When my dad considered someone as having marked excellence in their field, he called them a “crackerjack”. I am lucky enough to have three such professionals in my dogs lives. The first is Dr. Leslie Griffith, owner of Sage Veterinary Alternatives. I first became Leslie’s client when an overwhelming number of my dog pro and other friends consistently raved about her, all giving her their “hosanna in the highest” praise. Although I had worked in area veterinary medicine clinics, I had not had any real experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine or any other veterinary “alternatives”. From my first appointment to present, going on over two years, I have been absolutely floored by the quality of care my dogs receive at Sage Vet, and even more profoundly by the abiding compassion and integrity Leslie personifies. My granny corgi Pager, at age fifteen and a half, gets routine acupuncture and supportive TCM, and her 3-legged daughter Brook, a cancer survivor, gets TCM and chiropractic work, at Sage. They adore Leslie, and look forward to their appointments, as do I. You can find details on Leslie and her services at http://www.sagevet.com

For a traditional western medicine clinic, after having tried several in the area and not quite finding the right fit, I was lucky enough to finally be referred to Dr. Ruth Loomis. Dr. Loomis, formerly with Blue Sky Vet, just started her own brand spanking new clinic, complete with cutting edge diagnostic equipment. Brookswood Animal Clinic (www.bendanimalclinic.com) will open in November 2014, on 19550 Amber Lane. Look for them on FB too for info on their grand opening!

Finally, for those times when a board certified, deeply experienced veterinary team is called for on a referral basis, you cannot do better than our local Bend Veterinary Specialists (www.bendvetspecialists.com) Dr Mark Parchman and wife Dr Sue Dougherty are as good as they come. My 11 year old girl Brook, a Heart Dog Deluxe for me, needed a repeat surgery for a soft tissue sarcoma, having already had a limb amputated for the initial cancer occurrence a year earlier. It was the tail end of the year, a time when vet clinics are typically both trying to wind down, and wrap up existing cases, for the season. BVS got me in for an appointment quickly, and even more promptly scheduled surgery. Again, from start to finish, my confidence in the team at this clinic was established and strengthened with each additional contact. A huge shout out also to the staff at the Animal Emergency Clinic, who allowed me exceptional access to Brook while she was in recovery and spending the night under their care.

Finding the right fit for your dog’s health care is both a technical and highly personal endeavor. I feel thrice blessed that I have found three veterinary health care resources that serve me and my corgis so exceptionally. And for those of you who know me well, I CAN be just a tad particular about this….Be well, at peace, and love your dogs…..Lisa




Ah, puppy love is in the air! Daisy the Labradoodle and Simon the Poodlepoodle do some speed-dating, then spoon on the patio. May the coming warmth bring you and your dogs back outside to enjoy it after our long, hard winter! Looking forward to having your sweethearts here to enjoy the amenities again soon. ImageImageImageImage



Time to peek out from under the covers of the old year, and greet the new one!


A good time also to remind ourselves of what really matters, and for me that includes those I love, no matter the species. I count your dogs as part of my canine family. My deepest gratitude for a wonderful year past, and looking forward to chasing all the good things in the new one!

Now go GET it!


ImageWell it sure took awhile to get here but I guess spring is doing it’s best to arrive…the dogs have reclaimed their posts in and around the pond, the cheatgrass is pushing tender little sprouts up (which I none too tenderly pull out in the wee hours of the dawn) and the ducklings are a’quacking. Hoping each of you are enjoying the calmer winds and warmer temps with your dogs.


Check out this cool Les Schwab commercial the Corgi Express team starred in.

One of the lead dogs in this commercial was my first corgi, “Dylan”, who gave me my first, and most blessed, introduction to What Is a Corgi. He was All That and more and I still miss him…hug your dogs close!! LJ

Well there sure has been a lot of interest in the corgi team this month, thanks to a certain obedience judge posting it on her facebook site (thank you Sue!) so thought I would add a picture taken a few summers ago, down the road from me at Tumalo Reservoir, of the six dog team. Photo credit goes to pro photog Diana Field from Sisters OR (www.photosbyfield.com). If you think four is fun, six is even more so, especially when they work up a head of steam!


The new year, that is! Just a reminder that I already have a LOT of bookings for the first three months, and beyond, of 2013, so it is NOT too soon to get your pup scheduled for those days you will be gone next year, if you know already around when they are. I can always pencil in “ballpark” dates, but really do not want your dog shut out of the park! Thank you!

Meanwhile, may you and yours have the most peaceful holiday season, blessed with your dogs being with you, one and all! Lisa