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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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https://www.youcaring.com/cici-the-polka-dot-princess-431664 ‪#‎pawcircle‬


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Chewy chewy dog bones

We all know that dogs love to chew on bones (and other items, but we won’t go into that here).  I have given Cici all kinds of chews and bones. I have given her raw bones, frozen, but she would chomp them up and I was always afraid that those large pieces of bones might hurt her. What to do? You gotta give your dog a bone to chew on but you are not supposed to give them cooked bones and raw bones can be hard too. (Pun intended).


How about a healthy alternative…  Mercola dental bones






We have long been a fan of Dr. Joseph Mercola online. The info on his website is quite good, alternatively delicious and healing. And his team includes Dr. Karen Becker, a vet. So, we were delighted to receive these dental bones for Cici’s review. And she LOVES them. She gets one per day and drools whenever I take one out to give it to her. And it is good for me because I know that they are great for her teeth. Win-win. All four paws up and two thumbs up !


Ingredients include: Organic brown rice powder, Tapioca starch, water, natural chicken flavor, Organic Pea powder, Brewers Dried Yeast, Parsley powder, Peppermint oil, Rosemary Oil and Vitamin E.  Gluten-free.


Some info on Dr. Mercola’s website about oral health in dogs:

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 80% of dogs show oral distress by age 3. It’s one of the most common health issues treated in animal health clinics today.

Dr Becker says in the video that telling you not to brush your dog’s teeth is like telling you to forego brushing and just chew granola. She suggests that our dog’s oral health is VERY important. And that is why it is important to brush your dog’s teeth every day. So these bones are not a substitute for that. (Although I admit am not a big fan of brushing Cici’s teeth).




Here’s a quick checklist to help you start taking better care of your dog’s teeth:

  • Have your dog’s teeth checked and professionally cleaned at your family veterinarian – follow your vet’s advice as far as cleaning regularity
  • Start your dog off with as clean a mouth as possible prior to cleaning or brushing
  • Pickup a soft-bristled tooth brush and toothpaste from your veterinarian – human toothpaste and baking soda may not be good for your dog
  • Brush your dog’s teeth on a daily basis – even with regular brushing, your dog may still need occasional professional cleaning
  • In between brushing, find a healthy and tasty chew bone for your dog.

Avoid dog chews with these ingredients:

Here are some of the not-so-natural ingredients you’ll see listed:

  • Gelatin: A potentially toxic animal by-product, created by boiling down various unused parts of animals such as skin, tendon, bone, cartilage and connective tissue.
  • Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate (HSH): Low-carbohydrate artificial sweetener.
  • Soy Protein Isolate: Known allergen, with reduced vitamin, mineral, and protein quality – and increased levels of potential carcinogens.

Mercola Healthy Pets Dog Dental Bones come in two sizes and contain absolutely no corn, soy, gluten, extra fat or sugar, or animal byproducts..

  • Large Size (2.23 oz./63.4g) for dogs 25 pounds and over.
  • Small Size (0.81 oz./22.9g) for dogs from 5 to 25 pounds.

And for puppies, senior dogs and dogs with delicate or missing teeth, Mercola Healthy Pets Gentle Dental Bones (1.43 oz./40.54 g) come in two sizes.

  • Large Size (1.43 oz/40.54g) for adult dogs or puppies 15 pounds and over.
  • Small Size (0.81 oz/22.9g) for adult dogs 5-25 pounds or puppies up to 15 pounds.




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Yummy Valentines Day gifts

If you love your dog(s) and want to give them a bunch of fantastic (and healthy all natural, too) treats this Valentine’s Day, all of these (below) scored OFF THE CHARTS on Cici’s YUMMY Drooly Delicious chart. Five paws up !!!!

Due to the winter snow, Cici was not able to taste test the NEW Old Mother Hubbard treats, but she LOVED their other ones, and this survey is just too cute. Plus, OMH is offering giveaways that you can win, if you go to on their Facebook page February 8 through 14.

Gourmet Goodies Valentine’s Survey  Counts the Ways People Prefer Pooches Over Partners

Men may be from Mars and women from Venus, but they do agree on “Pluto”—how much they love their dogs. Old Mother Hubbard, in honor of its newest line of bakery-inspired dog treats, Gourmet Goodies, conducted a Valentine’s Day “Puppy Love” survey, and it’s no contest—pooches reign supreme over human partners in this lighthearted look at who wins ‘top dog’ in true love. Gourmet Goodies surveyed 741 dog-owning adults in relationships to determine whether 10 key characteristics vary between human and canine relationships: love at first sight, faithfulness, friendship, unwavering devotion, protection from danger, being eager to please, always happy to see me, easygoing, always makes me feel good and doesn’t talk back or criticize.

  • K-9s a perfect 10:  Fifty-five percent of dog owners in a human relationship strongly agree or agree that all 10 characteristics described their relationship with their dog. Only 32 percent feel the same about their human partner.
  • Instant attraction:  Love at first sight strikes more often with dogs, with 78 percent saying they fell in love with their dogs at first glance, versus only 67 percent for human partners.
  • Doggone devotion: When it comes to unconditional love and being faithful and devoted for life, furry friends are the best. Ninety-three percent of dog owners believe their pooch “loves them without question,” as compared to their human partners at 85 percent. As for fidelity, dogs win paws down once again, as 91 percent voted in favor of the pups, versus 82 percent for their significant others.
  • Fido’s the biggest fan: Dogs rise to the top with their ability to unequivocally support their person. Eighty-four percent of dogs “Don’t talk back or criticize” as compared to 47 percent of humans; they are “eager to please” (84 percent vs. 66 percent); and humans appreciate their “willingness to go anywhere” (86 percent vs. 73 percent).
  • Throwing humans a bone: Alas, relationships haven’t entirely gone to the dogs. Men and women agree, 94 percent and 90 percent respectively, that their human partner slightly edges out Fido in the best friend category…but only by a nose (eight percent and four percent, respectively).

Given the affection humans lavish on their canine companions, it’s no surprise that 33 percent said they plan to buy their dogs Valentine’s Day gifts. And when it comes to selecting a gift, pet parents find that the way to their dogs’ hearts is through their tummies, with the majority of dog owners identifying a “special treat” as the Valentine’s Day gift of choice for their beloved bowser. “Dogs certainly are easy to please, but that’s what makes pet parents want to go the extra mile to give them something special,” said Chanda Leary-Coutu, marketing communications manager for Old Mother Hubbard. “With Gourmet Goodies, pet parents can let their dogs indulge in artisanal-quality treats that before could only be found in a pet boutique.” The Old Mother Hubbard Gourmet Goodies line delivers irresistible flavors made with natural ingredients pooches will love. With seven new options to choose from, every day can be a new canine culinary adventure. Old Mother Hubbard Gourmet Goodies are available in 6 oz. re-sealable packages for $5.99 (U.S.) in the following varieties:

  • Crispers: Crunchy, cheesy and savory, Crispers are available in Cheddar, Chicken & Rosemary and Parmesan, Bacon & Tomato.
  • Soft Bakes: Moist cookies come in three varieties — Peanut Butter & Carob, Applesauce Oatmeal and Carrot & Pumpkin.
  • Fruit’ins: Two delicious cookie and fruit layers are available in Honey, Oatmeal & Blueberries and Honey, Apple & Bacon.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, from February 8 through 14, Old Mother Hubbard will be offering daily Gourmet Goodies giveaways on their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/OMHpetsnacks, as well as highlighting “Puppy Love” survey statistics.


More Survey Results  Who gives better smooches, your pooch or your mate? And what about public displays of affection? The Gourmet Goodies “Puppy Love” survey found:

  • Maybe it’s doggie breath?:  Men are more affectionate to their human partners – 68 percent would rather smooch their mate than their pup, and 74 percent of men agree that their human partner gives better kisses than their four-legged friend.
  • Women want kiss quality & quantity:  Women, however, are more likely than men to believe their pooch gives the best smooch (24 percent versus 14 percent), which may lead to why women are twice as likely (26 percent versus 12 percent) to kiss their dog more often on a daily basis. But the majority of women (64 percent) do agree that their human partner gives “the best” kisses as compared to their four-legged “true loves.”
  • People vs. pup PDA: Men (58 percent) prefer to hug or kiss their human partner in public, whereas women are more equal opportunity about with whom they show their affection – 36 percent will kiss or hug their partner or their pup in public.

About the Survey Conducted via Toluna’s Online Omnibus, interviews were completed Jan. 10 – 14, 2014, among a sample of 741 adults who own a dog, and are in a relationship with a partner. The margin of error on this sample is +/- 3%.


Old Mother Hubbard® – “Give ‘Em Some Snack Love®”  Since 1926, Old Mother Hubbard, a proud member of the WellPet family of brands, has used the same simple methods to bake snacks for dogs. Each home-style recipe is carefully crafted from wholesome ingredients that allow dog owners to feel good about giving their dogs a reward that is healthy and heartfelt. Find Old Mother Hubbard on Twitter: @OMHdogsnacks, or Facebook:  www.facebook.com/OMHpetsnacks.

Premium Tucker treats for dogs for gifts

The best chicken jerky treats, individually wrapped in oil with a  JUICY factor of 900 OFF THE CHARTS. I wanted to eat them !!!!!  But I let Cici enjoy them all to herself. What a dog mommy does for her fur kids, sheeesh… These strips were incredibly easy to break up into smaller pieces if you do not mind the greasy oil dribbling down your hands These treats are made in the USA, both meat source and processing, and is 100% human grade quality.





Not only can you get an assortment of pet products from 1-800-PetMEDS (anti flea shampoos, breath fresheners, vitamins, and more), but did you know that you can also find a bunch of all natural treats (various brands) that will make your pooch go bow wow wow?

Grumps natural Sweet Potato Chews

It used to be that Cici would only eat treats like these if they were wrapped with some kind of meat but she loves loves loves these chews, could not wait to get her mouth all over them


PureBites chicken, freeze dried yummy pieces of chicken to sprinkle on food or give as treats

Wet Noses All-Natural Organic Dog Treats pumpkin

These look like little cookies and Cici sure does love to eat them up.

Pet Naturals Scoot Bars

Cici tested and approved, she loves these bars that save your carpet from your dog not expressing their anal glands scooting across the floor, Cici just thinks that these taste good and loves to chew on them.


Gift for dog moms and dad

Pet food can get pricey these days so why not cook for your pooch along with the rest of your family members? Cost effective and healthy meals can be made for all plus you will know what you are putting into their tummy. This may sound daunting which is why you cannot go wrong picking up a copy of the book below for your beloved cook.

Dog-Gone Good Cuisine by Gayle Pruitt offers lots of healthy, fast and easy recipes for you and your pooch, using healthy  ingredients such as coconut oil, quinoa, seaweed, vegan and more) there are yummy breakfasts, soups, broths, entrees (lamb burgers), side dishes, pasta (fettuchine and lasagna), veggies, desserts and juices with a few holiday treats plus an entire section for Canines only, raw (raw ground beef dinner), cooked and jerky (chicken, sweet potato) and the photos are adorable


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and what pooch and their guardian does not enjoy a luxury stay at a pet friendly hotel?

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Easy to be SuperGreen

Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a Green Superfood bar…

I am always looking for treats and snacks that are easy to bring with me on the go, to the dog park, shopping or traveling. I get hungry and my blood sugar drops and before you know it, I become grumpy and growly and sweaty. And I do not eat enough greens in my diet. I have also been seeking how I can eat my greens without the yucky taste.  These new Green Superfood bars hit all the right notes… yummy tasting, easy to carry, healthy and flavorful without all the junk of a candy bar. I have never had green foods taste this good. In fact, I couldn’t even taste the green foods. Now that is how I like them. Check out the ingredients below…(Note: not recommended for dogs due to chocolate in the bars)…

The new Green SuperFood Chocolate Chip Coconut whole food energy bar features organic nuts and dates and is sweetened with organic Palm Nectar. It has 240 calories, 5 grams of protein, 10 grams of healthy omega fats, 13 grams of sugar and 36 grams of carbohydrates.  In addition to the Amazing Grass Green SuperFood blend, it also contains the following organic ingredients:  Rolled Oats; Brown Rice Syrup; Coconut; Rice Crisps; Almonds; Dates; Peanuts; and Peanut Butter.

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The new Green SuperFood Sweet & Savory Almond whole food energy bar combines the saltiness of organic nuts with the sweetness of organic raisins and the richness of organic chocolate.  It has 210 calories, 6 grams of protein, 13 grams of healthy omega fats, 13 grams of sugar and 21 grams of carbohydrates.  In addition to the Amazing Grass Green SuperFood blend and Sea Salt, it also contains the following organic ingredients:  Roasted Almonds; Roasted Peanuts; Brown Rice Syrup; Raisins; Dark Chocolate; Pumpkin Seeds; Cashews; Agave; Rice Crisps; Vanilla Extract; Almond Butter; and Flax Seeds.

The energy bars feature Amazing Grass Green SuperFood, a blend that provides more organic whole leaf greens per gram than the competition, and contains no soy lecithin fillers.  The blend consists of the following organic ingredients:  Wheat Grass; Barley Grass; Alfalfa; Spirulina; Spinach; Broccoli; Acai; Maca; Carrot; Beet; Rose Hips; Flax Lignans and Peppermint.  It also contains Raspberry, Pineapple, Green Tea, L. Adidophilus, Alpha and Beta Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Lactase and Cellulase.

The new flavors are available nationwide at Whole Foods Markets.  They are all:  raw; cold processed; gluten, soy and dairy-free; kosher; and vegan (except for the flavors with peanut butter and whey).


For the majority of people, stress and consumption of unhealthy processed foods can create an acidic imbalance in the blood that, among other problems, can cause the body to store water and build up fat in the arteries (cholesterol) as protection from acidic blood.  The rich chlorophyll content and high alkalinity of Amazing Grass Green SuperFood helps to combat acidity and restore blood to the optimal pH level.  It also promotes improved circulation, digestion and regular elimination.

The Amazing Grass Green SuperFood blend is a unique and potent combination of nature’s most nourishing, cleansing and rebuilding green superfoods including more than 70% certified organic ingredients and an enhanced digestive enzyme and active probiotic blend to improve nutrient absorption.  Amazing Grass Green SuperFood combines nutrient dense green food concentrates with other uniquely powerful ingredients like açaí and maca.  Sambazon? Acai, is a purple berry loaded with antioxidants, healthy omega fats, fiber and protein that grows in the Amazon Rainforest; and maca is a nutritious root grown at high altitudes in Peru that is known to be an adaptogen that boosts the immune system and provides sustained energy, vitality and mental clarity.

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Amazing Grass’ mission is to educate the world about the benefits of green superfoods and the improved quality of life from healthy eating habits.  In addition to the Green SuperFood Whole Food Energy Bars, Amazing Grass also offers a variety of organic Green SuperFood, Amazing Meal, Kidz SuperFood, Wheat Grass and Amazing Trio Powders as well as Organic Wheat Grass Tablets.


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Holiday gift guide for pets plus

This holiday season, nearly 63 percent of dog owners and 58 percent of cat owners will be buying Christmas gifts for their furry friends, according to the American Humane Association.

Aromatherapy dog gift set

Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Treatment Experience For Pets is a natural, therapeutic and effective pet care regimen and makes a wonderful gift set. The Rose Essential Oil hand poured soy candle smells yummy while balancing the body/mind. also comes in Jasmine and Wildwood scents. The gift set also includes Rose Aromatherapy Shampoo & Conditioner For Pets, Rose Aromatherapy Freshening & Shining Spray For Pets and a lovely Logo Tote Bag.




Adalyn’s Clare is a heartwarming, adventure-filled story that draws attention to the realities of social anxiety and the need to help create meaningful relationships for children who have difficulty making friends in grade school – just like Adalyn.

Author Kari Dunn Buron developed an Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate program for educators at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and has done volunteer work specific to autism around the world.

Adalyn, a smart but lonely fourth grader, is not very good at finding human friends but loves animals and is a whiz at science. Her favorite place in the whole world is the science room where her “animal best friends” live. In fact, Adalyn knows details about animals and the places they inhabit that most of us would never know or remember.

Adalyn often finds people confusing and frustrating, which in turn causes her a great deal of worry and often gets her into trouble. Clare is a therapy puppy. When Clare gets assigned to help Adalyn calm her anxieties and help her find (human) friends, it seems like a tall order for a 3-month-old puppy. But Clare takes it in her stride. It’s during these times when Adalyn worries that Clare creeps up close and gently puts her chin on Adalyn’s foot to reassure her. Together they wait, silently and relaxed, until Adalyn’s nerves start to get smaller.  Recommended for young readers in grades 3-6.



Dogs teach unconditional love. The purr of a kitten can bring peace. Horses show us how to harness our strength with grace.

Paws to Reflect offers gentle daily reflections for those who seek to grow spiritually by observing the animal kingdom and all the lessons it teaches.  This is a Christian book.

GRILL-ICIOUS™ (Loving Pets)


Cici LOVES these delicious treats. She sits there and DROOLS until I give her one.

Add sizzle to your pet treat assortment with Loving Pets’ new Grill-icious, 100% all-natural Beef, Chicken and Turkey treats. available in both Regular and “Bite Size” treats. Made in the USA from USA-grown ingredients, these lean and tasty meat treats mixed with a touch of antioxidant-rich sweet potato will light a fire in dog’s taste buds. Each treat is naturally seared over a hot grill to seal in a juicy flavor dogs love. Continuing its commitment to pure, unprocessed ingredients, Loving Pets’ GRILL-ICIOUS™ recipe contains no gluten, byproducts, or preservatives. These all-natural treats are made in the USA, and contain only 100% USA farm-grown ingredients.

Designer and Expressions Bella Bowls™ (Loving Pets)


Loving Pets’ #1 selling, dishwasher safe BELLA BOWLS™ are now available in eight new designer prints.  Designer and Expressions Bella Bowls™ bring a new level of style to Veterinarian-recommended stainless steel.  Cici and I love her new bowl…

For Dog Lovers:

•    Classic Pink Argyle

•    Playful Turquoise Dragonflies

•    Antique Gold Fleur-de-Lis

•    Compassionate Valentine Red Hearts

•    Contemporary Silver “Bow-Wow”

•    Whimsical Steel Blue “I Love My Dog”

Slow down, Fido… Cici scarfs up her food, she eats sooos fast, you’d think it was her last meal. Food gulping isn’t only a messy habit that’s difficult to break, but a behavior that can lead to vomiting, choking, bloat and digestive issues. Plus, eager eaters don’t realize how much they just ate, so they keep begging for between-meal treats that can quickly turn into extra pounds. Fortunately, now there’s an innovative way for pet parents to end this “feeding frenzy” by turning mealtime into a challenging, entertaining game.
The Company of Animals presents GREEN by NORTHMATE – an innovative “turf placemat” for pets that turns mealtime into a fun , stimulating game. Just scatter a handful of kibble or two across the deeply sculpted surface. Then it’s up to the dog or cat to seek out the food in the valleys between the simulated grass blades. Especially recommended for aggressive gulpers and pets on a restricted calorie diet , GREEN prolongs eating time, making meals healthier and more fun . And since this product is made of durable plastic that’s phthalate-free, it’s 100% pet and dishwasher safe.

Brewer’s yeast and garlic helps to repel fleas. You can give your doggie treats and bye bye bugs. This daily nutritional supplement helps support healthy blood sugar levels and can also be especially helpful during flea and tick season and during times of stress. Available in chewable tablets or tasty soft chews!  Cici LOVES them.


Does your doggie have bad breath? PlaqClnz may be the answer. For fresh breath and good oral care, go to www.plaqclnz.com for more details.
    Its zinc-based formula works to stop bad breath (a warning sign of deteriorating gum and teeth conditions) while it guards against the build-up of plaque and tarter. Most dogs 3+ years already have the signs.

Are your pets scratching up the house? Then SoftClaws nail caps for dogs and indoor cats could help. The caps mute scratching damage and avoids cat declawing…a big issue for cat parents.
    See www.softclaws.net  for details, size and color selections. These were invented by a vet.
    When you travel with your dog/cat, putting these on helps to avoid tearing up car upholstery, hotel furnishings, strangers’ clothing and more.

To apply, fill each vinyl nail cap with the adhesive that’s provided, then slide it on over your dog’s toenail. It stays on for 4-6 weeks.

Each low-cost nail kit comes with 40 nail caps, the adhesive that secures them onto your dog’s toenails, and simple instructions.

You can place them only on the front paws or on your dog’s front and back paws.


for the humans

Mighty Mug is great for pet parents and parents, people like me who are clumsy and spill everything. I LOVE IT. (only wish it came in PURPLE). This mug is amazing. powered by patented Smartgrip Technology which allows Mighty to resist tipping over and spilling that cup of tea, hot chocolate or coffee all over your pants (or even worse your computer). The best part about the Mighty Mug is that it knows the difference between an accidental knock and going in for a sip. If you can imagine a mug that won’t fall over even when punched but lifts naturally then you gotta try one for yourself, your favorite pet parent or computer geek coffee drinker.

Chia seeds bars

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these bars. Give the gift of CHIA this holiday season! these yummy bars are healthy, easy to bring with you to the dog park, traveling and/or to carry in your purse. Filled with Omega 3 and tasty… I love the ACAI BERRY and also the COCONUT bars. They also come in PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE flavor… great replacement to the high-sugar, empty-calorie-filled, non-nutrient providing candy all too often around the house during the holidays. They have only 100 calories and 5g of sugar per serving. And best of all, there are actual health BENEFITS to eating them: Chia provides six times more calcium than whole milk, six times more protein than soy, 15 times more magnesium than broccoli does, twice the fiber then bran flakes, and nearly nine times the amount of omega-3s found in salmon.


CreationScapes offers a gift of tranquility; a way to reduce stress that rejuvenates mind, body and spirit.  breathtaking beauty and sounds of nature, set to soothing music that calms, refreshes and inspires – all without leaving home!   Ahhhhhhhh…






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


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oh brothers Doggy food

Brothers Complete is a family-owned and operated Pet Industry business – not a wholly-owned subsidiary of some conglomerate with fingers in any number of different pies.  Brothers Pierre and Aaron Earling believe good nutrition is the key to a pet’s health and well-being. As proprietors of The Doggy Store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, they’ve  recommended foods to their clientele for years. And determined they would formulate a product on their own that would surpass anything currently available.


Brothers Complete is a grain free, white potato free dog food, with white meat, red meat, allergy and fish formulas.

Cici was excited to try out all the yummy foods and treats. Drooling… delicious… she is a big fan and has enjoyed every bite and below are the things I am most happiest about. Feels good to feed her high quality foods and treats.

The Brothers Complete White Meat Formula uses Chicken as its main source of protein, with a good portion of egg and turkey meal included for added animal protein. Because white meat has a low ash content, this formula allows for high absorption of nutrients. The tapioca starch is obtained from the roots of the cassava plant (manihot esculenta) and is a natural source of very low glycemic carbohydrates. The tapioca starch used in Brothers does not contain the additional ingredients (like sugar and milk) normally added to tapioca for human consumption. This low glycemic starch allows Brothers to formulate a food that is closer to a dog’s historic diet which is based predominantly on animal protein, fat, and bone.

Ingredients: Chicken meal, tapioca, turkey meal, dried eggs, sweet potato, peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Menhaden fish meal, dried chicken liver, pumpkin, flaxseed, alfalfa meal, carrots, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, blueberries, cranberries, apples, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, spinach, DL-methionine, L-lysine, taurine, mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary extract, Green tea extract, lecithin, Vitamin A supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, folic acid, biotin, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, L-ascorbyl 2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C activity), zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, Vitamin B12 supplement, Organic branched Inulin/FOS, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, Amylase (Aspergillus oryzae), Protease (Aspergillus oryzae), Cellulase (Trichoderma reesei), Lactase (Aspergillus oryzae), Hemicellulase (Trichoderma reesei), Lipase (Aspergillus oryzae).

In the last few years, some commercial pet food manufacturers have eliminated or restricted the use of grains but have substituted white potato instead. White potatoes have a higher glycemic index than white sugar (80 to 110 versus sugar at 65) so it puts a strain on the adrenal and pancreatic systems when it spikes the blood sugar and produces a large insulin response every time the dog eats. The high glycemic property of the white potato also feeds the Candida Albicans yeast in the colon which, when overgrown, becomes a fungus whose rhizomes grow into the mucosal lining of the intestine and contribute to a condition known as “leaky gut” which allows matter from the colon, including the Candida Fungus, to get into the blood stream which usually leads to a host of skin conditions and allergy-related problems.

One of the problems with white potatoes, under less than perfect conditions (when too old, sprouting small roots, exposed to warm temperatures above 50 to 65 degrees F for too long, or exposed to light for too long) is that they generate a neurotoxin called solanine which can be extremely toxic. Potatoes rejected from the human food chain, and used in the dog food industry, are all too often a source of excessive solanine in dog food.

Potatoes and grains (due to improper preparation) are also a source of “Lectins” which compromise the effectiveness of the colon and can severly reduce the ability of the cilia to extract necessary minerals and vitamins from the food they eat.

Another possible problem when potatoes are heated to high temperatures is the production of acrylamide which is a recognized carcinogen. For these, and other reasons relating to a dogs health, all of Brothers Complete Formulas are grain and white potato free.

Brothers is the only dry dog food we are aware of that stores their food in air-conditioned storage facilities to maintain the freshness built into it.

Most dog foods spend 3 to 6 months in hot warehouses before reaching the retail outlets. Then they can sit on shelves in pet food stores for several more months before being purchased by the customer.  At Brothers Complete, two days after the food is made it is put in a dark, air-conditioned storage facility where it stays perfectly fresh until it is shipped to  customers or sold in the store. Brothers manufactures only small batches and sell directly to the consumer. There are no middle men.

Cici also got to try the dog biscuits On The Lamb, Country Chicken, Red Meat Raves and the Dehydrated Chicken Breast, (which she scarfed up right away!) and the Dehydrated Canadian Beef Liver, YUM…

Brothers Complete “On The Lamb” dog biscuits are a departure from the “same-old, same-old” – a real taste sensation your pet will get excited about. Made in the USA, these healthful biscuits contain only wholesome real food ingredients, and, of course, are grain and white potato free. “On The Lamb” Dog Biscuits will keep your pet happy as a bunny.

INGREDIENTS: Lamb Meal, Tapioca Starch, Green Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Chicken Liver, Sweet Potato.

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Bacon, bones and liver, oh my

Cici’s treat fest… the good people at Entirely Pets shared some treats with us for Cici and I to review. What a wonderful grab bag filled with fun surprises.

Entirely Pets offers a whole range of pet products and supplies. And they even offer nifty info such as the Top Ten Places to Travel with your Pets (San Francisco, NY, Boston, Portland, Orlando, Anchorage, yes Alaska, San Diego, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Oahu, yes, Hawaii).

what dog does not love bacon???  these treats hit the right spot for Cici… she ate them with gusto.  Best of all, they are wheat free…

Simply Wild is a line of all-natural holistic dog biscuits that uses real whole foods like farm fresh vegetables, nutrient-rich fruits, human grade meats, wild game and omega-rich wild trout, Simply Wild maintains a strict philosophy that less is more, simple is better. No wheat, no corn, no soy and never anything artificial.

Potato, Pork, Lecithin, Arrowroot, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, Natural Smoke, rosemary


Simply Wild Maple Glazed Bacon Dog Treats (1.1 lb)

I was not sure how or if Cici would like these dental bones. But she LOVED them. Crunchy and delicious. She scarfed them up and relished every bit of them.

BONIES is a unique, healthy treat that uses all-natural ingredients that leaves your dog’s breath smelling fresh. BONIES has zero saturated or trans-fat. BONIES is uniquely formulated to be hard enough to scrape and polish gums while providing exercise for jaw muscles and massaging gums. BONIES uses a 100% natural chicken flavor concentrate made from antibiotic-free US chicken livers. BONIES Dental Formula contain natural peppermint and parsley to help freshen breath and uses brown rice as its first ingredient. Unlike other edible chew bones, BONIES contains no animal by-products like gelatin or animal glycerin.



BONIES Natural Dental Bones Multi-Pack REGULAR (5 Bones / 11.15 oz)


Cici liked the liver treats but the smell, to me, was not totally wonderful.

Liver Bits Training Treats for Dogs by Green Pet Organics are freeze dried training treats that are 100% natural Sourced and Manufactured in the USA. Made with 100% pure beef liver. The process of freeze drying preserves the aroma, full flavor and nutrients of raw beef liver giving a consistent great taste every time. Liver Bits are rich in protein and preservative free. Give as a reward or sprinkled on food for extra flavor. Refrigeration not required.



Cici has had Kongs in the past, but NONE that she liked as much as this one… Maybe because it is larger than the others. Or perhaps it is the shape. She loves playing with it and getting treats out of it.

This KONG grooves gently massages the gums, cleans teeth and helps to reduce plaque while she is playing with it.






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