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Therapy Dogs at SeaTac Airport

11 Mar

Paws 4 Passengers - 2015 Team Photo

After we traveled to Sacramento last month and were greeted by the Boarding Area Relaxation Corp (BARC) team I knew I wanted to be involved in getting this to Seattle. I received a response today the manager of airport customer service at SeaTac and found out they already have a Therapy Dog Program at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. I was SO EXCITED to get this response:

  
During my search I connected with Debbie Harvey; Debbie is the person responsible for getting the program going in Reno as well as a few other airports. If you are in another state and somehow found my site, please contact me and I’ll get you in touch with Debbie. She is AMAZING. She is a retired pilot with flight priveldges and said she can travel anywhere to help, even if it is just to provide some support to get the program going. She is so dedicated to this program and she spent over an hour talking to me on the phone and gave me a lot of great advice. Debbie had already suggested that I contact Pet Partners for registration. Unfortunately I found out that one of the requirements of Pet Partners is that the dogs cannot have a raw food diet. I feel a little bit heartbroken over this because I really REALLY wanted to be involved in the program. I really have a strong belief in feeding raw and I’m not willing to change that. But if you are interested at all in this program, in reducing stress in travelers and making people feel GOOD then please let me know.

In addition to Seattle, here is a list of US airports with therapy dog programs:

Albany, NY
Albuquerque, NM
Augusta, GA
Buffalo, NY
Columbia, S. C.
Denver, CO
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Grand Rapids, MC
LAX   CA
Memphis, TN
Miami, FL
Minn. St. Paul, MN
Norfork, VA
Oklahoma City OK
Ontario, CA
Sacramento, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Jose, CA
SFO   CA
Tampa, FL
Willmington, N. C.

There is also 3 Canadian airports that have the program also:

Edmonton, Canada
Regina, Canada
Saskatoon, Canada

I was also given a list with 10 airports that are in the planning stages of the program and I’m not totally sure if that was information I’m allowed to share so for now I’ll just say it could be coming to your area soon!

Debbie told me the program started in 2001 in San Jose, CA (SJC) by airport Chaplain Kathryn Liebschutz and her dog, Dolly the Dalmation. Liebschutz was a member of the airport’s Interfaith Chaplaincy and on the morning of September 11st all chaplains were summoned to the San Jose airport to help passengers stranded by grounded planes or console those just arriving who might have just heard of the attacks. On September 13th, commercial flights resumed but stress levels were high. I did not get to speak to Chaplain Liebschutz however the story that Debbie explained to me was that Dolly the Dalmation was already registered as a therapy dog so Chaplain Liebschutz brought Dolly with her to the airport to comfort stressed travelers and that is where the program began.

I know when I saw 3 dogs with signs that said PET ME it felt better than someone telling me to come over their way for some free money because you know there is always a catch – there was no catch with these dogs just a lot of love. You will have to donate a good amount of your time to get your dog ready for this program but what an amazing program!!!

 

*Photo from Debbie Harvey of her 2015 team.

A Puppy For Christmas

15 Dec

   
Update: Zeppelin has found a home. Thank you to everyone that has reached out or shared my Facebook post which I did take down. Our next litter of double doodles is expected around April with puppies going home 8 weeks later which would be June timeframe. I realize this sounds like a long time from now but soon we will be saying how fast winter went by. I only expect 4 litters in 2016 and my first is reserved. Deposits are refundable so if you are considering it, I would encourage you to contact me! I know I’m biased but I think our puppies are awesome and you cannot find litter box trained minis anywhere! 

I’m keeping Zeppelin’s pics here so his family can see since this is a lot to email. All of these pictures were taken today, December 15th at our house or the park down the street. Outside gives me better lighting but please don’t judge my December lawn. I often crop the pics to show the puppy close up which makes them look much larger, he’s still a small pup so I kept the ugly lawn shot to give you a better idea. Some don’t show his face but I wanted to show off his gorgeous coat.

   
    
    
    
   

   
    
    
    
 

   
    
    
    
 

Happy 1st Birthday – Beyonce’s First Litter is 1 Today!

14 Dec


I cannot believe a year has gone by since Beyonce had her first litter. We spent the night on the bathroom floor together, here’s a picture I took before bedtime

 We were up for most of the night and she had 3 little boys – Murphy, Koa and Azul  and 2 girls – Sadi and Scout.  The boys all live fairly close to one another in downtown Seattle and have had a few play dates. I love that all 5 families have stayed in touch and let me be a part of their lives.


Beyonce and I picked out birthday cards and something special for us to send her babies. We were able to see the boys recently at the reunion which was wonderful and hope to see the girls at the next reunion. Everyone is happy and healthy. Wishing you a happy 1st birthday, Az, Koa, Murphy, Sadi and Scout!! We love you!!!


  

Pictures with Santa

13 Nov

Last year we took the girls to Santa’s Workshop in County Village (in Bothell) for pictures with Santa. I plan to do pictures again this year but I would love a place that specializes in puppy visits since Country Village is more for human visitors so we had to bring a blanket in case children with allergies came to visit Santa after we did. I got an email today from Seattle DogSpot with a breakdown of all the places you can take your pup for Santa pics. I love that they put together this list – all of the credit goes to Seattle DogSpot – check out their site for other dog related info.

Saturday, November 14

Pet Pictures with Santa – Kitsap Humane Society
November 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
John L Scott Realty, 40 Teal Lake Road
Port Ludlow, WA 98365

Old Dog Haven Santa Pet Photos
November 14 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Natural Pet Pantry, 10600 NE 68th St, Ste D
Kirkland, WA 98033

Annual Holiday Photo Shoot with Jerry and Lois Photography
November 14 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Paw-Abilities Total Training Center, 7338 26th St. E., Building F
Fife, WA 98424

Sunday, November 15

Annual Holiday Photo Shoot with Jerry and Lois Photography
November 15 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Paw-Abilities Total Training Center, 7338 26th St. E., Building F
Fife, WA 98424

Thursday, November 19

Concern for Animals’ Paws with Claus
November 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Capital Mall, 625 Black Lake Blvd.
Olympia, WA 98052

Pet Photos with Santa – The Outlet Collection
November 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Outlet Collection – Auburn, 1101 Outlet Collection Way
Aubur, WA 98001

Saturday, November 21

Santa Pet Photos at The NOAH Center
November 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
NOAH, 31300 Brandstrom Road
Stanwood, WA 98292

Motley Zoo Yappy Holidays Bazaar and and Bake Sale
November 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, 16715 Cleveland St.
Redmond, WA 98052

Sunday, November 22

Pet Photos with Santa – Northgate Mall
November 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Northgate Mall, 401 NE Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98125

Friday, November 27

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Belltown
November 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Belltown, 2119 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Not Your Typical Santa Photos – Woofers Grooming and Goodies
November 27 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Woofers Grooming and Goodies, 16511 Pacific Ave. S
Spanaway, WA 98387

Saturday, November 28

November 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bothell Feed Center, 20809 Bothell Everett Hwy,
Bothell, WA 98012

Sunday, November 29

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Ballard
November 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Ballard, 5314 15th St. NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Monday, November 30

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
November 30 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Thursday, December 3

Pet Photos with Santa – The Outlet Collection
December 3 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Outlet Collection – Auburn, 1101 Outlet Collection Way
Auburn, WA 98001

Concern for Animals’ Paws for Claus
December 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Capital Mall, 625 Black Lake Blvd.
Olympia, WA 98052

Friday, December 4

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Capitol Hill
December 4 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mud Bay – Broadway and Pike, 1514 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

Saturday, December 5

Santa Pet Photos at Bay Hay and Feed – Kitsap Humane Society
December 5 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bay Hay & Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Pet Photos with Santa – Maser’s Grooming and Pet Boutique
December 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Maser’s Grooming and Pet Boutique, 6515 NE 181st St.
Kenmore, WA 98028

Welcome Christmas with Santa Photos
December 5 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Animal Medical Center of Seattle, 14810 15th Ave NE, Suite B
Shoreline, WA 98155

Pet Pictures with Santa – Animal Medical Center of Seattle
December 5 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Animal Medical Center of Seattle, 14810 15th Ave NE, Suite B
Shoreline, WA 98155

Santa Paws Pet Photos – Seattle Animal Shelter
December 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Petco – Interbay, 2001 15th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

Pet Photos with Santa – Issaquah Petco
December 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Petco – Issaquah, 975 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027

Sunday, December 6

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Mercer Island
December 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mud Bay – Mercer Island, 2750 77th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Monday, December 7

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 7 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Friday, December 11

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Overlake
December 11 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mud Bay – Overlake (Bellevue), 13407 NE 20th St.
Bellevue, WA 98005

Saturday, December 12

Pet Photos with Santa Paws – Auburn Valley Humane Society
December 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Auburn Valley Humane Society, 4910 A Street SE
Auburn, WA 98092

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Issaquah
December 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Issaquah, 1590 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027

Santa Paws Photos – Seattle Animal Shelter
December 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Petco – Interbay, 2001 15th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

Pet Photos with Santa – Issaquah Petco
December 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Petco – Issaquah, 975 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027

Santa Paws – Denny’s Pet World
December 12 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Denny’s Pet World – 12534 120th Ave NE
Kirklan, WA 98033

Sunday, December 13

Santa Pet Photos at Kitsap Humane Society
December 13 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kitsap Humane Society, 9167 Dickey RD NW
Silverdale, WA 98033

Pet Photos with Santa Paws – Auburn Valley Humane Society
December 13 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Auburn Valley Humane Society, 4910 A Street SE
Auburn, WA 98092

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Sammamish
December 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mud Bay – Sammamish, 22830 NE 8th St.
Sammamish, WA 98074

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 14 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Friday, December 18

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Queen Anne
December 18 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mud Bay – Queen Anne, 522 Queen Anne Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109

Saturday, December 19

Santa Pet Photos – Mud Bay Redmond
December 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Redmond, 8867 161st Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Sunday, December 20

Santa Pet Photos-Mud Bay Greenwood
December 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Greenwood, 8532 1st Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Tuesday, December 21

Pet Photos with Santa @ University Village
December 21 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105