About me & Cici…

About the Blogger

Travel California with Cici the polka dot princess

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I’m CeliaSue Hecht:

Writing For You

dog travel expert and newshound writing for you…http://suemagic5.wix.com/celiasue

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

CeliaSue Hecht is a professional writer, author, PR expert, workshop leader and speaker specializing in topics from pet-related subjects, travel, alternative health (aromatherapy to EMDR, herbs to yoga), and spirituality (angels to zen).

Her credits include local and national publications, writing about pet-friendly hotels, wineries, pet products, consumer products, health. romance and business success subjects. She has a BA degree in Communications. Her background is in newspapers as a journalist and PR director for small companies, agencies, authors, and professionals.

She has had hands-on experience with numerous dogs, working as a pet sitter.

She shares her home with one dog, and used to have two cats. Her dog, Cici, has played with more than 650 dogs (numerous breeds), including Bernese Mountain Dogs, Cocker Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Jack Russells, Blue Heelers, Labradoodles, Golden Doodles, King Charles Spaniels, and Golden Retrievers

Writer and Editor

•Author, e-dog travel guide, co-author 5 Romantic travel guides

  • numerous books, newsletters and newspapers

•Dog and cat care articles for local, national and online publications

•Fundraising letters for nonprofits

•Corporate newsletters, training materials, consumer newsletters

•Website design and content

•Marketing, copywriting and public relations materials for authors, small companies, agencies and professionals

Pet Expert

•Pet sitter 10 years

•PR for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

•Networking: Social Media Animal Rescue

•Dog Travel


•Freelance writer, website designer

•PR Director

•Education Coordinator


•Writing Tutor and Coach

Media coverage for various clients include: Entrepreneur, Los Angeles Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, O, Parent, Real Simple, N.Y. Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Atlanta Constitution, Dallas Morning News, and many others.

Bylines in Boca Raton Daily News, Reno Gazette Journal, Monterey County Weekly, Nevada Appeal, Nevada Business, Nevada Woman, Salem News, and many others.

Travel Expert

World travel: USA, Bangladesh, England, France, Greece, Israel, India, Germany, Canada, Singapore, and Thailand

Website: https://cshecht.wordpress.com/

Dawg Travel Blog: Havedogblog


Contact CeliaSue Hecht

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


Writing for you… I absolutely love hearing from readers, so please feel free to bark at me, I don’t bite.

CeliaSue grew up in Bayside, Queens, New York. She spent a large part of her childhood hoping and praying for a best friend or a dog. Best friends were hard to come by and dogs were not allowed in the garden apartment. Neither were cats but there was a few feral ones including a pregnant mama who had just enough kittens for CeliaSue  and the other girls. They kept the kittens secret in the laundry and storage rooms.  Ginger, her kitty, was grey and white and adorable.  Unfortunately, CeliaSue soon discovered that rescuing feral kitties can lead to getting found and heartbreak.  So CeliaSue made up stories, took dancing classes, went ice skating, and dreamed of becoming a famous writer one day. Growing up, she moved from NYC to California, had a dog, two cats, traveled around the world, was married and divorced in Las Vegas and was rescued six years ago by a Polka Dot Princess named Cici.

CeliaSue Hecht writes the Have Dog Blog will Travel blog that provides everything from pet health tips, pet food and dog treat product reviews, pet travel safety tips to reviews on dog-friendly venues, wineries and vehicles, info about traveling with pit bulls and their ornery owners.

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

Here’s a bit more background about me. If you like this blog, which certainly involves writing and editing, I hope you’ll check out my credentials, and hire me to do some work for you. Pawty !

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Education from Florida Atlantic University; edited various newspapers and newsletters for nonprofit organizations;  written hundreds of articles for 40+ publications, co-authored five romantic travel guides, assisted various authors in getting their manuscripts published, typed and edited movie and TV scripts in Hollywood, transcribed Barbra Walters’ interviews with luminaries such as Ronald Reagan and obtained publicity and promoted events for clients such as best-selling authors, doctors, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, CPA’s, seminar leaders and speakers.

I had two cats for five years, worked for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and led a fairly nomadic (traveled around the world to Bangladesh, Canada, England, France, Germany, Holland, India, Israel, Thailand from 1987-89 with an interfaith prayer ministry) but dogless life until 2007, when I rescued Cici, my diva dog. Having an adorable canine (6 year old Dalmatian and American pit bull terrier) who attracts tons of attention, mostly positive, but on occasion negative, due to her so-called pit bull terrier nature, I have had challenges which I rant and write about.

To put it lightly.

I have researched about pit bulls and met three of the former Michael Vick’s dogs. I have been known to obsess about dogs and pit bulls.  I have contributed dog stories to such publications as Bay Woof, Salem News, Pet Folio magazine, in Reno, Nevada, Best Friends magazine and others.

Now I write regularly every day. And I write this blog letting you know about pet friendly places to visit including the pet friendly hotels that truly welcome pets.

But while dogs and travel are my passions, along with chocolate, I still do a good deal of dog-free and travel-free writing and editing. Such as writing ebooks about financial topics and assisting wanna be authors in getting published.

Ok, go check out my website,

my writing website 



Am also featured on John Kremer’s Book Marketing list of

Book Editors, Proofreaders, and Ghostwriters


like me at my facebook fan page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/CeliaSue-Ink/113672075372035



About the Dog

Cici, a 7-1/2 year old Dalmatian/pit bull mix, was not named by CeliaSue but Cici is a nickname for the name Celia.  So it was kismet, fate or destiny when they met in Las Vegas when Cici was just six months old. Cici is the one with the polka dots and spots on one ear. She is also known to be a goofy spoiled princess. She loves doing her belly dance and staying at pet friendly hotels. Chasing rabbits and cats and EATING are also favorite hobbies.

Pit bulls get a bad rap, but Cici must have not gotten the memo since she is a clown much of the time, showing off her belly and licking everyone she meets.  She has played with 600+ dogs, has cat issues and loves to chase rabbits, squirrels, deer, stalk lizards and has sniffed the hooves of farm animals (goats, cows, sheep, chickens, horses, yaks and llamas). She has become a California girl sunbather having been born in Vegas in the summer 100+ temperatures, she loves the sun and heat. She also loves exploring new places, pet friendly hotels and meeting new dogs and people, and is kind enough to let CeliaSue write about her adventures.



I usually tell people that my Dalmatian/terrier is a social butterfly who likes people more than I do, that she is my pup-lick relations assistant and that she cannot hold her licker. Cici may be related to the infamous Mendocino Dot Dog who had puppies in Las Vegas after leaving Mendo. She was adopted by some people who wanted a guard dog. Cici is NOT a guard dog and she was put in the middle of a domestic violence situation. It was dangerous and I rescued her from the situation when Cici was just six months old.  She is now six years old.  (Aug. 1, 2012)

From there, Cici and I 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.

CeliaSue welcomes hiring Cici out for her foot washing and shoe cleaning services. Cici is also available for tail wagging, sniffing out cats, chasing bikes, skateboards and motorcycles, and bug and lizard stalking.  (see our blog post about starting a foot licking salon).

About the Blog’s Name
Like many blogs, this one evolved from Cuppa Writing for the Soul to Travel, She Wrote to Have Dog Blog will Travel. The name is thanks to travel writers exchange who suggested i just talk plain and tell folks what my blog is about through the title and photo of cici, duh. we are still a work in progress and imagine this blog will continue to evolve over time.

Folks take photos of Cici all the time, some suggest that she would look great in a movie, or as a dog model. If anyone wants to volunteer to train her, that would be fine. I am not the most patient person to do so. Although I think that Cici should earn her keep around here and do some work in exchange for room and board, especially in these stressful economic times. Gainful employment and making people laugh… bow wowsa…

Please feel free to sign our guest book, leave a comment, subscribe, donate via paypal and read about our latest dog friendly adventures wagging our tails along doggie trails.  And whatever you do, keep your furry four paws up.  Happy belly rubs !

Contact CeliaSue and Cici at author444 at yahoo.com  or call us at: 702-225-8206

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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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