Pet of the week: Ryder is ‘good copilot and travel buddy’

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Ryder as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:

“You’ve probably seen this guy before, but he’s been at the shelter for so long we want to remind everyone he’s still available for adoption! If you know of anyone even willing to foster this awesome dog, please give us a ring. He’s got a great video posted on our website.

“Ryder is about 18 months old, a beautiful pittie. He’s been in the shelter since July, and really knows his way around and is the official greeter for all new dogs and people. But we seem to be having a run on small dogs and Ryder needed play time practice with big dogs, so we arranged to send him on a two-week “doggie camp” of sorts where he lived and played and learned all about big-dog manners and got lots of one-on-one time with the trainer. Boy, did he have a blast!

“Ryder still loves to play with little dogs more and is very appropriate and gentle with them, but now he learned how be a good big-dog playmate and not rough it up so much. He is eager to please and is a very quick learner, but he is strong and would do best in a home with a dog-savvy owner who can help him remember what he’s learned.

“Ryder is very obedient and well-mannered, will sit politely and wait calmly at an open door until given the OK to head on out, and he’s learned that he loves people and toys! Cats, however, make him lose all manners, so no-cats-in-the-family is best.

“He entertains himself with just about any toy, or rock, or stick and seems to have the best time ever! And after a fun game of fetch, or a nice jaunt with the bike, Ryder likes to find a cozy corner or lap and chew on his favorite toy and just relax. Ryder gladly surrenders toys to you, is great on walks, and gets along with other dogs, too.

“Oh, oh, oh... and he LOVES car rides! He calls “shotgun” all the time, but will surrender to the back seat when asked, and is a very good copilot and travel buddy. Just cruisin’ along.

“Ryder would love to go to a home where he gets regular exercise and attention and more belly rubs than he can handle! Ryder likes kids, too; but that pittie tail of happiness can get going and really little ones may not appreciate his enthusiasm!”

Ryder is house trained, current on shots, micro-chipped and neutered. The adoption fee for Ryder is $185; cash or check only, please. The adoption fee is charged to help recover standard average veterinary expenditures for each dog.

Please call ahead to meet Ryder at the Hukari Animal Shelter, 3910 Heron Drive, Odell; 541-354-1083. Adoption hours are Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. Applications may be downloaded at and faxed to 877-833-7166.

The Adopt A Dog program offers 24PetWatch microchips, which include free registration into the 24PetWatch pet recovery service. (For more information visit or call 866-597-2424.)

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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