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16 Meet Your 2010 Cover Models Portland

14.Pet Photography Tricks of the Trade

Pooches and their peeps turned out in droves for Spot’s 2010 Cover Model Search in October. Over 100 beautiful beasts had their portraits made by Spot’s Cover Model Photographer, David Childs, and the winner, Bo, graces our cover. The winner is selected by random drawing — you see, they’re all cover worthy!

21 Port City Treats Made with Love Writer Jake Faris takes us behind the scenes at Port City, makers of the little brown-bag packages of Waggin Tails Organic Dog Biscuits, and walks us through the process of making these healthful, yummy treats. One thing Jake brought back from visiting the nonprofit in Portland: this place and the things made here are filled with blessing.

13 Victoria Stilwell of It’s Me or the Dog comes to Salem

David Childs brings a sharp eye, keen energy and boundless passion to both photography and teaching. Dave’s easy-to-apply concepts help students discover they’re capable of creating award-winning photos — even with the most humble equipment! Join the class, happening monthly, here and at Spot’s House (www.

8. Matchmaker, Matchmaker Ready to find your new best friend? Megan Mahan shares breed basics, including temperament, unique traits and, common concerns, and introduces a sweet adoptable and rescues specializing in the featured breed. This month: The Boxer.

9. Rescue Me Meet the precious foundlings who made their way to Spot this month. These are often babies who need an extra boost finding their way home — a little older, sometimes needing special care, often just too long in a shelter or foster home.

Get your tickets! Among the best-known trainers in America today, Victoria Stilwell will present a public performance, work with shelter staff, and auction a private session while at Willamette Humane Society in February.

24. Reader Spotlight

10 New Emergency Animal Hospital

25. Fetch

opens in Beaverton

Dr. Shawn Thomas always knew he would be a vet. What he didn’t anticipate was the passion for emergency care he would develop. It’s a win for west-side residents, who now have urgent and after-hours care available close to home.

12 Update — Service dog laws Harold Hansen, owner/operator of “Heeling Free” Dog School in Eugene, reports on the recent clarification of legal definitions dealing with service dogs.

Meet Blu, Cookie and Hallee.

Crunchy little newsbits to chew on - Volunteer openings at top Valley animal org - MCAS, Red Cross help warming center accept more pets - Young local entrepreneur hits Top Picks List - New supplements are a “real treat!” - Starving dog rescued in Portland - New puppy mill law proving effective - ASPCA celebrates 2010’s legislative victories

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PHOTOGRAHER DAVID CHILDS One of David’s favorite things to hear is:“This so perfectly captures who my dog (or cat or horse) truly is.” For nearly a decade David has used his talent for showing off animals’ unique, special character by helping hundreds of special needs and long-term dogs and cats at OHS find their perfect match. David brings this same talent to his pet portrait business, artfully capturing pets “doing what they love, where they love to be, with whom they love.” Besides OHS, David also donates his time to photograph for Fences for Fido, PAW Team, Pongo Fund, CAT, and OHS Technical Animal Rescue. He also teaches each month — in Spot‘s Magazine website, and at OHS — helping other photographers develop their voice and craft. Learn more about David at 6

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Name: Bocán (Irish for “Hobgoblin”) aka Bo Martin Breed: Border Collie Age: 7 Stomping Grounds: Garden Home, Vista Brook Park, trails in the Cascades and beaches Family: Ann and Russell Martin Loves: Catching bouncing tennis balls and his “Floppy Disk” (soft Frisbee), broccoli, meeting new people, and hanging out with his “brother,” Figaro the cat. Doesn’t Love: Squirrels, and getting brushed out after a bath. Special notes: Bo sends much love and many thanks to all of his buddies who’ve helped him stay healthy and happy — at Cascade Veterinary Referral Center (for his TPLO surgeries), the Animal Allergy Clinic, and Dr. Sandy Nelson at Banfield.



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appy 2011! I love the energy, hope and promise of new beginnings. This year I find myself looking back a little, even while dreaming forward. Together this past year you, Spot, and the animal welfare community have accomplished great things, made amazing new connections, and weathered formidable hardship. The key word here is weathered. Translated, that means we made it through. Hanging tough together, never giving up the dream, putting one foot in front of the other . . . we got through these past months in what has been a hugely challenging time for us all. Here’s to a 2011 we’ll long remember — for all good reasons! It’s exciting to move ahead with great additions to our organization that a year ago existed only in our imaginations. Following are a few of them — projects now in motion that will be fun to watch grow this year, and that you might even like to get involved in. Because so much of what we do involves “cause,” the more the merrier! Spot to the Rescue. Megan Mahan launched Spot’s new Spot to the Rescue Facebook page two months ago, and I’m excited to see it grow. Here you’ll find alerts for needed foster pet parents, transports, forever homes and more, as well as

Off we go! stories of “happily ever after,” and tips and tidbits on topics related to all areas of animal welfare. Spot’s nonprofit side is now being formalized, which will allow us to pursue projects we’ve been eager to get to. While somewhat diverse, these efforts are all geared toward helping this community save time and money in rescue, foster care, spay/neuter, adoption, free and low-cost food supply and vet care, and of course, saving more lives.

and serving this amazing community — one in which while we may not agree on everything, we all agree on this: every animal deserves to be healthy, safe, happy and loved. Cheers! The best is yet to come, and I’m so glad we get to discover it together.

Yours in everything pet,

Spot’s House. Jake Faris and Vonnie Harris have done great work on our “Spot’s House” website, and plans are many for new additions in the months ahead. As Spot’s House continues to welcome more visitors, we’re working to ensure you enjoy stopping in often — serving up fresh stories and photos, activities, and opportunities to enjoy the company of other animal lovers. Today, the crew is getting to work on your “Best in the Biz” Pet Directory of 2011 Top Dog Award winners. We’re delighted that so many of you voted (your votes tripled this year!), and we can’t wait to get you this special edition. Profiling the best in the pet biz by popular vote in some 40 categories, this is your guide for the best in everything pet — the next best thing to a referral from a trusted friend. There’s more, but enough for now. I look forward to hearing from and working with you in 2011, and it’ll be fun months from now to pause and say, “See? Toldja it was gonna be a sweet year!” Let’s make it so — together. Here’s to a thriving, fun ‘11! It’s a huge gift to hear so often how much you love Spot, and I hope you know how much we love you, Spot Magazine | January 2011



Matchmaker Megan Mahan • Spot Magazine

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The Boxer

Best Match:

Interesting Fact:

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the breed is called “Boxer” thanks to its supposedly pugnacious temperament. It is believed the Boxer was developed in Germany to serve the multiple purposes of a guard, working and escort dog.

Featured Adoptable:


“Dozer’s story is sad,” says Kylie Belachaikovsky, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator of Lane County Animal Services (LCAS). “He is a handsome Boxer mix (we think with Rottweiler). LCAS has had tremendous success adopting purebred Boxers with special needs, and we hope Dozer will be as lucky. Originally found/impounded/adopted in Linn County, Dozer was again found stray and is now at LCAS. He is loveable and friendly, but bouncing from home to shelter and back again has taken a toll. His typical youthful Boxer enthusiasm and energy are ratcheted up a notch; he jumps all over and mouths people as if they were fellow puppies. Dozer is in vigorous training at LCAS, learning manners, impulse control and positive ways to seek attention — in other words, he’s getting the schooling he missed as a “kid,” aka, a manageable-sized puppy!”

This legacy has led to a playful, happy, curious canine full of energy. They bond well with their families and are great with children. Very courageous, the Boxer is a great guard dog. Smart and loyal, they have also served as guide dogs for the blind and as K9 cops. One caveat: Boxers should not be left alone with chickens or the like, as they will be tempted.


Dozer is the second Boxer LCAS received in two months, both needing serious behavioral intervention. LCAS recommends early positive training. Kylie says the Freedom No-pull Harness is fantastic for teaching these big, exuberant goofballs how to behave without force or intimidation, adding, “After all, the joy of Boxers is their funny, clever and almost-human personalities.’ Fun, positive training builds the guardian/ dog bond while promoting good behavior. Freedom Harnesses are available at Wags! Dog Emporium.

These athletes want plenty of exercise; without it they may become edgy or unhappy. The Boxer loves being with family, and should be provided room and toys when left alone.

Size: 50-70 lbs

Boxers need consistent leadership and positive reinforcement training. The Boxer is intelligent and willful, and so needs a confident, firm, yet upbeat owner — who in turn will receive lots of affection.

Life expectancy:

Around 10 years

Common Health Problems: Cardiomyopathy and other heart problems are frequent, and a more daily concern is the Boxer’s tendency to overheat quickly. They should always have plenty of water, a place to cool off, and never be left unattended in a vehicle.

Megan Mahan Megan Mahan lives with visiting foster animals, quite a few fish, and her boyfriend in Eugene, Oregon. She is excited to now be with Spot full time, and devotes much of her free time to fostering pets and creative writing. From her high school 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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Rescue ME! Good News Flash!

Jo-Ann said, “After waiting since March, Puff Daddy went home this week! I could tell being featured in this month’s issue of Spot was working. There were lots of email and phone enquiries about our big boy. Thank you, thank you! And Puff Daddy thanks you too.”

Animal Aid Volunteer Jo-Ann let us know that Puff Daddy, featured in Rescue Me! November 2010, has found his family!

Thanks to everyone helping get the babies out there where potential loving families can find them. If rescue or foster care interests you or someone you know, please tell them about Spot’s new “Spot to the Rescue” page on Facebook, where daily alerts, updates and adoptables are featured.

Here are this month’s babies in need of forever loving homes.


A gorgeous boy with predictable attributes for a 5-7-yr-old intact male who’s lived on the fringe. Once a “junk yard dog,” then lived with transient folks. Rocky is a vocal, genuinely special dog with enormous capacity for love and devotion under his grumbly, opinionated, Rottie exterior. GREAT with cats, other dogs and LOVES to play ball. Knows basic commands and learns quickly. Contact 541-682-3645 or Rocky’s ID is #1111-0771.

These sweethearts came to LCAS in Eugene with a group of 9 severely neglected kitties infested with parasites, bone-thin, and so malnourished they looked like babies, though they are 6 mos. Now healthy and beautiful, these sisters are the last of the group, and are so bonded they are available at 2-for-1 fees if kept together. REALLY great with dogs, other cats and children. Contact 541-682-3645 or Their case numbers are 1110-0645 and 0647.


Mighty Whitey




What home is complete without their own big, white rabbit? This guy really needs a place of his own to share his rabbit charm with. To meet MW, go to Mighty_Whitey.html.

Claire (aka Molly) is a very loving, caring cat who took wonderful care of her human, who became ill. Very friendly, good at her job of providing comfort and company. Claire is older, and needs a home suited to that. Contact Cat Adoption Team or

HI, I’m Sissy. I like to sleep in boxes or tuck myself in hidey holes, but you can lure me out with string. Even though I’m 9, I love to play! I’m tiny with a cute face, long whiskers and koala-like ear tufts. I was brought to Animal Aid when my parents became too ill to care for me. I’d love to meet you! Please call 503-292-6628.

This sweet, mature Pittie is needs to be an “only.” Approx. 6 yrs, 59 lbs, spayed. Jewels has been at MCAS the longest, and can’t wait to meet you! Learn more: 503-988-4610 or Her Animal ID is 516315.

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Emergency vet opens in Beaverton

Dr. Shawn Thomas (right) and Mary Benton with Grace (fluffy feline)

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ntil now, options for after-hours urgent veterinary care on the west side have been few and far between. That’s changing, with the Jan. 22 grand opening of an emergency clinic named Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency. Dr. Shawn Thomas, owner and chief veterinarian, has been seeing patients at the clinic’s Tanasbourne location since mid-December, opting to wait until after the holidays to Other than host an open house and officially open the doors. Thomas wanted to provide the metro area’s west side with a facility that could handle real-life emergencies anytime, which means operating at unusual hours. Other than special occasions, like this month’s open house, Tanasbourne Emergency will be open Monday through Thursday 5pm to 8am, then opening Friday at 5pm and remaining open ‘til 8am Monday. Though it means working odd hours, owning his own emergency veterinary practice is what Thomas has always wanted to do.

special occasions, Tanasbourne Emergency will be open Monday through Thursday 5pm to 8am, then opening Friday at 5pm and remaining open ‘til 8am Monday.

Caring for animals has always been part of Shawn Thomas’s life. Growing up, as he puts it, “in the middle of nowhere” near Grants Pass, his family always had animals. “Dogs, cats,”Thomas runs down the list, “pigs, sheep, goats, geese, cows, rabbits and, at one point, we even had emus.”


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Caring for their animals was a priority, and sometimes that required a little common-sense resourcefulness. “You couldn’t afford to call a vet each time you needed one,” says Thomas. He remembers his mom, who was a registered nurse, stitching up a dog’s beaver-fighting injuries with a regular needle and thread. The experience stayed with him. Thomas aways knew he would be a vet. What he didn’t anticipate was the passion he would develop for emergency care. That grew while working at VCA Salem Animal Hospital, where he practiced veterinary medicine for the 3½ years prior to opening Tanasbourne Emergency. While VCA Salem wasn’t an emergency clinic, it was the only clinic open on weekends in south Salem, so Thomas saw his fair share of urgent cases. “I saw everything from gunshot wounds to ruptured lungs to animals hit by cars,” says Thomas. But as much as he loved helping pets and owners in Salem, Thomas and his wife, Christina Fera-Thomas, wanted to return to the Portland area, where they had lived while Thomas completed his undergraduate degree at Pacific University.

“This is where we wanted to be,”Thomas says. The couple began constructing a business plan which, in this case, literally involved building the practice from the ground up. Implementation has been challenging, he

“The plumbing, electrical, floors and HVAC are the only things we haven’t done ourselves,” says Thomas. As proud as he is of turning the 3500 square-foot storefront into a functioning animal hospital, Thomas is eager to trade in his tool belt for his stethoscope. With the final touches done, the doctor looks forward to finally applying all he has practiced, studied and experienced. As his own boss he can bring a family focus to emergency medicine. “I don’t care what it is, I don’t care who it is, let’s get [the pet] seen,” he says, while maintaining that “trying to make [emergency medicine] as family-oriented as possible” remains his priority. The clinic’s mammoth x-ray machine is a perfect example of a unique characteristic of this doctor and his practice: here you’ll find equal parts 21st Century technological know-how and ranch-house resourcefulness. The machine, dating from 1989, came from a clinic in California. Next to it is what looks like a fax machine out of Star Wars.

Digital x-rays are significantly more useful and convenient than traditional films. Veterinarians can adjust an image’s brightness with the turn of a dial, or send an image to consulting doctors with a few

The clinic’s mammoth x-ray machine is a perfect example of a unique characteristic of this doctor and his practice: here you’ll find equal parts 21st Century technological know-how and ranch-house resourcefulness.

Staci Correa (left) with Aubrey (liver-spotted dalmation)

Resourceful and high tech.

crash carts, two isolation rooms for infectious diseases, and separate feline and canine wards.

Of course diagnostic tools don’t stop with an x-ray machine. There’s an endoscopy scope that checks for digestive tract obstructions, a blood lab, and a computerized monitoring system that keeps patient treatments from falling through the cracks. Other safeguards include

But behind all those tools is the skill and knowledge of Dr. Thomas and his friendly staff. To meet them and check out the westside’s new emergency clinic, stop by 2338 NW Amberbrook Dr on January 22, or visit them online at

scans the exposed film into the clinic’s computer system.

Jake Faris

clicks of a mouse. But cutting-edge x-ray technology is outside of most budgets. Thomas found a way to combine an older x-ray machine with a reusable film system that

is a freelance writer who’s worn many different hats, including a hardhat and the 8-point hat of a police officer. Jake and his wife Charity live with their two cats and four dogs in Beaverton. The whole pack moved to Portlandfrom Wenatchee, WA three years ago. Now a dedicated Oregonian, Jake finds new reasons to love his adopted state every day. Contact him at jake@spotmagazinenet.

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Department of Justice clarifies definition of Service Animals The U.S. Dept. of Justice revised the definition July 23, 2010 to say, “Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.”The key points are that it must be a dog, and it must do something other than simply be a dog.

Harold Hansen helping a student at his “Heeling Free” Dog School in Eugene.


arold Hansen, owner and operator of “Heeling Free” Dog School in Eugene, contacted Spot recently to share an article he published recently in a human-focused medical publication. He felt — and we wholeheartedly agreed — that the information was important to share with all those who work, live with and love dogs. The article was originally created for physicians after Hansen received a call from a dog owner who said she wanted her doctor to write a letter saying she needed a “Service Dog.” She said her doctor wasn’t certain about the guidelines, so Hansen did the homework and learned that the definition had recently been clarified to read: “Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), businesses and organizations that serve the public must allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals into all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go.” Hansen says that regulations covering emotional support animals for housing and airline access are different; links to those rules appear at the end of this article.

“Until now,” says Hansen, “ a patient could have claimed, ‘I need one because I stay in my home all the time, and with a dog, I will have go out to buy him food and take him for walks.’ Others might claim their need was for company, companionship, or protection. The new definition clearly explains, ‘The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.’” “At ‘Heeling Free’ Dog School, I get calls from people wanting a ‘Service Dog.’ Before the update, I would tell them that Lane County Animal Services issues a free ‘Service Dog’ license when a person presents a physician’s letter stating the need for a Service Dog, and proof that the dog has a current rabies immunization. There were no training or task requirements.” Hansen went on to say that “People with untrained, even aggressive dogs would obtain a letter, get the license, and cause problems. When challenged about the dog’s behavior, the dog owner would claim

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protection under the ADA. While the law still prohibits asking ‘about the nature or extent of a person’s disability,’ now, the dog owner may be asked ‘if the animal is required because of a disability and what work or task the animal has been trained to perform.’” In Lane County, as rabies immunizations expire, current Service Dog licenses must also be renewed. Holders will be required to present evidence that the dog performs a task. Physicians who have written letters for Service Dogs may be approached by patients again. Hansen says the new definition will allow physicians to quickly determine whether a patient’s needs fall within the new standard. Laws for airline travel, housing, and public accommodations are different. Information about all three are available on the homepage of Hansen’s website, Or call Hansen directly at 541-484-6680. Harold Hansen opened “Heeling Free” Dog School in Eugene in 1976, offering classes for family dog owners. Along with the basics, help is offered with behavior problems including separation anxiety and serious aggression. In 2000 his book, The Dog Trainer’s Guide to Parenting was published by Sourcebooks. Hansen teaches classes in Eugene and Corvallis. He lives with his retired 15-year-old Shiba, Zippy, and a gray and white stray cat that is adopting him.

Celebrity trainer coming to Salem


rainers who reach international acclaim are few, and opportunities to meet them are rare. That’s just one of many reasons Victoria Stilwell’s visit to Salem this February is so exciting. It gets even better when you realize the star of Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog series is also a rock star in animal welfare — active in

rescue around the world — and is also a bestselling author.

Atlanta with her husband, daughter, and dog Sadie.

Stilwell will be in Salem Saturday, Feb. 26 for a series of events, including a visit to work with staff at Willamette Humane Society, a live performance at the Historic Elsinore Theatre, and a meet and greet/book-signing after the show.

The morning of Feb. 26, Stilwell will work with staff at WHS on training techniques to enhance shelter dogs’ adoptability. That evening, she’ll share her experiences and demonstrate training tips using adoptable dogs from WHS in a presentation at The Elsinore Theatre in downtown Salem. The show begins at 7:30, with a book signing immediately after the show.

Born and raised in Wimbledon, England, Stilwell is one of the world’s most recognized and sought after dog trainers. She is best known for her role as the host of Animal Planet’s hit TV series, It’s Me or the Dog, through which she demonstrates positive, reward-based training while counseling families on their pet problems. Certified by the Animal Behavior and Training Associates, Stilwell advocates the use of positive reinforcement training methods that enhance a dog’s ability to learn while increasing confidence. She is strongly opposed to the use of forceful, dominance-based training techniques, which often result in ‘quick fixes’ but can ultimately cause more long-term harm than good. Author of Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet, and Fat Dog Slim: How to Have a Healthy, Happy Pet, Stilwell is also a regular columnist for Dog World, American Dog and Dogs Today magazines. She currently lives in

Tickets are $22 and $35, and are available by calling 800-992-8499, or online at ticketswest. com. All proceeds from the event benefit the animals at WHS. Stilwell’s visit is presented by Capitol Subaru and sponsored in part by Spot Magazine. “We are thrilled to bring Victoria Stilwell to our area,” says Joan Towers, WHS Executive Director. “Like Ms. Stilwell, we are committed to using positive reinforcement training methods in our work with shelter dogs and community dog owners through our behavior and training classes. We look forward to having her share her knowledge and expertise with our staff and the community.” Details about the event, WHS and Stilwell can be found at

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Tricks of the Trade… one frame at a time

Tricks of the frame at a time

The camera

looks both ways with David Childs


magine having your portrait made by two different photographers. One is fun, energetic, and makes the session a great time. The other photographer gets you feeling nervous as he barks orders at you from behind the camera. How different will your expressions be in those two sets of portraits? Imagine the results from a third photographer who is clearly troubled over something and even tears up during your session. There’s an old saying in portrait photography: “The camera looks both ways.” The energy and emotion we bring as photographers are often reflected back to us and into our images. If you want a photo of a smiling baby, do you think saying “cheese” or popping your head out from behind the camera with a big smile and possibly putting on a silly hat will yield better results? This same principle works with our fourlegged subjects. My thinking is, “Be the emotion you want to see.” It sounds simple enough, but our cameras can really get in the way here. So much of our emotional communication happens through our faces, which we photographers hide behind a camera. So a trick to work on is being able to compose your shot

and then bring your head out so you can make eye contact with your subject. When you do this I recommend you shoot a bit wider than you otherwise would, and plan to crop later. This will leave you some room in case the camera moves when you move your head. This technique works especially well for capturing fun play sessions. Try getting down on the floor and playing with your friend. Have your camera next to you and mix playing with taking photos. It takes some practice to get this technique down, but it’s great fun. The key is to not lose your connection with your friend while you make photos. You can use you voice and gestures to help stay connected. Sometimes you can even turn the whole thing into a fun game of peek-a-boo. If your subject loses interest in you then set the camera down and rebuild the connection. Fun photo sessions make for fun photos! All your hard work learning your camera so well that operating it is instinctive will pay off big here. Few things seem to bore my four-legged subjects more than if I stop to fiddle with my camera. Although some have kindly thought to help by pushing their noses into the camera.

This month’s assignment

Have Fun!

After you’ve spent awhile capturing fun play time you can try being mellow. If you’re patient you’ll find your subject is likely to become mellow, too. At first they may try for more play, but if you wait and stay calm — conveying it in your voice and actions — oftentimes they’ll mellow out too. Yawning can help. Once the pace shifts you can make some soulful images of your friend at ease. Bringing your head out from behind the camera can work really well here, too. But now you want to exude calm energy versus the bouncy, fun energy from earlier.

Or pick any other kind of energy or emotion and create a photo that has your furry friend mirroring it back.

I’m looking forward to your photos! To help us learn even more from each other, I’d love it if along with your photo you’d include a note about your experience with the session. We’ll share this in the web component of our class, and in the magazine as space permits. I’d love to hear about any challenges you had in creating your photo, key things you learned, what you love about the photo, and/or just fun stories about the shoot.

Study with David Live! His pet photography classes are offered at OHS. Details,

CLASS RECAP Try the exercise

Check out David’s tips and comments

Send your photos from the assignment to: David@ Please put “Spot Photo Class” in the subject line

Meet David here in February for your next session!

Visit and click on “Photography 101” to see your photos and those of your fellow students Share your great work with your friends!

David Childs David Childs is a professional photographer, photo journalist, instructor, and animal advocate. You can see his work or contact him at www.

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aybe you found them at pet events this past spring or summer, at Doggie Dash in May, or Dogtoberfest in September, Or perhaps you’ve passed their display on the aisles at Whole Foods in Portland’s Pearl District. They are Waggin Tails Organic Dog Biscuits — little brown bags of tasty goodness — created and packaged by Port City (PC).

While this might not count for much to larger organizations, every penny at PC matters. According to Bekah Cardwell, PC’s Executive Director, they’ve already had to cut

does diversification better cushion a lean budget, but the more work PC can generate in-house, the greater the possibilities for jobs for its participants. That’s why, when Kandi Kaiser, PC’s Direct Care Manager, approached Cullins about an idea for a pet-themed gift product, Cullins’s ears perked up. Kaiser had seen packaged dog treat mixes at a holiday bazaar she had attended. Like cake mix, consumers need only add “wet” ingredients and bake. For added appeal, the PC packaging includes a bone-shaped cookie cutter. To Cullins, this seemed perfect for PC.

Port City Development is a nonprofit that provides community outreach, vocational rehab and employment to adults with disabilities in Portland. Stuart Cullins, PC’s Production Manager, explains their many community programs with simpler language:“We provide the tools, you provide the gift.”

By February, Cullins had formulated the recipe, packaging, and cookie cutter into a production

positions and eliminate a portion of employee benefits. And, Cardwell says, to maintain its goal of providing transportation for participants, the organization anticipates having to replace its three vans in the near future. But, like other creative and diverse communities, PC is looking for ways to capitalize on their gifts.

Gifts abound at Port City, but like everywhere these days, budgets are tight, and PC has had to adjust. A significant portion of its budget is funded through a combination of Medicaid and the state, which traditionally supports such organizations, explains Cullins. Oregon lawmakers, trying to shore up budget shortfalls, cut PC’s funding by 6% in 2010, translating to a loss of $72,000.

As visitors tour PC’s various activity areas (sewing, knitting, gardening, weaving, painting, the list goes on), the feeling is one of a large, warm family. The feeling carries through to the spirit in which the caring PC staff seek new production projects. Already providing janitorial services, job development/ placement and ongoing contract
work for Aramark uniform services, PC is always seeking ways to diversify its production activities. As Cullins points out, not only

Writer Jake Faris tested the recipe, with helpful assistance from wife Charity and pets Angel (shown) Buddy, Lucy, Pearl and Quincy

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In just two months, participants like Tommie B. had produced months’ worth of
inventory. Asked if he had a production specialty, Tommie explains that while he did all the jobs, “The labeling was pretty cool. I got them on perfect.” There are other fans of the treat mix around PC. Kaiser, who had the

As visitors tour Port City’s various activity areas (sewing, knitting, gardening,

plan. Michelle Lewis, PC staff, supervised production, where eight participants at a time produced 15 bags of treats per day.

weaving, painting, the list goes on), the feeling is one of a large,

warm family.

inspiration, baked a batch at home for her dogs, Maggie 14, and Lucy 4. “They liked them!”Kaiser says with pride. The pride and gifts evident in the dog treats are just the tip of the iceberg. Across the street PC workers converted an acre of former

blackberries into a working urban farm. PC participants grow just about anything suited to the climate, to sell at local produce markets. Compost and fertilizer is provided by chickens and goats on the

farm, which are also tended to by participants. And Jeff, Buckaroo and Abby aren’t just any goats. PC sheers them twice a year, turning their hair into wool for their Fiber Arts program. Bonnie D., a weaver in the fiber arts program, demonstrated how she takes yarn and weaves it into a scarf she will later sell at Port City’s newly-opened gallery. Like the gold thread shot through her wool, personal pride and blessingare woven through every product,

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and visitors can roam, swim, exercise, socialize and have fun...every day! Fresh drinking water is always available as is the cafe and free Wi-Fi throughout the park. Fido’s Indoor Dog park also offers doggie daycare and boarding services that include all day play in the park!

service and, yes, even dog treat, made at Port City. You can support PC by stopping by their new art & craft gallery at the corner of N. Williams Ave. and Thompson St. in Portland. Or, grab some tasty waffles and coffee just a block south at Solar Waffle Works and Coffee King.

In addition to Pearl District Whole Foods, Waggin Tails Organic Dog Biscuits are also available online at,, Food Front (NW Thurman) and Green Dog Pet Supply.

pride and “The gifts evident in the dog treats are just the tip of the iceberg.

Jake Faris is a freelance writer who’s worn many different hats, including a hardhat and the 8-point hat of a police officer. Jake and his wife Charity live with their two cats and four dogs in Beaverton. The whole pack moved to Portlandfrom Wenatchee, WA three years ago. Now a dedicated Oregonian, Jake finds new reasons to love his adopted state every day. Contact him at jake@spotmagazinenet Spot Magazine | January 2011


ReaderSpotlight Meet Blu and Cookie! Hello there. I am submitting these photos in hopes they might be considered for a shot at the magazine somewhere. They are beautiful dogs and such great spirits! The one on the left is my 5-year-old male Heeler, Blu. The girl at right is my 3-year-old Heeler, Cookie.

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Meet Kari and Hallee!

Kari Kindrick of Springfield with her new pup, Hallee, a Lab/Shepherd mix, which she adopted from SafeHaven in Albany on her 8th birthday, which was also Civil War weekend.

Laura “LoLo”Theil Laura was born May 18, 1996, along with her sister Carson and brother Claudius at a puppy mill in Newport, Washington.



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The puppies endured terrible abuse and neglect. They were found chained in the snow, with no food or water, surrounded by the bodies of deceased canines. Paige Powell, who once worked for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine and is a well known and loved animal advocate, got a call about the sisters. She called Connie Theil, who immediately drove to Washington to get them, as the two were in imminent danger of being euthanized due to their extreme fear of people. It took Connie a year to socialize Carson and Laura, as they cowered whenever humans approached and knew nothing about living inside

a house. The pair was featured on several television news shows about the horrors of puppy mills. Eventually, they were able to go on walks, go to the beach, and really enjoy life with their new family. Carson, who once appeared on the cover of Spot, preceded her sister in death by several years. Laura was still taking her daily walk a week before her death at age 14 yrs, 8 months. Laura, also fondly known as “LoLo,” passed away Dec. 9 and was interred Dec. 10 in NE Portland next to her sister, and many other friends. Donations in her name to GREY2K USA a nonprofit dedicated to ending the cruel “sport” of dog racing. Contact them at or 617-666-3526.


Volunteer openings at top Valley animal org

Spot learned last month that WAG (the Willamette Animal Guild) of Eugene is seeking helping hands and hearts. Spot has long known WAG to be active and effective in providing spay/neuters for pets of Lane County and beyond. In less than three years, the nonprofit has “fixed” over 14,000 animals who would not otherwise have been altered. Some cases required special care, including transport, and if there’s one thing about WAG, it’s that it is truly made up of diehard animal-loving, hardworking rock stars who find ways to “git r done.” Both growth and normal attrition have created several rewarding volunteer opportunities at WAG, for responsible animal lovers who want to be part of the solving pet overpopulation in the Willamette Valley. WAG has a cohesive, “well-oiled” team of folks who love what they do and work seamlessly to ensure the health and welfare of all the animals who find their way to WAG. Most volunteer roles require no more than 2-4 hours daily, for one, two or more days weekly. Opportunities are numerous and varied, gratification assured.

Experience in veterinary, rescue, foster, adoption or other animal welfare roles is always helpful but not always necessary. Anyone interested in learning more about or in helping this stellar group should contact


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“We enthusiastically support the expansion of this service to accommodate the entire family, including their pets.” says Mike Oswald, MCAS Director. “Even in the most severe weather conditions, including Hurricane Katrina, pet owners would not abandon their pets to enter warming centers that would not accept pets. By accommodating them, we’re saving not only animal lives, but human lives.” In a 2008 Housing and Urban Development analysis, Oregon had

the highest homeless rate in the U.S. The official homeless numbers were grim: 16,221 homeless individuals on a one-night head count of shelters. This figure is likely only half the total picture, as according to state statistics, less than half of the state’s homeless are sheltered on any given night. For more information on warming centers, visit, or dial 211 on any phone. For more info about MCAS, visit

MCAS, Red Cross support warming center to accept more pets In preparation for the cold winter La Nina promises, Multnomah County Animal Services is partnering with the Humane Society of the United States to provide 40 animal crates to the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross to accommodate homeless families with pets. The Red Cross Emergency Warming Center will be located at the Imago Dei Church, 1302 SE Ankeny, when temps fall below 32 degrees. The shelter will accommodate 150 people and up to 40 pets. This is the only emergency warming shelter in Portland accommodating pets.

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CONTINUED just so cool!” To see the entire announcement, and check out the list of Top Dog Products for 2010, visit To learn more about Brad and Virginia’s products, visit and

Young local entrepreneur tops Top Picks List Congratulations are in order . . . and speaking of “order” . . . young local entrepreneur, Bradley Larios of the Big Bully Dog Leads company (featured in Spot April 2010) and his mom, fellow entrepreneur Virginia (Ginger) Dunn, have come out with natural dog soap that made the “DOG GUIDE” TOP PICKS for the year. “DOG GUIDE went through tons of awesome doggie products,” says Dunn, “and chose their all-time favorites for their 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. And - GUESS WHAT? This year, my own soap made the list!” Dunn continued, “Here’s what they said about us . . .” All Natural Dog Soap: I don’t like using anything that isn’t all-natural on my dogs, and this small batch, handcrafted soap for canines is exactly that! Made by the same family that came up with the concept for my all-time *favorite* leash, these soaps are tested on their own Cane Corsos. We tested a few of their bars on our crew, and besides smelling fantastic and looking squeaky clean — there was no wasted shampoo as there is when you pour from a bottle. Using bar soap allows easy access to all those hard-to-reach areas. Brad and Virginia have worked to produce everything from calming bars to a stinky piggy (for that extra odoriferous pup! “People tell me they love the soap,” says Dunn, “but being recognized is 26

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New supplements are a “real treat!” Dale Edgar Brand has launched a new line of supplements for dogs made in the form of yummy wafers (Dale Edgar calls them Nutri-Wafers), eliminating difficult to administer pills and messy/wasteful powders or liquid supplements. The new line features three products — Hip & Joint K9, Skin & Coat K9, and Calm K9 — each available in two sizes and packaged in re-closeable plastic jars. “Our mission was to create supplements that contain therapeutic levels of active ingredients in a form agreeable to both owner and animal,” says Dan Calkins, co-owner and the ‘Edgar’ in the company name. “The anti-inflammatory in our products is mild and gentle on the stomach. And the inactive ingredients all provide nutritional value.” Calkins goes on to say the products are extremely easy to use, “A consistent ingredient throughout all our products is Salvia Hispanica, commonly known as Chia, which is a rich source of Omega 3,” Calkins continues. “Chia is high in potassium and calcium, and provides a great balance of protein, fat and fiber. Also, the hydrophilic, (water-loving) prop-

erties of Chia are phenomenal, as the Chia seed can retain up to 10 times its own weight in water. Keeping dogs hydrated longer helps them digest and absorb nutrients better,” Calkins concludes. The founding team at Dale Edgar Brand brings years of industry experience to market. To check out all Dale Edgar Brand products, visit or your local pet store.

Starving dog rescued in Portland It was one of those stories that dominated conversation on social networking sites, emails, and at the water cooler. A beautiful little black and tan Dachshund was found Dec. 1st near a restaurant at NE 7th near MLK Blvd. in NE Portland, so undernourished she was a living picture of “skin and bones.” A good samaritan had found and taken her to the Oregon Humane Society, and as reports unfolded and the owner sought, it was clear the dog would not have

OHS veterinarians said Moxie was one of the most undernourished dogs they had ever seen. “On a body condition scale of one to nine, this dog was a one,” said OHS Veterinarian Dr. Zarah Hedge. The dog’s ribs and spine were clearly visible, and her body temperature was just 92 degrees, compared to the normal temp of 100. Moxie’s owner was still being sought at press time. Anyone with information regarding Moxie’s owner should contact OHS at 503-2857722. Moxie is expected to regain her lost weight and be available for adoption from OHS within weeks.

New puppy mill law at work A puppy breeder in Southern Oregon went out of business in December, thanks to a new law cracking down on practices at puppy mills. The owner’s 41 dogs went to the Oregon Humane Society to find new homes.

survived much longer without food. The Dachshund, nicknamed Moxie Doxie at OHS, weighed 4 lbs. 7 ounces on arrival; under normal circumstances she should have weighed about 10 lbs. Moxie was not suffering from any injuries or other medical conditions that could account for her low weight — she was literally starving for food.

This same breeder became the first in the state to voluntarily surrender dogs to comply with the new law in March, surrendering more than 40 dogs to OHS to obey the law’s limit of 50 breeding animals. In the latest development, the owner said she could not afford to comply with the standards of Oregon’s Puppy Protection Act.



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“I hope all these dogs will find good homes and I am glad that OHS came here today to help start that process,” said the breeder, who requested anonymity. The breeding facility, located in the Medford area, once housed as many as 500 dogs but was down to under 200 dogs in recent years. The breeding operation shipped puppies to buyers as far way as New York. The 41 dogs that went to OHS in mid-December included a variety of popular breeds such as Shi Tzus, Pomeranians, Maltese, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, West Highland Terriers, and more (Pomeranian at the breeding facility is pictured). Oregon’s newly enacted Puppy Protection Act prohibits a variety of inhumane practices common at puppy mills. Dogs must get out of their cages at least once a day for exercise, and cages must be large enough for dogs to stand and turn around in. Stacked wire cages that allow feces and urine to fall through and land on the dog below are no longer permitted. There are also requirements for sanitation and record-keeping, along with protections for purchasers of dogs. “We applaud this breeder for doing the right thing and encourage other breeders to follow her example,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. “If someone can’t afford to provide dogs with the minimum care required by this law, then they should not be in the breeding business.” All the dogs received a health exam and any needed medical treatment. Each was spayed or neutered and made available for adoption Dec. 16.

ASPCA celebrates 2010’s legislative victories for animals

dogs, increasing the size of dogs’ living spaces and requiring yearly veterinary exams.

The ASPCA wrapped 2010 celebrating major legislative victories for both companion and farm animals. Folks at the organization expressed their gratitude in a recent ASPCA newsletter: “Whether you wrote letters to your legislators to express concern about a federal or state bill, signed up for ASPCA Advocacy text messages to stay abreast of legislative alerts, or simply spread the word to friends and family, the ASPCA appreciates your determination to make our world a better place for all living beings.”

In April, legislation to end Greyhound racing in New Hampshire forever was overwhelmingly passed by the state’s Senate. Governor John Lynch signed the Greyhound Protection Act into law on July 8, adding New Hampshire to the majority of American states where this cruel “sport” is now illegal.

Following are a few of the notable legislative victories of 2010 being celebrated: Federal When the 11-year-old Crush Act was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in April, Congress acted fast to ensure that lack of a federal law didn’t lead to a revival of the vile crush video industry. A more narrowly-constructed version of the law was passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and was signed into law by President Obama Dec. 9th.

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California In 2009, California passed the landmark Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, which outlawed “battery cages” and mandated that California’s egg-laying hens be housed with enough room to stand up, turn around and spread their wings. This year, the Golden State upped the ante by approving Assembly Bill 1437, which requires that by 2015, all whole eggs sold in California come from farms that meet the Act’s humane standards for housing laying hens.

Tennessee The ASPCA extended kudos to the Tennessee General Assembly for finding creative ways to fight back against dog fighting. Passed in both chambers nearly unanimously, TN HB 238/SB 555 prohibits persons convicted of certain violent and drug-related felonies from owning dogs deemed vicious — based on their individual behavior — and also requires any dog in the possession or custody of a violent felon to be spayed or neutered and microchipped. dogs for fighting. Connecticut A new law developed by the ASPCA, Connecticut Votes for Animals, and Connecticut animal control officers to prohibit the dangerous and inhumane chaining/tethering of dogs was passed in late spring and went into effect Oct. 1st. The vocal and steadfast support of the ASPCA’s Connecticut Advocacy Brigade helped this legislation squeak through in the final hours of the legislative session.

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Missouri Perhaps the toughest battle for the ASPCA last year was fought in Missouri, where a puppy mill ballot initiative before the state’s citizens meant that every vote counted — and opposition was fierce. On Nov. 2, Missourians hit the polls in support of Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. Effective in one year, the Act will help dogs in the “puppy mill capital of America” by restricting commercial breeders to no more than 50 breeding female

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Creative Compounds................................. 15 Dale Edgar Brand...................................... 12

APPAREL Healthy Pets Northwest............................ 11 Pugz Brand................................................ 15 Wags! Dog Emporium............................... 8


PORTRAITS David Childs Photography......................... 31 Karl Edwards Illustrations......................... 4

3 Dogs Boarding & Daycare....................... 17 Brody’s Doghouse..................................... 28 Cooper Mountain Kennel.......................... 18 Countryside Pet Spa.................................. 12 Doggie Day Camp...................................... 28 Fido’s Indoor Dog Park............................... 22 Laurel Acres Kennels................................. 24 Many Paws Kennels................................... 2 Opportunity Barks..................................... 28 Rose City Vet............................................. 17 Sniff Dog Hotel.......................................... 2



Multnomah County Animal Services......... 11

Compassionate Care.................................. 28 Dignified Pet Services................................ 27

EVENTS Best in the Biz Top Dog Awards................. 3 KPSU Weekend Report.............................. 29 Victoria Stilwell Performs.......................... 4

FITNESS Paws Aquatics........................................... 9

FOOD / TREATS Pugz Brand................................................ 15 BiMart....................................................... 32 Dale Edgar Brand...................................... 12 Healthy Pets Northwest............................ 11 Jesse’s K-9Cookies.................................... 28 The Muttley Crew...................................... 28 Snowfire - distributor of fine foods........... 14 Solid Gold Northwest................................ 23


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SUPPLIES BiMart....................................................... 32 Dale Edgar Brand...................................... 12 Healthy Pets Northwest............................ 11 The Muttley Crew...................................... 28

TRAINING Many Paws Kennels................................... 2 Opportunity Barks..................................... 28 Sniff Dog Hotel.......................................... 2 Wonder Puppy.......................................... 2

VACATION RENTALS Bennington Properties......................... 5 Idyllic Beach House.............................. 24, 28

VETERINARY CARE Animal Allergy & Ear Clinic of Oregon ....... 25 Back on Track Vet Rehabilitation Center..... 9 Rose City Veterinary Hospital.................... 17 VCA NW Veterinary Specialists.................. 13

1 PORTLAND — Nominate Animal and Humane Heroes for the Oregon Humane Society’s Diamond Collar Awards. The awards honor animals who performed services within the community with undying loyalty, saved lives, or overcome incredible odds. Winners can also be humans who have had a positive impact on the lives of animals. Nominations deadline is Jan. 21, 2011. Nominations submitted online at The Awards ceremony will be held Thursday, February 17 at the Governor Hotel in Portland. PORTLAND • 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. Airs every Saturday at 10. EUGENE • 2pm — Dog Tale Time every Saturday at the Downtown Library. Kids grades 1-6 build skills by reading to trained dogs. Dogs & handlers provided courtesy of PAAWS (People and Animals Who Serve), a local chapter of the Delta Society. Pre-register for 15-minute reading sessions. Details 541-682-8316. PETSMART • 4pm — Adopt a cat this weekend. CAT counselors are on-site noon-4 at local PetsMart stores every weekend day in January. Store locations include Clackamas, Hillsboro Tigard, Tualatin, Wilsonville, Washington Square, and 8825 SW Cascade Ave. Details.




Animal Allergy & Ear Clinic........................ 25 Back on Track............................................. 9 Paws Aquatics........................................... 9 VCA NW Veterinary Specialists.................. 13

SHERWOOD • Noon & 2pm — The Cat Food Bank is open to provide cat food for cat owners in financial need. Located at CAT’s shelter: 14175 SW Galbreath Dr.

Bows & Bones Mobile Grooming............... 28 Cooper Mountain Kennel.......................... 18 Countryside Pet Spa.................................. 12 The Muttley Crew...................................... 28


BiMart....................................................... 32 Greyhound Coffee Roasters....................... 28 Pugz Brand................................................ 15

PORTLAND • VARIOUS DATES/TIMES — Puppy Playgroups at Wonder Puppy in Portland’s Pearl District. Pups 2-6 mos attend Sundays & Wednesdays. Details

3 WHAT’S SO FUN ABOUT MONDAYS? It’s when Spot’s Vonnie Harris accepts/ posts photos of good times from the weekend at “Spot’s House” on the web. A recent invite for people to check out new photos brought 700 visitors in one day! That’s A LOT of friends you can share your photos with! Send photos (anytime) to

4 TIGARD • 7-9pm — Flyball Practice with Stumptown Racers at InBark. Admission to view the practice is $2. Repeats Tuesdays in January. Details

5 PORTLAND • VARIOUS DATES/TIMES — Puppy Playgroups at Wonder Puppy in Portland’s Pearl District. Pups 2-6 mos attend Sundays & Wednesdays. Details

6 Portland • Noon — DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Group at 1945 NW Pettygrove. PORTLAND • 6:05pm — Tune into 98.1 FM Radio for Spot’s Report on Pet-friendly events this weekend. The Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show.

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7 FRIDAY Reminder - Grab the camera and shoot fun photos to share at “Spot’s House” ( Send ‘em to — she’ll post the latest on Monday.

EUGENE • 2pm — Dog Tale Time every Saturday at the Downtown Library. Kids grades 1-6 build skills by reading to trained dogs. Dogs & handlers provided courtesy of PAAWS (People and Animals Who Serve), a local chapter of the Delta Society. Pre-register for 15-minute reading sessions. Details 541-682-8316.


8 PORTLAND • 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. Airs every Saturday at 10. TIGARD • 11am — OHS Adoption Outreach at PetsMart ‘til 3 and at Furever Pets, 1902 NE Broadway in Portland noon-4. BEAVERTON • Noon — Find some bunny to Love. Meet sweet adoptables and their Rabbit Advocates at Western Pet Supply in Beaverton ‘til 3. Conversation/info about care & adoption, plus light grooming & nail trims for visiting bunnies (suggested donation). Details

GRESHAM • 8:30am — Obedience Show-n-Go at Dogtown. Columbia River Cairn Terrier Club hosts this obedience show-n-go. A great way to tune up for Rose City. Details 360-666-0115.

PORTLAND • 11am — Feral Cat Coalition Volunteer Orientation. For anyone interested in helping feral and stray cats live healthier lives. Details 503797-2606 or PORTLAND • Noon-2:30 — The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank, helping anyone who needs help feeding their pet(s), at 910 NE MLK Jr Blvd in Portland. Details PORTLAND • Noon — Puggle Play

Group hosted by Pdx Puggles at Dogs Dig It. Admission $5/Puggle. Details 503-236-8222. PORTLAND • 1pm — Memorial Art Community Workshop at DoveLewis in NW Portland. Families 1-2:30, ages 16-adult 3-4:30. Enid Traisman MSW facilitates. Create a unique memento of your beloved and spend a little time in good company. Free; RSVP to dovelewis. org/giftshop.

12 PORTLAND • VARIOUS DATES/TIMES — Playgroup for Pups 6 mos. & older with Wonder Puppy at Sniff Dog Hotel Wednesdays. Like an indoor dog park but with structure and instruction from a professional trainer. Each session provides a balance of play and clicker training, and will teach pups and their peeps valuable tricks and behaviors. Details

13 Portland • 9am — Dove Lewis Pet Loss Support Group at 1945 NW Pettygrove. PORTLAND • 6:05pm — Tune into 98.1 FM Radio for Spot’s Report on Pet-friendly events this weekend. The Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show.

15 PORTLAND • 9am — The Portland Dog-Lovers Meetup Group at Glacier View Sno-Park. Meet friendly people and get out with your dogs. Meet at the Parkrose Transit Center at NE 96th & Sandy. Details


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PORTLAND • 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. Airs every Saturday at 10. PORTLAND • Noon — OHS Adoption Outreach at PetsMart, 9721 NE Cascades Pkwy, ‘til 4. PORTLAND • Noon — Portland Beagle Meetup at Memorial Park in (Wilsonville), a popular spot for good reason — a large, well-maintained off-leash area with a path around the perimeter. Details EUGENE • 2pm — Dog Tale Time every Saturday at the Downtown Library. Kids grades 1-6 build skills by reading to trained dogs. Dogs & handlers provided courtesy of PAAWS (People

and Animals Who Serve), a local chapter of the Delta Society. Pre-register for 15-minute reading sessions. Details 541682-8316.

17 PORTLAND • Whole Foods MetroWide Bag Donation Program. Take your own bag into any Metro Whole Foods store Jan. 17 ‘til Apr. 10, get a 10 cent credit to donate to a selected nonprofit. Details WHAT’S SO FUN ABOUT MONDAYS? It’s when Spot’s Vonnie Harris accepts/ posts photos of good times from the weekend at “Spot’s House” on the web. A recent invite for people to check out new photos brought 700 visitors in one day! That’s A LOT of friends you can share your photos with! Send photos (anytime) to

20 PORTLAND • 6:05pm — Tune into 98.1 FM Radio for Spot’s Report on Pet-friendly events this weekend. The Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show. PORTLAND • 7pm — Dove Lewis Pet Loss Support Group at 1945 NW Pettygrove.

21 FRIDAY Reminder - Grab the camera and shoot fun photos to share at “Spot’s House” ( Send ‘em to — she’ll post the latest on Monday.

22 PORTLAND — Bark and Bowl to benefit The National Canine Cancer Foundation at The Hollywood Bowl. Lace up your bowling shoes, grab your ball and help find a cure. Light and sound shows, glow balls, music, tons of prizes, plus drinks, team photos and a Dog House vendor area. Details http:// PORTLAND • 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. Airs every Saturday at 10. PORTLAND • Noon — OHS Adoption Outreach at PetsMart, 9450 SE 82nd Ave, ‘til 4. EUGENE • 2pm — Dog Tale Time every Saturday at the Downtown Library. Kids grades 1-6 build skills by reading to trained dogs. Dogs & handlers provided courtesy of PAAWS (People and Animals Who Serve), a local chapter of the Delta Society. Pre-register for 15-minute reading sessions. Details 541682-8316.

23 TROUTDALE • 9am — Hike at Sandy River Delta hosted by the Portland Dog-Lovers Meetup Group. Meet friendly people and get out with your dogs. Details

PORTLAND • Noon-2:30 — The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank, helping anyone who needs help feeding their pet(s), at 910 NE MLK Jr Blvd in Portland. Details Portland • 12:30 — Dog Massage for Owners Class with Rubi Sullivan of Heal at Doggy Business, 4905 NE 42nd Ave. Bring your four legged friend and learn basic massage strokes. Great for maintaining pet health and staying attuned to their ever-changing bodies. Take-home info, one-on-one instruction. Sign up before the day of the class. Admission $45. Details 503-327-8877 or

27 PORTLAND • 5:30pm — OHS Adoption Outreach at Oregon First, 5136 NE Garfield St., ‘til 8:30. Portland • 7:00pm — DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Group at 1945 NW Pettygrove. PORTLAND • 6:05pm — Tune into 98.1 FM Radio for Spot’s Report on Pet-friendly events this weekend. The Furry FunPlanner report opens the KPSU Family Show.

EUGENE • 2pm — Dog Tale Time every Saturday at the Downtown Library. Kids grades 1-6 build skills by reading to trained dogs. Dogs & handlers provided courtesy of PAAWS (People and Animals Who Serve), a local chapter of the Delta Society. Pre-register for 15-minute reading sessions. Details 541-682-8316.

30 EUGENE • 11— Oregon Truffle Marketplace at The Valley River Inn. Learn about and sample truffles at this open event. Enjoy artisan foods, wine tastings, a truffle dog demo and lecture series. Tickets, $15-$20, at the door. Details 503296-5929

Get Your Tickets! Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog presents a public performance, meet & greet and book-signing. Attendees can bid on an hour-long consultation with Victoria. Details 503-585-5900, ext. 324.

31 WHAT’S SO FUN ABOUT MONDAYS? It’s when Spot’s Vonnie Harris accepts/ posts photos of good times from the weekend at “Spot’s House” on the web. A recent invite for people to check out new photos brought 700 visitors in one day! That’s A LOT of friends you can share your photos with! Send photos (anytime) to

Circle the Date Feb. 19

Low-cost Pet Vaccinations 4-5pm by Good Neighbor Vet at Fido’s indoor dog park.

28 EUGENE • 7:30am — Truffle Dog Training Seminar. Admission: $650 w/dogs, $300 w/out. Train your dog to recognize the scent of Perigold and Oregon truffles, and then engage in the authentic experience of hunting wild truffles untouched by human hands. Space is limited; details 503-296-5929.

29 PORTLAND • 10am — Mountain Dog Meetup at Fernhill Park at the corner of NE Ainsworth & NE 41st Ave. Take your dogs out to the park. They’re getting frisky with the colder weather, so take them to the park for good times you’ll both enjoy. Details ldmiller@aracnet. com or 503-282-6706. PORTLAND • 10am — Pet Nutrition & News with Chip Sammons on KKPZ, 1330 AM radio. Chip helps you help your pets live long, healthy, happy lives. Airs every Saturday at 10.

Jan 6, 2011: Mel Feit celebrates the New Year and new decade and discusses issues of abuse for children raised in custody disputes.

Jan 13, 2011:

Susan Detlefsen, Mother Interrupted, on parents who have had their children taken unfairly by the DHS.

Jan 20, 2011: Chris Cary on writing a book on the importance of active fathering.

Jan 27, 2011: Sonja Harju with an update on Oregon issues.

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Spot Magazine | January 2011


January 2011 - Spot Magazine  

In this issue: Meet your 2010 Cover Models, Port City Treats-Made with Love, Pet Phorography with David Childs, Victoria Stilwell comes to S...

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