It’s a B.Y.O.D. event. (Bring your own dog, that is.)

What is it with Seattleites and their photogenic French Bulldogs?

Seattle has the second-highest number of “cat ladies” in the country, according to recent 

Think of it as Tinder for pups: The mobile app BarkHappy, which recently launched in Seattle, allows users to set up profiles for their canine best friends, find pup-friendly businesses and connect with other dog lovers nearby to set up playdates.

Until recently, a pet emergency in Seattle meant a stressful drive in the black of night to a veterinary ER in Wallingford or Lake City—or to Shoreline, Lynnwood, Renton and beyond.

A sweeping glacial vista on a bluebird afternoon…an ancient rain forest, trees dripping with moss…the fecund scent of a deep mountain meadow…come July, our hearts yearn for the sweet sylvan dream that is Northwest hiking.

You’re staring at the photo booth in the lobby of Urban Animal, Capitol Hill’s newest veterinary practice. What’s that doing here? It’s the for-real, film-based, wait-four-minutes-for-slightly-wet-prints kind.

You could say Dan Kraus takes his extracurricular pursuits above and beyond.