Homeward Pet Blog

A Bag Full of Treats

The cat’s out of the bag: Pacific Bag’s design and packaging services are polished to meet your needs. It isn’t all business, though; the company also has a strong philanthropic spirit. We’re fortunate to have a number of local and longtime supporters like them. Just a few minutes down the road from Homeward Pet, Pacific Bag is our neighbor specializing in bulk and custom packaging.

Catch up with Pacific Bag’s very own Marketing Manager, Whitney Smyth, and see what she has to say about the busy industry.

“Located on the Woodinville-Redmond Road, Pacific Bag, Inc. got its start over 30 years ago selling stock packaging. It has remained the core of what we do, because the need for unprinted, unlabeled ‘stock’ bags, sold in small case quantities, is stronger than ever.

We service more than 4,500 customers in 50+ countries with a wide selection of stock products ranging from side gusset bags, stand-up pouches, paper tin-tie bags, flat pouches, bulk packaging, java boxes, rollstock, accessories, tins, bag sealers, weigh and fill machines, and more. We specialize in markets varying from coffee, specialty food and pet food, to agricultural products.

PBi takes pride in supporting our local community. Regardless of how you choose to define community, we believe that we have a shared responsibility for it. PBi, while proud of our commitment to all the communities we travel within, we continue to seek ways to help local causes, encourage employee involvement and join with our partners in giving back to this world we all call home. As part of who we are, we believe strongly in giving back into the industries we service and our local community. By helping Homeward Pet Adoption Center, we get to do both and see some wonderful animals find their forever homes. We thoroughly enjoy supporting Homeward Pet!”

Visit the PBi website to learn more.

A Happy Home for Roxy

As the holidays approach and we are enjoying warmth, comfort and love in our homes, Roxy is still waiting to find that for herself. Roxy has been in and out of Homeward Pet for 3 years after her original owner passed away. Now, this sweet feline needs her adoption angel.

Roxy has a couple medical issues which sound a little scary, but they’re really not. The herpes virus, which gives her chronic upper respiratory infections, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Due to the herpes virus, Roxy sometimes experience flare-ups where she appears to have a cold—her nose gets stuffy and she sneezes (sometimes a lot!). It passes in about a week and a low-stress environment may help prevent them from coming on at all. For IBD, just make sure Roxy has her Natural Balance duck and pea food. It’s available at most major pet stores and isn’t too expensive. She also gets Miralax daily to help prevent constipation, and she eagerly eats that mixed in with her wet food.

Roxy is an amazing cat who will bring a lot of joy to her adopters’ lives. She can cuddle. Oh goodness, can Roxy cuddle! Her most cherished pastime is to curl up in her favorite volunteers’ laps and read a good book—she happily snoozes away while being read aloud to. This surely would transfer over to watching TV or playing video games.

Her second favorite pastime is playing! She has bursts of energy that would surprise you for a 9-year-old cat. Mice and wand toys are her favorites. She’s got quick reflexes and can snag any toy out of the air in a nanosecond. Come watch her in action!

If you have been feeling the urge to do something good and help an animal in need, Roxy is here and waiting for you. Once you bring her home, she will show you what it means to be truly grateful. Please help Roxy find her Happy Home this holiday season!

Learn more about our Adoption Process here and come meet Roxy today!

Beat Rainy Days at Doggy Haven

For many years, Doggy Haven Resort has been an active Homeward Pet supporter. In addition to providing free classes to all dogs adopted from us, Doggy Haven offers a variety of services, from grooming to doggy daycare to vacation boarding. Best of all, they have quite a few indoor dog play areas for rainy days!

Below, Doggy Haven Resort’s owner (and former Homeward Pet board member!), David Boyd, shares more about their services:

“Doggy Haven Resort, a local full-service dog resort for boarding, grooming, training and daycare has been a Homeward Pet partner since 2010.

Doggy Haven is for socialized dogs who desire to be with their canine friends. Our skilled staff, many of whom have been with us for the last decade, are well trained in dog behavior. In addition, we have ongoing staff training programs through “The Dog Gurus” with Robin Bennett, renowned dog behavior expert. We social test each dog for appropriate activity. Our facility offers four separate play yards so that dogs can be graded for activity level and size. Each dog has its own room for rest, meals and sleep time. Remodeled to enhance our capacity and cleanliness in 2014, we offer heated floors, air-conditioning and a rapid air exchange system to ensure your dogs’ health. Classical music is played at night for the calmest nighttime environment.

Our training facility is in a separate 2500 square foot field house, sometimes called the “doggy dome”. Our trainers are CPDT credentialed and one, Mikkel Becker, is the co-author of 6 books and a national speaker and adviser on animal behavior to veterinarians. The field house provides space for dogs to be far enough apart while in small class sizes of up to 8. The field surrounding the training area is used for outdoor training and play time in the warmer months.

Our three groomers each have a minimum of 10 years’ experience and all are tuned into dog handling to ensure the lowest stress grooming experience possible. The bathing and grooming we do is all backed by a money-back guarantee.

Dogs come to see us on a daily basis for daycare, so that they can play and not get into trouble while their “parents” are away at work. We love dogs at Doggy Haven and invite you for a tour during our regular tour hours of Tuesday and Saturday from 1-3 or other times by appointment.

Doggy Haven, because your dog deserves the best!”

You can learn more about Doggy Haven Resort here.

Matches Made, Lives Saved

It’s been over a decade since I first stepped through Homeward Pet’s doors. I’ve held many titles since then—volunteering as a Sunday morning Dog Walker, President of the Board of Directors, donor, Development Committee member, and my favorite: adopter.

During the winter of 2015 I met JoJo while walking the dogs at Homeward Pet. After getting to know what a sweet, loving boy he was, I was hooked. He was 9 years old at the time and graying, with some lumps and bumps under his golden fur.

                                  JoJo & Libby

Homeward Pet did so much for JoJo. Other animal shelters may not have had the resources to give him the medicine and diagnostics he needed— and continue caring for him even after finding the beginnings of cancer. I knew then that I wouldn’t have many years with him, but that I could give him a warm and gentle home to spend his twilight years in.

He was everything you could want in a companion: smart, friendly, and the best ambassador dog you could ask for. To give him a good home for his final years was the least I could do for such a special dog who brought happiness to everyone he met.

I firmly believe that dogs can teach us so much about kindness and unconditional love. JoJo did that—for me, for my partner, Susie, and for our other dog, Libby. Before JoJo, Libby had struggled with showing affection, but soon she began to follow JoJo’s approach: stroll up to me, plop his head in my lap, and wait expectantly for pets. It was wonderful to watch Libby as she started to approach me in the same way.

                    JoJo enjoying a sunny day

We can never have as long as we want with our pets. After two years with us, we said goodbye to JoJo. In the short time we had together, all he did was give, give, give. 

I’ve adopted three senior dogs in a row. Each time I lose them, I’m prepared to think, “I’m never doing this again.” But then I think of taking JoJo to the ocean for the first time, and how happy he was as he bounded in the waves. Though I was only part of his story for its last few chapters, I hope I brought him happiness. I know he brought that to me.

As a local real estate broker, I am proud to combine my two passions of real estate and animal welfare. For 12 years, I’ve donated 10% of my commission to the local animal rescues. I believe that we as humans have the responsibility to take care of all animals, and adopting these older dogs is a way I can help with a little piece of that. Not all animal shelters have the resources to care for older dogs, but I’m thrilled to support one that does.

Martha Faulkner
RSVP Real Estate Broker, Sunday Morning Dog Walker & Former Homeward Pet Board President

Contact Information
Adoption Hours:
Our Address:
Wed - Sun, 12 - 6pm
P.O. Box 2293
13132 NE 177th Place
Woodinville, WA 98072
Homeward Pet Adoption Center is a non‑profit, no‑kill animal shelter. Our mission is to give homeless animals a second chance through rescue, shelter, and adoption.