Doggies gone wild

these dogs at the weddings sure were in the way at the wrong times, funny though.

would you like to raise money for senior dogs and their people?  Doggies deserve new Homes and so do their people !!!!

Some cities are starting to fine owners of dogs for leaving their pets outside during the cold / heat. This is good. Pets can die outside in the cold / heat and they should also not be chained up and left outside 24/7.

And what I would like to know is:  who is going to be held accountable for leaving people (some who also have pets) outside in the cold / heat without shelter????

Hypothermia can set in even in weather as warm as 50 degrees, but many cities don’t declare hypothermia alerts or winter emergencies,…

As the size of the average American family home has ballooned over the last half century—homes are now two-and-half times larger than they were in 1950—so too has the homeless population.

…More than 3.5 million people, including 1.35 million children, experience homelessness in the United States each year, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.

400+ women over the age of 50 are without homes in the Monterey Bay.

who is going to be held accountable for leaving elderly women out in the cold ????

 

Cici and I would love to start a non-profit, with your assistance, that would actually provide housing, tiny mobile homes, RV’s, campers, etc. for these women to have SHELTER, privacy and dignity. Don’t you think that elderly women, many with dogs, deserve homes to live out their life with grace?

 

Like Christine who has been sleeping outside in the cold and heat for two years now. And others sleeping in tents. One lady 75 years old while getting chemo and radiation treatments. Or an 82 year old woman who slept in her van for three years.

 

Won’t you help us Get Elderly Women OUT of the Cold ??? Thanks.

Please donate to Paypal via prmatchmaker at yahoo.com.  Every share and/or donation will make a difference.

Thanks !

 

who let the dogs out?

 

check it out:

 

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2016 Pet Blogger Challenge

 

Here are the questions for the 2016 Pet Blogger Challenge:

1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone who is visiting for the first time, please give a quick description of the subject of your blog.

I have been blogging since 2008. Our blog is about traveling with your dog(s) to pet friendly destinations, primarily in California (and also Nevada, Arizona and Oregon. And we have also covered other places). My dog Cici and I traveled for three years and reviewed 85+ pet friendly hotels, B&B’s, motels, lodges, inns in various locations and told the tales of pet friendly and pet tolerant cities and towns. We share our experience at pet friendly restaurants, wineries, stores, beaches and more.

2. What is the one thing that you accomplished during 2015, either on your blog or because of it, that made you most proud?

as sick as I was in 2015 (breast cancer, concussion, blood clots on my lungs, lost the most important person in my life for 40 years the day after Christmas, etc etc)  and with all of the other difficulties that I have had to deal, (not having a home of our own) that I wrote any blog posts in 2015 is a miracle.

3. Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)

I thought it was fun to point out things we can learn about our dogs and how they would blog. There were other blog posts about how we were the best dog bloggers in the universe (only kidding) but we were picked as being in the top 10 or so and those were nice, too. But we did not pick ourselves. And if we did, Cici and I will never tell. Anyway, I am rambling. Dogs can teach us a lot about our world. And they can certainly train us how to blog, too.

http://celiasue.com/2015/06/26/how-to-blog-like-a-dog/

 

 

4. A common theme from last year’s challenge was that many of us wanted to increase the size of our audiences. Whether or not we intend to monetize our blogs, it seems we’d all like to reach more people. It feels good to know that we’re connecting with others, sharing a laugh or supporting a cause, and it’s motivating to see those numbers grow! What is one thing you’ve done in the past year that has brought more traffic to your blog?

I am not sure that it has brought more traffic to my blog, but I have expanded the groups that I have been connecting with and made new online friends including some outside the USA (Australia, Denmark, etc). Some of the groups have been alternative housing aka tiny home folks, homeless advocates, and seniors.

 

5. Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? Why do you think it was so popular? (Please include a link.)

23 Pet Friendly Places in NorCal got the most traffic I think because people want to travel to Northern California and/or are traveling with their pets to NorCal and want to know the best places to take their pooches.  And we offer them a pooch side seat in the passenger seat to travel along with us exploring the pet friendliest places with dogitude (as opposed to the pet tolerant places that are not really pet friendly. You know the ones that charge pet fees (large or small), restrict dogs according to breed, size, or weight, do not have any or enough green areas, do not allow dogs to go anywhere, and/or do not provide any doggie amenities such as massage, toys, bowls, ID tags, pillows, beds, towels and/or TREATS / menu.  Pet tolerant places like Las Vegas, Nevada, oops, hotel casinos. Do not really want you to bring your dog BUT if you must, we will charge you, make you pay. Did you know that Harrah’s in Laughlin is $20 for you and $80 for your pooch? I kid you not.

http://celiasue.com/2015/05/03/23-pet-friendly-places-in-northern-california/

 

6. What is one blog that you read religiously – other than your own – and what makes you such a devoted reader? (Please include a link.)

I like to read BADRAP’s blog. Amazing dog trainers and especially great info for and about pit bulls and their owners.

 

http://badrap-blog.blogspot.com

 

 

7. What resources do you rely on to enhance your technical, writing, photography, social media, or other skills that improve your blog?

I am a research-a-holic, am on Google all the time, learning, reading, finding out what others are doing and what  find interest. I also use google-alerts to keep me up to date. I find a lot of the dog travel alerts to focus on the same old same old and some of the emails that I get, people want to write blog posts that I’ve written about many times. Enhancing reader’s interest, I try to use images, humor, as well as short blog posts (300-500 words) along with catchy headlines. It is also good to capture reader’s attention by tapping into controversial topics and providing tips, resources and practical assistance.

8. What is the best piece of advice you can offer other bloggers?

Keep on blogging, writing and reading other blogs.  Persistence pays off and so does keeping it fresh as you change, as your needs / focus / interests transform.

9. What is your vision for your blog in 2016? Do you have specific goals?

I want it to be more and more real, authentic and include other people and their stories, especially seniors with senior dogs. I have always tried to tell my truths, be honest, and I’ve interviewed others. I would really like more people to feel compelled to contribute their truths, too. I also want to include alternative housing (mobile tiny homes) since I am obsessed with finding, building, creating one for me and cici.

10. You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there one blogging challenge you’d like help with, or one aspect of your blog that you’d like input on?

I would like to expand the scope of my blog to include various topics such as seniors with dogs, difficulties of seniors in coping with life changes including alternative housing options and resources. I still will write about my dog and include living with my senior dog, issues that arise with a senior dog, and a senior person.  Do I change the name of my blog since I am changing the focus or just keep on keeping on ?

 

Challenge badge on your blog, did not work… I tried and tried and tried oh well :-)

 

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Hoppy New Year

The year 2015 is leaving and 2016 is arriving. Hopefully, it will be filled with lots of fun, good fortune, health, wealth and happiness.

 

For the millions of pet owners and their furry friends who like to bring their dogs with them, you may not know that there are places and stores you may not have considered where you can bring them with you. You do not have to be limited to campgrounds, pet stores, dog parks and hiking trails and beaches.  Expand your horizons and see life from a doggie’s perspective.

Dogs are welcome in many of the places listed below. Just be sure that your doggie is on leash, friendly and well-behaved and you would be amazed to find out how many storekeepers, malls and retail shops will be happy you brought Fido along with you. Faces light up and often times, when they see Cici, they ask if they can pet her, smile, laugh and/or confide that they are missing their dog at home or the one that they just had to put down.

 

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Do It YourSelf Home Improvement Stores

Think Lowe’s, Home Depot, Orchard Supply, Ace Hardware, Tractor Supplies and other such places. Cici and I enjoy getting a scooter cart (in the places that offer them), and while I ride the cart, Cici trots along next to me, getting exercise, attention, and sometimes treats, too. We call it our Zoom, Zoom time. She loves it !

 

Office Supply Stores

Office Depot, Staples, and other such stores often allow dogs to sniff around as long as they are well-behaved, on leash, and quiet. On occasion, I have sat on their furniture, used their Wifi while Cici sat at my feet, under a desk, and no one asked us to leave. Salespeople might want to know if you are interested in any of their products and if they can help you with anything. But for the most part, we were just fine.We did not spend too much time, maybe half an hour at most.

 

Banks

Cici got so used to getting treats in Oregon at banks (and Carmel), that she thought that they were treat stores. The banks elsewhere were not as welcoming. Just depends upon the branch and bank, I guess. U.S. Bank branches have been very pet friendly. Wells Fargo was iffy. Bank of America? Chase? Check it out. Your pooch loves to be wherever you go and if they can sniff out some extra cash then why not.

 

Wineries

We have reviewed numerous pet friendly wineries in various towns such as our very favorite Navarro’s up Highway 128 going to Mendocino and some in Sonoma, Napa and other wine country towns. Some wineries have winery dogs on site and others do not mind if you bring Fido along. They even offer treats and lots of attention.

 

Camping Equipment stores

Big Five, REI, and other stores are usually happy to have a friendly pooch visit the store while you check out camping equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, camping chairs and portable outdoor showers and potties.

 

Department Stores

Macy’s is one of our favorite stores to visit in the Monterey area, at Del Monte Shopping Center, a big mall. The entire mall is very pet friendly. And there are many malls filled with stores that are pet friendly. Some malls are not open to furry visitors. This list are places that we have also found to be pet friendly:  art stores like Michael’s, Aaron Brothers, computer and electronic stores such as Apple, Mac Superstores, Radio Shack, clothing stores such as Marshall’s, Nordstrom’s, Kohl’s, shoe stores (Cici’s favorite), and linens and bath stores such as Bed Bath and Beyond, The Body Shop, Brookstone. If in doubt, Call first.

 

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Car Dealerships and Tire Stores

One of the places that Cici has enjoyed treats and attention and water has been at the car dealership. We have spent time in the air conditioning on hot days as well as asked a lot of questions about our car to while our car was being worked on, the service area time seemed to go a lot faster with Cici with me. We find out how things work, how to fix the car and found out about new models. As long as we were well behaved and did not overstay our welcome, everyone enjoyed the canine attention.

 

Hair Salons

I was surprised when the lady at the hair salon told me that Cici could come inside the store while I got my haircut. I think it was SuperCuts, Great Clips, or Fantastic Sam’s, one of those chains. Your local hairdresser may or may not welcome Fido, just ask to see if it is possible.

 

Baseball, Softball and other Games

Hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jacks, right. Baseball is one of America’s favorite activity in the summer. Whether it is a stadium where your favorite teams are playing soccer, basketball or the local children’s Little League or high school games, Fido can feel right at home and root/woof for their favorites, too.

 

Drive-in Movies

You can always watch your favorite movies on TV at home. And there are some rare places with drive-ins where you can watch usually older movies with your furry pal. Popcorn for you. Dog treats for Fido. And everybody is happy.

 

Flea Markets

Farmers markets usually do not allow dogs, because of the food that is displayed. But flea markets typically offer non-food items such as clothing, jewelry, plants and other items and do allow dogs.

 

Bars/Restaurants (outdoor patios)

We love Panera’s Bread and they have patios where Cici can sit and drink water from a bowl I bring with me. And there are many other restaurants that allow dogs to sit with their friends as long as they do not bother anyone. Some places in Carmel and other towns/cities even offer a doggie menu.

 

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Museums

There are art museums and others that allow dogs to peruse the cultural and creative paintings, photos, sculptures and other offerings. Cici visited an art museum in SLO with me when we went on a press trip a few years ago. And there are pet friendly art museums in Carmel and other towns/citieis.

 

Amusement Parks

Some of the big attractions, such as Disneyland, SeaWorld and others may not allow dogs or only allow them in some places. Call before you go. And there are local carnivals and fairs where they have rides and games for children that do allow dogs, all members of the family.

 

 

There are many other places that you can bring your doggie friends. Keep exploring. And share your favorites with us.

By the way, hotel chains that offer pet friendly amenities and do not charge a fee (and offer decent human accommodation) include LaQuinta Inn and Suites, Best Western, Comfort Inns, Choice Hotels, Ramada, Super 8 and others. These also offer.member reward programs where you can earn free nights with points for money spent. Some of the budget chains have really gone downhill and are not habitable for humans or dogs (Red Roof Inn, Motel 666, etc).  If you find a B&B, hotel, or motel that you enjoy, let us know all about it.

 

Thanks and Have a Great New Year !!!!

 

 

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Xmas 2015 gift guide

Well, this year has been the year that we will be glad when it is done and it is over, my year started off with breast cancer, then progressed to blood clots on lungs, bashing my head which led to a concussion, a dear friend of 40 years in hospital (serious operation), several friends dead, no home for me and cici to live in. I have been getting sicker and sicker and sicker and on and on and on and on, that has been my year…

 

so pardon me, if I am not exactly filled with a lot of holiday cheer…

 

Here are some great gifts for the pooches and pooch owners:

 

Eco Dog care

Love the fragrance (all natural essential oil ingredients), even washed my own bad self and hair with it and my hair was all soft and good. Cici does not like bathing so the goodness of this shampoo and wash was wasted on her dog self.

http://eco-dog-care.myshopify.com/pages/faqs

 

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The Total Dog Manual: Meet, Train and Care for Your New Best Friend by David Meyer, president and cofounder of Adopt-a-Pet.com, the world’s largest nonprofit homeless pet adoption website.

If you have a dog, know a dog, want a dog, you have got to get this doggie manual. It is the how-to of canines. (Do doggies come with instructions? Now they do !)  It is very easy to navigate and fun to read.

 

From understanding a dog’s anatomy and those deep-down doggie instincts to training methods and grooming tips, all the information you need to understand your dog is now at your fingertips. Broken up into three sections–behavior, training and care–and easily organized from puppy-hood to old age, you will learn tips on curbing bad habits, teaching basic commands, vacationing with your dog, communicating effectively and much, much more. The Total Dog Manual’s easy to follow format and step-by-step training methods makes this your foolproof guide to dog care.

 

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Kinn Kleanbowl–a stainless steel frame which fits over compostable refill bowls. Included was the bowl with several inserts, and a package of extra bowls.   https://kinninc.com/kleanbowl-challenge/

The Kleanbowl Challenge was created to show a pets preference to eat or drink out of the Kinn Kleanbowl when compared to their average pet bowl. The Kleanbowl reduces health risks to pets with the disposable and germ-free Nourish Pet refills which provide a healthy bowl alternative to regular pet bowls that may be unsanitary and filled with bacteria. To set up for the challenge, pet parents fill both the Kinn Kleanbowl as well as their pet’s regular bowl with the same food or water, place the two side by side and let their pet choose which to eat or drink out of! Kleanbowl Challenge pets are not incentivized or influenced to select the Kinn Kleanbowl.

 

Santa poop bags:  A nice red clip-on-the-leash (collar) carrier for dog poop bags with extra rolls of bags to fit the carrier. The brand is Boty Dogs.

 

It was a bad spring in my  neighborhood for people NOT picking up after their dog.  We all stood around complaining about how it gives a bad rap to all dog owners.

We got to talking about what we could do and who always picks up.  The
conversation got a little silly and someone suggested Santa Claus
would always pick up, as a result I created the “Picking Up In Good
Company” poop bags with Santa reaching down to a dog who is pooping.  Carla
Here is the link to the product on Amazon;
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0147D21HA

 

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Barkworthies, yummy elk antler and 8 oz. of sweet potato chips.  “Naturally Healthy, Naturally Happy” All Natural Dog Chews. The sweet potatoes the ONLY ingredient.  The website is www.Barkworthies.com.
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Sweet potatoes are a canine favorite because of their flavor and are: 

– packed with vitamin A, B6 and C, plus minerals manganese, iron, potassium, fiber, and zinc 

– great for senior dogs (because they help fight the effects of aging) and puppies (because they’re a high source of calcium) 

– natural dental aids, since the chewy texture helps remove built-up tartar and plaque 

– vegetarian and vegan friendly

A note from the Elmakis Family: “We love our pets and know that wholesome nutrition is essential to their health and happiness. This is why we started Barkworthies.
“We wanted dog lovers like you to have access to the highest quality chews and treats without additives, preservatives or artificial ingredients.
“Today, we’re proud to offer an exciting line of products that are as nutritious as they are delicious. We source our ingredients globally, selecting only the best for your family. When you choose Barkworthies, you can feel confident you’re giving your canine companions what they need to  eat, live and love.”
Pet Safety ID Tags with Links-It
Even the most well trained pet can have a bad day. A frightening noise, natural disaster, car accident or other unexpected event can trigger a dog or cat to run for the hills leaving owners devastated and frantically searching. Unfortunately, while 80 percent of pet owners report that they believe it is either very or extremely important for animals to wear ID tags, only 33 percent report always having ID tags on their pets. While many owners have their pets chipped today, a collar and ID tags are still an important visual signal that a dog or cat is lost from home and not just a stray. Pet IDs with a new technology to help keep them safe.
Many pet owners don¹t keep tags on their animals because it can be hard to get them onto the metal ring without breaking it, pinching a finger or wasting twenty minutes of a day. A new gadget called LINKS-IT solves the problem by eliminating the need for the ring. Made from an ultra-durable polymer, LINKS-IT snaps apart so tags can be slid on and attached to a collar, then snaps and locks in place. LINKS-IT can be used with existing tags or upgraded further with Pawdentify tags which are more durable than metal, virtually silent, and can be custom printed with up to 15 lines of ID information that will never rub or scratch off. They are available in over 100 designs. 

and a wonderful holiday gift guide by our friends at Kurgo

 

http://www.kurgo.com/2015-holiday-gift-guide?utm_campaign=2015+Holiday+Gift+Guide++%28aCwm5W%29&utm_medium=email&_ke=cHJtYXRjaG1ha2VyQHlhaG9vLmNvbQ%3D%3D&utm_source=All+to+Email+%28To+Add+to+Static+List+Only%29

 

 

Happy, Merry Ho Ho Howlidays and Happy New Year to you and yours !!!!

 

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Cici needs surgery

Update:

I have a concussion from bashing my head during a recent fall. Along with the other health issues I am dealing with, and other crises (last blog post). We are on our way to hopefully get housed in the Palm Springs area.

Right now, we are stranded about 30 miles away without gas or a cent to buy any.

At least there is a Starbucks, Walmart, Home Depot, grocery store and other stores here but it is also 20 degrees colder here than in Palm Springs. Not fun when you are sleeping in your car.

Thankfully, CIci was able to go to a vet to see about a lump / tumor on her leg. Pets of the Homeless paid for the exam. She is going to need surgery to get the tumor removed and biopsied.

Put up a fundraiser to help pay for the costs. If you can, please share and/or donate.

Here is the link:

https://www.youcaring.com/cici-the-polka-dot-princess-468095

Thank you.

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Should homeless people have dogs?

Today, we will be discussing this topic not presented here before. A little break from our usual kibble because it is important on a personal level as well as impacts EVERY ONE OF US here in America. And many of us who have dogs.

Somewhere on Facebook, someone asked the question should homeless people have dogs? I was outraged. How in the world is it that people seek to take away every tiny bit left of what a person WHO HAS LOST EVERYTHING HAS???  Yet, this is the attitude all over America.

Homeless people deserve nothing, no dogs, no pets, no homes, no help, no nothing. Because they are lazy, crazy, moochers who do not want a job or a home and besides, it is their own fault. There is something WRONG with those people so let’s punish the heck out of them. Bans, laws, ordinances are EVERYWHERE (See below).

Yet, more than half of the 350+ women over the age of 50 in the Monterey Bay peninsula without homes HAVE dogs and still, in “dog friendly” Carmel, they are told to get rid of their mutts. As if it is the dog’s fault that THERE IS NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING and very LOW WAGES. And 49% of Seniors are Living in Poverty in the USA.

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Women live longer than men, make less money than men, and get less Social Security retirement funds. Women also make easy prey for predators. Especially sick and elderly women. But hey, those bag ladies must have DONE SOMETHING WRONG to deserve living on the street. Some jerk on Facebook actually said something to that effect to me, that these people did not save up enough money so it’s their own fault.

Nope, the lazy, drunk, drug addicted, crazy people (it is easy to see how AFTER you lose your home and are treated like a nonexistent go away piece of trash that you THEN become mentally ill and / or start drinking or taking drugs) is a myth and stereotype used by some so that NOTHING NEEDS TO BE DONE OR CHANGED.

Now, women without homes need dogs for protection and companionship. Plus, it has been shown that people without homes will feed their pets BEFORE they feed themselves. People without homes Deserve EVERYTHING YOU DO, a home, a bad, a place to BE, food, health care and a DOG/Pet of their own choice. How DARE anyone tell another person what they should or not have.

8 reasons why homeless people deserve a dog 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danielle-wolffe/8-reasons-homeless-people_b_6562446.html

I should write 8 reasons why homeless people deserve HOMES …

Just ask Richard Gere the actor what it is like to be homeless. He did a movie Time Out of Mind in New York where he was dressed up as a homeless man.

“I could see people from two blocks away decide to avoid me. Whether they were conscious of it or not, they were like: I know that guy. And they filled in all the other things that one needs to know to have a reaction. They decided, OK, this guy’s gonna be asking me for money, and I don’t really want to give him any money. In fact I don’t want to make any contact with him…”

http://www.salon.com/2015/09/08/richard_gere_on_playing_a_homeless_man_in_nyc_i_could_see_people_from_two_blocks_away_decide_to_avoid_me/

Now, Pets of the Homeless, a nonprofit organization in Carson City, Nevada has a different attitude and idea. They actually help to Feed the dogs of people without homes, all over America. And help to get vet care, spay and neuter and other care plus support shelters allowing pets. While I DO NOT think that shelters are the Answer to End Homelessness, because warehousing people is NOT an answer. There is NO PRIVACY nor DIGNITY in shelters. Plus, too much money is spent on salaries and buildings and not enough ON THE PEOPLE WHO NEED HOMES.

http://www.kgw.com/story/news/2015/10/27/salem-gets-homeless-center-that-takes-pets/74686852/

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People should have HOMES. Their OWN HOMES. And some communities are creating tiny home villages and apartments and low income housing for seniors, but not enough to meet demand. And the thing is that taxpayers are paying THREE TIMES MORE per person per year to NOT HOUSE people. That is right. And some states Utah, Oregon, and others are ahead of the curve in providing HOMES and apartments for homeless people.

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AND a 9 year old girl in Washington is building tiny homes and growing food and giving them all to the people in her community in need. If she can do this, then why can’t ADULTS with MONEY do the same ????

Now onto the personal aspect of all of this:

In 1996, I went through a divorce, lost a job, three crucial family members passed on leaving me a virtual orphan, was rear ended in a car accident, and then was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and told there was no cure, just grin and bear it (all of the pain and horribleness).  Called this my Job experience.

And thought that was the worst year EVER.

Until this one hit and here are just a few of the highlights…

At the beginning of January, I finally had a home to move into, for ten days. Person turned out to be a very scary crackpot, to say the least.

At the end of January, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not having a home was a bit of a problem (a BIG problem) to having surgery.

But then the newspaper, doggie mamas came through BIG TIME and so did BADRAP and I was given a few weeks breathing space to get through the surgery.

It was crucial for us to have a home after surgery, a place to rest, heal and recover. Instead, I moved into a place with someone with a dog who had an agenda, to steal the Breast Cancer Support Group money that was given to me. We lived there two weeks. Happy recovery, not.

Decided to move back to Carson City, Nevada, because it is cheaper and perhaps I could get a place of my own. Did not really find one so I moved in with a cowgirl and her three Jack Russells. Seemed all very positive, hot springs, Cici learned how to use a doggie door and became part of a dog pack, and then the doggie poop hit the fan when the cow girl decided instead of allowing me time to rest and recover, it was time for me to become her housekeeper with lists of 20 things to do every day. What?

Desperate for rest and my own space and place, I accepted the offer of a very kind and generous doggie donor of a camper for Cici and I to live in. A mobile home on the road. Ok, what did I know about such campers? And with a very light budget, plus a bunch of campers having passed through our paws, we got a popup camper that has to be cranked, unhitched and has caused me to become unhinged hauling it around, decimating bushes and walls and other items in its way. (It really should be mandatory for people to have lessons on how to drive these things BEFORE they buy one).

Not knowing where to go or what to do again, I headed to the 101 from Reno. A little time with the trees, perhaps? Oh yes, there were fires, smoky twisty windy roads, lots of road work, 100+ degree temperatures and 30 minutes with the trees. What a trip. And no place affordable to park the camper.

Back to Monterey, where we were living for five years. And it seems to have become totally worse for people without homes. Bans, ordinances, all terrible decimating peoples rights.

imagine if you were at risk of being thrown into jail every time YOU went to sleep, ate food, went to the bathroom or TRIED TO SURVIVE in hot or cold weather, in the rain, outside in the elements.
What would you do? What would your mother, sister, granny, or aunt do?
It is not only unconstitutional, illegal and/or immoral to have these bans in place all over the USA, but it is cruel and unusual punishment according to the Department of Justice.  

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/10/no-camping-and-other-laws-that-sneakily-push-the-homeless-away/412216/

But hey, too many cities are still putting these laws on the books. Stealing people’s possessions to the tune of $250,000 in Salinas (why build affordable housing when you can take away what little someone has, charge them to get it back and profit off of their misery?). No overnight parking or camping in Marina (Just because everyone else in the area is jumping off the roof, so the Mayor decided to go ahead and be part of the doggie pack and make it a criminal offense to sleep in his town). Do not sit and lie down in public in Monterey. Yup. You heard me. It is also illegal to FEED people in public in 33 cities across America.

In Carmel. we got a very hard wake-up call there which I will tell you about in a minute.

We went back and forth between Monterey and Paso Robles, where we discovered a few resources, like a place to sleep at night in the Jeep not the camper.

I did not mention the fact that I have tried to sell the camper and got offered half of what was paid for it which would leave me with NOTHING to buy a new camper with. The kind of camper we need is the kind that is easy to manage, that we can pull over by the side of the road, open a door and go to sleep.

Nor that I was robbed, scammed and had to call the police to get the scammer out of the camper (we popped up for three nights at a hot springs in Paso Robles). It is rustic, to say the least. And the hot springs pool itself very good for the healing of the body.

Well, I also did not say anything about the guy who smashed the Jeep and camper into a fire truck.

Need I go on?  (How am I still standing????)  well, am barely hobbling. My feet hurt so bad.

And just last week, I found out that the dearest person in my life is now in the hospital, just had an operation and is very very ill.

Was in and out of the ER all October where they told me I have blood clots on my lungs. And the doctors take one look at me and dismiss my condition because well, after all, I am fat and without a home, so that makes me a nobody and certainly not a person of worth who deserves health care.  Bye bye bye.

Plus, there is more that I cannot even discuss or go into.  Remember, I told you ONLY the highlights.

Now onto yesterday…

I woke up from sleeping in my Jeep after too many nights doing the same feeling sicker and sicker. And since the ER doctors have the attitude mentioned above, getting treated with disdain is not exactly what I seek so I just left after the social worker gave me the usual BS.

Banging your head against the wall time and time and time again is not as much fun as it supposed to be.

Well, I was in Carmel and went over to the Starbucks. I could hardly walk my feet felt like burning hot coals and I was barely able to make it to the Jeep, get Cici. I needed help feeding her. I had food and a bowl in the car but could not manage the supplies and her. I let her walk, I could barely walk with her so I sat down. And felt dizzy and like I was going to faint.

I saw someone I had seen there before, who had seemed like a dog friend. And asked her to please help me feed Cici, go to the car, get her food and bowl. She ignored me and walked away. Ok. So then a guy came along and I asked him the same. He kept right on going to his car. As if I did not exist. He heard me but just kept on walking. So then I asked another woman and the same lack of response.

At which point, I lost what little left I had of sanity and started crying and yelling. Of course, these kind folks in doggie paradise went right inside to tell Starbucks on me because they could not ignore me, me and my doggie dilemma had nothing to do with them, was not their problem, and Cici and I were interfering with their coffee time. Someone came out and told me to leave. I told her that I could barely walk. We had a few more choice words and she said that if I did not leave, she would call the police. I told her to please go ahead and call 911 and whoever else. She did.

Then we had a big party.

In the midst of all the chaos of fire rescue, paramedics and police, who were all asking me the same questions making my already dizzy head spin off its axis, the kindness man showed up. He took care of Cici, fed her, walked her and offered to take her for me if / when I went to the hospital.

Ahhh, the light at the end of this very long tunnel. ONE doggie lover left in Carmel.

ONE kind stranger. No, there were two others. A gal from Seattle, who helped me and a worker at Starbucks who was leaving, gave me her breakfast sandwich and told me that they should NEVER have treated me like they did. Well duh.  Other people who were very very kind to me recently include the manager of Panera’s Bread in Sand City, the church we held at Starbucks in Pasos Robles with Sandi, Linda and the other gals, and several more who have answered the call to help a ‘friend’ in need.

ANYONE with a brain, eyes to see, and ears to HEAR could SEE that here was a person in CRISIS who was SICK and needed assistance. Well, why be kind to that person when you can deny, ignore, or police and threaten them ???

That is it, America. The sad truth of what is happening EVERY DAY, EVERY HOUR, EVERY MINUTE to 3 million PEOPLE across America. Good, decent, hard working Americans, too.

Like James Worley, Homeless Lives Matter on Facebook and Twitter,

an honest man who found a purse filled with $1,700 and went out of his way, while homeless himself, to return the money to its rightful owner.

Like 82 year old Kelli who lived in her van for three years. Elderly women, single moms with kids, veterans, and hard working people not making enough money to afford the ever increasing rents in every city.  People in San Francisco have to make $175,000 to pay $4,500 a month in rent. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Jose have declared emergencies in their respective cities in regard to the overwhelming number of people somehow living without homes.

http://www.montereyherald.com/article/NF/20150124/NEWS/150129839

WE ARE IN CRISIS, America.

Yes, our furry friends deserve homes and SO DO THEIR OWNERS and FRIENDS !!!!

Millions of dollars are raised for our doggies and KITTIES and they deserve the Love and Care AND what about the people who are their families??? Do they not deserve HOMES and a Helping Hand Up, so that they can take care of their pets and not have to choose between food and rent or health care and their dog ????

According to AARP, Approximately 19 million low-income 50+ households in America cannot afford their housing costs and/or live in inadequate housing.

According to Medicare, nearly half of all seniors (48%) live in poverty today, especially in: DC (59%); California (56%).

This was the article written about Cici and I in January 2015:

http://www.montereyherald.com/social-affairs/20150228/homeless-at-65-not-the-life-former-journalist-imagined

We really need a HOME NOW. And I am asking if you would be willing to help us get the camper / home we need asap? It is imperative, life vs death.  Any amount of donation, sharing will help, thanks.

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Happy Howloweeners

Some dogs like to dress up, others do not, please do not force your dog to dress up if they do not want to and be sure to keep them safe for the howladay… and if you do dress them up and / or take them trick or treating this holiday, please send us photos to share.  thanks !

CALIFORNIA STATE:  Halloween Has Gone to the Dogs

What percent of California residents do the following Halloween activities with their dog?

Dress up their dog in costume: 28%
Greet trick-or-treaters at the door with their dog: 18%
Give their dog extra treats during Halloween: 20%
Take their dog to doggy parades or gatherings: 19%
Bring their dog trick-or-treating: 20%

http://treatingforall.com

About 20 million Americans are expected to spend $350 million this year on Halloween costumes for their pets.

  • Don’t force your pet to wear a costume. “Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!),” recommends the ASPCA.
  • Do not put a mask on your dog or cat, or anything that covers your pet’s eyes or ears.
  • Do carefully examine the costume and remove any small, dangling pieces your pet could chew and choke on. “Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury,” adds the ASPCA.
  • Do try a couple of dress rehearsals and observe your pet in the costume. If your dog or cat seems distressed (look for signs like a tucked-in tail, folded-down ears and eyes looking sideways), forget about a costume. Instead…
  • Do simply have your pet wear a fancy collar or bandana instead of a full costume. “Collar-wearing dogs and cats are already used to the feel of something around their necks, so they aren’t likely to be very bothered by a scarf or other neck accessory,” says Dr. Karen Becker, a veterinarian and animal advocate.
  • Do consider having your dog or cat’s costume be “nudist” if wearing anything bothers your pet.

• If your super social dog or cat stays with you as you hand out treats, make sure your pet doesn’t bolt outside when you open the door.

  • No matter how social your pet is, keep your dog and cat indoors at home, especially while you’re out trick-or-treating. “Dogs can be easily excited by the Halloween commotion, and a bite or a lost dog will quickly end the evening’s fun,” notes the HSUS.
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing a collar with ID on Halloween night, “in case s/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters,” the AVMA advises.
  • It’s important to keep trick-or-treating bounty, especially chocolate and sugarless gum, in a high cabinet away from your pets. “Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats,” warns the ASPCA. “Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems.”
  • If your pet does devour the contents of a trick-or-treat bag, immediately call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435).
  • Although they’re generally safe, don’t let your pet nibble on real pumpkins, because they may cause stomach upset. And if you put a real candle inside that real pumpkin, keep it far away from your pet.
  • If you’re hanging Halloween lights, make sure the cords are out of your pet’s reach to prevent electrical shock if they’re chewed.
  • The ASPCA warns that the following Halloween decorations can be dangerous for pets: glow sticks and fake blood, because they can be poisonous; fake cobwebs, which can choke or entangle pets and wildlife; and potpourri and scented candles, which are both toxic to birds.

Happy “Howloween!”

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/tips-for-a-scare-free-halloween-with-your-pet.html#ixzz3nzO7SJmj

Some cuties with a message:

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Some cute costumes:

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Tips on hosting a doggie howl-o-ween party

http://treatingforall.com/#/articles/detail/67poQ3oZ56aw0mE68EEqge

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