After years of proposals and appeals concerning the “missing link” of Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has made a new proposal to construct the segment […]
Author: Meghan Walker
Live storytelling performances tomorrow night at Egan’s
A group of Ballard writers will take the stage again this week to tell their stories – without notes. It’s called the Ballard Writers Jam, and it’s happening at Egan’s […]
Ballard resident fundraises for research on climate refugees
By Almeera Anwar Imagine if Ballard fell into the Puget Sound and we all became climate refugees. As a coastal city, we share connections with places around the world where […]
Author reading to benefit Project Linus charity
Tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at Secret Garden Books, Julie Paschkis will have her authorial debut, reading from “Mooshka: A Quilt Story,” a kids’ book about siblings. Along […]
Ballard Preschool Cooperative hosts open house tonight
The Ballard Preschool Cooperative (1501 NW 90th St) is hosting one of two open houses tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. The second open house is scheduled for Saturday, May 12th […]
No weekend closure on Ballard Bridge, but northbound lane closure to resume
For the last two weekends, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has closed the Ballard Bridge at night, working to paint the areas of the bridge not accessible when the […]
BHS girls’ basketball team car wash tomorrow
Tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Ballard High School girls basketball team will be washing cars at Bernie’s Automotive at 4420 Leary Way NW. Photo from a previous […]
Take a closer look at Seattle grunge and music culture tomorrow
Tomorrow, Saturday April 28 at 5 p.m., Sonic Boom Records will be hosting an author reading event featuring Stephen Tow, author of “The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle […]
Ballard High School art on display at Ballard Library
Starting this weekend, the Ballard Library will host the Sixth Annual Ballard High School Student Art Show. From tomorrow, Saturday, April 28 through Saturday, May 19, the students’ art will […]
Your precious pet is lost — what can you do?
From our sister site, PhinneyWood.com
By Ilona Idlis, UW News Lab
Greenwood resident Becky Refae never expected her cat, Sugar, to go missing. After all, the chatty Siamese had been an indoors cat for most of her 11 years and, like a dog, always came when called. But after years abroad, the Refae family returned to Seattle and decided to try to allow their pet a little more freedom. They were reassured by Sugar’s behavior. The kitty stayed close to home during her outdoor ventures and still preferred her indoor kingdom.
So when Sugar didn’t return one night last September, Refae panicked.
“We just couldn’t imagine what happened. Did she get spooked by a raccoon, or follow another cat? Did she get hurt nearby and get disoriented? There were a million scenarios running through our heads,” she recalled in an email.
Refae immediately set to work on the search. She phoned her local veterinarian and the Seattle Animal Shelter, printed up posters and hung them on telephone poles, then walked the neighborhood calling Sugar’s name and straining to hear the familiar meow.
The community board at the Seattle Animal Shelter is plastered with missing animal fliers. The most effective postings use large, color photos and bold headings with memorable descriptions, like “BLACK LAB.”
Her husband decided to expand the search by posting to the PhinneyWood forum. The online response was immediate. Tips and sightings poured in as comments and phone calls. Though the Refaes sped to the mentioned locations, Sugar was nowhere to be found.
Fundraise for HIV/AIDS with “Dining out for Life” today
Today is “Dining out for Life,” an annual fundraiser for the Lifelong AIDS Alliance in which participating restaurants, cafes and food retailers will give up to 30 percent of the […]
First Annual Poetry Fest starts today
In honor of April being National Poetry Month, Secret Garden Books and the Washington Poets Association are putting on the first annual Ballard Poetry Fest starting today, Thursday April 26 […]