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A Tribute To Huey

“If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.”

Huey Butler
February 14, 2001 – February 3, 2017

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Huey, we have lost you.
Last night we sent you home, flying with the wind, into The Light. Your silky ears and tail up, your beautiful heart open, ready to meet the next adventure. It was so hard to let you go, but your job here was done, and to perfection. You, a teddy bear with the heart of a lion, embraced that job — loving everyone — with your entire being. Just one look at you and for those in your presence at that moment, the world lit up. You opened hearts and made strangers smile. Huey, my sweetest furry sidekick, we miss you more than we can say. You leave behind cherished memories. Your true birthday is unknown. I have decided it must have been Valentine’s day because every time we went for a walk, we found hearts.
Until next time…



Cook a wonderful, healthy VALENTINE DINNER for your whole family!



The special out-of-season asparagus and strawberries make this healthy, paleo, low fat, one-dish one-hour dinner a tasty treat for everyone, including the cats and dogs!


Untitled-7 BAKED SALMON with sweet potatoes & asparagus Spray baking pan or drizzle with oil. Add salmon fillets skin side down. Add washed and trimmed asparagus, peeled and chopped sweet potatoes. Salt and pepper salmon steaks and bake at 350° until fish is flaky—about 30 min. Both your cat and your dog will love the baked salmon skin—it’s healthy and good for their coats. Your dog will also like the sweet potatoes and asparagus!

Chocolate-Drops-Melting-Over-Heat-e1427881559297 Carob-dipped STRAWBERRIES Add 1/2 cup water to every cup of carob chips and melt in double-boiler and stir until smooth. For a glossy appearance, add 1 tsp canola oil. Dip strawberries in melted carob. Carob is healthy for your cat and dog because it does not contain theobromine like chocolate does. The sugar added to the carob should not be part of your pet’s regular diet since it can lead to obesity, but hey, it’s Valentine’s day!

Celebrating Rescue Pets!


As the first month of 2017 comes to a close, we’re taking a moment to reflect on our recent New Year’s Resolutions post, and one of our top goals for the year: sharing resources and stories that, we hope, will inspire many of you to consider rescuing or fostering a shelter pet in your community.


5 Questions My Cats Had for Me on Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

By Dr. Marci Koski, Certified Feline Behavior Consultant

Guest Blog Post: Happy Answer Your Cat’s Question Day!

As we shared in our previous post, we’re  excited to welcome some new voices to our blog this month! So, in honor of National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day on (January 22), we turned to local expert Dr. Marci Koski, Certified Feline Behavior Consultant and Founder of Feline Behavior Solutions. Thank you, Marci, for sharing some purr-fectly professional perspectives with us today!



Celebrating Rescue Pets: Meet Our Friend Huey!


We hope the new year is treating you well so far! In our previous post, we shared some pet-inspired resolutions and resources for 2017. One at the top of our list this year is to share stories that celebrate and inspire animal rescue efforts. Today, we catch up with We Love Our Pets founding member and longtime friend, Leslie Ann Butler, proud pet parent to Huey!


New Year’s Resolutions Roundup: Don’t Forget Our Furry Friends!

As you make your list of resolutions for the coming year, have you considered your furry friends? As we reflect on what we hope for in 2017 for ourselves and our loved ones, we like to make our pets part of the process, too. Need some inspiration? Look no further! Here are a few roundups we’ve turned to in previous years, which have some great ideas and resources to help get you and your pets off to a furr-ociously fantastic year ahead:

Meet Our Team: Byron Farquer

Today, our team interview series continues as we catch up with our friend Byron Farquer. Thanks, Byron, for taking some time to chat with us today!


Why do cats go crazy for catnip?


(Partially adapted from an article written by Ramona Turner DVM and published in Scientific American.)

When cats smell catnip they act like queens in season (females in heat) rubbing their heads and rolling around on the herb , jumping, vocalizing and salivating. It looks for all the world like a frenzy of feline sexual desire and pleasure.


Why do cats rub against our legs?

In a radio broadcast in 1939, Winston Churchill described the actions of Russia as a “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” As anyone knows who has lived with a cat, this is also a great description of cat behavior. Why is cat behavior so mysterious? Why do hey need us with their paws and why do they rub their heads and tails against our legs?


Happy early birthday to our friend, Dodger!

Happy December, everyone! As we head into the holiday season, we’re reflecting on the many ways that our pets give back to us, and so many others, throughout the year.  So, we’re thrilled to bring you the story of a very special friend of the We Love Our Pets community: Dodger the therapy dog, who was born on Christmas Eve 2009. Special thanks to her mother, Candy, for taking the time to share with us today!


Meet Our Team: Perry Kenin

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Today we continue with our story-sharing series, introducing founding member of the We Love Our Pets Community. Meet Perry Kenin, our Co-Founder!


Would you choose a genetically modified dog?


A GMO is an organism whose genome has been altered by the techniques of genetic engineering so that its DNA contains one or more genes not normally found there. There is a lot of controversy surrounding genetically modified organisms, especially food. Many refuse to eat GMO foods and some European countries have banned their importation into the country. Food is one thing, but what about genetically modified animals, like less flatulent cows? And what about genetically modified dogs like an Arnold Schwarzenegger look-alike muscular whippet? It is now relatively easy for scientists to also alter the DNA of dogs and cats. Would you buy a genetically modified dog?


TRICK OR TWITTER: 15 Tweets About Pets At Halloween That Are Just Too Real


Peanut butter and jelly, lock and key, holidays and social media: examples all of things that go great together.

Case in point: Halloween and Twitter, the microblogging platform where the takes are as funny as they are short (owing to its self-imposed, 140-character cap). Users are flocking to the service to share thoughts about their pets’ costumes and the volume of tweets hashtagged #Halloweenpets (and #Halloweencats and #Halloweendogs) will rise steadily through the week, before spiking with a final flurry on the night of the 31st.


MEET OUR TEAM: Robyn Luchs



Today we continue a series of interviews with the founding members of the We Love Our Pets Community.

We Love Our Pets: Tell us who you are and describe you connection to We Love Our Pets

Robyn Luchs. I’m the founder of SNIP, the first charity partner for the We Love Our Pets Community, and a founding member of We Love Our Pets

WLOP: Do you have a good pet story to share?

In 2007, I volunteered with Portland’s Project Homeless Connect which provides health, vision, and dental services as well as social services to homeless and low-income people in the city.


INFOGRAPHIC: How To Measure Your Dog’s Level Of Pain

Since our pets don’t speak like humans, they don’t spend much time complaining about their aches and pains.

As a result, we have to assess their level of pain through cues from their behavior and response to touch. To this end, the following infographic (editor’s note: click to expand) can help you evaluate your pet’s pain on a scale of 0-4.



MEET OUR TEAM: Donald Erceg

donald-erceg-bwToday we kick off a series of interviews with founding members of the We Love Our Pets Community.

First-up is Donald Erceg, Founder & Co-Chair!

WLOP: How did you get involved in WLOP?

The idea for We Love Our Pets was born in June 2015 on my open deck with my dear friend and neighbor, Perry Kenin. I told him that I had an idea to create an online community for the pet owners I had spent the last twenty years talking to through my brand marketing.


RUFF READS: Dogs On The Book Shelf

For every interest, there’s a book. But with a topic as popular and crowded as dogs, it can be tricky to find a good starting point for the general reader. What then is the canine-loving bookworm to do?

Because we wanted to address this dilemma and throw a /bone/ (ed’s note: pun totally intended) to members of the We Love Our Pets community, we’ve collected eight of our favorite new titles to share with you. From the academic to the memoir, the cookbook to the coloring book, there’s something here for every doggy devotee.

Love Is All You Need: The Revolutionary Bond-Based Approach To Educating Your Dog

Jennifer Arnold (Spiegel & Grau)

love-is-all-you-need-jennifer-arnoldTwenty-five years after she founded Canine Assistants, a national nonprofit that raises and provides service dogs for people with disabilities, Jennifer Arnold returns with a new model for living and learning with dogs.

She has always approached the education of dogs with kindness and compassion—eschewing fear and domination-based training methods—and she has always understood dogs to be uniquely attuned to their human companions, but now she has found scientific research that confirmed her intuition.

Her new, proprietary model of Bond-Based Choice Teaching builds on the hypothesis that dogs who bond with us completely and unconditionally will seek to please us and, with minimal cues, learn to make remarkably sophisticated decisions about their own behavior.


HOUND HOLIDAY: Find Your Stride With National Walk Your Dog Week


Let’s face it: we could all use more exercise and outdoor time. And the same could be said of the nation’s four-legged woofers, more than half of which are reported to be overweight.

Such then was the thinking behind National Walk Your Dog Week (October 1-7),  a public service campaign founded in 2010 that endeavors to heighten “awareness about the dangers of pet obesity”, curb destructive habits (like incessant barking and shoe-chewing), and, ultimately, deepen the bond between pet and person. From weight control to socialization, regular exercise has been tied to an assortment of health benefits for both walker and walkee.

Before you put your pup on parade, here are 4 things to know.


TAILS ON TRAILS: Hiking With Your Dog


Here in our hometown of Portland (Oregon FTW!), hiking is a way of life for both locals and tourists alike. Seeing dogs out on these adventures is common, too. So, what does it take to have happy tails on the trails?


You Love Your Dog But Does Your Dog Love You?


You knew it all the time. It just took science a while to catch up. Human/animal Relationship Science (there really is such a thing!) proves that you have not been hallucinating—your dog really does love you.

This, of course begs the question “What is love?”, but that question would cross over into a maelstrom of philosophy and theology that lies well outside this writer’s comfort zone.