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  • Thousands of Knitted Knockers are stitched with love

    Amy Kepferle, Cascadia Daily News|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    In the black bag Char Malseed carries with her at all times are yarn, knitting needles, scissors, projects in progress and a worn sheet of pink paper full of minuscule tally marks. The numbers on the note represent the 2,252 (and counting) pairs Malseed has created for the Bellingham-based Knitted Knockers, which provides free, lightweight knitted and crocheted prosthetics for breast cancer survivors around the United States - and the world. Starting a little more than a...

  • Brigadoon Service Dogs connects canines with clients

    Amy Kepferle, Cascadia Daily News|Updated Jul 27, 2023

    The first thing Gig Harbor resident Sandra Wade does when she wakes up in the morning is have her service dog, Pharrell, retrieve his collar with a cue she calls "yours." After she puts it on him, he then brings her red medical bag to her and, if she needs a shoehorn, she uses the cue "feet" to have him get it. Pharrell, an English Labrador trained by Bellingham-based Brigadoon Service Dogs, has been with Wade, 66, for five years. Diagnosed with PTSD, Wade, an Army veteran who...