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Custom Maple Leaf holiday ornaments – free!

December 24th, 2015 by Mike

Jesse Card posts on Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

“I made some neighborhood ornaments and have left them around in a few popular spots in the neighborhood. Take one!”

One of those spots is the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis, corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street.

As of 10 a.m., there are a couple dozen ornaments at the Oasis. Come and get ’em!

And, thanks, Jesse.

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Lost Lab-Rottweiler mix in Maple Leaf today

November 9th, 2011 by Mike

Posted at the Dog Oasis this evening.

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Dog Oasis gets donation of raccoon-thwarting jar

August 23rd, 2011 by Mike

The Maple Leaf Dog Oasis is happy to thank Elly for the donation of a new treat jarĀ  to the popular canine attraction at the corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street.

And not just any jar.

THIS jar has a sturdy handle molded right into the body of the jar. Try and get through that, masked bandits!

Last Friday morning dogs being walked along 12th were left bereft after the Dog Oasis suffered an overnight raccoon attack.

The previous jar could only be tethered to the oasis by a flimsy handle that didn’t stand up long to raccoon teeth and paws. It was MIA by first light (and later recovered in a neighbor’s back yard).

The Dog.Oasis has been getting by on a temporary jar since, but THIS jar is now in place, thanks to Elly.

While we’re on the subject, the Dog Oasis maintainers (that would be me and Caroline) would like to remind folks to screw the lid back on fully after treating their dog. Otherwise squirrels, which aren’t strong enough to steal the jar but ARE able to pry off an ill-secured lid, clean us out about once a month.

Incidentally, there have been quite a few raccoon comments on the original post. You can read them here.

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Masked marauders burgle Maple Leaf Dog Oasis

August 19th, 2011 by Mike

This morning there was something missing from the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis.

And a plaintive note on the D.O. white board from a dog who didn’t get his anticipated biscuit treat.

This is not the first time the treat jar has disappeared from the Dog Oasis. We suspect bands of marauding raccoons.

That’s why the treat jar is locked to the fence with a retractable bicycle lock, installed after several jars were found dismembered up and down the block. (The Dog Oasis is at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street.)

In fact, several hours later the current jar was found, lid off and handle broken, in a neighbor’s backyard.

Raccoons can be incredibly strong, and often travel in packs. There’s a theory that they have a circuit here in northeast Seattle, swinging through our neighborhood about every 5-6 weeks.

In fact, we’ve heard one other report of smashed yard fixtures from overnight, this one on Northeast 94th Street just east of 15th Avenue Northeast.

Anybody else spot maraudersĀ  recently?

Maple Leaf Dog Oasis pre-predation.

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