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Fetch! 5 Crunchy little news bits to chew on Formerly called “What Smells,” this new & improved section is bringing you news you can use: local, fun and interesting! This time: Pam & Wayne Pearson of Schroeder’s Den made waves nationally, Multnomah County put out the word for pet crates to house visitors to [human] homeless shelters, and a dynamic duo of OHS departs for new horizons.

On the Prowl - Banner does Seattle “Sometimes you just need a change of scenery, even if it’s just to watch the fall somewhere else.” So begins the story of Banner and his people 8 rain heading for a fun weekend on the pet-friendly side of Seattle.

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Behavior Bites Noted behaviorist and author Karen London specializes in both aggression and canine play, and covers the range in her 11 canine column for Spot. This time: A wagging tail is not always attached to a friendly dog. London explains that not all wagging tails are created equal, and how to know the difference.

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From the Publisher Lucky No. 7

Jennifer McCammon with Broadway, Scout & Peach


he little publication you hold in your hands is just a pup — marking its 7th issue this month. And at this stage, with the thing wiggling, tongue wagging like any happy, growing 7-month-old puppy, we’re introducing a number of new developments — in content, tone and personality. After all, a growing baby at seven months is a much different animal than at three months, right? First, we extend our thanks to Kerry Bleskan, acting editor of Spot until now,

as she’s gone on to pursue other adventures. Her efforts in helping get things up and running are much appreciated, and we wish her great joy and prosperity ahead. Thanks, Kerry! I am donning the editor’s hat with much excitement and anticipation. It’s great fun shaping and growing a young publication, and I’ve had a blast connecting with many of you these past weeks (if I haven’t reached you yet, I’ll talk to you soon!), and I’m excited about the months and years ahead. The Northwest is home to a vibrant pet community of dedicated people caring for our animals professionally and at home. In serving this community we at Spot are committed to partnering in a way that ensures we’re consistently delivering information that’s salient and of value, in a user-friendly format.

Some of the changes you’ll find this month and forward include a greater emphasis on local voices, faces and stories, a skosh more room in the presentation to make it easier (and more enjoyable) to get to know our top-quality advertisers, new features and sections, and a new attitude — while we’re serious about pets and their people, we’re equally serious about having fun! Please join us in a romp that’s getting a big boost of energy and enthusiasm. In line with all this, please consider yourself invited to share your ideas, suggestions and, yes, even criticisms (we value them, promise!). Also, if you have a story idea, something that’s crossed your path that you feel would make a great story, a busi-

ness that’s worth howling about, or photos of you and/or your pets you’d like to share, please get in touch! In the coming issues we’ll be chewing on lots of little experimental tidbits — new features, bite-size factoids, and more. These things will come and go, and we’re hoping you’ll let us know when you think something is really a treat, a total dog, or the cat’s meow. So here we go! Ears up, tails wagging, eyes shining. Thanks so much for being with us so far, and here’s to great adventures ahead! Yours in the fun of fur and feathers,

Companion and working animals are important, beloved members of the family. Spot Magazine is the one-stop resource for information, ideas, and events of interest to these animals and their people. Spot Magazine welcomes opinions and letters to the editor. To be considered for publication, letters should be signed and include the writer’s full name, address, and daytime telephone (for internal use only). Spot reserves the right to edit letters for length and clarity. Mail to: Spot Magazine PO Box 16667 Portland OR 97292; Fax to: 1-503-397-1463; e-mail to: Opinions and ideas expressed by writers and/or advertisers herein are not necessarily endorsed by, or necessarily reflect, the opinions of Spot Magazine or Living Out Loud, Inc.

To the editor: I sent this letter to David Bragdon at Metro when I saw that Metro was seeking funds to buy up more park lands that probably won’t be open to recreating with our dogs. I think this is an issue that should be brought up with the voting, home-owning, dog-owning citizens before they vote themselves a tax increase. Metro needs to serve all of us. Marychris Mass via email


Begin forwarded message: To David Bragdon, Metro Subject: Metro Bond Measure Dear Mr Bragdon: I see that Metro is seeking a bond measure for new parks. Before I would, as a home and dog owner, consider voting for such a measure, I would encourage Metro to provide for the recreational interests of the more than 40% of Portlanders who own dogs and (hopefully) VOTE! Currently, Metro’s policy of not allowing dogs in many of its recreational areas or on trails severely limit a large portion of the public. It is an unrealistic policy in light of how many people have come to include dogs as part of their families, or maybe all the family they have, and who want to hike and get out of the city to enjoy what the surrounding area has to offer. We would like to see some trails set aside for off-leash recreation with our pals. We are not insensitive or as irresponsible as many of your land use guys think and there is little evidence that dogs do more damage to natural areas than humans. In fact, in Marymoor Park outside of Seattle, the bird watchers are often found sharing the off-leash area as the bird watching is best there and the dogs are not a problem at all. Assuming we are all ignorant boobs with feral dogs prowling the outer limits of the Urban Growth Boundary and killing the last remaining Spotted Owls is insulting and laughable. And trust me, as I live on SE Umatilla, I have witnessed far more damage done by the aggressive bike dudes than my dog could do in her lifetime. I was on the City Parks off-leash advisory committee and am president of a nonprofit off-leash advisory group that sees a growing need for places to safely recreate with our dogs, enjoy nature, and limit user conflicts so everyone has an enjoyable day in nature. I can assure you that as the population of humans increases, so will the population of dogs, and a well-exercised, well socialized dog is a safe dog. I strongly encourage you to address our needs, as I will strongly inform the off-leash advocates of your policies to consider before they vote for this bond measure. Marychris Mass President, C-SPOT (Citizens for Safe Parks w/Off-Leash Territories)

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Crunchy little newsbits to chew on Schroeder’s Den featured on hit national radio show Pam and Wayne Pearson of Schroeder’s Den Daycare & Training Center for Dogs in Hillsboro were featured last month on XM Radio’s Satellite Sisters www.Satellite The Pearsons have been mentoring Monica Dolan, who called in to the broadcast to report her progress. Schroeder’s Den was selected by Monica and Vocation Vacations, a nationally recognized company that matches people with mentors in their dream job or business (www.Vocation, and for whom the Pearsons have been mentoring since last spring. Schroeder’s Den was the first doggie daycare in the country to be selected as mentors for the program. To hear the program you must be a subscriber to XM Radio, or you can listen to one of the FM stations via the Internet. Go to and click on “Listen Online” to register. The program runs live on XM Radio 9am-noon. The FM107 broadcast is an hour-long delay out of Minneapolis, airing 10am-1pm Pacific time. Monica’s spots are at 9 and 11am on XM and an hour later on FM107. There may be a followup broadcast where Monica discusses her experience in more detail. The Pearsons say that while the national exposure is unlikely to affect their business, they do hope it will help raise awareness in dog owners of the benefits of dog daycare. To learn more about the program or about Schroeder’s Den, contact the Pearsons at 503-614-9899 or Pet crates sought for homeless shelters Multnomah County is partnering with local human homeless shelters to collect pet crates. The need for crates came to light as a coalition of homeless advocates planned for severe winter weather last month. The crate drive, called Project Homeless Connect, continues following a main event last month at Memorial Coliseum.

Multnomah County Commissioner Serena Cruz Walsh co-hosted the event with the goal of raising awareness about issues facing Portland’s homeless population. Cruz Walsh says, “So many generous people have stepped up with great contributions. Our pets are part of our families. These contributions will help keep people and their pets together.” A common challenge facing residents of homeless shelters is caring for their pets, most often dogs. Many shelters are not equipped to accept pets, but by using animal crates they can temporarily house them while their owner is at the shelter. Multnomah County Animal Services Director Mike Oswald offered to organize the crate drive after learning about the need from homeless advocates. “We are happy to accept donated crates or financial contributions to purchase crates for use in homeless shelters,” he said. “Our mission is to protect pets and people and, if we can assist the most vulnerable and needy in our community to stay with their beloved pets, we are working toward our mission.” Anyone interested in donating pet crates for homeless shelters can drop them off during business hours at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter at 1700 West

Columbia River Hwy in Troutdale. Animal Services will also accept financial donations to purchase crates. Crates range $50-$90 and are needed in the following sizes: medium (32x22x23”), large (69x24x26”) or extra-large (40x27x30”). They are sold in major pet and pet supply stores. For shelter hours or other details about MCAS, visit To learn more about Project Homeless Connect, visit www.portland

OHS officer goes national Lt Randall Covey, lead investigator and head of the

response for animals in times of disaster. His last day at OHS was Jan 20. “This is a compliment to OHS and to the state of Oregon,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS Executive Director. “It’s nice to be nationally recognized as having the top talent in the field of animal rescue. We wish Randy well in his endeavors and thank him for his dedication to OHS for the last eight years.” OHS has named Officer Mark Wells as its new lead investigator and head of OHSTAR. Wells came to OHS from the Sherwood Police Dept in 2005. Wells also worked as a US Marshall. Covey and Wells worked side by side during OHS’s rescue efforts in New Orleans, when thousands of animals were thrown into crisis by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. “This community has supported and appreciated OHS’s ability to help animals in times of disaster or crisis, both in Oregon and around the country,” says Harmon. The OHS Humane Investigations Department and OHSTAR team members train year-round to be at the ready to assist animals in need.

Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue team (OHSTAR), will be leaving OHS and Oregon to work with the Humane Society of the United States in Maryland. His new job will be planning a national LINCOLN CITY


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Terry shares the tale of being adopted Mac came to me three times. The first time he showed up, wanting to stay, his owner arrived not long after and picked

him up. The second time Mac arrived with A gentleman at county animal services a woman who drove by and, seeing my said “that dog needs to be adopted by other Shelties, thought he must be mine, you,” and told me how to get it done too. This woman arrived at dusk, had a (involving three days’ impound, Mac’s Legacy name tag photo on the Web on, it was late and site, etc). No one she was clearly picked him up. tired, so I took Months later, Mac in again. I someone did took him to the vet show up saying, — he had no chip “do you have my or license — and then filed a ‘found’ report with animal control. When I went to Terry Sabro of Portland with bed at 10:30, Mac his Shelties, Mac (11), Mandy jumped right in, (5) and Molly (10). Nay Nay tail wagging a mile is the cat of the house. a minute, happy as dog?” I told her, ‘No, I have my dog.” could be. The next morning he woke me The rest is history, and Terry and up talking — not barking, talking to me. his animals continue to live happily He was mine. ever after.




Buster and Molly — a matched set. . . for now Jack Lawrence of Springfield, who delivered Spot Magazine for a while, proudly shared this picture of his babies, Molly, a Chihuahua, and Buster, a bull terrier. They’re a matched set size-wise now, but Buster will soon loom over his “little” sister!

You oughtta be in pictures, too! Send Spot a story (funny, touching, serious — your choice), along with a photo and contact info, and we’ll make you top dog!



ournal entry Thursday Dec 15:

As usual, I’ve called to book the puppies for boarding too late — their usual pet “hotel” is full for Christmas. As luck would have it, the first service I called from the pages of Spot (my go-to guide when I need anything for the pets) was AJ’s K9 Kamp. What luck! AJ asked what I had (two 10-pound mini doxies and a 50-pound Norwegian Elkhound named Hollywood), and replied, “I’m booked, but I’m a doxieholic. I’ll take those babies!” As it turned out, AJ cares for dogs up to 30 pounds only, so Hollywood went to a canine friend’s for the holiday.


ournal entry Saturday Dec 17:

Took the girls to meet AJ (which she requires as part of her service), drop off their health records (also required), and view the site. On arrival we met a number of other clients, including a mini Doberman, a Scottie, a Westie, and a couple of others. The regulars stayed in the house at first, while my girls, Durante and Scooter, explored the outdoor area. They loved it! In addition to a generous yard of her own, AJ has acquired the lot next door, a spacious, nicely maintained area that delighted the dogs. A doggie door allows AJ’s guests to come and go at will, and the outdoor area is secure, ensuring no one wanders beyond the premises, no matter how small. Once we’d checked out the outdoor space, we entered the house, met the regulars, and learned all about AJ’s philosophies. Awesome. She has a keen interest in and commitment to organic food for the animals, great tips on toys and chew things (she doesn’t allow rawhide of any kind, for example, as it can be ingested and, once in the stomach, expand and actually puncture the wall or intestine) — who knew!

made friends and bossed everybody around. How cool to get these now — I am confident that my babies are happy and being well cared for!


ournal entry Tuesday Dec 27:

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I filled out intake forms for the girls, including emergency numbers, etc, then bundled them up to leave, feeling not just relieved at finding boarding for the holiday, but actually excited about their coming adventure.


ournal entry Monday Dec 19:

My friend Edward needs to go into the hospital, and as Slick, his mini doxie, usually stays with us when he has to do that, I turned to AJ again, fingers crossed. She was booked the first time I called. Would she accept just one more? Yes! Good thing she’s so nice and a “doxie-holic!” AJ was happy to take our added sometime family member. We made a quick run to introduce Slick and do the intake, and we were all set.

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ournal entry Thurs Dec 22:

Ohmigod. I bawled when I dropped off the puppies. Jeez. It’s not like they haven’t boarded before. Guess the pace and surrealism of the holiday groove got to me. AJ was a comfort, though: told me to just drop ‘em and go, and that meltdowns were common.


ournal entry Saturday Dec 24:

Coolest thing! The family’s bumping around with the Christmas-eve get-ready and, as usual, somebody’s on the computer. Come to discover AJ has taken pictures of the puppies! In fact, I follow the link and discover she’s sending pictures of all her charges’ daily antics and activities to their people. Aw. Slick claimed the footstool as her own, Scooter spent a lot of time in Slick’s crate (she’d never do that at home!) and, as usual, Durante the social butterfly

What a blast to run around gathering up the girls to bring them home. Best of all? They were calmer than they’ve ever been after boarding. Especially Durante, who’s had lifelong anxiety issues. While their previous boarding destination was great — the folks knew my animals well and provided wonderful care, the accommodations at AJ’s went over and above anything I would’ve imagined. She even prepared an actual holiday meal for her charges (she asked permission in advance, saying there would be traditional fare like organic turkey, mashed yams and vegetables and that “the portions are sized just right for their individual little tummies.”). And it was all that and a bag of chips! AJ’s place didn’t cost any more than the puppy lodging we’ve used in the past. But what a difference. Where they’ve had a kennel before (warm, clean and comfortable), this was like finding a best friend who loves dogs. AJ has outfitted her home and yard as a haven for puppies like mine, and she herself is devoted to her clients and the care she provides. Caring for small dogs for 10 years, AJ’s K9 Kamp is located in NE Portland, about 10 minutes from PDX. Check out her Web site at Kristan Dael is a pet owner (3 dogs, 2 cats) and sometime petsitter. A busy professional woman living life at warp speed, Kristan often finds herself in need of pet services, seeks out the best for her “babies,” and lets Spot know about the treasures she finds. If you’d like to invite Kristan to consider your business, product or service, please contact her at

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here can be times during the long, rainy months of a Portland winter when you need a change of scenery, even if it’s just to see the rain fall somewhere else. A weekend out of town was what we needed, but what about Banner, our beloved hound? A little bit of research and the magic of the Internet provided the answer, and we decided to make the soggy drive up I-5 to explore the pet-friendly side of Seattle. After the drive, the Sand Point Magnuson Park off-leash area (7400 Sand Point Way NE) was a great place to let the dog (or kids) shake it out and blow off steam. There are almost nine acres of leashless bliss, and even a lake to swim in, so don’t forget to take an old towel. There are also sports fields and a playground, promising fun for everyone. The off-leash area is accessed from the southeast corner of the main parking lot; it’s important to keep Fido on the lead until inside the off-leash area.

If you’ve had it with standing in the rain, there are also some good indoor options to exercise the pooch. Great Dog at 11333 Roosevelt Way NE in the Northgate neighborhood boasts over 7,000 feet of indoor play area. Several times a month they offer open sessions for owners to come in and play alongside their pets. Check it out at For those times you need somewhere fo the hound to get some exercise while yo pursue more human-centered entertainment,

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kid-friendly spot for good food and adult beverages. While in Fremont you can wander over to the Fremont Market, located just west of the Fremont Bridge on N 34th St. It’s billed as a “Europeanstyle market,” and the range of goods is best described as eclectic. Every Sunday, rain or shine, the market welcomes well-behaved browsers and bowsers alike. The Ballard Market, a sister to Fremont, is a farmers market and also sells original crafts. More details are available at

check out one of two Downtown Dog Lounges. They offer indoor “playcare” by the hour, field trips and overnight boarding. Details are available at www.downtowndog or on site at 1405 Elliott Ave and 305 Bell Street. With the dog happily exhausted and us hungry, some refreshments were in order. Norm’s Eatery and Ale House at 460 N 36th St provides the Fremont district with a dog- and

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If you still haven’t found that perfect souvenir, you’ve got one more chance at Deluxe Junk at 3518 Fremont Place N, a funky resale shop that allows “polite dogs on leashes.” Instead of making the rainy drive home in the dark, we splurged and got a room at the Hotel Monaco ( Pampering pets as well as people, the hotel provides complimentary bowls, leashes, and raincoats for visitor use. They also offer pet-sitting, a doggie room service menu, and a personalized dog-friendly itinerary to keep your best friend occupied while you’re otherwise engaged. If you can’t take your pet with you to Seattle, the hotel has goldfish visitors can “adopt” during their stay. Be sure to check for off-season and short-notice specials to cushion the impact on the budget. A couple of blocks from the Monaco is Freeway Park — a mix of cubist concrete, fountains, and greenery — which provided a handy spot for Banner to answer nature’s calls. Please obey the leash and scoop laws while visiting this unique urban park.

Finally the hound was fed, walked, and snoozing, and we headed out for one more “dog” related stop, Shorty’s Pub. With great hotdogs, a full bar, a dozen pinball machines, and one of the easiest addresses ever —2222 2nd St — Shorty’s is why I go to Seattle. The hot dogs come 10 different ways that are all good, and we can personally recommend the chili-cheese veggie dog. It’s the pinball, however, that keeps us coming back. As a great tiein, someone did have a puppy running around (it’s that kind of place), but I don’t think they’re technically allowed. After a couple of drinks and some hotly contested pinball games we found ourselves back at the hotel, sweetly serenaded by our snoring hound. It was great to get out of town, even just for a night, and it was even better to be able to bring the hound along. So next time the rain just won’t seem to quit and you’re tired of looking at the same muddy dog park, why not take a quick road trip and give your hound a change of scenery too?

More excuses to go to Seattle Year of the dog Lunar New Year Celebration Saturday Feb 4, noon-6pm, at Union Station Great Hall, 401 S Jackson St. The Chinatown-International District invites everyone to join in for entertainment & fun activities for all ages. Highlights of the free event include lively musical performances, cultural dances and vendor booths featuring arts & crafts, local businesses & community organizations.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Seattle Champagne & Chocolates Gala Saturday Feb 11, 6pm, at the Grand Hyatt. The Seattle Area Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter and Guide Dogs for the Blind present the 5th annual “Puppy Love.” Highlights include a champagne reception, silent auction with great packages, and natch, plenty of cute puppies! Keynote speaker Marlaina Lieberg and her Guide Dog Madeline will appear 7:30-9, followed by an elegant buffet & live auction. Proceeds support veterinary care for the working Guide Dogs and Guide Dog puppies-in-training in the greater Seattle area. Tickets $75; to RSVP or for more details, call Cheryl Paddack at 800-295-4050 or Melissa Cavanaugh at 206-300-6698.

Wild Night Gala Saturday Mar 11, 6pm, at W Hotel, 1112 Fourth Ave. Enjoy an elegant evening of music and dancing, a gourmet animal-friendly dinner, a special new youth achievement award, and fabulous live and silent auctions to benefit PAWS. Tickets $125; details or 425-7424009 ext 256.

Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show Saturday & Sunday Mar 11 & 12 at Qwest Field Event Center (next to Safeco Field) In its 66th year with over 1,800 dogs competing for best in show awards, events include all-breed shows, obedience & agility trials, relay races and herding. Get acquainted with the breeds at individual breed booths, view dog and human dance demonstrations, learn about the Seattle Police Department K-9 Unit, and explore vendor booths for the latest canine products and services. Info

Shorty’s 2222 2nd Ave 206-441-5449 Monday night is Wrestling Night, with live satellite feed of the new WWE 6-8pm. Featuring a full bar, it’s the perfect place to unwind and escape the regular bar crowds, get a pint and play pinball. Classic and new pinball machines are everywhere. Bring parking & laundry money. Also bring through everything in your pockets.

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Spot: What is your specialty? Dr Rekers: Shelter medicine and feline medicine & surgery.

Spot: Why did you choose it? Dr Rekers: I’ve always had a special interest in cats. I was drawn to the challenges and rewards of working in a shelter environment.

Spot: What additional training/ education was required to specialize in your field? Explain your credentials (the initials after a vet’s name). Dr Rekers: DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) is a required degree to work in this field. It requires completing four years of education at a credentialed veterinary school and then passing a national examination. DABVP requires a DVM degree and 6 years’ clinical experience in your chosen field. Additionally, 2 case reports must be submitted and accepted by the board and a two-day test must be passed. Currently no specialized degree is required to practice shelter medicine.

Spot: Which animals can benefit from your care? Dr Rekers: Our goal is to find loving homes for cats and kittens, so the animals that benefit most are those that need homes. As a shelter veterinarian, you must provide individual medical & surgical treatment to cats that come in with problems.

Spot: Tell us about new developments in your specialty. Dr Rekers: In recent years, shelter medicine has evolved into a specialized profession. Veterinary schools are now offering classes, clinical rotations and residency programs in shelter medicine. The

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Association of Shelter Veterinarian has been set up to bring shelter veterinarians together to share ideas and experiences, and the first steps have been taken to set up a specific specialty certification.

Spot: Where do your patients come from? Dr Rekers: Half of our cats come from the community — good Samaritans who find stray cats and kittens, or people who need to relinquish their pet for various reasons. The other half of our intake comes from local open admission shelters that, because they are required to take in every animal, often run out of space. We also get cats from local veterinary offices and emergency clinics that were brought in by good Samaritans or owners with no financial means to treat medical issues.

Spot: What common and uncommon conditions do you treat? Dr Rekers: Many cats develop upper respiratory illnesses due to contact with other cats and increased stress levels in a shelter environment. We need to manage this both from the standpoint of treating the individual cats and by controlling contagion through strategic vaccination and planning. Some cats we receive have been hit by cars or sustained other trauma and there was either no owner to cover costs of treatment or the owner relinquished the cat due to finances. We do orthopedic procedures, such as bone pinning, to make these cats healthy and adoptable. Many cats become stressed in a shelter environment and this adversely affects their health. We therefore try to develop strategies to keep cats eating and active in their temporary surroundings. Wendy Rekers is chief veterinarian with Cat Adoption Team (CAT) in Sherwood.

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iving a dog sheltered at the Oregon Humane Society a chance to go for a walk is good for your heart — physically and emotionally. To encourage more people to volunteer as dog walkers, Kaiser Permanente has donated 1,000 pedometers (which measure distance walked) to OHS, which has been recruiting people to help exercise dogs at the shelter. “We know that walking every day is one of the best ways to help maintain weight and keep fit,” says John Crawford, MPH, with Kaiser Permanente’s Health Education Department. “Getting a free pedometer will help people see just how much of a health benefit they can get from walking a dog, both in measured miles exercised as well as the joyful satisfaction of aiding a grateful shelter animal.” More than 1,000 volunteers are currently active at OHS, collectively walking up to 72 dogs each day, twice a day. Walkers are needed every day of the week. “Walkers are the lifeblood of the Oregon Humane Society,” said Kristin Bigler, OHS Volunteer Resources Manager. “Our staff is busy providing for the medical and physical needs of our pets, but the volunteers provide that one-on-one tender, loving care.” To sign up as a dog walker, call 503285-7722 ext 204.


BEHAVIOR BITES Wagging: The tale of the tail Karen B. London, Ph.D. and Annie


erhaps the biggest misconception of all time about canine behavior is that any dog wagging its tail is friendly. Regrettably, determining whether or not a dog is friendly isn’t that simple. Many clients whose dogs have bitten someone have come to me shocked and confused that it happened because they saw the tail wagging and were sure that everything would be fine. The most accurate interpretation of a tail wag is that the dog is willing to interact. Dogs who actually are friendly certainly have a willingness to interact, and so they wag their tails. However, there are many ways to interact that are not friendly at all, and dogs with these intentions also wag their tails. It is essential to observe some details to learn what a wagging tail really means. What body parts are moving? One of the best clues as to whether a tail wag indicates friendliness is how much of the body is moving. Generally, the closer the start of the wagging movement is to the head, the more reliably the tail wag can be ascribed to friendliness. The full body wag that extends from the shoulders through the belly to the hips and the tail is the classic friendly tail wag. Yes, dogs who wag with their whole body tend to be among the world’s friendliest creatures. The tail wagging that includes the hips in full swing as well as an active tail is also

more than likely a very friendly dog. Tail wags that involve much of the body can be recognized easily, even in breeds without tails or with tails that have been docked. When the tail wag consists of just the tail moving, it is ambiguous and may or may not have anything to do with friendliness. When the only part of the tail that moves is the tip, the dog is most likely not friendly. How fast is that wag? The speed of the tail wag is very revealing; faster tail wags indicate friendliness. A slow wag is a sign that friendliness is not so forthcoming. Sometimes a dog who is a bit nervous or reserved may wag slowly, which simply shows hesitancy about interacting. Other times, a slow wag may indicate aggressive tendencies. How relaxed is the wagging tail? A stiff tail wag is generally not a good sign. The more relaxed a tail is while wagging, the more likely it’s a sign of friendliness. A flexible, fluid motion in the tail looks friendly, and has a very different appearance and meaning than a rigid tail. Circle wags When a dog wags in a rotating motion starting from the base of the tail and the tail is moving in a broad circle, that is generally a friendly wag. The “circle wag,� as it’s called, is one of the great positive signals




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moving, flexible tail. In contrast, the least friendly wag, and the one most suggestive of potential aggression, is the slow twitch of only the tip of the tail on an otherwise unmoving, rigid tail, attached to an equally stiff body. The meaning of tail wags is far more complicated than the simple but misleading idea that a wagging tail signifies a friendly dog. Only with careful attention to the specifics of the wag can its true meaning be determined. experienced dog handlers seek when evaluating dogs. It is generally only done by dogs in a friendly state of mind. The most encouraging, friendly type of tail wag is the full body wag with a rapidly

Karen B. London, Ph.D. is a CertiďŹ ed Applied Animal Behaviorist and CertiďŹ ed Pet Dog Trainer who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in domestic dogs. An expert in canine aggression and play-related issues, she has written widely about training and behavior. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her husband and their two sons.



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which is looked upon as his work or job. They become the home security A dog then works for the currency, which system, protecting the house from intrudis represented by food, affection, play and ers. And if the dog is aggressive, poor special privileges. old Uncle Bob might soon be referred to as “Lefty.” “Want to go outside? Sit first.” “Want to chase the ball? Lay down first” “Want to They become firefighters. They go for a walk? Open the fridge and get me put out all the imaginary fires on your a soda first.” The idea is, you promise you furniture. will give your dog everything she wants: The solution is simple. Become your petting, praise, food, exercise, meeting dog’s employer. Employment is important other dogs and people. . . as long as she because it not only provides the stimuladoes something for you first. tion your dog needs, but also because Having to work for a living challenges it promotes and develops a sense of dogs and engages them in life. It elimiself, purpose and pride. The objective of nates boredom and gives them purpose. giving your dog a job to do is not to stop Once you institute the rule that “Nothing in him or her from doing any one behavior life is free,” your dog will work for almost — but to make you the boss. When you everything, happily. Jobs include retrieving become your dog’s employer, you tell him toys, doing tricks, and playing games. when and where he should do all of these behaviors. . . or not. My dog Molly can answer the phone and throw it in the wastebasket if it’s a bill Then, the gardener dog learns to dig in a collector. She can run an agility course, sandbox. The official greeter learns to lay retrieve a ball under water, guard my car. down on his spot when the doorbell rings. When we visit elementary schools as part The home decorator chews on appropriof our Paws for Peace animal-assisted ate objects, including “smart toys” such therapy program, she demonstrates 20 as tennis- or gum-ball machines specially different tricks. Not a bad job! designed for dogs, voice-activated toys, and appropriate chew toys such as Kongs Unless your dog displays moderate to and Buster Cubes. The alarm system dog severe aggression, you can learn a lot learns to bark three times about positive dog training when the mail carrier or from books and DVDs. It visitor arrives and then can also be fun and prolay down. The hunter ductive to join a group learns to chase, track, class or take a private hunt and kill Frisbees, session with a trainer. pieces of cheese, and Because many dog toys like Kongs. The trainers still teach methods firefighter learns the that include physical force, proper places and times I suggest interviewing the to eliminate. trainer before hiring him To help explain and or her. Or, you can find illustrate the importance a trainer that uses only of dogs “working” for Paul Owens is the author positive training methods their living, I developed of The Dog Whisperer: through the Associathe concept of “canine A Compassionate Non- tion of Pet Dog Trainers currency.” When you violent Approach to Dog ( or The institute the concept of Training, and is featured National Association of canine currency, you pay on The Dog Whisperer Dog Obedience Instrucyour dog in response to DVD. To learn more, visit tors ( appropriate behavior,


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aLL MONTH LONG • Adoptable cats from CAT (Cat Adoption Team) at various locations. The shelter is open 7 days, 10am-6pm, with cats on-site daily at PetsMart stores in Wilsonville, Clackamas, Hillsboro & Tigard, as well as Pet Loft. Details 925-8903. • CAT (Cat Adoption Team), is participating in POPPA’s Tom & Mom Cat spay/neuter special from Valentine’s to St Patrick’s Day. $10 neuters, $20 spays. Please contact POPPA for further information. * Now’s the time to spay or neuter, say the folks at the Willamette Humane Society (WHS) of Salem. WHS is focusing all education efforts in February on the life-saving benefits of spaying & neutering. Thanks to generous donations from supporters and the cooperation of local veterinarians, WHS is offering low-cost certificates for cat spay/neuter surgeries to qualifying pet owners. For residents of Marion & Polk County needing assistance with the cost of surgery, WHS offers Save the Felines Certificates, which are worth $15 & work as full payment at participating veterinary clinics for the pre-surgery vaccination (combo or rabies), health exam, spay or neuter surgery & post surgery pain injection (if offered). For just $40, donors can “Sponsor a Spay” to subsidize a surgery. To learn more or make a donation to the program, visit 9am — Meet Adoptable Cats and Kittens from Multnomah County Animal Services daily at Gresham PetsMart till 9pm. Adoption counseling Tues-Sun, noon-4pm. Info



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2 thursday Noon — Pet Loss Support Group at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital’s NW Portland location. Free. Groups meet several times monthly. Schedule/details at or 234-2061.

3 friday • Adoptable Cats from Multnomah County Animal Services at Division Petco every Fri-Sun. Info

11am — Problem Pooch Class at Oregon Humane Society in Portland. People-only group discussion on dog behavior aimed at new & potential dog adopters. Drop-in, $10 suggested donation. Details or 285-7722. Noon — Meet Shelter Pets from Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals every Saturday & Sunday till 4 at Petco in Beaverton & Hillsboro. Info or 649-9488. 7pm — Indoor Dog Park at Barka Lounge, 1515 SE Ankeny in Portland, Fridays 7-9pm. Details 236-3868 or

4 saturday 9am — Adoptable Pets from West Columbia Gorge Humane Society Saturdays till 3 at Washougal Farmers’ Market & Pendleton Woolen Mills. Info or 360835-3464. 10am — Adoptable Cats from Salem Friends of Felines Saturdays till 4 at Lancaster Dr PetsMart. Details or 5819444.

6:30pm — Obedience Show & Go Fridays at Pup-a-Razzi in Beaverton. Info or 259-8978. 7pm — Drop-in Agility Classes every Friday at Absolutely Magic Dog Training in Gresham. Info/directions 256-1779. 10am — Pet Loss Support Group at Willamette Humane Society in Salem. Drop-in, free. Info or 505-5900. 11am — Adoptable Cats from Cat Adoption Team at various locations: 11am-3pm Saturdays at Tanasbourne & Tualatin Petcos, noon-4pm Saturdays & Sundays at Pet Loft in Portland, and PetsMart stores in Clackamas, Hillsboro, Tigard & Wilsonville. Info; 925-8903.

10am — Chihuahua Play at Chapman Park in Portland. Info pdxchihuahuas@ 10am — Pet Loss Support Group at Willamette Humane Society in Salem. Share memories, learn grief coping skills & and gain support. Guided by experienced WHS staff. The group meets at the shelter. Info www.willamette

10am — Volunteer Orientation at Greenhill Humane Society at 88530 Green Hill Rd in Eugene. Participants will learn about the various volunteer opportunities at GHS. 11am — Canine 101 Class at Oregon Humane Society, Portland. People-only discussion on dog behavior geared for new pet parents & those considering adopting. Drop-in, $10 suggested donation. Info; 285-7722. 11:30am — Foster Care Orientation at Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene. Provide temporary care for animals in need; Greenhill needs foster parents to open their hearts & homes to animals too young or not ready for adoption. Noon — OHS Adoption Outreach at Furever Pets on Broadway in Portland & Tigard PetsMart; both till 4pm. Noon — “Show & Tell” Saturdays at Animal Aid. Visit adoptable cats at the new AA location at 5335 SW 42nd (south of Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy) in Portland. Weekday visiting hours 11am4pm. Details 292-6628 or www.animal 2pm — Open Indoor Playgroup every Saturday at Lexi Dog’s Macadam location till 4. $2 donation; all social, vaccinated dogs welcome. Info or 245-4363.

5 sunday 10am — Funday on Sunday small dog playgroup till 2 at Urban Fauna in Portland. $2 donation supports Indigo Rescue. Details or 223-4602.

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10am — Puppy Playtime every Sunday at Barka Lounge in Portland. Helps develop social skills. Puppies 10–20 weeks play 10-11am; 20 weeks+ play 11–noon. RSVP required; cost $8/visit or $35/5 pack. Info or 236-3868. 10am — Small Dog Playgroups at Lexi Dog in the Pearl. Dogs 12 lbs & under 10-noon, 30 lbs & under noon–1:30, any size 1:30-3pm. Info or 243-6200. Noon — OHS Adoption Outreach at Wild Oats, 2825 E Burnside, till 4pm. 1pm — Puppy Romp at Schroeder’s Den with Dr Kirsten Nielsen CPDT, Sundays at Schroeder’s Den Daycare for Dogs in Hillsboro. Open to vaccinated puppies 10 weeks-6 mos. Info or 6149899. RSVP required.

7 tuesday 7pm — Drop-in Conformation Handling Class Tuesdays at It’s a Dog’s Life in Vancouver. Info or 360-600-1849. 7pm — Seminar at Healthy Pets Northwest: Skin Problems: From Itching to Allergies, Learn How to Use Diet, Herbs, Homeopathy and Flower Remedies for Your Pet’s Skin Problems by Dr Gaia Mather ND at Healthy Pets, 2224 NE Alberta in Portland. Admission $5 donation; RSVP to 249-6571.

8 wednesday 7:15 — Drop-in Conformation Handling Class. Offered the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis. Details

10 friday • Cat Show at Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion through Feb 12. Sponsored by The New Culture Club. Details 7pm — Adoption Outreach at the Winterhawks game at Memorial Coliseum.

11 saturday 10am — Be My Valentine Adoption Event at CAT in Sherwood. $10 off adult (6+months) adoptions, raffle, special give-aways & Valentine candy 10-6 daily through Feb 19 at Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood, 925-8903 or 10am — Volunteer Training at CAT Sherwood every 2nd & 4th Saturday. Info or 925-8903. 10:30am — Cat Parenting Class at Willamette Humane Society in Salem. Learn what to expect from a new pet cat, how to introduce cats to other

(human and animal) family members, fun tricks to teach your cat & more. Free; held at the shelter. No RSVP required. 11am — Smooch a Pooch at Oregon Humane Society, 1067 NE Columbia Blvd, till 5pm and at Lexi Dog Boutique locations: 416 NW 10th in the Pearl, 6767 SW Macadam in Portland & Bridgeport Village in Tigard from 14pm. OHS hounds will be spreading their love in the community in an effort to raise funds for the rest of their furry friends at OHS. $1 donation will gets you one big sloppy smooch from these irresistible shelter dogs. If you’re lucky, you might get away with a couple freebies too! Noon — “Show & Tell” Saturdays at Animal Aid. Visit adoptable cats from noon to 4. Complete details Feb 4 at noon.

year, many clinics have also agreed to spay a limited number of female cats (Moms) for the $10 charge, plus an additional $20 provided by POPPA, Inc, a spay/neuter nonprofit based in Beaverton ( To qualify, leave a message on the Special’s hotline, 626-4070 ext 2, or fill out an online assistance request form at question.aspx. You will be notified of acceptance or referral by callback. Special Note: Donations are needed to cover the supplemental $20 per spay. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to end cat overpopulation. Send your check to POPPA, Inc, PO Box 5721, Beaverton OR 97006. Note “Spay Day” in the memo field. Visit for more details. • WHS Valentine’s Day Adoption Outreach at Salem Center Mall. Info

7pm — Greenhill’s Casino Night at Lane Community College, Bldg 19, in Eugene. Enjoy Texas Hold ‘Em, Black Jack, Poker, Craps & Roulette at Greenhill’s Casino Night & Auction. Professional dealers will teach players & add to the fun. Use your “winnings” to bid on amazing auction prizes at the end of the evening. Tickets $30, available at Greenhill Humane Society & at Doyle’s Harley Davidson at 86441 College View Rd. in Eugene All proceeds benefit Greenhill’s homeless animals. For more details, call Greenhill at 541-689-1503.

12 sunday • Overpopulation Crisis Coalition Adopt-a-Thon & MicroChip Clinic at Westmoreland Community Center, 1545 West 22nd Ave, in Eugene. The Florence Humane Society, Greenhill Humane Society, Shelter Animal Resource Alliance, Stray Cat Alliance & Exotic Bird Rescue team up for this event. Visitors will see pets available for adoption, and are invited to bring pets for discounted microchipping (just $20). For more details, call 541-686-6768. 11am — WHS Adoption Outreach at Petco in Salem till 2pm. Info 1pm — Puppy Romp at Schroeder’s Den in Hillsboro. Details Feb 5 at 1.

14 tuesday • Spay Day USA (Valentine’s through St Patrick’s Day Mar 17). In an effort to head off the spring/summer feline birth explosion, local animal rescue groups are gearing up for the 5th annual Tom & Mom Cat Special. Today through Mar 17, $10 cat spays & neuters will be offered to the low-income public at over 35 participating veterinary clinics in the Salem & Portland Metro areas. Each participating clinic has generously committed to neutering a minimum of 10 male cats (Toms) for $10 each. This

22 wednesday • 11th annual Spay Day USA is the national campaign of the Doris Day Animal Foundation to end the killing of healthy, adoptable animals by promoting the benefits of spay/neuter. Its goal is to raise awareness of companion animal overpopulation, promote spaying & neutering, and inspire each humane American to sponsor the spay or neuter of at least one cat or dog. More than 1 million cats, dogs & other animals have been spayed or neutered since its inception in 1995. • Spay Day Clinic at FCCO (Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon) for anyone feeding a feral cat. Info

25 saturday • Columbia Agility Team NADAC Trials at Clackamas County Fair Grounds in Canby. Details www.columbiaagility. org. 9am — Spread the love. Delta Society Pet Partner Team Training Course teaches about you & your companion animal visiting folks in hospitals, nursing homes & schools. Hosted at OHS in Portland. Cost $86, including materials. Info/RSVP 646-1442. Class is for human team members only.

16 thursday 7pm — Doggie Date Night at Lexi Dog Social Club & Boutique in the Pearl, 416 NW 10th. Take a night out with the dog; snacks & drinks for everyone.

17 friday • WHS Thrift Store Dollar Days Sale at 548 High St in Salem. Many items on sale for $1; others half off. Details 3626892. Continues tomorrow.

18 saturday 10am — Pet Loss Support Group at Willamette Humane Society in Salem. Complete details Feb 4 at 10am. 11am — Canine 101 Class at Oregon Humane Society. Details Feb 4 at 11am. Noon — “Show & Tell” Saturdays at Animal Aid. Visit adoptable cats from noon to 4. Complete details Feb 4 at noon.

19 sunday Noon — OHS Adoption Outreach at Jantzen Beach Home Depot till 4. 1pm — Puppy Romp at Schroeder’s Den in Hillsboro. Details Feb 5 at 1.

10:30am — Dog Parenting Class at WHS. Tips on selecting a dog, introducing him/her to other pets, the importance of obedience training & more. Class wraps with Q&A. Free; held at the shelter. No RSVP required; leave pooch at home. Info Noon — OHS Adoption Outreach at Wild Oats, 3016 SE Division, and Clackamas PetsMart at 9450 SE 82nd Ave, both till 4. Noon — “Show & Tell” Saturdays at Animal Aid. Visit adoptable cats from noon to 4. Complete details Feb 4 at noon. 2pm — Dove Lewis Superheroes at Lucky Lab, 915 SE Hawthorne in Portland. Invitation-only event to honor Dove Lewis blood donors. Details

26 sunday 1pm — Puppy Romp at Schroeder’s Den in Hillsboro. Details Feb 5 at 1. 5:30pm — Lucky Dogs at the Blazer Game from 5:30 till the end of half-time at the Rose Garden. Dogs available for adoption will be cheering on the Blazers and looking for a loving home. Stop by the booth and meet these lucky hounds. • Volunteer Orientation at Oregon Humane Society. Info/RSVP 285-7722 ext 204. SPOT MAGAZINE • FEBRUARY 2006


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