Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bella is the 10,000th Lucky Pet to Go Home in 2009

Bella, a one-year-old kelpie mix, today became the 10,000th pet to be adopted in 2009 from the Oregon Humane Society. Bella was adopted by the Linger family of northeast Portland following a get-acquainted meet where four-year-old McKenna Linger and Bella became instant friends. "Once we got into the play area, Bella spent all her time playing with McKenna. We found a dog we love," said Patty Linger, McKenna's grandmother, who came to the shelter today along with Katie Linger, McKenna's mother.
Patty Linger regularly visits the OHS Website looking for animals to adopt, and with a new fence recently completed for their large backyard, the family was ready to adopt a dog to go with their two cats. Patty came armed with a list of five dogs she wanted to see, but granddaughter McKenna was already head-over-heels for Bella, who was second on Patty's list. It just so happens that Bella had been at the OHS shelter since October 8, making her one of the "Great Eight," a group of eight dogs who have been residing at OHS the longest.
The adoption of 10,000 pets sets a new annual record for OHS since the opening of a state-of-the-art shelter on Columbia Blvd. in 2000. “These record adoptions are a tribute to the compassion of our community and the hard work of our staff and volunteers,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS executive director.
The previous high-water mark for OHS adoptions occurred in 2001, when 9,395 pets were adopted. The record number of adoptions this year is all the more impressive, said Harmon, when you consider that OHS puts no time limit on how long pets stay at the shelter and never euthanizes animals for space reasons. Last year, OHS saved 96% of the animals admitted to the shelter--more than double the national average.
Photo: Left to right, Patty Linger, McKenna Linger, Katie Linger, and Bellla.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Let's find this girl a home for the holidays!

Hi, I'm Ruthie. I’m about ten years old, but not a lot is known about my past because I was brought to the shelter as a stray. What I am hoping for now is a future any dog would want...filled with lots of love, walks and a cozy place to call home. I am a very well mannered girl so I promise not to be any trouble. Please come meet me today at N.O.A.H.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Editor's Picks: Last Minute Gift Ideas!

Dublin Dog knows how to make dog collars -- stink free! These tough, durable collars are made from a polymer that rinses clean and never harbors odor-causing bacteria. And, they're available in a variety of cool designs. Pictured here is "Mistletoe." $20 and up at

Looking for an alternative to plastic dog-themed ornaments for a special dog lover in your life? Best Friends Studios offers handmade, beautifully crafted wool felt dog ornaments in a variety of breeds. $28.50 at

Are you tired of puppy mills? Animal cruelty? Make a statement with these bracelets and half the proceeds will go to Last Chance for Animals or Best Friends Animal Society. Makes a great stocking stuffer for any animal lover. $10 at

Simply Fido's limited edition Moose and Penguin  plushies foster the imagination of pets and celebrate the lifestyle of an eco-conscious home. Made with organic cotton, each toy is colored by nature and 100% certified non-toxic, helping to make your home a safe and chemical-free environment.

For more great gift ideas, check out CityDog's special, digital-only Holiday Gift Guide!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Record-Breaking Adoptions at Oregon Humane Society

Portland, Oregon -- The public's response to two huge animal rescues last week has been nothing short of overwhelming. Since the Oregon Humane Society rescued almost 200 animals last week, the shelter's storage areas have been overflowing with donated pet food while shelter staff have been working overtime to keep up with the public's demand to adopt the neglected  dogs. 

Soon after the rescued animals from the Harney County and Tillamook rescues were made available to the public, OHS experienced the largest adoption weekend in the history of the 141-year-old nonprofit. "The public's response was incredible. The community showed its concern and compassion for the rescued animals in our care," said Sharon Harmon, OHS executive director. 

The public adopted 224 animals Dec. 11-13th, double the number usually adopted and well above the previous record of 192 pets who went home over a similar three-day period in Nov. 2007. While dozens of the rescued dogs from Harney County and Tillamook found new homes, so did 86 cats and kittens, seven rabbits, four birds and one Guinea pig. "I think people understood that our shelter was strained to capacity, and they decided this was the right time to bring a new friend into their family," said Harmon.

Not only did the public take animals home over the weekend, they dropped off a record number of donations -- so much so that OHS has asked the public to stop bringing donations of dog food, towels and shredded paper. "We are grateful for all the donations so far, as we rely entirely on private contributions for everything we do here," said Harmon. The two rescues could cost OHS, which gets no support from national humane organizations, more than $150,000.

OHS is still in need of large dog crates, dog toys, wet cat food, laundry soap, bleach and monetary donations.  

As of today, more than eighty of the rescued dogs have found permanent adopted homes and another 37 are in foster homes. More than two dozen rescued dogs from Tillamook and Harney County are available for adoption today at at OHS, with more becoming be available as their medical condition permits. Pictures and profiles of rescued animals available for adoption can be found on the OHS Website.

Donations to fight animal neglect and abuse can be made online to the  OHS Animal Rescue and Investigations Fund. Donations are also accepted in person at the OHS shelter at 1067 NE Columbia Blvd. For more information, visit the OHS Website at

This week's Adopt-A-Shelter-Dogs: Thor and Coda!

My name is Thor and I'm a big gentle giant. I’m an 8-year-old Lab mix who enjoys getting petted and loved by my human friends. I am eager to learn new things so would love an owner who has lots to teach me. I'm great on leash so would be an outstanding walking buddy. Come see me today at NOAH and see if I am the right doggy for you!

My name is Coda and I am a 2-year old Chihuahua mix. I am one of 36 dogs rescued from a shelter in California where we were slated for euthanasia. Luckily for me, NOAH was able to arrange for transportation and bring me to my new home in Washington. I am a very friendly small dog who was found as a stray before being brought into the shelter by animal control, therefore there isn't a lot of history on me. Before we came to NOAH we all had Rabies vaccinations, were tested for heartworm and received health certificates. We've also had a microchip, distemper combination vaccination and bordatella, and have been de-wormed several times. Come meet me soon as the folks here at NOAH tell us that we will all find homes quickly because small dogs are so popular in this area.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

A Canine Christmas Dog Adoption Event!

Don’t miss the upcoming Canine Christmas’ adoption event. Adopt a dog or puppy and light up your life this holiday season! Meet over 100 great dogs and puppies from across Washington in one location. Come meet the dogs Sunday, December 13th, noon until 3 p.m. at Paws-abilities in Tukwila, Wash  

Paws-Abilities Dog Training Center is located at 1007 Industry Drive, Tukwila, WA, 98188. Click here for directions.

More than 100 dogs and puppies of all different shapes, sizes, ages and breeds from nine animal rescue organizations will be on-site and available for adoption. Puppies, adults, small dogs, purebred and mixed breeds will be available. Spay/neuter and vaccinations are included in the adoption price -- the only thing these dogs need is a loving home.

Experienced shelter staff, volunteers and trainers will be on hand to help you find the right animal for your family. The trainers will be available to answer your questions about any dog you are thinking of adopting. Shelter staff has evaluated each dog’s behavior and temperament. Adoption fees range from $150.00 to $250.00.

Participating organizations bringing animals to adopt include:
Pet Food Drive - The Animals Need Your Help
Times are tough, especially for the shelters and rescues relying on donations. In conjunction with the adoption event, Pawsitive Alliance will also be holding a food drive to benefit the shelters and rescues participating in this event. For more information about Pawsitive Alliance, visit

Monday, December 07, 2009

This week's Adopt-A-Shelter-Dogs: Muppet and Jake!

Muppet is an eight-month-old Pekingese mix who is looking for a home that will help him work through some of his fears towards men. He warms up in time but he needs someone who will help him through the transition. He loves to go for long walks, or having some playtime (he loves playing with his stuffed toys), then curling up next to you for a nap! He loves being around people. He needs a little extra help in the house training department but with a little time and patience he should pick it up quickly. If you're interested in visiting with him stop by the N.O.A.H adoption center and ask to see Muppet!

Jake is an intelligent and sweet-natured nine-month-old shepherd mix.He’s young, so he’s a very high energy dog who would love to go to a home with people who will take him out for lots of fun outdoor activities, providing him with an outlet for his physical energy. He would also love a home that can provide him with training; a training class with his adopters would help him greatly in his adjustment to a new home and help strengthen the bond with his new owners. If he sounds like the right kind of companion for you, stop by the N.O.A.H pet adoption center and ask to visit with him!

Animals First Foundation Fundraiser at Feedback Lounge

Join Animals First Foundation on Wednesday (12/09/09) at the Feedback Lounge at 7:00PM for a fun filled evening of snacks, games and prizes. $10.00; all proceeds will benefit rescued animals in need. The Feedback Lounge is located in West Seattle at 6451 California Avenue S.W.,  206.453.3259. 

Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Issue Hot-of-the-press! Here is a sneak peek!

Subscribe today or give the gift that has tails wagging! Click here to get started! Woof!

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Friday, November 27, 2009

This week's Adopt-A-Shelter-Dogs: Dotty and Fran!

Dotty is a very sweet, mellow girl who would love to find a place to call home. She loves adult people and would love a home where she can have them all to herself, so no kids or other animals please. She enjoys regular walks and cuddle time. She will be your loving, devoted companion if you give her a chance. If you're interested in visiting with Dotty, stop by the N.O.A.H Adoption Center. Says Dotty, "I've been waiting for my new home for a very long time and look forward to a time when I can call someplace my forever home!"

Fran is a sweet shepherd mix that is looking for a loving forever home. Although she's only a couple of years old she has some very nice manners. She tries really hard not to jump on you and knows the commands 'sit' and with a little patience she knows 'lay down'. She walks very well on a leash and seems to be curious about meeting other dogs. All in all Fran is a sweet and happy go lucky girl looking for a family to call her own! If you're interested in meeting Fran, stop by the N.O.A.H Adoption Center.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays

On November 29, is kicking off the first-of-its-kind Foster A Lonely Pet For the Holidays program in partnership with the Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie, A Dog Named Christmas, based on Greg Kincaid’s popular novel. Airing Sunday, November 29 on CBS, the movie tells the tale of a developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need, who sets out to convince his family — and their whole rural community — to participate in a local shelter's inaugural "Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program."
Inspired by the book and movie, is working with its network of 13,000 shelters and rescue groups across North America to give families the opportunity to welcome an adoptable pet into their home for the holiday season, ideally from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day. Interested foster-parents-to-be can click here to find the participating shelters near them. In the Seattle area alone, participating shelters include the Seattle Animal Shelter, Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue and BullsEye Dog Rescue.  
Not only will you be providing homeless animals with a loving home during the holidays, but you will also be giving shelter volunteers and staff a well-deserved break. Now that's the howliday spirit!

You are invited to CityDog Magazine's annual Yappy Howlidays Muttmixer at the W Seattle!

The Weather Outside May be Frightful, but the CityDog 
Yappy Howlidays “Pawty” is Quite Delightful!

Celebrate the season with your festive furry friend and mix and mingle with fellow dog lovers at the W Hotel Seattle, Wednesday, December 9th.

Man’s best friend decked out in holiday garb along with their equally festively bedecked owners will be congregating at the W Seattle hotel Wednesday, December 9th for CityDog Magazine’s annual Yappy Howlidays Muttmixer. Nearly one hundred pooches of all shapes and sizes in stylish collars, reindeer antlers and holiday sweaters will mix, mingle and share a bark or two while their owners sip a cocktail and swap doggy tails.

This "howliday" event of the year promises to be a fabulous opportunity of Seattle-style merriment and mayhem. Nichole Smith of Dane + Dane Studios will be on hand to take holiday portraits, perfect as a keepsake memento or holiday card. And, each guest will go home with a holiday swag bag loaded with treats and other goodies.

The event is free to attend; we just ask that you bring a can or bag of pet food and CityDog will donate it to the West Seattle Food Bank to help struggling families feed their pets this holiday season.

When: Wednesday, December 9th, 6-8 pm


W Seattle Living Room
1112 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 264-6000

Please RSVP with the number of people and pooches in your "pawty" to


P.S. The holiday issue is hot-of-the-press and it is packed with gift ideas for dogs and dog lovers! Subscribe today!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Countdown to the Holiday Issue of CityDog Magazine

We are in the final stages of the Holiday Issue of CityDog Magazine going to print! It's packed with gift ideas for dogs and dog lovers plus a weekend getaway cabin retreat, a holiday celebration with your hound, my editor's picks in the "Best of the West" roundup, and much much more!

Subscribe to CityDog Magazine today or give the gift that has tails wagging all year round!

Brandie Ahlgren, founder & editor
CityDog Magazine

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Continuing Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month into November

With so many dogs available for adoption, dedicating a month to bring awareness to the issue just isn't enough. Therefore, CityDog will continue to post dogs available for adoption on the CityDog Blog to help with the cause, hoping you or someone you know will open your heart and home to one of these pooches. Woof!

This is Diamond, a six-year-old boxer/beagle mix, and she is in need of a good home that will give her lots of exercise and love. She is very sweet and loving, but has a problem with anxiety. N.O.A.H. has her on an anti-anxiety medication and with some patience and playtime, she will make someone very happy. N.O.A.H. has event put together a plan to help her in a new forever home, and if you're interested in adopting her please stop by the N.O.A.H pet adoption center. Diamond looks forward to meeting you!

Coco is a two-year-old Lab and a wonderfully affectionate and playful dog. She loves to play fetch with her tennis ball, which she will politely drop at your feet so you will throw it again. Coco was surrendered to a local shelter because of her owner's health. She was brought in with her two siblings, Midnight and Mocha. They are bonded to one another and get along very well so we would like to adopt out the three of them together. Coco loves to cuddle and be close to people just as much as she loves to be close to her siblings. If you are interested in Coco, visit the N.O.A.H. Center today!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Shelter dogs shine in "101 Dalmatians" musical

Boy brings peanut dog to school

OAK HARBOR, Wash. - All Judie Gonzalez wanted in life was a chance for her son Logan to go to school like other children. With a little help from a special friend, her dream is now coming true.

"It means a little guardian angel is looking over Logan, giving him a helping hand," said Gonzalez. That guardian angel is a 1-year-old labradoodle named Roxie.

"She's gonna check our classroom and see if there are peanuts," said 7-year-old Logan.

Today he brought Roxie to his 2nd grade class at Crescent Harbor Elementary. Roxie has the skills to find even minute traces of peanuts. Logan is severely allergic. Last year he was hospitalized 10 times.

"Just breathing on him in the morning if you've eaten peanuts that could send him into shock," said his mother.
Roxie was trained for six months in Colorado by experts who trained bomb-sniffing dogs at the Pentagon. The community of Oak Harbor raised more than $12,000 to bring her here.

"Logan's a great kid. It would be a shame to not be a part of the classroom, so we'll do whatever we need to do to make sure he can be here," said Logan's teacher Bobbie Cane.

Some kids have even decided to swear off peanut butter all together.

"When these people have peanut butter, I say please get away," said Logan's best friend David. For now Roxie only spends the morning in school with Logan. The hope is by next school year, she will be trained to spend all day with him, wherever he goes.

By Tonya Mosley/KING 5 News

Friday, October 30, 2009

Only today and tomorrow left! Here is today's dog of the day: Alvin

Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month is a great way to raise awareness about the countless dogs living in shelters across the country. In our small way, CityDog wanted to help increase awareness by featuring a dog a day on our blog, hoping that someone, somewhere, would adopt -- either one of the dogs we featured or a dog from their local shelter.

Unfortunately, there are just two days left -- for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month, that is. Adoption is something that can be done 365 days of the year! Today's dog is Alvin.

Alvin is a great little guy who desperately wants a home to snuggle with his new family! Alvin came to the Oregon Humane Society (OHS) from another shelter with no prior history. He is approximately six years old, weighs 26-pounds and is a beagle-mix. He is extremely sweet, loving and gentle and just simply needs a warm lap to curl up on.

Alvin's adoption fee includes neuter services, identification microchip, collar and I.D. tag, initial vaccinations, one month of pet insurance, a certificate for a free veterinarian exam, and plenty of support and information from the experienced staff at OHS.

To learn more about adopting Alvin, please click here.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

October's dog of the day: Clyde

Clyde is a sweet guy with a heart of gold, who is waiting to find that special companion to take him to his forever home. Clyde came to PAWS as a stray from the Lynnwood, Wash. area and is five years old. He's got white fur with a cute black spot over one eye. Clyde would do best in a home with children aged seven and older. He's fun and goofy and absolutely adores people. Clyde is great on the leash and friendly to other dogs. He's eager to meet you!

To learn more about adopting Clyde, please visit is his profile page on

To celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month, all adoption fees of canines over six months old are reduced to $75 for the month of October at PAWS.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween is just a few days away and if you're still searching for the perfect canine costume, here are a few ideas courtesy of the DogFiles!

October's dog of the day: Gracie

Look at that face!

This cutie pie is Gracie, currently residing at King County Animal Care and Control in Kent, Wash.

Gracie has this to share about herself, "I am a very friendly and energetic girl. I love to go for walks and know how to sit on command and am good on a leash. I am also learning how to 'stay' as well. I would love to go to a home where I'll get lots of exercise, playtime and of course, love."

To learn more about adopting Gracie, please visit her profile page on

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October's dog of the day: Gus

Meet Gus, our dog of the day for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month. Gus currently resides at King County Animal Care and Control in Kent, Wash., waiting for his forever home.

Here's what Gus has to say about himself, "I am a very sweet guy who loves going for walks. I know how to sit on command and am pretty good on a leash. I do like to investigate smells, so I can get a little distracted while I'm on my walks, but I come back when called with a whistle to get my attention. I am very friendly and love meeting new people."

To learn more about adopting Gus, follow this link to his profile on And please share this post with your dog loving friends and family!

Monday, October 26, 2009

October's dog of the day: Geronimo

Geronimo is a sweet, kind, blind cocker spaniel that was picked up matted and confused on the street in San Jose, California. This gentle boy needs a special home where life is consistent and mellow with loving and caring humans. Geronimo loves being with people, which he shows by snuggling up close, making sweet, contented snorting noises, and wagging his darling nubby tail. His rescuers at Muttville think he’s about 10 years old; he is fine with other dogs and cats, too. Geronimo seems to be house-trained, and guess what, he snores. So sweet! And, this guy will be a guest along with Fido Factor on San Francisco's ABC Channel 7. Woof! 

To learn more about Geronimo and how to adopt him, click here

Saturday, October 24, 2009

October's dog of the day: Merci

Meet a very special dog currently residing at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Merci is our dog of the day for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Dog-O-Ween tomorrow at Seattle's Genesee Off Leash Area

This is one of our favorite annual events -- Dog-O-Ween!

Tomorrow, October 24th, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. it's COLA’s (Citizens for Off Leash Areas) 10th annual fundraising event, Dog-O-Ween. Hundreds of dogs and their humans turn out to this event dressed in creative costumes to win prizes, mingle with fellow dogs and dog lovers, and support a great cause. KMTT - The Mountain's John Fischer will emcee and yours truly is one of the judges. There will be raffle prizes to win, silent auction items to bid on and vendor booths to visit. But best of all is the canine costume contest where pooches and their peeps strut their stuff for great prizes. For more information, visit

For information and directions to Genesee Park, click here.

Here are a few of last year's "weiners:"

October's dog of the day: Gable

Gable is a strapping, five-year-old husky/Alaskan malamute mix who was brought to PAWS in Lynnwood, Wash. when his owners could no longer care for him. Playful, sweet and active, Gable loves a good adventure and would make an excellent addition to a loving family.

If you would like to learn more about this handsome boy, check out Gable's profile on

Because Gable is over six months old, his adoption fee is just $75 for the month of October, which is a total steal -- and, it includes spay/neuter surgery (if needed), initial vaccinations, a microchip, and a free health exam certificate from a local veterinarian.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

October's dog of the day: Frankie

Meet Frankie, a one-year-old Australian cattle dog and pit bull mix and total cutie pie. Frankie has a very loving personality and enjoys hanging with his people and playing with other dogs. Frankie would do best in a family with children over the age of 12. Found as a stray, Frankie now resides at PAWS, located in Lynnwood, Wash.

To learn more about this sweet boy, check out his profile on

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October's dog of the day: Posey

This sweet girl's name is Posey -- a Shiba Inu mix currently residing at PAWS in Lynnwood, Wash. Posey is a calm, well mannered girl who loves to hang outside and visit with other dogs. Posey would prefer a home with adults and is also selective about her playmates, so would do best as the only dog in the home. To learn more about Posey, visit her profile on

Reminder: Special for the month of October at PAWS: All dogs six months and older are now $25 off, making the adoption fee only $75. And, that includes spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip, and a free health exam certificate from a local veterinarian.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Meet Mickey, a special needs dog at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

You can help support the special care of these special pets by beginning or renewing your Best Friends membership as a Guardian Angel. Your donation helps cover the costs of the care of the latest arrivals needing urgent help. Click here to become a Guardian Angel.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Celebrates 25 Years

October's dog of the day: Montana

To finish out Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month (October), we are showcasing a homeless dog a day from Northwest shelters in hopes you or someone you know will take a fancy to one of these furry faces and give them a loving, forever home.

Meet today's dog -- Montana -- a lovely black and white Australian shepherd, with beautiful brown and blue eyes. She is 10 years old and looking for a forever home where she can spend her golden years with a loving family. Montana is gentle and easy-going, and would love to hang out and watch some TV with you. Montana is currently at PAWS, located in Lynnwood, Wash.

To learn more about Montana, visit her profile on

To celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month, PAWS has reduced all adoption fees of canines six months old and over to just $75 for the month of October.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Oregon's Project POOCH Qualifies for Mutt Madness Competition

Project POOCH is one of two Oregon rescue shelter groups nominated for Rachael Ray’s canine competition dubbed Mutt Madness.

Based on the NCAA March Madness, the bracket-style competition asks that voters select their favorite shelter. The top prize is $50,000; second prize is $25,000 (that's a lot of bones for a small shelter). For every week that Project POOCH remains in the competition, more money is earned for the program.

To enter the contest, log in and register. To begin the voting, click on the POOCH panel. A detailed profile of the POOCH profile opens. Once the window opens, simply click on “vote." You must vote for one candidate in each of the brackets before submitting your final vote. Check back each week to cast your vote for the next round.

For over 15 years, Project POOCH has successfully paired at-risk shelter dogs with incarcerated youth. The youth train the “death row” dogs and prepare them for adoption to “forever” homes. The youth learn patience, responsibility and compassion, while the dogs earn a second chance and a loving family.

To enter the Mutt Madness competition, click here and cast your vote for Project POOCH!

One-day telethon raises over $260,000 for Oregon Humane Society

Portland, Oregon - On Sunday, October 18, thousands of television viewers tuned in to the Oregon Humane Society's Tenth Annual Telethon to End Petlessness, setting an all-time record for supporting animals in need.

Televised live on Portland's KATU Channel 2, the four-hour telethon succeeded in two of its most "close to the heart" endeavors for the day: Finding homes for 78 dogs, cats, rabbits, and rodents and raising over $260,000 to help the community's homeless companion pets.

If you didn't get a chance to tune in and make a donation , you can send your Telethon to End Petlessness gift today to:

Oregon Humane Society - Telethon Donation
PO Box 11364
Portland, OR  97211


October's dog of the day: Red

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month, so each day for the rest of this month, we will feature a dog available for adoption in the Northwest. Today's pooch is Red, a 7-year-old pit bull terrier available for adoption at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

In Red's own words, "I'm a super smart boy and eager to please, so naturally I'm very obedient and learn quickly. I walk well on the leash, and even know to sit at curbs before crossing. I know lots of other things too like 'sit, stay, come, okay, no, up, drop, leave it and high five.' I'm completely housebroken and I always tell my people when I need to go out. I enjoy long or short trips in the car, and I've been crate trained as well.

True to my breed, I'm the most loyal, loving animal you will ever find. I adore my humans and my very favorite thing is to be with them, no matter what they're doing. As an adult dog, I'm very good at snoozing and just hanging out. I love to meet new people and enjoy people of all ages. I play well with my foster dad's young godchildren. I LOVE to play fetch and swim and roller blade. I'm always good at being mellow with my people but especially if I've been out to run and play.

I have a big playful streak that will make you laugh. I can tell when you're ready to play and will entertain you with my antics and the way I "talk" to you when we're playing. For some reason my people think it's funny when I sleep on my back with my paws in the air, but I just think it's comfy and maybe (hopefully) I'll get a belly rub. I

I'm not too fond of cats and would do best in a home without them. I like other friendly dogs but I'll definitely need to meet yours first if you want me to join your family (I'd probably prefer to be an only child). Now you know all about me, so now all that's left is for us to meet, and for you to take me home!"

For more information about Red, here is the link to his page on

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's time to vote for the winning dog to grace the cover of CityDog

We need your help! Please pick the winning dog to grace the cover of CityDog Magazine. Over the course of the summer, we held five cover dog model searches, raising over $4,000 for area animal welfare organizations. Hundreds of dogs turned out to walk the catwalk and compete to be on the cover and these are our five finalists (to vote, scroll to the end of this blog):

Murphy helped raise over $1,000 for the Doney Memorial Animal Clinic at Thriftway in West Seattle.

Tazz helped raise close to $1,000 for the Seattle Humane Society at FidoFEST.

Scout helped raise close to $500 for PAWS at PAWSwalk.

Mulligan helped raise $500 for Pasado's Safe Haven at Kirkland Uncorked.

Shi Shi helped raise close to $1,000 for Reading With Rover at Fremont Oktoberfest.

Not only will the winning dog grace the cover of the Winter 2009-'10 issue of CityDog, but ALL of the dogs entered in the model search will be featured in this issue. To subscribe to CityDog Magazine, click here.

To check out ALL of the dogs entered in this year's CityDog cover dog model click here. Woof!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Surf Dog Ricochet Raises Over $8200 for Quadriplegic Surfer

San Diego, Calif. -- Ricochet, the "Surfin’ for Paws-abilities" surf dog, exceeded her fund raising goals, and won 2nd place in the large dog category at the Surf City Surf Dog event on October 11th in Huntington Beach.  
Ricochet has been leading a fund raising campaign for Patrick Ivison, a 15-year-old quadriplegic adaptive surfer for the last several months. As part of these efforts, she and Patrick performed a tandem surf demonstration at the Surf City Surf Dog event last Sunday with the goal of raising funds, as hundreds of onlookers enjoyed the tandem pair. 

Ricochet’s fund raising goals were twofold: Raise enough money to cover the $2000 cost of Patrick’s new service dog, Kona from Pawsitive Teams, a local service dog organization. And, raise at least $5000 for Patrick’s intense physical therapy at Project Walk.

The WebMD Health Foundation, who is thrilled to help Patrick reach his goals, made a kick off donation of $3600, which helped Ricochet raise a total of $8200. Donations are still being accepted -- to donate, click here.

Despite injuring her paw two days before the event, Ricochet was determined to do her job for Patrick, and competed in the large dog category of the surf dog competition, where she placed first. Ricochet then went on to the finals where she won 2nd place in the large dog category, and Patrick happily accepted her prize. But, Ricochet says “The best prize was raising more than $8200 for Patrick, and doing our tandem rides, which put a huge smile on Patrick’s face!” 

Patrick suffered a C4/5 spinal cord injury as a result of an un-insured driver backing a car over him when he was a child. Patrick was diagnosed quadriplegic, and has used a wheelchair ever since, but uses an adaptive board to surf. 

Ricochet was slated to be a service dog for people with disabilities, but had to be released from that role due to her strong drive to chase birds and other small animals, which could be dangerous to a person with a disability. She went from service dog to SURFice dog, and is now fundraising for charitable causes.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Oregon Humane Society Howlin' for Halloween Pet Adoption

Portland, Oregon – You'll be overjoyed when you bring an Oregon Humane Society pet home at Halloween. For all pets with orange, black, or orange/black colors in their fur, they will have their adoption fees reduced by 31% for the entire month of October. No tricks here – just a lot of furry friends who will be the treat of your life.

Up to and through Halloween, the Oregon Humane Society will be adopting out black cats, black dogs, and even black rats. OHS Humane Investigators assure us that there are no problems for black cats during this time of year and OHS’s adoption procedures and policies are in place to make sure all animals go to loving families. 

For more details on adopting a pet from the Oregon Humane Society, click here or call (503) 285-7722.

The last week of October (October 26 through November 1)


31% off adoption fees for all pets with orange, black or orange/black colors in their coats that are available for adoption


OHS still has a waiting list of over 500 pets waiting for a spot at the shelter


Oregon Humane Society
1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97211

CALL: (503) 285-7722, for directions and adoption information

VISIT: for information on how to adopt and to see an updated photo list of all the pets available for adoption orange and otherwise!

Kids Workshops at PAWS

Visit PAWS for a one-of-a-kind, hands-on workshop this October exclusively for kids. Each half-day session provides an interactive learning experience filled with activities, crafts and fun -- all about cats, dogs and wild animals! Next workshop is October 24, 2009. To learn more about the workshops, Crazy for Cats and Canines and Wild Wonders, click here.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Fall in Love: Enter the ASPCA Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Photo Contest

Who is your dog in love with—besides you, that is? Perhaps he makes googly eyes at your neighbor’s cat or tools around with your guinea pig? Maybe playing with your bird or grazing with your horse tickles his fancy. Whoever your pooch pals around with, the ASPCA wants to see them in action!

This October, for the ASPCA's Adopt-A-Shelter Dog photo contest, catch your pooch indulging in cuddly interspecies affection. The top five winners—selected by ASPCA staff—will receive an ASPCA Prize Pack and be featured on their website. So get clicking, shutterbugs—the deadline for entries is October 31! Click here for rules and to enter.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and here is the perfect event to find your new furry friend

Don’t miss the upcoming Barktoberfest adoption event. Meet hundreds of great dogs and puppies from across Washington in one location. Come meet the dogs Sunday, October 11th, noon until 3 pm at the Academy of Canine Behavior in Bothell, Wash. Last year, over 80 families found their new best friends at Barktoberfest!

The Academy of Canine Behavior is located at 4705 240th St. SE, Bothell, WA 98021. Directions can be found at

Why should you adopt at this event?

More than 100 dogs and puppies of all different shapes, sizes, ages and breeds from nine animal rescue organizations will be onsite available for adoption. Puppies, adults, small dogs, purebred and mixed breeds will be available. No need to buy a dog from a breeder and then have to pay for shots and spay/neuter--with these dogs all of that has been done and is included in the adoption price. The only thing these dogs need is a new home to love and protect them for a lifetime.

Experienced shelter staff, volunteers and trainers will be on hand to help you find the right animal for your family. The trainers will be available to answer your questions about any dog you are thinking of adopting. Shelter staff has evaluated each dog’s behavior and temperament. Adoption fees range from $150.00 to $250.00.

Need help picking out a dog or puppy?

Attend the Dog Ownership Basics Workshop with Trainer Robin Grannell

Saturday, October 10, 2009, 11 am to 1 pm at Canine Behavior Center, 7551 205th Ave NE Redmond, Wash.

Learn about options for acquiring a dog, how to select the right dog for your family and tips for successfully integrating the dog into your household. Workshop attendees earn early entry into the Barktoberfest adoption event. $20 per family.

For directions please visit The workshop is being held at the Redmond location.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to or call 206.465.4116.

Participating organizations bringing animals to adopt include:
Food Drive - The Animals Need Your Help

Times are tough, especially for the shelters and rescues relying on donations. In conjunction with the adoption event, we will also be holding a food drive. Will you consider bringing some pet food to our event? The food will be distributed to the shelters and rescues attending our event.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sneak peek at the cover dog contestants from FidoFEST!

Drumroll please...Here are all of the smiling faces from our CityDog cover dog model search last weekend at FidoFEST. Thanks to all of the dogs and their peeps, we raised $1,000 for the Seattle Humane Society. And, thanks to Jamie Pflughoeft with Cowbelly Pet Photography for donating her time and talent to photographing the pooches.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mark your calendar for the Kitsap Humane Society's Animal Krackers Gala!

The Kitsap Humane Society is holding the 16th Annual Animal Krackers Auction and Gala Dinner on Saturday, October 17, from 5 to 10pm at the Kitsap Conference Center, Bremerton Harborside. All proceeds go to help the thousands of homeless, abused or abandoned animals the shelter cares for annually.

The evening starts with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a delicious dinner and exciting live auction. Auction items include baskets of pet products, jewelry, art, and wonderful vacations include a stay at a bed and breakfast, a Holland America Cruise and tickets to Disneyland. Round out the evening at the dessert auction with a chance to bid on the most mouth-watering cakes and treats you’ll ever eat. Throughout the evening visit with friends and family and with the real stars of the Kitsap Humane Society – the animals available for adoption!

To purchase tickets, donate an item for the auction, or to promote or sponsor the event, visit the Kitsap Humane Society’s website at or contact the Events Department at (360)692-6977 x7113 or

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mutley the Horse Needs a Home

At CityDog, we love all animals and with a name like Mutley, this horse touched our heart all the more!

The Oregon Humane Society is seeking a home for Mutley, a horse rescued from a Molalla man who has since been sentenced to jail time and community service for neglecting animals.

Mutley, a mature gelding with a dark grey coat and black mane, was among four horses, three pigs, two rabbits, one duck, one dog and seven kittens removed from the rural property of Ora Mitchell in December 2008. Mutley is the last of the group to be made available for adoption, as he needed time to regain lost weight and receive treatment for medical issues. Mitchell was found guilty in May 2009 of several counts of Animal Neglect II and sentenced by the Circuit Court for Clackamas County to five days in jail, 2 years probation and 80 hours community service. He was also barred from owning domestic animals for five years.

Mutley will benefit from a patient, confident owner who wants to spend a lot of time with him. Because Mutley is a little slow to trust, he needs a home where he gets daily touching and interaction with his owners, but he is not the ideal horse for a child. Mutley will be perfectly happy as a pasture horse. He does not interact well with other geldings and should not be kept with them. He has lived with mares before, and could possibly live with one again. Once you gain his trust, Mutley does well with a halter and leads well. Riding him, however, is not a possibility at this time.

OHS does not have facilities for horses at its NE Portland shelter and instead relies on a network of volunteer foster families to provide stables, pastures and day-to-day care. The only horses made available for adoption from OHS are those rescued from owners charged with animal cruelty. OHS Humane Officers are commissioned by the Governor to investigate animal cruelty throughout the state. Their work is supported entirely by private donations to OHS.

To arrange a visit with Mutley, contact the Oregon Humane Society Investigations department at

Monday, September 21, 2009

7th Annual Harbor Hounds this Saturday! Be there or be square!


Charity dog walk to raise money for the Prison Pet Partnership Program, Coalition: HUMAnE (formerly Peninsula Spay/Neuter Project), and the Gig Harbor Mid-day Rotary.


A fun, leisurely 2.0 mile walk along the waterfront in the beautiful historic fishing village of Gig Harbor. There will be a variety of entertainment, contests, demonstrations, expert advice, pet information, vendors, food, and loads of tail-wagging fun.


The 2009 Harbor Hounds will be held Saturday, September 26th, 10:00am–3:00pm!


The event takes place between Donkey Creek Park at the North end of Harborview and Skansie Brothers Park, (next to Jerisich Park). Participants will walk in between the two parks, along the waterfront. Event Directions