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Speciael s Featur Emmett on Wheels Defying the Odds & Loving it

We first met Emmett a year ago when he was just a pup. His story was unique from the start, as large-breed dogs rarely undergo amputation — the lifelong challenges are widely considered too great. Emmett’s still defying the odds and rolling happily along.

13 Learning on the Spot Discover a new trick, learn its benefits to you and your pet, get the quick and easy on teaching it, and Go! This month: “Staaayyy!”

9 Stitch Tested Kyla Approved This month’s report was filed by very happy dogs, sharing some of their favorite training rewards

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13 Reader Spotlight Zip is a special rescue. Sought out to be a companion to high-strung Sophie, the sweet-tempered Aussie also became “mama” to Willow, a kitty, and a rescue herself.

15 Shooting Stars Meet Annette Klinefelter, executive director of Girls Inc. of NW Oregon, and Calay, her two-year-old Corgi Border Collie mix. . . who has a “female Napoleon complex.”

6 Fetch. . . . - National Feral Cat Day is October 16 - Helping hearts needed in Vancouver - Party with some leggy babes (aka gorgeous Greyhounds) - PTown’s bentley B’s vintage tees take the fashion scene by storm - Everybody’s [dog] gone vegan - Eugene animal hospital offers helpful payment plan - New safety net for little ones - Canines sought for health studies - Web site’s free newsletter highlights clicker training - First Aid kits for furry family members

7 What’s in the food bowl? More and more it’s HOMEMADE The recall of contaminated food products earlier this year really got pet owners’ attention. It also boosted a trend already in motion: making pet food at home.

14 More on Food — Meet Nature’s Variety Formerly a longtime people food company, the cooks are said to never tire of experimenting with the menus — now solely meant for pets. And while that may sound fancy, prep couldn’t be easier: defrost and serve.


9 Product Reviews Connie’s dogs have been hard at work! And they’re all paws-up for these food and treat products.

10 Doggy Style Crafty Costumes by Lancea. They’re unique, and sure to be a hit!

5 Perspectives on Snowball & Bucky The recent removal of a doe and her yearling from their [human] family home resulted in huge public outcry. At the end of the day it was clear the incident was one we could all learn from. Here are a few perspectives from rescue professionals and concerned citizens.

Name: Emmett Breed: St. Bernard Age: 16 months People: Libby and Paul Territory: SW and SE Portland Turn-ons: Spaghetti, chicken jerky, having my ears scratched and visits to Laurelhurst and Gabriel Parks Turn-offs: Stairs, vacuums, ceiling fans, acoustic guitars, and the United States Postal Service Only Emmett: A rare right front leg amputee, Emmett cruises around in an all-terrain quad wheelchair. He is benevolent, joyful, humorous, mischievous, stubborn and persuasive. Habits: Squashing my humans, couch diving, never allowing anyone to beat me at tug-a-war, early morning wrestling sessions and making the house shake when I run through the living room SPOT MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 2007


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VOL. 3 • NO. 3 October 2007 Jennifer McCammon Publisher w/ Broadway, Peach, & Scout


he thing about being a publisher, a job I dearly love, is that to a great extent you’re presenting information that’s been gathered from a variety of sources including relevant experts (sometimes with fat educational or professional creds, sometimes with substantial experience gained “in the field” of life (aka laypeople)). It is Spot’s wont to seek out the most knowledgeable and respected experts (whatever their qualifications), to bring you the most current, accurate information available. Next, we work to put it all together in a way that’s appealing to the eye and easy to use. Our goal is that you find Spot informative, useful, engaging, thought-provoking, fun to read and look at, funny, and most of all, a helpful companion in your life with pet(s). Happily, the feedback we receive says you do. And that is gratifying — and motivating. We want to continually grow in all ways, keeping the edges sharp and the product fresh. Simply, we want to be the best, and for you to feel — after reading each issue — the kind of pleasure you get from a nourishing, healthful and yummy meal.

You are our best compass in navigating our mission. Your comments, ideas, suggestions, and yes: constructive feedback, are invaluable to us. It’s you that lets us know when we’ve hit it out of the ballpark, or if the ball just sailed straight through for the kind of steeerike! that makes you wince. Either way, we need to know. Want to! THESE THOUGHTS ALL BUBBLED TO THE SURFACE as I mused over the recent situation with Snowball and Bucky. I decided early on we wouldn’t approach this as a news story. Spot’s not a newspaper, and there’s been more than enough ink on this in the paper already. Spot is a magazine. Accordingly, in the making is a behind-the-scenes feature story on Snowball and Bucky and their family at home. We’re aiming to bring you the backstory you won’t see in the paper or on the news. A recounting that, while including the facts of the situation, will really be about the heart of it. Many stories have hard parts. Life,

too. Snowball and Bucky’s story definitely has hard parts. What I find most fascinating, not to mention invaluable, is the opportunity to learn and evolve that situations like this present. For example, key in this instance, to me, are to recognize that while there’s been much outrage at the circumstances, there is at the same time strong support for the value and quality of the current laws dealing with keeping wildlife. Opinions are as varied as the people who offer them — which makes sense, given we are the sum of our experience. At first glance I was outraged at what went down in Molalla. And, natch, my heart broke for the family and the animals. With time, though, and a perspective that expanded with each new insight from various sources, I came to view the situation with more interest than upset. This is a chance for all of us to learn something new, to take our thinking and understanding to greater depths, and to move forward in a way that just might help prevent another heartbreak like this one. And, sure: no matter how you slice it, this one’s a heartbreaker. Accepting that, let’s not lose the lesson or allow the incident to be for naught. Yours in everything pet,

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“The Oregon Humane Society advocates that anyone who finds wildlife in distress to contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife immediately. The law is in place for a very good reason — to protect people and wildlife. The well-intentioned Molalla couple was clearly in violation of the law for six years, but now we need to ask ourselves, ‘what is the best outcome for these deer now?’ OHS feels that would be a sanctuary where the deer can live out their life in a safe haven. Wildlife does not make an appropriate pet. But these deer shouldn’t be destroyed because of the human intervention in their life.” Sharon Harmon Executive Director Oregon Humane Society

“Seems to me that this family exactly meets the letter of the law, ‘. . . individuals that the director determines to be involved in . . . conservation efforts of overwhelming benefit to wildlife or wildlife habitat in the state of Oregon.” Donnelleigh Mounce Graphic Designer SW Portland

“I think people need to understand that wild animals are not pets. People get pet compulsive and their actions may not be what is best for them or the animals; domestic or wild. On the other hand, I think that these people were doing something out of love and caring for two animals that needed care. The letter of the law is not always what is right for the situation. What should be considered here is what the people were doing and were they doing it in a way that meet’s the laws expectations if not its letter. I feel sorry for their loss and hope they follow guidelines for saving wild animals in the future.” Chris Andersen NE Portland

“Snowball and Bucky probably should not have been domesticated. But because they have been it is a shame to remove them from their home that they have grown up in. They will do just fine living in domestication. In New Zealand they have deer farms where they raise domesticated Red Deer from Europe. It doesn’t seem to create any more problem than raising cattle here. We also have deer parks in this country, where people can go in and pet deer. People think the best way to cure a problem is to the detriment of the animals involved. They want to relocate wild animals simply because they create a little more work for man. This is silly. These animals have the right to live happily and comfortably just like we do.” John Archer Owner, Claymore Waggin’ Inn Kennel/Rescue Facility, Eugene


on Snowball & Bucky

“I believe that the people who “resucued” the deer Snowball (however well-intentioned, kind, or heartfelt) did a terrible wrong to this animal. To take a wild animal from its environment (even if it’s on the verge of death), apply modern Western medicine, and raise it in a human home does not benefit this animal. To argue that it delayed an ineveitable death is a spurious argument. Any argument that it alleviated a particular animal’s suffering is to apply human standards to a non-human, natural world. Any arguments about having a wild animal become a part of the “family” is nothing short of selfish. There exists a large number of pets and domestic animals that can be purchased, given or adopted for those who seek livestock or animal companionship. There exists a large set of rules and laws regarding wildlife management/protection, and local/state/ federal agencies to administer them. The actions of the persons responsible for “Bucky and Snowball” were in violation of these laws. They cannot be allowed to maintain wild animals in captivity (without a permit, in violation of wildlife laws). I believe that their intentions were valid, but their actions were wrong. Concentrate on protecting habitat. Don’t become distracted by the media circus associatated with one particluar case. Give the Wildlife food, water, shelter, and space, and there may be a legacy of wild animals for generations to come.” Tim, Hunter Safety Instructor, Paramedic, SE Portland

“Oregon has good regulations and a good system for providing care and treatment for injured and orphaned wildlife. However, no regulatory system is perfect for every situation, and agencies must temper their actions with common sense and discretion. Those attributes were unfortunately lacking in the manner in which Snowball was removed from the people who had cared for her for more than six years. This is in no way to endorse keeping wild animals as pets — our experience at Audubon in receiving hundreds of illegally-held wild animals over the years has been that the vast majority come to us in terrible condition, frequently bordering on abuse and neglect. Oftentimes they are brought in after injuring a human. Too often, these animals could have been returned to the wild had they been brought to a rehabilitation center early on, rather than being kept at somebody’s home. Our regulatory system should strongly discourage people from turning wild animals into pets — for both human health and safety and to protect the integrity of our wildlife populations. However, it also should (and does!) allow officials the discretion to make exceptions in exceptional situations. Sadly, ODFW did not use the discretion available to it in the case of Snowball — the result is that it hurt the family that cared for her, put Snowball at unnecessary risk, and undermined confidence in a regulatory system that in the vast majority of cases serves to protect our wildlife.” Bob Sallinger Conservation Director Audubon Society of Portland


“The doe would have died in the wild. I think the family did the right thing and should be allowed to keep her. She has been domesticated and may not be able to survive in the wild. I understand official concern about the buck. The family should be aware of possible hazards he may present and take precautions. Nonetheless, the buck is also semi-domesticated and may also be helpless in the wild. Let the family care for the two in their own way. Otherwise the cost of their care may fall on tax payers. Euthanasia is out of the question in my book!” Kathy Amrhein, Teacher Chicago, IL SPOT MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 2007


Party with some leggy babes Greyhound Pets of America Northwest is hosting a harvest party Saturday October 13, 1-5pm, at Scappoose Creek Inn, located at 53758 West Lane Rd in Scappoose. All large-breed dogs on leashes are welcome to the celebration, dubbed “Bark at the Harvest Moon.” Admission is $5/person and includes snacks and nonalcoholic drinks. Highlights of the day will include costume contests for dogs and owners, harvest games, raffle prizes, a silent auction, specialty merchandise for sale from local vendors, and a no-host bar with macro & micro brews and wine. All proceeds will benefit the Greyhounds of the GPA Northwest Adoption Program. Details 800.366.1472 or The nonprofit GPA-NW takes retired racers and finds them forever homes, and has made placements from SW Washington to Medford and across the state to Bend. Currently there is a tremendous need for foster and forever homes.

Kudos Bush Animal Hospital in Eugene offers a one-year interest free payment plan for anyone who has a pet that needs medical care beyond their financial capabilities.

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Helping hearts needed in Vancouver The Humane Society for SW Washington is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions, including foster families, dog walkers, patron assistance and outreach. Volunteer Orientations are held twice a month. Please contact

Dr. Karen Munana, associate professor of neurology, and Dr. Katrina Mealey of Washington State University, are working to determine how genetics may play a role in why some Everybody’s epileptic dogs respond poorly to traditional treatment. [dog] gone vegan Recruitment of epileptic dogs (all breeds) to The Nature’s Inventory company has creparticipate in the study continues. The clinical ated an all-vegan line of wellness oils for pets. trial demonstrating the possible effectiveness With something for seemingly every possible of the pharmaceutical drug Keppra as an condition or concern (or just a little comfort), additional therapy in the treatment of canine the products typically treat with an application epilepsy aims to recruit 10-15 more dogs to of just a drop or two. For instance, a couple complete the study. Munana, principal invesdrops of Lavender Dog on pup’s head or chin tigator of the study, notes that initial results usually leaves him calm, quiet and happy. demonstrate that the drug may be effective For sweeter kisses, try a couple of drops of in controlling seizures in some dogs with Doggy Breath on his tongue and . . . enjoy! epilepsy. The adding 1015 more dogs to the study The accidentally wild base should help confirm rule out this conclusion. need special care or The multi-institutional study includes veterinary neurologists from North Carolina State University, the University of Tennessee, and Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. To learn more or to be considered for participation, email A second study underway is recruiting dogs with oral melanoma (all breeds). The purpose of this study is to determine whether a novel Got one who loves to go bye-bye but the vaccine developed by animal pharmaceutical road takes a toll? A couple dabs of Motion company, Merial Limited, can help prolong Sickness for Dogs under his chin should the survival of dogs with oral melanoma. “do ya.” And the list goes on. Check it out at Dogs enrolled in the study will receive the melanoma vaccine and associated exams and labwork and radiographs. Details paul_ Canines sought The AKC Canine Health Foundation, for health studies founded in 1995 by the American Kennel Club, The AKC Canine Health Foundation is seekis the largest nonprofit worldwide to fund health ing participants in various studies relative to research exclusively for canines. various canine health concerns. it’s goal is to help dogs live longer, healthier Reportedly some 5% of all dogs experilives. The AKC Canine Health Foundation ence seizures and, while medication can is the leader in non-invasive genetic health be an effective cornerstone of treatment for research, stem cell research, and biotheratwo-thirds of dogs who suffer from primary peutics benefiting both canines and humans. idiopathic epilepsy, a third of the affected Through the generous financial support of the dogs do not respond to medications. or leave a message at 360.693.4746 ext 209.

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What’s in the food bowl — more and more, it’s homemade Jake Faris • Spot Magazine


’ll be the first to admit that until recently, what I put in my puppy’s food bowl was something I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about (I still get confused by all the different brands). But animal lovers really started taking notice of what went into Bijou’s bowl when earlier this year pet food companies across the world started recalling food lines after pets began falling ill and even dying as a result of contaminated ingredients. Now most pet parents have learned or are learning just what those long lists of ingredients mean — including the fine print — and more have begun or are considering making their pet’s food themselves. But, like with manufactured pet foods, there are many ways to “go homemade,” often making getting started a daunting task. Choosing between Web sites, books and products can easily turn into a mess that makes buying kibble the easiest — if not the only viable — option. But for those still committed to preparing their pet’s food themselves, a good place to begin is talking to a few brave souls who are pioneering the trend. A good way to introduce homemade foods to a pet’s diet, says AJ Limbrick, is by adding it to kibble. That’s what she’s done with her mini Schnauzer, Razzie. Limbrick owns AJ’s K-9 Kamp in NE Portland, and she started cooking organic food for herself after taking a cooking class in 1990. Eight years later, her dog Lady was diagnosed with cancer, which prompted Limbrick to take a hard look at Lady’s kibble. She wasn’t pleased with her findings, and so began applying the organic practices she’d adopted so long ago for herself in preparing food for Lady.

Unfortunately, Lady’s condition was far too advanced for her to benefit from either diet or medicine. These events around the end of her life, however, certainly served as a catalyst: Limbrick’s approach to pet food was forever changed, benefiting every dog that would come into her care (and there would be many, given that she’s a canine care provider). After the holiday festivities wound down that year, Limbrick brought home Razzie, feeding her from the first available organic kibble, supplemented with vitamins and homemade foods. “She loves her diet,” says Limbrick. And why wouldn’t she? In the morning, along with the Turducken kibble (which Merrick Pet Care describes as a “bayou classic”), Limbrick adds carrots and oatmeal. For dinner she adds beans to a kibble mixture of turkey, chicken and duck — a meal that does sound right at home on the bayou. Razzie also gets lots of healthy snacks, most of which are harvested from Limbrick’s organic garden. Fallen apples and peas are some of her favorites. Banner and Molly, belonging to pet parent and Spot Magazine Art Director Lancea Shannon and her husband Jeff, are familiar to Spot r e a d e r s , thanks to many appearances as impromptu models in the pages of Spot. Like many pet owners, Lancea went on high alert following this year’s pet food recalls. At the time, they were “down to the last 20 pounds of their regular dry food,” says Lancea, adding that she was “scared to buy more.” With much experience in baking dog treats, Lancea hit the Internet for pet food recipes. She mixed homemade food with the remaining kibble to make it last as long as possible. Then the dry food ran out. After that, says Lancea, “They were on an entirely homemade diet. That lasted for a while.” The food scare “opened my eyes,” Lancea says, but she didn’t realize how much work cooking for dogs and humans could be. “I have a hard enough time figuring out what

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the humans will be having for dinner!” she says. No longer fed the best of the supermarket brands, Banner and Molly’s kibble now comes from the pet store. But it’s not kibble all the time. Lancea fires up the stove and dusts off her canine culinary skills for special occasions like birthdays and holidays.

Cooking for pets and people is a lot of work! The challenge of juggling both human and pet family members’ diets has become familiar to many, especially first-time canine-ary chefs. Rick Woodford is owner, chef and delivery guy at Dog Stew, a company he launched in Portland earlier this year. He is also a veritable guru when it comes to cooking for canines. Woodford recently welcomed Spot into his kitchen to share his secrets in developing and troubleshooting a homemade pet food diet. As with Limbrick, it was a medical crisis that led Woodford to explore homemade pet food. When his dog, Jackson, was diagnosed with lymphoma, the chemo stopped the cancer, but it also left Jackson withdrawn, tired and underweight. To give his dogs the best nutrition he could, Woodford began experimenting with homemade food for Jackson, and Raleigh, his German Shepherd/Rottweiler/Collie mix. His crash-course in doing it himself had some immediate results. “My dogs got fat fast,”

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The basic structure of a dog’s diet is the ratio of meat to vegetables to grain, usually represented like this: meat/ vegetable/grain. Woodford found that most diets break down to about

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he says, talking and moving with equal speed from a boiling kettle to the cutting board. Too fast, as it turned out. Researching the little problem of his pups’ weight gain, Woodford quickly found his mistake was the portions he was feeding them. After being in business for nearly a year, Woodford remains convinced that “the most difficult aspect for new cooks is determining the amount to feed.” The amount of nutrients a dog needs is determined by the animal’s weight. This won’t come as news to most; it’s a typical rite of passage for new pet owners to feed their pet portions based on the guidelines on the label, which are always based on weight. The tricky part, when making your own pet’s food, is that while the animal might need the same number of calories of a human being roughly the same size, it might need as much as twice the amount of some vitamins and nutrients, according to USDA and the Ameri-

can Association of Feed Control Officials. So, simply doubling a pet’s food in order to meet its nutritional needs can translate to far more calories than are healthy. Woodford has learned firsthand the end result of such as equation: fat dogs fast. Curious by nature and with a good head for math (thankfully, he says), Woodford started putting together the pieces for the puzzle of making good, healthy homemade pet food. The problem he found was there weren’t many people who really demonstrated how to make balanced, homemade doggy meals. Which he says made the process feel like looking for puzzle pieces in the dark. With many vets wary of homemade pet diets, Woodford found little help there. He knew he needed to get the proportions right. So, armed with the specific nutritional contents of various ingredients, he analyzed over 200 recipes from books and the Internet. Ascending

a steep learning curve, Woodford found that most recipes just didn’t satisfy a dog’s daily requirements. With no real answers, Rick finally just pulled out his calculator and started cooking. This time the benefits were just as evident, and even more on the mark. “The more I fed [Jackson] real food, the better he seemed to feel.” These were the results Woodford was after. Jackson, he says, is now “like an old dog, not a dying dog.” While Woodford’s simple assessment may seem gloomy or vague, those who have cared for critically ill animals will appreciate the distinction. Woodford emphasizes that he’s not a veterinarian, nor a board-certified nutritionist. His expertise comes from personal experience in trying to help first his own dogs, and now his clients’ dogs, to get the best possible (and yummy) nutrition. Woodford’s advice for those experimenting with homemade food is two parts common sense, one part honesty, and a dash of caution. “Use a lot of meat,” he emphasizes. The basic structure of a dog’s diet is the ratio of meat to vegetables to grain, usually represented like this: meat/vegetable/grain. Woodford found that most diets break down to about 40% meat, 30% vegetables and 30% grain (or 40/30/30), although he prefers a 50/30/20 ratio that emphasizes meat and reduces the amount of grain.

• Watch your dog. “The best way to do this is keeping your dog on the same recipe for at least three weeks.” • Get a scale “and weigh your dog every few weeks.” Adjust the quantities you are feeding accordingly. • Get some canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling). Whether dogs are experiencing diarrhea or constipation, pumpkin acts as the Great Equalizer — a scoop of pumpkin is low in calories, high in vitamins, minerals and fiber, and never fails to bring dogs back to center.” When it comes to preparing your dog’s food, Woodford recommends cooking everything together in a big pot (thus the name Dog Stew). This accomplishes a few things simul-

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Here are some simple guidelines for getting started, courtesy of Woodford • Get a book. “Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats is a great place to start, although the diets are a little heavier in grains than I prefer. It’s also a great book for general health questions. The Whole Pet Diet by Andi Brown is a great source of natural recipes and supplements.” • Get vitamin supplements, Woodford prefers to avoid processed vitamins, and relies heavily on natural ingredients to fulfill nutrition requirements. “However,” he says, “there are some vitamins and minerals that can’t be supplied fully by whole foods. Look for a vitamin supplement with plenty of Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Copper, Selenium and the Vitamins, E, B vitamins and Choline, which are often missing in homemade diets,” he says. • Get a freezer. Cooking every night for humans and dogs will get old, and serious canine-ary chefs quickly realize cooking on weekends and freezing food in advance is the way to go. But you will need a freezer for all that food. “Measure out food so that serving size is consistent; package in daily quantities for easier thawing and serving.”

taneously: 1) the ingredients get cooked, so you needn’t worry about bacteria. 2) Cooking the food on a lower heat longer results in less breakdown of nutrients, 3) keeping everything in the same pot means less vital nutrients don’t get lost in the process. “Don’t worry about making ‘gourmet food’ for your dog. You don’t have to spend time making meatballs or rolling food into burritos because your dog won’t know the difference. You’ll notice your dog’s appreciation for the taste of real meat and how better he feels from a homemade diet. That’s the gratitude that makes cooking for dogs rewarding.” To minimize cooking time and aid in digestion, grind or grate the ingredients. Dogs need the cellular wall of most vegetables broken down for them so they can digest easier. Ingredients to avoid: Onions, Mushrooms, Grapes, Raisins, Sugar, Honey, store bought stocks. Ingredients to use in moderation: Liver (it’s healthy, but too much can lead to vitamin A toxicity), Garlic, Pasta, and Broccoli. continued pg 16

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met Emmett, a year-old St. Bernard, at a Portland park recently while interviewing his human mama, Liberty (“Libby”) Jackson. We watched with pleasure as Emmett caroused around the off-leash area. The amount of chasing, sniffing, and just laying about easily matched that of any other puppy of his age. But Emmett is a little different from other puppies: he’s missing his right front leg and shoulder. Helping kids with special needs was something Jackson experienced early on in life. Her brother JJ was born with Down’s syndrome when she was 10-years-old. As an adult, while aiding children in speech and physical therapy, Jackson began the search for a puppy. Her goal was for her companion to become a therapy dog, and in time her research led her to narrow her search to the St. Bernard breed, which received raves for its “nice, easygoing, temperaments.” Searching for her perfect helper online, Libby found Emmett, who, even as a tiny puppy, already knew something about disabilities. According to the family placing Emmett for adoption, the umbilical cord had wrapped around his right front leg in the womb. When he came into the world the affected limb looked wrinkled and raw. The usual treatment for disabled extremities is amputation, but that was not the best option for Emmett, as St. Bernards — as with all large breed dogs — carry up to 70% of their weight on their front legs. Looking into the effects of one leg bearing all that weight, I contacted Emmett’s vet, Dr. John Kellogg of Burlingame Veterinary Clinic in Portland. Born in May 2006, Emmett weighed 109 pounds by July. Kellogg expected Emmett to “easily reach 150” as a fullgrown adult. Translation: Emmett’s lone left leg would eventually support about 105 pounds of bouncing St. Bernard. Kellogg says it’s not unusual for breeders, when faced with a “congenitally-deficient” dog, to put it down so as not to “detract from

the bloodline.” Emmett’s original family chose to do otherwise, ignoring the forecasted potential difficulties and making the lovable little fur-ball available for adoption. Knowing the road with Emmett would be challenging, Jackson was a little apprehensive. “It was a huge chance, that’s for sure,” she says. At five weeks, Emmett’s right front leg and shoulder were amputated. At 10 weeks, he flew into Portland to meet his new human family. When Jackson met him at the airport, her concerns vanished. “We loved him immediately,” she says. Emmett grew quickly, and it seemed as soon as he cleared one obstacle, a new challenge arose. Jackson quickly enlisted Kellogg’s help, as well as and Dr. Bianca Shaw, owner of Back on Track Veterinary Rehabilitation in Port-

land. Both providers eventually became members of what Jackson calls Emmett’s “village.” But of all the challenges, eventually the biggest for Emmett and Jackson would be finding him a wheelchair. As Emmett grew, and his chest, neck and head filled in, his single front leg increasingly carried more and more weight. Around the house, or while wrestling with his best friend Merle (a German Shepherd pal that’s Emmett’s age), Emmett’s lack of a limb didn’t hinder him much. But at the park, or on walks, the strain on his lone front leg was high. Because there are so few large-breed dogs in Emmett’s predicament


(remember, most aren’t allowed to survive), Jackson had her work cut out for her in finding a company to build such a contraption. While her manner is gentle and soft-spoken, Jackson’s frustration was evident when reflecting on the process she went through. “After being told by one manufacturer that it was ‘cumbersome’ for Emmett to have a wheelchair, I was heartbroken,” she says. But she didn’t give up. Eventually, Jackson found Doggon’ Wheels in Montana, whose motto is, “Turn Disability into Petability.” Doggon’ Wheels co-owner Lori Holbein says that “Saying no is not our philosophy,” and that, “we value all pets. . . as we know each of these is a part of someone’s family.” When Doggon’ Wheels joined Emmett’s village, Jackson knew he’d get exactly what he needed. “We were honored to be given the opportunity to help [Emmett],” says Holbein. But in order to get the job done, she says, they would need 10 specific measurements As the building of Emmett’s ride moved ahead, Jackson learned she required immediate knee surgery. While laid up after the procedure, she relied heavily on Dr. Shaw, family and friends to measure and re-measure Emmett for his new set of wheels. It was a hard time for Jackson, she says. Normally a very active person, she found herself sidelined in bed. Her new furry forever friend couldn’t visit because he was in the throes of puppyhood, and the risk of re-injuring her leg from roughhousing was too great. continued next page

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Jackson continued to rely on Emmett’s village of support to get her through the physical and mental ordeal. As she recovered, Jackson tagged along for Emmett’s therapy, watching in fascination as Dr. Shaw stretched Emmett out on an exercise ball, which was only the prelude to placing him on an underwatertreadmill. While participating in such unnatural exercise, Emmett seized the opportunity to cause as much mischief as possible, including soaking the assisting technician. Emmett’s therapy has evolved in some unexpected ways and

continues daily — albeit mostly in the form of everyday activities. Daily wrestling bouts with his best friend Merle provide lots of exercise. Jackson says the tussling dogs inevitably wind up on the couch, which, accordingly, they’ve now dubbed the “danger zone.” Then there’s tug-of-war, which Emmett always wins. The rest of his day is taken up with looking for squirrels and intimidating the mailman, says Jackson. Because of his activity level, and especially because of his “smackdown” sessions with Merle, trips to Dr. Shaw are less frequent these days As soon as Jackson’s leg fully healed, Emmett’s list of “jobs” got longer. Jackson enlisted him in helping with her personal mission of reaching out to kids to teach them about disabilities, acceptance — and perhaps most important — inclusion. The adorably freckle-faced Emmett is pretty persuasive (not to mention effective), in communicating the message.

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Jackson says, “He’s got his own little message.” Yet just as there’s nothing little about Emmett, there is likewise nothing little about his message. In response to their outreach, Jackson began receiving “Letters to Emmett” from kids he’d met. These letters, which include creative drawings of the three-legged St. Bernard, have inspired her to continue her community outreach this fall. But reaction to Emmett hasn’t always been so positive. While playing at a park one day, Jackson heard someone use the “F” word. “Someone was calling him a freak dog,” she says. “Like, ‘Come see this freak dog.’” This example illustrates how breaking down the barriers of exclusion and prejudice might be Emmett and Jackson’s greatest challenge of all. The effect Emmett has on children is powerful. As Jackson puts it, “There’s nothing more inspiring to them than Emmett.” But inspiration goes both ways. When Emmett was about nine-months-old, Jackson was caring for a girl who had a powerful fear of dogs. . . . The story plays best in Libby’s own words:

Just as there’s nothing small about Emmett, there is likewise nothing little about his message. With the prevailing theme being inclusion, Jackson uses the example of Emmett’s best friend Merle to show how important it is to have diverse friends. Also in the works is a program to talk with children of disabled or amputated veterans of the Iraq war. Jackson hopes to show kids through Emmett’s example that even though there are hurdles to clear, amputation isn’t something to fear or be ashamed of. When talking about the future, Jackson said in a quiet, determined voice that while Emmett’s life may be shorter than most dogs, “he will have touched more lives than any other dog.”

“Emmett was having a hard day. He was laying on the kitchen floor and would not get up or even really respond to anyone. The girl [who Jackson was working with] came over. She sat down and put Emmett’s big head in her lap and started to pet his head. She told him it would all be okay and asked him to get up, [then] she teared up and begged him to get up. She told Emmett that she loved him and they sat there together for a good 30 minutes on the floor. He licked her hand and she nuzzled him around his neck. . . she was very in tune with his needs and wanted him to get better. “Emmett got up the next day, and when the girl came over, she was not afraid of him. Emmett has literally never had a down day since. I have no idea how, but that has been his only time down and out.” The future for the dynamic duo looks bright, busy, and even more challenging than the past. Jackson plans more trips to schools where she and Emmett can share his message.

Watching him tool around the park with abandon and determination, you believe her.

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Zip is an eight-year-old purebred Australian Shepherd. Zip (not his registered name), was named after the Australian Cattle dog who was the loyal companion of the movie hero in “The Last of the Dog Soldiers”, always running alongside his master’s horse in the movie. He was adopted about a year ago to be a companion to Sophie, a then two-year-old high-energy, hard to control Husky mix. While searching for just the right dog, Sophie’s mama spotted Zip on a flyer at Oakway Fitness Center in Eugene. Zip, raised and owned by Sean McBride, was in need of re-homing as work and school (he attended the U of O) were claiming all of Sean’s time. Reluctantly, Sean sought a loving family for Zip. Zip had some therapy work on his resume, helping families with children who feared or had had negative experiences with dogs. Zip would do sleepovers or spend a few days, providing the families with a positive canine experience. Zip’s credentials were well-suited to Sophie, too; she had aggression issues from early on. The introduction was carefully made, and Zip and Sophie not only became fast friends, but eventually, inseparable companions. In fact, Sophie’s groomers ask that Zip accompany her to appointments, as his calming effect on her ensures a smooth session.

The rest of the story. . . Zip’s new furry family members also included a number of kitties, one of whom — Frankie, a beautiful SiameseTabby — had gone missing. Fast forward six months to a few weeks ago. A woman called after seeing the “LOST” flyer on Frankie. She asked whether the family would consider an abandoned young Tabby who she’d found rummaging for food around her Thurston-area home. A young female not yet spade, the little cat was christened “Willow” for her tail — which resembles a branch from a Curly Willow tree. As selfappointed “comforter,” Zip immediately took Willow under his wing. During her recovery from being spayed, Zip groomed and nurtured her. She seems to consider Zip her mama. Thriving, Willow now thunders across the yard to meet Zip whenever he appears on the patio. Kicking it with the family in the living room, she rolls and plays and puts her front legs around his neck. In response, Zip plants huge licks, and loves on her whenever they pass in the hallway. Even Sophie honors that Willow is Zip’s! Zip nearly went to an Aussie Rescue group on the coast. Thank goodness, though, says Marnie, there were other plans for his services in the Universe. “We know that’s why we found him and got to have him as part of our five-cat (now six), two-dog, one-rabbit family! He blesses us and our furry family every day with his presence, both in body and in spirit.” Marnie McCammon • Spot Magazine

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To teach your dog to remain in one place until you release him.

Training Tools: • A dog on- or off-leash • A variety of small, pea-sized training rewards • Start cue: hand signal, voice signal (“stay”), or both • End cue: “release,” “all done,” “free,” etc. (I don’t recommend using the word “okay.”) Before you begin training any new exercise make sure you have a clear picture of the finished behavior in your mind. For example, when teaching stay, do you want to teach your dog to sit/stay, down/stay, or stand/stay? Do you care if she moves from a sit to a down, or do you just want her to understand that “stay” means don’t move from that position? The key to teaching a solid stay is to get your dog to maintain sitting or lying down for different lengths of time (before you start using your “stay” cue) and that’s what this exercise will focus on. Start with about 10 or so training rewards in both hands, ask your dog to sit, and as soon as his butt hits the ground begin rewarding frequently, fast enough that your dog doesn’t get up from a sitting position until you release

him. Your goal at this point isn’t duration, it is to teach him to continue sitting until he hears the release cue, so it’s better to move around a lot and release your dog frequently. The sequence should look like this: “Sit.” Reward, reward, reward. “Release,” move your dog, repeat. Once you are confident your dog will continue sitting until he hears your release cue, add your “stay” cue. The sequence will look like this: “Sit, stay,” reward, reward, reward, “release,” repeat. Gradually add distractions and train in new environments. Training Tips: • If you reward too slowly and your dog moves before you are ready, release him (like you meant to), then ask for a sit again and start over. • Start any new exercise in a quiet environment in which your dog is comfortable. Once he’s confident with the exercise in that environment, move to a new, more distracting environment (like your back yard).

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To get a little firsthand insight into NV prodcompany manufactures and distributes kibble, ucts, Spot popped in to Black Dog Natural canned and raw food for dogs and cats. Pet Supply in Portland and chatted with Amy While in the food business for many years, Pogue, who’s been on staff at Black Dog for according to Sandford Goodman, CEO of about six months. Nature’s Variety, it was not until 2002 that it Pogue says NV’s grain-free Instinct line is began making product for pets. Prior to that overtaking the Prairie line in popularity. After time, the company was “primarily focused the pet food recalls earlier this year, the drop on processing meat for human consumpin popularity of grain-based tion.” The processing facility NV’s raw food is foods is not surprising. remains USDA-, EU- and Organic-certified. much simpler. But NV’s offering of grainReportedly, staff cooks never Several freezers free kibble is not new; the company offered these tire of experimenting with the revealed two choices: products for nearly a year menus that go into NV’s patties and nuggets, before the recent pet food traditional pet food, which is marketed in two product lines: both containing 80% scare. Goodman points out that, “Beginning with a Instinct, which contains no meat and the 20% chicken meal-based [graingrain, and Praire, which convegetables. Prepa- free] formula in early 2006, tains whole nutritional grain. On the non-traditional side, ration instructions? we have added duck meal and rabbit meal formulas NV offers freeze-dried and Defrost and serve. recently.” raw frozen food. According to Goodman, “Nature’s Variety is “We see a lot more of committed to providing the best the grain-free [food],” said nutrition for dogs and cats and Pogue while I leisurely believes that raw meat diets perused the kibble and cans provide that.” on the shelves. She went on to explain that the difference in Nature’s VariNone of NV’s raw or canned foods contain ety is that while most manufacturers are using grain or fillers. “Meat, organs, and bone” make potatoes as a binding agent for kibble, NV uses up 95% of the portions, with the balance comtapioca, which has no known allergens, and is prised of fresh fruits and vegetables, including 98% digestible. Yakima Valley apples.

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NV says by rotating through its pet food products — kibble, canned and raw — owners can help their pets build “a healthier immune system, promote dental health and address many common health concerns such as food intolerance, obesity, allergies, digestive problems and diabetes, some of which have been linked to continuous consumption of carbohydrate-based diets.” While Black Dog encourages the switch to all-raw diets, Pogue says that “for people who don’t want to feed all-raw, [Nature’s Variety] is the best food in the store because of the bio-coating.” Explained in detail online, NV’s bio-coating is a freeze-dried coating of raw food, meant to provide the benefits of a raw diet without the risk. The bio-coating replaces nutrients typically lost during the heating process necessary to produce kibble. NV’s raw food is much simpler. Pogue opened one of several freezers revealing three NV food choices: patties and nuggets and two-pound chubs, containing 95% meat and 5% vegetables. Preparation instructions? Defrost and serve. Anyone interested in NV products should check their local natural pet food store, or visit The Web site is filled with helpful information, including ingredient lists, nutritional analyses on NV products and a great interactive feeding guideline.


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Intro to clicker training From comes a free newsletter. The current issue offers the following on clicker training.

Meet the Clicker: An unprepossessing instrument, the clicker is a small, hand-held device with a metal strip you depress with your thumb to achieve a sharp, LOUD click. Clicking too near your dog’s ears can ruin your dog for clicker training altogether, so take care.

Getting started: Load your pockets or a small container with tiny food rewards (meat, cheese, kibble). Try a few experimental clicks near your dog to make sure it doesn’t frighten him. Once you have his attention, it’s time to start.

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Ingredients to base meals around: Meat with a low to medium fat content; carrots, apples, spinach, green beans and whole grains that are low in gluten like barley, quinoa, millet and oats.

You want him to associate the sound of the clicker with a reward. Click the clicker, and give him a reward. Repeat about 10 times; click and treat. Next, click again, but withhold the treat. Does he look for a treat? If so, go ahead and reward him, and click and treat again to reinforce it. Throughout the day, click and check his response. If he comes running for a treat, he’s made the connection. You have now entered the world of training with a new, valuable tool. Here are a couple of sites for you and pup to visit to help test-drive your new skill: Look for “Clicker Train A Dog in 6 Days” and “Solutions to 19 Training Problems.” Also check out,, and How it Works: The primary use of the clicker is to “mark” behaviors. Instead of saying, “Good boy!” or other positive word, you press the clicker, which is a much faster reinforcement, and tends to eliminate mistakes in timing. Once a behavior has been “marked” by a click, following up with

The last thing to remember: don’t be afraid to vary your dog’s diet. This can even save some money. Sometimes turkey is on sale, sometimes beef is in sale. As Woodford says, “A dog is less likely to have deficiencies when

a treat is less time sensitive, since the dog already knows he did the correct thing.

Everybody needs first aid now and then Just as important as maintaining the family medical kit at home is keeping one for the pet, especially for those who travel, recreate outdoors, or live in the country with companion animals. According to Cher Luck, creator of The Big Red Box First Aid Kit for Pets from Country Dog & Friends (, “With the increasing number of pet owners fleeing the city to live and play in the great outdoors, the possibility of their pets picking up ticks and other potentially painful or even deadly conditions has increased.” Recent Travel Industry Association of America statistics report that 29 million Americans have traveled with a pet on a trip of 50 miles or more in the past three years. Considering the majority of those pet travel companions

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it is getting variety, and they stay more interin his point of view. Ulbrich says he has found ested in the food.” “remarkably good success,” especially in fixing food allergies. “Diet alone is responsible for For more information, or to contact Woodhalf the problems.” ford, visit There you can read about myths associated with According to those who’ve e homemade food, or tried it, homemade pet food, ip c e orite R v a find out more about pet when done right, can be the F a t o G nutrition. best food you can feed your to share?pot! pet. Whether you’re trying S o Seeking an opinion Sendoitt Mtagazine it for general purposes or from the veterinary comSp 67 your pet needs the nutri6 6 1 x munity, Woodford recomo B PO 2 9 2 7 tional boost to help with 9 R mended Spot chat with Dr. Portland O IPES health concerns, don’t C E Bob Ulbrich of the Hollistic Attn: R be afraid to go to the a tm o Pet Vet Clinic in Tigard. As p s publisher@ experts, whether at the it turned out, Ulbrich had library, your veterinary clinic, or even friendly advocated homemade pet canine-ary chefs like Woodford. food long before the food recalls earlier this year. Now he simply enjoys more company

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Bi-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Good Neighbor Vet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 House Calls for Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Rose City Veterinary Hospital . . . . . . 6




Back on Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Canine Peak Performance . . . . . . . . . 8

Dog Butler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Doodie Hunters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Pooper Patrol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9



COMPANIONS FOR LIFE 300 cats & kittens looking for forever home, altered, tested, vaccinated, microchipped, indoor, ready to love. Adoption fee $60-$125. 7 days/week 10-6 Cat Adoption Team 503.925.8903 Volunteers welcome. Fosters needed.

SEEKING DOG LOVING ENTREPRENEUR with desire to own a dog boarding facility. Corvallis Kennels is a turnkey operation with owner financing available Teija @ 360-270-0241

BOARDING Park Your Car Board Your Pet Board Your Flight

• 5 minutes from Portland International Airport • Open 24-7 by appointment for check-in and check-out • Next to park-and-fly services • Voted "Best Doggie Dash" By Willamette Week, 2004

We Cater to Your Schedule • 503-255-1388

$25/DAY AJ’S K9 KAMP Visit the photo page on Day care & overnight home care. Canines under 30 lbs. Nr the airport. 15 yrs exp. Licensed. Insured. 8am - 8pm 503-252-7652.

Excellent opportunity to start your own kennel! Home and 16 in/out kennels on 9 ac in Amboy WA Teija@ 360-270-0241

Grooming-Dales (Dee) 28 West Q St. #F Springfield (541) 726-PETS (7387) With 30 Years of Quality Care

PET SITTING BY SKYE NW Portland / Scappoose. 6 acres in country, space, clean – no kennel. Refs. 503-543-4815


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LISA & FRIENDS PET SITTING Quality pet care in a comfortable home environment at great prices. In-home visits also available. All pets welcome. Refs. 503-490-3762 FURRY DUTY IN HOME CARE Boarding/Daily Walking. Contact Char 503.829.7181 or or MiriamatFurryDuty@ or 503-807-4578

PET TRAVEL FOR THE TRAVELING DOGS WITH FAMILIES Otto Step! Completely portable platform step for loading and unloading Fido. Insert into any 2” trailer hitch receiver, load and stow after use. Visit or call 888-311-OTTO (6886).


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HOUSING WANTED WANTED: DOG-FRIENDLY HOUSING Seeking VERY dog FRIENDLY housing/room. Three very well trained, polite, clean, and housebroken Australian Shepherds. Our owner is a 38-yr-old, hard working, honest, responsible veterinarian technician and housebroken as well. We are all friendly, love other dogs, kids and people. Moving from Illinois. Photos and references available. Please Call 630-338-5029 or Email us at

HOUSE & PET SITTERS KRITTER KARE OF PORTLAND Daily dog walks. Vacation pet sitting. “Overnites” & house sitting services. Caring for domestics & exotics in the tri-county area since 1994. Licensed, bonded, insured. Refs. 503-252-0599, 503-940-7761.

DAYCARE FOREST PARK BED & BISCUIT Dog daycare, overnights & basic grooming while you wait or play. Private setting in NW PDX, close to Montgomery Park. Call Linda for details (503) 7689932 or (971) 570-3646.

PET SITTING DEPENDABLE RETIRED COUPLE We do overnight and vacation house and pet sitting. Dogs, cats, horses, whatever! Responsible with great references. 503-679-5613 or 503-537-9719


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SPACE TO LEASE ATTN DOG GROOMER/TRAINERS Established doggie daycare in desirable Multnomah Village has space available on a monthly sub-lease basis for a groomer to use. Also, have space for dog training classes on weekday evenings/weekends on an hourly basis available for lease. Please call 503-245-7003 for more information.

TRAINING HAPPY PALS DOG TRAINING Have fun w/your dog teaching manners and/or earning titles in obed, rally, conf, or tracking. Judges from several orgs. Private lessons, your home or our facilities. Call Loanne or Roger 503-359-9297. K9 BEHAVIOR COMPANY Private in-home training. Perfect puppy – right from the start! Behavior modification for your out-a-control adolescent dog. Help with your shy or aggressive dog. Gentle reward-based methods. Call Deb Walker 503.704.7481 or visit



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1 Monday • Art representing the human/animal bond is still being accepted by The 100th Monkey Studio for its November art show & sale in Portland. All selected pieces will be for sale and displayed. Part of the proceeds benefit DoveLewis. Entry is free; all mediums encouraged. Details the100th 11am — World Animal Festival at the Oregon Zoo 11-4 ‘til Oct 7. A celebration showcasing how cultures around the world revere & celebrate animals. Local cultural groups present animal folklore in a variety of ways, including performance art, handson crafts, educational activities & art exhibits. Free with zoo admission. Details 503.226.1561. 5:30pm — Foster Orientation at Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene. Details 541.689.1503 or

2 tuesday 5am — Meet the Pet of the Week every other Tuesday at 5 & 6am during Good Morning Northwest on KOIN News 6. Cat Adoption Team & KOIN News 6 have teamed up to help get more of their furry friends adopted.

5 friday 9am — Curious about your pet? Want to know more? Have questions about your business and personal life? Visit people & pet psychic Faye Pietrokowsky at the Cultural District store with Umpqua Bank, 1241 SW 10th Ave in Portland. Faye will offer complimentary consultations to the public today ‘til 7pm. Details 503.288.5651. All pets welcome, but need not be present — a photo or the pet’s name is sufficient. To learn about Faye, visit, or call 503.221.2123. Donations of pet food, toys & blankets being accepted during the day for the Oregon Humane Society.

6 saturday 10am — Annual Pet Blessing at the Unity Church of Portland, 4525 SE Stark Street. All pets and their owners welcome to attend for a blessing to this non-denominational service in the garden behind the church. Free admission; an offering will be accepted for those who wish to contribute toward expenses. Bring pictures of pets who can’t be present or who are deceased who you would still like to have a blessing. Treats for both pets & people. Rev. Richard C. Everts will officiate the blessing. All pets must be on leash or appropriately contained for the wellbeing and safety of all. 18


10am — General Orientation at Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene. Details 541.689.1503 or 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on 1330 AM Radio. 11am — Adoption Outreach with Oregon Humane Society at PetsMart in Tigard ‘til 3. Details 503.285.7722 or 11am — Vancouver Make a Fast Friend Day at PetsMart in Vancouver. Retired racing Greyhounds make great pets! Affectionate & gentle, Greyhounds make excellent companions for families, couples and singles. In general, most can learn to live with cats and small animals as well. Meet adoptable Greyhounds, and volunteers happy to answer questions about greyhound adoption. An Adoption Application & in-home visit are required prior to adoption. Details

encouraged. Details the100thmonkeystu 6:30pm — The No Kill Community Coalition (NKCC) of Eugene monthly meeting at Harris Hall, 8th Ave at Oak, in Eugene. Help Lane County become a No-Kill Community. Details

13 saturday 10am — Beautiful Nails! Learn to keep ‘em clipped and pretty at Grooming-Dales in Springfield. Nail-clipping workshops offered 10-noon 2nd & 3rd Saturday of the month at Dale’s shop at 28 West Q St. Admission $10; details 541. 726.7387. 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on 1330 AM Radio.

11am — Bend Hounds Out & About. Meet affectionate, gentle retired racing Greyhounds ready for forever homes, and volunteers who are happy to chat & Noon — OHS answer questions. Adoption Greyhounds 6pm — Toxins: The Myths vs. The Facts. Outreach at Chocolate, raisins, onions, mistletoe — what make excellent Furever Pets, companions for really makes my pet sick? An extension 1624 SE 19th in families, couples of their popular community workshops, Portland, ‘til 4. & singles, and DoveLewis’s new QuickClasses are FREE most come to live 12:30pm — OHS pet health education courses (1 topic/1 comfortably with Canine 101 hour) taught by DoveLewis staff. Each cats and small (aka “Problem topic repeated once. Class location: the animals. Adoption Pooch”) class DoveLewis Community Room, 1945 NW requires application at the Portland Pettygrove in Portland. Space is limited, & in-home visit. At shelter. For those admission free, donations welcome. RSVP Bend Pet Express considering (required) to – East ‘til 3. Details pet parenthood 800.366.1472 or or who want to understand why Fido does what he does. Discussion & Q & A; pets stay Noon — Vancouver Show & Tell home. $10; no need to RSVP. Info at PetsMart, featuring adoptable 503.285.7722 or Greyhounds and volunteers to answer Offered again Oct 20. questions. Details 800.366.1472 or 8pm — Cocktail Cabaret ‘til 10 at the Mission Theatre, 1624 NW Glisan in Portland.

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8 monday • Deadline for Art representing the human/ animal bond to be featured in The 100th Monkey Studio’s November art show & sale in Portland. Some proceeds benefit DoveLewis. Entry is free; all mediums

To submit items for consideration in the Furry FunPlanner, e-mail or FAX 503-261-8945

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1pm — Bark at the Harvest Moon harvest party with Greyhound Pets of America at Scappoose Creek Inn, 53758 West Lane Rd, ‘til 5. All well-behaved largebreed dogs on leash welcome to join in this celebration of the Fall season and canine friends. $5 includes snacks & nonalcoholic drinks. Also on tap: costume contests (dogs & people), games, a raffle, a silent auction & local vendors. Details 1pm — Kennel Workshop at Greenhill in Eugene. Details 541.689.1503 or 2pm — Dog Walker Training at Greenhill in Eugene. Details 541.689.1503 or

14 sunday 8am — Run for the Cheetah by Cheetah Conservation Fund at the zoo. Registration at 7, kids run/walk at 8, 8K run/walk at 8:30am. Help raise awareness about & raise funds for the endangered cheetah while having fun. Details 11am — Bend Hounds Out & About. Meet retired racing Greyhounds ready for forever homes, and knowledgeable volunteers. At Bend Pet Express – West ‘til 3. Details Oct 13 at 11, 800.366.1472, or 11am — Cattery Workshop at Greenhill in Eugene. Details 541.689.1503 or 1pm — Oregon Humane Society Telethon on KATU Channel 2 ‘til 5. 5pm — Big Cat, Big Party at the zoo. Patron reception at 5, dinner/auction at 6. Meet world-renowned cheetah expert Dr. Laurie Marker and two cheetah ambassadors. Details

16 tuesday 5am — Meet the Pet of the Week every other Tuesday at 5 & 6am during Good Morning Northwest on KOIN News 6. Cat Adoption Team & KOIN News 6 have teamed up to help get more of their furry friends adopted.

20 saturday 7:30am — Junior Zoo Keepers for kids grades 5 & 6 at the Oregon Zoo. Details

zoo’s exit. Continues tomorrow. Free with zoo admission. Details 503.226.1561. 11am — OHS Adoption Outreach at Wild Oats at Bridgeport Village ‘til 3. Noon — OHS Adoption Outreach at PetsMart in Clackamas, ‘til 4.

10am — Beautiful Nails! Learn to keep ‘em clipped and pretty at Grooming-Dales in Springfield. Nail-clipping workshops offered 10-noon th 2nd & 3rd Saturday of the month at Dale’s shop at 28 West Q St. Admission $10; details 541. 726.7387.

Noon — Salem Make a Fast Friend Day ‘til 2 at PetsMart. Meet retired racing Greyhounds ready for forever homes, and knowledgeable volunteers. Details Oct 13 at 11, 800.366.1472, or

10am — Meet lovable, adoptable pets from Animal Aid at Western Pet Supply, 6908 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy in Portland, ‘til 2. Details 503.292.6628 or

2pm — Halloween Party & Doggie Costume Contest ‘til 4 at Howl At The Moon, 13501 NE 84th Street # 105 in Vancouver. Treats for all & prizes for winning costumes. Details 360.891.1935 or

10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on 1330 AM Radio. 11am — Gresham Make a Fast Friend Day ‘til 2 at PetsMart. Meet retired racing Greyhounds ready for forever homes, and knowledgeable volunteers. Details Oct 13 at 11, 800.366.1472, or 11am — OHS Adoption Outreach at Gentle Groomer, 275 S. Ivy St in Portland, ‘til 3. Outreach at Dog Star, 1313 NW Kearney in Portland, noon-4. 12:30pm — OHS Canine 101 (aka “Problem Pooch”) class at the Portland shelter. For those considering pet parenthood or who want to understand why Fido does what he does. Discussion & Q & A; pets stay home. $10; no need to RSVP. Info 503.285.7722 or 5:30pm — West Nose Soiree: A Masquerade Ball at The Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th in Portland. The fun begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction, then dinner, a live auction & DoveAwards starting at 8. Admission $100/general, $150/VIP (includes preferred seating, custom gifts and VIP areas). Details

26 friday 10am — Annual Squishing of the Squash at the Oregon Zoo. In preparation for the zoo’s “Howloween” event, the elephant herd will receive a HUGE pumpkin to pulverize. Great photo opp!

5pm — Bowser’s Boo Bash in Salem. Willamette Humane Society’s annual dinner & auction to benefit the animals. Go in costume & enjoy a gourmet dinner, live entertainment and silent & oral auctions. Hosted by KATU’s Melica Johnson. Tickets $50. Details

30 tuesday 5am — Meet the Pet of the Week every other Tuesday at 5 & 6am during Good Morning Northwest on KOIN News 6. Cat Adoption Team & KOIN News 6 have teamed up to help get more of their furry friends adopted.

31 wednesday 5pm — Canines, Cats and Costumes Party in Salem. The Willamette Humane Society hosts a fun-filled afternoon of games & activities to celebrate Halloween. Includes costume contests, a boneyard hunt, howling contest & other games and prizes for dogs and their handlers. Admission $7/person. Also includes an adoption special on black cats and kittens. Details www.Willamette

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Nov 9 Friday 27 saturday 10am — Cats Family Encounter at the Oregon Zoo. Just in time for Halloween, the tigers & leopards have donned their orange and black. Details 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on 1330 AM Radio. 11am — Beaverton Make a Fast Friend Day ‘til 2 at Petco. Meet retired racing Greyhounds ready for forever homes, and knowledgeable volunteers. Details Oct 13 at 11, 800.366.1472, or 11am — Howloween at the Zoo ‘til 4. Trick or treating for kids in a fun, safe setting that includes an intriguing scavenger hunt through activity stations around the zoo. Goodie bags filled with candy & prizes will be given out for completed hunts at the

Cat Adoption Team’s 2007 Whisker Wonderland promises to be an exhilarating evening of extraordinary items on the auction block, exquisite cuisine, and eclectic jazz — all to benefit abandoned, neglected and injured cats and kittens. Whisker Wonderland happens Nov 9, 6-10:30pm, at the Melody Ballroom in Portland. Tickets $75 in advance, $90 at the door. Get your tickets early — last year they sold out! Details 503.925.8903 or

ALL MONTH LONG • ARE YOU A MATCHMAKER? Cat Adoption Team seeks counselors to

help kitties meet their purr-fect match. Needed daily at the Sherwood shelter & weekends at the shelter & outreach events in Tigard, Clackamas, Hillsboro, Tualatin & Wilsonville. Details 503.925.8903 or • BE PART OF A “FURRY TALE” and help cats live happily ever after. Cat Adoption Team is seeking volunteer adoption counselors at the new Tualatin PetsMart 2 weekend days/month. Training provided. To lend a heart, contact Kari at or Kate at • BE A SWEETHEART: Foster a dog or cat from Animal Aid. Also, Adoption Counselors needed to lend hearts/ hands at AA’s no-kill shelter & outreach events. Details 503.292.6628 or • CAT ADOPTION TEAM now accepts Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund Coupons. Details/Coupons • COLORFUL CATS PROMOTION at Animal Aid. Every colorful black cat that gets adopted this month will go home with its own bed & toys. Meet these colorful cats during AA’s Show & Tell Saturday. Details 503.292.6628 or • EUGENE-AREA ADOPTABLE CATS waiting to meet you daily at PetsMart, 2847 Chad Dr. The Lane County kitties are microchipped & spayed/neutered. • FACES OF LOVE, the 2008 Cat Adoption Team Calendars, are out! The new edition features adorable current and former CAT residents. Just $10 each. Printing generously donated by Witham & Dickey means every dollar supports cats & kittens in need. To order or for info, call 503.925-8903 or visit • FERAL CATS IN THE NEWS: Visit the Feral Cat Blog. Daily national and global cat news, info & resources to actively use for cat advocacy & cat management. Go to for news covering Oregon, Washington & the nation. • FOSTER HOMES NEEDED. Lend your hand & heart: call Cathy Nechak or Krista Wells at Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals, 503.327.8849, or visit • GOT OLD INK CARTRIDGES OR CELL PHONES? Recycle them at CAT. • GOT ISSUES? Behavior questions answered free by the friendly folks at OHS; call 503.416.2983. • IS YOUR DOG A SUPERHERO? The DoveLewis blood donor program wants you! • NEUTER/SPAY and Keep Pets for Life. It’s good for pets, people & communities, providing health, behavioral and public benefits. Please neuter/spay at 4 mos or younger. Help get feral cats altered too! Check the directory at neuterspayoregon. • OFOSA ADOPTABLE DOGS & CATS. Dogs, puppies, cats & kittens ready for loving homes at Beaverton Petco every weekend. Details Volunteers needed. Details 503.327.8849. • OPEN YOUR HEART & HOME to “special needs” foster cats or kittens. The kitten

season continues. Mom cats & their kittens at CAT need loving hearts/hands to nurse and bottle-feed orphaned or abandoned kittens, help the sick/injured heal, provide long-term residents a break, and to socialize shy or timid cats. Details 503.925.8803 ext 5 or kristib@catadoptio • OTHER MOTHERS ANIMAL RESCUE, the young shelter caring for puppies, kittens & mothers, is on the Web at Explore adoptable animals, volunteer opportunities, info, links & resources. • OVER 400 ADORABLE KITTENS & CATS ready for loving homes hope to meet you at the Sherwood shelter 7 days, 10-6 (‘til 7 Fri/Sat), daily at PetsMart in Wilsonville, Clackamas, Hillsboro, Tualatin & Tigard; at Pet Loft in Portland, Petco in Tualatin & Tanasbourne Saturdays & Nature’s Pet in Beaverton. Details • PAWS IN NEED IN VANCOUVER. The Humane Society for SW Washington is seeking foster families, dog walkers, and outreach volunteers. Volunteer Orientations twice a month. Details • PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUPS at DoveLewis in Portland (details and Willamette Humane Society in Salem ( • POPPA, OREGON’S ONLY STATEWIDE SPAY/NEUTER REFERRAL & assistance service for dogs, cats, rabbits & other companion animals, is an all-volunteer organization that’s subsidized over 11,000 spay/neuter surgeries since 2001. Make tax-deductible donations (safely) in any amount at • PUPPY PLAYLAND at A Dog Gone Good Place in Hillsboro. Puppies 8 weeks-6 mos play 11am-noon. Details Admission $5/ clients, $10/nonclients. • PUPPY PRESCHOOL IN EUGENE/ SPRINGFIELD with Jennifer DuMond Biglan of Dog & Cat LLC. Positive training techniques to strengthen your relationship, prevent & fix problem behaviors & help your dog learn good manners. Saturdays; RSVP to 541.686.6768 or • READ TO THE DOGS at area libraries. Youth improve their reading & social skills by reading aloud to therapy dogs. Contact your branch for info or to RSVP. • SHOW & TELL SATURDAYS at Animal Aid. Meet wonderful kitties ready for forever homes Saturdays noon-4 at AA’s shelter at 5335 SW 42nd Ave (south of Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy in Portland. Details 503.292.6628 or • URGENTLY NEEDED: Foster homes for nursing mother cats & kittens and orphaned kittens. CAT’s foster homes are still full, and is getting calls seeking help for more kittens. Foster families give these babies a chance. Details 503.9258903 ext #5 or kristib@catadoptionteam .org. • VOLUNTEER TRAINING AT CAT in Sherwood every 2nd & 4th Saturday at 10am. Details kmiddleton@catadoptiont




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October 2007 - Spot Magazine  

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