Monthly Archives: August 2008

isn’t it romantic…

cici and her new boyfriend spike…

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when a German Shepherd dog met a baby moose…

So far, Cici has met, chased and/or played with bugs, bees, birds, cats, chipmunks, chickens cows, dogs (over 200), deer, ducks, geese, goats, horses, llamas, peacocks, sheep, squirrels, yaks and other animals…

Do you have a photo with your dog playing, meeting or being with an unusual animal playmate?  If you’d like to share the photos, we’d like to put them up here…

By the way, over the weekend, someone suggested that the polka dot at the top of Cici’s head must be her on/off button… and that since Dalmatian dogs are kinda schizy (hyper) dogs, that it must be her pit bull side that is the sweet, loving, gentle aspect of her… she had mucho puppy playtime yesterday to make up for a few days without… first, she played with the Lab dog who was tied up and abandoned by its owner at the campsite and then she went and played with a sweet Jack Russell puppy… and met his cat friend… she went cuckoo and it was decided that she must have had some kind of bad experience with a cat, that she was sounding stressed, anxious and crying out in fear of another attack… don’t know what happened for six months of her life but I suppose it’s possible… am hoping to get her to stop going wonky every time she sees a cat… suggestions are welcome…

Here’s a rescued baby moose with a dog… how cute is this…

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want to help to rescue a dog ?

There was the sweetest one year old lab mix black with a tiny white spot on his chest at the campground today… it’s owner left it tied up in the hot sun all day yesterday and today… I let Cici play with him this morning and really would love to take him with us … I reported it to the park and will see about finding him a good home… NO dog should be left outside in 95-100 degree weather !!!!    I left the owner a note, and splashed water all over him in the hopes of keeping him cool, too…

Cici goes with me wherever I go, Office Depot, Staples, banks, Lowe’s, and other stores allow pets so there is no reason to leave a dog tied up, especially not a puppy with a lot of energy that needs to play, run and companionship!

there was also a black feral kitten at the campground… so many animals to find good homes !!!

I found this photo at Free Will Astrology, great horoscopes, fun site…wouldn’t it be great to see people giving money/cash out to passersby on the freeway, rest areas, and supermarkets and shopping malls?  You’ve been blessed… Give to someone you love today and Pay it Forward !!!

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Along Highway 5…

the sutherlin inn is on the way to the coast, between grants pass and medford areas or from eugene in the north (on highway 5), and reedsport and florence in a little tiny town called Sutherlin.  I keep calling it Slytherin, due to Harry Potter but it is definitely NOT Tom Riddle aka Voldemort’s house.

The people here are truly nice people.  I got a rain check from the McDonald’s and in Florence, the McDonald’s would not honor it and in fact the guy there was RUDE and obnoxious.  Plus, the McD’s was dirty and loud and chaotic. Apparently that is acceptable there, ugh.  I wrote to corporate three weeks later am still waiting for a response. None so far, and I went back to this McDonald’s in Sutherlin and they honored the meal courteously.

There are three motels here clustered with the fast food places (Burger King, A&W, probably KFC and a few others)…  the other two motels, one looked seedy (relax inn) and the other looked snooty with a sign that said no dogs on the grass ever. So we chose to stay here at the Sutherlin Inn…  the rooms are small and compact, FRESH sheets, big TV, wireless and FREE LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALLS… I’ve never come across that before plus they are pet friendly, too…  they will soon be having microwaves and fridges in the rooms, too…

there is a lovely back yard with grass for the dogs to cavort and do their business.  Plus, it is affordable, about the same as we have been paying, only BETTER ROOMS AND SERVICE !!!   why doesn’t Motel 6’s step up to the plate??? If one motel can do it, so can the others…

Plus, Tasia, the front desk clerk who will soon become Assistant Manager, was the sweetest, kindest, friendliest and just plain nicest person we’ve come across in awhile. (I cannot think of one other place in Oregon we’ve stayed at that were like this). She gave Cici dog biscuits, let Cici be in the lobby, although Cici was misbehaving so I put her in the car.  Cici was just wanting to run and play after being cooped up for a few days due to stormy weather.

I was sorry to leave Florence, although Florence DOES NOT HAVE ANY DECENT MOTELS. NONE. They are all overpriced for what you get.

Here there are 80 rooms, three floors, an elevator, free breakfast from 5 to 10 am, and the nicest people, which makes all the difference. Cici and I would definitely stay here again.  Four paws up !

http://www.microtelinn.com

Microtel is one of the fastest-growing budget hotel chains in the US and the recipient of many awards and accolades over the years. Take it from those who know. For an unprecedented sixth consecutive year, Microtel Inns & Suites has been “Ranked Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Economy/Budget Hotel Chains”*. This recognition is just one testament to our long-standing dedication of offering quality service and unmatched conveniences to our guests.

1400 Hospitality Place
Sutherlin, OR 97479
Tel: (541) 459-6800

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new definition of a bear hug… :-)

these photos have nothing to do with each other, they are just too cute though…

hugging a baby…

waiting for dinner…

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it’s reigning cats and dogs in Florence, Oregon…

Three of the pet friendliest places in Florence, Oregon… are the Aloha Pet Grooming in walking distance to the library on 8th Street, where Cici had her toe nails clipped by a kind woman named Pam… Digital Dunes, on Laurel Street, near to Old Town, a wonderful photographer who specializes in pet portraits and Reigning Cats & Dogs at 1384 Bay Street, near the pier in Old Town. Indi and Dave Brown are the owners of this delicious establishment… they offer treats, samples and wonderfully realistic looking stuffed animals (Cici was barking at several the first time we went inside the shop)… along with all kinds of fun doggie products, food, shampoos and just about anything and everything you could want to give a gift to your friend the dog owner or your pooch.  Tell Indi and Dave CeliaSue and Cici sent you when you visit… this shop is a MUST stop for dog and cat owners… one of their fun bumpers says that My Karma ran over your Dogma…  Cici was the hit of the crowd, center of attention when she did her usual laying down on her back and showing off her belly pose. She received belly rubs and treats galore for her efforts.

saw the cutest bunch of kittens over at the Humane Society, near to the beach. One little tabby that truly won my heart… She and her brothers and sisters are just edible.

although many people have dogs and cats in Florence, there are not many houses or apartments that take pets. Plus, some of the inns and motels do not take pets. A few do and they are overpriced for what they offer. One inn told me that they only take 20 pound dogs. Have not stayed at the Best Western or the Holiday Inn Express but I heard through the grapevine that the Holiday Inn Express has waffles along with their other usual fare for breakfast. Yum.

This is one of Curt Peters lovely photos from Digital Dunes….

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how much is that doggie toy in the window? woof woof…

Dogs just wanna play with dog toys and have fun… except when they want to sit around, contemplate their dogdom, sniff the world around them, go fetch, play catch and swim in the lake or ocean… and what every dog needs is a dog toy chest filled with a variety of toys that keep them busy and fun quota filled up… every dog has his or her day and that means chewing on rubber toys, as well as sinking their teeth into dog toy balls…

and what dog doesn’t like to lick everything and everyone they come into contact with?  that’s why it’s a good idea to dog proof your home just as you would child proof your home.  dogs just gotta be safe because Fido and Fluffy are a beloved member of the family… just keep small items out of their way, along with harsh and toxic chemicals and chocolate… keep your lawn free of pesticides, dog repellent goo and small plastic gnomes and elves… if you just got to have bird feeders and bells and whistles, keep them high up on shelves and away from your doggie’s reach…  Cici is an escape artist and she has been known to climb over and under and through places otherwise normal dogs cannot, so if you gotta fence your dog in, make sure that the fencing is doggie proof and safe …

Cici also just found a bean bag chair is a great place to sleep on, she does not have her own bed, she just hops onto the bed with me… but there is a lot to be said for giving your pooch their own place to snooze… a dog bed has a lot of benefits, no more bed hogging, snoring and woofing and breathing in your face, and no more falling off the bed because your dog’s four furry paws have pushed you onto the floor !

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