Saturday: Smiley Dog to host annual Woofstock event

Smiley Dog, an Edmonds-based pet food home delivery service, is hosting its annual Woofstock event for pet owners on Saturday, featuring Santa photos and a Silent Auction fundraiser for PAWS. The event will also feature a pet food bank, local pet vendors, free nail trims, pet massages and healthy pet foods. Woofstock 2011 will run…

Edmonds pug makes it clear she’s no iPhone fan

A pug from Edmonds is making quite a name for herself — all because she hates iPhones, or at least the commercials for them. A video featuring Coco, a 4 1/2-year-old black pug, has become a YouTube sensation with more than half a million followers, because her owner has captured her barking and growling at…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: What’s cardiomyopathy?

By Dr. David Gross My mother’s Maine Coon cat has cardiomyopathy. What is that? “Cardio” obviously pertains to the heart, “myo” pertains to muscle and “pathy” signifies pathology or abnormality. Therefore, cardiomyopathy is pathology or abnormality of the heart muscle. We describe two kinds of cardiomyopathy; hypertrophic and dilated. Both types occur because of genetic…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: If you own a horse, this information’s for you

By Dr. David Gross My horse grabs his stall door with his front teeth, arches his neck then pulls back and seems to suck in air. Why is he doing this and is it a problem? This behavior is known as “cribbing”. There is evidence that cribbing releases chemicals in the brain known as endorphins….

Boo-tiful day to be a dog at Firdale Village Furry Festival

Dozens of dogs and their owners — many in Halloween costumes — enjoyed an afternoon at Firdale Village Sunday for the annual Firdale Furry Festival. Dog-friendly merchants were on hand to display their services, including Lynnwood-based Four Paw Sports Center, which set up an agility course in the parking lot. Another business owner, Julie Nealey,…

Lost dog: Have you seen Bella?

David and Tina Vincent’s dog Bella got out of her yard and is somewhere in Edmonds. According to David, Bella looks “just like Benji (see attached photo). She was last seen in Pine Ridge Park, 20600 82nd Ave. W. If you find Bella, please email teresa@myedmondsnews.com.    

Ask the Edmonds Vet: When a gassy stomach can be fatal in dogs

By Dr. David Gross We just rescued a Great Dane from our local shelter and they told us large breeds of dogs get something called gastric dilatation and die. What is it and what causes it? This condition can afflict any breed of dog but it seems to be most prevalent in Great Danes, St….

Ask the Edmonds Vet: How can I tell if my animal is in pain?

By Dr. David Gross Pain is a part of life. All living things experience pain in some form. Pain perception is well-documented in living animals and a similar type of response may even occur in plants. Pay heed, you vegans. Most of us who live in close proximity to animals will know it when our…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: About dogs and raw fish

By Dr. David Gross Is it true that my dog can be poisoned by eating raw salmon? One of my professors once told me, “…any day you don’t learn something new is a day wasted.” Today was not wasted. Until today, I didn’t know about salmon poisoning disease. Dogs and other canids — such as…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: Heart problems in your pet

By Dr. David Gross Can my dog or cat have a heart attack? Carnivores, including dogs and cats, handle ingested fats more efficiently than omnivores, including humans and pigs. Omnivores convert excess ingested fats, especially animal origin fats, into cholesterol. Cholesterol is necessary for many physiological functions in the body but excess cholesterol can and…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: About that familiar greeting between dogs

By Dr. David Gross Why do dogs greet each other by sniffing under their tails? Both male and female dogs and cats have almost vestigial scent glands known as anal sacs. They are located on either side of the anus at 5 and 7 o’clock. Even in modern dogs, the glands secrete an oily substance…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: Why does my dog eat grass?

By Dr. David Gross My Edmonds News is pleased to introduce our newest column by Dr. David Gross, a retired veterinary science professor and author who lives in Edmonds. If you have a question for Dr. Gross, please leave it in the comment section below. Eating grass is a behavior that every dog owner/caregiver witnesses….

Reminder: Learn to make your own dog food at Edmonds’ All the Best tonight

Susan Moss, founder of All the Best Pet Care, is teaching a class on making your dog’s food at home from 7:30-9:30 p.m. tonight at the new Edmonds store, 9803 Edmonds Way (next to PCC Natural Markets). Learn how to make nutritious food at home using ordinary ingredients—meats, poultry, fruits and vegetables, optional grains and…

Dogs get their green on in Firdale Village; DMarie’s grand opening Saturday

Dogs were wearing the green in Firdale Village Thursday as The Dining Dog restaurant served an Irish-themed meal for its four-legged clientele and DMarie’s Doggie Boutique hosted a St. Patrick’s Day-themed Playgroup Pawty. DMarie’s will hold a grand opening from 1-5 p.m. this Saturday, March 19, and owner Danita Nickles invites dog owners — especially…

All the Best Pet Care in Edmonds hosting cat Adoptathon Sunday

Know someone who is looking for a feline friend to share their life with? All the Best Pet Care in Edmonds is hosting an Adoptathon this Sunday. Kittens and cats from non-profit rescues are looking for permanent homes. They’ve passed all their health checks and are current on their vaccinations. One hundred percent of adoption…

Santa photos for your children and pets in Edmonds this weekend

If you’re looking for local place to have your child or even your pet photographed with Santa, you’re in luck. Here are three opportunities: Edmonds photographer Amber Salinas is offering photos of  children, pets and families with Santa right in downtown Edmonds on all Saturdays before Christmas — Dec. 4, 11 and 18 — from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., plus Wednesday,…

Missing cat: Sid, last seen near Westgate Chapel

Have you seen this cat? His name is Sid and he has been missing since Tuesday, Sept. 28. He was last seen near 90th/228th, near Westgate Chapel in Edmonds. If you have any information that will help bring Sid home, contact Kim at 425-563-8802.

Firdale’s Dining Dog gives pooch a place of his (or her) own

On Halloween evening, I stopped by The Dining Dog at Firdale Village, where dogs rule and their humans simply tag along. Dorothy Moore, the founder and owner, had sent a message via Twitter that all dogs in costume would receive a free pumpkin cupcake from 3-6 p.m. on Halloween. My teenage daughter found a jester…

Furry Festival at Firdale Village Saturday

Furry friends will gather at Firdale Village from noon-4 p.m. Saturday for the first-ever Firdale Furry Festival. Dogs and their owners will be treated to a sidewalk sale featuring art, antiques, pet services and supplies, pet treats and jewelry, plus canine water therapy demonstrations. Enjoy a chair massage while your canine companion is treated to…

Dogs show off during Halloween Howl

Photos from last weekend’s Halloween Howl, sponsored by Off-Leash Area-Edmonds at the Edmonds dog beach. Dogs and humans alike got into the spirit of the 5th annual event, with dogs of all sizes and breeds showing off their costumed selves for the camera.

Time for dogs to howl at Halloween bash Saturday

Saturday, Oct. 17 is the Fifth Annual Halloween Howl at the Edmonds off-leash dog park, 498 Admiral Way, south of Marina Beach. Bring your dog between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and enjoy pet-friendly vendors and a silent auction. Judging in the popular doggie costume contest begins at 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by…