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Photo by Tami Egan of Happy Hounds

Happy Hounds/No Whine K9 Dog Walking
Tamara Egan and Zac Barret had both lived and worked in Fernie for many years in the service industry when they decided it was time for a change. Having two dogs of their own, they "barked" at the chance to start their own dog walking company and began No Whine K9 Dog Walking. After running this business successfully for a year, they decided to expand by purchasing Happy Hounds Adventures for Dogs.

Now operating seven days a week, with two vehicles running, they are now able to split the dogs into groups that suite them best. Exercise and socialization are important in creating a well-balanced dog. Walks are two to three hours in length on different bush trails out of town, include a free pick-up and drop off service, and leave your pup tired and content until you return home. For more information, visit their website

Livery Home, 701 2nd Ave 250-423-3038
Livery Home has offered ever changing inventory of high quality and unique furniture and accessories since it opened its doors. To meet the demands of their clients in this growing community several new elements have been added to the business. First is the addition of a larger selection of artwork and custom made furniture by local, regional and national artists. Second, Livery’s talented design team now offers in home, highly personalized decorating consultation for your design needs. And finally, Livery Home is offering staging consultation and rental of furnishings, art and accessories to help you add that critical “wow” factor in your upcoming real-estate venture.

Drop into Livery home today to see for yourself all the design possibilities in one location.

Property Guys, 1-866-237-8281 is growing as a popular alternative for home sellers looking to save money and sell quickly by removing commission. New to the site this spring, listings will include leading services such as YouTube video tours, floor plans and more. In the first six weeks of 2012 three properties listed on in Fernie have sold saving the sellers over $55,000 in commissions.

Additional exposure also comes through listings being posted on, local and Calgary print advertising and their new Facebook/Google ads for each property. Property owners that live away from the area can now also save by taking advantage of Property Guy’s new showings service. If you’re thinking of selling, call to speak to a local representative or visit their website for pricing and details.

Loaf Bakery, 1201-6th Ave 250-423-7702

Loaf Bakery is moving downtown – and is bringing its all-natural, locally handmade bread and pizzas with it, as well as big ideas for a new 50-seater restaurant.

After two years in their current location, owners Phil and Claire Gadd bought the 1800 sq ft former Fernie Bakery building at 641 2nd Ave. Several months of renovations will see the store-front changed to glazed doors that can be opened for summer al fresco dining. Inside will include a retail bakery and restaurant, with airy modern decor in natural finishes. Loaf is aiming to open downtown before Canada Day.

“We are overwhelmed by the positive reaction everyone has had to this news,” says Phil. “It will be business as usual until we open at the new location, and we will keep everyone updated on the renovation process.”

Loaf’s project team includes The LeBlond Partnership architects, project manager Dorian Medlicott and Cascade Engineering.

Fernie Tears& Gears Mountain Duathlon,
Fernie Tears & Gears mountain duathlon recently held the Winter Wheezer! 44 competitors snow shoed and Nordic skied their way to the finish line and thanks to the Nordic Society, Fernie Trails Alliance, Island Lake Lodge and BC Provincial Parks, along with amazing support from the business community, the duo looks forward to hosting this event again next year.

Currently working on their summer event this September 15, 2012, Fernie Tears & Gears is excited to announce the addition of an Enduro Course alongside their popular Classic Course. This allows individuals to compete in just running or biking legs, compete in longer distances, and will also be open to teams and soloists. The enduro run is part of the new and exciting series TREKS (Trail Races of the East Kootenays Series), which includes five races beginning with Round the Mountain in Kimberley June 24, 2012, followed by Crazy Soles in Nipika, Heiko's Hellish Half, Fernie Tears & Gears, and The Headbanger in Radium.

Fernie Pets Society,

Fernie Pets Society is fundraising for more facilities for Fernie’s estimated 700 dogs (one per six residents) and 400 cats (one per 10 residents).
The society’s first project is to raise $30,000 to fence off the off-leash dog area near Fernie Aquatic Centre, making it easier for responsible dog owners to exercise, socialize and train their pets.
The goal is to complete the fence by the end of fall 2012.

You can support this project by becoming a Fernie Pets Society member – your $20 annual fee will go towards the off-leash park fund. The society is also working with the City of Fernie to find better ways to return lost or wandering pets home. Society members can register their contact details and pet’s description on the society database to help get your pet safely home if it escapes. Find out more and join Fernie Pets Society at