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Dawn Dakin  Century 21 Arbutus Realty

Dawn Dakin Century 21 Arbutus Realty

Realtor for Gold River
250 203 6512

Century 21 Arbutus Realty

Century 21 Arbutus Realty

Serving North Vancouver Island since 1982

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Village of Gold River

Village of Gold River

Its all here, shouldn't you be?

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Gold River Pet Helpline – 283-9090

Karen and I got talking not long ago in the Plaza parking lot as there had been a couple of incidents with lost dogs and dogs that were hanging around a neighbourhood for weeks, far from home.  I asked Karen if she could perhaps write a little article explaining what she offers via the Pet Helpline.

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The Pet Helpline is in place to assist the average pet owner with any “bump in the road” problem that may happen with their pet. It is a spin off of the old Gold River Pawsitive Services which offered 18 different services. The Pet Helpline offers shelter for strays, reuniting of a lost dogs and its’ family, obedience training, problem solving, information, G.E. Grooming and boarding.

My name is Karen Bowker. I bring to Gold River my experience as a competitive dog trainer, breeding kennel master, obedience instructor, pet groomer, emergency vet assistant and a lifetime pet lover. Before I had my first dog, Muggins the Pomeranian, I was drawing pictures of dogs and hatching wild bird eggs in the oven just so I could have an animal companion. Many years later I saw my first “trained” dog. A black Labrador retriever. I liked what I saw but with being a young mother in a logging camp, I didn’t have the time or the means to learn how to train a dog. A few more years later the opportunity came. I borrowed my daughter’s miniature Dachshund and off to obedience school I went. After a couple of sessions of 8 week classes I was bitten by the “training bug”. It wasn’t long before I was travelling up and down the island competing in AIOC (Association of Island Obedience Clubs)  trials.

Variety is the spice of life so obedience training wasn’t the only canine training that I did. I dabbled in agility, drafting, Canine Good Neighbour testing, musical freestyle, pet therapy and trick training. I also became very active with the SPCA in Nanaimo. I volunteered with Pet Therapy and Humane Education, eventually coordinating the Humane Education program for which I received a SPCA 2000 Volunteer of the Year award for both Nanaimo and BC.

Gold River Pawsitive Service and Pet Helpline have sheltered, and re-homed many cats and dogs. One dog whelped 11 puppies when she was with us. Every pup was placed in a loving home after it was de-wormed, vaccinated and altered. The mother dog was re-homed later. I guess she was our longest staying guest~~~2 months.

My vision is to educate the young, inform the unknowing and help create a trusting, loving relationship between man and his companion.

Note:  When I asked Karen where the money comes from to offer this service, she responded with, “I charge for boarding, grooming and training.  The cakes help out too.”   So it is essentially coming directly from her pocket. If a stray comes to her needing medical attention, she spends her own money to have the dog tended to. Please don’t forget the Pet Helpline when donating – a bake sale is in the planning stages, and I’m guessing there will be some delicious slow cooker cakes there!!

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Gold River Cat Society Asking For Kittens to be Returned

Via Gold River Cat Society

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Like human babies, kittens need to nurse from their mother for at least 8 weeks to get her immunities to diseases.  Unfortunately, people think they are doing the village a favour by picking up 3 week old feral kittens to raise.  This gives rise to a number of problems, especially once the kittens grow up to be cats.  Too often, at that point, they become not as cuddly and cute and are then let loose UNFIXED.

This happened last year at the Gold Crest main colony, and has just occurred again.  So, the GRCS is sending out a plea to those who took the kittens to please return them so they can be healthy, properly socialized, and then fixed.  That would do us more good than taking them now and releasing them later.  If you really want to help us, please donate funds, food, dishes, towels, carriers, etc.

Thank you.

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Disturbing Discoveries

Via Joanne Folkins:

In the past week, the heads of two dead kittens have been found in the bedding of a new litter.  In both cases, there was no body; and one kitten did not belong to the litter in the first place.

One death with a head left over could have been caused by an animal, but two such — found in the same place– suggests human cruelty, which is not only illegal but also immoral.

If anyone has information regarding these deaths, could the person please contact the Gold River Cat Society at 250-283-7606 and leave us an anonymous message.

Thank you.

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Kitten Season has Begun

In April, the Gold River Cat Society took in the first kittens of the year to socialize.  Four tabby boys,they will go for adoption at Bosley’s in Campbell River next week if the vet clears them.  The society also knows of two more litters in our main colony at the Gold Crest Apartments and would like to be notified if anyone has seen any other feral kitten litters in the community.

We will also take in unintended kittens born to owned cats.  Please don’t throw them out like trash but contact us at 283-7606.  If you get the answering machine, leave a clear message and your contact phone number so we can return your call as soon as possible.

For those people who are waiting for us to fix their cats, please have patience as these operations come out of private pockets, which are strained right now.  We will pay for the fixing but request that the owners pay for the inoculations.

We thank the people of Gold River for all their support.  It has been a great help.

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