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  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!

7th Annual Bark In The Park!

Anacortes Bark'n the park

Jingles setting up for Bark'n the Park last year

Come visit Jingles and the Coldwell Banker Island Living real estate brokers Saturday June 11, from 10-3 at Storvik Park on 1100 32nd Street here in Anacortes!   

All festival proceeds help benefit the Anacortes Dog Park at H Ave. and 38th.  This is a fun event for kids of all ages and of course all doggies too!  Please come and stop by the Coldwell Banker Island Living booth for some yummy treats and enter to win a bone shaped basket full of dog toys and treats!

It’s going to be a great day and we hope to see you there!  It is great to live in such a dog friendly town such as Anacortes, WA!


14th Annual Dog Island Run 2011

Sign up and join the 10K or 2 Mile run on Guemes Island, June 25 at 10:45!¬† The 10K run will amaze you with the fantastic views along the way. And if running just isn’t your thing, don’t worry, you can enjoy the beautiful 2 mile walk.¬† Turn this event into a fun, family day out of the house and get active!¬† There will be awards, ribbons, and refreshments, you don’t want to miss out!¬† All proceeds benefit the Guemes Island Library.¬† To register for the Dog Island Run or for more information, visit

If you are interested in purchasing or selling a home on Guemes Island, please contact our Coldwell Banker Island Living agents at  360-293-4511.

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.

Guemes ferry out of commission until Oct. 20

The Guemes Island Ferry is out of commission through Oct. 19 for maintenance and repair.

The ferry was hauled out of service late Sunday night, and is scheduled to return to the water at 6 a.m. Oct. 20. While the ferry is out, a passenger-only boat is available for transport during regularly scheduled sailing times.

The passenger-only boat holds 49 passengers and carries bicycles and small motorbikes. A Skagit Transit bus will be available on Guemes Island for transportation.

During the haul-out, Skagit County will remove one main engine, conduct ultrasound readings on the hull to determine hull thickness and life expectancy, paint and perform other small maintenance items.

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:

Is Your Dog as Cute as Me?

Your dog could be on the Anacortes Dog Calendar to rasie money for the FIDO dog park on H Avenue in Anacortes!

If you think your pooch is cute, funny, handsome, or has the face only a mother could love…submit up to 3 high-quality digital photos to¬†to be considered to have your dog in the Anacortes Dog Calendar for 2011. If you have sent in more than one adorable photo of your dog(s), the DOA 2011 committee will choose one photo per dog that we think will best represent that dog for the calendar.¬† Photos and money must be received before your dog(s) will be entered.¬† The categories below are guidelines for the dog of the month but ALL dogs entered will be in the calendar somewhere.


Old dogs (10 and older)

Dogs of Anacortes Business Owners

Service/therapy dogs

Puppies under 9 months old

Best dressed dog

Funniest pose

Dog at dog park

Dogs on boats

Athletic dogs

Cute dogs asleep

Santa and dog photo

Dog smiling

  • Every dog entered will get into the calendar.¬† Not every dog will be the star of one of the 12 months, but every dog will be pictured in the calendar.¬†
  • $25 submission fee for up to three digital photos for ONE dog gets him/her in the calendar (somewhere) plus 1 calendar.
  • $35 submission fee for up to three digital photos for TWO dogs gets them in the calendar (somewhere) plus 1 calendar.
  • $40 submission fee for up to three digital photos for THREE dogs gets them in the calendar (somewhere) plus 1 calendar.
  • The DOA2011 committee will choose ONE photo of each dog to be the official calendar entry.
  • If your entry fee is not received, your dog will not be included.
  • NO humans allowed in any of the photos.¬†
  • Calendars will sell for $15 each.¬†¬† Pre-purchase price of $12 each accepted until September 1, 2010.¬†¬† See order form below.
  • If you need good quality photos taken of your dog, contact Lydia!!

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’t miss the chance to have YOUR DOG on the cover of our first Dogs of Anacortes Calendar!  Bring your family and your dog(s), have a blast, and VOTE!!

Cutoff for submitting photos August 31, 2010.

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!

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: