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PAWS Takes in Refugee Dogs from Iran

PAWS Takes in Iran Refugee Dogs

PAWS Takes in Iran Refugee Dogs – Video

[This article on PAWS’ efforts to help Iran refugee dogs is from Lynnwood Today. For more information on the proposed Iranian dog ban, check out this NPR article.]

By Mike Murphy

A proposed ban on all pet dogs in Iran had led to some new, adoptable dogs at the PAWS animal shelter in north Lynnwood.

So far, PAWS has taken in two of these endangered animals and expects to receive even more in the near future.

One of the rescues is a Border Collie mix from Tehran named Shabnem. Staffers say she was frightened upon arrival but is now getting more comfortable. You can watch video of her arrival below.

“She actually has a couple of doggie friends she plays with,” said Lisa Hockins, shelter manager. “She’s even starting to warm up to the volunteers.”

A second dog from Iran arrived at PAWS Tuesday night.

“Our commitment will always be to serving our local communities, but the strength of our donors and an amazing volunteer corps allows us to lend a hand during this crisis,” said Kay Joubert, director of companion animal services.

Anyone who’s interested in adopting either dog can fill out an application and schedule a visit.


FidoFest This Sunday 9/23!!

Seattle Humane Society FidoFest

Boy oh boy it’s amazing I haven’t tried to adopt a dog this month! With so many events I’m seeing pooches that I could love EVERYWHERE! However, my babygirl Pipa would have none of it – and my less than stellar vacuuming skills also remind me that for now I need to be a one dog girl. That being said, if you’ve got the time to come out and help raise money for the Seattle Humane Society (and if you have the space for another wet nose) then definitely check out FidoFest this Sunday, September 23rd at UVillage.

There will be an Adoptable Animal Parade and a bunch of competitions including Beautiful Baby, Cutest Mutt, Savvy Senior and Pet & Owner Look-a-like. Plus Seattle Magazine and University Village will award Seattle’s Favorite Fido 2012 and because this event is super snazzy, the winner will recieve a dog tag from Tiffany & Co. and $100 U Village gift card!

Also, for the stage mommas and papas out there – City Dog Magazine will have there Cover Dog Model Search! (Yes let the squealing commence.)

Of course ALL dogs should be pampered so there will be fancy treats, fabulous dog products, and cuddles galore!!

Ok – may be going crazy withthe  exclamation points, but I am really excited.

All competition entry fees will go to the Seattle Humane Society and you can donate online or on the day of the event as well.

Visit the Seattle Humane Society’s FidoFest website for more information and hope we bump into you this weekend!

WagFest 2012 Pictures!

PAWS WagFest 2012

Nellie & Pickles take home the “gold”!

This past Sunday PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap held their WagFest at Battle Point park. This fur-tastic event (sorry just couldn’t help myself) gave dogs and their people a great way to enjoy the day and support a good cause. WagFest featured a number of fun events including small dog races, the waggiest tale competition, and the pet & owner look alike contest.

In addition to vendors giving pups the opportunity to sample  the newest and most delectable of canine culinary creations – such as Sweet Potato frozen yogurt – there were also organizations sharing information valuable information on keeing our furry friends healthy and safe. In this category I must give special thanks to technician Rachel Higgins at Tender Touch Animal Hospital who let me film her demonstration on how to do dog CPR. (I’ll get that video up shortly for anyone who’d like to see how it’s done.)

So enough with the words and stuff – here are some great shots of dogs and dog-lovers having a ball at WagFest 2012!

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Thanks to Nellie & Pickles, Honor & Justice, Arya, Baron, Bogart, Good Girl, Nora and everyone else at WagFest!!

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,

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.