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Hi Readers, The holidays are a strange time to be a pet. They want to be in on all the fun but might be in the way or dislike all the hustle and bustle or, for that matter, might dislike cigar-smoking Uncle Joe, who only shows up on Thanksgiving and always manages to scare the cats. Decorations are pretty but sometimes breakable and sometimes poisonous, and for some reason Fido gets fussed at for drinking the water under the tree. We’ve got some tips for safe holidays inside, as well as toys that could make great gifts. It’s a tough time to be an adoptable pet, too. Fearing “impulse buys,” shelters historically discouraged adoptions around this time of year, but many now embrace the “Home 4 the Holidays” effort. Begun at San Diego’s Helen Woodward Animal Center in 1999, Home 4 the Holidays stresses adopter preparation (no surprise puppies or kittens), good screening processes, and inter-shelter cooperation. Center director Mike Arms explains, “More families invite pets into their homes during the holidays than any other time of year. If shelters turn these families away, we may as well send them to a pet shop or puppy mill.” He thinks that the screening process enables shelters and rescues to help families find exactly the right pet for them. “What better gift can any of us give during the holiday season than to save the life of an orphaned animal?” If your shelter or rescue is holding a December Home 4 the Holidays event, please e-mail or fax us the details by November 5 (editor@spotmagazine.net or 1-503-397-1463). November brings us the tenth annual Humane Society for the United States’ Shelter Appreciation Week, November 6–12. HSUS held a contest for “Super Shelter Stories” earlier in the year; the winner will be featured in the syndicated comic strip “Mutts” during Shelter Appreciation Week. Portland-based Banfield, the Pet Hospital is offering free physicals to every pet adopted during the week. Visit www.animalsheltering.org for more information. While we’re on the subject, Portland and Vancouver did a great job appreciating our shelters last month. Oregon Humane Society’s Telethon for the Animals and Humane Society for Southwest Washington’s “Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog” dinner and auction were massively successful. Both October 8 events raised awareness and hundreds of thousands of dollars for homeless pets. By the time you read this, we will have had a great time at our October 28 Fall Barking Lot Party at the Beaverton Bi-Mart. I’ll tell you all about it next month. Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Spot, After four, almost five years of off-leash advocacy, C-SPOT (Citizens for Safe Parks with Off-leash Territory) is, unfortunately, going on hiatus. For those new to the struggle, and who are reaping the benefits of the new off-leash areas without the joys and tears of getting those 31 areas in Portland, indulge me a brief recap. About five years ago, Jason Lensch and I and about six other off-leash proponents decided that, after years of acrimony and feuding with Portland Parks and Rec to establish more off-leash areas and not getting anywhere, a change of approach could only help. We wanted to be able to use the parks that we helped to pay for safely, to allow other users who didn’t feel comfortable around off-leash dogs to be able to enjoy the parks, and for both groups to not live in fear of increasingly contentious altercations. We decided that promoting ourselves as the nonprofit advocacy group that could help Parks develop and maintain OLAs throughout the city, would wake Parks up to the ignored needs of a large percentage of regular parks users. Charles Jordan, then head of PP&R, and Jim Francesconi, the city councilor in charge of Parks, listened to us but never acted. Finally, C-SPOT was approached by a group of PSU graduate students in Urban Studies who wanted to do their final project on the need for OLAs in Portland. This study brought to light that over 40% of Portland households have dogs, there are more dogs than children within the city’s core, and that Portland lagged way behind most of the nation and the world in its lack of OLAs. Most of those dog owners own homes and vote, which in that year of an impending mayoral election pushed the agenda to develop OLAs into hyper-drive. Suddenly we had 31 spaces and no real understanding of how to manage them. Parks then instituted the Off-Leash Advisory Committee, which consisted of dog owners, non-dog people, neighborhood advocates, sports and nature advocates, and myself representing C-SPOT. After many months of meetings we made our final recommendations to City Council last December and even (gluttons for punishment that we are) agreed to continue meeting every six months or so to keep re-evaluating this program. And though this summer was pretty conflict free, we still have not been able to get the off-leash users motivated to help maintain these areas, nor to get any real support from Parks that would allow C-SPOT, as a nonprofit, to raise money for amenities or coordinate volunteer efforts. We still think there is a place for a group like C-SPOT to help citizens become involved and help Parks maintain the OLAs we have, develop new ones, and work on improvements. Many of the OLAs have no water sources, small dog areas, benches, or unlocked bathrooms for the humans. None of the fenced areas have double gates or the simple amenity of a bulletin board to coordinate clean-up days or training/educational forums. We also strongly feel that, besides areas set aside in our urban parks, there is a need for places to hike with our companions and would like to see some trail space opened up in Forest Park or in some of Metro’s vast land holdings. All of these areas could be managed by the involved users. C-SPOT, in hopes that a new day of activism will come, will maintain its nonprofit status and its web site and mailing address. Maintaining the nonprofit status will hopefully allow us to help other groups with off-leash issues and will allow us to jump back into the game if people start to miss us (a girl can dream … ). Spot and its predecessor, Dog Nose News, have always been very supportive of our work and we are very appreciative. And anyone who wants to help reactivate C-SPOT or has any ideas to offer about off-leash recreation is free to contact me anytime via our website: www.cspotpdx.com. Oh yeah, one more thing: C-SPOT t-shirts are still available — half-price, $5, such a deal — and they look good on your dog, too!! The Princess Rottenweiler and I are now going to the park. Y’all stay in touch! Sincerely, Marychris Mass (and Scimmia), President, C-SPOT

Companion and working animals are important, beloved members of the family. Spot Magazine is the one-stop resource for information, ideas, and events of interest to these animals and their people. Spot Magazine welcomes opinions and letters to the editor. To be considered for publication, letters should be signed and include the writer’s full name, address, and daytime telephone (for internal use only). Spot reserves the right to edit letters for length and clarity. Mail to: Spot Magazine PO Box 16667 Portland OR 97292; Fax to: 1-503-397-1463; e-mail to: editor@spotmagazine.net. Opinions and ideas expressed by writers and/or advertisers herein are not necessarily endorsed by, or necessarily reflect, the opinions of Spot Magazine or Living Out Loud, Inc.

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Take Me With You! 5 Traveling with your pets is fun, rewarding, and often difficult. Fellow travelers share their tips, tricks, and experiences in this monthly feature. This time: Dog-friendly lodging, hiking, canoeing, and more at Washington’s beautiful Lake Quinault.

Hot for the Holidays 6 The Association of Pet Dog Trainers annual conference is to dog products what Fashion Week is to women’s clothing. Here’s what the pros rolled over for this year.

Behavior Bites 8 Noted behaviorist and author Karen London specializes in both canine aggression and canine play, and covers that whole range in her column for Spot. This time: The good, the bad, and the squeaky — the features that make dog toys fun, engaging, and even educational.

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Animal House 9 Pets dig, scratch, chew, and wet, and don’t necessarily care that you just reupholstered that couch. This column offers practical solutions for maintaining a happy, healthy, and (largely) unchewed home. This time: How to keep Fluffy and Fido out of the Thanksgiving dinner, what parts of the Thanksgiving dinner to keep out of Fluffy and Fido, and other seasonal tips.

Furry FunPlanner 10 Animal-related events and activities for November. Find a play day, informational workshop, pet show, or even a new animal companion.

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Animal news of interest from near & far Kerry Bleskan • Spot Magazine

Canine flu in Oregon Humane societies, animal control agencies, and the Oregon Department of Health announced October 11 that a case of highly contagious canine influenza has been identified in the Portland area. “Dog flu” is generally not serious, but can cause pneumonia and may be fatal in one to five percent of cases. There is currently no vaccine. The most common symptom is a cough, similar to kennel cough but lasting for several weeks. Other symptoms include fever, lethargy, and nasal discharge. Health agencies say to call your vet and isolate your dog if he or she develops a cough. While thought to have originated from racing horses, dog flu is not transmissible to humans or animals other than dogs. Animal service agencies are collaborating to try to keep the virus from spreading within shelters.

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adoptions, 10 of whom were Katrina cats.” She attributes the rise to media attention. Other factors also made the decision easier: all 41

Continued care for hurricane victims Last month local humane societies and rescues continued to help the animals left homeless by Katrina. All Terrier Rescue, Cat Adoption Team, Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals, and Oregon Humane Society were among the groups who helped rescuers in the Gulf region and brought hundreds of cats and dogs cross-country to be fostered or adopted. “We did struggle in the beginning to figure out if we should be taking animals in given that there are up to 10,000 cats euthanized every year in the Portland area, 5,000 of them highly adoptable,” said Britta Bavaresco of Cat Adoption Team (CAT). “But in the 10 days since we brought the Katrina cats up, we’ve had 90

of the “Katrina cats” were originally from Louisiana shelters, which frees up space in those shelters for lost pets, and a donation earlier this year increased CAT’s available cages, so no local cats were turned away as a result of the additional cats at the shelter. Oregon businesses and private individuals pitched in too. Banfield, the Pet Hospital; Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and members of Portland Veterinary

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Medical Association provided exams, vaccinations, and other medical care. Dove Lewis’ expert grief counselor Enid Traisman provided counseling to Louisiana families separated from their pets. Pilot Bill Campbell donated his Niki’s family time and use of described his small plane finding him to get 41 homeless felines to again as “the Cat Adoption one bright Team. Oregon spot during H u m a n e Society supthis time.” porters paid to fly nearly 100 pets to the shelter for fostering with the ultimate goal of being reunited with their families, a dream that came true almost immediately for two of these pets, fourteen-year-old chow chow Niki and five-year-old shorthair cat Patches. Both were identified by their families through the humane society’s website and joined them back in Louisiana October 13. For more information: All Terrier Rescue www.atrhc.org; Banfield, the Pet Hospital www.banfield.net; Cat Adoption Team www.catadoptionteam.org or 503-925-8903; Dove Lewis www.dovelewis.org or 503-5353351; Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals www.ofosa.org or 503-649-9488; Oregon Humane Society www.oregonhumane.org or 503-285-7722.

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nly a few hours from Portland, the Lake Quinault Lodge on the Olympic peninsula provides an excellent way to enjoy the beauty of this unique area and bring your dog along. Since pets aren’t allowed into Olympic National Park, the location of the lodge just outside of the Park boundaries means that both you and your hound can have a great time. That part is kind of confusing, so here it is again: The lodge is within the Olympic National Forest, which allows leashed dogs on trails, but next to Olympic National Park, which does not. It takes a bit of planning, but by paying attention to whether your destination is in the National Park or National Forest, you should be able to avoid any problems. Constructed in the same style as the great lodges of the national parks, it will feel familiar to anyone who has visited Timberline Lodge. Several additional buildings have been added to the property over the years, expanding the lodging options. The most relevant to the traveling pet and owner are the Boathouse rooms. The Boathouse is a small building with an encircling veranda and views down the lawn to the lake. There are eight single rooms and one suite in this building, and during our visit nearly every

room hosted a hound or two. Once unpacked, the visitor is presented with an array of activities. There is a wide range of pooch-accessible hiking trails to choose from, but dogs must be on a 6’ leash. A short trail starts directly across the road from the odge’s main entrance. This trail inks with a few others to provide ooping options through the surrounding rainforest. They can also be connected to a lakeside trail for a loop that starts on the back lawn of the lodge. A short interpretive trail through a stately old-growth grove is ocated about a mile west of the hotel. For a day-long challenge, the route to the top of Colonel Bob Mountain rewards determined hikers with spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains, the distant Cascades, the Pacific, and Puget Sound. Don’t forget to bring water for your pooch if attempting Colonel Bob, there may be none along the way and it will be needed! On those afternoons when the hound is too pooped to hike anymore, owners can bike or drive up the road to Olympic National Park. Here you can hike up the Quinault River trail

and experience a rainforest setting just as impressive as the world-famous Hoh River’s, but much less crowded. Canoes, kayaks, and motorboats are available for rent at the small beach and dock behind the lodge. This is also a great place for fetching sticks and swimming. You can fish from the dock as well, but don’t forget to pick up a tribal fishing permit at the general store across from the lodge, as the lake itself is a part of the Quinault Indian Reservation. Guides are available and recommended if you’re serious about catching fish in this large lake. The lodge is also about a half hour from the ocean, where again there are options of dogfriendly or dog-free beaches. Heading south from the lodge brings you to Pacific Beach, Moclips, and Ocean City, where the beaches are open to all. Much of the coastline north of the lodge is within Olympic National Park, and

so is closed to all pets. Even so, the savage beauty of the wild Pacific coast is definitely worth a visit if a dog sitter can be arranged. This is only a cursory list of Olympic Peninsula activities, and you’re sure to be out of time and energy long before running out of options. More information about the lodge can found at www.visitlakequinault.com. Jeff is a full-time student and avid backcountry traveler. He lives in St. Johns with his fiance, Lancea, and Banner the wonder dog.

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THIS YEAR’S TOP NEW DOG TOYS

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ach year at the Association of Pet Dog Trainers national conference, the trade show is full of hot new toys, treats, books and training tools for dogs and their people. In a Herculean effort, this year’s conference was moved from New Orleans, Louisiana (where it could no longer be held due to Hurricane Katrina) to San Jose, California in under two weeks. Nearly 800 dog trainers attended the five days of educational seminars. With the holidays just around the corner, start thinking of your favorite canine companions. Toys that encourage dogs to think and solve puzzles are highly recommended by dog trainers because they are fun, rewarding and interactive. Dogs love them too! Here are the top four toys that trainers at the conference were talking about:

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This is the toy for every dog! Availa five different animal shapes and sizes fo large and small dogs, the Q-Tease inc rate a plush toy with a tuggable dental ro standard squeaker, and a pouch for a te ball. The toy comes with a squeaky Air Ko tennis ball and a replacement. It will al make a great training toy: toss the toy for retrievers, tug with dogs who like to tug, or even put food inside the pouch to build toy drive in food-mot vated dogs. Kong products are predictable in their high quality and appeal to dogs as well as humans. Use the Q-Tease like you would any other plush or rope toy, and of course, supervise your dog with the toy.

The Everlasting Treat Ball is a unique toy and while it doesn’t last forever, it does keep most dogs busy licking, chewng, and thinking for an extended period of time. Special dome-shaped treats fit snugly on either side (or both) of the squat cylinder. There is an inner chamber for smaller treats if desired. The treats come in several flavors including Chicken and BBQ and are similar to the Nylabone

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by Canine Genius, $19 Leo offers a new twist on the popular treat release toy concept. Shaped like a genie’s bottle and made of brightly colored rubber, the Leo has several openings for food to come out of as the dog plays. The toy holds a substantial amount of treats or kibble (the inventor even uses raw food) and can be used instead of the dog’s bowl to promote mental stimulation. The shape makes the toy wobble and bounce in crazy directions when tossed, dropped, pawed at and nudged. The unique feature is that you can connect two or more Leos together making a larger, more complicated toy. It’s currently available in a medium-to-large dog size in two different chew strengths, regular and extra. A small dog version is forthcoming.

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line. For dogs who learn to pop the treat out easily (some do so quickly, some never figure it out) the company has created Everlocking Treats. Best described as a treat-flavored screw mechanism, they add significant difficulty and can thwart the efforts of dogs who have wised up to the standard treats. These are not on store shelves yet but the company says they will be available in time for holiday shopping where Everlasting Treat balls are sold.

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BEHAVIOR BITES TOYS: The good, the bad and the squeaky Karen B. London, Ph.D. and Annie

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og Perignon Champagne plush toys, Hairy Winston squeak toys, and the chewable Dolce and Grrrbana designer shoes are signs that the market for dog toys has exploded in recent years. Choosing toys can be daunting because the good ones need to be safe, fun, and last a reasonable amount of time, but they shouldn’t be outrageously priced or so painful to human feet when stepped on in the middle of the night that we lose our PG rating.

Educational does not mean boring The purpose of dog toys is not to give us a peaceful moment in which to read the paper and have a cup of coffee (although if you have used them in this way, join the club.) Dogs learn when they play, and some toys, such as the Intellicube and the Intellibone, are designed specifically with canine higher education in mind. Dogs can spend hours happily playing with the removable parts, learning to use mouths, paws, and noses to manipulate objects. Another educational favorite is the plush jackpot chipmunk, which has a Velcro closure pocket containing a plushcovered squeaker. Dogs can learn to open the pocket to get the squeaker, or the pocket can be used to store treats. My dog Bugsy, who quite frankly was a couple ants short of a picnic, finally learned to fetch

with this method. He dutifully brought the toy, which he probably thought was a dog-proof cookie jar, back to me so that he could be paid in liver biscotti for his hard work.

Toys for exercise Many dogs get over-the-top excited about fetching tennis balls, and anybody whose dog loves them to the point of distraction (literally!) should pause to be grateful, because never was there a less expensive, versatile, good-for-us, goodfor-them toy. If a slimy tennis ball is inhibiting, get a Chuckit, which is a plastic tool for scooping up and tossing the ball without ever having to touch it. For even more exciting games of fetch, consider the blinking Fetch and Flash Ball. For Frisbee lovers, the Flying Squirrel Frisbee and the Hurl-A-Squirrel are both popular with the canine set. The Soft Bite Floppy Disc floats in water and has hot pink edges, which makes it easy to locate after an errant throw. (Notice the voice of experience here.) The Critterbug Laser Toy is ideal for dogs who like to chase flashes of light and live with people who like to sit on the couch. To play tug, a knotted rope will suffice, but the Donkey Tail, which is a long, stretchy braid made of fleece, is even better.

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choices do remind us. Plush toys to rip apart and squeak toys to pounce on are prized by most dogs. For the more discriminating predator, consider The Critter, which is essentially a faux fur covered tennis ball with a faux fur tail attached. It is rare to make the acquaintance of a dog who does not go bonkers over it.

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Beware! Toys to avoid Regular Frisbees can injure teeth, which is why I recommend the kinder, gentler Frisbees mentioned earlier. I steer clear of battery-powered toys that make insane amounts of noise, and also avoid toys with small pieces that can be swallowed or choked on, or flimsy toys that

Karen B. London, Ph.D. is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Pet Dog Trainer who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in domestic dogs. An expert in canine aggression and play-related issues, she has written widely about training and behavior. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her husband and their two sons.

Vet on the Spot with Mark Stanhope St. Francis Animal Hospital, Vancouver

Spot: What is your specialty? The Doc: My special interests are small animal species; my patients are primarily dogs and cats and I also accept pets regarded as exotic. “Nontraditional” is probably more accurate, as rodents, reptiles, and birds are actually quite common. I am not a “specialist” as such. In the veterinary community, the term refers to a DVM who has pursued additional formal education to qualify as a specialist when tested before a board of authorities in the field. Spot: Why did you choose it? The Doc: My special interests reflect my desire for versatility. More casually, I would like to be able to treat any species I am likely to have as a pet! Spot: Explain your credentials (the initials after a vet’s name). The Doc: A Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is a degree that indicates an education in medicine, surgery, and dentistry. I have had some additional formal education specifically dealing with exotics in the form of continuing education conferences. (Continuing education of some kind is required for all veterinarians to maintain their license to practice.) Most of my knowledge comes from personal observation, reading, and discussion with colleagues.

Spot: Who benefits from your care? The Doc: I hope all animals may benefit from my care, through intervention for suffering animals and preventive care for healthy ones. Species I have treated include dogs, cats, snakes, lizards, sugar gliders, chinchillas, rabbits, hamsters, pigeons, finches, parrots, rats, gerbils, ferrets, monkeys, hawks, eagles, deer, and owls.

Spot: Are most of your patients referred to you by their regular vet, or do their humans find you? The Doc: Most [nontraditional] patients find their way to me as a result of owners looking for someone who will see unusual species. A few are referred by colleagues at other hospitals.

Spot: Tell us about new developments in your specialty. The Doc: One recent development is demonstrated evidence of the value of fullspectrum sunlight, especially the ultraviolet range, for the general health and well being of psitticines (parrots). An avian specialist managed to show that sunlight, fresh air, and exercise really are as good for an animal as they sound, which is marvelous because it gives credibility to the common sense vets have been sharing with bird owners.

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lackamas veterinarian Dr. Josh Horner of Banfield, the Pet Hospital says it’s easy to incorporate pet-friendly steps into daily routines to protect pets from potential holiday hazards and winter chills, keeping the whole family healthy and happy. Dr. Horner offers the following tips to help ensure the entire family safely enjoys the festivities of the season.

Home for the holidays Nice indoor pets can turn naughty with easy access to tempting human holiday treats and fancy plants. Keep overly fattening and dangerous treats out of reach; these include turkey skin, poultry with bones, chocolate (toxic to cats and dogs), caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, and even grapes and raisins. Make sure guests know the rules too. The easiest way to keep pets away from the feast is just that — keep them away, by crating dogs or keeping the cats upstairs. Some pets may actually prefer to stay away from the bustle and noise of holiday dinners. If yours would rather be involved, set up baby gates to keep her with the people but out of the kitchen. Start training now to prevent bumps, spills, and general bad manners: work on “sit,” “down,” and jump-free greetings. If the excitement of company is just too much, perhaps Pup should wear an anti-jump harness to the party. Certain plant decorations such as holly, poinsettias, and mistletoe are poisonous. Tinsel is tempting but very dangerous to cats. Consider baking safe holiday pet treats and decorating with colorful paper and dried-flower wreaths. If putting up a tree, make sure it’s secure, and keep lights and ornaments out of reach of batting paws. The best ornaments are large

and unbreakable, without sharp hooks. Keep lit candles far from wagging tails and, if your pets are into chewing on electrical wires, try coating them (the wires, not the chewers) with hot pepper sauce.

Winter walks While you might want to stay in and skip the chill during really cold weather, indoor dogs still need to get out for entertainment and exercise. A few simple steps go a long way to ensure comfort and safety. When dog walking in winter, dress pups in warm sweaters and be mindful of icy pavement. On return, wipe paws with a damp towel; salt and chemicals used to melt ice or snow can irritate footpads. Putting dog booties on paws can help protect from cold, ice, and chemicals.

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aLL MONTH LONG 40th Anniversary of Willamette Humane Society, formerly Humane Society of the Willamette Valley. New website, www.willamettehumane.org, and new logo unveiled today.Celebration 10am– 6pm Nov 12 includes prizes, reduced/ waived adoption fees, and vendors. Meet Adoptable Cats from Multnomah County Animal Services every day at Gresham PetsMart. Info www.multcopets.org.

1 tuesday Puppy Playtime every Tuesday at BarkaLounge, Portland. Puppies 10–20 weeks, 6:30–7:15pm; 20 weeks–12 months, 7:30–8:15. Pre-registration required. Info www.barka-lounge.com; 503-236-3868. 10am Tails of Dove Lewis Tour at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital’s Northwest Portland location. Free. Info rsvp@dovelewis.org; 503-535-3391 x44. 7pm Comedy and Pet Theatre with Greg Popovich and his menagerie of adopted dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits at the Elsinore Theatre, Salem. Adoptable pets from the newly-renamed Willamette Humane Society in the lobby. Info www.elsinoretheatre.com. 7–8pm Drop-in Conformation Handling Class every Tuesday at It’s a Dog’s Life, Vancouver. Info www.pennyking.com; 360-600-1849.

2 wednesday 5–8pm Adoptable Cats from Willamette Humane Society at Salem’s First Wednesday. Reed Opera House, Salem. Info www.willamettehumane.org 503-505-5900.

3 thursday Noon–1pm Pet Loss Support Group at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal 10

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Hospital’s Northwest Portland location. Free. Groups meet several times each month, schedule posted online. Info www.dovelewis.org; 503-234-2061.

4 friday Holiday Bazaar at Willamette Humane Society Thrift Store, Salem, Through Nov 5. Many items ½ off. Info 503-362-6892. Photography Show featuring Dan Shirey’s shots of NE Portland neighborhoods at Wholesome Blends Coffeehouse, 4613 NE Sandy, through Nov 30. Oregon Humane Society receives $25 each sale. Info www.shirey. artpress.whstudios.com. 6:30pm Obedience Show & Go every Friday at Pup-a-Razzi, Beaverton. Info www.pup-a-razzi.com; 503-259-8978. 7–9pm Drop-in Agility Classes every Friday at Absolutely Magic Dog Training in Gresham. Info/directions 503-256-1779.

5 saturday Adoptable Cats from Multnomah County Animal Services at Division Petco every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Info www.multcopets.org. Adoption Outreach with Second Chance Companions at Cascade Park Petco, Vancouver. Outreaches held at various locations throughout the month. Info www.sccpets.com; 360-687-4569. All-Breed AKC Show at Linn County Fair & Expo Center, Albany, through Nov6. Hosted by Willamette Valley Kennel Club. Info www.onofrio.com/ shwpubs.html (search “Complete Listing); 503-239-1080. Volunteer Training at Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood. Adoption counselor training Nov 5 and 19, 1pm. New volunteer training Nov 12 and 26, 10am. Info www.catadoptionteam.org; 503-925-8803. 8am Agility Trial at Barb White Barn, Turner, through Nov 6. Hosted by Fleet Feet Agility. Info summit@ncn.com; 503-743-2613.

9am–3pm Adoptable Pets from West Columbia Gorge Humane Society every Saturday at Washougal Farmers’ Market, Pendleton Woolen Mills Parking Lot. Info shelteringhands@yah oo.com; 360-835-3464. 9am Agility Fun Match at Forest Grove Barn, 4884 SW Anderson Rd. Hosted by Columbia Agility Team. $3/run, $5/2 runs. Info www.columbiaagility.org. 10am–4pm Adoptable Cats from Salem Friends of Felines every Saturday at Lancaster Dr PetsMart in Salem. Info www.salemfriendsoffelines.org; 503-581-9444. 10am Chihuahua Play at Chapman Park. Info pdxchihuahuas@comcast.net. 10am Zoo Experiences Workshop for ages 5–7 plus parent at Oregon Zoo. “Hiding in Plain Sight” is all about urban wildlife and includes a craft, snack, and tour. $20–23/child & parent, $10–11.50/ addl child, max 5 children/adult. Info www.oregonzoo.org; 503-220-2781. 10–11am Pet Nutrition and News with Chip Sammons every Saturday on KKSL1290 AM. Rebroadcast Saturdays at 4pm. Info about Sammons at www.holisticpetcenter.com. 10–11am Pet Loss Support Group at Willamette Humane Society, Salem. Led by experienced humane society staff. Drop-in, free. Also meets Nov 19. Info www.willamettehumane.org; 503-505-5900. 11am–4pm Adoptable Cats from Cat Adoption Team at various locations: 11am–3pm every Saturday at Tanasbourne and Tualatin Petcos, noon– 4pm every Saturday and Sunday at Pet Loft in Portland and Clackamas, Hillsboro, Tigard, and Wilsonville PetsMarts. Info www.catadoptionteam.org; 503-925-8803. 11am Problem Pooch Class at Oregon Humane Society, Portland. Peopleonly group discussion on dog behavior aimed at new and potential dog adopters. Drop-in, $10 suggested

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donation. Also held Oct 15. Info www.oregonhumane.org; 503-285-7722. 11am Pug Playday at Minto Brown Park, Salem. Noon–4pm Adoption Outreaches with Oregon Humane Society at Furever Pets and Tigard PetsMart. Outreaches held at various locations throughout the month, check schedule at www.oregonhumane.org or call 503-416-5026. Noon–4pm Animal Aid Show & Tell at 5335 SW 42nd Ave every Saturday. Animal Aid is an independent, nonprofit group that helps animals through fostering, spay/neuter efforts, and more. This month’s outreach events are Nov 13, 1–4pm, at Urban Fauna and Nov 19, 10am–2pm, at Western Pet Supply. Info www.animalaidpdx.org; 503-292-6628. Noon–4pm Meet Shelter Pets from Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals every Saturday and Sunday at Beaverton and Hillsboro Petcos. Info www.ofosa.org; 503-649-9488. 2–4pm Open Indoor Playgroup every Saturday in November at Lexidog’s Macadam location. $2 donation; all social, vaccinated dogs welcome. Info www.lexidog.com; 503-245-4363. 3–6:30pm Alley Cats Strike! 4th Annual Bowling Ball at Hollywood Bowl. $25/2 games and shoe rental; benefits Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. Info www.feralcats.com; 503-249-8861.

6 sunday Small Dog Playgroups at Lexidog’s Pearl location. Dogs 15 lbs. & under 11am– noon, 25 lbs. & under noon–1pm. Info www.lexidog.com; 503-243-6200. 1pm Great Dane Romp at Normandale Park, Portland. Info pages.ivillage.com/ gdromp.

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1–2pm Schroeder’s Puppy Romp with Dr. Kirsten Nielsen, CPDT, every Sunday afternoon at Schroeder’s Den Daycare for Dogs, Hillsboro. Open to vaccinated puppies 10 weeks–6 months. Info www.schroedersden.com; 503-614-9899.

7 monday 7-9pm Yappy Hour Party at Hotel Vintage Plaza, 422 SW Broadway. Meet adoptable dogs or bring your own. Refreshments, celebrity guests, and treats for all. $35 donation; all proceeds benefit Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Tickets jwilliamson@south westhumane.org; 360-750-0847.

9 wednesday 7:15–8pm Drop-in Conformation Handling Class second & fourth Wednesdays at Benton County Fairgrounds, Corvallis. Info rbritts@comcast.net.

11 friday Annual Scottie Beach Trip at Shilo Inn, Newport. Hosted by Cascade Scottish Terrier Club. Info www.cascadescots.org.

12 saturday Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic exclusively for feral cats who have someone feeding them. Info/reservations Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon www.feralcats.com; 503-797-2606. 10am–4pm Pretty Kitty Holiday Bazaar at Russellville Grange hall, 12100 NE Prescott. Unique gifts, a cat behaviorist, and free refreshments. Benefits House of Dreams cat shelter. Info 503-262-0763.

Obedience Club. Info jim.corbett@ oregonstate.edu; 541-737-2526. 9am–3pm New Volunteer Orientation at Oregon Humane Society. Sign up 503-285-7722 x204. 1pm Zoo Experiences Workshop for ages 8–10 plus parent at Oregon Zoo. “Birds of Prey” includes a craft, snack, and tour. $20–23/child & parent, $10– 11.50/addl child, max 5 children/adult. Info www.oregonzoo.org; 503-220-2781.

16 wednesday 6pm Tails of Dove Lewis Tour at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital’s Northwest Portland location. Free. Info rsvp@dovelewis.org; 503-535-3391 x44. 7-8pm Dog-Star Connection Class at Lexidog’s Pearl location. Relax with your dog using massage and meditation, led by Ren Matney, certified animal massage & master Reiki. $10/doghuman pair, $5/addl human. BYO blanket/mat. Reg reqd by Nov 15. Info www.mrdoganimalmassa ge.com; 503-730-9560.

17 thursday 7pm Doggie Date Night at Lexidog’s Pearl location. Info www.lexidog.com; 503-243-6200. 7pm Grief Support Group at Woodburn Pet Hospital. Free. Info 503-981-4622.

19 saturday 9am All-Breed Dog Sports Show at Clark County Fairgrounds, Ridgefield, Washington. All-breed agility, sled

sprint, treadmill, and weight pull; American pit bull terrier conformation. Hosted by All American Premier Breeds Administration. Info www.aapba.com; 360-274-4209.

4–6pm Rabbit Advocates Meeting at Oregon Humane Society. Bunny health and care information, Q & A with rabbit experts. Drop-in, free. Info www.adoptarabbit.org, 503-617-1625.

11am–3pm Santa Paws Pet Portraits at Gateway, Gresham, Johnson Creek, Raleigh Hills, and Walker Rd Fred Meyer Garden Centers, through Nov 20. $20 includes negatives and two 5X7s; benefits Oregon Humane Society.

6–9pm Animal Aid at Magical Night of Giving at Lloyd Center. Info/tickets www.animalaidpdx.org; 503-292-6628.

1–4pm Ferret Adoption Session at Vancouver PetsMart. Ferrets and helpful volunteers from Cascade Ferret Network. Info www.cascadeferret.org; 503-231-0887.

22 tuesday 7pm Fish Show and Greater Portland Aquarium Society meeting at Friendship Masonic Hall, NE 57th/ Sandy. Info www.gpas.org.

1:30pm Graduation Ceremony at Guide Dogs for the Blind, Boring. Organizers warn, “Bring tissues” as new dog/ Cat Adoption Team’s annual Wisker Wonderland fundraiser is November 19. Here, Shauna Parsons and Pete Ferryman of FOX 12 Oregon emceeing the auctions at last year’s event

handler teams start their lives together and volunteer puppy raisers say goodbye. Demos, campus tours. Info www.guidedogs.com; 503-668-2100. 6–10:30pm Whisker Wonderland at World Forestry Center’s Miller Hall. Cat Adoption Team’s biggest yearly fundraiser: Live music, dancing, refreshments, and auctions, or try your luck scooping the “G’Litter Box” for jewelry. Benefits. Info www.catadoption team.org; 503-925-8903.

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25 Friday Shih Tzu Show at Holiday Inn Portland Airport. Hosted by Mount Hood Shih Tzu Club of Portland, OR. Info 503-558-1221.

26 saturday Toy Group Show at Holiday Inn Portland Airport. Hosted by Willamette Toy Dog Fanciers. Info 503-558-1221.

27 sunday 2:30–4pm Pug Play Day at Irving Park, near the ball fields.

28 monday 7–8pm Animal Massage Association of Oregon Meeting. Open to all; first meeting free. Info/directions 503-730-9560 or 503-806-6308.

1pm Great Dane Romp at North Clackamas Park, Milwaukie. Info pages.ivillage.com/gdromp.

10am–6pm Critters & Crafts Bazaar at PGE Building, 3700 SE 17th. Arts & crafts, gifts, pet supplies and more; benefits Oregon Ferret Shelter. Info wzldad@comcast.net; 503-557-8369. 11am–3pm Santa Paws Pet Portraits at Hollywood West, Interstate, and Tualatin Fred Meyer Garden Centers, through Nov 13. $20 includes negatives and two 5X7s; benefits Oregon Humane Society. Noon Pet Portraits with Santa at Beacock Music, Vancouver, through Nov 13 & Nov 19–20. Benefits Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Info www.southwesthumane.org; 360-693-4746.

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