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can fly Anyone can be a disc dog!


Celebrates First Year



... you might need a trainer


“It’s a dog’s life”

Emerging therapies, amazing results


FEATURES 8 CONFIRMED: Dogs can fly Anyone can be a disc dog!

Complete with a companion video at the new and dramatically improved, this is the story of Rich, Makani and Allie, who after starting from scratch went on to become one of the most entertaining trios on the field. In addition to their story, Rich provides great tips on getting started in the exciting sport of disc dogging — anyone can play!

20 Redefining “It’s a dog’s life” Emerging therapies, amazing results

Meet 9-year-old Sophie, a dearly loved Toy Poodle who had become nearly immobilized from spinal disc compression and shifting kneecaps, and her team of “therapists” — a masseuse, an aquatics pro and a chiropractor — who’ve taken Sophie to levels of fitness beyond her mom’s wildest dreams.

16 E-Vet Celebrates First Year

Dr. Shawn Thomas is living his dream . . . providing emergency veterinary services on Portland’s west side. While the practice has a family spirit, the equipment and skills are strictly high-tech.

14 No Bad Dogs . . . You might need a trainer Once again comes the theory: there are no bad dogs. Fortunately, it’s accompanied by how to help move those dogs who’ve tested, trialed and sometimes exhausted their owners with challenging behaviors to better-mannered companions.



Pet & Companion Fair

12 Rescue Me! Babies in need of forever loving homes

22 Here, Kitty, Kitty Feline Guru Kathy Covey presents a primer on the all-important topic: preventing poisonings.

13 Matchmaker Quack!

By popular demand, Megan breaks tradition this month to examine what it takes to live with and love ducks.

6 Book review

Three Frogs and a Dobe

23 We’ve been Shopping!

Here’s what we love… Megan and her helpful hounds revisit an old standby that’s stood the test of time to remain a great fav: The Kong.

24 Fetch

Runchy little newsbits to chew on

• CAT calls for cleaner teeth • VCA NWVS workshop earns high praise • MCAS offers videos of lost pets • Breaks are better with kitty-time: YouTube for pet lovers • Pet food quality gains increased • Too many American pets are . . . FAT


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We come in Peace

6 Blog Report


May 5 - 6, 2012

18 Tricks of the Trade … one frame at a time

The Complete Care of Baby Animals

Pets Welcome!



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OUR TEAM Jennifer McCammon

Magazine Vol. 7 • No. 6 MARCH • 2012

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Breed: Australian Shepherd/Viszla Pack: Lives with Rich Roskopf and Allie; plays with Belmont (her twin litter mate) and Brisco . . . and any other dog who comes along. Stomping grounds: Center Street Park, our side yard, living room, Mt Tabor, Gearhart Beach. Loves: Orange and blue rubber chuck-it balls the most. Lotion. Jumping for a ball or disc even if she doesn’t have to. Doesn’t love: The mailman, baby gates, cats.

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Pack: Lives with Brisco; plays with his sister Makani, Allie and the cat Doza Stomping grounds: Mt Tabor Loves: Food, sleeping in, snout rubbing, cheese Doesn’t love: Going outside (it’s cold out there!), fireworks Special Notes: Makani and Belmont were both adopted from Oregon Dog Rescue,, a fantastic rescue organization in Portland.

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f I could put Spot’s recent months in a bottle and dress it up with a sassy little vanity label, that label would read: “Rocketdogs and Wildcats.” What that means is — holy chewbone my friends! What a ride! Spot’s website (I’ve always called it “Spot’s House”), has been renovated, with a new design, functionality and depth of resources. The work’s been underway for some time, and we can’t wait to hear what you think! We hope you’ll check in often for the latest features, resources, happenings and contests, photos, broadcasts and more. I had our webstars David and Vonnie grab a screenshot so we could share it with you here — take a peek page 26. In other news . . . we’ve long had an eye on Seattle as a community that might also enjoy having Spot available locally. Indeed the need is there, so the first copies have been delivered. If you’d like coverage of something particular in that area please let us know. Meantime, we’ll continue to get acquainted with the rescues, retailers and pet-related and –friendly organizations and businesses that will be joining us in the growing community of Spot friends and businesses. Oh, here’s a wildcat — Spot’s great friends at Bi-Mart occasionally contribute wonderful product for us to share, and a recent shipment has loaded the cupboards with great prizes. Check the website for current contests, and see the goodies up for grabs. A sweet side note: Bi-Mart’s recent bounty was generous as usual, allowing us to also contribute goods to two deserving shelters. Bi-Mart has long been a great supporter of animal welfare in the Northwest, and I hope you’ll join me in supporting this outstanding employee-owned business. And now a lil Rocketdog — you may have noticed the recent addition of videos complementing some of our stories in print. We’re having fun getting our video chops, but please be patient: our early work is a little low-brow and funky. Still, we hope you’ll find the videos fun, entertaining and educational. As always, we welcome and appreciate your suggestions. How to know when a story has accompanying video? Watch for this icon, go to spot online, and . . . curtain up!


Belmont aka The Beasle (seated) Breed: Australian Shepherd/Viszla

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Videos Here’s to a spring season filled with energy, smiles, adventures and new growth. All of us at Spot treasure the opportunity to serve you, we love the work, and we’d love to hear from you with ideas, suggestions and feedback. Yours in everything pet,


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The Complete Care of Baby Animals: Expert Advice on Raising Orphaned, Adopted, or Newly Bought Kittens, Puppies, Foals, Lambs and More; 2nd Edition, Revised and Updated by C. E. Spaulding, DVM and Jackie Clay Spring is almost upon us, and along with this beautiful season comes the birth of baby animals. As a Spot reader you’re surely fond of critters, but would you know what to do if suddenly faced with an orphaned duckling, kitten or doe? The Complete Care of Baby Animals addresses how to care for them — and more than 30 other young ones, including reptiles — should they happen your way.

This writer is getting two ducklings come spring, and after reading several books on duck care, I found this guide helpful and thorough. It’s a fun and informative read for animal lovers, whether you’re one who picks up strays, or someone simply interested in learning how to care for various furbabies. Megan Mahan lives with visiting foster animals, quite a few fish, and her boyfriend in Eugene. She devotes much of her free time to fostering pets and creative writing. From her gig as Dog Bather to her more recent years working at the Santa Cruz SPCA where she was contributing editor of the newsletter, Megan has always lived, loved and worked with animals.

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Three Frogs and a Dobe Kennedy Morgan • Spot Magazine

Endearing. Poetic. Awe-inspiring. And amazing. The intro to these dogs tells a lot in and of itself . . . “Muzzy (a red Doberman who is an angel masquerading as a dog), and French Bulldogs Lulu (a monkey trapped in a dog wearing a pig costume) and Soren (who combines the naïve, boyish charm of Ritchie Cunningham with a hint of Ferris Bueller).” Three Frogs and a Dobe ( is a delightful blend of photo journalism, witty charm, and feel-good enjoyment. Take Muzzy, for instance, a rescued Doberman weighing 40-some-odd pounds with ear and skin infections overwhelming her body. That didn’t deter her mom, Deb, and thanks to giving Muzzy a home, a chance, time and effort, Muzzy is now living a dream life far from her beginnings. Muzzy’s giving back to others, too — as a therapy dog. Then there are the Frenchies. Oh, the trio that is Audra, Soren and Lulu. And the faces they make! What characters they are to read about, let alone imagine living with. They are an adventuresome bunch, taking part in obedience, agility, conformation, and just loving life.

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This blog is somewhat nontraditional, as it’s a story of the crew’s life in snapshots, moments in time, and stories without the dayby-day account. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we have. Quirky, quippy, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, the photos tell so much about the Three Frogs and a Dobe. For instance, check out the running commentary along with the photos in “The Serious NonTraditional Agility Students” album. If you’re a comic fan, you’ll certainly enjoy “Holiday Photos.” Last but certainly not least, there’s the episode of “Soren vs. The Lobster.” Get ready to laugh, shake your head, and mutter in wonder, shock and pure amusement at the antics, the life, and the love for and from Three Frogs and a Dobe. Kennedy Morgan is a freelance writer by heart who shares her home with her sons; Great Dane, Vegas; Pomeranians, Leo and Juicy; and a trio of feisty felines. In her spare time she is involved in local obedience and agility clubs and the Willamette Valley Great Dane Club. Contact her at

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can fly Anyone can be a disc dog! Kennedy Morgan • Spot Magazine

Spot’s friend Barbara Roach of Oregon Dog rescue recently introduced us via Youtube video to this human/canine team showing their stuff in the thriving sport of disc dog. The dazzling duo is Oregon’s own Rich Roskopf and his Aussie/Viszla mix Makani, doing what they love best — playing Frisbee. Included in their jaw-dropping, acrobatic and energetic routine was a showstopper that surprised and thrilled the crowd. Going into a handstand, Roskopf flips Makani the disc with his feet. Makani catches it and sails beautifully into a backflip. All we can say is, “Wow….” Printed words can’t convey the excitement — catch the fun with your own eyes at A little about Rich… Roskopf can’t remember a time when he didn’t love throwing a disc. He played Ultimate Frisbee at Oregon State University and, when seeking others of like mind, especially people who enjoyed trying new moves as much as he did, he found the perfect partner: a dog. Having a canine partner proved to be the best of both worlds; Roskopf got to throw the disc and now he had someone to bring it back.

The dogs… Makani was a natural jumper who came bearing some great stunt-dogging front and back flips. Roskopf adopted her from Oregon Dog Rescue and began the thrilling journey the pair continues to enjoy. Makani was not only a jumping, flipping fiend, but she was ball-crazy. Roskopf said it took time to get her interested in the disc, but by studying her ball obsession he was able to redirect it to the disc he favored.

Makani is ready for serious playtime © Katie Hilgemann


ome people get revved up watching an amazing touchdown or their favorite player swing from the net in a game-winning slam dunk. Others get their blood pumping when the horses are in the back furlough and the announcer strains to be heard over the pounding hooves of magnificent beasts. Then there are those among us for whom dog sports rev our engines. Likewise, sports set many dogs’ tails to thumping, hearts to racing and muscles to quivering. They can barely contain themselves in the presence of their obsession.

Allie is another rescue girl, from the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. An Australian Shepherd Labrador Retriever mix, Rich says Allie was a pleaser from day one, always keen to follow Makani’s lead.

Enter the disc… Roskopf thought the Frisbee would be a great way to exercise the dogs while allowing him to continue his beloved hobby. Rain or Pacific Northwest shine, Allie, Makani and Roskopf are out playing, running, chasing, and practicing their sport. The disc also serves other functions, says Roskopf, including strengthening the trio’s bond. If you’ve participated in training with your dog, you likely appreciate that while tools help with the work, perhaps the most important factor is the shared bond. “Sometimes I think I am training them to obey commands, and more often than not, they are reminding me to just play,” says Roskopf.

Allie makes it look easy during a recent competition 8 Spot Magazine | March 2012

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Rich Roskopf and Makani impress the crowd with their physical prowess. ©Tombi Ericson

Disc Training

Caring for the Disc Dog/Athlete

Disc Dogging Resources

A dog doesn’t necessarily have an instinct for a disc. It isn’t an item from nature — something they’d instinctively seek, like a squirrel. A disc must be introduced, and some dogs need help recognizing its potential for fun. Roskopf notes that it’s important to develop some proper disc throwing skills before adding your dog into the equation. You don’t want to throw the disc in a way that could lead the dog into harm’s way.

Roskopf’s background is in massage and movement therapy with a primary focus on biomechanics. So professionally he works to educate people to use their bodies efficiently. When it comes to dogs, he often finds they tend to learn best when steps are taken in easy, comprehensible bits. Paying attention to each of their natural abilities and focusing their training, moves and routines to showcase those characteristics goes a long way toward keeping the dog balanced, motivated, and happy. Dogs are excellent workout partners and playmates, and keeping them happy and healthy and accommodating their love of play is integral to the relationship.

There are numerous resources about disc dogging online, including FLYDO ( From videos to pictures, training tips, and contact information for pros like Roskopf, FLYDO is a great site to learn more about this energetic, fun and creative sport. As is typical of dog-related sports, you’ll likely find people who are extremely helpful, willing to field questions, share tips, discuss strategy, and maybe even meet up for a workout.

So what if your dog won’t give the disc a look, or acts like he has no clue what you expect? Try using it as a food and water dish. “Baby steps, says Roskopf. Start slowly and build. Once your dog is used to the disc being in his or her life, you can move forward. One thing Roskopf says worked for him was playing tug with it. That progressed to the dogs tugging and dropping it, then to carrying it while chasing him, to him rolling it along the ground, then flipping it straight up in the air. Once that became appealing it was a quick transition to throwing horizontally. Like most things, there’s no one-size-fits-all method. Following are some ideas to get you started whether your goal is to just have fun with your dog, to meet other people, or to find a sport in which you can compete together. Makani and Allie’s dad says, “Playing disc with your dogs doesn’t have to be about you standing there and your dog chasing the disc.” He gets plenty of exercise playing with them — wrestling, playing tag, chase, and keep away.

Currently, Roskopf is busy working on creative solutions to each of his girls’ challenges — such as maintaining team focus from a distance and turning styles. He’s also designing a freestyle routine

Roskopf shows off a signature move while Makani flies by. ©Tombi Ericson

for Allie, and of course just continuing to have fun. He hopes both dogs will again qualify for the upcoming World Championships. Like this story? See the video!


ideo v a See ew at i prev o x-Fid Train safely indoors with Oregon’s oldest flyball club. All breeds and sizes welcome.

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Babies in need of forever loving homes.

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The Welsh Harlequin Duck


Dirty Harry

His name may sound gruff, but this little bunny is not . . . he’s mourning his mate, Maude, gone about a year now. As you can see, he still has lots of personality. Harry would love to be in a home of his own, getting the loving attention he needs. Learn more about Harry or arrange a date at


Fluffy, playful and flirty, Parvati loves attention. She can be a bit shy at first but look out . . . once out of her shell she’s a ball of energy. Feather toys, ping pong balls, lasers and even house flies can entertain her for hours. She’ll do best in a home without young children since she can be a bit rambunctious. Meet Parvati at Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood, 503-925-8903 or


While two-year old Fellon is no cat burglar, she’ll steal your heart. She’s a sweet talkative kitty who loves being held and giving head bumps. She likes interacting with people more than toys, and will make a wonderful addition to her new family. Fellon is at CAT’s Sherwood shelter. Call 503-925-8903 to meet her, or learn more at

I’m a well-behaved girl for my age. At about 2½ years and just over 50 pounds, I’m your perfect fit — they say I’m smart, and a good girl! I know sit, stay and off, am crate- and potty-trained, and really like shaking paws for a treat. I ride well in cars and love to play fetch . . . tennis balls are my favorite, and I really like Kongs! I get a little excited about treats so a family with older children will be best. Also, I do best with male dogs but no cats. I’m currently staying with my friends at Multnomah County Animal Shelter. Come meet me today! Or learn more at or 503-988-7387.

aggressive males to protect hens from injury. Fun to watch and great pets, ducks ARE messy due to their love of splashing around in their water. Plus, their poop can quickly ruin lawn or garden areas.

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Hoagie and Olivia

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Meow! We’re the yin and yang of kitties! Olivia is the lively playful one and I’m the smooth, debonair one — in a tux of course! While suave, I do enjoy chasing the laser light between snuggles. You’ll never lack for love when you adopt us. Double the love in your life! Call 503-292-6628 Option 3, or visit to meet us or learn more.


I’ve been told the Egyptians worshipped Isis. I don’t need anyone to worship me, but a home where I’m treated like a queen would be nice! As you can see I have lovely Tabby markings with a big fluffy tail, just like a Maine Coon! I was abandoned outdoors and I’m now warm and comfy indoors and would love to stay that way. I’m your girl if you’re seeking a fun-loving kitty. Purrs, Isis. To meet Isis or learn more, call 503-292-6628 or visit

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Aren’t I the cutest? I’m a year-old American Pit/Boxer mix who LOVES everyone I meet! You will often find me in my kennel with my favorite Kong, wagging my whole body with excitement. I love to show off my toys! I’m so excited to meet you and hope you’ll fall for me as hard as I will for you. I’m a high-energy boy who’s eager to get out and explore the world with you. Come meet me today! I’m at Clackamas Dog Services, number 31543. Details

4.5 – 5.5 lbs. Clip wings if keeping as pets Needs at least 10’x10’ waddling/living space per duck Environment Usually happy in the yard with a garden and/or pond. Diet Insects, amphibians, snails, small fish, algae and aquatic plants, lettuces, and duck feed Temperament Calm and Placid

Interesting facts: Developed and named in North Wales from Khaki Campbell ducks, today the Welsh Harlequin is considered critically endangered. Its light color may make it more vulnerable to predators. Ducks oil their feathers (enabling them to float) by activating a preen gland on their rumps.

Appearance: A beautiful duck, the drake (male) has a green and bronze head and ringed neck. The breast and shoulders are a rich red-brown and white, the underbody is creamy white, and wings are somewhat tortoiseshell. The duck (hen/female) is honey-fawn with a darker rear-end and striking tortoiseshell wings.

Personality: Their calm makes them excellent pets, especially when hand-raised. Ducklings can “imprint” on humans. Easily exhausted, a balance of attention and rest are vital for babies. Average egg-laying is 100-200 eggs per year, with most laying in spring and summer. Males have a high libido and can be aggressive if competing over females, so one male per five females is ideal. Remove 12 Spot Magazine | March 2012

9-12 years.

Injury and wire cages can cause bumble-foot (a bacterial infection and inflammatory reaction) so it’s best to provide plenty of outdoor time. In general, ducks are very healthy and, unlike chickens, do not usually require vaccinations. Salmonella is a concern; hand washing after handling ducks or eggs is important. The biggest “health concern” for ducks is predators — including hawks, eagles, rats, foxes, dogs, cats, and raccoons. Close ducks in a coop at night and provide a covered daytime area. Consider wood or concrete for the coop floor to protect from rodents. Make sure fences are secure — predators can sneak through very small holes. Ducks require constant fresh water to clean their eyes and bills.

Best Match: For first timers, juvenile or adult ducks may be best. Ducklings must live in a brooder, stay dry, and can drown or choke on food and other objects. That said, ducklings are fun. Check local ordinances as two adult ducks is a common in-town limit. Ducks are social, so a solo bird is not advisable. They can be noisy, but some breeds, such as the Cayuga, are quieter than others. Welsh Harlequin females make noise when laying and often when expecting their morning meal. Do not purchase ducks for Easter without commitment and a long-term plan. Ducks live about 10 years, so before ordering, find a friend or family member with a farm who can either take them when full grown or watch them in an emergency or while you’re away. More tips about Harlequin ducks, including suggested reading and where to purchase ducklings, at | 13

“ of the behaviors people struggle with are normal — undesirable to people but normal for dogs,” says Annie Ingersoll, Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) at Willamette Humane Society in Salem, OR. As head of the shelter’s behavior and training program, she’s worked with countless dogs. Any dog can learn, she promises. With consistency and practice, “The common behavior problems are almost always easily resolved,” she says. So, rest assured: your dog can get over his issues, whatever they are. But how?

Michelle Blake • Spot Magazine

may be easy to forget at times — like when your dog just mounted Uncle Irving’s leg or tagged Aunt Margaret’s backside with his muddy paws. But it’s true: your dog isn’t doomed to be bad and he can learn to be good. In a flabbergasted, triedeverything, oh-so-mortified moment of training frustration, you might wonder if your dog is just too . . . what? Hyper? Ditsy? Stubborn? She’s just being a dog.

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A trainer is a great place to start. If you’re even in the general neighborhood of that frustrated/flabbergasted/mortified place, you definitely need a qualified trainer to guide you out of there. A CPDT is educated in dog behavior and tested in effective techniques. When you’ve found a credentialed trainer, Ingersoll recommends asking if he or she uses posi-

tive reinforcement techniques and stays current on training methods. An experienced, qualified CPDT can help identify underlying challenges and craft a plan to address them. The most common problems fall into one of three categories, says Ingersoll: behavioral issues, training issues, and impulse control. Behavioral issues can require the most time and effort to resolve. “People will call and say they have a fearful dog who needs to be trained not to nip when approached by strangers,” says Ingersoll. “But we can’t just train a dog not to be fearful.” In behavioral issues — problems such as aggression, fearfulness and separation anxiety — the focus is on changing the dog’s emotional response to a situation. In those cases, “you may need to work with a trainer one on one and create an in-depth behavior modification plan, and also work with a veterinarian who might prescribe medication.” While behavioral issues require time and patience, Ingersoll says they always improve with dedicated, consistent work. Ingersoll has experienced only a couple of severe cases of separation anxiety that weren’t fully cured. “Did it get better? Yes. It became manageable,”

she says. Separation anxiety is among the top reasons dogs get surrendered to shelters, and a common reason pet parents seek her out or attend her classes, which are open to everyone. Other common issues are less deep-seated and often easier to cure than behavioral concerns. “Dogs can be perfectly emotionally comfortable and still be obnoxious,” Ingersoll laughs. “Rushing the door, jumping on guests, mugging people for the food bowl — those dogs need to be taught a general concept of impulse control.”

him develop the self-control to remember those skills when he’s out-of-his-mind excited to see Aunt Margaret and Uncle Irving. The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers has a searchable website that will guide you to a qualified CPDT in your neighborhood. Go to Annie Ingersoll, CPDT, offers a variety of group and individual training options. Details 503-585-5900 ext. 326 or

her own pack, the occasional foster dog and a dog-taming feline named Dudley. She’s worked and volunteered at Willamette Humane Society and now serves as a board member and Salem outreach coordinator of Fences for Fido.

Play and Stay with your Best Friend.

Impulse control is a reflection of maturity and social skills, while specific skills are learned through training. If a dog sits when told but pops back up as soon as he’s distracted, he needs some impulse control to go with his training. Knowing this, it’s easy to see how many common challenges, like pulling on the leash or charging the door, are a combination of training and impulse control. No matter the challenge, a good professional trainer can be your dog’s best friend. A well-rounded training approach will teach him the skills he needs while helping

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Beaverton Ve+ Celebrates One Year of Emergency Care

And, unlike conventional vets, TVE is open 5pm to 8am weekdays, and round the clock on weekends. It is weekends when staff see the most patients, with the most common concerns being upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea. They also see plenty of fractures, as well as more serious concerns like injuries from car accidents and issues that require surgery.

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The variety is what keeps Thomas engaged and enthusiastic about his work, he says. To date he’s seen more dogs than cats and an occasional ferret or rabbit, but, he says, “no reptiles . . . yet.”

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Dr. Shawn Thomas and Vet Tech Julie Spencer splint Kipper’s leg


r. Shawn Thomas cradles an English bulldog puppy in one hand and reaches out to greet this visiting writer with the other. No worries, he assures: the puppy isn’t in need of treatment. He belongs to the doc and has been visiting along with his littermate. The puppy is handed off to a vet tech and the energetic doctor leads a tour through the building, pointing out recovery rooms, a surgical center and hi-tech diagnostic tools — including a state-of-the-art X-ray machine. “This one is just two weeks old,” he says. The equipment testifies to how well things are going at Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency, Thomas’s practice that is celebrating its first anniversary. Indeed, the practice is growing. “It’s definitely gotten better,” says the doctor. So much better that Thomas hired a second vet last fall and is hoping to add a third by summer. He attributes the success to the hard work of his staff, who he considers family, and “picking a good place; knowing there was a need for emergency medicine in this area.” Located just off of NW Cornell Road in Beaverton, Thomas says his is the only emergency service in a 12-16-mile radius.

When asked how people can prevent winding up at the emergency room with their pets, Thomas says most of all, pay attention. “Trust your gut instinct. If your animal seems off, it’s off. The number-one thing that we see is people saying, ‘I wish I had brought him in two days earlier.’” The doctor says animals have a greater capacity than humans for pain or discomfort. “We are weenies compared to animals – they will go days without showing anything. If they eat half as much as they usually do, watch them and see if that becomes a trend. I’m not saying run them in if they ignore a meal, but use your gut instinct.”

An X-ray showing Kipper’s fractured front leg

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seem grueling, Dr. Thomas wouldn’t have it any other way.

Currently working an average of 80-100 hours a week, Thomas is excited to get that number down to about 60 over the next year so he can spend more time with his wife, Christina, their 4-year-old daughter, and a baby on the way. Though the hours may seem grueling, Dr. Thomas says he wouldn’t have it any other way. For this doctor, realizing the lifelong dream of being a veterinarian is something he says wouldn’t have happened without the support of his family, and one he wouldn’t trade. This past year has also brought great appreciation for Thomas’s community of colleagues with whom he regularly consults. “I’m not the type of guy who thinks he can do it all on his own,” he says, once again reflecting the seriousness with which he takes his profession and his desire to provide the highest level of care for those who find their way to his open door in the middle of the night. Nikki Jardin is a Portland-based freelance writer who loves to write about people dedicated to making the world a better place for all beings. | 17

Tricks of the Trade...

one frame at a time with David Childs

We come in peace ’m always amazed by how well our four-legged friends adapt to us. Over time they adjust to our quirky human ways, usually learning they needn’t fear some of the seemingly scary things we do. And just like us, some things we enjoy or at least tolerate when done by a trusted friend seem threatening when done by a stranger.

they approach curving sideways, appearing as non-threatening as possible. If there is tension they may add more “calming signals” to indicate they mean no harm, such as looking away (“La de da, see I‛m just out for a nice stroll”); yawning (“I‛m so not threatening that I‛m thinking of a nap”); or licking their lips.

It’s easy to slip up and approach a new dog or cat as we would our own pets.

A cool thing about these signals is we can use them too. If you’re meeting a new dog you’ll be photographing and sense he/she is cautious, try it. Turn sideways casually, look around like other things are more interesting, let the dog come to you and maybe even yawn. You can casually watch the dog out of the corner of your eye to judge whether you’re making headway or if unfortunately you should be planning a safe exit.

As your photography skills grow you’ll likely be photographing pets you don’t know, so some knowledge of animal behavior and communication will help a lot. It’ll also help you understand your pets better. Books like The Other End of The Leash and For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend, both by Patricia McConnell, and On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas, are great resources. Here’s a quick taste of a few things I’ve learned that I hope will inspire you to learn from the experts. We humans typically greet each other face to face, look, smile, and maybe wave our hands. This likely baffles the canine student of human behavior, who might think something like . . . “Upon first meeting humans start by preparing for battle — they face off ready to charge right at each other, staring threateningly, and showing their weapons, sometimes even waving their claws aggressively. Occasionally they do charge, wrap their claws around each other and 18 Spot Magazine | March 2012

even sometimes slam their teeth into each other. These shows of aggression are perceived to be ‘friendly.‛ They are truly a puzzling species.”

Most of us aren’t predators, but our four-legged friends don’t know that. So I sometimes imagine I’m a bear with sharp pointy teeth and scary claws who’s trying to convey I mean no harm. We, like many primates, seem genetically predisposed to assume many of our signals are friendly. So it can come as a surprise when some of our four-legged friends perceive them as threatening. No wonder we sometimes completely misunderstand each other. When well-mannered dogs approach each other for the first time it seems a top priority often is to convey that they mean no harm. Rather than running head on at each other as dogs spoiling for a fight,

Most of us aren’t predators, but our four-legged friends don’t know that. So I sometimes imagine I’m a bear with sharp pointy teeth and scary claws who’s trying to convey I mean no harm. As a bear you might run into some people who have been attacked by bears before, so they’re understandably extra afraid of you. Some people, who have met lots of friendly bears, may run right up to you being super friendly. But you don’t know at first what somebody’s experience with bears has been, so when you encounter

someone on the trail it’s nice to start by acting very casual, hide your claws, don’t make any scary noises, and generally try to exude that “I come in peace” vibe. If the someone is clearly terrified you might just need to move on; some people may never trust bears and you trying too hard might sadly give them a heart attack. Don’t take it personally. Others may take a little while to warm up — it may even take running into you on the trail many times — but eventually they might decide you’re super fun and want to hang out with you. They may even eventually let you point a box at them that sometimes flashes an annoying bright light. That same box that sadly at first sight, made them think about how much it would hurt to be hit by. The more you know the more sensitive you’ll be to the signals they’re giving, and the better chance you’ll be able to reply with signals that reduce fear and maybe even turn you into best friends. You’ll get much better photos of your best friend than of someone terrified that you’re about to turn them into lunch. This month’s assignment is to study behavior, whether it’s picking up a book, watching animals interacting, or anything else that helps you better communicate. The next photo assignment will coincide with the release of Spot’s website, coming soon!

Visit and click on “Photography 101” to see to see photos from previous classes.

Videos Got an injured, aging or just achy pet?

David Childs is a professional photographer, photo journalist, instructor, and animal advocate.

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Sophie’s Story Holistic Therapies Give Ailing Poodle a Second Chance

Chiropractic adjustments can slow arthritis and help animals regain mobility, balance, coordination and even bowel function after an injury or operation.

Meryl Lipman • Spot Magazine


few years ago Sophie the Dog dreamed of a life without pain.

Kunkle stretches Sophie’s silver-gray legs, holding her “float coat” and creating traction so that Sophie must kick her legs harder to swim. Though the day is wintry, Kunkle’s house is warm as Hawaii, the pool a tropical 88 degrees.

Now, at age nine, the intrepid Poodle cuts a mean swath around her backyard obstacle course, uses special stairs to get on the couch, and loves to play chase with her best Poodle buddy, Chloe. A bystander would never guess that the eight-pound pooch could barely walk two years ago. Sophie’s story began at age three when Nancy (last name excluded by request) found her in a newspaper ad. When Sophie was handed over sans vet records Nancy grew suspicious, and soon she realized her companion had been mistreated. “My husband raised his foot to step forward and Sophie took off,” Nancy remembers. “It became obvious to us that she’d suffered abuse.” Though the sweet brown-eyed girl soon stabilized, vestiges of her former life occasionally haunted her. At age six, she developed a profound weakness in her back and kneecaps; her condition, not uncommon for Poodles, rapidly grew worse. A diagnosis of spinal disc compression and patellar subluxation (shifting kneecaps) gave Nancy two choices: surgery or euthanasia. The undaunted canine apparel seamstress chose Option #3, a regimen of holistic therapies that moved Sophie from withering to thriving. These days Sophie has a Dream Team. Nancy first employed acupuncturist Becky Pearl, formerly of Dogwood Pet Hospital in Gresham, but when Pearl left the practice the following year, Nancy gravitated to another form of rehab — canine swim therapy. She found Diane Kunkle of Paws Aquatics in Milwaukie through an ad in Spot Magazine, and signed Sophie up in early 2011. Kunkle chats while standing mid-pool, helping Sophie balance on a boogie board. She says aquatic therapy includes manual manipulation, range of motion, balance, and muscle strengthening exercises, and that over 65% of her clients use it while recovering from injuries or surgeries, or to slow chronic ailments such as back and hip weakness. Others use the pool for dock diving and/or recreational swimming. Sophie wobbles on the board but stays upright. “I wouldn’t let her fall,” Kunkle smiles.

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Sophie’s water workouts have worked wonders

Relieved to get back on terra firma, Sophie welcomes the blow dryer that poofs her fur. Kunkle notes that Sophie’s muscles have limbered up quite a bit.

Sophie closes her eyes at Sullivan’s light touch, just what the doctor ordered, as animals do not require deep tissue work like humans do. An entirely mobile clinic, Heal operates out of vet clinics and clients’ homes or offices. Sullivan also visits clients in doggie

Nancy says Sophie’s first chiropractic sessions were mindboggling. “Sophie was running and jumping afterward; it was like she was three years old again,” says Nancy. Seeing Sophie in action it is indeed hard to believe she was ever immobilized by back and leg pain. Nancy credits the entire group of practitioners. She says she is lucky to live in the Northwest where holistic treatment has become mainstream, even hip . . . and treatments are affordable.

After her swim, Sophie goes on to her other form of regular rehab: massage therapy from Rubi Sullivan, a certified animal massage therapist whose mobile practice Heal Animal Massage was added five months ago to Sophie’s regime. According to Sullivan, massage can shorten the healing time for muscle or ligament strains, reduce postsurgery scar tissue, increase blood flow, and decrease joint pain, swelling and stress. An instructor with the Northwest School of Animal Massage, Sullivan takes Sophie into Kunkle’s den and sits Indian style on a large cushion. Sophie grunts as Sullivan manipulates her legs. Sullivan explains, “One dog will make a sound that means ‘Ow, that hurts,’ while another will make the same sound, but it means ‘That feels good.’” Sophie is simply emoting, she says.

hips and spine, while their forelegs have elbow joints and attach to shoulders. “If they ever develop opposable thumbs, watch out,” she laughs.


daycares and boarding facilities, where massage reduces stress and promotes circulation. Her massage complete, Sophie is ready for some hard time on the couch watching TV. Sullivan says, after a few months of treatments, she already sees improvement in her client’s muscle strength and sensitivity. Recently a third component was added to Sophie’s therapy — chiropractic adjustments. In January, she had her first session with Mary Mandeville, DC, who transitioned from human to animal chiropractic care after her own dog, Molly, lost a leg in a car accident. Mandeville, who sees most patients by veterinary referral, says chiropractic adjustments can slow arthritis and help animals regain mobility, balance, coordination and even bowel function after an injury or operation. She works out of her home office in NE Portland, where she has seen dogs, cats, rabbits, and even a pet rat. While adjusting Sophie, Mandeville gives a quick lesson in canine anatomy. People think of dogs as having four legs, she says, but in fact their hind legs have knee joints and connect to

While praising others, Nancy refuses to take any credit herself. In the middle of running her home-based custom dog apparel business, Dog Paws Only, Nancy scurries like a soccer mom with two A-list kids. She discusses Sophie’s condition with caregivers, constantly expanding her own knowledge. And while Sophie’s rehab is not exorbitant, it is also not free. Without Nancy’s openness, curiosity, and commitment, Sophie’s life might have ended much earlier. While Heal, Paws Aquatics, and Dr. Mandeville have all received recent media attention and their companies have grown via word of mouth, Nancy maintains, with palpable emotion, “So many owners don’t know where to turn. They don’t want to put their dog down, or spend thousands of dollars on invasive operations. This is a reasonable alternative for them.” Meryl Lipman is a Portland freelance writer. She is currently petless after losing her treasured cat Dagny in January.

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Megan Mahan • Spot Magazine

Kathy Covey • PR Manager at CAT


Pet Poisoning

n occasion, I’ve been known to Odrop an ibuprofen

or one of those small red pseudoephedrine pills on the floor. Being a neatnik, I immediately retrieve and toss it in the garbage. Don’t want my cats playing with a stray pill. I was not as concerned with my kitties licking or eating the pill as I was with them batting it under the stove to never be found. As it turned out, my neatnik ways may have saved my cats from poisoning. According to the ASPCA, ingestion of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), or ibuprofen, is the most common cause of pet poisonings — potentially causing stomach and intestinal ulcers. In cats, that magic pain reliever damages their kidneys. Acetaminophen, or Tylenol, is especially bad for cats — damaging red blood cells. Some of the side effects people experience when taking pseudoephedrine, such as elevated heart rate or seizures, can wreak havoc with your pet’s body. National Poison Prevention week is March 18 -24. Some of the tips to keep children safe also apply to our pets. Knowing what may be harmful to your pet is the first step in ensuring his or her long, healthy life. The second is keeping curious pets away from things that can harm them.

 Always read instructions and use medications properly.  Only give your pet medications made for pets (or at the direction of your veterinarian).

A New Look at an Old Stand-by

 Keep medications and other potentially toxic products (

Pet-Care/Poison-Control) out of reach. That means inside a cabinet they cannot paw open, and containers that cannot be easily chewed opened.

 Properly dispose of old, expired medication — please not in the garbage easily knocked over by your dog.

 Clean up spills of toxics or medications (also pick up any pill dropped on the floor, which looks like candy to kids and pets).

 Create a poison first aid kit. A great list is at Don’t wait if you suspect your pet has ingested something potentially poisonous; contact the emergency vet immediately. Indications of poison can include vomiting, hyper drooling, pale gums, weakness, or abnormal behavior. Over 167,000 calls came in to the ASPCA Poison Control Center in 2010. Of those, nearly 25% concerned human medications accidentally ingested by pets, and 20% were about insecticides.

If you have a dog, chances are you have a Kong. If you’re like me, you have the red Kong Classic and the black Extreme Kong, which can be one of your handiest toys — even for monster chewers like Labs, Pitbulls and puppies. Some people play fetch with them (for which the Classic is great — it stands out in the grass); some like the Kong Aqua for water play, and still others say their dog has little interest in Kongs at all. Well, here’s the secret for those who overlook their Kongs — you’ve gotta stuff ‘em! If you’re busy, check out the varieties of Kong Stuff ’n that resembles easy cheese, or the new line of goodies such as jerky, sweet potato treats and meat stix. Other options include plain ground peanuts, sugar-free/nonfat yogurt, or cream cheese. Freezing a Kong with these fillers extends chewing and fun time for your dog . . . meaning more down time for you. Make sure to consider your pup’s “Kong calories,” and adjust his or her daily intake if needed to keep things in balance (and his/her waistline trim). Kong sizes range from Petite to XX-Large, and there are puppy and senior Kongs for all sizes and teeth densities. Kong also makes lots of other fun products, from Wubbas and Squeezz toys to a line of squeaky tennis balls.

Veterinarians are available 24 hours a day at the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center. Call 888-426-4435 for a consultation (there is a fee). To find an emergency clinic near you go to


Kathy Covey is PR Manager for the Cat Adoption Team, author

of the Cat’s Meow Blog on, and member of the Cat Writer’s Association. She’s worked for the Humane Society of the United States and the Oregon Humane Society. Kathy and her hubby live with two adopted from a shelter’ cats - Mack and Clio.

“A Premier dog and cat boarding kennel” 30845 S.W. Lukas Road Hillsboro, OR 97123 Tel (503) 628-2169 Fax (503) 628-4251

Open daily 7:30am-7:30pm

• Large indoor/outdoor covered runs with A/C • Many optional activities • Separate, Quiet Cattery • Unscheduled Tours Invited

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R unchy little newsbits to chew on CAT calls for cleaner teeth

VCA NWVS workshop earns high praise

Brushing your cat’s teeth may be akin to giving kitty a bath, or trying to dress him up for a photo shoot — not usually a warm and cuddly experience. While perhaps not a pleasant task, a recent campaign by Cat Adoption Team stresses the importance of keeping our pets’ pearly whites healthy. “Pet owners don’t realize the importance of dental health, says Dr. Melinda Barkley, CAT Medical Director. “Every week, just over 10 percent of cats surrendered to our shelter have some sort of dental issue.” In fact, the American Veterinary Medical Association reports that 85 percent of pets have some sort of periodontal disease by age four. Like humans, tooth disease can lead to major health concerns, including diabetes, heart attack and stroke. Learn more about keeping your pets’ choppers clean and healthy at

Pet first aid skills are the kind you hope you’ll never have to use, but acquiring them is so important . . . the confidence and preparation for things that can happen is something every pet parent should have. And who better to learn from than the pros who deal with life and death situations daily?

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NW Veterinary Specialists recently held a well-attended, very organized and thoroughly enjoyable pet first aid course at Oregon Humane Society. Drs. Heidi Houchen, Rochelle Low, Gretchen Sicard and Licensed Veterinary Technician Beth Woodson clearly care about the subject matter, and delivered a wonderful presentation. Four hours flew by with great information, thorough material, and interactive hands-on training involving three sweet, patient pups. Covering everything from muzzling and restraining to bleeding and bandaging, CPR, toxins and a well-stocked first aid kit, this highly recommended course should be required for anyone with pets. Even if you consider yourself a well-informed pet parent, you will gain insightful knowledge that could be invaluable in a crisis. And here’s something: the workshop was free! The bagels, coffee and gift bags were a great added touch. Learn about future Community Pet First Aid Workshops at — contributed by Vonnie Harris • Spot Magazine

MCAS offers videos of lost pets Multnomah County now has a new way to track lost pets: the MCAS shelter is periodically posting videos of animals in its kennels in hopes of reuniting more lost dogs and cats with their people more quickly. While visiting the shelter personally is recommended, the folks at MCAS hope the new service will increase the number of happy endings. Details

Breaks are better with kitty-time

Too many American pets are . . . FAT

Instead of computer solitaire during a break, what could be better than playing with a kitty. The Oregon Humane Society website now has a program through which users can set in motion one of three toys in the adoptable cattery. The download is fast and free, and allows players to virtually “play” with the kitties. Playtime is limited to two-minute sessions, but players can jump back in line as often as they like. Rumor has it it’s more addictive than solitaire. Check it out at

It’s true . . . pets are getting fatter. A recent survey from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats are either overweight or obese according to their veterinarians. While the numbers themselves aren’t great news, APOP founder Dr. Ernie Ward says he’s actually more distressed that pet owners aren’t aware that their furkids are tipping the scale into an unhealthy range. Ward reports that the main culprit tends to be the little tidbits many people treat with. “Treats are the silent saboteur of slimming down,” says Ward, adding that 93 percent of pet owners treat their pets to snacks. For tips on helping your pet slim down or stay fit, visit

YouTube for pet lovers

For those who can’t get enough adorable animal footage, a new YouTube channel is just the ticket. The Petsami channel is dedicated solely to animals, with regular shows such as “Puppies vs. Kittens,” “Ask a Tiger,” and “One Minute Meerkat.” The channel also offers “Leashline News” hosted by Monkey Parker, a muttley dog who tells inspirational stories from the canine perspective, such as what it takes to be a therapy or seeing-eye dog. Check out these shows and more at

Pet food quality gains increased With recent pet food recalls garnering media attention and more care being placed on the food families serve their pets, The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has announced the formation of a third-party certification program designed to oversee the manufacturing of both pet food and ingredients. “I commend the pet food committee for developing this program to help ‘raise the bar,’ for their own industry, says Joel G. Newman, AFIA President and CEO. Program reps of “Safe Feed/Safe Food” insist their protocols exceed those of the FDA for quality control in manufacturing. Learn more about the certification process and what it means for your pet’s food at

Yep! Dogs can fly. See for yourself and meet disc dog legends Allie, Makani and Rich


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Get to the Fair, and get in the

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Show Guide!

Spot has partnered with the NW Pet and Companion Fair’s wonderful new owners

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to help propel the event to its once awesome state of being a great experience for attendees, and a valuable event for pet businesses.

Complementing this year’s fair, which is loaded with great vendors, informative workshops, and engaging entertainment, Spot is publishing a Show Guide to promote the businesses and organizations who’ll be on site. In addition to being a useful pull-out guide for attendees, the Show Guide will reach all of Spot’s 43,000 regular readers, making it a great value for advertisers. Here’s what’s on tap:

The Pet Fair SHOW GUIDE will include: TM

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• Free Underground Parking • Foster Cats from the Columbia Humane Society • Raw diets such as Nature’s Variety, Primal, NW Natural, Stella and Chewy’s plus coming soon Bravo! • A small animal section. Coming Soon: Live Crickets and Frozen Mice

• Feature story on the history of the fair and its dynamic new owners, Amy Johnson and Vanessa Wright. • Event Highlights and Schedule

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what you need, when you need it


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. . .from great new voices and long-standing favs.

• Vendor Business Profiles • Floor Plan and Directory • Fun vignettes/photos from past fairs showing the fun and energy of the event, and what people love about it.


A limited number of pre-determined spaces are available in the Show Guide, first-come, first served. To get in the guide, call or email today! Jennifer @ 503.261.1162 or

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300 cats & kittens looking for their forever home, altered, tested, vaccinated, microchipped, indoor, ready to love. Adoption fee $85-$125. M-F: 11-7, Sa-Su 10-6. Cat Adoption Team 503-925-8903 Volunteers welcome. Fosters needed.


MARCH Happening THIS Month








•BIG BLACK DOG SALE — March is the perfect




ANNUAL PAWS FOR A CAUSE AUCTION at the World Forestry Cen-

Spoiled rotten K-9s love it here! K-9s under 25 lbs. Dogcare in my secluded private home. Near the airport. 15 yrs. experience. 503-252-7652 ESTATE PLANNING FOR ANIMALS Wills & Trusts; Real Estate; Business. Honest attorney, 30+ years of experience. 5th generation Oregonian. Richard Fairclo, 541-891-9778. HELP WANTED FRIENDLY PEOPLE

To deliver Spot monthly. A few hours, a few bucks, never leave your own neighborhood. Willamette Valley routes (Veneta and Junction City areas) available. Inquire to Marnie: 541-741-1242 or

month to fall in love! Adoption fees are half off all month at Clackamas County Dog Services. Don’t let the name fool ya: dogs needn’t be all black or all that big to qualify! Details 503-655-8628 or

• Good Luck Shamrock and other Beastie Bands collars just $5 at CAT’s in-shelter retail boutique. Feline fashionistas can really boost their wardrobe at that price! Special sales are frequent at CAT; details


NESS IN BAD TIMES at Dog Days Training. Author of How To Run A Dog Business and co-author of Minding Your Dog Business Veronica Boutelle teaches effective strategies for handling rainy days, be they seasonal slowdowns or the current recession. Details

BOARDING / DAYCARE Laurel Acres Kennels...................22 Rose City Veterinary Hospital...27 END OF LIFE SERVICES Compassionate Care.................. 26 Dignified Pet Services ................25 EVENTS Family Dogs Fun Walk…..............2 Good Neighbor Vet Giveaway.…7 Lincoln City Mutt Masters..........23 NW Pet & Companion Fair…........2

FOOD / TREATS Bi-Mart .........................................32 Nature’s Pet Market …................26 Sellwood Dog Supply.................26 Solid Gold Northwest..................19 GROOMING Rose City Vet Hospital.................27 Show Dogs Grooming ................16 PET STITTING Pet Stop Pet Services...................26 PHOTOGRAPHY / PORTRAITS David Childs Photography.........17 PRODUCTS / SUPPLIES Bi-Mart .........................................32 Sellwood Dog Supply................ 26 Solid Gold Northwest..................19

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at Oregon Humane. Learn techniques to better understand your pet. Two-day class meets again Mar. 11. Fee $50, RSVP to


BINGO night at Hamburger Mary’s. Enjoy 2 hours of Bingo, good food & beverages, all for a great cause. $20 buy-in; proceeds support Clackamas County Dog Services. Details Dianahal@ or 503-656-8628.


9:30-Noon • PORTLAND — PET




SOCIAL / PET NETWORKING X-Fidos Flyball Club.....................11 SPAY / NEUTER Multnomah Co. Animal Svc .......24 VACATION RENTALS/ DESTINATIONS Bennington Properties..............15 Idyllic Beach House......................22 Lincoln City ..................................23 VETERINARY CARE / WELLNESS Back on Track Vet.........................12 Good Neighbor Vet.......................7 Rose City Veterinary Hospital...27


at Stay Pet Hotel. Learn how to create photos that capture your pets’ unique spirit from a Top Dog winner. No photography experience required; take your camera. Two-day class meets again Mar. 17. Cost $50; RSVP to 503-288-STAY, or at Stay.

11:30-3:30 • GRESHAM — ADOPTION OUTREACH at Petco.

Learn more about Clackamas County Dog Services and meet adoptable dogs.


SOME BUNNY TO LOVE. Meet sweet adoptables and their Rabbit Advocates. Conversation/info about care & adoption, plus light grooming & nail trims for visiting bunnies (suggested donation). Details


County DOGPAW. Have some fun and learn about local dog parks. Live music, door prizes, silent auction and optional catered dinner. $25/per person dinner or $0 for meeting only. RSVP

10-Noon • SHERWOOD — THE

10-11:30am • VANCOUVER

ing cat food for those in financial need. The Cat Food Bank is located at 2309 Main St. Good Neighbor CAT’s shelter, 14175 SW Galbreath Dr. Vet offers exams, microchips and parasite prevention. Otto’s Mobile 11:30-3:30 • GRESHAM — Grooming is on site for grooming. ADOPTION OUTREACH at Petco. Arrive 15 min. before clinic ends to Details, Mar. 10. be seen. Discount coupon avail1-4:30 • PORTLAND — able at: MEMORIAL ART THERAPY WORKSHOP at DoveLewis. Families specials.php. Noon-2 • PORTLAND — 1-2:30, ages 16-adult 3-4:30. Create BEGINNING T-TOUCH FOR a memento and spend time in good DOGS at OHS. Hands-on company. Free; RSVP to DoveLewis. workshop teaches relaxation and org/giftshop. healing techniques to help your dog with aging and anxiety issues, 7-8pm • PORTLAND — BRING- plus overall well-being. Fee is $45 ING HOME FLUFFY: FREE KITTEN with dog; $30 without. Register at & PUPPY HEALTH WORKSHOP at DoveLewis. Learn how to get your puppy or kitten off to a healthy start. 7-8pm • PORTLAND — PET Details






Community Center. Free rabies vaccination with the purchase of a Lane County Dog License. Low-cost microchipping also available. Details


simmon Country Club, 500 SE Butler Rd. Fun, casual event hosted by the ‘80s All Starz. Dancing, cash bar and conversation areas in the beautiful ballroom. Cost $10; limited tickets available. Details/Tickets MultCoPet/events.

Powell Blvd. Free class by Megan Brashear, CVT covers the basics. Seating is limited; RSVP at


9-11 • PORTLAND — 3RD

ANNUAL FAMILY DOGS FUN WALK fundraiser. 2-mile walk

begins at Family Dogs New Life Shelter and heads west on the Springwater Corridor. Collect pledges or pay $25 to enter. Gift bags for the first 100 to register and prizes for top fundraisers. Details

6-10pm • PORTLAND — 4TH


ter. The largest fundraiser of the year for Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals. “A Furry Tail” is the theme. An evening of food, wine, great company and silent and live auctions. Tickets/Details


at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St. Kathryne Claire, Loren Schulte and Jeanne Walker perform. Silent auction at 6, music at 7. Cost $10/adult, $5/ child, available at


6am-8pm • ALBANY — ALL BREED AKC DOG SHOW, OBEDIENCE & RALLY TRIALS at Linn County Fair & Expo Center. Chintimini Kennel Club’s annual show continues tomorrow. Join Dog Show 101 at 11am both days to learn everything there is to know about dog shows. Vendors on site. Parking $5; admission free. Details


Fernhill Park at the corner of 41st & Ainsworth. Take your dog out to the park for fun times you’ll both enjoy. Contact Larry Miller at ldmiller@aracnet. com or 503-282-6706 for details. | 29

... MARCH Recurring happenings DoveLewis Oregon Humane Society

Willamette Humane Society



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Fun, positive classes built to be flexible for busy schedules. Mandatory intro class $15. Training classes Mon-Sat. Advance at your own pace.

Help your dog improve his socialization skills in a supervised playgroup. $25/session. RSVP (required) to 503-585-5900 x326.

Thurs. Thurs. Thurs. Mon.


Free. Take a photo to share. Details at


PUPPY MANNERS PROGRAM Five-week class covers socialization, boundaries, potty-training and more to set puppy up for success. Fee $150/5 classes. Offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays; begin anytime.



PUPPY ROMPS Exposing puppies to other dogs when young can help prevent behavioral problems as he matures. An hour of running, playing and socializing for puppies 5 months old or younger. $15 per puppy. Details


11, 25 Noon

For anyone who needs help feeding their pet(s), come to the Pet Food Bank at 910 NE MLK Jr Blvd. Details or 503-939-7555. Times subject to change.

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CAT counselors are on site every weekend at PetSmart stores in Clackamas, Hillsboro Tanasbourne, Tualatin and Washington Square and the Petco location in Tualatin. Details



10am • PORTLAND Nature’s Pet Orenco Station 1pm • PORTLAND Dogs Dig It (Salmon) 1pm • VANCOUVER SWWA Humane Society 4pm • VANCOUVER All Natural Pet Supply (192nd)


10am • PORTLAND Beauty For The Beast (Sandy) 10am • PORTLAND Portland Pampered Pets (Hawthorne)

10am • VANCOUVER Thrifty Feed & Garden (St Johns Rd)

12:30pm • TUALATIN Haggen 1pm • TUALATIN Nature’s Pet Tualatin


INTRO TO TRAINING SEMINAR This free class covers the basics, including how dogs learn, equipment needed and more. No registration required, just show up and learn. Details

Marion County Dog Shelter



Great for new or soon-to-be pet parents, or those who just want to know what makes Fido tick. Free; please leave pets at home.


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Spot to the Rescue on Facebook

Up to the minute reports on adoptables, fosters, transports and more!


Meet some sweet, adoptable dogs at South Salem Pet Supply.

Marion County Dog Shelter at PetSmart on Lancaster Drive.




Marion County Dog Shelter at Petco on Lancaster Drive.

1, 8, 15, 29 6:05pm Find out about pet-friendly events for the upcoming week on 98.1 FM Radio. The Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show.


5-7:30pm Exercise your pet without getting wet! Join in for open play day in 6000 sq ft of indoor playcare. $8/dog, people are free. Beer, wine and soda available for purchase. Details 541-354-2267 or



Marion County Dog Shelter at Pet Etc. in West Salem.

1, 8, 15, 29

1pm • VANCOUVER All Natural Pet Supply 1:30 • BORING Geren’s Farm Supply 4pm • PORTLAND Urban Farm Store (Belmont)




YAPPY HOUR at Cascade Pet Camp


3, 10, 17, 24, 31 8am


Tune in to 860 AM, KPAM Radio. Chip Sammons gives tips to help your pets live healthy, happy lives.


9:30am • PORTLAND Haggen Tanasbourne 11am • PORTLAND Sellwood Dog Supply 1:30 • PORTLAND Oregon Dogs Inc. 10am • CORNELIUS Coastal Farm & Ranch Noon • HILLSBORO Pet Pros


10:30am • BEAVERTON Aloha Feed 3:30pm • PORTLAND Nature’s Pet Ptld (NW 21st) 4pm • WOODLAND WA L & J Feed


11am • PORTLAND Beauty For The Beast (Sandy) 1pm • VANCOUVER Beastie Boutique 1:30pm • WEST LINN PORTLAND Nature’s Pet West Linn


9:30am • VANCOUVER Muddy Paws 10:30am • WOODBURN Coastal Farm & Ranch 1:30pm • PORTLAND Oregon Dogs Inc. Get more details at | 31

The cat is out of the bag! IT’S NO SECRET! BI-MART has a great assortment of name-brand pet food and treats, pet carriers and beds, leashes, collars, and more at great savings! BI-MART is JUST RIGHT for your pet’s needs! ™




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During these tough economic times, our Employee Owners work hard to bring Bi-Mart members low prices and value. Look for this sign in our Pet Department for special savings on Atta Boy® Dry Dog Food now through March 28th.


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32 Spot Magazine | March 2012

Spot Magazine - March 2012  

In this issue: Redefining "It's a dog's life" Emerging therapies, amazing results, No Bad Dogs...You might need a trainer, Confirmed: Dogs...