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he dog days of summer mean more quality time with your dogs, sniffing out and exploring some of our great local locations or traveling and adventuring beyond the Central Coast, all while doing what it takes to stay cool. Whether or not your dog takes a dip in the ocean or a pool, there will always be the inevitable after shakes. Brooklyn artist, Iris Scott, envisions these moments in vibrant colors and renders them on large canvases with her amazing self-taught finger-painting techniques. Read about two people making a difference - world-class surfer Chris de Aboitiz in Australia trains dogs with behavioral issues by teaching them to surf and SUP, and Jeff Bennett from Florida, a Pilots N Paws volunteer, hit a milestone flying his 5,000th rescue animal to safety.

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In Spanish, Puerto Rico, means “rich port,” but ironically much poverty exists there, as well as a large population of stray dogs. When one of these dogs chose to wander into a San Juan Police Department command center, he sealed his fate for the better. Even after 30,000 years of friendship with mankind, the unthinkable still happens in some countries. Fortunately, through a network of kind-hearted souls, a dog named Zuzu escaped the horrors of the Korean meat trade. When it comes to the sense of smell and the power of intuition, Dogs rule. One such dog—aptly renamed Hero—continuously earns his title by using his senses to safeguard his little girl, Sadie. Wishing you all a safe and cool summer,

Scott and Carie Broecker

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table of contents



Business Spotlight – Soquel Creek Animal Hospital


Community Board - Choose Your Cool


Rescue Me – Zuzu, the Magnificent


Vacation Blues

A puppy with a magnetic personality is rescued from a Korean meat farm and is adopted and loved by his new Carmel Valley family.


Vacations are part of summer, but being away from your dogs is never easy. Dina Eastwood writes about her recent experience and shares her wisdom.


Dog of the Day - Hero: It’s about the bond.


Surf Dog Therapy


Featured Artist – Iris Scott


Side Car Best Buds


Dog is My Copilot

With his training and super senses, Hero lives up to his name on a daily basis.


World class surfer Chris de Aboitiz trains dogs with behavioral issues by teaching them to surf and sup.

Read our interview with Brooklyn artist, Iris Scott and find out how she is Shaking up the art world. When your out on the road with your best bud by your side …. life is about the journey.


As a volunteer pilot for Pilots N Paws Jeff Bennett has rescued a staggering 5000 animals.

50 Stray Dog finds loving home at Puerto Rico police station

On the Cover: Chris de Aboitiz with his trio of surfing dogs - Rama, Murphy and Millie. (Read Chris’ story on page 32.) Photo by Peter Aitchison Photography

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Training Central Coast Canine Connection 55 Del Monte Kennel Club 62 Divine K9 62 From The Heart Animal Behavior Counseling and Training 59 K9 Ambassador 4 Living With Dogs 60 Monterey Bay Dog Training Club 62 Pam Jackson 61 Pawzitively K9 Dog Training 61 SPCA 60 Zoom Room 49

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cc | business spotlight Dr. Jason Miller grew up in Escondido, California. He felt a connection to animals from as far back as he can remember. His parents taught him early on how to help care for their eight cats and the family dog, Mickey, a German Shepherd. While in college at UC Santa Cruz, Dr. Miller adopted a Yellow Lab named Gracie. He graduated from UCSC, then attended veterinary school out of the area, and completed his residency. He graduated in 2004 and moved back to California to start his career as a veterinarian. Dr. Miller worked for various clinics around the state for several years before purchasing Soquel Creek Animal Hospital in 2008. Soquel Creek Animal Hospital is one of the few remaining family-owned and operated clinics in our area. They are

proud to be 100 percent solar, and will soon have a pool installed so they can provide physical therapy. The hospital recently added Dr. Mary Siri to its staff, which allows them to care for a variety of different patients including birds, rabbits, and and other small animals. Dr. Miller has been married for 17 years and has three beautiful children, as well as an array of pets ranging from 30 to 50 at any given time! Some live at the family’s home and some live at the clinic. Their animal family currently includes two donkeys, a llama, a Hampshire pig, a miniature horse, 25 chickens, five ducks, two tortoises, two lop rabbits, four miniature Nigerian Dwarf goats, three cats, some wonderful fish, and one amazing, perfect Golden Retriever named Marley.

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Magnificent! Magnetic! Majestic! These are the comments that are made when people meet 11-month-old Zeus Copper Freedom Rees—Zuzu for short. The first question asked about Zuzu tends to be,

United States DNA testing will come up

“Is he friendly?” Because of his size (130 pounds

“inconclusive” because his ancestors are from Asia,

with six more months of growing to do), people and

which is not represented in the United States DNA

other dogs can be intimidated by him. But, this pup

genetic-testing pool.

is all love and play. He is submissive with cats, small dogs, and small children. He is a big mush.

And then this question: “Where did you get him?” And that is when the jaw drops, disbelief follows,

The next question: “What is he?” And that is

and even a grown man will tear up when hearing

anybody’s guess. Mastiff, Ridgeback, and Blood

Zuzu’s story.

Hound mixes are all possibilities. Or is he a South African Boerboel? Or a Tosa Inu? (Look them up on the web. He looks a lot like these exotic breeds.)

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Zuzu almost ended up on someone’s dinner plate instead of as a beloved member of a Carmel Valley family.

rescue me | zuzu This intelligent, loving pup was rescued from the

With the help of local government officials,

South Korean dog-meat trade when he was twelve

HSI negotiates with dog farmers and helps

weeks old. He was plucked from a horrific life and

them transition to growing crops such as rice,

a tragic fate by Humane Society International

blueberries, or wine grapes to end the atrocity of


dog-meat farms.

There are over 17,000 dog farms throughout

Once a deal is made, HSI arrives at the farm with

South Korea. An estimated two million dogs are

crates and trucks and frees hundreds of dogs.

slaughtered annually. HSI has partnered with

Many of the dogs are large, just like Zuzu, but there

nonprofits in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam to shut

are also Spaniel mixes and Chihuahua mixes in the

down dog-meat factory farms in Asia.

cages. There are young adults and lots of puppies.

The approach is twofold. Number one is to

The dogs are typically frightened at first, but

convince the farmers to switch to a different line

quickly realize the staff and volunteers mean

of work. Number two is to change the culture and

no harm, and soon the dogs are excited about

values of the society. The approach is working.

the attention and affection. Tails are wagging

A growing percentage of the population views

in gratitude as they are pulled from their cages,

the dog-meat trade as shameful. The farmers

cleaned up, and loaded into comfortable crates

are getting more and more pressure from their

for their journey to a better life. At this point these

communities to close down their farms.

dogs are usually smiling.

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The dogs receive their vaccines in preparation

been wanting to adopt a large-breed dog, and

for the long flight to San Francisco, New York City,

Freedom’s face and story spoke to their hearts.

or Washington, D.C. As soon as the dogs land,

Within a few weeks, Freedom was welcomed into

foster homes are ready to give them a safe, loving

their family. He instantly bonded with Farrah, her

environment to begin their new lives.

husband, Josh, and their three children who are

Zuzu was rescued with over 100 other dogs. He stood out at 12 weeks old and 15 pounds because

10, 12, and 14 years old. And he became Zeus Copper Freedom.

he was the largest and strongest of the puppies.

They were told Zuzu would most likely grow to be

He captured the hearts of the rescuers with his

120 pounds, but it looks like he is destined to be

gentle benevolence. They named him “Freedom.”

closer to 140 pounds or more. During his growth

His sister was named “Hope.”

spurt, he was gaining two pounds per day!

When Freedom arrived in San Francisco, he was

With a dog this size, the Rees family is dedicated

fostered by a woman named Tracey. She was

to helping him become a model canine citizen. He

having lunch with a friend one day and took the

enrolled in SPCA socialization and training classes

big pup with her. While she was holding him in her

and will continue his obedience training. He is

arms like a baby, her friend snapped a photo and

highly intelligent and needs challenges and games

texted it to her daughter, Farrah Rees. Farrah’s

for mental exercise. He isn’t necessarily high

heart melted, as did her husband’s. They had

energy. He prefers lying in the sun to chasing a ball,

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but every few days he has a burst of energetic-

in the world working to protect all animals—

puppy romping (although it doesn’t last long).

including animals in laboratories, farm animals,

Then he is back to lazing around. He’s living the

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You’ve saved up all year and the hotel is booked in the lovely location you’ve dreamt of. You’ve printed boarding passes and made sure all your liquids are travel-sized. Your excitement is only outsized by the dread of leaving your dogs—even if it’s with your favorite pet sitter, your parents, your children, or a well-regarded kennel. Diagnosis: Canine Vacation Interruptus. In an informal survey conducted on the social media site Instagram, more than 100 people chimed in on how they deal with the “vacation blues” when leaving their fur babies behind. Almost every response pertained to not enjoying a trip to its full potential due to worrying about or missing their dogs, and acknowledging that this occurs knowing their pets are in good hands. “I worry, then I realize they are doing the same thing they do all day when I’m home with them; they sleep,” admits Jessica L. As the country becomes more pet accommodating, some people, like Saira L., don’t take “human only” vacations anymore, instead incorporating pets into all their travels. “My favorite vacation is when my friends and I go to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah and bring all our dogs,” she says. Some people admit to taking separate trips so that one family member is always home with the dogs. “The one not with [our pet] spends their time wishing she was with them!” admits Karmen

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W. Mike and Tricia left their dogs with relatives and took a disastrous trip to Disney World that ended up with one dog not eating and another who decided to leave puddles on every rug in the relatives’ house. “It was not a ‘magical’ time,” they add. “Now, we only vacation together . . . in the RV we bought for the dogs.” Here are some ideas to calm your mind and help you enjoy the holiday you’ve worked so hard for. The pet-friendly Monterey area is blessed with many great options for care. A quick online search can get you started. Ask at your veterinarian’s office for references, as some vet techs and assistants moonlight as pet sitters. Rates surveyed were as low as $40 a night, and as high as $85. Be picky, and don’t disparage yourself for being choosy. Posy the Pug’s mother drives three hours, in the opposite direction of the airport, to drop off the 12-year-old at one specific sitter: Posy’s grandparents’ house. We dog guardians tend to get nervous about our dogs’ diet: separation anxiety may cause weight loss; or well-meaning loved ones may be too generous with treats, leaving your pup looking like a blimp when you get home. “My girl always has a few extra curves to walk off after

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one of my vacations,” says Sarah S. It helps if you pre-portion your pets’ food, including the treats they like, so that their routine stays as close to normal as possible. Some pet sitters have full-time day jobs, so it may be beneficial to have another person on call who is willing to walk the dogs. Figure in another $10-$20 a day if you decide on this extra investment in your pup’s well being. Technology can soften the blow. Our family has rarely left town in the past year, subconsciously not wanting to leave our pack. We forced ourselves to take advantage of a week off in June, and headed to Hawaii. (Which still has the harshest quarantine laws for incoming animals of any state, so we don’t even consider bringing our dogs.) For this trip, we bought a Petzi Treat Cam. The gadget costs $199 and is extremely user-friendly. It took about five minutes to set up and link with the app that runs it from your phone. The wide-angle lens allows dog guardians to see their pets clearly, has a night vision option, and easily showed us about 200 square feet of living space. It allows you to talk to your pets through a built-in microphone and remotely dispenses treats

with the tap on your screen. We often pondered if seeing them made it harder on us, but we did check a few times a day. On the one night our pet sitter could not stay over, she informed us that one of our 14-year old Pugs had been vomiting. It was a Sunday night and our backup was not available, but we were able to monitor our Harley on the Petzi cam. (She was fine the next day.) Dozens of people mention using FaceTime to talk to their pets while they are gone. One woman even left cards and sent texts to her pet, to be read by a caretaker. Yep—dogs can do that to us. For those who take precautions, the blues can still prevail. Sarah S. says a dream vacation to Hawaii involved her taking several trips to the local humane society to ease her yearning. “I should have been over the moon with excitement but instead I was a hot mess!” Innovation in Hawaii is making it easier for pet guardians who suffer in that same way. The Kauai Humane Society has a program that allows you to take their shelter dogs on field trips (on hikes or to beaches) for several hours a day. The shelter is proud to complete an average of four adoptions a month to tourists who meet “the love of their life”



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during these excursions. The Society has also developed a program in which you can fly back to the Mainland with a pet who is going to a new home, stateside. (Complete information is available at www. Until programs like this catch on, time away from home can still be tainted. One mom says she wanted to come home early from a dream trip to Puerto Rico because she missed her dog so much. Even wedding weekends are cut short (mine included)! Every respondent gleefully mentioned the joy of returning to their babies, although a few mentioned getting “the cold shoulder” for the first hour or two. Perhaps Lauren L. has the simplest solution to the vacation blues. When answering the survey question about her solution to being apart from her pets, she replied, “We don’t leave.”

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It's About The Bond by Pam Bonsper

When I was asked to interview Greg and Michelle about their four-year-old daughter, Sadie, and Hero, her service dog, I felt a bond. Sadie has Down syndrome, as does my grandson. She also has 24 | | Summer 2016

another condition, which the family discovered when Sadie was thirteen months old. Greg and Michelle realized they needed to find some way to help their daughter and began researching service dogs.

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A year and a half later, Michelle explains to Sadie’s

identified the abnormal levels. He was just

schoolmates, “Down syndrome is a condition

a puppy, so obedience training was also an

that is visible. And Sadie has another condition

important part of his program.

that is invisible. It is type 1 diabetes. And that's why she has Hero.”

Six months later, a well-disciplined, highly trained diabetic-alert dog began his work. He had

I imagine the scene. Preschool children are sitting

successfully learned the skills he would need to

in a circle, fascinated with the presentation

become little Sadie's constant companion, her

Sadie's mom is giving and are, of course, totally in

interspecies soul mate, and her lifesaver. All during

love with Sadie's beautiful dog who lies quietly by

the six-month training period, Sadie went to visit

her side. The children have gotten to know Hero

the pup. They began their relationship sharing the

even though he is not usually at school with Sadie.

unique innocence of the very young. By the time

As she is too young to be his handler, Sadie relies

Hero came to live with Sadie, they had formed an

on a glucose monitor while at school. (Actually,

inexplicable bond—one that defies logic and only

Hero is with Sadie while she is at school without

requires belief in the mystery of canine abilities

really being there. But more about that later.)

and the beauty of canine-human relationships.

Greg tells me Hero is a British Yellow Lab with

"Did you give Hero his name?" I asked Greg.


a mellow temperament and that he was found specifically for Sadie. "Usually, American Labs are used as diabetic-alert dogs," he says, "but the trainer felt they were too high energy and went

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outside of her program to find just the right pup for Sadie." Just the right pup was eight weeks old when he began living with his trainer. "Since she is a type 1 diabetic," Greg explains, "she allowed herself to reach a low blood sugar level. Then she brought the puppy to her mouth and let him sniff. When blood sugar is high it is sort of a rotten fruit smell; when it's low it's a metallic smell." Greg went on to explain that further in the training, cotton swabs were put in film containers and scattered on the floor. Some had swabs with normal readings and some with highs and lows.

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"Yes, we wanted a name that would describe his role and something Sadie could say. We threw some names out and Sadie right away was able to say Hero. That name says it all. He is definitely her hero." I asked Greg about the long-distance alert that Hero has been noted for. I was referring to an instance that was publicized soon after Hero alerted the family to a low blood sugar level while Sadie was at school, five miles away. "When Hero alerts us he makes his stink face— that's what we call it when he sucks in his bottom lip. We ask him to sit and then we say, 'Tell us what it is.' If it's a low level, he paws our left hands, and if it's high, he noses our right hands. That day, even though Sadie was at school, he alerted us. We decided to call the school and have them check Sadie's level. It was dangerously low."

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"When Hero alerts us he makes his stink face— that's what we call it when he sucks in his bottom lip. We ask him to sit and then we say, 'Tell us what it is.' If it's a low level, he paws our left hands, and if it's high, he noses our right hands.

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cc | dog of the day Greg did not want me to overemphasize the long-distant alerts even though they happen very often. "Some people question it and say dogs can't smell that far away," he states. "And we don't want anyone to expect this. Not all service dogs are capable of long-distance alerts. We don't know why it happens with Hero but we are thankful it does." Greg's explanation is simple: "With Hero, it's not about the scent. It's about the bond." I assure him I will not base my article on this, but I know our readers will not only be interested, but supportive as well. Indeed, it is the bond that enables dogs to find their masters hundreds of miles away, that allows them to struggle through barbed wire to help their human comrades, that enables them to know what we are thinking before we say it. It is the bond that makes them able to know when we need comfort, humor, or sympathy. And it's this special relationship, this mutual trust and affection that allows Hero to know when his little girl needs quiet time or companionship or help when she is in distress, no matter how far away. Hero's concern for his little charge is not something you can scientifically measure or prove. To try to do so would be to insult the wisdom of the universe, to insult the intelligence of a darling child named Sadie, and to insult the marvelous loving capacity of a canine named Hero. Just ask our readers!

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S urf D o g Th e ra py By Allison S ouza

With one trusting dog perched atop his shoulders and the other happily tiptoeing to the edge of his stand-up paddleboard, Chris de Aboitiz cruises effortlessly on the crest of a wave. Chris is a World Champion tandem surfer who has been combining his surf skills with his dog-training abilities for over a decade. Videos of him riding the waves of Australia with his canine companions have grabbed the attention of many, with almost 20 million views on social media.

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But it’s brought another question to the limelight: How on earth did he teach his dogs to surf? Beneath the ever-so-impressive videos of Chris stand-up paddleboard (SUP) surfing with his furry mates is a solid training philosophy that is firmly rooted in calm, assertive leadership. The results are not only cool surf videos, but ones that are saving lives of Australia’s shelter dogs. Although Chris is famous for surfing, he has another admirable mission at heart—teaching humans and dogs how to have balanced, healthy relationships and helping to rehabilitate dogs in shelters to save them from euthanasia. His nowfamous trio of surfing dogs, Rama, Murphy, and Millie, all have something in common—they were once part of the large number of “unwanted” dogs in Australia, where 250,000 dogs are euthanized annually. Dogs at shelters have been abandoned for a 32 | | Summer 2016

variety of reasons, mostly behavioral issues like jumping, barking, destructiveness, or aggression. To help address the issue, in 2006, Chris founded a dog training and rehabilitation service now known as “SUP DOG OZ.” “Dogs [with behavior issues] turn from an asset to a liability, they bark or dig or become unsociable,” said Chris in an interview with Coastal Canine Magazine. “We go out to the shelters and do workshops for the staff and volunteers. The volunteers are great, they take [the dogs] home and give them LOVE but they don’t give them any structure. So we educate them to give love AND structure . . . We give [the volunteers] a game plan,” says Chris. The results are dogs who are much more adoptable and have overcome some of their undesirable habits, making it easier for them to find forever homes. When I asked Chris if he thinks his work has had a positive impact on his local rescue centers

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and keeping unwanted dogs from being put down, his response was “Absolutely.” While not all the shelter dogs get out on the water, Chris believes SUP boarding is a therapeutic activity for any dog. He would know—he’s paddleboarded with hundreds. “When [you and the dog] go for a stand-up paddle, you’re getting health and exercise. The dog is getting health and exercise. They have to be in a ‘sitstay’ on the board so they also get a bit of structure and as soon as you get to the sandbar, you step off the board first, then you invite the dog off the board and then the dog gets ‘free time’ to play with a stick. It makes it fun for the dog every time.” It’s this method of structure and positive reinforcement that leaves the dogs wanting back on the board. He has even utilized SUP boarding to rehabilitate abused and fearful dogs, sometimes getting them Summer 2016 | | 33

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on the board on the first day he spends with them. It all starts with an enjoyable trip to the sandbar to “become a dog again.” Integrating obedience, fun, and exercise into their lives, he has dogs who are frightened enjoying a trip to the beach, riding in the car, and being on the board—sometimes within a week. Chris also teaches the public how to SUP board with their pooch through SUP DOG OZ. “We’ve taught hundreds and hundreds of people to get on the board with their dogs.” While owners are learning something incredibly fun and the dogs are getting exercise, they’re also learning very important lessons about being calm, confident pack leaders. Surfing requires discipline and obedience, fundamental skills that are critical to teaching a balanced human–dog relationship. Even kids can be seen confidently asking their dog to “sit” and “stay” atop a beached stand-up paddleboard during class, one of the first steps before getting out on the water. “What we do is have them take those skills home,” explained Chris on how these classes impact his clients’ relationships with their pups once they leave the beach. “I’ve combined my two loves: stand-up paddle and dogs. We’ve always taught people and I’ve always had a way with dogs. We love to teach. It brings better confidence in the person and a better relationship with the dog. It’s healthy–it’s all positive.” With all eyes on Chris and his incredible surfing rescue dogs, he continues to show the world the benefits of having a great relationship with their dogs. Yes, surfing is exciting—but living with a well-behaved canine every day is even more rewarding.

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The vibrant colors of Iris Scott’s paintings literally fly off the canvas via one of her favorite subjects, “Shakin’ Dogs.” With titles like ”Shakin’ OFF The Blues“, ”Sunset Swim“, ”Underdog Blues“,” Canis Major“, and ”Moonlight Swim“, Iris utilizes over 100 colors to bring her unique fingerpainted canvases to life. Making use of various self-taught techniques, her paintings are as much sculpted as they are painted. We recently spoke with Iris in her Brooklyn, New York studio...

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Iris Scott

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Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in 1984. I am 32 years old. I moved here to Brooklyn from the West Coast and have been here for two years. Both my parents are creative people—my mom a piano teacher and dad a cabinetmaker. They always encouraged me to find a passion and practice, practice, practice. CC

Did you grow up with dogs?

Growing up we lived on a large property with lots of dogs, cats, ponies, and other animals. Living along the Cedar River in Maple Valley, Washington we were always playing by and in the water with our Labradors. CC

What is your art background?

Shakin' off the sunset

Growing up I also spent a lot of time drawing and painting. In college, I earned my bachelor of fine arts degree. I spent time in Italy and then moved to Taiwan for a while to live inexpensively on a small savings I made from working as a nanny after graduate school. While in Taiwan I began finger painting and selling my work online. At that time I would sell a painting for just $150, but it was amazing because rent was only $100 per month. CC

You paint without brushes. Why do you think your

technique works so well with the Shakin’ portraits?

Dog shaking creates lots of dots and is a subject that excels in finger painting. With five fingers I can paint five dots at a time. I can also cover areas far quicker using five fingers instead of a single brush. 38 | | Summer 2016

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Was there a particular dog who inspired your first Shakin’ portrait?

My first Shakin’ portrait was my friend’s dog, a yellow Lab named Jake, who passed away last year at the age of 14. While on a canoe trip on the John Day River in Oregon, I took lots of photos of him, realizing that later on they might translate well into a painting. CC

Tell us about Jake.

Jake was adopted from a shelter after some rich family in Lake Tahoe gave him up when he was still a young dog. He loved carrying around and playing with stuffed toys and would often “toynap” right out of strollers from kids he passed in the park. Which is just hilarious to witness. CC

How large are your paintings, and are your subjects usually dogs for commissioned pieces? How many have you done?

My canvases are usually around 36” by 36” and are either landscape or portrait oriented depending on the subject. Old Rem was a commissioned portrait. The others have been done from photos I took of Jake, in Oregon. As well as ones I took of

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What do you think your paintings convey about dogs?

Dogs are enlightened beings, pure love, and so rarely malicious. I think the Shakin’ dog series symbolizes twisting things into a positive light, by shaking off your troubles and looking for that silver lining. Like my portrait titled Shakin’ off the Blues. CC

Tell us about your studio/work environment.

I live and work in a 1200 square-foot third-floor loft. It is a north-facing corner unit with beautiful indirect natural light, and it makes for a very stimulating environment.


Do you currently have a dog?

Living in Brooklyn in a third-floor flat, it would be difficult to have a dog. But I have a cat named Foxy who fetches and is toilet-trained. Yes, I trained her to use the toilet, but no, she doesn't flush. She lies on my lap if I’m sitting while I paint or lies by my feet if I’m standing. CC

Tell us about your process?

The planning stage takes a few days working on my computer to get the composition down. In this day and age, I find the use of pencil sketching very rare. Digital tools have really taken over my process. My oils start to tighten up after they’ve been on the canvas for about 12 hours, so I am always racing to beat the drying time and work continuously until the painting is finished. A lot of hours standing and working, but on the plus side I don’t have any unfinished paintings. Using gloves to finger paint I don’t have the time constraints that you have with brush cleaning. CC

Tell us more about your medium.

I use Holbein DUO Aqua Oils (more than 100 colors) because the colors are the most consistent. They're the best paint for this because they’re so reliable. They’re made in Japan. So buttery and consistent. The colors are always vibrant and blend beautifully together. My favorite colors to use are ice green, luminous lemon, and lilac. CC

How do your color choices affect the mood of your painting?

My color choices are affected by my own mood. In Latin, my name means rainbow. Rainbows need a lot of colors. Sometimes the bluer I feel, paradoxically, the more colors I add. CC

What is the best artistic advice you have been given?

Probably to use Facebook to gauge the strengths of my paintings and to help me focus on what to improve. Feedback is integral and in the long run helps accelerate your growth.

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Who are your three favorite artists?

They would be Klimt, Van Gogh, and Picasso. But Singer Sargent also blows my mind. Van Gogh for the

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Do you have a future dog series in mind?

There are a lot of people who do dog portraits. So for now, I will continue with my Shakin’ paintings niche and not be venturing into portraiture. They say limitation is where creativity breeds—like Van Gogh painting the same haystacks over and over again but each time different. This year, I have an enormous Shakin’ grizzly bear to complete. It will be finished in 2017 and measure over six feet tall.

Canine Collaboration Photo of Paisley (below was taken on Carmel Beach this past May and reimagined and painted in June by Iris.) Canvas 3' x 3'.

Paisley shakes off the last swim of the day at Carmel Beach.

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Sidecar Best Buds By Whitney Wilde

Bad to the Bone “I'm a rare breed and you can tell by my body language I'm the coolest dog you'll ever see—a canine Steve McQueen. Flying down the road, wind blowing my fur, nose up to catch a smorgasbord of scents, and goggles to keep the bugs out of my eyes. Best of all, I'm with my very bestie


human and our journey—not our destination—is the goal.”

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History Repeats Itself It wasn't too long after the chain-driven twowheel “safety bicycle” was patented in 1880 that a French newspaper held a contest for the most comfortable and elegant way to carry a passenger . . . and it was won by an army officer who invented a sidecar wheel to attach to a bicycle. Sidecars were invented a decade before the motorcycle, and it would be almost two decades until Ford’s Model T went into production.

Here Comes Trouble

Times have not changed . . . Melissa Monno quit her job so she and Dante (a German Shepherd) could wander the West for a year. On a Russianmade Ural motorcycle (a design that has not changed since the 1940s), they travelled the Western U.S. and Canada with no particular route

Early roads were dirt, sand, or gravel – not built for speed or comfort.





Early roads were dirt, sand, or gravel—not built for speed or comfort. In 1914, you had to haul your own gas because there were only a couple of gas stations in the entire country. Della Crewe had only 10 days’ motorcycle-riding experience, but she craved adventure so she and Trouble, her Terrier, set off from Texas on a Harley-Davidson V-Twin for a cross-country trip meandering 5,378 miles through 10 states and lasting 6 months—sometimes through rain and snow. They

would travel from Texas to New York. In Indiana, Trouble was quarantined to the sidecar due to an outbreak of hoof-and-mouth disease. Many towns welcomed Della and Trouble with a party or a parade; in fact, halfway through the trip she had only spent $25 because of the generosity of well-wishers. But at times they were turned away because “a woman’s place is in the home.” A few days after reaching New York, Della and Trouble sailed for Florida to embark on another adventure: a sidecar trip through South America.

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Unable to cope with daily life and his grief after losing his mother and adult son, Ara Gureghian and his rescue Pit Bull, Spirit, embarked on a 10-year adventure, traveling 300,000 miles around the country. His book, Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash, chronicles their journey, not just in miles but also in healing. Ara credits Spirit with teaching him to live in the moment and that every day is memorable. Ara’s advice: “Next time you meet someone, ask if they like dogs. You will probably know what kind of person they are by their answer. It has always worked for me.”


Niner Flydog is a local superhero masquerading as a Shepherd mix in a Ural sidecar. Niner is a certified therapy dog who visits hospitalized veterans and, along with his chauffeur, Don Von Raesfeld, attends memorials for fallen soldiers and first responders. They are members of the Patriot Guard Riders. Recently, they gave sidecar rides

in mind. They started with short trips close to home and slowly increased the distance. In her online chronicle, “Three Wheels, Two Pals, One Tail,” one thing becomes clear: sometimes Mother Nature helps you make decisions about which way to go and how many layers of clothing to take.

Rebels with a Cause Sidecar riders are a unique breed—its not just about wanderlust and adventure. There can be healing qualities to riding. Imagine if everywhere you went, people smiled, waved, welcomed you into their homes. It's a happy, pawsitive experience shared with your best fur buddy, and it strengthens the human/canine bond. 44 | | Summer 2016


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to children in a Saratoga hospital as part of a Make-a-Wish request. Also, the duo escort Wounded Warriors from around the country, including to a weeklong surf camp in Santa Cruz. It was Niner’s neighbors who introduced them to sidecars. J.D. Whitaker and Hercules (a Boxer) were featured in the dogumentary film Sit Stay Ride. The two participate in the annual Tour of Honor fundraiser for veterans’ charities, visiting monuments to pay respect and show support for veterans. Riding is not all serious. “Why haven't they made this against the law? It’s so much fun!” J.D. says, adding, “Hercules pouts considerably if I leave him behind.”

Ups & Downs Funny thing, all of the sidecar dogs in this article were rescued from shelters. The dogs own the sidecar rig and just let their human do the steering . . . everywhere, in any kind of weather. If you are considering a sidecar, here are a few things to think about:

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• It's addicting • Living in the moment • Smiles for miles . . . people smile and wave • Unexpected kindness from strangers • Every stop takes longer due to photo ops (at least 45 minutes) • Fido will never tell you where to go or comment on your driving ability • Drool (stay upwind) • Barking (at goats, cows, squirrels, etc.) • If your dog lunges at something, he or she can topple your rig • Not all dogs take to a sidecar so take numerous test drives before committing A sidecar rig does not ride like a motorcycle; it's a counterbalance Accidents can happen . . . the key is to plan, prepare, and practice how you will handle one*

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What a Pup Needs Wind: either a windshield or dog goggles, depends on the dog Comfort: a pooch pad or blanket Protection: a leather, fleece, or battery-powered heated jacket. Safety: a harness (body harness that hooks onto sidecar). Never use the collar to restrain your dog. Water and treats: Ice under the pooch pad to keep Fido cool *Some insurance companies, like Progressive, offer coverage for your pet for free with your vehicle insurance policy

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“I’ve always loved flying and I love dogs so I put the two of them together. It was pretty much an easy thing to do.” ~Jeff Bennett 48 | | Summer 2016

By Tracey Pepper For many animal rescue organizations throughout the country, one of the biggest logistical challenges is transporting an animal to a safe haven beyond a reasonable drivable distance from the community it serves. Until, Pilots N Paws! Founded in 2008 by animal-lover Debi Boies and pilot Jon Wehrenberg, the concept of Pilots N Paws took flight when Jon agreed to help Debi by flying a rescued Doberman from Florida to South Carolina, to save the dog’s life. The mission was a success and the two brainstormed how to rescue other animals at risk of euthanasia.

cc | for the dogs Their dream quickly became a reality when the website, was launched, creating a resource to connect private (general aviation) pilots willing to provide free transport with people and organizations who rescue, shelter, or foster animals. Today the organization has connected more than 5,000 pilots and over 12,000 volunteers to help homeless animals get to the foster or adoptive homes they so desperately need. Each year, the volunteers of Pilots N Paws save thousands of lives. Those lives come in the form of any animal who can be transported using a plane. Dogs, cats, pigs, reptiles, and rabbits are just a few who have taken one of Pilots N Paws’ flights.

Jeff has volunteered with Pilots N Paws since 2008, personally transporting close to 5,000 animals. Carmel’s Most Pet Friendly Inn

Who are these intrepid volunteers who so freely donate their time, talents, and aircraft for such a worthy cause? For Pilots N Paws pilots, this nonprofit organization provides them with the ability to combine their love of aviation with their passion for saving animals. Let’s meet Jeff Bennett, retired businessman and passionate recreational pilot since 1995. Based in the Florida Keys, Jeff has volunteered with Pilot N Paws since 2008, personally transporting close to 5,000 animals. And


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cc | for the dogs we’re not just talking dogs and cats! Jeff has given rides to snakes, sea turtles, and even a kinkajou—a furry little rain-forest mammal! Pilots like Jeff schedule their availability to provide transport on the Pilots N Paws webbased posting board where they indicate the distance and geographic areas to which they are willing and able to fly. When rescue groups post an animal in need of transport in their preferred service area, pilots receive an email

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and respond if they are willing and able to provide support. Pilots also have the ability to actively scan requests posted by rescue organizations and offer aerial transportation. Bennett typically schedules two flights monthly and is actively supportive of an Alabama-based rescue organization. For the Pilots N Paws pilots, a typical mission begins like any other flight, with a preflight checklist: weather: “check,” fuel: “check,” oil level:

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“A lot of this is about getting animals out of rural shelters where they don't have a chance to be adopted and getting animals out of kill shelters to rescue organizations.” ~Jeff Bennett “check,” lights: “check,” and one unique item: precious animal cargo onboard and secured: “check!” Jeff has managed to transport as many as 17 animal crates of varying size in his beautiful Cirrus SR22 four-place plane, after removing the rear seats! Believe it or not, Jeff says the animals he transports are extremely calm during flight, and for the most part sleep until they arrive at their destination!

On the few occasions when weather has prevented him from flying a Pilots N Paws mission, Jeff has gone so far as to provide ground transportation in his cargo van, driving a many as 1,600 miles to get animals to their intended destination to avoid their being euthanized due to lack of shelter space. In addition to volunteer pilots, Pilots N Paws has

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continue to be euthanized due to lack of shelter space. Until now, there have been few options for these at-risk animals. Pilots N Paws is a resource to connect shelter animals with rescue organizations. To learn more about Pilots N Paws, to volunteer, or to donate, please visit http://, or contact

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Stray Dog finds loving home at Puerto Rico police station. By Carie Broecker In Puerto Rico, as in many parts of the world, there is an abundance of malnourished, mangy stray dogs roaming the streets. Most of the dogs scrounge and beg to survive, and dogloving locals and tourists alike may give them a handout or a friendly scratch behind the ears as they pass by.

Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Yes, he was looking for food and water, but unlike many of the strays in the area, he was also eager for affection and companionship. The officers took to him because he was so docile and wanted to make friends with everyone even though he was in poor condition and showed signs that he had been abused.

One lucky stray wandered into the right place at the right time, and instead of a brief encounter and a casual handout, he got a new home and has earned a great deal of respect from his community as well.

The officers gave him food and water and played with him, and then he went on his way, but he came back the next day. And the day after that and after that. The officers soon grew very attached to this pup and named him Gorgi, and he decided to stick around. Soon, they considered him a member of the family.


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Author of: When it Reigns, It Pours • They Call Me Lola • Protect & Serve • They Call Me Daria • Let it Reign • Waiting for the Thunder After the Reign

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

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



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Specializing in Diseases & Surgery of the Animal Eye


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(831) 917-2898


Monterey 831-655-4939 Aptos 831-685-3321


SINCE 1967

YEAR ROUND CLASSES Serving the Monterey Peninsula

in Capitola, Soquel and Watsonville

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After a short visit here on the Monterey Peninsula and in Santa Cruz, Mike and Bixby hit the road on their new electric assist cargo bike, setting out on another epic trip around the states. Calling attention to shelter dogs along the way and attempting to break a Guiness Book record. more at

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