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Awesome Treat Alert – Charki Puffs!!

Charki Puffs Dog TreatsThe nice thing about moving somewhere new is that you get to find great foods that you wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to try. This is true for people food and doggie treats!

My dog Pipa is a notorious food snob. Biscuits are pretty much out. And it basically took 5 years to find a dry food she was willing to eat without glaring at me and making me feel like an abusive moron.

Since moving to Seattle I’ve come across a treat that I wish we’d had during all of our travels… CHARKI PUFFS!!!

Aside from being fun to say, I never find Charki Puffs hidden under my pillow because they didn’t live up to her descriminating tastes.

Charki Puffs are made of 100% USA raised beef. They’re baked and puffed up to crunchy perfection then bathed in a luscious liver sauce.  They’re made by Three Dog Bakery and if you can’t find them in your local store you can order them at Three Dog Bakery‘s site where they’re a mere $9 for a bag which lasts for ages. You won’t be sorry!

WagFest 2012!!! Canine Cavorting in Seattle This Sunday!

WagFest Seattle Dog Fundraising EventIf you’re looking for a way to assure your pooch that weekends are not for sleeping in and totally devoted to pleasing them – come to WagFest this Sunday, September 16th.

This event benefits PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap and has tons of fun stuff planned. There will be a 1.5 mile Dog Promenade with PAWSprint Passport, Canine Search and Rescue Demonstrations, games, prizes, educational presentations and your typical doggie fun. However, I think the best thing about this WagFest will be the numerous, chuckle-worthy contests:

* Dog Biscuit Stacking (For once something I can do!!)

* Waggiest Tail

* Pet/Owner Look-alike

* Weiner dog races

* Small Dog races and…..

The Great Tennis Ball Dive!!!

WagFest 2012 will take place on September 16th from 9-1PM at Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island. For information visit the PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap website.

Ask family, co-workers, neighbors and friends to make an online or other donation to PAWS in support of you attending WagFest 2012. You can also make contributions at the registration table on the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the PAWS Community Programs, which include the PAWS PetFood Bank, Veterinary Financial Assistance, Low Cost Spay/Neuter, Kitsap Lost Pets and more.

Bow Wow Brunch Seattle!

(Disclaimer: Let me just say in advance – I’ll wax poetic on all of the parks and dog beach access in another post. We’re just talking brunch here.)

Bow wow brunch seattle humane dog event fundraiser

Canine Cuisine at its Finest!

I believe the measure of a truly dog-friendly city is how many places you can have brunch with your dog. Based on this scale, Seattle unfortunately falls quite short. It’s even hard to find outdoor cafes where you can take them. I mean flies can land in my food, but my dog can’t sit on the ground? This is why I was tickled pink that the lovely crew at the equally lovely (and pet-friendly) Sorrento Hotel hosted a Bow Wow Brunch benefiting the Seattle Humane Society.

For this stellar event Chef Dan Gilmore of Sorrento’s Hunt Club restaurant created  a menu just for the pups which featured a Wild Salmon and Sweet Potato Hash entrée, a Lamb and Quinoa entrée, as well as Doggie Pastries and Egg and Avocado Salads to start. Lucky dogs also got a chance to sample Bowser Beer (a non-alcoholic puppy beverage made from beef and chicken broth and chock full of B-vitamins and Glucosamine – heck it’s probably better than whatever I’ve been drinking). Live music was provided by local band, Shaggy Sweet.

All proceeds from the Bow Wow Menu were donated to the Seattle Humane Society, which offers a variety of programs throughout King County including adoptions, veterinary services, dog training classes, a pet food bank, and humane education for children of all ages.

Check out Seattle Humane Society’s events calandar to find out how you can get involved in upcoming fundraisers, adoption drives, and other fun events.

Until then, here are some photos of the fabulousness at Bow Wow Brunch Seattle….

Bow wow brunch seattle dog event fundraiser

Ladies Who Brunch (a.k.a. Daisy & Snuffleupagus)

Bow Wow Brunch Seattle Humane Society Dog Event Fundraiser

Anjou Chowing Down!

Bow wow brunch seattle humane dog event fundraiser

Bridgette Giving the Best Cuddle Face!

 

Bow Wow Brunch Seattle HUmane Dog Event Fundraiser

Daisy Hearts Bowser Beer

Bark of Seattle is Gearing Up

Seattle Dog EventsI love doing fun things with my dog and I don’t just mean going to the park. I like taking her to brunch with me (she prefers cafés over dive-bars), to the bookstore, Sephora, etc. To be clear I’m not trying to drag her to stuff she doesn’t like to do. For instance, I’m not all up at AMC begging to take her to the movies or anything. However, she seems to like supplementing her garden digging, ball fetching, and mud puddle rolling with things that are typically not considered ‘doggie’ activities. That’s why I’ve created Bark of Seattle.  It gives me a good push to take the time to find unique dog activites to do and a way to share the fun and support great dog related ideas and causes. Check back for….

Doggie Events in Seattle

Fido-friendly Travel around the Pacific Northwest

Pet Health News

&

Canine Culinary Tips!!!

(i.e. Yeah Recipes for people who get a kick out of cooking for their dog!)

Look forward to meeting my fellow dog nuts!!!

Dogs Rule,
Staci

PAWS Walk Seattle 2012!!!

As an ridiculously good walker and lousy distance runner I’ve been really looking forward to the PAWS Walk 4mile charity event taking place on Sept. 8th.

Since 1967, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (or PAWS) has been rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife as well as sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs. They’ve united more than 125,000 companion animals with loving families, cared for 110,000 injured and orphaned wild animals, and made the world a better place for countless others through advocacy and education. With the dedication and support of hundreds of volunteers and thousands of contributors, PAWS provides direct care to more than 6,000 animals each year.

The annual PAWS Walk event is a vital part of the organizations fundraising activities and gives them the ability to keep up the great work they do.

This year PAWS Walk will move to its new home at doggie heaven (a.k.a. Marymoor Park). It costs nothing to participate, however to contribute you can either get people to donate to you as a walker or you can simply make a contribution yourself. There will be dogs available for adoption, trick contests, the CityDog Magazine Cover Dog Search, and the Pour for PAWS beer garden.

If you’re not up for walking they can always use volunteers!

For more information about the event visit the PAWS Walk site.