A Tale of Three Kitties

I never was a cat person. Benji wagged his movie tail into my heart early on, and I was firmly in dog territory. It didn’t help that my Mother wasn't fond of kitties. Family folklore tells a story of my poor … [Read more...]

The Valley Vagabond: Viva Las Vegas via San Diego

How long have you known your best friend? I’ve known mine since the 6th grade and in 2013 she moved to San Diego. A life-long Washingtonian like me, she still visits the area often, but at least once a year I … [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...]

The Harmless and Helpful snakes of the Snoqualmie Valley

One of my strongest memories of my Father is watching him walk up to the front door after work. He had his briefcase in hand, and his eyes glued to the juniper ground cover that bordered our flower beds. He had … [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...]

7 years in the making: Living Snoqualmie adventures at the Salish Lodge

About this time 7 years ago I was supplementing my income by working in a pet store in the Issaquah Highlands. My boss at the time asked if I would be interested in writing an occasional article for a local … [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...]