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~ Richard Dean Anderson appy Spring! We hope that you and your four leggers are getting to enjoy this fabulous time of year. Here are some of the stories we will explore in this issue of Coastal Canine.
Rescued from the misery of a puppy mill, two little Cinderella siblings are now enjoying their happy ever after with a new life in fairytale Carmel-by-the-Sea.
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With wagging tails and a bit of tender nuzzling, local therapy dogs are helping to put smiles back on the faces of the patients they visit. Learn more about the dedicated volunteer therapy-dog teams who make regular rounds at CHOMP (Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula).
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Has your dog had a recent birthday? Did you celebrate? Learn more about putting on a dog party for both your four-legged and human friends.
British magazine journalist, Belinda Jones, writes about her life-changing journey with her precious rescue dog, Bodie. Together they embark on a 2,000-mile road trip and quest for happiness along the west coast of the U.S. "exploring all things dog.” Read about their visit to our Central Coast on page 39. The full story of their adventures can be learned from Belinda’s soon-to-be-released book, Bodie on the Road. What makes you different makes you special. A dog born with a rare spinal condition was abandoned with her littermates. After being rescued and nurtured by her loving human, Pig the dog is living the loving life she deserves. Get to know this unique canine from Alabama. Enjoy the photos sent in by our readers of their dogs and kitty pals on page 10. And on page 44 find out how a kitty named Rosie got to be an honorary member of her family’s Husky pack. Capturing photos of dogs at just the right moment is one thing, but combining that with beautiful natural lighting and spectacular outdoor backgrounds is what makes the photography of Kaylee Greer extra special. Have a look at Kaylee’s photos and learn more about her, starting on page 32. Also, read about one man’s mission to help fund rescue organizations by upcycling donated ropes into beautiful durable leashes for your dog.
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table of contents
Rescue Me: Lulubelle & Sweetpea, Diamonds in the Ruff Rescued from the misery of a puppy mill, two little Cinderella siblings are now enjoying their happy ever after with a new life in fairytale Carmel By the Sea.
20 Dogs of the Day: The Therapy Dogs of CHOMP
Seventeen years ago a therapy dog program was started at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. There are now 32 volunteer therapy teams spreading comfort throughout the hospital.
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The Dog Paw-ty Scene Have you ever thrown your dog a birthday party? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. From big bashes, to small celebrations it’s fun to acknowledge your furry child’s milestones! Magical Moments: The Photography of Kaylee Greer Internationally recognized pet photographer and selfproclaimed crazy dog lady, Kaylee Greer, finds her inspiration within the soul of the dogs she photographs.
The Dogged Pursuit of Happiness Belinda Jones traveled the Pacific Coast Highway with her newly rescued dog, Bodie. They were two lost souls ready to find a life together anew.
44 Rosie and Lilo’s Special Bond
A kitten struggling to stay alive and a Husky with maternal instincts. The makings of a special friendship.
50 Pig, the Unusual Dog
Born with “short spine syndrome” Pig may look unusual, but she is as happy and playful as any other, get to know this unique canine from Alabama.
Heart and Soul An innovative program that re-purposes retired climbing rope into dog leashes that are then donated to rescue groups. On The Cover: From neglect to living the life of Carmel royalty. Lulubelle and Sweetpea are this issue’s rescue me story.
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At two and a half years old, Lulubelle and Sweetpea had lived their whole lives in cages—never walked, never held, never cuddled. Lulubelle had broken her leg at some time when she was a puppy, and the break was never treated, leaving her with a front leg that didn’t work well. At least two dozen other dogs suffered alongside them. It is unknown for how many years generation after generation of dogs were bred and sold out of this puppy mill. Fortunately for Sweetpea and Lulubelle’s generation, the owner of the puppy mill became unable to run it and surrendered all the dogs to Save a Small Dog Rescue located in the high desert of Southern California.
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It didn’t take long for Marijane to fall in love. One glance at the photo, and she was ready for the six-hour road trip to meet their babies.
Save a Small Dog Rescue is a nonprofit that rescues small-breed dogs from high-kill shelters and guardian turn-ins. They are devoted to providing dogs in their care with lots of love, nurturing, socialization, and patience, which is exactly what Lulubelle and Sweetpea and so many of the traumatized dogs they rescue need. In return, they are also dedicated to finding people who will love them as much as they do and provide a forever home. In Carmel, California, Marijane and Jason Johnson were grieving the loss of Tidbit, leaving them dogless. Marijane and Jason had been the proud parents of two sets of Yorkshire Terriers over the last 34 years.
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Both sets lived well into their mid to late teens due to the couple’s tender loving care. After the loss of Tidbit, they knew two things. First, they were definitely going to rescue their next set of Yorkies. Over the last 15 years, they had become aware of the number of wonderful dogs needing homes. Second, they were going to take a little break first. Well, Jason couldn’t stand it. He couldn’t stand being without a dog, and he couldn’t stand to see Marijane almost “comatose” with grief. Without her knowledge, he started searching the internet for two Yorkies to rescue. He didn’t want to get her hopes up due to her fragile emotional state.
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The only criteria was that the dogs be friendly with people and other dogs—no biters, particularly since they would accompany Marijane and Jason to their Le Bijou Fine Jewelry in downtown Carmel. For over 30 years, their dogs have come to the shop with them and have greeted customers and other dog visitors. In fact, Marijane takes credit for them being some of the first store owners to bring their dogs to work and to set out dog biscuits and a bowl of fresh water for dog visitors. Besides Doris Day, they may be one of the major forces behind making Carmel as dog friendly as it is today! Jason found and contacted Save A Small Dog Rescue, and a few weeks later he received an email with the most adorable photo of two Biewer Yorkshire Terrier littermates in need of a home. It didn’t take long for Marijane to fall in love. One glance at the photo, and she was ready for the sixhour road trip to meet their babies.
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The pups had been completely shaved down by Save A Small Dog because they were so badly matted. It was difficult for the pups to walk because their legs were misshapen and the muscles were atrophied from years without exercise. When they tried to walk, their legs would cross and they would fall over onto their faces. They had no balance. Everything was new to them—grass, the beach, sights, sounds.
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months, and in just a few months they had come a long way, both physically and emotionally. They have been getting home-cooked meals and a variety of therapies mostly provided by the Johnson’s close friend, Trina Hammack, at Cornerstone Wellness Center. Therapies include laser, Rolfing, infrared microcurrent, and even biofeedback to clear their emotional traumas. They also walk on the beach every morning before the family heads to the jewelry store, where they stay safely behind the counter. There is a little window at
their level at the bottom of the door leading behind the counter, and the girls get to peer out to see all the two- and four-legged visitors to the store. Of course, most people ask about the cuties peering out at them and ask if they can meet them, which they do.
Lulubelle and Sweetpea can be a little timid when
meeting new people, but they also enjoy the attention. They have absolutely no fear of dogs of any size and enjoy making new friends. In fact, many of their doggie friends are teaching them what it means to be a dog, especially what it means to be a pampered Carmel dog! Friday evenings are their regular Cypress Inn night, when they get to sit on the couch with a treat while Mommy and Daddy have a drink and unwind after a long workweek. Next on the horizon is getting used to their new life jackets and walking on the docks at the yacht club so they can do some boating excursions. No doubt, these lucky pups are going to have a wonderful life filled with adventure and love. Thank goodness for people like Jason and Marijane who can see a diamond—or two—in the “ruff”!
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the THERAPY DOGS of By Caryn St. Germain
“Actress Doris Day . . . once said, ‘I have found that, when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent, devoted companionship of a dog that you can’t get from any other source.’” writes Julie Craig on a Facebook post announcing her dog Cody’s most recent achievement. Julie and husband Tom’s fluffy, little white Bichon Frise has just been awarded the Therapy Dog Distinguished Title (THDD) from the American Kennel Club (AKC). This prestigious honor recognizes that Cody has completed a minimum of 400 therapy-dog visits, and his parents couldn’t be more proud. Cody embarked on his therapy-dog path when he was just a wee pup of four months old. At the time, a friend of Julie’s mother’s was quite depressed after suffering a paralyzing stroke. Her mom suggested that a visit from Cody might bring her friend some joy. Cody was a typically active and playful puppy, and Julie was uncertain how 20 | coastalcaninemag.com | Spring 2018
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f CHOMP comforting he might be to this man. But when baby Cody was placed in his lap, the man put his unparalyzed arm around the small dog, and the two sat there patiently, quietly, and gently for 30 minutes. “When we had to leave,” Julie says, “Cody sat by the man’s wheelchair, as if to say, ‘I have to stay longer, because this person needs me.’ I believe that Cody knew he made a difference that day in this man’s life.” Cody had ‘spoken’ and his trainer agreed, so several months later, at the minimum age of one, Cody officially began his therapy-dog career. Cody, accompanied by his mom and dad, has spent the eleven years since then steadfastly and lovingly carrying on his important work of bringing joy, comfort, and cheer to elderly, disabled, or ill
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hospital patients as well as hospital staff. For seven of those years, Cody also served at two rehabilitation centers and a convalescent hospital. Under the auspices of the AKC’s Therapy Dog Program and its recognized therapy-dog organization, Therapy Dog International, team Cody is now beginning its eleventh year of service at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP). According to Julie, “Research has proven that through petting, touching, and talking with therapy dogs, stress is relieved, blood pressure is lowered, and depression is eased. The bond between dogs and humans dates back to early history, and it wasn’t until recent years that studies have acknowledged that there is a correlation between this bond and the emotional health of humans.” Julie remembers many impactful moments such as the team’s visit to the mental health unit one afternoon. While Cody was engaging with a young man down on the carpet, a woman, who had been completely noncommunicative for days since her arrival, came over all of a sudden. The woman sternly directed the man to leave so she could talk to “her” dog. The woman proceeded to get down on the floor and confide in Cody. For 30 minutes, she talked to him all about her life, while staff members took notes, finally able to gather vital information that could help the woman heal—all thanks to the safe haven that was found in a little white dog.
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The dog-therapy program at CHOMP originated in 1999 when volunteers, nurses, and patients made requests for a dogtherapy program. Hospital CEO, Dr. Steven Packer, not only gave his endorsement to information-gathering on patient safety related to dog visits, he also volunteered to lead the program! With local dog-training expert Suzi Bluford and critical-care nurse Janet Huff leading the charge to become educated on dog-therapy programs, Dr. Packer approved a small pilot program in 2000. Janet became the first program director, and she along with Suzi and nurse Patti Emmett were the three original volunteer dog handlers in the pilot program. Their dogs included a Samoyed and two Golden Retrievers. After six months without incident, the pilot program ended, and the CHOMP Therapy Dog program went “live” in 2000, adding thirty communityvolunteer dog teams! Each canine applicant is required to possess certification that he or she has passed the Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International tests and is also current on all vaccinations. Candidates are then evaluated by the program coordinator to determine whether the dog can handle the general hospital environment calmly. Human handlers, too, have to provide evidence of appropriate vaccinations and health clearances. Each person submits to a background check and a safety test. Handlers also agree to abide by the imperative, strictly
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enforced confidentiality policies, as well as the “where and where not to visit with therapy dogs in the hospital” guidelines. Little did Julie know eleven years ago that she, too, even in retirement, was embarking on a new career path that would lead her to being named the current CHOMP Therapy Dog Coordinator! Still under the compassionate leadership of Dr. Packer, the program has been operating successfully for 17 years. With grateful pride, Julie reports that the program now consists of 32 volunteer therapy teams and more are being actively recruited. The therapy-dog program now includes dogs of all shapes and sizes, too—including one precious three-legged pup. And on the other end of the spectrum from Cody is Nelson, with his owner/handlers Mike Fitzgerald and Leslie Gallo. Though they wear the same color coat, DNA testing reveals Nelson’s ingredients, from greatest to least, as Great Pyrenees, Maremma, and perhaps Akbash, which classify him as a large-to-giant-breed dog. Nelson is an easygoing youngster of two years, and while Cody is a distinguished veteran, Nelson is a relatively new inductee to the program. “Nelson is very intelligent and seems to intuitively know what is good behavior. His trainers at California Canine had first suggested Nelson would be a good therapy dog even as a puppy,” owner Mike says. At first, Mike didn’t imagine himself going to schools or hospitals in his time off, but as Nelson went out into public spaces more and he saw the effect that this gentle giant had on people and how much Nelson relished the attention, Mike knew that his dog’s calling was to therapy. Team Nelson, too, has already made many lasting impressions. Mike remembers the day when a young man approached them as they were coming down the
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herapy dogs are not the only canines who peruse the long corridors at CHOMP (Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula). The hospital also employs two full-time K-9 security teams.
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Five-year-old, 92-pound Tarac is a big and powerful Belgian Malinois who was handpicked by Ken Gordon, director of security at CHOMP, for his calm temperament and comfort being around people. Tarac has been paired with his partner, security officer Sherwin Fernandez, since the beginning of the program, which was implemented by CHOMP in 2016 after a year of planning.
Alternating eight-hour shifts with Sherwin and Tarac is CHOMP’S other K-9 team, Kimilyn Lam and her partner, a five-year-old, 87-pound German Shepherd, Hugo. Both dogs are well taken care of with healthy diets, regular grooming, and lots of love.
The team spent two months of training and bonding at the Adlerhorst International Police K-9 Academy in Jurupa Valley, California, before beginning duties at CHOMP. Aside from patrolling the large property’s perimeter and making their rounds through the hospital’s hallways, their main job is being available to set nonthreatening boundaries to protect the doctors and staff at
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If a situation arises, their presence along with other staff is designed to quickly de-escalate and diffuse any threat.
As serious and focused as Tarac is on the job, he is still a playful five-year-old. At the end of their shift, when Fernandez arrives back home with Tarac and becomes just dad again, he will give Tarac the off-duty signal and watch him take off and romp with Sherwin’s two German Shepherds, two-year-old Sasha and eight-yearold Jake. Tarac also loves a good game of Frisbee and is known to make some great mid-air catches at the beach.
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Paw-ty Scene By Dina Eastwood
The birthday girl wears a lipstick-pink dress, its fitted bodice offset by layers of tutu-like tulle. She is turning sixteen, but she won’t be getting a car. Her favorite gift is her “cake,” shaped like a dog bone, with dollops of whipped cream on each side for easy licking. On her big day, Chica will be celebrated by her human family and four canine brothers and sisters, with photos posted so her friends can see. At another party in Salinas, the quinceañera is raging; Buddha the Frenchie is turning fifteen. In her fluffy, full regalia and crown, she greets family and friends—75 in all—to the smells of a wood-burning pizza oven, and the sounds of a live band. Welcome to the newest rage for your dog: birthday paw-ties. In this era of treating our dogs as actual family members, people are doing just about everything they’d do for a human child; from creating their own social media pages, to dressing them in tailored, cute outfits to full-fledged parties, which are captured on the
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all of sudden you become the Brady Bunch—with three
but she made it, and I was a foster fail,” explains Lady’s
sisters and three brothers—it is time for a party.” Bracco,
Ivy’s mother, Sim. “Ivy now hangs out at the LA Pug Meet
who’s thrown other dog parties, went all-out for Buddha.
Up once a month, has a wardrobe of dresses and hats and
While the dogs feasted on specialty treats, humans sipped
loves all her pug friends! So why not throw her a birthday
craft brews and wine, and brought their fur babies for “paw
party? She deserves it!” Ivy and her brother Monty, who’s
readings” from a fortune teller.
had fourteen birthday parties thrown by Sim, had a blast, no matter what some people may think. “All our doggy-
The party scene is jumping everywhere. In Los Angeles, at
friendly-friends loved the idea. My sister, on the other
the Sunset Barquis, it’s a celebration for Lady Ivy, who’s also
hand, thinks I’m nuts!”
been through the wringer. With her jaunty pink, conical hat, chocolate-free cake, and beloved family and friends, the
If you’re considering a party outside your home, call
day is joyous; a sharp contrast to what her life was like just
around your town to dog-friendly restaurants or other
months ago. When the old pug was found wandering alone
dog-related facilities that also double for party spaces.
in Los Angeles, she was in bad shape. “She’s been through
California Canine, a training facility in Pacific Grove, has
a lot. She was found lost on the streets with trauma to one
a disco ball and party lights ready to glow in full force for
eye, which she had to have removed, and she is blind in her
canine parties. Haute Enchilada in Moss Landing is just one
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local restaurant that has party space for dogs and a
left them laughing. “A dog jumped on a picnic table
and stole the birthday dog’s cake. He then ran with it around the park. He wouldn’t stop. Soon enough, it
A survey of dog-party-planners shows $300 is about
crumbled everywhere so it worked out well anyway;
average for an all-out event, although that price can go
each dog had a piece of the crumbs,” they say,
well into the thousands with add-ons such as clowns,
chuckling at the memory.
masters-of-ceremonies, and custom tailoring for dog attire.
Besides the laughter and happiness, parties can also bring opportunities for giving. In Buddha’s case, the celebration was altruistic, raising $1,000 in donations
with canines, anything can happen. The Slotskys
to Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. So, if you’re considering
of Hollywood Pet Parties say on one occasion, an
a special day for your canine-baby, be sure to explore
unexpected twist that could have been stressful
all the possibilities available, and have some fun.
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Dog parties aren’t always a cake-walk. When dealing
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Doris Day’s Birthday
Since Doris’ 90th birthday, she and DDAF have taken the opportunity each April to raise funds for animals with a local celebration of her career as an actress and singer. The event is attended by locals as well as dedicated fans who travel from as far as the U.K. and Australia to take part in the festivities. All proceeds go to DDAF, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations that care for and help protect animals. Local grantees include Peace of Mind Dog Rescue and the SPCA for Monterey County. Both organizations were invited to bring adoptable dogs to the 2018 celebration, resulting in the adoption of Pixie and Bubbles, a bonded pair of senior, special-needs Toy Poodles.
PHOTO COURTESY OF DORIS DAY ANIMAL FOUNDATION
This past April 3rd was Doris Day’s 96th birthday, and being true to her word, she is still doing as much as she can for the animal world. The organization she founded 40 years ago, the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF), has a straightforward mission: to help animals and the people who love them.
I'm going to do as much as I can for the animal world, and I'll never stop. ~Doris Day
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THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF KAYLEE GREER To say that Kaylee Greer is enthusiastic about her profession could definitely be an understatement! As a professional dog photographer she cherishes each and every dog she meets and photographs. Her photos show dogs perfectly posed, relaxed and content, set in beautiful landscapes and backed by dramatic skies. Dogs out in the elements with fur and ears floating in the wind and the last rays of the day captured like a sparkling star, small dogs posed in forests of towering flowers enjoying the attention and the sometime rapidly dispensed treats.
PHOTOS BY KAYLEE GREER
In C.C.s recent interview with Kaylee she tells us more about her love for dogs and her profession.
How long have you been a photographer and how did you get your start in photography?
Did you grow up with dogs? other animals?
I have been photographing dogs for almost 8 years now.
girl’s life. My dogs were always my best friends. We went on
I got started when I followed my dream into a shelter to
big adventures together through the mucky swamps in my
photograph adoptable dogs and I never looked back.
childhood backyard, rolled down hills together, slept together,
Yes, I had dogs all my life growing up. I’m very grateful to my parents for knowing the value of a loyal dog in a little
ate dinner together… my dogs were always by my side.
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I always take my adoptable dog photos outdoors. While I can shoot indoor studio photography, it is not my personal style, and so to give the dogs the best chance I can possibly give them, I bring them outdoors to capture them in the brilliant colors of nature.
At what point did you feel like you were starting to be successful? After volunteering regularly at the shelter for 6 months or so, people started to take notice of my work. Truly and honestly, it was nothing special at all at the time, but I think people thought the idea of being a â€˜dog only photographerâ€™ was kind of interesting and novelty, so they remembered me.
Other volunteers started to contact me looking for me to photograph their own dogs and the dogs of their friends and family, and thatâ€™s when I realized I had the very real opportunity of turning my passion into a business. I think those first days of doing photo shoots for my rescue related contacts were when I truly started to feel successful. I was able to leave my part time retail job not long after that.
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Other than that, the banner moment in my career where I had the distinct thought of ‘hey, maybe I actually have an idea of what I’m doing’ is when I got my first Nat Geo WILD magazine cover just shy of 2 years ago. :P
A lot of your photos have beautiful landscapes in the background do you seek out new locations prior to your shoots? Thank you for the compliment on the backgrounds in my
Do you travel a lot to do pet portraits? I travel a lot. A LOT. So far, in 2018, I believe I have actually slept in my own bed for a total of about 14 nights.
imagery! :) I’m glad you noticed, because I pay almost equal attention to what’s going on in the background as to what’s going on with my rockstar dog model in the foreground. I’m always looking for new, unbelievable
In fact, right now, I am writing the answers to these
locations fit for photographing dogs. I seek out dog sized
interview questions from a hotel room somewhere in the
scenery (low bushes in the background, great fallen logs to
middle of New York City. But there’s nothing that I love
put dogs up on, tall flowers to make them feel like they’re
more than having the opportunity to travel the globe
on the set of Alice in Wonderland, etc) In just a week, I
meeting new dogs and capturing their stories through my
am actually headed over to the Netherlands to photograph
camera lens. In the past 2 years, I’m so grateful to have
a Chihuahua in an endless field of blooming tulips with
had the opportunity to go to some seriously amazing places
Dutch windmills in background! That’s gotta be my number
to photograph dogs. Some of my most memorable favorite
1 dream location!! Gahh! :)
places were: Venice, Rome, Barcelona, Sydney, Lucerne (Switzerland), Bruges (Belgium), Manuel Antonio (Costa Rica), London, Banff National Park in Canada and most recently, St. Maximin, France.
Do you try to match the landscape with the dogs personality? I certainly make an effort to try and match the dog’s personality with the landscape I choose to photograph
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them in. That being said, a lot of times, I don’t necessarily
been abandoned there - just dropped off and left behind by
have a choice when it comes to the dog I have modeling for
their owners, to fend for themselves out in the wildest, most
me. See, a lot of my favorite work is of homeless dogs who
dangerous part of Florida.
wait so patiently in shelters across the world. On any given day when I’m working in a shelter scenario, I actually have no idea who I’m going to be photographing until I get there and I can determine who needs an image the most, so it becomes hard to plan ahead on matching location to dog. I’d say, more accurately, I get to a given location with
I always take my adoptable dog photos outdoors. While I can shoot indoor studio photography, it is not my personal style, and so to give the dogs the best chance I can possibly give them, I bring them outdoors to capture them in the brilliant colors of nature. Shelter photography is the most rewarding
the dog I have that day, and I do the best damn job I can to
thing I’ve ever done, and I say that because yes, high quality
just try to bring it all together and work with what I’ve got
photos that capture the true personality of the adoptable
in front of me! :)
dogs, effectively makes a huge, tangible difference in the adoption rates and the ultimate endings to their stories.
Which shelter/s do you work with as a volunteer? Are the photos you take of them outdoors? Have they translated into successful adoptions?
I see that water is recurring location in your photos, how do you get dogs to be relaxed standing in water?
I began my work with shelters primarily at the MSPCA at
I just LOVE the water! I love the color and movement of
Nevins Farm in Methuen, Massachusetts. I want to give a
water, and so I’ve always sought it out as an element to add
special shout out to an amazing shelter that I worked with
into my photographs. When doing water based shoots, I
recently through, called ‘Everglades Angels’ based out of
specifically seek out dogs who just naturally love the water
Homestead, Florida. The heroes behind that organization
as much as I do.
go out into the Everglades and rescue dogs who have
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Do you have a favorite dog photoshoot memory? Yes, I do have a favorite photo shoot memory! It’s of an image of my own dog, Joshua, that means more to me than any other image I’ve ever created. It was taken maybe 6 months so after he came into my life. When I first saw him peering out at me through the bars of his cage at the shelter, something hit me hard and fast. I just knew that he was my heart - a heart connected to me, but beating outside of my body. Joshua was emaciated and in very, very rough shape when he came into the shelter. He was brought in on an animal abuse case after he was found chained to the wall in the dark basement of a notoriously bad area in a local city. I pledged to show him love. I made a promise that if he made
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it out of that shelter alive - that it would be with me - and I would make it my mission to remind him of true kindness, and the concept that love will always outshine hate, everyday for the rest of my life. Joshua did finally come home with me. After waiting grueling months for word from the veterinarians, he was granted the permission to go to a new home. And home is where he is. When I pulled up to the park to make this image of Joshua on a warm Spring afternoon - I had no intention of photographing him defying gravity in a joyful mid-air leap. It was only when Joshua saw his favorite orange ball tied
I had dogs all my life growing up. I’m very grateful to my parents for knowing the value of a loyal dog in a little girl’s life. My dogs were always my best friends.
to the bottom of the strings (as a weight to hold the balloons down so they didn’t fly away from us!) that I saw him go back on his haunches to jump up towards it. I was lucky enough to have snapped at the most perfect, most serendipitous moment and it resulted in one of my favorite captures of my career (photo on page 58). I like to say that Joshua is really the one who made this photo, I just pressed the shutter button. The photo embodies Joshua’s journey in one single frame.. This image serves as the visual representation of exactly how this gorgeous little shelter creature overcame the odds, and how he makes my heart feel everyday that I’m lucky enough to look at him.
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Take a summer road trip with Belinda and Bodie. Picking up the pieces after a difficult breakup, Belinda decides to take her life in a new direction. Shortly after she rescues Bodie from a high-kill LA shelter, the two head out on the road to discover life anew. Exploring the beauty of California and Oregon via Google and Bodie’s nose, they sniff out the best of everything dog related along the way. They eventually make their way to Portland to visit Bodie’s favorite dog pal before making the return trip back to LA. A cat person most of her life, Belinda forms an incredible bond with Bodie and through him learns much in her quest for happiness. Sharing the culture and history of the many unique places they visit, along with Belinda’s wit and wisdom, this book will stand on its own as one of the classic canine road-trip stories! Read Belinda’s preview article on page 39
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF BELINDA JONES
The Dogged Pursuit of Happiness
By Belinda Jones
Best-selling British author Belinda Jones thought she was heading for “unhappily ever after” until she met grinning rescue pup Bodie and the pair of them embarked on a dog-themed road trip up the West Coast . . . I was going for something enormous and shaggy, basically Chewbacca on all fours. Bodie was stocky and short-haired with a furrowed brow and comedic underbite, but when he placed his furry bottom on my bare flip-flopped foot, it was love at first sit. I’ll probably never find out what he was doing wandering as a stray in South Central Los Angeles (especially since he came with such impeccable manners, most of which I’ve undone), but I shall be
forever grateful to Pryor’s Planet for saving him. I met him at a street adoption in Studio City hosted by Richard Pryor’s widow Jennifer, and when she heard of my seminomadic lifestyle as a travel writer, she smiled and said, “Bodie loves to ride in cars . . .” And so our dog-themed road trip was born! I can see now it was a little rash— a first-time dogguardian undertaking a 2,000-mile journey with a pup I’d only teamed up with a couple of weeks prior, but we were both highly motivated. I was Spring 2018 | coastalcaninemag.com | 39
trying to outrun heartache, and Bodie longed to be reunited with his big dog love Winnie—a vast, drooling English Mastiff who had recently relocated from LA to Portland, Oregon. When her guardian Molly left, she spoke of taking the coastal route so Winnie could enjoy daily beach walks. I had such trip envy I decided to follow in her tire tracks—and then found myself veering off course as I discovered all manner of doggie delights to put a smile on Bodie’s face. (At the time I wasn’t entirely sure how to make myself happy, but it was so darn easy to please him. Of course, this, in turn, ended up putting a spring in my step . . .) Our first stop was for a deluxe canine massage at the fabled San Ysidro Ranch.
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I snapped Bodie in a yoga-esque pose, and he ended up in their Very Important Pooch brochure. Our first trip to the beach—Hendry’s in Santa Barbara—was in the guardian angellike presence of The Loved Dog trainer Tamar Geller (a timely coincidence in that Bodie had just run headlong into traffic and without her reassuring proximity I may never have let him off the leash again). At a coffee stop in Los Olivos we saw Bo Derek ride by on a bicycle. If I’d had a quicker mind I would have called out, “Look, Bodie— Bo D!” Of course our trip wasn’t entirely charmed. Every time another car pulled into our drive-in movie in San Luis Obispo, Bodie would break into a frenzy of barking. He reacted to his session with a pet psychic with “Get outta my head, lady!” agitation. And we had a dismal, rainy-day Bay cruise in San Francisco. But then, just 40 miles from there, we visited a town where a Rottweiler mix named Bosco was elected mayor and ran for 13 years in a
row. The local saloon has a life-size replica of him set behind the bar—lift his back leg and he pees beer! Other highlights included a pack run in the wilds of Oregon and a poignant moment with Snoopy at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. But our bliss peaked in Carmel. Doris Day has been my role model since childhood, and we were enchanted by this fairy-tale idyll, not to mention the fine dining at Casanova and fragrant furfumes at Ajne. Bodie was positively swooning after one sniff of Kennel N.5! Carmel is where I want to retire—and take endless writing retreats there in the meantime. Prior to rescuing Bodie, I penned escapist beach-read novels for Random House. They were classed as romantic comedies but could also double as travel guides to dreamy settings from Tahiti to Capri. I still love discovering new destinations, but now all I want to do is write about dogs! Bodie on the Road: Travels with a Rescue Pup in the Dogged Pursuit of Happiness is already out in the UK and Germany, but I am most excited to see it in U.S. bookshops this summer—and then get to work on the sequel! Since that first trip, Bodie and I have visited a further 28 states (from
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Bodie hangs out with Snoopy at the Charles M. Schulz Museum is Santa Rosa, CA
Bodie looking dapper in his country tweeds at Bovey Castle in Devon, England.
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Arizona to Maine) and launched the tail-wagging travels blog www.bodieontheroad.com. We are currently exploring the English countryside (hence Bodie’s new fondness for tweed) and, so far, our favorite spot is Agatha Christie’s summer home Greenway, with its picturesque, dog-friendly grounds. (She loved her terrier, Peter, so much she dedicated the Poirot story Dumb Witness to him!) Ultimately, like so many people, I dream of starting a dog rescue—or more specifically, a sprawling dog ranch complete with wood cabins where we all snuggle up and sleep fireside. This may be at the “wishful thinking” stage, but it makes me so happy to hear readers of the Bodie on the Road book say: “Ahh, I want to rescue a dog now!” Anything that means a lonesome pup might get a loving home—and perhaps even a fun road trip—is all right with me!
“Bodie on the Road” is out on June 5, 2018 (Skyhorse Publishing, $24.99). You can chat with Belinda in person on her Californian book tour. Central Coast appearances include Maddie Mae’s Pet Pantry in Cambria (June 13) and the Wandering Dog Wine Bar in Solvang (June 15). For further dates and details visit www.bodieontheroad.com
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ROSIE and LILO’S Special Bond
hey say the greatest gift in life is friendship,
“We just wanted to keep her comfortable, and if she was
and for Rosie and Lilo that could not be
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It seemed that the kindest thing to do in her final hours was
At just two weeks old, Rosie was a tiny,
to give Rosie some companionship so she wouldn’t feel
orphaned kitten with little will to live.
alone. With little hope of her pulling through, Thoa’s older
“When we got her, she just wasn’t doing great. She was lethargic and she wouldn’t eat. Overnight she took a turn for the worse,” says Thoa in my interview with her. Thoa and her sisters have been rescuing countless kittens every year since they were kids and nursing them back to life, so they knew from experience that Rosie was barely hanging on.
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sister, Thi, handed tiny Rosie over to their ever-so-gentle Husky, Lilo, for some much needed TLC. And that’s when something miraculous happened. Lilo began mothering Rosie almost immediately and wouldn’t leave her side, staying cuddled in her dog bed with her new kitten burrowed into her thick coat.
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“As soon as we put a leash on Rosie and she was walking in the park with our pack of Huskies, we were all like ‘well she’s part of this now”
“Within a few hours, I noticed Rosie trying to suckle so I warmed up a bottle for her, and lo and behold, she started to eat,” recalls Thoa. By morning, Rosie had turned a corner. She had started accepting a bottle again, and with the help of her new friend, Lilo, she was making progress. Days turned into weeks, and Lilo soon had a lively kitten companion constantly at her side. Healthy and adventurous, Rosie’s first outing with Lilo was just two weeks later on a walk to a local park. Normally, once a kitten is stable and old enough, Thoa helps it get adopted through a local rescue organization. But Rosie was different. “As soon as we put a leash on Rosie and she was walking in the park with our pack of Huskies, we
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floating together on a paddle board. You can also often see these furry friends cruising dog-friendly establishments in San Francisco and their hometown of San Jose, California. As you can imagine, traveling with such an odd couple draws a lot of attention.
beyond-adorable photos of Rosie and her Huskies
“We get a lot of people staring and saying they’ve
having fun—perched atop logs, crossing rivers, or
never seen anything like it before. Probably the
“Rivers and lakes, mountains and valleys, we seek to see them! Kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards, we seek to conquer them all! Nothing feels better than the wind blowing through your fur on a road trip . . .”
funniest thing is that Rosie likes to hang her head out the window like a dog, and when we stop at stoplights the people who pull up next to us tend to flip out. It’s pretty funny,” says Thoa. When asked how Lilo would describe her unique friendship with Rosie, Thoa responded, “Lilo would say Rosie is the love of her life. Lilo is a dog that doesn’t tolerate a lot from others . . . Sometimes she doesn’t get along with other dogs but she always, always gets along with Rosie. It’s a relationship that is just LOVE.” It’s clear we could all learn a thing or two from Lilo and Rosie about seeing past what makes us different and focusing on what makes us the same. For Rosie, it truly saved her life.
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THE UNUSUAL DOG “The things that make me different are the things that make me ME”
~ (Piglet), A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF KIM DILLENBECK
By Pam Bonsper
Kim Dillenbeck is a building contractor from Helena, Alabama. She has always been involved with rescue organizations and has fostered many dogs over the years, so it isn’t surprising that her heart went out to a very unusual dog named Pig the instant she met her. Kim became aware of Pig while on a Christmas visit to her sister’s home in Georgia. A friend of her sister’s had found Pig and her two littermates while on a walk in the woods. It had been Pig who brought attention to the small pups’ plight by barking. They were alone and only about five weeks old. Two of
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the pups were typical, but it was just the one—the one that looked so
unusual—who grabbed Kim’s heart.
About one month later, after the puppies had been checked out by a vet, Kim went back to Georgia and was able to take Pig, the oddly shaped one, home. The vet expressed concerns and he spoke candidly to Kim. “Well, she’s eating, so that is a good sign. But I don’t know how this is going to turn out.” “I didn’t let that stop me,” Kim said. “I held my breath for the first two years just waiting for something to happen. There were some scares and I had to give Pig the Heimlich maneuver twice.” Pig is one of only fifteen known dogs in the world with a condition known as short-spine syndrome. Pig is missing about seven inches of
her spine and several of her ribs. She has no neck and has just three
vertebrae that can move. Her ability to move, to swallow food, and even to breathe is compromised. In some sense, only half of her body
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Pig is an ambassador for uniqueness,” explains Kim. “Anything is possible with her. She lives life to the fullest. She does things a little differently, but I don’t treat her any differently.”
Kim has been diligent and figured out how to deal with Pig’s uniqueness and enjoy her quirks. She realized she had to feed Pig very small bits of food at a time so she wouldn’t choke. She had to understand the difficulties Pig had in moving her body and learn to deal with cleaning up after Pig relieved herself. Kim’s attitude was crucial in Pig’s development and happiness. At that time, very little was known about shortspine syndrome as it was such a rare anomaly. As it turns out, dogs had been affected more than anyone thought. There just weren’t many who were allowed to live. Breeders who discovered a pup with this rare disfigurement were quick to euthanize the dog. But now, as people like Kim are giving these special dogs a chance, more is becoming known about the condition and some of the dogs are quite popular on social media sites. As a matter of fact, Pig literally became a “star.” She has thousands who follow her on Facebook, she was featured in National Geographic’s TV segment about dogs with odd attributes, and she has had many media outlets tell her story. “Pig is an ambassador for uniqueness,” explains Kim. “Anything is possible with her. She lives life to the fullest. She does things a little differently, but I don’t treat her any differently.”
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These are wise words for all of us who have or children or know adults—and yes, animals, too—with special needs. If we were to practice what Kim and Pig teach us—to accept the differences in others and love them in spite of those differences—there would be less bullying and more inclusion, less repulsion and more unconditional love. It would be a wonderful world indeed. I found Kim’s description of Pig quite lighthearted and beautiful and wrote a little poem:
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF RYAN DEMPSEY
Heart & Soul By Whitney Wilde
couple of companies make leashes from rope, but the leashes from Dog Patch SF have “soul and a story.” Plus, they benefit the earth and dogs from here to Bali.
Desolation Valley, the Cataract Trail on Mt.Tam, Baker
Back in 2012, Ryan Dempsey had a friend who could
measures, cuts, hammers, and cauterizes the used rope,
no longer keep his dog, Rascal, a brown and white
crafting it into attractive and durable dog leashes.
Australian Shepherd who was ready for anything. Fortunately, Ryan was able to take Rascal. “Best decision
Beach, Tahoe, Yosemite, and beyond. Rascal inspired Ryan to repurpose an old rock-climbing rope into a leash. He got so many requests from friends who wanted one like it that Dog Patch SF was born, named after his unique, creative neighborhood in San Francisco. Dog Patch SF is a one-man, one-dog operation. Ryan creates each leash by hand, recycling used climbing rope, nautical line, or arborist rope that was donated (keeping it out of landfill). He meticulously cleans (using pet-friendly soap),
“The Ropes for Rescues recycling program really got its start
I’ve ever made,” he says.
when a local SF climbing gym donated a refrigerator-sized
Rascal and Ryan formed a tight bond, and to ensure
rope,” Ryan explains. Recently, he received a donation of
Rascal would never become homeless, Ryan’s housing
thicker search and rescue rope from Tahoe.
box full of hundreds, maybe thousands, of feet of climbing
lease reads “Tenants: Ryan and Rascal Dempsey.” He jokes that if he ever gets another dog, it’ll also have to be
named Rascal to be covered under the lease.
Each leash comes with a card telling the story of where that
The two were inseparable. Ryan, an avid rock climber and hiker, took Rascal along on his adventures to
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rope was used. Some are from famous climbers, such as Conrad Anker (captain of the North Face Climbing Team), Royal Robbins (first person to climb Half Dome in Yosemite),
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and Tommy Caldwell (first free-climb of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan); and some are from the Oracle (sailing) Team USA that won the America’s Cup. But it is the “regular people” stories such as the following that really give the leashes their soul: “My husband and I used that rope when we first met, 20 years ago. We met at a climbing gym in Portland and he introduced me to climbing outdoors. Since we live in Oregon, that rope made
many trips to Smith Rock (he actually proposed to me at Smith . . . he left the ring on a locking carabiner on the draw.) We’re now climbing with our 14-year-old twin boys! Most importantly, that rope was with us when we found our first rescue dog, Lyra.” – Rebekah Each person who donates rope chooses an animal charity, and Ryan donates a percentage from sales to that charity. The “Ropes for Rescues” program has donated to 175 charitable organizations (Peace of Mind Dog Rescue was
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DOG PATCH SF 1651 Hawes Street, San Francisco, CA 94124 Phone: (925) 588-8347 www.dogpatchsf.co
number 175). The organizations are worldwide, in Canada, Mexico, the Galapagos, Ecuador, England, Nepal, and Bali. The farthest is BARC in Bali, a no-kill shelter with over 350 animals. Ryan judges the success of his business by the number of charities he is able to make a donation to, but admits, “Actually, it is just a really good reason to play with
Dog Patch SF and Ropes for Rescues keep Ryan busy
new dogs every week.”
enough that he quit his full-time job. A creative guy, he’s
THE HEART Ryan is a man with a lotta heart. His conversation is sprinkled with “we” (him and Rascal) . . . “WE are going to be expanding the line,” he would say, and it’s obvious that Rascal has been Ryan’s “significant other.” So Ryan’s heart almost broke when Rascal went to eternal pooch paradise. While his heart mends, Ryan has been fostering pooches for Muttville, a San Francisco rescue whose mission is to help older dogs through adoption and advocacy.
come up with many great dog-product ideas, like an innovative tennis-ball carrier, but you won’t see them in the near future. “After I clone myself,” Ryan jokes. Ryan has dedicated his life to making eco-friendly dog products that are good for dogs, the animal rescue community, and the environment. “It’s a bonus for my soul,” Ryan explains. “It’s honest work—everyone is better off than they were before.”
WHERE TO BUY If you are interested in purchasing a bit of soul from Dog Patch SF, you can shop online at: www.dogpatchsf.co
“Ryan has been a great friend to
But if you’re up for an adventure, most weekends Ryan sets up a “street artist” kiosk near the Ferry Building on SF’s
Muttville. Whenever he walks into HQ
Embarcadero. A real people person, he loves finding the
with his big smile we know he has
“commonality of love for dogs” shared by folks from around
something good to share with us.” —Kristin Hoff, Muttville
GOT ROPE? Donate your climbing, nautical, or arborist rope directly, and Dog Patch SF will reimburse for the shipping cost.
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I heard that one of your current projects involves film, can you tell us about that? I just got word from the publicist that it’s okay to announce as well, regarding the film question (if there’s still time to include it in the print) that a new TV show called ‘Pupparazzi’ is coming out later this year on the Nat Geo WILD television network that follows my adventures photographing dogs all over the world! (GAHH!!)
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you? I want to take this opportunity to shift this question over to rescue dogs. I truly believe the best dogs in the world are waiting behind the bars of shelter cages, patiently waiting for someone to come find them and change their fate forever. I’m a passionate advocate of the ‘Adopt, Don’t Shop’ philosophy and I hope that anyone considering adding a new best friend to their family will visit a shelter and give those sweet, patient angels the chance they deserve to let themselves into your heart. Shelter dogs are not broken, they just need love like any good dog. Try and remember them because they’re the ones that need us most. Now let’s all get out there and cuddle puppies and just generally make this world a better place!! :P Find more of Kaylee Greer’s work at www.dogbreathphoto.com @dogbreathphotography (instagram) www.facebook.com/dogbreathphoto
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