Coastal Canine Spring 2011

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Letter from Coastal Canine

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Happy Spring! Spring is an ideal time for a wedding. If you are getting married, why not include your four-legged best friend in your wedding plans? In this issue, you will meet Greg and Nicole Lalka, who did. You will also want to read the article on canine freestyle dancing. Maybe your dog can even dance with you at your reception! Marshall J. Squarepants is our 13-year-old Chihuahua mix. He arrived at the Salinas Animal Shelter in December 2004 with dry, cracked, infected skin and no fur on his belly or chest. When we started fostering him, we were not looking for a dog to adopt. We had already fostered and adopted out hundreds of dogs, but Marshall ended up staying. We fell in love with this little big man. He struts, he prances, he is funny, he is loving, he is sensitive. And now his cousins are in peril. Read Gina Wolf ’s story about the plight of the Chihuahua, and do what you can to right this wrong. In this issue we also explore the walking path along one of the most scenic parts of Pacific Grove’s coastline – the Asilomar Coastal Trail. This trail leads us straight to Spanish Bay Beach in Pebble Beach where Rover reviews Roy’s. And not too far away from home, this issue’s Traveling Canine explores the dog-loving town of Capitola, California. Barbara De Groodt, who was just awarded the 2010 Trainer of the Year Award in New York during the Westminster Dog Show festivities, writes about the heel command—how to achieve it and when to use it. And Dr. Annette Richmond describes common issues affecting canine hips and knees and offers some solutions. We love meeting people who are working “For the Dogs.” Pacific Grove resident, Lieutenant Colonel Bob Lucius, is doing just that in starting a humane education project in Vietnam. We also love meeting dogs who are “working” for people. Sirius the assistance dog brings comfort to Jennifer and Lou Zeidberg of Pebble Beach and their six-year-old son, Morgan, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Enjoy the funny photos sent in by our readers and be sure to send in your “dogs and kids” photos for next issue’s community board. Wishing you lots of tail wagging and romping this spring.

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Business Spotlight Kathleen Rosenbrock

Doggie Day Care 168 Central Avenue Pacific Grove 831-521-8347 Kathleen Rosenbrock always had an affinity for both children and dogs, and although she pursued a degree in education and went on to teach elementary school, she dreamed of a career working with dogs. When Kathleen’s black Lab mix, Atticus Finch, was four months old, she enrolled him in Michelle Jeffries’ Doggie Day Care on Central Avenue in Pacific Grove.

When Michelle decided to sell her business, Kathleen had just been laid off from her teaching job because of budget cuts, and she jumped at the chance to take over the business. On April 1, 2010 Kathleen became the ecstatic new proprietor of Doggie Day Care. It is everything she imagined it would be. She is one of the lucky ones who loves going to work every day, and she loves spending time with the dogs. Doggie Day Care is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm. There are three play areas: one for the smaller dogs, the main area where most of the dogs romp, and another area in the back for the more energetic, rambunctious dogs. Doggie Day Care also hosts an SPCA Basic Training class once a week, and a freestyle canine dance class once a month. Coming soon is “Date Night Dog Care” on select Friday nights from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm so dog parents can enjoy a night out. The prices are very reasonable: $15 for half a day and $24 for a full day. Buy 10 visits, and get the 11th visit free! 5

Table of Contents In Every Issue

8 Training Corner – Heel, or is it Heal?


The art of heeling revealed.

10 Rescue Me – Chihuahuas in Peril Overbreeding of Chihuahuas lands too many Chis in local animal shelters.

12 Central Coast Dog Walks – Asilomar Coast Trail Enjoy one of the most scenic trails on the Monterey Peninsula.


14 Dog of the Day – Sirius – Autism Support Dog Six-year-old Morgan Zeidberg shares a special bond with his assistance dog, Sirius.

18 Wellness – Hips and Knees Dr. Annette Richmond explains some of the common knee and hip problems our dogs can face.

20 Traveling Canine – Capitola Loves Its Dogs


Capitola, a seaside resort, for you and your dog to explore.



Dances with Dogs The sport of Canine Freestyle and Judy Gamet’s efforts to get more dogs and people dancing.

24 Here Comes the Dog


Including your dog in your wedding. We do!

Everything Else 9 27 32

K9 to 5 Rover Reviews Roy’s at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach For The Dogs: Lieutenant Colonel Bob Lucius

Cover: Jennifer, Amelia, Jack and Abigal Chambliss on the Asilomar Coast Trail.


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Training Corner

Heel— or is it Heal? By Barbara De Groodt


standing joke at my training center is “Please, heal my heel!” So in order to begin, you need to know what “heel” really is. Heel is a position the dog maintains as you walk. It is done on your left, and your dog’s shoulder is even with your knee. When you move, the dog moves with you maintaining this position; when you stop, he does an automatic sit. It is very pretty, and in its original form was very functional. Most of our true obedience originates with military dogs or sporting dogs, and in both cases the dog must be under complete control. A sentry dog walking a post with its handler does not venture far and wide; this is a job, not just an evening walk. A bird dog must quarter a field or retrieve a bird when asked but must contain that energy when watching another dog work. Even in the competition ring, the heel portion is only about 3 minutes long (although it seems much more like half an hour). Most pet guardians really only want their dogs to stop pulling, and that’s what we’ll address in this article. I once watched a woman walking her boxer, and as they walked down the sidewalk, her dog pulled and pulled, but as they approached an intersection the dog began to walk closer to her. When she stopped, he sat immediately and looked up at her; the minute she made a motion in the direction she was going to go, the dog began to pull again. I watched her for 8

about 20 minutes, and the scenario repeated itself time and time again. So, why does your dog pull? The simple answer: because you follow. But what should you do when he pulls? The simple answer: don’t follow. I know I’m making this seem so easy, but to me, heel is one of the simplest behaviors to teach. If your relationship with your dog is strong, he doesn’t want you to wander off and leave him. He wants to stay by your side, maybe not in that perfect heel position, but close and not pulling, because he doesn’t know where you want to go—and he needs you! This is what I often tell my students: Start walking with your dog in an empty parking lot, using the parking strips as a map and following them as you walk. This way you’re not tempted to walk in a straight line. Instead, you change directions; you go left, right, turn around, and halt. After you do this a couple of times, I’ll bet your dog is paying more attention to you. If you don’t like what the dog is doing, do the opposite. If he goes left, go right; if he pulls, go slower. I actually don’t care which side the dog walks on. If you’re going into competition, heel will have to be on the left, but if you’re just walking and are more comfortable on the right, then so be it. You will, however, need to be careful not to use the word

“heel” if the dog is pulling, especially if you haven’t taught the position. Teaching the position can be as easy as stepping into the correct position, taking one step with the dog, stopping, and rewarding if the dog hasn’t rushed forward. Next, take a couple of steps, stop and reward. Now begin to take some steps and randomly reward him, but only if he stays close and isn’t too excited and beginning to pull. Once you’ve mastered this, you can begin to use the word “heel,” but only if he is in position. You can also lure the dog into position. Here is one method. Begin with the dog in front of you, facing you. Lure the dog by showing him a treat,

drawing a half circle away from your body and bringing the dog into position along your left side, then rewarding him with the treat. Practice this several times without the dog until you can do it smoothly, then add the dog. Again, practice, practice and bingo….heel happens. Happy walking; a great way to enjoy our wonderful coastal areas. Barbara De Groodt is the owner of From the Heart Animal Behavior Counseling and Dog Training in Salinas, CA and has been an animal behavior counselor for over 30 years. Barb De Groodt can be contacted at (831)783-0818 or

Barbara DeGroodt - 2010 Trainer of the Year


oastal Canine’s very own training expert, Barbara DeGroodt, owner of From the Heart Dog Training and Paws at Play Doggie Day Care, was honored this past February with the 2010 Trainer of the Year Award during the Westminster Dog Show festivities in New York. The award was presented by Comfort Zone® with D.A.P.® products, at the annual Purina® Pro Plan® Show Dogs Of The Year® Awards Presented By Dogs In Review®. The 2010 Trainer of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding professional dog trainer who exemplifies excellence in canine behavior modification. Barb’s motto is “Respect your pet: Train without the pain!” Congratulations Barb! We are honored to include you as a contributor to Coastal Canine.

Max and Jake

Cha-ya Japanese Tea & Things 118 Webster Street, Monterey 831-646-5486 Whether customers visit Cha-ya for Japanese teas, art, antiques, or gifts in the shop’s unique selection, the first order of business is to greet toy poodles, Max and Jake. Store owner, Mitsuko Noda Gammon, adopted the happy pair when they were just three months old. She and her husband were experiencing “empty nest syndrome” after their last child left for college. As fate would have it, a neighbor knocked on their door looking for someone to adopt two abandoned puppies. It was perfect timing, and Max and Jake had a new home. The well-behaved duo have been accompanying Mitsuko to the shop daily ever since. They will sit, shake, or stand on their hind legs to impress the customers and earn a treat. Then Max and Jake curl up quietly in their beds behind the counter, waiting for their next “show.” 9

Rescue Me

By Gina Wolf


visit two shelters in Monterey County several times a week, and I have been doing this regularly for the past five years. One of my roles as a volunteer for Animal Friends Rescue Project, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, Salinas Animal Services, and Monterey County Animal Services is to meet the dogs at the shelters and advocate for them to go to rescue groups as needed. Arriving at the shelter, I walk the kennels, meet the dogs and take note of who might need help. Over the past several years the number of little Chihuahua and Chihuahuamix faces vying for my attention has increased to an alarming degree. Many of these sweet dogs arrive at the shelter as strays, having been running at large. Some are injured, infested with parasites, malnourished, or otherwise in poor condition. Sometimes major medical intervention is needed, but often with routine medical attention, proper care, and nutrition these dogs can be restored to vibrant health. Many of them are young—only one or two years old— and sadly, at this point, due to an overabundance of Chihuahuas, even with shelter staff and numerous volunteers and rescue organizations advocating for them, there are no guarantees of finding a new home once they are in the shelter. My husband, Chad, and I began rescuing Chihuahuas in 1994 when we signed the adoption contract for our first dog, Lucky. This little tan dog with the oversized ears, shining brown eyes and proud demeanor was our beloved companion for a little over sixteen years. He was one of the only small dogs that the rescue group had at that time— and the only Chihuahua.


We had no idea that within the next decade and a half, the number of “chis” (Chihuahuas and Chihuahuamixes) in need of adoption would skyrocket. By the time Lucky died last year, chis made up a full third of the dogs in California shelters. What had happened in the intervening years to create this stark reality? A popular advertising campaign that featured a taco-loving, talking Chihuahua comes immediately to mind. We grew used to that successful tag line being quoted to us regularly when we took Lucky anywhere. Chihuahuas were moving into the mainstream media, becoming easily recognized and chic. The breed’s small size can make them portable, and designer doggy shoulder bags became stylish. Hollywood personalities began to be routinely photographed with their tricked-out chis, and the dogs began to get starring roles in major motion pictures. The breed graduated to certified fashion trend status. Backyard breeders and puppy mills are more than willing to profit by providing the desired product to the impetuous public. Unfortunately, chis do not make good impulse items; they need time, love, consistency, and training, among other things, just like any other dog. They are not stuffed animals. When this reality hits home and chi guardians are unable or unwilling to rise to the occasion, many chis are neglected, relegated to the backyard, or outright abandoned. Lucky had made a big impression on us, and we developed a

real affinity for the Chihuahua and began fostering Chihuahuas. Over our many years of fostering, dozens of great chis have shared our home before being matched with excellent permanent homes. There was Junior, the four-month-old chi with mange who looked like a white mouse when he came to us; Jasper, the injured chi who was dragging a mangled leg that had to be amputated; Princess, the three-pound chi with a broken leg whose cast was bigger than she was; Gracie, the tiny chi who almost died trying to give birth to a puppy that could not fit through her tiny birth canal; Chico, the sweet little chi with a crushed pelvis who sadly did not survive after months of care; and our current foster dog, Emmy, a senior Chihuahua who showed up at the shelter with a mouth full of rotting, infected teeth causing so much pain she would not eat. California shelters and rescue groups have started working together to find groups in other states that are willing to help find homes for all these chis. Airlifts and overthe-road Chihuahua transports have been organized to Oregon, Colorado, New York and other states that are not experiencing the same phenomenon of Chihuahua overpopulation in their shelters. These trips are absolute lifesavers for the lucky dogs that get to go; however, the overall problem remains unchanged—Chihuahuas still outnumber any other breed of dog in California shelters by a huge margin. Our family includes four wonderful chimixes, all of whom were rescued from the streets of our city. Chis who end up in a shelter are there by no fault of their own; they have fallen victim to circumstances and human failings. To help, you can adopt a chi, foster a chi, and definitely do not breed or buy a chi! We can all be a part of the solution to the Chihuahua overpopulation in our shelters. It can’t come soon enough.

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Central Coast Dog Walks


othing beats walking your dog along the

Depending upon the time of day, you may see a lot of people

Asilomar Coastal Trail along Sunset Drive

or only a few. You can take your time and enjoy a casual stroll

in Pacific Grove. “Asilomar” is Spanish for

or pick up the pace for a fast, vigorous hike. On one visit, we

“a refuge by the sea.” Once you have walked

contemplated the roaring waves leaping and crashing over

this coastal trail, you will know how fitting the name is.

rocks, and saw seagulls, pelicans and other seabirds. If you are lucky, you may also spot deer grazing along the trail or sea

Breathe in the fresh ocean breezes, enjoy the sight of the waves

otters foraging along the coast.

lapping the craggy rocks, and hear the pounding surf, while your dog walks alongside the narrow trail beside you. This hike is

We made our way towards the end of Asilomar Beach, where

easily accessible from Pacific Grove. There is a bright yellow

we watched surfers riding the waves. Here, the vast expanse

“Asilomar State Park” sign at the trailhead. The trail is a mile

of wet sand truly beckons dogs. Dogs must be leashed while

long and ends at Asilomar State Beach.

on the state beach, but just beyond the border, about 100 yards from the road, is the start of Spanish Bay Beach where

To the right, the trail turns into a wooden boardwalk with a

dogs can romp off leash. Play fetch the frisbee or ball, swim in

bridge that takes you to a rustic wooden gazebo and overlook.

the shallow surf, or dig in the sand. Canine heaven.

To the left is a decomposed granite trail that follows the rocky coastline taking you past tide pools, sandy dunes, native plants,

This is a fairly moderate, flat hike. At times, the trail ascends

small coves, and several small

up and curves around. There are no

beaches that are especially nice

restrooms or water available, so be

during low tide.

prepared. There is a dispenser of 'Mutt Mitts' for your convenience. If

Dogs are to be on leash but will

you plan to visit in the afternoon or

enjoy exploring every inch of

early evening as the weather cools

the trail with their noses. They

off, you might want to bring

love smelling the fragrant beach

a sweater.

sagewort and other native beach plants. 12

Getting there: Take Del Monte Avenue from Monterey through the tunnel into Pacific Grove. Now you’re on Lighthouse Avenue. Continue on Lighthouse, past the Shell Gas Station until the street deadends at the Point Pinos Lighthouse and the golf course. Here, you might see deer chomping on the grass. Take a left onto Asilomar Avenue and the second right onto Jewell Avenue. Jewell Avenue takes you to Sunset Drive, which goes along the ocean. Take a left onto Sunset. About 50 feet down is where the coastal hiking trail begins. You can park anywhere along Sunset Drive. There is no parking here from midnight to 5 a.m. CeliaSue Hecht is a published freelance writer. Her work has been featured in more than 40 publications. She has a dog travel blog called Have Dog Blog Will Travel and assists business owners in getting published. writerink/bio

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Dog of the Day

Sirius -

Autism Support Dog

By Carie Broecker


puppy brightens the life of any child, but for a child with autism, a puppy can be a bridge that connects him with the outside world. Autism affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others, and a puppy can help reduce that gap for many children. When Jennifer and Lou Zeidberg’s son, Morgan, was two years old, he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Morgan was about 20 months old when the Zeidbergs became concerned that he had not yet started talking, and that many of his milestones such as pointing, making eye contact, and playing with toys were absent. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” in that it affects individuals differently and to varying degrees, from mild to severe. Morgan, who is now six years old, is considered moderate on the spectrum. He can talk, but his speech is mostly in rhymes and for the most part is not functional. Jennifer is a medical doctor and her natural response to Morgan’s diagnosis was to get educated, get involved, and do everything she could to help increase Morgan’s chances of thriving in the face of this challenge. Getting a dog for the children to raise and to serve as Morgan’s assistance dog is one way the family has come together as a team to help Morgan’s development. Early intervention is crucial for helping autistic children reach their full developmental potential. When Jennifer began researching service dogs for Morgan, she discovered that many of the organizations providing service dogs had at least a two-year waiting list. Waiting two years would mean Morgan would miss out on having a service dog during some of his most crucial developmental stages. Then Jennifer learned about North Star Foundation, which was founded in 2000 by Patty Dobbs Gross, whose son had 14

received an assistance dog from Canine Companions for Independence when he was seven years old. Patty used what she had learned from her own experience raising a son with an assistance dog, as the basis for her work with the North Star Foundation. Patty realized that it is important for dogs placed with autistic children to be placed when they are puppies, and not as fully trained adults. This way, the puppy becomes socialized to the unique needs of the child he is matched with. The needs of the child and training of the dog develop naturally, and the bond between the two is strengthened. This philosophy appealed to the Zeidbergs. In raising a puppy together, all of their children could take part in the puppy training, with Morgan having the largest role. Shortly after applying for an assistance dog with North Star Foundation, the Zeidbergs were matched with Sirius, a Golden Retriever. He was four months old when he came to live with the Ziedbergs, and he was already trained to sit, stay, and walk on a lead, and was also socialized and crate trained. The Ziedbergs have been living with and training Sirius since March 2010. His training continues on a daily basis, and once a week a trainer, Sean Senechal, comes to the house to work

Clinic with Sirius and the whole family. This includes Morgan’s big brother, Jacob, who is ten, and his little sister, Phoebe, who is four. Sirius has helped Morgan in many ways. Most importantly, he bridges a communication gap for Morgan. Morgan has trouble communicating with people, but his communication with Sirius is nonverbal. Sirius’s presence calms and soothes Morgan if he becomes agitated. Morgan has a very important role in caring for Sirius. He walks him, feeds him, and brushes him. Being an integral part of Sirius’s care gives Morgan a sense of purpose and focus. Sirius also provides a bridge from Morgan to other children and to adults. When people see Morgan with Sirius they are more likely to feel comfortable interacting with Morgan because Sirius not only reassures Morgan, he also reassures those who interact with Morgan. Sirius seems to have an innate sense of being a comforter. If anyone in the house is upset or crying or hurt, he will lie down next to them. He is a calming, loving, nonjudgmental presence. What a wonderful gift. One problem that some families with autistic children can face is having their child wander off. Some autism service dogs, in order to keep a child safe, are trained to be tethered to the child and not leave the property. Fortunately for the Zeidbergs, Morgan does not seem to be a wanderer. But they do plan to train Sirius in search and rescue, and to know the command “find Morgan.” If Morgan should wander off or get lost, he would not respond to his name if called, which would make it difficult to find him. Having this extra skill to use if it becomes necessary, will give them peace of mind. Seeing the special bond between a child and a dog is always heartwarming. The difference an assistance dog like Sirius can make in the life of a special child like Morgan is life changing and life enhancing.

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Dances with Dogs By Scott Broecker


o you think your dog can dance? Well, with the right training, both you and your dog could

become one of the next great dance teams. Or you will at least have a lot of fun trying.

Until recently there hasn’t been much talk regarding the sport of Canine Freestyle in our area. Judy Gamet from Vacaville, California is a traveling freestyle teacher who is on a mission to change that.


As founder of Dogs Can Dance, Judy has traveled around the state and country teaching hundreds of people and their furry, four-legged partners the art of Musical Canine Freestyle. Most recently, Judy was here in Pacific Grove for her once-a-month class at Doggie Day Care on Central Avenue, instructing half a dozen students and their dogs as they took turns working the floor. Not limited by size or age, the dogs in this particular class ranged from a petite Sheltie to two Great Danes spinning into transitions led by a husband and wife team. The term “freestyle” implies the amount of choices available to participants. Although routines vary greatly in music, dress, and creativity, the common goal of freestyle is to highlight your dog’s grace, training, and athletic ability, and to demonstrate the joyous bond you share with your dog.

Judy started teaching dance at a very young age and has owned several studios. But it was Judy’s Rottweiler, Bella, who inspired her to get involved in the world of Canine Freestyle. Already six years

“There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good” ~Edwin Denby

old when she was adopted by Judy, Bella suffered from hip dysplasia and was extremely overweight. Through a program Judy designed to rehabilitate Bella, Dogs Can Dance was born. Judy and Bella spent many happy years touring and giving workshops. Bella’s memory continues to motivate Judy while Dogs Can Dance flourishes. Judy was even hired as the dance choreographer for the dogs in the upcoming movie, Doggie Boogie, and her seven-year-old Rottweiler, Anabelle, is in the opening scene! Judy is currently teaching freestyle classes at Doggie Day Care in Pacific Grove. For more information about Dogs Can Dance, visit

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sitting position, reluctance to go up stairs, a bunny-hopping gait, or reluctance to stand up on hind limbs. Hip dysplasia may or may not be bilateral. In severe cases, a full hip any orthopedic disorders in dogs are subtle replacement can be performed by an orthopedic surgeon. and possibly genetic, whereas others are more obvious and may have been caused by a Generally, however, treatment focuses on reducing discomfort traumatic event. The most common disorders and improving quality of mobility. Treatments may include the following: an anti-inflammatory remedy (natural, nonare hip dysplasia, a luxating patella (floating knee cap), or a ruptured cruciate ligament (a ligament in the knee). Each has a steroidal, or steroidal), joint protective products (glucosamine different level of discomfort and hindrance to a dog’s athletic and chondroitin), physical rehabilitation (hydrotherapy, laser therapy, massage, and acupuncture), and specific exercises for ability. It is important to have pets examined and diagnosed the dog to do daily at home. as soon as an abnormality is detected, in order to start appropriate treatment and prevent secondary adverse affects. By Dr. Annette Richmond


Luxating Patella Hip Dysplasia The most common breeds to develop hip dysplasia include German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and several other large breeds. Many dogs are born with normal hips but due to their genetic makeup, the joint develops abnormally. A healthy hip depends on properly formed bones and healthy soft tissue structures that hold the femur to the pelvic bone. Hip dysplasia is associated with abnormal joint structure and a looseness of the muscles, connective tissue, and ligaments that would normally support the joint. As the joint becomes loose, the bony surfaces of the two bones lose contact and a separation or subluxation starts to occur. Over time there is a change in the size and shape of the bone, which can lead to arthritis. These changes cause discomfort in the hip and it is usually at this time that a dog is diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Diagnosis is made by x-rays and manual palpation of the hip. Typical signs of hip dysplasia may include overall decreased activity, rear limb lameness, difficulty rising from a lying or 18

Many small breeds including Chihuahuas, mini and toy Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, and Jack Russells are born with unilateral or bilateral luxating patellas. This is caused by a very shallow groove on the femur bone in which the patella sits. When the knee is bent, the patella will slide out of place, moving either to the inside or the outside of the joint.

In order for the patella to return to the correct location, the dog will straighten the leg for an instant. This is the typical “skipping gait” that is seen with this disorder. Genetic luxating patellas generally don’t cause discomfort, and therefore many dogs go undiagnosed as owners are unaware that there is an abnormality. Diagnosis is made by x-rays and manual palpation of the knee. The amount of movement in the knee is graded between 1 and 4 (1 being the least). Lesser grades mean the patella will be in a normal position part of the time, and more severe grades result in the patella out of place most of the time. Often no treatment is necessary for a grade 1, but more severe cases may require surgical repair to prevent secondary arthritis, or muscle and ligament abnormalities in relation to the joint. Surgical repair has a high success rate. A luxating patella can also be caused by a traumatic injury. In this case it is painful and requires a surgical repair right away so other joint structures won’t be adversely affected.

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture A common traumatic injury seen in dogs is the rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament in the knee. This injury is caused by a sharp twisting motion when stopping quickly or jumping down from a high spot. The ligament may be partially or completely torn. This injury causes an immediate limp, sometimes rendering the dog completely three-legged. Examination and diagnosis is crucial to ensure the best outcome for the patient as the ligament will not repair itself, and secondary arthritic changes usually occur. Diagnosis is

made by manual palpation of the knee and x-rays. Often a full tear of the ligament requires surgical repair by an orthopedic surgeon, with physical rehabilitation afterward. There are several different types of surgeries that have a high success rate. If surgery is not an option or the ligament is only partially torn, physical rehabilitation and a high-quality knee brace is beneficial to allow the dog to return to athletic endeavors. Partial tears of the ligament often become a full tear, or the other knee may become affected due to weight shifting onto this leg. For the best support of the knee, the following treatments are beneficial: anti-inflammatories, joint supportive products, physical rehabilitation, and specific home exercises. Diagnosing these disorders early and starting treatment right away will improve the comfort and mobility of our canine friends, thereby greatly enhancing their quality of life. Dr. Annette Richmond is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and a Certified Physical Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Specializing in musculoskeletal disorders, she uses natural remedies and physical rehabilitation including hydrotherapy in an underwater treadmill, acupuncture, joint manipulation, therapeutic laser, massage, essential oils, and specific exercises to keep canines strong and feeling well. Dr. Richmond also offers casting and fitting for high-quality braces for the knee. Call today—831-655-0501—to find out how Natural Veterinary Therapy can help your beloved canine! Natural Veterinary Therapy is located at 510 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove.


Traveling Canine

By Sandi Pensinger


harming Capitola-by-the-Sea lies on the

pelican squadrons glide by and surfers play on the waves.

northern side of California’s Monterey Bay,

Many of the Victorian homes on Cliff Avenue were built

tucked in a river valley. The beach there

in the late 1800s. The neighborhoods of Depot Hill

was originally a logging port for nearby

provide an easy walk, with beautiful gardens.

Soquel’s redwood mills; then in the late 1800s, Capitola became a seaside resort and today remains a fun place to

The Riverview Pathway is a favorite dog-walking path

visit – especially in the company of your canine partner.

along Soquel Creek. You will wind along under the trestle bridge and past the red Windmill House. Once you come

Exploring Capitola starts with a visit to Gayle’s Bakery

to the street, turn left and continue for three blocks

for leisurely coffee and scrumptious pastries. Their dog-

through the Riverview Drive neighborhood. At the end

friendly patio is under cover. Cases of fairy cakes, artisan

you will find Peery Park and a pedestrian bridge over

breads, and deli dishes will beckon you. Metered public

the creek. On the opposite side are the ruins of Rispin

parking may be found two blocks from Gayle’s.

Mansion, which was built by one of Capitola’s founders. Continue on

In the village you will find bowls of water outside dozens

down Wharf

of shops, a welcoming sign for dog guardians. The

Road back down

Esplanade along the beach is a favorite as its benches

the hill to

along the seawall overlook the bay for contemplation or

the beach.

for people-watching. Although Capitola does not allow dogs on the beach, there are beautiful walks to enjoy

You might also

with your dog.

want to stop by the local history


The Depot Hill Cliff Walk starts near the beach on

museum and

Monterey Avenue and climbs up an impressive staircase

take one of the

to overlook the village, the wharf and the bay before you.

walking tours

Walk along the cliff top to see views of Monterey. In the

led by museum

summer, otters and seals play in the kelp beds below while

director, Carolyn

Swift, and her volunteer staff. It’s located in the old schoolhouse next to city hall. Dogs are welcome! For lunch, choose from Bluewater Steakhouse with its dog-friendly patio, Pizza My Heart where you can order a slice, or Taqueria Baja for takeout; all less than a block from the beach and Esplanade Park. After a good day of dog walking and enjoyable meals, you can camp with your dog amongst the pine and oak trees overlooking Monterey Bay at New Brighton State Beach. Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach and in the campground. If you prefer sleeping indoors, treat Fido to an elegant room at the Monarch Cove Inn, a Victorian mansion built in 1883, or stay in a comfortable room at the Capitola Inn, perched on a hill within walking distance from town and the beach.

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Cool website for finding places to hike with your dog “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.ˮ ~ John Muir

Photo courtesy of Nature Dogs


og lovers know there is no better feeling than watching their dog romp, sniff and enjoy the great outdoors. Pair that with exploring a beautiful place—seeing and hearing the sights and sounds of nature—and you have a match made in heaven. Pacific Grove couple, Monica Rua and John Sullivan, have been enjoying nature with their dogs for over 20 years. In the past, when researching places to hike with their dogs, they noticed that all the websites and hiking guides they found listed places to go, but had very few photos showing what the area looked like. When photos were available, they were usually small, poor quality, and in black and white. It just was not enough information to help them decide if the location was worth the trip. They decided to document, with photos and descriptive text, the places they explored with their dogs and to share that information through a website— Nature Dogs is all about helping people find wonderful places in California to explore nature and hike with their dogs. At every hike description is accompanied by multiple high-quality photographs. Monica and John have already documented over 200 dog-friendly California hikes!

Although Monica and John spend as much time as possible traveling the country finding fun places to explore with their dogs, they know they have not discovered every hike out there by far. For that reason, is interactive. Dogloving hiking enthusiasts are invited to submit their own photos and hike descriptions to share with other travelers and their furry friends. It is easy to submit a hike. Just go to, click on “submit a hike,ˮ and email the requested information. It is even easier to find a hike. Click on “find a hike,ˮ and you will see a map of California. Click on the area you are headed to, and you will get a list of hikes in that area. Click on each hike for more detailed information and photos. What a fabulous resource to help us find new places to hike with our dogs!

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Felipe is a super-sweet, one-year-old, eight-pound Chihuahua mix who was hit by a car. Although he escaped with his life, his pelvis was broken in multiple places. He is looking for a gentle, adult household, preferably with another small dog buddy for companionship. 831-333-0722 or visit


Benny has been homeless for 10 months. He is a nine-year-old, thirteen pound Pug/Chihuahua mix. He is a sweet, quiet, mellow dog. He likes to take walks on the beach, play with his toys, sit on your lap, and keep you amused. He's great with children and very affectionate with them. 831-718-9122 or visit


Lily is a two-year old Rat Terrier mix who has seen some abuse in her short life. She is making progress in trusting again, but will need a patient person to let her show her sweet personality. She is good with other dogs, potty-trained, walks well on a leash and is learning to enjoy car rides. 831-336-4695 or visit


Valentina was found five years ago in an abandoned lot in Juarez, Mexico. She had an open fracture of her front right leg and infected, broken and wounded toes on her front left foot. Fortunately she was rescued, but sadly, one of her front legs had to be amputated. She has been in a home for the past five years, and we are now looking to rehome her. She would thrive in a home with another dog and prefers no cats or other small animals. 831-336-4695 or visit

Visit the Coastal Canine website for links to local rescue groups and shelters where you can adopt your next pet! ( 23

By Cindie Farley


t was a fairytale wedding. Lover’s Point in Pacific

Gregg and Nicole consider Max “one in a million”

Grove. The summer fog giving way to sunshine

because, well, he is! They rescued him from a

just for the occasion. A beautiful bride floating

Sacramento shelter just in the nick of time. Because

along the green-grass aisle to her handsome groom—

the previous owners had labeled him as “untrainable,”

and his dog.

no one seemed to want him. As it turned out, Max is not only very trainable, but Gregg and Nicole are

Max-A-Million (because “he’s one in a million”),

happy to say that he is the “most talented dog in the

a seven-year-old Corgi/Sheltie mix, was actually

world,” proficient in whatever trick he tries. He just

already part of Nicole Fields-Chavez and Gregg Lalka’s

needed to be part of a loving family as we all do!

family—their “first child.” So when the two decided to get married, there was no question that Max would

Being the most talented dog in the world, as well as

be in the wedding. It was only natural since he was

having the right personality, made it easy for Max to

already a big part of their life together, AND played a

be the “best dog” in Gregg and Nicole’s wedding. Not

major role in Gregg’s proposal to Nicole.

only did he love the attention of being in the wedding party, he knew how to “work the crowd,” making sure

They were living in Sacramento at the time, and

that everyone was smiling and having a good time.

Gregg surprised Nicole with a weekend getaway to her favorite place in the world—the dog-friendly Central

As the bride, Nicole didn’t mind having Max as the

Coast. Max came with them, of course, and the three

“show stealer.” He took just enough of that attention

headed for Carmel Beach so he could romp around

away that can make a bride feel a bit nervous. She

off-leash. Gregg bent down to play with Max, and

recalls that being in the spotlight was easy for Max.

Nicole couldn’t help but notice that he never stood up

When Gregg was the weather anchor on the TV news,

again. She thought Gregg may have thrown his back

Max loved making regular appearances on the weather

out. Instead, he whipped around on bended knee and

wall with him.

proposed! Max was right there sharing the surprise and excitement of that special moment.

At first, Gregg was a little hesitant about dressing Max up to be in the wedding party. He thought


Max, in his modified tuxedo, looked like a waiter in an upscale restaurant. But Max took it in stride as he did everything else, and may have been more comfortable even in his tux than the other groomsmen were in theirs. When he got bored or tired, he just rolled over on the grass and took a nap. Gregg says it’s “well worth trading in one groomsman for your dog. And a lot easier too.” Nicole and Gregg would do it all over again. Here are a few tips from them, as well as some additional information if you’re considering including a dog relative in your wedding:

❀ Consider your dog’s temperament and abilities—and get an objective opinion on that as well! That will help you determine the best role for him. It may be easier to include a pup or high-strung dog only in the photo shoot. In some cases, it may be best

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to take photos with your dog prior to the wedding, even if it’s on a different day. If your dog has an active role in the ceremony itself,

❀ Visit the wedding site with your dog ahead of time, even if it’s just earlier in the day.

it is best to have him led by a member of the

Familiarity will help ease excess curiosity,

wedding party he’s comfortable with.

sniffing, and marking.

❀ Plan ahead—WAY ahead! That includes selecting the venue itself for your wedding.

❀ If your dog will be dressed up for the occasion, help him get used to the idea by

If you’re having the wedding and reception

having him wear his outfit at home a few

together at one venue, there will be more

times before the big day.

issues, such as proximity of pets to food service areas.

❀ Consider hiring a professional pet sitter to be in charge of your dog for the day. Sitters can also give your dog their full attention and arrange transportation if needed.


Max made a great best dog!

“In your home or ours” • a few dogs at a time in our home • overnights in your home • dog walking • cat visits • pet sitting in your hotel room 26


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Carie Broecker 831-372-5169


as told to Pam Bonsper

Roy’s • The Inn at Spanish Bay 2700 Seventeen Mile Drive Pebble Beach, CA 93953 831-647-7423 • The best way to make me really, really, really happy is to give me a treat. I heard her on the phone the other day with her friend: “I feel like going somewhere really special, eating something memorable, enjoying something extravagant. I deserve a treat!” My ears perked up and I dashed to the kitchen. I expected Mom to have a milk bone in her mouth, but instead she was sitting at her computer looking for a dog- friendly restaurant on the Coastal Canine website!. “That’s it!” she exclaimed to her friend, “Let’s go to Roy’s at Spanish Bay. I’ve heard they have a great outdoor patio where you can enjoy a glass of wine, a great meal, and an incredible view of the ocean and the golf links. And—she gave me a wink— I can take Rover!” Roy’s turned out to be just the treat my Mom and I deserved. The waitperson was friendly and attentive to me, asked my name, and brought me water. I love being waited on! The patio dining area was spacious, and although I am a little guy, any size dog would be comfortable there. We arrived just in time to see the bagpiper march up onto a sand dune directly in front of us to play “Amazing Grace.” I tried to appreciate the music, but aromas from the restaurant were teasing my sense of smell. While Mom and her friend sipped a crisp Chardonnay and nibbled on fresh fruit, I tried to differentiate the explosions in my snout. The braised short ribs were attacking the butterfish and red snapper. The Asian-Hawaiian-Fusion accents were creating havoc. After dinner and a beautiful sunset, we were nestled in blankets (the staff even asked if I would like one), sitting around a roaring fire pit. Mom and her friend looked like bundledup Cheshire cats. From the appetizer sampler of crab cakes, scallops, shrimp, and short ribs, to the lakanilau rolls (kobe beef wrapped around snow crab), to the tuna sashimi and ahi tempura, to the fabulous desserts of crème brulee and Roy’s world-famous chocolate soufflé, it was truly a night to remember. My Mom had deserved a treat and she got it. And guess what? I bet you and your canine companion deserve a treat too! Woof, woof. Rover'" 27

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Products That Impressed Us Pawz – Natural Rubber Dog Boot Pawz is a disposable, reusable, waterproof dog boot made of natural rubber. Pawz are 100% biodegradable and are designed to go on easily and fit securely without zippers or straps. Pawz offers serious paw protection against Ice, Lawn Chemicals, Salt, Liquid Chloride, Snow, Fire Ants, Pool Liner Tears, Mud, Clay, Pad Rashes, Post-Surgical Infection, Post-Grooming Dirt, Hot Pavement, and solves traction control problems. And imagine never losing another expensive dog boot again! Pawz come 12 in a package and each boot may be worn many times. Cost is $12.99. For more info, visit Dogs in Yard Signs A simple, but attractive “Dog in Yard” or “Dogs at Play” sign can warn people that there may be a dog in the yard and to take precautions not to let the dog out of the yard. A “Latch the Gate” sign is the gentle reminder visitors may need to keep your dog safely in your yard the next time they enter or exit using the gate. Signs are $16.95 available from They are made of quality powder-coated metal and are designed for residential gates and fences. 28

While visiting Carmel, California, be sure to stop by Wellington’s Sculpture Studio and Gallery on Dolores Street to view the work of master sculptor Steven Whyte. Don’t forget to say “hello” to Steven’s four-year-old English Bulldog, Welly. If Lord Wellington is not available inside, you just might catch him hanging about outside.

Books Worth Barking About By Sharon Miller A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life By Steven Kotler Bloomsbury, 2010. 289 pgs., $24 Ever wonder why people go into dog-rescue work? This memoir not only answers that question, but follows the author’s odyssey from urban money-grubber to enlightened dog rescuer reveling in the universal web of life. How does this metamorphosis come about? Through interaction with several unique dogs, and through the author’s love for and marriage to a very special woman. Steven and his girlfriend Joy leave Los Angeles and somewhat impulsively buy a little ranch in remote Chimayo, New Mexico. Steven plans to write while Joy gives difficult-to-place Chihuahuas a lifelong place to live. Through blizzards, blazing sun, bouts of depression, and the death of beloved dogs, Steven comes to understand why “dog” is “god” spelled backwards. He researches the thousands of years hominids and canids have lived together. Reflecting on the writings of mystics, philosophers, and animal scientists, Steven then elevates this tale about saving dogs to a story about human stewardship of life. Steven also fills the pages with vivid descriptions of breathtaking runs, jumps, and other adventures in the desert and mountains with his dogs, often resulting in epiphanies of spiritual understanding. By the time he transforms into a full-out dog lover, the reader understands what Steven, Joy, and other dog rescuers have done and why they do it. The deep inspiration and humanitarianism that is depicted throughout this brilliant book will have you looking at your dog in a totally different way, while at the same time realizing what it means to be a truly enlightened human being.

Chihuahua Pride Day A Success! Chihuahua Pride Day 2011, held at the Pacific Grove Community Center on February 12th, was a spectacular day for Chihuahuas, Chi Mixes, and lots of other little dogs. Over 200 small dogs attended the event to show off their costumes and general cuteness and sweetness, and run the mini agility field. There were also about 50 adoptable dogs from five different local shelters and rescue groups. The event was put on by volunteers to bring awareness to the statewide Chihuahua overpopulation problem and to find homes for many deserving homeless Chihuahuas. 29




nimals are the silent victims in the economic downturn. Trixie, an Australian Shepherd mix, had a great life. She grew up with a loving family on several acres. But sadly, when she was 14, her family lost their home due to foreclosure. Out of time, out of money and out of options, her guardians tearfully surrendered their beloved dog to a rescue group. Don’t let this happen to you or your dog! If you are a pet guardian facing foreclosure, here are some tips to help you keep your pets, or at least find them a safe new home.

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ieutenant Colonel Bob Lucius, a trained specialist in Asian foreign languages with the United States Marines Corp, was stationed in Vietnam from 2005-2008. His job was to distribute humanitarian aid in the form of excess medical equipment to medical facilities throughout the country. He and his wife, Casey, had already been in Vietnam a year when it happened. Bob was riding in the passenger seat of a land cruiser on the way to deliver medical equipment to a rural city in the northwestern corner of Vietnam, not far from the Lao and Chinese borders. Looking out the window, he spotted four terrified dogs crammed into a wicker basket on the back of a motorbike. He made eye contact with one of the dogs. His mind starting spinning, “I have to do something. What can I do? If we catch up to the bike, I can buy the dogs. Then what? Let them loose so they can be captured again?” There are no animal shelters in Vietnam. No animal welfare organizations. Dog meat is part of the culture. Restaurants are lined with cages of dogs for customers to choose one to eat. Bob’s mind was struggling to come up with a solution for saving the dogs in the basket without seeming insensitive to Vietnamese culture and offending his traveling companions. His internal monologue went on too long, however; the opportunity had passed, and the motorbike turned off the road and was gone. Bob and his companions traveled another hour to their destination, did the job they were there for and then went to lunch. As he was leaving the restaurant, he walked past


the kitchen, and out of the corner of his eye, he caught a glimpse of a dead dog, skinned and splayed out on the concrete kitchen floor…just seconds away from being butchered. In that moment, Bob became a vegetarian and would go on to become an avid animal activist. Bob and Casey lived in Vietnam for another two years, working and volunteering their time with local conservation and environmental organizations as well as with a leprosy project. With every passing month

Bob was becoming more and more agitated about the dog-meat industry and feeling like he needed to do something. One evening, while sitting with his rescued cat, he experienced divine inspiration. It is something he doesn’t repeat often, because once the words are said aloud, they lose their sacredness—but Bob Lucius heard the voice of God. He was told that he must do something to help these animals. That moment was the birth of the Kairos project. “Kairos” is a Greek word meaning “the opportune moment.” Bob believes that now is the moment in history that humane education can make a significant difference and alter the path Vietnam takes over the next few decades as the country develops.

Bob began working with nongovernment agencies in Vietnam that teach young people how to be good citizens (don’t drink, don’t smoke, etc.) and added a humane education component to their programs. One of the most effective ways they get their message across is through “edu-tainment.” In November 2010, Bob trained 35 practitioners in Vietnam to lead Humane Edu-Tainment seminars. The seminars involve a theater production with a scenario such as a dog who is suffering without water while chained to a tree on a hot day. The participants act out solutions that will give that scenario a better outcome. This process changes, at a core level, everyone involved. It opens the heart and mind to a new way of thinking about and connecting with animals, their lives and their suffering. The Kairos Project now has 25 trained practitioners. These young people will become the core, grassroots animal advocates and activists for Vietnam who will lead the way for the entire country to develop a more humane way of treating animals. Bob was recently contacted by a group based in Ho Chi Minh City called YeuDongVat (Animal Lovers). They are 150 members strong, and they rescue dogs and cats from the meat industry, take them home, get them medical treatment, socialize them, and find them homes. The group rescued and found new homes for 40 dogs and cats in 2009, and for another 40 in 2010. Some of the animals they rescue are strays found on the streets. Others they buy from vendors who are selling them to be eaten. Bob is helping Animal Lovers raise funds to rent a house where they can keep the animals while they are being rehabilitated before finding permanent homes. These young people and those they touch will bring about the humane change that the Kairos Coalition envisions will spread worldwide in the years to come.

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Canine Events

Saturday, May 21 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Dog Days of Hollister Dunne Park, Hollister • Saturday, June 4 • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm 7th Annual Woof to Woof Sky Park Soccer Complex, Scotts Valley (831) 458-9766, Saturday & Sunday, June 4 and 5 8:00 am – 4:00 pm All Breed Agility Trials, Del Monte Kennel Club Toro Park, Highway 68, Salinas Pre-entered dogs only, including mixed breeds. (831) 333-9032,


There is an assortment of spring and summer canine events to choose from. These are the events your dog does not want to miss! For an up-to-date listing of canine events, visit

Saturday, June 11 • 9:00 am – 11:30 am Pet Friends Wag N Walk Graniterock Southside Sand & Gravel, 5632 Airline Highway, Hollister (831) 630-2495,

Saturday, May 7 • 8:30 am 16th Annual SPCA Wag n’ Walk Shoreline Park, Monterey (831) 373-2631,

Thursday, June 16 – Sunday, June 19 Burning Dog Festival Camping with your Dog • Near Big Sur

Sunday, May 15 • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm 10th Annual C-Dog Spring Dog Festival Soquel High School, Soquel (888) 682-6972,

Saturday & Sunday, July 16 and 17 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Del Monte Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Shows with Obedience & Rally Carmel Middle School, Carmel Valley Road Pre-entered dogs only, including mixed breeds in performance. (831) 333-9032,

Sunday, July 17 • Noon – 4:00 pm Carmel Dachshund Club 8th Annual Weiner Roast Carmel Beach at 13th & Scenic

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“ The dog is a gentleman, I hope to go to his heaven, not manʼs.”

Chavy, we miss you every day. A noble and sweet soul. Your love touched many in your day and we now carry it forever. ~ Damon, Danielle, MJ, Simon

Martha, my sweet girl, I was blessed to be the recipient of your pure heart and gentle hugs. Miss you. ~ Sharilyn Cabelera

3/16/01 - 1/5/11 Our Sweet Lisa - no more pain, no tears in Heaven, you are an angel now. From Georgia to California, Faithful, Loyal, Loving, Vigilant Protector, Lover of Children. We will see you on the "other side" and walk the beaches again! ~ Brant, Cheryl & Brant Jr. Good

Our Buddy, Our Pal, Our Dog. We will love you forever! ~ Gracie & Ralph Rubio


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My big black dog who got me through so many hard times. Oly, you taught me so much about life, love, and healing. You will always be a part of me. ~Ingrid Drexler

Munchie was — and somewhere still is — a wonderful, peaceful little soul who brought joy and warmth to everyone he met. ~Sharon and Sandy Ettinger

We will always remember our little girl, "Boo," who was sweet, quirky, innocent, joyful and nothing short of pure love. ~Valerie Fern & Wendy Bates

Iggy...great things come in small packages....that was Iggy's life... he touched everyone who came in contact with him...brave soul... strong heart..loved by his pack...! ~Sue and Chuck MacDonald

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