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Kait & John Seyal, along with their two dogs Max & Grace, walked across the US from DE to CA. They walked to promote pet therapy and animal rescue. Along the way, they stopped at hospitals, nursing homes, veteran facilities, children’s homes and anywhere else where a dog is needed. They relied on the kindness of strangers to get through this journey with giving them a place to stay, food, company, etc.
June 20 is Take Your Dog to Work Day… how are you celebrating?
here are some ideas:
Some lucky doggies go to work EVERY Day…
http://www.dogsforheroes.org/ http://www.pinterest.com/stubbydog/pit-bulls-are-therapy-dogs/ and some lucky humans gets to work with dogs (and other animals) Every day… here are some of their jobs/businesses:
Advocate for animals
Animal boarding facility
Animal control officer
Animal sanctuary (Best Friends, VillaLobos)
Artist, pet portraits
Author of pet books
Cat/canine coffee house owner
Dog food cook
Dog treat baker
Dog food truck (ie, Phydough)
Dog bakery owner or employee
Doggie daycare owner or employee
Dog hydrotherapist, acupuncturist, canine massage therapist
Filmmaker of pet movies
Guide dog trainer
Jewelry maker of pet items
Pet camp owner
Pet fashion (clothing designer, sales)
Pet friendly innkeeper
Pet food retail shop owner
Pet Public Relations/Marketing/Social Media
Pet product manufacturer (i.e., collars, leashes, harnesses, food, shampoo)
Pet travel specialist
Pet Travel writer
Property management (pet friendly properties)
Realtor (pet friendly homes)
Train dog models, dog actors
T-shirts, clothing related to pets
Website designer (for pet related products, group, rescues, etc)
Whenever we travel, Cici has her own bag filled with goodies just for her… these are gotta haves, bring with us items that are crucial for a safe, happy trip. And below, we are sharing some of these items with you.
Some these items came in Cici’s Pet Box (the ones with a *)…a wonderful pick and choose pack filled with items that doggies love and need. One of the things we LOVE about PetBox is that PetBox gives you the option to pack your own box. And the items you have to choose from are not just any old products. They are premium products such as the ones below. Monthly subscriptions … we also love the cardboard box that the items come in. Another cool thing is that for every PetBox purchased, they feed a rescue animal. Oh and cats are not left out in the cold either. There are cat boxes, too.
Here is what makes PetBox unique, compared to other monthly doggie boxes:
All products are made in the US
– Toys and treats are customized by dog or cat size
– When you order a PetBox, it ships within 2 business days
– For every purchase, the company feeds rescue animals with the help of a new partner called Bogo Bowl
* bowls such as Outback Double Diner, two bowls in one, water and food, zips up easy, dries quickly
pet naturals calming treats http://www.petnaturals.com/index.php?l=product_list&c=2
pet naturals breath bars http://www.petnaturals.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=700752021 spirulina, parsley, mushroom, cinnamon powder and yucca schidgera extract
*dog toys, a ball to chew on
a few bones and chews to slobber on
blankets, sleeping bag
towels to clean up muddy wet paws
green doggie first aid kit including Bach Flower Rescue Remedy, qtips, essential oils and more
photo, license, vaccination records and ID tags (microchip number)
extra leash, just in case
CritterZone Air Purifier and Odor Eliminator
supplements such as:
* Honest kitchen’s Perfect Form herbal digestion aid
ASEA, herbal internal powder to keep fleas away, flea comb, and
shampoo, Miracle 2 soap and/or dry shampoo
* an O’Tom tick Twister to remove those icky ticks
* Slurp n Fresh oral hygiene and Kissable breath foam
Kurgo barrier and safety harness (doggie seat belt) http://www.kurgostore.com/barriers-and-containment/
Keep Fido in her place
Cici loves to jump into the driver’s seat when I run into the store. I come back to find you-know-who drooling on the steering wheel and getting the front seat all hairy.
Here is where the Backseat Barrier™ comes in. Super stylish, this cloth barrier attaches to the back of your front seats, creating a soft wall between you and Fido…blocking that little space above your center console. She can still sit and peer through the mesh top; you can even reach back for a scratch if necessary. Most importantly, this barrier helps to keep you distraction free while driving, and keeps your pup safely out of the front of the car.
if I had a small dog, I would bring this to carry my dog in:
Available in Small, Medium & Large:
If i had a hairy dog, I would use this:cleaning mitt
Dual-sided Cleaning Mitt can be used wet or dry. It quickly and easily removes dirt and mud from all sizes of pet and all types of fur, leaving it clean and shiny. Use it at bath time too.
if I was traveling with children, I would also bring:
Pansy in Paris: A Mystery in the Museum by Cynthia Bardes
What an enchanting little picture book about a little girl named Avery and her best pal Pansy (toy poodle). They go on an adventure, discover the joy of travel and solve a mystery. Written from Pansy’s point of view, adorable.
and two books for guardians:
Life’s a Bark by Larry Kay
What can you learn about love and life from your dog? This book is filled with 60 hilarious and heartwarming tales and tips and tons of great photos… Play Fair, Praise Me, Listen Well, Honor my Feelings and more… Try this: pretend you’re a dog and look in the mirror…laugh out loud funny book
Medicine Dog book by Julia Szabo is an inspirational true story about a miraculous cure. One ailing woman’s journey to cure her best friend ends up healing herself. Julia Szabo’s dog Sam was very ill with osteoarthritis. Stem cells restored him to his former and younger self. She went to her doctor and asked to be treated like her dog. She suffered from a chronic inflammatory bowel disease and it took four years for her to become the first American to obtain the stem cell treatment herself.
|Earth? Where every day you get a fresh start, CeliaSue, every thought brings you closer, every word makes you more, every decision is the right one, every baby step makes it easier, every smile makes it happier, and, every tree knows your name.
Plus, I got you, babe –
to give her the pills or not to give her the pills, that be the question…
ok, cici has had this rather hard red looking growth on her right rear toe (why is it always something on that same foot?) for awhile now. I had asked the vet about it and she gave me some goop to put on it which I did haphazardly since Cici does not like me applying stuff to any part of her anatomy.
By the way, the thing looks smaller now.
I also sprayed and gelled the thing and it got bigger and bigger, so I got concerned that it was growing larger and called the vet to ask what she thought this thing was. She asked that i take a photo of it and send it to her so I did and i was told to come in for an appointment which i did yesterday. (How come I ask a question and do not get an answer?)
Now, before when i went to this same vet, I did not get a definitive answer / diagnosis about whether she had a tape worm or not either. And she prescribed antibiotics and steroids for her skin issues (itchiness and rashes). I gave them to her for a few days until i decided that the drugs were counterproductive and i went totally with giving Cici all natural treatments. Her skin cleared up, she gained back the weight, and her energy is zooming, puppylike feisty again.
Again, the vet did a few tests and still did not give me a definitive answer / diagnosis about her toe. It could be benign or malignant. It is some kind of sarcoma growth. Could have to have her toe amputated. But the vet was concerned about that the cells seemed to be growing in size. I may have mixed two treatments together that i should not have done in my overzealousness to spray and gel the toe whenever i could do so. But does this mean ANYTHING?
The vet advised me to stop treating the toe topically and again she prescribed antibiotics and steroids.
My dilemma is these drugs have harsh side effects and seem to be the “solution” to a myriad of problems without a definitive diagnosis. If I do not give the pills to Cici, will i be sorry later on? I am not a vet. If I do give Cici these pills will they solve anything?
We pet parents have to make sometimes life or death decisions about our beloved pets all of the time and we do not always get the best advice from experts. So what do we do?
Intuitively, I think or am I in denial? Cici’s toe growth is benign. So why then did i bring her to the vet? Shouldn’t i have expected the same result as last time from this vet? What do you do when you and your vet do not agree upon treatment? I have been to several vets in this area and one was supposed to be holistic but charges $350 for everything and also prescribed antibiotics and steroids, gave her a shot not a pill.
What do you do if/when you cannot find a vet who you agree with? Do you take it upon yourself to do the research necessary and hope for the best or do you rely upon the experts opinion or a combination of both????
I am feeling quite frustrated and not really wanting to go ahead with this pill regimen. But I also do not want my girl to suffer the consequences if I am wrong.
My precious baby deserves the best care I can get for her AND on a limited budget I can afford limited care. What would you do in my situation, dear readers?
Please send us healing light, prayers and clarity. Thank you.
last Friday was my birthday and I had planned to drive down to Morro Bay with my dog and this gal who has been my driver for the past six months. Things started not seeming right with this person on Halloween and I began a search for another driver. After a couple of weeks, there was time for things to cool off. I decided to give the person the benefit of the doubt and a second chance and hired her again to take me shopping. More problems and she was having personal issues. OK. stuff happens, right.
Well, I realized that there was actually something completely else that I wanted to do on my birthday (rather than go to Morro Bay) and I did not know how to get it all worked out yet it came together very easily. There was even a Wags Hotel in Redwood City (where the event I wanted to go to was being held) and they were offering a FREE first stay for the dog. Next, my roommate decided he wanted to go to Redwood City to visit a friend of his and he would rent the car. Then he changed his itinerary to San Jose, but we could still drive together.
The Hotel Sofitel where the event I went to was being held is pet friendly and offering a discounted rate of only $99 but with all the other expenses I could not stay over. The hotel charges $20 a night per pet. So we decided to drive up and come back after the event (which ended around midnight). The Wag Hotel required more vaccinations than Cici has plus their hours would mean that instead of Cici playing with other dogs, she would mostly be in a strange room by herself. So I opted to leave Cici home. I figured that she would do better in her own home environment with familiar smells and items, toys and food.
It did not occur to me to look for a pet sitter. I called upon the driver gal (since she knows my dog and has worked with dogs) and my neighbor to look in on Cici. If the gal would walk Cici and feed her around 4 pm and my neighbor would check on her about 9 pm, I thought she would be OK. She mostly sleeps from 5 pm on most days/nights.
On Thursday, the gal drove me shopping and to dinner and I paid her and gave her the key and instructions.
On Friday, we left around noon and arrived back home around 3 a.m. Imagine my shock, when I saw that she had not bothered to show up and feed and walk my dog. Thankfully, Cici was just fine. I had left the door to the backyard open for her so she could do her business any time she wanted. And she must have spent the time sleeping away. Still, she was VERY happy to see us. And was rewarded for NOT tearing the house apart with some bacon and sausage we had brought back from breakfast at Denny’s.
The next morning, after a few hours of sleep, I discovered there was NO message on my phone, email or Facebook page from this person. What the heck was going on? I expected that at the very least there would be an explanation and apology. Instead there was nothing. As time went on, I became more livid. My neighbor came by and told me he just plain forgot to come by. He apologized and gave me the key back. I should have gotten his phone number to remind him since I knew that he has a bad memory. But what was up with the driver??? I sent her a nasty Facebook direct message and received no reply, no phone message.
By Monday, I decided to call the police and/or a lawyer (I have Legal Shield) for advice. Thinking about things this person told me about themselves had me more and more concerned. She has an arrest record for shoplifting and is not allowed to go into Target. She is very young with a five year old daughter who lives with her mother but she lives with a drug addict friend. She was concerned about being evicted and on her Facebook page she put up very strange, provocative (sexual) images and sayings. She was supposed to be going to Heald college to become a police officer yet this is how she conducts herself?
The lawyer said that he would call her and tell her to get the money and key back to me by Wednesday. She told him that her car broke down and that she would get me the friggin key and money whenever she could. Nasty and cursing at a lawyer. The lawyer did say that he managed to tell her that if anything happened to this house (if it were to be broken into while she still has a key), that she would be liable.
Now I do not believe for a minute that her car broke down. If so, and she were an honest and responsible person, she would have called and left me a phone message and apologized at the very least. Otherwise, she should have found a way to get here and GET THE JOB DONE (a ride from a friend, a bus, whatever). I have been told that people with arrest records cannot ever become police officers. And so I now believe this person to be a liar and a thief.
I sent her an email (after unfriending and blocking her on Facebook) letting her know that I do not believe her and that she needs to get the key and money to me by tomorrow. If she is unwilling to do anything else, she can MAIL the key and money.
I tried calling some professional pet sitters for tips how to avoid such a situation. One tip was to get references. Another was to not pay the person ahead of time. What would you do? I think that this situation is unique and I am endeavoring to learn from it (while processing my anger). I am thankful that I never drove down to Morro Bay with this person. And thrilled that Cici is such a rock star. I have left her alone for 2-4 hours maximum in the past. I would not ever leave her alone for 14 hours but next time, she will be with a reliable pet sitter who will love her and do the job.
Does a pet sitter need to be bonded and insured in order to be hired? Would you have a written contract even for a one time situation?
The Marriott Hotel nearby the Sofitel charges a $100 nonrefundable pet fee. There are other less expensive hotels in the area that are also pet friendly (Good Nite Inn, Motel 6) but not nearly the same quality of hotel accommodations and amenities for humans.
I have another driver in my neighborhood taking me shopping tomorrow. But so far, the drivers have not been very reliable. One gal could not even drive her own stick shift vehicle. Should I find another source to hire people other than craigslist? I cannot pay much but I try to go above and beyond (fed the other gal, took her to the movies one time, and accommodated her schedule and requests). A courteous, responsible and professional person communicates honestly and GETS THE JOB DONE NO MATTER WHAT. At least that is my standard. No More Flakes Need Apply.
DogVacay.com and other organizations provide in-home dog care while you are away. What do you do when you travel and cannot take your pets???