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July — August 2009


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    Julie Mannis Hoisington


    Casey Dean


    Nicole Sours Larson

    Sindi Somers

    Judith Pierce


    Nicole Sours Larson

    Casey DeanLoews Hotels

    PRODUCTION ARTISTSCasey DeanChris Bakerd Davidson

    David Ramsey

    ADVERTISING SALE S MANAGERHeather Snyder 270-3103 X115

    EDITOR-IN-CHIEFAnne Terhune

    San Diego Pets Magazine is published bi-monthly by Mannis Com-munications, Inc. and The San Diego Community Newspaper Group,P.O. Box 9550, San Diego, CA 92169. No part of this publication maybe duplicated or reprinted without express consent from the publisher.Editors reserve the right to edit all content. Submissions are welcome,and will be edited for content and clarity. Please forward all unsolicitedmaterial to the editor. Views and opinions expressed herein are notnecessarily those of the publishers. Publishers reserve theright to approve or accept advertising orders and content.All contents are copyright 2009. All rights reserved.

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    JULYAUGUST 2009Inside This Issue


    Lauren Leslie and her dog Pogey catch a wave inthe Loews Hotels annual Surf Dog competition in2008. Leslie did not participate this year because shehas a broken leg. Last year, she won second place inthe tandem category. MORE ACTION ANIMALS ON PAGE 4.

    Loews Hotels

    P.O. Box 95504645 Cass StreetSan Diego, Calif. 92109858.270.3103858.713.0095 [fax]

    10. Scoops16. Star Spangled Pooch18. Dog Park Etiquette19. Top 20 Dog Parks20. Summer Safety Tips

    23. Pets Calendar25. Summer Rabbits26. Helping Hands27. Animal Resources30. Pet Marketplace

    Amid our official launch into summer, I amreminded of my childhood. The smell offreshly mowed grass, drinking Kool-Aid onthe porch swing when it was too hot to do anythingelse. Setting off to the local watering hole to cooldown, with the family dog by our side. Growing upin rural Idaho, I was always in the company of farmcats and dogs, along with the occasional farm pets

    horses, goats, pigs, cows, chickens, ducks, rabbits and geese. My parents feltstrongly about exposing us to animals and teaching us responsibility throughfarm chores. There were also the unexpected pets, like the two orphaned babyraccoons that needed care until they could be returned to the wild, or the babyraven that fell from its nest and needed a surrogate family to attend to it. Itseems only natural to me, now with a family of my own, that animals should bepart of our lives. I currently have one cat, one dog, one horse, some fish and abearded dragon. I would have more if my husband would see things my way.

    This issue of San Diego Pets is a tribute to summer fun. Read the inspiring sto-ries about some pretty cool action animals, summer safety tips, tips for keep-ing your pets calm during summer fireworks noise and some great insight todog park etiquette.

    I hope this issue will inspire you to plan a pet-friendly picnic on Fiesta Island, takea hike with Fido at Torrey Pines State Park, check out some of the top 20 San Diego dogparks or see if your pet has what it takes to become an adventure animal!

    Whatever the season brings, I wish you a happy and safe star-spangled summer.

    Julie HoisingtonPublisher/editor, San Diego Pets


  • Amy and Alexander the boating catsIts a myth that cats dont like water. Visit any marina and

    youll discover a host of boat owners and liveaboards whohappily share their quarters or weekend retreats with saltyfelines.

    Amy and Alexander, two 5-year-old rescue kitties, becameboaters when this writer and her husband began takingthem to the boat. Like most cats that prefer stable routines,they resisted change but adapted within a few hours to theirnew marine environment, where they enjoy watching the

    many resident birds and bobbing boats. They quickly dis-covered they enjoy skittering up and down ladders andmonitoring marina activities from comfortable perches.

    Before bringing them to the boat, we installed screens onsliding doors and hatches to keep our house cats safe insidethe boat and purchased a duplicate set of normal felineparaphernalia (litter boxes, cat tree, beds, bowls, food stor-age bin, brush, toys, etc.) to keep them comfortable andhappy. The goal of creating a home-like environment ap-plies to bringing dogs aboard as well.

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    Summer is finally here, and its time to indulge in outdoor summer pleasures. Since it can be so wrenching to leave pets home

    alone while engaging in fun activities, why not bring them along?





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    Summer sports are well suited to canine and even feline companions and theyre oftenmore fun if theyre shared with enthusiastic and cooperative pets. Many dogs enjoy surfing,kayaking, rafting and even flying. And dont forget your cats with the right introductionand equipment, they make great boating companions!

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    H BdD 5ACTION ANIMALSWe also had them fitted with custom-tailored life jackets,adapted from larger doggie life vests, to keep them safe andfloating in case of an emergency.

    Now, when we spend the weekend on the boat, we haveall the comforts of home, especially two content, purringpusses.

    Mr. Frosty the flying dogBoth Howie, a black-and-brown mix, and Mr. Frosty, a Jack

    Russell-Chihuahua mix, were shelter dogs whose adoptions ledthem to unexpected sports.

    Howie was looking for a forever home at the Escondido Hu-mane Society when he met his new dad, John Van Zante, publicrelations manager at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, whoenjoys kayaking.

    Mr. Frosty was plucked from death row at a Los Angeles ani-mal shelter by a volunteer from Jack Russell Rescue, who soonintroduced him to Doug Poirier, a Point Loma financial advisor

    Amy and Alexander the boating cats.

    Doug Poirier and his Jack Russell Mr. Frosty at theTorrey Pines Gliderport.

    John Van Zante and Howie.

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    H BdD 5 ACTION ANIMALSand paraglider at Torrey Pines Gliderport.

    Both dogs bonded strongly with their new pet parents anddidnt like to be left behind.

    When Van Zante would put his kayak in the water, Howiewould sit in their motorhome or stand at the edge of the water,watching. Soon Van Zante coaxed Howie, whos not a swimmingdog and usually wears a lifejacket, into the kayak with him.

    Later he sat with me and I pushed off from shore. He was-nt sure at first, but once we got out into the water and weremoving smoothly he relaxed and leaned against me. He alwaysstarts sitting between my knees and facing me, but then heturns around so he can see where were going, Van Zante ex-plains.

    Frosty, who suffers from separation anxiety because of priorabuse and abandonment, would get upset when Poirier wouldtake off for a flight.

    Every time Id leave him, hed cry. Itseemed he wanted to go. Ifound out that other dogs flyand I thought he might like it.And he does, Poirier says.

    Before he could take Frostyflying, he had to devise a safeflying harness to attach to his

    own so that Frosty could nestlesafely against his body. He

    worked with the GliderportsWing Doctor, Steve Stackable, to

    adapt a lifejacket into a paragliding flight har-ness. Strapped to his dads harness, Frosty loves to chase

    birds through the thermals.Both dogs went from homeless rescues to well-loved sporting

    pets.For more information about flight lessons (for humans) at Torrey Pines Gliderport, visit or call (858)

    452-9858. To read more about Frosty the Flying Dog, visit the San Diego Pets archive for December 2008 on-line

    Simba the pool lounging dogSimba, a Brussels Griffon, is a senior citizen now. But

    when he was 2 years old, he starred in two commercials forFrontline and at 4 he won the Dog with the Biggest Atti-tude at a contest in Del Mar.

    Now he lives in Cardiff-by-the Sea with Dayle Webber,where he mixes up his walks around San Elijo Lagoon withintense rafting sessions in the pool, where he enjoys sun-bathing and lounging on the water.

    ...More summer fun activitiesPick your pleasure whether its hiking, bicycling, run-

    ning, tossing Frisbees, skateboarding, rollerblading or row-ing most of these sports can be dog-friendly with theaddition of a leash, basket, backpack and water bowl. Theresno longer any reason to leave your lonely pet at home.

    Photo by Casey Dean

    Simba, a Brussels Griffon, enjoys relaxing ona raft in the pool with mom Dayle Webber

    at their Cardiff-by-the-Sea home.

    Buddy knows playing fetch is great exercise and tons of fun.


    Local surfers and surfing dog featuredin upcoming television special

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    Carlsbad professional surfer Scott Chandler,known for his expertise in conquering mam-moth 70-foot waves around the world, took togentler surf recently with his dog Zoey and 10-year-old daughter Tyler to tape a segment forthe upcoming special Tales for the Pet LoversHeart.