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Love is for the dogs

It’s not just humans who want a bit of love and appreciation on Valentine’s Day
Happy Valentine: Brianne Carson

It’s not just humans who want a bit of love and appreciation on Valentine’s Day, so Bosley’s Pet Food Plus in Parksville is hosting an event for dogs and cats today.

The store is offering free nail cutting and grooming tips from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.  The owners have invited Jesse from Paws of Parksville and Sarah from Oceanside Grooming to provide some dog and cat pedicures as well as offer tips on making your best friends beautiful.

To that end they are also handing out some free pet bling.

Brianne Carson, along with her sister Keri and mom Sue, own the store which has been in business for almost nine months. The store, at #104 – 280 Island Highway East in Parksville, even has its own mascot.  Yoshi, a Great Dane (Brianne’s fur baby). She said her big boy is a sweetheart and because he hangs out at a pet store he will no doubt be spoiled with some canine Valentine’s treats.

Brianne said Bosley’s will be participating in an upcoming community event for dog owners in District 69.

Dog Dayz of Winter is being organized by Scarlett Luke of Pack Leader Fitness. She has invited vendors and pet service providers to offer a wide range of pet related demonstrations and services all under one roof at the Arrowsmith Hall on the Coombs fairgrounds the weekend of Feb. 25 and 26.

Luke said there will be all kinds of activities including: a dog and owner look-a-like contest, dog fashion show, paw paintings to take home, demonstrations of Doga (which is yoga you do with your dog) and grab bags full of samples and coupons.

“We want lots of participants for the contest and the fashion show.  It should be a lot of fun,” she said.

On the Saturday she said there will be an RCMP police dog doing a demonstration from noon to 1 p.m.

She said the idea behind the inaugural event is  to get people in the community to see what kinds of things are out there for them and their pets and hopefully the event will grow every year.

She said of course dogs are welcome but they must have good manners.

The dog fair goes from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Feb. 25 and from noon until 4 p.m. on Feb. 26.  For more information and a schedule of events visit