Cottage Grove sentinel. (Cottage Grove, Or.) 1909-current, December 02, 2015, Page 7A, Image 7

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    COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL December 2, 2015
Photo by PhoDOGraphy’s Shawnna Taylor
Woof! Bark! Yip! Yap! Yep! Yup! Yes! Count them! Forty dogs on a log posing for a worthy cause while happily hoping to bark their way into the Guinness Book of World Records!
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When a pet dies it can be very diffi cult
time for everybody involved. We
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40 dogs on a log!
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Counseling for:
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Serving, Individuals, Couples, Families,
Children, and Teens
55 So 17th Street, Cottage Grove
anaimo’s mountains, rivers, lakes,
and ocean scenery is splendorous, so
imagine it being your offi ce window!
As the book title, “Do What You Love,
The Money Will Follow” suggests, did
they mean with muddy feet? Kim, owner
of Pooch Pack Adventures, is doing what
she loves; making money, dogs happy, they
all stay healthy, and just when it can’t get
any better, they are contributing to a worthy
Their story is wrapped around domestic
violence, sadly a worldwide issue where
victims with pets remain in dangerous situ-
ations because they feel trapped; with chil-
dren, no money, and nowhere to take a pet.
Immobilized victims don’t believe their pets
will be safe left with a violent partner, yet,
over 70 percent report that the abuser has al-
ready injured, maimed, killed or threatened
to harm family pets. Seriously, it is a deviant
human who hits/hurts/beats a woman, child
or pet!
“I was thinking of dog training as a ca-
reer change,” said a healthy 45-year-old
Kim. “But when I discovered off-leash
pack hikes I knew it was for me! I asked
neighbors and friends if I could exercise
their dogs, and the dogs loved it so much
that my business exploded! Now, my staff
and I take 10 dogs on two-hour, six mile a
day hikes, fi ve days a week, and some days
twice! On Wednesdays, we walk 18 dogs at
once! What a sight, seeing so many joyful,
well-socialized canines.”
(Watch her video - you will wish you
were a dog, too!)
Another of Kim’s passions is photogra-
phy, so she incorporates a traditional sce-
nic-sit-stay photograph for the pet parents,
then posts the happy-faced dogs onto her
“Four years ago, I started photograph-
ing a core group of fi ve dogs. Once they
learned that they ‘had to have their picture
taken’ before we continued their walk, they
were good teachers to all the newbies.”
With Kim’s large, enthusiastic, and furry
client base, she felt challenged to photo-
graph as many as paws-ible, sitting on a log
at the same time.
Along with her staff, they surmised that
they could organize 40 dogs for a charity
event. So the search was on to fi nd a log
long and wide enough. Even though Na-
naimo is lumber country, it took a year to
locate a 100-foot log! Before the photo
shoot, a volunteer team cleaned the brush
from around the log so the dogs could safely
line up without tripping.
Picture the daunting task of lining up 40
dogs on a rain free day, clamoring onto a
log; posing to sit, stay, and in unison look at
you without them scratching an ear, sniffi ng
each other or jumping off!
Kim’s human clients said they were hon-
ored their dogs were invited to participate in
this fund raising event, which helps abused
women, children and their pets, so they gen-
erously donated their dogs and their dog’s
hiking fees. Kim and her staff volunteered
their time for the cause.
“Helping victims of domestic abuse
should have universal support,” adds Kim,
“and because pets are not allowed to stay at
Women’s Shelters (Safe Houses) they devel-
oped a network of people to foster resident’s
pets while women transition their lives.
Our animal shelter offers the residents’ pets
compassionate no-fee boarding.”
Kim’s main purpose is bringing aware-
ness and publicity to this helpful concept so
other communities can duplicate it, and fi rst
responders/crises line staff in her commu-
nity can pass the information on to victims.
“Our dogs helped assure other pets’ safe-
ty,” said Kim. “They felt our energy. They
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knew we were on a bigger mission than
their average every day walk.”
It was a mission of good will and hope
that also attracted the media. The extra pub-
licity would encourage other contributions
for the victim’s pets emergency boarding.
On a carefully chosen rain-free day, four
walkers set out, on four different trails, with
a pack of 10 dogs each. To tire the dogs,
they hiked for 1 ½ hours. Then, at a set time,
they arrived at “the log”. Each handler talk-
ed loudly, so the other teams of dogs would
recognize their voices and meet up with the
other dogs “politely”.
The media, who had air/publishing dead-
lines, also hiked up to fi lm what could have
been mayhem in the making.
But, miraculously the photo session went
smoothly! Almost im-paws-ible but true!
Forty dogs! No glitches! A great photo!
Another professional dog trainer exclaimed,
“Seriously! I have no idea how you accom-
plished this!”
Once the photo was taken, the dogs ex-
ploded off the log as if someone yelled,
Their fun digital photo barked in $3,000.
View/order photo: http://www.gofundme.
“My motto is ‘Do what you love’,” said
Kim, “‘think of others, and share the bless-
ings.’ Also, my staff, clients and I laughed
admitting that we wished our children lis-
tened to us as well as our dogs!”
More 40 dogs TV coverage!
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