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The Fast and the Furriest: Two Best Friends. One Epic Road Trip.

6 days. 5 nights. 3,000 miles. 2 best friends. 1 epic road trip.  By Tracy Campion Packing at the Farmhouse Ah…there’s nothing like an epic road trip with your canine co-pilot. As dusk fell on an early May evening, I slowly packed the Jeep for our journey from Kirkland to Southern California. Jack and I…

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Connections: Educator Jennie Warmouth

Educator Jennie Warmouth is helping students learn about animal welfare and how to connect with animals, one child and one lesson at a time.  When educator Jennie Warmouth was a child, she saw Ivan the Gorilla, a famous Washington State primate who lived in social isolation for much of his life. “He was inside of…

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Book Review: Walking With Peety

Walking With Peety is a candid story of life, love, second chances, and how animals and people mutually rescue one another.  By Tracy Campion It’s not often that I pick up a book and don’t want to put it down again, but that’s exactly what happened when I started reading Walking With Peety. Excepting the breaks…

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Breaking Mews: Purrfect Pals is Holding Two Kitten Adoption Events!

Do You Have Room in Your Heart and Home for Kittens? Purrfect Pals volunteers and a hoard of kittens (and adult cats, too!) will be waiting to meet you tomorrow, Saturday, September 9th, at TWO adoption events! Come see them at Issaquah Petco (10am-4pm) and/or Sammamish Petco (10am-3pm) and let them introduce you to your purrfect furry match (or…

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Freedom Tails: Second Chances, Compassion, and Connections Behind Bars

A prison program in Washington State is making a world of difference for inmates and dogs alike.  Aberdeen, Washington, is nestled at the mouth of two rivers and is locally known as the “Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula.” Located 109 miles west of Seattle, the tiny town is also the heart of a thriving program…

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Washington Organizations Step up to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

The first major hurricane to hit the United States since Wilma in 2005 has left a swath of destruction in its wake — and Washington State animal organizations are stepping up to help.  Since it first made landfall at Rockport, Texas on August 25, Hurricane Harvey has caused catastrophic flooding, dumping more than 40 inches…

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Making Summertime Fun Safe For Everyone

Ahhh…summer in the Pacific Northwest, is there anything better? When our great weather appears, we all head outside. While you’re making plans, don’t forget that including your dog might require a little extra preparation. Keep these tips in mind as you make your summertime plans. Our favorite part of summer is, of course, the sun…

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Discovering the Beauty of Bridle Trails State Park

By Robin Foster Bridle Trails State Park is an equestrian oasis in the heart of Seattle’s populous East Side, bordering the cities of Kirkland, Redmond, and Bellevue. This 482-acre park is one of the largest equestrian recreational areas west of the Mississippi. It’s a perfect destination for enjoying a pleasure ride with friends on 28…

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Sadie Mae Hawkins Would Love to Meet You at the Second Annual Poker Ride For Dogs!

Me and mom love Adopt-A-Pet because it’s an all-volunteer, non-profit dog shelter in Mason County. The staff is very friendly, the facility is super clean, and the dogs get to go on nice walks and play in a big yard. The shelter relies on donations, special events, and adoption fees to stay open, so I…

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Shopping Local, as American as Apple Pie at Chopper’s Holistic Pet Supply!

Choppers Holisitic Pet Foods has been locally owned and operated for six years.  By Sarah Bous-Leslie You can tell just by sitting down with him that he’s uncomfortable being in the spotlight, but that’s exactly where Bruce Baurichter deserves to be. Baurichter, who owns Chopper’s Holistic Pet Foods with his wife Gail, is both humble…

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Coconut Cam Wants to Make Your Dog a GoPro Hero!

Have you ever wondered what the world looks like from your dog’s perspective? Ingrid Gordon, founder of Coconut Cam, wondered the same thing – and she thought that using a GoPro camera was the perfect solution. “I got my first GoPro in 2012 and started putting them on the dogs in my life,” Ingrid explained.…

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2017: A Space Meowdessy! The Continuing Adventures of Oskar & Klaus

Oskar the Blind Cat and his sidekick, The Klaus, have been advocating for special needs animals worldwide since 2012 – and now their advocacy work is literally going out of this world! Mick and Bethany Szydlowski adopted Oskar in July 2011 and in the six years since, Oskar has educated millions of people about differently…

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Washington State’s Longest-Term Homeless Pet Finally Finds a Home!

Leroy the dog waited a decade to find love…and thanks to the support of our local community, he finally found it this spring!  Could it be true? Could it finally be true?! YES! Lovable Leroy, Washington State’s longest-term homeless pet, has finally found his first home – ever! Animal lover Lise Eddy saw Leroy’s compelling…

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Saving Samson: Summit Veterinary Referral Service

Samson the Pug plops down happily on the ground, his purple octopus toy firmly gripped in his mouth. Looking at his bright eyes, shining coat, and big smile (once he relinquishes the soggy octopus), it’s hard to believe that this happy-go-lucky dog was close to death only months ago. But thanks to Summit Veterinary Referral,…

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Jackson Galaxy Takes on a Role That’s Out of This World!

Jackson Galaxy’s deep laugh punches through the conversation. The man with the unusual moniker and the talent to help “problem” cats is delighted to be coming to Purrfect Pals’ Second Chances luncheon on June 8 to help support the local cat rescue. Jackson, who’s also known as the “Cat Daddy,” is the host and the…

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