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Arlington puppy OK after swallowing ornament hook

Image from KING 5.

KING 5 ran a story about an 18-month-old puppy in Arlington named Scout that gobbled down a hook from a Christmas tree ornament.  Fortunately, his family immediately took him to the Arlington Veterinary Hospital where an e-x-ray showed the hook. Because his family acted so quickly Scout didn't need to have surgery to remove it - the vet just gave him something to make him throw up. If you have a dog that chews a lot, be sure it can't grab any ornaments off your tree. It's probably a good idea to keep it out of the room with the tree unless someone is there to watch it. Continue Reading

Seattle area weekend dog events: Friday, Dec. 19-Sunday, Dec. 21

Animal Aid and Rescue Foundation will wrap gifts this weekend to raise money for their work. Image from AARF.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19 Kitsap Humane Society Pet Adoption Event December 19 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Petco – Poulsbo, 21700 Market Pl NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370 Gift Wrapping at Alderwood Mall December 19 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Alderwood Mall, 3000 184th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98037 Seattle Humane Society Adoption Event December 19 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Safeway – Kirkland, 12519 NE 85th St. , Kirkland, WA 98033 Seattle Humane Society Adoption Event December 19 @ 11:00 pm All The Best Pet Care – Queen Anne,2127 Queen Anne Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109  SATURDAY, Continue Reading

Kitsap County group wants Silverdale pet store to stop selling puppies

This picture of puppies for sale in Farmland was posted in October, 2011 on the Kitsap Against Puppy Mills Facebook page.

I recently learned about some folks in Kitsap County organizing a demonstration this weekend to get a Silverdale pet store called Farmland Pets to stop selling puppies they say come from a puppy mill called BJ & Guys in Menlo, KS. Terry Stucker, one of the people organizing the protest, told me the goal of the demonstration is “consumer education/awareness.” He said they plan to give handouts to anyone who is interested so they can access a USDA report from last March saying that BJ & Guys had 755 adult dogs and 426 puppies on their site. He also said that while some people Continue Reading

Pierce County officials concerned rescue is adopting out dangerous dogs

Diana Van Husen with some of the approximately 3 dozen dogs she has at an undisclosed location in McKenna, WA. Photo by Drew Perine for the Tacoma News Tribune

Over the weekend the Tacoma News Tribune ran story about a local dog rescue group accused of adopting out dangerous dogs brought to Washington from California. The group, P.U.R.R.R. Rescue, was started as a cat rescue group but switched to dogs in 2004 after its founder died and Diana Van Dusen took it over. The Tribune noted that South Sound animal control officers have had several run-ins with Van Dusen, culminating with "a series of deadly pet maulings last summer committed by dogs she had adopted out." Like many of the rescue group's dogs, the three dogs involved in the maulings Continue Reading