11th Annual Bark in the Park

Gather your fury four pawed family members and join us at the 11th Annual Bark in the Park Saturday June, 13 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Storvik Park here in Anacortes! We are excited to see all the fun and silly costumes for the doggy costume contest! There will be local vendors and various dog demonstrations at this event!

Admission is $5 per dog (donations) proceeds will help benefit our local dog park on H Ave here in Anacortes!

From June 13th- June 22nd the Anacortes Animal Control’s Semi-Annual Pet Supply Drive will be at the event accepting donations to help benefit Anacortes Animal Relief Fund (AARF), The Cat’s Meow, and Saving Pets One at a Time (SPOT)

Wish List for the Pet Supply Drive:

  • Dry dog or cat food (Kirkland brand preferred..but will accept any brand!)
  • Canned dog and cat food (Kirkland and Friskies preferred)
  • Dog and Cat treats
  • Beds, blankets, towels (gently used condition is okay!)
  • Cat litter and litter pans
  • Dog and Cat toys
  • Cleaning supplies: liquid laundry detergent, dish soap, Clorox cleaning wipes, baby wipes, 33 gallon black garbage bags, 13 gallon kitchen garbage bags, and paper towels.
  • Monetary Donations: checks made out to the specific organization or cash will be accepted at the Bark in the Park event

We hope to see everyone down at the Park!

809 7th Street-Anacortes, WA 360-941-3734

8th Annual Anacortes Bark in the Park

8th Annual Anacortes Bark in the Park Dog Festival
Saturday, June 9 Р10 a.m. to  3 p.m.
Storvik Park – Anacortes

Come join in the fun at the 8th Annual Anacortes Bark in the Park! Admission to this event is $5 per dog and all  proceeds from this event will help benefit the Anacortes Dog Park at H Ave. and 38th.

Doggie goodie bags and bandanas  will be given out to the first 200 dogs.  There will be dog contests for best costume, best tail wag, best bark and more! This event will also be filled with lots of fun games, vendors, entertainment, dog demonstrations, raffle prizes and of course yummy treats!

It’s going to be a fun  filled day for all dogs and dog owners!  It is nice to live in such a dog friendly city like beautiful  Anacortes, WA!

2011 Bark in the Park Winner!

And the winner is…

Watch the 2011 Coldwell Banker Island Living Bark in the Park drawing!

Rebecca Kaplan, Oak Harbor resident, won the 2011 Coldwell Banker Island Living Bark in the Park drawing!











We had such a great time this year and enjoyed seeing everyone there.  We thank you all for coming by the Coldwell Banker Island Living booth!


Please stop by the Coldwell Banker Island Living office any time.  Our agents would love to help you with your real estate needs!

And the winner is…..

Diane Hudson

Diane Hudson, Anacortes resident, won the contest at the Coldwell Banker Island Living booth at Bark in the Park on Saturday.¬† Diane guessed that there was 3200 of Jingles’ kibbles in the jar.¬† The actual number was 3150.

Bark in the Park is a festival for dog and dog lovers that takes place every year at Storvik Park, just behind the Coldwell Banker Island Living office.
Diane won a basket of dog goodies.  Thank you to everyone that came by our booth to visit.
Congratulations Diane!

Visit Me at Bark in The Park – Saturday, June 26, 2010

Is your dog a star?

Dogs of Anacortes 2011 Calendar – Vote for Jingles!

] Get your Dog’s Photo in the new Calendar, coming out late 2010!

] Click on the link below for all the information & the submission form to get your dog(s) in the calendar.
FRONT COVER WINNERS will be chosen by the public attending Bark in the Park Saturday, June 26, 2010. So get your entry in early! Don‚Äôt miss the chance to have YOUR DOG on the cover of our first Dogs of Anacortes Calendar! Bring your family and your dog(s), visit the Coldwell Banker Island Living booth, have a blast, and VOTE!! Cutoff for submitting photos August 31, 2010. Don’t forget to stop by the Coldwell Banker Island Living Booth for a great tatoo of me and other freebies!

Click here for Calendar information & Forms

Thank you for all your support of our dog park!
My friends and I really appreciate it!!!

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please send us an e-mail: info@anacortesdogpark.com

Protect your pet!

Jingles – Coldwell Banker Island Living mascot

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by many garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called Theobromine. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really  attracts dogs.

Dogs are particulary attracted to this product and if they eat it they can die.

Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker’s chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline.

Please be very careful to consider anything that you put in the garden or anywhere that pets and children play!

Photos of Your Dog with Santa and Support Anacortes Cause for the Paws


With a name like Jingles, you have to love Christmas!

Santa‚Äôs ‚ÄúCause for the Paws‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Photos of Your Dog With Santa!

Attention all Pups and their People‚Ķ‚ĶHere comes Santa Paws right down Santa Claus Lane!¬† Strike a pose with Santa Claus and help benefit ‚ÄúCharlie‚Äôs Fund‚ÄĚ.¬†

Put your best paw forward and make a plan to head to 1004 12th Street, Suite 103 (on the corner of 12th & Commercial ‚Äď behind Fidalgo Bay Coffee) either Thursday, December 3rd from 6 to 8 pm or Saturday, December 5th from 12 to 3 pm for your photo opportunity. ¬†

‚ÄúPaw-parazzi‚ÄĚ will snap your image for a donation of $10 for photos or $25 for Photos on CD. ¬†First Come, First Serve!¬† After your photo shoot, you can retrieve your photos just 30 to 60 minutes later (or as arranged). ¬†Kids are welcome too!¬† Or just stop by and watch the fun and make a donation.

This year‚Äôs Santa Paws will benefit ‚ÄúCharlie‚Äôs Fund‚ÄĚ in honor of Charlie Randall. This Pet Emergency fund benefits Dogs, Cats and Pets when an emergency or disaster arises, and will be working in conjunction with the local chapter of the Red Cross.¬†¬†We will be blogging more on this great program to help Anacortes pets


For more information contact femail Jingles@ColdwellBanker.com or call Amy at 360-588-8749.¬†¬†Santa Paws sends a hearty thanks to ‚ÄúSanta Leonard‚ÄĚ & American Dream for his participation in this event.

As a side note….. Please go to http://hhofdogcontest.com/dogs/jingles-groesbeck-nov-23¬†and vote for Jingles for the Cutest Dog of the Season!

Poisonous Hazards in Homes

Children and pets could be exposed to hazards in your home!  Many house plants are poisonous, and since they are often on the floor they are easily reached by pets and children.
Do you have an of these house plants in or around your home?¬† If so, make sure they’re in places where your pets and childern can’t reach them!

Andromeda Japonica
Asian Lily
Asparagus Fern
Australian Nut
Autumn Crocus
Bird of Paradise
(American and European)
Black Locust
branching Ivy
Buddhist Pine
Calla Lily
Castor Bean
Corn Plant
Devil’s Ivy
Easter Lily
Elephants Ears
Emerald Fern
English Ivy
Fiddle-leaf Philodendron
Gold Dust Dracaena
Florida Beauty
Glacier Ivy
Golden Pothos
Heavenly Bamboo
Hurricane Plant
Jerusalem Cherry
Jimson Weed
(all Lilium species)

Lily of the Valley
Marble Queen
Morning Glory
Mountain Laurel
Needlepoint Ivy
Peace Lily
Poison Hemlock
Precatory Bean
(rosary pea)
Red Emerald
Ribbon Plant
Sago Palm
Satin Pothos
Striped Dracaena
Sweetheart Ivy
Water Hemlock

Keep your homes safe!




Attention Dog Lovers!

Since many of my dog friends travel to Eastern Washington I wanted to let everyone know about this problem.  It is a good idea to never let your dog drink from a lake, pond, or puddle.


 Dog deaths have been reported in from Cyanobacteria


Office of Environmental Health Assessments


In October 2008, two Labrador retrievers died after drinking water from Liberty Lake, near Spokane, Washington. Anatoxin-a, a neurotoxin, is suspected in both cases. Earlier in the month, three dogs were sickened and two died after swimming in Newman Lake, also near Spokane. While toxic cyanobacteria were initially suspected, one of the dog’s symptoms could possibly be linked to leptospirosis.¬† In 2007, veterinarians reported that two dogs died in separate incidents after swimming in Potholes Lake in Grant County during a cyanobacterial bloom. In December of that same year, a dog died after swimming during a cyanobacterial bloom in American Lake, Pierce County.


In 2006, two dogs died after swimming in Anderson Lake, Jefferson County. Toxin levels in Anderson Lake were high at the time that the dogs died. Previously, other pets have died after being exposed to toxic blooms in Lake Steilacoom and other water bodies. In animals that live more than a few hours following exposure to high levels of cyanobacteria toxin, abnormally high levels of potassium and/or low levels of glucose in blood may lead to death within a few days.


Cyanobacteria, better known to lake residents as blue-green algae, are found in Washington’s lakes and ponds with increasing frequency. Blue-green blooms are often mistaken for paint spills because they may look like bright green paint floating in scum on the water’s surface. Often smelly and unsightly when they decompose, some species of cyanobacteria also produce toxins. Scientists do not know what triggers toxin production by cyanobacteria. Not all species produce toxins. Even known toxin producers do not produce toxins all the time. Only laboratory tests can confirm whether a bloom is toxic or non-toxic.


The most common cyanobacterial toxins in temperate water bodies are microcystins, which affect the liver, and anatoxin-a, which affects the nervous system. Both toxins can harm people, pets, and livestock as well as fish and wildlife. Symptoms in people may include stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, sore throat, ear and eye irritation, fevers, blistered mouth, or nerve and liver damage. Cyanobacterial toxins may also have long-term health effects, including liver cancer promotion and possibly neurological diseases.


So just how risky are blue-green blooms? Since cyanobacterial toxins can be lethal to animals even in small amounts, caution should always be taken when a bloom occurs. As cells die, toxins are released into surrounding waters. Some toxins, such as microcystins, are very stable and can remain in the water for days or weeks after the bloom has disappeared.


The Washington State Department of Ecology in 2007 began a program that offers freshwater algae identification and toxicity testing. The department contracts with a laboratory to identify algae species to genus level and to test for cyanobacterial toxins. 


 Earlier this year, Washington Department of Health received a grant from the CDC to track incidences of harmful algal blooms. Staff from King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties will monitor 30 lakes to determine the number of bloom and toxic bloom occurrences. In years two and three of the 5-year grant, samples will be tested for saxitoxins and cylindrospermopsin, in addition to microcystins and anatoxin-a.


The CDC is interested in investigating all reports of animal and pet illnesses related to harmful algal blooms. To report an illness, contact Joan Hardy of the Department of Health at 360-236-3173 or toll free at 1-877-485-7316.  For more information about cyanobacteria, see the Department of Health Web site at www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/algae/default.htm and the Department of Ecology site at www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/plants/algae/publichealth/index.html.