Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Veterinary Practice Urban Animal Talks Pet Safety for Halloween on KIRO

Dr. Cherri Trusheim of the new Urban Animal veterinary practice ( on Seattle's Capitol Hill was on air this afternoon talking dogs and Halloween costumes.  KIRO Anchor Ursula Reutin tapped the doc for her tips on what to avoid on Halloween night.  Dr. Trusheim's two cents?  Dogs don't really want to be dressed up but if you've got to do it, make sure they are comfortable and can see.  Pretty common sense really. 

Dolly Parton costume not recommended.  Cone of Shame may be a good addition however.

Thank you to KIRO for this story!

Handmade Tile Festival This Weekend

Have we ever told you how much we love helping local artists and arts organizations? Here’s a great example. The organizers of the 7th Annual Handmade Tile Festival came to us to help shake things up a bit and spread the word about their show and sale. We’ve had such fun supporting Artisan Tile Northwest and the 30 talented artists who will be showing their work this weekend at the Center for Urban Horticulture near University Village. Friday night’s juried show is being judged by Seattle author and KUOW weekly guest Marty Wingate, Charles Price and Glenn Withey from Dunn Gardens and ceramic artist George Rodriquez. Saturday features sales, demos, presentations, door prizes and new this year: Seattle’s Own “Antique Tile Roadshow”. Bring in photos of historic tiles in your home and experts with the Tile Heritage Foundation will identify the tile-maker. Think your fireplace has old Batchelder or other classic tiles? This is your chance to find out.  

KIRO Radio's Seattle Morning Show News Anchor Covers Pet Spending: Interviews Urban Animal and Den Haus

This story by KIRO's morning news anchor Ursala Reutin ran today on pet spending. The story with interviews with Sarah Pierce of Den Haus and Dr. Trusheim reports, in part:

"Dr. Cherri Trusheim is the veterinarian and owner of Urban Animal, which just opened on Capitol Hill. She says she's also guilty of spoiling her dogs. "We have two dogs at home that I know, any stuffed toy I buy, they will kill it. And they will do it quickly and de-stuff it and pull out the squeaker. But I'll still come home with a $10 stuffy even though I know it will only last five minutes," Trusheim says. Vet bills are one of the reasons spending on pets is soaring but she says one of their goals at Urban Animal ( is to offer clients a range of services to meet their budget.

She thinks as society has become more "connected" with iPhones and Blackberries, we've become disconnected from people, and we're putting more emotion, energy and money into our four-legged friends.
"It's easier than having a human companion, in many ways, but we are starting to tip the scale a little bit because our dogs don't understand that kind of relationship. They're a dog and the happiest dogs are the ones that know they're a dog," she says.

The most recent census figures show that Seattle has about 140,000 dogs, compared with just over 93,000 kids."

Thank you to Ursula and KIRO for this story.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Seattle BRA Day Dazzles for a Cause

The first Seattle BRA Day drew a glamorous crowd- many wearing festive bustiers- for an evening of tango and wine to raise awareness about breast reconstruction options for breast cancer patients.  Hosted by Washington Wines Festival and Seattle’s Dr. Richard Baxter, who developed a new technique for breast reconstruction and is an expert in the field of breast surgery, the Seattle BRA Day Soiree also garnered great coverage in the Seattle Times in Nicole Brodeur’s  "Names in Bold" weekly column.  Thanks Nicole for helping us spread the word about this important issue. To learn more about breast reconstruction options click here.

Photo: Wine World & Spirits