‘Pre-Black Friday Doorbusters’ – the furry kind, @ Kitty Harbor

November 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Less than a week until the shopping day that’s become known as “Black Friday” (shop local indies!), we have word tonight of “Pre-Black Friday Doorbusters” … adoption “deals” at Kitty Harbor in West Seattle this weekend:

Avoid the crowds and bring home something much more special and lasting — an adopted cat(s)! This weekend, all colors of black kittens’ adoption donation is $20 less. We have panther black, elegant black, ink black, sleek black, reddish black, sexy black and more! Black cats are our personal favorite — they have cool personalities, beautiful eyes and are very loving. Did you know they were worshiped in ancient Egypt?

Prefer a more mature cat? Our 15 amazing adult cats want you to know that their adoption donation is just $50 this coming weekend. They’d like to remind you that they are yesterday’s kitten, are still playful, loving and very dignified.

It gets better! The above kitties will be sent home with their very own, special Christmas stocking, chock full of kitty kibble, toys, and catnip. Just our way of making sure you don’t have to go out shopping for their Christmas gift. We have 35 Adults, teenagers and kittens that are looking to meet you.

Kitty Harbor is at 3422 Harbor SW, open noon-5 Saturday and Sunday.

West Seattle Montessori visited by new book’s star ‘Danny Dog’ (and its author Sid Shapira)

November 15, 2014 at 1:39 am | In Pets, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

Literacy starts early! And it can so often be fun – as it was Friday at West Seattle Montessori School and Academy (WSB sponsor), where students/staff got “a wonderful visit,” says assistant director Heather Aquino (who shared the photo), “from author Sid Shapira and his dog Danny.” Danny is the star of Shapira’s just-published children’s book,”Danny Dog – A rescue dog finds his forever home.” The book is described as “also illustrating the key role pet-rescue organizations play in giving pets a second chance and a forever home.” The author says part of the book’s profits will go to rescue organizations.

Camp Crockett dog day camp: Welcome, new WSB sponsor!

November 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm | In Pets, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Just opened in West Seattle – Camp Crockett! As a new, local WSB sponsor, they get this chance to let you know what they’re all about:

Make your puppy’s day! Give your special pup the experience of a lifetime by joining our pack at Camp Crockett. Crockett, our 2-year-old Bluetick Coonhound, would like to introduce himself to the West Seattle community and personally extend a welcoming paw to all pups, big and small. Our new and exciting dog day camp, boarding, and grooming company just opened our doors for the first time November 4th, 2014. Family owned and operated, we would like to bring the delight of “going to camp” to you and your furry family member with our ‘camp themed’ dog day camp.

With more than 30 years of experience in the dog-day-care field, our team is very passionate about giving your pup a very fun and loving environment while you are away. Our 6,000-square-foot camp yard provides plenty of room to help even the highest spirited of pups to unwind and meet new friends. Some of our campers are older or more sophisticated and prefer the comforts of our indoor space with lots of cubby holes and plush beds. Camp Crockett also provides an ‘at home’ feel for our overnight campers. Instead of spending the evening in a kennel, your pup will enjoy snuggling on the couch with our team leaders who live on site.

For those campers who are having a bad hair day or just love getting dirty, don’t worry, we will take care of you too. Camp Crockett is privileged to have the best groomer in Seattle on our team! Our groomer takes the time to get to know your pup, gives your pup time to get to know her, and then works with your pup at a comfortable pace to be able to give you the result you desire.

Camp Crockett is open 7 am–7 pm, Monday-Friday, with all services available on the weekend by appointment. Send your furry family member to camp with us and make your puppy’s day! First day with us is FREE!!!!! Located at 5611 Delridge Way SW; call 206-790-1674; e-mail campcrockett@gmail.com.

We thank Camp Crockett for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative, 24/7 neighborhood news via WSB. Find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

‘Bless those who curl themselves around your hearts’: Blessing of the Animals 2014 at St. John’s

October 5, 2014 at 6:13 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news, West Seattle religion | 5 Comments

(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
Sunshine again graced the annual Blessing of the Animals event presented by St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Admiral, drawing pets and their humans to the West Seattle High School parking lot next door this afternoon.

While St. John’s isn’t the only local church offering animal blessings, it’s the only one where you’ll find a member of the Order of Saint Francis participating in this tradition inspired by the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals:

That’s Brother Paul from the OSF, explained here. St. John’s priest in charge Rev. JD Godwin offered blessings as well – below, he blesses Waffles:

Even if you’re not religious, if you have a companion animal in your life, you might appreciate this offered prayer: “Bless those who curl themselves around our hearts, who twine themselves through our days, who companion us in our labor and who call us to come and play.”

We did spot one brave, well-behaved cat, named Purrcilla:

Rev. Godwin and Brother Paul blessed St. Francis medals and offered one for each pet blessed.

Most waited patiently for their turn.

West Seattle’s Peace Lutheran Church also offered animal blessings today, and next Sunday afternoon, they’re planned at Fauntleroy UCC Church.

Saga of the Jacobsen Road goats: Why the feeder’s gone again

October 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm | In Neighborhoods, Pets, West Seattle news | 61 Comments

(Photo by Suzanne Krom - goats with visitors before the feeder was removed last month)
You might recall the saga of the Jacobsen Road goats – Bama, Deli, and JJ - who would come say hi to visitors who put a quarter in a food dispenser and rang a bell to summon them. As reported here in June, the feeder went away in late spring after the goats’ owner acquiesced to a neighbor’s complaint. Then, encouraged by community support, he brought it back. Now, it’s gone again, as explained on this sign:

(September 25th photo)
This time, the feeder was removed under order of the city Department of Planning and Development, because of a zoning complaint – the feeder apparently turned the goat display into a “petting zoo.” We started asking DPD for comment last week, and finally received a response last night. Spokesperson Bryan Stevens told WSB, “We inspected the site (Wednesday) and found it to be in compliance with what the code allows in the single-family zone. The owner has been very cooperative and removed the elements that created the ‘petting zoo’ use. The feeding signs, bell, and 25-cent feeder have been removed, but the three goats remain.”

We asked Stevens about what appeared to be a new beef in the goat site’s file: “The more recent complaint that you’ve referenced was regarding the number of animals kept. Someone was claiming that there were more than three animals on site, but upon inspection from the sidewalk, only the three goats were observed … so the service request was closed. Up to three small animals are allowed on each single family property.”

Blessing of the Animals: 3 West Seattle churches this year

October 3, 2014 at 10:26 am | In Pets, West Seattle news, West Seattle religion | Comments Off

(WSB photo: Rev. JD Godwin blessing Pace the dog at St. John’s 2013 Blessing of the Animals)
St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, is the inspiration for Blessing of the Animals events each fall, and this year we have heard from three West Seattle churches welcoming you and your pet(s) for the occasion, at events being held independent of the churches’ regular services:

PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH: Happening this Sunday morning:

Pastor Erik Kindem and Peace congregation offer an opportunity to bless your special companion/pet on Sunday, October 5 @ Peace Lutheran Church, 39th Ave SW and SW Thistle. The blessing will take place on the Westside Patio (8316 39th Ave SW) at the conclusion of worship (11:45am). Community invited!

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Happening this Sunday afternoon:

Sunday at 1 pm: Plan now to bring your pet or pets for St. John the Baptist’s annual community-wide St. Francis’ Day Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 5, at 1:00 p.m. on the West Seattle High School parking lot. Parishioner Paul Dahlke is coordinating the event again this year.

WSHS is at 3000 California SW, just north of St. John’s.

FAUNTLEROY UCC CHURCH: Happening Sunday, October 12th, 2 pm – details on this flyer. The church is at 9140 California SW.

Dog on the run on the West Seattle Bridge; drivers stop to rescue it

September 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 26 Comments

FIRST REPORT, 3:55 PM: For a short time about half an hour ago, the west end of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge was backed up to Fauntleroy. Anne Higuera from Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) sent the photo and explains why:

Just watched as hundreds of people stopped their cars on the West Seattle Bridge to wait while a couple of valiant dog catchers blocked traffic and captured a little dog that refused to stop and was running all the way down Fauntleroy and onto the bridge. They finally wrapped him up in a jacket and put him in a box and I’m going to assume that they’re going to then try to locate the owners of the dog. Everyone was so well mannered. Not a single horn blown and everyone waited patiently until the little dog was captured. It was really sweet.

We heard a bit about this on the scanner but had no idea how it turned out until Anne’s note. The dog might be hurt, according to a tweet from Dan. (If whomever now has the dog sees this, we can of course put a note on the WSB Lost/Found Pets page, where we’ve had multiple “found dog” reports today but no “lost” reports yet.)

4:45 PM UPDATE: We have heard now from both the dog’s owner and the finder – the latter, via comments, saying it’s been taken to Seattle Animal Shelter; the former, via e-mail, explaining the dog, a Jack Russell Terrier mix named Woody, bolted from Petco in The Junction “just fitted … for a new harness & lead and obviously it didn’t fit! He backed out of it and ran for it.”

We’re hoping they all connect quickly!

West Seattle scene: Dogpaddling at Arbor Heights Swim & Tennis

September 15, 2014 at 9:54 pm | In Arbor Heights, How to help, Pets, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
If one dog playing “fetch” in a pool isn’t cute enough .. how about two?

Tonight was the first of six season-ending sessions in which Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club invites dogs into the pool (which will undergo its annual cleaning before humans go in again next year).

It’s a fundraiser for AHSTC teams. You can buy one-session or all-week admission, 5-7 pm swims nightly through Friday, then 10 am-1 pm Saturday. More info’s in our calendar listing.

‘Dog Days of Summer’ ahead at Arbor Heights Swim & Tennis Club pool

September 8, 2014 at 8:06 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

(Photo courtesy Cori Roed)
Again this year, AFTER Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club closes its pool for the season, before it’s cleaned, dogs are invited to go swimming! The pool at 11003 31st Avenue SW plans five sessions:

Tuesday, Sept. 16th 5-7 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 17th 5-7 pm
Thursday, Sept. 18th 5-7pm
Friday, Sept. 19th 5-7 pm
Saturday, Sept. 20th 10 am-1 pm

No people, just dogs (again, this is AFTER the human swims end for the season) but dog owners must stay at the club while their pets are in the pool. $10/donation per dog or $25/pass for the full five-day run. Complete details are on the official flyer.

Tomorrow: West Seattle girls’ benefit bake sale – 2nd year in a row!

August 2, 2014 at 6:33 pm | In How to help, Pets, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

After great community support for their first benefit bake sale last year, these two local girls are doing it again tomorrow and hope you’ll stop by. We received this announcement with the photo:

Gwen and Muriel, Schmitz Park 5th graders, are putting their love for animals to work again through their second annual Humane Society bake sale! Delicious cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and more! They’ll be back at the corner of 36th and Dakota this Sunday, August 3rd, from 10-3. The girls are also sponsoring a barrel from the Humane Society to collect cat or dog food (wet or dry), animal toys, or new scratching posts. Cash and check donations are very welcome; all proceeds go to Seattle Humane Society.

Do you recognize this dog? Just caught after apparently wandering Lincoln Park for days

July 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm | In How to help, Pets, West Seattle news | 28 Comments

After multiple reports of this dog wandering Lincoln Park, possibly for days, we mentioned it on the WSB Lost/Found Pets page, and after no owners stepped forward, animal rescuers got involved. The dog has just been humanely trapped and is in rescuers’ care, and we’re helping cast a wide net to see if anyone has any idea who it belongs to. Here’s who to contact: Jim at Useless Bay Sanctuary, 206-552-0304 or uselessbaysanctuary@gmail.com, who says so far it’s believed to be female, about 55 pounds, no chip detected yet. For more of the backstory, see the Pets page item and its comment section. Thanks!

West Seattle Summer Fest countdown updates: Pet Junction debut; Bubbleman on WSSF eve

July 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm | In Pets, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

The West Seattle Summer Fest countdown continues! Today, two updates – one, a new feature at the festival, which runs this Friday-Sunday; the other, an update on Thursday night’s “Summer Fest Eve” festivities. First, from the WSSF-presenting Junction Association, the new feature you’ll find in the spot on the map above, where the pawprints are:

West Seattle Summer Fest is proud to introduce Pet Junction. This area is designed to provide festivalgoers with a host of resources to be good companions for our pets. You will find the latest information on how keep pets in good health, professionals in nutritional counseling, opportunities to meet local animal relief organizations and the Seattle Animal Shelter, a caricature artist to capture the moment, and lots of fun for our furry friends, including a fenced dog pool area. BYOB – Bring Your Own Ball!

(WSJA-provided photo of the MaxMobile)
If you are not a pet owner yet, this is the event for you! There are many cats and dogs that are in need of homes, and Pet Junction is an opportunity to meet rescue organizations that can connect you with a companion. And on Friday, July 11, the Humane Society’s MaxMobile bus will be at Pet Junction and full of adoptable animals. Pet Junction is sponsored by Next-to-Nature and Greentree Animal Hospital. Come by and learn some new tricks!

And you’ll also want to visit The Junction on Thursday night, which is, informally, West Seattle Summer Fest Eve, with the Junction streets closed (California between Genesee and Edmunds, Alaska between 44th and 42nd) as of early evening, and the WS Art Walk happening too. Elliott Bay Brewery has confirmed it’s bringing in Bubbleman, as usual – here’s one of our photos of him in action at the recent Morgan Junction Community Festival:

On Thursday night, he’ll be in action outside EBB, starting at 6 pm. Also that night, EBB’s outside seating area will be set up and they’re planning music by Pat Reardon, with “kid tunes to adult favorites,” no cover. And Elliott Bay plans outdoor music Saturday night, too, 5 pm-10 pm, celebrating its 17th anniversary, with The Back Porch Apostles.

(If your Junction business is planning something special for Summer Fest, please e-mail to let us know – we want to spotlight the year-round businesses as well as the visiting vendors – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!)

Where did the Jacobsen Road goats and their feeder go?

June 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news | 82 Comments

(Photos courtesy Suzanne Krom)
E-mail asked the question. So did a WSB Forums post. Where did the goats go?

“The goats” referred to JJ, Deli, and Bama, who live along Jacobsen Road, the winding bluffside road that runs eastward from Beach Drive, just south of Me-Kwa-Mooks. They endeared themselves to passersby, particularly starting a few months ago, when their owner, George Capestany, put in a little “feeding station” like the kind often seen at petting zoos.

Nearby resident Suzanne Krom explained, “For 25 cents, we could get a handful of goat goodies they gently lapped up. If the goats weren’t waiting for us up by their feeding station, there was a bell we could ring and they would come running to greet us and eager for treats.”

About a week ago, Suzanne noticed the machine and bell were gone, “leaving only an empty wood frame as a painful memorial.”

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Show off your dog(s)! ‘Bark of Morgan’ back at this summer’s Morgan Junction Community Festival

June 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm | In Pets, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Want the West Seattle world to see your dynamic dog, majestic mutt, precious pooch, clever canine (we could go one) … ? The Morgan Junction Community Festival (co-sponsored by WSB) on June 21st is the place – because the “Bark of Morgan” dog show and parade is back:

The Morgan Community Association (MoCA) is pleased to announce the return of the “Bark of Morgan” Dog Show at the Morgan Junction Community Festival, set for June 21, 2014.

Leashed dogs and their humans are invited to join in the Pooch Parade and enter up to two of the Dog Contests.

Pooch Parade: To participate in the Pooch Parade, dogs with their humans must line up in the Morgan Junction Park (located at the corner of California Ave SW and SW Eddy Street) by 2:00 pm. We’ll parade through the Morgan Junction Community Festival grounds to the Beveridge Place Pub Main Stage. Costumes are optional.

Dog Contests: At the end of the parade, dog contests will begin at the Beveridge Place Pub Main Stage. Starting at 2:30 pm, the “Bark of Morgan” Master of Ceremonies will announce each contest, and will select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners based on audience applause. The contests are:

1) Best Voice – Does your dog have that special howl, bark or musical number? Then we want to hear it.
2) Best Dog/Human Look-Alike – Do you and your pooch look similar? Do you dress alike? Well??
3) Smallest Dog – Can your dog fit inside a purse? You may have this contest in the bag!
4) Best Dog Trick – Before you and your dog head off to ‘ America ’s Got Talent,’ here’s the chance to show off your tricks….

The festival is happening in and around Morgan Junction Park on Saturday, June 21st – see the schedule here, and if you can spare some volunteer time, that info is here.

WSB Lost/Found Pets happy ending: Sampson the big, friendly dog makes it home, with help!

June 5, 2014 at 1:16 am | In Pets, West Seattle news | 24 Comments

We often hear about happy endings from lost/found pets posted on the WSB Lost/Found Pets page – but we don’t often get to see them. Sampson “the big, friendly dog” is finally home tonight and one of his people, Steve, shared the reunion photo. Most lost dogs are reunited relatively quickly – but Sampson was away for four days, and it played out in an unusual way: A commenter on Sampson’s WSB post spotted a “found dog” flyer and mentioned it:

Sampson’s person Steve had difficulty getting his messages returned … but then:

We know from the viewing statistics on the Pets page that some people look at it regularly just so they can be of help if they see a stray pet – or a flyer! – so, thank you to everyone who has continued to help to reunite lost pets and their people.

P.S. Speaking of which, another pet came home this week after an extended absence, thanks to sharp-eyed WSB readers – a “found” pet posted here turned out to be a cat also posted as “lost” six weeks earlier, and now Babycat is where he belongs.

P.P.S. The top of the Pets page explains how to send info/photo if you have lost a pet or if you have found one that is in your custody.

Update: Hit-run driver left ‘Lulu’ badly hurt; owner has been found

May 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news | 37 Comments

>(2:11 PM UPDATE: The owner has been found)

1:47 PM: If you have any idea whose dog this is – she has a tag reading “Lulu” – they need to know she’s at a local clinic, and that a lot of people worked hard to rescue her and are trying to find her people.

It started with Jennifer, who lives near the top of the hill at Highland Park Way and heard it happen around 1 am:

I looked out of my 3rd story window and saw the driver of an SUV (in the dark it looked like a silver Pathfinder or Infinity) get out and look under their vehicle. They said something to their passenger and got back in their car after a few seconds. They tried to drive off but whatever they hit was still blocking their way somewhat so they backed up a bit then went forward again. They paused slightly and then just drove down the big hill.

I could see through the branches of the tree between me and that part of the street something flopping and flailing about, it looked like a large dog. I then say a Border Collie run across Highland Park way from the west and it was obvious they were buddies. The Border Collie went to the other dog and stood there looking around as if for help. I decided to run down to help but by the time I got there all I saw was blood on the street. Almost starting to cry, I looked up the weird little street going Southeast, up kind of behind where I live and sure enough there was the big dog that had been hit, limping up the hill with the Border Collie encouraging its friend to get somewhere, probably home. I didn’t know what to do.

From there, the dogs both went to the side yard of a nearby house. Jennifer followed along and guessed it might be their home; the injured dog went into the back yard, while the border collie came back to her. She knocked on the door – no one came. She went back when it was light; the border collie turned up again, the other dog was still in the yard. She says, “(A young neighbor) saw the border collie wondering around and decided to take it for a walk. He was on Highland Park Way when a woman stopped her car, told the kid that was her dog and took off with it. She did not mention a second dog at all.” She found the owner of the house where the injured dog was still resting, and with the help of yet more neighbors, “we tried all sorts of things like calling vets, 911, friends, friends of friends, the animal shelter which was not taking calls until 9:15. Finally the kid, who happens to volunteer at the Burien shelter, called an officer there who out of the kindness of his heart came to put the dog on a stretcher, load the dog into his vehicle and transport the dog to Lien Animal Clinic. Incredible dedication!”

2:11 PM UPDATE: Nancy, another neighbor who was helping, says Lulu’s owner has been found.

Do it for Raindrops the rescued cat! Kitty Harbor benefit @ Skylark

May 27, 2014 at 7:02 pm | In Fun stuff to do, How to help, Pets, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

At left, that’s Raindrops the cat. She is the inspiration for a benefit show at Skylark Café and Club this Friday night – the return of the West Side Glory variety show, which in turn was an evening spinoff from Seattle’s original drag brunch. West Seattleite Jeffrey Robert is hosting and producing, and proceeds benefit West Seattle’s Kitty Harbor cat/kitten shelter, which saved Raindrops after Jeffrey rescued her from a local road. So here’s how the story goes:

Back in December, Raindrops made an appearance on the WSB Lost/Found Pets Page, described as having been found on the bridge, though that wasn’t quite right, it turns out – Jeffrey says she was on the top of the overpass bridge connecting the West Seattle Bridge and Highway 99.

She was badly hurt, too – including a broken leg. Jeffrey (photo at right) says she didn’t look like she was going to survive. He contacted Kitty Harbor, who arranged for surgery, and eventually she found a forever home. He plans to tell the entire story during West Side Glory on Friday night. They still don’t know how Raindrops ended up on that busy road – whether she was dumped, or maybe fell from a car she climbed into. But there she was.

Even if you’re not interested in a tale about a kitty – you might want to see the all-star lineup taking the stage starting at 9 pm Friday, including West Seattle’s rising-star comic Mona Concepcion and local burlesque performer Sibyl Darling. Along with the aforementioned performers, the lineup includes David Johnson, Emmett Montgomery, Beka Barry, Olivia LaGarce, Cherry Tart, Cherry Sur Bête, Honey Bucket, Abbey Drake, Deb Seymour, Peggy Platt, Sylvia O’Stayformore, Bella Luna & Michelle Pannell, SuperNova-Majesty, Matt Clear, “and more TBA” – plus a prize raffle.

It’s 21+ – Jeffrey allows, “We get a little bit naughty” – suggested donation $15. If you need a reminder, here’s the Facebook event page. Skylark is at 3803 Delridge Way SW.

Photos: ‘Catsino’ fun(draising) games, auction @ BP Pub

April 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm | In Fun stuff to do, How to help, Pets, West Seattle news | Comments Off

You can’t have a “Catsino” without cats. So there you go. Little fluffballs, inspiration for a fun afternoon of Furry Faces Foundation fundraising:

Vegas-style games – just for fun – give the benefit its name; there’s a silent auction, too:

And people! Longtime WSB’er Mike (aka “miws”) is volunteering:

Running one of the tables, you’ll find, of Washington Beer Blog and Beer Church fame, Kendall Jones and Kim Sharpe Jones:

Also with a table, Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) – that’s co-proprietor Anne Higuera with the chips:

Catsino is on until 6 pm at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW).

Stella Ruffington’s Doggy Daycare: Welcome, new WSB sponsor

March 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm | In Pets, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Today, we welcome a new WSB sponsor – Stella Ruffington’s Doggy Daycare, serving your canine needs right here in West Seattle! Here’s what they’d like you to know about their business:

Located on California Avenue Southwest, just four blocks south of Morgan Junction, Stella Ruffington’s provides kennel-free dog boarding and day care, full-service grooming, and dog training. Unlike many dog day care and dog-boarding facilities in Seattle, Stella Ruffington’s does not occupy a large warehouse-type space. We are a cozy, indoor/outdoor facility where our canine guests get to mingle and enjoy the kind of freedom that they experience at home. At Stella’s, the environment is entirely kennel-free, not only for day-care guests, but for our overnight boarding guests as well.

While many facilities in Seattle or elsewhere are kennel-free during the day and then routinely confine their guests at night, Stella’s is kennel-free 24/7, and staff always is at hand for your dog’s safety and security. Your dog can curl up on a cozy bed and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing it is not confined even at bed time, but has free run of the room that it shares with its doggie friends and with staff.

Stella Ruffington’s also is excited to provide full grooming services for your canine family member. Michelle Seifert, our new full-time groomer, has trained under two master groomers and possesses more than 10 years of experience as a professional groomer in the Puget Sound area. She provides full cut, comb, and style grooming for every breed and breed type. Additionally, we also provide doggy baths, brush and blow-outs, ear cleaning, nail trimming and many other grooming services.

Find Stella Ruffington’s at 7003 California SW, online at stellaruffington.com; call 206.932.RUFF. And don’t miss the WSB coupon!

We thank Stella Ruffington’s Doggy Daycare for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

Do you know anything about this neglected, hurt dog found in West Seattle? $5,000 reward

February 25, 2014 at 3:14 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news | 47 Comments

Just in from the Seattle Animal Shelter – a plea for information about that dog, found neglected and injured in Highland Park:

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the neglect and abuse of a dog found in West Seattle last week. The dog showed clear signs of neglect and has been treated for a serious wound from a severely embedded collar.

On Thursday, Feb. 20, the dog pictured was found in the 8600 block of 8th Avenue Southwest. As the dog was extremely frightened, it took 20 minutes of coaxing for a Good Samaritan and Humane Law Enforcement Officer to lure the dog out of hiding. The dog’s collar had cut so far into the dog’s neck that it was not visible on exam and had to be surgically removed. Animal neglect such as this is animal cruelty and it is a crime.

Details of where the dog has been for the past several weeks are unknown. If you recognize the dog or know where this dog has been, please call Seattle Animal Shelter Manager of Field Services Ann Graves at (206) 386-4288. Please reference case number 14-13914. Any information about the dog’s previous whereabouts is vital to solving this case.

“Neglecting an animal to the point that no one loosens a collar that is literally cutting into the flesh of the animal’s neck is unconscionable and a clear violation of our state’s animal cruelty statutes,” said Dan Paul, Washington State Director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We are grateful that this dog is now safe in the good hands of the Seattle Animal Shelter staff, and hopeful that this reward brings forward anyone with information about this heinous act of cruelty.”

First-degree animal cruelty is a Class C felony punishable by five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

The Seattle Animal Shelter enforces both SMC 9.25.081 and RCW 16.52.205, which make it illegal to abuse or neglect an animal. If you feel that an animal is being neglected or abused, please contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at (206) 386-7387.

SAS spokesperson Julie Moore says the dog originally came to authorities’ attention because a resident (same one mentioned above as a Good Samaritan) called to report this dog was lying in their yard.

West Seattle scene: Painting your pet at Mind Unwind

February 24, 2014 at 10:30 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Why just have photos of your pet when you can have a painting – one done with love, because you did it yourself? When Krystal Kelley at Mind Unwind in The Admiral District mentioned a new class just launched there, we couldn’t resist asking for a photo. Krystal says “Paint Your Pet” is for all skill levels – bring a photo for inspiration, paint an 11×14 canvas, with instructors guiding you through a “grid process and basic acrylic painting techniques to ensure you have a recognizable painting.” Supplies included. 2 hours, $30, voila. Dates/times here.

Love puppies? Love being helpful? This one’s for you

February 23, 2014 at 3:24 pm | In How to help, Pets, West Seattle news | 14 Comments

Look, it’s a puppy with an invitation for you!

I’m Sagan, the newest puppy to join the West Seattle See Dogs. I’m curious, affectionate and playful (Just a little sleepy in this photo.)

My new raisers, Judy and Fred Brown, are going to help me grow up to be the best dog I can be with fun techniques.

West Seattle See Dogs are looking for other volunteers who can usher a puppy down the path to becoming a guide dog.

We’ll provide a community of support to allow you to give back while being paid in unconditional love. It is a job that is both warm and fuzzy!

Join us Tuesday, February 25th, at 6:30 pm at The Kenney and meet Sagan and other volunteers and learn how you might become involved.

Can’t make it? Call Ruth Oldham at 206-953-0268 – and learn more at www.guidedogs.com/puppy

Thanks to Ruth for forwarding Sagan’s invite. The Kenney is at 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW.

The $1,000 cat toy: West Seattleite crowdfunding for Cat Fishin’

January 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 10 Comments

No, it won’t COST $1,000 … that sum is the crowdfunding target for Westwood resident Dan Tracy‘s campaign to raise money for Seattle production of the “Cat Fishin‘ Toy,” demonstrated in his official Kickstarter pitch video above – featuring jumping cats, of course.

Tracy explains, “It’s similar to feather-on-a-stick dangler toys but way more durable because it’s made with rip stop nylon.” He moved to West Seattle two years ago from Maui, saying this is a more hospitable place for inventors: “I had lived there for 13 years and needed a better location to start up fun projects. Hawaii is great for vacation but it can be difficult for business because the cost of living is so high.” Why $1,000 to produce something this simple-looking? we asked. Tracy’s reply: “$1000 gets us started so we can buy material and start production but we’re hoping to raise more. We’ve already started networking with local pet shops and they’re excited to try Cat Fishin’ Toys.”

Service Dog Academy to close storefront, expand medical-alert training

November 14, 2013 at 9:45 pm | In Pets, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Mary McNeight, proprietor of Service Dog Academy, has announced she’s closing her storefront at 6040 California SW while expanding another line of her dog-training enterprise:

On World Diabetes Day, Service Dog Academy announces its upcoming pet dog training program closure on December 31st and expansion of Diabetic Alert Dog Training program.

I started Service Dog Academy after being frustrated with the Puget Sound region’s lack of qualified trainers to help me train my own service dog. Unfortunately numerous factors including the death of my father, the loss of a marriage, a business model that gave too much back to the community to my own financial detriment, a 26% increase in rent in one year, and numerous health crises that landed me in the hospital have resulted in a company that never made enough to allow me to draw a salary.

Despite winning two national dog-trainer awards and being a featured speaker at the 6,000+ member Association of Professional Dog Trainers conference this year, it was not enough publicity to keep our doors open in this economic climate.

Service Dog Academy will be closing our pet dog training location so that we may focus on raising and training medical alert dogs for Diabetes, Seizures, Narcolepsy, Migraines and Asthma.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Maisy and Cookie

October 26, 2013 at 11:21 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news | 20 Comments

‘An Alki Family’ e-mailed that photo to share, explaining:

In the midst of all of the scary news the past few weeks, I thought I would share this photo. We adopted our 8-week=old kitty, Maisy, just two days ago from PAWS animal rescue and it seems that she and our dog, Cookie, have fallen in love.

Happy ending: Lost West Seattle cat home – after 3 years!

October 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news | 30 Comments

Time for some happy news before this night is over. Sheri, who has lived in West Seattle for 18 years and raised her teenage daughter here, has a story to tell about a very happy homecoming:

In 2008, a friend of mine who worked at a vet clinic in Burien called me and said they found a tiny black kitten on the side of the road. She wondered if I was interested in adopting him, and of course I said yes. Mio became a part of our family in June of that year.

Within the first few months of having Mio, I took him to our vet at the West Seattle Animal Hospital, where I had him microchipped and neutered. Mio was always an outdoor cat, an avid hunter, and truly affectionate. He loved his dog brother Tony the most, and I’d often go into the back yard to see the two of them playing together. Keeping track of Mio wasn’t exactly easy. Like I said, he was a hunter, so he’d often go out for a few nights in a row, then camp out in the basement. He’d always eventually turn up, so it never really worried me. In the fall of 2010 I noticed Mio hadn’t been home for a while. I kept an eye out, but didn’t really worry, considering his independent nature. He never turned up.

As Tony and I would walk the neighborhood, I’d look every black cat in the eye. I’d often wonder if Mio just divorced us and decided to move in with another set of humans. When Mio disappeared I figured he would turn up, a vet clinic would scan him, then I’d get a call. As the years past, my phone never rang with that call.

Fast forward to Tuesday:

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West Seattle weekend scene: Pet blessings, graced with sunshine

October 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news, West Seattle religion | 1 Comment

It’s an October tradition for St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in south Admiral – the annual Blessing of the Animals in the West Seattle High School parking lot next door. Most of this year’s blessing-seekers brought their dogs; we did spot one cat, Yahzi Farouche:

This was the first Blessing of the Animals since Rev. J.D. Godwin took over as spiritual leader almost half a year ago. Below, Rev. Godwin blessed Pace the dog:

He was joined by Paul Dahlke from the Order of St. Francis. There was a special gift for the people who brought their pets today – this medal:

P.S. If you missed this event – Alki UCC Church usually has a Blessing of the Animals service this time of year too, and the church website says it’s at 10 am next Sunday (October 13th).

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