2014 Holiday Pet Gift Guide

Americans will spend more than $58 billion this year on our pets, according to the American Pet Products Association.

Here are a few eco friendly gifts that Cici thinks will warm your pet’s heart and keep them safe and happy.

Holiday collar

Made in USA • A laser beam permanently engraves the collar’s design, dog’s name and contact information into the leather.
• The noisy metal tags are now engraved on your dog’s collar; guaranteed not to fall off.
• The collar leather is 100% full grain, vegetable tanned cowhide – the most eco-friendly tanned leather

Go to the website, www.ruha.com, you’ll find that you can create your very own personalized collar in a few easy steps:

Step 1:  Select the collar size
Step 2:  Choose a color
Step 3:  Pick a design
Step 4:  Add your dog’s name and the desired contact information

Voila !!!!

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Holiday ornament 

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Holiday bed

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CuddleCouch is filled with EcoRest™, a soft and resilient material made from recycled plastic bottles, which are spun into a fluffy fiber that provides durability and comfort.  For more info, go to:  http://www.worldwise.com/

Pet portrait

An original oil painting of your pet for the holidays by Gillian Wainwright…. http://nycpetportraits.com/

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What Your Dog Wants for the Holidays

 

 

Has your doggie been naughty or nice this year? Does Santa Paws keep track?  What would your dog tell Santa s/he wants this year????

 

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Cici is ALWAYS GOOD WHEN SHE SLEEPS !!!!  And when she is naughty, she does not mean to be. It is just too tempting to do things that I do not want her to do, that’s all.

 

1. Not to be dressed up in costumes, treated like a baby, carried around in a hand bag or painted and groomed and dyed to look un-doglike.

 

2. To be treated like a dog (belly rubs).

 

 

3. Join in the Feast: Endless treats and food.

 

 

4. Lots of time to be a dog  (zooooomies)

 

 

 

5.  Much time to play with other dogs, sniff the neighborhood, and chase small animals.


 

6. Real live cats, squirrels and/or bunnies to run after

 

 

 

7.    Lots of time rolling on back scratching and showing off belly.

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8.  Lots of bones, toys (squeakies), ropes, and/or pillows to chew on.

 

 

9.  Lick lick lick lick lick lick lick, much time to slobber.

 

 

 

10.  Nap time, woof woof woof woof woof !

 

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a dog has got to dream about all of the above, right?

 

 

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Pooch friendly Thanksgiving: Cold Turkey

10 reasons dogs are welcome guests for turkey day

 

http://hooplaha.com/2014/11/10-reasons-to-invite-dogs-over-for-thanksgiving/

 

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turkey day foods to share with your pooch include sweet potatoes and yams (sans marshmallows), turkey (sans bones, herbs and spices), stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, fruits, yogurt, and pumpkin (good for the belly)

 

 

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The Great American Dog-a-Thon, will air Thursday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. Hosted by Hillary Swank.

 

Recipe from Rachael Ray

Pumpkin Barley with Turkey

  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup long-grain rice
  • 3/4 cup pearl barley
  • Pinch of freshly grated or ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 pound ground turkey or ground turkey breast
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • Salt
directions

  1. In a small pot, warm the chicken broth over low heat.
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat, then add the rice and barley and toast for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season the grains with the nutmeg and stir in half of the warm broth. Cook until the broth bubbles, about 5 minutes. Then add the turkey, crumbling it as you drop it into the skillet, and cook until the liquid is absorbed by the grains, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time, allowing the broth to be fully absorbed before adding more. Cook until the barley is tender, about 18 minutes.
  3. Stir in the pumpkin puree. Cook over medium heat until just heated through, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt.

 

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/pet-friendly-dog-recipes/pumpkin-barley-with-turkey

 

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!!!! 

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Fall is fun

Frost on the car windows and various colored leaves on the trees… that’s right, we finally made it back to Idyllwild and stayed at the Strawberry Creek’s pet friendly Bunkhouse. We’ve never been there before and not stayed in Idyllwild during Fall. The air was cool, crisp and fresh and our cabin was red-flanneled log cabin cozy with a small kitchenette and patio. Every morning, there was a knock on the door and a basket filled with yummy scones, apple juice and multi-grain oatmeal was my breakfast.

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Unfortunately, my tummy did not enjoy the elevation and innkeepers Rodney and Ian had to leave due to a family emergency, so Cici got to watch me sleep and moan and groan for a few days. Not much fun for her. She would have much preferred chasing squirrels.

 

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Along the way we discovered an amazing drink at Starbuck’s, something I will try to recreate… hot lemonade with passion flower tea, the best taste sensation EVER.

We also enjoyed a free night at the Red Woof Inn San Diego.

 

Idyllwild seems to have more pet friendly places than when we visited there a few years ago. And the page with listings are right on the Bunkhouse’s website, here….

 

http://www.strawberrycreekbunkhouse.com/activities/pet-friendly-activities.htm

 

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Beach baby bungalows

The-dogs-need-a-bath-too-300x280Beach Bungalow Inn Morro Bay

Six reasons your dog’s haircut costs more than yours!

1. Your hairdresser only cuts the top of your head, not your whole body.

2. Your haircut doesn’t include a pedicure.

3. You don’t wiggle, spin, or try to jump out of your  hairdresser’s chair.

4. You don’t go for four weeks without washing or brushing your hair.

5. You don’t try to bite the scissors, brush or the groomer.

6. Your hairdresser doesn’t give you a bath.

Pamper your Pooch – Morro Bay Style!

Pamper your Pooch Mobile Grooming Getaway – Stay the night in one of Beach Bungalow Inn’s pet friendly signature guest rooms and let them pamper your pooch. Fido’s pampering will begin with a full service bath and trim by Pampered Paws Mobile Pooch Grooming, extra fee  for these services.  All dogs are groomed using GREEN products only. * A portion of the sales from your pet grooming reservation will go directly to Woods Humane Society in our community, so book today by calling the Bungalow at: 805-772-9700. 72 hour advance reservations required for these extra services, some restrictions apply, not valid with other discounts, other promotions or during holidays and special events.

Room/Accommodation Price Range: $129 to $319

Dog-friendly policies:

•Size: Maximum 60 pounds

•Maximum number allowed: 2

•Cost per dog: $20 Per Night

•Deposit: $0

•Percentage of rooms that are dog-friendly: Over 50%

•Breed restrictions: Dogs only andtwo2 per room

Dog-friendly property amenities:

•Dog Waste Bags

•Pet Packages

•Dining/water bowls

•Special treats

•Dog-friendly hiking/activity/attractions guide/listings at front desk

•Property will assist in making dog-sitting arrangements

•Doggy blankets and mobile pet grooming available on site for extra cost

Cici and I LOVED staying at the Bungalow. It did get cool at night and the fireplace (not real wood, the  kind that turns on via the wall) was just nice and cozy. Cici did not get a grooming but she did enjoy eating some tortilla chips on the patio with me at MiCasa, a wonderful nearby Mexican restaurant. I had a gigantic chicken burrito with rice and beans on the side.  I had breakfast (compliments of the Beach Bungalow) at a nearby family restaurant that had about six tables and a few outside. The country fried potatoes with cheese and egg on top were delicious and too much for one meal.

This Boutique 1940’s motor Inn has been restored to its mid-century charm with modern conveniences. Each room offers, complimentary full breakfast, free Internet and parking, fireplace, flat screen and cable TV, Turkish robes, slippers, In-room coffee, refrigerator and premium amenities. All rooms are non-smoking; some include full kitchenettes and are Pet Friendly too. Trip Advisor, AAA and Mobile highly recommended. Locatedtwo2 blocks from the Bay, Embarcadero Harbor, beaches and majestic Morro Rock.

http://www.morrobaybeachbungalow.com/index.php/category/specials/

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Reservation Phone: (805) 772-9700

Local Phone: (805) 772-9700

E-mail: info@morrobaybeachbungalow.com

Address:

1050 Morro Avenue, Morro Bay, CA 93442

take 101 south to 41 morro road exit 219, turn right, to 1050

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Carmel edge

When you travel with your dog, you can  hardly go wrong if you visit Carmel, a truly dog friendly place with dogs everywhere, miles of sandy dog friendly beach and lots of dog friendly stores and activities. Carmel has the canine edge that doggies love.

 

A wonderful place to stay right in Carmel are the Edgemere Cottages, a block from the beach.

take Hwy. 1 to the Ocean Av. exit turning towards Carmel. Go down the hill, through town and continue on to the bottom of the steep hill. There you will see a sign pointing to the 17 Mile Drive. This is San Antonio Av. Turn LEFT onto it and proceed 7 and a half blocks. Edgemere Cottages is on San Antonio between 13th and Santa Lucia on the left hand side

Check in is after 4 pm, check out noon

Gretchen and Doug are the innkeepers, very personable, friendly and knowledgeable.

http://www.edgemerecottages.com/

We stayed in the Piccadilly cottage and found out that the difference between these two cottages is that Piccadilly has steps leading up to the bathroom and kitchen and Devon cottage does not (we had our choice to stay at either and I should have mentioned that stairs are challenging for me. oh well… The cottage was roomy, comfy and very clean.

 

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This B&B has been pet friendly since the 1990’s. Gretchen’s parents bought the property in 1964. It already was a B&B called Edgemere. Gretchen and Doug have been the innkeepers since 2008.

There are four rooms, three are pet friendly plus there are innkeeping cats.

The inn has many repeat guests who come back year after year, for anniversaries, festivals and just to visit Carmel whenever they can. Anita and Dick from NYC are a couple who have been coming to the inn since Gretchen was a little girl in 1965. Anita: “It’s fun for us and very nostalgic. We love it here.

“Whatever excuse, we just want to be here.”

Gretchen loves collecting cook books (and there are a lot of them on her shelves). She is a home cook and baker and makes delicious breakfasts. The first morning we had a fresh fruit salad with strawberries, bananas, apples, grapes and blueberries. There was a choice of juices from V8 to orange juice. And an asparagus quiche (she has modified the ingredients by adding sour cream and nutmeg) with a Mississippi spice muffin (cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, applesauce and chopped nuts) plus coffee or an assortment of teas (herbal and caffeinated). She uses local ingredients from farmers markets. The hospitality is superb. During breakfast each guest was asked for their preferences which were cooked to their liking. Second breakast was a fruit salad, scone and scrambled eggs with or without ham, onion, cheese and veggies. She loves to cook from scratch and it shows.

Her mother collected antiques which are on display everywhere throughout the cottages.

Cici and I enjoyed the one block access to the beach, nice walks and beautiful sunsets. Two doggie bowls for food and water were left out in the kitchen and the bed and couch and chair were covered with sheets.

 

 

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All in all, if you are visiting Carmel and IF they have a vacancy, you should definitely check into the Edgemere Cottages.

http://www.edgemerecottages.com/

LIGHT AND AIRY”
Split-level cottage with two sleeping areas
Queen bed on lower level with flat-screen TV/DVD player 
Gas-log fireplace
Sofa-sleeper bed and kitchenette on upper level
Windows and doors opening onto beautiful gardens
One bathroom with tub/shower

Continental breakfast with fresh organic fruits, sweet breads, with quiche or egg dish
Orange juice and fresh ground Pleasant Morning Buzz coffee
Warm atmosphere, garden views and classical music

(831) 624-4501
(866) 241-4575
Toll-free

Email:  info@edgemerecottages.com

 

 

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Foster a Dog

 

Fostering is one piece of the NO Kill equation

“We all grew up believing that if you worked at a humane society or an SPCA, it was because you loved animals. And we were also told that the killing was a necessary evil and that nobody wanted to do it. And they wouldn’t do it if there was any sort of alternative… But then when the San Francisco SPCA created an alternative model and showed them that, indeed it wasn’t a ’necessary’ evil, it was just evil and we could end it, [the sheltering establishment] didn’t want to hear about it, they didn’t want to know and they felt so tremendously threatened by it that they did everything in their power to try and stop it.” –Jennifer Winograd, No Kill Advocacy Center, in the film Redemption.

http://www.nokillredemption.com/

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Screenings:

“America is two countries now—the country of its narrative and the country of its numbers, with the latter sitting in judgment of the former. In the stories we tell ourselves, we are nearly always too good: too soft on criminals, too easy on terrorists, too lenient with immigrants, too kind to animals. In the stories told by our numbers, we imprison, we drone, we deport, and we euthanize with an easy conscience and an avenging zeal. We have become schizophrenic in that way, and pit bulls hold up the same mirror as the 2.2 million souls in our prisons and jails and the more than 350,000 people we deport every year. Every year, American shelters* kill about 1.2 million dogs. But both pro- and anti-pit-bull organizations estimate that of these, anywhere from 800,000 to nearly 1 million are pit bulls. We kill anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 pit bulls a day. They are rising simultaneously in popularity and disposability, becoming something truly American, a popular dog forever poised on the brink of extermination.”

http://www.esquire.com/features/american-dog-0814?src=soc_fcbks

* the No Kill community would argue that we do not HAVE to kill. Some shelters CHOOSE to do so.  Nathan Winograd suggests and has himself implemented the No Kill Equation as the head of a shelter (or two) where he took killing off the table of options and challenged his staff to come up with creative solutions to get pets adopted.

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Can fostering pets save more shelter pets?

Rock and Rawhide thinks so.

There is an estimated 3-4million pets euthanized each year in US animal shelters. That’s 10,000 per day on average. There must be a way to curb at least some of this. There is. Fostering.

There is a strong lack of homes willing to open their doors to fostering a shelter pet. Maybe it’s because they assume that a shelter animal is “broken”, or that they think they would never be able to give the animal up to an adopter, it would break their heart. The former could not be further from the truth. And the latter is selfish. Imagine the heart exploding with happiness that the beautiful pet you have supported and loved, has found forever love with a great family.

Many shelter animals are down on their luck, and need a second chance. They have lived in homes before, they have lived with children, other pets, and life was great! But perhaps their human passed away, or maybe they fell on hard times and just couldn’t afford pet care any longer. And now Muffy or Fluffy or Spike or Spot is sitting in a cage wondering what on earth happened. Sure, there are some shelter pets who sadly have never felt love, or the affection of a human before. Some were abused or neglected. But all of them still have hope, they wag their tails, they purr.

One thing they all have in common is the dangerous waiting game. Will they get sick in the shelter? Will they go crazy if they are there too long? Will they gain bad behaviors because they are not receiving the natural love, attention and comforts that a home should provide? Will they make it out alive at all?

How the animals end up in the shelter in the first place is a societal problem that we alone cannot fix. But if people opened their homes to shelter pets we could save a bunch of lives and help animals transition into forever homes much more easily. That at least would be a start till our society puts a higher value on the lives and existence of our furry friends, till the law stands up for our four-legged buddies, till shelters are no longer overflowing with the unwanted.

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Fostering is a wonderful experience. As a foster parent, you can set certain guidelines with the rescue group as to what type of animal you prefer. A certain breed, age, sex, temperament, that you think will fit into your home. If you work full time and already have a dog, you can always request a dog-friendly foster pet who is house-trained. You will have the full support of the rescue group. But you must also give them full support in return. You must make a minimum time commitment (some rescues require 3 months, some 6 months).

Your job as a foster is to guide the pet into being the best it can be, to get it ready y for a forever home. That could involve teaching a dog to stay off the couch or walk better on leash, or teaching a cat to welcome other pets or to play, or simply to teach trust and love.

For an adopter, it makes the process a little easier. There is less guessing. We are certainly not suggesting that potential adopters should shy away from shelters when making adoption decisions. We LOVE shelters and wish more people would consider adopting a pet direct from a shelter, instead of using it only as a dumping ground. But for some, they need to know more specifics that a shelter often times cannot provide. When a pet lives in a foster home, it has a better chance of showing its personality, of displaying more natural behaviors. An adoptee can be told if that pet likes children, what commands it knows, how it acts in a dog park, what its favorite game or pasttime is, how it is with car travel, what it acts like when strangers enter the home, whether it needs a home with adults only, etc. Some of these traits can be noted by a shelter, but to many the transition from shelter directly to home is one that results in many adopters returning pets.

A pet needs time to decompress, to learn trust, to “get over” the shelter experience. This may be easy for some pets, and not so easy for others. A patient and loving foster home can help them through this process. Each rescue group is different with the type of support it offers it fosters. Some pay for all medical bills, some even pay for food. But all are ready with any help and advice they can provide. The rescue will promote the pet on social media and it’s website, as well as on sites such as PetFinder.com. If appropriate, the pet would also be part of adoption events where the general public can visit the pet. It is always helpful if the foster also promotes the pet to their contacts. They are the best ambassador for that pet.

One example of a wonderful dog that would flourish in a foster home is Millie. She was on the kill list in NYC and was pulled by A Pathway to Hope Rescue, after Rock & Rawhide advocated for her life. A great dog with so much potential, she is currently staying at A Hotel for Dogs in Middletown NJ, a doggie day care facility. She spent 2.5 months in the shelter, and now almost 1 month at the Hotel, where she is doing great. But it is time for Millie to find a home! Two-years-old, sweet, affectionate, listens to commands, obedient, healthy, loves to play, walks great on leash, and loves the car. Yet she’s just one of hundreds, actually one of thousands of dogs in boarding today. Lucky enough to have their lives saved. Unlucky enough that they are still in limbo….waiting.

Consider fostering. Consider adopting. Consider volunteering at your local animal shelter or rescue group. And always, hug your pets a little tighter, knowing they are the very lucky ones.

About Rock & Rawhide: Rock & Rawhide aims to increase adoptions and quality of life for dogs and cats in shelters, by providing distraction therapy and noise/stress reduction through the donations of toys, tough chew items, Kongs, Nylabones, bones, rawhides, blankets and more. If a dog is chewing, it’s not barking! If a cat is playing, it’s not meowing! Less noise = less stress. In turn, dogs and cats can pass their evaluations at shelters, and show more of their personality, making them more adoptable. We collect items through regular donations, music gigs, visual art shows, culinary events, DJ events, drop box programs, and more.


About A Pathway to Hope Rescue: A Pathway to Hope is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of abandoned dogs and cats, with a special focus on south to north rescue of northern breed dogs, the rescue of stray cats, and community outreach to further the cause of rescue.


About Hotel For Dogs: Dedicated to providing your dog with only the very best in lodging, play, and love. An owner-operated facility, staffed by hard-working, energetic dog lovers. It’s not enough for us to simply provide your dog with a little space while you’re away. We want them wagging their tails, making new friends, and singing doggy farewells when you come to pick them up – because we’re dog owners too and we know how hard it is to leave them.

 

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