Recreation Mecca for People and Pets

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Around here, whether we’re into snowshoeing or savasana, we often include our furry friends in the adventure.  Here’s a sampling of our regional bounty, from the playful to the practical.

These Shoes Were Made for (Dog) Walking

Petlandia is perfectly perched within easy playtime proximity to mountains, beaches, deserts, and rivers. Naturally it is also home to companies that make everything from running shoes and water socks to insulated parkas.

Now one local company is offering gear for the most popular outdoor adventure: walking with dogs! The Reshod shoe is built to protect walkers from the elements — or even their dogs' paws — whether traversing forest trails or neighborhood sidewalks. 

Portland walking coach and shoe designer Carmen Jackinsky says her Reshod design protects the tops of feet in case they get tromped on, and has a patented midsole that lets walkers easily shift their weight to counteract tugs from an exuberant pooch. Combined with treads designed to grip on slippery surfaces without trapping debris and an even-keeled “zero-drop” footbed for smooth strides, these great new kicks just might become a NW staple.

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Take it to the mat

At Purringtons Cat Lounge, yogis share the mat with adoptable cats for an hour of all-levels yoga followed by a meditative session of lap-warming, purrs, and head bumps. At the lounge on Portland’s NE MLK Boulevard — where visitors can order wine, coffee, and snacks in the cafe — staff say yoga with cats is more than a novelty. 

Purringtons helps cats find homes while encouraging people to relax and socialize among feline friends. They say it’s about joy, happy energy, and “lighting the fire of compassion.” Sunday evening classes offer a warm fuzzy way to prepare for the week ahead.

At PuppYoga in rural Forest Grove, yoga includes warm fuzzies from round-bellied puppies. Trainer Kristin Tarnowski raises assistance dogs, starting their specialized training and socialization almost as soon as they’re born. She saw a chance to socialize pups while treating visitors to adorable wiggles and cuddles, and PuppYoga was born.

Puppies arrive in a cart, like a special delivery of puppy breath and cuddles. Instructors lead classes through puppy-centric asanas like balancing in tree pose while cradling a wiggly pup.

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Rover-Friendly Romps

We also love our fun runs and walks infused with canine cheer. Many local animal charities offer dog-friendly events for all fitness levels. The biggest — Oregon Humane’s Doggy Dash — draws thousands of dog lovers to McCall Waterfront Park each year. Every May, people and pooches walk or run, eat breakfast, shop, play in fountains and doggie pools, and socialize in pure Petlandia style.

During warm-weather months, Animal Aid hosts a variety of pet-centered fitness events. Fitness Fur All features a mix of free and donation-based events including yoga with or without cats, a Bark-be-que, animal massage lessons, and a morning trek through Mt. Tabor. Offerings also include classes like pet nutrition and CPR/First Aid.

Resources:

AnimalAidPDX.org

OregonHumane.org

PuppYoga.com

PurringtonsCatLounge.com

Reshod.com 

- Michelle Blake

Ready, Set, Go!

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Pet season has begun! 

No matter the weather, it’s time to get out and about with your furry friends and support the animals in the community. 

Several great organizations helping animals have their biggest fundraisers in the months ahead.

Check out this roster of paw-some walk/run events to get started:

Walk/Run for the Animals

Sat., May 5, 7:30am-11:30am at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA * Party in the park with over 2,000 people and more than 1,000 dogs (and other pets) to support the Humane Society for SW Washington. Choose a timed 5K run or 3-mile walk along the beautiful Columbia River. Dozens of pet-friendly vendors, dog agility demos, awards and fun for you and your dog.  Details/register SouthwestHumane.org.

Doggie Dash 2018

Sat., May 12, 7:30am-1pm at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, OR * Portland’s biggest party for pets and their peeps celebrates you, the animals you love and everything that makes Puptown a haven for pet lovers. Two fun run/walk courses to choose from – the Doggie Dash Classic 1.5 miles or the Bridge to Bridge 2.5 miles. Vendors, contests, live music and more round out this incredible morning of fun. Details/register OregonHumane.org.

Bark in the Park

Sun., May 21, 7am-Noon at Alton Baker Park in Eugene, OR * On your marks, get set, GO!  Leash up for a 10 or 5K run or a 2K walk at the 25th annual event for the animals at Greenhill Humane Society. Enter as an individual or a team and get a sweet doggie bandana and special anniversary t-shirt with registration. The line-up of fun also includes canine activities, contests, vendor booths, demos and more. Details/register Green-Hill.org.

2018 WillaMutt Strut 5K and Fun Run/Walk

Sun., June 10, 8m-1pm at Riverfront Park in Salem, OR * Grab some friends and leash up the pups for the pets at Willamette Humane Society. Choose from the ambitious 5K (run or walk) or the more casual 1K strut. Afterwards, join other passionate pet people in the park for food, brews, music, games, demos and more fun. Family-friendly, group-friendly and of course, dog-friendly event!  Registration includes t-shirt and race swag! Details/register WHS4Pets.org.

Dog Gone Run

Sat., June 16, 7am-1pm at Friends of Sam Jackson Park in Redmond, OR * Dog-friendly 5K or 10K run/walk supports the Brightside Animal Center and encourages participants to get out with their buddies although it’s not a requirement. For something more casual, there is also a 1-mile fun walk for families and their pets. Awards given for fastest finishers overall in each age division.  Details/register BrightsideAnimals.org.

Lace up your walking shoes and let’s go!

Fetch all the pet-related fun by visiting the Good Neighbor Vet Furry FunPlanner and tune in to KPSU radio every Thursday at 6:05pm.

Celebrate Halloween with Willamette Humane

Bowser’s Boo Bash, a perennial favorite Halloween benefit and auction is Oct. 28 in Salem. Among Willamette Humane Society's largest events of the year, attendees will take a trip down the yellow brick road to visit the wonderful Wizard of Oz and enjoy an evening of food, drink, entertainment, costumes, and more — all to support homeless pets. As the folks at WHS say: "For these animals, there's no place like home.”
Get tickets and more details at whs4pets.org.

Largest US Cat Show comes to Portland

Cats, exhibitors, judges and vendors will travel from around the US, Europe, and Asia for the CFA International Cat Show presented by Royal Canin Nov 18-19 at the Portland Expo Center. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit Cat Adoption Team.

“This may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our cat-loving city to experience a cat show of this scale because the location of the
International Show changes almost every year,” said show manager Pam Moser. “This is our big chance to show how cat-crazy Portland really is!”

This is the first time the CFA International Show has been held in the Northwest; highlights include: Moshow “The Cat Rapper,” a Kitty Korral
where show cats are available for pets, play, and selfies; agility and education rings; a catio exhibit; and vendors. Get details at cfa.org.

 

HSSW gala goes down the rabbit hole

Mad Hatter: "Have I gone mad?"

Alice: "I'm afraid so.  You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."

The Humane Society for SW Washington presents the “Chasin’ for Choppers Mad Hatter’s Party,” its annual dinner and auction to support the animals at 5pm Oct 7 at Red Lion Jantzen Beach. For tickets or details visit HSSW.org/auction, or contact Denise Barr at 360-213-2615 or dbarr@swhumane.org.

Ready, Set, Go!

Pet season has begun! 

No matter the weather, it’s time to get out and about with your furry friends and support the animals in the community. 

Several great organizations helping animals have their biggest fundraisers in the months ahead.

Check out this roster of paw-some walk/run events to get started:

Walk/Run for the Animals

Sat., May 6, 7:30am-Noon at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA * Party in the park with over 2,000 people and more than 1,000 dogs to support the Humane Society for SW Washington. Choose a timed 5K run or 3-mile walk along the beautiful Columbia River. Dozens of pet-friendly vendors, dog agility demos, awards and fun for you and your dog. Plus, Mosho, the cat rapper performs live!  Details/register SouthwestHumane.org.

Doggie Dash 2017

Sat., May 13, 7:30am-1pm at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, OR * Portland’s biggest party for pets and their peeps celebrates 30 years!  That’s totally tubular!  Fun run or walk from two different routes and support the animals at Oregon Humane Society.  There is also a virtual walk and dashers are encouraged to wear their finest 1987 attire!  Vendors, contests, live music and more round out this incredible morning of fun. Details/register OregonHumane.org.

Bark in the Park

Sun., May 21, 7am-Noon at Alton Baker Park in Eugene, OR * On your marks, get set, GO!  Leash up for a 5K run or 2K walk at the 24th annual event for the animals at Greenhill Humane Society. Enter as an individual or a team and get a sweet doggie bandana with registration. The line-up of fun also includes canine activities, contests, vendor booths, demos and more. Details/register Green-Hill.org.

WillaMutt Strut 2017

Sun., June 4, 9am-Noon at Riverfront Park in Salem, OR * Grab some friends and leash up the pups for the pets at Willamette Humane Society. Choose from the ambitious 5K (run or walk) or the more casual 1K strut. Afterwards, join other passionate pet people in the park for food, brews, music, games, demos and more fun. Family-friendly, group-friendly and of course, dog-friendly event!  Details/register WHS4Pets.org.

Dog Gone Run

Sat., June 17, 7am-1pm at Friends of Sam Jackson Park in Redmond, OR * Dog-friendly 5K or 10K run/walk supports the Brightside Animal Center and encourages participants to get out with their buddies although it’s not a requirement. This year, a 1-mile fun walk will be introduced for families and their pets. Awards given for fastest finishers overall in each age division.  Details/register BrightsideAnimals.org.

Lace up your walking shoes and let’s go!

Fetch all the pet-related fun by visiting the Good Neighbor Vet Furry FunPlanner and tune in to KPSU radio every Thursday at 6:05pm.

30th annual Doggie Dash is May 13th

The largest and oldest humane society in the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Humane Society boasts a fantastic 97% save rate.  Established in 1868, the organization is admired and respected in the community, evidenced by another strong showing in the Top Dog Awards this year.

Rescuing, healing and adopting more than 11,600 pets annually is made possible by the hard work and compassion of 180 animal-loving full-time staff and over 2,000 volunteers. The organization also offers ongoing workshops on training, TTouch, pet massage, managing multi-pet households, managing behaviorally-challenged pets and more. Other OHS services include animal rescue, emergency response, treating abused animals, spay/neuter, and medical care.

Supported 100% by private donations and fundraisers, OHS’s Doggie Dash is perhaps the largest, most popular annual pet event in Portland.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating our 30th year on May 13th,” says Barbara Baugnon, OHS Vice President of Marketing and Communications. This is our largest fundraiser and biggest event — more than 8,000 people come out with over 3,000 dogs of all breeds and sizes. It really is a citywide celebration, and the largest dog walk on the west coast! Our goal this year is to raise $675,000.” In addition to the walk, Doggie Dash includes a large Vendor Village, contests, treats, and even human chair massages. “Because it’s our 30th anniversary this year, we are doing a throw-back to 1987 [the first year], with a neon color theme,” says Baugnon.

Among its many accolades, OHS — and specifically, Doggie Dash — have been Top Dog winners most years. “We are absolutely honored to win in so many Top Dog categories, as it means we are relevant and right on track. Oregonians have always loved, cared for, and respected their pets. I love that we have been here in the same spot for 148 years, and that there are pets buried here in our cemetery dating back to 1920. We have grown to a 46,000 square-foot animal shelter, and another 22,000 square-foot animal medical center, with three surgery suites, radiology, recovery rooms, and even a pharmacy.”

Details and to register at OregonHumane.org.


Melinda Thompson is a freelance writer with a degree in Speech Communications and a coveted "Ducktorate" from the Walt Disney World Company. She has been featured in many local magazines and newspapers.  She lives in Vancouver USA with her husband, son and daughter.

Local Cat Rescue to Host “My Fair Kitty” Dinner and Auction

(Vancouver, WA) Furry Friends is hosting its eighth annual dinner and auction fundraiser on Saturday, September 17th from 5 PM to 9 PM at the Firstenburg Community Center, 700 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98668.

While this year’s theme, “My Fair Kitty,” encourages attendees to wear costumes that reflect the high style and high spirits of the Academy Award winning film “My Fair Lady”, dressing to the nines is purely optional. 

Festivities begin at 5 PM with guests having their photos taken and placing bids on the dazzling assortment of silent auction items. Dinner, catered by Summerland Catering, will then be served, offering a vegetarian entrée and including a dessert bar. The live auction, gaveled by auctioneer Doug Quinn will follow, and the evening will conclude with the awarding of the prize for the most popular “My Fair Kitty” costume.

Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery and Iron Gate Storage are sponsoring the event, while, among the donations from local businesses and individuals, are a 5 days/4 nights package to Cancun, Mexico, winery tours and tastings, gift certificates to local eateries, gift baskets, pet items, personal items and handmade gifts.

Advance tickets are $50 per person and $55 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased through PayPal at www.furryfriendswa.org. For those interested in donating a NEW item worth $30 or more to the auction, please contact auction@furryfriendswa.org. Donations will be accepted until August 31st, 2016. 

All proceeds from the event will be used to fund both the rescue’s operating costs and the building improvements on the halfway house they recently purchased to accommodate their ever-expanding roster of cats.

Founded in 1999, Furry Friends is a nonprofit, no-kill 501(c)(3) animal rescue serving Clark County. Run entirely by volunteers, their mission is to save ailing and abused, abandoned and relinquished cats by providing them with medical care and socialization, spay/neutering and shelter until they are placed in appropriate adoptive homes.

For further information on the rescue, please visit www.furryfriendswa.org, email information@furryfriendswa.org or call 360-993-1097.

Pampered felines revel in catios — see for yourself!

The 4th annual Catio Tour showcases eight of Portland’s coolest outdoor cat enclosures — including one on a floating home — Saturday, Sept. 10, 10am-2 pm. Hosted by the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the Audubon Society of Portland, the self-guided tour seeks to inspire cat owners to build or buy an outdoor cat enclosure to give their felines exercise and allow them to safely bask in the sun. Backyard enclosures from DIY to designer keep cats safe from outdoor hazards while protecting wildlife from cat predation.

The Catio Tour is part of Portland Audubon’s and FCCO’s “Cats Safe at Home” campaign, which seeks to address the challenges associated with cat overpopulation in the metro area in a humane, environmentally responsible manner. Both organizations believe every cat deserves a safe home where it is loved, cared for and kept free from hazards. Learn more about the campaign at http://audubonportland.org/issues/hazards/cats.

Admission is a suggested $10 donation. Visit feralcats.com to register or for more details. 

Catio Tour Seeks to Inspire Cat Owners to Keep Cats Safe at Home


Portland-area tour of 8 outdoor cat enclosures held on Sept. 10

PORTLAND, ORE. — Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event! The fourth annual Catio Tour will showcase eight of Portland’s coolest outdoor cat enclosures—including one on a floating home—on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

                Hosted by the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the Audubon Society of Portland, the self-guided tour seeks to inspire cat owners to build or buy their own outdoor cat enclosure so their felines can exercise and soak up the sun safely. Backyard enclosures from DIY to designer keep cats safe from outdoor hazards while also protecting wildlife from cat predation.

                There’s a $10 suggested minimum donation to attend. Visit www.feralcats.com to register.

                The Catio Tour is part of Portland Audubon’s and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon’s “Cats Safe at Home”™ campaign, which seeks to address the challenges associated with cat overpopulation in the Portland metropolitan area in a humane and environmentally responsible manner. Both organizations believe every cat deserves a safe home where it is loved, cared for and kept free from hazards. For more information about the campaign, visit http://audubonportland.org/issues/hazards/cats

WHO: Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon & Audubon Society of Portland

WHAT: Catio Tour 2016 - A showcase of Portland-area cat patios

WHEN: Sept. 10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

WHERE: 8 cat patios located in the Portland metro area

COST: $10 suggested donation

REGISTRATION: Visit www.feralcats.com

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The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, a 501c3 organization supported solely through donations, is a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program for feral and stray cats living in Oregon and southwest Washington. Its mission is to improve the welfare and reduce the population of feral cats in our area. The program's services are targeted for feral cats who have caregivers feeding them. Caregivers trap the cats, bring them to a clinic and return the cats to where they are being fed with a commitment to feed the cat(s). The organization has spayed and neutered more than 80,000 cats since its inception in 1995. 

Founded in 1902, the Audubon Society of Portland is one of the oldest conservation organizations in the nation. It promotes the understanding, enjoyment and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats through its conservation and environmental education programs, its 150-acre Nature Sanctuary and Nature Store in northwest Portland, and its Wildlife Care Center. For more information, call 503-292-6855 or visit http://audubonportland.org.