Dog Days of Summer in Seattle

Owning a dog is not only good for companionship, they also can help you stay fit and active. Seattle is notorious for being dog-friendly and we have the restaurants, hotels and wine tasting events to prove it.

During the gorgeous summer months that we enjoy in Seattle, the long list of off-leash dog parks can give you and your dog a fun, safe place to enjoy the sun. Some parks are bigger than others and some also have trails for maximizing exercise opportunities for you and your dog.

We have assembled a short list of some of the most popular dog parks in Seattle, detailing amenities and locations, to you can discover new places to roam with your furry friends.

Magnuson Park

With nearly 9 acres of level play area and trails, this park also features a fully fenced off-leash dog area, a separate play area for small and shy dogs, and has beach access to Lake Washington.

Magnolia Manor Park

A much smaller park when compared to Magnuson – this park is still a very popular doggie destination in the Magnolia neighborhood.

Golden Gardens Park

One of Seattle’s most beautiful waterfront parks, this Ballard treasure also offers one acre of land dedicated as an off-leash area. Once your pooch is tired from cavorting with other dogs – leash him back up and enjoy a fire on the beach.

Regrade Park

A small but safe oasis in the heart of Belltown, Regrade Park offers Urban Pups a place to get off their leash and move around. Double fencing provides extra safety precautions in the high traffic area.

Woodland Park

It’s not the largest off-leash park but with small hills and trees interspersed, it is fun for a quick romp. Woodland Park itself is also great for long walks on a leash.

Blue Dog Pond Park

Located in Southeast Seattle, Blue Dog Pond is the place where wagging tails and art meet. Art installations are located throughout the park – including a big blue dog sculpture – while the off-leash area has lot of grassy slopes for fun play.

Unique Furniture Stores of Seattle

Buy local and find those one-of-a-kind pieces you’ll never see anywhere else.

Looking to add some pomp and flare to your dwelling? Yearning for a unique piece to tie the room together? Look no further. Each of the stores on this list are small, independently curated boutiques, perfect for finding one-of-a-kind furnishings, vintage pieces, and home goods with a distinctly Seattle flair.

Adorn

This is a store with a super-stylish perspective. Adorn is a great place to find something unique for your home. The staff is well known for its friendly attitude and the always charming Rocco, the shop dog.

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Unique Find: Temporary wallpaper in uber-stylish prints

Ballard Consignment

This is a store with a super-stylish perspective. You’ll find an impeccably curated inventory of eclectic vintage furnishings and art.

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Unique Find: Warthog Taxidermy Mounted Head

Camelion Design

In addition to an amazing array of furniture styles and a seemingly endless selection of fabrics, it’s also a boutique housewares store full of goodies. You’ll discover gifts for everyone in their offerings of serving ware, candles, furniture, art, accessories, and gifts for baby.

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Unique Find: Modern furniture that doesn’t compromise comfort for style

Capers

Let your Seattle pride shine at this West Seattle home and lifestyle shop. Featuring the work of local, independent, and eco-friendly artists and craftspeople, Capers is a great spot to pick up a beautiful new cookbook that also serves as a coffee table book.

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Unique Find: Coated outdoor linens that are chic and functional with really stylish textile patterns

Digs

This Market Street staple has an exuberant mix of art, furniture, and craft; boosting a healthy mix of mid-century and contemporary pieces with a generous dose of whimsy.

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Unique Find: Life size cow sculptures

Fremont Vintage Mall

A basement full of furniture, art, and accessories could be considered the mother of all vintage stores. Spending a couple of hours browsing here is like shopping an entire antique district. Each visit will reveal new things. From the roaring ’20s to midcentury, this gallery isn’t stuck in a particular decade.

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Unique Find: 1950’s metal carnival clown baseball toss game

Phase Two Interiors

Gigi Buchanan opened Phase Two as an art, décor and furniture shop for gently used home furnishings that are worthy of a second life span, in a new home. The showroom has a large and varied selection spanning many different design styles.

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Unique Find: Scooter the shop dog apparently has great taste and is happy to help you find the perfect throw pillow

Second Use

The ultimate store for a hardcore scavenger; going to Second Use feels like being at a 100 yard sales under one roof. From old lumber, vintage cabinet pulls, and fun retro lighting options to modern appliances, unused doors and large stock piles of unused wood flooring options; they literally have it all.

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Unique Find: Antique Pine Winnowing Table used to separate the wheat from the chaff – great for a side table

Work Smarter – Not Harder with Smart Home Technology

While still in its infancy, the number of smart home products—devices that let you control lighting, thermostat, or even your crock pot from your smartphone—is rapidly growing. These are products and whole ecosystems that help you control your home via a single iOS or Android app. You can pick and choose your favorite gadgets to assemble an affordable, intelligent abode on your own terms, or opt for an entire smart home system that does all the work for you.

As home automation becomes more prevalent, naturally there are more and more products becoming available as “smart devices”. Here are some of the more diverse home gadgets we have found, beyond thermostats and security cameras:

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GE WiFi CONNECT WASHER AND DRYER

Check washer progress with an app that lets you monitor cycles and settings, extend drying times, monitor levels of Smart Dispense tanks, download custom specialty cycles and receive alerts when clothes haven’t been removed.

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LOGITECH HARMONY ELITE, UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL

More than just a TV remote – the Logitech Harmony Elite offers all-in-one control of up to 15 home devices including your TV, satellite or cable box, Apple TV, Roku, TiVo, Blu-ray player, game consoles, plus connected lights, locks, thermostats, sensors and more. There’s even a free app that turns your smart phone into an additional remote.

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PETZI TREAT CAM

Missing your pet while you’re away? The Petzi Treat Cam provides a way to connect with them through your smart phone from anywhere. Dispense treats, watch live HD video and speak with your pet using the 2-way audio.

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FRIGIDAIRE SMART WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER

A wifi connected air conditioner that you control through an app on your smart phone allows you to turn the unit on or off, change temperature, control modes and adapt fan speeds – especially handy if you want your home cooled off before you get home!

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SAMSUNG FAMILY HUB REFRIGERATOR

A few years ago, having a French door refrigerator with cameras, wifi, and a gigantic touchscreen would have been the stuff of dreams. Today it is a reality. This high-end fridge will let you peek inside it while grocery shopping, search for recipes on the 21.5 inch display, mirror your smart TV so you can keep watching your movie while you grab a drink, share calendars, photos and best of all – it even keeps your food cold.

2017 Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show

A fur-ocious competition with the most paw-some and glamour-ruff dogs outside of Paw-llywood

To say Seattle is a dog lover’s city is putting it mildly. Off leash dog parks, pubs that allow dogs, dog-centric parades, and doggie daycare centers have become the norm for our fair city. With all of these dog lovers in one city, naturally the arrival of the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show is a highly anticipated event. This year it will take place on March 11 and 12 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Signature events will include everyone’s favorite: best-in-breed, as well as agility and obedience trials. These events are fun for dog lovers to watch, but the list of demonstrations this year also sound pretty entertaining. These are events that are not judged; they are purely educational and entertaining. Topics range from obedience, fly ball, herding and other typical dog sport themes, but there are two unique demonstrations that really stand out:

First, Amy Trotter the Pig will be hogging the spotlight and demonstrating her remarkable obedience, rally and agility exercises.

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The second wildly popular event is the Dog and Person Dance Demonstration, which is just as fun and crazy as it sounds: choreographed dance performances between owners and their dogs. Hopefully the four-legged dance partners won’t have any trouble, considering they have two left feet.

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For more information on the show and ticket sales, visit their website at:  Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show

How Often Should You Replace Household Items?

Some things get better as they age – like wine and cheese. However, this concept does not apply to many of your household items that you use on daily basis.

The experts tell us that if we don’t routinely purchase new mattresses, pillows, and kitchen sponges we could actually be doing damage to our health. From food storage containers to HVAC filters, you might be surprised how frequently you should be replacing these items.

Throw Pillows: Every Two to Four Years

A lot depends on the wear and tear, but if you clean the pillows inserts every four to six months and replace the covers if there’s a stain, you can get more mileage out of them. Plus recovering them gives your space a renewed sense of style.

Mattress: Every Seven Years

Experts suggest that a good rule of thumb is to replace your mattress every seven years. In seven years, the mattress will most likely not be providing you the most comfort and support. Keeping your mattress in a dust mite resistant cover will also keep your mattress fresh and less likely to cause allergy-like symptoms to develop.

Bed Pillows: Every Two Years

Just like your mattress, pillows are a haven for dust mites. Zipping your pillows into a pillow protector underneath your pillow covers will not only keep the pests at bay – it will protect it from oils from your skin and prolong the freshness of the pillows in between washing them.

Duvet: Every Five Years

In colder environments a thick comforter is a necessity for many months of the year. To keep them in good condition – and some style to your bedroom – it’s a good idea to use a duvet cover. While a cover might need to be replaced over time, it’s far more affordable than dry cleaning or purchasing a new down comforter.

Towels: Every Two to Three Years

Eventually, even the most expensive towels will get thin and lose their absorbency. Depending on what kind of water service you have, they might also get a little funky from well water or rough from chlorine.

If you notice they’re losing their absorbency—or worse, starting to smell—it’s time to donate them to an animal shelter and treat yourself to new towels.

Bath Mat: Every Two Years

This actually gets more wear and tear than your towels, but you should replace it for similar reasons: It’s less absorbent or it starts to fade or smell.

Kitchen Sponges: Monthly

Bathed in soap, water and food particles multiple times daily, sponges are pretty disgusting. No, really. Filled with bacteria and mold, they’re the top source of germs in your home, according to WebMD. You can extend the life by placing them into a dishwasher or soaking them in a little hot bleach water but if neither of these solutions appeals to you, consider replacing them altogether with a dish brush.

Plastic Food Storage Containers: Every Two to Five Years

Be on the lookout for scratches and cracks. If you spot one, toss the container now to steer clear of food spoilage or germs. If you are not fond of disposable containers for environmental and health reasons, glass food containers are readily available, easy to clean and safe for reheating in microwaves or ovens.

Smoke Detectors: Every Ten Years

If it chirps after you’ve replaced the batteries or there’s no sound when you perform the monthly test, it is time to replace them. It’s also a good idea to change the batteries in all your smoke detectors at the same time to avoid monthly trips to the hardware store.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Every Five to Seven Years

Most carbon-monoxide (CO) alarms are backed by a five- to seven-year warranty, but they typically emit a chirping or signal when they’re nearing the end of their useful life. This signal differs from the one that indicates a low battery. If there’s a problem with the unit, a model with a digital display will show an error message, and one without a digital display might flash LEDs in a particular pattern.

Heat Pump: Every 12 to 15 Years

Some experts say it’s all about energy efficiency, so replacing your heat pump every 10 to 12 years will keep your electric bills down. Others say maintain it well and keep it running until it literally dies on you and you can get another 3 to 5 years from it. Make sure you have the correct size for the heat and cooling load it will have to provide, based on square footage of your home.

HVAC filter: 1-3 months, Depending on Season and Usage.

If you are running your heat pump or forced air unit year-round, it is more likely to clog, so you should replace your filter once a month. This is especially important if you have pets or someone in your home who suffers from allergies or respiratory issues.

Fire extinguishers: Every 10 years

Portable extinguishers may lose pressure over time and become ineffective whether or not they’ve been triggered, according to the National Fire Protection Association. If your extinguisher is rechargeable, have it serviced every 6 years or when the pressure is low. (Look for service companies online under fire extinguishers.)

 

 

Dining Out With Dogs

If dogs truly are man’s best friend, they can’t always be left at home. So, we recently asked our #WinderPup friends to give us some suggestions for dog-friendly hot spots around town. Typically you’re encouraged to not bark orders at people, but we’ll make an exception for these Fido friendly businesses.

Norm’s Eatery and Ale House

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Located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Norm’s Eatery & Ale House is open every day of the week for lunch, dinner and drinks. They are pet-friendly with a wide-ranging clientele, from college students on weekend nights to families during the day – plus they have trivia night on Thursdays!

The Dray

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A warm and cozy interior made from reclaimed woods welcomes you and your four-legged friend to The Dray for great food, beer, wine and Stumptown coffee. Don’t bother bringing a book to read, since there will likely be a soccer match on the telly and lots of spirited fans in the house. Located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood.

Bustle Caffe’

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Located on top of the strategically important Queen Anne Hill, Bustle Caffe’ exists to create a delicious yet entertaining espresso based beverage experience while offering delectable pastries, breakfast sandwiches, lunch items and a bowl of water for your pooch.

FYI: today is National #TakeYourDogToWorkDay!

Wearable Tech Isn’t Just for Humans

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Wearable technology has quickly gone from the pie in the sky, to an everyday essential accessory. In fact, we’re pretty sure we see more people with Fitbits than without. Now wearable technology is even available for dogs – and no we aren’t referring to the radio-tracking collars that have been around for decades. The latest doggy gadgets can be accessed through web browsers and smartphone apps.

Typically attached to the collar, new wearables use GPS and satellite technology to figure out the whereabouts of your pup, and WiFi to monitor your pet’s health. There’s even a camera that you can attach to your furry friend’s collar that takes a photo every 30 minutes for up to 30 hours! Great way to know your dog’s level of naughtiness. Word on the street is there is even going to be a headset that reads your dog’s inner emotions by monitoring brain signals (although we think this might be taking things a tad far). So, will you invest in some wearable technology for your pooch? Visit Seattle Times for more deets.