Dogs

A rottweiler puppy waits to be examined by a veterinarian during a free animal health care clinic for the pets of low or no income residents, in Abbotsford in 2019. A May 2022 B.C. small claims decision involving a rottweiler demonstrates the complexity of shared pet custody. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Dog ownership split between multiple exes makes for tricky B.C. custody case

B.C. woman ordered to return dog to ex, ex’s old partner despite claim it was gifted to her verbally

 

Karl Hoener walks his dog, Sherry, a black Labrador, and Kyle, a B.C.-Alberta guide dog trainee he and his wife Jennifer are temporarily looking after, on the beach in Colwood recently. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

B.C. couple concerned about pooches consuming pot after dog’s scary situation

Eating cannabis likely cause of Labrador retriever’s sickness, veterinarian says

 

Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users president Lorna Bird says her dog Joy can tell when someone is overdosing. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Overdose detecting dogs save lives, lift spirits in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

When someone overdoses at VANDU, pups Guess and Joy are quick to alert the nearest human

 

Kona was the grand prize winner of the 2022 Vancouver Island Dogs calendar. Photo suppled

Fundraiser for Operation Freedom Paws Canada giving dog owners the chance to showcase their pups

Vancouver Island Dogs Calendar Contest returns for a second year with great prizes up for grabs

Kona was the grand prize winner of the 2022 Vancouver Island Dogs calendar. Photo suppled
Shorebirds rest and replenish at the estuary on Combers Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)

POLL: Do you support Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s seasonal dog ban?

Parks Canada announces dog ban at Combers Beach from April 14 to October 1

  • Apr 24, 2022
Shorebirds rest and replenish at the estuary on Combers Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Dr. Bonnie Henry visits with Bonnie and Henry, BC and Alberta Guide Dogs in training, at the Ministry of Health offices in Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

VIDEO: B.C.’s Dr. Bonnie Henry meets Bonnie and Henry

Future working dogs check in with namesake Dr. Bonnie Henry in Victoria

Dr. Bonnie Henry visits with Bonnie and Henry, BC and Alberta Guide Dogs in training, at the Ministry of Health offices in Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Westerly file photo

Tofino sniffing out new tricks to keep off-leash dogs down

Complaints about off-leash dogs pound council’s desk

Westerly file photo
Shorebirds rest and replenish at the estuary on Combers Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Parks Canada imposes seasonal dog ban at Combers Beach near Tofino

To protect migratory shorebirds, dogs are banned on Combers Beach from April 14 to October 1, 2022

Shorebirds rest and replenish at the estuary on Combers Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)
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POLL: Would you like to see an off-leash dog park established in Tofino?

Tofino council mulls off-leash dog concerns

  • Apr 10, 2022
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Tofino is looking into strategies to deter dog owners from letting their pets run free in public spaces around town. (Westerly News file photo)

Tofino council vows to tackle off-leash dog concerns

District council working on strategies to mitigate longstanding issue

Tofino is looking into strategies to deter dog owners from letting their pets run free in public spaces around town. (Westerly News file photo)
Oakey’s health continues to improve daily after being attacked by a cougar on a remote North Island trail. (Jessica Shaw photo)

Go Fund Me raises nearly $7,000 for puppy attacked by cougar on remote North Island trail

Oakey’s health has continued to improve daily since the Feb. 24 attack.

Oakey’s health continues to improve daily after being attacked by a cougar on a remote North Island trail. (Jessica Shaw photo)
Mackenzie Bailey and Luna are gearing up to head to the Netherlands in May for the World Agility Open Championships. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Teen Vancouver Island dog handler headed to Europe to take on the best in the world

Mackenzie Bailey and Luna bound for World Agility Open Championships in the Netherlands this spring

Mackenzie Bailey and Luna are gearing up to head to the Netherlands in May for the World Agility Open Championships. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
FILE - Rumor, a German shepherd, poses for photos after winning Best in Show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 15, 2017. The American Kennel Club’s annual popularity rankings come out Tuesday, March 15, 2022, and German shepherds are in the top 10. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Poodles pop in popularity, but Labs still No. 1 US dog breed

American Kennel Club releases annual top five most popular dog breeds rankings

FILE - Rumor, a German shepherd, poses for photos after winning Best in Show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 15, 2017. The American Kennel Club’s annual popularity rankings come out Tuesday, March 15, 2022, and German shepherds are in the top 10. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
Ryder Newhouse, 14, is making and selling dog treats to raise money for BC and Alberta Guide Dogs. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. teen with autism fundraises for guide dog charity through canine cookie sales

Ryder Newhouse donating half proceeds from ‘Tommy’s Choice’ dog treats to help train puppy Juniper

Ryder Newhouse, 14, is making and selling dog treats to raise money for BC and Alberta Guide Dogs. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Vanessa Kursan, owner of Evolve Dog Training in Vancouver, with her dog Spencer. (BC SPCA photo)

Humane dog trainers at the core of BC SPCA’s special accreditation program

The AnimalKind program audits trainers to ensure they offer humane training techniques

Vanessa Kursan, owner of Evolve Dog Training in Vancouver, with her dog Spencer. (BC SPCA photo)
Const. Aaron Courtney hold a portrait of his late police dog Koda at his home in Chilliwack on Feb. 17, 2022. He, along with partner Sgt. Jason Martens and their wives started Support Retired Legends, a business which raises money for a charity called Ned’s Wish which provides financial support to help pay for the medical bills of retired service dogs. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Former B.C. K9 handler injured in hit-and-run now raising funds to help retired police dogs

‘Support Retired Legends’ educates people about retired police dogs, raises money for Ned’s Wish

Const. Aaron Courtney hold a portrait of his late police dog Koda at his home in Chilliwack on Feb. 17, 2022. He, along with partner Sgt. Jason Martens and their wives started Support Retired Legends, a business which raises money for a charity called Ned’s Wish which provides financial support to help pay for the medical bills of retired service dogs. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Lost or abandoned dogs may have to start being turned away from the Coastal Animal Rescue and Education Network's animal shelter in Tofino. (CARE photo)

Tofino animal pilot project puts CARE contract in doubt

Coastal Animal Rescue and Education Network blindsided by district’s direction

Lost or abandoned dogs may have to start being turned away from the Coastal Animal Rescue and Education Network's animal shelter in Tofino. (CARE photo)
Shrimpy, 4, has gone missing from his home in the Webster’s Corners area. (Special to The News)

Dog owner believes beloved pet stolen from Lower Mainland property

Melissa Hume begging for the safe return of her German shepherd Shrimpy

Shrimpy, 4, has gone missing from his home in the Webster’s Corners area. (Special to The News)
Jessica Tuomela, right with current guide dog Brandy, will be joined in a professional capacity next month by Lucy the golden retriever. The duo will assist in locating missing people from vulnerable populations. (Courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)

Blind B.C. Paralympian and super-sniffing pooch prep to find missing people

Jessica Tuomela, partnering with trained canine Lucy, aims to keep vulnerable Canadians safe

Jessica Tuomela, right with current guide dog Brandy, will be joined in a professional capacity next month by Lucy the golden retriever. The duo will assist in locating missing people from vulnerable populations. (Courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)
CARE’s beloved longtime spokes-dog Lily sits in front of a WWII building near Tofino that the network had hoped to transform into a valuable homebase and cat shelter. (CARE photo)

ACRD land review puts animal shelter expansion in peril in Tofino-Ucluelet

CARE Network pursuing other options after plan to rehabilitate WWII building delayed

CARE’s beloved longtime spokes-dog Lily sits in front of a WWII building near Tofino that the network had hoped to transform into a valuable homebase and cat shelter. (CARE photo)