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e hope that everyone and their four-leggers are having a waggin’ good summer! Thank you for your submissions for our Choose Your Cool Photo Contest. We received 87 entries! It will be tough to choose only three winners.

In late spring of this year a hiker in Florida came across a dog trapped thirty feet down in a cave, learn how Joe aka “Florida Trailblazer” organized a rescue party, and the outcome of their efforts to save Sally. Our Dog of the Day story also starts in Florida and moves on to the state of Washington. Meet K9 Ghost and find out more about his ongoing story. Read Dina Eastwood’s article, Keeping the Beat, and learn how dog loving areas like ours help to push medical advancements in canine health care. Our featured artist, dog photographer Grace Chon, hones in on the individual personalities of her subjects. Read our interview to learn more about Grace and the release of her second book.

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Although surfing is definitely an extreme sport for dogs your dog can start by learning to land surf on a skateboard, execute an impressive leg weave, or to catch a flying disc. And that’s just the start of what master trainer, Chris Perondi, can help teach you. While you and your dog might not have a visit to the United Kingdom in the works, sit back and let writer and native Brit, Belinda Jones, take you on an armchair tour of some of the country’s fabulous dog-friendly places to stay and play in Dog- Friendly UK, Part Two.

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Known by many as the K9 Ninja on the popular TV show, American Ninja Warrior, Roo Yori, is a tireless advocate for dog adoption. Learn more about Roo and the organization he founded in memory of his beloved Pit Bull, Wallace, a world class disc dog champion. Santa Cruz surfer, Homer Henard, and his dog, Skyler, can be seen regularly, peeling across the waves at one of the local surf breaks. Find out what this amazing duo are doing now to fulfill their calling.

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table of contents


Rescue Me – Saving Sally Thanks to a caring hiker and


a team of good Samaritans, a dog named Sally is no longer lost in thousands of acres of forest, at the bottom of a 30-foot deep cavern.


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From the Heart .............................. 60

All Animal Mobile Clinic ................ 28

and Breakfast ........................... 62

Living With Dogs ........................... 62

Animal Cancer Center .................... 31

Central Coast Petsitter ................... 61

Animal Hospital at Mid Valley ....... 25

Dawg Gone It ................................ 15

Animal Hospital of Salinas ............ 60

Diane Grindol............................... 61

Cottage Veterinary Care ................... 4

Hunky and Co. ............................... 59

Dentistry For Animals .................... 55

Katy’s Walk, Stay, Play ................... 62

Monterey Peninsula Veterinary

Klaws, Paws, & Hooves .................. 21

unadoptable, an all-white deaf Pittie mix named Ghost has a new career after being taught hand signals and trained as a K9 officer.

Catherine Sullivan Art ................... 29

The Photography of Grace Chon Read our interview with Grace and learn more about this innovative pet photographer while viewing her spot-on photography.

48 Teach Your Dog Some New Tricks Your dog is never too old to learn something new! Learn a few choice tricks out of a fabulous new book titled, The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever, written by master trainer, Chris Perondi, and coauthor Larry Kay.

platform on the popular TV show American Ninja Warriors to promote dog adoption and call attention to dogs in need.

On the Cover: Veterinary Technician Adrienne Gulley and her five year old rescued rat terrier-mix “Fizzgig” aka “Fizzy” perform one of their many tricks at the first annual VetCBD Summer Bash Dog Party at the Window on the Bay Waterfront Park in Monterey.

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Little Pup Lodge............................ 59

Legend .......................................... 29

Natural Veterinary Therapy ............ 16

Milagros Pet Services .................... 45

Nichols Veterinary Care ................. 45

Redwood Romps ........................... 62


Ocean Animal Clinic ...................... 41

Dawg Gone It ................................ 15

Ophthalmology for Animals .......... 21

EVENTS Fall in Love BirchBark .................... 22


Pacific & Santa Cruz Veterinary Specialists .................................. 2 Pet Specialists, Inc. ........................ 31 Steinbeck Country Small Animal ............................ 57

REALTORS Rachelle Razzeca, Keller Williams .... 6 RESTAURANTS Abalonetti ..................................... 60 Trailside Café ................................. 61 STORES

GROOMING Suds ‘N Scissors ............................. 63


Diggidy Dog .................................. 64

Top Dog of Los Gatos...................... 49

Cypress Inn ................................... 47

Earthwise Pet ................................ 56

SYNTHETIC TURF Synthetic Turf of Monterey Bay ...... 23 TRAINING California Canine ........................... 50 Del Monte Kennel Club ................. 61 Divine K9 ...................................... 61 From The Heart Animal Behavior Counseling and Training .......... 60 Hunky and Co. ............................... 59 K9 Ambassador ............................. 29 Living With Dogs ........................... 62 Monterey Bay Dog Training Club ............................ 62 Pam Jackson ................................. 61


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52 The K9 Ninja His Passion and Purpose in Life:

Saving Dogs! Dog advocate and athlete, Roo Yori, uses his

Dogs are People Too ...................... 42

Emergency & Specialty Clinic.... 28

Paws at Play .................................. 60

Homer and Skyler Homer and his dog, Skyler, have been riding the waves together for years. Now this dynamic duo are using their surfing skills to help others in need.

correspondent, writer Belinda Jones, pens part two of her dog-friendly UK guide: where to stay and play.


Klaws, Paws, & Hooves .................. 21

43 Dog-Friendly UK, Part Two Our Great Britain


A. Herman, Dog Therapist .............. 27

Sara Allshouse Fine Art .................. 63

writes about a life-saving device, once thought to be used only by humans, that is now helping senior canines as well as other candidates who qualify for this procedure.



California Canine........................... 50

Dog of the Day – K9 Ghost Homeless and considered


Pet Pals ............................................ 3 The Raw Connection ........................ 5



24 Super Seniors – Keeping the Beat Dina Eastwood 32



ANIMAL CANCER CENTER Before Theresa Arteaga became a veterinary oncologist she was a professional ballet dancer. And she attributes the qualities she developed as a ballerina to be the same ones that propelled her through her training to become a veterinary oncologist: tenacity, hard work, and ceaseless learning and striving. Theresa grew up in New York City in a working-class family. Dogs were an important part of the family and guided the housing they chose in their apartment-driven existence. The valuable role dogs play in life was engrained in her. She attained her childhood dream of becoming a ballerina when she was accepted into the Joffrey Ballet. Her ballet career took her to Europe and

lasted ten years. She felt like she had a “Disneyland life” doing what she loved, but realized it wasn’t sustainable. She gravitated toward her love for dogs and animals, and the “right doors opened at the right time” for her to pursue a meaningful path in that direction.

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In 2009, Dr. Arteaga completed her education, with a degree in biochemistry and environmental toxicology from UCLA, as well as a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Cornell. In 2015, she opened Animal Cancer Center in Monterey. At ACC, Dr. Arteaga offers hope and comfort in addition to innovative treatment. She is active in the community educating the public and advocating for quality of life for pets. She also provides pro bono and discount services for POMDR dogs and is currently fostering one she is treating. She gives back in a way that seems a nod to her roots. And when she’s not hiking with her three dogs, she still does ballet.

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Saving Sally

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the cave they saw a thin, desperate dog trying to claw her way out and crying for help. Joe tried everything he could think of to coax the dog out of the cave. She was clawing at the sides, trying to climb out, but it was too steep. There was no cell reception for Joe to call for help. He hiked out far enough to get one bar on his cell phone, and he was able to call animal control. They were closed for the weekend. Then he got through to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Joe Dunn, aka “Florida Trailblazer,” has a passion for hiking, exploring the outdoors, history, and conservation. He uses social media platforms to inspire others to care about protecting the plants, animals, and lands of his beloved home state of Florida.

Commission, but they did not rescue domestic animals. Joe returned to the cave. He found a log and rolled it over to the cave and wedged it in at as much of an angle as he could. He hoped the dog could then climb up the log, but

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it was still too steep. She jumped and climbed and clawed trying to get up, but just couldn’t do it.

Joe has been using photographs and videos to document history, ghost towns, sink holes, caves, and anything else of interest that he finds during his exploration hikes. In late May of this year, while hiking, Joe made a

they began to hear the barks, cries, and howls of a

discovery that saved the life of a dog named Sally.

dog. It was very disturbing to hear because they were

Joe and a friend were four miles into a hike in the Goethe State Forest, which covers a range of 54,000

so far from any town and in an area very few people would explore.

acres. The forest is made up mainly of pine trees,

They followed the heartbreaking sounds and came

swamps, and limestone caves. Out of the wilderness,

to a cave with a thirty-foot drop. Peering down into

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The team hiked into the forest. Four miles into the hike, they were thrilled and relieved to hear the dog barking and whining. She was aware they were back and was crying out for help. You can almost imagine that she knew from her sense of smell that it was Joe again, and he was back with help. It was dusk and the sky was getting dark. It broke Joe’s heart but he knew

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there was nothing more he could do in that moment. He made a promise to himself and to the dog that he would be back the next day with a plan. The only food he had on him was some sausage. He threw that down to her, and she ate it ravenously. Once he got home, he posted photos of the dog and described her plight. Almost immediately he got an offer of help from a team of men who worked in technical stage rigging. They had ropes, pulleys, and harnesses, and were confident they had all the knowledge and experience needed to

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figure out how to help rescue the pup. Joe had trouble sleeping that night. He was so worried about the dog and felt guilty that he had to leave her there. He hoped she would be okay through the night. Good Samaritans, Steve Pavlick, Chris Pavlick, Alex Nadone, John and Amy Neal, and Alyssa Solis, traveled across the state to meet up with Joe the next morning to hike in with supplies. The team hiked into the forest. Four miles into the hike, they were thrilled and relieved to hear the dog barking and whining. She was aware they were back and was crying out for help. You can almost imagine that she knew 16 | | Summer 2019


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from her sense of smell that it was Joe again, and he was back with help. It took some time to figure out where all the ropes and pulleys would be fastened, but they got the rescue lines set up. Alex volunteered to be lowered down into the cave to get the dog fitted with the harness to be lifted out. He was unsure how she would receive him. Would she be scared of him? Would she try to bite when he went to put the harness on her? Fortunately, she was thrilled to see him. She was wiggly and happy and seemed to know he was there to help. She was patient while he fitted the harness on her and secured the straps under her front legs and under her hind end so she could be safely lifted out of the cave.

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Once out she was overjoyed. Joe said he had never seen a happier dog in his life. She rolled over for belly rubs, greeted everyone with a huge grin, and lapped up a bowl of water. Right away the men noticed that she was wearing a collar and identification! She was able to walk out with them on her own. When Joe had phone

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When Joe had phone reception he called the number on the collar and the man on the other end of the line was overjoyed to hear Sally was safe!

her from getting lost in the wilderness, but it had stopped working due to a dead battery or because the signal wasn’t available in the cave. When Joe reunited Sally with her family there were lots of hugs and tears. Joe has made lifelong friends with the team that helped him rescue Sally, and he gets regular updates from Sally’s family with photos and video

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On the one hand, it’s no wonder that he wound up within the department of corrections; poor little guy, it wasn’t his fault. Abandoned on the streets of Florida at a tender young age in 2015, he was down on his luck from the start. Luckily, he was saved from the streets by the local animal shelter, but only to find himself now in the “system.”

of her happy at home. Joe says that saving Sally was an immensely rewarding experience. He feels so grateful that his path that day crossed hers. He fears that if he had not been out hiking that day, she would not have survived. After Joe posted photos and video of Sally’s rescue on his social media sites, the story was picked up by local news, and then by national sites like Inside Edition and BuzzFeed. Check out some of the coverage by Googling “Sally and Joe Dunn videos.” Follow Joe on Instagram at @fltrailblazer, and

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There, this young dog’s fate did not look good, as his seemingly “Pit Bull” breeding (along with so many other shelter Pit Bulls) and his newly discovered deafness, worked against his being adopted into a forever home. As a high-energy dog, his deafness caused him to intensely fixate that energy on visuals such as a ball. This gave him an apparent indifference to people—not an ideal trait for a family pet. This pure-white puppy with astute, clear eyes and unhearing ears was initially dubbed “Gator” because he processed everything through his mouth. He was on track to a sad demise at the local shelter when Swamp Haven Rescue in St.

Augustine, Florida, scooped him up just in the nick of time. Swamp Haven specializes in downon-their-luck dogs and recognized a potential in Gator. At Swamp Haven, founder Lindsey Kelley immediately got to work to find the specialized placement that a dog like Gator would need. That turned out to be the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society in Port Angeles, Washington. It took 12 weeks to schedule the 48 volunteer drivers that would transport Gator from coast to coast. In that time, the staff of Swamp Haven learned how to communicate with their fun-loving, smart, deaf little charge, and he charmed his way right into their hearts. Gator arrived in Washington, leaving a trail of Gator tales with his 48 volunteer transporters. At the OPHS, placing him in a forever home continued to be a challenge, and he spent his days “in the back,” in an area designated for special-needs adoptable dogs. Soon, fate smiled upon Gator once again, when Barb Summer 2019 | | 19

dog of the day | Ghost

Joe, an experienced trainer and handler, had to develop a specialized set of hand signals for his new partner, and Ghost proved to be a diligent student.


to place as a domestic pet. She looks for the dog who has “. . . ball drive; just ball drive.” Barb then explained, “I walk down the kennels and I bounce a tennis ball. That’s all I do. And the dog that is trying to eat the fence or trying to jump out [after the tennis ball] has single-minded, absolute focus on a ball, is the dog I am going to pull out.” Barb has pulled over 450 dogs from humane societies and animal shelters across the Northwest during her time with the DOC.

Davenport arrived at the facility. She is with the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) and has been a K9 dog trainer for the past 35 years. Aside from training sessions, Barb spends the majority of her workweek bouncing a tennis ball up and down the kennels of Washington State animal shelters. She is in search of recruits for her K9 Narcotic Officer training

The staff at the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society had called on Barb that day to assess a dog they thought might meet the criteria for her K9 Narcotics Officer training. Upon meeting the dog, Barb quickly determined that it had what she calls “pet quality” ball drive. Barb had her black and white Border Collie narcotics dog, Holly, with her, and Holly was clearly uncomfortable with the raucous energy of the kennels. “She’s woozy,” Barb told me with a chuckle, adding that narc dogs are “not selected for bravery.” When Barb threw the tennis ball for Holly, however, her discomfort was forgotten as her single-minded ball drive took over and she went in pursuit of her prize. “That’s the kind of ball drive that I am looking for,” Barb told the shelter staff. Upon seeing Holly’s level of drive, a staff member told Barb about another potential dog there who the shelter had been unable to place. There was only one problem, she was told. “He is deaf.” This was a bit of a concern for Barb as, in her experience, deaf dogs can be fearful and apprehensive in unfamiliar situations. She agreed to check him out, however, as she also views assessing any dog as an opportunity to educate others about her mission.

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Barb was pleasantly surprised to discover that Gator had zero startle response. When she walked up behind him, and tapped him, he turned right around to say “hi” with a happy

Olympic Peninsula Humane Society saved Ghost, a deaf, all-white pit bull terrier mix more than a year ago from a high-kill shelter in another state.

smile. “He is Mr. Friendly,” Barb says. And boy, did he have ball drive! He is a dog who would knock stuff over, then work and work and work doing whatever it took to get his toy. “If they [the shelter staff] were willing to take a chance on me, I was willing to take a chance on the dog.” And with that, Gator was off to K9 Narcotics Officer training with Barb. For six weeks, dogs are trained to sniff out heroine, cocaine, methamphetamine, spice, suboxone, and/or marijuana. Classes take place “after hours” within a correctional facility when the residents have returned to their units. Unlike some other K9 training programs where dogs undergo training prior to being matched with a handler, K9s and handlers begin their training together at the DOC from day one. After a minimum of 200 class hours, the K9 officers are certified as a team. Barb knew that Joe Henderson, a longtime K9 handler and trainer within a DOC sister organization, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS] was ready to retire his current K9 partner, and would be in need of a new one. She asked Joe if he would be

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Joe agreed, and Gator, now renamed “Ghost,� began his training. As is typical, Ghost will exhibit “pinpoint� behavior such as faster tail wagging, before he sits to signal that he has detected contraband. He is then rewarded with a ball, squeaky toy, or whatever may be his preference, and removed from the scene while the human officers process it. Joe, an experienced trainer and handler, had to develop a specialized set of hand signals for his new partner, and Ghost proved to be a diligent student. In fact, Ghost is so fixed on following Joe’s nonverbal cues, it has made for some interesting misunderstandings on occasion according to Barb.

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When I asked her what she meant, Barb shared a story of the officers transitioning out of a correctional facility one day. Upon entering and leaving, officers stop at a “sally port� to check in/out keys and other items. Joe’s command for Ghost to hop up on a table or bed is a sweeping motion with his right hand up across his chest. Apparently, Joe made just such a motion as he moved to toss his keys into the tray. Ghost leapt up onto the eight-inch-wide aluminum counter just under the window, and no one was more startled than the guard to suddenly find himself staring into the intent eyes of a canine! Like all good K9 officers, Ghost loves his work. K9 Narcotics Officers work 10-12 years before they are “retired� to typically live out their days with their handlers, so Ghost has a good long career ahead of him. As I write, Joe has been promoted, and Ghost is living with him on “standby� at the moment, awaiting a new special partner so that he can get back to doing what he loves to do best— find his ball! Ghost had two strikes against him before he found himself being transported from a Florida facility to his new life with the Washington State Department of Corrections. Thanks to the efforts of some extraordinary humans, this extra-special dog did not strike out; he ended up hitting it out of the park! The condition that formally handicapped him, now makes him possibly one of the most effective K9 narcotics officers ever; with no hearing, an additional layer of distraction is removed, allowing him to focus solely on his target.

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Not only a model K9 narcotics officer, Ghost is a poster dog for the outstanding work of the Washington State Department of Corrections—and Barb Davenport in particular—in rehabilitating dogs in service of rehabilitating people. Barb is very proud of what Ghost and her program have brought to the DOC. “Turning that [shelter] dog into a successful, valuable resource for the community is probably the best . . .,� she says. All beings deserve that.

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Willard and Shirley Phillips watched helplessly in angst as one of their senior Miniature Schnauzers, Greta, started to regularly lose her balance and topple over. They feared it was epilepsy. “One of our other dogs had had epilepsy. We were really confused. We were terrified that it was the same thing!” Fortunately, it wasn’t. Instead, it was a more treatable heart ailment, common in some small breeds, that was fixed with the implantation of a pacemaker—yes, a canine pacemaker.

or collapsing. We most commonly see this in older, small-breed Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, and Miniature Schnauzers.” When a dog is diagnosed with a possible cardiological issue, it can be fitted with a halter monitor, not unlike the ones a human wears when they see their heart doctor. The veterinarian reads the results of what the dog is experiencing on an event monitor, the size of a pager. Once certain ailments such as sick sinus syndrome or atrial standstill are identified, the dog is then a candidate for a pacemaker.

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U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine “I’d never heard of it before,” Willard says, “but they are our babies, so it was a do. The improvement was immediate.” Both of their twelve-year-old girls, Greta and Gizmo, now have pacemakers, with Gizmo getting hers after exhibiting the same symptoms as her sister. “She no longer faints. It’s been four months now. She’s been doing really well,” Shirley adds.

the procedure, and has been doing so since 1990. “The technology has gotten much better. The equipment has dramatically improved, and the success rate and the numbers have improved, too,” Lesser says, reflecting on a career that has included implanting the devices for almost thirty years as the former owner of the largest canine cardiology practice on the West Coast.

Pacemakers in dogs are becoming more common, although the cardiologists who perform the procedure are still relatively rare. Luckily for us on the dog-centric Central Coast, one of the industry’s pioneers lives and works here, at Pet Specialists of Monterey. Dr. Michael Lesser (DVM Diplomate ACVIM Cardiology) is the only person on the Monterey Peninsula who performs

The first case of a canine pacemaker was one made for a human and tested on a dog back in the late 1960s. But pacemakers made specifically for dogs were first implanted in the late 1980s. They are used to treat several conditions that Dr. Lesser says show up more in some breeds than others. “Animals that need pacemakers have a heart rate too slow, to the point that they are fainting

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“What you need is a diversity of people and people who are dedicated to the welfare of animals. What the public wants drives what we offer. When clients come to me and express a need, I can make it happen.” The mechanics are easier than they may seem. A small generator, which includes a lithium battery, is implanted in the dog’s neck, with leads that travel to its heart through the jugular vein. When the generator detects an irregular or stopped beat, the device sends an impulse—a shock wave of sorts—through the leads to stimulate the heart and make it regain regularity. The procedure is done under general anesthesia, and the average cost is between $5,000 and $6,000. Dogs will need to have a short downtime before getting back to playing fetch, but their improvement has no lag time. Batteries last for years, and can be easily changed. The specialty—like canine dentistry, ophthalmology, and dermatology—is a reflection of how dogs are valued as members of the family. Dr. Lesser says it’s communities such as ours that drive the innovation in these fields that were unfathomable just a generation ago. “What you need is a diversity of people and people who are dedicated to the welfare of animals. What the public wants drives what we offer. When clients come to me and express a need, I can make it happen.” Dr. Lesser says pacemakers hold a special place in his toolkit because of what they accomplish. “In veterinarian cardiology we treat problems and diseases. But, when I put in the pacemaker, I get to fix the underlying problem. The dogs can go back to running on the beach. That makes me extremely happy.” Although older dogs receive pacemakers most commonly, one success story on a puppy left Dr. Lesser particularly pleased. “I treated a young Boxer with a congenital abnormality. At just eleven months old, he was having fainting episodes. Collapsing. We put a monitor on his heart and it was stopping for eight seconds at a time. It was so unusual because it’s not on your radar at such

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a young age. He’s been doing extremely well ever since.” As for Willard and Shirley Phillips, they are thrilled that Greta and Gizmo both have a new lease on life at the ripe age of twelve. “We can’t say enough about Dr. Lesser. He is caring, up-todate on procedures, and professional. And when we were told the batteries (in the pacemaker) last six, seven years, that was even better!” They are hopeful that Greta and Gizmo will be here long enough to get those batteries changed.

Dina Eastwood is a longtime Peninsula resident who has worked in the media for more than 20 years. She has been an anchor at KSBWTV 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.

Our house is so much quieter and the work load is lightened, but it’s unsettling and downright sad. The change comes from the passing of our sweet, seventeenyear-old, supersenior Pug, Chica, who crossed the rainbow bridge in June. Chica, who you may have seen on these pages, was pure light. Her magnetic smile garnered more than 17,000 followers on Instagram. She was so dearly loved that if we were out of town and didn’t post anything, her loyal fans would message me, panicked, to make sure she was okay.

the last two years. The quiet, calm lady became an avid barker (and developed a hysterical howl when she really wanted her way) as her hips, eyes, ears, and teeth failed. But, Pug Daddy followed behind her catering to her every need. We never tired of rushing to bring her to her water bowl, her grass patch, or moving her from bed to bed. She wasn’t always a lady of leisure. Due to her stocky build, Chica was an ace on

Chica smiled her way into our life in 2014 at the ripe age of twelve. Relinquished by her sole owners after a divorce, she ended up in the care of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. We had one young Pug back then, and when I saw a photo of Chica’s broad grin, dangling tongue, and sweet, velvet eyes, I knew we had to add her to our family. Not yet convinced, my husband Scott agreed to a test run. When the sweet old gal put her chin in his hand while he administered her eye drops, he was sold. The bond they developed was one I’ve rarely witnessed.

a skateboard. She loved the beach. She was a bridesmaid in our wedding and was a VIP guest of Belinda Carlisle’s at a Go-Go’s concert last year, watching from backstage and being fawned over by the whole band. She never met an enemy or an activity she didn’t like. The end came quickly for Chica. Whatever took her life only affected her for about 24 hours. She left us brokenhearted, but she also leaves the legacy of “the Chica smile,” and it will forever brighten our lives.


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of cultural trends and aesthetics in South Korea. I've always been fond of Boo the dog (rest in peace buddy!), and he had a Japanese-style cut. When I had the idea of doing a before and after series of dogs after their haircuts, I knew I wanted to showcase Japanese-style dog grooming because it's incredibly unique and something we didn't see too often in the states back in 2016. I also love that Japanese-style grooming strives to showcase the individuality in each dog, which is what I do with my photography. Q: What is your favorite part of photographing dogs?

Q: What is your art background and how has it helped to enhance your dog photography? A: I have an MFA in Advertising Art Direction and Design. I used to work in the ad industry as an art director, creating ad campaigns for brands like Panda Express, Shutterfly, General Motors, and more. I am a self-taught photographer, but my art-direction background really helps me with capturing the look and feel that I want in a photo, how to come up with creative ideas for shoots, and how to have all the elements in a still photo work together to convey a message and story. Q: How did you get started photographing dogs and animals? A: Back in 2007, I was a stressed-out art director working crazy hours and decided to volunteer to take headshots of rescue dogs to help them get adopted. That turned into a side hustle petphotography business that I juggled while I worked at my day job. After nine months, I quit my day job to focus full time on pet photography and haven't looked back! Q: We love your Puppy Styled photo series. How did you become aware of this type of dog grooming, and what inspired you to take on this unique project? A: I'm Korean American, and had seen this Asian style of grooming over the years just being aware

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A: I really love connecting with dogs and getting to know them on a soul level. I love seeing the subtleties in them that most people might not recognize immediately unless they know them already. I love revealing those subtleties and emotions to viewers, and allowing them to feel like they know the dog just by seeing my work. Q: Are you a dog mom? And if so, please tell us about your pups. A: Yes! They are what inspired me to start taking photos of dogs. I have a 12-year-old dog named Zoey who is a Formosan Mountain Dog and a rescue from Taiwan. I found her on Petfinder back in 2007 and knew I needed to adopt her as soon as I saw her. My dog Maeby changed my life—adopting her really shifted my priorities from being a workaholic art director to seeking a career that had more purpose and meaning. My first book, Waggish, came out in 2017 is dedicated to her. Maeby recently passed away in March 2019. My life will never be the same because of her, and will never be the same without her. Q: What activities do you enjoy doing with your own dogs? A: I walk for an hour every morning with Zoey, and it's a necessary way for me to start the day. I spend the time really grounding myself, thinking through ideas, and releasing stress so I can start the day with a clean slate. I just don't feel right without this morning ritual! And Zoey loves walks and being outside, so it's the perfect bonding activity for us.

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Q: You have photographed kids and dogs together

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Q: I see that one of your dog-and-kid photos was

wearing matching accessories. Have you done a whole

made into a huge mural. Where is that located

series using this portrait theme?

and who painted it?

A: That series is called the "Zoey and Jasper" series, and

A: Instagram has been a great platform for my work

it features my son when he was eight months old and

to be shared all over the globe. A muralist in

Zoey when she was seven years old. I created a whole

Portugal named Projecto Matilha came across it

series of them, 23 portraits in total. As a new mom I

on Instagram and painted a big mural of an image

was sleep-deprived, exhausted, and feeling burned out as a human being—and most especially as a creative. The images were shot in my home in between nap time, and it was such a fun and easy way for me to exercise my creative muscles, get the creative juices flowing, and feel like a human being again.

from the Zoey and Jasper series. Q: They say working with dogs and kids can be the most difficult. Do you find that together they are doubly hard? A: I think if you love what you're shooting, it's never hard because of the connection you have with the

subject. Because I adore both children and dogs, I don't find working with them to be difficult. But if you don't love them, it would be exhausting and try your patience! (Now weddings and brides on the other hand, that would be far more difficult for me!) Photographing dogs and kids together is really fun because you're there to document the connection and the emotion that comes from it. If you think of yourself as a fly on the wall, there to witness an emotional connection and capture it, it's not difficult.

on trend, but I really want to create something that shares a different aspect of them—one that is more quiet, contemplative, and reveals their deep ability to heal us. Q: Do you have a meet and greet/planning appointment before your scheduled lifestyle and portrait photo shoots?

Q: Tell us about your Pup Up event. A: I teamed up with Healthy Spot to create the Puppy Styled photos, and they held a Pup Up event showcasing images from the book. They created a beautiful art gallery with a wall display of the images, as well as photo booth opportunities for viewers to come in and take photos inside the space. It was a fun, experiential space for people to view the work. Q: What types of photo projects are you currently working on and do you have any big future projects with dogs planned? A: I'm working on a new series right now about the healing power of dogs. Seeing dogs in a funny or goofy way has been

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Q: Which nonprofits have you done work for? A: I don't shoot private photo shoots anymore, but that was my bread and butter from 2008–2014. I never did a meet and greet or planning appointment before the shoots—actually, I didn't even have a phone number on my website because I hate talking on the phone! Everything was done over email. So getting to know the owners and the dogs happened in the moment that I met them for the shoot. But I'm a pretty good reader of dogs and because I bring a very calm, grounded energy to them when I meet them, we connect pretty quickly and find our rapport very easily as we shoot.

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A: I've worked with Best Friends Animal Society, The Shelter Pet Project, and many rescue groups in Los Angeles. I also recently joined the board of Pet Partners Southern California, the nation’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering pets to work as therapy animals, and am excited to be working with them. Q: I see that you mention that you are not taking on new pet photography clients. Are you switching over to doing more commercial shoots?

A: I transitioned to shooting commercial and editorial work in 2014. Now I focus on that, creating my own personal projects (like the Zoey and Jasper series, and the Puppy Styled photo series) as well as my podcast Creativity School, which is all about empowering people to tap into their unique gifts and share them with the world. More about Grace Chon at She is also on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Beachgoers in Santa Cruz may be in for a treat while out watching surfers dropping in on the local waves. Among the groups of wet suit-wearing humans, one particular surfer stands out from the rest—Skyler the Surfing Dog! Skyler is an Australian Cattle Dog who has been hitting the waves since puppyhood.

Homer and Skyler:

“My Dad actually got Skyler for me from Turlock off of a cattle ranch. It was kind of a surprise, and at first I didn’t know if I was ready to take care of her, but then I saw her and that was it,” says Homer, Skyler’s human best friend and surf companion.

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Surfing   just came naturally for Skyler.

“We started out on a day with small waves, and she did amazing! I don’t even think she fell off once. She took to it right away.” For a dog who loves to surf, a funny truth about Skyler is that she doesn’t really enjoy actually getting wet! “She never jumps in the water. If I turn on the hose, she runs. But when I throw my surfboard down, she comes running and jumps right on. I think she surfs so well because she doesn’t like falling off the board!” Homer says with a laugh. “She loves surfing so much that instead of taking her to the dog park, we started just heading out to surf.” There’s no doubt that Skyler loves surfing as much as Homer does. She even mimics Homer and tries to help him paddle sometimes, dipping her toes into the water when she stands on the nose of the board. But Skyler isn’t just ANY surfing dog—she is a World Champion Surf Dog. Just as there is a circuit for professional human surfers, there is a circuit for surf dogs, and Skyler can hold her own among them. Dogs fly in from all over the world to compete in various contests throughout the year, competing to see which canine has the most skills on the board. “Skyler wins a lot of the surf-dog events. We’re blessed with such good waves here in Santa Cruz. I think the reason why



“She was born into the surf game because that’s pretty much what I do always. I was down at the harbor and I jumped on a stand up paddleboard. The thing about Skyler is that she always wants to be with me, so she jumped on too and I could immediately tell she had natural balance, and I just knew right

then it was on,” recalls Homer, who grew up in Santa Cruz and has been surfing since he was a kid.

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she’s a World Champion Surf Dog is because she gets to surf world-class waves,” Homer explains. “Skyler doesn’t just stand there on the end of the board while I surf; she’s really learned how to lean into the turns. She’s ridden so much that when she rides solo, she has all that knowledge and does everything herself. She’s actually RIDING the wave.”

challenges,” he elaborates. You can hear the passion in Homer’s voice when he talks about how his journey with Skyler has allowed the two of them to help so many people.

The only activity Skyler and Homer are more stoked about than surfing itself is helping others get out in the water through surf therapy.

“It’s pretty radical. I see kids have moments where they’re just so stoked, they forget their disability,” Homer says. “At the end of the day, I’ll get emotional about it. This is so much bigger than me. I wasn’t planning on doing surf therapy with my dog, but it’s turned into that being her calling, and I have to help her do that.”

“It’s the integration of surf therapy and animal therapy in one. We help with the organization ‘Operation Surf’ which gets wounded veterans out surfing, and also with the group ‘Waves of Impact,’ a group that works with kids facing exceptional

“Sometimes the kids are a little intimidated or scared of going in the ocean, and I bring Skyler over and she jumps on the board and it just changes everything. Kids who didn’t want to get involved change their minds . . . I see some fully life-altering

stuff out there,” he says with excitement in his voice. He tries to get Skyler involved in any surf nonprofit workshops that come through the Santa Cruz area. Homer is enthusiastic about sharing Skyler’s story with the world as much as possible. He recently wrote a children’s book that will feature her adventures, and is hoping to get it published in the near future.

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Speed Bump cartoonist Dave Coverly poses with his daughter Alayna in front of the mural they completed together at the new Bark office in Columbus, Ohio.

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By Belinda Jones

Dog Friendly U.K. Part 2


n our spring issue Belinda Jones gave us an insider guide to traveling around Great Britain by train, boat, bus, and subway. Now we look at where to stay and play in the UK!

Where to Stay From cozy, rose-blooming cottages to slick city lofts, or historic hotels to stately homes with sprawling grounds, I like to think that your biggest dilemma with finding

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dog-friendly accommodations in the UK is that you’ll be spoiled for choice! Of course you can simply tick the pet-friendly box on TripAdvisor or, but one British site goes way above and beyond telling you whether a place accepts canine visitors, and that is the cutely named PetsPyjamas! ( Dedicated to showcasing pet-friendly properties, the site gives each listing a “Bow Wow Factor” detailing the extra appeal for your pup. For example, a resident dog to play with, grounds where your dog can run off leash, or in the case of the gorgeous Devonshire Arms in Skipton, North Yorkshire, a pet-sitting service, dog wash station, and (for special occasions and an extra £25!) a doggie four-poster bed! (Our personal tip is the doggy ice-cream fridge opposite

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including a personalized postcard with your dog’s pic and a pop-up water bowl, then amping up in terms of treats and toys with each level! Many of the featured hotels are full-on bucket-list material. Top of our list is Burgh Island, a 1930s deco dream, most famous as the inspiration for the Agatha Christie classic And Then There Were None. If you are a fan of David Suchet’s Poirot character, you may have seen the TV version with the name Evil Under The Sun. Terrier owners might want to look at The Jack Russell in Andover—just six miles from Highclere Castle, seen in Downton Abbey.

the reception desk at The Ness in Shaldon, offering two yummy flavors: Carrot or Old Sock!) PetsPyjamas also has many exclusive offers, such as The Fontmell in Dorset offering a special two-night stay package with a personalized blanket or towel embroidered with your dog’s name, a PitPat activity monitor, and even a homemade doggie sausage at breakfast!


And as if all these bonuses weren’t enough, every booking earns you a PetsPyjamas Pet Goodie Bag. There are four levels from, Canine Companion to Platinum VIP—each

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If you have a specific location in mind, you can narrow your search by town or city. Or let’s say you’re looking at the Lake District in general. You will find 25 options there, including the Armathwaite Hall Hotel, set on one of the largest lakes in the national park. It has 400 acres for your dog to explore, and your pooch can also relax in the room while you are being pampered in the spa! Booking through PetsPyjamas also means the £15 pet fee is waived.

Another good reason to opt for a pub is that they typically have a dog-friendly dining section adjacent to the bar, often with a toasty fire when the weather cools.

Stay In A Pub campaign, the ideal choice if you’re looking for somewhere with real character. Here Elsa is pictured peeking out from the Lord Crewe Arms in Blanchland, Northumberland. Our local Cott Inn at Dartington is one of the oldest thatched cottages in Britain—welcoming guests since 1320!—

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Alternatively you might want to broaden your search by county (the British version of a U.S. state). Popular choices include Cornwall, the Cotswolds, and Pembrokeshire in Wales. But if you’re a Beatles fan you’ll want to make a beeline for Liverpool (Hope Street Hotel offers dog beds and toys). Jane Austen aficionados will feel like they’ve stepped back in time on the streets of Bath (a very pretty, walkable city), and Harry Potter readers will enjoy Edinburgh, where J.K. Rowling first put pen to page. (The Bonham Hotel there, built in 1872, offers private access to dog-friendly Drumsheugh Gardens.) Farthest north, Outlander fans will relish the stunning Scottish Highlands. One of the best dog blogs for accommodation reviews—with lovely pics featuring Lhasa Apso Elsa (and now fluffball Buffy)—is Paws Across Britain. They are keen supporters of the

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Another good reason to opt for a pub is that they typically have a dog-friendly dining section adjacent to the bar, often with a toasty fire when the weather cools. (If the weather is warm, nearly all cafes allow dogs in the outdoor/patio areas.) If you prefer to have your own facilities, the National Trust UK ( offers cottages especially geared up for dog owners. There’s no fee for your dog and every booking helps preserve heritage sites and the surrounding countryside. We love the look of Diston Cottage in the Cotswolds—an area that makes you feel like you’re walking in a BBC period drama! Or how about going Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest with Forest Holidays ( They have a wonderful selection of dog-friendly cabins with barbecues and hot tubs!

Where to Play Britain is famous as a “green and pleasant land” (even if the green comes from all our rain!), and you will find infinite woodland, moor, mountain, and coastal walks to enjoy with your dog, most of which are off-leash. British dog owners are generally friendly and easygoing when you cross paths, and their dogs are used to civil greetings, but do keep an eye out in terms of wildlife. There are usually warnings if there are sheep or cows

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If you’re looking for extra entertainment, the summer is filled with dog shows all around the country. All About Dogs has events running April–September at locations from Essex to Norfolk. New this year is Hollywood Hounds—does your dog look like someone famous? There’s also an Insta-POOCH red-carpet walk, canine parkour and stunts, and flyball—the ultimate in adrenalin-fueled fun! Meanwhile, DogFest has celebrity endorsements in the form of two national treasures: sports presenter Clare Balding and TV’s beloved Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick. Events run May–June, so you’ll want to plan ahead for next year for that, but there’s still time to enjoy three days of fun and frolic at Devon’s Woofstock in mid-August. I’ll


with charming creaky-floored rooms and a cracking breakfast.


present—good to know if your dog is a natural herder or a frenzied barker at the sight of an unfamiliar animal!

be there at the Animals in Distress booth raising funds for their new dog kennels, so do swing by and say hello if you’re in the area! So there we are! Wherever you stay and play, I wish you the most wonderful visit to the UK!

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

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Walking Leg Weave

1 Hold a lure in each hand. Have your dog

sit at your left heel. Step forward with your right foot—your legs should be far enough apart so that your dog can walk through comfortably. Reach your right hand under your right leg and lure your dog through your legs.


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2 Continue luring (with your right hand)

around the front of your right leg and step forward with your left foot. Reach your left hand under that leg, shift his focus to that lure, and lure him through.


3 Once you and your dog coordinate the

luring movement for one full cycle, phase in air cookies and begin to randomize actual lures and treat rewards. Begin tossing a reward rather than delivering the lure as a reward.

4 From beginner to pro tricks, The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever is a virtual treasury of trick training information. Master dog trainer Chris Perondi, founder of the Stunt Dog Academy, and co-author Larry Kay have put together an easy-to-read, step-bystep, illustrated guide to furthering your dog’s education. The book includes well over 100 tricks taught using positive reinforcement. The shared joy of learning a new trick will help you celebrate a stronger bond between you and your dog. Here is a sampling of tricks from their new book. As for all tricks, it helps if your dog has a foundation in basic training commands. And remember that safety is always paramount.

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Add a second complete weave cycle by luring as you did in Steps 1 and 2, and phase out the lure as you did in step 3. Add a third weave cycle then a fourth. Phase in the cues. Step forward with your right foot and motion your dog to go under your right leg as you say the verbal cue. As your dog curls around the right leg, step left, motion him under your left leg, and say the verbal cue again. Once your dog can weave four complete cycles for one reward, begin to phase out hand movements and verbal cues for each weave. Your goal is to have your first leg movement, hand cue, or verbal cue begin the weave cycles until you stop or deliver the next cues.

PRO TIP Your dog will weave faster if you are excited and move the lure quickly.

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Safety You need excellent recall when you take your dog on any off-leash skateboard adventure. The board surface must have a good grip. Check the grounds where you plan to skateboard for trip hazards, such as uneven surfaces or a stray pebble.

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Catch a Flying Disc

1 Build your dog’s interest in the disc. For a less interested


2 Before throwing the disc, build your dog’s drive to get it.

5 As your dog jumps to grab the disc from your hand,

dog, you may need to feed meals in the disc, or rub treats all over it to make it smell enticing. Praise your dog for any interest he shows in the disc—touching, mouthing, picking it up. Build positive associations with the disc before moving on to the next step.

Kneel or stand with your feet wide apart, bend over, and slide the disc on the ground like a lure. Encourage your dog to get it. Let him grab the disc, tug on it and drop it, and occasionally let him win a round of tug.


When your dog’s drive for the disc is consistently high, begin to roll the disc like a wheel for him to chase, retrieve, and bring back to you. Use the cues for fetch: “get it” and “bring it.” With your dog facing you, in the ready position, roll the disc away from him. While he goes to retrieve, hold another disc at your dog’s eye level. When he returns, cue him to drop the first disc and reward him with the second disc. When he drops it, roll the first disc again. Shape by rolling farther in different directions.

As you rev up your dog’s interest in the disc, introduce the jump and grab. Raise the disc off the ground so he has to get up On Two to get it. Continue to use the cues “get it,” “give it,” and “drop it.” Trade for the other disc. Gradually shape for altitude so that your dog has to hop with all four feet off the ground.

flick it two inches (literally!) in the direction of his jump momentum. Your good timing is essential: flick the disc gently after he has jumped.


Once you and your dog have good timing on the two-inch flick, shape for distance—to a few feet. When he can do that consistently, you are ready for the next level of disc tricks.

Pro Tips Building drive could take a month or more. Be patient. Don’t reward with treats; the disc is the reward.

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1 Start by acclimating your dog to the skateboard. At

5 Remove the skateboard leash

and continue luring her to kick as you back up slowly. It’s ok to help her start the kick. Shape by backing up a bit faster as you lure her and increase the distance.

first, hold or fix the board so that it can’t move, and gradually release the board so that she has to use balance and is familiar with the movements of the board.

2 Leash the deck. Attach an eight-foot cord to the

front of the skateboard deck. Use this leash to pull the board along smooth surfaces. Go forward and backward while your dog is on the board. Shape by rolling longer distances—back and forth as you continue to mark and treat. Be patient.


3 Take a walk. Pull the leashed skateboard—as long as

your dog enjoys being on it—along relatively smooth surfaces. Literally, take your dog for a walk. Pull your dog on her leashed skateboard over little bumps. Little by little, shape by adding bigger bumps.

4 With the skateboard leashed, reward your dog for

perching on the board and rolling it toward your lure. Cue “kick.” Inch by inch, she rolls the board farther. Lure her in the opposite direction so she needs to turn around and resume kicking.


Cue ”All four on the board!” When your dog is ready, try a slight downhill location. As the board rolls, it will be easier for her to get all four feet on the board than to continue to kick. If she needs help with this step, put the leash on the deck to give her the hint, and then phase out the deck leash. Add turns. Loosen the skateboard’s wheel trucks, which will enable the skateboard to turn as the rider leans. On a slight downhill, lure your dog to skate five yards to you with all four paws on the board. As she approaches your lure, move it slightly to one side so that she automatically leans toward it. When she leans, the board will turn. On subsequent skate runs, shape by moving with the lure farther diagonally away from your dog as she approaches you.

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His Passion and Purpose in Life: Saving Dogs! By Pam Bonsper Passion is a strong word. It is a warrior word. Strength, agility, and balance are warrior necessities. Mental toughness is a warrior quality. A warrior is energetic, committed, and courageous. And persistent. Are you a warrior? Are you a dog warrior? Andrew (Roo) Yori is. He is also a man who should be too busy to devote his time to saving dogs. He is a scientist who supervises a genetics lab at Mayo Clinic. He is a superb athlete who trains one to two hours several days a week. He is the founder of a nonprofit called Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation. He’s an author (his children’s books are available on Amazon), an educator (he takes his message to schools and organizations), and a mentor (he teaches his Ninja skills to kids). And he and his wife, Clara, are busy dog parents to Juju and Johnny. Roo Yori is also the famous K9 Ninja Warrior. However, the K9 aspect of Roo’s title preceded the Ninja


Warrior identifier. Soon after college, and after finding their very first place to call home, Roo and Clara adopted two dogs from the shelter. Shortly after, they both started volunteering with the shelter, and Clara eventually was hired as an employee. One dog—a particularly difficult one to place—was a Pit Bull named Wallace. He was “bouncing off the walls” at the shelter. “He was a naughty little dog and had a few extra gears,” Roo explained. He didn’t get along with other dogs and almost no one could handle him. Pit Bulls had a bad reputation, which made it difficult to find adopters. After many months of training and several mishaps, it looked like he would be euthanized.

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“When I’m tired and don’t feel like training, I think of all the dogs I can help by competing, by being out there and sending my message.”

In 2008, Roo adopted another Pit Bull named Hector (a survivor of Michael Vick’s dog-fighting operation). Hector was a winner with his great personality and ability to attract attention. His destiny was quickly decided: he became a certified therapy dog. “Wallace could pull people in because of the Frisbee,” Roo explained, “and Hector just drew people in when they saw him. Wallace and Hector brought more awareness to Pit Bulls and to all dogs who needed homes than anything I could do alone.” When both Wallace and Hector passed away within a year of each other, Roo was desolate. He had his Wallace Pit Bull Foundation yet needed something more, another way to reach different audiences so he could spread his message. He came up with an idea. “I saw the American Ninja Warrior

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Roo and Clara knew Wallace was a good dog and very special. They “saw something in him.” It was clear that the only way to save him was for Clara and Roo to foster him, continue his training, and prepare him for a suitable family. Roo used his warrior’s passion, persistence, and commitment to harness Wallace’s craziness, energy, and strength. Having been an athlete all his life, Roo knew the importance of working hard, sometimes to the point of exhaustion. Within a short time, Roo found just what Wallace needed. The whole family entered the world of weight pulling and disc throwing for dogs. It became their passion and purpose. Roo let people at the shows know that Wallace was adoptable, Clara trained and competed with their other dogs, and Wallace used his extra gears and super energy to chase Frisbees and pull carts full of weights.

Within three years, Roo and Wallace had taken first prize in the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Championships (IDC) in Freestyle Flying Discs. Wallace became famous. He had a roomful of trophies and ribbons and was appearing on TV shows. And a book was written about him. But more importantly, he had become a warrior for people—a Homo sapiens Ninja Warrior. He taught humans that Pit Bulls are dogs, too, and they should not be discriminated against based on what they look like.

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series on TV,” he said, “and it looked like something I’d like.” He pulled in some warrior courage, began training, and soon felt he had a chance to get on the show. That was four seasons ago. “I’ve been lucky enough to get called back each season,” he said. (The truth is, there is no luck involved: it’s 100 percent ability). “The only thing was, I wasn’t allowed to use logos or any type of advertising.” So Roo got creative and came up with simple yet effective tactics. “I just wear a tee-shirt when I compete that says Adopt A Dog.” He also involves his full support team. Clara brings their family dogs to the shows. Shelter volunteers come to cheer him on as well. Everyone waves flags and cheers at the top of their lungs. As Roo pushes himself through one incredible physical challenge after another,


It worked! Except the part about finding someone to adopt Wallace. So Roo and Clara adopted him and they continued to compete. Roo and Wallace teamed up with another guy named Josh with a dog named Wazee. They entered one event after another and won and won and won. Wallace was shocking the world with his athleticism, agility, strength, and passion, and proving his talent was on a par with the fast, graceful Frisbee chasers most people were accustomed to.

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crowds yell “Roo, Roo, Roo!” When he finishes the course, the stadium erupts.

“Hector just drew people in when they saw him. Wallace and Hector brought more awareness to Pit Bulls and to all dogs who needed homes than anything I could do alone.”

Roo is worthy of such energy and enthusiasm. He has earned the title of the K9 Ninja Warrior. He has the mental toughness to juggle jobs, commitments, and social obligations all at once. He has the strength, agility, and balance to compete with athletes half his age. He has the courage to stand up to inaccurate beliefs about a worthy and noble breed of dog. He also has the commitment “to put the dog kennels out of business because we want every dog to have a home.” I asked Roo how he manages to keep competing in such a demanding sport. His answer: “When I’m tired and don’t feel like training, I think of all the dogs I can help by competing, by being out there and sending my message.” I then asked how just regular people who may not have all the attributes of a warrior could help dogs. His answer: Donate money: Resources are a limiting factor to what organizations can do. Events: Man a table, walk a dog, sign up volunteers. Shelters: Go to the shelters and walk the dogs. Help organizations: Find a local one you can get behind. They will let you know what they need.

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“I always think of it this way,” he said, “I can’t do everything, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do something.”

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You may not think you are, but tap into some of your mental toughness and think again. You’re probably at least able to do something. And that gets you to the qualifying rounds. (Roo competed in the 2019 American Ninja Warrior City Qualifiers in Atlanta in June. When he pressed the buzzer after his successful “run,” he was presented a check for $20, 000 from the producers of The Secret Life of Pets II. His mission to finish was a huge success, and his mission to make money for his dogs was also accomplished.) 56 | | Summer 2019

To see Roo’s amazing videos and to purchase his book about Wallace, go to his websites:

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