Dogs

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)
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)
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

Rescue crews on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Merritt, B.C.(North Shore Rescue 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)
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)
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)
Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Luke Hengen with Logan, his diabetes alert dog, under his right arm. (Photo courtesy of Luke Hengen)

‘Perfect pairing’: Former B.C. man’s diabetic alert dog helps him get back to life

Luke Hengen’s confidence, sense of adventure restored by service dog Logan

Luke Hengen with Logan, his diabetes alert dog, under his right arm. (Photo courtesy of Luke Hengen)
Puppies in care of BC SPCA
 Puppies in care of BC SPCA

24 animals seized from Kamloops breeder previously convicted of animal cruelty

16 Pomeranian, Yorkshire terrier-cross puppies and one three-month old Labrador retriever were seized

  • May 25, 2021
Puppies in care of BC SPCA
 Puppies in care of BC SPCA
(Kamloops This Week)

Puppy’s home in question as BC Supreme Court considers canine clash

Justice Joel Groves granted an injunction prohibiting the sale or transfer of the dog

  • May 17, 2021
(Kamloops This Week)
Cookie and her puppies are doing well at their foster home after being rescued from a property in northern B.C. (BC SPCA)

Mom, 7 puppies thriving after being rescued from northern B.C. property with 119 dogs

Cookie and puppies have blossomed with love and affection

Cookie and her puppies are doing well at their foster home after being rescued from a property in northern B.C. (BC SPCA)
Bean, a small dog, got her head stuck in the reclining mechanism of a couch on Wednesday night. (Facebook/Kamloops Fire Rescue)

Kamloops fire crews free Bean the pup trapped in reclining chair

‘We don’t rescue cats out of trees anymore… but we do occasionally rescue dogs out of reclining couches!’

Bean, a small dog, got her head stuck in the reclining mechanism of a couch on Wednesday night. (Facebook/Kamloops Fire Rescue)
Victoria woman Rubee Twohig created her Instagram account @RubeeMeetsDogs to help combat online negativity. (Instagram/@RubeeMeetsDogs)

Paws-itively joyful: B.C. woman spreads warm fuzzies with ‘pup-arazzi’ pictures

@RubeeMeetsDogs Instagram account gathering attention with its happy dog encounters

Victoria woman Rubee Twohig created her Instagram account @RubeeMeetsDogs to help combat online negativity. (Instagram/@RubeeMeetsDogs)