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4 AHRooOOooo! Enter your little monster to win! Spot and 99.5 The Wolf Radio kick off the holiday season with a fun costume contest for great prizes!

14 Meet Your 2013 Willamette Valley Cover Models Pets and their peeps entered Spot’s WV Cover Model Search throughout the summer. Our winner Jackson graces the cover, and all who entered are featured inside.

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Animal abuse and domestic violence are tightly linked. Now, thanks to a forward-thinking Bonnie Hays Shelter volunteer, in Washington County, justice and solutions to these crimes are becoming linked as well.

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26 Life Unleashed … Roxy's long journey home

It all started with what felt like a brush with death. Then, after four arduous years, a village of angels, and tons of training, the goofy blockhead Michelle Blake originally feared officially became a beloved member of her own family.

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While those in veterinary medicine love the chills and thrills of the holidays, it’s not Halloween monsters that give them the willies. Top doc Heidi Houchen offers to-dos and not-to-dos for the holidays, from Halloween to New Year’s Day.

6 Animal Community Talks

Local animal advocate Daniela Iancu’s ACT program presents top local experts in health and behavior, designed to strengthen the connection among those in the veterinary, behavior, shelter, and other animal care fields. The sessions are not just outstanding — they’re free!

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One of Portland’s favorite fall events — DoveAdore featuring Boutiques Unleashed — takes the runway Oct. 18. The night is fabulous, the fashion show is a blast, and it’s all in support of the great programs of DoveLewis.

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AGE: Jax’s birth certificate says he was born April 24, 2008, but we celebrate his “Homecoming” on June 21st, when we rescued him from the window of the puppy store. BREED: Australian Sheppard as far as his pet parents know. PACK: Mom, Kathleen M. Rienhardt-Waring, Dad, Bradley T. Waring. Jackson is a first and only child, and is indulged and spoiled accordingly. He tends to be the center of attention wherever he goes, but he thinks he may like a brother or sister one day soon.

STOMPING GROUNDS: Jackson lives in Eugene, but he gets around. He loves the Coast and goes nearly every weekend.  In foul weather he goes to the mountains to swim and hike.  Several days each week he goes to “school” at  Dogs@ Play in Eugene, or Best Friends in Corvallis. LOVES: He loves his daily walks with his Mom to the park.  Frisbee is his favorite sport, and he plays every day.  Hiking to the beach with his backpack full of frisbees and treats is even better!! Jackson loves people, and not only likes to go to the vet, but especially loves his groomer Cheryl at We Suds ‘Em. DOESN’T LOVE: Pesky Squirrels, Milkbones, and sadly, Santa Claus terrifies him. SPECIAL NOTES: Jackson is an official Canine Good Citizen and Certified Pet Partner with his Mom Kathleen.

Celebrate the Halloween Season and Enter to Win! 99.5 The Wolf and Spot Magazine present a HOWL-O-WEEN Cutest Pet Costume Contest Oct. 14-27. Pet parents are invited to dress their furry ghouls and goblins in their best Halloween costumes and submit a photo to for a chance to win fabulous prizes, including a spa treatment from Show Dogs Grooming and tickets to The Wolf ’s Annual Halloween Low Dough Show.  Listeners can view and vote for their favorite little monsters Oct. 14-27, and a panel of 99.5 The Wolf judges will select one grand prize winner and two runners-up — deeming them the best dressed pets of the Halloween season!  For contest details and official rules, visit * To keep things fair, Fan voting does not determine contest winners.  Winners will be chosen by a panel of 99.5 The Wolf judges, consisting of on-air talent and Wolf internal staff.

Sweet Abundance F all is in the air, and like harvest’s bounty, Spot is overflowing with good things!

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and our newest crew member, Account Exec Lori Cory, said, “Let’s do something cool with this!” She brought in Holistic Pet Center and Natura Pet Foods, and together we’re offering a chance for families who adopt a dog in October to win six months of free, topJennifer with Lula, Peach and Scout quality dog food. Details are on page 25; give me a shout if you have questions. We can’t wait to meet your new best friend! Spot has also teamed with 99.5 The Wolf Radio to kick off the holiday season with a fun costume contest for great prizes. This partnership’s built for fun — stay tuned to Spot, 99.5 The Wolf, 105.1 The Buzz, and all the Entercom stations for more pet fun coming your way! On a more serious note, don’t miss “Breaking Bad” this issue, Michele Coppola’s report on a collaboration of Washington County agencies taking on animal abuse and domestic violence. We’re so proud of everyone involved in this ground-breaking work. This is history in the making, sure to bless countless lives for years to come. Another new treasure is ACT, Daniela Iancu’s “Animal Community Talks” program, fostering the connection among those working in veterinary, behavior and animal welfare with education and networking. Read about it page 6, and get to the next session — they’re free, they’re fantastic, and they’re listed in the FunPlanner. Finally, meet 5-year-old Michael, who — along with his mom — in working to cope with the loss of his family’s beloved Golden, Lucy, created quite the publishing empire . . . one that’s very fun, and doing great things for animals and kids.

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While building this issue, we had the pleasure of connecting with so many great people doing amazing work for our pets, people, and community. In the work we all do there are of course many hard things. Thankfully, though, we constantly encounter devoted heroes working tirelessly to make a difference — changing and saving lives, lifting up animals, and the people who love them.

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R unchy little newsbits to chew on Local advocate offers Animal Talks Daniela Iancu, a longtime local animal advocate who has worked in the veterinary and rescue fields, has created Animal Community Talks (ACT), a series of free presentations by local animal professionals. Events are presented every month or so, each featuring two expert speakers on separate topics (usually related to health and behavior). Two more events are currently scheduled for 2013.

flict resolution, end of life care, and foster programs. To learn more about ACT and details on upcoming events, visit

CVRC now on Facebook, Twitter Cascade Veterinary Referral Center invites local pet parents to “join the conversation” by Liking them on Facebook and Following them on Twitter (@CVRCVet). Daily posts include wellness tips, medical alerts, newsbits . . . and stories celebrating the human/animal bond. Learn more at

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ACT is targeted to anyone working or volunteering with animals, with a focus on animal welfare. “These individuals have a great impact on the welfare of our community's animals,” says Iancu, adding, “because they are housing and caring for animals, as well as providing education to pet adopters and owners.” This year attendees have heard from, to name a few, Hope Valentine DVM, Valli Parthasarathy DVM, trainer Scott Raymond and Deborah Wood, manager at Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Washington County. “After working and volunteering with a variety of animal organizations,” says Iancu, “I realized I could make a unique contribution to our local animal community to help decrease the disconnect between the veterinary, behavior, shelter and other animal care fields with this collaborative and inclusive project." She says that ACT is about education, networking and community. Ten speakers are tentatively scheduled for 2014, says Iancu, on topics including allergies, internal medicine, impulse control, con-

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Everyone handles loss their own way. Lisa Cohn and her 5-year-old son, Michael, coped with losing their 6-year-old Golden, Lucy, by getting busy. They started “Michael’s Dog Blog,” creating fun kid-and-dog how-to videos, authored

a just-released children’s book, and more. "What began as an attempt to overcome our grief has morphed into a mission to instill in kids a love of dogs and dog books," says Lisa Cohn. Their children's book, "Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence," illustrated by Portland artist Heather Nichols, is about a wise but mischievous Golden Retriever who teaches a boys’ team about sportsmanship, and instills confidence in the players. Michael’s Dog Blog provides kids with fun dog facts, kids’ dog book reviews, and advice about raising dogs from a kid’s point of view. Cohn says her son comes up with most of the ideas, including vlogs on subjects like “How to Identify a Dog Having a Bad Day,” and “What to Do when Your Dog Barks While You're Taking a Bath.” Based in Portland, OR, some videos and vlogs feature local animal experts. Michael’s reputation as a reviewer of dog books “has gotten attention,” says his mom, an award-winning author herself. “Authors have been sending him books to review, and he has a big stack to go through!” Lisa and Michael plan to visit schools to talk to young kids about how and why they wrote their book and how much they've learned doing their blog. See Michael’s Dog Blog at Contact Lisa Cohn at Check out Michael’s videos at or

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DoveLewis’ DoveAdore is “not your mother’s” fundraising gala, where dinner, silent and live auctions traditionally complete the menu. DoveLewis took the recipe and added Boutiques Unleashed, featuring two- and four-legged runway models showcasing the season’s hautest looks from local designers and boutiques. Spicing things up will be a mystery animal model and special guests including the Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas. Finally, the icing on the cake: a rousing turnout of Portland’s finest, all to support DoveLewis’ mission at its biggest fundraiser of the year. This year’s event is Friday Oct. 18 at the Portland Art Museum; registration opens at 5:30pm.

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he police found her bloody, bruised, and cowering in a corner of the garage. The man of the house literally had blood all over his hands. Eventually, Brandon Nagy was convicted and sentenced to jail. His victim has started a new life, and while she has healed physically, she will always bear the invisible scars of being attacked, kicked, and thrown.

One of the saddest truths about this story is that the object of such horrific abuse could just as easily have been — and often is — a person. Animal abuse and domestic violence are tightly linked. But it wasn’t until just a few years ago that, in Washington County, justice and solutions to these crimes became linked as well.

As this is a pet magazine, you’ve probably correctly surmised that the victim in this case was a dog.

Whitney Kubli was a regular volunteer at the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in 2008 when Kahlua, the brutalized Pit bull seized from Nagy’s garage, was brought to the shelter. In addition to her other injuries, Kahlua’s tail was so mangled it had to be amputated.

Fostered and then adopted through Indigo Rescue, Kahlua is now a beloved pet and a Canine Good Citizen!

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It was that injustice, as well as other high-profile abuse and neglect situations involving both pets and people, that motivated Kubli to explore whether Washington County’s various law enforcement, social services, and animal services agencies were open to working as a team on the issue.

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Animal abuse and domestic violence are tightly linked

“She was at the shelter for nine months while the case was pending,” says Kubli. “[Kahlua] actually ended up spending more time behind bars than [Nagy] did.” Photo courtesy of KATU


Kahlua at Washington County Animal Services in 2008

Kubli, who at that time also worked as a victim advocate at the Washington County District Attorney’s office, says she was well aware of the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse. She was often the conduit through which the DA’s office would get updates on animals involved in criminal cases, including Kahlua.

there should be an animal multi-disciplinary team,” says Wood. “It made instant sense to me because it was about solving a problem.” How have things changed since the creation of the Animal Protection Multi-Disciplinary Team (APMDT)? Wood explains the answer to that question has several parts.

Photo courtesy of Michele Coppola

Monika’s House is one of only

Debbie Wood with Calvin

A Breakthrough Idea Debbie Wood may look like your favorite perky auntie, but make no mistake: she’s a warrior for pets. As the Animal Services Manager for Washington County, Wood has overseen a renaissance of sorts at Bonnie Hays — and she was more than enthusiastic about Kubli’s proposal. “Whitney basically took the concept of a multi-disciplinary team that already existed for other kinds of serious situations — where they cross issues of social service and law enforcement — and said

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three domestic violence shelters in Oregon that are pet-friendly , and the only one in Portland. “One side of what we do is the domestic violence side. One of the first things the MDT did was work with Monika’s House shelter in Washington County and made it pet-friendly. It is one of only three domestic violence shelters in Oregon that are pet-friendly, and the only one in the Portland Metropolitan area.” Another big piece was getting a full-time veterinarian at Bonnie Hays. “Part of the exam in a potential abuse or neglect case is a forensic exam,” explains Wood. “[The veterinarian’s] job is to be an objective evidence collector, and be ready to testify in court.” The largest, most effective aspect of the APMDT is education and sharing of resources. Wood says animal services, law enforcement, and social services now know what to look for when out on a call, so it’s easier for multi-victim abuse crimes to be identified, prosecuted, and hopefully, stopped. “There have been some informal situations before where they’ve had animals,” says Wood. “But what the APMDT has done is make it clear, make it a process, make everyone aware of what to do and how to do it to make animals safe.”

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Imagine someone wanting to hurt your beloved dog or cat, maybe even kill it. Chances are you’d throw yourself between the attacker and the animal without hesitation. That’s what happens in many domestic abuse situations with pets in the home. According to Red Rover, a nonprofit providing funds for pets in crisis, it’s estimated that up to 65% of domestic violence victims delay or refuse to leave their abusers for fear of what might happen to their pets if they go.

Up to 65% of domestic violence victims delay or refuse to leave their abusers for fear

of what might happen to their pets if they go.

Monika’s House is Washington County’s shelter for those fleeing domestic violence. As a result of the APMDT’s work, the shelter now has five outdoor kennels for housing dogs, and is working to obtain funding for an indoor shelter to accommodate cats and other smaller animals.

Kendra Moon, Day Advocate at Monika’s House, says that opening the shelter to animals empowers those in abusive situations to leave and get help. “Particularly for survivors, it’s important that they be able to maintain the relationship with their pet.” Wood adds that it’s often that bond, between the human victim and their animal, that makes an abuser target the pet. “They use it to control, they use it to hurt. I mean, what would hurt you more than hurting your animal? The abuser gets that.” Those at risk who don’t seek refuge at Monika’s House are encouraged to find alternate housing for their animals, such as a boarding kennel or with friends and family. But if that’s not possible there are other options, thanks to the efforts of the APMDT. The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter or one of its partnering nonprofits will provide safe harbor for an animal if there is no alternative. What excites Moon the most is the increased awareness the APMDT has brought to all parties involved. “There’s lots of training and outreach for first responders to look further in and see if there’s also child abuse, or if a child has witnessed animal abuse.”

Breaking The Cycle The Animal Legal Defense Fund states that an abused pet is often the first visible sign that a family is in trouble. About a third of domestic violence victims report that their children have already hurt animals. “Kids who just witness animal abuse are more likely to become violent offenders and harm people in the future,” says Kubli. “There’s a huge connection there.” So strong is the link that the State of Oregon has passed a law making animal abuse a felony if committed in the presence of a minor. This is another part of the APMDT mission — to prosecute offenders and interrupt the vicious cycle created and reinforced by their actions. “Officers know that when they’re pursuing these things they’re going to make a difference,” says Wood. “They know how to properly collect evidence for these cases, and they know there will be consequences for the bad guy. Since the establishment of the [AP]MDT, we have a hundred-percent conviction rate, with at least half of those people doing some jail time.” 12 Spot Magazine | October/November 2013

“Kids who just witness animal abuse are more likely to

become violent offenders

and harm people in the future.” — Whitney Kubli But halting the perpetuation of abuse doesn’t end with convicting offenders. One participating organization, doing the important work of helping affected minors, is “The Little Dog Laughed,” a therapy program founded by Linda Keast that gives children tools to interact with animals in positive ways.

woman who first proposed the idea. “I hope it will inspire other counties to form MDTs and take action,” says Kubli. “Here we are, three-and-a-half years later, and I think it’s getting better each year.” Wood agrees. “Instead of animal protection being a sad black hole, we’re winning,” she says, her eyes sparkling. “We’re winning!” Michele Coppola is a Portland-based air personality for 99.5 The Wolf and copywriter for Entercom Radio. When she’s not talking, writing, or pursuing quality couch time with husband Bryon and their dogs Cindy and Lucy, she’s also a proud volunteer for Fences For Fido and Family Dogs New Life Shelter.

Earlier this year, the efforts and success of the APMDT were recognized by Washington County’s Vision Action Network, which presented the group with the prestigious Cameron Award. The honor is given to organizations and individuals that epitomize a commitment to solving problems by collaborating with multiple sectors of the community. Wood was thrilled to see the APMDT get recognition. “What the Cameron Award did is a big deal. It shines a light on the great things that have been done by people on the front lines.” That said, it’s clear that everyone involved in the APMDT is even more gratified by its success in helping animals — including the


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Willamette Valley Cover Models Pets and their people entered Spot’s Cover Model Search at events all last Spring and Summer. Winner, Jackson, graces this month’s cover. All the other beauties who entered are featured here.







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Personality The Mastiff is a combination of docile good nature and courageous spirit. They will not guard a home so much as the family they are a part of. They are intelligent and sensitive.

Common Health Problems Potential concerns include hip dysplasia, and PRA, a degenerative eye problem.

Best Match The breed requires regular exercise, but is not a jogging partner. Due to his size and power, guardians should be committed to training. He craves attention, and is not suitable (nor is any dog, really) to be left outside as a guard dog. Mastiffs can be overwhelming for anyone not financially or otherwise prepared to meet their needs. The dogs take up a lot of room in the house and are not very agile. Some also love to give big slobbery kisses! If a Mastiff is a good match for your lifestyle, this dog will reward you with a love as big as s/he is.

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Breed Overview Size: Giant Grooming needs: Minimal Exercise: Medium, two short daily walks Environment: Country or suburban,

indoor & outdoor

Temperament: Loving, gentle giants Life Expectancy: 8-10 years Interesting Fact The Mastiff is an ancient breed — depicted in drawings from some five thousand years back. Historically, they served on estates and battlefields as faithful guard dogs.

Appearance A massive and well-muscled breed (29” and taller, 180+ lbs), The Mastiff has a deep chest and broad, squareish head with pendant ears and brown eyes. The flat undercoat and short, outer coat typically appears in fawn, apricot or brindle, with dark mask and ears.

Mooshu is an absolutely delightful 7-year-old English Mastiff. He is well socialized and good with dogs and great with people of all ages.  He has never been around cats.  Mooshu will not be placed where he has access to chickens. He is house trained, has very good house manners, and likes to ride and is wellbehaved in the car. Mooshu is an absolute gem and will be a wonderful addition to a family. If you are interested in Mooshu, visit, click on adoption info, and submit an application to schedule a meet and greet.  He is located in McMinnville.

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Return of the Zombie Flesh Eaters Heidi Houchen DVM • Spot Magazine


nticipation is in the air as humans await the return of their favorite mindless creatures thirsty for blood or hungry for flesh. In television series, video games, movies, comic books (excuse me —

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graphic novels) — our psyches cannot get enough of the culture of the undead, be it vampires, mummies, monsters, or especially, “the zombie.” We delight in the gorefest of a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by the walking undead who relentlessly seek out human tissue upon which to feed. As for me and my colleagues, this season does provide thrills and chills, but it is not the drooling, ambling, vacant-eyed, twolegged marauders who give us the willies. From the month leading up to All Hallows Eve until New Year’s Day, our concern is for the seemingly simple-minded, four-legged scavengers slinking beneath our notice. Their tail wagging and purring lull us into forgetting that they are the stealthy — and fully aware — creatures in the crowd, patiently waiting for a chance to remove the choicest morsels of meat from the table when their humans’ attention is elsewhere. Over these next few months, pet owners can become easily distracted by the delightfully gruesome makeup and costumes of Halloween revelers, by the sheer number of long-lost relatives giving thanks around a table, or perhaps by the pretty lights and mind-altering beverages during rounds of Christmas parties. These

festive occasions are the perfect time for our furry friends to snitch a bit of a ham shank, to nudge the remnants of roast from the stove onto a welcoming floor, or to “carcass diem” the entire turkey skeleton while humans lay bloated and unbuckled in front of a football game. Whether these treats of meat and muscle make their way to our pets by thievery or by guilt (“ahhh, does Snookums want some of Auntie Patty’s pork roast like everyone else?”), a few moments of tastiness can give way to hours or even days of pain and regret.

A few moments of tastiness can give way to hours or even days of pain and regret. Eating fatty leftovers such as ham, roast beef, turkey, or gravy can at the very least give pets stomach and intestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea). If the pancreas becomes overwhelmed — by arrival of unexpected fatty meal of turkey skin, meat trimmings or table scraps — it releases digestive enzymes into its “neighborhood” of tissues and organs. If there is extensive inflammation and swelling of the pancreas and surrounding tissue (pancreatitis ranges mild to severe), abdominal pain, vomiting, dehydration and even shock can occur. Severe pancreatitis often requires intensive care hospitalization and in some cases can be fatal. High-fat foods also have the potential to delay the emptying of a dog’s stomach, making him/her prone to bloating. When a stomach bloats and twists on itself — a condition feared by many large-breed dog owners — a simple “gassy” episode can become a surgical emergency.    Beyond the arsenal of tempting juicy drippings and luscious marbled fat, slabs of meat also can contain bones; some large with the potential for lodging in the bowel, and some sharp like knives (think what a snapped chicken bone looks like and then imagine a pile of them in your stomach — ouch!).  Despite its reputation for being a low-fat meat, the turkey carcass left over from the holiday feast can pose quite a choking hazard to pets. If the pet does get the gobbler down their gullet, poultry bones eventually dissolve in the stomach, but large bunches of sharp shards can give dogs bloody diarrhea and painful defecation. Large or sharp beef and pork bones have been known to cause pain, obstruction of the bowels, and at times, perforation of the intestines.

the nasty painful bone fragments lodged in the bowel. Because of all the scary potential painful outcomes of pets eating bones, veterinarians believe it is best to keep the bones in the bird or the beast and avoid playing Russian roulette with your pet — or your finances. If you want to include your pets in your holiday celebrations — beyond dressing your Schnauzer as Santa’s little helper — and share your “family feast” with them, we recommend not moving fatty meats and goodies directly from the table into the dog or cat bowl. Instead, choose some of the menu items (such as turkey, rice, vegetables, and broth) and alter the ingredients into a more petfriendly dish. Several good recipes can be found on the Internet — just make sure to get the final okay from your veterinarian before serving these foods to your furry family members. For those with a strong stomach, venture on for a final warning on flesh eating: Cooked carcasses aside, it is not uncommon in the Portland parks and rural areas to see your canine cutie chewing on something “off in the distance;” a close-up inspection can find your dog gnawing on the partially decomposed body part of an animal.  For those “live and let the carnivore eat” types who might be tempted to turn a blind eye to Rover’s roadkill snacking, there are

Potential remedies for bones in the belly can range from simple soothing medications for the stomach to enemas (with sedation) to “loosen” bones stuck in the colon, and at times, surgery to retrieve | 23

“better to kennel or crate than later constipate”

things “lurking” in that tissue that can harm your furry flesh eater. Bacteria and toxins in decaying tissue are the primary culprits for making your pet ill, but there’s yet another that might give you pause: if that body part had been part of an improperly disposed euthanized animal,  strong drugs such as barbiturates could poison your pet.  “Found body parts” of all types should not be in your pet’s diet; unearthed “goodies” should be wrapped and placed in sealed garbage for pickup.

Advice from those in the Vet ER to holiday revelers? Go ahead and have a great time — but if you are providing an evening or day-long banquet or food spread, it’s best to keep pets confined to a bedroom or kennel. Provide a tasty treat and park your pet in front of the television so they can also get a visual vicarious “flesheating” thrill. For the bloodthirsty hound it might be the strewn limbs of the cult “Zombie Fest at Band Camp,” while more prim pooches find delight in the raucous but G-rated devouring of the holiday bird by the neighbors’ dogs in “A Christmas Story.” Confining household canines (and felines) may not seem to be in the holiday spirit, but remember some of a veterinarian’s favorite holiday ditties:  “better to kennel or crate than later constipate” or  “Leave Fido to frolic and he may later colic.”

Dr. Heidi Houchen is an ER/Critical Care veterinarian at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists in Clackamas; she writes and lectures extensively about trauma, blood banking, and toxicology. She is especially passionate about keeping pets and poisons apart.

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R unchy little newsbits to chew on

PAW Team continues to evolve PAW Team, a nonprofit providing veterinary care to homeless and low-income Portland-area residents, is working to more closely return to its core mission “to serve the pets of the homeless and those living in extreme poverty.” Executive Director Cindy Scheel says, “Over the past few years we’ve expanded our work well beyond the scope of the mission. As of January 1, 2014, clients will need to prove ‘extreme poverty’ with financial documents showing they live at or below Federal poverty guidelines.”

The coming changes have been posted on PAW Team’s website and on posters at the clinic for the past three months. Anyone with questions or who wish to update their financial information with PAW Team should contact PAW Team's next clinic is Oct. 13.

Local sisters in law create eLeash, compete to get on the shelves at Walmart

The scope of PAW Team’s services gradually (and unintentionally) expanded to help those on any form of government subsidy at any level (eg, food stamps, etc), resulting in the group's work ballooning from quarterly clinics serving 30-40 pets to monthly clinics serving 110-150 pets, which Scheel says is financially unsustainable.

Portland-area moms and dog lovers Ellisa Schiffman and Crystal Josephsen have created an eco friendly pet leash that encourages environmental stewardship by making it easy to carry doggie waste bags (before and after use), keys, phones and more.

PAW Team is also implementing an agency referral system involving social service agencies, shelters, and others serving its core client group, with the ultimate goal of “serving more of those who need it the most and making a greater positive impact on the homeless population and their pets,” says Scheel.

Currently in a contest to get their product on shelves at Walmart (go to to vote), Elllisa and Crystal say they’re “challenged by networking social media” because they’re more comfortable talking to their dogs. Contact eLeash at

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Life unleashed …

Roxy’s long journey home Michelle Blake • Spot Magazine On that day in October 2009 (aka The Day I Almost Died) I’d gone to the home to offer the family a fence from Fences for Fido — an all-volunteer Portland-based nonprofit that builds fences for free, to release dogs from chains. Numerous people had emailed us about this lonely dog chained to the RV, and since we volunteers often have to visit several times before finding a family at home, I had begun jotting down my progress.

Oct 2009: Referral says dog is chained 24/7, probably breeding her. SWEET girl!! Loves cookies! Dec 2009: Visited. Left note on door. Brought cookies. Jan 2010: Left note on door. Brought cookies. Mar 2010: Left flier and card. Brought cookies. Jul 2010: Located landlord. He says family has 7/30 deadline to rehome dog. Her name is Roxy. Aug 2010: Woman answered door. Roxy lives with relatives now. She’s in heat & they hope she’ll have puppies. I talked about importance of spay.


was definitely going to die. The Angel of Death was bearing down on me, and I was disappointed that there was no grand flash of insight about my life’s legacy or whether we really did learn everything we needed to know in Kindergarten. No, it was just practical stuff, like, “Nobody knows I’m here, so … how long until somebody finds me?” Then the thought, “Wow! I totally had no idea the dog’s chain was that long!” As for profound last words? Forget it. I think I managed “Gwaaah-oh-oh-oh.” Try engraving that in stone. Luckily though, it turned out the dark angel only wanted to lick my face. Just moments earlier, the 75-pound, bow-legged, jowl-faced block of a dog had eyed me silently while I waited for someone to come to the door of the house. No answer. I got back in my car wanting to keep my camera dry while taking a photo of the serious, watchful dog. She stood in a mud puddle in an October downpour, chained to an old RV. I swung open the car door, aimed the camera, and reached into the console to toss her a peace offering — a little dry biscuit from my stash. Then she came at me, a torrent of lips and mud and chain, powering at me like a linebacker. She thrust her basketball noggin past me and into the console to vacuum the remaining cookie stash, then pasted my face in cookie crumbs. The muddy gargoyle then wedged herself between me and the steering wheel. Instead of meeting my end, I would later see this as the moment I’d embarked on a beginning.

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Jan 17, 2011: Family called. Roxy fights with other dogs so they can’t keep her. She had 7 puppies & family sold them. If we know someone who wants her, we should come get her. Jan 23, 2011: Roxy is dog and cat aggressive in foster home. Going into heat. Foster parents need her out immediately. Jan 27, 2011: Veterinarian can board Roxy for 2 weeks and spay her. Needs new foster. Feb 2011: Jumped on dining room table to chase foster mom's cat. Needs to move immediately. Do we have another foster? Not surprisingly, when we searched for a place for this unsocialized cat- and dogaggressive dog with no house or leash manners, the physical strength of a raging bull, and two foster home rejections, we found only one option: my garage.

Roxy the crazy squirrel-chaser tried to go through the cat door, got stuck, and ripped it off the wall. "Everything she does is over the top," says Michelle. "She's such a goofball."

I covered the concrete floor with an area rug, brought in a heater, and enriched her environment with interactive toys and nose-work games. While a mile-wide grin and full-body wiggle is pretty much Roxy’s baseline mood in any case, she seemed to think I’d housed her at the Ritz. She clearly loved her new digs. Those in my family were less thrilled. Overhearing an unfortunate comparison between Roxy and the Grimm Reaper definitely didn’t help. Worse still, my cat and two dogs could hear her out there, and smell her through the door. The whole household was on edge. I wasn’t much happier. Roxy’s daily walks were a double-leash spectacle with a head harness, a chest harness, and a backup leash anchored around my waist. Meanwhile, Fences for Fido networked tirelessly until we found an angel of a dog trainer who would take Roxy under her wing and foster her.

While a mile-wide grin and fullbody wiggle is pretty much Roxy’s baseline mood in any case, she seemed to think I’d housed her at the Ritz. She clearly loved her new digs. Within days, the trainer had fallen in love with this big mess of a dog, and she’d determined that Roxy was not aggressive by nature. Like many dogs who spend their lives on a chain, she was simply socially inept. The trainer went to work, teaching this middle-aged canine the social skills she should have learned as a puppy. After four months a Portland-area rescue group had placed Roxy in an adoptive home.

had made me so protective that I discouraged every adopter with a too-short fence or a child that might forget to close doors. The good folks at the shelter continued to patiently welcome her weekend visits, never losing hope. My own hope did waver, though, mostly from fear that Roxy’s next flunk-out would be something bigger than her many angels could fix. Finally I asked trainer Lola Carey of Lucky Leash to assess Roxy and tell me what I could do to make her more adoptable. Within a few minutes, Lola had every critter in my household relaxing together in the living room, and she assured me they could learn to live like that all the time. So in July 2012, Roxy’s whole village celebrated on Facebook: the shelter staff, Fences for Fido, the trainers, the people who’d made photos and videos and blog posts to promote her and had driven her to appointments. Ultimately 750 well-wishers “Liked” the Facebook announcement that Roxy had been adopted by her long-time foster mom. These days, when Roxy and the cat are sprawled across my lap, or she’s wrestling with one of my other dogs, I sometimes think about the four-year journey that began when she vaulted into my lap and came to a happy ending when she joined my family. I kiss her giant blocky head and say, “I’m really glad you didn’t murder me, you cookie fiend.” Michelle Blake lives and writes in Salem, OR, with her own dog pack, the occasional foster dog, and a dog-taming feline named Dudley. Her writing has appeared in national publications.

Her new manners weren’t fail-proof, though, and Roxy soon flunked out of the home and the rescue group. This time, though, my garage wasn’t my only option; Roxy now had sufficient social skills to come into the house, though still be separated from my freaked-out clan. Fences for Fido went to work again, using a blog and Facebook and every conceivable contact, hoping to find a place for this dog who kept flunking out of her opportunities. Months passed, and Roxy continued to make good progress. My own dogs even started warily interacting with her, and my cat would cuddle next to her crate at night, even venturing a few headbumps. But for every good move there was another setback. Roxy learned to vault over my six-foot fence. She considered any open door an opportunity to run like the wind and not look back. She adopted a serious life mission to capture and maim every vacuum cleaner, lawn mower, delivery truck and city bus she encountered. Just when I feared I’d have to foster her for eternity, another opportunity arose — this time with Family Dogs New Life Shelter, who invited Roxy to spend weekends practicing her doggie social skills and meeting potential adopters. Roxy’s string of flunk-outs | 27







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ANIMAL HOSPICE SUPPORT GROUP THURS. 10/10, 11/14 7-8:30pm at Shiva’s Hope House, Portland

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Monthly support groups hosted by Ute Luppertz.

Animal Aid PORTLAND SHOW & TELL SATURDAYS Noon-4 Oregon Humane Society


FEBRUARY/MARCH TRAINING CLASSES Various classes all month long. OregonHumane.or THE POGO FUND PET FOOD BANK


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Save The Pets EUGENE ADOPTION OUTREACH SUNDAYS 11-3 PetSmart, 2847 Chad Dr.

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7-8pm • HILLSBORO —ADOPTED DOG ACADEMY at Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter. 4 Wed. sessions for those with recently adopted/rescued dogs. Details

5 7am-6pm • RIDGEFIELD — BIRDFEST at the Wildlife Refuge.

Weekend event celebrates wildlife at the refuge. Family-friendly activities include tours, workshops, vendors, demos, bird show and more. Free; details

10-2:30 • PORTLAND — 4TH ANNUAL PETS-TIVAL at Hollywood Farmers Market. Pet costume contest, food/drinks, and adoptables. Details

10-1 • SALEM — HOWL-A-PALOOZA at Downtown Riverfront Park.

Resources/education for dog owners. Low-cost vaccinations, license amnesty, demos, adoptables, and a doggie costume contest. Details Co.Marion.Co.Us.

10-3 • VANCOUVER — DOGTOBERFEST at Ross Off-Leash Park. Contests, raffles, demos, vendors, food, entertainment, and the 1st annual Clark County Pageant. Attending pups can romp and play with friends. Benefits DOGPAW; admission is free. Details

Noon-3pm • PORTLAND — FUREVER PETS ADOPTION DAY. Noon-4pm • PORTLAND — FUR FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY LAUNCH PARTY hosted by Sniff Dog Hotel Café. Beverages, demos, photo booth, giveaways & gift ideas. Free. Details

2-6pm • SALEM — ROCK-A-BULLY CLASSIC CAR SHOW & FUNDRAISER at Rock-n-Rogers. Dress the part and enjoy classic cars, music, vendors, food, contests, raffles and ‘50s fun. Details

2:30-3:15pm • PORTLAND — PUPPY ROMP at OHS. Socializing

puppies helps grow a lifelong great dog. OHS trainers on site. Donations accepted.




5pm • VANCOUVER — DOGS and CATS and PEOPLE (Oh, my!) at the

8am • PORTLAND — PAW TEAM VET CLINIC. Help for those on gov’t


Hilton Vancouver. Fundraiser for the Humane Society for SW Washington features, dinner, entertainment and auction. Dogs welcome. Details/tickets

5-10pm • WEST LINN — BIG CAT BASH ~ ROARING ‘20s at the Oregon Golf Club. Fundraiser features dinner, music & auctions. Details/tickets

6 10-1 • PORTLAND — INTRO TO T-TOUCH at OHS. Learn the basics to promote good health and wellbeing. $55 with dog; $40 without. RSVP to


7-8pm • TROUTDALE— MCAS VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION at the shelter. Discover available positions and what is required. No need to RSVP; details

9 6-8pm • PORTLAND — WAGGY HOUR at LexiDog on Macadam.

Enjoy local wines, beer, food, and OHS adoptables. Friendly dogs welcome. Proceeds benefit OHS.

10 10-10:30am • PORTLAND — TOUR FCCO S/N CLINIC at the Feral

assistance or experiencing homelessness. Must be in line before 10am to be seen. $5/pet co-pay; no one turned away for true inability to pay. Details


Petco. Meet adoptables and their Rabbit Advocates. Care & adoption resources, plus light grooming & nail trims for visiting bunnies (suggested donation).  Details


KATU Channel 2. 4 hours of adoptables and a behind-the-scenes look at Oregon Humane’s lifesaving work.


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

15 6-8pm • PORTLAND — PEEWEE PLAY NIGHT at Stay Pet Hotel. Small

dogs 35 lbs or less socialize and have fun! Dogs must be well-socialized with dogs & humans. $5 and proof of vaccines required. Details


NATIONWIDE — NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY. Raising awareness of feral

cats and recognizing those who care for them. Find local events and learn more at

17 7-8pm • PORTLAND — DEAF DOGS MEETUP at Play & Chase Dog

Cat Coalition headquarters. See how FCCO is making a difference. RSVP to

Day Care. Free training and socialization for deaf dogs and their owners. Details



10am-6pm • PORTLAND — PORTLAND PET EXPO at the Expo Center. Enjoy pet activities and meet rescue groups. Free admission; pets allowed. Details

5:30pm • PORTLAND — DOVEADORE featuring Boutiques Unleashed

at Portland Art Museum. Hosted cocktails, dinner, live/silent auctions and the outrageously popular show of the hautest fashions for both ends of the leash. Details/tickets

Park. Meet Dingo and celebrate his retirement. K9 demos, entertainment, games, and food. Details


at The Reserve Vineyards/Golf Club. Fundraiser for OHS in memory of OHS volunteer Tony Platt. Details/RSVP


Pet Camp. Learn energy tools to accelerate healing with Heart to Heart Healing. $20; details RSVP to 503-502-5186.

Noon-3pm • PORTLAND — BAPBR MEET & GREET at MEAT for Cats and

Dogs. Meet the great folks of Born Again Pit Bull Rescue and their sweet Adopt-ABulls and Not-A-Bulls. Details


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

5pm • VANCOUVER— 2013 A TAIL TO REMEMBER at Firstenburg

Community Center. Fundraiser for West Columbia Gorge Humane Society’s lifesaving work as a no-kill shelter. Details/ Tickets

6-10pm • PORTLAND — POOCH IN THE PUB at the Tiffany Center. Annual Project POOCH fundraiser features dinner, dancing and auctions. Details/ tickets

20 1-3pm • SALEM — T-TOUCH FOR YOU & YOUR PET at Nature’s Pet. $30/

pre-reg; $35/at door (includes $5 donation to Willamette Humane Society). Details

3-5pm • BEAVERTON — HOWLO-WEEN BINGO at Joe’s Burgers to

support Fences for Fido. Enjoy bingo and compete in the costume contest. Family-friendly; food & beverage available. Details

PET-OBER is on! The 3rd annual Pet-ober Pet contest benefits Greenhill Humane Society. $49 to enter; $25 goes to Greenhill, $24 as a credit toward photographs. Entry includes a free facebook image and a chance to win over $300 in prizes. Contest runs Oct 1-31.  Many options for the photo shoot. Call 541.726.6119 or visit for details.

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PORTLAND — NATIONAL PIT BULL AWARENESS DAY BULLY WALK. Join the global day against BSL. Details on Portland Pit Bull Parade’s Facebook page. National details

5-5:45pm • PORTLAND — PUPPY ROMP at OHS. 7-8pm • TROUTDALE— MCAS VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION at the shelter. Learn how you can be part of this great bunch making a difference for animals and people. Drop-ins welcome; details

26 8am • CLACKAMAS— KELLEY BOLLEN SEMINAR hosted by Clackamas County Dog Services at Clackamas Community College. Two-day seminar with the owner of Animal Alliances helps understand dogs and their needs. Details/RSVP

10-1 • EUGENE— PET FIRST AID CLASS at Greenhill Humane Society.

Participants practice skills and take home a guidebook. $50/public; $40/volunteers & fosters. Details


ceeds benefit the critters at Animal Aid. Details

5-9pm • SALEM— BOWSER’S BOO BASH at the Salem Convention Center. Costume up and join in for a gourmet meal, drinks, music, and silent/live auctions. Benefits Willamette Humane. Details

7am-10:30pm • PORTLAND — BOND FOR BULLIES at the Q Center.

2nd annual fundraiser features a casino night with a 007 theme. Games, prizes & silent auctions to support Lovers Not Fighters Pit Bull Rescue. Details


NW. Free lectures for those in animal welfare. Joyce Biethan discusses K9 Nosework; Kelly Ballance shows how chicken training helps with dogs. Humans only; RSVP required to

November 2 Noon-3pm • PORTLAND — FUREVER PETS ADOPTION DAY. 6pm • PORTLAND— WHISKER WONDERLAND at the Hilton. An evening of fun and purrs to support Cat Adoption Team. Dinner, no-host cocktails, auctions. Details/tickets




8am • PORTLAND — PAW TEAM VET CLINIC. Complete details Oct. 13

5-5:45pm • PORTLAND — PUPPY ROMP at OHS. Trainers on site; dona-

5-9pm • PORTLAND — DOG WALK NIGHT at PIR. Enjoy holiday light



@ 8am or

11-2 • PORTLAND — BAPBR MEET & GREET at Sellwood Dog Supply. Meet these great folks and their sweet Adopt-A-Bulls and Not-A-Bulls. Details


Fred Meyer Garden Centers. Cats, dogs, and other pets can pose with Santa for a holiday memento. Continues Sunday. Details

tions accepted.

Get involved, have fun, and make a difference! No need to RSVP. Details



displays while strolling the track with or without a dog. Free parking; dogs must be on leash. Admission $6; dogs and kids under 13 free. Portion of proceeds support Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank.


Old Church. Annual celebration of the human/animal bond and candle lighting ceremony dedicated to beloved pets no longer with us. Free; service animals permitted. Details

10 Noon-3pm • TIGARD — FIND SOME BUNNY TO LOVE at Tigard

Petco. Complete details Oct. 13 @ noon.


DoveLewis. Free; RSVP to


School Community Rm. Free lectures for those in animal welfare. Dr. Christopher Pachel discusses canine socialization; Dr. Kristen Sulis discusses the controversy of heartworm testing/prevention. Humans only; RSVP required to

12 6-8pm • PORTLAND — PEEWEE PLAY NIGHT at Stay Pet Hotel. Dogs

35 lbs and under socialize. Details


shelter. Learn how you can make a difference. Drop-ins welcome. Details

13 6-8pm • PORTLAND — WAGGY HOUR at LexiDog on Macadam.




Enjoy local wines, beer, food and OHS adoptables. Friendly dogs welcome. Proceeds benefit OHS.

14 12:30-1:30pm • PORTLAND — PROBLEM POOCH CLASS at OHS.

Free; please leave pets at home. Details



5:30pm • PORTLAND — PIXIE PROJECT AUCTION at Left Bank Annex. Food/drink, auction, and exciting opportunities to help the Pixie Project grow. Details/tickets



7-8pm • PORTLAND — DEAF DOGS MEETUP at Play & Chase Dog Day Care. Free training and socialization for deaf dogs. Details

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In this issue: Meet Your 2013 Willamette Valley Cover Models, Breaking Bad: Washington County's Award-Winning Animal Protection Team, Life...

Spot Magazine - October/November 2013  

In this issue: Meet Your 2013 Willamette Valley Cover Models, Breaking Bad: Washington County's Award-Winning Animal Protection Team, Life...