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JUNE 2011




Community Spotlight


22 DIY

Pets with Purpose


Tails & Trails

14 Professional Spotlight



Outdoor Wear

Blood Banks

WHAT’S INSIDE Pets & Family

Camping 101

Locally Produced

Spirit Keeper Arts

Feature Pet

Lion Fish

Sweet Treats Coping with Age Look... I’m Famous! Directory

Community Pet Photos

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PUBLISHER ZOLT Publishing EDITOR Emily Olson CREATIVE DIRECTOR Laura Olson ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Emily Olson | Laura Olson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Emily Olson | Laura Olson | Stephanie Waltz | Tammy Trout EDITORIAL INQUIRIES OR SUBMISSIONS Northwest Pet Magazine welcomes editorial inquiries and suggestions. Please contact Emily at ADVERTISING INQUIRIES WASHINGTON: Please contact Emily at (509) 979-2028 or IDAHO: Please contact Laura at (208) 262-1234 or

Northwest Pet Magazine is published monthly by ZOLT Publishing 2600A E Seltice Way #306 Post Falls, ID 83854 Phone: (208) 457.7211

MAIN ADVERTISING OFFICE: 208.457.7211 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from publisher. Photographs, graphics,and artwork are the property of ZOLT Publishing. Š 2011 ZOLT Publishing Printed in the U.S.A. on Recycled Paper

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Every pet deserves to be loved!

Kerouac | Ferret Kerouac is a super sweet ferret. He came in as a stray. He is a very nice boy who is rather gentle. He likes other ferrets. Kerouac is 2 years old and has been with us since August of 2010. For more information on Kerouac please contact Essential Ferret Services and speak with Bill or Laura Baran at 208 459-0716 or For other ferrets available for adoption please visit

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activity guide

Inland Empire Golden Retriever Club Dog Show June 2nd- June 5th

Free Rein New Volunteer Orientation Friday, June 11th, 9:30am - 10:30am

Rally, specialty, obedience, junior showmanship, sweepstakes conformation. Vendors with the newest in dog product technology. For more information please call (405) 427-8181 or (509) 235-7396

Free Rein Therapeutic Riding invites those interested in volunteering to New Volunteer Orientation. Call or email to register: (509) 979-1469 or Visit us online at or on Facebook.

GPA GNW’s Annual Picnic/Fundraiser Saturday, June 4th, 11am - 4pm

Roaming with Rover 5K Dog Walk Saturday, June 12th, 10 am - 1pm

Spokane Fair Grounds & Expo

Kootenai County Fairgrounds/Arena

8118 S Ramona Rd, Spokane

Greyhound Park & Event Center

Bring your Greyhounds, they can race against the radar 5100 W. Riverbend Avenue, Post Falls gun. The fastest runner wins a trophy. We also have Pre-registration 9 am - 12 pm at the Kootenai Humane a live auction, wonderful items to bid on, a silent Society Thrift Store, 916 N. 3rd Street, Coeur d’Alene. take your auction, vendors selling Greyhound items such as Bring your Rover and walk or run, visit vendors, and enjoy T-shirts with our GPAGNW logo and raffle baskets. some music with us for a howling good time! For more dog to work Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family, and information please call that includes a BarBQ and all the picnic extras. day! We will have Greyhounds available for adoption Low Cost Vaccination Clinic (prospective owners must be pre-approved).

2011 Parade of Paws June 11th, 10am - 2pm

June 24th

Spokane Humane Society 6607 North Havana Street, Spokane The Parade of Paws is the Spokane Humane Society’s annual pledgedriven dog walk. We have a 2 or 4 mile route that begins and ends at the Spokane Humane Society. In 2010, there were 777 walkers and we raised over $45,000 to help the animals! This event is so much fun for everyone, 2 and 4 legged walkers have a blast! Our 2011 goal is 1,000 walkers raising over $60,000! If you have questions or would like additional information regarding the 2011 Parade of Paws Event, please email

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June 25th 10am-3pm

Pampurred Pet Boutique 920 N Spokane Street | Post Falls

Join us in kicking off the season with a low cost vaccination clinic. Dr. Tracy Ridgeway, DVM, CVA will be offering free exams and administering vaccines. Vaccination cost: DHPP and Boredetella $18.50 and Rabies $17.50. Appointments are being accepted now however walk-ins are welcome! We will also be offering an "Ice Cream" social and will have select merchandise on sale. For more information call Pampurred Pet at 208.777.3190.

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Here are some tips to keep your pet safe and your trip stress free.

1. Certain pets are simply not fit for camping. Talk with your vet about your pet’s physical/behavioral condition. While visiting the veterinarian, check to ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. 2. Bring a Pet First-Aid Kit...a minimal Pet First Aid Kit should include; - Antiseptic -Tweezers - Bandages - Gauze - Tape - Eye Drops - Poison Absorbing First Aid Pet Gel

Over time, your pet’s travel tags can get worn out and hard to read... make sure tags are up-to-date with current information and are legible. 3. Bring Plenty of Food and Water... bring more than you think you’ll need.

4.Temperatures during camping season can quickly rise to dangerous levels which can result in heatstroke and possible death. Do not ever leave a pet alone in a vehicle under any circumstance during months of extreme temperature.

Heat stroke & death can take place in a matter of minutes. 5. If your pet gets anxious in the car or when in new environments ask your doctor for suggestions on which calming products might work. Upon arriving at your destination, take time to introduce your pet to the new surroundings. 6. Many camping trips lead to lost pets. If your dog does not have good obedience it’s recommended to keep them on leash. New scents and other animals could invite your pet to give chase and not come back.

7. Respect the campers around you... Here are a few guidelines that will ensure your pet and your “neighbors for the weekend” stay happy and safe. - Maintain complete control of your pet. - Do not allow your pet to bark excessively. - Supervise your pet.

Clean up after your pet!

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northwest pet magazine | Locally Produced

Spirit Keeper Arts Spirit Keeper Arts, located in Coeur d'Alene, offers unique, customized pet furnishings that add beauty to your home and comfort to your pet. JoanE Schilling, the artist and mastermind behind Spirit Keeper Arts, is no stranger to designing in multiple mediums. With years of creating stained glass art for the Northwest Artists Gallery and the Chinook Winds Casino, JoanE had always wanted to expand into welding, and weld she does! Using your home's motif and design elements as inspiration, JoanE creates a one-of-akind piece of furniture for your dog or cat to relax on. Built with a foundation of copper and embellished with elements such as crystals, stones, dream catchers and much more. As a loving pet owner herself, JoanE started Spirit Keeper with one thing in mind, combining her two loves, animals and art. For more information please contact JoanE Schilling at or (208) 676-8877.

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Give A Dog A Bone Looking for a natural way to feed your pet just became a little simpler. We are thrilled to announce a new course available in our community. Give A Dog A Bone is a 4 week group class that teaches you everything you need to know about dog & cat food and provides hands-on tutelage on how to cook your pet's food. Week #1: June 23rd Animal Antatomy & Physiology Week #2: June 30th Canine and Feline nutrtional "dis-eases" Week #3: July 7th Make a homemade diet* and commercially available grain free diets Week #4: July 14th Making a raw food based diet* and commercially available raw diets *Actual Cooking Class

Whether you are interested in learning more about commercially available food choices or have a desire to make your pet's food yourself, Dr. Tracy Ridgeway D.V.M., C.V.A. will show you how! For more information on this unique course please call (208) 819-6472. 9

It's a Bird! It's a Plane!

It's... A SUPER PET! by Emily Olson

When it comes to pets, few people ever think about blood donation. But there is a growing need as more medical discoveries and access to complicated medical treatments and surgeries become available to pet owners. Animal blood transfusions are crucial because dogs and cats, like their owners, suffer from injuries and medical conditions ranging from heat stroke and bleeding disorders to cancer and kidney disease. It would be impossible to imagine a scenario in which our human loved ones wouldn’t have access to donor blood and yet for years most Veterinary Hospitals and Clinics have had to scramble to find donor blood for our dogs and cats. In the old days, vets would draw blood from their pets or employees pets when it was needed but that practice has become less and less acceptable over the years. Growing awareness of safety issues involving the donors and patients as well as discussions surrounding blood products and proper use of blood components has helped move the practice of animal blood donation into the 21st century. Blood is a lifesaving product and a single blood donation can be used to save many lives because of the way the blood is processed. The collected blood is separated into components, red blood cells and plasma. Surviving complicated surgical procedures and trauma following an accident often depends on transfusions of red blood cells. Red blood cell transfusions are sometimes used to treat anemia due to blood loss, red blood cell destruction and when the body is unable to produce enough red cells, as in bone marrow disease or cancer. The plasma on the other hand contains proteins that help clot blood. Transfusions of plasma are used to treat hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders, and to treat internal bleeding due to ingestion of Warfarin-type (rat poison). It's sometimes needed save the lives of dogs with Parvo and other serious canine diseases. Pet owners are recognizing in fast order the importance of both donating their pets' blood and how they may one day rely on animal blood banks if their pets fall ill.

So how does it work? Animal blood banks and donor programs have a variety of policies regarding how often donations are made, how long a commitment they expect, donor age limits, minimum weight requirements, rewards given to the dogs after each donation, and incentives for their owners so start by talking with your Vet about what options are available. We are lucky to have a facility dedicated solely to the collection and

disbursement of donated blood here in Spokane area, Pet Emergency Clinic Blood Bank in Spokane, WA and have included information about their donor program as well as a general understanding of the process however your Veterinarian might have other options available for you.

Step 1: Do I have a good candidate for a Donor Dog/ Cat? When a prospective volunteer donor dog and owner go to a donation center or blood drive location for the first time, someone will interview the owner to find out if he or she is seriously willing to comply with the program requirements. Because of the costs involved in the health screening and blood testing, they're looking for people who are willing to bring their dogs to donate blood on a regularly scheduled basis. Depending on the blood bank program, that might be every 6 to 8 weeks, every 2 months, 3 months, or 4 months. Some ask donors to participate for a minimum of 1 to 3 years. Others leave that up to the owner, as long as the dog is still under the maximum age limit. Some blood banks also require donors to be available, on call, for emergency donations. Dogs can safely donate blood as often as every 3 to 4 weeks in an emergency. To become a donor, a dog must be healthy and up to date on all required vaccines. They'll need to pass a comprehensive physical exam. Dogs must be on a preventive health and vaccination schedule that includes intestinal parasite control, external parasite control and remaining on a heartworm preventive if traveling, and having a comprehensive annual physical as long as they are donors. Donors can have no history of serious disease, no history of receiving a blood or plasma transfusion, and they cannot be taking any medication (except a heartworm preventative.) For female donors, add no history of pregnancy to that list. Age limits and minimum weight guidelines vary from one program to another. Donors must be friendly, obedient, even-tempered dogs. They must be calm enough to remain lying on their sides or sitting for 10 minutes and they must be cooperative about Veterinary exams. Hyper dogs and dogs who are anxious or aggressive around strangers or nervous about being touched and examined are not donor candidates. A dog will never be forced to donate.

The ideal volunteer canine blood donor is an easy-going, large breed dog who has the "universal donor" blood type. There are over a dozen blood types in dogs, but about 40% to 45% have a universal type. A small sample of blood will be tested to check the type. Only dogs that have a universal blood type are used as donors. Larger breeds, like Labs, retrievers, German shepherds, boxers and pit bulls, are often universal donors. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, about 40 percent of the U.S. dog population has the universal blood type and although a dog can receive another blood type in an emergency, universal blood or an exact match is best. If a dog meets all the basic requirements and the initial blood test shows that the blood type is okay, he or she will then receive a complete physical. They'll have additional blood tests to check for possible Brucellosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, Heartworm and several other diseases, plus a complete blood count and blood chemistry profile, urinalysis and fecal exam.

Step 2: What is the donation process? There is little preparation needed before going to the donation center, although some clinics require fasting, the period usually doesn’t exceed 12 hours prior to donation. Donor dogs are not typically sedated and the donation itself takes less than half an hour. The dog is welcomed and lifted onto a table. Blood is taken from the jugular vein, a large vein in the neck. A small patch of hair on the neck is shaved to expose the skin over the vein. The area is swabbed with alcohol and a needle is inserted into the vein. Blood goes into the needle, through a tube, and into the collection bag. After the blood is collected, pressure is applied to stop any bleeding and the donor is lifted off the table. Water and food are offered to replace nutrients and as a reward. There might be some mild bruising at the site. A dog's system starts to replace the blood immediately after the donation. Blood volume will be back to normal in a day and the red blood cell count in 2 to 3 weeks. Strenuous activity should be discouraged for 24 hours after donating, just as it is with human blood donors.

Step 3: The reward outweighs the cost… Dogs are compensated as soon as they have made their donation. In addition to hugs and belly rubs, they're rewarded with treats and gifts that vary from program to program. After the first donation, a dog usually gets a tag which identifies him or her as a blood donor. Edible rewards might include biscuits and bottled water, a jar of baby food, or a can of dog food. Some donors get brand new toys. At many blood banks, dogs go home wearing cool donor bandanas. Besides the pride and personal knowledge that you've made it possible for your dog to save the lives of other dogs, another perk that pleases owners of volunteers is knowing that blood will always be available for their dog, should he or she ever need a transfusion. Owner's save money on their dog's preventative health care. In many programs, donor dogs get annual physical examinations that include blood tests, annual vaccinations, a heartworm preventative and heartworm screening blood work. The demand for canine and feline blood will continue to increase as Veterinary medicine continues to make life saving discoveries…Help your beloved pet become a part of this growing team of superheroes!

Pet Emergency Clinic Blood Bank 21 E Mission Ave Spokane, WA 99202 (509) 325-2322 Donor Requirements: Healthy donors are happy and healthy, greater than 60 lbs and between 1-6 years old. Doggie benefits: Your dog will receive blood typing, infectious disease testing, fecal exam, urinalysis and a full blood panel each year at no cost. A complimentary exam will be performed each visit but annual exams and vaccinations must be performed with your regular Veterinarian. Donation Schedule: We ask your dog to donate only once every 8 weeks. We ask that volunteers commit to 2 years of service. To get started: If you would like to learn more about how your dog could be saving lives, please contact the Pet Emergency Clinic Blood Bank to schedule an appointment for a “Canine Blood Donor Evaluation” at (509) 325-2322. 11

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Professional Spotlight

Founder & Director | Karen Schumacher


Karen Schumacher, Founder & Director of Pawsitive Works (on right) with Rhonda Hamerslough, BOD President and Research Administrator

Many years ago, Karen Schumacher saw a way to make a difference in the lives of both canines in need and children in need and after careful planning and research Pawsitive Works was born. This local nonprofit is dedicated to helping struggling youth identify and modify damaging behavior patterns through the care and training of behaviorally challenged dogs. The premise that the human-animal connection would facilitate trust, empathy and empowerment was part intuition, part careful observation and part diligent research. Pawsitive Works asserts that youth, when given the opportunity to be responsible for modifying canine problem behaviors will simultaneously build self esteem and respect for the needs of others in their community. With the motto, “Shaping both ends of the leash” Karen has provided our community with a program that has done just that. Now, with two years under her belt, and over 100 amazing success stories to keep her inspired, I asked Karen about her experience thus far...

NWP: What inspired you to start Pawsitive Works?

KS: I have always been interested in the human-dog connection and became a professional trainer 18 years ago. I was drawn to the therapeutic benefits of dogs and worked with hospice and reading with rover programs and eventually studied programs that worked with incarcerated youth and dog training. I knew that I wanted to devote myself to a program that could provide the same benefits to juveniles while they were still in the “at risk” stage. After seven years of development, we launched Pawsitive Works in Bonners Ferry with tremendous results. The success of our pilot program two years ago for both the dogs who became adopted and the children who learned so much about community, responsibility and empathy encouraged me that I was on the right track.

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NWP: We can see how your program has changed the lives of the participants but how has Pawsitive Works changed your life?

KS: Wow…I am honestly more fired up and more passionate about life than ever before. Watching this program grow and positively affect so many lives has been amazing! I already had a very good understanding of the animal shelter system and the gaps that existed but my understanding of the juvenile justice system has been a true eye-opener. I have gained a much deeper understanding about the national and statewide systems and the real concerns we face. I’m truly blessed to have created a program that allows me to work with my two passions and create experiences that benefit not just our participants but all of those in our community. For more information please contact Karen Schumacher at Pawsitive Works (208) 946-3883

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The Call of the Wild by Emily Olson

For those of us who have been waiting with baited breath for the sun to start shining, we already know that hiking is a fantastic way to enjoy the warm weather, get exercise and challenge ourselves physically. What we might not know yet is how to incorporate our favorite pooch into this beloved summertime hobby. Who better to bring along on our next adventures than Fido? Most dogs enjoy being outside even more than we do -- it's a brand-new world of smells, sounds and sights for them to discover. To make the most out of the hiking experience we need to take some extra steps to ensure that both canine and human have a safe and enjoyable time. Not only is every park or location not the best for dogs, not all dogs are the best for every trail. Take into consideration your specific dog and any limitations he may have when embarking on your hike. Whether you and your dog are exploring hiking for the first time or are brimming with experience, there are important safety tips to keep in mind when out and

about in an unfamiliar location.

Preparing to Hike with Your Dog Your dog should already be trained to respond to basic voice commands; if not, you'll want to spend some time working with your dog before going on your hike together. If your pet has been spending most of its time napping, you'll want to start conditioning him before you go all out. Just as you wouldn’t go from couch surfer to marathon runner in a day, your dog may need a little tune-up before you hit Schweitzer. Start simply with short walks, then increase the distance until you're both ready to hit the trail. Make sure that your dog is up to date on all of his vaccinations and on a regular flea and tick control. It’s always good to research which wild animals you may encounter in the area and familiarize yourself with basic first aid for your dog. 17

Before you set out, your dog needs to have an ID tag with all of your contact information on it. You'll also need to remember a leash -- most places that allow dogs require them. Finally, pack a kit that includes: • • • • • • • • •

an extra collar and leash plastic bags basic first aid supplies (bandages, tweezers and antibiotic cream) your vet's phone number the location and contact information for the closest emergency vet a current picture of your dog (in case it gets lost) water snacks or food dog booties

Hiking with Your Dog It's fair to say that most people don't want to step in poop. Now that you're headed for your hiking adventure, keep in mind that while you're out on the trail, you serve as an ambassador for everybody who enjoys hiking with dogs. Carrying along waste bags and picking up after your pet is a small task but speaks volumes. Always be sure to keep to the trail, this is ensure that both you and your dog stay as safe as possible.

Protecting Your Dog While Hiking Parasite-free water: always a bonus. Your dog can get into a lot of trouble while out on the trail, and it's your job to do everything you can to keep it safe. This means paying close attention to the dog's needs. If it's panting, then break out the water. Dogs don’t sweat like we do when they get hot and both a break and some hydration will help them stay cool. You can buy collapsible water bowls and other gadgets if your dog won't drink from a standard water bottle. Last but not least, please don't let him drink from a stream or puddle; these can be full of nasty bacteria like Giardia. Not hiking during the hottest parts of the day will also help to avoid dehydration. If your dog isn't wearing booties to protect its feet against rough terrain or the weather, stop periodically and check its paws for cuts. If you're hiking in an area where you might encounter hunters make sure to outfit your pooch with a bright orange vest or bandanna so it isn't accidentally confused with something else. Poison oak or poison ivy can be a real menace while hiking. If your dog does get into a patch despite your best efforts, you'll need to bathe it as soon as possible while wearing gloves. It's more likely to affect your skin than your dogs. Lastly, always remember to check your dog over thoroughly, from head to tail as he may have picked up a tick, scratches or abrasions that may need attention.

Happy trails!

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WASHINGTON Benn Burr Trail The Benn Burr Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a non-profit group that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this “rail-trail” is now a great place to walk your dog in Spokane. Trail Length: 1.1 miles Trail Surfaces: Crushed Stone, Gravel, Dirt Fish Lake Trail This scenic trail passes through open forest and uplands and is uphill from Spokane to Fish Lake. The trail is now paved for more than 7 miles from the trailhead south Government Way in Spokane to the vicinity of Marshall. Trailhead access is one block south of the intersection of Government and Sunset, where a new parking lot and restrooms are available. Continuing southeast beyond the pavement, the route is rough again. Trail End Points: HWY 2 & Government Way to Fish Lake Trail Length: 10 miles Trail Surfaces: Asphalt, Gravel Iller Creek Conservation Area Trail Iller Creek Conservation Area Trail is a 2 mile hike that will take about 2 hours to complete with your dog. You and your dog will enjoy the thinner crowds here. 9367-9513 E Holman Rd Spokane, WA 99206 South Fork Silver Creek Trail South Fork Silver Creek Trail, a 14 mile hike in Colville National Forest that will take about 7 hours to complete with your dog. This beautiful trail is graced with color in the early season. Start out on the old jeep trail following the creek through a beautiful forest. Around mile 2 your dog will get a chance to splash in the creek at the log crossings. Day Mountain Loop Trail Day Mountain Loop Trail is a 6 mile hike in Mount Spokane State Park that will take about 3 hours to complete with your dog. This trail is less traveled than the others and doesn’t gain too much elevation from its 5000 foot starting point. The views aren’t the best in the park, but the meadows are beautiful. Spokane River Centennial Trail Spokane Centennial Trail--a paved path running along the Spokane River from the Idaho State line to Nine Mile Falls--has something for everyone. Walk or run, bike or in-line skate, ride horseback in designated areas. You can picnic on the river’s edge or launch a canoe. Trail End Points: Nine Mile Falls to Idaho state line Trail Length: 39 miles Trail Surfaces: Asphalt

Local Trails

Pyramid and Ball Lakes Trail Pyramid and Ball Lakes Trail is a 4 mile hike that will take about 3 hours to complete with your dog. This mountain trail takes you into the wilderness where caribou and bear reside. You should keep your dog under control. Address Trout Creek Rd Bonners Ferry, ID 83805 Snow Lake Trail Snow Lake Trail is a 9.5 mile hike that will take about 6 hours to complete with your dog. What once used to be a short trail now is much longer and leads you to Snow Lake, which provides a rare thing for the Idaho Selkirks: solitude. The path was once over taken by logging, but now the forest is growing back and wildlife returning to make for a nice wilderness trail.

Liberty Lake Loop Trail Liberty Lake Loop Trail is a 6.5 mile hike that will take about 4 hours to complete with your dog. This county park is nestled between urban sprawl and provides a nice retreat. This trail will let you escape into forests as you hike by creeks and scenic outlooks. Liberty Lake Stateline Trail The 1.8 mile Liberty Lake Stateline Trail is situated between Interstate 90 and Appleway Road at Liberty Lake. A moderately flat 10foot wide paved surface makes walking or riding easy. The 1.6 mile section adjacent to I-90 rests on the former Spokane and Inland Empire rail bed. Trail End Points: Spokane River Centennial Trail to Appleway & Simpson Rd Trail Length: 1.8 miles Trail Surfaces: Asphalt

IDAHO North Idaho Centennial Trail The North Idaho Centennial Trail is a nonmotorized, multi-use recreational trail, which meanders for 24 miles from the state line at the Idaho/Washington border to beautiful Higgens Point, six miles east of Coeur d’Alene. This scenic trail runs through neighborhoods and eventually to wooded areas leading to Coeur d’Alene. The trail has numerous rest areas and scenic views. Trail End Points: Coeur d’Alene (Higgins Point) to Idaho state line Trail Length: 24 miles Trail Surfaces: Asphalt

Marie Creek Trail Marie Creek Trail is a 10 mile hike in Idaho Panhandle National Forests that will take about 5 hours to complete with your dog. This quiet little trail runs along a creek and is motor and wheel free. IF you are visiting in the early season you will see the wildflowers in bloom. Address 14257-14599 E Marie Creek Rd Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 Moose Lake and Mountain Trail Moose Lake and Mountain Trail is a 7 mile hike in Idaho Panhandle National Forest that will take about 4 hours to complete with your dog. As you hike you will come to a pleasant alpine lake where you can take a swim and enjoy the sun. Continue on to a quiet summit with panoramic views. This hike is easy enough for dogs of all ages. Pend Oreille Divide Trail The Pend Oreille Divide Trail is a 8.5 mile hike on Calder Mountain that will take about 6 hours to complete with your dog. This trail traverses one of the best ridgelines in the Cabinet Range taking you by summits, meadows, and providing spectacular views. It is a very dry hike, so you will want to bring water for both you and your dog. Address Nat for Dev Road 280 Sandpoint, ID 83864 Priest Lake - Lakeshore Trail Priest Lake - Lakeshore Trail is a 7.6 mile hike in Idaho Panhandle National Forest that will take about 4 hours to complete with your dog. This easy hike is great for all seasons. Address Nat for Dev Road 2512 Nordman, ID 83848

West Fork Lake and Mountain Trail West Fork Lake and Mountain Trail is a 10 mile hike that will take about 6 to 7 hours to complete with your dog. This hike is a great retreat from the summer since the old-growth forests and abundance of water via the lake and creeks keep you cool. Keep your dog close by as there are bear in this area, along with plenty of mosquitoes. Cougar Bay Preserve Foot traffic only with the opportunity for your dog to be off leash. Cougar Bay includes 5+ miles of hiking trails. From Coeur d’Alene, travel south on Hwy 95 about 2 miles to the preserve entrance sign on the east (left) side of the road. English Point National Recreation Trail Easy trails of 1, 2, or 3.8 miles, well marked. Horses are allowed on trails so dogs should be kept on leash. From Hwy 95, turn east on Lancaster Road for 3.6 miles to the English Point Road. The trails start at the junction of Lancaster and English Point Roads. Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail A scenic 3.3 mile hiking trail that is easy moderate. Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail is located 11 miles east of Coeur d’Alene. Drive I-90 east from CDA for 8 miles to the Wolf Lodge Bay exit (exit 22), then south on State Highway 97 for 3 miles. The trailhead is at Mineral Ridge Scenic Area. Tubbs Hill From I-90 take NW Boulevard South, continue on as the road curves left and turns into Sherman Avenue. Take right onto Front St. and to a city parking lot at Third St. Main trailhead begins at boat launch and ends at McEuen Field. 19

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PET SPOTLIGHT Origin: Native to sub-tropical and tropical regions from southern Japan to the east coast of Australia.

Life Span: With over 15 different species (most common being Pterois Volitans), life span is difficult to predict but averages up to 15 years in the wild. Size: 11-15 inches depending on species


Lion Fish Housing: Two gallons or more per fish inch is recommended for saltwater aquariums with a minimum of 30 gallons. Lionfish require more space and better water quality than freshwater fish. Provide your lionfish with rocks, coral and plants. Water temperature should range from 72-82 degrees F.



Mostly solitary and not very active swimmers, lion fish often attack their meal in one swift motion. Make sure to handle carefully since the dorsal spines are venomous and can feel like a strong bee sting. Some people may be allergic to the venom so always take precautions.

Food may be flaked, dried, frozen or live. Avoid feeding only one type of food exclusively since it would not be nutritionally complete. Lionfish feed most actively from 7:00-11:00 A.M., with decreased feeding throughout the afternoon. 21

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Cats are notorious for jumping in suitcases when their people are packing for a trip. Why not give them that chance anytime? This pet bed uses the better half of a junk-store suitcase whose days on the luggage carousel are long gone. Simply remove the top of your vintage valise and tuck a feather pillow inside. An easy-toremove flannel pillowcase makes laundering a breeze. This perch is the perfect curling-up spot for the discriminating catnapper.

1. Find old suitcases at junk stores, garage sales or in your own attic. The hinges and locks needn’t be functional, but the suitcase should be fairly sturdy and have a flat bottom. A small cat or kitten can comfortably bed down in a large briefcase; a large cat or small dog needs a suitcase at least 18 by 24 inches. 2. Separate the top of the suitcase from the bottom. Vintage suitcases have different hinge mechanisms, so you’ll have to be creative and use a little elbow grease to get them apart. Often hinges are riveted in place and can be popped out with a flathead screwdriver. In some cases, the hinge is held together by a pin that can be removed with a pair of needle-nose pliers. 22 northwest pet magazine

3. You can either plan to have your suitcase sit flat on the floor or add height by securing legs. If you plan on adding legs to your suitcase you can find an old footstool or end table at a thrift store/garage sale for parts. Often the legs detach with little effort. You can paint the legs to match your decor or leave them as is for a more rustic look. If your suitcase has hard sturdy sides you can drill small holes to attach legs using screws and washers. If you are using a soft sided suitcase you will want to place a thin sheet of wood or other material inside the suitcase first, then drill and secure the legs with screws and washers. 4. A bed pillow—either a standard or king size— provides cushy comfort for the pet-bed interior. Feather pillows mold nicely to any size suitcase. Find a nice pillowcase that completely covers the pillow, then tuck it into the suitcase bottom. (A deep suitcase may need two pillows.) If you prefer, a piece of fabric about twice the size of the pet bed can be folded around the pillow and tucked in. Either option is easy to remove and throw into the washer when needed.

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the life saving pig By Emily Olson

When we think of animals that intervene in an emergency to save a human’s life we think about cat’s that dial 911 or dogs that alert their sleeping owners to a fire in the house but here is a new twist on the animal rescuer…Lulu the pot-bellied pig. On August 4, 1998, Jo Ann Altsman of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, had a heart attack in the bedroom of her vacation home and was rendered immobile. We’ve heard it said that pigs can have a higher intelligence than dogs, and certainly Altsman would agree. After her collapse, her American Eskimo dog began to bark, but no one was close enough to respond. Lulu, who certainly can't bark, did something much more daring. Scrambling through a tight dog door and cutting her stomach in the process Lulu ran to the nearest road and waited until she saw a car approaching. As soon as the car came close enough she waddled into the road and laid down right in front of the car. The pig performed this same task over and over again, returning to the house to check on JoAnn in between her rescue attempts, only to rush back to the street desperate for a car to stop. Finally a motorist screeched to a halt at the sight of this unusual behavior and got out of his car. LuLu promptly got up off the ground and began heading toward the house with the motorist following close behind. Altsman heard a man screaming through her window that her pig was in distress to which she answered that, in fact, it was she who was in distress. By the time the ambulance had arrived Altsman was in such bad shape that doctors told her later she would not likely made it through had even 15 more minutes gone by. Although pigs have been beloved pets for a long time it goes without saying that a friend of this magnitude has more than earned a place in her owner’s heart forever. 25

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Orijen - Senior GoodDog 3115 N Government Way #3, CDA

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Sweet Treats helpful aids for our aging furry friends

With the additional activity pets are faced with during Summer months it's a good time to consider a supplement or aid to help your senior dog or cat. Check out these great items at a local store near you! Orijen - Senior GoodDog 3115 N Government Way #3, CDA

Ruffwear - Assistance Harness Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile

Greenies - Joint Care Duncans Pet Shop 1302 N Government Way, CDA

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Coco Therapy - Coconut Oil Pampurred Pet 920 N Spokane St., Post Falls

Myristin Suppliment Yuppy Puppy Lotus - Senior Dog Food Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile 2917 E Palouse HWY, Spokane

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Recipes Bird Bread Bird Treat Ingredients: 2 cups melted peanut butter, bacon grease, meat grease or other fat 2 cups cornmeal or dry cereal blended into crumbs Warm water 2 to 3 cups wild birdseed Raisins, nutmeats or chopped peanuts Slowly melt peanut butter, grease or fat over low heat. Add cornmeal or stale cereal crumbs. Slowly add enough warm water to make a stiff dough, then add birdseed and raisins, nut meats or chopped peanuts. Pack mixture into small foil pans or a large flat pan and refrigerate overnight. Cut into pieces for tying onto tree branches.

Cheesy Hound Round Dog Treat

2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup peanuts 1/4 cup water

Ingredients: 1/2 cup low-fat Cheddar cheese, shredded 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Mix together Cheddar cheese, flour, cottage cheese, oil and peanuts. Add water and stir. Break off golf ball size pieces and shape into rounds. Place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray. Bake at 375 degrees F for 40 minutes. Cool and serve. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Holy Mackerels Cat Treat Ingredients: 1/2 cup canned mackerel, drained and crumbled 1 cup whole grain bread crumbs 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or bacon grease 1 egg, beaten 1/2 teaspoon brewer's yeast (optional) Combine all ingredients; mix well. Drop dough by 1/4 teaspoonsful 1 inch apart onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes. Cool biscuits and store, covered, in the refrigerator. NOTE: Brewer's yeast is an excellent source of essential fatty acids and B-Complex vitamins for a glossy coat and stable nervous system. 27

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