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Have you ever tried walking around town with an adorable puppy? It’s hard to get anywhere; people stop you every few feet to ask you about the puppy, how old is the puppy, can I pet the puppy and oh! look at those (big/small) paws!
I’ve never had a puppy of course – I’m only assuming this because I stop anyone with a puppy and perform the above routine. I can’t help myself, they are just so adorable! fawnfarms went one step further and took a portrait of a young pup on Main Street yesterday, as seen below. I have a guess as to the breed of the cute little fella, but I’m probably wrong so I’ll keep it to myself for now. But if anyone knows for sure, I’d like to see if I was right in my guess or right in my not wanting to reveal my guess…
I posted info on this a couple of days ago but wanted to remind you to come to the unveiling of our Vancouver Special Playhouse this Friday at 7PM at 3612 Main Street. We gave media tours to CBC’s Early Edition and the Metro this morning so listen and look for those stories tomorrow. We can’t wait to show this to YOU!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VANCOUVER IS AWESOME INC NON-PROFIT RELEASES CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE IN THE SPIRIT
OF MALIGNED PIECE OF ARCHITECTURE, THE VANCOUVER SPECIAL
The Vancouver Special is one of the most loved (yet equally hated) forms of architecture in Vancouver. Characterized by its low-pitched roof, boxy shape and lower-level brickwork, it has the common look of a “rancher turned sideways”, a full or half-veranda on the upper level and a basement that’s entirely above ground. At 1.5 times the square footage of the average Vancouver home, the blueprints (once available for $65 from City Hall) maximized the typically small city lots that they were built on, giving them an appeal to blue collar workers.
Starting in the 1960’s, upwards of 10,000 were constructed, but as resentment towards their aesthetic grew over the decades, the City of Vancouver passed a bylaw in the 1980’s that effectively prevented any more of these maligned structures from going up within the city limits.
On April 22, 2011, Vancouver Is Awesome Inc is proudly releasing a 4 foot by 8 foot children’s playhouse which gets around the constraints of zoning and celebrates an icon.
The Vancouver Special Playhouse was concepted by Vancouver Is Awesome Executive Director, Bob Kronbauer, who has worked as a creative director for companies such as Nike, Poketo, 2K, Palm Pictures and others. Collaborating with builder, Jason Sokolowski, a design was cooked up, blueprints were drafted by Joshua Jordan, and construction begun. One month later, final touches on the interior were added by local artist, Erin Marranca.
The showhome will be on display from April 22nd – 24th at the store sharing it’s name, the Vancouver Special retail store (where else?) on Main Street. The unit is not for sale but Sokolowski will be on hand to discuss custom built units. Own a miniature icon of Vancouver that doubles as a children’s playhouse for roughly 500 times less than the original, built especially for you.
Please join us as we launch the first Special to be constructed in over 20 years!
Media contact: Bob Kronbauer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 604-723-7540
Launch event details:
V.I.A.’S VANCOUVER SPECIAL PLAYHOUSE LAUNCH PARTY
April 22/2011, 7PM – 9PM at Vancouver Special, 3612 Main Street
This is a free event for the public, refreshments will be served.
A new kitty twice a week! Yup, we want YOUR cat photos and stories! Click here to find out how your cat can appear on Van City Kitty.
Meet Fergus the Cat, sent in by VIA reader Aly Kelly. Here are the deets on Fergus:
Breed/Colouring: “Classic red and white” Maine Coon
Hood: Point Grey
Habits: Eating his food, eating your food, knocking glass objects off shelves, chewing on decorative flowers, tipping over full water glasses/wine glasses, basking in the sun on top of the kitchen table, sleeping on your laptop when you need it the most, etc.
Hangouts: The kitchen, the kitchen table, the bathtub, in front of any vent, anywhere where food is abundant.
Other info: Fergus is a 26-pound cheeky house cat who doesn’t take no for an answer. He is currently 11 years old and getting battier with age. He rules the roost at our house and has everybody working around his food schedule. Don’t even try to enjoy a meal when he is in the room because he’ll muscle his way in no matter what. He splays himself across the kitchen table and often shoves his face into our meals (mac and cheese, Caesar salad, hollendaise sauce, he doesn’t discriminate). He is a diabetic and requires 2 insulin shots a day as a result of his compulsive eating. My mom has spent thousands of dollars on his little instruments, etc., and yet he continues to rip into cracker boxes and bread bags, completely disregarding the special diet he is supposed to be on.
Finally, we have resorted to giving him “lion shaves” twice a year because of the sheer amount of fur he has and his refusal to clean himself properly.
We feel blessed to share our house with Fergus the cat!
Are you looking for a (or another) little furry beast to love? Please check out Happy Tails, our weekly segment featuring the BC SPCA and one of the animals they currently have available for adoption. (You may have noticed that many of the Van City Kitties came from the SPCA!) Check back every Saturday for a new Happy Tails segment!
The Vancouver Is Awesome Inc not-for-profit is happy to announce it’s partnership with Novus TV to bring you a weekly segment called Happy Tails, focusing on the BC SPCA and the animals they’ve currently got up for adoption. You may already have a four-legged friend who’s been featured in our Dogtown or Van City Kitty features but if you don’t or you’re looking for another pet in your life the SPCA is the perfect place to look.
The Pet of the Week is Ethan! Check him out in the video below!
Check back mid week every other week for a new Happy Tails segment!
It’s a new dog twice a week! Click here to find out how to get your dog posted if you haven’t sent in your photos yet!
Today’s dog featured in Dogtown Vancouver is Luna, Robert P’s pup. Here’s what he had to say about her…
BREED: “Lusky” – Lab x Husky.
HOOD: East Van.
FAVOURITE SNACK: Mini organic carrots.
OTHER INFO: Luna is a performance artist currently seeking funding for her continued studies of the human condition.
If you’re interested in adopting a pet, check out our Happy Tails feature. If you adopted your pet from the SPCA and would like to share your awesome story on Happy Tails, send an email to Rory.Blanchard@novusnow.ca.