Artist “Henry” needs support for his dog Merlin’s hospital bills

UPDATE: Aug. 3rd, 4 p.m.: “Merlin fought a hard battle. I’m super sorry to say that he didn’t pull through. Pneumonia and a kidney failure took his sweet little life today. Thank you all for the support. You are all such lovely people.” -Ryan Henry Ward

The beloved canine companion of local artist Ryan “Henry” Ward fell ill and had to be hospitalized this past Friday. Anyone who has had the chance of seeing Ryan around town– or while painting his distinctive, friendly murals– knows that the black-and-white Border Collie, Labrador and Irish Wolf Hound mix “Merlin” is rarely not seen at Ryan’s side

So when Merlin stopped eating three days ago and had to be connected to fluids and breathing tubes, Ryan “Henry” knew he’d have to do what it took to help his best friend.

Merlin’s blood pressure stabilized on Saturday, but he began coughing up blood that evening and was diagnosed with pneumonia.  He was transferred to a specialist veterinarian in Kirkland via ambulance where Henry updated us that as of 15 hours ago, Merlin was under anesthesia and the care of “the best available critical care specialists available.”

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Henry with the expenses associated with this emergency care. Over 166 people have contributed within one day raising an impressive $6,895. If you wish to check on Merlin’s progress or donate to his Hospital tests, redirect to the GoFundMe account here.

“Dear Merlin, just breathe,” writes contributor Jayme Nimick. “Dear Henry, you too.”

Photo Xavier
Photo Xavier Lopez

Seattle Night Out tomorrow

(2010) Photo courtesy Christopher Boffoli

Last year, over 1,400 events were registered to participate in the annual Seattle Night Out Against Crime. “Night Out” 2015 is tomorrow, August 4th from 5 p.m. to midnight!

The annual collective of neighborhood street parties is a national Crime Prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. While celebrating your community and spending time with your neighbors, Night Out is a great chance to build stronger police-community partnerships.

Register your block for the party or visit the map of participating locations here. As of noon today, eight locations have been registered in the Ballard area (see map).

If you wanted to sign up your block for this event but haven’t gotten around to it yet, jump on it soon as registration is only open until tonight, 5:00 PM.

If you have already registered your block, there are materials and street closure signs that you can print at the Night Out website. Seattle Police offer tips on how to close off your street and be courteous of noise and traffic here.