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Carmel edge

When you travel with your dog, you can  hardly go wrong if you visit Carmel, a truly dog friendly place with dogs everywhere, miles of sandy dog friendly beach and lots of dog friendly stores and activities. Carmel has the canine edge that doggies love.

 

A wonderful place to stay right in Carmel are the Edgemere Cottages, a block from the beach.

take Hwy. 1 to the Ocean Av. exit turning towards Carmel. Go down the hill, through town and continue on to the bottom of the steep hill. There you will see a sign pointing to the 17 Mile Drive. This is San Antonio Av. Turn LEFT onto it and proceed 7 and a half blocks. Edgemere Cottages is on San Antonio between 13th and Santa Lucia on the left hand side

Check in is after 4 pm, check out noon

Gretchen and Doug are the innkeepers, very personable, friendly and knowledgeable.

http://www.edgemerecottages.com/

We stayed in the Piccadilly cottage and found out that the difference between these two cottages is that Piccadilly has steps leading up to the bathroom and kitchen and Devon cottage does not (we had our choice to stay at either and I should have mentioned that stairs are challenging for me. oh well… The cottage was roomy, comfy and very clean.

 

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This B&B has been pet friendly since the 1990’s. Gretchen’s parents bought the property in 1964. It already was a B&B called Edgemere. Gretchen and Doug have been the innkeepers since 2008.

There are four rooms, three are pet friendly plus there are innkeeping cats.

The inn has many repeat guests who come back year after year, for anniversaries, festivals and just to visit Carmel whenever they can. Anita and Dick from NYC are a couple who have been coming to the inn since Gretchen was a little girl in 1965. Anita: “It’s fun for us and very nostalgic. We love it here.

“Whatever excuse, we just want to be here.”

Gretchen loves collecting cook books (and there are a lot of them on her shelves). She is a home cook and baker and makes delicious breakfasts. The first morning we had a fresh fruit salad with strawberries, bananas, apples, grapes and blueberries. There was a choice of juices from V8 to orange juice. And an asparagus quiche (she has modified the ingredients by adding sour cream and nutmeg) with a Mississippi spice muffin (cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, applesauce and chopped nuts) plus coffee or an assortment of teas (herbal and caffeinated). She uses local ingredients from farmers markets. The hospitality is superb. During breakfast each guest was asked for their preferences which were cooked to their liking. Second breakast was a fruit salad, scone and scrambled eggs with or without ham, onion, cheese and veggies. She loves to cook from scratch and it shows.

Her mother collected antiques which are on display everywhere throughout the cottages.

Cici and I enjoyed the one block access to the beach, nice walks and beautiful sunsets. Two doggie bowls for food and water were left out in the kitchen and the bed and couch and chair were covered with sheets.

 

 

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All in all, if you are visiting Carmel and IF they have a vacancy, you should definitely check into the Edgemere Cottages.

http://www.edgemerecottages.com/

LIGHT AND AIRY”
Split-level cottage with two sleeping areas
Queen bed on lower level with flat-screen TV/DVD player 
Gas-log fireplace
Sofa-sleeper bed and kitchenette on upper level
Windows and doors opening onto beautiful gardens
One bathroom with tub/shower

Continental breakfast with fresh organic fruits, sweet breads, with quiche or egg dish
Orange juice and fresh ground Pleasant Morning Buzz coffee
Warm atmosphere, garden views and classical music

(831) 624-4501
(866) 241-4575
Toll-free

Email:  info@edgemerecottages.com

 

 

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Mt Shasta pet friendly

 

The best times to visit: spring and fall when temps are moderate. in summer, temps get into the high 90’s and 100’s, pooches paws can get burned on the pavements so beware and prepare if you plan to stay in town during the summer… there are lots of lakes and hiking trail activities to cool off, camping and of course Mt. Shasta.

Lakes

Castle:  From the Visitors Bureau, go west on Lake St. and cross over I-5. You will come to a stop sign at the intersection of Old Stage Rd. which is in front of the Fish Hatchery & Sisson Museum. Turn left onto Old Stage Rd,. In ¼ mile the road will fork. Stay to the right onto W.A. Barr Rd. and continue past the Mount Shasta Resort golf course, cross over the Box Canyon Dam and turn left onto Castle Lake Rd. which is ¼ mile from the dam bridge. Continue on this road for 7 miles and you will arrive at Castle Lake.

McCloud River with three waterfalls

From the Visitors Bureau, go west on Lake St. to I-5 south towards Dunsmuir. Take the Hwy. 89 exit towards McCloud; drive past the town of McCloud and continue 5.5 miles to the “Fowler’s Campground Lower Falls” sign and turn right. The parking area at Lower Falls is 1 mile. You can hike to the Middle Falls and back to the parking area in about 1.5 hours, and hike to the Upper Falls and back to the parking area in about 3 hours. If you don’t wish to hike, you can drive to see the Middle and Upper Falls from the viewing areas off of the campground road which is located about ¼ mile before the parking area.

You can take your dog paddle boarding on Lake Siskiyou

Pet policy:

Pets are not allowed at the beach area, food service areas or in any lodging units.  Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort is a pet-friendly Resort.  We welcome your leashed, accompanied pets in any other area of the Resort, including the Marina

At Mt. Shasta City, Take Central, (#738) I-5 Exit. Go West, away from town to STOP. Turn LEFT, Bear Right after 1/4 mile at fork. Go past golf course and over dam. Entrance 1.5 miles on RIGHT

530.926.2610

http://www.reynoldsresorts.com/LakeSiskiyou/rules_and_regulations.html

Hiking

Lake Siskiyou Trail

Dogs are allowed anywhere on the network of trails within the Old Ski Bowl ridge line, where even in high summer you can usually walk to the snow. Rover has to be leashed at the Bunny Flat and Panther Meadows rest areas, and the only extended dog-friendly hike is the Gray Butte Trail, a 3.4-mile round trip out of Panther Meadows. This very special path, accessible June into October, crosses a sacred Native American site and takes in otherworldly stands of old-growth fir and mountain hemlocks to reach a saddle with expansive views. At an altitude of 9,129 feet, you’ll both be panting, but oh so glad you came.

Check in with the Mount Shasta Trails Association for other dog friendly hikes in the Mount Shasta region.

Dog Park

Mt Shasta City Park

From the Visitors Bureau, go east on Lake St. to the traffic light at Mt. Shasta Blvd. Go left and continue approximately 1 mile until you see the Mt. Shasta Animal Hospital sign on the right. Turn left at the next street which is Nixon Rd. and then turn right into the Mt. Shasta City Park.

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta is a very popular attraction. You can view the mountain best by taking the “scenic drive” which is 14 miles long and takes about 30 minutes driving time each way. From the Visitors Bureau, go east on Lake St.; pass the traffic light and continue several blocks where the road curves to the left becoming Everitt Memorial Highway. Continue on Everitt Memorial Highway for 12 miles where you will come to the Bunny Flat parking area and if the road has been cleared of snow, drive another 2 miles to the Old Ski Bowl parking area. The views are outstanding and you will see nature in its grandest.  Dogs must be on leash and are not allowed above 10,000 feet.

Sacred Sites

The “Mt. Shasta Sacred Sites Guidebook”, available at the Visitors Bureau. There are 13 sites considered to have special energy.

Lavendar farm has an on site dog

http://www.mtshastalavenderfarms.com/

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Dog Sledding

http://visitmtshasta.com/activities/dog-sledding/

Camping:

Campgrounds are generally pet friendly. The mineral springs is probably not.

Stewart Mineral Springs

Phone: 530-938-2222

Website: http://www.stewartmineralsprings.com

Location: 4617 Stewart Springs Rd., Weed, California 96094

Soothing, hot mineral baths and/or revitalizing massage. 15 private bathing rooms where water bubbles up from the springs, is heated, and run into deep tubs for soaking as the mineral water purifies your body, a large wood sauna to complete the purifying process, and 3 massage tables to work out the kinks and ease your muscles. The bathhouse is surrounded by wide wooden decks overlooking the beautiful Parks Creek, where you may sunbathe and relax to the sounds of the rushing stream. Restaurant, Native American Sweat Lodge, Conferences and Retreats, lodging and camping available. 15 rooms, kitchen, cabins, teepee, rec. room. public showers. Resort is under pine trees next to Parks Creek. Mineral baths and large sauna. Native American Sweat Lodge.

http://visitmtshasta.com/activities/camping/

http://visitsiskiyou.org/

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/stnf/home/?cid=STELPRDB5360169&width=full

Pet Stores

Noah’s Ark Feed Barn

Phone: 530-926-6562

Location: 925 Lassen Ln., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

Pet Grooming, doggie daycare and boarding

Furpurrsons Pet Resort

Phone: 530-926-0480

Website: http://www.furpurrsons.com

Location: 5821 Truck Village, Mt. Shasta, California 96067

Pet boarding. Doggie day care. Grooming and spa. Boutique. Large exercise areas.

Your dog has to have ALL its vaccinations including bordatella, a week ahead

They offer a spa package for dogs that includes a blueberry vanilla edible facial, hydrotherapy massage, bath, shampoo, $18 to $90, small to large dog

Stacey Chiment, co-owner helped me with this blog post. She was a lot more helpful than the Chamber of Commerce.

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Pet friendly lodging

Finlandia Motel

Phone: 530-926-5596

Website: http://www.finlandiamotelandlodge.com

Location: 1612 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

The Family owned Finlandia Motel and Lodge offers spacious newly remodeled rooms, an authentic Finnish Sauna, hot spa, kitchenettes and view of the towering mountain. Now the family home is available for rental. Guests seeking accommodation with space for socializing, a fully equipped kitchen will delight in the three-bedroom, two-bath lodge. Larger groups can gather together around the living room fireplace and later retreat to 23 other deluxe or standard, pet friendly rooms. Price range $60-$250.

McCloud Hotel

Phone: 530-964-2822, 800-964-2823

Website: http://www.mccloudhotel.com/

Location: 408 Main Street, McCloud, California 96057-0730

Located only 5 miles from the Mount Shasta Ski Park and in the heart of historic McCloud , this boutique hotel has 16 rooms. All rooms have private baths, 4 rooms have 2 person Jacuzzi tubs. Rates range from $120 – $195 (for 2 persons) and include a full breakfast and a wine/appetizer hour from 4 – 5 PM daily. Dinner is served to both hotels guests and the public Thursday – Sunday evenings between 5:30 and 8 PM. Reservations are strongly suggested. Open year round. Pet friendly in the four first floor rooms (additional fee of $25 per pet).

Railroad Park Resort

Phone: 530-235-4440

Website: http://www.rrpark.com

Location: 100 Railroad Park Rd., Dunsmuir, California 96025

railroadparkresortoffice@gmail.com

 Offers camping tent sites too.

Sleep in an authentic caboose and dine in antique rail cars beneath magnificent Castle Crags. Caboose motel open year round. The Dinner House/Lounge and RV campground are open spring through fall. Motel features pool, spa, and cabooses outfitted for your comfort. Many pet-friendly rooms. For reservations, info and photos visit our website at rrpark.com.  pets $15.00 per pet/per night.

Swiss Holiday Lodge

Phone: 530-926-3446

Website: http://www.swissholidaylodge.com

Location: 2400 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

21 rooms. Rates $55-$150 plus tax. Continental breakfast, phones. Pool, hot tub, pets OK, cable TV (HBO) and WiFi. Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers in every room. Rooms with views of Mt. Shasta; offer a kitchenette unit. Enjoy continental breakfast and use of community kitchen. AAA approved.

Strawberry Valley Inn

Phone: 530-926-2052

Website: http://www.strawberryvalleyinn.com

Location: 1142 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

Relax, Revive, and Retreat at the Strawberry Valley Inn. Set in a picturesque storybook setting of stone rock siding, beautiful trees and flowers, with a backdrop of Mt. Shasta. This cozy boutique hotel is conveniently located near the town center close to shopping, restaurants, and endless outdoor activities. Each room is uniquely decorated with amenities such as suites, luxurious down bedding, cable TV, and ipod docking stations. Continental breakfast is served each morning inside the lovely historic Inn. Both individual and side by side massages are available in the Inn or guests can book an In-room massage. Morning stretch yoga and evening meditation are available seasonally.  Pet fee $15 per night

http://strawberryvalleyinn.net/

http://visitmtshasta.com/lodging/motels-hotels/

B&B’s

Mt Shasta Inn

Pets are welcome in the first floor guestrooms but not in the Lobby or Dining Room. There is a nice field across the street from the Hotel which is perfect for exercising your dog and we can provide plastic bags to pick up the icky pooh stuff which may then be deposited in our dumpster near the rear parking lot. There is a one time charge of $25 for your pet to join you in the room.

http://mccloudhotel.com/the-inn/policies/

http://visitsiskiyou.org/where-to-stay/bed-and-breakfasts/

 

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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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Iconic LA hotel

Guest blog post by Leslie Nestor Miranda. Cici and I met Leslie and his lovely dog Lilly last year when we went on a press trip to San Luis Obispbo. Leslie is an outstanding photographer of the traveling kind. And he has worked for Wall Street Journal Online, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor Magazine and many others.  (Note: all of the photos below by Leslie Nestor Miranda). 


“I’ve been designed to capture time and moments with a camera.  I foresee the outcome to better understand and appreciate the present.”

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Many moons ago, I (CS), lived right on Normandie (around Normandie and 3rd). The neighborhood has changed a lot but I still remember the sign of this historic hotel. I wanted to live near my job for the City of Los Angeles (downtown) and the apartment I lived in there fit the bill. It was spacious, relatively inexpensive and located within minutes of downtown.

An Icon in Los Angeles

The historic beacon of the Wilshire Center/Koreatown neighborhood, the pet friendly Hotel Normandie, has been in continuous operation since 1926. It now has entered a multi-million dollar restoration period that will bring the 20th century landmark well into the 21st century.

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General Manager Luke Knowles loves to discuss the history of the hotel.  This brick building has established itself as an icon in Los Angeles. It is located on Normandie and 6th Street and designed and built by famed architects Walker and Eisen, who also designed such architectural treasures as the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills and the Fine Arts Building in downtown Los Angeles.

The boutique hotel has seen over eight decades of personalities such as English author Malcolm Lowry, one of the hotels most famous residents, who worked on his masterpiece novel “Under the Volcano” while living there in the late 1930’s.

New owner Jingbo Lou, a Pasadena architect and preservationist, and his partner Niall Kelly are restoring the 100-room Renaissance Revival exterior and its Spanish Revival interior, to its rightful glory.

They uncovered a grand fireplace that was covered for years but now  xxx  as you enter the lobby.  The terrazzo floor in the lobby and the hardwood floors in the guest rooms have also been restored.

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While L.A. has the nation’s largest Korean population and Koreans make up the largest nationality in the neighborhood (22%,according to demographic analysis) most of the residents of Koreatown are Latino: 58%. But you can also find Bangladeshi, Brazilian, Vietnamese, Pakistani and South American residents, businesses and eateries in the area.  Koreatown is west of downtown and south of Hollywood and is considered part of the Mid-Wilshire district.

The neighborhood is mostly residential after Wilshire and 6th Street. There are lots of Korean BBQ restaurants, coffee shops on Wilshire, Asian markets on 6th Street and local Korean bars and karaoke.

This pet friendly hotel offers amenities for pets such as doggie beds, treats, and bowls.

Pets are not allowed in the breakfast or lounge area with the exception of certified service animals, there is a $50 non-refundable pet charge per stay (unless you change rooms).   All pets must be kept on a leash at all times when in common or public areas.

In July, the historic Cassell’s Hamburgers featuring Prime Beef burgers will be reopening in the building’s 6th Street corner.

Visit the website at http://www.hotelnormandiela.com  for special discounts and an option to purchase an Advanced Purchase sale.

Pet friendly dining in the area now includes:

Beer Belly: you can relax in front of the craft beer bar with your dog, leash in one hand, nice craft brew in the other. And while your pup probably won’t be too interested in your pint, best keep an eye on those duck fat fries. 532 S. Western Ave., L.A.; (213) 387-2337.

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Chapman Plaza

3465 W 6th St, Ste 110 Los Angeles, CA 90020 Koreatown, Wilshire Center  (213) 387-4905

Wiches On Wilshire

3800 Wilshire Boulevard #110b, Los Angeles, CA 90010.  (213) 389-3656

Seoul Sausage

Winners of The Great Food Truck Race season 3, 

11313 Mississippi Ave. , Los Angeles, CA 90025

http://www.seoulsausage.com/

Haus is a popular Korean Cafe located on 6th and Serrano.  Pros: Free wifi, big food menu, great service, dog friendly.  3826 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, (213) 388-5311

Dog parks, there are none in Koreatown

but Beverly Hills does not have one either (they are in the process of having one though)

the city’s very first dog romping zone on a city-owned lot at the southeast corner of Foothill Road and Alden Drive

Some places that have parks and/or dog parks that you probably want to visit anyway include:

Silver Lake Dog Park

323.644.3946 

The recreation center is located on Silver Lake Dr, while the dog park is located on Silver Lake Blvd. near the center and southern tip of the resevoir.

GRIFFITH PARK DOG PARK

Located at north end of the John Ferraro Soccer Field on North Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027   Off-leash dog park.

 (323) 913-4688

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits:

5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(213) 763-3499

there is a park but not specifically a dog park

a nice place to hang out with your dog on a Saturday morning to have a picnic or maybe just a good romp in the grass, The La Brea Tar Pits are adjacent to the LACMA in Mid-Wilshire and its a big park. You can walk your dog through the park, play fetch or people watch.

Hancock Park

 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

 (323) 934-7243

 

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Love bites

love bites. Ok not talking about vampire romances or zombies dating. Am talking about the fact that there are people who get love marks on their necks (and other body parts) and I cannot think of the name of them at the moment. That is how out of touch I am with a love life.

My day revolves around a certain dog who wanted an encounter with a skunk this morning. No, thanks. Been there, done that. And in Cici-ville, you know all is upside down since that is her perspective from lying on her back looking at the world.

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Anyway, romance is not supposed to be dead for those of us over a certain age (50 or even 60). In fact, I wrote a press release for Dr Christiane Northrup, a wonderful woman’s doctor, who had proof that women get hotter and sexier as they age. And our peak sex lives are supposed to happen as we enter our Golden Years.

OK. well, as usual I guess I am missing out on the trend.  I never did get REALLY married (well, I did for four years) but I am talking about FALLING IN LOVE, TRUE LOVE marriage for 10 years PLUS with my Prince Charming, I have been divorced for 15+ years now and Cici has been my only companion. That is sad, don’t you think?

So to add a little spice to my life (and yours maybe), I am going to write about my romantic life or lack thereof, attempts to write about romance and singlehood as a pet guardian. I will also include travel into the mix. Just thought that I would warn you that I am going to be taking this left turn into a new topic arena. Just in case you are interested, have tips, advice and/or are offended by romantic/sexy topics. Not graphic nor erotic stuff. Do not want to invite voyeurs, perverts or child molesters onto this blog. Anyone with an unhealthy appetite can leave now. Thank you very much.

But if you are willing to go along on a new track with me, hop on the bus, Gus. And don’t fuss about it. And if you think Baby Boomers, seniors and old people do not have a love life, think again. Valentine’s Day is soon upon us and we expect flowers and chocolates. We will be posting about love gifts for your dog and for the pet guardians as well as romantic retreats that are also pet friendly (our annual Valentine’s Day gift guides).

I have been trying to get through writing ONE romantic comedy book for awhile now. Think Jennifer Crusie meets Janet Evanovich meets Ciciville. Well, I had some of the elements down that I want in the book. But so far, I have changed the locale four times, from Las Vegas, to a made up town in Arizona based upon an actual town in Arizona, to 29 Palms and now we have landed on Virginia City, NV. Back to Nevada.

The setting is because it is about a romance blooming in the desert. And it has ghosts, a haunted B&B, that was a former house of ill repute, and a dog that goes humping everyone’s leg in the night. The heroine has two romantic interests. One her boss, Editor/Publisher of the newspapers she works for. Oh no no, you did not. Yes I did. And a new reporter. The two of them are to write dueling columns about a topic, to bring the gender wars into focus, gin up controversy and to sell newspapers. She is not sure how she feels about any of it. And she has two old aunties, who raised her, who think she is getting married to a dog. She IS planning a BIG gala dog wedding to raise funds for the local animal shelter. But her aunties are Lucy and Ethel on steroids. So what do you think? Would you read a book like this?  If I can get passed Chapter 3, perhaps you will be able to do so.

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I am also working on the format for the California Travels with Cici guide I wrote, a new travel guide (much smaller) for the Southwest USA, and a chronic pain guide with a pit bull perspective. Perhaps one of these days, I will actually complete ONE of them or ALL of them. It would help a lot to have an agent. But in order to get an agent, I have to complete ONE book. Self-publishing is probably my best option.

In the meantime, if you have any thoughts about dating a dirty old lady (never mind), seniors dating, dogs dating, over the hill writers writing romance novels, (Grandma Moses was in her 90’s when she painted her first painting), then please feel free to comment below (keep it clean). thanks.

oh yeah, love bites… hickeys.  That is what I was trying to remember, the word hickey. Do you think it will be in the dictionary? When you were a kid did you look up all of the dirty words in the dictionary like we did?  what do you know, it was in the dictionary. Bad dictionary. Sit. Stay. Now Go Fetch me the rest of the plot for this book I am writing. Now I definitely have to include hickeys in it, don’t you think?

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Howling Pet Obsessions

People are dressing up their pets for Halloween next week and it is getting crazy out there… and here…

You have just a few more days to send me your pet photos for our Howloween contest… You might just win a cool scary prize BOO…

Now, here is the skinny on how much pet parents are spending on Halloween costumes for their pets. It could make you HOWL…

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http://millionairecorner.com/Content_Blog/Heather-Couture-Corner-Halloween-Costumes-You-and-Your-Pet.aspx

“Trends for 2013 show that the most popular pet costumes are the following: a pumpkin, a hot dog as a close second, cat, and devil.

“….According to a National Retail Federation Spending Survey, Halloween is second only to Christmas in spending and since 2005 spending on Halloween has increased 54.7 percent with total spending estimated to reach $6.9 billion in 2013.

“A good portion of the spending for Halloween comes in buying human costumes, but of the people surveyed, an additional 13.8 percent of pet parents plan on dressing up their four-legged companions as well.

“An estimated $330 million will be spent on finding just the right costume for Fido or Fluffy. This number has jumped an astonishing 65% since 2010.

“…Pet parents could once count on their favorite retailer only carrying a few selections of pet Halloween costumes, but today, there are literally hundreds of choices. This is especially true when you add online retailers into the equation”.

http://shine.yahoo.com/pets/americans-spend-330-million-halloween-pet-costumes-235900559.html

15 signs that you are obsessed with your dog

of course…

10. You take your dog on vacation with you.

(and I would add and you write a whole blog about it, ha ha ha)…

http://www.buzzfeed.com/cvlee12/15-signs-that-you-are-obsessed-with-your-dog-fs6g

 


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

 

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A Furry Friendly Holiday

“A higher percentage of properties than ever permit pets (61 percent, up from 52 percent in 2010), according to a 2012 survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

“…Kimpton, which does not charge for pets, also has daily complimentary wine hours (known as “yappy hour” at one of the brand’s hotels) at which dogs and owners mingle over cocktails as if they were a New Yorker cartoon.

“…Most pet-friendly hotels are lower- and midpriced brands (Best Western, Red Roof Inn), according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association.”

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/travel/now-checking-in-pampered-pets.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Going away for a weekend with your pooch, just you and the dog, or planning trips to visit the family for the upcoming holidays?

Take a few essentials with you for a fun, healthy, safe escape. Some of these would make great gifts for the hostess, relatives, friends, or whoever you are visiting

l. a pit bull tote bag to carry snacks, waste bags, pet food and more

What better way to show off my poochie love for pit bulls than with a tote bag that can carry a bunch of travel items in it in the car? It also is good for taking shopping when you do not want to put stuff in plastic or paper bags.

Dog City and Co.  is a Chicago-based company that makes these totes :  http://www.dogcityandco.com/totes/.  The price of the bags are $20.  All of the products are the designs of owner Niki Crowe.  Niki is very active in animal adoption and donates a portion of each sale to shelters and other organizations.

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2.  Sea buckthorn lotion, love the fruity smell and the way my legs feel after awhile, smooth as glass, this is a lotion that smooths away dry skin and soothes the itches with all natural ingredients. Incredibly  moisturizing with Omega 3, 6, 9.  Non-GMO ingredients. Scented with orange oil. Love love love this lotion.  When traveling my skin gets extra dry and I do not always remember to pack lotion with me on the road. But this lotion is a MUST BRING WITH ME.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Cetyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Essential Herbal Blend (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower (Linden) Extract, Cornflower Extract, Roman Chamomilla Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract), Phenoxyethanol, Essential Orange Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Pro-Vitamin B-5, Ethylhexylglycerin, Vitamin E.

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http://www.seabuckwonders.com/products/sea-buckthorn-body-lotion/

3. a great doggie book to read: The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn, another fun adventure in the Chet and Bernie mystery series.  A road trip from Arizona to Louisiana, with a bunch of suspects and crimes to solve. Chet learns firsthand about alligators and swamps and boats. There are oil wells, drug dealers, shrimp heists, a kidnapped inventor and family feuds to deal with and a roller coaster ride of who done its.

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4.  Vitamins from Drvita, also dog food, treats and vitamins, supplements for dogs

On the road, we do not always eat great so it is good to be able to take these vitamins with us.  Been taking these vitamins twice a day with meals, supposed to be three times, but that is a bit much for me. There are a lot of good ingredients and there is no vitamin (icky) smell nor does it seem to come out in the bathroom (you know what I mean). These are capsules not hard tablets which makes a difference. And they are easy to take since there is no bad taste.  I also like that there are no gmo ingredients.

DrVita Six Daily Advanced Multi-Vitamin provides your body with over 100 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fermented whole foods, herbs and other powerful nutrients to promote anti-aging, healthy energy production, good cardiovascular and immunity. These nutrients include effective dosages of alpha lipoic acid, magnesium, B-complex and CoQ10 for healthy energy production, standardized green tea equivalent to five cups of tea to protect cells from damaging free radicals and resveratrol found in red wine that are missing entirely in most multi formulations. Six Daily also contains 10X higher levels of vitamin D3 when compared to others based on recent studies showing this is the amount required for optimal blood levels to promote healthy bones, cellular health and immunity.

http://www.drvita.com/p-12867-drvita-six-daily-advanced-multi-vitamin-180-capsules.aspx

we would also like to try some of their dog food, vitamins and supplements

http://www.drvita.com/c-271-pets.aspx?N=10339

5. Some pure and tasty dog treats for the pooch

Gotta bring treats for the spoiled brat Polka Dot Princess, she is the boss, and knows what she likes. And she loves Whole Life freeze dried fresh dog treats… Cici says yummy and wants more… she gives them four paws up and so do I… this is why:

There is only ONE ingredient… beef, venison, chicken, wild caught fish, cheese or sweet potatoes.

All of the meats, with the exception of venison are shipped directly from farmers to a USDA human food facility that cuts, slices or cubes them, then pre-cooks them by either steaming or roasting. The meats are then flash frozen and shipped to their facility where they are freeze dried and packaged in house by staff.

The freeze dried beef strips are extremely lean making them low in fat, calories and carbs. They are an ideal healthy snack for both dogs and cats. The single ingredient formula provides pure protein without fillers, chemicals, additives or preservatives.

They use USDA certified hormone free lean top round from Washington State.

Freeze dried treats can be quickly rehydrated in warm water to produce a soft meaty texture ideal for older pets or those that have difficulty with hard treats.

I gave them to Cici both as a treat and I was able to crumble them in my hand to make them smaller as well as put some on her food that was rehydrated and she loved them both ways.

According to John Gigliotti, founder and CEO, “Every ingredient in our products comes from handpicked farmers, ranchers and fishermen we know personally and trust. We buy the highest quality cuts of meat, poultry and fish that we can find and continue to search for the best, like a high-end restaurant. And every Whole Life treat is made in western Massachusetts, in our own state-of-the-art facility.”

Pet parents will be equally pleased to know that Whole Life freeze-dried treats are made from only 100 percent human-quality, hormone-free, free range, and organic ingredients, and that every ingredient is sourced in the U.S. Each variety is produced in small, fresh batches and tested for quality and safety. This extraordinary attention to detail results in a line of products with exceptional aroma and palatability. For more information, visit www.WholeLifePet.com orwww.facebook.com/WholeLifePet.

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