Today’s episode is with Carla, the dogmom to Stella the beagle @stellathe_beagle in beautiful British Columbia and certified in pet first aid!
After moving to Canada, about four years ago, Carla was introduced to the outdoors of the PNW through the family she was staying with. Once she moved into her own place, she was able to get a dog and Stella came into her life. Almost immediately, she was getting outside with Stella’s first big adventure at Squamish, a mountain valley town just north of Vancouver.
Around town in Vancouver, they frequently walk through the False Creek area, which includes many waterfront parks, urban trails, and dog parks. Another, sort of local, favorite trail would be the North Shore Eagle Bluffs trail from Cypress Mountain, in Cypress Provincial Park. The trail passes along several lakes and has an amazing view of Vancouver from the north. To the north east is Mount Seymour Provincial Park. And even further from Vancouver they head to the previously mentioned Squamish, Whistler Mountain, and Pemberton.
Two of the bigger adventures that Carla and Stella have made have been to the dog very dog friendly Banff National Park, in Alberta, and Jasper National Park just north of Banff. But more than just visiting mountains, they also enjoy heading to the beach. One of the places they’ve visited recently is Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, just north of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Tofino is known as a popular surfing location.
For her first aid certification, Carla recently took two courses through Walks N’ Wags Pet First Aid @walksnwagspetfirstaid, which is based in Canada, but also has instructors throughout the U.S. They also offer online courses at walksnwags.com. Currently, Carla uses a Kurgo RSG Dog First Aid kit with additional items. She really loves her Mountain Dog Products leash @mountaindogproducts.
Two phone numbers Carla keeps on hand are:
ASPCA Poison Control Center at 1 (888) 426-4435
and Pet Poison Helpline at 1 (888) 746-7661
Thanks for listening!