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    Friday, February 7, 2020 | Seaside Signal | • A5
I believe in Bigfoot—do you?
believe in Bigfoot, aka Sasquatch.
There it is, it’s out there.
Of course you already know that if
you have ever visited my offi ce here at the
Bob Chisholm Community Center, I collect
anything related to our giant hairy counter-
parts. I became interested in the legendary
beast after watching a TV docudrama in the
mid 1970s called “The Legend of Boggy
Creek.” It gave me nightmares for quite a
while afterward, but it fueled my lifelong
I had the opportunity to attend Squatch
Fest 2020 a couple of weekends ago at the
Cowlitz County Event Center in Longview.
Like any good dad would, I called my
youngest son to let him know that he was
going with me and I had already bought his
ticket for the event. I picked him up that
Saturday morning and off we went.
We arrived at just about opening time
and got in queue in the entry line with the
other Squatch enthusiasts who had arrived
before us. We spent some time looking
over the vendor booths and their offerings.
From T-shirts to beanies and every manner
of Bigfoot related paraphernalia in between
was represented. I couldn’t leave without
something, of course, so a new T-shirt has
become part of my permanent collection.
The guest speakers included Derek Ran-
dles and Shane Corson with The Olym-
pic Project, Cliff Barackman from Animal
Planet’s show Finding Bigfoot, and Dr. Jeff
Meldrum, an Anatomy and Anthropology
Professor from Idaho State University. I had
the opportunity to spend some time chatting
with Dr. Meldrum, sharing some of my the-
ories and gleaning some of his insight into
the mystery.
By now I am sure that the burning ques-
tion is this: “Have you ever seen Bigfoot?”
No, I have not seen Bigfoot. I have been an
outdoorsman all of my life, spending untold
hours in the woods and for all of that time I
have never seen even a track from the elu-
sive creature.
While on a central Oregon hunting trip
one year I experienced what I was later able
to identify as a male grouse drumming, a
sound that resonated so loud I could feel it
in my chest.
A fall elk hunt in the timber above Sea-
side left my daughter and I scratching our
heads after we experienced a deep, gut-
tural growl from something just inside the
tree line as we were making our
way along an overgrown game
trail. I attribute the sound to a
cougar, but I never did get a
glimpse of whatever it was
that made the growling
I am sure it leads you
to wonder how I could
believe in something I
have never seen. The
answer is a simple one,
I feel that enough cred-
ible people have seen
something that lays
beyond explanation,
and that they are similar
enough in the details to be
more than just a mythical
If you are ever interested,
I have posted a few interest-
ing articles on my offi ce door. The author saw this sweater at the Sasquatch Fest. Guess
One noteworthy article comes what is topping his 2020 Christmas list?
from page 14 of the Seaside
Signal dated Aug. 21, 2008. It’s part of the
fi nd him or her, but it sure is a good excuse
“Yesteryear” section and was a report from
to get out and enjoy nature!
August 22, 1908 where a group of local
  
men set out to hunt for the “Phantom of Til-
Every month, The BOB will bring you
lamook Head.” It’s an interesting bit of his- information on current events and items
tory from our own area.
of interest here at the center. See you next
Yes, I believe in Bigfoot and I may never month!
How collars increase injury risk, and alternatives that work
nytime a dog is walked by
leash attached to a collar,
there is a risk of physical
damage, not to mention emotional
and behavioral.
Even for dogs who do not tend
to “pull” or owners who do not
“jerk” the leash or collar, things
can and do go wrong. For exam-
ple, a person or a dog might panic
over some unexpected stimulus
and react before thinking.
Here are some good reasons
to forego the collar and use a
well-fi tted walking harness, such
as a spook harness, instead:
Injuries related to neck stress
caused by tightening or sudden
action to the collar can include
whiplash, crushed or damaged tra-
chea, larynx damage, and broken
Neck and spinal cord injuries
may result in paralysis or neuro-
logical disorders.
Tightening of a collar can
restrict lymphatic and blood fl ow
to and from the head.
Tightening of a collar can
increase intraocular pressure.
Eye prolapse, which is the eye
slipping out of its place in the eye
socket can be more or less severe.
Some dogs will pull so much
against a leash that their eyes
begin to bulge out of the sock-
ets; I myself had received phone
calls about this from people seek-
ing help for their dogs. Eye pro-
lapse may result in vision loss and
necessitates a veterinary visit. Per
the Merck Manual, on severe eye
prolapse, the eye should be “put
back in place surgically” and the
eyeball can usually be saved, but
recovery of sight isn’t guaranteed.
Rather, vision returns in about half
of dogs.
Other risks include hypothy-
roidism and front limb nerve dam-
age. Furthermore, collars are all
too often slipped.
The above risks are present
with all collars, fl at and tighten-
ing, including martingales, which
people tend to mistakenly believe
are unslippable.
If you’re wondering about how
to ensure identifi cation in case
of dog loss, thank you! I prefer
a simple cotton or nylon click-in
closure collar with my phone
number stitched on it, and tags
attached. Never attach a leash to
an identifi cation collar. You also
will need to microchip your dog in
case the collar is lost, but the eas-
ily accessible, instant identifi ca-
tion provided by a non-leashing
collar is an extra protection that
means any member of the public
can call you to retrieve your lost
dog rather than taking the dog to a
shelter for chip scan and stray dog
hold, which would be upsetting
for most pet dogs.
Some people don’t like to col-
lar their dogs at all, due to risks
of injury during play. In that
case, you might create your own
stretchable collar of a wide elastic
band and Velcro closure, and write
your phone number on it with
indelible ink. This is inexpensive
and it’s easy to make multiples.
Supervise dogs playing in case
one of them attempts to eat a torn
off elastic collar. One of my dogs
loved to pull off his playmate’s
elastic collar and prance around
the yard with his stolen prize.
There are a few harnesses that,
especially if not constructed or fi t-
ted properly, may tend to ride up
and put pressure on a dog’s throat.
Obviously, you’ll want to forego
Community Calendar
Tae Kwon Do
Friday, Feb. 7
6-7 p.m., ages 8 to adult; Bob
Chisholm Community Center,
1225 Avenue A, Seaside.
Dance Fitness
6:30-7:30 a.m., dance workout
using primarily Latin rhythms,
hip-hop and other energetic
music to create a party-like at-
mosphere, Bob Chisholm Com-
munity Center, 1225 Avenue A,
Awana Youth Group
6-8 p.m., age 3 to sixth-graders,
North Coast Family Fellowship,
2245 N. Wahanna, Seaside;
Wes Wahrmund
Orcas of the Oregon Coast
6-9 p.m., The Bistro, guitar, 263
N. Hemlock, Cannon Beach;
Richard T. and Friends
6:30-9:30 p.m., New Orleans
gumbo of soul, blues and R&B;
Sweet Basil, 271 N. Hemlock.
“Rising Star” classical pianist Baron Fenwick will perform
Haydn, Rachmaninov, Chopin, and Prokovief, on Friday,
Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., at Cannon Beach Community Church,
located at 132 E. Washington St. in downtown Cannon
Smoked Salmon
6-8 p.m., tunes ranging from
pop to blues to jazz, Seasons
Deli, 255 N. Hemlock, Cannon
Saturday, Feb. 8
Dance Fitness
8:30-9:30 a.m., dance workout
using primarily Latin rhythms,
hip-hop and other energetic
music to create a party-like at-
mosphere, Bob Chisholm Com-
munity Center, 1225 Avenue A,
Learn to Play Ukulele
9:45 a.m., for beginners, con-
ference room, Bob Chisholm
Community Center, 1225 Ave-
nue A;
Maker-Space Day
Noon-3 p.m., Seaside Public Li-
brary, 1131 Broadway.
Sunday, Feb. 9
Tuesday, Feb. 11
Buff et Breakfast
Advanced QuickBooks
8:30-11 a.m., waffl es, omelets
and more; American Legion,
1315 Broadway, Seaside.
Free Sunday Supper
Doors open 3 p.m.; dinner at 4,
all welcome; Our Lady of Vic-
tory Church, 120 Oceanway,
Richard T. and Friends
5-8:30 p.m., New Orleans gum-
bo of soul, blues and R&B; The
Bistro, 263 N. Hemlock.
Seaside Museum and
Historical Society
5:30 p.m., board meeting, Hel-
en Gaston Building, 570 Neca-
nicum Dr.
Black in Oregon 1840-1870
3 p.m., featuring Layne Sawyer,
reference manager of the Ore-
gon State Archives, sponsored
by the Nehalem Valley Histor-
ical Society; 225 Laneda Ave,
Wes Wahrmund
6-9 p.m., classical guitar, clas-
sical guitar, jazz and original
tunes, The Bistro, 271 N. Hem-
lock, Cannon Beach.
7:30-9:30 p.m., live music, Sea-
side Brewing Co., 851 Broad-
Coff ee, crafts and
10 a.m., senior group, Bob
Chisholm Community Center,
1225 Avenue A; sunsetempire.
Bill and Gary
6:30-9:30 p.m., mix of Ameri-
cana and folk; Sweet Basil, 271
N. Hemlock.
1 p.m., Bob Chisholm Commu-
nity Center, 1225 Avenue A;
Jam Session
Britnee Kellogg
7-9 p.m., originals and covers
with country fl air, Public Coast
Brewing Co., 264 E. Third St,
Cannon Beach; 503-436-0285.
6:30-8:30 p.m., featuring lo-
cal musicians, Cannon Beach
American Legion, 1216 N.
SDDA Breakfast
Noon, lunch meeting with fea-
tured speakers; Shilo Ballroom,
30 N. Prom.
Morse named to
director position
The Seaside Public
Library hosts its monthly
Team Trivia Tournament at
6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Teams can have up to six
For more information
on this event call 503-738-
6742 or visit www.sea-
Robert Morse, D.O.,
F.A.C.C., has accepted
the position of specialty
medical director for Prov-
idence Seaside Hospital
and clinics.
will con-
tinue to see
patients for
their car-
lar needs
at Prov- Robert Morse
Heart Clinics in Sea-
side and Astoria, as well
as the newly opened car-
diology clinic at Ocean
Beach Hospital in Ilwaco,
He will also continue to
service in his roles as pres-
ident of the medical exec-
utive committee and med-
ical director of respiratory
therapy and the anti-coag-
ulation clinic.
Seaside is now accept-
ing tourism grant applica-
tions for the 2020-2021 fi s-
cal cycle.
Up to $50,000 in grant
funds are expected to be
available. Those with a
project or event promoting
overnight stays in Seaside
between July 1, 2020 and
Dec. 31, 2021 are encour-
aged to apply.
The application deadline
is May 8, 2020.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Rotary of Seaside
Seaside Kiwanis Club
Noon, lunch meeting, Pig ‘N Pan-
cake, 323 Broadway, Seaside.
Teen Tuesday
3:30 p.m., Lego day, Seaside Li-
brary, 1131 Broadway.
5-7 p.m., folk, Americana and
original tunes, The Bistro, 263
N. Hemlock, Cannon Beach.
Taco Tuesday
Monday, Feb. 10
7:45-9:30 p.m., pick-up games,
$3 drop-in; Broadway Middle
School Gym, 1120 Broadway,
Night of trivia at
Seaside Library
Get tourism grant
applications now
Open gym basketball
8:30 a.m., Pig ’N Pancake,
weekly speakers, discussions
and a no-host breakfast; 323
Broadway, Seaside, 503-717-
1914, www.seasidedowntown.
Thistle & Rose
Muddy Souls
7 p.m., presented by Haystack
Rock Awareness Program, fea-
turing Colleen Weiler; Cannon
Beach Library, 131 N. Hemlock.
8:30-10:30 a.m., Clatsop Com-
munity College South County,
Room 2;
es; email;
9:15 a.m., Take Off Pounds Sensibly
focuses on healthy lifestyle chang-
es for weight loss, meets weekly.
North Coast Family Fellowship,
2245 N Wahanna Road, Seaside;
ncff or 503-738-7453.
those as well. Look also for a har-
ness that does not lie on or put
pressure on the shoulder and that
does not loosen depending on the
dog’s position, or otherwise pose
a risk of slipping out. I prefer a
spook harness, which has a third
band around the waist, just at the
bottom of the rib cage. This band
is not for control or direction of
the dog. It simply makes backing
out of the harness very unlikely
if not impossible. These can now
be found online in specialty shops
or can be custom ordered for your
If you’d like more informa-
tion on spook harnesses, or source
citations for collar risks, just drop
me a note. Happy leash-to-harness
CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, is a certifi ed
dog training and behavior profes-
sional. Visit her at www.ExpertCa-
5-7:30 p.m., American Legion
Post 99, 1315 Broadway Street,
Sugar Thistles
5:30-7:30 p.m., blend of voices
and original tunes, The Bis-
tro, 263 N. Hemlock, Cannon
Celebrate Recovery
6-8 p.m., Faith-based 12 step
recovery from hurts, habits and
hang-ups, North Coast Family
Fellowship, 503-738-7453.
‘Love’ Story Slam
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Good Morning Seaside
8 a.m., Weekly coff ee and net-
working; Seaside Chamber of
Commerce; contact for details,
Thistle & Rose
5-7 p.m., folk, Americana and
original tunes, The Bistro, 263
N. Hemlock, Cannon Beach.
Adult Trivia Night
6 p.m., Seaside Public Library,
1131 Broadway.
6-8 p.m., hosted by Pacifi c Sto-
ry Slam; Maggie’s On The Prom,
580 S. Beach Drive.
Beaver Dam Analogues
7 p.m., Lower Nehalem Water-
shed Council speaker series,
featuring Steve Trask; Pine
Grove Community House, 225
Laneda Ave., Manzanita.
Floating Glass Balls
7-9 p.m., folk, Americana and
beachgrass; Bill’s Tavern, 188 N.
Hemlock, Cannon Beach.
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