Topic: Animals

Orca Protection & Rescue

Written on February 21, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

“I’ve had enough and I just can’t do this anymore.” After 15-years as a whale watch tour operator, Captain Alan “Hobbes” Buchanan’s passion for whales has led him to create Orca Protection & Rescue, a new organization aimed at helping to save the whales and wildlife of the Salish Sea. Orca Protection & Rescue will  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on February 19, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

I’ve had my bath and I’m ready to be adopted. Can I go play in the mud again now? My name is Ricky. I’m here at the animal shelter now, waiting for you. Make no mistake about it – if you are my new person, I WILL find you and I WILL lick you. And  Continue Reading

Pam Fry is the Animal Shelter’s Volunteer of the Month

Written on February 17, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

From the Animal Shelter… Pam Fry is the animal shelter’s “Volunteer of the Month” for February. Pam is a frequent visitor to the shelter, where she does energy balancing treatments on animals in need of help. The treatments help to clear stress and trauma and promote socializing and calmness. The treatments are tremendously helpful for  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on February 12, 2018 at 5:15 am, by

I’m Debbie. My therapist says my mother was right, “I am beautiful inside and out”. She says I need to learn to embrace my inner goddess and let confidence flow through me like a river of light. She says if I love myself, others will love me too. And sometimes she says, “Debbie, I get  Continue Reading

Going Happily to the Dogs

Written on February 7, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

February is a month known for two holidays, Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day. Since we don’t have any photos of visiting U.S. Presidents in our archives, we’re going with Valentine’s Day for this month’s column; just not in the traditional sense. Although it’s a holiday for sweethearts and friendship, this time in true island style,  Continue Reading

Local Chickens Predict Super Bowl and Odds!

Written on February 5, 2018 at 1:11 pm, by

Lowell Jons reports uncanny accuracy from the chicken coop! The families of Lowell Jons and Jen/Gib Black share a chicken coop. For some gameday fun they had their chickens ‘lay’ the odds and winner of the Super Bowl. There are two main nesting boxes where they lay so the Eagles were given box A and  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on February 5, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

“Hey Sam”, they said. “Get on the bus and go on a road trip with us”, they said. “It’ll be fun.”, they said. So, I got on the bus. In Texas. That road trip took over four days!  I tell you what, all the way from Texas to Friday Harbor is down the road a  Continue Reading

2018 Dog Licenses – Happiness for just $15

Written on February 2, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

A San Juan County resident traveled to Los Angeles with her dog. A mishap occurred, and the dog ran off. A Los Angeles resident found the dog and called the Auditor’s office, because the dog was wearing a San Juan County dog license. Auditor staff were able to reach the dog owner using the cell  Continue Reading

Mission Blue

Written on January 29, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” presents: “Mission Blue” – a film about legendary oceanographer, Sylvia Earle. She is on a personal mission to save our oceans. Mission Blue is part oceanic road trip, part biography, part action adventure story, and part expose of an eco-disaster. The film deftly weaves her unique personal  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on January 29, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce myself. I am Jem. If you’ve visited the animal shelter at any time over the last six years you may have already met me. I spent three years at the shelter waiting for my forever person. When she showed up, I fell head over heels in love with  Continue Reading

To Protect Orca and Salmon, You Need to Protect Beaches and Forage Fish

Written on January 22, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Why Friends of the San Juans is appealing San Juan County’s update to the Shoreline Management Program By Stephanie Buffum, Executive Director of Friends of the San Juans The decline of the Southern Resident Killer Whales, now down to 76 members, is mostly blamed on the disappearance of their favorite food, Chinook salmon. Often overlooked  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on January 22, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Hey you kids – get off my lawn! I’m Buddy and I’ve reached the age where I can say what I like. Believe me, I’ve been a few places and seen a few things. Just because I’m a senior citizen doesn’t mean I’m not a terrific guy! I’m a darn good lap warmer and I  Continue Reading

Volunteers of the Month

Written on January 19, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

The animal shelter is pleased to announce Dave and Nancy Harvey are the Volunteers of the month for January. Dave and Nancy have volunteered at the shelter for over three years and were the recipients of the First Annual, “Amy Lear Compassion in Action Volunteer of the Year Award” in 2016. The couple donate several  Continue Reading

CWR Video Campaign

Written on January 15, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

The Center For Whale Research is taking action to increase public awareness of the Southern Resident Killer Whales by taking the message onboard Washington State Ferries. Ken Balcomb, Founder and Principal Investigator of the Center For Whale Research launched a video ad campaign January 9th. This 15 second video will play in daily rotation on  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on January 15, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

I say, Cavendish – I’m ready for my tea. Perhaps we can take a proper stroll through the garden after elevenses? One does get so invigorated after a brisk stroll, does one not? What I’d really fancy is a nice home where I can be the Lady of the House. I do so enjoy being  Continue Reading

Parkinson’s Detection Dogs (PADs) Update

Written on January 8, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

PADs for Parkinson’s of San Juan Island enjoyed a very successful 2017 and would like to acknowledge all who are making this ground-breaking program possible.  We extend our heartfelt thanks to our training volunteers and handlers for our 15 fabulous sniffer dogs; and to the many who provided financial support.  We extend our very deep gratitude  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on January 8, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Well. Happy New Year. It’s just me, Nellie. I’m still here at the animal shelter where I was last year at this time. Why don’t you have a seat and explain to me why you don’t have room in your home for a sweet girl like me? I’m elegant, well-mannered and easy-on-the-eye, if I do  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on January 1, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

It’s me, Wee Aiden. Everyone here at the animal shelter calls me “The Baby” because I’m just a little kitten. I’m the only kitten here! It’s kind of fun being the littlest guy around, but not always. Sometimes, when I’m really feeling frisky and having fun, one of the older cats will smack me on  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on December 26, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

You can’t be serious. Christmas is over? Where’s my new warm and cozy home? Santa implied that I was a shoe-in to get that this year. If you happen to see him, would you please inquire as to the status of that? Perhaps my wish list got misplaced…. My name is Larry, but here at  Continue Reading

Birds Sing Along with Mozart

Written on December 20, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Here’s a fun video for all you bird lovers out there.

Christmas Bird Count

Written on December 19, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Our count is set for Saturday, December 30th. Teams will be assigned areas within the 15-mile diameter circle to count all the birds in their area. I am still working on getting island leaders sorted out but I will be the coordinator for SJI and the overall coordinator. If you have questions or would like  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on December 18, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Look. I told you, I’m not going to the office Christmas party this year. I think everyone remembers what happened last year. Sure, it was all fun and games until someone spiked the water bowl and the last thing I remember was waking up with eggnog on my breath and tinsel in my fur. No  Continue Reading