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AVKC Member Trains & Certifies Service Dog

Argos will be 4 years old in August 2019, but today he passed the exam/evaluation by the BC Guide & Service Dog Division of the Justice Institute to become a Service Dog for Tasha Lee.

Tasha got Argos as a puppy and started with Basic Obedience Training.  Argos showed potential to become a Service Dog and Tasha researched the requirements of taking on such a task.

It is not just teaching your dog to sit, down, stay, come, etc.  There are over 40 skills they must master to become a service dog.  It takes a lot of time and patience.  Tasha persevered through the training despite struggling with her health issues.

Argos now “officially” works for Tasha to aid her in her day-to-day tasks.

When you see them in the community, please keep your distance.  As much as everyone loves to acknowledge and pet a well behaved dog, Argos has a job to do and he can not do his job if he is distracted.  (Tasha will thank you for your understanding.)

Congratulations on this milestone event!

 


Meet Shadow

Shadow is a special Golden Retriever, especially to his owner/handler Kayla Aolick.13125021_1039929899427208_7895978289934161381_n

Kayla suffers from epilepsy (due to a cancerous brain tumor) and she was advised to get a seizure response dog to help manage her episodes. Kayla was matched with Shadow in 2012 through the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and this new relationship has completely changed her life.

Shadow is truly her best friend and loyal companion. Kayla believes Shadow came into her life at a time when she needed him most, and since then, Kayla has gained her independence back. Shadow has helped Kayla overcome obstacles and take on new challenges that she never thought she could. Overall, Kayla is grateful to Shadow for always being there for her as her “guardian angel” – protecting and watching over her as well as giving her family peace of mind that Kayla is always in good hands (or “paws”).purinaaward

In 2016 Shadow was awarded the Purina Hall of Fame – Better Together Award and travelled to Toronto to accept the award.

Here is an interview with Shadow:

https://servicedogtales.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/interview-shadow-the-seizure-response-dog-guide/

Shadow has a Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/shadow.srdguidedog/

Local ShawTV produced a video that is on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6amqTst8TA

Kayla and Shadow are a team and spend their time giving back to those that have given so much to them.  She is still active with the Tour de Rock Bike Ride for childhood cancer.

Together they have set a goal to raise enough funds so that someone else can get a Guide Dog through the Lion’s Foundation.

We are proud to have Kayla & Shadow as special guests of the Alberni Valley Kennel Club’s 52nd annual Championship Dog Show, October 14-15-16, 2016 at Glenwood Center.  Come by and meet Shadow and support the fund raising activities at the show.Kayla-Shadow-Lions Foundation for Dog Guides

BC Gaming Event Licence – Class D – 50/50 Draws – Licence #88731.


Video – AVKC 2015 Dog Show

Shaw TV – AV Kennel Club Dog Show 2015 – features all kinds of dogs


Local News – 51st Annual Dog Show – Oct. 16-18, 2015

http://www.avtimes.net/news/331710501.html

Claire Boudreau of Abbotsford readied JD with a grooming at the 50th annual Alberni Valley Kennel Dog Show at Glenwood Centre last year. Organizers are looking forward to another show starting Oct. 16.  - Kristi Dobson, Times

Claire Boudreau of Abbotsford readied JD with a grooming at the 50th annual Alberni Valley Kennel Dog Show at Glenwood Centre last year. Organizers are looking forward to another show starting Oct. 16.

— Image Credit: Kristi Dobson, Times

Kristi Dobson, Alberni Valley Times

Some of the top dogs in the country will be showing their stuff at an upcoming dog show.

The long-running show, hosted by the Alberni Valley Kennel Club, is the final competition of the season on Vancouver Island, so it attracts one of the largest groups of participants.

In its 51st year, the dog show features handlers and breeders of all types, from the largest Great Danes to tiny chihuahuas. In that respect, it has something for everyone, but this year, the show will offer an educational component for anyone wanting to learn more about the various breeds.

On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 17, the We Love Dogs Breeders forum will be set up with information on all types of dogs.

“It is a chance for the public to talk to breeders about their specific breeds,” said kennel club member, Jolie McMullan.

She said the push is on to educate the public in order to keep the animals out of shelters and the hands of those running puppy mills.

“Someone might be interested in getting a border collie, but goes to work for 12 hours a day and wonders why it destroys the backyard,” McMullan said. “This prevents that.”

She said it is also an opportunity to see what is available for those looking at acquiring a dog for the home.

“Not every breed of dog is suited to every type of person,” McMullan said. “They can find out about a dog’s health problems and exercise needs. Some are great for apartment and others, not so much.”

Bulldogs are large, but great for apartment dwellers, she said, because they do not require a lot of exercise. Dalmatians and Weimaraners, on the other hand, are sporting dogs and require much more outdoor activity.

The show starts Friday morning and after the Best in Show, participants and the public will take in the annual dinner. That evening features the Chuck-a-Duck fundraiser for Junior Handling. Every zone that competes sends a youth aged six to 18 to the Canadian Nationals and funds are need to assist with flight costs. Port Alberni is included in the Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland zone and has a number of junior handlers. This year’s winner, who was awarded the most points at the Zone Finals in the summer, is from the Lower Mainland.

The show has 783 dogs registered for the three-day event.

“We are the only show on the Island where numbers went up this year,” McMullan said. “Some of the top dogs in Canada will be here and even the number one dog in Canada is entered.”

The dog show is free to the public and runs from Friday, Oct. 16 at 8 a.m. to Sunday, Oct. 18 following the Best in Show at 3 p.m. For more information, including the judging schedule, go to www.https://albernivalleykennelclub.wordpress.com.

Kristi.Dobson@avtimes.net


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BC Guide Dog Walk – 2014

05-2014-BC Dog Guides Certificate

Thanks to the Alberni Valley Kennel Club members who turned out to walk their dogs!


Alberni Valley News – Oct. 24, 2013

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24/7 EMERGENCY PET CARE

Pet concerns leave owners worried

Some animal emergency services offered in Port Alberni, but drive to Nanaimo may be necessary

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times -Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pet owners in Port Alberni are becoming concerned with the distance they may have to travel in the event of an animal emergency after hours.

Since the spring, Port Alberni veterinarians have not offered 24-hour emergency care for pets. Previously, the four clinics in the city took turns being on-call for emergencies, but the system is no longer in place.

Carol Sexton and Jeanette Saxby are two concerned residents who are looking for a solution to their worries.

Carol Sexton has created a petition to reinstate on-call emergency care for pets in the Alberni Valley. Currently, owners must travel to Nanaimo most of the time to receive emergency care for their pets.View Larger ImageView Larger Image

Carol Sexton has created a petition to reinstate on-call emergency care for pets in the Alberni Valley. Currently, owners must travel to Nanaimo most of the time to receive emergency care for their pets.

Last week, Saxby picked a cat up from the road that had been severely injured after being hit by a car. With nowhere to take the cat, Saxby brought it home and did her best to help it throughout the night.

Saxby, 70, is unable to drive at night. With her involvement in Sunshine Club, she understands that many pet owners might be in the same situation.

It is difficult for veterinarians in Port Alberni to provide emergency services, Dr. Patty Radcliffe from Pacific Rim Veterinary Hospital said that because the Nanaimo hospital deals specifically with emergencies, pets would receive better care from that clinic.

Having on-call doctors in Port Alberni does not mean animals will be cared for immediately, she added. Sometimes it can take upwards of half an hour to an hour before veterinarians can make it into their office, set up and prepare to deal with the situation at hand.

“I understand it is not easy to drive down there with an upset pet,” Radcliffe sympathized. “A pet that goes to a 24-hour dedicated emergency clinic receives better care.”

A lot of equipment and skill goes into handling a myriad of emergency situations, and in some cases, Port Alberni veterinarians were unable to help, and pets were sent to Nanaimo anyway.

In the past, the only dedicated emergency clinic was in Victoria. Pets from Port Alberni were being transported there for treatment of their injuries, Radcliffe explained. With the clinic in Nanaimo, owners and pets do not have to travel as far.

In addition, the emergency clinic in Nanaimo charges much less than the recommended fee, which was what Port Alberni charged.

Even still, Sexton and Saxby want to see more care in Port Alberni.

“It gives me a sense of security to know these guys are OK,” Sexton said about her three Chihuahuas.

Since she began her quest for care, Sexton has heard too many sad stories about animals not making it to clinics on time.

She has created a petition, which is available at The Purple Paw, Shar-Kare Feeds and Pet Supplies, Swale Rock Cafe and Animal Ark.

Sexton is waiting to see if the petition catches on. In the mean time, she wants to write letters to the city council and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District to see if she can gather more support.

In Port Alberni, Manzini Animal Hospital has veterinarians on call two days per week and two weekends per month. Other animal hospitals in Port Alberni either did not provide after-hour emergency service or were not available for comment at this time.

News@avtimes.net


RCMP Dog Demonstration

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These pictures were taken September 27, 2012 at a Tour de Rock fundraising event (across the street from the Port Alberni RCMP Station).  Police dogs from all over the island put on a demonstration of the police dog skills.  Local RCMP put on a Chili Cook Off to raise funds.  With a lawn chair, chili and a drink in hand, it was a perfect way to spend a couple hours.


AVKC at the Alberni District Fall Fair Parade

It was an excellent day for a parade as lots of people lined both sides of 10th Avenue to watch the annual Alberni District Fall Fair Parade.  Here are some pictures as we prepared for the parade.  Judging was done at 9:30 am and we received ribbons for “Third Place” in the parade and we also received a ribbon for “Special Parade Recognition Award”.  (Kennel Club members love ribbons!)

 


Local Pit Bull Attacked by Beaver

‘Leave beavers alone,’ advises Island wildlife recovery centre assistant manager

When Port Alberni pit bull Max waded into the Somass River on Monday, it was with the intention to play with a beaver he had just seen.

Instead, the beaver bit Max on the stomach and tried to take him underwater.

Port Alberni resident Teresa Cooper walks her dog every day along the Somass River. While she had noticed that a family of beavers had made its home in a section of the river, it did not worry her.

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Port Alberni resident Teresa Cooper shows off her purebred pitbull Max's wound. Max was attacked on Monday by a beaver near Paper Mill Dam.Port Alberni resident Teresa Cooper shows off her purebred pitbull Max’s wound. Max was attacked on Monday by a beaver near Paper Mill Dam.

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“We have been watching them. We have been videotaping them bringing sticks, logs and all kinds of wood in their little corner there,” she said.

“We believe there is a family inside that they are protecting.”

While Cooper always walks her dog on a leash, on that Monday, her neighbour Mark was housesitting for her. When it was time for the dog’s walk, he simply forgot to leash Max. As a result, Max jumped into the water.

When he saw a nearby beaver, he decided to play with it. Max, a rescue dog, is known for his friendly disposition towards humans and other pets.

The dog ended up chasing the beaver for approximately 20 minutes. Suddenly, as Mark looked on, the beaver attacked Max.

“My buddy Mark had to dive in and go rescue the dog,” Cooper said.

Max weighs 90 pounds. Cooper estimates that the “aggressive beaver” weighs at least 110 pounds.

“There are a lot of kids that swim in that area too. I just hope the kids are careful,” she said.

Mark immediately brought Max home and cleaned his wounds, before bringing him to the veterinarian. While Max did not need stitches, he will need to be on antibiotics for 10 days, since beavers are disease carriers.

“There is quite a bite mark on his belly,” Cooper said. Cooper was told by the veterinarian that it was the first time in Port Alberni that a beaver attacked a dog.

“Usually, it is a dog that is bitten by a raccoon or something,” Cooper said.

North Island Wildlife Recovery Association assistant manager Julie Mackey said that while beavers are known to attack to defend their young, they usually flee from predators.

“If the beaver is stressed out and has been pursued like that, they are more defensive than if a dog or a person just generally passes by,” she said. “In that case, it might have been a defensive move, especially if the young were around.”

Asked if beavers regularly attacked pets, Mackey said that while she could not say it had never happened, this was the first time she had heard of such an incident.

“Generally, beavers and pets are not crossing paths all that much,” she said. “The beaver will go in the water to get away and do its alert call to warn the other beavers in the area of the danger.”

Mackey advises swimmers and pet owners to give beavers a wide berth.

As for Max, he will be resting for the next couple of days. Cooper has to keep an eye over him and make sure his wounds remain clean.

Until the beaver family is gone, Cooper will walk Max somewhere else.

JBertrand@avtimes.net


AVKC DOGS AT CANADA DAY PARADE


Dog Food Recall for Salmonella

 

Taste of the Wild, Kirkland, 4Health, Premium Edge, Professional, Country Value, Natural Balance, Wellness, Canidae, Nature’s Domain Dog Food Recall

 

Batches of the brands manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012 are affected
Consumer Contact: 866-918-8756
Media Contact: 816-255-1974
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 4, 2012
Diamond Pet Foods today announced that it is expanding a voluntary recall to include batches of nine brands of dry pet food formulas manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012 due to potential Salmonella contamination.
In April 2012, Diamond Pet Foods initiated three voluntary recalls of Diamond manufactured dry dog food. Although none of the additional products being recalled have tested positive for Salmonella, the company is pulling them from store shelves as a precaution. Diamond Pet Foods is coordinating efforts with federal and state health and regulatory agencies and decided to independently expand the recall to ensure the safety and well-being of customers and their pets.
The company stated: “We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets.”
Brands included in the recall include:
    * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
    * Country Value
    * Diamond
    * Diamond Naturals
    * Premium Edge
    * Professional
    * 4Health
    * Taste of the Wild
    * Natural Balance
* Wellness Large Breed Puppy
* Canidae Dog
* Nature’s Domain
To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production codes on the back of bags that have a number “2” or a “3” in the 9th or 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed above are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013.

The following graphic illustrates how to read the production code and best-before date:

The recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states and Canada.  Further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred.
    * Alabama
    * Florida
    * Georgia
    * Indiana
    * Kentucky
    * Massachusetts
    * Maryland
    * Michigan
    * Mississippi
    * New York
    * North Carolina
    * Ohio
    * Pennsylvania
    * South Carolina
    * Tennessee
    * Virginia
    * Canada

    * Puerto Rico

Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any issues this may cause consumers and their pets. Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.  Consumers may also go to a special website, www.diamondpetrecall.com, for more information. The company is working with distributors and retailers to ensure all affected product is removed from shelves.
Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. People who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have received a limited number of reports of salmonellosis, the illness caused by Salmonella. We are working with the CDC, but due to patient confidentiality, we cannot comment further.

AVKC Dogs in 2011

Top Dogs in their Breed for 2011:

  • #1 Keeshond – Jack (Barbara Wilson)
  • #2 Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund – Frankie (Lisa Mangles)
  • #5 Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund – Hazel (Dominic Tremblay)

New puppies:

  • 5 Shelties (Marilyn Bernard)
  • 5 American Cockers (Heather Vallance)
  • 5 Smooth Coat Dachshunds (Lisa Tremblay)

New Canine Good Neighbour title:

  • Lily – Westie
  • Sadie  – English Cocker Spaniel
  • Mia. – Long hair Chihuahua

2011 AVKC Dog Show

Alberni Valley Kennel Club held its 2011 show at Glenwood Center, Port Alberni, BC

Events include:

  • (Three) All Breed Championship Shows – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • Handling Seminar – Thursday, October 13th – 6:00 pm
  • CKC Sanction Match – Friday, October 14th – 5:00 pm
  • Canine Good Neighbour Test – Saturday, October 15th – 10:00 am
  • Puppy Sweepstakes – Saturday, October 15th – 12:00 pm
  • Saturday Night Social – Saturday, October 15th – (Buffet Dinner) 6:00 pm (after Best In Show)

Premium List   Entries closed Wed. September 21, 2011

Judging List

Show Secretary:  JM Show Services


Fir Park Celebrates Falcor’s First

“Horizon Enter the Dragon”aka Falcor, has been visiting Fir Park Village Senior’s Residence since he was 10 weeks old.  It was Falcor’s 1st birthday and yesterday he celebrated it at Fir Park with a cake donated by Fairway Market.  Harry Steele is one of Falcor’s best friends at the village.

 
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Submitted by Lesley Beaudoin


Port Alberni will get 3 Dog Parks

Link to Alberni Valley Times – May 26, 2011.

Dogs will have a place to roam free

Heather Thomson, Alberni Valley Times

Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pooch lovers in Port Alberni will soon be allowed to let their dogs run free in three city parks.

At Tuesday night’s regular city council meeting, director of parks and recreation for the city Scott Kenny got the go-ahead to designate Spencer Park, Stirling Park and Lower Dry Creek Park as off-leash park areas.

“We have received a number of requests for off-leash parks,” he explained.

The appeal for an off-leash park included a petition with more than 300 signatures; 80% were city residents.

He said, although there are a number of areas that dogs can go off leash within the city limits, a designated area is needed.

Kenny said the three parks are good fits because dog owners already use them and only Spencer Park is unfenced. They also have a lot of room for dogs to run and access to water to cool them off in the summer months.

As an old ball field, Stirling Park is completely fenced and has a gate and parking lot. Dry Creek Park has fencing and a gate along the street side of the property.

The only real expense, he explained, is in the fencing. Kenny estimated the fencing could be done for approximately $8,000.

Other than fencing, the sites will need some signage indicating dogs are allowed off leash and explaining the terms and conditions. Stirling and Dry Creek will need doggie bag dispensers and garbage cans. Funding for these items can be accommodated within the current budget.

Coun. Cindy Solda lives close to Spencer Park and works by Stirling Park, and she said these areas are already frequented on a regular basis by people with dogs. She agreed that it makes sense to make it official. Council voted to support the motion.

Kenny said most of the parks already have garbage cans, and the city would add doggie bag dispensers to help keep the area clean for other users.

Coun. Jack McLeman raised some concerns about whether the official designation would mean the city would be responsible if something happened in the park, such as one dog attacking another.

Kenny said the onus would be on the owner to keep their dogs under control. He said it is unlikely anyone could claim that the city has any responsibility. That would be explained on the signage that is erected in the parks. He pointed out that off-leash parks are common and other cities have had them for many years without any problems.

Kenny said the new designation should be easy and fast to put into place. Mostly, it comes down to putting the proper signage in place and then it is official. He estimated the they would be able to commit to fencing Spencer park by the fall of 2011 when the year end financial projections become clear.

Kenny said Stirling Park is often used as an overflow parking lot during the Salmon Festival, and that shouldn’t be a problem. Dog owners will just have to use one of the other parks during that time.

HThomson@avtimes.net