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     2   BOw-wOw!                                                                                                                                                            NOVemBeR 2010

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                                                                                          I don’t know about you, but            motivation, you have a powerful training tool.
                                                                                       I do like pie. And ice cream. Oh,            Think about it: you’re at the beach and Rover is poised
                                                                                       and chocolate chip cookies are my         to roll on that dead fish he discovered. Is Rover more likely

                                                                                       favorite cookies, but really any          to forget the fish and run back to you if you’ve trained him
                                                                                       kind will do. I also like celery sticks   to come for a reward of his boring daily kibble or a piece of

                                                                                       and Cheerios, but not together.           chicken liver? I’d place my money on the liver.
                                                                                       However, if someone was trying to            High value treats should be special. They should be used
                                                                  by Trish Nevan       entice me to do something I wasn’t        only as rewards after achieving a desired behavior, and not
                                                                                       inclined to, they would definitely        dished out willy nilly or just for being a good dog. (That’s
December 11, Saturday—Dog Clatsop Animal Assistance          have better luck bribing me with a warm slice of fresh apple        what dry dog biscuits are for!) High value treats should be
hosts their annual Holiday Open House from 11 a.m to 4       pie than a crisp celery stick.                                      reserved for motivation, enticement or as a reward in train-
p.m at the Clatsop County Animal Shelter, 1315 SE 19th          Dogs have their favorite foods, too. Even though some            ing sessions. They don’t have to be an enormous amount
Street in Warrenton. Raffle, bake sale, silent auction and   seem to eat anything and be thrilled about it, most have a          either, and probably shouldn’t be much bigger than a piece
photos with Santa for kids and pets.                         discriminating palate. And that’s a good thing for dog own-         of kibble. (Think of enjoying one delightful bite of apple pie
                                                             ers, because it means dogs can be bribed, er, trained, to do        at a time, not consuming the whole pie at once.)
November iS ADopt A SeNior Dog moNth!                        things they may not be inclined to.                                    Every dog is different. Some will go nutso for a piece
                                                                There is a hierarchy in the world of dog treats, however,        of cheese or a taste of hot dog. Others prefer chicken, liv-
                                                             and most trainers, er, bribers, place a premium on those they       erwurst, popcorn or chewy meaty morsels from the pet
                                                             call “high value treats.”                                           store. (My guys really like Natural Balance food rolls and
                                                                These are not necessarily to be confused with high priced        freeze-dried chicken liver.)
                                                             treats, high calorie treats, or even those in the high quality         It may take a little experimenting to discover your Fido’s
                                                             treat category. A high value treat is simply one that your dog      favorite flavored motivators, but once you do, he’ll be sitting
                                                             will do almost anything for. With a pocketful of that kind of       up, rolling over and begging for more.

                                                                                                       Ronald LeChurch receives guide dog
                                                                                                           Ronald LeChurch of Warrenton graduated from the Guide Dogs for the Blind
                                                                                                       training program on October 9 with a Yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog named
                                                                                                       Clayton at his side. The duo completed two weeks of intensive training at the
                                    -kind GIFT
                   Makes a one-of-a                                                                    facility in Boring, Oregon.
                                                                                                           During the course of training, skilled guide dogs and their new partners learned
                                                                                                       to negotiate stairways, elevators, overhead obstacles, crowded sidewalks and busy
                                                                                                       streets. The dogs are trained to avoid distractions and disobey commands to cross
                                                                                                       a street if traffic is approaching.
                                                                                                           Guide Dogs for the Blind is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing
                                                                                                       people who are blind with the opportunity to experience what a powerful partner-
                                                                                                       ship with a guide dog can mean—not only to mobility, but to quality of life. It is
                                                                                                       the only school in the country that has built its program around both the functional

                                                                                                       and personal aspects of a guide dog partnership.
                                                                                                           Since 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind has provided more than 10,000 trained
                                                                                                       guides for graduates across the United States and Canada. There are currently
                                                                                                       more than 2,500 people with vision loss enjoying the comfort, companionship and
   Who Cares When Your                                                                                 safety of these exceptional dogs.
                                                                                                           The school also ensures that every one of its dogs is well cared for during its
         Hair Looks This Good!                                                                         life, whether or not it becomes a guide. Guide Dogs’ extensive post-graduation
                                                                                                       support underlines their lifelong commitment to the continuing success of each
         One Six Five West Bond                                                                        graduating team. Upon the retirement of a guide, the graduate is invited to return
               Astoria       325-6197                        for training with a new guide dog.
                                                                Guide Dogs for the Blind is supported entirely by private, charitable donations and the time and talents of dedicated
             Cut     Color     Straightening                 staff members, puppy raisers and other volunteers working together toward a common mission.
                                                                For more information, contact Guide Dogs for the Blind at 800 295-4050, and on the web at

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MildMannered Mikayla
                                                                         Since her arrival, the Dowells, who own and operate TJ’s
                                                                     Auto Repair in Warrenton, have been bringing Mikayla to
                                                                     the shop with them where she works her natural charm on
                                                                         “Oh, yeah, she has fans!” Lori laughs. “People seem to
                                                                     like her. They’ll come in and ask, ‘Where’s your dog?’”
                                                                         In spite of her rather large presence (she currently weighs
                                                                     in around 125 pounds and is still growing), Mikayla is a
                                                                     surprisingly mellow dog. “She loves people,” says Lori,
                                                                     and adds that while some customers have been intimidated
                                                                     by her size, they are pleasantly surprised by her friendly,
                                                                     laid-back style.
                                                                         According to Lori, Makayla loves coming to the shop. She
                                                                     says when they arrive in the morning, she’ll tell Mikayla,                                                     Please help us provide dog
                                                                     “Go to work,” and the dog will go upstairs to the office and                                                    and cat food to Clatsop
                                                                     fall asleep under her desk. (Lori admits that doesn’t leave a                                                   County Food Pantries!
                                                                     lot of space for her feet.)
                                                                         Lori says she was drawn to the Newfoundland breed                                                          Seeking volunteers to foster
                                                                     because of their temperament.                                                                                    homeless pets, help with
                                                                         “They’re friendly and easy-going gentle giants,” she says,                                                  fundraising, and organize
                                                                     noting that she wanted a dog that was good with kids and                                                        special educational events!
                                                                         The Dowell’s daughter, Katrina, reports that Mikayla                ADVOCATES                                Call us at (503) 861-2003
                                                                     is tuned into children and, in fact, acts like a nanny to her          FOR ANIMALS                                        or write
                                                                     young daughter, Taylor, by insisting on sitting close by her           AND PEOPLE
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                                                                     when she cries or is upset.                                                                                       Hammond, OR 97121
                                                                         Like most Newfoundlands, when she’s not at work, one
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                                                                     of Mikayla’s favorite pastimes is going swimming at the
                                                                     river or falls and playing with other dogs. Other typical
                                                                     Newfoundland traits are frequent grooming (every two
                                                                     weeks at the groomer’s) and notorious drool when food
                                                                     is involved.
                                                                         It’s clear that Lori is smitten with her best friend Mikayla,
                                                                     and it’s obvious the attraction is reciprocal. Lori exclaims,
                                                                     “She the best companion; the best dog. Wherever you go,
                                                                     she follows behind.”
Tim and Lori Dowell with their Newfoundland, Mikayla.                    Mikayla has captured Tim’s heart, too. Lori says, “At
                                                                     first Tim didn’t want this dog, but now he loves this dog!”
                                 by trish Nevan                          And even though Lori’s definition of “go look” at some
   It was just about a year ago that Lori Dowell told her            puppies is different than Tim’s, he philosophically observes
husband, Tim, that she was just going to“go look” at some            that after over 30 years of marriage he’s found that “forgive-
puppies in Molalla. He says should have known better.                ness is better than permission.”
Lori, who admits she had wanted a Newfoundland “for                      Especially when it results in a great dog like Mikayla.
a long time” fell head-over-heels with a big black ball of               You can visit Mikayla at TJ’s Auto Repair (1085 Alt. Hwy.
three-month-old puppy fur—and Mikayla joined the family.             101 Warrenton, 503-861-2886).

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  Pet Pals Needed
   Share the joy of your pet’s company by becoming a
                                                                                                      DeAR Annie AnsWeRs yOuR DOg questiOns
Pet Pal at Clatsop Care Center in Astoria and brighten the
day of someone in need of some extra special TlC. To get
involved, please contact Mandy Brenchley, Community
                                                                                              Learning to adapt to your dog’s older age
Outreach Coordinator, at 503-325-0313 ext. 209 or                                             Dear Annie,                             and smell everything. She will still bring me a ball to chase                                                                       My Corgi just turned 11 years        in the house, but may only chase it a few times.
                                                                                              old and I am noticing that she’s            She is usually up for a walk, but I would never advocate
                                                                                              slowing down a bit. My question is      forcing an older dog to do something they don’t want to
                                                                                              how slowed down is too slow? Some       do. We can’t always know when they are sore or just more

  Astoria Grooming                                                      by Annie Oliver
                                                                                              days she doesn’t have any interest
                                                                                              in going out for walks, or she only
                                                                                              wants to go for short outings. Other
                                                                                                                                      tired than usual.
                                                                                                                                          I would not think it is a control issue if your dog has al-
                                                                                                                                      ways been energetic in the past. She is probably just trying
                                                                    times she runs around like a puppy. As her “leader” should        to let you know, for whatever reason, she is just not up to it
                 weLCOme!                                           I insist she go for walks with me or should I let her decide?     on that particular day. But please take your dog to the vet
      we are NOT closing our doors.                                 Is this a control issue or an old age issue?                      for a check-up and see what he or she advises.
                                                                                                             —Older but not Wiser
     Here 20 years and ready for more!                                                                                                Dear Annie,
             Commercial property only is for sale.                  Dear Older but not Wiser,                                            My neighbor’s dog had puppies and I am thinking about
            Astoria Grooming welcomes you                              I am not a vet so I may not be the best person to answer       taking two of them. Questions for you: Does it matter if I
           Open 7:30, same day appointments                         your question.                                                    get the same or opposite sexes? Is it better to train them
           3162 Marine Drive, Astoria         325-5024                 That said, my dog, Ivy, is almost 12 and we are facing         together or separately? How can I make sure they will bond
                                                                    some of the same issues. Sometimes she will chase the ball at     and respond to me and not just to each other? Suggestions?
                                                                    the beach and sometimes she just wants to wander around                                                               —2xK9

                                                                                                                                      Dear 2xK9,

    unleash some love
                                                                                                                                         It is a bad idea to get littermates. The more two dogs
                                                                                                                                      have in common, the more likely they are to fight as adults.
                                                                                                                                      Littermates would be the same breed and the same age. If
                                                                                                                                      you were to get the same sex, you make it even more likely
                                                                                                                                      that they will fight later in life.

 south pacific county humane society                                                                                                     Plus you cannot make sure that they will bond to you. In
                                                                                                                                      fact, they are very likely to bond more to each other than to
                                                                                                                                      you and it will be much harder to train them. If that’s the
  330 2nd Street NE, Long Beach, Wash. 360-642-1180 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues.-Sat.                                                     case, they may wonder why should they do what you ask
                                                                                                                                      since you’re not the most important pack member.
                                                                                                                                         Aside from the littermate problem, why would you want
       Jasmine                                                             Zipper                                                     to raise two puppies at the same time?
                                                                                                                                         One puppy is hard work. It is like having a baby. It makes
        Black Lab mix                                                 Keeshond/Terrier mix                                            me tired just thinking about it. Picture yourself going out-
   2 year old black female                                            8 year old brown male                                           side to housebreak a dog 50 times a day—times two (and
                                                                                                                                      of course, the pups won’t need to go at exactly the same
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                                                                                                                                      two dogs, it would be much better to get one puppy, and
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                                                                      Pacific County Humane Society                                   add an older dog of the opposite sex and a different breed.
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                                                                                                                                      Or raise one puppy and when he is no longer a puppy, get
                                                                                                                                      a new puppy of the opposite sex and a different breed. You
                                                                                                                                      will be much happier with your dog or dogs if you do not

                                       Tabitha                                                               Oreo
                                                                                                                                      get littermates.
                                                                                                                                         If you have a dog training or behavior question for Annie
                                          Yellow Lab                                                      Border Collie mix           Oliver, send it to Bow-Wow! Attn: Annie O at P.O. Box 130,
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                                                                                                                                                                    240 14th Street, Astoria
                       by trish Nevan
   Ryan Eccles admits he’s “always had a thing for dogs.”                                                                                Astoria’s Complete Pet Store
He says he grew up with dogs in northern Idaho, where he                                                                                        Healthy Pets • Natural Pet Foods
also volunteered at the local shelter walking dogs.
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different types of dogs—“all sizes and energy levels—the
whole gamut.”
   He recalls, “In the back of my head, as a volunteer walk-
ing dogs, I started thinking how to make dog walking easier
for me. And it clicked really well for me.”
   Eccles realized he has a way with dogs and that he could
help other people with their dogs. And so his dog training
business, Fixed: Positive Leadership K-9 Solutions, was born.
                                                                                                                                               dog training,
Specializing in dog walking, basic training, teaching good                                                                                manners & behavior
manners and dealing with behavior issues, Eccles observes,
“There’s not just one way to teach a dog.”                           Dog trainer Ryan Eccles with Sugar (at left) and Lebowski.                    dog walking
   “Dogs want to be happy and relaxed,” he explains. “They           certain type of behavior.” To prove the point, he tells about
want things to be easy, not stressed, not anxious.”                  taking Sugar to visit his kindergarten class several year ago,
   He says that walking a dog is one of the most crucial             describing her being surrounded by kids and thoroughly
things people can do for their pets. Still, for many people—         enjoying their attention, especially the belly rubs.
and dogs—walks can be challenging and unpleasant. That’s                 Their other dog is a nine-month old Pit Bull/Dalmatian
where Eccles can help. Rather than a formal setting, Eccles          mix named Lebowski who happens to be deaf and is learn-
makes house calls (“I want to see real life”) to help deter-         ing commands in American sign language. When asked why
mine the best approach to working with dogs and owners.              he adopted a dog with a disability, Eccles replies simply,
   “Traditional obedience training is a good way to social-          “Who else would take on a deaf Pit Bull?”
ize dogs, but it’s not specific teaching. It doesn’t always
work for an individual dog. It doesn’t focus on things—on
                                                                         He says he is drawn toward helping aggressive dogs,
                                                                     citing that different homes or situations can change a dog’s                       Lisa Fraser
behaviors like barking, jumping, and how to act around               life. He notes as an example that sometimes the problem is                  Animal Communicator
kids. One approach is not going to work on all dogs.” He             an owner who may have a dog who fights and then labels
respects the positive leadership of notable dog trainers like        the dog as “always a fighter” rather than working to change
Ian Dunbar and Victoria Stilwell, and says he is open to all         the behavior. “It’s usually little things,” he says, adding that 
perspectives of dog training.                                        tough training techniques, like using prong collars, sets
   Some may know Eccles from his day job as a teacher at             some dogs off. Subscribing to the philosophy that problems        
Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Astoria. He admits              usually arise from the owners, he believes that dogs should                      503.440.0400
his background in teaching kids has helped with his work             never be euthanized beyond health reasons.
with dogs. And he says patience is the key.                              Eccles hopes to change peoples’ minds about breed ste-           P.O. Box 5, Cannon Beach, OR 97110
   “I learned that a lot through teaching kids,” he says.            reotypes and one-size-fits-all training methods. Noting that
   He notes that people have some high expectations and              his fifth-grade students all have different personalities and      Specializing in animals in spiritual transition
want instant results. “It doesn’t always work out that way,”         learning styles, he says the same is true of dogs.
he says. “It takes consistency and work. It takes effort.”               Clatsop County Animal Control Officer Steve Hildreth
   However, not doing anything is one of Eccles’ pet peeves.         has nothing but praise for Eccles, observing, “He has a

                                                                                                                                         BEWARE of DOG
“I can help you do the right thing with the dog. I want to           natural connection with animals. He does real good work
know about your dog, your issues, your final goal. I’m very          with them.”
hands-on—call, e-mail…just ask.” (Prospective clients get                For now, Eccles says he gets personal satisfaction from
a free half-hour consultation.)                                      working with dogs. “It’s fun to work with dogs, to watch
   His goals with Fixed include helping people get the right         them, and the reasons they do things.”
dog and get a dog that fits their life. He says too many people          Having walked many miles with a multitude of shelter
choose dogs based on looks; he suggests they should picture          dogs, Eccles knows just how important walks are for dogs,
themselves living with—not looking at—the dog.                       especially the challenging ones. Fortunately, he’s here to
   Eccles has a soft spot for what he calls the underdogs.           help.
That’s how he and his wife came to adopt Sugar, a five-                  “General advice,” he says, “get out and walk. Specifics,”
year-old Pit Bull who languished at the shelter because of           he smiles, “are just a phone call away.”
her looks. Eccles says, “Just because someone cut her ears               Ryan Eccles can be reached at 503-791-5358 or fixedk9@
with scissors…she’s still a good dog. Looks don’t mean a   

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When the wind                                 Test reveals dogs’ instincts to herd
  Keep your dog safe and
                                                                                                                              the act of herding is mentally and physically taxing
                                                                                                                              to dogs, work sessions that are too long may result
                                                                                                                              in a dog regressing or just deciding to stop working
 comfortable by providing                                                                                                     altogether. Our evaluators, Dave Vesely and Tami
a clean, dry and draft-free                                                                                                   Worley, worked very hard to ensure that our dogs
   shelter all winter long.                                                                                                   had fun with work sessions ending on a positive note.
  Indoors with the family                                                                                                     I was totally impressed to see the calm, orderly and
     is the best choice!                                                                                                      protective way Dave and Tami handled the sheep
                                                                                                                              used in the testing.
                                                                                                                                  To begin the herd test, you wait outside the corral
                                                                                                                               with your dog on a leash. Once the evaluator gives
                                                                                                                               you permission, you enter the corral with the sheep
                                                                                                                               and wait for the signal to unleash your dog. At this
                                                                                                                               point the evaluator is closely watching and evaluat-
                                                                                                                               ing your dog’s reaction to the sheep as well as the
                                                                                                                               sheep’s reaction to the dog.
                                                                                                                                  Some dogs are timid or show no interest for sev-
                                                                                                                               eral minutes. The owner and evaluator then work
                                                                                                                               together to gain the dog’s attention and spark that
                                                                                                                               instinct to herd livestock. Other dogs will immedi-
                                                                                                                               ately start trying to herd as soon as they are released
                                              Hitch displays an innate sheep herding ability with the help of Dave Vesely.     from their leash. If a dog is hesitant about working
                                                                                                                               sheep an opportunity to work with ducks is
                                                              photo and story by Cindy hansen                                  provided.
                                                  On Sunday, October 10, the NW Belgian Sheepdog Club hosted         All herding breeds can work sheep, but each herding breed
                                              an AKC-sanctioned herd instinct test. The event was open to all has a different style in how it herds. There are three basic herding
                                              breeds of dogs and a certificate was given to those who qualified. styles. When driving the dog moves livestock closer together and
                                              The herd instinct test was held at Brigand’s Hideout in Battle- drives (guides) them away from the livestock handler. Another
                                              ground, Wash., a sheep ranch with experienced stock handlers, herding technique is called fetching or mustering, where the dog
                                              trainers and herding enthusiasts who create opportunities for will outrun the sheep and herd them back together and to the
                                              interested people and their dogs to discover the world of herding. stock handler. You see this style generally in Border Collies (it was
                                                  Herd instinct tests are offered to help gauge a dog’s potential Hitch’s preferred technique). Next, there is the border or tending
                                              for learning to herd livestock. The purpose of AKC herding events style of herding where the dog moves around the group of live-
                                              is to preserve and develop the herding skills inherent in herding stock, keeping them together and protecting them. The German
                                              breeds and demonstrate that the dog can perform the useful func- Shepherd often exhibits this type of herding style.
                                              tions that they were bred to do.                                       Generally, herding breed dogs have a strong prey drive. How
                                                  A dog with herd instinct will automatically begin working live- a dog uses that natural prey drive in working sheep is tested to
                                              stock without trying to kill it and do so without any prior experi- determine which style of herding the dog is best suited.
                                              ence or training. A herding dog works livestock for the sheer joy      Watching my dog work sheep for the very first time and seeing
                                              of it. And even breeds that are not known as the common “herd- him reveal an inherent instinct for herding was a totally amazing
                                              ing breeds” will sometimes have potential herding ability. Dogs and unforgettable experience. I took such pride in watching Hitch
                                              that are mixed breeds can be tested and trained to herd, as well. work sheep in the way that he is designed to do. It appeared to
                                              Professional trainers offer herding classes and lessons to refine a be an equally awesome experience for Hitch, too. He seemed to
                                              dog’s natural herding skills with organized training and practice. really enjoy “doing what came naturally.” I have a strong feeling
                                                  I had never been exposed to anything to do with herding nor that the herding experience can be an addicting one. Fortunately,
                                              had my dog, Hitch, prior to the herd instinct test. But I was there opportunities abound for those willing to enter into the sport of
                                              that rainy Sunday morning to learn if Hitch possessed natural herding.
                                              herding instinct.                                                      My experience with all of those involved in hosting the herd
                                                  Generally, herd instinct testing is conducted as a public or instinct test was a very positive and rewarding one. I learned so
                                              group activity. There is one work session that lasts about 10 min- much in just that half day. To find out more or to get involved,
                                              utes, although some tests consist of two work sessions. Because check out and

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                                               Ask the Groomer
                                                     by Connie Fery, the “Fery Dog mother”

                         q. How come dog shampoos cost       grease slick areas of the Gulf Coast are degreased with Dawn
                         so much? My own “good stuff” is     and do just fine.
                         half the price of the pet shampoo      Just remember to rinse very well. If you can hear bubbles
                         at the store. Can’t i just use “people
                                                             when you squeeze the hair, rinse some more. Any shampoo
                         shampoo” on my dog? Or baby         remaining on the skin can cause the itchies.
    Sophie Jaques        shampoo? Or dish soap?                 One caution: never use anything but cat shampoo on cats.
                                                             Connie Fery is co-owner of Astoria Grooming and is a Na-
A. Why does dog shampoo cost twice as much as people tional Certified Master Groomer. Send your grooming ques-
shampoo? Two words: Rip Off!                                 tions to Bow-Wow! Attn: Ask the Groomer at P.O. Box 130,
   According to Dr. Goza at Columbia Veterinary Hospital, a Warrenton, OR 97146 or
mild people shampoo is just fine; conditioner, too. However,
due to skin issues there are prescription shampoos targeted
specifically for various skin ailments.
   Some dogs are sensitive to any shampoo. That is when a
“soap free” shampoo is needed (which is available at your
                                                                  A sound idea
vet’s office.)                                                                                     Like most dogs, Mi-
   Now, if your doggie likes to do you a favor and clean                                       chele McGuire’s Lab,
the underside of the car for you, and he looks like a skunk                                    Cooper, just loved to ac-
only with a black, greasy stripe down his back, Dr. Goza                                       company her wherever
recommends Dawn dish soap. After all, the wildlife in the                                      she went. Say the word

Tribble advocates for
                                                                                                 “ride” and he was ready
                                                                                                 to go. Problem was, some-
                                                                                                 times McGuire’s mode of

animal hospice care                                                                              transportation was flying
                                                                                                 a Cessna. And as anyone
                                                                                                 who’s ever flown in a
                                     Jackie Beerger of                                           small plane can tell you,
                                  RiverSong Foundation                                           it is LOUD.
                                  recently attended a train-                                         Concerned about her
                                  ing seminar on animal                                          dog’s sensitive ears and
                                  hospice offered by Spirits      worried about damaging his hearing with prolonged          Adoption:
                                  in Transition, an organiza-     noise, she set to work inventing hearing protection for
                                  tion dedicated to educating     her dog—and Mutt Muffs were born.                          It’s an option!
                                  people who want help in             Designed to provide passive decibel reduction, Mutt
                                  caring for their pets who       Muffs reduce damaging noise levels to acceptable levels.
                                  are dying a natural death.      A dog wearing Mutt Muffs can still hear sounds like his                I ‘m just a dog
                                  In the near future, River-      master’s voice while being effectively protected against              Nothing special,
                                  Song Foundation hopes to        damaging noise, including the high frequencies that
                                  offer grief and loss support
                                                                                                                                                it’s true
                                                                  dogs are particularly sensitive to.
                                  groups, as well as home             While initially designed for aviation purposes, Mutt
                                  visits to offer solutions for   Muffs have also proven effective at helping earthbound           Still I need a home.
                                  some of the typical prob-       noise-sensitive dogs deal with thunderstorms, gunshots,
lems associated with aging pets.
                                                                                                                                           Can I get one
                                                                  fireworks, even the sound of vacuum cleaners or other
   Attending the seminar with Jackie was her little dog,          household appliances.                                                       with you?
Tribble, pictured here. Beerger shares, “Since Tribble is             For dogs who suffer from noise phobias, Mutt Muffs                                              Do
                                                                                                                                                                           g p o et
fragile I couldn’t leave him home. He attended and did            provide an option to tranquilizers or lengthy behavior
very well! Tribble is over thirteen years of age and is able      modification techniques. They come in a wide range of      Clatsop Co. Animal Shelter
                                                                                                                             1315 SE 19th, Warrenton OR | Phone: 503-861-0737
to enjoy his life despite serious medical problems. He is         sizes and colors. For further information, please visit    Hours: Noon to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
now our ambassador of good will to encourage others to   or call 443-536-6287.                 Come visit. Bring the kids!
consider hospice care for animals!”


                                     dopt Us!
                                               CLATSOP COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER
                                                                                                                                             Black Lab
                                                                                                                                       1 year old black male
                                                                                                                                               sponsored by
                                                                                                                                        Animal Hospital
                                                                                                                                       35109 Hwy. 101 Business
                                                                                                                                         Astoria • 325-1581
                                                                         1315 SE 19th Street in Warrenton                                   Come see me at the
                                                                                                                                       Clatsop County Animal Shelter
                                 Call 861-PETS                    Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, Noon to 4 p.m.

                                      Blue Heeler mix
                                                                                                         Duncan  Pug
                                                                                                                                                                               Black Lab
                                   6 year old gray female                                               5 year old fawn male                                            4 year old black male
                                          sponsored by                                                         sponsored by                                                     sponsored by
                                      DragonFire                                                          Columbia                                                           Warrenton
                                   Studio & Gallery                                                   Veterinary Hospital                                                    Auto Parts
                                    123 S. Hemlock Street                                                   576-31st Street                                            269 S. Main • Warrenton
                                  Cannon Beach • 436-1533                                                 Astoria • 325-2250                                                  861-2268
                                       Come see me at the                                                   Come see me at the                                               Come see me at the
                                  Clatsop County Animal Shelter                                        Clatsop County Animal Shelter                                    Clatsop County Animal Shelter

        Boxer mix
                                                                     Chihuahua/Doxie mix
                                                                                                                                        Chihuahua/Doxie mix
1 year old brindle female                                            2 month old black female                                            2 month old tan male
         sponsored by                                                        sponsored by                                                       sponsored by
   Seaside NAPA                                                     The Columbia Press                                                 Deborah Boone
     Auto Parts                                                     Warrenton’s Community Newspaper                                      State Representative
    420 S. Roosevelt                                                                                          Oregon HD 32
   Seaside • 738-5528                                                     503-861-3331
                                                                                                                                            Come see me at the
      Come see me at the                                                  Come see me at the                                           Clatsop County Animal Shelter
 Clatsop County Animal Shelter                                       Clatsop County Animal Shelter

                                     Shepherd/Lab mix
                                                                                                             Hound mix
                                                                                                                                                                         Chihuahua/Doxie mix
                                  6 year old sable female                                                8 year old tan male                                           6 year old brown female
                                          sponsored by                                                         sponsored by                                                    sponsored by

                                                                                                        Main St. Market                                                   Providence
                                  Seaside Pet Clinic                                                         191 SW Main                                                Seaside Hospital
                                     900 24th • Seaside                                                                                                                 725 South Wahanna Road
                                         738-8846                                                              861-2271                                                  Seaside • 503-717-7000
                                       Come see me at the                                                   Come see me at the                                              Come see me at the
                                  Clatsop County Animal Shelter                                        Clatsop County Animal Shelter                                   Clatsop County Animal Shelter

 Chihuahua/Doxie mix
                                                                           Pit Bull mix
                                                                                                                                          Chocolate Lab mix
2 month old brindle female                                          2 year old brindle female                                                 5 year old
         sponsored by                                                        sponsored by                                                    brown male
Columbia Memorial                                                     Western Oregon                                                           sponsored by
     Hospital                                                         Waste & Astoria
2111 Exchange St. • Astoria                                                                                                            Veteran Sales, LLC
                                                                      Transfer Station
                                                                                                                                            Come see me at the
      Come see me at the                                                  Come see me at the                                           Clatsop County Animal Shelter
 Clatsop County Animal Shelter                                       Clatsop County Animal Shelter

                                      Chihuahua mix
                                                                                                        Cocker Spaniel mix
                                                                                                                                                                             Chow Chow
                                    9 year old blond male                                              9 year old blond male                                            8 year old black male
                                          sponsored by                                                         sponsored by                                                    sponsored by
                                     Gunderson’s                                                          TLC Federal                                                    Clatsop Animal
                                     Cannery Café                                                         Credit Union                                                   Assistance, Inc.
                                   At the foot of 6th Street                                           85 W. Marine Dr., Astoria                                            P.O. Box 622
                                     Astoria • 325-8642                                                                                                                 Warrenton • 861-0737
                                                                                                      575 S. Roosevelt Dr., Seaside                                         Come see me at the
                                       Come see me at the                                                   Come see me at the
                                  Clatsop County Animal Shelter                                                                                                        Clatsop County Animal Shelter
                                                                                                       Clatsop County Animal Shelter

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