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People and Their Pets: Picture Perfect

06/28/2018 05:07PM ● Published by Ray Burgess

Picture Perfect

by Megan Wiskus

Paws for a moment to drool over these local animal companions.

Make with Kylee (human)

 Maks with Kylee (human)

“We rescued Maks as a puppy, and he’s absolutely the best dog! He loves his family and going on road trips to the ocean.”—Kari McKinley

Angel

Angel

“Angel has one blue eye and one green eye. Her hobby is chasing bugs when we’re in our backyard.”—Gilbert Carma

Crosby

 Crosby

“Crosby (named after hockey player Sidney Crosby) was adopted from Foothill Dog Rescue of the Sierras in April. He’s a border collie mix so is very smart and loves to tip over my coffee and lap it up as fast as he can!”—Wendy and Kevin Martin

Kyle

 Kyle

“Kyle’s hobbies are napping and watching animal shows on TV; in this photo, he’s tuned into a show about birds.”—Sue Goetz 


Elsa

 Elsa

“Elsa is a 13-year-old löwchen. Though she needs glasses now, it doesn't stop her from reading. She loves to dress up for holidays and is part owner of Good Dog Mobile Grooming.”—Jean Gould

Bella

 Bella

“Bella is a nine-year-old Pomeranian. She loves salmon and burgers, is afraid of high-pitched beeping sounds, and
was just diagnosed with mitral valve heart disease.”—Karen Peters 

Lil Camero with Robert (human)

 Lil Camero with Robert (human)

“Lil Camero is a beautiful bed hog who loves her food and is full of energy. She’s the best part of coming home every day!”—Robert Yanke


Lilly

 Lilly

“Lilly is a doxie-pin. She was a rescue from Rail Road Flat and loves running up and down our 1.25-acre property.”—Jeanetta Crowell

Collen

 Colleen

“Colleen is notorious for stealing food; she swiped this waffle right out of the toaster!”—Wendy and Kevin Martin

Hadley

 Hadley

“Hadley is a rescue Keeshond whose favorite pastime is waiting for the lizards to come out from under the hot tub and chasing them back in.”—Linda Rodenspiel

Bailey and Adam (human)

 Bailey with Adam (human)

“Bailey lives for food! He literally performs flips and partial somersaults as he awaits the delivery of his food bowl. His BFF is his ‘brother’ Adam.”—Jen Kosciuk

Chiko

 Chiko

“Chiko loves his walks and playtime at the dog park. His two favorite things are chillaxing on the couch with his favorite pillow and sleeping under the covers with Mom. He’s an American Bulldog mix and was adopted two-and-a-half years ago from the Placer SPCA.”—Larissa Parecki


Lucy

 Lucy

“Lucy is an energetic two-year-old who plays hard—running and jumping high off the floor. She loves water with ice and waits for it every evening by the fridge.”— Kathleen Emami

Ike

 Ike

“Ike is deaf, and his favorite game is fetch; he’ll bring the ball to your feet and push it closer and closer until your shoes get dirty or you throw it.”—Walee Sitachitt

Precious

 Precious

“Precious, aka ‘Preshy,’ begs for food by praying, can play soccer, and loves eating anything with chicken or cheese. When he sleeps, he hides his eyes behind a chair, a post, or anything to block out his eyes from the light.”—Janet Wong


Aphrodite

 Aphrodite

“Aphrodite is our one-year-old chicken. She loves to free-range and lays about five eggs per week.”—Dean and Karen Carter

Sunny D

 Sunny D

“Sunny D was rescued from a box near the airport when he was a kitten. He enjoys terrorizing his sister Mazzy, getting his teeth cleaned and basking in the sun.”—Gary Zsigo

Dreamie

 Dreamie

“Dreamie is a four-year-old huacaya alpaca who lives on our ranch, Alpacas of Somerset Farm. We plan to use her in weddings, since she has a sweet disposition and is very affectionate. This beautiful girl is also a part of the ranch’s mentoring and education program. Unlike most alpacas, she loves hugs and kisses!”—Jack and Dianna Jordan 

Bailey and Charlie

 Bailey and Charlie

“After a full day of chasing squirrels and turkeys off our property, Bailey and Charlie love to snuggle up for a nap. They live a ‘ruff’ life!”—Stephanie Turner

Magpie

 Magpie

“Magpie loves hanging out on the fence waiting for birds.”—Stephanie Turner

Sadie

 Sadie

“Sadie is a recent adoption from Foothill Dog Rescue of the Sierras, but with her silliness and love, I think she rescued us.”Lisa Peene

Piper

 Piper

“Piper is a two-year-old terrier rescue from the pound. She’s very smart and sweet and loves her new forever home.”—Bonnie Wagner

Olive

 Olive

“When Olive gets tired of chasing lizards, she enjoys a nice, relaxing belly rub.”—Max Lee


Sadie Precious

 Sadie Precious

“Sadie Precious is our four-and-a-half-year-old bubbly little girl who keeps us going. She’s crazy about the snow and her Kong.”—Jen Yanke

Riley

 Riley

“Riley lives the ultimate life. He loves tackling pillows and watching television.”—Nick Comstock

Pepper Garcia

 Pepper Garcia 

“This is Pepper Garcia enjoying the beautiful river at Coloma Resort. She is just happy to be wherever the family is and loves cheese and bacon.”—Maria Garcia

Mazzy

 Mazzy

“Mazzy found us at the SPCA. She’s very talkative and always plays hard to get. She loves bird watching, belly rubs and chillng in the cat tree.  —Rachael Lankford

Pokie

 Pokie

“Pokie loves to run and play and cools off on the tile floor or bathroom sink.”—Gayle Beane

Madison and Quinn

 Madison and Quinn

“Madison and Quinn are the babies of the house! They love treats and belly rubs from their mom.”—Tanya White

Finn

 Finn

“Finn is a corgi and going to be a therapy dog when he grows up.”—Margaret Ervin 

Sasha with Mireya (human)

 Sasha with Mireya (human)

“My German shepherd Sasha is smart, loving, active, and very vocal. She knows I would give my life for her and she would do the same for me. She loves car rides and knows about 30 words (her reaction to any of them is priceless, too)! I never felt so loved until I met her.”—Mireya Gaton


Slate

 Slate 

“Slate is six years old and loves salmon jerky, shrimp, and any kind of seafood; he also adores kids and going to his mommy’s clinic (she’s a pediatrician) to play with them.”—Paul Ip

Lily

 Lily

“Lily is a corgi who loves to boss her big brother, Finn, around. Although a girl, she hates baths and getting her toenails done. She has a mighty voice and always announces when the UPS driver arrives.”—Margaret Ervin 

Roxy

 Roxy

“This is Roxy the boxer! She loves to lay in the sun, play with her many toys, and be vocal as if she’s talking.”—Angel Galloway

Stella, Max, and Luca

 Stella, Max, and Luca

“My three German shepherds—Stella, Max, and Luca, aka Medicare Man—were rescued through Greater California German Shepherd Rescue. All three are partners in crime, thick as thieves, and the biggest lumps of love ever!  They’re smart, loyal, and formidable looking but the worst they would do is kiss you to death.”—Kim Schory


PET-FRIENDLY PATIOS

By Alyssa Mielke

The following establishments welcome well-behaved furry friends on their patios with open paws.


Allez! 

Pick up healthy, fresh, delicious, and made-to-order food to go, along with a selection of local and imported cheeses and wines. 4242 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, Diamond Springs, 530-621-1160, allezeldorado.com


Bella Bru 

This local favorite serves more than coffee. Enjoy the burgers, crab, or chorizo at this bustling restaurant disguised as a coffee shop. 3941 Park Drive, El Dorado Hills, 916-933-5454, bellabrucafe.com


Bene Ristorante Italiano

Their signature pizza and pasta dishes bring the taste of Naples to Placerville with high-quality ingredients. 423 Main Street, Placerville, 530-303-3415, eatpizzabene.com


Fernando’s Costa del Sol
Catch the El Salvadorian and Mexican flair at this restaurant with burritos, pupusas, and house wine. 2650 Cameron Park Drive, Suite 170, Cameron Park, 530-676-4460, fernandoscostadelsol.net


Flightz Restaurant

They support local breweries and wineries and the local community while providing you with great food and service. It’s a win-win! 3907 Park Drive, Suite 110, El Dorado Hills, 916-805-5128, flightzwinepub.com


Main Street Melters

Tasty melts with the highest-quality meat and cheese make this small-town shop shine. 589 Main Street, Placerville, 530-303-3871, mainstreetmelters.com


Relish Burger Bar

Classic and creative burgers (Bordeaux Burger? Yes please!) all in a stylish space. 1000 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, 916-933-3111, relishburgerbar.com


Sweetie Pie’s

They offer classic breakfast dishes and baked goods with a home-cooked feel to bring you back to Grandma’s house. 577 Main Street, Placerville, 530-642-0128, sweetiepies.biz


Wally’s Pizza Bar

Come for the sports bar atmosphere and stay for the service and pizza at this local gem. 4079 Cameron Park Lane, Cameron Park, 530-677-5205, wallyspizzabar.com



TAKE SHELTER

By Alyssa Mielke

Itching to welcome a furry friend to your family? Check out these local animal rescues to find your perfect pet match. 


All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.

Rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes abused, neglected, and abandoned horses. 2201 Francisco Drive, Suite 140-174, El Dorado Hills, 916-520-4223, allaboutequine.org


Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode 

Provides a safe and caring no-kill haven for shelter animals until adopted. 6101 Enterprise Drive, Diamond Springs, 530-642-2287, animaloutreach.net


El Dorado County German Shepherd Rescue 

Provides shelter and care for displaced, quality dogs until they find caring homes. 5820 Marybelle Lane, Shingle Springs, 530-677-6444, edcgsr.com


Fat Kitty City 

Unique, no-kill shelter serving El Dorado Hills that functions as a place of refuge for hundreds of abused and abandoned pets until they’re adopted. 916-939-3418, fatkittycity.org


Foothill Dog Rescue of the Sierras

Nonprofit dedicated to rehoming dogs from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them. 4131 South Shingle Road, Suite 14, 530-676-3647, Shingle Springs, foothilldogrescue.org


Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary 

Dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of homeless and abused animals while offering adoptable adult cats and dogs. 6001 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, 916-556-1155, happytails.org


El Dorado County West Slope Animal Shelter

Helps connect cats, dogs, and rabbits to loving homes. 6435 Capitol Avenue, Diamond Springs, 530-621-5795, edcgov.us/government/animalservices



Top Dogs

By Alyssa Mielke

Every dog has its day, but the following pups and their people are doing big things day in, day out.  

Richard Hunter and Klinger

 Richard Hunter and Klinger

Five-year-old Klinger is the first-ever certified dual purpose running guide dog in the U.S. Add to that the bond he has with his owner, Richard Hunter, and the dog is one of a kind. 

Hunter, an avid runner and former commissioned Marine officer lost much of his sight due to retinitis pigmentosa, but his blindness hasn’t stopped him from achieving a long list of accomplishments—some of which include running the Boston Marathon multiple times, being the second blind American runner to complete a 100-mile endurance run, and receiving the Sacramento Running Association’s 2017 Community Runner of the Year Award. 

After he was struck by a car while riding his tandem bicycle and seriously injured, Hunter’s middle daughter encouraged him to get a guide dog. Unfortunately, guide dogs who could go on runs didn’t exist. Enter Guiding Eyes for the Blind. With assistance from the nonprofit’s CEO, Thomas Panek, Hunter helped create a special training program for running guide dogs. Hunter says Klinger’s success has “paved the way for other blind runners to be partnered with running guide dogs across the U.S.” and is what makes him proudest of his dog. 

Klinger, with his undying stamina, offers Hunter a new sense of freedom within his Folsom neighborhood. The German shepherd is his most frequent running guide and is always rewarded by “a game of fetch with a tennis ball after every single run.” In addition to that, Klinger has a friendly and gentle disposition and is the poster pup for guide dogs everywhere. At press time, Klinger was a semifinalist for the American Humane Hero Dog Awards, an annual campaign that recognizes heroes on both ends of the leash.

Q&A

Favorite food: Blue Buffalo Grain-Free Chicken; Charlee Bear Dog Treats

Favorite activity: Chasing after tennis balls

Guilty pleasure: Anything with the scent of peanut butter

Hidden talent: Catching a tennis ball over his shoulder while running

Favorite local landmark: The park or zoo

Favorite toy: Tennis balls

Wendy Goosen and Max

 Wendy Goossen and Max

There’s just something about seeing a large, mocha-colored Labradoodle bounding down a medical center hallway that brightens up the whole atmosphere. At Marshall Medical Center in Placerville, Max raises the spirits of each patient fighting cancer when he comes to work with his owner, Cancer Resource Center Director Wendy Goossen. For many patients, the treatment they receive is part medication and part love from the soft dog. “I love that Max makes so many [patients] smile. It really makes their day to have someone to hug,” Goossen says.

Thanks to initial funding from Wells Fargo and supplemental contributions from community members, Marshall Medical Center raised money for its pet therapy program. Once Goossen was approved for a canine therapy dog and realized the dog couldn’t shed, she was led straight to Max, who’s hypoallergenic so can be around patients with fur allergies. 

The four-year old pup has been with Goossen since he was nine weeks old, when she and Max bonded especially well on one of Goossen’s visits to Brasken Labradoodles in San Luis Obispo. Now, Max visits the patients each day to make sure they feel loved and supported. Greeting the people who come through the door is his favorite thing to do, but he also loves to hang out with the patients receiving treatment. 

On Max’s days off, he loves going hiking and playing in the water. Goossen says, “It’s so much fun to watch him love the outdoors and appreciate being in nature.”

Q&A

Favorite food: Anything he can’t have

Favorite activity: Chasing balls

Guilty pleasure: Sneaking into the neighbor’s yard

Hidden talent: Swimming

Favorite local landmark: Historic Main Street in Placerville

Favorite toy: A monkey he’s had since puppyhood

Officer Gage Lawley and Eros

 Officer Gage Lawley and Eros

Don’t let Eros’ dashing good looks deceive you. This fierce K-9 officer on the Roseville Police Department loves tug-of-war, chicken, and justice. The handsome sable colored dog is originally from Germany and was sent to Canada where he was unfortunately injured.

In August 2010, Eros was transferred to California and paired with his owner, Officer Gage Lawley, where he underwent what is equivilent to the police academy for dogs—a 12-week intensive training session. In addition to initial certification, each K-9 team trains two days a month with other K-9 units in the region to stay sharp in the field.

“Eros is always wanting to work,” Officer Lawley says, and he appreciates that. 

The canine is cross-trained in patrol and narcotics detection, which means he works on a patrol team and also detects narcotics in buildings, vehicles, open areas, and packages. Eros’ position was funded by drug asset forfeiture funds, so the dog is giving back by being a part of the squad. On occasion, Officer Lawley and Eros go to schools for demonstrations, and each time, Eros is a huge hit. Officer Lawley says what makes him most proud of the German shepherd is his ability “to be a ferocious, hardworking K-9, then go to a demonstration at a school and become a loving, regular dog.” Because of this, the dog is a reliable worker and even better pet. Officer Lawley could not have asked for a more perfect fit to his K-9 team.

Q&A

Favorite food: Anything that tastes like chicken

Favorite activity: Working; playing tug-of-war

Guilty pleasure: Afternoon naps

Hidden talent: Dropping his toy in running water so he can chase and find it

Favorite local landmark: Sierra Nevada—he loves hiking

Favorite toy: Kong with rope through it


AWESOME ANIMAL SANCTUARIES

By Sharon Penny

Round up the family for a day trip to one of our region’s animal sanctuaries that give furry and feathered residents hope and plenty of room to roam.


Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary 

A caring home for rescued domestic and wild animals. See mountain lions, coyotes, bears, peacocks, and even a tiger! Check out the new Barnyard Experience, too—an abode for the sanctuary’s horses, miniature donkeys, and zebu. The zoo is open Tuesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. through August 31.  403 Stafford Street, Folsom, 916-351-3527, folsomzoofriends.org


Blackberry Creek Farm Animal Sanctuary 

A home for rescued farm animals started by two middle school teachers. Visit with Bob the donkey, Blossom the Pig, Benjamin Franklin the turkey, Oscar Oswald the tortoise, Ethel Mae the chicken, and other sweet barnyard friends. Visitor days are held the first Sunday of most months from noon-2 p.m.; tours are free, but donations are welcome. 1170 Pinecroft Road, Colfax, 530-774-3027, blackberrycreek.org


Animal Place

One of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the country, Animal Place is home to 200 permanent non-human residents including cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, goats, rabbits, and turkeys. Pig belly rubs (ahem, guided tours) are available Saturdays and Sundays through Fall. Check the calendar on their website for days and times (and make sure you pre-register). 17314 McCourtney Avenue, Grass Valley, 530-477-1757, animalplace.org


 



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