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April 2021 Howl

Survey: Ideas and Feedback For Events

This pandemic has been hard on everyone and we want to make sure we are providing our members with things they want and need as much as we can. We’ve created a short survey to collect your suggestions for COVID-friendly events you’d like to see in the coming months.

Help us deliver events that would interest you and that you would like to attend. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!


April Events


VAN-PAH Virtual Mosh

Saturday, April 3, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Put on your gear and wag your tail for the webcam! We’re hosting a virtual mosh to close the social distances during these hard times.

Topic: VAN-PAH Virtual Mosh
Time: Apr 3, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89316515542?pwd=OEEzNksvY0J0a2R2eFovOE9mWDJ0QT09

Meeting ID: 893 1651 5542
Passcode: VPM0403


April Director’s Meeting

Wednesday, April 21, 7:00 PM

For any members interested in attending, our monthly Director’s meeting will be held Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will include an open forum for members to voice their opinions, comments, questions, or suggestions about the current state of VAN-PAH.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Directors’ Meeting
Time: Apr 21, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82601453947?pwd=OU82YUt3ZWgxblhyUWFydTRHS2NFZz09

Meeting ID: 826 0145 3947
Passcode: VPDM0421


VAN-PAH Social

Saturday, April 24, 7:00 PM

Come on out for a social evening online with everyone from our puppy and pet community. Wear your leather, rubber, fuzzy, or whatever other gear you want. Of course, gear is admired but never required. Having fun is the only requirement.

Topic: VAN-PAH Virtual Social
Time: Apr 24, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83616510297?pwd=WU1LdWd4eEZYdFR3L0ltOHFLSmVNZz09

Meeting ID: 836 1651 0297
Passcode: VPS0424


Meet The Board: Mosh + Town Hall

Saturday, May 1, 2:00-4:00 PM

For our May mosh we’re mixing things up a little! We’ll be having a virtual town hall where you can meet the Board, learn a little about the day-to-day of being a Director, and ask any questions you may have.

We’re also planning games, prizes, and more fun things for this Mosh, so you won’t want to miss out!

Topic: VAN-PAH Virtual Town Hall – Meet the Board & Virtual Mosh
Time: May 1, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81300855473?pwd=TmxLanBiM3pBQ1Qxdy9wZUhqMDFMZz09

Meeting ID: 813 0085 5473
Passcode: VPTH0501


April News


2021 Membership Renewals

Bark! As we all know, this pandemic has been quite a strain. Last year we introduced a $0 membership renewal option that was available through the end of 2020. As information has changed and developed we would like to announce an extension of our $0 member renewals. This extension will be tied to Phase 4 of BC’s restart plan.

VAN-PAH Members with renewal dates between March 2020 and the day that we enter Phase 4 of BC’s Restart Plan will be eligible for $0 renewals.

Please be sure to renew as soon as possible as you will need to rejoin and the regular $20 if your membership is expired for more than 6 months.

As always, any eligible member can choose to pay for their renewal instead if desired.

*There will be a 30 day grace period after we enter Phase 4 for members with renewal dates in that range to take advantage of the renewal


Pride Committee 2021

With the successful Vancouver Online Pride Parade from last year, the VAN-PAH Board will be putting together a small committee. To help with the organisation of our online submission.

Chaired by TeeKay, VAN-PAH would like to invite 2 to 3 members from the membership to be on the committee.

All you need do is send an email to vanpah@gmail.com with the title VAN-PAH Pride Committee, with your name and membership number. The choices for the Online submission may be limited to 3 options, but we still have a great deal of time to give them the best submission we can.

We look forward to what comes next and can’t wait to start planning.


Note on 2021 Annual General Meeting

Every calendar year VAN-PAH must hold an annual general meeting. Last year, this meeting was held at PumpJack Pub in January, however, the current pandemic has complicated matters and will prevent us from holding an in-person AGM this year.

As you know, we recently held an extraordinary general meeting to approve bylaw changes that would allow for online AGMs. These changes will also allow elections and other important votes to be conducted online.

This will be a first for VAN-PAH and will require some research and time to implement. Our 2021 directors election will begin as soon as we find a reliable election platform, and the AGM will be held at the end of that election period. We are working to begin this process as soon as possible.

We will be announcing the date for the 2021 AGM shortly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


March 2021 Howl

Survey: Ideas and Feedback For Events

This pandemic has been hard on everyone and we want to make sure we are providing our members with things they want and need as much as we can. We’ve created a short survey to collect your suggestions for COVID-friendly events you’d like to see in the coming months.

Help us deliver events that would interest you and that you would like to attend. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!


March Events


VAN-PAH Virtual Mosh

March 6, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Put on your gear and wag your tail for the webcam! We’re hosting a virtual mosh to close the social distances during these hard times.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Virtual Mosh
Time: Mar 6, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82156388495?pwd=MStoWnVEYTN3T3lzMjNJZTQwSjFzQT09

Meeting ID: 821 5638 8495
Passcode: VPMH0306


March Director’s Meeting

March 25, 7:00 PM

For any members interested in attending, our monthly Director’s meeting will be held Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will include an open forum for members to voice their opinions, comments, questions, or suggestions about the current state of VAN-PAH.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Directors’ Meeting
Time: Mar 25, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83250098900?pwd=djJlUU50dkZ6V2dXTmJqTm55Q1JvQT09

Meeting ID: 832 5009 8900
Passcode: DM0325


VAN-PAH Social

March 27, 7:00 PM

Come on out for a social evening online with everyone from our puppy and pet community. Wear your leather, rubber, fuzzy, or whatever other gear you want. Of course, gear is admired but never required. Having fun is the only requirement.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Virtual Social
Time: Mar 27, 2021 07:00 PM Vancouver

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86566560261?pwd=YmprYUpMVEdlTENuRHBrZUZwZDlPZz09

Meeting ID: 865 6656 0261
Passcode: VPS0327


March News


2021 Board of Directors Nominations

The current VAN-PAH Directors were appointed during 2020 and as such, their term will shortly be coming to an end.

New members are needed to step up to be on the board and help represent the membership while handling the day to day operations of VAN-PAH.

If you would like to be considered to be a Director of VAN-PAH, please send an email to vanpah@gmail.com by the end of day March 31, 2021. Please include your full legal name, why you would like to be a Director, and what skills you can bring to the organization.

All candidates will be vetted by the 2021 Nominations Committee before being presented to the membership prior to the AGM.

Please be aware that all potential nominee’s names will be communicated to the VAN-PAH membership as part of the election process leading up to the AGM in early 2021.


Nominations Committee 2021

We are looking for VAN-PAH members to come join the Nominating Committee for the 2021 AGM.

This committee is responsible for reviewing submissions by members who want to become a Director of VAN-PAH. This committee will make recommendations to the current Directors prior to the 2021 AGM elections.

If you would like to contribute to this important function of our member-funded society, please email vanpah@gmail.com and let us know why you want to join the committee and please highlight what skills you can bring to the team. We encourage anyone interested to email as soon as possible.


VAN-PAH Puppy and Handler of the Year Nominations

This year has been particularly challenging with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even though we have not been able to gather in person since March, we have had many opportunities to gather in the virtual world.

It is that time of year where we ask you the membership for your Nominations for Handler of the Year and Puppy of the Year.  We understand the difficulties that this year has provided us, and all though we have indeed found it challenging, there are stories and events to be told that we, the Directors, are unaware of.  If you feel that a VAN-PAH member has gone above and beyond safely, now is your opportunity to help bring this member forward.

To nominate someone:

  1. Send your nomination(s) to vanpah@gmail.com with “VAN-PAH Nominations” as the subject.
  2. You can nominate as many people as you would like, you just have to include a reason why.
  3. Nominations must be submitted by no later than the 31st of March, anything submitted after this period will not be counted.

Please note that the current Directors of VAN-PAH are not eligible for nomination for either of the awards.

Happy nominating and we look forward to announcing the winners at the 2021 AGM!


How to Reach Your Directors

We love hearing your Feedback, Requests and Questions.

To keep all responses official we would like to add that all the above should be sent to the vanpah@gmail.com email address.

It also helps us keep a record of Membership participation and the answers you get from us all in one spot, so that if there are any follow up Questions. One of the seven Directors will be able to keep the lines of communication open.

All though we do use Telegram for announcements, updates, and feedback, sending an email is better for record keeping.

So please, send your Directors an email as you’ll find it a little quicker and more efficient.


2021 Membership Renewals

Bark! As we all know, this pandemic has been quite a strain. Last year we introduced a $0 membership renewal option that was available through the end of 2020. As information has changed and developed we would like to announce an extension of our $0 member renewals. This extension will be tied to Phase 4 of BC’s restart plan.

VAN-PAH Members with renewal dates between March 2020 and the day that we enter Phase 4 of BC’s Restart Plan will be eligible for $0 renewals.

As always, any eligible member can choose to pay for their renewal instead if desired.

*There will be a 30 day grace period after we enter Phase 4 for members with renewal dates in that range to take advantage of the renewal.

February 2021 Howl

2021 Membership Renewals

Bark! As we all know, this pandemic has been quite a strain. Last year we introduced a $0 membership renewal option that was available through the end of 2020. As information has changed and developed we would like to announce an extension of our $0 member renewals. This extension will be tied to Phase 4 of BC’s restart plan.

VAN-PAH Members with renewal dates between March 2020 and the day that we enter Phase 4 of BC’s Restart Plan will be eligible for $0 renewals.

As always, any eligible member can choose to pay for their renewal instead if desired.

*There will be a 30 day grace period after we enter Phase 4 for members with renewal dates in that range to take advantage of the renewal.


February’s Events


VAN-PAH Virtual Mosh

February 6, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Put on your gear and wag your tail for the webcam! We’re hosting a virtual mosh to close the social distances during these hard times.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Virtual Mosh
Time: Feb 6, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82465901559?pwd=VVlqYit2b3pnOTh4RUJYeDlrelVsQT09

Meeting ID: 824 6590 1559
Passcode: VPM0206


February Director’s Meeting

February 25, 7:00 PM

For any members interested in attending, our monthly Director’s meeting will be held Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will include an open forum for members to voice their opinions, comments, questions, or suggestions about the current state of VAN-PAH.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Directors’ Meeting
Time: Feb 25, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89512386474?pwd=VlF3QnJvWHV2SXRyWStvc2hYZmp5dz09

Meeting ID: 895 1238 6474
Passcode: VPDM0225


VAN-PAH Social

February 27, 7:00 PM

Come on out for a social evening online with everyone from our puppy and pet community. Wear your leather, rubber, fuzzy, or whatever other gear you want. Of course, gear is admired but never required. Having fun is the only requirement.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Virtual Social
Time: Feb 27, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84929576334?pwd=NlEwd2lOd1VtY0hZSjZTeXRjZk9IZz09

Meeting ID: 849 2957 6334
Passcode: VPS0227


February’s News


2021 Board of Directors Nominations

The current VAN-PAH Directors were appointed during 2020 and as such, their term will shortly be coming to an end.

New members are needed to step up to be on the board and help represent the membership while handling the day to day operations of VAN-PAH.

If you would like to be considered to be a Director of VAN-PAH, please send an email to vanpah@gmail.com by the end of day March 1m 2021. Please include your full legal name, why you would like to be a Director, and what skills you can bring to the organization.

All candidates will be vetted by the 2021 Nominations Committee before being presented to the membership prior to the AGM.

Please be aware that all potential nominee’s names will be communicated to the VAN-PAH membership as part of the election process leading up to the AGM in early 2021.


Nominations Committee 2021

We are looking for VAN-PAH members to come join the Nominating Committee for the 2021 AGM.

This committee is responsible for reviewing submissions by members who want to become a Director of VAN-PAH. This committee will make recommendations to the current Directors prior to the 2021 AGM elections.

If you would like to contribute to this important function of our member-funded society, please email vanpah@gmail.com and let us know why you want to join the committee and please highlight what skills you can bring to the team. We encourage anyone interested to email as soon as possible.


VAN-PAH Puppy and Handler of the Year Nominations

This year has been particularly challenging with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even though we have not been able to gather in person since March, we have had many opportunities to gather in the virtual world.

It is that time of year where we ask you the membership for your Nominations for Handler of the Year and Puppy of the Year.  We understand the difficulties that this year has provided us, and all though we have indeed found it challenging, there are stories and events to be told that we, the Directors, are unaware of.  If you feel that a VAN-PAH member has gone above and beyond safely, now is your opportunity to help bring this member forward.

To nominate someone:

  1. Send your nomination(s) to vanpah@gmail.com with “VAN-PAH Nominations” as the subject.
  2. You can nominate as many people as you would like, you just have to include a reason why.
  3. Nominations must be submitted by no later than the 31st of March, anything submitted after this period will not be counted.

Please note that the current Directors of VAN-PAH are not eligible for nomination for either of the awards.

Happy nominating and we look forward to announcing the winners at the 2021 AGM!


How to Reach Your Directors

We love hearing your Feedback, Requests and Questions.

To keep all responses official we would like to add that all the above should be sent to the vanpah@gmail.com email address.

It also helps us keep a record of Membership participation and the answers you get from us all in one spot, so that if there are any follow up Questions. One of the seven Directors will be able to keep the lines of communication open.

All though we do use Telegram for announcements, updates, and feedback, sending an email is better for record keeping.

So please, send your Directors an email as you’ll find it a little quicker and more efficient.


Note on 2021 Annual General Meeting

Every calendar year VAN-PAH must hold an annual general meeting. Last year, this meeting was held at PumpJack Pub in January, however, the current pandemic has complicated matters and will prevent us from holding an in-person AGM this year.

As you know, we recently held an extraordinary general meeting to approve bylaw changes that would allow for online AGMs. These changes will also allow elections and other important votes to be conducted online.

This will be a first for VAN-PAH and will require some research and time to implement. Our 2021 directors election will begin as soon as we find a reliable election platform, and the AGM will be held at the end of that election period. We are working to begin this process as soon as possible.

We will be announcing the date for the 2021 AGM shortly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

January 2021 Howl

A message from the Secretary

Greetings. We wanted to let you know about an important change that was made recently to the roles on the VAN-PAH Board of Directors.

As you know, the board is setup in such a way that specific roles (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary etc) are determined by the Directors. This allows for individual skills, strengths, and the needs of the organization to be reflected. From time to time as the board shifts or needs change, it may be required to shuffle duties around to best serve our membership and/or accomplish organizational goals.

To that end, and with transparency in mind, we would like to inform you that a change of roles was approved by the board and was discussed during the December 16, 2020 Directors’ Meeting.

As announced in the November Howl, Figaro was appointed as Director on the board. He will now be serving as President with Roxy serving as Vice-President. The goal of this board remains seeing VAN-PAH through this challenging time and preparing for/delivering a successful election and AGM for our membership.

Should you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your board by emailing vanpah@gmail.com.

Yours in Service

Daddy Rodney
Secretary
on behalf of the Directors of VAN-PAH


January’s Events


January Director’s Meeting

January 28, 7:00 PM

For any members interested in attending, our monthly Director’s meeting will be held Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will include an open forum for members to voice their opinions, comments, questions, or suggestions about the current state of VAN-PAH.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Directors’ Meeting
Time: Jan 28, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81865566216?pwd=ZXRxOVQ5alQ2aGdkY1R2bnJvaFJnQT09

Meeting ID: 818 6556 6216
Passcode: DM0128


VAN-PAH Social

January 30, 7:00-9:00 PM

Come on out for a social evening online with everyone from our puppy and pet community. Wear your leather, rubber, fuzzy, or whatever other gear you want. Of course, gear is admired but never required. Having fun is the only requirement.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Virtual Social via Zoom
Time: Jan 30, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82888289944?pwd=bWFYaG0waVpDZHJpa01Wak1FTGFYQT09

Meeting ID: 828 8828 9944
Passcode: VPSL0130


Member Driven Event: Sunday Night Virtual-Connections

In these times of COVID isolation/distancing and perhaps the winter blues that many experience, Sir Bruce has started a group for any gay/queer guys who wanted to connect regularly.

Visits are held every week on Sunday from 7-8:30 PM.  Anyone wanting more social connection is invited even if they are not in another group or organization like VAN-PAH or VML.

Visits consist of introductions, topics for discussion, games, and activities. Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to contact Sir Bruce at b.chenail@shaw.ca for more details.


January’s News


2021 Board of Directors Nominations

The current VAN-PAH Directors were appointed during 2020 and as such, their term will shortly be coming to an end.

New members are needed to step up to be on the board and help represent the membership while handling the day to day operations of VAN-PAH.

If you would like to be considered to be a Director of VAN-PAH, please send an email to vanpah@gmail.com by the end of day January 31, 2021. Please include your full legal name, why you would like to be a Director, and what skills you can bring to the organization.

All candidates will be vetted by the 2021 Nominations Committee before being presented to the membership prior to the AGM.

Please be aware that all potential nominee’s names will be communicated to the VAN-PAH membership as part of the election process leading up to the AGM in early 2021.


Nominations Committee 2021

We are looking for VAN-PAH members to come join the Nominating Committee for the 2021 AGM.

This committee is responsible for reviewing submissions by members who want to become a Director of VAN-PAH. This committee will make recommendations to the current Directors prior to the 2021 AGM elections.

If you would like to contribute to this important function of our member-funded society, please email vanpah@gmail.com and let us know why you want to join the committee and please highlight what skills you can bring to the team. We encourage anyone interested to email as soon as possible.


VAN-PAH Puppy and Handler of the Year Nominations

This year has been particularly challenging with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even though we have not been able to gather in person since March, we have had many opportunities to gather in the virtual world.

It is that time of year where we ask you the membership for your Nominations for Handler of the Year and Puppy of the Year.  We understand the difficulties that this year has provided us, and all though we have indeed found it challenging, there are stories and events to be told that we, the Directors, are unaware of.  If you feel that a VAN-PAH member has gone above and beyond safely, now is your opportunity to help bring this member forward.

To nominate someone:

  1. Send your nomination(s) to vanpah@gmail.com with “VAN-PAH Nominations” as the subject.
  2. You can nominate as many people as you would like, you just have to include a reason why.
  3. Nominations must be submitted by no later than the 31st of January, anything submitted after this period will not be counted.

Please note that the current Directors of VAN-PAH are not eligible for nomination for either of the awards.


How to Reach Your Directors

We love hearing your Feedback, Requests and Questions.

To keep all responses official we would like to add that all the above should be sent to the vanpah@gmail.com email address.

It also helps us keep a record of Membership participation and the answers you get from us all in one spot, so that if there are any follow up Questions. One of the seven Directors will be able to keep the lines of communication open.

All though we do use Telegram for announcements, updates, and feedback, sending an email is better for record keeping.

So please, send your Directors an email as you’ll find it a little quicker and more efficient.


Note on 2021 Annual General Meeting

Every calendar year VAN-PAH must hold an annual general meeting. Last year, this meeting was held at PumpJack Pub in January, however, the current pandemic has complicated matters and will prevent us from holding an in-person AGM this year.

As you know, we recently held an extraordinary general meeting to approve bylaw changes that would allow for online AGMs. These changes will also allow elections and other important votes to be conducted online.

This will be a first for VAN-PAH and will require some research and time to implement. Our 2021 directors election will begin as soon as we find a reliable election platform, and the AGM will be held at the end of that election period. While we are working to begin this process as soon as possible, it will not be completed before the end of January 2021.

We will be announcing the date for the 2021 AGM shortly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

December 2020 Howl

In Memoriam: Ratnip

It’s with a sad and very heavy heart to have to notify all of you that one of our own, Ratnip,
passed away on November 20.

Rat has been a monumental pillar in our community. He’s dedicated himself to the Seattle community ever since moving here. His presence will be missed.

Rat served on the Seattle Pups and Handlers for many years helping form the community,
create amazing events and help folks find home like he did here.

Rat also went on to form Pride Lives, a suicide prevention and awareness organization. Rat wanted to make sure that people had the resources in their time of need and make sure people knew that they where not alone.

Rat being a social creature himself, loved putting on events and parties. He joined FetchNW to continue what he loves the most his community.

We will miss your smiling face, your beautiful singing voice and your ability to brighten any room you walk into. May you find peace.

(Thank you to Nightcat for writing this memorial.)


December’s Events


VAN-PAH Holiday Mosh: Deck the Balls Out of Color

December 5, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Celebrate the holidays with VAN-PAH! Our holiday mosh will feature a costume contest for the best-dressed pup or handler! 

Deck the balls out of Color
Christmas balls and lights of color

1st place – 2 Squeak toy balls, $3.00 scratch ticket, and balls of chocolate,
2nd place – 1 squeak toy ball, $2.00 scratch ticket, and chocolate balls
3rd place – 1 squeak toy, $1.00 scratch ticket, and chocolate balls
4th place, – 1 squeak toy, and chocolate balls

Topic: VAN-PAH Virtual Monthly Mosh: Deck the Balls Out of Color
Time: Dec 5, 2020 02:00 PM Vancouver

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86736991856?pwd=OERQSGlJeHBqZVQ1NTN1WU9WdXRlZz09

Meeting ID: 867 3699 1856
Passcode: MH1205

Conference Call Etiquette Applies. Please mute your mic when not speaking or to lessen background noise!


Extraordinary General Meeting

December 11, 7:00 PM

In anticipation of a virtual annual general meeting in 2021, several updates to the VAN-PAH Bylaws are required to facilitate online voting and ensure a seamless election of new directors. These changes require the approval of the members to be enacted.

To this end, VAN-PAH will hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) via Zoom on:

Friday, December 11, 2020
Sign-in opens at 6:45 PM
Meeting begins at 7:00 PM

Please note, only members in good standing may vote on resolutions. If you are not a member or your membership has not been renewed for 2020, visit vanpah.com/buy-renew-membership/. New memberships are $20 and renewing members can take advantage of the one-time, $0 renewal option enacted in response to COVID-19.

Membership applications and payment, if applicable, must be received before 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 9 to be processed in time for the EGM.


December Director’s Meeting

December 16, 7:00 PM

For any members interested in attending, our monthly Director’s meeting will be held Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will include an open forum for members to voice their opinions, comments, questions, or suggestions about the current state of VAN-PAH.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Directors’ Meeting
Time: Dec 16, 2020 07:00 PM Vancouver

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81574324011?pwd=VkNzWmRSNHhQZzJXSlc4NmsrVGZZUT09

Meeting ID: 815 7432 4011
Passcode: DM1216


Member Event: New Year’s Eve, Online!

December 31

If you’re planning on being home and on the internet, why don’t you join Canadian Pets and Handlers for the count down to New Years, 3-4 times? Get really rid of 2020. We’ll have music and puppies and handlers pets of all kinds!

On discord on New Years Eve!
https://discord.gg/ABTKNK8EH4


December’s News


2021 Board of Directors Nominations

The current VAN-PAH Directors were appointed during 2020 and as such, their term will shortly be coming to an end.

New members are needed to step up to be on the board and help represent the membership while handling the day to day operations of VAN-PAH.

If you would like to be considered to be a Director of VAN-PAH, please send an email to vanpah@gmail.com by the end of day December 15, 2020. Please include your full legal name, why you would like to be a Director, and what skills you can bring to the organization.

All candidates will be vetted by the 2021 Nominations Committee before being presented to the membership prior to the AGM.

Please be aware that all potential nominee’s names will be communicated to the VAN-PAH membership as part of the election process leading up to the AGM in early 2021.


Nominations Committee 2021

We are looking for VAN-PAH members to come join the Nominating Committee for the 2021 AGM.

This committee is responsible for reviewing submissions by members who want to become a Director of VAN-PAH. This committee will make recommendations to the current Directors prior to the 2021 AGM elections.

If you would like to contribute to this important function of our member-funded society, please email vanpah@gmail.com and let us know why you want to join the committee and please highlight what skills you can bring to the team. We encourage anyone interested to email as soon as possible.


VAN-PAH Puppy and Handler of the Year Nominations

This year has been particularly challenging with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even though we have not been able to gather in person since March, we have had many opportunities to gather in the virtual world.

It is that time of year where we ask you the membership for your Nominations for Handler of the Year and Puppy of the Year.  We understand the difficulties that this year has provided us, and all though we have indeed found it challenging, there are stories and events to be told that we, the Directors, are unaware of.  If you feel that a VAN-PAH member has gone above and beyond safely, now is your opportunity to help bring this member forward.

To nominate someone:

  1. Send your nomination(s) to vanpah@gmail.com with “VAN-PAH Nominations” as the subject.
  2. You can nominate as many people as you would like, you just have to include a reason why.
  3. Nominations must be submitted by no later than the 15th of December, anything submitted after this period will not be counted.

Please note that the current Directors of VAN-PAH are not eligible for nomination for either of the awards.


New Director: Welcome back Figaro!

We are happy to announce that Pup Figaro has stepped in to fill the vacant director position on the Board. Thank you and welcome back, Figaro! 

November 2020 Howl

Changes to Bylaws: Request for Feedback

Due to COVID-19, the Board is anticipating that VAN-PAH’s 2021 AGM will be conducted virtually. To ensure there are no issues with this, VAN-PAH’s bylaws will need to be updated.

The current wording in the bylaws does not allow for voting to be conducted in advance to a general meeting. The bylaws are also unclear as to whether online or electronic voting could be used for the election of directors or passing of resolutions. To change this, the Board is suggesting 2 alterations to the wording of the bylaws. These changes will require approval at an EGM held via Zoom, which we hope to hold on December 10.

Please review the changes below, and then follow this link or click the button below if you have any feedback. The feedback form will be open until November 25. 

2021 Board of Directors Nominations

The current VAN-PAH Directors were appointed during 2020 and as such, their term will shortly be coming to an end.

New members are needed to step up to be on the board and help represent the membership while handling the day to day operations of VAN-PAH.

If you would like to be considered to be a Director of VAN-PAH, please send an email to vanpah@gmail.com by the end of day December 15, 2020. Please include your full legal name, why you would like to be a Director, and what skills you can bring to the organization.

All candidates will be vetted by the 2021 Nominations Committee before being presented to the membership prior to the AGM.

Please be aware that all potential nominee’s names will be communicated to the VAN-PAH membership as part of the election process leading up to the AGM in early 2021.

Nominations Committee

We are looking for VAN-PAH members to come join the Nominations Committee for the 2021 AGM.

This committee is responsible for reviewing submissions by members who want to become a Director of VAN-PAH. This committee will make recommendations to the current Directors prior to the 2021 AGM elections.

If you would like to contribute to this important function of our member-funded society, please email vanpah@gmail.com and let us know why you want to join the committee and please highlight what skills you can bring to the team. We encourage anyone interested to email as soon as possible.

VAN-PAH Social

November 28, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Come on out for a social evening online with everyone from our puppy and pet community. Wear your leather, rubber, fuzzy, or whatever other gear you want. Of course, gear is admired but never required. Having fun is the only requirement.

Topic: VAN-PAH’s Virtual Social
Time: Nov 28, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82074946518?pwd=emg4c2wycjBCOWU0SklLRWUyNDFqUT09

Meeting ID: 820 7494 6518
Passcode: VAN-PAH

Conference Call Etiquette Applies. Please mute your mic when not speaking or to lessen background noise!

VAN-PAH Puppy and Handler of the Year Nominations

This year has been particularly challenging with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even though we have not been able to gather in person since March, we have had many opportunities to gather in the virtual world.

It is that time of year where we ask you the membership for your Nominations for Handler of the Year and Puppy of the Year.  We understand the difficulties that this year has provided us, and all though we have indeed found it challenging, there are stories and events to be told that we, the Directors, are unaware of.  If you feel that a VAN-PAH member has gone above and beyond safely, now is your opportunity to help bring this member forward.

To nominate someone:

  1. Send your nomination(s) to vanpah@gmail.com with “VAN-PAH Nominations” as the subject.
  2. You can nominate as many people as you would like, you just have to include a reason why.
  3. Nominations must be submitted by no later than the 15th of December, anything submitted after this period will not be counted.

Please note that the current Directors of VAN-PAH are not eligible for nomination for either of the awards.

Happy nominating and we look forward to announcing the winners at the 2021 AGM!

November Directors’ Meeting

November 26, 7:00 PM

For any members interested in attending, our monthly Directors’ Meeting will be held Thursday, November 26 at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will include an open forum for members to voice their opinions, comments, questions, or suggestions about the current state of VAN-PAH.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Directors’ Meeting
Time: Nov 26, 2020 07:00 PM Vancouver

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87398562078?pwd=VTZEYXZoYkl5Qm5LVjArUzB1MTNPUT09

Meeting ID: 873 9856 2078
Passcode: DM1126

Thank You, Apollo

We are sad to announce that Pup Apollo has chosen to resign as a Director. On behalf of the Board and members of VAN-PAH, thank you for all the hard work, Apollo, and best wishes going forward!

October 2020 Howl

Nominations Committee

We are looking for VAN-PAH members to come join the Nominating Committee for the 2021 AGM.

This committee is responsible for reviewing submissions by members who want to become a Director of VAN-PAH. This committee will make recommendations to the current Directors prior to the 2021 AGM elections.

If you would like to contribute to his important function of our member-funded society, please email vanpah@gmail.com and let us know why you want to join the committee and please highlight what skills you can bring to the team. We encourage anyone interested to email as soon as possible.

VAN-PAH Virtual Mosh

October 3, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Our monthly mosh returns! Put on your gear and wag your tail for the webcam! We’re hosting a virtual mosh to close the social distances during these hard times.

Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89990428326?pwd=VC9ocEV2UlI4bmJURUZWUzQ4K3lmZz09
Password: VAN-PAH

Conference call etiquette applies. Gear is allowed, but no nudity like a public mosh. Please mute your mic when not speaking or to lessen background noise. Some functions may require the raise hand feature to participate.

Halloween Social

October 31, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Celebrate Halloween with VAN-PAH! Come on out for a spooky social evening online with everyone from our puppy and pet community. Wear your leather, rubber, fuzzy, scary, slimy, spider-webby, or whatever other gear you want. Of course, gear is admired but never required. Having fun is the only requirement.

Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81534480354?pwd=N2xLdjRMQ1hPODh5S3lpWmFvQklLdz09
Password: VAN-PAH

Conference Call Etiquette Applies. Please mute your mic when not speaking or to lessen background noise!

October Director’s Meeting

October 22, 7:00 PM

For any members interested in attending, our monthly Director’s meeting will be held Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will include an open forum for members to voice their opinions, comments, questions, or suggestions about the current state of VAN-PAH.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Directors’ Meeting
Time: Oct 22, 2020 07:00 PM Vancouver

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86294393636?pwd=ZWx0b3BMMVB3Q25ybzJ6eGkyczRDZz09

Meeting ID: 862 9439 3636
Passcode: DM1022

Privacy Policy

We now have a privacy policy!

The Board has recently adopted a new privacy policy which codifies how we use and protect the personal information you provide to VAN-PAH. The policy can be viewed here, and we encourage all members to read it. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us.

September 2020 Howl

Nominations Committee

We are looking for VAN-PAH members to come join the Nominating Committee for the 2021 AGM.

This committee is responsible for reviewing submissions by members who want to become a Director of VAN-PAH. This committee will make recommendations to the current Directors prior to the 2021 AGM elections.

If you would like to contribute to his important function of our member-funded society, please email vanpah@gmail.com and let us know why you want to join the committee and please highlight what skills you can bring to the team. We encourage anyone interested to email as soon as possible.

PackPuppy Turns Three!

September 2nd, 7:00 PM

Come and celebrate PackPuppy’s 3rd pup birthday! He has created a VR mosh pit for all Puppies, Canines, Kitties, Felines, Handlers, et al. throughout the community to come play in!

If you have access to a PC with moderate game graphic capabilities and would like to join:

  • Log in to vrchat.com with your VR Chat account
  • Friend “PackPuppy” by searching him in the upper search bar
  • Log in to the actual game by using your VR Chat account (NOT Steam or Oculus accounts)
  • Send a request to join PackPuppy

No VR equipment is actually required (although Windows SteamVR compatible gear is nice to have)! There shall be virtual hugs!

September Director’s Meeting

For any members interested in attending, our monthly Director’s meeting will be held Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will include an open forum for members to voice their opinions, comments, questions, or suggestions about the current state of VAN-PAH.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Directors’ Meeting
Time: Sep 24, 2020 07:00 PM Vancouver

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5770060351?pwd=S2k3QUlMeERrajFsNTVzaVluTmcrdz09

Meeting ID: 577 006 0351
Passcode: DM924

Mosh and Social on Hiatus

Our monthly mosh and social are on hiatus for the time being. Stay tuned for news on future events.

Privacy Policy

We now have a privacy policy!

The Board has recently adopted a new privacy policy which codifies how we use and protect the personal information you provide to VAN-PAH. The policy can be viewed here, and we encourage all members to read it. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us.

COVID-19 Advisory: Exposure Event at PumpJack Pub

Hello all,

Vancouver Coastal Health has put out a general advisory that the PumpJack has had a COVID-19 exposure event this past BC Day long weekend.

If you were at PumpJack Pub between the hours of 12:00 AM July 31 to 2:00 AM August 1, Vancouver Coastal Health is advising that you monitor your health for the next 14 days.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 such as a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you are encouraged to call 8-1-1 to speak to heath officials.

August 2020 Howl

Vancouver Pride 2020

Pride Parade: Aug 2, 1:00 PM (other events all weekend)

“Pride is more than a parade or a festival–it is a feeling, not a physical space–which is why Pride can not be canceled, only re-imagined.”
-VPS, 2020.

Vancouver Pride Week is online this year, and the full lineup of events and shows is already in full swing (you can check out the schedule here).

VAN-PAH is still proud to be taking part in Vancouver Pride no matter the shape or form, and we will be participating in the Virtual Pride Parade on Sunday, Aug. 2! The event starts at 1:00 PM and is being streamed on Facebook, Twitch, and Youtube.

You can watch the parade and all the other events here!

NWPAH Presents: Paw & Pounce Weekend: In The Aether

August 28th to August 30th

 Join Pets, Handlers and Allies from around the Pacific Northwest as we gather together for three days of Panels, Roundtables, Games and Events! The excitement runs August 28th through 30th so keep your eyes and ears open for more information.

More details to come at: https://www.nwpah.org/ppw-schedule

No mosh this month 😦 

As is normal for August, there won’t be a social or mosh this month. See you in September!

Member-Driven Events

Organizing an event you’d like puppies to know about? Let us know! With most gatherings this summer canceled, we want to promote member-driven events to take the boredom out of this pandemic.

Email us at vanpah@gmail.com to tell us what you’re doing

VAN-PAH Discord

 VAN-PAH now has an official Discord server! There was a bit of a mixup with the link sent out last month. Here’s a link that (hopefully) won’t expire: https://discord.gg/jS85b7X