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A K9 holiday

HAPPY thanksgiving and Thanksgivukkah (chanukah)

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IT has been kind of a canine holiday….

first, watched Lassie Come Home, not with Timmy but a kid named Joe in England… good movie

found out about Woofipedia

http://www.woofipedia.com/

had lots of goodies to eat… and Cici gave me lots of kisses, wags and belly showing for some turkey

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 the dog show winner: 

Jewel, a dominant American Foxhound won The National Dog Show during the annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia cluster at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.  Jewel was selected by Best in Show Judge Randy E. Garren from among the seven canines emerging from the judging of over 1,500 dogs at the tradition-rich, all-breed show.

After successfully defending her 2012 Hound Group win at the show, Jewel edged out an ADORABLE with personality Bearded Collie, a Pekingese, a Norfolk Terrier, a Standard Schnauzer, a Bichon Frise and an Irish Water Spaniel on the Best in Show stage. Jewel also won the Hound Group at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this past February.

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Value of planning ahead

last Friday was my birthday and I had planned to drive down to Morro Bay with my dog and this gal who has been my driver for the past six months. Things started not seeming right with this person on Halloween and I began a search for another driver. After a couple of weeks, there was time for things to cool off.  I decided to give the person the benefit of the doubt and a second chance and hired her again to take me shopping. More problems and she was having personal issues. OK. stuff happens, right.

Well, I realized that there was actually something completely else that I wanted to do on my birthday (rather than go to Morro Bay) and I did not know how to get it all worked out yet it came together very easily. There was even a Wags Hotel in Redwood City (where the event I wanted to go to was being held) and they were offering a FREE first stay for the dog. Next, my roommate decided he wanted to go to Redwood City to visit a friend of his and he would rent the car. Then he changed his itinerary to San Jose, but we could still drive together.

The Hotel Sofitel where the event I went to was being held is pet friendly and offering a discounted rate of only $99 but with all the other expenses I could not stay over. The hotel charges $20 a night per pet. So we decided to drive up and come back after the event (which ended around midnight). The Wag Hotel required more vaccinations than Cici has plus their hours would mean that instead of Cici playing with other dogs, she would mostly be in a strange room by herself. So I opted to leave Cici home. I figured that she would do better in her own home environment with familiar smells and items, toys and food.

It did not occur to me to look for a pet sitter. I called upon the driver gal (since she knows my dog and has worked with dogs) and my neighbor to look in on Cici. If the gal would walk Cici and feed her around 4 pm and my neighbor would check on her about 9 pm, I thought she would be OK.  She mostly sleeps from 5 pm on most days/nights.

On Thursday, the gal drove me shopping and to dinner and I paid her and gave her the key and instructions.

On Friday, we left around noon and arrived back home around 3 a.m. Imagine my shock, when I saw that she had not bothered to show up and feed and walk my dog. Thankfully, Cici was just fine. I had left the door to the backyard open for her so she could do her business any time she wanted. And she must have spent the time sleeping away. Still, she was VERY happy to see us. And was rewarded for NOT tearing the house apart with some bacon and sausage we had brought back from breakfast at Denny’s.

The next morning, after a few hours of sleep, I discovered there was NO message on my phone, email or Facebook page from this person. What the heck was going on?  I expected that at the very least there would be an explanation and apology. Instead there was nothing. As time went on, I became more livid. My neighbor came by and told me he just plain forgot to come by. He apologized and gave me the key back. I should have gotten his phone number to remind him since I knew that he has a bad memory. But what was up with the driver???  I sent her a nasty Facebook direct message and received no reply, no phone message.

By Monday, I decided to call the police and/or a lawyer (I have Legal Shield) for advice. Thinking about things this person told me about themselves had me more and more concerned. She has an arrest record for shoplifting and is not allowed to go into Target. She is very young with a five year old daughter who lives with her mother but she lives with a drug addict friend. She was concerned about being evicted and on her Facebook page she put up very strange, provocative (sexual) images and sayings. She was supposed to be going to Heald college to become a police officer yet this is how she conducts herself?

The lawyer said that he would call her and tell her to get the money and key back to me by Wednesday. She told him that her car broke down and that she would get me the friggin key and money whenever she could. Nasty and cursing at a lawyer. The lawyer did say that he managed to tell her that if anything happened to this house (if it were to be broken into while she still has a key), that she would be liable.

Now I do not believe for a minute that her car broke down.  If so, and she were an honest and responsible person, she would have called and left me a phone message and apologized at the very least. Otherwise, she should have found a way to get here and GET THE JOB DONE (a ride from a friend, a bus, whatever). I have been told that people with arrest records cannot ever become police officers. And so I now believe this person to be a liar and a thief.

I sent her an email (after unfriending and blocking her on Facebook) letting her know that I do not believe her and that she needs to get the key and money to me by tomorrow. If she is unwilling to do anything else, she can MAIL the key and money.

I tried calling some professional pet sitters for tips how to avoid such a situation. One tip was to get references. Another was to not  pay the person ahead of time. What would you do?  I think that this situation is unique and I am endeavoring to learn from it (while processing my anger). I am thankful that I never drove down to Morro Bay with this person. And thrilled that Cici is such a rock star. I have left her alone for 2-4 hours maximum in the past. I would not ever leave her alone for 14 hours but next time, she will be with a reliable pet sitter who will love her and do the job.

Does a pet sitter need to be bonded and insured in order to be hired? Would you have a written contract even for a one time situation?

The Marriott Hotel nearby the Sofitel charges a $100 nonrefundable pet fee. There are other less expensive hotels in the area that are also pet friendly (Good Nite Inn, Motel 6) but not nearly the same quality of hotel accommodations and amenities for humans.

I have another driver in my neighborhood taking me shopping tomorrow. But so far, the drivers have not been very reliable. One gal could not even drive her own stick shift vehicle. Should I find another source to hire people other than craigslist? I cannot pay much but I try to go above and beyond (fed the other gal, took her to the movies one time, and accommodated her schedule and requests). A courteous, responsible and professional person communicates honestly and GETS THE JOB DONE NO MATTER WHAT. At least that is my standard. No More Flakes Need Apply.

DogVacay.com and other organizations provide in-home dog care while you are away. What do you do when you travel and cannot take your pets???

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Pop the question

These days dogs are getting married, are involved in dating, are participating in weddings (from best man to ring bearer to flower girl), and more. So why not have your dog help you POP the question?

http://www.ehow.com/how_3540_include-dog-wedding.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/24/dogs-at-weddings_n_3142962.html

We’ve created a list of 99 romantic ways to pop the question for couples.

Below are 25 ways from the list.

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1. at a wine tasting

2. at the (your name) B&B breakfast

3. at the jacuzzi/hot tub or swimming pool

4. with a marching band

5. flash mob

6. up up and away on a hot air balloon

7. at a picnic lunch

8. at a romantic restaurant over dessert

9. with a cupcake bouquet

10. with flowers

11. with a singing telegram costume cupid

12. sailing on a yacht

13. in a rented limo

14. on a hike

15. at an art show or painting / craft activity

16. at a nearby attraction (museum, botanical gardens, etc)

17. in a tree (house) or yurt or geodome

18. by the wishing well or wishing tree or gazebo or garden

19.  serenaded by a favorite singer (or someone or you dressed up as their favorite singer)

20.  at a wedding dress store

21. at the beach

22. have your dog/pet wear a sign, will you marry me?

23. have a blimp, balloon or t-shirt, wear a sign, will you marry me?

24. at a ballgame

25. on TV

If you’d like to discuss our POP the question PR package, how it can benefit your pet business, pet product business or pet friendly Inn, call or email me. Thanks.

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Doggie Turkey Dinner

Before you know it, Thanksgiving (and Chanukah) will be here, in a few weeks. The first day of Chanukah falls on Thanksgiving day. It is a unique double holiday and will not happen again for over 70000 years!  You might add latkes to your turkey dinner or other Festival of Lights treats to celebrate.

http://www.examiner.com/article/thanksgivukkah-or-chanukah-2013

Whichever holiday you observe, or maybe both, as you plan for your human dinner, you might also consider the following items to feed your special four legged furry family members. As part of the family, they deserve a special turkey dinner, too.

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-Thanksgiving Turkey: Yes dogs can certainly eat turkey; however Thanksgiving turkey is typically high in fat.  For this reason, we recommend cooking up a separate piece of turkey especially for your dog.  You can dress up the turkey with some rosemary, sage and chicken stock.  You could also serve them turkey franks or ground turkey burgers raw or cooked. 

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-Green Bean Casserole: A classic dish. But this dish is loaded with not so friendly doggy foods like the fried onion toppings, mushrooms and creamy soup base. That doesn’t mean your dog can’t enjoy some plain steamed green beans with his turkey. Or green beans and cheese. 

 

-Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkins are great foods for dogs, but butter, sugar and fat are not. We recommend making pumpkin doggy biscuits instead. There a lot of recipes out there, but http://www.food.com/recipe/pumpkin-dog-biscuits-28099 is a recipe from Food.com that looks so easy to make that you might start to make it year round.

 

-Mashed Potatoes: Buttery, creamy mashed potatoes & gravy – yum! Potatoes do offer nutritional benefits, but the butter and cream, and sometimes garlic, should not be consumed by your dog. Better than a mashed potato? A baked potato. Remember to only serve your dog a small portion (Think 1/4th or 1/8th of a potato). This is because potatoes are high in carbohydrates, which is not good for your dog’s blood sugar.

 

-Baked Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are found in a variety of high quality dog foods and offer a lot of nutritional benefits. Although on Thanksgiving, they are usually covered in a bed of marshmallows, which is definitely not a doggy friendly food. If you skip the marshmallows and the sugar, baked sweet potatoes are a great treat for your dog. http://www.food.com/recipe/sweet-potato-chews-for-dogs-248608 is a recipe from Food.com for homemade sweet potato chews. (Hint: There is only one ingredient)

 

-Foods to Always Avoid: These foods should never be given to your dog – not even in small quantities: grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, garlic, alcohol, plums, sugary foods, fatty meats and cooked bones of any kind (unless specifically pressurized & made for dogs).

With a little bit of substituting, you can always find a way for your pup to join the party & the feast.

Suggestions from:

Andrea Servadio

Co-Owner, Fitdog Sports Club

Santa Monica, Calif.

In June of 2009, Andrea Servadio co-founded Fitdog Sports Club with business partner Brandy Han.  Their goal was simple: to provide high quality products and unique services that enable dog owners to create a healthy and active lifestyle for their dogs.

 

Just three years later, Fitdog has grown into one of the premier dog care facilities in Los Angeles. 

 


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

 

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Winners of Contest

funny/strange Halloween night… we had a few trick/treaters, last year we had none, the last group was of two ladies, their two little doggies and a kid. Cici welcomed everyone with kisses and wagging tail.

The winners are of Halloween pet photo contest are: (announced on Facebook but will do it here too)…  Congratulations and thank you ALL for participating !!!

please email me your address, thank you…

1.  Bonnie and Beth Abelew
Dogs Names: Phoenix and Gryphon

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2. Karma (In her hand made Black Widow Costume!)

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7 years old

Mallory Huff

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3. angel and devil dog

Odie, 8 years old, Chihuahua

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