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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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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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Doggone Spring Break 2013

Our pet policy here at Have Dog Blog will Travel is that we will feature places we like that have Dogitude, (go above and beyond to welcome dogs and their people) and even places we have never been if they allow ALL breeds of dogs, do not restrict pets based upon weight nor size, do not charge enormous pet fees, and are generally pet friendly and dog tolerant (although we prefer places that really welcome pets with big open arms and hearts).  If your venue does NOT allow dogs like my Cici, then naturally we prefer that you find another blogger to write about your place. Thank you.

Five hotels in New Mexico in three cities that are

pet-friendly and have custom pet-friendly packages and amenities. Note:  The ONLY hotel in Santa Fe that does NOT restrict based upon weight is the St. Francis and we applaud them for that. The other two hotels accept dogs up to 50 pounds. What happens after 50 pounds? Do the dogs woof more, shed more, become a nuisance, are real dogs?  We do not get it, but let it slide since these two hotels would allow Cici to visit. However, for our friends with dogs that weigh 60, 75 , 100 or 150 pounds, we do not condone this nonsense and suggest that you let the hotels know and go stay at the St. Francis.

Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque:

http://www.nativolodge.com/special-pkg/albuquerque-pet-friendly-pkg.aspx

Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe:

http://www.hotelchimayo.com/special-pkg/santa-fe-pet-pkg.aspx

Lodge at Santa Fe:

http://www.lodgeatsantafe.com/special-pkg/santa-fe-pet-pkg.aspx

Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe:

http://www.hotelstfrancis.com/santa-fe-pet-hotel.aspx

Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces:

http://www.hotelencanto.com/special-pkg/las-cruces-pet-pkg.aspx

 Oregon

Lincoln City OR has a reputation for being a pet friendly place to visit. From lodging options, to activities, Lincoln City has a lot to offer travelers and their furry companions.

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Check out pet resources here:

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

A few hotels in Lincoln City that offer pet friendly options:

http://www.lookingglass-inn.com/Dog_Friendly.html

http://www.thecoholodge.com/packages.html

http://www.theshearwaterinn.com/Dog_Friendly.html

More Lincoln City, Oregon info… Cici and I LOVED staying at the Capt. Cook Inn when we were there… it was a small motel, with LOTS of pet friendliness, privacy, clean and quiet at a very affordable price. We felt welcomed, it was charming and truly nice people in the midst of a very busy city. A hidden treasure.

THINGS TO DO

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

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

Other pet friendly hotels along the Oregon Coast…

http://www.oregoncoast101.com/lodging/pets.html

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 Washington

The Woodmark Hotel is located on the shores of Lake Washington in Kirkland, Wash. The Woodmark Hotel is dedicated to providing all guests with a home away from home, which for many means travelling with their faithful canine companions.

Amenities for four-legged travelers are available upon request, and are offered free of charge. The shoreline paths, nearby city parks and beautiful scenery are perfect for a leisurely dog walk or invigorating run, ensuring a restful night sleep for all. The Woodmark provides everything needed to pamper pups with complimentary use of a cushy pet bed, food and water dishes, plus Woody’s walking map, bottled water, leash, tennis ball and doggy biscuits. Simply request a pet friendly stay upon booking and all the items will be waiting in-room.

First to welcome two- and four-legged travelers to the property is Woody Mae, a black Labrador retriever and the hotel’s “Director of Barketing.” In June through September, Woody Mae also hosts Yappier Hour on the Beach Café lawn, where pups and their people can enjoy the lake views, warm weather and a cocktail.

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The Woodmark requires no additional fees to travelers with pets. For more information about The Woodmark’s pet policy, go to… http://www.thewoodmark.com/seattle-pet-friendly-hotel.php

New York and DC 

Pet-friendly Affinia Hotels, has properties in NYC and D.C. The boutique hotel collection caters to man’s best friend with Happy Tails which includes:

  • Good Karma Rope ToysTM by Jax & Bones for the pup to chew, play, tug, or fetch
  • Plush, eco-friendly dog beds by Jax & Bones
  • Delish dog treats by Dylan’s Candy Bar
  • Food and water bowls (offered in deep and shallow depths)

Additionally, extra services can be arranged including pet psychic, grooming, walking/pet-sitting services, and much more.  Some Affinia hotels even go above and beyond:

·        The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel in Washington, DC invites your pup to enjoy their famed restaurant, Art and Soul, established by celebrity Chef Art Smith, where Fido can crack open a “Bowser Beer” (a non-alcoholic canine brew), enjoy a “Hungry Dawg” six ounce grilled steak and linger on a “Raw Deal” frozen dog bone. All of these items are on the restaurant’s Pooch Patio menu:  http://www.artandsouldc.com/images/Puppy_menu.pdf.

·        Affinia Manhattan is an official host hotel of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and was the home to the Best of Show winner for two years in a row!

·        TripAdvisor rated Affinia Dumont, located in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood, as the number one pet hotel for the second year in a row.

There is a $25 surcharge per stay.

More about dog friendly NYC and Wash DC

http://celiasue.com/2011/03/02/spring-break-for-bicoastal-pets/

http://celiasue.com/2012/04/02/spring-break-dog/

 

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Honking Dogs on the road with Subaru

Cici and I love to travel. We traveled for a few years in our Subaru Legacy station wagon. We drove all over California, Oregon and Nevada. The Subaru got great gas mileage and had lots of room. Cici took up the back seat filled with pillows and toys. She slept while I did the heavy driving. When we got to the destination, she would shake off and be ready to roll. Her excitement at discovering a new place, having an adventure, was contagious.  She is my polka dot princess now with  four different beds to sleep on, her choice every day and night. She is also my best friend and has earned her place by my side. She has her own driver’s license now so the next road trip we go on, she is gonna take the wheel and head out on the highway. Born to be Cici…

 

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We got her new driver’s license from the Subaru Facebook page. It is the same interactive app that we had fun with when watching the Puppy Bowl last weekend. Have you used the app yet? Just download the “IntoNow” app on your tablet or mobile device here  http://blogp.ws/Wxa8ia   There are all kinds of nifty applications… you can even find the perfect Subaru for your dog (The Subaru Dog Matchmaker) and other goodies. Check it out!

Alas, our Subaru Legacy had more than 260,000 miles on it so we need a new vehicle to drive to the beach, dog park, and everywhere. We would love another Subaru, maybe a Forester. We miss driving to the shopping mall (Petco and Pet Smart), the banks (where she would always get cookies and treats from the nice people), and even the grocery store. Cici loves to meet and greet new people. And if there is food involved, even better.

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Beep beep beep beep the horn went beep beep beep… do you remember the song, Little Nash Rambler? I imagine that is how Cici would drive the car, beeping the horn the whole way…

Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep
While riding in my Subaru
What to my surprise
A little Nash Rambler was following me
About one third my size
The guy musta wanted to pass me up
As he kept on tooting his horn
I’ll show him that a Subaru is not a car to scorn
Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep

[Slowly]
I pushed my foot down to the floor
To give the guy the shake
But the little Nash Rambler stayed right behind
He still had on his brake
He musta thought his car had more guts
As he kept on tooting his horn (beep beep)
I’ll show him that a Subaru is not a car to scorn
Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep

[Normal speed]
My car went into passing gear
And we took off with gust (whoosh)
Soon we were going ninety
Musta left him in the dust
When I peeked in the mirror of my car
I couldn’t believe my eyes
The little Nash Rambler was right behind
You’d think that guy could fly
Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep

[Quickly]
Now we were doing a hundred and ten
This certainly was a race
For a Rambler to pass a Subaru
Would be a big disgrace
The guy musta wanted to pass me up
As he kept on tooting his horn (beep beep)
I’ll show him that a Subaru is not a car to scorn
Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep

[Very quickly]
Now we’re going a hundred twenty
As fast as I can go
The Rambler pulled along side of me
As if we were going slow
The fella rolled down his window
And yelled for me to hear
“Hey buddy how do I get this car outta second gear?”

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Cici has cat issues so when I bring her to meet Grant Weber at the Subaru lot, she will let the kitties know she is boss if there are any felines around.

It is a good thing that Grant Weber knows how to speak dog and caters to each breed. He knows how to give each dog what they need and the best deal. You know that poodles want different accommodations and specifications than German Shepherds, right. And polka dot princesses need extra comfort, cargo space and zoom for their bucks. You could say that Subaru is an equal opportunity mutt pleaser. And yet, their doggie commercials are just as much fun for humans. Don’t you agree?

This post is sponsored by Subaru. we are helping spread the woof about the Dog Tested. Dog Approved.™ campaign, because [Have Dog Blog Will Travel] only shares news for things we love and support. All opinions are mine.

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Valentine’s Day: romance is in the air

Top 10 Romantic Cities

thanks to our friend Tawna Fenske for sharing this list on Facebook…

many of these cities are also pet friendly… the top three are…

1. Scottsdale, AZ

2. Napa, CA

3. Bend, OR

http://livability.com/top-10/top-10-romantic-cities/bend/or

4. Charlottesville, Va

5. Santa Fe, NM

6. Kansas City, MO

7. Savannah, GA

8. Cambridge, MA

9. Coral Gables, FL

10. Hot Springs, AR

Take a look at BedandBreakfast.com’s list of Top 10 Dog-Friendly B&Bs

http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/toplists/top10pet-friendly

These bed and breakfasts and inns across the U.S. really go above and

beyond to accommodate dogs (all year round) so both owners and pets can

enjoy traveling together.

The only inn on this list and blog post that Cici and I have personally visited is in Carmel, CA… The Cypress Inn (and Carmel itself) is truly dog friendly not just dog tolerant as many hotels are. Please let us know if you have great experiences at any of these hotels or inns. Thank you.

The Cypress Inn is owned by Doris Day, an animal activist, and Dennis LeVett. Dogs and cats are welcome here, and the historic inn has just blocks from Carmel’s pet-friendly beach. The inn’s courtyard has doggie pick-up bags and an area to wash your dog off after playing on the beach. Because the owners feel that pets are a part of the family, well-behaved pets are allowed throughout the inn and can join their humans in the courtyard for breakfast and evening appetizers. Cypress Inn even has occasional dog-related events, such as Poodle Day.

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A few venues that offer True Love Packages… whether it’s for Romance or Special Time for you and your Best Friend… 

One of our favorite places is Mendocino, CA and there are many wonderful pet friendly places to stay. One of many outstanding pet friendly hotels is the MacCallum House…beautiful rooms, walking distance to the beach and shops, botanical gardens, and much more. It’s a whale of a time to visit there with whale watching galore and great prices.

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http://www.maccallumhouse.com/pages/pets.html

Free guide

http://celiasue.com/free-guide-to-pet-friendly-cities/

The Oregon Garden Resort

Located in the quaint town of Silverton, Oregon, the Oregon Garden & Oregon Garden Resort  would make for a unique and memorable fido-friendly Valentine’s Day. Constructed in 2008, The Oregon Garden Resort is an upscale boutique resort that sits on 11 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and connected to the Oregon Gardens, a unique 80-acre botanical garden featuring 20 specialty gardens. The Resort features a main lodge that consists of a restaurant, lounge, day spa and 17 guest cottages housing 6 rooms each – each one equipped with a fireplace and private deck. Not only is the resort very pet-friendly, but pets are even allowed to have dinner with guests in the outdoor seating areas (one of which is covered). What’s more, overnight stays include passes to explore the Oregon Garden, which is an 80-acre botanical garden where pets are also very welcome! The Garden even boasts a special “pet garden,” which educates visitors as to which plants are friendly to pets.

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Phoenix Inn Suites -Salem, OR

Hiking & Pet Package

Rate starts at $119 and includes 2 water bottles, energy bars, a Phoenix Inn knapsack, as well as maps to local hiking/dog trails. Pet fee is also included. Package is offered year-round. Link for more info: http://www.phoenixinn.com/salem-south/specials-and-packages/

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This Valentine’s Day, take the romantic escape you’ve been waiting for with

that special someone and journey to the heart of the Adirondacks (New York) for

a weekend of romance in the mountains at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort

in Lake Placid  and be sure to bring Fido!

Located on the shores of Mirror Lake on Main Street in Lake Placid, the

Golden Arrow’s picturesque location makes for the quintessential romantic

getaway, one that’s pet-friendly with a jaw-dropping view. During your stay, ski, snowshoe, or hike the sparkling, snow-covered Adirondack wilderness (a virtually limitless playground where Fido can

enjoy the great outdoors), take a leisurely stroll together down Lake Placid’s quaint Main Street (try a stop at Jake Placid Doghouse  to please the pooch, too!), and enjoy a romantic dinner for two at Generations restaurant and end the day curled up by the fire with that special someone and your furry companion by your side.

At the Golden Arrow, currently offering an exclusive Valentine’s Day Getaway Deal. Stay February 14, 15, and 16 in any of the Golden Arrow’s pet-friendly accommodations and receive the Resort’s Romance Package which includes a bottle of wine, two commemorative wine glasses, a wine tasting for two, a complimentary dogsled ride on frozen Mirror Lake, and more.

Pets incur a $50 per pet, per week fee

·         No weight or size limitations

·         Pets are restricted to Deluxe Rooms located on the 3rd floor of the hotel to ensure they do not come in contact with other guests who have pet allergies

·         A $100 per pet security deposit required upon arrival – fully refundable upon time of departure barring any unintentional property damages

·         10% of each pet fee is donated annually to the local  pet charity chosen by one of the Golden Arrow’s favorite guests who traveled with their pet that year.

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Provenance Hotels Tempt with Nontraditional Valentine Getaways

Hotel packages in Nashville, Seattle and Portland celebrate love of all kinds.

Love is a many-splendored thing and Provenance Hotels, with five award-winning, art-filled boutique hotels in three of the nation’s most exciting destinations, is inviting travelers to celebrate love in all its forms with Valentine’s getaways for retro-lovers, pet-fanciers, modern gentlemen, gals on the town and chocoholics. With vintage-inspired va-va-voom at Seattle, Wash.’s Hotel Max; a girls night out in Music City with Hotel Preston in Nashville, Tenn.; and in Portland, Ore., a stylish getaway for the well-groomed guy at chic Hotel Lucia; a cuddly escape with man’s best friend at Hotel deLuxe; and an artisanal twist on a Cupid classic, chocolate, at The Governor Hotel, these packages offer inventive escapes sure to make hearts go pitter-patter on Valentine’s Day.

Once-per stay pet fee of $45

Boudoir and burlesque fantasies come to life with the sassy, sultry Risqué Business package at Seattle’s sexiest boutique hotel, Hotel Max. Priced from $439 per night, plus tax, it includes overnight accommodations, complimentary valet parking, a bottle of bubbly, box of locally-made OH! Chocolates, private in-room couples’ photo session with one of the city’s top professional boudoir photographers, a keepsake photo disc featuring the pin-up-worthy photos, roundtrip town car service to The Triple Door theater, two tickets for a live performance of The Atomic Bombshells: J’Adore! A Burlesque Valentine, and late 2 p.m. check out the next day. The package requires seven days advance booking and can be reserved online at http://www.hotelmaxseattle.com/risque or by calling 866-986-8087.

Hotel Preston, a hip boutique hotel conveniently located near Nashville Airport, is offering single ladies the chance to grab their best girls and celebrate Valentine’s Day with a package that is pure Music City- a little indulgent and whole lot of fun. The No Valentine? No Problem! package includes overnight accommodations in a spacious suite, a bottle of bubbly to get the party started; round trip transportation to and from downtown Nashville’s hottest nightlife neighborhood, Broadway and Second Avenue; a ‘midnight snack’ selection of Nashville’s own Christie’s Cookies; and, in the morning, a gift certificate to Music City’s famed Loveless Café so they can start the morning right with an authentic Southern breakfast. Priced from $269 per night, plus tax, the package requires 48 hours advance booking can be reserved at http://www.hotelpreston.com/noproblem or by calling 866-986-8089.

Dating a modern day Don Draper or 007? At chic Hotel Lucia, in the heart of downtown Portland, stylish gals (and guys) are invited to treat the gentleman in their life to a slice of the good life with the Stand By Your Man package priced from $289 per night, plus tax. It features overnight accommodations; Portland-distilled whiskey and all the accoutrements’ for mixing up the perfect in-room Manhattans; a certificate for a haircut and shave at nearby Y-Chrome; and, because his car is his baby, Hotel Lucia will send it out for professional detailing while guests are mixing it up in the room. The package requires 72 hours advance booking and can be reserved at http://www.hotellucia.com/yourman or by calling 866-986-8086.

Glamorous boutique Hotel deLuxe, also located in downtown Portland, is catering to four-legged Valentines and the people who love them with the Puppy Love package. It includes overnight accommodations in a pet-friendly room; Provenance Hotels’ signature pet welcome amenity with a bed and bowls to borrow, a pet snack and Provenance Hotels’ pet menu; a keepsake heart-shape dog tag engraved with Fluffy or Fido’s name; vet-approved dog cupcakes; and cupcakes for people from a Portland favorite, St. Cupcake bakery. Package rates start at $219 per night, plus tax, require five days advance booking and can be reserved at http://www.hoteldeluxe.com/puppyloveor by calling 866-986-8085.

The historic Governor Hotel is giving that time-honored Valentine’s tradition, chocolate, an only-in-Portland twist with the Artisan Chocolate Experience package. It includes luxurious overnight accommodations; a generous welcome amenity featuring a sampling of the city’s best locally-made chocolate; and a private, guided walking tour of Portland artisan chocolatiers with Portland Walking Tours during which travelers will sample and indulge in the diversity of chocolate from beans to bars – plus whipped, truffles, cocktails, melted, for sipping, and more. The package requires 48 hours advance notice, is priced from $329, plus tax, and can be booked at http://www.goverhorhotel.com/chocolate or by calling 888-246-5631.

Provenance Hotels Valentine packages are available for stays checking in February 14-16, 2013 at Hotel Max, February 1-18, 2013 at Hotel Preston and Feb. 14-17, 2013 at Hotel Lucia, Hotel deLuxe and the Governor Hotel.

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Valentines & Un-Valentines Packages

Working with About.com’s Dating Expert, put together the ultimate foodie’s “Breaking-Up Package.” Spend some time in the California Wine Country to get far away from your ex, and then move on. The Package includes: the full Chocolate Covered February works (chocolate mimics the feeling in the body that we get when falling in love via phenylethylamine), two nights in a Queen Room, a vitamin B packed full breakfast (B vitamins are major players in the happiness mood-food connection), evening wine and cheese tasting, a self-improvement break-up recovery book, a pint of chocolate walnut organic ice cream (as excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts offer up the kind of nourishment brain cells need to keep depression at bay and neurotransmitters firing) and a voodoo doll with pins to write his/her name on. Also included in the package is your choice of: a one-hour exercise classes each day or a one-hour massage and a special self-guided wine tasting tour.  Guaranteed to put you on the road to break-up recovery.  $550.00 for two nights – more than $100 savings

Enjoy a chocolate adventure in romance at a great price from Thursday, February 14th to Sunday, February 16th.  Getaway includes: chocolate afternoon treats, evening chocolate port, gourmet chocolates, a chocolate treat included on the breakfast menu, a chocolate and wine pairing adventure, self-guided chocolate shop tour, a romantic dinner for two on Feb. 14, chocolate soap, a gift each night including a bottle of wine and three nights in a King room with fireplace and two-person whirlpool tub. King room – $999 including taxes – Savings of more than $150.

Camellia Inn’s Chocolate Covered Wednesdays: Yes, what’s better than chocolate with red wine! Chocolate soap, chocolate for breakfast, chocolate port and chocolate goodies when you arrive, that’s what’s better than just chocolate and red wine

No. 1 Best Rates of the Year and It’s not just wine: Of course the Sonoma Wine Country is synonymous with wine, but there’s so much more…and much of it you already know about – the great food, the rolling hills, the hospitality, but did you know there’s glassblowing, botanical gardens, ziplining, soap and what’s wine without cheese?

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Dog Ate your ballot

The Dog Ate your ballot: Really?

NO excuses… Get Out and VOTE !!!!

Four PM EST. Still plenty OF TIME TO VOTE. And if you are in line at closing time, they have to stay open until you, and those behind you do!

Once you’re in line, don’t get out!

if these voted, you can too !!!

“According to CBS, the man — who had a tracheotomy in his throat — took a few more breaths and then told his wife that there are only two things that are important to him: “That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do … vote.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/06/michigan-man-dies-at-poll_n_2084525.html?1352247862&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/illinois-woman-labor-stops-vote-hospital/story?id=17652890

Check out the makeshift voting place set up in Rockaway, New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/11/06/1144261/the-thinkprogress-election-day-live-blog/#lbu-1352225613

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/signal/obama-still-poised-win-303-electoral-votes-tuesday-163506023.html

prediction: the Obamas will return to the White House and the Romneys will return to 1954.

http://www.businessinsider.com/jim-cramer-obama-is-going-to-destroy-romney-in-a-historic-landslide-2012-11

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Cool cats

Now that Pit Boss and Pit Bulls and Parolees are on hiatus, Animal Planet has some new shows featuring kitty cats that I LOVE (besides Too Cute which follows puppies and kittens progress)…Must Love Cats and the show with Jackson (Cats from Hell) I LOVE LOVE LOVE those two shows.

Forgive me Cici for I LOVE cats and people who love cats.  When Cici hears kitties on TV (and dogs too) she looks up at the TV with wonder. Like, where are the cats?

I just found out about some really cool cats in a cat palace…

http://shine.yahoo.com/animal-nation/cats-house-couple-redesigns-home-cats-mind-202300439.html

It rains cats and dogs in Oregon!

http://celiasue.com/2008/08/15/its-reigning-cats-and-dogs-in-florence-oregon/

and it has also been raining a lot here in Monterey…

some tips what to do with your dogs indoors

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/november292008/doggie_beaches_11-29-08.php

 

 

 

 

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washington wineries going to the dogs

If you are traveling to Washington state with your pooches, you might want to check out http://www.visityakima.com/wine-doggies/

for info on pet friendly activities and wineries in Yakima valley, Washington’s wine country… do Washington wine country with your four legged friends!

there is a winery walking doggie tour, events, doggie stories, a blog and more…

http://visityakima.com/wine-doggies/pet-friendly-attractions.asp

The wine doggies site does list a few places that offer pet friendly lodging, and if you click on some of the wineries and go to their sites, you may find listings of lodging like this, not all specify whether they are pet friendly or not…

http://www.maryhillwinery.com/lodging.asp

Teepee lodging…

enjoy an evening around the campfire before snuggling into your own private 20-foot tall teepee. Experience the romance of the West in cloud-like beds with fluffy down comforters and turn “roughing it” into a luxurious experience.

Barbeque grills, compact refrigerators, separate super-clean and private water closets, along with an open-air shower round out the amenities.

http://www.cherrywoodbbandb.com/lodging.html

pets welcome… guest house provides comfortable, spacious accommodations for up to six adults.

http://www.tefftcellars.com/GuestHouse.htm

pets allowed

http://www.canyonriver.net/accommodations.html

dog on duty

http://www.cavebinn.com/cuvee.php

Walla Walla Valley, WA
Vineyards in the Walla Walla wine region grow in both Washington and Oregon. More than 100 wineries are in the region, get a listing of close to 40 that are dog-friendly. Be sure to take the pooches to Durham Cellars  … their red and white wines are named for their beloved winery dogs and ‘hospitality committee’, Konnie and Maysy, two border collie mixes.

http://www.winesnw.com/walla.html#Dog-Friendly

http://www.seattleite.com/wine-o%E2%80%99clock-wednesday-barking-wine-tastic/

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fun trips for you and the pooch for the New Year

Looking for fun and adventure with your pooch for the New Year?  Here are a few ideas.

The public is invited to bring their real Christmas trees to Perfect Christmas Tree Farm on January 7th, 2012. Regardless of where the tree was purchased, farmer John Curtis calls on everyone to recycle their  real Christmas trees at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm. He chips real  trees, no matter what size and makes mulch for the new growing season.

 
Activities begin at 9:00 AM and go until 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 
7, 2012, only. This is a ONE DAY event.

http://www.perfectchristmastree.com/

Even if you cannot make it to this event in New Jersey, perhaps there is a LOCAL event like this in your area. Google, call your local tree farms, media, and find out if you can bring your pooch.

Bring your dog on a leash to the Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, a dog friendly farm. There is a display setup to take pictures with your dog and other loved ones, for Valentines Day. Give the chickens some feed as you pass their coop. A hay wagon is going out for rides around the farm, weather permitting.

The tree chipper accepts any real Christmas tree, clean of metal, tinsel, plastic and ornaments, and turns it into useable garden mulch.

“Nothing is wasted in nature”, says farmer John Curtis. “People think we rent this chipper to collect the mulch. We encourage people to take the mulch. Put two inches around your trees, shrubs, herbs and vegetables, you have less weeding to do. Plants are preparing for
spring. So should we. Spring is here in less than three months.” He offers everyone to take as much mulch as is needed.

If you have a tree or not, no matter  where you purchased your tree, go to the Mulchfest to share a  winter’s day with neighbors, enjoy free refreshments in a warm historic setting, children’s entertainment and healthy outdoor fun, throughout the day.

Activities start 9 AM with a ceremony honoring the Earth. Christmas trees are then loaded into a chipper. Trees start their return to the earth as nourishing mulch and compost. Mulchfest honors Perfect Christmas Tree Farm’s commitment to local farming, historic
preservation and enriching the earth.

There is no charge for the Mulchfest and attendees are encouraged to take mulch back to their home, to nourish the Earth where they live. Bags are provided.

Now, for the more adventurous and fit among you, an interesting trip to teach your dog new tricks… dogsledding and skiing !!!

Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel is not your “typical” dogsled touring kennel. Rather, we are home to 130 rescue and second chance dogs andoffer dogsledding trips and pet dog/owner packages to support a non profit sled dog rescue, history and education center, giving second chance sled dogs a home and a job for life. The rescue is strictly no kill.

Pair an inn-stay at a local pet friendly lodging partner such as the Mahoosuc Inn in Milan, NH or the Applebrook Inn in Jefferson, NH with a ski-jor or dogsled clinic with your own pooch. All necessary gear is provided for the guests’ active pup to learn to be a sled dog.

“Over the years we noticed that people travelled to our region with their pet but then they got here and “Fido” had nothing to do. In an effort to solve that problem, these two packages were created:

Ski-Joring with one of our experienced dogs to teach our guests’ pups the ropes or running with a small team is all part of the vacation. Often guests start with Ski-joring on day one and move to the dogsledding clinic on day two during their stay in our area.

Many guests comment that they’ve always wanted to start their dogs in pulling activities and give them a job for physical and mental stimulation. They leave their vacation understanding the gear and training necessary. We are happy to provide email support as they try it on their on at home when they get back (for free of course).

The kennel offers these tours to support the rescue and second chance huskies that call Muddy Paw home. The profits from tours go to the new non profit sled dog rescue, history & education center and the guests appreciate helping a great cause while having the “experience of a lifetime” with their own pet and guides that love dogs just as much as they do!

Ski-Joring is when one or more dogs is attached to a person wearing supportive hip belt via bungee (to absorb shock), non-stretchy tug-lines and an x-back style harness). The person wears cross country skis and works in tandem with their dog to zip along on our groomed trails. Sometimes dog booties are utilized, depending on trail conditions. Moderate physical ability is required for this activity for both the dog and the participant … it is wonderful excercise for both!

Here is a link to the equipment we use:  http://nooksackracing.com/skijoring.html Previous experience cross country skiing is ideal, but certainly not a must, beginners are welcome, we love to teach them how to work with their dogs… we find owners of northern/active working breeds especially see problem behaviors disappear once their dogs are more active and thus physically and mentally stimulated.

For our less adventurous or less physically active guests, they can utilize the ski-jor equipment minus the skis and allow them to learn to work with their dog cani-cross style, which means “dog assisted” hiking or snowshoeing.

Here is a link to ski-joring info  : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skijoring

If you personally have an active dog, any winter “joring” activity is sure to be a hit!    These activities are wonderful for many large, working type dogs such as Pointers, Hounds, Labs, Goldens, All Northern Breeds, Mixes, Cattle Dogs, etc.

Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel & Raft NH www.dogslednh.com & www.raftnh.com

www.facebook.com/DogsledNH

Now for those on the west coast…

You could snowshoe at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, and Fido wants to go too.   At Lake of the Woods, there are plenty of trails and room for your dog to run.   Or travel up Hwy 140 to Crystalwood Lodge, where you can take a morning canoe ride on Upper Klamath Lake and before you leave the area, be sure and visit with Liz Parrish and her sled dog team.

Here are some places to consider to stay:

Best Western Klamath Inn,4061 South 6th Street, Klamath Falls, OR. 97603  Phone: 1.800.937.8376 or 1.541.882.1200. Website: www.bestwestern.com  Pet fee: $10 per pet/night

Quality Inn, 100 Main Street, Klamath Falls, OR. 97601 Phone: 1.800.424.6423 or 541.882.4666 Website: www.klamathfallsqualityinn.com  Pet fee: $10 per pet/night

Crystalwood Lodge, 38625 Westside Rd., Klamath Falls, OR. 97603 Phone: 541.381.2322 Website: www.crystalwoodlodge.com  Well-behaved animals: Free

Econo Lodge, 75 Main St., Klamath Falls, OR. 97601 Phone: 541.884.7735 Website: www.econolodge.com Pet fee: $10 per pet/night

Shilo Inn Suites & Hotel, 2500 Almond St., Klamath Falls, OR. 97601 Phone: 541.885.7980 Website: www.shiloinns.com  Pet fee: $25 per room, dogs only

Days Inn,3612 South 6th St., Klamath Falls, OR. 97603 Phone: 541.882.8864 Website: www.daysinn.com  Pet fee: Free

Cimmarron Inn, 3060 South 6th St., Klamath Falls, OR. 97603 Phone: 541.882.4601 Website: www.cimmaroninnklamathfalls.com  Pet fee: $25 per dog, good for 1-7 day stay

Microtel Inn & Suite, 2716 Dakota Ct., Klamath Falls, OR. 97603 Phone: 541.273.0206 Website: www.microtelinn.com  Pet fee: $35 non-refundable for length of stay

Oregon Motel 8 & RV Park, 5225 N. Hwy 97, Klamath Falls, OR. 97601 Phone : 541.883.3431 Website: www.oregonmotel8rvpark.com  Pet fee: $10 per pet/night for motel and $2 pet pet/night RV park

Collier Memorial Park, 46000 Hwy. 97 N., Chiloquin, OR. 97624 Phone: 1.800.0551.6949 or 541.783.2471 Pet fee: Free. Must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 ft. long and cleaned up after.

And of course Fido will want a day at the spa before that long drive home.  Be sure to check out-Hot Paws Spa & Boutique, 1035 Main Street, Klamath Falls, OR. 97601 Phone 541.273.1883   www.hotpawspetspa.com  More info at www.discoverklamath.com

For those who prefer sunshine and beaches…

Named one of the “#2 U.S. Destination for Holiday Lights” by Yahoo! Travel and USA Today in 2011, Newport Beach, California is a get-away to the stars and one of the world’s premier vacation destinations for people of all walks of life…and their pets.  With mild Mediterranean weather and sunshine, Newport Beach is Dog-Friendly. From large Huskies to tiny Chihuahuas, every dog imaginable is welcomed in what many describe as the Canine Coast.

With pet-friendly accommodations, stores, beaches and parks, Newport Beach is the ideal destination for a winter weekend getaway with your pet Fido, Fifi, Bolt or Lassie. Take your pooch surfing !

Located on Southern California’s Pacific coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego, Newport Beach offers pet-owners an array of impressive accommodation choices for the perfect overnight stay with their dog(s).

Our favorite is

The Island Hotel Newport Beach
Pets up to 45-50 pounds allowed (usually). Non-refundable deposit is $100.

690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 759-0808.

TOP DOG SHOPPING

Newport Beach famous for its ocean-view outdoor shopping prominades, and nothing is better than strolling around with your four-legged companion as humans are not the only ones who can fill shopping bags to their brims. In Newport Beach, there are stores that are “Dog Friendly” and then there are stores with Dogitude…

 Barney’s Barkery

322 Marine Avenue, Newport Beach, CA‎ – (949) 675-0364‎
Dedicated to pampering pets.

 Dogma!
2113 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92657 – Phone (949) 640-6072

Showcases dog and cat nutrition and specialty products.

Fashion Island   
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 – Phone (949) 721 – 2000

As Orange County’s premier open-air retail center, Fashion Island boasts nearly 200 specialty shops, world-class department stores and a vast array of restaurants and cafes, in a sophisticated yet relaxed dog-friendly atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California.

Three particularly dog-friendly restaurants include:

Francoli Gourmet Emporium

 Red Robin

Café Beau Solei

 Muttropolis

Fashion Island, 865 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA‎ 92660 – Phone (949) 717-6888‎ 

Features an impressive selection of  designer-dog-bowls, collars-leads-harnesses and dog  furniture

 Newport Coast Shopping Center
21103-21173 Newport Coast Drive Newport Beach, CA 92657

With beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, this shopping destination features five dog-friendly restaurant choices: Pasta Commodore, Kingyo Sushi, First Class Pizza, Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill & Mustard Delicatessan.

 Three Dog Bakery
924 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660 – Phone (949) 760-3647‎
Three Dog Bakery provides cookies and snacks for dogs as well as some boutique items. The well-behaved, leashed dog is always welcome.

DOG FRIENDLY BEACHES & ATTRACTIONS

When it comes to pooches and their owners looking for a little fun in the sun, Newport Beach has the perfect assortment of beaches and attractions. From a stroll, run or Frisbee game on a beautiful beach to a cruise on Newport Harbor, there are lots to do for dogs and their owners.

Crystal Cove State Park & Historic District
Although dogs cannot be on the beaches or backcountry, they are allowed on the paved pathway above the beach. The historic district below features 46 vintage cottages that are clustered in a quaint village setting.

 Balboa Island Ferry
The historic auto ferry welcomes well-behaved dogs of all kinds (in the car or outside on a leash) for the 3-minute trip across the harbor) 

 

 McFadden Square
The popular gathering spot for visitors, beachgoers, plus dogs and their owners, is at the base of the Newport Pier is the site of the original Dory Fishing Fleet and the original wharf dating back to 1875. A 2,000 pound bronze sculpture by artist Hank Kaminsky commemorating the centennial of Newport Beach is the centerpiece of the square.

Newport Beach
Dogs are allowed on this popular beach before 9:00a.m. and after 5:00p.m.

About Newport Beach, California

Sitting along nine miles of spectacular California coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego, Newport Beach is a stunning seaside community famous for its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, long stretches of warm clean beaches and year-round Mediterranean climate. With a sparkling three-mile harbor surrounded by gorgeous homes and yachts of every stripe, waterfront restaurants and chic shops bustling with activity, Newport Beach defines the California dream. For more information about Visit Newport Beach and for a free Newport Beach Visitor’s Guide, go to http://www.VisitNewportBeach.com/ or call (800) 94-COAST.

Become a Facebook fan at   http://www.facebook.com/visitnewportbeach

 

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soothing the holiday doggie blues

ok, tis the holiday season, ho ho ho is upon us and I bet you are racing around for bargains from store to store and other madness. do you and your pooch get the blues around the holidays?  maybe it’s all that food and fun you are supposed to have but maybe you’re not having… maybe you are alone, broke, and/or just plain blue …

no worries…we’ve got some tips for you.

Spend quality time with your canine
According to research at the State University of New York at Buffalo, being around a pet provides more stress relief than being around a two-legged companion. As if we needed a study to determine that.  Good for them, good for you.

My #1 tip for addressing the holiday (or any time traveling) doggie blues is simple.  the dogs  you to want focus on them, so spend some quality time with your dog, do something just with your dog.

Most of my guests come with their dogs almost exclusively because we are incredibly pet welcoming, and most of them are doing a getaway which definitely includes (or is because of) pet dog recreation.

Yet some folks travel with their dogs physically with them, but totally ignore them once they’re here. That causes the doggie traveling blues, no matter whether they’re traveling for the holidays or a family reunion, special event (wedding, birthday, graduation), a special relaxing destination (like Crater Lake), etc.

How to fix that? Easy. Providing some FOCUS on the dog, and quality time (just taking them out to potty doesn’t cut it) will eliminate the doggie blues and also unwanted behaviors like barking, whining, scratching, chewing, clinginess, etc.

Give your dog some loving ME time and attention, belly rubs, massage, play time…

Spend some time each day really focused on your dog. Dogs can tell if you’re going for a walk but not really there (texting, chatting on your phone, thinking about how to fix the holiday dinner, worried about what to do when you get back to work, etc.). That focus, and intention of really being present with your dog will go a loooong way to keeping your pooch happy since that’s how dogs live their lives. they really appreciate and respond when we do the same for and with them.

So DO something with and for your dog, with intention and focus…do some training, and make it a game. That lets your dog exercise their mind as well as their bodies, and it’s fun play for both of you. Teach them a trick or behavior that makes you laugh. Be there for them 110% during that time. See how this little bit of focus time really enhances your bond with your dog, and makes you BOTH feel a heck of a lot better…a great way to have a little bit of sanity with all the holiday traveling craziness.

Enjoy! — Liz

Liz Parrish, Proprietor

Crystalwood Lodge LLC

A pet-welcoming destination in the Southern Oregon Cascades, just outside Crater Lake National Park. Relax with the perfect getaway at the edge of the Klamath Basin, in the heart of a recreation wonderland and a world apart from your daily stress!

www.CrystalwoodLodge.com

Why is this called “the Best 30 Miles in Oregon?” Find out here!

ThingsToDoNearCraterLake.com

Calming Collars 

Deb Mendez makes the most delicious, yummiest smelling collars for dogs on the planet. And they look gorgeous, too. Clearly, they are handmade (customized) with lots of love and care. These collars can be used whenever your dog is experiencing extra stress (during travel), anxiety (separation), hears loud noises (thunderstorms and/or fireworks), and/or weird weather. We got a Purple Key West collar for Cici and I love that it is all natural.

www.calmingcollars.com

The regular Calm Me Down blend is a combination that includes lavender, chamomile and balsam. If someone requests an extra strength version,  valerian, lemongrass, mugwort and orange peel may be added. The Good to Go collar is includes lavender, chamomile, peppermint, ginger and other herbs. No essential oils or other fillers, just the actual dried herbs in a cotton fabric sleeve.  The collars work through aromatherapy.  The collars generally last anywhere from 3 to 9 months, depending upon amount of time of usage (every day, 24/7, a few hours a week and so on).

They also make anti-motion sickness collars Good To Go . These will help stop your pet from getting motion sickness when traveling in a car or other moving vehicle.

For summer, there is also the Too Cool collars that help your pet stay cool.

Readers of my blog get an exclusive discount… Just type CICI for a 10% discount on any purchase. You’ll see the discount in the shopping cart before heading to checkout. Cheers !

Dog Pheromones

The Comfort Zone with DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) disperses an odorless vapor that mimics the calming hormone that is secreted by nursing dogs. Pheromones emitted by animals through their skin and glands are natural chemicals that help them to communicate with others of the same species. Basically, it helps dogs calm down.  When animals receive pheromone signals, there is an involuntary behavioral effect on the animals. When the dog or puppy senses the pheromone through the nasal passage, he feels secure and comfortable, reducing his urge to act out through chewing, excessive barking, house soiling or other fear-related behaviors.

It comes in a spray bottle that you can mist away your dog’s stress and also comes in the plug-in diffuser version. You can spray the inside of your dog’s crate 15 minutes ahead of placing your dog inside. These stress reducing pheromones make dogs feel safe and secure and help you control excessive whining hiding, panting, chewing, and other behaviors. The diffuser lasts up to 30 days and refills can be purchased.  Relaxation in a bottle.

They make this product for both dogs and cats. You can purchase through Petco, Amazon or online at their website, find a location near you, http://petcomfortzone.com/home.html.

Other ideas:

Comfort your pooch with a massage and/or a class of doggie yoga … OM

Play some soothing doggie music…our friend Lisa Spector at Through a Dog’s Ear has a big promotion going on, with free daily downloads and an annual word game where people compete to win free music for their favorite shelters and rescues. She is also offering discounts on some dog calming music…Driving Edition and Music to Calm your Canine Companion Vol. 3 until Dec 31, 2011.

More info:

http://willmydoghateme.com/pet-travel/coping-with-holiday-frenzy-sounds-to-soothe-the-canine-soul

Give them some Bach’s Rescue Remedy to calm their K9 nerves

www.rescueremedy.com

Sing them a Silly Song…

New 12 Dogs Of Christmas Lyrics by me

On the ______ day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

1 Cici eating (cause she’s a food ho)

2  Pibbles licking

3 Patrick’s wagging

and a V-dog in a pear tree

4 Victories for Cherry (Garcia)

5 Kongs for Ginger

6 Forever Homes (for Squeaker, Ellen, Ray and Oscar)

7 Handsome Dan’s swimming

8 Jhumpa Jones’ singing

9 Pibbles  zooming

10  Hector’s Leaping (carefully)

11 Pibble puppies playing

12 Dalmatian pit bulls dancing

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