Dog Days of Summer? Bring em on!

I’m so excited for you to get this issue!  It’s packed with summer fun, including great vacay options, tips on safe and enjoyable road travels with pets, and — for those who love taking the train — news from Amtrak that’s great for pets and gives new meaning to “all aboard!”

A shout-out to Bennington Properties in Sunriver, our official Issue Sponsor and a fantastic vacay option!  Click here to check out how this dog-loving family provides memorable getaways for pets and their peeps.

For miles of smiles, check out our 2017 Willamette Valley Cover Model contenders.  Our winner Smiggy had a great time with Walt during his photo shoot, and got a special treat for a job well done!

On the Rescue front, transport group Rescue Express is adding rigs and opening a new route, and local animal rescues are saving dogs from Korean dog meat farms.  Read all about it by clicking here, and learn how unique and rewarding it can be to foster or adopt a “trauma dog" at this link.

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Lula

Lula

Here at HQ things are quiet these days.  Our foster Harley, a 13-year-old blind teddy bear of a Cocker, found the perfect home after months of waiting.  He now has two little girls he loves following around, and a family who adores him.  His new mom sent word just a day after he left that he’d quickly figured out that “under the highchair was the best seat in the house.”  We’re so thankful for all who foster, and to those who open their hearts and homes to pets in need.  You make happy endings possible, and Harley’s happy ever after is a perfect example!

Shortly before joyfully saying goodbye to Harley, we were heartbroken to lose Lula.  While each of my dogs has been “the dog of my heart,” Lu truly held a special place.  Both of us were injured when she arrived in 2007, and Lula’s recovery took about four years and a ton of work.  Early on I called her my “wretched red-headed rescue.” She bit at the slightest perceived provocation, had high guarding behavior, and was fearful of nearly everything in a way that presented as aggression.  In the decade we shared, however, she became an incredibly loving, chill, happy and curious girl.  Her departure was abrupt, which made it so much harder.  Still, I will always be so thankful for the years we got to share.  Watching her overcome abuse and trauma, and then absolutely blossom was something I’ll treasure forever.  And forever she’ll reside in my heart.  Love you, Lu!

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This time of year is paradise in the Northwest!  Happily, many destinations and venues not only make it easy to take along our best friends — they welcome and serve them with open arms and happy hearts.  Get out there and enjoy every minute!

Yours in everything pet,