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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: “Bark, Bark, Bark” Part 2

14 Reader Spotlite Meet Little Jake

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12 Stitch Tested...Kyla Approved This month’s report was filed by very happy dogs, sharing their favorite travel food and water bowl.

17 Rescue me! Many sweet foundlings find their way to Spot’s door. Here are the new arrivals in need of loving forever homes as of presstime. Also, check out the Safe Landings report on those who “made it home” last month.

6 Fetch. . . . - Animal Planet star Kevin Fitzgerald performs in Salem - You can make a difference with IDA - Classes and workshops — TTouch, Pet First Aid, Massage - New membership travel co. puts pets on board - CAT calendars — a purr-fect way to keep the date - Bitless bridle makes good horse sense - Doc honored for great strides in canine cancer research

5 What do you get when you mix dogs and reading? Read to the Dogs programs are offered in libraries everywhere. Meet a few canines and their handlers helping shy kids gain confidence, non-readers become book lovers, slow readers improve, and those unsure of big dogs fall in love.

8 Under the Bushes, Around the Dumpsters


They’re feral, and they’re everywhere. They are the offspring of stray and abandoned domesticated but unsterilized felines that have lived apart from humans for so long they’ve become wild. Most are untamable and unadoptable. Which makes Barbara Weimer love them all the more.

14 Play NICE! 10 Tips on keeping it safe and fun at the dog park From co-authors of Off-Leash Dog Play - A Complete Guide to Safety and Fun. Plus helpful reminders on keeping the park running smoothly from Dogpaw of Vancouver.

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Happy New Year!


s we move into a new season, I’d like to first thank the many people who shared stories — their own and those of others they felt we should know — past year. The tales are numerous and varied, but one common thread shines through: they each powerfully illustrate how fortunate we are to share life with our animals. Our pets teach, comfort, guide, rescue, inspire, and help us grow up in so many ways. Thank you, Emmett and Libby, for sharing how a rare largebreed amputee can impact so many (October). Emmett and his wheelchair, along with Libby, teach children acceptance, and more recently, to not fear amputees. Steve and Sarah showed us that love moves mountains — in truly mysterious ways (August). Steve cared for Sarah, who, after being abandoned on Mt. Hood, had turned feral. Eventually Steve’s job ended and he left the mountain — and Sara found him. She traveled some 26 miles, but the miracle wasn’t the distance. Sarah had no way of knowing where to go — she’d never been to Steve’s home. Steve’s story has other, completely separate, sources of inspiration. A former prison officer, he created a program partnering animals and inmates that gained statewide acclaim, much press, and served as a model to other institutions. Upon retiring, Steve’s 1.5-acre property became a sanctuary for animals that had been abused or abandoned. He resides there today, with many happy creatures — including Sarah. Annie and Daniel were inducted into the OVMA Hall of Fame for “exemplifying the affection, loyalty, security, public service, and value of the human-animal bond” (April). Rescued from a

Jen: Thank you for doing the story last month about Emmett. I received wonderful feedback from the public. I had a touching email from a woman who wanted to thank me for sharing his story because years ago when her dog used a wheelchair, the response was mostly all negative. Many more doors have opened up for Emmett. His wheelchair company surprised us last week with a new wheelchair, one that will fit his needs even better. Their generosity has been overwhelming, and now word is out about what a wonderful company they are and how hard they work to assist disabled pets and their humans. Do you guys have any Oct issues left? Friends and family have taken our copies. It has been great to share the issue with schools, children and organizations that may benefit from his [Emmett’s] visits. I actually was working with a girl in therapy a week ago and she was having trouble on the exercise ball. I showed her the Spot issue with the picture of Emmett on the exercise ball and she perked right up and knew she could do it if he could! Thank you thank you thank you. Libby & Emmett (aka Emmet on Wheels) Portland, Oregon Featured Story, Spot Magazine Oct 2007 If you missed Emmett’s story, get your hands on it at 4


rural roadside in Texas, Daniel was once an aloof dog afraid of attaching to anyone. But with lots of love and training his true helping nature emerged. Annie and her pet dad, Aiken, spend countless hours comforting medically-fragile children at area hospitals. Also credentialed as a police services canine by several area law enforcement agencies, Annie also serves by comforting women and children who are witnesses or victims of violence. I could go on and on. These are just a few highlights of the year we’re closing, and it’s with great excitement I look ahead. So much to discover and share. It seems just when I hear one that “tops them all!” something even more amazing pops up. Not surprising, I guess, when you consider these heroes are made of stuff that’s so often beyond human understanding. In addition to knock-your-socks-off heroics, animals are doing the work of angels quietly, all around us, every day. They’re donating blood, reading with kids at the library, leading the blind, comforting the ill, easing a widow’s pain, searching for (and rescuing) survivors in all manner of crises. What we human beings ever did to deserve the day-in/dayout unabashed affection, loyalty, comfort, hilarity, challenge, and just plain high-octane love these guys provide I’ll never know. What a gift — given daily! It’s a privilege to care for and share life with these wonder beings. Thanks again for making ’07 a great year. Please accept our invitation to keep sharing your ideas, suggestions and stories in the year(s) ahead. This is a ride meant to be shared, and thanks to you it just keeps getting better!

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To the editor: Thank you very much for that great article “Thrifty Giving” — it is really well written. I especially liked the references to “be-whiskered clerks,” “Jetta....fashionably dressed in his tuxedo shorthair coat,” etc. We did notice that contact information for S.A.R.A.’S Treasures and the This-n-That From the editor: Sorry for the oversight! Shop was inadvertently omitted. Please visit these two Also, thanks very much for featuring informemorable shops! mation about the Nov. NKCC meeting — we have discontinued regular monthly meetS.A.R.A.’S Treasures ings, but will let you know about special 871 River Rd • Eugene 541.607.8892 meetings. Open 10am-6pm daily We LOVE SPOT magazine and all the (except major holidays) wonderful things it is doing for Oregon’s animals (4-legged and 2-legged) : ) This-n-That Shop 33 N 8th St • Cottage Grove Diana Robertson 541.942.3130 Shelter Animal Resource Alliance Open 10am-6pm Mon-Sat (S.A.R.A.) Eugene, OR

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workday to jump into heavy traffic for an earning to Read Takes hour to get kids excited about reading Patience” says the bookmark and dogs? Because magic happens, young readers get after reading aloud at the she says. Tigard Library. Excited kids take home more books, and can email PatienceReads@comca Shy kids gain confidence, non-readers to tell her about their favorite story. check out armfuls of dog stories and read more at home, slow readers experience Patience is a Delta Society registered yellow acceptance and improve with practice, and lab who, along with her handler Jenny Collins, those unsure of big dogs soon snuggle up and volunteers at the Tigard Library as part of the don’t want to leave. Read to the Dogs program. Bonnie, a border collie, and Miss Lilly, a chocolate lab, also help Read to the Dogs programs are offered in children find their reading voice, discover great libraries everywhere, and there’s always a new books, need for more and see dogs teams. Anyone Shy kids gain confidence, non-readers as allies and interested in check out armfuls of dog stories and read becoming a friends in more at home, slow readers experience learning. Pet Partner should visit acceptance and improve with pracA typical 20-30-minute tice, and those unsure of big dogs soon or email session finds petpartners@d kids sprawled on the floor If interested in with a dog, being added to reading a Delta Society’s story, receivGreater Portland area e-Newsletter, contact ing encouragement or help from the handler JoAnn Turnbull at as needed. When shown two books, Patience will even paw at the one she prefers. If she Educators or librarians interested in starting dozes off, her big head resting on the page, a program in the Portland area should contact kids are told that she’s imagining the story in her head. From DOGS and TALES by Becky Lovejoy, published in the Delta Society’s newsletter. Lovejoy is a volunteer What makes Jenny and others like her with the Delta Society. tick? Why would anyone wrap up a nine-hour

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Pets and humor make for a doggone good show Kevin Fitzgerald, renowned veterinarian, comedian, and star of Animal Planet’s hit show Emergency Vets, will perform Saturday Feb. 9 at 7pm in Salem’s Historic Elsinore Theatre. The show is a benefit for WHS’s efforts to address the pet overpopulation problem through its spay/neuter program. Perhaps best known for his 10 seasons on Emergency Vets, Fitzgerald’s passion for making people laugh is surpassed only by his unwavering dedication to all creatures great and small. His unique background includes over 20 years of performing standup comedy — touring with the likes of the Rolling Stones, The Who, and The Police, plus 25 years in veterinary medicine — for which he was named “Specialist of the Year in Private Practice” in 2006. Despite maintaining a busy practice at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, Kevin performs at nearly 100 corporate and fundraising events annually. Tickets are $25, available at the box office (170 High St. SE), by calling Tickets West at 800.992.8499, or at To learn more about WHS programs, visit

You can make a difference In Defense of Animals, a group dedicated to working for the rights, welfare and habitat of animals, hosts a monthly dine-out at different vegetarian restaurants around Portland, and everyone is welcome. This month’s gathering is happening Jan. 18 at 6pm. For the location, call 503.249.9996.

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Gentle treatment makes good horse sense Millions of Americans were amazed by the human/animal bond featured in the book and film The Horse Whisperer. How is such effective, intuitive communication possible? By learning to speak horse, of course. Training techniques and equipment make a difference, too. Treeless saddles, constructed to allow the rider to feel the horse beneath, allow for greater communication between horse and rider. and effective. Zoe Brooks is consultant and h ing a mutually c she got her first was unpleasan surprised to find that her horse Hazel pushed her around. Brooks hit the books, and soon began using “Natural Horsemanship” methods. Sure enough, Hazel was happy in a bit-free rope halter. But as soon as Zoe tried riding her with a bit and bridle, Hazel became combative. So Brooks designed the Nurtural No-Bit Bridle. While many horse lovers see the value in the Natural Horsemanship movement, some balk at bitless bridles, believing they look like a standard hackamore. The often bulky or rudimentary appearance of hackamores doesn’t mesh too well with the grace and poise required in showing. But bitless bridles have become so refined that at first glance, many don’t even realize a horse isn’t using a standard bitted bridle. “Once they see the responsiveness and control a bitless bridle can offer, most riders become interested,” says Brooks. “After all, what horse owner wouldn’t want to find a more nurturing and gentle way to work with the horse they love?”

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OHS offers reward for abandoned cats, kittens The Oregon Humane Society has posted a $500 reward for information leading to the conviction of two individuals who abandoned 15 kittens and five adult cats on the doorstep of the shelter Dec. 11 about 5:30am, when temperatures hovered just above freezing. The cats appeared malnourished and dehydrated, but with no major health issues. They are socialized and friendly, and will be available for adoption when deemed healthy

OHS so we can help find your cat a home,” said Susan Mentley, OHS Operations Director. OHS helps people find new homes for unwanted pets, and accepts thousands of cats each year from the public. Animal abandonment is a Class B Misdemeanor that carries a penalty of $2,000 in fines and up to 6 months in jail. Animal abandonment is defined as leaving a domestic animal without providing for its continued care. Anyone who recognizes the individuals or has any information should call OHS at 503.285.7722, ext. 214. OHS found homes for 4,550 cats last year, and its cat adoption rate of 86 percent is one of the highest in the nation. Anyone interested in adopting should visit OHS, call 503.285.7722, or visit “Performance-Driven Quality Control,” and is the author of a textbook by the same name published by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. Brooks is on faculty at The University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark,

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arbara Weimer unloads water and cat food from the trunk of her Ford Explorer. Two plastic dishes with gravy-style chunks sit next to a mixture of dry fish and kibble. She cuts up gelatinous canned food into small bits as carefully as a mother might prepare a meal for her toddler. “I hope you don’t mind the smell,” she says with a smile. “I like to give them a variety of foods so they don’t get bored.” Together we cross the street and a grocery parking lot to bushes standing in a field. Scanning blackberry brambles and overgrown bushes, Weimer says, “This is a lonely venture.” She calls out: “I’m here, Lucy. Come and get it, Big Gray.” Although they recognize her voice and car, she had forewarned that we wouldn’t likely see any of the nine cats in the colony as they would shrink from my presence. “These aren’t like house cats,” she says. “Ferals want their distance. They’ve reverted to their wild state and are fearful of humans.” Weimer hadn’t sought out the cats or the daily commitment, she says; rather, they found her. “One night during the dead of winter, my husband and I went to dinner at Skipper’s,” she says, pointing to the now-abandoned restaurant. “When we came out, all these cats were on the hood of our car seeking warmth. I couldn’t just ignore them. I had to go back the next day to feed them.” That was January 1996.

Soon after discovering the cats, Weimer bought a “humane” or “live” trap — built to trap and not injure the animal. “I set my trap in the bushes after dark,” she said, “then went back before daylight and sat in my truck with binoculars to see if I caught anything.” With the help of a friend, over several weeks she trapped all of the cats and took them to her veterinarian. Not to be euthanized, but to be spayed, neutered, vaccinated and treated for parasites. After treating them, the veterinarian snipped a small tip from each feral cat’s ear — thus signaling it had been sterilized. Finally, Weimer returned them to the field.

Remnants of unwanted and lost domestic cats Cats are now the most popular pet in the United States, numbering some 73 million. However, metaphorically speaking, on the flipside exists a sub-population of these furry companions: feral cats. These are the offspring of domesticated but unsterilized cats that have been abandoned or have strayed at some point and then lived apart from humans for so long they’ve reverted to their untamed instincts. Most can’t be tamed and adopted into new homes because they’re too poorly socialized to be handled. We’ve all seen them — darting under bushes, scampering around dumpsters, crouching over scraps near restaurants. In fact, most of us have fed a stray or feral cat at one time or another. This makes us part of the equation: one in five households feed stray and feral cats. complete dog and cat dinners naturally the best


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How many are there? Too many. While no one knows exactly how many feral cats exist in the US, Karen Kraus, executive director of the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO), an organization that advocates humanely reducing Oregon’s feral cat population through spaying and neutering, approximates that 100,000 feral cats live in the Portland Metro area alone. Throughout the nation they are often portrayed as disease-ridden nuisances living tragic lives and endangering the native birds. However, Kraus says she has not found this to be the case.

Because the cats are viewed as nuisances, local residents frequently round up feral feline communities and kill them because they are unadoptable. More cats are intentionally killed in the US than die from any other documented cause. Kraus provided a disturbing comparison: “People say ‘I hate cats’ and no one seems to care. When was the last time you heard anyone say, ‘I hate dogs’? If they did, we’d think they were deranged, antisocial.”

We can’t take Fluffy with us Near the brambles, Weimer pulls out a journal and notes observations on the cats’ conditions. “It helps me keep track of my cats. If I don’t see one for a couple of days, I start to worry and wonder if it is sick or . . .” Weimer looks away and her voice trails off at the thought. The colony Weimer cares for differs from most because it is located near a creek on the outskirts of town. Typically, feral cat colonies are more numerous where people are transient — near college campuses, apartment buildings, and mobile home parks — sites where high numbers of animals are left behind by people who can’t or won’t take them with them when they move on. “We can’t take our cat with us” is one of the most common reasons people leave pet cats behind. Other reasons include unwanted behaviors such as scratching, biting, failing to use a litter box, or “spraying.” “People don’t think,” Kraus says, sounding exasperated. “Or, they say they’re doing a good thing because they believe cats can

Trap-Neuter-Return Weimer’s care for her ferals involves “TNR” (trap, neuter, return), considered controversial by many. Kraus describes the TNR method, introduced within the last 15 years,

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as humanely trapping, then evaluating, vaccinating and neutering feral cats. Kittens and cats tame enough to be adopted are placed in good homes. Adult cats are returned to their familiar habitat to live out their lives under the watchful care of sympathetic neighborhood volunteers. The method, first used in Denmark, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, is the preferred, non-lethal method in these countries for feral cat population control. TNR proponents cite success stories indicating that cat populations gradually reduce. According to information on FCCO’s Web site, “The Stanford University Cat Network [which practices T-N-R] reduced its feral population from 1000-1500 cats to 300 over a 10-year period.” On a smaller scale, the colony in Weimer’s care has also decreased: from 15 ferals in the beginning to nine cats today.

Stop the flow “We have to stop the flow,” says Kraus. Abandoned cats that become feral strain all resources existing to support homeless and indigent animals: from spay/neuter and general vet care to basic food and shelter. “TNR alone isn’t going to eliminate the feral cat problem,” says Kraus. “Education and low-cost [sterilization] surgeries need to happen. People who feed ferals need affordable options, and so do cat owners with low incomes.” Cost is the #1 reason owners opt not to spay or neuter their pets. Having a female cat spayed by a Portland-area veterinarian runs $38-$200.

condos” — six portable dog crates hidden in the bushes where the cats sleep and escape danger. Perspiration beads her hairline as she packs her gear. “I don’t know about the future of these cats because once you start there’s no quitting. When I want a day off, I have to find someone who will take care of them.” She has one reliable helper, she says, but would like a second so she could take a vacation. “I’m very protective of them, and they’re stable now,” she says softly. “But people get wind of what I do here. Then I get more cats. Mamas with babies. Toms. The cycle continues.” Weimer shared that her husband wants to retire. “He can’t!” Swiping away a tear, she adds, “He needs to work so I have enough money to take care of my cats.”


fend for themselves.” That’s a common myth, she says. Another is that people don’t care. Kraus denies — and defies — that one well. “People do care,” she says. “Hundreds in this area feed and care for feral cats. That’s why I got into this job.” Some caretakers go so far as to risk losing their housing by violating rules against feeding outdoor cats, Kraus says. For those unable to negotiate reduced veterinary prices, sterilization and medication costs can soar to over $100 per cat. Feeding the colony is an ongoing cost, even though the mortality rate is high. Without someone caring for and managing the colony, most felines survive only about two years in the wild. With a caretaker, feral cats can live up to five to 10 years. In contrast, a well-cared for housecat will live, on average, 12-16 years. The stray animal population in the US has changed over the past two decades. Fewer packs of dogs run loose due to effective control ordinances. In addition, more owners spay or neuter dogs now than in the past, reducing the number of unwanted puppy litters and dogs taken to animal shelters. Today many humane societies and shelters receive many more cats than dogs. So many that they often run short of space to accept them all. The numbers are easily explained: a common equation in the companion animal care profession, and one that Spay USA depicts graphically on its Web site, suggests that one fertile male and one fertile female cat and their unsterilized offspring could theoretically produce 370,000 kittens and cats in seven years. Cats are sexually mature at five months, and in a temperate climate can bear up to three litters per year. Many shelters struggle to accommodate the changed demographics and increases in stray, roaming and feral cats. All too often, agencies euthanize most of the ferals they receive from good samaritans, trappers or law enforcement agencies.

Contact the FCCO at 503.797.2606 or TNR clinics are offered monthly. Check the Fun Planner, pg 18.

Weimer’s struggles Weimer follows the same narrow, winding path around the bushes that her cats use. She squats and clears a photinia branch, revealing a feeding station she and her husband devised — a 2’x3’ wooden structure with a slide-away wall big enough for cats, but too small for adult raccoons and skunks. Kneeling on a rubber pad, she slides open the wall, sweeps away the previous day’s newspapers and straw, removes the empty food bowls from the day before, and sets out new. Finally, she pours fresh water. She points to what she calls her “kitty

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Some service dogs weren’t “born for” their intended careers


s the longest domesticated animal, dogs have always played a role in society. Trying to sort out whether they were workers first and then companions or companions first and then workers is a chicken or the egg conundrum. These days, most dogs are companions, cherished no less than other family members. If a dog shows aptitude for fetch- Career change ing, then he or she might be put to dogs are perfect work getting the morning paper or, in exceptional cases, getting a beer for anyone wantout of the fridge. Mostly, though, the ing to adopt a dog bulk of their work is greeting, comthat isn’t a puppy, forting, playing, and sneaking up on or those who want the couch. The exception is that elite group a dog that has of canines that works in service to some solid basic human beings. Ranchers use shepherds to control livestock. The police training. use bomb- and drug-sniffing dogs to detect contraband and apprehend criminals. Investigators use accelerant- and cadaver-detecting canines in ways that technology still can’t touch. And then there are the working dogs that help humans not only work — but live. Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDFB) trains and places such super-hero canines with people who rely on them to experience freedoms they otherwise could not due to blindness. The relationship requires the individual’s complete trust in the dog, and not all animals who begin GDFB’s training are able to finish it. According to the organization, the reasons some dogs don’t succeed in the program can be broken down into two categories: medical reasons, from hip dysplasia to allergies, account for 40% of the drop-out rate. The majority of dropouts are due to behavioral issues — but that doesn’t neces-

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sarily mean “bad dog” conduct. The term can apply to a canine that’s just a little too rambunctious, or another that’s more headstrong than a guide dog should be. Because not all animals succeed at being service dogs, GDFB created a career change program to re-home the dogs These days, most that don’t. Career change dogs dogs are companare perfect for anyone wanting ions, cherished to adopt a dog that isn’t a puppy, no less than other or those who want a dog that has some solid basic training. The family members. If a folks at GDFB caution that the dog shows aptitude dogs are not qualified to help for fetching, then people with vision impairments he or she might be or any other special needs. put to work getting Because thousands apply for career change dogs there the morning paper. aren’t enough to go around. Mostly, though, the And GDFB’s placements are bulk of their work is not always first-come, firstserved — the organization is greeting, comforting, most concerned about finding playing, and sneakhomes that fit. Once a good ing up on the couch.

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potential match is determined, the folks at GDFB do a home visit to further confirm the match will be a good one. After placement, the dog and family are able to try each other on for size during a trial period. If that goes well, GDFB then gracefully bows out, leaving the relationship to blossom.

One family’s tale About two years ago, it was the subject of living arrangements that would bring a yellow Labrador Retriever named Avani into the lives of Michael Remsing, and Randy Tjaden, partnered for 10 years and cofounders of Dignified Pet Services. After having moved “in town” to West Linn, Randy wanted to return to the country where they could have some land. Remsing was willing, he told Randy, on the condition that if they moved out to the country, they would get a dog. The deal was struck. Soon after they found a gorgeous home on five acres. Just what they were looking for, it would be perfect for a dog. Hearing about career change dogs from others in the pet community, Remsing made his move — he made application to GDFB long before moving to the new place. Because Remsing’s workplace is well suited to a pet, the process moved quickly and, just before moving, Michael and Randy met Avani. Guide dogs are first and foremost trained to work. So it’s not surprising that for Avani, being “just” a pet took some getting used to. Remsing says she was standoffish at first, not sure of her role in the family. She still doesn’t play most dog games, Remsing says, except “tug,” which she loves. Remsing reports happily that

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hope they packed plenty of food and toys for me; if they didn’t, it’s not going to be pretty for anyone involved.” After five weeks and thousands of miles, the now multi-species family returned to their new home and never looked back. Every year Michael and Randy celebrate Avani’s birthday, as well as her “adoption day,” the day their family grew. The rest of the year Avani goes to work with “Michael Dad” or “Randy Dad.” If adopting an already trained and socialized pooch interests you or someone you know, consider talking to the folks at GDFB (503.668.2100). Claire Zimmerman is the career change coordinator. For general information, visit and select “program.” Look for “Dog Adoption” under the “Dog Programs” option.

about eight months ago Avani discovered that her tail was for wagging, and she’s been wagging it ever since. About the time of Avani’s arrival, Michael and Randy had been planning a trip to Europe. The new shape of their family called for a change of plans. “We cancelled the trip, got a motor home, and traveled the west for five weeks instead,” says Remsing. During their vacation, Remsing and Tjaden created a travelogue Web site — Written from Avani’s point of view, the postings are complete with “Wish you were here” photos. One of the first captions reads, “I sure

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Bark! Bark! Bark! Attention Seeking Barking


ou’ve told your dog over and over again, “No bark,” but he just doesn’t seem to get it. Every once in awhile he’ll stop for a few minutes, but he’s back at it again later, barking at you for something else — food, toys, to go outside, for walkies, etc. Whatever the reason, if it’s you he’s barking at, then he is seeking attention from you and you are rewarding him for barking by giving him that attention. If you think you have an attention-seeking barker there are two steps you’ll need to take to change your dog’s attention-seeking behavior. • Ignore any and all barking. Once your dog has started barking, do not look at, talk to, touch, or acknowledge your dog’s existence until he stops barking. As soon as he stops, count to two or three, then calmly look at him and help him get whatever it is you think he needs: attention from you, pets, a walk, etc. • Reward your dog when he chooses a behavior you like when he needs something from you, like sitting and waiting patiently.

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Training Tips: • Get some ear plugs, take some anger management classes, yoga, or do some quiet meditation; whatever it takes to help you successfully ignore your dog’s attention-seeking barking! • Do not yell at your dog. If one second you’re engrossed in the newspaper, totally ignoring your dog, and the next second you’re looking at him and saying “no” because he just barked at you, from your dog’s point of view, barking worked to get your attention. • Temper tantrums (or more scientifically known as extinction bursts) are common among barkers. If barking has worked really well to get your attention in the past, barking will often escalate and actually get worse before it gets better! If you seriously want a “bark-free” house, it’s important that you are more consistent (and persistent) than your dog and stick with your training plan. • If your dog is barking at things in the environment, like squirrels, loud noises, the mailman, etc., ignoring will not help. We’ll talk about Alert Barking next month. Jennifer DuMond Biglan is a certified pet dog trainer and owner of Dog & Cat, LLC Training & Behavior Modification services in Eugene, OR. She is the proud owner of two dogs and three cats and provides private training, behavior consultations and group classes. If you have questions, contact Jennifer at 541.686.6768, or Or visit her web site at

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10 Tips For Keeping Your Dog Safe During Off-Leash Play The authors of the recently released Off-Leash Dog Play - A Complete Guide to Safety and Fun — dog training experts Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs — offer the following tips for helping ensure your beloved doesn’t get hurt, seriously injured, or even killed in poorly run playgroups: Is it right for your dog? The average age of the dog that enjoys a good romp with a group of other dogs is 6 months to 3 years. Puppies 3-6 months can definitely benefit, but they can also be more easily traumatized if placed in an inappropriate group. If your dog avoids other dogs, an off-leash play setting may not be a good idea. Dogs that enjoy off-leash dog play usually actively seek out the attention of other dogs. Remember, it’s not about the dog, it’s about the environment. If your dog doesn’t enjoy off-leash dog play, that doesn’t make him a bad dog. It just means he prefers other forms of play. What is socialization? Many people take their dog to off-leash play sessions to socialize their dog. Great idea, but important to remember: socialization isn’t just about exposure, it’s about positive interaction created to help a dog grow, play and learn. It should not be a random encounter with just any dog or person. A negative experience, especially for a puppy under five months, can have lifelong implications. Controlling your dog. Off-leash dog play should not be a free-for-all. Dogs do best when they have some basic skills. You should be able to get your dog’s attention and call him to you even if he’s off leash playing with another dog. Not all dogs play nice. Some play well, but only with certain playmates. Just as with children, choose your dog’s playmates wisely. Learn the difference between play styles and make the best match for your dog. Separate dogs by size and by play style. Small dogs should never be placed with very large dogs — even if they play well together. Small dogs can create a predatory behavior in some larger dogs, which can become deadly quickly.


Meet Jake My dog’s name is Little Jake. He is a Border Collie. . . and a tennis ball enthusiast! Little Jake was a birthday present from my wife Jean and our daughter Amanda. . . as both a replacement puppy since Bo (a Brittany/English Springer mix) left us — a terminal illness forced us to have Bo put to sleep in March — and as a potential companion when I returned to overthe-road truck driving. None of us had any previous Border Collie experience, so we didn’t know that — according to the literature I’ve read — Border Collies are not traditionally the type of dog a person wants to shut himself up with in a big truck for extended periods of time. However, Little Jake proved to be an excellent OTR companion for me! Curt M. Thomas Springfield, Oregon

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Play styles vary. Some dogs love to chase one another, others love to wrestle and play bite. Others play gently using their paws like kittens, and still others like to body-slam one another. Put your dog with dogs that have similar play styles. If your dog is gentle, she will not enjoy a body-slamming playmate. Both play styles are appropriate, just not together. Too much arousal can lead to aggression. Dogs need rest periods and breaks even when playing. Teach your dog to come to you periodically and don’t allow play to get overly rowdy. While it may look like fun, it can turn quickly to aggression. If the dogs don’t occasionally slow down during play, do it for them by calling them to you for a short 30-second break. Don’t allow play to go uninterrupted for more than 2-3 minutes at a time. Introducing dogs to each other. Always introduce your dog one on one and let him set the pace. Do allow sniffing — it’s a necessarily part of the greeting ritual. Don’t force a dog to greet another dog if either is showing avoidance. When you show up at a playgroup, have the other dogs move away from the gate before you enter. If owners aren’t there to move their dogs away, wait until the dogs get bored and move away on their own. Then take your dog in. Watch for signs of stiffness or nervousness. Supervision is the key, but you’ve got to know what to look for. Happy dogs have loose, curved bodies. They play with exaggerated, repetitive, lateral movements, and their bodies remain fluid and loose. They take turns (one dog pins another then they switch roles). They also take periodic breaks. Nervous or tense dogs are still and rigid. They play with quick, tight, precise movements. They don’t take turns (one dog always seems to pin the other and keep him pinned too long). Look for common signs of stress to see if any dog is becoming overwhelmed. Recognizing stress signals. Following are some of the most common; if your dog starts to show a combination of these at one time, he’s probably becoming overwhelmed. Lip-licking, yawning, half-moon eyes (you can see the whites around the outer edges). If your dog is repeatedly clawing and/or jumping on you in a panicked way, he’s asking for help. Don’t make him “just deal with it.” Assess the environment and determine the cause of his fear. Be your dog’s advocate. Don’t be afraid to remove your dog from a group if play seems inappropriate. Ask questions and ensure those supervising have experience. Not all play is good for all dogs, and it’s up to you to make sure yours is having a good time and learning good behaviors.







Co-author Robin Bennett, CPDT, is a professional dog trainer and dog daycare consultant. She is the author of All About Dog Daycare – A Blueprint for Success and co-owns one of the largest dog training facilities in Virginia. Co-author Susan Briggs, CKO, is co-owner of Urban Tails, a dog daycare and pet services facility in Houston, Texas. She served as ABKA Dog Daycare Section Chair and led efforts to create the first standards for dog daycare facilities. Off-Leash Dog Play by Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs (list $19.95) is available at bookstores and at

Also Birds, with famed novelist Tama Janowitz, which aired in Manhattan/Long Island. The show ultimately won awards and, to her delight, was even parodied on Saturday Night Live. This was an unexpected surprise one evening as Powell and friends waited for the show of another friend to begin, right after SNL. All along, Powell dedicated her “spare” time to animal rescue. After returning to Portland, Powell created the Web site,, in response to the 1995 case of Vikki Kittles, a woman convicted of 42 counts of animal neglect on the Oregon Coast. While the case was pending, the law would not allow the victim animals — who had already long suffered horrific conditions — to be adopted or placed in foster care. Most were incarcerated for two years while the case dragged on. Powell was incensed, and helped lobby for and pass HB 3377, a bill that upped animal abuse from a Misdemeanor to a Class B Felony and allowed judges to intervene early in animal neglect and abuse cases to provide for the victims’ proper care and eventual adoption. A new project for Powell is the pixie project (, a nonprofit animal adoption center and pet supply store founded by Ann, Amy, and Bob Sacks located across from the Oregon Convention Center. Working with local shelters, the pixie project offers for adoption healthy cats and dogs in a nurturing, clean and happy environment. Powell is also on the board of Art for Animals ( of NYC, which works to help shelter animals through grants to fund medical care, spay/neuter, and other necessities.

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ing and Poe Powell are living la buena vida, thanks to Paige Powell, a woman who personifies accomplishment — in conventional terms, and in animal rescue. Powell adopted Ping [in photo @ right] from Indigo Rescue (, of Portland, which helps shelter dogs scheduled to be euthanized. Ping was a street dog in Taiwan whose lower back had been broken and his tail amputated after he was hit by a car there. She adopted Poe from the Woodriver Animal Shelter in Hailey, Idaho (, where she volunteers each year. At three months old, Poe arrived at the shelter having had no human contact. Powell met him the following year. She says, “No one wanted Poe; everything was scary to him, and he had never really bonded with a human.” A native Oregonian whose pioneer family journeyed both the Oregon and Barlow Trails, Powell has had a remarkable career in art and media, both in New York and Portland. Wherever her career has taken her, her dedication to animals has remained a constant. Years ago she worked in the Chimpanzee Enrichment Program and as director of public affairs at the Oregon Zoo, then moved to NYC to accept a position with internationally acclaimed Interview Magazine. During her 13 years in New York, Powell helped with PETA fundraisers, curated art shows with many emerging artists who went on to great success, and worked frequently with Andy Warhol. She also co-created a cable television series, It’s a Dog’s Life, Cats Too and

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CARPET CLEANING Absolute Carpet Cleaning . . . . . . . . . 6

DAYCARE Bow Wow Doggie Daycare . . . . . . . . 8

GROOMING / DOG WASH Portland Pampered Pets . . . . . . . . . . 6 Wash ‘n Roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

GIFTS / FASHION / SPECIALTY Bi-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Four Paws Only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 pixie project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

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VETERINARIANS / VET HOSPITALS Good Neighbor Vet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Northwest Veterinary Specialists . . . 10 Rose City Veterinary Hospital . . . . . 13

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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

Meet Squeaker and Ginger This brother and sister duo are a hoot. They were rescued from the rain and cold by an IDA volunteer and are now ready for adoption.



Chip and Scrappy recently lost their guardian in a tragic auto accident. Can you give them a furever home? Chip is a luscious black lab, 18 months old — still really just a pup! He’s waiting for you to play ball with! Scrappy is the cutest lil Schnauzer-Terrier mix. He is two years young, the spitting-image of Tramp from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp. To meet these two, please contact Margaret Gamon at 503.221.3424 or

They are 14 weeks old and very loving. Squeaker talks and talks and has the squeakiest voice...thus the name. Ginger is a sweet little girl but a little shy at first so I’d like them to go as a pair because she depends on her brother so much. They just love each other. They are also very socialized with other cats and dogs as they have lived in my household for weeks now with my two dogs and six cats.


Squeaker & Ginger Thelma & Louise These 2 feisty sisters really live up to their names. They were rescued when only 3 weeks old from a bad ‘free to good home’ situation. They are now old enough to be adopted out. They have been wormed and are vaccinated. They both like to talk a lot and to ride around on your shoulder. They are very socialized because they’ve been living with 6 cats and 2 dogs. They are very special and sweet. If you’re interested in these beautiful babies, please call Connie at 503. 249.9996, ext. 3 or 360.666.1578, or email

This brother and sister duo are a hoot. They were rescued from the rain and cold by an IDA volunteer and are now ready for adoption. They are 14 weeks old and very loving. Squeaker talks and talks and has the squeakiest voice...thus the name. Ginger is a sweet little girl but a little shy at first so they’d be best staying together as a pair because she depends on her brother so much. They just love each other. They are also very socialized with other cats and dogs as they have lived for weeks now with 2 dogs and 6 cats. They are up to date on their shots and have been de-wormed. They will also be spayed and neutered before being adopted out. If you’re interested in this pair, please contact Connie at 503.249.9996, ext. 3 or 360.666.1578, or

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1 Tuesday 10am — Puppy Kindergarten classes for pups 9-18 weeks every Tuesday at Sundogz at 15th & Burnside in SE Portland. Puppies can start anytime. Details

2 wednesday 7:50am — Tune in to K103 Pet of the Week for the MCAS featured pet. Learn more or meet other adoptable pets at

3 thursday Noon — DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Group in NW Portland led by Enid Samuel Traisman, MSW, CTSFS, who believes some of our most important relationships are with our pets. The loss of a pet can be devastating, but society expects us to minimize our sorrow. Grieving a beloved pet is a natural, normal, personal process that is unique to the individual, depending on the circumstances of death, the depth of attachment, a person’s experience with grief, and his or her state of mind when the loss occurred. Recognizing the need for pet owners to talk, reminisce, and share stories, DoveLewis offers Portland’s only Pet Loss Support Group, free of charge. Drop-ins welcome. Bring a photo to share. Details

5 saturday Noon — Adoption Outreach with Oregon Humane Society (OHS) at Furever Pets, at 19th & Broadway in Portland ‘til 4, and at PetsMart in Tigard 11-3. Stop by one of the many OHS Adoption Outreach events this month & meet all sorts of animals ready for loving homes, chat with volunteers & learn about adoption programs. Details Noon — Show & Tell Saturday at Animal Aid, 5335 SW 42nd Ave in Portland, ‘til 4. Stop by and meet the sweeties weekdays 11-4. Details 503.292.6628 or 12:30pm — “Problem Pooch” class at Oregon Humane Society, presented by OHS animal behavior specialists. Ideal for those considering/beginning pet parenthood, and those who just want to better understand their canine. Q&A forum; pups stay home. Admission $10; no need to RSVP. Details 503.285.7722 or 2pm — Saturday Playgroup ‘til 4 at Lexidog on Macadam. Time for your dog — however big or small — to play with others in a warm, dry indoor environment while you get to visit with other dog-loving 18


humans. Offered every Saturday; details

6 sunday 10:30am — Dog Massage for Owners class by Rubi Sullivan, certified animal massage therapist, at Healthy Pets Northwest on Alberta in NE Portland. Take along your four-legged friend and learn basic strokes to use at home. Sullivan, of Heal Northwest, provides dog beds, take-home info and doggie bags. Cost is $25; enrollment is open through the day before class. Details or 503.380.4487. 11am — OHS Adoption Outreach at Petco in Gresham ‘til 3pm. Also at the Winter Hawks Game at Memorial Coliseum at 7:30. 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. No RSVP or applications required. Info or 503.614.9899.

7 monday 7pm — Mush! Harness Training Class with Kirsten Nielsen at Schroeder’s Den in Hillsboro. Two part class; conclusion Jan. 14 at 7. Details

8 tuesday 10am — Puppy Kindergarten classes for pups 9-18 weeks every Tuesday at Sundogz at 15th & Burnside in SE Portland. Puppies can start anytime. Details

9 wednesday 7:50am — Tune in to K103 Pet of the Week for the MCAS featured pet. Learn more or meet other adoptable pets at 8pm — Intermediate Dog Training Class with Kirsten Nielsen at Schroeder’s Den in Hillsboro. Pre-req class required. Details

10 thursday 9am — DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Group in NW Portland led by Enid Samuel Traisman, MSW, CTSFS. Complete details Jan. 3 at noon or 7pm — The Healing Power of Pets…an hour of discovery with Delta Society. Free, hour-long seminar reveals how

pets are visiting people in hospitals and nursing homes, helping children learn to read, and working side-byside with Physical Therapists assisting patients in rehab. Meet volunteers with their registered pet partners. RSVP to; details Offered the 2nd Thursday of each month. 7pm — Puppy Training Class with Kirsten Nielsen at Schroeder’s Den in Hillsboro. Classes are an hour long, run 8 weeks, and begin tonight. Details 8pm — Basic Dog Training Class with Kirsten Nielsen at Schroeder’s Den. Details

11 friday • Feral Cat Flex Clinic in Portland with Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. Low-cost spay/neuter clinic for feral cats. Call 503.797.2606 to schedule feral cats for a clinic. For info on volunteering, email

12 saturday Noon — Show & Tell Saturday at Animal Aid, 5335 SW 42nd Ave in Portland, ‘til 4. Details 503.292.6628 or 2pm — Saturday Playgroup ‘til 4 at Lexidog on Macadam. Time for your dog — however big or small — to play with others in a warm, dry indoor environment while you get to visit with other dog-loving humans. Offered every Saturday; details

13 sunday • Feral Cat TNR Clinic (Trap-NeuterReturn) in Portland with Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. To schedule, call 503.797.2606; for info on volunteering, email 1pm — Memorial Art Workshop at DoveLewis, 1945 NW Pettygrove in Portland. Families 1-2:30; adults (ages 16 & up) 3-4:30. One of the best ways to navigate the grief of losing a pet is memorializing them through art. Research shows that art & healing come from the same source. In fact, a person who is creating art and a person healing emit the

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same brainwave patterns. The art/healing connection is so powerful, hospitals are incorporating art into patient care. 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. No RSVP or applications required. Info or 503.614-9899. 5:30pm — Dog Massage for Owners class at PetUtopia in Beaverton. Full description listed Jan. 6 at 10:30. Details/ RSVP or 503.646.5937.

14 monday 5:30pm — Foster Care Orientation at Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene. Details

15 tuesday 10am — Puppy Kindergarten classes for pups 9-18 weeks every Tuesday at Sundogz at 15th & Burnside in SE Portland. Puppies can start anytime. Details

16 wednesday 7:50am — Tune in to K103 Pet of the Week for the MCAS featured pet. Learn more or meet other adoptable pets at 7pm — DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Group in SE Portland (near Mall 205) led by Enid Samuel Traisman, MSW, CTSFS. Complete details Jan. 3 at noon or

17 thursday 7pm — DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Group in NW Portland led by Enid Samuel Traisman. Complete details Jan. 3 at noon or

18 friday 6pm — In Defense of Animals, working for the rights, welfare and habitat of animals, hosts a monthly dine-out at different

25 friday vegetarian restaurants around Portland. Everyone’s welcome; call 503.249.9996 for location.

7pm — OHS Adoption Outreach at the Pilots Basketball Game at Portland U.

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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. No RSVP or applications required. Info or 503.614-9899. 5:30pm — Dog Massage for Owners class at Sellwood Dog Supply. Full description listed Jan. 6 at 10:30.

10am — Meet Adoptable Pets with Animal Aid at Western Pet Supply, 6908 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy in Portland ‘til 2. Info 503.292.6628 or Noon — OHS Adoption Outreach at LexiDog Boutique and Social Club on Macadam in Portland ‘til 4. Also at Dog Star, 1313 NW Kearney in Portland, 11-3, and at the Winter Hawks Game at Memorial Coliseum at 7:30.

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Sabrina and 6 pups

I knew something wasn’t right by this morning. So I took Sabrina to the vets. They did an emergency C-Section. It was so crowded in Sabrina’s tummy that one of the pups bypassed the birth canal and was laying across it, so Sabrina couldn’t deliver. She only stayed at the vet’s for three hours. Now she & the puppies are home. They are all doing wonderful. FIVE boys and ONE girl. The runt is the black & white one. There are two chocolate, two that look like mom and one that is kind of a mix of both Gizmo & Sabrina. Sabrina sure is skinny now! Mom & puppies are doing great. Grandma is not so shook up anymore, and I bet I’ll sleep good tonight. I’ve been up with her for the past two. The puppies are all tiny, and adorable. Sharron

20 sunday • Feral Cat TNR Clinic (Trap-NeuterReturn) in Salem with Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. To schedule, call 503.797.2606; for info on volunteering, email 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. No RSVP or applications required. Info or 503.614.9899.

22 tuesday 10am — Puppy Kindergarten classes for pups 9-18 weeks every Tuesday at Sundogz at 15th & Burnside in SE Portland. Puppies can start anytime. Details

23 wednesday 7:50am — Tune in to K103 Pet of the Week for the MCAS featured pet. Learn more or meet other adoptable pets at 7:15pm — Introduction to TTouch at Howl at the Moon in Vancouver. TTouch promotes optimal performance and health without fear or force. Advance payment required: $50 for 2 sessions. Details

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7:15pm — Introduction to TTouch at Howl at the Moon in Vancouver. TTouch promotes optimal performance and health without fear or force. Advance payment required: $50 for 2 sessions. Details

Spot’s distribution team welcomed its newest member last month, Sharron of Warren, Ore. Everyone was captivated with Sharron’s little dog Sabrina’s pending delivery. We waited eagerly for updates, including photos. The poor little dog was HUGE! Following is the last happy installment from Sharron as events unfolded.

Noon — Show & Tell Saturday at Animal Aid, 5335 SW 42nd Ave in Portland, ‘til 4.

2pm — Saturday Playgroup ‘til 4 at Lexidog on Macadam. Time for your dog — however big or small — to play with others in a warm, dry indoor environment while you get to visit with other dog-loving humans. Offered every Saturday; details

7:50am — Tune in to K103 Pet of the Week for the MCAS featured pet. Learn more or meet other adoptable pets at

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Noon — Rabbit Advocate Volunteers will be at Western Pet Supply, 6908 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy in Beaverton ‘til 3, showcasing adoptable rabbits & presenting educational materials. Rabbits are altered, and adopted to inside homes only. Adoption fee $25.

12:30pm — “Problem Pooch” class at Oregon Humane Society, presented by OHS animal behavior specialists. Ideal for those considering/beginning pet parenthood, and those who just want to better understand their canine. Q&A forum; pups stay home. Admission $10; no need to RSVP. Details 503.285.7722 or

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26 saturday 10am — Pet First Aid at Howl at the Moon in Vancouver. 4-hour seminar ideal for pet pros, owners and breeders. The session includes lecture, demo and hands-on practice (using real and demo dogs) covering: CPR, “Snout-toTail” Assessment, signals immediate veterinary care is needed, how to treat choking, poisoning, bleeding, shock and more. Admission $50; RSVP required; call 360.891.1935 or visit Noon — OHS Adoption Outreach at Clackamas PetsMart ‘til 4. Noon — Show & Tell Saturday at Animal Aid ‘til 4. Details 503.292.6628 or 2pm — Saturday Playgroup ‘til 4 at Lexidog on Macadam. Time for your dog — however big or small — to play with others in a warm, dry indoor environment while you get to visit with other dog-loving humans. Offered every Saturday; details

27 sunday • Feral Cat TNR Clinic (Trap-NeuterReturn) in Corvallis with Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. To schedule, call 503.797.2606; for info on volunteering, email

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