A Step Back in Time

We spent this past weekend at a vintage trailer rally at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada. Forty-two vintage trailers and their owners gathered for a wonderful weekend of fun. There was a salsa contest, open houses (trailers), a potluck, and camp fires, as well as lots and lots of visiting. We took our 1961 Aljo, The Atomic Lounge, to her first Rollin’ Oldies Vintage Trailer gathering.

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

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.

A Doggone Great Giveaway and a Fun Run

THE POWER OF PETS™ is bringing a “Woof Walk” Fun Run to the Portland area on Oct. 15!

THE POWER OF PETS™ is partnering with the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette to host a community walking event for dogs and their owners in the Portland area complete with FREE activities including:
•             2k community dog walk
•             Free pet health screenings by veterinarians from Banfield® Pet Hospital
•             Pet Caricaturist sessions
•             Fun for the whole family, with free arts and crafts and face painting
•             Music and dance party
•             Healthy snacks for pets and people!

Here are the details:
WHEN:                 Saturday, Oct. 15  9am – 11am
WHERE:              Greenway Park
SW Greenway & SW Parkview Loop
ADMISSION:      Dogs – Free
Owners – Free
REGISTER AT:    http://portlandwoofwalkfunrun.eventbrite.com
MORE INFO:       Visit www.facebook.com/PowerofPets

What’s even better is the great folks at THE POWER OF PETS™ has provided a goodie bag for me to give away to one of my readers! The bag includes

  • Pedometer
  • Bag Dispenser
  • Water Bowl
  • Keychain
  • Dog Food Sample
  • Mars Petcare Booklet
  • And of course…the bag!

If you’d like to win this great goodie bag, leave a comment telling me about your favorite fall activity with your dog. I’ll choose the winner randomly and announce the winner next Friday, October 14th.


Dog-Friendly Events for Labor Day Weekend

Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day weekend? Here are some events in the Portland area that you may be able to enjoy with your dog.

Carlton Wine Country Half Marathon and Carlton Crawl

This running event takes place on Sunday, Sept. 4th. It starts at Stoller Vineyards and ends in downtown Carlton with a wine and music festival. Not a runner and still want to enjoy the festivities? The Carlton Crawl takes place on Sunday and Monday. Participating merchants will be offering discounts and tastings for those participating in the run or the crawl. Be sure to stop by the Noble Pig tasting room in Carlton and say Hi.

Kramer Vineyards End of Summer Pinot Gris & Jazzy Labor Days

Each afternoon this Labor Day weekend, enjoy wine tasting on the lawn accompanied by live jazz from the Greg Ernst Duo. $10/person, $5/Cellar Door Club Members and their guests. Open 11-5, including Monday. Their grounds are dog friendly. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash.

Columbia Gorge Wine Region Weekend Open House

More than 30 wineries and tasting rooms will be open for this Labor Day weekend open house. Follow the link to see the festivities happening at each location. Be sure to stop by MaryHill Winery for some great wine and music. I posted about our trip there in July. Their grounds and patio are dog friendly. You may see Potter, the resident wine dog, strolling around.

Annual Dahlia Festival in Canby, OR

Check out the acres of dahlias in bloom at Swan Island Dahlias. Note that Swan Island Dahlias is in Canby not on Swan Island. I know, it’s confusing, but it’s worth the drive. Dogs are allowed on the grounds on leash, but they’re not allowed in the indoor display rooms.

Also happening this weekend is the Portland Pirate Festival and Art in the Pearl. No matter what you decide to do this weekend, I hope you have fun.



Portland Area Dog Events for 8/27 – 8/28

Summer is winding down, but there’s no lack of dog-related events happening this weekend. Check out these fun things to do.

5th Annual Great Danes of Summer – Saturday, August 27th

Held from 10 am to 4 pm at the North Clackamas Dog Park in Milwaukie, OR, this event includes speakers, food, and fun play for the dogs.

Dogust Day – Saturday, August 27th

This event takes place 11 am – 4 pm at Gabriel Park in SW Portland. Check out their Facebook page to see all of the events and vendors.

5th Annual Ride for the Paws – Sunday, August 28th

This is a half-day motorcycle ride though spectacular Northwest scenery. All proceeds from the ride benefit the animals at the Oregon Humane Society. First bike out is 9 am. The ride finishes at the Oregon Humane Society with ice cream in the rose garden.

Dogs for Dogs – A Benefit for the Hillsboro Dog Association – Sunday, August 28th

Held at Whole Foods in Tanasbourne from 11 am to 2 pm, this fun event benefits the Hillsboro Dog Association, featuring: BBQ plates with hot dogs, chips, and a drink for $5.00, and all proceeds will benefit the HDA; A dog wash put on by HDA volunteers- small dogs $5.00 and big dogs $10.00 (includes shampoo, rinse, towel-dry, and brush-out). Walk-ins welcome, but we recommend making a reservation (Whole Foods Market, customer service, 503-645-9200, ext. 602); Pet friendly vendor samples from Zukes, Halo, and Castor & Pollux for your pet to enjoy! A gift basket raffle of doggie-themed goodies to benefit the HDA; And booths representing Dove Lewis, Good Neighbor Vet, Bonnie Hayes, Many Paws Kennel, and Frontier Veterinary Hospital.

Golden Bond Annual Summer Picnic – Sunday, August 28th

This annual picnic will be held at Willamette Mission State Park, 11 am to 4 pm, in the Mission Lake A picnic area. If you have a Golden Retriever or just love Goldens, this is the place to be on Sunday.

From the Golden Bond Rescue web site

I’m sure we’ll be out and about at one or more of these fun activities this weekend. I’m headed to a Food and Wine Bloggers Meetup at Kramer Vineyards on Saturday evening. I know, I’m neither a food blogger nor a wine blogger, but I met the ladies at Kramer Vineyards during the Canines Uncorked event, and they asked me to come. I can’t wait to blog about it next week.

What are you doing this weekend?



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?

Dog Events for 8/12 – 8/14

Here’s the rundown on dog-related events happening this weekend in the Portland area.

Tualatin Dog Park Grand Opening
Festivities celebrating the long-awaited and much-anticipated new fenced dog park. Bring your dog and join in the Grand Opening Festivities which takes place during the Crawfish Festival! Free collapsible water bowls will be given away at the Grand Opening and Zelda, the world-famous bulldog, and her owner and creator, Carol Gardner will help celebrate opening the Tualatin Dog Park. So prepare your pup for fun! The off-leash dog park is a place just over half an acre in size where dogs can run and frolic with other dogs in a contained area and their human companions can socialize and enjoy the beautiful park at the same time. There are separate small dog and large/active dog areas, so all dogs can have a comfortable place to play. The Tualatin Dog Park Grand Opening is scheduled during the Crawfish Festival so if you’re in the park already, make a point of coming to the pooch party! Crawfish Festival admission is not required to attend the Grand Opening. For more information, please call 503.691.3061.
Location: Tualatin Community Park (North of railroad trestle next to the sports field on the pathway to the Ki-a-Kuts Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge)
Time: 1:30pm
Image from the WCSO Facebook page

K-9 Trials set for this weekend

(reposted from the Oregonian) The seventh annual K-9 Trials will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Century High School in Hillsboro, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said. Police dogs from different agencies across the Northwest will be competing in events that test their agility, speed and ability to search for and apprehend suspects.

This is also the weekend for the Providence Bridge Pedal and the Bite of Oregon. There’s no lack of things to do.

Also Happening this Week

Fore the Animals Golf Tournament
Tuesday, August 16th
This golf tournament, held at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, is a fund raiser for the Oregon Humane Society. For more information, see their web site.
Dog Days of Summer @ The Gypsy
Thursday, August 18th
The Gypsy Restaurant and Lounge in NW Portland will be holding Dog Days of Summer events every Thursday throughout the summer. The event is a way for guests to bring their dogs down and hang out with other dogs while owners relax and eat dinner while watching their pooches.
Location: The Gypsy Restaurant and Lounge, NW 21st and Irving
Time: 4:00 – 9:00pm
Hope you have a great weekend, no matter what you decide to do.

Portland Area Pet Events for Saturday, July 16th

I usually don’t get around to posting pet events until right before they happen, but this came across my email in plenty of time to get it posted so that you would have time to get it on your calendars.

Beaverton Toyota Pet Party – Saturday, July 16th, 11 am – 3 pm
Join Beaverton Toyota and local dog vendors for free food, pictures, treats, and drinks. Find out about the latest in pet travel products. See their web site for a complete description.
Dog Days of Tigard – Saturday, July 16th, 9:30 am – noon.
This event will be held at Potso Dog Park in Tigard. Follow the link for complete information. Please remember to make sure your dog is up on all of his/her shots when taking your dog to a dog park.
Paws for a Cause – Dog Walk and Fair Saturday, July 16th, 8:30 am – noon OHSU is hosting this 1K or 5K dog walk as a fundraiser for the Parkinson Center of Oregon. DoveLewis will have an information booth at the event.  This event will take place at the base of the OHSU Tram.