Upcoming Dog Events

Now that spring has finally arrived, the number of dog events is increasing. Here are just a few of the dog events coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Northwest Pet & Companion Fair

Saturday, May 5th, and Sunday, May 6th, 10 am – 6 pm

This is held at the Portland Expo Center. For more information click here. There will be vendors, demos, and more. It costs $8 per adult to get in. The site says you can bring your dog, but it gets a little chaotic. We took Kendall a couple of years ago. We plan to be there as a volunteer for Pet Partners/Delta Society. Maybe we’ll see you there.

Cavalier day at Urban fauna

 Sunday, May 6th, 11 am – 1 pm

This event is held the first Sunday of every month at Urban Fauna. If you have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or have been thinking about getting one, come on down for some Cavalier fun. It’s great to watch the dogs interact, and the people are fun, too. It’s a free event. A paper towel donation is always welcome.

Urban Fauna is located at 939 Southwest 10th Avenue  Portland, OR 97205. They moved a couple of months ago from the north park blocks. Their web site still lists the old address, but Google maps gives you the right location. It’s now closer to the south park blocks. We’ll be here, too.

Oregon Humane society’s Doggie Dash 2012

Saturday, May 12th, 7:30 am – 1 pm

This is always a fun event where they close down the streets of Portland and open it up to people and their canine friends. T-shirt pick up and registration runs 7:30 am to 9 am, then participants take off in waves with their furry friends. The festivities run until 1 pm. You do need to register ahead of time. There will be music, a pancake breakfast for the humans, lots of stuff for the kids and dogs to do, and the proceeds go to a great cause.

Cavalier Day at Urban Fauna is Sunday

After a lengthy absence, Cavalier Day is back on Sunday, February 5th at the new Urban Fauna location. Urban Fauna has moved to 939 SW 10th Ave in downtown Portland. Their web site isn’t up and running yet to show you the new location, but the powers to be that organize Cavalier Day sent out the address. Parking is free on Sundays until 1 pm.

If you own a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and don’t have any plans for 11 am to 1 pm, come out and play. The dogs have a great time mingling while their owners get a chance to chat. It’s FREE but a donation to the charity jar is always welcome.

We hope to see you there. If you can’t make it this Sunday, mark your calendars for future events. This is held on the first Sunday of every month.

A photo from a Cavalier Day in 2011

New Year’s Day 2012 at the Oregon Coast

We headed down to Pacific City, OR to celebrate New Year’s. Yesterday was as beautiful as it gets at the coast in January – a bit chilly, a bit windy, and a lot sunny.

Kendall in tracking mode. She's sure there's a horse around here somewhere.
The wind was blowing through her hair.
Having fun at the beach.

This was a big day for Kendall. She was allowed off leash on the beach for the very first time. She tends to get very sidetracked when she sees a bird or a squirrel and doesn’t always come when called. There weren’t many people on the beach, so we let her run a little bit. She kept tabs on us, and we didn’t let her get too far.

A beautiful day at the Oregon coast.
Digging in the sand.
Look what she found!
A sandy face and an even sandier mouth. Yuck.

As soon as we saw the horses the leash went back on. She barks at llamas, and I’m not sure how she’d behave around horses.

The leash needed to be put back on when the horses entered the picture.
Until next time...

What a great way to start the new year.

A New Snood

Kendall's new snood

A package arrived last week from our blogging friend at Embee Cavaliers. Mary Beth held a giveaway on her blog for one of her wonderful snoods and a folder with pictures of some beautiful Cavaliers on it. I used the folder for Kendall’s AKC Therapy Dog paperwork. How fitting is that?

Kendall’s new snood is a beautiful emerald green color. It fits over her head and holds her ears up out of the bowl. The ears on Cavaliers are beautiful but keeping them out of messy food bowls is tough. The snood makes it easy. Kendall wasn’t too sure about this new snood.

She's not so sure about this.

I’d never heard of the term snood until we got Kendall. After some research on the internet I see that it’s also the term used to describe the hair nets often used by Jewish Orthodox women. Who knew?

If looks could kill.

Her first experience with the snood didn’t last too long. She was sure that I put it on just to make her look funny and take pictures.

Must get this off.

She worked very hard to take it off. I’ll have to make sure I have a big bowl of messy food ready for the next time we put it on.

I can't believe you put this on me!

Thanks, Mary Beth, for sending our folder and snood. Be sure to check out her blog. She has four beautiful Cavaliers: a Blenheim, a ruby, a tri-color and a black and tan. They’re gorgeous. Her blog is full of great pictures and information on responsible breeding.


Flat Kendall visits Omaha, Nebraska

This past week found me on the road in Omaha, Nebraska. Kendall couldn’t come along so I took Flat Kendall with me to explore the town.


They have a nice Old Market area that has lots of shops and restaurants.



Down by the waterfront they have a couple of slides you can use in lieu of the stairs. We just had to try it. When’s the last time you’ve been down a slide?


I was there for the 4-H Extension conference. Here’s Flat Kendall hanging out with the blow up mascot.



Of course, she found the one place that had dog treats. I brought some home for the real Kendall. The treats are all natural and they can only be purchased through 4-H members. They also had horse treats and cat treats.


Here she is hanging out at the Verrnier booth. She wasn’t eligible for the gift certificate, though.


On the way out Flat Kendall found the high end dog treats at the Omaha Steaks kiosk.


Giant Pumpkin Regatta

Saturday turned out to be a beautiful fall day in the Pacific Northwest. After running some errands, we decided to stop at the Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Tualatin, OR. There’s a little man-made lake there in which they often hold events like kayak and canoe days and remote control boat races.

Face painting, pumpkin carving, and food galore

There were lots of families there and lots to do. It seemed like everyone was out with the kids and their dogs.

Costumes and dogs were everywhere


The view from the other side of the lake

Around the other side of the lake from the festivities, there’s a bronze statue. Kendall paused to appreciate the art.

Enjoying the local art

The Tualatin Riverkeepers had canoes you could rent to paddle around the little lake. This was early in the day and only a few of the giant pumpkins were in the water.

Giant pumpkins and canoes
There were even train rides!

This little Cocker Spaniel was not happy to be out among other dogs. Maybe it was the costume he was wearing. He was quite barky.

A cute little Cocker Spaniel pumpkin

They were bringing in the giant pumpkins on pallets and then picking them up with a fork lift and moving them to the lake. They stopped just before putting them in the water to weigh them. The one we heard being announced was just over 1000 lbs.

Giant pumpkins waiting for weigh in


So, how does one qualify to be a pumpkin judge?

Once the pumpkins were in there, they were using little remote controlled tug boats to move the pumpkins around in the water. We didn’t stay around for the afternoon, but my understanding is that they were going to put people on top of these pumpkins and then use them as boats to maneuver around the lake. Hence, the Giant Pumpkin Regatta.

Giant pumpkins ready for the regatta

Kendall didn’t really care about the giant pumpkins. All she wanted to do was to meet all of the little kids that were running around.

I’m glad I took along the good camera, because I’m happy with the way the fall colors turned out.

Flat Kendall and I are off to the great state of Nebraska on Tuesday. I hope I’m more successful at getting some pictures there than I was when she went to Anaheim with me. Notice there were no Anaheim pictures? I flew there straight from New York a week or so ago, but I never made it out of the hotel to get any Mickey pictures.

Dog Activities in Portland Today

The weather the last couple of days has been absolutely gorgeous. I hope this wasn’t our entire summer, and we’ll be back to the cold and rain until fall rolls in. The meteorologist on the local TV station said that this was the worst spring on record – the wettest and coldest. I still haven’t gotten any of my annuals in the ground yet. The tomatoes are still sitting in their 1-gallon pots waiting for the soil to dry out enough to get them planted.

If you’re looking for something to do with your pup other than hanging out in the back yard today, there are a couple of things going on.

1. Cavalier Day at Urban Fauna

On the first Sunday of each month, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owners in the Portland area get together at Urban Fauna in the North Park Blocks for a Cavalier social. I did a post in March on Cavalier Day, complete with pictures. Cavalier Day runs 11 am – 1 pm.

2. Lake Oswego’s Pets on Parade

Today is also Pets on Parade in Lake Oswego. We’ve been to this event a couple of times over the past few years. In fact, Kendall won the Entertainers category for the best tricks. We’d love to go back and defend the title, but we’re having people over for the first barbecue of the year. If you do go, here are the categories into which you can enter your furry friend:

  1. Dressed to Impress (awesome attire)
  2. Entertainers (tricks)
  3. Me & My Shadow (owner & pet look-alikes)
  4. It’s a Small World (small pets)

Registration starts at 1 pm in Millenium park, and the pet parade is at 2 pm. There’s also entertainment.

Kendall's trophy for Best Entertainer 2010
Pets on Parade 2010

Whatever you choose to do, I hope it involves your pup. It’s too nice to leave them at home.

Game On

To help beat the winter doldrums, I bought Kendall one of Nina Ottosson’s interactive dog toys.

I chose the one called Dog Fighter because it looked a little more difficult than some of the others, and I was able to find it in wood. It consists of seven slots into which you place large pegs. The pegs have hollowed out places to hide dog treats. The peg only fits in one end of the slot, then you slide it to the other end. To get to the treat, the dog has to slide the peg and knock it out of the slot.

We play the shell game with Kendall using plastic picnic cups. I introduced her to the game by substituting the pegs from the interactive toy for the plastic cups. That way she knew to expect a treat under them. Then I put them in the slots and let her figure it out. It didn’t take long.

Here’s a short video of her playing the game. This video is also on YouTube where it might be a bit easier to view. Here you have to wait for it to buffer.

My co-worker, who also has a Cavalier, bought a couple of puzzles, too. We’re hoping to switch puzzles at some point to keep them engaged and curious.

Holiday tree lighting

Beaverton held its annual tree lighting in the Beaverton City Park on Friday night. We weren’t doing anything in particular, so we decided to go. It’s been really cold here the past few days and Friday night was no exception. We hung around just long enough for the tree to light. Kendall had a great time getting petted by lots and lots of kids. She just adores children!

(I wonder what happened to red and green. It kinda looks like an upside down dreidel, doesn’t it?)

Pictures from Halloween

I know the calendar says it’s December, but I just found these pictures on my camera. This costume party took place at Pup-a-Razzi where Kendall goes to small dog play hour on Saturdays and where she goes to doggie daycare once a week. Since small dog play hour fell on Halloween, they decided to hold a party. Unfortunately, I was out of town, but I did get these pictures to share.