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ome evenings, he is sitting at the top of the stairs when I get home, rump on the top step, front legs on the second. Our dog is spring-loaded, ready to walk. When we got Cooper, our now-7-year-old yellow lab, I knew daily walks would be necessary. I just didn’t know the places we’d go. That’s the thing about dogs. They get you out, and because we live in western Washington, we are lucky to have the chore. We wouldn’t get out to explore as much if we didn’t have a dog, and that would be a shame. Because Whatcom County and the North Sound offer so much in scenery, in wildlife, in terrain, and flat-out beauty that you almost don’t mind that poop bags are part of the bargain. In parks alone, we should be in the top 10 of any “Best Place in the U.S. to Walk Your Dog,” listicle. Fairhaven’s Post Point/Marine Park loop is a favorite for both its heron rookery — late spring brings prehistoric squawks from nests with baby birds — and the jaw-dropping view of Bellingham Bay when you and your pooch emerge from the trees. Boulevard Park has a restored beach and bayside trail stretching all the way to downtown, plus dog treats at Woods Coffee’s takeout window. The North Shore trail is summer perfection on a hot day, an out-and-back with multiple exits for a cooling leap into Lake Whatcom. As a newly minted Whatcom pup, Cooper took one of his first walks with us at Artist Point, where he foreshadowed a headstrong personality
by charging up shoulder-high (to him) stone steps. Eventually, he hitched a ride in our straw basket, head poking up to check out the Swiss Alps scenery. On the rare days that snow blanketed downtown Bellingham, he’s been supercharged to accompany me for a Nordic ski up the logging road at Galbraith Mountain — 45 minutes up, 15 down. Cooper, before arthritis slowed him, would run just ahead of my ski tips, slow, then take off again, a dog playing chicken. With a dog, you bump into people you might otherwise never see, and catch up on your lives. You go slow enough to see barely budding trees in spring, an owl before its soundless takeoff, and marvel at how big a big-leaf maple leaf can get. In this, our pet issue (Pg. 48), we hope to give you a good look at the types and talents of area animals and how they can enrich our lives, whether it be through walks or work or just plain being there for us to goof off with. We might be the ones taking our dogs for a walk, but sometimes they’re the ones showing us what we shouldn’t be missing. Thanks to you, our readers, our “Best of the Northwest” issue has turned into a monster! With more than 100 categories this year, we want to remind you that it’s time to cast your votes now for the 8th annual Best of the Northwest. Go online at northsoundlife.com between July 1–August 5 to nominate your favorite businesses from Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan counties. Winners will be announced in our October issue. — Meri-Jo Borzilleri
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Arlené Mantha Third generation baker, and professionally trained pastry chef from Los Angeles, Arlené has taught classes for Bellingham Alive’s “Meet The Chef” series as well as the Bellingham Gluten Information Group. Her passion for comfort food and modern aesthetic has manifested itself in her catering company, Twofiftyflora. p. 43
Laurie Mullarky After teaching for 27 years, Laurie decided it was time to hang up her pencils and poetry and become a professional reader. She now writes a popular blog at laurieslitpicks.blogspot.com that reviews both fiction and non-fiction as well as the latest hot novels, focusing on giving book clubs ideas for provocative conversations. Her classroom motto was always “The more you read, the smarter you get.” Not a bad sentiment for life! p. 21
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Behind every great staffer is a great dog, cat, spider, etc. What’s your favorite thing about your pet?
DOMINIC My favorite thing about my dog Tegan is she is always ready to play!
LISA My favorite thing about my pet cockatiel Luna is when she pretends she is on the cell phone by lifting one of her talons and putting it next to her head, then warbling uncontrollably like she is talking. I love that every morning she whistles at me. What better way to start the day? I love that she sleeps upside down like a bat…makes me laugh every night!
MARIAH My favorite thing about my cat Sebastian is his short, stubby tail. Because he’s chubby and his tail is ringed, when he runs around he looks like a little raccoon.
BABETTE My favorite thing about Kate Monster is she gets as excited as I do when an internet purchase arrives. I get the item and she gets the box.
JENN My favorite thing about my pup Kobe is that he holds hands with me and never lets go first, and has big, soft, floppy ears. KRISTY My favorite thing about my dog Baxter is he can say mama.
DEAN My favorite thing about Pangur Bán is that he’s my animal familiar. He senses when anyone in the house needs to be soothed, perked up, or played with. He flirts with visitors who then try to abscond with him.
MERI-JO My favorite thing about our dog Cooper is when he sighs, dramatically, when he needs attention.
MELISSA My favorite thing about my furbaby Sadie is the endless amounts of love she throws at me every day and the fact that even at age 10 she still remains a puppy!
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Caring for Animals Since 1902 Whatcom Humane Society WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATE GALAMBOS
t was just 1902 when the Whatcom Humane Society began taking care of animals throughout the county. “I’ve always thought it was pretty amazing that, in 1902, a group of committed citizens in our community gathered together to form the Whatcom Humane Society,” executive director Laura Clark said. In the 115 years since its inception, the organization has grown to be a vital part of Whatcom County, providing not only adoption services, but animal control, rescue, and a wildlife rehabilitation center. It has been the commitment of concerned community members that has kept the organization alive for so long, Clark said. Even back in 1902, the members were unusually open-minded when it came to animal care and rescue. “We actually … continued on page 22
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Set in Brittany, France, this is the story of Marianne, a 60-year-old woman whose life needs a directional change. Following a botched suicide attempt, Marianne literally runs away, leaving behind her German husband, an autocrat with whom she has spent 40 loveless years. When asked why she was in Kerdruc, a small seaside town, Marianne replies “I was on a quest for death...then life intervened.” Thanks to the kismet of a little painted tile, we meet the quirky characters of Kerdruc: the white witch of the forest who battles dementia, the beautiful young waitress and cook who refuse to acknowledge their mutual love, the man who tangos his wife back into his arms, the hotelier with a desperate lost love, and an artist who can see deep into Marianne’s soul. This is a beautifully told tale of love lost, forgotten, forsaken, and found.
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For lovers of independent bookstores, page-turning mysteries, and welldeveloped characters, this book is for you. Just in the first chapter, I felt like I was back as a bookseller at Village Books here in Bellingham, re-shelving books at the end of the day, interacting with the “regulars,” and checking for strays after closing time. However, unlike the main character of Lydia, I never found a dead body hanging upstairs, thank goodness.Yep, that is how this story begins. As Lydia is drawn into Joey’s secret past life, and inherits his collection of books where a secret code is hidden, her own past trauma is explored as well. Survivor of a terrible in-home invasion and murder scene, Lydia has demons of her own, as well as a difficult relationship with her father. As all of these pieces of her past crash into the secrets of Joey and his suicide, it truly creates the perfect story.
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July 15, 7 p.m. An Evening with Kathy L. Murphy, The Pulpwood Queen Village Books 1200 11th St., Bellingham 360.671.2626 | villagebooks.com Kathy L. Murphy is the founder of The Pulpwood Queen Book Clubs and author of the book, “The Pulpwood Queen’s TiaraWearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life.” The book club has been featured on everything from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to “Good Morning America.” She has optioned the film rights to her story to DreamWorks. Murphy is currently working on her next book, “The Pulpwood Queen Goes Back to School.”
WHO KNEW? John Adams, Soothsayer When the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, John Adams envisioned what it might look like to mark the anniversary: “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, closed out the day’s festivities.
Sparklers and … Gunpowder? It’s generally thought that modern fireworks came to us from China. In the 12th century, they had improved the burning fire arrow by affixing small amounts of gunpowder. Their unpredictability limited their military use, but made them ideal for entertainment purposes. The emperor Li Tsung had them brought before empress Kung Sheng during a celebration at the imperial palace.
Linked in History and In Death The death of two of our country’s founders occurred within hours of each other. Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, at his Monticello estate in Virginia. Only a few hours later, John Adams died in his home in Quincy, Mass. Among Adams’ last words: were, “Thomas Jefferson survives,” unaware that Jefferson had died a few hours before.
Hot Dogs: Still on A Roll One of the staple foods of Independence Day has origins as uncertain as its ingredients, but the evidence seems to support one theory. In 1892, in Paterson, N.J., a frankfurter vendor and Caribbean immigrant named Thomas Francis Xavier Morris was known as “Hot Dog” Morris. He opened a restaurant, and it was his marketing that led to the modern hot dog.
have the original meeting minutes from 1902 and it’s incredible to see how progressive the founding members were in their work on behalf of animals and people in our community,” Clark said. Currently, the organization is working on putting together a historical book of such meeting minutes to give the public an understanding of where the organization came from. The level of commitment at Whatcom Humane Society is remarkable. The nonprofit organization operates as an open-admission shelter, meaning the staff does not refuse any animal, no matter their age, temperament, or health. The domestic adoption shelter, which houses all sorts of critters from hamsters to ducks, is just one of three service locations. In addition to the domestic shelter, Whatcom Humane Society operates a wildlife rehabilitation center in eastern Whatcom County and a 10-acre farm facility in Everson. “Last year, over 5,000 domestic, wild, and farm animals came through our doors needing assistance,” Clark said. Some of the more unique animals the wildlife rehabilitation center saw in 2016 were 19 barred owls, three coyotes, and four Pacific tree frogs. When the rehabilitation center receives wildlife, the goal is always to eventually reintroduce the animals to their habitat, Clark said. While the state licensed wildlife center is not open to the public, the organization offers plenty of information about how to respect wild animals in our area and what to do if a community member believes a wild animal to be in trouble. As for the less “wild” critters in the domestic and farm shelters, they are seeking loving homes with responsible caretakers. “Adopting a pet provides unconditional love for people and of course, is a win for the rescue animal, who is given a lifetime of love,” Clark said. If pet adoption isn’t the right option for those who are still looking to give back, the Whatcom Humane Society is always inviting volunteers and donations. Community members are also welcome to sponsor an animal at any of the three shelters through their Animal Advocate Program. A donation of just $100 to their farm facility can pay for the cost of three horse farrier services. And on August 10th, the Bellingham Golf and Country Club will host the Putts Fore Pets Golf Tournament fundraiser, which will feature an afternoon of golf followed by a buffet dinner. 2172 Division St., Bellingham 360.733.2080 | whatcomhumane.org 22 NorthSoundLife.com
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he film community in Bellingham is growing, and its success is in no small part thanks to Avielle Heath. She is a producer and organizer working in a chaotic creative world, making sure films see their day in the cinema. Heath started making films after taking an influential film production course at Fairhaven College. She started making short films with her friends and entering local film competitions. She became a volunteer production assistant, where she took on extra wardrobe and leadership responsibilities. Hand Crank Films, a local film production company, noticed Heath’s initiative and hired her. As a producer, Heath wears other hats as needed, including art director, casting director, costumer, set dresser, and production designer. “I love creating new atmospheres, new environments. That’s why I like production design,” Heath said. On set, Heath knows what needs to happen next, whether it’s splattering fake blood on zombies, securing the proper permits to shoot on location, or any other easy-to-forget but essential task. “I’m obsessive about organization,” Heath said. “You’re more creative when you’re organized. Producers can be the most creative on set because they constantly have to problem-solve.” One problem Heath wanted to solve: While she noticed many talented local filmmakers, there was no centralized film community in town. In July 2012, she founded
Bellingham Film Festivals, which would later become Bellingham Film. “Bellingham Film was created out of frustration,” Heath said. “What happens to all those films after they get made? There wasn’t one central location for all the information.” Bellingham Film gathered resources, such as workshops, equipment rentals, and screening opportunities, and put them all in one place. The organization also runs a monthly writer’s studio and film-mixer with guest speakers. Bleedingham, a horror short film festival, was the first festival Bellingham Film created, and its premiere sold out. One of the goals of Bellingham Film is to build a film culture so strong that filmmakers wouldn’t have to leave Washington. Heath is a mover and shaker, but she is passionate about staying and working in Washington. “I’ve never been to L.A. I never want to go to L.A.,” Heath said. “Other cities don’t have the mountains, the ocean, the relaxed environment. I like being able to come home to beautiful Bellingham.”
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Making Spaying and Neutering Accessible WeSNiP WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY LIBBY KELLER
very Thursday morning, cat owners gather in the parking lot of Bellingham’s Salvation Army, and every Thursday morning, the team at WeSNiP is ready to go. Cats are loaded on to the WeSNiP van and taken to the Northwest Organization for Animal Health (NOAH) Center in Stanwood to be spayed or neutered. They are driven back to the parking lot later that evening, ready to head home to their owners. WeSNiP executive director Audrey Seaholm said the message behind the nonprofit is just being a responsible pet owner. “A very important component of being responsible is spaying and neutering,” she said. But WeSNiP doesn’t just help spay and neuter cats, they also partner with Maplewood Animal Hospital to provide opportunities for dogs’ surgical needs too. Since its inception in 2008, the mission of the Whatcom Education, Spay and Neuter Impact Program (WeSNiP), has been to make spaying and neutering more accessible. The program is meant to cater to the underserved community that doesn’t have a lot of options with other vets, Seaholm said. WeSNiP also traps feral cats so they can be spayed or neutered. Seaholm said the traps are for untouchable cats. “Those are the feral or free-roaming cats that aren’t going to curl up in your lap,” she said. “That’s where a lot of litters come from, and by trapping them and getting them fixed, you reduce that.” On its website, WeSNiP says the number of feral cats euthanized by the Whatcom Human Society has dropped 83 percent between 2008 and 2016. Transport Coordinator Sasha Lee-Drews is one of several WeSNiP crew members who help get cats to surgery and back to their owners on Thursdays. She said being able to help animals that can’t help themselves is what she enjoys about the work she does. Compassion toward all animals is another message Seaholm said she hopes to help spread through WeSNiP. Spreading that message to children, the future pet owners, is especially important. “Compassion and responsibility are the two primary components that we hope to touch and share with kids,” she said. Whether it’s spaying or neutering a feral cat or someone’s pet, Seaholm said it’s great to help people help animals. WeSNiP (Whatcom Education, Spay & Neuter Impact Program) Bellingham 360.733.6549 | wesnip.org
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Pups rehabilitate in the pool WRITTEN BY KATE GALAMBOS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON FINN
arrie Lane, owner of K9 Lap of Luxury, was first inspired by the powers of canine hydrotherapy at a pool in Fall City. Lane showed her bull mastiff and was looking for a low-impact way to condition him. While she said she wasn’t even sure if he could swim, after just a few sessions she realized the pool was just what he needed. As a large breed, exercise on land just wasn’t good for his joints. The pool provided a low-impact method of exercise. Skip forward six years, and Lane and her husband opened K9 Lap of Luxury hydrotherapy pool in Lynden after their move north illuminated the lack of hydrotherapy clinics in Whatcom County. “It was always about the dogs. I love being in the water with them,” she said. In addition to her master’s in psychology, Lane said she is certified in small-animal massage, advanced rehabilitation massage, canine aquatic therapy, and pet first aid. Each 30-minute therapy session is a combination of exercise, massage, and range-of-motion stretching, depending on the needs of the animal. Dogs are equipped with flotation devices as they swim about in the 8,500 gallon pool that is heated between 87 and 91 degrees, depending on the season. The warm water loosens muscles, improves range of motion, and decreases the chance of injury, Lane said. “The water helps dogs get a kind of exercise they might not be able to experience on land.” The hydrotherapy can be beneficial for both physical and emotional healing. Hydrotherapy can decrease pain, increase circulation, and improve weight-loss efforts. On the emotional side, pet owners who simply want their pup to learn to swim, or become more comfortable in the water, can utilize the pool too. “The warm water calms them. They leave relaxed. I love seeing the difference [hydrotherapy] makes,” Lane said. Northshore Veterinary Hospital is another option for pet parents who are seeking the rehabilitating benefits of hydrotherapy. The clinic features an underwater treadmill system for this low-impact type of physical therapy. Upon each visit to the Northshore Vet, technicians will adjust the water level, temperature, and speed of the treadmill. By personalizing the system to each dog, the technicians are able to give every pet the most effective treatment. Northshore Veterinary Hospital 1486 Electric Ave., Bellingham 360.738.6916 | northshore-vet.com K9 Lap of Luxury 644 Pangborn Rd., Lynden 360.354.1212 | k9lapofluxury.com
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OLD FASHIONED FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION, BLAINE Locals and out-of-towners rave about this one. It features a parade, “show and shine” car show, street fair, beer garden, ferry rides, daylong live music, and a pancake breakfast that starts at 8 a.m. A fireworks display over Semiahmoo Bay caps it off at Blaine Marine Park around 10:15 p.m. Boat moorage is available. Downtown Blaine blainechamber.com
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4TH OF JULY LOGGERODEO PARADE AND FOOTRACE, SEDRO-WOOLLEY The Sedro-Woolley Logger Rodeo, with a grand parade and a footrace, caps off a five-day celebration. An auction is held for the items from the chainsaw-carving contest, and the Pro-West Rodeo highlights the loggers of Sedro-Woolley. The parade starts at 11 a.m., along with the carnival. The fireworks display is at 10 p.m. Riverside Park business.burlington-chamber.com
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Pet Photographer Diane Padys WRITTEN BY LIBBY KELLER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DIANE PADYS
iane Padys wasn’t always on track to become a photographer. “Photography was always a passionate hobby of mine from college,” she said. Padys spent a number of years working as a staff accountant in San Francisco before she decided to take her passionate hobby and turn it into a career. Today, she runs her own photography business in Bellingham and has a number of awards for her work. But recently, Padys has been exploring a new realm of work. A photoshoot for a puppy she saw on Facebook was Padys’ first step toward adding pet photography to her portfolio. That shoot got her thinking about how she really enjoyed capturing the spirit and personality of animals, she said. “Now that I’m into it, every time I go to a friend’s house and I know they have animals, I say, ‘Be prepared, I’m bringing a camera with me and maybe a light even too,’” she said with a laugh. From cats and dogs to horses and parakeets, Padys said each animal has its own modus operandi. Some can’t sit still, others can be ready to fall asleep in front of the camera. “I’m still on the search for that one shot that encapsulates the true love between an owner and their animal. I haven’t gotten that yet,” Padys said. Before she began her quest for that perfect picture, before she’d even moved to Bellingham, Padys started her photography career in the fashion world. “I’m pretty much self-taught all the way; I didn’t go to a photography school,” 28 NorthSoundLife.com
Padys said. Rather than formal training, Padys got help from other photographers and treated each job she got as a learning experience. She even spent a year-and-a-half in Milan, Italy, going to other studios and learning what she could about fashion photography. She and her late partner eventually found themselves in New York City, where Padys became more specialized in food photography. It was also where Padys said she feels like she grew as a businesswoman. However, after living in cities packed with people, it was time for a change. “New York is such an experience. Manhattan is an isle of noise,” Padys said. So, about 20 years ago, they made the move to Bellingham to get away from the hustle and bustle. It was close enough to Seattle’s commercial hub while still being reclusive enough to enjoy life, she said. Now, at her Bellingham studio, Padys continues specializing in food photography as well as architecture, portraits and corporate photography. There have been plenty of clients for her budding pet photography specialty as well. However, she does say that staying in a small town can be restricting to young photographers. “I would recommend anyone starting off with photography to develop a footprint in a big city,” she said. It’s in those big cities that Padys said young photographers can get to know the business, pricing, dealing with clients, setting up a studio and more. When it comes to her future, Padys said she’d love to do more architectural photography while also making time to travel. She said she’s open to all kinds of opportunities, but she would like to stay in Bellingham as long as it’s sustainable to her. “I just love what I do,” she said. “I just want to have the energy and everything to keep going.” So animal lovers, rest assured. Padys will continue searching for that perfect shot to show the spark of love between an owner and their pet. Diane Padys Photography, Bellingham 360.201.4370 | dianepadysphotography.com
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Heliotrope Hotel Retro Vibe Meets Pacific Northwest Mood WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATE GALAMBOS
ellingham’s hotel accommodations have long lacked a middle ground; a space that neither has the price tag of The Chrysalis Inn nor the disconcerting nature of the motels on North and South Samish Way. In May, however, The Heliotrope Hotel filled that void. Located in the same space that was once the Lion’s Inn Motel on Elm Street, the once run-down motel has been brought to life again. It is a bright space that aims to give guests “a hip, modern, Pacific Northwest oasis,” according to the website. The hotel welcomes pets, humans and all their gear, from skis to bikes. The renovations, while not structurally extensive, completely changed the aesthetic of the hotel, project manager Dylan Green said. David Johnston and Peter and Aimee Frazier bought the property at the end of September 2016 and were working on the remodel until the May opening. The partners were drawn to the hotel because of its ideal proximity to downtown, the Bellingham International Airport, and the Columbia neighborhood. “We are very proud of our community. We want to show it off,” Green said. The hotel has 17 rooms and a choice of seven different layout styles. Each room features clean lines, white, grey, and orange accents, and a hand-carved tree coat rack. The decor of the rooms is inspired by the Pacific Northwest
environment, Green said. The grey represents the granite that is found at Mount Baker and the orange pops of color symbolize the infrequent, yet lively sunlight of the region. In addition to the modern Pacific Northwest vibe, Green said the decor is true to the 1950s style of the original building. Beyond the guest rooms, the hotel includes a community space named The Hub, complete with comfortable seating, a fireplace, and coffee bar. While the decor of the hotel is enchanting, the partners’ and staffs’ commitment to showcasing Bellingham is what sets the hotel apart. “We welcome guests to Bellingham and give them keys to the county,” Green said. All the partners live in and know the area, Green said, and they strive to connect guests to whatever adventure they are seeking. Whether it is advice about the best hiking trails, ski runs, or brews, staffers are eager to answer questions and inform visitors. The small scale of The Heliotrope Hotel enables the partners to pay attention to detail and form intimate relationships with each guest, Green said. “We want to show off what Bellingham has to offer.” 2419 Elm St., Bellingham 360.201.2914 | heliotropehotel.com
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A Clean Dog is a Happy One Shake & Shine Canine Wash and Deli WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATE GALAMBOS
hake & Shine Canine Wash and Deli is as close to a day spa as your four-leggedfriend will experience. Plus, the myriad bath and grooming options, from selfservice washes to full-service grooming, makes it easy for pet owners to keep their pooches clean. The Pacific Northwest climate can make keeping pups clean throughout the year a challenge. With rain comes mud and nobody likes a cold shower outside, not even dogs. Luckily, Monika Lange opened the business in the fall of 2014, emphasizing the use of natural, effective products. … continued page 37
… Lange’s path to opening Shake & Shine wasn’t exactly a straight one, though she said she has always had pets. “My parents owned a pet shop while I was growing up,” Lange said. Her master’s degree in biology also led her to be involved with animals even prior to Shake & Shine. The biggest influence was the dog community in Bellingham, Lange said, “I wouldn’t have thought about it without them. I totally blame them.” When Lange used to train her dog, Fitz, in nose work, a type of dog competition where dogs target and learn scents, she had the opportunity to meet like-minded dog people in the community. After the idea sprung, she had help from the Small Business Development Center and she reached out to grooming shops in the region for advice. Today, dog owners will find a menu of options for self-washes, nail clipping services, professional grooming, and products for sale like treats,
supplements, and grooming tools. Selfservice wash packages include shampoo and conditioning, along with specialized products based on the type of package. Options range from a basic wash to a dry-skin package to natural flea and de-skunk baths. Lange believes in carrying natural products that are free of harsh chemicals. For the summer flea season, she has a wash package that uses a neem shampoo and cedar oil spray as natural flea repellents and itch relievers. The shop also carries grooming tools that Lange tests before putting them on the shelves for her customers. “The ones that prove themselves, those are the ones I sell,” she said. Pups can even enjoy an after-wash treat at Shake & Shine. Lange carries cupcakes made locally with her own recipe. Each cupcake is cheddar-apple flavored and topped with a cream cheese frosting. Owners can also find grain-free and allergy sensitive bulk treats and cookies. “I really make an
effort to get healthy options for the deli,” she said. And for those pups who need help relaxing, Lange stocks the shop with bones, duck feet, and bully sticks. After being open for nearly three years, Lange said she loves how familiar she has become with the dogs that visit her shop. “As a groomer, you do such different things with dogs. I’m always close to unfamiliar dogs’ faces. I admire the faith the dogs put in me,” Lange said. Grooming is an intimate experience and one that has taught her a lot about the trust animals have in people, she said. Another bonus has been getting to meet “her dogs” out and about in the community as her business has grown. “We have a really good community here. There are so many different activities for people with dogs,” Lange said. 1501 N. State St., Bellingham 360.296.5226 | shake-and-shine.com July 201737
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Appease Your Green Thumb Bayview Farm & Garden WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY CATHERINE TORRES
ayview Farm & Garden, in the seaside village of Langley on Whidbey Island, promoted green gardening before the word “green” meant anything more than a color. Ambitious and industrious owner Maureen Murphy, constantly strives to improve the business while sticking to her philosophy that an industry responsible for growing beauty shouldn’t also be involved in damaging the environment. Murphy comes from a family business of greenhouse manufacturing and first sold wholesale plants before turning the site into a retail center, Bayview Farm & Garden, in 1993. The garden center is believed to be one of the first in the industry to not sell toxic chemicals. Citing the center’s location in a sole-source aquifer, Murphy found even more reason to abstain from indirectly adding chemicals to the surrounding waters through the garden center’s sales. She studied up on soil science, how insects work in gardens, and how planting various plants can achieve desired outcomes. Plus, she said, “it’s way more fun to do a non-toxic approach,” even though this meant having bins of natural ingredients like blood meal and compost, with recipes for customers to mix combinations for their intentions. Now green gardening mixtures are readily available. The 2001 Garden Center Magazine award for Innovator of the Year recipient is now a thriving business consisting of three parts: the Flower House Cafe, a gift store, and a garden center. The crown jewel of the premises is the Laburnum Arbor. It was inspired by similar arbors found in English gardens. From
about mid-May through the third week of June, the 40-foot long arbor of 24 trees becomes a cheery yellow tunnel of heavenly fragrance. Every winter it takes four to five people nearly two weeks to prune and reweave the branches, but it’s well worth the effort. Murphy rightfully calls it a “portal to beauty.” The arbor sits in the middle of the organized garden center. Wide stone paths link categories of plants: maples, climbers, roses, conifers, herbs, and ground cover plants, to name a few. An area is included for “Functional Plants” like those that are great for attracting bees or butterflies, or are deer resistant. Inside the nursery greenhouse are rows of house plants, flowering hanging plants, bromeliads, orchids, a vegetable plant section, succulents, and topiary plants. All the plants are grown chemical-free in the Pacific Northwest. Inside the center, you’ll find everything you need for gardening, taking care of pets, and even gift products like cards, notepads from recycled paper, baby items, and mugs with sayings that conjure smiles. Murphy’s criteria for inventory includes being functional, beautiful, locally made or fair-trade; she asks if this will be “something that really makes people happy.” Across the courtyard that buzzes with activity during warmer months is the Flower House Cafe. Run by Murphy’s pastry-chef daughter and chef son-in-law, the cafe does a spectacular job serving seasonal, light-fare food made with locally sourced ingredients. The duo trained and worked in San Francisco before moving back to Whidbey Island. They’ve proven to be innovative, and thrive in a cafe that doesn’t have a full kitchen yet. When you visit, try the creamy, lightly salty avocado toast and any of the decadent cookies. Be sure to allot an hour or two during your visit to Bayview Farm & Garden. There’s so much to look at, and the ambiance makes an ideal setting for wine-sipping. Better yet, spend a few hours there and check their website for upcoming classes like Pruning Basic, Raising Chicks 101, or How to Build a Terrarium. You’ll leave feeling inspired and ready to cultivate plants. Bayview Farm & Garden 2780 Marshview Ave., Langley 360.321.6789 | bayviewfarmandgarden.com
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More than Quality Pet Food Bow Wow & Woofs WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATE GALAMBOS
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THE SHOP Bow Wow & Woofs is not your ordinary pet store. Instead of the typical run-of-the mill kibble and dog biscuits, you’ll find freezers stocked with raw dog food and fair-trade pet toys. Owner Heather Campbell is committed to keeping her store full of quality foods and responsibly produced pet products.
THE ATMOSPHERE The store welcomes visitors with a warm, earthy glow that reflects the owner’s commitment to natural and healthy products for our animal friends. While Campbell provides a wide array of products, the store is not overwhelming. Shelves are neatly organized based on product, origin, and animal. Photos of her Cairn Terrier, Kerry, line the wall behind the checkout counter, giving customers a sense of Campbell’s love for pups.
KEY PEOPLE Campbell opened her store in 2005 after 25 years of working for airlines. “I always had dogs in my life. I went to dog stores everywhere I traveled,” she said. Campbell knew that she wanted to open her own place after she retired from the travel industry. Running the store has been everything she wanted and more, Campbell said. An important part of running the business has been giving back to the community, especially veterans. Bow Wow & Woofs supports The Puppy Rescue Mission, an organization that aims to reunite military personnel with the dogs they befriend in Afghanistan, Bosnia, the Middle East, and Africa. In addition to her work with The
Puppy Rescue Mission, Campbell has sponsored dogs overseas. “One Christmas I sent over 2,000 venison sausage for the dogs,” she said.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND “I’m super picky. If I’m not willing to feed it to my own dogs, it won’t come in here,” Campbell said. The store is full of natural dog—and cat— food, toys, apparel, and fun animal-inspired decor items. Campbell even carries raw pet food, which she says is the best option for any pet parent. The raw food freezers in her store house products like fish stock, goat milk, and leafy green-packed supplements. As for the more traditional dry kibble, Campbell believes in feeding pets grain and potato-free brands. Beyond her large pet food and supplement selection, Campbell fills the store with products that she can feel good about selling to her customers. Whether it is the dog beds made from recycled water bottles, the Pocket Disc Frisbee toys made by women in Guatemala, or the WO Bone, a toy which helps fund meals for widows and orphans in Ethiopia, visitors are getting more than just a fun toy when they purchase from Bow Wow & Woofs.
OWNER’S FAVORITE Campbell said one of her favorite products is the Green Juju, a whole-food supplement that owners can add to any meal for their pup. The supplement is a combination of organic ingredients grown in the Pacific Northwest. With ingredients like kale, celery, coconut oil, and turmeric, Green Juju gives any meal a helping hand in health.
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Eat Local: Genius Campaign? WRITTEN BY ARLENE J. MANTHA
at Local has become a well-known term that Pacific Northwesterners wear like a badge of honor all throughout our sweet little salty town of Bellingham. At least many people I know, both in and out of the food industry, live by this slogan. These dedicated friends and family shop at farmers markets to access the best of local, seasonal, organic and non-GMO produce available. Gardening is so awesome here that local dirt, containing the perfect pH balance for our climate’s needs, is a big seller. The seeds used in many local “victory gardens” come from local crops and are planted seasonally to provide best outcomes. Flours and grains are also grown, processed and purchased locally, thanks to the Fairhaven Flour Mill. Organic U-pick farms by the dozens in Whatcom County are a family favorite summertime activity. Even whiskey distilleries are built on apple farms here, such as the lovely Bellewood Acres. World-class breweries are often hops-local, like Boundary Bay and others, ad infinitum. I am going to say this once and say it slow, with great pride: Public schools are eating local too. Plus, while it sounds straightforward to eat local, it does require a little knowledge, accessibility, dedication, and of course, a reusable bag. … continued on next page
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… An eat-local lifestyle is a symbol of a renewed food culture, where the community understands the benefits of a welltuned, local food machine. Benefits are many and none should be taken for granted. Below are a few of the perks that we get to enjoy here in Bellingham without much effort:
Economics Making local food purchases supports our local economy by investing in farmers and food processors that live here and, in turn, invest those same funds back into the community via property taxes, schools, and other purchases. Less pricey when you don’t have to pay somebody to ship it. It’s a win-win. Nutrition Health benefits are also tops, since you often have a product that has ample time in the ripening process and needs fewer crop sprays and little to no shipping time. Food that is picked and eaten soon after offers a more favorable and fresher product. The nutrition factor is rich. Good Business This small town is full of farms and streams near where we actually live. This creates an accountability structure that you don’t find when purchasing product outside of your region. Curators, chefs and farmers are the hands that create, grow and process your foods. These business owners will be known locally and compete for your favor.
Marketing Other benefits include the privilege of having your business under a larger umbrella or locally funded marketing campaign like Whatcom County’s own Sustainable Connections. Sustainable Connections can provide event participation for your business, free advertising and marketing. Professional and social networking are the cherryon-top when you get aboard the eat-local train. Connection to Natural Resources Being connected to the natural earth around you is perhaps one of the greatest perks that I have come to appreciate. There is no shortage 44 NorthSoundLife.com
of natural beauty in Whatcom County. Streams and rivers abound, from the Salish Sea, providing the best salmon, oysters and marine life available, to the snow-capped North Cascades, which provides nutrient-rich soil with the necessary hydration that is needed to nurture plant life and produce jewellike berries that are irresistible to the most disciplined palate.
A Welcome Change What once was a nich-ey little cliché has turned into a national re-vamp of an outdated food system that had let down its clients long ago. Welcome to the new world of food sourcing. Together we are creating a sustainable farm-to-table industry, thanks to a local non-profit group called NW Washington’s Chefs Collective, a founding group composed of chefs, farmers and producers. Chefs Collaborative is a group of local farmers and chefs who are changing the food system in a tangible way. There once was an understanding that food was ordered and then shipped as needed from a large company. These days, groups like the CC are changing the narrative between farmers and restaurateurs, changing business practices completely. Now, when a chef knows in advance that he or she will need a certain product, the chef contacts a local farmer, who grows that item or is able to grow it. Thus, the farmer plants specifically for that event, knowing that the menu was decided in-season and leaving the farmers with virtually no waste and an increased ability to profit. I cannot confirm that our own Sustainable Connections plugged the term “eat local” or just did a very good job with the campaign when it started more than a decade ago. But one thing I can be sure of is that I am proud to be a small part of this great community that values, protects, and continually grows the sustainability of its own natural resources, people and local food businesses.
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Endless Possibilities at Deception Pass WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATE GALAMBOS
Quick Stats Length: 38 total miles of hiking trails Pass/Fee: Discover Pass
hile it may be one of the busiest Washington parks in the summer, Deception Pass State Park is still accessible and nearly as beautiful throughout the offseason. The second major draw of the park is the variety of landscapes visitors will find. Whether you’re looking to spend a day at the beach, have a picnic on a grassy hill with a view, or take a hike through dense forests, Deception Pass has it all. The park encompasses three miles of bike trails, six miles of horse trails and about a mile of wheelchair-accessible trails. With so much variety, you can visit again and again and find something new. If it is your first visit or your 41st, the Goose Rock trail is a must-hike at Deception Pass. The trail is just under five miles roundtrip and has little elevation gain, but still provides the best views of the Olympic Mountains and San Juan Islands. The view site marks the highest point on Whidbey Island. Your journey begins at the west end of Cranberry Lake inside the state park, where you’ll see the trail, marked North Beach Trail, on the far side of the outdoor education amphitheater. This first leg of the path to Goose Rock is wide 46 NorthSoundLife.com
and well-maintained. It will lead you above North Beach and toward the bridge. After crossing under, keep left at the fork for the Perimeter Trail. Continue to keep left as the trail brings you up and around the side of Goose Rock. You’ll notice smaller paths diverging from the Perimeter Trail. Many of these small trials lead down to the water and on a clear day offer scenic views of Mount Baker. The Perimeter Trail continues to meander down toward the beach and back up again before you’ll come to another fork. This time stay right. Enjoy the beautiful, grassy hillside and be on the lookout for wildflowers. Finally, at a well-signed intersection, follow the Summit Trail to the vista point. Keep heading up, up and up to the top of Goose Rock. Deception Pass State Park can be reached from I-5 exit 230 for Anacortes/Burlington. After exiting, turn left onto Highway 20 West and continue for 11 miles. The turn for the park will be marked Whidbey Island/Deception Pass. Cross the impressive bridge and into the park. To reach the parking lot, following the lower road around Cranberry Lake until the road ends at the beach parking lot.
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tudies estimate that the earliest domesticated animals — history’s first pets — existed between 13,000 and 30,000 years ago. They were dogs, likely wolves or coyotes, that became domesticated after getting handouts of food. In 2008 in Belgium, a discovery yielded dog bones 31,700 years old, believed to be the oldest ever found, according to a story in Slate magazine. After that came domesticated sheep and goats, then cats as agriculture (and mice) became a thing. Then came pack animals, including horses. To all this we say: How did people possibly survive without pets before then? Usually cute, sometimes furry, sometimes exasperating, we look at our house-friendly critters as trusted companions, conversation starters, part of the family. In the following pages, we look at the lives of pets. They can bring out the worst, and best, of us (and household appliances like vacuums and carpet shampooers). Either way, we’re glad they’re around.
WRITTEN BY LIBBY KELLER PHOTOGRAPHED BY DIANE PADYS
t’s not easy being the official canine concierge of Hotel Bellwether. You’ve got to greet the guests with a happy face and a wagging tail. You’ve got to step up if they need help at the front desk. Sometimes you even need to get your paws dirty and chase away those pesky rabbits that like to hide in the bushes out back. It’s a big job, but somebody’s got to do it, and Bellwether Bella does it all like a pro. Bella’s owner and Bellwether’s general manager, Jim Haupt, said the 1 1/2-year-old French spaniel not only likes to hang out near his office by the front desk, she also has her own Facebook page. “We use Bella to kind of tell people what’s going on around here,” he said. Bella’s page is full of pictures of her helping advertise the hotel’s Spring Fling wine tasting, Bellingham Beer Week, or nearby businesses like Still Life Massage and Float. Guests of the hotel also love taking pictures with her and they can even take her for a walk, Haupt said. They may even get one of her big, sloppy kisses. So the next time you find yourself at Hotel Bellwether, stop in and see the canine concierge herself, Bellwether Bella.
You Own a What? WRITTEN BY LIBBY KELLER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY DIANE PADYS
hen I told my boyfriend I was allergic to cats and dogs, he researched high and low for some kind of furry pet we could own together. After a few weeks, he found the perfect solution — sugar gliders. They’re a kind of possum native to Australia that can glide through the air on membranes tucked between their front and back legs. They’re the cutest little fuzz balls you can fit in the palm of your hand. That’s how Nausicaä and Laputa came into my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. They don’t need to eat much either — a pinch of sugar glider-formulated kibble in the morning will last them through the day, then another pinch of kibble and a few apple slices and they’re good for the night. Sugar gliders are social animals, which is why breeders heavily recommend getting at least two at a time. When you adopt gliders when they’re still joeys, they will bond with you if you spend enough time with them. There’s nothing quite like having a little creature fall asleep inside the sleeve of your shirt to keep warm. But I have to say, one of my favorite parts about the gliders is that, because they’re marsupials and used to being curled up in mommy’s pouch as babies, they love to cuddle. It melts my heart every time I see them asleep in their cage and wrapped around each other. Although, getting to see people’s faces when I show them pictures of the gliders definitely doesn’t get old either.
Mr. Tasty the House Pig WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY EMILY BYLIN
hen you think about pets, what images come to mind? Dogs? Cats? Maybe the occasional reptile, rodent, or bird. Why not a potbelly pig? Most folks think pigs don’t belong in the house, but most folks haven’t met Mr. Tasty. When the Damaris family — Robyn, Jason, and their son Dylan, 6 — couldn’t agree on what kind of dog to get, they eventually decided since everybody’s got a dog, why not get something more fun? They found an online ad for a litter of potbelly pigs from a farm on Camano Island. It was love at first sight. Potbellies don’t usually like to play with toys, but blankets and pillows are hog heaven. They love to snuggle (who doesn’t?), root around, and play chase. “He’s really playful,” says Dylan. “He likes to push me with his nose.” Mr. Tasty is a true potbelly. The pigs can get up to 150 pounds, but a typical size is 60 to 80 pounds at maturity. Potbellies require a good outdoor space for them to root around if you want to keep your yard intact. Don’t let the name worry you though. Mr. Tasty is nobody’s bacon. “He just wants your love and affection,” says Robyn. He gets plenty of it as the newest member of the Damaris family.
Four Pet Movies to Watch and One to Avoid WRITTEN BY MIKAYLA NICHOLSON
the century by the British Film Institute, “Kes” is a portrait and critique of Northern England working class life in the 1960s. It is told through the bond between a miner’s 15-year old son and an adopted wild kestrel, which provides an escape from the boy’s tedious life, problems, and abusive parents.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Wes Anderson’s stopmotion animated feature is like an elaborate pop-up book come to life. The film follows a dapper fox’s escape from three evil farmers. George Clooney and Meryl Streep play Mr. and Mrs. Fox, a pair who live inside a tree on top of a hill with their son Ash and his cousin Kristofferson. When Mr. Fox starts stealing chickens and cider from the farms across the train tracks, the farmers take revenge by uprooting the fox family’s tree. The story is charming, rich in color and detail, and wild all the way through. Kes (1970) The timeless tale of a boy and his pet falcon. Proclaimed as one of the 10 best British films of
The Black Stallion (1979) The 1979 adaptation inspired critic Pauline Kael to remark, “There may be a separate God for movies, at that.” This poetic pet movie follows the journey of a horse who saves a boy from a shipwreck on a deserted island. Settle in for sweeping shots from expansive island landscapes to the dusty roads of suburban America. Accompanied by an impressive score composed by Carmine Coppola, “The Black Stallion” is a treat for the eyes and the ears. Gremlins (1984) While not a pet traditionally found in nature, the gremlins will still make themselves a part of your home. Strange and adorable, these creatures, called “Mogwais,” are harmless hooligans. Unless you get them wet, or feed them after midnight, or expose them to bright lights. Break any
of those rules and things might escalate into quick chaos. Horror for some and nostalgia for others, “Gremlins” is infused with 80s charm and creaturefeature mischievousness. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) This 90s-family adventure comedy will remind you to hug your dog or cat close after you finish watching. Join Chance, Sassy, and old Shadow as they are separated from their family and try to forge their way home. Featuring stellar voice work from Michael J. Fox (who plays another pet/ family member in “Stuart Little”) and Sally Field.
One to Avoid The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986) Made in Japan in 1986, Milo and Otis was a seemingly innocent adventure flick about the friendship between a farm cat and lovable pug. Unfortunately, the film’s reputation has been overshadowed by numerous animal cruelty allegations. Milo and Otis came under fire after allegedly placing animals in dangerous conditions without approval from The American Humane Society, like most movies get. While some accusations could not be proved
legally, some versions of the film showed real animals put in severe situations, i.e. a cat being thrown off a cliff into the ocean, a cat being attacked by a flock of seagulls, a pug fighting a full-sized bear, and other violent scenes that were edited out of the American version. Avoid this one to salvage some childhood memories, or proceed with caution.
Ducks: The New Chickens? WRITTEN BY MIKAYLA NICHOLSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY DEAN DAVIDSON
ity dwellers can practice urban farming by keeping chickens in their backyards, but that’s not the only poultry option. Some people are now turning to ducks rather than chickens as their domesticated bird of choice. Benefits to raising traditional barnyard animals in a suburban (or urban) settings include self-sufficiency and the ability to connect with your roots. Also, watching any baby birds grow up before your eyes can be a fun family activity. Depending on where you live, ducks may be the better option of the two birds. Ducks spend time in the water, making them less susceptible to diseases, such as mites or parasites. Ducks have an extra layer of fat to protect them from the elements and can sleep outside, even in Washington’s inclement weather. Ducks are social animals, and welcome new members to their flock without ruffling any feathers. They will also forage for food on their own, providing free weed and insect maintenance. Duck eggs are as versatile as chicken eggs, and are often richer in flavor and fat and water content. Duck eggs work best in baking because of their high fat content, but less so as straight hard-boiled eggs. If you already have chickens and want to make the switch to ducks, it is simple to do so. According to Becky Koplowitz, assistant manager at Hohl Feed & Seed, you can use the same chick starter kit, brooder,
and bedding for both baby chickens and ducks. You can also use the same bread scraps and fresh greens to feed the ducks. Of course, like any other living thing, ducks have their downsides. They need a body of water of some kind, and the water requires routine cleaning and changing. Ducks aren’t as productive at egg laying as chickens, Koplowitz said, which is why ducks are usually kept as recreational pets. Chickens require less space, and can survive in the snow better than ducks can. Ultimately, whatever fowl you choose, if you’re properly prepared, you’ll have a new feathered friend.
Whatcom Therapy Dogs WRITTEN BY KAYLIN STIEFER | PHOTOS COURTESY WHATCOM THERAPY DOGS
fter Pat Holmes and Chris Monroe registered their therapy dogs, they wondered: Now what? That’s when they decided to start Whatcom Therapy Dogs. This program connects registered therapy dogs and their handlers with the community. People volunteer their dogs when they’re available to help. A therapy dog is different from a service dog because they provide affection and comfort in a facility where they’re welcome, rather than assisting people with their everyday lives. Therapy dogs help lower stress and anxiety, reduce blood pressure, release endorphins, improve moods and offer emotional support. Holmes says dogs make people smile just from walking into a room. She says dogs bring out qualities that people might not share with others. “Dogs are not judgmental,” Monroe says. Whatcom Therapy Dogs visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools, mental health programs, and youth activity programs. There are even programs where children read aloud to dogs, allowing them to better their skills without being judged. They visit the Bellingham International Airport for the Pups Easing Traveler Stress (PETS) program where dogs help relieve the stress of flying. Whatcom Therapy Dogs also visits Western Washington University’s campus during dead week — an intense study period before finals — and finals week to give students an opportunity to de-stress. They also appear at the Love Moves 5K running race and Mental Health Fair, and parents weekend events on campus. Every dog is different, which is why picking dogs to be therapy dogs depends more on their temperament rather than breed. Some dogs start therapy training from puppyhood, but they must be at least one year old to be evaluated and registered. They usually start working as therapy dogs at two years old. Dogs are trained on basic obedience, reaction to other dogs, noises, strangers, being petted, as well as many other practices. Just like dogs must be trained, their handlers must know how to manage their animal. Whatcom Therapy Dogs provides a place for members to share stories, tips and opportunities. 56 NorthSoundLife.com
NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center WRITTEN BY KAYLIN STIEFER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY DIANE PADYS
horse’s neigh sounds in the distance as Julia Bozzo emerges from her house. Bozzo has always loved horses, but when she came to Bellingham, she realized there wasn’t a riding center. So Bozzo started one. It turned out to be much more than just a place to ride horses. The NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center, which provides therapy to people with physical and mental challenges, was built from the ground up in 1993. Bozzo runs it with the help of Hilary Groh, dozens of volunteers, and her husband. Equine-assisted activities and therapies have physical, psychological, and emotional benefits. Over the years, Bozzo says the center has offered adaptive riding lessons to a wide range of participants, aged 4 to 76, with all kinds of challenges, including autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Riders not only learn grooming and horsemanship, they also gain control, balance, a sense of body language, and social and
communication skills, all while normalizing muscle tone, improving respiratory systems, and having fun. “We focus on strengths and abilities,” Groh says. She says riding is holistic and treats the whole body instead of focusing on one part. Participants ready themselves and their horses to the best of their ability — putting on their own helmets before saddling and brushing their rides. Some use the ramp for assistance on mounting their horse. There’s even a four-legged star in their midst. One of the center’s oldest horses, a Norwegian Fjord named Kleng, was named National Therapeutic Horse of the Year in 2009 and was inducted into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame in 2013. He is short and sturdy with a calm and friendly personality. Not only do riders benefit, the people who work with them do too. Bozzo says volunteers take what they learn from this experience and transfer it into their daily lives with family and friends and can go on to therapeutic careers. “It’s every bit as beneficial to our
volunteers as it is for the participants,” Bozzo says. At the end of the lesson, participants will play games. Bozzo explained one game that involves calling out someone else’s name and then tossing a colorful ball to them. This nudges participants to be social and learn each other’s names, while also challenging their balance on the horse. Bozzo says games like this prompt participants to speak while they’re learning to ride. The center’s mottos include: “Giving a leg up to people of all abilities,” and “Where hoofbeats are heartbeats.” Bozzo and her crew not only want to help people with their challenges, but give them a sense of accomplishment. “It’s more strengthening and empowering than healing,” Bozzo says. July 2017
Home WRITTEN BY MERI-JO BORZILLERI PHOTOGRAPHED BY DIANE PADYS
hili the Chihuahua, curled on her padded dog bed in front of her home’s fireplace, does not stir when two visitors enter. Chili’s age is a best-guess 16. She is partially deaf and blind, with severe respiratory and thyroid problems. She must be carried down stairs several times a day to go outside. Yet, in the twilight of her life, Chili — 5 pounds, 8 ounces of furry defiance — is living large thanks to Old Dog Haven, a Lake Stevens-based small nonprofit with a growing national reputation. Featured in a Today Show segment in December that prompted a coo-fest from Hoda and Kathie Lee, Old Dog Haven manages a large network of “forever” foster homes in western Washington for dogs age 8 and older who are sick, dying or abandoned. Founded in 2004, ODH also finds temporary foster homes for later adoption, but 90 percent of ODH dogs are “final refuge” or hospice pets. Their goal is to keep as many old dogs as possible from living out their final days in a shelter, ownerless.
Fostering a dog who won’t be around for long takes a person with a special combination of compassion and pragmatism. Bellingham’s Lorraine Barnes is one. Heartbroken two years ago after her own two dogs, Charlie, 8, and Jack, 6, disappeared in the woods pursuing a deer, she couldn’t bear to raise dogs again. So she cares for them instead — Chili needs regular medications, gets shampooed twice monthly for a skin condition and has to use an inhaler fitted with a special, expensive tube to work on her tiny mouth. Sometimes she wears a green diaper. “I just have a live-for-the-day philosophy with her,” said Barnes, a retired flight attendant who has had Chili for nearly two years, longer than most. ODH dogs “haven’t had a great life. That’s the reward — to give them the life they never had, that they missed.” As of late May, ODH had 310 dogs in its care, all but two in forever foster homes. It pays for dogs’ veterinary care and medications and provides a support network. Host
Pet Memorial families pay for food and other expenses. Generous donors and fundraisers help with costs, which average a staggering $80,000 monthly. They are always looking for forever foster homes, said Judith Piper, who founded ODH with her husband Lee. “She can’t hear. She has an eye condition,” Barnes said of Chili, whose eyes remain soulful. “All are very expensive services and Old Dog Haven just steps up. They’re not extravagant, but they’re responsible.” These days, Chili moves cautiously, sharing a home with slightly larger Calvin, whom Barnes adopted in August, and Chai, a rescue dog. Chili likes to be where the action is, says Barnes, even if she has to be carried there. Her fur is smooth. Most nights, Chili sleeps in Barnes’ bed, a cozy coda to a troubled life. She has earned her place by the fire, and in Barnes’ heart, for the rest of her days. “What I see in her is the understanding that I’m here,” said Barnes, “and I’m going to take care of her.”
WRITTEN BY MERI-JO BORZILLERI PHOTOGRAPHED BY DIANE PADYS
ven before Bobbie Ruth Langley began her Life Cycle Pet Cremation service, she knew it wouldn’t be enough. “It’s incredibly valuable for people emotionally to memorialize their pet,” Langley said. So each fall for the past two years, Langley has held the Floating Lantern Pet Memorial, set for Sept. 10 this year at Bloedel Donovan Park. Pet owners grieving pets lost yesterday or years ago have the chance to write something or include a photo, set it on their lantern, and release it into the waters of Lake Whatcom. The lanterns are later picked up and can be used again next year. The ceremony, which will for the first time include a processional, drew about 100 people in 2016, Langley said. “It’s an opportunity for closure, and also an opportunity to keep a pet’s life going or keep the memory of the pet strong,” Langley said. “It’s to honor the pet’s life, or the pet and the pet’s parent together. It gives (people) a physical way to do it with other people who are maybe grieving the same way.”
You’ve Lost Your Pet…
now what? WRITTEN BY MIKAYLA NICHOLSON
First hour Search, Search, Search First, it’s important to act quickly and search for your lost pet before it gains too much distance. Establish where you last saw your pet and survey the immediate areas. Look around for any open areas where the pet could have escaped, i.e. an open window, balcony, or open door. Search thoroughly, behind appliances, under beds, in closets, etc. If you are certain the pet is not in or around the house, expand your search into the community. Bring treats and a leash.
Second hour Notify Others Check in with the neighbors and let them know your pet went missing. Corral neighborhood kids on bikes. Have a picture to show or hand out. File a lost pet report with PAWS. Call vets, shelters, animal control, groomers, kennels, and pet stores and alert them to your missing pet. Provide all agencies with a photo and description that includes age, weight, breed, color, and special markings. If safe to do so, leave a door or the doggy door open, or a window for a cat to crawl back into. Do not chase after a lost pet because it may run from you.
Hours 3 to 5 Alert the Town Begin posting flyers around town at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections and pet supply stores. The flier should be large, simple and attention-grabbing, with easy-to-read words, like “LOST CAT” or “MISSING DOG.” Include a color photo, name, breed, and a contact phone number. The Whatcom Humane Society cannot identify lost pets over the phone so visit them in person and fill out a lost pet report. Place an ad with a picture in The Bellingham Herald, or your local newspaper, and on the “lost and found” section of Craigslist.
That Night Social Media Blast, Leaving Lures There are several Whatcom County resources online for finding lost pets, including Facebook pages where members can pool their resources. Next Door, the popular neighborhood site, is a good way to get the word out. Good Facebook pages: — Lost Pets of Whatcom County — Bellingham Lost Pets Facebook — Lost and Found Animals WA. Make a post on your personal Facebook profile, and change the post settings to “public” so it can be shared with friends of friends and local community members. The best time to search for a lost cat is at night. Bring along a flashlight and something that smells like you or some food. Try putting dog or cat food near the house to draw the animal back inside, as well as clothes that smell like you out in the yard. Ask neighbors to check their sheds and barns, especially at night.
Day 2 Persistence Visit local shelters and check for your pet. Check in with the agencies you contacted and look for new businesses to notify. Continue the search around parks and trails, and keep notifying neighbors. Boost your social media posts by sharing and commenting to keep the posts at the top of your friends’ feeds. Continue distributing fliers, but be wary of scams, keep one key piece of information OFF the flyer, such as unique marking or discoloration, and ask strangers to identify the distinguishing mark to avoid frauds.
Week 2 and beyond Be diligent Don’t give up hope or get discouraged. Pets have come back after long periods of time because of diligent searching. Visit the shelters once a day and continue to get the word out via social media. If you find your lost pet, think about ways to prevent the same situation from happening again by getting a collar with ID. Also, consider getting a microchip that a vet can scan. Microchips should not be the sole source of identification for your pet, however, because only those with special equipment can read them. Close any escape points, holes in the fence, open windows, etc. And hug your beloved pet close when they are safe, happy, and home.
For Pets Is A Great Find WRITTEN BY KENNA KLOES
f you’re a dog or cat owner, it’s likely you’ll experience — at least once — that eerie, then terrifying, feeling that something’s missing. Namely, your pet. Even more devastating is realizing your lost animal is dependent on medication, or has a condition that only few people know about. A new wearable technology for your adventurous little friend says it can eliminate much of this fear. MyEndlessID Pet is a tag small enough to fit on a collar, but packed with advanced technology. The tag emits radio waves to any smartphone held close enough. With just a tap, the tag is designed to provide your pet’s finder or rescuer with vital information such as the animal’s medical history, allergies, vaccinations, and more. Additionally, when the device is activated, pet owners receive an immediate notification with a geolocation of where their animal is located. Water resistant and without batteries, MyEndlessID is advertised as peace of mind for only $20.
Border Patrol Dogs WRITTEN BY MERI-JO BORZILLERI PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON FINN
ust yards from the U.S.-Canadian border in Blaine, customs and border dog Greya, on a work break, can’t resist a strip of bush-shaded grass and does what dogs do — gets down to roll, wiggle and shimmy with her feet in the air. Greya is a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, a breed sought for law enforcement work because of their smarts, confidence, and hardworking nature. But 51-pound Greya has something else, says her U.S. Customs and Border Protection K-9 handler Patricia Williams. “She’s very approachable,” said Williams. “She’s very small, doesn’t look too scary.” Especially now. But the next time Greya goes belly down, a half-hour later, it’s with intensity and purpose when she singles out a car with a bag of hashish tucked under the front fender. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine program has been around since 2009, but trained dogs have been used to protect our borders since 1987. The program’s first priority is to thwart terrorists from gaining entry, second is to detect and seize drugs and other contraband. The canine program also assists in local law enforcement. In Blaine, eight dogs sniff out everything from narcotics to apples to humans in hiding. At the Peace Arch entry, the numbers tell the story: six of the eight dogs specialize in narcotics detection, and one each for agriculture and currency/firearms. Greya’s approachability has made her the rare candidate for summer school in canine pedestrian training. 62 NorthSoundLife.com
“I think she’ll be very good in the pedestrian environment,” said Williams. “She’s very social with people, different from other dogs I’ve had. She has to be able to sniff people (who are) carrying packages…It will be easy for her. If they have anything, she’ll let me know.” Two-year-old Nero, partner of 22-year veteran K-9 handler Randy Sanders, has the classic look of a law enforcement dog — 72 pounds of energetic German shepherd on high alert. Dogs and handlers are certified as teams and stay together. When dogs retire — some can work as late as age 10 or 12 — most officers adopt their partners. Williams and Sanders have each adopted their previous dogs and plan the same with Greya and Nero. “Most of us really love dogs,” Sanders said. “So you get to work with something that you love.” The CBP (Customs and Border Protection) canines arrive for work at the Peace Arch port of entry each day from an off-site kennel contracted to house them. Nero and Greya were selected for duty as puppies after CBP training in Front Royal, Va. (Greya) and El Paso, Tex. (Nero). Dogs can begin work as early as age 1 or 2. Williams, a former vet technician, has worked with animals most of her professional life. She finds training dogs for law enforcement gratifying. A highlight: The first time they find drugs on their own. “You get (the dog) and it’s pretty raw,” she said. But then, “you get to see this rough cut turn into a gem.”
Where to Go to Train Your Pups WRITTEN BY LIBBY KELLER
og training is something Sam McGrady said he and the staff at Cedarwoods Canine School have a passion for. McGrady started Cedarwoods with his dad about 25 years ago and now runs it with his son. McGrady said that while they donâ€™t use any treats to reward dogs during training, owners end up with solid, long-lasting results. Cedarwoods offers an eight-week basic obedience course, a more advanced 12-week off-leash course, tune-up classes, and private lessons. But Cedarwoods isnâ€™t the only place around to take your pooch to get some training. There are plenty of canine schools throughout Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan counties. Cedarwoods Canine School 6497 Woodlyn Rd., Ferndale 360.384.6955 | cedarwoods-k9.com A Better Pet Dog Training 2950 Iverson Ln., Custer | 360.366.3660 San Juan Island Dog Training County Fairgrounds, Friday Harbor 360.378.4562 | lisaholt.thedogtrainer.org Tails-A-Wagging 3959 Hammer Dr., Bellingham 360.733.7387 | tails-a-wagging.com Sunny Lane Canine Training Academy 7407 Sunny Ln., Sedro-Woolley 360.856.5651 | sunnylanek9.com Leader of the Pack Dog Training and Detection Services 12169 Pulver Rd., Burlington 360.540.4197 | leaderotp.com Embarking the Pet Dog 326 36th St., Bellingham 360.399.6380 | embarkingthepetdog.com Fun Fur Paws 22352 Stargate Pl., Mount Vernon 360.840.6362 | funfurpaws.com
Healthy Pet of Ferndale WRITTEN BY MERI-JO BORZILLERI PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON FINN
n Healthy Pet’s manufacturing floor, chief executive Ted Mischaikov sticks his hand under a small waterfall of orzo-shaped paper pellets, then pokes at the soggy crumbles in his palm. The pellets, used for cat litter, dog litter (yes, that’s a thing) and animal bedding, will be baked dry and hard in the next step, which also sanitizes the product. Mischaikov explains how the entire pellet — not just the ends — absorbs moisture. When kitty has to go, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is sustainability. Not at Healthy Pet, the Ferndale-based international manufacturer, where purpose extends to the granular level. By utilizing the entire surface area, the pellet is much more efficient at absorbing liquid. Tiny leftover fines get repurposed into the mix as part of the company’s “zero waste” mission. Heathy Pet’s bedding and litter, in brand names such as Okocat and Carefresh, start as natural fiber — wood and paper. “Our fibers don’t have any inks, plastics or polymers,” said Mischaikov, a former commercial fisherman and local developer. Traditional litter uses clay, which is “unhealthy for your pet. We live five, six feet off the ground. That cat lives right in the material,” he said.
What Insurance is Right for you and your Pet? WRITTEN BY LIBBY KELLER
e love our pooches and cats, but sometimes we pay dearly for it. Vet bills can be as astonishing as doctor bills. Most of us just cross our fingers and hope Fido doesn’t swallow that Lego fire truck, get a stick stuck in his lower jaw, or is diagnosed with hip dysplasia. But if you’re considering pet insurance, crunch the numbers first. Will starting early, with lower premiums, pay off in the long run? Or if you wait until your pet’s old, will it be worth the higher premiums with illness and injury a near certainty? We can’t figure it out for you. But we can give you a starting point. Here are some companies worth exploring:
Big business, meet conscientious manufacturing. The $50 million company, a subsidiary of Germany’s J. Rettenmaier & Sohne Group, sells its products in more than 33,000 retail stores from North America to Africa. The 125-employee company, which also has a manufacturing plant in Georgia, won a safety citation for 2015 and earned gold and platinum status for 2016 from the Northwest Clean Air Agency for its green technology practices. Small-footprint thinking looms large here. Healthy Pet, in partnership with Sustainable Connections and Puget Sound Energy, invested $300,000 to change to all-LED lighting. The company has reduced its landfill waste by more than 90 percent and operates without an industrial sewer. Used paper towels from employee bathrooms get repurposed in-house. Catchments capture rainwater for use at the plant. Just outside, the company’s electric car is charging up. Healthy Pet’s litter and bedding is compostable after use and the natural fiber’s scent helps pet waste decompose without the smell or need for artificial perfumes like clay-based litter uses, said Mischaikov. He points to a box of litter. Everything but the handle can be composted or recycled, he said. “We want to have a sustainable product but don’t have to have the consumer give up performance,” he said. The company wants to be the rule rather than the exception. “This is not a political or emotional plea. It’s common sense,” he said.
Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation 855.898.8991 | healthypawspetinsurance.com Bellevue-based Healthy Paws offers life insurance policies for puppies as young as 8 months and for kittens. It covers hereditary and congenital conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia in dogs if they are signed up before age 6. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance 888.716.1203 | aspcapetinsurance.com ASPCA offers three levels of insurance plans for Washington customers. Level One covers injuries, Level Two covers injuries and illnesses and Level Three covers injuries, illnesses and advanced care. The advanced care plan includes coverage for alternative therapies and behavioral issues. Embrace Pet Insurance 800.511.9172 | embracepetinsurance.com Embrace has no fees for signing up and no annual or monthly payment fees. Embrace also offers wellness rewards as an optional plan, which covers routine care like wellness exams, spay/neuter surgery, nutritional supplements and cremation or burial. PetFirst Pet Insurance 855.270.7387 | petfirst.com PetFirst offers coverage of hip dysplasia, patella luxations or orthapedic conditions with no additional wait period. It also covers periodontal disease and unlimited foreign body ingestions per year. Trupanion 855.210.8749 | trupanion.com After customers pay their deductible, Trupanion covers 90% of eligible claims without a price cap. Trupanion also offers coverage without per-incident limits, annual limits or lifetime limits on the amount of care pets can receive.
DIY Treats Freshen Up Your Pup’s Kisses WRITTEN BY KENNA KLOES
very dog owner is painfully aware of a perpetual dilemma: You love your pup’s kisses, but despise the dog food breath that comes with them. As the market for organic dog food and treats soars, so does the stink of puppy breath caused by raw ingredients. Cue Mini Mutt Mints. These healthy do-it-yourself treats will be your savior when it comes to snuggle time with your dog. The best part is that you can make them from home with ingredients you most likely already possess. Rosanna Pansino is the creator and host of the popular online baking show “Nerdy Nummies.” Pansino walks us through how to freshen up your dog’s breath with the following recipe on her YouTube channel.
Ingredients • 1/2 cup fresh minced parsley • 1/2 cup fresh minced mint • 2 cups oat flour • 1/2 cup almond meal • 1/4 cup applesauce • 1/4 cup coconut water • 1/4 cup coconut oil • 1 heart cookie-cutter set
Directions • Pluck leaves off mint stems and mince. Same with the parsley. Set the greens aside. • Combine oat flour, almond meal, and greens in a bowl. Whisk. • In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Whisk to combine the applesauce, coconut water, and coconut oil. • Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Fold with a spatula. • Sprinkle oat flour onto your work surface to keep the dough from sticking. Form the ingredients into a ball and use a rolling pin to flatten it to about 1/2 inch thick. • Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out the treats. Place them on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Bake at 325F for about 20 minutes. Serve to your pup once completely cooled and revel in the fact that you don’t need to shy away from their sweet, now minty, kisses! For more of Pansino’s recipes, check out her site at rosannapansino.com
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Best Dog Parks WRITTEN BY HANNAH AMUNDSON
Arroyo Park The trails in Arroyo Park allow dogs to be off leash if under voice control. Prepare for moderate to difficult leveled trails, but anticipate beautiful scenery as Chuckanut Creek runs through this park. 1700 Old Samish Rd., Bellingham
Bakerview Park The 39-acre Bakerview Park includes an off-leash dog park, skate park, concessions, a BMX bike track and more to suit the whole family — not just the dog. 3101 E. Fir St., Mount Vernon
Eddie and Friends Dog Park Open from 7 a.m. to dusk, this two-acre dog park even has an optional section for small or older dogs that may not be comfortable with more energetic dogs. Mullis St. and Argyle St., Friday Harbor
Lake Padden Complete with 2.6 mile loop trail around the lake and a fenced dog area. If you are looking for an offleash area where your pooch can roam, those trails are east of the creek crossing. 4882 S. Samish Way, Bellingham Squalicum Creek Park If you’re hoping to get the kids and dog outside, Squalicum Creek Park has a playground and picnic shelters. Dogs must be on leash, but in the park has a nifty new fenced dog area with obstacles to play on and around. 1001 Squalicum Way, Bellingham Little Squalicum Park Right next to Bellingham Technical College, Little Squalicum Park has an off-leash zone and trails that connect to Squalicum Beach. Hop along to other parks, as the Bay to Baker Trail connects Little Squalicum Park to Squalicum Creek Park. 640 Marine Dr., Bellingham
Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-leash Park A wonderful park with a great name: Strawberry Fields for Rover Park offers three acres for dogs to run free without the constraint of a leash. As your pup roams, enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. 6100 152nd St. N.E., Marysville Bark Park The fenced in dog park features shady spots, grassy areas and water spigots for your thirsty pup. Great park for hot summer days. 10301 Elm Lane, Sedro-Woolley Ace of Hearts Rotary Park One-and-a-half acres of fenced in area for off-leash pups. Features include a gazebo, kiddie pools and permanent drink areas for dogs. 3901 H Ave., Anacortes
Orcas Island Dog Park What makes this park special is the dog “toy box” where owners can borrow and use toys like Chuck-its and other balls for their dogs during their session. The park is a large off-leash, fenced area next to a small airport where you can watch biplanes land and take off next door. Mt. Baker Rd. & North Beach Rd., Eastsound Off-Leash Dog Park This park doesn’t seem to have a formal name, but in-the-know folks at Roche Harbor (both residents and vacationers) know it’s there. Now you do, too. Look for the simple “Dog Park” sign when you’re en route to Roche’s famed sculpture garden, and you’ll be led to a park with small- and largedog areas. It’s a great place for you and your pooch to stretch those sea legs. Call 800.451.8910 for directions, Roche Harbor
Pet Friendly Hotels
Going away? board your pet
WRITTEN BY JAMES HEARNE
Hotel Bellwether 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.392.3100 | hotelbellwether.com Pet Policy: $25 per pet, per night, pet friendly rooms on the first and second floors.
Semiahmoo Resort 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine 360.371.7005 | semiahmoo.com Pet Policy: $50 deposit, two pets max Four Points by Sheraton 714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham 360.671.1011 | fourpointshub.com Pet Policy: $30 per night, first floor guest rooms only, max $90
Skagit County Ma jestic Inn & Spa 419 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.299.1400 | ma jesticinnandspa.com Pet Policy: $50 per stay, two dogs up to 25 lbs. La Conner Country Inn 107 N 2nd St., La Conner 360.466.3101 | laconnerlodging.com Pet Policy: Designated rooms, $35 per pet, per stay. Candlewood Suites Burlington 1866 S Burlington Blvd., Burlington 360.755.3300 | ihg.com Pet Policy: Two pets up to 80 lbs, $40 per stay, 6 nights up to $75, 7+ nights up to $150
San Juan County Friday Harbor House 130 West St., Friday Harbor 360.378.8455 | fridayharborhouse.com Pet Policy: $50 one-time fee, per stay, accepted in designated rooms upon availability Harrison House Suites 235 C St., Friday Harbor 360.378.3587 | harrisonhousesuites.com Pet Policy: $25 per day, pets under 25 lbs only. Chef’s bake wholesome dog biscuits. Tucker House Inn Friday Harbor 275 C St., Friday Harbor 360.378.2783 | tuckerhouse.com Pet Policy: Same owner as Harrison House Suites, same policy, same dog biscuits.
Hyline Hotel for Dogs This spacious, scenic spot, located on a farm in Everson, is ideal for dogs who love to get out and play. With 25 exercise yards that allow for socialization, your dog will never be bored. Also offers a daycare and grooming service. 1014 E. Hemmi Rd., Everson | hylinehotel.com Plush Pooch One of the most well-known pet boarders in Bellingham, this place offers visits to the outdoor yard, and cozy fleece blankets. It also offers, for an additional charge, private and group hikes into the woods, as well as one-on-one play time. 953 Bass St. Bellingham | plushpooch.net Pooch Palace & Kitty Kastle The best of both! This facility in Ferndale offers many services for daily dog care, as well as care for cats. It’s a one-stop place for all the family pets! Located at the Grandview Business Center. 7056 Portal Way, #A1, Ferndale | pooch-palace.biz
Skagit County Highland Animal Clinic and Pet Grooming In addition to being a pet boarding facility, this Mount Vernon establishment also offers veterinarian and dental services on an out-patient basis. With a certification from the AAHA, which sets the standards for veterinary care, you know your dog or cat will be in great hands. 110 North 15th St., Mount Vernon highlandanimalclinic.com
San Juan County Paw Spa and Resort This small place, located in Friday Harbor offers grooming, day care, and overnight services. Spacious accommodations and organic dog treats means you can rest easy, knowing your dog is in capable hands. On top of that, it is a cage-free facility. 385 B Carter Ave., Friday Harbor pawspaandresort.com Animal Inn This facility, also located in Friday Harbor, is run by a veterinarian. A strict health log of your pet is kept, so that any health issues can be resolved. Accepts dogs, cats and other kinds of pets, like birds. 25 Boyce Rd., Friday Harbor animalinnwellness.com
Feline Fancy WRITTEN BY JAMES HEARNE | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON FINN
n a small country road near SedroWoolley stands a humble building. Aside from the sign, it might be mistaken for a residence. Inside, however, is a luxurious getaway, with rooms that have nearly every amenity. For cats, that is. The Cat Nap Inn bills itself as a “bed and breakfast exclusively for cats.” But it’s more than that. The cat boarding place is replete with enough services to put even the most anxious cat owners at ease. Kolleen Fox, the owner and proprietor of the Cat Nap Inn, gives a simple reason why she goes the extra mile for cats: Love. “Cats are the perfect package of grace and beauty,” she says. “Working with cats is a dream come true.” Fox, a Washington resident since age 3, founded the Cat Nap Inn back in 1999. Before that, she was in the health care and insurance industry, she says, and needed a change. “I wanted to love coming to work,” she said. Now she does. Cat owners who put their cats up at the inn can choose from a wide variety of options. Suites can feature a virtual aquarium and range in price from $20 to $48 a night for a single cat, with the option to connect two suites to act as a double for a family of cats. In addition, for an extra fee, cat lovers can choose from a wide array of additional indulgences. These include grooming, bonus snacks, and in-suite additions like a birdfeeder for cats who enjoy the enticement of birds. There’s even an option for activities like “Story and Tea Time,” where one of the five staff members will read aloud to a cat cuddled on their lap, and then serve cat nip tea. Fox says that cat owners are often shy about asking for such services for the first time, fearing that they’ll be looked at as weird or obsessive. They need not worry, though, she says. They’re among friends.
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Northshore Veterinary Hospital We are an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital. Accreditation by AAHA means that an animal hospital has been evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence. AAHA accreditation is considered the standard for veterinary excellence and that means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion and keeping them healthy is our #1 priority because pets deserve nothing less. Our team continues their education to fulfill their desire to gain knowledge to provide optimum care and service. Collectively our team has greater than 150 years of service with NSVH.
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Serving Whatcom County Since 1997 Northshore Veterinary Hospital 1486 Electric Avenue Suite 102, Bellingham 360.738.6916 | northshore-vet.com
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Animal Emergency Care Animal Emergency CareÂ strives to provide compassionate care and quality service, delivered by a team of dedicated professionals practicing state-of-the-art veterinary medicine to all Whatcom county families, their pets and corresponding family veterinarians. We are here to help your pet in his or her time of need. Our expert team will help you assess the situation and work with your veterinarian so your pet can stay happy and healthy. Our hospital provides innovative equipment, modern medications, and skilled professionals necessary for emergency surgery and critical hospitalization. We match the same quality you expect of your family veterinarian. Our new facility is located at 4176 Meridian street in Bellingham. Call us when you need us most at 360.758.2200.
Animal Emergency Care 4176 Meridian Street, Bellingham 360.758.2200 | animalemergencycare.net
Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialty Hospital Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialty Hospital was founded in 2009 by Dr. Geoffrey Hutchinson, DVM, MS, ACVS (Surgery) and Dr. Sarah Charney, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), Diplomate ACVR (Radiation Oncology). We work with family veterinarians when a pet suffers an injury or develops disease requiring specialized diagnostics or treatment. Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialty Hospital is dedicated toÂ improving the lives of our patients and their families by providing superior, compassionate, and personalized service. Our goal is to ensure high quality, seamless care of your pet through unsurpassed service and open communication with our veterinary colleagues. Our Bellingham location is 4176 Meridian street. Our phone number is 360.982.0166. We are happy to help you help your pet when specialized care is needed.
Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialty Hospital 4176 Meridian Street, Bellingham 360.982.0166 | bbvshbellingham@ bbvsh.com
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Bellingham Veterinary Your pet is an important part of your family, and when he or she is ill, you want the best medical care available. The veterinarians and staff at Bellingham Veterinary are ready to provide your pet with cutting edge veterinary medical care. From wellness exams and vaccines to advanced diagnostics and complex surgical procedures, your pet will receive high quality care at our hospital. Our facility is also home to the Northwest Veterinary Blood Bank, which provides canine and feline blood products to medical practitioners and research institutions throughout the country. The Northwest Veterinary Blood Bank is always looking for new cat and dog donors for the program. Please inquire to learn more about the many benefits of having your pet enrolled!
Our Featured Services: • General Care • Laboratory Testing • Ultrasound • Orthopedic Surgery • Pain Magement • Immunotherapy • On Site Blood Bank • MRI / CAT Scans • Flea Management • Health Certificates • Vaccinations • Dentistry • Diagnostic Imaging • Pet Boarding • Preventive Care • Digtal Radiology • Wellness Exams • Experimental Cancer Therapies • Euthanasia Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm | Saturday: 9am – 2pm Sunday: Closed
Bellingham Veterinary 720 Virginia Street, Bellingham WA 360.734.0720 BhamVet.com
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BTC Veterinary Technician Program Have you ever wondered about the people in scrubs at your veterinarian’s office? Have you ever wanted to be a person in scrubs at the veterinarian’s office? Those people are veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants, and they’re crucial to the care of pets and animals! If you want to be a veterinary technician, you’ll need a two-year degree in veterinary technology and to complete national and state exams to be licensed as a veterinary technician (LVT). You can get your career started right here in Bellingham at Bellingham Technical College! The Veterinary Technician program at Bellingham Technical College (BTC) is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). If you love science, animals and people, then veterinary technology could be a great career for you! The profession offers many different types of opportunities to work with pets, farm animals, wildlife or research. It also offers a flexible schedule, with job options for those who prefer to work days or nights, full-time or part-time, and during the week or on weekends. The BTC Veterinary Technician Program is a full-time, on-campus (face-to-face) program. No animals are housed on campus, so animal experience is completed in private veterinary clinics in the three-county area throughout the entire two-year training period. Technician skills are studied in class and practiced on mannequins in the lab prior to application with animals. The AVMA requires that graduates from the program be trained to handle and care for all of the species common to veterinary medicine (dogs, cats, horses, cattle, rodents, and birds). Training includes: anatomy, physiology, nursing, anesthesia, medical math, medicine, surgery, pharmacology, nutrition, and laboratory sciences. The training is both physically and academically rigorous, but well worth the effort! Graduates of the BTC Veterinary Technician program have a 97% job placement rate within nine months of graduation. The average starting salary is more than $32,000 in this region. After five years of working as a veterinary technician, there is also the option to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in a specific field. A VTS would usually work at referral or specialist veterinary facilities and could expect an average starting salary of $42,000. If you would like more information about the Veterinary Technician program at Bellingham Technical College, please visit our website at www.btc.edu/veterinarytechnician or call to make an appointment with an advisor 360.752.8345.
Bellingham Technical College 3028 Lindbergh Ave. Bellingham 360.752.7000 www.btc.edu
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Life Cycle Pet Cremation is a pet-only funeral home and on-site cremation service offering personal and respectful care for you and your pet. Numbered steel ID tags guarantee the return of your petâ€™s cremated remains. Pet memorials and gifts from local, regional and national artists may be purchased at our facility or from our e-commerce site. Let us honor your petâ€™s life through exceptional after-care.
Established in 1997, City Dogs Grooming continues to strive for compassionate, quality service. Awarded Best Grooming Salon in Pacific Northwest for the past 3 years, we offer full grooming, bathing and toe nail trims, using special techniques for calming and handling your dog. Whatever your pup needs we can help! We look forward to getting to know your pet.
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711 E Holly Street, Bellingham 360.756.9515 citydogsgrooming.com
801 W. Orchard Drive, Suite 3, Bellingham 360.778.9578 | life-cycle-pet.com
Preventative dental care is crucial to maintaining your pets health and longevity. Tartar can cause infection, gingivitis, and possibly internal organ damage over time. Robin uses a non-invasive method to remove tartar build-up and polish to leave the teeth surfaces clean and smooth. Her gentle approach allows her to work without anesthesia. Robin works closely with veterinarians and is highly recommended in the community.
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HABITAT Home Remodel Tips and Tricks · Featured Home
Chuckanut Bay House WRITTEN BY MERI-JO BORZILLERI PHOTOGRAPHED BY PATRICK BARTA
he airy lightness of this Chuckanut Bay home’s interior stands in contrast to its big, bold, concrete frame that attracts attention from those who live nearby or paddle past. The owner, a builder himself, wanted to convey permanence in a home situated between the everchanging water and a boulder wall constructed to highlight area sandstone. McClellan Architects, led by Regan Smith, was also responsible for the interior design that included this staircase, enhanced by multi-level orbs, giving the floating sensation of walking up through the stars when you retire at night. Because we all can dream, can’t we? Architect | McClellan Architects Interior Designer | McClellan Architects Landscape Designer | Noah Booker Photos | Patrick Barta
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The enormous 5-by-10-foot door’s Native American influences includes an adze-carved texture, traditional for wood planks, doors and canoes.
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One-of-a-Kind Design RE Store’s Revision Division WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATE GALAMBOS
e love to recycle here in the Pacific Northwest. We’ll divide, compost, and reuse until just about everything gets another home or is made functional again. And while recycling might seem more mundane than stylish, Matt Vaughn and David Spangler at the RE Store’s Revision Division, would beg to differ. Vaughn and Spangler use almost entirely recycled materials to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces, bringing our region’s recycling ethos right to your front door, furniture and home decor. The two carpenters create pieces based on their own personal style and what material are available. While Vaughn is more mid-century modern and industrial, Spangler likes to stick with the classics, preferring rustic design. Regardless of your taste, the team’s handcrafted pieces will bring something more than just visual appeal to your space. “It’s more interesting-looking. It has love, it has character,” Vaughn said. 82 NorthSoundLife.com
It usually has a history, too. “Each of our pieces has a happy story behind it, instead of a sad story of a factory laborer,” Spangler said. Beauty coupled with a good cause? What is more stylish than that? The Revision Division’s pieces can be found at the RE Store or online on their Etsy page.
Matt Vaughn’s Favorite Projects Handmade Copper and Steel Chair Vaughn used old copper pipes from houses to construct this beautiful chair. The industrial look is a perfect example of his style. Reclaimed Wood and Steel Chair While the lines of the chair are mid-century modern, the steel frame and armrests give it an industrial look. The wood was once home flooring before it became Vaughn’s chair. Industrial Douglas Fir Shelf This small but impactful piece incorporates warm wood tones with steel base formed from an old masonry trowel. Scarf Rack This unique piece is made from reclaimed steel from an old pitchfork. Even in its second-life, the steel serves a necessary purpose.
David Spangler’s Favorite Projects Handmade Keepsake Boxes Each box is a little different, but all would make an excellent addition to the top of a nightstand or bookshelf. The boxes are perfect for keeping your most prized possessions safe. Shadow Boxes Use them for books, CDs, to display framed photos, or allow them to stand on their own as art. Spangler used reclaimed wood to build these fun, collectable boxes.
“Upcycled” Shelves Spangler said he loves to add a bit of value to already-made pieces, like planters, with just a few shelves. The piece is not only given more life, but is made more useful. Mirrors and Blackboards Made with Reclaimed Wood As another simple project, Spangler uses reclaimed wood from flooring, trim, etc., to create frames for a mirror or chalkboard. re-store.org Matt Vaughn: email@example.com David Spangler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rustic Pine Cabinet The combination of salvaged bead board, reclaimed pine, and antique hardware give this piece an authentic 19th century look. July 201783
DINE 8 Great Tastes · Dining Guide · Mixing Tin · Sip
Bright New Light on Seafood B-Town Kitchen and Raw Bar WRITTEN BY ZACCHORELI FRESCOBALDI-GRIMALDI PHOTOGRAPHED BY LISA KARLBERG
-Town Kitchen and Raw Bar at Four Points by Sheraton is an inspiration of architecture, interior design, and culinary imagination. Early this year, the hotel closed its previous restaurant, Poppe’s 360, and set about construction of this bright new and more contemporary restaurant. Large, unobstructed, floor-to-ceiling windows open onto a heated patio for outdoor dining and entertaining. This sleek European style restaurant doesn’t feel part of a hotel. For those of us who recall Poppe’s 360 with fondness, mourning should be short-lived. The bar at B-Town continues to make the same signature Shaker Martinis and excellent craft cocktails, along with a 16-tap beer selection, new Northwest-focused wine list and generously portioned delicious food. If fresh shellfish is your gastronomic highlight, you’re in the right place. The Seafood Tower for Two ($55) offers plenty to sample: 1 whole lobster, … continued on next page
6 mussels, 6 oysters, 6 clams, 4 jumbo shrimp, house cocktail sauce, horseradish aioli, and mango-kiwi relish. Add a salad, a couple of glasses of wine and you’ve got yourself an elegant and romantic dinner for two. Items from the Small Plates menu make terrific appetizers or adult beverage-worthy snacks. Crispy calamari rings and squiggly tentacles are things of the past. At B-Town, you get a generous portion of thick hand-sliced strips of Calamari Steak ($12), lightly battered, fried and served with soy mustard aioli and sweet chili sauce. At B-Town, when you order the Jumbo Sea of Cortez Prawns ($22) you won’t be served tiger shrimp. No, sir. Three grade-A supersize prawns are dressed with a spicy and flavorful yet delicate gochujang marinade, served with sriracha sprouts, and garlic yakisoba noodles. Sometimes nothing will do the job like a dry-aged, in-house chargrilled steak. The Double R Ranch Ribeye Steak (22ounce $42, 11-ounce $26), is sauced with Oyster Mushroom demi-glace, and served with sides of fresh seasonal vegetables and togarashi red potato mash. One of the many terrific customer focused services B-Town Kitchen and Raw Bar offers is family-style table service. Just ask your server to provide extra plates and voila! a sharable dinner is served. Only the diligently disciplined can turn away the dessert menu…that is, until they see the incredible desserts emerging from B-Town’s pastry kitchen. Yuzu Curd ($8) is like a 86 NorthSoundLife.com
deconstructed Key Lime pie with a more significant flavor profile. The lemon/line curd has a generous amount of toasted meringue and is served with crumbled pie crust, fresh raspberries and mint leaves. Don’t be afraid to eat the mint leaves; they really accentuate the delicate flavors of the yuzu. Another must-try dessert is the Butter Toasted Pound Cake ($8). This really is toasted pound cake dressed in flambé of brandied peaches, roasted pistachios, whipped cream and basil. It’s a wonderful combination of flavors in a unique dessert, and one that is particularly yummy with craft cocktails. Britt Smith, B-Town’s general manager, previously worked as a fashion designer at Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar in New York City. Smith’s move to the Bellingham restaurant scene was motivated by the region’s beauty and culinary potential. Smith points out that “every restaurant needs to be successful, so Bellingham can become a popular food destination.” While Whatcom County is already earning a reputation for its diverse blend of wineries, breweries, cheese makers, chocolatiers, and ice creameries, the addition of B-Town Kitchen and Raw Bar as Bellingham’s new hip and happening gathering spot can only enhance the area’s food and beverage options for visitors and locals alike. B-Town Kitchen and Raw Bar 714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham 360.392.6520 | fourpointsbellingham.com
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merit. For those waiting among the weekend crowd of regulars, a giant chocolaty brownie will drive your mind insane, and keep your appetite satisfied before the main course earns its way into the dining room. VINNY’S Seafood
A quintessential South Whidbey dining experience in the heart of Langley, Prima Bistro marries gourmet French cuisine and classic Northwest ingredients. Fried Spanish Marcona Almonds arrive steaming hot, glisteningly crisp and in a glory of flavor — and just in time a glass of Pinot Grigio. The selection of reds and whites offer options for connoisseurs of every stripe, along with a full bar. The Burgundy Snails in Herb Butter taste delightfully creamy, with an uncharacteristically soft, yet enjoyable texture. The Bistro Burger is a juicily grilled patty of Oregon beef, topped with a deliciously thick slice of melted white Cheddar; a burger made in heaven! For fabulous food, elegant ambience, and world-class views, be sure to visit the Prima on your next visit to Whidbey Island. TOBY’S TAVERN Seafood 8 Front St., Coupeville 360.678.4222, tobysuds.com Overlooking the scenic Penn Cove in the center of old Coupeville, Toby’s Tavern offers diners a dive bar ambience with a delicious menu of seafood favorites. Their famous bowls of Penn Cove mussels — served by the pound! — come fresh from the adjacent cove, and keep shellfish connoisseurs clamoring for a regular fix. Steamed and soaked in a scrumptious mix of simple seasonings, wine, and juices, Toby’s robust offering of mussels makes for a memorable visit. Fish and chips arrive hot, deliciously flakey, and generous in size, with sides of sweet coleslaw and fries deserving mention for their
to choose from and handmade corn tortillas — but that’s certainly not the only mouthwatering option. Try the Carne Asada, Posole, or Tortas to name just a few menu options. The Spicy Mango Margarita, made with fresh mango and jalepeno, is fast becoming a customer favorite. With 60+ tequilas and mescals to sample, there’s always another reason to visit again.
165 W. St., Friday Harbor 360.378.1934 vinnysfridayharbor.com Ciao! Vinny’s welcomes diners to their Friday Harbor Ristorante, mirroring the feel of this warm Italian restaurant. Dishes change monthly and reflect the desire to serve simple, gourmet Pacific Northwest seafood, and modern comfort Italian. Appetizers of Fior de Latte — a caprese salad — and mushroom medley (mushrooms with a Marsala demi-glace and cambozola cheese) are perfect for sharing and leave space for a summery Capellini Mediterranea (prawns and clams in a light white wine and olive oil sauce). As well as a good selection of pastas, Vinny’s has seafood and meat entrées, many of them traditional favorites like Veal Marsala and Chicken Picatta. The cocktail list includes old favorites and some fun offerings like the Crantini and a rhubarb margarita. Top off a meal with crème brûlée — a light, room-temperature custard topped with a layer of burnt sugar.
201 1/2 First St., Langley 360.221.4060, primabistro.com
SKAGIT BASTION BREWING COMPANY American 12529 Christianson Rd., Anacortes 360.399.1614, bastionbrewingcompany.com On the Bastion Brewing Company menu you’ll find classic salads like Cobb and Garden, no fuss burgers that can be gussied up with an array of add-ons including roasted jalapeños, onion straws, pineapple, and crispy chicken wings drenched in your choice of sauce. I ordered a fried fish sandwich with a side of onion rings. The food arrived to my table quickly, impressively quickly. Even more impressive was the quality of this fast-made food. Hot, crispy onion rings accompanied the equally crisp fried fish. A soft bun held the sandwich together. Biting through the Pankocrusted exterior revealed a succulent, flaky fish filet. Sandwich toppings were meant to complement the fish: fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, tangy pickles, and unassuming melted Swiss cheese. Halfway through the soft bun gave way, turning my sandwich into a five-napkin sort of meal in the best way possible. CALLE Mexican 517 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.5566 Calle has generated quite the attention with a write up in Sunset magazine. Known for their take on Street Tacos — with six meat fillings
NELL THORN Seafood 116 First St., La Conner 360.466.4261, nellthorn.com This small-town gem located in the heart of La Conner brings in tourists and locals alike. They boast well-prepared and locally sourced fresh seafood as well as an extensive wine and beer list. The charming and cozy pub atmosphere, homemade soups, and generous portions make for a great special occasion or romantic evening. Try the polenta cakes with cured black olives and roasted garlic tomato sauce — you won’t be disappointed. SKAGIT VALLEY’S FARMHOUSE American 13724 Laconner Whitney Rd., Mount Vernon 360.466.4411, thefarmhouserestaurant.net Craving home-cooked food but don’t want to make it yourself? Skagit Valley’s Farmhouse may be what you’re looking for. When first entering the building, you walk past a pie showcase with mouthwatering lemon meringue pies (that are pretty big!) and go through a gift shop that has the perfect items for Ma and Pa. The decor is reminiscent of country living. With raved-about dishes such as the Corned Beef Hash and the seafood omelet with bay shrimp and Dungeness crab, the farmhouse is a must. Even though their breakfasts are famous, try their lunch and dinner menus as well — their old-fashioned turkey dinner tastes like Thanksgiving. When you eat here, you’re home. TAQUERIA LA BAMBA Mexican 2222 Riverside Dr., Ste. 850, Mount Vernon 360.424.0824 Off the road and inside a small plaza sits a little gem — a family-run low-key Mexican restaurant. Taqueria La Bamba offers authentic taco truck food in a sit-down restaurant. The salsas are spicy, full of flavor and made in-house. They serve four salsas and the one you presume to be the mildest, the Pico de Gallo, is the hottest, but one of the best tastes to add to your dish. Try the tostada with your meat of choice and enjoy the sides of roasted jalapeno (more spiciness!) and grilled onions. It’s delicious, satisfying, and costs less than $4. If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food at a low price, eat here and you won’t be disappointed.
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The Trumpeter is an ideal combination of high-end, fine dining, and English pub fare. Try traditional pub selections like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, or more unique choices like pork tenderloin complimented with an apricot-honey glaze or crab mac & cheese with a creamy Gruyere sauce and wild-caught crab. Additionally, the Trumpeter looks to accommodate all tastes with our gluten free dishes, and option to make any dish gluten free. Of course, a gastro pub isn’t complete without beer and Trumpeter completes the dining experience with 18 taps of local and European brews. There’s also a fine selection of wines and other drink choices.
WHATCOM ALOHA POKE Hawaiian 1102 Harris Ave., Fairhaven 360.922.7494, alohapokefairhaven.com Take a personal trip to the islands when you bite into Aloha Poke’s concoction called a poke bowl. The iconic raw fish, doused in a unique blend of sauces, is piled onto a bed of homemade sushi rice. Despite the simplicity of the entrée, customers can garnish their bowls with additional condiments such as furikake, a Japanese nori seasoning. Stop by for a taste of aloha. ANTHONY’S HEARTHFIRE GRILL Steak/Seafood 7 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.527.3473, anthonys.com Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill serves the same quality food we’ve come to expect and love from Anthony’s other restaurants. The Hearthfire menu speaks to the everyday eater, not just the special occasion treat of Anthony’s. Seasonal items, like peaches or huckleberries in the summer, complement salads, entrees, and drinks. Steaks, seafood, and items on the Woodfire rotisserie round out the selections. ARTIFACTS WINE BAR Eclectic 202 Grand Ave., Bellingham 360.778.2101, artifactswinebar.com Artifacts’ goal is to create an experience with wine tastings and light nibbles. Inside, tall shelves of wine bottles overlook intimate tables. The covered outdoor patio allows for large groups to settle in, or a couple to snuggle in the corner. Space heaters keep the area comfortable even in the cooler months. Artifacts cares a great deal about the products they pour into every glass. Artifacts isn’t just about wine. They have an espresso machine and offer
Beer in One Hand, A Ball in the Other Paws for a Beer WRITTEN BY JAMES HEARNE | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON FINN
f there are two things the people of Bellingham adore, it’s their beer and their dogs, not necessarily in that order. That was what Rylan Schoen was counting on when he opened his one-of-a-kind beer garden last November. Paws for a Beer is the only off-leash dog park and beer garden in Bellingham. The tagline: “A subdued dog bar.” In the small space that the bar occupies there are a few sofas and high seats, as well as stools at the bar itself. The rest of the space is for dogs to greet one another and play. Out back there is a small fire pit. The idea for the drinking establishment/dog park hybrid germinated when he noticed that his own dog, Crosby, could not seem to get tired. “He couldn’t seem to sit still,” Schoen says. “My whole day was spent tiring him out.” That’s when he hit upon the idea of a place where dog owners could relax while still giving their dogs a necessary workout. He put his idea on Kickstarter, and raised $10,000. The bar is based on a per-dog membership system. Memberships can be purchased for a day, a month, or a year, with prices for both one and two dogs. “We want people to take their dog’s behavior seriously,” Schoen says, adding that owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. In addition, dogs are not allowed to join until they can demonstrate good behavior with other dogs. There are no taps, Schoen says, to avoid violating health codes. About 80 percent of the beer they serve is from the Pacific Northwest. “It’s our way of keeping our roots here,” Schoen says. “Besides, it’s the best.” Paws for a Beer 501 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360. 733.7297 | pawsforabeer.com
added depth and structure. It’s filled with red cherry fruit, nice acidity, and a trace of black pepper and earthiness on the finish. For those who enjoy French wines from the southern Rhône Valley, the Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône 2015 Reserve Rouge (about $13) has plenty to offer at an unbeatable price. Comprised of 70 percent Grenache, 25 percent Syrah, and 5 percent Mourvèdre, the wine carries an overall smoky/sultry quality with peppery aromatics, compact black currant flavors, and a touch of spiced berries on a soft, mellow finish. A similar regional choice that offers a bit more complexity for just a few dollars more: the Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône 2014 Village Puyméras Rouge (about $18).
Reds for BBQ WRITTEN AND PHOTGRAPHED BY DAN RADIL
ave you been ignoring red wines altogether during the summer months? Then it’s time to reconsider. Yes, a chilled white wine or rosé makes a great warm-weather adult beverage, but red wines deserve a little summertime love as well. Red wines pair nicely with a variety of foods prepared outdoors on the grill and they’ll stand up to charbroiling and barbeque sauces much better than practically anything along the lines of a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Gris. So instead of treating red wines like last year’s winter coat, tucked away in the back of the closet until December, bring them out now! You’ll be rewarded with excellent food-pairingpotential wines that will make you realize just how important it is to always have them on hand. FROM ACROSS THE POND More often than not, European-based reds make great wines to pair with 90 NorthSoundLife.com
food. Start with the Marina Cvetic 2013 Merlot (about $22), a heady Italian red with dense black plum and blackberry flavors, chewy tannins and hints of dried herb and black olive. It should match up nicely with a pepperencrusted beef tenderloin or a big, juicy charbroiled steak. If your preference leans towards lighter fruits with the same full-bodied finish, the Caroso 2010 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Riserva (about $22) should fit the bill. Brighter cherry and strawberry flavors start you off, with smoky finishing notes along with black licorice, savory spice, and a mouthful of grippy tannins. Give this wine plenty of decanting and aerating time and then serve it with gamey meats for a potentially spectacular food/wine pairing. Also from the Italian front is the Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina 2013 Nipozzano Riserva (about $29). The base of Sangiovese grapes is blended with four other red varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for
OTHER INTERNATIONAL OPTIONS South Africa and South America are two wine-producing regions that are turning out a number of red wines that lend themselves well to foods prepared on the barbeque. Uruguay is home to the Bodega Garzón 2014 Tannat (about $20), an intensely colored, fruit-forward, fullbodied wine from a country where Tannat is considered the national grape. The wine’s black cherry and blackberry compote flavors are highlighted with baking spices and plenty of tannic structure, making it a natural to pair with a variety of grilled meats and vegetables. From South Africa’s Western Cape region comes the Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2014 Red Blend (about $24), a combination of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. The subtle green herb aromatics and flavors of the Cabernet Franc really come through, with darker fruit undertones and an edgier note of red currant, cherry tomato, and sweet tobacco on the finish. This nicely complex blend should easily stand up to chicken or pork with a mild barbeque sauce. SUMMER REDS FROM THE USA Washington state’s Columbia Winery always provides plenty of reds at highly affordable prices that make terrific summertime wines. Try the 2014 Merlot (about $16), a tasty selection packed with jammy plum
fruit flavors that melt into a soft finish of toasted oak with a dollop of vanilla cream; or the Non-Vintage Red Blend (about $14), primarily composed of Merlot and Syrah with three other red varietals. The blueberry fruit predominates, while silky tannins and a whisper of brown sugar on the finish are certain to make it a crowdpleasing choice. Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band has teamed up with New Zealand winemaker Sean McKenzie to produce a line of California-based wines that offer a number of solid, easy-to-drink reds that are perfect for outdoor events. The Dreaming Tree label features well-distributed current releases that include the 2014 Crush Red Blend (a combination of Merlot, Petit Sirah, and Zinfandel), the 2015 Pinot Noir (sourced mostly from California’s Central Coast region), and a 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. All are made from sustainable practices that include recycled paper labels and packaging using lighter weight bottles. A bonus: each of the wines is nicely priced at only about $15 each. Back in Washington, Zillah winemaker Paul Portteus has produced another winner with his Portteus Winery 2015 Tempranillo (about $24). The wine’s deceptively lighter color belies a darker core of red cherry fruit, while subtle nuances of clove, mocha, anise, and vanilla bean linger in the background. It’s a beautiful and absolutely delicious red wine worth seeking out. Finally, be sure to consider red wines with your dessert course, especially tawny or ruby Port-style wines that should pair well with grilled fruits such as peaches or apples. An excellent choice: the Thurston Wolfe 2014 Touriga Nacional Port (about $16) from Prosser. It’s filled with ultra-dark plum flavors, a hint of hazelnut, and a sweet — but not too sweet — touch of cherry cordial on the lengthy finish.
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Randolph Cellars Winery 1007 1st Street Snohomish, WA randolphcellars.com
Winery located in Historic Downtown Snohomish founded and run by a father and son winemaking team. Producing award winning wines including best in show at the 2016 Bellingham NW Wine Festival. Randolph Cellars will again be participating in the Bellingham NW Wine Festival and looking to have our wines bring the best in show honors back to Snohomish for the second year.
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gluten free options, Cosmos Bistro offers something for everyone.
small breakfast options like scones, yogurt, and waffles.
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B-TOWN KITCHEN AND RAW BAR Seafood, American
714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham 360.671.1101, fourpointsbellingham.com
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If fresh shellfish is your gastronomic highlight, you’re in the right place at B-Town Kitchen, in the former Poppe’s 360 space. The Seafood Tower for Two offers plenty to sample; items from the Small Plates menu, like thick handsliced strips of Calamari Steak, make terrific appetizers or adult beverage-worthy snacks. For an entrée, the Double R Ranch Ribeye Steak, is sauced with Oyster Mushroom demiglace, and served with sides of fresh seasonal vegetables and togarashi red potato mash.
1151 N. State St., Bellingham 360.255.0244, bellinghamcosmosbistro.com
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Giuseppe’s Al Porto Ristorante provides an enhanced dining experience to its customers, including outside seating that provides diners with the joy of eating by the water and taking in the sights of beautiful Bellingham Bay. The classic Italian dining that earned Giuseppe’s the reputation as the finest Italian restaurant in Bellingham is still going strong. Whether you try the chicken marsala, happy hour specials or three-course, early-dinner specials, your mouth will water. Daily specials and the full menu include meat specialties, fresh seafood, and authentic Italian pastas. KEENAN’S AT THE PIER Northwest, American & Seafood
COSMOS BISTRO American Bistro, Comfort Food
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GIUSEPPE’S AL PORTO Italian 21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.714.8412, giuseppesitalian.com
Bellingham’s best local and seasonal comfort food is always made in-house from scratch at their historic Herald Building location. From pork adobo, Mama’s meatloaf, and awardwinning burgers, to the many vegetarian and
804 10th St., Bellingham 360.392.5510, thechrysalisinn.com Casual yet elegant. Keenan’s at the Pier, located inside the Chrysalis Inn & Spa in Fairhaven, features fresh, local cuisine and a full bar. Executive Chef, Mica Christensen and his culinary staff, highlight the beauty and style of the Pacific Northwest with fresh ingredients that are seasonal and regionally sourced. Enjoy
Bellingham Bay views from every table where breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner are served daily. Brunch on Sundays. Reservations are highly recommended.
KURUKURU SUSHI Japanese/Sushi
11 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.392.8224, kurukurubellingham.com KuruKuru Sushi, which translates to “go around Sushi,” offers not only a good meal, but a good experience. Some of the offerings, like the Dynamite roll, are lightly tempura fried before being put on the conveyor belt to travel around the restaurant to hungry patrons. More traditional, classic sushi, like the raw salmon (which is buttery and delicious) also travels on the belt. A variety of non-fish related faire, like gyoza, egg rolls, and desserts are also offered. If you don’t see something you like, the chefs behind the counter will gladly make something for you.
The following selections have made it past our taste bud test and into our top eight this issue. Step out and give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.
LITTLE CHEERFUL American 133 E. Holly St., Bellingham 360.738.8824 Little Cheerful is a bustling breakfast spot. This popular restaurant is a place where customers can enjoy a mouthwatering meal over conversation or the newspaper. Located on a corner in the middle of downtown Bellingham, the cafe has maintained its popularity through the growth of breakfast cafes in the area. Little Cheerful has something on the menu for everyone, even the picky eater: gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and omnivore. A specialty for which Little Cheerful is well-known is its eggs benedicts — specifically, its Crab Cake Benedict. The dish contains two perfectly browned crab cakes atop toasted whole wheat English muffins served with poached eggs and homemade hollandaise sauce, and avocado slices and the cafe’s famous potato hash on the side. If you are craving eggs benedict, Little Cheerful is for you. Side note: cash only, no cards allowed.
LOVITT American 1114 Harris Ave. Bellingham 360.671.7143, lovittrestaurant.com The folks at the newly opened Lovitt restaurant in Fairhaven are giving fair warning: Be prepared to wait a little longer for your food. These things — Lovitt’s “relaxed” farm-totable eating — take time. Owners Norman and Kristen Six say they believe in cooking from scratch: bread, ice cream, and even ketchup and salad dressings are made in-house. An ever-changing menu reflects their adherence to what’s local and what’s in season. Appealing dinner entrees may include Four Mushroom Stroganoff, with morel, oyster, pioppino and shitake mushrooms with a red wine sour cream sauce spilling over handmade egg noodles and topped with crispy kale ($19), and red wine maple-glazed salmon with roasted vegetables ($22). Lunch offers the local, grass-fed beef burger, served on a homemade bun. They’ve got local brews and wine, and a 3–6 p.m.
Brotha Dudes is a nice little sandwich shop on E. Holly. The “Carnivore” menu offerings are just as plentiful as the vegetarian and vegan menu, and the Dudes Sandwich is probably the best of the lot.
While Café Rumba is a little out of the way, this small Peruvian restaurant is absolutely fantastic for flavorful sandwiches — in particular, the Rumba Dip, with its slow-roast beef, caramelized onions, and mozzarella cheese, with au jus dipping sauce on the side.
Naan & Brew is a relatively new Indian restaurant, and boasts the Lamb Wrap, marinated in a blend of spices and slowly cooked in a clay oven.
For an American diner experience, it’s hard to beat The HomeSkillet. The Ground Chuck Burger, especially, is a delicious treat for any burger lover.
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Hundred North, on Commercial Street, is a fairly upscale place for lunch. The menu changes often. But if you can catch the Beast Burger, it is delicious, with caramelized onions and whole grain mustard aioli.
Mainly known for (obviously) kombucha, the Culture Café at Kombucha Town also features a variety of healthy food and appetizers. The Salmon Crostini is a great go-along with Kombucha.
There a quite a few Mediterranean restaurants in Bellingham, but Café Akroteri counts among the best. The lunch menu’s Kalamari (calamari) is tasty lunch-time fare, accompanied by a Greek salad.
Because pizza is one of the main food groups, Crazy Bob’s Pizza is a great little spot for a group outing. The BBQ Chicken Pizza is a particularly superb choice.
happy hour, with drink and appetizer specials each day they’re open (Tuesday–Saturday). Bring the kids — there’s and even a play area.
Mambo Italiano Mambo Rosemary Margarita INGREDIENTS: Rosemary-infused El Jimador Tequila, freshly muddled citrus, house-made sour, and a sprig of fresh rosemary served on the rocks, $9
ambo Italiano’s bar sits above the regular dining seating in the front of the café. Up the stairs and to the left you find the quaint bar. A small yet cozy atmosphere — not the place to bring a large group, but the intimate setting promotes friendly conversation amid close friends. The bartender, Breanna Fuqua, recommends Mambo’s Rosemary Margarita. One of Mambo’s hosts, Annie Dufner, seconds the recommendation since she had it during Mambo’s last Christmas party and enjoyed the drink. Intrigued by the combination of rosemary and margarita, I take the recommendation. A superb margarita in an Italian café seems different; typically one would pair Mambo’s house-made Italian cuisine with a nice wine. Usually I am chowing down on nachos at a Mexican restaurant when I order a margarita. Or I’m on a budget using cheap tequila with an unremarkable, pre-made margarita mix at home. But this margarita stands out above the rest. Everything about Mambo’s margarita is fresh: freshly muddled citrus, even their sour is house-made. A sprig of rosemary sits elegantly in the drink for a beautiful presentation. Their rosemary-infused El Jimador tequila presents a piney
MI MEXICO Mexican 241 Telegraph Rd., Bellingham 360.647.0073 Mi Mexico’s reputation as one of the local favorites among Mexican food lovers is well deserved. The experience starts with a warm, friendly, professional waitstaff in an enjoyable, upbeat atmosphere. And from there, Mi Mexico separates itself from the competition with a choice of traditional and non-traditional Mexican dishes that few Mexican restaurants in the Pacific Northwest offer, all made with the freshest of ingredients available. From your first bite of Mi Mexico’s homemade salsa to the last bite of your main entree or dessert, you will already be planning your next visit. THE MILL BISTRO AND LOUNGE French 655 Front St., Lynden 360.778.2760, themilllynden.com The Mill is the type of place where one could spend a full afternoon grazing on cheeses, sipping cocktails, and enjoying a good book. The bistro-like atmosphere gives the restaurant a European vibe without losing the welcoming small-town service of quaint Lynden. The menu is full of bistro plates like fresh salads, panini, soups, and, of course, meats and cheeses. NORTH FORK BREWERY Brewpub 6186 Mount Baker Hwy., Deming 360.599.2337, northforkbrewery.com
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taste due to the rosemary, which pairs nicely with the citrus and sour. It’s a perfect, refreshing drink to sip during the dog days of summer, but the unique tequila is so enjoyable that this margarita should be considered year-round. I’ll be ditching my pre-made mix and coming back for this margarita in the future. Mambo Italiano 1303 12th St., Bellingham mamboitalianocafe.com | 360.734.7677
Mount Baker Highway is home to a plethora of dining options, but at the North Fork Brewery you can get beer, pizza, tie the knot, and visit the beer shrine all under the same roof. The brewery produces relatively small batches of beer, 109 gallons, keeping the beer fresh and the options changing. Their staple is the India Pale Ale. The opening taste is a strong citrus flavor, but is quickly dissolved by the aggressive bitterness, making it a quite enjoyable beer to accompany a slice of their homemade pizza. The pizza crust is made fresh daily with a hint of beer. The sauce is well-balanced with tomatoes and spices. Made with fresh vegetables, meats, and cheeses, there is nothing not to like about this brewpub. ÖVN WOOD FIRED PIZZA Pizza 1148 10th St., Fairhaven 360.393.4327, ovnwoodfiredpizza.com The clean lines and urban upscale atmosphere of this pizza restaurant promises some very good food — and they deliver on that promise. They also serve crispy salads and excellent cocktails. Dining here is a perfect way to spend an elegant lunch or intimate dinner.
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Poochapalooza JULY 8, 10 A.M.
ime to celebrate all things pups. The county’s largest dog event is celebrating its 11th anniversary and giving your K9 friend a day all for themselves. The outdoor dog event will feature vendors, celebrity (and owner) lookalike contests, distance catch, most tricks in 20 seconds, and a musical sit contest — basically musical chairs for dogs. Dogs must walk around while the music plays and sit on command when it stops. Returning favorites include best costume, best kisser, best voice, a pooch pie-eating contest, and awards for biggest and smallest dog. Money raised at the event will go toward replacing a deteriorating fence at the 10-year-old dog park in Marysville. Asbery Field 1605 7th St., Marysville 425.268.5285 | poochapalooza.org
before visiting their husband’s graves. Ida is sweet and almost ready to move on, Lucille is a party girl and Doris is uptight and judgmental. When Ida begins to fall for a Sam, a butcher who lost his wife, Doris and Lucille try to sabotage their relationship. Directed by Ree Murphy. Anacortes Community Theatre 918 M Ave., Anacortes 360.840.0089 | acttheatre.com GRAFFITI DANCE THEATER JULY 27–29
HEALTH AND WELLNESS SALSA CLASSES WITH RUMBA NORTHWEST JULY 3–31
Cool off and learn Cuban-style salsa with Rumba Northwest. No partner or experience necessary and the class is open to teens and up. The course offers one-day drop-in classes or 7-day passes. The Bell Tower Studios 1430 N. Garden St., Bellingham rumbanorthwest.com 360.595.7369 HAMMERS FC ACADEMY YOUTH CAMP JULY 17–20
Give kids ages 5–12 the chance to get outside this summer while also learning the ins and outs of a sport by enrolling them in soccer camp. Campers are divided by skill level, allowing campers of all experience levels to learn the basics or enhance their technical abilities. Hosted by the popular local Bellingham United club. Cost includes a Hammers FC Academy t-shirt and ball. Phillips 66 Field 5238 Northwest Dr., Bellingham 360.676.1919 | whatcomsoccer.com THE LAKE WHATCOM TRIATHLON JULY 15, 7 A.M.
A new triathlon with a rich history, the Lake Whatcom Triathlon offers a
rewarding race experience while also offering the best of Bellingham’s natural surroundings. Sponsored by Brandon Nelson Partners, the race, on the same site as the 2004 U.S. Olympic trials in triathlon, showcases the beauty of the Lake Whatcom area. The 1500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10K run is open to all skill levels, and is one of the only Olympic-distance triathlons in the area. Bloedel Donovan Park 2114 Electric Ave., Bellingham 360.488.2701 lakewhatcomtriathlon.com
CLASSICAL BELLINGHAM FESTIVAL OF MUSIC JULY 1–21
Maestro Michael Palmer brings you the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, with major players from American and European orchestras. As one of American’s premier orchestra shows, the festival will bring a repertoire of the finest in symphonic music. Performing Arts Center 516 High St., Bellingham 360.201.6621 | bellinghamfestival.org
This is not story ballet or hip-hop funk, but a performance less easy to describe or define. It is mysterious, breathtaking, and hypnotizing. The combination of movement, costumes, and music invites the audience to let the experience wash over them without trying too hard to analyze or understand what each move means. Presented by Nolan Dennett, Artistic Director at Western Washington University. Firehouse Performing Arts Center 1314 Harris Ave. 360.650.3876 | cfpa.wwu.edu
THEATRE BEGINNERS JULY 2–3, 7:30 P.M.
San Juan Community Theatre presents an Experimental Staged Reading of Raymond Carver’s short story, “Beginners.” The novel will be read verbatim and unabridged by actors playing individual parts for all the characters in the story. “Beginners” tells the classic Carver story of two men, two women, and two bottles of gin. The short story gives the title to one of Carver’s most notable collection of short stories, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” Georgia Smith directs this theater adaptation. San Juan Community Theatre 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor 360.378.3210 | sjctheatre.org MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRESENTS TREASURE ISLAND
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The Missoula Children’s Theatre takes in a group of 50–60 local students (Grades 1–12) who rehearse for one week and will present a performance of Treasure Island on the main stage. The play will be
Anacortes Community Theatre presents an adaption of Ivan Menchell’s dramatic comedy. The play follows three Jewish widows who meet for tea once a month
an original adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic. Mount Baker Theatre 104 North Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 | mountbakertheatre.com GET REEL OUTDOOR MOVIES: MOANA JULY 20, 8 P.M.
There’s no better way to enjoy a mild summer evening than watching movies in the park. Every Thursday night in Downtown Ferndale, join community members for free screening events. The program begins at 8 p.m. and the film rolls at dusk. Bringing along a non-alcoholic picnic is allowed and encouraged. Downtown Ferndale Vestor St., Ferndale 248.546.1632 | downtownferndale.com
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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL JULY 22, 7:30 P.M.
Iconic director Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is a visually striking, whimsical tale about a hotel manager and his loyal lobby boy. Steeped in pastel colors, immaculately and meticulously composed, Anderson’s latest film deserves to be seen on the big screen. Lincoln Theatre 712 South First St., Mount Vernon 360.336.8955 | lincolntheatre.org
CONCERTS J BOOG JULY 17, 8 P.M.
Jerry “J Boog” Afemata, a reggae singer of Samoan descent, has created music with island inspirations. Influenced by Jamaican culture and reggae, and Bob Marley, J Boog won the Best New Entertainer Award at the 2012 International Reggae and World Music Awards. Wild Buffalo 208 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.746.8733 | wildbuffalo.net TONY GLASER JULY 14, 7:30 P.M.
The Conway Muse presents a funky, bass-playing, energetic solo artist Tony Glaser. Glaser has a knack for getting the crowd moving, and his shows often turn into full-on dance parties. Enjoy a fun night out with food, drinks, dancing, and smiling. All ages are welcome to
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“drawing.” The ideas of drawing contrast the oversaturated state of society today, and the constant information overload from images on the internet. Sketches and drawings are intimate, fragile, and soft, compared to the more durable mediums of art like paintings or sculpture. Whatcom Museum 121 Prospect St., Bellingham 360.778.8930 | whatcommuseum.org CLAYTON JAMES: ART AND ARCHIVES JULY 1–SEPTEMBER 24
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the visual arts venue and food made with fresh and local ingredients. The Conway Muse 18444 Spruce St., Conway 360.445.3000 | conwaymuse.com BRIAN REGAN: LIVE COMEDY TOUR JULY 29, 8 P.M.
Comedian Brian Regan made history when he performed the first live stand-up special Comedy Central ever produced. Since then, Regan has been seen in Chris Rock’s film Top Five and Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Regan will be taping his Netflix special in June and has been touring all over the country performing the nation’s most magnificent venues, including the Mount Baker Theatre. Mount Baker Theatre 104 North Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 | mountbakertheatre.com
VISUAL ARTS 2017 JURIED ART SERIES: DRAWING JUNE 11–SEPTEMBER 10
The Whatcom Museum is hosting the second annual Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibitions and Awards, presenting hundreds of artists from around the country adhering to this year’s theme of 100 NorthSoundLife.com
The Museum of Northwest Art is celebrating the life and work of Clayton James (1918–2016). The upstairs gallery will host an exhibition of Clayton’s sculptures, paintings, personal notes and letters. The exhibit will also prominently feature work from Barbara Strake James (1918–2007), MoNA’s first curator and Clayton’s wife, all adding together to paint a whole picture of Clayton’s body of work over his 60-year career. Museum of Northwest Art 121 1st St., La Conner 360.466.4446 | monamuseum.org EMERGING ARTISTS TEEN CAMP JULY 24–JULY 28
Teens ages 11–18 will get the chance to learn about art while exploring the Whatcom Museum’s ongoing exhibits. Students will gain a broad knowledge of the principles of art and design and learn various art techniques. Students of any level of experience are encouraged to join. Lightcatcher Building 121 Prospect St., Bellingham 360.778.8960 | whatcommuseum.org PEOPLE OF THE SEA AND CEDAR: THE STORY OF THE COAST SALISH TRIBES OPENS JULY 15
Learn the local history of the Coast Salish people, one of the most requested topics by Whatcom Museum visitors. The exhibit will blend historical and contemporary perspectives on the Salish people and their lasting influence on the Pacific Northwest. The exhibit includes a Lummi and Nooksack language interactive, videos of Lummi and Nooksack weavers and carvers and express overall themes of cultural knowledge, art, symbolism and community. Lightcatcher Building 121 Prospect St., Bellingham 360.778.8930 | whatcommuseum.org
SPECIAL EVENTS ORCAS ISLAND PARADE AND FIREWORKS JULY 2–4
The Orcas Chamber Community parade begins Saturday at noon, and concludes with fireworks on Sunday night over Deer Harbor and again on Monday over Eastsound Waterfront Park. Deer Harbor Dock 5164 Deer Harbor Rd., Deer Harbor 360.376.3037 | orcasislandchamber.com ROCK THE DOCK JULY 4, 3:30 P.M.
Enjoy the 4th of July by the sea. Anacortes will be hosting celebration events all night long. From live music by rock-n-roll bluegrass band Whiskey Fever and Northwest country artists Aaron Crawford. A kid zone, food vendors and beer garden will also be a part of the celebration. End the night by enjoying fireworks over Fidalgo Bay. Seafarers’ Memorial Park 601 Seafarers Way, Anacortes 360.293.3134 | portofanacortes.org DOWNTOWN SOUNDS WEDNESDAYS STARTING JULY 5, 6–9 P.M.
The streets of Downtown Bellingham transform into an outdoor music festival one night a week during the summertime. Bay Street will become the space for a series of free concerts for the entire family, food from local vendors, and beer garden. Come out and celebrate with good music, good food and good friends. Bay Street, Bellingham 360.527.8710 downtownbellingham.com BEACH BARBECUES AT SEMIAHMOO RESORT JUNE 23–SEPTEMBER 1
The annual Semiahmoo tradition of community barbecue carries on! Friday and Saturday nights during the summer, Semiahmoo resorts serves up a bountiful barbecue alongside live music and breathtaking sunsets. Dinners starts at 5:30 p.m. and is served until 8:30 p.m., with live music starting at 9:30 p.m. Semiahmoo Resort 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine 360.318.2090 | semiahmoo.com
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Treasure your Memory with a Painting August 21-27, 2017
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AGENDA Events NORTHWEST RASPBERRY FESTIVAL Soak in the sweet smells of summer with Lynden’s annual Raspberry Festival. There will be numerous family friendly activities going on all weekend including a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a 5K fun run, car shows, crafts, live music, and of course, raspberries! Front St., Lynden 360.354.5995 | lynden.org
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SUNNYLAND STOMP JULY 15, 4 P.M.
Every summer, an entire neighborhood of homes and businesses come together in Sunnyland to share homemade food, highlight local artists and share community with one another. Backyard galleries will be open in the evening, local businesses will be celebrating all day long. Do not — I repeat — do not miss the chicken races, a stomp staple and annual crowd favorite. Various Locations 360.223.5352 | sunnylandstomp.com
Vancouver Mural Festival 2017
of the Space Needle during Seattle’s (hopefully) beautiful summer weather. Fisher Pavilion 305 Harrison St., Seattle 206.486.2089 | seattlecenter.com HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE WITH THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY JULY 13–16
WHATCOM OLD SETTLERS’ PICNIC JULY 28–30
The longest annual picnic in the state, the traditional festival will take place at Pioneer Park and feature viewings of historic cabins as well as basketball tournaments, crafts, food vendors, a talent show, live music, flower show, beer garden, and two parades. Pioneer Park, Ferndale 360.224.8128 | whatcomoldsettlers.com
The Harry Potter film series continues to spread delight and wonder to children and adults around the world. This July, come experience the film accompanied with a live Seattle Symphony performance of the original score, while the film is displayed in high-definition on screen. Benaroya Hall 200 University Street, Seattle 206.215.4700 | seattlesymphony.org
Out of Town SEATTLE SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL BEERFEST JULY 13–16
The Seattle International Beerfest is a three-day celebration of all things beer. The events will feature more than 200 beers from 16 countries, including rare, hard-find beers. There will also be live music and food vendors inside the spacious convention center and out in front 102 NorthSoundLife.com
BURNABY VILLAGE MUSEUM PRESENTS: CANADA DAY JULY 1
Travel north to celebrate Canada Day with the backdrop of 1920s village streets, multi-cultural family entertainment, music, vendors, displays, and demonstrations. Admission is free and there will be activities for the whole family, including games, a carousel and red velvet cupcakes. Pose for a photo with Burnaby Royal Canadian Mounted Police dressed in classic red uniforms. Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel 651 Deer Lake Ave., Vancouver
VANCOUVER MURAL FESTIVAL 2017 JUNE 24–AUGUST 2, VARIOUS TIMES
Vancouver has a vibrant art scene and this summer it will be on full display for visitors. More than 50 new large scale murals in East Vancouver are all open to the public. The murals serve a dual purpose of starting dialogues around cultural issues facing the city and highlighting local cultures and history. Some of the topics include public art policy, community building, neighborhood gentrification, environmental policy, and the Coast Salish history. Ticketed tours take place every Saturday through August 12. Vancouver Mural Festival Mount Pleasant, Vancouver vancouvermuralfestival.com LATIN AMERICAN WEEK JULY 1–9, VARIOUS TIMES.
For one festive week in July, experience the joy, excitement, and inspirational opportunity to see a showcase of appreciation for Latin American culture. The week of celebration will be showcased through music, dance, film, sports, and more. The culmination of events will be the fabulous Carnaval de Sol on July 8 and 9, featuring live music, dancing, an art plaza, beer garden, and more, all centered around celebrating vibrant Latin American culture. Concord Pacific Park Place 88 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver 604.566.0999 | carnavaldelsol.ca
Bellingham Brain Cancer Walk The Bellingham Brain Cancer Walk at Civic Field saw substantial increases in pre-event registration from last year (170 from 121) and in money raised. All proceeds from the May 21 event go to the EndBrainCancer initiative and the Chris Elliott Fund to help patients get treatment and access to things like clinical trials and critical care. This year’s event raised a total $26,435, nearly double that from last year and almost triple that from 2015. The walk, formerly called “Hannah’s Walk for Brain Cancer,” was founded by local student Hannah Dashiell, who began it as a project in memory of her grandfather, Jerry, who died from brain cancer in 2007. Dashiell, a Squalicum High senior, was organizing the inaugural walk in 2014 when she was killed in a car accident. Participation in the event has increased each year. Photos © Alexander Hallett of Sattva Photo
Cats Rule, Dogs Drool Ken, er, Garfield, Jr., goes off-leash to offer some catty remarks WRITTEN BY GARFIELD KARLBERG, JR.
o disrespect to horses, rabbits, piglets, and other critters, but dogs, not you all, are my competition for household dominance. Dogs have had their day. It’s “our” turn. As a life-long, card-carrying member of the Feline Brotherhood Local No. 9, I am lodging a formal complaint and organizing a purr-out on behalf of all us cats, the vastly superior and more lovable household pet. Step aside, Lassie. While you are pretending to rescue Timmy from the well yet again, I am about to reverse centuries of injustice, in 800 words or less, by demanding equal treatment now Let the change start here with the introduction of new, pet-neutral expressions and the eradication of negative cat stereotypes. Is there any doubt that the linguistic history of pet quotes was hijacked by a pack of ego-centric dogs sucking on a water hose and woofing it up in an echo chamber? Males elevated themselves with such positive, but obviously low self-esteem, puffery like “Every dog has his day,” “It’s a dog-eat-dog world,” “I am an Alpha male,” and phrases like “top dog,” and “man’s best friend.” Who’s kidding who? You lick yourself just like we do, only we don’t wear doggy outfits or hide in the closet during fireworks or smell each other’s backsides thrice daily. And OK, I’ll say it — female dogs are just as bad. Where do you think self-serving excuses came from like, “The dog at my homework, “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks,” or “Let sleeping dogs lie”? These preemptive expressions were created by female dogs, who are covering for their worthless, lazy-ass male mates, many of whom would rather pose for an artist and play poker and smoke cigars in a dimly lit card room instead of taking obedience training. Absolutely no accountability! But canines weren’t satisfied with self-aggrandizement. No, they went Gothic and mean-spirited like the flea-bitten bullies they are by attacking us cats with the proliferation of negative, hurtful sayings like, “Look what the cat dragged in,” “There’s more than one way to skin a cat,” “The cat’s out of the bag,” and “scaredy-cat.” The negativity must stop. The emotional toll of these painful expressions has plagued the psyche of generations of cats. We only purr because we are angry as hell and we can’t get the words out. Hairballs are
actually an entire paragraph of expletives coughed up in one, untranslatable lump. Unless you learn to speak hairball, you just wouldn’t understand the hurt. The time has come for new politically-correct, pet-neutral sayings. What’s wrong with “Call off the cats,” “You don’t have a cat in this fight,” “My cats are barking,” or “That’s the tail wagging the cat?” Why does it have to rain “cats and dogs?” Why can’t it rain dogs only? And hasn’t curiosity killed a dog or two? (We cats can only hope!) The canine bias is so blatantly obvious. Ask yourself - ever tried to herd dogs? Not easy, was it? Or watched a cat meow up the wrong tree? Of course. Pet owners, are you starting to feel guilty? Personally, I like the expression, “If you want something done right, send a cat to do it.” Lest you think that us cats want to take being politically correct to an extreme, we don’t. Certain expressions just don’t have the same meaning when flipped on their head. For example, we have no interest in coining new expressions such as, “Screw the cat,” “He’s in the cathouse,” or “He’s cat-tired.” We recognize that some meanings may get lost in the translation. The pooches can have those sayings to themselves. Frankly, they deserve them. No, all we want is to change the dialogue to a more catfriendly conversation, where we can lay around in indifference in the sun while laughing at poor, pathetic “man’s best friend.” Your leashes are on the peg by the door right next to ours. Ha, ha. Psyche. I can hardly wait for the catcall responses from dog lovers. Oh, what’s that? Cat got your tongue? Puurrrfect.
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