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Summer Fun in Doggie Heaven

Enjoying Carmel with your best friend

Canine travelers and their best friends love Carmel for a good reason. It is the epitome of a dog friendly place. Rated #1 dog friendly town in USA. Below are some of the most dog friendly places, events and activities you can enjoy during your stay. And what better time to visit Carmel then during the summer when the living is easy. Temperatures in Carmel year round are in the 50-70’s so if you wanna get away from the heat, Carmel is the place to take your pooch to paradise.

Fun facts about Carmel

http://www.carmelcalifornia.com/fun-facts-about-carmel.htm

Every year around Halloween, the city of Carmel has a dog friendly parade to celebrate the city’s birthday. This year’s bash is their 98th anniversary. The Carmel Chamber of Commerce hosts this event.

Carmel beach

Carmel Beach. Ocean Ave and Scenic Road.  Carmel Beach is a doggie paradise and one of the few leash-free beaches in California. There are 120 parking spaces at the end of Ocean Avenue. It can be a very busy place and chaotic with lots of doggie pals to meet and play with. Spanning from Carmel Beach to Carmel River Beach, the Scenic Road path offers some of the area’s most incredible views of Carmel Point, Point Lobos State Reserve, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and Carmel’s famous Cypress trees and white-sand beach.

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Hiking trail and park 

Mission Trail Park

Rio Road and Ladera Drive, Carmel CA  93923

Hiking skill level: Easy

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This is Carmel’s largest park at 35 acres, and features 5 miles of well maintained trails.  The trails wind through canyons and hillsides with five different habitats.  Mission Trail Park is a great place to take your dog walking and a wonderful place for bird watching.

There are five park entrances: Rio Road, 11th and Torres, Crespi Avenue and Mountain View Avenue, Martin Road, and 25800 Hatton Road, the location of Flanders Mansion and the Lester Rowntree Native Plant Garden.

Mission Trail Park has a forested canyon fed by a small stream, hillside meadows on the east, and views of Carmel Point and the Pacific to the west.

You can also hike with your dog at Garland Ranch Regional Park, just eight miles east on Carmel Valley Road. Waterfall Trail has lots of steps to get Fido good and tired or take Mesa Trail for a leisurely ramble. Dogs can be off leash if they are under voice control and there is plenty to sniff and explore.

Wine tasting

A Taste of Morgan wine tasting room is super dog friendly. It is located at Rio Road at Highway One in the Crossroads Shopping Center.  831.626.3700

Doggie shopping

Diggidy Dog at Carmel Plaza has all the doggies woofing and woofing, about all of the wonderful treats, dog food, toys, fashionwear and more. A place to pamper your spoiled fur brat. Be warned that there is a huge selection of delicious-treats strategically displayed at “K9-level” so keep your pup on a short leash or you’ll wind up wrestling things out of their mouth and then buying them.

Southwest Corner of Ocean Ave. and Mission St.

Carmel, CA 93921     (831) 625-1585

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Don’t Miss

The Fountain of Woof is right across the street (sort of) from Diggidy Dog at Carmel Plaza. Besides all of the shops and places to eat at Carmel Plaza, there are two major shopping centers in Carmel, at the Crossroads and the Barnyard. Many of the shops are dog friendly including The Cheese Shop, Pet Food Express, and others.

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Yappy hour

Doris Day’s Cypress Inn

Lincoln Street, Carmel, CA 93921

(831) 624-3871

www.cypress-inn.com

Yappy Hour at Terry’s Restaurant & Lounge from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The event is open to the public, locals and visitors alike.

Scenic drive and dining out

Pebble Beach 17 mile drive

  • Carmel: The toll booth is on San Antonio Ave
  • $10 per car
  • walk your dog and dogs are allowed in cars

2700 17 mile drive, pb, ca

http://www.pebblebeach.com/

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At the Inn at Spanish Bay at Pebble Beach, you and your pooch can stay on the patio firepit area outside, have a drink at the bar and eat some goodies

From 5:45 to 6:30 PM, as you watch the sun set, you can also listen to the bagpipers play

 Pet friendly accommodations

Hofsas House

Between 3rd & 4th Ave
on San Carlos Street.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Phone: (831) 624-2745

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38 Bavarian style rooms, some with fireplaces, others with ocean views, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, meeting rooms and yummy fresh continental breakfast. Dogs are welcome in some of the rooms, for a pet fee of $25 per night for one dog, $40 for two. Pet amenities include dog treats and frisbees. Close to all of the shops in Carmel village, in walking distance to everything.

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Happy Dog Travels

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.

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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

getpetbox.com

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* bowls such as Outback Double Diner, two bowls in one, water and food, zips up easy, dries quickly

dog food/treats

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)

*waste bags

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:

Sherpa bag

ODbagAmethyst

http://www.sherpapet.com/products/original-deluxe

Available colors:

  • Black
  • Brown
  • Plum
  • Gray

Available in Small, Medium & Large:

  • Large – 19” long x 11.75” wide x 11.5” high
  • For pets up to 22 lbs.
  • Airline approved  **restrictions apply
  • Top & side entry
  • Mesh panels for ventilation
  • Locking zippers
  • Rear pocket
  • Padded hand carry straps
  • Adjustable, no-slip shoulder strap
  • Machine washable faux lambskin liner
  • Seatbelt / luggage strap

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.

http://www.e-cloth.com/pet-cleaning-range

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

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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.

 

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Dog Friendly Dudes Dads Day

 

June 15 is Father’s Day.  A DUDE ranch that is pet friendly may be the perfect place for a dad and his dog to vacation.  Here are a few (that we have not visited). But sound like good places to get along little doggies, get along.

Echo Valley Ranch and Spa in British Columbia, you can bring your dog when staying in their Deluxe Cabins. The Canada dude ranch charges just $20 per night for dad and best friend’s dude ranch vacation.

The Resort at Paws Up in Montana welcomes dogs for a luxury dude ranch vacation.

The BarW in Montana $15 a night for dogs or no charge with a package.

Just 16 miles south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Spotted Horse Ranch is a all-inclusive guest ranch, catering to horseback riding and fly fishing.  They offer packages as short as three night in May, early June, September and October or the typical seven night stay and they are pet friendly.

Shadow Mountain Guest Ranch in Granby, CO seems to be one of the few dude ranches in Colorado that does not seem to restrict dog breeds, but call first to make sure as it is two hours from Denver, which has a breed ban in place.  Stays include hearty breakfasts, lodging in a comfy cabin. They do require a small fee for your pooch.

Burnt Well Guest Ranch in New Mexico is a working cattle and sheep ranch which boasts 10,000 acres of high desert country.

 Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch, Quincy, California, just 70 miles from the Reno Tahoe Airport, offers horseback riding, fishing and hiking in rustic ranch setting. located near the Feather River Canyon in the beautiful High Sierra mountains of Plumas County.

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Here are 12 of our favorite spots for dog friendly trips for dad, dog and the whole family in various cities in the west USA.

Lincoln City,  OR offers an abundance of pet-friendly lodging and restaurants where dogs are welcome at outdoor tables.

Play: For a fun frolic with your pooch, head for the coastline. In addition to the 7 1/2 miles of pristine Lincoln City beach, try Spring Lake Trail just west of the Regatta Grounds or Drift Creek Falls. Most Ocean lake shops will allow well-behaved pets on leashes if you ask. Remember, keep your pets on leashes and clean up after them. The annual Mutt Masters Dog Show and Olympics is a fun dog show that raises funds for two “doggie related” causes annually!

Stay:  Captain Cook Inn is a fully restored and refurbished motor court. Although not too many still exist, motor courts were a style of motel very popular in the 1940s and 50s where you park your car directly in front of your room. Call to verify dog-friendly rooms 1-800-994-2522.  2626 N.E. Hwy 101, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367

http://www.captaincookinn.com/

http://www.captaincookinn.com/Things-To-Do.html

http://www.oregoncoast.org/pets/#lodging

FYI, pets can now stay in yurts in OR, Honeyman in Florence, OR, Valley of the Rogue in Grants Pass, etc  for an extra $10 a night fee,   Book your stay, call Reservations Northwest at 1-800-452-5687, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. All pet friendly yurts and cabins must be reserved over the phone.

http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.page&id=28

Mendocino, CA

Stay: Stanford Inn by the Sea (from $236, breakfast included; dogs $45 onetime fee; stanfordinn.com) in Mendocino has been pet-friendly since Jeff Stanford and his wife, Joan, bought it in the 1980s. A plate of cookies for  humans and a homemade sweet-potato treat are just a few of the amenities. Dogs are welcome everywhere including the lobby, just outside the hotel’s Ravens’ Restaurant. You can eat breakfast with your well mannered dog. The food is delicious, organic and vegetarian (with many vegan options).

MacCallum House

Play: Many local parks, restaurants, and other businesses welcome dogs, too. Rent a canoe or kayak from Catch a Canoe & Bicycles, Too ($40/day; catchacanoe.com) and explore the Big River estuary.

Rent a limo from MacCallum House and visit Anderson Valley’s Navarro’s and Toulouse dog friendly wineries for wine tasting and treats galore.

Rutherford, CA

Stay:  Rancho Caymus Inn in St. Helena (Rutherford) is minutes from Beaulieu Vineyard and close to Robert Mondavi Winery. This romantic hotel is within close proximity to the Franciscan Oakville Estate and Silver Oak Napa Valley Winery. Make yourself at home in one of the 26 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions (from $199).

http://ranchocaymus.com/

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA has been voted one of the dog-friendliest cities in the United States. This is pooch paradise.

Stay: Hofsas House

Play: Centrally located Carmel City Beach is the place where all the pooches play. Scenic Rd. from Ocean Ave. to Martin Way; ci.carmel.ca.us

Shop & eat: Your pooch will never want to leave Diggidy Dog (Ocean Ave. and Mission St.; 831/625-1585). The Carmel Plaza shopping center has a dogs-only place to get a cool drink of H20, the Fountain of Woof (carmelplaza.com). For dog-friendly dining, check out the Forge in the Forest (forgeintheforest.com).

Monterey, CA

Stay: Mariposa Suites

Play: The beaches (most of them) are very pet friendly. There is also hiking along the coast.

Pacific Grove Coastal Hiking Trail

Shop and Eat: Across the street from the Mariposa is the very pet friendly Del Monte Shopping center. Most shops allow dogs including Macy’s, Petco, and others. Not Whole Foods but there are pet friendly dining options, and also at Fisherman’s Wharf (Abalonetti’s patio) downtown.

Cambria, CA

Play: Visit the dog park or walk along the bluffs.

Stay: Cambria Pines Lodge, From $189; dogs $15/night; Moonstone Hotel Properties, 152 Rooms Total

2905 Burton Drive

Cambria, CA 93428

Reservations: (800) 966-6490

Eat: Robin’s Restaurant garden patio offers food that pleases everybody. Unique starters such as Singapore chicken sate, fresh inviting straight from the garden salads and curried chicken and other sandwiches are what’s for lunch. For dinner, lamb curry, Tail Lobster Enchiladas, Malaysian chicken and Moroccan duck breast entrees, plus delectable desserts (hot fudge sundaes with coffee ice cream and pistachio nuts) , Robin’s seasonal menus are prepared from scratch.

www.robinsrestaurant.com

Morro Bay, CA

http://celiasue.com/2013/05/03/mamas-day-weekend-in-slo/

Play: Pooches all aboard on a Tiki Boat tour of the Morro Bay Harbor on the Lost Isles Cruise.  View the wildlife in their natural habitat, and sea otters, seals, sea lions, and a wide variety of birds in Morro Bay’s beautiful estuary. The dogs will love the sounds of the sea life.  www.baycruisers.com

Eat: Luna Red. Their patio is filled with guests and their four legged friends. And the food and wine is to drool for. Organic, sustainable fresh seafood and salads.   Crab lasagne, wild boar spare ribs and a variety of vegetarian fare.

http://www.lunaredslo.com/storage/Dinner%20Menu%20March%202013.pdf

Enjoy a great meal of freshly caught fish, smoked oysters, calamari, fish and chips and more. at Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant. Tognazzini’s is also home to three beautiful and friendly white Labs.

www.bonniemarietta.com/Dockside-Restaurant.htm

Los Angeles, CA

Stay:  At an iconic hotel, Hotel Normandie

Brentwood Hotel Luxe

Play: Runyon Canyon, a 168-acre park in the Hollywood Hills, Laurel Canyon Park and Griffith Park, are just a few options. laparks.org.

Huntington Beach, CA

Stay: Hilton Waterfront

Play: Every September Surf City holds its Surf Dog Contest. surfcitysurfdog.com.

Eat: Park Bench Cafe

Lake Tahoe, CA

Stay: Three Peaks Resort in South Lake, All 62 rooms are pet friendly. dogs are allowed in the lobby and in the swimming pool area.  There is a private beach nearby where guests can go with their dogs on leash.  Pet fee is $20   

http://celiasue.com/2014/01/03/hounds-at-heavenly/

While in the area, you might also visit dog friendly Virginia City. Many of the shops allowed Cici inside, and had water bowls out on the wooden boardwalk. You might even see/hear a ghost or two in this haunted town. Boo.

San Diego, CA

Stay: Pets are welcome at the Hotel Solamar with no restriction on types or size. Pet owners will be asked to fill out a waiver form accepting responsibility for any damage or cleaning charges that may occur while at the Hotel.

http://www.hotelsolamar.com/san-diego/pet-friendly/index.html

http://www.hotelsolamar.com/

HOTEL SOLAMAR

(877) 230-0300

Hotel:

(619) 819-9500

Play:  “Dog Beach” in Ocean Beach

Kanab, Utah

Stay:  XbarH Lodge

435-648-2750

http://celiasue.com/2012/06/08/utah-pet-friendly/

Visit/Volunteer:

http://www.bestfriends.org/atthesanctuary/angelcanyon/visitorfaq.cfm

 

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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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The Furriest Halloween Contest

We’re so excited to announce the 1st annual Halloween Costume Photo Contest!   We’d love for you and your pets to join us!

The rules are simple. Check it out:

  1. Take a photo of your pet all decked out in its Halloween best and email it to me at prmatchmaker at yahoo.com from October 3rd to the day before Halloween, October 30. Use the words “Contest Photo” in your email subject line.
  2. Include your pet’s name, age, breed, and your first and last name.
  3. We’ll add your pet’s photo to the official Costume Photo Album on our NEW Facebook page, Cici the Polka Dot Princess.

It’s your chance to show off your pet in her Halloween best!  We’ve got great prizes for the 3 pets that win!

Prizes include your very own copy of The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn. And to honor the book, please dress your pooch up as an ALLIGATOR…can be a homemade costume, store bought or whatever, use your imagination !  Creativity will be rewarded.

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Spring Naturals dog food and other treats will also be given to the winners.

http://celiasue.com/2013/09/20/senior-pets-rock/

Halloween Safety Tips For Pets

Pet costumes are cute. And Halloween can be spooky for dogs. Be sure that your dog is safe in the neighborhood when you head out with her on Halloween. Pets do not always enjoy the sights and sounds of Halloween. Here are a few precautions to take to keep them safe:

1. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an ID tag with your current contact information and that the microchip has up to date info, too.

2. Keep your pet on a leash. There may or may not be a lot of kids or teens where you live outside going trick or treating door to door. But be safe and control your pet with a leash. You never know when your dog might see a cat or decide s/he wants to chase or run off and scavenge or explore.

3. Make special Halloween treats for your pets. Give your dog a new bone, some doggie biscuits, dog jerky or dog cookies. But do not give candy to dogs or cats. Chocolate, nuts, raisins and candy with ingredients like xilothil and other “sugar-free” chemicals can be life threatening and even fatal for dogs.  

4. When you are at home entertaining trick or treaters or having your own party, keep your pets in a safe place behind a closed door or gate. Otherwise, your pets might quickly get outside without a leash and get spooked, stolen or get into trouble.

5. Pets should stay indoors on Halloween night, especially black cats and even dogs that are outside. There is a high incidence of pets being stolen during the month of October, and you do not want your pets to become a statistic.

6. Have your own Halloween party for your pets and invite the neighborhood pawpals. Give out baskets of pet treats, play games and give our prizes for the best costumes !

BOO ! Share your plans for Halloween, the spookiest night of the year in the comments below and on our Facebook page, and be sure to send us your pet’s photo.

 

 


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Dog Days of Summer Travel

Top 8 Summer Travel Accessories for You and Fido

Traveling with your dog or cat this summer? You must bring these tips and gear for a comfortable, calm, healthy and safe trip.

Summer Pet Travel

Hitting the road with your dog or cat during the dog days of summer can be a fun time for all, lots of memories filled with sunny days and moonlit nights.

The items below will help you and your pet be more comfortable and safe while traveling.

1. All Your Stuff in one Place: The Yak Pak Duffle Bag is a great bag to take with you on road trips and travels with your pooch.

Yak Pak is a New York-based company that manufactures backpacks, luggage, and accessories (neck pillows, dog clothes, phone cases, and leashes, too). They are known for their fun prints and revolutionary designs. Yak Pak allowed me to choose a bag to review and I selected the “dufflebag/backpack in one.”  Colorful print and design and handy dandy for outings and traveling with the pooch.

The backpack feature is really handy especially if you need your hands free to walk the dog…

I stuffed the bag full of snacks, treats, waste bags, pet food, bathing suit, shoes, a book, purse, change of clothes, lotions and potions, towels and sprays and there was plenty of room for more. The bag is fun and easy to use. The backpack straps are durable, though not padded. When you want to use the pack as a duffle bag, the backpack straps slide under the handles.

For more info and to get your very own Yak pak, go to:

http://yakpak.com/

You too can win a Yak Pak bag,

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2. No One likes a Stinky dog: Critter Zone now has an air purifier you can plug into your car for clean air on the go – for you and Fido. Great for the hotel room too.  We LOVE it and keep it plugged it at home, too. The CritterZone Air Naturalizer creates a natural air flow that fills the room. You can also get the one that you can use in your car or vehicle. The air purifier continually cleans the air.  The CritterZone air purifier eliminate odors, allergens, dust and bacteria and it is small and easy to pack on any trip or vacation! Learn more about CritterZone at: http://www.critterzoneusa.com.  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ CritterZone. Twitter: @CritterZoneUSA.

3. Keep Fido Calm: Comfort your pet’s anxiety from the stress of traveling, fireworks, thunderstorms or other loud noises you may encounter on your trip with ICalm calming music for dogs and/or the new Through a Cat’s Ear, calming music for felines.

http://celiasue.com/2013/07/05/pet-music/

4. Delicious Rewards: What dog does not like a  healthy, nutritious treat from Orjen?

Our good friends over at Chewy.com has a wide selection of dog treats and dog foods. And they offered Cici the chance to pick out the treats she would like to taste test and she chose the Orjen Ranch Raised Lamb Singles.

These single serve treats are made from 100% all-natural grass-fed lamb and contain zero preservatives, artificial flavors, or additives, and each freeze-dried treat only has 7 calories.

Key Benefits

  • Grain-free foods are great for dogs with sensitive stomachs
  • Made without preservatives
  • Single-ingredient treats reduce food-related allergies
  • Freeze-dried for freshness

Cici is soooo smart… I gave her a couple of treats which she scarfed up… then I put the bag down on the couch. She was snuggled next to me. I was not paying attention to her for a moment and next thing you know, she snuck up on the bag and stuck her nose/face into it… She loves these treats !!!

There are several other flavors including duck, bison and wild boar and you can get a 2 oz. bag or 3-1/2 oz bag.

http://www.chewy.com/dog/orijen-ranch-raised-lamb-singles/dp/46176

5.  Spray The Pests Away:  Dr. Ben’s Paws and Claws Cedar oil kills fleas and other pests and is nontoxic to humans and dogs. Natural antimicrobial properties promote healing of yeast and bacterial infections of the ear canal. Offers relief from flea dermatitis, dry flaky skin, hot spots, mange, burrowing mange mites, ear mites and other parasitic related ailments. Aids the healing process of damaged skin. This spray solution is applied on your pet’s coat as an insect control agent. It comes in various easy to use sizes. The formula is all natural, chemical free and you can use to protect yourself whether you’re indoors or out. Sporting events, camping, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting or during virtually any activity you wish to enjoy while not having to worry about insects.

Cici and I have suffered through all kinds of different products. Before trying this cedar oil, I changed her diet, gave her Doggie Goo (for allergies, which works but not to eliminate fleas and pests),  slathered her with healing cream and coconut oil (also works but did not get rid of the pests),  sprayed her with different combinations of essential oils and raw apple cider vinegar, plus I washed her in Dawn and herbal shampoo (both worked but not for long).

Most all natural products with essential oils gave her rashes and splotches and blotches. But not this product. Plus it smells refreshing and I have sprayed it on our carpet, cici’s bedding, blankets, covers and sleeping bags as well as clothing. No stains just protection from pests.

For more info, go to DG Cedar at http://bit.ly/15ylmaK

6. Nutrition on the Road:  Lugging heavy bags of dog food with you is not fun. With Petsana, you can get freeze dried raw food delivered to your door before you leave. An 8lb. bag makes over 40 lbs. of wholesome food. Or you can bring a 3 lb. bag if you prefer. All you have to do is add hot water, wait 15 minutes and voila, you are done.  Cici has been enjoying the Turkey Feast (there is also Beef flavor). Your pup will enjoy freeze-dried chunks of real turkey (or beef) along with dehydrated fresh fruits and veggies.  100% grain free & gluten free.

Full Ingredient List:

Sweet Potatoes, Turkey, Whole Egg, Broccoli, Celery, Apples, Flax Seed Meal, Pecans, Tricalcium, Phosphate, Pumpkin, Cranberries, Basil, Dried Alfalfa, Ginger Root, Dried Kelp, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin A Palmitate.

For more info, go to:

http://www.mypetsana.com/content/turkey-feast-dehydrated-natural-dog-food

7.  Bowls on the Go:  I always bring a collapsible bowl/portable bowl for water and on the go and another bowl to feed Cici in the hotel room. We love the eco friendly Bamboo Bowls by Loving Pets which are made from 100% renewable and sustainable resources (Bamboo and Corn Starch). These bowls are durable and dishwasher safe and feature anti-skid feet to prevent spills and slippage. Bamboo Bowls also have cutouts on the side which allow them to be lifted off the ground with ease. Sustainable, renewable and affordable. Available in 3 different colors and 4 different sizes.

http://www.lovingpetsproducts.com/

This wonderful mix of reliable pet travel products will provide your pet with a comfortable, calm, healthy and safe journey.

Whether traveling by road, sky or sea, your pets’ safety, health and overall well being is a priority. These products for pet travel will make vacationing with your furry friends a better experience for everyone.

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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

4th-of-july-flag-lasagna-recipe

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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