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e hope all our readers and your dogs are keeping cool and having a fabulous summer!

In this issue we meet some of the canine world record holders from around the world, Peru, Japan, South Africa, the U.K., and of course the U.S. In the Caribbean two stray dogs meet two island hopping sea travelers, learn how they brightened each others worlds as their adventures continue. And while we are out to sea we learn more about two unlikely best friends along the magical waters of the Irish coast. Here in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties we are fortunate to have so many highly trained and caring veterinarians. Learn about the incredible love and dedication of one of our local vets and her efforts to save, rehabilitate, and give a whole new life to a very neglected dog named GiGi. Do you have a senior dog who hasn't been acting their usual vibrant self or that hasn’t been eating properly? The problem could be dental related. Dina Eastwood writes about her own dog Chica and the importance of Doggie Dentistry. Do you know a child or adult that has their own dental issues but their fears keep them away from the dentist. Read about how a Florida dentist and her dog Sancho are helping to take the anxiety out of the dentist office.

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Rescue Me – Gigi, I Will Survive A neglected Shih Tzu, is near death when left in a crate at a local veterinary clinic. Luckily, the owner of the clinic and her staff leaped into action to save Gigi’s life. Doggie Dentistry Dina Eastwood learns how taking care of dental issues in senior dogs can be a life changer.

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22 Dog of the Day – Sancho, The Dental Therapy Dog

Your Patient is Waiting How does a tiny Chihuahua help calm terrified dental patients? Read this story to find out.

26 Two If By Sea

Two stray dogs on the island of Sint Marten win the hearts of two sea travelers who give them a home and make them part of their family.

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34 Canine World Record Holders

Dogs can do amazing things! Learn about the feats of twelve dogs who have achieved World Records.

44 Duggie the Dolphin and Ben the Labrador

A friendly, lonely dolphin and a local dog become best friends off the coast of Ireland.

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50 Summer Bucket List 52 For the Dogs

Cheri Lucas and her small group of volunteers are making a difference helping Southern California shelter dogs.

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GIGI I Will Survive By Carie Broecker

“Please, help this poor dog. I’m typing this with tears falling. She was mine and I found her a home years ago. I just found out she was not being taken care of. And now she has major issues. And I’m dying inside. I let this happen to her. I’m responsible. I am consumed by her condition. I would love if someone there, at Cottage Vet, could take her. I just want her surrounded by love.” The dog was left in a crate in the waiting room at Cottage Veterinary Care in Pacific Grove. The man in the hoodie walked quickly out of the vet clinic and down the street before anyone could talk with him. Lea, a staff member, ran out after him, but he had disappeared quickly into the early morning fog. Lea came back into the building, grabbed the crate and dog and rushed it back to Dr. Kim Wilkins, the owner of the clinic. The smell coming from the crate was horrific. It smelled like death. The living being inside the crate was barely recognizable as a dog. All of her nails were several inches long. She was a matted mess. She was a Shih Tzu who had obviously not been groomed in years. Her fur and mats were bound so tightly she had most likely been unable to move or walk for years.

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The discomfort and pressure from the binding

Choking back tears, Dr. Kim and her staff worked,

of fur around her front right leg had become so

but soon the tears began to flow and when they

unbearable that she had tried to chew off her own

did, little Gigi, who had been completely silent,

leg. It was now badly infected. That is where the

let out the most pathetic howl and cry. In that

smell was coming from.

moment, hearing her cry, Dr. Kim knew she had to

Dr. Kim Wilkins had worked in emergency clinics and with animal rescue groups for years. She

save this little pup, and she would also give her a home. Her home.

thought she had seen it all. But this was the worst

That is when one of her staff members found the

case of neglect she had ever seen. Immediately,

note in the crate, begging Dr. Kim to save Gigi and

Dr. Kim had her staff cancel all her appointments

give her a loving home. The note stated that Gigi

for the day. This little one, who would eventually be

was about nine years old.

named Gigi, was top priority. They began shaving Gigi down. Little by little.

Sadly, her front leg could not be saved and had to be amputated. When she woke up from anesthesia,

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Gigi’s nails the day she arrived she was a whole new dog. And she was in love

for so long that the blood supply was cut off,

with Dr. Kim. Kim said she has never had a dog

which caused the foot to become malformed

who bonded so quickly or so strongly to her

and nonfunctional. But she does get around as

before.

best she can with her 2 ½ legs.

Gigi’s remaining leg had been bound with mats

Gigi is now a full-fledged member of Dr. Kim’s

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ur fifteen-year-old Pug, Chica, walks with a lot more pep in her step. Her barks have gained frequency and volume. She’s down seven teeth, but life is looking up in every other department. In late 2016, when our veterinarian told us Chica’s teeth were too decayed to be treated in her office, we were dismayed. We were referred to Dr. Judith Force, the only board-certified veterinary dentist on the Central Coast. We felt Chica was too old for such a surgery. Reluctantly, I made the appointment, then cancelled twice (even incurring a penalty!), out of fear of her not making it through such a major procedure. In retrospect, I wish we hadn’t put it off so long; we now have 18 | coastalcaninemag.com | Summer 2017


a dog that acts as if she is years younger. We call her “our puppy.” Dentistry for dogs is a relatively new discipline, and Dr. Judith Force is at the forefront of the industry. One of relatively few board-certified animal dentists in the United States (she is the only one between the Bay Area and Los Angeles), she has practiced on animal teeth exclusively for twelve years. A veterinarian since 1986, she took an interest in dentistry while working at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital, where she began tinkering with a plethora of rarely used dental equipment. She decided to devote herself to learning as much about dentistry as she could, even training with human dentists in the early years. Dr. Force handles extensive cases like Chica’s, during which time the old pooch was under anesthesia for a couple hours while having her bad teeth extracted. Dr. Force also strives to save teeth

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that other vets would have to pull. “These animals have chronic inflammation—they have chronic pain. But, they can hide it. It’s like, 'My mouth hurts and that's how it is.’ But, they still eat and play with toys.” Many dog guardians first notice trouble in their pet’s mouth just by looking, or from a chronic, foul smell. Kelsey Binkley sent her

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dog Bella to the doggy dentist after a change in mouth odor. “We brush her teeth every day, but this smell was not going away, so we took her to the vet.” Others, such as Jennifer Higbee, see a loss of appetite or impaired ability to eat. “I noticed my Pug, Libby, wasn’t eating as normal, and that her gums were swollen and looked infected.” Higbee hesitated because Libby was a senior and also brachycephalic, or a “flat-faced breed,” which can have more trouble with anesthesia. But, her Libby actually had an inexplicable—call it a “near miraculous”—reaction to her tooth extractions. “Three years ago, Libby started to walk wobbly and became incontinent. I took her to the vet, [who] did a few simple tests and determined a spinal issue. I took her home, and her back legs continued to get weaker. We had to use diapers, a doggie wheelchair, and for basically three years, she was paralyzed. After the teeth cleaning and the removal of teeth, she began to use her back legs!”  One-eyed senior dog Penny has had fourteen teeth extracted, so her guardian, Louise Farley, says Penny’s tongue hangs out at all time but the dog is now happy, healthy and double the weight

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she was before surgery. The surgery has also left Kelsey Binkley’s household more at peace. “Before her surgeries, Bella was irritable and grumpy and it was obvious she was in pain and discomfort. After surgery, she has been yipping, smiling, and running around, even going so far as to try to play with our other dogs!” Ellie Singh reports similar results. She says eleven-year-old Jessie isn’t the sweetest dog but is now one of the spunkiest. “She is a Chihuahua, so she was already feisty and is even more so now! She jumps around and chases people and dogs. She’s not the friendliest puppy, but she sure does have unconditional love for her family and loves to snuggle more after her dentistry.”

This all occurred within one week of her surgery.  Dental surgery is not inexpensive; it can be downright pricey. Surgery can range from several hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the case. The cost will usually include testing to see if your dog is healthy enough for the procedure. Other vets do routine teeth cleaning and simple extractions for much, much less. Some pet insurance plans actually cover cleaning and extractions. Consult your vet, do some research, and see what’s right for your dog and your wallet. We’re fortunate to have many experts in our Central Coast area who treat canine teeth. As a true “dog-laden

Our Chica’s progress was also remarkable. After the usual two postsurgery days of grogginess and discomfort, she became renewed. She immediately walked faster, hopped when she wanted to emphasize her point, and—oh!—the barking: The formerly calm old gal is now demanding and sassy when she wants something.

area,” many local vets are experienced at cleaning and pulling teeth, and when the case needs a little more, well, force, they refer clients to Dr. Force, who loves giving these dogs a few more good years. “When we fix their teeth, they feel happy and younger...like people. It’s like they are puppies again.”

Dina Eastwood is a longtime Peninsula resident who has worked in the media for more than 20 years. She has been an anchor at KSBW-TV and featured on the TV shows “Candid Camera” and “Mrs. Eastwood and Company.” She is currently getting a master’s degree in creative writing at San Jose State University. Her Instagram handle is @ dinaeastwood.

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SANCHO

The Dental Therapy Dog By Carie Broecker

Dentophobia – It’s a real thing! There are people who haven’t been to the dentist in years because of their fear of dental offices, dentists, and dental procedures. From mild to severe anxiety, the fear is real and it can bring dental patients to tears, cause them to skip appointments, or get up and walk out before sitting in the dental chair.

One five-pound Zen master in Port Charlotte, Florida, is changing that for many lucky patients at Dr. Angela Boehler’s dental practice, Simply Smiles. Sancho is a nine-year-old Chihuahua. He has such a calming presence that crying children and trembling adults—and even confirmed dentophobes—relax into a state of near bliss when holding him in their lap. All their fears melt away and their dental procedures become a breeze. “It’s almost like giving them a sedative,” says Dr. Angela.

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When Sancho was five months old, Dr. Angela walked into a pet store, not looking for a puppy, but to purchase dog food. She locked eyes with Sancho, and fell in love immediately. He stared at her with intelligent eyes and pulled her in like a tractor beam. Dr. Angela couldn’t stand the thought of this adorable puppy spending one more day on display for purchase. He deserved much more than that, and today his life would change. She paid $500 for him, and walked out with the love of her life. From that moment, Sancho went everywhere with her and proved himself to be the smartest dog she has ever had. And the calmest, must trusting, and most bonded to her as well. He went to her dental practice with her and spent the day in her private office, where she sat at her desk between patients. One day, when Sancho was about nine months old, Dr. Angela had a very nervous patient. The woman was not sure she could go through with her 24 | coastalcaninemag.com | Summer 2017

scheduled treatment. An idea dawned on Dr. Angela. “Do you like dogs?” she asked. The answer was “yes.” Dr. Angela brought Sancho out and put him in the patient’s lap. Holding and petting Sancho made a 1,000 percent difference. The patient was instantly calm and able to have her dental work done. And Sancho was calm as well. The sound of the dental equipment, the scraping, and the overhead light did not phase him one bit. Now, nine years later, Sancho has helped hundreds of patients through their dental procedures. He has his own business cards, and his title is Dental Anxiety Therapist. And of course he gets paid—in chicken treats. There is a code, “DDOGG,” on the appointment schedule, which means Sancho has been requested. Sancho loves going to work. When they get to the office he greets each staff member, greets the patients in the reception area, and then waits in


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Dr. Angela’s private office until he is needed. “Your patient needs you” is his cue to strut down the hallway with his head held high and a sense of purpose. One of his most memorable successes was a patient who had not seen a dentist in 40 years. She was in excruciating pain because her teeth and gums were so bad. She had made appointments before but backed out of them. She even made it into the chair once, but would have a panic attack if Dr. Angela picked up a dental instrument. They didn’t get very far.

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Finally, once again in the chair, she agreed to hold Sancho on her lap, and she was okay for the first time. She was able to have a root canal and extraction and complete the entire gamut of her treatment because of Sancho. It was like she had taken valium. When not working, Sancho shares his life with Pippa, another Chihuahua mix, two kitties, two ferrets and two large lizards. With all the comforting Sancho does for others, is there anything that frightens him? “Just thunder,” says Dr. Angela. “That is his one weakness. Oh, and the dishwasher. He isn’t fond of the dishwasher either.”

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2 if By Sea

By Car yn St. Germain


Lauren Weisenthal and her husband, Brian, were living the dream. They had quit their tech jobs, sold their apartment, and, with their Siamese cat, were sailing their small boat from New York City, down the East Coast, through the Bahamas, and all around the Caribbean. Little did they know when they pulled into port at Sint Maarten that their lives would change forever . . . as would the lives of two island dogs they would meet there.


“The canines are curious about everything. They are dedicated beachcombers, adventurous climbers and social divas.” Lauren and Brian had been on this adventure of a lifetime for a year and a half when they hauled out at Sint Maarten to do some long overdue projects on their boat. Sint Maarten is a tiny island country, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, on the southern part of (French) Saint Martin in the Caribbean. It was here, while living on the hard ground at a dusty boatyard, that a pair of homeless dogs, brother and sister, living just beyond the yard fence, stole the hearts of the nomadic couple. The duo became the highlight of Lauren and Brian’s days on the island. When they walked down the road to town, the young dogs would come crashing through bushes or crawl out from under parked cars to lick the couple copiously, their entire tail ends wagging madly, and often roll over submissively for a good belly rubbing.  Soon, the dogs began following them down the road. They would wait patiently outside the marine supply store while the humans made their purchases, and then trail them back up the road again. Lauren and Brian started calling the dogs, Cole and Marigot, after bays on the island. Before long, the dogs started coming back to the boat with them in the evenings. There, Cole and Marigot were placed in duffel bags and hoisted up the ladder so that they could pass out in the safety of the boat’s cockpit. It was official—Lauren and Brian were head over heels in love! And now, they had a huge dilemma as well.

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The work in the boatyard was nearly finished, and after five weeks, it was almost time to get the boat back on the water. “What about the dogs?” Lauren lamented again one evening over drinks; it was a conversation that she and Brian had had many times before. As “splash time” drew near, the couple couldn’t imagine leaving Cole and Marigot behind; they were also overwhelmed with doubt. Two dogs on a small sailboat? With a cranky Siamese cat? Do dogs get seasick? Would they be quarantined in the countries the couple were visiting? How will the dogs get in and out of the dinghy? And where will they pee while at sea??? Ultimately, motivated by great love, Lauren and Brian courageously committed to doing whatever it would take to bring the dogs on board, and into their lives for keeps. The good news was that adoption proceedings moved quickly thanks to Animal Defenders of Sint Maarten. This animal welfare agency, staffed by volunteers, had been feeding Cole and Marigot since they were puppies. It had also taken care of all their medical needs. “There were

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As for the Siamese cat, Nico, “He is not too fond of the dogs,” Lauren confesses. But now, in a city of cats (San Juan) with felines frequenting every foot of open space, the young dogs are learning yet another set of social skills. Come fall, the adventuresome lot will set sail once again. They will most likely cruise around the Bahamas before setting their sites on the return stateside. When I asked Lauren where she thought they might land, she said, “I’m not sure, but Brian and I have always dreamed about going to California

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Ozzy Johnson The Fastest Tightrope-Walking Dog Traversing a 3/4” wide x 12’ long rope in 18.22 seconds, Ozzy, a Border Collie/Kelpie mix is recognized for the fastest “crossing of a tightrope by a dog.” Hailing from Norwich, England, four-and-a-half year old Ozzy was trained by his 51-year-old carpenter dad, Nick Johnson. Nick, a self-taught trainer, says the key to effective training is “relationship building and really making an effort to understand how your dog ticks.” Nick adds, “We also only practice when he is in the mood, after he has done all his important dog stuff, like sniffing around and meeting other dogs.”

On the Guinness World Record achievement, Nick says, “It makes me feel so happy and proud that Ozzy and I have such a strong friendship and relationship, we can work together on tricks and games that get the recognition of Guinness World Records.” https://www.youtube.com/user/nicknozzy

Otto, the Bulldog Longest Human Tunnel on a Skateboard During a 2015 Guinness World Records event, Otto coasted through the legs of 30 volunteers on a sloped sidewalk in El Malecon Park in Lima, Peru, setting a world record for “longest human tunnel traveled through by a skateboarding dog.” Otto’s parents, Luciana Viale and Robert Rickards, were inspired to train Otto after watching videos of the famous skateboarding dog Tillman. Otto’s ability to skateboard through a human tunnel was discovered by accident, when Luciana realized she was in the way of her speeding dog, and he was able to zip through her legs unscathed. www.guinnessworldrecords.com/.../386376 34 | coastalcaninemag.com | Summer 2017


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Mia Lucido The Most Biscuits Balanced Performing a kind of dog-biscuit JengaŽ that would be difficult to do on any flat surface, John Lucido and his Australian Shepherd Mia, thanks to patience and perseverance, hold the world record for biscuit balancing. After many attempts, the Pacific Grove dog trainer managed to stack a world record 55 biscuits, balanced between his ever-patient and lovingly disciplined Mia’s, nose and forehead. The successful tower took about 45 minutes to complete. The event was captured on video by John and can be viewed on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS2bZFmLPeM

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Hero, the Collie Most Cones Weaved Walking on Front Paws Only Hero the Super Collie knows over 600 behaviors! This five-year-old Canadian pooch is known for his incredible canine freestyle routines. Walking on his front paws took him over three years to master, but now he is one of the best in the world! One of his talents is doing a walking paw stand while weaving through a set of cones. His current record is 10! He also has performed the most tricks in 60 seconds—a mind-boggling 72. Appearing on Late Night with David Letterman, Hero blew bubbles through a bubble wand and is still the only dog in the world who has mastered that trick. Along with his world-renowned trick-trainer mom, Sara Carson, Hero travels the country with his two sister dogs, Miss Marvel and Loki, performing with a popular stunt-dog show, making television appearances, and helping to teach trick workshops.   You can see Hero's dance moves on this year’s season of America's Got Talent!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6gjBSLjYc  Follow Hero and his friends on Facebook and Instagram @TheSuperCollies  Watch Hero’s handstand tricks at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5RkRjBJ_os

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Arrow, the German Shepherd The First Skydiving, Antipoaching Dog The war against poaching can now be taken to a whole new level thanks to Arrow the German Shepherd. In December 2016, Arrow was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's first skydiving, antipoaching dog. Performing his first skydive in September 2016 at two years old, Arrow and his handler, Henry Holsthyzen, have lead the way in anti-poaching efforts. Deployed by helicopter, they can descend from the sky into remote areas that are difficult to reach by vehicle or on foot. This allows for a quick response to capture poachers. Arrow can track and apprehend poachers before their scents have diminished or they are able to escape across borders.

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Tillman / Jumpy Fastest Dogs on a Skateboard  Two incredible multi-talented dogs are virtually tied for this record. The original speed record was achieved by the famous English Bulldog, Tillman, during the 2009 X Games in Los Angeles, California. Tillman completed the 100-meter (328’) course in a remarkable time of 19.678 seconds. Sadly, Tillman passed away in 2015 but will live on in the memories of the

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millions of people he brought joy to while showing off his incredible talents both in person and through his videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCKstDXMslQ Jumpy the dog, famous in his own right for his amazing talents and world-renowned trainer/dad Omar von Muller, narrowly surpassed Tillman’s record in September 2013. He clocked in his 100-meter skateboard sprint with an equally remarkable time of 19.65 seconds while on the set of the Officially Amazing TV show in Los Angeles. http://www.trainingwithomar.com/ovm-video.php


Midge, the Police Dog The Smallest Canine Crime Fighter Traditionally, police dogs are large German Shepherds. As the world’s smallest police dog, Midge proves you don’t have to be the biggest kid on the block to do good things. First recruited as a three-month-old puppy, Midge became a full-fledged, certified drug-detection dog by the time she was one year old. Scoring 100% on her test, Midge was partnered with her Dan McClellan, the Geauga County Sheriff in Ohio, who happens to be her dad. Taking her work seriously, Midge regularly accompanies the sheriff on sweeps and has been responsible for big drug busts in the county. Although 11 years old now, Midge remains healthy and active, and recently was re-certified.  McClelland, along with Midge, will retire this year. The two crime fighters have plans to relax at home and play with the sheriff’s grandchildren, as well as to spend more time in the motorhome seeing the country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhhtsWcTF-I Summer 2017 | coastalcaninemag.com | 39


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Mike and Bixby    Farthest Distance Traveled on an Electric Assist Bike After traveling the United States for four years promoting shelter awareness and pet adoption, Mike Minnick and his rescued Border Collie mix, Bixby, ended their current tour at the Golden Gate Bridge on July 9th of this year. It wrapped up their circular tour of over 15,000 miles and gives them the world record for the longest distance traveled on an electric-assist bike. Mike and Bixby’s previous bike was also a cargo bike but without the electric-assist motor. Mike’s life changed forever after adopting Bixby. The traveling duo have been on the adventure of a lifetime and have covered over 25,000 miles traveling continuously around the U.S.  With Bixby’s mantra, “Dreams are like sticks, you just have to chase them,” that’s exactly what they’re doing. https://www.facebook.com/wheresbixby/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhhtsWcTF-I


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http://www.akc.org/content/dog-shows/articles/ meet-the-world-record-holding-dock-dog https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYt-oAyQzro Vhoebe, a Belgian Malinois, held the world record for the longest jump for many years. Vhoebe's record jump, established at the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge in 2012, was measured to the tip of her nose as she entered the pool. Her distance of 32.25 feet even broke the human long jump record of 29’4”. Now retired at 9 years old, Vhoebe still jumps for fun, and according to mom Lise Ann Strum can still pull off 25’ jumps. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/visuals/ video/90648850-132.html

STORIE / VHOEBE      Longest Dock-Diving Jumps The jump distance for a dock-diving jump is measured, by most organizations, from the end of the dock to the point at which the base of the dog’s tail (where the tail meets the body) breaks the water’s surface. Others measure the distance to the point the jumper’s nose reaches when the dog first enters the water. Storie, a Labrador Retriever, holds the current North American Diving Dogs record for a Dock Diving Distance Jump. After driving 14 1/2 hours with her dad, JD McKnight, to the AKC National Championships in Orlando, Florida, Storie raced 35’ down the launching dock, hurling herself across the pool after her toy. The distance, judged by where the base of her tail entered the water, was 30’ 7” and set the current North American Diving Dogs distance jump record.

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A Magical Friendship By Carie Broecker

In 2006, a remarkable thing happened. Duggie, a bottle nosed dolphin, befriended a happy-go-lucky Labrador named Ben. Duggie had recently experienced a loss. Her mate had died and washed up on the short of Tory Island, near Donegal, Ireland. Dolphins mate for life, and Duggie grieved for his mate. He didn’t want to leave the harbor which became her grave, so he stayed. And over the course of ten years, he made friends. He greeted tourists in the harbor as they waited for the ferry. The whole town and its visitors became enamored with gentle Duggie, but one town member became his best friend and that was Ben, the Labrador. Ben’s guardian owned a hotel on the harbor, and every day, Ben would run down to the harbor, down the cement stairway, and plunge into the water to frolic with his friend, the dolphin. They would swim together around and around for up to three hours every day. Duggie often on his back, swimming under Ben, blowing bubbles and Ben swimming in circles to stay with Duggie, both of them brushing up against each other as often as they could. Both smiling, content, in the moment, enjoying their interspecies relationship. It was obvious their swims were the highlight of both of their days. Sometimes Ben was so exhausted after his long swims with Duggie, that the dolphin would nudge him along and hold him up with his nose to help him back to shore. Occasionally, a pod of dolphins would swim past the harbor and Duggie would go out after them, swim with them for a while, but he always came back to his cove, to be with the town’s folk, the tourists, and Ben.  Duggie and Ben were caught on video several times over the years and although Ben has since passed away, and Duggie did leave the cove, their friendship and their swims live on, on the internet, for all to enjoy. Some particularly great footage was taken of them for NatGeo Wild and can be seen on their website.

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Ride the open air Redwood Forest Steam Train at Roaring Camp in Felton or take the Beach Train round trip from the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk to Roaring Camp (both are fun and dog friendly). www.roaringcamp.com

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Take an agility or obedience class. There are plenty of training centers in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties to choose from.

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Dog day on the bay. Paddle boarding or open top kayaking in Monterey marina, Santa Cruz harbor or Elkhorn Slough.

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Whale and dolphin watching. Monterey Bay Whale Watch is dog- friendly.

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Hiking, camping, Rving with your dogs is a great way to enjoy the outdoors together.

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Enjoy one of the nicest beaches in the state that is also dog-friendly. Spend the day at Carmel Beach. Bring some portable shade, plenty of water for you and your pup, and enjoy safe swimming, paw dipping, and frolicking.

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Most of all stay cool this summer, feel the love, and enjoy fun activities with your canine companion.

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Cheri's Second Chance at Love Humane Society By Carie Broecker

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a lover of all animals since she was old enough to crawl. As a child, she would bring home kittens, lizards, birds, dogs, and any living creature in need, and she would nurse them back to health. She grew up in Central America, and the semiferal animals that were everywhere tugged at her heart. When she came to the United States to go to college and began volunteering in animal shelters in rural parts of the United States, she found that the conditions were no better than what she had witnessed in Central America. In rural Chico, California, there were many properties with no fencing, and many animals were not altered and were allowed to roam. Many were neglected and abandoned. Twenty-two years ago Cheri settled in San Luis Obispo County and spent much of her time volunteering at the local humane society. At that time, they had one of the highest euthanasia rates of dogs and cats in the state. Over the years, thanks to Cheri and a band of dedicated animal lovers, that has changed. San Luis Obispo County now has one of the lowest euthanasia rates in the state.

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Just as she did when she was a child, Cheri could not pass up a dog in need. The dogs without advocates were the ones she was drawn to. Dogs with no one looking for them, dogs who were routinely passed up for adoption, dogs whose guardians had passed away, dogs with disabilities, senior dogs, and dogs with behavior issues that no one wanted to deal with. She was rescuing full time, unpaid. And she did catering jobs to pay her bills. She was living hand to mouth—always putting the dogs first, but saving what she could to build a future for her helping dogs. Eventually she was able to scrape together enough money to purchase 20 acres in San Luis Obispo County to start her own nonprofit shelter/sanctuary called Second Chance at Love Humane Society. Today, Cheri and a core group of only eight volunteers rescue dogs in the most need from the San Luis Obispo Shelter. They also rescue dogs from some of the shelters in Southern California that have the highest need, especially the Downey and Bakersfield shelters. The dogs in the most need are the dogs who do not pass their temperament evaluations and won’t be put up for adoption. These are the dogs Cheri is focusing on now. That wasn’t always the case. In the early years, Cheri had no training or behavior-modification skills. When she first started Second Chance at Love, she ended up with a shelter full of “unadoptable” dogs. These were dogs who were aggressive with people, with other dogs, or with both—and she couldn’t get them adopted.


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That all changed when she found out about a trainer in Los Angeles who was having success changing the behavior of aggressive dogs. He spoke little English at the time. His name was Cesar Millan. Cheri gave him a call, and because she was fluent in Spanish, they were able to communicate well and hit it off right away. At the time Cesar had 40 dogs he was working

with, but he didn’t have an adequate place in Los Angeles to exercise them. Cheri invited him to bring his wife and the dogs and come to her 20acre property. They showed up with 40 dogs in two vans and stayed for a week. They taught Cheri about the importance of exercising the dogs, about pack mentality, about staying calm, and about being

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The minds and behaviors of the balanced dogs influence the state of mind of the new dog. Her training protocol also typically involves a daily sixto eight-mile pack walk. Cheri can be seen in National Geographic’s dog training show, Cesar’s Recruit: Asia. Learn more about Cheri’s Second Chance at Love Humane Society at www.secondchancelove.org and Cheri’s dog behavior sessions and workshops at www.cherilucasdogbehavior.com.

Cheri begin applying the philosophies and techniques she was learning, and the dogs in her shelter became much more adoptable. She has adopted out over 5,000 dogs in the past 20 years, and all with the offer to provide free behavior consultations for life. Cheri now runs her own training center, as well as her shelter. For many of the dogs and guardians who go see Cheri, their issues can be turned around in just one session. Some need more time and some need board and train. During board and train, Cheri integrates the dog in with her calm, balanced pack of 10 dogs.

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fter a tough year of fires, storms, and road closures, the Big Sur Valley and north coast are open for business. Locals and out-of-town dog lovers should find this a magical and tranquil time to take their beloved canines and visit the Big Sur area, with the businesses and residents being most appreciative of the support. Garrapata State Beach is a dog-friendly, windswept beach. The gully at the beach is a peaceful place, with a stream running through calla lilies and a crush of wildflowers, as birds dart in and out of the ravine and multitudes of small 56 | coastalcaninemag.com | Summer 2017

lizards scurry about. Dogs must be leashed. Enjoy world-class views and haute cuisine with man's best friend on Rocky Point Restaurant's dog-friendly patio, just 10 miles south of Carmel. The famous Big Sur River Inn has a dog-friendly lawn for well-behaved, leashed dogs. Enjoy a glass of wine by the river and listen to jazz and folk music from noon to four on Sundays. A stone's throw from the River Inn at the Village Shops, leashed dogs are welcome to shop at the Local Color Gallery and Gift Shop, representing


over 80 local artists and craftspersons. These dog-loving shop owners welcome your beloved—and it's a great place to support local artists. Also at the Village Shops and by appointment, you can bring your “baby” to view Erin Gafill's Big Sur paintings and prints at Big Sur Studio One; and then you can wander next door to peruse the art, succulents, and assorted goodies at the Darn Glad to be Here Gallery. Dog-friendly camping at both Big Sur Campground & Cabins and Fernwood Resort provides a relaxing get away with your fourfooted friend, sit around the campfire and play at the Big Sur River. Fernwood also has tent cabins and a dog-friendly deck for eats and drinks or to listen to music on Saturday nights at 10 p.m. Riverside Campground & Cabins has the only dog-friendly cabins in Big Sur, as well as in the campground, RV park, and tent cabins. It’s a choice spot to play in the river or take a walk through the woods. This dog-loving resort treats you and your canine companion like family—dogs aren’t just welcome; they are sure to get some serious loving kindness here.

ANIMAL HOSPITAL AT MID VALLEY, CARMEL Providing the highest quality medical and surgical service for dogs and cats WELLNESS CARE • TRAUMA/EMERGENCY ULTRASOUND • ROUTINE DENTAL • SURGERY DIGITAL X-RAY • IN HOUSE LABORATORY

WE HAVE A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART THERAPEUTIC CLASS IV LASER for treatment of inammatory issues and various sources of pain

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The Big Sur Roadhouse offers dog-friendly dining for breakfast and lunch on a welcoming, heated patio. Enjoy a cappuccino and homemade doughnuts or a healthy egg breakfast sandwich with your four-legged buddy. This charming and peaceful spot takes you a step back in time with its midcentury modern-inspired décor. Pffeifer Big Sur State Park has dog-friendly day use with picnic tables and a dog-friendly riverside paved path. Dogs must be leashed and are not allowed on trails. Karl Anderson, DVM

Check out the California State Parks website for dog-friendly trails. Contacts for comment and info: BIG SUR RIVER INN: Rick Aldinger, General Manager at 800-548-3610 (Also a contact number for the Chamber of Commerce)

LOCAL COLOR GIFT SHOP: Francesca or Ondine at 831-667-0481 RIVERSIDE CAMPGROUND & CABINS: 831-667-2414 FERNWOOD RESORT: Diana Ballyntine at 831-667-2422

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Sara Allshouse

Fine Art Exquisite painting of your beloved animal and paintings of animals in the wild. Santa Cruz, "Open Studios" Oct 14&15, Oct.21&22. (2017) Sara will have her new original paintings available from her African Safari. She will also have a selection of prints, cards and giclees.

• The perfect gift for any holiday, birthday or memorial. • Framed custom portraits price begins at $250. • Home/location appointments are available. Dogs, Horses, and all other Animals.

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Animal Behavior and Counseling Quality training for you and your pet. • Puppy classes 10-20 weeks • Adult class 5 months and older • Basic and beyond – drop-in • Problem solving • Fun-gility • Tracking • Pet first aid classes • CGC workshops and tests

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Serving Espresso, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and lots of Beer (we have wine too!) Homecooked meals await you at our new location in Carmel Valley Village. SUNNY PATIO COZY INDOOR DINING BEERGARDEN PRIVATE DINING ROOM sporting events in the bar on our 3 HDTV's. movies in the Beergarden (call for dates and times)

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

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Pacific Veterinary Specialists + Emergency Service

The Emergency Services is open 24/7 for your pet’s urgent needs and same day Appointments referrals. available in: • Internal Medicine • Soft Tissue Surgery • Orthopedics • Cardiology

50 Years of Caring for Pets and Their People The ONLY 24 hour veterinary referral hospital with Board-Certified Specialists in Emergency & Critical Care serving the pets of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Please call for more information: 831.476.2584 | ER 831.476.0667

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