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!

Your Pet Deserves to be in the Anacortes 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.   

Make you pet as famous as Jingles, the Coldwell Banker Island Living mascot

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 well being 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:  

‚ÄĘ Disaster Planning & Recovery
‚ÄĘ Emergency Response
‚ÄĘ Pet Owner Education¬†
‚ÄĘ Pet Well Being
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.  There are only a few spots left!   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¬†have your¬†pet’s picture in the calendar¬†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‚Äôd 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 ou would like more calendars, pre-order them at $10 each and save $2!¬† Deadline for entry and preordered 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‚Äôll be ready in October…just in time for Christmas!

Send your questions, comments, and entries to Calendar@CharlieRandallFoundation.org.  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!

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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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!



(Anacortes, WA, Nov 1, 2010) ‚Äď ¬†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 ‚ÄúPET‚ÄĚ (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.

‚ÄúThe ‚ÄėPET‚Äô project will allow us to do a better job of meeting a widespread disaster.‚ÄĚ said Brian Geer.¬† ‚ÄúIf 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. ‚ÄĚ

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.

‚ÄúHalf 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‚ÄĚ, according to a Zogby International Poll Groesbeck stated.¬† ‚ÄúThe 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‚ÄĚ.¬†

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 ‚ÄúCharlie Randall PET fund‚ÄĚ 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. ‚ÄúSince our dog park is nearly complete, we were looking for something to do in Charlie‚Äôs 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‚Äôs memory,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúon call‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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 www.charlierandallfund.org.¬†

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 www.theislandsredcross.org.

Small Dog Park Coming Together


I’m happy to say the fence is in for the new small dog area… I was there tonite, and I think it looks great!¬† The concrete pad is done, and the brick form is still a hole in the ground for now, but we’re working on that! Bricks are in the Parks dept shop, just waiting for a good sunny day to get the sand in… won’t be the next few, so keep your fingers crossed for another day soon!¬†¬†We would love to have anyone help lay bricks with him that’s available during the weekdays from 8am-3pm…. let¬†Amy know at 708-9324¬†and she’ll forward your info to him.

So, here’s the more urgent scoop:¬† We need anyone available in the next 2 (sunny days) to bring a rake, or grab a rake from the little dog area, and rake the really big chips up against the new fence.¬† This is to help ‘secure‘ the bottom of the fence, so that my friends don’t try to dig under, or push through & stretch it out, and also because there will be a pile of the good small chips delivered on Thursday into the big dog area, and we don’t want to put them on top of those really big chips…

So if you’re at the park, please ask folks to help…. it should only take a couple people approx 10-20 minutes…

The benches are in, and one is assembled, and the other two will be soon; the plaques are not in yet, but should be soon.

This Thursday the park will be closed to all from 8-1 for the chip delivery. 

Ok, probably more, but that’s enough for now… .except YEA!!!!¬†¬† Glad this is all coming together!!!

Your Friend,

Small Dog Park to be Improved

The small dog park is being enlarged so more will use it. The current area is being weeded and all the misc. wood & harmful items are being removed all by volunteers. 
There is more to be done…
We need to finish weeding
Move fresh dirt into the area in order to level it out (the dirt pile is near, not far from the fence)
Allow grass seed to be thrown out

 The current fence will be moved to allow the new size by contractors and a cement pad/walking area will be added along with a water connection for the area by the City (maybe not until Spring).
What my friends and I are asking for is the following:
Spare 1-2 hours on Saturday, Oct.23 10-12 and be part of a work party to improve OUR PARK.¬† You may not have small dogs but maybe know of friends or families that do, who would greatly benefit from this.¬†¬†RAIN OR SHINE the work will be done. Please bring gloves, wheelbarrow if you have one, shovel, rake, weeding tools and don’t forget YOUR water.
I hope you’ll find the time to help!¬† Even 15 minutes will be appreciated!!¬†
The 2011 Dog Calendars are now on Sale for only $15.00 ea and your truly is featured on a few pages.  My human friends have some that can be purchased at Coldwell Banker Island Living, 3110 Commercial Ave.  All funds go towards the Dog Park (large/small) and will help add benches etc.

My friends and thier owners thank you!


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