The dog days of summer bring to mind lazy, relaxing times with friends and family but also are a bittersweet turning point for many of us. Summer freedom is drawing to a close, and the start of school is just around the corner. While the days of floating the Deschutes may be numbered, this month also brings a sense of renewal as we look ahead to new routines, new clothes and new school supplies.

And because we dedicated an issue to both the women and men of our community earlier this year, it would only be right to celebrate some of our most lovable residents: kids and pets!

For busy families, finding balance is always a challenge. We looked for some words of wisdom by profiling one of Bend’s busiest families—that of Drs. Steve and Stephanie Christensen and their children. Then as we approach back-to-school, read how the local non-profit “Backpacks for Bend” is tackling hunger in our community for school-aged children.

Making happy memories with our pets brings to mind how swiftly our time with them goes by. To preserve those memories and to connect our love of animals with art, we bring you photographer Barbara Dudley (who is also part of our the Bend Lifestyle team) who shares tips on how to successfully photograph pets. We also spotlight artist Jean Lubin who creates beautiful paintings of horses. And finally, be sure to try the recipe for homemade dog treats so you can spoil your loyal companions.

Here’s to soaking up these precious last days of summer here in Central Oregon, enjoy!

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Jane Rial, Publisher


Cover Photo: Ja San Miguel