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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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How to Blog like a Dog

Ever notice how people online LOVE to watch cute doggie and cat videos?  Dogs are experts at getting the attention they want with a wiggly butt, big smile, tickling toes with a lick, and they go for what they want by focusing in on the people passing by one at a time. If Cici sees someone she wants to say hello to, they do not have a chance at escaping her charm. She demands, usually with a bark, that they come over and meet her. What do dogs want? Butt scratches, belly rubs, attention and lots of treats. Some also like to cuddle and play fetch.

How does this translate into blogging like a dog?

Make it visually appealing

A dog is physically pleasing, entertaining and adorable, right. Is your blog? How does it look / stand out from the crowd?

More on design here:  http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/design-readable-blog-posts

Sit, stay, Shake.

Dogs charm their audience with their funny antics. Cici rolls over on her back and shows off her belly which makes people laugh. Your blog should do the same, entertain, make people laugh and come closer for more info. The unique news should be valuable to your readers and make readers want more and encourage, inspire, enlighten and uplift.

Heads Up.

Your headline and first sentence and paragraph should capture people’s attention the same way that a dog motivates people with their goofy antics.

And the rest of your blog post should continue the story with interesting quotes, stats and photos.

Dish it good.

No one wants to know what mundane things you are doing daily such as what you ate for breakfast. That is, unless you are writing about the fabulous brunch you and your French poodle ate at that nouveau luxurious B&B that caters to poodles.

Mark your Territory.

Be clear and stick to the point. No one wants to watch a dog who is all over the place (you know those energizer bunny type dogs). It’s too confusing and requires too much energy.

Gimme a treat.

Ask yourself, “Why should readers care about your blog?”  What’s in it for them? If they are going to spend a few minutes reading, there has got to be something that they get out of it.  Figure out the who, what, when, where and why; and ask yourself if you would find it compelling or at least worth your time.

Express yourself.

Get to the point in a few sentences. Don’t use jargon that only a rare few will know what you are talking about. Communicate as simply and clearly as possible with a few simple words. Relate to your audience like a dog on a mission to get a bone or treat.

Frill me baby. 

Don’t be afraid to show off your personality, authenticity and sense of humor.  Just as Cici is not reticent about showing off her spots, flaunt what you got with a bit of sass and flair.

Ready to play blog ball?

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A romantic dog away

Finnegan and Blue, the 7 and 15 year old Golden Retriever and Aussie Shepherd mix greeted us at the door. They let themselves in and out of the house numerous times during our stay. And Finn opens guest room doors and lets dogs outside of their rooms upon occasion.

There is also an elusive cat. If your doggie has cat issues, like Cici, you might want to let them know in advance.

We enjoyed the lovely wine and cheese afternoon refreshment as well as the delicious breakfast of eggs benedict with country fried potatoes and fruit parfait, orange juice and our choice of hot beverage (tea or coffee).

Our room was cozy with a gas fireplace for heat as well as individually controlled heat and air conditioning unit on the wall. We had our own patio although it was too chilly to sit outside. The bed was nice and big and Cici of course joined me on it.

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Michael and Finn

 

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From the beginning, in 1996, the McCaffrey House B&B in Twain Hart (about 10 miles north of Sonora) was pet friendly. Husband and wife Michael and Stephanie moved to Twain Harte from San Jose. He was a graphic designer seeking to retire and paint watercolors and Stephanie was an event planner. They often spent time in Twain Harte during the summers at Stephanie’s family cabin. When they moved onto the property, they tore the cabin down and designed the house that “we’d love to be a guest in.” There are eight guest rooms, three downstairs are pet friendly.

Some secrets to their success as innkeepers are to always take time off, make your home a sanctuary for your family and hire a housekeeper and innsitter. The best part of having an inn, Michael explained, is that they get to meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world and it’s a great place to live. Living in a tourist area is fun. There are no traffic jams. It is stress free, A slow leisurely pace of life.

People from all over the world have stayed at this B&B (countries: England, Germany, Asian countries, people who want to visit Yosemite, go hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, wilderness adventures, repel down the rocks, go fishing and enjoy the outdoors at nearby Pinecrest Lake). Yosemite is about an hour away.

According to Michael, every season is different in this rural community and there are many pet friendly hiking trails, lakes and dining options including the Ephernson House, The Rock (a tavern) and Cafe Blossom that allow dogs on their patios.

The Sugar Shack is a yummy bakery about three miles up the road. In Pinecrest, Cold Spa Village and Mia’s restaurant are pet friendly. About 45 miles away, Kennedy Meadows (5,000 feet elevation) provides cabins, camping and a restaurant, (known for its Sunday night prime rib dinner), all are pet friendly.

The sugar Pine Trail is a good flat trail walk on with dogs.

McCaffrey House: 23251 Highway 108 – Twain Harte, CA 95383
The Inn is located 11 miles east of Sonora and one-half mile above the East Twain Harte exit on Highway 108. Do not turn into the town of Twain Harte) Turn right off of Highway 108 just beyond the 4,000 elevation marker sign. The McCaffrey House is approximately three hours from the Bay Area, four hours from the Monterey Peninsula, and one hour from the Central Valley

TUESDAYS ARE FREEStay any three nights that include a Tuesday and pay 1/2 price for Tuesday. Stay any four nights that include a Tuesday and it is FREE.Must call to book. Request at time of reservation. Holiday periods excluded. Subject to availability.

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What Your Dog Wants for the Holidays

 

 

Has your doggie been naughty or nice this year? Does Santa Paws keep track?  What would your dog tell Santa s/he wants this year????

 

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Cici is ALWAYS GOOD WHEN SHE SLEEPS !!!!  And when she is naughty, she does not mean to be. It is just too tempting to do things that I do not want her to do, that’s all.

 

1. Not to be dressed up in costumes, treated like a baby, carried around in a hand bag or painted and groomed and dyed to look un-doglike.

 

2. To be treated like a dog (belly rubs).

 

 

3. Join in the Feast: Endless treats and food.

 

 

4. Lots of time to be a dog  (zooooomies)

 

 

 

5.  Much time to play with other dogs, sniff the neighborhood, and chase small animals.


 

6. Real live cats, squirrels and/or bunnies to run after

 

 

 

7.    Lots of time rolling on back scratching and showing off belly.

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8.  Lots of bones, toys (squeakies), ropes, and/or pillows to chew on.

 

 

9.  Lick lick lick lick lick lick lick, much time to slobber.

 

 

 

10.  Nap time, woof woof woof woof woof !

 

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a dog has got to dream about all of the above, right?

 

 

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Pooch friendly Thanksgiving: Cold Turkey

10 reasons dogs are welcome guests for turkey day

 

http://hooplaha.com/2014/11/10-reasons-to-invite-dogs-over-for-thanksgiving/

 

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turkey day foods to share with your pooch include sweet potatoes and yams (sans marshmallows), turkey (sans bones, herbs and spices), stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, fruits, yogurt, and pumpkin (good for the belly)

 

 

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The Great American Dog-a-Thon, will air Thursday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. Hosted by Hillary Swank.

 

Recipe from Rachael Ray

Pumpkin Barley with Turkey

  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup long-grain rice
  • 3/4 cup pearl barley
  • Pinch of freshly grated or ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 pound ground turkey or ground turkey breast
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • Salt
directions

  1. In a small pot, warm the chicken broth over low heat.
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat, then add the rice and barley and toast for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season the grains with the nutmeg and stir in half of the warm broth. Cook until the broth bubbles, about 5 minutes. Then add the turkey, crumbling it as you drop it into the skillet, and cook until the liquid is absorbed by the grains, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time, allowing the broth to be fully absorbed before adding more. Cook until the barley is tender, about 18 minutes.
  3. Stir in the pumpkin puree. Cook over medium heat until just heated through, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt.

 

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/pet-friendly-dog-recipes/pumpkin-barley-with-turkey

 

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!!!! 

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Fall is fun

Frost on the car windows and various colored leaves on the trees… that’s right, we finally made it back to Idyllwild and stayed at the Strawberry Creek’s pet friendly Bunkhouse. We’ve never been there before and not stayed in Idyllwild during Fall. The air was cool, crisp and fresh and our cabin was red-flanneled log cabin cozy with a small kitchenette and patio. Every morning, there was a knock on the door and a basket filled with yummy scones, apple juice and multi-grain oatmeal was my breakfast.

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Unfortunately, my tummy did not enjoy the elevation and innkeepers Rodney and Ian had to leave due to a family emergency, so Cici got to watch me sleep and moan and groan for a few days. Not much fun for her. She would have much preferred chasing squirrels.

 

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Along the way we discovered an amazing drink at Starbuck’s, something I will try to recreate… hot lemonade with passion flower tea, the best taste sensation EVER.

We also enjoyed a free night at the Red Woof Inn San Diego.

 

Idyllwild seems to have more pet friendly places than when we visited there a few years ago. And the page with listings are right on the Bunkhouse’s website, here….

 

http://www.strawberrycreekbunkhouse.com/activities/pet-friendly-activities.htm

 

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Blog hop WW: silly dog

well, practically wordless Wednesday… for me and her royal silliness…

 

 

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Grab the code (hope this works, fingers crossed) 

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