The Most Dangerous Animals in Washington

I’m about to give you some information you never knew you needed. This information was hard to find, took substantial screen squinting, rigorous reading of gruesome details and required me to deal with … [Read more...]

Toby’s Path of Hope

[Guest article by Lesley Martinez, a North Bend resident, photographer, dog matchmaker, wife and mother of two (one human, one not)] Twenty minutes and 15 seconds into the video, and I'm in love. I'm not … [Read more...]

Keeping pets safe and calm this 4th of July

Even though most official 4th of July celebrations have been cancelled due to Covid-19, fireworks stands are still open and selling their fiery products. One member of the family who may not share your … [Read more...]

The Story of Robert and Jaxx: understanding what living homeless in the Snoqualmie Valley can be like

Recently, Jennifer Kirk - Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services Director (SVSS) - shared a story with us. She said it is a story many in the community don't often get the chance to hear about the clients they … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Two dogs killed in yard of North Bend home; state wildlife officers think coyote or domestic dog responsible

According to a King County Sheriff's Office incident report, on June 21, 2019 at 3:10AM a KCSO deputy responded to a home in the Alpine Estates neighborhood of North Bend after two dog were found dead in their … [Read more...]

Dog parks and off-leash areas in the Snoqualmie Valley

[Article by contributing writer, North Bend resident and owner of Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs.] This was a difficult article to write because some of our dog friendly areas in the Snoqualmie Valley … [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...]

Our Resident Valley Trickster – The Raccoon

[Article by contributing writer Melissa Grant, North Bend resident, wildlife enthusiast and owner of Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs] My very first introduction to raccoons was at a surprisingly late … [Read more...]

Snoqualmie Valley’s fiercest animal resident: the tiny Hummingbird

[Article by North Bend resident, pet trainer at Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs and wildlife enthusiast, Melissa Grant] What North Bend critter weighs only 4 grams, moves at 30 miles per hour, but cannot … [Read more...]

After witnessing man dart into Snoqualmie Parkway traffic: the Case for On-Leash Dogs

[Article by Melissa Grant, North Bend resident, owner and pet trainer at Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs] Last week on a sunny Thursday around 1pm I was driving down Snoqualmie Parkway. Out of the corner … [Read more...]

Protecting your Prized Pet: What to do before entrusting your pet to another

[Article by contributing writer Melissa Grant, pet trainer and owner of Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs.] By now most of you have seen or heard of the viral video of a woman beating a dog with a plastic … [Read more...]

Dogs and kids: Nine simple tips to help keep everyone safe

[Article by contributing writer Melissa Grant, North Bend resident and pet trainer/owner of Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs.] As early as I can remember I've always loved animals, especially dogs. When I … [Read more...]

‘Dr. Mike,’ Creator of HUGE I-90 Hillside 12th Man Sign a Favorite of Many Local Pet Owners

Late last month, King 5's Evening [Magazine] came out to the Issaquah/Preston area to do some mystery solving and reveal who put that huge #12 high (really high) on the hillside above I-90 near the High Point … [Read more...]

Raising Puppy Valley-Style: Eating Crow and Socializing Via Facebook Playdates

This is the latest column from North Bend resident and pet trainer at Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs, Melissa Grant, who is taking you along the journey of raising Bee, her new … [Read more...]

Bringing Home Puppy | New Puppy Gear Tips

In her latest column, North Bend resident and pet trainer at Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs offers up important puppy gear tips as she readies herself for her new canine addition.... a recently born puppy … [Read more...]