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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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Connections: Martha Faulkner

Real estate broker Martha Faulkner puts her heart into her work, and it shows. “I was recently helping a woman find a home for herself and her rescue dog, who came from an abuse background and is very fearful,” she recalled. “This dog is a large, sweet black shepherd mix. After an exhaustive search given…

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The Heroes Seattle DogSpot Celebrated in 2016

Here’s to our local heroes that Seattle DogSpot wrote about in 2016! January 2016 After four years, a stray dog in an Eastern Washington town was finally captured. Molly the dog was rescued by heroes who were dedicated to help her. Read more here. A bill to create an animal cruelty registry in Washington was…

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The Great Debates: Spay or Delay?

To spay/neuter or not to spay/neuter? There was a time when this answer was straightforward. All non-breeding pets should be spayed/neutered, and it should be done early. No equivocation and no doubt. Now this simple answer is being challenged. New evidence has risen that has everyone questioning when and whether spaying/neutering should be done for…

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Algae Eaters, Freshwater-Aquarium Superheroes

By Tammy Dore When I found out this edition of Pet Connection is super-hero themed, I was excited. I’m sure someone out there thinks, “How in the world are superheroes and fish connected?” Well, I’ll happily tell you all about the type of fish I consider to be the superheroes of the home aquarium: algae…

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Working Dogs: How We Help Our Canine Heroes

The joys of having a dog in the family are well known. They provide loyal companionship, unconditional love, and security to their families. Sometimes they are the eyes or ears of their owner, and they can provide emotional support, as well. In addition to their family duties, dogs provide important services to their communities. Working…

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The Doney Memorial Clinic: Celebrating Three Decades of Community Heroism

More than three decades ago, local veterinarian Dr. Bud Doney had a dream: he wanted to create a clinic that would help Seattle’s homeless population. In 1985, Dr. Doney created his dream clinic, where he provided limited services. Though he died shortly afterward, another veterinarian named Dr. Stan Coe stepped in to help Dr. Doney’s…

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