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Letter from Coastal Canine


his past November, locals enjoyed a preholiday treat when a multitalented group of trainers and dogs rolled into Carmel to give two outstanding shows at the Sunset Center. Learn more about Chris Perondi, his rescued dogs, and their traveling show called The Stunt Dog Experience. Fans of the Oscar-winning movie The Artist are familiar with its canine star, the talented Jack Russell Terrier, Uggie and his worldrenowned dad and dog trainer Omar von Muller. Unfortunately, Uggie passed away in 2015. Learn how Jumpy, Uggie's ubertalented brother, carries on his legacy. Franklin Delano Roosevelt led our nation through the Great Depression and World War II, all while enduring the rigors of polio. Learn more about his faithful friend and constant companion, Fala, and how he helped ease the president’s trials and tribulations. Be sure to have a look at the creative portraits painted by our talented, featured artist, Alina Kremer, and learn more about her background and process in our interview with her. Contributor Dina Eastwood tells us how Alison Eastwood’s lifelong love of animals has led her to to being proactive in helping less fortunate animals in need. Learn more about Alison, her ongoing advocacy, and the Eastwood Ranch Foundation. And read about Tyler Roberts and his quest to become reunited with Donna, his K9 partner on the battlefields of Afghanistan. Finally, Santa Cruz trainer Mardi Richmond gives us the inside scoop on how to turn training into a game and improve your dog’s recall response. Woofs and Wags,

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table of contents

Rescue Me – Special Bubba 16 Bubba, a special needs dog, waited for his forever home for over a


year. One child’s walk to ballet class changed his fate for the best.

Dog of the Day – Donna and Tyler - Heroes Reunited 20 After serving together in Afghanistan and saving many lives, Donna and her handler, Tyler, parted ways. Tyler never gave up hope that one day he would be reunited with his best friend.

Featured Artist 22 A talented artist, Alina Kremer’s colorful pet portraits are full of heart.


Time to Paws: Alison Eastwood Interview 24 Eastwood Ranch Foundation founder, Alison Eastwood, is dedicated to protecting animals.

Jumpy – Parkour Excellence 28 Jumpy is an awe inspiring athlete, his talents and abilities stretch the imagination.

and Dally: Jack Russell and Miniature Horse 34 Spanky Best Friends


A Show to Remember 36 The Stunt Dog Experience delighted audiences at the Sunset Center in Carmel.

Steampunk Dogs 42 Two adopted and two very adoptable four-legged models show off a little steampunk style.


FDR’s Fala – Forever a Friend


FDR’s Scottish Terrier, Fala, helped the president and the nation through some difficult times.

Meremma Guardian Dogs 50 Meet the dogs who protect the little penguins of Middle Island, Australia.

52 Rover Reviews Trailside Café, Carmel Valley 54 Training Corner: Fun Games for a Reliable Recall 56 For the Dogs: Who Saved Who Spay Neuter Clinic

On the Cover: Sara Carson and Hero the Super Collie perform with the Stunt Dog Experience at the Sunset Center in Carmel.

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Suds N Scissors 62 Top Dog of Los Gatos 35

Health & Wellness


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Catherine Sullivan 39 Pet Portraits by Laura Sinks 54


Dog are People Too 55 Protect and Serve 62

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Day Care

Dawg Gone It 33 Paws at Play 59 Yippee! Doggy Daycare 38


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All Starr Pet Services 53 Animal House Grooming 19

A. Herman, Dog Therapist 31 All Animal Mobile Clinic 50 Animal Cancer Center 8 Animal Health Center 19 Animal Hospital at Mid Valley 57 Animal Hospital of Salinas 59 Aptos-Creekside Pet Hospital 6 Ark Animal Hospital 18 Cottage Veterinary Care 17 East Lake Animal Hospital 31 Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Clinic 8 Motiv K9 Fitness 50, 62 Natural Veterinary Therapy 23 Nichols Veterinary Care 38 Ophthalmology for Animals 58 Pacific Veterinary Specialists 4 Pet Specialists, Inc. 21 Soquel Creek Animal Hospital 5 Who Saved Who Spay Neuter Clinic 57 Well Scents 61


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Bow Wow Coastal 58 Carmel Valley Doggy Bed and Breakfast 59 Comforts of Home 60 Dawg Gone It 33 Diane Grindol 58 Happy Tails 63 Katy’s Walk, Stay, Play 62 Klaws, Paws, & Hooves 52 Little Pup Lodge 61 Paws for Pleasure Pet Care 59 The Central Coast Pet Sitter 60 Waggs N Naggs 60


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cc | business spotlight Aptos-Creekside Pet Hospital came to life on March 17, 2008, but prior to that, there had been two hospitals. Aptos Animal Hospital, purchased in 1994 by Dr. Naomi Kirschenbaum, who is affectionately referred to as “Dr. K.” And Creekside Veterinary Hospital, opened in Soquel in 1996 by Dr. Sarah Hawklyn and two partners. In 2008, Dr. Hawklyn and Dr. Kirschenbaum merged their two practices, Creekside joining Aptos in the building on Soquel Drive, where they still practice today. Dr. K grew up in Orange County, has traveled the world, and has served on many animal-advocate boards nationally and locally. Although she is a farm girl at heart and has a passion for horses, her daily practice is dedicated to dogs and cats. She has a special interest in geriatric patients and the management of chronic disease, osteoarthritis, and nutrition. Dr. Hawklyn grew up in Berkeley and has always been a fan of James Herriot. She dreamed of practicing


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medicine with multiple species, including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, rats, mice, chinchillas, and reptiles. Her practice at Aptos-Creekside focuses mainly on rabbits, cats, and dogs, with a particular interest in the special dental needs of bunnies. Dr. George Hall received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Physiology from U.C. Davis. At Aptos-Creekside, his special interests are soft-tissue surgery and dentistry. Dr. Hall was drawn to a veterinary career after competing in a sport called Ride and Tie, which involves two people and a horse running and riding over mountainous terrain. That experience led him to an interest in anatomy and physiology—and ultimately to veterinary medicine. Dr. Patty Wilson, a popular and well-loved local veterinarian, recently joined the staff. Her focus is holistic medicine with the use of acupuncture and herbs.

Abalonetti 58 Seabright Brewery 7 Trailside Café 59


The Cottage Shop 25 Diggidy Dog 63 Earthwise Pet 49 Forgiving Paws 51 Pet Pals 64 The Raw Connection 2


All Starr Pet Services 53 Del Monte Kennel Club 61 Divine K9 61 From The Heart Animal Behavior Counseling and Training 59 Good Dog Santa Cruz 55 K9 Ambassador 3 Living With Dogs 60 Off Leash Obedience 20 Monterey Bay Dog Training Club 62 Pam Jackson 58 Pawzitively K9 Dog Training 58 SPCA 60 Zoom Room 46 To advertise, contact us at or call (831) 539-4469


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SPECIAL BUBBA By Carie Broecker

Walking to ballet class changed 10-year-old Kayla’s life. And her parents’ lives, too.

would be ready for a new family member and it would be a cat. Or even a kitten. But fate had something else in mind for them. Kayla and Karen stopped in their tracks when they

Kayla and her mom, Karen, walked past the Animal

saw Bubba through the storefront window. Joy

Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) adoption center

radiated from him. He had a huge smile, a wiggly

in Pacific Grove every day on the way to ballet.

greeting, and the waggiest tail. Bubba was about

The family’s 14-year-old Spaniel, Tiny, had passed

four years old at the time. As far as anyone could

away earlier in the year, and it was terribly hard on

tell, her was a Corgi mix.

everyone. They weren’t sure their hearts could take another loss, so another dog was definitely not part

They had some time before class, so they asked to

of the plan.

meet Bubba. One of the volunteers brought Bubba

They had thought that perhaps, one day, they

kisses and looked at her adoringly. This is when

to them and placed him in Kayla’s lap. He gave her they learned Bubba’s story.

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Bubba was found as a stray. He seemed to have an injury or

Kimberly Wilkins, DVM

a birth defect. No one knows for sure what happened, but Bubba’s back legs do not work properly. He may have ben hit by a car or he may have been born with a spinal defect. Bubba did not have good use of his hind legs and was incontinent, but his attitude and zest for life were unmatched. Bubba spent 561 days in the care of AFRP before the Kubes family fell in love with him.


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Kayla and Karen visited Bubba several times for several hours before telling Karen’s husband, John, about him. They finally decided Bubba needed to come home with them and convinced John to meet him.

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John was not planning on getting a dog. He was not planning on falling in love. But the way John tells it, God has a sense of humor because it was love at first sight. Bubba ended up being more bonded to John than anyone else. And John beams when he talks about him. Caring For:

They fitted Bubba for a wheelchair, but he never got used to it. He prefers to get around on his own, and he can move fast with his little “bunny hop” gait. He runs, he rolls, then he gets up and runs again.

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Karen is a nurse, so Bubba’s special needs never deterred her from wanting to adopt. Anyone with a special-needs animal will tell you—they don’t know they are different. They don’t feel sorry for themselves. They just are. And that is true for Bubba as well. When asked why they fell in love with Bubba, everyone has an answer: his great personality, his facial expressions, his happy demeanor, his “let’s go” attitude, his howl. And he is hilarious. In short, he is full of life! Obviously Bubba is a special dog. But it takes a special family like the Kubes and a special organization like AFRP to give a guy like this a second chance. Animal Friends Rescue Project is dedicated to finding good permanent homes for abandoned, stray, and abused companion animals and ending the pet overpopulation crisis through focused spay/neuter programs. For more information visit .

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By Carie Broecker

United States Army Specialist Tyler Roberts was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 with his partner, a highly trained explosive-detection dog named Donna. The young Belgian Malinois and Tyler were together 24 hours a day for a whole year, serving with the 101st Airborne in Afghanistan. They were tasked with searching for unexploded improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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Donna found hundreds of pounds of ammonium nitrate, which would have been used to create IEDs. Many lives were saved and tragedies diverted over the course of the year. Donna kept Tyler safe, and for that he is forever grateful. Tyler and Donna put their own lives on the line day after day protecting the troops. After a year, Tyler’s tour was done and it was time to head home, but his best friend, Donna, had more work to do.

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cc | dog of the day Donna was a young dog and the military wasn’t ready to retire her. Tearfully, Tyler said good-bye to Donna but vowed to find her and give her a home when she was released from duty. When U.S. military involvement was reduced in Afghanistan, Donna was sold to a contract company. It turned out the contract company overestimated their need for working dogs and didn’t have a current contract. Without use for Donna and their 11 other working dogs, they boarded the dogs at Mt. Hope Kennels in Virginia. They were supposed to come back for the dogs five weeks later. The dogs ended up staying at the kennel for 17 months! They had been abandoned, and the contract company was nowhere to be found. Mission K9 Rescue in Texas became aware of the plight of the dogs. The boarding bill had accrued to $150,000. Mission K9 Rescue was able to get media attention to help the kennel owner, Greg Meredith, cover the bill, but he ended up forgiving a large portion of it. "They've been abandoned. This is not the life that they deserve, nor is it how this country should take care of its soldiers," said Meredith. Once Mission K9 Rescue took custody of Donna and the other 11 dogs, the rescue group went to work finding good homes for them. Their first order of business was to find out if any of the dogs had previous handlers who wanted to adopt them.

Tyler Roberts had been following Donna’s career as best he could from back home. But he lost track of her. He did everything he could—calls, letters, emails—to find out what had happened to her, but he kept running into dead ends. Mission K9 was able to track Tyler down on Facebook and give him the good news: Donna was safe and in need of a home! Tyler was overjoyed. He wanted to give her the life she deserved after saving his life and the lives of others. Kristen Maurer, one of the founders of Mission K9, made the thousand-mile road trip herself from Texas to Colorado to make the reunion happen. After years of searching, Tyler and Donna were together again. "I owe her my life and I intend to spoil her for the remainder of hers," said Roberts. “Our goal is to reunite all of the handlers and soldiers with their war dogs. We love to make that happen for them," said Maurer. Mission K9 Rescue was founded in 2013, and their mission is to rescue, reunite, re-home, rehabilitate, and repair any retired working dog that has served mankind in some capacity. This includes Military Working Dogs and Contract Working Dogs.

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I’m 31, and my husband and I just bought a mini-farm in Sebastopol this summer. But I’ve lived in San Francisco the last 10 years, and that’s where I started my pet-portrait business about 9 years ago. Q- WHAT IS YOUR ART BACKGROUND? DO YOU HAVE ANY FORMAL TRAINING?

Alina Kremer creates expressive pet portraits that are full of heart and captures her subjects’ character on canvas. We spoke with Alina to learn more about this talented artist.

I have painted and drawn since I was a little girl. My grandfather was a painter, so perhaps that’s where I got my natural talent. I did go to art school but actually have a photography degree. After college I was drawn back to painting and never did photography work. Q- HOW DID YOU GET STARTED DOING DOG PORTRAITS?

After I moved to San Francisco I was thinking about how I could make some extra cash. I lived next to the dog park at Golden Gate Park. I decided to paint a couple of dogs and showed my work to one of the dog walkers. He loved them and wanted a bunch for his clients for Christmas. That’s how it took off! Q- WHAT MEDIUM DO YOU WORK IN AND WHAT IS THE SIZE RANGE OF YOUR PORTRAITS?

I use acrylic on canvas. I offer all sizes, basically whatever size canvases come in. From 12”x12” to 30”x40” and everything in between. Q- IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO MEET THE DOG IF POSSIBLE?

I work directly from a photograph that the client sends me, so I don’t need to meet the dog. It’s always nice, of course, but the majority of my clients are not local. They send me their favorite shots and then we pick the best one that will translate well into a painting. Images should be in focus, with good lighting and lots of detail in the face. I paint what I see—so the better the photo, the better the painting! Q- WHAT DO YOU TRY TO CAPTURE?

I really want to try to capture the unique details and qualities that each dog has in their eyes and face. That’s how the portrait becomes instantly recognizable to the owner, and they’re so happy. The certain sparkle in the eye or the unique little spot on the nose. It gives me the most pleasure when the portrait makes the owner feel that special bond and emotion they do towards their furry friend. Q- YOU ALSO PAINT HORSES, CATS AND OTHER SPECIES, HAVE ANIMALS ALWAYS BEEN A BIG PART OF YOUR LIFE?

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Greeting cards are the only product I offer. But I do offer custom greeting cards with the client’s portrait on them once the painting is finished. Q- THE BACKGROUNDS IN YOUR PAINTINGS REALLY COMPLEMENT YOUR SUBJECTS. DO YOU CHOOSE THE BACKGROUND BASED ON THE ANIMAL YOU ARE PAINTING?

I’m really open to coming up with fun, unique backgrounds that say something special about that one dog. But a solid color is also really nice; it’s simple and really makes the dog pop and take center stage. Q- OUT OF ALL YOUR DOG PORTRAITS, DO YOU HAVE A FEW PERSONAL FAVORITES?

My favorites seem to be the ones where I have special connections to the owners and/or I feel like compositionally they are successful. They make me happy when I look at them!

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Alison Eastwood Interview By Dina Eastwood

“Ever since I can remember, I have always loved animals and wanted to protect them. As I got older, I became aware of the problems that animals faced in this world. I started feeling that I had to be proactive about helping animals instead of just simply appreciating them.�

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Alison Eastwood’s life has gone to the dogs, and she couldn’t be happier. The actress, producer, and director is now running Eastwood Ranch Foundation, a nonprofit animal rescue and advocacy organization based in the northern Los Angeles area. Eastwood has always dreamed of running a foundation like this, and she attributes this to a deep lifelong fondness for animals. “Ever since I can remember, I have always loved animals and wanted to protect them. As I got older, I became aware of the problems that animals faced in this world. I started feeling that I had to be proactive about helping animals instead of just simply appreciating them.” She practices what she preaches. Eastwood helms the Eastwood Ranch Foundation (ERF), which primarily rescues neglected, abandoned, and unwanted dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in the greater LA area. She put her desire in motion almost five years ago after working on a television program, Animal Intervention, which aired on the National Geographic Wild channel in 2011. Shooting the show was grueling, with Eastwood experiencing and trying to help animals—exotic and domestic—in deplorable situations. She redirected her passion to making a difference through her nonprofit. Eastwood was born and raised in Pebble Beach. A true “local girl,” she comes home regularly to visit parents Clint and Maggie, as well as other family and friends. During these visits, a minimum of three dogs will be in tow; they are like her children, and she rarely goes anywhere without them. It’s natural, as she has had dogs all of her adult life. She fondly remembers her first rescue more than twenty years ago, taking in her first “baby,” Holly the German Shepherd. Winter 2016 | | 25

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One of EFR’s more recent accomplishments was being an integral part of the “Save the Chi” campaign in Southern California, where an excess of Chihuahuas overwhelm shelters. “We have a terrible overpopulation problem, especially in Southern California, because of the glorification of that breed through media and film.” EFR, along with the group LA 4 Animals, arranged for the transportation and adoption of more than 100 dogs to new homes in Canada, where small dogs are not as prevalent. “It was a beautiful moment to watch them fly off to a place where they would be wanted and loved instead of being euthanized here in our shelters.” EFR also helps fund the transportation of Chihuahuas to other states and countries where it is highly unusual to see the breed.

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If you walked into Eastwood’s home right now, you’d be welcomed by a variety of pets: dogs, cats, rabbits, and rats. Alison’s husband, Stacy Poitras, is just as involved in caring for the animals—keeping the love at a maximum and the chaos to a minimum. Only her two horses live off-property. Eastwood practices what she preaches, often taking in puppies, dogs, and cats herself. She is a huge advocate of keeping overpopulation to a minimum, extolling the necessity of spaying and neutering, and admonishing “backyard breeding.” She reminds people of the “1 + 1 = 67,000” rule: that, statistically, one male and female dog and their offspring can produce as many as 67,000 puppies in just six years. “Our shelters would not be full of these animals if every person was responsible and had their pets fixed. Until we have stricter laws in this country enforcing mandatory spay and neuter,

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“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” Immanuel Kant

thousands of animals will be killed every week in shelters across the country.” The unpaid staff at Eastwood Ranch relies on private donations in order to keep doing their good work. Eastwood reminds us that writing a check to our favorite pet-related agency is great, but that if people cannot afford to give money, there are many other options to assist a helpless dog.

“Donate your time. Share photos of rescued (and needing to be rescued)

pets on social media, volunteer for a local rescue or shelter. Most rescues can use old blankets and towels—any pet supplies you might have lying around, even old newspapers.” Eastwood Ranch has ongoing programs and is always looking to match prospective owners with the newest four-legged loves of their lives. For more information, or how to help, contact Eastwood Ranch at

Dina Eastwood is a long-time 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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There is a new sensation on YouTube whose im-paw-sible parkour video has millions of hits. WHAT IS PARKOUR?


Originated in France, parkour grew out of military obstaclecourse training. Parkour is part extreme sport, part gymnastics . . . a graceful urban dance using architecture and landscape. Participants or “traceurs” defy gravity while running, rolling, jumping, climbing, balancing, vaulting, and swinging off the environment. The YouTube video (all in slow motion) features a parkour jam with two traceurs scaling walls, climbing trees, doing backflips, flying through the air—sometimes in sync, sometimes playing “follow the leader.” Watch it once and you’ll be hooked by the beauty of the movements.

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THE TRACEURS Alex Duong is a well-known professional parkour athlete, and his performance is a nimble ninja ballet—but it is the OTHER traceur in this “paw de deux” whose flying acrobatics will amaze you and whose professional resume would make any performer envious. He now has over 40 credits to his name, including over a dozen commercials for wellknown companies. He has appeared in two films and plays a regular part on two TV shows, Nickelodeon’s Mutt & Stuff and the Disney Channel’s Lab Rats. This other traceur lives the quintessential Hollywood lifestyle in Los Angeles, sharing a residence with other actors (including Uggie, who starred in an Oscar-winning film), swimming pool, daily workouts with his personal trainer, acting lessons, red-carpet events, and a gourmet diet. Yet, he remains humble and has a smile for everyone he meets.

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Who is this hard-working performer? He’s “Jumpy the Dog,” the newest canine star from worldrenowned dog trainer Omar Von Muller, who also trained Uggie (Coastal Canine Magazine, Spring 2013 edition). Now six years old, this Border Collie mix can do anything . . . even beyond his trainer’s wildest dreams. Every time you think you've seen the most a dog can do, Jumpy learns something new.

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A MILLION MOVES The parkour video is not Jumpy's only one on YouTube. There are many. Bad Ass Dog 2, with over a 1.5 million views, showcases the range of “tricks” that Jumpy can do. He maneuvers through a line of traffic cones while doing a paw-stand, skims the surface of the ocean on a ski board, swims to the bottom of a pool to fetch a toy, does a stand-in-place backflip, rides a scooter, and flies through the air at 10–12 feet with the greatest of ease. Jumpy's favorite pastime is skateboarding—he pushes it along, the board’s front edge chewed with bite marks from a signature move. Omar laughs, "It's hard to get him off." He carves the tube, goes airborne off a ramp, and over, under, and through obstacles. Jumpy has no fear and the utmost trust in Omar.

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Omar does not consider these to be tricks, but uses a dog’s innate behaviors. Before you label your dog a dunce, Omar claims ANY dog can learn to do these things! Start simple, breaking everything down into baby paw steps, keep it simple, safe and fun, and practice a little daily using lots of praise and doggie delicacies as rewards. If you want to learn Omar’s methods, you can find “how to” videos at

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JUMP TO THE FUTURE As Jumpy gets older, he is cutting back on the extreme activities to concentrate on his acting career and his newfound artistic talent. Holding a brush between his teeth, Jumpy writes his name or paints a picture in acrylic paint. You will be able to buy an “original Jumpy” painting online. Speaking of art, when we spoke to Omar, he told us Jumpy inspired him to create a line of resin statues featuring Jumpy performing agility moves. While Jumpy is one amazing mutt, the best description of him should be “inspirational.” He LOVES what he's doing and his huge smile shows he's having the time of his life. Isn't that what we all want to give our dogs? So, grab that bag of treats and let's see if we can't learn that cute little move where he puts his paw over his eyes, or maybe the one where he rolls himself into a blanket to go to bed—how hard can it be when you take it one paw at a time? Alex & Jumpy - The Parkour Dog - YouTube visit Omar von Muller- Google+ to see other amazing Jumpy videos

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When Spanky the mini horse was two years old, he was aggressive with people and other horses. His guardian was at her wits end and went to a horse clinic taught by Steve and Francesca Rother seeking advice. After meeting Spanky and hearing about all his behavior issues, Steve and Francesca agreed to g take him home and train him. They taught him to do things that were fun for him and that would give him a purpose in life.


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A few years later, Francesca and Steve brought home a Jack Russell puppy named Dally. She was the runt of the litter and no one seemed to want her, so they decided to give her a home. Dally loved watching Francesca working with Spanky. She would sit and watch their training sessions. Then one day, when Dally was just five months old, she jumped from a bench onto Spanky’s back. Spanky didn’t seem to mind. Dally started riding on Spanky’s back every chance she had.

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By the time she was a year old, she could jump the 32 inches from the ground onto Spanky’s back. They would trot around, and Spanky started doing jumps. Dally was a natural. She found her center of balance and almost “held on” with her paws. Dally and Spanky became the best of friends—sunbathing together, eating together, riding, jumping, and just hanging out. Dally can now do jumps on Spanky’s back as high as 30 inches. She can even stand on Spanky’s back when he does a jump himself.

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Dally and Spanky’s special relationship caught the attention of the media. They were on shows such as David Letterman and Animal Planet. In January of this year, they won the extreme sports category at the World Dog Awards in Hollywood, and they will be featured on National Geographic Channel’s special, Unlikely Friendships. As far as Spanky’s temperament goes . . . he is a whole new horse. His friendship with Dally has given him confidence. When she is on his back he knows he needs to take care of her, and to do that he is on his best behavior. If you ask Francesca if she can teach your dog to ride a horse, she’ll say, “No.” She didn’t teach Dally anything. Dally made the choice to ride Spanky, and their friendship grew naturally out of that. And Spanky had the choice to accept that friendship. Luckily he did! Visit Dally and Spanky’s Facebook page at DallyandSpanky.

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A Show to Remember


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The best part about the show? All the dogs used in the show were rescued from shelters and rescue groups across the country.

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Every dog in the show is a star in his own right. Chris is the emcee, and he and the other trainers perform right along with the dogs. They use humor and create excitement, and have the same energy as the dogs they are performing with. The dogs obviously love to show off their stunts. They can jump through hoops, do backflips, handstands, and high jumps, catch flying discs being thrown every which way, speed through agility obstacles, and even jump rope on two legs or jump through a hula hoop in tandem with a trainer. The best part about the show? All the dogs used in the show were rescued from shelters and rescue groups across the country. How does a dog go from being a stray to a superstar? It all starts with Chris Perondi and his first dog, Pepper, an Australian Cattle Dog. In 1996, Chris adopted Pepper and started training her. At that time, dog training was just a hobby for Chris. Pepper excelled at everything he taught her and soon people were asking him to train their dogs. Before long, he and Pepper were invited to perform at demos and shows. Chris adopted two more dogs—Soaring Sierra and Jumping Jaz— and soon they were performing at halftime at Candlestick Park.

Extreme Pepper became a national champion and also became the official 49ers canine mascot. By 2000, Chris had produced over 70 shows and was gaining recognition and winning awards nationally. In 2001, Chris left his information and technology job, sold his home, and went on the road full time with his dogs. Fourteen years later they have

been featured on Animal Planet, and The National Geographic Channel, as well as in Sports Illustrated. They have performed on a Rose Parade float and have also appeared on all the top talk shows while staying true to their mission—which is to promote pet adoption and responsible pet ownership and to educate on the importance of spaying and neutering your pet.

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Chris and Suhey have now adopted and trained 13 shelter dogs for their show. When it comes time for the dogs to retire, they have a home forever with the Perondi family.

Several times throughout the show, Chris and his wife, Suhey, take a moment to passionately and pointedly share their mission and to encourage people to spend more time with their pets. Chris and Suhey have now adopted and trained 13 shelter dogs for their show. When it comes time for the dogs to retire, they have a home forever with the Perondi family. When Chris and Suhey are on the road, the retired dogs stay home with Chris’s parents on their property near Sacramento. The dogs Chris adopts usually range in age from 8 months to18 months old. The personality he looks for is typically the kind of dog who doesn’t do well in a shelter environment and may end up being a “problem” dog if not adopted out to a family who can provide the exercise and mental stimulation

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every dog needs. The dogs who make the best stunt dogs are hyper, playful, jumpy, friendly, and outgoing, and they will grab something they want out of your hand. Not the typical recipe for an easygoing family dog! Chris looks for the right personality more than a specific breed, but he is drawn to Border Collies, Cattle Dogs, and Australian Shepherds who tend to have the personalities and abilities he is looking for. He has rescued a variety of breeds and mixes, including a Jack Russell, a Greyhound, and a Pit Bull. A few times he has rescued and trained a dog who was unhappy with life on the road or didn’t enjoy being around all the other dogs. When that happens, Chris finds a wonderful home more suited to the dog’s needs. Whoever gets one of those dogs is getting a very well-trained dog indeed! Chris’s dogs get lots of individual attention and daily exercise, and he makes sure they are having fun so they don’t burn out. Chris works with the dogs to enhance their natural talents. All his training is done using positive reinforcement methods.

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Lucy, aka Lucia, is a 14-year-old Cavalier Spaniel. She was adopted from Peace of Mind Dog Rescue when her elderly guardians could not care for her. They have both since passed away. Lucia was named after Luciano Pavarotti, a good friend of her late guardian. Lucia is now in a loving permanent home.


By Pam Bonsper


f you had to name one of Scotland's most famous people, who would it be? Sean Connery? Mary, Queen of Scots? J.K. Rowling? Ewan McGregor? You would be right if you named any of these. But since this is a magazine about dogs, who would you name as the most famous Scottish dog? If you guessed Greyfriars Bobby you would win a pint and a toast. Greyfriars Bobby (a Skye Terrier) is considered a true Scottish hero who, according to legend, faithfully watched over his master's grave every day for 14 years and is now immortalized in a life-size statue that sits at the corner of Edinburgh's Candlemaker Row. But let's narrow the criteria. Who would you guess is the most famous Scottish Terrier belonging to an American?


If you guessed Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Scottish Terrier, Fala, you would be correct. FDR received Fala as a gift from Miss Katherine Davies of Westport, Connecticut in November of 1940. It was midway into his second term as president. FDR had already weathered the difficult years of the Great Depression and was still contemplating the United States entering World War II. When the six-month-old jet-black puppy was delivered to him by his cousin Margaret Suckley, it was the beginning of a great friendship that would last the rest of the president’s life. Although the Terrier’s name was originally Big Boy, Roosevelt renamed him "Murray the Outlaw of Falahill" after John Murray of Falahill, a famous Scottish ancestor. The puppy, called “Fala” for short, lightened the president’s spirits and captivated his heart. FDR embraced having Fala around at all times, and the little pooch became a quick sensation at the White House, endearing himself to staff and visitors alike. Fala would receive a large biscuit every morning that was brought up on the president's breakfast tray, and then a full dinner in the evening. During the day the White House staff couldn't resist Fala’s Winter 2016 | | 45

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Many times, I remember dignitaries and other important folks waiting for their supper until Mr. Roosevelt finished feeding Fala."

At night Fala slept on a special chair at the end of the president’s bed. His collar with his name and address read simply "Fala, The White House."

As the nearly constant companion of the president, Fala met many famous visitors and entertained them with the tricks he had learned as a puppy. His most impressive trick was curling his lip into a smile. While there is no doubt how much FDR loved Fala, he also used the Terrier to facilitate communication with the public. When the U.S. was encouraging everyone to make sacrifices as part of the war effort, Fala did, too.

It was customary for Fala to eat dinner with the president. One-time porter for FDR, Fred D. Fair, was quoted as saying: “[Y]ou couldn't serve Fala yourself, oh no. You had to hand it to the president, and he'd feed Fala out of his hand.

The White House released the fact that Fala was giving up his rubber toys so that the toys could be donated as part of a rubber-collection drive. The government encouraged other dog owners to follow Fala’s lead. For his contribution to the war effort, he was named an honorary army private and became the national president of Barkers for Britain, which created chapters for dog lovers to help the war effort through membership donations.

In 1943, Fala was a subject of a short series of political cartoons by Alan Foster.

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Little Fala was also a notable world traveler and dignitary. After the United States entered World War II, Roosevelt made many important overseas trips traveling by presidential airplane and ship. Always by the president’s side, Fala traveled to Newfoundland where he met Winston Churchill,

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to Mexico to meet President Camacho, and to Quebec, the Aleutian Islands, the West Indies, and more. He was a real ambassador and carried himself with dignity and pride. Traveling stateside via FDR's custom-made train car, Fala was nicknamed “the informer” by the secret service, due to the fact that it could be a dead giveaway when the little dog had to be walked during long trips, especially if armed guards were stationed around a stopped train. Fala received so much fan mail that Margaret

Fala has also been the subject of multiple books, as well as two MGM films. When FDR died in 1945, Fala lost his best friend and life-time companion. He went on the funeral train accompanying his master's coffin from New York to Washington, D.C., where he attended the presidential funeral. After FDR's death, Fala lived with First Lady Eleanor in her country home surrounded by people who loved and cared for him. But Fala was never really the same after the president died. Eleanor Roosevelt said the little dog never quite recovered from FDR’s death. Once, in 1945, General

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Eisenhower visited the Roosevelt estate to lay a wreath on the president’s grave. He was accompanied by a police escort. “When Fala heard the sirens,” Eleanor wrote in her autobiography, “his legs straightened out, his ears pricked up and I knew that he expected to see his master coming down the drive as he had come so many times. Later, when we were living in the cottage, Fala always lay near the dining-room door where he could watch both entrances just as he did when his master was there . . . Fala accepted me after my husband's death, but I was just someone to put up with until the master should return.” In one famous photo, the devoted Fala is sitting in front of FDR's grave, grieving his

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cherished master. Outliving the president by seven years, Fala died in 1952 and is buried next to Franklin and Eleanor in Hyde Park. In 1977, a monument of Roosevelt with Fala at his feet was built. The monument gave Fala the same distinction as Scotland's Greyfriars Bobby. These two darling little Terriers shared the common trait of loyalty. Grieving for friends—be they human or canine—and honoring their deaths through observable behaviors is a distinction even humans often lack. I think we need to give equal credit to both Greyfriars Bobby and Fala. The monuments erected in their honor recognize them for who they were: outstanding examples of unconditional friendship and undying and eternal loyalty.

SUPER (BOWL) SENSES A Del Rey Oaks Police Department K-9 officer, Chris Salopek and his partner, a bomb- sniffing police dog named Sarik, have been chosen to be part of a top-notch security team that will work this year’s Super Bowl 50. The game will be played in the Bay Area's brand new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on February 7. Sarik, the three-year-old German Shepherd was originally raised and trained in Slovakia, and with his continued training he is now able to alert

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS LINGO Lingo, an eight-month-old Shepherd mix, was adopted from the SPCA for Monterey County in November and promptly enlisted in the Army. He won’t be sniffing for explosives and he won’t be a protection dog; instead, he is the first ever mascot for the Defense Language Institute and his role is to be everyone’s best friend.

for 13 types of explosive materials. Faced with helping to keep the public safe, Sarik and Salopek will work before and during the game.

Just like anyone in the military, Lingo has the opportunity to advance in the ranks as a reward for a job well done. And although a Milk-bone might be more to his liking being known as “Captain” Lingo is appealing as well!

PFC Lingo helps reduce stress and keep spirits up. He does calisthenics with the rest of the enlisted ranks, is learning to run in formation, and he also must learn basic obedience. But most of all, his job is making friends—and he is a natural! People are drawn to his animal magnetism, soft fur, soulful eyes, and wagging tail.

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Two canine sisters, Eudy and Tula, have single-handedly (or single-pawedly) helped save the population of little penguins on Middle Island in Australia. After a devastating massacre of penguins by imported foxes in 2004, the Middle Island penguin population was down to just 10. Little penguins are the smallest penguin species and are particularly vulnerable to predators. A local chicken farmer from nearby Warrnambool, Swampy Marsh (yes, that is his real name), had been using Maremma Sheepdogs to protect his free-range chickens for years. Maremmas are a guardian dog breed indigenous to Italy. They protect sheep, chickens, or whoever else they are

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taught to protect. After much discussion and debate by the authorities, Swampy’s idea was put into action to help save the little penguins. Since Eudy and Tula have been in charge of the penguins, the penguin population has grown to over 150 and not one fox attack has been recorded. The Maremmas live on the island with the penguins five days a week during breeding season, and during their off time, they live at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village on the mainland, meeting visitors and educating the public about environmental conservation. Eudy and Tula are getting ready to retire, and a new set of Maremma dogs will take over their important post.

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I can do without the bar with thirteen taps of draft beer, more than forty craft bottle choices, and the large screen TV. I can do without the wide variety of wines, and I don't really need the old steamer trunk full of books and crayons and things to keep the kids happy. If you really want to know, I'll tell you the things that are important to me. (I sometimes have to remind people this review is written by a dog.) I like the other dogs! Trailside Cafe is a great hangout restaurant for us. It's the perfect place for our guardians to get ready for our walks in the morning, with a delicious breakfast and real coffee and a great tea selection (including Moroccan Mint and Gunpowder Green). My mom loves the French beignets and Seanie's Egg Delight—named after Sean, the owner—who moved his

famous restaurant from the Peninsula out to the valley. If she lets her taste buds behave like mine, she sometimes orders the Smoked Salmon and Lox Benedict. I go nuts when she drops a few crisp bits of bacon from her Tocino Omelet. Sometimes we stop there for lunch after our walk. When the wind blew some tidbits of the Calamari Fritte with homemade tartar and chipotle aioli into my outstretched jaws, I was in dog heaven. My master often meets us for happy hour after work, and my tail wags when we stay for dinner. The Chicken Satay and risottos are my guardians' favorites but I order the Steak Fritte. Those tender pieces of grilled beef just make my tail wag. Thank you, Sean, for being open every day and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I hate it when restaurants close just when it's time for dogs to eat! Another thing that is important to me is comfort. I'm not a spoiled-rotten dog, but I do like to be cool when temperatures make my tongue sweat. There is not a greater turnoff than a leaky mouth, so I'm grateful for the Biergarten in the back of the cafe. It is wonderful—especially on Friday and Saturday nights in the summer when live music makes it easier for me to express myself with growls and whimpers. I sometimes even howl to the music, and believe me, no one notices. It's a lively and fun place and my people love the special events. They took me to Oktoberfest and gave me some of their beer-battered onion rings, and I kept my mouth shut the rest of the night! They dressed me as a banana for the Halloween party and I almost won, but a Chihuahua dressed as Elsa from “Frozen” sauntered away with a dog biscuit and the prize. Trailside Cafe is the place to go for humans and canines alike. There is a private dining room where my mistress meets with her book club. Also, dog walkers can reserve the space for their events—and, of course, dogs are always welcome. My guardian read something to me from the menu: Please enjoy the atmosphere we have created for you. Whatever trail you might be on (or just came off of), we have what you need to refuel and relax. I think that about sums it up. Yap-yap and enjoy! P.S. Don't even get me started on the desserts! Woof! Woof!

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Make “Come” Fun! Games for a Reliable Recall By Mardi Richmond, MA, CPDT-KA, CC

One of the secrets to having your dog come to you with enthusiasm and reliability is to make coming when called the best part of your dog’s day. Games and play can be an especially fun and effective way to build a strong recall. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Get it! Getting your dog’s attention is the first step in a great recall. This game teaches your dog to enthusiastically turn to you when he hears his name. Toss a treat away from yourself, telling your dog to “get it,” and as your dog is finishing the treat, say his name. As your dog’s head turns back to you, mark that moment with a verbal reward marker such as “yes” or the click of a clicker, then immediately toss a treat past yourself in the other direction. Repeat until your dog is racing back and forth. Soon your dog will be turning to you instantly when he hears his name. Round-robin recalls. This is a great game for families as you will need two or more people to play. Start by standing about 10 to 12 feet apart

and facing each other with your dog between you. One person says, “[your dog’s name], come!” As your dog turns and looks for the caller, encourage her to come by clapping, opening your arms, getting low, cheering, or running a few steps away. When your dog gets to the caller, give a big happy reward such as a great food treat or a quick tug game. Then the next person calls and does the same thing. Repeat! To make this game more exciting, increase the size of the circle so your dog really gets running, or try having people move randomly to new spots. Hide and seek. Have your dog stay in one place or have a friend hold him while you find a quick hiding spot. Call “COME find me” (emphasize the come). When your dog does find you, have a welcome party and reward abundantly. This game helps your dog learn to look for you when she hears the word “come.” Keep this game fun, upbeat, and full of happy reconnections.

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"You're the most wonderful dog" recall. Call your dog to you at a point in the day when he is a little bored. When your dog comes, get down on the ground and play, play, play for at least three solid minutes. (This

is one of my favorite games because my dog’s reward is also my reward!) Get the ball recall. Have two balls ready. Call your dog to you. As your dog comes to you, say “yes,” or use a clicker to mark the moment he arrives—then instantly throw the ball. When your dog gets the ball and turns back toward you, say “come” (yes, even though your dog is already running your way). Click or say “yes” when your dog gets to you, and throw a second ball the other direction as the reward. This game can be fast and furious and great fun for ball-crazed dogs. Be careful to wait and call your dog back to you after she has the ball (so she doesn’t learn that going to get the ball first is part of the coming when called). Remember, just as when we play a new game, it may take a few play sessions for your dog to learn the rules and goals. Once your dog enjoys them, get creative by adding challenges to the games, switching rewards, or incorporating more distractions. Practicing with games can motivate both you and your dog to train and play your way to a fantastic “COME!” Mardi Richmond is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a Certified Behavior Counselor. She is the owner of Good Dog Santa Cruz and can be reached at or at 831-431-0161.

Training to Bring Out the Best in Your Dog! • Puppy and good manners classes • Personalized in-home training • Behavior solutions that bring results

Mardi Richmond Certified Professional Trainer


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cc | for the dogs Brody has a background in veterinary supply management and Melinda has been a veterinary assistant for many years. The two were living in Arizona when they came to Monterey County to visit Brody’s dad. They had been interested in starting a spay/neuter clinic in Arizona, but there were already six clinics in their county. While visiting Monterey County they discovered a great need for low-cost spaying and neutering services. They put their life savings into creating the Who Saved Who Spay Neuter clinic in Marina. Since neither of them is a licensed veterinarian, they incorporated the business and hired a primary vet, Dr. Dion Regelson, to oversee the practice. In addition to Dr. Regelson, there are several relief veterinarians who work at the clinic. Also on staff is a registered veterinary technician, as well as two vet assistants.

Who Saved Who Spay Neuter Clinic, Inc. 266 Reservation Road, Suite Q, Marina 831-324-4897 Brody and Melinda Offereins are animal lovers who are dedicated to helping reduce the number of homeless, unwanted, and neglected cats and dogs in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. 56 | | Winter 2016

The staff can handle an average of 30–35 spays and neuters each day. Who Saved Who works with several rescue groups and shelters in the area, accepting their vouchers from spay/neuter programs and offering low-cost rates for dogs and cats up for adoption. The clinic’s primary intent, however, is to make low-cost spays and neuters and low-cost wellness care available and affordable for all pet guardians. Their special rates are available to everyone regardless of income. Melinda says, “Our goal is to reduce the number of homeless, unwanted, and neglected pets in our community and entering our local shelters. At Who Saved Who Spay Neuter Clinic, we also provide our clients/ patients with affordable pet wellness. We do not judge pet owners based on limited financial resources. Instead, we educate and assist pet owners to improve their pet’s quality of life, increase the animal-human bond, and make

long-term positive impacts in our community.” Who Saved Who educates their clients about the importance of nail trims, annual exams, flea prevention, and keeping current on vaccines, as well as the health and behavior benefits of spaying and neutering. And in addition to spays and neuters, the clinic also provides other low-cost services for well animals, such as vaccines, FIV/FeLV testing, heartworm testing, ear cleaning, and nail trimming, as well as flea, tick, and heartworm prevention products. They love helping people keep their pets healthy as well as making a difference in the community to help reduce euthanasia of unwanted cats and dogs.

The Monterey/Santa Cruz area is a beautiful place to live. We look around and see beauty and wealth, but that is only part of the story. The pet overpopulation problem is rampant in this area, and thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized in local shelters every year. Who Saved Who wants to help change that. Who Saved Who is not a nonprofit organization, but there is a link on their website for people to make non-taxdeductible donations to help support the clinic’s community effort. Running a low-cost clinic is not a moneymaking venture. It is work from the heart for the good of the animals.

Spays/Neuters starting at $45 for cats and $90 for dogs! Vaccines starting at $20!


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Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf Casual Dining Fabulous Oceanfront Views Spacious Pet-friendly Patio Scrumptious Doggie Menu

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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

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Paws for Pleasure Petcare

Customized care for your companion animal • Over 30 years experienced veterinary technician • References available • Overnight stays in your home • Serving Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and Monterey

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