Dog Wedding Photo Contest

Dog Wedding Trend Goes Hollywood 

 

Pet Parents Can Enter to See Their Dog in the New Movie “The Dog Wedding”

and Win $10,000 in Prizes from Stella & Chewy’s, BarkBox, DogTV and More

Have you had a dog wedding? Was your dog your best man, bridesmaid or ringbearer? If so, enter #TheDogWedding Photo Contest (www.thedogwedding.com/contestfor the chance to see your dog in the adorable romantic comedy “The Dog Wedding”, coming to theaters this Fall! Fifty dog wedding photos will be chosen to appear in the film’s opening credits.

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Entrants will also win 150 total prizes worth $10,000 from partners including Stella & Chewy’s (a leading brand of premium raw frozen and freeze-dried food for dogs and cats), BarkBox (a box of high quality dog products for your pup, delivered to your door each month), and DogTV (television’s first network for canines).

Fantastic doggie care, toy and vacation prizes will be awarded byPetcube, Sniffany & Co. by Dog Diggin Designs, The Saguaro Scottsdale, Dog Is Good, Muttropolis, Grounds & Hounds, The Loving Bowl, Hot Dogs All Dressed, Puppy Kisses online boutique, Bling Bone and The Pet Boutique.

Charitable donations will be made on behalf of each entry to Canine Companions for Independence (the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs) and Chicago English Bulldog Rescue Inc. (the most experienced and longest standing bulldog rescue in the Midwest).

The Contest’s partners total 2.1 million Facebook followers, signifying the popularity of dog weddings as a new global trend. From the USA to Japan, pet parents are fitting their pups for tuxes and gowns and throwing wedding celebrations. After all, dogs are family, so why not give them their special day?

Submit your dog wedding photos today and make your dog part of movie history!

About The Dog Wedding”    Coming to theaters in Fall 2015! The Dog Wedding tells the story of a German businesswoman who falls for an American wrestler she meets at the dog park, testing her lifelong obedience to her CEO/father. Rosalie Thomass (One Hot Numberplays opposite Matthew Bloom (WWE Raw), Bernhard Schütz (A Most Wanted Man)Prince & Queenie (two lovable English Bulldogs), and a delightfully eccentric cast in this refreshing romantic comedy. Follow the improbable duo as they discover your best friend’s wedding can be a real wake-up call! Watch the trailerwww.thedogwedding.com

Connect socially:

facebook.com/thedogweddingmovie  @thedogwedding 

@the_dogwedding

About Canine Companions for Independence

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship. Learn more at: www.cci.org

About Chicago English Bulldog Rescue Inc.

The most experienced and longest standing bulldog rescue in the Midwest, CEBR serves Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, and offershelp in other surrounding states. Their 75 volunteers have re-homed almost 800 bullies and counseled hundreds of families to provide support, encouragement and training consults to help keep bullies in their homes. CEBR’s care includes a high quality diet, the best veterinary care from a bulldog specialist, and behavioral evaluations of the highest quality. Learn more atwww.ebullymatch.com

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Please read The Dog Wedding Photo Contest’s Official Rules at www.thedogwedding.com/contest.

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Look at us … Top 20 Pet Bloggers

We are happy to announce that we made a list of Top 20 Pet Bloggers… from Trip Advisor…

Yipppeeee….

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Check it out:

http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/blog/top-20-pet-bloggers-of-2015/#sthash.kJZ4ecxi.dpbs

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6 Tips for a safe 4th of July

6 Tips to ensure that your pet enjoys the 4th of July festivities 

More pets go missing on the Fourth of July than any other time of the year. Pets and loud noises are not a winning combination. Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM has compiled a list of tips to help take some of the stress out of what is supposed to be a joyous celebration.

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6 Tips for a fun and fearless 4th of July:

  • Be sure your pets have well-fitting collars with up to date tags.
  • Don’t give in to offering your pet a plethora of BBQ treats. Keeping as close to their regular diet as possible will help avoid upset stomachs, vomiting, diarrhea and emergency room issues like pancreatitis.
  • Life jackets help keep water bound canines afloat, as not all dogs are strong swimmers. Never leave your dog alone at the beach and/or on a boat, as they can easily become overpowered by waves, tides and currents.
  • Most dogs and cats DO NOT enjoy fireworks. Pet ears are far more sensitive to loud noises than ours. Classical music has been shown to reduce canine anxiety. Pet thunder shirts are also an option to help comfort stressed dogs.
  • Homeopathic calming remedies including Bach’s Rescue Remedy and Tranquility Blends containing the herb Skull Cap help to safely reduce stress levels for dogs and cats with no adverse effects. Both products may be applied to the inner (hairless) ears, which act as acupressure points in dogs and cats. Both may also be given by mouth.
  • Don’t put human sunscreen on your pet. Pet sunscreen is fine for dogs and cats, but avoid zinc oxide, which is toxic to pets. DEET, a common insecticide, is also poisonous to pets and may cause neurological signs, including drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.

Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM.

Integrative Veterinarian

Dr. Carol Osborne is an author and world-renowned integrative veterinarian of twenty plus years. A pioneer in anti-aging medicine and longevity research for pets, she created and patented the original PAAWS: Pet Anti-Aging Wellness System for dogs and cats. Dr. Carol holds both the dog and cat scientific patents.


After graduating from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carol completed a prestigious internship at the Columbus Zoo.  Shortly afterwards, she launched a very successful private practice and became founder and director of the non-profit organization, the American Pet Institute. Dr. Carol offers traditional veterinary care for dogs and cats with a softer, natural touch. Her approach highlights the importance of nutrition and utilizing holistic avenues in combination with traditional treatments.

Official web site: http://chagrinfallspetclinic.com

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How to Blog like a Dog

Ever notice how people online LOVE to watch cute doggie and cat videos?  Dogs are experts at getting the attention they want with a wiggly butt, big smile, tickling toes with a lick, and they go for what they want by focusing in on the people passing by one at a time. If Cici sees someone she wants to say hello to, they do not have a chance at escaping her charm. She demands, usually with a bark, that they come over and meet her. What do dogs want? Butt scratches, belly rubs, attention and lots of treats. Some also like to cuddle and play fetch.

How does this translate into blogging like a dog?

Make it visually appealing

A dog is physically pleasing, entertaining and adorable, right. Is your blog? How does it look / stand out from the crowd?

More on design here:  http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/design-readable-blog-posts

Sit, stay, Shake.

Dogs charm their audience with their funny antics. Cici rolls over on her back and shows off her belly which makes people laugh. Your blog should do the same, entertain, make people laugh and come closer for more info. The unique news should be valuable to your readers and make readers want more and encourage, inspire, enlighten and uplift.

Heads Up.

Your headline and first sentence and paragraph should capture people’s attention the same way that a dog motivates people with their goofy antics.

And the rest of your blog post should continue the story with interesting quotes, stats and photos.

Dish it good.

No one wants to know what mundane things you are doing daily such as what you ate for breakfast. That is, unless you are writing about the fabulous brunch you and your French poodle ate at that nouveau luxurious B&B that caters to poodles.

Mark your Territory.

Be clear and stick to the point. No one wants to watch a dog who is all over the place (you know those energizer bunny type dogs). It’s too confusing and requires too much energy.

Gimme a treat.

Ask yourself, “Why should readers care about your blog?”  What’s in it for them? If they are going to spend a few minutes reading, there has got to be something that they get out of it.  Figure out the who, what, when, where and why; and ask yourself if you would find it compelling or at least worth your time.

Express yourself.

Get to the point in a few sentences. Don’t use jargon that only a rare few will know what you are talking about. Communicate as simply and clearly as possible with a few simple words. Relate to your audience like a dog on a mission to get a bone or treat.

Frill me baby. 

Don’t be afraid to show off your personality, authenticity and sense of humor.  Just as Cici is not reticent about showing off her spots, flaunt what you got with a bit of sass and flair.

Ready to play blog ball?

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Take Your Dog to Work

Friday, June 26 is Take Your Dog to Work Day.  As fun as this may sound to some pet owners, others won’t be as enthused when Rover gives them wet kisses or chews on some important files.  

“It’s an etiquette nightmare waiting to happen,” says Jacqueline Whitmore, an etiquette expert, author and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach.  

Whitmore offers these seven ‘petiquette’ tips:

–       Practice makes perfect. Make sure your dog can interact politely and adapt well to unfamiliar surroundings before you take him to the office so that he can put his best paw forward.

–       Be respectful of others. Don’t be surprised if some of your co-workers are allergic or uncomfortable around dogs. Honor their wishes and refrain from introducing your dog to them.

–       Don’t allow your dog to wander. Teach your dog to lie down quietly under your desk or at your feet while you work. Keep your dog off the office furniture and don’t allow your dog to jump on people whenever they greet him. An ill-mannered dog can be a nuisance and may not be invited back to the office.

–       Proceed with caution. Just like people, some dogs are shy and introverted. So don’t assume all dogs want to meet your dog. Allow the other dogs some time to get to know your dog before you let them play together.

–       Ask permission. Even friendly dogs can get excited and play too rough if not carefully supervised. Use your best judgment before you introduce your dog to a new dog. It’s never hurts to ask, “Is your dog friendly?” 

–       Try not to leave your dog alone for a long period of time. It’s a moot point to take your dog to work if you have to be in meetings all day. Make sure you have plenty of quality time to spend with him. 

–       Give your dog a break. Even dogs get bored if they are inactive for too long. Be sure to pack plenty of toys for him to play with. Also take your dog outside for a couple of walks during the day. The sunshine and fresh air will be good for both of you.

http://www.etiquetteexpert.com/

http://jacquelinewhitmore.com/

Doggies on the Job by Peter Nash

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66% of workers said that they were willing to take a cut in pay to bring their dogs to work. 95% of people said they would be less stressed and 94% said they would be happier and more productive if they had their dogs at work. An astonishing 91% replied that having their dogs at work would make them get along with their co-workers better.All of this is surprising given that only 24% of American workers are allowed to bring their dog to work and the most successful companies like Google, Ben & Jerry’s and Amazon continue to be voted best to work at year after year partially because of their dog friendly work environments.

http://3milliondogs.com/news/new-survey-shows-americans-really-want-to-bring-their-dogs-to-work?utm_source=3MD&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=66_percentage_willing_take_pay_cut&utm_campaign=3MD_newsletter_june23

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Norcal pet friendly

Our list of fun places to take your pooch in Northern California continues…

 

10. Russian River (Guerneville, Sebastopol, and Armstrong woods)

Cici and I just took a one day quick trip across the 37 from Vallejo to Sebastopol, Bodega Bay and Armstrong woods. We ate some delicious turkey burgers from Sequoia Drive-in, loved the beach and the woods, did a drive-thru. And we also went to two author events at Book Passage. The weather at the beach was cool and the weather otherwise was sunny and not too hot. Enjoyed the day, and it was a lot of driving for me in one day.

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11. Sacramento  (Rancho Cordova) 

http://celiasue.com/2010/01/22/the-good-bad-and-ugly-of-pet-friendly-hotels/

We would have to add that the Red Roof Inn in Rancho Cordova has slid downhill in a bad way (garbage left all over the property, bugs in the rooms, etc.)  too bad because we used to like to stay at this moderately priced motel which offers weekly rates. It is certainly a better option than Motel 6 but that is not saying much. The Comfort Inn in Folsom Lakes would be a better choice for a higher price, in my humble opinion. at least you get breakfast. And we had problems with their beds (hurt my back both times I stayed there in different rooms) so maybe LaQuinta Inn is the best choice for a higher price of course.

we love that Panera’s opened up nearby the Red Roof Inn. They have a drive-thru service and dogs are allowed on the patio. They also donate their nightly leftovers to charities / food banks.

There are numerous green areas to walk the dog including at Rancho Cordova city hall and the library.

12. SF Bay area

You cannot take the dog on the ferries but seniors get half off if you are 65+. There are ferries to the Ferry building in SF, Larkspur and Sausalito

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http://goldengateferry.org/fareprograms/

http://celiasue.com/2012/04/05/spring-break-dog-west/

13. Healdsburg

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http://celiasue.com/2009/05/11/healdsburg-is-dog-wine-and-chocolate-friendly/

14. Silicon Valley  (Rosewood Sandhill)

http://celiasue.com/2009/07/21/ooozing-with-dogitude/

15. Point Reyes  (Sea shells by the seashore) 

http://celiasue.com/2008/12/21/point-reyes-pet-friendly/

16. Gold Country, Murphys, Twaine Hart, Sonora

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http://celiasue.com/2015/02/03/a-romantic-dog-away/

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17. Yosemite

http://celiasue.com/2009/04/23/yosemite-pet-friendly/

18. South Lake Tahoe

http://celiasue.com/2009/09/22/south-lake-tahoe-pet-friendly/

19. Half Moon Bay

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http://celiasue.com/2011/03/10/half-moon-bay-has-gone-to-the-dogs/

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20. Elks in Orick, Himalayan Yaks in Mendocino

http://celiasue.com/2013/05/20/memorial-day-pet-friendly/

http://celiasue.com/2008/05/19/wild-turkeys-himalayan-yaks-and-deer-oh-my/

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In Redwood National and State Parks, pets on a leash not exceeding six feet in length, under owner control, and without creating disturbance to visitors and wildlife are allowed:

  • On all road-accessible beaches (excluding dune habitat).
  • Within 100 feet of public roads and parking areas (but not on trails).
  • At designated picnic areas.
  • Within all road-accessible campgrounds.

 

21. We were going to go to Fortuna and see the Avenue of the Giants but instead opted to visit Paradise, Red Bluff, and Anderson to look at mobile homes in parks (to purchase possibly). It was a bust as far as buying a mobile home AND we enjoyed our stay at the Comfort Inn in Paradise a lot. The town seems to be pretty pet friendly. We passed quickly thru Chico from Skyway and it seems like a nice college town about 15 minutes from Paradise. The weather gets REALLY HOT HOT HOT in summer and then cold in winter. Paradise has a lot of seniors who retire there and some good restaurants. Well, we ate at the Italian Garden which has a bar and early bird special Italian food. I had the zucchini sticks and chicken parmesan (with soup or salad). Yummy. The people were nice and we saw some deer and rabbits in the early morning, too. Well, I did, I think Cici was too busy looking around and sniffing.

 

Driving up to Paradise from Sacramento area (Rancho Cordova is about 2 hours) we took the 99 and 70 thru Marysville and Oroville. The last 10 miles or so up to Paradise were a bit twisty windy. But on the way back, we took Skyway thru Chico and took the 5 up to Red Bluff and took the 5 back down south, thru Williams and Corning and Maxwell when we went home. The 5 seemed faster and more highway. The towns went by quickly. We visited the visitor center in Red Bluff who told us that the Olive Pit in Corning was a good place to eat. It wasn’t as far as I was concerned. In Red Bluff, a good place to eat was the Rockin R, home cooked food. I had a tuna melt with baked potato. Shari’s with pies was awful service and not great food, either (that was lunch).  The Comfort Inn in Red Bluff was fine, although the room set up was a bit weird. They were very helpful and the internet service was pretty much nonexistent (unlike the service in Paradise and Rancho Cordova).

101 things to do in Paradise

http://www.101thingstodo.net/paradise/

 

More about Butte County

 

http://www.buttecounty.com/attractions.htm

 

All in all, this is what Cici had to say about Paradise (yes, several paws UP) LOL

 

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here is some info about pet friendly Chico

 

http://www.trailblazerpetsupply.com/pet-friendly-chico/

 

 

What would you like to do with your pooch in Northern California?

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Happy mamas day

to all you doggie mamas, kitty mamas and kiddie mamas, too !!!

 

 

 

https://www.thedodo.com/signs-your-dog-is-basically-your-child-1033721529.html

 

 

 

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and a special shout out to all the pit bull mamas…

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/08/playing-for-life-pit-bulls_n_7226240.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

 

 

 

I always felt like a motherless kid. I was certain that some day my REAL parents would come for me SOME DAY (they had obviously left me temporarily on the doorstep of this strange people). My blood relative mother was mentally ill, hostile, abusive and downright mean and cruel. She eventually chose meanness over kindness in her life, which is too bad and too sad. I always wanted to have a mother that other kids seemed to have. One who was kind, who listened, who comforted, who took care of me, and had my back (supported me). Instead I had someone who blamed me for things that were not my fault, made me responsible (babysitter) at the age of 2-3 years old, and focused all her energies on the negative. For a few minutes, maybe an hour or two in Florida, she did one day really seem to get that she did the same thing with me that her mother did with her, which was favor her brother as she favored my brother (who to her could do no wrong no matter what he did or did not do). He was all good and I was no good, to her. When I asked her to choose to STOP being abusive and hurting me in the 90’s, she decided, NAH. It was MORE important to her to tell the world how terrible I was, to lie about me, and eventually to turn those who wanted to be turned against me. Those who believed her lies, did. Others, chose not to believe her lies.

 

I mourn the lack of a relationship I now have with my nieces and nephew which is a direct result of my mother’s toxic legacy. Just because my mother was hateful and their father went along with her, her legacy to her ONLY DAUGHTER, was we shall ban you and evict you from the family because you refused to be a scapegoat any longer. No longer a doormat. No longer a victim of her rage and hostility. You dare to stand UP against her rage, OUT you go. You do not belong here.

 

Terrible price to pay and NO MOTHER should ask her very own daughter to pay it. A mother is supposed to be someone who is a saint of unconditional love. To me, that was my grandmother. She loved ME no matter what. And also, I have friends like that.

 

Therefore, I say today, that MOTHERS come in various different unique forms, not just blood relatives who bear babies thru their bodies. To the Mothers who embody all that motherhood is SUPPOSED to be, I applaud you all and I have to say that many many doggie mamas exhibit these wonderful qualities. Like the dogs we love, who offer comfort and healing and love with no end, these are the REAL MAMAS.

 

Thank YOU !!!!

 

 

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