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Local rescue raising money to help abused dog from South Korea

Photo from KOMO News.

KOMO News reported last week that a local dog recuse group in Kirkland is raising money to help an abused dog rescued from South Korea. Journey is a 6-month-old Shiba Inu/Jundo mix that was set on fire with the rest of her litter mates on New Year's Eve in South Korea. She was the only one to survive. Journey suffered severe damage to her front paws that makes it difficult for her to walk. After she learned about Journey, a woman in New York contacted MEOW rescue in Kirkland to see if they could help (MEOW does rescue cats but it also has a "Canine Division" that helps dogs as Continue Reading

A reminder of how amazing service dogs are

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Clare Syversten is a 26-year-old woman from from Northolt, Middlesex (England). She suffers from the degenerative bone condition Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which can mean the slightest movement causes her joints to dislocate. But even though she has a painful condition and uses a wheelchair, she can still live independently thanks to her service dog Griffin, who presses the buttons at road crossings, put's Clare's fruit and veg into separate bags, grabs items on low shelves that Clare can't reach and hands her purse over the the cashier when paying for shopping. I know that service dogs do Continue Reading

Seattle Police K-9 succumbs to cancer

Officer Craig Williamson and Dennis developed a strong bond during their 6 years together. Photo from KOMO News.

The Retired Seattle Police Canine Fund announced late yesterday that retired bomb sniffing K-9 Dennis died yesterday "due to complications related to his cancer." Dennis retired last March when he was first diagnosed with terminal cancer. He worked in the K-9 Unit with his partner Officer Craig Williamson for 6 years. According to KOMO, the pair responded to more than 1000 calls to search for evidence in crimes involving firearms and explosives. Dennis and Officer Williamson lived together and developed a close bond. When it was announced that Dennis was retiring, Officer Williamson Continue Reading

Main Street Mutt Rescue in Bellingham area is adopting out unvaccinated dogs that aren’t spayed/neutered

Radar was a 7-week-old chihuahua mix that had breathing problems for the 4 weeks he was in foster. MSMR refused to pay for him to see a vet. Image credit withheld.

Over the last 3 weeks I've received multiple reports that Main Street Mutt Rescue, a new dog rescue group in the Bellingham area, has adopted out dogs that haven't been vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, or spayed/neutered while collecting $300-350 adoption fees for each dog. In addition, the rescue refused to authorize medical treatment for a sick puppy in foster care, and it's bringing in dogs from California to Washington without health certificates, which is required by law. This rescue hasn't been around long - a woman named Amy Jo Millman started it last February. I'm sure Continue Reading

A bittersweet Memorial Day with my old dog

Tennis ball in mouth = Happy Labrador Retriever. Photo from Seattle DogSpot.

(This was originally posted on May 26, 2014, our last Memorial Day with Dylan. We had to put him down on October 1, 2014. This is one of the last times he was strong enough to swim and play with his tennis ball.) Yesterday my wife and I spent a rare day out with Dylan, our 12-1/2 year old chocolate Labrador retriever. We don't get to do this very often because of our schedules and we have another dog who gets VERY upset if we leave him out of anything we do, especially if it involves Dylan. But yesterday Miguel's doggie daycare was open and Dylan's was closed (yes, they go to Continue Reading