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ost of us have traveled with our dogs to some extent. In this issue, we meet up with two human/canine teams who have gone far beyond the normal boundaries on epic trips together. Read about Ben, Leah, and their rescue dog, Alaska, who have traveled the length of both North and South America and onward on a continuous adventure. Also read about how one woman figured out a way to tour Europe with her best four-legged friend, Odie, and create a dream life on the road. When it comes to yoga, almost all routines include the downwardfacing dog pose. This is a long stretch done routinely by our fourlegged friends. Yoga has now come full circle with a practice referred to as “Doga” that includes your dog. Read Dina Eastwood’s take on this co-beneficial activity. Aside from doing yoga, dogs have many human traits. Canine cartoonist Dave Coverly cleverly translates these traits into very funny single-frame cartoons. Learn more about this nationally acclaimed artist on page 28. Spring is often known as kitten season, but it is also a time for puppies. Three newborn puppies, found locally, had been separated from their mother for close to a week. Learn about their reunion with mom and about the caring individuals and organization who rescued them. Service dogs give back a normal life to the individuals they are partnered with. Learn more about a dog named Duncan, who has gone above and beyond his training.

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9 Business Spotlight – Klaws, Paws, and Hooves 12 Rescue Me – Puppies Who Weathered the Storm

Three tiny puppies - Mary Ann, Skipper, and Gilligan became separated from their mom for close to a week while weathering one of the year’s biggest storms. Read more about their rescue and eventual reunion.

16 Doga: Calming Canines and Their Humans from Coast to Coast Dina Eastwood writes about the beneficial effects of the yoga portmanteau known as Doga.



20 Dog of the Day - Duncan: Serving with Love

Mariah Ciani’s service dog, Duncan, is loyal and intelligent. He serves Mariah in ways he was never trained for.

28 Canine Cartoonist – Dave Coverly

Dave Coverly, creator of the syndicated cartoon, Speed Bump, teaches us through humor, that dogs are people too.


32 Viva Alaska

From Lima to Alaska, and from puppy to adulthood a rescued spaniel has become one of the worlds most well-traveled dogs.

40 Marina and Odie – Home on the Road

Marina and Odie left behind the 9 to 5 grind and are now travelling around Europe in their DIY customized van while having the time of their lives.


48 Introducing California Canine On the Cover: Odie gazes up at Mont Blanc Peak from along the Col Ferret mountain footpath on the the Swiss Italian border. Cover photo courtesy of Read about Marina and Odie's travels on page 40.

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Puppies Who Weathered the Storm By Carie Broecker

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful miracle rescue. This is the tale of Ginger, Skipper, Gilligan, and Mary Ann. On Wednesday, February 22, after a major storm hit Central California, a litter of two-weekold puppies were in distress under a portable classroom at Gavilan View Middle School in Salinas. A schoolteacher, Julie Johnson, had been hearing animal cries for two days. Others had heard it too, but no one could figure out where the cries were coming from. Finally, the school custodian, Dom, tracked the cries for help to a vent under the portable classroom. He could see a tiny puppy pressed up against a vent. He removed the vent and pulled the puppy out. The pup was freezing. Dom handed the listless pup to Julie, who immediately put him under her jacket to warm him. Then they heard more cries. Dom looked way back into the vent and saw another puppy, but he couldn’t reach her. Julie handed the first puppy over to Angie, the school secretary, who continued to keep him warm. Dom got a small rake and a broom. He taped the rake to the broom, and with Julie guiding him (he couldn’t maneuver the broom and see into the vent at the same time), he was able to nudge the puppy closer to the opening of the vent. The second puppy was rescued. Then more cries. They searched and searched for a way to get to the third puppy, whom they could hear but not see. The only way they could get to that last puppy was to dig under the classroom. With their bare hands, Dom and Julie dug and dug until Julie could squeeze under the building on her belly and get to the third puppy. She said it was freezing under the building, but she got the puppy out. Another day—maybe even only a few more hours—and the puppies would not have survived. 12 | | Spring 2017




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The SPCA for Monterey County arrived on the

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they were cared for that night. Julie told Cindy

to imagine how puppies as young as these had

Tobin, the SPCA community service officer on

survived on their own for five days with no food or

the scene, that a lactating mother dog had been


trapped and taken to Monterey County Animal Services the previous Friday. She had been running around the school and in the street, and Julie had been worried she’d be hit by a car. After trapping her, they noticed she had recently had puppies, so spent hours looking for the puppies but could not find any. That was a full five days before the puppies were found. It was a long shot, but Julie wondered if the 14 | | Spring 2017

The next day, the SPCA picked up the mama dog from the county animal shelter and introduced her to the puppies. She went to them immediately and began licking them and they began nursing. She was either a wonderful surrogate, or this was a family reunion. Later that day, the mom and pups were placed in an SPCA foster home. Daniela Colbasso had

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Mama Ginger is a good mom. She was attentive, loving, and protective, but she wasn’t producing enough milk for her babies. Daniela, her adult son, and his friend all took turns bottle-feeding the puppies to supplement their nutrition. The feeding schedule was every two to three hours for a few weeks. It was grueling but rewarding work. Watching the puppies grow from teeny tiny fragile beings in the palm of a hand to happy playful pups was remarkable and gratifying. Mama Ginger was terrified the first five days in

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DOGA: Calming Canines and Their Humans from Coast to Coast By Dina Eastwood

Downward-facing dog is being brought from the figurative to the literal in Aimee Hyatt’s Doga classes. Doga—or dog yoga—is a class where dogs of all shapes and sizes join their people on the mat. “I find it brings immediate calmness to the dogs and to the humans. The classes are loving and bonding. Everyone kisses everyone else’s dog at the end. It’s amazing,” Hyatt says. Hyatt is a well-known Hollywood producer and a certified yoga teacher. She lost one of her beloved dogs in a tragic accident, which emotionally derailed her for a while. When she felt better and decided to begin teaching, she wanted to establish something new and different that would combine many of her passions in one place. “It means so much to me to bring these modalities together: massage, acupressure, yoga. It’s truly magical. The dogs have an overwhelming response to the energy of their people.” The “doyenne of Doga" started spreading the love two years ago in locations around Los Angeles. Classes were, and have continued to be, packed. In fact, the only complication she has encountered is when a human became frustrated over not

feeling like she had enough space. When Hyatt’s Doga class was featured on Good Morning America, even a skeptical reporter was an immediate convert. That’s because Hyatt’s classes are structured and accessible. “It’s not a romper room. We start with essential oils in what I call ‘heart to hound.’ We do some floor stretches, then some massage on the dogs, then some acupressure. By then the dogs are so calm that


they become props or weights, depending on the size of dog.” Tiffany Omodara Hewlin attended a Doga class with her dog, Leilani, in New York City at the D Pet Hotel. “It actually turned out to be an emotionally moving experience. I admit

I teared up at one point!” Hewlin says Leilani was profoundly effected by the calming techniques learned in class. “The class involved gentle stretches for the humans, and we were taught to tenderly stretch our pups’

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legs and shoulders to promote health and prevent arthritis for them. We also did breathing exercises and meditations focused on being present with our dogs. For me, it was a great gift to just pause and be with her. The class was a reminder that the bodies of our beloved canines only exist in the present, and by staying in the present moment is how we can best love them and receive their love.” Hewlin says when Leilani hears her use some of the breathing techniques learned in class, the dog becomes calmer on walks, and takes less time for her potty breaks.

The dogs are calmed at the beginning of class; then, for example, when the humans go into a downwarddog position, the crown of their head touches their pooch’s body. Hyatt says one of the more energetic dogs in class is the star of a position called Viparita Karani, or “legs-up-the-wall” pose. “One student, a German Shepherd, just wants to play. Sometimes in class we have him put on a shorter leash. But, when we get to Viparita Karani with legs up wall, the dog’s owner uses him as the wall. He loves it.” If you don’t have access to Doga, you may want to

“It is fantastic and unexpectedly quite emotional. It was such a gift to practice different methods of touch and connection with my puppy, and more importantly to be physically and spiritually present to the joy she creates in my life.” Hyatt witnesses these profound connections in every class she instructs on the West Coast. The classes are centered on bonding, not bending. Instead of more traditional routines involving yoga “flow,” the dogs are integrated more as props. “I don’t manipulate the dogs to do anything. This is about energy. If we’re anxious, they’re anxious.”

experiment at home with sitting quietly and stroking your dog, then working into some gentle stretches. Getting your pup onto the yoga mat isn’t hard. You may notice that the minute you roll it out, the pups converge. It’s as if mats come out of the factory with treats embedded in the foam and seem to quickly become covered in paws and fur. So, next time, instead of shooing them off or grabbing a great photo, try to integrate your fur-baby into the practice. Both of you will surely benefit. To see more of how it’s done, check out Aimee Hyatt’s brand new website:

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Mariah and Duncan have been volunteering at the aquarium for three years. Duncan has his own name badge and gets his own award for hours served.

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By Carie Broecker

Duncan was trained to be a service dog, but he is so much more. And his service goes far beyond his training. He has an intelligence, understanding, love, and compassion that rivals any human caretaker. Duncan is Mariah Ciani’s service dog. When Mariah was 19 years old, she became very ill. It started with a general feeling of not being well, but she couldn’t shake it. Then it developed into serious stomach issues and eventually more alarming symptoms relating to her kidneys. After many doctor visits, tests, and more doctor visits, she was referred to a neuropharmacologist. He determined that she had a rare chemical imbalance that was so severe it affected the functioning of her internal organs. She was put on medication that made a difference in her health, but something—or better yet, someone—has made even more of a difference. That someone is her service dog, Duncan. Mariah’s family, friends, and health care providers all urged her to get a service dog to help her with daily life. She had never had a dog before but was open to the idea, excited about the ability to have a more independent life. She applied for a dog from Doggie Do Good in Arroyo Grande. The organization trains service dogs and makes a point of matching the dog that is the best fit for

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the person, taking into account where they live, their activity level, and their lifestyle. In March 2012, Mariah was matched with Duncan, a happy-go-lucky Golden Retriever. Mariah had met Duncan the previous December when he was still in training, and she fell in love with him immediately. Duncan created a 180-degree change in Mariah’s life. Mariah had been sick and homebound for a couple of years. She relied on the kindness of her roommates and friends for everything. Her caring roommates made sure she was never alone. With Duncan at her side, she could have her independence back. She could be home alone, and she could attend the classes, functions, and meetings she had been missing. In took over a year after getting Duncan for Mariah to get the medications to really control her health issues. Duncan was on watch 24/7, working very hard to help monitor her brain chemistry and alert her when an episode was coming on. Duncan also does something very basic for Mariah. He gets her up, out of bed, and out of the house in the morning. He does this by jumping on the bed and standing over her, or he will stand next to her bed and shake, jingling his collar and tags until she wakes up. Next, they go for a nice walk without his service-dog vest. He eats his breakfast and just gets to be a dog. When it’s time to leave the house, Duncan gets very excited to have his service-dog vest on. He has two service-dog vests. One is plain black, to distinguish him as a working dog without bringing attention to him. This is the vest he wears when they do their volunteer shift as guides at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Mariah and Duncan have been volunteering at the aquarium for three years. Duncan has his own name badge and gets his own award for hours served. Besides all the questions they get about the aquarium, Mariah gets a lot of questions asked about Duncan. “Can I pet him?” The answer is yes. Typically with service dogs, we learn not to disturb a working dog, which is why Duncan wears the understated black service vest at the aquarium. It is an educational environment, and Mariah enjoys taking this

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opportunity to teach people, especially children, about the role of service dogs. The next question is usually, “What does he do?” “He is my medical alert dog,” Mariah says. “I have a serious neurological disorder, and Duncan assists me with living the most normal life possible.” Besides their volunteer work, Mariah and Duncan also work at California Canine (formerly known as Zoom Room). Mariah is the manager and Duncan is the greeter and product tester and is used as the neutral dog during Canine Good Citizen® testing. When at work, Duncan wears his more serious service vest. That is the red vest with the words “Service Dog, Do Not Pet.” When Mariah and Duncan are working, it is not appropriate to be answering everyone’s questions. Which brings us back to what else Duncan does for Mariah. The very important responsibility he has is to alert and protect her when she has a neurological episode. He has been trained to remind her to take her medications, and he will force her, gently, to sit down or lay down. He does

this by jumping on her and grabbing her with a big hug. When her brain chemistry becomes imbalanced, Duncan can detect misfiring in the brain before Mariah even realizes it is happening. Duncan also positions himself between Mariah and other people when an episode is happening. He protects her and makes space for her until she recovers. One time Mariah was having a particularly serious episode. Duncan did everything he usually does, but then he did something very unusual. He left her. He never leaves her. He ran to a nearby coffee shop that they frequented together and got the attention of employees who recognized him. They knew immediately that something was not right since he was not with Mariah. Duncan led them to Mariah, and they were able to get her the help she needed. Duncan wasn’t trained to do that. In fact, he was trained to do the exact opposite—to never leave her side. And now you know why I say he has an intelligence, understanding, love, and compassion that rivals any human caretaker.

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Dave Coverly’s popular book of cartoons and musings is called Dogs Are People, Too. His cartoons show dogs doing things like searching the internet, reading dog blogs, talking to each other about work and retirement, and refusing to shake while asking for a contract to be signed instead. They are still dogs, but with an added human perspective.

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I have read Dave’s book several times and keep it handy to open up to any page when I need a chuckle. It works every time! Dave is a down-to-earth guy who loves cartoons and loves dogs. He has a popular comic strip called Speed Bump, which is syndicated in over 400 papers. Since dogs are one of his favorite subjects, they come up a lot in his cartoons. Dave fell in love with his first dog when he was a young child visiting his grandparents. They had a Collie named Teddy who was always overjoyed to see Dave and made a lasting impression on him. Dave and his sister begged their parents for a dog year after year. Finally, when he was in third grade and the family had just moved into a new home in Michigan, Dave’s grandfather came through. He had found a stray dog in Detroit and brought him to the Coverly family. And there he stayed. They named him Shag.

Dave still speaks about him with affection all these years later. “He was a total street dog. He was wild and crazy, but super sweet and had a ton of personality.”

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He also loves drawing and loves cartoons. Dave says there usually comes a time when kids start getting frustrated with drawing because their artwork isn’t realistic. That is when many kids give up. It’s an awkward phase and it takes encouragement to get through it. For Dave, that encouragement came from a high school teacher who told him he was good and should keep drawing. That teacher also brought him a copy of The New Yorker Magazine, which has the one-panel style of cartoons. The whole joke is encapsulated in a single panel. Dave liked that. That’s Dave’s style. Dave needs to produce one new Speed Bump cartoon daily, seven days a week—and he’s been doing that for 23 years. That sounds like a lot of pressure. Dave said that for him, in the beginning, there was some pressure, but he doesn’t feel pressure anymore. Or at least just enough pressure to meet his deadlines. Occasionally, he will have a creative block and think, “I’ll never come up with another cartoon again.” But he is mostly past that kind of thinking now. I asked Dave how the cartoons come to him. “Is it in a flash of inspiration?” “That would be nice,” said Dave, “but it rarely happens that way.” Dave explained that it has taken a lot of study and dissecting cartoons and breaking them down to their elements. He has spent hours and hours figuring out what makes a cartoon funny and what makes it work. There is no school for being a cartoonist. It’s safe to say all cartoonists are self-taught.

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As a single-panel cartoonist, Dave has to be able to get the whole joke and the context of what is going on into a single panel in a coherent way—and make sure it is funny! Dave is an observer and a daydreamer. These days, he is getting his inspiration from his

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Back to Macy. She was one of four puppies born to a pregnant stray. Dave and his family adopted her from Homeward Bound in Canton, Michigan. They thought they knew which puppy they were going to adopt, but when they arrived, little Macy curled up in his older daughter’s lap and fell asleep. When she woke up, she wandered over to the younger daughter and fell asleep again. She had chosen her family and that was that. She went home with the Coverlys. I asked Dave if Macy’s likeness has appeared in any of this cartoons. “No,” he said, “she is too tough to draw!” Even if we don’t see a Macy-like dog in his cartoons, he assures me she is providing plenty of inspiration for his dog cartoons just by being a dog who is also a people. Visit Dave’s website to order your copy of Dogs Are People, Too at

10-year-old dog named Macy. She is a mutt. Oh yeah, that is the other thing Dave loves—mutts! You’ll notice in his cartoons that almost all the dogs are mutts. And there are no recurring characters in Dave’s cartoons. Every cartoon has a whole new set of characters.

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If “traveling is the university of life,� Alaska could impart some wisdom to all of us. Canine sidekick to two nomadic travel vloggers (blog + video = vlog), Alaska has spent almost every day of her life on the road. From tricky border crossings to mountaintop vistas and sunsets on the beach from the comfort of her own bed (which happens to be in a Volkswagen bus), this Peruvian explorer has seen it all.

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Alaska’s travel guide, Ben, originally left his IT career in the UK behind in 2008, after realizing that he valued the genuine experiences and friendships he gained through travel over material possessions or his net worth. “We live our lives driven by our passions with the belief that life is too grand of a journey to be lived in one place!� Ben says on his blog (www.kombilife. com). He purchased and renovated a Volkswagen bus in Chile, set his sights northward, and started down the bumpy road of adventure. A puppy was an unexpected addition to their vagabond lifestyle, but after 34 | | Spring 2017

months on the road picking up and befriending countless hitchhiking travelers, they were certain that they had room for one more. They could give the tiny Cocker Spaniel mix all the love and happiness she needed. Alaska, named after Ben’s destination, was born in Lima, Peru, but little did she know as a pup, the universe had much more colorful plans in store for her. She has now traveled north for over a thousand days, visiting countless countries and honing what Ben says is her best skill—making friends. “She’s definitely more social than any humans I’ve traveled with,” Ben said in an interview with Coastal Canine Magazine. “She has a really good nose for finding us new friends. She usually finds her way into groups of people and picks out the friendliest ones in there. It’s opened up all kinds of doors and . . . we’ve met lots of really cool people directly through Alaska.” Endless footage of Alaska blissfully gallivanting through life can be found on Ben and Leah’s video blog on Spring 2017 | | 35

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YouTube, where their memorable and meaningful experiences are posted for those of us at home. Alaska’s life is nothing short of extraordinary. “I might have to sweat it up on a few long drives now and again, but truth be told, it isn’t all that bad. I’ve hiked the Andes, been nipple deep in mud on an Amazonian hunting trail, danced with a snake in Belize, been kidnapped in Guatemala, volcano boarded in Nicaragua, been chased out of the ocean by biting fish bigger than me in Honduras, survived a remote indigenous

community where dogs were banned in Panama—imagine that, a whole island where dogs are banned?!” says Alaska in her bio on the Kombi Life blog. There’s no doubt this is one loved dog. One of the most common questions Ben receives about traveling with a dog is regarding the difficulty of border crossings, and while he said most have been straightforward, one in particular took extraordinary measures to ensure Alaska stayed with her traveling family. As their VW bus was shipped over the Darian Gap in Panama, the rest of the Kombi crew proceeded sans van and quickly realized that dogs were not allowed on any public transportation. Pet travel was forbidden. They were told it was time to leave Alaska behind.

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The Pan-American Highway is the world's longest motorable road, covering 19,000 miles. The road is continous except for a 60 mile stretch of forest and swamp land called the Darien Gap. “I did what we would all do. I had a high [visibility] jacket tailored, painted a broomstick white, and pretended to be blind [in order] to get her into the Darian Gap. It’s not [something] that we’ll soon

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forget, and it’s not something we’re proud of, but I had to be there for her when she needed me.” You can hear the affection in Ben’s voice when he talks about Alaska—she has solidified a permanent spot in the VW bus and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “[Traveling with a dog] has changed our experience quite significantly. There are some places you can’t go, but that has just made us

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search out more unique and off-thebeaten-path adventures,” says Ben. He has a positive, roll-with-the-punches demeanor, common to those who embrace full-time travel. Countless miles, endless stories, and several years later, Alaska, Ben, Leah and the ever-changing members of the Kombi crew finally arrived at their northern destination of Alaska. Alaska the canine is likely one of the most well-traveled dogs in history—and her journey has only begun! If Alaska can teach any of us a thing or two about life, it seems to be this: Live life to the fullest, embrace the unknown of adventure, play in the mud when you get a chance, and make new friends whenever possible. Life is short, especially as a dog, and there’s no better time to live it than now.

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Did you ever want to go somewhere, but you found out, "No Dogs Allowed"? Have you always wanted to travel and see the world, but not alone? Did you ever wish you could spend more time with your dog, but you had to work? If your answer was yes to one of those questions, you're not alone. If your answer was yes to all of those questions, you're not only not alone, but you have a mentor who would love to share her solutions to making all three of those issues vanish.

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Her name is Marina, and she is from the north of Italy. About a year ago she decided to quit her job and travel the world. Sounds uncomplicated, right? Well, the thing was— she also wanted to spend more time with her dog. She didn't want to leave Odie, her beautiful yellow Lab mix, behind. She knew it would be too expensive—and in some cases impossible—for him to fly. Plus, she wanted to see the world, meet the people, explore the fields and valleys and mountains and streams. And Odie wanted to scent the world, sniff the dirt, check out other dogs—smell the flowers, so to speak. Can't do that very well in airports and cities.

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Does that sound like fun or what? I asked how Odie was liking the trip. "He loves it! He used to spend a lot of time alone at home when I was working back in England. Now he is with me 24/7 and gets to sniff new smells every day. What's not to like?" I asked about his favorite times. "He most definitely enjoys exploring the wilderness and getting to play with other dogs. He is not a big fan of cities or busy places, neither am I, so that's fine! He also loves to be

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Happy travels. And keep in touch, Marina. May the wind be at your back and may you fulfill your dream to see the world together with your BFF. As you rely on donations to make this trip possible, I urge our readers to send a biscuit or two: And tell Odie to enjoy the taste of those German sausages and the scents of the French poodles. So much better than being home alone.

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ARC specializes in working with geriatric patients to increase longevity and quality of life. They also work with obese patients to get them back to ideal healthy weight and provide post-surgical care to help with a speedy and full recovery.

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By Carie Broecker

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation is a brand new nonprofit organization, founded to reduce euthanasia and the surrendering and suffering of severely ill pets. The nonprofit does this by subsidizing costs of life-saving medical care for cats and dogs in Monterey County. The idea for Max’s Helping Paws came out of the experience of cofounder and executive director, Dyana Klein. Dyana and her husband, veterinarian Jonathan Fradkin, had a beloved Miniature Pinscher named Maximillian, or “Max.” Dyana got him when he was just five weeks old, and her maternal instincts kicked in. Dyana describes Max as a wonderful, fun character. She said she was never bored when she was with Max. He kept her entertained, and as long as she had Max, she never felt alone.

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