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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Category: Animals


November 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

It’s time for the Saints to go marching


Sketched Nov. 18, 2014

It’s almost show time for Fassli and Darla.

Friday morning, the enormously cute St. Bernards will be cheering up the crowds at the Macy’s Holiday Parade in downtown Seattle.

They’ll be joined by more than 20 other “Saints” and their owners, including Rick Boldt, of Auburn, and about 30 other members of the St. Bernard Club of Puget Sound. The owners wear black pants and red jackets while their “reindeer” pull kids and grown-ups in festively decorated carts.


Comments | More in Animals, Christmas, Community

September 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

At school, this bulldog is everybody’s Buddy

Sketched Sept. 12, 2013 As Patrick Ford teaches middle-schoolers how to build a wooden bridge, at least one in the class is not paying attention. I’m talking about Buddy 2.0, who is snoozing with her tongue out inside the cart Ford uses to wheel her around. A real English bulldog has roamed the hallways of Beaver…


Comments | More in Animals | Topics: Issaquah

August 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Proud to be a Husky

Sketched Aug. 29, 2013 While all eyes are on the new Husky Stadium, let me draw attention to a small, but familiar, piece of the upgraded complex: the 360-pound bronze husky sculpture that has welcomed fans since 1995 and is now the centerpiece of the Dawg Pack Entrance. Did you know “Husky Spirit” is related to…


Comments | More in Animals, Public art, Sports, Statues | Topics: U-District, UW

August 24, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Brier still riding high in the saddle

Sketched Aug. 15 and 22, 2012 If you go to this city park in Brier, bring your skateboard and your tennis rackets, and don’t forget your horse. Carlos García rides his Mexican dancing horse at Brier Park’s 23,000-square-foot equestrian arena two or three times a week. “I love that this town has preserved its horse-riding culture,” García…


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November 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM

For backyard-farm family, a rare bird

Sketched Nov. 11, 2011 Seven months ago, Lisa Sheffield’s turkeys were so little her 21/2-year-old could hold them in his hands. Now they are nearly 15 pounds each, and although they’ll survive this Thanksgiving, Sheffield plans to serve them on the family’s dinner table before the end of the year. Sheffield, a biologist from Oregon…


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November 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Part crowds, part carrots for horses on the beat

Sketched Nov. 9, 2011 In recent weeks, the Occupy Seattle movement has kept the city’s mounted patrol unit, well, occupied. Crowd control is one of the things it does best, and that has come in handy at Westlake Park, said Sgt. Grant Ballingham (right.) The five-officer unit, which was on the verge of being dismantled last…


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September 30, 2011 at 9:36 PM

A touch of UW at Edmonds dog beach

Sketched Sept. 28, 10:15 a.m. Marina Beach Park in Edmonds is as scenic as any other park I’ve been to along Puget Sound. What makes it special is a fenced dog beach that dog owners there said is one of the best in the Greater Seattle area. My visit, suggested by a reader, helped me face…


Comments | More in Animals, Waterscapes | Topics: Edmonds