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Dog meets cactus: Maple Leaf neighbors help

February 17th, 2015 by Mike

Grace emails:

I’d like to give a shout out to a local who really helped me out yesterday with a thorny situation. I love our neighborhood. People are so nice!

Walking my dog Luna on Northeast 90th street near Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, and as dogs do she was sniffing around the front edge of a neighbor’s yard ( 2-3 feet off the sidewalk but admittedly in their yard).

Suddenly she was covered with sticky, thorny cactus stickers. They were all over her face and paws. I couldn’t touch them. They needed leather gloves or tweezers.

Two ladies were walking by with their dog and one came over to help me. She calmly used her fingers to pull them off my dog. It took a good five minutes while I held my upset dog and wasn’t easy. I’m sure she poked herself a lot. The stickers burned and itched.

I was so upset that I thanked her profusely but didn’t get a name to thank her appropriately.

Luna and I then went right to Maple Leaf Vet where they were able to squeeze her in and pulled fifteen thorns out of her paws.

So a big thank you to a local, whose name I don’t know but would love to, and to the vet for squeezing her in. I’ve thanked them. And paid them. But the local I probably would not even recognize if I saw her.

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Australian Shepherd found in Maple Leaf today

July 11th, 2014 by Mike

Noon update: Home now.


The Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center emails:

“I’m forwarding an email regarding a good Samaritan who found an Australian shepherd wandering in the Maple Leaf area.

“If you could please post this on the blog in the hopes the owner will see him and bring him home that would be much appreciated.”

Other information: blue eyes, 19 pounds. Found this morning at Northeast 80th Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast.

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Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center joins Halloween festivities with Open House Oct. 27

October 20th, 2013 by master

Just a month after moving into new digs kitty-corner from Cloud City Coffee at 8626 Roosevelt Way N.E., Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center is inviting neighbors to stop by and get a behind-the-scenes look at the veterinary hospital during their Open House and Grand Opening from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

It will make a convenient stop for families marching through Maple Leaf for the annual Parade of Costumes, which starts at 1 p.m. at Rick’s Chevron (Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street) then winds around the neighborhood including a trek past the new veterinary clinic.

Be sure to stop by Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center before you hit the grand opening of Maple Leaf Park, because there will be treats for kids as well as for costumed and uncostumed pets. In addition, staff also will be giving tours of our new facility and serving refreshments for all ages (and species!).

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Found – injured calico and white kitty

June 4th, 2012 by Mike

Christina emails to say that she and her husband found an injured cat in their yard on Northeast 102nd Street between Roosevelt Way Northeast and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

“A calico and white kitty crawled up our walkway on her front paws and hid in our bushes. Her back legs were limp. My husband, on his way to work and to take my son to school, saw the kitty and tried to approach her, she was clearly in pain.”

This happened the morning of May 30 (an earlier email to us failed to send).

They took her to the Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Clinic. “There, she was given pain medicine and a sedative so that the doctor could check her injuries. She was found without a tag or a microchip. Her right ear was clipped.

“Unfortunately, she had severe neurological injuries and began having seizures. She needed to be put down. The animal control gave the doctor permission to euthanize the kitty. I stayed with her during this. (Also, I went door to door in my neighborhood in attempt to find the owner before she was put down,)” Christina emails.

Several neighbors did remember having seen the cat, she said. “I would like it if anyone recognizes the kitty that they call Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center for information at (206) 524-2020. Thank you.”

The Maple Leaf Vet, at 1321 N.E. 80th St., has previously offered to put up fliers for lost pets, and to scan them for microchips.

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