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E v e r y t h i n g P e t I n T h e N o r t h w e s t • A u g u s t / Sep t e m b e r 2 0 1 9

Sweet summer Magazine Vol. 13 • No. 4

August / September 2019


Nicole Froelich, DVM (Portland, OR) Julie Furnas (Bend, OR) Jamie Kanski (Redmond, OR) Megan Noes (New York, NY) Julie A. Thomas, PhD (Hillsboro, OR)


Danyel Rogers, Wag to my Heart Studio (Portland, OR)

OUR TEAM Kim Kehoe


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ummer in the Northwest is, by far, one of the best places in the US to enjoy the outdoors with your fur kids in just about any way you can imagine. Together you might stroll an ocean beach, enjoy one of more than 1,000 named lakes, hike along a rushing river, camp at your “secret camping spot,” or simply relax in the comfort of your own backyard oasis. The family here at Spot Magazine always wants our friends safe, happy, and healthy in anything you do, so we’ve reached out to experts to share some tips and information to keep you prepared for whatever life might bring. With recent news of earthquakes in California, we’re all hearing renewed reminders of The Big One. Other natural and man-made disasters remind us that we can never be too prepared, like the all-too-familiar seasonal forest fires that frequently hit our communities just a little too close to home. The Northwest is an awe-inspiring and amazing place to live that’s not without its share of potential emergencies, so our team at Spot thought this would be a great time to address the importance of emergency preparedness for you and your pets. We’ve compiled expert tips on what to have ready in your pet’s go-bag should a worst-case scenario impact your lives. Let’s use September’s National Preparedness Month as our annual reminder to keep Spot’s fur kids safe and ready to go with us if disaster strikes. Of course, this issue is not all doom and gloom! We’ll introduce you to JD Platt and the K9 Kings’ high-flying fun with frisbees. And, though it isn’t mentioned in the article, it’s interesting to note that he is also said to be the first person to create a standup paddle board for dogs! And if it’s an inspirational, sometimes tear-inducing, read you’re looking for, there’s the moving journey of former Marine Rob Kugler and his dog Bella! We interviewed the man who embarked on a cross-country trek with his beautiful dog to make the most of their remaining days together after Bella was diagnosed with cancer. Whatever the Summer/Early Fall season brings you and the fur kids, remember to be prepared and be safe while you’re out there bonding together. We look forward to having you here with us for many years to come!

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Paw Approved! Sunriver for All Seasons N

o matter where you are in the Pacific NW, Sunriver is a magical Central Oregon playground and an easy drive away. With an endless array of adventure and entertainment options, it’s a favorite destination for dogs and people who want to play, relax, and make memories together in any season. Perched in the center of this recreation mecca, you will enjoy over 125 Dog Loving Vacation Rentals ® and warm welcomes by the pup-adoring staff at Bennington Properties. They’re ready to offer tips and connections plus all the extras to help you and your fur-kid get the most out of your getaway. Here are just a few ideas to get you daydreaming.

YEAR-ROUND Hike: Explore miles of trails within a short drive of Sunriver. Walk: Sunriver boasts over 30 miles of paved pathways. Pamper: Visit the Bennington Properties office for a complimentary dog wash for your fur baby! Pup Perks: Doggy trailers for bikes, Swell dog gelato, Ruffwear adventure gear for every season! Dine: Find pet-friendly dining nearby at Sunriver Brewing Co. Off-Leash Dog Park: Bennington Properties Dog Park

SUMMER Paddle board: Sparks Lake is a great option with its clear blue water and shallow depth. Farmers market: Visit Sprouts Produce at Turf Tunes in Sunriver. Boat: Rent a motorized boat to explore Cultus or East Lakes for those that like the wind in their fur! Events: • For the Love of Pets Benefit Festival: Celebrating Pets; Benefiting animal welfare. • Yappy Hour: Every Thursday July through August at Bennington Properties. • 4th of July Bend Pet Parade, an annual tradition featuring pets of every kind since 1930.

AUTUMN Colorful hikes: Enjoy a day hike along the Cascade Lakes Highway before the snow falls. Trail Run: Take advantage of the cooler weather on miles of trails surrounding Sunriver. Annual Event: Oktoberfest Wiener dog races! Need we say more?

WINTER Snow Sports: Snowshoe or cross-country ski the local sno-parks’ dog-friendly trails. Events: • Sunriver Brewing Co. K9 Keg Pull • Bachelor Butte Dog Derby

SPRING Water sports: Kayak or canoe one of the many waterways throughout Central Oregon. Hike: Enjoy beautiful wildflowers along Todd Lake and Fall River. Waterfalls: Visit rushing falls at Dillon, Benham, Tumalo, Steelhead, and Paulina… just to name a few! Fish: Fly fish the Deschutes and Fall Rivers, or cast by shore or boat on many of the area’s lakes. Events: • Sunriver’s Dog Day in May • Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs by Bend Pet Express Got your tails wagging yet? Here are a couple insider tips to save money on their dog-loving properties too! Earn Ohana Loyalty! The Benningtons originally hail from the Hawaiian Islands, where Ohana means family. Reaching Ohana status after their fourth stay, guests then earn a lifetime 5% discount on rent and many other benefits!   Book Direct to save big! Bennington Properties guarantees the best rates to guests who book directly and avoid fees from websites like VRBO, HomeAway, Airbnb, and

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our furry family, it’s a great time to be a pet parent! Of the many modern perks, mobile grooming might be the most mysterious to the uninitiated. Our minds picture a brick-and-mortar grooming shop and it’s hard to imagine what a mobile version would look like.

The two are more alike than you might think, in terms of equipment and services. But the experience can be quite different. We asked Kira Banash, owner of Metro Mobile Groomers, to answer our questions about on-the-go grooming services. Q: How does it work? A: Once you schedule an appointment, we come to your home and park out front. After a short meet and greet to go over your needs, we take Skippy to the van and bring him back to the house all squeaky clean and looking gorgeous. Easy peasy! Q: What do vans look like inside? A: Really it looks like the inside of any groomer’s shop. We have new, top-of-the-line vans. Each one has a table, full-sized tub, and even room for multiple pets at a time. 4 Spot Magazine | August / September 2019

Q: What are the advantages of mobile grooming? A: Where do I start? The main thing is convenience. Your pet isn’t waiting in line to be seen at the groomer’s, where you have to drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon. There’s no stressful car ride, barking dogs, or busy foot traffic. Your pet’s anxiety can be tremendously reduced. And if your pet doesn’t like other dogs or cats, this is a great way to accommodate them. Q: Does it cost more? A: Mobile grooming is definitely a luxury, so it comes at a premium. But if you’re like me, it’s money well spent for my pet’s happiness and my own peace of mind. A lot of our clients have unusually busy schedules, so this really helps them. Q: Will the groomer need to connect to my home’s electricity or water? A: Not if you hire a groomer with modern vans. They’re amazing! Our vans are self-contained with their own supply of power and warm water, plus the comforts of a/c and heat. Q: How long does a mobile grooming appointment take? A: This depends on the breed, size, and what services you order. Most appointments take between 60-90 minutes.

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9 Superhero Blood Donors Save Lives

4 Marketplace

Meet a canine blood donor at Portland’s DoveLewis Blood Bank.

10 Water Safety: Is that Happy Swimming or Panicked Paddling?

We get expert tips from PAWS Aquatic’s Julie Thomas, PhD.

Your guide to some of our region’s mobile pet care providers.

7 Matchmaker

14 High-Flying Rescue Dogs: K9 Kings Entertainment

8 Fetch •

Meet the Central Oregon man who gives former shelter dogs a new life as popular, traveling performers.

16 Prepare your Pet for the Vet

A doctor’s advice on the prep that can keep vet visits happy and trauma-free.

17 The Village Green Resort

Spot’s canine travel expert, Willow, takes her human for a visit to this historic Cottage Grove getaway.

18 A Dog Named Beautiful

Former Marine Rob Kugler penned a heartwarming book and drew a worldwide following when he turned his terminally ill dog’s final months into a cross-country adventure. Here he talks to Spot about why he now calls the NW his home.

20 Emergency Preparedness

We compile the best tips and advice for keeping your pets safe when seconds count.

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Spotlight on the Norwegian Elkhound Runchy

little newsbits to chew on

• The highs, lows of 2019’s Oregon legislative session. • City of Vancouver tries a summer of Barks in the Parks. • Remembering Howard Hedinger, a Portland philanthropist.

12 Rescue Me! Sweet pets who need a little extra support


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The Norwegian Elkhound Breed Overview Size: Large (45–55 lb.) Grooming needs: Medium Exercise: High Environment: Indoors, with plenty of outdoor time

Temperament: Bold and playful Life Expectancy: 14–16 yrs.

Interesting Fact The Norwegian Elkhound was originally bred as a hunter of the giant elk or moose. The Vikings used them to guard and hunt, and skeletal evidence suggests an early form of the breed could date back as far as 5000 BC. Today, it’s said that Norway’s Defense Minister is empowered to mobilize all privately owned Elkhounds in the country’s defense. If mobilized, the dogs would pull sleds to deliver military supplies across snow.

Appearance The Elkhound is a hardy hunting dog with a compact, muscular body. They are about 20 inches tall at the shoulders, have a deep chest, and strong legs. Their weather-resistant, double coat is a dense silver-grey and the tail curls tightly over their back. They have a broad head, dark brown eyes and upright ears.


Common Health Problems Elkhounds who don’t get adequate activity can be prone to obesity. Experts say their breed can also have hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, skin cysts and eye conditions.

Best Match Active people make the best parents for Elkhounds, as these naturally active dogs can be destructive if not given enough exercise and stimulation. They tend to be vocal and will bark at new sights and sounds. They blow their coats and shed heavily twice a year. They may chase cats and should be well socialized with other pets from a young age. Because of these qualities, they may not be a good match for apartment dwellers or first-time dog guardians.

Featured Adoptable Koda is a young Norwegian Elkhound/ Husky mix. He is a playful boy with pretty good leash manners. He tends to bark when left alone and would like to find a home with people who are home most of the time. Koda is in Rexburg, Idaho. To learn more about him contact: To keep an eye out for local Elkhounds, check out The Puget Sound Norwegian Elkhound Association at Megan Noes lives in New York City with her husband Jacob, Frenchie Bulldog Nono, and a revolving door of foster kittens. She works for a major animal welfare organization and loves her former home in the Pacific Northwest.

The Norwegian Elkhound is a courageous, energetic, alert, and loyal companion. These pups are always up for an outdoor adventure—especially in the snow. They were bred to hunt all day in grueling conditions and can meet their exercise needs through jogs or long walks and invigorating play sessions. Elkhounds are natural watchdogs who tend to be territorial and bark when alerted. They will enthusiastically greet their family and friends but may be a reserved around strangers. Spot Magazine | | 7

Fetch Animal Advocates Rode Dizzying Highs and Lows in Oregon’s Roller-Coaster Legislative Session

In a legislative session marked by unusually intense partisan rancor and capped off by a dramatic walkout that brought the session to a temporary standstill, Oregon’s animal advocates managed to celebrate some noteworthy wins while also suffering losses that seemed unlikely at the outset of the session. Losses: SB 723: In a notable loss, the House of Representatives failed to move SB 723 to the floor for a vote, effectively killing the bill that would have ended the practice of coyote killing contests. The little-known practice came to light after an investigation last year produced video of bounty hunters bagging as many coyotes as possible while competing for prize money. With strong bipartisan support in the Senate, the proposed ban seemed destined to pass, until it became a casualty of partisan battles. House opponents characterized the bill as an attack on rural culture. Kelly Peterson, Oregon State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, disagreed. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” she said. “This issue is wholly about the state of Oregon, and how Oregonians value the public’s wildlife which are held in trust and managed for the benefit of all of its citizens.” HB 2804: Advocates entered the session feeling hopeful for this bill, which they saw as little more than a housekeeping measure to strengthen the existing law known as the puppy-mill ban. House Bill 2804 would have required Oregon retailers to only offer rescued dogs and cats for adoption, rather than selling puppies and kittens. While this is already standard practice across most of the retail pet industry, Oregon has just seven remaining businesses that still offer dogs and cats for sale. An existing Oregon law already prohibits so-called puppy mills, or intensive breeding operations that produce pets for sale. HB 2804 was intended to close a possible gap in the law that might allow retailers to offer pets from out-of-state breeding operations that wouldn’t be permitted within the state boundaries. However, HB 2804 failed to gain traction in the tumultuous 2019 legislative session, leaving advocates to look to passing bans at the county and municipal level. Wins: Spot Magazine joined other animal advocates to testify in favor of SB 638, to require research laboratories to release animals to rescues and shelters when they’re no longer needed in research. Previously, research animals— most often Beagles—were euthanized after they were no longer needed in the lab. Rescue groups, shelters, and adopters of former research Beagles testified in favor of the bill, which ultimately became law. Other notable animal-related victories include these bills, which were signed into law: SB 580—Bans M-44 Sodium Cyanide Bombs, which Wildlife Services used to kill coyotes

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R unchy little newsbits to chew on

HB 3035— Increases penalty for poaching HB 3087—Creates an anti-poaching awareness program within ODFW HB 2500—Abused Domestic Animal Expense Recovery HB 2841—Prevents disclosing location of wildlife wearing radio collars (i.e. cougars, bears, wolves, bobcats, etc.) SB 883—Requires the Oregon State Veterinarian to regulate all rescue entities and shelters HB 2509—Bans single-use plastic bags

Barks in the Parks: Vancouver Explores Dog Parks with Unique Pop-Up Concept As we go to press, city employees in Vancouver, WA, are poring over data from their summer of interactive pop-up dog parks. The city chose three existing city parks to host temporary off-leash dog parks that were staffed by employees who gathered input from park users. The summer-long experiment may lead to permanent dog parks somewhere in the city. “We hope these pop-up parks help us better understand the needs of citizens and their dogs as well as any pitfalls we need to consider if and when we implement more permanent features of this type,” said Julie Hannon, Parks and Recreation Director. “We see off-leash dog parks as a vital part of a healthy urban community,” Hannon added, saying that increased populations and urban density mean many residents don’t have fenced suburban-style backyards where their dogs can exercise off-leash. “Access to safe, welcoming areas for pet exercise and socialization promotes the physical and mental health of pets and their owners.” Vancouver dog parents can monitor the city’s website and social media for updates on how the experiment went. If the city chooses to launch a permanent dog park, you can expect to see details here on the pages of Spot.

Howard Hedinger, Beloved Portland Philanthropist, Dies at 84 Portland business leader and philanthropist Howard Hedinger died in February, just one day short of his 84th birthday. Friends and colleagues are remembering him for years of dedication to humanitarian and animal welfare causes around the community. Hedinger was owner and president of American Industries, a Portland steel production company, as well as owner of Northwest Portland’s Wildwood Restaurant, which was one of the city’s most revered dining spots before it closed in 2014. Through his family foundation, he’s said to have given $1.5 million to local charities. He’s being remembered by animal nonprofits such as The Pongo Fund, DoveLewis Veterinary Hospital, and Wildcat Haven. His published obituary requested memorial gifts to DoveLewis, noting that the Hedinger Family Foundation would match all gifts made in his memory.

Superhero Blood Donors Save Lives T

his Greyhound superhero is faster than a speeding bullet and able to save lives in a single bound. Five-year-old Olive is like many dogs. She loves cheese, long naps, and high-speed zoomies around her yard for fun. But on days when her human, Shannon White, takes her to the DoveLewis blood bank, she seems to enjoy her status as a canine superhero. She also likes one of the perks of being a blood donor: getting to pick out a new toy before leaving the clinic. Olive’s new little brother, Ernie, comes along for the appointments, partly for moral support, and partly to get acquainted with the staff and the process so he can soon become a donor as well.

Their breed’s naturally-athletic high red cell counts make Olive and Ernie ideal blood donors, but Kelsey Reinauer, a Certified Veterinary Technician and the DoveLewis Blood Bank Coordinator, says many other dogs have the easy-going disposition and size (over 55 lbs.) that make them excellent donors. “Donors need to be between one and six years old to start donating and they can donate until they are nine years old. Greyhounds make great donors, but the majority of my donors include Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Pit Bulls, and mixed-breed dogs.”

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Before adopting Olive a little over three years ago, White says she was like many people who thought blood donation was admirable, but she’d never gotten around to it. Getting involved in Greyhound rescue and learning more about the process made her a convert. “We keep coming back because I love supporting an organization that helps animals,” she says. “I know Olive’s donation is directly helping others.”

DoveLewis Blood Bank Quick Facts:

• Founded in 1987, it’s one of the nation’s largest nonprofit, volunteer-run blood banks. • Current donors include 105 dogs and 38 cats. • The center’s donations provide 700+ transfusions a year.

• The need for blood increases during the summer as doctors see more injuries and heat stroke cases.

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Water Safety Is that Happy Swimming or Panicked Paddling?

Julie A. Thomas, PhD • Spot Magazine


or most of us, summer in the Northwest involves some kind of water recreation—whether swimming, boating, or simply wading on a shoreline. But that cool, inviting fun can present deadly risks for humans and dogs alike. In fact, while there are no solid statistics, insurance underwriters estimate several thousand dogs drown every year in backyard pools, and it’s hard to find estimates on drownings in rivers and other waterways. Regardless, there’s plenty of evidence that drowning risks are a true and frightening reality. When things go badly, even the dogs who survive are harmed. In working with dogs at PAWS Rehab, we sadly do quite a few “repair” sessions to manage the trauma of dogs who fell or were thrown into water. For example, we recently worked with an extra-large Newfoundland who had fallen off a dock into the Willamette River, put her head under water, and didn’t attempt to swim. From our experience with every variety of canine swimmer, I offer these tips for making a safe and happy introduction to summer’s best recreation.

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 MYTH: “All Dogs Can Swim” Many people assume dogs are natural swimmers, especially the retriever breeds. Not so! In fact, what looks like swimming may not be at all. Noisy splashing with front limbs is not swimming, but a desperate attempt not to drown. Many dogs don’t initially know how to use their back legs to propel them through the water. With true swimming, all four legs are kicking, the body is horizontal (not head up and body down), and it’s relatively quiet.

 “Location, location, location!!” If you don’t know whether your dog is a strong swimmer, start with a calm pond or swimming pool. Consider the water temperature and cleanliness, too, because many local lakes and rivers are cold enough to cause hypothermia, and some are frequently under alerts for toxic algae or other contamination.

 “You don’t get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression!” Please, never throw your dog into the water. Provide a safe and gradual introduction, either by walking your dog down a gentle shoreline, or down the stairs or ramp of a pool. Make it inviting and fun, too: dogs may need toys or treats to entice them, and it often adds to their success if a human family member joins them in the water.

 Have an Exit Plan!

 Water Intoxication

Always make sure they know how to get out safely. The majority of drowning deaths in pools are because the dog was unable to climb out. Because dogs can’t climb ladders, you’ll need to provide a ramp or steps, and you’ll find several models of inexpensive, life-saving ramps on the market.

Even the strongest swimmers can swallow too much water from swimming, retrieving, or even playing with a backyard hose or sprinkler. Water intoxication will cause vomiting, weakness, or make a dog suddenly appear “drunk,” and it’s a medical emergency. You can manage the risk by limiting and moderating water playtime, and get immediate medical help if you see signs of trouble.

 Gear Up! Life jackets and float coats are money well spent, and at PAWS Rehab, we always start new swimmers with them. Even if dogs are experienced lake or river swimmers, float coats provide initial security while dogs adjust to the different sights, smells, and configuration of a pool. Flotation devices also help support elderly dogs or those with hind-end weakness, and are often helpful for flat-faced breeds such as pugs and bulldogs. And, because they’re available for dogs from six to 175 pounds, it’s easy to find a good fit.

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Our history is a bit unusual because we came to BrightSide as semi-feral older kittens. We were young enough to get used to a lot of things, but we’d still prefer a quieter home where we’ll have time to adjust. We’re truly playful and affectionate with people when we get to know them, but please don’t take it personally if we warm up to you slowly. We love other cats, and we especially love each other. We met at the shelter and we’ve become best friends. We’d hope to find a home together if we can. We promise we’ll be a fun pair. You can find more information about us at

Believe it or not, I’ve been at the Three Rivers Humane Society since February! I’m a super fun 1 ½ year old girl who loves to play and I’m very affectionate with my human friends. Sometimes I’m a little exuberant when I say hi, and since I’m a big girl, you might want to teach me another way to say hi to you. I’m potty trained, I do great in playgroups with the other dogs here, and my friends say I’m good at learning new things. I’m a very active pupper who won’t do well in an apartment. If you’re looking for an enthusiastic adventure companion, come learn about me at

Socks Not to brag, but I’m awfully handsome, right? I’m also really good at playing with wand toys and exploring every nook and cranny. I have a somewhat unusual hobby: I love to ride in my kitty stroller! I also love humans a LOT and I follow them around to let them know I’m their good buddy. I don’t like other cats, but I might be a good sibling for a large, cat-savvy dog, as long as we can agree that I’m the boss. You can learn more about me at

Twinkles My friends say I’m the perfect personal assistant. Are you hiring? Here are my qualifications: I’m an independent, active 4-year-old who can help compose emails and supervise your daily activities. I’m sweet and slightly shy. I love playing with toys and giving head butts when you’re petting me. I’ll also crawl into your lap for love, and to remind you to take a break from work. I’m a tiny kitty with a big personality. You can learn more about me at

Creed This fact really confuses all my friends here, and if you knew me you’d be confused too: I’ve been at this shelter since I was a young pup! I’m a super-fun guy whose current hobbies include frisbee, ball, and hiking. I’m a fast learner and motivated student, too. I just have one main personality quirk, which is that I can’t live with other dogs or cats. Oh, and I’m like Super-Dog because I can leap tall fences in a single bound. 6’ fence required. If you’d like me to be your one and only, we could have so much fun together! You can find out more about me at

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My friends here say I’m super smart and they call me a friendly love bug with lots of energy. My favorite things are tummy rubs, fetch, and showing off my skills (I know shake, sit, and down). I am 4 years old and 80 lbs, so I’d love a home with a big fenced yard where I can run and play, and then I want to come in and give my family lots of cuddles. My new home needs to be cat-free, and my friends say I need to meet any potential dog siblings to see if we’re cool with each other. You can meet me at Greenhill Humane Society or learn more about me at




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A rural community shelter in Madras (Central Oregon) has recently taken in 57 Australian Shepherds saved from unsatisfactory living conditions at a breeding operation. They will be in need of monetary donations for their care for quite some time, as well as assistance with wish list needs. Please visit their website to see how you can help!

Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Newport, OR has been closed to the public indefinitely due to unsafe mold levels. We imagine this will have long-lasting impact to the animals of this community and encourage you to keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates and ways to assist.  @LincolnCountyAnimalShelter  (503) 505-1262 Spot Magazine | | 13

Highflying rescue dogs K9 Kings Entertainment Julie E. Furnas • Spot Magazine


widely known that Central Oregon is one of the nation’s top dog-friendly communities. Its plethora of dog parks, pet-friendly restaurant patios and hiking trails make Bend and surrounding cities the ideal place for our furry friends. Another one of Bend’s treasures is the K9 Kings—a highly entertaining canine performance group, led by JD Platt and his troupe made up almost entirely of rescue dogs. Platt, a native of Bend, not only puts on performances at almost every festival in Central Oregon, but also travels the country with his pack and entertains the masses with his unique choreographed stunts. “I grew up entertaining people [starting at] 10 years old. It’s in my blood to entertain and I truly enjoy every performance. It’s very rewarding for me in this line of business to put smiles on faces, inspire people with their dogs and meet people from different cultures and places. I feel incredibly blessed to have this career working with animals. We’re not stopping for a long time and look forward to more events, sponsors, and entertaining for many years to come,” says Platt.

History Platt is a born sportsman and entertainer. Before becoming a canine performer, he was a professional snowboard competitor. In the mid 90’s, Platt was introduced to the competitive sport of canine flying disc that was rising in popularity. Already an animal lover, Platt put his passion for sports and animals into motion and developed a truly unique entertainment company, combining all his talents and passion for sport, live performance and animals. Along with many national appearances, K9 14 Spot Magazine | August / September 2019

Kings and Platt appeared on Animal Planet’s Pet Star and CBS’s Greatest American Dog, where he competed with his dog, Galaxy. Today, JD and his dogs are two-time Purina National finalists and hold multiple other national and state titles.

Show Breakdown The K9 Kings Show is not just a performance, but a fully interactive experience for kids and adults alike. From the time onlookers arrive at center ring, the K9 Kings are ready to educate and entertain them. Acrobatic Tricks: Besides running and jumping to catch their discs, these dogs do spins and high flips. All the dogs in Platt’s troupe have been carefully trained for these unique and difficult acrobatics. Multiple Dog Tricks: In a popular segment of his live shows, Platt throws multiple discs in different directions and two to four dogs retrieve them in a synchronized pattern. This is a huge crowd pleaser and one of Platt’s favorite things to display. Audience Participation: In every show, Platt has the audience participate by throwing the discs for the dogs. After the show, the performing dogs gather in a controlled environment where people can interact with and learn about each of them. Platt says the dogs especially soak up attention from kids. Rescue Mission: One of the best parts about the K9 Kings show is when Platt talks about his mission of rescuing dogs, bringing them into his pack and training them to the best of their abilities.

“Each and every dog I rescue definitely has their own needs and personal issues. My three main theories of training: exercise, consistency, and affection,” says Platt. Platt recently rescued a mixedbreed dog named Zilo from the Humane Society of Central Oregon. Seeing that Zilo is primarily a working breed with high energy and drive, Platt says the dog loves having a ‘job’ to do and is rewarded by meeting people and playing frisbee.

“Each and every dog I rescue definitely has their own needs and personal issues.

of Central Oregon. It’s a huge part of my business and personally one of the most gratifying things I’ve ever done in my life. I have a tremendous amount of respect for organizations and people that help and work with animals,” he says.

Keeping it Local While Platt and his group enjoy traveling around the country to entertain and compete—they also love coming home to Bend and enjoying their Central Oregon Lifestyle. “My favorite thing about living in Bend is definitely the outdoor lifestyle. I’ve been in this community for over 40 years and haven’t found a place that offers this type of seasonal climate, great people, and tons of outdoor activities. Sports and exercise have been a past career of mine and Bend has pretty much everything that resonates with my soul. It’s also an incredible place to raise my 14-year-old son and, of course, super dog-friendly. Bend will always be forever home for the rest of my life,” says Platt. For more information:

My three main theories of training: exercise,

consistency, and affection” —JD Platt With a special emphasis on dog rescue and rehabilitation, Platt maintains a working relationship with animal shelters across the United States. “Most of the nonprofits I work with are humane societies around the country. Locally, I’ve done a bunch of events for the Humane Society

Julie Furnas has been involved in animal rescue, foster and rehab since 2009 in both Texas and Oregon. She has two old, chubby Beagles and two daughters. While she loves all animals, dogs are definitely her spirit animal.

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Preparing your Pet for the Vet Nicole Froelich, DVM • Spot Magazine


best to be proactive and prepare your pet to be comfortable with veterinary handling before they need urgent care. Just like you might prepare a ‘bug-out’ bag for emergencies, prepare your pet so they don’t ‘bug-out” at the vet’s office.

To start, it’s helpful to think about what might cause your pet to be fearful. Inadequate Socialization For some animals, fear comes from a lack of exposure. If a puppy or kitten did not have positive experiences around different people or places during their early socialization period, they can become scared of new experiences when they are older. It’s important to bring those youngsters in for their early vaccine booster appointments and ‘happy visits’ in between vaccine appointments. During a ‘happy visit’ your pet gets positive socialization and treats just for coming in. I have provided veterinary services at over 15 veterinary hospitals in the Portland area and have yet to find a clinic where the staff was not overjoyed to shower a puppy or kitten in love, praise, and treats. Previous Experiences While some pets love the attention they get during their physical exam, sometimes vets have to do things that a pet may not like. To avoid negative experiences, bring your pet to the exam hungry and bring their favorite treats to give during the exam. If you feel your pet is becoming too stressed during a procedure, let the staff know. You can ask to stop and try a different approach. For some pets it will be best to stop the procedure and return on a different day while using a pre-visit pharmaceutical to help reduce anxiety. By doing so, you can avoid creating a bad experience that could make the next one worse. 

Ways to help: Cooperative Care: Cooperative care is all about giving your pet a way to ‘opt out’ of treatments. One of our favorite ways to do this at Synergy Behavior 16 Spot Magazine | August / September 2019

Solutions is to give our canine patients a bowl slathered with canned cheese. Licking their treat translates to “go ahead with what you are doing” and a pause in licking translates to “I am not comfortable.” This gives our patients a fun and non-confrontational way to communicate their anxiety. Put Treatments on Cue:  Teaching your pet what to expect with handling can take away the apprehension they may feel. We can teach dogs cues like ‘hand’ to be prepared for handling, ‘ear’ to lift the ear flap, and ‘pinch’ to pinch the skin before an injection. If you are new to training or if your pet already experiences anxiety related to handling, it is best to work with a certified reward-based pet trainer. When looking for a trainer to work with, find someone that you are comfortable with, who focuses on positive reinforcement and science-based techniques. It is important to avoid dominance-based, forceful training especially with fearful animals as this can increase fear and result in increased aggression. Certifications such as “Fear Free Certified,” and “Low Stress Handling Certified,” indicate a special interest and training in reducing stress associated with husbandry procedures.  At Synergy Behavior Solutions we have developed a program specifically tailored to fearful, anxious, and aggressive patients. Our Vet Phobia Treatment Program combines veterinary medicine with rewards-based training to teach our previously fearful patients to become comfortable with veterinary handling. Veterinary visits don’t need to be upsetting or stressful for your pet. With proactive training, treats, and treatment, your pet’s veterinary visits can become a more enjoyable experience for both you and your pet! Nicole Froelich is a veterinarian with both Fear Free and Low Stress Handling® certifications. She provides relief veterinary services throughout the Portlandmetro area and works as a behavior clinician at Synergy Behavior Solutions in Portland. Reach her at (503) 336-1202 or

Willow’s Canine Travel Review:

The Village Green in Cottage Grove Willow—a 13-year-old Spaniel mix — is a seasoned traveler who accompanies her best friend to dog-friendly dining, camping, and lodging spots around the Northwest. Best friend Michelle—Spot’s Managing Editor—is responsible for packing, driving, paying the restaurant tabs, and sharing their adventures with our readers. Our traveling duo recently explored a historic and dog-friendly destination in Cottage Grove, just south of Eugene. The sights and sounds in the garden define the Village Green experience. With a happily vacationing pup at your side, you wind through a peaceful labyrinth carved into the lawn, cross a serene footbridge into a garden bursting with fragrant blooms, and follow meandering paths through gardens of diverse themes and color schemes. You feel as if you’ve gotten far from the hurry and fray. Yet, with the quiet hum of Interstate 5 drifting through the trees, you’re reminded that your getaway is just an easy hop from it all.

1959, I-5 itself was a new attraction. Thanks to the newfound ease and speed of the interstate, travelers flocked to motor lodges like this one, taking a welcome break from road travel to swim, dine, and rest just moments from the freeway. A revered destination during this midcentury heyday, the Village Green suffered in the 1990s as travelers’ tastes changed and chain hotels blanketed the interstate’s shoulders. Today, though, the graceful old motor lodge is enjoying a midlife facelift, thanks to new ownership by Moonstone Properties, which also owns the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton.

You find your guest room stocked with Willow-approved toys and treats, a dog blanket, and stainless-steel food and water bowls. Your room includes Fido-friendly fenced patio, and a fenced dog park provides off-leash play space in addition to 14 acres of gardens and meadow lawns. In the evening, as the sounds of live music drift from the lounge doors, guests are welcome to dine with their dogs on the restaurant patio. (Willow recommends the pasta.)

Shady paths, sunny lawns, sparkling fountains, and fragrant plantings all beckoned Willow to explore the grounds, where she met several other canine travelers. As she exchanged greetings with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Oscar, her bestie asked Oscar’s dad whether he’d stayed at the Village Green before. “No,” he said, “this is our first visit. But we definitely know where to stay in the future.”

With Wi-Fi and modern amenities, the resort still feels like a trip to an earlier era. When the Village Green welcomed its first travelers in

Disclosure: Spot Magazine received free lodging at The Village Green for the purpose of writing this review.

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A Dog Named

BEAUTIFUL An interview with former Marine, author, and now a Northwest resident, Rob Kugler


ormer Marine Rob Kugler lost his brother while they were both serving in Iraq. He returned to his hometown in Nebraska to begin healing his heart and reintegrating with society when he got more devastating news. His beloved chocolate Labrador named Bella had cancer. It was osteosarcoma, a notoriously aggressive and deadly cancer. After they amputated her cancerous leg, doctors said Bella would only survive about six months before the cancer claimed her. That’s when Rob and Bella hit the road for the life-altering journey he chronicles in his book, A Dog Named Beautiful: A Marine, a Dog, and a Long Road Trip Home. The pair piled their belongings into their 4-Runner affectionately named “Ruthie” and left their midwest roots to explore the country. Together, Rob and Bella covered 43 states in 18 months, taking pictures in front of iconic landmarks, visiting friends from veterans’ organizations, and exploring lakes and rivers with true Labrador zeal. Living and playing across the continent, Bella survived a year longer than doctors had predicted. Rob and Bella drew a worldwide social media following. Now readers are laughing and crying their way through Rob’s heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting book, published this spring by Flatiron Books. While touring the country in support of the book’s launch, Rob took time to talk to Spot Magazine about the special bond he’s formed with a nation of dog-lovers, the new life he’s built with his girlfriend and their adopted Border Collies he affectionately calls “the boys,” and the reasons he chose the Pacific Northwest as his new home. Spot: You and Bella covered the country and visited some pretty great places, but Oregon and the PNW called to you in a unique way. What about the culture and recreation and dog environment influenced your feelings about the region? 18 Spot Magazine | August / September 2019

The endless opportunities to find back roads in the national forest, hiking and biking trails, mountains, lakes and riverbeds far from people, where we can exist as if we are the only people on earth. All mixed with the ability to come back into town and walk through Main Street to be greeted with smiles and to stop at a storefront to lap water from a dish set outside, or even lay under the picnic table outside at a brewery… that’s what got me. That’s what I’d been looking for. I need a place where people and their animals can coexist. Spot: You’ve settled in the Hood River area? Is that right? Yes! Kristen, the boys, and I technically live across the Columbia in a small community called Underwood, Washington, but we call the entire gorge our home. We found a quaint little rental property that we call our “mountain cottage.” It’s modest at 950 s.f., but we rent nearly an acre surrounded by lilac bushes and towering pines of varieties I need to educate myself on. Wild deer and turkey are frequently spotted roaming through the neighborhood—more mascots of the community than wild woodland creatures. I dream of owning a property such as this someday. Spot: Now that you’re living here, at least parttime, how does the reality compare to the fantasy of living and playing here? Honestly, the reality far surpasses any fantasy I had about the Pacific Northwest. I had seen photos of rocky coastlines, mountain bike trails, and banana slugs, but nothing compares to walking through the temperate rainforest in the Olympic Peninsula. Spot: You have two dogs now, right? Remind me. I think they’re Border Collies? What does life and recreation look like for you and your little pack?

I had seen photos of rocky coastlines, mountain bike trails, and banana slugs, but nothing compares to walking through the temperate rainforest in the Olympic Peninsula. —Rob Kugler That’s right! We have Max and Jasper, both Border Collie rescues. Max—two this July—came from a home in southern California where he was tied up in a backyard by someone who couldn’t handle his energy. Jasper—estimated at three—was a stray from southeastern Oregon who went through a couple homes looking for someone who could handle managing his epilepsy. Both of the boys are incredibly athletic, yet Max needs the longer play sessions, longer trail rides and runs than Jasper. Both of them will ride on my paddleboard, but neither are as stoked as Bella to get out into the middle of the water, as I’ve learned they’d rather chase birds along the shoreline. Border Collies are not an easy dog to keep their physical needs met, but I believe that the area we live in makes it so much easier to give them the freedom to be exactly who they are. Spot: You tell your story of your connection to Bella in such a uniquely moving way. Readers truly get a sense for the depth of your connection with each other, and especially the way a bonded dog and person can communicate with and fully understand each other. I got a sense that you were putting words to what many of us experience but can’t articulate. Have you had some surprises or unexpected insight from the outpouring of experiences people have shared with you? I believe that the biggest insight I’ve discovered through sharing this story, is that many people think that they are alone in their powerful connection to their animals. “I thought I was the only one that felt that way!,” I’ve heard and read on several occasions. I often reply with “Not even close! There’s an entire community of people who feel just the way you do, who understand how strong that bond is, and there are people out there who have been through nearly your exact experience, no mat-

ter how unique it may seem. So, if anyone is reading this and battling with a pain that you believe no one understands, know that you’re not alone, no matter how much it may feel that way. Spot: We like to think we’re especially pet-friendly here [in the Pacific NW]. Now that you’ve been around the country, tell us the truth. We can handle it. Are we really unique? Hahaha. You can’t handle the truth!! Jokes aside, I would say that there are definitely quite a few petfriendly havens throughout the country, but there is something to be said about breweries and wineries with outdoor patios that allow and encourage dogs to join their human families. I’ve noticed a great deal of avid trail dogs, trained well enough to be off leash yet sit and be leashed up when prompted. Many people take the time, effort, and cost to seek help in training their dogs so that everyone can live a more peaceful and fulfilling life together. I see a lot of well trained, happy dogs, and a lot of owners who have taken the time to educate themselves on what their dogs need to stay Tammy Leicht (Buell) that way. After all, most trainers Call or text (541) 904-5441 SW Bend, OR will tell you that they don’t train dogs, they teach people. I’d say 25% of your hair service that most of the people in the is donated to Herd U Needed a Home Northwest are well taught in all things dog. I’ve got a lot to learn myself, but I’m honored to do so right here in the beautiful place I now call home.


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Preparing your Pets and Animals

for Disaster Jamie Kanski • Spot Magazine


very year—with national news stories about disasters—we’re encouraged to develop an evacuation and disaster plan for our families and homes. And, if your home includes animals, it’s vital to include them in your disaster plans. The Pet Evacuation Team (P.E.T.) helps people and communities prepare. They provide community education materials and presentations, including a plan that likely would save the lives of many animals during a disaster. P.E.T. also provides rescue and evacuation services during emergencies.

Here’s an overview of P.E.T.’s disaster preparedness advice: For Companion Animals If your area receives an evacuation notice, always evacuate with your animals whenever possible. Create a grab-and-go kit for each pet. It should include: • a crate • an information sheet with contact information for you and your family • your pet’s photo (keep it with you to help identify and prove ownership if you and your pet(s) are separated) • vet/medical/behavioral history • 3-5 days of each pet’s food • comfort items • leash, collar and identification For Large and Livestock Animals Your disaster preparations should include: • a means to transport animals • animal-safe marker for information on animal • information sheet with photo/contact information/ veterinary and behavioral information. • feed, lead, halter • an assigned location for temporary housing Large animals take longer to evacuate. If your area receives an alert for pending evacuation, don’t wait for the final alert. Animals sense your stress and will evacuate much more easily when you’re calm and time is available. If conditions and time don’t allow you to evacuate large animals, remove their halters, write your contact information on each animal with an animal-safe marker, release the animals from all barns, stalls, and corrals, and then close the doors and gates. This offers them their best chance of survival, allowing them to move away from threats if needed. Jamie Kanski, Regional Coordinator of the Pet Evacuation Team in Central Oregon. Jamie has vast experience in many aspects of animal welfare including rendering assistance to animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 20 Spot Magazine | August / September 2019

Interested in helping animals during a disaster? Here are a few organizations that may need donation or volunteer support from time to time. Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach Disaster Animal Response Team (CBDART) Ci.Cannon-Beach.OR.US/ EmergencyMgmt/page/Cannon-Beach-Disaster-AnimalResponse-Team-CBDart Central Oregon, Pet Evacuation Team (P.E.T.) Lane County Animals in Disaster Respond Team (AID) Spokane, Humane Evacuation Animal Rescue Team, (HEART) Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team (OVERT) & Veterinary Disaster Response Team Disaster-Response-Teams Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) Portland, Oregon Humane Society Disaster Response (OHSTAR)

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August 8 5:30-7:30 • SALEM— KITTENS AND BEER! Visit Santiam Brewing Company to help socialize kittens from Willamette Humane Society.

6-8 • PRINEVILLE—BARKING BINGO. A fundraiser for Humane Society of the Ochocos at Crooked River Brewing EVERY THURSDAY.

10 9-3 • PORTLAND—ODDS & ENDS for Furry Friends is Animal Aid’s annual garage sale fundraiser. Most items are name your own price. The sale will take place Sunday as well.

11 11-6 • PORTLAND—VISIT THE CAT ADOPTION TEAM at the 21st Annual Alberta Street Fair. The event features 300 vendors, kids’ activities, food trucks, beer gardens, and entertainment.




10-12 • SCIO—VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY at Lighthouse



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5:30-9 • BEND—FUR BALL 2019 to benefit the Bend Spay +

6-9 • WEST LINN— FENCES FOR FIDO’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA to celebrate more than 2,000 dogs unchained. The dinner and auction event at Oswego Hills Winery includes live music and emcee Steve Dunn from KATU.

21 4-6 • CORVALLIS—PETS ON THE PATIO! Come to Two Towns Ciderhouse every 3rd Wednesday to meet and play with adoptable pets from Heartland Humane Society.

23 Neuter Clinic. Pets on the catwalk; appetizers and drinks; silent auction.

31 6-9 • PORTLAND—FAMILY DOGS NEW LIFE SHELTER’S 15TH BIRTHDAY BASH at Lagunitas Community Room will celebrate more than 15,000 lives saved.

September 1 11-4 • PORTLAND—OREGON BUNNY PALOOZA by Rabbit Advocates is a festival celebrating domestic pet rabbits and the people who love them!

for the National Diving Dog Championships is being held at PAWS Aquatic. Registration closes 9/17 at midnight.

21 10-2 • SPRINGFIELD— PETFEST 2019 is a free event by Willamalane Parks and Recreation. It takes place at Lively Park. Look for Spot there!

12-9 • PRINEVILLE—6TH ANNUAL GOLF BENEFIT for Humane Society of the Ochocos at Meadow Lakes Golf Course. The golf tournament is followed by a dinner and auction. Register early; last year’s event sold out.

28-29 10-5 • PORTLAND— POPCATS: CATS + POP + ART FESTIVAL at Oregon Convention Center. A portion of profits benefits participating cat organizations.

7 10-2 • PORTLAND—THE ANNUAL PORTLAND CATIO TOUR by the Portland Audubon Society and Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. This event sells out, so claim your tickets early.

11-5 • ALBANY —THE ANNUAL 0.3K ALBANY BEER “RUN” at the Calapooia Brewery

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14 5-9 • VANCOUVER—STAR PAWS DINNER EVENT. Furry Friends is celebrating the rescue’s 20th anniversary with a dinner and auction fundraiser at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver.

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Pet-related stories, information, events, and inspiration for summer reading. Inside you'll find a Marine and his dog spend quality time tog...