Fremont Fair June 16-17

Many thanks to all who helped out with the Fremont Fair!

Here's a link to the 2012 Fremont Fair dogs that were in the Dads and Dogs parade that was held today and COLA sponsored.

Below is a photo from the 2011 parade:

Pet First Aid & CPR class in Seattle - Oct. 1 and Oct. 2

Play it Safe - Enroll in Arden Moore's Pet First Aid, CPR, Safety and Wellness Classes

If your dog cut his paw on a hike, would you know how to stop the bleeding? If your cat started choking, would you know what to do? In pet emergency  situations, every minute counts. Moore, founder of Four Legged, is a Pet Tech-certified instructor and an IAABC-certified animal behavior consultant. Choose classes being offered from 1:30-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, or on  Sunday, Oct. 2. Light refreshments will be served. Graduates earn certificates in pet first aid, CPR and safety - a plus for those in the pet care field.

This is a hands-on class - not lecture. Attendees will learn how to care for their injured, ill dogs and cats. Get the opportunity to download an amazing, comprehensive Pet Savers app for under $5 that works on all smart phones - iPhones and Androids.

Class fee is $70 ($45 for second person in same household) and includes all course materials. Each class is limited to 16 students to ensure everyone  receives hands-on training. Please, no family pets are permitted.

To sign up, contact or 760-433-3480. To register online, visit and click on the PayPal button for the Pet 1st Aid, CPR and Safety course in the Seattle Classes section. Advanced registration is required. For more information, contact Arden at

This hands-on training course will teach you a variety of skills that canbe used to stabilize a pet during an emergency. You will learn Pet CPR, rescue breathing, first aid, restraining and muzzling, choking management, fractures/bleeding protocols, care for heatstroke, frostbite, poisoning, seizures, shock and more. Each student will have their own demo dog andfirst aid supplies to use during class. Upon completion, you will receive:

PetSaver handbook
Wallet Emergency Card
Pet First Aid Certificate

Your "homework" assignment prior to attending these classes: Please email Arden ( an attached jpg. photo of your pet(s) by Sept. 29. Identify each pet .

Establishing Stewardship

Copied over from Loretta's blog at

The Cascade Neighborhood Council meeting last month was an eye-opener, to say the least. Some pro dog park people came out (thank you!!) but the vast majority of attendees spoke of concerns about an off-leash park. Specifically, they voiced their unhappiness with the irresponsible dog owners that they saw using Cascade Park. These owners were allowing their dogs to run through the pea patch, spoiling the edibility of the food grown there; not picking up after their dogs; and letting the dogs run through the playground (causing health risks for children using the playground). There also were concerns about dogs who were off-leash and not responding to voice controls. Attendees reported incidents where they feared for their safety due to dogs who they viewed as out of control.

IMHO, the vast majority of dog owners are responsible. There always will be the bad actors. Problem is, these bad actors are hurting us, the responsible dog owners. This message was clearly communicated to me when I met last week with a few of the people who were concerned about establishment of a dog park. I spoke about the importance of stewardship for any successful park, including dog parks. As the conversation progressed, however, it became clear that dog park stewardship must begin now.

We need to establish credibility. How do we do that? For one thing, we can continue to be vigilant about picking up poop, keeping dogs out of the playground, leashing dogs that have not earned the right to be off leash, and being aware that there are people who are afraid of or don't particularly like dogs. The bad actors tarnish the reputation of the majority, who are considerate dog owners.

If we want to be successful in our quest for a dog park, we must start now. I know it's not the "Seattle way," but we cannot be afraid to speak up if someone is setting a bad example. If they let a poop drop and walk away, call them on it and hand them a bag. If their dog is running through the playground, let them know that this is unhealthy for the children who play there. Consider yourself "on duty" as a SLU Park steward when you are letting your dog run at Cascade Park, or Denny Park, or SLU Park, or anywhere else where (technically) off-leash dogs are not allowed. Now is the time to establish our credentials for canine stewardship.

SP News Release - Dr. Jose Rizal Park off-leash area


Mike McGinn, Mayor
Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent
For Immediate Release:                                                                               August 30, 2011
Contact:          Dewey Potter, 206-684-7241
Seattle Parks to attend Beacon Hill Community Council meeting to present proposed configuration for Dr. Jose Rizal Park off-leash area
Mountains to Sound Greenway segment changes face of park
Seattle Parks staff will attend the Beacon Hill Community Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. on September 8 at the Beacon Hill library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S to present Seattle Parks and Recreation’s proposed configuration for the off-leash area at Dr. Jose Rizal Park. The public is invited to view and provide input on the proposal.
Jose Rizal Park, at 1008 12th Ave. on Beacon Hill, includes a five- acre off-leash area, more than half of its 9.6 acres.
The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Seattle Department of Transportation are building a bicycle/pedestrian trail along the western edge of the park, a segment of the Mountains to Sound Greenways trail. In response to that construction, and to other efforts to make the area look and feel safer, Parks proposes to reduce the size of the off-leash area in the park.
The off-leash area was created in 2005, largely in response to, whose headquarters at the time were across the street from the park. It is Amazon’s policy to allow employees to bring their dogs to work. Since Amazon has moved its headquarters to the South Lake Union neighborhood, use of the off-leash area has diminished. Its proximity to “The Jungle,” so named because of homeless encampments and a high occurrence of illegal activity, has caused use of the off-leash area to drop, and there is no current steward from Parks’ partner, Citizens for Off-Leash Areas.
Mayor McGinn’s office is currently taking steps to clean up “The Jungle.” The Green Seattle Partnership ( has an approved plan for Jose Rizal forest restoration that involves significant vegetation removal, including some trees. There is a coveted orchard in the park that bears fruit and walnuts.
The park, which features beautiful views of downtown Seattle and Puget Sound, has an active volunteer group who help with restoration efforts. While the trail will be unfenced, the Parks proposal includes a fence enclosing the off-leash area
The trail construction has presented Parks with an opportunity to reconfigure the off-leash area so that bicycle traffic and off-leash dogs are both protected.
Parks offers 11 off-leash areas where dogs can run free; please go to for maps and other information. Two more off-leash areas, in the Queen Anne: and Magnolia: neighborhoods, are funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy.
For information on the opening of the trail, please see The trail will open later this year.
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COLA News - The Watchdog, Summer 2011

Catch up on the latest news from COLA in the summer issue of The Watchdog! Just click below to download the PDF file.


New Magnolia OLA Planning Meeting

 Do You Want to See the Shape of Things to Come?

Final Concept Meeting-Come Support Your Magnolia OLA!
Come see the Preferred Plan, including the new Off Leash Area,
for Magnolia Manor Park!
Let’s Make Sure This Park Gets Done Once, and Done Right!
Wed. June 8, 7-9pm: Preferred Design Review
Magnolia Presbyterian Church, 3051 28th Avenue West.
Visit   or for more info or to volunteer to help make this park a reality.

Catch up on the latest COLA news in the latest issue of The Watchdog!

The spring issue of The Watchdog is now available to download! Simply click on the image below to get all the latest updates from COLA and our amazing OLAs!


WA Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill News

Catch up on the latest COLA news in the latest issue of The Watchdog!

The winter issue of The Watchdog is now available to download! Simply click on the image below to get all the latest updates about our amazing OLAs!


October Party - Gravel and Stone

On October 2, volunteers gathered at the Woodland Off-Leash Area for a work party. Work parties are held at Woodland on the first Saturday of even months from 11 am to 1 pm.

Including droppers-by, 18 people participated in the October work party, and the weather cooperated for us as well. One volunteer was doing community service, and another is a master's student in environmental horticulture at the University of Washington who praised the Woodland OLA for the forward thinking in how this urban space is used.

The record shows that the Woodland OLA has come a long way in the past few years. Today, our maintenance program is stronger and our level of volunteerism is up. We have a cleaner grounds, fewer holes (thank you, everyone for filling in and stopping diggers!), and a more prompt response when something needs fixing. With the massive Parks budget cuts announced for the next year, which calls among other things for 10 furlough (unpaid required vacation) days, the Woodland OLA will depend more than ever on the daily and bi-monthly efforts of volunteers. » READ MORE »

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