Shelter & Rescue Dog Cost Calculator

This great calculator will give you an idea of how much owning a dog will cost. Simply plug in the requested information and the annual pet cost calculator will give you an estimated yearly cost for owning a dog.

While the cost of owning a dog isn’t free, the love they have for their human family is priceless.

9 Adventurous Dogs for Adventurous People


Photo by Bruce via Wikimedia Commons

For any dog-loving adventurer, exploring the great outdoors is better with a four-legged furry companion. Oh there’s much to be said for the solo trek, a solitary camping excursion or a one-person sailboat cruise around the world. But for many thrill seekers, sharing an adventure with man's best friend is unparalleled.

Dogs can be your partner through adversity and even protect you from harm. What more can you ask for from an adventure buddy? Of course, certain dog breeds are better suited for the outdoors and nature. Check out the best dog breeds for an adventurist.

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Wizard of Paws – new location grand opening

scruffy-baGrand Re-Opening Wizard of Paws Pet Spa

Our new bigger and better location is located at 4011 Quadra at McKenzie Ave. and to celebrate we have some great specials all March:

  • Free nail trims (no appt. necessary)
  • 15% off full grooms with clippers
  • 50% off select treats
  • 25% off oral care products including PlQClnz Gel!

We also offer complimentary grooming for service dogs, rescue groups and shelters.

Call for a grooming appointment 250-590-5171

Visit our website

2013 Westie Walk

Club Westie presents the 2013 Victoria and Vancouver Island Westie Walk!

Sunday, May 5th – 1:00-3:00 pm

Dominion Brook Park – on East Saanich Road in North Saanich. Click here for a map & directions.

For more information, please contact

A $2 donation is requested, with proceeds going to Westie Rescue of Canada.

Royal dog show & tea at the Empress!

Calling all princesses and princes!

A royal celebration would not be complete without a dog show and tea party! Lewis and I will be judges for this fun event, so come down and meet us!

Sunday, June 3, 2012 – 2-4 pm on the front lawn of the Empress Hotel.

In partnership with The Scruffy Dog Barkery, join us for a dog show full of prancing, parades and prizes.

Entry fee is $10 per dog with a doggy bag to take home. Afternoon Tea to go is available onsite for $25 per person. It's free to come watch!

Bring a blanket, chair and your sense of fun for an afternoon of family fun! Weather dependent.

More information on the dog show available from

Please note, no Friends of the Empress discounts will apply due to this special event and great value!

Best in show, the dog show for mutts

Lewis & I attended this last year and had a blast!

Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa presents
Best in Show – The Dog Show for Mutts

Where: Delta Ocean Pointe
When: Saturday, June 2, 2012
Dog registration 11:30am – 12:30pm
Show at 1pm

Public Event – Rain or Shine
BBQ Lunch $8

Dog contests include:

  • Best Dressed
  • Looks Most Like Owner
  • Best Trick
  • Most Distinguishing Feature
  • Cutest Dog
  • Most Original Hair
  • Best Voice

Entry fee is $20 per event and will be donated to the SPCA (entry deadline is June 13).

Prizes include: hotel stays, doggie treats and more and will be awarded to the top 3 in each category

Can’t make it to the event but still want to help? To make a donation or for more information call the “Bark Line” at 250-360-5894 or email Mandy at

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Greater Victoria SPCA. Tax receipts will be provided for donations of $20 or more.

Everybody and their dog walk

There’s fun for all at the 9th annual Everybody & Their Dog Walk on Sunday June 3rd, 2012 at Beaver Lake Park. This canine carnival celebrates dog ownership and brings together people and their pooches from all over the region for a day of fun with the family and the dog.

You can join the leash-optional walk through the woods, learn about local rescue organizations, visit with dog-related businesses, or enter your dog in our fun dog show.

If your dog has basic good manners you can try out the Canine Good Neighbour Program, between 10am and 2pm. This Canadian Kennel Club program tests dogs in 12 everyday situations and offers a certificate to those that qualify. Cost for the CGN is $20 including certificate.

Registration and booths open at 10am and the walk sets off at 11. Hot dogs and pizza will be available by donation with proceeds going to Broken Promises Rescue. The dog show kicks off at noon with five classes: most beautiful dog, fastest eater, most unique trick, best-dressed dog and dog the judge would most like to take home. Registration for the dog show opens at 10am and cost is $1 per class.

It’s all happening in the big field by the main entrance to Beaver Lake Park (off Elk Lake Drive) from 10am until 2pm. There are contests, prizes and so much more, so mark your calendars and come join in the fun.

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