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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.


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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 told me as Mandilón stood still for my sketch.


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November 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM

For backyard-farm family, a rare bird

Sketched Nov. 11, 2011
miles-m.jpgSeven 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.


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November 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Part crowds, part carrots for horses on the beat

Sketched Nov. 9, 2011
sgtgrant-m.jpgIn 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 year due to budget cuts, also plays another important role, one that runs counter to an image of force: public relations.


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