Archive for September, 2011

Seattle: Yappy Hour at the Maxwell Hotel Benefits Seattle Humane Society

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Pineapple Hospitality celebrates National Dog Day with dog-friendly event

In celebration of National Dog Day on Friday, August 26th, Pineapple Hospitality, the hotel management division of Columbia West Properties, hosted a dog-friendly “Yappy Hour” to benefit the Seattle Humane Society.

Lily Jang, Q13 FOX This Morning anchor, emceed the event held at The Maxwell Hotel in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. Diane and Richard Foreman, founders and co-CEOs of Pineapple Hospitality, along with their daughter Michelle Foreman Barnet, president and COO of Pineapple Hospitality, hosted the evening that welcomed hotel guests, Seattleites and other dog owners and lovers to the hotel. Diane Foreman also presented a check to the Seattle Humane Society.

Dogs were given special doggy “swag” bags filled with goodies including treats from Blue Dog Bakery, toys from ChuckIt! Dog Toys, reusable water bowl from Pineapple Hospitality and a copy of CityDog magazine. Pineapple Hospitality also gave away three complimentary overnight stays in a dog contest with categories for dogs that looked most like their owner, the most unlikely couple and best vacation-ready dog.

Pineapple Hospitality’s four Seattle hotels: Hotel FIVE in downtown, The Maxwell in Queen Anne, University Inn and Watertown, both in the University District, are all dog-friendly properties. For more information about The Maxwell, visit For more information about Pineapple Hospitality, visit

Tumbleweed’s: Fort Worth Texas’ Only Dog-Friendly Sports Bar

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Tumbleweed’s Sports Bar, located at the intersection of Blue Mound Road and NE Loop 820, behind Majestic Liquor, is the only entirely dog-friendly sports bar in Fort Worth. The spacious facility includes a large barroom with televisions on every wall, poolroom with six pool tables, an outdoor patio, and a backyard for the pooches.

Leashes are required inside the building, but the backyard is free reign, says owner Cat McFarland, who’s two Great Danes, Boomer and Sasha, spend their nights and weekends cozying up to the locals and catching a breeze on Tumbleweed’s patio.

“I am a dog-lover, but I’m also an extremely busy mother and entrepreneur,” McFarland says. “I just hated the thought of leaving them alone all the time. So, I did the next best thing. I created a fun environment where my dogs could be happy and where other dog lovers could come too.”

Tumbleweed’s Sports Bar first opened its doors in November 2001. Since, then it has been a staple of the Cowtown sports scene.
This authentic Fort Worth bar offers:
· Live Karaoke on Thursday Nights
· Free Food and Happy Hour Prices During all Cowboy Football Games
· Daily Drink and Shot Specials
· Service Industry Nights, Sunday thru Tuesday, with Happy Hour Prices and Free Pool
· Pool and Dart League Nights with Drink Specials
· Happy Hour, Open to 7 pm, Seven Days a Week

Tumbleweed’s Sports Bar is open from 1 pm – 2 am, Monday thru Friday and noon to 2 am on weekends.

Safety First! SEAACA Provides Tips to Help Protect Pets from Wild Animals

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

SEAACA (Southeast Area Animal Control Authority; has released a list of tips to help pet owners keep their pets safe from wild animals. As communities grow and expand into previously undeveloped areas, wild animals (coyotes, raccoons, snakes etc.) are losing much of their natural habitat. As a result, they are becoming more acclimated to urban and suburban surroundings and can navigate access into residential areas and back yards. This encroachment of wild animals can be a problem for domesticated pets including cats and dogs. Wild animals can easily hurt, maim or even kill household pets that do not have the survival skills or temperament to defend themselves from wild animals.

To help pet owners, SEAACA has provided some guidance to keep domestic pets safe from wild animals. Some of SEAACA’s tips include:

Do not leave food outside. Wild animals can be expert foragers. If you leave food outside (leftovers, pet food or anything else), it can be a magnet for wild creatures, which then can create an unsafe encounter with your pet.

Do not let your pet roam outdoors. If you live next to hills or more natural terrain, you might have many wild animals nearby. When domestic pets roam in these areas, they can be targets for attack.

Get your pet vaccinated. Wild animals can be a mode of rabies transmittal. Ensure your pet is vaccinated just in case he or she is attacked and infected.

Notify the authorities. If you notice a wild animal or animal tracks near your home, immediately contact your local animal control or wildlife service agency. They have the resources and skills to handle these situations and make your environment safer for your pet.

Protect your home. Make sure wild animals cannot get into your home through open doors or windows. Many wild animals roam in the nighttime, when you and your pets are sleeping and may not hear them enter your home. Lock and secure your doors and windows before you go to bed.

Clear your surroundings. Excessive debris, vegetation, fallen trees and hillside brush and shrubs can be enticing hiding places for snakes and other wild animals. Clear the areas around your home to avoid unwelcomed surprises for you and your pets.

Keep your pet on a leash. When hiking or walking trails with pets, make sure to keep them on leashes that are at most six feet in length. Longer leashes or no leashes at all, can allow your pet to explore hidden areas and possibly uncover snakes or other wild animals.

As our population continues to grow and we encroach upon wildlife, we need to be extra vigilant about pet safety,” noted SEAACA Executive Director, Dan Morrison. “With a few smart precautions, we can protect our much-loved pets from dangerous encounters with wild animals,” he added.

For more information about pet safety or SEAACA, please visit, or call the appointment line at 562-803-3301 ext. 251.