Coastal Canine Magazine Spring 2020

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“My sunshine doesn't come from the skies It comes from the love that’s in my dogs eyes” We empathize with everyone during this pandemic. And are greatly thankful to all of the essential service providers and caregivers, including our dedicated veterinarians and their staffs who have made the necessary adjustments to be able to continue caring for our animals. We hope that through this period of sheltering in place your dogs and other animals have been a great comfort to you, and that you have had more time to form a greater bond together and show your love to them. This being a difficult time for all busineses and job holders, we hope that you will be able to show continued support for dog-related businesses and nonprofits as well as our other community businesses while they try to weather these difficult times. To lighten up your mood and ease your mind a bit, have a look at the amazing photos of our featured artist, Jess Bell, from Toronto, Canada. Her canine subjects are skillfully captured floating through the air like superheroes trailing colorful powdered capes . . . also read our recent interview with this talented photographer. Other articles in this issue include ASPCA Dog of the Year, Sweet Pea, and herding dog Stella, who’s learning to talk via soundboard. Dina writes about introducing a kitty into her pack. Belinda inspires us to make the best of our staycations. And Nova, a German Shepherd, forms an unbreakable friendship with Pacco, a ferret, showing that love has no boundaries. Give your animals hugs, and please stay safe and well!

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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 www. Coastal Canine Issue #46, Spring 2020. Published quarterly (four issues per year). Copyright © 2020 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 - Sweet Pea: Dog of the Year After enduring and surviving horrendous cruelty, this gentle girl begins the new life she deserves while advocating for others.


Stella, The Talking Dog Putting mom’s speech therapy techniques to work Stella learns a new way to communicate with her humans.

22 Not fighting like cats and dogs Dina writes about


canine/feline relations and puts to rest an age old myth.

32 Jess Bell Photography This talented photographer

captures the graceful accentuated flight of some super athletic canines.

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The Canine Staycation Now that most of us are sheltering at home, Belinda Jones highlights some fun activities to combat canine and human boredom.

47 Nova & Pacco Sometimes love has no borders. These two best pals focus on their similarities, not their differences.



Teaching Kindness Knowing that learning kindness begins when your young, find out more about Lisa Wiehebrink and her efforts to teach children to treat animals with love and care.


On the Cover: This is not a special effect! Lottie, the Border Collie mix, appears supernatural among billowing pink clouds of colour, captured by the famous Jess Bell Photography. Jess Bell has a passion for capturing dogs in action, colourful photography, and finding unique perspectives. See more of her photos and find out more about her inside the magazine.

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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

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


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Catherine Sullivan Art.....................27

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Dentistry For Animals......................21

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SHAMPOOCHEZ When Ellen Terry and her husband, Donald Keegan, got their first dog, a ten-year-old, 120-pound rescue named Maria, she was so big they thought, “We’ve adopted a cow!” She was, in fact, too big to wash at home so they took her to Shampoochez in Santa Cruz. They knew the owner had been trying to sell the dog wash for some time because it was struggling like many other small businesses in the area. And they didn’t want Shampoochez to close because they needed a place to wash Maria! That was in April 2018. Ellen had lived in Santa Cruz since 2001 and graduated from UCSC with a degree in philosophy. She worked in the mental health field for a time but it wasn’t the right fit for her. When Maria came into Ellen and Donald’s life, they were fortunate to be in a position to buy Shampoochez. Ellen was grateful it also meant they’d be saving one of

the struggling small businesses. She could run the business, and Donald, who’s an electrical engineer, had the ability to address any maintenance issues. They purchased Shampoochez in July of 2018 and were happily able to keep the very dedicated long-time staff.

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Since rescuing Maria (who turned out to be part Great Pyrenees), the couple have rescued two other dogs—quite a bit smaller! And Ellen feels really blessed that because of Maria, Shampoochez fell in their lap. Ellen needed it, the business needed it, the community needed it—and, of course, Maria needed it. A rescue dog helping rescue a dog wash! Shampoochez also carries dog food and supplies. Their self-service washtubs are six feet apart, and they are currently open limited hours, so call first to confirm (831) 427-2284. They rescued a business as they rescued Maria.

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DOG OF THE YEAR She was found, close to death, on top of a garbage dump. She had been used as a bait dog in a dogfighting ring, and then had been tossed aside to die alone. Several dead dogs were found at the same site. She was whimpering. She had lacerations all over her arms, her armpits, and her face. She was in pain.

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A young woman who lived nearby followed the sounds of the whimpering dog. When she approached, she was aghast at Sweet Pea’s condition. When Sweet Pea saw her, she started to wag her tail. Amazingly enough, this dog who had been treated with the utmost cruelty by humankind, still had faith. “Please help me,” she communicated with her tail. The Good Samaritan contacted the local shelter, and they came and picked up Sweet Pea. That was April 2015. Sweet Pea was found in Camden, New Jersey. Camden is one of the ten

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most violent cities in the United States. The shelter in Camden was not well funded. Sweet Pea’s lucky day came when Kathy McGuire, the founder of NJ Aid for Animals, made a visit to the shelter looking for a different dog who needed her help. But, she spotted Sweet Pea who was obviously in a lot of pain.

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“How long has this dog been sitting here?” she asked. She found out she had been at the shelter for a few days already. They had been throwing her meatballs with a pain killer stuffed inside. But Sweet Pea was too weak to eat. Kathy asked if she could take her to a vet to get her checked out, and the shelter staff encouraged her to get the help they could not give her. Kathy bundled Sweet Pea in her arms, put her in the back seat of her car, and


drove her to Mount Laurel Animal Hospital. Sweet Pea was examined by Dr. Marcy Rose. Afterward, she stepped into the hallway to talk with Kathy. She wasn’t sure they could save her life. It was going to be a long, expensive process. And she couldn’t guarantee what Sweet Pea’s true personality was going to be like. Sure she was sweet now. But she was so weak she didn’t have much choice but to trust the help that was being offered. She would need daily bandage changes. As she regained her strength, would she continue to

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After several days in the hospital being treated with

Sweet Pea was found in Camden, New Jersey. Camden is one of the ten most violent cities in the United States. The shelter in Camden was not well funded. Sweet Pea’s lucky day came when Kathy McGuire, the founder of NJ Aid for Animals, made a visit to the shelter looking for a different dog who needed her help.

wraps soaked in a product called MediHoney®, Sweet Pea was able to go home with Kathy to NJ Aid for Animals, her foster-based rescue. It took months for Sweet Pea to recover, but by August she was swimming in the pool and loving life. Kathy started NJ Aid for Animals in 2005, and since then the organization has enriched the lives of thousands of dogs and cats and, yes, even wildlife and some domestic pigs. Kathy had traveled all over the world, but it wasn’t until she moved to New Jersey to marry her fiancé that she began the all-volunteer charity. It all started one day shortly after moving to New Jersey. Kathy got lost and ended up driving through Camden. The poverty level in the city was high, and the homeless-animal population was tragic and overwhelming. It was very visible and undeniable. Kathy said it was worse than many third-world countries she had been to. That day, she knew she had to do something to help. Kathy started her career in rescue by becoming certified at the Ocean County Police Academy, as both an Animal Control Officer and Animal Cruelty Investigator. She educated herself on the laws in her state so she could be the voice for the animals. She earned a reputation as an advocate for the abused and neglected, and she often knew the laws better than the police officers that she called on to help with the cases she referred to them. Kathy also educated herself on legislation and where the law was inadequate. She is currently working with a corps of like-minded individuals and the senator who is sponsoring a bill on shelter reform. In 2017, the New Jersey State Assembly and Senate put forth a resolution for Sweet Pea to be the official face of dogfighting awareness for the Garden State. Many of the legislators were unaware of the dogfighting issue, and Sweet Pea helped to educate them. In 2019, Sweet Pea was chosen as the ASPCA’s Dog of the Year. She accepted her award in Manhattan in a room filled with 1,000 people, and she was the perfect ambassador for her breed.

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Kathy had devoted her life to rescue. And at 69 years old, she is not slowing down. From the minute she wakes up until her head hits her pillow at night, she works to help animals. Oh yeah, and Sweet Pea is still with Kathy. She and her husband fostered her for several years, but ultimately, they couldn’t give her up. Kathy said she is the perfect dog. She is polite, doesn’t dig, doesn’t chew, is very quiet, loves to swim (and makes people laugh while she does it), loves going for walks—and she is adorable. Kathy loves the fact that she is innocent and has no idea of her celebrity status. Sweet Pea also has no idea how lucky she is that someone just happened to be walking through the shelter that day in April 2015 looking for another dog but found her. Sweet Pea is just content living her life . . . the one she always deserved to live. NJ Aid for Animals is focused on enriching the lives of abused and abandoned animals. They also report animal abuse and pursue justice for those with no voice. For more information visit

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e all know dogs understand us. We know they respond to our voice commands, our body language—and seemingly our thoughts! But what if we could teach our dogs to not only respond, but to initiate conversations with us—to talk to us? Not with nudges to our legs, pushes with noses to our arms, or with whimpers, barks, or intense eye contact.

What if they could be taught to communicate with us with words? What if they could tell us how they are feeling; are they happy, sad, mad? What if they could choose words to specifically tell us what they’d like to

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do, where they’d like to go, what they’d like to eat? Think of a toddler you know or one you interacted with in the past. Was that child able to speak to you in five-word sentences? Did the child get frustrated when you didn’t know what her baby talk meant? Did you ever interact with an older child or an adult with special needs who had limited verbal skills? If you answered yes to any of these situations, you will know it takes a person with special language skills to be able to understand what is being communicated and to teach strategies that enable verbally challenged individuals to communicate. To speak. Enter Christina Hunger, a speech-language pathologist from San Diego, who uses adaptive devices to work with one- and two-year-old children to help them communicate. And enter her dog, Stella, a Catahoula/Blue Heeler mix, who at age eight weeks began benefitting from her mom’s expertise. Christina wondered if she could use an adaptive device with her pup, similar to what she used with her children. In short, could she teach Stella to speak? 20 | | Spring 2020

Christina decided to see if it was possible. She devised a custom-made “soundboard” for Stella. The device is made up of colorful “buttons,” in which Christina has pre-recorded specific words such as beach, play, tired, water, and sad. Next to each button is the corresponding word. When Stella wants to “talk,” she simply steps on the button that expresses what she wishes to “say.” One of the first words she learned was walk. Christina said Stella was so happy she ran back and forth to her soundboard and used the word over and over. Big deal, you may be thinking. We all know when we say the word walk, our dogs go nuts. They grab their leashes and run back and forth, telling us they’re ready to go. But do our dogs know how to tell us they want a walk to the beach as opposed to the park, that they want a drink first, or that they’re sad and want a hug before walking? These are the kinds of advancements Christina is making with Stella, who is now a 50-pound dog, knows at least 29 words, and can combine up to five words

that mimic phrases and sentences. An example of Stella’s use of language happened one day when she was pacing back and forth and whining at the front door. Christina assumed Stella wanted to go outside. But instead, Stella went to her soundboard and tapped her paw on three consecutive words: want, Jake, and come. She then stood at the front door and waited for Jake, Christina’s fiancé, to come home. When he arrived, she immediately went to her soundboard and punched happy, and rolled over for a belly rub. Stella also shows her displeasure when one of the buttons malfunctions and she is unable to say what’s on her mind. When beach did not light up and make a sound, she got around the problem by stepping on outside and water. But first she stepped on mad! Come on, Mom; come and fix this button! Christina is both shocked and amazed at the progress Stella is making. “Every day she says something cooler than she said the day before.” Christina wants to teach other dogs to “speak” and has a blog , Hunger for Words, which documents Stella’s skills and the techniques used to enhance her ability to communicate using words. "I think of how important dogs are to their humans,” Christina explains. “I just imagine how much deeper the bond will be.” So, if some morning before your walk, you’d like your best friend to strike up a conversation, just bring out his soundboard and grab a cup of coffee and listen. It just may be the best conversation you’ll have all day.

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Not Fighting Like



By Dina Eastwood

ujube the Formosan Mountain Dog—a rescue from Taiwan—is a diligent big sister. Well, she’s more like a hall monitor, making sure her feline siblings, kittens Cheeky and Jiggy, stay out of trouble. “The cats play chase all morning with each other and the dog polices them and encourages them to settle down. Jujube also grabs her toy when the kittens run around, sets it in her paws, and puts her head on

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it so they aren’t tempted to play with it or take it away,” owner Sherri Harvey explains. But that’s as unruly as it gets between the two species. “When we leave the house and come home, they are all sleeping together.” The old idiom, “fight like cats and dogs,” needs a revamp. Its usage dates back as early as the 1500s, and the phrase has been widely printed in American literature and journalism since at least the early 1900s. However, major studies—the most recent conducted in 2018 and published in the Journal of Veterinary Medicine—debunk the myth. The study, spanning three continents, surveyed nearly 750-households with both dogs and cats and showed that an overwhelming majority of kitties and pups—eighty-percent—live in harmony. Just three-percent of those polled said the two species hated to be around each other. Marieke Lexmond of Moorpark, California had six cats and three dogs co-existing at one point. “Even in our California King bed, my husband and I barely fit with all those cats and dogs,” she recalls fondly. “One of our cats, Frans, has always been in love with the pugs. The moment we adopted our first pug, Frans saw the opportunity of having a snuggle buddy. The pugs indulged him, as they preferred Frans’ ear cleaning technique to the type performed by humans. That lovely, scratchy cat tongue was so much better than a cotton swab. Wherever the pugs chose to snooze, Frans was quick to join them, using the pugs as a headrest or the other way around. It always melted my heart.”

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The 2018 study showed that, for the most part, the family cat appeared to be in control of determining the amicability in the cat-dog relationship. Cat behavioralist Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado, a researcher at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, agrees. “Something we’ve gleaned is these relationships go much better when the cat is happy. When the cat isn’t happy, it just doesn’t go well,” Dr. Delgado explains. “Grooming, napping, playing is possible. But even if they’re not going to be best friends, they can exist peacefully where nobody is getting scratched and bitten.” Dr. Delgado cautions that for the living arrangement to go most smoothly, pet owners should make sure the cat, the more finicky of the two species, feels like he or she has some control in the home. “Your cat will need ‘cat only’ spaces; shelving, a cat condo, a cat tree, a litter box not accessible to the dogs (because dogs do like to eat cat poop.) And don’t forget to include some positive reinforcement training for your dog.” Further results from the 2018 study shows felines stir-up the most trouble. They were called-out as the instigators at a rate triple to that of dogs being the bully. And in fights, cats did the most harm.

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A large tabby cat with one mangled ear, a broken fang, no collar, and no identification chip, arrived in our own yard in June of 2019. We had five dogs, and still, the cat moved right in. Four of our dogs were seniors or super-seniors at the time and, at first, feathers were ruffled but the gang quickly bonded. Our kitty, who we named Gigi, is estimated to be a fully grown adult, and she’s acclimated as if she’s owned—I mean, lived—in our house for years. “It’s remarkable. I’ve had cats and dogs—never at the same time—my whole life. The way the dogs accepted the cat, and vice versa, is almost bizarre,” says Gigi and the dogs’ dad,

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Scott Fisher. “The cat thinks she’s a dog. She comes running when I shake the treats container, just like the pups do. She tries to go on every walk. She even tries to groom her canine siblings every now and then.”

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According to Dr. Delgado, these results are not the norm. “Research shows the younger the animals are, the easier the adjustment will be. Two senior pets may take longer. We all get more set in our ways when we get older. Even we humans are more apt to have roommates when we’re in our twenties. You’re asking them to accept a companion you chose for them.” “We still have one dog, Tango who’s fourteen, who isn’t quite sure of the cat. But we’ve let them take their time and settle in. He’ll sleep next to her all night and wake up, looking over at her like, ‘Uh, who’s this?’” Dr. Delgado cautions people who plan on the cohabitation of dogs and cats to make sure to be aware of any type of damage between the two. “If it isn’t physical, it can be emotional. Your dog may get depressed, the cat may hide under the bed and not come out, and that’s when you need to call a vet or behavioral professional.”

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Brilliantly lit and floating across a jet black background, Jess Bell’s 4-legged subjects are frozen in time and space as they hurdle through the air trailing a cloud of vivid color in their wake. Captured with a sharp focus and shallow depth of field, the powder helps to define the burst of graceful energy and poetic flight of her canine subjects. For her client's these photos make for beautiful wall prints and amazing memories and for the viewing public, further awe and appreciation for the beauty and magic that dogs bring to us. Here is our recent interview with this very skilled and creative photographer. Spring 2020 | | 33

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Your powder action photos are amazing! Do your photo shoots take place in a large studio? Thanks! My powder photographs started out being taken outdoors in natural light, but I quickly learned that capturing these photos indoors in a studio environment is significantly more effective and means that I don't have to worry about the weather forecast. Wind, water and powder don't mix very well. I have a mobile studio that I bring with me and set up in covered agility arenas, etc so we have lots of space. How long have you been doing photography? And when did you start doing your powder action series and what inspired you? I've always enjoyed photography, but only really started doing it professionally ~4 years ago or so. I started my powder photography approximately 1.5 years ago after seeing beautiful work done with dancers, horses, etc, which I wanted to try to incorporate it into my own canine photography. How do you encourage the dogs into such graceful flight? Do you make use of agility equipment? Most of my subjects are trained in agility and/ or disc. Most of the time I use a basic agility jump to prompt the explosive movement that prompts the powder to start flying. I can use a variety of other prompts to cue movement, but I like the predictable nature of dogs' motion while performing agility equipment because it's a bit easier to capture under the studio lights.

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Being behind the camera to get these beautiful action shots, do you work with a trainer or an assistant? Do your clients help assist during a session? My powder sessions are a lot of work, so I've learned to arrange for as much help as I can to keep things running smoothly. At my group sessions, I do ask my clients to be prepared to help with each others' dogs

since each shot normally involves at least two people. Part of the fun of these events is the camaraderie that forms between everyone: it's as much an experience for my clients as it is a way to get some awesome photos. For my larger events, I will arrange for an assistant or apprentice to help out behing the scenes as well. What is your mindset going into a photoshoot with a dog you haven’t

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met? For my private client photo sessions, I do try to meet with everyone ahead of time to plan things out and build a rapport before a shoot. However, sometimes it's not possible to meet beforehand. When working with a dog I've not met before, I always have a couple key ideas for particular shots I'd like to capture, and then a series of back up plans that pare down the complexity of the ideas to meet a dog's individual skillset and needs. I have a background in dog training and have a lot of patience, so I feel as if I'm well-versed in identifying what's working and what might not be for each dog and then finding a pet-friendly solution for each issue. The dogs seem ultra focused on moving forward, does it help if your clients dogs are motivated agility dogs? I tend to feel that the

more training a dog has, the better the potential there is from a photo shoot. It certainly helps to work with dogs that love to work and are focused on their handlers. For my powder shoots, I do require a certain degree of fluency and confidence

in my subjects ahead of time, but am always prepared to dial down the requirements if need be. When working with animals, it's always important to be flexible. In general I imagine the best dogs for these photos are Aussies and Border collies who can achieve big air time. Have you tried to capture powder shots with other breeds and mixes? I have photographed a lot of Border Collies and Aussies! But I've also photographed quite a few "off" breeds and mixes. My gallery consists of some fun and unusual subjects like Ibizan Hounds, Whippets, Huskies, English Setters, Schnauzers, Golden Retrievers, Dalmatians, Jack Russells, lots of mixes and more. I read that you use a non toxic powder and take

great care to safeguard your subjects, can you elaborate on this? Yes! Safety is something that I take very seriously, and stress it repeatedly with my clients. Not all powder is created equal, and I have worked hard to find powder made nearby by a company that usess FD&C/D&C approved ingredients. On top of that, I take great care to keep powder well away from my subjects' faces as it can irritate eyes & airways if we're not careful. Tell us about your own dogs and if they are featured in your photographs? Photographing my own dog is what started me on this journey. I own an Australian Shepherd named Cohen who is now 10 years old. She's done quite a few interesting things

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over the years like performing in commericals, at live events, competition, and is featured prominently in my photography work. She's happy to work in exchange for anything remotely edible, and with 200+ tricks & behaviours in her repertoire she's frequently asked to be my guinea pig for some of my more bizarre ideas. I also have a 15-year old Chihuahua named Megatron who came with my husband! She's not featured as strongly as Cohen and is more a THE cheerleader and lap warmer as of late, but she WORLD-RENOWNED does appear from time to time as well.

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pet portraiture as well as incredible shots Invites you and your of wild animals, tell us about some of these four-leggers to visit Carmel. other and how you have been able Pets areanimals welcome throughout tothe get such intimate images of them? One hotel, in the cozy living or in the charming of room my personal goals for 2020 is to get more courtyard for lunch species or evening undomesticated in front of my camera appetizers. in studio! I'm hoping to leverage some of my

local animal training connections to make this happen. Some of my undomesticated animal photographs are due to working with local trainers, and others are taken at the amazing Toronto Zoo. Do you have any formal art training? I went to university for graphic design and have always had a bit of a flare for art and visual communication. Which camera body and lenses do you use and what kind of lighting do you work with on your powder shoots? I use a Nikon D5 & 300mm f2.8 lens and a few Godox LINCOLN ST. flashes (AD600Pro + AD200) for my powder CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA photography. (800) 443-7443 WWW.CYPRESS-INN.COM It seems that your skill set has advanced by Doris Day and really quickly, whatCo-Owned do you attribute this Dennis LeVett to? I'm not too sure, but thank you for saying

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as much! I think it boils down to me enjoying learning new things when it comes to photography, and being really crtical of my work! I'm always looking at ways to improve each image I produce. My photography has always been more about creating things that I'm proud of rather than earning income. If I'm not happy with what I'm producing, I don't want to do it! I see that you have a young daughter, has it been difficult to advance you career while being a mom and caring for your dogs? Yep! It's not been particularly easy to balance my family, dogs, photography and life in general. However, I have a fantastic, ultrasupportive husband who understands that photography is a creative

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outlet for me as well as a small business and he helps lighten the load as my work ebbs and flows. Do you have a dream project you would like to do in the future? I have a lot of dream projects! I think the biggest one at the moment is that I would love to work more closely with zoos, conservatories and private handlers to photography exotic, undomesticated species in studio settings. Thanks for doing this interview for helping the world to see the beauty of dogs in motion. Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you? There is nothing more that I can think of at the moment. Thanks for your interest!

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The Canine Staycation By BELINDA JONES In countries across the globe, people have made smiling speculations about dogs masterminding the “shelter in place� order so they can get more quality time at home with their humans. If this were true, the pups may have gotten a little more sofa sharing than they bargained for, and rather fewer outdoor adventures and excursions than they are used to. So how do you make the best of the current restrictions and keep your pup entertained? Belinda Jones offers seven suggestions for enhancing the ultimate staycation. Spring 2020 | | 43

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  MORNING DOGA We can all benefit from a morning stretch and there is no better teacher when it comes to limbering up for the day than your dog. For ease, the classic downward-facing dog pose can be adapted to begin in a kneeling prayer position, then simply slide the palms of your hands forward, keeping your head low until it is level with the ground and your bottom is the highest point. From here you can begin to slowly raise your head up while leaning forward until your head is the highest point and your back and arms are stretched out. iHeart Dogs has a range of supercute Dog Yoga Poses t-shirts and hoodies from $24.99.

  HAPPY CAMPERS Even if you only get to set up a tent in your backyard, you still get to be out in nature, under the stars and giving your pup new nighttime sniffs and sounds! My dear friends Phil and Lisa hunkered down in a two-person tent with their Bernese Mountain Dog puppy Kodi, who ignored his bed and slept soundly between them on the air mattress. Of course, now that he’s reached 120 pounds, it’s definitely a case of “We’re going to need a bigger tent. . .” If you felt so inclined, you could even get your dog their own

tent; styles range from teepee to canopy, with a nifty pop-up from for under $50. Just don’t forget your flashlight so you can read Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley under the covers.

  PUPCORN What could be more fun than snuggling up on the sofa for a dog-movie marathon? Lazyone. com does a Doggy & Me collection that will fit out your whole family in matching pajamas—the 100 percent cotton flannel Ticking Bear design is especially cute with dog onesie flapjacks available in sizes XS to XL for $18.99. While you are running the gamut from Beethoven to A Dog’s Purpose and The Secret Life of Pets, you might want to share your hot dog snacks, but when it comes to the popcorn, keep the butter and caramel variety to yourself and get your pup their own bag of BIXBI Bark Pops in white cheddar flavor ($7.99). Light and puffy, these crunchy, low-calorie treats are made with a special blend of pearled sorghum, rice, and navy beans, as opposed to corn. And they are low calorie so your pup can happily chow down until the credits roll!



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For at least one day, completely unplug from all technology, giving your brain, eyes, and ears a rest. Your dog will enjoy being in harmony with you and not having to compete with a computer, iPhone, or TV screen for your attention! Plus, with all audio switched off, you can really tune into your surroundings and not miss a single snuffle or snore from your furry pal! (Okay, maybe reach for your phone to record your dog snoring. That’s one of the sounds I miss the most from my dog Bodie and I kick myself for not capturing it on tape!)

  AGILITY TRAINING If we’ve learned anything from viral social media videos showing dogs jumping over toilet

actually lucky enough to witness his exuberance live, and now the clip has 13 million views and counting. See why here: watch?v=A4N7G29GWQI




Dogs may greet the bathtub with mixed degrees of enthusiasm but you can bring a pampering spa experience into your home with South Bark’s Blueberry Facial ($22). This full-body shampoo was designed by a San Diego groomer (in the South Park neighborhood) to calm, cleanse, and brighten, and

paper stacked nine rolls high, it is that you can create an agility environment in your own home. (And that dogs can jump a lot higher than you might think when there’s a treat involved.) Consider a simple homemade jump using two chairs and a broom, or weave poles created with upright sticks of bamboo or pvc pipe set two feet apart in the grass. There are plenty of free training technique videos on YouTube, but for sheer joy you can’t beat rescue Jack Russell Olly at Crufts in 2017. I was

it has become a sensation thanks to its fragrant blend of coconut oil, aloe, avocado, and, of course, blueberry. Once fully rinsed off, wrap your pup in a toweling “dog drying coat.” I highly rate the Ruff & Tumble design with its faux leather trim (from $65). It’s ideal for when you are heading home after getting caught in the rain and don’t want mudspattered walls and furnishings! Your pup will look so dapper, you’ll be tempted to fetch them a pair of slippers and a gin and tonic; but instead, finish

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off with a nail-trimming pedicure and a selection of chilled cucumber slices—as a refreshing treat to eat rather than a balm their eyes!

  TOY TIME You have probably never felt more grateful to have your pup’s ever-loving company than during this time of isolation, so brighten your furry pal’s day with a new toy. Shopping for something robust and squeaky also doubles as an opportunity to support your local pet store, as small businesses are truly missing their customers right now. Popular quarantine purchases include slow feeders (Outward Hound’s Fun Feeders get rave reviews and help your dog’s dinner last up to 10 times as long) and snuffle mats—a piece of rubber matting with fleecy rag strips knotted to mimic grass for dogs to nuzzle and forage for their dried kibble. Anything to help amp up the mental stimulation. Hmmm, I wonder if that would work with humans and, say, a scattering of Cheerios? Wherever you are holed up with your canine companions, we hope you are cozy and healthy and look forward to seeing you on the beach again soon!

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

Belinda and Bodie enjoying a beach view from the Lobster Pod Bistro in Hope Cove, Devon, UK

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by Allison Mckee

Diana Grib picks up two leashes and two harnesses when getting ready for her walk… but there’s only one dog in sight. Her two adorable pets, Pacco & Nova, are an unlikely couple, to say the least! One is a slender, active white ferret named Pacco and the other is a stunning German Shepherd named Nova. We know what you’re thinking - how did these two come to be BFF’s? And how has Pacco not become a slinky snack for Nova?!

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Shhh…Don't tell Nova, but Pacco is really the one in charge here! He's the “alpha” in their relationship and Diana often describes him as the “King of the Castle”

Their friendship was no accident.

“After I brought her home, I started socializing her with all kinds of pets as much as possible –

Diana dreamed for years of having a dog who

cats, parrots, rats and others,” says Diana on her

tolerated the companionship of a ferret, and

Instagram page @nova_n_pacco which features

vice versa. Little did she know, the relationship

the dynamic duo and their antics.

she hoped for would far surpass “tolerating” one another’s company.

With a photo of a young Nova nose-to-nose with white rat, Diana captions, “You can see how careful

We think it’s safe to say that Pacco and Nova are

and gentle she was, when she met a baby rat for

truly best friends!

the first time. It just perfectly represents her true nature – loving, affectionate and curious.”

Diana first sought out a dog breeder who socialized their puppies with other types of animals, so

Finding a ferret who had experience with dogs

she knew from day one that her future German

proved to be a much more difficult feat. For almost

Shepherd wouldn’t be inclined to see other small

a year Diana searched for the perfect ferret breeder

pets as “food.” She found Nova in her home

whose kits also had exposure to dogs and nearly

country of Lithuania with a breeder whose puppies

gave up before the perfect match came along.

grew up with cats. “The only thing that bothered me for a minute She then spent a great deal of time during Nova’s

- I would have to make a 1,000 mile journey to

puppyhood introducing her to a gamut of other

bring him into my country [Lithuania]. But what


is distance compared to a lifetime dream?!” she

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her “majestic danger noodle” and is sure to keep her audience laughing at these two explains on her instagram caption beneath a photo

buddies and her witty commentary. It seems their

of an adorable baby Pacco.

relationship is a healthy rotation of play wrestling, eating and napping on top of one another - blissfully

Fast forward and these two besties have 28,000

unaware of their differences! They are both curious,

followers on Instagram. The world has fallen in love

adventurous and intelligent with lots of personality.

with their sweet friendship! Pacco probably doesn’t realize he’s not “one of the Diana often jokingly refers to Pacco the ferret as

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walks with Nova, playing in the snow and even digging in the dirt with Nova’s help. Shhh… Don’t tell Nova, but Pacco is really the one in charge here! He’s the “alpha” in their relationship and Diana often describes him as the “King of the Castle.” Diana says ferret ownership is a big commitment and

she’s done a lot of training with Nova to ensure that Pacco is always safe. She isn’t shy about saying that ferrets can be sassy critters who will nip if they are displeased about something, require a very special diet and whose veterinary care can be quite expensive. Pacco is a well-socialized example of the breed! Compared to most ferrets, Pacco is “pretty chill” and


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surprisingly loves to socialize with new people while out on walks! He falls asleep on Diana or Nova on a daily basis, and thoroughly enjoys tiny massages. So if you find yourself in need of a smile or a laugh, we highly recommend giving their account a scroll. If a video of a ferret riding a Roomba around a living room whilst grooming himself doesn’t put a grin on your face, we’re not sure what will! Follow along with Nova and Pacco’s adventures at @nova_n_ pacco on Instagram.



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“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Ghandi

Lisa Wiehebrink, author and executive director of Tails That Teach, is doing her part to endorse that view, starting with our youngest citizens. She’s doing it through her books and her organization. The tale of Tails That Teach began in the park one day several years ago. Lisa was there watching her young son as he played.
She noticed another child playing very roughly with his dog as he swung it around by its leash. When another adult did not soon intervene, Lisa approached the boy. In a kind voice, she suggested that maybe what he was doing was hurting his dog. “That might be like somebody swinging you around by your hoodie,” she offered. With maturity and the open receptiveness of youth, the boy looked at Lisa earnestly and replied, “I never thought of it like that.” The boy had made the connection that pets, like other people, should be treated the way that he would want to be treated.

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In her book, Lisa successfully conveys the message that our relationships with our pets should be mutually beneficial and respectful, and that we should treat our pets accordingly. The same can be said of the humans in our lives.

It was then that Lisa set out to find books that helped children learn about how to care for their pets with love and compassion. When she did not find much on the subject, Lisa decided to write her own book, essentially for the benefit of her own children and their four rescue dogs.

Love Me Gently by Lisa Wiehebrink, illustrated by Eleanor Harbison, is a beautiful book starring a boy named Henry and his new puppy, Cooper. Like all good children’s authors, Lisa utilizes a repeating pattern in the book. She also skillfully juxtaposes behavior that “might hurt” Cooper or Henry if Henry treats Cooper disrespectfully on one page, with the respectful behavior alternative on the next. Each positive-behavior page ends with, “and that makes him happy!” Lisa closes the book with good pet-owner choices that make “...them both happy!” In her book, Lisa successfully conveys the message that our relationships with our pets should be mutually beneficial and respectful, and that we should treat our pets accordingly. The same can be said of the humans in our lives. When Lisa gifted the principal at her son’s school with a copy of the book, she found that the principal also shares that philosophy. The principal loved the book, and she solidified the pet/people compassion connection when she asked Lisa if she could use Tails That Teach in the school’s new Character Education program. With that, demand for Love Me Gently (designed to educate three to eight-year-olds in compassion) became enormous, and ultimately Lisa’s nonprofit, Tails That Teach, was born.

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Through its educational programs and compassion-centered books, her organization inspires kids to be kind to pets and people. Lisa’s second book, Gray Whiskers, teaches kids how to provide loving care for aging pets just as they would aging people. The books are donated to animal organizations and elementary schools around the globe. “I have foot soldiers all over the world!” Lisa says, and she now orders books in increments of 10,000. Tails That Teach also provides a standards-aligned curriculum to go with the books. It enhances humane and character education while promoting literacy, as kids are encouraged to engage in activities such as reading to shelter dogs. Special adoption packets are also available in the 49—and growing—animal welfare agencies across the country that Lisa has partnered with. In addition to providing humane

and character education to school-age children, Tails That Teach is also the Founder of National Rescue Dog Day, which is observed annually on May 20. Lisa’s application was one of only a few chosen from a pool of 30,000! On this day, people of all ages are invited to remember and recognize the amazing ways rescue dogs impact human lives. Lisa also intends to bring awareness to the countless number of dogs still waiting in shelters for their forever home. Tails That Teach does far more than teach children about kindness and compassion for animals and people; it saves the lives of animals. Go to to learn more about how you can support their mission and to order your books or Adventures with Cooper kit. That would make many, many pets and people very, very happy!




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omission correction

In our last issue, we featured an article about Priscilla Presley written by Marion Zola. We neglected to include this information about Marion: Marion Zola is the author of ROMANCING THE DOG, The Struggle To Make a Pound Dog Happy in Beverly Hills." She is also the co-producer of "Shelter Me," a TV series that shows the positive results from shelter adoption. A book and screenwriter, Marion, along with her husband Sam, supports dozens of animal rescue and welfare groups. They split their time between Carmel and Beverly Hills.

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