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viduals with disabilities. Participants are not only highly involved in the production, packaging and labeling of the biscuits, some assist in the day-to-day store operations. Currently there are four expert biscuit makers and two who assist with packaging. In addition to biscuits in five flavors (beef, chicken, gourmet cheese, veggie and minty bone), Paws For A Cause carries other moderately-priced unique gift items for pets and pet-lovers. Inventory boasts an exceptional array of pet fashions, collars and leashes, beds and bowls, toys and home essentials. A new item near the register, called Bella Bags, at first glance looked to be cell-phone holders. On closer investigation, it was clear they’re actually chic little designer bags that attach to most leashes to carry poop bags! Chaz Volavka, store manager, is a vocational coordinator who’s been with Adult Learning Systems of Oregon for over 10 years. Melissa Trajano, assistant manager, is an idea gal who’s been involved since the concept of the store. Participating LWB member Melissa Terry assists three days a week; her love of dogs glows on her face as she plays with Coco Chanel (Trajano’s five-month-old Chihuahua) and dogs accompanying shoppers. While the boutique is fairly small, the layout makes it feel spacious, and floor-to-ceiling windows create an open-air feel. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and everyone is treated to free samples of the biscuits — even me! My dogs enjoyed them enormously, with the beef flavor being a clear favorite. Chaz mentioned they have donated pounds of biscuits to other local charities, most recently Autism Dogs of America, for a fundraiser. Holiday shopping has begun. I think I’ll bypass the stark atmosphere of chain stores in favor of this delightful little stretch of shops, which I’m told gets pretty dressed up for the holidays. Plus, Trajano is preparing a fabulous holiday party — to celebrate faithful customers and to welcome anyone interested in checking out Paws For A Paws For A Cause Cause. There will be plenty of fun for humans 345 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy and dogs alike, including Santa Paws photos, Troutdale, Ore. 97060. costume contests, Bobbing for Tennis Balls, and — my personal favorite — the Fastest Present Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Opener game. Sunday 11am-4pm While we’ve never actually played it, I’m 503.489.6575 confident my Jake will win the Fastest Present Opener game hands-down. Since puppyhood Living Without Boundaries he has delighted in tearing into gift-wrapped packages with wild abandon — not caring one Adult Learning Systems of Oregon, Inc. bit about the contents. Once the wrapping’s off, 503.489.6565 Jake looks around, ready to rip into the next one! Right next door to Paws For A Cause In fact, last year I had him personally open all my gifts just to watch him. The festivities will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, noon to 4pm in the shop’s spacious basement. All contests and games will have cool donated prizes. Everyone is encouraged to bring a $10 pet-related present to put under the tree, and partake in the gift exchange. All well-behaved dogs and their people welcome. Can’t make the party? Be sure to include a stop at the boutique in your holiday shopping. It’s a great treat, and a double-winner to give back to the community as part of your gift-giving.

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December 2008 - Spot Magazine  

Everything Pet in the Northwest!

December 2008 - Spot Magazine  

Everything Pet in the Northwest!

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