Tuesday, May 11, 2010

TriMet Welcomes Dogs for OHS Doggie Dash

Rapid transit comes to the aid of our canine friends once a year for the Oregon Humane Society's Doggie Dash event in downtown Portland. Although four-legged passengers are usually off-limits on TriMet, the Portland-area transit agency is partnering with OHS to make May 15th a dog-friendly day for train riders.

The occasion? The 23rd Annual Doggie Dash, which takes place 7:30 am to 1:00 pm at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. OHS expects 6,000 people and 2,000 dogs at Portland’s largest party for pets and people. Naito Parkway will be closed to cars from 8:00 am to 10:30 am as thousands of animal lovers and their dogs run and walk to raise money for OHS.

TriMet riders can bring their dogs to Doggie Dash on any TriMet MAX train until 2 pm on May 15th. Riders should be going to or from Doggie Dash (bring your registration reciept). Regular fares apply to riders, but dogs ride free! Dog owners need to follow these rules: dogs must be under the owner’s control (leash or in a crate ); dogs must be wearing a head collar such as Gentle Leader or wear a muzzle; dogs need to wear an ID tag that includes the owner's contact information; and dogs and riders can use only the rear of a two-car train. Note: dogs are allowed on TriMet trains only.

The MAX rail stop nearest to Doggie Dash is at SW Oak and 1st Avenue, just two blocks away from the main registration tent in Waterfront Park near the intersection of SW Stark and Naito Parkway. For complete TriMet fares and schedules, visit www.trimet.org. Participants can register for Doggie Dash as early as 7:30 am the day of the event, or can register online at www.oregonhumane.org/doggiedash. Advance registration is $25; day-of registration is $30.

Once riders arrive at Doggie Dash they can enjoy a pancake breakfast, live music, contests and more. For complete details on line visit www.oregonhumane.org/doggiedash.

Doggie Dash is presented by Lithia Subaru of Oregon City. Sponsors include, Banfield, The Pet Hospital; Pedigree; Sergeant's; Fred Meyer; Witham & Dickey; boly:welch; Mars Veterinary; KATU; The Oregonian and K103-fm.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Help the Animals and Meet New Friends at a Unique Event to Benefit a Unique Organization

Other Mothers Animal Rescue will host a Mother’s Day fundraiser luncheon this Saturday, May 8th at Portland, Oregon's Mark Spencer Hotel

Other Mothers Animal Rescue, Inc., is a one-of-a-kind animal shelter organization that rescues pregnant dogs and cats from conventional shelter facilities that lack the staff and time requirements to provide for the needs of newborns. All animals are cared for in a cage-free home environment with a volunteer foster family until ready for adoption.

The event is open to the public and tickets are $25 per person. All proceeds will go toward the care of rescued dog and cat “mothers” and their young. In addition to a sumptuous vegetarian feast, the lunch will include an animal psychic, special guest speakers, a professional photographer, and fabulous prizes to give away.

Space is limited, so please RSVP for tickets by emailing linda@othermothers.org or call 503.452.0465.

Other Mothers is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity that relies exclusively on private donations

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

My Dog Ate What? New show premiers on Nat Geo Wild

Has your dog eaten some crazy stuff? Well, they are not alone! In fact, there is a three-part program coming up on Nat Geo Wild called My Dog Ate What? Starting tonight, Tuesday, May 4 at 10pm ET/PT, Nat Geo Wild reveals some of the most amazing and shocking things ingested by dogs, from underwear (thong preferred) to pacifiers (27 in total) and money (all $800 of it)!

Watch Lola, the underwear eater's, story here:

Future episodes include Luciano...


Luciano is 130 pounds of love. The Rottweiler is loyal and gentle. His strong Rottweiler appetite has gotten him into some trouble with his owners, Deedee, a realtor, and Chris, a documentary photojournalist, especially when he ate Deedee’s engagement ring, but no serious danger. At a cost of $300, Dr. Miyo Murtagh at Friendship Animal Hospital in Washington, DC took an x-ray to confirm Luciano had eaten the ring. But it was Deedee’s job to get the ring back for her wedding by searching through many of Luciano’s “deposits.” (Photo Credit: © Nancy Glass Productions)

(Photo Credit: © Nancy Glass Productions)

And Milo's story...

Dogs' sense of smell is incredibly stronger than humans'. When Milo, a black Labrador retriever, gets a whiff of sweet ham while on a walk in Central Park, he runs off in search of the juicy treat. What looked like ham and rosemary was actually a piece of meat with pins in it. Milo is rushed to the vet and must undergo emergency surgery.  In the care of a great vet, Milo is able to make a full recovery. But a question still remains — why would pins be inserted into a piece of meat? It is later discovered that the meat was not ham, but a cow tongue with pins!  News crews and New York City detectives rush to Central Park to investigate and find that the act is a Santeria ritual, more specifically a voodoo curse! The case remains unsolved as to the reason for the ritual.

And Bogie...

Bogie was adopted from a rescue group last year. The two-year-old Saint Bernard started having seizures soon after. The vet diagnosed Bogie with epilepsy. The seizures were quickly under control. However, when Mike’s son, was giving Bogie his epilepsy medicine one day, Bogie ate the medicine and the spoon it was on.  Dr. Kathleen Johnson at Yorba Regional Animal Hospital in Anaheim, California performed surgery on Bogie at a cost of $2000.

(Photo Credit: © Nancy Glass Productions)

And Riley, Marley, Pablo, Branson and Bonnie...
Yellow Labrador Riley gulps down a skewered corncob. Marley, the entertaining Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, eats a few pairs of thong underwear. Pablo, the imposing Bull Mastiff, manages to swallow his entire five-foot leather leash. Branson the Bulldog takes down an amazing 27 pacifiers from his family's triplet boys. When love comes before money, Bonnie the Rottweiler undergoes surgery that cost thousands. And Joe the chocolate Lab eats a very high-priced meal of actual dollar bills. I bet you're wondering how Joe got his money back...well, you'll just have to watch and see! Woof!

(Photo Credit: © Nancy Glass Productions)