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

Exploring the Fanno Creek Trail Extension

Last weekend we took advantage of the nice weather and went to check out the new Fanno Creek Trail Extension. The Fanno Creek Trail now extends all the way from Garden Home, near Portland, OR to Tualatin. If you know where to go when you get left off at the surface streets, you can wind your way for about
10 miles or so.

Benches looking out over the wetlands

The section of the path that just opened starts at the end of SW 105th just east of 217 in Beaverton. It winds around past the office buildings and crosses over to the back of where the old Greenwood Inn used to be. They’ve built ten or so bridges to get you across the creek and its tributaries. It looks like some of the path has been there for some time, but there’s lots of new pavement, too.

Lots of new bridges to take you through the wetlands
New pavement and bridges

The path winds around behind the industrial areas and follows the creek. You pop out at the corner of Scholls Ferry Rd. and Allen Blvd.

Some beautiful white berries.

They’ve cleared away a lot of the brush along the path, but we did see an interesting plant with white berries. I have no idea what they are. Maybe our friend Wyatt from Gardening with Wyatt will stop by and help us identify them.

Chris Isaak concert at the Oregon Zoo

There’s something about the occasional smell of elephant dung, rather than fried elephant ears, that makes an outdoor concert at the Oregon Zoo special. Last night we went to see Chris Isaak at the zoo. The concert was excellent.

I can’t say I’m a big fan of showing up at 4 pm to get in line to go through security just to be let in to wait in another line until they open the lawn at 5 pm. The concert didn’t start until 7 pm, so there was a lot of waiting and A LOT of people. One thing I love about the people in Portland is that they tend to be very polite and well behaved in a crowd.

Tyler Stenson opened for Chris Isaak.He was named “Best Male Artist” at the 2011 Portland Music Awards and “Songwriter of the Year” by the Portland Songwriters Association. I’d never heard him before but really enjoyed his music. We’ll have to find out where he’s playing this summer.

Chris Isaak’s band has great energy on the stage. They got the crowd up on their feet with some old favorites and some new music they recorded in Memphis. At one point Chris Isaak ventured out into the crowd. He worked his way up the tiers and came right in front of us!

Chris Isaak out in the crowd

If you look closely, that’s me in the black and white shirt on the left and that’s my smiling husband next to me. A woman sitting behind us took this photo on her iPhone, and she was nice enough to email the photo to me.

Today is Canines Uncorked after my trip to the farmers’ market. Have a great weekend.

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.

OHS Doggie Dash on Saturday

This information came in an email from the Oregon Humane Society today.

“We’re expecting a record turnout for this Saturday’s Doggie Dash in downtown Portland. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the weather (60+ degrees and sun!), stroll through car-free streets, and lend a big helping hand to Oregon animals who need our help. Everyone is welcome, with or without a dog.

Register early and save. Register by midnight Thursday and get the $25 early bird rate. After Thursday, you’ll have to register onsite for $30 (and although we try, we cannot guarantee a t-shirt for those who register onsite).

It only takes a minute to go online and register now.

Can you smell the pancakes? Pancakes will be coming off the griddle from 8 – 10:30 am, with plenty of activities and contests for the entire family. The first wave of runners leaves at 9 am from Waterfront Park, followed in 15 minutes by the first group of walkers. Visit the Doggie Dash Website for all the details.”

It sounds like a lot of fun. We aren’t able to go this year, but be sure to let us know if you attend.

Visit to the Lucky Lab

Portland, as a whole, is pretty dog friendly, but it’s still challenging to find places to go and things to do during the winter with the dog. We could take Kendall to one of the many dog parks in the area, but that means a trip to the self-serve dog wash afterward – something we don’t always want to do. On Sunday we were looking for something to do to get us and Kendall out of the house. I had a haircut scheduled on the east side, so we packed up Kendall and her stuff and headed out to the Lucky Lab Brew Pub on SE Hawthorne. They have a covered area that’s partially enclosed outside and it has heaters. It’s a great place to go have a good beer, a bite to eat, and take your dog along during these wet winter months. Their other locations are dog friendly, too, but this is the driest and warmest of the bunch during the rainy season.

When we got there, there was only one other dog there.

I think this was Porter

Then, a big 1 yr old Saint Bernard came to join the party. His name was Griswald. You sure didn’t want to be in the way of his slobber when he shook his head. He is a really sweet dog.

The dogs all got along really well.

Kendall wanted those treats up on the table

A little later a few more dogs showed up to join the party.

All in all, it was a great way to spend the afternoon.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppies

Julie, the breeder from whom we got Kendall, has four puppies that will soon be ready to go to new homes. They were born on June 25th. One of the black and tans is a female, and all of the rest are males.

If you’re interested in one, drop me an email, and I’ll put you in touch with Julie.

UPDATE Julie’s dropped the price on the puppies to $600. The Ruby is spoken for, but the others are available. Ready to go on Thursday, 8/20.