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Spokesdog’s Product Review; Northwest Naturals

October 7th, 2014 at 12:23 pm by Diane Rich
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Dog Food

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Normally I do not review dog foods but was asked to try a Northwest Naturals product and after a brief hesitation, I said yes.  I am not endorsing this food or any dog food but do have a short list of dog foods I recommend privately to my clients and friends who request a recommendation.  I do suggest to my readers and clients to feed the best dog food you can afford that works for your particular dog.  Dog foods are not created equal and formulas and sourcing of ingredients from any particular dog food company may change over the years.

Back story and Disclaimer:
  A vendor who has a booth at a dog show I attend every year gave me a Northwest Naturals product to try.  She put me in touch with her dog food rep and I set up a phone interview. After the interview the rep sent me several varieties of Northwest Naturals to try at no cost to me.  I am not a canine nutritionist, just a pet lover and interested consumer in the billion dollar pet food industry. I have researched canine nutrition along with the overwhelming options of dog foods for about 10 years.  I am not receiving any compensation to review this food.

I interviewed Patti Salliday, the National Sales and Marketing Manager for Northwest Naturals.  Patti was incredibly knowledgeable about this product, the company, and has been involved with other dog food companies as well.  She is an avid competitor in a variety of dog sports and long time breeder of Australian Cattle Dogs and Pugs.  I thoroughly enjoyed the interview.

Patti shared the history about this family owned business stating they are a company dedicated to the health of our pets. This industry standard philosophy is the mantra across the board in the world of pet food catering to the pet parent who wants to feel they are giving their pet the best food on the market. Competition is fierce and pet food companies spend millions of dollars developing and testing formulas in their product line along with marketing and advertising to motivate you to part with your money and gain your loyalty.  Based on Patti’s overview of the company, it seems that Northwest Naturals does take the mantra to heart.

What sets this Oregon based company apart from the majority of its competition is that their pet food is made in their human USDA-inspected facility and a USDA inspector is on site for all production.” Patty told me the patriarch of this family business is a physicist and at over 90 years young goes to work every day.

The manufacturer states that they use the same ingredients they sell to restaurants and grocery stores. Not only do they state their meat is all human quality but the fruits and vegetables are also human grade and locally sourced in Oregon.  Patti told me company has been using the same farmers for years.  She also stated that their salmon is wild caught in Alaska.  In addition, Patti also shared with me the names of some of the farms they use and we discussed the ingredients in their products.

I am a label reader and did not read any statement on the food bags about using human grade ingredients. So, I asked Patti about it and she told me packaging regulations will not allow it without going through FDA approval
and that the company “uses raw ground bone which does not qualify as a human consumable ingredient.”

One ingredient that caught my attention was garlic and we discussed the controversy and my concern about garlic. Patti responded stating that the amount of garlic is minimal and to date there have been no reported medical problems relating to this ingredient.  If you have researched garlic it is has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.

The product includes inulin which is a fiber and said to be a pre-biotic.

From the website; “Northwest Naturals raw food diets are produced in Portland, Oregon using only USDA inspected raw materials and are 100% Grain Free. Northwest Naturals foods were developed by a team with more than 15 years of experience in raw natural pet-food manufacturing, and backed by a 53 year-old meat processing company. Northwest Naturals Inc. uses fresh ground bone for an organic calcium source and a unique flash freezing process to preserve the integrity of the nutrients. Available in bars and nuggets, Northwest Naturals is convenient and easy to use.”

Also from the company website; “All of Northwest Naturals diets are strictly controlled and produced in a USDA inspected facility, using USDA inspected and passed proteins. Our diets are rich in protein, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and minerals to you keep your pet healthy, happy and full of energy. All ingredients are carefully blended, rapidly frozen at -30 degrees and packaged to preserve the high quality of Northwest Naturals chosen ingredients. Northwest  Naturals is the only raw frozen pet food that is produced in our own facility from start to finish. Our product is manufactured under the highest quality and safety standards in the human meat manufacturing industry.”

Chase, my Doberman Pinscher is the dog food taste tester although he is not too picky and will eat what I put in his bowl.  The vendor suggested that if I use the product as a total meal I count out the pieces based on his body weight and I did not wish to count nuggets so am topping off his kibble with the freeze dried product at the moment.  Chase sampled the freeze dried chicken and loves it. The company offers single source options in addition to formulas that combine beef and bison and chicken and salmon.

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Northwest naturals is a company that manufactures raw frozen pet food, freeze dried pet food, raw meaty bones and frozen treats. For those pet parents who want to feed their pet a raw meal but do not want to mess or hassle making or buying raw ingredients for the family pet, the convenience of the freeze dried nuggets may be an option to consider.

The only negative I found with the freeze dried nuggets is they break down and what you may get in the bottom of the bag is crumbs but Chase just licks the crumbs right out of the bowl so is a non-issue in his case. I understand the product is made to easily crumble to sprinkle over your dog’s food as a supplement.

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Ingredient glossary
http://cms.nw-naturals.net/raw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=73:ingredient-glossary&catid=88&Itemid=512

I did ask Patti if there were any recalls to date which as concerned pet owners know have been rampant with many other pet food companies and I was told there have been no recalls.  I also asked if there had been any formula changes and Patti told me, no.  I asked about preservatives and shelf life and she went on to state that the preservative is the freezing process and the shelf life is 1 year.

Reading ingredients on any food product whether it is a human or animal product can give anyone a headache and understanding what it all means can intensify the headache. Suffice it to say that whatever ingredient is included in a pet food along with the listed percentages of that ingredient in the food is meaningless if your pet cannot digest the nutrients properly.  So, back to what I stated in my opening paragraph, it is best to find a pet food should you buy a commercial product that works for your particular dog meaning the ingredients can be properly digested and utilized by your pet.

I asked Patti if at some point I could tour the facility and I was surprised to hear a yes and will schedule this opportunity at some point when I am down in Oregon

Bottom Line: In the sea of dog food options at your local pet store the options of foods are marketed to the eye of the consumer. The photos on the packaging depict nature, happy dog faces or appetizing photos of real food so caveat emptor (buyer beware).  Regulations for the pet food industry is slowly, very slowly being tweaked due to pressure from consumer groups demanding truthful information about our pet products in an effort to hold the industry’s feet to fire to let the dog loving consumer know what is really in the pet food,  the quality of the listed ingredient, the total percentage of ingredients such as protein and the sourcing of any all parts of the product. There is push back of course from the well funded lobbyists trying to keep the consumer in the dark but hopefully there will be some progress made so pet lovers can feel more comfortable with what they choose to put in the food bowl.  After speaking with Patti and learning more about this company, I felt more comfortable about feeding this product to Chase.

Northwest Naturals, like all the premium pet foods is pricey especially if you parent a medium to large breed dog but as it is working for Chase I would recommend you try this product and would love to know what you think.

You can find the product line on Amazon. For more Information on Northwest Naturals and a store locator go to: http://cms.nw-naturals.net/raw/index.php

Speaking Woof,
Diane
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC
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WALK FOR THE ANIMALS – A GREAT SUCCESS!

October 5th, 2014 at 2:23 pm by Diane Rich
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Animal lovers raise more than $132,000 for the Seattle Humane Society 

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Animal lovers and their pets gathered at Seattle Humane Society’s 12th annual Walk for the Animals at University Village’s FidoFEST on Sunday, Oct. 5 raising more than $132,000 for the animals! These life-saving funds will help Seattle Humane continue to provide food, shelter, and medical care to thousands of pets in need in our community. Donations can still be made at seattlehumane.org/walk.The top fundraiser in the youth age group was Sidney Backhus (pictured below) who raised $760 for the animals. The highest fundraising team was the Poodle Pacers raising $8,790. The top individual fundraiser was Jessie Douglas Miller raising an incredible $4,025 for the animals! After the Walk, the fun continued at FidoFEST – a celebration of all things dog that also benefited Seattle Humane.

Walk for the Animals was presented by Safeway and supported by Carter Subaru.

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Speaking Woof,
Diane
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About the Seattle Humane Society
Seattle Humane Society has been awarded the coveted 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator for the fifth consecutive year! Founded in 1897 to bring people and pets together, Seattle Humane Society provides incredible companion animals for adoption 7 days a week, pet workshops and training, a pet food bank, a low-fee spay/neuter surgery program, humane teen club, a visiting pets program and more.
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13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005 | Main: (425) 641-0080 | Fax: (425) 747-2985 | seattlehumane.org

Seattle Humane’s Walk For The Animals

September 28th, 2014 at 3:56 pm by Diane Rich
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1 WEEK UNTIL WALK FOR THE ANIMALS!
Register now to benefit the pets of Seattle Humane

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We’re only one week away from Seattle Humane’s Walk for the Animals at U Village’s FidoFEST on Oct. 5! Don’t miss this fun-filled opportunity to make a difference in the lives of pets in your community.Register now at seattlehumane.org/walk.
(Online registration ends at noon Saturday, Oct. 4. To register day-of, visit our registration booth at 9 a.m. The Walk begins at 10 a.m.)

Join more than a thousand animal lovers for a 2-mile Walk for the Animals on the Burke-Gilman Trail. After the Walk, stay for FidoFEST -  a celebration of all things pet at U Village!EVENT DETAILS:

Seattle Humane Society’s Walk for the Animals

Sunday, Oct. 5 at University Village

9:00 a.m. On-Site Walk Registration Opens

10:00 a.m. Easy 2-mile Walk on the Burke-Gilman Trail

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live music by The Moondoggies, a beer and wine garden hosted by Piatti Ristorante & Bar, Seattle Humane raffles, including a chance to win three Seahawks tickets, and then participate in fun dog contests!

For more information please contact events@seattlehumane.org or call 425-373-5388.

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Speaking Woof,
Diane
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC
www.spokesdog.com
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About the Seattle Humane Society
Seattle Humane Society has been awarded the coveted 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator for the fifth consecutive year! Founded in 1897 to bring people and pets together, Seattle Humane Society provides incredible companion animals for adoption 7 days a week, pet workshops and training, a pet food bank, a low-fee spay/neuter surgery program, humane teen club, a visiting pets program and more.
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13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005 | Main: (425) 641-0080 | Fax: (425) 747-2985 | seattlehumane.org

Spokesdog’s Product Revew: Bionic ® Urban Stick

September 22nd, 2014 at 3:38 pm by Diane Rich
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Chew and Fetch Toy

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I am always on the hunt for dog toys that can stand up to Chase, my personal power chewer and a toy
I feel comfortable to recommend to my clients for their power chewers.  One of my favorite vendors
always has a booth at the Sammamish Kennel Club dog show in Redmond, WA  and I look forward to
seeing the products they choose to carry.  This year I was introduced to a toy that the vendor thought
would stand up to my dog’s PSI (pounds per square inch) of power chomping.

This product can be used as a tug or chew toy and the open ends can be stuffed with cheese or peanut
butter.  No worries about the ick factor from forgotten food stuffs as it is dishwasher safe when it is time
to sanitize the toy.  The Urban Stick can be used as a fetch toy and was made to float.

I purchased the Bionic® Urban Stick, extra large made for dogs 60-90 lbs. On the front
of the packaging the company states is it designed for indestructibility. Guaranteed.  On the back of the
packaging the company states “while this product is extremely durable, no toy is indestructible in
all cases.  Supervise your pet’s use of this toy and remove if any damage becomes visible.”

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The x-tra large    c Diane Rich 2014

For those dog parents who want to know where a toy was made, this product is manufactured in China.
The toy offers a splinter free design with no sharp edges.  “Bionic Rubber® does not contain any harmful
phthalates, hormones, lead, cadmium, mercury, bispehnoal A, asbestos or latex and is made from
100% recyclable material. It is engineered and made by a proprietary process, invented to meet the
high energy play patterns of pets.”

The Bionic® Urban Stick comes in sizes from small at 9 inches to extra large at 13 inches and
ranges in price from $9.99 to $24.99.  Here is the company website with a store locator for purchase
http://www.bionicplay.com/index.html

Should your dog destroy the toy, the company will replace it free of charge, one time
within the first 30 days with proof of purchase.  I will not be holding them to their guarantee
as Chase unfortunately managed to chew off pieces within the first hour. But, he seemed to love
every minute of it and was clearly disappointed that I took it away from him along with all
the pieces on the floor.
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Chase chewed off these pieces within the first hour
c Diane Rich 2014

Bottom Line
I regretfully cannot recommend this toy should you parent a power chewer.  The toy could be
quite  appropriate  for a young pup as it comes in various shapes;  http://www.bionicplay.com/baby-products.html.   Supervision is recommended and checking the toy frequently for damage such as in the
photo above. If your dog loves to fetch and is not interested in chewing the toy, then this would be
a good toy to try.

Speaking Woof,
Diane
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Spokesdog’s Book Review: ASK ANNA: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn

September 20th, 2014 at 7:56 am by Diane Rich
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By Anna Koontz, author and Dean Koontz, editor
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The answer was an immediate yes when I was asked to review this book as I am a HUGE fan
of Dean Koontz and have read most of his books.  Dean Koontz is one of the world’s
biggest selling authors with 14 number one New York Times hardcover best-selling novels.

I would like to introduce my readers to Anna Koontz. The newest (four legged) talent from the Koontz
family who has followed in her dog-daddy’s footsteps with her first advice book for
canines with plans to become the advice columnist for the canine world.  Dean Koontz writes,
“we have complied for you this book of Anna’s golden advice to other canines, with the hope
that it will help you understand your dogs better and will encourage you to stop being a ninny of
an owner, if in fact you are one.”

Dogs ask Anna questions and her canine-ess answers each question with just the right touch of
smart-ass.  My kind of dog!  Hey, Anna, Chase wanted me to let you know that if you ever wanted
to collaborate he would be honored.  He thinks you are quite pretty, oh and smart.

100% of what the author receives from the sale of this book will be donated to Canine
Companions for Independence, the nonprofit organization that trains service dogs for people
with disabilities.   From reading through this delightful book it appears Anna was a released
dog from CCI as she is a self professed birdaholic and due to that condition flunked out of the program.
However she did pass the bunny test.  She now is a beloved member of the Koontz family.

Beautiful photographs from cover to cover.
Publisher:  Center Street/Hachette Book Group (October 7, 2014)

Speaking Woof,
Diane
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Spokesdog’s Book Review: Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me

September 18th, 2014 at 11:18 am by Diane Rich
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By Cynthia L. Copeland

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Copeland is the author of more than 25 books and knocked it out of the dog park with this
book.
  The beautiful photos of man and woman’s best friend paired with a collection of life
lessons are sure to resonate with the reader’s heart.


The lessons the author includes in this quick read can also serve as a friendly reminder that
although we may train the family dog to do tricks and tell us when they need to go out
to potty, if we really observe the family dog as to how they greet each day they can teach
us what is really important in life.  Granted they do not have a mortgage, bills, work
and other responsibilities but at the end of the day these lessons may help keep their
human a little bit more centered.

Copeland quotes Dr. Seuss, Maya Angelou, Steve Jobs and many others including a wonderful quote
attributed to George Eliot that rings true, “it’s never too late to be what you might have been.”  Enough said.

We are all so crazy busy that I highly recommend you turn off all gadgets and disconnect from
the world,
 pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, a glass of wine or favorite beverage, snuggle
with your dog and read this book.
  

Cynthia  Copeland’s book will warm one’s heart and hopefully motivate the reader
to
 paws, take a breath and review priorities of what is really important in life as all life
goes by way too fast.
   This book will make an excellent gift to any dog lover.

Copeland’s work has been featured on Good Morning America and selected for Oprah’s “O List.”
Workman Publishing $12.95

Speaking Woof,
Diane
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Does Your Dog Trust You?

September 14th, 2014 at 5:59 pm by Diane Rich
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One would like to think yes, of course he does.  Then you think about the question and wonder how to tell if your dog actually does trust you.

Blind Trust
A pup will usually blindly trust a human who provides food, warmth and love. That trust can change based on the dog’s perception of its people and environment.  You may observe the family dog looking at you a little suspiciously, maybe even cowering upon your approach or tries to run from you escaping under or behind furniture. Trust can be undermined when humans behave in a threatening manner or demand and expect behavior that is unrealistic for the dog’s skill level or experience.  An example could be calling the dog, the dog does not respond quickly enough and when she finally does come over the human yells at or physically corrects the dog.  Another example could if be the dog has an accident in the house and the owner grabs the dog and sticks the dog’s face in the pee or poo yelling at the dog or possibly smacking it.  After these scenarios, kiss the trust goodbye.

Is The Temperament Evaluation Correct?
A dog may be evaluated as shy, standoffish or unaffectionate when it possibly just does not trust a family member. If a dog has been abused or isolated the dog may present one or more behaviors under the umbrella of distrust until someone chooses to take the time to prove to the dog they can be trusted.  Just because a dog performs tricks and obedience for a treat does not mean the dog totally trusts a family member.

Forgiveness
One of the many great gifts dogs bring to our lives due to thousands of years of living with humans is their ability and in most cases desire to trust us, forgive us and give us chances to get it right. Once trust is earned and maintained,  a dog will reward his or her person with what pet parents crave from the furry family member, unconditional love

Since The Beginning 
I had a radio show about pets on Seattle’s KVI  and my sign off was; “connect with your pet in a positive way by earning their trust and respect.”  This is just one training philosophy I practice and have felt  important to teach my clients since I began working with dogs and their people over 25 years ago.  A dog’s trust for any family member doesn’t come with the sales receipt or a dog treat.

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10 Interactions That Can Undermine A Dog’s Trust In A Family Member
1.  Teasing the dog

2.  Inconsistency such as allowing canine behaviors some of the time then correcting the dog for those same behaviors at other times

3. Tricking the dog by throwing a cookie into the crate then closing that door or trying to leave the house and throwing a cookie into a hallway or room, backing out of the house for a quick exit so the dog doesn’t bolt out the door

4.  Pulling your leashed dog over to strangers or other dogs to “say hi.” Or holding the dog so that strangers can pet the dog

5. Playing rough with the dog and then reprimanding it for responding in like kind

6. Misunderstanding canine communication and correcting a dog for trying to let you know it is scared
or concerned around some stimuli

7. Misunderstanding dog behavior believing all behaviors stem from the dog trying to dominant a family member
then implementing physical punishment or screaming at the dog to prove you are the boss

8.  Taking a young dog, nervous dog, anti-social dog to a dog park or day- care to “socialize” it

9. Trying to make the dog return all the love you provide to fulfill your emotional void

10. Expecting more from the family dog than it is either trained to do or ready to do

Trust is powerful and a must to build the foundation for the human-canine relationship.

Speaking Woof,
Diane
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SEATTLE HUMANE RESPONDS TO CENTERPLATE CEO DOG ABUSE INCIDENT

August 28th, 2014 at 3:34 pm by Diane Rich
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“Cruelty to animals is a serious and abhorrent crime and is not tolerated in our community.”

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The Seattle Humane Society has issued a response to the elevator surveillance video which displays Centerplate CEO Desmond Hague kicking and aggressively pulling his dog.
“The Seattle Humane Society is gravely concerned about the welfare of Desmond Hague’s dog. Kicking a pet in the stomach and yanking it off the ground by a leash is animal cruelty, and we support the prosecution of animal abuse cases whenever and wherever they occur,” said David Loewe, CEO of the Seattle Humane Society. “From the behavior captured on video, it is clear that Hague is unsuited to raise a pet. Our furry companions are part of our family, part of our daily lives and deserve both respect and love. Cruelty to animals is a serious and abhorrent crime and is not tolerated in our community.”

When it comes to animal welfare, your voice is needed! If you suspect that an animal is being neglected or abused, please contact your local animal control agency. Animal control agencies are the only organizations empowered to investigate and enforce animal cruelty or abuse cases. Information provided to your local animal control agency is confidential. A list of local animal control agencies can be found on our website at seattlehumane.org/services/emergencies/cruelty.

Speaking Woof,
Diane
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Recall Notice from Pedigree

August 27th, 2014 at 6:46 pm by Diane Rich
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Voluntary Recall

At PEDIGREE®, we care about all dogs and their safety and well-being is extremely important to us, and to our mission – to make a Better World for Pets. For that reason, we have initiated a voluntary recall of 22 bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food due to the possible presence of a foreign material. The affected bags were sold in Dollar General stores in four states and, while the small metal fragments are not embedded in the food itself, it may present a risk of injury if consumed. We are working with Dollar General to ensure that the recalled product is no longer sold and is removed from inventory.

At Mars Petcare, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously. We sincerely apologize for this situation and encourage you to reach out to us at 1-800-305-5206 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST if you have questions.

Only 15 pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at 12 Dollar General stores in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana with the production code shown below are included in this voluntary recall.

Each product will have the lot code 432C1KKM03 printed on the back of the bag near the UPC and a Best Before date of 8/5/15. No other PEDIGREE® products are affected, including any other variety of dry dog food, wet dog food or dog treats.

 

 

Speaking Woof,
Diane Rich
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Sammamish Kennel Club

August 24th, 2014 at 12:32 pm by Diane Rich
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Marymoore Park

Took a run out to Redmond this morning to catch some of the fun at this all breed dog show.  It was a smaller
venue than in years past but still a lovely event.  You can still make it out there as it ends at 6p.m. today.
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The dogs were gorgeous, the sun was shining in the beautiful NW, Marymoore Park is an amazing place and my favorite vendor was there so bought Chase a new, hopefully indestructable toy.
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I will be reviewing this toy on a future blog. Stay tuned.

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I love watching obedience.  c Diane Rich 2014

Speaking Woof,
Diane
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I have been training dogs and their people for over 25 years. I work with pups from 7 weeks old to senior plus dogs and offer basic obedience to advanced off leash training both privately and group classes. Other services include behavior consultations to help both ends of the leash with everything from aggression, puppy/dog manners and public manners to separation anxiety. As a "real world" dog trainer, I take training out of the classroom or home when both the pet and family are ready, and take training to the street. I also offer pet therapy training classes preparing both the handler and dog for their therapy test and future service as a therapy team. I also coordinate several pet therapy programs in the Seattle area. My complete bio, description of services, class dates and on line class registration is listed on my website at www.spokesdog.com.

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