West Seattle Blog... » Pets http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:41:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Will sign stop rulebreaking dog owners? Pigeon Point NC hopes so http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/will-sign-stop-rulebreaking-dog-owners-pigeon-point-nc-hopes-so/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/will-sign-stop-rulebreaking-dog-owners-pigeon-point-nc-hopes-so/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:09:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297335

The photo is courtesy of Pigeon Point’s Pete Spalding, who explains:

One of the issues the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council has been looking for ways to address has been the ongoing issue of folks letting their dogs run loose at the fields at Pathfinder School. One of the ideas discussed at our last meeting was putting up a sign. Here is the sign.

West Seattle’s official off-leash area is at Westcrest Park (map and info here).

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Use the off-leash area at Westcrest Park? This is for you http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/use-the-off-leash-area-at-westcrest-park-this-is-for-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/use-the-off-leash-area-at-westcrest-park-this-is-for-you/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:47:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294690 If you use the off-leash area at Westcrest Park – West Seattle’s only official public off-leash area – can you spare a few minutes for a survey? It’s part of a project that’s just getting going with a $7,500 grant from King County Wastewater Treatment meant to help manage the off-leash area’s runoff problem, with water coming down the slope from the covered-reservoir area. A much-larger amount is being sought via grants, sponsorships, and private donations to pay for general improvements to the park, in partnership with Seattle Parks, King County, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Animal Shelter and COLA (Citizens for Off-Leash Areas). The survey is collecting opinions on what improvements you’d like to see at Westcrest. Answer ASAP; they’re planning to report results next month.

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‘Pre-Black Friday Doorbusters’ – the furry kind, @ Kitty Harbor http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/pre-black-friday-doorbusters-the-furry-kind-kitty-harbor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/pre-black-friday-doorbusters-the-furry-kind-kitty-harbor/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:30:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292819

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.

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West Seattle Montessori visited by new book’s star ‘Danny Dog’ (and its author Sid Shapira) http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-montessori-visited-by-new-books-star-danny-dog-and-its-author-sid-shapira/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-montessori-visited-by-new-books-star-danny-dog-and-its-author-sid-shapira/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:39:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292197

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.

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Camp Crockett dog day camp: Welcome, new WSB sponsor! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/camp-crockett-dog-day-camp-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/camp-crockett-dog-day-camp-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:36:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291271 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.

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‘Bless those who curl themselves around your hearts’: Blessing of the Animals 2014 at St. John’s http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/bless-those-who-curl-themselves-around-your-hearts-blessing-of-the-animals-2014-at-st-johns/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/bless-those-who-curl-themselves-around-your-hearts-blessing-of-the-animals-2014-at-st-johns/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 01:13:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287902

(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.

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Saga of the Jacobsen Road goats: Why the feeder’s gone again http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/saga-of-the-jacobsen-road-goats-why-the-feeders-gone-again/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/saga-of-the-jacobsen-road-goats-why-the-feeders-gone-again/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:21:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287687

(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.”

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Blessing of the Animals: 3 West Seattle churches this year http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/blessing-of-the-animals-3-west-seattle-churches-this-year/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/blessing-of-the-animals-3-west-seattle-churches-this-year/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:26:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287644

(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.

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Dog on the run on the West Seattle Bridge; drivers stop to rescue it http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/dog-on-the-run-on-the-west-seattle-bridge-drivers-stop-to-rescue-it/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/dog-on-the-run-on-the-west-seattle-bridge-drivers-stop-to-rescue-it/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:55:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287102

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!

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West Seattle scene: Dogpaddling at Arbor Heights Swim & Tennis http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scene-dogpaddling-at-arbor-heights-swim-tennis/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scene-dogpaddling-at-arbor-heights-swim-tennis/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:54:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285833

(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.

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‘Dog Days of Summer’ ahead at Arbor Heights Swim & Tennis Club pool http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/dog-days-of-summer-ahead-at-arbor-heights-swim-tennis-club-pool/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/dog-days-of-summer-ahead-at-arbor-heights-swim-tennis-club-pool/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 03:06:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284284

(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.

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Tomorrow: West Seattle girls’ benefit bake sale – 2nd year in a row! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/tomorrow-west-seattle-girls-benefit-bake-sale-2nd-year-in-a-row/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/tomorrow-west-seattle-girls-benefit-bake-sale-2nd-year-in-a-row/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 01:33:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281370

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.

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Do you recognize this dog? Just caught after apparently wandering Lincoln Park for days http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/do-you-recognize-this-dog-just-caught-after-wandering-lincoln-park-for-days/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/do-you-recognize-this-dog-just-caught-after-wandering-lincoln-park-for-days/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:15:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278815

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!

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West Seattle Summer Fest countdown updates: Pet Junction debut; Bubbleman on WSSF eve http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-summer-fest-countdown-updates-pet-junction-debut-bubbleman-on-wssf-eve/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-summer-fest-countdown-updates-pet-junction-debut-bubbleman-on-wssf-eve/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:33:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278600

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!)

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Where did the Jacobsen Road goats and their feeder go? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/where-did-the-jacobsen-road-goats-and-their-feeder-go/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/where-did-the-jacobsen-road-goats-and-their-feeder-go/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:23:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276756

(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.”

She reached George, who told her that after some late-night visitors came by over the preceding weekend, a neighbor had complained and said the feeding station had to go.

Suzanne says she’s heartbroken: “When I spoke with him, he told me how much joy it had brought so many of our neighbors, and to his family, as well. I know this is true, as it’s become the talk of my group of friends and neighbors. Before this turn of events, almost every time I passed their home, there was a person taking photos of the goats, or kids and parents feeding them, with the kids often giggling – everyone was clearly enjoying this light spot in their day.” She said George told her he would return the feeding station if it seemed to have community support.

We contacted him to see if that were true. First, he told us the story:

I put the feeder up on March 26th. I installed it because people were always wanting to see the goats. They would have regular visitors but weren’t always up at the fence. I thought it could be a way of having people interact with the goats that would be a good experience for both. THAT WAS AN UNDERSTATEMENT! It became unbelievably popular. When I first put it up I thought I’d refill the machine maybe 2 or 3 times a month. I grossly underestimated volume. It started out slow and then I was filling the machine 2 or 3 times a week and eventually everyday. Sometimes twice a day! There were all kinds of people enjoying and feeding the goats. And the goats were loving it too. I was amazed how many people thanked me for putting the feeder up. I was also amazed how many adults would make special trips just to feed the goats. People came from Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, I made it a habit of asking how they heard about it. The other thing that was great was the number of little kids who were getting exposed to something they perhaps hadn’t seen before. I mean, it is somewhat bucolic and that’s hard to find in the city. It’s popularity may have lead to it’s demise.

George said he was worried that the feeder might be an irresistible trouble magnet come summer – and weekend before last, he says, that happened, leading a neighbor, he said, to declare “The goats have become too much,” bringing too much traffic, noise, and raising safety concerns.

He says he offered to take the feeder down at night, but the neighbor only seemed placated by the concept of complete removal. In retrospect, he says, he wishes he had refused, but “not knowing if my goats and I were fully in compliance of the law, I agreed. I needed to make sure that I was within my rights to do what I was doing. I put up the sign (which I
have attached) and started to research what I could and could not do. Turns out that all I needed to do was get a business license and everything else was completely legal and, to put it in the words of the city official ‘a really cool thing’.”

(Yes, city law allows pet goats.)

George vows, “I am absolutely going to put the feeder back up! The number of people who
have been put off by this incident has been remarkable. I have had people actually knock at the front door asking what happened and are we going to bring it back. I love my goats! First and foremost I want them to be safe and sound. … My goats are very calming to me.
Sometimes I like to sit and just watch them.”

No timeline, though. But the goats even have their own e-mail address – westseattlegoats@gmail.com.

P.S. Two of the goats appeared here two years ago, also thanks to a photo by Suzanne.

9:46 PM UPDATE: The goat feeder is back, as mentioned by commenters; we drove by to verify a short time ago.

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