Monthly Archives: February 2011

does your dog drink responsibly?

Cici is not a big fan of peanut butter. So it should not have surprised me that she spit out the peanut butter packed pretzel treats, I ate them :-)  she drank the Bowser Beer with her kibble and seemed to enjoy it. She looked at me at first like what the heck is this? There is a chicken and duck one and a beefy hearty blend of this no hops beer for dogs. When I first heard about beer for dogs, I thought, what root beer for dogs. But the company seems to be responsible and the beer is different, fun and refreshing. Or so Cici told me.

She’s not a big fan of water so to have another liquid for her kibble is a plus. And since it is flavored with meat, hey, it’s a winning combo.

Am not a big beer drinker myself, or a drinker period. The most I ever drank was in Germany, you have to drink beer there at the English Gardens in Munich. Mandatory with those big gigantic pretzels and/or weiner snitzel. Never ate weiner snitzel but did eat those pretzels. And a lot of cheese, too. The Germans seem to eat twelve times a day and are very much into health and nutrition. But I digress.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z20/qsjaco/dog-drinking-beer.jpg

http://www.bowserbeer.com
http://www.facebook.com/bowserbeer

What’s in the beer:

USDA beef or chicken.
Malt barley (full of B-vitamins) – just like in your beer.
Glucosamine for joint health.

What’s NOT in Bowser Beer:
Alcohol or carbonation.
Hops, which can be toxic to dogs.
Commercial broth, which contains loads of salt, fat, MSG, onions and meat of unknown origin.

Serving Suggestions:
Straight out of the bottle
Pour it over dry kibble
Flavor the water bowl
Pour over crushed ice for a cold, crunchy treat

Am thinking that whenever Cici and I have a pawty or event for dogs, we will definitely serve up some bowser beer for the pooches.  Just don’t let the mutts drive home.

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hide and seek

Cici thought it would be fun to sleep in a new way this morning. I think she is bored. And it started raining again.  Good thing we’re probably going to the Bay Area Pet Expo tomorrow, leaving today just for the heck of it.  Can you tell where she is?

oh, there she is, peekaboo, hiding underneath her dog bed on the chair !  :-)

now she is massacre-ing the chair pillow, maybe she suddenly hates beds and pillows, won’t take her to bed, bath and beyond anymore :-)

don’t have to be concerned with her sleeping with me anymore, she has revolted and been sleeping alone in her chair, is my dog mad at me?  Maybe Cici doesn’t love me anymore :-(  she hasn’t been very cuddly either. Maybe it’s that time of the year for her to go kwackers.  It is supposed to rain like a flood and/or snow today and tomorrow.

Help !

 

Support this blog by visiting aromatherapy for pets & get your pet first aid kit, AnimalScents Shampoo, and/or AnimalScents Pet Ointment. Also, remember to enter the raffle.  Thanks.

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and they called it puppy love

They are in puppy love, Cici and Pablo. It is the talk of the neighborhood, true love between the fences. Every morning, Cici sits by the door wagging her tail in anticipation of going to the little park a block from our house so that she can catch a glimpse, perhaps even a run with her favorite boyfriend, Pablo. If he’s there, she wags her tails, runs up to the fence to greet him. He pees his hello’s. They run the length of the fence and back. And Cici looks for a way to get inside his yard. Alas, unless it is normal time of day and the neighbors are home, often times she cannot play with Pablo in his yard. She will go sit on his doorstep wagging her tail, hoping that Carol or Steve will come out and release Pablo to her. She can chase him and wrestle with him in the grass ! OH JOY !

Pablo is a bit older than she is, 5 years old to her 4. He is much bigger in size, too. A big hunk of an Aussie German Shepherd canine with hairy chest and paws. All black and brown fur to her polka dot white Dalmation American Pit Bull fur. They make a very handsome pair indeed.

Steve confided that he wants to get a Great Dane pal for Pablo to play with but they are rare to find. Meanwhile, Pablo sits in his yard and waits for Cici to arrive and brighten his day. Woof !

 

Well, it’s been sunny and cold but the rain is starting again and it is even supposed to get so cold that it will snow. So much for an early spring.

 

this video is adorable to the tune of Paul Anka…

 

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kiss-a-bull today

this pibble looks so much like Cici, without the polka dot markings though. And acts like her, too. Except, Cici’d still be kissing and kissing and kissing… athough she’s been very naughty the last few days, rambunctious, uncooperative, got out of her harness, cabin fever from the days of rain last week…

enjoy, cannot stop singing this song since I heard it the other day…

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a charmed raffle

We are happy to announce our first ever raffle. The raffle is to raise awareness for pit bull adoptions and to donate to pit bull rescue organizations including BadRap, Our Pack and Jasmine’s House so please be generous.  We will also donate to Dogs Deserve Better who want to turn the old Bad Newz Kennels into Good Newz.

PRIZES — TEN+ Lucky Winners !

Dawn makes these wonderful glass tile charms…

http://www.facebook.com/Iamsunrize#!/pages/Sunz-Jewelz/168918956484935

She is offering one winner of our raffle a custom made charm or scrabble tile charm of their choice with a very special chain for a necklace or bracelet, key chain, bookmark, earrings, pins, magnets, cell phone cord and wrist straps, bobby pins, ceiling fan pulls and cuff links.

can be one of these or a photo of your choice, your dog or ?  You may also select a Gift Certificate for that special someone’s birthday or holiday gift.

There will be a total of TEN+ lucky winners. Other prizes include a canine music CD, dog treats, a dog travel harness, a dog collar or leash, tee shirts, pet grooming products and more.

Lisa Spector from ThroughADogsEar.com is generously offering a Calm your Canine Vol. 3 for the raffle.



Our friend Karen Friesecke at http://www.doggiestylish.com makes doggie collars and leashes.  Life Is Too Short To Wear A Boring Dog Collar, so check out the collar you’d like to win today.

We will also be giving away prizes to people who tell a lot of people and who meet other special criteria.

A Bergan travel harness, medium size, for dogs 25 to 50 pounds so you can drive safely with your dog.

LovingPets dog bowl and treats.

HOW TO ENTER:
All you gotta do is paypal a minimum love donation of $11 (one ticket) and you will be entered into the raffle. You can enter as many times as you want and you can buy several tickets for a discount price.
Ticket prices are as follows:
1 ticket: $11
3 tickets: $22 (normally: $33)
5 tickets: $44  (normally $55)
10 tickets: $88 (normally $111)
15 tickets: $122 (normally $165)


If you enter the raffle and SHARE about the raffle (blog, facebook, twitter, etc), you will be given an additional entry into the raffle and may be given a special gift or two.

Please leave a comment at this post where you shared the raffle or email me the link.

The raffle is to raise money for pit bull rescue organizations including BadRap, Our Pack and Jasmine’s House so please be generous.  We will also donate to Dogs Do Better who want to turn the old Bad Newz Kennels into Good Newz.  We would like to raise $5,000+ so the more people who enter the raffle, the more chances to win a prize and to help pit bulls.

See the USA

Cici and I may travel the USA to promote adopting a pit bull this spring/summer.  An innkeeper told me recently that she was holding a charity event and charging a $50 cover charge. If you wish to fundraise or sponsor, please let us know.

We plan to promote the trip/cause along the way, write a book and blog about our adventures, too.  If you wish to donate prepaid visa or gas cards, gift cards for food, B&B, inn, hotel or motel stays overnight, a vehicle that needs publicity, we will promote you also. And if you’d like us to visit your pit bull rescue/sanctuary, please let us know.

Cities and states we’re considering visiting include Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Chicago, Minneapolis, South Carolina, North Carolina, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, Idaho, Utah
New Hampshire, Maine, Boston, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, not Denver due to pit bulls being banned there… About 30 states.

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dear bonnie blue butler

I friended her on Facebook. That is how I found out that Cammie had passed on. Instead of getting a message from her, my friend request was accepted by Cammie King Conlon Remembered… I was shocked and dismayed. She was so full of life and mischief, she could have played the feisty grandma in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels. A character, a real pistol.

The last email I received from Cammie in June 2009 was about her memoir “Bonnie Blue Butler — a Gone with the Wind Memoir.” She wrote that some So and So was selling it on Ebay. Cammie died of lung cancer on a Wednesday morning, September 1 2010 at her home in Fort Bragg. She was 76 years old.

Cammie Conlon played Bonnie Blue Butler, the doomed only child of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara, in the 1939 classic movie Gone With the Wind when she was just 4 years old. She remembered that she loved the pony and said that Clark Gable was very kind to her. She only had two scenes with Vivien Leigh and one of them was cut. Her mother helped her learn her lines but she forgot sometimes. Until the day that the director told her that his children and other people’s children were depending upon her to be properly prepared for each scene.

In May 2008, Cammie and I had a delicious breakfast together at the pet friendly, romantic with gorgeous ocean views, Little River Inn where she worked. She kept me laughing with funny tidbits about her showbiz career that ended at the ripe old age of five. Instantly, her charming manner put me at ease. She did not want to talk about herself except to say that there are four museums dedicated to the movie and she attended teas and memorabilia shows every year.

It was her first and only movie. She got the role when her older sister, Diane, got sick just before filming.  The 74-page memoir has cast and family photos, describes life growing up in the 30′s and 40′s in Los Angeles. Cammie also discusses the huge bash billionaire Ted Turner (CNN and Turner Movie Company and owner of Gone With The Wind) staged on the movie’s 50th anniversary in 1989.

She created a blog for the memoir book at http://bonniebluebutler.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

Well, Ms Cammie aka Bonnie Blue Butler, we’ll be thinking about you tomorrow.  Fiddle dee dee. RIP.

 

 

 

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Dear Oprah

Updates: It seems God/Goddess heard our cries and O/Vick heard our comments, because Vick canceled the interview.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/02/16/michael-vick-cancels-oprah-interview/

It seems Piers Morgan may be doing it, so if you want send him Lost Dogs books, and/or a link to the O comments… scroll down to bottom, pages and pages. yay !!! yipppeee!!!

http://www.oprah.com/pressroom/NFL-Star-Michael-Vick-to-Appear-on-The-Oprah-Show

this should cover all the icko sickos excuses, ok.

http://pitbullpositive.ning.com/profiles/blogs/six-wrongs-dont-make-vick

http://www.sackvick.net/latest-michael-vick-news/

Since I do have a Dogtime account but cannot figure out how to login to it and have had no assistance from their support team, this is the comment I was going to make on Leslie Smith’s blog post. My own Dear Oprah letter.

Dear Oprah,

Since you were supposed to have BadRap on your show a little while ago with the dogs and flaked on that, I highly doubt and am very skeptical that you will ask Michael Vick anything but softball b.s. PR crapola.

I am personally sick, disgusted and fed up with hearing about Vick, from HSUS, Oprah and Obama. Am ill almost every day, crying all of the time.

If you are reading this and want to make a difference, please sign the petition on facebook and send it along to all of your friends and relatives.  Also, read others remarks to Oprah here.  You are NOT alone.

You can also write to Oprah’s Executive Producer Sheri Salata on Twitter, @SheriSalata and @Oprah and @OprahWinfreyNetwork and @PiersMorgan and @CNN and @Cnnbrk and @andersoncooper  with the hashtag #Vick

Look at my 4PawsUp page at all of the Victory dogs, and you tell me what kind of a person could torture and kill those dogs FOR SIX YEARS.  NO EXCUSES, Oprah.

I have a pit bull mix that I rescued from out of the hands of a homicidal maniac. Vick is a psychopath and should be in jail and / or a psych hospital.

If you saw the Richard Hunter video from Dallas, Vick showed NO REMORSE and his bodyguard said they don’t care about the dogs.  Video below and for context, this was not the Mayor, but the Mayor Pro Tem Caraway who had no authorization to give the keys to Vick and who has been laughed at and was supposed to get the keys back according to the real Mayor Leppert.

Vick has had THREE+ chances to meet the dog rescuers who’ve lovingly cared for the dogs and has refused.

What is it going to take for America to wake up???  Does Vick have to abuse, kill and maim children / people????  Law enforcement and ASPCA says there is a well documented correlation between people who do horrific things to dogs and then to people.

No one in their right mind could have done the things that Vick did, enjoyed doing, and got a thrill out of doing.

As Hunter said in the interview he did, Vick is MENTALLY ILL. And if he had ANY REMORSE he would give up the names of the dog fighters not just do what he has been mandated to do. There is MUCH he could do but what is he doing but playing football for MILLIONS OF DOLLARS???

It’s all a big show for greedy people.

No, I am DONE with you Oprah. I used to be a BIG FAN of yours, but I AM DONE.  I WILL NOT WATCH OPRAH ANYMORE until you have BEST FRIENDS, BADRAP, Jim Gorant, author of The Lost Dogs and a few of the dogs on your show.  If you do not do that, you are a BIG FAKE.

The audience should have a copy of The Lost Dogs at the very minimum and Oprah, you should read from the book to Vick.  If you let him off the hook, YOU ARE NOT WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE and DEFINITELY NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE !!!!!

I hope I am wrong about you and am praying for a miracle.

CeliaSue Hecht & my beloved Cici

a former fan

 

 

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day !

From my pooch to yours !

 

 

 

 

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Flying the Furry Skies

Someone recently asked for travel tips to fly the furry skies. Personally, I have not flown with Cici and do not intend to do so in the near future. But below are some tips to follow that I would observe if and when I were to take her with me on a flight. I prefer driving. But sometimes it is not convenient to drive long distances. If I had a choice of driving or flying, I would choose driving. But you may have to fly your pet so here are some guidelines.

There are airlines that have a better history with pets than others. For instance, Delta has a bad reputation for losing pets. Virgin America is a pet-friendly airline that accepts cats and dogs in the Main Cabin of the aircraft. Be sure that you feel comfortable with the airline. Does the airline have a good reputation for flying with pets? Are they pet friendly? Do they treat pets like baggage or a nuisance?  Ask other pet owners.  Our friends at Dog Jaunt have listed airline policies and other information about flying with your pet at their blog.

http://www.hipstertravelguide.com/archives/3450

My first choice of airlines, if you can travel separately from your pet and you are going to one of the destinations below, then Pet Airways should be your best bet. Here’s more information about this airline for pets.

http://petairways.com/content/pet-airways-air-fares

$149 each way,  compared to the fares at airlines which vary from $69 to $250 for pets to fly as baggage

On Pet Airways, passengers travel in the main cabin of the planes:

•    fully-lit, climate-controlled and pressurized
•    a trained pet attendant monitoring them
•    pets fly securely and comfortably in individual pet carriers
•    pet attendant checks on passengers every fifteen minutes during flights

Pet Airways flies to and from:

New York (NJ,CT & Philadelphia)
Washington DC/Baltimore Area
Chicago
Omaha
Denver
Phoenix
Los Angeles
Ft. Lauderdale
Atlanta

if your pet becomes ill during the flight, they will notify you as soon as possible, and discuss with you whether your pet should continue with planned travel. If your pet’s illness becomes life-threatening, they will divert the flight to the nearest airport as soon as possible and contact either your vet if available or their vet for the course of action they should take.

If you choose not to use a ticket you have purchased, the amount you have paid may be applied toward the purchase of another Pet Airways ticket, as long as travel is completed within one year. Your new ticket may be subject to different terms or conditions. Pet Airways does not charge a fee for the exchange of tickets.

Your pet will be available at the lounge about 30 minutes after arrival. If the arrival time is after midnight, they will board your pet until the next morning.

1-888-PETAIRWAYS

For all other airlines, your pet will be treated like excess Baggage and placed into the baggage compartment.  There is usually a limit of 100 pounds for your pet including pet and crate. Flying sucks for big dogs. Your pet may have to travel as cargo, fees are higher, and airlines may not guarantee that your pet flies on the same flight that you do.

Some airlines allow pets 10 pounds or less to fly in the cabin, usually not more than two pets per flight. Fees can be $100+. Requirements for health certificates and other precautions should be observed.

If your pet is traveling as a passenger, please do not take your pet out of her carrier. Some people are allergic to pet hair. And you do not want to be the person with the animal that they were forced to deal with during a flight. Be kind and considerate and keep your pet in his carrier for the duration of the flight.

Airline Pet Policies
Contact your airline through their website. Southwest has a very good reputation in dealing with pets.

Other Things to Consider Ahead of Time

Additional Costs for Bringing Your Pet
To bring your pet aboard, you will have to spend additional cash. Between buying a crate, if you don’t already have an appropriate one, air and hotel fees, and unexpected expenses, you may wish to tally up the costs to see if traveling with your pet is the best choice.

Make Sure The Destination Allows Pets
Some destinations have unique requirements for pets or don’t allow them. For instance, recently foreigners with pets had to leave their animals in Egypt. Hawaii has a quarantine period for dogs and cats of up to 120 days. You must prove that your pet is free of rabies. Your pet may qualify for a five-day or less quarantine, or even a direct release, at Honolulu International Airport after inspection if your meet their stringent requirements ahead of time.

Identification
Your pet’s collar should have a sturdy tag with rabies vaccination information, your name, address and phone number, and local contact numbers. Pets can get lost while traveling.

Train Your Pet
If your pet listens to your voice commands and hand signals and is friendly to strangers, travel will be easier for you and for them.

Is Your Pet’s Health a Factor?
Make sure your pet is able to fly. Call your vet and make a checklist of questions ahead of time. If your pet has health concerns and issues, they may have to stay home with a friend, relative or pet sitter.

A Pet’s Essential Aid Kit
Essential ingredients to bring include a pet thermometer, antibiotic or healing cream and ointments, ear drops, tweezers, scissors, cotton, wash cloth, gauze, and other items. Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy to ease stress and shock, flower essences or aromatherapy essential oils such as Lavendar that calm anxiety, music for your dog CD’s,  aloe vera gel, hydrogen peroxide, a towel, wipes, grooming supplies, pet waste bags, food, treats, toys, and familiar items. If your pet is taking medications, bring those, too.

Crates

You must crate train your pet if you expect them to stay inside one for any length of time. Purchase a crate that meets your airline’s standards and requirements.   You will also need  a blanket, liner or cushion for the bottom of the crate. Even if your pet is housebroken, accidents can happen. Long flights and lonely hotel rooms are not the best time to train your pet to stay in a crate. Get the crate ahead of time and work with your pet until she’s familiar and comfortable in the crate. Some pets enjoy staying in a crate, others do not enjoy being confined.

Before the flight, make sure that your pet has enough food and water in the crate and the crate is big enough for them to stand up and stretch, sit, and lie down. Identify your pet’s crate with large, colorful, easy-to-read labels. You might also include your pet’s favorite toy, blanket or a comfy pillow so that your pet has something familiar, something with your smell on it for dogs, a t-shirt or towel. Your pet and her crate should have identifying information including name and your contact information both at home and at your destination.

Pre flight precautions

Know Your Pet

Does your pet like being in their crate? Do they have allergies? Are they flexible when it comes to travel, in other words, when you are not around are they ok?  Take age, breed and personality into consideration.

Talk to Your Vet
If your pet has health, age or breed concerns such as Boston terriers and bulldogs breathing issues, Persian cats, puppies or kittens under twelve weeks, or a pet older than ten years, may not be physically able to travel by air. Medication such as drugs to calm your pet’s anxiety may not be the answer, either. If you do decide to give your pet a sedative, bring your veterinarian’s instructions with you to the airport.

Crate/Kennel Requirements
Kennels should be enclosed, with enough room and strong enough to withstand normal travel usage.

Kennels must have absorbent material at the bottom that makes the floor leak-proof.

Kennels must have enough ventilation, air holes and rims to prevent ventilation openings from being blocked.

Kennels must have outside handles so that handlers do not have to put their fingers inside the crate in order to move it.

Kennels have to be marked with the words “live animals” with letters at least one inch high, with directional arrows indicating the proper orientation of the kennel. (Front and back, this way up).

Airlines usually have these and other requirements. For specific policies, visit your airline’s Web site.

Early Birds
If you are nervous or afraid when flying, then your pet is going to be also. Calm your jitters by getting to the plane on time, or preferably early so that you can go through all of the security, get your pets handled properly and walked ahead of time.

Necessary Documentation
A health certificate is required on most airlines, and usually has to be issued within ten days of your flight. Your veterinarian should be able to give you what you’ll need, to show that they’ve had the proper vaccinations.

Book Nonstop Flights on a 747
Pets can get lost or mishandled during connections. A nonstop flight is best. Most 747′s and other wide-body jets have forced air ventilation in their cargo holds. Smaller planes do not.  Check with your airline to determine what type of plane you will be flying. All airlines have various requirements for pets. Be sure your pet meets the requirements.

Weather Concerns
If the temperature is below 45 degrees or above 85 degrees, airlines will not take your pets on board. Travel early in the day during summer and midday during winter.

Feeding Your Pet
Give your pet a little bit of food and water, maybe a biscuit or two, not a whole meal before travel. When you land at your destination, you can feed and water them. They may or may not be hungry for awhile.

Walk Your Pet
If your pet is going to be contained in an airplane for a long time, you want will them to stretch their paws before traveling. Tucker them out. Plus, they will need to eliminate on the walk. When you land, ditto.

Baggage Personnel
You will likely need assistance with your luggage and your pet. Be sure to tip the baggage personnel or porter well as incentive to take proper care of your special cargo furry friend.

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Most Romantic Inns in California

http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/11-02/25-of-the-most-romantic-bed-and-breakfasts-in-the-us.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

we don’t know about those inns above but what we do know about is the most romantic AND pet friendly AND eco friendly inns in California.  Fabulous gourmet food AND the Best chocolate yummies, too. So here’s our list of those.

Not an inn but a fantastic venue:

1. Island Hotel in Newport Beach IslandHotel.com (Kai Pua Ritual for Two at the Island Spa, exemplary service and romantic dinners in the Palm Terrace Restaurant and Lounge, where couples can woo one another with champagne and chocolate desserts in the unique Cocoa Lounge)

2. MacCallum House, Mendocino  maccallumhouse.com (hot tub under the stars, fabulous wedding venue and phenomenal food) American Historic Inns, Inc. (AHI), publisher of more than 2.7 million guidebooks and parent company to iLoveInns.com, an award-winning Website, named MacHouse #1 of their 2009 Top 10 Romantic Inns. iloveinns.com/2009Top10RomanticInns.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Bardessono’s in Yountville

4. Strawberry Creek Inn, Idyllwild strawberrycreekinn.com (mountain heaven, eco friendly wedding venue and not pet friendly, their Bunkhouse is though)

5. Oak Knoll Inn, Napa

Not pet friendly but go for the chocolate!

 

5.  Greenwood Pier Inn & Cafe, Elk greenwoodpierinn.com (spectacular views, lovely wedding venue and intimate setting)

7. Little River Inn, Little River littleriverinn.com (amazing ocean views on the patios for two, hot tub for two inside the room and fireplace plus relaxing spa treatments)

8. Blue Whale Inn, Cambria bluewhaleinn.com (honeymooners delight, across from the ocean, lots of amenities and delicious breakfast, cookies and chocolates, sweets for you and your sweetie)

9. Casa Cody, Inn, Palm Springs (beautifully decorated, intimate wedding venue and quiet accommodations in the heart of Palm Springs)

10.  Highland Ranch could be a fun place to enjoy relaxation and romance. If you stay at the ranch Friday night, you will receive 3 nights for the price of 2! Enjoy a menu of romantic meals fresh flowers and complimentary Scharffenberger chocolate and champagne. Go for a romantic horseback ride to a beautiful vista and then cozy up together next to the fireplace in your cabin. Dogs will enjoy the warmth of the fireplace, too. Plus, they offer one FREE massage per couple. Email: stay@highlandranch.com

Be sure to bring some of your own chocolate goodies to dip into for a deliciously intimate experience of your own making.

 

Crater Lake Company’s Chocolate Truffle Body Polish with the aroma of pure chocolate.  Made with organic and fair-trade cocoa and pure white cane sugar, this decadently divine body  scrub protects the skin from environmental factors that can age and ultimately dull the skin.   $22 at craterlakecompany.com.

 

 

DaBomb Yummy Soaps: Fraiche specializes in bath bomb swizzles and goat’s milk soaps, Rich Dark Chocolate soap is a special treat under $8.00. Three pak with rose, cherryliciious and rich dark Chocolate soaps. More info at: http://www.myfraiche.com 20% off by using coupon code fraiche20

 

Chocolate Dreamz Valentines Gift (the yummiest smelling) consists of 4 oz. Chocolate Dreamz Scrubz and matching scented 2 oz. Oilz by Scrubz.  Handmade in small batches.  Jars are recyclable, bags and scoops reusable.  Use only the finest food grade and organic oils in base. Scents are created using the highest standard essential and fragrance oils.  scrubzbodyscrub.com

 

And when you’re in the mood for a chocoholic snack:

Distinct Flavors to Make you Drool

Caramel Sprinkled With Grey Salt, Espresso, Cognac, Rose, Jasmine, Cinnamon/Cayenne, Shitake Mushroom, and more

http://gailambrosius.com/explore-flavors/

 

Chocolate Dufflets Crackle, Tumbles, and Morsels are created from entirely natural ingredients. The Crackle is a twist on the classic Florentine that encases toasted nuts within sheaths of layered Belgian dark chocolate. Visit www.duffletsweets.com

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