Monday, December 31, 2007
Dog drinking from a Starbucks cup...Can it get anymore "Seattle" than that? Perhaps if it were, "Dog drinking from a Starbucks cup at the top of the Space Needle," but that's not very realistic.
(Photo by CityDog friend Gail Howard.)
For more Seattle dogs, check out the Cowbelly Pet Photography blog and photographer Jamie Pflughoeft's favorite shots of 2007.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Like most of us, I strive to be the best dog owner I can be to Scout and Ziggy (I prefer owner, because guardian sounds a bit contrived, but that's just me). I feed them premium dog food with ingredients like flaxseed, vitamin C, apples, carrots and human grade this and that. I frequently (albeit, sheepishly) buy them pig ears even though $5.95 for a packet of three disgusting-looking, discarded body parts seems expensive to me. Their treats consist of dehydrated, Alaskan-caught wild salmon, which stink to high heaven, but they love them. My house is littered with half-chewed squeaky toys and bones. I literally said to Ziggy the day I adopted him, "Dude, you just hit the jackpot." I could go on (like the fact that they are allowed on every piece of furniture in the house including the bed), but is it enough? Are they happy? Could I be a better dog owner?
Of course the answer is yes. It's like asking the rhetorical, "Could I be a better person?" The answer is always yes.
So, even though I will never be The Perfect Dog Guardian/Owner, I owe it to my dogs to at least try.
Brandie Ahlgren, editor, CityDog Magazine
It also got me thinking about my dogs, Scout and Ziggy, and if they could make a list of their own resolutions, what would they be (whoknows, maybe they do make resolutions, but like me, end up breaking them come January 2nd)? Anyway, let's assume they can't, but if they could, this is what their lists would look like:
Scout: In 2008, I resolve to...
- Lose a few pounds as recommended by my vet, so by my next visit I'm a "5" (perfect) versus a "6 1/2" (a little chunky) on the weight chart.
- To do this, I resolve to exercise daily with at least a 20 to 30 minute walk.
- Go on more road trips (I'm dying to visit the Washington wine country; I've heard it's fabulous and totally dog friendly).
Ziggy: In 2008, I resolve to...
- Be nicer to Scout, not be so jealous and insecure, and not steal her toys.
- Chill out more. Life is too short to freak out every time I see or hear another dog, person, car, squirrel, cat, piece of paper, twig, etc.
- See Scout's resolutions 1, 2 and 3.
Yes, I realize that their resolutions are really my resolutions and that I need to go on more walks with them, take more roads trips, and work with Ziggy on his "issues." For the first time in years, I truly think these are resolutions I can keep!
Happy New Year!
Brandie Ahlgren, editor, CityDog Magazine
P.S. Make a comment: What are your dog's resolutions for 2008?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
But, I suppose the silver lining in all of this, is the increased attention and awareness it's brought to the ugly world of dogfighting and that it's not just limited to poor, inner cities.
Also good news, today U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced legislation that would allow for better tracking of animal cruelty crimes by including them in the FBI’s crime data reporting system to enable local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to collect national statistics on yearly crime rates, prevent recurrence of animal cruelty, and address its connection to other societal crimes.
Friday, December 07, 2007
- Portrait sitting with Dane & Dane Photography for up to 4 people and 3 dogs
- $100 credit towards the print size of your choice
- Pet bed, food, and water bowls with floor mat to use in room, plus a pet turndown gift
- Pet toy, chef Adam Stevenson’s dog treat, woof id tag, 2 cello waste bags, and greenie bone
- Pet in-room dining menus and local dog-friendly attractions
- CityDog Magazine (yahoo!)
- Photographer-signed copy of Good Behavior Book for Dogs
- And a woof-onderful room that you’ll love...all for $689
Book by February 24, 2008 and stay by February 29, 2008.
*Additional nights available starting at $219 per night for a maximum of four night stay. See Terms & Conditions for more details. Rates do not include a non-refundable $100 cleaning fee.
For more information, click here.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Check back in about a week...We'll have photos from the party posted for all to see!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
CityDog Magazine, you and your holiday hound
Join CityDog Magazine for a yappy howlidays cocktail party! Mingle with fellow pooch parents, sip cocktails and swap doggy tails. Photographer extraordinaire J. Nichole Smith of Dane & Dane Photography will be on hand to snap holiday portraits of your furry friend (available for purchase).
Wednesday, December 05, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
W Seattle, W Bar and Living Room
1112 4th AvenueSeattle, WA 98101
Click here for directions
For a good cause. If you bring pet food, toys, litter, leashes, collars, treats, beds*...essentially, anything a pet might need...we will donate it to Pasado's Safe Haven. Gift cards are also welcome. Then on Christmas Day, volunteers will deliver everything to those most in need. To learn more, visit http://www.pasadosafehaven.org/ or pick up a copy of CityDog's holiday issue to read more about this wonderful event. *Please donate new items only.
Party Animal Rules: Dogs must remain on-leash and be under your control at all times. Dogs (and people for that matter) must also play well with others. Thank you for your understanding!
Friday, November 30, 2007
The weather gods are teasing us with forecasts of snow, however, should you decide to brave the weather tomorrow, head on down to Seattle's Westlake Center with your four-legged pal for an afternoon of fun and photos with Santa! The Qwest Carousel will be open for rides, with a suggested donation of $2 per ride to benefit Northwest Center. Folks will also be on hand to collect canned and dry pet food, as well as cash donations, for a local pet food bank to benefit pets of low income seniors.
When: Saturday, December 1st, 10am to 3pm
Where: Westlake Park, downtown Seattle at 4th and Pine
Pick up a FREE copy of CityDog Magazine's special holiday issue!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
On November 23, the Seattle Humane Society will begin its annual Holiday Pet Food Drive, with Safeway stores across King County accepting donations.
The greatest need is for dry cat food, but all kinds and types of pet food are appreciated. Look for drop-off barrels at your local Safeway, or stop by the Seattle Humane Society, located in Bellevue.
Last year, the Holiday Pet Food Drive raised over 16 tons of food, giving families across King County the ability to keep their pet through a difficult time. Over 1000 pets received food every single month, thanks to the generosity of the community.
For more information on the Seattle Humane Society’s Holiday Pet Food Drive, call (425) 649-7567 or visit http://www.seattlehumane.org/.
The Holiday Pet Food Drive will last through December 30.
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Saturday, November 17, 2007
"Seattle resident Brandie Ahlgren noticed this trend a few years ago, and in 2005 began publishing CityDog, a magazine aimed at Northwest dog owners. 'As people are having children later, dogs are more part of our family," she says. "They've moved from the backyard into our beds.'"
This article by Eric Sorensen in the Seattle Times' Pacific Northwest Magazine is a little older, but just as interesting, with another quote from CityDog's editor Brandie Ahlgren:
"A few years ago Brandie Ahlgren got a boxer. She dropped $25 on her first trip to the pet store, then saw she was spending $50 every couple weeks on toys and food. She noticed the Next to Nature pet store in West Seattle was knocking out a wall and expanding. She started talking with people at the Westcrest off-leash area and noticed a certain expression in their faces. 'I just got that sense of the joy the dog brings to their lives,' she says. It all added up to market research for the launch of CityDog, a quarterly magazine built around Northwest dogs and published in Seattle. 'It wasn't about just the numbers of dogs in the area,' Ahlgren says. 'It was about the attitudes to dogs in the area.'"
To read the full article in Pacific Northwest Magazine, click here.
And, here are two more articles in the Seattle PI you might find interesting:
Thursday, November 15, 2007
“We’ve run out of room at the inn when it comes to cats,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. “We’re asking the public to adopt 100 cats by Thanksgiving so we can open our cattery doors to other homeless animals who are waiting in the wings,” she said.
Because of the unexpectedly large number of cats brought to the shelter in recent weeks, OHS was forced to take the extraordinary step of suspending all cat admissions until further notice, including those cats who were scheduled to come to the shelter over the next two weeks. With cat admissions on stand-by, people who bring homeless cats to OHS are being directed to other animal shelters and being asked to care for the animal until space is available at OHS.
“Because we never euthanize animals for space reasons, we are asking for the public’s understanding and patience in this difficult time,” said Harmon. OHS operates much like a hotel, scheduling appointments for the public to bring in cats as space becomes available. “If we are successful in adopting out 100 cats by Thanksgiving,” said Harmon, “we should be able to resume bringing in the cats whose arrival we’ve been forced to delay.”
For more information, please visit www.oregonhumane.org.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This is a CityDog Social Club event open to two- and four-legged alike. Enjoy cocktails, holiday treats, holiday portraits by J. Nichole Smith of Dane & Dane Photography, free goodies and more.
When & Where: December 5th, 6 to 8 p.m. at the swanky W Hotel Seattle, 1112 4th Avenue. No charge; just be there or be square.
For more information, visit http://www.yappyhowlidays.com/.
For a good cause: If you bring food, toys, litter, leashes, collars, treats, beds*…essentially, anything a pet might need...we will donate it to Pasado's Safe Haven. Gift cards are also welcome. Then on Christmas Day, volunteers will deliver everything to those most in need. To learn more, visit http://www.pasadosafehaven.org/ or pick up a copy of CityDog's holiday issue to read more about this wonderful event.
*Please donate new items only.
Monday, November 05, 2007
We've included everything from how to throw a dog friendly holiday party to what to wear (literally, from head to toe) for a day at the dog park, out on the town, in the great outdoors or at your next yappy hour! We've also included some great gift and stocking stuffer ideas plus CityDog's Top 10 places to walk your dog in the city and the Top 5 places for your holiday photo with Fido.
So, if you're not already a subscriber, what are you waiting for...? Treat yourself or give the gift that will have tails wagging! A subscription is just $15.00 and includes five issues. Visit www.citydogmagazine.com to subscribe today!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Then, Trophy was kind enough to provide CityDog Magazine with a dozen cupcakes for a story on holiday entertaining "doggie style." Get this, you can email them a photo of your best pal and they'll customize your cupcakes. These delectable morsels feature our four-legged party hosts Roxy and Josie. For more ideas on how to throw a holiday "paw-tay," pick up a copy of our special CityDog Holiday Gift & Fashion Guide, on newsstands November 1.
Note: Trophy Cupcakes are for people, not pups. Just thought we'd clarify.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Join CityDog and Miss Fido Manners herself, Charlotte Reed, this Wednesday, September 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the W Hotel Seattle, 1112 4th Avenue.
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and a fido fashion show (this particular party is for people only).
Friday, September 14, 2007
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Monday, September 10, 2007
Read more about this product and several other cool products in the fall issue of CityDog Magazine, on newsstands now or subscribe today!
Friday, September 07, 2007
- PAWSwalk, September 8 at Sand Point Magnuson Park • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (check-in begins at 8 a.m.) Come bark in the park and help animals on a walk with your dog. Afterward, enjoy the animal-friendly shopping, canine demonstrations, CityDog Cover Dog Model Search, delicious treats and more. All to support the animals at PAWS. http://www.pawswalk.net/
- Fido Fashions, September 14 • Noon – 1 p.m. at the Hotel Monaco, 1101 Fourth Ave., Seattle, Wash. Adoptable pooches from The Humane Society for Seattle/King County will strut their stuff outfitted in the latest doggie fashions for fall.
- Harbor Hounds, September 22 • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Worth the drive, this event in beautiful downtown Gig Harbor, Wash. combines a fun, leisurely two-mile walk along the gorgeous waterfront with a variety of entertainment, contests, vendors, food, and loads of tail-wagging fun. http://www.harborhounds.com/
- And of course, the CityDog Cover Dog Model Search, 3 p.m., September 23 at Fremont Oktoberfest. For more details, see below.
For even more events happening in September and beyond, check out our Calendar of Events at http://www.citydogmagazine.com/.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Noon, September 8, 2007 at PAWSwalk, Seattle's Sand Point Magnuson Park. Space is limited to 25 dogs.
3pm, September 23, 2007 at Fremont Oktoberfest. Space is unlimited! Please arrive at least a half hour before the event.
All in the spirit of fun and to raise money for a good cause, the winning pooch will be privy to a professional photo shoot with photographer J. Nichole Smith of Dane & Dane Photography to grace the cover of the Winter 2007 or Spring 2008 issue of CityDog Magazine.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
For those of us in the Pacific Northwest, finding a good wine is not difficult. Turns out, finding a good wine with a dog on the label isn't so difficult either. Here are three that we can highly recommend from our own personal taste test:
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
On a serious note, CityDog will feature the topic of dog fighting in our fall issue and what is being done about it. Watch for it on newsstands this September.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Dog lovers and their furry, four-legged companions will compete in a variety of challenges such as "sit and get lei'd," "the puppy tunnel of love," "sit pretty for a picture," "find the treat" and more! The human/canine team with the best overall time wins! Challenges are designed to be fun first, challenging second and ALL dogs are welcome.
Only the individual challenges are timed, so in between you can can quench your thirst in the beer garden, check out the vendor booths, sample foods from neighborhood restaurants, hang out in the special dog area, listen to live music including local favorite Harvey Danger -- all as part of the South Lake Union Block Party. The festivities end with an outdoor movie screening of Little Miss Sunshine.
The cost to compete in the Muttmazing Race is just $10.00 with all of the proceeds going to the Seattle Animal Shelter's Help the Animals Fund.
To learn more about CityDog's Muttmazing Race and/or to pre-register online, visit www.muttmazingrace.com. To learn more about the South Lake Union Block Party including a schedule of the full day's events, visit www.slublockparty.com.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
- Do not take your pet in the car with you. The inside of a car heats up very quickly. On an 85-degree day, a car’s interior temperature can climb to 120 degrees in 20 minutes, even with the windows slightly open. Another concern is dogs riding on uncovered pickup beds. The sun heats up the metal truck bed and can burn your pet’s pads. Keep Fido at home!
- Do not leave pets unattended outside when it gets too hot – bring pets inside.
- Do not take your dog for a game of fetch during the heat of the day, because he may overheat. Walk your dog in the cool of the evening and morning.
- Keep your pets inside the house, with plenty of water.
- If your pets must be outside, make sure they have shade and plenty of water available.
- Get a “kiddy pool” and fill it with water for your dogs to splash and play in. They will love it.
Symptoms of heatstroke could include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, and lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, vomiting, and lack of coordination. Contact your veterinarian.
If your animal is overcome by heat exhaustion, immediately immerse or spray the animal with cool running water (not cold water as that could cause shock) and continue until body temperature lowers. Give your pet water to drink and consult your veterinarian right away to determine if additional treatment is needed.
If you suspect an emergency situation has developed and you see someone else's animal in immediate danger from the heat, first consult the owner if possible and then contact your local animal control agency or local police department.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Photo submitted by Christine Eaton.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
This Independence Day, the Seattle Humane Society urges you to follow these basic safety tips:
KEEP YOUR PETS INSIDE
Secure your pet in a safe, enclosed room, preferably one without windows. If you are hosting guests at your home, consider keeping your pet in a room that is off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.
CREATE A CALMING ENVIRONMENT
Surround your pet with favorite toys and other familiar objects. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds.
KEEP AWAY FROM FIREWORKS
Besides the potential toxicity pets can experience from ingesting the gun powder in firecrackers, there is the obvious risk of accidentally burning or injuring your pet by allowing them to be in the same vicinity as fireworks.
The biggest risk this Fourth of July is that your pet will get loose and become lost. Even if your pet is secured inside, the sound of fireworks can cause them to enter an extreme panic mode. Dogs have been known to break through glass windows and cats are expert escape artists. Make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing identification. Call to confirm that your veterinarian and the microchip company have your current address and phone numbers.
Pets in need of microchip identification can be brought to the Seattle Humane Society Wednesday through Friday, 3 to 5 p.m., or Saturday through Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. for $20 implantation, including national registry. No appointment necessary. Call (425) 641-0080 for more information.
The Seattle Humane Society has been protecting people and pets since 1897. Visit in person or online at http://www.seattlehumane.org/ to learn more about the Seattle Humane Society.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Stay tuned for the next CityDog Social Club event coming soon!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Is it true? Could Summer finally be here? Hot-diggity-dog, yes! And, it's time for you and your party animal to celebrate. You and your furry friend are invited to kick off the season at the CityDog Summer Solstice Pawty...where all the cool dogs will be!
When: Wednesday, June 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Acalia, 301 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle (located on lower Queen Anne). Click here for directions.
Cost: $20.00 per person (canines free, of course).
- Hors d'oeuvres plus one beverage ticket.
- Gift bags filled with goodies for you and your furry friend.
- Elegant outdoor courtyard in full view of the Space Needle.
- No-host beer and wine bar.
- Doggie Biscotti treats provided by the Girl Scouts of America.
- Mingling and more...
There are a few tickets left, so please RSVP today with your name and the number of people and/or dogs in your party to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon email confirmation of your RSVP, you may pay by credit card by calling 206.762.0643. Woof!
Party Animal Rules: Dogs must remain on-leash and be under your control at all times. Dogs (and people for that matter) must also play well with others. Thank you for your understanding!
Employers can receive more information about making their companies dog friendly on June 22 by visiting the national organizers of National Take Your Dog to Work Day, Pet Sitters International. Log on to http://www.petsit.com/ for details.
Tips for a successful Take Your Dog to Work Day from the Oregon Humane Society:
- Be sure your employer approves; check to make sure all employees are okay with this event (allergies or fearfulness of dogs may make it unpleasant for some)
- Get the okay to have animals from your building manager
- Dogs brought to work should be well socialized and friendly
- Keep your dog on a leash and under your control at all times
- Schedule frequent potty breaks
- Have a back up plan should your dog not make it through the day
- Limit the number of dogs brought to the work place – depending on the size of the office, location of “relief” area, number of employees wanting to participate, etc.
- Plan ahead to make sure you are not under stressful deadlines as this is a day when you may not be as productive as usual
- Bring toys and treats to keep your dog engaged
- Dogs brought to work should be current on vaccinations and have proper identification. It would be best if the dogs were over 1 year old and spayed/neutered
Friday, June 01, 2007
Photo submitted by Julie Keyes.
Friday, May 25, 2007
And, I cannot tell you how much I love this cover! Actually, the entire issue is awesome, if I do say so myself. Articles include everything from throwing a dog friendly backyard barbecue with recipes from Seastar owner and chef John Howie to the best hikes in Washington with your dog, written by none other than the guy who wrote Best Hikes With Dogs Inland Northwest!
Other articles include: incredible stories of rescue dogs, holistic alternatives, advice on whether you should play tug with your dog or not, an expanded Bark of the Town section, dog-friendly condominium listing for the Puget Sound area, and much much more!
Seriously, this issue is packed, so it is officially time to add pages starting with the next issue. That's right, CityDog is expanding from 48 pages to 64! And, we are adding a bonus fifth issue: CityDog's special holiday issue. So, instead of four issues a year, you will receive five...for the same subscription price of $15.00. If you are not a subscriber, what are you waiting for? Subscribe today at www.citydogmagazine.com and look for the Summer issue to arrive soon!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
All dogs (not just Pugs) are welcome, but must be on leash.
The outdoor event features:
-- Pug costume contest -- Pug kissing booth -- Dogs for adoption from the Oregon Humane Society -- Food and beverages from MacTarnahan's Tap Room -- Free health consultations from Banfield, The Pet Hospital- - Vendors and exhibitors!
When: Sunday, May 20Time: 1 -4 pm
Where: MacTarnahan's Tap Room, 2730 NW 31st Ave., Portland
Cost: $10 suggested donation to the Oregon Humane Society; Pugs (and other dogs) free; kids under 11 free.
With 100 percent of admission donations and t-shirt revenues going directly to the Oregon Humane Society, the Pug Crawl depends on volunteer staffing and the generosity of the following local sponsors: The Oregon Humane Society; Meridian Realty; Banfield, The Pet Hospital; MacTarnahan's Tap Room; and KINK fm 102.
For more information, visit www.oregonhumane.org/pugcrawl
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
These events are open to everyone, although all children (two- and four-legged) must be left behind (this is, after all, a lounge). Ugliest Chihuahua need not be present to win.
Here's a preview of one of the contestants! Ooooooh, scary!
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
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Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
This is our favorite, but you can help decide which one will be crowned this year’s #1 Pitty Fool by visiting Pit Bull Rescue Central to view over 100 pit bulls in all their foolish glory!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
For more information go to http://www.maryfest.com/ or call Leslie Buell at 425 268-5285.
Friday, March 23, 2007
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