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Jess Crawford

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PDX OPERAbeat | A Company Blog is the blog for all things Portland Opera, featuring a variety of guest contributors who will provide insider's tidbits on all we do to celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera. Jess Crawford is our primary blogger. Jess spends much of her time eating enormous amounts of cake, making long lists of books she'll probably never read, and challenging people to arm-wrestling contests. During the day (and sometimes at night) she is Portland Opera's music librarian. She writes more about her escapades at her personal blog: http://bravissimi.blogspot.com

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The Portland Opera office -- as you might have guessed from our live-in costume shop cat -- is very pet-friendly. People routinely bring dogs in; some dogs come nearly every day. Having good-natured pets in the office creates a really great vibe; nearly everybody likes to pet a nice dog. Plus, it means that despite the strange and long hours we sometimes work, we still have the option of owning pets.

In the future, I'll share with you all the other pets of Portland Opera, but this week, we'd like to introduce you to a very special dog.

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(with former POSA Sharin Apostolou)

This is Henry. Henry belongs to our Public Relations Manager, Julia Sheridan, who brings him in almost every day. Last Thursday, he celebrated his fourteenth birthday -- 88 in dog years. Henry is a sweet, pokey old man who likes to walk to nearby offices and visit, secretly hoping for treats. I used to have an office close to Julia's, and for years I kept dog biscuits in a cabinet in my desk, just for Henry. He's beloved by everybody here. He likes to lie in the middle of the hallway, so you pretty much have to bend over and pet him as you go by.

Henry got a party in honor of his birthday.

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Henry's special handmade birthday hat, plus other party goodies, including a Salty Dog adult beverage -- some for dogs, some not for dogs!

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Birthday dogs get birthday treats (here, from Julia).

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The party guests, clockwise from foreground: Kim Lundin (Financial Administrative Assistant), Laura Newton (Donor & Volunteer Coordinator), Hannah Gildea (Individual Giving Manager), Elizabeth Spottswood (Production Coordinator), Casey McDermott (Group & Corporate Sales Manager), Claudie Fisher (Opera Marketing and Audience Development Manager), Emily Stevens (PR/Marketing Assistant), Julia Sheridan.

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I… I don't know what's happening here.

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Even doggies get all tuckered out by wild parties.

Happy birthday, Henry. We love you!

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