About me & Cici…

About the Blogger

Travel California with Cici the polka dot princess

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Have Dog Blog Will Travel is a dog travel blog highlighting the experiences of a polka dot princess named Cici (9 year old Dalmatian/American Pit Bull Terrier mix). We do reviews on pet friendly lodging, dining, and wineries with dogitude and those that are simply pet tolerant. (Properties that charge large pet fees, restrict according to weight, size, breed and those that do not offer amenities nor places for canines to explore, sniff and walk (no grassy areas ! no poop bags ! no garbage cans ! oh the horror !)

my radio talk show interview with Tim Link at Animal Writes Pet Life Radio, http://www.markiac.addr.com/PET_LIFE_RADIO/animalwritesep8.html

my radio interview with Coach Marla


Cici is well known for her polka dot princess good looks, come on now, admit it, she’s adorable…


my chief pup lick relations assistant

Hello, I am the founder of Have Dog Blog Will Travel, a dog travel blog and have contributed to numerous pet publications, including Coastal Canine magazine, American Dog magazine, Bay Area Woof, Salem News, and others.

Spring 2011 Canine Coastal Magazine, Hiking with Your Dog in PG


IBay Area Woof, Inns with Dogitude



more on my writing credits  (see below)


My Street Credibility

For more than 35 years, I have been a newspaper reporter, editor and my freelance writing work as well as publicity and media coverage that I garnered for clients have been featured in O magazine, Entrepreneur.com, Traditional Home, NY Times, LA Times, SF Chronicle, Parents magazine, Las Vegas Review Journal, Monterey County Weekly, The Desert Trail, Jewish Journal, Courier magazine, Nevada Business magazine, Reno Gazette Journal, Nevada Woman magazine, Real Woman magazine, In Light Times, North Bay Biz, Build magazine, Nevada Appeal, Record Courier, Boca Raton News, Atlanta Journal Constitutional, San Jose Mercury News, Sun Sentinel and more.

We have traveled together primarily in California, Nevada and Oregon, and I have traveled the country (and around the world) and networked with pet product experts, veterinarians, pet industry experts, best-selling authors, innkeepers, pet friendly winery owners and managers, and met three of the former Michael Vick dogs and their owners as part of our commitment to bringing our readers the pet friendliest info about destinations with dogitude. Click here for my LinkedIn page.

Sit Stay Focus

You can expect to find information that goes above and beyond the usual dog travel hype that are advertorials/advertisements in disguise. We give you the real scoop. And if a destination is so objectionable, we simply will not review them since we prefer to tell you all the good stuff. Why should we give negative destinations any attention?

  • Dog travel information including topics such as places you would not think to take your dog, the pet friendliest cities, how to safely travel with your pets, why we do not go to dog parks anymore and more;
  • Dog physical health issues are discussed from time to time as my dog ages and tore her ACL, got fox tails into her ears, how to repel fleas and ticks, dog illnesses, senior dog health and tips on other typical canine health subjects.
  • Canine holistic health and well-being, we are eco friendly and prefer au natural products;
  • Products and services that we love and use; holiday gift guides;
  • Dog books that we enjoy reading and sharing;
  • Dog safety and day to day doggie care;
  • News, controversial topics (No Kill shelters, animal rescue, animal abuse and cruelty) and insider info informed dog parents should know about especially if it has to do with pit bulls;

From time to time, we do contests, giveaways, and find fun ways to interact with our doggie mama and papa readers.

We have worked with dozens of national brands to promote their products. Companies such as Subaru, Petco, VitaShotZukesSherpa, Silver TailsMcChewy, Mother Hubbard’sDoggie GooPet NaturalBach FlowersQ-tips, Calming Collars,Through a Dog’s Ear, EarthNaturalsNature’sLogic, Ark Naturals, ArfDog, ZenPawz, Clear ConscienceDr. Harvey’s, Bergan’s, LovingPets, EarthBathK9 Travel Mugs, K9 Cuisine, Vermont Soap Organics, Lucky Dog Cuisine, Dogswell, Honest KitchenPlanet DogRuffwear, SmartPak, Purrfect Play, Reigning Cats & Dogs, Sierra LeBone, and more

Want to work with us? Send an email to us:

prmatchmaker (at) yahoo (dot) com

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I’m CeliaSue Hecht:

Writing For You

dog travel expert and newshound writing for you…



journalist, writer, editor, seminar leader, publicity consultant and spoiler of a polka dot princess named Cici who I rescued.

Have dog blog will travel: -friendly hotels, dining, beaches, wineries & doggie heaven

My portfolio

Call CeliaSue when you want to hire a professional writer to get the job done on time, on budget.






Traveling with Cici

Cici and I have traveled to 29 Palms and Joshua Tree and then Sequoia National Park and came back to Carson City, Nevada where we lived on a farm. The farm had chickens, cows, horses, llamas and sheep. After several months, we traveled to Ashland, Oregon and eventually found a new home in Gardnerville, NV.

Our adventures continued in 2008. We left Gardnerville, NV for greener pastures including Bullhead City, Green Valley, Sedona and Tucson, Arizona, and Jean and Primm, NV outlet malls and Laughlin and Mesquite, Nevada. The summer of 2008, we spent ruffing it camping and stayed in motels and yurts in Ashland, Crater Lake, Eugene, Florence, Klamath Falls, and Medford. The summer of 2009, we camped out and stayed mostly in Mendocino and Monterey. The summer of 2010 was spent at a horse ranch in Vacaville, Ca. We have stayed at the Ritz Carleton, Hilton, Best Westerns, Luxury Spas, LaQuinta and Motel 6’s and all types of pet friendly hotels in between.

In California, some of the places we’ve traveled to include Ahwanee, Bodega Bay, Calistoga, Cambria, Carmel, Crescent City, Eureka, Garberville, Guerneville, Half Moon Bay, Healdsburg, Huntington Beach, Idyllwild, Indio, Irvine, Jenner, Lake Oroville, Mendocino, Menlo Park, Monterey, Napa, Nevada City, Newport Beach, Orick, Pacific Grove, Palm Springs, Paso Robles, Philo, Rutherford, San Diego, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Sonora, CA… So many places to list!

Cici has played with more than 600 dogs at dog parks, dog beaches and at homes… her favorites dogs are Golden Retrievers, Australian Shepherds and Labs and Labradoodles, ok, Jack Russells and Boxers, too, but she also has had fun with Blue Heelers, Border Collies, Cairn Terriers, Dalmatians, Daschunds, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Goldendoodles, Great Danes, Hound dogs, King Charles Spaniels, mutt mixes, Poodles, Queensland Heelers, Shiz Tsu’s, and more…

Cici has visited deserts, redwood forests (Armstrong Woods, Avenue of the Giants and Jackson Forest), lakes, rivers, ocean beaches, stayed at an RV Park and listened to Elks mating in Orick, met Santa Claus, and so much more !

She thinks she is the welcoming committee and official greeter at Borders book store, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, pet friendly wineries such as Navarro’s and Toulouse in Anderson Valley, as well as many other venues.





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22 responses to “About me & Cici…

  1. The one on her back of course! Too cute.

  2. Thanks, this is my favorite photo of her, too…

  3. Steve Allen

    Celia … I love how you constantly re-invent yourself … you are a special lady …. I work with an amazing veterinarian who has many wonderful pet products … maybe with your web-virual-love for pets … we could figure out away to market her products on the web and make some $$ … just a thought … peace

  4. Paw-some site! Can’t wait to

  5. MonikaSwiss

    Our campaign could use your exposure skills… Your site is awesome and I hope you will check this out: http://www.denverkillsdogs.com

    I am active fighting BSL in Denver who has killed 2000 innocent pets since 2005. I also am in rescue and network help for dogs/horses daily.
    I brought a sweet pitboy named Mustafa to Channel 9News in Denver for Petline9, they refused him because he was a pitbull. The discrimination needs to end – our story is on the Best Friends campaign website, please check it out.

    I wrote this about Mariah’s Promise, a sanctuary for these dogs that creates miracles:

    I know how you feel about Cici – thanks for all you do ! Monika Courtney, Evergreen, CO.

  6. Thanks Monika… I posted two tweets about the situation in Denver today… http://twitter.com/suemagic

  7. Great site! Beautiful furkid! Blessings, Judy

  8. Anon

    Just want to leave a thank you donation and don’t know how.

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  10. Hi there! Love your blog! We plan on traveling all over the U.S. next summer, so I’ll be bookmarking your site for great travel tips!

  11. Cecilia

    Hi Sue! I love your stories about your polka dot princess! Enjoy your internet!!!

  12. CiCi looks like Arthur who was scammed from our rescue. We are raising the money to hire an attorney to get him back through the courts system. No one will help us.


    Cindy Marabito
    Reunion Rescue
    Pit Bull Nation

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  14. Hello CeliaSue and Cici,

    I have found your blog very interesting, you travel alot. Do you have
    a camper van? My dogs Bindi and Eadie like a bit of travel but really love
    routine. Bindi is 11 years old and Eadie is 6 years old .
    Cici must be a friendly dog, my girls would love to play with Cici.
    I have thought about travelling about with the girls but would like to have a caravan or camper. We all live in Australia and it is a big country like yours. Happy Travels.
    Linda Bindi and Eadie

  15. I’m a subscriber! Wonderful and informative website. Toby and Pi (my two mini schnauzers ) are greatful!

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  17. Hi CeliaSue! My name is Alex, co-founder of the new pet website VSPETS.com and am reaching out to introduce you to our Internet pet competition. We love your articles and passion towards increasing pet health and welfare awareness. We are also strong supporters of pets. So far, we’ve been receiving very enthusiastic feedback and fan mail from our expanding online pet community! We are very proud of our website and would like to invite CiCi to enter the competition and community at http://VSPETS.com.

  18. Kara

    Hi. I enjoy your blog and getting to know Ci Ci through your writing. Thanks so much for advocating for the fair treatment of pit bulls and bully breeds, too. I worked in the administration department of a local animal shelter for 4 years and in that time, came to know dozens of pitbulls and pitbull mixes who were some of the most loving, intelligent, trustworthy, gentle and goofiest dogs I’ve ever met. I fell in love with many of them and watched them find great new homes with families who never judged them based on their breed. Thanks!

  19. We love your blog and your work advocating for pit bull type dogs! Thank you! My blog is about a pit bull called Yoda that I adopted, come check us out! We nominated your blog for an award, you can find it here: http://yodathepitbull.blogspot.ca/2014/09/yodas-mom-versatile.html . Hope to hear from you soon!

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