Wordless Wednesday – Cavalier Day at Urban Fauna

by Gretchen DeMoss

Cavalier Day Dec. 2012 at Urban Fauna
Cavalier Day Dec. 2012 at Urban Fauna

Cavalier Day is scheduled for the first Sunday of each month at Urban Fauna. They’re now located at 939 SW 10th Ave. in Portland. Cavalier Day is a gathering of Cavaliers and their owners. It gives the dogs a chance to mill about and socialize while the owners visit. It’s from 11 am – 1 pm, and it’s free. Hope to see you there.

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.

Shop Dogs and a Fancy New Coat

I went to lunch and then shopping with a friend in downtown Portland today. We stopped in to Michael Allen’s to greet the the two Cavaliers who “work” there and to buy Kendall a fancy new coat for Christmas.


Charlie is 11 1/2 years old and goes to work every day with his owner. They were both doing what Cavaliers do best, sleeping on the couch. We woke Charlie up to try on the coat for size.


Max was doing his part to make the customers feel welcome.

I picked up a new Barbour coat for Kendall for Christmas. Here she is modeling it.

Her new winter coat
A perfect fit

Now that I know it fits, I can wrap it up and put it under the tree. Do you think she’ll act surprised when we open it on Christmas?

Portland Traditions

My sister came out to visit with me about a week ago, and we made sure we visited some of the Portland establishments. We attended Tuba Christmas in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Imagine 225 tubas of all sizes (they do come in different shapes and sizes) all playing Christmas carols with about 1000 Portlanders singing along. It’s a tradition that’s fun to experience at least once. It’s usually held around Dec. 7th, always on a Saturday, and it’s free. This year it didn’t rain on us.

We hung out there for a little while and then headed down the street for one of our favorite Portland traditions – Spanish coffees at Huber’s Cafe.

Spanish coffee
Spanish coffee at Huber's Cafe

Huber’s Cafe is the oldest restaurant in Portland. They’re known for their delicious turkey dishes, but nothing beats the Spanish coffee and the show that goes along with making one. According to their web site, a Spanish Coffee at Huber’s consists of Bacardi 151 rum, Bols Triple Sec, Kahlua, coffee, fresh whipped cream and a touch of nutmeg on top. There’s fire involved and lots of whirling arms and glasses.

We were just down the street from another Portland icon, so we walked down to Voodoo Doughnuts. If you watch the Food Network or the Travel Channel, I’m sure you’ve seen Voodoo Doughnuts. They make some pretty weird doughnuts. You can even get married there!

Voodoo Doughnuts
Voodoo Doughnuts

We had a bacon maple bar, a Butterfinger, a Voodoo doughnut complete with pretzel pin and raspberry filling, and a boring chocolate one that I picked out.

If you ever find yourself in Portland with a hankering for good food and drink, you’ll have to stop by these places.



Delta Society Gala Pictures

Last night we attended the Delta Society’s First Annual Gala Event at the Nines Hotel in Portland. It was a great event. There was a silent auction before dinner, a live auction after dinner, and dancing. We had fun putting our bids in on some of the silent auction items. We ended up winning a stay at Skamania Lodge and a certificate for two nights of dog boarding. I may have to find someone who can use the dog boarding certificate because we’ve never boarded Kendall. I don’t really plan to start now.

Dressed and ready to head to the gala

It was great to see so many well-behaved dogs at the Nines Hotel. I hope they continue to allow us to bring our pet partners to the event.

If you live in the Portland area and could use the two nights of dog boarding at The Dog House on SW Moody Ave, leave me a comment, and I’ll contact you to get the certificate to you. The certificate expires on March 21, 2012.

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.