Coastal Canine Magazine Fall 2015

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FALL 2015

Guided By Love

S & R Teams Training for Success


Rescue Legacy


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Letter from Coastal Canine

“Some of our greatest treasures we place in a museum others we take for walks” ~ Roger Caras


ummer sure flew by, but luckily for those of us and our dogs living here on the Central Coast, our fall season can be just as nice. The days are getting a bit shorter, which will just get us out a little earlier for those evening dog walks. Somewhat unique in the legal world, read about the pride of the Monterey County Court system, a service dog named Odie and the difference she makes in and out of the courtroom. Learn more about our local search-dog teams based in Santa Cruz and how their continuous training keeps them at the ready to help lead searches statewide and beyond. Over in the United Kingdom, a couple who were brought together when their guide dogs became smitten with each other recently took a dog walk down the aisle. And in Pacific Grove, a blind dog named Harrison was guided through rescue groups to his new family and forever home. Taking a foster dog into your life isn’t always the easiest thing, especially when it comes to adopting them out. Read about contributor Dina Eastwood's personal experience as a foster mom. And if you are considering fostering or adopting, have a look at some the great dogs looking for homes on pages 24 and 25. You might remember him as the iconic detective in the television series Columbo or the kindly grandfather in the movie The Princess Bride. Although Peter Falk sadly passed away in 2011, he and his wife, actress Shera Falk, lived their lives surrounded by their family of rescue dogs. Read about how his widow continues Peter’s legacy of love for animals and animal causes. Have a wonderful Autumn!

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Rescue Me – Special Needs Adoptee - Harrison Harrison, a blind Shih Tzu, made his way from a crowded Stockton, California shelter into the hearts and home of the Fitzpatrick family in Pacific Grove.


Dog of the Day – Odie, the Courtroom Comfort Dog From victims of traumatic crimes to her fellow co-workers, Odie helps brighten everyone’s day.


Foster Failure Dina Eastwood writes about the challenges and joys of fostering homeless dogs.


A Mutt by any Other Name Why adopting a mutt can be an excellent choice.


Adoptable Dogs Adoptable dogs from Santa Cruz Animal Shelter and Peace of Mind Dog Rescue are waiting for you.


Monterrey Bay Search Dog Teams: Training for Success Keeping local and global communities’ safe takes lots of training and team work.


Peter and Shera Falk’s Legacy of Love Shera Falk and her late husband, Peter, shared a passion for animals, especially dogs. Shera does everything she can to support the welfare of our furry friends.

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Puppy Love Square When their guide dogs hit it off, it wasn’t long before their guardians took a walk down the aisle and made them all a family.

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On the Cover: Satoshi, Eros, and Roxy photographed at the annual BirchBark 911 event at Soquel High School on September 20, 2015.

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After studying a wide range of approaches, Andee recognized that positive reinforcement was the style of training she most resonated with. A two-year training program with animal training and holistic health pioneer, Linda Tellington Jones, created a shift that is with Andee to this day. Linda models a complete reverence and respect for dogs as very special and amazing beings. Linda was, and still is, a role model that Andee is in complete alignment with. For thirty-five years, Andee has been

an avid seeker of knowledge and new perspectives. Before the internet and the wealth of information that is available to people today, Andee spent her time and money traveling to workshops, conferences, and classes to learn everything she could about dogs. She most recently traveled to India to spend a month with John Rogerson, a world renowned dog trainer/behaviorist from England. Andee teaches classes at the Raw Connection in Carmel and does private one-on-one sessions as well. She loves helping people connect with their dogs on a deeper level through understanding and better communication that allows dogs to thrive in good behavior and over all health and wellbeing. She specializes in puppies and loves to see puppies start safe socializing at 9-10 weeks old after they have their first round of vaccines. Experts now believe the window for socialization for dogs ends at 13 weeks which is why Andee feels it is so important to start training early.

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Evie & Willow

Malcom & Robert Sasha & Tabor

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HARRISON—ONE COOL DUDE! As Executive Director of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR), I get calls and emails daily from shelters throughout California in need of help getting stray senior dogs out of the shelters and into rescue programs. Harrison’s story is one that I was privileged to be a part of. We had agreed to take in Gus, a senior Pomeranian from the Stockton Animal Shelter, but I opened my email to a pleasant surprise and a request:

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The shelter had a volunteer lined up to bring Harrison to POMDR’s headquarters in Pacific Grove the next day, so we agreed to bring him into our program. When I met Harrison, he was exactly as the Stockton Shelter had described him. Rough around the edges in appearance, but pure sweetness as far as personality. He was totally confident in the world, even with his inability to see.

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“Harrison is a 10-year-old Shih Tzu. He came in as a stray and is totally blind. One eye is shriveled and nonfunctioning, the other eye is nonvisual as well and does not look healthy. He has severe dermatitis and is missing much of the fur on his back. He needs medical attention. He is a very, very loving dog. He navigates around his kennel without problems and is always very happy, wagging his curly tail. He loves to have his tummy scratched and is friendly with all other dogs we have introduced to him.”

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cc | rescue me consultation with Dr. Kim Wilkins. She also agreed to foster him as long as some of our volunteers could get him out for daily walks. The Fitzpatrick family had recently moved to Pacific Grove from Washington, D.C. Their daughter, Abby, a middle school student, was interested in volunteering for an animal welfare organization. The whole family, Chris, Korina, and Abby, made their way to POMDR where they signed up to help walk dogs and help with transportation. Harrison was one of their first assignments. They were immediately taken by his personality and self-assurance despite his disability. They learned quickly how to be very aware on walks to prevent him from running into things. They even took him to the Pet Parade in Pacific Grove where he found his way amongst hundreds of other dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, and lots and lots of children. He was real happy to be part of the crowd and strutted in the parade with a big smile on his fuzzy little face. It was becoming more and more difficult to return Harrison to his kennel after spending time with him. The whole family was growing very attached to the little guy. And he was to them.

no eyes. Women love his cute, cuddly appeal and even the burliest of men are taken with him. Just the other day, a tattooed man and his toughlooking, sweet Pit Bull Mix, marveled at Harrison. The Pit Bull gently sniffed him all over. His guardian said, “Whoa, dude. No eyes?” Korina confirmed that Harrison had no eyes. “Right on, man. Bitchin’. Take care little dude.” Each week Harrison’s personality blossomed more and more. Each week, the Fitzpatrick family signed up for fewer and fewer adoption events. When they did take him to an adoption event, they wondered what they would do if someone actually wanted to adopt him! Then the time came when everyone in the family knew he was staying for good, and they signed a contract to make him a permanent part of the family. Harrison knows who his family is, and he demands “full” family walks. If the whole family isn’t walking out the door together, Harrison puts on the brakes and turns his head as if he is looking, but we know he is not. He won’t start walking until the whole family is out the door together. Harrison knows a good thing when he has it!

A few days after the parade, Harrison was scheduled to have both his eyes removed. They were causing him discomfort, and he would be better off without them. There would be fewer complications in his future that way. The Fitzpatrick’s offered to foster him after his surgery. When they picked him up the day after surgery, they said he looked like a cross between Rocky Balboa and Frankenstein. His face was swollen and he had rows of stitches where his eyes used to be. He recovered quickly though, and soon made himself at home in their apartment. He mapped out the floor plan, could jump up on and off the couch, could find a treat anywhere, and loved to sit and “watch” Korina cooking in the kitchen. He also loves his toys! The louder the squeak the better. He’ll even jump to catch a toy and play tug with it. Harrison makes friends wherever he goes. Children gravitate toward him and are often the first to notice and comment to their parents that he has Fall 2015 | | 15


The Courtroom Comfort Dog By Anastasia Torres-Gil

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From the paralegals, attorneys, and office staff to the bailiffs and courthouse security guards, Odie elicits nothing but smiles and adulation from her coworkers as she makes her rounds from the DA's office to the courtroom. It’s not unusual for a dedicated member of the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office to work like a dog. But in Odie’s case, she truly does. Introducing Odie, the Monterey County Courthouse Comfort Dog. What’s a Comfort Dog? It’s a specially trained dog that helps ease the trauma faced by victims and witnesses in criminal justice proceedings. The dog’s job is to help vulnerable victims cope with the fear and pressure of testifying at trial. Though still a rarity, these courthouse dogs are gaining in popularity because of the service they provide. Monterey County DA Dean Flippo felt that a Comfort Dog could really help the victims and witnesses with whom his office works. It is not easy to testify at court, especially for a child. Court can be a terrifying place, even more frightening when a victim or witness is asked to remember and describe out loud—in excruciating detail—the most intimate and most horrible thing that ever happened to them. All this in a large formal room filled with strangers while one person is trying to prove that the witness is either lying or mistaken or both. It becomes clear how overwhelmingly oppressive the pressure can be. Enter Odie, the female Labrador and Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) graduate. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CCI is a nonprofit that enhances

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My 18-year-old daughter has moved away for college, so I am re-feathering my nest with fur, and lots of it—enough of it, everywhere, to cling to countertops and dryer vents and somehow, the inside of drinking glasses. There is fuzz and chewed bones in most corners of the house, compliments of our four dogs. Those dogs had been “donated” to Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, and now I am their mom. I am the former queen of animal-dander allergies. I was the person who chastised every lout who ever brought their dog on an airplane or put their puppy in a shopping cart at the store. “Rude!” I’d think. “Don’t they know some people are allergic?” Now, I am a convert, a nuzzler, an owner of the grandest title in doggy land: I am a foster failure. The first of our four pups arrived two years ago, in keeping with my promise to my then sixteen-year-old daughter. Her dad and I were going though a divorce. “If Dad moves out, can we get a dog?” “Heck, yes!” I exclaimed in some odd defiance. Before I knew it, little eight-week-old Coco the Pug joined our family. Within weeks, I was getting texts from my friends warning me, “One more pug photo and I will block your number.”

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I adored that little black mass of fur, and a year later, thinking she needed a “sibling,” I scoured the website of my favorite local rescue, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR). POMDR is geared toward giving senior dogs, many of whose guardians are elderly and can no longer care for them, a second chance at life in wonderful new homes. There she was on POMDR’s website: Chica the Pug, her fat, cobby body surrounding the most glorious smile. Pushing thirteen and almost fully blind and with a tongue as long as a Fruit Roll-Up®, she got to me and I skipped the fostering and went straight to adopting her. My obsession

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was set in stone. (Chica and her infectious grin have thousands of followers on Instagram!) Once my daughter actually packed up and moved to Los Angeles, I decided I’d have a lot more time on my hands; being a full-time return student and having two dogs wasn’t enough for me. So, I enrolled with POMDR as a dog fosterer. It only took a few days until I had a 10-year old girl, Winnie. “We are keeping Winnie,” I said when I called POMDR 48-hours after her arrival. “She nips, and she growls at everyone, but . . .” I continued. My sweetheart heard me making this call. “You just said you thought it wouldn’t work out with Winnie.” “Well . . .,” I stalled. Then smiled. Then shrugged. Winnie is now ours. She has settled in, and despite a bit of nerves she is the most loyal, loving gal we could imagine. In the last month, we have taken on two more fosters. I did so knowing that both males needed to be neutered, that they would lift their legs relentlessly, that they would need medication, and that they would entail extra work. I whined and complained—and dug in. I couldn’t resist these fairly helpless yet spirited little guys. Peabody, who weighed four pounds soaking wet, found a home quickly. Left with my little “Chi-Weenie” (half Chihuahua, half Dachshund), Tango, it was time to take him to adoption events and find him a permanent home. I cried while putting his little “Adopt Me,” bandana around his neck, dreading his eventual departure. My better sense told me to let him go on to another loving home, that our hearts and hands are full with three dogs. Then last night before class, I decided I had to take all of them on one last walk for the evening. Tango got out of his harness and bit my foot, hard, when I accidentally stepped on his paw while re-rigging his leash. It bled, and I ended up being late for class. But as I looked down at them all and waved goodbye while they jumped up and down and squealed with affection, I thought, “Maybe four dogs will be fine.”

Dina Eastwood is a long-time Peninsula resident who has worked in the media for more than 20 years. She has been an anchor at KSBW-TV and featured on the TV shows “Candid Camera” and “Mrs. Eastwood and Company.” She is currently getting a master’s degree in creative writing at San Jose State University. Her Instagram handle is @dinaeastwood in case you’d like to check out Chica’s smile.

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A MUTT BY ANY OTHER NAME By I love my mutts—I don’t think there is any better breed out there than a good mutt! A lot of people have misconceptions about mutts or think they’re somehow inferior to purebreds. It might be interesting to dig a little deeper into the world of non-purebred pups. The terms “mutt” and “mongrel” get thrown around pretty loosely these days, and they often come with a derogatory air. But anyone who owns a mixed dog knows that they have just as many—if not more—wonderful qualities as purebred pets! The stigma that has followed mixed-breed dogs is losing its grip, which is a great thing. Let’s talk about mutts so you can see why they can be just right for you!

Mixed Terms First let’s get the terminology right. Mutt. Mix. Mongrel. Bitsa. Potcake. Heinz 57. These are all terms that denote a dog of more than one breed origin. The true definition of mutt and mongrel is an individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds or strains, especially one of unknown ancestry. In the case of canines, these are individuals of unknown ancestry that belong to no single organizationally recognized breed and are not the result of selective breeding. Today, much of the terminology has become blurred, with “designer breeds” rising in popularity. Designer dogs are selectively bred hybrids, or specialized mixes of two or more purebred dogs intentionally bred to

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retain specific traits of those breeds. The term “mixed breed” encompasses dogs of mixed, untraced ancestry, though it is often used in reference to hybrids as well, to make everything nice and confusing.

A Dog of a Different Color Some mutts can look so much like a purebred dog that it is nearly impossible to tell that there is something else in the genetic pot. I have one of these, and her name is Sara. She’s a Pit Bull mix. I know this because I met her mom, who was very clearly a Pit Bull-mix dog. Sara, however, carries no resemblance to her pit bull ancestry (other than a bit of an attitude and her love of cuddles). She looks just like a Border Collie! Her sisters in the litter looked just like their mom, a tan pit bull. Who knows why she hit the genetic jackpot and got the long, lustrous and silky hair.

Why does she look like a Border Collie and not a Pit Bull like her mom and sisters? It all comes down to genetics and dominant genes. Fortunately for you, this gets to be a little too scientific and complicated for me to explain in this article.

Sorting Fact from Fiction So, what makes mutts better than purebreds, or vice versa? There are many different schools of thought on this subject, but I’ll break it down into a few things that definitely define whether or not a pur ebred or a mutt is best for your house: Purebreds are the result of generations of selective breeding to achieve a desired trait or personality. If you have small children, you may want a breed of dog that is known to be gentle and tolerant, like a Beagle. Assistance dogs are typically Labradors because they’re known for their intelligence and loyalty. Cane Corsos are intensely protective and are used as guard dogs. You should thoroughly investigate any breed of dog before seeking out a reputable breeder. Mutts can be healthier than some purebreds. This is especially the case for purebreds that are the product of years of inbreeding or irresponsible breeding as in puppy mills. If your new puppy was born in a mill, there is the distinct possibility that he may have a genetic disorder or become ill due to the circumstances of his birth. If your dog comes from a responsible breeder who is screening for defects or diseases, there is a much greater chance your dog will be healthy. Mutts are thought to be “healthier” than these irresponsibly bred purebreds because they have a wider array of genetic materials. This is actually kind of false. You don’t know the origins of your dog; therefore it is unknown what kind of genetic dispositions she might have in her DNA. No matter what kind of dog you have, you should always be prepared for the unexpected. Consider investing in pet insurance to cover any unplanned medical expenses.

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No matter what kind of dog you choose, be prepared and make sure that a dog is the right pet for you. Consider your lifestyle, home situation, stability, dependability, and financial situation before driving to the shelter. As always, we like to promote adoption for pets. There are tons of pet rescues devoted to purebred dogs in need of homes, so just because you rescue doesn’t mean you can’t have your breed of choice. Do your research, take good care of your dog, and you’ll be rewarded for years to come!

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ADOPTABLE DOGS Make a love connection! These dogs are available at Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR) or Santa Cruz Animal Shelter (SCAS). Peace of Mind Dog Rescue 615 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove 831-718-9122

Santa Cruz Animal Shelter 2200 7th Avenue, Santa Cruz 831-454-7200

Cappy 13 years old Terrier Mix - POMDR

Lily 8 years old Maltipoo - POMDR

Tiny 7 years old Chihuahua Mix - POMDR

Trooper 13 years old Terrier Mix - POMDR

Trixie (Bonded to Tucker) 8 years old Border Collie Mix - POMDR

Tucker (Bonded to Trixie) 9 years old Australian Shepherd Mix POMDR

Anela 9 years old Whippet Mix - POMDR

Lady Bug 2 years old Chihuahua Mix - SCAS

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Sara 10 years old Rat Terrier – POMDR

Luna 8 years old Yorkie Mix – POMDR

Sandra Dee 4 years old Chihuahua Mix – SCAS


Widget 5 years old Terrier Mix – SCAS







Lil Red 13 years old Chihuahua Mix - POMDR







Lucy 2 years old Boxer – SCAS

Bingo 3 years old Terrier Mix – SCAS


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I was ready for another day of sitting, head tilting, and making the saddest eyes I could muster in my quest for a home. And then I saw him! He came back. And this time he had a lady with him. I was so happy to see him, I forgot all the rules about not appearing hyper. I jumped at the cage.” It’s me. It’s me.” I wanted him to know. “We played ball. Remember?” And he did remember. He took me out of my kennel again, and we went out to the play yard and played ball again. I gave them both so many kisses, and they hugged me and kissed me back. I wanted it to never end. These were my people. I could feel it with every fiber of my being. And then they walked me back toward my kennel… and passed it! I was getting adopted! Yippee!

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While there are no dogs currently living on the red planet, a future Mars rover might take a cue from canine behavior here on earth before it’s next visit. A team from the Georgia Institute of Technology, using high speed videography, studied the shaking speeds of animals including five breeds of dogs. The results found that each individual can adjust their shaking speed to achieve maximum dryness with out expending too much energy. A typical dog can shake

an incredibly fast four to six times per second - the perfect frequency to make them 70% dry. Larger dogs, especially those with loose skin, can generate a greater force at slower speeds to achieve a comparable level of dryness. The research could be applied to new technology used to help cameras, robotics, and other electronic equipment shake off dust and moisture in extreme environments.

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By Ernest D. Mill

Okay, let’s get this out of the way in the very beginning . . . What is an agility guy doing writing an article on the Monterey Bay Search Dogs . . .? I guess Coastal Canine somehow knew that training a dog for a complex competitive sport like agility is similar to training a dog for the very important and difficult job of becoming a Certified Search Dog.

MBSD teams have successfully

participated in wilderness, suburban, and disaster searches, as well as human remains detection (HRD) searches throughout California and the nation. MBSD teams are fielded at the request of local, state, or federal agencies.

The Kooikerhondje (Koy-Ker-

Hond) is a small Spaniel-type breed of dog of Dutch ancestry.

AIR-SCENTING Air-scenting dogs

primarily use airborne human scent to home in on subjects, whereas trailing dogs rely on scent of the specific subject. These dogs are trained to follow diffused or wind-borne scent back to its source, then to indicate their find.

The Monterey Bay Search Dog organization was founded in 1988 and currently has approximately 12 members. Some of them have Certified Search Dogs, some are in training with their young dogs, and some are in training without a dog. That brings up the first of several similarities to dog agility training. Whether it is a dog competing in agility or a dog on a search, it is the TEAM that needs to be trained. A strong bond and trust between the dog and the handler is essential in order for the team to be successful. Another similarity to agility or any other complex competitive canine sport is that it typically takes longer to train the handler than it does to train the dog. Therefore, it is something that takes a great amount of dedication, perseverance, and time to Fall 2015 | | 33

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accomplish the goal of becoming a Certified Search

not sequential, so you and your dog can be certified

Dog Team. Even for the more experienced handlers,

at level 2 without being certified at level 3 or level 1

it can take up to three years to get the team to its


first certification. LEVEL 3: the easiest type of terrain and conditions, To avoid overwhelming you with a lot of the details

such as a neighborhood search.

about training a search dog and knowing that I might miss something, I will simply provide you with some

LEVEL 2: this terrain is a little more difficult and is

of the basics.

typically what you would find in a search within the tri-county area.


LEVEL 1: this terrain would have the most difficult conditions for the dog and handler.

WILDERNESS This is a typical search for the lost hiker. Dogs are


trained to range through the woods searching for

This is a search where a building has collapsed or a

any live human scent. They follow any scent they

natural disaster (flood, earthquake, tornado, etc.) has

find until they locate its source. Due to the many

occurred. Dogs are trained to locate the scent of live

different types of terrain within this discipline,

humans who may be trapped. The dog typically alerts

there are three levels of certification. The levels are

the handler by barking.

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HUMAN REMAINS This is a search more typically associated with a potential crime scene or even an archeological site. Dogs are trained to locate the scent of human decomposition. It should be noted that the training for these three different disciplines is so specific and rigorous that you cannot cross-train a search dog and remain an effective team.

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We visited with several handlers and their dogs from the Monterey Bay Search Dog organization and observed their training sessions in a Level 2 Wilderness search and a Human Remains search: Susanne Martin with her dogs Toni, a six-year-old male Kooikerhondje, trained in Human Remains and Ameca, a four-year-old female Kooikerhondje, certified in Level 2 Wilderness.

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Pat O’Connell with his dog Max, a six-year-old male Lab, certified in Level 2 Wilderness. Danielle Aldred with her dog Thunder, a one-and-a-half-year old male German Shepherd, training in Wilderness. They were all amazing to watch. Young Thunder has unbelievable drive that didn’t dissipate even after his handlers tried to burn off some of his energy before starting his training session. This dog is going to be something else once trained, as he can cover a very

In Wilderness searches, the dog is trained to go out and follow the

large area during the search in a

scent of the live individual. When the team arrives at the search site,

very short time.

the handler checks the prevailing wind and site conditions before

Similarly, Max, a big strong Lab, can cover a huge area of the search zone in a very short period of time. His face shows that he enjoys every minute of the search and doesn’t want it to end. Toni and Ameca are much smaller and cannot cover an area as fast as Max or Thunder but are considerably more nimble and agile in their searches. Whereas Max and Thunder will run through anything and everything that might get in their way, Toni and Ameca are quick to find their way around, under, or over any obstruction they come across during the search. Both are equally effective and successful.

starting out. The team would prefer to be on the downwind side of the search. This helps the dog to follow the scent and ideally work toward its source. Once the dog finds the lost individual, he is trained to grab the bringsel (a small marker that is attached to a rescue dog’s collar) and hold it in his mouth while he returns to his handler. The handler then asks the dog to return to what he found and follows the dog back to the lost individual. Human Remains searches are handled a little differently. Typically, the search site is marked out with boundaries defining the search zone. The dog is released to find whatever human remains she can. It could be a bone, blood, a tooth, etc. The dog is trained with human remains, and in most cases can distinguish between human and animal remains. When the dog finds something, she alerts the handler by lying down next to the item, signaling with her paw, and touching it with her nose. The dog is not supposed to dig or try to uncover whatever she found, due to the sensitivity of a potential crime scene and the possibility of destroying evidence. Toni was very effective at finding human remains during his training session. He obviously enjoyed having an important responsibility, smiling at his

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It is amazing what our dogs are capable of accomplishing with a lot of hard work and dedication from their handlers. With the help of the Monterey Bay Search Dogs and their teammates, our world is a much safer place. Thank you to MBSD for their hard work and dedication to the very important and lifesaving service they provide. You can find out more about Monterey Bay Search Dogs at

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Dallas Parking Garage Collapse Search Dog Foundation Search Teams Deployed

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The top floor of a Dallas residential parking garage partially collapsed on Friday October 23, sending debris and concrete down through seven levels of the garage. Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to the partial collapse at the apartment high-rise where a pool deck removal and remodel was underway. The cave-in was caused by a combination of heavy rains and the weight of a construction debris pile that had been left on the seventh floor. The collapse went from the top floor all the way through to the bottom of the building. Vehicles were hanging flipped upside down, hung perpendicular, and pancaked. Three teams from the Search Dog Foundation were deployed to make sure no one was trapped alive in the wreckage - Andrea Sutcliffe & Skye, Patti Krafft & Billy, and Keri Grant & Tucker.

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A team of structural engineers evaluated the structure and determined that it was safe to send in the canines for a search. Nearly 100 emergency personnel were on hand as the search dogs looked for any possible victims after section after section from seven floors collapsed on itself and came crashing to the ground. All three dogs cleared the pile with no indications of live humans buried beneath the rubble. Upon completion of a thorough search by Skye, a structural engineer shook Andrea's hand and said how amazing it was to watch Skye work and thanked her for their service.

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Peter and Shera Falk’s

Legacy of Love By Anastasia Torres-Gil

“Mrs. Falk, can you help us?” the tour guide asked. The dog he was holding was filthy—matted and drenched in urine. The guide’s double-decker bus was parked in front of her Beverly Hills mansion, tourists peering out to watch. The guide explained that he saw the dog in the street and didn’t want to leave him there but couldn’t very well bring him on the tour bus. Since her house was on their tour—and knowing actress Shera Danese-Falk’s reputation for rescuing dogs—the tour guide had figured knocking on her door early in the morning was the best thing to do.

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Shera, clad in her pajamas, agreed to temporarily care for the dog. Not surprisingly, years later, the dog (Pasquali) is still there, quite contented to be ensconced in love and comfort. “He’s a magnificent pure-white Shih Tzu,” she says. “How he ended up a stray left for dead is a mystery to me.” But it’s no mystery where Shera’s passion for rescuing dogs came from. “I think you’re just born with it,” she says. In fact, the first words she ever uttered were “doggy, doggy,” and she’s been rescuing dogs and advocating for animals ever since. When Shera was a young child, her grandmother would put their five household cats out the back door every morning. And every morning Shera would race through the house to the front door, opening it just in time for the cats to run right back in. From her grandparents, Shera learned how to responsibly care for unwanted animals—including the importance of spaying and neutering them.


Photographed for their christmas card several years back, Shera and Peter posed with their rescued dogs Misha, Cloe, Jezebel, Zelda, Taffey Lucia, Giovinna, James, Rudolph and Scarlet. Many stars in Hollywood “talk the talk” but Shera is all action. Shera is the widow of Peter Falk, who starred as the iconic Lt. Columbo on the television series, Columbo. Peter hadn’t grown up with any dogs. “Oh, initially he complained about me bringing home more rescue dogs,” says Shera. But his passion for animal rescue quickly equaled her own. Soon their beloved pack of rescues grew to fourteen dogs. Now she’s “down to seven” so the house seems very quiet. Well, as quiet as a pack including a Saint Bernard/Malamute Mix, a Siberian

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Husky/Australian Kelpie Mix, a Brussels Griffon Mix, three Pekingese, and the infamous Shih Tzu could be. Each dog’s rescue story is as different as the dogs are themselves. Her Saint Bernard (Tabitha Petunia) was found at a local dumping ground in the Central Valley. Another was rescued from a puppy mill breeder because the dog was no longer considered profitable. Shera lovingly describes her Pekingese Cornelius, who accompanies her everywhere, as looking like “a little man in a fur suit.” And of course, there’s Pasquali, the dog who was nearly hit by the tour bus. When Shera makes an emotional connection with a dog, the age, breed, health, or size don’t matter one bit. She has fallen in love with dogs of all shapes, sizes, and mixes.

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Shera’s commitment to animal advocacy extends to more than dogs. A vegan for the past eight years, Shera works with a variety of different animal rescue organizations such as Last Chance for Animals and Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. Her work on behalf of animals recently earned her the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award from Last Chance for Animals, which advocates for animal rights.



When asked if she would rather win an Academy Award or an award for rescuing animals, the normally gregarious Shera became very quiet and teary-eyed, thought a minute, and quietly said, “the humanitarian award . . . for the lives it means I helped save.” We thought so.

Shera appeared in six episodes of Columbo.

“Just one more thing” This statue erected in Budapest, Hungary pays tribute to Peter Falk and his character Columbo, included in the lifesize bronze reproduction is Lieutenant's basset hound who was modeled after a local dog named Franzie.

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Nasa astronaut Leland Melvin, a veteran of two spaceflights to the international space station was photographed with his two rescue dogs, Jake and Scout, during his official astronaut portrait shoot. Two photos were taken with the dogs. One features the two dogs excitedly greeting him like he had just returned back from space, and the other shows them calmly sitting at his side.

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West Paw Design’s new squishy yet durable collection of toys for active dogs. For dogs who love to play on land or in lakes and like to sink their teeth into something. Zogoflex is made from a natural foaming agent with no toxic glues or lead. The “boz” floats high in the water and comes in two sizes. The “dash” is a high flying disk that is soft on dogs’ mouths and human hands. $11.95

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Books Worth Barking About Dinner for Dogs By Henrietta Morrison 2013, Ebury Press, $9.95 A dog food expert and a passionate believer that we should feed our dogs the same quality food as we feed ourselves, Henrietta Morrison serves up 50 tasty, nutritious, and easy-to-make recipes, all developed with the help of a vet and nutritionist. With tips throughout on cooking recipes in batches to save time, maximizing pantry ingredients, and more, Dinner for Dogs will prepare you to whip up weeknight dinners and special feasts for dogs of all ages, from puppy to old hound. Your dog will enjoy recipes such as apple and blueberry muffins, peanut butter and buckwheat kisses, cheesy puffs, calming oats, and quick doggy ice cream!

Charlie – The Dog who Came in from the Wild By Lisa Tenzin-Doma 2015, Hubble & Hattie, $19.99 The true story about how a feral one-eyed dog from Romania made his way to the United Kingdom to start a new life. Charlie needed a great deal of understanding, patience, and compassion in order to adjust to his new life and over come his fears.

Wet Dog By Sophie Gamand 2015, Grand Central Publishing. $22.00 Every dog parent knows too well the fun and misery of bath time: the wriggles, the poignant looks, the playful splashes. With over 120 portraits, most of which have never been seen before, WET DOG is a stunning and touching capture of this intimate moment. Elevating dog photography to the status of art, these expressive portraits of our canine friends mirror our very own human emotions.

Despite the obstacles the relationship that developed between Charlie and Lisa transformed both their lives. Charlie’s shift from feral dog to happy, affectionate, fun-loving family dog demonstrates the power of love and kindness.

Meet Harley – 2015’s American Humane Association Hero Dog Harley was rescued from a puppy mill after spending 10 years living in a small cage. His resilient spirit inspired the “Harley to the Rescue” campaign which raised funds to rescue over 500 dogs from puppy mills. Harley goes to the puppy mills with the rescuers and in a way only he can, comforts the terrified dogs and somehow communicates to them that their lives are about to get better. With Harley’s story bringing awareness to this issue, our hope is that one day, soon, there will be no more puppy mills.

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For Rodd and Venice, it was love at first sight. In March 2012, they were both attending an intensive 10-day, 12-hours-a-day training course with only five participants in Shrewsbury, England. The course trainers laughed and said they were the “class love story . . . meant to be.” Inseparable, always nuzzling and exchanging wet kisses, they could have easily missed the encounter if either of them would have taken the next training session the next week. What are the odds? Rodd and Venice came from similar backgrounds—born to join the ranks of only 5,000 working canines for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in the United Kingdom. They are both a special Lab/Retriever mix, bred for the Lab’s

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intelligence and the Retriever’s eagerness to please. Out of 1300 puppies born each year in the program, only about 850 have the characteristics to be a guide dog: confidence, responsiveness, and compliance. Not all those make it through the initial training and the year with a host family, but those that do are paired with a blind person based on their compatibility in height, weight, stride, and personality. Guide dogs are not “one size fits all.” But this love story is bigger than puppy love; it started when each of the dogs was paired with a client. Rodd was matched with Mark Gaffey, 52, who has been blind from birth. Mark says he loves Rodd’s sense of humor and laid-back demeanor (the same traits would describe Mark as well). Venice was partnered with Claire Johnson, 50, who lost her sight at age 24 due to diabetes. Claire tells Venice “you’re everything to me, you're my eyes, aren't you?” Claire is forever grateful that fate brought her Venice. Mark and Claire felt it would be cruel to keep

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the two pups apart once the training course was

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finished. They discovered they only lived a mile

for outings. Initially, they met for walks and playdates so

and a half from each other and had for many

the dogs could see each other. Walks turned into coffee

years. At some point, they had probably been in

dates and then lunches. Those lunches stretched out

the same place at the same time, but never “saw”

longer and longer, and an hour would become 3 hours

each other. After the course was over and more

and 40 minutes. “We almost got chucked out of the

weeks of home training, the pups were cleared

bar,” Claire laughs, and Mark joins in, “the waitresses

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were tapping their fingers waiting for us to leave.”

laughs “I suppose I can never say I will forget the day

They talked about their shared experiences and

I got engaged, and it wouldn't have happened if it

struggles being blind. Both found dating difficult

wasn't for our dogs!”

because they couldn't see facial expressions or read

Two years after they first met, Claire and Mark

body language. At the end of July, four months after

were wed in a lovely garden ceremony at the historic

meeting, they went to dinner at the Koh-I-Noor Curry

and elegant Barlaston’s Upper House in Stoke-on-

Restaurant—without the dogs. Claire says with a

Trent. Rodd and Venice were the ring bearers in their

twinkle that she thought Mark was “a nice fella.” Mark

bright yellow service harnesses. The day was as much

texted her “if you let me, I could make your world

for the dogs as the humans. The wedding cake was


decorated with dog bones and paw prints. Mark jokes,

Valentine's Day 2013, eleven months after they first met at training, they again had dinner at KohI-noor Curry Restaurant. Mark took Claire's hand and slipped a ring on her finger. From what Claire could see, it could have been from a box of Cracker Jacks, so she asked, “Is that what I think it is?” Mark answered, “Claire, my sweetheart and my darling, will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?” Claire said, “I will marry you with one proviso—don't ever change.” (Yes, they really do say “proviso” in England.) He proposed four times that day. Claire

“With every guide dog, you get a wife.”

These days, the four share cozy Primrose Cottage—as best friends and soul mates. Mark explains, “I had to trust in the luck I didn't seem to know existed. I have never believed in fate, but it does seem like it was meant to be.” Claire adds, “We were purely in the right place at the right time.” I guess you could say that love is blind to the odds.

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Therapy Dogs Calm Preflight Jitters Therapy dogs now peruse the corridors and gates at LAX and other international airports including San Jose, lowering blood pressure and calming nerves for anxious travelers. Stressed passengers can find comfort running their fingers through a Golden Retriever’s fur or by letting a Spaniel nuzzle them and ask for more petting. The certified dogs that are brought to the airports by volunteers are bringing smiles to peoples faces as well as creating a more relaxed mood.

Ultimate Pet Resort and JFK’s Ark Terminal Paradise 4 Paws is now at airports in three major cities: Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, and Denver, with a new location being built in New York as part of JFK’s new one-of-a-kind ARK animal terminal set to open in 2016. Paradise 4 Paws is a premier resort for cats and dogs that offers spacious rooms, plush bedding, spa treatments, a large boneshaped splash pool, and a lively social scene at their 20,000+ square-foot state-of-the-art facilities. Dogs will be free to frolic at the resort or spend the night at the $100-per-night pet hotel, complete with full-sized beds and flat-screen TVs. Other

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services provided are grooming, obedience training, a veterinary clinic, and a rehabilitation center. Now jet-setting is also for pets!

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Kudos to Air Canada Pilot for Saving Dog’s Life The Air Canada plane was traveling from Tel Aviv to Toronto. Just as the plane was about to head out over the Atlantic, the pilot was alerted to a heating malfunction that would cause temperatures in the jet’s cargo area to plummet. Knowing there was a dog on the flight who could not survive the drop in temperature, the pilot chose to divert the flight to Frankfurt, Germany, and transfer Simba, a seven-year-old French Bull Dog, to another plane. The diversion cost Air Canada several thousands dollars in fuel, but the spokesperson for the airline and the passengers on the plane applauded the pilot’s life saving decision. Simba's guardian, German Kontorovich, was grateful for the pilot's decision. "It's my dog, he's like (my) child. He's everything," he told City News after landing at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

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Sit for Everything (everything exciting, that is!) By Mardi Richmond, MA, CC, CPDT-KA Do you have an enthusiastic dog who is sometimes a little too excited about the world? Or perhaps a nervous pup that is uncertain and insecure? Sit for Everything is a training exercise that can help dogs on both ends of the spectrum. It is a fun, easy, and effective way to build confidence, teach good manners, and reduce overexcitement. Plus, Sit for Everything helps the human half of the team learn to consistently reinforce the behaviors you want—a critical training skill.

What exactly is Sit for Everything? With Sit for Everything, you choose certain things that your dog is happy or excited about, and you ask him to sit each time, before he does them. But wait! There is a little more to it than that. Specifically: You have your dog sit and look at you for a few seconds. When she sits, enthusiastically and affectionately let your dog know she did a great job. For example say, “What a wonderful dog you are— awesome job!” Then release your dog to do that exciting thing. You might have your dog sit for: • • • •

meals, treats, and other types of food play, ball tosses, and tug games going out the door to run around the yard putting on the leash for a walk or taking off the leash to run free

Why Sit? “Sit” is easy to teach, practice, and reinforce. It is also the hallmark of a polite dog. Most dogs can learn to sit just about anywhere and at any time. Most of us enjoy it when a dog sits upon greeting, for example, instead of jumping up to lick our faces.

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How does it help your dog?

What Sit for Everything is NOT

➤ Dogs who sit for exciting things learn that polite behavior is the fastest way to get what they want. This helps increase impulse control. ➤ It can become a default behavior—something a dog can do when she is unsure of what she is supposed to do. This can be very empowering for some dogs. ➤ Asking your dog for a trained behavior such as Sit keeps him using the thinking part of the brain rather than the emotional or reactive part of the brain. When a dog is thinking rather than reacting, he will learn to be calmer in the face of excitement. ➤ Sit for Everything shows your dog that you will provide access to those things he values. This can be trust building.

Sit for Everything is not intended to take away choices or to make your dog “earn” access to things he needs for survival or happiness. Our dogs need to have choices in life just as we all do for our mental health. Give Sit for Everything a try. I have found it to be a very effective exercise for helping dogs learn to be calm, for building trust, and for teaching manners. Happy training. Mardi Richmond is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a Certified Behavior Counselor. She has been a student of dog behavior and training for almost 30 years. Mardi can be contacted at or 831-431-0161.


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Disaster Preparedness Disaster can strike at any moment, usually without warning. Rest assured that many communities have trained disaster teams responding to your animals’ needs during emergencies such as wildfires, floods, and earthquakes.


uring the recent Tassajara fire, skilled disaster teams from the SPCA for Monterey County responded to many calls from members of the community requesting assistance with their animals. All in all, SPCA teams rescued eight rabbits, one horse, four cats, four donkeys, four goats, 36 chickens, three dogs, and two turkeys from behind fire lines. They also provided care for pets whose guardians could not return to their homes but who were in a safe location. They provided free pet food, water, and supplies to displaced residents. The SPCA for Monterey County was the first Humane Society in the United States to partner with the Red Cross, opening temporary animal shelters adjacent to human evacuation shelters during disasters. Many organizations across the country now

work alongside Red Cross shelters to take care of evacuating pets, providing information to pet guardians, and arranging for longer- term care for pets and/or livestock whose guardians are unable to keep them during the emergency. Most agencies provide these services at no charge, but do rely on community donations to run their operations. Here are just a few steps the SPCA recommends that everyone take to prepare for any disaster, including potential flooding from the heavy rains that are predicted for the upcoming winter months.

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❷ If you need to leave your pets behind for any reason, contact your local SPCA or animal control immediately so they can provide emergency rescue whenever possible.

Dogs need vacations too.

❸ Keep your pets’ vaccinations current and always keep a collar and tags on your pets. Microchip your pets. Many pets are never returned due to lack of identification.

❹ Create a disaster preparedness kit for your pets and livestock. Complete lists of items needed for all types of pets are available on the SPCA for Monterey County website listed below.

❺ Keep a current list of local hotels and motels that accommodate pets. A list is also available on the SPCA website. Please visit for detailed lists and more recommendations on how to prepare yourself and your pets for emergency situations. Every home is different, so their website offers tips on how to prepare a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, horses, fish, reptiles, birds, and small pets. Thank you for keeping your pets and family safe during a disaster!

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By Kelly Luker Forgiving Paws Thrift Shop 195 Meridian St., B-18, Hollister 831-638-2119


aggie Lairson has always loved pets, and in high school planned to be a veterinarian, but marriage and children changed that course. She’s also loved to search for hidden treasures at yard sales and thrift shops. Perhaps the greatest treasure she’s found was a mission: to raise funds for rescue dogs with medical needs. A thrift shop became her means to achieve it. Located in Hollister, Forgiving Paws Thrift Shop has thus far raised $70,000 since it opened in March, allowing the shop to fund veterinary bills for animal shelters and rescue groups such as Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR), Central Coast Pug Rescue, Pet Friends, and several others. Forgiving Paws was born out of tragedy. In 2006, Lairson watched with horror as her five pugs died within weeks of each other. A pet food recall in


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2007 answered her question as to what had killed them. The grief left Lairson housebound until she saw an ad that asked for volunteer dog walkers at the Hollister Animal Shelter. That was her first step in the journey toward Forgiving Paws. Walking rescue dogs led her to foster and lend a hand to rescue groups wherever needed. Lairson also volunteered at Hazel’s, a thrift shop that raised money for the Hazel Hawkins Hospital. After a stint as its manager, she decided to open her own thrift shop specifically to help rescue dogs. She targeted the overwhelming need to spay and neuter as a problem that could be lessened with more funds. Monetary donations were limited at the beginning, so Lairson dug into her savings to get Forgiving Paws Thrift Shop up and running. She also wanted to make her thrift shop stand out so she invested in Ikea bookshelves and display tables. The upscale appearance paid off. “We get a lot of nice stuff,” Lairson says, “very clean and folded or on hangers.” Asked what some of the difficulties are that she has run into at the thrift shop, Lairson answers, “Accepting stuff people shouldn’t bring in,” and then adds, “But we gracefully take it.” Lairson emphasizes, “I could not have done this alone. The volunteers are the key to Forgiving Paws’ success.” They take turns at the shop, almost always accompanied by their dogs. When the dogs aren’t there, people stop by to ask where they are. Lairson always brings a foster dog, noting it is a good way for them to develop socialization skills. She always has at least one foster and has had up to 18 in her home at one time. Years ago, Lairson adopted one of her fosters—a pug named Amethyst who revealed some remarkable skills. “I was asked to bottle-feed two puppies just hours old,” she says. Although the little pug wasn’t pregnant, Amethyst’s milk came in within a week and she took over the nursing. She raised the babies along with most of the subsequent foster dogs. “She trains them,” says Lairson. “She teaches what a mom is supposed to teach them.” Luna is Lairson’s most recent foster, a Yorkie mix from POMDR. “She was very sick, very skinny,” she recalls, “with foxtails in her ears and lungs.” Lairson has seen her personality completely transform in just two weeks. It’s dogs like Luna that inspired the name of her first rescue group and then the thrift shop’s name. “No matter how badly they’re treated, dogs are able to forgive people,” says Lairson. “Perhaps we humans should practice that.”

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