Pets

This is ‘Sam’, who said he definitely didn’t know who got into the kitchen garbage can. (Philip Wolf photo)

Wolf: What’s in a (dog’s) name? Naming pets an interesting exercise

Column: Smokey and the Bandit, Aiko, Sam, Dylan Thomas, Oreo, Misty and more

 

Nanaimo city council passed three readings Monday of an animal responsibility bylaw that will include complaint-driven limitations on roaming cats. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo passes controversial animal bylaw restricting roaming cats

Bylaw brought back to council table following city staff revisions and legal review

 

Saphira, a four-year-old ferret, went missing in downtown Victoria on Jan. 25 and was reunited with her owner the next day thanks to some kind strangers. (ROAM/Facebook)

Young ferret found wandering on Victoria street returns home thanks to Good Samaritans

Four-month-old Saphira scooped up on Fisgard Street

 

Dex needs surgery after breaking his paw in the panic caused by an apartment fire. (Submitted)

Dog needs surgery after escaping burning North Island building

Fundraiser started for veterinarian costs after Dex breaks paw dropping from upper floor apartment

Dex needs surgery after breaking his paw in the panic caused by an apartment fire. (Submitted)
FILE – A dog lays down on a front porch in Toronto Saturday, July 6, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
FILE – A dog lays down on a front porch in Toronto Saturday, July 6, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Pamela Evans gazes lovingly at her four-year-old French bulldog Jack on Thursday, Nov. 5. The energetic young pup has regained his usual rambunctiousness after recently recovering from a significant illness brought on by consuming discarded cannabis new Brown’s Beach in Ucluelet. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Discarded cannabis a “frequent” threat to pets in Tofino-Ucluelet

“I couldn’t grab him fast enough to get it out of his mouth before he swallowed it.”

Pamela Evans gazes lovingly at her four-year-old French bulldog Jack on Thursday, Nov. 5. The energetic young pup has regained his usual rambunctiousness after recently recovering from a significant illness brought on by consuming discarded cannabis new Brown’s Beach in Ucluelet. (Andrew Bailey photo)
FILE – A dog in Ontario has tested positive for COVID-19. (Pixabay)

Ontario dog believed to be first in Canada to test positive for COVID-19

Officials said that the risk of infection and illness in most domestic animals is low

FILE – A dog in Ontario has tested positive for COVID-19. (Pixabay)
“When pets become overweight, it places them at greater risk for heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes and more,” writes Natalie Asaro. Pictured here is overweight cat, Jasper, on Nov. 28, 2019 when he was up for adoption at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Animal obesity: Tips for tackling weight issues in pets

Leading up to National Pet Obesity Day, B.C. animal nutritionist offers weight check-in for pets

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“When pets become overweight, it places them at greater risk for heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes and more,” writes Natalie Asaro. Pictured here is overweight cat, Jasper, on Nov. 28, 2019 when he was up for adoption at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
St. Mary Anglican Rev. Selinde Krayenhoff holds a ceremony to dedicate the St. Francis Pet Memorial Garden in Nanoose Bay. (Onnig Cavoukian/photo submitted)

Vancouver Island church opens special pet cemetery

St. Mary in Nanoose Bay offers garden for ashes to be buried, memorialized

St. Mary Anglican Rev. Selinde Krayenhoff holds a ceremony to dedicate the St. Francis Pet Memorial Garden in Nanoose Bay. (Onnig Cavoukian/photo submitted)
Firefighters participate in a photo shoot for Balfour’s Friends annual calendar. (Twitter/Central Saanich Fire Department)

Pig, pup, pony all make appearance in Central Saanich fire photo shoot

Animals featured as part of the Balfour’s Friends Foundation calendar fundraiser

Firefighters participate in a photo shoot for Balfour’s Friends annual calendar. (Twitter/Central Saanich Fire Department)
A BC SPCA constable removes an overheated dog from a vehicle. Leaving pets inside vehicles during summer is never a good idea. (Photo credit: BC SPCA)

BC SPCA launches ‘No Hot Pet’ campaign to keep animals safe

The BC SPCA receives nearly 1,000 calls each year to rescue animals left inside hot vehicles

A BC SPCA constable removes an overheated dog from a vehicle. Leaving pets inside vehicles during summer is never a good idea. (Photo credit: BC SPCA)
Jasper spent three days lost and swimming across the Columbia River near Genelle? Photo: Steve Smith

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

Jasper spent three days lost and swimming across the Columbia River near Genelle? Photo: Steve Smith
Michelle Kirby holds her Light Brahma chicken, Sakura. The feather-footed hen is only a few months old and is part of the small brood Kirby purchased after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Pandemic spurs egg-citement for backyard chickens in Greater Victoria

Fowl surge in popularity during COVID-19 pandemic

Michelle Kirby holds her Light Brahma chicken, Sakura. The feather-footed hen is only a few months old and is part of the small brood Kirby purchased after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Five Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs for a walk in Greetsiel, northern Germany, Thursday, May 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpa via AP

Better Business Bureau warns online puppy scams surging during COVID-19 pandemic

People from Victoria to Toronto and Halifax have reported being victimized while trying to buy a puppy online

Five Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs for a walk in Greetsiel, northern Germany, Thursday, May 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpa via AP
Cheryl Collins thought she was purchasing an English retriever puppy when she sent $400 to a seller on Facebook. But there was no puppy. Now she’s sharing her story to help others avoid the same scam. (Unsplash)

Saanich woman loses $400 to Facebook puppy scam

Woman sends deposits for non-existent English retriever puppy

Cheryl Collins thought she was purchasing an English retriever puppy when she sent $400 to a seller on Facebook. But there was no puppy. Now she’s sharing her story to help others avoid the same scam. (Unsplash)
Chelsey Johnson, 23, has been a happy “rat mom” for three years. She currently owns six pet rats. Here, two of her female rats Rayna (left) and Lilo (right) vie for her attention. Johnson says rats make excellent pets as they are usually affectionate with people and easy to care for. (Contributed)

‘Aggressive’ pet rat results in denied taxi ride for Okanagan woman

Attack leads to frustrating, saddening experience with taxi driver for rat owner

Chelsey Johnson, 23, has been a happy “rat mom” for three years. She currently owns six pet rats. Here, two of her female rats Rayna (left) and Lilo (right) vie for her attention. Johnson says rats make excellent pets as they are usually affectionate with people and easy to care for. (Contributed)
Melissa David, of Parachutes for Pets and her dog Hudson are seen in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canadians urged to include pets in their COVID-19 emergency plans

That includes plans about who will care for them if the owner is hospitalized

Melissa David, of Parachutes for Pets and her dog Hudson are seen in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Unsecured dogs and driving don’t mix, say Oceanside RCMP. (Black Press file photo)

The ‘ultimate distraction’: RCMP warn drivers against unsecured pets in vehicles

Cops, ICBC offer tips after pooch killed in Coombs mishap

Unsecured dogs and driving don’t mix, say Oceanside RCMP. (Black Press file photo)