Category Archives: California

Romantic places for V-day

Most romantic towns and some of them are pet friendly too

I would add Carmel, Mendocino and Napa to this list, too (in terms of romantic AND pet friendly).

 

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No. 5 San Luis Obispo, CA

With mild year-round weather, fewer crowds, and affordable prices (at least compared to L.A. and San Francisco), this central-coast college town embodies California mellow, making for easy romance. It also offers easy access to great wine country (thinkSideways), laid-back Pismo Beach, and the grandeur of Hearst Castle. Readers ranked it at the top of the survey for its coffee—like the fair-trade, organic brews served at local favorite Blackhorse Espresso and Bakery.

No. 6 Aspen, CO

The A-list ski town has no shortage of plush hotels primed for romance—such as The Little Nell or the St. Regis—or sips to get you there: the Rocky Mountain state’s legendary craft beer scene helped rank this tony mountain town at the top of the survey for its local brews (such as Aspen Brewing’s pale ale called This Season’s Blonde). For a romantic dinner you can’t beat Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, with big views—from 10,700 feet—of the Maroon Bells and European-style classics such as fondue and veal schnitzel. Readers also applauded Aspen for its variety of events, from the X Games to the high-minded Aspen Ideas Festival.

No. 8 Sonoma, CA

The surrounding wine country makes this bucolic town a no-brainer for romance—with the added couples-friendly enticements of dreamy hotels (such as the rambling Spanish Mission–style Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa) and a noted lack of kids. The foodie factor runs high, too, thanks to renowned restaurants (such as French-country The Girl & the Fig) and top-notch farmers’ markets, like the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers’ Market on Fridays. Readers also voted Sonoma into the top 10 for having quirky locals, a plus on any memorable weekend getaway.

No. 18 Bend, OR

This Oregon ski town offers a casual alternative to a romantic wine country getaway: the Bend Ale Trail, which leads you to 11 craft breweries, such as the famed Deschutes, and a branch of McMenamins at theOld St. Francis School, a 1936 Catholic schoolhouse turned inn. Bend also won the survey for burgers, and locals swear by the classic versions at Pilot Butte Drive-In. (Go ahead, get two straws for that milkshake.) visitbend.com

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-most-romantic-towns

 

 

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Ageless Dogma

Interview with author Annette Cain and her dog Pepper … co-authors of Ageless Dogma: A Dog’s Life Guide to Staying Young

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tell us more about Pepper, how old is she? when did you get her? did you adopt her from a shelter, rescue her or get her from a breeder or ??

Pepper is coming up on her 10th birthday (4-15).  However, she still thinks she’s two!  She was one of 18 puppies (2 moms, same dad) from my friends’ dogs.  My husband and I decided it was time to grow our family, so we took Pepper (aka Pep) home when she was 3 months old.

what made you choose a Lab?

Friends’ dogs were Labs.  Pep’s dad was a field trials champion.  We chose Pepper out of all the other dogs because she was the only one with a white patch on her chest, a ridge on her nose, and her personality, of course!

how often does Pepper do doga?

Everyday.  She starts before she even gets out of her bed in the morning and always stretches after all of her siestas.  Most nights after dinner, she’ll do her own unique ‘doga’ stance—she goes down on one shoulder with her rump sticking up in the air and tail wagging (picture).

what are her favorite things?

Hopefully us, but sure bets are:

The obvious—tennis balls, peanut butter-filled gongs, squeaky toys

Activities—going to the beach (includes swimming & riding waves), taking a ride (anywhere), digging squirrel holes, morning walks, and lots of wagging!

Worst favorite thing—Pep loves getting ahead of us on the trail and eating coyote skat (must be the right vintage though)

what kind of diet does she eat?

Mostly wholesome dry food (minus the skat).  Snacks include:  pb, greenies, chicken jerky, and usually whatever my hubby is snacking on.  Pep loves fruit…she actually pulls persimmons right off of my grandma’s tree.  She’s sad that persimmon season is over. (picture of her under tree)

are there specific things you do to help Pepper remain youthful?

Daily walks, weekly swims, supplements (chondroitin/glucosamine and fish oil), playtime, and she’s really good about taking naps.

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does she like to travel with you, do you take her with you?

Pep would like to go everywhere with us.  Our favorite vacation is renting a house on the beach (favorite beach is Stinson—private part is very dog friendly).

does she have any doggie play pals?  do you take her to the dog park or dog beach?

Pep is very socialized when it comes to dogs (helps to come from such a big family), however, she could take ‘em or leave ‘em.  When we go to the beach it’s all about chasing the ball or scooping up crab shells—she doesn’t even notice other dogs around her.

what is the best, most inspiring thing Pepper has ever done? funniest/ silliest?  most rewarding time you have ever spent with her?

Best/inspiring:  When Pep was just a year old, she had a terrible accident.  She had to undergo several surgeries and had 100’s of stitches (even actual buttons at one point) and was in a cone collar for three months.  She was such a trooper and taught me much about surrendering to uncontrollable circumstances, going with the flow, and grinning while bearing pain.

Silliest:  Pep’s ‘rump in the air’ act always makes us chuckle

Most rewarding:  My husband says the most rewarding time has been from when we picked her up until now.   For me, it’s how she greets me with joy every time I enter the room (this is one of her traits in the book).

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have you had other dogs?

I grew up in Belize and had many dogs as a kid…a German Shepard named Apache, a Dachshund named Whiskey, and several “pot likkas” (meaning “pot lickers”—what we call mutts in Belize) Ginger, Swing, Yum Yum and Tubby.

what made you write your book with Pepper in mind?  what gave you the idea?

My passion is to help others age stronger so their bodies can keep up with their lives.  My tagline for my business is “Age less.  Live More.” and when I saw a bumper sticker one day that said, “Bark less. Wag More.” the idea for “Ageless Dogma” came to me…the bumper sticker and Pep inspired me to write a book that could help people “Age Less and Wag More!”

have you written other books?

This is my fourth book.  I have written 3 previous books on health/fitness—“Fat Chance,” “The Lazy Way to Shed Some Pounds,” and “The Lazy Way to Get In Shape.”

are you planning to write other books?

Yes.  I have many ideas tucked away in my head and I’d love to write a novel in the future.

what is the most rewarding thing that you enjoy about your work?

I absolutely love inspiring others to take care of their bodies and take part in life.  I do this through writing, speaking and coaching.  It is very rewarding to be creative and connect with others.

anything else that you’d like to share?

Annette’s website agelesswithannette.com

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Pet Expo San Jose

So You Want to Travel to the Bay Area Pet Expo. Join the Club!

Think of the Bay Area Pet Expo and images come to mind: miles and miles of canine and feline and avian related tables filled with products galore, free product samples, contests, giveaways and happy dogs eating treats, wagging tails meeting other canines.

Before you attend this annual Santa Clara Fairground event (this year featuring Shorty Rossi and his pack of pit bulls), which takes place Saturday, January 11, from 10 am to 4 pm, here are some things to consider.

Get there early. There is no fee to attend but parking on the street fills up fast. Parking  is $8 and the lot is very busy.

Make sure that your pooch is able, willing and ready to attend an event with hundreds of strange canines, felines and people. I had to park Cici outside tied to a pole for five minutes while I ran around inside and she was not a happy camper. Neither was the alternative (bringing her inside where the noise and excitement of meeting so many people, canines and felines in an enclosed space was too much for her). She was and I was not prepared for the chaos of the event.

http://www.bayareapetexpo.com/bringing-your-pet.html

There is a new Wags Hotel for pooches in nearby Redwood City. Your dog can play with other pooches for a few hours while you peruse, talk to dog experts and meet and greet at the Expo.

Your pet must be immunized in order to attend the event (and also to play at the doggie daycare), please bring proof of rabies and other vaccinations.

If you do not live in the area, and must stay overnight: (some hotels have group discount rates)

Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City is half an hour away from San Jose

San Jose area hotels have pet friendly lodging including :

Hilton San Jose

300 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95110
877-577-5760

Pet Policy - Large pets up to 75 lbs, USD $75. Non-refundable fee. Bed and bowls limited.

LaQuinta

2585 Seaboard Avenue
San Jose, CA 00000
4084358800

There are no deposits or fees. Up to two domestic pets (cats or dogs) per room. When you check in, please let the front desk staff know.

Doubletree Hotel

2050 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110
408-453-4000

Pet Policy - $50 nonrefundable fee. Pets under 100 lbs. welcome.

Pet Amenities - Pet bed pillow upon request, water, food bowls with mat, pet treat.

Points of Interest - Walking trails, dog parks, pet store (all within 4 miles)

Rates - Single, Double: starting at $89

The Pet Expo website has a link to the Fairfield Inn, San Jose Airport area

http://www.bayareapetexpo.com/

Events:

Pet Contest, Free Microchipping and Low Cost Vaccinations, Pet Talent, Pet Agility Demonstrations, Musical Chairs and more.

Shorty Rossi, the pit boss, runs Shortywood Productions, a Hollywood talent management company for little people, as well as Shorty’s Rescue, his pit bull rescue group.

Be sure to catch Shorty onstage, discussing his passion – rescuing Pit bulls! Stop by to get an autograph or picture with Shorty,, his dog Hercules and help support his charities!

Please visit Shorty’s site for more information: www.shortyrescue.com

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Adopting a pet?

Bring a crate and/or leash with you for your new family member. Crates and pet carriers often sell out. Be a good girl scout and be prepared.

Directions:

Highway 101

Take the Tully Rd. exit West. Proceed 1.5 miles. The blue arch of the Fairgrounds is visible on the left.

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Hounds at Heavenly

Powder…cold, wet, white and fun to make snowballs and snowpeople with as well as to ski on. Our furry friends with four paws like snow as much as people do. And Lake Tahoe (north and south) is a perfect place to hit the snow trails and resorts. Lazy, couch potato puppies can sit by the fire while active animals can hike in the fluffy white stuff during the winter.

The mountains are alive with the sound of dogs frolicking in the snow. Taking your dog skiing might require some patience, practice and coordination. (Me, the only time I ever went skiing in my life, I failed at the bunny slopes in NY but there are plenty of people who ski and who knows, maybe Fido is a natural born skier).

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Check it out: Heavenly is ski resort in south tahoe has pet friendly trails with no fee

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Our favorite place to stay in South Lake Tahoe is the Three Peaks Resort. They have various kinds of lodging available from a motel type log  cabins to suites with kitchen and living room.

$25 pet fee

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The Lake Tahoe Basin offers level paths perfect for pampered pooches. Among the most scenic trails: Meiss Meadows, Echo Lakes, Angora Lakes, and Lily Lake.

Cross country ski areas, nordic trails and snowshoe trails are all pet friendly.

2 miles of trails

$50 season trail pass for dogs for cross county ski trails

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all of the trails in Truckee are pet friendly

restaurants with outside patios usually are pet friendly

call (888) 229-2184 visitors bureau

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All things Dog in North Lake Tahoe (this link is the best resource for travelers):

http://www.gotahoenorth.com/outdoors/all-things-dog

Dog Friendly skiing trails:

http://www.tahoedonner.com/cross-country/dog-trails/

http://www.tahoexc.org/dog_friendly_trails

Dog Friendly Lodging:

http://www.gotahoenorth.com/blog/2011/09/29/top-10-dog-friendly-lodgings-at-tahoe/

Squaw Dogs (Dog Friendly store at Squaw Valley):

http://squaw.com/the-village/shopping/squaw-dogs

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn (pamper your pooch in style at PlumpJack):

http://www.plumpjacksquawvalleyinn.com/rooms/lake-tahoe-dog-friendly

All dogs are welcome; a one-time, non-refundable $150 cleaning fee will be assessed upon check-in.

Dog Friendly Villages:

Squaw Valley, www.squaw.com

Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeTahoe/Default.htm

Northstar California, www.northstarcalifornia.com

Thanks for all of the info from the North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative

Dogs must be on a leash and under an owner’s control at all times while on Northstar property and in the Village at Northstar. Any messes created need to be cleaned up by the dog’s owner.

On the Mountain

During the winter, dogs are not permitted on the mountain with the exception of the monthly Moonlight Snowshoe Tours.

During the summer, four-legged friends are welcome to ride the Gondola and hike with guests while on leash in the Mountain Biking & Hiking Park.

Dogs are not permitted in the lodging units at Northstar, Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging, and the Northstar Lodge-Hyatt® Residence Club.  Dogs are welcome in the lodging units at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe for a $125.00 non-refundable (one time) fee.

Main Phone: (530) 562-3000

Guest Fax: (530) 562-3001

Sales Fax: (530) 562-3024

Central Reservations: (800) 514-4685

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeTahoe/Default.htm

http://www.northstarcalifornia.com/info/ski/trip-planning/pets.asp

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Happy Merry HO HO HO

Some gifts for Cici this holiday season from our friends at Dogbook, a card and a bit of cash… thank you !!!

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a lovely wooden tree ornament with her name on it from Marked Moments

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and some yummy treats (we are also doing a giveaway for a bag of these)… just send us a photo of your dog in holiday attire (or near a xmas tree) and tell us why they’d love some treats.. (they could beg for their treats, and we will pick a winner by January 2, 2014.

Indigo Smokehouse Strips

made with real, premium cut chicken and bacon that are sourced from the USA. These USDA inspected smoked and cured treats are free of by-products, wheat, corn, and soy as well as, no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives! What’s left is a deliciously meaty snack your pet will love. And indigo Smokehouse Strip are the first meaty treat of its kind that’s vacuum-sealsed for safety and freshness. And brought to you by PetSafe the makers of Lickety Stik!
Chicken: Chicken, Brown Sugar, Natural Liquid Smoke, Water, Condensed Cultured Skim Milk, Sea Salt, Green Tea Extract, Rosemary Extract.

Cici loves them, thinks that they are woof woof yummy good… drool worthy even !!!

a few gifts have not yet arrived…maybe today…

Cici and I wish you all Happy Holidays and safe travels !!!!!

a doggie in Rohnert Park Animal Shelter named PIP that looks like my red toed girl… go get him a HOME !!!!

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A pet friendly Howloween

Fun things to do with dogs for the spooky holiday

Nowadays the whole entire family can join in the fun of the holiday season. There are a variety of entertaining activities to do including Howloween events such as costume parties and parades featuring canines as well as fundraisers, shopping and ghostly tours. You should be able to take the entire family pumpkin shopping. Here is a sample of what is going on in the Monterey Bay area this year.

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there is a long list of places where they will have kid friendly pumpkin patch events here, if you want to go, call to see if they are also pup friendly

http://www.mbaykids.com/Halloween.asp

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Make a peanut butter and pumpkin doggie treat for Fido

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/peanut-butter-and-pumpkin-dog-treats/

Carve the pumpkin to look like your dog

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http://www.canidae.com/blog/2012/10/how-to-carve-pumpkin-that-looks-just.html

the City of Carmel-by-the Sea is celebrating its 97th Annual Birthday Celebration and Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The parade begins at 11AM meandering through the commercial district on Ocean Avenue. Adults, children and leashed dogs are welcome to participate in the parade. Make sure you wear your costume and join City Dignitaries riding in grand old cars as the City salutes its residents, as well as elected and appointed officials.

A wonderful hot dog lunch and entertainment await outdoors at Sunset Center parking lot (located on San Carlos between 9th and 10th) beginning at high Noon! Tickets for the lunch will be available for purchase at Carmel-by-the-Sea City Hall (E/S Monte Verde btwn Ocean & 7th) and the Carmel Chamber of Commerce (W/S San Carlos btwn 5th & 6th) and at the event, buy early, as a limited number are available. $5 for a hot dog lunch including chili, chips, a drink, ice cream, cake and coffee (donated by the Monterey Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross). For ticket information please call 831/620.2020.

For up-to-date information please call 831/620.2020, or e-mail clopez@ci.carmel.ca.us

Haute–nd Howl-o-ween

October 26, 2013 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Haute Enchilada
7902 Moss Landing Rd.
Moss Landing, California

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Ph: (831) 718-9122

Taco bar, live music with Carolyn Sils Band, drawing, dog costume contest, awesome prizes!

Entry: $5 Donation to POMDR (Peace of Mind Dog Rescue)

Savor a special Haute Style taco bar available for purchase for $15.00 (BBQ is optional)

Wine and Beer also available for purchase.

Costume Contest at 1:45 p.m. judged by Mike Hale:

-1st Prize $100 gift certificate to The Haute Enchilada,

-2nd Prize $50 gift certificate to The Haute Enchilada,

-3rd Prize $25 gift certificate to LightHouse Harbor Grille

Trick or Treat Pacific Grove

All are encouraged to put on their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat throughout downtown Pacific Grove, Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages welcome. Look for the Halloween balloons at participating businesses.

Zoom Room Howl-o-ween Spectacular

Join the annual Howl-O-Ween party and fundraiser at Zoom Room, 120 Central Ave., Pacific Grove on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2-4 p.m. This dog-friendly event will include costume contests, doggie games and prizes, tasty treats, adoptable dogs, and Halloween portraits. Information: (831) 717-4580.

Pumpkin Pandemonium & Community Trick-or-Treat

Join the annual free family fun at this year’s Pumpkin Pandemonium and community trick-or-treat, Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey. Information: www.shopdelmonte.com.

 

 

 Don’t forget to enter our Halloween pet photo contest, to win prizes,

http://celiasue.com/2013/10/03/the-furriest-halloween-contest/


Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop  link 

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Give an Angel a Bone

Update:    Thanks everyone for posting about and sharing Tori’s fundraising info and donating to her vet care.   they now have enough money to cover the cost of the surgery. However, Tori will need several months of after-care and continuous monitoring by the vet and lots of x-rays to make sure the bone graft is successful. If not, she may need another surgery. Any future donations received for Tori will be earmarked for her follow-up vet care.

Dear friends,

This blog post is a heart felt plea. There are many animals in need and I do not usually ask for your help. But Tori is the sweetest dog living with enormous pain (and a great foster family who want to adopt her) and she needs your help. Can you please read her story and if you can, please do what you can to help her. If you cannot donate, please share her story with others.  Thanks.

Give an Angel a Bone

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Angels usually do not need extreme makeovers. But Tori, an adorable and very sweet little 6-yr-old bichon girl, needs an extreme makeover of the pain relieving kind. Tori has everything a former shelter stray could want: a loving home with foster parents who want to adopt her, lots of toys, treats, yummy food, and a new best friend named Samantha. Tori has everything a dog could ever want – except a jaw bone that is.

Tori’s story starts out like so many others at the shelter – running scared on the mean streets of Fresno, fending for herself. Unknown at the time was the fact that she was unable to eat anything but the softest of food, which explains why she was a bony nine pounds when she was rescued.

Tori’s vet exam revealed that she was healthy but in need of a dental cleaning. She didn’t want her mouth touched, but that’s pretty normal for anyone who has bad teeth. Nothing could have prepared us for what we saw on the x-rays. One of Tori’s teeth had decayed and abscessed to the point that it fractured and completely deteriorated her lower right jaw.

The excruciating pain she must have been in for so long is unimaginable. It is amazing that she has never complained or shown even one smidgen of aggression or bad temper.

Tori is now on round-the-clock pain medication, but she needs surgery. The preliminary estimate was between $3,000-$4,000. We’ve been told that with surgery her prognosis is excellent . She will live a happy and normal life. BUT WITHOUT THIS SURGERY WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO HER? The one thing we know for sure is that she can’t stay the way she is.

We decided to take a leap of faith (that’s where you come in!) Tori’s surgery is scheduled for October 16, but we desperately need your help!!

We hope that you will find it in your heart to help Tori’s makeover dream come true. Whatever you can spare will help, be it $5, $10, $50 or $500 on Tori’s behalf. Your donation is tax deductible and we will provide a receipt for your tax records. K9BFF is a 501c3 nonprofit charity (ID # 26-1185144), operated entirely by unpaid volunteers. 100% of your donation will go toward Tori’s vet expenses.

Imagine how great Tori will look and feel after her surgery! Just knowing that you helped make it possible, that you contributed to ending this angel’s suffering and giving her a new leash on life will be a divine gift.

Donation info:

Credit card payments can be made via Paypal on the website: www.k9bestfriendsforever.com

Checks can be mailed or delivered to K9BFF or directly to Tori’s vet (please specify it’s for Tori):

K9BFF

8839 N. Cedar Ave. #320

Fresno, CA 93720

Waterhouse Animal Hospital

1115 E. Champlain Dr.

Fresno, CA 93720

Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop  link

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Are you prepared?

Within the last week, 11 major wildfires have blazed across California. With the unusual increase in wildfires due to California’s bone-dry conditions, it’s crucial for families to have an emergency evacuation plan in place for not only themselves, but also their pets. In the heat of the moment, pet owners may overlook the key actions that will save their pet’s life if they don’t have a preconceived plan. Brad Kriser, pet expert and founder and CEO of Southern California-based Kriser’s, shares his advice on how to keep pets safe during a wildfire.

1.       Prepare essential supplies: Having your pet’s daily necessities packed and ready to go in an easily accessible place is the first step. It is recommended to stock up on two weeks’ worth of supplies because wildfire disasters may last longer than a few days. Some necessary supplies include sealed pet food and water, a leash with a collar that includes an identification tag, pet medication, supplements and a portable pet carrier big enough to give your pet extra wiggle room. If possible, include your pet’s bed, calming doggie music, Rescue Remedy and toys to help reduce stress.

2.       Research local boarding facilities and animal shelters: Don’t wait until the wildfire happens before you start finding local boarding facilities and animal shelters that will house your pet in the event of an emergency. Create a list of local pet boarding facilities and animal shelters along with their contact number and address. Also, if you’re staying at a local hotel, check in advance to see if they are pet friendly during emergency disasters.

3.       Gather pet records: It’s important to have accessible copies of your pet’s medical records because many boarding facilities will require proof of up-to-date vaccinations as well as medical documentation. Another thing to have on hand is a recent photo of you and your pet together along with a detailed description of your pet, which will help others identify them in case you and your pet become separated and will also serve as proof of ownership.

4.       Consider getting your pet microchipped: According to a study published in the American Veterinary Medical Association, microchipped dogs had a return-to-owner rate of 52 percent while cats had a return-to-owner rate of 38 percent, so microchipping your dog or cat will significantly increase the chance for you and your pet to be reunited during an emergency. Also, it is crucial for the microchip to be registered and up-to-date in the database so that people are able to contact the pets’ owners once found.

5.       Know the signs of smoke inhalation: Even if the wildfire is not at your door step, the decrease in air quality in the surrounding areas can negatively affect your pet’s respiratory system. Some symptoms of smoke inhalation include coughing and wheezing. It is best to keep your pet indoors as much as possible and to continually observe your pet for any changes in behavior.

Be a good pet guardian and prepare in advance for emergencies.

Thank you to Brad Kriser for this list of tips.

Emma Zen Foundation raises money for pet oxygen masks

http://www.emmazen.com/

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Caring for Seniors

There are 41.4 million people who were 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2011, up from 40.3 million on April 1, 2010 (Census Day). In 2011, this group accounted for 13.3 percent of the total population.  This number is expected to double by 2060. There were 3.6 million seniors in poverty in 2011. $33,118 is the 2011 median income of households with householders 65 and older.

Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/popest/data/national/asrh/2011/index.html

This month is Senior Pet month. Appropriately, I did an interview with Carie Broecker, co-founder of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue in Pacific Grove, CA. POMDR has a dual mission, to serve senior citizens and senior pets.  Carie has been a rock star, always there with a kind word, kind heart and resources for me with Cici so it is a pleasure for me to highlight her work. Her mission is important. I think there needs to be more senior animal rescues across the nation. I first met Carie back in 2003, in another incarnation. We stayed in touch and when I came back to this community in 2010, she was still here, the rest of the people I had known had moved on to other states or had passed on.

About Carie Broecker

She served on the Board of Directors for Animal Friends for 12 years. Carie and her husband Scott, also publish a quarterly magazine Canine Coastal magazine.

The idea for POMDR began in Oct 2009.

“I was taking care of a dog named Savannah, as a foster dog. Her owner was a senior lady named Alice who had emphysema for 5 years.  Her doctors told Alice that she should start getting her affairs in order. She was real sick in hospice and concerned about her dog. She was considering having her put down,” Carie said. “I told her that I would take care of the dog.”  Carie eventually adopted Savvy as her own. She has several 11-15 year old dogs of her own to care for besides the 65+ dogs (average number) that come through POMDR.

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POMDR was born, with the assistance of Monica Rua, the co- founder. POMDR are now approaching their 500th rescue. This year, they had a grand opening of the Patricia J. Bauer Center in Pacific Grove. The house was generously donated to POMDR by Patricia J. Bauer in September, 2011 and serves as headquarters for the dog rescue group. There is also an adoption center in the front room for potential adopters to come meet dogs for adoption.

POMDR was able to help Ms. Bauer care for her beloved dogs, Mattie and Morgan, in the last three months of her life. POMDR Helping Paw volunteers walked Mattie and Morgan every day for three months as well as fed them, brushed them, and took them to vet and grooming appointments.

http://www.peaceofminddogrescue.org/bauercenter.html

What makes a senior dog, a senior (is it age, weight, breed, size, other factors?)

Generally, a dog is considered a senior by age 7-10. The larger breeds have a shorter lifespan than smaller dogs. The quality of food, exercise and genetics play a part in aging dogs and humans.

Factors to consider when adopting a senior dog

On average, 40-60 year olds tend to want senior dogs, rather than other age groups. They usually have lost a dog and want to help another dog. They want a mature dog, housebroken, mellow, if the dogs need a lot of extra care, they might be up for taking care of it, too.

Younger people usually want mobile dogs, dogs they can take hiking with them.  Depends upon a person’s lifestyle. The more active a person is, the more active the dog they want to go along with them.

How does POMDR find senior dogs that need new homes or are up for adoption?

Shelters in Monterey county, Salinas and Santa Cruz, San Benito contact POMDR, almost daily. Famly of seniors who are dying contact POMDR.

POMDR cannot take owner surrender dogs, unless there are exceptional circumstances.  They get calls from all over the state and country. There is quite a bit of demand for homes.

If/when POMDR cannot take the dogs, they try to give resources of where and how to find homes for the dogs.

Do most dogs get cranky as they age (like humans)? 

Good question because personality is important. Some dogs who are in pain may snap. Others are really mellow. It just depends.  If a dog was cranky when they were young, they are probably going to be that way as they age, too, same as their owners.

Dogs that stand out… memorable dogs

Fox and Lucy, two chow mixes, were living in a shed. It was a horrible situation. The owner had died, and the caretaker did not take care of the dogs properly. When selling the property, the real estate person found the dogs and called POMDR. POMDR got them both healthy and adopted together into the same home.

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Zippy, a greyhound mix, is sweet friendly, untrained, jumped fences, counter surfer, lovable. He was just adopted a week ago. He is 10 years old.

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POMDR has a cadre of volunteers who assist with events, taking seniors and their senior dogs to the vet, daily care, fostering and dog training.

Volunteer trainers include those from From the Heart, Canine Spirit, and co-founder of POMDR Monica Rua

Do dogs pick us as parents? 

Sometimes they do, that happens a lot with fosters. The pet knows this is their home forever but it can take a little while for the parent to know that, too.

Are the best dogs senior dogs? if so, why?

The best dogs are, they are all great, if you want a dog to go hiking with, you want a younger dog. It all depends upon your lifestyle and energy, both are important to consider when adopting a dog, whether from a shelter or a rescue like POMDR.

Are seniors certain breeds ?

A lot of chis and pit bulls and mixes are in the shelters here in California. They are harder to adopt and then they age and are even more difficult to adopt to homes.  People have to be educated. No dog is a bad dog.  Different dogs for different folks.  Some people love smaller dogs, others love larger dogs. It all depends upon preferences.

Senior dogs care

It is important to consider what will happen to your pet if you become sick and/or die. Have you made plans for your dog?

None of us likes to imagine what our life would be like without our dog, or worse, what our dog’s life would be like without us. It is important to pre-arrange for the future care of your dog, just like you would your children, in case you are no longer able to care for your dog due to accident, illness, or death. Once these arrangements are made, you can have peace of mind that your dog will not end up alone and frightened in an animal shelter if something happens to you.

Unfortunately, thousands of companion animals are euthanized in the United States each year simply because their guardians died or became ill and made no arrangements for the continuous care of their pets. What will happen to your dogs if they outlive you?

500,000 dogs and cats are euthanized each year because their guardian passed away and either did not make arrangements for the future lifetime care of their dog or their wishes were not carried out as planned.

Never assume your friends or family will take care of your dog in the event of your death. The guardianship of your beloved dog is something that should be planned for in advance. The best way to know that your dog will be cared for in the event of your death is to consult with your attorney and have your wishes put into your will or estate plan and to create a pet trust.

More info to consider

http://www.peaceofminddogrescue.org/lifetimecare.html

Resources

http://www.peaceofminddogrescue.org/resources.html

Finding homes

http://www.animalfriendsrescue.org/findinghomes.html

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Fourth of July bucket list

Chocolate and pet friendly meals to Put on your bucket list

Some of the yummiest meals and specific foods I’ve ever eaten that you might want to devour over the Fourth of July this year or next r another time… and some of the places are even pet friendly… if I do not indicate a specific dish, it means ALL of the food is good, so try whatever appeals to you, it is all good, heave ho.

A vegan meal at Ravens, Stanford Inn, Mendocino, CA

A meal at The Farmhouse, Sonoma, CA

http://fathomaway.com/postcards/chill/farmhouse-inn-sonoma-california/

Eggs MacBenedict, Chocolate Extravagance, MacCallum House, Mendocino, CA

Apple pancakes, Strawberry Creek Inn, Idyllwild, CA

Ole’s Swedish Hot cakes, Little River Inn, Little River, CA

Greek pasta, chicken caesar salad, Dametra cafe, Carmel, CA

Chocolate Cocoa Lounge (Feb. 14), The Island hotel, Newport Beach, CA

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Chocolate for Breakfast, Oak Knoll Inn, Napa, CA

Hot chocolate, Silly Rabbit Chocolate, Ashland OR

Robin’s restaurant, Cambria, CA

Chocolate cake, Gnome, Idyllwild, CA

Fish n chips, The Boathouse, Bodega Bay, CA

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Calamari, Abalonetti Seafood, Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, CAfis

Calamari, fish n chips, Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant, Morro Bay, CA

Authentic Pad Thai from Thailand

NY pizza, pretzel, knish (street food)

German pretzel, spaetzle at Englischer Gartens in Munich, and a meal at the Kunstlerhaus

Masala dosa, southern India and meals

Gyro or a Souvlaki and shake at the Mad Greek diner, Baker, CA

Turkey Fat burgers or original with eggs and fries, Los Angeles

Chinese meal from NY or SF Chinatown

Pick your own fruit at Gilcrease Orchards, Las Vegas, NV

fish n chips and stuffed potatoes, London and the midlands

Patty melt, and doggie menu, Park bench cafe, Huntington Beach, CA

Mama’s Fish House, Maui, HI

French toast, Roughley Manor, 29 Palms, CA

world”s largest chocolate fountain, Jean Philippe’s chocolates, Bellagio, las vegas, nv

Omelette, Bagel sandwich, Bagel Cafe, Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV

Chicken and Rice, Mi Casa Too, Carson City, NV

Raw vegan food, Living Light Cafe, Fort Bragg, CA

Breakfast buffet, Top of the Riverfront, Millennium Hotel, St. Louis, MO

BBQ chicken, St. Louis, MO and Kansas City, MO

Turkey burger and fries, Sequoia Drive-in, Sebastopol, CA

other views:

http://www.nerdtravel.com/2013/west-coast-road-trips/#.UdG7z57BkKE.twitter

http://www.businessinsider.com/memorable-meals-to-eat-in-your-lifetime-2013-6

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http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/962095/fourth-of-july-flag-lasagna-recipe?sk_ref=poptoday

 

and some yummy pet menus at various hotels

http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-dog-owners-hotels-20130705,0,5336075.story

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