Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

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Gone to the Dogs!

Magazine ranks Chilliwack 6th pet-friendliest city in Canada

Released by Libbey Sinden, Redstone Media


f Fido could pick a Canadian city to live in, which one would he choose? Canadian Dogs Annual, Canada’s largest and best known dog magazine, today announced the “Top Ten Pet-Friendliest Cities” in the country. Chilliwack ranks number six on the list, edging out dozens of other urban centres in Canada.


The list, which appears in Canadian Dogs Annual 2015, due on newsstands November 25, was compiled after extensive research.


“We looked at a wide range of issues that affect our companion animals’ lives,” says Dana Cox, editor-in-chief of Redstone Media Group, the publisher of Canadian Dogs Annual. “Criteria included access to veterinary care, training, pet sitters, and quality pet products, as well as the number of pet-friendly restaurants and accommodations. We even took into consideration air quality and the number of off leash parks and beaches.”


The data was calculated per capita to ensure fairness from coast to coast.


Top spot on the list goes to Kelowna, BC, which ranked highly in every category. In fact, British Columbia proved to be Canada’s most pet-friendly province, with Ontario ranking second. In order, the Top 10 Pet-Friendliest Cities are:  Kelowna, BC, Victoria, BC, Nanaimo, BC, Vancouver, BC, Kingston, ON, Chilliwack, BC, Guelph, ON, Kamloops, BC, Peterborough, ON, Charlottetown, PE.


Publisher Tim Hockley says it was encouraging to see the number of amenities and services now available for our furry friends. “There’s definitely been an upward trend towards more pet-friendly services,” says Hockley, “and there’s no question that’s a direct result of how important our companion animals have become to us. It’s a scenario where everyone, including the dogs, win.”


In addition to the “Pet-Friendliest Cities List”, this year’s Annual features 175 different dog breeds, including rare breeds, as well as training and nutrition tips, lifestyle and health advice, and a chance to win FREE dog food for a year. Look for Canadian Dogs Annual 2015 on major newsstands, including Chapters/Indigo, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Real Canadian Superstore, Overwaitea, Walmart, London Drugs and Safeway, starting November 25.


Redstone Media Group is Canada’s largest pet-specific media company. In addition to Canadian Dogs Annual, international titles include Animal Wellness Magazine, Feline Wellness Magazine, Equine Wellness Magazine, Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, and The Animal Wellness Natural Cookbook for Dogs.



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