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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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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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Save money on pet friendly travel

Gas prices may be soaring along with the temperatures but that does not mean that you have to spend a fortune on your summer vacation with Fido. Doing a little research, planning and strategizing ahead of time can save you both time and bucks without pinching too many pennies on safety and for pampering and missing out on all the fun.

Taking Fido with you means that you will start your vacation ahead of the curve by saving kennel and boarding fees ($30+ a night). Create a budget, bank the bucks and keep a reserve on hand just in case.

Book a reservation at a pet friendly venue during the week (Sunday through Thursday) that either does not charge a pet fee, one that charges a refundable fee or one that charges a small fee for the entire stay and for more than one pet, if you have more than one (rather than a daily charge). $10-30 for an entire stay is reasonable. $50 per pet per night is exorbitant. Avoid holidays and weekends when the prices soar. Take advantage of specials such as Very Important Pet Packages that include amenities and pampering activities such as massage, grooming, doggie menu items or spa time.

Booking with chains such as Red Roof Inn or LaQuinta that offer membership discounts, free WIFI and breakfast can also reduce costs. Or an all-inclusive resort may be the best way to go depending upon where you are traveling. Camping is another option for budget friendly outings.

Avoid expensive hotel fees for phone calls and WIFI by making calls on your cell phone, a prepaid cell phone and getting online at the library or other places that offer free WIFI.

Check out the best gas prices online using GasBuddy.com, http://www.gasnearu.com/ , http://www.gaspricewatch.com , http://www.motortrend.com or an app.

If you are a member of AAA, you can have one of their travel experts plan your trip. And you can obtain books with maps and information on your destination(s), including prices, that you can take with you.

Bring snacks, treats and water with you for humans and canines to munch on while traveling to cut down on stops at fast food places and road venues with higher prices. At each of the rest stops, you can easily feed the beasts and walk them.

Plan local dog activities that don’t bite into your budget such as swimming at the beach or lake, visiting dog parks, shopping at pet stores and malls that accept pets, tastings at pet friendly wineries, hiking trails and more. There may also be doggie special events, parades, and /or festivals that you can attend for free or low cost. You might splurge taking a class or two on surfing, agility or doggie yoga.

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If you are renting a car, be sure that it is with a pet friendly car rental place such as Hertz, Avis, Advantage, Dollar, Budget and National. Avoid extra fees for fur by covering up the seats with blankets and sleeping bags and/or put pooch in a kennel. And same goes with the hotel. There is no reason to pay extra hairy fees if/when you are prepared with your own doggie towels, sheets and plastic to cover the furniture. Rinse and wipe muddy / sandy paws outside the room.

 
Having Fido’s favorite bones, toys and chews on hand will also save you from having to pay extra fees for boredom and/or destructive chewing in inappropriate places such as hotel furniture.

Bring Fido’s food with you so that there are no upset tummies to deal with and no extra costs. Even when you eat at pet friendly restaurants (patios), your dog can enjoy their regular meal. The hotel concierge, local visitor bureau and/or pet friendly travel blog (such as Have Dog Blog Will Travel) should be able to provide a list of possible venues where you and Fido can eat together.

Research local doggie daycare and/or pet sitters in case you want to visit amusement parks, castles and/or other local attractions that do not welcome dogs. A few hours without Fido can still be fun without breaking the budget.

If you are traveling with a bully breed or a dog that LOOKS like a pit bull (whatever that means or another banned  breed such as Rottweiler, German Shepherd or Corso), steer clear of places that have strict Breed Specific laws such as Denver and Miami. And be sure the hotel has no breed, weight or size restrictions.

Be prepared for emergencies. Know where the local vet is and the cost of an emergency visit. And pack a first aid kit that can take care of minor incidents and keep Fido pest free. Research local flora and fauna and keep away from the poison ivy, oak, snakes, ticks and other possible bugs that can spoil your vacation.

 You and Fido deserve to have a fun and memorable holiday away from home. Using the tips above, you will be able to relax and enjoy your time together.  

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Dog dad’s day gifts

Father’s day is June 16

what better way to celebrate Fathers day then to give dad a few gifts from his best friend?

Say It With Bacon

What dog dad (and his dog) do not love bacon (and cheese, peanut butter and hot dogs?) Get your dog dad a mouthwatering gift box that he can share with his best friend as a thank you to dad for bringing home the bacon.

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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=481002418635067&set=vb.197522929219&type=2&theater

Every dad needs a Wag More Bark Less baseball cap from Cloudstar…

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http://www.cloudstar.com/prodcat/wag-more-bark-less-oval-cap.asp

For those gardening dads, how about a zen dog garden sculpture?

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http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/zen-dog-garden-sculpture

What dad doesn’t like to run with his favorite furry pal? Or walk him at the dog park?  Pick up a pair of stylish running shorts from you know who as a reminder….

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https://theanimalrescuesite.com/store/ars/item/39649/purple-paw-running-shorts

For dads who are camera buffs, why not get dad an extra special video camera to take great shots of his doggie pal to post on his blog, Facebook friends, send to friends and loved ones?  You could also book a session with a professional pet photographer for the two of them to capture special memories. Create a photobook filled with images of the two of them.

You could also create your very own photo puzzle from a favorite photo… and/or win a photo puzzle creator from Piczzle here…

http://www.yesihaveacoupon.com/2013/05/piczzle-photo-puzzel-will-make-great.html

Book a massage for Dad and his dog, side-by-side on the table, with full treatment. Get a barber and dog groomer to give them both haircuts. After they’re both looking their best, take the Father’s Day guests of honor out for lunch or dinner at their favorite pet friendly restaurant.

Reserve transportation and a stay for Dad and his best pal at a pet friendly beach town perhaps San Luis Obispo, Carmel, Mendocino, Half Moon Bay, Huntington or Newport Beach. Surf, swimming, coastal hikes and other activities included. Or plan a pet-friendly excursion to dad’s favorite fishing hole that allows dogs. Fetch dad some new fishing gear, and his faithful sidekick ges a new ball, frisbee or rubber ducky to play catch.

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Supplies you’ll need for the excursion include traveling food and water dishes, a blanket to lie on and an umbrella to help shade from the sun. Include a new lead and stake for dogs that tend to wander, and a towel…gift your special duo their favorite meal. Pack it up in a picnic basket and let them enjoy a pleasant lunch..

Plan a barbeque for Father’s Day… Be sure Fido has a kiddie pool to splash in when it gets too hot… and since dad loves to cook/grill… the animal rescue site has some adorable doggie related gifts including these canine oven mitts…there are also canine decorated aprons and other goodies for the culinary  minded dad.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-ways-to-cancer-proof-your-barbecue.html

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https://theanimalrescuesite.com/store/ars/item/38442/culinary-canine-neoprene-oven-mitts-set-of-2?source=10–940090772-10

Dog dads need calendars to schedule their events, special holidays and vacations with their pooches (doggie daycare, trips to the dog park, groomer and vet) and more… Dad will love his 365 day doggie calendar, woof woof woof

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http://www.amazon.com/365-Dogs-2013-Page-A-Day-Calendar/dp/0761167110

Dad loves to read about adventures, training and inspiring stories about his best friend, right. Why not get him some doggie books about relationships of man and his best friend that will whet his attitude for having more fun with Fido… Books like the tale of Wallace, the world disc champion (who just passed his ninth month beyond the death

sentence he was given … doctors told Wallace’s guardians that he had life threatening cancer and Wallace was supposed to be over the Rainbow Bridge by now… but NOT Wallace !!!)

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http://www.wallacethebook.com/

http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/wallace-jim-gorant-dishes-on-his-new-book-and-the-high-flying-dog-who-inspired-it

The Chet and Bernie mystery series by Spencer Quinn share the relationship of a working dog and his detective guardian (fiction) in a fun canine caper way is another good selection of the theme (man and dog).  You could start with the first in the series, Dog On It or jump to the last The Sound and the Furry, or get them all.  Really fun reads.

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http://www.chetthedog.com/buy-my-book

Or you could go old school/classic and get him Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/books/steinbecks-travels-with-charley-gets-a-fact-checking.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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

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Memorial Day pet friendly

We all have our favorite places to visit (perhaps a bucket list for you and the dog?) … if we were traveling this Memorial Day weekend, there are a few favorite places to visit easily from Monterey County… Half Moon Bay, Bodega Bay, Napa, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Mendocino … We love them all… Still, here is a trip we are longing to explore again in a heartbeat…  beaches, wine and cheese and chocolate and redwood trees… who could ask for anything more?

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Wine countries

Our favorite pet friendly wineries…

Larson Family Winery 

23355 Millerick Road

Sonoma, CA

707-938-3031

Larson Family Winery

Navarro Vineyards 5601 Highway 128, Philo; (800) 537-9463; www.navarrowine. com. Doggie heaven. There are always treats and a bowl of water in the tasting room. Picnic tables are around the grounds, and there’s a fenced-in dog exercise area.

Toulouse Vineyards 8001 Highway 128, Philo. (707) 895-2828; toulousevineyards.com. Dogs are free to roam the big warehouse of a tasting room or outside on the loading dock.

(Contact me for a free list of pet friendly wineries in California)

Mendocino

Pet Friendly Avenue of the Giants

from Willits to Garberville is about 1 to 2 hours (twisty and windy) and then to Orick another 2-3 hours….very twisty and windy from Oregon to Crescent city (just beyond Orick)   Orick is north of eureka and arcata

and Trinidad is just before Orick, or south of Orick on the way to Eureka and Klamath is just north of Orick a few miles

if you take the 5 rather than the 101 north, you wind up in Medford, Oregon…

Ruffing it in the redwoods

If your dog has a certain affinity for trees – and what dog doesn’t? – they’ll certainly enjoy a fragrant stroll among the tallest in the world. Humboldt County has some of the few places where you can let your dog scamper among redwoods. And while other regions boast of having a single off-leash dog beach, Humboldt has six of them – one of which awaits at the end of a scenic 5-mile coastal trail.

http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=2685

Beaches

Several County Beaches allow dogs to run without a leash on the wave slope within voice command:

Clam Beach 

Big Lagoon

Moonstone

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Mad River County Park

Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

Leash only

Trinidad State Beach, 

Little River, and Dry Lagoon. 

http://www.friendsofthedunes.org/resources/dog/

http://www.treesofmystery.net/trails.php

Pet Friendly lodging

Motel Trees across from Trees of Mystery

http://www.treesofmystery.net/motetree.htm

$60 + per night

Humboldt Gables Motel

Rio Dell Clean, comfortable, AAA approved, & just a few minutes from the Wild and Scenic Eel River.

RATES STARTING AT $60

707-923-2721

Sherwood Forest Motel

Urban luxuries in a northcoast motel located in the center of a beautiful redwood forest.

http://www.sherwoodforestmotel.com/

 Travel Inn

Clean and comfortable stay at a reasonable price. Close to the redwoods. Travel packages for groups.

Econo Lodge Downtown

Humboldt County’s best in the budget segment. Close to Old Town. Indoor pool.

Bode Suites & Rentals

Perfect choice for a 30 day+ stay. Comfortable, convenient and affordable in the Eureka area.   53/day (30 day minimum).

stay far far far away from the eureka motel 6 worst place ever

 

http://redwoods.info/capsule.asp?seeall=yes&category1=Lodging&searchtype=&petswelcome=yes&orderby=&searchphrase=

http://www.redcrestresort.com/rates.html

visit to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center in Weott, 6 miles south. The friendly staff will be happy to answer all your questions. Then it’s time to go! Hiking, biking are literally at your doorstep and golfing is just a short drive away. Fishing, swimming, kayaking and rafting are possible on one of our six spectacular rivers. Search for shells and agates on one of the many redwood coast beaches.

Traveling North from Redcrest

Visit the Victorian Village of Ferndale which is listed on the Historic Register. See the many turn of the century homes and shops. Many movies have been filmed there, the most recent being The Majestic, with Jim Carrey. Don’t miss the cemetery, it’s awesome.

In the “Good Ole Summer Time”, Fortuna, Eureka and Arcata have an old-fashioned farmers market once a week, featuring all home made crafts and home-grown produce. Stroll the boardwalk and visit the quaint shops in Old Town Eureka.

Visit picturesque Trinidad, a fishing town with a scenic harbor. Hike on Trinidad Head and stroll along the beautiful beach and view the historic lighthouse. If pulling the handle of a slot machine makes your day be sure to visit the Casino in Trinidad.

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

Orick is about 20 miles north of the town of Trinidad

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Sounds like music, reminds me of Orick, CA where we heard the elks mating

Visit spectacular Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach. Jurassic Park, The Lost World was filmed in the canyon, you don’t want to miss it. Watch out for the elk in the meadows at the Fern Canyon turn off and on Gold Bluffs Beach.

http://www.redwoodparkslodge.com/about/index.php

http://www.redwoods.info/

Traveling South from Redcrest

You don’t want to miss the Rockefeller Forest. Turn off of the Avenue of the Giants onto Mattole Road and drive through the largest virgin forest in the world, just 4 miles south of Redcrest Resort, where you will find the tallest trees in the world. Continuing on this road past Rockefeller Forest, the Lost Coast Loop will take you through Petrolia, where oil was first discovered in California. While driving the Lost Coast you will pass through the furthest western point of the 48 states. The Lost Coast Loop takes about 3 hours (you should start with a full tank of gas) and you will see the scenic back country, and end up in the Victorian Village of Ferndale.

Ever see a black sand beach? Take a drive to the scenic fishing village of Shelter Cove. Watch the fishermen clean their day’s catch. Watch the sea lions on the rocks or maybe you will spot a whale in the distance.

The rugged coastline of Humboldt County proved an obstacle to early road builders, and so Highway 1 gives up just north of Fort Bragg and heads inland to join up with Highway 101. This mostly undeveloped coastline became known as the Lost Coast. While some sections are only accessible on foot, there is one route, known as the Lost Coast Loop that provides a pleasant day drive that will take you through giant redwood forests, to the splendid scenery of the rugged coastline, and then end up in the Victorian Village of Ferndale. Works just as well in the other direction too. Just make sure you have a full tank of gas before you leave, as services are sparce.

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California dog friendly

Dogfriendly.com has announced its 2013 list of the Top 200 Dog-Friendly Places in the United States.  The list is broken down by state.

…California has more dog-friendly destinations than any other state, with more than 21 destinations on its list,  according to the list published by DogFriendly.com.

(Cici and I wonder what Dogfriendly’s criteria is… there are some other cities that should be on this list… and other inns that are truly dog welcoming not just dog tolerant)…

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California

Carmel

Carmel City Beach   Carmel, CA

Cypress Inn   Carmel, CA

PortaBella   Carmel, CA

Lake Tahoe

The Village At Squaw Valley   Olympic Valley, CA

Los Angeles

Runyon Canyon Park   Los Angeles, CA

Mendocino

Stanford Inn by the Sea and Spa   Mendocino, CA

Napa Valley

Old Faithful Geyser   Calistoga, CA

Orange County Beaches

Huntington Dog Beach   Huntington Beach, CA

Fashion Island Mall   Newport Beach, CA

Fun Zone Boat Tours   Newport Beach, CA

Placerville – Highway 50 Corridor

High Hill Ranch   Placerville, CA

Sacramento

Old Sacramento Historic Area   Sacramento, CA

San Diego

Otay Ranch Town Center   Chula Vista, CA

Loews Coronado Bay Resort   Coronado, CA

San Diego Dog Beach   Ocean Beach, CA

San Francisco

Baker Beach   San Francisco, CA

San Jose

Santana Row   San Jose, CA

Solvang

Solvang Village   Solvang, CA

Sonoma Wine Country

Russian River Adventures Canoe Rentals   Healdsburg, CA

Yosemite

Yosemite National Park   Yosemite National Park, CA

http://www.dogfriendly.com/server/travel/guides/lists/top200US.shtml

Hotels, Inns and Resorts on DogFriendly.com’s Top 200 List:

Westward Look Resort: Tucson, Ariz.

Cypress Inn:   Carmel, Calif.

Stanford Inn by the Sea and Spa: Mendocino, Calif.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort: Coronado, Calif.

Dog Bark Park Inn: Cottonwood, Idaho

Paris Las Vegas: Las Vegas

(Vegas is not that pet friendly according to Cici and me… more dog tolerant and only if the dog is under 50 pounds)…

PetStay Luxury rooms come with a welcome treat and a dog food/water bowl. Guests traveling with their dog will be asked to fill out a waiver form accepting responsibility for any damage and/or cleaning charges that may be incurred. Up to 2 dogs per room are permitted and each dog must weigh less than 50 pounds.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2013/05/dog-friendliest-destinations-in-the-u-s-and-canada/

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SLO has gone to the dogs…

Cici got to travel on a Tiki tour boat and see/hear the sea otters, seals and seal lions in Morro Bay.  She kept looking around and sniffing for fish.

And we met a chi-wow-wow named Lillie who out-diva’d my polka dot princess.  Seriously this tiny pup has x-ray eyes, follows her guardian man Leslie wherever he goes and does not stop shaking until he comes back to her. Then she sat on my chest and went into Zen meditation mode. What a cutie, am missing her already.  (me and Lillie and her dad Leslie at Thomas Organics restaurant in Paso Robles).

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Emma, some kind of heeler, herder puppy, two years old, with a black eye, Cici and Emma had some fun together playing, jawing, wrestling, running around on the beach.

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April, an adorable Beagle mix, also white but with some brindle/brown markings. Cici and April chased one another, too.  Here are most of the dogs walking with Robyn.

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Zoe, the Saluki, kind of kept to herself (I think she is kind of scared of other dogs) and she is a lapdog.

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and Demi (who I keep wanting to call Murphy), a Heinz 57 type of gal with her mom Deb at the Ecluse Winery (Deb took all of these photos except the Saluki).

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can you imagine a more diverse group of dogs???

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All of the dogs are female and they and their owners/guardians and I went on a press trip (very intense) for three days and two nights to San Luis Obispo county (seven cities in three days)… whew !!!     (Cambria, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, San Simeon, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles).   www.visitSanLuisObispoCounty.com

will be writing more about the FUN we had and the dog friendly places we met along the way in future blog posts including one for  Mama’s Day which is coming up May 12.

All of the dogs also got to meet some white Labs and a blind dog named Toby at the Ecluse winery in Paso Robles.

A great time was had by ALL…lots of divine food, wine and treats and s’mores at Grover Beach…

well except for one day…  every dog has her day…

Cici’s terrible horrible no good very bad day…

well, you know that Cici has three nemesis, right…

1. cats

2. bull dogs

3. skateboards (and scooters)

all three of the above make her freak out… bark and act like she is having a canine melt down…

and guess what happened to my girl?

she met all three of her nemesis in ONE day… and she flipped out….

otherwise, we all had tons of fun…

More about the trip/media tour…

 

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http://baywoof.com/featured-article/first-ever-dog-friendly-media-tour-sniffs-out-the-best-in-san-luis-obispo/

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http://jetsetextra.com/destinations/north-america/united-states/california/san-luis-obispo/san-luis-obispo-county-welcomes-your-furry-little-friend

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Lily

http://www.jetsetextra.com/destinations/north-america/united-states/california/san-luis-obispo/san-luis-obispo-county-welcomes-your-furry-little-friend-day-2

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Saving Pets lives

wow, now that is an animal SHELTER Coordinator who cares about animals…at an open door facility on Kauai, Hawaii…Brandy Varval wanted to lessen the euthanasia rates and

she realized that these healthy happy rare breed dogs were not going to get adopted at the shelter so she has asked people to fly the dogs to the mainland as escorts…75 dogs so far … have flown from paradise into HOMES…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/10/kind-hearted-travelers_n_3054710.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2013/04/03/18741-hawaii-snapshot-abandoned-kauai-dogs-get-life-saving-plane-ride/

seems to me that Brandy went above and beyond the call of duty to save dogs lives… now what is your shelters excuse and how can you help them in going above and beyond to save pets lives?

jobs for shelter dogs?

LAX is hosting a pup cuddle-fest for stressed passengers on April 15. “The PUP program (Pets Unstressing Passengers) a new customer service initiative designed to unstress passengers and take the hassle out of traveling. The program revolves around passenger encounters with one of over several dogs of all types throughout LAX areas such as boarding gates, baggage claim and ticketing lobbies etc.”

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

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