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PACIFIC VETERINARY SPECIALISTS & E MERGENCY SERVICES has moved to 2585 Soquel Drive We are excited to announce the merging of Pacific Veterinary Specialists with the specialty and emergency services of Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital as of February 1st. We will be offering comprehensive specialty and emergency services at the newly renovated hospital at 2585 Soquel Drive to meet all of your pet’s needs.


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hanks for picking up the fall issue of Coastal Canine! We hope everybody had a good summer and that the longer days enabled you to spend more quality time with your pups.

Now that summer is over, the holidays are quickly upon us. For those of you who plan to travel during the holidays, contributor and travel writer Belinda Jones shares with us some great in-home pet care options as well as a way to cut down your on-the-road boarding expenses without losing your creature comforts. In Pacific Grove, we revisit Sonja, an active local woman, who relies on her guide dog for navigating her way around town. She recently lost her precious 10-year-old guide dog, Melanie, and we learn more about her adjustment and continuing story with her new dog named Pine. Dina Eastwood writes about a local nonprofit helping low-income families to cover vet bills for their beloved animals. Also read our Canine History article about a much-loved terrier named Titina and her rise from the streets of Rome to making aviation history as an intrepid explorer. This issue’s featured artist renders dog portraits on a surface that will be with you forever, keeping your dog close to your heart always. Read our interview with tattooist Dave Wah on page 32. Devastating hurricanes are becoming a more regular occurrence. Thankfully there are angels of mercy out there helping people and animals survive. In our For the Dogs section, read about one such angel by the name of Chella Phillips and her devotion to protecting the island dogs of the Bahamas. Lastly, Whitney Wilde writes about dog games and how to give your dogs additional mental stimulation in the comforts of your own home.

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Please direct letters to the editor to: 831-601-4253 Please direct advertising inquiries to: 831-539-4469 Subscriptions are $30 per year within the United States. To subscribe, please send check payable to Coastal Canine, P.O. Box 51846 Pacific Grove, CA 93950 or subscribe online at www. Join our online mailing list at Coastal Canine Issue #44, Fall 2019. Published quarterly (four issues per year). Copyright © 2019 Coastal Canine. All rights reserved. Coastal Canine is dedicated to the memory of Sunshine Broecker. Disclaimer: Coastal Canine is intended for entertainment purposes only. Please seek professional assistance from your veterinarian or qualified dog trainer before implementing any information acquired within these pages. Any resources mentioned are provided as a convenience to our readers, not as an endorsement.

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Rescue Me – Jake He survived the Paradise fire. His family did not. Jake is resilient and found love again and again.


18 Dog of the Day – Pine

Sonja Jackson went through the heartbreaking passing of her beloved guide dog, but carries on with her new guide dog, Pine.

24 Pet Health Advocacy Dina Eastwood writes about a local nonprofit that provides financial assistance for veterinary care when all you have isn’t enough.


32 Tattoo Artist Dave Wah specializes in dog portraits that will become an everlasting memory.

38 Titina: From Street Dog to the Ends of the Earth

Learn how a little 10-pound Terrier made aviation history (twice) and how she helped fellow crew members survive after a devastating crash on the ice.


Home Sweet Pet Sitter Travel writer Belinda Jones tells us how one British-based company is connecting travelers with pet sitters for a win-win situation.


48 Dog Games

Did you know it is just as important to exercise a dog’s brain as it is their body? Learn some indoor games to play with your pup.


For The Dogs Chella Phillips has been rescuing street dogs in the Bahamas for 13 years. Her story went viral when she brought 97 dogs into her home during Hurricane Dorian.


56 Jack, The Airedale

On the Cover: Buddy is a 14-year-old Miniature Pincher mix. When he was four years old his guardian died of lung cancer, and he ended up with Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. He now enjoys daily beach romps with the human and canine members of his pack. He was fostered and adopted by Scott and Carie Broecker. He is an adventurous, joyful senior pup.

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C OA S TA L CA N I N E M AGA Z I N E A D D I R E C T O R Y AGILITY California Canine........................... 49 From the Heart............................... 60 Living With Dogs........................62


Pet Pals............................................ 3

Cypress Inn.................................... 39

The Raw Connection......................... 5

A. Herman, Dog Therapist.............. 27



Animal Cancer Center.................... 31

Carmel Valley Doggy Bed and

California Canine........................... 49

Top Dog of Los Gatos...................47 HEALTH & WELLNESS


Animal Hospital at Mid Valley........ 50

Breakfast................................... 62

Del Monte Kennel Club.................. 61

Sara Allshouse Fine Art................... 55

Animal Hospital of Salinas............. 60

Central Coast Petsitter.................61

Divine K9....................................... 61

Catherine Sullivan Art.................... 23

Animal Hospital of Soquel............. 37

Coastal Pup Pack............................ 41

From The Heart Animal Behavior

Cottage Veterinary Care.................... 4

Dawg Gone It................................. 17

BOOKS Dogs are People Too....................... 42 Legend........................................... 23 My Life as A Dog Mom...................6 DAY CARE Dawg Gone It................................. 17 Klaws, Paws, & Hooves................... 21 Paws at Play................................... 60

Dentistry For Animals..................... 22 Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Clinic.... 28 Natural Veterinary Therapy............. 16 Nichols Veterinary Care.................. 47

Diane Grindol................................ 61 Katy’s Walk, Stay, Play.................... 62 Klaws, Paws, & Hooves................... 21 Redwood Romps............................ 62

Ocean Animal Clinic....................37


Ophthalmology for Animals........... 15

Abalonetti...................................... 60

Pacific & Santa Cruz Veterinary

Trailside Café.................................. 61

Specialists................................... 2


Pet Specialists, Inc.......................... 31


Shampoo Chez............................6

Steinbeck Country

Diggidy Dog................................... 64

Suds ‘N Scissors............................. 30

Small Animal............................. 47

Earthwise Pet................................. 60

Counseling and Training........... 60 K9 Ambassador.............................. 23 Living With Dogs............................ 62 Monterey Bay Dog Training Club.........................62 Pam Jackson.................................. 61


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DENTISTRY FOR ANIMALS Judy Force has loved animals her whole life. She grew up with cats, dogs, and horses. She knew early on that she wanted a career that would include being with animals, so she set her sights on becoming a veterinarian. After graduating with her veterinary degree, she moved to New Zealand where she worked on cats, dogs, sheep, cattle, and deer. When she came back to the United States, she got a job at a small-animal practice and developed an interest in animal dentistry. She began taking weekend seminars to learn more and was mentored by some of the pioneers in the field. She discovered that the more she learned about dentistry, the more she liked it. In 2011 Dr. Force became a Fellow of the

Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. She passed a rigorous examination in 2014 and is now a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. There are only about 130 veterinarians in the dental college worldwide.

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At Dentistry for Animals, Dr. Force’s work runs the gamut from root canals to periodontal surgery to repairing jaw fractures to orthodontics. Some working dogs even get crowns. One of the reasons Dr. Force is passionate about animal dentistry is because of the huge difference it makes for her patients. It is very rewarding to help an animal recover from the chronic pain of dental disease. Most animals are stoic and their guardians don’t know the pain they are in, but after treatment they act years younger with a new lease on life. Dr. Force’s volunteer work has enabled her to perform dentistry on seals, otters, sea lions, tigers, lions, and even an opossum.

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NEXT ISSUE: Photo Contest: Best 1950's themed dog photo wins $100 prize! Photo must be submitted by the person who took the photo. Email photo (at least 800 x 800 pixels) to Submission deadline is January 7, 2020.

Photos from Peace of Mind Dog Rescue's Sixth Annual Strut Your Mutt costume contest at the Haute Enchilada in Moss Landing. The event raised funds for Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, a nonprofit organization based in Pacific Grove. Their mission is to be an advocate for senior dogs and senior people.

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rescue me | jake

Jake’s Retreat from


By Carie Broecker

He was running as fast as he could. The smell of smoke was in the air. He felt heat all around him. His paws were burnt and singed from the hot ground. There were so many unfamiliar sounds and flashing lights. He ran until he was exhausted. A Good Samaritan found him amongst the ruins of the town of Paradise after the deadly Camp Fire, which started November 8, 2018. HIs name is Jake. He is a 95-pound, six-year-old

The shelter staff tended to his burnt paws and

Ridgeback mix with wonderful goofy ears. They

exhaustion. Jake, a gentle giant, charmed the staff

flop every which way. Jake ended up at a shelter in

with his friendly demeanor. Jake stayed at the shelter

Sacramento. The shelter staff tried to reunite him

looking for a new home for several months until,

with his family, but tragically, they had all perished in

finally, John Calabrese saw him at the shelter and

the fire—a husband, a wife, and a daughter.

adopted him.

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Paradise John, a long-time dog lover, was going through a difficult divorce. His ex-wife ended up with their dog, a service dog, and for the first time in his adult life, John found himself dogless. John wasn’t only a dog-lover, he was also a do-gooder in many ways. He volunteered for the Wounded Warrior Project, did Multiple Sclerosis walks in honor of his sisters who were both living with the disease, and sponsored whole classrooms of kids so they could go on field trips. Adopting Jake helped John as much as it helped Jake though. They needed each other. They bonded hard. Jake rarely left John’s side. At 54 years old, John had lost everything due to his divorce. He was living with his 76-year-old mother in an attempt to get back on his feet. Sadly on June 26th, just five months after adopting Jake and promising to give him his forever home, John died of a massive heart attack. His mother called the paramedics and held John in her arms. Sirens blared as fire trucks, ambulance, emergency workers all came. They were in and out of the house and attempted to save John’s life, but he was gone. Right by his side, the whole time, sat Jake. 
The next several weeks were hard. Jake was looking for John. Due to his size and activity level, and the fact that he loved to chase cats, none of John’s family

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Jake’s been though a lot. More than any dog should have to endure, but with the kindness of strangers who became fans, friends, and family, he has not only survived—he’s thrived.

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members could keep him. They all loved him dearly, but no one had the right circumstances to keep him in the family. John’s sister, Julie, found out about Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR), an organization that takes in dogs from people who are ill or have passed away. Jake was admitted to their program and was moved to a foster home.

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A POMDR volunteer, Susan, saw Jake’s photo online. She knew her sister was looking to adopt a Ridgeback type of dog. Jake looked exactly like her sister’s dog, Candy, a 15-year-old blind, arthritic, Pit Bull/Boxer mix. Susan emailed


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Kim made the trip from Southern California to Pacific Grove to meet Jake, and his description lived up to his personality. He is super-friendly, great with other dogs, and good with children. Kim was a little worried that Candy would be jealous or depressed with a new dog in the picture. But in actuality, Jake has given Candy a new lease on life! She is happier going for walks, they patrol the yard together, nuzzle each other’s noses, and sleep butt to butt on a dog bed. Jake loves hiking in the Hollywood Hills and going to a huge local dog park. He is settling in. Home at last. Home again. Jake’s been though a lot. More than any dog should have to endure, but with the kindness of strangers who became fans, friends, and family, he has not only survived—he’s thrived. Go Jake Go! Thank you for teaching us all to roll with the punches!

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dog of the day | pine

By Carie Broecker I wrote about Sonja Jackson and her guide dog, Melanie, seven years ago in our Winter 2012 issue. Sonja has a progressive eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa (RP), which was diagnosed when she was 18 years old. The disease progressed slowly, allowing her to live a relatively normal life. In her early forties, she could no longer read regular print so she started using magnifiers and special software products to continue working. However, as her disease progressed, she retired in 2004 and learned how to live a full life as a visually impaired person with the assistance of the Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc. (BVIC). She learned braille, learned to use a white cane, and eventually got a guide dog, Melanie. Sonja described Melanie, a petite black Lab, as perfection. She had impeccable ladylike manners. She was everything Sonja had wanted in a guide dog. Melanie served Sonja well for nine years. Sonja is an avid walker and typically walks as much as two hours every day. My husband and I happen to live in the same town as Sonja and were used to seeing Sonja and Melanie on their daily walks on a regular basis. Their walk time seemed to coincide with our trips to the beach with our pack of dogs. One day, not too long ago, we saw Sonja walking with a yellow Labrador. Our hearts sunk. Where was Melanie? We reached out to Sonja and learned the sad news that Melanie had passed away from cancer. She was 10 1/2 years old. Melanie had received the cancer diagnosis several months earlier. Sonja retired her and began using her cane again. She noticed that life was very boring without her wonderful Melanie by her side for their daily walks. Using the cane was physically and mentally more challenging. And there was a loneliness to it that she didn’t have when Melanie was with her.

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dog of the day | pine

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Pine has an eagerness about her and a willingness to do what she is asked.

Sonja applied for a new guide dog but knew it

progressed quickly. Melanie passed away just a week

could take months or years before one became

after Pine came to live with them.

available. Then, much to her surprise, she got a call from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Someone had

Despite the grief of losing her beloved companion,

dropped out of an upcoming training session so

the transition from Melanie to Pine has been very

there was a dog available for Sonja. She only had

smooth. Sonja says Pine has an eagerness about

three days’ notice, but she jumped at the chance

her and a willingness to do what she is asked. She is

to get a new guide dog so quickly.

extremely intelligent and has a way of anticipating what is coming next. She is eager to learn new things.

Sonja was paired with a two-year-old yellow Labrador named Pine. Pine was about nine

Melanie liked to stroll. She was steady, but sometimes

pounds heavier than Melanie. She was also

fearful of walking past dogs she didn’t know or like.

more rambunctious than Melanie ever was.

She would take Sonja around the block to avoid

Sonja describes Pine as a tomboy. She is bigger,

something she was wary of. Sonja says Pine seems

stronger, faster, and rowdier than Melanie. But she

to be fearless. Nothing fazes her. She likes to walk so

was also perfect and Sonja fell in love with her, just

fast that she actually trots on their walks, so Sonja is

like she had fallen in love with Melanie all those

getting more exercise than before and at a more brisk

years ago.


Sonja hoped Melanie and Pine would have

It’s never easy saying goodbye to our furry four-

several months together, but Melanie’s disease

legged companions. And I imagine it is particularly

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heart-wrenching when your companion is such an integral part of your life and your independence. Our hearts go out to Sonja for her loss of Melanie. Now we see Sonja and Pine on a regular basis doing their walks around Pacific Grove, and we imagine that Melanie is trotting along with them. No longer afraid of anything, keeping up with Pine and watching over

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Pet Health Advocacy: BirchBark Foundation

By Dina Eastwood

Raja the Chiweenie was in big trouble. The tiny dog was experiencing bladder problems that went from bad to worse. His human, Cherri Bollman, knew it was serious. “I took Raja to the emergency vet immediately. They quickly diagnosed the problem and said that a stone or large crystal was blocking his urine from coming out and that he would die within a couple days if he wasn’t operated on. They came back with the estimate. It was $7,000!” 24 | | Fall 2019

Massive estimates for necessary procedures at the vet’s office are always shocking. This one left Bollman—a mom to two dogs and who’d rescued Raja from a homeless couple—despondent. “All of my credit cards were already maxed out, I had no savings, and was feeling desperate, sad, and hopeless, like I was letting Raja down. It is my job to protect him and keep him safe and healthy. The thought that my best friend may die because I don’t have the money quickly overcame me. The guilt and shame were inescapable.” Bollman’s broken heart—and Raja’s life—were saved by a local nonprofit that is alleviating the financial burden in

veterinary situations: BirchBark Foundation. BirchBark uses a unique model that involves the foundation, pet guardians, and charitable practitioners in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties working together. BirchBark covers half of the vet bill when clients cannot afford to pay and they qualify by meeting fairly simple criteria. BirchBark is an organization born of a tragic situation, but one that ended up bringing out the best from one dedicated veterinarian, dozens of other vets who’ve followed her lead, and hundreds of big-hearted Central Coast residents. Twenty years ago, a homeless man brought his beloved, injured dog to the vet and could not afford the fees. Not even a fraction of them. One of the attending veterinarians, Dr. Merrianne Burtch, asked if she could keep the dog. She repaired his broken body and found him a home. “When I talk about what we did in 1999, the difference we made was so precious, it’s hard for me to not get emotional about it,� Dr. Burtch recalls. The feeling of wanting, of needing, to do something to help folks who could not afford to keep their four-legged family members alive simmered and stewed for years. It took almost fifteen years to bring to fruition, but a mission was launched when one generous client presented Dr. Burtch with a check for $5,000 to get started. BirchBark Foundation was born. Once she had the money, Dr. Burtch did due diligence, making sure she was not duplicating services. She began recruiting vets who shared her mission to help people who’d have to put down their pets when a procedure, surgery, or certain medicationFerrantes could easily save the Room Bay View pet’s life. “I am an internal specialist, so we see emergencies all the time. call or go to website for tickets These emergencies throw a curve ball into the lives of people who’ve planned well all their life,� Dr. Burtch says, knowing how hard it is to pay huge vet bills when it’s already a struggle for many people in this area to pay rent. “We serve the veteran who’s on a monthly income, the senior citizen on social security who can’t afford to help their cat.� The mission of BirchBark is to help pets and their families through medical crises by providing financial support to lowincome families. (In affluent areas such as Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, “low income� throws a wider net than in other parts of the country.) Once a pet’s guardian is in an emergency, they must be able to answer “yes� to five questions regarding financial status and need at a participating BirchBark vets’ office. If they qualify, everyone has to have “skin in the game,� Dr. Burtch says. The bill is divided by three: The client pays 25

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percent, the vet’s office takes 25 percent off their bill, and BirchBark pays the remaining 50 percent. BirchBark also focuses on nonemergency situations. “Educating pet guardians to be advocates for those without a voice is another mission of the organization,” Burtch emphasizes. Burtch recalls many stories that have kept her going when the obligations of presiding over a nonprofit, working full time as a veterinarian, and being the mother of a special-needs child could seem overwhelming. In one case, the children of migrant farm workers were suffering when the parents divorced. A therapist recommended a dog to help the children cope, and it worked. But the dog broke his leg. BirchBark stepped in. Another local family was already spending every dollar on human medical care. “They had a ten-month-old Golden Retriever, an emotional-support dog for the father who was battling cancer. The puppy, Roger, had to have an abscess removed from his lung. It was going

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to cost $8,000 to $10,000. They just couldn’t do it,” Burtch explains, describing another BirchBark success story. “Roger is alive, well, and thriving!” So is Raja, the little Chiweenie who would have certainly died had it not been for BirchBark, and guardian Cherri Bollman is forever grateful. “Raja and I had been through a lot together and his life was just starting. How could I put a dollar sign on my dog’s life? As I was sitting in the emergency vet with all of these thoughts racing through my mind, someone from the front desk informed me about BirchBark. I went from desperate and hopeless to having a light at the end of my tunnel.” BirchBark is kept running by individual donors, businesses, community groups, schools, and nonprofit organizations. Scrolling through donors, you’ll see everyone from (Paul) Newman’s Own Foundation to Leon and Sylvia Panetta. No donation is too small. And no case is too small when it comes to grabbing the heart of BirchBark’s founder, as she recently

Educating pet guardians to be advocates for those without a voice is another mission of the organization,

discovered while hearing a story at their first big fundraising event. “We saved a kitty for a woman whose son has special needs—he has autism and is violent. This kitty, Bubba, is her constant companion and it gives her love and security. I started crying thinking, ‘This organization does amazing work.’ And then it hit me: WOW! It’s the one I started.” To find out more about BirchBark and the work they also do for animal advocacy and education about your pets, go to:

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.

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cc | the final word fixable illness. BirchBark partners with veterinarians on the central coast who discount their fees by 25%. Owners pay 25% and BirchBark pays the remaining 50% of the cost of necessary medical care.

BirchBark Foundation is a central coast non-profit helping pets with critical

medical illnesses whose people do not have the resources to pay for necessary medical care. Founded in 2013 by Dr. Merrianne Burtch the foundation has saved the lives of over 320 central coast pets in the past 6 years. Our goal is to prevent financial restrictions from permitting a pet owner to consider the remaining 4 parts of medical decision making for their pets.

When Dr. Burtch first considered the idea of the foundation it was inspired by a client who asked what happens when people cannot afford to pay for life saving medical care. After much consideration Dr. Burtch came up with a threefold mission for BirchBark Foundation.

2. To provide information and education to pet owners so they can be an advocate for their pets. That means these furry sources of unconditional love have a voice in their care. As pet owners we are responsible for providing food, medical care, exercise, mental stimulation and love. Learning the best way to do that AND having a resource like BirchBark to provide support and options is invaluable. 3. To provide a resource to people who have lost their pets and are experiencing the loss of such unconditional love, dedication and companionship. We have a free monthly grief support group with a licensed therapist in Santa Cruz County and refer to Papillon Center in Monterey County for loss and transition. We understand the sadness and heartbreak of having our

1. To provide financial aid to these pets and their people, when owners cannot fully afford the necessary care to save their pet from a critical, but

beloved pets pass away and our goal is to help people through the grief process and to ultimately regain the joy of the human animal bond.

2019 BirchBark Lecture Series Learn how to be a better advocate for your pet!

Dental Care for Pets - Does My Pet Need to Brush? Danielle Hettler, DVM

Dentistry has long been a critical component in human health and current studies have shown that it is equally important for the longevity and health of our pets.

Sat. November 9th, 2 pm

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Recognizing & Treating Cat & Dog Digestive Problems. Merrianne Burtch, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)

Digestive health isn’t just about a good diet or calories; it’s the cornerstone of your pet’s health and immunity. Learn how to recognize the signs of poor intestinal health in pets.

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Location: Pacific & Santa Cruz Veterinary Specialists, 2585 Soquel Dr., Santa Cruz Each lecture will be about 30 minutes long followed by Q & A. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP at 831.471.7255 or $25 donation to BirchBark Foundation suggested - includes raffle ticket.

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Dog Tattoo Artist


Getting a tattoo is a highly personal decision, adding art to your body that will always be with you. Some of the considerations when choosing your subject matter might be something or somebody that inspires you to be your best, someone who warms your heart every day and lightens your mood, someone who adds a smile to your face. Someone you have maybe lost and want to keep close to you forever.

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If one of your past or current dogs makes your heart swell with pride and good memories, having their beautifully rendered image where you or others can gaze at them and be uplifted may be a good thing.

Baltimore tattoo artist Dave Wah might be just the artist you are looking for— that is if you are willing to wait on his now two-year waiting list. We spoke with Dave recently about his profession and passion for inking dog tattoos:

Your next consideration might be who you can trust to properly draw your dog in colored inks permanently placed on an unconventional canvas that is a part of you. Of course, you would want somebody skilled, experienced, and easy to work with. As well as someone who specializes in this type of art and takes pride in doing so.

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Q How long have you been a tattoo artist and what is your art background? A I’ve been a tattoo artist since 2002; I earned my tattoo apprenticeship in 2001 while attending college for art. I’ve always been obsessed with drawing, constantly filling sketchbooks as a child. I ended up graduating with an art degree in drawing from Salisbury University in Maryland. Q You have a two-year waiting list. How long have you been in such high demand? A I feel very fortunate to have so many people who are willing to let me tattoo them. Things really started to take off about ten years ago once I focused on creating a unique style that I could call my own. I went from being booked a couple weeks to eventually six months. Once I opened up my own shop in Baltimore things seemed to hit a tipping

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point and the tattoo requests came flooding in. It still humbles me that clients are willing to wait so long for a tattoo, and many of them fly in to see me from other states. My clients are very dedicated. Q Are you known mostly for your dog tattoos? A Dog portraits are definitely in high demand, however I do many other things that people seem to resonate with. I have a lot of requests for my bird tattoos and also other animals I do. Q How many dog-related tattoos have you inked? A At this point it is hard to keep track of just how many dog portraits I have done. If I had to guess, I would say maybe a hundred?

Q Do you usually work from a photo? A I always work from a photo, and finding a proper reference picture is one of the most important elements in creating a successful pet portrait. I always tell people, “The better the reference photo, the better the tattoo.” Q Do you ever get to meet your canine subjects? And if so, is that helpful with your final rendition? A On a few occasions I have had the pleasure of meeting the subjects I am doing a portrait of. Although it isn’t essential, the few times I have seen them in person I was able to get a general vibe of the dog’s personality and character.

Q How many colors or shades of color will you go through on an average dog portrait tattoo? And do you have to mix custom colors to get the dogs coat right? A It took many years to figure out the right formula to make the colors in dog portraits come to life. I use a variety of colors and tend to mix them as I go.

Q Do you have your own dogs? And if so, do you plan on getting a tattoo of their image? A Yes! We have three dogs. Two are miniature Dachshunds and one is a Labrador mix. They were our children before we had children, and each of them has given us so many great memories over the years. They are getting older now so they are slowing down a bit, but they still provide us with so much companionship.

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Q Which of your details help to bring your canine portraits to life? A I think the eyes are the most critical aspect of a portrait. That’s where the life is. Q Do you draw up an accurate sample on paper first? And do you use any kind of transfer template to work off of? A I approach the portraits like I do any tattoo I do. I make a line drawing based off of the picture and do a quick shading study to show me where the contrast should be.

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Q What is the average sitting time for a typical arm portrait? And is it better to complete your portrait in a single sitting? A Dog portraits tend to take me three to five hours depending on the size of the portrait and if there are other details added. Sometimes people like to add a frame or flowers to complement the portrait. Almost all the portraits are done in a single sitting. Q Do you have a favorite dog portrait that you have done? A I’m not really sure if I have a favorite dog portrait I’ve done. They all seem to have their own unique value to them.

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Titina was her name and air travel was her fame. In 1925, the little Terrier puppy was found and rescued by Captain Umberto Nobile as she wandered the streets of Rome, hungry and homeless. She would eventually go on to live a life of adventure and become a world-famous canine. According to the Captain, she stood on her hind legs and “with her forepaws beat the air beseechingly” until he patted her head. A young boy was going by whistling “La Titina,” a popular song in the 1920s, and in that moment Titina became the puppy’s name and Captain Nobile became her forever father. And what a dad he was! Little did this small brown and white Terrier know that she would soon join her dad aboard the airship Norge in its attempt to be the first dirigible to fly across the North Pole. Just one of several extremely dangerous trips that the two would embark on together. But that morning she was oblivious of the life ahead of her, when the Captain tucked her under his arm and headed for meetings to discuss his upcoming first-ever transpolar flight. As the airship designer and its chief pilot, Captain Nobile was plenty busy with important tasks to complete before the trip, but still brought Titina with him everywhere.

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But the most remarkable point is the role that Titina played in the survival of the amazing group of men who made it through their ordeal. She became their rescuer symbolizing their tie to the world back home, reminding them of their own pets and families and the reasons they must survive.


The two were bonded at the hip and despite the limited cabin space and the expedition’s 16-man crew, Titina would be included as their mascot. The crew was upset being that it was already ridiculously crowded in the narrowly confined gondola, and it was no place for a dog. Not to mention, they were flying to the coldest place on earth. But what could they do?

THE ITALIA The danger of the Norge's voyage became apparent when Nobile decided to command another Arctic expedition two years later in 1928. In his redesigned airship called the Italia he would make a second flight to the Pole, with Titina again by his side. This time he was equipped to make better scientific observations. The Italia made it to the North Pole, but on the return trip

Quattrini’s words describe it best. He was the journalist who was allowed aboard the “ship.” He eventually (it probably didn’t take very long) fell in love with Titina and described her as “a dog marked by destiny, a dog of the greatest character.” “Over the Pole she wore clothes—a beautiful red woolen jersey hand sewn by nuns from the Santa Cecilia monastery; just a few of her many adoring fans —and during the greatest part of the flight she slept, covered by Colonel Nobile’s sleeping bag ….” The trip was successful and the Norge hovered over the Pole for roughly an hour. When they returned to Italy they had become internationally famous. Nobile was sent on a world tour and, of course, Titina went with him. On the trip they posed with many notable celebrities, including the royal family of Norway, New York Mayor Jimmy Walker, Rudolph Valentino, and even the president of the United States. Nobile so loved the little dog that he refused to be photographed without Titina with him. 40 | | Fall 2019

crashed on the ice during heavy fog and freezing temperatures. Disastrously, seven of the crew where killed in the crash. Nobile, who suffered a broken leg and arm, was also hit in the head during the crash. Thinking that he would not survive he uttered what he thought would be his last words,“Promise me, you won’t eat Titina.” At some point during the night, they heard Titina enter the tent, thankfully unscathed, but frantic in her search for Nobile. After more than a month on the pack ice, the survivors who were kept sane by Nobile's leadership, continued to survive and were rescued. But the most remarkable point is the role that Titina played in the survival of the amazing group of men who made it through their ordeal. She became their rescuer symbolizing their tie to the world back home, reminding them of their own pets and families and the reasons they must survive. She offered emotional support and a warm furry body that wouldn’t give up. Their attention and affection for the little ten-pound terrier gave them the strength they needed to persevere through the cold and hunger and pain.

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By Belinda Jones

Love traveling but worry about leaving your furry friend? Love animals but want to travel more than your budget will allow? A surprisingly economical solution may be at hand!

This is why British-based company TrustedHousesitters™ is proving such a welcome alternative. The simple yet effective concept connects homeowners with pet sitters looking to visit their corner of the world. The sitters care for the home and pets in return for free accommodation—no money changes hands. (Except for the nominal fee to TrustedHousesitters, which is $119 for annual membership.) As the company’s community manager Angela Laws explains, “The connection is one of trust, mutual understanding, and benefit.”

Whether you want to trek Machu Picchu, sip Champagne in Paris, or visit a new grandchild in Philadelphia, one thing no doubt weighs heavy on your heart and mind if you’re a pet owner— leaving behind your beloved pooch.

You begin by placing an ad with pictures of your pet/home, then choose your sitter from a number of applicants who have gone through a verification process, including identity and document checks. You can have phone or Skype chats prior, or even ask to meet in person if your sitter is local. Added reassurance comes in the form of full liability insurance coverage for each sitter at no extra cost to members, as well as a 24-hour Vet Help Line and a fivestar rating on TrustPilot® from over 10,000 reviewers.

For some pups a boarding kennel is not an option, and not everyone has a willing neighbor or family member who can step in. A professional pet sitter seems a good option, but at around $100 a night, a two-week sit can really put quite a dent in the vacation budget.

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It really is a win-win for everyone involved, especially for the pet that gets to stay with all her creature comforts in a familiar place. impressed to learn they have chalked up 95 sits, including an extraordinary adventure in Alaska with three Samoyeds and two cats. Of course, the same principle works in reverse. If you enjoy traveling in an immersive way with a preference for canine or feline company, then you sign up as a sitter. This is how I first experienced TrustedHousesitters, hitting the jackpot with assignment #1: a ball throw from San Diego’s legendary Hotel Del Coronado with the fluffiest, sweetest Mini Aussie, the comfiest bed, and easy-breezy homeowners who are now dear friends! (I just popped by to meet Story’s new puppy brother Castle - see pic!) Poet Adrienne and tech consultant James first heard about the service while chatting to fellow travel lovers on an Air New Zealand flight and have since had guests from Bulgaria and Japan. “You can tell a lot about someone from the message they send when replying to your listing,” Adrienne notes. “We are confident in our own vetting process but we also carefully study the reviews from previous sits!” One French American couple have proved so popular that certain homeowners now book vacations around their availability—up to a year in advance! I chatted with Jeff and Maryse at a TrustedHousesitters meetup in Encinitas and was 44 | | Fall 2019

“It was January so there was only daylight from about 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, and the black ice made for treacherous walking conditions—we had to wear headlights, hold flashlights, and the dogs had lights

cc | travel on their collars. The youngest had a particularly rambunctious personality, rearing up to 6 feet in height!” Maryse marvels. “Oh, and we also experienced a 7.4 earthquake in the middle of one night there!” I was relieved to hear they went on to enjoy the trip of a lifetime to Tasmania—meeting wombats and wallabies, as well as their favorite dog Shadow—and continue to be so game for new sits that they have a spreadsheet to keep track of all their bookings! It really is a win-win for everyone involved, especially for the pet that gets to stay with all her creature comforts in a familiar place. Right now I am typing with one hand and using the other to belly rub a black rescue mix named Nellie. I have only known her a few hours but she seems completely unfazed to find me in her mum’s spot on the sofa—that quick endorsement before executive assistant Lisa flew off to visit family in Connecticut was all she needed.

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Of course some of our furry darlings need a more in-depth debriefing, as Santa Barbara artist Anne and Unitarian minister Ken explain. “Since Bodhi (Bo-dee) was a senior rescue with some feisty behaviors, we were looking for someone who spoke the ‘language’ of rescue dogs and could cope with the possibility of his seizures with calm grace. We also wanted a sitter who would be around most of the day to mirror our retiree lifestyle.” Within 24 hours they had 10 applicants from all around the world. I was lucky enough to be chosen and arrived a day early to have my in-person introduction to Bodhi’s quirks. I particularly enjoyed the growling exchange tradition at mealtime and couldn’t have felt more welcome—Anne even invited me to take her spot at her local book club dinner, which was like a scene from a Nancy Meyers movie! But perhaps the biggest dream come true for me was sitting a pair of fluffy-tailed Great Pyrenees Mountain Dogs in a cozy cabin in Colorado Springs (though it was ultimately Anatolian Shepherd Harlee who stole my heart). That’s the only downside to this—

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having to wave goodbye to your new friends at the end of the sit! If the concept of TrustedHousesitters appeals to you, I recommend starting with Auntie Angela’s welcome video: https://www. Having had the pleasure of meeting Angela at the California meetup, I can vouch for her kindness and wisdom, and with over 200 sits under her stylish belt she can answer every question or concern you may have! Wherever your adventures take you, I wish you happy travels and happy pets! Website: Receive a 20 percent discount with this code: RAF231884 Belinda Jones is a dog-besotted British magazine journalist and bestselling author of eleven romantic comedy novels and a feeelgood road trip memoir titled Bodie on the Road - Travels With My Rescue Pup in the Dogged Pursuit of Happiness (Skyhorse Publishing). Her Instagram handle is @bodieeontheroad


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DOG GAMES By Whitney Wilde

While I leaned on crutches, my high-energy pooch, Ophelia, raced in circles around me. Ophelia was a blur of housebound insane canine . . . until we started playing brain games. Not only did it tire her out, it made her smarter, helped her focus, and made our bond stronger. We learned it is just as important to exercise her brain, as it is to exercise her body. TOP DOG TRAINERS ALL SAY THE SAME THINGS: 1. Use your dog’s natural abilities and turn them into tricks. Does your pup like to paw you? Instead of being an annoying habit that gets dirt on you, it can easily be turned into shake or high five. 2. Find what motivates your dog—food treats, toys, or your approval? 3. Immediately reward your pup. 4. Stay calm, be patient, and don’t get frustrated. All dogs learn at different rates. This is supposed to be FUN for you and your dog.

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FIND IT! There are a lot of scent-based nose-work games that I call “find it!” Here are a few to get your started.

TREASURE HUNT Put your pooch in the other room and hide a couple of treats around the room. Then bring your dog into the room and say find it!. Lead your dog around the room, and as you get closer to the treat, say hot, hotter, then hot! hot! hot! The closer to the treat, the more excited your voice should sound. The first time, you may have to point to where the treat is, but your pup will quickly figure out there’s a treat involved. Be sure to give lots of good dog! This will teach your dog the variations of your voice and create a language between you.

HIDE AND GO SEEK This time, YOU are the treat! It’s a bit harder because your dog needs to have basic obedience to stay. Tell your dog to sit and stay, and then leave the room and hide. Okay is my command to come find me. Make it easy the first time and give lots of love when your dog finds you.

CUPS Using cheap plastic cups on a hard surface (floor or table), hide a treat under one or two of the cups, then move the cups around so it’s harder to tell by sight which cup has a treat. Say find it! Your pooch will have to knock over the cup to get the treat.

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the name. When you play fetch, call the toy by name. After your dog can identify the toy, put it with other toys and say its name: Find squeaky ball! You may have to help at first. When your dog brings the toy back, say drop and show him a treat (be patient if he wants to play keep away). When he drops the toy, give him the treat.

PUT YOUR TOYS AWAY This is an advanced game, so be extra patient. Ophelia’s toys live in a basket on the floor where she is free to take whichever one she wants, but I ended up putting them away. Sit next to your dog’s toy basket, with a couple of the toys on the floor next to you. Touch a toy and say take it. After your dog has picked it up, use a treat to lure her to the basket, and say drop it! Hopefully, she would prefer the treat and drop it in the basket. LOTS of praise for this one!

FOLLOW THE FINGER This is great indoors or out. Your dog follows your finger wherever you point. It teaches/reinforces hand commands, and your dog will pay better attention ALL the time. Point down at your side (hide a treat in hand), then lead the dog around the house next to you. Alternate your speed between slow and fast. Spin in a circle, go between legs, or up on two legs with your dog’s paws on you. Point at a chair and say up! Then say sit and give a treat. After a minute of giving love, say okay to travel again, go up on the bed, couch, or chair, and say sit or lie down. Once you’ve mastered those, try under a chair or table. Point up a flight of stairs so your dog runs up and then say sit. Then okay to return. Use standard hand commands, but honestly, use whatever works best for you and your pooch, just be consistent.

HUGS Oxytocin is the “love hormone” that releases around babies or pets and makes us feel happy. Ophelia gives me a hug or snuggle on the command oxytocin. It’s a special time between us. You can come up with your own cuddle command. In winter, during days I’d rather not go outside, we play indoors. While the two of you learn games, stay calm, positive, patient, overdo the praise, and have FUN!

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97 dogs are inside my house and 79 of them are in my master bedroom.� Those are the words that went viral during Hurricane Dorian when a lone dog rescuer in the Bahamas, Chella Phillips, posted a photo of her house, full of dogs. Chella frantically picked up as many street dogs as she could and brought them home to save them from the ravages of the approaching hurricane. Fall 2019 | | 51

Chella has been rescuing animals her whole life, and she has been rescuing the street dogs of Nassau for the last 11 years through her organization, Voiceless Dogs of the Bahamas.

in every country she has lived in. Fifteen years ago she married a man from the Bahamas and moved to Nassau. She was immediately overwhelmed by the number of neglected and

Chella grew up in Peru with four siblings. Every-

abused dogs in the Bahamas. It is estimated that

one in her family loves animals. They raised any or-

there are 55,000 homeless dogs in the Bahamas.

phaned jungle creature that they found. She helped care for and raise tigers, monkeys, snakes, and alligators to name a few. When she was sixteen years old, she left Peru. She

As soon as Chella arrived in Nassau, she began feeding the street dogs and taking in the dogs who needed medical care. She finds homes for them through rescue groups in the United States, and she

spent time living in Belgium, Switzerland, France,

personally escorts them on the flight to their forever

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Chella had three pumps running all night to get the water out of the house, but then the motors all burned out. The water kept rising, but finally the storm passed

Chella has turned her rented home into a refuge for dogs. She calls the refuge the Pawtcake Refuge. She and her brother, who moved to the island to help rescue dogs with her, care for as many as 300 dogs at a time. The dogs have free run of her property. There are no cages. The doors to her home are open for the dogs to come in and out as they please. There is air conditioning inside and music that calms the dogs.

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She sets up play pens for young puppies and moms

back to her refuge. By nightfall there were 97 dogs in-

with puppies.

side her house. In her master bedroom, under the bed,

Ninety percent of the dogs she rescues test positive for heartworm, Erhlichia, or tick fever, or have some—

in the living room. The power went out. The wind howled at 185 miles

or many—other ailments. The dogs are treated and

per hour. The dogs were quiet. Everyone hunkered

altered and once they are recovered they are re-homed.

down for the night. Water started filling the house. Chella had three pumps running all night to get the

The day before Hurricane Dorian hit, Chella was oblivious to the severity of the storm headed her way. It

water out of the house, but then the motors all burned out. The water kept rising, but finally the storm passed.

wasn’t until she saw her neighbor putting up hurricane shutters that it occurred to her that this was no mere tropical storm. This was a Category 5 hurricane headed her way. Locals were putting up their storm shutters, but leav-

Fortunately, the damage to Chella’s home and her neighborhood was minimal. Lots of flooding and anything left outside had blown away, but she and the dogs in her care were safe. After the hurricane, she had no electricity or internet for days. She searched for a place

ing their dogs outside. Many of them were chained up.

with WiFi and electricity to post her photos. That’s

Chella feared for their safety and began picking up as

when her story went viral. People liked and shared

many dogs off the streets as she could and taking them

her story of all the dogs she rescued from the storm.

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Even Ellen DeGeneres shared her story along with multiple other news outlets. The likes on Chella’s Facebook page skyrocketed, and donations began to pour in. Over $100,000 was donated to Chella to help her rescue dogs. I spoke with Chella in October, less than two months after the storm. She was looking for property to purchase, so she didn’t have to pay rent and could lay down roots for her refuge. A silver lining from the hurricane is that it brought awareness to Chella’s selfless, lifesaving work and to the plight of the dogs in the Bahamas. Chella, you are one of my heroes! Follow Chella’s heroics on Facebook. She is still in need of donations to fund her work.


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Jack, the Airedale, A Noble Furry Person By Dr. Richard Bend, DC I am a lifelong Airedale ‘dad’. I refuse to say master or owner. My dad’s Airedales protected the family and on one occasion ‘escorted’ a burglar from the premises by politely latching on to his buttocks and making sure he found the door. He never came back for some reason. My Kimmy, also an Airedale, astounded me when on a hot July day made her daily patrol around the house and disappeared behind a Juniper. She did not come back out so I went to investigate. My dog had chewed open the bush. Laid the boughs on the ground and side a hole she had dug to lay in. Not only this but she had also chewed a hole in the bush so she could sit in her shady spot and still watch the front yard. My dog had engineered her own watch station and made it comfortable. I told dad about it, and he was not surprised because his Kim and Jocko had often astounded him until he just got used to the fact that they were just smart dogs. My grandfather also had Airedales. When he was blinded his dog would take him by the hand and lead him around without any training. I have become used to the idea that an Airedale is just a hairy noble person. Dogs were used in World War I as couriers to relay messages between command posts to outlying outposts especially when the wireless was either knocked out or not working. They were trained to cross no mans land and deliver these messages during the most brutal fighting. ‘Jack’ was an Airedale Terrier adopted by the British Army from the Dogs Home Battersea, which began in 1860, as the Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs in North London. He was trained as a courier and guard dog. During a battle, a battalion of soldiers were about to be cut off four miles behind enemy lines and massacred by the Germans. The wireless had been hit. All communications were down. No man could make his way through the onslaught that surrounded them. The only slim chance the men had for survival was for Jack to relay a message to their command post and have reinforcements sent in to push back the Germans. The story has been told and retold countless times. The story goes—“A message was slipped into a leather pouch on Jack’s collar. Then with a pat on his head, he was

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told simply, “Goodbye Jack. Go back, boy.” As the battalion watched, Jack slipped quietly away, keeping close to the ground and taking advantage of whatever cover there was, as he had been trained to do. The bombardment continued, and a piece of shrapnel smashed the dogs lower jaw, but he carried on. Another missile tore open his tough black and tan coat from shoulder to haunch, but he persevered, slipping from shell crater to trench. With his forepaw shattered, Jack had to drag his wounded body along the ground for the last three kilometers, but he delivered his message. Assured that he had done his duty, he died at the recipient’s feet.” Jack is credited with saving an entire platoon from destruction. Jack was awarded the Victoria Cross for Heroism, Great Britain’s highest honor for bravery on the field of battle and is memorialized in the British War Museum.

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Check our website for more information or Call 783-0818

Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf Casual Dining Fabulous Oceanfront Views Spacious Pet-friendly Patio Scrumptious Doggie Menu A service of From the Heart Dog Training

Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner 11:30 am to 9pm (831) 373-1851

• Indoor facility • Fully supervised play times • Matted flooring • Pet first aid trained staff • Weekly rates • Multiple day rates When you can’t care for your friend during the day, let us. Visit or call 783-0818

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Monday–Friday 8:00am–5:30pm Saturday 8:30am–1pm

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3 Del Fino Place, Carmel Valley, CA 93924 ph: (831) 298-7453

Pam Jackson Dog Training 30+ years Experience Training over 9,000 Dogs Loving and respectful training WITHOUT treats. Guaranteed Results


Serving Espresso, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and lots of Beer (we have wine too!)

DMKC Dog Training Puppy Classes | Obedience | Conformation

Homecooked meals await you at our new location in Carmel Valley Village. SUNNY PATIO COZY INDOOR DINING BEERGARDEN PRIVATE DINING ROOM sporting events in the bar on our 3 HDTV's. movies in the Beergarden (call for dates and times)

PET FRIENDLY OUTDOOR DINING. Find us on Facebook and twitter for News and Discounts

All-Breed Conformation Shows with Obedience & Rally Trials (831) 272-2847

Pumik, Ramses & Astrid

GOT MANNERS? A positive, holistic approach to your dog’s training and well being.

• Private in-home sessions • Puppy and good manners classes at the Raw Connection* • Small classes for more individual attention



Andee Burleigh, CPDT 626-1774

*26549 Carmel Rancho Blvd • Carmel

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Positive Training Fetches Positive Results! Dog Training Classes: Puppy, Family Dog, Reactive Rover Dog Sports: Agility, Nose Work, Treibball, Lure Coursing • 831-601-2458


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Year Round Classes in Capitola and Watsonville $100 Per Eight Week Session

Demonstrating Responsible Dog Ownership since 1966 Email us at:

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Dog LOVERS! • Competitive Rates • Monthly payment plan • A plan for businesses of all sizes

According to our many happy advertisers, You will get a great return on your investment.

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For More information, contact Michelle Hayes 831-539-4469 or

Please visit our new location on Mission St. across from Katy's Place

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