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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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Nothing But Clear Skies for Sunshine the Pup

Sunshine earned her moniker by facing adversity with resilience and an irrepressible joy for life. When she was only a few weeks old, someone cut off part of both of her back feet and her tail. But Sunshine didn’t let this get her down. She learned to run despite her physical handicap. Animal rescuer Alice…

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Seventeenth Annual Tulip Ride Raises Funds for Seattle Humane

Now in its seventeenth year, the Tulip Ride is an annual guided motorcycle outing that brings motorcyclists together to benefit Seattle Humane. The ride, which was initially organized by founder Jeff Henshaw in 2001 for motorcycle enthusiasts at his workplace, has grown from a 12-person excursion to an event that has seen as many as…

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Heroes Who Help Heroes: Dr. Brandy Fay

The dedicated dogs of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) K9 teams work tirelessly to keep citizens safe alongside their human partners to fight crime. But who helps these heroes when they’re in need? For more than two years, Dr. Brandy Fay has provided medical care for the TCSO K9s, generously donating her time, expertise,…

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MEOW Cat Rescue’s Toms and Moms Program

By Marilyn Hendrickson MEOW Cat Rescue continues to strive towards a “no-kill nation” for pets. A nation where people are responsible for their pets, where there are no helpless creatures abandoned in boxes or left to fend for themselves in parking lots, woods, or empty buildings, where there is no longer a need for any…

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Ask the ER Vet With Oly ER: Spring Has Sprung!

Dear Oly ER, Spring has sprung, and so has my garden! Unfortunately, the slugs and snails have been using my pretty greens as an all-you-can-eat buffet! I heard that slug bait can be bad for dogs. Is this true? What are the symptoms if my dog got into this stuff? What do you recommend I…

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A letter to my dog’s foster moms

Dear Christina and Jessica: In February 2015, you took in a large, young, injured, stray, sad, black Labrador retriever mix. This dog had everything going against him: his coat color, his size, his injuries, his unknown origin. This dog had been hit by a car in Yakima and no one ever claimed him. He was…

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Beck’s Place: Building Community For People and Pets

Beck’s Place has fostered and honored the deep connection between people and their pets since it was founded in 2015. The nonprofit is a support system for people and their animals and offers multiple services, including a foster boarding program, veterinary care, a pet food and supply bank, community action, and a “paw it forward”…

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Girl’s Dying Wish Rescues a Kitten…and Her Family

Twelve-year-old Kylie Myers was the girl with the constant smile, infectious laugh, and joy for life. Her mother, Robin, called Kylie “the glue that held their family together,” and everyone who knew her called her “Smiley Kylie.” But that constant smile hid a very sad truth: Kylie had metastatic bone cancer – and she was…

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Deborah Dunham: Above and Beyond For Abandoned Animals

The summer of 2016 was hot and dry, but you wouldn’t know that by looking at these horses’ living conditions. It was the 1st of June and the winter mud was still knee deep in many areas of the one-acre parcel that the eight of them were living on. “I do a lot of work…

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