Friday, October 06, 2006

Dogtown


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Seattle is definitely a huge dogtown! I used to live in what I thought was a dogtown, but Seattlites are so over the top in their dedication to dogs I can only compare them with Parisians. Any day, all over town, morning and evening, you will see a dog parade as humans and pets go for their constitutionals. The humans seem well trained, carrying their plastic bags to mind the scoop law. Dogs accompany their human companions everywhere, even on the bus, down the road with their heads poking out of cars windows, walking beside baby strollers, swimming in the Sound, and running ahead of bicycles. On every neighborhood shopping street merchants put water bowls outside their shops and bowls of dog treats on their counters. I've been in some small cafes, java huts, and large grocery stores that have allowed even non-working dogs inside (something I'd never seen before living here). Dogs can be seen in every neighborhood, en masse, from all kinds of pampered purebreds to popular odd mixed breeds. One morning I spied six purebred dogs tied outside the Tully's in Madison Park: a Standard Poodle, an English Bulldog, a Basset Hound, a Boxer, a Golden Retriever, and a Scotty. There is a whole strata of Seattle's economy built around this big dog population: walking services, doggie daycares, vacation pet sitters, groomers, dog bath facilities, upscale pet supply stores, pet photographers, pet portrait artists, special dog parks, and many veterinary clinics. I passed these two adoptable dogs out for a morning walk with volunteers from the Seattle Animal Shelter. October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, so check out the link to see other dogs looking for a good home.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cela a ete une de mes grandes surprises a mon premier voyage a NYC, la proprete de la ville et surtout aucune dejection canine sur les trottoirs.
En france (et a Paris et region parisienne en particulier) vous avez interer a bien regarder ou vous mettez vos pieds. Les proprietaires de chiens considerent que le trottoir appartient a leurs chiens........

Kim said...

Je me souviens des petits présents que les chiens Parisiens sont partis pour nous pour trouver sur les trottoirs... : ^) à Seattle il est exigé que les propriétaires favoris ramassent le droppings de leur chien et disposé eux sanitairement. Il y a une grande amende, mais je ne sais pas qui inforces cette loi. Merci Olivier!
-Kim

Anonymous said...

Il y a aussi une amende, mais cette loi a du mal a etre appliquée. je me souviens une fois dans un parc de NYC, une femme laisse faire son chien et commence a partir sans ramasser, là deux personnes , qui etaient assises tranquillement sur un banc , sont aller lui dire qu'elle devait ramasser, ce qu'elle a fait. Ici a paris, personne ne se leverait pour cela ;(((

Anonymous said...

Nice photo.
Photo and comments show that Seattle is not a dog-year city though the Microsoft is near Seattle:-)

luggi said...

I'd give my kingdom to own a dog, and that's pretty much what it would take.

Felicia said...

Hi Kim, we have a large dog loving community here too. Although I don't know if there are pet portrait artists! Hehehe, your photo is like a Barcelona Bob shot! PS: I miss the Bay Area including the weather, how about you?

Kim said...

Macky, I'm curious what the traits of a dog year might be? I'll look it up.

Luggi, Yes, I hear you on the expense. I'm helping someone care for their dog these days and you wouldn't get me to pay those grooming bills! Our sweet black cat grooms himself at no cost to us, thank you very much. :-)

Felicia, Wow! Barcelona Bob! Thanks. Yeah, I know, "only the heads have been removed to protect the innocent." I'm so sad Bob's got to attend to other stuff and is leaving us. . .sob!
No, we don't miss SF/Berkeley or it weather, surprisingly. We've been so happy here in Seattle, I can't tell you just how wonderful it is here.

Thanks for visiting, everyone! Oh, Olivier, Les citoyens de Seattle obéissent généralement le chien jonchent la loi. Les gens ici sont réservés, mais sincèrement agréable dans le caractère. Ils vous permettent de couper dans quand il y a la circulation, vous pouvez quitter des objets de valeur dans votre yard de devant et ils ne disparaîtront pas, ils ramassent après leurs chiens, d'habitude. Je crois que quelques traits canadiens ont tamisé le sud sur le pensionnaire et ont affecté les gens de Seattle avec la gentillesse. Je sais comment grand des détritus de chien de Parisien de problème sont, y ayant marché plus qu'une fois, moi-même. Avec les hommes verts et leur machine spéciale, les choses se sont améliorées, non ?
-Kim

nightlifejitters said...

As someone getting by day to day on the long held hope that I will someday be able to call your city home, can you verify or dispel my impression that Seattle apartments are not very dog friendly? This impression is based on my visits to friends' apartments there, none of which allowed dogs, and also based on my own browsing of online apartment listings. I have indeed noticed a lot of dogs when I've been in Seattle, but are they predominantly the dogs of owners of real property (which I am unlikely to ever afford in Seattle)? Please, someone offer me a little hope :)

Kim said...

Nightlifejitters,
There are TONS of small houses for rent all over Seattle, many of them welcome pets. If you have your heart set on an apartment in Belltown or Capitol Hill you might find it challenging. A good lead on pet friendly landlords can be the local chapter of the ASPCA. They have modeled tenant/landlord pet negotiations and provide pet agreement contract samples. This place is so dog nutty, you are going to find someplace just right for you and a canine friend. We were able to locate a small house in a safe and convenient neighborhood with fenced yard and dog friendly landlord for a friend moving nearby for $900/mo. Also a 1 bedroom ground floor apartment for $750 that would have allowed a dog, but had no real yard. Those may be big bucks where you come from, but compared to the last town we lived in, that was cheap. Best to you,
-Kim

Kim said...

Oh, and remember: Craigslist is your friend :-)
-Kim

Anonymous said...

Les hommes verts (avec leurs superbes motos ;o)) ) font du bon boulot, mais cela coute tres cher a la ville, donc il n'y a pas assez de petit bonhommes verts, et on continue a marcher en regardant parterre a paris, ce qui est dommage, car paris est si beau

Anonymous said...

Kim,
many many thanks for the tips and kind words, they do indeed give me some hope of finding something... someday. I hadn't thought of the ASPCA aspect. I do monitor the ads on Craigslist quite frequently. I think half the fun is looking at the ads and imagining myself there, nestling into my own place in a real neighborhood, with groceries and movies and hot chocolate and book stores just a stroll away. Imagining all the green grass I'd flop on, and all the felled leaves I'd pick up and examine. All the bike rides on the Burke, and walks through Cowern or Interlacken parks. Someday I will, and then even Mondays will be trusted.

nightlifejitters said...

ooops, forgot my "name", nightlifejitters :p

Kala said...

I love dogs so seattle is definitely my kind of town =)