A Beaver Dam in Greenway Park

Kendall’s favorite place to walk is the Greenway Park in Beaverton. It’s wide open, so passing other dogs, bikes, and people is no problem, and the smells must be great. The other day we were walking along, and I noticed something unusual.

This looked a little odd.

We walked a little farther down the path and saw some more small trees that were obviously chopped down by something other than an axe or a saw.

You can't mistake this for a saw.

I didn’t notice the teeth marks until I imported the picture. A bit farther down the path I noticed that the water was a lot higher than it normally is.

The water above the dam

This is Fanno Creek, which normally runs pretty low and is a fairly narrow stream. The beavers built themselves a nice little dam. It’s close enough to the trail that it can be observed without people trampling things and disturbing the area too much. It’s a great learning experience.

The back side of the dam

The dam does a pretty good job. There’s a small amount of water getting through and you can see some trickling around the sides. I wonder what problems this will cause once it starts raining.

What a fun and unusual sight to see during our usual, uneventful walk. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. We are the Beaver State.

Did you notice there’s no Kendall in the photos. Apparently my “nature girl” side came out, and I completely forgot to get her in the pictures. Just imagine her sniffing away on the side.

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Dog Events for August 20-21

Better late than never.

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day – Saturday, August 20th

Today is the Responsible Dog Ownership Day at the Beaverton Petco. I completely forgot this was happening until we went in today to pick up some dog and cat food and there were food reps throughout the store. I picked up our usual Natural Balance cat and dog food as well as lots of samples of other flavors of Natural Balance and even some dog treats. When I checked out I was given a gift back of dog treats, pamphlets, and a tennis ball.

Also happening today

Dove Lewis Multnomah Days Dog Wash – Saturday, August 20th

Held at the Lucky Lab Public House on Capitol Hwy in Multnomah Village, this dog wash (10 am – 2 pm) benefits Dove Lewis.

And tomorrow

Dog Days of Summer Happy Hour – Sunday, August 21st

This event is held at Farmington Gardens on Farmington Rd. west of Beaverton. It’s a fundraiser the Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals. (2 pm – 5 pm)

Jake’s Dog Days of Summer Dining Out Event – Sunday, August 21st

Have you always wanted to take your dog to a nice restaurant. Here’s your chance. At Jake’s Dog Days of Summer event you can dine with your dog at Jake’s Famous Crawfish on SW 12th in Portland. You need to make reservations. This is also a fundraiser for Dove Lewis. Check out the link for details.

Anyone know of anything I’ve missed?

Pooches on the Green pictures

The rain held off long enough for us to stop by Pooches on the Green in Beaverton yesterday. We didn’t stay long, but I did get a bunch of pictures to share with you. When we got there the pipe band was already playing. It was really loud, so I can only imagine how loud it was for the dogs.

One of the first dogs we ran into when we got there was Miss Muffett, the one in the pink argyle sweater. She was with her owner, Molly. Kendall and Miss Muffett have known each other for awhile, and it always seems like we’re running into them around town at dog events. Miss Muffett is also a Delta Society dog and is involved in the Beaverton Read to the Dogs program that we’re volunteering with next week. We also met Beauregard (forgive me, Molly, if I got his name wrong). He’s a cutie.

There were tables set up by local dog businesses and organizations. There were lots of treats to be had. We even came home with a $5 off $25 coupon from Petco. I sure can use that. I’ve always wondered why PetSmart doesn’t carry Natural Balance dog food.

Kendall was charming the kids, as always

Meeting new friends

There was a costume contest scheduled for later in the afternoon, and this little dog was all dressed up. She even had bright red braids!

We met this interesting dog. The lady with the dog told us what kind it is, but we both forget. So much for delivering useful information. It was a cute dog, though. Anyone know what it is?