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n this issue we share the separate stories of three Shepherds. Starting in eastern Australia we learn more about Gavel, the puppy who wasn’t quite cut out for police work, but instead found his perfect calling in the governor’s mansion. In Germany we find out more about a Belgian Shepherd named Ingo and his unlikely best friend, Poldi. And, finally, back here in Monterey County we learn more about a third Shepherd named Argo who is definitely cut out for police work and has excelled at his job. Also in this issue we learn more about a dog whose smile is melting hearts across the internet and how his mom is putting his newfound celebrity toward helping causes dear to her heart. Dina tells us more about Tuna as well as two others canines, who tilted their way into fame.

It’s been a devastating year for places affected by natural disasters. Our hearts go out to all the people who have gone through them, and we deeply empathize with their long roads toward recovery. Of course animals are also adversely affected by these events and also need rescue. Thanks to many caring organizations, there are two kinds of angels deployed to help both people and animals. Learn more about the organizations and volunteers that are playing a big part in relief efforts. In this issue we also learn more about a young Croatian artist whose beautiful ultra-realistic dog portraits are just part of his art repertoire. Finally, we hear the story of how a dog by the name of Ajax is doing his part to help a threatened species of parrot in the mountains of New Zealand.

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Dog of the Day: Argos K9 Argos is an important part of the Monterey County Sherriff’s team. Learn about a recent apprehension to his credit. Accidental Paw-lebrities Internet sensation, Tuna, is melting hearts with his unique smile and easy going mannerisms. Learn how he and others became overnight stars.

24 Artist Profile: Dino Tomic



Dino Tomic is a young, multi-talented Croation artist whose realistic dog portraits pop off the page.

30 Whooo Says You Can’t Love an Owl?

Ingo, the owl, and Poldi, the German Shepherd, bonded when they were both young. Find out more about these two brothers from other mothers.


Gavel: The Vice Regal Dog A puppy changes his destiny from legal dog to regal dog.


44 Nipper’s Larger than Life Legacy

Learn how a mutt from Liverpool literally changed the face of music.

50 Rescue Me: Catastrophic Relief Efforts

Amidst numerous natural disasters humans rush to save the lives of the dogs and other animals affected while dogs and their handlers deploy to save human lives.


56 Monterey Dog Film Festival On the Cover: Aspen Skye is a 20-month year old Cavachon (Cavalier/Bichon mix) puppy who believes she is the “Mayor of Carmel-By-The-Sea.” Her favorite sports include trail hiking, running on the beach, chasing balls, teasing her best friends, and chewing all of Daddy’s socks. Most of all – she loves her belly rubs – from many and all. Aspen is a lucky dog - in March 2017, her Daddy was the high bidder in a live auction at Peace of Mind Dog Rescue’s Lucky Dog Gala. He won the chance for Aspen to grace the cover of Coastal Canine.

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in Monterey. Residents Barbara Baldock and her husband, Phil, happened to have front row seats to the incident because it took place right in their backyard!

Moran and Argos have been working together for almost four years. Argos is a beautiful five-year-old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix who knows commands in a mix of English and Czech. He has been trained for narcotics detection and suspect apprehension—and he excels at his job. When Argos isn’t busy making drug busts or apprehending the bad guys, he and Deputy Moran make special appearances at schools and community events. They educate people about the work they do and help to make those in law enforcement more approachable, which makes a stronger community.

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Back to the scene in Barbara and Phil’s neighborhood: A deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in an area where a series of breakins had occurred. He approached the vehicle and asked for identification. After running a background check, he quickly determined the man in the vehicle was on parole. He then proceeded to handcuff the suspect and inspect the vehicle. The search turned up a loaded firearm along with what appeared to be stolen property.The cuffed parolee, took off, ran across the street and around the corner. The deputy was in pursuit but when he rounded the corner, the suspect was out of sight. The deputy immediately called for backup, which included Moran and Argos. The K9 team arrived on the scene ten minutes later. Argos picked up the scent of the parolee right away and excitedly pulled Moran up a steep, wooded terrain. Rule number one when working with a dog like Argos is to trust the dog even when it means

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following him through bushes, brambles, and poison oak, and over three- or four-foot-high downed trees. Up and over and through the brush they went. Argos was dragging Moran. He was insistent that they continue this route. And then . . . they arrived in a backyard with packed dirt and wide-open space, and Argos lost the scent. He started air searching, nose in the air, trying to find that scent. Together the K9 team checked the yard, and Argos came up with nothing. Moran led them back the way they came and when they got back down into the brush, Argos picked up the scent again. When Argos is tracking, what he picks up is residual odor. He literally smells the disturbance of the ground, crushed leaves, and the odor on the bottom of the shoe that crushed those leaves, but he is also tracking the scent of excess sweat, fear, and adrenaline. Argos excitedly pulled Moran up the hillside to the back of Barbara and Phil’s house. As Moran rounded

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Moran and Argos regularly patrol North Monterey County, but can be called in anytime a K9 unit is needed in other parts of the county. Besides having a nose for finding narcotics, Argos also has a knack for rooting out criminals hiding from the authorities. the corner, Argos dove into the bushes, coming within one inch of the perpetrator. Argos is a bite-and-hold dog, which means when given the chance he will bite a suspect, but Moran pulled him back just in time to avoid an unnecessary bite. The man was hidden under the bushes, lying on his back. He had moved his handcuffs to the front of his body and was able to pull foliage up over himself. If not for Argos, he may have gone undetected that day, but he was giving off that scent of fear, that beacon that brought Argos right to him.

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cc | dog of the day As I said, Barbara and Phil had front-row seats to the search and capture. From their back deck, they watched seven police and sheriff’s vehicles including Moran and Argos descend upon the scene. They saw Argos and Moran’s search. And, finally, they saw Argos straining on his leash fixated on a man in handcuffs under their bushes “Get on the ground! Get on the ground!” ordered Moran. And the suspect was taken into custody without further incident. Most suspects do not try to flee once they have come face-to-face with Argos. Barbara went down to open the gate to her carport to let them all through to the street, and the suspect, seven deputies, and Argos all joined more law enforcement officials out on the street. Moran asked Barbara if Argos could have a drink of water. They had been running for almost an hour. Barbara, an avid animal lover, said of course. It was her honor to give Argos a drink. “What a beautiful dog!” she later told her friends. Moran would like people to know that he and Argos are friendly and approachable and are always willing to meet new people. If you see them around, feel free to ask to meet K9 Argos. If you aren’t one of the

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bad guys, he is a friendly dog. But if it appears he and Moran are actively working, please stay back and let them do their jobs. And always give K9 Argos some space when he is working—he takes his job very seriously.



Accidental Paw-lebrities Soc ia l Med ia Ca n i ne Celebr it ies By Dina Eastwood

Their fame is accidental, almost pure fate, caused by two curious head tilts and an exaggerated overbite. Pug siblings Minnie and Max, and Chiweenie Tuna, have close to four million social media followers between them on Facebook and Instagram—alone. Their respective guardians had no intention of their pets becoming superstars, but the power of the Internet superseded their plans. Tuna, whose Instagram handle is Tuna Melts My Heart, jetted to fame via a silly photo that his human, Courtney Dasher, says wasn’t very good. “One morning I woke up, and his gums had stuck to his upper lip, and I took a photo. It ended up being featured on Instagram’s home page. But then, someone posted it to Reddit, and it went viral.” That was back in 2012. Dasher watched in disbelief as her Instagram account rolled through

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numbers; in one day, the fan count went from around eight thousand to thirty-two thousand! “The next day, my phone was ringing off the hook. One of the messages was, ‘Anderson Cooper loves you and wants to fly you out to New York tonight.’” It hasn’t slowed since then. Dasher and Tuna travel the world, certifying pet-friendly hotels and restaurants as “Tuna Approved.” They are not paid for their endorsements, and the only profit Dasher and Tuna make comes from their book, Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite, and special appearances. Dasher chuckles as she talks about those meet and greets. “Let’s just say Tuna prefers women over men and children. Breed temperament can take over.” The Chiweenie with the gracefully dry gums, and his elegant mom, have appeared on The Steve Harvey Show, and have been featured in press around the world, including Huffington Post, LA Weekly and Daily Mail. Tuna didn’t even have his silly world-famous grin when Dasher decided to foster him. She met him at a Los Angeles farmers’ market when he was a fourmonth-old, toothless pup, shivering from nerves despite wearing a sweater. Dasher was feeling lost in life—newly transplanted to Los Angeles from Atlanta—when she saw Tuna. She told the rescue worker that she’d foster the dog, but needed him to be looked after due to a commitment in Carmel. “I left for Carmel, and told them I loved this dog, and I was like, ‘I think I want to adopt him.’ My friends tried to talk me out of it. But then, Tuna slept on my chest and when I woke up, he was still there. I looked at him, and I thought, ‘You know something.’”

“So many people tell me the stories and testimonies of what Tuna has done for them. I am doing this because Tuna brings people joy and laughter.” me?’ Literally, in one week, Tuna was being written about internationally—South Korea, Brazil, Australia, Canada. Then, I humbled myself. I thought, ‘I’m not changing the world, but I am helping.’ So many people tell me the stories and testimonies of what Tuna has done for them. I am doing this because Tuna brings people joy and laughter.” The gifts from the sometimes-shy dog with the toothy grin keep coming. Dasher met her new husband in London, while on tour for her book about Tuna. She also encountered a woman and her daughter who had flown in from Denmark to meet them. Dasher, moved to tears by the gesture, says she isn’t desensitized to the remarkable emotions Tuna provokes, even five years down the road.

Devoutly Christian, Dasher had been earnestly searching for her calling. “I’d pray to change the world. I was thinking of living in Africa or doing women’s ministry. I didn’t figure on a bucktooth mongrel to do it.” Dasher sees Tuna’s presence as a literal sign from above, one she can’t share enough with others. “I had a catalyst moment, a revelation. I paused and said to God, ‘Is this how you are using

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Minnie and Max, the head-tilting, beach-running comedians who can often be seen around Carmel, have been in the spotlight even longer than Tuna. They are officially two of the first internet-famous dogs, hitting it big on YouTube, then Facebook, back in 2008. Fame struck owners Steve and Vanessa Mason because of a message that was too large for email. “We


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were watching a friend’s Pug named Mabel,” Steve Mason explains. “I got a head-tilt shot of the three of them. Then I shot a video, and I went to email it. The file was too big. So, I posted it on YouTube for Mabel’s parents to see. I never really thought about it. Then, my email started filling up with comments from YouTube. One of them was Good Morning America!” Since then, Minnie and Max have been featured on The Tonight Show, The Ellen Show, Regis & Kelly, and Animal Planet's America's Cutest Dog. Their videos are on heavy rotation on, and have been viewed on YouTube more than 25 million times. But for the Masons, it’s all fun—and fans come first. “I feel like I have a responsibility to provide dedicated content. But we aren’t trying to do more than that. We’re not building an empire. Not keeping a tally. It’s fine if we get more followers, fine if we don’t. We don’t sell anything. We don’t generate money. They are our dogs and we like posting pictures of them.” The only difference is, when the Masons post, millions are looking. And scrolling. And clicking. And reposting. Steve Mason solidified his decision to have pets, instead of income generators, after being summoned to Google headquarters as, (what they called) an expert. “I had no idea what I was doing,” he laughs. “There were legitimate filmmakers there who’d flown up from LA. They went around the table to ask what we all did. When they got to me, I said, ‘Um, my dogs tilt their heads.’ That’s when I thought, ‘Do I really go for it?’ But we decided against it. It felt kind of disingenuous.” Instead, the Mason’s work in real estate in the South Bay Area and keep it low-key, shooting all photos of the Pugs themselves. They make appearances up and down the California coast spotlighting dogfriendly businesses. “Anything I can do to encourage people to have a dog-friendly hotel or restaurant, I do. Those business are taking a risk. I want to reward them with promotions. But, we are not comped.” Both the Masons and Courtney Dasher have parlayed their good fortune




into what is most important to them: strengthening the plight of dog rescues. They both schedule appearances almost solely to benefit rescues, (the Masons love Tiny Paws Pug Rescue in the Bay Area), and that alone makes it all worth it. As Dasher says, it’s all one giant gift in a tiny, sometimes territorial,

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ino Tomic is an immensely talented artist who works in many different mediums and with a broad range of subject matter. This young Croatian artist, who now lives and works in Norway, has caught our eye with his beautiful and ultra-realistic portraits of dogs drawn with colored pencil. Coastal Canine recently caught up with Dino for a short interview. Q: What is your age? I am 28 Q: How many dog portraits have you done? Are they commissions? 90 percent of them are commissions and I have lost count on how many I have done.

Q: Do you have any formal art training? And have you been drawing since you were young? Both. I have a bachelor’s degree in art teaching.

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Q: You are also a tattoo artist; do you draw dog tattoos? Yes, I do all kinds of tattoos. Q: Your large human portraits are amazing. Have you done a large dog portrait? No, only the human ones


Q: It looks like you enjoy working in different mediums and different subjects. Do you have a favorite of each? I don’t. That’s why I like working with everything and finding out new and interesting ways to work to evolve my art.

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WHOOO Says You Can’t Love an Owl? By Pam Bonsper If you were a dog, what noncanine animal would you choose to be your BFF? A kitty? Good choice! You could snuggle and play all day. A horse? Perfect! You could get your exercise by running alongside and even get an occasional nuzzle. A lamb? Great! You could play chase and be boss. These would all be sensible choices. After all, they’re all mammals and have many of the same characteristics as dogs. They all have four legs and fur, they’re domesticated, and they give birth to their young. I can’t help but wonder why then, any dog would choose a noncanine BFF that is wild, has two legs, sleeps during the


day and is awake at night, flies instead of walks, has feathers and not fur, lays eggs, and is definitely the boss.

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I wondered about these two unlikely friends: Ingo, a

dogs and was simply born with the “protection gene.”

strapping Belgian Malinois, and Poldi, a five-and-a-half-

He seemed very interested in the tiny defenseless

ounce Pygmy Owl, and why they have developed such a

creature and licked the little bird’s injury. He wanted to

close friendship. Tanja Brandt, a world-famous wildlife

be his guardian, take care of him, and protect him. And

photographer, trainer of raptors, and lover of all animals

from there, a relationship blossomed and grew and is

(in particular, birds and dogs) thinks their bond has

now definitely in the BFF status.

something to do with how they met. Poldi, whose official name is Napoleon, does seem to Ingo was an eight-week-old puppy when Tanja brought

have a bit of the complex associated with the name. He

Poldi, a five-month-old baby owl, home. Poldi was the

wants to be in charge. He won’t let Ingo get the last word

last owlet to hatch—a full two days after the rest of the

and demands more than protection; he demands love.

brood—which gave him the distinction of being, in dog

And although he is completely happy and somewhat

terms, the runt. Because of his size, he was especially

reliant upon Ingo’s protection skills, he also takes care

vulnerable and needed to be adopted and given extra

of his canine companion.

care and protection. Tanja put Poldi in the aviary with her hawks and other raptors; and unfortunately, one of

Thus, the unlikely duo becomes a love match made in

Poldi’s legs was injured.

interspecies heaven. They are not codependent, but complimentary; not like-bodied, but like-minded; not

Why Ingo, the eight-week-old puppy, took such a liking

physically suited, but spiritually bonded. Where one

to the tiny owlet is a mystery, but perhaps it was in his

goes, the other follows. Poldi flies alongside Ingo, and

genes. Ingo was descended from a long line of police

Ingo nests quietly beside Poldi. As Tanja has described

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Typically hearing you don’t have the “necessary aptitude” to be good at your job is a bad thing. For Gavel the German Shepherd, it led to a delightful twist of fate. At the tender age of six weeks old, Gavel arrived at the governor’s mansion in Queensland with an already-decided future. He came from a long line of renowned German Shepherds bred specifically for tough work. This fluffy pup was destined to be a crime-fighting police dog! According to the press release that was issued when he was dropped off to start training, “In 16 months Gavel will be tracking and catching criminals as a proud member of the Queensland Dog Squad!” He entered his class with forty other police-puppy trainees. Gavel, however, proved to be more of a social butterfly than a stoic student of the police academy. He loved making new friends, gave kisses, occasionally cuddled with passersby ...

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and finally it was decided that he just didn’t have

Gavel also attends ceremonies, dressed in

the right personality for a job within the police

special jackets embroidered with Queensland’s

department. It was clear he would strongly prefer

state emblems. He takes his new job very

to smooch a stranger, not arrest one.

seriously, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t occasionally caught entertaining people around

Luckily for Gavel, his cuteness and charm

the mansion with his silly antics.

had caught the attention of a very important person within the mansion—the governor of

Since his promotion in February to this

Queensland, Paul de Jersey. Since Gavel was

highly esteemed position, he has captured

already being fostered at the mansion, Governor

the attention of thousands over social media,

de Jersey and the staff decided to let him do what

and the people of Queensland are enamored

he had already proven to do best—win the hearts

with this new addition. Gavel’s social-media

of everyone he met.

followers gush over photos of the Vice-Regal Dog, often commenting on how handsome he

Gavel was given a second chance at being good

is and how proud they are of him. Gavel has

at his job, and he certainly has the “necessary

grown up to be a very loved boy!

aptitude" for his new line of work. He is now responsible for welcoming visitors to the

“He has outgrown four ceremonial coats,

mansion and meeting and greeting tour groups as

undergone a career change, and brought untold

the official “Vice-Regal Dog.”

joy to the lives of the governor, Mrs. de Jersey,

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“He has outgrown four ceremonial coats, undergone a career change, and brought untold joy to the lives of the governor, Mrs. de Jersey, the governor’s house staff, and the thousands of Queenslanders who have since visited the estate”


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the governor’s house staff, and the thousands of Queenslanders who have since visited the estate,” said a spokesperson for the Office of the Governor in an interview with the Brisbane Times. “He may have missed out on becoming a Queensland Police service dog, but it is abundantly clear that Gavel has the characteristics necessary to adequately fulfill duties as Queensland’s official ViceRegal Dog,” de Jersey posted on Facebook. Gavel has certainly stolen our hearts. If there is something to be learned from this Vice-Regal Dog, it’s that sometimes failure is just a stepping-stone to bigger achievements. Congratulations on your promotion, Gavel!

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(above) The only known photograph of Nipper

(above right) Originally titled "Dog looking at and listening to a Phonograph”. The painting was modified with a brass horn, sold to to the Victor Talking Machine Company and retitled "His Master’s Voice"

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cc | feature I started out life in 1884 as an orphan pup on the streets of

A few years later, Mark’s widow needed company and I

Bristol, England, until I met Mark Henry Barraud. He brought

stayed with her until I died of natural causes in September of

me to live with him and his wife inside the newly remodeled

1895. I was buried in a magnolia-lined park in Kingston-upon-

Prince’s Theatre. Mark designed and painted the stage, while

Thames. I am still there, but a Lloyd’s Bank was built on that

I made friends with the cast and crew (nipping at their heels

spot, and now there is a plaque with my name. In 2010, they

when they tried to leave). Mark was from a family of painters;

named a neighborhood street Nipper Alley.

his father and uncle were successful wildlife painters and his younger brother, Francis, painted landscapes. Mark liked

After I was gone, Francis decided to commemorate that

to tipple a pint or ten, and after three short years, he died

prank he had played by painting a picture of me. He called

penniless at age 39. I went to live in Liverpool with Francis,

it, “Dog Looking At and Listening To a Phonograph.” He

who had studied painting at the Royal Academy in London,

started with a photograph (taken by his brother Herbert),

and also in Antwerp.

then tilted my head and added the Edison Bell phonograph with its black horn. (There is a rumor that I am posed on

Later in life he praised me by saying: “Nipper was

Mark’s coffin like that.) The painting was rejected by

really a very clever little dog. Of course, one is

the Royal Academy and by many magazines

inclined to think one’s own dog cleverer

because “no one would know what the

than other people, but he was most

dog is doing.” Since it featured their


machine, Francis offered the painting to the Edison Bell Company in

Francis had a rare, electrically

New Jersey. The owner, James E.

driven Edison Bell phonograph

Hough, responded with, “Dogs

that played sounds, but also

don't listen to phonographs."

recorded onto a metal cylinder. He liked to play a prank on me—he

Francis disliked the black horn,

would put in a “record” and out

so he decided to repaint it as

would come Mark’s voice. It didn’t

brass and change the name to

smell like Mark, and I could not figure

“His Master’s Voice.” He went to The

out how he got inside that contraption or

Gramophone Company in London

how I could get him to come out and play.

to borrow a large brass horn, showed the

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painting to the manager, William Barry Owen, and explained the changes he wanted to make. Mr. Owen offered to buy the painting for 100 pounds (50 for the painting and 50 for the copyright), if he would change the machine to a Berliner disk Gramophone. In today’s dollar, that would be almost $14,000! Look closely at the original oil painting and you can see the ghost of the original phonograph. Francis eventually painted 24 copies (exact replicas) of the artwork for the executives of Gramophone, and was paid 35 pounds for each (except for one given as a gift). Emile Berliner, owner of Gramophone, brought the painting to the United States to use as the logo for his new company, Victor Talking Machine Company (which became RCA Victor). Eventually, my image was the logo for RCA Victor, HMV (His Master’s Voice), EMI, and a dozen more record labels worldwide. In 1968, RCA tried to stop using the image, but the public demanded that

they bring me back. In 1980, HMV hired Toby (a canine actor) for personal appearances, but Toby was fired for being a terror (what did they expect from a Terrier?). In the 1990s, I was portrayed by a puppy named Chipper. For a children’s DVD promotion in 2007, HMV replaced me with the famous cartoon canine Gromit (of Wallace & Gromit). And my legacy goes on . . . I am a four-ton statue atop the old RCA building in Albany, New York. A smaller statue that had a Gramophone sits at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. A statue of me peers down from above a doorway on the University of Bristol campus, near the old Prince’s Theatre. Or you can take me home with you—just buy my statue on eBay. A building in RCA’s old Camden, New Jersey, plant has my image in four 14foot circular stained-glass windows. They were destroyed twice, but when the

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factory was renovated into condos (now known as the “Nipper Building”), the developer had exact replicas of my windows made and installed. My image graces the label of millions of records, including Elvis’s 1956 hit version of “Hound Dog.” Cyndi Lauper carried a large replica of me in her music video for “Time After Time.” And currently, the city of Albany, New York, has 20 statues of me on display, decorated by local artists, as part of the city’s “Downtown is Pawsome” exhibit. Next year, they will be auctioned off for charity. And where is Francis’s original painting? It hangs in the EMI headquarters in London. As things turned out, Francis said the painting “was the happiest thought I ever had.” It’s been over 122 years and my image is still alive. Couldn’t ask for a better tribute than that!

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Catastrophic Relief Efforts BY CARYN ST. GERMAIN when a wayward dog hopped into his SUV at a gas station in Runge, Texas. With the help of social media, Hayjack’s tweets about the dog he dubbed “Harvey” sparked a cyber storm, and ultimately “Cash” was reunited with his guardians. A happy ending as the hurricane’s havoc began to unfold.

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was also preparing well ahead of the storm—in fact, storms, as it would turn out, much to their astonishment. The HSUS, Best Friends Animal Society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and both large and small rescues and shelters across the continent began coordinating the movement of animals already in Texas shelters to other parts

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Florida . . . to make room for pets in desperate need of help following Hurricane Irma. The Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, and FedEx helped with the rescue flight. The dogs came from Miami-Dade Animal Services, and the cats came from the Florida Keys SPCA. Your SPCA worked closely with Marin Humane and other shelters to help the animals arriving in the Bay Area.” At the time of this writing, our local Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR), an advocate for senior people and senior dogs, and Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) are on standby to receive 14 dogs and 10 cats who will be flown in from Florida. With the collaboration of the global animal welfare community, sunnier times are on the horizon for pets and their guardians affected by these catastrophic storms. Meanwhile, “pets” in the form of search dogs—many of them former shelter dogs—were being deployed to help reunite people with people in the aftermath of these disasters.

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Ultimately, 15 National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) teams from several states were deployed to Texas. Ten of them were poised and ready at their base in San Antonio, on August 25 as Harvey made landfall, with the remainder of the teams en route. They would await word from FEMA as to where they were needed most in the areas where flooding trapped people in their homes. A total of 16 SDF teams were deployed to help those affected by Irma as of September 8, including five teams that were deactivated just days earlier from Harvey. Though several SDF teams had immobilized, several sheltered in place after the Irma activation to assist Maria’s victims

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in Puerto Rico. Four more teams joined them there. Seven SDF-trained teams responded after the deadly 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico on September 19. Read about the many rescues with which these dogs have assisted on the SDF website at As we go to press, 17 wild fires rage across Northern California leaving a wake of destruction and chaos for people and animals. There is an outpouring of offers for support through the animal rescue and disaster relief communities. People at their best, helping those in need.

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Dog Film Festival Comes to Monterey Tracie Hotchner is the founder and director of the New York Dog Film Festival. The festival was so successful in New York, that it is now on the road, taking place in 19 states across America, as well as in Ireland and Canada this year. Coastal Canine spoke with Tracie to learn more about this exciting festival that will be coming to the Osio Theater in Monterey on February 18 and 19, 2018. Peace of Mind Dog Rescue will receive a portion of the proceeds from the event. Q: How and when did you decide to start the NY Dog Film Festival? When I saw the popularity of the Cat Video Festival in Minneapolis several years ago, I felt that dog lovers would be equally thrilled by the chance to have a shared audience experience of their passion for their pets. Q: What styles of film is the Dog Film Festival looking for? The Festival is open to any type of short film that has a canine theme. Animated films, commercials and PSA's, documentaries, and narrative films made with actors—and the films can be funny, silly, serious, emotional, and/or thought provoking. Q: What do you keep your eye out for in the films submitted to you? I embrace any film that surprises me with a new realization or feeling about canines and our relationships with them. The Festival needs to be an unforgettable experience for the audience; they are all dog lovers, walking into the theater having put their trust and faith in me to “take them some place” in their love of dogs that they haven't been before. My mission is to edit together a banquet of films from every genre: documentary, animation, narrative, and a few videos—and take my fellow dog-enthusiasts on an emotional and intellectual roller-coaster ride.

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I have my editor put together a series of short films to create an intellectually and emotionally powerful experience that leaves people saying “Wow!” That's what I look for in each film: the “wow” factor. Q: What have you enjoyed about sending the Festival on the road? It’s so exciting to imagine the way people are being amazed everywhere the Festival has traveled to. I am grateful that people who don't know who I am—or even what a


“dog film festival” is—are coming. I appreciate that people are taking something of a risk when they buy tickets and then show up, not really knowing what to expect. I look forward to justifying their leap of faith and dazzling people with the shared audience experience of joy that happens when the lights go down and the first film rolls. Q: Why do you have a shelter/rescue as partner and beneficiary at every Festival destination? Supporting local animal welfare groups across the country is an integral part of the mission of NY DFF. It is why the nonprofit Petco Foundation gave us a grant as our Founding Sponsor the first year (2016) and continues to be our presenting sponsor this year: our commitment to the life-saving work of shelters and rescues. At every stop, a local shelter/rescue is our partner and helps get the word out about the Festival, while also being a physical presence at the theater, along with adoptable dogs as appropriate. Q: Do you choose the movies to be interesting to both people and dogs? Do you think the dogs enjoy being at the festival in theaters where they are allowed? The viewing habits and overall interests of dogs have absolutely zilch to do with my film selections! The films are chosen entirely for the ways in which they will amuse or affect the humans who love dogs. However, I definitely think the dogs love being in the theaters because their guardians and the rest of the audience are so incredibly excited to have them there that the canines become the stars of the event.



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