Category Archives: Animals

Mill Creek Festival This Weekend

logo-mill-creek-festival-642x263The Annual Mill Creek Festival & Street Fair takes place this Saturday – July 13th 11-7PM & Sunday – July 14th  11-5PM & will feature juried artisan booths (handcrafted items, only), Food Court, Kids Korner, Pet Plaza, The Main Stage with live entertainment, Car show, the “Madness on Main” 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Business Booths, Beer & Wine Garden and The Community Stage with local acts. There will be something for everyone. Do tell.

This event is free to the public & there will be free parking/shuttle service to & from H.M. Jackson High School so you don’t have to sweat the parking.  Jackson High is located at 1508 136th St SE  Mill Creek, WA 98012

The Mill Creek Festival will be located on Mill Creek Boulevard behind Mill Creek Plaza (Albertson’s, Staples, Rite-Aid) & turning right up a portion of 161st between Rite-Aid & Bank of America. You really won’t be able to miss it.

For more details please visit:

To see the schedule of entertainment directly click on this link.

Above information was obtained from the Mill Creek Festival website & was believed to be accurate as of 07/10/13. Some schedules may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.


May the Force Be With You . . . for Nate’s Little Angel

On February 23, from 4-7PM,  members of the 501st Legion – Garrison Titan Star Wars Premier Charity Organization will be at Gold Creek Church along with members of The Rebel Legion’s Alpha Base to raise funds for Nate’s Little Angel, a Seizure Assist Dog.

This family is fantastic & Nate’s mom is the School Counselor at Forest View Elementary, where she does amazing things to help the students every day.  This is a way we as a community, can give back!

Get photos taken with your favorite Star Wars characters. Enjoy games, food, bouncy houses & much more! Feel free to come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character, too! Do tell.

Gold Creek Church  4326 148th Street SE Mill Creek, WA 98012

Visit Garrison Titan  to learn more about Garrison Titan & the fun work they do.

and also visit Little Angels Service Dogs  to learn more about Little Angels Service Dogs.


Tricks For Treats!

Paddywack, the place in Mill Creek Town Center for pet food, accessories & supplies,  is hosting a special Halloween Scavenger Hunt for you & your canines on October 28th from 2:30 – 5PM.

15407 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012

Questions? call: 425-357-6510

In-store pre-registration is required for this event. Registration donation per dog, with all proceeds to benefit Furkidz 911.

  • Fun Dog Games
  • Photo Booth
  • Costumed Contest
  • Prize Baskets

Information & Poster belong to Paddywack “Give your dog a Bone”.

Mutt March 2012 & Relay For Life

“Two Days — Two Events — Benefiting All” happening at McCollum Park this June 2nd & 3rd. The annual Mutt March and Relay for Life are joining forces this year to provide two days of fun activities and entertainment, all the while benefiting their respective causes. The Mutt March starts on Saturday morning when it is expected that around 500 dog owners will take a leisurely 5k walk on the North Creek Trail & return through the City of Mill Creek’s Town Center. After the walk, there will be demonstrations, the YMCA dog costume contest and other prizes & giveaways. Funds raised through the Mutt March will benefit ChaseAway K9 Cancer & local food banks through Rotary First Harvest. 

Then starting at 2:00PM on Saturday The American Cancer Society Relay For Life will begin activities that will last through the night until 9:00AM Sunday. Do tell.

There’s still time to get involved – how will you be included?

For more information see previous blog post & for even more information go to:  and

Paddywack & Tricks for Treats Treasure Hunt

Hey there, time is running out to register your canine for the Halloween themed Tricks for Treats Treasure Hunt on Sunday October 30th. Purchase your registration for $5 at event sponsor, Paddywack prior to October 30th. Nice to know that 100% of the fees will go to the Grey Muzzle Organization. Do Tell.

On the day of the event, check-in begins at 3PM. You and your dog will receive an empty treat bag & a set of clues to be sniffed out at participating dog-freindly businesses in the Mill Creek Town Center. You will be assigned a time between 3 and 4PM. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for a grand prize basket. You might be able to get some extra tickets from some of the merchants if your dog has a cool costume or can perform a trick.

Speaking of costumes, they are not required, but in addition to getting extra attention and tickets from the merchants, a professional photographer will be on hand to take pictures of your pooch, and there will be prize baskets for the winners of the costume contest. So, you might want to think about it and coax Muffy & Spike into one.

Sounds like a lot of fun. Happy Halloween!


Mutt March

The Mill Creek Rotary Club is putting on their first Mutt March 5K Dog Walk this Saturday, June 11th at McCollum Park. The walk will raise funds to benefit the Snohomish County Sheriff K-9 Units and Chase Away K-9 Cancer.

The event begins with check-in at 8AM with the walk beginning at 10AM.

  • After the walk there will be entertainment and information provided by:
  • Flying Disc Dogs and Seattle Fly Dogs
  • Sheriff’s K-9 unit and Search and Rescue Dog demos
  • Rotary’s International K-9 Costume Contest
  • The Navy Guard and Tulalip Security Dogs
  • Pet Photos by Bailey & Banjo
  • Adorable k-9s and felines available to adopt on Adoption Alley
  • Scavenger Hunt and Vendor booths

Learn more and register at

Generous sponsors are: Rotary Club of Mill Creek, Paddywack, 7Lucky Dogs, Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital, Doggie Haven Resort, Glitz Marketing, A Canine Experience, Wild Waves Theme Park, the YMCA, William H. McElroy, Seattle Fly Dogs, Merrick Petcare Foods, Blue Buffalo Pet Foods, Woofd2 – Flying Disc Dogs, City of Mill Creek, Waste Management NW, Columbia Funding Mortgage, Preston Kallshian, Realtor-Windermere Mill Creek. Please patronize these businesses & thank them for their support of this great cause.

The Official Pooper Scooper of the Mutt March is Now on Doody. Do tell.

Special guest:  Veterinary Oncology Center of Renton Washington.


Petcare Hospital & Wellness Center

Happy 17th Birthday to our little cat Jasmine! According to online sources, that is about 84-85 in human years. I swear, she doesn’t look a day over 8. Beside all of her human family and friends, I would say the most important person in her life is her veterinarian, Dr. Douglas Fraser, VMD — founding veterinarian of Petcare Hospital and Wellness Center located just off Seattle Hill Road in Mill Creek. He has seen her since she was just a kitten, giving her her first check-up and shots when she was about 8 weeks old.

Petcare SignSo, on this momentous occasion I decided to talk to Dr. Fraser about how he and his practice have grown and evolved right along with Jasmine. After practicing at another local veterinary office, he opened his own practice Petcare Hospital in the Gateway Shopping Center near Murphy’s Corner. We took Jaz in for her kitten check up at about eight weeks old, and I remember Dr. Fraser said he loved Tabbys and that she was the most beautiful little tabby he had ever seen. Well, of course I was the beaming “parent”. I admitted to myself, that he probably said that to all the tabbys (lol), but it spoke volumes to me about Dr. Fraser and his character. This is a vet who takes a very special interest in his patients. He took the time to make Jasmine and me, of course, feel special and know that he was really interested in her and “her family.”

Front of facility

When Dr. Fraser started Petcare he said that he planned to stay small to be able to keep a close personal contact with his patients, but it’s been a mixed blessing. On one hand to to hear that clients liked what he was doing for their animals and the word of mouth spread growing the business tremendously. On the other, to balance that with his passion to spend as much quality time with the owners as with their pets it became more difficult to manage, to keep that connection, to keep that ability to interact on a personal level. From a business standpoint it was a nice problem to have, but to Dr. Fraser, it is not all about business. It is about caring for the animals. So he built the current facility which was designed by wife Tammy. This allowed much more room for more veterinarians, support staff, the latest in equipment, exam rooms and luxe boarding suites for dogs and cats. Currently, the other doctor on staff is Dr. Meghan Yurenka.

Petcare Hospital and Wellness Center is a Veterinary General Practice, however they do bring in specialists for radiology, internal medicine, complex surgical procedures and oncology. Plus —> boarding, grooming, special diet pet foods and love.

Staff at Petcare
The staff at Petcare. Dr. Fraser on far Right.

Located: 4210-148th St SE  Mill Creek 98012  Phone: 425-337-5300                             Hours are:  MTWF  8-6  Thur 8-8  Sat 9-1 & Closed Sun

Additional thoughts from Dr. Fraser: “You’re planning, but it kind of took on a life of its own. The word of mouth, people are happy with what we do. We take care,  and what we do is for the right reasons. We love the animals. The staff here, I am blessed to be surrounded by all of them — the care they give the animals. I sort of live vicariously through the lives of the animals, they are like people’s kids. And now I am seeing parents’ kids coming in with their animals. And I’ve not gotten burned out. I just love the interaction with the animals and their families.”

Jaz has caught her share of birds and mice; she has survived a broken leg/hip, several kidney/bladder infections, a few cat fights, she has renal failure, and her thyroid is acting up, but she is still for the most part, a very happy, active, slightly spoiled cat. She enjoys sleeping in the sunny spots or on the heat register every chance she gets, loves her treats, and is a much loved member of our family. I thank Dr. Fraser and his staff for helping me keep her healthy and happy. I told him my memory of her first visit when he said she was the most beautiful tabby. His reply: “I’m obsessed with Tabbys.” Do tell.