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e are proud to be celebrating our 40th issue and the 10th anniversary of Coastal Canine. We started this magazine because of our love of dogs. Ten years later, that love has only grown deeper. We feel fortunate to have the honor to meet and speak with dog-lovers from around the world who are willing to share the stories about their dogs who inspire us all. Rescue and adoption are near and dear to our heart. In this issue, local first responders show their love of dogs by posing with adoptable dogs to help find them loving homes. Another first responder, Officer Magana from the Salinas Police Department, visits an elementary school with his K9 partner Erri. The children are eager to learn more about K9 Erri’s role in protecting their community. Two Hollywood icons appear in this issue – Toto, one of Hollywood’s most famous dogs, and 80s icon and dog-lover, Bo Derek. Dina Eastwood tells Toto’s story from pup to infamous actor, and Belinda Jones shares what she learns while sipping coffee with Bo about her love of dogs. Meet an unusual pair of friends – Dill, the Frenchie, and Pickles, the pig. Learn how these two became best buds and now travel the world together. “Do you want to go to the beach?” “Would you like a cookie?” Why do some dogs tilt their head when we ask them a question? Read some of the theories in this issue and check out the head-tilt dog submissions on our community board starting on page 10. And a big thank you to our readers for 10 years of support. Your enthusiasm for each issue brings us joy.
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Rescue Me: Maya Come Home
Dog of the Day: K9 Erri
When Maya, a rescued Border Collie mix, gets loose in Carmel Valley, Allison McKee goes into action to bring her back to safety.
Officer Magana from the Salinas Police Department and his partner, K9 Erri, visit a local elementary school to speak to the students about their important work.
22 Yes, Toto Too!
Dina Eastwood writes about one of Hollywood’s iconic canine stars, Terry the Cairn Terrier, better known as Toto from The Wizard of Oz.
30 First Responders and Adoptable Dogs
Meet more than two dozen adoptable dogs available through local rescue groups and get to know some of the first responders who serve and protect our community.
43 Talking with Bo Derek
Bo Derek is a perfect 10 in our book. Not for her beauty as much as for her love of dogs. For Coastal Canine’s 10th anniversary issue, Belinda Jones writes about her conversation with the dog-loving 80s icon.
48 Some Dogs Don’t Die
Liza Mann, an expert “felter” living in the UK, creates lifelike miniatures to the delight of dog-lovers everywhere.
54 Dill and Pickles
A pig and a French Bull Dog become best friends. Read about their close friendship and exciting adventures.
59 Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Head?
Have your ever wondered why some dogs tilt their head when you talk to them or ask a question? Read some of the theories on this endearing phenomenon. On the Cover: Pacific Grove Police Officer Justin Hankes poses with Carlos, a Chihuahua mix, for this issue’s article on first responders with adoptable dogs, starting on page 30. Carlos is a small dog with a lot of personality!
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GRIEF SUPPORT Papillon Center for Loss ..................59
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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Dr. Ann Gratzek’s mantra is this: Dogs need vision for quality of life. As long as they can do their job, their life is good. This has been a guiding mantra in her professional life for years, going back to when she opened her Ophthalmology for Animals practice in Aptos in 1998. Dr. Gratzek provides vision care for many other animals as well, with quality of life for all being what she strives for. Originally from Georgia, Dr. Gratzek met her husband when she was training at Stanford. They live in the South Bay and have a son who just graduated from MIT. Prior to opening her own practice, she had been with the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital, and it was then that she became aware of the need for more veterinary eye care on the Central Coast. Admittedly a bit of a fanatic about her work, Dr. Gratzek has
also been involved with local marine, wildlife, and rescue groups. She feels very privileged to do what she does for all types of animals from birds to horses to reptiles—and of course, dogs.
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When it comes to the canines in her personal life, she grew up with Dachshunds and has had one long-term rescue named Buddy. More recently, though, she’s been so focused on her work that she hasn’t had the time to properly devote to having another dog. But she’s looking forward to the day when she does! Dr. Gratzek sees all dogs as guardian angels of our lives. And as guardian angels, they need to see well to carry out that important role.
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CANINE VALENTINE Holding a rose, next to a heart with their name, celebrate your love for your dog by sending us a valentine themed photo of them with a creative touch and we will print it with the other submissions in our next issue.Email your photo (at least 800x800 pixels) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline is January 7th.
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Coastal Canine is proud to mark our 10th Anniversary of Celebrating Dogs!
And in doing so, we would like to thank our advertisers, our writers, and our readers. And of course all the precious dogs we have featured (including our own) for enhancing our lives. Thank you also to all the wonderful people we've met over the years from all over the world who share all of our common connection; The Love of Dogs.
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Maya come home By Carie Broecker
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s operations manager for Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR) in Pacific Grove, part of Allison McKee’s job is watching shelter websites for dogs in need of rescue. One day, a particular black and white Border Collie mix caught her eye. Allison found out that Petunia had been at the shelter for three months. She was nervous and frightened, but showed no aggression at all. She was so frantic in her run, that the shelter staff thought she might be a “flight risk” in a home. They told Allison they had a potential adopter for her, but the adopter was concerned about her escaping her property. “Would POMDR take her in and assess her, so the adopter could get more information?” Allison said “yes,” and Petunia went straight to a veterinary clinic for an exam and spay surgery. Then she would move to a foster home. But tragedy occurred. After her spay surgery, one of the veterinary staff took her out on a slip lead to go potty. Petunia got spooked, did a skillful “crocodile roll” and managed to escape from the slip lead. Fear took over, and she went into feral-dog mode and disappeared into Carmel Valley.
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Allison was contacted immediately. She sprang into action. She and her dad, another avid dog-lover, spent the next several hours into the dark of the night driving and walking around the nearby school, golf course, and fields. With headlamps and flashlights, they did find some dog tracks—but no dog. The next day, Allison mobilized the POMDR volunteers to put up fliers and post Petunia’s story on Facebook and lost-dog websites. The community rallied, and soon calls and texts were coming in with sightings of Petunia. She was sighted in a parking lot, in a field, on hiking trails, on the road, and on the golf course.
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Everyone who spotted her said that as soon as they called to her, she disappeared like a coyote. It became clear that Petunia needed to be trapped. Allison and her dad took a large, live-animal trap out to the area where Petunia had been spotted most frequently. They covered the trap with a blanket, filled it with cooked hamburger, and left a sign: “If a dog is in here, do not open the trap. Call 831-601XXXX.” Day after day, Allison checked the trap, as did several volunteers. Allison was starting to get discouraged. It had been close to nine days of searching and waiting and wishing
for Petunia to come to safety. On the ninth day, Allison went to check the trap, and Petunia was standing 20 feet away. And she took off running. Allison went home feeling defeated. That night it poured rain. Allison woke up heartbroken that Petunia was out in this weather—scared, alone, hungry. On the tenth day, a volunteer suggested she put some salmon skins in the trap. He said they were very smelly. Later, Allison was at work and the phone rang. “Your dog is barking.”
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“What dog?” asked Allison “The dog in the trap. She won’t stop barking!” Allison grabbed her keys and ran out the door. On the way, she called her dad to have him meet her with his truck. They were both so excited! As soon as Allison arrived and sat down next to the trap, Petunia laid down. She looked grateful and relieved that her adventure was over. Allison fed her some canned food through the trap slats, and she eagerly licked it off her fingers, then leaned into the trap and rubbed for some pets. Petunia went back to the veterinary clinic for an exam. She was covered with ticks, but was otherwise healthy. Allison decided to take her home for the weekend until she could get her to her foster home. At this point, of course, the potential adopter who had been concerned that Petunia might be a flight risk, was definitely not interested in adopting her. Before leaving the clinic, Allison fitted her with a collar, a harness, and a GPS tracker. When they got home, Petunia settled in like she had lived there her whole life. She immediately got along with Allison’s dog, Jackson. At bedtime, Petunia found one of Allison’s sweatshirts, dragged it into her dog bed and slept on it. That’s when Allison knew she was in trouble. They were falling in love with each other! Then she said to Petunia, “Do you want to come up?” And Petunia sprung onto the bed and curled up and slept all night. On Monday, Allison delivered her to her foster home. The foster mom reported that after Allison left, Petunia lay by the gate and cried for three hours. Allison felt bad that Petunia was so attached to her, and she knew that she was just as attached to Petunia, as well. Allison couldn’t get Petunia off her mind. She talked with Devin, her fiancé, and they decided they would adopt Petunia. Just one hurdle—their lease allowed for only one pet. Allison emailed her landlord and asked if they could have permission to get a second dog. The email came back with the answer. “Yes!” When Allison went to pick her up, they were both squealing with joy to be together again.
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Driving home, Allison was listening to an interview with the late award-winning writer and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou. Ms. Angelou was speaking about how difficult her childhood had been, but what an amazing life she had lived. She had more than survived. She had thrived. In that moment, Allison, decided to change Petunia’s name to Maya. Her Maya also had a difficult beginning. Allison saw the potential in her to become everything she knew she could be. She is now a dog who loves to go everywhere with her family. She is social with new people. She has been to Yosemite, the snow, the beach, hiking, and seeks attention from strangers. With love and lots of patience, Maya continues to blossom. She and her “brother,” Jackson were “dog of honor” and “best dog” at Allison and Devin’s wedding earlier this year. We now pronounce you husband, wife, and dogs! The perfect family.
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K-9 DEMO WITH OFFICER MAGANA & HIS PARTNER
By Caryn St. Germain
“Can he find watches?” queries a curious first grader. Emboldened by the energy of his classmates, another student asks, “Can he find shoes?” “Anything with a human scent,” Officer Gerry Magana answers patiently, repeating again to this giggly group of first graders that his K9 partner, Erri, is trained, among other things, to use his acute sense of smell to sniff out, or track, explosives, article evidence, suspects, and missing persons. The two officers are members of the Salinas Police Department, and today they are demonstrating their skills to students of a local elementary school.
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Financial hardship should never cause the loss of any family pet K9 Erri is a stunning, jet-black German Shepherd from Europe. He is just three years old, and he has been with Officer Magana for two and a half of those years. At a mere eight weeks old, Erri began his â&#x20AC;&#x153;policeâ&#x20AC;? training in the Czech Republic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He only â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;speaksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Czech,â&#x20AC;? Officer Magana says, and he models giving the command, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sit!â&#x20AC;? Erri does not respond, but he sits immediately when the command is given in Czech. The result is the same with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Down!â&#x20AC;? Erriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes and ears are fixed intently on his handler all the while, eager to carry out his orders, and he receives abundant praise in return.
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Officer Magana enjoys the variety of police work; you never know what the day might bring, and he says that being partnered with Erri makes his job even more fun. Erri seems to feel the same way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is super smart,â&#x20AC;?
continues Officer Magana. “Erri knows when it is time to go to work and he starts spinning in circles. “I’ve never seen anyone so excited to go to work!” The officers are one of four K9 teams within the SPD. Officers Magana and Erri work the ten-hour shift from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., 4 or 5 days a week, alternating months. When it is time, the officers suit up in their respective gear. Erri’s consists of a harness, two collars, and of course, his badge. Officer Magana takes the badge off of Erri’s harness, and he passes it around for the students to take a closer look before reaffixing it. “He has a bulletproof vest, too—if the situation calls for it,” the officer tells the students. Erri may also don his e-collar when he needs to work beyond the extent of his regular 30-foot leash.
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Officer Magana enjoys the variety of police work; you never know what the day might bring, and he says that being partnered with Erri makes his job even more fun. Erri seems to feel the same way. “He is super smart,” continues Officer Magana. “Erri knows when it is time to go to work, and he starts spinning in circles. “I’ve never seen anyone so excited to go to work!”
While Erri does not always come out of the police cruiser on a call, he has seen plenty of action. Officer Magana recalls a time when a violent suspect got away from the violence-suppression unit. “That’s the gang unit,” he says. “Erri was able to track him by scent from his last known location.” Erri located the suspect hiding in a shed and apprehended him until his fellow
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officers could arrive to take the suspect into custody. Erri received lots of praise and a reward. He’s given either an edible treat or maybe a ball-ona-rope. Officer Magana also reminds the students that when in uniform, Erri is on duty and is all business. He asks them to remember to be respectful of that and to avoid running up and trying to engage with him if they see him out and about. “People will often try to pet Erri or get their dogs to interact with him,” says Officer Magana. Fortunately, Erri is well trained and ignores these advances. “He ignores cats and other distractions, too,” Officer Magana adds. “While on duty, Erri is constantly awake, so I like to let him sleep a lot when he is off duty,” explains Officer Magana. “He is just a regular dog then, and he enjoys playing with the kids or in the backyard.” From the time he was a young boy, it was Officer Magana’s dream to
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Yes,Toto, too! By Dina Eastwood
Before “Toto” was associated with a 70s band that recorded the song “Africa,” and decades before that it was a wellknown brand name of a fancy commode, Toto meant one thing: It was the name of one of the most well-known and well-loved dogs in American history. Toto became a fourlegged screen legend due to her dazzling performance in more than twenty films, most notably The Wizard of Oz. The Wizard of Oz is almost 80 years old, but the memories of dear, faithful Toto are still fresh in the minds of millions. Amazingly, Toto’s “pawtobiography” (her life story, as witnessed and recorded by her longtime handler, Carl Spitz) was uncovered in the late 1990s. After getting a tip from Spitz’s widow, Wizard of Oz fan Willard Carroll began surveying an area in Los Angeles that had formerly housed the Spitz’s kennel, one that had produced several four-legged Hollywood stars. When Mr. Carroll arrived at the site, road
crews were busy widening the Ventura Freeway. Serendipitously, Mr. Carroll stumbled upon a metal box that had been submerged in the dirt. Within it lay a miniature masterpiece in canine history—a meticulously kept scrapbook. Its contents became I, Toto, which was laid out in book form and was then later published* in 2001. It shared some of the pup’s finest moments. Fall 2018 | coastalcaninemag.com | 25
Toto was a brindle (mixed color) Cairn Terrier born in November of 1933. The scrappy-looking dynamo was originally named Terry, and surprising to many, was a female. She enjoyed fame and fortune in several Hollywood films, and her name was officially changed to Toto by Spitz, the man who changed her life. Carl Spitz was a German immigrant who fashioned himself into a trainer to the studios—a maker of four-legged stars. Spitz was a true dog lover and unintentional behaviorist who could be called a “godfather” of gentle training, using gentle techniques before it was fashionable to treat dogs as “equals.” Toto’s life changed dramatically for the better once Spitz adopted her, but her beginnings weren't as sweet. Toto, then Terry, came to the Spitzes for training as a puppy after a failed run with a childless married couple. In fact, the couple never paid for the pup’s care or called to reclaim her. In I, Toto, Spitz repeatedly recounts what he considers to be Toto’s early mistreatment, writing of her being thrown
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Toto worked steadily over the next four years before landing the role that would launch her on a journey to a place in history. She was almost five years old and fifteen pounds when the contract that sealed her fate was “signed” in September of 1938.
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in and out of a car and often swatted with rolled-up newspaper by her original owners when her potty training failed. But the little dog easily adapted to her new digs. Mr. Spitz fondly recounts how Toto was an eager and quick learner once she was boarded at his kennel. He writes of Toto adoring her big brothers and sisters, other dogs who were also starring in motion pictures but were often four times Toto’s size. One of them, Buck, a Saint Bernard, was already a star, having shared a bill with Clark Gable in Call of the Wild. It’s written that Buck would bend down to allow Toto to hop up and ride around the kennel grounds on his back. One of Toto’s first pawditions was a doozy. Spitz brought the Terrier to an old-school Hollywood audition during which several other dogs—all looking almost identical— yelped, pranced, and barked in a small room while awaiting their turns. When Toto and Mr. Spitz were called in, three gruff studio executives also barked; this time it was a list of commands. Toto was the only dog of the day that was able to leap over a leash, bark and growl on command, and play dead.
“Let’s see what Shirley thinks,” one of them said. Shirley, as in Temple. It was love at first sight for the golden-haired child prodigy and the newly trained Terrier. Shirley gave her seal of approval within minutes, and Toto was signed to her first big movie, 1934’s Bright Eyes, in which she played the role of “Rags” to Shirley’s “Shirley Blake.” Toto worked steadily over the next four years before landing the role that would launch her on a journey to a place in history. She was almost five years old and fifteen pounds when the contract that sealed her fate was “signed” in September of 1938. In it, Terry (before she was Toto) was hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures at the rate of $125 per week—more than the actors who played “Munchkins” in the famous film. (And according to Business Insider magazine, it was a whopping four times more than the average American worker made in one week at that time.) Besides having to have enemas before filming (to prevent the actors from stepping in canine landmines),Toto suffered one big setback during the filming of “Oz.” One of
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the people portraying a guard for the Wicked Witch of the West accidentally stepped on and broke poor Toto’s paw. A standin pooch was brought in for two weeks to cover. A book on “all things Oz” says MGM Studios added to the hype of the movie by concocting a story that Toto healed at the home of leading lady, Judy Garland. Toto went on to star in The Women, in which she shared the screen with Joan Crawford and reprised her on-stage chemistry with Frank Morgan, the actor who had played the Wizard in “Oz.” She played “Rainbow” alongside Spencer Tracey in Fury, and acted again
with Tracey in 1942’s Tortilla Flat. Toto also hit the vaudeville circuit in 1940 in an act that featured her and “brothers” Buck and Prince. Toto passed away at the age of eleven in 1945, but she lives to this day on film, in print, and in our hearts. So, next time you see The Wizard of Oz or any of the classics that Toto starred in, you can smile, knowing some of the secrets of this special dog. *As I, Toto: The Autobiography of Terry, the Dog Who Was Toto by Willard Carroll. Published by Abrams Image Books.
Dina Eastwood is a longtime 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. 28 | coastalcaninemag.com | Fall 2018
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FIRST RESPONDERS y ADOPTABLE DOGS
e are proud to team up with our local first responders from the Pacific Grove Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Monterey and Pebble Beach Fire Departments, to give some added exposure to two dozen wonderful dogs who are in need of good homes. The response from these departments was very enthusiastic, and we thank them for their overwhelming support and cooperation. Please get to know some of these available dogs and spread the word. You can help these dogs and other dogs like them by sponsoring, fostering, volunteering, or adopting from two local rescue groups: AFRP and POMDR. We also thank the staff and volunteers from both organizations for helping with this photo project. While browsing through the dogs on these pages, you can also get to know some of the dedicated men and women who serve and protect our community.
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PST Shayla Hoffman
Shayla has been a Police Services Technician for the PGPD for almost two years. Shayla and her husband Cory have adopted many rescue animals, including three Siamese cats (Leo, Max, and Bella) and two miniature Schnauzers (Kyrie and Sylvie).
PST Michaela Basanese Officer Basanese has worked for the PGPD for almost four years. She is the full-time Property and Evidence Technician. PST Basanese has had dogs her whole life and loves supporting the pets that are looking for â&#x20AC;&#x153;fur-everâ&#x20AC;? homes.
ACO Elizabeth Conti-Yeo
Animal Control Officer Conti-Yeo has served as the animal control officer for the City of Pacific Grove for the past 22 years. She comes from a background in animal husbandry, having studied at Hartnell College. She worked for a local veterinarian for 10 years prior to joining the police force.
The dogs in this photo spread are available for adoption. Visit peaceofminddogrescue.org and animalfriendsrescue.org to
Charleston Charleston is an 8-year-old, 18-pound mixed breed. He gets along very well with other dogs and bonds quickly with his people. He can become protective of his people around strangers. 32 | coastalcaninemag.com | Fall 2018
Bella Swan Bella Swan is a 10-year-old, 15-pound Poodle mix. She enjoys gentle petting. She enjoys playing with other dogs. She is looking for a home with no children.
Siracha Siracha is an 8-year-old, 15-pound delightful mixed breed. He is a happy senior dog who is laid back and gets along well with people and other dogs.
Police Detective Billy Hawkins Detective Hawkins has worked with PGPD for four years and was in the Army for eight years prior. He has always loved animals and currently has two of his own rescued dogs.
PST Patrick Romero
Officer Romero has worked with the department for a little over two years. He loves his job as much as he loves dogs and the City of Pacific Grove. He looks forward to doing something to help someone in the community every day.
PST Macee Flores
This is Police Services Technician Macee Floresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth year with PGPD. She currently works in records and assists with the department's social media. PST Flores has always had animals in her life, growing up with horses, dogs, and cats, and she recently adopted her very own rescued dog, Yodi.
find out more. If the dog you are interested in was already adopted, maybe you will see another one who will steal your heart!
Princess Amity Princess Amity is an 8-year-old, 95-pound mixed breed. She is a mellow, friendly dog. She is bonded to Callie. They hope to get a home together.
Callie is a 10-year-old, 90-pound mixed breed. She is happy to receive pets and attention. She is bonded to Princess Amity. They hope to get a home together.
Rebecca is a 7-year-old, 52-pound mixed breed. She has such an interesting look that we did a DNA test. She is a mix of Pit Bull, Neapolitan Mastiff, and German Shepherd. She's attentive, affectionate, and playful.
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Sgt. Jeff Fenton Officer Fenton has been with the department for 22 years. His dream dogs include Saint Bernards and Alaskan Malamutes.
Police Chief Amy Christey
CMDR Rory Lakind
Chief Christey has been with the department for two years. She has also served in Santa Cruz County and the City of Morro Bay. Chief Christey is an avid dog-lover and lives with her spouse, daughter and three rescued dogs.
Commander Lakind has been with the department four years and has been in law enforcement for over 25 years. He is the proud guardian of a rescued cat and a proud supporter of animal rescues.
Rocky & Adrian
Rocky is an adorable 2-month-old black and tan Terrier/Chihuahua mix puppy. He is small but mighty, and is ready to fill your life with love and puppy kisses. Adrian is a lovable 2-month-old Terrier/Chihuahua mix puppy. She is sweet and petite. Adrian is happy, playful, and cuddly.
Alyce is an 8-year-old, 4-pound toy Poodle. She is a little shy, but perks up around other dogs. She enjoys being held and bonds quickly to anyone who treats her gently.
Gamba is an, 8-year-old, 65-pound English Bulldog with an exceptional personality. She loves other dogs, enjoys meeting new people, and is happy to take leisurely walks. She does well with children and cats.
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SRO Justin Hankes School Resource Officer Justin Hankes came to Pacific Grove from Santa Cruz. In his off-duty time he enjoys staying active by volunteering at a local animal shelter, as well as outdoor activities such as surfing and skateboarding. He has a rescued dog and two rescued cats.
Carlos Carlos is a 9-year-old, 7-pound mixed breed. He is a small dog with a magnetic personality. He is comfortable meeting new people and is happy to be picked up and cuddled. He really is a love bug!
FF Grant Sardina Time with Dept: 10 Years Favorite thing about job: My favorite thing about the job is the opportunity to help others and being able to give back to the community I grew up in. Pets: I have three fish and plan on adopting a cat in the near future.
FF Mary Hutson Time with Dept: 1.5 years Favorite thing about job: Huge variety we experience at work â&#x20AC;&#x201C; everyday is different. Pets: I have no pets, but am ready to adopt a dog!
Trap is a 1-year-old, 14-pound mixed breed. He is a friendly, playful dog who enjoys people and other dogs. He is gentle enough to do well with children.
Jasmine is a 7-year-old, 11-pound, affectionate Jack Russell mix. She's a wellbehaved dog who is housetrained, walks nicely on the leash and is good with children.
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FF Anthony Amaya
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Time with Dept. 1.5 Years Favorite thing about job: Getting to work through difficult challenges as a team. Pets: Gerbel named Nibbles
Time with Dept: 11 Years Favorite thing about job: Making a positive impact in someone’s life. Pets: Two-year-old English Golden Retriever named Lincoln.
William and Harry These princes are truly charming! William and Harry are 11-year-old Terrier mix brothers. William weighs 23 pounds and Harry weighs 18 pounds. They are gentle and well-mannered dogs who need to be adopted together.
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FC Cosimo Tilly Time with Dept: 22 Years Favorite thing about job: Helping people in the community I grew up in. Pets: 9-year-old rescued Poodle/ Cocker Spaniel mix.
Maggie Maggie is a 7-month-old, 35-pound Pit Bull/Hound mix. She walks nicely on leash and loves going for walks and hikes. She is a typical sweet, energetic puppy.
FC Roger Reed Time with Dept: 43 Years Favorite thing about job: The new challenges each day, and the ability to help our people and pets. Pets: Two Beagles - Hope and Marley.
Jackson Jackson is a 12-year-old, 25-pound, very social Puggle. He has a moderate energy level and walks nicely on leash. He knows basic commands and enjoys people and dogs.
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FAE Adam Torgrimson
Time with Dept: 44 Years Favorite thing about job: Supporting my crews and helping people. Pets: Black Labrador named Beauty, three cats - Helo, Ahab, Jill and four gold fish.
Time with Dept: 19 Years Favorite thing about job: Helping the public. Pets: Two rescued dogs and a rescued cat.
Snickers is a 12-year-old, 16-pound mellow Shih Tzu. He had to have both eyes removed due to glaucoma, but still loves to go for walks. He is great with other dogs and people of all ages.
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Nash is a,6-year-old, 5-pound mixed breed. He is a tiny dog who is happy to be picked up and held, but is also inquisitive when he has time to explore new places.
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FC Sam Filson
FAEP Jason Downs
FAE Chris Steggall
Time with Dept.: 15 Years Favorite thing about job: Helping people in distress. Pets: One rescued dog and one rescued cat.
Time with Dept: 11 Years Favorite thing about job: Working outdoors and helping the community. Pets: A Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Time with Dept: 16 Years Favorite thing about job: Helping animals and people. Once I rescued a dog who was stuck in barbed wire. I also helped an injured baby seal. Pets: Three rescued dogs and two tortoises.
Stewie Stewie is a 10-month-old, 10-pound Terrier/Chihuahua mix pup with lots of happy energy. Wanna play? This little guy is ready to pack as much fun as possible into each new day. 38 |
Muffett Muffett is a 12-year-old, calm 13-pound mixed breed. She knows basic commands, is a joy to be around, and does fine with children and cats.
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Shortstop Shortstop is a 1-year-old, 12-pound, Poodle/Dachshund mix. He lost one eye due to an injury. He is a friendly pup who loves to be around people and gets along with other dogs.
FF Jaime Harris
FFII Marilou Young
FC Scott Augustine
Time with Dept: Six Years Favorite thing about job: Protecting my community. Pets: One dog.
Time with Dept: 24 Years Favorite thing about job: Helping people and giving back to the community. Also educating kids on fire safety. Pets: One cat named Lucy.
Time with Dept: Seven Years Favorite thing about job: The community interaction. Pets: Chihuahua named Lola and a Himalayan cat named Merle.
Harold is a 13-year-old, 9-pound, mixed breed, people-oriented pup. He loves to follow his person around and to be picked up and held. He does great with older children and other dogs. He does better in a home without kitties.
Conway is a 4-year-old, 6-pound, Welsh Corgi/Chihuahua mix whose sweet and gentle personality will win your heart. With oversized ears and short little legs, Conway is an adorable study in contrasts.
Chabaca is an 8-month-old, 10-pound energetic Yorkie mix. He will make someone a fantastic little companion. He gets along well with dogs and enjoys meeting new people of all ages.
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FFII Jeff Miller Time with Dept: Five Years Favorite thing about job: Serving the community. Pets: Plans to adopt a dog in the future. Possibly Jake from the photo shoot!
Jake Jake is a 7-month old, 50-pound Black Lab mix. He is a bundle of wags and wiggles. This sweet boy will be a wonderful addition to any family.
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Belinda Jones meets the world’s most glamorous dog groomer and learns about the newest member of her pack. I pictured Bo Derek arriving in a halo of sunshine, those piercing cornflower-blue eyes exuding a knowing poise. Instead, this Californian-to-the-core movie pin-up and animal activist bursts through the door of the Santa Ynez coffee shop in a delightfully animated state, with a huge German Shepherd named Chico at her side, apologizing for being late (by under five minutes) – “But just wait until you hear why!”
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While she settles at the high-top table I step away to order the coffees, and as must have happened a thousand times before, a man moves in and starts chatting with her in that unmistakably smitten way. This is precisely why she travels everywhere with a highly trained protection dog who could floor someone with one command. But we’ll get to that later. “Tell me!” I say as I take my seat opposite this 80s icon, already liking her even more than I thought I would. “Last night, around 6pm, we brought home a new rescue dog!” The other half of the “we” is Bo’s beau of 16 years, actor John Corbett, best known as Carrie’s boyfriend Aiden in Sex and the City. “So we just had the 20th anniversary of Sex and the City and guess what the name of the dog was that was up for adoption? Aiden!” “No!” I gasp.
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“And John’s not sentimental that way. He’s not. But there was something about the picture of this dog that got under his skin.” She takes a sip of her latté. “So yesterday he came up to me and said, ‘What do you think?’ and I said, ‘Well, it’s personal. If you have a thing about this dog, follow it—do it. Of course I’ll love him and raise him!’” Even more coincidentally, this stray, found wandering around Lompoc with a dusty, matted coat, is a German Shepherd—a breed Bo has been devoted to for 25 years. He spent four weeks at a shelter and then, with no sign of an owner or adopter, a plea went out in the paper. Bo seems baffled as to why three-year-old Aiden didn’t get snapped up sooner. “He checks all the boxes for a brilliant dog—so happy and welltrained, his obedience is perfect, he moves well, he’s stunning!” she marvels before adding, “Of course we have to change his name…” I chuckle imagining John Corbett out walking his new charge, calling out “Aiden!” to the bemusement of passers-by.
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(The dog is now known as Luc—ideal for one so roguishly handsome!) I ask if Bo had any concerns about introducing him to her existing pack. “I thought it would be a disaster!” she confesses. “John is so loving but he wasn’t brought up with dogs so he thinks if they are all sweet they’re all going to get along. Meanwhile I know how sensitive German Shepherds can be and I’m trying to follow the rules my dog trainer taught me…” She gives a rueful smile. “I had to stop myself—I was getting a bit bossy!” As it happened, Aiden/Luc was immediately accepted by the other dogs and settled in like a dream. “I brought his crate into the bedroom thinking we’d be up all night with him banging around, but he went right in and stayed quiet until morning.” Now she’s the one looking smitten. An animal person her whole life, Bo has had up to 12 dogs at her ranch, a mix of rescues but always one or two
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imported protection dogs. Her husband of 22 years, the late John Derek, had a passion for dog training, and following an invitation to the opening of a new kennel in LA, Bo came to work with Burbankbased Schutzhund champion Howie Rodriguez and a German Shepherd named Cifi, who became her personal bodyguard. “I even took him on Johnny Carson and Jay Leno!” she smiles. “Having that dog gave me the independence I hadn’t had since 1980.” But now a new phase is on the horizon. “I really love the idea of adopting senior dogs,” she ventures, citing Instagram’s @wolfgang2242 as a major inspiration. “My life is slowing down a lot and John doesn’t like to travel now if it’s not with the dogs, so that’s next!” Chico stirs by her feet and gazes adoringly up at her.
Not that this is an issue. For nearly 20 years Bo has had her own line of dog shampoo, conditioner, and tearless facial wash called Bo Derek Pet Care. One of the special ingredients is meadowfoam seed oil, native to Northern California, and the formula has benefited from her lifetime of experience detangling horses’ manes and tails, as well as grooming canines from Westies to Wolfhounds. She says her Bearded Collie rescues have one of the most challenging coats in the world so she’s not worried about tackling Aiden/Luc. Instead, she simply asserts, “Today is bath day!” As she prepares to head back to the ranch, I smile as I envision her new charge taking his turn in the tin bathtub with a mountain vista. “He really couldn’t have found a better family!” I note.
“May I?” I ask, reaching to stroke his fur. “I’m sorry he isn’t all clean and fresh and beautiful. He was just in a pond!”
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Bo beams as she steps back into the sunshine. “It was all meant to be!”
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Some Dogs Don’t Die ... By Pam Bonsper
They just get smaller! If you don’t believe me, take a look at these pictures. I know it’s hard to believe, but these dogs are not real. They are all little miniatures of their real dog counterparts. They have been painstakingly made by Liza Mann, an expert “felter” who lives in the UK.
Liza tells her own story:
With each and every commission, I learn new techniques. But generally speaking, creating a dog with its own character comes fairly easily to me. And I believe it’s because of my absolute love of dogs. My customer provides me with photos and a little
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF FELT BY LIZA
I began needle felting 10 years ago, and after mastering some skills over a two-year period, I decided to concentrate on felting dogs, the love of my life. From day one it was apparent that my little portraits were in demand by dog lovers, so much so that these days I find very little time to work on other felting projects. I have no idea how many dogs I’ve created over the years, but I would dearly love to have them all in one room. I think that would make such a lovely exhibit.
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bio of the dog in question. This really helps me in the making process. Creating a dog’s head alone can take an entire day sometimes. Wool blending to get the exact color, and layering to create form and shape is a long process. And if the dog’s coat is a long one, this is an additional process, rather like wig making, and it is very time consuming. I spend many hours looking at photos as I work, and slowly that little pupster emerges. Some look sad, some happy, some curious, some alert, some naughty, some aloof. They are all different. It would be impossible to create two identical dogs. They are all unique, and this is what I believe my customers like. A one-of-a-kind replica of their beloved dog. For me, creating these little sculptures is so joyful. The downside is sending them away, but of course they must go home! I always send them off with a kiss and tell them to behave and not to forget me. I love getting feedback from my customers; it warms my
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heart. I got a message from a customer recently, whose dog I’d made a replica of perhaps eight years ago. She messaged me to say that her little feltie still sits next to her workstation at the office, looking up at her every day. Some customers tell me they burst into tears on opening the box to see a little face peering up at them. Customers tell me my photos don’t do the dogs justice and that they are far nicer in real life. And of course this is true. Light bounces off wool fibers and so you can never truly capture the true detail of a needle-felted dog in a photograph. So, it’s nice that my customers get that surprise when seeing their little dog for the first time.
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Four years ago, a new member of staff joined me. My Fox Terrier, Max. Oh boy, did he cause havoc in those early days. I once found a partially made felted dog inside his mouth. He sat perfectly still as I frantically searched the
And oh yes, my little dogs certainly do come to life during the making process. I talk to them. And they sit looking at me sometimes as if to say, “oh come on woman, get a move on, I want to go home.” It’s a curious thing . . . some little characters are slower to emerge and others seem to spring out of the wool. Some are calm and serene, others are feisty and in a hurry. But all are beautiful characters.
room for the lost dog. And it was a minute or two before I looked at him and realized he was the culprit!!! But these days, he’s a mature boy and is happy to lie by my side as I work. No more theft involved, and he's quite happy to be included in photo shoots too. Liza’s website, www.feltbyliza.co.uk is full of
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more photos of her pooches, and Liza is happy to do commissions for those of us in the States. As a matter of fact, one of our writers, Belinda Jones has a Liza creation. She calls him Bo Diddly. He is the spitting image of her dog, Bodie, who is featured in her book, Bodie On The Road. P.S. Knowing Liza’s complete love of dogs, I’m sure she includes miniature kibbles in her overseas packages!
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P HOTO S C O U RTES Y O F MA D EL EI NE JO HNS O N
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Madeleine and Stephen never thought in their wildest dreams that they would become pig-parents, but when they saw a desperate plea on Facebook from a farmer whose entire property had flooded, they knew they had 54 | coastalcaninemag.com | Fall 2018
to help. The woman was begging for people to save her animals, after her home had already been badly damaged by flood water. “We drove four hours in the middle of the
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night to rescue him. He was the last piglet left. The roads were flooded, and it was hard for us to even get there, but we picked him up and he was so tiny. He probably only weighed two pounds,” says Madeleine. Pickles grew quickly into a happy, healthy pig. Contrary to common belief, pigs CAN fly and Pickles often went on vacation with his parents, parading the streets of other cities
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and states. But one of his adventures didn’t go so well . . . “Pickles got really, really ill while we were traveling with him in New York City. He had eaten rat poison that he found in our Airbnb. He almost died, and at one point the vet let us know that Pickles only had six hours to live.” “I asked the vet if I somehow was able to find him a pig and get it to him within six hours, if he would be able to do a blood transfusion. He said yes.” Miraculously, Madeleine was able to get help through her network of fellow pig-lovers. She got in touch with a farmer who was willing to let her borrow a pig he had slotted to be butchered for food. They rushed the enormous 600-pound pig to UC Davis just in time to save Pickles. “This pig saved his life and I couldn’t let anything bad happen to her,” explains
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cc | siblings Madeleine. She asked the farmer if he’d be willing to sell her, and then she helped the pig (who she had named Tickles) find her way to a farm sanctuary to live out the rest of her days. After Pickles’ near-death experience, one thing became crystal clear to Madeleine and Stephen— Pickles deserved to have the happiest life ever. They were determined to enrich his life as much as they could. “As soon as he came back from the hospital, we just felt so lucky that he had lived. We decided we were going to do anything in our power to give this little pig the best life possible, and we thought ‘He needs a buddy!’” Pickles had befriended a French Bulldog in the past, and their personalities really complemented one another, so they thought a Frenchie might be a good match for him. “Pickles and the Frenchie [we wanted to bring home] were a similar size, they were both stubborn, and they had a very symbiotic relationship,” Madeleine says, “so we adopted Dill when he was baby and they’ve kind of grown up together.” Before bringing Dill home, Madeleine and Stephen weren’t M-F 7:30-6:00 Sat by appt.
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become best friends as they hoped. “But the very first night that we got Dill, we found both of them snuggling in Pickles’ little bed so we were like ‘Okay! This could work!’ And now they just cuddle all the time,”
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explains Madeleine. “They even take turns being big spoon and little spoon.” Fast-forward a year and now there’s no Dill without Pickles and no Pickles without Dill! “I’ve been asked before if Pickles is more like a dog, or if Dill is more like a pig, and I honestly don’t know!” laughs Madeleine. “Pickles totally has dog-like qualities, and Dill is a total pig a lot of the time.” Dill has never really understood that he’s not a pig, since he’s been with Pickles since he was just a puppy.
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“The most beautiful thing about these two “brothers” is their ability to love one another despite their differences. It doesn't matter that they aren't the same species they are best frineds all the same” “He kind of followed Pickles’ lead . . . Pickles would go out in the yard to graze on grass, and Dill would go with him. Dill would be pretty miserable grazing, but he thought that’s what he was supposed to do,” she laughs again. “He even eats all the vegetables that Pickles eats.” Now this dynamic and adorable duo have a whole list of favorite activities that they do together. From the beach to the agility course to traveling all over the country, they certainly stay busy. “They love going to the beach. I’d say that’s probably their
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happy place. Pickles loves the water, which is weird for a pig. Dill is slowly warming up to water . . . I joke that Pickles is a lot more confident and adventurous than Dill is.” Pickles also enjoys surfing, but that’s an activity Dill would prefer to watch from shore. Madeleine even has both of them doing dog agility. She was at an agility course for another dog’s birthday party when she realized that Pickles might enjoy jumping the jumps and running the tunnels, just like a dog—and she was right! Now you can find Dill and Pickles jumping in sync over little hurdles and cruising the obstacles side by side.
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These busy boys even flew to New York City recently to be on Good Morning America, promoting their book, How Tickles Saved Pickles, the story of Pickles surviving his scary incident with rat poison with the help of his friend Tickles. But their favorite activity of all? Being with their humans. “They just want to be wherever we are. They’re always following us around the house. They’ve gotten so big, but they still try to share my lap,” says Madeleine. You can hear in her voice that she is a proud mama to this odd couple. The most beautiful thing about these two “brothers” is their ability to love one another despite their differences. It doesn’t matter that they aren’t the same species— they are best friends all the same. To continue following the adventures of Dill and Pickles, follow them on Instagram at @ livingwithpickles or on Facebook
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WHY DO DOGS TILT THEIR HEAD? By Cindie Farley So why DO dogs tilt their head? If I had asked my dog Gus that question, he would have immediately tilted his head. He would have heard the way my voice lifted into a question as he tried to understand what I was
Columbia, researched sensory perception for years and came up with an experiment that demonstrates that idea: While looking at someone’s face, hold your fist up to your nose as if it were a muzzle. Chances are you can’t see the person’s mouth— unless you tilt your head to get your muzzle out of the
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delighted at this gesture—one
Taking into account that
that’s a most endearing
dogs have a range of head
aspect of the way dogs communicate with us. There’s much speculation, as well as some scientific study, about
shapes and muzzle sizes, Dr. Coren conducted an internet survey to provide some data for his idea. Although the results showed that dogs with larger muzzles often tilted their heads when being spoken to,
this particular type of canine body language. And the possible reasons for it range from the physiological to the behavioral. One possible explanation is that dogs are trying to see the mouth area as they scan human faces to read our emotions and get information. Dr. Stanley Coren, a professor of psychology at the University of British
dogs with flatter faces such as Pugs also did, although not as frequently. Professor Alexandra Horowitz (author of Inside of a Dog), who runs the Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, thinks dogs may tilt their head to help them determine where
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cc | science sounds are coming from. It seems this may be more
something. You start out with “Do you want to go for a walk?”
pronounced in dogs with floppy ears, who cannot prick
Ears are up, head is tilted—and there may be some jumping
them up entirely.
going on, too! That question you’ve posed to your dog can get
Another possible physiological reason for head tilting comes from dog-behavior consultant Steven R. Lindsay.
shorter and shorter until after awhile the head is tilted after “Do you?”
His theory is that the same region in a dog’s brain that
Then there’s the possibility of a reward. Once your dog
controls head movements also controls inner ear
realizes that head tilting is so adorable that you may give out
muscles that detect slight variations in sound. This
a treat for it, there’s a good chance you might see more of
suggests that tilting may just be inherent to canine
listening. At least in some dogs.
Finally, there’s the quizzical tilt as your dog tries to
There’s also a medical reason for head tilting that’s
understand you—and it may be one way she even shows
important to pay attention to. If your dog starts tilting his
empathy. Qualities we all value and that just seem to come
head more frequently or more extreme than usual, he
naturally to our loyal companions.
may have a vestibular disorder. This is more common in older dogs and can throw them off balance so they tilt their head trying to maintain it. It looks scarier than it is (sometimes mistaken for a stroke), but the symptoms usually subside within a week or two. Behaviorally, dogs may tilt their head when they expect
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