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Reminder: Seattle Dog Nutrition Expert Answers Your Questions TOMORROW Nov.3rd

SEATTLE DOG LOVERS

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DOG NUTRITION

From Dog Nutrition Expert Patti Howard of Pawsitive Packleader

Seattle Pet Nutrition Expert Event Seminar

Learn how to give your dog the best diet possible and get answers to

nutrition-related health & behavioral problems

November 3rd @ 5PM

Fido-n-Scratch  in Leschi  140 Lakeside Avenue.  Suite A

 

For more information visit BarkofSeattle.com or call 917-345-5157.

** Dogs always welcome, but we invite you to make this **

parents’ night & leave your pooch at home

 to get the most out of this informative event.

Best Seattle Doggie Halloween Parties & Parades

Seattle Dog Nutrition Event Expert Speaker

Dog Halloween costumes events Seattle Times

Seattle Times Doggie Halloween Gallery

I think dog Halloween parades, dog Halloween parties, and dog Halloween costumes are the bees knees. My dog Pipa, however, has tried to make me an opponent of doggie dress-up time. She has made it clear that under no circumstances will she be wearing the ridiculously super neato harem costume; apparently she won’t even be wearing a t-shirt. The only way I could enter a people/pooch costume contest is if I dressed like her. So basically, she insists on raining on my doggie Halloween parade…. but that doesn’t mean she has to rain on everyone else’s!!!

Here’s a list of the best dog Halloween parades and Dog-O-Ween parties taking place in Seattle this weekend. If anyone’s participating please send pics, I’d love to do a collage – maybe Pipa will take the hint.

My Top Pick

Dog Halloween Contest Run Scared 5K SeattleOctober 28
Run Scared 5K in Seward Park. Run, walk, do the zombie shuffle, whatever works for you, at this event benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Dogs on short leashes allowed and there will be a costume contest for pups afterwards.
9AM at Seward Park, click here for a course map.

Other Spooktacular Options 

October 27
Pug-O-Ween. In addition to pugs in costumes (you know how awesome any pug looks in costume) there will be pug races and pug-friendly vendors.
1-3pm at Bitter Lake Community Center (13035 Linden Ave N., Seattle)

October 28
Dmarie’s Dog-O-Ween Pawty. Includes costume runway and The Dining Dog pie eating contest.
1-3pm at Dmarie’s Doggie Boutique (9639 Firdale Ave, Suite B, Edmonds)

October 29
Central Bark’s 1st Howl-O-Ween party.  Bobbing for hot dogs – need I say more. Oh yes –  and pie eating contests (for dogs), musical sit, dog and human goodies, photos, and much more!
2-4pm at Central Bark (838 Poplar Place South, Seattle)

October 30
CityDog Howl-at-the-Moon Muttmixer. There will be a costume contest with categories like Best Pack (group), Best Dog + Owner pair, Most Original and more!
6-8pm at Woodmark Hotel (1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland)

Pet Nutritionist Talks About Best Diet Options for Your Dog on Nov. 3rd @ 5PM

Nov 3 Dog nutrition expert advice seattle

Certified pet nutritionist, Patti Howard of The Pawsitive Packleader, will be speaking on Nov. 3rd at fido-n-scratch (Leschi) about how you to give your dog the best possible diet and what nutrition options are available to help alleviate common food related health and behavioral issues.

I’m actually coordinating the event and am so excited that Patti Howard agreed to speak. She is PASSIONATE about dogs and their health and is a great source of information about proper dog nutrition.

I thought of doing this event when my dog started eating dirt all of a sudden. I knew it was probably because something was lacking in her diet. Of course, my first thought was that if she actually ate her food then maybe whatever it was wouldn’t be missing. However, Pipa clearly decided that I was an idiot and that whatever food I gave her paled in comparison to dirt, sooooo getting her to eat her very, very well-balanced dog food was simply out of the question.  I asked around and was told probiotics could help her absorb the nutrients in her food better and Patti suggested that she may need more fresh foods.

Now, I used to cook for Pip all the time. In fact, she didn’t really get dry food until about 2 years ago because I was doing the cooked food thing with a professional supplement powder. That was awesome… until she stopped eating the powder. I mean what dog refuses to eat steak because she doesn’t like the sauce? My dog Pip.

Anyway, Patti suggested fresh food. I got my butt back into the kitchen and literally a couple of days later NO MORE DIRT EATING. Yeah!!!! Happy to know my cooking is better than dirt.

So if you’re here in Seattle and would like to know more about giving your dog the proper diet, what dietary changes you should make for senior dogs, what you can do for dogs with sensitive stomachs, etc. then come by on November 3rd at 5PM to the fido-n-scratch in Leschi (140 Lakeside Avenue.  Suite A.). Of course dogs are welcome (fido-n-scratch is a fab pet store!), but we’re inviting you to make this parents’ night & leave your pooch at home to get the most out of this informative event.

Also, prior to the event I’ll be asking Patti to answer some common dog nutrition questions/concerns, so if you have any questions for her, please send them my way!

Hope to see some of you at the event!!

 

 

Free Adoptions & Doggie Museum Road Trips This Weekend!

As it starts getting chillier we sadly see much less in the way of fun outdoor doggie events. This is ironic as most of our dogs would be happier attending these fetes in colder weather.  Just like how they hold off peeing so they can talk longer a walk even though you’re totally freezing because you hadn’t gone out with you warm jacket on…. Sorry bit of a tangent. (Pip, you know what I’m talking about.)

Anyhoo! Even if there aren’t as many Doggie Jamborees as we’ve had over the past couple of months there is a huge doggie event taking place and tons of great opportunities to adopt a pet – particularly this weekend.

Let’s start with an event for people who feel the need to enrich their dog’s understanding of science and want to take a road trip…

Doggie Palooza Dog Event Portland Pacific Northwest

Oct. 14; 10 am-5 pm in Portland at the World Forestry Center, Washington Park.

This Celebration of All Things Dog has it all –  treats and toys, training advice, a fashion show, a costume contest. Even more stupendous, this is the one day in the year that dogs are allowed in the Discovery Museum. As all dog lovers know, dogs LOVE being able to go places that are clearly not meant for dogs. They think going to the Post Office is cool. So a museum?!!! Heck yeah they want to go and check out exhibits! I mean if they can get that much information from sniffing butts then, imagine how much they’d learn from going to a museum.

Now if you’re not up for taking a long drive this weekend, that’s cool, because this is a great weekend for adopting a pet!

Seattle Humane is having a FREE adoption blitz. During this weekend only all adoption fees will be waived on every dog andSeattle Humane Free Adoptions cat in Seattle Humane’s care. The adoption blitz kicks off this Friday, Oct. 11  at 11 am and on Saturday, Oct. 13 from  10:30 am –3 pm they will have a TAILgate party to give you more chances to check out adoptable pets.  So fill out your pre-adoption questionnaire and visit Seattle Humane’s site to see the dogs and cats up for adoption. (I know it’s BarkofSeattle, but when it comes to getting homes for pets then I got to give the kittehs some love too!)

Another big adoption event will be Wags and Whiskers Pet Adoption and Block Party;Oct. 14 from 11 am-2 pm at the Fred Meyer parking lot, corner of Alderwood Mall Parkway and 164th St. S.W., Lynnwood. Eight animal shelters and rescue groups will be there with dogs and cats available for adoption. There will be a Halloween costume contest for pets, activities for kids and vendors. For more information visit http://www.northpointeah.com/.

Finally, the fine folks at Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville are offering Free ID Microchips Oct. 12-13 from 10 am – 2 pm; 18800 Woodinville-Snohomish Road. Free identification microchips for dogs and cats will be given while supplies last. Pets must be spayed or neutered to get the free chip. For more information visit http://www.homewardpet.org/.

Check back on Monday for a full listing of Halloween pet events, because your dog really wants to dress up like Thor.

Pet Pantry Helps Families Take Care of Pets in Tough Times

Pet Food Bank Pet Pantry Seattle Blue Dog BakeryThe Blue Dog Bakery Pet Pantry is wonderfully thoughtful program that helps stock dog treats at food pantries in selected cities around the country. People have been relying more and more on food pantries in this tough economy. With so many people needing a hand it’s easy to forget that if a family is having trouble keeping food on the table, they may also be having a hard time keeping kibble in the bowl.

Through December 2012, when you buy a specially marked box of Blue Dog Bakery treats, you send a free box to a participating food bank. So everytime you do something good for your pup, you’re making the day better for another pup out there.

This Saturday, October 6, Blue Dog and Rainier Food Bank will have their Pet Pantry Palooza in order to get more boxes on the shelves of area food banks. Check out Rainier Valley Food Bank site to find out more about Pet Pantry Palooza and to find out more about the Pet Pantry visit Blue Dog Bakery.

Seattle Weekend Dog Events Oct 5-7!

Seattle Dog Events BarkofSeattleFound some fun dog events around Seattle to enjoy this weekend. Some are re-occuring – like Reading with Rover which will always get a shout out from me for their great work with children’s literacy – and then some are super extra special like the Dock Dogs Competition. So here we go…

Reading with Rover
October 6; 11-12noon (Snohomish Library and Edmonds Library)
This organization uses therapy dogs to help kids have confidence while working on their reading skills. It’s a brilliant program that really helps kids and reminds us of how powerful dogs can be in helping us deal with difficult life challenges. So in this case, the kids are awesome for making the effort, and the dogs are awesome for being there! Reading with Rover will hold two sessions on Saturday, October 6th from 11am-12noon at both the Snohomish Library and the Edmonds Library. For more information visit the Reading with Rover’s events page.

Blue Dog Bakery’s Pet Treat Palooza
October 6; 3-6PM (Seattle – Genesee Park)
This event celebrates the launch of Blue Dog Bakery’s Pet Treat Pantry program which helps place  healthy pet treats in the food pantries around the country so that both people and pups can get a little help in tough times. There will be live music, a caricature artist, complimentary dog nail clipping and brushing, and food for all. Great cause and sure to be a fun event!!

Puget Sound Dock Dogs at Issaquah Salmon Days Festival
October 6-7th; Sat. 9-5PM/Sun. 9-4PM (Issaquah – 155 NW Gilman Blvd.)
Does your dog dive? Does your dog totally get stoked at the prospect of fetching and retrieving stuff floating in the water?! Mine doesn’t. But if yours does, you should try entering the Dock Dogs canine aquatics competition in Issaquah this weekend. There will be Big Air, Speed Retrieve Wave, or Extreme Vertical competitions. Any one can enter as long as your dog is a good swimmer and loves bringing toys out of the water. And even if that isn’t your pooch’s thing you can have fun watching those other dare-devils! Register and get more information at the Dock Dogs site.

2 Million Dogs Puppy Up March (Seattle Area) March Against Canine Cancer!! Sept. 29th

2 Million Dogs Canine Cancer Seattle EventIt seems as though dogs are getting cancer at younger and younger ages. My dearest friend’s dog was diagnosed with cancer at 3 – thankfully it was easily removed and she is now a grande dame at 15. However, another woman recently told me of how her 5 year old Golden passed away from cancer and my heart broke for her. It’s ALWAYS too early to loose your dog, but the idea that you don’t even get to 10 is simply unbearable.

2 Million Dogs is an organization whose mission is to discover the causes of cancers and their common link in both pets and people. 2 Million Dogs was sparked by a Luke Robinson who embarked on a walk from Austin, TX to Boston, MA  – along with his two dogs – after being inspired by the loss of his Great Pyrenees to cancer.

Luke and his dogs built a nationwide grassroots movement as they walked from town to town sharing Malcolm’s story and educating people about cancer in dogs. Since that first walk they’ve had hundreds of events across the country that to draw attention to canine cancer and raise funds for research.

This Saturday, September 29th in Issaquah, WA there will be a 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up! walk. The walk will start at 10am from the Earth Pet store at 1175 Nw Gilman Blvd Issaquah, WA.  After the walk there will be vendors, food, games, prizes, raffles, adoptions, blood drive, local artists and more!!

For more information about tomorrow’s event email Earth Pet at earthpetevent@gmail.com and visit the 2 Million Dogs site to find out more about how you can get involved in the fight against canine cancer.