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A slice of heaven for pets, people in Sunriver

Going to Iraq

with Randee

Top 10 Poisons of ‘09

Meet your ‘09 Cover Models! discover connect share

Life coach says:

“pets teach us love”


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7 Top 10 Poisons of ‘09

10 Rescue Me!

16 Meet your 2009 Cover Models!

22 pdxdog — discover, connect, share

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Bennington Properties is a vacation destination owned by a family who knows the meaning of vacation. And they LOVE dogs!

6 Going to Iraq with Randee

Finding herself unemployed at 35, single mom and photojournalist Randee Meckley of Vancouver decided to go for it. And she’s taking us with her . . . on a venture few would dare undertake.


Come out & play!

Spot’s Feb. 4 Mutt Mixer is All About Love. Highlights include a sweetheart craft with DoveLewis Art Therapist and grief counselor Enid Traisman, a speednetworking activity with pdxdog, and a chance to chat with Coach Diane Dennis and pet/people psychic Faye Pietrokowsky.

The ASPCA handled over 140,000 cases of pet poisoning last year. Here, their top 10 hazards reveal that many are everyday household products.

Portland’s thriving pet community can be found — at all hours — sharing photos, anecdotes, suggestions and ideas . . . online. The welcome mat is out at

8 Life coach says: “pets teach us love”

Coach Diane Dennis says exercising a bit of the simplistic love our pets show us might be just what our human relationship needs.

5 Search and Rescue crew needs miles

At presstime, Harry Oakes and International K9 Search and Rescue Services were appealing for airmiles to get to Haiti. Meet them, and see Harry’s tips for disaster preparedness here at home.

25 Toys, Fabulous Toys! A busy dog is a happy dog. And a happier you.

Meet Tivoli, a Shar Pei/Pit angel whose sweet loving nature survived a journey through hell. Rescued in Prineville, “Tivi” is dearly loved, but has been in the shelter too long and needs to go home.

Spot’s MarketPlace is the place for the best products, services and pet-related everything in the Northwest!

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crunchy little newsbits to chew on - Help ferals “ Beat the Heat” - Celebrate Spay Day in Springfield - OHS found forever homes for 10,000 in ‘09 -Bonnie Hays launches Power of 10 campaign





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Age: 61⁄2 yrs. They will officially become seniors June 18th. Family: Duncan, Arrowyn and Christie live in Boring. Much of their half-acre is fenced, giving the Beagles plenty of room to run off-leash, chase each other around the pump house, and do occasional perimeter checks. Turn Ons: Food! Pickiness definitely not a problem. Duncan especially likes bits of ham. Arrowyn comes running at the sound of a banana being peeled. Rawhide chews are a definite fave. Both love long walks, especially on local trails. Duncan really isn’t into toys unless edible. Arrowyn, though, who can be maternal and possessive, takes pride in caring for both her brother’s and her own stuffed toys. Currently, her favorite toy is a squeaky squirrel she received for Christmas. Naughtiest Deed: Stealing away with a whole ham just being prepared to serve. The pups were young at the time, and Christie remembers chasing them twice around the kitchen island before Duncan was willing to relinquish his most prized possession.


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Obsession: As siblings, each Beagle’s attributes seem to complement the other’s. For instance, Duncan lives to please, is laid-back, and quiet most of the time, while his sister is an independent thinker, full of zip and quick to bark at a hint of trouble. Arrowyn’s solemn duty is to alert Christie by whining when it’s time to eat, walk or go potty. Both are known to bay at the windows when Christie leaves for errands. 541.741.1242


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very year we rediscover the sleepwalk that is January. About week three, we not only shake off the cobwebs, but this great gust seems to sweep in and propel us to new heights and speeds. Around here we’re hitting cruising altitude, and 2010 is looking fine!

Spot’s recent Top Dog Awards were a great success. We were delighted so many of you joined us for a night of celebration, honor and friendship. We all had a blast, two beauties from our featured rescue (Oregon Dachshund Rescue) were adopted early on, and donations sent the rescue home with $750. We’re proud of this year’s Top Dogs, and so pleased that Spot’s gatherings are well attended, fun, and provide a way to give our rotating rescues a boost. Join us Feb. 4 — “All About Love,” this Mutt

Satellites for Haiti As helping hands and hearts unified all over the world to assist those affected by the horrific quake in Haiti last month, International K9 Search and Rescue Service was seeking air miles to help get support to the site. As usual Harry Oakes, president of IK9SARS, had much on his mind, and many questions coming at him. Harry asked us to share the following in hopes of keeping families safe in the event of disaster in the Northwest — the editor.

From Harry Oakes, Disaster K9 SAR Coordinator, IK9SARS:


ow that the USAR FEMA team has worked the Hotel Montana and other locations in Haiti, pulling out numerous survivors (GREAT JOB PEOPLE and dogs) there are families scrambling to find answers for those still missing. I’ve received hundreds of emails and calls asking: Why I’m not over there helping; What can be done? Who do these folks turn to to find their loved ones? I’ll answer the questions in order. First, we never go into any SAR call UNINVITED. We had to wait like everyone else to obtain the ok to go in and respond with our SAR dog teams. We are not part of FEMA. These situations are very political and, because we’re a private team, we require the freedom to respond privately for the US Government as well as for private families who employ us. We get hired to respond by families, other governments, our own government agencies, churches, friends of families with members missing, etc. Second, until Jan. 17th, there was no infrastructure — police, fire, medical,


Mixer’s a little cheeky and a lot of fun, and some of our best friends will be there (details pg 11). I have more to tell you than space allows, (this issue took on a life of its own — please scan it all: great stuff!). To hear the latest developments — on Team Spot, our rescue efforts, distribution expansion and more, meet me at — I’ll fill you in! I’ll leave you with this little tasteteaser. Spot’s March and April issues are awesome, so be sure

to get your copy. March is “Best in the Northwest,” and April is your event guide for the season. Oh! There’s the hook from behind the curtain— gotta go! Come see me on the website! Yours in everything pet,

military — to start ORGANIZING and planning. Logistics is a nightmare. The US Military and USAR FEMA and other teams are doing an OUTSTANDING JOB and are starting to make a difference. The International K9 Search and Rescue This is only the tip Service crew after hurricane Mitch in of the iceberg. Honduras. The crew paid their own way there, donated 12 days’ labor, found 59 Why aren’t we dead and treated numerous injured. there right now? They also provided grief therapy for The simple answer families and children who had lost is that we can’t afford loved ones. The crew worked similarly the airfare. in Turkey in 1999; found 14 alive, recovWe were quoted ered 71 dead. $1600-$1,900/ ticket, so we’re waiting and hoping someone will donate AIRMILES so we can fly in. As soon as we get the tickets, we’re packed and on the plane. We’ve approached the airlines and they won’t donate the tickets. We were supposed to fly out Saturday, but the plane got bumped and the victim search we were contracted to go look for (US Citizens) were able to be handled by another team already on the ground in Haiti. continued pg 27

Top 10 Pet Poisons of ‘09 from the ASPCA Many common household goods that we consider harmless can poison our furry friends. In 2009, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in Urbana, IL handled more than 140,000 cases of pets exposed to toxic substances, many of which included everyday household products like insecticides, cleaning supplies and prescription medications. To help you keep your pet safe this year, ASPCA experts have created a list of the 10 common poisons that most affected furry friends last year. Human Medications For several years, human medications have stubbornly remained #1 on the ASPCA’s list of common hazards. Pets often snatch pill vials from counters and nightstands or gobble up medications (painkillers, cold medications, antidepressants, dietary supplements) accidentally dropped or fallen on the floor. Always keep meds in hard-to-reach cabinets. Insecticides One of the most common incidents in ’09 involved misuse of flea and tick products — such as applying the wrong topical treatment to the wrong species. It’s important to talk to your vet before beginning any flea/tick control program. People Food Grapes, raisins, avocado and products containing xylitol, like gum, can seriously disable our furry friends. One of the worst offenders — chocolate — contains large amounts of methylxanthines, which, if ingested in significant amounts, — or even small amounts over time — can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, urination, hyperactivity, and in severe cases, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and death. Plants Common houseplants such as azalea, rhododendron, sago palm, lilies, kalanchoe and schefflera are often found in homes and can be harmful to pets. Lilies are especially toxic to cats, and can cause life-threatening kidney failure even in small amounts. Veterinary Medications Though intended for pets, pet meds are often misapplied or improperly dispensed by well-meaning pet parents. In 2009, the ASPCA managed nearly 8,000 cases involving nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, heartworm preventatives, de-wormers, antibiotics, vaccines and nutritional supplements. Rodenticides Many baits used to attract rodents contain inactive ingredients that attract pets as well. Depending on the product, ingestion can lead to potentially life-threatening problems including bleeding, seizures or kidney damage. Household Cleaners Protect pets from common agents such as bleach, detergent and disinfectants. These products, when inhaled by pets, can cause serious gastrointestinal distress and irritation to the respiratory tract.

Heavy Metals Not talking loud music, rather heavy metals like lead, zinc and mercury. Lead is especially pernicious, and pets are exposed to it through many sources, including consumer products, paint chips, linoleum, and lead dust in older homes. Garden Products They may keep your grass green, but certain types of fertilizer and garden products can cause problems for outdoor cats and dogs, causing severe gastric upset and possibly obstruction. Chemical Hazards A category on the rise, chemical hazards — found in ethylene glycol antifreeze, paint thinner, drain cleaners and pool/spa chemicals — pose substantial risk to pets. Substances in this group can cause gastrointestinal upset, depression, respiratory difficulties and chemical burns. Prevention is key to avoiding accidental exposure, but if you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA 24-hour hotline at 888-4264435. For a more detailed version of this report, including numbers on cases reported in 2009, visit




Pet is my Teacher

Life coach calls pets


Jake Faris • Spot Magazine

he approach of Valentine’s Day has many of us pondering the “L” word more than usual. But what about pets? Animals are more St. Francis’ bailiwick, but pet guardians find that, like St. Valentine, we humans can learn a lot about love from our non-human companions. Certified Life Coach Diane Dennis, a local authority on relationships, confirms that she herself takes relationship advice from her dog, Jake. An Australian Shepherd/Lab mix, Jake came into Dennis’s life over two years ago via a boyfriend (they met at Jake’s Famous Crawfish – thus his name). Hesitant after having recently lost her longtime senior dog, Lacey, Dennis eventually demurred, and Jake was in. Today, the boyfriend is long gone but Jake remains. Occasionally Dennis wonders how much better human relationships could be if we emulated the love of our pets. “Our best examples of love come from dogs,” she says.

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Without spoken language to muddle communication, dogs listen with all of their senses. When it comes to human relationships, empathy is key. “This requires good listening skills . . . really feeling what the other person is feeling as you’re communicating,” Dennis says. As hard as it can sometimes be for humans to focus on what their loved one is saying, dogs listen [most of the time] with their entire beings. Without spoken language to muddle communication, dogs listen with all of their senses. They see tension in our movements, even smell chemical changes in our bodies. They can hear beyond our words, detecting the emotions behind them.


Dennis isn’t saying we should go around smelling each other in order to communicate better. If we’re focused — as focused as dogs are when they listen to us — we would find communication easier, and often smoother. But we let our egos get in the way, fracturing our attention.

That’s when relationships start to break down: when we start paying attention to the voice in our head, signaling fear, urging control.



According to Dennis, “control, power, fear and competition” are the four motivations at the root of discord in relationships. Behind these motivations, she says, is ego. Citing Jake’s wholehearted eagerness to please, Dennis says dogs lack the selfish intentions inherent in human nature.

Dennis recalls a series of expensive dog beds Jake loved to destroy, showing remorse after every incident. When she found he had chewed up yet another bed, Jake crawled to her feet and lay prostrate.

as focused as dogs are when they listen to us

— we would find communication much easier.

While such a display might be unrealistic for humans, Dennis sees the clarity of purpose and the focus on listening as attributes humans would do well to learn.

Emulating our four-legged companions might be an overly simplistic answer to an age-old question, but simplicity might just be what your human relationship needs. As Dennis puts it, “It’s a gift to be able to meet another person’s need.”

While such a display might be unrealistic for humans, Dennis sees the clarity of purpose and the focus on listening as attributes humans would do well to learn. When we fight with loved ones is it really about the socks on the floor? Or being constantly late? As vulnerable as we might feel when we talk about the real issues — our real fears and desires — are we as vulnerable as a puppy in submission at our feet? Our pets learn to interpret our needs, and we theirs. We let them out when they paw at the door. We comfort them through fireworks. They lick our cheeks when we cry and fetch the newspaper when it’s cold and rainy. With this simple give and take — the statement and fulfillment of needs — we naturally fall into a balanced, successful relationship . . . with our pets. In fact, the popular bumper sticker that says, “Help me be the person my pet thinks I am” simply states that we know we often fall short of our pet’s version of us. Ever seen “Help me be the person my wife/husband thinks I am” on a single bumper? Probably not.

Pet is my Teacher

If we’re focused —

Dogs don’t have that internal monologue, even when they do “bad” things.

Got a question about love or life with your pets? Diane Dennis will join Spot as a featured guest at Spot/Monaco’s Mutt Mixer 1st Thursday Feb. 4, 6-8pm at the hotel. Dennis also appears frequently on AMNW and hosts Family Focus 101 on KUIK AM radio Saturdays at 10am. Contact her at or visit

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

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Tivoli (pronounced Te-voh-lee) is a sweet, human-focused 7-yr-old, neutered Sharpei/Pit Bull mix. The victim of an incredible act of cruelty, Tivoli was burned over 90% of his body, muzzled, thrown from a truck, and left to die. “Tivi” was found at the reservoir near Prineville, still muzzled and suffering from a dislocated shoulder. Dearly loved by all who work with him at The Humane Society of the Ochocos, still, Tivi has been there too long — since June 2008! Tivi is hoping 2010 will be the year he finds his FOREVER home. He is so deserving of a family to love him forever. Through everything, he has shown true forgiveness and continues to love every person he meets. Due to his scarred and sensitive skin, Tivi needs a home with no cats or dogs. Playing with dogs or a correction from a cat could cause tears and infection. He also prefers a home with no stairs to climb, since he has a pin in his hip and is gravity-challenged. To learn more or to meet Tivoli, please contact us at 541447-7178. Tivi can’t wait to meet you in person! He is in the shelter at 1280 S. Tom McCall Rd in Prineville. Details

A note from two of Tivi’s personal caretakers (and biggest fans!)

Tivoli is one of those people you will never forget. If he sits on your lap, you know you’ve been sat on. If you’re lucky enough to be loved by Tivoli, you know you’ve been loved. If he asks you to dance, you best be wearing steel-toed boots. Tivoli, whose real name we’ll never know, is a 7 1⁄2--yr-old Shar Pei/Pit Bull mix. He had been seen wandering out by the reservoir and had finally collapsed at a residence along the highway. It was a hot summer day June 2008 when he was found, and those who found him could not even identify his breed or his color. He smelled like gasoline and had burns over 90 percent of his body. He had a dislocated hip and numerous lacerations. He spent a week in intensive care and a month at a local animal hospital. He was brought to The Humane Society of the Ochocos to recover with little hope for his future. His skin finally blistered and peeled off and his hip started healing with the help of a metal pin. And every once in a while we saw the glimpse of a smile.

The Humane Society of the Ochocos, Prineville’s only no-kill shelter, has helped place approximately 17,000 pets since opening in 1995. It is a tireless task, with constant, growing demands on a very small staff. Prineville is a very small town and The HSO relies completely upon donations. To help or learn more, contact at 541-447-7178 or 1280 S. Tom McCall Rd in Prineville, OR 97754.

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His recovery has been slow. His feet and skin are still very tender, and though he would love to go on long walks, or sleep in the sun on a warm day, he is unable to due to his injuries. His hair is finally growing back in little tufts and it turns out he’s a redhead. Perhaps he’s Irish. We should have named him Paddy O’Malley. He does have the occasional temper tantrum in the middle of the night when he destroys everything in his room. Everything, that is, except a silly rubber alligator which he carries around like his wrinkled little baby. Like I said, if you’re lucky enough to be loved by Tivi you know you’ve been loved. Tivi may never get over the abuse he has suffered, but this shelter is determined to help him get through it and beyond it, and possibly someday find the home that he was meant to have! Tivi’s Caretakers, Susan & Randa










Mutt Mixers

Spot Magazine • Hotel Monaco Mutt Mixers are a First Thursday destination for pet lovers!

Mutt Mixer

February 4, 6-8pm

Dogs are welcome,

and many attend.

In addition to complimentary bites and beverages, February 4th highlights include: a valentine craft with DoveLewis Art Therapist Enid Traisman, plus special guests who are expert in the field of love, must-love-dogs-style networking fun with, and more! Donations at the beverage & goodie bag bars and other offerings support the evening’s featured rescue, Pacific NW PitBull Rescue. Learn more at

Get crafty with Enid The Feb. 4 Mutt Mixer features special guest Enid Samuel Traisman, M.S.W., C.T., art therapist and grief counselor at DoveLewis in Portland. Known and loved locally for her work in art and grief therapy, Enid is perhaps best known for her free monthly grief support groups and free monthly Memorial Art Workshops at DoveLewis. Enid will have her “artist hat” on at the Mixer, guiding guests through an easy heart-shaped clay pawprint craft. This is a unique opportunity to “play” with Enid and, as anyone who knows her knows, she is a gifted, brilliant, joy of a human being with a huge heart for animals and people. Enid has a Masters in Social Work specializing in Grief Counseling and is a Certified Thanatologist (expert in death and dying). She is a certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist

through Humane Society University and a member of the DELTA Society. Enid has been a guest speaker at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Wild West Veterinary Conference and many other organizations. She has authored five books, including the locally popular My Personal Pet Remembrance Journal. Enid founded the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program in 1986. Her work as a pioneer and expert in the pet bereavement field has made her a popular guest in print, radio and TV, and a variety of national magazines. Thanks to support from DoveLewis, Enid is available for telephone support 7 days a week at no charge to the community. Learn more about Enid’s art work at and about the pet loss support group and memorial art schedules at

Meet Faye the pet/people psychic Also appearing Feb. 4 will be special guest, pet and people psychic Faye Pietrokowsky, founder of Inner Design. Faye says everything in life works better when people engage their intuition in decision-making, along with reason and logic. “I wanted to help people live richer lives by befriending and utilizing intuition. Inner Design began with private consultations to assist people in examining and solving issues.” Intuition classes were offered at community and private colleges, books stores and boutiques. “In the beginning,” says Faye, “people met at my office, asking about the living and deceased, existing and new employees, careers, relocating, and pets.” Her work took her to Los Angeles, Seattle, Wisconsin and Illinois, leading her to work by phone much of the time. Intrigued with consulting by email, Faye explored the possibility and found it effective. “The pet psychic/animal communication classes and consultations have always been a part of my work,” says Faye. “It’s natural for people to ask about their beloved animal friends as well as family, friends and co-workers.” Contact Faye at SPOT MAGAZINE



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or adults the word “vacation” doesn’t have the same magical promise of carefree adventure as it does for the young. In fact, since the invention of online reservations and do-it-yourself travel arrangements, the “vacations” we take these days can be even more stressful than a typical work day. The convenience of technology can become a curse if websites fail to communicate with each other or — even worse — you forget the invaluable e-ticket, e-reservation, or confirmation code, bringing your vacation to a sudden halt. With this kind of stress it’s not surprising to hear returning vacationers say, “I need a vacation from my vacation!” Bennington Properties, a family-owned property management company in Sunriver, OR, has a refreshingly old-fashioned take on the modern vacation. They’re not your typical vacation property company. During our stay at one of their exquisite homes recently, we found the Bennington staff more like unobtrusive hosts. Helpful and friendly when needed, for the most part operating in the background to make your stay as carefree as possible. And they love dogs. “Since spending time with my dog is so important to me while on vacation, I set out to build a vacation rental company that was truly a dog-friendly business,” explains Robert Bennington, son of founders, Gene and Penny. Using Bennington’s comprehensive website, dog families can browse over 100 dogfriendly vacation properties in Sunriver and Caldera Springs. Online you’ll find a complete list of available properties, rates and featured amenities. Detailed profiles and photos are just a click away. Shopping for your perfect vacation home couldn’t be easier or less mysterious. In perfect counterbalance to the high-tech, the friendly Bennington staff personally handles the reservation — including getting the 411 on any and all traveling

Typical vacations usually require at least one trip to the store for firewood or some item I’ve forgotten. Here, all we had left to do was sit back on the comfy leather couch and relax. The dogs had different plans — the wilds needed exploring!

Charity Faris exploring with Pearl and Buddy

pooches. Each step in the process is designed for the least amount of hassle. I left Portland looking forward to a quick getaway — a cozy two nights with my wife and our four dogs. The process was as easy as described in the e-mail: drive to the house, get the keys from the lockbox, call the office to let them know we were “in.” Honestly, our awe of the scenery, giddy tour of the house, and the K9 goodie bags made picking up the phone the hardest part of checking in. Yes, K9 goodie bags. Four adorable kits awaited on the kitchen counter. That’s when I realized the folks at Bennington weren’t just dog-friendly, they know dogs. They thought of everything we might have forgotten: bowls, kerchiefs, treats, poop bags. continued next pg




do was sit back on the comfy leather couch and relax. The dogs had different plans — the wilds needed exploring! Now you might be thinking this all sounds nice and rustic, but what about the real necessities — like TV, movies, the web? Your hosts are way ahead of you. TVs in bedrooms and common areas are connected to cable and DVD players. Even better, the house has a wireless signal and easy-to-follow instructions to get connected. No e-withdrawal here. But what if you didn’t bring movies? Once again, they’ve got you covered with a complete entertainment library. On a cold winter’s night the cozy house invites curling up with a movie and a roaring fire, munching popcorn or sipping a luscious Pinot. During the day, it’s the stunning scenery that beckons people and pets to frolic in Sunriver’s natural playground.

Something for everyone

On a cold winter’s night the cozy house invites curling up with a movie and a roaring fire, munching popcorn or sipping a luscious Pinot. The stroke of genius? A bone-shaped tag with the office number — just in case a pup overdoes his exploration of fence-free Sunriver. Next to the dog goodies were treats for the two-legged vacationers. It was shaping up to be a cozy, worry-free vacation. Attention to detail was apparent throughout the house. The kitchen had everything, save food. A basket of a half-dozen rolled towels sat next to the back door, ready to wipe muddy paws. The fireplace was prepped with all the necessities. Typical vacations usually require at least one trip to the store for firewood or some item I’ve forgotten. Here, all we had left to

There are 30 miles of paved trails for strolling, biking or running. Bikes are available for Bennington guests, and trailers for the kids or furry ones can be rented at Sunriver’s Village Bike and Ski. Mt. Bachelor sits just minutes away, with its world-class downhill and cross-country ski areas. During warmer months you and the pooch can walk to the Deschutes River for a swim or a canoe outing. If exploring is your thing, Sunriver sits in the middle of the forest. Robert says, “With the Deschutes National Forest right outside our back door, we like to call Sunriver our 1.6 million acre dog park.” With Sebastian’s Healthy Pet Food just down the road in Sunriver Village, you also needn’t go far for pet sundries. Robert says there are plans to make Sunriver even more pet-friendly. An outdoor pet selfwash might soon be available adjacent to the Bennington offices. “That way our guests, on their way back from the river or a hike, can stop by and wash their dogs,” he says. It’s that kind of anticipation of guests’ needs that makes Bennington Properties the perfect host for you and your precious pups when you visit Sunriver — perhaps Oregon’s best “theme” park. Bennington Properties 888-610-9700

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











Come meet the lovebugs My name’s Rock I’m Adoptable!

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acific Northwest Pit Bull Rescue is the featured rescue at Spot’s Mutt Mixer at Hotel Monaco Feb. 4, 6-8pm. Come meet these special lovebugs, and the great folks of PNWPBR. PNWPBR is an all-volunteer organization helping Pit Bulls in need at shelters and humane societies in the Pacific Northwest through foster care, adoption, advocacy and education. The group provides current and future guardians and the general public with information about Bully Breed dogs — from their history to the present, truth versus myth, and tips on feeding, training and health care. The PNWPBR story began in July 2006 when Ellena Thomas came upon Gerkin, a sweet American Pit Bull Terrier whose life had come down to two options: get out or get put down. Gerkin was living in Ontario, Canada, which has a ban on his breed. One look at his face, says Thomas, and she had to help. Generous support from the Pit Bull community locally and across the US got Gerkin on a plane home to Ellena, and PNWPBR was born. Now, almost four years later,

Come! Meet Rock “We at PNWPBR first met Rock in 2007, when he was an adorable puppy needing to find his way out of an animal shelter. Back then, he was an absolute joy to his foster family, and was soon adopted to a loving family. Fast-Forward to today, Rock has found himself back with PNWPBR. As much as his adoptive family loved him, they made poor decisions and, in the end, Rock suffered for them. He is still that wonderful pup we remember, only much bigger!! Rock has tons of qualities that will make him a great addition to his new family. He is housetrained, great with kids and female dogs, and even knows his commands in English AND sign language! Rock is a goofy sweetheart who loves his toy ball, snuggling on the couch, and most of all FOOD!”

the growing group is still hard at work. Their motto: “Abandoned. Adopted. Adored.” “We rescue, foster, rehabilitate, and adopt out Pit Bulls we believe truly are breed ambassadors,” says Thomas, PNWPBR Executive Director. “We do not take owner surrenders; all of our dogs have faced euthanasia in area shelters.” PNWPBR also assisted in launching a BLCSnip (Bully Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Incentive) program in cooperation with the Humane Society for SW Washington and Animal Farm Foundation, the first in Portland to do so. Details

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The generous parents of these beauties donated to boost Animal Aid for a chance to win a session with a professional pet photographer as Spot Magazine’s February Cover Model.




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They’re all beautiful to us, so we let Nyla from Springfield, OR choose the winner in a random drawing.

Nyla, age 2, picks the winners, two cute Beagles named Duncan and Arrowyn.




10,000 found forever homes

Patty, McKenna and Katie Linger, with Bella. (L-R)

Bella, a one-year-old Kelpie mix, was the 10,000th pet to be adopted in 2009 from the Oregon Humane Society. Bella was adopted by the Linger family of NE Portland following a get-acquainted meet where fouryear-old McKenna Linger and Bella became instant friends. “Once we got into the play area, Bella spent all her time playing with McKenna. We found a dog we love,” said McKenna’s grandmother Patty Linger, who accompanied her granddaughter and daughter, Katie, to the shelter in December. Patty had been watching the OHS website for the pup they could finally add to the family thanks to a new fence around their large backyard. Patty had a list of five dogs to see, but McKenna made short work of the process, falling head-over-heels for Bella, who was second on Patty’s list. A sweet note to the story: Bella happened to be among OHS’s “Great Eight,” those residing at the shelter longest. The adoption of 10,000 pets in a year is a new record for OHS since opening its shelter on Columbia. in 2000. “These record adoptions are a tribute to the compassion of our community and the hard work of our staff and volunteers,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS Executive Director.

Help ferals “Beat the Heat”

Celebrating Spay Day in Springfield

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is holding a “Beat the Heat” special in honor of Spay Day Feb. 23, 2010. To help cats before they get pregnant, all qualified feral cats will be spayed or neutered for only $15, half the regular suggested donation amount. The special is in effect at spay/neuter clinics in Portland throughout February. “Spring is an important time for feral cats and their caregivers,” says Karen Kraus, FCCO Executive Director. “One cat in spring can become a colony of 20 by the end of summer.” The annual Spay Day campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International is designed to inspire people to save animals’ lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats. “Cats will begin going into heat soon,” says Kraus. “Prevention is key to reducing suffering and future litters of kittens.” For more info, to sponsor a spay/neuter or to volunteer with FCCO, please call 503-797-2606 or visit

Feline Assistance Network has partnered with Papa’s Pizza in Springfield to celebrate Spay Day. Funds raised will go directly to spay/neuter feral and low-income cats living in Springfield. To support or join in, go to www.Felineassistance, print the flyer (you must take it with you for the program to benefit), and go to Papa’s Pizza in Springfield Feb. 23 for one of the best pies around. Questions? Email Larisa Worthington at


OHS annual art contest for youngsters The Oregon Humane Society’s Education Department is seeking young artists and writers with a humane vision to enter the “Be Kind to Animals” poster and photo/essay event . Last year more than 4,000 students participated statewide. Open to Oregon students grades 1-12, each grade has a specific theme illustrating a valuable humane lesson, such as: the importance of giving your pet a license and I.D. tag; cats are the “purr-fect” pet; pets are family members; my pet is my friend; and more. To enter, call 503-416-5034 or go to services/contests.asp. Entry forms are also available at the OHS shelter. in Portland. Participation is free; entries must be received or postmarked no later than March 26, 2010.

The Power of 10 gets underway Washington County Animal Services & Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter in Hillsboro is launching a new community campaign, 2010: The Power of 10. “The Power of 10 is all about community,” says Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager. If each of us helps the animals the best way we can, it will all add up to an even better place for the people and the pets in our county. We all have 10 minutes of time to visit a shelter animal, or $10 to help them out, or 10 friends who will organize a pet food drive with us.” Here are 10 ideas from the folks at Washington County and Bonnie Hays for helping the animals in Washington County this year: Donate money - $10 buys two vaccines - 10 $10 bills buys two spay/neuter surgeries - 25 $10 bills ($250) buys leukemia and FIV tests for TEN cats Donate supplies - Frontline or Revolution topical flea control saves lives - Chlorine bleach keeps the shelter disinfected and clean Donate food - Organize a pet-food drive at work or school Visit the shelter - Got 10 minutes? Stop by the shelter and have fun feeding treats to the dogs and cats Volunteer - Got 10 hours a month? Offer to volunteer to care for the dogs and cats

Become a foster parent - Care for a cat and her litter by fostering them temporarily in your home until a permanent home is found Spay/Neuter YOUR pets - If they’re already sterilized, offer to sponsor to spay/neuter the pet of a friend, neighbor or family member Keep pets safe at home - Keep them in uniform with collars, licenses and ID tags Teach respect for animals - The Golden Rule rules! “Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.” Adopt a shelter pet! Staff and volunteers encourage you to visit and see firsthand how donations of time, money and supplies really make a difference to the animals and those serving them. Details


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Yes we can. Going to Iraq with Randee

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andee Meckley is a 35-year-old single mother of three, ages 2, 8 and 10, and the “dog mom” of Jasmine, a black mini Dachshund who’s been blind from birth. Two years ago Randee found herself unemployed. Not good for a woman with the disposition of a hardcore working dog. You know these animals: they need to do their job. Prematurely, Randee arrived at a sort of midlife crossroads: she was a woman with a past, one whose “present” was a potent mix of big questions and burning desires, one whose future had not yet begun.

“I’m the one who would call the family and say, ‘I’m in Mexico — just calling to let you know!’ so the family is ready for anything.” — Randee Meckley, independent photojournalist bound for Iraq Mulling her future, her passion for photography stubbornly in focus, Randee came upon the book, Write Things Down, Make it Happen. Thanks to family and unemployment benefits, she actually had time to really consider her greatest desires before having to take a job. About this time a friend stationed in Iraq who was missing home and family set Randee to thinking: “Why don’t people go visit their soldiers?” Thanks to the nudge from the book about making things happen, she began to do just that.

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This story thus far is remarkable. And it only promises to get better. Randee intends to get as close as she can to streaming live her daily experiences. She will be posting on her website,, on Facebook and Twitter, and when the focus is pets, on and Spot’s Facebook and Twitter outlets. For many of us it will be as close to Iraq — or any country in conflict — as we’ll ever get. The images and tales are bound to be inspiring, breathtaking, frightening and disturbing. In short, the stuff of life.

Randee’s preparation alone is FULL of great stories: passing muster to enter a country at war, meeting amazing people Stay tuned. who have shared their stories with her — not to mention basic Randee with her children ages 10, 8, and 2. necessities like a bulletproof vest Born December 6, 1974, in Grants Pass, OR, Randee Meckley is an and appropriate footwear. American photojournalist and doting mother of three. As a freelance phoIn a conversation less than two weeks from her departure, tographer, her work, still “virtually undiscovered by publishers,” covers Randee answered the question most people ask: “Why are the range of life and emotion. Motivated by the you doing this?” exuberance of her children, she aims to see the I’ve been unemployed for quite some time and world through her lens as new and as fresh as if through the eyes of a child. Her passion for desperately needed to find something that would photography and storytelling led her to embark make me feel useful. I really want to show people on her own assignments. She began her career that anything is possible, that they can do anything, documenting the lives of Oregon grass seed so I set out to prove it. I wanted to do something that farmers, and Oregon wine country. Now she would help people, and hopefully, entertain them . . . I has created her own assignment taking her want people to be happy. I want people to realize that halfway across the world to Iraq.

if they have an idea they should check it out, find out what it takes to make it happen — it can be done! Luckily my family is very close-knit, and grandma can step in and fill the “mommy” shoes while I am on my mission. Speaking of the kidlettes, they are not so sure about the whole idea of Iraq. They are excited with me, but not excited for me to be around ‘war stuff.’

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pdxdog hosts speed-networking at Mixer Andrea Schneider and Ellie

well-meaning friends and relatives . . . only to discover the one special person they meet . . . doesn’t like dogs. All great reasons to attend the Spot/Monaco Mutt Mixer Feb. 4. Pdxdog will be joining the fun with a special “must love dogs”-style activity for networking, and who knows! Maybe even romance. Andrea Schneider, founder of, refers to the activity as a Must Love Dogs Speed Con-

To that end “plays an online role of convener and collaborator,” says Schneider. Those new to on-line social networks might not be familiar with, but for people who love dogs, it’s a must-see online destination. Schneider says, “You can’t believe how many people visit from other places wanting to get the inside scoop on moving to Portland with their pooch. We roll out the welcome mat to Portland and the dog

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n matters of the heart, dogs — or any pet — can be relationship makers . . . or breakers. Dog lovers share a unique appreciation for what it really means to love dogs, and sharing that passion with others is a favorite pastime. So creating meetups for those who share the love of dogs


makes sense. While connecting with others and developing relationships comes easy for some, others do better with a helping hand. When the context is romance, today’s version of the dating dance can take a dog-loving single seeking [fill in the blank] through a blur of websites, events and “help” from

nect. “You never know who you might meet at this speed ‘meet and greet,’” she says. These days networking and relationship building have become part of our culture as more people recognize their value in helping find a job, make new friends, tap new resources, and stay connected.

community. I can’t think of a better way to greet new people before they even get here — pdxdog is really friendly and inclusive.” In late ’06, Schneider started working on the idea for after realizing that having a dog with her (her first Golden Retriever Jake at that time) made her and others

more open, and greatly increased her daily social interactions. As owner of The Pearl Retriever pet boutique at that time, she says, “I noticed how people loved just hanging out at the store, meeting others, and talking about dogs.” Schneider connected this thought with the fact that, since the beginning of time, humankind has labored to communicate and maintain social connections — through smoke signals, carrier pigeons, stagecoaches, the telephone . . . and now the Internet. Combining these two ideas brought to life in Spring 2007, one of the nation’s earliest online social networks just for dog lovers.

Schneider says, “The new technology gives people more choices about how they live and participate in community. They can minimize or expand their contact and communications with others in ways not thought possible a few years ago.” While Schneider points out that today people can conceivably “live, earn, shop and go about life without ever leaving your house,” the spirit of social networking is not that. “They actually allow us to connect and build community in profoundly new ways,”


Those new to on-line social networks might not be familiar with, but for people who love dogs, it’s a must-see online destination.

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she says. “It gives us another option to discover, re-discover and cultivate rich, reciprocal and lasting relationships. Successful online networking sites are increasingly popular and have become places where communities develop and grow,” she says. Which is in fact the idea behind to build upon Portland’s already thriving dog community. Simply stated, says Schneider, “ is part of building a strong dog-loving community for our pets and each other, online.” Humans have a basic need for connection and, Schneider says, “Social n e t Social networking working gives us another can to ome option to discover, re- sextent discover and cultivate m i m i c real-life rich, reciprocal and groups a n d lasting relationships. communities,” adding that like real life, “they rely entirely on participation, communi-

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To date, over 1,200 belong to, over half from the Portland Metro area. Schneider purposely focused on Portland to allow for people to meet offline, as well as online.

Schneider says she hopes pdxdog “contributes to Portland life and its dog-loving community,” adding, “It takes effort and people to make it work; it’s a reciprocal relationship.” Toward that end several new projects are in the works, like the upcoming Must Love Dogs speed-connect at Spot’s upcoming

Mixer. Another activity, coming soon along with nicer weather, is new a group called Dog Dates, which encourages dog lovers to join in for hikes, walks, coffee meetups and the like. “The story continues to write itself,” says Schneider, “alongside the emerging world of social networking.” Check it out at

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Yes there are 1000’s still trapped and yes we can still possibly save lives but not until we’re there. Yes there needs to be search teams looking for Haitian victims as well. There are. 14 different countries have teams in right now and more coming. Q: What needs to be done to find the remaining victims in Hotel Montana and other major structures? A: Heavy equipment must be brought in to tear down, layer by layer, each level of the structures and then our search dogs or others can go in and search and recover the remains of loved ones still missing. Q: Can anyone still be alive? A: Yes, of course. I’ve seen survivors pulled in the Philippine earthquake in 1990 from the Hiatt Regency in Bagio after two weeks of being stuck in the elevator shaft. We found four survivors with SAR dog Valorie in the 1999 Turkey earthquake after 10 days in 100-degree heat. No food, no water. They survived.


Toys Wonderful Toys! by Caroline Spark

Dogs are a lot like children. If you don’t give them something fun to do, they will make their own fun — and often not in ways you approve of. What’s more, dogs that get plenty of mental exercise are happier, calmer, quieter, and less likely to rummage through the trash or attack the couch cushions. All terrific reasons your dog should have toys. And not just one or two — dogs have distinctly individual preferences depending on the day, time and situation. Do a little detective work and find out what truly tickles your dog. The best toys have a purpose. They deliver food, present a challenge, squeak, or make themselves interesting in some unique way. If you are new to the world of dog toys, here are some classics to

Disaster Preparedness Tips

from Harry Oakes, president of IK9SARS There are large and small voids that happen during quakes. Some folks have water, food, flashlights, etc., near their beds and workspaces in case of such an incident. Those are the ones most likely to survive — they were PREPARED. For years I’ve taught folks at businesses, schools, SAR groups, law enforcement, etc. on disaster preparedness through the Help Us Find you safety programs I developed in 1986. This has saved 16 lives to date that we know of. If you would like information, contact me at International K9 Search and Rescue Services. We’ll send you information free of charge. Here are few vital basics of disaster prepared Three days’ supply: Food, water, flashlight, batteries, calmulite sticks, toilet paper, plastic bags, plastic whistle, space blankets, rain gear, ski cap, first aid kit. Store all in a one-gallon bucket under every desk. In the event of an incident, if you’re at work, you can duck, cover, and hold. If you are trapped, you’ll have the necessary items to keep you alive until help arrives. Kids should have these items stored at school. At home these supplies should be kept under each bed. In the event of a quake, roll off the bed to the safety of a void, and have the supplies within reach. NEVER EVER EVER Stand in a doorway. I’ve found more dead people crushed in doorways than any other location in the 16 disasters in which I’ve assisted. That is outdated, bad information. In the car: In addition to the listed items, also carry boots, safety glasses, leather gloves, appropriate clothing, sleeping bag and tent. At home: Items listed plus three days (minimum) supply of food, water, shelter for pets and people OUTSIDE YOUR HOME OR APT. Important Note: Never store these items in the basement or attic. In the event of collapse or fire you’re out of luck. Get out, get your survival gear, and survive. Then help your neighbors. Hold a block party and discuss these things. Contact us or the American Red Cross for a list of survival gear. Remember, if you still have family members missing in Haiti; contact us. We’re here to help you.

Banner, 13, shows Molly, 9 weeks, the beauty of a well stuffed Kong.

begin with: rope toys, plush toys (with or without squeakers), Hide-A-Bone (squirrel, bird), tricky treat balls, soft rubber toys (vinyl and hard rubber toys like Kong and Nyla bones). Once you have a good selection, develop a toy strategy. Designate a popular toy for use only during alone time, like times when you need to confine him/her to a crate, area or room. Then, rotate the other toys daily to keep the novelty factor high. Some dogs are dissectors — or toy destroyers. Messy as it can be, it’s perfectly normal canine behavior — dogs are predators, after all, and need an outlet for those pounce-and-shake urges. If your dog is a dissector, provide legitimate things for her to attack and let her indulge her hobby. Don’t worry: she won’t graduate to your possessions. Spare your budget by gathering the stuffing and putting it back in the toy — your dog doesn’t care if she splits apart the same stuffed alligator seven times. Or use hand-me-down stuffed animals that your children, or friends’ children, are happy to donate. Or buy in bulk from a resale outlet (take care to remove choking hazards like plastic eyes, buttons and the like). Many pet supply stores sell squeakers by the bag; insert as you like to provide added entertainment and allure. Remember, dogs get busy. Make it with toys, not trouble. Reprinted from City Dog Country Dog News, with permission. City Dog Country Dog specializes in training solutions that build quality of life for dogs and their people. Services include private consultations; Board & Train; Play & Train classes; Vacation Training Retreats and the annual Call of the Wild Dog Camp. Bringing together some of the best in local dog trainers, sports instructors, dog enthusiasts and their dogs, the camp is held in the beautiful Yachats River Valley (Central Oregon Coast). At last year’s camp nearly 50 canine and human campers enjoyed nature games, dog sports, hikes, river swimming, creek paddles, canine massage, health and infoSessions, training workshops, and more. Details SPOT MAGAZINE





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• Agility Ring Crew Recruitment. Animal Aid is seeking Agility Ring Crews to work Feb 5-7. Earn community service hours while boosting Animal Aid’s Fund for Veterinary Assistance; no experience necessary. Get up close & personal with the amazing agility dogs of the Mt. Hood Doberman Pinscher Club in Vancouver. Details • Monthly Cat Promotion at Greenhill Humane in Eugene. Half off adoption fees on all tortoiseshell and calico cats.

4 thursday

6pm — Dog Nutrition workshop at DoveLewis in the Pearl. DoveLewis’s free pet health community workshops teach the basics. This one: What makes a good diet for your pet? How to read a pet food label? What are byproducts? What is a raw food diet? Details

My name’s Sissy I’m Adoptable!

2 tuesday

10:30am — Hedgehog Day at the Oregon Zoo. The hedgehog was used in this centuries-old European tradition until North America immigrants discovered there were none here! The groundhog, considered “a wise and sensible animal” by Native Americans, became the hedgehog’s sub. Not at the zoo! Find out if winter’s staying or going. 5:30pm — Intro to Basic Manners Dog Training Classes at Oregon Humane Society in Portland. Fun, positive dog training classes built for flex schedules. Free intro classes offered at varying times today & Feb. 13, 15 and 27. Training classes offered Tues-Fri. Advance at your own pace; buy a “training pass” and go when it’s convenient for you. Details

3 wednesday

7:50am — Wet Nose Wednesday on K103 FM radio. Tune in!

See me and other adoptable sweeties at 6pm — Spot’s Mutt Mixer is “All About Love” and features a heartfelt craft, speed-networking, special guests life/love coach Diane and pet/people psychic Faye. Details pg 15. Everything is free; donations gladly accepted for the evening’s featured rescue, Pacific NW Pitbull Rescue. Details 6:05pm — Get Out! Tune in for a quick Events Report for pets & people this weekend. Spot’s Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show weekly on 1450 AM.

5 friday

treats). Good company & treats for pets and people. Timed to celebrate Dental Health Month, the boutique is hosting a food, dental treat and chewtoy drive for Greenhill.

6 saturday

9am — New Volunteer Orientation at the Marion County Dog Shelter in Salem. Details 503-566-6966 or shear 9am — Pawsitive Pastries, ’09 Top Dog Award winner, will be at the Clackamas Winter Market Saturdays 9-3. The farmers & artists market is located at Clackamas Town Center’s West Village Courtyard. 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives.

11am — Adoption Outreach with Marion County Dog Shelter at PetSense in Woodburn ‘til 4pm. Come meet the sweet, adoptable dogs! 11am — Foster Care Orientation at Greenhill Humane in Eugene. Learn about Greenhill’s foster care program in a brief discussion on why animals are placed in foster care, whether the program is right for you, and what you can expect in terms of projects & support. RSVP required: 541-689-1503. 11am — OHS adoption outreach at Tigard PetsMart ‘til 3 and at Furever Pets, 1903 NE Broadway in Portland noon-4. 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.

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5pm — Valentines Gala at LexiDog Boutique in Eugene ‘til 7. Discounts on all merchandise (excludes food &




4pm — Massage Away Winter Aches workshop with Shawn Kaye of Mind-Body-Dog at PupA-Razzi in Beaverton. Admission is $20 donation to Animal Aid. Space is limited; RSVP required: 503-244-2060 or classes@Anim

7 sunday

10:30am — TTouch for Dogs class at Oregon Humane. Spend quality time with your dog & improve his/her health at the same time. 4-hour hands-on class provides expert instruction while you practice on your pooch. Cost $65/with dog, $45/without; RSVP to 11am — Canine Sunday Play group at Opportunity Barks in Pleasant Hill, the place for pet play, training & daycare. Enjoy good company in a great setting, plus homemade baked goods & coffee — $5. Details Noon — The Cat Food Bank is open ‘til 2, providing cat food for cat owners in financial need at CAT’s shelter at 14175 SW Galbreath Dr. in Sherwood. 1pm — PDX Danes Meetup at Ross Park. Details

9 tuesday

7:15pm — Dog Massage for Owners class with Top Dog Award-winning Heal NW at LexiDog in Lake Oswego. Take your four-legged friend and learn basic strokes to use at home. Benefits include: bonding, stress reduction, strengthened immune system, increased flexibility, and pain relief. Sign up at the location before class day. Cost $40; details

10 wednesday

7:50am — Wet Nose Wednesday on K103 FM radio. Tune in!


11 thursday

11:30am — OHS Diamond Collar Awards at the Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave. in Portland. Everyone’s welcome to express their appreciation for animals and animal lovers who are true heroes. The awards honor Oregon animals and people who have gone above and beyond in demonstrating a remarkable commitment to animals and people. Details 6:05pm — Get Out! Tune in for a quick Events Report for pets & people this weekend. Spot’s Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show weekly on 1450 AM.

0772. 11:30am — OHS adoption outreach at Clackamas Town Center ‘til 3:30 and at the U of Portland’s Men’s Basketball game at the Chiles Center 58pm. Noon — Adopt a cat this weekend. CAT counselors are on-site at local PetSmart stores noon-4. Details Noon — Some bunny needs you! Meet the Rabbit Advocates and their sweet adoptables at Western Pet Supply in Beaverton ‘til 3. Conversation/info about rabbit care & adoption, plus light grooming & nail trims for visiting bunnies (suggested donation).

My name’s Monkey I’m Adoptable!

15 monday

12 friday

• Be My Valentine Adopt-aThon: Fall in love with the feline of your dreams and get 50% off any adult cat adoption through Feb. 28. Details at

13 saturday

• Kiss a Pooch in Eugene, hosted by LexiDog Boutique and Greenhill Humane. Sign up for pet massage, play games, and make valentine cards with your pooch. Donations at a certain level gets you a free gift bag. All proceeds support Greenhill. 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. 11am - Adoption Outreach with Marion County Dog Shelter at Salem Petsmart on Lancaster ‘til 4pm. Come meet these sweet, adoptable dogs! 11am — Sweetheart of an Adoption Event with Pacific NW Pit Bull Rescue at Tres Bone Pet Supply, 8326 No. Lombard in Portland ‘til 3. Highlights include CGC testing, a Kiss-ABull booth, adopables and more. Details or 971-255-

Pleasant Hill, the place for pet play, training & daycare. Enjoy good company in a great setting, plus homemade baked goods & coffee — $5. Details Noon — The Pongo Pet Food Bank, helping anyone who needs help feeding their pet(s), is open ‘til 3 at 910 NE MLK Jr Blvd in Portland. Details 1pm — Memorial Art Community Workshop at DoveLewis in NW Portland. Families 1-2:30, ages 16-adult 3-4:30. Enid Traisman MSW facilitates. Create unique memento of your beloved and spend a little time in good company. Free; RSVP to 1pm — PDX Danes Meetup at Gabriel Park.

See me and other adoptable sweeties at Details 1pm — Furry Speed Dating at Willamette Humane Society in Salem. A special experience for prospective adopters. Participants meet eligible 4-legged bachelors & bachelorettes during short “interviews” during which prospective adopters learn about each pet’s likes and dislikes and the type of home he or she is seeking. Featuring cats, dogs & small pets. Free; everyone’s welcome. Details

14 sunday

10:30am — Be My Valentine at the zoo. Today the sea otters receive shiny, red, heart-shaped frozen seafood delicacies, and the pigs and hippos get heartshaped boxes filled with their favorite treats. Great photo opp. 11am — Canine Sunday Playg roup at Opportunity Barks in

5pm — Foster Care Orientation at Greenhill Humane in Eugene. Learn about Greenhill’s foster care program in a brief discussion on why animals are placed in foster care, whether the program is right for you, and what you can expect in terms of projects & support. RSVP required: 541689-1503.

16 tuesday

7pm — Resolving Conflicts Between People and Wildlife at the Oregon Zoo. Hadidian, director of urban wildlife programs for the Humane Society of the United States, discusses how people and wildlife can coexist in their own spaces. HSUS promotes humane means for resolving conflicts between people and wildlife in urban and suburban settings through the concept of backyard-wildlife sanctuaries. Admission $10-$8; details

17 wednesday

7:50am — Wet Nose Wednesday on K103 FM radio. Tune in!

18 thursday

6:05pm — Get Out! Tune in for

a quick Events Report for pets & people this weekend. Spot’s Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show weekly on 1450 AM.

20 saturday

10am — OHS adoption outreach at the Baby Boomer Lifestyle Expo today & tomorrow 10-7 at the Portland Expo Center. 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. 11am — Adoption Outreach with Marion County Dog Shelter at Pet Etc. on Edgewater in West Salem ‘til 4pm. Noon — Adopt a cat this weekend. CAT counselors are on-site at local PetSmart stores noon-4. Details 4:30pm — “Adopted a Dog? Now What?” class at Oregon Humane Society in Portland. Learn how to do all the right things for your new dog or puppy. Class includes info on basic behaviorial & potty training, common mistakes, recommended tools & equipment, and the importance of realistic expectations. Cost $15. Details 503-285-7722 or visit RSVP required; register at

21 sunday

11am — Canine Sunday Play group at Opportunity Barks in Pleasant Hill, the place for pet play, training & daycare. Enjoy good company in a great setting, plus homemade baked goods & coffee — $5. Details 12:30pm — Finicky Feline class at Oregon Humane in Portland. Great for new or soon-to-be pet guardians, and those who just want to know what makes their favorite feline tick. Free; no need to RSVP. Please leave pets at home. Details 1pm — PDX Danes Meetup at No.

Clackamas Park. 5:30pm — On the Ball: Core Strengthening and Hindquarter Awareness workshop with Bobbie Lyons of Pawsitive Performance at PetUtopia in Beaverton. Admission is $20 donation for Animal Aid. Part of a workshop series benefiting Animal Aid, visit for details on this and upcoming classes. Space is limited; RSVP required: 503-244-2060 or classes@Anim 10am — Mountain Dog Meetup at Fernhill Park in Portland every last Saturday of the month. Meet north of the intersection of NE Killingsworth & 42nd. Details or 503-

My name’s Oreo I’m Adoptable!

28 sunday

24 wednesday

• Doggie Dash online registration is open. Last year’s event was huge, with a great turnout, including 3200 registered Dashers, boosting OHS’s efforts to the tune of $200k. Details 6pm — OHS and LexiDog Yappy Hour for people and pooches at the Jupiter Hotel, 800 East Burnside in Portland. Admission is free. Highlights include local wines, food from Vibrant Table, adoptables and good company.

with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. 11am — Adoption Outreach with Marion County Dog Shelter at Salem Petco on Lancaster ‘til 4pm. Noon — Adopt a cat this weekend. CAT counselors are on-site at local PetSmart stores noon-4. Details

See me and other adoptable sweeties at 282- 6706. 10am — OHS adoption outreach at LexiDog, 416 NW 10th Ave. in Portland ‘til 2 and at Clackamas PetSmart noon-4. 10am — Pet Nutrition & News

10am — OHS adoption outreach at Division Petco ‘til 3. 11am — Canine Sunday Playgroup at Opportunity Barks in Pleasant Hill, the place for pet play, training & daycare. Enjoy good company in a great setting, plus homemade baked goods & coffee — $5. Details Noon — The Pongo Pet Food Bank, helping anyone who needs help feeding their pet(s), is open ‘til 3 at 910 NE MLK Jr Blvd in Portland. Details 1pm — PDX Danes Meetup at Hazeldale Park.

25 thursday

6pm — Cat Nutrition workshop at DoveLewis in the Pearl. DoveLewis’s free pet health community workshops teach the basics. This one: What makes a good diet for your pet? How to read a pet food label? What are byproducts? What is a raw food diet? Details 6:05pm — Get Out! Tune in for a quick Events Report for pets & people this weekend. Spot’s Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show weekly on 1450 AM.

27 saturday

8am — Family Dogs Fun Walk along the Springwater Corridor next to the Family Dogs New Life shelter at 9101 SE Stanley Ave. in Portland. Participants encouraged but not required to collect pledges. If unable to collect pledges there is a $25 entry fee. Registration at 8, the walk starts at 9. Details

Feb 4, 2010: Christopher Savoie, on being arrested by the Japanese for attempting to exercise his valid custody order and bring his children to the United States. Feb 11, 2010: Grace Reed, Negotiating Shadows, on her book, “Needs”, which addresses children who are addicted; the persecution of the Bahai religion in Iran. Feb 18, 2010: Roundtable discussion on the status of shared parenting reform. Feb 25, 2010: Sonja Harju with an update on current issues facing Oregonians.

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