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Happy National Dog Day

this video is so beautiful and sums up how great dogs are… So God Made a Dog

Appreciate your best friend today and every day. They deserve so much love and care from us for all they do and who they are.

Took Cici into a supermarket because there is a bank branch there and it was too too hot outside in the car. 107 degrees today supposed to be. Well, everyone loved her and she had to kiss everyone. She also was slipping and sliding on the floor next to me in the scooter cart. Funny to watch her as always.  Love that dog so much.  My polka dot princess is so silly.

Appreciate your dog !  (Lots of treats and belly rubs)!

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Recent travels in California

well, Cici and I are traveling at the moment. And it has been difficult, folks due to numerous circumstances which I guess is best explained below in the link.

http://www.youcaring.com/elderly-women-50-417682

As we drove from Carson City, Nevada, (where I very much enjoyed going to the Hot Springs and Cici enjoyed being part of a pack of Jack Russells (three) and conquered using a doggie door), we made the “mistake” of going via Highway 299, which I thought was not too twisty and windy but WAS not only that but also HOT HOT HOT (weather), SMOKY from all of the fires, and lots of road work going on. Then when I decided to not go back that way to make our way south, the 101 was not at all as twisty and windy as I recalled. So either I have faulty memory or what?

We stopped in Williams, CA and stayed at a very nice not pet friendly Ramada Inn. Since Cici is my service dog, we were able to stay there anyhow.

We also stopped in Santa Rosa, and at the Solar Institute in Hopland. It was good to see improvements there and we got to see a tiny home (89 square feet) up close and personal. They rent it out for $79-89 a night and it is TINIER than TINY !!!!

We did manage to meet some really kind folks in Arcata, CA (Welcoming Center), treats galore and this photo of Cici…  thanks Leah !

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we wanted to see the trees (and did but for much too short a time)…

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in our nifty new used Jeep and popup camper (don’t even get me started about how challenging it is to drive and park one of these)… suffice it to say that I have massacred a few bushes and thought that I was blocked and unable to get going on quite a few occasions but thanks to kind strangers and prayers been able to get out of REALLY tight spots !!!!

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in Morro Bay, CA Visitors Center, surfing Cici dog

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At the moment, we are back in the Monterey area wondering where the heck to park our camper and sorry selves… but if you read the link above, you will find out more about our adventures

Thanks for reading !

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Booking a pet friendly hotel

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/8-ways-to-spot-a-lousy-hotel-when-booking-online-125266375997.html

another way to avoid a lousy hotel is to see if it is listed in our dog travel guide. We will tell you what we liked about the place, whether the place is dog tolerant or super dog friendly, and how much fun (or not) that we had there.

Plus, we will tell you all about the dog friendly activities in the neighborhood including pet friendly wineries, campgrounds, beaches, hiking trails and where you can dine with Fido, and much more.

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

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Fetch dog fetch

Cici does not fetch but she sure does like Fetch Fuel. And I like that the company, GoGo Pet Products, uses only human grade and high quality ingredients, the lab and manufacturer are located in northern California and the easy squeezy bottle makes giving her the “steak sauce” a breeze. No pills to stuff into hot dogs. No messy powders nor liquid. Just gotta shake the bottle, squeeze out one tablespoon a day into her bowl and there is no muss no fuss. All Cici has to do is scarf up her food and she is good at doing that.

The ingredient list includes: Glucosamine HCI, 600 mg, Flaxseed and Olive Oil, Omega 3, 143 mg, Omega 6, 52 mg, Omega 9, 83 mg and Vitamin A, and C (1,000 IU and 100 mg) plus Taurine, 100 mg.  Lots of support for Cici’s joints and hips, skin and coat, heart, bones and teeth, vision and immune system.

There is a refuel program of auto shipping with no shipping charge. Check it out at their website:  FetchFuel.com

and

facebook.com/fetchfuel

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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/

http://celiasue.com/2012/04/05/spring-break-dog-west/

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

http://celiasue.com/2009/04/25/sonora-dog-friendly/

http://celiasue.com/2015/02/03/a-romantic-dog-away/

http://celiasue.com/2015/01/28/gold-country-pet-friendly/

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17. Yosemite

http://celiasue.com/2009/04/23/yosemite-pet-friendly/

18. South Lake Tahoe

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

19. Half Moon Bay

http://celiasue.com/2009/07/23/girlfriends-go-to-the-ritz/

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/

http://celiasue.com/2008/05/19/wild-turkeys-himalayan-yaks-and-deer-oh-my/

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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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