My name is Andrea Merrill and I spend time taking care of animals and exploring the Pacific Northwest. I grew up in Western Washington and went to university in Portland, Oregon. Now, I’m back in my hometown caring for dogs, cats, and chickens. Over the years, I’ve also taken care of a couple sheep and llamas! I created Animals of the Pacific Northwest back in August 2017 for animal enthusiasts of the Pacific Northwest. Whether it’s backyard chickens, llamas, sheep, dogs, cats, or the native wildlife that call this place home, this will be a hub to learn more about the natural world around us.

Why? I wanted to start this because I really wanted to share what I was doing and to talk about the animals in my life. I want to do this to really explore more and to do more – it’s a reason to go on more adventures. I also realize that I live a bit of a weird life – taking care of all the different animals that I have in a town like Bellingham is a bit unusual. I’ve also just learned so much from the animals I care for and I just really want to share what I’ve learned and all the joy and happiness that these animals bring into my life.

PHOTO: Me & Rooster Dog. [Alt ID a person wearing a ‘happy birthday’ crown looks into the camera with a one eyed lab sitting on the left with a birthday hat]



Returns, Exchanges, and Refunds

If you’re unsatisfied with an item that you purchased, please reach out so we can resolve any problems!

At the moment, items at this store are produced and fulfilled with Printful. All sent products are marked with Printful’s return address for your convenience and any claims for misprinted/damaged/defective items must be submitted within 4 weeks after the product has been received. For packages lost in transit, all claims must be submitted no later than 4 weeks after the estimated delivery date. Claims deemed an error on Printful’s part are covered at their expense.

If you notice an issue on the products or anything else on the order, please submit a problem report with Printful. You can also email me at with any questions or concerns.


Animals of the Pacific Northwest is a website and store that respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it. The purpose of this policy is to let you know what personal and identifiable information may be collected on the site and how it may be used. Information that’s voluntarily submitted includes leaving a comment, subscribing to the newsletter, or buying an item from the store.

There are a few third-party uses of your personal information from this site. Third-party service providers for this site include Google Analytics, Mail Chimp, Printful, and Stripe.

  • Google Analytics is a service that tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics. Here is Google’s Privacy Policy for using their services.
  • Mail Chimp is used for the delivery of email updates and newsletters. We store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications. Please refer to Mail Chimp’s privacy policy for further information.
  • Printful is a production and fulfillment service. Here is their privacy policy.
  • Stripe is a payment service used in the store and collects your personal information, like your name, address, and credit card info. To learn more, here is Stripe’s privacy policy.

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) gives consumers more control over the personal information that businesses collect about them and the CCPA regulations provide guidance on how to implement the law. This landmark law secures new privacy rights for California consumers, including:

Professional Experience

I am not a veterinarian, vet tech, animal trainer, behaviorist, or nutritionist and do not have any sort of professional experience in these fields. Much of the information shared on this blog comes from plenty of research or from my years of caring for animals. New routines, including new diets or exercises, should be discussed with your vet or appropriate professional before being put into place. Information found on this site cannot and should not be substituted for information obtained by a licensed professional.

Affiliate Links

Some posts on Animals of the Pacific Northwest contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of. All opinions expressed are my own and any post with affiliate links will contain a disclosure statement at the beginning. There are some additional third party ads on the site that I could also make a commission off of.


Any and all opinions shared by the author are solely the author’s. The author, Andrea, does not speak for any and all outside employers, both past, current, and future.


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