Business profile: Peaceful Companion provides end-of-life care for pets

Updated with information clarifying how business was started. By Kristine Haroldson Dr. Barry Rickman of Edmonds started Peaceful Companion in 2011. His goal is to provide in-home pet hospice and euthanasia services to pets around in and around Edmonds. After finishing veterinary school, Rickman worked for a pathology lab in Mukilteo testing animal biopsies, but…

Cutting deals with developers to benefit public? Council learns more Tuesday

Should the City of Edmonds consider negotiating with developers to provide public amenities in exchange for being able to build a taller residential building or add more density to a commercial project? That concept generated many questions at Tuesday’s Edmonds City Council meeting, as councilmembers listened to a presentation on the subject of incentive zoning…

Confirmed case of kennel cough at Edmonds off-leash dog beach

The City of Edmonds is alerting dog owners that there has been a confirmed case of kennel cough at the city’s off-leash dog park on the Edmonds waterfront. Kennel cough, an upper respiratory infection affecting dogs, is so named because the infection can spread quickly among dogs in close quarters — whether that be a…

From the Edmonds Vet: The start of a veterinary career

By Dr. David Gross The Holstein bull raged in the steel stanchion, two thousand pounds of fury jumping, kicking, pushing, and throwing his head from side to side. The banging and clanging of the stanchion echoed in the barn. The bull’s eyeballs bulged, his pupils dilated and snot spewed from his nostrils. He jerked his…

Our ‘Forever Home’ Dog of the Week: Gabe

My Edmonds News presents the Forever Home Dog of the Week, Gabe, a 1-year-old chocolate lab/vizla mix. Gabe was found on the side of the road near Ocean Shores after being hit by a car at four months old and left for dead. Gabe had bowel surgery. He’s fully recovered now and is full of…

Dogs and owners get their bark on at Woofstock open house

Smiley Dog, the Highway 99 pet food and accessories warehouse, drew a crowd to its  annual Woofstock open Saturday that featured pet-friendly manufacturers and service businesses. A silent auction during the event benefited Summit Assistance service dogs.

City of Edmonds asks dog owners to take precautions at off-leash park

With the recent outbreak of the canine parvo virus in King County, and the City of Everett temporarily closing their dog parks, the City of Edmonds asks dog owners to take precaution.  The canine parvo virus is highly contagious and dangerous, especially to young dogs. “At this time, the off-leash area in Edmonds is open…

Our ‘Forever Home’ Dog of the Week: Lacy

My Edmonds News presents the Dog of the Week, Lacy, a 5-year-old Pomeranian from Forever Home Dog Rescue. Lacy’s family had bought her as a puppy from a breeder, and left her recently at the Port Angeles shelter with no reason for giving her up. She had a rotten tooth, completely black with infection, a…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: Still more plants poisonous to animals

By Dr. David Gross Fifth in the series The deadly Sago Palm (Coontie Palm, Cardboard Palm, Cycads and Zamias) is extremely poisonous to animals and humans if ingested. Dogs and cats are particularly at risk since they seem to find the plant very palatable. Clinical signs usually develop within 12 hours of ingesting the plant…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: More plants poisonous to dogs, cats and horses

Fourth in the series By Dr. David Gross Plants that contain glycosides can be very harmful to pets. If your pet ingests any of the plants mentioned in these columns and is showing signs of illness, get him/her to your veterinarian post haste. The most well known and classic of the cardiac glycoside plants is…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: More plants that can be harmful to pets

This column is the third in a series about plants toxic to dogs, cats and horses. A reminder that on Saturday, Nov. 3, Dr. Gross  will be signing copies of his latest book, “Manhunt,” about a true crime family, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Edmonds Bookshop. By Dr. David Gross The story continues,…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: Plants with saponins toxic to dogs, cats and horses

By Dr. David Gross This column is the second in a series with information about plants toxic to dogs, cats and horses. In my last column, I discussed plants that contained calcium oxalates. This time I will cover plants with various saponins as the toxic component. Again, most animals will avoid these plants, but some…

Forever Home rescue dogs get outfitted for TV Halloween debut

Story and photos by Doug Petrowski MLTnews.com So what does Danita Nickles do to prepare for a fashion show? Well, try the outfits on the models, of course … and have some treats ready. Nickles is owner of Dmarie’s Doggie Boutique in Edmonds, 9639 Firdale Ave., Suite B, and is leading a team of dog…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: Plants that are toxic to pets, Part 1

By Dr. David Gross This column is the first in a series with information about plants toxic to dogs, cats and horses. I found my kitten chewing on a houseplant, is this dangerous? Maybe. The most important aspect of potential poisoning, from any source, is dose. How much was the animal exposed to per pound…

Our ‘Forever Home’ Dog of the Week: Molly

My Edmonds News presents the Dog of the Week, Molly, a 4-year-old rat terrier from Forever Home Dog Rescue. Here is Molly’s story: “I was being used as a backyard breeding dog for the last four years. My owners sold my last batch of puppies and dumped me at a shelter. I was so scared…

Reminder: Halloween Howl at Edmonds Off-Leash Dog Park Saturday

Bring your favorite canine in costume to the 8th Annual Halloween Howl at the off-leash dog park at Edmonds’ Marina Beach, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event, sponsored by Off-Leash Area Edmonds, will feature pet-friendly vendors, raffles, silent auction items and the ever-popular doggie costume contest. Costume categories — including best in show, best homemade,…

From the Edmonds Vet: Sweetness Watkins dies of kidney failure

By Dr. David Gross She was back again. Sweetness was a 13-year-old collie dying from chronic interstitial nephritis. Each time the Watkins family brought her in, I thought her long struggle was over. Mr. Watkins carried her in, struggling despite the fact she had been shedding pounds off her originally much too plump frame for…

Edmonds Lutheran Church to hold ‘Blessing of Pets’ service Sunday

Edmonds Lutheran Church will hold a Blessing of Pets Service on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m., in recognition of the life and work of St. Francis of Assisi, revered as the patron saint of animals. The service will include music and biblical readings centered on God’s creation and the animal kingdom, and a time…

From the Edmonds Vet: Being a veterinarian’s wife

By Dr. David Gross We were living behind our veterinary hospital, under construction in Paradise Valley, outside Phoenix, in a house trailer. Our German shepherd, Mister, rose to his feet and took three steps to the door, the hair on his back bristling. Three sharp knocks announced a visitor. Rosalie, leaning back to balance the…

Small dogs get a place of their own at off-leash Edmonds park

The Edmonds off-leash dog park  south of Marina Beach has another amenity for small-dog lovers and an Edmonds-Woodway High School junior has completed his Eagle Scout project — thanks to a generous donation from Town and Country Fence and mentoring by several adults in the community. Edmonds Parks and Recreation Manager Rich Lindsay, Assistant Scout…

Our ‘Forever Home’ Dog of the Week: Bobby

My Edmonds News presents the Dog of the Week, Bobby, a 3-year-old male Black Lab mix, from Forever Home Dog Rescue. You can find out more about Bobby below. Forever Home Dog Rescue founder Diane Swanberg tells us that two Mountlake Terrace children had a lemonade stand over Labor Day weekend and donated the money…