Faces of Menlo

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The mixed breed dog R00!, owned by Menlo Park resident Stacey Campbell, has become known as one of America’s mutt superstars. She made history in 2014 when she won the first “Best All-American Dog” award trophy at the Westminster Kennel Club show — and did it again this year.

Roo! was entered into the Masters Agility Championship, taking a first in her height category (24 inches)  last year and a second this year. The competition involves dogs being timed as they maneuver through an obstacle course.

Stacey adopted Roo! from the San Francisco SPCA, after seeing something in her, even though she was “rude, jumpy and mouthy.” The owner helps tell Roo!’s story in a blog post on her website.  She originally trained her in obedience where she competed successfully before turning her talents to agility.

We should mention that Roo!’s success is undoubtedly a result of her owner. Stacey operates Go Fetch Dog Training, which she opened in 2007, offering her services to dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds. “I deal mostly with behavior problems,” she says. “These are the kinds of things that dogs and their owners can’t address in a group class. For example, coming when called is a common problem.”

Behavior comes down to attention and focus, Stacey explains. “One common mistake people make is that they think if a dog understands and behaves at home, he or she is going to demonstrate the same behavior out in the world. But that’s not always the case.”

She also stresses the importance of a good relationship. “If you’re giving your dog cookies one minute and yelling at him the next minute, it detracts from building that good ongoing relationship.”

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M-A grads Greg Kalin and Rich Branning take ClosetClicks to its next phase

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You’ve got to give M-A grads and friends-since-Hillview-School-days Greg Kalin (left in photo) and Rich Branning credit for looking the part. If you’re going to start a women’s fashion website — ClosetClicks — it’s best to look sharp. “We do try to present ourselves in a certain way,” acknowledged Greg. The duo, along with Rich’s younger brother, […]

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Laurie Goldman explains how PictureItPostage™ works for your special event

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Any one who has planned a big event that involves a custom-printed invitation has come to that moment of needing to slap a postage stamp on the envelope that may — or may not — complement the carefully designed contents. Yes, there’s always the USPS “love” stamp for wedding invitations, but wouldn’t it be nice to have something […]

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Karae Lisle is new Peninsula Volunteers CEO

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Menlo Park resident Karae Lisle has been named the Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. new Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead PVI than Karae Lisle,” said Anna Marie Janky, President and Chair of the Board of Directors. “Karae is a proven […]

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Jeff Marks talks about how PlaySteps helps kids participate successfully in the activities of everyday life

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Jeff Marks, the owner of PlaySteps for Developing Kids in Menlo Park, admits that, on first hearing, occupational therapy for kids may sound a bit confusing, given that OT is most often associated with work. “Yes, it may seem like an odd thing to send your child to vocational training,” he said. “But think in […]

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Anne Robinson talks about why life is better with Collies in it

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Editor’s note: The top canines in the country are gathered today and tomorrow at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in NYC, so we thought it would be a good day to highlight to local show dogs, one now retired and the other still in training. We’d come to Anne Robinson’s Menlo Park home to […]

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Singer/songwriter Wendy Waller passes on her knowledge via voice lessons

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Wendy Waller has landed in Menlo Park doing what she’s been doing most of her life, singing and passing along her knowledge via voice lessons to children and adults. “The kids I teach are usually involved with some children’s theater here on the Peninsula,” she explained about her classes at Bridgepoint Music on Oak Grove. “As for the […]

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World traveling, Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti calls Menlo Park his hometown

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Jazz pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti logs about 170,000 miles a year traveling from gig to gig, spending a good 75% of the time in hotel rooms. But once upon a time he made Menlo Park his full-time home. “For the first 17 years I lived in one place on Orange Avenue in Menlo Park,” […]

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Master Chef Junior participant Mia Wurster celebrates with Oak Knoll Co-Principal Kristen Gracia

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In last Tuesday’s episode of Master Chef Junior, participant — and Menlo Park resident — Mia Wurster exited the show, losing the alligator challenge. But there was still reason to celebrate, which is what Mia did at lunch on Friday with her Oak Knoll School Co-Principal Kristen Gracia. Emailed Kristen: “Oak Knoll School is proud of Mia and the compassion and […]

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Creative upbringing propels Soni Bergman into designing jewelry from her Menlo Park studio

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Jewelry designer Soni Bergman, who’s lived in Menlo Park for about 20 years, has art in her genes. Both her grandmother and mother are artists, the latter accomplished enough to have a piece accepted at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. “I pursued fine arts in college. Printmaking, to be exact,” she explained. “Later I came West with […]

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M-A teacher Chris Rubin appears on Wheel of Fortune with his brother Josh

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Chris Rubin, a Menlo-Atherton High School teacher and alum, and his brother and fellow M-A grad, Josh Rubin, who teaches a Woodside High School, were contestants on Wheel of Fortune last month. Upon request from his brother, Chris (left in photos) filled out an online application for the show. He explained: “It was totally random. He [Josh] probably […]

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