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Spring Ahead!

Magazine Vol. 13 • No. 2 April / May 2019


Mandi Blackwelder, DVM CCRP (Beaverton, OR) Christy Doherty (Rainier, OR) Jeff Johnson (Portland, OR) Wendy Merideth, DVM (Sunriver, OR) Megan Noes (New York, NY)

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he silence of snow in the air has turned to the lyrical sound of songbirds and Spring Fever has a firm grip on you! Your pets feel it too: the anticipation of jingling leashes and that door opening to the big green world full of fresh smells to explore. The cats lying in that toasty patch of sun near the window oversee the goings-on of foraging squirrels and playful birds. And to celebrate the seeds of change, Spot is exploring ways you and the furkids can have fun together and help each other stay fit and safe. Or — in the case of this Publisher and her “fluffy” fur-friend Feather — to work together to GET FIT. Spot recently took a field trip to learn more about the sport of dock diving and came away with so much more. Witnessing the camaraderie and energy of a room full of spectators cheering each and every four-legged athlete to fly across the pool as far as they could, is smile-inducing even for the biggest curmudgeon among us! Littles with their stumpy legs muster every ounce of forward motion to fly as far as they can to capture their prize. With just the right amount of encouragement and drive, a larger guy nearly makes the other edge of the pool!! Dare to photograph from pool side and you’ll need quick reflexes for the splash! And so, this particular round of the dock diving sport is aptly named “Splash!” Much as the sport of dock diving engages both human and dog toward a mutually satisfying goal, Roo Yori — the K9 Ninja of American Ninja Warrior — told Spot his favorite times are spent bonding with his dogs in competitive down-time. It is also clear from his social media feeds he adores playful times with his adoptees, like practicing CrossFit Progression Crawling on the kitchen floor, each of them engaged in the simple joy of the moment. Roo advocates for animal welfare, proudly sporting an ADOPT A DOG shirt at every competition and holding the Ninja for Dogs fundraiser — a pledge-per-obstacle fundraiser he runs during his ANW Season competitions. Roo has a special affinity for socalled bully breeds; he launched the Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation in honor of a shelter dog turned world Frisbee star with an unwavering spirit. Spot hopes this Spring finds you lacing up those walking shoes, hitting the trails with your furry bestie and enjoying some coveted bonding time. In the following pages, you’ll find plenty of information and inspiration to help you stay active and have fun out there!

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4 Splash! Dock Diving

7 See Spot Read

A Hillsboro business is jumping into one of the world’s fastestgrowing dog sports. Spot introduces you to the people and dogs of dock diving.

10 Spring Pet Safety Tips: Mushroom Toxicity How to keep pets safe around this ubiquitous part of outdoor life in the NW.

11 Physical Therapy 4-1-1 If you have a pet who’s recovering from an injury or surgery — or one who lives with special needs to age-related challenges — an expert shares what you need to know to get the best rehab and physical therapy to keep them healthy and active.

14 Roo Yori: The K9 Ninja Warrior This passionate dog rescuer uses his national spotlight to encourage dog adoptions. He talks to Spot about training, quality time, and life in a house full of rescue and foster dogs.

18 Happy Trails Dog parents and park experts share the Northwest’s best places for you and your pup to hit the trail this season.

We review the just-released book Kyra’s Canine Conditioning

8 Rescue Me Sweet pets who need a little extra support finding their forever families.  Brought to you by PNW Visiting Vet

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Cats, Coffee, Cupcakes! Friends Remember a Beloved Animal Advocate Digging into Portland’s Dog-Friendly Social Scene The Love Story of Red Lady and Goliath Humane Society of Central Oregon and Bend Spay+ Neuter Project Join Forces • Fences For Fido Celebrates 5 Years in Central Oregon

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Dock Diving

Christy Doherty • Spot Magazine


one of the fastest-growing canine sports in the world, dock diving is making a big splash with dogs and humans alike. Enthusiasts in the Northwest are fortunate that Hillsboro is home to an indoor dock diving facility.

In dock-diving events, dogs run the length of a dock and leap as far as possible into the water, competing for distance, height, or — in timed events — for speed. Human competitors throw a prized toy just out of reach, motivating dogs to keep their momentum and launch into the pool at the best-possible angle. The sport offers variations on the diving theme. For example, an inthe-air retrieve event, the coveted dog toy is suspended four feet above the water to start, moving higher as dogs complete each level. With its growing popularity, the sport is drawing a wider variety of breeds. “About 10 years ago, it was pretty much all Labs, but then the other breeds started to try it. Right now Whippets kind of rule the sport,”  Kunkle explained.

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When Spot Magazine attended a February dock diving event, a Whippet named Sounders jumped so far he touched the back of the pool — a little over 33.5 feet. The impressive dive matched his world-record jump in December’s National competition. It’s an equal-opportunity sport. Whether low-slung lap dog or tall Russian Wolfhound, in this game, size really doesn’t matter, and the mix of breeds is endless. The sport’s organizing body, North America Diving Dogs (NADD), divides dogs into two size divisions — those 16 inches or taller at the withers, and those shorter. There are also divisions like novice, junior, senior, master and elite within each height category. 4 Spot Magazine | April / May 2019

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The facility makes year-round practice and competition both possible and fun. “The dream of opening a combination rehab and indoor dock diving facility became real almost four years ago,”  explains Diane Kunkle, certified Canine Rehab Practitioner, who co-owns Paws Aquatics Water Sports and Rehab with Julie Thomas.

Getting Their Paws Wet Dogs benefit from the equalizing effect of water, making the sport accessible to all sizes and ages. “All they need is a strong toy drive and a love for swimming,” Kunkle enthused. “We have two labs who still compete at age 14.” Kunkle says new dogs get a slow introduction to the sport. “We start them off the side deck, only 8 inches off the water, before moving them to the dock,”  she explained.

“All they need is a strong toy drive and a love for swimming” —Diane Kunkle Jenn Zimmerly-Offinga of Hillsboro competes with Motive, a Boston Terrier whose food drive outpaces her interest in toys. The pair manage a compromise. “For Motive, it’s all about food,”  Zimmerly-Offinga laughs. “She doesn’t work for free. Food IS her reward, and there’s no food allowed on the dock. We have to go flying right back to the crate, because she needs a paycheck. Some dogs are volunteers; some need a paycheck. Motive needs an edible paycheck.” Her first diving dog, Hoodlum, was the 2015 NADD Senior Lapdog National Champion, inspiring many Boston Terriers and other “littles”  to

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follow his example. Hoodlum’s success drew Zimmerly-Offinga’s friend from Canada, Mary Young, into dock diving. She has elite jumpers and announces at events. Young’s dog, Swindle — a female Belgian Malinois — is an elite jumper who jumps far and high. Swindle is “the best counter surfer around, and likes to sleep under the blankets at night curled in between her humans. She loves everything she does and gives 100% every time,”  Young says. Motive and Swindle went to Nationals last year, where almost 800 dogs competed. “I think there were about 20 dogs from the Pacific Northwest,” Zimmerly-Offinga enthused. The Pacific Northwest offers other diving event locales, including a mobile dock, but the indoor venue is a favorite of some dogs who — like Motive — hate cold water. “We call her Sensitive Sally because she doesn’t like to jump into cold water. She likes to jump at PAWS, because the water is warm.” Zimmerly-Offinga is also training Frantic, a puppy Young gifted her. “Frantic is a Boston Terrier/Whippet/Staffy mix, all legs. He’s very cute, After I lost Hoodlum to GI lymphoma, I said I didn’t need another dog. At diving events, Mary kept saying I did, since Motive doesn’t like cold water. She ended up making a four-hour drive for a puppy I said I didn’t want, and she brought Frantic back.” That’s what friends are for.

Diving All In Competing with Quiver, the AKC National Champion Doberman, Teresa Ross of Vancouver, WA was amazed how quickly her dogs mastered diving. “We just started. Neither dog was swimming this summer; they were babies,” Ross explained. “and in August, Avatar was in her first competition.” Dee Morasco of Amboy, WA was at the competition with her veteran Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Rex, who has been to Nationals in Florida three times. Morasco also brought along a puppy who was adjusting to the excitement. “I’ve been doing dock diving since 2003,” Morasco explained. “It’s a good family sport. Kids as young as 7 can be up there, because two people can be on the dock.”

Interested in seeing if your pup has a future in the sport? Kunkle offers introductions and assessments at PAWS. A first-time assessment is $65. After that, dock diving lessons are $45. And on Saturdays from 2-5 there is open dock diving practice, at $25 per dog, no appointment required. 503-640-4007 • Diving events require registering with NADD — North American Diving Dogs — $35 for the life of the dog. Each competition has entry fees. For information on registering your dog with NADD and finding an event, go to

It’s hard to just get a little bit into the sport. Mary Young confesses, “Oh yes I’m the addicted one. I have three dogs that compete: Swindle and Scandal, my two Belgian Malinois; and Quiz, an Australian Cattle Dog. They are all amazing!”

“But the dock diving community is powerful and much more welcoming for all newcomers of all the different size dogs/breeds/mixes”

—Mary Young

Immersed in dog sports for over 25 years, including flyball, agility, barn hunt, lure coursing, nose work, urban mushing, obedience, Superdogs and dock diving, Young finds “dock diving seems to be a much more family-friendly event and while people are competitive and want their dogs to do the best they can, the joy of watching all the different dogs and people on the dock is what it’s really all about.”

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Young still competes in agility and flyball, and teaches flyball classes at home in British Columbia, “But the dock diving community is powerful and much more welcoming for all newcomers of all the different size dogs/ breeds/mixes — it just doesn’t matter.” A tiny jumper’s personal best may be nine feet where the big jumpers sail out 32 feet or farther, but “the human-dog team is what keeps people coming back,”  Young asserts. “I live in BC Canada and drive to Oregon for all their events. What I love most about diving is the camaraderie amongst competitors encouraging and helping with each other. We are competitors, but most are friends first,”  she said with a smile. Maybe the sport is wildly popular because, at its heart, it’s all about fun — for people and dogs. “The dogs smile,”  Zimmerly-Offinga laughed, “They really do. It’s such fun to see them with smiles on their faces when they’re jumping off the dock!”

Christy Doherty writes from her heart in a house a few deer trails off the beaten path. Her work takes place under the wise scrutiny of miraculous 17-yr-old Octavia, her soul kitty, a RagaMuffin cat with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Christy has received national awards in journalism, and most recently, two Maxwell Awards from the Dog Writers Association of America, for a total of six Maxwells.

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Kyra’s Canine Conditioning: Peak Performance, Injury Prevention, Coordination, Flexibility, Rehabilitation By Kyra Sundance, Quarry Books, 2019


lacing up your shoes and walking your pup around the block is kindergarten, Kyra’s Canine Conditioning is graduate school, but with easy directions. This is the ultimate how-to book that breaks up complex exercises and cool dog tricks into clearly-illustrated steps. From the opening chapter, which introduces the reader to canine anatomy and safe ways to stretch your dog’s muscles, to the final chapter, where readers learn to teach their dog complex exercises like handstands, the book builds on foundational information and adds complexity as human and dog are ready. As a bonus for Northwest pups and people, all the exercises can be done indoors, making this book a welcome rainyday or cold-weather companion. With tips on training wiggly young puppies to slower senior dogs, Kyra’s Canine Conditioning offers show-stopping exercises to engage you and your dog with just enough physical and mental challenge to keep you both in top shape.

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Brought to you by PNW Visiting Vet Rune This sweet brown tabby loves wand toys and toy mice. At just under one year old, she’s a busy, active cutie who seeks a human companion with an active lifestyle to keep her entertained. Rune is FIV-positive and, like any cat who is FIV-positive, she needs to live exclusively indoors and will need regular veterinary check-ups. The staff would love to tell you more about FIV and/or Rune. Reach them at 503-925-8903 or visit

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Do you enjoy getting kitty hugs and snuggles? Then I’m your boy! I’m 9-year-old Tigger, and I’m looking for a quiet, indoor, adultonly home where I can spoil you with my affection. I love sitting in laps, rolling in catnip, playing with string, and napping on the bed. I also ride well in the car. If you’re looking for a friendly, affectionate companion, stop by Cat’s Cradle Rescue or call 503-320-6079

Howdy! I love and seek head scratches, pets, and rubs. I'm apprehensive in new places and with new people however, given a calm space where I can have some say in our introduction, I will continue to emerge from my shy shell. My agility will astound you when I chase my flying feather toy. In my foster home I spent a month in my own room and slowly got to know the other cats. Now we get along great, but I’m told I have that awkward kid affliction where I haven’t figured how interactions are supposed to work. I’m learning! If I sound like your possible best friend, please email to learn more about me. I’m listed at adoptable/argus-gus-gus

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Creed Talk about a guy who needs a BFF! Sweet 7-year-old Creed has been in the shelter since he was a young pup. He’d do best in an active family with no other pets that can offer loads of mental and physical stimulation. His current favorites are frisbee, ball, and hiking. He’s a highly trainable and motivated student. Being a strong and springy Staffordshire Terrier, he’ll need a home with a secure yard to protect him from his own nomadic impulses. This is a happy, active guy who is sweetly loyal to the humans who invest time and energy in him. To meet Creed, stop by the Humane Society of the Ochocos, call 541-447-7178 or visit

Fanta This sweet girl has been an off-and-on resident of BrightSide Animal Center in Redmond since June 2017. She’s had some trouble finding her ideal home, which would be a quiet place with no other pets where she can rule as queen. Her favorite things are basking in the sun, perching on a cat tree, getting rubs and attention, or hiding in a favorite drawer. To meet Fanta, stop by BrightSide Animal Center, call 541-923-0882 or visit

Ruby Eight-year-old Ruby was originally quite shy, though she’s come out of her shell in foster care. In fact, she’s a bit of a celebrity as one of the Cats of Instagram and her purrsonality is shining now! RubyTheFoster She explores the house, flops on her side for belly rubs, meows for attention, and showers her friends with affection. Ruby is FeLV-positive (she carries the Feline Leukemia virus) and LOVES other cats, so she’d especially like to find a home where she can be BFF to another FeLV-positive cat. Her adopter will also need to take some extra precautions to keep her healthy. She’s more than ready for a new home. If you think you might be her forever family, please contact CAT 503-925-8903 or visit

Scrappy Meet Scrappy! He’s a 4-year-old shepherd mix who loves getting cuddled, giving kisses, getting treats, being outside, and going on walks. He is shy at first, but once he warms up to you, he is very sweet. Scrappy can be nervous with handling so he wants a family that will continue to give him training. He is a resource guarder, so he should go to a home with older kids and no other dogs or cats. With so much love to give, Scrappy would make the sweetest companion and adventure buddy! To find out more or to meet Scrappy, go to Greenhill’s 1st Avenue Shelter in Eugene, call 541-844-1777 or visit

Ulmia and Prishe How about double the love? These 2-year-old sisters are looking for a quiet home without any dogs or small children. Ulmia loves to snuggle by your side. Prishe is a little shyer, but is insistent when she does want affection. They both love playing with rolling toys or snuggling together on top of a cat tree. Meet them at Cat’s Cradle Rescue or call 503-320-6079

Penny and Riley These two best friends need to be adopted together. Penny is a white and tan Pit Bull terrier mix; Riley is a black and white miniature Shetland Sheepdog/Australian Shepherd mix. The cutest odd couple ever, Penny is 52 pounds and 6 years old, while little Riley is 14.5 pounds and 3 years old. They’ll need a kitty-free home with older, dog-savvy kids. This dynamic duo are very friendly and love getting attention from their human friends. To learn more or to meet Riley and Penny, go to Greenhill’s 1st Avenue Shelter in Eugene, call 541-844-1777 or visit

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ushrooms play an essential role in the decomposition of organic matter. They are fundamental in nutrient cycling and exchange within ecosystems. Unfortunately, though, many of the mushrooms in Oregon are toxic to pets. In late spring and early summer, Sunriver Veterinary Clinic in Central Oregon treats many patients for mushroom toxicity. These animals may present with profuse drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, or they may be in a coma. Apart from such obvious symptoms, bear in mind that toxic mushrooms can also injure your pet’s liver. Treatment involves the induction of vomiting (if the animal is conscious) to empty the stomach of remaining mushrooms. Intravenous fluids are then initiated to help flush toxins from the bloodstream. Activated charcoal, given by mouth, binds the toxins within the gastrointestinal tract and the toxins that circulate through the liver and bile. Pets may also need supportive liver medications and supplements. With treatment, the prognosis is good. Please inspect your yard for mushrooms and watch your dogs closely on the trail this time of year. Unless you are a mushroom expert, please assume all mushrooms are toxic to pets! Wear gloves when removing them from your yard and throw them away in a place your pet can’t reach. If your pet ever ingests a mushroom, contact your veterinarian immediately. Dr. Merideth incorporates both traditional and alternative veterinary medicine in the care of pets at her Sunriver Veterinary Clinic in Central Oregon. She especially likes helping older pets feel better through acupuncture.




Mandi Blackwelder DVM, CCRP • Spot Magazine


umans commonly get physical therapy for a variety of recovery situations from hospital or clinic post-op to nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. Physical therapy for pets should be no different. After an injury or orthopedic surgery, pets need help to recover and their families need guidance in how soon to return them to full mobility. Elderly pets also benefit from exercises tailored to their specific condition so they can maintain the best mobility and quality of life for as long as possible. Pets and pet parents dealing with paralysis need expert guidance on the path to recovery..

Who does physical therapy? Physical therapy should only be performed by a certified practitioner. The qualifications to look for are CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner) or CCRT (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist).

What happens in physical therapy?

What about cats? Kitties are unique and obviously not as easy as dogs, but they too can have physical therapy.

So who should have physical therapy? If your pet is in pain, limping, arthritic, or has neurologic issues, he or she most likely can benefit from physical therapy. Ask your veterinarian for a local referral. Physical therapy for pets is relatively new for veterinarians too, so a web search for “physical therapy for pets near me” should help get you on the right track and your pet back on his or her paws.

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Hydrotherapy: The underwater treadmill helps the dog support his weight on his sore limbs while learning to gait again. For paralyzed dogs, therapists guide their walk in the proper upright position. For elderly dogs, in addition to the buoyancy, the water is warm and helps with blood flow to their old bones and muscles. Therapeutic laser (“Cold laser”): Laser is FDA approved for both animals and humans to help tissues return to their previous strength by increasing blood flow, reducing inflammation, and increasing cellular repair. Therapeutic ultrasound: If you have had PT yourself, you probably have had ultrasound, which generates deep heat to the tissues. Think about how good hot water feels when your back hurts; ultrasound carries that heat deep into the soft tissues.

Physiotherapy (exercises): Yes, dogs can do exercises just like people, and this is where the art of canine physical therapy comes in. A good therapist finds the right motivation for even the most stubborn or reluctant dog and tailors exercises to the dog’s abilities too.

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Fetch Cats, Coffee, Cupcakes!

Locals who were saddened at the sudden closure of Portland’s Purrington’s Cat Café can celebrate the upcoming debut of Purrs and Pastries Cat Café. Coming soon to Tigard, the new hangout will be part pastry shop, part local feline adoption center. Owner Tracy Stocker will team with Felines First Rescue and a local bakery to offer adoptable cats in a cozy café atmosphere with organic and vegan pastries. She’s readying the space with a vertical cat playground and cattery that’s expected to house 10-12 adoptable adult cats that customers can watch from a café table or visit in person for a small fee. Get updates on the opening date and her fundraising campaign at

Friends Remember a Beloved Animal Advocate Friends and colleagues packed a Molalla church on March 30 to memorialize Sue Heublein, a leader in the movement to unchain dogs across Oregon and the US. Sue had served on the board of directors for Portland-based Fences For Fido, where she also volunteered as a client outreach coordinator and Photo Credit: Brian Grubb fence builder, working with area families to free dogs from life on a chain. Most recently, she co-founded Unchained Planet, a project of Fences For Fido to mentor groups and individuals across the country in starting their own unchaining organizations.

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Fences For Fido colleagues praised Sue’s cheerfulness, even when working on sad dog situations or battling the aggressive cancer that ultimately ended her life. The 67-year-old Sue had retired from a distinguished career in upper-level management with the Veterans Hospital. As a member of the Army Reserves, she completed Officer’s training, won awards on the rifle target-shooting team, and attained the highest rank of Captain.

Digging into Portland’s Dog-Friendly Social Scene Dating in the wireless age just came back down to Earth and landed happily on four paws. Now, instead of swiping left or right on profile photos in their old dating app, single dog lovers can browse bios of other eligible dog lovers and their dogs. After debuting in a handful of cities from Los Angeles to Chicago and New Orleans, Dig, the dog person’s dating app (, is reveling in the dog-centric social scene of the Rose City. The app marked its Portland kickoff with a dog-friendly mixer in downtown Portland in late February. Dig’s local ambassador Callista Michael-Rill told Spot that Portland’s outdoorsy, dog-loving vibe influenced her company’s decision to land here next. “There’s so much here, so many activities you can plan,” she said. “There are bars you can go to that are dog friendly, and so many hikes people can do.” After connecting interested dog lovers, the app offers tips on dogfriendly dates and activities to help people and their pooches break the ice in Northwest style. “People think meeting at the dog park is a good way to introduce your dogs, but that’s not always a great idea,” says Michael-Rill. “So there are tips on what makes a good dog-friendly date, and we’ll have wellness tips from veterinarians. Portland is definitely a dog city.”

Humane Society of Central Oregon and Bend Spay+Neuter Project Join Forces

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The Humane Society of Central Oregon (HSCO) and Bend Spay+Neuter Project now share an umbrella. With allied missions and a history of working together, Bend Spay+Neuter Project (BSNP) is now a program of HSCO, continuing to provide low-cost spay and neuter and basic wellness services for pets. “There has always been a strong relationship between HSCO and BSNP and we worked together on many projects that affect animal welfare in Central Oregon,” said HSCO executive director Sabrina Slusser. “This move makes good sense so we can provide easy access, under one organization, to a wide array of services that provide compassionate and humane care for animals” BSNP will continue offering its low-cost services — including spay and neuter surgeries, vaccines and wellness exams — from its current clinic on Wilson Avenue in Bend. HSCO plans to continue offering programs such as specialty clinics in outlying communities, and is exploring ways to merge the two organizations’ pet food banks. For more information visit

Fences For Fido Celebrates 5 Years in Central Oregon NW-based Fences For Fido turns 10 years old this summer. The volunteer group has unchained 2,000 Oregon and Washington dogs in its first decade, drawing national attention for its shovel-to-the-ground approach to improving dogs’ lives. Meanwhile, the organization’s Central Oregon volunteers are marking their fifth year in action.

The Love Story of Red Lady and Goliath It’s a three-tissue sad story with a beautiful ending. The saga follows two wild mustangs from freedom on the expansive rangelands to capture and confinement after a Bureau of Land Management roundup, and eventually to their happily-ever-after in Prineville.

Redmond Festival Brings Pets, People Together

Organizers at Central Oregon’s nonprofit Skydog Sanctuary saw a rare opportunity to reunite two deeply Photo Credit: Skydog Sanctuary bonded wild horses after the BLM roundups. It’s normally an impossible feat because of a lack of documentation about the horses’ original home ranges and herds, but reliable photos had clearly identified the handsome black stallion named Goliath and his mate Red Lady, who was pregnant with the pair’s first foal.

Hoping to unite Redmond residents, businesses, and volunteers around their shared love of pets, the For the Love of Pets Benefit Festival rolls into its third year this July. It’s a dog-friendly community celebration to benefit local animal shelters, and it offers music, food, local craft brews, and adoptable pets.

After being rounded up and removed from her rangelands, Red Lady was adopted by a rescuer in Colorado. When Skydog organizers heard Goliath would be auctioned in Utah, the group started fundraising and raised enough to submit the winning bid on Goliath and reunite his family. After the auction, rescuers transported Goliath — who was now gelded — from Utah to Oregon, where his Red Lady was waiting.

Organizers say the event focuses on raising money and awareness for animal welfare organizations while bringing together members of a rapidly growing Central Oregon community. This year’s festival is scheduled for July 20, 2019 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at American Legion Park in Redmond, Oregon. Find details at and remember: your pups are invited to join the party.

In a scene befitting the silver screen, Goliath galloped through snow-covered pastures the length of three football fields to reach his love. He nosed Red Lady’s belly three times, seeming to sense their growing foal inside, then he touched noses with the mare and the pair trotted into the forest of their new home.

Responding to unmet needs in the region’s rural communities, Central Oregon volunteers build one or two fences a week in surrounding communities. The group will mark the Central Oregon milestone with an open house on the afternoon of May 19 at the Environmental Center in downtown Bend. Details are at

Stay tuned for more on this reunited family as rescuers await the foal’s birth. Go to And have that tissue ready.

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a young student athlete, Andrew “Roo” Yori had Ninja-level skills both on and off the sports field. Soccer was his favorite high school sport, although he competed in others too. As a college athlete he held the long-jump record at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and still graduated as the outstanding male senior with a degree in Biology. Whatever he takes on, he puts his full self into the effort.

“Adopt A Dog” t-shirts, as his rescued dog Angus watched from the crowd. The now-departed Angus — a stately black Labrador mix with a graying muzzle and dignified air — served as the representative for the pack of beloved rescue dogs who have called the Yori household home. It started when he and his wife, Clara, went to adopt a dog from the shelter where she worked. Roo instantly fell for the stately Angus, but his wife, Clara, had her heart set on a dog named Ajax. “We weren’t going to change each other’s minds, so we adopted both,” he remembers. The couple even timed the two dogs’ arrivals in the home to create a harmonious transition. “Ajax was doing well at the shelter, and it was a nice shelter, so he stayed there for about 10 days. Angus came home and got used to the house, and then Ajax came.”

Today, 41-year-old Roo Yori holds an impressively brainy job in the genome sequencing laboratory at Minnesota’s famous Mayo Clinic. But, true to form, he’s matching brains with brawn as a multi-season competitor on TV’s American Ninja Warrior. To the uninitiated, the show looks like an otherworldly display of super-human strength and agility. To devotees of high-intensity workout programs like CrossFit — another of Yori’s passions — the show’s competitions are a natural extension of the barrier-busting workouts that have desk jockeys and dedicated athletes jumping, climbing, crawling, and balancing like caped superheroes.

Ajax and Angus soon became best friends, but Roo and Clara have made room in their home and family for other rescues who don’t get along with their dog siblings. With dedication and an abundance of dog smarts, they manage to keep a peaceful and active household no matter what canine characters currently live there.

Training for the competition would keep any superhuman fully occupied with workout schedules, travel, and qualifying heats. But Yori is making the most of the exposure, using the spotlight to promote his passion for rescue dogs. He uses each televised competition as a fundraiser, urging fans to pledge a donation for each punishing obstacle he completes.

Remarkable Rescues In his 2017 rookie season on American Ninja Warrior, Roo and his cheering section sported matching Photo Credit: Josh Feeney

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His most famous rescue is the inspiration behind Yori’s Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation, which has raised more than $100,000 to promote rescue and adoption while tackling breed-related stigma. Wallace was a white and brown Pit Bull who had been slated for euthanasia. Soon after the Yoris adopted him, the muscular and driven dog demonstrated an over-the-top love for catching Frisbees. Under the training and guidance of his athlete dad, Wallace ultimately won the 2006 Cynosport World Games and the 2007 Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog

Challenge National Championship for flying disc. He also inspired author Jim Gorant to pen a best-selling book, “Wallace — the Underdog who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls — one Flying Disc at a Time.” The champion dog eventually succumbed to an aggressive cancer, but his image and story still grace the logo of the foundation he inspired and the line of merchandise that raises money for the cause, including “pawtographed” copies of his best-selling book.

Smarts and Heart The famous overachieving Wallace never fully overcame some of his pre-rescue quirks. “People assumed he did well with my dogs at home,” Yori remembers. “He didn’t. We had to rotate and manage at home. But he had a great life. I’d take him out on a long line and work with him and the Frisbee. When he was playing, he was focused. Working with him in the evening, in a big field where you can turn on the flood lights, those are some of my best memories.” The hard-to-place dog thrived in his adoptive home because his training and competition provided structure, outlet, and Wallace-centered quality time.

“It’s a responsibility. He’s my responsibility,” says Yori. “I need to make sure I’m managing him and his situations, so he doesn’t get into something he isn’t ready to handle. It was a lot of management. I hate to say I was a little relieved when he retired, but I got to relax a little more.”

“It’s a responsibility. He’s my responsibility” One of Wallace’s canine siblings, Hector, also enjoyed fame and raised money to help other dogs. Hector was one of 51 Pit Bulls rescued from the Michael Vick dog fighting case. The baby-faced brown Pittie overcame his traumatic history to pass the Canine Good Citizen test — TWICE — and become a Certified Therapy Dog. Visiting hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, Hector spent the rest of his life busting stereotypes and winning hearts. As age and illness closed in on Hector, Yori hung a victorious sign around the dog, who stood gray-faced and peaceful on a picnic table, after seven years of happy life that seemed to have erased his memory of the two he’d spent in the violent world of dog fighting. The sign reads, “Vick, 2. Hector, 7. I win.”

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Training for Success The Yori dogs have since included a one-eyed Pittie, a three-legged Corgi, and an ever-growing cast of canines with sad histories and sweet dispositions. Nobody in the pack is training for competition like their predecessor Wallace, but Yori continues to find time to nurture each dog’s interests and abilities.

“We do whatever the dog enjoys, as long as we remain safe.” “It’s that quality time,” Yori says. More than accommodation for their disabilities or management for their temperament issues, the dogs need happy, structured play with their favorite humans. Whether training for competition or just for fun, Yori looks for the games and activities that light up each dog’s disposition. He tries to give his highly driven dogs a playful challenge that approaches the edge of their abilities. Dogs with more physical limitations get less demanding workout sessions, focusing more on mental stimulation and quality bonding time. “We do whatever the dog enjoys, as long as we remain safe.” The balanced approach keeps dogs injury-free, even while leaning hard into weight-pulling courses or impressive Frisbee acrobatics. Without canine competitions on their calendar, the Yori dogs’ training time now focuses more on dog/human bonding. Still, they reap all the benefits of more intense training. “They learn self-control, and a tired dog is a good dog. It gives them an outlet and it gives you that time together. That’s exactly it. Those are some of the best memories, the best times.” One of Roo’s current dogs is a round-faced brown Pittie who slightly resembles his predecessor, Hector. And, like Hector, Johnny is a dogfighting survivor, with tattered and scarred ears that tell of his abusive past. On a YouTube video created in his backyard, Yori recreates the American Ninja Warrior obstacle courses with a homemade dog agility course. In the video, a grinning and focused Johnny hops among wooden platforms, scurries under a cargo net, and scales a ramp. In an awesome display of drive and strength, Johnny climbs a platform to grab a knotted robe in his teeth, which he keeps clasped in his

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muscular jaws while the rope rolls down a trolley line. At the end of the course, Johnny stands victorious on top of the final obstacle and repeatedly pats a big red button with his paw, much like his human’s victorious finishes on the competitive TV show. The agility video mimics a Ninja episode, down to the gravel-voiced play-by-play that Yori dubbed onto the video. “Aaand he does it! Just like that, Johnny hits the buzzer! To think back to where Johnny came from just a few years ago, found chained in a basement with nine other dogs, rescued, adopted, and now hitting his first buzzer on Canine Ninja Warrior!” The muscular dog’s tail wags as he pats the red buzzer a few more times. The gravelly narration sums up the story of a Yori canine athlete. “Congratulations, Johnny. You earned it!”

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The Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Overview

“red wheaten.” The nose is either black or brown and the eye color reflects the color of the nose. Ridgebacks have strong, smooth tails with a gentle curve towards the end.


Temperament: Athletic, Affectionate

Rhodies are intelligent and intense, but also sensitive. Natural hunters and athletes, Rhodies have been known as lion dogs because they were fierce enough to corner a lion and keep him at bay while the hunter approached. At home, however, these performance athletes have a famously affectionate nature, known to be couch hogs who often cuddle with other pets or lean into their human companions. As snuggly and attached as they become with their favorite humans, they can be generally aloof with strangers. Beware of leaving food out as Rhodies are world class counter surfers — no food is safe!

Life Expectancy: 10- 12 years

Common Health Problems

Size: Large (70 - 80 lb.) Grooming needs: Minimal Exercise: High Environment: Adaptable to hot climates

Interesting Fact Ridged hunting dogs roamed the land long before colonizers set foot in southern Africa. They were the trusted companion and hunting dog of the African Khoikhoi (Hottentot) people. Later, colonizers brought other dogs that crossed with the Khoikhoi dogs and produced a new kind of ridged hunting dog that was highly prized by big game hunters. By 1922, as big game hunting began to fade, enthusiasts drew from the Dalmatian Standard to develop the breed standard for what is now the 41st most popular dog in the U.S.

Appearance The Rhodesian Ridgeback (nicknamed either Rhodie or Ridgie) is a strong, muscular and agile dog. Its frame is balanced and elegant; it’s bred for endurance rather than bulk. The most distinctive feature is, of course, the ridge of hair that grows against the grain. The ridge is clearly defined and symmetrical, starting right behind the shoulders and tapering to the hip. The Ridgeback’s coat color is “wheaten,” which implies the color of a ripe ear of wheat. It ranges from a pale-yellow shade, “fawn,” to a dark chestnut brown,

This is a generally healthy breed, but can be prone to elbow dysplasia, canine hip dysplasia, and hypothyroidism. Deafness and dermoid sinus are also occasionally seen in the breed.

Best Match Rhodies tend to be clean and quiet around the house, lounging while the world revolves around them. This pup needs physical and mental enrichment and is a good match for people who enjoy getting at least an hour of daily exercise. Pet parents can offer running, hiking and other activities like obedience, tracking and agility classes to meet these needs. This breed usually gets along well with household dogs and cats but will likely chase cats outdoors. The best matches are usually experienced dog handlers, especially active single people and families with older children, as Rhodies may accidentally knock over little ones. Either way, once you’ve befriended a Rhodie, you've got a faithful friend for life.

Featured Adoptable Atlas Atlas is a 2.5 year old, 75 lb. Rhodesian Ridgeback and Lab Mix. “Are you looking for a little direction in your life? I am a wealth of knowledge and insight on all things pertaining to love, loyalty and friendship. I can protect you and our home like nobody’s business and I’ll provide you with the coordinates to all the doggy kisses and youthful energy you could ever ask for. When it comes to playing with other dogs and sturdy children 12+, you could say I’m on a course bearing straight for fun, fun, fun! (Cats, on the other hand, really throw the whole thing off axis!) If love is what you’re looking for, head straight for me. Just remember: even though I’m 2 ½ years old, already housebroken and crate trained, there is still a lot of puppy in me, and I will need your guidance on plenty of things. So, have you reached your destination?” Visit


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Happy Trails! H ere in the Northwest, no matter what your region or your interests, you and your dog will find stellar outdoor

adventures just outside your back door — or at least a short drive from your neighborhood. Starting this month, even if you need a raincoat or boots, you can head out to see the wildflowers and waterfalls, and you’ll likely still find snowy places for exploring and snowshoeing too. Spot has compiled the best suggestions from experts and locals alike.

Central Oregon For adventures on the east side of the mountains, there’s a handy local resource called This non-profit advocates for off-leash recreation opportunities around the region and their website offers listings of dogfriendly hikes along with need-to-know tips on trail etiquette and safety. If you’re staying longer to explore the region, rely on Bennington Properties at Sunriver for dog-loving vacation rentals, social hours and expert advice on outings and adventures. They are a vacation-home company with a unique love of four-legged guests! Enjoy pubs, shopping, and more trails nearby.

The Locals’ Tips: Good Dog! Trail. Fee: free The name says it all, doesn’t it? This dog mecca southwest of Bend offers year-round off-leash hikes of varying length and difficulty, plus river access, sun-drenched trails, and tree-lined walks that stay cooler in summer. provides poop bags and waste removal here, and you can support their work with a donation. Safety tip: After a day of exploring here, check dogs’ fur, paws, and ears for the clingy, trouble-making foxtail seed pods of cheatgrass.

The Badlands. Fee: free Local Susan Gray says this vast expanse just east of Bend has great visibility and soft footing for dogs to run off-leash. Trails have varying length and difficulty with lovely desert flowers in the late spring. Safety tip: Watch for hot sand in the summer which can be too much for dogs’ paws. Local jackrabbits, visiting hikers and horseback riders will appreciate your dog being on leash or having rock-solid voice recall.

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Lookout Mountain. Fee: free If you’re looking for a cardio workout with your adventure, Susan Gray adds that just east of Prineville, you’ll find an invigorating uphill climb on this 9-mile trek to Lookout Mountain in the Ochocos. Here you’ll find Spring-blooming wildflowers in open meadows and you may encounter wild horses, elk, deer, and pileated woodpeckers. Safety tip: Water is scarce so be sure to carry enough for you and your dog.

Sisters Mirror Lake. Fee: NW Forest Pass or Day Use Fee. If you and your canine are in relative shape, this rugged wilderness area offers lakes, ponds, and uphill treks. Sisters Mirror Lake is a local favorite 6.6 mile journey over moderate terrain with rewarding views. Safety tip: Mosquitos love it here too. Bring the bug spray and have your dog’s heartworm prevention up to date.

Portland and Willamette Valley The Locals’ Tips: City Treks. Jeff Johnson of Tails & Trails shares that the Portland metropolitan area has many hidden trails. From cul-de-sacs to dead-end streets, these trails lead through Portland and surrounding communities. There’s a variety of excursions you can undertake during all seasons, giving yourself and your dog a variety of vegetation and landscape to enjoy and explore. Spencer Butte. Fee: free This trail, part of the Ridgeline Trail System around Eugene, “feels like an accomplishment when you reach the top,” says Spot’s own Megan Noes. Bring your fit Fido on a leash for a 1.7 mile workout with a rewarding view atop Mt. Pisgah overlooking the river and surrounding region. Safety tip: Make sure your pup is up to date on tick control. Also beware of rattlers and poison oak in season, and don’t leave valuables in your car at the parking area.

Row River Trail. Fee: free (consider a donation to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy) There are multiple entry points to explore varying lengths and scenery in and around Cottage Grove. Part of the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway and a Rails to Trails Conservancy project, here you’ll experience charm and history along the way. Safety tip: Aim for a cooler day to protect those paws on the portions that are asphalt pavement and bring water for Spot.

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Oregon State Parks

The Locals’ Tips: Drift Creek Falls Trail. Fee: Northwest Forest Pass Spot’s own Michelle Blake and her sister take their dogs to this popular spot tucked into the forest just inland from Lincoln City. Trails are well maintained and heavily traveled by people and dogs. Hike downhill on your way in, crossing a beautiful suspension bridge and getting glimpses of waterfalls. Hike uphill on the way out, staying cool year-round in the dense shade of the forest. Safety tip: Keep your pup on a leash, and don’t leave valuables in your car.

South Beach State Park: It’s like dog-city at this campground just south of Newport, featuring 14 pet-friendly yurts — more than any other state campground. We also like it for its proximity to pet-friendly Gleneden Beach nearby. Because what dog doesn’t love to run free on the beach? (Just make sure they’re reliable at recall). Tugman State Park: For a less crowded camping experience, travel south to Reedsport. Located on peaceful Eel Lake, the campground features 8 pet-friendly yurts and an off-leash dog area. Do like the locals and find a dogfriendly swimming hole along the North Eel Lake and South Eel Lake trails. Molalla River State Park: This day-use park at the confluence of the Willamette, Molalla and Pudding Rivers feels so peaceful, you’ll never guess you’re just outside the city. Your pup can romp in the large, grassy unfenced offleash area, or take a hike together on the easy 2-mile out-and-back trail that follows the Willamette River and farmland. Stub Stewart State Park: Muddy pups are happy pups, and dogs are sure to find some good mud while exploring more than 30 miles of trails and two off-leash dog areas (one fenced) at this popular campground west of Portland. You can clean up at the convenient rinse station, and stay the night in one of three pet-friendly cabins. (Be sure to watch for mountain bikes and horses on the trails.) Willamette Mission State Park: An unfenced off-leash dog area and tons of trails make for a dog-centric day-trip north of Salem. (Note that you’ll share the trails with horses and mountain bikes here as well.) LaPine State Park: This unpretentious campground south of Bend, featuring five pet-friendly cabins, makes a great home base for exploring Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Dogs can run free in a fenced off-leash area or hike with you on 13+ miles of dog-friendly trails, including the 3.5-mile Deschutes Loop that follows the river (watch for mountain bikes).

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Making a Fat Cat Fit If you’re looking to increase your family’s activity level, the most challenging household member might be the one who sleeps 12-16 hours out of every 24. No, not your teenager. Your cat! Obesity is as prevalent in cats as dogs and humans, and fat cats increase their risk of life-changing conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and injuries. If your cat is looking too well-rounded, check with your doctor for any underlying conditions and ask for advice on dietary changes. Your next step is to increase your cat’s activity. That’s fairly easy for a frisky feline who loves to chase a feather toy or laser pointer. Simply schedule time every day to get that kid sprinting and pouncing (while you’re careful to never point the laser directly in her eyes.) But if your feline flops around the house like a snuggly meatloaf, you can use his natural instincts to get him moving more. Cats love to hunt for dinner, so divide his meal into several small morsels and place them as far apart as possible: upstairs, downstairs, kitchen, laundry room, high perches and low spots. And speaking of high and low spots: cat trees, kitty condos, catios, and clever cat-shelf systems inspire even the laziest lap-warmer to move more, even if only to snag a prime napping perch.

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April 3 4:30-6:30 • BEND — YOGA & TASTERS SERIES at Crater Lake

Spirits Tasting Room. A benefit for Mt. Bachelor Avalanche Rescue Dogs that combines your favorites: yoga, cocktails, and a good cause. $20; bring your yoga mat.




5-8 • PORTLAND — POP-UP PUB at Lagunitas Community


10-3 • OLYMPIA — 12TH ANNUAL DOG GONE EASTER EGG HUNT at Regional Athletic

Room, 237 NE Broadway. Benefit for Animal Aid PDX includes trivia, board games, snack foods, beverages and pawesome auction items. $30/advance, $40/door. Details & tickets



Adoption Team. Learn how to give your time, skills, and talents to help cats and kittens at CAT. No registration required.

11-3 • SALEM — DOG SHELTER PUPPY PAW-TY at Marion County


Public Works. Gathering to raise awareness about the dog foster program. Family-friendly booths, photo booth, free drawings for gift baskets, free snacks for people & dogs.

Humane Society Education Room. Learn to properly care for and feed bottle baby kittens before kitten season starts. Open to public, fosters, and volunteers. Free. Registration required at foster@ or

Crooked River Brewing. Familyfriendly fun every Thursday to raise money for the community’s animals, and a little for yourself if you’re lucky. $1/round.


Rd. “Flora’s Workshop” is a twoday camp to teach behavioral, basic handling, crate games, and other skills for a happy, engaged, focused dog. A benefit for Herd U Needed a Home canine rescue. $100/day. Registration & info at

Complex. Hosted by Feline Friends of Olympia and Fences For Fido. Egg hunts for dogs and kids, dog fashion show, vendor and nonprofit booths, snack & bake sale, raffles, more. $4/adult, $1 kids under 12, $4 fashion show entry, cash/check only.

14 12-3 • TIGARD — BUNNY SPA DAY & ASK THE RABBIT EXPERTS at Tigard PetSmart. Offered

by Rabbit Advocates. Free nail trims & light grooming for your pet rabbits. Free tips and experts on hand, plus meet adoptable rabbits. Free/ suggested donation $5 per service.

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19 10-5 • CORVALLIS — CATS AT THE BANK at Umpqua Bank, 415

NW 3rd St. Meet adoptable cats at the bank every 3rd Friday of the month. If you meet the cat of your dreams, complete an adoption application to put the cat on hold.

20 10-2 • PORTLAND — ANNUAL PLANT AND VEGAN BAKE SALE FOR HOUSE OF DREAMS at 7634 SE Morrison. Indoor and outdoor plants for sale, decorative pots, garden art, cat toys & merchandise to benefit the cat rescue. Details


Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Ln. Pints, friends and a good cause: support Fences For Fido in building fenced yards to free dogs from life on a chain. Details: FencesForFido Facebook events.


at Cat Adoption Team. Learn how to give your time, skills, and talents to help cats and kittens at CAT. No registration required.


NW Evergreen Pkwy. Details


at Esther Short Park. Help Humane Society for SW Washington care for animals in need. 3-mile dog-friendly walk or 5K chiptimed dog-friendly run. $40-45, kids free. Register in advance at


Washington on the OSU Campus. Come to the Greyhound Pet Adoption NW booth and meet adoptable dogs. Event is free but some activities have nominal fees.

6-10 • PORTLAND — 21ST ANNUAL FURBALL at Portland

Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. Come to Funkytown for Caturday Night Fever. A benefit for Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, including dinner and silent and live auction, disco dancing. 70s outfits encouraged. Tickets & info at


Rd. “Flora’s Workshop” is a twoday camp to teach behavioral, basic handling, crate games, and other skills for a happy, engaged, focused dog. A benefit for Herd U Needed a Home canine rescue. $100/day. Registration & info at .



7:30-1 • PORTLAND — DOGGIE DASH 2019 at Tom

7-12 • EUGENE — BARK IN THE PARK at Alton Baker Park, 632 Day



McCall Waterfront Park to benefit Oregon Humane Society. Portland’s best and biggest pet event, a walk/run and food and activities on the waterfront. Enjoy 10% off registration with code SPOT2019 doggiedash.

at Cat Adoption Team. Learn how to give your time, skills, and talents to help cats and kittens at CAT. No registration required.


10-3 • SUNRIVER — DOG DAY IN MAY at the Village at Sunriver. A benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington, the day includes a 5K Poker Dog Walk/Run at 10, festivities in the Village begin at 11 with vendors and dog talent contest. Free. Details at

own yoga mat for a yoga class with adoptable cats roaming the cattery and plenty of time to visit cats after class. $20, register at EugeneYoga/us.


Offered by Rabbit Advocates. Free nail trims & light grooming for your pet rabbits. Free tips and experts on hand, plus meet adoptable rabbits. Free/suggested donation $5 per service.

17 10-5 • CORVALLIS — CATS AT THE BANK at Umpqua Bank, 415

NW 3rd St. Meet adoptable cats at the bank every 3rd Friday of the month. If you meet the cat of your Dreams, complete an adoption application to put the cat on hold.


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Island Rd. A benefit for Greenhill Humane Society and First Avenue Shelter, join over 1,000 people & dogs for a 2K/5K/10K run/walk with activities, vendor booth, agility demonstrations, more. Registration and details at

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