Monthly Archives: June 2008

Ellen DeGeneres and Halo pet food…

Ellen Degeneres is now an owner of Halo pet food

homemade dog recipes

She also had this group of guys from NYC who rescue animals called Rescue Ink…

The Pit Bull Awareness Program

Dog fighting is dead wrong, and Rescue Ink™ is leading the fight to stop it. What some call a sport is an abomination, a cavalcade of horrors that cannot be tolerated. Through this program Rescue Ink™ is exposing dog fighting and alerting the authorities of its practitioners; we are informing the public how to spot training and fighting facilities, and teaching them how to recognize and report backyard breeders and fighters.

To further combat the growing popularity of this horrific practice, Rescue Ink™ is developing a PSA program to spread the word that “Only A Fool Thinks Dog Fighting is Cool”.


If you know or suspect cases of animal abuse, find abandoned animals, or have animals that you are no longer able to care for, please call the Rescue Ink™ Hotline at;

631-Rescue Ink™ (631.737.2834)

and what a great idea, a cat food bank for pet owners to get food to feed up to four cats for a month… from Cat Adoption Team, Sherwood, Oregon


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camping with your K9 …

tips for camping with your dog

summertime and the living is hazy… due to the over 800 (that’s right, not a typo) eight hundred fires currently burning in California (north and south), the air here has been VERY unhealthy, smoky and horrible, been putting Vick’s on before I go outside and thought about getting a face mask although the news said that it doesn’t really do much… all i could find were paint face masks made out of paper from Lowe’s and the local pharmacy… and you have to buy a bunch of them, too…

the last two days, we met up with a dog pack made up of three labs, one golden, one puppy and a lab of unknown age, and a woman who takes laps around the dog park (about 6-8 laps at a time), and cici has joined right in with the pack and gotten along with all of them, especially the puppy lab…  yesterday, the dogs found raw hide treats and cici was running and chewing at the same time, and taking the treats away from the other dogs… she thinks that fun… along with stalking squirrels.

she also was the center of attention last night.  People just love her and this group of guys and another family with a tiny infant were fawning all over her, much to her delight… wag thy tail…

we finally got the word that the car is ready so today we will get it and probably leave tomorrow, gotta get us some good clean air to breathe!

gasp gasp gasp….

anyway, thought I’d write about taking your dog camping, since it’s summer and people are spending less on vacations and probably more people will be camping out with their K9’s…

cici did not like being inside the tent when we camped out a few weeks ago… i had to bodily lift her up and put her inside and zip her in… so yes, getting a dog used to a tent beforehand is a good idea, if you can do so…

Bring for the car ride:

* Lists of rest stops and veterinary hospitals
* Leash
* Dog seat belt or crate / kennel
* Water and Bowl
* Treats
* One or two toys
* Blanket and/or dog bed
* Bags to pick up waste
* Medications, if applicable
* Your dog’s medical records
*  First Aid Kit

encounters with critters

some great natural products thanks to that we will have to try…

Doggie Sage Bug Off Soap is made from skin loving conditioning oils and bug repellent essential oils. It does not contain artificial or synthetic ingredients that cause allergic reactions or irritations. It is easy to use. Rinses off easily leaving your dogs coat soft and shiny.

* Paraban Free
* No Mineral Oil
* Vegan Friendly

Ingredients: Saponified Oils of Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Aloe Vera Oil and Essential Oils of Cedar, Citronella, Eucalyptus

ticks, eeeewwww… they are a fact of life when you take your dog in the wild… so you should be prepared to deal with them…

TICK KEY is the only tick removal device on the planet that uses natural forward leverage to remove the entire tick, head and all, quickly and safely without touching or squishing even the toughest engorged ticks. Tick key is 99.9% effective on all sizes and types of ticks. Tick Key Is The Easiest-To-Use Tick Remover On Earth!

Place the key over the tick in the teardrop hole. Slide the tick into specially tapered slot. Pull key up from skin. The Tick is removed easily, head and all! This patent pending design has been perfected and tested for over five years and is responsible for removal of thousands of ticks of all sizes including deer ticks and dog ticks.The Tick Key is fabricated from high-strength anodized aluminum…this is not a weak piece of plastic.

The Tick Key is flat and is easily stored in a wallet, pocket, on a key chain, collar, saddle, or leash

How Not To Remove Ticks: Don’t Remove Ticks With Your Fingers. In many cases a tick is likely to be carrying pathogens such as lyme disease,ehrlichiosis and others that are harmful to humans and pets. Tick saliva or blood is something you do not want to risk being on your hands or under your fingernails.Pulling on a tick, even with tweezers, can tear the mouth parts from the body of the tick leaving them embedded in the wound causing risk of secondary infections.


Don’t Squeeze, Crush or Squash A Tick. This can force spirochete and other infective body fluids through the mouth parts of the tick and into the wound site increasing the risk of infectious diseases. Don’t Apply Substances To A Tick. Applying any substances, such as petroleum jelly, fingernail polish remover, repellents, or a lighted match that upset or harm the tick almost always cause the tick to vomit the contents of its stomach back into the host. No matter how badly a tick may want to remove itself, it is not capable of doing so quickly.Ticks can live without air for long periods; attempts to smother it can allow disease transmission for hours.

Herban Essentials Pet Towelettes

Herban Essentials Pet Towelettes are a fabulous treat for both you and your furry family member. The towelettes are made with the highest quality pure lavender essential oil, which not only makes them smell amazing, but makes them naturally antibacterial and antiseptic as well. Plus, lavender oil is wonderfully calming and relaxing.

Use the towelettes to clean your hands and kill germs after playing with, caring for, or cleaning up after your pet. Rub a towelette over pet’s hotspots, scrapes, or skin irritations to disinfect, promote healing, and prevent licking. Place a towelette in pet’s crate to help calm and relax in stressful situations (ie: vet visits, illness, travel). Use towelettes to regularly clean pet’s ears.  Contains 20 Towelettes

Young Living’s Thieves Spray and Thieves Wipes are easy-to-use, natural, and convenient products to help clean and protect your family from harmful bacteria.

if you want an especially great natural antibacterial and antimicrobial with nontoxic coconut oil that smells good, too, you’ve got to get a Thieves pack with oils from Young Living… check out my Easy Being Green page and order some… It’s fantastic for cleaning your home, and they have a foamy hand soap which I love, as well as the essential oil blend which was created by Gary Young, based upon the historical account of four thieves in France who protected themselves from the Black Plague with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing victims of the killer disease. When captured, they were offered a lighter sentence in exchange for their secret recipe.

Young Living’s proprietary Thieves® oil blend includes clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon, and Eucalyptus radiata …

The Foaming Hand Soap, features the therapeutic grade essential oil blend Thieves, pure lemon and orange essential oils, Ginkgo biloba, and vitamin E.

now, this is a spoiled pup gone camping…


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feng shui for pets…

You may or may not know what feng shui is… you might think that it is silly, woo woo, airy fairy or New Agey nonsense. Feng Shui is an ancient practice utilized by the Chinese and can assist in harmonizing your home, office and other places. There are different schools of Feng Shui such as the black hat sect and each offer cures for the flow of chi (life energy). The point is to keep your home and office healthy by enhancing the natural elements such as fire, water, earth and air.

It has not occurred to me that you could utilize the principles of feng shui in relationship to your pets, but this morning, I saw  several articles about the subject.  Most Feng Shui practitioners agree that pets can add beneficial, good and positive energy and joy and love to your life. The various articles below each discuss different aspects of utilizing feng shui for the benefit of all members of the family, including your pets.

Whether you believe in Feng Shui or not, I hope that these articles will benefit you as I found them valuable. For instance, I used to always have a fountain of water in my home and have not had one the last few years. Instinctively, Cici drank from a water fountain at Sierra LeBone the other day.  Moving water is good for increasing wealth and prosperity and animals love to drink from water that flows naturally (like lakes, rivers, streams)… Water fountains can be soothing, listening to the sound of tinkling, bubbling water, just feels good.

Listen to the sound of a water fountain…

Indoor tabletop water fountains can play an important role in the decor of our offices and homes. Bringing bubbling, flowing water into our living and working areas helps bring a natural feeling back into our lives. Tabletop fountains are wonderful room beautifiers and stress reducers.

some cool water fountains… and you can have a lot of fun making your own… if you make your own, they are more affordable and you can add your own fun elements.  Just make sure that you keep the water fountain (zen or peace or garden or tabletop) clean, flowing and easy to access for your pet.,,HGTV_3433_1375530,00.html

and here are some handy hints and home made remedies using essential oils to ward off fleas and ticks and other useful tips for pet owners…

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dog friendly parks in Carson city, Nevada

ok, so Cici is now stalking squirrels amidst the hazy skies due to the smoke from the 800+ fires in northern California. She said goodbye to her boyfriend Koda this morning early as he was leaving in the car, he came calling on her yesterday morning, when I opened the door, there he was… so cute.

Anyway, thought I’d let you know that Carson City a few months ago made some of the parks in the area dog friendly and are considering dedicating a dog park to be just for dogs (that will take awhile if it will happen at all)…

Here is a list of the dog friendly parks according to the Nevada Appeal:

The Carson City Parks and Recreation Department has established new dog-friendly park rules, which are being offered on a trial basis. Scott Fahrenbruch, parks director of operations, said people need to make sure to watch their dogs and clean up after them for the rules to work.

For more information, call the Carson City Parks and Recreation Department at 887-2262.

Sonoma Park, 1003 Sonoma St. Dogs are allowed off-leash until 4 p.m. and must be on a leash after then.

Blackwells Pond Park, 2317 Northridge Drive. Dogs are allowed off-leash all day.

Steinheimer Park, 2860 Ridgecrest Drive. Dogs are allowed off-leash all day.

Fulstone Park, Eastridge Lane and Northridge Drive. Dogs are allowed off-leash all day.

Monte Vista Park, 1102 W. Long St. Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash.

Mayors Park, Koontz Lane and Center Drive. Dogs are allowed off-leash except between 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Long Ranch Park, Longview Way and Waterford. Dogs are allowed off-leash all day.

Ronald D. Wilson Memorial Park, James Drive and Mark Way. Dogs are allowed off-leash all day when construction is done.

Fuji Park, 601 Old Clear Creek Road. Dogs are allowed off-leash except between 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Carson River Park, Carson River Road. Dogs are allowed off-leash all day.

All park trails and natural and open space areas. Dogs are allowed off-leash all day.

and this info below was from a notice about a meeting about creating a dedicated dog park that they held:

The difference between a dog park and a “dog-friendly park” is that a dog park is exclusively for dogs off leash subject to common rules. Most dog parks also have segregated areas for smaller dogs. Carson City does not have any dog parks, but such parks exist successfully in many other cities.

At the meeting, groups will be formed to work on fundraising, site selection, research of other dog parks, rulemaking and other efforts to support the building of dog parks.

For questions or concerns, contact Donna Curtis at

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if you’re happy and you know it, wag your tail…

after cici played with pongo her lookalike doggie boyfriend and a few other dogs at the dog park, we discovered a wonderful pet place … it is located right in the same mall as the grocery store, Raley’s, on south Carson (395) where I shop almost every day.  the pet place is called sierra lebone… the owner,Lynda, is very friendly, knowledgeable and a true dog lover. I called her because I wanted to check out the pet food and then I found out that they were having a free dog training class which they do almost every Saturday from 9-10 am.

cici was treated like a queen.  Lynda and the trainer, barbara, were very loving towards her. cici has never been in a situation where she had to be around dogs but not play with them, so it was challenging for her, we stood in lines and walked the dogs around a ring, like show dogs. it was already very hot at 9:30 am.  barbara told me to correct cici whenever she tried to lick the other dogs and she was also being very vocal.  cici got a lot of treats and a few applauses for being a good girl. after class, i was a little woozy from the heat and received a few samples to take home. we went back in the late afternoon for some dog food and got some California Natural food which i have not tried before. Also, got some samples of Honest Kitchen Thrive, Embark, and Force as well as Innova Evo, Evanger, Wenaewe and some Wagatha and other healthy treats.

the store has an abundance of delicious wheat free food, treats, raw foods, and all kinds of pet supplies from beds to leashes, collars and toys. And they are going to be offering dog massage and other services soon.

Everyone loves Cici and she’s a happy girl. She scarfed up some of the new food and keeps looking for more. that’s my girl…(not the photo, just thought this is a cute photo of a girl with her dog)…

The other day Rachael Ray made some dog cakes that she makes for Isaboo, her dog… the recipe was interesting…

doggie cakes

chicken broth
turkey bacon crumbled up
bread crumbs
make into cakes and bake them


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Can you save money on gas by organizing your car?

Can your cat or pooch help you get organized?  Well, Cici has a new boyfriend that looks almost exactly like her, spots in the same places and same color ears, he’s a Lab pit mix, 8 months old and will have photos soon… they had a blast together at the new dog park we just found…

Meanwhile, in the process of moving I have discovered that disorganization can lead to crisis purchasing and unnecessary spending. Everybody is looking for ways to save money these days, especially on gas. How much money are you spending by not keeping an organization system for your pets in your car?

Just as travelers load up the car to go camping with essentials such as flashlights, batteries, matches, tents, sleeping bags, coolers, first aid kits, and other camping supplies, pet owners can save money keeping pet items handy and easily accessible in their car.

Linda Hecht (no relation) spent an extra $35.36 on crisis purchases without her organizer. Money spent unnecessarily.

She created the Hecht of an Organizer® for use in her vehicle in 2004 but I just found out about it.

“Having a car organizer reduces duplicate purchases. With receipts in the car, you can return purchases. With stamps in your car organizer, you don’t have to buy extra stamps when you go to the post office. Keeping coupons in the car, you can save money with discounts on products.

“By applying the three tips of organizing and using a versatile and flexible organizer, you can create an organization system that works specifically for you and your lifestyle,” she explains.

Three organizing tips:

Group like items together

Give items a home

Make the items you use most often easy and accessible

In addition, she suggests ten ways to save money through keeping an organizer filled with files and supplies in your car.

1)       Emergency kit including disposable camera, gloves and first aid kit. In case of an accident, you can provide on scene photos as proof for claims.  The first aid kit could include items such as flea, tick spray, hydrogen peroxide, Rescue Remedy for shock and trauma, medications, supplements, healing ointments, and other  essentials.

2)      Spare keys. Lost keys can cost a lot of money and time. Why spend money for a locksmith.  AAA provides an extra plastic key for members.

3)      Consolidate shopping trips.  Buy pet food online and have it delivered, take the dog to the vet, groomer and to the pet store in the same mall or vicinity.

4)      Keep a contact list with you (the vet, groomer, pet store where you get treats, toys, pet daycare provider, pet sitters, and other pet related places) in your organizer which reduces fees for calling information, 411 calls. You can call 1-800-goog-411 to retrieve phone numbers, but this can take time if you want to call a few people and not everyone is listed. Have a phone card, batteries and an extra charger in case of loss of power to electronic gadgets.

5)      Reduce and/or eliminate crisis purchases by keeping pet items in your organizer. You could keep extra cans of pet food, dry food, leash, collar, plastic bags, gloves, toys, treats, bones, and other items.

6)      Keep receipts so you can return purchased items and for tax purposes.

7)      Families who share cars can prevent extra trips retrieving articles left in their spouse’s car.

8)      Turn wasted time into productive time.  Keep letterhead, postcards, notebooks, and stamps in the car so you can catch up on reading, letter writing, and writing thank you notes while waiting to pick up kids from practice or classes or waiting for the vet.

9)      Have coupons on hand for the car wash, bottled water, and dog bakery and chain stores.

10)   Keep spare change just in case.

11)  File copies of documents such as vaccination and vet medical and dental history, evidence of ownership, and other records in the car organizer for easy access.

Linda Hecht invented the Hecht of an Organizer® in 2004  to help keep her organized while she traveled for her job over several states in her car. She wanted a product that was durable, portable, attractive and, most importantly, would keep her papers and office supplies organized in her car, but she couldn’t find anything that fit the bill. Today, with the Hecht of an Organizer®, you can save time and reduce stress, as well as stretch your dollars by making fewer trips and saving money on gas.

The Hecht of an Organizer® is great for Pet Owners, Teachers, Real Estate Agents, Artists, Busy Moms, Entrepreneurs, Sales Reps, Writers and others…

The Hecht of an Organizer® has proven  effective in streamlining daily workflow:

-  Group Paperwork, Supplies, and Tools together, increasing workflow.
–  18 open pockets give items a home, which makes it easier to put them away, and find again.
–  Versatile, use with file bin, file tote, sample trays, laptop, etc.
–  Easy to carry with one hand, and easy to get in and out of vehicles.
–  Rugged and eco-friendly will hold over 50 pounds.
–  Will out-last other organizers. Hecht of an Organizer® patent design uses two slip-covers (water resistant polyester, pvc coated and nylon pack cloth, or cotton/lycra® blend). When used in combination they cover all four sides, interior and exterior of a cardboard box.
–  Box size 16”L X 12”W X 7½” T.
–  Covers are machine washable.
–  Box inserts come with initial order and are also replaced for FREE for years to come.
Custom embroidery available
Cost: $35.00

Cici says it’s ok for this cat to be on this blog post today, just so long as I don’t allow cats to run rampant all over the blog every single day….

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car seat belts for K9’s…

Given how much traveling we’ve been doing, it’s starting to occur to me that maybe I should get cici her own seat belt or seat or something… sometimes I strap her into the regular seat belt… and sometimes she has her own comfy back seat filled with fluffy pillows, blankets and sleeping bags… still a harness of some kind for safety purposes seems like a good idea… what do you think?

if you have a dog seat belt that you’d like me and cici to review, let us know…

here’s a few I found online…

dog car seats…

dog seat belts…


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back in Carson city… found a dog park!

cici and i are back in Carson City, Nevada… got a new car and it needs some work, will take it to the mechanic on Monday…

just today, we went to the Father’s Day Pow Wow and on the way back, we stopped at a yard sale and found a fenced park where dogs are actually allowed off leash, except for two hours a day from 4-6 pm, they have to be on leash… it was too hot at 1pm but am planning to go back tonight and tomorrow morning… took her to Davis Creek last weekend but my leg was hurting from when I fell at Carmel beach.

below is some info about dog park safety and the benefits of taking your dog to a dog park…

dog’s first bite against a human happening after a history of aggression towards other dogs is actually extremely common.  People unfamiliar with actual dog bite data still like to perpetuate the myth that aggression in dogs is reliably species-specific, and that aggression towards dogs means people are safe.  They’re not.

Social benefits of dog parks

Because off-leash dog parks help dogs achieve the highest levels of socialization by ensuring they meet all kinds of other dogs and people, there is likely a correlating decrease in the number of biting incidents committed by these dogs.  The more dog parks, the more dogs are likely to have these socialization opportunities.

Years ago, I said this, “When the studies are done, we’ll find that cities with ample access to off-leash areas for proper socialization and training will be the cities with the lowest incidence of dog bites.”


Dog parks can be great places for your dog.They can meet and play with other dogs, run in large areas free from their leash and safe from traffic hazards. They can meet all kinds of new people of different colors, ages and sizes, and some of those suckers…er umm people even dish out treats!

Dog parks can also be dangerous places for your dog. Most dog parks have rules posted requiring the dogs to be vaccinated and excluding “aggressive” dogs. That’s great in theory. Have you ever had to show proof of your dog’s vaccinations before entering a dog park? Not every dog owner is responsible maintaining their dog’s vaccinations. Between, sharing kisses, water dishes, and toys, dogs who frequent dog parks run the potential for being exposed to worms, giardia, and other parasites and diseases.

pit bulls at dog parks…

benefits of doggie daycare vs. dog parks

Doggie Daycare vs. the Dog Park: The difference between doggie daycares vs. dog parks/group of loose dogs is a controlled environment. Here at Pawtropolis, the staff member assumes the position of “alpha.” The dogs in day care quickly learn to recognize staff members as the leaders of the pack. We, as staff, are able to formulate the best playgroups, match dogs of similar sizes, similar play styles, etc. Staff also step in to help the aforementioned puppy (aka, “doggie nerds” as we like to call them) appropriately interact with his adult peers. In addition, we help dogs understand when another dog is not in the mood to play, redirecting their attention and/or matching them with other equally playful dogs. Furthermore, we have the luxury of selecting only those dogs suited for doggie daycare as well as keeping all unneutered males over 7 months old out of the playgroups. Lastly, staff keep all food out of the communal areas to curtail food aggression among the dogs.

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Martine Inn revisited… a wonder to behold !

a taste of elegance at a price you can afford… if you would like to have a true eco friendly wedding, you should consider the Martine Inn in Pacific Grove for an authentic turn of the century experience. Much of the time when discussing eco or green weddings, attention is paid to the organic flowers, attire, as well as the handmade or fair trade invitations and decorations. All of those details are fine… and not enough attention has been brought to the venue where the wedding takes place. And the venue is one of the most important features of a true eco friendly wedding….

here comes the bride

Dogs are becoming an important part of the wedding party. You might also consider having your K9 friend join in the wedding party as your flower gurl dog, ring bearer or best K9 friend…  :-)

Palacial estate

The Martine Inn is a palacial estate that looks over the rocky coastline of the Monterey Bay in Pacific Grove and is the perfect venue for the ultimate green wedding with a touch of style and panache… The Martine Inn, built in 1899, was purchased in 1901 by Laura and James Parke who entertained dignitaries in their home.

An experienced wedding consultant is on staff to assist with every detail. Spring, Victorian and fresh herbal bouquets provide style and color to match the bride’s requirements. Music for the wedding and reception can be with a harpist, string quartet, chamber music, piano or band.  Festive decorations, minister of choice, Food and drinks are available. The food is freshly prepared in the kitchen with recipes from the original 1880’s White House cookbooks. Meals are served with all of the flair, pomp and circumstance, amidst the finest Victorian and Old Sheffield silver pieces, china and crystal. From 50-100 guests can be accommodated in 25 rooms, three overlooking the ocean, when booking the entire Inn.

From the antique furniture in every room, to the breakfast served as if every guest were a guest of the Mr and Mrs. Parke, the Martine Inn is a place of luxury and dignity…

Intimate conferences, workshops and seminars are also held at the Martine Inn, Dole Pineapple, Discover Card, Hewlett Packard and Xerox are some of the firms that have held corporate meetings here at the Martine Inn, along with a host of international companies. Each of the six different private conference areas has a unique interior design and six meeting rooms have been specifically planned to inspire creative thought.  Elegant 12-course meals can be served.  Off site activities such as whale watching, scuba diving, golf, picnic on the beach, kayaking, bicycling, tennis, historical tours and nature hikes enhance the conference experience and can all be arranged.

Car buffs

Don Martine has an extensive collection of vintage MG’s that he races and a display of the cars are located in the rear of the carriage house.

Some history

The original main house, a carriage house and two other buildings was established on two and one half blocks and contained 59 rooms. The house was a true Victorian with a cupola, dormers and grape arbors. Remodeling was constant.

In 1972, Norah and Home Martine assisted their son Don in purchasing the Parke estate. Twelve years later, Don renovated the grand mansion and replaced worn out plumbing, installed new heating with individual room controls and replaced wiring. All of the fixtures are authentic and rooms are furnished with turn of the century antiques. Careful attention has been given to restoring the fine Victorian interior details including push button light switches, claw foot tubs, brass fixtures, marble sinks… Paint was removed from the mahogany and oak trim.

The inn opened in 1984 after the completion of the game room and spa. The spa is located in the conservatory where flowers were grown for the house. Period artwork is displayed to add to the authentic ambience of the inn. Sally Parke, sister of James, was trained in Paris and known as a renowned early California landscape artist. Some of her paintings are shown in the Parlor.


I am in the Walnut room in the courtyard. Quiet, peaceful and relaxing.  opening my doors onto the courtyard garden which is filled with flowers and a rock made to look like a mushroom…  the inn is not pet friendly so cc is not with me… I have the bed to myself, luxurious !

The last time I was here, I stayed in the Cottage room with an ocean view and there was a wedding with reception in the library.

Lovely amenities to spare:

You have your own private bath; most have clawfoot bathtubs.

Garden Room FireplaceMany rooms have views of the waves crashing against the rocks and/or wood burning fireplaces. Maries Room Mirror

You may luxuriate in the soft bathrobes we provide in your room.

You have a fresh rose in a silver vase.

You have a private phone, clock radio and hairdryer.

There is a refrigerator with complimentary bottled water; soda is available upon request…

Breakfast was delicious, freshly cooked scrambled eggs with hollandaise sauce, apple sauce muffins, sausage, granola or baked pear, juices, coffee, tea and more. While eating, you can watch the sea animals such as sea lions, otters and dolphins swimming in the ocean. We saw a huge school of dolphins frolicking this morning along with some sea lions sunbathing on the rocks.

I fell down after taking cc to Carmel beach yesterday on the steps coming up, and am recovering…


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foo foo camping and ruffing it…

cc and i decided to ruff it camping in bodega bay for a couple of nights… i had heard that there was a campground sort of hidden not by the beaches… so we stayed even though dogs are not allowed… there were other dogs there and a huge group of middle schoolers having a grad ceremony very friendly kind and generous folks from rohnert park, they helped us get a nice campsite and so did a gal and guy named julie and johnny who also helped me by putting up the tent and air bed… it ws kinda noisy ad cc did not like being inside the tent… we were up most of the first night and she bolted outta the tent in the middle of the pitch dark night and thankfullly came back…

in the mornig we had the beach to ourselves except for a lady with a cranky dog who she did not want to play with cc, but she ran and romped around hrself and we played peekaboo by a big rock…

that night we changed sites altougth people said it ws the best one in the campgroumd. all the kids left and maybe ten cars of people stayed… one with a dog named pepper, a cute polka dotted terrier mix with jack russell, they also had a few kids, and were kinda noisy, and i just wanted to sleep and be closer to the car… we moved wth the help of some guys there and then found out the next morning that the park ranger had come late and made them move their dog into their car…  their dog freaked and chewed up their car… thankfully we moved !  and no park ranger came by us…

met a  bunch of really nice folks, the gals at the Inn at the tides, lorrie and marilynn, kudos to them, while the inn is not yet pet friendly, they were very kind and friendly to me, as was a young gal at the gas station, and the people at the roadhouse, where they have coffee and free wifi…

now, how come so many people who work and get paid at visitor’s centers are downright rude and unfriendly????  the one in bodega was upset because i asked her a few questions… isn’t that HER JOB????  People told me she is always like that… sheesh…  i will do the job and be nice and friendly and helpful…. it is not like there were a bunch of people and phones ringing….

then we went to dillon beach to meet camie and we met her dog dotdog, who played with cc on th beach along with other dogs while we chatted about writing a book together, traveling cross country with our dogs…

now for the foo foo camping…  i had been to costanoa before a few years ago, kinda combo snooty camping, expensive camping and thy had a funky little veggie cafe… imagine my surprise when i walked into the veggie cafe and found instead a real restaurant.  also found out that KOA has taken over the camping part and are charging, GET THIS, $57 a night to camp out in your own tent !  give me a break… you are paying $57 for a little piece of grass and apparently dogs are not allowed in the really foo foo part, which is $150 OR MORE A NIGHT, LUXURY CAMPING,  but you can have a dog in your own tent… sheesh…

and i also found out that the reason that dogs are not allowed on any of the beaches from half moon bay to santa cruz, is that the coastal commission has decided that dogs are no good for the environment, puhlease, someone needs to have them get a grip… write letters, raise a fuss, people… it is bad enough that you are not allowed to pull off to the side of the road after sunset … what is this piece of real estate discrimination?

so there is no place for dogs or people… we stayed at big basin and we were not supposed to be there either but a gal at koa//costanoa said her friends were camping out there, and there did not seem to be any camping sites that I saw, just a bunch of folks yakking and a horse camp and hiking trails and no dogs allowed, either…  so cc and i sat in the car and rested…

there was this weird woman with two standard schnauzrs outside the cafe at dillon beach who apparently went to the beach and were bullying all of the other dogs at dillon beach, while we ate, so thankfully we missed that…  people, if your dogs do not play well with others, DO NOT BRING THEM TO DOG BEACHES OR DOG PARKS NO IFS NO ANDS NO BUTS… but of course people who do this have crazy dogs because they are nuts and treat their dogs badly…

what is strange, ironic in a way is that Carmel, down the road a couple of hours, people can park there from 5 am to midnight, ok there are five hours that they cannot, but most places make people leave after sunset. And Carmel is a very dog friendly place… so go figure.

We tried to find a camping spot in the Monterey area and went on a harrowing adventure… read in a guide book that there were two secluded nice spots near the Tassafras Zen Center, so we drove and drove and drove forever on Carmel Valley Road, until I was going where the heck is this place?  it is supposed to be only 22 miles… we drove and drove and drove and finally came to the Zen Center, the guide book did NOT say that… and we were out of gas, with no stations in sight. I rang a doorbell and the kind people gave us gas and told me that the campsite was four miles ahead up on a rocky road, ok, we’d come this far, right. we drove and drove and drove and drove up very rough and rocky road, and never found the campsite, and had to drive all the way back…  apparently, there are no decent campsites around except near Big Sur… grrrreat…

saw a deer in the parking lot of a shopping center in Pacific Grove, also a raccoon… the wildlife are coming, the wildlife are here…

cc loves Carmel beach, playing with the other dogs, running, splashing… wheeeeee…

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