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6 Tips for a safe 4th of July

6 Tips to ensure that your pet enjoys the 4th of July festivities 

More pets go missing on the Fourth of July than any other time of the year. Pets and loud noises are not a winning combination. Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM has compiled a list of tips to help take some of the stress out of what is supposed to be a joyous celebration.

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6 Tips for a fun and fearless 4th of July:

  • Be sure your pets have well-fitting collars with up to date tags.
  • Don’t give in to offering your pet a plethora of BBQ treats. Keeping as close to their regular diet as possible will help avoid upset stomachs, vomiting, diarrhea and emergency room issues like pancreatitis.
  • Life jackets help keep water bound canines afloat, as not all dogs are strong swimmers. Never leave your dog alone at the beach and/or on a boat, as they can easily become overpowered by waves, tides and currents.
  • Most dogs and cats DO NOT enjoy fireworks. Pet ears are far more sensitive to loud noises than ours. Classical music has been shown to reduce canine anxiety. Pet thunder shirts are also an option to help comfort stressed dogs.
  • Homeopathic calming remedies including Bach’s Rescue Remedy and Tranquility Blends containing the herb Skull Cap help to safely reduce stress levels for dogs and cats with no adverse effects. Both products may be applied to the inner (hairless) ears, which act as acupressure points in dogs and cats. Both may also be given by mouth.
  • Don’t put human sunscreen on your pet. Pet sunscreen is fine for dogs and cats, but avoid zinc oxide, which is toxic to pets. DEET, a common insecticide, is also poisonous to pets and may cause neurological signs, including drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.

Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM.

Integrative Veterinarian

Dr. Carol Osborne is an author and world-renowned integrative veterinarian of twenty plus years. A pioneer in anti-aging medicine and longevity research for pets, she created and patented the original PAAWS: Pet Anti-Aging Wellness System for dogs and cats. Dr. Carol holds both the dog and cat scientific patents.


After graduating from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carol completed a prestigious internship at the Columbus Zoo.  Shortly afterwards, she launched a very successful private practice and became founder and director of the non-profit organization, the American Pet Institute. Dr. Carol offers traditional veterinary care for dogs and cats with a softer, natural touch. Her approach highlights the importance of nutrition and utilizing holistic avenues in combination with traditional treatments.

Official web site: http://chagrinfallspetclinic.com

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Take Your Dog to Work

Friday, June 26 is Take Your Dog to Work Day.  As fun as this may sound to some pet owners, others won’t be as enthused when Rover gives them wet kisses or chews on some important files.  

“It’s an etiquette nightmare waiting to happen,” says Jacqueline Whitmore, an etiquette expert, author and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach.  

Whitmore offers these seven ‘petiquette’ tips:

–       Practice makes perfect. Make sure your dog can interact politely and adapt well to unfamiliar surroundings before you take him to the office so that he can put his best paw forward.

–       Be respectful of others. Don’t be surprised if some of your co-workers are allergic or uncomfortable around dogs. Honor their wishes and refrain from introducing your dog to them.

–       Don’t allow your dog to wander. Teach your dog to lie down quietly under your desk or at your feet while you work. Keep your dog off the office furniture and don’t allow your dog to jump on people whenever they greet him. An ill-mannered dog can be a nuisance and may not be invited back to the office.

–       Proceed with caution. Just like people, some dogs are shy and introverted. So don’t assume all dogs want to meet your dog. Allow the other dogs some time to get to know your dog before you let them play together.

–       Ask permission. Even friendly dogs can get excited and play too rough if not carefully supervised. Use your best judgment before you introduce your dog to a new dog. It’s never hurts to ask, “Is your dog friendly?” 

–       Try not to leave your dog alone for a long period of time. It’s a moot point to take your dog to work if you have to be in meetings all day. Make sure you have plenty of quality time to spend with him. 

–       Give your dog a break. Even dogs get bored if they are inactive for too long. Be sure to pack plenty of toys for him to play with. Also take your dog outside for a couple of walks during the day. The sunshine and fresh air will be good for both of you.

http://www.etiquetteexpert.com/

http://jacquelinewhitmore.com/

Doggies on the Job by Peter Nash

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66% of workers said that they were willing to take a cut in pay to bring their dogs to work. 95% of people said they would be less stressed and 94% said they would be happier and more productive if they had their dogs at work. An astonishing 91% replied that having their dogs at work would make them get along with their co-workers better.All of this is surprising given that only 24% of American workers are allowed to bring their dog to work and the most successful companies like Google, Ben & Jerry’s and Amazon continue to be voted best to work at year after year partially because of their dog friendly work environments.

http://3milliondogs.com/news/new-survey-shows-americans-really-want-to-bring-their-dogs-to-work?utm_source=3MD&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=66_percentage_willing_take_pay_cut&utm_campaign=3MD_newsletter_june23

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Norcal pet friendly

Our list of fun places to take your pooch in Northern California continues…

 

10. Russian River (Guerneville, Sebastopol, and Armstrong woods)

Cici and I just took a one day quick trip across the 37 from Vallejo to Sebastopol, Bodega Bay and Armstrong woods. We ate some delicious turkey burgers from Sequoia Drive-in, loved the beach and the woods, did a drive-thru. And we also went to two author events at Book Passage. The weather at the beach was cool and the weather otherwise was sunny and not too hot. Enjoyed the day, and it was a lot of driving for me in one day.

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11. Sacramento  (Rancho Cordova) 

http://celiasue.com/2010/01/22/the-good-bad-and-ugly-of-pet-friendly-hotels/

We would have to add that the Red Roof Inn in Rancho Cordova has slid downhill in a bad way (garbage left all over the property, bugs in the rooms, etc.)  too bad because we used to like to stay at this moderately priced motel which offers weekly rates. It is certainly a better option than Motel 6 but that is not saying much. The Comfort Inn in Folsom Lakes would be a better choice for a higher price, in my humble opinion. at least you get breakfast. And we had problems with their beds (hurt my back both times I stayed there in different rooms) so maybe LaQuinta Inn is the best choice for a higher price of course.

we love that Panera’s opened up nearby the Red Roof Inn. They have a drive-thru service and dogs are allowed on the patio. They also donate their nightly leftovers to charities / food banks.

There are numerous green areas to walk the dog including at Rancho Cordova city hall and the library.

12. SF Bay area

You cannot take the dog on the ferries but seniors get half off if you are 65+. There are ferries to the Ferry building in SF, Larkspur and Sausalito

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http://goldengateferry.org/fareprograms/

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13. Healdsburg

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http://celiasue.com/2009/05/11/healdsburg-is-dog-wine-and-chocolate-friendly/

14. Silicon Valley  (Rosewood Sandhill)

http://celiasue.com/2009/07/21/ooozing-with-dogitude/

15. Point Reyes  (Sea shells by the seashore) 

http://celiasue.com/2008/12/21/point-reyes-pet-friendly/

16. Gold Country, Murphys, Twaine Hart, Sonora

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17. Yosemite

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18. South Lake Tahoe

http://celiasue.com/2009/09/22/south-lake-tahoe-pet-friendly/

19. Half Moon Bay

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http://celiasue.com/2011/03/10/half-moon-bay-has-gone-to-the-dogs/

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20. Elks in Orick, Himalayan Yaks in Mendocino

http://celiasue.com/2013/05/20/memorial-day-pet-friendly/

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In Redwood National and State Parks, pets on a leash not exceeding six feet in length, under owner control, and without creating disturbance to visitors and wildlife are allowed:

  • On all road-accessible beaches (excluding dune habitat).
  • Within 100 feet of public roads and parking areas (but not on trails).
  • At designated picnic areas.
  • Within all road-accessible campgrounds.

 

21. We were going to go to Fortuna and see the Avenue of the Giants but instead opted to visit Paradise, Red Bluff, and Anderson to look at mobile homes in parks (to purchase possibly). It was a bust as far as buying a mobile home AND we enjoyed our stay at the Comfort Inn in Paradise a lot. The town seems to be pretty pet friendly. We passed quickly thru Chico from Skyway and it seems like a nice college town about 15 minutes from Paradise. The weather gets REALLY HOT HOT HOT in summer and then cold in winter. Paradise has a lot of seniors who retire there and some good restaurants. Well, we ate at the Italian Garden which has a bar and early bird special Italian food. I had the zucchini sticks and chicken parmesan (with soup or salad). Yummy. The people were nice and we saw some deer and rabbits in the early morning, too. Well, I did, I think Cici was too busy looking around and sniffing.

 

Driving up to Paradise from Sacramento area (Rancho Cordova is about 2 hours) we took the 99 and 70 thru Marysville and Oroville. The last 10 miles or so up to Paradise were a bit twisty windy. But on the way back, we took Skyway thru Chico and took the 5 up to Red Bluff and took the 5 back down south, thru Williams and Corning and Maxwell when we went home. The 5 seemed faster and more highway. The towns went by quickly. We visited the visitor center in Red Bluff who told us that the Olive Pit in Corning was a good place to eat. It wasn’t as far as I was concerned. In Red Bluff, a good place to eat was the Rockin R, home cooked food. I had a tuna melt with baked potato. Shari’s with pies was awful service and not great food, either (that was lunch).  The Comfort Inn in Red Bluff was fine, although the room set up was a bit weird. They were very helpful and the internet service was pretty much nonexistent (unlike the service in Paradise and Rancho Cordova).

101 things to do in Paradise

http://www.101thingstodo.net/paradise/

 

More about Butte County

 

http://www.buttecounty.com/attractions.htm

 

All in all, this is what Cici had to say about Paradise (yes, several paws UP) LOL

 

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here is some info about pet friendly Chico

 

http://www.trailblazerpetsupply.com/pet-friendly-chico/

 

 

What would you like to do with your pooch in Northern California?

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23 Pet friendly places (Carmel to SLO)

2. Carmel  has gone to the dogs

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Carmel, the pet friendliest city in the USA…   Where else can a pit bull eat lunch safely and comfortably next to family? Well, in Carmel, of course!

http://celiasue.com/2014/07/08/summer-fun-in-doggie-heaven/

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3. Monterey  (whales, dolphins and seals, oh my) Fishermans wharf 

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4. Mendocino (tiptoe thru the tulips, one of 12 things to do)

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http://celiasue.com/2008/09/06/top-12-fun-dog-friendly-things-to-do-in-mendocino/

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5. Anderson Valley dog friendly wineries (Navarros, Toulouse) 

http://celiasue.com/2013/05/20/memorial-day-pet-friendly/

6. Napa wine country 

http://celiasue.com/2009/07/16/girls-gone-wine/

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Dog friendly wineries Napa and sonoma 

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7. Bodega Bay  (yummy fresh seafood) 

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8. Cambria rocks

http://celiasue.com/2011/10/02/creating-a-peaceful-dog-oasis/ 

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9. SLO  (a tiki boat, dogging it at the beach, and so much more)

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

see how we snuck Mama’s day in there, too…

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23 Pet Friendly Places in Northern California

Northern California includes the Monterey Bay area, the Tahoe area and Sonoma County to the north, the Sierra Nevadas to the east, Lodi to the south, the Bay Area to the west, with Napa Valley and Sacramento in the center. Whether you want to travel in style (luxury), rough it up, or anything in between, you can find all kinds of scenic and fun things to do with your fur kids in these very friendly to dogs cities.  With Memorial Day coming up on May 25, this list will give you a lot of different options for weekend dog-cations.

We just moved to Vallejo and nearby Benecia seems to be a very dog friendly place so that is where we will start off our list. Some places have more to talk about and some have less. This post will just cover Benecia, since it is new to us. In other blog posts, we will link to places we have already covered in other blog posts, so we will group some together.

Our countdown to fido friendly Memorial weekend begins today.

1. Pet Friendly Benecia (artists and their canine loving town)

BENICIA Heading south on Interstate 680, just past the Benicia city limit sign, you’ll see a giant billboard, all blue sky and golden sunsets, touting this very city as promising “a great day by the bay.”

Travel to its downtown waterfront, where boutiques and antiques shops beckon, where artists live and work
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/travel/article2591729.html#storylink=cpy

One of Benicia’s main selling points – namely, its slow pace, homey feel, lack of pretension and centralized location, easily within an hour’s drive – to the masses of stressed-out city dwellers in San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento.
Many, no doubt, are traveling with dogs. Up and down First Street, dogs and their human companions roamed. From a pair of bichon frisés named Peekaboo and Freeway, to Yorkie mixes named Olivina and Georgie, dogs took advantage of water bowls left out for them. They can explore (leashed) on the city green near the waterfront and frolic (unleashed) on the small beaches just off the First Street Promenade.

Skip and Dana Godwin, with black lab mixes Drake and Olive in tow, said merchants don’t bat an eye when someone walks through the door with a four-legged friend.

“It’s like Sausalito in that respect,” Skip said. “A lot of the restaurants have outdoor seating, and that attracts people with dogs. All the B&Bs and hotels are dog-friendly, too.”

Lynne Parella, owner of the upscale wine and craft beer bar, The Chill, allows dogs on her patio, as does the First Street Cafe, the restaurant at the Union Hotel and other eateries. Such openness to canines has earned Benicia the status of the fourth most “dog-friendly” city in the nation by Dog Fancy Magazine.

James Long, owner of Pups ’n’ Purrz on First Street, helped organize the annual A Great Dog Day by the Bay, featuring a Disc Dog competition, a toss-and-fetch tournament, an owner-dog look-alike contest and a dog beauty pageant. One item Long has trouble keeping in stock is cod sticks ($1).
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/travel/article2591729.html#storylink=cpy
Benicia: First Street Beach

OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Benicia is a waterside city located in the San Francisco Bay area just east of Vallejo. It has two off-leash beaches at the foot of First Street in the downtown area – one at the Promenade and the other south of the turnaround.

http://www.unionhotelbenicia.com/index.html

707-746-0110

http://www.bestwesternbenicia.com

Small pets are allowed, with a $25.00 non-refundable deposit per pet

Benicia Walking Tour: 

30 points of interests

Waterfront Promenade and First Street Green

Pedestrian and bike trails parallel to the waterfront, from Benicia Marina to West 14th Street

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Benicia State Recreation Area

1.5 Miles of the outskirts of Benicia on I-780. Take the Columbus Parkway Exit.

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The city of 28,000 residents — and an estimated 2,000 canines — is ranked fourth among the nation’s top dog-friendly towns, according to Dog Fancy magazine’s annual Dog Town USA contest.

Criteria used to select the winning cities included plenty of dog-friendly open spaces and dog parks, events celebrating dogs and their owners, ample veterinary care, abundant pet-supply and other services and municipal laws that support and protect all pets.

Benicia also has an ample number of veterinarians

Suisun Valley, a verdant agricultural area with many dog-friendly wineries, farmstands and even pumpkin patches where you can sample home-grown produce and introduce Fido to new sights and smells.

What’s a waterfront town without a dog-friendly beach or two? The pair of splash spots on the Carquinez Strait at the end of First Street in Benicia are nothing spectacular, but hey, they’re wet—and the community spirit behind them counts for a lot.

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in Benicia is a community of dog lovers who worked hard to create amenities such as Phenix Community Dog Park, and a pair of leash-free beaches on the Carquinez Strait at the edge of downtown. Many shops and restaurants along First Street, the main drag, welcome wet noses at their sidewalk tables. “You can get anything from pizza to filet mignon with your dog by your side,” says Canine Coalition founder Gretchen Burgess. Favorite meet-up spots include the dog-friendly Union Hotel and the eclectic First Street Café. Work up a pant by hiking the San Francisco Bay Trail along the coast, or trek from the dog park up to city-owned Lake Herman.

http://www.visitbenicia.org/businesses/restaurants

http://www.beniciadogs.com/dog_park_maps.php

http://www.visitbenicia.org/visitor/itineraries

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our new home

well, these last six months have been difficult, challenging and hard, to say the least. Without a home of our own, Cici and I had a tough time, sleeping in motels, in our car, and  wandering and wondering if we would EVER find a home we could afford to live in. Rents have skyrocketed and my Social Security retirement income check is not enough to live on.

And now we are living in Vallejo with Kim and her sweet dog Ruby…who was coveting and yet found a use for Cici’s new bed (Ruby has her own bed but you know with dogs, Cici’s bed is better) :-)

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Well, this sums things up of the last six months a bit:

this video was created by and with much appreciation and gratitude to Donna Reynolds and Tim Racer of BADRAP… who posted it to their Facebook page and beyond…

https://vimeo.com/124489554

 

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VALENTINE’S DAY has gone to the dogs

Valentine’s Day has gone to the dogs…literally!

 

From coast to coast, which state loves dogs the most?

 

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A special Valentine’s Day survey of U.S. dog parents showed the following:

 

INFOGRAPHIC: https://www.bigheartpetvalentines.com/doggy-love-index.html

 

Post a perfect Valentine’s Day with your pet, or comment on the findings of the infographic and you might just win some doggie treats for your pooch. yummy treats !

by the way, Cici loves these treats, she cannot get enough !!!

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How do your dogs help enhance your daily life?

How do your dogs help you become better people?

This year, let’s celebrate our wonderful animal companions by making February 13th Valentine’s Day For Dogs (#valentinesfordogs).

On this day, we make sure we’re also giving our pups the attention they deserve. How? I might take Cici out for a special walk, buy her a fluffy and comfy pet bed, or give her Milo’s Kitchen dog treats.

How will YOU connect with your dog this Valentine’s Day for Dogs?

The good folks at Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Milo’s Kitchen, and Canine Carry Outs have made it easy for you this year with a doggie Valentine’s Day card. Get yours today at https://www.bigheartpetvalentines.com/

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