Canines Uncorked Pictures

A few weeks ago, on the day we left for our Maine trip, Canines Uncorked 2012  took place at 11 dog-friendly wineries in the Northern Willamette Valley region. We were pretty busy getting ready for a red-eye flight but managed to stop at Kramer Vineyards on our way to drop Kendall off at the sitter. The place was full of dogs and their owners enjoying the sun and sipping on some wonderful wine.

Enjoying the wine, food, and sunshine at Kramer Vineyards
The dogs were having a great time mingling
Kim Kramer pouring tastes at Canines Uncorked

Canines Uncorked is always a successful fund raiser for the Oregon Humane Society. We’re already looking forward to next year. We love that it includes some of our favorite wineries, and it’s a great excuse to get out with your dog and visit new (to us) wineries.

Canines Uncorked 2012 – A Benefit for the Oregon Humane Society

Tomorrow, three of my favorite things come together for one event: dogs, wine, and the Oregon Humane Society. This event, held on Saturday, July 28th 11 am – 4 pm, takes place at 11 dog-friendly wineries in the North Willamette Valley region. A special passport gets you complimentary wine tasting and dog-centric events at the participating wineries. Better yet, all of the proceeds from the $40 passports go to support the Oregon Humane Society.

For more information, visit the Oregon Humane Society’s web site. There’s a map and a list of participating wineries. We hope to see you there.

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.

A Volunteer Party

Contrary to popular belief, we have not fallen off the face of the Earth. Work has been busy. We have awesome stuff to tell you in the future, but until the press release goes out, the word is mum.

Last week we attended the Oregon Humane Society’s volunteer appreciation dinner. We were overwhelmed by the more than 600 volunteers in attendance. Overall, there are more than 1200 volunteers at the Humane Society! Can you believe it!?! That’s 1200 people making sure that animals are well-cared for, have a walk when they’re at the shelter, receive veterinary care, and have someone looking out for them. We’re part of the AAI (animal assisted interactions) part of OHS. We pretty much function as an island in the sea of volunteers as we head out and do our visiting at the assisted living center and the local library. It was so nice to be included with all of the other volunteers at the dinner.

The dinner and ceremony were held at the Governor Hotel in Portland. This is one of the fancier hotels in town, and Kendall was invited to attend! She went for her fluff and buff the day before to make sure she was ready for the fancy schmanzy hotel.

The many volunteers at the dinner.
Kendall's view of the dinner.

With that many people moving around, we had to make sure we kept her tucked under the table. She only got stepped on once. There was only one other AAI dog there that we met. Harley looked like he was a sweetie, and maybe even part Cavalier.

In the lobby of the Governor Hotel

Kendall was on her best behavior and was loving all of the attention she was getting from all of the dog people in the crowd. The hotel doesn’t usually allow pets, especially at dinners, so we were honored to attend.

We received our pin for over 100 hours of service last year. It’s amazing how quickly those hours add up.

Weekend Events – November 5-6, 2011

On most First Fridays I’d be posting about the monthly Cavalier Days we have on the first Sunday of each month. However, this month, the place where we usually meet, Urban Fauna, is in the middle of a move to a new location. Hence, there will be no Cavalier Day during the month of November. The next one is scheduled for Dec. 4th. I’ll be sure to post information about Urban Fauna’s great new location prior to the event.

Meanwhile, it’s time for the Santa Paws Pet Portrait event. This weekend, at a number of the area Fred Meyer stores, you can take your pets in for a portrait with Santa Claus – just in time for your holiday cards. For more information, see the Oregon Humane Society event page. It’s a fund raiser for OHS. We’ll be there for our pictures. How about you? Here’s our picture from last year.

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?



Canines Uncorked – a Fun Day!

The weather in Oregon couldn’t have been any better for yesterday’s Canines Uncorked event held at seven wineries in the northern Willamette Valley. Blue skies and temperatures in the low 80’s made for a perfect day in Oregon wine country. This fundraiser for the Oregon Humane Society is in its second year, and 100% of the proceeds from the $40 passport went to OHS.

Map of participating wineries

We started the day at Apolloni Vineyards. The dog activity at this winery was ice cream sundaes – doggie style. They served up dishes of vanilla human ice cream complete with toppings that included dried bananas, crushed up dog treats, and more. Kendall’s never had ice cream. We let her have about a quarter of what they gave her. The wines here were very good. We bought a bottle of rose that’s perfect for our summer concert outings.

Sansome, the resident wine dog
Dishing up ice cream sundaes
Who doesn't love ice cream?
Time for lunch
Tastings were included in your passport

The next stop on our tour was at Tualatin Estate Vineyard. The dog event at this winery was paw print cards. They dipped the dog’s paw into some paint and then pressed it onto a card.

Making a paw print card
The tasting room

The next stop on our tour was Plum Hill Vineyards. They have a new dog run so the humans can drink wine while the dogs play together.  They had a beautiful patio overlooking the vineyard, and they had live music. Students from Gaston Elementary school had dog treats, scarves, and other items for sale.

An interesting wine fountain
The patio at Plum Hill Vineyards
A happy participant

Our final stop on the tour was at Kramer Vineyards. The wine here was wonderful, as was the view. We met some of the people we’ve only known through Twitter and email. It was so nice to be able to put a face with a name.

Missy, one of the wine dogs

Missy tweets at @MissMissyKramer. We also met Wyatt, a gardening dog. His mom wrote a great post on Canines Uncorked over on their blog.

We skipped a few of the wineries because we’ve already been to them a number of times. Our goal was to get to some of the wineries we’ve never had the chance to visit. The Canines Uncorked event was a great excuse to get out and try the wineries and support OHS at the same time.


Canines Uncorked – An Oregon Wine Event

Kendall and I are volunteers with the Oregon Humane Society as part of their AAI program (Animal Assisted Interactions). The following information is from the OHS web site. We’ll be there and hope to see you, too. I’ll be sure to get lots of pictures.

Canines Uncorked Wine Tour  – July 30
License to Taste at Seven Wineries!

The one-of-a-kind Canines Uncorked event on July 30 offers a day of complimentary wine tastings at seven dog-friendly Oregon wineries in the north Willamette valley for just $40. Best of all, 100% of proceeds benefit the animals at the Oregon Humane Society.

Your “License to Taste” Passport opens the door to great wines and special dog-related events, food and contests sprinkled among the seven participating wineries (see Google map for locations).

The passport also provides discounts on wines purchased through Aug. 30. Purchase License to Taste Passports online here.

What: Canine’s Uncorked Wine Tour of seven dog-friendly wineries that welcome you and your furry friends with food, contests and special activities.

When: Saturday, July 30, 2011; 11 am – 5 pm

Where: The wineries are in the North Willamette Valley region and include: Apolloni Vineyards, Helvetia Vineyards, Kramer Vineyards, Montinore Estate, Oak Knoll Winery, Plum Hill Vineyards and Tualatin Estate

Tickets: $40 provides you a Canines Uncorked “Licensed to Taste” Passport and Wine Tour Guide that can be presented for a complimentary tasting at each participating winery. The Passport all offers discounts on wine purchases through August 30 (all Passport proceeds go to OHS; $25 is tax deductible). The Passport provides information about each winery and the special events taking place as part of Canines Uncorked.

Activities by Winery:

Apolloni Vineyards Lickin’ Lau: Your pooch can indulge in a special ice cream sundae for dogs, cool off in a doggie pool, and and relax under a shady tree.

Helvetia Vineyards Grapes & Games: Release some energy at this picturesque location; enjoy fun interactive games for you and your dog.

Kramer Vineyards Taste & Train: Meet with an OHS behavior expert
who can help with problems like “My dog couldn’t come today because
he doesn’t like other dogs.”

Montinore Estate Pinot & Pampered Pooches: Get summer grooming tips and have your and your pet’s photo taken . Also see the latest doggie fashions. Picnic lunches available. Meet OHS dogs available for adoption.

Oak Knoll Winery Wine & Wellness: Learn about your and your pet’s health. Visit with animal therapists, experts on pet nutrition, veterinarians, and pet psychics.

Plum Hill Vineyards Kids & Canines: Stop by and see the wonderful dog items the Gaston Elementary School children are selling to raise money for their school. Also receive tips from animal behavior experts on introducing a new pet into a home with children and monitoring interactions between canines and children.

Tualatin Estate Paws & Paint: Create your own artwork with your dog or come view pieces from several local artists
Purchase Passports online here.

Canines Uncorked Passports can be also be purchased on July 30 at the following wineries:

Apolloni Vineyards

Helvetia Vineyards

Oak Knoll Winery

Plum Hill Vineyards

Day at the Dog Park

The weather was nice today, so Kendall and I headed out to the Potso Dog Park to see a friend and her two dogs, Gus and Evie. We got there early but it was already filling up with dogs looking for a romp in the sunshine.

Kendall was hot. You’d think she’d been running around, but no. She spent her time milling around and greeting all of the people coming in through the gate.

Evie had a great time. Isn’t she a cutie?

And then there’s photogenic Gus. He gets along with everyone, big or small.

I snapped this picture early on. By the time we left there were about 10 more dogs here in the small dog area.

Don’t forget the Doggie Dash tomorrow in downtown Portland. It’s a big fund raiser for the Oregon Humane Society.


Yappy Hour – June

This month’s Yappy Hour was held at Ready, Paint, Fire, a paint your own ceramics place, in the Pearl District. It was also where they announced the winners of the Oregon Humane Society’s annual photo contest, The Fuzzy, Furry, and Feathered Friends Photo Contest.

It was really crowded, and Kendall had a great time meeting all of the dogs and people.

We took her to Paragon Restaurant right down the street for dinner before we went to Yappy Hour. They have some of the best food! We sat outside at a sidewalk table, and they brought out a plate of dog biscuits for Kendall and a bowl of water with ice cubes just for her. I love that place.