Seattle Met Pet Star Search 2014 Grand Prize Winners: Waffles and Porter.
Porter is a Yorkie-Poo who was rescued from a puppy mill by his owner, Kate Norem. “Because Porter has a troubled past, he has had a lot of health problems. Most notably, he had to have both his eyes removed due to glaucoma. He loves to cuddle into you just like a cat and walks on two paws like a circus dog when he greets you at the door. Most importantly, Porter is a talented singer. He can sing ‘Happy Birthday’ on key and he matches his voice to his adult friends.
“I was eating waffles one morning and decided I wanted a Goldendoodle to help my blind dog around the house—a seeing-eye dog for my dog. I found Waffles two days later and named her Waffles after my favorite food and the food I was eating when I decided to get her. She’s perfect. She helps her blind brother around the house. Also, she was adopted as Oddfellows’ official spokesdog this summer since she loved to sit on the patio while her owners drank fabulous cocktails and appetizers.”

To create a list of the top veterinarians in the Seattle area, Seattle Met partnered with national survey company TopVets, which sent ballots to veterinarians and veterinary specialists listed with various medical societies in King, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Pierce counties, asking vets to cast votes on the abilities of other veterinarians in their area. Presented with the names of nearby practitioners and the opportunity to write in nominations, each vet evaluated peers whose work she or he is familiar with based on years of experience, continuing education, manner with clients and their pets, use of new techniques and technologies, and physical results. Vets with the highest average ratings were screened for active licenses and good standing with the Washington State Department of Health before being selected for the final list. There are many fine vets who are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of veterinary medicine. A vet’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow professionals. Our vets self--reported whether they provide boarding services, complementary or integrative pet care (e.g., acupuncture), or house calls, and whether they are equipped for surgery on site. More information about TopVets’ survey process can be found at

TopVets does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume and hereby disclaims any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions from any cause. Copyright 2014 by TopVets of Augusta, Georgia.

Avian and Exotic Animal

°†Tracy Bennett
Avian Only

Dan Lejnieks
Surgery, Exotic Only

*Bruce Singbeil
General Practice with Avian and Exotic Animal