Doggie Swim! Friday July 22nd

Doggie Swim-Friday July 22nd
1:00-3:00 p.m.


Come one, come all doggies!

Join me Friday, July 22nd here in Anacortes for the Doggie Swim at The Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center.  There will be puppy pools on deck for smaller dogs so that they may partake in the fun too!  Coldwell Banker Island Living will be providing yummy dog treats for all to enjoy. 

Owners please bring your socialized doggies and please make sure to clean up after your own dog so that we can keep the pool area nice and clean for everyone!

A $10 donation is welcome to help contribute to The Charlie Randall Pet Foundation and The American Red Cross. 

It is sure to be a real splash so don’t miss out on the fun! 

The 2012 Pet Calendar!

The 2012 Pet Calendar is here!  We want to honor our favorite furry, feathered, and scaled friends by showcasing them in the 2012 calendar.  This year the calendar will benefit the Charlie Randall Pet Foundation which is a newly formed charitable foundation.    If you have never heard of this foundation, here is our overview.  The Charlie Randall Pet Foundation is a cooperative effort between local business leaders, local community leaders, local government leaders and the Island Chapter of The American Red Cross.  The Foundation is dedicated to the overall wellbeing of  household pets on Fidalgo Island.  To accomplish this, the Foundation will undertake efforts in 4 key areas, which we refer to as the Foundation’s pillars:  
• Disaster Planning & Recovery
• Emergency Response
• Pet Owner Education 
Pet Wellbeing
This calendar will include ALL our pets including dogs, cats, horses, ferrets, hedgehogs, lizards, bunnies, hamsters, gerbils, birds, goats, chickens, even spiders and snakes!  If they are your pet, we would love to showcase them so everyone can enjoy their beauty. 

This year we are also accepting monthly sponsors.  Six months are already taken up by residents and businesses that like to show off their pets.  The cost for the month sponsorship is $100 and you would be the only business/family/pets highlighted that month.   We are specifically looking for animals other than dogs at this time since all six months already taken are dog sponsored. 

The cost to enter your pet is $25 for one pet, $35 for 2 pets, $40 for 3 pets.   If you live on a farm and have a household/farm-full of pets, we’d love to showcase them all and will accept $50 for 4 or more pets.  With your entry, your pet(s) will have their mugs on one day in the year and you will receive one calendar.  If you would like more calendars, pre order them at $10 each and save $2!  Deadline for entry and pre ordered calendars is August 31, 2011.    We will be selling the calendars for $12 after printing.

New this year is a mailing label on the back allowing mailing them without an envelop. 

They’ll be ready in October…just in time for Christmas!

Send your questions, comments, and entries to  You will receive a reply email once received.  You will mail your check made out to Charlie Randall Pet Foundation to c/o Coldwell Banker Island Living, 3110 Commercial #101, Anacortes, WA  98221.   Or you can call Lydia at 360-610-0593 for more information.  Hurry time is running out!

April is Disaster Preparedness Month

April is Disaster Preparedness Month, and the tradegy in Japan is a grim reminder that disasters or Mother Nature can strike at any time.

The Skagit County website has great information from the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management on how to prepare for floods, earthquakes and other emergencies.  They have great advice on how to plan for emergencies and what things to have on hand. 

The advice from Skagit County is great, but forgets to mention to include your pets in your disaster plans.  Make sure you include pet food, pet meds, and have additioanl water for your pets.  We are lucky in Anacortes to have our PET van to provide assistance to pets in an emergency. Click HERE to learn more about the suggestions from Skagit County.   Click HERE to learn more about the Anacortes PET van sponsored by Coldwell Banker Island Living.

Kick off Christmas Anacortes Style

Celebration of Trees
Date: December 3, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Event Description
Free Community Day
Port Warehouse
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Chamber First Friday Gallery Art Walk
Date: December 3, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Event Description
First Friday Gallery Art Walk.  Come downtown and enjoy the art galleries!!

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date: December 3, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Event Description
Come down the Chamber (819 Commercial Avenue) to celebrate the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree.  The town crier, Santa Claus, students from Anacortes High School, Fidalgo and Island View will enrich this celebration with performances.  Free pictures with Santa after the lighting.  Hot cocoa and cookies from the American Red Cross.

Annual Lion’s Club Christmas Parade
Date: December 4, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Event Description
Come and enjoy the annual Lion’s Christmas Parade.  The new PET (Pet Emergency Team) van will be making its debut in the parade featuring Jingles, Coldwell Banker agents and their four legged friends along with Jingle’s dog park friends – come and join us.

Celebration of Trees – Reception and Auction
Date: December 4, 2010
Time: 05:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Event Description
Ticket Price $35 per person.  Make sure and come see the Coldwell Banker Island Living tree.


The Islands Chapter of the Red Cross and
The Charlie Randall Fund (Santa Paws) present
Photos with Santa

Thursday, Dec 2nd, 6 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, Dec 4th, 12 noon – 4 pm

SW Corner of 12th and Commercial

We will gladly accept donations for the Red Cross/Charlie Randall PET project to support the PET Disaster Shelter or food
for the food bank would be greatly appreciated.
Pets Welcomed!


Emergency Preparedness Class Offered


Do you have an emergency kit that will sustain your family for at minimum 3 days?

Do you have an emergency action plan?

Does everyone in your family know what the plan is?

Having a plan and supplies put away will immensely add to the comfort of you and your loved ones should a natural or man-made disaster occur. Many disasters are so wide spread that emergency services cannot get to the entire affected population immediately.

This is where your plan comes in!

Host: Donna Smith, BSN, PHN, LERC, Skagit County MRC Manager
When: 6pm – 8pm November 23
Where: Skagit Valley Hospital, Cascade Conference Room
Contact: Bobby Kysela, MRC Volunteer Coordinator with questions.

Having an emergency plan is especially important for those of us that live on Fidalgo Island, Guemes Island, Whidbey Island, and any of the San Juan Islands.  The need for us to be self reliant is greater, so make sure you have everything that you and your family need including your four legged friends!

RSVPs are not necessary, but appreciated. or 360-419-7645


(Anacortes, WA, Nov 1, 2010) –  The Islands Red Cross and Coldwell Banker Island Living announced a joint venture to save pets when disaster strikes.

When Katrina hit the gulf coast in 2005 evacuation shelters did not have a plan in place to take care of family pets.  Rescuers had to tell people in order to go to a shelter, they needed to leave their pets behind to fend for themselves. As a result hundreds of people opted to stay with their pets.  Approximately 1835 people died during Katrina, it is estimated that one third of those, over 600 people, chose to stay behind with their pets rather than go to a shelter without them.  It is believed that those people would have survived had there been a shelter plan in place to accept pets. 

The residents of Fidalgo Island, Whidbey Island and the San Juan Islands will not be faced with that decision if there is a disaster. In October 2006, the federal PETS Act was signed into law, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide for individuals and their household pets and service animals in a major disaster; however no funding was earmarked for the project.

The Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross now has resources to provide shelter for pets if a disaster were to occur, so that people would readily go to a safe Red Cross Shelter.

Brain Geer, Executive Director of the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Jean Groesbeck owner of Coldwell Banker Island Living and avid animal lover, have been working on what was first termed the “PET” (Pet Emergency Team) project for 2+ years.  The effort culminated this week with the unveiling of the Island Chapter Pet Disaster Shelter Van. 

The van was donated by John and Terri Rains (The Rains Clan). It ran great but needed some work to be Red Cross Ready, so Coldwell Banker Island Living sponsored the needed work which also included having the van painted.  However, the project goes beyond a van.

“The ‘PET’ project will allow us to do a better job of meeting a widespread disaster.” said Brian Geer.  “If it is necessary to evacuate people to shelters, we will not have to turn someone away because they have their pet.  The Red Cross will provide shelter for people and the PET volunteers will shelter domesticated animals. ”

The goal of the project is to ensure that when disaster strikes people don’t have to choose between leaving their pets or staying in harm’s way. Pets will be sheltered in a separate location adjacent to the Red Cross shelter location and the pet shelter will be managed by volunteers. Jean Groesbeck became passionate about this project after seeing a news story on Katrina where a man would not leave his house because the rescuers could not take his dog.  It is believed this man died.

“Half of 3,185 adults surveyed nationwide in 2005 shortly after Katrina said that they would refuse to evacuate ahead of a disaster if they could not bring their pets”, according to a Zogby International Poll Groesbeck stated.  “The percentage is probably much higher in our area, highlighting the need for this project.  There were also over a half a million pets that either died or were never reunited with their families because of Katrina.  It added so much additional heartbreak to the crises”. 

Marie Padovan of the City of Anacortes Police Department will also assist in response planning as well as County Disaster Response personnel.

Chris Terrell and Vicki Armstrong (Sunnyhill Kennels), Amy Terhune, and other volunteers have worked hard raising money and acquiring the needed supplies for the van which include crates, leashes, bowls, and vet supplies.  They have established the Charlie Randall PET fund” in memory of Charlie Randall, an Anacortes resident who was instrumental in establishing the Anacortes dog park and helping with Bark in the Park Festival. “Since our dog park is nearly complete, we were looking for something to do in Charlie’s name to help our local dogs (and other critters). When we learned that Jean & Brian were working on this PET Project, it seemed the perfect place to put our energies in Charlie’s memory,” said Terhune. The funds from their annual Santa Paws photo with Santa will go towards this project. Acquisition of the PET van will enable the project to move forward in a huge way.

Volunteers are needed to help with ongoing fund raising efforts, to assist with response drills and to be “on call” to donate their time in case of a disaster.

The PET Project is a collaborative effort of the Red Cross & The Charlie Randall PET Fund. The goal of the project is is to ensure that when disaster strikes people don’t have to choose between leaving their pet or staying in harm’s way to protect your pet.  If you would like to become involved with the pet shelter project contact Brian Geer at 360-293-2911, Jean Groesbeck at 293-4511 or Amy Terhune 708-9324.  If you have items you would like to donate please call Chris Terrell at 588-8225.  If you would like to donate funds to this project visit

Your local American Red Cross and the local projects it supports do not receive funding from the federal government, but are 100% funded by the generous donations you provide.  Red Cross services are free to victims of disaster.  For more information on how you can help the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross call 360-293-2911 or go to

April is Disaster Preparedness Month

Jingles - Coldwell Banker Island Living mascot

Do you know that many people that died during the Katrina disaster died because they would not leave their pets?  Most of the pets that were left behind either died or were never reunited with their owners.

It is essential that your disaster preparedness plans include all members of your family inlcuding your pets and livestock.

Skagit County has published the following on their website which is a good short list of suggestions to help you start planning for your animals:

Ask dependable friends or relatives who live away from an at-risk area, if you and your animal(s) can stay with them during an emergency. Keep their phone numbers with other important contacts in your purse or wallet;

Develop an evacuation plan which includes your animals and review and update it regularly. If you have kids, get them involved as well;

Learn which shelters and motels take companion animals and/or have a designated evacuation location;

Stay tuned to your local news media for disaster coverage and the safest evacuation routes. Be prepared to evacuate when advised by local authorities.

Have all supplies, kits, transportation and evacuation locations prepared now. Waiting until an evacuation is ordered to start planning will delay your safe evacuation and possibly expose you to traffic tie-ups and other risks.

Stock an animal emergency supply kit to take with you.

For more animal preparedness information, and a list of items you will need for an animal emergency supply kit, go to the following links:

Realogy’s Disaster Relief Efforts for People of Haiti

Realogy’s Disaster Relief Efforts for People of Haiti

Realogy Corporation, parent company of Coldwell Banker, today announced a campaign to raise funds through the Realogy Charitable Foundation to support the victims of the catastrophic earthquake that devastated Haiti on Jan. 12. The Realogy Charitable Foundation will distribute all funds raised by employees, franchisees, sales associates, vendors, partners, friends of Realogy and the general public directly to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti, and we want to do all we can to support the international relief efforts in the wake of this natural disaster,” said Richard A. Smith, president and CEO of Realogy Corporation. “We invite all those who are able to donate to give whatever they can to help the American Red Cross provide the assistance that is so desperately needed.”

The Realogy Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity supporting the philanthropic and volunteer activities of Realogy Corporation and its family of companies. The Foundation is incorporated in Delaware and its tax ID is 20-0755090.

To make a donation to the American Red Cross International Response Fund through the Realogy Charitable Foundation, click here or paste the following URL into your browser  This portal is a secure online donation system that allows any individual to use a credit card/debit card or electronic check. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law, and individuals should consult their tax professional to determine the amount they can claim as a tax deductible contribution.

Anacortes real estate

The Red Cross is working to make you and your pets safe!

jingles-and-creamic-frinedThe Anacortes-San Juan Islands Red Cross and the Charlie Randal Fund have joined forces to ensure that when disaster strikes you and your pet will have a warm, safe place to shelter.

The Red Cross needs donations for the the Pet Emergency Trailor (P.E.T.) which will be a mobile pet shelter serving Anacortes and the San Juan Islands in case of a disaster.   The P.E.T. will be stocked with everything needed to take care of your pets as they are transported to emergency shelters.

The goal is to ensure that when disaster strikes peopele don’t have to choose between leaving thier pet or staying in harms way to protect thier pet.  this will help save humans and pets.

Please help by clicking on this link and donation to the Red Cross P.E.T. fund.

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