Wednesday, August 14, 2002
Soap suds, second only to cats as a dog’s main nemesis, flowed over fur Saturday at Hood River Saturday Market.
The fundraiser for a local canine aid group raised about $300, with dozens of pooches undergoing gently scrubbing hands and a cool rinse — and even a doggie pedicure.
The dog wash, benefiting the non-profit PROD, Promoting Responsible Ownership of Dogs, was the brainchild of market director Lisa Conway, who put it together with Lisa Willis of Gorge Dog, a Hood River shop specializing in canine products. Pat Combs added her nail clipping skills.
With their owners standing by, most dogs strained at their leashes but could not get away from the two Lisas.
“A lot of them are real nervous, but no one’s been bitten,” said Combs, of Dinah’s Dog House, which has a shop at Alpine Veterinary Clinic in Hood River. “Everyone’s been really good.” Once clean, the dogs received a canine cookie, courtesy of Gorge Dog.
“It’s really appreciated. Every little bit helps,” said Cleo Stirling, who directs PROD. “We spend about $1,000 a month in our spay and neuter program by local veterinarians,” she said.
PROD, a Klickitat County-based organization finds homes for unwanted dogs and provides pet foster care and spay/neuter services in the Mid-Columbia. PROD can be reached at 1-509-538-2397; the group currently has two seven-month-old special needs Shepherd mix dogs up for adoption.
PROD is also hosting the second in its series of “Dog Talks,” Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Church. Dog owners can attend — without their dogs — and ask a canine trainer behaviorist questions. (Please see Happenings, Page B2, for details.)
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge