Dogs

RCMP police dog handlers Cpl. Dean Muir, left, and Const. Matthew Tomasson show off a blanket crocheted for police service dog Herc. (Photo submitted)

Vancouver Island woman crochets police dogs blankets for Christmas

Woman who loves to crochet creates blankets for all four of Nanaimo RCMP’s police service dogs

 

Rescue crews on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Merritt, B.C.(North Shore Rescue photo)

600 pigs and more than 100 dogs rescued from Interior B.C. flood zones

Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team responded to both Princeton and Merritt

 

Some of the dogs Leanna Richardson has been fostering for the Victoria Humane Society. The society and its volunteers have been hit with a surge of surrendered pets, many of which require socialization, forcing them to start turning animals away. (Photo courtesy of Leanna Richardson)

Unwanted pets flood Island animal welfare group as society returns somewhat to normal

Surrendered dogs also requiring more socialization training than usual before being adopted out

 

Lisadawn Shackleford’s dog-training company, Country Canine Care, is the latest Comox Valley training company to receive AnimalKind accreditation. Photo supplied.

Retired nurse from Union Bay becomes a BC SPCA-accredited dog trainer

In 2018, after decades of nursing, Lisadawn Shackleford’s passion for dogs led…

Lisadawn Shackleford’s dog-training company, Country Canine Care, is the latest Comox Valley training company to receive AnimalKind accreditation. Photo supplied.
2022 dog licences are available in the Comox Valley Regional District. File photo

Dog licences available for electoral area residents in Comox Valley

The Comox Valley Regional District requires all dogs over six months of…

2022 dog licences are available in the Comox Valley Regional District. File photo
Rosie the motorcycle service dog. (Submitted Photo)

‘It’s not the size that matters’: Motorcycle-riding Quesnel service dog helps with PTSD

Rosie the motorcycle riding service chihuahua helps retired nurse Alison Prentice

Rosie the motorcycle service dog. (Submitted Photo)
A golden retriever rescued after falling over a cliff face near Ammonite Falls on Friday, Sept. 24, avoided injury in the ordeal and posed for a photo with rescuers including firefighter Joe Mayzes, left, Capt. Darcy Morgan and firefighter Geoff Gowans, volunteers with East Wellington Fire Department. (Photo courtesy East Wellington Fire Department)

Volunteer firefighters rescue dog from cliff face near Nanaimo waterfall

Golden retriever falls 15 metres over cliff while walking with owner

A golden retriever rescued after falling over a cliff face near Ammonite Falls on Friday, Sept. 24, avoided injury in the ordeal and posed for a photo with rescuers including firefighter Joe Mayzes, left, Capt. Darcy Morgan and firefighter Geoff Gowans, volunteers with East Wellington Fire Department. (Photo courtesy East Wellington Fire Department)
I’ve got my eye on you! Photo by Terry Farrell
I’ve got my eye on you! Photo by Terry Farrell
A mini pinscher. Victoria Animal Control Services responded to a call after a seventh naloxone resuscitation was provided for one dog at Portland Housing Society. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria considers seizing pets that have ingested narcotics

Council considers bylaw amendment after naloxone used seven times on one dog

A mini pinscher. Victoria Animal Control Services responded to a call after a seventh naloxone resuscitation was provided for one dog at Portland Housing Society. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lynne Fedorick, owner and trainer at Go Dog Go!, is one of three BC SPCA AnimalKind accredited dog trainers in the Comox Valley. Photo supplied.

Two more Comox Valley dog trainers receive BC SPCA AnimalKind accreditation

The Comox Valley now has three BC SPCA AnimalKind accredited dog training…

  • Aug 11, 2021
Lynne Fedorick, owner and trainer at Go Dog Go!, is one of three BC SPCA AnimalKind accredited dog trainers in the Comox Valley. Photo supplied.
The town of Comox has an official off-leash dog park, at the old Comox Elementary site on Rodello Street and Fairbairn Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell

Comox off-leash dog park officially opens

The town of Comox finally has an official off-leash dog park. Located…

  • Aug 6, 2021
The town of Comox has an official off-leash dog park, at the old Comox Elementary site on Rodello Street and Fairbairn Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell
Gator, who was abandoned at a doggy daycare, after having four kilograms of matted fur cut off. (BC SPCA)

Dog found at abandoned B.C. doggy daycare too weak to walk, needs weeks to recover: SPCA

Gator’s care will cost around $6,000, BC SPCA says

Gator, who was abandoned at a doggy daycare, after having four kilograms of matted fur cut off. (BC SPCA)
Seal pups like this one are common sights in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and dog owners are urged to leash their pets to ensure seals and other wildlife are not disrupted. (Pacific Rim National Park photo)

Off-leash dog harasses baby seal on Vancouver Island beach

Seal retreats to water after being nipped at Wickaninnish Beach

Seal pups like this one are common sights in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and dog owners are urged to leash their pets to ensure seals and other wildlife are not disrupted. (Pacific Rim National Park photo)
Whether they’re flat-faced or extra furry, some dogs feel the heat more than others, making them more susceptible to warm-weather-related illnesses and injuries. (Black Press Media File photo)

Do you have a hot dog? Certain breeds more vulnerable to heat, BC SPCA says

Animal advocacy group tells which breeds are more at risk, how owners can keep them safe

Whether they’re flat-faced or extra furry, some dogs feel the heat more than others, making them more susceptible to warm-weather-related illnesses and injuries. (Black Press Media File photo)
Operation Freedom Paws Canada, in partnership with Pauliina Saarinen Photography, has announced the 2022 Calendar Contest featuring Vancouver Island Dogs, and they are looking for submissions. Photo courtesy pauliinasaarinen.com

Vancouver Island dog calendar seeking submissions for fundraising initiative

Contest will raise funds for Operation Freedom Paws Canada

Operation Freedom Paws Canada, in partnership with Pauliina Saarinen Photography, has announced the 2022 Calendar Contest featuring Vancouver Island Dogs, and they are looking for submissions. Photo courtesy pauliinasaarinen.com
Operation Freedom Paws Canada, in partnership with Pauliina Saarinen Photography, has announced the 2022 Calendar Contest featuring Vancouver Island Dogs, and they are looking for submissions. Photo courtesy pauliinasaarinen.com

Vancouver Island dog calendar seeking submissions for fundraising initiative

Do you think your dog is calendar-worthy? If the judges agree, it…

Operation Freedom Paws Canada, in partnership with Pauliina Saarinen Photography, has announced the 2022 Calendar Contest featuring Vancouver Island Dogs, and they are looking for submissions. Photo courtesy pauliinasaarinen.com
Sidney resident Martha Kenny, here seen with her papillons, Vapr and Daisey, would like to see the public take more care when it comes to transporting animals after witnessing a rottweiler fall out of a truck. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Safety of dogs in focus with rising heat, incident in Victoria

Resident concerned after watching rottweiler fall out of truck in Sidney

Sidney resident Martha Kenny, here seen with her papillons, Vapr and Daisey, would like to see the public take more care when it comes to transporting animals after witnessing a rottweiler fall out of a truck. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Athena and Venus, ready to ride. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)

Goggling double-dog motorcycle sidecar brings smiles to B.C. commuters

Athena and Venus are all teeth and smiles from their Harley-Davidson sidecar

Athena and Venus, ready to ride. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
Bella Jun claimed the prize for select female dog at the Westminster Dog Show. (Special to The Star)

B.C. breeder earns two top honours at Westminster dog show

Woodside’s German Shepherds, Arabella and Bella Jun, earned best in breed and select female

Bella Jun claimed the prize for select female dog at the Westminster Dog Show. (Special to The Star)
David Fitzpatrick, owner, breeder and handler, holds Wasabi, a Pekingese, after the dog won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Tarrytown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Prime Peke! Wasabi the Pekingese wins Westminster dog show

The 3-year-old Pekingese, meanwhile, was ‘pretty nonchalant about the whole thing’

David Fitzpatrick, owner, breeder and handler, holds Wasabi, a Pekingese, after the dog won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Tarrytown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)