Got a Snow-Loving Dog?


Treat them to a Dog-Loving Vacation

Wintertime Sunriver vacations suit two very different kinds of cold-weather travelers: those who love time lounging by a crackling fire, catching up on reading or binge-watching movies, and those who go for adventure, hitting the trails, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, returning to their vacation home to recharge and hit the trails early the next morning.


A third kind of traveler loves both versions equally, diving into one or the other with absolute joy, and giving it best-day-ever status: dogs.

“There’s a distinct pine and juniper scent in the air,” says Robert Bennington, proprietor of Bennington Properties in Sunriver, “and they get excited in the car before you even get here, like arriving at the beach.” 

Both personally and professionally, Bennington is an expert at traveling with dogs. “I love dogs! I love mine and other people’s dogs,” he says. “And I love travel, which I’ve done a lot with my dogs, and I always appreciate it when I can bring them along. But I really seek out establishments that not only allow my dog but actually welcome my dog.”


Robert took that personal passion to work with him when he joined his parents’ company in 2002. Bennington Properties was just four years old at the time, and had acquired management rights to a handful of Sunriver vacation homes. “I did a campaign to convince the majority of our properties to allow dogs.” 

He succeeded. Today, Bennington Properties manages 174 Sunriver homes, 106 of which welcome dogs.

In these dog-friendly vacation homes, guests can savor not only customary Bennington Properties benefits such as bicycles, hot tubs, and free movie rentals at every home, but an array of pet-parent pampering as well. These include a nearby off-leash play area, a free on-site dog wash, and a welcome that includes special dog goodies.

Staff also happily provides concierge services for their human and canine guests — who they often think of as family — helping arrange everything from guided trips to local boarding, grooming, and pet sitting. Snowy hikes and romps are an easy 15-minute drive, made even better with complimentary Snow Park passes.

Robert likes to steer guests to a local tour that he says is a “phenomenal way to experience the winter here, from beginners to highly experienced explorers.” Well-behaved dogs are welcome on most guided snowshoe trips offered by Wanderlust, whose guides “make the snow and trees come to life with details about the natural history and ecology of the area.”

And those little details that might not have occurred to you?  The Bennington staff has you covered. “Dogs that may be coming from the city and aren’t used to spending time in the snow might need little booties to protect their feet,” says Robert, and we’re happy to help connect them to the vendors. We like to provide the same concierge services to dogs as to people.”

Over time, loyal guests and their dogs become part of the Bennington family, which makes Robert very happy. “As dog people go, I’m as crazy as they get! If somebody remembers my dog’s name over my own, they certainly have a place in my heart.”

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Saving the Dogs of Kauai


With its lush forests and gorgeous beaches, the Hawaiian island of Kauai is a tropical Eden for humans. But for some dogs it’s a nightmare. Hunters throughout the islands breed dogs for use in ferreting out wild pigs. Dogs who fail to serve this purpose are often abandoned, or worse.

Fortunately, there’s an underground railroad — with angels’ wings — hard at work rescuing some of these forlorn dogs and flying them to new homes on the mainland.

A bedraggled little dog named Dan-O made it all personal for Rebecca Nance of Salem. After she and her husband lost their Whippet, Duncan, their search for another Whippet led them to Lori Rose of Whippet Spaw rescue in Salem. There they found Dan-O and learned the tragic story of the dogs of Kauai.

“Mixed Whippet breeds are popular with pig hunters in the Hawaiian Islands because they are fast,” says Nance. Hunters breed Whippets with Spaniels, Bull Terriers, and Airedales, and must register their hunting dogs. Those who become aged or injured, as well as unregistered puppies, are often abandoned to fend for themselves. Many dogs discarded by hunters end up withdrawn and wary, often leading to their euthanasia.

Rescue groups in Kauai and the Northwest are working to save these dogs.

“When we adopted Dan-O — yes, in homage to ‘Hawaii Five-O’ — he was terrified,” says Nance. Semi-feral and malnourished when wrangled out of the wild by Kauai animal control, Dan-O could walk only a few yards before collapsing, Nance explains. He now sleeps happily under the covers, snuggling his family’s feet.

Dan-O’s ultimate good fortune defines the mission of both Whippet Spaw and the Kauai Animal Welfare Society (KAWS), with whom Rose works. KAWS is one of several Hawaiian organizations committed to the rescue effort. It takes in these ill-fated dogs, flying many of them to foster homes in the Pacific Northwest.

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KAWS cofounder Dinah Chao, a dog rescuer and special education teacher, has a profound love for animals and children who “aren’t the easy ones.” Chao and her husband fostered Dan-O until he was healthy enough to fly, and Nance says she can’t imagine what would’ve happened to Dan-O without them.

The way KAWS operates, each of the lucky dogs getting a trans-Pacific ticket makes the flight accompanied by an escort, who could be any animal-lover heading back to the mainland. Vacationers learn about the need for help via a poster displayed in a T-shirt shop where KAWS volunteer Marlana works.

Whenever a transport escort is needed, Marlana hangs a poster, and “within a week, she can find us one,” says Chao. KAWS then handles all transport costs and arrangements, meeting the travelers at the airport. Upon arrival to the mainland, the escorts meet fosters waiting to collect the dogs. Transport escorts never need handle a dog.

Dan-O himself traveled to the mainland with a family returning from vacation. In fact, most transport escorts are tourists flying from Kauai to Portland or Seattle.

“I think the escorts really like the experience, as they are able to give something back to the island they have enjoyed so much,” says Chao.

Fosters also treasure their role. “As an Oregon foster home for KAWS, I love seeing the little faces peering through their crates at the airport,” says Rose. “The pups adjust quickly to their new world . . . sometimes with help of a new coat or jammies.”

“Each KAWS foster is my favorite,” she continues. “The Kauai rescues give something special. It’s in their eyes and little hearts . . . their innate aloha spirit melts my heart. Seeing them placed in loving homes is worth every second it takes to be a foster volunteer.”

Other organizations also arrange rescue flights. “My friend Deanna Cecotti, of Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest, is going to Hawaii early next year,” says Nance, “and both she and her traveling companion will be bringing back dogs.” Cecotti’s volunteers with Oregon Humane Society, which partners with Kauai Humane Society. Different groups partner in their own ways, all sharing the ultimate goal to rescue, foster, transport, and place dogs in loving homes.

If you’re a dog-lover planning a Kauai vacation and would like to help the rescue efforts, why not save a life, too? For more information or to arrange to be an escort, contact any of the organizations listed under “Resources” at the end of this article.

Pups who've found the broken road to home



Henrietta’s shyness nearly earned her a bullet — her hunter owner’s version of retirement. But word of mouth intervened in the nick of time.

“She was so shut down I thought she wouldn’t come back,” says foster Cindy Cabrera. “She wouldn’t move. I had to carry her everywhere, and she would just curl up in a corner — it was so sad. Then, one day she came out of the bathroom on her own and lay on the floor near me. The rest is history.”

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Some dogs put in years of service to hunters, and then are abandoned due to age.

“We adopted Shyler from the Kauai Humane Society almost four years ago,” says Valri Kriner. “She was a pig dog that was dropped off at the shelter at nine years old.”

Health issues led to a splenectomy and removal of Shyler’s right eye last summer, but Kriner says, “She is my furbaby.”

Shyler's broken road really did lead home.

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Mayzie and Angel

Some dogs, like Mayzie and Angel, travel that broken road home on three legs.

James Benkert’s adopted dogs Mayzie and Angel were both discarded hunters. And both are missing a hind leg. Mayzie’s leg was dangling and infected when she was found, and Angel was thought to have had a hunting injury that the owner "fixed" himself. Both dogs have torn ears, scars on their chests, and broken teeth. But they are now home, safe and loved, and Benkert says, “Both are super dogs.”



Kimberly Goldsworth rescued Jax, a Whippet/Hound mix “with eyebrows that everyone loves.”

Once shy, Jax now bounds along busy sidewalks, accompanying Goldsworth to work in San Francisco. “He’s our official office comedian,” says Goldsworth. “Now he’s snuggling with his favorite co-workers and even ‘protecting’ us from office visitors.”

“Apparently many boar hunters starve the dogs, feeding them only once every few days to entice them to go after the boars, which I believe was the case with Jax,” Goldsworth says. “He was skin and bones when I got him. I imagine he was dumped since he’s such a passive, shy dog — definitely a lover, not a fighter — and thus not a great boar hunter. But he’s got so much love to give and wants nothing more than to snuggle and drape his entire body over mine and his family . . . never mind that he weights close to 50 pounds!”

Something of an Instagram star, Jax has nearly a thousand followers at “jax.the.hound.” Here this boar-hunting reject educates people to the plight of the dogs of Kauai.

“I’ve been encouraging anyone who will listen to adopt a dog from Kauai,” says Goldsworth. “They’re universally sweet and loving, and all so damn cute. And they’re just so grateful to be rescued.”


Kauai Animal Welfare Society (KAWS)  |

Kitsap Humane Society Rescue Me Program  |  360-692-6977 |

Oregon Humane Society Second Chance Program503-285-7722  |

Kauai Humane SocietyAloha Escorts Transfer Program  |

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Christy Caballero writes from the heart about all things pet-related, from a couple deer trails off the beaten path, typically juggling a cat (or two) on her lap as black kitty AsTar teeters on her shoulder and Mojo the retired Greyhound quietly calls for reinforcements!!

service cats repair spirits


You know those pithy bits of wisdom we love to hate when we’re having a bad day? Like the saying about a silver lining on every cloud? Three Portland felines don work vests and traverse area highways every day to prove those sayings true.

The feline siblings, Pixie Cat, Dixie Belle, and Sylvan Jinx, show local motorists that a flat on I-205 or a dead battery in the Gorge needn’t ruin a day. They roll with Jesse Dorsett, owner of Jesse’s Roadside Rescue, whose job is changing tires and jump-starting batteries. The cats’ job is cheering the sidelined motorists.

“They really are part of the team,” says Jesse, who has taken his cats along since they were kittens. They were just a few weeks old when he moved to Portland from California. “On that road trip, I realized they do really well in a car,” he says. By the time he’d started his business, Jesse’s cats were pros on the road. “I decided it was my business and I could take them along if I want.” The cats wear yellow vests and leashes on the job, and their images grace the company’s logo and advertising.

Originally an accountant, Jesse’s roadside business follows a long family history. “The Dorsett men working in the transportation business goes back to my great-great-grandfather who, with his brother, ran and operated a stagecoach in South Texas. I am an accountant who likes to rebuild cars.  I studied the double entry system of accounting about the same time I studied ignition systems.”

Dixie Belle posing in front of the Bridge of the Gods

Dixie Belle posing in front of the Bridge of the Gods

Early on, Jesse found the cats helped do more than pass the time on the road. “There was one lady with a flat near the fast lane on I-205, by the grass median, and traffic was heavy,” he recalls. “She was crying and really stressed out. I said, ‘Hey, do you want to meet my cat?’” Sylvan Jinx visited with the frazzled driver, comforting her with his slinky black feline coolness. Soon the woman’s spirits were repaired, right along with her tire.

Mr. Jinx enjoying the ride on the dash

Mr. Jinx enjoying the ride on the dash

Dixie Belle, a gray and white patched Tabby, performed a service miracle for another customer. “She had a flat tire, and she expected a tow truck,” says Jesse. “I didn’t come to tow her; I just came to change her tire. She was a little grumpy about that.” But Jesse says the woman’s mood changed when he asked if she wanted to visit with his cat. “She was happy right away,” he laughs.

For customers who find themselves stranded, Jesse’s cats immediately lighten the mood. Sometimes people have waited an hour or more, growing more frustrated by the minute, and when cats come to their rescue, “it can really make their day,” he says.

Customers agree, posting reviews like: "Best roadside service cat ever!"

Pixie and Mr. Jinx (Haylee holding him) at the Casino in Warm Springs during the eclipse.

Pixie and Mr. Jinx (Haylee holding him) at the Casino in Warm Springs during the eclipse.

For Jesse, who’s on call 24 hours a day, his feline coworkers keep him healthy and sane. “They know what’s up,” he says. “They know when I have people sign their paperwork and I give them a copy, the job is done. And then they know we get to go for a walk. We find a place with trees and we go for a walk.”

Few tales of businesses give so many reasons to smile. “My predilection for auto mechanics, driving, helping people in need, and spending quality time with my fur babies have all come together very conveniently in this business I have worked my way into. Needless to say, I keep good detailed books and do my own taxes.”


Michelle Blake is a Salem, OR-based massage therapist and freelance writer whose work has appeared in national publications. Her husband wants you to know she's a REALLY crazy dog lady too.

The Art of Animals

Part 1 in a series

The Northwest is home to amazing artists whose works celebrate animals in countless ways, from whimsical to majestic. Their subjects are diverse, as are their media, ranging from scrap metal to acrylics, newsprint to clay, and bronze.

What unites them is a love of animals that led them down a serendipitous career path. Animal art chose them, they say, like a happy dog or friendly goat, landing right in their laps.

And they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Eve Mosieur


Mosieur has been painting with oils since she was 10, and pets have always been a favorite subject, “starting with my own,” she smiles.

After having her first child four years ago, Mosieur decided pet portraits were something she could do from home that would be fun. She says, “I painted a few and had a little show at the local cafe, and left some cards out.”

Mosieur will work from photos, but prefers to “do a little photo shoot” to capture a pet’s personality. “I like to position like a classic human portrait would be — looking right at you from the bust up, sort of evoking royal portraits in a tongue-in-cheek way. Like how people sat for portraits before modern photography.”

“It’s really fun and challenging to capture a pet’s personality the way you might normally think of capturing a person’s.”


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Brian Mock

Mock’s metal sculptures arise from found objects, and his work’s focus came largely from commissions. “I’ve always loved animals,” he says, “but the focus on them mostly came from people wanting sculptures of their favorite animal or a special pet. Dog commissions are by far the most popular.”

Mock’s animal sculptures, whether life-sized Dachshunds or super-sized mutts, come together from cast-off spoons and springs, lug nuts and plumbing parts. Welded to life as paws and tails and floppy ears, these former scrap bits become what Mock calls sculptural “Eye-Spy games that ask people to look closely.”

Since each work comes from found pieces, none can be replicated. “Each is one of a kind.”


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Claudia O’Driscoll

O’Driscoll creates whimsical, textural works of humans, horses, cats, and dogs. But in true artist style, her life informs her work, and in her life there are also chickens, goats, and pigs.

“A few years ago, our daughter rescued four pigs. We also had goats, the most whimsical of animals.” As an animal advocate, O’Driscoll also helped rescue some hens from a cruelty case. “So painting them was a natural,” she says.

O’Driscoll’s paintings, in acrylic on canvas, feature mixed-media surprises that invite the eye to keep exploring. She often adorns mischievous-looking chickens or Pit Bulls with tiaras or jewels, for an effect as surprising and entertaining as the animals themselves. “I love watching them and am amazed at their varied expressions,” she smiles. “Painting them seemed like the right thing to do.”



Worried Dogs

Dietary Supplements Can Help Ease Anxiety


I have three dogs. One of them, Aksel, is an outgoing goober — a ridgeless Rhodesian Ridgeback with the soul of a Labrador. Aksel hasn’t a worry in the world, and he's never met a stranger he didn’t love. When meeting people for the first time, he's 90 pounds of lap dog trying to wrap his giraffe-like tongue around their faces.

My other two dogs also love people, but unlike the carefree, imperturbable Aksel, both of them have anxiety issues.

Rhoda, my Pit/Boxer/Who-knows-what mix, is a hot mess of worries. She’s a rescue dog, but I got her as a puppy and know that worried is just her nature. She loves the car, but thunderstorms, fireworks, and loud noises freak her out. And now at her advanced age of 13, even changes in routine make her quake.

Then there’s Biggie, my rescue Pit Bull, who had been kept tied up in a yard until being dumped at a high-kill shelter. Despite this mistreatment, Biggie just adores people — family and strangers alike. But if I leave him alone in my car, he gets worried. Really worried. Barking, seatback-mauling, windshield-smashing worried. Even mellow Aksel, lounging in peaceful oblivion on the adjacent seat, has no calming effect on Biggie.

A friend overheard me mourning the shredding of my car’s seatbacks after one of Biggie’s anxiety attacks and suggested I try Composure, a calming dietary supplement produced by VetriScience Laboratories. It worked for his cat, he said.


According to the VetriScience website, Composure’s “colostrum calming complex” — a mix of bioactive proteins — “supports stress reduction and cognitive function.” Colostrum, the protein-packed “high octane” milk moms produce soon after childbirth, sounded comforting to me. (Composure uses cow’s milk for its formulation.) The second active ingredient, L-theanine, “helps the body produce other amino acids to bring specific neurotransmitters back into balance." The last active ingredient, thiamine (vitamin B-1), “affect[s] the central nervous system to help calm anxious animals.” Composure Pro, a stronger, vet-prescribed version, additionally contains L-tryptophan, a calming amino acid many people associate with the “calming effects” of turkey.

VetriScience’s studies show that Composure, which comes as a chewable treat or liquid, works at an effectiveness rate of 79 percent, even without the L-tryptophan. Other clinical studies show that colostrum helps doggie diarrhea (something Biggie has thankfully not inflicted upon my car . . . yet). It’s also good for coat quality and periodontal disease. Between the colostrum and the studies, I was sold and decided to give it a shot.

You can give Composure to your pet daily — one or two treats a day, say — or just as needed. A 60-treat bag of Composure runs about $12 on Amazon; the Pro version costs about twice that. I tend to give Biggie his Composure as needed, and he absolutely loves it. Personal experience is by no means a clinical trial, but when I remember to give Biggie this special snack, he barks less and my car gets fewer marks on it. I’ve started giving Composure to Rhoda too, and she seems all the better for it.

If Composure for some reason doesn’t work well for your anxious pet, you might try another popular supplement on the market: CBD oil (cannabidiol). One day I was chatting about Rhoda with Dr. Doreen Hock of Pacifica Veterinary Services and The Healthy Pet, and Dr. Hock suggested I look into this remedy, sold at The Healthy Pet. Hock told me she’s seen CBD change the demeanor of older pets. She said her own dog, who had become anxious due to age-related changes like hearing loss, became less stressed after starting CBD.

Sorry I freaked out and broke your windshield.  Love, Biggie

Sorry I freaked out and broke your windshield.  Love, Biggie

Dr. Hock explained that cannabis for pets is made from hemp and only has CBD in it, not the THC that will make your dog sick if he gets into the pot cookies left on the table. It’s not legal in Oregon to put marijuana in cat or dog food, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Animal Health program. But CBD derived from hemp is legal in vegetarian food or treats in this state.

Thanks to federal restrictions, studies of the effectiveness of CBD on pets are lacking, but according to Dr. Hock, CBD oils, biscuits, capsules, powders, and tinctures fly off the shelves at her Eugene store.

Speak with your veterinarian about behavior issues. There are many treatments for anxious pets, from supplements, pheromones, and simple behavior modification to anxiety medications. Anxiety is a health issue that can be treated.

We started giving Rhoda a daily dose of CBD, sometimes using Canna-Pets Canna-Biscuits and sometimes Austin and Kat Hemp Biscuits. Sure enough, she soon started acting noticeably calmer and more comfortable.

Not every dog can have Aksel’s love of everything and be unfazed by new situations. Luckily for Biggie and Rhoda, we’ve been able to find alternative remedies to ease their fears (and the damage to my car).  


Camilla Mortensen is editor-in-chief at Eugene Weekly. She is also a folklorist and a community college instructor. She has two horses, Flash and Cairo; a cat named Woodward; and an assortment of dogs — Rhoda, Aksel and Biggie Smalls — and lives in a 1975 Airstream trailer outside Eugene.

Spotlight on...the Italian Greyhound

Matchmaker, Matchmaker



Grooming needs:  Very low; low shedding.

Exercise:  Medium

Environment:  Not tolerant of cold

Temperament:  Companionable, athletic

Life Expectancy:  15 years

Interesting Fact:  The Italian Greyhound is originally not from Italy, but is believed to have originated in Greece and Turkey more than 2,000 years ago. The breed has often been a symbol of wealth, and appears in many Renaissance paintings. These elegant dogs graced palaces and were given the moniker “Italian Greyhound” by Italian aristocrats who favored them.

Appearance:  Fine boned and just 7-14 lbs, the Italian Greyhound, or IG, is a smaller version of the Greyhound. Like their counterparts, they are well built for endurance running, with deep chests and long, curved, slender tails that serving as a rudder. Their long graceful neck tapers to a smaller head. They have beautiful almond eyes, and ears that “fly” propeller style, set high with dropped tips.

Personality:  The IG is known as a “velcro” dog, whose favorite place is their guardian’s lap. This breed was created to be a companion dog (and possibly for hunting small game) and they like to be snuggled right up to their person.  They are known to be gentle and affectionate with their owners.

They can be shy and high strung, so it’s important to socialize them with other dogs and children. They should be well trained in recall or kept on leash, as they will chase small animals. Traditional Greyhounds are faster than the Italian Greyhound, at 45 and 25 mph respectively, but IGs still typically run 6 mph hour faster than the average dog. 

Common Health Problems:  This exceptionally healthy breed must be safely confined or supervised until fully developed (12-18 months) as they can easily break a leg jumping.

Best Match:  This affectionate breed often likes to snuggle under the covers and will ask for attention. The ideal home may be with an adult person or couple.

Patience is may be needed in housetraining, especially as they may refuse to go outside in inclement weather. Some owners elect to use an indoor potty options. Either way, a sweater or jacket is advised for going out in the cold.

This breed can adapt well to apartment living. They need at least one walk per day and time to run. IGs often get daily “zoomies,” flying through the house or yard. Many guardians enjoy doing agility with their IG, and it’s a great way to provide them proper mental and physical exercise.

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Featured Adoptable:  Pookie is an adorable 1.5 year old Boston/Italian Greyhound mix weighing in at just 9 lbs. She is a prim and proper gal who is eager to bond, and have lots of cuddles and playtime! The big city is a bit overwhelming for Pookie, so she will do well in a quieter low-traffic neighborhood. She especially loves hanging out with mellower pups like herself, and having a dog friend around really helps her come out of her shell. She is okay with cats too. She needs a quiet home with another pooch and no kids as she is shy. Once she settles in and after a few play sessions with her new friend, she is eager for more lap time and snuggles. Pookie is eager to find a calm, quiet, loving person or couple to love and snuggle and nap with. Will that be you? To meet Pookie contact The Pixie Project at


Megan Mahan lives in New York City with her fiance Jacob, Frenchie Bulldog Nono, and the occasional foster dog or litter of foster kittens! She works for a major animal welfare organization and loves her former home in the Pacific Northwest.

Rosa & Riley


What’s better than one kitty? Well, two of course! If you’d love having a dynamic duo at home, look no further! Riley and Rosa are spunky six-month-old sisters looking for their forever family together. They love to play, play, play, and use their imaginations to go on ameowzing adventures without ever leaving home! They are currently in a foster home with a cat-friendly dog. Learn more about Rosa and Riley at,, or by calling 503-292-6628.


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Hello world, Ruthie here! I am the whole package: a sweet petite lady who is mellow and loves my people! I am 8 years young, and recent dental care has my pearly whites gleaming. I love food time, but am respectful and patient. Found on the streets, I am smart, I bond quickly, do fine with other cats, dogs, and older kids, and I’m great in the car and on leash! Honestly I just can’t wait to find you and snuggle in for the holidays, and forever! Please come meet me at Animal Aid, 503-292-6628 |



Hi . . . My parents moved out of the country and could not take me.  I’m a little shy at first, but I love to perch near my people and roll over for tummy rubs — not every kitty does that! I love to be brushed and to chase da-bird. Since I’ve always been an only pet I have excellent house manners. I know I’m the perfect girl for an adult or couple. Will you make my wish come true and take me home for the holidays and forever? I hope so! Please call Cat's Cradle Rescue, 503-320-6079 to meet me!



Hi there, I’m Knight. My owner could no longer care for me, so I am searching for a loving family who would love a knight in shining armor like me. I’m a 10-year-old GSD who loves long walks. My skin is sensitive, so I need regular flea control and grain-free food. I am very polite and know many commands, and I get along great with all people and other dogs. Did I mention I love being active?! I just had a full senior exam and the results were great! And no hip issues. Please come meet me!  Contact Angie at Ruff Life Rescue: 503-879-5003 or and let’s make a date!