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Gift Ideas Behind the Scenes at

Best Friends Sanctuary

Medical Marijuana Remembering



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Happy Holidays !


Enjoy the with Your Pets


Mary A. Sullivan, DVM The Parkway Veterinary Hospital

The Holidays will soon be upon us and with it all the joys of food, decorations, presents, family and friends. Our pets are often part of these special times. Here are some thoughts to help keep them happy and safe. Plants: Poinsettias are quite irritating to the mouth and stomach of dogs and cats, but they are not specifically toxic. Mistletoe can be, and some types cause mild stomach upset, others can cause liver failure or seizures. Tinsel, ribbons and strings: are so fun to play with, but when swallowed, they can cause the intestines to “accordion” together, creating a foreign body. Surgery is the only way to resolve this potentially life threatening problem. Electric cords: Biting through an electric cord can cause severe burns to the tongue and mouth, along with secondary lung damage and respiratory difficulty, which may require emergency care.

Foods: Chocolate contains theobromine which is quite poisonous to dogs and cats. Dark chocolates and baking chocolates contain higher amounts than milk chocolates. Even if the chocolate isn’t enough to cause illness, the fats, nuts, and candy wrappers can lead to vomiting and/or diarrhea, or a more serious inflammation of the pancreas. Pancreatitis can also be caused by eating many rich or fatty foods. Your Veterinarian will be happy to answer pet related questions, or you can go to our website for more information.

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OUR TEAM Magazine Vol. 7 • No.3

November • 2011

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15 Tricks of the Trade … one frame at a time Off with the Training Wheels!

24 Rescue Me! Babies in need of forever loving homes

14 Here, Kitty, Kitty “Does this collar make me look fat?”

FEATURES 12 Holiday Gift Ideas

Great gift ideas for the pets and pet-lovers on your holiday shopping list!

8 Behind the Scenes at Best Friends Sanctuary

Beloved animal advocate and professional pet massage therapist Rubi Sullivan shares her recent experiences while teaching and volunteering at Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah

20 Does Medical Marijuana Work for Pets?

Meryl Lipman was in for a surprise when she discovered her aging kitty showed positive effects from ‘a little smoke’

16 Serving pets and their people at the end

Dr. Lori Gibson works to ease the pain when “it’s time”

18 Remembering Zadok

Cherished therapy dog, outstanding competitor, emergency response hero . . . Zadok was a champion in many ways. Those of us who knew him will hold him forever in our hearts

10 Fences for Fido

Kenna Biele reports in on the 2nd anniversary and recent annual gala of Fences For Fido, a nonprofit dedicated to getting dogs off chains and helping uplift Northwest families

22 From Talk Therapy to Touch Therapy

25 Matchmaker The American Cocker Spaniel

21 Reader Spotlight Meet the ultimate Buddy

19 Book review Dogs Have Angels Too by Sarah Cavallaro

Visit Spot on Facebook ( search Spot Magazine) now through Nov. 16 for a chance to win a copy of Dogs Have Angels Too!

27 Blog Report Check out “Two Special Wires,”

named for Wire Fox Terriers Jake and Fergi. These rescued puppy mill dogs just keep experiencing — and sharing — endless happy endings.

19 We’ve been Shopping! Here’s what we love…

Muddy days are here again, so Megan set out to find effective, green cleaning products

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Runchy little newsbits to chew on

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After 30 years as a counselor of humans, Rita Smith followed her passion and expanded her practice to include pet massage

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From the Publisher

Jennifer with Jack

f you’ve ever set out to write about something that really fascinated you then you know firsthand what an organic thing writing tends to be, often taking on a life of its own while the writer simply serves as the conduit. The same holds true with a magazine: it has a life — a living, breathing, growing spirit — of its own. That’s one of many things I really love about my job. My nature is such that what “feeds” me most is being a part of growing things . . . facilitating, participating and guiding . . . just enough to help the object of my stewardship — be it a project, person, or magazine — get traction and thrive on its own steam, moving and growing in time to its own life force and vision. While these words may be a little flowery, that’s surely because, in addition to being a force of its own, for me Spot is also very much a work of heart. Spot’s organic nature is illustrated nicely this issue — through tales by our friends in the biz, shared in ways that take us behind the scenes and allow us to experience extraordinary things through them that we might not otherwise ever get to. Big thank-yous for these experiences — to Rubi Sullivan, who shares her recent experiences during a stint at Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah; to Dr. Lori Gibson, who shares her wisdom and insight into the natural yet never easy experiences that surround end of life situations; and to Meryl Lipman, who delivers a quirky tale about a kitty in her life who proved that yes: “medical” marijuana can be helpful. The Northwest pet community is populated with extraordinary creatures, human and otherwise, and it’s my privilege and pleasure to help connect the dots — bringing together those in the business, nonprofit and private sectors — allowing us all to know each other, celebrate the blessings, face the hard things, and work to grow and do purposeful work and enjoy our best lives . . . with our beloved companions.

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Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

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Sanctuary is just outside of Kanab, the southernmost part of Utah, a beautiful landscape of red rock desert canyons, breathtaking rivers and lush greenery. Best Friends cares for dogs, horses, goats, cats, birds, burros, rabbits and a few farm animals. The staff cares for an average of 1700 animals each day, working tirelessly to uphold the sanctuary’s gold star standard.




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Started by a group of animal lovers in the ‘70s, several founders still reside at and operate some of Best Friends’ programs. It’s a deeply-rooted community of animal advocates, and I was honored to be part of it for two weeks. In fact, I’ve been fortunate to travel to Best Friends for a handful of opportunities. It all started with a phone call to the director of the Northwest School of Animal Massage; I’d hoped to hire her for a mentorship in Seattle. She called right back, and proposed we do the mentorship at Best Friends! What a thing, if I could actually pull it off. Leaving my clients in Portland for two weeks sounded huge, but it was worth trying to make this happen. Everyone I talked with was positive and understanding. One client/friend kindly sponsored my flight and joined in for part of the time there. She rented a dog-friendly house in Kanab so we were able to take dogs from the sanctuary home for the night. It was wonderful for the dogs to have a warm bed, and of course it was great for us to have a dog in the house! The sanctuary’s setup has horses separated in huge pastures, dogs in octagonal kennel/outdoor areas, cats in amazing indooroutdoor catteries, birds in their own part of the sanctuary, and the pigs and farm animals in their own special space as well. The sanctuary is so large, you get to each area by car, or the Best Friends shuttle. Four on-staff veterinarians care for the animals (Dr. Mike is from Portland!). The visitors center and cafeteria were always buzzing with activity. Best Friends Society also holds workshops around the country. My first week there I spent half the day mentoring and the other half volunteering. Volunteering was so much fun! Once the office directors learned I was an Animal Massage Therapist they happily showed me which animals could use my help. I massaged three pigs (Jeffrey, Jack and Arnold), Emily the goat, Lambert (pronounced “Laaambert”) the sheep, a horse named Curly Sue, and multiple dogs, including Alfie and Rhubarb. Alfie

had both distemper and parvo at birth, leaving him quite debilitated. I was thrilled to learn he was recently adopted! Rhubarb uses a full cart to get around as he has little to no muscle tone; he’s also getting hydrotherapy to help with that. After the first week of getting acquainted, I’d already fallen in love with a few of the animals. I knew I couldn’t take any home — three dogs and two cats await my return! But I thought maybe if I helped spread the word about Rhubarb and a goat named Emily, someone with room in their family might fall in love too. These sweeties love their massage work! As a volunteer, I also mucked out stalls, fed horses and pigs, and walked dogs and pigs. Yes, I did say walked pigs . . . this was hilarious since pigs are very stubborn and smart. Many volunteers (including myself ) had a hard time getting the pigs to go where they wanted them to. Instead of a leash we used dehydrated

fruit treats to lure them in the desired direction. The second week of the trip was dedicated wholly to teaching. We taught two certification courses, plus a day-long workshop for Best Friends staff, interns and volunteers. Both classes were successful, and we plan to do it again next year. The variety of animals is amazing, and it’s perfect for teaching classes. The staff at Best Friends was unfailingly patient and helpful, and everything ran smoothly between transportation and logistics. We couldn’t have done it without them, and their dedication to the sanctuary is awe-inspiring. If you ever get a chance to visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, take it! It’s amazing, and a big part of it is the dedication of staff and volunteers. I had a fabulous time and highly recommend the experience for any animal lover. Learn more at

Rubi Sullivan is proprietor of Heal Animal Massage and an in-

structor with the NW School of Animal Massage. She lives in Portland with her three amazing dogs, Thor, Sacha and Kai; two snuggly cats, Captain Trout and Lily; and one very tolerant husband, Dwayne. | 9

Fences for Fido

Emily AhYou has been involved in animal advocacy for 14 years. She participated in the first FFF build ever, in which a sweet dog named Chopper was released. “At first I was a bit intimidated at the thought of building a fence,” says AhYou. “But it was easy!” AhYou says that on her arrival at the gala, seeing the chains again brought her to tears, even though she is a two-year FFF veteran. She brightened as she talked about Chopper’s release, saying the experience gave her “the ultimate satisfaction as a volunteer.”

chalks up two great years and a bright future

Rhonda Giger got involved with FFF through her sister, Robyn Giger, an employee of Banfield Pet Hospital who is active in animal rescue.

“These dogs need to run and play and love life,” says Giger. We as a people should measure up.”

Kenna Biele • Spot Magazine


he first thing one noticed at the recent Fences For Fido (FFF) Fall Gala at Nia Sudio in downtown Portland, Oregon was the passion of the crowd. The next thing was the old chains and shining eyes — sparkling both with tears of sadness, and joy. A perfect Indian summer evening, the jazz was hot, the food outstanding, and the cool, cool vibe was one of spirit and community. FFF builds fences to release dogs who have lived on chains. The all-volunteer organization also helps with spay/neuter and provides warm, insulated dog houses. The cost to those they serve? Absolutely nothing. Founded in 2009 by a group of women friends, FFF is deeply committed to local companion animals and their people. They literally live their motto, “unchaining one dog at a time.” FFF volunteers say amazing things happen when a dog gets off a chain. The dogs and their people find a new freedom when a formerly chained, unhappy dog becomes happy, relaxed, and free. The change is magical, they say.

Since founded, FFF has freed 215 dogs.


When the group initially formed, volunteers had no idea how to even go about building a fence. They learned quickly though, and it just got better as the volunteer group grew to include experienced builders.

As FFF does not charge for its services many people have been helped who couldn’t otherwise have afforded the cost of a fence. Money is a concern for many these days, making the work FFF does without pay even more meaningful. In addition to the reward of touching and transforming lives, FFF has earned plenty of awards and accolades. Last May, Michelle Blake, a dedicated FFF volunteer in the Salem area, was awarded a Humanitarian Distinguished Award from Willamette Humane Society for her work with the group.


At the recent gala, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as before and after videos showed the stories of dogs now free from chains. Those in attendance saw for themselves the transformation of morose, depressed dogs into bouncy, happy creatures — running, chasing balls, leaping into the air, flashing huge grins. On display were chains that were actually used — some gargantuan. Also on site were some of the dogs who have been freed — looking mighty happy these days. Also on hand were many dedicated FFF volunteers. Courtney Dillard shared that she’d been brought into the group by a circle of friends. “I like to make a difference,” she says. “The sense of community is great and it’s even better to have made such a difference in the lives of these people and their companion animals.”

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Interestingly, as one learns more about FFF it comes to light that many clients never wanted to chain their friends at all . . . they just did not have the resources to build a fence.

Last February the group received a grant from Banfield Pet Hospital. While accepting the grant, FFF Co-Chair Kelly Peterson said, “The work of Fences For Fido is profoundly rooted in making deep change between a dog and his or her family. This gift will ensure that the chained dogs on our wait list will no longer be isolated and defenseless on the end of a chain, and will have well-built, insulated dog shelters providing much-needed warmth through the cold, wet months.” For Halloween, the FFF Salem chapter held a Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade and Blessing of the Animals. Anyone considering volunteering in animal welfare might want to consider FFF. Passionate volunteers, a great cause, and a proven record of making a difference have proven a winning combination for changing lives. To see slideshows that tell the tale in vivid canine smiles, visit | 11

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Tricks of the Trade… Does this collar make me look

, so a collar won’t make your cat look fat. However, are you making your cat fat? A timely question, as we all — our pets included — move toward the holiday season, when food becomes the centerpiece of gatherings and table scraps abound. I’ve had many a vet comment that my Mack, now 16-year-old Tabby, was a little, well, on the large side. You see, when he was younger, he did tip the scales at 16 pounds. I totally attributed it to him being a big cat. Really. He’s got a long, tall cat body!

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Kathy Covey • PR Manager at CAT

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP, a veterinarian association dedicated to raising awareness of obesity in pets) reports that more than 50 percent of owned cats are overweight or obese, and we have no one to blame but ourselves. That means there are around 50 million chubby cats, and 43 million pudgy pups, in the United States. Humans are in control of what pets eat, and too many of us are making our pets fat by indulging in too much wet food, too many treats, table scraps, lower-quality dry food, and not enough activity. Your overweight cat could be at risk for developing diabetes, hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver), and/or arthritis. Other issues could develop as well, such as:  Reduced life span  Impaired heart, liver and/or breathing functions  Digestive disturbances  Increased surgical risk  Skin problems  Heat stress  Increased diabetes risk The APOP website (www. has information on how to

one frame at a time

Off with the Training Wheels

check whether your pet is overweight and what his or her ideal weight is, and the caloric content of pet food. Click on the “pet weight translator.” I was shocked to learn that a fluffy 15-pound feline is equal to a 218-pound 5’ 4” woman, or a 254-pound 5’ 9” man. Of course, the chart does not take into consideration whether your cat has a small or large frame.

emember how exciting it was to get the training wheels off your first bike? Free of them you could lean into turns, seemingly defy gravity, and enter a whole new world of exploration. Of course it came at the price of possibly flying over your handlebars and landing on your face!

Helping your cat drop a pound or two may seem simple. Just switch to a reduced-calorie cat food, right? A high-carbohydrate diet could be one piece of the overweight puzzle, since cats really do need more protein than carbs (so yes, read the labels). Check recommended portion sizes while you’re at it. If your cat is significantly overweight, keep in mind that it could be a matter of thyroid issues, which is something your cat’s veterinarian can detect.

Those training wheels are great for getting us started and building confidence. But it’s time to take the wheels off and tie together what we’ve learned these past two months. We’ll still let the camera decide how much light should hit the sensor or film. But let’s tell the camera how to balance its two main exposure controls — shutter speed (the duration our film is exposed to light) and aperture (the size of the hole the light comes through).

During your cat’s next check up, ask what your cat’s healthy weight should be and what steps to take to get him or her to that weight. Why? Just go back up to that list of risks.

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.

with David Childs

Modern cameras have such nice training wheels that many never take them off. The camera calculates exposures that work fine in many situations and keep us from making flying-over-the-handle-bars mistakes. But it also limits our creativity. The camera has no clue that overexposing your backlit cat might create an angelic look. Or that underexposing your candlelit dinner might perfectly convey the mood. It doesn’t even have a clue that you care more about the texture of your black dog’s fur than the detail of the snow he’s standing on.

Two months ago we discussed action photography and the importance of shutter speed in freezing motion. We learned to use a fast shutter speed to freeze the motion of a running dog — exposing as quick as 1/2000th of a second. To create artistic blur we left the shutter open much longer. Last month we discussed how a wide aperture produces a very narrow depth of field, allowing us to take a photo with our dog’s eyes in focus and everything else blurred. We learned that a narrow aperture produces the deep depth of field we might use for a landscape where everything from close in trees to far off mountains is in sharp focus. Most times there are many possible combinations of aperture and shutter speed that will produce a well exposed photo. But in automatic mode you’re stuck with whatever tradeoff your camera thinks is best — whether that’s a fast shutter speed and narrow depth of field, or the opposite. Happily, many cameras let you control the tradeoff using an Av (Aperture Priority) or Tv (Time Priority) mode. In Av mode you tell the camera what aperture you’d like — in effect, shallow or wide depth of field — and it calculates the length of exposure needed. The way I often use this mode is to select my desired aperture and then see if the shutter speed calculated will work for me. If

© David Childs Photography

not, then I either try a different aperture or change the ISO setting (which we’ll discuss in the future). The key is that I’m choosing, not the camera. Knowing what tradeoff to make comes with experience — which you’ll gain by controlling the balance between aperture and shutter speed yourself. Lighting conditions won’t always let you have exactly what you want, but you’ll be choosing what to give up — and before long you’ll be making cool, creative photos that a camera couldn’t create on auto.

This month’s assignment is to create a photo using Av or Tv mode. Use any setting you like — the goal is to experience the relationship between shutter speed and aperture. If your camera doesn’t have those modes then pay attention to the shutter speed and aperture the camera chooses and try to predict the results — considering motion blur and depth of field. I look forward to seeing your results and hearing about your experience!

CLASS RECAP Try the exercise Send your photos from the assignment to: Please put “Spot Photo Class” in the subject line Visit and click on “Photography 101” to see your photos and those of your fellow students Check out David’s tips and comments

David Childs David Childs is a professional photographer, photo journalist, instructor, and animal advocate. | 15


at the end of life By Lori Gibson, DVM


ntering a stranger’s home — especially at the emotionally charged time when they are facing the end of their beloved pet’s life — is always uncertain. Most people are gracious, thankful, tearful. Some are speechless with grief. Others are angry and ready to blame — as was one distressed man I encountered on a late Thanksgiving night. Arms around his dog he yelled, “No, stay away from us!” when I arrived. Later as I left though, he hugged me tightly, reminding me how powerful kind words and a gentle touch can be. I see it all, but many soften when they see me. At 4’9” and very non-intimidating I can’t imagine what they expected. They greet me, size me up, many showing the same thoughts in their eyes . . . though it’s never said aloud: glad to meet you but I really wish you weren’t here. Then they allow me into their homes and lives. The homes differ vastly in value, location and design, each saying a lot about the families. Some homes are appointed with exquisite things, others are quite barren. Despite the range of socio-economic levels I serve, I always marvel at the many commonalities: floors covered with carpet remnants or rugs providing traction for an old dog; ramps leading to the elderly cat’s favorite perch; pet beds, toys and sometimes other pets scattered about. These are homes and lives that treasure the animal family members. Some apologize as they grab a tissue; I tell them it’s okay, everyone cries, and, I’ve been there too. And I have. Mine was a black cat. In the late ‘70s my mom and I had gone on a whim to the humane society. I was eight and we’d intended to see Charlotte’s Web. Mom had misread the showtimes, so to pass the time we went to the shelter, “just to look.” And there she was — a tiny black kitten batting around a ball. She lived for 21 years, and sometimes I see her in old kitties languishing in a spot of sun. And while with clients it is their story, I still often share mine, in hopes that it helps them understand that their decision is universally heartbreaking and difficult, no matter how sick the animal, how aged, or frail. Whether it’s a

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15-year-old dog that “raised” your kids, or an 8-month-old kitten with FIP, facing the end when it’s time — often arriving after a time of heartbreaking decline or diagnosis — is just The. Hardest. Thing. Frequently I hear, “How do you do this?” Or, “I could never do your job.” Part of what enables me to do the work I do is the relief that comes when a dog who hasn’t slept well for weeks eases into comfort, lying restfully after sedation. This often brings words like, “That is the most peaceful I’ve seen him in weeks.” That old dog sinks into it as the sedative soothes, delivering such welcome relief. I draw comfort in that: being able to help — it’s that simple. Yet no matter how peaceful the passage, I struggle with cases in which someone is going to be left alone. Maybe the spouse is gone, died, or never was. The woman past childbearing age who says, “These are my kids.” Some are widows or widowers, others empty nesters. One of the saddest cases I encountered was a kitty who could barely breathe due to fluid in his chest. The cat’s owner had died tragically and unexpectedly the night before at a relatively young age. The following day when I was called to the family home would have been his birthday. Instead of carrying out the birthday surprises they had planned for him, his family instead dutifully honored his wish to let the kitty go at home.

Practicing veterinary medicine has its share of pain. We are like pediatricians, treating kids who cannot speak for themselves — unable to say what hurts, what’s wrong, or if the pain medication is even helping. Many veterinary doctors and support staff choose the field because they are compelled to help the helpless, the suffering, the traumatized, be it people or animals.

I believe that like the birth process, death is no less momentous or important. While most of us prefer not to think about this part of life, for me it is an honor to help those for whom end of life decisions have been thrust upon them . . . despite sometimes heroic efforts and often against every wish. There are many reasons for home euthanasia. Some animals are so old, or so large, travel to a clinic is just too much. Sometimes it’s the people: some prefer a specialist that they know will make the process go right. Some choose this process for its humaneness and humanity: being able to pass from this life in the safety and comfort of one’s lifelong home can be the greatest gift there is. While the reasons are many, there is typically one abiding common thread that most would wish for themselves, and thus believe their pets would too: a desire for compassionate assistance in meeting a peaceful end at home.

I believe that like the birth process, death is no less momentous or important.

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your beloved friend Lori Gibson, DVM received her undergraduate degree from the

University of Portland and her veterinary degree from OSU and WSU. She currently resides in Tigard with her husband, son and two cats.

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We've Been

He always knew what each person needed from him, whether it was to offer his soft fur to cry in or be a goofy dog to roll around the floor with.

Remembering a Treasured Hero Darlin Mikey Akita Club of America Inc. Excerpted from ACA’s Sept. ’11 newsletter


e have had many dogs over the years in our breed who have left an impression. Some in the obedience, rally or agility ring, others in therapy work. Our dream ambassador might have a long and distinguished track record as a therapy dog, working at hospitals, children’s camps or prisons. Excelled in various competitions . . . winning awards from the AKC (ACE) and OHS (Diamond Collar Hero Award). Oh wait . . . a good therapy dog might also cross into the realm of the National Animal Assisted Crisis Response Team, traveling to console those affected by tragedies such as those at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois Universities. To do this effectively, the dog must be able to read people, knowing when to just “be there” and when to display his fun-loving, willing-to-please personality. We’ve been fortunate these past years to know just such a dog, an outstanding companion we recently lost. His name was Zadok. This happened suddenly as I neared the end of this writing. It was difficult to write this. I sought the thoughts of those who knew him best. We haven’t even touched on funds Zadok helped raise for rescue and what a valuable asset he was in fighting BSL. There is no way I could do justice to this dog’s legacy in a newsletter. I asked his human best friend for some thoughts, and while the loss hadn’t really sunk in, Julie had a few poignant things I’d like to share.

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Julie said, “Even I am not sure how to summarize Zadok. He taught me how to live life; that giving is truly better then receiving. He shared his joy with every single person he met. Yes he did obedience, rally and agility, but therapy was his true calling. He always knew what each person needed from him, whether it was to offer his soft fur to cry in or be a goofy dog to roll around the floor with. He would sniff out people he knew in the hospital even through closed doors. He could tell when someone was about to pass, and he would spend time with them so that they didn’t need so much morphine. Then he would sit with each member of their family as if to say everything would be ok. Having a student at Virginia Tech come up and say that the dogs made it ok to smile again was amazing. At NIU Zadok worked his way up from ‘homeboy’ to ‘homie’ within the week. He just always seemed to fit in wherever he was.” Thank you, Julie Burk, for sharing this with us in a very tough time. More importantly, thank you for sharing your boy with all of us. Thank you for all you did with Zadok because as good as he was, it was YOU who made him special, and I’m sure he repaid that love and devotion to you every day. You both were so lucky. Please take some time to do what I did . . . scour the Internet to read and listen to some of Zadok’s accomplishments. You will be amazed and just maybe it will inspire you to help make your dog the best they can be.

SHOPPING! Here’s what we love ...

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As the rainy season brings pet tracks onto your clean floors and furniture, we thought it would be a great time to review cleaning products.

Nature’s Miracle Stain & Odor Remover

Ingredients: Water, nature’s enzymes, isopropyl alcohol, natural citrus scent. Nature’s Miracle has been my go-to cleaning product in recent years because it’s affordable, natural, and generally works very well. It also comes in several variations, including formulas specifically for hardwood floors and cat urine. Its’ natural enzymes break down proteins that cause odor and stains; which can then just be wiped away. Overall rating:

Purina Pet Gear Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator

Ingredients: Water, beneficial bacteria and enzymes, odor suppressants, surfactants, and fragrance. In one case the Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator was able to remove a stain that Nature’s Miracle left behind. They both follow the same theory: enzymes that help eliminate pet odors and stains. Overall rating:

Bissell’s Stomp ‘N Go pet clean up pads

The oxygen-based formula pre-moistened pads can be used on nylon, wool and stain-resistant carpets. I’ve found the other products sometimes leave set-in stains behind, especially in a home with a puppy or multiple pets. The Stomp ‘N Go pads eliminated these remaining stains, and I highly recommend them for troublesome spots. It’s a great alternative to having your carpets cleaned for just a few stains. Overall rating:

Dogs Have Angels Too, written by Sarah Cavarallo, is the story of the irrepressible Ms. Pink, a former marketing executive in recessionary New York. Ms. Pink has been recently laid off and divorced, and she is also intermittently homeless. To her own surprise, she finds purpose through working to get dogs adopted from a high-kill shelter. Along the way, she joins forces with other down on their luck women to save dogs’ lives. Despite her difficult situation, Ms. Pink manages to bring down a pet store manager who’s been selling sick puppy-mill dogs, and rescue several shelter dogs. The story exemplifies the transformative power of love and the fulfillment we receive through helping other beings. Visit Spot’s Facebook page ( search Spot Magazine) now through Nov. 16 for a chance to win your own free copy of Dogs Have Angels Too!

For new stains and regular use, a spray/liquid formula such as Nature’s Miracle or Purina Pet Gear work well and are natural. Bissell’s clean up pads (at $4.99/package of 5) are a fantastic supplemental tool for stains that seem otherwise impossible to remove in lieu of professional carpet cleaning. Get it: Nature’s Miracle products are widely available, including at PetSmart locations. Purina Pet Gear products are available at Safeway and Wal-Mart. Bissell Stomp ‘N Go pet clean up pads are available at select Wal-Mart stores. 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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READER SPOTLIGHT Fun lil notes from proud pet parents . . .

Work for Pets?


ara the Cat had a long white coat and silver-tipped tail, and her jade eyes had seen a world of abuse and neglect. She weighed six pounds and came into this writer’s life by way of a friend’s grooming shop, where she’d appeared one day and claimed residence on a high shelf in the back room.

Upon my return I went to see her straightaway. Entering the shop through the back door, I drank in a scene that amazed me. My friend and her buddies sat, sharing a giant stogie. Behind them, on her shelf, Lara leaned into the marijuana cloud, inhaling to her damaged brain’s content.

The shop was a hub of activity and, after a few months, my groomer friend decided the 14-year old, declawed feline would be better off at my then-petless home.

“A medical marijuana kitty!” I cried. Indeed, maybe the only detractor to my home or parenting was my utter lack of interest in marijuana. After a long discussion, my friend agreed to re-foster Lara, and I left, forlorn but relieved, leaving behind my stoned silver puffball.

Within a week we made our first emergency vet run. Lara had fallen and lay twitching for 10 minutes. She had obvious neurological problems, and another $1,000 might have given us an exact diagnosis, but, as my vet put it, if I wasn’t planning on meds or surgery, it might just be best to keep Lara comfortable. A month and three seizures later, a 10-day business trip intervened — Lara would stay at the groomer’s in my absence. I was both thrilled and concerned to hear the cat had had no issues while there. Was it my house, I wondered, or had I fed her something toxic? Was I simply a bad mother?

The subject of medical marijuana remains controversial. Studies vary on its medicinal effectiveness for humans, though anecdotal theories abound. The discussion of pot for pets is a timely one. Seattle businessman Jim Alekson’s Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems LLC patented a new “Pot Patch,” in February, aiming to get it to market this year. He plans to promote the patch to humans and pets who suffer from arthritis, cancer, and other debilitating diseases. In a press release, he called marijuana a “more mellow” painkiller, with less potential risk than pharmaceuticals, and, as the owner of three Papillons, he said, “I’d . . . rather they were on something holistic rather than something chemical that I know is breaking down some of the organs in their bodies.” The product, called Tetracan, is apt to run into trouble. Even the 15 U.S. states with medical marijuana laws would have to expand them to include companion animals, which is unlikely to occur anytime soon. Jeffrey Judkins, DVM/ CVA (Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist) and owner of Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic, specializes in Western and Chinese herbal medicine and surgery. He advises against this remedy. “I’ve seen quite a few dogs accidentally overdosed and . . . they were not

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Meet Buddy Buddy is perfectly named . . . he is indeed Floyd’s Best Buddy. You never see one without the other.

having a good time,” he says, citing dogs who ate brownies and became disoriented. “My inclination is that it’s ill-advised and maybe even cruel to the animal.” Judkins maintains that there are better approaches for canine/feline pain treatment, including legal herbs. As he explains it, pain is not generic. “There is tension, trauma . . . chronic Corydalis is practically narcotic-like, licorice is good for stomach cramps, and ginger or turmeric are excellent anti-inflammatories. The doctor uses Apis for bee stings and Kantharis for burns. When using Chinese herbs, Judkins says, “It’s amazing how specific you can get. [Chinese medicine] has been 3,000 years in the making.” When asked about Lara the Cat, he says he would have likely prescribed Chinese herbs, but that even Valerian root can work for seizures.

As far as the marijuana argument, Judkins points to (over)dosing issues. While he admits that, “In some cases it might be of benefit,” he says, “the application of it would be where the problems lie.” Judkins also offers this important clarification: “In humans, there is an emotional component with pain,” and marijuana can help. Not so in animals.

Buddy with Floyd

For Lara, maybe an emotional component did exist, as it was obvious she had met with deep cruelty in her long life. All I know is, she remained seizure-free for eight months before I got “the call.” My friend told me gravely that our Chinchilla Persian named for the Dr. Zhivago character had slipped from the grooming shop the previous night. She was found in the alley, curled up and at peace, having died on her own dignified terms.

Meryl Lipman is a freelance writer and PR consultant who has no public stance on the medical marijuana issue, except to say it alleviated her mother’s nausea during chemotherapy and it helped her ailing foster cat near the end of her life.

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From Talk Therapy

to Touch Therapy Rita Smith has been a therapist and counselor helping people resolve problems for over 30 years. These days, however, she is following her passion and serving a whole different breed of client: the four-legged variety. Jumping up on couches, down from beds, rough-tumbling with friends or climbing the stairs, like their human companions, dogs also have their share of everyday aches and pains. And just as humans benefit from a good massage, so do our pets. A lifelong animal lover, Smith learned firsthand the benefits of massage therapy through her holistic approach to addressing physical concerns as well as general wellness. Combine the two and you’ve got Loving Touch Animal Massage. Fun, energetic and engaging, Smith loves a challenge. “When people commented that I must be very brave to start a new career at this point in my life, I just got it in my head that I wanted to work with animals and dove right in.” she says. Smith left a position with Jewish Family and Child Services and set up a private practice while she trained and became certified as a Small Animal Massage Practitioner. She finished her two-week practicum this time last year, and began practicing on animals. “Mostly dogs of friends and relatives,” she jokes.

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She now sees several animal clients a week and operates her human counseling practice part-time, mainly focusing on individuals going through transitions such as divorce, retirement and, fittingly: career change.

Treating critters with massage strokes and humans with the ear and guidance of a counselor may seem vastly different, but Smith says the two careers complement each other perfectly. “It’s all about listening and building trust,” Smith says, “having a genuine connection with your clients, both the animal, and the human that loves the animal.” As with human massage, animal massage has all the physical benefits of stretching and loosening muscles to help prevent physical injury, maintain muscle tone and also release endorphins to block pain brought on by aging and arthritis. Massage also has psychological benefits, often helping anxious, fearful, or aggressive dogs relax and de-stress. Just as she listens to her people patients in a verbal capacity, Smith “listens” to her animal patients’ body language to gauge whether they’re calm, nervous or feeling pain. “It’s almost the same as counseling,” she remarks “except animals have a different way of communicating.” These days, Smith no longer has to “practice” on enthusiastic friends’ or family members’ pets; she sees two to five clients each week. Sessions run 30 to 60 minutes, based on the needs of each animal determined by Smith’s observations and hands-on evaluations. Smith says she likes doing massage sessions at the animal’s home, where they are most comfortable.

Money’s tight for many these days, and Smith realizes that some might consider weekly massage for their dog, however beneficial, extravagant. Her mission (and passion) is to be able to connect with folks who consider their pets members of the family and help keep them healthy and happy. Recently, Smith says she’s been focusing on mindfulness, or “being in the moment,” as animals naturally are. “Life gets so busy and everyone has so much on their plates,” she says, adding that pets pick up on their people’s emotional states. Last month, Smith held her first Power of Touch workshop to teach people basic massage techniques. A bonus for attendees was that the first segment was aimed at humans, having them focus on their breathing to clear their minds, allowing them to tune in to their animals to help ensure a great massage experience. “Massage should help the person doing it as well,” Smith says, adding that one of the ways it does is by providing uninterrupted bonding time between human and animal.

Coming Up Power of Touch Workshop Nov. 8, 7-8:30 Play & Chase Dog Daycare Details: 503-730-9599 or

Smith’s own furry family includes two cats, Sugarcat and Carmi, and Nicki (aka Nickers), an almost 9-year old “special blend” dog. She says they’re all willing subjects for her loving touch massages.

Vonnie Harris is a freelance writer, and operator of Pet Stop of

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rescueme! Gus Gus

This pretty boy is a bright shade of white that he seems quite proud of. He keeps himself well groomed, which explains his silky soft coat. While very affectionate, Gus Gus is also independent, making him ideal for a family who works during the day at home or away. He’s very playful, but is scared of dogs and small children. Gus Gus is currently in foster care, and you can arrange to meet him through CAT’s Sherwood shelter at 14175 SW Galbreath Dr. Call 503-925-8903 or visit to learn more or to make a date with this sweet boy.

Toby and Esther

Toby is a lively, inquisitive and very personable New Zealand White in the prime of his life and madly in love with Esther, a wily Britannia Petite, also white. As of April 2011, Toby is seven years old and Esther is about 3 years young. The two love each other very much and should not be separated. Toby is the cuddle-bun and will give you amazing clicks and purrs when petted. Esther appears skittish, but this is just her personality, and it’s quite entertaining to watch her race around the room and squeeze into the smallest spaces. Toby and Esther need an indoor home. To learn more or meet this enchanting pair, contact

Babies in need of forever loving homes.


This young Beagle/Dachshund mix was transferred to Columbia Humane Society (CHS) from Lane County Animal Services (LCAS) a few months ago. He has a history of biting children, but CHS says he’s been a happy, sweet boy with adults and shelter staff there. Folks at LCAS say that when Tucker escaped from his crate a couple of times while traveling he was friendly and easy to handle. However, he has declined while at CHS and now lunges and bites at adults and children who pass his kennel. The folks at LCAS believe the kennel/ shelter is simply too stressful for him and have taken him back to Eugene. Do you have the heart and skills to help this boy find his way? If so, please contact Rhonda Reed, 541-5796464 or Cindy Ehlers, 541-682-2375.


I’m Lexi, and I’ve been waiting for a home for over nine months. I’m pretty and funny and love people, but so far, no one has picked me to be their cat. Is it my weight? When I first arrived I was

slim and trim, but it’s hard to be active while in a shelter with lots of other cats. I am on a diet, and my friends say I’ll trim down once I’ve got a home of my own. Please visit me at Animal Aid, 5335 SW 42nd, Portland,

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They call me London because I’m very suave and cosmopolitan. I’m a dignified 6-year-old grey Shorthair who has enjoyed the finer things — so much so that I have indulged myself to over 14 lbs. Think of me as a young George Clooney with size. I don’t mind other smooth, mellow cats, or even a well-heeled dog, if he knows not to wrinkle my tuxedo. Being dignified, I don’t really like being picked up and carried or man-handled (plus it’s uncomfortable at my size), so children 8 and older would be best for me. Besides, when we’re lounging on the couch with martinis and James Bond, who needs kids? I hope we get to meet – call 503-988-7387 or visit to make a date — my number is 526409.


Knight was found tied in a transient camp behind a WalMart store in hot weather with no food, shelter or water. He is a strikingly handsome 3-5 year old, neutered Pit Bull/Lab. His big brown eyes suggest he might also be part Boxer. His owner was in jail when Knight went into the shelter. He would make a great service dog and/ or companion as he’s very loyal. Knight is well socialized but did not do well in shelter, even though he is a favorite of the staff. Knight loves to chase tennis balls and play tug-of-war. He is engaging and super affectionate. Knight has jumped fences to find a shelter worker he came to love, but has done well with behavior modification and hasn’t attempted it at the kennel or his foster home. He gets along with most dogs, but his compatibility with cats is uncertain. Knight doesn’t seem afraid of anything except a stern voice and being left alone. Please help this awesome boy find his forever home. To learn more, contact Rhonda Reed, 541-579-6464 or Cindy Ehlers, 541-682-2375.



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The American Cocker Spaniel

Personality Lively and enthusiastic, the Cocker has moderate energy. It is friendly and generally good with children and other pets. Poor breeding practices in the past have led to some unbalanced/aggressive Cockers, but the breed is generally affectionate, active, and alert. This dog loves games and fetch, and enjoys classes in agility or nose work. True to his roots, he is sporty and, while small, makes a great hiking or jogging companion.

Size: 24-48 lbs.

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

Best Match Interesting Fact The American Cocker, originally bred for hunting birds, is the smallest breed in the sporting Group. It is most commonly a companion pet. The English Cocker, from which the American Cocker was derived in the 1930s, remains primarily a hunting dog.

Appearance The American Cocker Spaniel is a small breed with a long coat and feathering on the ears and legs. They are sturdily built with large dark eyes and long ears.

Common Health Problems Cockers are prone to ear infections, as are most dogs with folded ears. Glaucoma, cataracts and other eye problems are seen, as well as skin allergies.

The American Cocker Spaniel can be a good dog for a novice or first-time dog owner, but is very people-oriented and tends to be destructive if left alone too much. If you have the time, this sweet and playful dog is eager to please and fun to own. They require daily brushing and monthly grooming.

Featured Adoptable Bella is a 5-year-old adoptable American Cocker Spaniel. She is a typical “wiggle-butt” Cocker, and wants to be queen of her home. She does not do well with small children; she is housebroken and gets along with cats. She does well with other dogs but would prefer to be the only one in her home. She is a very sweet dog and will make someone a great companion and exercise buddy. If you’re interested in Bella, call Carol 503-957-6656 and visit

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Pro-military group treats working dogs in Afghanistan The grassroots pro-troop organization, Move America Forward (MAF), is used to sending care packages to people, but after sending over 200 tons of care packages, they’re trying something new: sending care packages to dogs.

little newsbits to chew on Solid Gold presents Dale Edgar Brand supplements Solid Gold Northwest is known for high-quality holistic pet food and supplements made from natural, nutritious ingredients. Recently the company acquired local company, Dale Edgar Brand, also known for high-quality canine and equine products. Solid Gold’s Dale Edgar Brand NutriWafers are excellent supplements, but if you ask your dog, he’ll say they’re a great treat! Like a cookie, they eliminate hardto-administer pills or messy liquid supplements, and since dogs love the taste, this supplement gets snapped up like a favorite treat. Spot’s Vonnie Harris recently got to “reward” her dogs with the three varieties for just over a month, and Hip & Joint resulted in more bounce in the step of Jake, her 12-year-old Golden/Lab mix. Her 4-year-old yellow Lab, Jessie, who is famous for nighttime scratching and nervous energy, also calmed and scratched less after being on the Skin & Coat and Calm formulas. “They both clamor when they hear the jars,” says Harris, “and they would happily eat more than suggested if allowed.” The canine Nutri-Wafer “treats” come in Calm, Hip and Joint and Skin and Coat formulas. The human-grade ingredients include oats, peanut butter, bananas, chia seed, rice syrup and vanilla extract, and they smell yummy. “It’s great not having to use tempting embellishments like cheese to give them supplements,” says Harris. These are good for them, and clearly delicious . . . the pups have spoken! “Pup approved” Dale Edgar Brand supplements are available at fine pet retailers and online. More info at and

Free pet 1st aid workshop Northwest Veterinary Specialists & The Oregon Humane Society present a collaborative Community Pet First Aid Class Sunday Nov. 6, 9:45-2, at Oregon Humane Society in Portland. Presented by Doctors Rochelle Lowe, Heidi Houchen, Gretchen Sicard and Vet Tech Beth Woodson, the hands-on lecture and lab presents “everything you need to know about feline/canine first aid.” The class includes CPR and bandaging demos, a Q&A and coverage of common emergencies including heat stroke, bloat, and trauma, as well as common toxicities seen in the ER. Each participant will receive a CPR certificate. VCA / NWVS frequently offers classes to help pet parents ensure their companions are living their best lives. Register early at

Dove honors rock stars at annual soiree DoveLewis’s largest annual event, the Wet Nose Soiree, raised $246,000 for the organization’s Unrestricted Funds. During the popular bash Dove honored several DoveLewis supporters for outstanding contributions, including: Craig Quirk, DVM was recognized for supporting Dove’s fundraising and, according to spokespeople, “for trusting us with so many of his patients who need emergency care.” Quirk’s clinic, Rose City Animal Hospital, celebrated 100 years in Portland this summer. The folks at Dove continued, “We appreciate how Dr. Quirk led the Portland Medical Veterinary Association toward improving veterinary medicine in our city as a whole, and helped enhance the bond between regular veterinarians and DoveLewis.” Bill Dickey was honored for being “the most generous printer we know!” according to Dove spokespeople. Dickey’s company, Morel Ink, supports DoveLewis in “millions of ways,” and Dickey himself supports Dove personally. Rojo the llama was honored for “bringing his own special therapy to all kinds of people in need, from kids to grownups.” Since officially certified as a therapist four years ago, Rojo has made over 250 therapy visits in more than 100 different metro-area facilities.

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“Military working dogs are extremely important to our missions in Afghanistan and Iraq,” says Danny Gonzalez, MAF’s Director of Communications. “They help keep our troops alive and safe from threat of IEDs, which account for the majority of military and civilian injuries in Afghanistan.”

Finally, the A.B. Lewis Lifetime Devotion Award was presented to Joyce Furman for “continuously dedicating enormous energy to helping others.” The folks at Dove said Furman’s “caring spirit for helping others, both human and animal, will be greatly missed. At DoveLewis, Joyce encouraged us to ‘jump and the net will appear,’ and we are forever grateful for her wisdom, support and spiritual connection with animals.”

“We wanted to show our appreciation for the dogs and their expert handlers — who are also heroic troops themselves — who go out and find IEDs before they can hurt our troops or innocent Afghan civilians who are using the roads,” says Gonzalez. “The bond between the dogs and their handlers is very strong, so we’re going to send special care packages including items the troops can share with their dogs that help foster their bond.” The care packages include coffee, cookies, beef jerky, Gatorade, deodorant and other helpful items for the troops, and assorted chew bones and toys and treats for the dogs. Funds for the packages are raised on the group’s website,; shipment of care packages is ongoing.

Blog Report: Two Special Wires Kennedy Morgan • Spot Magazine

Everyone loves a happy ending.

Two Special Wires ( offers just that. Jake and Fergi are the happily-ever-after that doesn’t always come to fruition for puppy mill dogs. Both are Wire Fox Terriers whose early years were less than desirable but whose futures are most definitely bright. They were the lucky ones who found a family to love who would love them for the rest of their days. Living large in the Rocky Mountains, Fergi and Jake experience many adventures. They get to hike and enjoy the amazing scenery in their part of the country. They go on road trips and stay in hotels, and enjoy vanilla ice cream from Dairy Queen (August 12). They’re well traveled, having spent some time on the sunny beaches of Panama City, where they even saw an alligator (July 28). Needless to say, their mom didn’t stick around to say hello to that native! Fergi, Jake and their family are blessings to each other. They share special moments in life and have been fortunate enough to overcome some of their fears after having led a more austere life as kennel pups. From trips around the States to laid-back times at home,

they’ve had a chance to learn about the good things in life – and to let the bad things go. They even celebrated – in their own unique style – the Royal Wedding in April (28, 2011). Their mom writes poetically about their adventures and includes tons of pictures. She’s a dedicated blogsphere friend and makes sure to visit others they’ve met on the World Wide Web who’ve shared in their adventures. The Special Wires’ happy ending story includes many experiences, including playing with kids, traveling, supporting rescue efforts and fighting puppy mills, and much more. Join the adventures of these Two Special Wires and make some friends while you’re at it.

Kennedy Morgan is a native Oregonian and freelance writer who shares her home with her two sons, her Great Dane, Vegas; Pomeranian, Leo; Bearded Dragon, Godzilla; and three uber-friendly kitties. In her spare time she is active in agility clubs and the Portland Great Dane Community.

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8pm • EUGENE — BINGO NIGHT at Rogue Public House, 844 Olive St. Bingo, raffle prizes, food and drinks, and a special appearance by an Ellen DeGeneres look-a-like. $10 donation benefits animals at Save The Pets. Details


Noon • PORTLAND — PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP at DoveLewis in the Pearl. Free; bring a photo to share. Details





6:05pm • PORTLAND — TUNE

Pet-friendly events this weekend on 98.1 FM Radio. The Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show.



TION & NEWS with Chip Sammons on 860 AM, KPAM Radio. Tune in Saturdays for tips to help your pets live healthy, happy lives. 11-4 • SALEM — ADOPTION OUTREACH with Marion County Dog Shelter at South Salem Pet Supply, 4655 Commercial St. 11-6 • EUGENE — SUPURR SATURDAYS ADOPTION SPECIAL at Greenhill. All adult cats just $45, kittens $60. Details

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Humane. RSVP to 541-689-1503 ext 116. Noon-4 • EUGENE — ADOPTION EVENT at Nature’s Pet Market, 2864 Willamette St., Ste. 200. Meet adoptables from Greenhill.

Meyers Garden Centers. Cats, dogs and other pets can pose with Santa and, for $20, get 5x7 portraits, a holiday card and image copies. Proceeds benefit OHS. Today Santa will be at the following stores: Johnson Creek, Wilsonville, Hollywood West & Beaverton.



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LOCATIONS — OFOSA (Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals) ADOPTION events held Saturdays at Beaverton Petco and the following PetSmart stores: Tansabourne, Tigard and Wilsonville. Details

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CLASSIFIEDS ESTATE PLANNING FOR ANIMALS Wills & Trusts; Real Estate; Business. Honest attorney, 30-plus years of experience. 5th generation Oregonian. Richard Fairclo, 541-891-9778.

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INDOOR DOG PARK Fido’s Indoor Dog Park................7

VETERINARY CARE / WELLNESS Animal Allergy & Ear Clinic of Oregon .................................8 Back on Track Vet........................ 10 Cascade Veterinary ReferralCenter….......................3 OrthoVet....................................... 21 The Parkway VeterinaryHospital................... 2 Rose City Veterinary Hospital....14

PHOTOGRAPHY / PORTRAITS David Childs Photography....... 23 Pics of the Litter..........................28 PRODUCTS / SUPPLIES Bi-Mart ........................................ 32 Kitty’s Gone Green! ...................28


Exposing puppies to other dogs when young can help prevent behavioral problems as he matures. Bring puppy for an hour of running, playing and socializing. Fee $150/5 classes. Offered Saturdays; begin anytime.

at OHS. Learn training methods to boost your dog’s confidence while gaining a deeper understanding of his/her behavior. Fee: $35 with dog; $25 without. Register at

HOLIDAY GIFTS..................12 & 13 2 Girls Grooming bad dogs canine coats Bi-Mart Cat Adoption Team Calendar Four Paws Only Apparel Fred Meyer Jeweler Heal Animal Massage Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner Oregon Humane Society Tributes Oregon Humane Society Best Friends Retail Salty’s Dog & Cat Shop Wags! Dog Emporium

PET STITTING Pet Stop Pet Services.................28





SOCIAL / PET NETWORKING SPAY / NEUTER Multnomah Co. Animal Svc ...... 25 VACATION RENTALS/ DESTINATIONS Bennington Properties................ 9 Idyllic Beach House..................... 27


WONDERLAND. Annual silent/live auction gala for CAT. Hosted at the downtown Hilton, you’ll enjoy a purrfect evening benefiting homeless kitties. Tickets, starting at $75, available at


10-Noon • SHERWOOD —

THE CAT FOOD BANK IS OPEN, providing cat food for cat owners in financial need. The Cat Food Bank is located at CAT’s shelter, 14175 SW Galbreath Dr.


PAWS PET PORTRAITS in Fred Meyers Garden Centers. Cats, dogs and other pets can pose with Santa and, for $20 get 5x7 portraits, a holiday card and image copies. Proceeds benefit OHS. Today Santa will be at the following stores: Gateway, Sunset, Oregon City & Raleigh Hills. | 29



FOR PETS at Allen’s Crosley Lanes,



2400 East Evergreen Blvd. Bowling, raffles and door prizes benefit the animals of West Columbia Humane Society. Cost $20. Those with $40 or more in pledges bowl free. Details/ forms To help with the event, email Kimberly at




at Oregon Humane. Fun, positive classes built to be flexible for busy schedules. Mandatory intro class $15, offered again Nov. 19. Training classes Tues-Fri. Advance at your own pace. Details/RSVP

7-8:30pm • PORTLAND —

at Play & Chase Dog Daycare. Learn the basics of massage while relaxing yourself and bonding with your best friend. Cost $50. Details 503-7309599 or (To learn more about Loving Touch Animal Massage, see story on page 22.)






SUPPORT GROUP at DoveLewis in

CAT counselors are on site at local PetsMart stores all weekend. Details

Melody Ballroom. Portland’s premiere pirate organization, PDXYAR, and The Dread Ship Outrageous Fortune present this 2nd annual fundraiser. Kick up your noggin’ boots and party like its 1699. Music, food, drinks, dancing, and more. Details




TRITION & NEWS with Chip Sammons on 860 AM, KPAM Radio.

9am • SALEM — NEW VOL-


A.S.A.P presented by KPOJ Radio. The Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) hosts comedy night at Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave. KPOJ morning host Carl Wolfson headlines and the evening includes a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Spay & Save subsidized spay/neuter program. Tickets $20/advance, $25/ door. Details

UNTEER ORIENTATION at the Marion County Dog Shelter. Details 503-566-6966 or spulvers@co.marion.



at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St. Featuring handmade gifts for people and pets, silent auction, raffles and refreshments. Proceeds benefit House of Dreams Free-Roam No-Kill Cat Shelter. Details or 503-970-0194.





at DoveLewis in the Pearl. Free; bring a photo to share.

6:05pm • PORTLAND — TUNE IN for SPOT’S REPORT on Pet-friendly events this weekend on 98.1 FM Radio. The Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show.


10-5pm • MUL-

TIPLE LOCATIONS — PETSMART NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEKEND. Adopt a pet companion through OFOSA (Oregon Friend of Shelter Animals) at participating PetSmart locations. Details

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OUTREACH with Marion County Dog Shelter at Salem PetSmart on Lancaster.

Noon-3pm • PORTLAND —

FIND 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


ADOPTION OUTREACH at PetSmart, 9450 SE 82nd Ave, and 12:30-3:30pm at PetSmart, 9721 NE Cascades Pkwy.


MANNERS PROGRAM at OHS. 4:30-6:30pm • PORTLAND — CANINE BODY LANGUAGE SEMINAR at OHS. Learn about dog body language/communication. Observe shelter dogs, view photos, and see videos of dogs expressing various messages. $45; RSVP to


Café, 8638 N. Lombard Ave. Local pianist Greg Lief plays ragtime and classical compositions. All ages welcome; admission is free. All tips support CAT.



Follow new canines, ex-cons and the tough-talking Tia Torres as she helps animal lovers in need while struggling to keep the Villalobos Rescue Center alive. Details


11:30-3 • PORTLAND — OHS ADOPTION OUTREACH at Hip Hound, 610 NW 23rd Ave.


PONGO FUND Pet Food Bank, helping anyone who needs help feeding their pet(s), at 910 NE MLK Jr Blvd in Portland. Details thepongofund. org. Today is The Pongo Fund’s 2-year anniversary!

1pm • EUGENE — PET FIRST AID CLASS at Greenhill Humane. Free;

space is limited. RSVP to 541-689-1503 ext 116.

1-4:30 • PORTLAND — MEMORIAL ART THERAPY WORKSHOP at DoveLewis. Families 1-2:30, ages 16-adult 3-4:30. Create a unique memento and spend time in good company. Free; RSVP to dovelewis. org/giftshop.



RSVP to 541-689-1503 ext 116.


7-9pm • PORTLAND — AD-

VANCED TTOUCH CLASS by Pet’s Point of View in NE Portland. $20. Details


6:05pm • PORTLAND — TUNE IN for SPOT’S REPORT on Pet-friendly events this weekend on 98.1 FM Radio. The Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show.




the Pearl. Free; bring a photo to share.

the Pearl. Free; bring a photo to share. Details

Dec. 1 Annual Service of Remembrance at

Learn Basic Massage


The Old Church in downtown Portland. Doors open at 6pm. Presented by Dignified Animal Services and DoveLewis, this annual event celebrates the bond between humans and their beloved companion animals. Together, surrounded by others who understand this bond, the gathering holds a candlelighting in memory of those no longer here. Free; service animals permitted. Details

At the Scooby Shack in Lake Oswego. Bring your four-legged friend and learn massage strokes to use at home. Heal provides take-home information, one-on-one instruction and dog beds for class. Sign up at the location before the day of the class. Cost $45. Details


6-10pm • PORTLAND — 5TH

ANNUAL POOCH IN THE PUB at The Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St. A casual evening of food, fun and live music by Jay “Bird” Koder, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit Project POOCH dogs and youth.

6:30pm • EUGENE — ART FOR ANIMALS 5th ANNUAL AUCTION & BENEFIT at Crescent Village 2772 Shadow View Dr. A night of art, auction, music, beer, wine and food. Proceeds benefit Greenhill. Details


8am • PORTLAND — PET NUTRITION & NEWS with Chip Sammons on 860 AM, KPAM Radio.


OUTREACH with Marion County Dog Shelter at Pet Etc. on Edgewater.


Resort at the Mountain. Sip wines, visit with local artists and enjoy live music at this annual fundraiser for the animals at OHS. Festivities continue Sunday 11-4pm.

12:30pm • PORTLAND — PROBLEM POOCH CLASS at Oregon Humane. Great for new or soon-to-be pet parents, and those who just want to know what makes Fido tick. Free; please leave pets at home. Details



HAPPY THANKSGIVING! CAT’s Sherwood shelter is closed for Thanksgiving.

6:05pm • PORTLAND — TUNE IN for SPOT’S REPORT on Pet-friendly events this weekend on 98.1 FM Radio.

25 BLACK CAT FRIDAY SPECIAL at CAT. All black or mostly black adult cats just $10.


TION OUTREACH all weekend during

America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar at the Expo Center.


8am • PORTLAND — PET NUTRITION & NEWS with Chip Sammons

5-9pm • PORTLAND — DOGGIE WALK NIGHT at Portland International Raceway. Enjoy over 250 holiday light sets, many fully automated, while strolling around the track with your pooch. No cars allowed on the track (parking is free). Dogs must be on leash. A portion of proceeds support the Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank. Pet food donations appreciated. All pet food donations must be in original, sealed, unexpired packages. Admission $6/ person, children under 13 and dogs free.


MEETUP at Fernhill Park at the corner of NE Ainsworth & NE 41st Ave. For details contact Larry Miller at 503-2826706.

10-6 • PORTLAND — OHS ADOPTION OUTREACH at America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar at the Expo Center.


OUTREACH with Marion County Dog Shelter at Salem Petco on Lancaster.



50% off all cats. Details





America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar at the Expo Center.

WELCHES — HOLIDAY WINE & ARTS FESTIVAL continues at The Resort at

PONGO FUND Pet Food Bank, helping anyone who needs help feeding their pet(s), at 910 NE MLK Jr Blvd in Portland. Details

the Mountain. Details Nov. 19 @ 11.


on 860 AM, KPAM Radio. Tips to help your pets live healthy, happy lives.

at OHS.

11-4pm •

Dec. 3



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