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Basset Games

K9 competition you’ll never forget

Landfill Diversion

The Life of Tivi

Putting raw meat where it belongs

A true tale of tragedy turned happy ever after

Living Well

Beware Seasonal Hazards

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Rugged, easy-strollin’ or city struttin’, they all deliver exercise & love

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22 The Life of Tivi: A true tale of tragedy turned happy ever after

10 Spot Celebrates Dog Walkers

16 Putting raw meat where it belongs

Raw feeders across the country are getting involved in local Sustainable Selections programs, putting thousands of pounds of raw meat into food bowls instead of landfills. How is it edible past the “sell-by” date? Here’s why, and how landfill diversion programs are proving good for dogs, the planet, and the budget.

8 These days lucky canines have a rich menu of choices for regular outings: running in the forest, bopping through chichi neighborhoods, learning good manners while out and about, and more. Rugged, easy-strollin’ or city struttin’, dog walkers come in all stripes. One thing they all seem to have in common: fitness know-how, and a huge heart for pets. Our coverage includes the important benefits of regular outings and exercise, which run the gamut: behavioral, physical and emotional.

19 Basset Games: K9 competition you’ll never forget

Because most Basset Hounds are stubborn, have attention-deficit issues, and tend to be tough to train, events at the annual Basset games in Woodburn are hilarious. Contests include Howling, Sitting and . . . even Sleeping!

Living Well: Beware Seasonal Hazards


Rescue Me!

Meet the precious foundlings who made their way to Spot this month. These are often sweeties who need a boost finding their way home — a little older, sometimes needing special care, often just too long in a shelter or foster home.

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Warm temps bring unique challenges. Protect your beloved pet: know the hazards, the best prevention, and where to go should you need help.

crunchy little newsbits to chew on - A chip of insurance, a pound of reassurance - Popular boutique celebrates 4 years - Springfield christens new dog park with PetFest - From the “now we’ve seen everything” file: Wet T-shirt contests!

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- Sunriver getaway better with a dash of splash - Huge Seattle dog walk coming up - Dove and Delta partner in therapy - Dogs on Parade in Hillsboro


- New Biggest Doggie Weigh Down

Fitness just got more fun! Sign up and come join the fun! Your pup will love wearing his or her PETometer (Cute! And they really count steps, helping you stay motivated to keep up the good work!) Spot Walks are also purposeful. Together we’ll enjoy local sites, time together, and the pleasure of boosting rescue, spay/neuter and area shelters.

- American Humane lends bricks to rebuild - Scanner donations help pass Georgia legislation - Love pet books but hate the cost? Rent.


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Summer. Starts. Now. I

can’t ever remember a so-called spring/ summer like we’ve endured this year. And I really can’t EVER remember the weather (this time of year) having the impact it has on people since . . . what, April? The grumps and grumbles have been remarkable, but of course so has this RAIN! Ick! So let’s all take a moment and make a communal gesture toward summer . . . the real stuff. Sizzlin’ days, balmy evenings, and if we’re going to do this at all, let’s give it our all: I vote we bring in summer weather and just keep it around a little longer . . . say through November? All in favor, say AYE!!! Alright. Now that that’s settled and we’re sure to be walking on sunshine this month, let’s take a look at the very fitting event roster. We’ve got a bunch of perfectly rockin’ outings on tap, just in time for this belated arrival of summer daze!

get you situated. You can pick up your T-shirt and PETometer at the walk, and get right in step with the fun! One thing about Spot events and outings: we always have a great time! And we’d love to have you with us.

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A new event we’re especially excited about is Spot Walks. They get underway with the first event July 24th at noon with “Diamonds in the Pearl,” a little a jaunt through the Pearl District promising a little history, a little sight-seeing, great company and tons of fun! Led by one of our favorite dynamic divas of the Pearl, LeRae Hunt, Dogwalker extraordinaire and proprietor of Recess in the Pearl, she’s lending her joi d’ vivre and sass to our first outing, taking us on a fun stroll and taking us to our final destination, Sniff Dog Hotel, the newest pet destination in the Pearl. If you’re not signed up for Spot Walks yet, contact, and she’ll

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A second walk is happening July 31st, when our friends at Multnomah County Animal Services will be celebrating their annual Animal House Toga Party & Adoptathon in Troutdale. This one will be an evening walk, starting at 7pm, and our guest Dogwalker, Alison Eberhard of Alison’s Dog Training and Dog Scout Troop 192, has some unique, very fun “extras” planned for our twilight adventure. Plus, after our Spot Walk, we can jump right into the fun of the Toga Party, complete with live music, food, and fun activities. If you’ve been considering adding another little walker to your brood, this is your night! Either way, come out and play!

So the one other thing (among several) buzzing right now is Spots’ involvement in rescue. Little by little we’re working to identify existing resources in hopes of eliminating redundancy and maximizing efficiency. We’re also working to

identify areas of unmet need in hopes of getting coverage in place. What’s thrilling is that day by day, call by call, message by message, it seems to be taking on a life of its own. Folks have stepped up to help with what I think of as Spot’s little safety net in the making. We’ve got a fleet coming together of folks willing/able to transport animals — usually out of circumstances they need to be pulled from and into proper, loving care. One woman let us know she’s a bottle feeder; others are stepping up, indicating the specific ways in which they might help — and also what their limitations are, which is just as important. Please allow me to continue to talk with you about this effort and how it’s growing. Rescue and spay/neuter (the latter really getting to the core issue: overpopulation of unwanted animals strains EVERY support system) are the greatest needs for homeless animals, and I’m convinced that together we can make a difference. I’ve always been a pretty patient, long-term builder, and I’m pleased to see this area beginning to take on a life of its own. If you have a heart for helping animals, please let me know. Contributions of time, transport, food, phone calls, emails . . . all matter very much, are hugely appreciated, and each in their own way go a long way toward saving lives. And isn’t just one worth everything we’ve got? Yours in everything pet,

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a heart of gold! He is very friendly and loves everyone he comes in contact with, and even does well with kids! Please come meet Riley today — you will NOT be disappointed! Riley’s adoption fee is $150. To meet him, or to learn more about him, please call Darleen at 503-537-1243. Stewie and all of SARA’s rescued cats and kittens are looking for their indoor-only forever homes. They all have been spay/neutered, FeLV/FIV tested, Microchipped, are current on their vaccines, and would LOVE to meet you!


Stewie is one cool guy! He’s a very handsome 4-5-year-old Snowshoe Siamese mix (check out his mustache) who enjoys attention and brushing to make him feel like the royalty he is! He also is an excellent ball chaser (bell inside preferred) and has lots of kitten left in him! Stewie has been diagnosed with feline asthma, a common cat heath issue, and currently is taking a small dose of medication and uses an inhaler every day. Please stop by S.A.R.A.’s Treasures at 871 River Rd. in Eugene any day between 10am and 6pm to meet Stewie and all of his rescued adoptable friends. Or visit www.sarastrea-

Elvira and Zorro

We are a sweet bonded husband and wife team, and we’d love to meet you! After someone dumped us, our life was tough for awhile . . . we had to fend for ourselves and raise our family. But these are better days, and we can’t wait to meet you! We’re both very friendly, clean, weigh around 7lbs, and are litterbox trained. Elvira is pure beautifully black, and Zorro is black with pretty silver flecks. To meet this charming pair, contact


Meet the ADORABLE Riley . . . He’s a 4 to 5 year old, 45 lb. Terrier mix. Riley LIVES to play fetch, frisbee and swim! He loves the water. Riley is obedient, eager to please and knows some basic commands. He is very ball motivated = very easily trainable! Riley is GREAT with other dogs and cats! He’s a super sweet lovebug with

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This all-around great boy is both playful and easygoing. He would do well in an active home, and also would love to have time to show his snuggly affectionate side. This friendly little guy is just looking for a home to call his own. Please give him a chance and he’ll tell you himself — he is a great conversationalist! McDuff is waiting to meet you at the Tanasbourne Petsmart store. For more details on Black Tie or McDuff, call 503-925-8903 or visit

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got his name. His regal dress has him ready for a very swanky evening. Black Tie recently came back to the shelter after his adopter decided he would be happier in a home without kids. So, sadly he was returned. At three years, Black Tie is still very playful. He can entertain himself or would love to play with you! He has awesome yellow sunshine eyes that pop against his beautiful ‘tuxedo.’ Black Tie is ready to find he’s ‘forever’ home, he’s all dressed up with no where to go. Black Tie would love to make your acquaintance at the Tualatin Petco store.

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very special doghouse created for Ribsy, a sweet pooch brought to life by Portland author Beverly Cleary, is on display as part of Storybook Playhouses, a benefit for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, July 24-Aug. 14 at Bridgeport Village in Tigard. In addition to Ribsy’s doghouse are five storybook-themed children’s playhouses, two of which will be presented to two lucky raffle winners; the others will be given to area nonprofits to raffle in support of their own efforts. The Playhouses event features numerous special activities, including guest readers bringing storybooks to life, character visits, games, songs and crafts, tours of the Enchanted Playhouse Village (including Ribsy’s fabulous doghouse) 11-6 daily; admission children $2, adults free. The campaign will culminate with a Storybook Ball, where guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite storybook characters. The event host, Ribsy, hopes all his four-legged friends will turn out to join the fun. Pooches and their people of all ages are invited to visit and explore the playhouses and Ribsy’s extraordinary abode. He’s got his own special water bowl, the porch where he loves to sun myself, and a little doggie door so he can come and go as he pleases. About the display, raffle, and upcoming ball, Ribsy says, “It’s going to be pawsitively awesome!” Awesome too is the fact that Ribsy’s house is on the block. Visitors can buy raffle tickets, and the lucky winner will get to take Ribsy’s storybook

doghouse home for their very own. Best of all, funds from the raffle will support life saving community services provided by The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank, Oregon’s only singularly dedicated pet food charitable resource. Local architects, builders, interior designers, landscapers and scores of community volunteers came together to construct and decorate these whimsical storybook cottages. Playhouses range 8-12 feet high, have Dutch doors, working windows, and lush kid-inspired interiors. Visitors can explore the playhouses and vote for their favorite. Two will be awarded to lucky raffle winners, and the remaining playhouses will be given to local charities. Proceeds benefit Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. For more details, visit

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Partying with your Pooch? 6 things to watch out for this summer Vanessa Salvia • Spot Magazine


t’s the season of backyard barbecues, hiking and camping. Warm weather means new sights, smells, and places to explore for you and your pupster. All of which, for the pup, means new trouble to get into. Sure, with summer the living is easy, but your pup still needs you to protect her. There are some things just too interesting to leave well enough alone. When with your pooch this summer, be his protective eyes and ears. Especially important to be mindful of are the following six ‘Watch Out’ dangers.

Don’t Be Cuckoo for Cocoa Mulch

As the name suggests, coca bean shell mulch smells like chocolate, which is very attractive to dogs. The product, sold at many garden supply stores, contains theobromine and caffeine, which can be lethal to dogs and cats. The effects are similar to those of chocolate: stomach problems, restlessness, tremors and more seriously, seizures. The nose knows, so keep it tuned.

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proboscis and other bug bites, bugs do get through, and so does potential for disease. Mosquitoes carry a virus which can cause heartworm in animals. The American Heartworm Society (AHS) and the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommend year-round preventative treatment for heartworm. In the past heartworm was a problem only in warm coastal areas, now it is in all 50 states. The drugs must be prescribed, and whether you choose to treat or not, it’s wise to talk to your vet about protecting your dog from this disease.

Stay Away From Toxic Algae

We’ve issued ongoing warnings about the dangers of toxic algae already this year, but they bear repeating. Toxic concentrations of blue-green algae in local waterways and lakes have caused canine deaths in recent months. After contact with toxic algae, dogs can convulse and quickly die. Algae blooms on the water’s surface can be bright green, blue-green, white or brown in color, but you can’t tell by looking whether or not it’s harmful. If you find anything appearing to be algae, avoid swallowing or inhaling water droplets or any skin contact, by humans or animals. Algae alerts and location warnings are available through the Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance (HABS) program at hab and 971-673-0440.

Green Grass, Sick Dog

Before applying lawn or garden chemicals, ask yourself if it’s really needed, or if organic products would work instead. If you must use a chemical, use caution, follow directions, and store remaining product in the original packaging away from pets. Remove outdoor food bowls, water dishes, pet toys and bird baths before applying chemicals, and allow plenty of time for them to dissipate before letting pets or kids resume their romping.

Hot Hot Heat

The basics apply: provide plenty of cool water, avoid exercise during the hottest hours of the day, and use pads for your dog’s tender paws if you favor jogging on asphalt. Run errands when you won’t need to leave your dog in the car. And even with fur, pets need sunscreen just like people. Important: use pet-specific sunscreens; most human products are toxic to dogs and cats.

Plants to Look Out For

Beautiful gardens are not always safe for pets. Common plants like rhododendron, azalea, oleander, lily and yew can be harmful or fatal to a curious dog. Review which plants pose a threat at http://oregonvma. org/care-health/poisonous-plants. If your dog exhibits symptoms such as skin or mouth irritation, stomach problems, seizures, lethargy, unconsciousness or vomiting, call your vet ASAP.

Vanessa Salvia lives with her two kids, one very sweet, fluffy cat (named Fluffy), and a husband (also very sweet), in Eugene, Oregon. When not clicketyclacking on a computer, you can find her browsing the farmers markets or feeding ducks from her patio. A freelance writer for more than 10 years, Vanessa has written extensively about music and entertainment in the Northwest. As mom, wife and companion to countless animals over the years, she has vacuumed more than her share of pet fur.

Keep pets safe on the 4th Tips from OHS to prevent escape/loss on animals’ most-feared holiday

Few if any pets enjoy Independence Day. The fireworks that we humans find so thrilling can drive pets, especially dogs, to utter panic. Explosions (even miles away), high-pitched squeals and flashes of light can terrify an otherwise relaxed animal. If your pet is frightened by

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fireworks, you probably know the signs: cowering, trembling, hiding, even disorientation. Some dogs become so terrified they’ll attempt (sometimes succeeding) to crash through screen doors, windows or over fences. Shelters get slammed over the 4th holiday every year, leaving countless families and animals separated and hurting. Some lost dogs and cats never make it home. OHS offers the following tips to help make July 4th safer and less stressful for pets: Keep pets inside before, during and after the 4th. If you find a stray animal, please keep them with you until your local shelter is open and ready to receive them. Make sure all pets, even indooronly cats, have a collar and I.D. including your name and number. Microchips also recommended. Terrified animals become confused and disoriented, often ending up miles from home or deep in hiding.

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First, immediately check with your local animal control agency. Post fliers with a photo and detailed description. Check the neighborhood carefully. Lost cats have been found days later hiding under a bush in front of their own homes. For dogs, move well beyond the search area as a precaution. lost_pets/overview.asp contains detailed information on what do to if you lose or find a pet, including links to county control agencies and tips.


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Walk dogs well before nightfall to prevent undue stress from noisy fireworks that start days before the 4th and continue after. During fireworks, keep all pets securely inside. Sensitive dogs and cats should be put in a bathroom or other room with no windows and secure doors. Screen doors will hold up to a terrified, charging dog. Don’t take the dog to watch large commercial fireworks — it increases the chances of him becoming lost in an unfamiliar area. In extreme cases, check with your veterinarian about tranquilizers.

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Walkin the dawg

Dog walkers deliver numerous benefits . . . and come in many ‘flavors’

Kennedy Morgan • Spot Magazine


et’s admit it – we all lead busy lives. But for all the sacrifices imposed by such busy-ness, for those of us who “must have dog,” we’ll find a way to make it work — for our family and

the hound. One of the complications every pet guardian faces at one time or another is having time to properly care for and meet the pup’s energy requirements. When life changes — and it does — Fido or Fifi can

pay the price: getting insufficient exercise, being stuck at home for long periods, etc. This scenario often leads from bad to worse: destructive behavior that can turn a household upside-down. Potty issues or inappropriate chewing may not seem major in theory, but in real life? Yeah, usually major. The good news is, much acting out is simply due to lack of stimulation and an overabundance of energy. How is that good news? It’s fixable! That’s thanks to these days of busy lives also being times of abundant choices for dog walkers. Even better, they come in all styles — rugged, sporty, easy strollin’, city, country  —   and it’s a good bet any one you might choose will possess a great love and reverence for the canine spirit. Following is a look at just how truly important regular exercise is for dogs, and some of the professionals

making it easy for busy families to keep their pets moving, healthy and happy . . . and not turning into the household “problem.” Recent studies list benefits of utilizing dog walkers such as reducing stress, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, increasing energy, and improving chronic health conditions. Of course a trimmer waistline for two- and four-leggers is great, too. WebMD references a recent study comparing those who have and walk their dogs to those who don’t have dogs or don’t walk them regularly. Non-walkers were nearly SIXTY PERCENT “more likely to be overweight,” in addition to being “more than twice as likely to have high blood pressure.” The study goes on to discuss positive characteristics of those who walk or utilize dog walkers, such as being less likely to use tobacco or experience depression.

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For pets, energy burned while walking is energy not spent on the destructive behaviors that often signal boredom. It’s an oft-repeated truth: a tired dog (the right kind of tired) makes for a happy home, aka “A tired dog is a good dog.” The Northwest is known for its haute dog scene and general pet friendliness, so finding a dog walker, whether to fill in as a pinch-walker from time to time or to keep the pup on a regular routine – is easy. In fact, thanks to the variety of styles, it can even be fun. Once you discover that Rover can go to doggie camp, be part of a scout troop, or even hit mountainous acreage off leash, you might even want to provide that pup with the ultimate . . . a little bit of everything! Following are a few Northwest dog walkers who illustrate the latest offerings.

Portland Mutt Strut

Patricia McKinney followed her passion for animals in January 2009 by launching Portland Mutt Strut, a unique dog-walking venture. She and her animal-loving cohorts volunteer at Oregon Humane Society to ensure shelter dogs enjoy the benefits of going for walks, while maintaining daily walks with her

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client dogs. McKinney says the best thing about her job is “being in the presence of animals,” which she describes as angels on earth. “They are full of energy and enthusiasm, and they make me think I am the best thing in the world,” she says. Armed with extensive experience and great passion, McKinney says she understands animals in a way that helps her help the pets she works with. Dogs and families experiencing problem behaviors may benefit from her experience. Sometimes just engaging regularly with a caring someone outside the family — not a “pack member” — makes a difference. Social exposure is a building block in growing a confident, well-behaved dog. In addition to dog walking, Portland Mutt Strut provides a host of pet services. Learn more at

Alison’s Dog Training and Dog Scouts of America Troop 192 offer dog walking and training services in and around SW Washington. Alison Eberhard can be found in various facilities from Battle Ground to Gresham, OR, and from Camas WA to Portland OR. She trained her first dog at age seven, which she says hooked her for a life of living for dogs. Eberhard and her husband opened their first pet care business

in 2000 while living in New Jersey. While her primary focus is training, dog walking is integral. She says, “The best thing about being a dog walker is having a relationship with so many dogs.” Eberhard even goes so far as to equate dog walkers to surrogate parents. While the weather can be a burden from time to time, dogs need exercise rains or shine. About showing up whatever the weather, Eberhard says, “Having a sense of humor really helps.” She loves being able to work outdoors, getting as much exercise as she herself can handle, and the flexibility to work her own hours. She says that of course hanging out with unconditionally loving animals who always have a smile for her doesn’t hurt. Learn more at continued next page

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Recess in the Pearl

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Doesn’t their name just sound like fun? Dependable. Personable. Friendly. Oh, and guaranteed availability for established clientele. What more could you ask for? Hot Diggity is out and about walking and caring for clients in Portland, Lake Oswego, Clackamas, West Linn, Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Vancouver, and beyond (waay beyond: they’ve got clients in Austin, TX!). The menu lists many services, including, to name just a few: dog walking, running, pet sitting (drop-in care up to four times per day), house-sitting, family-style pet boarding, pet taxi, and even housekeeping. Ten years and counting in business, Hot Diggity is licensed,

LeRae Hunt, of Recess in the Pearl, is no stranger to hardcore dog walking. She spent two years in New York City learning from Beth, a pro at Recess in NYC. When it was time to return home to the Northwest, it was natural to take business with her. Recess in the Pearl was born last September and Hunt says it has been a joy for her and her charges. “The thing I love most about my job is the pups,” says Hunt. “I love them with all my heart.” Between walking dogs along favorite routes on the waterfront and around Riverplace Marina, Hunt chairs the Friends of the Fields Dog Run Organization,

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formed in hopes of gaining a larger off-leash area for dogs in the upcoming Fields Park in Portland’s Pearl District. Hunt’s charitable heart for rescue dogs is apparent: fifty cents from every walk is donated to rescue organizations. Learn more at

Reigning Pets

Offering dog walking, pet sitting and other pet services in the Portland Metro area, Amy Frankwick, owner of Reigning Pets NW, is proud that all of her employees are accredited by Pet Sitters International, a certification she says is held nationally by just 1% of pet professionals. Frankwick says one of the services her clients like best is receiving emails following each visit or walk, letting them know how their babies are doing. “They don’t have to wait to read a handwritten note after work,” she says. Since two of three Reigning Pets

staff are trainers, they’re pleased to offer basic manners training “included with the price of a walk.” To learn more, including which zip codes Reigning Pets serves, visit

When You’re Walkin’ the Dawg

Be a good steward in the community. Use a leash and make sure your dog has ID on his or her collar. Pick up the poop! Make sure both of you stay hydrated always, whatever the weather. Take breaks when necessary. Whether you find a well-tread path you love or venture off to new places, take pleasure in the time you spend together. This time allows you to bond with your pet while providing many physical, emotional and even social benefits to you both. Just trust that Fido and Fifi are thankful even though they can’t express it to you. Their longevity, their smiles, and their health are reason enough to lace up again and again and walk the dawg!

Kennedy Morgan is a Portland-area dog mom, customer service manager for a small software company, and now freelance writer. Kennedy, her Dane Vegas, and new addition, Pomeranian Leo, can be found playing with their many Dane friends (and their people) at weekly Portland Great Dane Community meetups. Contact her at

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et the leash and put on your walking shoes, Dog Lovers! Spot Walks are here, and fitness just got more fun — and purposeful. With a keen focus on helping pets and their people get healthy, Spot is here to help get you motivated and on your feet. Not signed up yet? No problem. You can at July’s walk or Angie will be happy help you; contact her at With enrollment you get a T-shirt and PETometer (perfect for tracking your pup’s daily strides), and regular updates on upcoming walks, events, and meet-ups at designated locales, parks, and animal shelters. The first Spot Walk, called “Diamonds in the Pearl,” is happening at noon, Saturday, July 24. Walkers will be treated to a great afternoon in Portland’s beautiful Pearl District, meandering two miles in the splendor of Portland in summer. LeRae Hunt of Recess in the Pearl and an experienced New York dog walker is excited to lead this first walk. She’ll get you warmed up and jazzed, will offer tips on fitness, and will act as guide in a stroll through the

community rich in architectural and cultural gems. With spot-on accuracy, Hunt notes, “No one wants to be lectured; hands on, or in this case, feet on pavement, is the perfect way to help pups and their people get going!” Hunt is an expert dog walker, having spent two years in New York walking dogs at Recess in NYC. She’s also a diehard Oregonian who loves venturing out with her fourlegged friends, rain or shine. The day’s destination is the brand new Sniff Dog Hotel, now open and soon to host its grand opening. Sniff Dog will welcome and celebrate Spot Walkers with a complimentary beverage and tours. Sniff Dog’s Jamie Mollas says, “Our hotel is not only for dogs. We want to build a community for dog lovers to enjoy, too.” The property offers a plethora of choices for discriminating pooches. The hotel menu includes doggie daycare in a 2,000 SF play area complete with K9 grass (providing the ultimate in cleanliness and comfort); overnight boarding with options from basic to deluxe; evening and weekend training; and a self-service dog wash. People belonging to pet clients are

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welcome to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee or glass of wine in the Café while Fido revels in the play area.

This just in: 2nd walk added!

A second walk has been scheduled, July 31 at 7pm at Multnomah County Animal Services, which is hosting its annual Toga Party ‘til midnight, and to which all Spot Walkers are invited. The party features live music, vendors, an adoptathon and activi-

ties, and provides the perfect after party to the Spot Walk. This Spot Walk promises great adventure too: Alison Eberhard of Dog Scout Troop 192 hosts, providing fun training stations along the rural, undeveloped 2-mile route near the shelter. Spot Walks offer some of best fun this summer. Join in! To learn more or sign up, contact, call 503.261.1162, or visit


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n Saturday, July 31st, Multnomah County Animal Services will host its third annual “Animal House Adoption Party” aka Toga Party at the MCAS Shelter in Troutdale. It’s an all-day party, filled with food, music, vendors, and LOTS of adoptable pets, but it is also much more. The Toga Party was conceived in response to the overflowing shelter population during summer months. Every year, shelter numbers spike as “kitten season” overlaps with the 4th of July, and on through the busy summer months. MCAS has approximately 80 cages for cats and often the shelter receives upwards of 25 cats per day during the summer. As an “open admission” shelter, MCAS is required by law to accept any Multnomah County stray, whether or not there is room. Clearly, space becomes an issue very quickly. The goal of the Toga Party is to raise public awareness and adopt

space for more cats in need. In previous years, adoption rates the day of the Toga Party have quadrupled, from six adoptions on an average Friday to nearly 30 during the event. The shelter opens at 11am and remains open and processing adoptions until MIDNIGHT.

The Toga Party was originally created in response to huge numbers of kittens and cats in the shelter. Staff and volunteers provide one-on-one assistance to potential adopters, providing counseling and insight as needed. Every pet at Multnomah County Animal Services comes from the local community. You can help local homeless pets by adopting from MCAS.

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A chip of insurance, a pound of reassurance The Humane Society for SW Washington hosts regular low-cost microchip clinics. The next clinic is Saturday, July 11, 10-2, at Paws-NClaws Store 1, 3308 NE 52nd Street in Vancouver. The folks at HSSW say, “Invest in the identification system that never fails . . . for just $25 per animal. Details

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“Whew! We made it 4 years! That’s great cause for celebration!” says Margie Vincent-Roberts, proprietor. PetUtopia celebrated its anniversary in June.

Dogs on Parade in Hillsboro The Tuesday Marketplace in Hillsboro invites friendly dogs and their two-footed companions to strut the streets in their best costumes at the 5th annual Dogs on Parade event happening Tuesday, July

13, 6:45pm, in the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza at 150 E. Main Street. Walkers will assemble in the plaza at 6:45, and the parade begins at 7. Charlie Girl of CharlieFM Radio will emcee the event. “The pomp and the pitter of paws will wind through the Tuesday Marketplace crowds and around historic downtown Hillsboro,” says Lesley Wise, Marketplace Manager. After the parade will be doggie contests in five categories. Substantial prizes have been donated by Frontier Veterinary Hospital, to be awarded to the winners of the Best Dog Trick, Look-Alike, Best Bark, Biggest Dog, and Best Costume competitions. Special guests at the laugh-outloud event will include adoptable dogs from the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter, and Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Wiley. Animal shelter volunteers will be on hand to share info on dog safety and humane care. Parade entry is a suggested $1 donation, benefiting Bonnie Hays. Details www.tuesdaymarketplace. org/at-the-market/dog-parade/.

Springfield christens new dog park with PetFest As part of Willamalane Park and Recreation District’s 3-day Springfield SummerFest celebration, PetFest is happening Saturday July 17, 9-noon, at Lively Park, 6100 Thurston Rd. in Springfield. Highlights will include a performance by local resident and national celebrity, Amazing Gracie the wonder dog, lookalike and pet talent contests with local celebrity

judges, and more. The exhibit hall will host 20 pet service and product suppliers and an Ask-a-Vet station. Free 30-minute Intro to Dog Training classes will be held hourly on the sundeck of Splash! (space is limited; RSVP in advance to 541-736-4544), and activities at the new dog park complex will include demos by working dogs, K9 cops, and members of obedience and Frisbee clubs. Also happening, in separate fields, will be dog park orientations and off-leash recreation. Participating vendors and educators include: Bare Bones Dog Wash and Bone Appetit Bakery, Chambers Pet Sitting, Country Inn Kennels, Greenhill Humane Society, Grooming-Dales, Luckydog Day & Night Care, McKenzie Cascade Dog Fanciers, McKenzie Feed and Supply, McKenzie River Labradors, Opportunity Barks, Snowcreek

Farm Obedience, Steve’s Pet Care, Suds ‘Em Yourself, The Copper Dog, The Healthy Pet, Wags! Dog Emporium, Wash Your Dog Spot, Well, Shoot! Photography, Wilco Farm Stores, and Willamette Valley Dog and Cat Motel and Q Street Animal Hospital. In its second year, Springfield SummerFest builds on celebrations of the city’s past by featuring an historic village for families to explore Springfield history and a filbert dessert contest in a nod to the defunct Filbert Festival. This year’s celebration has grown to include concerts by American Idol stars Bo Bice, Kristy Lee Cook and Blake Lewis. The day’s fun rounds out with running, walking, swimming and softball events, and more. Details continued page 25

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Landfill Diversion Programs

good for dogs, budgets, and the planet Kennedy Morgan • Spot Magazine


educe, reuse, and recycle. A popular sentiment today, and one frequently practiced in the Pacific Northwest. We are a community striving to protect our environment in every way possible. According to the Oregon Department of Environment Quality website, “nearly a ton of waste materials per person is landfilled each year.” Further, “the EPA has found that discarded food is either the largest or next single-largest component of America’s solid waste.”

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VCA-Northwest Veterinary Specialists presents a Red-Cross certified hands-on lab and lecture to learn everything you need to know about canine/feline first aid. This will include a CPR and bandaging demo/lab as well as an open forum for questions. We will discuss common emergencies including heat stroke, bloat, and brachycephalic airway syndrome as well as the 5 most frequent toxicities that we see in the ER. Each participant will receive a CPR certificate.

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Date: Sunday, July 18th Cost: Free Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: REI in the Pearl (1405 NW Johnson St.)

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To address the issue, several programs have been created to reduce — or redirect — waste headed unnecessarily for landfills. As it turns out, some of them yield substantial benefits beyond their core missions. A good example is Sustainable Selections, a program begun by Quest Recycling of Frisco, Texas, whose purpose was to divert food product from landfills for redistribution to animal care providers. Meat products are labeled with a sell-by date indicating their shelflife, or how long they’re approved for purchase. Perhaps surprisingly, in many cases the sell-by date is not


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indicative of the product’s quality or freshness. The USDA indicates the actual expiration is approximately three weeks after the sell-by date — making a product that has reached its sell-by date perfectly safe for animals. Initially, meat products at or beyond their sell-by dates were made available for zoo animals. Today, however, raw feeders across

an especially hot topic when debating raw feeding. Without going into too many specifics, the main reason is that animals — in this instance specifically canines — have a much shorter digestive tracts, and therefore much faster “food processing systems” than their human counterparts. Several groups participate in local Sustainable Selections programs. Spot spoke with Virginia Dunn, who plays an integral role in the Portland Metro area cooperative. When asked how many local groups there were, she said she was only familiar with theirs (NW Working Dogs) in the Portland area, but that there are other groups in Oregon and Washington — in Eugene, and the Olympia and Seattle areas. The Portland co-op is a two-year pilot program begun in November 2009 with two participating Wal-Mart stores. Today there are

The sell-by date is not necessarily indicative of a product’s quality or freshness.

The USDA indicates the expiration is perfectly safe for animals for approximately three more weeks.

turkey, chicken, beef, pork and fish, and occasionally lamb and buffalo. Co-op members collect the meat weekly, then gather in a designated driveway to divide the haul. Dunn

says it’s a funny sight — a bunch of people sorting through barrels of raw meat in her driveway on Saturday mornings. Conjuring visions continued next page

The average weekly collection for the Portland group is 1,000-1,500 pounds; the Vancouver group, another 600-800. That’s well over 2,000 pounds of product being diverted from local landfills every week. the country are getting involved in local Sustainable Selections programs. Before continuing, I want to answer an oft-asked question: why is it that animals can be fed things deemed “not fit” for humans? This can be

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of Pike’s Place Market, Dunn says, “Someone calls for chicken, another for salmon; pretty soon packages start flying through the air.” Often members’ dogs go along for the ride — or first prime pickings — and can be seen drooling in the back of pickup trucks. Whether Cane Corsos or Great Danes, Tibetan Mastiffs or Chiweenies, their attention is unanimously captured by what’s for dinner. Considering the program a success so far, members are reaching out to more local stores about becoming involved. Just having passed the first quarter of the contract period, Dunn says people come and go, but that she makes

— Virginia Dunn, NW Working Dogs sure enough are involved to handle the meat each week. The group doesn’t have a storage facility, so participating members must be truly interested and committed. An initial fee for membership covers first quarter dues and helps offset the cost of the barrels. Dues continue to be payable quarterly, and members are expected to be available at pickup time each week. The average weekly collection for the Portland group is 1,000-1,500 pounds; the Vancouver group collects another 600-800. That’s well over 2,000 pounds of product being diverted from local landfills. Once the weekly haul is divided, the barrels must be cleaned and

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sanitized, then returned to the stores for the next week’s collections. Participating members are truly a team, sharing in the work and reaping the rewards. Currently, the Portland group has between 10 and 20 people on any given Saturday morning hanging out, sharing stories, offering raw feeding tips, and tossing meat around. Each person goes home with what they need from the haul, and their pets are eating well because of it. Of the many benefits of the program, Dunn says, “First and foremost, we’re feeding raw! Many people in our group have been able to take their dogs off kibble and move to a completely natural diet.” Dunn continues, “And then there is the cost savings. We have people in our group who are students; a couple are retraining after becoming unemployed. If it weren’t for

this program, they could not afford to feed their dogs a diet of this high a quality.” As for living green, Dunn says, “Not only are we helping our dogs live longer, healthier lives, but we’re making a positive impact on the environment by keeping tons of raw meat out of the landfill. How awesome is that?” For more information, visit the Quest Recycling site on Landfill Diversion Innovations at To get involved in a sustainable selections program near you, or to help start one, contact Ali at Sustainable Selections ( For a closer look at specific pet food choices, divergent schools of thought, and expert opinions on the pros and cons of feeding raw, frozen, dry and homemade, stay with Spot — we’ll get to the meat of it in August.

Kennedy Morgan is a Portland-area dog mom, customer service manager for a small software company, and now freelance writer. Kennedy, her Dane Vegas, and new addition, Pomeranian Leo, can be found playing with their many Dane friends (and their people) at weekly Portland Great Dane Community meetups. Contact her at Photo is Vegas (Apache Vegas Rose)

Canine Games

The Basset Games The best of times, win or lose


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oming from a guy who grew up with Husky and Shepherd mixes — or what I would have referred to as real dogs — it surprises me that I have become fond of the lowly Basset Hound. When I was a kid my neighbors had a Basset and I observed that while my dogs chased sticks and accompanied me in various forms of play and adventure, their dog was either sleeping or mindlessly barking at things real or imagined. These memories came back recently while surrounded by 200 of what is arguably the funniest Burton had earned looking of all dogs — a breed whose origins another 1st-place medal. seem more likely linked When the fanfare died to a cartoon studio than down and he resumed actual lineage. his usual business of Attending the annual searching for forbidden Oregon Basset Hound things to eat or smell, Games last year, I I was a bit lounged on a 101 Dalmatians print blanket embarrassed at how with my housemates, proud I felt each time Sara and Aaron. We I looked at him. watched over our two household Bassets, Winston and Burton, as they languished in the midday summer heat. Prompted by a distant loudspeaker, we shook Burton awake, eager to begin prepping him for the next competition — in which he’d taken 1st place two years before. We’d missed the ‘08 games due to scheduling conflicts; this year we were ready. We had trained all year long and awoke eager to get to Woodburn on game day. We were confident that his special talent would garner another big win in the annual Howling competition. That said, talent alone does not guarantee a medal. It also takes dedication, training, and passion — all competitive components that would give Burton an edge on the field that day. Aaron had worked all year as Burton’s main trainer. He would begin practice sessions by making a series of soft “Rao-rao” sounds until Burton cocked his head, indicating he was ready to focus. As Aaron increased his volume, Burton eventually responded with a soulful yelp, and then closed his eyes, arched his head back, and began howling in a position best suited for maximum sound projection. Unfortunately, right before the competition, Aaron was called away on business, so I had to accompany Burton into the howlers’ ring. Sara sat next to us tending to Winston — a howler in his own right, but not as focused or consistent as Burton.

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howl, while many of the other Bassets were barking, disinterested, or confused. The first judge’s gaze locked on Burton, whose head was now arched in classic form. The other two judges were alerted and also began watching. Their collective attention suggested we would likely

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the fact that Bassets are stubborn, have attention-deficit issues, and are generally difficult to train, most events were hilarious. Some dogs became winners by default when all their competitors had either wandered off the field or decided a nap was more rewarding than a victory medal.

Due to the fact that Bassets are stubborn, have attention-deficit issues, and are generally difficult to train, most events were hilarious. After securing our places on the events field, surrounded by 15 other hopeful howlers, one of three judges started the clock and the games began. My prompting seemed to go unnoticed for the first few minutes

as Burton was distracted by the surrounding activity. As I focused my “Rao-raos” and moved closer to his ear, I noticed the telltale cocking of his head and a sudden earnest look on his face. Soon he was in full


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enter the winners’ circle again, and we did! Burton had earned another 1st-place medal. When the fanfare died down and he resumed his usual business of searching for forbidden things to eat or smell, I was a bit embarrassed at how proud I felt each time I looked at him. Especially considering how blissfully unaware he was of his champion status. By now the games were well underway, as evidenced by many of the Bassets who had clearly worn themselves out and were strewn about the park in various states of tranquil slumber. Some of the events yet to come included Sitting, Sleeping, Modeling Costumes, going through an obstacle course, and Slalom Swimming. The swimming event required dogs to wade through a shallow kiddie pool — a simple task you might think, but in actuality one that proved impossible for all but a few intrepid competitors. Due to

Bassets are unique, idiosyncratic creatures with consistently goodnatured personalities. Whether you own a Basset, like Bassets, or just want to spend an afternoon surrounded by a pack of very entertaining canines, the annual Basset Hound Games is an event worth attending. Burton is currently back in training, so if you go, look for him in the howlers’ ring. The 2010 Basset Hound Games will be held July 17 at 5pm and July 18 10:30-2:30 at Legion Park in Woodburn. Details

Karl Abramovic is an artist-art educator whose murals, paintings, and illustrations have been viewed in New York, London and up and down the West Coast. He also creates thematic pet portraits and works as an art workshop facilitator for Lifeworks in Beaverton, OR. For more information visit,

Notes from the friendSHIP

Photos by Danielle Thompson, Galapagos Preservation Society

It is completely devastating to have your best friend die suddenly from something vets don’t know much about. Cinder was such a fighter and role model for coming off the streets as a homeless dog in Portland. When she was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in April we instantly did a ton of research on the disease, only to find that there is a 50/50 survival rate and causes can be unknown, thus treatment protocol varies significantly. After three nights and almost four days of battling AiAH and trying

everything under the sun (literally), Cinder’s body lost the fight. Needless to say we were beside ourselves with grief and confusion. There was no way we were looking for another dog right away. Those shoes are just way too big to fill, and the subject wasn’t even on the radar. That was all to change. In the June edition, Spot Magazine covered an amazing story on a film screening, called Lost Dogs which highlights the overpopulation and lack of care for homeless dogs and cats in Santiago, Chile. The filmmakers held a special screening, and there were many speakers there that night — one who happened to hail from the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands are having an issue with overpopulation of homeless dogs and cats, which are eating the land lizards, tortoises and birds — all the things that make the Galapagos so fascinating. During that evening, Sacha lay there with her foster mom, founder of the Galapagos Preservation Society, with a vest that said “adopt me.” I was just going to go say hello, when Sacha looked at me. Wow . . . what a deep look I got from her. She has the most amazing deep brown eyes . . . eyes I’m sure could tell quite a story. Rumor has it that Sacha (aka Sacha Muchacha, Sacha Cha or Sacha Pretty girl) was run over by her owner in the Galapagos (people are trying to eliminate dogs there

any way they can) leaving one rear leg unusable. Sacha made her way to a field research station called “Jatun Sacha,” where she was given food and shelter. Her soon-to-be foster mom found her, brought her to the U.S., and had her left rear leg amputated. We “tried her out” for a few weeks, but I think we all knew she was here to stay. After day five we decided to officially adopt her. Sacha gets along great with her new family of dogs, cats and humans. I can’t begin to tell you how much we love her . . . and I know Cinder would approve of Sacha’s fight for life and determination to live. These dogs can teach us so much. My heart goes out to them. – Rubi Sullivan and her family

(Dwayne King, Thor, Trout and Sacha)

Rubi Sullivan is known and loved by many. She is a professional animal massage therapist, and frequently teaches classes so her grads can be “massage therapists” themselves at home. Rubi and her family are a gift to all who know them.  — the editor

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tivi’s angels A tale of tragedy turned triumph . . . starring angels on earth

Vonnie Harris • Spot Magazine


ne is too many and yet they are innumerable — stories of unspeakable treatment of animals by socalled human beings. Too often the accounts focus on the initial, horrific details, with little follow-up on the outcome of the victims or survivors. That is until Tivi — and his pack of angels — broke tradition. Tivi’s tale, from tragic beginning to happily-ever-after ending, is a story of hope, perseverance, destiny, and angels on earth.

Tragic Beginnings

On a blistering-hot summer day in Prineville, OR two years ago, a Sharpei/Pitbull mix was found thrown roadside near the reservoir.


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The dog’s muzzle was bound with a dirty rag, he’d been doused with gas and set on fire, then thrown from a vehicle — breaking his hip and dislocating his shoulder — and left to die. When he was found, his breed and color were unidentifiable. He spent a week in intensive care and a month in the hospital being treated for burns over 90% of his body, the hip and shoulder injuries, numerous cuts and badly battered feet. With his physical wounds on the mend, he was taken to the Humane Society of the Ochocos, a Central Oregon no-kill shelter in Prineville, to continue his recovery. This is where Tivoli (“Tiv-oh-lee”), or Tivi as he came to be known, spent the next two years of his life, much of it in a pen.

Angela Adams with Tivi

Enter angels, Susan & Randa

When he first arrived at the shelter, Tivi’s skin was black and falling away in clumps. Remarkably, his recovery went so well he didn’t require special veterinary care beyond his initial surgeries. The blisters slowly healed, revealing tender pink skin underneath . . . and eventually, small tufts of red hair. Tivi quickly captured the hearts of Susan Mackay and Randa Speck, employees on the five-member staff at this small, hardworking shelter

that operates wholly on donations. Susan and Randa were struck by Tivi’s friendly, forgiving nature and openness with people, especially considering the hardship he’d endured. “The first few months, he showed no emotion and was very quiet,” says Speck. “But he was special. You could see it in his eyes. He was almost human, only better.” After a couple of months, Tivi was able to venture outside. “He did not know how to act around other dogs,” Speck says. “He wasn’t aggressive

The dog’s muzzle was bound with a dirty rag, he’d been doused with gas and set on fire, then thrown from a vehicle — breaking his hip and dislocating his shoulder — and left to die. or anything; he seemed to not know what to do and so would just stand there.” Tivi’s ordeal was traumatic, so it’s not surprising he had post-traumatic

One of Tivi’s angels issues. One was confinement anxiety. Speck says, “He needed to be able to see out all the time,” made clear by behaviors like chewing through doors (which he did several times), and destroying everything in his room. The job of finding a forever home for Tivi was daunting. His scarred and sensitive skin presented real

risks: the smallest scratch from a playful housemate could cause serious infection so he needed to be an only pet. His broken bones, or more specifically the pin in his hip, meant no stairs for Tivi — he needed a one-level home. Many who were interested in Tivi simply couldn’t pursue adoption — their households didn’t match his special needs. Whatever his challenges, Tivi’s loving ways and amazing grace won the hearts of Speck and Mackay . . . and many who visited the shelter. These two sensed Tivi “specialness,” and made it their mission to find him someone equally special to provide the life he deserved. Tirelessly working to get his story out, the duo produced a Tivi calendar with all proceeds going to the shelter — which sold out. They also created several touching youtube videos to illustrate Tivi’s essence, captivating hearts across the nation, and as far away as Canada and Sweden.

Tivi’s angel, Angela

Angela Adams describes herself as just a third-party agent in Tivi’s story, but her determined persistence ultimately brought about his fairytale ending.

Over a year ago, Angela’s good friend, Amber Rogers of Bend, OR, saw one of Tivi’s youtube videos and immediately sent it to Angela. Her response: “I have to do something, whatever it takes.” Proprietor of Born Again Pit Bull Rescue, 29-year-old Adams is an inspirational ball of energy. Already working full-time as a caregiver, she also works part-time doing rescue, and volunteers a few hours a week at Clackamas County Dog Services. She also devotes time to her own two dogs and several fosters. “Losers make excuses; winners make it happen,” says Adams, adding that when she sees a need she is not one to sit back and wish she could do something.

Marketing is Adams’s forte, and she set about building on what Mackay and Speck had begun. She started posting Tivi’s story on forums and social networking sites everywhere. She created Tivi’s Facebook page and built a website ( Word spread, and the outpouring of affection for Tivi was tremendous. The shelter’s wall became covered with cards and letters to him, plus gifts and care packages from people near and far. Cash donations arrived, as well as food. One woman touched by Tivi’s story sent a pallet of dog food not just for Tivi, but for all his canine companions at the shelter. “Even if you can’t adopt, there is continued next page


Dog safety alert Algae are common in fresh waters. One type, blue-green algae, sometimes grows into a large bloom that may contain dangerous toxins.

Dogs have become very sick and even died after swimming in and swallowing water affected by toxic algae. If you find thick, brightly colored foam or scum at a lake, pond or river, don’t let your pet drink or swim in the water! If your dog goes into the water: • Don’t let your pet lick its fur. • Wash your pet with clean water as soon as possible. If your dog has symptoms such as drooling, weakness, vomiting, staggering and convulsions after being in bloom-affected water, call your veterinarian immediately. For more information visit or call toll free 1-877-290-6767 or e-mail us at This document can be provided upon request in alternative formats for individuals with disabilities. Other formats may include (but are not limited to) large print, Braille, audio recordings, Web-based communications and other electronic formats. E-mail , call 1-877-290-6767 to arrange for the alternative format that will work best for you.

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much a person can do besides.” Adams says. Though Tivi was receiving well wishes and attention around the world, few had shown interest in actually adopting him. Adams , says Sue, knew she had to do more. She began contacting every Northwest newspaper and television station with Tivi’s story. “No one responded except KPTV Channel 12,” she says. But that interest turned out to be golden. The Channel 12 crew made the three-hour drive to Prineville, creating a beautiful video that aired on a local afternoon show, Better Portland. “Not one call at the shelter after that airing,” says Adams. She appealed to the folks at Channel 12 to air the video again during the 10 o’clock news slot. They agreed, and that time the program was seen in Estacada, OR, by one Jonathan Elwing.

Tivi’s man, Jon

From just having bought a house, Jonathan Elwing says he was just casually looking for a dog, perhaps a “special needs” dog. Seeing Tivi’s story on the news made such an impression he contacted the shelter the very next day. While a handful of others had shown interest after the second

broadcast, Speck says, “Jonathan was the only person to drive the hundreds of miles to the shelter to see Tivi in person.” Jonathan and Tivi seemed destined for each other from the first moment. “It was an amazing match,” says Speck. “They both had great big, identical smiles.” While the adoption process was being finalized, Elwing got to work. He added a fence and covered sundeck to his home and installed a doggie door . . . all for the safety and comfort of his new companion. Meanwhile, those at the shelter prepared for the day they would say goodbye to the dog who would be forever in their hearts. “We knew it would be hard to not have him around everyday, but we also knew he deserved something better,” Speck says. Once again, the Channel 12 crew set out for Prineville, this time to document Tivi’s big day that was for many as joyous as it was painful. The segment concluded with Tivi’s arrival at an ecstatic Jonathan’s house. Just the beginning for two very special beings . . . a lionhearted canine survivor blessed by many angels on his road home, and a very special man who, since Tivi’s arrival on the scene, has provided this dog

Tivi’s story is at once unique and all too common. Likewise, while Tivi’s angels are amazing, one-of-a-kind warriors in rescue work, they are among many in the trenches helping get sweet foundlings medical attention, foster care, and ultimately, into forever loving homes. If you have a heart for helping animals like Tivi, please check with your local animal shelter or call Spot and we’ll get you connected. In addition to the needs previously mentioned, help is needed with dog walking, admin and many other tasks. Helping animals in need is meaningful work. And you can bet it means the world to the recipients of our care. Just asked Tivi, who received such help. He can tell you: Dreams do come true, thanks to the loving help of people just like you.


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with a much-deserved kingdom. In fact, Tivi’s lush new lifestyle — filled lovingly with rich landscapes, adventures and every imaginable doggie luxury — can be seen on Elwing’s blog postings (tivi.tumblr. com), Tivi’s Facebook page (Tivi’s Home), and Tivi’s website (adopttivi. Just another gift Elwing provides in his characteristically quiet way that nevertheless speaks volumes about a man’s love for his dog. Those whose hearts were broken by early images of the sweet, horrifically wounded dog are delighted to see and share each new image and sweet, amusing update: here, Tivi is seen in handsome country club attire, there he’s out hiking, gazing regally across his newfound kingdom. Another image shows him napping in comforters like so much

heavenly meringue. Then there’s rugged Tivi, pal-ing around with his guy in their truck, mugging for the camera, craning for a smooch. Thanks to over 700+ fans on his original Facebook page, Tivi recently became SunRiver Resort’s “Director of Barketing” in a landslide in May, winning from a field of nearly 300 contestants. Now not only does he have a new prestigious title, but he’ll appear in the pet-friendly resort’s marketing materials, and he and Elwing will enjoy a vacation at the resort. Tivi and Jon have become an inseparable pair with a loyal following of people deeply touched by their fairytale life with the happilyever-after ending. Elwing says, “I’M really the lucky one, and anyone who knows Tivi knows that.”

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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Sunriver getaway even better with a dash of splash! Bennington Properties, one of Spot’s favorite vacay destinations in Sunriver and home of 105 dog-friendly vacation rentals, has opened its new dog wash station. Known for ensuring their canine guests feel just as at home as their human counterparts, the Bennington family clearly enjoys catering to the WHOLE family. Built to serve Bennington’s many canine guests, the dog wash station is also open to the public free of charge. Towels, tub, water, and soap provided; all you need is the dog! The dog wash is open 8:30-4, M-F, 9-3 weekends. An off-leash recreation area — also open to the public — has also been added to the property, providing the only playspace of its kind in the community. “We wanted visitors and the community to have a place to play with their dogs off leash,” says co-owner Robert Bennington. “We will also be hosting ‘Yappy Hour’ this summer,” Thursdays 3-4:30, complete with free wine, beer, soda and dog biscuits. Details 541-593-6300 or

From the “now we’ve seen everything” file Dog races? Ha! Try Dog racy! WHS’s recent Play Day in Salem, an afternoon of dog-themed fun and games, included this head-turner: a doggie “wet t-shirt” competition. Arf!

Huge dog walk coming up

The 20th annual Dog-A-Thon, one of the largest dog walks in the state of Washington and the largest fundraiser of the year for the Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County, is happening July 24, 8:30-1, at Fort Steilacoom Park. Participants can create a personal fundraising webpage at, including a photo and message and fundraising goal. The site also allows participants to email friends and track their progress. Pledges will go to help thousands of shelter pets find loving homes. The day will include tons of activities, contests, food and fun. Details www. Kai, with Dog Dad Robert Bennington, test drives the new on-site dog wash.

Dove and Delta partner in therapy efforts DoveLewis and Delta Society have partnered to create one of the largest animal–assisted therapy programs in the country. The partnership consolidates resources to create a stronger, more efficient animal–assisted therapy program in the Portland, OR area. Dove’s program, begun in 1987, has been an affiliate of the Delta Society Pet Partners program, and many DLAATE (DoveLewis Animal Assisted Therapy & Education) volunteer teams are also Delta Society Pet Partners. “The community has much more to gain from our organizations working together than going it alone,” says Ron Morgan, DoveLewis CEO. “This move . . . follows a national pattern of nonprofits partnering to maximize limited resources and more acutely focus on their objectives. Our core mission has always been emergency veterinary medicine. It no longer makes continued next page

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sense to run our own program and duplicate Delta Society’s mission. By partnering with the internationally recognized organization, there will be greater resources to bring animal–assisted therapy services to more people in our community.” DoveLewis will direct significant financial resources to the partnership, providing scholarships for roughly 150 animal–assisted therapy teams, which includes all current DLAATE teams who opt in to the Delta Pet Partners program. Through the merge, Delta will increase local staffing and support for Portland-area teams. The money Dove saves will go directly into other community programs, such as the Velvet Assistance Fund for qualifying low–income families in a medical emergency.

New canine fitness program holds Biggest Doggie Weigh Down Dogs Forest Fun Runs, owned and operated by Jillian O’Neil, is currently conducting The Biggest Doggie Weigh Down, a program in which a handful of dogs are happily running, playing and chewing everything they care to in O’Niel’s private rural acrage. A firm believer that all dogs need daily, naturally appropriate activity to keep them happy and healthy in body, mind and soul, O’Niel happily points out the fact that her dogs go home tired and fulfilled. O’Neil was inspired to create the business by her passion for animals, coupled with many hours spent studying staggering statistics on canine obesity. Overweight dogs frequently suffer from joint pain, arthritis, diabetes, poor muscle tone and simple boredom. “It’s not the owners’ fault,” says O’Neil. “Many dog food companies suggest that clients feed their dogs too much food; that way they can sell more


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food.” O’Neil goes on to say that much of the dry kibble on the market is of poor quality, made with too little protein and too much filler. “Dogs are Omnivores and need mostly protein, fat and veggies, in that order,” she says. Working in concert with area vets and pet guardians, Dogs Forest Fun Runs is working to create greater awareness of these issues, and to directly reach families whose dogs can experience healthier, happier lives by participating in her programs. O’Neil has also partnered with KOIN Channel 6, which is airing periodic segments of the Weigh Down over the next 4-6 months, so viewers can see firsthand the benefits of “natural, vigorous, daily exercise.” To learn more call 503-806-3590 or visit

American Humane lends bricks to post-flood rebuild The American Humane Association presented a $12,250 grant to Tipton Treasures/PAWS New England, Inc. in Millington, Tenn. To help rebuild its sanctuary, destroyed in the Loosahatchie River flood May 1. Sanctuary workers awoke to find their facility covered in six feet of water and dogs floating on dog houses and flooring. Amazingly all 43 sanctuary residents survived, but their housing was completely destroyed. The flood also rendered the sanctuary inactive; the org. typically rescues 15-20 dogs a week. Tipton/PAWS is an all-breed dog rescue group in Rhode Island that rescues dogs from high euthanasia shelters in Tennessee, placing them at Tipton Treasures in Millington for medical/behavior checkups then transporting them to pre-arranged foster or forever homes in the New England area. “It is our commitment to support local shelters, especially when

disasters strike,” said Debrah Schnackenberg, vice president of American Humane’s Animal Programs. “We look forward to seeing the sanctuary rebuild so Tipton Treasures/PAWS New England can continue their vital rescue work.”

Scanner donations help pass new legislation AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR), the nation’s largest and only nonprofit pet recovery service, recently pledged 25 Proscan 700 universal microchip scanners to animal shelters in Georgia in support of Georgia House Bill 1106. HB 1106, sponsored by Georgia State Rep Gene Maddox and Georgia State Senator Greg Goggans, requires shelters statewide to scan pets for microchips twice, first during initial intake at the shelter, and again prior to euthanasia to ensure a microchip was not missed. The law takes effect July 1. Before passage, supporters worried that the potential costs to state

shelters would doom the legislation. AKC CAR stepped up and pledged up to 25 universal scanners to shelters if the bill passed, helping negate the financial impact on shelters. The pledged scanners read all microchip types sold in the U.S., increasing the odds that a pet will be reunited with its owner if turned into a shelter. HomeAgain and Bayer also pledged 20 scanners each. The donations ensure shelters will have the resources needed to give thousands of pets one more chance at life. Lost pets with microchips are up to 20 times more likely to return home. Most shelters scan for microchips during intake, and owners are reunited with their pet if the number scanned is enrolled in a pet recovery database like AKC Companion Animal Recovery, which has reunited over 360,000 lost pets with their families since its inception in 1995. For more about microchipping your pet or requesting a universal scanner donation from AKC CAR, visit

Love pet books but hate the cost? Now you can rent BookSwim book rental service, which offers training and grooming books to help pets be the best companions they can be, says by reading up, pet guardians can train new pups and kittens while enjoying the great outdoors in a more affordable way. The folks at BookSwim say, “Let’s face it, once you’ve read a book, it retires on your bookshelf [or in Fido’s mouth]. For some, renting simply makes best sense. Learn more about BookSwim at Save 50% off any plan by entering the promo code SITDOGSIT.

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• EUGENE — Feline Fridays are back. Every Friday in July (and through September), all feline adoptions are reduced at Greenhill Humane. Adult cat adoptions $35, kittens $50. All Greenhill adoption fees include free vet exam, vaccinations, spay/neutering, microchipping, one month pet insurance, collar & ID tag. Details • SHERWOOD — Register for CAT’s annual CATnip Friday 5k & Mouse Miler benefit run/ walk Friday evening, Aug. 13. Adults $20, kids $15. Details/ RSVP • TIGARD — Cat Food Drive with Broadway Rose Theater Company: Do “Something Wonderful” and bring a donation of cat food and scoopable litter when you attend The King and I. Get your tickets at The Broadway Rose Theater Company is conducting a cat food and litter drive throughout the show’s run at the Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd. (through July 25). Noon PORTLAND — Pet Loss Support at DoveLewis in the Pearl. Details 6:05pm — Get Out! Tune in for events happening this weekend for pets & their people. Spot’s Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show on 1450 AM.

10am PORTLAND — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. Airs every Saturday at 10. 11am WOODBURN, OR — Adoption Outreach with Marion County Dog Shelter at PetSense ‘til 4. Come meet some sweet, adoptable dogs! Noon PORTLAND – OHS Adoption Outreach at Latus Harley Davidson in Gladstone ‘til 3, and at Furever Pets, 1903 NE Broadway, noon-4. Noon PORTLAND METRO/ SHERWOOD — Adopt a Cat this Weekend. The Kitten Road Show resumes July 10, and 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 the weekends of July 10, 16, 17, 24 and 31. 2pm PORTLAND — Just for Fun Agility Class at Oregon Humane Society. Learn the basic components of agility in a fun setting (no rules or stress!) in 4 sessions. Agility is great for physical & mental canine stimulation. Details 503-285-7722 or

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• SHERWOOD — Feline Independence Adoption Special. Receive 50% off all cat and kitten adoptions at Cat Adoption Team through July 18. Details

Barks. Small dogs (to 30 lbs) ‘til noon, larger dogs noon-1. Coffee & homemade treats for dogs & humans. Details 541726-8435. Noon SHERWOOD — The Cat Food Bank is open ‘til 2 to provide cat food for cat owners in financial need. The Cat Food Bank is located at CAT’s shelter: 14175 SW Galbreath Dr. Noon YACHATS — July 4th “La De Da” Parade. A fun, whimsical, low-tech parade assembles at 11 behind the Yachats Commons on West 4th St and Hwy 101. At noon the procession heads west on 4th to Ocean View Dr., then south and east to Beach St., dispersing just beyond the Yachats Post Office. 1pm HILLSBORO — Puppy Romp at Schroeder’s Den with Dr. Kirsten Nielsen, CPDT. A weekly hour of fun & socialization for your puppy helps build a confident, well-adjusted dog. Trainer-supervised. Puppies 10 weeks to 6 months. Admission $8. Details/RSVP or 503-614-9899. Y •

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9am LAKE OSWEGO — Test Drive a Dog with the Red Lizard Running Club. Volunteers from Multnomah County Animal Shelter transport highly adoptable dogs that will benefit from a little exercise. This is a great JU opportunity for people seeking LY a walking/jogging/running companion to “take them•for2a test 01 drive.” Details 0 9am SALEM — New Volunteer Orientation at Marion County Dog Shelter. Details 503-5666966 orsheard@co.marion. 10am EUGENE — Doyle’s Harley Davidson is generously donating proceeds from their Sweet 16th anniversary happening today 10-4. 10am PORTLAND — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. 11am FAIRVIEW — Pawsitive Pastries Grand Opening. 1 0 open Thursday June 2 0Doors L 24th with the Grand Opening JU 8 wednesday Celebration on July 10. The Celebration will have hourly 9am PORTLAND — Pet Loss door prizes, refreshments for Support at DoveLewis in the you and your pooch, a free gift Pearl. Details for the first 12 people and much 6:05pm — Get Out! Tune in for more. Fairview 1643 NE, Market events happening this weekend Dr. across from the Post Office. for pets & their people. Spot’s “Pawsitive Pastries LLC” Furry FunPlanner report opensSee thepage 6 forFriend details. on Facebook for details. KPSU Family Show on 1450 AM. SPOT MAGAZINE | JANUARY 2010 37 11am SALEM — Adoption Out9 thursday reach with Marion County Dog 5pm PORTLAND — OHS AdopShelter at PetSmart on Lancaster tion Outreach at 2nd Fridays ‘til 4pm. on Fremont, (between NE 42nd See page 6 for details. & 50th Aves.) ‘til 9. SPOT MAGAZINE | JANUARY 2010 37

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mas Town Center ‘til 2:30 and at Dennis’ 7 Dees, 7355 on SE Johnson Creek Blvd. 11-3. Noon BEAVERTON — Need some bunny to Love? Meet the Rabbit Advocates & sweet adoptables at Western Pet Supply in Beaverton ‘til 3. Conversation/info about care & adoption, plus light grooming & nail trims for visiting bunnies (suggested donation). Details 4pm PORTLAND — Shy Dog Workshop at Oregon Humane. Fearful, shy and timid dogs require special handling and training. Learn training methods to boost confidence and help you learn to help your dog to be less afraid. Attend with or without your dog; admission $35 with your dog; $25 without. RSVP

11 sunday 10am VANCOUVER — Low-cost Microchipping at the Paws-NClaws store ‘til 2. Microchipping helps save lives and reunite families, and is available during clinics for $25/animal. 11am PLEASANT HILL OR — Canine socials at Opportunity Barks. Small dogs (to 30 lbs) ‘til noon, larger dogs noon-1. Coffee & homemade treats for dogs & humans. Details 541-726-8435. Noon PORTLAND — OHS Adoption Outreach at Kiehl’s, 712 NW 23rd Ave., ‘til 3. Noon PORTLAND — 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


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1pm HILLSBORO — Puppy Romp at Schroeder’s Den with Dr. Kirsten Nielsen, CPDT. A weekly hour of fun & socialization for your puppy helps build a confident, well-adjusted dog. Trainer-supervised. Puppies 10 weeks to 6 months. Admission $8. Details/RSVP or 503-614-9899. 1pm PORTLAND — Memorial Art Community Workshop at DoveLewis in NW 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 tuesday 5pm PORTLAND — Intro to Basic Manners Dog Training classes at Oregon Humane. Fun, positive dog training classes built for flex schedules. Free intro classes offered at varying times today & July 31. Training classes offered Tues-Fri. Advance at your own pace; by a “training pass” and go when it’s convenient for you.

14 wednesday 5:30pm SALEM — New Volunteer Orientation at Marion County Dog Shelter. Details 503-5666966 or

15 thursday • PORTLAND — OHS Pet Flix, Portland’s first film contest featuring pets. Individuals or groups can create and submit a short film, music video, documentary or other creative film starring pets or pets with humans. Entry deadline is Sept. 15. Details The top 10 films will be shown at the Pet Flix Festival Sept. 30th, where winners will be awarded cash prizes.

5pm PORTLAND — Charity Night at Lucy’s Table Restaurant to benefit DoveLewis. Enjoy good food & fine wine and boost a great org. Mention Dining for DoveLewis to have 5% of your dinner ticket donated. Reservations recommended. Details 6:05pm — Get Out! Tune in for events happening this weekend for pets & their people. Spot’s Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show on 1450 AM. 7pm PORTLAND — Pet Loss Support at DoveLewis in the Pearl. Details

16 friday • BEND Dogleg Golf Classic at Bend Golf & Country Club to benefit the Humane Society of Central Oregon. The field for this 5th annual golf classic will be limited to 36 foursomes for a scramble. Admission $125/ person or $475/foursome. Players each enjoy 18 holes, an after-round barbeque, and a chance to win raffle prizes, skills and player challenges throughout the day. Support those caring for 4,000 animals each year (and the animals themselves, of course!). Details node/372. • RIDGEFIELD WA — Celebrate Yappy Hour with your pooch at some of the area’s most beautiful venues. Enjoy live music, wine and food with like-minded people who love the Humane Society and animals, just like you. Wellbehaved dogs welcome. Suggested $5 donation at the door. • SHERWOOD Cat Adoption Team will have adoptables at the Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood’s Old Town.


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10am EUGENE — Greenhill “Adopt-a-thon” at the Santa Clara Fred Meyer ‘til 4. 3pm RIDGEFIELD WA — Celebrate Yappy Hour with your pooch at the beautiful venue, East Fork Cellars, ‘til 7. Enjoy live music, wine & food with like-minded people who also love the Humane Society and animals. Well-behaved dogs welcome. Suggested $5 donation at the door.

17 saturday • TIGARD — Special Kitten Road Show by Cat Adoption Team at the Broadway Rose production of Aladdin at the Deb Fennell Auditorium. 9am SPRINGFIELD — PetFest at SummerFest (celebrating Springfield’s 125th Birthday) at Lively Park. Live music, food, drink & fun ‘til noon. Admission is free. PetFest includes contests, performances by Amazing Gracie the wonder dog, an Ask-a-Vet station, working dog demos & Springfield Police K-9 Unit, a Pet Expo with 20 pet service and product suppliers, Emerald Dog Obedience Club drill team, Border Collie International Frisbee dogs, and orientations for the new dog park. Details 10am LAKE OSWEGO — OHS Adoption Outreach at LexiDog Boutique & Social Club ‘til 1 and at Dennis’ 7 Dees 11-3. 10am PORTLAND — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. 10am PORTLAND — Hair Cuta-thon at Hair Affair, 4424 SE Woodstock to benefit OHS. Get a cut for just $10 or 10 lbs. of pet food ‘til 5. 11am SALEM — Adoption Outreach with Marion County Dog Shelter at Salem Saturday Market ‘til 4pm. Come meet some sweet, adoptable dogs.



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Whole Foods at 2825 E. Burnside to benefit OHS. Cool off and clean up ‘til 3. OHS adoptable dogs will be on site, and proceeds benefit the animals at OHS. 11am PLEASANT HILL OR — Canine socials at Opportunity Barks. Small dogs (to 30 lbs) ‘til noon, larger dogs noon-1. Coffee & homemade treats for dogs & humans. Details 541-726-8435. 12:30pm PORTLAND — 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 HILLSBORO — Puppy Romp at Schroeder’s Den with Dr. Kirsten Nielsen, CPDT. A weekly hour of fun & socialization for your puppy helps build a confident, well-adjusted dog. Trainer-supervised. Puppies 10 weeks to 6 months. Admission $8. Details/RSVP or 503-614-9899.

19 monday 11am EUGENE — Foster Care/ Volunteer Orientation at Greenhill Humane Society. Sessions fill quickly; RSVP early to 541-6891503 x116 or at

23 friday 8am AURORA — DoveLewis 10th annual Golf Tournament at Langdon Farms. Grab your clubs and your buddies and jump into the 4-person team scramble where nearly every hole has fun contests. After the links enjoy lunch, awards and raffle prizes. Details/RSVP to

24 saturday 10am VANCOUVER — OHS Adoption Outreach at Petco, 8820 NE 5th Ave, ‘til 2. 10am SALEM — HUGE Rummage Sale & License Amnesty/ Vaccination Event ‘til 2 at Marion County Public Works at 5155 Silverton Rd. NE. Proceeds support the shelter dogs. Free rabies vaccination with the purchase or renewal of a Marion County Dog License while supplies last. 10am PORTLAND — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. 11am SALEM — Adoption Outreach with Marion County Dog Shelter at Salem Petco on Lancaster ‘til 4pm. Details Noon PORTLAND — First Spot Walk, “Diamonds in the Pearl,” led by a real gem, LeRae Hunt of Recess in the Pearl. Join in for an easy stroll with a little sightseeing, and a ton of fun! The walk ends at Sniff Dog Hotel, where Grand Opening festivities will be in full swing. To sign up for Spot Walks, email Angie@Spot-

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22 thursday 6:05pm — Get Out! Tune in for events happening this weekend for pets & their people. Spot’s Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show on 1450 AM.



7pm PORTLAND — Pet Loss Support at DoveLewis in the Pearl. Details


12:30pm PORTLAND — Problem Pooch class at Oregon Humane in Portland. Great for new or soon-to-be pet guardians, and those who just want to know what makes Fido tick. Free; no need to RSVP. Please leave pets at home. Details 1pm EUGENE — Bubbles and Brew ‘til 5pm. Dog wash at Eugene City Brewery. Get your dog washed, microchipped and enjoy live music and great beer at 844 Olive St. in Eugene. Details 541-345-4155. More details page 13 this issue. The next Spot Walk is July 31st at 7pm. Noon PORTLAND — OHS Adoption Outreach at PetsMart , 9450 SE 82nd Ave., ‘til 4. 1:30pm PORTLAND — Small Dog Play Group at Oregon Humane. Let your dog run with other small friends and burn off energy in a safe environment. Dogs must be spayed/ neutered, current on vaccines, older than 5 mos. and less than 20 lbs. Dogs with a history of aggression not suitable for this class. Cost $15. Details/RSVP

25 sunday 11am PLEASANT HILL OR — Canine socials at Opportunity Barks. Small dogs (to 30 lbs) ‘til noon, larger dogs noon-1. Coffee & homemade treats for dogs & humans. Details 541-726-8435. 11am PORTLAND — OHS Adoption Outreach at Petco, 14410 SE Division St., ‘til 3. Noon PORTLAND — 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 HILLSBORO — Puppy Romp at Schroeder’s Den with Dr. Kirsten Nielsen, CPDT. A weekly hour of fun & socialization for your puppy helps build a confident, well-adjusted dog. Trainer-supervised. Puppies 10 weeks to 6 months. Admission $8. Details/RSVP or 503-614-9899.

27 tuesday 6pm PORTLAND — Yappy Hour with Wendy & Lucky Diamond at Hotel Monaco to celebrate their new book, It’s a Dog’s World. OHS adoptables on site. Enjoy “puptails” & “hound d’ oeuvres.” Admission $50 (half goes to OHS). Details

28 wednesday 6pm PORTLAND — Waggy Hour: Lick n’ Luau. Join LexiDog Boutique & Social Club and Oregon Humane Society for Waggy Hour at the Jupiter Hotel, 800 E. Burnside ‘til 8. Pups enjoy an ice cream social & doggie pools. Humans get wine & treats. Luau attire encouraged. Admission free.

29 thursday 6:05pm — Get Out! Tune in for events happening this weekend for pets & their people. Spot’s Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show on 1450 AM.



30 friday 11am TIGARD — OHS Adoption Outreach at PetsMart, 7500 SW Dartmouth, ‘til 3.

31 saturday 10am PORTLAND — Mountaindog Meetup in Fernhill Park. Meet at the SE corner of the park, just north of NE 42nd & Killingsworth. Details 503-282-6706. 10am PORTLAND — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. Airs every Saturday at 10. 11am TROUTDALE — Animal House Toga Party & Adoptathon at Multnomah County Animal Services’ shelter. This is the 3rd annual and MCAS’s biggest single adoption day of the year, with dozens of dogs and cats adopted during the festivities, which RUN UNTIIL MIDNIGHT. Enjoy live music, a variety of vendors, food carts, special photo ops, and raffle prizes all day long. New this year: Don’t miss the Spot Walk! Sign up at Remember to wear your toga! The shelter is located at 1700 W Columbia River Hwy. Details multcopets. org/toga_party.

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July 2010 - Spot Magazine  

Spot Celebrates Dog Walkers (pg 10) Basset Games: K9 competition you’ll never forget (pg 19) Putting raw meat where it belongs (16) Living W...

July 2010 - Spot Magazine  

Spot Celebrates Dog Walkers (pg 10) Basset Games: K9 competition you’ll never forget (pg 19) Putting raw meat where it belongs (16) Living W...