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Cici needs surgery


I have a concussion from bashing my head during a recent fall. Along with the other health issues I am dealing with, and other crises (last blog post). We are on our way to hopefully get housed in the Palm Springs area.

Right now, we are stranded about 30 miles away without gas or a cent to buy any.

At least there is a Starbucks, Walmart, Home Depot, grocery store and other stores here but it is also 20 degrees colder here than in Palm Springs. Not fun when you are sleeping in your car.

Thankfully, CIci was able to go to a vet to see about a lump / tumor on her leg. Pets of the Homeless paid for the exam. She is going to need surgery to get the tumor removed and biopsied.

Put up a fundraiser to help pay for the costs. If you can, please share and/or donate.

Here is the link:

Thank you.

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Should homeless people have dogs?

Today, we will be discussing this topic not presented here before. A little break from our usual kibble because it is important on a personal level as well as impacts EVERY ONE OF US here in America. And many of us who have dogs.

Somewhere on Facebook, someone asked the question should homeless people have dogs? I was outraged. How in the world is it that people seek to take away every tiny bit left of what a person WHO HAS LOST EVERYTHING HAS???  Yet, this is the attitude all over America.

Homeless people deserve nothing, no dogs, no pets, no homes, no help, no nothing. Because they are lazy, crazy, moochers who do not want a job or a home and besides, it is their own fault. There is something WRONG with those people so let’s punish the heck out of them. Bans, laws, ordinances are EVERYWHERE (See below).

Yet, more than half of the 350+ women over the age of 50 in the Monterey Bay peninsula without homes HAVE dogs and still, in “dog friendly” Carmel, they are told to get rid of their mutts. As if it is the dog’s fault that THERE IS NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING and very LOW WAGES. And 49% of Seniors are Living in Poverty in the USA.


Women live longer than men, make less money than men, and get less Social Security retirement funds. Women also make easy prey for predators. Especially sick and elderly women. But hey, those bag ladies must have DONE SOMETHING WRONG to deserve living on the street. Some jerk on Facebook actually said something to that effect to me, that these people did not save up enough money so it’s their own fault.

Nope, the lazy, drunk, drug addicted, crazy people (it is easy to see how AFTER you lose your home and are treated like a nonexistent go away piece of trash that you THEN become mentally ill and / or start drinking or taking drugs) is a myth and stereotype used by some so that NOTHING NEEDS TO BE DONE OR CHANGED.

Now, women without homes need dogs for protection and companionship. Plus, it has been shown that people without homes will feed their pets BEFORE they feed themselves. People without homes Deserve EVERYTHING YOU DO, a home, a bad, a place to BE, food, health care and a DOG/Pet of their own choice. How DARE anyone tell another person what they should or not have.

8 reasons why homeless people deserve a dog

I should write 8 reasons why homeless people deserve HOMES …

Just ask Richard Gere the actor what it is like to be homeless. He did a movie Time Out of Mind in New York where he was dressed up as a homeless man.

“I could see people from two blocks away decide to avoid me. Whether they were conscious of it or not, they were like: I know that guy. And they filled in all the other things that one needs to know to have a reaction. They decided, OK, this guy’s gonna be asking me for money, and I don’t really want to give him any money. In fact I don’t want to make any contact with him…”

Now, Pets of the Homeless, a nonprofit organization in Carson City, Nevada has a different attitude and idea. They actually help to Feed the dogs of people without homes, all over America. And help to get vet care, spay and neuter and other care plus support shelters allowing pets. While I DO NOT think that shelters are the Answer to End Homelessness, because warehousing people is NOT an answer. There is NO PRIVACY nor DIGNITY in shelters. Plus, too much money is spent on salaries and buildings and not enough ON THE PEOPLE WHO NEED HOMES.


People should have HOMES. Their OWN HOMES. And some communities are creating tiny home villages and apartments and low income housing for seniors, but not enough to meet demand. And the thing is that taxpayers are paying THREE TIMES MORE per person per year to NOT HOUSE people. That is right. And some states Utah, Oregon, and others are ahead of the curve in providing HOMES and apartments for homeless people.


AND a 9 year old girl in Washington is building tiny homes and growing food and giving them all to the people in her community in need. If she can do this, then why can’t ADULTS with MONEY do the same ????

Now onto the personal aspect of all of this:

In 1996, I went through a divorce, lost a job, three crucial family members passed on leaving me a virtual orphan, was rear ended in a car accident, and then was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and told there was no cure, just grin and bear it (all of the pain and horribleness).  Called this my Job experience.

And thought that was the worst year EVER.

Until this one hit and here are just a few of the highlights…

At the beginning of January, I finally had a home to move into, for ten days. Person turned out to be a very scary crackpot, to say the least.

At the end of January, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not having a home was a bit of a problem (a BIG problem) to having surgery.

But then the newspaper, doggie mamas came through BIG TIME and so did BADRAP and I was given a few weeks breathing space to get through the surgery.

It was crucial for us to have a home after surgery, a place to rest, heal and recover. Instead, I moved into a place with someone with a dog who had an agenda, to steal the Breast Cancer Support Group money that was given to me. We lived there two weeks. Happy recovery, not.

Decided to move back to Carson City, Nevada, because it is cheaper and perhaps I could get a place of my own. Did not really find one so I moved in with a cowgirl and her three Jack Russells. Seemed all very positive, hot springs, Cici learned how to use a doggie door and became part of a dog pack, and then the doggie poop hit the fan when the cow girl decided instead of allowing me time to rest and recover, it was time for me to become her housekeeper with lists of 20 things to do every day. What?

Desperate for rest and my own space and place, I accepted the offer of a very kind and generous doggie donor of a camper for Cici and I to live in. A mobile home on the road. Ok, what did I know about such campers? And with a very light budget, plus a bunch of campers having passed through our paws, we got a popup camper that has to be cranked, unhitched and has caused me to become unhinged hauling it around, decimating bushes and walls and other items in its way. (It really should be mandatory for people to have lessons on how to drive these things BEFORE they buy one).

Not knowing where to go or what to do again, I headed to the 101 from Reno. A little time with the trees, perhaps? Oh yes, there were fires, smoky twisty windy roads, lots of road work, 100+ degree temperatures and 30 minutes with the trees. What a trip. And no place affordable to park the camper.

Back to Monterey, where we were living for five years. And it seems to have become totally worse for people without homes. Bans, ordinances, all terrible decimating peoples rights.

imagine if you were at risk of being thrown into jail every time YOU went to sleep, ate food, went to the bathroom or TRIED TO SURVIVE in hot or cold weather, in the rain, outside in the elements.
What would you do? What would your mother, sister, granny, or aunt do?
It is not only unconstitutional, illegal and/or immoral to have these bans in place all over the USA, but it is cruel and unusual punishment according to the Department of Justice.

But hey, too many cities are still putting these laws on the books. Stealing people’s possessions to the tune of $250,000 in Salinas (why build affordable housing when you can take away what little someone has, charge them to get it back and profit off of their misery?). No overnight parking or camping in Marina (Just because everyone else in the area is jumping off the roof, so the Mayor decided to go ahead and be part of the doggie pack and make it a criminal offense to sleep in his town). Do not sit and lie down in public in Monterey. Yup. You heard me. It is also illegal to FEED people in public in 33 cities across America.

In Carmel. we got a very hard wake-up call there which I will tell you about in a minute.

We went back and forth between Monterey and Paso Robles, where we discovered a few resources, like a place to sleep at night in the Jeep not the camper.

I did not mention the fact that I have tried to sell the camper and got offered half of what was paid for it which would leave me with NOTHING to buy a new camper with. The kind of camper we need is the kind that is easy to manage, that we can pull over by the side of the road, open a door and go to sleep.

Nor that I was robbed, scammed and had to call the police to get the scammer out of the camper (we popped up for three nights at a hot springs in Paso Robles). It is rustic, to say the least. And the hot springs pool itself very good for the healing of the body.

Well, I also did not say anything about the guy who smashed the Jeep and camper into a fire truck.

Need I go on?  (How am I still standing????)  well, am barely hobbling. My feet hurt so bad.

And just last week, I found out that the dearest person in my life is now in the hospital, just had an operation and is very very ill.

Was in and out of the ER all October where they told me I have blood clots on my lungs. And the doctors take one look at me and dismiss my condition because well, after all, I am fat and without a home, so that makes me a nobody and certainly not a person of worth who deserves health care.  Bye bye bye.

Plus, there is more that I cannot even discuss or go into.  Remember, I told you ONLY the highlights.

Now onto yesterday…

I woke up from sleeping in my Jeep after too many nights doing the same feeling sicker and sicker. And since the ER doctors have the attitude mentioned above, getting treated with disdain is not exactly what I seek so I just left after the social worker gave me the usual BS.

Banging your head against the wall time and time and time again is not as much fun as it supposed to be.

Well, I was in Carmel and went over to the Starbucks. I could hardly walk my feet felt like burning hot coals and I was barely able to make it to the Jeep, get Cici. I needed help feeding her. I had food and a bowl in the car but could not manage the supplies and her. I let her walk, I could barely walk with her so I sat down. And felt dizzy and like I was going to faint.

I saw someone I had seen there before, who had seemed like a dog friend. And asked her to please help me feed Cici, go to the car, get her food and bowl. She ignored me and walked away. Ok. So then a guy came along and I asked him the same. He kept right on going to his car. As if I did not exist. He heard me but just kept on walking. So then I asked another woman and the same lack of response.

At which point, I lost what little left I had of sanity and started crying and yelling. Of course, these kind folks in doggie paradise went right inside to tell Starbucks on me because they could not ignore me, me and my doggie dilemma had nothing to do with them, was not their problem, and Cici and I were interfering with their coffee time. Someone came out and told me to leave. I told her that I could barely walk. We had a few more choice words and she said that if I did not leave, she would call the police. I told her to please go ahead and call 911 and whoever else. She did.

Then we had a big party.

In the midst of all the chaos of fire rescue, paramedics and police, who were all asking me the same questions making my already dizzy head spin off its axis, the kindness man showed up. He took care of Cici, fed her, walked her and offered to take her for me if / when I went to the hospital.

Ahhh, the light at the end of this very long tunnel. ONE doggie lover left in Carmel.

ONE kind stranger. No, there were two others. A gal from Seattle, who helped me and a worker at Starbucks who was leaving, gave me her breakfast sandwich and told me that they should NEVER have treated me like they did. Well duh.  Other people who were very very kind to me recently include the manager of Panera’s Bread in Sand City, the church we held at Starbucks in Pasos Robles with Sandi, Linda and the other gals, and several more who have answered the call to help a ‘friend’ in need.

ANYONE with a brain, eyes to see, and ears to HEAR could SEE that here was a person in CRISIS who was SICK and needed assistance. Well, why be kind to that person when you can deny, ignore, or police and threaten them ???

That is it, America. The sad truth of what is happening EVERY DAY, EVERY HOUR, EVERY MINUTE to 3 million PEOPLE across America. Good, decent, hard working Americans, too.

Like James Worley, Homeless Lives Matter on Facebook and Twitter,

an honest man who found a purse filled with $1,700 and went out of his way, while homeless himself, to return the money to its rightful owner.

Like 82 year old Kelli who lived in her van for three years. Elderly women, single moms with kids, veterans, and hard working people not making enough money to afford the ever increasing rents in every city.  People in San Francisco have to make $175,000 to pay $4,500 a month in rent. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Jose have declared emergencies in their respective cities in regard to the overwhelming number of people somehow living without homes.


Yes, our furry friends deserve homes and SO DO THEIR OWNERS and FRIENDS !!!!

Millions of dollars are raised for our doggies and KITTIES and they deserve the Love and Care AND what about the people who are their families??? Do they not deserve HOMES and a Helping Hand Up, so that they can take care of their pets and not have to choose between food and rent or health care and their dog ????

According to AARP, Approximately 19 million low-income 50+ households in America cannot afford their housing costs and/or live in inadequate housing.

According to Medicare, nearly half of all seniors (48%) live in poverty today, especially in: DC (59%); California (56%).

This was the article written about Cici and I in January 2015:

We really need a HOME NOW. And I am asking if you would be willing to help us get the camper / home we need asap? It is imperative, life vs death.  Any amount of donation, sharing will help, thanks.

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Happy Howloweeners

Some dogs like to dress up, others do not, please do not force your dog to dress up if they do not want to and be sure to keep them safe for the howladay… and if you do dress them up and / or take them trick or treating this holiday, please send us photos to share.  thanks !

CALIFORNIA STATE:  Halloween Has Gone to the Dogs

What percent of California residents do the following Halloween activities with their dog?

Dress up their dog in costume: 28%
Greet trick-or-treaters at the door with their dog: 18%
Give their dog extra treats during Halloween: 20%
Take their dog to doggy parades or gatherings: 19%
Bring their dog trick-or-treating: 20%

About 20 million Americans are expected to spend $350 million this year on Halloween costumes for their pets.

  • Don’t force your pet to wear a costume. “Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!),” recommends the ASPCA.
  • Do not put a mask on your dog or cat, or anything that covers your pet’s eyes or ears.
  • Do carefully examine the costume and remove any small, dangling pieces your pet could chew and choke on. “Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury,” adds the ASPCA.
  • Do try a couple of dress rehearsals and observe your pet in the costume. If your dog or cat seems distressed (look for signs like a tucked-in tail, folded-down ears and eyes looking sideways), forget about a costume. Instead…
  • Do simply have your pet wear a fancy collar or bandana instead of a full costume. “Collar-wearing dogs and cats are already used to the feel of something around their necks, so they aren’t likely to be very bothered by a scarf or other neck accessory,” says Dr. Karen Becker, a veterinarian and animal advocate.
  • Do consider having your dog or cat’s costume be “nudist” if wearing anything bothers your pet.

• If your super social dog or cat stays with you as you hand out treats, make sure your pet doesn’t bolt outside when you open the door.

  • No matter how social your pet is, keep your dog and cat indoors at home, especially while you’re out trick-or-treating. “Dogs can be easily excited by the Halloween commotion, and a bite or a lost dog will quickly end the evening’s fun,” notes the HSUS.
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing a collar with ID on Halloween night, “in case s/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters,” the AVMA advises.
  • It’s important to keep trick-or-treating bounty, especially chocolate and sugarless gum, in a high cabinet away from your pets. “Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats,” warns the ASPCA. “Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems.”
  • If your pet does devour the contents of a trick-or-treat bag, immediately call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435).
  • Although they’re generally safe, don’t let your pet nibble on real pumpkins, because they may cause stomach upset. And if you put a real candle inside that real pumpkin, keep it far away from your pet.
  • If you’re hanging Halloween lights, make sure the cords are out of your pet’s reach to prevent electrical shock if they’re chewed.
  • The ASPCA warns that the following Halloween decorations can be dangerous for pets: glow sticks and fake blood, because they can be poisonous; fake cobwebs, which can choke or entangle pets and wildlife; and potpourri and scented candles, which are both toxic to birds.

Happy “Howloween!”

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Victory dogs film: The Champions

If the names Cherry Garcia, Handsome Dan, Little Red, Ginger Girl, Lucas, Georgia, Mel, Ray, Hector (the Inspector), Jhumpa Jones, Audie, Frodo, Leo, Red, Stella, and others (52) are familiar to you, then you know who we are talking about when we discuss the Victory dogs (the formerly abused dogs of Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels) who are now either in loving homes or remain at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah (22 of the most traumatized dogs went to Best Friends originally). Ten of the most adoptable dogs were taken care of, socialized, and trained by Donna and Tim of BadRap in Oakland, CA who helped to find them great loving homes. Some have become therapy dogs. Others are just plain happy in homes with kids, other dogs and cats. And some have passed on (Hector, Leo, Red, Lucas, Georgia and others).


Now their story is being told in “The Champions,” a new documentary created by Darcy Dennett, which just made its world premier over the weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), which for the first time ever featured a “Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights” program for filmmakers who want to share stories that will change the world and, hopefully, our relationship with animals for the better.

From the film’s synopsis:

The documentary The Champions, follows five of the dogs, from the time they are first rescued through their adoption. It is not just about the dogs themselves, but how they change and inspire the people who come into their lives.  It also follows-up with six dogs who remain at Best Friends to this day, some of them for life.  Thanks to the work of Best Friends and BADRAP, dozens of the dogs who would have summarily been killed were given a second chance to prove that even fighting dogs rescued from the most extreme circumstances can be successfully rehabilitated with love, time, and patience.  That in fact, what many of these dogs need to thrive isn’t rehabilitation at all, but time to recover.

Today, a majority of the dogs have successfully been placed into loving, adoptive homes.  Their story proves that even creatures who have suffered the most unimaginable abuse have amazing strength, spirit, and resilience. It is a story of the bonds of trust and love we have with animals and their importance in our lives, a relationship that has the potential to bring out the best in the human and animal spirit.

The film also touches on something that continues to hurt pit bulls and their families in general: breed discrimination. Hopefully it will help continue to dispel the myths that surround these dogs and open the hearts and minds of more people who will stop fearing and targeting them based on stereotypes.

The film trailer has premiered and is on the web site. Check it out!

The Champions

The Champions, which won the annual Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award” at HIFF this year, will be screening at select locations throughout the U.S. over the coming weeks. For more info, check out The Champions.

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California is the ultimate pet friendly state

do you think it is true that you sleep better on a white bed?

How many B&B’s, hotels, motels and inns offer you and Fido a white bed to sleep on?  I suspect not many due to paws, dirty paws, muddy paws, wet paws, and noses on the bedding. But there are a few that I can think of that do, LaQuinta Inn, Comfort Inn, and others offer white beds and a little slipcover of a different color to hide the dirt?  It does seem fresh, cleaner and fluffier to sleep in a white bed with white sheets and comforter. Pure as a puppy dog’s love.

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The last time we stayed at LaQuinta though, I rolled off the bed in the morning and onto the floor on my tush.  At least I did not hurt myself. I did have to call fire rescue guys to pick me up and they had to get passed the lock on the door.

Now, what do you think about this survey that LEAVES CALIFORNIA out of the pet friendliest places???

More than 57 percent of Americans have a dog or cat and we’re on track to spend more than $60 billion (!) on our furry family members in 2015.


how could they possibly leave California off a list with doggie heavenly places such as Carmel, Mendocino, and LA? There are more dog lovers in CA than probably ALL of the states  mentioned. Cici the polka dot princess and I have spoken/woofed about CA pet friendliness for 8+ years.

where else but California can dogs: eat in hotel lobbies with their owners, go surfing, ride on trains for free, kayak, tiptoe amongst the tulips and eat ice cream for free, and have Yappy hours, canine menus at restaurants, and amenities such as pooch massage, spas and bed and biscuits (Santa Cruz)? not to mention all of the pet friendly wineries, shops, banks, shopping malls, do it yourself stores (Home Depot, Orchard, Lowe’s, Ace and others), and more.

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Pet peeves while traveling with a dog

Sorry, it’s been awhile but I was just in the hospital and found out that I had blood clots in my lungs. Not fun. cici had to be taken care of by a friend who pampered her, which was great and a real relief. And the hospital stay of six nights was not fun. I am a sick puppy and we REALLY REALLY REALLY need a NEW HOME NOW.  If you are in California and would like us to visit, be your roommates, or know someone who does, then please let us know.

Cici and I put together our top list of pet peeves when traveling with a dog. She does not like it when:

1. a “pet friendly” hotel that does not offer enough green space for my Cici to do her business. And I do not like it when there is no bags or trash cans around to put the business inside and throw away. why should i have to carry it around with me? That is the hotel’s business to provide guests with what they need.

2. when a pet friendly hotel charges ridiculous fees and nickels and dimes you for your pet, (a small refundable pet deposit is ok but a nonrefundable fee for $50 or more? Nope). And these types of hotels usually discriminate on the dogs they will accept such as only dogs under 10 pounds, few breeds, as if they are saying, we will deign to allow you to bring your pet but only if it is not going to be a real dog who will do doggie things. If you have pet restrictions based upon weight, height, breed, we will breeze right by you. We do not like places that discriminate against our dogs based upon the color of their fur, the shape of their heads or their canine qualities that make them lovable to us.

3. dogs like to roll around in the dirt but pet owners do not. We cannot stand “pet friendly” hotels that put you in a dirty, worn carpet, overused room with smelly bedding just because you are traveling with Fido. This is hardly a pet friendly attitude. We do not have to paws up with it either.

4. Pet rules that say that your pet cannot be in the lobby (how are you supposed to enter and exit the place)?, pool, golf course and other areas. If there is no place for the dog to go to the bathroom, are they supposed to hold it in for three days? Maybe you should list where dogs are ALLOWED to be instead of all of the no no’s of where they cannot be. Makes a dog feel kinda unwelcome and does not seem exactly pet friendly to us.

5. Many places tell that you cannot leave the dog in the room unattended even when your dog is quiet, gonna go to sleep, is crated. Are you supposed to pet sit or hire a pet sitter while you are traveling? On some occasions, maybe but if you are just going out for some fresh air, to move the car, or get something from the gift shop, and if it is very hot outside, you are not going to bring your dog with you.

6. When we look at websites of some hotels and B&B’s it is not clear whether they are pet friendly or not. Why make it so difficult for travelers to figure out whether you allow dogs or not? If you have nothing on your website that indicates pet friendly (photos of dogs, pet policies and such), we will whiz right by you and assume you are not the place for us to stay since you did not bother to say.

7. Did your staff miss the memo or staff meeting that told them how to interact with guests with pets? If we ask about your fur friendly amenities, local pet stores, dog parks, vets, and/or activities then we expect your staff to respond with knowledgable answers not treat us as if we asked a terribly embarrassing question or present them with smelly burden of a task. Or tell us to google it ourselves. Hospitality is supposed to be YOUR business. Catlike it. And if you are a person at a Travel WELCOME center, visitors center or some such, then it is YOUR JOB not ours to tell us what the local activities and places are.

Any hotel that offers a pet welcoming committee, no fees, restrictions on weight or breed, has afternoon Yappy Hours, a “dining with pooch” option with room service menu for Fido and some pet amenities like treats, bowls of water, and toys is a really pet friendly place and just the kind of dogitude we LOVE to stay at.

What are YOUR pet peeves about “pet friendly” places???

Cici at the park with my friend Angela while I was in the hospital. Cute as a love bug, huh.  Thank you, Angela, for taking care of my polka dot princess!!!! (She fed her grass fed beef and turkey burgers and more).

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Heroes of 9-11

a tribute to the dogs who searched and rescued and also much healing and comfort and blessings going out to All of the families, friends, and loved ones of all of the people and dogs who lost their lives (including the first responders and others) during that horrific day, September 11, 2011 aka 9-11.  Also, for ALL of us Americans whose lives changed forever that day.  May we be healed, comforted and blessed, too.


To my hometown, New York city. That morning as I watched the horror on TV, all I kept wondering as I cried was did I know anyone in those towers? were there people I loved there? Thankfully, not that I know of. Close call was my best friend’s husband who stopped off for bakery goods that morning and did not make it to work that day. He was forever changed as were we all.






These are our heroes.

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