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 Columns    December 17, 2014 

Tasha, Pet of the Week

Tasha the Tortishell is a beautiful 5 year old kitty looking to find a home to spend the rest of her days in. Change can be unsettling for cats, and they sometimes need a little extra time to realize…

 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    December 17, 2014 

Going to the Dog Park – Rain or Shine

I’m sitting at my kitchen table. It’s pouring outside. Isabelle taps the back door to go out. I let her out. The linoleum is freckled with muddy paw prints documenting her forays to and from the…

 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    December 10, 2014

Tips for delightful dog photos

Pets and babies. Both are adorable. They compel us to whip out our phones – or an actual camera – and capture that cuteness for all eternity. But darn it! They move! And fast. I have countless…

 By Jim Miller    Columns    December 10, 2014

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any tablets, smart phones or computers that are specifically designed for seniors? I would like to buy a device for my technology – challenged grandmother so she can get online and keep up with her grand kids better, but it needs to be super simplified so she can use it. Sincerely, Holiday Shopper

Dear Shopper, There are actually several new tech products on the market today that are designed specifically for older boomers and seniors that are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with technology. These devices come equipped with simplified software,…

 By Contributed Article    Columns    December 10, 2014

Samantha (Sami) Schaeffer

Our beautiful little redhead, Samantha (Sami) Schaeffer, went home to be with the Lord at 11:55am on December 2, 2014. Though she was never expected to take a single breath on this earth, she lived for 27 glorious years that were filled with love and…

 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    December 3, 2014

Spotlight – Dushka, Our Local Chesapeak Bay Retreiver

“Dushka!” A puppy zips past me. It skitters into a turn, commences a full body wriggle and jigs back for a quick hello sniff. I give its chocolaty brown head a pat – or try to. It’s squirming so…

 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    November 26, 2014

Park Planning Update and Thanksgiving Moment

The Park Planning Committee met this week. They were presented with five potential plans for the park. They narrowed the selection to two. Both include the dog park, but it may be in a new location or configuration. These preliminary plans will be…

 By Pastor Daniel Espy    Columns    November 19, 2014

What Should I Say? is the hardest question to answer

“What should I say?” That was the very first thing I asked myself when I was first asked to become a regular contributor to the Lake Stevens Journal. What in the world should a married, father of four, pastor from Alabama with a degree in dirt fr…

 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    November 19, 2014

Canine Massage – A Surprising Way to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

Massage… Just hearing the word makes my whole body relax, brings a smile to my lips and compels me to take deep cleansing breaths. Ahhhh. Although viewed as an indulgence, massage has myriad health…

 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    November 12, 2014

It’s All About Connections

Last week, a local dog owner told me about his first dog park experience: “It was awful! Two dogs started fighting. There was blood, the owners had to pull them apart, my dog freaked out… It was…

 By Dacia Price    Columns    November 5, 2014

Marysville Pilchuck High School is Every School

This past Friday my community was shaken by the news that one of our children had opened fire in a cafeteria filled with other children, wounding, killing and terrifying before taking his own life. It’s a tragedy that is heart-wrenching and gut…

 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    November 5, 2014

A Change of Season

The sultry dog days of summer – or in our case, September – are gone. October toyed with us masquerading as summer until its final days. November is making its entrance with howling winds,…

 Columns    October 29, 2014

Jason Todd Titmus

Born 7-23-78, passed away suddenly and way too soon on 10-18-2014 in Big Sky, Montana. Jason is survived by his parents, Caroline and Terry Titmus, his brothers Joshua, Jennifer and their sons William and Dakota of Kettle Falls and Braden, Jennifer…

 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    October 29, 2014

Park Development Planning – It’s Happening Now

At the beginning of October, as Isabelle and I returned to the car, I noticed a letter-sized piece of paper stapled to the bulletin board standing at the junction of the parking lot and the path to the off-leash area. It wasn’t particularly…

 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    October 22, 2014

Dog Park Crush

I have a crush.  His name is Whelan. He’s got a satiny, chocolate brown coat, soulful eyes that sparkle when he plays and irresistible droopy ears that hang practically to his knees. When he’s…

 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    October 15, 2014

Puppy Pointers for visiting the dog park

Isabelle has a little sister! Of sorts. My good friend Scott added Carla to his household last week. Carla and Isabelle have the same parents but are a year apart. The girls have yet to meet. Carla needs a few more shots before she can mingle safely…

 By Jim Miller    Columns    October 15, 2014

Dear Savvy Senior, I understand that there are several types of flu vaccines being offered to seniors this flu season. What can you tell me about them? -Cautious Senior

Dear Cautious, Depending on your health, age and personal preference, there’s a buffet of flu shots available to seniors this flu season, along with two vaccinations for pneumonia that you should consider getting too. Flu Shots Options Just as…

 By Rebeca Hoch    Columns    October 8, 2014

Grooming Tips from a pro

Isabelle and I go to the dog park early on Wednesday’s. It’s always a crap shoot: will there be other dogs there or not? Happily, we’ve been running into Dizzy. Dizzy is a short-haired mix of a dog…

 By Journal Staff    Columns    October 1, 2014

Karen Alessi Community Leader Memorial October 1st

Karen L Alessi, nee Johnson, was born in Seattle on February 20, 1939 and died in Everett, WA from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on September 24, 2014. She is survived by Art, her husband of 50 years, Allison, their daughter, her brother,…

 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    September 24, 2014

Dog Day Dairy – Ode To The Bulldog

You are short, you are squat and inherently stunted. Your poor nose smashed in, your jowls fleshy bunting. Your torso a triangle: wide chest, narrow flanks. Your gait slightly buoyant, bowed legs act…

 By Rebecca Hoch – Contributing Writer- Columnist    Columns    September 17, 2014

“Dog Day Diary” Spotlight Kato & Kona

They burst into the park, two black and white ping pong balls of fur, tails curled, ice blue eyes sparkling, bounding effortlessly over the ground delighting in the act of running. Siberian huskies….

 Columns    September 10, 2014


Pierce County Sheriff Department, We Help the Missing, and the family of Chris Virdell is seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing person, Chris Virdell. Chris was 18 years old at the time he went missing and was last seen on February 9,…

 Columns    September 10, 2014

Earl Clare Gates

1941- 2014 Passed away July 16th 2014, 3:15 pm at home in Klickitat Washington. Earl was born in Concrete Washington, as a kid the family moved to Lake Stevens where he met his wife Carol Gates of 40…

 By Jim Miller    Columns    September 3, 2014

Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, I run a community counseling program for needy families and am frustrated that so few eligible seniors take advantage of the food stamp program. Can you write a column on this to help educate seniors to this under utilized…

 By Rebecca Hoch    Columns    September 3, 2014

The Scoop About Poop

Poop scooping is a frequent topic of dog park conversation. We’re standing in an open field. Why are we scooping? It’s biodegradable, right? Why are we tip-toeing through the grass hunting for poop…


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