Pets of Pinkbike – Pond Beaver 2021 –


We don’t get to see the animals we usually see at trade shows this year — like Hank — so here are the Pets of Pond Beaver.
Name: Maya
Type: Australian Shepherd x Border Collie
Age: 1.5 years
Human: Jason Lucas, Video Production Manager

We picked up Maya from a farm in Williams Lake, BC, last January right before the world flipped upside down. Honestly, she was a huge handful in her early months but since then has turned into quite the rad companion. Her favourite activities include riding, hiking, swimming, chasing birds, and being a constant source of entertainment.

Name: Cruz
Type: Golden Retriever / Border Collie
Age:1.5 years
Human: Max Barron, Videographer

He loves to go on hikes, lick kids’ faces, eat all the food, and people watch from our condo. But his favourite thing to do is play fetch with his orange ball.

Name: Mirabel or Mira
Type: Maremma / Klee Kai / Catahoula
Age: 15 months
Human: Daniel Sapp, Technical Editor

Mirabel (Mira) Sapp is a 15 month old Maremma/Klee Kai/Catahoula mix. She’s a solid 90 lbs of puppy that loves being in the woods, spending time with her friends, and has recently started getting out on some mountain bike rides and is a natural at navigating technical terrain. Mira lives in Pisgah Forest, NC with her mom and dad.

Name: Pana
Type: Vizsla
Age: 6 years
Human: Melanie Jansen, Sales Operations Coordinator

She is now 6 years old and got a bit more grey around her snout. Like many others during Covid she tried picking up some weird new hobbies like playing tennis, but realized she much prefers being a trail dog chasing after bikes Wink

Name: Keoke
Type: Three-toed box turtle
Age: 25
Human: Mike Kazimer, Managing Technical Editor

Keoke technically belongs to my partner Angi, but I spend lots of time with him since he resides in my home office. She got him from a pet store back in 1996 and he’s been chilling and eating worms (his all-time favorite food) ever since. He also enjoys bananas, strawberries, and raspberries.

Name: Eddy
Age: 1.7
Human: Alan Crisp, Head of Sales
Weight: An S-works Epic with a full bottle
Suited terrain: Light XC / Gravel
Reach: Short
Stack: Smol
Weight bias: Front
Pros: Acceleration
Cons: Reliability

Pinkbike’s Take: “Eddy had the quickest loop time, 1.4% up on the Pug SE1 and 5.5% ahead of the English Bulldog115. Eddy placed third on the descent, 1.41% behind the dog with longer legs.”

Name: Spud
Type: Huntaway
Age: 5 years
Human: Henry Quinney, Technical Editor

This is Spud. He’s a huntaway and he lives on my parent’s farm. He’s the Livestock and Security Supervisor but he wouldn’t hurt a fly really. In fact, one of the farm buildings got broken into last year and he basically just cuddled with the burglar for a few minutes. A great sheepdog, a useless guard dog but utterly lovable all the same.

Editorial note: I would also break into a farm building to cuddle with Spud. -AL

Name: Sitka (ginger) and Ashlu (tortie)
Type: Presumably domestic short-hairs, adopted from WAG in Whistler
Age: 2.5 year old sister-cats
Human: Christie Gibbs, Finance

These gals were at Pond Beaver last year, but have since gained a collective 0.9kg between them, seem to have an endless supply of zoomies, and enjoy watching nature videos for cats on YouTube. They also really enjoy pouncing on their humans at 5am demanding food and attention. Cardboard boxes have since replaced their fuzzy ball as their favourite item in the world.

Name: Peyton Manning
Type: Possibly Border Collie / Shepard X
Age: Maybe 11+ years
Human: Paula Moran, Operations

Rescued from Alberta, Canada started life living outside with no home. Now enjoys spending his days mountain biking with his humans, chasing squirrels, lounging at home, and ignoring little bro. Loves that his mum currently works from home.

Name: Rory McIlroy
Type: Heinz 57???
Age: Best guess is 7+ years
Human: Paula Moran, Operations

Rescued little dude, found roaming streets in California. Now spends days modelling cozy knit sweaters, following big bro everywhere and struts around with his natural mohawk like he owns the place. Requires regular solar charging to act as home and office alert system. If no sun, a fireplace will do. Despite tiny size is also a trail dog – sometimes gets a ride in a backpack.

Name: Petrusca
Human: Seb Stott, Technical Editor

This is our cat, Pietruszka. The name means parsley in Polish – she used to belong to a Polish lady who, presumably, liked parsley. She enjoys meowing, walking across my face at night, biting my hand while I stroke her and hiding decapitated rodents around the house (the cat, not the Polish lady). She’s very cute though. Sometimes she even joins us for a walk in the woods.

Name: Zola
Type: Jack Russell Terrier / Pug
Age:5 years
Human: Ed Spratt, News Editor

We rescued Zola from an amazing dog charity a couple of years ago after a pretty tough life going through two owners in less than three years. The first few months were pretty hectic as she had a ton of issues to work through. But now Zola loves to head out into the woods, although this is only when she isn’t spending most of the day fast asleep.

Name: Misiu
Type: Border Collie x Lab
Age: 4 months
Human: Radek Burkat, OG

Misiu likes steak, long walks, and internet cables.

Names: Super Puff, Blue, Rex, and Foxy
Type: Western fence and spiny granite lizards
Human: RC, legend

From left to right: Super Puff, female Western Fence Lizard; Blue, male Western Fence; Rex Male Spiny Granite lizard; and Roxy, female Spiny Granite. I’ve befriended these reptiles to the point where they line up at my kitchen door for treats (meal worms). I feed them by hand. It’s rare, but sometimes I can feel their tiny teeth when one of them gets a little too excited. It’s been three years now. They hibernate during the winter, and you never know when they’ll show up on the doorstep when spring arrives.

Name: X Æ A-12
Type: Human child
Age: 1 year
Human: Brian Park, Head of Editorial

Super adorable, loves playing with sticks, occasionally pees on the rug.

Name: Habernasch
Type: Bulldog
Age:7 years
Human: Mike Levy, Technical Editor, and Sarah Lukas, formerly PR & Communications

Grumpy. Legs don’t work. Loves to skid through the inside line.

Name: Meeshka
Type: Husky / Shepherd
Age:7 years
Human: Mike Levy, Technical Editor, and Sarah Lukas, formerly PR & Communications

Has two eyes. All legs work. Loves Tim Bits. Loves Mike Levy. Loves Car Rides.

Name: Sherpa
Type: Shiba Inu
Human: Mike Levy, Technical Editor, and Sarah Lukas, formerly PR & Communications

Blind. Deaf. One-eyed pirate dog. Has razor-sharp teeth, but gives nose kisses if you’re lucky.



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