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ur oldest dog Marshall recently lost his left eye due to a painful dislocated lens. We are inspired by his ability to look past his new condition and to continue to be his spirited self.

People and animals who thrive despite their challenges are an inspiration to us all. One man and one dog set out to make life better for the thousands of vision-impaired people of America. Take a look back in history at the first guide dog in the United States. After three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Lucca saved countless lives. Tragically, before returning home, Lucca incurred injuries from an IED. Read about the soldiers who had her back and continue to care for her stateside. Read how a Border Collie named Roosevelt, who was born partially disabled, became mobilized. His busy activity list now includes swimming, hiking, and even skiing. Almost all of the Santa Cruz County Public Libraries now have a Tales to Tails reading program for kids. Learn more about how the four-legged listeners have helped make this program such a great success. Recalling her own recent experience, Dina Eastwood writes about incorporating your furry kids into your wedding ceremony in her “Best Dogs” article. Topher and Rosenberg are all about spreading happiness and inspiring others to help make our world a better place. Have a look at their twinspirational photos and learn more about them from their recent interview with Coastal Canine. Woof Woof,

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Rescue Me – Roosevelt: Going Mobile Roosevelt, the Border Collie, was born with a physical challenge. He was adopted into a family who only saw him as capable of doing anything he set him mind to. He is living the adventurous life most dogs only dream of.

22 Best Dogs

What happens when you invite your four-legged family members to be included in your wedding party? Dina Eastwood shares wisdom from her recent wedding as well as the experience of others who shared with her.


26 Dog of the Day - Semper Fi: Always Faithful

Lucca is a United States Marine. He served his country, was wounded saving the lives of others, and is now a retired hero. And yes, he is a dog.

32 Topher and Rosenberg: Dressed to Inspire

Topher and Rosenberg delight in uplifting others with their look alike antics. Read about how they got started and their big plans for the future.


38 Tales to Tails: Totally Pawsome

Children in Santa Cruz County get support from their furry friends. Reading out loud isn’t so scary anymore.

44 Following Buddy’s Lead: The United States’ First Guide Dog Morris Frank and his guide dog, Buddy, were pioneers. Read about their legacy.

51 Lifetime Care for Dogs


Dr. Cynthia Nichol educates us about the importance of routine veterinary exams as your dog ages. Prevention and early detection can give your dog a longer and a better quality of life.

On the Cover: Topher Brophy and Rosenberg, the Dog. Cover photo by Photographer Chantal Adair Read their story on page 32.

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By Carie Broecker

“From the moment he wakes up he is ecstatic! The second his eyes open his is ready to go, to start a new day, to live life to the fullest, to experience as much as he can. He is ready for anything, and he let’s me know it. “The second I make any movement, he belly-crawls up so we are face-to-face, his tail thumping a mile a minute. I open my eyes, and he stares back at me with anticipation; his eyes plead, ‘Let’s start our day!’” 16 | | Winter 2017

Stephanie Fox is describing her Border Collie, Roosevelt (Roosie for short). Roosie is a dog who is happy all day, and the more activities he can pack into his day, the

Roosie loves to go off-roading, scootering, hiking, swimming, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, skiing, playing soccer and basketball.

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Stephanie had a visually impaired Border Collie, Coalby, and she was looking for a companion for Coalby, who was at risk of losing more and more vision each year. She was not specifically looking for another special-needs dog, but when she saw the photo of Roosevelt in his cart, her heart melted. She hardly noticed or was concerned about the cart. She was drawn to his expression and soulful eyes. She could not get her mind off of him, and she inquired about adoption. The stars aligned, and she was chosen as his lucky new guardian. She was prepared to deal with his physical challenges, but soon discovered he was one of the easiest dogs she had ever had. Because he needed assistance—being carried and handled a lot—and also needed help getting into his cart, he was really used to humans and very tolerant of everything that needed to be done with him. He is also highly intelligent, very social, and has a general good nature about him.

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When out on the trails, he is constantly checking in with Stephanie. He zooms ahead and then stops and turns and stares at her with a “hurry up� look on his face. Everyone who sees him in his cart is in awe of how fast he can go, how quickly he can make turns, and how he maneuvers gracefully. The faster he goes, the happier he is. He even has skis that clip onto his cart when it snows. Roosie has been perfecting his technique with his cart for over six years now, and he is

adept at maneuvering on trails in the wilderness but also getting around town on curbs and sidewalks. He goes through a couple sets of tires each year, putting about 2,000 miles on his cart every year. Roosie loves to play with dogs as well as people. He usually holds back some when meeting a new dog so he can assess them and they can assess him. Roosie gets three typical responses from other dogs: being a little put off and frightened by his wheels; being real curious and rushing in fast to check him out; or not noticing or caring at all and just wanting to get straight to play time.

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No matter what the initial response, it usually doesn’t take long for Roosie to make a new canine friend. Roosie possibly loves meeting new people even more than new dogs. He is a certified therapy dog. He has visited schools, nursing homes, and hospitals, and he finds joy in lifting people’s moods. He watches the expression on a person’s face and if he gets a smile, he moves in for pets and loving. Stephanie says that wherever she is going, she always needs to allot extra time for Roosie to be social and make friends. He likes to be the center of attention, and if he sees a crowd, he likes to make his way into the middle of the group. If you look closely at Roosie’s nose you'll see all of his spots are in the shape of hearts. Stephanie says, “That's where the angels kissed him when he was born.” We can all learn a lesson from Roosie – wake up ready to go, live each day to the fullest, and make new friends with a smile. Keep up with Roosie and his adventures at

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Best Dogs By Dina Eastwood

The setting was postcard gorgeous, with the wedding ceremony about to get underway. But, suddenly, bride Marie Bryant noticed the maid of honor veering off course. “I'm waiting for my cue to go when I notice Munchie is doing circles in the middle of the aisle. As dog owners know, this means a poop is coming! So I had to run out really quick and snatch her up before she did her business in the aisle as I was about to walk down in front of everyone!” Munchie the Malti-Pug mix, aka the maid of honor, never did settle much—running around during most of the ceremony—although her four-legged brother, Marley, was a charm. Marie and her husband Daniel didn’t care. “Every pic with Munchie is with her butt toward the camera. But we wouldn't have had it any other way. So perfect for our family!”

their weddings. A study done by Brides magazine and published in the New York Times estimates at least five percent of weddings include dogs. But Julie Bullas, a catering director at the Pebble Beach Company, is seeing a much higher number locally at one of the most prestigious wedding venues in the country.

The Bryants are just one couple of thousands who have featured a dog or two (or more) in

“In the last two years, we’ve had a dog featured in six of thirty-two weddings. That’s close to twenty percent

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of ceremonies, a number that’s grown. We love it, and the dogs always make things more fun.” Wedding photographer Christine Chang agrees the trend is growing. “I think people are less traditional now about the way they approach a wedding ceremony. Weddings are about families coming together. Families are loyal, and who is more loyal than a dog?” Chang, who has shot countless weddings that featured dogs, thinks weddings are, no doubt, enhanced by their presence. “I wish more people would do it! I always get really excited when I know a dog is going to be there. It adds fun and spontaneity to the photos. Their owners loosen up and are relaxed when they’re around.” My own recent wedding had two human attendants and two fourlegged ones. We suffered some “constructive criticism” from some family and friends when we floated the idea of including the dogs in our wedding. But in the end, we were happily upstaged by the dogs. “We didn’t hesitate to include the Pugs,” my husband, Scott Fisher, says. “We knew they’d be fine with a large group. Just as we figured, more people wanted photos with the pugs than with the bride and groom. It was great.”

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Some brides and grooms go whole-hog with their dog theme. Dan Romano and his wife Maria felt great about their choice, which put their fifteen-year-old dog Caramel at the center. “It was never a doubt we'd have a Pug-themed wedding. From the save-the-dates, to the amazing table/tent cards from InkPug, to the favors which were donations to Curly Tail Pug Rescue, to the cake topper.”

In other cases, the dogs have slept instead of walked, or ran off, as Magda the dog chose to do in Anne Lincoln and Thomas Canter’s Orcas Island wedding. “None of our friends could make the wedding location so she was the only member of our wedding party. Like most Pugs, the word 'come' means nothing. She decided she wanted to run down to the shore, which meant that my husband had to go fetch her in his suit.”

Kristen and Greg Tryon fought the urge, but eventually went with their instincts to make the wedding more fun by featuring their babies, Tuesday and Louie. “After a particularly frustrating planning session, we thought, let's just celebrate our day surrounded by what we love most—PUGS! From then, it was settled; everything was going to be Pug-themed and neither of us cared that our family was going to think we were totally bonkers!” The Tryons cleverly bought wedding favors from a dog rescue, making sure the rescue profited from the joyous occasion. Other couples have incorporated animal welfare into their big day by asking guests to donate to a designated rescue instead of traditional gifts.

Christine Chang recently shot a wedding where a small dog trumped the work of a world-famous designer. “As the bride got dressed into her Vera Wang gown, her dog Winston rushed over and kept rolling and rubbing his entire body into the dress and veil. The bridesmaids pulled him off a couple times, but he rushed back for more. He knows the good stuff,” she says, laughing.

If you decide to take the puppy plunge, know that despite the possible kinks, your day is bound to be a joyous, memorable, and loving occasion. Hieu Hart laughs about some of the moments during her wedding to Nicholas that included two Pugs. “During the ceremony, one of my little darlings relieved himself on one of the columns behind my bridesmaid. You can see the puddle under the left bridesmaid's heels. The other found himself tangled in my long veil and it eventually had to come off.” Still, the Harts say these moments led to some of their favorite photos.

Regrets? Not a one. According to all those asked, incorporating dogs into your big day is, overall, nothing but another gift. Anthony Calderon and Jackie Sandoval urge potential brides and grooms to consider it. “Honestly, aside from meeting each other, Mocha and Bruno are the best things that have happened to us. Sharing this big day with them was amazing and unforgettable.” Dan Romano agrees. “When our niece and nephew brought Caramel down the aisle in her little cart, for the first time all day, no one was looking at my beautiful wife.”

Including your dog in your wedding will include a fairly insignificant cost, if any. We found inexpensive custommade dresses on the website Etsy. Some hotels, like the one we chose, will require a deposit or a surcharge to bring your pet.



Dina Eastwood is a longtime Peninsula resident who has worked in the media for more than 20 years. She has been an anchor at KSBW-TV and featured on the TV shows “Candid Camera” and “Mrs. Eastwood and Company.” She is currently getting a master’s degree in creative writing at San Jose State University. Her Instagram handle is @ dinaeastwood. 24 | | Winter 2017


Tips on Including Dogs in Weddings 1.

Make sure the venue is dog friendly. As bride Liz Montoya discovered, most churches and many hotels do not allow pets on the property. “I was extremely disappointed when the priest said that Augustus was not allowed inside the church.” Kathleen Anderson did a little begging. “After seeing how much Putter meant to us, the pastor reluctantly agreed. They’d never allowed a dog in our church before our wedding.”

2. Only include your dog if he does well in

crowds. Bring your dog to the pre-wedding festivities if possible so she is socialized with your group of people. During the ceremony, have a bowl of water and a small bag of treats nearby. “Mocha was very vocal about treats in exchange for her cooperation,” says Vermont bride Jackie Sandoval of her Puggle.

3. Check with your photographer about whether they’ve taken pictures of

pets in ceremonies before. I booked our photographer after seeing her extraordinary pet photos on Instagram. “I like capturing authenticity, so dogs are definitely one of my favorite subjects. They aren't afraid to be in the moment and do whatever the heck they want.”

4. Have a designated dog handler. Our twelveyear-old flower girl loved being in charge

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Semper Fi: Always Faithful


by Pam Bonsper

Loved ones proudly say goodbye to their Marines when they go off to war, but the goodbyes are always accompanied by tears. Loved ones have witnessed their Marines' extensive training and preparation; they understand their Marines' deep feelings of dedication and pride to be a part of the greatest military service in the world. And they know there is nothing their Marines want more than to serve their country and then return home. Semper Fi is the motto of the Corps. It means Always Faithful. This is a motto that is not taken lightly. It is revered, believed in, and held strongly in every Marine's heart . . .

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Even if that heart is beating inside a young female German Shepherd/ Belgian Malinois mix named Lucca. I don't know if during her training as a specialized search dog, Lucca was taught the history or the significance of the USMC motto, but she instinctively got it. She and her fellow Marine Working Dogs (MWD) and their specially trained handlers shared the unique bond and sense of camaraderie of the Corps. This bond enabled Lucca to go on two combat deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan, where she performed over 400 patrols during which no human lives were lost. According to Sergeant Chris Willingham, her original handler, "She located dozens of IEDs and weapons caches and was directly responsible for the apprehension of four insurgents." Lucca's official title is “Lucca K458.” She has her own Facebook page where, with a little help from Chris, she tells her story. The videos, photos, and comments of other Marines and their canine counterparts will demand a box of tissues at your side. They represent—and are a tribute to—the bravery and selflessness of these young heroes, two-legged and four-legged alike. A summary of Lucca's story: After her two tours to Iraq, Lucca was on a patrol in Afghanistan with Juan Rodriquez, her second handler. On March 23, 2012, she was blown up while searching for an IED. In Chris's

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words, "Juan Rodriguez was Lucca’s handler during

One of the most poignant parts of Lucca's story is

her third deployment. They were a great dog team

what happened after she was saved by Juan. Four years

and responsible for saving countless lives while

after Chris and Lucca had last served together, Lucca

supporting operations in Afghanistan. When Lucca

and Juan were flown to Helsinki, Finland, where Chris

was injured, Juan’s quick action saved Lucca’s life.

was stationed. Chris had remained always faithful to

Both of us were fortunate to have served with Lucca."

Lucca and adopted her after she recovered from her

In a post by Juan, I was so taken by his words. He

injury. Just as any other Marine, Lucca's desire to return

said Lucca "lost her arm." The words held so much

home was only overshadowed by her desire to remain

significance. He did not say she lost her left front leg.

always faithful to Chris. Although totally dedicated to her

No. She lost her arm. And Juan placed a tourniquet on her bleeding arm, carried her on his shoulders to a waiting medevac helicopter, and she was medevaced and treated as any other Marine comrade. Juan's heroic actions are told in vivid detail in Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca, by Maria Goodavage. Chris states in a post, "Top Dog covers Lucca's training, deployments, injury, and retirement. It also shares stories from some of the wonderful Military Working Dogs (MWD) and handlers she has served with over the years. The main goal of the book is to bring awareness to the service and sacrifice of our MWDs and their handlers."

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second handler, when she saw her first buddy and master, she ran to him, placed her one remaining arm on his shoulder and showered him with kisses. There is another saying within the Marine Corps community. "Once a Marine, always a Marine." Although Lucca is now 12 and retired, she has the distinct honor of being the recipient of the AHA (American Humane Association) Hero Dog Award. The Marine Corps red and gold Eagle, Globe and, Anchor emblem in Chris's house has her paw print above it and his sergeant's stripes


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➊ Sgt. Chris Willingham and Lucca ➋ Lucca visiting a Veteran at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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and Cpl. Juan Rodriguez

➊ beside it. It is surrounded by the words: "Dogs of

While many Military Working Dogs have been

War." Lucca was, and still is, a true Marine in every

left behind (until the recent law passed), even when

sense of the word.

returned to the U.S. they are not guaranteed adoption.

Semper Fi Lucca and Semper Fi to Chris and

Lucca was not only adopted by Chris, she also gets

Juan and to all the dogs and the dog handlers

regular visits. This past Christmas 2016, her second dad,

who made the ultimate sacrifice . . . they are, as

Juan Rodriquez, came to see her. She also has a new

another USMC slogan proclaims: The Few, The

brother, a rambunctious yellow lab, and enjoys a happy

Proud, The Marines. Marines come in all sizes

but active retirement (despite her handicap), swimming,

and shapes. And one of those shapes is a three-

playing, and inspiring.

legged dog named Lucca.

In the past, many Military Working Dogs have sadly been left behind. Last year, however, a law was passed

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that guarantees the safe return of all retired military

2016, her second dad, Juan Rodriquez, came to see

dogs to the United States after serving abroad. Still,

her. She also has a new brother, a rambunctious

many returning dogs are not always guaranteed to be

yellow Lab, and enjoys a happy but active

adopted. Lucca was not only adopted by Chris and his

retirement (despite her handicap), still swimming

family, she also gets regular visits. This past Christmas

and playing and forever inspiring.

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We’ve all had moments when we see a dog and his human and think “they’re twins!” Topher Brophy and his adorable Aussiedoodle, Rosenberg, have taken pup-parent “twinning” to a whole new level—and they’re doing it with a positive message. Winter 2017 | | 33

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The two have been photographed together hundreds of times, donning matching outfits, complete with props to set the scene. With more than 92,000 followers on Instagram, it’s obvious they have stolen the hearts of many. From Star Wars characters to lumberjacks to police officers to hippies, Rosenberg and Topher have worn countless different costumes with the goal to spread joy, encourage companionship, and share messages about love, humility, and living in the moment. Topher credits his photographer and creative director, Chantal Adair (@thedogstyler), with most of the ideas for the costumes and for procuring the outfits for Rosenberg. “She’s a genius and this wouldn’t exist without her.” Like many rescue stories, Rosenberg and Topher’s journey is a classic tale of “Who Rescued Whom?” After suffering a debilitating back injury, which left him emotionally drained and with too much time on his hands, Topher felt drawn to having an animal’s companionship. “Rosenberg came into my life a few years ago, when I was going through a really tough time,” Topher said in an interview with Coastal Canine magazine. “I was emotionally distressed and I was going through a period of my life when I was not connecting with myself. To mask this I started to play competitive sports obsessively . . . it was an escape and I didn’t realize it. As a result, I badly herniated a disc in my back. My security blanket was ripped away from me . . . and I realized the problem: I was narcissistic and I wasn’t considering the other people in my life and what made them happy. I needed to grow and care for something other than myself and become responsible for something. That’s when I started the adoption process for Rosenberg.” In the special way only a four-legged friend can, Rosenberg brought fresh, new meaning to Topher’s life. “He made me see the whole world differently. I think more about how other people are affected by my behavior and about the ways I can help others. It gives me meaning, and he was the connector to everything around me. He’s been such an amazing blessing.” But little did Topher know when he adopted him as a puppy, that Rosenberg’s presence in his life was destined to manifest happiness on a much larger scale. Topher’s and Rosenberg’s striking similarities quickly began to draw attention when they were together in public, and initially they dressed in matching outfits as a joke. From this sprang a fountain of

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positivity—they put smiles on the faces of strangers, especially children, everywhere they ventured and they found the heart and soul of their project: to spread joy, compassion, and understanding. On his Instagram account (@topherbrophy), Topher said, “While it’s obvious [Rosenberg] and I have a theatrical flair, the real reason we dress up in different cultural, and professional, milieus is because we are champions of diversity. By paying

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homage to, and embodying these various personas, we are illustrating that while different, we are really all the same.” A self-proclaimed “Aussiedoodle campaigning for world peace,” Rosenberg himself is a popular figure on social media with 43,000 followers of his own (@rosenbergthedog). With a closet full of clothes, he has more outfits to choose from than the average human. He enjoys concentration

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Tales to Tails… Totally Pawsome! By Whitney Wilde

“Having a dog or cat will open your heart. Reading a book will open your mind. Having both a pet and a book… absolute heaven.” –

Mark Rubinstein, award-winning author

Willie, an 80-pound cream Retriever, introduces himself to today’s “reader” with paw outstretched to shake. As the canine cozies in, the child strokes his fur and “teaches” Willie how to read. After a few minutes, the reader becomes more animated, acting out the characters in the book while Willie pays complete attention, gazing up adoringly. Dog guardians know there is nothing like petting a pooch to calm your fears, cause 40 | | Winter 2017

you to feel like you can do no wrong, and make any day better. The popular Tales to Tails program at many branches of the Santa Cruz Public Library, as well as similar programs all over the country, use these innate canine characteristics to help kids gain confidence, learn to read better, and benefit in countless other ways. The readers know that a dog doesn’t judge you if you stumble over your words, mispronounce a word, or don’t know the meaning of a word. It’s a bonus that petting a pooch is calming and improves motor skills.


Most Tales to Tails readers average from seven to eleven years old and read one-on-one to a pooch, but some siblings or “besties” choose to share a dog—whatever works best for them. Of course, every child has a favorite dog, and they rush in to see their furry friend. All dogs (and one cat in the Santa Cruz Library) are certified therapy animals and are accompanied by a handler who sits quietly beside their critter to ensure comfort and safety. The dogs come in all breeds and sizes, from an adorable mini mutt to a St. Bernard, but every animal must have a calm temperament, know basic obedience, be healthy, and go through training. The children can bring a book from home or choose one of the selections the library provides. Some readers speak the words on the page, while others use their imagination to make up a story from a picture book. The benefits from Tales to Tails are endless and lifelong. The program improves literacy skills,

reading comprehension, and oral skills, and motivates kids to read more and at a higher level. The animal interaction also teaches them kindness and empathy. But perhaps the best aspect of the program is that it is adaptable and promotes different pawsitive results for each participant. “It’s been a win-win for our family.” – Heidi and James Durbin You can see by his huge smile that Hunter Durbin (son of local musician and American Idol contestant James Durbin) looks forward to his weekly visit with Maxine the Labradoodle. Hunter’s mom, Heidi, is enthusiastic about his dogged determination to read out loud. “We love Tales to Tails!” declares Heidi, “Not only does our son love the one-on-one animal time, but the program has been a fun way for him to read in a critique-free environment and has given him confidence.” The twins factor . . . Emmy reads to a petite pooch

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named Bella, while Elsie reads to Willie the Labrador. For home-schooled twins, Emmy and Elsie, reading to different dogs is an opportunity for socialization and a “separate but equal” experience that is so important. At one point, Elsie takes a break from reading to discuss the book with Willie. It’s hard to believe that just a month ago (four visits), the twins would not read aloud . . . their confidence has grown so dramatically. Since they don’t have any pets, this is also an opportunity to get acquainted with being around animals.

After each session, participants receive a dog boneshaped bookmark and choose a photo sticker of the pooch they read to that day. After five sessions, they can select a book to keep. After multiple sessions, they receive a cute necklace with dog tags that have embossed paw prints and are imprinted with “PAWsome Reader!”

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It’s surprising that beneficial programs like this are less than 20 years old. One of the earliest, READ (Reading Education Assistance Dogs), was started in 1999 at a library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The idea spread across the country as enthusiastically as happy tail wags on a dog. The Tales to Tails program began in January 2011 at the Capitola branch and is now available in nine locations. Reading sessions last about 25 minutes and are available by appointment only by calling (831) 427-7700. At this time, there are no openings for more dogs/handlers.





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Following Buddy’s Lead: The United States’ First Guide Dog

By Carie Broecker

In the not-so-distant future, humans will experience self-driving cars for the first time. Imagine how you will feel, having to just let go, letting full control give way to trust. In June of 1928 a 20-year-old young man by the name of Morris Frank had just returned to the United States via steamer ship from Europe. He had lost his sight in a boxing accident four years earlier. Morris arrived in New York with hope for a more independent life, one filled with new opportunities for himself and thousands of others. 44 | | Winter 2017

The manifestation of this hope was an intelligent and highly trained dog by the name of Buddy. Having already completed five weeks of training with Buddy while in Switzerland, Morris disembarked the steamer with her, and the two were now along the New York waterfront, surrounded by a horde of skeptical reporters. After answering questions, Morris set out to prove the ability of his dog, Buddy, by attempting to navigate his way across West Street—one of New York’s busiest streets. FRANK LATER RECALLED THIS EVENT:

“I lost all sense of direction and surrendered myself entirely to the dog . . . I shall never forget the next three minutes: 10-ton trucks rocketing past, cabs blowing their horns in our ears, drivers shouting at us. When we finally made it to the other side, and I realized what an amazing job she had done, I leaned over and gave Buddy a great big hug and told her what a good, good girl she was.”

Morris Frank's one-word telegram back to Dorothy Eustis, his American trainer living in Switzerland, would say it all: “Success!” In the early 1900s, opportunities for vision-impaired people were virtually nonexistent. If you were blind, you would be dependent upon friends or family to take you out safely. If you had the money, you might hire a young boy to help you, but they could be unreliable. There were basically no accommodations made for people without sight to hold jobs or be in public. Winter 2017 | | 45

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“Buddy de liv e r e d to m e th e div ine gift o f fr e e do m . ” ~ M o r r is F r an k In fact, on Morris’s trip to Switzerland to retrieve Buddy, he was treated like “cargo.” Per the captain’s orders, he was not allowed to leave his cabin without an escort. In contrast, on the way back to New York with Buddy by his side, Morris had free rein on the ship. One evening, when he was making his way back to his cabin, he unknowingly dropped his wallet, which contained his passport and all his money. It wasn’t until he and Buddy were back in the cabin lying down that Morris realized what had happened as Buddy gently placed the wallet on Morris’s chest.

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the White House by Presidents Coolidge and Hoover. Buddy’s success inspired 350 other vision-impaired American citizens to get guide dogs over the next several years. Besides allowing Morris to lead a much more independent life, Buddy also helped Morris lead a less isolated life. Before Buddy came into his life, people were hesitant to approach him or strike up a conversation. Buddy became a natural icebreaker. With Buddy by Morris’s side, most conversations started naturally with, “My what a lovely dog!” At the age of eight, Buddy was slowing down, and Morris knew it would soon be time to allow his close friend to retire. He wanted one last adventure with her. They had never been on a plane together. Morris wrote to United Airlines and asked them to rewrite their policy so his guide dog could fly with him—and they did. On May 16, 1938, Morris flew with Buddy at his feet from Chicago to Newark. Buddy

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retired shortly thereafter, and Morris continued his travels with Buddy II. Together they taught anyone who would listen about the life-changing aspects of having a guide dog. Buddy passed away later that month and was hailed as a national heroine, receiving a long obituary in the New York Times. Morris and Buddy were pioneers, leading the way for guide dogs to assist the blind, as well as for service dogs for other physical and emotional challenges. Buddy’s trainer purchased property in Morristown, New Jersey, to start The Seeing Eye School, which still operates to this day.

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In 1928, when a young Morris Frank brought the first guide dog to the United States, Helen Keller was already 48 years old. Although Helen never had a guide dog, she did have a dog by her side from the time she was a young child up until her death at the age of 88. In 1888 Helen and Jumbo, her Chesapeake Bay Retriever, sat for a portrait. Over the years she was also photographed with her Border Collie named Belle, Sir Thomas, her Boston Terrier, Kaiser, her French Bull Dog, and Kamikaze, her Akita. She admitted to trying to teach her dogs to communicate with her by finger-spelling on their paws, but they didn’t catch on. Although they didn’t learn her sign-language, Helen’s dogs were always an important part of her life. They were her faithful companions and gave her much needed unconditional love and acceptance. Helen said if she suddenly gained her sight she would, “… look into the loyal, trusting eyes of my dogs…whose warm, tender, and playful friendships are so comforting to me.”

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Lifetime Care for Pets By Cynthia Nichols, DVM

Everyone knows puppies and kittens need shots to protect them from diseases. Most people are on board with regular checkups and booster vaccines. Yet, many people don’t know about other ways to optimize their pet’s wellness.

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As your pet ages, health concerns arise just as they do in people. Early detection of those health problems helps us delay onset of symptoms and manage the disease process more effectively. Physical exams and routine screening tests help detect those issues. Arthritis is underdiagnosed and undertreated in pets. Guardians often feel that their pet’s pain will be obvious to them. That is a pervasive misconception. The animal instinct is to hide any sign of weakness. The pet also has no concept that you could help them with their pain. Chronic pain and inflammation of arthritis is treated with a multimodal approach that includes nutritional supplements, anti-inflammatories, weight management, moderate regular exercise, and other medications for pain. For large-breed dogs, their loss of mobility often determines the end of their life, so it is important to start managing their arthritis early to maintain muscle mass, preserve cartilage and keep them mobile.

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Heart disease is common in small dogs. They do not get coronary artery disease like people do, but they do have high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Keeping the heart muscle strong is essential. We need to make the heart’s job easier so it can last longer. Treatment for heart disease is also multimodal, including nutritional supplements, blood pressure medications and diuretics. Did you know that dogs get glaucoma? Glaucoma causes loss of vision and pain due to increased pressure inside the eye. It can only be managed medically if caught early. A simple test can be performed with the dog awake to measure the pressure in their eyes and monitor it while under treatment. Taking your pet to the vet regularly and screening for common health problems enables your vet to help your animal be comfortable and happy for as long as possible. The focus of medicine for both humans and animals is shifting toward maintaining wellness rather than treating a crisis. A heartbreaking aspect of veterinary medicine is seeing an animal in the end stages of suffering and knowing you could have helped that animal

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if it had been brought to you sooner. I have often asked clients why they waited so long. The answer is even more devastating. “I thought you were going to make me put him down.” In reality, what I would have done is talk to them about the disease process, treatment options, prognosis, and palliative care. We would have discussed the parameters for measuring quality of life and what to expect when the time comes for end of life. Keep in communication with your veterinarian. They can’t help you if they don’t know you need help. Veterinarians can be your partners in caring for your pet throughout her life. Advances in

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knowledge, available medicines, and technology have made it possible for us to take better care of pets than in the past. Anesthesia safety, especially for older and smaller animals, has drastically improved in the last decade. Long-acting anesthetic agents have been replaced by agents that wear off very rapidly. We are now better able to monitor vital statistics under anesthesia such as blood pressure and oxygenation, and make adjustments accordingly. We can help a geriatric pet maintain that delicate balance when multiple problems are bearing down on them. Many symptoms once chalked up to “just getting old” can be alleviated. When you do lose your beloved pet, a greater peace of mind can be found in knowing that you educated yourself, made informed decisions about their care, and made the best possible choices for them. If you only take your pet to the vet when there is a problem, there may be other problems you don’t know about. Call your veterinarian today to schedule a wellness exam for your pet and talk about ways to keep your pet healthy.

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Puppuchino Happy Hour “Shelter Takes Dogs Out For Puppuchinos To Help Them Get Adopted” SOURCE: THE DODO

The Puppuccino Pals program at the Kitsap Humane Society in Washington is changing that. Every Tuesday a volunteer takes one of the shelter's dogs to the local Starbucks for a delicious Puppuccino. (It's on the chain's "secret menu" and is just a small cup filled with whipped cream.) Not only does the dog get to take a break from the shelter and enjoy a car ride and a treat, the Starbucks also posts signs telling customers about the dog of the week, in hopes that they might decide to adopt him. "The dogs LOVE the shelter breaks, and they adore the Puppuccinos," says Kimberly Cizek Allen, events and outreach assistant coordinator at the Kitsap Humane Society,

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"You can see it in their little eyes as they lick the whipped cream out of the cup.” The shelter also features each Puppuccino Pal dog on its Instagram account, to give them a little extra attention. The Puppuccino Pals program is a great way to get shelter dogs out in the community, and to remind people as they grab their daily coffee that hundreds of amazing dogs are still waiting, every day, for the right home.

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


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• Improving Behaviors • Listening to Their Stories

Making Positive Changes Working with Dogs, Cats, Horses, Rabbits, and most other pets More info: Please call for an appointment 831.624.8000

Serving the Monterey Peninsula

Year Round Classes in Capitola, Soquel and Watsonville $90 Per eight week Session

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