West Seattle Blog... » Pets http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:24:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 WEDNESDAY: City’s dogs-in-parks plan @ Delridge District Council http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/wednesday-citys-dogs-in-parks-plan-delridge-district-council/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/wednesday-citys-dogs-in-parks-plan-delridge-district-council/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 04:48:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329376 If you’re interested in the city’s policies regarding off-leash dogs in parks – whether you think current policies are too lenient, too tough, or just right – you’ll be interested in this Wednesday’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting. The agenda includes a discussion of the People, Dogs, and Parks Strategic Plan (previously called the Off-Leash Area Strategic Plan) that’s under development, with a draft plan to go public in early January. Scheduled guests include reps from Seattle Parks and from the Seattle Nature Alliance. The under-development plan was a topic at last week’s Fauntleroy Community Association meeting, as reported here. The DNDC meets at 7 pm Wednesday (November 18th) at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

P.S. If you can’t be there, the city is also taking comments via this form.

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HAPPENING NOW: Cat adopt-a-thon featuring Katya and friends at High Point Community Center http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/happening-now-cat-adopt-a-thon-featuring-katya-and-friends-at-high-point-community-center/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/happening-now-cat-adopt-a-thon-featuring-katya-and-friends-at-high-point-community-center/#comments Sat, 10 Oct 2015 19:57:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325549

Some of the cats and kittens at the Seattle Animal Shelter Cat Adopt-A-Thon at High Point Community Center were snapped up fast. But Katya, 10, above, didn’t have a forever home yet as of about 15 minutes ago. Go see her and the others looking for new homes.

HPCC is at 6920 34th SW and this is on until 3 pm. There’s even a tent where you can get acquainted with your potential new furry family member.

(That’s Bowser the kitten.)

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SATURDAY: 16 adorable kittens – and lovable mature cats! – at city’s West Seattle adopt-a-thon http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/saturday-16-adorable-kittens-and-lovable-mature-cats-at-citys-west-seattle-adopt-a-thon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/saturday-16-adorable-kittens-and-lovable-mature-cats-at-citys-west-seattle-adopt-a-thon/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 22:04:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325233

That’s Miles, our ex-shelter cat and official WSB assistant, suggesting you might want to add a feline family member this Saturday, when the Seattle Animal Shelter returns to West Seattle for an adopt-a-thon. He’s not available but dozens of cats are – including, we’ve just learned, 16 kittens, among them Bento and Sushi (city-provided photo below):

Here’s the basic info about the event:

The Seattle Animal Shelter will host a cat adopt-a-thon on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at the High Point Community Center, located at 6920 34th Ave. SW. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and features numerous kittens and cats of different breeds. Cats available at this event have been living with foster parents, who are available at the event to share information about the personality and habits of the cats with potential adopters, helping to make a perfect match.

“With our monthly neighborhood adoptathons, we hope to continue to spread the word about the joys and value of adopting shelter pets and saving lives. If you have room in your home and your heart for an orphaned animal, this is a great opportunity to come and see some of the wonderful pets available from our foster-care parents,” said Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter director.

Adoption prices range from $45 to $135 (plus applicable license fees) and include:

● Initial vaccinations
● Deworming
● Feline Leukemia testing
● Certificate for free health exam at local veterinarians
● Spay or neuter
● Microchip
The Seattle Animal Shelter has a foster-care program to rehabilitate sick and immature dogs and cats. Donations from the city’s “Help the Animals Fund” pay for veterinary care for these animals while they are being fostered.

Or maybe Nellie or Robbie.

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West Seattle weekend scene: St. John’s ‘Blessing of the Animals’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-st-johns-blessing-of-the-animals/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-st-johns-blessing-of-the-animals/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 06:56:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325013

(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
Every year, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Admiral invites pets and their people to an open, public “Blessing of the Animals” event, a tradition for many churches in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, and today was the day. St. John’s new priest-in-charge Rev. Michael Carroccino and Brother Paul Dahlke from the Order of Saint Francis were in the neighboring West Seattle High School parking lot for all who showed up.

Most of the pets brought for blessings were dogs … but we also spotted Olive the cat:

As explained on the event flyer, “Today we thank God for the gifts of companionship and beauty which animals and pets bring to our lives and homes, and ask God’s blessing on them.”

Blessings are usually offered this time each fall as it coincides with the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals:

At least two other West Seattle congregations offered Blessing of the Animals events today; another is still ahead, next Sunday (October 11th) at 10:30 am at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Gatewood (thanks to Sue for the tip).

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SUNDAY: Two ‘Blessing of the Animals’ events open to all http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/sunday-two-blessing-of-the-animals-events-open-to-all/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/sunday-two-blessing-of-the-animals-events-open-to-all/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:00:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324752 The first Sunday of October usually brings “Blessing of the Animals” events in honor of St. Francis of Assisi‘s feast day. We’ve received word of two:

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Local Franciscans are usually part of this one:

The church shares the photo and reminder (if you haven’t already seen it in our calendar):

All Things Bright and Beautiful

All are invited to bring your pet or pets for St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church’s annual community-wide St. Francis’ Day Blessing of the Animals, this Sunday, October 4, at 1:00 p.m. on the West Seattle High School parking lot.

That’s at 3000 California SW (just north of the church).

PROVIDENCE MOUNT ST. VINCENT: At the same time – 1 pm Sunday – The Mount and its Spiritual Care Department is sponsoring a blessing in honor of St. Francis, at Pigott Chapel, on the building’s third floor. “All pets are welcome. People may bring photos of their pets, too.” The Mount is at 4831 35th SW.

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HAPPENING NOW: What you’ll find in The Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/happening-now-what-youll-find-in-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/happening-now-what-youll-find-in-the-junction/#comments Sun, 27 Sep 2015 19:17:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324213 Big Sunday in The Junction. Seen while wandering through …

If you love chocolate, go see Andrea from Dolcetta Artisan Sweets, making a guest appearance at VAIN (WSB sponsor) until 3 pm as “Seattle Made Week” wraps up. VAIN is at 4513 California SW, on the west side of the street if you’re wandering the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, where you’ll find these gentle visitors today:

The “retired” greyhounds and their friends also are on the west side of the street. The market’s on until 2, as always, on California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon.

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Room in your home/heart for a new friend? ‘Remember Me’ vigil illuminated pets’ need for homes http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/room-in-your-homeheart-for-a-new-friend-remember-me-vigil-illuminated-pets-need-for-homes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/room-in-your-homeheart-for-a-new-friend-remember-me-vigil-illuminated-pets-need-for-homes/#comments Sat, 26 Sep 2015 06:06:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324096

Right now, millions of domestic animals are without homes. Many will lose their lives without ever finding one. Last night, local animal advocates and companions gathered for a candlelight event in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard, in observance of “Remember Me Thursday,” meant to call attention to what you can do to help change that.

Above, that’s Teri Ensley of West Seattle-based Furry Faces Foundation, which organized the gathering; other participants included animal advocates from Animal Aid and Rescue Foundation and Kitty Harbor. Teri read a poem; another inspirational reading was the proclamation by King County Executive Dow Constantine, in which he urged everyone to adopt a cat or dog:

Adopting a pet is not the only way you can help reduce the number of pets who have no home. Spaying/neutering yours is another vital step. So is making sure your pet has ID – a chip, a collar, a license – so that if it ever gets lost, it won’t be in danger of never coming home.

This was the third year for “Remember Me Thursday” – here’s how it got started.

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West Seattle scene: 1st ‘Dog Days’ swim at Arbor Heights STC http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-scene-1st-dog-days-swim-at-arbor-heights-stc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-scene-1st-dog-days-swim-at-arbor-heights-stc/#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2015 02:34:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323772

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

Didn’t take your dog to the Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club tonight for the first of five “Dog Days of Summer“? Your next chance is 5-7 pm tomorrow. It was sunny but a little brisk, yet the dogs just couldn’t wait to get into the pool

This is an annual fundraiser tradition to help support the AHSTC swim teams – the dogs are allowed in after the human swimming season ends, before the pool is drained and cleaned to await next year.

This continues 5-7 pm the next three days, and 11 am to 1 pm this Saturday – details in our preview.

The pool is at 11003 31st SW.

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Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club again offering end-of-summer ‘Dog Days’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/arbor-heights-swim-and-tennis-club-again-offering-end-of-summer-dog-days/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/arbor-heights-swim-and-tennis-club-again-offering-end-of-summer-dog-days/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 17:17:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322636

It’s become a tradition at the Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club pool – just before it’s drained and cleaned after the season ends, it’s opened to local dogs for a fun(draiser). More than a few people have messaged us in recent weeks to ask if it’s happening again this year, and finally we can say “yes,” after receiving the photo and announcement from Cori Roed:

It’s that time again, The Dog Days of Summer at the Arbor Heights Swim & Tennis Club. Tuesday 9/22 – Saturday 9/26.

Weekdays 5-7 pm
Saturday 11 am-1 pm

Donation to AH Teams via cash or check to AHSTC
Suggested: $10/dog or $25 for a pass for the week.

Your donations allow us to purchase equipment and keep our team fees low. Thank you!

11003 31st Ave SW – Please drive slowly on 31st, no matter HOW excited your passenger is. See you on deck!

No, you don’t have to be a member. And no, you can’t go in too – dogs only.

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FOLLOWUP: Generous West Seattleites help kindhearted local students assist animal advocates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/followup-generous-west-seattleites-help-kindhearted-local-students/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/followup-generous-west-seattleites-help-kindhearted-local-students/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:32:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320861

For the third year in a row, generous West Seattleites helped those two local students do a good deed for animals via their annual Seattle Humane-benefiting bake sale and donation drive. We photographed Muriel and Gwen on Sunday; David and Carey sent the followup tonight:

The girls raised over $300 and got nearly a full barrel of dog and cat food! West Seattle is awesome :)

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TOMORROW: Buy a treat, help Gwen and Muriel help animals! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/tomorrow-buy-a-treat-help-gwen-and-muriel-help-animals/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/tomorrow-buy-a-treat-help-gwen-and-muriel-help-animals/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 04:20:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320635

Goodies for a good cause, tomorrow – the photo and preview are from Carey:

Gwen and Muriel, Madison 6th graders, are putting their love for animals to work again through their third 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 23rd, from 10 am-3 pm. 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.

Here’s a map.

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Potential cover dog in the house? CityDog Cover Model Search at West Seattle Thriftway this Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/potential-cover-dog-in-the-house-citydog-cover-model-search-at-west-seattle-thriftway-this-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/potential-cover-dog-in-the-house-citydog-cover-model-search-at-west-seattle-thriftway-this-sunday/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 04:49:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320405 It’s a tail-wagging prospect: Your dog, on the cover of CityDog Magazine (founded and edited by West Seattleite Brandie Ahlgren)! First step is this Sunday, when the annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search returns to West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor). From CityDog:

ALL dogs are welcome to enter for the chance to be on the cover of CityDog, and because all dogs are super models, each and every canine contestant will get their photo in the magazine! $10 per dog to benefit the Doney Memorial Animal Clinic.

Simply swing by West Seattle Thriftway between noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, and CityDog Magazine will snap a photo of your pooch for the chance to be on the cover!

CityDog is 10 years old this year, by the way (human years, anyway).

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More official off-leash space for West Seattle dogs? Survey time http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/more-official-off-leash-space-for-west-seattle-dogs-survey-time/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/more-official-off-leash-space-for-west-seattle-dogs-survey-time/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:24:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=318176 This is already under discussion in the WSB Forums, but in case you haven’t heard about it yet: The city is running a survey for dog owners that could lead to more official off-leash space.

West Seattle, for example, has one off-leash area, at Westcrest Park in Highland Park, and there’s a growing clamor citywide for more such areas within walking distance of more neighbors. Take the survey here and have an early say as the city works “to develop a Strategic Plan which will help set a policy for future dog parks as our city grows – and the number of dog owners grows with it,” according to the group Citizens for Off-Leash Areas, which says, “Seattle has opened a mere 2.3 acres of off-leash areas in the last 14 years, while the number of dog parks in America’s largest cities went up 20 percent in the last five years, according to an April report from the Trust for Public Land.” Find out more about the off-leash-area Strategic Plan via the city website.

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Saving pets’ lives: Miniature masks donated to Seattle Fire Department http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/saving-pets-lives-miniature-masks-donated-to-seattle-fire-department/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/saving-pets-lives-miniature-masks-donated-to-seattle-fire-department/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:07:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=316560

(Firefighter Jeff Blevins with rescued cat; 2012 photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
You might remember that scene from a fire near The Junction in 2012; the Seattle Fire Department has to revive/treat pets more often than you think, and that’s why a donation today is so welcome. Here’s the SFD news release:

Today, Seattle Fire Department Chief Harold Scoggins received 20 donated pet oxygen masks from the Invisible Fence Brand of Seattle. The masks will be used to resuscitate animals overcome by smoke inhalation at fire scenes.

“I am very thankful for Invisible Fence’s generous donation,” said Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “These masks are another tool in our tool belt that firefighters can use to save pets overcome by carbon monoxide.”

In 2006, the Seattle Fire Department began carrying pet oxygen masks on Battalion Chief vehicles. The masks are used on animals overcome by smoke at building fires and other types of emergencies. Each mask contains a small, medium and large face piece. The cone-shaped design allows a snout to fit inside while a rubber gasket on the large end allows a seal to be maintained. They can be used on small animals like mice and guinea pigs too.

“When a family suffers the tragedy of fire, lives are turned upside down,” said Ed Hoyt, Director of Invisible Fence Brand.” Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes.”

While the priority for firefighters is saving lives and property, the first responders are able to rescue and resuscitate trapped or injured pets.

Since the pet oxygen program began, the masks have been used at more than a half dozen fire scenes to successfully resuscitate pets.

On March 26, 2014, firefighters and paramedics revived two cats trapped in a burning home in the 3200 block of South Hudson Street in the Rainier Valley.

On March 22, 2013, Firefighter Blake Bidleman and other fire crews revived two cats after they were rescued from a burning North Seattle condo building located in the 11500 block of 15th Avenue NE.

On January 9, 2012, Firefighter Jeff Blevins revived a cat found inside a burning West Seattle home in the 3800 block of 46th Avenue Southwest.

There are steps that people can take to protect their pets during a fire or medical emergency. We have a fact sheet on our website.

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West Seattle 4th of July 2015: Fireworks plea; pet protection http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-2015-fireworks-plea-pet-protection/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-2015-fireworks-plea-pet-protection/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:34:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=315459 Two more 4th of July notes:

FIREWORKS PLEA: The photo is from Shelly, who found fireworks debris while running through Lincoln Park the morning after the 4th last year. She warns, “The park is extremely dry now and it wouldn’t take much to set the whole park on fire.” She is hopeful people will heed that and obey the fireworks laws this year – the park is far from the only place that’s full of dry grass, brush, shrubs, and trees. And just as we were writing this – the National Weather Service has just extended the “heat advisory” AGAIN, continuing through Sunday night.

Speaking of fireworks laws, we already published the official reminder from Seattle Police a week and a half ago, but are sharing it here one more time, as conveyed by Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores:

The Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department would like to remind the public that fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle. The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited. Fireworks offenses are gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

Fireworks pose a fire hazard to property and present a safety risk to those who use them. Every year the Seattle Fire Department responds to fireworks-related fires and injuries. The holiday-related fires and injuries are preventable.

On the 4th of July, 911 centers become overloaded with non-emergency fireworks calls. DO NOT call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from police, fire or medics. Unnecessary 911 calls block people with real emergencies from reaching 911 and getting help.

Any fireworks-related fires or injuries should be reported directly to 911. Other fireworks violations may be reported by calling the Seattle Police non-emergency number at 206-625-5011.

Listening to the scanner the past few nights, fireworks calls *are* broadcast, so those lighting fireworks shouldn’t assume they’ll never get caught.

PROTECTING PETS: Another side effect of fireworks – they tend to scare pets, which means that invariably, we get many more lost-and-found pet reports to publish on the WSB West Seattle Lost/Found Pets page. We hope you won’t need to use it, but if you do lose or find a pet, please e-mail a description, phone number, and photo if available (if not, just be sure the description is detailed) to editor@westseattleblog.com. The Seattle Animal Shelter, meantime, has published information on how best to protect your pets at this time of year.

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