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24 Rescue Me!



18 Now THAT’S a Downward Dog! Jaya the yoga student

Meet Jaya, a rescue from Greenhill Humane in Eugene. Nervous and traumatized when she left the shelter, Jaya has blossomed with her new family . . . and in the art of yoga, which she’s learning from her dad, Suman Barkhas, a master yoga and tai chi instructor, and her family.

Furbabies in need of forever loving families. Meet some beautiful dogs, cats and rabbits who needed a little extra help finding a place to call home. Some may have medical issues, are older, or have just been in shelter too long.

12 Here, Kitty, Kitty Kathy Covey praises the power of the microchip, backing it up with some very happy endings.

25 Matchmaker The Border Collie

10 Book Review The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog

23 Ewww! The horrible habit of . . .

Annoying. Seemingly incorrigible. Embarrassing! Decidedly a mounting problem. Most pet parents have endured the cringe-inducing behavior of a humping dog. The good new is, it can be corrected. The perhaps surprising news is, it’s not about dominance . . . or “romance.”

6 Pet Events are Here!

The pet event season is off and running with the Walk for the Animals, the NW Pet Fair, Doggie Dash and Mutt Masters. It’s also time to sign up for the next great thing, Run for the Love of Dove.

14 Reader Spotlight: Volunteering DOES Pay

Award-winning volunteer Denise Kinstetter is passionate about manifesting one’s destiny. She’s also a huge champion of and witness to the great blessings — aka pay — of being a volunteer.

21 Booming Organics Biz Born of Necessity

Mad About Organics has a great story that shows how digging in to solve a basic need led this Eugene-based family business to become a successful provider of the kind of pet products people are increasingly seeking: natural and effective.

7 Destination Lincoln City — Get to Mutt Masters

One of the most anticipated dog events of the year, the Mutt Masters Dog Show and Olympics is right around the corner. Get the lowdown, plus great ways to spend your time in beautiful Lincoln City, a sweet little recipe we call “Shop, Play, Eat, Stay!”

11 We’ve Been Shopping! Megan Mahan’s passel gives paws-up to the LicketyStik liquid treat dispenser, which proved really great for traveling and training classes.

10 Blog Report Meet Kendall the (beach bum) Cavalier



• What, no backstroke? • WHS paws it forward • Pedigree Foundation awards thousands • Coast to Coast Bully Walk • Facebook says “no” to puppy mills • MCAS gets national nod • Mighty big doggie bag! • Dog at the desk can reduce stress

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Runners, both humans and canines at all experience levels, have a blast at the annual Run for the Love of Dove 5K benefiting the DoveLewis Stray Animal & Wildlife Program. This year’s event takes place June 10 — read all about it, and how to register, pg 6 this issue. Photo courtesy DoveLewis. ©K&K Graphics 4 Spot Magazine | May 2012


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I love what a dear friend calls a slow-starter that finally gets traction — “The greatest little 10-year overnight success ever!” that would be Spot. Celebrating its (not 10th but close enough) 7th anniversary in August, Spot is finally moving beyond baby steps and striding along in ways that make a parent’s heart sing. You, dear reader, are the boss, and it’s been wonderful to hear your consistent declaration of love for the magazine and the Spot crew’s work in animal welfare and helping businesses grow. In fact, your unflagging affection and support is a huge reason we made it this far — that and the confidence of our partner businesses, whose support makes possible each monthly issue. Please support them! There’s been a whole lot of uphill in growing up Spot, thanks to a mean economy and a dramatically-changing industry. BUT! We’re here to tell you, it’s time to celebrate! Spot just got prettier thanks to a printing upgrade, and if you haven’t already explored the new website, please do! Great adventure awaits, including tons of resources in “everything pet,” countless photos, ways to connect, contests, videos, broadcasts and more. Now you can check pet events for the upcoming weekend by clicking the “Broadcasts” button — reports are updated every Thursday/Friday following the 6 o clock live broadcast on 98.1 fm radio. The website also has informative and entertaining blogs from numerous pet experts, the Spot crew, and members of the community who have amazing stories to share. Speaking of which, I hope you’ll take a peek at “Volunteering pays BIG” this month, a great tale shared by fellow reader, Denise Kinstetter.

Denise is passionate about many things, and she’s on fire to encourage you in general, to make the most of life, and specifically, to experience the amazing gifts that come through volunteering. This award-winning volunteer divides her time between Multnomah County Animal Services and Oregon Humane Society, and we’re delighted to share her story with you. Do you have a story to share? Please do! This animal-loving community is filled with amazing people with extraordinary stories, and sharing them helps us all learn, laugh, and enjoy the ride — and each other — all the more. In closing, we hope to see you at Walk for the Animals May 5, the NW Pet Fair May 5 & 6, and/or Doggie Dash May 12. Spot is holding a “Pet Minit” video contest Sunday May 6 at the Pet Fair, so come out and show off your pet’s best trick, sweetest face, or the special story about your lives together. Videos will be shared and voted on, and the winner will get great prizes, including a gift certificate toward a Sunriver getaway at Bennington Properties, a soft harness from Dog Paws Only, and a beautiful photo keychain from Jade’s Pet Frames. As usual we’ll have Goodie Bags (awesome new totes from CVRC and fantastic new contents from a variety of our excellent business partners), take-aways, and happy members of the Spot crew eager to see you again after the long hiatus in pet events. Come out and play! Yours in everything pet, | 5



NW Pet Event Season is

Off Running Spring brings more than sunny days to the Northwest; for pet lovers it marks the kick off of the pet event season — which is packed with opportunities to get out and enjoy sports and games, “Olympic” competitions, festivals and more. The biggies this month include Walk for the Animals May 5, the NW Pet Fair May 5 and 6, Doggie Dash May 12 and Mutt Masters on May 19. Now is also the time to circle the date for the popular Run for the Love of Dove, a fast and flat timed 5K race in which people compete with their trusty co-pilots by their sides, all to benefit beloved nonprofit DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital. KEEN Garage invites folks to stop by its digs 10am-7pm May 16 or 17 to register early and receive a free KEEN gift and a 20% coupon good that day. Don’t know KEEN? Quintessential Northwest and a must-know for anyone who loves to “play anywhere there’s no ceiling.” Get acquainted at

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Run for the Love of Dove benefits the DoveLewis Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund, which provides care for any injured or sick stray or wild animal taken to the 24-hour emergency and ICU animal hospital. Last year, 1,504 animals were treated, at a cost of $160,000, thanks to the 100 percent donor-supported fund. More than 500 people, along with 190 canine companions ran last year, raising $27,000 for the program. This year is expected to be bigger and better.

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Admission is $30/person + co-pilot; an extra $5 includes a commemorative t-shirt. The event is newly open to teams of five to 10, which receive discounted entry. Teams are a great way to get friends, book club members, family and neighbors involved in the fun and support the cause. Runners of all abilities are welcome. The race wraps with a vendor fair at the Lucky Lab Beer Hall, complete with entertainment and Lucky Labs’s specialty (21+). Also on tap will be a silly pet tricks contest judged by local celebrities and DJ Gustav from 94/7. Register at the KEEN Garage May 16 or 17, or anytime at


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long-favored destination for pet-loving vacationers in the Northwest, Lincoln City provides excellent opportunities for families with canines to Eat, Play, Shop, Stay and thoroughly enjoy themselves in and around this central coast region. For those who love sand and surf, there are nearly eight great miles of it in which to romp, roll, dig and revel. For those who love variety, nearby lakeshores and forests beckon. If shopping and excellent food make for a superb weekend, there’s ample variety. And when it comes to great lodging, there are plenty of hotels, motels and vacation rentals that happily lay out the welcome mat for you and your furry companions. Many pet people make a point to visit during one of the biggest pet events of the year, the Mutt Masters Dog Show & Olympics, happening May 19 this year (see p. 9). Simply put, Lincoln City offers something for everyone, including the dogs. | 7


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While antiquing’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it is big in Lincoln City, with at least 20 shops devoted to treasures of yesteryear. There are also plentiful art galleries, bookstores and gift shops throughout the city. To really delve into local flair, consider a kite to fly in this self-proclaimed “Kite Flying City of the World.” And, if you’d like a little treat for your four-pawed friend, visit Paws on the Sand, which carries a wide range of healthy pet food and boutique items. The Lincoln City visitors guide says well-behaved and leashed animals are welcome in many shops . . . but pooches and antique stores don’t always mix well. There is little more smile-inducing than a dog playing at the beach, whether she’s digging her way to China, barking at the waves or running in pure canine bliss. Most dogs simply love the beach. And here there are more than a dozen public beach entrances, from Road’s End Recreation Area to the north to Siletz Bay down south. For a respite from coastal winds, Devil’s Lake Recreation Area, just a few minutes from downtown Lincoln City, offers a couple of half-mile hikes and a 9-mile loop through the forest. If you prefer something a little more moderate, the 2.5-mile Spring Lake Trail shows off old growth forest and a 400-yearold Sitka spruce. If you’re game for a short drive, you won’t be disappointed with a hike along the Drift Creek Falls Trail, a 3-mile one-way trek that culminates in a 75-foot waterfall that’s visible from a 240-foot suspension bridge. The sight is well worth the walk.

Somehow being at the beach, or on vacation, or just away from home stirs the appetite. Of course, the coast has an incredible abundance of fresh, locally-caught seafood served everywhere from roadside chowder stands to fine eateries. Many consider a cup of clam chowder at Mo’s or the Dory Cove a must, while others swear by the Blackfish Café or Kyllo’s wonderful local fare. Want to keep the dog with you while dining? Check out Beach Dog or Nelscott Cafés. Well-behaved pooches are welcome in the outdoor dining areas at both. Of course, at the end of the day, that perfect, cozy place to rest is key to a great vacation. Fortunately, when pets are part of the package, options in Lincoln City are plentiful. The Ester Lee Motel and Looking Glass Inn are favorites among pet lovers for their beach access and pet-friendly policies. The Coho Oceanfront Lodge, Inn at Wecoma and even Chinook Winds Casino accommodate pets as well. For those seeking something less hotellike, consider a vacation rental through Ocean Odyssey. Another great getaway are the two Idyllic Beach House guesthouses. Located just 30 minutes north, these homes provide wonderful respite from the city. 8 Spot Magazine | May 2012

MUTT MASTERS Action-Packed Pet Event Hits the Coast

The Mutt Masters Dog Show and Olympics takes place in Lincoln City Saturday May 19, promising a dizzying array of events, contests and prizes. One of the most anticipated dog events of the year, Mutt Masters continues to draw participants far and wide for a fun-filled day at the beach. Registration begins at 11am with the full line-up commencing at noon. Fees to enter your dog in any one of the show categories or physical contests are three bucks, but if you have a multi-talented pup you may want to consider the $25/unlimited event plan. Judges will be looking for everything from the most unique-looking to the cutest, the best handshake, most distinguished elder, and the tail waggin’ champ of the land. There will also be displays of free-flying fitness in the Frisbee catching category, and for those into the sloppy stuff, there’s even a prize for the sweetest smoocher. This year also includes caricature drawings by Deena Printz and psychic readings by Shirley Scott of Animal Talk Healing. Food booths for the humans and a variety of petrelated vendors will also be on hand. Spectators without pets are welcome to observe with a suggested donation of five dollars or a bag of dry pet food, which will be donated to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. For more information, visit | 9

Megan Mahan • Spot Magazine

The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog by Wendy Volhard and Kerry Brown, DVM

This month we dove into The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog 2nd Edition by longtime breeder Wendy Volhard and Veterinarian Kerry Brown. The term “holistic” may be a buzzword, but philosophically it means considering the whole animal when dealing with its well-being and care. The book especially highlights the holistic when it comes to healthful feeding. In large part it recommends Volhard’s “Natural Diet,” which she uses for her own dogs. Additionally, the guide

explains the applications of many natural remedies. Your dog has arthritis? You may want to try arnica. Is he a stool eater? Does she have dry skin? There are natural remedies for many afflictions. With regard to feeding, the plan for the Natural Diet is detailed through menu choices for dogs of various ages, sizes, and activity levels. Dr. Brown lends credibility by advocating for yearly blood tests to make sure the diet meets your pet’s needs. Even if you do not intend to change what your dog eats you

may be interested in the detailed explanations of the advantages of raw food from a biological point of view. Instead of using popular phrases like “what a wolf would eat,” the book explains how the canine body digests food and why raw is appropriate. Upon first read, some of the ideas seem outlandish in the face of western medicine and modern feeding methods. Some practices (such as once-a-week fasting) sound extreme, but dogs share 98 percent of their DNA with wolves. Domestic dogs rarely exercise as

much as wolves, but the processes of digestion and nutritional requirements are proportionately very similar. Today’s pet owners battle obesity, diabetes, liver failure, cancer ,and other canine maladies with so much regularity that it makes great sense to learn about keeping your dog healthy through holistic means. This book is due out April 2012; the ISBN # 9781402263286 should make it easy to find. Happy reading!

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The Adventures of Kendall the Cavalier

Watching the waves

Kennedy Morgan • Spot Magazine

Hey beach bums, get your adventure on while reading

about Kendall’s beach trips with her mom Gretchen — self-professed scientist by day and blogger by night. For some, the excitement and enjoyment of the beach never wear thin, with diehard enthusiasts loving it just as much when it’s wet and stormy as when it’s sunny and clear. Kendall and Gretchen are those kinds of gals. Of course there’s more to them than beach-blown hair, sandy feet and salty breath. Kendall is also a registered Pet Partner therapy dog who visits nursing homes, retirement villages, and libraries to make other peoples’ day as wonderful as she does Gretchen’s. With a little bit of cooking, traveling, culture, and whatnot thrown in, this pair’s adventures will surely get you hooked. But, back to the beach. Even though these two are not fairweather campers, sometimes they do take the easy route and enjoy touring the beach virtually! You’ll want to hop over to ‘Let’s go on a Virtual Vacation’ (4/11/2011). The ladies have friends far and wide, and have virtually

visited friends in Miami, the Florida Keys, and even packed passports just in case the Bahamas were calling.

“Flat” Kendall at Spirit Mountain Casino

However, they Kendall the seashell collector All Photos © Gretchen Gott do brave the weather for real on occasion. The typist in the family shared their adventures of the Oregon Coast in December (1/2/2011) with a stop in Manzanita and a mosey on up to Cannon Beach where they were surprised with fabulously dog-friendly lodging plus rare December sunny skies. Kendall thoroughly enjoyed herself and struck all those familiar doggy poses for the camera. So be the weather sunny, windy, rainy, wet, dry, cloudy, sideways gusting, or even snowing, you just might find Kendall at the beach — literally or virtually. Experience the fun at

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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

We’ve BeenSHOPPING! Here’s what we love ...

Megan Mahan • Spot Magazine

Lickety Stik The Lickety Stik has an important place in the dog treat world for its low calorie count and compact, travel-ready design. The small rollerball bottle holds a liquid treat (chicken, liver or bacon flavor) that rolls right onto your happy dog’s tongue. Here’s what PetSafe has to say about this new product: “No mess. Just hold the Lickety Stik bottle and your pet gets all the enjoyment while your hands and clothes stay dry and clean. Virtually no calories — just one in every 10 licks. The 1.69 oz bottle easily fits in a glove compartment, back pocket and purse, so you can maximize your pet’s training with on-the-spot rewards.”

As a consumer I agree with each statement — except we did spill some liver flavor on the floor during training class. My partner said I didn’t need to squeeze the tube, just let the dog lick the treat off the rollerball. Overall, I found the product very clean, and appreciated that it doesn’t crumble like dry dog treats. Our dog (a Lab) can’t eat solid food due to Mega-esophagus so she doesn’t get many traditional treats. For training classes the Lickety Stik is ideal. Bonus: the bottle lasts a long time. As for the nutritional value, it’s a fairly natural and healthy treat. Take the ingredients in the Braised Liver formula for example: natural liver flavors, cultured milk, lecithin, mixed tocopherols (natural preservative — a source of vitamin E), ascorbyl palmitate (source of vitamin C), rosemary extract, green tea extract.

Find a retailer near you at Megan Mahan lives in Eugene with her boyfriend Jacob, their newly adopted English Lab, Maddie, and many saltwater fish. | 11

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Celebrate the microchip

Autumn Krauss is smiling with joy

because her beloved cat Portland is enjoying the family’s new home in Denver. Nine months ago she thought she’d never see him again. Adopted from the Cat Adoption Team in 2005, Portland, a big Maine Coon, was microchipped prior to going home with the Krauss family.

The key is keeping your information current with the chip registry. This is a lesson Autumn learned. Formerly residents of the Concordia neighborhood in NE Portland, after nine months abroad for work, her family settled in Denver. Portland was living with a friend in Vancouver until they got settled. Portland had different ideas, and escaped after two weeks at the friends’. Despite the valiant efforts of her husband (while in Australia) to track him down, Portland seemed to have disappeared. Fast forward to December. Autumn opened an e-Tails newsletter from CAT and was wondering what became of their kitty. She placed another call to the Humane Society of SW Washington in Vancouver and . . . terrific news! Their beloved pet had indeed shown up two weeks prior. Thanks to his microchip, the humane society had made several attempts to find the Krauss family — all failed due to their move. Portland was transferred to CAT, where he still resided. In no time, Autumn was on her way. It was a very happy reunion. Last month, Washington County Animal Services (WCAS) reunited Maddie with her family after she’d been missing for a year. After exhausting all efforts to find their pet, her family had nearly given up when the Hillsboro shelter contacted them. Thanks to Maddie’s microchip and her owners keeping their information current, she is now back with her family in NE Portland. Thanks to her chip, Maddie’s family was able to positively identify her. You see, while on the lam, she went from a slim kitty to a 16

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Portland is back where she belongs. pounder. She looked quite different. Microchips offer positive identification for lost pets who often lose weight, unlike Maddie, or get into tussles that alter their appearance a bit. In 2011, WCAS happily reunited 1,044 dogs and 99 cats with their owners thanks to microchips. Nationally, only 19 percent of lost cats who make it safely to an animal shelter are reunited with their owners. Microchips are a great secondary form of identification that should not replace a collar and current ID tag. A chip works only when scanned. If a good Samaritan doesn’t take a lost pet to a vet or shelter, the ID tag is the only chance the pet has for being reunited with his/ her family. Make sure your pet’s microchip information is updated when you move or change phone numbers. After nine months of grieving for her pet, Autumn said this was her biggest lesson, and one she wants to spare others: keep that information up to date. 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 one adopted from a shelter cat - Mack(16).

© Autumn Krauss

A microchip is an identifying integrated circuit placed under the skin generally near the shoulder blades. Chips are about the size of a large grain of rice and use passive Radio Frequency Identification technology. When scanned, the chip number appears. That number is linked to the owner’s information.


VOLUNTEERING t’s never too late to follow your dreams. Time is a resource we all have, and utilizing it to the max opens the way to breathtaking experiences. Wonders truly reside in the challenges of undiscovered horizons. There is so much to life, often much more than we realize. We all have hidden talents, yet so few of us realize it, or allow our mysterious, whimsical sides to be revealed to the outside world. Human nature is comfortable with the known; however, there is much to be had in those uncharted territories. Just imagine yourself as an octopus . . . you have this body with all these legs to reach out and discover different things and places. If you don’t use them to explore, your potential to witness many sights and situations will never become a reality. No one should cut themselves short in life! In those moments when we pause and ask ourselves . . . “I wonder if I could do that?”. . . we should not stop there, but instead embrace the challenge, expend the energy, and find out what life is like upon our next achievement. Our life journey is what we make of it, and the more we strive the more previously unimagined feats prevail. 14 Spot Magazine | May 2012



by Denise Kinstetter

I grew up with all species of family pets. I was that kid who found creatures and brought them home as pets: turtles and crayfish, salamanders, etc. I’ve always deeply loved animals and all living creatures. Not surprisingly, early on I wanted to become a veterinarian. So I obtained a BS in Animal Science, and went to work with a veterinarian for the experience, to help determine if this was my future career. The small animal veterinarian I worked for was very kind, but not a strong communicator. I could see that clients were frustrated and fearful in trying to understand his medical jargon. Soon I lost heart with this and ventured on to participate in animal research at the local medical school. I had the opportunity and enjoyed assisting in two manuscripts on physiology. During this time a professor suggested I apply to medical school to become a physician. I listened and cautiously considered the idea, but a little voice in my head said, “You’re not smart enough to get into medical school.” My late father was a great optimist, and a favorite expression was, “You’ll never know if you don’t T-R-Y it.” This was accompanied by bits about learning from our mistakes, that if we didn’t try new things we’d never make

Photos: Top - Denise Kinstetter, accepting the 2011 “New Best Friend” volunteer award (shown with Sharon Harmon). Middle: Channel 2’s Helen Raptis (center) with OHS volunteers. Bottom: KATU grand finale, as Sharon is presented a check from Subaru.

“ mistakes, and therefore learn or grow. He championed the idea that we must always T-R-Y and pursue adventures in life. Otherwise, we’ll never know everything we could and can do. So, guided by my father’s words, I applied, was accepted into and completed medical school in Wisconsin. Wanting to practice in a beautiful area, I moved to the Pacific Northwest and practiced pediatric medicine for nearly 20 years. I married a native Oregonian and we have a daughter, along with our extended furry family members and a box turtle. Three years ago my then eighth-grade daughter chose to work at an animal shelter as part of a required project. Parental accompaniment was required, and while the time commitment was a stretch I believed in volunteering and knew it would strengthen our relationship, which of course it did. We worked in the cattery at Multnomah County Animal Services eight hours per month, learning about this new world, playing with cats, and helping potential adopters find their perfect match. We enjoyed the experience so much we’re still volunteering there today. It’s a known fact that helping others evokes happiness, and not only do I get complete satisfaction from helping others, but also from my memories. My experiences from volunteering with my daughter were so wonderful, today I volunteer at two animal facilities. Shelters have a tremendous impact in our community, and the experience has immeasurably boosted my happiness in life. I wonder at how both of these volunteer experiences brought me back full circle to my true love for animals, which fills me with a magical happiness words can’t fully express. Sometimes I wonder about the animals’ stories — who and where they were before arriving at the shelter. And while my heart aches to see them homeless, it fuels me to give them security, comfort and safety while working to find them forever loving homes. My heartfelt commitment and satisfaction in helping animals and people is endless. My main volunteer hours are now devoted to the cattery at Oregon Humane Society and its Spay & Save program, which enables low-income individuals to obtain spay/neuter services for as low as $10 per surgery. The program not only prevents unwanted litters, it helps us save cats’ lives by helping decrease unwarranted euthanasia rates. Spaying and neutering not only addresses the cat overpopulation crisis, but it also promotes longevity for owned cats by eliminating many known potential cancers. I’ve always been driven and thrive on experiencing the power of self-improvement. Every time I volunteer at the cattery, I T-R-Y to adopt at least three kitties per shift. Usually I not only meet but exceed my goal, sending three to six furry friends to loving homes. Volunteering allows people to follow their passions and dreams, and to experience the reciprocal effects of giving many-fold. Treasured stories and memories will be in my head


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and heart forever! And while I’ve helped adopt out several hundred cats, there’s a handful that left an everlasting impression. These amazing felines all needed to get out of the jail-like, entrapped environment and back to being themselves — basking in the sun in their favorite spot in a place called home. One of my first triumphs was with Sally, a sixyear-old black and white short-hair with diabetes. Sally was extremely sick on arrival and required care in the ICU. Treatment and diet returned her to health, but she would require a strict dietary regimen all her life.

There came a wonderful elderly couple ready to adopt after several months of grieving their beloved cat of 19 years. They wanted to help a cat in need, one who would otherwise have a hard time getting adopted. We talked about Sally, who had “earned” a longest resident ribbon. I told them she would be a huge commitment with extra daily responsibilities. They wanted to learn more and meet her, and ultimately it was a match made in heaven. Not only were these folks excited as they filled out the adoption papers, Sally was too! She didn’t want to return to her cage to wait. I helped with the adoption beginning to end, and was ecstatic as I walked the couple to their car with Sally and her care packages. Another momentous adoption was Scotty, a 14-year-old Tortie who arrived at OHS as half of a pair whose person had recently died. While many volunteers hoped they would be adopted together, they weren’t. Buddy

went home first, and shortly thereafter Scotty starred on an OHS telethon. About two weeks later, a woman arrived who wanted a cat with special needs or who really needed a home. She had two senior and one young adult cat and a big cat-friendly home. I told her about Scotty’s situation, then introduced them. The woman fell in love with this cat who was not just older, but also required a special diet to sustain her kidney function. Their meeting was magnetic and touching. After just 15 minutes, decision and preparation was made for Scotty to go to her wonderful new forever home. This was a phenomenal adoption and

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sharing it with co-volunteers I shed joyful tears. It’s moments like these you feel your heart swell and know that others can see your joy. In our very dynamic world today we all need to set tiny goals, achieve them, and savor the success and personal growth. Being driven to master our beliefs means “we will do it” versus “we’ll think about doing it.” Automatically we then set slightly higher goals . . . and watch our entire lives change and grow. I see these concepts thrive with co-volunteers, helping to facilitate the shelter’s success, manifesting continual noticeable growth and empowerment throughout the shelter, and the people within it. Interestingly, recent statistics show that volunteers in Portland, OR rank second in the nation only to Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. Not surprising: many people in the Northwest are down-to-earth proponents of change.

As a volunteer member of MCAS and OHS, I feel the unity between staff and volunteers at these shelters. I believe the cohesive meshing and networking at OHS possesses the necessary enthusiasm to successfully support its annual goals, set even higher standards, and follow the mission. Some say love and money bring happiness. I say being happy is a CHOICE. Our economy may be in crisis, but I see Portlanders evolving into a more compassionate species. People out of work are volunteering, giving them not only something to do with their time, but a more optimistic outlook on life and improved self-worth. Please don’t let life pass you by without experiencing the intangible, priceless treasure of volunteering. You cannot lose by volunteering; it’s a win-win phenomenon. Remember my father’s words — you’ll never know if you don’t T-R-Y something. Volunteering is a

fabulous, hopeful, contagious addiction. Expand your world, discover new horizons, and truly get more out of life! It’s never too late to chase your dreams and passions, and you’ll live more fulfilled as you experience uncharted avenues through volunteering — avenues that promise true, enduring happiness. Denise Kinstetter is a lifelong animal lover and

advocate, and an award-winning volunteer who gives countless hours in the catteries at MCAS and OHS. Denise is retired from pediatric medicine and lives in Gresham with her husband, daughter and many critters. She hopes this story might inspire you to T-R-Y new things, give your talents and time . . . and experience the miracles that brings. Learn about volunteering at OHS and MCAS at /

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The whole Barkhas family practices yoga with Jaya. Here, “mom” Peony works with her.

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Dogs can learn yoga right along with you Vanessa Salvia • Spot Magazine

uman Barkhas

puts a twist on the traditional yoga practice. For him, downward-facing dog is not just for humans. A yoga and tai chi teacher based in Eugene, OR for 10 years, when Barkhas noticed his dog Jaya doing what looked like yoga poses, he encouraged it. Jaya, whose name means “Victory” in Sanskrit, was adopted from Eugene’s Greenhill Humane Society four years ago. “When we got this dog, she was very much abused and scared,” says Barkhas. “She had been traumatized. Having a good environment and a family playing with her, Jaya was able to come out of that fear.” Stretching in the form of “downward dog” with all four paws on the floor and the hips bent upward, is natural for dogs. But Barkhas’s three teenagers began using treats to train Jaya to remain in the position for extended times. “Working with the food was a big challenge for Jaya,” says Barkhas. “She was always nervous about food. The trick of putting a dog biscuit on her nose and having her stay there for a minute without moving or eating helped to teach the pose and patience, which was rewarding because Jaya’s behavior changed. It cultivated discipline.” Barkhas says this also taught Jaya to hold the poses without growling or moving. 18 Spot Magazine | May 2012

Barkhas was born 48 years ago in the Mongolian capitol city of Ulan Bator. He trained as a yoga monk in India in the early ’90s, then traveled throughout Asia and India teaching yoga for nearly a decade. While traveling, he met his wife, Peony, who hailed from Eugene. They settled there for good together 10 years ago. “I learned yoga as a teenager and started practicing on my own,” says Barkhas. “I started meeting monks from India and one of them invited me to come to India. I was searching for, ‘How do I live in this world in harmony and be peaceful and happy? I found the answer in yoga.” Since settling in Eugene, Barkhas has continued teaching yoga and tai chi in parks, community centers, and at Peacehealth Medical Center at Riverbend. He also works with yoga and tai chi instructors training for Oregon licenses. While Barkhas has decades of training and experience, he believes that with patience, anyone can involve their dog in their yoga practice the way his family has. “It was a gradual change,” he says. “You train your pet while you’re playing with them and taking walks so they walk without pulling. For Jaya that discipline took several months of walking every morning; her fear and trauma was deep.” Barkhas’s children taught Jaya how to stand and hold a position, and how to open doors. “It took several months to a couple of years to get used to that,” he says. Now Jaya has mastered standing on two legs with a biscuit on her nose, holding the position for about a minute —“which is really good focus,” says Barkhas. Jaya also now lies down and stays in position for as long as instructed. “It’s the beginning of training,” Barkhas says. “She’s not mastered, not yet. | 19

Suman Barkhas considers himself more Jaya’s dad than “master,” though he is in fact a master . . . of yoga and tai chi.

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Mastering is a constant process. Any dog can be trained if you give them time, especially if you train with the help of food, giving the reward each time. Of course, we have to pay attention to how to train in a nice way.” Yoga is about more than physical and mental health, says Barkhas; it’s also about living in harmony with your environment. If your dog is already your best friend, then involving him or her in your practice can further strengthen that bond. “A lot of people think yoga is shaping yourself or exercise or breathing,” he says. It is not only that; it goes beyond. Once you start cultivating that lifestyle you are actually becoming peaceful with yourself and others, in harmony with plants and animals and everything. It very much goes with any faith, any belief, because we all are humans. We call ourselves superior but yet we have to learn from our environment — the plant world, the animal world — because our ego takes over. We have to lean to be humble, living peacefully in the environment and doing good to ourselves and others. Yoga teaches everything.” To learn more about Suman Barkhas and his yoga and tai chi teachings, visit or call 541-515-0462.

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Vanessa Salvia’s love for animals began as a child, when stray kittens just seemed to follow her home. Thankfully, her family always accommodated the extra members. She now lives on a sheep farm outside of Eugene, Oregon, with a llama named Linda, a dog, a cat, two horses, a rabbit, two kids and a patient husband.

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ince its first public appearance at the Saturday Market in downtown Eugene, Oregon, local pet product manufacturer Mad About Organics (MAO) has grown by leaps and bounds. Now approaching its fourth year in business, the company has grown to distribute product lines to over 200 stores nationally and internationally. Many people are concerned about effectiveness when considering a move to organic, chemical-free products says MAO owner and operator, Ben Hoerter, and he and his family were no exception. This now booming Eugene-based concern began from just that kind of concern, coupled with necessity. Several years ago, Ben Hoerter’s wife Elana and her mother Sue Smith were breeding a mare at a time when flies were rampant. Worried about the amount of chemicals in conventional fly sprays and not wanting to expose the mare or her growing foal, Elana Hoerter and Mrs. Smith began working on a natural solution. The process was bolstered by Smith’s medical background as a registered nurse, and Elana Hoerter’s Masters Degree in Equine Genetics from Oregon State University.

Through extensive scientific research the pair formulated Horse Insect Relief Spray, which proved to be ideal for mare and baby. This first success fueled them to continue their work, which ultimately led them to develop a full line of equine products that is safe and effective for animals four weeks and older, including pregnant females. As the Hoerter and Smith families not only love horses but also dogs and cats, it was a natural for them to expand their focus to include products for the smaller species. Today the company boasts an entire line of quality organic pet care products, including multiple dog and cat shampoos, topical treatments for fleas, ticks, and skin conditions, an insect relief spray, and a healing ear cleaner that’s good for both dogs and cats. Hoerter says their thriving company is a testament to peoples’ growing desire to seek more effective organic products. “I think people are becoming more educated and looking for more natural products. Our animals are our kids, and we want them to be healthy and with us as long as possible.” Contact and learn more at

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Tricks of the Trade... one frame at a time with David Childs The Camera as Magical Treat Dispenser hat do you do when the tool of your art, your camera, makes your subject nervous? Unfortunately for us photographers some find our cameras pretty scary. Some pets have discovered that looking at a camera rewards them with a painful bright flash of light. Others have histories that cause them to fear humans holding objects that look like they could inflict pain. And for others, cameras . . . Just. Look. Suspicious. The same techniques that help your pet discover the mailman is not a horseman of the apocalypse or that the vacuum cleaner is not a horror film star can help here. Our goal is to replace negative associations with cameras with new positive ones. This process does take time and patience as it’s critically important you let them set the pace and not rush the process. I start by setting my camera on the ground, letting them check it out if they’re inclined. Some give it a good sniff and even a lick. That’s enough for some to get comfortable with it. Others though look warily from a distance. In this situation I put treats on the camera and see if that entices them to explore. If it doesn’t, I’ll make a trail of treats from the camera to them. This will bring some closer, while others remain nervous and back up. Again, let them set the pace; just keep a happy, friendly attitude, and reward every bit of progress. Every step shows amazing trust in you — imagine what it would take for someone to convince you to eat a treat off something that scares you! And imagine how much scarier it’d be if you felt pressured to do it.

Once they feel comfortable getting close to the camera, whether that takes minutes or hours, give them a big reward and let them get used to just being close to it before trying to pick it up — that motion can be especially scary and set you back. So I do it very slowly and watch how they react. Often I’ll just slowly bring the camera into my lap and then repeat the treat/reward process. Once we get this far the next step is to encourage them to associate the sound of the camera with good things. So I’ll give them a treat, and right as they are eating it, I’ll click the shutter. I may do this many times until they don’t startle. The goal is to have something good happening (tasting a yummy treat) every time they hear that noise. Doing this long enough can replace their previous negative associations with that noise, to a happy new association of yummy treats. Once they’re comfortable with the sound you can slowly transition to picking up the camera and eventually taking photos. Keep a careful eye on your friend at every step so you can judge whether they’re comfortable with you continuing. Using this approach I’ve had dogs go from terrified of the camera to following their newfound friend the treat dispensing camera everywhere. Remember, patience is key; if you get frustrated they’ll sense it and that can undo all the progress you’ve made up to that point. If you’d like to learn more I recommend reading up on positive reinforcement training techniques. A good book about our more cautious friends is The Cautious Canine by Patricia McConnell.

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when flowers burst forth and trees swell with buds . . . when we celebrate the earth’s lush fertility with images of bunnies and lambs . . . when a young man’s fancy turns to love. Given the season, you’ll forgive us for being so forward, won’t you? Because today we’re going to talk about humping. Actually, we want to talk about your dog’s humping — your leg, the chair, another dog, your cat, a teddy bear, a shrub. Just what is that about? And what can you do to help your embarrassingly humping horndog become more socially appropriate? First, the behavior’s probably not what you think. Much popular wisdom about this behavior has been debunked by current behavioral science. For starters, mounting isn’t necessarily socially inappropriate — if you’re a dog. “Exactly! Like sniffing crotches. It’s inappropriate to invade someone like that in our culture but it’s appropriate in dog culture,” says Certified Pet Dog Trainer Denise Mullenix, who founded Behave Canine Solutions in Portland. Other well-worn myths would have you believing your Royal Mounty wants to either dominate you or mate with you. But it’s probably neither, says Dr. Christopher Pachel, a veterinary behaviorist and owner of Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland. “People get embarrassed if they think it’s sexual,” says Pachel, noting that some reach pretty comical conclusions about their dog’s sexuality when he mounts males and females,

young and old, and anything that will hold still. Mounting is sexual if an intact male dog is testing the sexual receptivity of female dogs, but most mounting has little to do with puppy-making impulses. Mounting also isn’t evidence of a dog’s evil plot to lord over you. “People have been told it’s a dominant behavior and if they let the dog get away with that it will create a lot of other dominance behaviors,” says Pachel. “Can it be a dominant behavior? It can, but usually it isn’t,” he says. To understand a dog’s motivation, you must consider the circumstances. Usually, a humping dog is simply a happy dog. “You’ll see the behavior in puppies as play experimentation,” says Certified Pet Dog Trainer Debbie Schaefer, who owns The Well-Mannered Dog in Eugene, OR. “You see it in animals that are overexcited.”

distract with play or treats. “You have to offer something as good as or better than what they’re excited over,” says Mullenix. Punishment or embarrassed human squealing won’t help. “Sometimes people run in and yell and grab leashes. This is a condition of emotional arousal, so increasing the emotional energy is counterproductive,” says Pachel. Redirection is also a great tactic for dogs who mount people. The dog wants play and attention, so ignore the humping and entice her away with more appropriate fun. Schaefer, who sees training as a quality of life issue, says undesirable behaviors limit family activities and hamper the human/ dog bond. “The more a dog behaves well in public or with guests the more it opens oppor-

tunities for people and dogs. And the bond that develops in those circumstances is just multiplied.” With patience and consistency, any mounty can learn better ways of getting attention. Michelle Blake lives in Salem with 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.

Because people often attribute the behavior to motives other than emotional excitement, their response (e.g., punishment) can do more harm than good. Schaefer recalls antiquated techniques that she “wouldn’t even want mentioned.”

It depends. If family pets are playfully mounting each other, Pachel says, “We can just keep drinking our coffee.” But if the humper fails to see his humpee objects, redirect his excitement with a toy or game. Redirecting can also help avoid possible squabbles among dogs meeting for the first time. Definitely | 23

rescueme! Bob and Lily

These young bonded mini Lops were rescued after being dumped at a Beaverton park. They are both social with calm children and adults, tolerant of being picked up, and Lily especially likes being petted. They are “fixed” and are thought to be 6-7 months old. Bob and Lily currently live indoors but love hopping outside in a safe, enclosed area with cardboard boxes for hiding and playing in and plenty of company with their human companions. To meet them or learn more, contact their Rabbit Advocate at zenrabbit@


This young, friendly Border Collie/Pittie mix has lots of playful energy. He has been working on his manners at LCAS and has learned to sit calmly for attention and toys. He loves to go on car rides and has even proved great at running alongside a bicycle! He will do well with dogs that can handle a bit of rowdy play or older dogs who can help with his manners. Highway is house- and crate-trained but should be in a cat-free home. Contact Lane County Animal Services at 541-682-3645.



In a class by herself, this little sweetie-pie loves to hang with people so much she comes when called. Curious and very sweet, Half-Pint is an excellent helper — she enjoys keeping her active humans company, and also appreciates a little relaxed lap time. About four years old, Half-Pint is a bit confused at the shelter without a family of her own. Meet her at Cat Adoptions Team’s Sherwood shelter. Details or 503-925-8903.


Hello! Somehow I wound up being one of the longest residents in a shelter when my friends at Animal Aid rescued and gave me a nice foster home. I’m a Lab mix, but some think I may be a Plott hound due to my lovely brindle coloring. I admit I’m a little chunky from being confined for so long, but my foster mom walks me regularly and says I’m great on leash! I’m also good with cats, other dogs, kids and well . . . everybody! I’m a great all around dog and would love to join your family! Please meet me at Call 503-292-6628 (option 3) to make a play date!

Babies in need of forever loving homes.

Hello, my name is Gypsy. I’m a beautiful shorthair who loves her people and has a wonderful purr! I’m active and playful, but not in an annoying kittenish way. I will make a great addition to your home and will show my gratitude by never stealing the covers, always keeping your lap warm, and always letting you choose the channel. I am about four years, and would prefer a home without dogs or other cats. Call my foster mom at 503-489-5827 to learn more or to meet me! Details



This handsome young hound mix is tad shy, but is truly wonderful once he gets acquainted. Merle will thrive with a family who can take him to training classes — not just for commands, but also to boost his confidence. Meet Merle at the Clackamas County Dog Shelter. Details 503-722-6519.

This beautiful, dark red doxie was originally slated for the show world but his timidity was such that his people sent him to the shelter instead. His friends at Dachshund Idaho Rescue thought he was even scared of his own shadow, but he has blossomed in foster care to the point that he’s now offering up lots of love and kisses. This sweet little fellow would do well with older kids and a family willing to give him a little training and lots of love. Please contact Karen at or 208-695-4761.

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The Border Collie

Megan Mehan • Spot Magazine

Interesting Facts The Border Collie is often cited as the most intelligent of all dog breeds. Chaser, a Border Collie from Great Britain, knows over 1,000 unique toy names. See an amazing video of Chaser at


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Breed Overview Size: 30-45 lbs. Grooming: Heavy seasonal shedder with

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Exercise: Very demanding. Environment: Preferably access to

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Temperament: High alert, loyal.

Balanced when mental/physical exercise/ stimulation needs are met.

Life Expectancy: 11 years

The Border Collie has a slight frame and a body that’s a bit longer than it is tall. They have either a smooth or rough (medium-length) coat with feathering down the hind legs. They come in many color varieties, including tricolor and merle, but are most commonly associated with the black and white bi-color pattern. The high variation in the coloring and overall look of the Border Collie comes from breeding for athletic ability instead of appearance. In the dog world this typically means better health and breed specific intelligence.

Personality Very agile and active. They are “high alert,” meaning they bark at the doorbell, chase most anything that runs (unless trained not to), and keep track of the family. BCs are built for herding livestock, especially sheep, and do well in agility and other sports/activities. Not surprisingly,

many owners report their Border Collie is very in tune with their guardian’s emotions and movements. These dogs were bred to herd sheep and have an intensity and a desire to work that makes them unlikely to be happy as couch potatoes.

Common Health Problems Hip dysplasia and seizures are sometimes seen. Potential for a genetic disposition for hip dysplasia can be checked in puppies with x-ray. Seizures are usually controllable with medication.

Best Match Nancy Yamin of Mutts Better Dog Training in Lane County says, “A hunting, working or herding breed dog requires time and energy be spent working with that dog, ideally in the capacity it was bred for, or another activity that meets its mental and physical needs. A family with children should seriously consider whether they have the time and desire to spend 2-3 hours daily meeting the needs of their dog.” It’s ideal for a Border Collie to be able to go to work with his humans or have access to plenty of activities inside and outside the home.

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WHS paws it forward

Cottage Grove resident Mary Ellen Schesser and her cat Nymbus have literally been making waves lately. The water-loving feline has been showing off her swimming technique on everything from Anderson Cooper’s nationally-televised talk show to videos gone viral. Originally, Nymbus’s aquatic feats were more about safety than notoriety. Afraid she might drown in her backyard pool, Schesser taught the cat how to swim. Video on Cooper’s broadcast shows a fairly wide-eyed Nymbus deftly managing the length of a kitty — err, kiddie — pool before climbing out into Schesser’s waiting arms. Check out Nymbus’s cat paddle at

The Willamette Humane Society is encouraging its community to “Paw it Forward” for animals. Throughout the month of May people can show their support for area pets by attending one or more local events, including a talent contest for ages eight and up, a “spay-ghetti” dinner to benefit WHS’s Spay/Neuter Clinic, a pet accessory and clothing SWAP meet, and a pet parade. Events culminate May 23 with the Humaneitarian Awards reception, honoring local animal heroes. Details or 503-585-5900.

Pedigree Foundation awards thousands to rescue groups The Pedigree Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for Innovation Grants, which fund creative programs and projects designed to help adoptions for nonprofit animal shelters and rescue groups. “For the third year, Pedigree Foundation is awarding Innovation Grants . . . that demonstrate real innovation and out-of-the-box thinking for raising awareness, volunteerism, donations and ultimately, dog adoptions,” said Pedigree Foundation President Debra Fair. Grants from $10,000 to $25,000 will be issued fall 2012. Application deadline is June 30; details

Coast to Coast Bully Walk A national effort to raise awareness of Pit Bulls — the breed, the challenges, and current issues — is underway, and as part of it Portland Pit Bull Project co-founder Cheryl Huerta and Boston, MA resident Jennifer Thompson have formed a group on Facebook called the Coast to Coast Bully Walk to enlist participants in a Pit Bull walk this fall. Other walks are forming across the country, all set for Oct. 27, which is National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Learn more about the Portland Pit Bull Project, and the local Coast to Coast Bully Walk, at or at the group’s page on Facebook.

Facebook says “no” to puppy mills Following an ASPCA campaign, Facebook has begun removing puppy mill ads from its Marketplace online classifieds. According to the ASPCA, individuals can still use the service to help re-home dogs, but largescale commercial breeders will no longer be able to list dogs on the popular community forum. ASPCA welcomes the change, says president and CEO Ed Sayres. “Removing an online platform for the cruel puppy mill industry sets a positive example of corporate citizenship and will help improve the lives of countless dogs.”

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Mighty big doggie bag! Guinness World Records confirmed that Giant George, a 230-pound Great Dane, is the world’s tallest living dog. In fact, Guinness also named George the tallest dog Ever. The stately gent is a full four-feet tall when standing on all fours, but hits a towering 7’ 3” when standing on his hind legs. George’s “dad” Dave Nasser says George eats nearly 200 pounds of food monthly (including chicken, rice and yogurt), sleeps on his own queen-size bed, and recently occupied a row of five seats while traveling by air. In order to share Giant George’s tall tales with the public, Nasser will soon release the book Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog. Oh, and in case you were wondering about the world’s shortest dog? The record currently belongs to Boo Boo, a six-year-old, long-haired Chihuahua who measures a petite four inches tall (yes please: spread your fingers to get the full impact of 4 small inches — that’s tiny!).

Dog at the desk can reduce stress

Coast inn gets new ownership, new name

It’s confirmed: dogs reduce stress levels for their guardians, but for co-workers as well. A study in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, as reported on the PetMD website, was conducted by a research team led by professor Randolph Barker of the Virginia Commonwealth University business school. The team spent a week observing more than 75 dayshift employees at Replacement Ltd., a large, “fast-paced facility.”

In early April, Westover Inns purchased the O’dysius Hotel in Lincoln City, Oregon, and has given it the new name the Shearwater Inn.

A similar study was conducted in 2010 by Central Michigan University that found groups in which dogs were present had higher levels of trust and effective collaboration among members. On the downside, researchers did learn that some employees didn’t love having four-leggeds around, citing allergies and general disruption. However, Barker concluded, “The bottom line is that dogs in the workplace can make a positive difference.”

A family owned company since 1976 and owner of seven hotels in Oregon, Westover Inns is committed to providing comfortable, well appointed rooms and excellent service. The Shearwater Inn will soon boast new decor in all the rooms, many of which are dog friendly (small to medium-sized dogs up to 45 lbs). One dog is allowed per room, at $10/night, which includes a special dog basket for use during his/ her stay including dog sheets, towels, bowls, pooper scooper, bags, and treats. The rooms at the Shearwater Inn are spacious with beautiful ocean views. Guests enjoy gas fireplaces, free Wi-Fi, complimentary continental breakfast, singleperson jetted tubs, decks, and suites with full kitchens. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Lincoln City, just North of the D’River, at 120 NW Inlet Court. Contact them at 800-869-8069, (new web site coming in June:

MCAS Gets National Nod The ASPCA recently highlighted Multnomah County Animal Services in a blog about play groups at shelters. A post called “All Played Out” on the ASPCA’s blog “Shelter’s Edge” includes a video of dogs in action and an interview with Cindy Bruckart, CPDT at MCAS. Bruckart discusses evaluation techniques she and her colleagues use to ensure everyone stays safe on the playground. See the full interview and video at | 27






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END OF LIFE SERVICES Compassionate Care.................. 28 Dignified Pet Services................ 22 Springer and Son …....................12 EVENTS Aesthetic Inner/Outer with Dr. Darm..........................13 Bark in the Park ...........................16 Doggie Dash ................................29 Fences For Fido ….......................27 Mutt Masters ….............................8 Run for the Love of Dove ….......31 FOOD / TREATS Bi-Mart ......................................... 32 Mad About Organics …................2 Nature’s Pet Market …..................2 Sellwood Dog Supply................. 28 Solid Gold Northwest................. 21 Uncle Larry’s Pet Treats …..........24 GROOMING Rose City Vet Hospital.................23 Show Dogs Grooming ............... 25

PET STITTING Pet Stop Pet Services.......................28 PHOTOGRAPHY / PORTRAITS David Childs Photography............. 26

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PRODUCTS / SUPPLIES Bi-Mart ............................................... 32 Sellwood Dog Supply...................... 28 Solid Gold Northwest........................21 SOCIAL / PET NETWORKING SPAY / NEUTER Multnomah Co. Animal Svc ........... 17 VACATION RENTALS/ DESTINATIONS Bennington Properties...................... 6 Idyllic Beach House............................ 6 Lincoln City ..........................................8 The Shearwater Inn @ Lincoln City ..9 VETERINARY CARE / WELLNESS Back on Track Vet............................. 24 Good Neighbor Vet ......................…11 Rose City Veterinary Hospital..........23 Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency ..................................19



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— Submit your entry by June 3 for the 21st annual contest. Details


• PAW IT FORWARD • SALEM — Willamette Humane has declared May “Paw it Forward” month. Like in the popular book and film, WHS encourages everyone to “Paw it Forward” to help shelter pets by participating in events. Details p.26 or



at Rose City Vet. Becky Smith, CVT teaches dental cleaning and preventative home care. Free; details/RSVP 503-232-3105 or


7:30-Noon • VANCOUVER — WALK FOR THE ANIMALS at Esther Short Park. Choose a 5K fun run or 1.5- or 3-mile walk along the beautiful Columbia River. Enjoy vendors, music, and entertainment in the park before/after. $25 entry benefits the animals at Humane Society for SW Washington. Details


Pets, 1902 NE Broadway. Meet great animals ready to go home.

DINNER at Eola Hills Wine Cellars. Enjoy a delicious “spay-ghetti” dinner to benefit the WHS Spay/Neuter Clinic. $15 adults/$8 kids. Details


9:45-2 • PORTLAND — FREE COMMUNITY PET 1st AID CLASS at OHS. Learn in a hands-on lecture and lab presented by NW Veterinary Specialists and OHS. Covered will be common emergencies, bandaging, CPR, heat stroke and more. Each participant will receive a CPR certificate. Space fills fast; RSVP to VCANWVS. com or 503-656-3999.



• NATIONAL ANIMAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS DAY. Are you ready to evacuate and care for your pet in the event of a crisis? CAT has a program to make preparations easier. For tips & information visit

8-1 • PORTLAND — OHS DOGGIE DASH at Waterfront Park. Downtown Portland goes to the dogs! Pancake breakfast. First runners depart at 9. The festival features live music, food, canine contests, vendor booths and doggie demos. Open to all, with or without dogs. RSVP to Use discount code SpotDogs2012 for $5 off entry fee.

10-3 • EUGENE — MOTHER’S DAY PLANT & ARTISAN SALE at S.A.R.A.’s Treasures. This 5th annual fundraiser features beautiful hanging baskets, organic herb and veggie starts, bedding flowers, handcrafted items and more. Proceeds benefit the Shelter Animal Resource Alliance. Have plants to donate? Drop them off before May 11. Details

Noon-3 • PORTLAND —

ADOPTION OUTREACH at The Hip Hound Boutique. Meet dogs seeking their forever families. Details 503-841-5410 or


FAIR at the Expo Center. See May 5 for details.


5:30-7 • SALEM — VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION at Willamette Humane. No need to RSVP. Details


• Happy 14th anniversary

10-6 • PORTLAND — NW PET FAIR at the Expo Center. Explore the latest in pet food, gear, apparel, health & safety and more. Vendors, workshops, entertainment, takeaways and more. Spot is hosting a “Pet Minit” video contest Sunday. Details

11-12 • EUGENE — VOLUNTEER & FOSTER ORIENTATION at Greenhill Humane. RSVP to 541-689-1503x116 or


Spot readers will get a $5 discount on registration fees. Register online with discount code SpotDogs2012

6:30-8 • PORTLAND — FREE

PET 1st AID WORKSHOP at DoveLewis. The basics of pet first aid ensure you’re always prepared for emergencies. Details

Major Sponsors • 503.285.7722 x412 | 29





Oregon Humane Society PORTLAND




Adopt an adult cat for $25 during the PetSmart Spring Adoption Special

5/12-13, 19-20, 26-27

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

luckydog day & night care



FRIDAYS: 5/6, 13, 20, 27


Socializing and training puppies is critical the first three months. Learn exercises to help with important first steps. Details 541-744-2275 or

5/13, 27 Noon


3-4 • VANCOUVER — LOW-COST VACCINE CLINIC at Clearwater Spring Assisted Living. All vaccines just $5. Dogs must be on leash, cats in carriers. Sponsored by the ASPCA. Details SCCPets. com/Events.

9-5 • CRESWELL — SAVE THE PETS GARAGE SALE at 630 Meadow Lane. All proceeds benefit animals at Save The Pets. Sale continues Sunday. To donate or for info, contact 541-895-2923 or



For anyone who needs help feeding their pet(s), the Pet Food Bank is open ‘til 2:30 at 910 NE MLK Jr Blvd. Details or 503-939-7555. Times subject to change.

Willamette Humane Society SALEM

MAY CLASSES EVERY FRIDAY 5/4, 11, 18, 25 11:30-1pm

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


PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP 5/3 Noon, 5/10 9am, 5/17 7pm, 5/21 7pm Free. Take a photo to share. Details at

Marion County Dog Shelter SALEM

ADOPTION OUTREACH SATURDAYS 11-4 5/5 At South Salem Pet Supply. 5/12 At PetSmart

on Lancaster Drive.


At Pet Etc. in West Salem.


At Petco on Lancaster Drive.

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EVERY THURSDAY 6:05pm 5/3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Find out about pet-friendly events for the upcoming week on 98.1 FM Radio. The Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show.



SATURDAYS 8:00am 5/5, 12, 19, 26 Tune in to 860 AM, KPAM Radio. Chip Sammons gives tips to help your pets live healthy, happy lives.



5/5, 19 1:30pm

32901 S.E. Kelso Rd. Commemorating the efforts of students and their dogs; graduation ceremonies are a great way to get acquainted with Guide Dogs. Tissues recommended; puppy raisers introduce their dogs to their new partners and bid them and class members goodbye. Campus tours available. Details

Noon-3 • TIGARD — FIND

SOME BUNNY TO LOVE. Rabbit Advocate outreaches are now the 2nd Sunday of the month at Tigard Petco. Meet sweet adoptables and their Rabbit Advocates, who happily chat and share info. Also light grooming & nail trims for visiting bunnies (suggested donation). Details

3-4:30 • PORTLAND —

MEMORIAL ART THERAPY WORKSHOP at DoveLewis. Create a memento and spend time in good company. Free; RSVP to



5/5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27


Low cost and quality pet exams, vaccines, microchipping and flea/tick medications at local metro area locations. No appointments needed. Details on times and locations at

Cascade Pet Camp HOOD RIVER


EVERY THURSDAY 5-7:30pm 5/3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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

11-12 • EUGENE — VOL-

(required) to 541-689-1503x116 or


7-8pm • PORTLAND —


Jenn Fiendish, CVT teaches about strengthening and repairing the human/animal bond through fun training. Details/RSVP 503-2323105 or


9:40am • KEIZER — MAYOR’S

PET PARADE during the Keizer

Iris Festival. Join Mayor Lore Christopher and her dog for a costumed pet parade. $5/pet, proceeds benefit WHS. Details


a fun and relaxed atmosphere, learn how to bridge the gap, deepen your understanding and bond with your pet. Cost $120; take a photo of your pet. RSVP to petspointofview@gmail. com or 503-774-2986.


• LINCOLN CITY — MUTT MASTERS DOG SHOW & OLYMPICS at 1545 SE 50th St. A day filled with entertainment and dog-related mayhem. Countless contests, including best tail wag, cutest puppy, fastest 20-yard dash, unusual pet trick, distinguished elder and more. Also on site: food, vendors and raffles. Admission $5 or bag of dry pet food. Details

1-3 • SALEM — PAW IT

FORWARD RADIOTHON. KBZY 1490 AM broadcasts live from Fred Meyer on Market & Lancaster. Tune in or stop by for happy adoption “tails,” live entertainment and hourly drawings. Details


TO REMEMBER at the Heathman Lodge. Must Love Dogs NW’s largest fundraiser; proceeds benefit canine rescue and spay/neuter assistance. Dinner and auction. Tickets $75. Details


9-12 • EUGENE — BARK

IN THE PARK at Alton Baker Park. Leash up for a 5k run or 2k walk. Canine activities, vendors, demos and more. $25 admission benefits the animals at Greenhill. Details



Noon-1:30 • WEST LINN —


with Rubi Sullivan of HEAL NW at Oregon Dogs Inc. Admission $50/ dog+person. Details/RSVP 503-8504088 or

Enjoy 2 hours of Bingo, food & beverages while supporting a great cause. $20 buy-in; proceeds benefit GoodFellas Rescue. Details


1-3 • PORTLAND — BULLY WALK at Waterfront Park. Gather and walk to help raise awareness of breed specific legislation. Details

BINGO night at Hamburger Mary’s.


7-8:30pm • PORTLAND — HOW TO MASSAGE YOUR DOG with Rubi Sullivan at HEAL NW at Rose City Vet. Learn and practice basic massage techniques for the well-being of your pup. $50/ person+dog. Details 503-232-3105 or


8-4 • EUGENE — AGILITY TRIAL at Lane County Fairgrounds. The Eugene Kennel Club hosts its annual agility trials Fri-Sun. Parking, watching is free. Details


10am • PORTLAND — MT DOG MEETUP at Fernhill Park at the corner of 41st & Ainsworth. Take your dog to the park for fun you’ll both enjoy. Details or 503282-6706.


& POOCHES celebrating WillaKenzie Estate’s new Pinot Gris. Sip fabulous wines and meet OHS pets. $15 includes souvenir glass, wine tasting and gourmet yummies (admission refundable with wine purchase). Event continues Sun. Details

3-6 • BATTLEGROUND — 10TH ANNUAL GREAT BALLS OF FUR to benefit Second Chance Companions at Heisen House Vineyards. Helen Raptis and David Schmitke host Furever in Florence: Viva Italia. Silent auction, antipasto buffet, raffle and no-host bar. Tickets $25; details or 360-852-0164.

6-9 • EUGENE — BINGO BEACH DANCE PARTY at Sons of Norway Lodge. Support WAG low-cost spay/neuter clinic while enjoying an evening of beer, bingo, dancing and fun. Details


1945 NW Quimby, Portland Race starts at 9am


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Spot Magazine - May 2012  
Spot Magazine - May 2012  

In this issue: Now THAT'S a Downward Dog! Jaya the yoga student, The horrible habit of Humping, Pet Events are Here!, Volunteering Does Pay...