Chesapeake Bay retriever. Further down the corridor are colorful leashes and collars handmade by Robert Jones, who’s proud to offer larger-thanaverage collars up to 27 inches in diameter. Unfortunately, only service dogs are allowed inside the market, but there is plenty to explore outside the market. Swing through Post Alley between Pike and Pine streets. Not only is it picturesque, it’s home to Dog Alley, a store chockablock with T-shirts and treats for animals and their humans. Then relax at an outdoor table in the alley with a cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee, or opt instead for a spot of tea outside The Crumpet Shop, 1403 First Avenue. Winter 2010 • 19

Paintings by regional artists Alden Mason and Margaret Tomkins in the lobby; soaking tubs and spacious showers are found in every guest room.

If you want to go a little farther afield, head back to Alaskan Way to Pier 52 and board a Washington State Ferry for a day trip to Bainbridge Island. Dogs are welcome on ferries either by car or on foot, though they’ll be restricted to certain decks, and they ride free! Downtown Bainbridge is an easy walk from the ferry terminal, or you can take advantage of a taxi service to explore more of the island. Still looking for things to do? The Four Seasons Hotel will provide you with a copy of the Puppy Print Post. Not only will the newsletter tell you how to get everything from extra doggie treats to emergency vet care, it includes a list of destinations amenable to person and pet. As the newsletter says, at the Four Seasons, it’s a doggie dog day.

MORE INFORMATION Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

99 Union St., Seattle 206.749.7000 Rates starting at $275, variable by room/season. Special promotions now through April 30, 2011 include a complimentary third night free with two consecutive paid nights. Town car transportation within a 2-mile (3.2 kilometre) radius. Dog Alley

1530 Post Alley, Seattle 206.903.1866 Olympic Sculpture Park

2901 Western Ave., Seattle 206.654.3100; 20 • CityDog Magazine

Pike Place Market

85 Pike St., Seattle 206.682.7453; Seattle Art Museum

1300 1st Ave., Seattle 206.654.3100; Seattle’s Best Coffee

1530 Post Alley, Seattle 206.467.7700; Seattle Symphony/Benaroya Hall

200 University St., Seattle 206.215.4747 The Crumpet Shop

1503 First Ave., Seattle 206.682.1598; Washington State Ferries

Seattle Main Terminal 801 Alaskan Way Pier 52, Seattle 206.284.6303 ext. 205;






s we pulled into the Best Western Wesley Inn at Gig Harbor, the lush Pacific Northwest was enjoying one of its seasonal downpours. However, we didn’t let a little rain slow us down, and you and your intrepid hound shouldn’t either.

rooms are a delight in the cooler months—what’s better than a warm fire to curl up next to after lots of jaunts around the local fauna with Fido? In the summer months, the heated outdoor pool in its gated courtyard setting sure looks appealing.

The charming facade of the Wesley Inn is a welcome sight. A gray-shingled exterior gives way to a lobby where Parker, furry resident and “pup-lic relations ambassador,” is ready and waiting to greet you—or at least willing to rouse all nine-plus pounds from a napping spot in the lobby to check your bags for cheese or snacks.

But, although it’s tempting, don’t get too settled in at Wesley Inn —if you’re spending time in Gig Harbor, then you really ought to see the harbor! And of course, the best way to do this is with a jaunt out on the water. Captain Tom Drohan at Destiny Harbor Tours is happy to help you with that. He founded the company in 2007 to “give people of all ages a chance to have the Puget Sound experience ‘up close and personal’ for a very reasonable price.” And reasonable it is—one- and two-hour tours are just $22 for adults in peak season, with discounts for children and seniors (kids under four ride free and dogs are welcome). You can stick with a simple harbor tour, take an “eco tour” that includes the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and Salmon Beach, or visit Point Defiance, Thea Foss Waterway and the Port of Tacoma. And if you want to make a day of it, Destiny Harbor Tours has boat charters for 35 people, $1500 for a full day’s excursion.

They’re serious about being pet-friendly here— Parker even has his own blog to prove it, though he obviously prefers strolling the grounds to typing at a keyboard. Pets do require a $10, non-refundable fee per pet, but that maxes out at $50 per week. Pets are discouraged from lingering in the lobby (perhaps Parker likes the place to himself), but there are plenty of services and things to do listed in a special brochure provided by the Inn. Rooms at the Wesley Inn are perfectly cushy for human and canine. Décor is simple and relaxing, with amenities including wireless Internet service and a morning paper delivered to your door. If you want to scale up to an executive room, you’ll get a Jacuzzi tub, 37” LCD television and a bay window or private balcony. Cozy fireplace Above clockwise from left: Soggy doggy Fergie enjoys a hike near Wilkinson Farm Park; the barn at Wilkinson Farm Park; Fergie checks out the view at the Best Western Wesley Inn; be sure to don much-needed wellies on your winter hike. Center: A summer shot of Gig Harbor’s marina (©

Back on land, green space is important for a getaway—for both people and pups. The 702-acre Point Defiance Park pretty much offers everything you could wish for in a natural environment: old growth forest, saltwater beaches, spectacular views, kayak rentals and hiking trails. The jewel in this natural crown is the newly opened, off-leash area. This off-leash area is not a formal dog park, meaning it’s not fully fenced, so you’ll need to have voice control Winter 2010 • 21

of your dog. What the off-leash area does have is seven full acres for you and your dog to run and play, completely free of leash, sun-up to sundown. Park in front of the off-leash area entry gates, at the Fort Nisqually picnic area (walk along the road to the south of Fort Nisqually until you reach the off-leash area) or on Mildred Street at the back of Camp Six (walk down the utility road to the west until you see the off-leash area). If you still have energy after that, there’s plenty more to do in Point Defiance Park, some for people only (check for more information) like the Zoo & Aquarium, special events like the Point Defiance Flower & Garden Show, even go-kart rentals and batting cages. Bridging the gap between outdoor spaces and people places are attractions like Watson’s Greenhouse & Nursery in Puyallup. What started out as a family “u-pick” vegetable operation in 1974 has grown to 85,000 square feet of retail space showcasing the plants grown on more than 60,000 square feet of land—oh, and an additional 20,000 square feet of landscaping. You’ll find gorgeous plants, gifts, garden art and an infinite amount of inspiration in this green and vibrant space. Another growing operation, so to speak, is Wilcox Family Farms. Located just outside the town of Roy, Wilcox Farms is home to more than 800,000 laying hens, several hundred thousand pullets (young chickens), a shell egg processing plant, a liquid egg processing plant and a free range, organic poultry house. With all those chickens, it’s no wonder you need to keep your dog on a leash. There’s plenty more worth clucking about, however. You can see the restored one-room schoolhouse that was attended by the farm’s founders, Judson and Elizabeth Wilcox, in the late 1800s, tour a museum of antique farm machinery and cars, and even walk a three-quarter-mile salmon interpretive trail. Guided tours of Wilcox Family Farms are just $5 per person. Clockwise from above left: Fergie rests comfortably at the Best Western Wesley Inn with her dog bed handmade by local company Sophie’s Touch; Fergie at Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park; the Wesley Inn; treats are in abundance at FC’s PawPrints; store pup-rietor at Simply Charmed, a dog-friendly clothing boutique in the heart of downtown Gig Harbor. 22 • CityDog Magazine

Hiking, touring,’re hungry by now, right? Back in Gig Harbor, you can grab lunch to go at the Harbor Kitchen to eat at nearby Crescent Creek Park. If you opt to eat in, you’ll get great views of the harbor and Mt. Rainier when it’s clear, and can eat by a cozy fire. The digs aren’t fancy, but Harbor Kitchen’s “upscale comfort food” (according to one online reviewer) includes offerings from breakfast to dinner like frittatas, lasagna and chowder. Another local favorite is The Tides Tavern, arguably the best-known spot for chow in town—and clam chowder, too, cooked up daily. They also offer New Mexico Barroom Chili, cod, halibut, pizza, sandwiches and burgers. Of course, there’s a “tavern” in the name, so expect a large selection of regional and national beer and wine as well. In summer months, enjoy it all on a deck overlooking the water. Unfortunately, the deck isn’t dog friendly, but the Tavern does offer a water dish and

tie-up outside the front door and we’re told dogs receive lots of pats from fellow patrons. After a day bursting with activity, we were ready for dinner to be a quiet, sit-down affair. The Green Turtle Restaurant did not disappoint. Award-winning chef Romann Aguillon prepares dishes like Muscovy Duck, Scallops & Prawns Piri-Piri and Wild Salmon with as many fresh, local and organic ingredients as possible (all produce is organic). According to the Kitsap Sun, Aguillon, who returned to the Green Turtle in late 2009 after spending time in the corporate world, had previously won impressive industry awards including the Golden Fork. So expect your food to rival the restaurant’s beautiful views. To us, it’s not a weekend getaway without some shopping, and Gig Harbor’s shops gave us plenty to peruse. First stop was Mostly Books, located in the downtown waterfront district. You’ll find a best-selling potboiler to read in your hotel room, sure, but Mostly Books has a lot more than that. They specialize in local, regional and nautical books and maps, and even offer a special section just for dog lovers. You’re welcome to have a seat and browse the floor-to-ceiling selection at your leisure.

Above: Fergie waits patiently in the car at Finholm’s Market and Grocery. Right: Parker takes a break from his pup-lic relations duties at the Wesley Inn.

ganizations. Some dogs are trained to assist individuals who experience seizures or are living with illness. Others are simply trained in basic obedience so they can find a happy home as a “paroled pet.”

Of course, no trip is complete without a little something for our animal companions. At Green Cottage Pets, the emphasis is on holistic pet food for all kinds of animals—dogs, cats, small pets and birds—plus supplements, grooming, and those all-important accessories like clothing, car seats, plush get the idea.

Pet owners can help raise money for the Prison Pet Partnership Program and have fun at the annual Harbor Hounds dog walk. Each year, hounds and humans stroll two miles along the Gig Harbor waterfront, and then kick back with entertainment, contests, vendors and food. This year’s Harbor Hounds takes place Saturday, September 18.

Speaking of accessories, FC’s PawPrints wowed us with some of the cutest doggie sweaters we’d ever seen—it’s not a surprise that they claim to be the spot for local “furry fashionistas.” Owner Kim Owens stocks the store with cute and clever tote bags, leashes, raincoats and more, and encourages your dog to choose his own toy. You can also pick up some pet-themed house wares that Owens collages herself as well as find a wide array of locally made items such as dog beds and duvets handcrafted by Sophie’s Touch.

We were so impressed by Gig Harbor’s hospitality for hound and human alike, we’ll be back for another visit soon!

Watson’s Greenhouse + Nursery

Saturday, September 18, 2010 253.255.1424;

Gig Harbor is also a respite for pets and people who are less fortunate. A prime example is the Prison Pet Partnership Program, which not only trains dogs for therapy work, but also gives prisoners an opportunity to learn valuable skills that will translate to a workplace outside the prison system. Inmates are able to work toward Pet Care Technician Certification through the American Boarding Kennels Association by training, boarding and grooming dogs as well as learning office clerical skills. The animals in the program are getting a second chance, too—all are from animal rescue or-

6211 Pioneer Way E, Puyallup

Mostly Books


(also visit

Best Western Wesley Inn

6575 Kimball Dr. 253.858.9690; Point Defiance Park

5400 N Pearl St., Tacoma

Wilcox Family Farms

40400 Harts Lake Valley Rd., Roy Cushman Trail

Reed Rd. & 28th St. Newly open 2 ½-mile trail extension runs from existing trail to 96th St. NW. Trailhead with restrooms and parking located at the end of Grandview St. Wilkinson Farm Park

4118 Rosedale St. NW; Scenic pond, historic barn, bird watching and walking trails.

Destiny Marine Tours

8829 N. Harborview Dr.253.225.6306; Harbor Hounds 2010 Dog Walk

3126 Harborview Dr. 253.851.3219; Simply Charmed Boutique & Skin

3004 Harborview Dr. 253.858.2998 Green Cottage Pets

3024 Harborview Dr. 253.851.8806; FC’s PawPrints

3302 Harborview Dr. 253.255.1424; Winter 2010 • 23

CityDog Cover Dog Model Search Canine Contestants This is why we love our jobs at CityDog Magazine! So many pooches entered the fourth annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search that we devoted six whole pages to their smiling faces! We held five Seattle-area model searches for this year’s cover contest, benefiting the Doney Memorial Clinic, PAWS, Reading With Rover, Seattle Humane Society, and Pasado’s Safe Haven. Nearly 500 dogs turned out, and from your generous donations, we were able to raise almost $5,000 for these great causes. Thank you to Seattle pet photographers J. Nichole Smith, Bev Sparks, Jamie Pflughoeft and Emily Rieman who donated their time and talent to photograph each canine contestant. Woofs & Wags!



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Quaint shops, majestic views and cozy lodgings in historic La Conner make a winter getaway worthwhile.

Top, clockwise from left: Outside the Lime Dock building; outdoor sculpture celebrates local wildlife; libations a-plenty for all walks of life at Hellams Vineyard and La Conner Brewing Company. Above: The Swinomish Channel.

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swans glide overhead against the backdrop of a snowy, sunlit Mount Baker. A magnificent sight, the fleeting beauty is shattered by the barking frenzy of dachshunds Winston and Sawyer. The boys settle quickly, but resume their cacophony as we pass an enormous flock of snow geese, munching on greens in a nearby field. Surprisingly, the dachshunds go silent in the presence of a large bald eagle perched in a tree by the road. Though the quaint town and surrounding countryside of La Conner is best known for its springtime tulip displays, nature sightings like these are a commonality for residents yearround, but are particularly captivating in the winter months against an overcast sky and majestic mountainscapes. Passing through the roundabout that signals the start of town, we take note of the crowd at Seeds Bistro and Bar, one of our favorite dining spots that occupies the building that once housed Tillinghast Seed Company. A slightly upscale version of its sister restaurant, Calico Cupboard Café & Bakery, Seeds boasts a menu that includes everything from pulled pork sandwiches to inventive pastas and larger entrees; there’s plenty of dog-friendly outdoor seating in warmer months, but your pooch is welcome to relax on the deck outside in cooler weather. Don’t miss the mile high peanut butter pie! Much of the action in La Conner is confined to Morris Street and the adjacent First Street, which runs along the Swinomish Channel. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the settlement revolved around steamer passenger travel and the movement of goods via the channel in the late 1800s, when early resident John Conner renamed the town after his wife, Louisa A. Conner. Today, La Conner retains its small-town feel while operating as a center for artists of all disciplines, and a destination for discerning shoppers, nature lovers, food connoisseurs, and spring flower enthusiasts. Many of its visitors, recognizing fellow dog lovers in local merchants, bring their canine companions along on their trip. If an overnight stay is in your plans (and we certainly recommend it!), be aware that of the several lodging possibilities, only a few accept dogs. La Conner Country Inn, located on Second Street in town, charges a non-refundable pet fee of $50, but also provides beds, bones and dishes. Our preferred spot,

Sculpture, La Conner Brewing Co. and Swinomish Channel photos courtesy of La Conner Chamber of Commerce

Livin’ it Up in La Conner


Katy’s Inn, is a bed and breakfast atop the hill on Third Street and the oldest home in La Conner, originally owned by Captain John Peck. Its four guest rooms all have their own individual feel; the entire house is welcoming to all. In addition to the outdoor hot tub, lovely gardens and stellar breakfast, the congenial owners are dog lovers and invite your pups to stay for a $25 fee. The very best part of our night was the after-dinner arrival of a basket of warm chocolate chip cookies, two bottles of cold milk, and the next morning’s breakfast menu at our door. A stroll down First Street is always in order; we enjoy wandering both the sidewalks and the docks after dinner with the hounds, when we can view the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit with the benefit of evening shadows. If you’re out and about during daylight hours, many shops are pleased to meet your pooch. At the far north end of First Street, a trip to Hellams Vineyard is a must. Specializing in carefully chosen wines as well as unusual microbrews, owner Jeff Hellam has created a wonderful oasis in his yearold renovated location. An outdoor deck (affectionately known as the “dog deck”) overlooks the channel, and allows boaters to tie up and enjoy a glass or two of their favorite elixir. If your tastes lean more towards hops than grapes, wander just a block or so down the street to La Conner Brewing Company, home of wood-fired pizzas, savory soups, and some of the best hand-crafted beer in the state. Board games are available to play by the indoor fireplace, and dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio. The homemade root beer is fantastic too; don’t forget to ask which brews are bottled and available for your trip back home! Continue meandering down First Street, and you’ll come upon The Artist’s Remarque, a gallery featuring artists of all persuasions from in and around the Puget Sound region. We enjoy the browsing here, but if truth be told, the real reason to stop is to see store dog, Teagan, a wire-haired dachshund who knows shop regulars the moment they step in the door. His owner, Callie, is knowledgeable about the artists and a joy to talk with; she sometimes moonlights down the street at Cattails and Dragonflies, a sister gallery owned by her parents that focuses more on local La Conner artists and is every bit as much fun to peruse for personal treasures. Located between the two galleries is the Olive Shoppe and Ginger Grater, where

Clockwise from top: A spot of sunshine in NOAH’s off-leash park; prime viewing station a Katy’s Inn Bed & Breakfast; both birds on the wing and those captured in bronze command canine attention at Hellams Vineyard.

you can taste olives from around the world while looking through the many kitchen gadgets, dishes, and foodstuffs that owners Gregg and Roberta Westover have brought in from hither and yon. They enjoy meeting their customers’ best friends, and are also happy to help with the selection of a bottle of wine from their coffers, should you need a little something to celebrate your evening. Slightly further down the street is one of our most frequented galleries, Two Moons. Owners Dominique and Alan Darcy encourage us to bring in the hounds while we admire the latest arrivals. In our opinion, this gallery has some of the most unusual pieces, at reasonable prices. It’s easy to fall in love with a piece for your own collection, or to find a unique gift for a special friend or relative. Practically next door is a small concrete courtyard overlooking the channel that we consider to be one of the anchors of First

Street. Dirty Biter Park is named after a stray dog (nicknamed “Dirty Biter” because of his propensity for defending his territory) that roamed town in the 1970’s. It’s rumored that he spent his nights in varying local residences, resulting in his reputation as a true “town dog.” A bronze of Dirty Biter, along with a photograph and plaque detailing his life, graces one of the benches in this pleasant little spot and solidifies La Conner’s dog-loving reputation. At the end of First Street, Calico Cupboard Café and Bakery beckons with its sweet treats inside the bakery case, and farmhouse country lunches on the menu. The deck behind the restaurant, overlooking the channel, is dog-friendly in warmer months; if it’s too chilly to eat outdoors make sure to order a few frozen peanut butter bars for the ride home. We think La Conner is a well-kept secret in the winter months, but be sure to check Winter 2010 • 31

out the Chamber of Commerce website year-round for exciting events like their Poetry Festival in the early spring and art festivals in the fall and summer; any time of year you might be fortunate to see the flock of wild turkeys that have taken up residence in town and have an ordinance passed for their protection. After a satisfying day or two of relaxation with our canine companions, we like to do a little something just for them on our way back to Seattle by stopping at NOAH, the Northwest Organization for Animal Help, which is technically located in Stanwood, but is only 6 miles south of La Conner on I-5. Not only is this shelter brimming with fabulous volunteers and great animals to adopt, they also provide two fenced off-leash areas for the public to utilize, and a small but secluded wooded trail where your pups can sniff to their hearts’ content. If you’re extra lucky, you just might make your visit north complete with another friend to add to the brood.

Above: 1970s town dog Dirty Biter is memorialized with his own park.



Dirty Biter Park

Cattails and Dragonflies

S. First Street Features a bronze statue of town dog, “Dirty Biter.”

608 S. First St. 360.466.1046 Focused on Northwest talent.

Northwest Organization for Animal Help (NOAH)

31300 Brandstrom Rd., Stanwood 360.629.7055; Exit 215 off I-5. Public off-leash area and onleash wooded trail.

LODGING Katy’s Inn Bed & Breakfast

503 S. Third St. 360.466.9909 or 566.528.9746; Small pets are welcome for an additional $25. La Conner Country Inn

107 S. Second St. 360.466.3101 or 888.466.4113 $50 non-refundable pet fee includes doggie bed, a bone, and food and water dishes. 48-hour notice required.

COFFEE & FOOD Calico Cupboard Café & Bakery

720 S. First St. 360.466.4451; La Conner Brewing Company

117 S. First S.; 360.466.1415 Seeds Bistro and Bar

623 Morris St. 360.466.3280;

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Olive Shoppe & Ginger Grater

604 S. First St. 360.466.4101 or 800.992.7071 The Artist’s Remarque

128 S. First St. 360.466.2046 Works from Northwest and regional artists. Two Moons Gallery & Gifts

620 S. First St. 360.466.1920;

ATTRACTIONS & SPECIAL EVENTS La Conner Chamber of Commerce

606 Morris St. 360.466.4778; Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

360.466.3125 Located throughout town, primarily on and near First St. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

(April 1-30) 360.428.5959; Dogs are allowed on-leash on the perimeter of fields only (not in gardens). See website for field locations.

{RED DOG DIARIES} WHAPPAWHAPPAWHAPPAWHAPPA Good morning. I’m jumpin’ onto your bed! That’s communication. I thump thump thump down the stairs, walk into the room where he sleeps, and shake my head so hard my big, gorgeous ears slap my irresistible, loose, cheeky face. He’s awake now. I know this works. We have communicated. “Speak! Speak!” I see people hold a treat looking at me saying, “Speak!” I know other dogs will fall for this because they’re pretty pathetic for the treats. But I don’t do it. I only use my voice in moments of very serious peril. But I communicate. And I know he understands almost everything I’m telling him. I’m sure of it. There’s the whappawhappa in the morning (or at night if I’m cold and maybe had a bad dream of the Very Big Squirrel). There’s the simple walk over, sit down next to him, and look into his brain with my piercing, beautiful eyes until he looks at me to say, “What?” He knows what. I want love. Or a walk. There’s the cold-nose nudge, which is an awesome one. I stuff my wet nose under a bare arm and—whoosh—it goes into the air, because my nose is super cold. When the arm comes back down, it’s going to land hand-first on my head to rub my ears, or grab the five pounds of loose fur and skin that hangs daintily from my neck. There is nothing mysterious about this maneuver. It’s all love. My huge voice—the bark—is only used for the important times. When there is danger at the door, for instance. When I bark, he calls out from the other rooms in the house, “It’s okay Red! Just the mail man.” It’s okay? Are you kidding me? This guy shows up every day, whether you’re home or not! He’s always walking up on the front porch. This is most definitely not okay, and if it weren’t for me, that guy would have been in here a thousand times. Or so I think—no, I know so! So the bark is two forms of communication—one for the intruder, who definitely gets my drift, and one for Craig so he can back me up.


Squeaking and crying. These are communications I simply can’t control. I am so excited to see the other humans in the pack; it always surprises me when they show up. They come in and BAM! I’m awake and excited and I’m squealing and prancing sideways around them, shaking my stubby tail, jumping up to lick their faces, then I fall over and roll onto my back giving them everything I’ve got. Rub me! Right here! All belly! Why aren’t they here always? Oh, I speak all right. He speaks to me, too. Sometimes with the words. The words. So many words. But I know some. “Good girl” I know. And, “I’ll be right back,” of course means he’s leaving me. And “walk” and “dinner” and “treat” and “up” and “off” and “sit” and … man I know a lot of words, come to think of it! He speaks to me in other ways. I know when he’s awake and I can jump up on the bed, without any words at all. I know when he walks in the door if he’s happy or sad or if he’s going to leave again soon. I know what it says in his eyes. He just has to look at me. And I look at him a lot. Too much, maybe. I watch him while he taptaptaps on that thing in the office. I watch him in the morning with his coffee. I lie on the floor in such a way that I can keep my eyes so I see juuust above the edge of the table to see his eyes, even though they aren’t on me. I look at him almost all the time. When not looking, I’m hearing or smelling, and those are just about the same to me. I will not speak for treats. I am the strong silent type. But, oh how I communicate with my human pack, and they with me—however confusing it can be sometimes. All this, of course, wears me out. I will sleep now, and I will dream of the things we will talk about next. And, I hope, not of the Very Big Squirrel.

Craig Howard is a writer and artist who gets to hang out with the Red Dog in West Seattle.

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{EDITOR’S PICKS} THE BEST OF THE WEST Over the years, CityDog Magazine, has found some pretty cool things to share with our readers. Here are a few of our CityDog staff favorites. BY MARY SHEELY WINTER RETREAT

Pacific Beach Just south of the Olympic Rainforests and north of bustling Ocean Shores are the quaint communities along Pacific Beach. No casinos or big restaurants here; the main attraction is the ocean, and a slew of dogaccommodating cottages and lodges ( htm) will welcome you and your retriever. Settle in and watch the waves roll, or run along with them. DAY HIKE

Rattlesnake Ridge

Four miles round-trip, a moderate elevation gain of about 1,175 feet and some beautiful views make this a great escape for you and your dog, located just under an hour from Seattle (Exit 32 off I-90, turn right). Leash laws are enforced, and you’d want to observe them anyway—the gorgeous views of Rattlesnake Lake, Mount Si and Little Si are occasionally along steep cliffs.


Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show The Seattle Kennel Club hosts two All Breed Dog Shows March 13 and 14 at Qwest Field Event Center, giving dog fanciers the opportunity ooh and ahh over displays of conformity and obedience and also to enjoy special attractions ranging from informational booths on specific breeds to watching dogs “dance” and herd ducks. Plus, you can simply get a good, long two-day dose of gorgeous dogs. Learn more at


Brenda Bryan Yoga instructor and licensed massage therapist Bryan decided to combine her talents when she began teaching dog yoga classes in 2006. Since then, she’s developed Barking Buddha Doga, a yoga class that incorporates your dog and focuses on humane-canine interaction, published the doga guide Barking Buddha, and is about to open her first yoga and doga studio in West Seattle, West Side Yoga & Doga, located at 6417 SW Fauntleroy Way. READER RECIPE

Steve & Kat’s Wooscotti In a mixer, combine: 2 cups whole-wheat flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 pinches ground cinnamon 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup milk

Resident Lodge Dog: Ruthie

Mode of transportation

Talk about dog-friendly. “Official canine greeter” Ruthie is a sweet basset hound-rottweiler mix who reclines just inside the door on a heated bed at Willows Lodge in Woodinville, Wash. But she’ll shake off the slumber to greet new human and dog friends, plus leave a “hand-written” note welcoming you to your room, along with bowls, blankets, beds and cookies for furry

Already a coveted vehicle for dog lovers, the Honda Element went one better in the fall with the Dog Friendly accessory package for EX models. The Dog Friendly Honda Element includes a stowable ramp, rear car kennel, pet bed, spill-resistant water bowl, electrical fan, and even tags for your dog and you—you can show the dog love with special emblems for the car’s exterior.

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Preheat oven to 400. Grease cookie sheet. Place dough on cookie sheet and shape into a long, flat log (about 1-inch thick). Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool then cut into 1-inch thick slices and bake for another 10-12 minutes until crisp. While Wooscotti is cooling, melt about ½ cup of carob chips in microwave. If you need to thin the melted carob, just add a bit of water. Once your carob is melted, drizzle it over sliced Wooscotti. Recipe courtesy of Valerie Barker-Biggs


Lincoln Park, Seattle Located just north of the Vashon Ferry, Lincoln Park is an appealing mix of nature and civilization. Walk wooded trails or along the seawall, where you may spot sea lions, harbor seals or even the occasional pod of orcas traversing Puget Sound near the Vashon lsland shore. Picnic shelters with fireplaces and water views and a heated saltwater pool along the shore complete the scene. By law, dogs are prohibited from the beach proper, but the trail is close enough for prime salt-air sniffing.


Missing Pet Partnership

Former police officer, detective and police-dog handler Kat Albrecht launched this nonprofit to reunite more lost pets with their people, using her training from the years she spent in law enforcement and enlisting the tracking skills of trained dogs—and cats. Missing Pet Partnership, now a national organization, offers behavior-based lost pet recovery tips on its website ( and operates the first-ever volunteer lost pet search-and-rescue team in Seattle.


Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam

Mini-Australian shepherds Cookie and Otis often accompany bass player Ament on the road with Pearl Jam, not to mention skate parks, woods and even deer hunts near his Montana home. When they can’t come along, they’re still there in spirit—Ament uses guitar picks decorated with his dogs’ happy faces.


Dogs by Damien Rice

The Irish singer-songwriter’s beautiful song, though it references dogs running in the sun, is really more about a freespirited relationship envied from afar, which involves a girl who does yoga. But no matter—we’re happy to sing along, and we (and our dogs) like yoga, too.


Favorite Town

The sun-drenched town known as the American Riviera is a welcome retreat for you and your companion. Dog-friendly Arroyo Burro Beach will get tails wagging, outdoor dining at places like The Beach Grill at Padaro will let you kick back together, and the yearly Big Dogs Parade and Canine Festival draws an estimated 20,000 people and dogs.

Lani Dig Your Dog

They’re named to remind you of the places your dog digs most, like Beach, Woods and Park, but Lani Dig Your Dog ( bath products will leave her smelling much sweeter. Shampoos, conditioners and sprays combine natural ingredients like green tree extract, wheat germ, peppermint and rosemary for gentle canine care that does double-duty helping repel bugs and revive skin. Winter 2010 • 35

{CITYDOG SOCIAL CALENDAR} To shake off the winter blues, we’ve put together a list of doggy must-do’s! In addition to the snapshot of events listed here, we’ve compiled even more on our Web site. Check back often—we keep it up-to-date with fun events for you and your furry friend. Woofs & Wags!


Spay Day USA February 23 • Nationwide. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats and a proven way to reduce the vast numbers of animals who are born only to die prematurely and without a family who loves them. Get your pet spayed or neutered today. For low-cost spay/neuter resources contact your local shelter. Dine Out for Paws & Claws February 23 • Yakima, Wash. Dining Out for Paws & Claws provides you and your family a fun opportunity to support a solution for ending euthanasia of homeless dogs and cats in the valley. When you dine at one of the participating restaurants on Spay Day, a portion of your bill will go directly to the Spay Neuter Assistance Program. For more info visit Howlin’ at the Moon Snowshoe Shuffle February 27 • Bozeman, Mont. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Snowshoe Shuffle, so get ready to grab your canine companions and snowshoes and head for the hills—to Moonlight Basin, that is. The Shuffle has become a favorite of Big Sky residents and tourists alike. Guests enjoy trekking the lit course with their dogs after the slopes have closed. Enjoy a great chili feed and $3 draft beers. After dinner, the fun continues with music by a local band, and the Barkin’ Doggy raffle with all proceeds going straight to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. For more info, email jess@heartofthe; (406)388.9399 x112. Dog Daze Fundraiser February 27 • Coeur d’ Alene, Ida. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrating everything dog at Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way. Bring your well-behaved pooch on leash to this fun event. Vendors, demonstrations by law enforcement and 4H groups, owner and pet look-alike contest, costume contests, and more. For more information, contact: Kootenai Humane Society at 208.818.1633. Max Muscle Half Marathon February 28 • Vancouver, Wash. 8:30 a.m. start time at Max Muscle’s Hazel Dell Town Center location and will turn around at Klineline Park/Salmon Creek Trail. Lace up those sneakers and make plans for a run to benefit the animals at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Marathon par36 • CityDog Magazine

ticipants will enjoy a well supported route with vendors, prizes, medals, post-marathon events, goodie bags and a T-shirt for each registered participant. To register, go to or stop by either Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Store in Vancouver.


The Healing Power of Pets March 2 • Bellevue, Wash. 7-8 p.m. at Delta Society, 875 124th Ave NE. FREE one hour discussion to explore how you might be able to help others by volunteering with your dog—taking him/her to visit hospitalized patients, helping children learn to read, visiting seniors and in other ways. For more info or to RSVP: AnnieH@DeltaSociety. org or (425) 679-5516. This event is for humans only. Reading With Rover March 2 • Redmond, Wash. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Borders Bookstore, Redmond Town Center. March 6 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m. -12 p.m. at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main St. March 13 • Lynnwood, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Barnes & Noble’s Lynnwood location. March 13 • Kent, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Children’s Bookshop, 225 W. Meeker St. March 16 • Redmond, Wash. . 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Borders Bookstore, Redmond Town Center. March 17 • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. 7-8 p.m. Mountlake Terrace Library. March 18 • Lake Forest Park, Wash. 6:30-8 p.m. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park Towne Center. March 20 • Edmonds, Wash. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main St. March 27 • Snohomish, Wash. 11 a.m.12 p.m. at Snohomish Public Library, 311 Maple Ave. For more Reading With Rover dates, visit Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show March 13 & 14 • Seattle, Wash. at Qwest Field Event Center. The 2,000 dogs competing in agility, conformity, rally and obedience are no doubt the stars of the show, but there’s plenty to do outside of the ring, as well, from educational booths on specific breeds to performances by canine dancing and herding groups. For ticketing information, visit Humans only unless showing.

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Communicating With Your Pets March 4 • Redmond, Wash. 6-9 p.m. at Soul Food Books, 15748 Redmond Way. Book Signing fundraiser to benefit Homeward Pet. Special guest speaker Joan Ranquet, animal communicator and Hay House author of Communicating With All Life, is giving a seminar on communicating with your pets. For more info., email dianegarwood@gmail. com or call 425.788.4645. Pawsitive Futures March 6 • Seattle, Wash. 6:30-8.30 p.m. at Theo Chocolate in Fremont, 3400 Phinney Ave North. Enjoy tasty appetizers while you sip wine, sample Theo chocolates, and bid in a silent auction and have fun while helping homeless animals at this annual benefit! More info. at: Bounder Paws & Poles Race March 7 • Spokane, Wash. Registration 9:30 a.m. Both races begin at 11 a.m. from the Nordic ski area at 49 Degrees North. This family fun race consists of your choice of a 5K cross country ski race with your dog or a 3K snowshoe race with your dog. Awards and great prizes will follow. All proceeds will be donated to SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. Register at Mountain Gear, 2002 N. Division. For more info call SpokAnimal at 509.534.8133. Therapy Animals: Who, What, Why? March 11 • Portland, Ore. 6:30-8 p.m. at DoveLewis Community Room (2nd floor), 1945 NW Pettygrove. Do you think you and your pet have the right stuff to get involved with Animal assisted therapy work? This free workshop is your best first step. You’ll learn DoveLewis’ criteria, screening and training process to become a certified team. They’ll also show you what types of places you and your pet could visit after certification. RSVP required for this event using the online gift shop at Whiskers Wine & Dine March 12 • Lakewood, Wash. 6-10 p.m. at the Sharon McGavick Center. This sixth annual fundraising event is held in recognition of Spay Day USA, a national day of action to promote the spaying and neutering of companion animals. Tickets are $50 per person available in advance only. To make reservations, call 253.265.2290 or download order form at St. Patrick’s Day Paw Promenade March 13 • Seattle, Wash. 1 p.m. Mercer Island is going to the dogs...for a St. Patrick’s Day Paw Promenade along the I-90 Trail.

{CITYDOG SOCIAL CALENDAR} Meet at City Hall and follow the paved trail (flat, easy walk suitable for families and people of all abilities) from City Hall to the Luther Burbank off-leash dog park where pet related vendors, raffles, demonstrations, and doggone fun activities await for the whole family. Don’t let a wee bit o’ rain scare you away…plan to walk rain or shine! Bring your dog, borrow a dog, or just hang out with someone else’s dog. Prizes will be awarded to the “most spirited” dog so don’t forget to wear GRRReen! For event information, call: 206.275.7864. Memorial Art Workshop March 14 • Portland, Ore. All ages/families welcome 1-2:30 p.m. Adults (16 & over) 3-4:30 p.m. at DoveLewis Community Room (2nd floor), 1945 NW Pettygrove. One of the best ways to navigate your grief when you lose a pet is memorializing them through art. Every second Sunday of each month offers a new opportunity to create something unique and take it home with you. Sponsored by Dignified Pet Services. You must RSVP for this free community event using the online giftshop at dovelewis. org/giftshop. Wine, Wags & Whiskers March 20 • Silverdale, Wash. 6 – 9 p.m. at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. Kitsap Humane Society presents this gala event to benefit the homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals of the Kitsap Peninsula. Enjoy food parings with local wine and beer, silent auction, music and more. Have Fun! Get Fit! Let Loose! March 20 • Woodinville, Wash. 10:30 a.m.noon at Homecourt, 18600 WoodinvilleSnohomish Rd. Nia, a well-being fitness and lifestyle practice, is sponsoring a special fundraising event for Homeward Pet. For more info call Sarah Love at 426.985.8653 or visit Easter b’Egg Hunt March 27 • Duvall, Wash. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Camp Charlie, 124th St. Bring your canine to Camp Charlie’s for the annual Homeward Pet Adoption Center Easter b’Egg Hunt! This is such a fun event and the dogs really do enjoy the hunt for the eggs. For more information, visit their website or call 425.488.4444 x404. PAWS Wild Night Gala and Auction March 27 • Seattle, Wash. 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Ave. Join over 500 like-minded guests for great animal-friendly food, live entertainment plus exciting live and silent auctions, and the opportunity to raise funds to help save animals’ lives. For more info:


Boutiques Unleashed: Fashions for Both Ends of the Leash April 9 • Portland, Ore. 7-11 p.m. at The Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison. Come see the hippest hounds and humans around on the runway at Portland’s premier fashion event. Boutiques Unleashed offers a fun and sometimes hilarious look at the latest styles from local boutiques for people and pets. Enjoy hosted hors d’oeuvres & select cocktails, bid on items in a silent auction and mingle with some of Portland’s stylin’-est dogs and people. All proceeds to benefit the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program. The Healing Power of Pets April 6 • Bellevue, Wash. 7-8 p.m. at Delta Society, 875 124th Ave NE. A FREE one hour discussion to explore how you might be able to help others by volunteering with your dog- taking him/her to visit hospitalized patients, visiting seniors and in other ways. For more info or to RSVP: or (425) 679.5516. This event is for humans only. Pasado’s Safe Haven Spring Tour April 10 • Sultan, Wash. 1-4 p.m. at Pasado’s Safe Haven Farm & Sanctuary. Three times a year, Spring, Summer, and Fall, Pasado’s Safe Haven hosts tours. For more info and to RSVP for the spring tour, Northwest Pet & Companion Fair April 17 & 18 • Portland, Ore. Sat. 9:30 a.m.6 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Portland Expo Center, E-Hall, 2060 N Marine Dr. Bring your dog and check out Portland’s largest pet fair. More than 150 exhibitors are on hand to introduce you to the latest in pet care, food, toys, games for pets and humans, educational workshops, free samples, and many pets available for adoption. Visit for more information. The Pet Effect! Fundraising Luncheon April 28 • Portland, Ore. 12 p.m.-1 p.m. at Melody Ballroom, Portland, Ore. A FREE annual fundraising luncheon to meet other Delta Society volunteers, donors and supporters who all share a common passion—a love for animals and people! You are encouraged to invite friends who may also be interested in Delta Society. For more info or to RSVP: or (503) 387.5138. This event is for humans only.

SCRAPS Chocolate Festival & Auction April 23 • Spokane, Wash. 6 p.m. at Spokane County Interstate Fair & Expo Center, Bay 4. This is SCRAPS big annual fundraiser for animals and a howlin’ good time! Wonderful auction items, fantastic chocolates and cocktails. Tickets available at SCRAPS or at the door. For more info: K9 Walk to Cure Canine Cancer April 24 • Elk Grove, Calif. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Elk Grove Regional Park. More than six million dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year and you can be part of the cure by joining this walk to help raise money for a worthy cause. One hundred percent goes directly to support Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign to fund research for canine cancer, early detection methods, effective treatments and ultimately a cure! There are two walks, a short 3K lake walk and a 6K park perimeter trail walk. They even have a virtual walk for those who can’t attend, but wish to support this great cause. For more information visit Tuxes & Tails April 24 • Seattle, Wash. at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Join the Seattle Humane Society in the Grand Ballroom for a delicious gourmet dinner and bid on fabulous auction items from great wines to amazing getaways. Enjoy watching local celebrities strut their stuff on the runway with their furry friends or shelter animals available for adoption. For more info contact Diana at 425.373.5388 or Whistler DogFest April 24 • Whistler, B.C. It might not come around again until 2018 but in Whistler, every year is Year of the Dog. Nowhere is Whistler’s “Power to the Pooches” conviction more in evidence than at the annual Whistler Dog Fest, a celebration of four-legged friends. Since 1998, canines of all stripes have been invited to lead their owners, in their finest frockery, in the 200-strong Dog Parade. Proceeds support Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), a Whistler-based no-kill animal shelter. Exhibitions, demos and comps guarantee some quality master canine bonding. For more info: 8th Annual See Spot Run 5k Walk/Run April 25 • Yakima, Wash. Grab a leash and your favorite canine companion and join in the fun, while supporting homeless animals in the valley. Dog treats and refreshments provided. Full details and online registration is available at

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{CITYDOG DIRECTORY} THE MARKETPLACE FOR PETS AND THEIR PEOPLE Welcome to the CityDog Winter Directory. Here you will find a wide assortment of dog-friendly products and services provided by these fine businesses. Please support our advertisers by calling or visiting their websites today. And be sure to tell them CityDog Magazine sent you!

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Find it at local pet specialty stores.

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Massage helps arthritic dogs/cats, aids healing after ACL & other surgeries. It relaxes muscles that have over-compensated for injuries, and calms the nervous system of hyper dogs/puppies. Call 206.938.8539 for a massage or Reiki session.

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Reach your target customers by advertising in CityDog’s special directory of dog-friendly products and services. Space is limited and may be on a first-come, first served basis, so reserve your space today! Call us at 206.762.0643 or today!



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Named “Best” by CityDog and Seattle Magazine! Training for the family dog. New! The “Pup’prentice” project with Becky Bishop in Seattle and Woodinville.

MOUNTAIN HIGH DOG TRAINING Specializing in private in-home lessons. Learn how to communicate with your dog and enjoy a healthy relationship based on trust, understanding, and good behavior. Every dog has the power to reach new heights. Will yours? It’s up to you.

NORTHWEST SCHOOL OF ANIMAL MASSAGE Obtain the best education in animal massage for dogs, cats and horses. We offer pet-owner workshops, career certification programs and professional skill courses. Distancelearning and financing available. 425.222.3703 or



What is on your animal’s mind? Get your questions answered today! Communication & counseling. Before passing & ”crossed over.” ThetaHealing & lost animal tracking. Classes & consultations. Call 253-447-8332 for more information.

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CLEANER PICKUP & CARRY The moisture-resistant lining becomes an extra layer of protection between hand and poop when picking up. Attached to a leash, it’s a hands-free place to stash that nasty bag. Two side pockets for bags, keys, etc. One dollar from each sale supports animal welfare. Demo at

SHILOH SHEPHERDS Breeder of ISSR Shiloh Shepherds. Family raised and socialized pups. Temperament tested, micro-chipped and guaranteed. Email LKRUNNER@YAHOO.COM or call 206.979.5259.

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We take the ick out of dog ownership! Weekly rates begin at $17.00 with prepay discounts available. Know that your dog’s doo can do some good as we donate over 5% of our profits to animal welfare agencies! 888-Dog-Waste or visit:

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