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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015
WHAT ARE THEY READING?
Fetch some tissues for this dog tale
Veterinarian
writes about
Iriendship
Iamily and loss
By TERRI
SCHLICHENMEYER
Special to The Daily Astorian
Y
our dog knows all the
basic commands.
+e can S3($K in-
door voice and outdoor voice.
+e’s got SIT all buttoned up
with his behind planted ¿rmly
on the Àoor. +e can ST$Y all
day long iI you need him to
and he F(T&+es like a pro —
which is great. You’ll need him
to Ietch you some tissues when
you read ³$ll Dogs *o to Kev-
in´ by Dr. -essica Vogelsang.
With Iew Iriends and a need
Ior solitude nerdy teen -essi-
ca Vogelsang knew that she
was e[pected to attend college
but she wasn’t happy with her
choices. Being a doctor ³was the
most palatable option´ but by
her senior year in college ³the
luster had worn oII the idea´ and
she was ³completely conIused.´
Stubbornly determined she
soldiered on until the day she
Iollowed students into a lab to
observe surgery on a pig.
She graduated went home
and enrolled in veterinary
school.
A guy named Kevin
Vogelsang came late to being
an animal lover.
When she was years old
her parents allowed a /ha-
sa $pso named TaIIy into
the household. The dog was
grumpy but Vogelsang under-
stood since she also just want-
ed to be leIt alone. TaIIy was
the ¿rst dog she loved and she
was rightly upset when years
later her mother had the elderly
pooch euthanized without no-
tice. 5eally though as a veter-
inarian Vogelsang understood
that too.
$ seize-liIe-by-the-throat
kind oI guy named Kevin had
introduced Vogelsang to the
man who would become her
husband and she was married
by the time TaIIy died. +er dog’s
death made Vogelsang long Ior
the pitter-patter oI little (puppy
BOOK REVIEW
“All Dogs Go to Kevin,” by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang
Grand Central Publishing, 325 pages, 2015
$26.00/$29.00 Canada
Ieet so she and her husband ad-
opted a *olden 5etriever (m-
mett who’d been abandoned.
He ultimately saved Vogel-
sang’s liIe.
*oldens however are prone
to cancer which is what beIell
(mmett who lived long enough
to see two children born to the
Iamily. His death leIt a void that
Vogelsang couldn’t bear and
her children couldn’t grasp: In a
misunderstanding they thought
Emmett had gone to stay with
Iamily Iriend Kevin.
1ot Iorgotten Emmett gave
way to Kekoa then Brody then
…
We like to believe ³that …
we own (our pets´ says Vo-
gelsang at least until the ³lease
has e[pired.´ The truth is ³We
teach our dogs to µstay’ but they
never do.´
Lesson about
motherhood
It’s really quite trite to say ³I
laughed I cried´ at this book.
I know it is but I can’t help it:
That about sums up what I Iound
in ³$ll Dogs *o to Kevin.´
$uthor Dr. -essica Vogel-
sang doesn’t just write about
dogs though. This is also a book
about Iamily Iriendship un-
timely loss and making dreams
come Iearlessly true. It contains
those behind-the-scenes tales
and unique client stories you e[-
pect in a book by a veterinarian.
We learn an important lesson
about new motherhood that’s
³delivered … by a *olden 5e-
triever.´
$nd yes iI you’ve ever
loved and lost a pet (particularly
a dog this book will make you
laugh and you’ll cry.
$t the very least Ior sure
³$ll Dogs *o to Kevin´ will
make you SIT Ior awhile.
Terri Schlichenmeyer has
been reading since she was 3
years old and she never goes
anywhere without a book. She
lives on a hill in Wisconsin with
two dogs and 14,000 books.
Submitted Photo
BIRDWATCHING
3ileated woodpecker — another drummer
By MADELINE A.
KALBACH
Special to EO Media Group
Madeline Kalbach/Submitted Photo
Pileated woodpeckers can
be observed at Cape Disap-
pointment, Beard’s Hollow
and Leadbetter Point.
T
he pileated woodpeck-
er like the hairy and
downy woodpeckers is
also a drummer.
The drumming is loud and is
used to proclaim territory but it
is not the 5ingo Starr oI birds.
Its call however is loud and a
lot louder than those oI either
the downy or the hairy. The
pileated sounds like a Àicker
but is much much louder and
stronger.
Evidence that a pileated
woodpecker is in the area is
the presence oI deep wide
rectangular holes in trees. The
pileated digs these holes as it
Iorages Ior ants and wood bor-
ing beetle larvae. It has a long
sticky saliva covered pointed
tongue with barbs that it uses
to e[tract the ants and beetles
out oI tunnels in the wood. It
will also eat Iruit and nuts.
The pileated is the largest
woodpecker in 1orth $merica.
It is the size oI a crow. Its body is
nearly all black with white wing
linings. The male has a prom-
inent red cap white Iace and
neck stripes a red moustache
and a gray bill. The Iemale is
similar but her moustache stripe
is black as is her cap.
/ook Ior this bird in the Ior-
est and at Iorest edges. It is con-
sidered uncommon in the Willa-
pa 1ational WildliIe 5eIuge and
in other areas oI the peninsula
but is seen all year round. The
best locations include &ape Dis-
appointment Beard’s Hollow
and /eadbetter 3oint.
In addition to insects the
pileated enjoys suet and sun-
Àower seeds. Thus we can
also look Ior this woodpecker
at Ieeders but looking in areas
with hollow trees and snags is
the best bet.
THE SHIP REPORT
‘The Captain’s A Woman’
By JOANNE RIDEOUT
Special to The Daily Astorian
R
ecently I came across a
story about a milestone in
the maritime industry that will
happen later this summer: The
¿rst $merican Iemale cruise
ship captain will take command
oI a ship a &elebrity &ruises
vessel.
San Francisco native Kate
0c&ue is years old and rose
through the cruise ship industry
ranks to reach the level oI mas-
ter mariner. By all accounts
she¶s an impressive person and
indeed with so much at stake
tons oI ship to com-
mand passengers and
crew there¶s no way she¶d
be on the bridge in that role iI
she wasn’t a crackerjack sailor.
I’m celebrating this well
deserved honor and I imagine
that 0c&ue dearly loves her
work or she wouldn’t be there.
I’ve Iound that to be true oI
all the women mariners I have
met and there are many. They
like their male counterparts
have the sea in the veins and
Ieel most happy when they are
on something that’s aÀoat.
This occasion also seems
like a good opportunity to rec-
ognize and thank all those oth-
er women who also serve on
ships and have been serving
Ior awhile now. The ones who
have in eIIect paved the way
Ior 0c&ue and others aIter her
to attain leadership positions
on ships — people who proved
(against popular industry sen-
timent that women can do as
good a job as any man.
A pioneer
2ne oI these pioneers is a
Iormer resident oI our /ower
&olumbia community. 0any
oI us around these parts know
'eborah 'empsey: &aptain
master mariner &olumbia 5iv-
er bar pilot e[pert sailor and
all around impressive human
being.
I was Iortunate to meet 'eb
in the course oI my work with
The Ship 5eport and she’s a
Iriend. I’ve talked with her a
lot about her work and learned
about what it’s like to be a
woman in the industry.
'eb’s liIe has been one oI
¿rsts. She started out on the
(ast &oast as a water-crazy
teen who learned to sail well
and spent summers delivering
yachts Irom 1ew (ngland wa-
ters to warmer climes down
south.
$t some point she decided
that a liIe at sea was the way
to go. She began a ground-
breaking career when she ap-
plied and was accepted into
the 0aine 0aritime $cademy.
'uring those years women
were scarce in the seagoing
proIessions. She encountered a
great deal oI resistance in some
quarters on that educational
journey but to her credit she
persevered and became the ¿rst
women ever to graduate Irom a
U.S. maritime academy.
She went on to become the
¿rst woman ever to attain an
international unlimited tonnage
master’s license — which is in-
dustry lingo Ior someone who
has reached the point in their
proIessional career where they
can captain any ship anywhere
oI any size on any waters. /at-
er in her career she became the
¿rst Iemale &olumbia 5iver bar
pilot.
'eb retired Irom that post
a Iew years back and moved
north to :ashington state so
we don’t see her around $storia
much these days. But looking
back on my interviews with
her I Iound her to be someone
who preIerred not to talk much
about being the ¿rst woman
this or that. Mostly she wanted
to be considered a good Iriend
an honorable person and then
a mariner.
Regarded with suspicion
Deb was acutely aware
that she was regarded with
suspicion and even disbelieI
by many men in the industry
especially in her early years
on board. She told me about
boarding ships as a pilot and
having the captain look around
Ior the ³real´ pilot assuming
that she was the pilot’s wiIe just
along Ior the ride.
Deb mostly took all this in
stride but she did tell me that
she learned early on that she
would have to be ³twice as
good´ at her work as her male
coworkers in order to be con-
sidered adequate. She more
than rose to the occasion.
You can read about Deb’s
illustrious career in a book she
published a number oI years
back called ³The &aptain’s
$ :oman.´ It gives readers a
taste oI the struggles and intes-
tinal Iortitude it took to push
her way through those cultural
barriers.
When I consider all this
about Deb I can’t help but
wonder what barriers &apt.
Mc&ue has had to rise above
to get where she is. I hope the
barriers were Iewer than what
Deb encountered — that would
be progress.
There are more women than
ever in the maritime industry
and I salute them all. It’s an un-
conventional liIe that is not Ior
everyone.
$nyone who knows me
knows that I celebrate all mar-
iners Ior the work they do male
or Iemale. It’s a proIession
Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian
KMUN General Manager Joanne Rideout is the voice of
The Ship Report.
where e[pertise trumps all bar-
riers when things start to hit the
Ian. It’s work that’s largely un-
seen but vitally important.
Imagine
Imagine something with
me Ior a moment right here
on our own &olumbia 5iver:
It’s the middle oI 1ovem-
ber in the dead oI night a
gale is howling the seas are
topping Ieet and the &o-
lumbia 5iver Bar 3ilots and
the &oast *uard are debating
whether to just close the bar
at the mouth oI the river and
be done with it. The seas are
getting too big and the ris-
ing wind is making it hard to
control a big ship in the nar-
row channel.
Into that maelstrom every
winter male or Iemale and
without most oI us knowing
it’s happening go the &o-
lumbia 5iver Bar 3ilots. $ll
that matters then and there is
whether you can do the job.
We have those e[perts right
here. $nd they perIorm those
miracles day in and day out.
$s a woman myselI I’m
very glad to see those doors
opening the maritime industry
to allow more women to pur-
sue work they love.
+ere’s to a Iuture oI work-
places everywhere where
what matters is what you can
do not what you look like.
Joanne Rideout is general
manager of Coast Community
Radio (KMUN-FM) in Asto-
ria. She’s also the creator and
producer of The Ship Report,
a radio show and podcast
about All Things Maritime.
You can hear The Ship Re-
port on Coast Community
Radio at 8:48 a.m. weekdays
at 91.9FM, streaming at
www.coastradio.org. Podcast
available on The Ship Report
website at www.shipreport.
net.
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