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Dogs Gone Green

Earth Day is a good day to support eco friendly and green companies and organizations. Fido,  your best friend, will appreciate putting on the green, too

Share Earth Day with Your Dog:

Attend a dog-friendly Earth Day event

Organize a dog park clean-up

Take a nature hike on a dog-friendly trail

Shampoo your furry friend with an eco friendly shampoo (organic, biodegradable) in a bone fido bottle, squish squish, even if your dog doesn’t like a bath, they’ll enjoy the suds, www.organicoscar.com

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Cook your hound one of the 125 yummy healthy homemade meals from the Healthy Hounds cookbook which includes raw recipes, grain-free and Paleo by the folks over at dogtipper.com   http://www.dogtipper.com/books/healthy-hound-cookbook

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Compost your dog’s waste

Share pet food with pets of the homeless   http://www.petsofthehomeless.org/

Put Dog Rocks into your dog’s bowl of water and save your lawn from urine burn, easy to use,   http://dogrocks.org/about/

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Use an herbal flea prevention powder and drops such as Earth Animals Herbal Internal Powder

Clean the dog’s bed and crate (and spring clean your home) with Miracle II Soap (all natural and refreshing)

Pour an ounce of your liquid nutritional supplement filled with redox signaling molecules (ASEA) into her bowl every morning and watch Fido’s energy soar to new heights, zoom, zoom, zoom     http://asea.myvoffice.com/suemagic/

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Pet friendly Aquariums

while waiting to watch Shark Tank, I moseyed over to Animal Planet and Tanked was on. Hadn’t watched an episode in awhile so I checked it out. And guess what, they were doing a dog house aquarium for a vet in Vegas. Cool. Except I fell asleep and missed it.

Good thing that they played the episode again. And this time I was wide awake and watched it. Very cool aquarium for dogs, with a treat dispenser, too.  Dogs like to watch fish swim and try to catch them through the glass. The glass gets scratched but it has some kind of film on there so they can keep it fresh and unscratched. I imagine Cici would LOVE an aquarium like this. Keep her busy stalking the fish. Just do not know how I would make one and am sure that the Tanked guys are not going to make me a cheap one. Oh well. what do you think ? Would your doggies and cats like to have a house aquarium like this ???

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So then I decided to google to see if there was an easy way to make an aquarium for your dog. Instead, I found out that some aquariums in cities actually are pet friendly. Check them out below.

If you are looking for something unusual to do for spring break, Easter or summer travel, you might want to include a trip to one of these places with the pooches. And you can always find  pet friendly hotels nearby to stay at with your pooch.

If you go, let us know and if you include a photo or two, and/or a funny or heartwarming story, you just might win a prize or two, right here in doggie city.

are aquariums pet friendly?  well it depends, some just allow service animals (Monterey Bay Aquarium) but this one in Key West is pet friendly, for dogs on leashes

Are you pet friendly?

Yes! Dogs are welcome anytime as long as they are on leashes. The aquarium reserves the right to request the removal of any animal displaying aggressive behavior or for excessive noise.

http://www.keywestaquarium.com/questions

and this one rescues shelter dogs for dog greeters at their aquarium in Chicago

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https://shine.yahoo.com/pets/meet-shedd-aquariums-newest-addition-marlin-dog-184300475.html

here is another pet friendly aquarium at rockport, texas

http://www.rockportaquarium.com/index.php/about-the-aquarium/pet-friendly.html

and if you are looking to visit some pet friendly colleges, here are ten of them

http://collegestats.org/2009/10/pet-friendly-universities-10-colleges-that-love-your-cat-or-dog/

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Dog Pies

In honor of Pi day, thought we’d give some pie recipes for dogs…the first one is good for Thanksgiving or any time of the year. Pumpkin is good for doggies.  There is some variety, so enjoy. If you make any, let us know how they turned out.

 

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. can of pumpkin (plain)
  • 8 oz. plain low-fat yogurt
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, or a mixture of all-purpose and whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 3 – 4 Tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Mix oatmeal and flour together in a food processor.
  3. Add applesauce slowly, continuing to run the processor.
  4. Add water slowly, using only enough to make a ball (too much will make the dough sticky).
  5. Spray wax paper and muffin tin with olive or vegetable oil cooking spray.
  6. Roll out dough onto wax paper and cut out 8 circles, about 4″ across (or divide dough into 8 small balls before rolling out).
  7. Press individual circles into bottom and sides of muffin tin.
  8. Bake for 8 minutes.
  9. Let crusts cool, then remove from the muffin tin.
  10. Fill each crust with about 1/4 cup (2 ounces) of canned pumpkin.
  11. Top with a dollop of yogurt.

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http://adventuresofadogmom.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/mini-pumpkin-pies-for-dogs/

 

Sweet Potato Pie for dogs

You can make the sweet potato or pumpkin puree blend anyway you want. If your pie filling recipe calls for milk, a good substitute is coconut milk. Coconut oil does the job of the butter and is safe and very healthy for most animals. A touch of cinnamon is a healthy spice as well that is enticing for dogs to throw into the mix. A little honey can provide more flavor in the mix if desired and approved for your pet. Sweet potato pie filling may also be combined with pumpkin puree. Sweet potatoes can be given to animals raw, boiled, or in the form of a full pie. It might sound intimidating and time consuming, but it’s actually rather simple.

Crust

Typical pie crust is not healthy for dogs, but a crust made with coconut flour (as opposed to grain-based crusts) can actually be a fun way to cook for your pets and give them added nutrition. Coconut flour is high in fiber and does not raise blood sugar levels, optimizes gastrointestinal health, and is gluten free.

To get the right size (if you want a smaller pie) and desired texture may require some experimentation, but the good news is that pets tend not to be too discriminative. You simply need something to place the soft sweet potato (or pumpkin) mix on. Simply add wet ingredients until your dough is moldable, and not too loose.

Here’s a good starting point (adjust as needed):

Ingredients for Pet Safe Pie Crust

  • 2 tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Coconut Flour
  • 3 Eggs (for carnivores and omnivores), or ice water/fruit juice/coconut milk)
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (if you have it), (Apple Cider Vinegar is very healthy)
  • 1/2 cup Shredded coconut, (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Honey, (optional, not for young animals)

 

could make a Sloppy Joe’s type Shepherd’s pie for dogs

 

with one pound of ground beef or turkey

a can of tomato sauce

1 cup of chopped veggies, celery, carrots

mashed potatoes with cheese

burger buns or pie  crust

 

Cook up the meat with the veggies and sauce. Make the mashed potatoes and cover the meat with the mashies. Serve on burger buns or bake in oven in pie crust.

http://www.wagthedoguk.com/shepherds-pie-for-dogs/

 

Chicken Pot Pie treats for dogs

Ingredients
1/2 cup Chicken (cooked and shredded)
1/2 cup Peas (cooked and mashed)
1/4 cup Carrots (shredded)
1/2 cup Chicken Broth
1 1/2 cup Whole Wheat or coconut or all purpose Flour

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients until well mixed.
3. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes with the cutter of your choice.
4. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheets and poke with a fork to prevent air bubbles. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
Cool and refrigerate.
* I brushed the treats before baking with an egg white for the shiny affect.

 

http://doggydessertchef.com/2010/05/15/chicken-pot-pie-biscuits/

 

Quiche for dogs

 

CRUST
Mashed potatoes (try to save some before you add all the butter and salt – or make them fresh for your tarts!)
1 egg
Pinch garlic powder
Olive oil

FILLING
5 eggs
½ cup milk
2 cups “stuff”
• We use lean ham, chicken, turkey, salmon or steak, along with bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, sundried tomatoes – whatever you have in the fridge that is tasty and dog friendly. Remember, you should never feed onions to your dogs, so leave those out.
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh herbs
• We like parsley (great with ham or steak) , basil (yummy with chicken or turkey) or dill (totally delicious with salmon)
1 cup, shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350F.
In a medium bowl, mix together mashed potato, egg and garlic powder. Brush a tart pan with olive oil. Press mashed potato mixture into the pan, making sure it is as even a thickness as possible. Brush with olive oil. Place in oven and bake for 20 – 30 minutes or until lightly brown.

While the crust is baking, finely chop your “stuff” and set it aside. In a bowl, whip together the egg and milk. Once crust has baked, fill the tarts with your “stuff” and fresh herbs. Pour egg mixture into the tarts and top with cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops have “puffed” slightly and the cheese is golden brown.
Your dogs will be begging for a bite – and you don’t have to feel bad about giving it to them

http://twolittlecavaliers.com/2012/05/cooking-for-dogs-potato-crust-quiche.html

 

Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana pie

 

Ingredients

2 large bananas

4 cups Plain Mountain High Yoghurt OR Vanilla Mountain High Yoghurt

1 cup salt free, sugar free peanut butter

Directions

Take all ingredients and place in a blender.  Pulse until just blended.

 

Pour into pie pan and freeze for at least 3 hours or overnight.

 

Let thaw at room temperature for one hour before slicing, or put in microwave on medium heat for 2 minutes.

When ready to serve, put knife under hot water to make cutting easier.

 

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http://yourdogsdiner.com/recipes-2/recipes-person-and-dog-friendly/frozen-peanut-butter-banana-pie/

 

 

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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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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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New diet for Cici

 

well, I decided that I could not give Cici the antibiotics and steroids. I was getting anxiety attacks every time that I did. She was acting strange so that was that. And I also realized that the Neutralizer gel makes growths, warts and skin tags seem worse before they fall off so that is probably what the vet was concerned about, that the growth looked worse.

Now, am giving Cici a new diet. An anti-growth on the toe diet.

She is getting Nori seaweed with her food, quinoa which is an amazing food for dogs and humans, avocado, almond butter, and raw tripe as well as Bio-Preparation with her food… In addition, will continue to topically spray ASEA on her toe, give her ASEA internally and also put Miracle 2 Neutralizer gel on her toe (not at the same time as when I put the ASEA on her toe).

BioPreparation for pets from Optimum Choices, check out their web site at BioPreparation_for_animals The founder of the company believes that the anti-cancer properties are due to realignment and re-balancing of the body through the metabolism of the algae.

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Nori seaweed, amazingly, I got some for her already and she will not take it plain but sprinkled into her food, she scarfs it all up. surprise surprise.

Nori contains porphyran which has been shown to cause the death of cancer cells. (Nori is a red seaweed. Red seaweeds are the source of carrageenen and agar agar.) Algae are also an important emergency food. Spirulina contains compounds which help the body extract toxins (similar to brown seaweed) and in a variety of ways assists in killing cancer cells.

10 sheets of nori a week for cici

will be cooking up the Quinoa and mixing it up with other food, too.

Right now, we still have Dr. Harvey’s K9 Health. We may get some of the new Oracle dog food with raw tripe. She loves their Power Patties (tripe). There is a price factor to consider but I think it will wind up being six of one half a dozen of the other. The K9 health (10 pound bag) lasts two months and I have to add meat/protein to it. Oracle comes in a 6 pound bag, do not need to add protein to it.

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http://www.drharveys.com/blog/post/52-dr-harvey-s-oracle-tripe-for-dogs

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Quinoa (keen-wah) is not a grain; its actually a seed related to the spinach family. When cooked, it is light, fluffy, a bit crunchy and has a pleasant subtle flavor. It cooks and tastes like a grain, thereby making it a great replacement for grains that are difficult to digest or feed.  It is used in many hypoallergenic foods for dogs.

Some of the great things found in Quinoa are:

  1. Protein – It contains the 9 essential amino acids that help to build muscle
  2. Magnesium – Which helps relax muscles and lower blood pressure
  3. Fiber – Aids with proper elimination
  4. Manganese and Copper  – A great team of antioxidants and cancer fighters

By far, Quinoa is higher in potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper than wheat and barley.

1. Quinoa is rich in protein and can be a good substitute for meat-based-proteins in your dog’s diet.

2. Quinoa works as a good filler. Mix it with other foods and the dog may find it an interesting mixture. Several dog owners have been experimenting with adding quinoa with other ingredients like salmon and boiled eggs.

3. Quinoa is rich in Vitamin B12 essential for dogs. In fact there are a number of other important nourishment that quinoa packs as well.

4. The magnesium in quinoa keeps blood pressure under check.

5. Quinoa is quite filling and packs in proteins in place of carbohydrates. This keeps the dog’s obesity levels under check. Labradors, some retrievers and a few other breeds have a natural tendency to gain weight.

6. Quinoa has a nutty flavor and (at least) some dogs quite like it.

Quinoa for Dogs – the Againsts

1. Quinoa has a lot of fiber and dogs find it hard to digest. Dogs have shorter intestines, unlike us humans, and cannot digest cellulose or fiber. A number of owners reported observing complete quinoa seeds within their dog’s excreta.

2. A few dog owners said that their dogs had digestion problems to the extent of diarrhea and vomiting. However, in most of these cases, the dogs seemed to have been fed with uncooked quinoa. It may be that the quinoa in a few cases may not have been rinsed properly as well and the dogs may have lost their digestion because of saponins.

Useful tips and agreements

1. Nearly everyone agreed that quinoa may be given to dogs but in moderation. Instead of making quinoa a part of the dog’s daily diet, it may make greater sense to feed him the food twice a week.

2. Uncooked quinoa is a big no-no. While a number of owners give raw meat to dogs, raw quinoa is not a good idea. Dogs find it difficult to digest it. Nearly all owners who reported seeing whole quinoa seeds in their dog’s excreta had fed raw quinoa to their dogs.

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Decisions decisions

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 -
The Universe

 
oh my goodness, my tongue was hurting and i was looking all over for my vitamin B12 and could not find it last night… so I took it virtually and IT WORKED! so then I started dreaming, of being / using this virtual reality space for swimming with dolphins, healing Cici’s toe and other cool stuff… imagine some dolphins healing Cici’s toe, ta da…
 

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.

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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?

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/prednisone-side-effects-in-dogs.html

Decisions, decisions.

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.

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Holiday gift guide 2013

The holiday season is truly UPON us, jack frost nipping at our paws… chanukah and thanksgiving arrived around the same time this year.

Will you buy your cat or dog a gift for the holidays? How about a gift for your dog walker, pet sitter, pet rescuer or for that oh so very special pet parent/guardian in your life?

Here are a few suggested gifts for your four legged friends and a few human gifts, too.

1. A happy dog box:   Cici received a box filled with toys and treats and your dog can too. This should be called the happy people and dog box because it lasts for hours/days and makes everyone happy. There was a very nice selection and assortment of treats.

Monster mouth toy… I have never seen her play with a toy for as long as this one. You can hide treats inside the mouth and your dog will enjoy finding them.

Curly chew bully stick

Waste bag container

Jump your bones kangaroo treats

Cloud star hip and joint treats, bacon and cheese, grain free

Woofables gourmet dog cookies

Each monthly box, worth over $30, comes packed with high-quality dog treats, toys, and accessories specially selected for canine health and well-being.

You can find out more info at the link below:

 https://www.happydogbox.com/welcome?ex=52a4b7beba4b426515000a40

2.  Lupine leash and harness. Cici received two sets that consisted of a step-in harness, leash and collar, one 3/4 wide and 1 inch wide. We LOVE THEM except the clasp is hard to open.

Lupine Collars and Leashes has been selling collars since 1991. They have developed a very successful line of woven patterned nylon collars, leashes and harnesses for dogs and cats. Not only are there great designs but the quality of the products is exceptional.   They even offer a lifetime Even if Chewed Guarantee, which really means that they will replace any product, no matter how or when it was damaged–even if chewed!! And no receipt or shipping fee required! In addition, all the products are made in New Hampshire.

Please visit the website (www.lupinepet.com)

3. Bravo raw food

Cici scarfed up the raw turkey and was licking the bowl and the floor clean, which means she really really loved the food. She was begging for more.

I like the ingredients…

The one drawback is that I wish it came in burgers rather than a big huge loaf because I had to defrost the entire thing, and then feed it to her quickly, so 1/4 of the loaf the first day which was too much food in one day… and too much food in a week…

4. Spring natural dog food

http://www.springnaturals.com/

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Turkey, chickpeas, peas, dried eggs, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dicalcium phosphate, sun-cured alfalfa, flaxseed, sweet potatoes, natural flavors, salt, spinach, tomato pomace, calcium carbonate, blueberries, cranberries, apricots, carrots, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, chicory root extract, dandelion greens, mixed tocopherols (preservative), rosemary extract, choline chloride.

Every recipe is made in the USA.

5.  Savannah Bee Doggie and Me Balm 

Sweetness from your pet deserves sweetness from the hive. All natural beeswax pulls moisture from the air and feeds the skin while providing a protective barrier from the elements. Subtle scents of Clary Sage and Basil are said to calm, soothe, and focus your pet.

Apply Savannah Bee Doggie and Me Balm to your pets nose, paw-pads, dry spots, hotspots, and sores. The easy to use applicator is pet tested and pet owner approved. Give your pet the very best in skin care.

Doggie and Me Balm is supposed to be good for pet owners, too. Use it on dry human elbows, hands, knees and heels. Feels soft and soothing. Doggie and Me Balm is made with 100% all natural ingredients. Has a kind of earthy herbal smell. Comes in a deodorant type looking jar or a candle jar without the wick.

http://www.savannahbee.com/product/Savannah-Bee-Doggie-and-Me-Balm/1113

6. Kurgo Auto barrier

Keep Fido in her place

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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.

This products is versatile and simple to install and remove. See for yourself how just a tiny bit of separation makes you a better puppy parent and driver.

  • Protects passengers and cargo from roaming dogs
  • Protects dog from launching into the front during quick stops
  • No need to remove when passengers or cargo are in backseat
  • Front seat stays clean of dog hair
  • Universal fit for most vehicles from a compact to a SUV (does not accommodate 2 door cars or minivans)
  • Simple installation / removal

7. Perfect leash

Similar to the stereotypes people use about pit bulls, when I first saw The Perfect Leash, all plastic, and I thought it was one of those leashes with the retractable line, I was not impressed, but then I Looked Further and actually tried out the leash rather than base my review upon false premises.  I liked the way it kept Cici from pulling me down the street. Unfortunately, Cici lost the Walker leash so I cannot use it anymore.

Designed with both the dog and human in mind, the flexible Perfect Leash makes a great gift for dog owners who want to bring comfort and enjoyment back to their walks.

The Perfect Leash line of pet accessories includes a full-length dog walking leash (the Walker) that suits large and small dogs alike. Made of a proprietary polyurethane formula, the Walker’s flexibility provides an enjoyable walking experience for both the dog and handler. The ergonomically designed, patented, comfort grip handle is designed with adults and children in mind, so every family member can walk the family dog with ease, confidence and comfort.  Unlike cloth leashes, the Perfect Leash is odor resistant and easy to clean.

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The Walker is the only full-stretch dog leash on the market! Its high flex capability provides an enjoyable walking experience for both dog and handler. The ergonomically designed, patented, comfort grip handle is designed with adults and children in mind, so every family member can walk your dog with ease, confidence and comfort. Available in Black, Blue, Red, Yellow, Blaze Orange, JD Green, Safety Green, Military Green, Tan, Pink and Purple.

www.Justduckyproducts.com.

8. Books

 

Dog Ambassadors

Dog lovers everywhere will enjoy the entertaining stories of the 24 dogs in this book. Dogs are ambassadors to the world and our own local communities. They serve and love us as only they know how. Accompanied by 175 color images, discover the remarkable connection between dogs and humans through the inspiring stories of 24 dogs and the owners whose lives they have made better. Meet Paddington, the official greeter at Thorncroft Equestrian Center , and Cody, a search and rescue dog. Learn the story behind Pals for Life, an organization that provides therapy animal visits, and Francisvale, a safe haven for abandoned dogs. The stories range from service dogs that make life easier for those in need to much-loved household pets that offer love and companionship each day for family members.

Author and dog enthusiast, Lisa Loeb, speaks here about her new book.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne9UcNakfn4&feature=youtu.be

Size: 6″ x 9″ | 140 illustrations | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764344688 | Binding: hard cover |$19.99

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality, nonfiction books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on diverse subjects.

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Beautiful Old Dogs

This beautifully illustrated book features 44 color photographs of senior dogs taken by the late photographer Garry Gross and edited by David Tabatsky. An incredible tribute to the souls of elderly canines.

In BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS edited by David Tabatsky, photographs by Garry Gross (St. Martin’s Press; on sale 11/5) the relationship between humans and dogs are explored in over 44 stunning color photographs from Gross and through short essays and poems from a range of writers, including Dean Koontz, Anna Quindlen, Doris Day and Marlo Thomas.

 

In BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS, Gross showcases the beauty and soul of every dog he photographed, though it was the older, more senior dogs that most fascinated him. After retiring from the world of fashion photography, Gross established Dog Trainers of New York, a highly successful dog training business that has helped thousands of dogs enjoy better lives with their families and shortly thereafter decided to combine his two passions: photography and dogs.

Shake

Shake is a heartwarming collection of sixty-one silly dogs caught in mid-shake. This graphic photo book by award-winning internally recognized photographer Carli Davidson shows how funny dogs look caught with: hair wild, eyes darting, ears and jowls flopping every which way. You’ve never seen dogs looking like this.

A few years ago Carli Davidson was a volunteer at dog shelters. In 2010, she began photographing the rescue dogs in mid-motion, capturing their movements at a thirteen-thousandth of a second. She called the project Shake and posted a few pictures on Facebook—they quickly went viral, and she was covered on Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair Italy, just to name a few. In a 90-day period her site spiked to 8.5 million views.

One hundred adorable models posed for the book. Sixty-one of them, including Scooby the Rottweiler, Greta the Shi Tzu, Twinkie the Jack Russell Terrier, and the famous, mixed-breed Ramen Noodle were selected. Two photographs of each dog are featured side-by-side in the book to capture the motion of their shakes. One photo shows the dog beginning to turn; the other shows its wild hair and fabulous facial expression mid-twist. Many of the dogs are shaking off water and the high quality of the photo shows the droplets as well.

http://harpercollins.com/books/Shake-Carli-Davidson/?isbn=9780062242648

9. Do you brush your dog’s teeth? Nah. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. More than 60% of dog owners never brush their dog’s teeth. The main reason is that it’s just too difficult.

To help improve the state of canine oral hygiene Kissable has launched two new ‘Brushless’ Dental Solutions to make dental care easy for the owner and painless for the pooch. Instant Fresh Breath Foam adheres to teeth to gently clean, sanitize and loosen plaque build-up without using a toothbrush!  Oral Care Water Additive is a super-easy-to-administer liquid. Just add a capful to your pet’s water. No toothbrush required.

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Instant Fresh Breath Foam

This all natural breath foamer combines the deodorizing powers of baking soda and peppermint with the anti-bacterial power of aloe vera. All promote excellent oral cleanliness which results in fresher breath. The sweet-tasting minty foam immediately adheres to teeth to gently clean, sanitize and loosen plaque build-up without using a toothbrush| 8oz

Oral Care Water Additive

Helps loosen plaque build-up and freshens breath while your pet drinks from the water bowl. Just add a capful to your pet’s drinking water when you refill the bowl and the ingredients in the product do the rest. When the pet drinks from their water bowl, the liquid will pass over the teeth and gums leaving behind ingredients that promote fresh breath and oral cleanliness| 16oz

I put the foam into her mouth. She gave me clenched teeth mouth, which was perfect, i moved her lip and put the foam on her teeth, used my fingers and rubbed it on.  i give her water with her food so not sure how to make that work … smells nice and pepperminty… Cici in general has pretty good breath for a dog, because I feed her high quality foods and treats, no kibble… raw foods and still it is nice to be able to give your dog a sweet smelling minty fresh mouth.

Ecowelldog donates a portion of proceeds from the sale of its products to Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Ecowelldog creates eco-friendly grooming and wellness products for the modern dog. They use the finest (“better than human quality”) ingredients to solve the toughest problems that dogs face, like itchy skin, tear stains and bad breath. Ecowelldog is sold and recommended by veterinarians aroun

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Value of planning ahead

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???

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