Friday, July 30, 2010

CityDog Summer Muttmixer: RSVP today!

NEW! CityDog Summer Muttmixer
August 25 •
Seattle, Wash. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Spend a summer evening sipping cocktails and mingling with fellow dog lovers at our CityDog Summer Muttmixer. We're rolling out the red carpet at the swanky and super dog-friendly W Hotel Seattle to celebrate our fifth birthday and we want you and your furry friend to join us in celebration! There will be a DJ spinning, tails wagging and people mingling. The event is free to attend, but please RSVP to

Monday, July 26, 2010

Urgent Attention Northern Idaho/Washington area dog lovers: Pit Bulls In Need needs your help!

Pit Bulls In Need (PIN), in the Northern Idaho/Washington area, needs your help. This rescue has been run and funded primarily by the founder who has recently become unable to handle the load due to a medical condition. The two primary and immediate needs of the rescue are fosters or adoptive homes for the dogs in their care (seven total), and donations to cover vet costs and support the rescue's expenses until homes can be found for the remaining dogs.

Other needed donations include: Dog food, straw, volunteers to return phone calls, do home checks, screen potential foster and forever homes, advertise and everything else it takes to run a successful rescue. All donations are tax deductible.

All of the dogs are very people friendly, unless otherwise noted:

Candy (pictured top left) -- Three to five years old, extremely sweet. Does well with submissive dogs of both genders.

Lilly (bottom left) -- Three years old and in current need of financial assistance for an ongoing medical condition. Must be supervised with other, submissive-only dogs; does not do well with dominant dogs.

Sadie (top right) -- Two years old. Sweet girl that loves ALL dogs no matter what, but does not care for kids. Very loving and gentle on a leash.

Tucker (bottom right) -- Two years old. Long term resident at the rescue because of his energy level. Loves kids, but needs more work with other dogs.

Not Pictured:

Took -- One year old, with separation anxiety. He is a foster or sponsor only, because PIN is working with his owner to get him back into the home. Does well with submissive dogs of both genders, but needs to learn social manners with people and dogs.

Rose -- Three to five years old and in current need of financial assistance to help with her allergies. Sweet girl, dominant female but tested well with cats and LOVES people including kids.

Short Stuff -- Two years old, in immediate need of financial assistance to further investigate tender joints. Tested well with cats and dogs, and according to PIN, is a total love, with no issues. "Sweet little guy."

If you can help in any way, please email Charlotte or for more information visit PIN's website here. And, please share this with your fellow dog loving friends and family!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CityDog loves City Kitties too! Meow in Mukilteo

With over 70 cats and kittens available, you are sure to meet your match in Mukilteo on Sunday July 18! Don’t miss Pawsitive Alliance’s 3rd annual cat adoption event.

Join Pawsitive Alliance for Meow in Mukilteo on Sunday, July 18. Meet over 70 cats and kittens on July 18th, noon until 3 p.m. at the Rose Hill School located at 304 Lincoln Ave, Mukilteo, Wash.

If you’re considering bringing a new feline friend into your home this is the place to come because there will cats and kittens available from eight different cat rescue organizations.

Participating rescue groups and shelters:

Animal Rescue Foundation and Everett Animal Services

City of Edmonds

HappyPaws Farm Humane Society

Homeward Pet Adoption Center

King County Animal Care and Control



Whisker City

Why should you adopt at this event?
More than 70 cats and kittens of all different shapes, sizes, ages and breeds from eight rescue organizations will be onsite and available for adoption. Experienced shelter staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you find the right pet for your family. Each cat has been altered and is up to date on shots. Adoption fees from $50.00 to $100.00.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Beat the Heat: Oregon Humane Society Opens Cooling Center for People and Their Pets

People and pets can beat the heat by coming to the Oregon Humane Society. OHS is now offering its lobby as a cooling center for individuals and their animals who are suffering from Portland's record-breaking heat wave.

The OHS cooling center will be open today and tomorrow, July 8-9, during normal shelter hours, 10 am - 9 pm.

Pets must be accompanied by their owners at all times – no pet drop-offs are allowed.

"There are few, if any, cooling centers where people can bring their pets," said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. Adults, children and well-behaved pets are invited to the cooling center, located in the OHS Animal Medical Learning Center (AMLC) lobby, which is located a few feet east of the main OHS shelter lobby entrance. The public is encouraged to bring crates for animals accustomed to using them.

OHS is located at 1067 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR, 97211, (503) 285-7722;

Friday, July 02, 2010

Why dogs should not ride in the back of pickup trucks

First, it's illegal in the state of Washington...well, sort of... Second, as I was walking this weekend with Scout and Ziggy along a stretch of road in Cle Elum, I saw a flash of fur as a dog, seemingly out of no where, hit the pavement, rolled about three feet in front of me, coming to a stop when it slammed against the curb. At first I thought it'd been hit by a car, which is horrific enough...when in fact, it'd jumped from of the back of a pickup truck going about 35 miles per hour. The dog slowly got up and limped toward me, injured and bleeding. Its front right leg was most likely broken and its nose was scraped and bloody. It was horrible...absolutely horrible. The owner scooped the dog up and was gone before I could even say anything...I was in shock, I think the owner was in shock, and the dog was definitely in shock.

It is estimated that at least 100,000 dogs die each year when tossed from pickup trucks (or in this case, jump from a moving pickup truck). The state of Washington has a law which says: "Any person who willfully transports or confines or causes to be transported or confined any domestic animal or animals in a manner, posture, or confinement that will jeopardize the safety of the animal or the public, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor." Okay...

Oregon has a state law that prohibits a dog from being in the back of a pickup "unless the dog is protected from falling from the vehicle." Even more vague...

I think the laws should be stronger...but, it is still up to each owner to use common sense. Unfortunately, from first hand experience...this isn't always the case.

Brandie Ahlgren, founder & editor
CityDog Magazine