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category | topic “Some people will never understand how much I love my dog, but that's ok. My dog knows!” ~ Unknown
s 2016 comes to a close, we would like to reflect back on an incredible year filled with lots of dog gone fun. One of the most enjoyable things about publishing Coastal Canine is coming into close contact with the dogs and people we feature in the magazine. We never get tired of hearing their stories, writing about their adventures, learning about their unique talents and aspirations and bringing their stories to our readers. We’ve written about dogs who have rescued people, people who have rescued dogs, dogs and people who adventure together for fun and work. As well as amazing dog who have earned their place in history and many other dog related stories. If you’re new to Coastal Canine, visit our website at coastalcaninemag.com where you can peruse all the past issues from the last eight years. In this issue, read the amazing story of a little stray named Gobi who seals his fate during a race across China's Gobi desert, learn more about Titti the diving dog of Malta, and read some stories of Sea Lovin' Dogs from the past and present. We hope you enjoy these and the many other stories in this fall issue. We would like to close the year by sending thoughts and prayers to the people and animals who were affected by the devastating Soberanes Fire and by Hurricane Matthew. We would like to remember and acknowledge the brave humans and animals who put their own lives on the line to help those in need. Wishing you all a happy 2017 with lots of beach romps, kisses, and tail wags!
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table of contents
Business Spotlight – Dawg Gone It
Community Board – Dynamic Duos
Rescue Me – We Are Family! Meet the Instagram sensation, the Corbett family – a tight knit, interspecies rescued pack.
Our Dogs as Much as We Love Humans 23 Loving Dina Eastwood writes about people who love their dogs
as much as they do humans, and why she, society, and science approves.
Dog of the Day - Mayke Mayke, a Belgian Malinois, is the only jaguar detection dog in the United States, and he is stays busy tracking “El Jefe,” the only jaguar in the United States.
Race to Find Gobi 30 The Dion Leonard befriends a stray dog during a race
across China’s Gobi Desert. Their unbreakable bond endures many trials and tribulations as Dion tries to bring the little stray back to his home in Scotland.
Titti, the Diving Dog On the island of Malta, Carmelo and his Jack Russell, Titti, enjoy cliff diving together on a daily basis.
Lovin’ Dogs 42 Sea Read about Sailor, the lighthouse keeper’s dog from
Maine as well as Monterey Bay’s own local sea dogs.
46 Kids to the Rescue 50
Golden Retriever Rescue
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dogs. She started working at a doggie day care and absolutely fell in love with her job and with the dogs. One day after work, she announced to her husband, Rob, “This is what I’m doing now. This is my life.” When Rob was offered a job in Monterey, Stephanie was determined to continue her career in doggie day care. She walked into Dawg Gone It in Monterey, and the owner offered her a job on the spot. Several months later, when the owner told her he was retiring and selling the business, Stephanie and her husband jumped at the chance to buy Dawg Gone It. Stephanie and Rob will be celebrating their one-year anniversary as the owners of Dawg Gone It in February 2017. They have a commitment to providing excellent care to their clients, as well as to working with rescues to give back to the community.
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We Are Family!
PHOTOS COURTESY OF KASEY CORBETT
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What do you get when you mix two humans, two Terriers, two Pit Bulls, two ducks, and the world’s most amazing cat? The Corbett Family! Kasey and Blake stumbled into rescuing animals in need about nine years ago. Kasey was only 19 years old and naïve about the plight of puppy-mill dogs. She saw a little white Terrier puppy in a pet store, bought her, took her home, and named her Roxy.
the product of a puppy mill. Kasey put time and money and love into helping her get healthy. That experience educated her about the atrocity of puppy mills and the innocent puppies who end up in pet-store windows just so someone can turn a profit. It also taught her about giving her all to living creatures so they can be their all. AND SO IT BEGAN. Next, Kasey adopted a tiny little kitten named Mia who was rescued just an hour before being euthanized. Mia grew up to be the best cat in the world. Kasey calls Mia the “heart of the family.” She is unique and loving and intelligent. She is very verbal and likes to talk. She also points to things
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Next came a Terrier who almost died several times as a puppy; she came from their local humane society. She had been found in an alley, cuddled up with her deceased mother and littermates for warmth, fighting to stay alive. She was starving and had mange, parvo, and parasites. Her odds of survival were slim, but she was a fighter and she thrived with care. Blake and Kasey adopted her and named her Edith, because it means “warrior.” And then came Rose. Blake and Kasey adopted her from a high crime neighbor where there were a lot of backyard breeders and dog fighting rings. The police had taken to shooting Pit Bulls in the neighborhood to try to control the Pit Bull population. Blake was working on a bridge in the
He immediately knew they needed to make her
neighborhood, and a man who had two Pit Bull
part of the family and took her home. When Kasey
puppies asked if he wanted one. The man was
saw her hobble out of the car, she knew it too. And
concerned that his dogs would get shot.
Rose went right in the house and immediately curled up with Roxy, Edith, and Mia.
When Blake arrived at the home to meet the puppies, he saw Rose come around the corner
Nest came Jake, their only boy. Kasey saw an ad
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couldnâ€™t care for Jake. She was keeping him in
ducks, Gertrude and Don. The dogs were very
a crate, and he was never let out. Kasey met
gentle when the ducklings joined the family, and
the lady in a parking lot, gave her $20 for gas,
now ducks, kitty, and dogs are all the best of
and the lady gave him up without batting an
friends. They are family.
eye. He was now in much better hands. The newest additions to the family are the
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And there is one more addition to this family on his way - a human baby!
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Intuitive Mia seemed to know before anyone else. She started treating Kasey differently when she sensed the baby and started spending time sleeping on Kasey’s belly. NOW WHAT ABOUT THE ALL PHOTOS? Three years ago, Kasey started taking photos for fun and posting them to her Instagram account - 88kncorbett. Her
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pack loves dressing up and posing for the
species family showing their love of life and each
camera. They are all very obedient, so once
other. When people tell Kasey that she has the
dressed up, it usually takes only 5-10 shots
perfect pets, she reminds them that no pet is
before she has something fun to post. And
perfect, but when we love them for who they are,
they all love each other so much, it’s easy to
that is what makes a family.
get them close together to get a shot.
The photos she posts represent 30 seconds in
The ducks—well the ducks come in and out
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of the frame as they please. Their shots are
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The group assembled for therapy, each member opening up about what was troubling them or holding them back in life:
“My recent divorce . . .”
“My problem with drinking too much . . .”
“I can’t get over the death of my dog.”
Huh? When the tall, blond, educated young man said this, I asked him how long ago his dog had passed away. “Six years,” he answered. “My dog was my best friend. The only person [he called her person] who ever fully understood me. We did everything together.” I couldn’t comprehend it: A guy, so young and alive, in group therapy over the death of a dog. I’m ashamed to admit it now, but I’m sure I judged him as “odd.” Now, I’m the odd one. Fast-forward to three years later, and boy, do I get it. Dogless until age forty-eight, I now have four dogs of my own, and am fostering a fifth. I couldn’t live without them. Some days, I want to stay home and snuggle them instead of doing anything else—giving each one the type of attention I know they crave: Chica likes ear scratches, Winnie likes tummy rubs, Coco has to be under the covers on my left, and Tango takes any affection he can get. I am soothed by soothing them. Sometimes, when they hug me with their eyes, I’m sure they are on the same psychological level as we upright-walkers are. The dogs also sync their sensibilities with my
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husband, Scott, and me after a stressful day. They make us laugh too many times a day to count. Our attachment is strong. Evidently, we are in good company. I posed this question on social media:, “Have you ever felt like you love your dogs more than you love people, and why?” The number of responses was overwhelming—all but one person out of 200 answered “yes.” People called their dogs their therapy. They mentioned how words can hurt and with all the “trash talk” in their daily lives, a dog can never hurt a person in that way. “I love most people. I love all dogs.” This sentiment went on and on. “In their double-digit ‘teenage’ years, dogs don’t argue with you, talk back, or roll their eyes,” Tucker’s mom wrote. The term “unconditional love” was used, dozens of times. Other people wrote about not loving dogs more than people because dogs are people, in their eyes.
“Animals go straight to the heart of people’s emotional core,” says psychotherapist and attachment disorder specialist Mark Coen. Coen says it’s not a stretch to understand why people have such immense feelings for their dogs. “Animals are more attuned. Emotionally, they’re more easy to access. One of the things that is great is they give a lot of leeway. They may be a little bit shy, but they are very forgiving. A lot of people just are not like that.” Coen fully supports using dogs to help people heal; those who are in therapy for trauma or attachment disorders benefit especially well. He cites a study done in Japan that shows how humans bond with their dogs in a similar way that they bonded with their own mothers during infancy. “The study showed that when dogs gaze into our eyes, our bodies release oxytocin. The dogs in turn can smell the hormone and this increases their eye-gazing behavior. When
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ORIGINAL PAINTING IN OIL BY IRIS SCOTT
Tracking and The Last U.S. QUIZ QU ESTION 1: QUIZ QU ESTION 2 : If you answered "one" to each of the questions, you are correct. There is only one known jaguar in the U.S., and he roams a 215-square-mile area in the Santa Rita Mountains of Arizona. He has been named "El Jefe" (the Boss) by CATalyst, the organization that has made him their primary focus. He is being tracked by Mayke, a beautiful female Belgian Malinois drugsniffing dog who flunked border patrol training school four years ago.
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"We were told it would be impossible to find a jaguar," Aletris of CATalyst, said. She went on to explain that there used to be jaguars in the U.S., but they were all poisoned around the turn of the 20th century. She and Chris, also of CATalyst, were quite certain there was a jaguar in Arizona who had come from Mexico. "We were scratching our heads trying to figure out how to find him. Considering the large amount of mountainous area and since jaguars only deposit
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How many jaguars are in the United States? How many dogs can scent-track jaguars? their scat once a day, it was like finding a needle in a huge haystack. We had no information, no one had ever found jaguar scat, there was simply no way of tracking him." Meanwhile, Chris was contacting dog trainers in border control. He needed a dog with a super sniffer, one who wanted to be outside and who was young and fit enough to scour the challenging terrain in search of the elusive jaguar scat. He found Mayke, well bred for the job and well trained to search for drugs, but terribly timid. "She was terrified, wouldn't even get in a truck. A fantastic nose and no self-esteem," Aletris explained. "But Chris gave her a chance. He trained her himself, using play as a reward, and the two of them established an incredible bond. Mayke's trust and devotion to him is 110 percent. Chris found Mayke, and through him, she found herself."
"So what about El Jefe? How did she find him?" I asked. "And how does she help you with your work?" "She is our translator," Aletris answers, "Mayke translates animal language for us." Aletris went on to explain that jaguars rely on
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I take a breath and get back to Mayke's scent work. "Does El Jefe know he's being tracked?" I ask Aletris. "We want to know him but not interrupt him, so we manage our presence. He knows he's being tracked and we're pretty sure Mayke has seen him. For sure, El Jefe has seen us. When we leave our camera, he waits for us to leave, then comes and checks the camera out." I ask if there is a chance El Jefe has a girlfriend. smell to communicate. Besides scat and urine deposits, they are constantly licking themselves and rubbing their scent on whatever they come in contact with. Mayke's job is to scent-track and tell them where El Jefe sleeps, where he eats, where he finds water. This means that Mayke and Chris must cover ten or more miles in one day. Chris sometimes cannot follow Mayke, as the terrain is too thick or impenetrable by a two-legged animal. "I get shredded," Chris laughingly says. "El Jefe prefers extremely remote and rugged areas and Mayke is determined to follow El Jefe's exact route. But because of the incredible bond between us, Mayke somehow always knows where I am." Mayke always has Chris' back. He described an incident when they came across a bear on the trail. Mayke chased it away, just as she had chased away several bears in the past. This time, however, while Mayke was taking care of the female bear, another bearâ€”a big male bearâ€”stepped right in front of Chris. "Mayke came back and very calmly stepped in between me and the bear," Chris said. "She lay down on her back and just stared at the bear, never taking her eyes off him. After what seemed like an eternity, the bear left."
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"Female jaguars don't make large dispersals, so it's hard to know," she answers. "But we didn't see El Jefe for several months and we think he went back to Mexico to breed. In the 1960s there were females in these mountains and we want to conserve the area to encourage jaguar populations to return." "Are there obstacles to your goals?" I ask. "There's a proposal for a large mine project that would destroy El Jefe's range. His water source, which is so important in the summer, and the shelters he relies on in the winter would be destroyed." There is another concern. "We need another jaguar dog. Mayke is now six years old and will probably only be able to perform the job she loves for another two years. It would take about $2500 to get another scenttrained dog from the border control. If we could get a sponsorship, I would go out today and find a puppy to overlap and train with Mayke." If any of you would like to see the only known jaguar in the United States, watch Chris and Mayke working together, find out more about CATalyst and the Biological Diversity Organization, or sponsor a new flunky who only needs to find herself, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpvy2XZMp0o www. conservationcatalyst.com. www.biologicaldiversity.org If Mayke could, I'm sure she would say, "Thank You!" And if El Jefe could, I'm sure he would say..."Gracias!"
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In a foreign city of 3 million people, finding a tiny brown stray dog is an unbelievably daunting task. Just ask Dion Leonard. Dion is an extreme marathon runner who flew to China in March to participate in a grueling multi-day race across the Gobi Desert. Little did he know, he was about to find his new best friend. On the second day of the race, staring up at him at the start line was a tiny scruffy Terrier mix with pointed ears and a curious expression. He had seen her running among the 101 other competitors the day prior.
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That morning when Dion took off, he assumed his newfound tagalong would disappear as the miles grew longer. But Dion was proved to be quite wrong, and at the end of his second day it was clear the little dog, nicknamed “Gobi,” had found her person. “I didn’t speak much to her that day, thinking she wouldn’t stay with me, but at the finish line she followed me into the tent, and we slept next to each other. That was it then,” said Dion in an interview with The Independent, a digital news service in the U.K. In the days following, little Gobi persevered through stifling heat and arduous terrain, completing 77 of the 155 miles across the desert by Dion’s side. He carried her over rivers when she couldn’t cross them alone, and shared his
food and water to keep her going. All the while, this incredible tiny dog trotted along as Dion’s yellow running shoes collected miles. Dion crossed the finish line in second place with Gobi in his arms, both of their smiles wide. Their bond was undeniably special and had already grabbed international media attention, warming dog-loving hearts across the globe. The thought of leaving Gobi behind was unfathomable and Dion began to do research into the process of getting his beloved dog back home to Scotland with him, where she obviously belonged as part of his family. After realizing that the cost associated with the flight and quarantine would be $6,500, Dion began a Crowdfunder campaign to
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raise the necessary money to get her back to Edinburgh. His goal was easily surpassed and the campaign has currently raised $47,000â€”people everywhere passionately believe these two are destined to be together. The excess funds will be used to help other homeless dogs. But Gobi and Dionâ€™s fairy-tale story took a turn for the worst. After returning home to the U.K., Dion received devastating news. Gobi was lost. Gobi had been living with a friend in Urumqi who was going to care for her until she could start her journey, but Gobi had gotten out of the friendâ€™s home and vanished into the massive city. Presumably, Gobi escaped to go to look for Dion. Dion immediately flew back to China and began the search for Gobi, handing out flyers and broadcasting on social media.
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Volunteers helped Dion scour the city around the clock, asking anyone they encountered if they had seen her. Urumqi is a generally dogfriendly place and people even approached Dion on the street, some of them in tears, just to reassure him that they too were looking for his missing dog. “I was getting more depressed as each day went by,” Dion told InsideEdition.com. After searching relentlessly for five days, following several false leads, and still having no idea where Gobi was, Dion was starting to lose hope. His flight was scheduled to leave in a few short days and there was still no sign of his running buddy.
“I needed to come and do it, just to be sure in my own mind I had [looked for her],” he told BBC Radio 5 live. “But realistically, I was dreading having to go back home . . . without her.” Finally, Dion’s luck changed. One of their volunteers spoke with someone who had seen a dog who looked like Gobi in a local park and had brought her home. Dion remained skeptical. “Walking into the room, I was already thinking this isn’t going to be Gobi, and I [was] a bit down about the last few days,” Dion told The Washington Post in an interview. “I walked into the room and didn’t say a word . . . Gobi
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spotted me as soon as I walked in and started running toward me. Literally, she was running up my leg and jumping all over me and squealing with delight.” The amazing duo was reunited against all odds. Dion took no more risks and personally saw Gobi through most of her process and quarantine time in Beijing. Gobi is scheduled to be back in Scotland with Dion and her new family before Christmas. “That would be the best Christmas present ever,” Dion told BBC News. Sometimes you choose a dog, and sometimes a dog chooses you. That kind of bond is remarkably special. Just ask Dion Leonard.
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By Carie Broecker
Titti excitedly climbs into her special backpack and rides on the back of Carmelo’s motorbike. They are on their way to her favorite place to dive together! Titti is a seven-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. She has been diving with her guardian, Carmelo, since she was five months old. Titti and Carmelo live in a small fishing village on the island country of Malta, fifty miles south of Italy. At fifty years old, Carmelo has been swimming and diving at St. Peter’s Pool his whole life. He has had dogs before who enjoyed swimming in the sea with him, but Titti is the first of his dogs who has taken to diving with him.
Carmelo attributes her desire to dive to her complete trust in Carmelo. She loves to dive, but she won’t dive with anyone except him. When Titti was just a puppy, she started diving from just a few feet above the water and then she took to higher and higher dives. She now scurries up the 12-foot cliffs to her favorite diving spot. She usually carries an empty water bottle that she’s found in a garbage bin. If there aren’t any water bottles around, she’ll find a pebble to carry. Carrying
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something with her is part of the game for her. Once she is in position at the top of the cliff, she waits for Carmelo to catch up. They dive together like a synchronized diving team in perfect formation. And they dive again and again! Carmel and Titti go to St. Peter’s Pool just about every day, weather permitting. The duo became an internet sensation a few years ago when video footage of them diving together went viral on the internet. Titti became known as “Jumpin’ Jack Splash.” In 2015, Titti was nominated in the Hot Dog (extreme sports) category for the CW World 38 | coastalcaninemag.com | Fall 2016
Dog Awards. Titti graciously congratulated the winner of the contest on her Facebook page with a shout out to Daily, the horseback-riding Jack Russell, who has also been featured in Coastal Canine. Visit Titti’s Facebook page at www.facebook. com/Tittithedog/ to follow her adventures. An internet search for “Titti the diving dog” will also turn up a variety of videos of Titti and Carmelo diving and swimming in the crystal clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. And remember, Titti says, “BE BRAVE. If you never try . . . you'll never know.”
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HELPING “ O N E J U M P AT
come up with a project to help the community for her bat mitzvah, she decided to incorporate her pier jumping into her project.
Allyson Carroll has been jumping off the pier at Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove since she was six years old. She remembers seeing the pier at one of her first visits to the beach and thinking it would be fun to jump off of it. With her mom’s blessing, she jumped. And loved it! After that, she would jump off the pier every time she went to the beach. She would often jump up to 25 times – one right after the other. At the age of thirteen, when she was asked to
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She chose to raise funds for Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR). For her project, she asked her friends and family to pledge donations based on how many times they thought she could jump off the pier. Then she went out to Lovers Point and jumped. Again, and again, and again. She far surpassed her average number of jumps. She jumped 25 times, then 30, then 35, 40, 45—and finally after 48 jumps she called it a day. She was cold and hungry and couldn’t jump one more time. Her friends came through with their pledges. Close to 60 people made donations totaling $548 to POMDR in honor of Ally’s jumps!
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Sea Lovin‘ Dogs
By Whitney Wilde
So many nautical terms refer to dogs! There’s the dog watch (evening deck duty), the dog star (Sirius), dog’s body (a pudding made from peas), the doghouse (belowdecks), a dog (a latch), and sailors are called sea dogs, salty dogs or scurvy dogs. In the Monterey Bay, harbor seals greet dogs like long lost cousins. Dogs have always had some kind of connection with the ocean. SAILOR Wood Island is a tiny isle off the coast of Biddeford Pool, Maine - the scene of countless shipwrecks. The lighthouse, perched on the outer tip of the island, is buffeted by strong winds and its only inhabitants have been the lighthouse keepers and their families. From 1886 until his death in 1909, veteran sea captain Thomas Orcutt, was the keeper, accompanied by his wife, two sons and three daughters. For his son’s twelfth birthday, Thomas picked out an 8-week old Scotch Collie mix from a litter at the Woodbury Brothers milk farm. They named him Sailor. We all know, dogs decide who they adopt, and Sailor loved to follow Thomas around while he performed his duties. Sailor especially enjoyed the ringing of the 1315-pound cast steel bell that Thomas rang to identify Wood Island to ships in foggy weather. Ships would be alerted by two quick bell strikes every 25 seconds, alternating with a single stroke. Passing sea captains would answer with three whistle calls. The puppy would jump up to try to catch the rope that hung from the bell’s clapper.
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Scotch Collies, like their cousins the Border Collie, are highly intelligent and easy to train due to their willingness to please. Thomas’ daughter, Estelle, taught Sailor many tricks and when she saw how Sailor wanted to play with the fog bell’s rope, she encouraged him to ring the bell. Eventually, Sailor took on the task, racing to the bell as ships approached. He would ring the bell twice, wait 25 seconds, then a single ring. Sailor only missed his queue once when the rope had gotten hung up on a nail. Once Thomas fixed it, Sailor quickly rang the bell. Sailor became a tourist attraction known as the “Wood Island Dog” and an international media darling with international newspaper coverage. Thomas told a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, "He followed me up the steep winding stairs when his little legs would barely carry him up the steps, but best of all, he seemed to enjoy watching me ring the big fog bell and he frequently made playful jumps at the rope himself." Sailor was also trained to be a messenger, delivering letters and other small items in his mouth. As months went by, Sailor would learn to only ring the bell during foggy weather, or in response to ships’ whistles or bells passing by. If a ship blew their whistle, Sailor would automatically run to the fog bell and ring it in response. In foggy weather, Sailor would faithfully stay at his post for hours at a time without leaving or complaining, and ring the bell precisely to identify Wood Island Lighthouse’s location. In 1900, Orcutt remarked, “Sailor and I are old comrades. Wood Island would indeed be a lonely place if I hadn’t the dog to keep me company. He is a bright, intelligent companion and is perfectly content to live the life of a lighthouse keeper away from all dog friends.” After many years, Sailor died of old age in Thomas’ arms. A few months later, Thomas also passed away.
CANINE CREW Monterey Bay Whale Watch has a long history of sea dogs who accompany Nancy Black, killer whale researcher, on dog-friendly whale watch tours around the Monterey Bay
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and killer whale research expeditions around the globe. Captain Andy, a black lab, lived his entire 16-year life on the water – inflatable boats, whale watching boats and research ships studying killer whales. She ventures to say that Andy has seen more killer whales then any dog on the planet. When Andy was younger, he would go out with her on their 25-foot inflatable boat and got pretty up close and personal with the whales. While filming a National Geographic special, Captain Andy perfected his specialty: the art of pilfering the craft services cuisine. Andy would get so excited when the whales came near that he would put his paws over the side. He appeared to want to jump right in and swim with them. One time he tossed his Frisbee to a whale inviting play! No worries though, he was always strapped in so things couldn’t get out of hand. Nancy Black was able to combine her love of dogs with her passion for marine mammals to create a job working with, protecting, and researching marine life but also spending all day every day with her dogs. As comfortable on the water as they are on land. These lucky dogs get to run on the beach before boarding the Sea Wolf II for a day of whale watching almost every day. These days, the canine crew on Nancy’s whale watch tours includes Sam, Hanna, and Rico. Sam, a yellow Labrador, has super long legs and wobbles in choppy water, so you’ll find him manning a comfortable inflatable lifeboat. Hanna, an Aussie Shepherd, is in charge of guest relations and greeting. Rico is a 6-month old street mutt rescued from Argentina. You might find Rico hanging over bow to watch the dolphins surf the bow wake or barking at killer whales. The sightseers that board the Sea Wolf II love to see the dogs up on deck. When the passengers start to board the vessel, the dogs strain over the edge of the deck for attention and the tourists’ cameras start clicking. Focusing on the dogs puts the passengers at ease, especially the children. All cruises are dog-friendly, and over the years have included everyone from huge Saint Bernards to teeny tiny Chihuahuas who get tucked in mom’s coat to stay warm.
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KIDS TO THE RESCUE at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter By Julie Hitchcock
It is an exciting time for kids and animals at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter! We have vastly expanded our humane education programs over the past two years to reach even more students. Our shelterâ€™s mission is to improve the quality of life for pets in our county. A proactive way to achieve this mission is to start educating the community about the humane treatment of animals at an early age and nurture empathy through these programs. 46 | coastalcaninemag.com | Fall 2016
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In the 2015–2016 school year, the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter provided 139 free programs to students from pre-k through 6th grade. These programs vary according to grade level, but all focus on building empathy for each other and for animals. The programs also include information about the proper care of pets and tips on how to be safe around animals. We have an annual summer camp for children at the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter. In a one-week program the children learn about animals and help socialize pets at the shelter. There are different summer camp programs for 1st–2nd grade, 3rd–5th grade, and 6th–8th grade. Some scholarships are available. The students make dog, cat and rabbit toys to provide enrichment for the animals at the shelter. Summer camp also gives the students a chance to raise awareness about the wonderful animals
available for adoption at the shelter. The students help showcase the animals by making “Adopt Me” posters and animal-themed artwork for the shelter. We have a wonderful group of volunteers who Spacious Suites & Romantic Studios Enjoy fireplaces and luxury baths in a quiet garden setting. Pets are always welcome!
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had visits from Therapy Dogs as well as a pet pig, and also visited a local veterinary hospital. We learned about our local wildlife and ecosystem from California State Parks, Save Our Shores, and the Coastal Watershed Council. Through all
help at camp and supervise the children when they are meeting the animals. Our volunteers share their own dedication to the shelter and inspire the students to continue helping animals throughout their lives. During summer camp we are fortunate to welcome many of our animal rescue partners who teach the children about different groups of animals. This year we had presentations from: North Star Pocket Pets, Creepy Critters, and Mickaboo Bird Rescue. Campers learn that the shelter is just one part of a vast network of caring people working to help animals in our county and beyond. Our summer camp also
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these interactions, we strive to expand our circles of compassion beyond the domestic pets we know and love to include farm animals, wild animals, and even the ecosystem we all depend on! We have received very positive feedback from our summer campers and even had a few of them adopt animals from the shelter! Just like many of our adult volunteers, the campers fall in love with our adoptable animals and want to take them all home. We hope that our campers will share their positive experiences with their friends and family and encourage them to adopt a pet. For more information about The Santa Cruz Animal Shelter and our adoptable animals and programs, please visit www.scanimalshelter.org. For kids who want to continue learning about animals during the school year, the shelter offers an after-school Animal Advocates Youth Service Club. The club meets one day a week and there are two sessions offered: 1stâ€“4th grade and 5thâ€“8th grade. Some scholarships are available. To schedule free classroom visits, email at juliehitchcock@comcast. net. For information on other education programs, contact Jen Walker at Jen.Walker@santacruzcounty.us.
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Just north of Sacramento there is a little piece of heaven on earth if you’re a Golden Retriever. It’s there for you if you’re a Golden Mix, too. And even if you’re a “Fools Gold” (Golden at heart), sometimes special arrangements can be made for you, as well. This place is Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary (HBGRR). And there is just one dog who is responsible for its existence. Not surprisingly, she was a Golden Retriever. Her name was Chelsea. Back in 2000, when Chelsea was a year old she was hit by a car in Sacramento. She belonged to Mike and Jody Jones, and they vowed to help other Goldens if their beloved pup survived. Happily, she did, living
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to the ripe old age of 14. And her family made good on their vow. Mike and Jody wasted no time in establishing Homeward Bound. They moved to the rural community of Elverta, where there would be
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many volunteers. (With over 200, it is very apparent why the organization calls itself “all volunteer-powered.”) Jody, a big-hearted woman with beautiful long gray hair, admits that she herself even “adopts all the volunteers” and wasted no time in acknowledging them and how important their training is.
I could hear ducks, geese, and pygmy goats, as well as a rooster crowing. Then “good job!” echoed through the air as I parked next to the training pavilion where classes are held on Saturday mornings. I could just sense the tails wagging all around me as I looked for Jody.
First and foremost, they learn that Homeward Bound’s attitude toward all people who are giving up their pets is “thank you for bringing your dog to us.” There is no room for judgment of any sort, whether the reason is divorce, financial difficulties, or simply that the owners decided they weren’t suited to having a dog. HBGRR is just grateful to be able to help the dogs.
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skills needed to keep everything moving like a well-oiled machine.” Being there on a busy Saturday morning was the perfect time to see that in operation. There were friendly volunteers everywhere, going about daily activities and also preparing for weekend visitors. We started out in the barn, where dogs waiting for their forever homes are sheltered. A newly renovated kennel has units with either clear or frosted doors, where dogs are placed depending on which is more calming for them. The climate is controlled there, unlike the rest of the barn, which also houses the office and reception area, kitchen, grooming station, and laundry. “If you get hot, go see the dogs,” Jody says with a chuckle. “They’re the only ones with air conditioning.” Just outside the barn are 10 enclosed yards, where each dog gets to romp around or enjoy the outside either by itself or with a pal. This is after breakfast and a walk around the half-mile long perimeter pathway. In addition, there is a fenced acre-size park for dogs who really need to run around. HB also has a therapy pool with an official lifeguard on duty. The training pavilion was a busy place when we got there, full of proud two- and four-leggers. Classes are open to the public and held by a certified trainer. All medium- and large-breed dogs welcome.
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Finding Joy By Mardi Richmond, MA, CPDT-KA
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Joy: elation, jubilation, rapture, glee, bliss. I can find many words to describe the joy I see in dogs. Yet joy takes on so many forms, it is difficult to define and even more difficult to pinpoint exactly what will bring joy to an individual dog. Happiness is a component of joy. But dogs, like people, can be happy without being joyful. A dog on the edge of wild and crazy is sometimes joyful. But joy can also be quiet, thoughtful, and peaceful. One of the most obvious hallmarks of joy resides in a soft expression, light-filled eyes, and relaxed muscles. A rockinghorse run, a tongue-dangling grin, and the curved spine of a loose body. Joy is visceral. When I see my dog’s joy— as she leaps high in the tall grass, body twirling and circling—I feel it deep in my own body, right down to my toes. It is a physical sensation—my own joy that comes from witnessing another’s. When I asked other dog lovers what filled their dogs with joy, the response was vast. An uninhibited frolic through the grass. Feet splashing in a bucket, a hose to chase, wild wet shakes. Snuggling, cuddling, leaning. Success! Getting something right, and the excitement (and treats) that follow. Toys, collecting, tossing, hiding, shredding, gently carrying. Stuffed Kongs and roast beef. The first snow. Best friends. Joy it seems, is not in the specific action, but the fulfillment of primal needs—freedom, connections, and inner peace.
JOY IS FREEDOM. Meet Luna. She is a Jindo who is true to her breed: loyal, smart, an avid hunter, always on alert. Luna carries herself with a regal seriousness. When she first came to live with Liz Benson, Luna was underweight and sick with kennel cough. Just eight or nine months old, she was submissive and lacking
trust. One day, after having been with Liz for several weeks, Luna picked up a toy and ran around the house, playing and happy. “It was like all of a sudden a switch flipped,” says Benson, recalling how tears rolled down her cheeks the first time she witnessed Luna’s joyful side. It was much later that Benson learned that an early morning trip to the beach was a surefire way of evoking Luna’s joy. That joy switch flipped the first time they stepped onto the sand together. Luna raced to the water, chasing the waves and letting them chase her back. Gleeful with the splashes and bubbles, Luna’s serious side slipped away. At the ocean, Luna becomes a leaping, frolicking flash of silly, soft puppy. She runs with abandon. She digs deep holes with a passion. Her eyes sparkle and she throws her head back as the water invites her for another splash. “It’s the big grin, the explosive freedom, energetic and soft at the same time,” says Benson as she describes the difference between a happy Luna and a joyful Luna.
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JOY IS CONNECTED. Maxine, a four-year-old Golden Doodle, is a very happy dog. “She’s my party animal,” says Roe Shapiro, who shares her life with Maxine. “She loves everyone. Children, dogs, cats, bunnies.” Maxine is social and outgoing, sweet and friendly, and connects with others easily. But Maxine’s joyful side is always sparked by one very special friend— Lulu, a 16-pound Havanese. If you mention Lulu’s name to Maxine, she immediately looks for her. The two friends play together with gentle abandon, with the giant (in comparison) fluffy Maxine lying down for little Lulu to climb all over. They are soft and considerate, very sensitive to each other. The two pals wrestle, rolling across the floor, playing tug. Always touching, their play ends with tender cuddles—spooning or snuggling, small dog resting atop big dog. “The very first time their eyes met, it was instant— love at first sight,” says Shapiro. Maxine has many other friends, but their relationships are not the same. Maxine simply lights up with joy when she sees Lulu. They are true BFFs. Shapiro also says that both dogs are special in and of themselves. “But together, they are even better. They are entertaining and make you smile. You cannot help but feel joy yourself when you watch Maxine and Lulu together.”
JOY IS PEACEFUL. Mazie’s joy is a quiet one. A sensitive mixed-breed dog with glossy black coat and a splotch of white, Mazie finds her joy in simple, everyday interactions with children. Caroline Berger saw it the first day home with her newly adopted dog. The
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neighborhood children came to meet the new dog on the block. Mazie put herself in the middle of the group of children, sat down and closed her eyes, her expression nothing short of bliss. Now Mazie is the one who seeks out the children. Whether she is listening as a child reads aloud at the library or joining children playing in the park, you can see the joy in her expression. Never exuberant, never overexcited, even as the children are running wild. Mazie emits a calm peacefulness—quiet, soft, grounded. A dog born to be with children. “I imagine she started her life in a household of kind children,” says Berger. Mazie’s affinity with children is intrinsic, a deep inside empathy, a comfort that cannot be taught. “When she is with children,” Berger says, “it is as if she has found her Zen.”
WHERE DOES YOUR DOG FIND JOY? Luna. Maxine. Mazie. What is it that makes each of these dog’s experience with joy so powerful? Joy fills our spirits and binds us to each other. We cry when we see joyfulness for the first time in a new friend. We laugh when our dogs are filled with joy. We seek out opportunities for our dogs to experience joy. Their joy is our joy. Where does your dog find joy? Is it in the primal expression of uninhibited freedom, in bonds that build friendships, or in the inner peace of being who you are and where you belong? Or is it in something more? One thing is for sure: joy brings out the best in our dogs—and in ourselves.
Mardi Richmond is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and also writes about dogs. Her articles on behavior, training, and health have appeared in the Dog Trainer’s Resource, Bark Magazine, and Whole Dog Journal. Mardi’s website is gooddogsantacruz.com
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From Scratch...hmmm. I remember stories of my great- great- great grandsire arfing about this place. That was four dog generations ago at least. So when my guardian's friend suggested we go, I was arfing in anticipation and wondering why in the world is it still here? I could only thin…it must be a whale of a place to scratch! But when we got there I realized From Scratch means start from the beginning, don't cut corners, make it yourself, as in homemade. That got my nostrils on full alert. I turned on my human translation app and listened to the owner, Carolyn Grebing, as she explained the history. Turns out, my ancestors were right: this was a restaurant to bark about. Carolyn and her husband (who happens to be the chef) have owned the place since 1995 and have carried on the original traditions which started way back in 1977. Some of the recipes from the good old dog days are still on the menu. Speaking of good old dog days, do you remember when Carmel was famously known by its trees in the middle of the streets and all its dogfriendly places? Well, From Scratch still reaches out to dogs and their guardians and has provided the entire lower level of the patio for our use. As I stretched out in the sun, I stayed tuned to my translation app and listened to the bits and pieces of human talk:
“I'm so glad...look at all the vegetarian options. Omelet mania: have it your way! Big Sur omelet piled high, HOMEMADE cinnamon French toast..I've had that before...to die for! Cheese blintzes, huevos rancheros with HOMEMADE beef chorizo…smokes his own meat, so many options, choose any side, anything on the menu—soup, salad, baby red potatoes, Asian coleslaw, chips, fruit... anything? yes! That's all true…wraps--wrap it up From Scratch style, chicken Caesar Wrap, tuna wrap, Barnyard club wrap, homemade buttermilk pancakes, banana walnut pancakes, granola with fresh blueberries or bananas…did you say ALL Day? Yes, breakfast served all day, every day. Did you say EVERY day? Yes, and listen to this: Eggs Florentine, Eggs Pipérade, Crab Benedict, and the sausage patties and biscuits...”
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"Homemade!" I yapped. My guardian and her friend spent two entire hours taking their time enjoying the friendly and homey atmosphere while I enjoyed a delicious grilled chicken breast, especially prepared for me...no peanut sauce or chocolate syrup. I'm lying by their table looking up the app to leave my comments on this restaurant right now. I'm giving it a fiveplus star rating, and I'm looking forward to going to the Carmel Coffee House and Roasting Company (which Steve and Carolyn also own) after my guardian and her friend enjoy the last of their meal. They usually take me in the mornings when the coffee beans are being ground, but I'm sure the coffee after lunch will inspire them to take me to the beach again. Some things in Carmel always stay the same: Dogs rule the
Lower Level of The Barnyard Shopping Village 8:00am to 2:30pm
Breakfast ALL Day! Pet Friendly Patio Area
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(Continued from page 53) HBGRR’s Sugar Shack Acres is named for the “sugar face” that Goldens are endearingly known as when they get older and their faces turn white. This assisted-living area is home to seniors and other dogs with special needs who are unlikely to be adopted. They can live out their years there in peace and with all the TLC they deserve.
Finally, I spent some time in the Memorial Garden, a wonderful place to honor dear departed companions. You enter the garden on a commemorative walkway and find sweet remembrances lovingly placed among the flowers. There’s a beautiful tree of dog tags that hang like the limbs of a weeping willow and tinkle in the breeze like wind chimes.
Homeward Bound also has a program called “Golden Touch,” which matches senior dogs with senior people who aren’t working and are on a limited income. Lifelong medical care for the dogs is provided at HBGRR’s on-site, fully equipped veterinary clinic. In addition, there are “Golden Angel” sponsorships for dogs with special needs.
Jody Jones’s magnanimous nature is evident in Homeward Bound’s mission to be a “safety net” whenever possible for other rescues; to “serve as a model rescue organization, addressing animal welfare needs throughout California and neighboring states; and to strive to be a national leader in rescue, sanctuary, and education.”
It was my lucky day to visit the Puppy Palace. It’s rarely occupied, but HBGRR had taken in two-year-old Molly who had TWELVE puppies there! A dedicated human “mom” is appointed to ensure care and proper socialization, and visitors must sanitize their hands and put booties over their shoes before entering.
For 14 years, Chelsea was by Jody’s side, helping out through the entire evolution of Homeward Bound into the piece of heaven it is today—one that has been there for over 8,200 dogs to date. The love for that one dog grew into so much more love.
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