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12 A primer on Pet Insurance There are many companies and plans from which to choose, and important things to consider and questions to ask. Spot helps with the homework.

After seeing her rescued dog Ranger thrive in the natural setting of her Yachats property, Caroline Spark created a camp — complete with canine games, swimming and hiking — so others could too.

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Meet Cat’s Pajamas Tamara Barnes says her rescue is “the only cat rescue in the area that has signed the No-Kill Declaration.” And she says her Eugene cattery is “a dream.”

— their lives depend on it! Pets are vulnerable in the heat. Spot introduces Dr. Karen Johnson of Banfield, who offers expert advice and safety tips on keeping them safe.

25 Rescue Me! Sweet foundlings who made their way to Spot’s door at presstime


Meet Max and Sweetheart

26 Classifieds 5 From the Publisher 5 Letters to the Editor 22 crunchy little newsbits to chew on - Eugene’s big bash at Alton Baker Park - Get to the ballgame for Bark in the Park - Great summer lineup to boost animals in need - At the races: Fastest Chihuahua in America - Go RVing seeks Tales from the road - 5th annual Bow Wow Bash at Garden Home Rec Center - Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni is out to save “problem lions” - CATnip Friday 5k is Aug. 14 - Summer Pet Safety — it’s all in the d - Tails!” - Fences for Fido debuts “The Chopper” at Noble Rot - Puttin’ on the dawg . . . at Jake’s - Rescued cat is OHS’s 10,000th spay/neuter

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After “doing anything and everything” to pay her cat’s vet bills, Megan Bendtzen realized that many others would’ve lost their pets for lack of money. Then she took action.

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Companion and working animals are important, beloved members of the family. Spot Magazine is the one-stop resource for information, ideas, and events of interest to these animals and their people.

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t’s okay to gasp. Even shriek now and then. After all, it’s a roller coaster ride, right? And hollering, gritting your teeth and latching on tight to your favorite companion is all accepted, if not expected. Many of us are navigating these strange, and sometimes strained, days in which uncertainty looms over careers, home security, personal finances and business endeavors. Few people I know

would’ve knowingly presented their boarding pass for this particular Eticket ride that’s been 2008-09. It’s bumpy, and can at times be confusing and scary, tricky and trying. It’s times like this that I aspire to a little higher perspective. And as I mused over my monthly chat with you, what came to mind, in terms of perspective, was this: If we think this little rollercoaster ride is tough, what must it be like for the animal who finds him- or herself bound up, boxed in, dumped out, tossed away or left behind? Maybe the scenery is familiar, maybe not. Maybe there’s a food source or — please God — a compassionate someone who offers a gentle hand of comfort, a soothing word, a bite to eat. The “kitten/puppy season” is still going strong. This time of year stray, unplanned and unwanted litters of companion pets (or what should be

companion pets) severely strain all pet-related support systems. Shelters are overloaded, staff overwhelmed. Need (for food, supplies, medical care, loving homes) generally outpaces supply by far. What can we do? Anything. Just don’t do nothing. A funny thing can happen to people facing overwhelming situations: the sheer magnitude of the problem paralyzes them, and they do nothing. Please don’t let that be you! Please remember these simple truths: a little food dropped to the [pet] food bank translates to full tummies purring and playing. A donation to ANY quality organization providing spay/neuter, medical services, food, shelter, rescue and adoption/education outreach really can SAVE A LIFE.

That rollercoaster ride? Well, they always end. Including the one we as a community are riding right now. To everything there is a season, and history proves that things always have and always will cycle up, down and all around. No telling when, but surely we will get off this rollercoaster. Perhaps a little dizzy and shaken for the ride, but certainly all in one piece. Too many animals have no such certainty. But you and I, individually and as families, companies, neighborhoods — have the ability to impact lives right now. Please do! Of course our rollercoaster seems to have a ways to go yet. That’s okay — remember, it’s just a ride.

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Fond Farewell Rescue Me! — Happy Ending The coonhound, Zeke, we have in this month’s issue [Rescue Me! July ‘09] was adopted after being spotted in Spot! Good thing, too. He had been returned by his foster home due to extreme escape habits and wasn’t able to be walked by volunteers in the kennels, so he was stuck. Stephanie had just negotiated with Project POOCH, to send him there in a week or two, when a gentleman called out of the blue wanting to meet him. The guy had hound experience, knew EXACTLY what he was getting into, and adopted the boy! Happy ending. And all because he was featured in Spot. How cool is that? Keep up the GOOD WORK! Ann Potter - Volunteer Coordinator Multnomah County Animal Services

It is with sad hearts that we share this news. We had to say good-bye to our beloved Schroeder on Saturday. He had been battling bone cancer for the last 8 months so we knew this day was coming. Knowing, however, didn’t make it any easier. Schroeder was our inspiration for starting Schroeder’s Den. He touched so many people wherever we went and he loved doing it. We loved him so much and will miss him greatly. Wayne and Pam Pearson Schroeder’s Den Daycare & Training Center for Dogs


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Meet MAX Max is a full grown Dachshund. We are finding out more and more about what he likes to do. For instance, we did not force him into the water! When the kids were swimming, he was pawing and scratching to get up in the pool. When he was floating on the inner tube, he was starting to make a bunch of noises like he didn’t like it. When we got him out, he again started to paw and scratch at the sides like he wanted back in. Turns out those noises in the pool were noises of excitement. He’s weird. He also swings on kid swings (at the park AND at the one we have in the backyard), he rides in the bottom compartment of strollers, and one of my favorites: he rides in sleds as I pull it along the streets! Funny, huh? Scott Morton and Family Eugene

Meet sWEETHeART She was born on Valentine’s Day three years ago, and was given the perfect name. We love her so much! Sweetheart loves playing with her kids, Cassidy and Nick, and is usually in the middle of it all as they play in the neighborhood. A birthday gift for Cassidy’s 7th birthday, Sweetheart’s deep brown eyes (complete with beautiful eyeliner) and white stockings (which became polka-dotted with time) are no less beautiful than her personality. She is simply SWEET. Of course if she catches you harassing her Cassidy —watch out! She’ll teach you lightening-quick that even Sweethearts can be tough guys! Tami Lauritsen Gresham


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Great Outdoors


A Spark of Inspiration in Yachats Jake Faris • Spot Magazine Photos by Caroline Spark


Ranger demonstrates a Power Nose game.

Canine Musical Freestyle is always a big hit!

or most dog lovers an Indian Summer weekend on the Oregon coast with their favorite mutt sounds just about perfect. What’s better than perfect? How about canine games, swimming in the Yachats River and hiking in the surrounding forest. That’s just what’s offered by Caroline Spark, owner of City Dog Country Dog, during summer camp Sept. 4-6. As a bonus, Spark’s Call of the Wild camp includes grub catered by the Ciao Houndz — a group of local foodie friends. And you thought it couldn’t get more perfect. The seed of inspiration that grew into a dog/human summer camp on the coast was planted by Spark’s 12-year-old rescue dog. Ranger, who Spark describes as a “superintelligent dog who really loves life,” found Spark when he was six. For all this joie de vivre, Ranger’s first six unstable years taught him some bad habits, but as Spark says, “He really needed another chance.” Spark worked as a licensed psychologist in Wollongong, Australia before moving to Portland, OR about 12 years ago. She arrived with Molly, who Spark calls “my first teacher dog,” to study a particular approach to psychotherapy, and fell in love with the state.

Most of Spark’s childhood was spent in the temperate climate of England, and like many transplants, she gushes about her adoptive state. “I completely love Oregon . . . it’s a fusion of the expansiveness of the Australian landscape and the climate of the Northern hemisphere.” As much as Molly taught Spark while alive, it was her death that inspired Spark to focus on how humans treat our best friends. “I regretted that I hadn’t understood more about [training],” she says. “When [Molly] died I made her a promise: I would find out how dogs understand the world. That was really the beginning of my journey.” Spark set out to learn all she could about dog behavior and more effective, positive training methods. Though her qualifications include a CPDT and CDBC through the APDT and IAABC respectively, she gained further experience through fostering dogs and volunteering at Oregon Humane Society. Then came Ranger. Where Molly, her first “teacher dog,” provided the Dog 101 course, Ranger presented the Master’s level course. “I had to be incredibly creative in how I found ways for him to use his enormous

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et me tell you a story about a dog named Fred . . . Fred was a happy-go-lucky Lab who loved to eat things he shouldn’t – especially rat bait. He loved it so much, he ate it three different times over the course of one summer and needed to have a blood transfusion each time he went to the veterinarian. Had there not been a ready supply of blood at the hospital, Fred wouldn’t have lived for this “tail” to be told! Just like people, dogs get injured, need surgery, have life-threatening illnesses and eat things they shouldn’t. Dog owners need a safe and reliable source of blood for their pets who become ill or injured. The number of canine patients that require blood transfusions dramatically increases every year, and just as humans find themselves in need, so do our dogs. And just as with humans, one of the greatest “pay it forward” things we can do is contribute to this lifesaving “fund” — the blood supply. Your dog can give this lifegiving gift at VCABlood donors (L-R) Einstein and Ghost NWVS Critical Care Photo by Dr. Christina Marrara Blood Bank. One of few blood banks in the area, VCA-NWVS is hosting a blood drive as part of an end of summer celebration Aug. 30, noon-2pm, Aug 30 • noon-2pm at the clinic 16756 SE 82nd Dr • Clackamas at 16756 SE nd 82 Drive in Clackamas (outside in the festively-decorated parking lot). The celebration, called Bow Wow Luau, will include limbo for pups, wading pools, frozen treats, commemorative photos, and a moment to thank and honor current blood donors and chat with potential new recruits. Costumes are encouraged; leis and bandanas are expected to carry the day. The celebration is free and everyone’s welcome. For more details contact 503.656.3999 or


Why a blood bank for dogs? Who can give blood? Good candidates for canine blood donation: • weigh 55 pounds or more • have a friendly temperament • are 1-8 years of age

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Know how to

BEAT the HEAT Your pet’s life depends on it

Vonnie Harris • Spot Magazine


ummer temps are on the rise, and being outdoors with our best buddies is a little slice of heaven. While we can protect ourselves from the obvious dangers that come with the heat, our four-legged friends cannot. It is our responsibility and, because they depend on us to protect them, we must know the hazards. As with children and elderly adults, pets are vulnerable in the heat and keeping them safe should be a number-one priority for every pet owner. Spot checked in with Karen J. Johnson, DVM, vice president and client advocate for Banfield, The Pet Hospital for some hot weather advice and safety tips.

If you are hot, your dog is probably much hotter. Know the warning signs of overheating: • excessive panting • tongue hanging limp • lagging behind on a walk • spacey-looking • unresponsive • drooling • weakness • vomiting • diarrhea • collapse


NEVER leave your dog in a parked vehicle on a hot — or even mild — day, not even with the windows partially open “Even if you think it’s cool outside, temperatures inside a car quickly escalate in a matter of minutes,” says Dr. Johnson. “A dog’s body temperature can rise to dangerous levels within a short time, which can cause them to suffer irreparable brain damage, organ failure and death.” Every year brings a tragic case of a pet lost when the owner, running a quick errand or two, left their companion in the car. You wouldn’t leave a baby alone in a parked car; you surely wouldn’t put a baby in

the oven. Leaving your furry friend in the car is no different than putting him or her in an oven. Leave pets at home where they’ll stay cool and safe. If you do happen to see a pet in a car alone during hot summer months, immediately alert management at the business where the car is parked. If the owner does not return, call animal control or the police without delay.

Know the signs of heat stress and exhaustion Dogs and cats don’t sweat — they release body heat by panting. Compare releasing heat through the tongue only vs. the human system of perspiring over the entire body and you realize what a difference — and much higher vulnerability — heat presents to pets and people. If you are hot, remember your dog is probably much hotter. Johnson says to be attuned for warning signs of overheating: excessive panting, tongue hanging limp, lagging behind on a walk, spaceylooking or unresponsive, drooling, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea or collapse. Dogs that are overheated need to be offered water and to be cooled down – with wet towels (lukewarm, not cold water) — and immediately taken to the veterinarian. “Make sure the water is tepid or at least not too cold as that could have the opposite effect,” says the doctor. And be extra mindful with older animals and those with health

or weight issues. “Because of the anatomy of the face, some breeds are more susceptible to heatstroke because they have inefficient cooling systems when it gets hot,” says Johnson. Snub-nosed animals or flat-faced breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs and Persian cats are all at higher risk in the heat. As temps climb, schedule outings for early morning or evening hours. “Use the same precautions you would take during the summer,” says Johnson. “Don’t let your pet overexert himself, avoid strenuous exercise with your dog on extremely hot days, and refrain from physical activity or play when the sun’s heat is most intense.” Dogs and cats can also burn their paws on hot pavement, sand and stone, so take walks before the sun heats the ground, or stick to shaded paths.

Beat the Heat ALWAYS have plenty of fresh water available for your pets. Keep the dish filled at all times. Dr. Johnson suggests having several bowls of cool, fresh water, as one could get knocked over without you knowing it. Anytime your dog must be outside, give him easy access to cool, deep shade, especially in the hot summer months. If he’s inside and it gets quite hot in there, turn on the air-conditioning and/or several fans. A favorite product of many Northwest pet parents of heat-vulnerable

pups or those for whom sunbathing to your veterinarian about pet-safe is bliss is the Kool Collar, created by sunscreen. local entrepreneur Chad Watson. One last summertime tip: about Ice or frozen gel packs can be those barbeques — watch and limit inserted into these affordable col- picnic food. Life-threatening for lars; they look sporty, most pups your pets can be corn cobs, onions, love them, and they’re great for garlic, bones, raw or undercooked keeping them cool. Find them at meat, greasy foods and salt. Summing up the subject, Dr. “People Johnson don’t realize it says, “Err “Even if you think but dogs can on the side it’s cool outside, get sunburned, of caution.” too,” says Overall, use temperatures Dr. Johnson. common “Especially inside a car quickly sense to light-colored, keep your escalate in a matter pets safe short-haired or pink-nosed this summer. of minutes.” pets.” Sunburn Our pets can predispose typically Karen Johnson, DVM an animal to feel hot skin cancer, way before just like people. Limit exposure we do. So if it’s warm, take stock, when rays are strong, and apply run through the basics, and rest at sunscreen to the ear tips, nose and ease your beloved companion will any bare spots in the coat. Since be fine, thanks to you. some pets often lick their coats, talk

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Vonnie Harris is a freelance writer, and operator of BowWows & Meows Pet Services of SW WA. She and her brood, Jake and Jessie, both yellow Labs, and parrots Pedro (Yellow-Nape Amazon) and Lorali (African Grey) reside in Vancouver. Vonnie also is “the face of Spot” at many Portland-area pet-related events. Contact her at

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Family Planning

Considering pet insurance? Do your homework Vonnie Harris • Spot Magazine


ou promise to give your pet the best life possible. You take care to give him the best food, make sure she gets plenty of play and exercise, and shower them with love and affection. When you are sick, your furry friend offers love, devotion and soothing licks and companionship. They sense when something is wrong, and immediately let you know they are there for you. You want to be there for them with the same heart-felt empathy, and the cost of pet insurance is a small price to pay for the peace of mind that comes with knowing your best friend can get medical care.

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The smart shopper checks under the hood, takes a test drive, and has it checked by a mechanic. The same precautions are a good idea when considering pet insurance.

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While the concept of pet insurance began over 30 years ago and has been an accepted practice in Europe for years, it’s still somewhat new and rare in America. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, in January 2008, only 2 percent of pets in the U.S. were insured, compared with 20 percent of pets in England and 49 percent in Sweden. Most people are cool to paying for something they might never use. But with vet bills soaring and ever-increasing new treatments emerging the idea is gaining popularity in this country. Because insurance is best used as protection against unexpected and catastrophic expenses (unlike those routinely paid out of pocket), the question is, “How deep in the hole would you go for your animal friend?” “Many who think they would draw the line at a certain dollar amount find their convictions wavering when the time comes,” says the chief executive of a leading pet insurance company. “It’s an emotional situation,” he adds.

Deciding whether pet insurance is worth the investment depends on how much care your pet requires and your financial state. Premiums usually run $25-$40 per month per pet. If you’re lucky, you can maintain a policy throughout your pet’s life and never need to use it, but that is rare. The reality is, life is unpredictable and if your pet has an accident or contracts a debilitating illness, the vet bills can be staggering. If you have little cash and live paycheck to paycheck, monthly premiums can be an affordable way to defray basic pet healthcare costs and be prepared for emergencies. Some suggest that if you are disciplined and have money you can set aside for unpredictable occurrences, you should pay into a savings account each month rather than pay an insurance company. This may be a good plan in theory, but consider this: If you start this process today and three months from now your dog is injured, you will only have three months’ savings accumulated, which will likely barely make a dent in the total vet bills. If you take out an insurance policy today, the policy would pay the entirety of the vet fees (minus deductible). It takes time to build savings to a level that will cover major vet bills. Coverage can cost $2,000 to $6,000 over the average pet’s lifetime. While chances are slim that you’d need to spend that much on treatment, in the event you did, would you prefer to shell out thousands of dollars on medical care, or go into debt? For many, answering this question is the best compass. continud next page

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Pet Insurance

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So many options, so many exclusions

Things to consider and questions to ask

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Shopping for health insurance for humans or pets is confusing. There are many providers, and plans differ widely. Some companies offer discounts for multipet households or special packages for older pets. Some provide for lifetime maintenance and routine preventative checkups while others cover only major illness and injury and exclude regular checkups. Some say that pet insurance is an unscrupulous rip-off and, with its growing popularity, some exclusions and limits can be misleading. Compare it to used car sales. Car dealers can dress up a lemon and present it as a quality used car. The smart shopper checks under the hood, takes a test drive, and has it checked by a mechanic. The same precautions are a good idea when considering pet insurance. There are a lot of variables so do your homework. List what’s more important to you coverage- and cost-wise, research, ask questions, and compare plans from several different companies.

Research the company’s stability. Over the last decade, pet health insurance has grown into a viable industry but few companies have longevity in the business. It’s important to know how long they’ve been around and whether the company is financially stable. • Can I choose my veterinarian? Different plans have different rules. Check to see if your vet is an included provider. Some policies allow pet owners to visit any licensed vet while others require you to go to a specific network of practitioners. • What are the waiting periods? Like all insurance, it’s important to be aware of exactly when your policy starts & stops. Also, there should never be a cancellation fee, whether by choice or loss of pet. • What is excluded? Exclusions vary by policy. Common exclusions are preexisting conditions and hereditary defects. Exclusions can be covered for an additional cost on some plans. • Are their illness and incident caps? If a company claims to cover hereditary and congenital conditions, what are the benefit limits? For example, they may claim to cover hereditary conditions but only offer a $200 maximum lifetime benefit. Also, there is a variety of caps on coverage for specific incidents. A broken leg may have a different cap than spaying; know the limits.

• Does the company consider conditions treated during a policy year as “pre-existing” upon renewal? Do benefit allowances renew with each new incident? Is there a maximum benefit? Companies should continue to cover conditions for the life of the policy without charging extra. • Is routine care be covered? Preventative care is crucial to the long-term health of your pet. In order to encourage pet owners to do routine/regular vet care, the company should offer coverage for routine treatments and basic procedures such as immunizations, dental care, heartworm protection, spay/neuter, prescription drugs, and chronic conditions such as diabetes or allergies. • What about deductibles? The deductible is an amount you pay before benefits kick in so make sure the deductible is affordable for you. As with human insurance, the smaller the deductible, the higher the premium. • Cancer coverage? Many pets get cancer as they age. Ask the companies you are researching whether or not they cover cancer treatments. • Premium Increases? Increases should be based on your pet’s age and not on the number of claims submitted. • Preauthorization of treatment. If a condition is covered under the policy, preauthorization should not be required. • Does the company use a schedule of payments such as a benefit schedule, or does it use a customary fee list? Whichever it is should be made clear to you, including what’s covered and what benefits are available. • Coverage away from home? If your pet is injured while straying or treated away from home (like when you’re traveling), is he covered? The policy should be effective whether your beloved is at a neighbor’s, boarded at a kennel, or accidentally lost. • What about the bird? Almost all pet insurance companies cover dogs and cats, but animals such as birds and lizards might not be covered.

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A variety of issues can affect cost: age, breed, medical history, and type of animal (e.g., dogs cost more than cats). Many companies offer discounts for multiple pet policies and other things such as microchipping — be sure to inquire. Pet insurance is a good choice for those with “not-so-great” credit because as long as the premiums are paid, you’ll never hear, “Sorry, you’re not approved” in a life-or-death moment. As the industry grows, so do the options.

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Deciding whether pet insurance is worth the investment depends on how much care your pet requires and your financial state. Premiums usually run $25-$40 per month per pet. Two other options to consider: CareCredit, which works like a credit card, can be used whether it’s an everyday checkup or emergency surgery. PetAssure is a low-cost alternative to insurance. It has no restrictions, limitations, or claim forms. Participating PetAssure veterinarians provide 25 percent savings on all medical care provided in their offices. However, they will not provide a discount on take-home products such as medications, or outside services such as lab work. Above all, when choosing a policy, take your time. Read the small print, understand the exclusions, and make sure the company is reputable. In the end, your best friend won’t know if you skipped a vet visit because you couldn’t afford it. They won’t hold it against you if their cancer goes undetected. You’ll know, though. Rely on your good judgment and not good luck to secure your pet’s healthy future. Pet health insurance companies researched for this article included Embrace, PetFirst, PetPlan, PetsBest, PurinaCare, Trupanion, VPI, VetInsurance, PetAssure and CareCredit.

Vonnie Harris is a freelance writer, and operator of BowWows & Meows Pet Services of SW WA. She and her brood, Jake and Jessie, both yellow Labs, and parrots Pedro (Yellow-Nape Amazon) and Lorali (African Grey) reside in Vancouver. Vonnie also is “the face of Spot” at many Portland-area pet-related events. Contact her at

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Kick off your First Thursday with Spot’s friends! Mutt Mixers at Hotel Monaco Spot Mutt Mixers are unique evenings complete with bites, beverages and entertainment in a perfect setting: the casual elegance of Hotel Monaco, filled with our wonderful 2- and 4-legged friends. Join us Aug. 6, 6-8pm, and meet Rick Woodford and the folks of Family Dogs New Life. Rick will present a cooking demo on Bacon Yappetizers — simple, nutritious treats he created just for this Mixer that your dogs will love! Goodie bags will include the recipe and sample Yappetizers, plus lots of cool stuff from Spot’s top-notch partner businesses. We hope you’ll drop a few dollars in the jar and grab a goodie bag to take home; the dollars will go home with FDNL. All Mutt Mixer proceeds are based on suggested donation, and 100% go to the featured rescue. Now, meet Rick and Tasha and please join us and all your Spot friends August 6th!


or the past five years Family Dogs New Life has been providing hope and homes for dogs with nowhere else to go. Despite its small size, this nonprofit, no-kill shelter has helped over 5000 dogs find new homes. FDNL accepts animals from shelters across Oregon, Washington, and around the country as space allows. While no dog is ever turned away when space is available, the shelter’s mission has always been to help dogs out of options escape euthanasia. Dogs that have been labeled unadoptable at other shelters are given a second chance at FDNL. The shelter houses around 20 dogs at a time and, unlike conventional shelters, there are no long, compartmentalized hallways in which animals are penned alone. Instead, the dogs spend most of their time in a large open area where they can interact as a pack. This makes it easier for staff to get to know each dog’s personality and to identify potential problems. The FDNL adoption process is as unique as the shelter itself. For starters, the entire family, including the furry members, must


be present for the event. This assures that everyone will get along and makes things smoother overall. The staff takes into consideration the unique circumstances of the adopters before recommending specific dogs for them to meet. The process takes longer than at a traditional shelter, but has proven worthwhile. FDNL is a nonprofit that operates solely on adoption fees and donations from charitable pet lovers. Learn more at

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ver wonder what’s going on in your dog’s stomach? Rick Woodford didn’t either until four years ago when his dog Jackson was diagnosed with lymphoma. Woodford began researching pet nutrition in order to help his friend when chemotherapy left him drained. The meals he created reinvigorated his sick dog, and made his other dog noticeably healthier as well. Today Jackson is doing fine, and Woodford believes “the reason he has lasted so long is the healthy diet.” Woodford took what he learned and opened DogStew, a high-quality dog food delivered to clients’ homes, providing all natural, fresh food to dogs. DogStew is no longer serving its four-legged patrons, but Woodford continues to do his part to educate owners about proper pet nutrition. He is currently finishing research for a cookbook which he describes as a “full-blown book including everything you need to know about feeding your dog.” Feed Your Best Friend Better will include something for every dog owner, with topics ranging from healthy homemade treats to recipes for partial or standalone meals. It will even include a chart detailing acceptable amounts of table scraps to feed your furry pal. Woodford hopes the book will “help people [learn about] nutritional needs, about specific diets, and topics to discuss with vets.” Woodford is extremely dedicated to helping sick dogs. “[It] is the number-one reason I’m doing this,” he says. “The ideas are all in my head; I just need to find the facts.” Feed Your Best Friend Better should be available by next spring.

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A Spark of Inspiration continued from pg 8

energy, control his impulses, and keep his incredibly active mind busy,” Spark says. Her work with Ranger produced results, as did her growing training practice. “I grafted my dog counseling practice onto my human counseling practice” Spark explains. “It seemed like a natural step sideways into dogs in the family.” Though she still sees a few human clients, Spark is preparing to devote all of her time to canine training, which brings us back to the Call of the Wild Dog Camp.

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Campers human and canine will enjoy activities like River Games, Forest Agility, and Tug Time, as well as other games and training.


When Spark brought Ranger to her Yachats property she watched him slowly transform. “I could see how being out in nature — being able to use his body and his nose in a natural environment — it was so helpful for his recovery,” recalls Spark. Then she had a light-bulb moment: “If this is so good for him, it must be good for other dogs, too.” And therein lies the inspiration for the camp. Spark began organizing last year’s inaugural camp in May of 2008. Within two days, she says, “I had a team of seven or eight people who wanted to take part.” “It just kind of kicked itself off that way,” she says. “It was one of those things that was dying to happen.” By August enrollment was full. The activities list — spread over a half-day Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday — has something for everybody. Meadows, an old-growth forest, and the Yachats River lend yet another element of perfection to the traditional actionpacked summer camp experience. Those seeking more of a nature retreat can choose from activities geared to more laid-back puppy parents.

Sprout’s first Fly Ball experience. Retreat-lovers will be glad to know that this year, by popular demand, on-site camping is available on a meadow along the Yachats. Spark stresses that camping accommodations are primitive. “There will be porta-potties and the river,” she says. There is plenty of pet-friendly lodging in Yachats for those who prefer linen and hot showers. Over the weekend, campers human and canine will enjoy activities like River Games, Forest Agility, and Tug Time, as well as other games and training. Looking for a casual environment to try Carting or Skyhoundz-style disc fetching? Call of the Wild trainers can help you get your feet wet. If you have a canine Fred Astaire, he or she will love the Introduction to Canine Musical Freestyle. This is a tiny sampling of the activities on tap. See the complete list in the News & Events section at

At this writing, there are a few openings for this year’s camp. While offered just once this summer, Spark does offer yearround training opportunities at her Yachats location, plus one-on-one sessions in Portland. Spark also offers boarding and training and Vacation Training Retreats — customizable packages that combine boarding, training and vacationing to accommodate the needs of both pooches and their people. Her Call of the Wild camp is the perfect summation of Spark’s approach to training . . . and life. On the surface her life is one dichotomy after another — from Australia to Oregon, from psychologist to dog trainer, from the metropolis to the rural coast. Spark is a great example of how polar opposites can lead to both harmony and inspired living. Whether you’re from the city or country, Spark’s camp is a great way to play, train and learn with your best friend.

Jake Faris is a freelance writer who’s worn many different hats, including a hardhat and the 8-point hat of a police officer. Jake and his wife Charity live with their two cats and four dogs in Beaverton. The whole pack moved to Portland from Wenatchee, WA three years ago. Now a dedicated Oregonian, Jake finds new reasons to love his adopted state every day. Contact him at


The Cat’s Pajamas: dream cattery Camilla Mortensen • Spot Magazine


e’re the only cat rescue in the area that has signed the No-Kill Declaration,” says Tamara Barnes, founder of the Cat’s Pajamas, a feline rescue in Eugene. With about 80 cats currently in her care, Barnes is awash in kitties of all shapes and sizes awaiting loving homes. No-Kill basically means a rescue does not euthanize adoptable or medically/behaviorally treatable companion animals, or feral cats. Beyond her own rescue, Barnes has also been a driving force in pushing Lane County Animal Services to adopt the NoKill philosophy. Many rescues, shelters and humane societies, when faced with the thousands of homeless pets in their areas, sometimes euthanize rather than keeping them caged for long periods, or leaving them on the street. But Barnes says with practices like trap, neuter and release, large foster networks, and pet retention counseling (helping people with pets with behavioral problems), it’s possible to prevent euthanasia. Barnes has been involved in saving and fostering pets “for forever — certainly 10-15 years,” she says. She started fostering animals for Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene, and learned cat care beyond just the basics she uses to keep her rescues healthy and happy while they wait for their forever homes. She can do everything from cuddle and play with her kitties to administer subcutaneous fluids. Happily married since 2006 to her husband Kirk who, she

says laughing, “I imported from Scotland,” Barnes has her dream cattery on a half-acre, thanks to an inheritance her husband received and gifted to the effort.

“It would really be sad if my husband didn’t like this,” she says. Happily, Kirk is as committed to saving cats as Tamara. The couple also fenced the yard so that cats can safely roam outside and “wander the yard, doing their cat thing,” she says. The large climate-controlled cattery has an open floor plan and no cages. The cats hang out happily on cat trees, in cubbies, and on

carpeted shelves. All roam free except new cats, which are at first placed in large cages for time to adjust to their new surroundings and feline friends. Like other rescues, the Cat’s PJs has been affected by the economy. “There’s been no adoptions in the last two months; I’m sure that’s a sign of the times,” s a y s Barnes. “But there aren’t fewer cats that need help.” Many of the current population are litters of kit-

tens, and all are adoptable for $75 — which includes shots, microchip and spay or neuter. Even with so many cats on site, the Barneses interact with each of them individually. “Their personalities are so funny!” Barnes says. “One of the kittens decided he liked Kirk, and when Kirk left the cattery, the kitten sat on the other side of the door crying at the top of his voice!” Learn more at or by calling 541.514.0029. To learn more about No-Kill, visit

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There are no limitations to the kinds of pets the foundation will assist — from any breed of dog or cat to fish, horses, birds and others. 20 SPOT MAGAZINE | AUGUST 2009

hen Biscuit, a loving Golden Retriever, was diagnosed with cancer, his family was struggling to pay for his owner’s own breast cancer treatment. His owners faced the possibility of Biscuit dying because they couldn’t pay for the surgery that would save his life. What to do? Do you put this pet to sleep, your best friend, because you have no money and your credit cards are maxed? It’s a situation no one ever wants to face. And exactly the situation the Bearen Foundation was created to prevent. Nine years ago, Megan Bendtzen, founder of the Bearen Foundation, faced having to euthanize her cat Bearen after he licked antifreeze from under a car. The sweet but deadly liquid destroyed his kidneys, and his only hope was an expensive transplant, says Terry Reich, secretary at the foundation. Bendtzen took her beloved kitty to the vets at the University of California-Davis, where he was successfully treated. He got his

Jimmy, a recipient of Baeren Foundation funds.

transplant and is alive and well today, nine years later, on daily medication to prevent organ rejection. Reich says, “He comes to all our board meetings and tells us what to do.” To save Bearen, Reich says, Bendtzen “had to do anything and everything to pay for it.” She wrote letters and posted fliers in local businesses. Finding she was able to raise the money for Bearen, she thought of the many people faced with this dilemma who surely would have lost their companion for lack of funds. Bendtzen founded the Bearen Foundation shortly after Bearen’s surgery in 2000, with a board made up of folks who had attended a fundraising party in the park, one of whom was Reich, who’s been with the organization ever since.

To date the foundation has raised $27,264, used to create 262 happy endings for pets and their people. Reich says, “Almost all the funding has come from donors and events,” but that they are starting to look at grants. That’s thanks to a new friend, a grant writer whose pet was helped by the foundation. Reich says, “One hundred percent of the funds we raise goes to the pets. We have no overhead other than putting on events, and no paid employees.” There are no limitations to the kinds of pets the foundation will assist — from any breed of dog or cat to fish, horses, birds and others. The only requirement is that the pet reside in Lane County.

The foundation’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the Pet Stroll, is happening Sunday, Sept. 6 at 11:30am, in conjunction with the Eugene Celebration. Formerly called the Pet Parade, Reich says the event was renamed because the term “parade” led to fierce competition in costume-making — which conflicts with the foundation’s position on humane treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership. Reich says that in this economy, “requests for funding have gone up exponentially” and donations have gone down. She says the group’s short-term goal is to keep their doors open and continue to fund pets in need. Right now they support sick animals at a level of $2000-$3000 per month.

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Eugene’s big bash at Alton Baker Park One of the most popular events of the year, Hot Dogs & Cool Pups Fun in the Sun summer event, is happening Aug. 1, 11am-9pm, at Alton Baker Park in Eugene. Highlights will include BBQ, vendors, doggie demos including Springfield Police K9 Unit, beer/wine gardens and the Battle for the Pets competition. 10 local bands will be performing for a $500 cash grand prize. Save the Pets is currently preselling raffle tickets for an Alaska Cruise (tickets $25 or five for $100); the winner will be announced at 8pm at the bash — the winner need not be present to win. Details or

Take me out to the ballgame PGE Park opens the gates to canine fans during select ballgames at PGE Park. The next event is Aug. 1 at 7:05, when the Beavers take on the Sacramento River Cats. Event highlights include a dog-bobblehead giveaway to the first 1900 fans in, booths on the concourse featuring popular pet–friendly companies, field festivities, and, special Aug. 1, a celebration of the top fundraising “Runner” and “Pack” in DoveLewis’ Virtual Run for the Love of Dove. For discounts on tickets from (and to give Dove a boost), use promo code DOVE.

Great summer lineup to boost animals in need Oregon Humane Society has a rockin’ lineup of summer events that not only promises great summer fun but also important help for animals who need it most.


The fun starts Aug. 2 with Cruisin’ the “Q,” a cruise-in at the Westhills QFC. Aug. 8 OHS will serve up tasty pastries at Beaverton Farmers Market, and on tap Aug. 19 will be wine and good times at Bridgeport Yappy Hour. Rounding out the roster Aug. 22 is Pet Aid Concert 2009 at the Washington County Fairground. Details in the FunPlanner pg 28. or at

These little guys fly! Competing for the title Fastest Chihuahua in America, pintsized racers have been training to compete in Petco’ 5 th annual National Chihuahua Races, being held across the nation in August. Regional competitions will be held

from the West to East Coasts the weekends of Aug. 1, 8 and 15. The national championship will take place in NYC. Regional winners — one pup from each market — will win an allexpense-paid trip, courtesy of Petco and Jet Blue Airlines, to compete in the finals Aug. 29. The reigning champ will win a trophy, a $300 Petco gift card, and a year’s supply of Royal Canin Chihuahua food. In partnership with the Petco Foundation, race activities highlight Petco’s Think Adoption First philosophy to help find forever homes for abandoned Chihuahuas and other animals. Details

“Samson is NOT Samonsite” That’s a sentiment Dan Wiesel and Alysa Binder — pet parents of Jack Russell Terrier, Zoe — often shared with their neighbor Janet. Translation: Janet’s Boxer Samson is NOT cargo, contrary to how pets are handled by commercial airlines. Finally, the couple says, instead of trying to convince the human airlines to treat pets better, “why not start up an airling just for pets?” Thus, Pet Airways was born. “You see on Pet Airways,” say Dan and Alysa, “your pets aren’t packages, they’re ‘pawsengers.’ And every step of the journey, we’ll take care of them as if they were our own. Because that’s exactly the way we’d want Zoe to be treated.” Founded by Wiesel and Binder in 2005, the first flight departed last month. The airline currently serves five cities: New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles. Designed for the safe and comfortable transportation of pets, all pets travel in the main cabin not in the cargo hold. Fares start at $199. At presstime a faithful Spot reader sent this note: There is a new airline that flies dogs. It doesn’t land in Portland yet . . . This is where Spot readers can help out. Please put a blurb in; I have already filled out the form and sent it. I want my sister to be able to fly her dog Bob up here so she can visit more often. The link for the site and the place to fill out this information is: Note: A study by the San Francisco SPCA found that of the two million animals transported in the cargo holds of commercial airliners per year, approximately 5,000 are injured in transit. Stay tuned to Spot for more on Pet Airways. Details

Wanted: Tales from the road Research from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association says half the nation’s eight million RV owners travel with their pets. With this in mind, Go RVing has developed a first-ever Internet video contest to discover what happens when America’s love for pets and road trips come together. The winner of the “Tails from the Road” contest will receive $1,000 and a Motorola Motonav GPS and have his or her winning video featured on, Go RVing’s Facebook fan page, and YouTube. The second prize winner will receive $500. Winners will be announced Sept. 2. Entry deadline is Aug. 7. Selected video submissions will be posted on Go RVing’s Facebook page; fans can vote for their favorite Aug. 10-30. For complete contest details, visit

People & pooches party The 5th Annual Bow Wow Bash is happening Aug. 8, 11am-3pm, at Garden Home Rec Center, 7475 S.W. Oleson Rd. in Portland. Activities and attractions will include an agility course, flyball performances, Doggie Olympics, a K-9 police unit, info booths, animal groups, food, and a raffle and silent auction. All proceeds benefit the rec center. Last year’s proceeds made it possible to install a doggy drinking fountain, reportedly a great hit with park-goers.

Follow Dave into the pride Animal Planet’s large predator expert Dave Salmoni returns to the small screen Thursday Aug. 13 at 8pm, heading deep into the African bush in an effort to save a rogue pride of lions from elimination. The mission put to the test Dave’s toughness, physical training and mental focus, and resulted in the five-part series, “Into the Pride.” Facing a diminishing chance of survival, the pride of “problem lions” must learn to accept humans and support the local growing eco-tourism. The cats, transplanted from the largest national park in Namibia, are known for cattle raiding and aggression toward humans; unless they calm down they will be destroyed.

CATnip Friday 5k Cat Adoption Team will host its first-ever benefit run/walk, the CATnip Friday 5k & Mouse Miler, Aug. 14 in Sherwood. Registration is open ($20/advance, $25/race day), and volunteers are needed. Participants who create a personalized fundraising web page and gather $100 or more in pledges will receive a CATnip Friday 5k t-shirt. Doorprize tickets will go to attendees who donate 10 lbs or more of food for the Cat Food Bank. Details

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Summer Pet Safety — it’s all in the d - Tails!” The friendly folks at Animal Aid offer the following tips for summer safety. Animal Aid has a busy summer schedule of events to raise funds in support of the vital programs it has offered for over 40 years, including: spay/neuter, foster and adoption, The Animal Aid Fund for Veterinary Care, education and outreach events, and a free-roam cat shelter in Portland. The organization will host its popular Odds & Ends for Furry Friends Garage Sale Aug. 14-16. Donations welcome. Hosted at a private home in Raleigh Hills, the event gets bigger and better every year. Details

Tips for Summer Safety from Animal Aid • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended. They attract and can maim or kill. • Only use sunscreen or “bug-off” products approved for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. Insect repellent products containing DEET can cause severe neurological problems. • Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of pets’ reach. Matches can contain chlorates, which could damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing or kidney disease. Lighter fluid can irritate the skin and, if ingested, can produce gastrointestinal distress and central nervous system depression. Inhaled, lighter fluid can cause aspiration pneumonia and/or breathing problems. • Keep them regular. Any dietary change, even one meal, can cause severe indigestion and/or diarrhea. This is especially continued next page

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true for older animals with more confined to yards on chains, works delicate systems and nutritional to provide free fences, spay/neuter, requirements. A good rule of thumb: say no to onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, for information on grapes and raisins, salt and yeast dough, killing, mutilation case all of which can be Oregon Humane Society is offering a toxic to pets. Keep $1,000 reward for information leading to healthy pet treats the arrest and conviction of the person or handy at the BBQ. persons responsible for the recent killing • Don’t adorn or allow and mutilation of a five-year-old Boston your pet to play with Terrier, “Bandit,” in Milwaukie. The family glow jewelry. While not pet was killed the evening of July 11 at highly toxic, the lumiRex Putnam High School. A preliminary nescent substance medical exam cited stab wounds to the inside can cause neck as cause of death. After it was killed, excessive drooling the dog’s coat was cut from its body. and gastrointestinal “It takes a very violent person to kill a irritation. dog like this and then mutilate it, said OHS • Keep citronella Humane Investigator Austin Wallace. candles, insect coils “We’re very concerned because crimes and oil products out like this against animals often lead to of reach. Ingestion violent crimes against people.” The can produce stomach dog’s body was slated for further animal irritation and posforensic examination. Aggravated animal sibly central nervous abuse (defined as maliciously killing, or system depression. intentionally or knowingly torturing an If inhaled, the oils animal) is a felony in Oregon, punishable could cause aspiraby up to five years in jail. tion pneumonia in Anyone with information should animals. call the OHS animal cruelty hotline at • NEVER leave your 503.285.7722, ext.214. pet in the car during summer. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, and new shelters. In a fundraiser pets are at high risk of illness Sunday Aug. 16, 5-7:30pm, at or death in just a few short min- Noble Rot Wine Bar, Fences for utes. Partially-open windows do Fido will debut a new cocktail, not provide sufficient air, but do “The Chopper,” named for the create the risk of your pet being organization’s first fence recipient. The evening will also feature stolen. wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres compliments of Noble Rot, Fences for Fido silent and live auctions, and a Fundraiser debuts cash bar. All proceeds from the “The Chopper” evening, including sales of The Fences for Fido, an all-volunteer Chopper, will help un-chain dogs. nonprofit that reaches out to pups Admission $30; RSPV/details



Puttin’ on the dawg . . . at Jake’s Jake’s Dog Day of Summer IV is on tap Aug 23, 4-10pm, at Jake’s Famous Crawfish, 401 SW 12th in downtown Portland. This popular, “very Portland” event is the once-yearly chance for both pooches and their people who appreciate the good life to enjoy a three-course meal from one of Portland’s finest kitchens — together. Dinner for pooch/person is $55; all proceeds benefit DoveLewis. Space is limited and fills fast: RSVP to 503.226.1419.

Rescued cat is OHS’s 10,000th spay/neuter A Siamese cat among 37 pets rescued from an Oregon household became the focus of a major milestone in the fight against pet overpopulation. Nine-month-old Mallory was the 10,000th pet altered at OHS’s recently opened Animal Medical Learning Center. “It’s very fitting that a cat who came from a home that contributed so much to pet overpopulation will be the 10,00th animal altered at our medical center,” said Dr. Kris Otteman, OHS Director of Shelter Medicine. “Every pet we spay or neuter brings us one step closer to solving the huge problem of pet overpopulation.” Since opening in Sept. 2007, the state-of-the-art medical center attached to the OHS shelter in NE Portland has averaged 30 surgeries per day on shelter pets. The breakneck pace is made possible by a staff of OHS veterinarians and assistants aided by medical students and a faculty member from Oregon State University.

Roxy The economy has affected us all. My adopters loved me very much but had to move to the East Coast and I could not go with them. They had six kids ranging in age from toddlers to teenagers and I loved them all. I have proven myself to be housetrained, friendly with everyone I meet, a good watchdog (I bark when the door bell rings but greet visitors with kisses), and an all around great family dog. I know how to sit, down, shake, and come (as long as there are no distractions). I hope to make another family as happy as I made my last one. They had no other pets and that seems to be the best match for me. Please ask about me today — I waited 3 months for this home; please don’t make me wait 3 more for my next. I am around 3 years old and weigh 96 lbs. Meet Roxy, animal #488694, at Multnomah County Animal Services, 503.988.7387.



Hi, I’m Lulu, a classic brown Tabby with amber eyes and an extra long tail. I love people but no one notices me because I sleep on top of the cupboard to escape the crowd of cats below. Once we’re alone you’ll see how affectionate and playful I can be. I’ll touch you with my paw to ask for more petting, then snuggle in right next to you. Please give me a chance. I’ve been waiting over a year for a home. To meet Lulu, contact Animal Aid at 503.292.6628 or visit

Hi, I am Capote! I am a wonderful cat with a big personality. I like to play, run and jump, so I’d prefer to live where there’s lots of room for my fun antics. I really like people and love to purr and give out head butts (sometimes I forget to be gentle with my head butts, though, so I’d like a family with bigger kids!). Meet Capote at CAT’s Sherwood shelter. Details 503.925.8903 or

Extraordinary things are happening at Multnomah County Animal Services!!

June 13th, 2009 • 11am – 3pm

A note from John . . . We receive calls every week, as do all rescues and humane societies. Many cats, kittens, puppies and dogs are abandoned daily. We’ve had kittens brought sealed in boxes and left in parking lots. Mother cats found with babies. Three kittens had been struck in the head and left roadside in a box (only one survived), and one kitten found near death on the highway. His rescuers nursed him back to health until he was bright and spunky, full of life. We have been gifted with animals left in our parking lot, or brought in by neighbors who found them in their yards. We receive numerous calls from people who must re-home their beloved animals due to financial circumstances. Keep in mind: we are one small private rescue among many. The challenge is huge — please help where you can. The best thing you can do is contribute to the spay/neuter programs in your community. I know times are tough and money is tight. But we all need your help to help them. Thank you to everyone working hard on behalf of these animals who cannot help themselves. John Archer Waggin Inn Rescue / Claymore Waggin Inn Eugene

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Spot-On Reading with Charity Faris Today’s read: Dog On It

ADOPTION / RESCUE Multnomah County Animal Services . . . . . . . . . . . 25

HOTELS Ester Lee Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fireside Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

BOARDING / DAYCARE Countryside Pet Spa . . . . . . . . . 13 Critter Comfort ‘N Care . . . . . . . 25 Doggie Dilemma . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Fetch Pet Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Laurel Acres Kennels . . . . . . . . . . 7 Play & Chase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Rock Creek Kennels . . . . . . . . . 15

PET FOOD / SUPPLIES Bi-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Snowfire Farm — distributor of healthy pet foods . . . . . . . . 23 Solid Gold NW Holistic Products for Pets . . . . . . . . . . 11 The Pet Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

CAT/DOG WASH Fetch Pet Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 The Pet Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 CREMATION / MEMORIALS Dignified Pet Services . . . . . . . . 21 DAYCARE / PET SITTING Critter Comfort ‘n Care . . . . . . . . 25 Doggie Dilemma Pet Care . . . . . 21 Fetch Pet Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Play & Chase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

PHOTOGRAPHY Good Dog Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 PRODUCTS Lilly Comfortis Flea Protection . . 31 The Pet Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 SERVICE ANIMALS Dogs with a Cause . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Providence Lifeline . . . . . . . . . . . 2 SOCIAL / PET NETWORKING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

EVENTS Mutt Mixers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Dogtoberfest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

SPAY/NEUTER Lane County Animal Services Pet Spay/Neuter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

GIFTS / FASHION / SPECIALTY Bi-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Mr. Formal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 The Pet Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

TRAINING Dogs with a Cause . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Wonder Puppy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

GROOMING - EUG/SPNG Aussie Mobile Pet Grooming . . . 13 Grooming Dales . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 HEALTH & WELLNESS Back on Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Lilly Comfortis Flea Protection . . 31 NWVS / VCA Specialty Animal Hospitals . . . . . . . . . . 17


VACATION RENTALS Beachcombers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Ester Lee Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Idyllic Beach House . . . . . . . . . . 13 VETERINARIANS / VET HOSPITALS Best Care Animal Hospital . . . . . 24 Best Friends Veternary MC . . . . . 9 Good Neighbor Vet . . . . . . . . . . . 7 NWVS / VCA Specialty Animal Hospitals . . . . . . . . . . 17 Rose City Vet Hospital . . . . . . . . 15

Summer has arrived! Bringing with it outdoor activities galore. While bustle and business never stops, everyone eagerly anticipates those lazy summer days. Days of peaceful sunsets after long walks — you in the hammock, the mutt sleeping below. And those great games of runthrough-the-sprinkler. These are also the days of great summer reading, often involving a lighter, looser fare, frequently dubbed “beach books.” Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn just hit the bookstore shelves for all you dog-loving bookworms who enjoy a little canine perspective. In many ways Dog on It is your typical who-done-it mystery. The twist that makes all the difference: it’s written through the eyes of Chet, a Border Collie mix that most doglovers find very handsome. Our furry gumshoe is an educated beast, a former student of K-9 training classes with a love for Slim Jims. An “incident” halted Chet’s formal education, but his open schedule allowed him to hitch up with his human counterpart, Bernie, a private investigator. Bernie benefits from the quick wit and sharp nose of his pup partner in all cases, making this team ready for any kind of mystery. Chet and Bernie’s services are retained by the distraught mother of a teenage girl gone missing. The duo finds itself on a string of adventures as they attempt to reveal the dark truth about the girl’s disappearance. Along the way the reader learns about Chet’s relationships with his fellow K-9s, and his love for his human, as Bernie deals with

divorce, child custody issues and other fun human matters. Dog on It is the perfect read for animal lovers who wonder what might be going on in their best friend’s mind at times. Chet’s outlook will make you smile. This pup is tough, with a great understanding of the world and the things within it. His descriptions of the smell-world and its connection with people are wonderfully descriptive. In fact, Chet might have you sniffing your arm wondering what you smell like to your resident dog detective. In all his wisdom Chet, doesn’t always understand Bernie, but his animal instincts keep the team right on the track, moving things along at a quick pace, and providing a happy ending for all. After getting to know these two you will be glad to know that Quinn is busily working on the next Chet and Bernie mystery. So as you finish this gem of a book, you can rest easy knowing that your friends will be back soon. Simon & Schuster link: http: // m/Dog-On-It/Spencer-Quinn/ 9781416585831.

HELP WANTED FRIENDLY PEOPLE WANTED To deliver Spot Magazine to newsstands. A few hours, a few bucks. Never leave your own neighborhood! 1-2 days per month. Vancouver routes available. To apply, call call 503.261.1162.

ADOPTION COMPANIONS FOR LIFE 300 cats & kittens looking for forever home, altered, tested, vaccinated, microchipped, indoor, ready to love. Adoption fee $85-$125. M-F: 11-7, Sa-Su 10-6. Cat Adoption Team 503.925.8903 Volunteers welcome. Fosters needed.


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BOARDING $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. 7am - 8pm 503-252-7652.

DAYCARE See AJ’s K9 Kamp under Boarding THE BED & BISCUIT ON SUNNYSIDE Daycare and overnight stays in my home for dogs over 30# Special needs, meds OK! Lisa 503-658-5737 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 503-768-9932 or 971-570-3646. HOME AWAY FROM HOME The Dog Manor for fun and friendly Doggie Daycare! Your best friend’s home away from home. 503-309-0372 M-F 7-6:30 North Portland WHAT IS YOUR PET DOING ALL DAY? Chewing, Digging, Barking Bored and Missing You. Call A LUCKY DOG. 1-800GO-LUCKY

“WE HAVE A WARM HEART FOR A COLD NOSE” LEXIDOG AT 5TH STREET PUBLIC MARKET Features Experienced grooming by Faith Langford — Let Faith pamper your pup from nose to toes! Call 541-343-5394 for an appointment.

FOSTER CARE FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED If you would like to be a volunteer foster parent for Other Mothers Animal Rescue, please call 503.452.0465 to request an application. We need dedicated animal lovers to care for pregnant dogs or cats and/or their litters until they can be adopted into permanent homes.Please check us out at, Then call if you can help these precious puppies or kittens. This is a great way to get to cuddle the baby critters without committing to more than 6 or 8 weeks. Other Mothers needs you! 971.321.6858.

GROOMER WANTED T-Sat, Exp, detail oriented, neat and friendly. Please call Liana Mon-Fri 503-291-0010 WRITERS Spot is growing! We are always considering talented writers. The budget is humble but growing. The readership is passionate and the standard is high. If interested, please send letter of intro (especially your areas of interest/expertise in pets), along with two samples to: No phone calls please.

HOUSE & PET SITTERS DEPENDABLE RETIRED COUPLE We do overnight and vacation house and pet sitting. Dogs, cats, horses, whatever! Responsible with great references. 503537-9719 or 503-679-5613 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.

PET SITTING BOWWOWS & MEOWS PET SERVICES Need a pet-sitter who will love your pets as much as she loves her own? BowWows & Meows Pet Services . . . Because It’s All About Them! We also love birds! Serving West Vancouver & Jantzen Beach areas. Pet-sitting and Mid-Day Potty Breaks. 360.903.4174 LISA & FRIENDS PET SITTING Quality pet care in a comfortable home environment at great prices. In-home visits also available. All pets welcome. Refs. 503490-3762 FURRY DUTY IN HOME CARE Boarding/Daily Walking. Contact Char 503.829.7181 or or 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).

VACATION RENTALS Mohawk River B & B is located on two fenced acres on the banks of the Mohawk River, approximately 18 miles north of Springfield or 18 miles from Crawfordsville. Vacation with your pet and enjoy the country setting. Walk in the gardens, sit by the river or pond. 541.933.3940.

HEALTH/WELLNESS ORGANIC WHEAT-FREE DOG TREAT RECIPES Send $3 & an SASE to Mrs. Paws at 8056 E Mill Plain Blvd. Vancouver WA 98664. WALLACE PARK ANIMAL ACUPUNCTURE Complementary integrative pet care for a variety of health concerns. 20 yrs of experience and instructor to veterinarians. On the dog park in NW Portland. Dr.T. McCormick, LAc 503-810-0755


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AUGUST • 2009

1 saturday 9:30am — House of Dreams annual sale to benefit Kitty Dreams at 2637 NE Dunckley St. in Portland. Details 10am — 2009 Schnauzer Walk ‘til 2 at Clackamette Park in Oregon City. Details or 10am — OHS Adoption Outreach at Fun in the Park, part of Wilsonville’s Celebration Days

at Town Center Park, 29250 SW Parkway Ct. ‘til 5. OHS will also have adoptables at Bark in the Park at PGE Park tonight at 6:30. 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. 11am — Bones & Brew, a familyand pet-friendly event benefiting the Oregon Zoo offers fun for all ages, today & tomorrow in

Music, beverages and bites, with your best (4-legged) friend! & HOTE L









Mutt Mixers First Thursday Social Hour

August 6, 2009 • 5-8 pm Hotel Monaco 5th & Washington Downtown Portland Details 503.261.1162


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Portland’s Pearl District. Demos (including how to make BBQ Ice Cream!), tricks, 40+ regional microbrews, pet-friendly vendors, a recreational dog area, dog wash station, and, of course, BBQ! Enter at NW 14th & Flanders. Saturday 11-9, Sunday 11-7; admission is a requested $3 donation at the door. Details 11am — Foster Care Orientation at Greenhill in Eugene. Learn about the program, why animals are placed in foster care, and whether being a foster pet parent is right for you & your family. RSVP required: 541.689.1503. 11am — Hot Dogs & Cool Pups Fun in the Sun event at Alton Baker Park in Eugene ‘til 9. Highlights: BBQ, vendors, demos, beer/wine gardens and the Battle [of the bands] for the Pets competition. Details in Fetch or at Noon — Adopt a Cat this Weekend. CAT counselors are on-site at local PetsMart stores ‘til 4. PetsMarts are located at Cascade Station, in Clackamas, Hillsboro, Tanasbourne, Tigard, Tualatin, Wilsonville and Washington Square. Also noon-4 tomorrow and the weekends of Aug. 8, 15, 22 & 29. 2pm — Ask-a-Trainer at Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene ‘til 4. Certified Dog Trainer Nancy Yamin, owner of Mutts Better (, stations herself at Greenhill to answer questions about basic obedience & behavior modification. Free. 7:05pm — Bark in the Park at PGE Park. All pooches welcome to tonight’s ballgame, Portland Beavers vs. Sacramento River Cats. Dog-bobblehead giveaway, pet–friendly vendors, field festivities & more. Discount tickets at (use promo code DOVE). Details in Fetch or at

2 sunday 10am — Cruisin’ the “Q” at Westhills QFC to benefit OHS. Cruise-in & family fun ‘til 2pm. Rootbeer & orange floats, celebrity dunk tank, music, raffles, hula-hoop & other contests, kids’ treasure chest & adoptables. Noon — The Cat Food Bank is open ‘til 2:30 at CAT’s Sherwood shelter. The food bank provides cat food for cat owners in financial need. Over 13,000 lbs of cat food distributed since June 08.

4 tuesday 5:30pm — Basic Manners Dog Training Classes at Oregon Humane Society. Fun, positive dog training classes built to conveniently fit into busy lives. Flex schedule means you can learn at your own pace. Intro classes offered at varying times today & Aug. 8, 18 & 22. Training classes offered Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri. Details

6 thursday 5 — Spot Mutt Mixer at Hotel Monaco. Meet Rick Woodford, pet food guru and previous owner of DogStew. Rick presents a cooking demo on a simple, yummy “Yappetizer.” Also meet the friendly folks (and sweet adoptables) from Family Dogs New Life. Bites, beverages & entertainment. Start your First Thursday adventure with us! Free! Spot’s Mutt Mixers were recently featured on! 6:05pm — What are you doing this weekend? Tune in on the fly to 1450 AM Radio, the KPSU Family Show, for Spot Magazine’s report on weekend events for pets & their people.

8 saturday 8am — OHS serves up tasty pastries & beverages at Beaverton Farmers Market ‘til 1:30 to give the animals at OHS a boost. The market’s on SW Hall between 3rd & 5th. 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. 10am — “Run with the Dogs” adoption outreach at Petco in Lake Oswego. The Red Lizard Running Club teams up with shelter dogs from Multnomah County Animal Services to take a nice jog. The dogs are available to meet (and maybe fall in love!) ‘til noon. Details 11am —5th annual Bow Wow Bash at Garden Home Rec Center in Portland ‘til 3. Agility course, flyball performances, Doggie Olympics, a K-9 police unit, info booths, animal groups, food, raffle & silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the center. Details in Fetch. Noon — Need Some Bunny? Some bunny needs you! Meet them, and their Advocates, at Western Pet Supply in Beaverton. These events are fun, informative — even beautifying: the advocates even clip bunny’s nails. (Donations appreciated, and please bring clean towels and grooming tools if possible.) Details 12:30pm — Finicky Feline Class led by a certified pet trainer at OHS. Ideal for anyone just entering or considering pet parenthood. No need to RSVP & the workshop is free. 1pm — Could yours be a therapy dog? Learn about volunteering with your dog or cat through Delta Society at Howl at the Moon in Vancouver.

Cat Adoption Team will be on site to chat & introduce some lovely felines. Details tualatinCrawfishFe Noon — T-Touch for Cats class at Oregon Humane. Spend quality time with your cat & improve its health at the same time. Cost $50 with cat, $40 without. RSVP required: pet_training. 1pm — Memorial Art Community Workshop at DoveLewis, 1945 NW Pettygrove in Portland. Families 1-2:30, ages 16-adult 3-4:30. Enid Traisman MSW facilitates. Create a unique memento of your beloved and spend a little time in good company. Free; RSVP to

13 thursday • Lacamas Valley Sheepdog Trials through Aug. 16 at Johnston Dairy Farm, 104 NE 252nd Ave. in Camas. Dogs from all over the West Coast test their skills. Watch the trials with your best friend in the shade of a bucolic meadow. Details 6pm — Tiny Tigers: How to Raise a Happy, Well-Adjusted Kitten at Greenhill in Eugene. Learn how to acclimate your cat to the cat carrier and making vet visits, learn enrichment & simple grooming techniques, how to encourage play & use of scratching posts & more. RSVP required: 541.689.1503 ext. 116. Cost $10; please leave pets at home. 6:05pm — What are you doing this weekend? Tune in on the fly to 1450 AM Radio, the KPSU Family Show, for Spot Magazine’s report on weekend events for pets & their people.

14 friday 9 sunday • Tualatin Crawfish Festival is underway today & tomorrow, and

• Animal Aids’ Odds & Ends for Furry Friends Garage Sale today through Aug. 16 in Raleigh Hills.

Justin from Family Dogs New Life. Learn more pg 16. Details in Fetch or garagesale@An 1pm — OHS Adoption Outreach at US Bank, 12550 NW Cornell Rd. in Portland ‘til 5. 6:50pm — CATnip Friday 5k & Mouse Miler steps off from Sherwood High School. The first ever benefit run/walk for homeless cats & CAT. Venue opens at 5; the run/walk starts at 6:50. Registration $20/ advance, $25/event day. Details

15 saturday 10am — Multnomah Village Celebration & Parade. Parade at 10, Multnomah Days Dog Wash ‘til 2 at Lucky Lab Public House, 7675 SW Capitol Hwy in Portland. 10am — OHS Adoption Outreach at Big Truck Day at Conestoga Rec Center, 9985 SW 125th Ave. in Beaverton ‘til 2. An outreach is

also happening noon-4 at the Pet Festival at the Dog Club of West Linn, 18675 Willamette Dr. 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. 11am — Caring For Feral Cats & Trap/Neuter/Return Trapping Course at Greenhill in Eugene. Randi Golub, the “CatNurse,” teaches how to care for and trap feral cats for spaying & neutering. Those who complete this course have the opportunity to work with Greenhill’s Trap/Neuter/ Return program. Space is limited; RSVP required: 541.689.1503 ext. 116. Free. 11am — Save the Pets/Spay Ship Event at Center Court in Springfield’s Gateway Mall ‘til 4. Honoring National Homeless Animal Week with reduced-fee adoptions & info on Save the SPOT MAGAZINE

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Pets’ spay & neuter program, Spay Ship. A candlelight vigil will be held at dusk. Details 11am — Pet Caricatures by Sam Arneson at Howl at the Moon in Vancouver ‘til 5. Sam draws caricatures of pets & people — $20/head. See samples at (click on “event schedule”). RSVP early; spaces fill fast. 12:30pm — Problem Pooch class led by an OHS certified pet trainer. For those entering or considering pet parenthood or those frustrated with their fourlegged friend. Free; no need to RSVP. Please leave pets at home. Details

16 sunday Noon — Canine Massage Class at Howl at the Moon in Vancouver with Maddy Turner, LMT, LMP, CSAMP. Cost $25. Space is limited. Maddy is also offering 20-minute dog massages

($20) 1-5pm today. Details 1pm — Tricks & Games with Your Dog class at Oregon Humane. Some dogs are high-energy and easily bored. Mental stimulation engages them, and promotes good physical & mental health. Fun workshop includes pups, giving their people the tools to teach new tricks & games. Cost $60 with dog, $35 without. RSVP required: 5pm — Fences for Fido Fundraiser debuts the new cocktail, “The Chopper,” in honor of the organization’s first beneficiary, at Noble Rot in Portland. Fences for Fido reaches to help families with pups in chains. Details in Fetch or

you & your family. RSVP required: 541.689.1503.

18 tuesday 6pm — Paws N’ Sip at Oscar Albert Wine Bar, Garden Nursery and Bottle Shop in SE Portland. Pet-related businesses, “Ask Dr. Paws,” a raffle & great company — human and canine — in a sweet garden setting. Details

22 saturday * Pet Aid Concert 2009 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Performing will be Silversun Pickups, Cage The Elephant & Manchester Orchestra. Tickets $30 ($1.50 goes to OHS & DoveLewis). Get tickets: or

17 monday 5pm — Foster Care Orientation at Greenhill in Eugene. Learn about the program, why animals are placed in foster care, and whether being a foster pet parent is right for

Golden Bond’s annual picnic 8/23 photo courtesy Golden Bond Rescue

19 wednesday 5pm — Bridgeport Yappy Hour with LexiDog & Oregon Humane Society ‘til 8pm. Enjoy a glass of wine, good company & adoptables from OHS.

Aug 6, 2009: Susan Detlefsen, MotherInterrupted,org, re her new book, “They Save Children Don’t They?”, and helping parents who have had their children unfairly taken by the Child Protective Services. Aug 13, 2009: Ed Cavin, M.S., former child protective services social worker, on reconnecting with his 18-year old son. Aug 20, 2009: Carol Graven, Hands Across the Bridge, re the annual Labor Day event to celebrate that recovery is possible. Aug 27, 2009: Sonja Harju with a review of the 2009 Oregon Legislative Session.

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20 thursday 5:30pm — OHS Adoption Outreach at Oregon City Concert in the Park at 1955 Clackamette Dr. ‘til 8:30. 6:05pm — What are you doing this weekend? Tune in on the fly to 1450 AM Radio, the KPSU Family Show, for Spot Magazine’s report on weekend events for pets & their people.

21 friday 7:05pm — Meet adoptables from Greenhill at the Eugene Emeralds baseball game at Civic Stadium.

10am — Corgis Converge. The annual Corgi Walk in the Pearl, a Benefit for DoveLewis. Registration $25 for 1st Corgi, $15 additional. Details 503.227.2187 or 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. Noon — People & pet psychic Faye Pietrokowsky offers consultations at Howl at the Moon in Vancouver. $20/10 minutes, $30/15, $40/20; animals need not be present. Details

23 sunday 11am — Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon’s annual picnic ‘til 4 at

Willamette Mission State Park, 8 miles north of Salem. Details Their motto: For the Love of Goldens. Noon — OHS Adoption Outreach at PetsMart on SE 82nd Ave. in Portland ‘til 4. 4pm — Jake’s Dog Day of Summer IV at Jake’s Famous Crawfish, 401 SW 12th in downtown Portland. Pups & their people enjoy a fine meal. Details in Fetch or by calling 503.226.1419.

27 thursday 6:05pm — What are you doing this weekend? Tune in on the fly to 1450 AM Radio, the KPSU Family Show, for Spot Magazine’s report on weekend events for pets & their people.

CIRCLE THE DATE! Sept. 4-6 • Call of the Wild Canine Summer Camp. Activities include river games, forest agility, Tug Time & more. See

story this issue pg. 8 or citydog for details on the Pet Stroll.

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11:30am — Bearen Annual Rhodesian Ridgeback Foundation’s big event of the Rescue Picnic at Gryphon Ranch year, the Pet Stroll, happening in Rochester, WA (12 miles west of in conjunction with the Eugene Centralia). Details 360.736.0674 or Celebration. Learn all about the foundation pg. x this issue. Visit

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29 saturday 9am — OHS Adoption Outreach at Saturday Market in Woodburn ‘til 1. 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. 1pm — Pups in the Pub: Dirty Dogs, Beer, Music & More to benefit West Coast Dog & Cat Rescue of Eugene. Relax with a cold one while someone else does the dirty work! Take that dirty dog to the Eugene City Brewery, 844 Olive St., from 1-5 today and they’ll bathe him on the spot. Also low-cost microchips and nail trims, and photos by Spot Magazine. If you hate fleas, you’ll love Comfortis® (spinosad) Just one Comfortis® chewable tablet starts killing fleas within

30 sunday * Noon — Bow Wow Luau & end of summer celebration at VCANWVS, 16756 SE 82nd Dr. in Clackamas (outside in the festively-decorated parking lot) ‘til 2. Highlights: limbo for pups, wading pools, frozen treats, commemorative photos & more. See story this issue pg. 9.

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