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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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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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Value of planning ahead

last Friday was my birthday and I had planned to drive down to Morro Bay with my dog and this gal who has been my driver for the past six months. Things started not seeming right with this person on Halloween and I began a search for another driver. After a couple of weeks, there was time for things to cool off.  I decided to give the person the benefit of the doubt and a second chance and hired her again to take me shopping. More problems and she was having personal issues. OK. stuff happens, right.

Well, I realized that there was actually something completely else that I wanted to do on my birthday (rather than go to Morro Bay) and I did not know how to get it all worked out yet it came together very easily. There was even a Wags Hotel in Redwood City (where the event I wanted to go to was being held) and they were offering a FREE first stay for the dog. Next, my roommate decided he wanted to go to Redwood City to visit a friend of his and he would rent the car. Then he changed his itinerary to San Jose, but we could still drive together.

The Hotel Sofitel where the event I went to was being held is pet friendly and offering a discounted rate of only $99 but with all the other expenses I could not stay over. The hotel charges $20 a night per pet. So we decided to drive up and come back after the event (which ended around midnight). The Wag Hotel required more vaccinations than Cici has plus their hours would mean that instead of Cici playing with other dogs, she would mostly be in a strange room by herself. So I opted to leave Cici home. I figured that she would do better in her own home environment with familiar smells and items, toys and food.

It did not occur to me to look for a pet sitter. I called upon the driver gal (since she knows my dog and has worked with dogs) and my neighbor to look in on Cici. If the gal would walk Cici and feed her around 4 pm and my neighbor would check on her about 9 pm, I thought she would be OK.  She mostly sleeps from 5 pm on most days/nights.

On Thursday, the gal drove me shopping and to dinner and I paid her and gave her the key and instructions.

On Friday, we left around noon and arrived back home around 3 a.m. Imagine my shock, when I saw that she had not bothered to show up and feed and walk my dog. Thankfully, Cici was just fine. I had left the door to the backyard open for her so she could do her business any time she wanted. And she must have spent the time sleeping away. Still, she was VERY happy to see us. And was rewarded for NOT tearing the house apart with some bacon and sausage we had brought back from breakfast at Denny’s.

The next morning, after a few hours of sleep, I discovered there was NO message on my phone, email or Facebook page from this person. What the heck was going on?  I expected that at the very least there would be an explanation and apology. Instead there was nothing. As time went on, I became more livid. My neighbor came by and told me he just plain forgot to come by. He apologized and gave me the key back. I should have gotten his phone number to remind him since I knew that he has a bad memory. But what was up with the driver???  I sent her a nasty Facebook direct message and received no reply, no phone message.

By Monday, I decided to call the police and/or a lawyer (I have Legal Shield) for advice. Thinking about things this person told me about themselves had me more and more concerned. She has an arrest record for shoplifting and is not allowed to go into Target. She is very young with a five year old daughter who lives with her mother but she lives with a drug addict friend. She was concerned about being evicted and on her Facebook page she put up very strange, provocative (sexual) images and sayings. She was supposed to be going to Heald college to become a police officer yet this is how she conducts herself?

The lawyer said that he would call her and tell her to get the money and key back to me by Wednesday. She told him that her car broke down and that she would get me the friggin key and money whenever she could. Nasty and cursing at a lawyer. The lawyer did say that he managed to tell her that if anything happened to this house (if it were to be broken into while she still has a key), that she would be liable.

Now I do not believe for a minute that her car broke down.  If so, and she were an honest and responsible person, she would have called and left me a phone message and apologized at the very least. Otherwise, she should have found a way to get here and GET THE JOB DONE (a ride from a friend, a bus, whatever). I have been told that people with arrest records cannot ever become police officers. And so I now believe this person to be a liar and a thief.

I sent her an email (after unfriending and blocking her on Facebook) letting her know that I do not believe her and that she needs to get the key and money to me by tomorrow. If she is unwilling to do anything else, she can MAIL the key and money.

I tried calling some professional pet sitters for tips how to avoid such a situation. One tip was to get references. Another was to not  pay the person ahead of time. What would you do?  I think that this situation is unique and I am endeavoring to learn from it (while processing my anger). I am thankful that I never drove down to Morro Bay with this person. And thrilled that Cici is such a rock star. I have left her alone for 2-4 hours maximum in the past. I would not ever leave her alone for 14 hours but next time, she will be with a reliable pet sitter who will love her and do the job.

Does a pet sitter need to be bonded and insured in order to be hired? Would you have a written contract even for a one time situation?

The Marriott Hotel nearby the Sofitel charges a $100 nonrefundable pet fee. There are other less expensive hotels in the area that are also pet friendly (Good Nite Inn, Motel 6) but not nearly the same quality of hotel accommodations and amenities for humans.

I have another driver in my neighborhood taking me shopping tomorrow. But so far, the drivers have not been very reliable. One gal could not even drive her own stick shift vehicle. Should I find another source to hire people other than craigslist? I cannot pay much but I try to go above and beyond (fed the other gal, took her to the movies one time, and accommodated her schedule and requests). A courteous, responsible and professional person communicates honestly and GETS THE JOB DONE NO MATTER WHAT. At least that is my standard. No More Flakes Need Apply.

DogVacay.com and other organizations provide in-home dog care while you are away. What do you do when you travel and cannot take your pets???

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14 Valentine’s Day gifts

We Love Our Pets 

According to the The American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owning Survey 2011 – 2012, there are currently 72.9 million pet owning households and they regularly purchase lifestyle products for their pet, especially for holidays. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day (2/14), Love Your Pet Day (2/20) or both, the sentimental holidays are coming up soon.  Last year, over $120 million was spent on gifts for pets (up from the $90 million recorded in 2008).

Below are 14 suggested gifts for your pets that will show them you care… Each of the gifts have been paw picked and reviewed by Cici and I to make sure that you and your pooches will LOVE LOVE LOVE them… Enjoy !

Loving Pets shows dogs and cats how to dine in style!  Cici loves her Bella Bowl with hearts and I love the ease of cleaning it.

Black Label Vintage Diners:

  • Three-step finish creates vintage styling, such as “aged copper”, and “vintage black”
  • Unique designs complement Craftsman, Mission, and Rustic home decor
  • No-skid rubber bases/feet prevents sliding and tipping

Bella Bowls in New Designer Expression styles:

  • 8 new designs sure to suit any taste or season!
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Removable rubber base prevents sliding and tipping

CritterZone Air Purifier

http://www.critterzoneusa.com/

We have been putting The CritterZone Air Purifier to good use 24/7 for days now. It is powerful, filterless and chemical-free and you can take one with you while traveling. Put one in the car and one in the hotel room and one at home. I was wheezing before using this purifier and Cici’s bugs were making her itchy. Plus, Cici can be a stinky girl. No more doggie smell, no more bugs, no more wheezing ! We love love love this little hard working product.

CritterZone air purifiers are odor neutralizers. They quickly remove the particles from the air that cause odors, restoring it to a healthier, fresher state.  An all-natural process virtually eliminates odors, bacteria and other pollutants such as mold, mildew, E-coli, Staph, Salmonella, Listeria, and more.  It safely and naturally kills germs in the air and provides a surface of protection to PREVENT germ and mold growth.   Featuring 3 settings, you control the amount of natural charged flow to clean your room or vehicle;  Virtually eliminating odors, bacteria and other air pollutants for up to 800 SQ FT!

As a busy pet owner, you may not have time to clean your home top to bottom constantly. That’s where a pet air purifier can help.

CritterZone, an ionic pet air purifier, can get to the root of the odor caused by the smelly cat or stinky dog in your life. It targets the odors and removes them, rather than covering them up. The CritterZone creates a continuous charged flow that restores the air to give it the natural cleaning power it has in the outdoors. The result is that odors are neutralized and removed from the air.

Another benefit of the CritterZone:  It can pull the odors out of fabric and carpet. If your cat or dog had an accident, hold the unit over the spot or set it nearby, and you’ll be able to tell the odor has been neutralized in minutes.

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GIVEAWAY ALERT !!!!

Incognito Pet Carrier in LE prints and solids is styled for pet travel when discretion is required. The design begs the question; “Is it for pets or people?” /Sturdi says, “You decide.”

This gorgeous, comfy red bag is only for small dogs under 40 pounds so Cici (does not fit) and she wants to Give It Away to someone with a small dog … All you have to do is leave a comment and tell us why you’d like to have it and it could be yours !!!! 

There is a double zippered side door entry and top for easy access to your pet. When you are not traveling, your pooch or your cat could use it as a comfy crate house…

When you want to be Incognito, cover the mesh windows with attached privacy flaps and no one

knows what’s in the bag! Additional large pockets on each side will keep paper work dry.

Other features include, slim padded carrying straps, zipper safety security clips, safety tether and a luggage handle loop. A washable fleece comfort pad is included!

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http://sturdiproducts.com/products/incognito-le-dog-or-cat-carrier

Hot water bottle for doggies

Cuddling with pets keep us humans nice and warm and cozy. And sometimes our pets (and we) need a little extra warmth and comfort. We love this hot water bottle… it works!

www.WarmTradition.com offers  some really unique hot water bottles that are great for pets to use. Pets like to curl up on a hot water bottle to keep themselves warm, comfortable and relaxed. Also great to use on dog or cat’s aches, pains or arthritis. Cover is removable and machine washable. Hot water bottle keeps pets warm for hours.

http://www.warmtradition.com/Warm-Tradition-Prints-Fleece-Covered/dp/B004F036CK

Boil water, pour into a hot water bottle and slip it in between the sheets of your bed (perhaps down by the feet where your pet is lying down) a few minutes prior to bedtime.  The hot water bottle will stay warm all night  An eco friendly and affordable way to keep warm throughout the winter.

Zuke’s Superfood Treats 

Cici loves Zuke’s treats, all of them. Super treats, she scarfs them up no matter what flavor.  They are Super nutritious and super delicious and the superfoods keep her going.  The naturally powerful nutrients found in superfood berries, betas and greens are just plain yummy in her tummy.

http://www.zukes.com/dogs/supers-334.html

Zuke’s Z-Bones

Z-bones are grain-free, anti-oxidant rich dental canine chews that breath and clean teeth- perfect for your favorite canine!

http://www.zukes.com/dogs/z-bones.html

Music for dogs CD

Relaxing music for your pooches …  a natural solution to pet anxiety and stress. This is classical music designed specifically to calm pets. You can play a CD for your pets when they are alone, recuperating from surgery, adjusting to new environments, or reacting to foreign sounds such as thunder.  The music is very soothing and all selections have been re-orchestrated using the sounds, chords and harmonies proven to soothe “stressed out” pets – and their owners!

Go listen to samples at the website…

http://store.musicmypet.com/57-mellow-mellodies-cd.html

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Treats galore plus food from Evangers

Evanger’s, America’s only privately-held, family-owned pet food cannery introduces a new Grain-Free recipe and packaging for Nothing But Natural Jerky Treats for dogs.  Cici loves them and does not notice that they are only six calories each !!!

Like every Evanger’s dog and cat food product, Nothing But Natural Jerky Treats have always been prepared without a trace of artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  But now the treats are also Gluten-Free, removing oat flour from its list of farm fresh ingredients.

Available in these delectable combinations:

  • Organic Chicken, Fruits & Vegetables
  • Natural Buffalo, Fruits & Vegetables
  • Natural Pheasant, Fruits & Vegetables
  • Natural Venison, Fruits & Vegetables

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Goat milk soap is for humans, too!  This soap smells soooo good, I wish I could convey that thru the computer, it is heavenly delicious, lathers up like a champ and I love the peppermint lip balm and unscented soap for pets, too.

Goat Milk Stuff, offers these great lathering bars of natural chemical-free goat milk soap for dogs, as well as a wide variety of goat milk soaps and lotions for people and pets.

http://goatmilkstuff.com/Goat-Milk-Soap-Pet-Unscented.html for the unscented

version and http://goatmilkstuff.com/Goat-Milk-Soap-Pet-Scented.html for the

scented. Each Goat Milk Stuff scented or unscented pet bar costs $8 and is easy to use on your dog’s coat. It will get their hair clean, but is a lot easier to rinse off than most other pet shampoos. It is scented with essential oils that are designed to help repel irritating bugs. Plus, the goat milk helps to make it gentle and non-irritating on their skin.

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While candy and flowers typify Valentine’s Day, gifts that pamper can make the day even more memorable. GoatMilkStuff is made by the Jonas family of 10 at their Indiana goat farm, the hand-made Goat Milk Stuff soaps and lotions are great gifts for loved ones and friends in a wide variety of scents.

With mom PJ and dad Jim overseeing soap making and marketing, each of the Jonas children (ages 5 to 16) pitches in to help milk the goats, mail soaps orders and help in many ways in the family’s growing business.

Goat Milk Stuff’s Valentine’s Day gift packs are reasonably-priced from $13 to $20, and each is presented in an organza bag with a variety of color and scent choices.

Online at http://www.GoatMilkStuff.com.

Chews On Belay dog tugs

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Cici chewed up the first one in 5 minutes but then the larger one has lasted and lasted and lasted. It is a tug toy with rope and a ball for chewing and tug fun.

To make these hearty tug toys, they use repurposed/recycled climbing ropes and hand make each and every tug. The tugs come in varying sizes and styles and have a broad range of colors. For Valentines Day, get some “love” tugs. These tugs are all red, as well as reds and whites and durable. Being made out of rock climbing ropes, they stand up to the toughest tug-o-war games. If the dog is a persistent chewer, they do not become stringy like other rope toys, meaning there is significantly less string swallowed as well as around the house. All the materials used are made in USA and the actual tug is made in Estes Park, Colorado. Tugs can be made in any color that is on the website. You can see the products at www.chewsonbelay..com You can also see pictures of the tugs in action on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChewsOnBelay

Doggy sheets

Cici and I both love her Valentine’s cute pink sheets with hearts on it for her bed. One of her beds.

Dogysheets come in many colors including Red for Valentines Day! They are easy to use, soft, pretty, machine washable and also come in different sizes and shapes (round, square, rectangle), made in the USA, 100% cotton and are fitted. Dogs love them!  (What is not to love?)

Get yours at the website at:  www.dogysheets.com

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It’s a pouch and a dog rain poncho, all in one

Travel souvenirs for your pet… This is a cool product that is both fun and handy, to boot. Your pet can use the poncho to keep dry and you can use the pouch to keep stuff in it. Plus, it has iconic graphics of NYC (and other places) on it so you can show off to your friends where you’ve been or would like to go. They also offer doggie t-shirts (NYC) in different colors and sizes, too.

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http://petsenvoyage.com/

Night Dawg collar 

This collar is for the dark, comes in neon colors (Cici’s is hot pink) and you can get your dog’s info inscribed on it, to keep your pet safe at night and if your pet wanders off. This is a nifty and practical gift. Comes in different sizes, small, medium, large.

Here is the link to the website:

http://www.safetygearonline.com/recreational-safety/pet-safety/night-dawg-collar

Send a flying card frisbee

Perhaps you are traveling for V-day and want to send your pooch a message. What better way than send a frisbee with a special message printed right on it ! They will woof it up !!!  This is a great gift for V-day, birthdays, Xmas and more.

 http://sendaflyingcard.com/

Star in a Romance Novel Made in America This Valentine’s Day

Paperbacks start at $39.95; hardbacks at $74.95; ebooks at $14.95, but there are Valentine’s Specials on the site, so it’s best to look for a deal. Photos of the starring couple can be added to the cover for an additional $25. We ship worldwide. Ordering is fast, safe, and easy online at www.YourNovel.com. Order by February 8 for print books in time for Valentine’s delivery. Ebooks can be ordered up through February 14.
Pets?
Does not have a specific field for pets but if you want to put your pet’s name in for the space usually used for “best friends” you could do that.

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Comfort the survivors

10 Golden Retriever therapy dogs have arrived in Newtown, CT to comfort the survivors

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/national/northeast/2012/12/dogs_arrive_newtown_comfort_survivors

The animal shelter of choice is The Animal Center, located right in Newtown. There is a link to donate on their website, or you can mail your memorial gift to PO Box 475, Newtown, CT 06470.

http://www.examiner.com/article/newtown-shooting-victim-can-be-honored-by-donating-to-local-animal-shelter?cid=db_articles

we pray for the survivors that they heal and find peace and pray for our nation, that we ban assault weapons and provide gun control regulations and take care of mentally ill NOW…

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/12/15/1341921/over-80000-sign-white-house-petition-calling-gun-regulation-bill-in-just-24-hours/

‎”These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.” —President Obama at yesterday’s vigil in Newtown, Connecticut

In 1996, Australia banned semi-automatics. In the 18 years before, there were 13 mass shootings. Since then, none.

Piers Morgan @piersmorgan
Key question for gun lobby: if owning guns protects you in your home, how come Mrs Lanza died – given that she had 6 of them?

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This is Victoria. She died a hero Friday. She hid her first graders in the cabinets and closets after hearing the gunfire. When the shooter came to her classroom, she told him that her students were in the gym. He then gunned her down and moved on. She saved the lives of all of her students. She deserves to be remembered for her bravery.

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a very doggie holiday

Tis the season to be a dog… well, that is year round… but this holiday season, below are some fun activities and dog friendly places to enjoy with your number one best friend.

Have a dog Christmas Eve or Chanukah party! Invite all your friends and their dogs over. While you and your friends enjoy fresh-baked holiday treats and cookies, egg nog and/or hot chocolate, your dog and her furry friends can munch on peanut butter dog biscuits. Do a Secret Santa Paw Pal type gift exchange… ask friends to bring a dog toy for their favorite paw pal.

Take your dog to visit Santa! S/he may have been naughty or nice and have her own wish list. Plus, she’ll enjoy the fun of meeting Santa and you’ll get a photo of your pooch on Santa’s lap to cherish and send to loved ones!

Listen to holiday music, sing songs, go Christmas carolling with your dog and give out dog treats and cookies to your neighbors.

Kosher dog cookies?

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http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/holiday-gift-guide-2012/chanukah-gift-guide-2012-gallery-1.1212617?pmSlide=7

http://www.squidoo.com/dogchristmas

Dog friendly places to take your dog for the holidays

Carmel

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/undercovers/article/Hofsas-House-Carmel-Clean-comfort-at-great-value-2339756.php

Idyllwild

http://idyllwildtowncrier.com/2012/11/27/opinion-a-4-legged-christmas-wish-list/

Mendocino

MacCallum House, Little River Inn, Stanford Inn, all great places to stay

http://dogtime.com/ten-signs-a-bed-breakfast-has-tlc-true-love-for-canines.html

Newport Beach

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 holiday getaway with your pet Fido, Fifi, Bolt or Lassie.

http://www.visitnewportbeach.com/things-to-do/holidaylights/

located in dog friendly Vermont…the perfect dog friendly winter wonderland vacation

http://www.pawhouseinn.com/

pet friendly mountain getaway in the countryside 30 minutes from Asheville, NC. no size restrictions.

http://www.pondercove.com/

pet friendly farm stay in Va

http://www.cornerstonefarm.net/animals.html

pet friendly poconos mountains with lots of fun activities for you and your pooch from canoeing, wineries, a blueberry farm, horse farm, state parks, trails, arctic paws dog sled tours, mansions, museums and more…

http://www.800poconos.com/vacation-packages/pet-friendly-vacations/hotels/

new england, new hampshire, vermont, connecticut, maine and massachusetts offer many pet friendly places to stay and activities

http://www.nhliving.com/lodging/petfriendly/index.shtml

  • Nothing’s more iconic than spending Christmas in New York. The Affinia Manhattan and Skyline Hotel New York are both dog-friendly and a short walk away from New York’s most pawpular attractions. To take in the holiday cheer, walk your dog to Rockefeller Center and view the enormous Christmas tree that’s on display each December.
  • Transportation for you and your pooch is easy in the Big Apple. Just hail one of the city’s k-9 cabs.
  • Those visiting the Big Apple can also take their dogs for a winter stroll in Central Park, grab a bite to eat at these dog-friendly restaurants or quench your thirst at one of these bars or coffee shops where wet noses are welcome.

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http://www.ilovedogfriendly.com/2012/11/dogfriendly-christmas-destinations/

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Ending BSL 4 Lennox

Last week, I had an idea to create a replica stuffed animal dog that looked like Lennox  for Brooke after receiving a press release about a contest from a stuffed toy company who are having a contest. After dealing with their inept PR / Marketing firm who did not understand what I was asking, I officially gave up on them and looked around for another company.

I found one and I also found the Ride for Lennox below. It would be great to also do a ride or event on the west coast, what do you think ???  The cost of creating a replica stuffed dog to send to Brooke is approximately $850 for the cost and shipping. Let me know if you would be interested in participating in creating an event on the west coast similar to the drive on the east coast.

The replica of Lennox would be sent to Brooke as a keepsake along with other mementoes, letters and cards. And the ride would do fundraising for several pit bull rescues (perhaps Bad Rap, Our Pack, and Villalobos or smaller ones?) and raise awareness about BSL. Thanks for your input.

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So many unanswered questions (bring tissues, made me cry again)

Victoria Stilwell assessment of Lennox court case…the judge had a choice, how the legal system failed Lennox

http://positively.com/2011/10/09/how-the-legal-system-failed-lennox/

her Op-Ed piece in the Belfast Telegraph, the morning of Lennox untimely demise

Her Update on Lennox:  The family have told me that Belfast City Council will still not answer the family’s calls and have consistently ignored their request to have Lennox’s collar returned to them, nor have they returned ‘Lennox’s ashes.’ There are many rumors circulating that Lennox died in a certain kennel location months before the BCC announced that he was euthanised and that the kennel panicked and were told by the BCC to get rid of everything Lennox related. These are still just rumors and should not be taken for hard fact until the truth is revealed. The family are ‘heartbroken’. The media hype around this case might have died down but I can assure you everything will be done to ensure that one day the truth is known. Please share this with everyone you know to keep Lennox’s name alive and to ensure that future dogs and their people do not have to suffer because of ignorance.

Jim Crosby interview re: Ending BSL and Lennox

http://celiasue.com/2012/07/17/pit-bulls-are-good-dogs/

Email tony@cultureshop.org.uk …he’s a journalist who works to uncover corruption and who encourages whistleblowers to come forward and will work, discreetly, on information they give him

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“As is always the case with a huge news story, people from around the globe seeking to cash in on the media frenzy about Lennox have come out of the woodwork. Individuals seeking their “15 minutes of fame” are constantly coming forward, claiming to have “inside information”, or just wanting to associate their own name with Lennox, in order to gain more celebrity status for themselves. It is a heartbreaking fact that major media outlets waited until the 11th hour before finally deciding to cover Lennox’s story. Where were they over the past 26 months, when they truly could have made a difference?

“Rumors are running rampant throughout social media about Lennox. There are claims from alleged kennel workers who have reported that Lennox had suffered a broken leg, broken teeth, was sick and malnourished. Pictures had already surfaced of him with massive hair loss, which could have been caused by the stress of being torn from the only home he had ever known, and forced to live in isolation and away from his family. Another report came out that Lennox had been found dead in his kennel months ago, and a coverup took place by the BCC, since they did not want to admit their neglect had led to his death. Three separate kennels have been named as being the “secret kennels” where Lennox had been housed, and they have claimed to have received alleged threats of violence because of it.

“None of these allegations about Lennox’s condition on the day he was murdered or the about his death months ago have been confirmed or substantiated. No actual verifiable kennel worker has had the courage to come forward, say who they are and what connection they had with Lennox, and given provable testimony about what happened to him or when/how he actually died. Until someone finally does that, the truth about the last days of Lennox’s life may never be known.

“It has been reported that information has been requested under the United Kingdom’s Freedom of Information Act, seeking to get to the real truth about this entire nightmare.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-unanswered-questions-about-lennox

 

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Lame reply to one of many emails I sent

 

 

Thank you for your recent email regarding Lennox.  I appreciate your sense of loss and understand your desire to contact us and a range of other agencies here in Northern Ireland to reverse the decision to destroy Lennox.

However, the NI Courts and Tribunals Service had no role in the decision and has no authority to intervene in such cases.

The NI Courts and Tribunals Service, as a Government department, is only responsible for providing administrative support to the courts in Northern Ireland.  The judiciary and the prosecuting authorities operate entirely independently from all Government departments and as a consequence we cannot consider complaints in respect of judicial decisions or the reasons underpinning them.   Similarly we have no authority to investigate complaints regarding prosecutorial decisions or evidence, including allegations such as perjury.

I am sorry that I am unable to personally address your correspondence but I am sure you will appreciate that we have been inundated with queries and emails regarding this case. I hope that this response helps to clarify the status of the Northern Ireland Courts & Tribunals Service in relation to this case.

Eddie Finn

Customer Services Team

Northern Ireland Courts & Tribunals Service

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What do you think?

http://willmydoghateme.com/animal-welfare/the-dog-the-butcher-and-the-big-picture

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The ride is being dedicated to Lennox and the Barnes family, the people who loved and fought to save his life. After a two year battle, Lennox was killed last week by the Belfast, Ireland council simply because he looked like a “pit bull.” We are having a stuffed Lennox made, and along each stop on the route, he will be handed off to the next group of riders, along with any notes of condolence and support to the Barnes family. After the ride, both the stuffed Lennox and all the cards and letters will be sent to the Barnes family to show that although we are separated by thousands of miles, we stand united with them in their fight, and we all mourn.


You don’t need to be part of an animal welfare organization to take part in the ride…you only need to have a desire to see BSL come to an end so that no dog and no family ever face the heartbreak and anguish of breed specific legislation again.
SOAR is organizing the troops for a vote on the Ontario pit bull ban in September, and using the bike rally as a fundraiser for their efforts to end BSL there. However, those taking parts in the states can simply use the ride to bring awareness to the fight against BSL, and to promote rescue and responsible dog ownership.

The ride is taking place from August 29 to September 2, 2012. It starts in Miami, FL and goes up the east coast finishing in Toronto, Canada.

http://www.blessthebullys.com/bikers-bullies-without-boarders.html

Blog Hop time…  thanks to Life with Dogs, Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code

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Eat healthy on the road for less

For you and pooch

1. Travel with your own stainless steel reusable water bottle and a cooler or two (soft kind). Pack the cooler with plastic forks and spoons, napkins, paper plates, bowls and a few glasses along with items listed below.

2. Carry a large plastic mug and pack some individual packages of oatmeal, hot chocolate and a small supply of 2-minute noodle soups (there are rice noodle versions and kelp noodles). It’s easy to get hot water almost anywhere you go.

3. there are times during the day when you really need a snack. Stopping for fast food or buying chocolate bars quickly eats up your cash and ultimately drains energy. Bring your own snacks of nuts, trail mix, dried fruit, popcorn, chips, granola and other bars for quick easy snacks. If you have leftovers from the breakfast buffet, muffins or fruit, take them along to eat later. Orange, apple, lemonade, cranberry juice and yogurt are good, too.

4.  Pack a picnic lunch or dinner, chips and cheese, tuna, salmon and / or chicken salad, wrap sandwiches, avocadoes, hard boiled eggs, hot dogs, tins of sardines and cold cuts (to share with pooch, of course). For dessert, bring along a supply of apples, pears and oranges for a day or two.  If you need mayo, ketchup or mustard, you can always pick up packets from fast food places and/or convenience stores.

5. Bring your own tea or coffee rather than spend a lot of money and time at coffee places (unless you want to logon into the Internet for free). You can also bring your favorite muffins, cookies (wheat free Paul Newman’s) or tea biscuits and crackers.

6. A nice meal at a good restaurant is part of the fun when you travel. Eating out is enjoyable and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Have lunch rather than dinner out. Guaranteed you’ll be eating the same dishes at a much more affordable price. And, hopefully you will find or know about pet friendly dining choices along the way. Google, ask your hotel concierge or local tourism visitor conference center / chamber of commerce.

7.  Buy discounted bakery goods and produce at the market. Are there farmers markets along your travel path? Perhaps a pet friendly farm that sells goat’s milk cheese with samples. Take a farm tour. Pick fruit from trees at a DIY orchard. Or visit a pet friendly winery where you can get out, stretch the legs and paws and taste some good wine without splurging. You drink the wine, pooch gets treats.

8. Is there a Panera’s bakery, Jamba Juice or Starbuck’s on your route. use their bathrooms (save on tipping) and log onto their free WIFI.  Have a bagel and/or a delicious smoothie while checking emails, Facebook and twitter.

9. Bring  your pet’s favorite food, bowls and treats with you. Put food in a plastic bin or sort into smaller bags for each day you’re away. Take bones and toys to munch on, too.

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the scoop on poop around the world

A stinky subject but someone’s gotta talk about it…ok, ladies, where do you go to the toilet when traveling, especially in other countries.  And do you clean up your dog’s poop in other countries or only in the USA?

 

Finding tolerable toilets in India…

In my country public and paid toilet facilities are not so common so I’m sending along some advice for female visitors to India. Almost every restaurant and some tourist spots have toilets attached to them. Have a cup of tea at a hotel and take this opportunity to use the toilet facility available there. If you’ve had a meal at a restaurant, don’t leave without using their facilities (even if you don’t REALLY need to go). It might be a while before you find another proper toilet. Alternatively, if you are traveling by car and stop for a petrol fill, take the time and use the toilet facilities available at most petrol pumps. Carry tissue and wet wipes. You’ll probably need them.

(Resmi, Kerala, India)

http://www.journeywoman.com/journeydoctor/ToiletTipsWhatEveryWomanTravellerShouldKnow.htm

I would add to this…since my travel companions in India teased that if you want to know where to go to the bathroom in India, just ask me so I am something of an expert…

go to the toilet at five star hotels … you can always visit the gift shop (buy a candy bar or bottle of water) or pretend that you are waiting for someone in the lobby.

visit a business center or club such as American Express/Diner’s Club and take time out to do your personal business.

Leave a deposit at a tourist destination.

Five star or European style restaurants are also good prospects.

Best to avoid public toilets at train stations. Some airports have halfway decent stalls.

If you find yourself out in the country, you will more than likely have to squat in a hole on the ground. Be prepared that there may be onlookers. One time I was visiting a wealthy landowner’s property. I had been visiting his family and they were showing me around to see the cacao plants and other trees. In time, nature called urgently and I was led to an outhouse. I had visitors escorting me the entire way there. The people were amused and//or interested in everything foreigners did. Suffice it to say that.

India: Poop Capital of the World

http://manohar.instablogs.com/entry/india-poop-capital-of-the-world/

No Toilet, No Bride

And in Delhi, marriage brokers — who provide a popular service in a country where arranged marriages are still the norm — confirm that many families will now ask whether the groom’s family has a bathroom of its own before going ahead with nuptial negotiations.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16iht-letter16.html

- It pays to use a toilet in southern India, as residents are earning close to a dollar a month by using public urinals, a scheme launched by authorities to promote hygiene and research in rural areas.

http://current.com/community/89082209_in-india-it-pays-to-use-public-toilets.htm

In the former Yugoslavia, we were brought to places in the middle of nowhere while on a bus trip. We had to pay for the privilege of peeing in outhouses that were just little huts surrounding holes in the ground. Odiferous and waxy paper was the norm. I jokingly called the country, the Toilet Capital of the World.

Did you know that Green Bay, Wisconsin is the Toilet Paper Capital of the World ?

Top 5 Public Bathrooms in the World

New Zealand, Paris, NYC, Tokyo and London, Amsterdam, Belfast

http://www.journeyetc.com/travel-ideas/top-5-public-bathrooms-in-the-world/

In Taiwan, there is a restaurant toilet, ewwwwww… toilet seats for chairs, miniature urinals for platters and tiny toilet bowls for the soup and main course…

http://www.ebcak.com/archives/270

Now the real question is, are people around the world, Europe, Asia, Canada and other countries as obsessed with cleaning up dog poop as we are in the USA?

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-04-10/odd-jobs-professional-dog-poop-remover

In the states, especially at movie theatres and during seminars at hotels, don’t you just hate those long lines at the ladies restroom?

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United Continental discrimination

Here we go again.

Despite the fact that many communities are repealing heinous discriminatory bans of pit bulls, United-Continental airlines has just banned nine breeds of “dangerous” dogs from flying their “not very friendly skies.”

The restricted breeds include the following:

  • Pit Bull Terriers
  • American Staffordshire Terriers
  • Presa Canario
  • Perro de Presa Canario
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Cane Corso
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Tosa (or Tosa Ken)
  • Ca de Bou

please sign and share  this petition, call and write and tell them to reconsider and repeal this breed ban on innocent dogs.

http://www.change.org/petitions/united-airlines-remove-breed-discrimination-from-pet-policy 

I sent their media people two emails… here is one I sent to media.relations@united.com:

Smart move… at a time when most communities are repealing breed bans, why in the world would you ban people friendly breeds of dogs from flying on your airline?  I did not see dachshunds and Chihuahuas (breeds that show the highest likelihood of aggression aka dog bites towards strangers) on your list.

In a 2008 study published in Applied Animal Behavior Science, dog breeds were ranked based on their propensity for aggression toward owners, strangers and other dogs. The breeds with the highest likelihood of directing aggression toward strangers were dachshunds and Chihuahuas, with 20 percent of the sample attempting to bite or biting humans, compared with 7 percent for pit bulls.

NO breed deserves to be banned. Dogs are individuals as humans.

Mark Buehrle Forced to Move Due to Absurd Pitbull Ban

Mark Buehrle has a dream.

A dream that his four little dogs will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the ferocity of their appearance but by the content of their tameness. A 1989 pitbull ban in Miami-Dade County forced Buehrle to distance himself from the Miami Marlins ballpark in order to legally keep one of his dog.

According to the Miami Herald, Buehrle is an avid dog lover and wouldn’t even fathom parting with his pitbull Slater over the ban. The All-Star ace even said that if there hadn’t been a place for him and his family to move that permitted the pitbull, he wouldn’t have signed in Miami. Luckily for the Marlins, Broward County shares his love for canines…

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1014326-mark-buehrle-forced-to-move-due-to-absurd-pitbull-ban

Willie Nelson on archaic breed ban laws

http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2011/11/17/Nelson-to-panel-vicious-dog-law-in-Ohio-archaic.html

When communities are considering breed-discriminatory legislation, they often place “pit bull” owners in a separate category from the rest of the dog owning population, and they draw on negative stereotypes and generalizations about “the kinds of people who have pit bulls.” But as this video shows, many “pit bull” owners have other kinds of dogs, too.  Stop relying on stereotypes and generalizations. For more information, please visit animalfarmfoundation.org.

Rachael Ray and Jennifer Aniston also have pit bull pups along with a whole slew of celebrities. Are you going to outlaw their dogs, too????

celebs and their pit bulls

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.302042753149565.71104.157016340985541&type=3

more info about United…

the carrier has delayed thousands of flights, wiped out the paid itineraries of an unknown number of travelers, “mishandled” who knows how many checked bags, misplaced the seat assignments of a clutch of its most frequent flyers, and generally annoyed the hell out of huge swathes of its customer base.

United has yet to apologize because being an airline means never having to say you’re sorry.

In fact, being an airline means never having to give you the seat on the plane for which you paid. It means never having to fly on time. It means not having to get you home if it strands you halfway around the world. Being an airline means never even having to fly you to the city that appears on the ticket you purchased. Actually, being an airline means never having to fly aircraft—which pretty much means you’re not even an airline.

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