News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24th, 2016 by Mike

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A second decorated tree appears at the park

December 24th, 2015 by Mike

Updates 3:30 p.m.

A second decorated tree has appeared at the north entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It was there last year, too.

Also, all the Maple Leaf ornaments have been taken from the Dog Oasis, but there may be more about town. Jesse Card writes: “There’s three other locations where I left them! Take a Christmas walk and keep your eyes open!”

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Halloween 2015: A record breaker

November 1st, 2015 by Mike

Photo courtesy Marcus Donner.

What weather?

Halloween 2015 broke all records for trick-or-treating here at the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis.

Kids in costume = 232. (Adults in costume = 33. Dogs = 6.)

The previous record was set in 2013, with 152 kids.

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Looks like an Evil (soaked, blustery) Halloween

October 30th, 2015 by Mike

Zombies got  nothing on the Halloween forecast this year.

From the National Weather Service forecast discussion for Seattle, a front moving tonight and INTO SATURDAY ACROSS THE AREA (RESULTS) IN AN 18 HOUR PERIOD OF VERY HEAVY RAINFALL IN THE MOUNTAINS AND WINDY CONDITIONS IN THE LOWLANDS.

The Maple Leaf Dog Oasis regrets this forecast.

Last Halloween the Dog Oasis reported a final tally of 144 kids,  34 adults and  13 dogs. Down slightly from 2013.

It did rain, last year, 2.06 inches from Halloween eve into Halloween.

So maybe there’s hope. Dogs! Come to the Oasis for special Halloween treats!

On the ominous hand, though, The New York Times’ front page today is full of flying chainsaws.

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The (very many) dogs of Maple Leaf

February 28th, 2015 by Mike

Dog note: Seattle DogSpot posts the news that the state Legislature passed a bill making it illegal to leave a pet locked in a car under dangerous conditions.

Calvin as shark this past Halloween.

Sorry, Maple Leaf.

Despite repeated assertions over years that Maple Leaf (or at least the 98115 zip code) has more Dog Density than any neighborhood in Seattle, we don’t.

Not even close.

We know this thanks to our news partners The Seattle Times, whose FYI Guy has crunched the numbers by zip code.

Green Lake, Ballard – even downtown – top the Dog Density list, with more than 800 dogs per square mile.

The Maple Leaf Dog Oasis, a prime protector and feeder of local canines, regrets to learn this.

(HOWEVER we can report, anecdotally, that dog traffic at the Oasis has doubled – perhaps tripled – since the opening of the north entrance to the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. We know this because the treat jar at the Oasis now has to be refilled daily.)

In Maple Leaf, Dog Density is between 400 and 600. In the 98115 zip code, that’s 80 dogs per 1,000 residents.

One zip code north of Ballard boasts 116 dogs per 1,000 two-legs.

The Dog Oasis is neutral on the Times’ finding that the most popular dog name here is “Lucy.”

There are a total of 490 dogs named Lucy in the city, and that’s not including variants of the name, like Lucy Latte (could a dog name get any more Seattle?).

If you go to the Times’ dog map, note that it’s interactive.

Also:  “In Seattle, one out of seven dogs is a Lab, and the breed dominates all but two Seattle ZIP codes: Downtown’s 98101 and Pioneer Square’s 98104 — Chihuahuas hold court in both.”

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The Bears of Maple Leaf

January 2nd, 2015 by Mike

13 of them. Apologies to Warren Zevon.

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Halloween at the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis

November 1st, 2014 by Mike

This year’s All Hallow’s Eve tally:

* 144 kids

* 34 adults

* 13 dogs

Down slightly from 2013. Although:

Rain 10/30-10/31 = 2.06 inches. Sheesh.

(At left: Calvin as shark.)

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Improvement at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park!

May 17th, 2014 by Mike

Improving on a good idea:

NEW – Thanks, Maple Leaf Dog Oasis!

Old – at the park’s north entrance.

Want to make one for elsewhere in the park or neighborhood? Directions are here.

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A morning Maple Leaf scavenger hunt!

November 3rd, 2013 by Mike

This morning there was a note inside the treat jar at Maple Leaf’s Dog Oasis.

We find notes in there periodically. Usually “thank you” missives from passing canines.

This one was different.

It was Clue No. 7 in a neighborhood scavenger hunt.

We followed it to the newly opened Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, where we found five young scavengers examining an earlier clue by a park bench.

We watched as they set off down 12th Avenue Northeast for the Dog Oasis, and we set off to see if our guess about the next clue was correct.

It was (see below).

Clue No. 8 read: “I want to fly.”

Where do you think that one led?

(And, anybody know more about this scavenger hunt?)

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Storm-tossed pets in Maple Leaf

November 2nd, 2013 by Mike

Today’s storm – see post below – has so far produced at least two reports of stray dogs.

Kristen emails:

I came across this beautiful Golden Retriever named Hansel (based on the tags). Called the number and it went direct to voicemail. Found on the east side of 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 92nd Street.

None of the neighbors recognized him. Sound like he may have been running for at least a day.

Would you mind posting in the blog? I’ve attached a picture.

In addition, the note below was posted at the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis.

We think Lucy may be back home, though.

Kristen notes: “The windstorm seems to be blowing a lot of gates open,”

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