Search Results for: Melissa Grant

Of Mice and Me: One animal lover’s struggle with rodents

John Steinbeck took the title “Of Mice and Men” from a poem by Robert Burns. The poem: To a Mouse, was written in 1785 and is about being tolerant and appreciating all forms of life, big and small. I try to … [Read more...]

Multiple lost dogs in Washington wilderness is important reminder to use a leash on local trails

As someone who lives in the place where many in the Seattle area choose to recreate, I have to say, you all make me sad. First off, this is NOT about any lost dog in particular. I do understand that there are … [Read more...]

Dog Review of a Salish Lodge & Spa Pampered Paws Room: “The Ultimate in Doggie Relaxation”

Bee is my 4-year-old Schnauzer/Poodle and typically would NOT be described as relaxed. Unlike my last dog of the same breed, Bee moves through life as if her tail is on fire and only speed and noise will put it … [Read more...]

Snoqualmie Valley Animal Misconceptions, Inaccuracies Debunked and Explained!

Everyone loves a good story. Before recorded history, storytelling began with visual communication in prehistoric cave drawings, progressing to tales told by word of mouth. Mythology had practical purposes in … [Read more...]

Washington’s Most Deadly Animals

[Contributing writer Melissa Grant is a North Bend resident, pet trainer for Miss Lola’s Academy for Wayward Dogs and a wildlife enthusiast] I’m about to give you information you never knew you … [Read more...]

Was that a COUGAR? How to identify Snoqualmie Valley wildlife

[Contributing writer Melissa Grant is a North Bend resident, pet trainer for Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs and a wildlife enthusiast] Is it a bobcat? Is it a lynx? Is it a COUGAR? Recently many … [Read more...]

Business Comings: Volition Brewing brings new life to downtown North Bend; Chinook Lumber up and running in brand new building

Volition Brewing Open for Business It took Volition Brewing about a year - and a lot of hard work - to transform the interior of the old Glazier building in the heart of downtown North Bend. This week the … [Read more...]

Washington’s Endangered Animals: How removing a species can change the world

Update August 16th, 2019: This morning in King County Superior Court, wolf advocates were successful in getting an injunction to stop the slaughter of the OPPT pack. However, while the advocates were in court, … [Read more...]

Living with Chipmunks: A look at one of Snoqualmie Valley’s day shift mammals

One of my earliest memories is driving over Snoqualmie Pass in the back of my parents VW Squareback. No seatbelts, trading off in the way back with my older sister. We played with paper dolls on the way to one … [Read more...]

Horrible traffic possible through North Bend again this weekend

If you live in the Snoqualmie Valley - and specifically North Bend - you know that summer weekend traffic on I-90 heading toward Snoqualmie Pass can be brutal at times. BUT, throw in WSDOT road projects - which … [Read more...]

How to keep pets safe this 4th of July

This time of year everyone enjoys the sun, barbecues, sprinklers and fireworks! One member of the family who may not share your enthusiasm for things that go BOOM is your pet. Fireworks are a very common … [Read more...]

Did Washington State Fish and Wildlife internal directive lead to killing of Snoqualmie Valley cougar?

[Article by contributing writer, North Bend resident and wildlife enthusiast, Melissa Grant] On April 5th 2019, a Capital Press headline read, “WDFW Director: When in doubt, remove the cougar.” This memo … [Read more...]

Living with Coyotes: Myths & Realities of North America’s Song Dogs

[Article by contributing writer Melissa Grant, North Bend resident, wildlife enthusiast and owner of Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs] When the America’s were colonized, Canis Latrans - more commonly … [Read more...]

The Future of Wolves in Washington: Will they ever be just another critter in the woods?

[Article by contributing writer Melissa Grant,wildlife/outdoor enthusiast and pet trainer/owner of Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs] Out here in the Snoqualmie Valley we fancy ourselves as outdoor … [Read more...]

The Opossum: Snoqualmie Valley’s Misunderstood Animal Superhero

[Article by contributing writer Melissa Grant, wildlife enthusiast, North Bend resident and pet trainer at Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs] The poor Virginia Opossum has an image problem. Most … [Read more...]